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Some kind of Wonderful

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Remember how I said Id rather be with someone for the wrong reasons than alone for the right ones? Id rather be right. Its gonna feel good to stand on my own.

Amanda Jones, Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

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RAC1027 12/26/2011 8:00AM


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KIM_POSSIBLE77 12/25/2011 7:36PM

    You are wonderful! I'm so proud of you!!

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PEPPYPATTI 12/23/2011 2:46PM

    Way to go girl! emoticon

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RUFFIT 12/23/2011 10:03AM

    Merry Christmas!! emoticon

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BAKER1009 12/23/2011 9:22AM

Cori, I hope you and the girls have a wonderful Christmas. You are an amazingly strong woman and a wonderful mother!

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MNABOY 12/22/2011 9:18PM

    Great thoughts

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MARTHASPARKS 12/22/2011 8:50PM

    Good for you. Self respect is invaluable.

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BRATS4 12/22/2011 7:26PM

    way to go

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CAMROLA 12/22/2011 6:11PM

    Love the movie, great quote, close to home for me right now, so all the more appreciated!

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Chicken Marsala for Cheer!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I had originally anticipated going through the Biggest Loser cookbook. But somehow during the move it broke. I'm serious...the book just fell apart and broke. I will have to buy a new one.

Until then I have ventured on the challenge of cooking "without pretty pictures" and instructions via Spark Nutrition Tracker. I must say, I love the gorcery list as this makes life a breeze. I have also noticed that it is best to wrap your head around "tomorrow's" meal rather than find out that the meal takes 4 hours when dinner is served in less than one.

Today's Spark menu was pretty good. Breakfast was "supposed" to be an oat bran bagel (1 slice) with butter, strawberries and milk and coffee...

I read "coffee"

but, as I am learning to eat breakfast again I bought the Sara Lee's Everything bagel and as I still gag at the thought of butter on my bagel I put on Laughing Cow's Garlic and herb wedges (35 calories a pied...less than the 105 tablespoon of Philly f.y.i.)

I didn't take a pic as I thought it was pretty self explanatory.

Lunch: Spark says "cottage Cheese; Peanut butter Sandwich; carrots with Russion Dressing; Apple; Water with Lemon.

again it was pretty self explanatory. I made the creay peanut butter on ONE slice of bread, cottage cheese and ate some veggies but I don't know what the heck Russian Dressing is so I left that alone. and I didn't do lemon in my water either. These things would normally send me into a frenzy (I know, crazy right?) as it's like a missing puzzle piece. But, I'm moving on here.

Dinner....oh sweet dinner. I've been looking forward to making this today.

Chicken Marsala atop Whole Wheat Spaghetti; Broccoli; Cottage Cheese Topped Pineapple; Herbal Tea

I printed out the recipe for the chicken marsala and it looked pretty easy. I thought a nice salad with broccoli would be good too. So we went to work.

First you brown the chicken, set aside (easy, got it) as the recipe called for lemon juice in the stock and I had lemon olive oil, I just browned the chicken in lemon olive oil....

set aside the chicken and make the sauce....don't panic!! As my girls didn't even want the IDEA of marsala wine in their sauce I just doubled the broth.

Looking good so far, right?

My Nikki helping me with the salad...and at this time I had the whole wheat spaghetti boiling in a pot.

Now, I let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes and then added the chicken back in and let it sit and simmer for about another 10 or so minutes.

At this time Nikki says to me "I need a plate for tonight's cheer social...serving about eight people" I looked at her. Really? How did I not know this.

Cheer got my marsala and a salad. LOL I did "taste" some of it...daaaang it's good

When I dropped off the food I was nervous, but then I was well...surprised There were boxes and boxes of pizza, desserts, and more pizza boxes...crazy! So, hopefully people don't get too "put off" by my healthy choice of dinner. LOL

OHOHOH!! I have received several request on the recipe of Spaghetti Tacos. Okay, Here's the deal. The show iCarly did like this 15 second thing where Spencer mentions they are having spaghetti tacos for dinner. It took off!! Kids all over the US start wanting spaghetti tacos....even mine. So, are you ready?

crunch taco shells
spaghetti of your choice (mine prefer alfredo sauce, show calls for meat sauce)

put spaghetti in warmed taco shells

**from iCarly.com**


anyhows, Nikki and I walked today as it was beautiful. 30 minutes worth up to the store and back...why drive when you can walk? and after I make ANOTHER chicken marsala dinner for US, I will finish painting the living room.

and maybe laundry. maybe.

