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Spend the day with me (pictures)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Frank and I finished up a job in Santa Cruz yesterday and got to spend the day over there. It was nice to get away, just the two of us.

The morning started out at Mcdonalds (Egg mcmuffin, no meat) and it was really yummy. Hashbrowns went flying out the window (score 1 for Jan). Then we went down to Capitola

And saw some Pelican's

and some California grown weirdo's

Then we went down the road to Santa Cruz and had lunch on the wharf and it was sooo delicious!

And had a gorgeous view and fantastic service

Then we walked along the wharf

And we saw these sea lions. The big old boy was working hard to get the ladies attention!

And we saw a couple of otters
And this was dinner!

Even with what I ate yesterday, I still stayed within range, drank all my water and walked around a lot! No harm done.

Great way to wind down from the last few weeks and get ready for a busy weekend of friends, family and BBQ. I will have a house full with 16 year old nephew spending weekend, My sister from L. A. coming today with her 20 year old daughter and her boyfriend, various drop ins, Rose stealing adventure tomorrow, BBQ at a friends house on sunday and BBQ at my house on Monday with fireworks etc... I will take pix and I hope you guys have a fabulous long weekend. Remember, this is not an excuse to eat, it is a reason to celebrate! That is different!

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RUNNER12COM 7/6/2011 2:28PM

    What a wonderful day. And way to prove that you can eat and drink like a real person and still stay within your numbers.

You're fabulous.

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TERRYT55 7/5/2011 2:04PM

    I loved this blog! Looks like you had a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing

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IMIN2GENES 7/4/2011 9:21PM

    What an awesome day! Thanks for sharing the pics.

PS - I'm with Turtleraskin... it's Operation Rose Liberation.

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MOMMYTO1IN2012 7/4/2011 10:47AM

    Looks like a great day! I love your seal pics!

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NEENSTER1 7/4/2011 10:33AM

    emoticon for sharing. Looks like you had a blast!! emoticon emoticon

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DISP715 7/2/2011 6:35PM

    What a great day! Good luck with the roses. Keep us updated! HUGS!

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BIGMAMAT 7/2/2011 4:24PM

    looks like a wonderful day. emoticon

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GAELENEC 7/1/2011 7:18PM

    Beautiful day!

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SARAWALKS 7/1/2011 6:53PM

    Looking good, Jan! I love seeing the animals and the water! Beautiful! emoticon

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KIMBANN 7/1/2011 3:35PM

    Great day - thanks for sharing!

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GRACEISENUF 7/1/2011 2:35PM

    Looks like a great day. Tim and I love to do similiar things. We just love being together as we are best friends too.

Hope you have a wonderful 4th celebration with friends and family.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/1/2011 2:02PM

    Hey, I didn't know my cousins were out west. Isn't their RV funny! I'll have to tell them they made your blog.

It sounds like you had a great time and all that beautiful scenery walking??? I'm very jealous, but in a good way! I'm glad you got to take a break and have some fun. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Oh yeah, BTW, I was teasing. Not my cousins. I just love to do that tho. If people are talking about someone, I love to speak up and say, "Hey, that's my cousin." and watch their faces. Hope I made you smile!


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TURTLERASKIN 7/1/2011 1:49PM

    No. Operation Rose Liberation. That is its name. Carry on.

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PAWSINAZ 7/1/2011 1:44PM

    What a great idea!! I love what you saw on this day!

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    Great pictures, thank you for sharing them! You look amazing!

Yeah on the rose adventure!

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VAMANOS 7/1/2011 1:04PM

    What a cool day! Have fun this weekend, too.

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DAISY443 7/1/2011 12:08PM

    What a wonderful day, thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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CAALAN23 7/1/2011 12:02PM

    Oh, I love the sea lions! Thanks for sharing, its sounds like you had a wonderful day. :)

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REBECCAMA 7/1/2011 12:01PM

  Great times! Enjoy!

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BOSHAD 7/1/2011 11:45AM

  Looks like a great way to spend your day.

