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Cravings, cravings...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 i want pancakes....lots of pancakes with Maple syrup... or maybe spaghetti ... my craving is to stuff myself with carbs and I will try to use coach deans advice about listening to the voice inside that tells me that this is not in my interest and avoid the action I donīt want in the long run....

...but I am panicking about the situation with my child I canīt stand this much longer and yet, I just have to. And I keep telling myself that she could be dead or that her father could be dangerous for her... and it helps for about five seconds and then I go again...

The last time I had this panic was when I had chemoteraphy for my breastcancer - it was really hard to endure but I did survive and it got better.

Iīll repeat my mantra "everything is just the way it is supposed to be" - and go for a bikeride. The clouds are getting darker so Iīll better bring a raincoat.

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CYNDY_55 4/30/2010 1:09AM

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AKELAZ 4/29/2010 7:43AM

    I know there is nothing to say to you that will help the situation you are in currently - just know that I am truly sad for you and sending strength and love across the thousands of miles between us. Stay strong - AND step away from the pancakes! emoticon

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CELEST 4/28/2010 3:39PM

    I wish for you plenty of courage to face what you have to. I hope my dear that you manage to rise above this painful place you are in right now. I cannot say anymore because its hard to know what to say, but know that you are in my thoughts and please keep posting. Your picture is beautiful, such a sweet pony too.

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V_ON_THE_VERGE 4/28/2010 11:16AM

    As you say, you have survived incredible difficulties, and you can again! You seem to have several strategies that you are using already. I will not pretend to understand what you're going through but am confident that you will get through this. Stay strong and courageous!

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Spammed and annoyed....

Monday, April 26, 2010

...I just deleted about eight blog comments from the signature " ILLBESTRONG." It was obviously an attempt to make me connect to a link that was advertising some weightlossstuff.

Through members board "technical help" I learned that I can report the person by going to his/her spark page and click a button down at the left "report inapproriate message"
SO I did and since a lot of other members have done so too, I guess that membership will be removed - and signed in again no doubt.

The thing is I get really annoyed - I love the generous and wideviewed attittude of sparkers. When this happens it feels like somebody really is trying to tear down that attitude. For what? Probably some cents for every person that clicks into the link. Or for spite? I have no idea, I have deleted the comments - and I have never deleted any messages to med no matter what I thought of them because I donīt mind people not thinking the same as me. But spamming really annoys me and thinking that I had to delete the same amount of spam comments ever day or every week makes me realize that it is a severe threat to Spark people, because I would in the end give up the community.

Ah - now I get it! It is sombody who envies spark guys achievements and wants to destroy it...!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 4/28/2010 12:48PM

    Even if that person joins again under another name they will repeat the same behavior, and again be removed. Soon they will learn that it just doesn't 'work' to behave like that way here, and they will either behave themselves if they join yet again - or they will go elsewhere to do those things.

I have seen several people who tried to use their pages to sell stuff: one had a sales link directly on their page (which was removed after I reported them), and another lady did a lot of sympathy ploys on the message boards to try to get people to send her money to tide her over for her hardships (she gave up when nobody responded - and after I questioned her about the links she gave going to nowhere - but she is still here). Another lady I saw on the message boards people WERE sending her money 'for her hardship'. That was early in my 'Sparking' and I didn't know you could report them, but it bugged me to no end that someone was using Spark People to solicit money. Maybe they really did have a hardship, or maybe it was just a scam. I envisioned her going to many sites and getting LOTS of people to send her money. But, here there were quite a few people on that message board thread saying, "send me your address and phone number in private mail, and we'll send money".


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_VALEO_ 4/27/2010 6:14AM

    It's annoying, but don't let this person affects you.
Hopefully Spark will block the IP or make the site more secure to avoid bots spamming members.

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FARMWIFEANDMOM 4/26/2010 10:39PM

    Same thing happened to me this morning, with the same user name as yours. I, too, deleted it, and was wondering how to report the spammers. Thank you for posting this!

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GREENSCRAPCAT 4/26/2010 10:03PM

    Yep, me too, same user name! The comment has since been deleted off my blog, too!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/26/2010 9:46PM

    Me too! I deleted the comments, but know that they will join again under another user name. It IS extremely annoying. I enjoy Spark and the active thoughts of members but the Spam really gets to me. I know as a public site it is going to happen, but still...

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NEWME0519 4/26/2010 9:31PM

    I haven't been spammed but will now be looking out for it!

