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Confirmed Plans

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The trip ended up a bit different than I envisioned it when I wrote the first blog. We are going to leave on the 23rd of February and head to Nashville. We have tickets for the Grand Ole Opry for the 24th. Wynona Judd is one of the people performing. I figure that afternoon we can go into downtown Nashville to see the sights. I did all of the hotels through Priceline so I didn't necessarily end up where I planned to. We are staying in Southern Nashville which is supposed to be nice. I got the rooms for $50 each so I'm not complaining.

On the 25th, we are going to Loretta Lynn's Hurricane Mills Ranch and probably stay over in Tupelo. It seems to be the half way point to New Orleans. Might as well see the birth place of the King.

Arrive in NOLA on the 26th and stay until the 1st. We are then going to head to Memphis to see Graceland and Sun Records, Beale Street etc. Plan to arrive home by Sunday the 4th.

I did not pay over $60 for any hotel. They may not be 3 or 4 star hotels, but they were all rated ok on tripadvisor. This hotel in New Orleans is a lot closer to the French Quarter than the one we stayed in last year. I figure we will throw in places to stop along the way so there won't be that much sitting. I'm sure we will find things to see that aren't on our list now. Can't wait.

Needless to say I got nothing else done today. We started working on this early this morning and just finished about an hour ago. But, on a positive note....We have not eaten out once this week emoticon

That saved us the money for the New Orleans hotel emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/22/2012 6:28PM

    Great job planning!!

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SARALEIGHM 1/22/2012 10:20AM

    This sounds great! Being able to be flexible because you're driving and not flying really worked out here.

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DREENAMT 1/22/2012 7:39AM

    This sounds like a lot of fun!! Hope you have perfect weather for it all!

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KNITTABLES 1/22/2012 1:36AM

    That is so good that you haven't eaten out this week, Your right put that money towards your trip. Sounds like a great exciting trip to me.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/22/2012 12:12AM

    Way to go, have fun!!

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Trip Figured Out

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I spent the night working on the trip. We are going to leave February 23 we think. That may have gotten changed because of the New Orleans hotel. Our plan is to leave on the 23rd. Head to Memphis. Stop somewhere before Memphis for the night. The next day we are going to see the civil rights museum and Graceland.

Then we are going to head to Vicksburg, Mississippi for the night. The next day we are going to show the kids where the civil war took place. At this point things may change.

I started working on the hotel for New Orleans. I discovered that going in Friday or Saturday was way too expensive (did Priceline again). Got a hotel a block away from the French Quarter for $60 per night. Need 2 rooms obviously. Will have to pay for parking, but I am already way ahead of the game with no plane tickets and the price of the hotel room. Mixed reviews on the hotel, but don't plan to spend a lot of time there.

We picked out 2 plantations to go see. My daughter wants to do one of the ghost tours. DH wants to do a swamp tour. Best thing...we don't have to pay someone to drive us. We thought that if we choose to go into New Orleans earlier, we can always get a hotel away from the French Quarter the first day. Maybe in the Garden District or something which isn't as expensive. I want to make sure we have time to show the kids the above ground cemeteries etc. Brian thought about postponing the trip for a day because of the hotel..nope I'll just find a cheap one away from the Quarter :)

We leave NOLA on Thursday and head to Nashville making a stop at Loretta Lynn's Hurricane Ranch. We want to make sure we get to Nashville for the Grand Old Opry on Friday night.

So excited! I may have been a bit dumb in not taking trip insurance on this one, but right now it is just the hotel I have paid and that will be paid off before we go :)

NOLA here I come! One of my favorite cities.

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/21/2012 8:15PM

    Have a great trip! emoticonYour trip sounds wonderful! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 1/21/2012 3:09PM

    You are going to have a great trip and a great time. have a great weekend!

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LOPEYP 1/21/2012 1:45PM

    Usually you can cancel the hotel within 48 hours of arrival so if anything comes up soon you should be all set.
Sounds like a great trip!

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SHEENADEE 1/21/2012 11:10AM

    I'm sure you'll have a blast! I hope you share a few pics with us.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 1/21/2012 9:01AM

    Sounds like fun! I went to New Orleans 25 years ago. Before kids. And had a blast!

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SARALEIGHM 1/21/2012 8:56AM

    Excellent! Sounds like a full slate. Don't forget to give yourselves some relaxation time too.

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TDWANDD2MYK9 1/21/2012 2:48AM

    Wow! I hope you have the most fantastic time! emoticon

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Getting Some Positive Back!