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BADASSBLONDIE 7/1/2011 11:38AM

    Love this!!!!!! I'm so happy you two got a day to yourselves. :D

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HANKENSTEIN 7/1/2011 11:35AM

    Looks like an awesome, romantic day. I always find it amazing how sea lions, otters, seals and other such creatures seem to be playing to the audience. Pretty cool.

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RIGBY31 7/1/2011 11:28AM

    Fantastic pics! Santa Cruz is definately in my list of to-do's. You and Frank looking good... real good!

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    Ha - I like the little "rose stealing" thing dropped in there. LOL.

Anyway, great pictures. I loved, loved, loved them!! Especially the sea lions. I only get to see them at the zoo.

And you are so right - this long weekend is not an excuse to eat, it's a reason to celebrate!!!

By the way, what kind of ice cream sundae was that? It looked delicious!! :)

Have a FABULOUS, FUN-FILLED weekend!

- Michelle

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KNITTY_JESS 7/1/2011 11:25AM

    This sounds like a fun day!

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SLFRISBEY 7/1/2011 11:24AM

    I want a pet sea lion! They are soooo stinking cute! What a wonderful day with the one you love! :)

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13 pound surprise

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I went to my dr. today for a check up. He wants blood work done etc. and MAYBE I will be getting off metformin for being diabetic! WOOHOOOOO! Will let you know on that one. Anyway, he was telling me good job, I had lost 14 pounds since last time (dec. 2010) and I told him I have lost 70 pounds. He was impressed and went back through my chart when I told him I started at 291. He said, " You are wrong. Your weight was not 291". I said "Um, yes it was. I weighed when I started in March of 2010 and my NEW scale (the one I still use and trust) said 291." He goes, " Um, you actually weighed 304 at one point".

I couldnt beleive it. I dont know if I blocked it out or what. I have gained and lost 20-30 pounds so many times. I guess I had already lost 13 when I began spark! So that would mean I have lost 83 pounds!

Now, this is where I am in a quandry.

I still feel like I need to count the same pounds as I always have. That when I get to 75 or 80 or (hallelujah!) 100, I want it to be legit. Or do I preface it by saying, IN total I have lost 83 but on spark I have lost 70? It confuses and annoys me beause I do not remember going over the 300 mark but there it was in black and white.

I am leaning towards just continuing on with my spark weight as the yardstick and in the back of my head, I can add 13 pounds to it, if I want.

What would you do?

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CHELEMIA 7/1/2011 3:12PM

    Personally I would use this to get past your 70 lbs hump. You know the YoYo 5 lbs. for the next week only I would tell my self I want 2 more for 85 lbs(great motivator!!) When you get there go back to the original 70 but just for the plateaus use the extra poundage as a mind motivator. I love all the ideas listed above but the thing to remember is that you did it!! If 83 lbs gets you cocky don't claim it, but when you need to remember where you came from that is a war medal Lady so take it! What you share with others doesn't reallly matter next to that!

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KAMAPERRY 6/29/2011 11:03PM

    C ount 'em, you earned 'em!!!! How awesome about getting off your meds, you are almost there!

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TURTLERASKIN 6/29/2011 12:08PM

    Count 'em. You ditched 'em, you count 'em. My two cents.

And how amazing to have lost so much!

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KRAWRS 6/29/2011 9:45AM

    Personally, I count the weight that I'm conscious of. I wouldn't disregard those 13lbs though! You can always say something like, "At my heaviest, I weighed 80something more lbs than I do now. Since actively sparking and changing my lifestyle, I lost over 70lbs!" Be proud of ALL the weight you lost!

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    I have always counted ALL of the weight I've lost because my life didn't begin when I found this place. I had already lost 60 lbs. I'd count it all but do what you're comfortable with.

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RIGBY31 6/29/2011 9:01AM

    Sweeeet! Personally, I would tuck that 304 number in the back of my head for personal reference. I have a number.. 302.. that never seemed quite real to me. It's my scarey number that I go to when I feel like I'm not accomplishing anything. My Spark poundage I keep straight with my ticker. Either way, girl, you're a loser in the best sense of the word!!

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    I would just continue with what you've gone with. When you started, you weighed on your scale and your scale said 291. That's your start weight. At least in my opinion it is. :) After all, we've all gone up and down lots of times, but it's this final time that we count. Then again, if you want to count them all there's absolutely no harm in that either. LOL. Whatever works for you dear! :)

Have a GREAT day!!!!

