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Bad day today, but finally winding down listening to Bonnie Rait & Van Morrison

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I had a crazy-bad day today. Things went down hill after big fight/blow up w/hubby in the morning. The day climaxed with me running out of gas in my beater truck by myself, dealing w/AAA, and ultimately having to have my truck and me towed home this evening.
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Thank goodness for jacuzzi tubs, hot water, Bonnie Rait & Van Morrison. I am so ready to go to bed!
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GETDONE 9/11/2009 12:35AM

    Good night sweetie, sleep well. emoticon

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SHININGSOUL 9/10/2009 8:26PM

    so sorry, a soothing bath and a hope for a better tomorrow!

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SACTOKAREN 9/10/2009 12:29PM

    Sounds like one of those days that are better off put in the past and put into perspective.

I love your cartoon - says it all about relationships!

Hope today is better for you.



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SKEETER90 9/10/2009 12:14PM

    What a sucky day you had yesterday. It's so good that you took the time for yourself to relax, as much as you can anyway.
How are you doing today so far? I'm thinking of you.

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MISS_VIV 9/10/2009 10:25AM

    A better today my dear. Bonnie Rait and Van Morrison will make everything seem better. You might want to check out Pandora radio and make up your own station.

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Getting to bed by midnight 5x's/week - can a 'night owl' do it???

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

One of my new Spark Peeps blogged about needing help & accountability! (See NOEL_76's 9/08/09 blog), which hit several nerves in my troubled little pea-brain that is in need of more self-control muscles.

One of the problem areas we have in common, is getting our 'pattooties' in bed before midnight. I am a terrible night owl/insomniac and had identified getting to bed before midnight at least 5 times a week as an important health goal for me since I've started. I however have only been tracking on my personal goal list (that none of my spark peeps can see). Need less to say, I have been doing pretty bad (except this past Sunday when I met up w/my good friend 'Rita who tucked me in bed early).

So, as of today/tonight I am making public and tracking my personal goal to get to bed by midnight 5x's a week. If you are a night owl who has been able to do this, please post your suggestions and stories about how you did it. I need all the helpful info I can get to get my first personal spark streak a-going.

Ciao for now,
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Below is today's blog chuckle for your reading pleasure.
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A woman was sitting at a bar enjoying an after work cocktail with her girlfriends when a tall, exceptionally handsome, extremely sexy, man entered. He was so striking that the woman could not take her eyes off him.

This man noticed her overly attentive stare and walked directly toward her. Before she could offer her apologies for staring so rudely, he leaned over and whispered to her, "I'll do anything, absolutely anything, that you want me to do, no matter how kinky, for $20.00... on one condition..."

Flabbergasted but intrigued, the woman asked what the condition was. The man replied, "You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words."

The woman considered his proposition for a moment, and then slowly removed a $20 bill from her purse, which she pressed into the man's hand along with her address. She looked deeply and passionately into his eyes, barely concealing her anticipation and excitement, and slowly and meaningfully said....


"Clean my house."

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NOWELLE76 9/10/2009 2:11AM

    Hi, thanks for coming by my blog and writing. I DID make it to bed at midnight last night and was happy to wake up at a decent 8:30 hour today. That's my motivation.. to just be well rested in the morning. Usually when I am up until midnight, I'm not doing anything productive. It's 11:11 right now so I best get going!

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MISS_VIV 9/9/2009 10:05AM

    My favorite sport is SLEEPING. I have never had a problem with that.. I can sleep ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. Or just turn on the TV and I am gone. No, I am not ill, but if I can have my choice between the Late Night Shows and my very comfy bed...Then I will choose my bed. I do have a small tv in my bedroom for the news at 10 but rarely make it that late.
I have no recommendations or remedies.
If I need to stay awake past 10, I will probably have a bit of shut eye in the afternoon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETDONE 9/9/2009 1:24AM

    Thanks for the funny!!! It will help me sleep
I found that a funny tv show or so helps me sleep. Also a little good reading and off I go. There will be times that we all can't sleep because of life--so don't worry about that.

also a glass of milk or chocolate milk helps sometimes, sipped slowly.

I tried meds once--not good it left me feeling tired and drug out. Laughing is better -going on the sites for jokes is a great one that is always handy--it is just remembering to do it when I am in a blue mood. and that I can fix!!
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RIPPEDPAUL1 9/8/2009 10:44PM

    I have bouts where I can't sleep, I now I keep a ipod loaded with short stories and classic audiobooks that can allow me settle back down and go to sleep. There are lots of free short podcasts or Librivox recordings.

Another technique that worked for me was going to bed at a set time and getting up at a set time. It didn't vary on the weekend. I worked well for me. Now I have cats that get me up by jumping on my bladder in the morning.

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Paul

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GILLIANMASTERS 9/8/2009 8:28PM

    Wow - I am proud of you for bringing this up. Please let me know if anything you try works. I have never been able to sleep at night. I could sleep all day of allowed, but not at night. Good luck and please keep us posted.

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LITTLEWIND53 9/8/2009 8:20PM

    I often fall asleep quite easy, but staying asleep in where I have trouble. I seldom get more than 1 to 2 hours at a time!

