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So pretty!!!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Meet my new baby! I have been wanting a road bike for some time, and I managed to get a great deal on this one! I picked her up yesterday afternoon, and even though I'd ridden 20 miles in the 85 degree temp in the morning, I *had* to take myself over to the Patti's Paladins training ride.

Which was, as always, humbling. I am slow, slow, slow and the riders are fast, fast, fast. Also, riding 20 miles in 85 degrees and then not bothering to eat anything containing potassium. Or carbs. I bonked a bit, cramping up.

But I made the ride and LOVE my bike! I will need some seriously training up on the new riding position, but it's wonderful!!

  
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JANETRIS 6/6/2013 9:14PM

    Beautiful new wheels!! I say slow and steady finishes the race! That is my motto... Enjoy the ride! emoticon

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SLAVEBLUERAVEN 6/1/2013 7:01PM

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MSANITAL 6/1/2013 4:25PM

    Love it .. I was going to get the Pink and black, but I picked the Teal and gray.. anyways enjoy your new bike.. ride on

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/1/2013 3:32PM

    Congratulations both on the bike the ride. I am so happy for you!

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DOGLADY13 6/1/2013 9:30AM

    Wow. Very nice! Ride her in good health!


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OPTIMIST1948 5/31/2013 10:11PM

    so PRETTY! Defiently an "Instrument of Fat Destruction!"

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WALKINGGRANDMA 5/31/2013 3:30PM

    That is beautiful. I know a good road bike really makes the difference.

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NATPLUMMER 5/31/2013 1:54PM

    Very pretty!!

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.DUSTY. 5/31/2013 1:29PM

    emoticon It's a emoticon May you two have many, many happy miles together:)

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BARBARASDIET 5/31/2013 1:09PM

    Congrats!!

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LADYJ6942 5/31/2013 11:50AM

    Woo hoo, enjoy

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MHEDIN2 5/31/2013 11:45AM

    Sweet! I love the color scheme! And kudos on two rides in one day!

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 5/31/2013 11:05AM

    Now that's one hot bike! You definitely can't go wrong with pink and black - awesome colors! Sooooo glad you treated yourself to her. Wow when you can leave one biking session to go to another one - all because of a bike - you know you are doing something right.

Great job and wonderful picture of mom and her baby - even matching colors! Looks great!

Sumay

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LAUGHINGLATINA 5/31/2013 11:02AM

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You got this! Congrats on your new wheels!

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A cross between "Squee!" and "What was I thinking?"

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Well, I have done it. I've nailed my colors to the mast, so to speak.

I have actually registered for my first triathlon.

I'm registered for the Maumee Bay triathlon in Oregon, Ohio on June 16. I am signed up for the sprint distance: Swim 750 Meters, Bike 20 Kilometers, and Run 5

Nevertheless, the statistics on this event are pretty clear:

1. It's barely 2 weeks away;

2. I will have to be there by 7am. Oregon is about 2 hours away, so I will have to be up around 4:30 in the morning to make final preparations and head out; and

3. I am in no way "trained" for this event.

I haven't been in the water since February. At that time I swam the distance in laps pretty easily. But this will be an open water swim, and I haven't done one of those at all. I will have a wetsuit, at least--open water without one could be downright dangerous. But I have had no practice in getting into or back out of a wetsuit, and I won't be getting the wetsuit for another week.

Each one of the events is a distance I have no worry about. It's the combination of them that's going to be the challenge.

And I am doing this alone. Erin will be out of town. In some ways, I'm sort of glad--no matter how cumbersomely slow and awkward I am, no one will be watching me. On the other hand, when I finally stagger across the finish line there won't be anyone there to provide any sincere pity claps.

Still, once it's done I will have bragging rights!

  
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OPTIMIST1948 5/31/2013 5:08AM

    Oh no. There willbe plenty of people cheering you on the last few painful feet to the finishline. You are going to be working longer and harder than anyone else and while you wont be the fastest, your victory is just as real as anyone else's. (. I've written a bunch of tri blogs if you want to get a sense of the event. For a first-timeer view, you may want Hunter Mt,, which was just about a year ago.)

