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Getting Back on Track...Again

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Computer problems and busy life have gotten in the way of my Sparking. I've decided, that's going to stop. I may not be able to do all I want on SparkPeople, but I can still do most of it, even on the slower iPad. Thanksgiving week was very busy, a good kind of busy.

Monday was a doctor's appointment in the city. I had good news: 170.1 pounds. I'm really close to another mini-goal (160s) and am over half way to my first big goal (50 lbs).

Tuesday was the twins' playgroup day at the zoo, again in the city. We had a lot of fun and stayed later than anyone else. The twins think that they automatically get ice cream every trip to the zoo. I caved and bought some for them, but was good and had none for myself. I also started my bread dough (Bread in 5 minutes a day recipe) in the evening with my daughter. That rises at room temp for two hours, then goes to the fridge until you need it.

Wednesday morning was starting the sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. Lots of work, but very yummy. Wednesday night was a get together with friends from Minnesota who have relatives in Omaha, always a good time seeing them.

Thanksgiving! I spent the morning preparing homemade breadsticks to make a bread cornucopia (recipe at Again, lots of work, but my 11 year old daughter and I had so much fun putting it together, and it turned out beautifully! I also kept peaking at the TV to see the Macy's parade. Dinner was down in Bellevue with my in-laws. I was so glad I didn't have to worry about hosting this year.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were work days for me, 10 1/2 hours each afternoon/evening at the hospital. As far as work weekends go, it's been pretty slow. No one schedules surgeries over the holiday weekend. The only patients are the ones who can't go home. So, I'm sparking now. I'm getting myself geared up for a new week. I will try to start tracking nutrition again. I will exercise, hopefully, every day. I don't feel so overwhelmed anymore. I think the time change in November and the drastic decrease in sunshine really did a number on me. I'm over that, and looking forward to Monday! Yes, I said that I'm looking forward to Monday!!!

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ASMPP1 12/5/2010 1:11PM

    Life has a way of doing that. Glad you are back! Getting back on track myself after a long, stressful summer, fall.

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TLROYER 11/29/2010 9:24AM

    I'm getting back on track too. We lost Josh 6 weeks ago and we just lost Jeff's grandpa. He was 104 and had a great long life. I need to get back to some normalcy. We had my husband's family Christmas the day after Thanksgiving since everyone was in town. I put up all my Christmas decorations for the party. My December should be a breeze after all this.

I made a sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving that was made with butternut squash. It was delicious and my mom and I thought it tasted just like sweet potatoes. Lot fewer calories and got in the vegi's :)

Hope you have a great December. Take care.

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/29/2010 9:20AM

    Glad to hear that you'll be back! I've missed you on the message boards! Here's to a great Monday!!

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Making time to spark, a little

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I have to do spark people from the iPad, which is slow compared to our computer. Hubby will eventually get me set up on my own system, so I won't be at the mercy of the viruses the kids keep infecting our computer with.

I'm waiting until after Thanksgiving to deal with the school. The next move is to start organizing the parents and going to school board meetings.

Some good news at the doctor's office. I only use the scales at my doctors' offices and my thyroid doc made me come in for an appointment. No more refills till I see him. The scale read 170.1! I'm almost to the 160s!

Of course, I was a little disappointed. Why couldn't say 169.9? My oldest son pointed out that I should have taken off my shoes, but I always weigh with my shoes on and want to compare apples to apples.

So, going in to the holidays, I'm almost to another mini-goal. That should help keep me motivated for a while. My eating has been great! It's been harder to get my workouts done, but I managed two last week. None so far this week, but I should be able to squeeze two in as well. I have to be realistic. This is the busiest time of the year and I really want to enjoy it! My hubby made sure I had some fun on Saturday. He let the kids get down the gingerbread house kits and left me in charge. What a messy, fun, creative project! We all had a blast!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/23/2010 1:26PM

    Woo hoo on the scale victory!!!!! Keep up the great work!!

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JERZRN 11/23/2010 9:33AM

    I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis! It is so hard to lose weight with the thyroid issues. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

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May not have time to spark for a while...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What a week! Patrick is still coughing, which tells me his asthma is not under good control. He does albuterol via a nebulizer every three hours while awake, and he still coughs and is tight. The family doctor has been great, but feels he should see a specialist. The specialist I have already been to, may be able to get Pat in, but I have my doubts about this guy. He totally ignored the history I gave to both his nurse and resident and had me treating Pat's sinuses instead. I have no idea if I can get into someone new, and am waiting for a call-back from a friend to get a name.

In the middle of all this, I went to an elementary school meeting regarding core curriculum. I understand that the state is in the process of defining more specifically per grade what needs to be taught. Our principal is using this as an opportunity to bring in a crazy new math system and having the teachers build a curriculum from scratch. This is elementary school. The kids need to learn the basics. Curricula already exist that can be purchased and at the current time our teachers are writing their own math problems. He projects it will take two years to outline math! Right now, our kids are getting ONE word problem a day. He's excited that the kids are allowed to figure it all out on their own and they have to show different "strategies" to solve this ONE math problem.


