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Hidden Holidays

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Read an interesting artical about "hidden holidays". We all plan and are thoughtful for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the summer, tho, the holidays are more subtle -- weddings, picnics, grad parties, even just enjoying the long evenings with "a cold one"

Celebrate but beware of those sneaky calories.

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MARIANNMC 8/23/2014 4:40PM

    AND I like what you said about "hidden holidays" of summer. I need to be more mindful -- all the time.

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MARIANNMC 8/23/2014 4:39PM

    Funny! You are so clever.

Did I tell you I (me, myself and I) suggested we order the combo appetizer to "celebrate" Thomas and Carla's anniversary. Not my finest hour!

Three steps forward, two steps back.

Do you remember the Spanish, "poco a pogo, llegamos alli" -- little by little, we arrive there.

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POPSY190 8/20/2014 2:54PM

    Hidden holidays an interesting concept. Even some tv programmes become such for me if I think about it!

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ROXYZMOM 8/20/2014 8:59AM

    So true! It is so much harder for me to maintain in the summer.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/20/2014 8:46AM

    Evil little creatures.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/20/2014 8:06AM

    They are sneaky little things, aren't they?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Flutopia institute is flautists working to improve the world.

Saturday was their 5k. It was very different and fun.
It was misty to start- the chalk drawings on the sidewalk began to run.

As we waited around the organizer gave musicians assignments.

We took off to a group playing Flight of the Bumblebee. Fun!

We did two laps around the park and this is what we enjoyed-- the flautists, a salsa drumming group, a brass band playing Sousa, an 8 year old singing an opera , a bluegrass fiddler, a young couple singing, a clarinetist, some more flutes. We got to enjoy each performer twice. We were encouraged to clap, wave, whoop.
At the end where you got your water and snack, another group. i think you may be able to see finishers behind the flautist.

The race benefitted Doctors Without Borders. For an extra $3 I bought a recorder for the children they see on mission trips.

All in all, a great way to spend my Saturday AM.

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BA5454 7/31/2014 7:17AM

    What a great time and for a good cause, too. Love smaller races like that--and the addition of good music is lovely ;-). Glad you had a good race!

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ROXYZMOM 7/30/2014 6:56PM

    That is too cool!

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MARIANNMC 7/30/2014 10:40AM

    OMG! This sounds great -- a lot of fun and such a good cause.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/30/2014 7:31AM

    What fun!!

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Cornucopia-with Flutopia

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I've had a bunch of mini blogs in my head this week, so here goes.

Flutopia is the 5K race next weekend. It's in nearby State College PA -- along the 3.1 miles, they have musicians (including flautists) to serenade you. It supports Doctors without Boarders, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and for an extra $3 you can donate a recorder for a child at a mission site.

In one of my favorite holiday movies, the character Judy the elf says something to the effect that for Scott (who will become Santa) seeing is believing, but for children, believing is seeing. Well, I fall with the adults in one aspect now-- during the Julu 4 5k, I looked down at one point and could SEE some pretty toned quads. Those squats are paying off!

And speaking of squats, I seem to be sliding off my latest plateau and I think I owe it to having done ST three times this week. I have also been TRYING to track but it is a little harder when you cook things-- like for lunch I had a spark recipe that I switched up a little because I always start and realize I need to sub something. (I forget to read the WHOLE recipe before I start)

Let's talk food a bit, too. What "cheats" do you use? Artificial sweeteners like Truvia? V8 for your veggies? Laughing Cow Lite Cheese? I do all of these, but sometimes I feel like they are shortcuts--but are shortcuts bad or brilliant?

Met up with a friend who is new to running and doing a C to 5K program. It was fun to be the "seasoned jock" emoticon to give advice like my favorite walk/run app- Podcaster that really helps me keep pace. My phone is too old for Runkeeper or MapMyWalk but at least this helps me keep time if not distance.

That's my ramble for the day. Hope you have a great day. More on Flutopia next weekend!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 7/20/2014 10:58PM

    Looking forward to reading about your run next week. All the best.