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GREENCAT1 4/26/2010 9:02PM

    Got me too.....

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DREENAMT 4/26/2010 8:54PM

    I agree completely. Same thing happened to me. I was bummed as I have never been spammed on Spark.

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MELTEAGUE 4/26/2010 8:37PM

    I got one of those messages too, thanks for dealing with it!
There is no place for THAT sort of thing on here!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/26/2010 8:05PM

    She got me twice! How annoying!

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JUSTICELEAGUE 4/26/2010 5:31PM

    SPammed too. It really miffed me off. I reported them as well. I hate black hat marketers.

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CELEST 4/26/2010 4:50PM

    I only got the message once so I didn't realize it was spam. I did see that there was a link to go to, but I never know what else people want....if spark is not enough, gosh what is? Sparks is more than enough for me. I'm a satisfied customer that's for sure.

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KRZYKAT3 4/26/2010 12:57PM

    I was lucky not to have gotten spammed but I agree it is annoying! Unfortunately we are a public site...

Any word on job?

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THEFITNUTLIFE 4/26/2010 10:26AM

    Me too! I had the same commenter on 2 of my blogs. I reported them and deleted them. It is very annoying!

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SCRAPHAPPY94 4/26/2010 10:12AM

    I had the same spammer!! Deleted the comments - now I'm headed to the sparkpage to do the same thing. By the way, I like your new background:)

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LINDA! 4/26/2010 9:34AM

    I also have hit the inappropriate button recently. Too many people try to sell on this site. Very unforunate.

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MAGNOLIA416 4/26/2010 8:57AM

    usch, jag oskså!

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PATRISNA 4/26/2010 8:24AM

    Hi Meddy,
Thanks for the blog. Someone else did a blog about this spammer. I also got several comments on my blogs from this person that I deleted. Your blog will help a lot of people.


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J-ALEXIS 4/26/2010 8:05AM

    Hi MeddyPeddy,

I have not yet had the unfortunate opportunity of being spammed, here on Spark People. However, as a Computer Science professor that loves technology and is diligent in teaching the cons of cyber technology, I am extremely upset to hear how once again, uncaring, selfish, idiots want to use anything they can for their own purpose and have little regard for others. The world is full of fabulous caring people. Yet, at the same time, jerks share our planet!

Please remember how wonderful this site it. We will all work hard at reporting the idiots and doing our best to continue working together.

Warm smiles,

J. Alexis


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GINABUG 4/26/2010 8:02AM

    Yup, me too! Thanks for reporting! Luckily, I just got one, but it was very annoying. I felt invaded, indeed!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/26/2010 7:46AM

    My blogs got spammed, too. I just deleted all of those from this person. By the time I got up and found mine, the spark page of "ILLBESTRONG" had been removed, so it looks like your vigilance in reporting it paid off.

Thank you!

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KMIRANDA2000 4/26/2010 7:46AM

    interesting...thank u

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RSWIFE 4/26/2010 7:35AM

    Thanks for this warning. I'll be on the lookout for the spam.

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JESPAH 4/26/2010 7:27AM

    The page is removed but the comments linger on unless you delete them.

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IAMANDARAMA 4/26/2010 6:41AM

    Rock on Meddy - and keep throwing them, so we can keep SparkPeople the supportive network we all know it to be. Still have my fingers crossed for your job.


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SANDYJAS 4/26/2010 5:31AM

    I just found spam from them on my page too! I googled how to report it and I found your blog! Thanks, I deleted the comments. It's just surprising here after all the supportive people to get spammed!

Comment edited on: 4/26/2010 5:34:21 AM

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GOING2LSEITNOW 4/26/2010 5:18AM

    Thanks for writing about this. I never click on links unless I know the person. I learned my lesson early. I had to report one member once. His blog was just an advertisement and not too long ago we got added to someone's friend list and none of us knew the person. He/She has since been removed.

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SUGARBABY60 4/26/2010 3:42AM

    Thank you for explaining how to report this spam . They maay be stong but we SPARKERS are a lot stronger!!! and smarter , and UNITeD!

hope your weight loss journey is going well. I am sending you good wishes for the upcoming week! emoticon

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JANLEEW 4/26/2010 2:47AM

    It seems there is always someone who takes advantage or is just invading a legitimate site to further their own gain. Spam is definetly inappropriate on Spark! This happens on sites devoted even to very esoteric themes. Keep deleteting, keep reporting. Good week to you!