Until then, I shall hopefully chat with you tomorrow. I've got to think of some goodies for Christmas dinner...so far I'm in charge of stuffed mushrooms and a couple of pumpkin rolls...I think I need a veggie tray !! LOL

Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
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GRANNYSUE9 12/23/2011 1:25PM

    Sounds very good. Will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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PEPPYPATTI 12/22/2011 4:58PM

    Sounds good! emoticon

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 12/22/2011 12:10PM

    Next time make it with the wine...it's a cooking wine and as you simmer the sauce the wine breaks down and there is NO alcohol left in it. This is Terry's favorite dish and as you know he does not drink at all. I swear it will taste a MILLION times better. You can even make it with white grape juice and a shot of brandy/wiskey....Crazy huh!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/22/2011 10:32AM

    I also saw a version of spaghetti tacos on Hungry Girl (healthy version) and ICarly was on the show too. She liked the revised version.

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BAKER1009 12/22/2011 7:55AM

    Your daughter sounds just like mine, waiting until the last minute. Although, last night she came home with a plate of cookies, and when I asked where from, she said they had a cookie exchange in chorus. What?! Well you didn't take any...she said she forgot til Tuesday night, when she needed them Wednesday, and she new I was stressed that night so she didn't want to ask, how sweet (that was the day of Preston's injury).
Sounds like you're doing a great job all the way around. Oh, and can you send a pumpkin roll to me for Christmas? LOL! Sounds yummy!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 12/22/2011 12:34AM

    OH MY ! She WAITED til the LAST MOMENT I'd SAY !!!! Dear ME !! Well at least you had something to send and A LOT of kids LOVE to eat healthy (My GD included,,, 16). I am learning to. Tonight I had my aid make a ginger chicken,,,,had ginger root, garlic, oil and lime in it. Was to DIE FOR !! She of course has never made b4 and it was ALSO NEW for me ! YUMMY !!! Found the recipe online. Can find at Allrecipes.com under "Easy Ginger Garlic chicken" but make sure you read the first notiation,,,,for its a correction of the recipe. ONLY 197 cals for the ENTIRE Breast pounded out which was HUGE !

Wish you had, your own meal. SIGH !

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Spark foods

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

today I thought I would begin trying out some of the Spark foods on the tracker. I had avoided this before because I am a "straight from the recipe" visual type of person. When there are no pictures and step by step instructions of how to eat my foods, I get turned off pretty easy.

However, seeing as I've been on stage one for nearly two years, I thought I would try this out.

So, i went waaaaay over calorie intake today and I'm not gonna make any excuses to ya.

But I will say I started with dinner. It was "spicy white bean soup with rice" okay...fine...

It called for .5 cups of white beans and I put in a can which came to about 2.5 cups. FYI...don't do that. (remember the waaaaay over calorie intake??)

But, to help my fellow sparkies out there who ever try to do menus I thought I would provide some feed back and pics.

Here's dinner.

I made it with Dole Ultimate Ceasar kit and a Golden Delicious apple in leu of applesauce.

It wasn't bad. I fed the girls spaghetti tacos and I'm pretty sure I'd rather have that...buuuuut, it wasn't bad. I'd make it again :o)

well, it's almost midnight folks (whooops...after) and I promised my oldest I would treadmill with her tomorrow.

so...let's all go do this...get up move it shake it burn it kick it, push it pull it pound it burn it! (oh, I already said that)

Love it :o)

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MNABOY 12/21/2011 8:48PM

    Spagetti Tacos? Tell us the recipe, please.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 12/21/2011 2:58PM

    I burned it with you this morning in the form of ST.

