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Friday, October 30, 2009

This is what I brought for our office Halloween party/potluck.

It's causing quite a stir!!

We will see if anyone eats it!!!


P. S. I have had people ask....it's thin pieces of deli ham dipped in BBQ sauce, plastered on a plastic skull! I have it on a platter with cheese and crackers!

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MSLZZY 10/31/2009 6:10AM

    Wow! Looks almost like the real thing!

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MOMMAKATES 10/30/2009 10:16PM

    Wow That is totally Cool For Halloween I Love It!!

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KO1215 10/30/2009 9:40PM

    I'm sure you could.

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MYRENAISSANCE09 10/30/2009 9:00PM

  That is such a cool idea! I wonder if you could somehow spread a cheeseball all over a skull, then cover that with a strawberry spread.... emoticon

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/30/2009 7:21PM

    now you would think that the women would be ewwing & awwing over it...praising your creativity...I would be!

LOL @ me.

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SAASHA17 10/30/2009 7:07PM

    WOW tats awesome..i wud totally try it...i am huge fan of such horrors..loving ur creatvity but then again i dnt eat ham..but maybe i cud borrow ur idea for our halloween dinner next yr with turkey instead

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KO1215 10/30/2009 5:37PM

    Most of the girls wouldn't even try it. The guys thought it was great!

Oh well!

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/30/2009 4:50PM

    Don't'cha just love making things like that. When I worked I use to do all kinds of fun things like that. I actually have cookbooks geared towards creepy & fun foods to make. Now that i no longer work...my house isn't big enough for parties...I just don't mess with it anymore.

You did a really good job. How did you're co-workers react to it?

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KO1215 10/30/2009 2:41PM

    It was actually very good!!!!

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/30/2009 1:50PM

    WOW! Now THAT is creative for a dish to bring!

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KLJUHL 10/30/2009 1:03PM

    WOW - that is really creepy looking! I am not sure I would eat but I would make it for a party :)

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GINILEE4 10/30/2009 11:08AM

    OMG That's too wonderful!!! I wish I had that creativity. If I saw that on a table, even knowing what it was, I would steer clear!!!


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POSITIVELY_EB 10/30/2009 10:46AM

    I don't know if I'd have the courage to eat it or not! LOL! But great job!

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ID_VANDAL 10/30/2009 10:27AM

    I agree with Stephanefany that's AWESOME!

You must have all the creative genes!! Wish I could have some.

Hope you have a great day at work! Are you 100% healthy again?



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STEPHANEFANY 10/30/2009 10:15AM

    That's awesome! How'd you make it?? Happy Halloween!

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You are beautiful?????

Thursday, October 29, 2009


That was my reaction at lunch today, when a good friend that I have known since college said the following, "Yes, you are heavier than you were in college....aren't we all? But you are still very beautiful."

I about choked. Actually I giggled nervously and said, "No I'm not. I've never been beautiful. " We agreed to debate it at a later date since I needed to get back to work.

Now, I am not blogging about this because I am fishing for compliments. (Although I would take them if you want to hand them out! No!!!! Just kidding.....please DON'T!) It actually got me thinking about a few things. Like... when we look in the mirror........why do we see this.....

When others see this?????

(I know that was a little drastic, but hang in there; I'm trying to make a point.) We seem to be harder on ourselves than how other people see us. I wonder why that is?

About three years ago, I had lost about 70 lbs. and I had about 50 lbs. to go. I knew when I looked in the mirror that I was still fat. Definitely not beautiful. I know what beautiful is....I have two sisters who are truly beautiful....inside and out. I'm more the person that people say has a "great personality". And I'm okay with that.

Now here's the point. Recently I found a picture of myself from that time. I have gained that 70 lbs back and then some. I looked at that picture and honestly ....I long for that time. I looked really good. Why couldn't I see that then? I wasn't content with the progress I had made and how good I felt? Strange....

It's gonna be different this time...........I will NEVER believe that I'm beautiful......but I am going to enjoy the steps I'm at and find the beauty in it.

Have a beautiful day!


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BUDDY_LOVE 10/30/2009 5:04PM

    Beauty is over rated. I have never doubted that I was beautiful even though I know that being fat is not. Even at 286 pounds there are still people in this world who love me for who I am no matter how big or small I am. I love myself and I don't care how I looked @ 286 or how I currently look @ 249. I have always felt that if a person wanted to judge me by my size or by how beautiful I am in their eyes then I don't need those people in my life AND have excluded many ppl I've met because they are superficial and care only about how things look...or want to spend our time together talking about how others look.