- Michelle

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LIABOOTY 6/29/2011 8:02AM

    I think that whether it is 83Lbs or 70Lbs, it is still a lot to lose and you have done a great job. emoticon
I would personally go with 83Lbs because I'll motivate me to push harder and continue my journey.
I really do hope he takes you off the diabetic medication, that will be one pill off.
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KAY-SUPREME 6/29/2011 6:55AM

    I'd say "in total 83" and "since on spark 70" ... it covers both grounds and then your trophies will all be legit to spark. but I can make you a certificate and mail it to you when you hit the "in total 100" if you want so it's legit that way, too :)

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PJH2028 6/29/2011 6:51AM

    I feel ya. I've got some similar stats myself. I started Spark at 225, but I had lost 11 lbs before in the 6 months before I found Spark (236 in Jan 2010). So when I say "I've lost 50lbs since 2010" that's legit. (Technically it's -40 on spark, but it's -50 from THIS chapter of my own resolve.

Footnote 1: I was up to 246 in 2007 when my dad died (during his illness I gained weight fast and ten lbs came off relatively easily, sans real resolve).

Footnote 2: I weighed 299 when I was 17 yrs old -- my top weight all time. But I definitely don't count that. That's another chapter of my life.

I recommend measuring from where YOU FEEL the "Starting point" to be for THIS JOURNEY. If you're like me, there have been other tales and roads.

THIS ROAD.... Now... is the one that counts. I am so grateful to share it with you. Wow Wow Wow Wow
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BIGMAMAT 6/29/2011 12:20AM

    Wow honey, How lucky can you get!!! 13 pound bonus!!! Count it!! It's a no brainer! xoxoxo T emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/28/2011 10:51PM

    Wow! What a great achievement!!!!! Seriously!!!! I struggled wth the same thing when I started Spark. I weighed 217 at my f week post baby check up but when I weighed in for Spark I weighed 212. I stuck with 212 but I know I lost 38 pounds!!! Way to go!

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IMIN2GENES 6/28/2011 9:54PM

    I say count them all! They're gone and not coming back! You are doing such an AWESOME job! I can't wait to hear your results. I just found out that I'm back from the brink of being diabetic. Woo hoo! We're going to have lots to celebrate!


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CANNIE50 6/28/2011 9:13PM

    I'm with Daisy443-I thought somebody left you a chubbly little baby emoticon - turns out the chubbly little baby was y.o.u. I vote you count them. I am pragmatic, I like things to be accurate, and I would want credit for every flippin' ounce so I want you to get credit for every flippin' ounce. Whatever you do is fine by me - whatever gets your ticker movin', darlin'.

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IHAVETOO10 6/28/2011 8:50PM

    I would count each & every pound and celebrate the fact
They will NEVER RETURN!!!!

WHOOP WHOOP Keep up the great job!

Now teach me how to get over this plateau at 40lbs.
Stuck here for 1 month??? UGH???


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JEANNERR 6/28/2011 8:27PM

    I have a record of the pounds I lost before SP and the ones I lost since Sp and I am comfused on a daily basis. I like the advice on owning every pound. I am going to change my starting weight and end the confusion. I think you should also.

Thanks everyone.

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CELLISTA1 6/28/2011 7:21PM

    Well, that's the point. When we overeat we have blinders on. We go on gaining til something smacks us in the face and says "Stop!" I personally don't care what your or my starting weight was. It's in the body, the mind, and the spirit. You are magnificent whether it's 83, 93, 103, or 3!

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COUCHDIVA333 6/28/2011 6:57PM

    i say count every one of those dirty buggars.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/28/2011 6:24PM

    I went through this EXACT same thing. I had my SP starting weight, but when I went to the Doc, she said, I had actually weighed 307 last time I saw her, which was 1 month prior to starting Spark. So guess what... I changed my ticker, had it start at 307, and gave myself more of a loss. I had lost it, I should get to recognize it. But, like you I toiled over it, and a sparkfriend, KUEENKAREN, told me it was documented, you should own it! So I did! No matter what you decide, you're doing great!

