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About me...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Survey about me. Just fun to know more about each other. Copy and paste it if you like!

1. What time did you get up this morning?
5:34 am

2. How do you like your steak?
Medium rare

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
True Grit

4. What is your favorite TV show?

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Washington or Oregon

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Grapefruit, glass of milk, low fat muffin
7. What is your favorite cuisine?

8. What foods do you dislike?

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Good Italian restaurants--Magic Tomato (local)

10. Favorite dressing?
Crescent City's (local restaurant) House

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Mercury Cougar

12. What are your favorite clothes?
t-shirt and denim shorts

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
1/2 full

15. Where would you want to retire?
Tennesee Mountains

16. Favorite time of day?

17. Where were you born?

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?

19. How many siblings?
Two brothers

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?

21. Bird watcher?

22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning 23. Do you have any pets?
A beloved yellow Lab named Marilyn (as in Monroe!)

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
Sorry none at the moment

25. What did you want to be when you were little?
A fashion designer

26. What is your best childhood memory?
Spending time with Aunt Jo

27. Are you a cat or dog person?

28. Are you married?
Yes- 31+ years

29. Always wear your seat belt?

30. Been in a car accident?
Yes twice, hit from behind

31. Any pet peeves
People who lie!

32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
cheese, pepperoni

33. Favorite Flower?

34. Favorite ice cream?
Jamocha Almond Fudge

35. Favorite fast food restaurant?
36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?

37. From whom did you get your last email?
Knit Picks

38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
JC Penney, when I worked there in the 80s

39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
My life is nothing but spontaneity!

40. Like your job?

41. Broccoli?
Yum, loaded with cheese!

42. What was your favorite vacation?
Cruise to Cozumel

43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
My husband and son

44. What are you listening to right now?
Local radio station--"I'm Falling to Pieces!

45. What is your favorite color?

46. How many tattoos do you have?

47. How many people will fill this out?
Lots, hopefully this is fun!

48. What time did you finish this quiz?
2:26 p.m.

49. Coffee Drinker?
By the potful!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IMPROVINGME 1/25/2011 10:00PM

    Enjoyed reading about you!

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STEPHIEKNITS 1/25/2011 12:14PM

    These are so fun to read and find out about each other!

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CHRISTURTLE 1/25/2011 4:18AM

    It is fun to answer, isn't it? Fun to read and compare answers too, and a great way to learn more about each other. I used to be a real coffee addict, tried to cut it down and failed, so decided to learn to be coffee free - agonizingly hard for the first few days, now I settle for chai tea or Caro Extra, a cereal based caffeine free coffee substitute. I save my coffee drinking as a reward, sometimes unjustified, lol.

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SILLYHP1953 1/24/2011 9:41PM

    Nice to get to know you a little bit more! I think I'm going to Italy in March, first time out of the country, except to Canada.

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TOMMIEISME 1/24/2011 3:28PM

    Nice Blog !!!!

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Six Inches!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Okay, get your mind out of the gutter! I am not talking about THOSE six inches, I am talking about my new waistline! I lost my measuring tape so I have not had the "pleasure" of measuring my waist for a long time. I hit a weight loss plateau and have not lost any pounds in about a month. I have been a little discouraged, especially with the holidays here and having to make the grand sacrifice of accounting for every bite of food that hits my lips!

Yesterday I had an "ah hah!" moment when reading ELIZARN's blog in the midst of my self pity. She stated that many of us do not really want to lose weight unless we want to do the work to lose it (not an exact quote!). That gave me a whole new perspective on my whining about food deprivation and exercise! As I started my morning with my new attitude I remembered that I had bought a measuring tape when I went Christmas shopping. I dug through my bags, retrieved it, and wrapped that baby around my body parts. . . SIX inches off my waist!! I am now sculpting an actual indentation where it is!

