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The art opening was wonderful!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I had a great time going to the gallery to see my daughter and son-in-law's artwork on display. My husband had me take pictures of the ones he wants to buy. We love displaying their work in our home, and though they would loan us pieces to hang, we want to be sure these pieces stay in the family. (Usually at art shows you're not supposed to take pictures at the gallery, but they let us)

At the gallery there was live music by a guitarist/singer. They served coffee or wine and had delicate treats from a local French coffee/pastry shop. I didn't drink anything, but I'd saved calories for a sweet treat and had one tiny delectable goodie. YUM!

It was raining out but there was a good turnout. I didn't talk to my daughter yet to see what pieces they sold. Hopefully not the ones we have our eyes on! They even displayed a piece that their 2.5 year old son contributed to. That's one of the ones we want, of course!

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_JODI404 1/22/2012 10:56AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time!! I hope you get the pieces that you want! emoticon

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SHERIO5 1/22/2012 8:58AM

    Awww! How fun!!

Hope you get the artwork you want! But how great that their work is selling! Amazing!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/21/2012 11:03PM


Art galleries are great to check out. To go to one that your own child has contributed to makes it just that much more special.

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HDHAWK 1/21/2012 9:34PM

    Sounds like you had a great time!

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I rarely "go out" other than to eat out. But tonight. . .

Friday, January 20, 2012

I'm doing something fun with hubby. We are going to a little part of Charlotte, called NoDa. It is full of galleries for local artists. Two artist we know....our daughter Emily and her husband Joel, are showing art there. They paint. We will go to see new paintings they have done that we haven't yet seen. They have a 2.5 yr old and an 11 month old, and it's amazing that they found time over the last month to create all this new artwork. Tonight is their opening in this gallery, so I got the night off from work especially so I could be there.

We need to be better about doing things other than eat out as our time together. Sometimes we take walks together, so that's a good thing. We sit in front of the tv every night. I am on the computer or writing in my journals. I rarely participate in the watching of the tube. But still, I'm sitting on my butt. Lately, I've started getting down on the floor and doing crunches and push-ups every so often so I don't sit all night.

Well, it's time to get ready to go!

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SHERIO5 1/21/2012 10:35AM

    I'm right there with you, my husband and I need to do other things besides eating!! We do more when the weather is nice...but still.

How fun to go to an art show, and your daughter and son-in-law's too!! Wow! I'm impressed!

Have fun!

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MY_HEALTH_BABY 1/20/2012 7:07PM

    Good for you! Enjoy your time out :)

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HDHAWK 1/20/2012 7:04PM

    That sounds like fun! Enjoy!

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_JODI404 1/20/2012 6:55PM

    Sounds like a fun evening out! Have a great time!

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Slow start. . . strong finish!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I have the whole day off today. So I slept in. (that turned out to be a mistake). Then I decided to take my time with my morning routine. I was kinda depressed today. I think I had too much sleep. (10.5 hrs!) I think I also do better when I know I've got to work at squeezing in my routine tasks. (I have less time to fool around with if I'm working that day.) I need to be grateful for days off. And plan something fun...me time. Since I dilly dallied, it got kinda late fast! It was 11:30 before I went for my swim.

I really really didn't want to swim today. It felt cold in the house and I remember how cold the pool feels on days like this. I just had to force myself to go. Once I was at the Y and walking up to the water, I almost started to cry. I was NOT wanting to get in the cold water! Sure it's around 85 degrees in the water, but to a 98 degree body, that feels chilly. I got in and brrrr I just took off swimming so I would warm up. In a few minutes my heart rate was up and I was warm. I swam for 40 minutes, 44 laps. In the last week I noticed I've increased the amt of laps I can do in 40 minutes, from 40 to 44. When I finished, the endorphins kicked in and I felt great. What started out to be an aimless day, became a productive day.

Next, while in the locker room putting on my too big pants, I decided that I would have some fun and go to a store where I could try on jeans to see what size I really am. I have one size 8s that fit, but I think they are cut big. I do know my size 12s are too big, and I don't have any 10s for some reason. I think, since I fit those 8s that different brands size their clothes differently. Anyone else find that to be true?

Just as I was going to leave the parking lot at the Y, I got a call from my daughter Emily. Her son was needing to go to the Dr, and wanted to see if I was free to babysit her napping baby while she went to the Dr with Ajax. It's also hard to juggle a 2.5 yr old boy and an 11 month old baby at a Dr's office, so I was glad to help. That decided my afternoon for me.

I may not have been able to go have the fun I was looking forward to, but my day was rewarding in different way. I can look forward to my next chance to go try on clothes.


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_JODI404 1/19/2012 7:54PM

    Sometimes the hardest part of working out is dragging yourself there... then if you can just start, you almost always feel great once you are done!!

Kudos to you for going and getting it done when you felt so uninspired about it. And for increasing your laps too!

I just love sleeping in any chance I can get. I understand though, it can be a productivity killer.

