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Monday, July 14, 2014

I AM ON VACATION!!! Woo to my exhausted hoo! I haven't taken any time off, since I went back to work in September, so I'm definitely ready for a break. I'm getting ready to do massive amounts of laundry, so Audrey, my BFF, her daughter and I can head out for a girls-only, road trip. WOOT! And guess what? The guys still have a couple of freezer meals left, so they're set. How about that?

Quick Watermelon Update: Apparently, this is the summer for me to try 14 different ways to slice a watermelon. First, there was the giant, slicer, which frankly--still makes me nervous. Next, were Pinterest watermelon sticks. Took me a while to cut, but they were super easy to pick up and eat, kinda like watermelon popsicles or something. Now comes, "skinning" a watermelon. Have y'all seen the video that's floating around? Here it is:
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I tried this, but imagine me doing it in super slow-mo. My knife isn't that sharp and I wanted to keep all my fingers. But it was a really easy way to deal with the rind. The watermelon chunks weren't as easy to snack on as the sticks, because you have to have a bowl, but still, pretty cool.

Results from "skinned" watermelon

Aren't you glad I share these important findings with y'all?

Here is one of the reasons why I'm exhausted and ready for a break. Last week was filled with set building/dressing. Here's an example:

Me in the lift, attempting to hang our foam-carved "Elisha." It's harder than it looks, people!

But, it turned out pretty cool.

I get to make cool stuff at work, because I work with amazing people.

But I'm exhausted and ready for a break!!

Also, yesterday, we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. Just for fun, I'll share this vintage pic with you. Here we are:

There's a whole story behind that hair. Heaven help us!

Here's the reception, where the Best Man made a toast to Randy and SHEILA. Randy spit out whatever he was eating and I yelled, "Who's Sheila?"

Look at my face. Haha. We were off to such a classy start.

Okay, I need to sign off and head to the laundry room, so we can get this party started. Don't worry, I will definitely be Sparking on the GO. Today is Day 1191 of my exercise streak. We'll keep that going on the road.

I'll leave you with this sad pic of Bubba, who will be left for a couple of days, with humans who won't take him for a walk. Bless his little bulldog heart.

I'll make it up to you when I get back, buddy!

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!!!

  
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    well if they donīt take bubba for a walk i hope they will at least clear up any little messes he might make,lol.have a great time.love the wedding photos. emoticon

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EILEEN828 7/18/2014 4:11PM

    I'm constantly amazed by the set building you do. Have fun on your trip and enjoy the watermelon. Bubba is going to learn just how much he appreciates you! LOL

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HYATTI1 7/18/2014 10:45AM

    Have fun you deserve it.

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    Enjoy your trip. Loved the blog, you always make me smile.


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    Happy Belated 23rd annoversary

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    Have a fun road trip. Thanks for sharing.

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    Glad to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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LISAREADS 7/17/2014 8:22PM

    How's the girls VACA going? Thanks for all the watermelon ideas!
Hope the Bub-ster made it thru with "just the guys"!
They probably don't want to walk him for fear of the knee-capping? Ouch!
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WHITEANGEL4 7/17/2014 7:19PM

    Have a great trip and enjoy your time with friends

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    Love it! Hope your vacation is going awesomely!

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Can't wait to hear all about your girls only no boys allowed road trip!! emoticon

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    Have fun and I know you will!!!!!

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    Thanks for sharing all your great news
Have a great vacation one day at a time
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    Enjoy, enjoy! And that's got to be the saddest little face I've ever seen. You'll be warmly welcomed when you come back home.
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KALEWINE 7/16/2014 6:02PM

    I hope you enjoy your vacation! That watermelon skinning video is insane!

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LUVTOBOWL 7/16/2014 4:18PM

    You are funny. I hope you enjoy your well needed vacation girl!

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    Have fun!!

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    Enjoy your vacation! Your exercise streak is inspiring! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 7/16/2014 2:02PM

    Happy Trails To You (imagine I am singing... no maybe you shouldn't...) Hope you enjoy every minute!!!

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  Have Good fun!😃🐺🐥
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MARGARITTM 7/16/2014 12:37PM

    Happy vacation!

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    Have an amazing time!

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TERRIJ7 7/16/2014 11:08AM

    I'm getting ready to leave for vacation too, but we're going camping so will take our 4-footed family member. Poor Bubba--look at that face!

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    emoticon and have a great holiday!