Are we burning it again tomorrow morning, cause I'm in!

Way to try new things and thanks for the picture!

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BUTEAFULL 12/21/2011 11:11AM

    I've never heard of spaghetti tacos, I'm gonna have to google it

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/21/2011 10:07AM

    Live and learn! Good for you for experimenting and learning from it!

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FAITH2BWELL 12/21/2011 6:03AM

    That plate looks really good, I keep saying I'm going to try some of the spark foods, I just need to work things in. Keep up the good work (trying other things that it) we can do this I know we can. I shall do some kind of movement today. I promise. Take care.

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Sherbet apartment with pics

Monday, December 19, 2011

My fi'excee came over last week and asked/told me that he wanted to work things out. He did not want to lose me and things would change. I did what any normal irrational soul would do. I ran to the courthouse and filed the papers.

It's not that there isn't love there. After a quarter of a century love was never the issue. He wasn't happy with me that day and it was extremely stressful. I would have never gotten through the day without Cutiepie actually as she kept me "company" even via text while I was going through this. I can never thank her enough.

Strange we seem to get along better for the most part now. I think he's really trying to quit drinking and his personality seems to reflect it. We talk a lot and it's nice, but like I told him. After so many years I just feel like we are more friends than a couple. For sure there is a lot more than one could put their fingers on to "fix". I think Tina Turner sang it best "it's time for letting goooooo"

Everyone but one person has done fabulously at avoiding sides. And what I mean by that is pretty self explanatory. It's one thing to support a person or another, and even occasionally do a bit of name calling (goodness knows I have!) but there is ONE person that I will leave nameless (his m*m) whom after 25 years does nothing but bash! It's awful and I don't mean just for me. I do feel bad for t as sometimes he just wants someone to listen. "hey had the girls over for dinner...." "including her?? WHY?!" I realize it's probably the I dunno, protective gene or whatever...but really. Just be there for him lady and quit making him feel crappier than he does! Gah...

OH! so, I've been thinking of my New Year's resolution already. Another friend of mine made a wonderful suggestion of "finding me" this year...and I thought. "I wanna run" I really do. I've missed it and slacked off so this is the perfect time to start it. My resolution will be one run a month ... there is a color run in July that I would LOVE to do! You wear a white t-shirt and every 1K "they" throw color on you...LOL I can't WAIT for that one. Depending on when my BIL gets married I will either do the July 8 in Seattle or July 28 in San Fran. I probably will be going to San Fran...which is okay cept I'm doing the Bay to Breakers in May there. LOL

So hopefully by next week I will have the year of runs planned out on here. Exciting huh? LOL

For my exercise today i did cleaning and painting. Really...a lot. I will show you! I owe ya pics of my place anyhows...ready?

As you all know I found the $7 gallon of pink paint for our kitchen. I went back to Wal Mart to get two gallons of a nice neutral beige that would be oh so pretty to compliment the pink.

I ended up with....

I call it peach. My oldest and youngest call it orange. so our apartment is now a Sherbet and probably guaranteed to scare away anything containing testosterone.




when you first walk in the door this is what you see:

I love the color myself...all bright and cheery as opposed to the dull grey/white that surrounded us before. As you go down the hall you will see the laundry on left, bath on right and three bedrooms. There is a little nook to the bedrooms that I keep my curio cabinet and Ms. Kate decided this would be cute to do in pink too....so we did.

Back at the front door...look to the left and you will be in the dining/kitchen area.

As you can see our dining area contains NO dining table. Only a piano, computer station, the lovely whiteboard (my favorite piece! LOL) Someday it will contain a cute table ... maybe.

My kitchen was in the process of being cleaned...so excuse the mess...

back at the front door we look right...this is my living room... My favorite piece here is the book shelf that I can't wait to add to!! (blurry pic)

and above my hot pink slipcovered loveseat are some pretty cool girlie pics...we haven't finished paining the living room yet (haven't started) so that's why the color isn't right. It will be cute with the peach I hope.