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KKINNEA 6/28/2011 5:59PM

    Whichever is less confusing. You probably have the lower number in SP? I would go with that but feel free to parenthesize as needed!

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ALOFA0509 6/28/2011 5:49PM

All your hard work sista!!! Take a Bow emoticon

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DEBBIE19580 6/28/2011 5:42PM

    i started spark at 273 pds, my high before spark was 324 pds. i didnt start at 324 pds with spark, thats why i didn't put it on here. but i did post a blog with pics of me at 324 pds, to show everyone where i was just 6 yrs. before. ive thought about putting my actual all time high on spark, off and on, but decided not too. its totally up to you!!! you did loose all those pounds!!!!!!!! yipeeeeeeeeee and your doing AWESOME!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 6/28/2011 5:27PM

    count them!

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RUNNER12COM 6/28/2011 5:10PM

    Pick whichever measurement offers you the greatest success. Why not? You've done the work!

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VAMANOS 6/28/2011 4:59PM

    I made the same choice you're leaning toward, although I had only lost 2 from my heaviest weight (that I recall) when I started Spark. So I tell people at Curves that I've lost 40 lbs., but because that last pound is stubborn, I can't put up my 40-lb badge yet! Isn't it silly what we stress about?

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/28/2011 4:46PM

    My total loss on here is from my largest point. Not just SP. You lost it all so you need to acknowledge that. Those 13 lbs weren't any less earned because you didn't realize it! I didn't know I was 345 until a doctor told me when I was 309 and in for a visit.

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CECE0330 6/28/2011 4:44PM

    Personally, I use the weight when I started Spark, even though 6 months PRIOR to Spark, i weighed 225 (I'd also just had a baby...but still. Post-baby I was 225). I worked on my own and lost 13 lbs before finding Spark, and TRUTH BE TOLD, if i logged 212 back then, it was REALLY 215 because I had an old analog scale and in order to get my scaredy butt on the thing in the first place I moved the needle down under 0 by 3-4lbs. Ha. The mind games we play.... the end it doesn't matter, whatever makes you feel better & motivated to continue on your path! emoticon

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    Whatever you decide to do works for me, all I have to say is:

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SLIMTHICK2 6/28/2011 4:32PM

    Congratulations to you. I think I would do the same as you for my experience was not the same as yours but I didn't quite know what I weighed either when I started the journey with spark. I found an old read out from one of those machines and it said 243lbs. in October 2009. I started on my journey in March 2010, I'm not sure what I weighed then after the Christmas season but I started exercising on my own. I then re-introduced myself to spark people in June 2010 at 227 lbs. I think I must have weighed about 250 when I first started but I don't know for sure so I stick with 243. All together I've lost 54lbs so far.
I would like to lose another 14lbs and remain at 175 but if I'm to follow the BMI index I'm supposed to weigh 165 which will put me in the 'healthy range'.
So congrats again to you for a fantastic job. I wish you all the best for the future.

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LYNXSPOTS1108 6/28/2011 4:31PM

    SP or not, you still lost those 13 lbs...count 'em!!

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GRACEISENUF 6/28/2011 4:30PM

    I would count EVERY last pound..before Spark or not and take the credit YOU deserve!

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 6/28/2011 4:28PM

    Scales--Smales---its pounds loss darling. Any way, my doctor's scale is always higher than mine at home so.... Personally, I would count it the way I always have because my memory cant take too many changes so let me stick with what it's been. LOL.

Keep Sparkin' and Congratulations

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MEMORY-JANE 6/28/2011 4:23PM

    way to go!

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DAISY443 6/28/2011 4:22PM

    OMY, I thought you had an unexpected 13 pound baby! Whew! You deserve credit for every pound you have lost so add it in there! Then you can go for the next goal! Besides, you can reward yourself unexpectedly!

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KJMAZ2011 6/28/2011 4:20PM

    I agree! Add them and enjoy your hard work! Yahoo!

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/28/2011 4:16PM

    Add those 13 lbs baby and congrats on 80+ lost!!!!!!!!!