I have never met you personally, but through your picture...you truely look like a beautful woman.

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/30/2009 2:02PM

    This I have to think about for awhile. WOW, you just wrote MY blog!

I think my daughter is BEAUTIFUL and so many people tell us we look alike. I look in the mirror and just don't see me that way at all.

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NANCY- 10/30/2009 8:50AM

    Ah, but you are beautiful. Do not doubt that. Beauty comes in many ways, the spirit of your soul, the light in your eyes.

Hindsight is great isn't it.
I have a picture of myself from years ago and now think ... gee, I was hot! But I did not see it then. I weigh 100 pounds more now, but that hottness is still inside me. LOL

Remember to be kind to yourself, because you deserve it.

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ELLENIRENE 10/30/2009 8:08AM

    Being beautiful isn't everything.

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/29/2009 11:41PM

    Awesome attitude! Love it! Let's ALL enjoy where we currently are and continue to appreciate the journey ahead AND behind us!

Hugs! Beverly

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NO_SNOW_BODY 10/29/2009 6:35PM

    We are all beautiful if we beleive in ourselves

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GINILEE4 10/29/2009 6:12PM

    I'm not going to point out the obvious but to tell you that I know how you feel. I can't say I ever remember getting such a compliment and then again, my DH tells me that all the time. Even now, at my highest weight ever, he still calls me beautiful. Maybe my vision of beautiful is warped, but when I think of beautiful people I know, I can't say whether I see them as overweight or thin. I just know they are beautiful. Thank you for this. I am going to tell myself that I am beautiful just as I am and that what I am doing has nothing to do with becoming better but becoming healthier. Inside I will gain confidence but will still be me. I hope you reamain who you are as well. I think you're plenty beautiful,


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MOMOFBOYS 10/29/2009 6:09PM

    Oh I so know exactly what you mean!! I look back at my "thin" times and remember just how fat and ugly I thought I was! We truly need to learn to love ourselves always. I'm trying. You truly are beautiful so take the compliment and pat yourself on the back for the progress you've made!


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MSLZZY 10/29/2009 5:57PM

    You are unique and beautiful in your own special way! When you believe in yourself, all things are possible! emoticon

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NORMA_NB 10/29/2009 5:38PM

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... emoticon

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I won a T-shirt!!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sorry---short blurb....

I won a T-shirt from Sparkpeople and I'm just all sorts of Giddy!!!!

It doesn't take much to amuse me! I am ususally not that lucky!!

Ok....back to your regularly scheduled programming!



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NO_SNOW_BODY 10/29/2009 6:37PM

    That is great congrats

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/29/2009 10:58AM

    That's wonderful! What did you do to win it?

I want to win the vitamix they're advertising. However you have to make-over a favorite restaurant meal to enter it and I don't think I can do something like that. I love to cook & all...i'm just not that inventive with foods, spices, ect. They're like $394 at Sam's club. Dream on Anna! LOL @ me.

Congrats on the shirt.

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MOMMAKATES 10/29/2009 3:28AM

    Congrats on your T-Shirt

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MSLZZY 10/28/2009 5:17PM

    I loved this! You lucky girl! You are so entertaining! Wish I could jump like that!

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/28/2009 4:33PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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Here comes the Sun........

Monday, October 26, 2009

I'm back at work today after a three day absence......it really feels good to be back. Not that I wouldn't enjoy a nap right now, but I get really bored at home! And amazingly enough.......the sun is shining today!!!! Finally!!!

It is so nice outside; I took a short walk this morning and then another one this afternoon. You can't beat that. Fall is so much in the air. I love the weather like this. Fall is my favorite time of year. Not too hot....not too cold. The lovely colors of fall......it's just calm and peaceful.

Consider the falling leaves.......drifting down after their long attachment to the tree. Once bright green and full of life.... now multicolored and past their prime. They have served their purpose. I just love watching them fall and forming a beautiful blanket on the ground. It makes you feel like you should honor them for their service during the spring and summer.

Isn't it kind of that way with weight loss? As each pound falls, we recognize the importance of its loss and we honor it. I know what you're thinking......."Keri--why in all of creation---would you honor a lost pound?"

