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pictures from vacation part 2

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fishing yesterday at a gorgeous spot called Spirit Lake.

Lunch time!

Having a wonderful time, relaxing and playing. It is very good for me to have this down time and I am enjoying every minute of it!!

I am thinking of you guys and hope you are well and I havent missed too much. Message me if anything is going on! Hugs!! Jan

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DAISY443 6/24/2012 1:49PM

    Love the foot shot! I'm starting to see a trend there! Keep enjoying your vacation! Hugs!

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BIGMAMAT 6/24/2012 12:19PM

    Glad to hear youre having a good time.! emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/20/2012 10:44AM

    Looks like a great time! Enjoy!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/20/2012 8:13AM

    Enjoy, enjoy!!

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CULAINA 6/20/2012 7:56AM

    Hope you have a lovely holiday xx

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    You are a blessed woman!! Enjoy your away-time and I'm hoping you're visiting Frank's side of the bed often! LOL! ((((HUGS))))

- Michelle

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GRACEISENUF 6/19/2012 11:43PM

    I love fishing, hubs not so much. This means I haven't gone in many years. lately I have been thinking about taking it back sure is relaxing. Wish I was there fishing with you Jan. :)

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MICKEYMAX 6/19/2012 3:57PM

    Catch of the day! WOO HOO!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/19/2012 3:55PM

    How Beautiful

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/19/2012 3:55PM

    I would LOVE to be on the lake right now! Glad you're having a great time = )

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    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww good for you! We all need some down time and I am glad you are enjoying your time and having a relaxing time.


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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/19/2012 3:40PM

    Love you! Miss you!

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pictures from vacation so far...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My lunch!

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MICKEYMAX 6/19/2012 4:00PM


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GRACEISENUF 6/18/2012 10:51PM

    Looks peaceful and beautiful...(I sure do love your hair style). GREAT pics!

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CHRISTINA006006 6/18/2012 3:53PM

    Looks beautiful!!!

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    Segram's - yum!!! :)

Love the pics. Thanks for sharing! HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

- Michelle

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/17/2012 11:30PM

    Hope you are having fun!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/17/2012 5:28PM

    you look glorious! Have fun!

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JITZUROE 6/17/2012 5:11PM

    Great pics! Look at that smile!
You really are enjoying it all. I am so happy for you guys!!!!

Live it up baby! And keep that body movin'

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BAYBELIEVER 6/17/2012 4:18PM

    Can I just say that I love that you share pictures of your vacation with us, but also that you include you in those pictures!?! You are so beautiful, but also, it is a testament to how dedicated you are to this journey that you are brave enough to always share the real you with us. Hope you are having a great time. Sure looks like you are!

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TAICHIDANCER 6/17/2012 2:48PM

    Great Pics. Thanks for sharing.

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STRIVER57 6/17/2012 2:43PM

    that's lovely (especially you).

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PJH2028 6/17/2012 2:38PM

    What a beauty you are, Jan! Great head shot/portrait of you!
And how cute are you and Frank - conquering those canyons!

Have a great time.

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AAAACK 6/17/2012 1:39PM

    Wow, that looks like an awesome vacation!

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CELLISTA1 6/17/2012 1:26PM

    Look at you - hiking! I remember that first hike awhile back and how much it meant to you. Now you look like a hiker-girl and you are one!

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CANNIE50 6/17/2012 1:14PM

    Your beauty shines through, my dear. Love the lunch photo - the missing bite is a nice touch - you crack me up, Miss Jan. Utah is crazy-beautiful, right? Which part of the state are you in? I bet the weather is a little toasty.....

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/17/2012 12:58PM

    Utah is Beautiful!!!!! I love your lunch pretty lady! emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/17/2012 12:33PM

    You look gorgeous!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/17/2012 12:06PM

    Beautiful view! Glad you're having a great time!