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LADYJAJA 7/16/2014 9:39AM

  Wow! That guy has serious watermelon skinning skills! And a very sharp knife. Poor Bubba, he looks so sad :-( But you deserve a vacation and some girl time, so have fun! Thanks for sharing the wedding moments, Sheila, er, Shelli! Cute couple :-) emoticon

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AJB121299 7/16/2014 9:23AM

    nice

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LADYGSC 7/16/2014 9:18AM

    You keep your blogs so interesting, love them!! Keep sparking!

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BARBARAJ73 7/16/2014 9:17AM

    Riley and I would love to take Bubba with us on walks... have a fun-time with the girls!!

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    emoticon Love Bubba! I have a bulldog too, Mazey! Enjoy your vacation!

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SJKENT1 7/16/2014 8:28AM

    Hey is that a new lift I see you on? Woo Hoo to that!

Happy Anniversary - that is fabulous!!

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    Happy anniversary and enjoy your vacation!!!

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    Thank you for sharing

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    Have fun on your much deserved road trip.



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  Enjoy you vacation, thanks for sharing.

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Enjoy the rest of your time off

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Freezer Meal Marathon--VICTORY!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

I survived my first Freezer Meal Marathon last week! Okay, technically, Iíve done a freezer meal workshop before, but this was the first time I did it solo. Audrey and I took a couple of days, scouring the Internet for recipes and building a shopping list. Honestly, the recipes arenít ďdietĒ recipes. Theyíre just regular food, made in bulk quantities or prepped ahead of time and frozen. Iím not that concerned about ďdietĒ food. Iím more interested in ďrealĒ food, less processed stuff, smaller portions and ready to have on-hand. So, this worked for me. Pretty much the only processed thing, was a can of beans I threw in one of the soups. Other than that, it was just regular food.

Back story: We have two major grocery stores in town. One is Kroger, which I know like the back of my hand. I can be in and out of there, lickety-split, if necessary. The other is Jungle Jimís, which is a massive, local store. I SO wish I could take you there via vlog, but they donít allow filming. It has to be one of the most interesting grocery stores on the planet. Itís full of animatronic exhibits and tons of exotic stuff. But I donít have that place memorized very well, because itís so big. So I usually just go there for interesting produce, special cuts of meat and weird stuff I canít find anywhere else.


They carry stuff like this. Cricket bars were NOT on my list.


I also found these, monogrammed beans. I passed on these, as well.

For some unknown reason, Audrey and I decided to do this massive shopping trip at Jungle Jimís. It took us hours. At one point, we both wanted to cry. We wanted to ditch our cart and just go home. But we had too much effort invested in it, so we soldiered on. We got the best produce and meat, though. But holy cow, we were glad when it was over.

By the time I got home and was ready to start prepping, it was almost evening. Did I mention that we got a late start, because a water pipe busted in our basement? Yup. I knew I couldnít cook or do anything, until repairs were made and the water was back on. So I didn't even get started until after dinner. But I was determined to do this on my one and only day off, so I persevered. Audrey helped as much as she could, but itís a small kitchen and sometimes itís easier to fly solo. This is insane, I know it isóI meal prepped until three in the morning. What can I say? I got a late start. I knew this was my only day to do it. It had to be done. Next time, Iíll schedule one day for shopping and one day for prepping. And Iíll try NOT to schedule a plumbing emergency. Really, what was I thinking with that?

But. I. Did. It. At one point, I was really running out of steam. Audrey hugged me and said, ďYou'll thank yourself later, mom. It will all be worth it.Ē Then, my mantra became, ďFor Future Shelli!Ē


One casualty of the night. Chicken Tortilla Soup that spilled while I turned my back for a second. That was not a fun clean-up, I assure you.

So, we have a freezer full of meals and I went a whole week without panicking or exploding when someone asked what was for dinner.
Hereís the rundown/quantities of what I made:
Lasagna (2)
Chicken Fried Rice (2)
Honey-Spiced Glazed Pork Chops (2)
Roasted Chicken & Veggies (2)
BBQ Ribs
Beef Kabobs
Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
Chicken Tortilla Soup (minus a few beans)
Roast for French Dip sandwiches

13 meals, with leftovers. And everything either has veggies in it, or will have veggies as big sides. Iím not gonna lie; pretty darn proud of myself. And Iíve been tracking my food this week and staying within range. Feels pretty good.

