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Saturday, March 24, 2012

(to the tune of "Rollin', rollin', rollin'... keep those doggies rollin'... RAWHIDE!")

I spent so much time refining my running plan this morning that I almost didn't have time to run! HA! I'm just so excited to feel good again and be able to run again. I am really looking forward to my next 5k and want to do great at it! emoticon

Today I decided I needed to run a nice, easy pace and max out my mileage for the week -- and run without walking. I ran a whole 16 minutes without walking!! I could've gone farther but that would've put me over in miles and I so don't want to hurt my knees again. So....... I'm just thrilled that it felt wonderful and do-able again! YIPPEE!!

Now we're off to a piano recital and HUNGER GAMES!

Happy Saturday!

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DHARMAPHILE 3/27/2012 4:24PM

    That's fantastic! Well done!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/24/2012 1:47PM

    16 mins running non stop is awesome! Yay! Have fun @ the Hunger Games!! I am so jealous!

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OFF938 3/24/2012 1:43PM

    Good for you! You have stuck with your plan and look at the progress you have made! I am so proud of you!!!!

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"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Psalm 118:24

That verse was playing in my head this morning, like a song. That happens to me with music all the time. That never happens to me with Bible verses. I'm not a scripture-quoting kind of gal. In fact, I had to google it to find out that it is Psalm 118:24.

So... what's got me rejoicing in this day that the Lord made? Is today better than last Tuesday, for example? No. You know what it is? An attitude shift! I have the same struggles and the same life, but I'm feeling so much better. Rather than throwing up my hands in disgust, I'm tackling stuff. And it feels good!

Could it be, quite simply, a renewed happiness because this long, cold winter is over (and truly, it was MILD), and the sun is shining? That is part of the reason, I'm sure.

I must have a quoty brain this morning, because now this popped into my head: Ours is not to reason why.

Perhaps I shouldn't be overanalyzing the WHY of my happiness and just "rejoice and be glad in it" and thank God for giving me this day and this good attitude and the gift of thankfulness.

Happy Sunday, one and all!

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READINGLOTS 3/20/2012 11:38PM

    It is wonderful when verses/songs come to mind. I know it encourages me and keeps me focused!! emoticon

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READINGLOTS 3/13/2012 12:16AM

    I enjoyed your enthusiasm for the word and the gifts God has given--including the lovely weather. It is so cool that the verses set the tone and you have a lovely day!!!!

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COMETER 3/11/2012 9:45PM

    I think you're on the right track NOT over-analyzing. Rejoice. Be glad. That sounds well sufficient for now.

Happy Sunday!

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

I'm having the best day! Lying on a beach, sipping a margarita? Nope. Enjoying some romance with my true love? Nuh-uh. I've been cleaning the house all day!!!! Getting things in order feels SO GOOD!

It's our first truly GORGEOUS day of spring -- windows open, short sleeves on, blue sky, birds chirping. Oh! BEAUTIFUL!

Hubby and kids have been great today -- cheerful and helpful and just overall nice to have around. What a treat! Get this: They washed my car! Inside and out, and WAXED. It's never been this clean. And it was BAAAAAAAAAAAAAD.

And then, to top it all off, I was borderline considering blowing off my run today because my to-do list is so long. I was getting to that point of needing a break from cleaning for a while, so I went for a nice run around our neighborhood. I took it easy and walked a fair amount. When I got home, I mapped it out and was surprised to see I went 3.21 miles! Hurrah! The whole time I was running, I just felt so great and grateful.

Life is good!

And the day isn't over! More goodness to come. We're going to run some errands and maybe even go out for dinner. Maybe we'll watch a movie later. This is what it's like to not have the day carved in stone and super high expectations for getting it all done. We got a lot done with joy in our hearts and no worry about the things left undone. And there's still time for fun. I LOVE IT!

LIFE IS GREAT! emoticon

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DHARMAPHILE 3/12/2012 2:42PM

    Sounds just perfect!

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ROCKINMOM77 3/11/2012 9:29AM

    emoticon I need to get into spring cleaning mode!! It is supposed to be in the mid 60's this week here in WI, I am sure it will hit!! Have a great day!!

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OFF938 3/10/2012 9:04PM

    Well done! You deserved a day like today!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/10/2012 6:55PM

    Wonderful. Sounds like a very relaxing and beautiful day!

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A "What Is This World Coming To" Rant

Friday, March 09, 2012

I was just poking around the internet, reading some celebrity gossip. I don't know what compelled me to read the comments. WHY am I compelled to read the comments? More importantly, WHY are people so mean?

First I read something about Dennis Quaid getting divorced. Probably 75% of the comments were mean-spirited. A few chimed in with "I like his acting." Then for some unknown reason I hopped over to some fashion news site where people truly had NOTHING kind to say. A picture of and short article about Sarah Jessica Parker prompted 100% of the commenters to proclaim how ugly and old she looks. Seriously?!?!?! Just yesterday I read comments on a page about Goldie Hawn where people were bitching about plastic surgery and saying women should age gracefully, and now this pic of SJP has people decrying how OLD she looks. Are you kidding me? She looks AMAZING. Not everyone has the exact features in the exact proportions that beauty mags and Hollywood tell us we should have. What are 99.9% of women supposed to do? Crawl in a hole or wear a bag over our heads? PEOPLE?!?!?!

The problem is all this anonymous commenting makes people feel like it's okay to say the meanest nastiest thing just to be obnoxious. Do they think it's funny? Whatever their demons are, I don't understand why anyone would go out of their way to be mean. That article about SJP was about something odd she wore -- a white see-through top with a black bra. So go ahead and comment on that. It was unusual, but then, she often dons daring dress. But to go on bashing her face -- the face she was born with and by all appearances hasn't altered surgically -- I just can't abide.

So here I am, enjoying the freedom and anonymity of the internet to share my views with the world... and decrying the tactlessness of so many who also enjoy that same freedom. Why not use the freedom for good instead of harm? (Watch the Stop Kony 2012 video online! Spread the word!) Use social media to do the world some good.

This still applies:

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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SURLYGIRL 3/10/2012 7:57AM

    Hmmm - I am guilty of this also. I find myself gossiping behind people's back and it's not very nice of me. I am more aware of it lately and have been trying to censor myself. You're right - if you have nothing nice to say - say nothing at all.

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MOMCHEERS 3/9/2012 11:58PM

    Whole heartedly agree on this one! Actors/Celebrities are people too! They have feelings too! People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks! Nobody out there is perfect- what a world we'd live in if we'd all make a little bit of effort to be kind to one another - or at least bite our tongues once in awhile!

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JODROX 3/9/2012 11:10PM

    Which makes me think.... I've joined in the ranting in the Biggest Loser team about some contestants who are meanies... but then, our comments are mean-spirited too, are they not? Hm, must check myself. On top of hating meanness, I hate hypocrisy!

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Done Being Sick?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Do I dare say it? I *think* I feel better. It's been on-again off-again for a couple weeks, which has messed up my running, let me tell you. Today, I do believe, I feel well rested, with a "normal" tummy............ and very puffy eyes, but who cares about that!

So I'm off to have a "normal" day. Hurrah!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/6/2012 11:15AM

    Good to hear!

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ROCKINMOM77 3/6/2012 9:18AM

    Have a great day emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 3/6/2012 8:20AM

  Thanks for sharing

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