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Friday, March 12, 2010

Sorry to bother you again but as long as Yahoo and SP are conspiring to deprive me of my sparkmail points I am forced to write a daily blog because I NEED my points. emoticon

I had another wonderful rest day at home with Quinn, my great niece, who will be 5 in April, and Lucy, my grand-baby, 10 months old in a few days.

I love these girls so much. They are brilliant and beautiful and a ton of fun.
Lucy is at a stage where she is quite shy around anyone not in her immediate circle. She's very clingy and fussy around strangers; even my daughter, who she doesn't see that much.
Quinn happened to be sick for the last two Fridays so we missed her but it was nice to have the baby to ourselves, too.
Well, you should have seen Lucy this morning when Quinn got to my house a few hours later.
Lucy was absolutely beside herself with joy.
Quinn came and stood right in front of Lucy, who was on my lap.
Lucy was laughing and grabbing Quinn by her sleeve and leaning toward her and trying to kiss her (in her open mouthed baby kiss way) and making happy noises. Quinn and her mom and I couldn't stop laughing.
Lucy was making a spectacle of herself.
It was just the cutest thing.

Am I not one of the luckiest women on earth?

I always use Fridays as my rest day and try to eat lightly but today I felt hungry all day and had a hard time staying out of the kitchen. I ate a high protein breakfast to avert just such a thing but that didn't work.
I ended up with 1700 calories-
which isn't too bad -but I like to stay low on rest days. emoticon

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LYNKIN 3/13/2010 10:05AM

    Hi Elizabeth! I enjoyed the pictures of the girls... they are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Alyssa turns 10 months today... our girls are really growing and changing. We are both soooo lucky! I will be seeing Alyssa on Sunday! Enjoy your weekend! I lost 1.4 this week! emoticon

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LULUBELLE1102 3/13/2010 9:57AM

    Love the pictures. Lucy has grown so much. I can't believe she is 10 mots old already. Quinn is beautiful too.

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MSWEEZER 3/13/2010 9:22AM

    OH yes, lucky indeed. I may have my granddaughter solo for the first time this next week. She's 12 weeks old already and growing so fast. Her personality is starting to shine and is making noises all over the place. What a great sense of JOY that you can't explain until you live it. I'm happy for you as well and they are beautiful little girls. Thanks for sharing.

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KALATHIA 3/13/2010 9:10AM

    Great pictures of beautiful girls! I can see why you're so in love with them!


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MESSENE 3/13/2010 8:12AM

    emoticonblog, and adorable pictures too! I did not get my points today either. I have been getting them on and off through the week, hope they fix the problem soon. Have a wonderful rest day! emoticon emoticon

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    Great blog. I am not getting emails either and I also am blogging to get my points too. I think that is funny that others are thinking like me.

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STEPHANIE0904 3/13/2010 6:32AM

    Well I know how frustrated you are about your email but on the bright side for me - I always love seeing Lucy emoticon and of course Quinn. They are both adorable.

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SPIFFYCAT 3/13/2010 6:01AM

    Awww I have a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye, what a lovely blog and great pictures.
Thank you for sharing and blog on... emoticon

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LATVIAN_SANDY 3/13/2010 12:32AM

    Oh Elizabeth - you lucky girl, you! Such beautiful girls!!!

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LARREIKI 3/12/2010 11:38PM

    What cuties you have there.

Move past the calories today. Tomorrow is another day. emoticon

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LAURIEKRGR 3/12/2010 11:02PM

What a great blog!! Thanks for laying it out there!

The kitchen is a bad neighborhood, they say don't go there alone!!! JK

These kids are adorable and you are a very luck lady!!!

Don't be hard on yourself, tomorrow is a new day, and even if it is 1 hour from when we wake up, we are lucky people because we can start our day over at any time!!!

TGIF, my friend, it looks like you really enjoyed it!!

emoticon emoticonLaurie

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MINI_K 3/12/2010 10:56PM

    Cute girls. I want one. I love my boys but a girl would be nice too. :)

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...big sigh... no sparkmails

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I thought they were starting to come in but, alas, I was mistaken.
Today- nada.

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    Me. What happened to my emails from Spark People?

I have a yahoo account too.

Did you ever get an answer to this?

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STEPHANIE0904 3/12/2010 10:26PM

    Elizabeth- did you open a new account? I switched mine from Yahoo to comcast. I was going to switch it back - I guess not. There are plenty of free ones out there you could use.

I think I finally got mine straightened out but it was a mess.

I hope you have a great weekend. ((HUGS))

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DALAI_LALA 3/12/2010 4:15PM

    I at least started getting my SP notifications again. For a while I wasn't even getting notes about my message boards or new members or anything...


