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June-y Bloom

Saturday, June 01, 2013

After a forever-long cold spring, it's starting to feel like summer may actually show up! I swear I was meant to live in southern California or Florida. The older I get, the more I just long for hot weather!
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June is here, and I'm ready for summer. I am excited about getting back to running regularly. I was sidelined for most of April and May, due to illness, injury, and then busy-ness. The last one being a lame excuse, I know. You can almost always find a way to squeeze in exercise. But May really was over-the-top busy around here with kids' activities (sports, concerts, musicals, parades). But now, I'm ready to run. I started easing back into it last week, and it went better than I expected. Today I'll do 2.5 miles around a 5mph pace, alternating walking.
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We have a surprise birthday party today for my uncle, who turned 80. Isn't it funny how the older you get, those older ages don't seem as old as they used to? My uncle doesn't seem that old to me. He's in good health and just the same jokester that he's always been. I'm looking forward to the party, and I hope he's pleasantly surprised!
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Before the birthday party, I'd like to stop by the furniture store where I've picked out some lovely wicker-rattan furniture for our sunporch and finally make a decision. It would be nice to get hubby's stamp of approval before actually making the purchase.
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Overall, life is pretty good for me right now. My kids are doing well, and my job feels fresh and interesting, with fun new challenges and opportunities.
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Here's a fun Sparky tie-in. I was asked to give a little talk at work about SparkPeople. There's some kind of health day coming up at work, and someone asked me to talk about what I've used to help me lose weight. I try to evangelize as much as possible because I know what it's like to struggle with losing weight and what it took for me to finally get it. Winging it may work for some people. For me, knowledge was key. Calorie-counting, measuring, exercising, tracking -- in a word: SPARKPEOPLE -- made all the difference for me. When you're enthused about something, it's fun to share that information with others!
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KALIGIRL 6/1/2013 4:17PM

    Here's to sharing your enthusiasm!

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KNYAGENYA 6/1/2013 2:53PM

    Have fun at the party. I look forward to the blog about how your talk went. You will do great!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27, 2013

I hope every one of you gets some time to relax and spend time with the people you love!

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KALIGIRL 5/27/2013 12:18PM

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KARRENLYNN 5/27/2013 10:45AM

    Same to you as well!

Karen

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KNYAGENYA 5/27/2013 9:49AM

    You too. Happy Memorial day.

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SUNSHINE99999 5/27/2013 8:57AM

  and may He forgive our mistakes. A BIG thank you to those who gave. emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 5/27/2013 8:40AM

    HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! God Bless Everyone! Vic.

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Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I'm going to visit my mom today and am hoping that my kids' gift to me is cleaning up the kitchen without grumbling.

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KALIGIRL 5/13/2013 10:24AM

    Love it!

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KNYAGENYA 5/12/2013 3:38PM

    I hope you have a wondetful Mother's day...and a clean house.

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SPARKLED146 5/12/2013 1:59PM

    Happy Mother's Day!

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Day 4: Startling Revelations

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Day 4 was just fine, thank you very much. I'm doing a lot better keeping my eating in range.

The real news of the day is two startling revelations:

1) I have issues spending money! Whenever I embark on a major purchase, I become the most indecisive person in the world! What's up with that? I've been thinking about getting an ipad, and Target has a sale on them this week PLUS I have a 5%-off coupon PLUS I could open a Target credit card and get another 5% off. Still, they're expensive! I didn't really know which exact model I wanted. After a lengthy conversation with the electronics department sales associate, I had to walk away to decide. Do I want the mini or the full-size? How much memory? And DO I EVEN NEED/WANT THIS THING?!?!?! How can I spend $400-600 on something I'm not even sure I need? I went back and forth on this decision 3 or 4 times while looking at patio furniture. There too, I was sure I was going to buy some plastic adirondack chairs, despite the fact that I REALLY wanted wooden ones, but my hubby refuses to make them for me because they'll take up too much space in the shed in the winter. UGH. So plastic stackable adirondack chairs... I walked out of the store without buying one single thing, partly congratulating myself for not being a materialistic, careless spender, and partly wondering how I'm ever going to furnish the deck and porch when I talk myself out of every piece of furniture I lay my eyes on. It's tough being me. [sarcasm]