Well, that's it so far...that is our place. totally girlie and not ever anything I would have been in before as a married gal. LOL Next will be pink hair !! Like the esurance gal!! why? because I can, duh? LOL

Girls are on break (sortof) from school but not their activities. I get to sleep in at least! ceeeept, i think I will use the time to try out the treadmill in my pjs tomorrow! woo hoo! I'll let you know how that goes. Gots to start my training!!!

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SOKKERNUT 12/21/2011 10:30AM

    Love the color, great pictures! Good Luck with picking up your running again. emoticon

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KINSBAILE 12/20/2011 12:48PM

    I love those comics pics. Where did you get them??

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DIANEDOESSMILES 12/20/2011 10:52AM

    OH WOW I LOVING IT !! PINK is one of my FAVORITE COLORS !! And my land lord will NOT let me paint UNLESS 1) I pay THEM 600.00 to REPAINT it when I move out and if I do not repaint it back (if I do ,,I get it back,,,since I am highly disabled,,,chances are I WILL NOT repaint it back !) 2) hire a PROFESSIONAL painter ! So this to paint my place will cost me almost 1,000 !! GRRR CREEPS !!!!!! They do NOT want these places PAINTED ! I SHOULD DO IT OUT OF SPITE !! But, that's A LOT OF $$ To waste !!!!!

I am SO PROUD OF what it is ur doing !! YOU GO !! And the girls also, this is ONE Place they will CHERISH AND LOVE !! OH HOW I WISH I COULD DO THIS !! OH YEAH !! I'd actually do one room in NEON GREEN ! LOLOL another fav color ! Landlord ALSO said ONLY PALE BORING colors. I am FRENCH,, we LOVE OUR BOLD COLORS !! SHEESHE LOUISE,,, do THEY NOT UNDAH STAND US???????

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 12/20/2011 6:41AM

    Love the attitude!! Next year will be wonderful!! emoticon

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BRATS4 12/19/2011 8:20PM

    so happy things are going better for you.just keep hanging in there.you and the girls will do super

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ENDUROVET 12/19/2011 4:30PM

    & now I'm feeling unbelievably guilty bcz I found out fairly recently that Ex has put his mom in a nursing home; I haven't been to see her yet...
(if sides had to be taken she was unmistakably on mine ;-)
I'm not a pinkie girl but like what you've done to your new place...

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 12/19/2011 3:02PM

    You know that I am ALWAYS here for you honey. I'm SO glad that I was able to keep you company as you know if I was there I would have been sitting right next to you making you laugh at all the crazy people we would have seen! hehehehe

I know all too well about the "x-mom". Don't forget how "great" mine was for years after my split. She sadly is just doing these things to protect T, because you know he is the one that is the hurt one in all of this.

You know I hate to admit to it, but I have also picked sides. I won't call him names but I will also not stand behind him ANY kind of way. The post on FB was kinda the last straw because to me that was nothing but RUDE. You have worked so hard to keep this whole thing off of there and vent here where it is more private. No matter what I love you and glad that you two are friends at this time. Hopefully you guys can keep that part of it all....and if you can you will have to write a book. LOL

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NELLIEC 12/19/2011 2:47PM

    I love the idea of scaring off the testosterone!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/19/2011 12:57PM

    You've created your own sanctuary! I love the fact that the dining room is being functional too!

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LYNNA7499 12/19/2011 12:24PM

  I love the idea of 1 run a month. Also the color run sounds like lots of fun. Your place looks great!

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SCOTMAMA 12/19/2011 11:40AM

    I love to decorate -- and the best part is that you can make it reflect your personality!

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PATTIE253 12/19/2011 11:14AM

    I like the idea of a run a month. The color run sounds like fun!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 12/19/2011 8:22AM

    I LOVE your goal and the kitchen is adorable. No one would ever say it wasn't unique!! ha ha ha ha ha.

Good for you for doing what's best for you.

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BAKER1009 12/19/2011 8:16AM

    I love what you have done with the place so far! Looks like you're outta the boxes finally!
Great goal set! I know you can do it, and so do you!!