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WILDFLOWER- 3/12/2010 3:40PM

    Yah - what's up with the anti-sparkmail? I've even reset my mail preferences and still it's been might quiet.

I hope you have a lovely weekend in your shiney clean house. I love when all my floors are shiney clean. Of course, I usually want to kick everyone out of the house to keep them clean ... it's a fine line to happiness, isn't it?


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KALATHIA 3/12/2010 1:27PM

    Maybe tomorrow?

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DIANESWMBO 3/12/2010 10:20AM

    oh my! I am so used to getting all the updates, new recipes, etc.

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thanks a lot, redfrog!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

....she said, sarcastically!

I got an unexpected day off today from my tiny job and instead of relaxing, reading my book, baking cookies, meeting a friend for tea, going to a movie, getting a massage or manicure, going to the library, surfing the internet, sparking up a storm......
....I cleaned my entire (small) house-
top to bottom-
2 bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, living/dining room-
vacuumed every room, washed every floor.
I even washed down all the kitchen cabinets and some WALLS!!!
I swept off the front porch and threw away what was left of the wreath and Christmas basket that was out there.
Oh, and I went for a one hour walk in the sunshine after lunch.
My back is killing me.
I'm too old to clean my own house.
I had a cleaning lady for the last 15-20 years but once I retired I couldn't justify the $. My house looks nice and shiny, though.
I think I'll take a long hot shower and go to bed.


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PATTICAKES08 3/13/2010 12:52PM

    Way to go, Elizabeth! It feels good to have cleaned. It does not feel good to clean. Its funny, i just gave up my cleaners, too, so I have been overwhelmed with taking care of it all, too. I just went around my kitchen and did the cabinets last week. They seem so clean now!!!!

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REDFROG25 3/11/2010 10:39AM

    You are an inspiration to the rest of us, Elizabeth! We have had a cleaning service here and there, but no one cares about your home more than you do. Hope you're resting up today! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 3/11/2010 9:53AM

    Not bad for an old broad.

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MIMICOTO 3/11/2010 8:26AM

    You may have finished the day tired out, but what a great feeling it is to wake up to a shiny clean house! emoticon

BTW, 'Heavy Cleaning' is available as a cardio option on SP fitness tracking. Little me burns over 300 cals for 2 hours of heavy cleaning.....I've even worn my HRM to verify, and it's true...track it baby, track it! emoticon (those are feather dusters, not pom poms!!)

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KALATHIA 3/11/2010 7:42AM

    Think of all the extra calories you burned! Great job, Elizabeth!

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SPARKROZ 3/11/2010 7:05AM

    Talk about spring cleaning..........and it's not even spring!!!! Good for you getting a jumpstart on your cleaning. This blog give me motivation to do the same when I return home. Wow, top to bottom? Maybe I'll do only the middle. emoticon

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LULUBELLE1102 3/11/2010 4:07AM

    I wish I could get such motivation. Maybe once this bronchitis has run it's course and the sun comes out and stays out.

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SPIFFYCAT 3/11/2010 2:45AM

    I believe you use about 140 cals cleaning house, so a lovely shiney house and cals burns too... RESULT emoticon

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DOOBRIE 3/11/2010 1:33AM

    Well done you, Elizabeth! That's a lot of hard work but you'll be glad you did it. Now I just need to get up the same enthusiam to do my house. Hope your back soon feels better.


Comment edited on: 3/11/2010 1:34:18 AM

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GRANNYOF05 3/10/2010 11:30PM

    Sounds like you are way ahead for the spring cleaning.

Relax and enjoy the rest of the evening. You earned it.


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no headaches!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Thank goodness, my cold seems to have finally cleared up, after over two weeks, and my headaches have not come back.
My doc had me stop the ibuprofen that I've been on for a few years, since my knee surgeries, so I'm a little achy but it's tolerable.
I'm enjoying my new workout regime- less cardio, more ST- and, though the scale hasn't changed yet, I'm confident that this is what I need to get my metabolism up there enough to get things moving again.

On a different topic, it seems like companies are using the bad economy to squeeze every drop out of their employees. I had dinner with an old friend who has worked where she does for about 15 years and, while they have only laid off a few people, she's had no raises for 2 years and only 2% this year. She's a 52 year old single mom w/one in college and one in HS- soon to go to college. The worst thing is, though, they keep giving her more and more responsibilities- so some weeks she's working 50-55 hours. She can't really say no- she's afraid for her job. That is terrible. She used to work out a lot but now can barely squeak it in so she is so stressed out, drinking too much and gaining weight!
I feel so bad for her.
Still no emails from SP for me today- going on a week now.
Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat day!