I say all of this just to remind all my fellow Sparkers that the scale is not the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent god of weight loss! There are other measures that can be just as rewarding! I have a new energy to continue, and I hope you do as well! Happy Holidays to all! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    WTG! Sometimes you won't see it on the scale - but you will in the mirror and in your clothes!!

I don't want to lose you - you're the only close-to-me Spark Buddy I have!!

My time is not my own, I take my dad to dialysis 3X week - but one day we are going to get together!!


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TKAYSMILES 12/15/2010 5:56PM

    Awesome job!! Keep up the great work! I have also hit a major plateau and was planning on doing some measurements this afternoon myself!! Thanks for reminding me!

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DONNAJZ4241 12/15/2010 5:47PM

    Wow!!! Good for you! That's AMAZING and such an accomplishment! I"m so happy for you!!! emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 12/12/2010 8:35PM

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That is wonderful! Scales are not the end all be all.

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HAVE-MERCY 12/8/2010 7:23AM

    Fantastic!!! I am so proud of you!!!! emoticon

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TAMTAMM 12/7/2010 5:02PM

    I was a little disappointed when you said it wasn't THAT 6 inches. hahah
No really that is emoticonthat you lost 6 inches in the waist. emoticon emoticon
You should be very very proud of yourself!!

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IVY56044 12/7/2010 4:49PM

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True Confessions

Friday, December 03, 2010

Well, this is hard for me to do, but I must confess that for the first time since joining SP I fell off the proverbial wagon for almost a whole week! The holidays are really hard at our house...we have Thanksgiving, three birthdays in December (1, 9, & 19th), and then Christmas and New Years! I confess to all of my friends that I ate over my calorie allowance 3/6 days! Am I a failure? What does God think of me after I implored Him for help and grace?

That's the bad news, but the good news is, I went over, but only 100-200 calories over! What a difference from last year! I do NOT feel like a failure nor a sinner, I just enjoyed life! The difference is not just how fewer calories I consumed, but that they were planned calories! I tracked every bite and planned these...I know life happens and I am right back on the plan!

In the past, I would have given in on Thanksgiving day to all of the holiday delicacies and kept on going until New Year's Day. Now I have no desire to continue gorging...I see an end in sight. Are you as amazed as I am that Christmas is almost here? Does it seem to you that we just celebrated Christmas 2009? That's how fast a year goes, and when I think about how fast it will arrive in 2011 it gives me the motivation to keep on working the program because at this time next year, in a seemingly blink of an eye, I will be at my goal! Be of good courage, my Spark Friends, your destiny is awaiting you! Happy Holidays to all! emoticon emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 12/12/2010 8:32PM

    You are doing great!! Thanks for the motivation.

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DONNAJZ4241 12/3/2010 10:15PM

    Way to go! You planned what you were eating, tracked it and went over just a little...but didn't let it make you lose control. Congratulations! emoticon

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STEPHIEKNITS 12/3/2010 3:18PM

    I agree. I don't see it as fall off the wagon, you planned and you enjoyed well. That is very good!

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NEVERORNOW 12/3/2010 2:05PM

    You did very well! emoticonI'd not even think of that as falling off the wagon, lol, more like you just leaned over the side a bit and then caught yourself!

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LORISMITH_125 12/3/2010 1:38PM

    Give yourself a break- 100-200 calaories over during the holidays is not a failure, heck, adding a piece of pie to your day adds more than that, so you made some adjustments somewhere. It is hard this time of year, but it will be fine if you just increase your physical activity a little, that what I'm trying to do. Good luck!

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My Champions of Creativity

Monday, November 08, 2010

One of the side activities that my BFF (RLPPHD) and I have taken on is working through the book, The Artist's Way. The book is all about releasing your creative self to enrich your life. One of the assignments was to time travel through your Personal Creative Champions' Hall of Fame. This was a very painful exercise for me, for three of my champions who had great influences on my life are deceased. I am writing this to honor their memories.