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Things I love about tonight

Monday, June 27, 2011

1. I love that you all made me laugh based on my pissy, whiny, baby blog from earlier.

2. I love that you ALL told me to get the roses. I am going to. Then, if I get in trouble, I will name you all as my conspirators!! lol.

3. I love the dinner I made on the new BBQ the girls got Frank for Fathers day. It was good: steak, some pasta, fresh french bread and green beans. Yum.

4. I love to walk with the Baby (ie: Stitchy)

5. I love that the day is almost over and that means the shoes and the bra can come off and my jammies can go on!

6. I love that I have another opportunity for a good night's sleep.

7. I love the dishes are done, the kitchen is clean and I dont have to do squat but watch crap TV the rest of the night.

8. I love that I have this place and I have people who understand.

9. I love air conditioning and my ceiling fan.

10. I love that I get to start over tomorrow. Thank guys, You pulled me through.

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DISP715 6/28/2011 7:49PM

    I LOVE your blogs!! HUGS! emoticon

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    I love your zest! I knew you wouldn't stay down for long!

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VAMANOS 6/28/2011 1:33PM

    I knew you wouldn't stay down for long! Hoping today is a better day and your evening just as relaxing as yesterday's.

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    Glad your had some things to love by the end of the day. That's good stuff. :)

And I'm very glad to hear you're going to get your dad's roses. You'll be glad you did.

I hope you have a FANTASTIC day and it's filled with a shnit-ton of stuff to love.

- Michelle

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PJH2028 6/28/2011 7:50AM

    love you, this, and the other one for sure!
morning noon and night

rock steady babey xop

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GAELENEC 6/28/2011 7:44AM

    I love being able to self medicate.

Chardonnay, here I come!

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TURTLERASKIN 6/27/2011 11:47PM

    Okay, I totally misread No. 7 and thought "she loves to do squats? what?" I really need to get better at reading for comprehension.

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DAISY443 6/27/2011 9:57PM

    Here a whine, there a whine, and then a big smile! That's what keeps the world working!

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KAMAPERRY 6/27/2011 9:45PM

    Had to go back and read it, too. I am sooo glad you are going to get the roses!
Now you can go to bed with a smile!

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CANNIE50 6/27/2011 9:34PM

    awwwww, I am SO glad you are having a better evening. Done dishes and bra-free boobalas can do that for a girl, right?

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IMIN2GENES 6/27/2011 9:26PM

    Okay, after reading this I just had to go back and read your morning blog too.

I am really glad to know that you are going to go get the roses. What a wonderful way to honor your dad and your memories. So sorry to hear about the house though.

And, I love that you are going to go to bed much happier than earlier! Hope tomorrow is a much better day for you! Keep on smiling my friend!

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Things I hate about today

Monday, June 27, 2011

In an uncharacteristic whiny rant, I will now list the things that are ticking me off about today. Please keep in mind it is only 11;30 am. (also, please feel free to leave this blog at any time).

1. Got up at 4;30. For no reason.

2. Had to meet a customer so decided I was going to go through Mcdonalds for an egg mcmuffin, no meat. I was looking forward to it since it is soooo rare that I do that! It was cold. I ate half, threw it out the window and then ate the hash browns instead of throwing them out the window!

3. Met with cranky customers (but did get paid).

4. Met with idiot Inspector (but did get permit signed off).

5. Husband called, grilling me about the next job we are on.
While I am driving.
Without having the file.
I could not give him any answers. So he kept asking me. I kept explaining I could not answer and he said, "Oh I know. I just wanted to ask you"...then proceeded to ask me again!

6. I was early so I went by the house I grew up in. We sold it the year before my dad passed away to a great young couple with kids. We pictured them living there and loving it and having wonderful memories like we did. The house is abandoned, overgrown and unloved. My dad's pool, in which he took great pride is now a green algae filled mosquito nest. His roses are dying, what is left of them.
It breaks my heart. I am going to go dig up his roses and bring them to my house. I dont care that it is wrong so dont preach to me.

7.I have a huge stack of mail because when we were gone, the US post office held it then delivered to me on Monday when we got back. Apparantly they found a HUGE pile they had held on to so now 5 of my bills are late. I have to go throught it all and then pay bills. Which I hate.