Friday, January 20, 2012

I am making some positive decisions which came about after reading a sparkpeople article on what to do to get through stress. One thing it mentioned was taking a trip. We were supposed to leave next week, but my dh has two days of training he can't get out of and it is my kid's first week of the new semester. So we ruled it out and did not revisit it until I read that article emoticon

I thought ok if we can't do it this month. We have 3 closings coming up the last will be February 17. Then we have the appointment with the health person on the 20th. I don't want to miss that. Talked to my husband and we agreed we would go on the 23rd of February. After much discussion and mapping, we decided to go to Tennessee like planned, but keep going down to New Orleans. I think there is a lot of culture there for the kids to see. We will go through Memphis and stop at Graceland and I also want to do a side trip to Biloxi. Having our own car also means we can go and visit some of the plantations on our own without having to pay a fortune for a tour emoticon

On the way back, we will go toward Nashville and hit Hurricane Mills and then go to the Grand Ole Opry. We figure on 10 days for the trip. The kids will miss school, but they can get their work ahead of time and take it with them. We used to do it. Can't afford to go during Spring break all the rates soar emoticon Not to mention I do not want to wait until the end of April. I want to get out of Dodge!

Another decision, I joined the 10k step team which lead me to a government site of a virtual walk through the United States. I joined that. I thought that would be cool and just another inspiration to get going. I haven't been doing too much Walk it Out lately just my exerbeat. This gives me a reason to start walking again emoticon

The best positive is I have no work all weekend emoticon I know I should be worried about that, but I'm not. Right now, some time off would be good.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/20/2012 11:23PM

    Your trip sounds wonderful!!! Way to go on building positives!!

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JEANUT 1/20/2012 8:31PM

    That sounds like a great trip
I've been to Nashville and it's fun

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/20/2012 8:24PM

    That sounds like a great trip planned!

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SARALEIGHM 1/20/2012 7:09PM

    Sounds like a great vacation! Having that to look forward to will help you get through any rough spots that are bound to come up (that's life, isn't it?).

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/20/2012 6:14PM

    Enjoy your weekend you deserve it!!!

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KNITTABLES 1/20/2012 2:48PM

    Enjoy your weekend and have fun, congrats on joining the 10k team. I'm on a walking team as well and love it. Hugs
PS, the trip sounds great.

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TERESA159 1/20/2012 2:42PM

    You're going to see Elvis! Yay, love the idea of the trip. Something to look forward to. What's the site about the walk across the U.S? Sounds like fun!

You've been working really hard and had some bad clients lately, enjoy your weekend off!

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JAZZEJR 1/20/2012 1:25PM

    Great positives! Hope you have a positively good time! emoticon

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CODYG123 1/20/2012 1:15PM

    Have a great weekend and enjoy the trip planning! I'm working on a Virtual Cross Canada Walk and it's totally motivating. Good luck! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 1/20/2012 12:58PM

    Your plans sound great, and definitely a good stress reliever!!! I spent a few days in Nashville in the Fall and loved it!

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LOPEYP 1/20/2012 12:44PM

    I want to visit Graceland too. I need a plan. LOL!

Glad that you found a way to make it work. Enjoy your free weekend! emoticon

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JOYLINNKNITS 1/20/2012 12:39PM

    emoticon emoticon THANKS FOR SHARING!

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I Want This Over

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This rant is over the same buyer who accused me of being a car salesman. He signed the counter offer on the house. I spent over 2 hours on the phone talking to him about the next steps. Such as the earnest money and the home inspection.

I find out from the home inspector my buyers usually use that he has already set up a home inspection. He never bothered to tell me and I have to be there. I found out that he set it up at 11:30 a.m. next Wednesday. Now, he had just told me he wanted to move closing to January 30. There is no way to do the home inspection on the 25th and close on the 30th. He did have the home inspection set for tomorrow with the guy I recommended, but his boss told him to call the other guy. I don't care who he uses, but that is pretty far away. Also, I told him that I do not start before 12:00 noon. One reason is because of the colitis. I never know what my mornings are going to be and the second reason is because I am on the computer in the mornings taking care of e-mails and files that need to be done etc.

It is how I choose to schedule my work day. Many days I am on the phone with buyers or sellers until midnight. They generally don't start calling until they are done with work.

I told him I could not do 11:30 next Wednesday. He said it wasn't his problem that I chose to lay in bed until 12:00. I said that I had never had a buyer treat me with the disrespect that I have gotten from him. Starting out with our first conversation when he asked if I was a member of the "tribe" when he found out I lived in the Jewish section of Milwaukee. I should have told him where to go then and there.