My dad is number 1! Not that Dad could write, draw, paint, or do anything artistic, but he was always my biggest cheerleader. He had huge dreams for me. He accepted nothing less than me being the first in the family to get a college degree. When I was placed in "average" classes in school he told the teachers how smart I was and that I needed to move to more advanced classes. Not a day went by in his life that he didn't tell me how much he loved me, and when we were together he would take my hand and squeeze it. I was his "Linnie." He adored my son, Chris, who was the only grandchild he knew. Dad was the man in my life that made me feel special and capable.

My mom was my creative champion in a totally different way. She was an introvert and non-demonstrative. I never heard her tell me she loved me in her entire life, yet I was her closest pal. She was an artist, not by trade, but by passion. Our house was always a mess because she was elbow deep into some new project. She loved to express her creativity through cooking, sewing, painting, needlework, crochetings, woodworking,...well, you name it and she tried it! She shared her love for crafting with me and taught me everything she knew. She was never afraid to try a new technique, and because she did it, I did it too! She was the person who gave me the courage to try new things, and to not demand perfection in my life.

Grandma was my security blanket. Widowed at a young age, she learned to drive, to manage money, and to make a fulfilling life independent of anyone else! After Grandpa died and she emerged from his shadow, she let her light shine, and she took me, the first-born grandchild along for the ride. I learned to be bold from my grandma...although she was a round, rotund lady, she didn't let that get in her way! She traveled the world, literally. She belonged to social clubs. She and I took a road trip to Indiana, just for the fun of it! She sent me to "charm" school, and supported everything I did, including eloping with the love of my life!

I cannot leave out one other special lady in my life...and thankfully, she is still alive and well, my Aunt Jo. Aunt Jo is a rock star to all of my current friends, because they hear me talk so much about her! Aunt Jo was 12 when I was born, and we have a picture of her holding me in front of the Christmas tree saying, "This is the only present I need for Christmas!" Aunt Jo was my big toy, my whole life! She has always been so much fun to be around! She taught me to twirl a baton, to play all kinds of games, and to have fun! To this day, although she lives nearly 1000 miles away, I look forward to talking with her on the phone, and even more to visiting with her. She taught me to have fun in life.

So there you have it...Dad taught me that I was capable, Mom, how to create, Grandma, to be bold, and Aunt Jo, to have fun through it all! What a group they are. My parents died way too young, and although Grandma had a long life, I think she died too young as well! She was still young at heart. And Aunt Jo? She is a survivor...she has survived breast cancer and melanoma...hmmmm, maybe there's a lesson in that for me!

In memory of: Richard Tedder, 1934-1985; Mary Jane Tedder, 1937-1999; LaVera Master, 1909-1993.

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NEVERORNOW 12/2/2010 7:12PM

    I love this story! You were very blessed to have so many great influences. I'll bet they'd all be very proud of you!

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SILLYHP1953 11/18/2010 7:30PM

    I started crying reading this blog. Not sad exactly, just a lot of emotion coming through. The emotions of the writer stays with their words. I ended up loving your family by the end of your blog. You were/are lucky to have them.

I haven't started the Artist's Way yet, still wanting to read more in the book. Trying to figure out how much earlier I might need to get up to write three pages every morning before going to work. I get up at 5:30 am now and meditate 20 minutes. Writing right after that would be a good time, but I'll need to get up earlier than 5:30. Sigh.

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IMPROVINGME 11/9/2010 12:41AM

    What a beautiful tribute to your Personal Creative Champions!
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HAVE-MERCY 11/8/2010 6:53PM

    This is fantastic! I am glad to know you a little more through your blog! emoticon

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MAINLADY 11/8/2010 6:28PM

    What a wonderful tribute to the four people in your life who helped you become you. What a valuable lesson you must have learned just by writing this blog. It sure gave me food for thought and I might just do the same thing.

Thanks so much for sharing the people who loved you.