I'm happy that you're happy, that's what matters the most! Have an awesome week!

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So much to say....

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Well, I went to run today. I did. Went to find my running pants when I realized that my girls after years of listening to their 80s momma said "oooooooh we DO love leggins..." Of course the leggins are my running pants.


Other than that I have slaced....I mean really slacked. I haven't been a good leader on my team (sorry) and I haven't been on here very much cept to comment some blogs and what not. I definately haven't worked out other than to move, school, and clean. I DID however, stare at my Hip Hop Abs for like an hour wonder what day would be good to start. LOL

I am starting this weekend.

School is out. I did horribly this semester, but am sooooo proud of my girls for attaining honor status despite T's & my separation. We have decided to call it quits. I did cry ( in Science with my oldest sitting next to me...it was um.....yeah.) and I am so ready to use exercise to beat the crap out of this emotional b.s.

I can't wait. I really can't

I will go naked if I have to down to the cabana and work out...well, I won't though because I think my daughter's band teacher lives in this complex and that might be a bad first impression.

Oh Oh!! I sat and figured out some budget stuff today while my Kate was performing for some schools. I am going to do The Biggest Loser Cookbook for the next two weeks. Yeah, I realize that "Julie and Julia" already did this and that's fine...I want to try out all these recipes...they look so good. So I will try them out, hopefully pics and stuff and blog it. I can't start til Monday though as I have to take my girls to San Jose for an all weekend cheer competition. It's gonna be a doooooozer of a weekend!!

On that note I have to be up in a few hours sooo off to hit the showers...See ya Monday!

and don't let me forget batteries for my talking scale...it died...hence the error messages.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 12/12/2011 12:10PM

    Girl, this is JUST what I needed today was to see that you were on here, blogged and going to get back on the ball! The workouts will totally help you with all of the emotions....remember all the time I spent swimming when I left my Ex! LOL.....seems like a lifetime ago! I miss you and wish everyday that we were closer so that we could work out together. Love you sis!!!

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ENDUROVET 12/11/2011 11:15AM

    Deepest condolences - it's always hard & very sad even if absolutely necessary...
Can't even imagine the pain involved when there's multiple children, too - I am overwhelmed w/the juggling involved w/only ONE.
Hang in there, darling. Ch-ch-ch-CHANGES indeed (ain't MY strong suit that's for sure!)

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 12/11/2011 10:39AM

    I know you have been going through a difficult time so I am glad you are starting to recoup and do what is best for you.

Love these new ideas and can't wait to hear how you progress- things will get better. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/10/2011 5:12PM

    You are taking it a day at a time through a rough time in your life, and you are AWESOME.

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SOKKERNUT 12/10/2011 2:19PM

    Wow you have so much going on. Ohhh the little thing called Life that gets in the way sometimes of things we need to do or want to do. That is great the you will be starting fresh and anew. GOOD LUCK! emoticon

Good Luck to your girls this weekend at cheer competition.

Have a great weekend.

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GRANNYSUE9 12/10/2011 12:58PM

    Sorry about your split with T. It sounds like you have made your mind up to get back on track depsite your setbacks!! That is totally awesome. You can do this and remember that you are so worth it!! Have a great weekend and hope your daughters do well at cheer competions! One of my GD does this. She is 6 and so cute.

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BAKER1009 12/10/2011 8:12AM

    You have had so much going on these past several months. Hang in there beautiful girl. Things will come together like they should.

Big Hugs,

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    I am soo PROUD of you for making the decision with T. I KNOW that was soo HARD ! it had to be YOUR Decision ! But it sounded like the one that needed to be made for the stability of ur fam. Also the grades will rebound, once you become stable again,,,, have no doubt. Hon,,,ur going thru so much, I am sooo PROUD OF ALL UR DOING !! WOOHOOOO On doing the excerises,, those will help you with processing things,,,the eomotions ur feelings, and to deal with the anxiety your feeling. HUGS ! Diane

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