He keeps saying that he has never bought a home before and didn't want to be rushed and I rushed him. I said he had since Saturday to look over the papers. If he didn't want the house, he shouldn't have taken it. There was another offer. I have no control of when offers come in. I told him I would keep showing him houses. Heck, I'm making nothing off this guy.

I talked to the listing agent who knows this home inspector and gave him some of the background and told him I could not make it to the inspection. Now, I just couldn't even if I could because I can not imagine spending 3 hours with this guy. The listing agent said he trusted the home inspector to be in the house without an agent there and he would stop in and see how things are going.

I just want this over. I feel like I'm back at MPS with the way this guy is treating me. I can honestly say that if this deals falls through, I will let him go to another agent. No one has to put up with being treated this way.

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SARALEIGHM 1/20/2012 10:25AM

    Definitely cut him loose if the deal falls through. Let him find someone else to be nasty to. He sounds like a real a$$hole.

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LOPEYP 1/19/2012 9:07PM

    This guy sounds like a jerk. At least it'll be over soon. emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 1/19/2012 8:43PM

    I've heard similar stories from someone close who is a realtor also. Frustrating and unacceptable.

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JEANUT 1/19/2012 8:38PM

    what a jerk
hope this is the last you have to see him

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/19/2012 6:24PM

    He sounds like a jerk. Hope the deal goes through soon, or you can pass him on soon. It's not worth it to put up with his crap!

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SLIMMERANG 1/19/2012 6:13PM

    Wow. Who treats people like that? He needs to learn some manners. I am sorry you have to deal with such a rude person.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/19/2012 5:18PM

    Yikes, he souds awful hope everything works out

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SHEENADEE 1/19/2012 4:19PM

    Yikes. I am amazed at how this guy will act and talk with you. I surely hope the rest of this deal goes quickly with minimal contact with him required. Hang in there.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/19/2012 3:46PM

    eh gads! I'm dealing with a major PITA client too. Millions of questions, she dense, doesn't get it. Keeps flipping back and forth on stuff and then says If we meet on Sunday, it has to be after 1:00. I was so glad when this client went away, now she's back... augh. And to top it off, she only buys 10# of food at a time. I get less grief from customers who buy 150# or more!! I feel your pain!

Hopefully the sale goes thru quickly and painlessly, or he annoys a different agent!

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TXGRANDMA 1/19/2012 3:38PM

    Can you just tell him you won't be his agent anymore? He obviously does not respect you or the job you have to do at all. It is no business of HIS that you need to start your day at noon. What an insensitive jerk he is!
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CALLIEGS 1/19/2012 1:47PM

    He sounds really ignorant. Sorry to hear you are having rough time. I wonder what he feels gives him the right to behave like this towards you. Hope he is out of your hair soon, but in the mean time just know that you are so much better than this idiot emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/19/2012 1:46PM

    My jaw is dropping at the stuff this guy has said. Seriously? Talk about social retardation!

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KNITTABLES 1/19/2012 1:46PM

    What a nasty guy he is to abuse you like this. I hope for your sake this deal goes through quickly and your can get on with your schedule and your life without this jerk. No one should tell another person how to live your life. Take care and hugs!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Last night I started thinking about what exercise really is. It began when I was reading reviews of different Wii "Games". I know a lot of us use these "games" for our workouts. I started wondering if these were truly workouts when I read some of the reviews saying these weren't true workouts, but fun games.

Then I started thinking about what a "workout" really means. Does it mean going to the gym and slouching over the treadmill? What about swimming in the pool gradually just back and forth with no real effort. Are they any more of an effort than using Exerbeat, EA Active or Walk it Out for Wii just because they are done in an gym?

I don't think so. I think any of these "games" can be revved up to be a workout. I add resistance bands, hand weights and weighted boxing gloves to a lot of my workouts. I know when I add those to the Leslie Sansone workout which I do along with Walk it Out I burn a lot of calories. Same is true when I add the weighted boxing gloves to Boxercising in exerbeat or the handweights to other parts of exerbeat.

Then I thought about it even more and thought that if I am moving with my heart rate up to the music or whatever it is you have to follow, isn't it exercise?

I once had someone tell me that horsebackriding wasn't exercise. No, try grooming one twice (before and after riding) and keeping your balance while riding this animal who has great forward momentum using only your legs. It's not like you have anything to hold onto. I use a cutback English saddle so I don't have a horn. It's not like you can balance with your bridle because that just hurts the horse's mouth. It is all in your legs and your abdominals to keep straight on that animal.