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NANA2PRINCESSES 5/30/2013 7:10AM

    Good for you! Good luck! Will be watching for the victory post!
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DESERTDREAMERS 5/30/2013 12:02AM

    Go, Grrl! emoticon

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TATTER3 5/29/2013 10:12PM

    Good for you!!!

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DOGLADY13 5/29/2013 9:56PM

    Yeah!!! Go you!!!! It's not as awful as it sounds. WooHoo! Wish I was closer, I'd come out and cheer you on.

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SNOOPY6180 5/29/2013 5:41PM

   
OMG. Good luck!

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BARBARASDIET 5/29/2013 3:32PM

    Crazy! But good luck!

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NATPLUMMER 5/29/2013 2:58PM

    Wow!! Good luck!

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I got my crown!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Last night I passed 60,000 Spark Points. Which means I now have the first crown of the Spark Levels. I am ridiculously delighted by this fact.

  
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NANHBH 6/18/2013 2:23PM

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It's all about the bling, Miss G, all about the bling!

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APPLESBANANAS 5/23/2013 3:35PM

    Yay!! Congrats!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/20/2013 11:17PM

    Congratulations!


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MSANITAL 5/20/2013 6:39PM

    woohoo Congrats emoticon

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HILLSLUG98239 5/20/2013 4:02PM

    I was afraid this was going to be a post about dental work. Yay for accumulating all those points, and yay for not needing dental work!

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NATPLUMMER 5/20/2013 1:28PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/20/2013 11:50AM

    Congratulations!

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YOU DID IT !! congrats..

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PARKERB2 5/20/2013 10:24AM

    You should be. You have accomplished a lot and I am sure you have learned lots along the way, made friends and enjoyed this wonderful site.

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Remembering what I actually like

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I went to see The Great Gatsby with my book group last night. Almost all of us just bought a ticket and headed into the theater, but one person stopped and bought a large popcorn.

I felt very lucky that she was seated at the other end of the row from me.

Every time I go into a movie theater, I have that moment of deep temptation. The movie popcorn smells SO GOOD. I used to buy a large movie popcorn, with butter, and eat pretty much the whole thing myself. I have no self-control in the face of movie popcorn.

And they I would be sick. Nauseated and miserable. It took me YEARS to really recognize that movie popcorn was not a good life choice for me. I simply can't eat it without feeling terrible all the rest of the evening.

The problem is, I still am tempted by the smell of it. When I'm out with hubby to the movies (which is pretty often; we are big movie buffs), he has instructions to remind me how sick it makes me. And so far I have stayed away from it, enjoyed the movie experience, and been completely happy with my choice.

But if I had been seated next to my popcorn-eating friend, I probably would have been tempted to ask for just a little. And then mugged her for the rest of the bucket. So I would have been sick AND embarrassed.

No, far better to be at the other end, away from temptation!

  
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TORIAMAE 5/29/2013 3:23PM

    I have the exact same temptation! And it's even worse and more disgusting for me to have it.

See, I worked at a movie theater when I was in high school. So, I've made the popcorn and know exactly how bad it is.

But worse still...if what they serve is not real butter...I've cleaned out the containers that it is stored in and let me tell you, it is NAUSEATING! It's like you scrape pure salted cholesterol from the container.

But I still crave it when I go to the movies. I could still kill a large by myself. And yes, nine times out of ten, I still want butter.

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PRETTYPITHY 5/29/2013 2:54PM

    I've actually been avoiding the movies for months for just this reason. But we saw Star Trek on Monday and it ended up being a complete non-issue. We ate lunch right before the movie so there was no temptation to snack!

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KANSASROSE67 5/29/2013 2:48PM

    My husband shares the popcoran addiction. I actually hate popcorn, and always have, so it's not an issue for me. But I've had to get over eating peanut m&ms at the movies!

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DOGLADY13 5/25/2013 7:47PM

    I totally understand what you mean about movie popcorn - or any popcorn for that matter. I love it and if I start, I can't stop.

There's a vegetarian restaurant that we go to. They sell "Glad Corn". I call it "Corn Crack". It's the half-popped popcorn kernels that settle to the bottom of the popcorn bowl. Heavily salted. I am utterly and completely defenseless against it. We at there last night and I forced myself to look away from the jar and summon every last ounce of will power that I had to not buy it.