2) Last summer I discovered some really good hotdogs at our local grocery store. Say what you want about hotdogs. I know. But I believed that these hotdogs, being produced right there in our local grocery store, in their meat department, bearing a label of "All Natural No Preservatives" were better than gross hotdogs. And they tasted good. So. They disappeared from the shelves last fall, and I assumed it was a summer-only item. That's okay. We don't really eat hotdogs, except in the summer. So. The last few trips to the grocery store, I wandered by the wide selection of hotdogs and have not seen the good ones. So I stopped by the meat counter and asked. The guy at the counter said, "We discontinued them." I expressed my disappointment, and the dude said, "Do you want to know why?" Yeah! "Do you remember the stories in the news last year about pink slime?" That's right. I threw up in my mouth and vowed to never eat hotdogs again. (Turns out they weren't actually PRODUCED in our local store, which I think it fraudulent, as they bore the store label. I might sue. [sarcasm])

Today, aside from not eating hodogs, I intend to continue my quest for patio and deck furniture. I am NOT buying an ipad. Seriously. I need one like I need a hole in the head.

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NEWMOMOVER40 5/11/2013 5:16PM

    @beechnut13, that's what I was thinking, and if you make the covers yourself you don't even have to spend too much on them ... I was surprised to find out that fabric stores sell that kind of fabric! LOL. I agree - get the furniture you need to make your deck useable. Maybe you could save money by getting them on Craigslist or at Goodwill!

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KNYAGENYA 5/11/2013 11:14AM

    Yikes! Thanks for reminding me as to why I do not eat hot dogs. Get the furniture...it lasts longer. Good luck.

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BEECHNUT13 5/11/2013 10:37AM

    Ewwwwwww....... blech....

If you cover your patio furniture in the winter, you don't have to put it in the garage - hint, hint. Although, the covers are also pretty expensive.

Good luck!

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RESPONSIBLE4ME 5/11/2013 10:21AM

    Pink slime? Gross! Maybe avoid hot dogs all together unless you make them at home!
I'm the same way with money. I never spend money on myself. Part of the reason (for me at least) is that I think I don't feel i'm worth spending money on but the other part, I think, is that i grew up in a family with everything was surrounded by money and how much we had so i think my childhood might have been aversion therapy for that bit. Regardless, you have a deck-- furnish it so you can enjoy it! Have a great day! emoticon

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Day 3... A Day That Was

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Ok, let's get this over with.

I did just fine and dandy until our work outing/party/celebration, during which I saw fit to consume several cocktails and then several slices of pizza. Which would have been enough right there. But no. I went home and decided I was still hungry and had a bowl of the world's best pasta salad. (Oh yeah, pasta, mayo, dried cherries, turkey, almonds... You may try to resist, but it calls out to you from the refrigerator: EAT ME! EAT ME!)

So.... Long Story Short: 800 calories over. Booooooooooo! A hiccup in the plan. No biggie. No whoop.

I stepped on the scale this morning and was down 2 pounds. Go figure.

Today I am angelic again. Sing it, Gloria Gaynor.

I WILL SURVIVE!

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KNYAGENYA 5/10/2013 9:31AM

    I understand the allure of these foods. Since I am gluten intolerant I can no longer eat those foods but I would have loved to do it. Today is a new day to start over.

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PEACHY78 5/9/2013 10:01PM

    Your right, each day is a new opportunity to get things right, and one bad day does not overturn all the hard work you put into a new and healthy lifestyle.

I have to say though, I would keep that pasta salad in a different county and not in your kitchen.

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