Because.... we are stronger and healthier for it's loss. For whatever reason, it served its purpose. And now we say farewell to it. We leave it behind, like a blanket of leaves on a beautiful fall day. Bet you never thought of it that way before......

So here's hoping you have a plethora of falling 'leaves' in your future. Honor them for what they were to you......wish them well...and say goodbye.....forever.



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BUDDY_LOVE 10/29/2009 11:00AM

    what a wonderful blog. such insight!

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MSLZZY 10/26/2009 9:50PM

    Wow! Fantastic blog! You have such a unique way of looking at things-very refreshing!

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/26/2009 9:26PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs! Beverly

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CANDYM4 10/26/2009 6:36PM

    You are doin great, keep up the good work.

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ID_VANDAL 10/26/2009 6:14PM

    Hi Keri, I love reading your blogs. You bring such a unique insight to this process. NEVER in a million years would I have thought about honoring a lost pound.

Love the pictures as well. Fall is also my favorite season. Things just seem to slow down and become more peaceful (except inside the workplace). I used to love the crisp fall mornings in Idaho the air so clean. I loved the afternoon football practices and Friday games. AH - the great memories!

I do miss those but not the cold and snow even though I had some great times in the snow and cold but I also remember freezing my @ss of waiting for the school bus or feeding the cattle and at times just being generally miserable in the cold!

Thanks for the blog -it made me feel better.


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Somewhere Over the Rainbow....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high.
There's a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue.
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.
Someday I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Away above the chimney tops.
That's where you'll find me.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then - oh, why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow,
Why, oh, why can't I?

I've been feeling a little droopy lately. The weather has been gloomy all week and I have been ill for about four weeks. It's hard not letting it get you down in the dumps. So I guess that's why the song from the Wizard of Oz is stuck in my head.

My mom was named after Judy Garland, and we spent our childhood watching the Wizard of Oz on TV. We never missed it. I remember spending the first 15 minutes confused about why it was in black and white. We were sure something was wrong with the TV; only to be pleasantly surprised when Dorothy's house landed in OZ.

Once in OZ, things got so colorful and magical that you were just in awe. It didn't matter that there was a wicked witch messing things up. (Although back in the day she was awful scary!)

And no.......contrary to belief this isn't a self portrait!!!! Just Kidding....

What matters is that no matter the consequence Dorothy faced.....she never lost faith.....and she always projected confidence, warmth, and love of the people around her.

I admire the faith she had and I aspire to it. I know I will get well soon, and the sun will shine again.......right???? I will keep looking at my ruby slippers and click my heels until something happens. Yeah....I just wish I had a pair!!! LOL!

Until it does, I will keep dreaming and wishing for that place over the rainbow where everything is what dreams are made of. And I will keep humming that tune until everything turns technicolor!

Have a great day!

Love Keri

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/24/2009 10:57AM

    We have a park here in Wichita that has a yellow brick road

(follow the yellow brick road my friend, follow where ever it goes. follow follow follow follow follow the yellow brick road!)

and it also has all the characters from The Wizard of Oz, made out of tree stumps. It's called Watson Park.

Did you know that dorothy actually didn't live in Kansas? Aunt Em & Uncle Henry did though and dorothy was here visiting them. A local theater group did a play on this years ago (20 yrs?) and they had all kinds of tibits of info on the movie. It was really interesting.

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/23/2009 5:44PM

    It really has been a gloomy Fall with no real color yet and yep, the flu bug keeps biting us here too. My better half is down with it today.

I love reading your blogs. Reading yours today picked me back up . It always does. Your blogs are my "food for thought".

You have a wonderful , relaxing and healthy weekend. emoticon

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NANCY- 10/23/2009 8:25AM

    We can do anything if we believe.
Hopefully a bit of sunshine will fall on your face and brighten your day and help you feel better.

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MSLZZY 10/23/2009 7:31AM

    Sorry you have been feeling so ill. The weather makes such a difference in our attitudes. Hang in there! We all wish we had a pair of ruby slippers! Do they come in size 10 1/2? LOL!

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MAINLADY 10/23/2009 6:34AM

    HI Keri...I loved your blog. It took me back to places of my childhood and yes, that witch was very scary when we were little. The monkey's kind of messed me up, too...lol.

I hope you will be feeling better soon. Click those ruby slippers and before you know it you'll be back in Kansas.


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    Great blog Keri!

If you find those magic slippers, pass them to me!! LOL Hope you get a "rainbow" soon and feel better!

Take care, Brenda

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