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MSWEEZER 3/10/2010 7:43AM

    Congrats on no headache. You're doing great with the ST. Just keep at it and you'll see a change in no time.

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RDEEEEEEEEE 3/9/2010 10:21PM

    stress does not equal fat.
there are many alternative responses to stress:
let it go
the first sign of a mental break down is thinking our work is terribly important
trying to please everyone will only ensure YOU are not happy
what is the worst thing that could happen
you will survive
there is life after a job that is killing you
chose life that you may live

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MELSMITH612 3/9/2010 7:58PM

    Glad you're feeling better and finding your new workout agreeable, sometimes a positive attitude is the only way to make that scale move!

As for the work issues that your friend is having... I can honestly say that she's not alone. MOST people I know around here are receiving less and less in compensation and benefits from the companies they work for while being piled with more and more work due to layoffs. It's a bad situation but your friend can at least find peace in knowing that she still has a job and better times are coming.


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DOOBRIE 3/9/2010 12:15PM

    So pleased your headache has cleared up Elizabeth.

Regarding jobs, the situation is exactly the same in the UK. Most of our call centres seem to be in India and our goods all come from China! Everybody is just holding on to their jobs if they've got one at all. Glad me and DH run our own business and at least we are providing part-time work for four ladies even if we're only just making a living ourselves.

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LEANNIAM 3/9/2010 12:11PM

    YAY FOR NO HEADACHES!!! When you have a headache, the rest of the day just sort of goes down the toilet doesn't it?

I'm sure this new workout routine is just what you need!

I just keep hoping that the economic situation can't get any worse...and then it does! We've got to hit bottom at some point, right? While I don't actually work outside the home, I do know how bad things are getting. My husband is expected to do more..but not that much more, since he's a union guy! The businesses he delivers to are all feeling it and many of them are closing.

All we can do is all we can do....have a great day!


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KALATHIA 3/9/2010 11:19AM

    Glad you're feeling better, Elizabeth.

On the job front, I'm in the same boat as your friend. This is my 3rd year with no raise and more responsibilities. If I quit, they're confident that they can always get someone else who needs a job to take my place. It can be very discouraging.

My best to your friend.

And you, of course!


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HARRINGTON5 3/9/2010 10:33AM

So happy to hear that you are feeling better. I was down myself for a couple of days, but nothing as bad as what you were having to endure.

I hate hearing stories like what your friend is going through. It really sucks and makes me wonder why this great country of ours can't seem to get it together. The greed is rampant and there is no one minding the store. It is true, we need help! Stop farming jobs out to foreign countries just because labor is cheap. How will we ever recover when no one wants to stop the bleeding in our own country?

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JULIE1990 3/9/2010 10:25AM

  Glad to hear your headaches have gone. Headaches can be the worst. I think I have one almost every day of my life.

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still no sparkmails

Monday, March 08, 2010

no team updates.
no daily spark.
no recipe of the day.
no motivator of the day.
no notification if someone sends me sparkmail.
SP doesn't care.
Yahoo doesn't care.

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PATTR724 3/12/2010 9:33AM

    I can't get any spark points

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HARRINGTON5 3/9/2010 10:36AM

    Sounds like they are working on it. For some reason, I am getting my mail just fine. Hope all is well with you.

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KALATHIA 3/9/2010 7:47AM

    Did you read SparkGuy's blog yesterday?

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SPARKLINGDAWN 3/8/2010 11:56PM

    Hi everyone

I got this one from Spark guys blog yesterday. An e-mail with a link.
It seems as they are working on it, and struggeling. Keep believeing, I think they will fix it.

E-mail issues known.
In case you haven't received SparkPeople emails in the past week, we wanted to let you know that we are aware of general email problems. Overall our biggest issue is with Yahoo Mail. They have acknowledged issues on their site, and this is affecting other sites in addition to SparkPeople. We are working very hard to get all emails going again, and will post another Announcement here when we believe things are fixed.

Thanks everyone for their patience and support of SparkPeople!

Dave H.

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RIVERUN 3/8/2010 11:38PM

    So what,s up with that? I got sparkmail today, I wonder why you haven,t?????? How are you doing Elizabeth? The number,s on the scales have started to move again, 2 LBs lost last week, I still do my daily routine workout faithfully. I get such a high from pushing my body ,I feel so good after it,s all over. How have you been feeling? Still dealing with those nasty headaches, I hope NOT. Keep SPARKLING. JAN emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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