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Flooding in Calgary

Friday, June 21, 2013

So a week since my last blog. I have no idea what I was thinking, but when I pictured this summer in the intensive language course, I was picturing plenty of leisure time to read emoticon and catch up on shows emoticon and recover my health emoticon emoticon emoticon all while being able to enlighten my mind and spirit with some good old language learning emoticon .

HAHAHAHA more like this... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . Which is to say that I'm in class 4 hours a day, and then struggling with homework for another 5 after that. Intensive is not an intense enough adjective to describe it lol. I ache from sitting in the classroom and at my desk at 'home' every day. Still, it has been a wonderful week, I'm already seeing improvement in my translation skills, and the classes themselves are fascinating.

The point is... I'm exhausted every day and not able to be as vigilant about my diet and exercise as I was hoping to be. Luckily my classmates are good influences. Both grad students, vegetarians, and very health conscious. One has even taught me some yoga poses on our breaks lol. I'm still excited to be back on Spark, but I don't have as much time for posting and tracking as I thought I would have.

Also... have you guys seen anything about the flood in Calgary? I suppose this shows me how lucky I've always been, but it is such a shock when terrible things hit home. It figures that the first time I leave home in years, natural disaster strikes. I feel helpless being so far away. Many neighbourhoods are being evacuated, including my sister and brother-in-law's (and their dogs, and my cats who they are taking care of while I'm gone). Luckily, it has been dramatic, but not disastrous to the point of fatalities (I believe). My facebook feed is flooded with posts of compassion and humour. Lots of thoughts and positive energy is going out to my friends and family back home right now.

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LINDAK25 6/23/2013 2:33PM

    Well, it sounds like you're in for a busy summer! The flooding is really bad. Hope your family is okay.

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DESERTJULZ 6/22/2013 10:45PM

    Oh my! Hugs to you and your family. I have NOT seen the news! I'm seeing loads of news about horrendous fires in Arizona and Colorado, so perhaps that is why the news channels I watch haven't covered it (or why I've missed seeing the coverage.)

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Midori In Madison

Friday, June 14, 2013

Hello Spark Friends!

I know it's been ages... midori_spark, new and improved (now with internet!).

I've missed you all so much while I've been gone, and I'm so thrilled to see that so many of my friends are still active on the site... can't wait to catch up on all of your blogs!

Many things are new since I was last on spark regularly. I've moved in with my sister and brother-in-law until I'm finished school (which is why I have internet again). Things have been great living with them... But the even bigger news is that I'm in Madison Wisconsin for the next two months for a summer school program in Intermediate Sanskrit! I arrived yesterday, and it's been such an interesting experience to wander around and see this beautiful city. Also, you all (as most of my spark friends are American) have the most wonderful shops and restaurants that I know I will miss when I go back to Canada :(

Diet-wise my biggest news is that I'm pretty sure I'm gluten sensitive. I noticed some months ago that I was feeling very sick whenever I ate bread or pastries and since then I've been doing my best to purchase only gluten free foods which make me feel noticeably better. I'm fortunate that I am not severely allergic or sensitive, so some small amounts of gluten once in a while do not have much affect on me. But I think being more aware of what's in my food has been very beneficial to me.

I know that I've fallen off the wagon a little in terms of health. Gained a little of my weight back, but thankfully not too much. I'm looking forward to these next two months in Madison to help me get back on track with a healthy diet and more exercise, since I will be walking everywhere. In addition, being back around the good influence of my spark friends will definitely help my spirits.

Thanks all of you for your continued support :)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DESERTJULZ 6/15/2013 12:45PM

    Great to see you back again! We're here to encourage you on your healthy journey. :D

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LINDAK25 6/14/2013 11:06PM

    It's so great to hear from you! Glad you're doing well--although not good news about the gluten sensitivity. I have food allergies so I can understand what it takes to avoid gluten. Sounds like you've got a handle on it! Sounds like this summer will be a good one!

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Hello Friends :)

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Hello Spark Friends and Happy New Year!!!

Long time no see! Still no internet at home for me, so I haven't been able to catch up with all of you :(

I just wanted to leave this blog post to wish you all an amazing 2013, and to say thank you so much because you all helped to change my 2012 around for the better.


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DARWHOHOO 1/3/2013 4:59PM

    Hiya!! I am so happy you are doing good. emoticon

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LINDAK25 1/2/2013 6:29PM

    It's great to hear from you! Hope you had wonderful holidays and that last semester went well! Wishing you a Happy New Year.

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Well, Spark friends... bad news. I no longer have an internet connection at home, which means I am no longer signing onto spark every day.
But please know that I am cheering you on from a distance and thinking about you all! I will catch up on your posts and updates when I can. And I'm still on this journey with you, even if I'm not present on the site as much as I once was.

I am so proud to have you all as friends, you've changed my life and my attitude in so many positive ways! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HATPEACH 11/27/2012 3:25PM


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/3/2012 4:29PM

    We're here cheering you on also! Any chance of getting a connection back again soon?

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LINDAK25 11/3/2012 3:02PM

    Hope you can keep Sparking some of the time! At least you can maintain your healthy lifestyle. Thanks for being a friend and wishing you the best.

emoticon Back at you!

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JILLITA55 11/3/2012 1:02PM

    Hope you get a new computer

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DARWHOHOO 11/3/2012 12:51PM

    Okie daerie. I will be cheering you on too!!

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Just an Excuse....

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

Really I have nothing to write, but wanted to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Halloween. Also... it's admittedly just an excuse to use my new favourite little emoticons.... hehe...

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LINDAK25 10/31/2012 10:41PM

    Happy Halloween to you too!

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SPIRALDOWN 10/31/2012 11:58AM

    Love it...great emoticons

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