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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 26

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I thought I'd take a brief study break from acids & bases, nuclear fission, balancing redox equations (or trying to), and equilibrium equations to do yesterday's Thankful blog. I was actually going to do it yesterday, but my ancient laptop was being uncooperative and I just threw in the towel. I'll post Day 27 (today's) tonight sometime.

Day 26

Today [yesterday] I am thankful for the children in my life. Mostly these consist of my friend's children, since out of 10 of us, only one of my cousins has kids. There was a time in my life were I was completely anti-kid. I had no patience for them. Now, I'm at a point in my life where I'm wondering if I'll ever get to have any of my own. At this point it seems disappointingly unlikely. So, I enjoy my friend's kids while I'm around to.

I don't have an updated photo of Aibree and I, so this will have to do. She is much, much older than this now. And is set to be a big sister to a brother just a few days after my birthday in January!

This is Murray (or MurMur, as I call him). He's the son of my hairdresser friend. Adorable and sweet, this kid is super fun to be around. There are photos of us together, but I don't seem to have them.

This is a little older, too, but it's a photo of Coraline and I. She's the daughter of some family friends.

And finally, this is Killian. He's the brother of Coraline. We were celebrating his baptism. He was looking right at the camera and then when I pushed the shutter button, he looked away. Of course! :-)

  
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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/27/2013 7:40PM

    Haha, babies never look at the camera at the right time! Super adorable pictures!

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DRLMAZ 11/27/2013 4:54PM

  Its always good to take a break. Breaks are good for your mind and health.

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PICKIE98 11/27/2013 4:52PM

    I do not blame yo for wanting to get away from the chemistry and physics,,I hated it..
your friends sure do have beautiful families!!

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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 25

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 25

Today I am thankful for my literacy. No, really. It is something that is so easily taken for granted. Everyone reading this has no problem doing so, but the reality is, even in this day and age, that there are a lot of people that can't read or struggle to read (due to disability). In the U.S. alone 32 million adults can't read. And think about it... what do we all do in our daily lives that require all of us to read? Street signs, billboards, store fronts, advertising flyers, bills to pay, etc. It's just mind blowing! I can't imagine having to navigate this already complicated life unable to read. I can't imagine life without a good book to read to escape reality once in a while. Literacy is something no one thinks about, but is so necessary.

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/il
literacy-rate_n_3880355.html

That's where my stats came from... well, the links in that link...


Louis enjoys his comfort while I have to utilize my literacy skillz in chem.

  
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GONABFITCOWGIRL 11/27/2013 1:44PM

    I absolutely love that you wrote about this! I have an uncle who do to disability cannot read or write. It definitely puts things into perspective when you hear how difficult it is to simply give him directions somewhere. It is such an important part of our lives and its easy to overlook. Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/27/2013 12:13PM

    Such an important thing that I absolutely take for granted! I can't imagine how hard it must be to live in this world without the ability to read. There are literally words everywhere.

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OBIESMOM2 11/26/2013 1:58PM

    I saw a made-for-TV-movie many years ago with Dennis Weaver about illiteracy. It was really eye-opening. All that we take for granted, just because we can read.
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SMILINGTREE 11/26/2013 12:09PM

    We had a neighbor once who would bring me various pieces of mail to read. He could recognize the numbers on his bills, and paid them, but that was about it. He wasn't a dumb man, either -- he just fell through the cracks somehow. In fact, I know a few adults who can't read, or who struggle to do so. Literacy is a good one!

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/26/2013 11:55AM

    There is nothing like a big fluffy cat to make a home more comfy.

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It's true. Many Americans can read/write just enough to pay bills or read a sign and that's about it. I suspect there are plenty of people who would like to go back to school to learn, but perhaps they think school is too expensive (true) or that they are too old to learn (not true). It's never too late to learn how to read or write.

Of course, I'm always amazed at the number of people who aren't interested in reading a book or magazine. I enjoy watching TV as much as the next person, but I like to read too. But then, I was always a book worm.

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/26/2013 11:49AM

    We don't often think about just how fortunate we are and what a big difference a simple thing like reading makes in our lives. Thanks for pointing this out to us!

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JAMBABY0 11/25/2013 8:47PM

    oh my, VERY comfortable! Thanks for sharing

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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 22, 23 & 24

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 22

Today... err... Friday, I was thankful for my Kindle Fire. I am the type of person that likes books made out of paper and ink. But, I got my Kindle Fire for ease of travel and because I'd always wanted one for use on a treadmill. By sheer dumb luck I ended up with a treadmill, too. The treadmill I got has a plug and speaker built into it. So, I'm able to plug my Kindle into the treadmill itself and have the sound blast out at me. Good thing, too, 'cuz my headphones are going out on me and I hate earbuds. Anyway, I'm able to watch my Netflix on my Kindle, so I can watch a show and walk/jog at the same time. It's a nice distraction.

Um... I'm pretty sure ya'll know what a Kindle looks like, so I'm just going to not put a photo here.

Day 23

Saturday I was/am thankful fo my cousin Olivia. She's 2 years older than I am, but we grew up pretty close. Lately she's been the one to take me to church and encourage my spiritual growth. We always have fun and laugh constantly whenever we get together. We're goofy and odd. Intellectual and humorous. Sometimes it feels like she's my only friend here.

We were engaged in some sort of coffee related shenanigans at some point.