Important Watermelon Update:
As you know, my friend Shelley has a gigantic, watermelon slicer. I do not. I terrify myself and my family with a large knife. But one of my SparkBuddies, JoyInky, shared a great way to slice up watermelon. She found this on Pinterest. Iíll have you know, Iím usually a walking testimony for Pinterest fails; I really am. But I was halfway able to do this one. Except my watermelon sticks were more like watermelon spears or lightsabers. But theyíre WAY easier to grab and eat this way! Cut the melon in half and then cut it like you cut a potato for fries. Hereís the link:
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My watermelon sticks/spears/lightsabers.

I will leave you with this pic of my new practice space for my accordion lessons. With everyone home for the summer and my son working night shift and sleeping during the day, Iíve now been relegated to practicing outside in the garage. But Iím improving!! Iíll have to stage another laundry room/garage concert soon.


I think I need a soundproof practice room! I tried practicing in my car, but thereís not enough room. An artist is never appreciated at homeÖ

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!!

PS: I forgot to mention that most of these recipes are freezer to crock pot meals. Can't get much more convenient than that. Not until they build a robot, home chef anyway.

  
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ADVENTURE-GIRL 7/26/2014 12:29PM

    I so need to do this!

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MOEFATLOSS 7/16/2014 1:28PM

    I love Jungle Jims although I don't go often. I spend too much money. I go there with my grand daughter who is now 6. We go in with the intent to find fruits and vegetables we have never had and try them. Our motto is: try something new, whether it be food or another life adventure. If we don't like them we don't have to eat them. We usually spends hours there, there is so much to see and we often get turned around and find ourselves in a place we have already been. It makes a great day trip.

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LIFESTYLE12 7/14/2014 4:51PM

    commenting on this a couple days later but honestly you have inspired me to do what I should have been doing already - would make life less stressful and more nutritious! Hopefully we can space out our shopping and prepping better to make sure we get some sleep in too! emoticon

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ANIHAKA 7/14/2014 4:02PM

    Once I'm home I will doing the same. We had a friend who cooked and froze his dinners for a week on his days off. The one awful thing he had the same dinners every day! Yours sound delicious.

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SIMONEKP 7/13/2014 7:34PM

    That's how I stay sane, every saturday or Sunday I cook for the week ahead.

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KIPPER15 7/13/2014 1:18PM

    Love to cook like that. Makes meals for lunches easy and fast dinners less of a stress. I usually use the whole weekend. You rock for doing all that after dinner! emoticon emoticon

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UNSTRUNG 7/13/2014 11:15AM

    I've thought about doing the freezer meal thing. I need to get a upright freezer first as I find that I can't reach the items at the bottom of the chest freezer and it all goes to waste.
I look forward to doing this though.

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LIVEDAILY 7/13/2014 4:16AM

    That was a TON of food!! You must have a huge chest freezer! All of your meals sound wonderful though. I have heard of Jungle Jims, yes, even all the way here in NJ! It's kinda fun to do "big" shopping in a place like that. Glad to know you are still practicing your accordian!
Spark On!

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FALLNTENN 7/12/2014 8:21AM

    That was an impressive amount of food to cook in one evening. Happy Eating! emoticon

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JOJOSLIVIN 7/11/2014 5:29PM

    AWESOME!!! As to Pinterest fails my mantra is as long as it tastes good its a SUCCESS! You might be inspiring me to pull out the accordion and try again.
Have a great weekend!

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BEVANNE45 7/10/2014 10:00PM

    Hi!! First of all, may I say, you're my kind of gal!! I am always so glad to meet folks with your sense of humor, and zest ! It makes me write a lot of exclamation points!!!!! lol

Sounds like a great adventure, and look at the outcome...meals for days!! That's fantastic, and may I say, also....I have tried to play a violin in my car..didn't quite work ...my sis plays the accordian, and it's great to see someone else with an interest in that great instrument...keep up the adventures, and the good work... emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/10/2014 7:24PM

    Fantastic. I do not do all my freezer meals in one day, but when I am cooking many dinners I make one for dinner one to freezer. Especially soups, stews and chillis. When I make chicken pot pie,, I make the filing for two, use one and cool the other to put in freezer for use later in month. Thaw and make the crust and bake. Saves so much time later when we are in a hurry

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MOONGLOWSNANA 7/10/2014 5:51PM

  Great watermelon idea for spears! I will do this when the 10 grands are here at the end of the month! emoticon

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MAJONES1225 7/10/2014 4:08PM

    Nice

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NONNAOF2 7/10/2014 12:28PM

  You are amazing!! I remember doing that kind of thing when I had a family at home, worked full time and made it to the gym, too. Boy, did I have a lot of energy from somewhere!! Now with only my son and myself and me being retired for a lot of years, my pace has slowed down as well as the need for making extra meals for us that would be ready for those days I just couldn't do one more thing! The great thing is that you did a lot of walking around to find what you needed, then putting it all together for all of those meals, so kudos to you and Audrey!! The variety of foods you made are so varied, nothing boring went into your freezer!! :-)

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JERICHO1991 7/10/2014 10:38AM

    Entertaining and informative. Thanks.