This is why so many people homeschool. The support network is not here in my small town to be able to manage homeschooling and keep my sanity. So, I've got a battle on my hands. I have already started organizing other outraged parents and I'm doing my research to back us up. The principal claims that textbooks are not research based. His program, he believes is. I've checked it out. The program in which he believes used it's own tests to "prove" that it was "superior". ITBS scores did NOT support this and showed the massive limitations of this other program. We parents want to get back to basics. In fact, that's what I would like to call this movement, "Back to Basics". The series that I am supporting, Saxon, has been used in school districts AND there is proof that it works! Having one series school wide provides the continuity both within each grade and between grades that the principal is trying to achieve. Providing the teachers with excellent resources decreases prep time. Right now the teachers are just piecing everything together, essentially, recreating the wheel. We're talking elementary school math. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc... are all the same as they were 50 years ago and every "new" math system introduced since the 1950s has failed miserably to those that stress the basics. There also seems to be assistance to help with the cost of bringing Saxon into the school system.

I feel I have just saved the principal two years of work on recreating the wheel.

So, lots of stresses this week, stresses that will continue for a while. That will cut into my sparking time. I just thought I would let you all know why I may be MIA for a while.

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ASMPP1 11/18/2010 6:57PM

    Good Luck! They are making all kinds of changes within our system, too. Take from the talented and gifted and give everything to the underachievers. emoticon

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MOM-OF-SIX 11/18/2010 12:15PM

    I came up with another name for our grassroots movement:


Save Our School!

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/18/2010 11:31AM

    That sounds terrible! School systems are so messed up right now with all the "changes" that have been pushed upon them. One of the reasons that I'm glad I'm not teaching any more! I hope that you are able to make some progress. We'll still be here for you when you need us!

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I feel better now, It's Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mondays... How can one day be so routinely bad?

Patrick, my asthmatic, woke up having trouble breathing. His nebulizer wasn't clearing him out, so another trip to the doctor (we went on Friday-but our regular family doc wasn't there). I decided also to have a chat with the "specialist" who told me last month that Pat doesn't appear to have asthma. Dealing with that office really messed up my mood. Thankfully, our regular family doc was wonderful.

The checkbook... I had neurotically kept track of the checkbook all last week. Hubby had made an unexpected trip to Sam's, nine days before his paycheck. It appeared that we made it. I got online to check our accounts. The mortgages were coming out like expected, however, where's the paycheck? Hubby's employer had some kind of mix up, and the check SHOULD get deposited Tuesday. My mortgages came out yesterday. I had to spend part of my day on hold, then dealing with the bank's customer service to see what we could do. I got it all figured out, assuming the paycheck comes today. STRESSFUL!

The kitchen... I worked all weekend, noon to 10:30 pm, and I commute. That makes for a long time away from home. I looked at the kitchen Sunday night as I came in. You're kidding me! The counters were full of dirty dishes, pots, pans and baking sheets. My Monday work was all lined up.

On the way home from the doctor's office, I decided to stop at the school to get some of Patrick's school work. I park in the middle of the lot. What I thought was dirt around the area that I parked, ended up being the squashed remains of some critter, fangs and snout still intact, the rest was extremely gross and stinky. "REALLY!?! Kid's get back in the car! Don't step on anything!"

All this, and the usual Monday morning: "Mom! Where's my...?" or "I don't have jeans." Yesterday was tough. I was unable to get a workout done. I managed to not blow up too badly at anyone, and was even patient with the bank guy. It helped that he sounded like he was from our country. He actually understood what I was saying and was very helpful. I used the time on hold to just put up my feet and relax a little.

So, today... I plan to watch "Toy Story Three" with the twins and Patrick. I'm going to get the hugs I so desperately need. I WILL work out! I will just keep plugging away at all the "mom stuff" I do every day. Monday is gone and done.

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/16/2010 2:06PM

    I hope that your Tuesday goes so much better!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 11/16/2010 1:42PM

    Oh, I can NOT get my apes trained to reuse their glasses/silverware/plates during a wkend day. They just can NOT! Frustrating. Sorry U had a trying day Mon, but I'm glad most of it got worked out in the end. Enjoy the rest of your wk!

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Happy for the rain!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today started out with me wondering, "How on earth am I going to get through today?". I had a horrible night sleep, tossing and turning since 4am. The kids were slow to get out the door for school, and hubby is on a business trip. I try to not let myself get overwhelmed, but it's hard with so little sleep.

A short rest (I don't nap well), some coffee and a workout have helped. Now I look outside, and it's raining. Believe it or not, I'm relieved. When the kids come home, they will have to stay inside. I usually let them play outside as much as possible, which has left many areas of our house messy. Yes, because of the rain, it will be chore day for them! This will hopefully relieve some of my overwhelmed feelings. My messy house stresses me out, and working part time, I don't have as much time as I'd like to take care of the house.

So bring on the rain! Let's get this mess cleaned up, kids!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 11/14/2010 9:32AM

    I can't take long naps or they do me more harm than good. Just a quick 20-30 min snooze is good. I may not like it @ the time, but I feel better later. Hope the kiddos did a good job helping U out.

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/11/2010 10:39AM

    Way to plan on "cracking the whip" with the kids! Hope you have a clean house this morning!

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MOM-OF-SIX 11/10/2010 3:28PM

    Darn iPad! It posted my blog three times! I want my computer back!

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