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I ate hummus

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I know. You can't believe I never ate it but I haven't. I dont like the name is icky. But I tried it and I love it. It was sun dried tomato and pesto and I think it's my new snack when I get back. Which by the way, I'm having a great time!

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WILLPARKINSON 6/19/2012 9:43PM

    Hummus CAN be delicious. It can also be nasty, depending on where it comes from. My favorite is 'super-garlic'. Yum.

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MICKEYMAX 6/19/2012 4:02PM

    So glad you are loving life and hummus! (you are right - it does need a new name!)

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JITZUROE 6/17/2012 5:09PM

Hee hee

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CELLISTA1 6/17/2012 1:30PM

    Oh, I used to live in the middle east where they call it 'hoo-mooss' not 'humm-muss." It still bugs me to hear 'humm-muss' and sounds unappetizing too. I can only eat if it's called 'hoo-mooss."

Also, there's a world of difference between packaged and fresh-made, so try it in a Lebanese or Israeli restaurant sometime.

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CANNIE50 6/17/2012 1:15PM

    I wasn't crazy about the name OR the texture and then I tried it (roasted red pepper) and it is so good. Nice addition to your nutrition, missy.

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BAYBELIEVER 6/17/2012 9:51AM

    Yummy. Yummy. And I make my own so I keep the sodium down! Congratulations for getting to this awesome snack and I use it in place of mayonnaiste/mustard on sandwiches.

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/17/2012 12:41AM

    Forewarning - start measuring it by mass (not tbs) asap. It's delicious, but moderation is your friend.

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SMILINGTREE 6/17/2012 12:15AM

    It's super versatile, too. I love humus wraps with lettuce and peppers and cucumbers. Tasty!

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/16/2012 9:56PM

    I had it many years ago and declared it gross. Had it again a year or so ago and LOVE IT.

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MONTREAL12 6/16/2012 9:52PM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/16/2012 9:47PM

    I LOVE hummus! Try the roasted red pepper, amazing!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/16/2012 9:34PM

    It is hilarious to me you never tried it. The first time I did a very long time ago I felt the same way. It is delicious. Yeah for you for trying new things!

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JUNEAU2010 6/16/2012 9:26PM

    I discovered hummus after I started SP - I love the garlic one. Isn't trying new food and finding you like it fun?! Very cool!

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My side of the bed

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I have been on spark for over 2 years and in that time, you have had a glimpse into my life and my marriage. Some have even asked, "what is your secret to a happy marriage?" I am going to tell you.

We have a king size bed. It is huge. There is an unspoken line down the center of the bed. You can follow it all the way down from where the Pillows meet.
There is Frank's side and there is my side. He can visit my side, anytime.

But when it is sleep time, that means your side and MY SIDE! There is no touching, breathing, snorning or otherwise infringing on my SIDE of the BED. IT is SLEEP TIME! And that is how we roll!

Now, in other marital news, My hubby and I are taking our bi-annual trip to our friends gorgeous paradise in Vernal, Utah for 10 days! Keeping in mind, it takes 2 days to get there and one long ass day to get home.

I just deleted a whole long rant about weight loss and frustration and what Im going to do when Im gone and what Im going to do when I get back.

I am just going to leave you with this....

I am going away.
I am going to have a great time.
I am going to release a whole lotta stress.
I am going to take alot of pictures.
I am going to visit Frank's side of the bed. A lot.
I am going to come home, ready to take on the rest of the weight I need to lose.
I will update when I can but please, take care of yourself's, think of me and know I am carrying on like a wild woman and blowing off some much needed steam.

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MICKEYMAX 6/19/2012 3:59PM

    woo hoo!!!!

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MOONBIRD 6/15/2012 6:52PM

    I love this blog! Have a great time!

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MRSSCHENCK 6/14/2012 10:31PM

    Too funny. I just got rid of my king size bed because it was too big! We stayed at a hotel in a queen or was it a double? Anyway, I loved being snuggled up to hunny all night long and as soon as I came home, we down-sized. I don't regret it one bit.