Congrats on those quads!!!

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POPSY190 7/20/2014 2:48AM

    This is great! I loved all the little bits and pieces - a timely reminder to me that we can get pleasure from small things ( our gt niece was on MH17 ). emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 7/19/2014 5:08PM

    Great job thinking it out. Keep going!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/19/2014 3:31PM

    I have a love-hate relationship squats, but you're right, they do work!!

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MARIANNMC 7/19/2014 2:22PM

    Great blog! So much POSITIVITY!

The Flutopia sounds great -- what a good cause. Remember playing the recorder at Black Hawk elementary school?

And CONGRATS on all the ST!

Have a great weekend!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/19/2014 1:24PM

    great ramble. have fun being the "mentor"

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Why do they call it comfort food?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Which are more comfortable?

Meeting your calorie range or putting bad food in your mouth mindlessly?
Wearing clothes that are not tight or eating a whole box of Mac and Cheese?
Feeling in control or snacking on a thick PB &J
Meeting your goals or a row of oreos?

Have a day of feeling comfortable.

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NEED2LOSEN2010 7/15/2014 11:14PM

    emoticon Lol!! Oh no mac & cheese! emoticon

Thanks for the reminder.
God Bless

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MARIANNMC 7/15/2014 9:23PM

    I love the cartoon. But oh gawd...that mac and cheese....

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POPSY190 7/15/2014 4:04PM

    A timely reminder for me! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 7/15/2014 9:06AM

    Oh so true!! emoticon

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KIWIANN 7/15/2014 8:53AM

    Great thoughts - thanks for sharing them!! emoticon

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YMWONG22 7/15/2014 7:53AM

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JAROL7 7/15/2014 7:33AM

    It's all about CHOICE. I choose to live the way I do.

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/15/2014 7:29AM

    Now that's the truth! Thank you.

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ROXYZMOM 7/15/2014 7:25AM

    I love this blog! Great point. I will be thinking about this all day!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/15/2014 7:24AM

  So true...we must reexamine our priorities! emoticon

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Dani Girl

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dani Girl is the musical I'm working on this week. (Doing props, not singing or acting)
The musical focuses on a 9 year old girl who is dying from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I know. It is hard to believe they sing and you laugh even though you tear up at the end when she dies.
The play's composer, Michael Kooman is a local boy. One of his inspirations was a childhood friend who died of cancer, Brian Morden. Brian's mother is planning to speak before the play and we practiced her entrance last night. I can't help but admire her courage being there--
The play is a fundraiser for the Brian Morden Foundation which helps families and patients with childhood cancers.
Look on YouTube for clips from the show. I especially like "God is Dead" and "Comaland" but "That's why I love the movies" is really fun, too.

A key prop is a dandelion that gets blown. I'm now obsessed. As I drive I scan the roadside - I carry a styrofoam cup for transport at all times. emoticon

Remember Evita? A musical about a dictator? But it was great. This is the same.

Step out of your comfort zone. Try something that sounds just WRONG -- like espresso balsamic vinegar or ceviche (fish cooked with lime juice) or zucchini pizza. Widen your world and enjoy the variety

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ROXYZMOM 7/15/2014 7:45AM

    One of my sons did theatre acting as he grew up. I loved watching it all get put together. I helped with costumes.

Your play sounds wonderful, although, I don't think I could watch it right now - we are losing a 26 year old to what started out 7 years ago as leukemia.

If I lived near you I would help you pick those dandelions!

Enjoy the show!!


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MARIANNMC 7/14/2014 11:15PM

    I've said it before, but I'll say it again -- you're wonderful!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/13/2014 2:13PM

    sounds fun

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NILLAPEPSI 7/12/2014 5:53PM

    Doing props sounds fun. Good luck in your quest to find a dandelion. emoticon

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POPSY190 7/12/2014 3:34PM

    What a wonderful concept. All best wishes for a successful season!

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