8. I weighed myself this morning and I am up 5 pounds. 5 pounds!! Really?? That is insane. I know it is not "real" weight and that it will come off but it still pisses me off that I can lose 3 pounds upon return of vacation and gain 5 in 1 day of eating nacho's that I puked up. SO stupid.

9. There are dishes in my sink. I hate that.

10. There is a fly buzzing me. I hate that.

11. Im cranky. I hate that.

I may add to this later as they day goes on. Or I may just get over it. Or not.
Yes, I will drink water, Yes I will watch what I eat for the rest of the day, Yes, I will plan my dinner, Yes I will walk the dog, Yes I will... blah blah blah whatever. All the things I would tell you to do if you wrote this. Yes I will be back to my real self tomorrow but for today? I hate things.

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KIMBANN 6/28/2011 11:02AM

    Sounds like a lousy Monday - I hope today is better!

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BIGMAMAT 6/28/2011 7:18AM

    OMG! ROFL. You completely crack me up. Wait till dusk. Put on your superhero outfit. fly in there and get those Roses! If anyone sees you they will think you are crazy and won't mess with ya. ahahahahaha

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KRAWRS 6/27/2011 11:00PM

    This is what my blog from last week Tuesday would have looked like, if I wrote it when it was happening. Because I can relate, it cracked me up! It looks like things have turned around for you (I see you wrote a "things I love" blog but haven't yet read it), so I'm glad to hear these bad things didn't ruin the whole day!

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MEMORY-JANE 6/27/2011 7:20PM

    I agree with Vamanos. get the roses.

and- I could have written this myself. Its very similar to the day I had today.

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GAELENEC 6/27/2011 6:00PM

    Rebellion: I love it!

Well, actually I don't, but I figured if I said I didn't, it would give you another thing to be cranky about.

Unless you really need another thing. Just let me know, I'm easy.

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LILIVW 6/27/2011 5:40PM

    I am hoping your crappy day gets better. I was impressed that:
1. you threw away the mcmuffin you didn't like
2. you looked at the positive regarding getting paid and finishing with inspector.
3. you will be able to enjoy your Dad's beautiful roses. My Dad had several rose bushes he planted and took great care of. I would be heart broken if no one took care of them now that he is gone.

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KANSASROSE67 6/27/2011 5:33PM

    I appreciate this blog a lot! Sometimes it helps to get it all good advice needed! If it was me, I'd dig up the roses in a heartbeat.

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KKINNEA 6/27/2011 5:13PM

    Some days, you just gotta be crabby!

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GRACEISENUF 6/27/2011 4:39PM

    The postal service sucks.


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DAISY443 6/27/2011 4:19PM

    Don't you know that when you throw up, the calories stay, it's just the good stuff you lose! Now, go throw something at somebody, get the roses, swear (or cry, or both) and have a better day tomorrow!

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DONNACFIT 6/27/2011 3:54PM

    Loved your blog!!

My new motto is...Life's a roller coaster..sometimes you can just hold on and scream!!!

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    Cranky days are allowed!! You do what you need to do today.

I would go get the roses too.

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/27/2011 3:41PM

    Go get the roses. No one will care, and if the house is abandoned, no one will know....

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VAMANOS 6/27/2011 3:19PM


Go get the roses. Neither the owners who abandoned them nor the future owners who would have to dig up dead ones will care. Nor will the bank. The only thing you might concern yourself with is if the house is listed for sale...then the realtor or the people who are possibly waiting to close on it right now might care. If you don't see a sign, you're probably safe.

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TURTLERASKIN 6/27/2011 3:19PM

    Man, I'd be cranky about all those things too! Hang in there; and I agree you should stop and smell the roses now and then, if you know what I mean.