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NINJA_SMOO 5/23/2013 11:09AM

  My fiance was the same. Every movie we went to, he bought popcorn. At some point I decided I wasn't eating corn and he stopped too. That's when he realized that he always felt like crap after eating popcorn. Weird huh? I've fallen off the corn-avoidance wagon, but I've actually been thinking for the last little while that it would be a great habit to work on again. Thanks for the reminder! :) Now my bane is chips :( I need to work on avoiding those too!

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JJARAMILO 5/22/2013 3:54PM

    So .... how was the movie? emoticon

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TATTER3 5/19/2013 10:17PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/19/2013 9:19AM

    emoticon emoticon The smell is why the popcorn is here ,they make it at the change f movies to get people over to buy . GLAD it does not work on you.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 5/19/2013 8:36AM

    Good for you! I probably see only one movie a year in the theater, and I have traditionally allowed myself movie popcorn. But next weekend, I am going to see the new Star Trek movie, and I'm going to try to stay strong. I'll be thinking of you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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NELLJONES 5/19/2013 8:19AM

    For what it's worth, movie popcorn hasn't had butter for decades. It's oil with butric acid as butter flavor. And popcorn flavored salt. You didn't miss a thing.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/18/2013 8:31PM

    Great reminder of how it used to be!

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BARBARASDIET 5/18/2013 5:54PM

    Glad you resisted. Theater popcorn has never tempted me.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/18/2013 4:58PM

    Popcorn is great! But only when air-popped at home. The oil or something at the movie theater makes my stomach hurt for hours and is just not worth it.

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OPTIMIST1948 5/18/2013 4:53PM

    Thankfully my parents at a young age trained me away from the popcorn at movie theatres. I like popcorn, but we eat it at home salted but no butter.

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DATMAMA4 5/18/2013 4:29PM

    Every time popcorn is near, I'm thankful for teeth that are very close together, and therefore difficult to floss when there are popcorn kernel-skins stuck. The extra labor alone is enough to stop me, lol.

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MRSKATEDUVALL 5/18/2013 3:44PM

    the price alone detours me.

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SBN141 5/18/2013 3:43PM

    I know what you mean! I have a 16 oz. industrial size popcorn machine at my house that I have to actively avoid everyday so I don't indulge. It is a problem. Congratulations on resisting the temptation!

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I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spent over three hours working on the yard. Which included taking my little electric chainsaw and cutting down a couple of "volunteer" trees. It was a lot of heavy work, but I really enjoyed it. Sometimes I think I should have gone into physical labor.

  
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DOGLADY13 5/25/2013 7:41PM

    I am totally impressed. A chain saw?! You rock!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 5/17/2013 10:06AM

    Strong woman! emoticon

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JANETRIS 5/17/2013 9:43AM

    What a liberating feeling to get out there and clean up the yard! emoticon

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NICOLED40 5/16/2013 11:26AM

    I know exactly what you mean! There's nothing like really working hard and physically to make you feel like you've acomplished something. It is intoxicating!

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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2013 8:40AM

    emoticon Do you wear suspenders and a bra? ;-)

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OWL_20 5/16/2013 7:42AM

    LOL at the title of your blog! I felt the same in the garden yesterday. Good work with the volunteer trees--they seem to settle right in and hold on when you pull them out. But especially a good workout!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/16/2013 6:41AM

    Should I call you Paul Bunyan?

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NANA2PRINCESSES 5/16/2013 6:40AM

    When I ran out of firewood in March I purchased an elec. chain saw and was able to keep my stove going during the day (I have a couple acres of woods on my property). Everyone had a fit, but I really enjoyed it. Even though there was a furnace back-up, the heat was cozier. Now am learning the art of rototilling with my little elec. tiller.
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IMREITE 5/16/2013 12:36AM

    sometimes doing a lot of physcial work outside feels great. i love working in my garden. digging, hoeing. grant it iam generally dirty when done.

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TATTER3 5/15/2013 10:30PM

    I'm with you...I just love it!!

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STEPBYSTEP_ 5/15/2013 8:30PM

    that's great you enjoyed it; good way to get a great workout in as well emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 5/15/2013 8:18PM

    Good clean sweaty work. Oxymoronic, but satisfying. Kind of like when you get 5 loads of laundry done and the baskets are empty for at least.....5 minutes....

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