Exercise is different things to different people. I believe as long as you are continuously moving and getting your heart rate up, it is exercise. I don't believe you have to kill yourself to do it. I did Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred and the other one. Those can do some serious damage to your body if you don't know what you are doing. Not to mention I hated them.

I read somewhere that, even if something is fun, it can be exercise. It should be fun. If you don't like what you are doing, you are not going to keep it up.

One other interesting note...I did notice that many of these "games" have many of the same moves you do with Leslie Sansone or Freitag (I forgot her first name). Everyone does the high knees with the twist and the arms up and down and side to side. They all incorporate the grapevine, A steps, V step and side steps. So why is it that these "games" are not exercise?

I humbly disagree. "Game" on my friends emoticon

I always wear a heart monitor to see how many calories I burn.

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SARALEIGHM 1/19/2012 8:44AM

    People who say they aren't real exercise just happen to like something much more strenuous and vigorous. It isn't exercise to them unless they're struggling. They like to struggle. At least, that's my opinion. Exercise is mindset. If you work hard at it, no matter what the activity, it's exercise. That's like saying that the steps I get whenever I walk anywhere, whether a cardio walk or just down the hall to the bathroom, aren't "real" steps; they have to be part of a dedicated walk, jog, or run to "count." Really? What do you call them then? Floating?

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CHANSEN_20001 1/18/2012 9:30PM

    I totally agree with you. All these "games" can be done with a lot of "umph" and then they become very worthwhile.

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LOPEYP 1/18/2012 8:13PM

    What ever gets you moving is exercise to me! emoticon

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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/18/2012 5:43PM

  Whatever you do which elevates your heart AND happens to be something you enjoy is wonderful!!

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SHEENADEE 1/18/2012 3:56PM

    You're so right! People will get out of their workouts what they put into them and many of the Wii games can absolutely get your heart rate up and/or give you some good strength/stretch exercise. Not to mention the fact that there are a lot of people who would not be doing anything if it were not for their Wii "games" getting them up off the coach. I do think the best is a mixture, some Wii and some other activities.

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TXGRANDMA 1/18/2012 3:48PM

    Anyone who thinks horseback riding is not exercise has never ridden a horse or has ridden with their "butt" and holding to the horn and not really going with the horse or knowing what they were doing.
Of course too, different horses require different levels of energy. You and I are not riding old nags that drag their feet and won't move!
That really makes me angry that someone said that, can you tell?

We who ride our own spirited and young horses know the truth! When you ride properly, you use your whole body!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/18/2012 3:47PM

    Horseback riding NOT an exercise? They were NUTS! (And obviously don't know how to ride, LOL)

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TERESA159 1/18/2012 3:34PM

    I think exercise is anything that elevates your heart rate for a continuous period of time. So yeah, sounds like horse back riding and your Wii games count! (I do, however, chuckle when I see people counting shopping as exercise. Get serious!)

Have fun working it out, however you choose!

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/18/2012 3:31PM

    I think if we can make exercise fun then we will keep doing it...I love to read a book while I ride my exercise bike and go hiking where there is a beautiful river or a great view as a reward at the end and I enjoy exercise when it is with family and friends. All of these things make me motivated to keep going and I have lost 35 pounds by incorporating fun in to this journey so that I won't give up. It works for me and I agree with you...let's keep the fun in fitness!!! Smiles Barb

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JEANUT 1/18/2012 1:59PM

    Well said my friend. Those so called games get our hearts pumping and our bodies moving. If that's not exercise I don't know what is. Let those who say they are just games try some of our games. Like boxing or Walk it out (esp on the fast songs), bet they'd change their minds then.
Game ON

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SLIMMERANG 1/18/2012 1:11PM

    I think if it gets you moving its excercise. Surely I am burning more calories playing wii fit then I would be if i was sitting on the couch. While I do agree some workouts are more intense, movement is good in any shape or form. Great blog!

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IMIN2GENES 1/18/2012 12:54PM

    I agree! Game definitely on!! I love my Wii fit exercises and they are making a difference. Even the balance games. They may not be high calorie burners; but I've got way more balance now than I did before. Plus, since they're fun I'm more likely to keep doing them. You get what you put into them too. Like you, I add in things to make the "games" more of a workout.

Keep up the great work!

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GLORYANDME 1/18/2012 11:52AM

    "Exercise is different things to different people. I believe as long as you are continuously moving and getting your heart rate up, it is exercise." I totally agree with this statement! It's individual! I enjoyed your blog! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/18/2012 11:07AM

    I personally think the calories burned horse back riding are over stated unless I am jumping cross country, but it is great for the core for sure!

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