Good luck with your new personal goal.

Oh, yeah, if you ever see that georgous hunk of man, send him my way. My apartment could use a good clean as well (LOL)



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SHININGSOUL 9/8/2009 8:18PM

    I am the same, and I have tried everything. A routine helps. Also, milk or soy if you can have it, help. And magnesium is helpful as well. Magnesium has been the most successful thing I have tried.
I also find that I have a few comedies, and other relaxing shows I like. If I watch one of these for a bit, I feel relaxed, and have better success.
It is a battle and I honor your struggle.
I have heard that one key for peri and post menopausal women regulating their weight is to get to bed before midnight. It is definitely true as I start gaining the minute my sleep gets out of whack! crud!

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LIMASTAR 9/8/2009 7:54PM

  Loved the punch line!!!

I'm a night owl too. As I've gotten older, I find it harder to sleep much, even though I know I need the sleep. I've tried going to bed earlier, but for the most part will just lay in bed wide awake. Have no solutions to the problem The Dr. suggested meds, but I do not was to take meds just to get some sleep.

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Hard work/margarita caution

Monday, September 07, 2009

Well I was up early 6am Sunday morning. Made it out to the native plant garden at the Old City Cemetery by 8am. Worked w/two great women weeding, watering, mulching, etc until about 1pm. The garden wheelbarrow had a flat tire so I stuffed it my beater truck to try fix it. I ran a few more errands then finally made it home and ate late (2:30pm) lunch with my pop. He was listening to old Mariachi music in the garage when I got home and we continued listening while we ate lunch, and he asked me to make him a margarita. So I made him and me a margarita, and then another. (You know, hey I worked & sweated hard in the garden for 5 hours +plus this was a little quality fun w/pop.... )

Then we went to work on the wheel barrow flat tire problem. We pumped it up, found the leak and then tried to see if we could just get a new tube. Nothing @ Home Depot or Lowes, so we decided to wait until after Labor Day to try a lawn & garden store.

Then I came back in, took a shower, laid down on the bed and that was it. Hard work and a couple of margaritas equals a great night sleep for me! Of course I didn't get my 8 glasses of water, nor did I blog about a thing yesterday, and I had 2 Margaritas that were not on my diet plans for the day. But, hey! it was the weekend -yeah, yeah, yeah!

So this morning, I got up and fixed hubby his lunch and stuck a peanut butter cracker pack for a mid-day snack. Got him off. Then decided to have glass of skim milk w/my own pack of peanut butter crackers for breakfast (not the best choice I know). Then guess what, I got sick w/stomach cramps & runs!!! (Then I remember that certain lots of peanut butter crackers had been recalled. Yuko.) I figured it was just the curse of enjoying the margaritas and great sleep I had yesterday. Now I figure I need to be more cautious about combining hard work w/margaritas on the weekends.

Anyway, I'm wondering: how Spark folks handle the desire for libations (wine, beer, margaritas, gin-n-tonics, etc.) on the weekend? Your input is appreciated.

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Maybe I could argue that I had "organic" margaritas???

  
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GETDONE 9/9/2009 1:29AM

    1 cold beer on a hot day--nothing wrong with that. That is me, now and then--rare but good.
Now, Mariachis and Margaritas could get me hooked!!!!!

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SHININGSOUL 9/8/2009 8:23PM

    If I want something, I try to make sure I make a lower calorie option, like Gin and grapefruit.
My newest motivator is knowing that FOT is coming up, and I am having cocktail parties, margaritas, etc. nearly every day on Lake Tahoe! I am delaying my gratification, in my hopes to remove 10 lbs. by then.
(of course, sometimes I start feeling ''feasty" ahead of time, so we'll see......)
oh, and you're invited....

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SKEETER90 9/8/2009 1:51PM

    I don't deny myself alcohol. I had some wine yesterday. I just do my best to have one glass of alcohol if I'm at a party. Of course, sometimes one glass becomes to two glasses..... I make sure I track everything that I eat/drink, so that usually keeps me from overdoing it.

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DLDAY08 9/8/2009 12:38PM

    I worked hard both Sunday and Monday. I really wanted to drink something, wine, when I got home Sunday evening but, remembered that sometimes I don't do well the day after. Monday night I wanted something also but, my husband had worked too hard and was having problems with his back and took a pain pill. Who wants to drink alone. I do usually have wine on Friday evening and really enjoy it. :-)

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AMBERYORHEALTH 9/8/2009 12:18AM

    If I get a temptation to have a few drinks on the weekends, I go ahead and do it. Why not? Life is too short to skip out on the foods and drinks you love. Moderation is key for me. I'm fine with one, maybe two, on the weekends if it comes up. Are you a regular drinker? I recently slowed WAY down. I don't miss it at all.

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MISS_VIV 9/7/2009 10:12PM

    Mariachis and Margaritas..... Nope.. didn't do it but REALLY WANTED TO. I am off to the circle K for some Coronas....
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September blogging & goal to loose 10#

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Good morning Spark Bloggers!!!