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Pressure of waiting

Thursday, April 22, 2010

So my interview went well - I think. Good atmosphere in the room, interesting conversation, I have hope.

But I think it is very hard to have to wait for a week for the result. There are two more to be interview and I assume that they are nothing like me - I mean how many more 57-old entrepreneurs who have had their own newspapaer and travelled round Scandinavia as a public speaker is there? The big question is if it is that kind of person they need...

Well - I felt the support from all my spark friends and that was great! BUT... I diddo some nervous overeating afterwards and I could have lived without that.

Another good thing today was that I asked a girl in the stable to help me with my horses. Itīs embarrasing because I should do it myself but I fear that I will never get up on those horses if I donīt get assistance. I donīt want to burden anyone but now I have asked and thatīs a relief.

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INGMARIE 4/25/2010 9:18AM

    way to go, emoticon
fingers are crossed for you
and great of you to actually ask for help emoticon
I know that is one of the hardest things to do

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KRZYKAT3 4/23/2010 2:16PM

    YEAH! So glad oyu had your spark friends in your pocket as support. We will pray your interview went weel enough for you to have an OFFICIAL job.

I am happy you are able to reach out for help. Asking for help is on of the hardest things I do as well but I have learned. We cannot do it all, we cannot be good at everything, we can be very very good at what we can do AND there is always someone around who does well what we don't!

That statement may be a tongue twister but I am going to copy it to my quotes for future reference....

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STARREACHER 4/22/2010 11:34PM

    Hi MP. Good for you for asking for help with your horses. Sometimes that's the hardest thing to do - to ask for help.

Oh, I'm sending you support vibes so that you get that job. There's nothing like a life with a steady income. I hope you get it!

Huge hugs,

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GWTRIKER 4/22/2010 8:24PM

    I am glad the interview went well. Fingers are crossed that you are the candidate selected. Good Luck.

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IAMANDARAMA 4/22/2010 6:07PM

    The deed is done then and it's fingers crossed. In the meantime, keep busy (I know you will) and the time WILL go quickly.


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V_ON_THE_VERGE 4/22/2010 5:04PM

    Good for you! Both on the interview and on asking for help. Let's hope the decision is an easy one for them and that they'll get back to you even sooner!

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I need good wishes!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

...I donīt want to say that I need prayers, because itīs "just" a job I am hoping for but all you Spark Friends; send me your best wishes for tomorrow when I go to a job interview. It is as a editor for a business supplement (?) for one of our region newspaper and it fits me like a glove...I do have the qualifications, I am the right person for it.

But that is not why I so desperately want it.

I want it because I have been selfemployed for 25 years and for the moment I canīt handle that very well. I can handle the profession - to write articles and give lectures, but I am to chaotic to advertise myself and do the paperwork. Business is slow and although I am really good at living on a low budget I canīt live on no budget at all.

It would be a dream to be employed and get a paycheck every month. To collect points for my retirement (as we do in Sweden) to have a guaranteed wage even if I get sick, to have five weeks payed vacation... to be able to set up a budget and work towards a financial goal.

I would also love to have colleagues to work with and to be in a team that had a mission - as a freelance I just do fragmentary effort and Iīd like to be the part of a long term goal together...

I have a really, really good chance of getting this job, but I am of course not the only person they interview. So I need luck in my favor to, wish me luck!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 4/22/2010 12:50PM

    It does sound perfect for you. Wish you the best in being the one to get it.

Five weeks vacation! Wow! I never heard of that.


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MARENAMOO 4/22/2010 5:40AM

    Best of luck to you.

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PENNYAN45 4/22/2010 2:22AM

    Add me in among those who are wishing you well on your interview.


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LOSETONEED 4/21/2010 7:51PM

You have my prayers for a good interview tomorrow.

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KLEONIKI 4/21/2010 6:41PM

    Consider my sincere wishes sent!
I will send you my positive thoughts tommorow...and i hope you find soon what you desire!

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SCOOTER1NANNY 4/21/2010 5:06PM

    Good Luck and May God Bless You. emoticon

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LIATRIS 4/21/2010 3:07PM

  Good Luck!! emoticon

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  emoticon There' s little luck for you!

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SCRAPHAPPY94 4/21/2010 2:54PM

    all the best wishes for you! Good luck!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/21/2010 12:52PM

    Got the mantra power goin' for you!!!

