Sunday, September 13, 2009
I made it to bed before midnight last night and had a really great night sleep. Got up totally refreshed and enjoyed the cool overcast Sacramento morning on the front porch watching the hummingbirds flitting in and out of the flowers and the bird feeders. I could even hear the faint sounds of thunder clapping in the distance as the wind started to pick up. What a blessing it would be if California received some gentle rainfall this weekend. I love the smell of rain when the big drops start falling. It didn't last very long (maybe an hour) but it was divine.
I decided to take a mid-morning walk over to my vegetable garden in the community/neighborhood garden near the house. The sunflowers have all gone to seed and the birds are just thrilled with this and chirping ecstatically about their fabulous find. Two of my neighbors were in the garden watering and weeding and picking zinnias and tomatoes and peppers. I was originally reluctant to commit my energy to planting a garden in a community location. I was worried about conflicts w/other gardeners and the vegetable thieves that are known to run off with stuff.
I've had my run ins w/one of the gardeners next too me about "boundary line" locations and abuse of my scarecrow & boundary markers; I've actually had one of my old watering hoses stolen, and several big tomatoes that I had let stay on the vine because I wanted them to reach the peak of ripeness. Despite this, the joy of walking over there, chatting and getting to know other gardeners in the neighborhood and the sharing of our excess bounty has made up for any/all of the negative things I've experienced w/the garden. I hope more neighborhoods and communities develop urban gardens. They are a blessing in so many ways.
Yeah for community gardens!
I had a problem with my computer, so I called the 10 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control and asked him to come over.
Dave clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.
As he walked away, I called after him, 'So what was wrong?'
He replied, 'It was an ID 10 T error.'
I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An ID 10 T error. What's that? Incase I need to fix it again?'
Dave grinned, 'Haven't you heard of an ID 10 T error before?'
'No', I replied.
'Write it down,' he said, and you'll figure it out.'
So I wrote down ID 10 T
I used to like this kid
Friday, September 11, 2009
What a difference a good sleep can make. Happy faces/smiles (except for pop of course, but he can't help it.) Best of all my beater truck started up!!! Yeah! (I was dreading having it towed over to my mechanics shop.)
Ticked off a lot of my to-dos today: got prescription refills, purchased coffee pot gift, hunted down & purchased the evasive 'bottle washer" I've been needing for my sports bottles. Connected w/SMASHY1 at the Arden Library to check out the meeting room for up coming SparkPeeps potlunck (what an awesome facility for FREE!!!). Right now it looks like there will be 3 at the Sept 15th potluck. I'm going to call it a success if we get one or two more Sacramento Sparkies to join us. I'll bring my digital camera to document the event and post.
SMASHY1 & I had lunch at Denny's on Watt (between I-80 & Bus-80, for those of you from Sacto). Denny's menu has a nice selection of low cal meals. I had 'full' chicken-baja salad & SMASHY1 had 1/2 chicken-pecan-cranberry salad & bowl of soup. The waitress was swell (quite the character) and overall service was good.
This evening I tried to post "award medals & ribbons" to the SacSparkle peeps that participated in the August "Huddle Your Bootie off Challenge" & the top 5 Spark Points & Fitness Minutes team members; but am afraid I can't type that well and hit the return key before proof reading things. So if you have something on your Spark Page from the team that doesn't quite make sense, forgive me -I meant well...
Note: These were compiled by another & just shamelessly copied/pasted here.
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often.
3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
5. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
6. A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
7. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
8. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
9. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques.
10. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
11. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway. (Someone's Favorite)
12. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it. Embrace your differences. Love each other.
13. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. (2nd Favorite)
14. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
15. Opportunities always look bigger after they have passed.
16. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
17. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
18. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
19. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
20. It ain't the clothes that make you look fat. (Honorable Mention) LOL
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,
Below is today's blog chuckle for your reading pleasure.
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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