Have a wonderful time on your trip!

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GRACEISENUF 6/14/2012 9:59PM

    LOVE IT! I too have a king size bed with a line down the middle. Just got back from our condo in Pismo and it is a Queen...(sucks). DH snores and I wear earplugs....that is how we roll. lol Frequent visits to each others "sides: makes for a happy 23 years! tee hee (and two kids!) :)

Have a blast in Utah sweetie!

I am rolling to Tahoe in a couple weeks all by myself....woo hoo! Me time.

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LISALGB 6/14/2012 9:52PM

    Go for it, Chick!! Have a great time - in and out of bed!!

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CANNIE50 6/14/2012 9:52PM

    Once, when my husband let Payton watch a too-scary movie, and I was anticipating a scared little boy visiting "us" (meaning, me) in the middle of the night after a bad dream, I said "you do know which side of the bed is daddy's side, right?" "Sure, Momma, it's the snoring side!" Yup. I don't need to tell you to have a great time because I know you will. Your marriage is a lovely thing, my dear - I love your history and how much you two cherish each other. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEREMY723 6/14/2012 2:43PM

    Funny you mention thed bed situation. I was just reminded last night that I always go over halfway. I tried to explain, I'm sleeping, try poking up or waking me up or something, I don't do it on purpose, how can I prevent it if I'm sleeping? No answer, but still not happy with me for it:(

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/14/2012 2:19PM

    have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SLFRISBEY 6/14/2012 9:14AM

    bahaha! Hubs and I have the same rule. Sleep is sleep, leave me alone! The only time I infringe on that is if I am cold and shivering lol! Have a great vacation and blow off some steam! :)

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BAYBELIEVER 6/14/2012 8:12AM

    Awesome! Have a great trip and enjoy those visits--to Frank's side and from Frank's side!

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    Ha, ha, ha - love it!! You enjoy those visits to Frank's side of the bed and have a remarkably FABULOUS time on your trip!! :)

- Michelle

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DAISY443 6/14/2012 8:00AM

    Remember to invite Frank to your side of the bed, too! It's only fair! Have a great time and safe travels!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/14/2012 7:33AM

    Somehow I ended up unsubscribed from your blog again. So annoying. I love this blog. Have fun visiting Frank's side of the bed for the next 10 days :). Love you!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/14/2012 7:29AM

    Have a fantastic trip!

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CHLOE453 6/14/2012 5:43AM

    Sounds like a perfectly wonderful time is planned away....have lots of fun!!! emoticon

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AAAACK 6/14/2012 1:50AM

    Have a wild, wonderful time!

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WILLPARKINSON 6/14/2012 1:24AM

    If you're going to visit Frank's side of the bed please remember to bring gifts. It's not nice to visit someone empty-handed. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 6/14/2012 12:19AM

    You crack me up. Have a wonderful time. hugs. T emoticon

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ALICIA214 6/14/2012 12:19AM


Have fun on Frank's side of the bed ,and the rest of your vacation too of course.

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HGSGUY 6/14/2012 12:06AM

    Have fun! Safe travels.

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CATS_MEOW_0911 6/13/2012 11:48PM

    Even if you deleted the rant, I'm sure it felt good to write it out. Have a wonderful trip, Happy Travels!

P.S. Enjoy, ummm..."sleeping" on your hubby's side of the bed.
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my weekend

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Friday we went to a race and took our trailer to spend the night and then go to another race the next day. That is the race I cooked 80 pounds of tritip for before I left!

We hadn't been there long when a call came through the pits for paramedics. Two of the guys in our club went running. Apparantly, one of he drivers in a sprint car, had a wheel break while putting a tire and it hit him in the face. 25 years old, just out to have some fun and he was killed.

It was so sad and tragic and I was again reminded that things happen in the blink of an eye and life changes forever for someone. It was a sobering reminder. All the drivers donated money and a lot of the fans did too and it was a nice show of solidarity.