Day 24

Today, now that I'm caught up, I'm thankful for 1960's & 1970's rock'n'roll. That's my main music genre of choice. My YouTube playlist is off the chain:
Fleetwood Mac
Bob Seger
The Zombies
Heart
The Faces
Buffalo Springfield
King Harvest
Cher
Looking Glass
Electric Light Orchestra
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Procol Harum
Queen
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
Bob Dylan
The Who
Pink Floyd
The Doors
Van Morrison
America
Genesis
Kiss

And LOTS of:
Led Zeppelin
Neil Young
Jimi Hendrix

Yeah.

The only thing cooler than Jimi Hendrix is Bill Murray dressed as Jimi Hendrix.

  
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GREGGWEISBROD 11/29/2013 2:11PM

    I was very much, and am to some degree still, in the same camp regarding a love for paper books. I made a switch two years ago though to an e-reader, for convenience and the ability to have a library of books at my immediate disposal, and never looked back. I still read the odd paper back novel, but it's few and far apart.

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SPRING4FAL 11/25/2013 2:51PM

    Jill!!! It is awesome that you have the treadmill up and running. I am so bummed I won't be there for the Iron Girl 5k though! You guys are going to have a blast. The kindle/treadmill sounds like an awesome combo! Wooo hooo!!!


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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/25/2013 11:05AM

    Great things to be thankful for! The pictures of Olivia are awesome, as is Bil Murray as Jimi Hendrix! Sounds like you've got a sweet set up with your treadmill and Kindle. I ran on the treadmill at the gym yesterday...I'm a little scared of how the race is gonna in a couple weeks! ;)

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SDLOV3R 11/25/2013 10:51AM

    Haha! That picture at the end is amazing! I'm glad you have someone close by who supports you the way Olivia does. Kelly is my Olivia. :-) I'm always a little envious of people who grew up around extended family. I'm not close with mine. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Thanks for sharing this! ♡♡♡

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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 21

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 21

Today I'm thankful for salad. I know it's crazy, but I could seriously eat salad every day. As long as it wasn't the same salad every day. And that's the best part about salad! There are so many things that can go into a salad and make it awesome so that you could have a different yummy salad every day UNTIL YOU DIE. Plus, what easier way to get in a ton of veggies and/or fruits into your diet. If you ate 2 cups of salad with your dinner every night, BOOM! That's like 2-3 servings of your daily freggies right there. It's a no-brainer. Keeping it to mostly freggies, vinaigrette dressings, a few seeds or nuts for some good fats, lean protein on top, and you've got a healthy meal. Salad, it should always be what's for part of dinner.


Chicken Chef Salad from a few weeks ago: grilled chicken breast, yellow cherry tomatoes, shredded beets, cucumber, purple cabbage, black olives, hard-boiled egg, and REAL bacon crumbles (none of that jarred crap- I cooked my own bacon THEN CRUMBLED IT), and some bleu cheese crumbles, topped with a bleu cheese red wine vinaigrette. YUM!!!

And for this Christmas, you might wanna consider this massive hit:

Can be found at my other blog (that I keep meaning to update)
potatoestopeaches.com/nutrition/red-
green-christmas-salad/

  
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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/22/2013 5:31PM

    Your salads look so professional! I'm thankful for salads, too! I can't eat any right now because my stomach can't handle raw veggies so I"ll live vicariously through you! :)

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DSHONEYC 11/22/2013 5:06PM

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You have reinvented salads...and I agree. A salad a day gives you all the veggies and fruits you need! I practically eat one a day.... You are one smart "cookie"! And I want you to have a great weekend. These are your "salad days".
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ARCHIMEDESII 11/22/2013 11:33AM

    YUM ! Now that's a good looking salad. although, I'd pass on the shredded beets. LOL !!

If it weren't so dang cold out, I'd eat a salad 365 days a year too ! In the winter, I tend to eat more warm veggies like sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, etc.

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JTAMSYN 11/22/2013 10:11AM

    Your salads look delicious. Now you've got me craving salad! emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 11/22/2013 10:02AM

    Salads are amazing. It's so awesome how you can go from a Greek Salad, to a Taco salad with just a few adjustments. Feta cheese and artichokes, or black beans and salsa? A world of flavors easy accessible!

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/21/2013 10:35PM

    Those salads look and sound so good! emoticon

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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 20

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 20

Today I am thankful for free treadmills. That's right! I finally got it and jammed it in my house. I set it up today and took her for a test run. I was quite pleased. It's a little more narrow than I'm used to (after all, it's for home use, not a gym). But, as long as I can raise and lower the incline, speed it up and slow it down, and keep track of the time, then I'm good to go. And this treadmill does all that, so woo! I did my training on it today since it was warm outside. Having it keep a steady pace involves a lot of benefits for me: I know how fast I'm going, I don't tire out too quickly, I can avoid shin splints, and it's easier on my asthma (which is uncontrolled at the present :-S). I also don't have to jump over puddles, avoid uneven ground, and dodge piles of garbage or broken glass on my canal route.

Unfortunately, that also means I average a slower pace. While I've been doing around a 16 minute mile outdoors, I averaged a 19 minute mile on the treadmill. So, now I know I can go a little faster than I thought and be okay. And I'll work on controlling my asthma with my meds... that the doc forgot to call in to the pharmacy... and then the doc's office was closed today mysteriously... so I'll try to get all that sorted tomorrow.


Lou was curious about the new treadmill while it was off and unplugged. As soon as I turned that thing on he was all "WTF!!!!" And I didn't see him again until I turned it back off and unplugged it after my training.

  
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ARUNNINGKAT 11/21/2013 12:31PM

    Congrats on the free treadmill! I have a love/hate relationship with mine, but I am so grateful to have it. Although where I live we exercise indoors because of the extreme cold. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/20/2013 11:01PM

    That's great, Jill! Free things are always the best! :) Have fun on your treadmill!

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