In solidarity,

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JANLEEW 4/21/2010 12:48PM

    Go for it with gusto! Smile a lot in the interview. Best of luck to you1

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/21/2010 12:37PM

    I wish you the VERY best of luck with the interview. Your confidence level seems very high, and when they can sense your confidence, they'll like what they see and hear. Let us know how it goes!

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AZIMAT 4/21/2010 12:07PM

    I'm sending prayers for you!

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IAMANDARAMA 4/21/2010 11:46AM

    Bring on the confident you and don't give yourself reason to doubt - then your interviewers won't either. Tell them the job jumped off the page at you and it's just what you have been biding your time for. Tell them about your commitment to team work and your positive and pro-active approach - and then, who wouldn't employ you?

Sending positive vibes your way, now and throughout tomorrow.

Good luck, Meddy. Put celebration on the agenda.


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MAGNOLIA416 4/21/2010 11:45AM

    Lycka till! Jag hoppas att du lyckas! Du förtjänar det.


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KALYNWINN 4/21/2010 10:54AM

    Good luck and big prayers coming your way! HOpe you get it!

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KRZYKAT3 4/21/2010 10:33AM

    Dear God,

Please watch over Meddy as she interviews for this important job. She needs this as a sign of your belief in her and to ease her life just a little. I ask for her because I know this will make her life a little easier and each of desesrves a break for no reason once in a while.

In Jesus' name, I pray.


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V_ON_THE_VERGE 4/21/2010 10:20AM

    Sounds like you are really motivated, confident in your strengths and what you would bring to the position which puts you in a really good position!


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DAVEYSHADOW 4/21/2010 10:14AM

    Good Luck

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BET212 4/21/2010 10:08AM

    You are in my prayers, as well. Go into that interview tomorrow knowing there are people praying for you and "knock their socks off!".

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FAIRCLOTH80 4/21/2010 9:48AM

    I wish you the best. Stay positive and keep sparking!

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SLS-NY2IN 4/21/2010 9:41AM

    Hi, I am saying a prayer for you. God cares about everything about you. This would be a great opportunity for you and answer the need of the newspaper. May you find "favor with God and man" during this interview.

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Ashe consequences

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I am not sure if itīs the same in english but "sociala medier" is translated "social media"

...and it is SO interesting to se how internet +problems +creativity = new solutions. From my e-mailcommunitys I learn that people are stuck in London, Krakow, Copenhagen and Madrid... and cooperation is growing everywhere. Facebook has a group:

..where you can seek or offer transportation - there are more in swedish and I guess every country in Europe has something similar going on.

This is a change that wonīt disappear with the ashclouds - people will have learned to look for more flexible solutions when they travel. That is an interesting thought!

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IAMANDARAMA 4/18/2010 6:36PM

    That is so true.

A friend of mine was stuck in Dublin and the ferry from there back to the UK doesn't take foot passengers. She had access to television, but not easily to the internet. I researched how she could get home and texted her the details. The plan went like clockwork. I picked her and her husband up from the local train station this afternoon. They had spent nearly two days travelling for what would have been a 40 minute plane journey.

Many were doing the same. Although difficult, they were quite heartened by the comeraderie of the experience, shared by so many others and who were determined to keep each others spirits up.

Others are sitting it out (no doubt still) - but there is no knowing when their wait will end.

Take nothing in life for granted. Be flexible and think out of the box. It seems like a good life motto to me.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/18/2010 6:27PM

    Thanks for sharing. Technology can separate us, or bring us together. Isn't that remarkable?? -Marsha

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JANLEEW 4/18/2010 2:23PM

    Hopefully the sharing and helping will become a habit with more people because of this. A great opportunity to realize that you are dealing with something you have no control over. It makes the Mt. ST. Helens eruption look like small time!

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RENA1965 4/18/2010 11:19AM

    I live in Denmark, yes they are stuck and can be for quite some time as volcanoes decide themself when they want to stop making ash- People won't be able to use planes until the ashes clears-the ash gets in the motors makes a total engine stop.. My son is off to england next week they are using train and ferry to travel..

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CELEST 4/18/2010 9:58AM

    I met a woman here in George, South Africa who needs to go back to Germany, but can't get a flight. She is hoping to find something to Dubai and try to reroute from there, but so far no go. She comes to South Africa every 6 months for our sunny season but its basically over now and she can't get home. Shame.

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LKWQUILTER 4/18/2010 7:40AM

    I hadn't thought about that but if folks can work together on this, they might could work together on other problems too.

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V_ON_THE_VERGE 4/18/2010 3:50AM

    I like! emoticon

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