Spark buddy SHININGSOUL has accepted the Sept-Oct daily blogging challenge! Yeah!!! AND she has set a goal of loosing 10# for the month of September, before leaving for trip. This of course has 'sparked' me to adopt the Sept goal to loose 10# as well! (Todays weigh in was 258# so looking for 248# in near future.)

To initiate my goal to loose 10# pounds in September, I've decided to do liquid (juice, low fat milk, water) fast today. Since I'm starting w/a liquid fast I'm adding another goal of beating my 26 day longest 8 cups of water a day SparkStreak. The goal is 27 days or more, and I hope I can keep it up through the end of the Sept-Oct blogging challenge.

Simper Fi Sparkies!

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PS Here's a little note that might tickle a funny bone or two:

TEN NEW DIETS

You've tried Dr. Stillman's Quick Weight Loss Diet, the Sardine Diet, the Grapefruit Diet, and more, but you're still lugging those extra pounds around. What's a food lover to do? Good news! Ten new diets have just arrived on the scene. One of them is bound to do the trick.

1. The Internet Diet. You lose weight because you're so addicted to being online, you don't eat for days at a time.

2. The Fantasy Diet. You eat a Collard Wrap while fantasizing you're really eating Death by Chocolate.

3. The Play With Your Food Diet. You're so busy making a castle out of your mashed potatoes, you forget to eat them.

4. The Food Chess Diet. You and a friend play chess using food tidbits as chess pieces. You are only allowed to eat when you capture your friend's players. You lose the game and you lose weight.

5. The Rolling Table Diet. You sit on a chair on wheels, trying to eat at a table on wheels. The motorized floor under your table is constantly shifting, so you don't get to eat much, and thus lose weight. (This is similar to The Seasick Diet, but takes place in your own land-lubbing home.)

6. The Fisherman's Diet. A fisherman holds a pole whose end is attached to a morsel of food in your mouth. Every time your try to bite down on the food, the fisherman pulls the food away.

7. The Puffed Food Diet. All your favorite foods are re-made in the style of puffed wheat or puffed rice. Your Cheese Ravioli is now mostly air, so you don't gain any weight.

8. The Mock Puffed Food Diet. In this diet, all the foods you like to eat are made of styrofoam, to resemble the Puffed Food Diet. Now you can't eat the food at all. (You try to, and spit it out.) You really lose weight.

9. The Edible Flowers Diet. You are only allowed to eat edible flowers. You get bored with them and eat nothing, thus lose weight.

10. The Love Diet. You munch playfully on your sweetheart's hand. You gain no calories; you lose weight. Your sweetheart loses interest in you because s/he preferred you with love handles.

  
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SHANDEE4 9/7/2009 1:10AM

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GETDONE 9/6/2009 1:06AM

    I am still laughing about this one!
Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!
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SKMINNY 9/5/2009 12:07PM

    thats funny! i do like the new diets. maybe give em a try soon. lol

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Julie & Julia: the movie, the food & blogging

Friday, September 04, 2009

Last night my mom, cousin Alma & our mutual friend Sylvia went to see the movie "Julie & Julia" -and loved it! After the show we went over to my cousins new place and spent wonderful evening catching up with each other and talking about Meryl Streep's awesome acting, of course french cooking, and the blogging thing.

I was informed in this little session that 'french fries' weren't french; that they were an American invention. I also learned that not a one of us have ever cooked any french recipe in our lives. So I am now interested in digging out a french recipe from one of my old dusty international cookbooks. Hmmm, I may actually have to find an old copy of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" -stay tuned. I wonder if there is a "Lite" version of the book, hehehe!

I was also the only one in our little group that has posted a blog. When I tried to explain blogging on the Spark site, they just got a glazed look in their eyes, so the discussion moved on. The laughter continued into the evening. We all confirmed that we love butter WAY too much, so we all have that in common w/both Julie & Juia. When I got home I started digging out cookbooks & I ended up staying up way too late past 3AM thinking about cooking french, then cooking pasta for hubby's lunch box. I think I got to bed at 4:30 am, so I ended up oversleeping and missed my walk in Land Park w/my girls!!! I am sooooooo bummed about doing this :-(

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Ooops, on the humor note, my baby sis sent me this little Andy Rooney ditty that made me laugh. Since it had some references to food (milk & sausage to be exact) I'm hoping that a few of you may get a chuckle, or two as well.


60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS)

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?', here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? ---> Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!



  
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SKEETER90 9/7/2009 9:12AM

    Great blog, thanks!
Yeah, I don't think you'll be able to find a lite version of French cooking, unfortunately!

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 9/5/2009 7:00AM

    I love that..LOL

The film is just coming out here in UK and I am going as soon as I can, it looks great

sue

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DEEGIRL50 9/5/2009 6:07AM

    Thanks for the chuckles!! Sounds like a fun clucking session with some wonderful hens!!
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JWOOD635 9/4/2009 9:51PM

    I loved Julie and Julia. My thought when I saw that was "It's impossible that Julie's still that thin living over a pizzeria and cooking all of those butter in all of those recipes!

Good luck on finding the "lite" version. :D

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