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JEREMY723 6/27/2011 3:18PM

    You weren't holding 5 pounds of mail when you weighed 5 pounds more by accident were you? just kidding, hoping that you're day has improved and sorry it was bad this morning!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/27/2011 3:14PM

    I hate flys too emoticon
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DISP715 6/27/2011 2:51PM

    I don't know why, but, I loved this blog. At first I was going to respond and say "Now say the things you love about today". However, after reading it, it made me laugh. You have, by having a cranky day, made mine better! Thank you. You are a very talented writer and I am sorry that you are not having a good day, but, I really liked reading your blog! Hoping things look up for you soon! BTW, totally go get your Dad's roses! My grandmother always had roses and every time I moved, rose bushes would show up in my yard! I always believe she is with me. So GO girlfriend, get those roses. HUGS!!

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CANNIE50 6/27/2011 2:50PM

    Love the "rescue the roses" plan - too bad I don't live near you - I would be Ethel, you could be Lucy, we could have a plan, maybe disguises, and then we would have some 'splainin to do" if we got caught. Sometimes, life kind of stinks - until it doesn't. emoticon emoticon

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    Hey - it happens. Damn crankies show up and everything pisses us off. I completely understand!

That being said, I hope now that you've gotten all that off your chest your day turns around for the better. And if not - then come back and vent some more. Heck, that's what we're here for.

By the way, I hate that my work heels gave me a blister on my piggy toe after just a few hours and now it's killing me. I also hate that today I'm bloated like a freakin' whale. And I also hate that when I get home tonight I'm going to have to do a shnit-ton of dishes and I HATE doing dishes!!!


ve ya - have a great evening. :)

- Michelle

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Today, life renews

Sunday, June 26, 2011

SO the Celebration of life for Frank's dad was yesterday and it was a great day. Lots of laughs and memories and yea, a few tears but not too bad. Lots of our old friends came. These were the group of guys we knew when Frank was in his teens and have stayed in touch. They were the heavy hitters, baby. The coolest guys I ever knew and they may be grey or a bit heavier, they are still so funny and it was awesome hanging with them and talking for hours.

And here is one with Frank, Kelly, Kady and his mom.

It went great and so many people came. It was a good day and I feel like we can all move on now.

There was lots of food and I think I ate my weight in Nacho's yesterday. I woke up feeling horrible today and within an hour, puked my guys out. Sorry if that is TMI but I am trying to save you from my same fate. A few Nachos= ok. 200 pounds of Nachos: Not so much.

We will go home later today and get back to work and regular life. MY MIL is gonna be fine. She is supported by lots of family up here and we will spend more time with her, too. She is pretty active so she will come and visit us, too. She likes to camp and fish and be with people so I think she is going to do just great.

Have a great sunday and if you are thinking of someone today, dont wait. Give them a call or drop them an email.

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/29/2011 1:56PM

    Glad to hear things went smoothly. *hugs*

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KAMAPERRY 6/27/2011 10:49PM

    Awesome celebration, I love that.

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GRACEISENUF 6/27/2011 4:41PM

    Glad to hear it went well, your girls are so gorgeous Jan.


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    It's nice that such a sorrowful time could actually be turned around and made joyful - in reliving memories and visiting with long lost buds. :)

Sorry about the nacho event. It happens. Stupid nachos! LOL.

Have a great day!

- Michelle

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BIGMAMAT 6/26/2011 11:50PM

    Love the pictures on your family and friends and glad you made it home safe. emoticon

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MAMADWARF 6/26/2011 9:58PM

    Yea it really was a perfect day. I think we all would want it like that....(nacho's are not my friend anymore. we broke up).

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MKACILLAS 6/26/2011 7:39PM

    Glad to hear it was a celebration of your Fil. This is how it should be....A proud tribute to the many special memories you have of him. Thats how i would want it to be! emoticon

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VAMANOS 6/26/2011 6:22PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and the wonderful, uplifting account of the celebration. Like one of the others who commented, this would be what I'd want.

As far as the nachos went, who wouldn't pig out on nachos? But sorry it affected you that way. Maybe the unfortunate outcome will alleviate the damage to your progress, though.

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TURTLERASKIN 6/26/2011 2:27PM

    Glad that the celebration went well. As for the nachos, well, "mistakes were made." emoticon

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    I am so glad it was a celebration. emoticon

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DAISY443 6/26/2011 2:02PM

    So glad that it truly was a celebration of life (note to my children-this is how it oughta be!) Peace to you and yours!

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