Different brands definitely have different cuts and fits. When I went down sizes, I would have to try on 3 or 4 different brands to make sure it was "real". I really was so stunned I couldn't believe it.. but Gap, Tommy H, DKNY, Calvin Klein all agreed. I also like trying on a variety for comparison to get a great fit. I just happen to love Gap right now, but every one is individual in their tastes.

Glad that although it wasn't what you had planned, it was a rewarding day off. I'm looking forward to some major "Me" time this weekend myself.

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An unusually stressful kind of afternoon

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just got off the phone with my dad. He is an ex cop and has experience with testifying in court. You see, today I had to go to a lawyer's office to do a video statement about a fatal accident I was a witness to in August. I was the sole witness. Heavy burden. I went in a few weeks after it happened to sign an affidavit about it. but they also wanted a video statement. I wasn't nervous. I saw what I saw and it was clear in my memory. But when I got home i really really wanted to eat. Not out of hunger as you may have guessed. Instead I got on SP to send out a quick message on one of my SparkTeams. Then I took a walk and while walking talked on the phone with Dad. That helped a lot. He had the cops perspective and it was very reassuring. After my walk I ate something appropriate for post workout. Now I'm sitting down to blog.

In the accident a huge dump truck went over the yellow line and had a head on with a mini-van. The van driver was a 8month pregnant mom. Awful. And the truck driver thinks he wasn't in the wrong!

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MRS_TOAD 1/13/2012 8:23AM

    I'm sorry you had to be a witness to such a horrific accident. However you made some GREAT choices to control your emotional eating.

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POOKASLUAGH 1/13/2012 7:35AM

    Wow, definitely stressful! I think it's great you handled it so well.

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HDHAWK 1/12/2012 9:03PM

    I'm sorry you had to go through that. Even though you not what you saw, it's difficult to do. Good for you for not eating away the stress!

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_JODI404 1/12/2012 8:42PM

    How horrifying that must have been to witness! emoticon I'm sure "re-living" it today wasn't pleasant. So glad your Dad was able to help you and that you didn't stress eat!! Yay for you!!!! Way to Go!!!!!!!


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ITALIAGURL91 1/12/2012 4:08PM

    I'm sorry you had to see that and for what you are dealing with BUT you did awesome by NOT eating and doing good instead. Keep your head up-you totally motivated me today!

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Lunch boredom. . .

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I have found that some parts of my daily routine are becoming burdensome. I have one journal I write in everyday, (a prayer journal), plus another that I try to write in everyday( SparkJournal), and yet another one that I sometimes neglect for too long, (my general journal that I've always kept). To top it off I want to blog more on SP. Then I have a memoir I'm attempting to write a page a day in. I love these activities so much, and it's hard to consolidate them or eliminate any one of them. They each have value to me.

One daily activity that is actually becoming boring is eating my lunch. I know there are so many options out there, but I'm in a routine of taking a set selection to work with me on MWF. On the other days I chose other things, but I'm just getting bored. I have to bring food that you don't heat up. I also need to rethink my snacks for my afternoon/evening job. I usually eat 300 calories for the lunch, and 200 for the snack.

Any suggestions?

Right now I take a PBJ on wheat, and a regular size baggie full of celery, peppers and cucumber for lunch.

For my evening snack, I take pistachios and craisin trail mix, sometimes a granola bar. I ditched the pop tarts I used to take, knowing how empty those calories are. Sometimes I include an apple.

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_JODI404 1/11/2012 8:51PM

    Hi Lori,

I haven't had to bring lunch for so long, I don't have any good ideas! Two days a week I am in the office and I eat out and try to make it healthy: black bean veggie tacos at Chipolte, or a turkey/ham sammi (small wrap) @ Quiznos. I used to have fro-yo, but have cut way back on dairy and do that on rare occasion now. Aside from that, I have a huge smoothie for my lunch at home every single day. It is a big key to my healthy eating and I have come to love it! I will never tire of it...but that's just me. I can see how most people would prefer more variety! I'm a crazy picky eater, so this just works really well for me.

Have you tried a search here on spark for healthy lunch ideas, and healthy snack ideas? It seems like I've seen an article or a Daily Spark feature recently now that I think about it.

Good luck! Hope you find something good that will work for you!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/11/2012 6:20PM

    Don't know if you're into any sort of lunch meats, but those could add some variety - even such things as leftover chicken/turkey from the night before with lettuce and tomato as an example.

One time I got almond butter instead of peanut for a bit of variation in flavor, if not texture. I also tend to change up my "jelly" (I actually go for "fruit spread") with different fruits. Orange marmalade can certainly make a change if you've been using strawberry. Or, if it fits your eating habits, honey and banana instead of jelly can be good.

I know it would require the equipment at home, but the thing that dries fruits and vegetables might be worth looking into. I know banana chips are good, people rave about kale chips, and it can give some fruits and veggies a whole different life.

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