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My Three Sons

Sunday, October 31, 2010

With the birth of my first grandchild and the transformation that SP has sparked, I have done a lot of reflecting on the fruit of my three sons! They are the apple of my eye! I would give my left arm (I am a southpaw!) if it would give them a better life...but as I have embarked upon this journey, I have seen how they have helped me become a better person and made my life so much richer!

My first born is Chris...he came into this world 5 weeks early, a healthy 10 lbs., announcing his presence by wetting in the doctors face! He screamed constantly when he was away from me, and by 12 months old was wearing a 4T! At 28 years old, Chris is 6'4" and grabbing life by the tail! He is always smiling and loves to be around people! Life is pure joy for him, and he works and plays harder than anyone I know. Although he doesn't scream anymore when he is away from me, he will be the first of the three to proclaim his undying affection and gratitude for the sacrifices made in parenting. From him, I have learned to show love and tenderness, for that child peeled open my heart like it never had been before!

Rick, now 25 and the father of my grandchild, I nicknamed, "My Sweet Baby." He was as quiet and subdued as Chris was exhuberant. I used to check his breath because it seemed he slept too much. He is so much like his father in that he is steady and loyal and devoted to family. He also works extremely hard, but unlike Chris, his play is tame and structured. Although he is not one to exhude affection, he is the one who stays in touch and calls to check on the family.

My husband and I always joked that practice makes perfect, and Michael, 15, is as close to perfect as a child can get! Being older when he was born, we were both relaxed, and he had two very doting fans in his brothers! Michael is special in that he has an old soul...he has always been very spiritual and mature. He already knows what he wants out of life (to be an author) and is fixed upon getting there! He is the disciplined son...he has been my inspiration at the gym, and he works incessantly on his novels. He is friendly, polite, and outgoing. I cannot wait to see what he will show the world!

I have learned so much from each of them...the joy of each situation, the importance of loyalty, and the wisdom of perseverance. This has made me a better person, and hopefully, a smaller person. The journey is sparkling with opportunity and adventure, full of people and activities that I will never forget nor give up!

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MAMADWARF 11/6/2010 11:13PM

    Love hearing about your boys. I used to say, " when do we get to the good part? when does it become rewarding like everyone says?" Then one day, it just is there suddenly and you never see it coming. Oh yeah, I am jealous you have a grand kid!!! lol

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DONNAJZ4241 11/6/2010 11:05PM

    That was an absolutely beautiful and heart touching blog. I'm sure they are each so special in large part due to their special mother

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CHRISTURTLE 10/31/2010 3:44PM

    What an absolutely beautiful blog. I'ts early morning here, and just reading of the love you all have for each other has brought tears to my eyes. I woke feeling a little lacklustre this morning, after a night spent tossing and turning for some reason, but your blog has put a smile on my face, and makes me want to go out and smile at everyone I meet.

You are blessed with your three sons, they all sound completely different to each other, as are my three girls. I hope you will show this blog to each of your sons, and give them a hug and kiss as you tell them once again how much you love them and how they are the inspiration for your healthy life.

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MAINLADY 10/31/2010 1:04PM

    What a wonderful way to honor your sons. I hope you let them read this blog so they'll know how very special they are to you. They probably know it anyway, but for them to read your words will make them feel extra special.

Good luck to you on your continued journey to weight loss. Your little grandbaby has a special grandma. What fun you'll have watching her grow. I have three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. They are all special in their own way.

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WENDYSPARKS 10/31/2010 11:28AM


Wendy :) emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 10/31/2010 11:25AM

    Sweetie, what a lovely blog to read on a Sunday morning, one of gratitude and love, you are truly blessed, and may God continue to smile on you and yours emoticon

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HAVE-MERCY 10/31/2010 8:44AM

    You are right! Micheal is as close to perfect as you can get! emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 10/31/2010 8:08AM

    Awwww...this is sooo sweet. Congrats on the birth of your grandchild ! I have 3 too, but a girl first, then two boys ....the oldest is 22, the youngest just turned 15, same personality and temperament differences. No grandkids though, yet ! Enjoy !!!!

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