After the races , because races always go on, even under those circumstances, we dwarf car people had a potluck and I ate very late, like, midnight which I normally don't do. Topped it off with 3 cookies for good measure and had a little visit with the Captain, too!

The next morning, I made breakfast burrito's for us and a few guys then we got word that one of our best friends had fallen while pushing his sons car in the trailer. He shattered his wrist and needs surgery which he will wait till Monday. This guy is lucky to be alive. 5 years ago, we were at pismo riding quads and he was in a bad accident and literally broke his body in half.

We had a big race so he got it wrapped, got meds and came to the track to watch his son race. After the race, I served dinner to 100 people and I have a lot of tritip left but you will be proud of me for not taking all the leftover cake and other crap home! I can make a lot of meals out of the tritip and the kids can take sandwiches for lunch at work.

The race was also a memorial for franks dad who passed away a year ago..yes, its already been a year!!!!

Then one of our friends came to race, and a very close friend of theirs has a little girl, 11 years old, who got a cut on her thigh and got stitches a few days ago. Now she has a massive infection and has undergone two surgeries and is fighting for her life. Wtf is going on!!!

I did not eat well this weekend I worked hard but I did not work out, I can feel myself being full of sodium and I am not weighing in until my final weigh in Thursday am before we leave for Utah for 10 days. I set out to lose 10 pounds 4 weeks ago. We will see how close I get.

This weekend was a reminder to me to enjoy each day, be present with people, tell them you love them, do the best I can and always be grateful.

You are all a big part of me and I worry, care, enjoy, think about, pray for and love each of you.

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MOONBIRD 6/15/2012 6:56PM

    It's so sad to hear all those things, but you are right that we can't take our lives for granted. So often we go through life not really paying attention to what is our life.

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CANNIE50 6/13/2012 1:23PM

    Oh my gosh. I am so sorry to hear about the tragic accident, and the other traumas. I am thinking of you.

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JEREMY723 6/12/2012 5:09PM

    Sorry your weekend has so many injuries and worse! There was a fatal drag race accident about 30 minutes from me on Saturday afternoon. Some media coverage and all races were cancelled the rest of the day. I hope the next time around is far better!

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    Wow...what a weekend. Prayers for all those affected by the sad things that happened...and gratefulness for all the blessings!!

Have a wonderful day...and thanks for sharing. All too often we forget how precious our life is, especially when we allow ourselves to get caught up in all the relatively non-important BS that we go through.

- Michelle

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GRACEISENUF 6/10/2012 7:31PM

    I love you too Jan. Oh man you have had friends who are facing some heavy duty stuff right now, so sorry to hear of all this. I will say a prayer for each person you mentioned (God knows their names) even though I don't.

It's hard to believe Frank's Dad has been gone a year...time does fly.

We had our sons graduation Friday at a Mandarin restaurant. They had a very small cocktail menu when I looked it over. And then, BAMM...there it was, the word Captain. Mind you I have never had it but I ordered one (it listed it was made with coke so I asked for sugar free). I wound up having TWO! I hope you know I only ordered it because of YOU, was good too! :) Everything sure tasted even better after TWO, ha ha.

Know I love ya,
(off to Pismo in the am), wish you were gonna be there.

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CELLISTA1 6/10/2012 5:36PM

    My goodness! Yes, all that stuff reminds us of how fragile our lives are. It's human nature that we just carry on blithely because if we didn't we'd be paralyzed. The scariest part of the story is about the little girl, because where did she pick up that infection? At the hospital, when she was getting stitches, probably.

You are the hardest working MAMA in town, that's for sure! Sounds like you didn't do too badly on your food, considering. Thank-you for always giving lots of love to us all. We love you too!

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DAISY443 6/10/2012 4:07PM

    What a sad weekend. Take care of you and yours! Hugs!

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BIGMAMAT 6/10/2012 3:50PM

    Gosh Jan, so sorry to hear about all the sad things that happened this weekend. emoticon Praying for your friends. Love you. T

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