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MSFROGGIE 7/10/2014 9:25AM

    I'm single and that's how I cook on Saturday and Sunday. I'll make up vegetables (enough for 4 or 6 meals). then I cook up a few different meats.

It's easy for me in the morning, grab two meals (lunch and breakfast) and on my way.

sorry your day started out on a wet (ha ha) note, but it turned out great in the end!

Have a great week. Thank you for sharing!

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PENOWOK 7/10/2014 8:18AM

    Tremendous plan!! Plus, you probably saved a bundle and it sounds as though there may be some lunchtime leftovers in there, too!

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-LORI-B 7/10/2014 6:41AM

    Will have to try this, but start with a couple meals at a time.
Thanks fir the watermelon tip. I am horrible at that! Lol


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VTMAID 7/10/2014 12:21AM

    Nice fun blog. I have been thinking of doing the same thing and I will remember to schedule it over two days.
Thanks for the great advice and I enjoyed your sense of humor!
Hugs,
Karen

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KALEWINE 7/9/2014 10:07PM

    Wow! You. Are. Awesome! I think I would have given up and not finished the project that day. I definitely would not have stayed up until 3AM.

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/9/2014 7:14PM

    What a great idea-I am seriously going to do this. Love your blog!!!

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MOLLYMORPH 7/9/2014 5:27PM

  You went shopping at Jungle Jim's and cooked 13 meals!? I'm very impressed and a bit intimidated.

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AMYSNEWSPARK 7/9/2014 4:36PM

    That's awesome! I'm a big Pinterest fan and have been contemplating the freezer meals for a while. I feel motivated again thanks to you.

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COWARDLYLION59 7/9/2014 3:36PM

    Wow I am with the rest and saying that is great! just wish I had the time to deal with cooking to freeze, saving meals to pop in the oven when ever needed. Now days it is just me and my sister at home and sometime she does not feel like eating a lot heck of a lot before work so good food would go to waste. We all do applaud you for save time when in a rush.

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LEESA-B 7/9/2014 3:33PM

  I love freezer cooking. But yes, you definitely have to shop and cook on separate days!

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SOON2BSMALL1313 7/9/2014 12:58PM

    makes me want to go put together a freezer week. It would probably do me good :D recipe hunt here I go

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ADVENTURESEEKER 7/9/2014 12:52PM

    Sounds delicious!

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SASSYSNAIL 7/9/2014 12:42PM

    Absolutely awesome! I need to do this for myself. I have been thinking about it lately, since I get home from work between 6-7 pm or later and then have to get in bed no later than 10 pm to be up for work the next morning at 6 (5:30 if I can every get my butt motivated to work out before I go in). emoticon

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I need to start doing that... preparing meals ahead of time. It sure would beat having cereal for dinner.

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HOPEFILL 7/9/2014 10:12AM

    Homygosh! You're amazing!

I've embarked on all-night cooking sprees like this, myself, but the most I ended up with was 3 meals. 3!!! (perhaps it's time to look into what takes me so darn long...)

Animatronic displays sound pretty wild.

Congrats on a super duper productive day!!!

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DIANAJEAN53 7/9/2014 10:07AM

    I know this blog was not about accordion lessons, but I am thrilled to know that people are still learning how to play the accordion. It has always been a much unappreciated instrument and it takes a lot of work to learn and play well. As a child, I took lessons for more than 5 years and competed pretty well in music festivals. It was a huge, enjoyable and satisfying part of life back then. I wish you much happiness in learning your music! Keep it up... emoticon

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AJB121299 7/9/2014 8:43AM

    nice

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CARLYDK85 7/9/2014 8:23AM

    Great job on the freezer meals! I love the watermelon pin. I'm really bad at cutting up watermelon.

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The Giant, Watermelon Slicer & Hokey Pokey in Onederland

Saturday, June 28, 2014


First, let me explainóI took a much-needed day off yesterday and spent it at my BFFís (Shelley with an ďeyĒ) house. We made pita bread pizzas, had organic popcorn and watermelon for dessert, while we watched a documentary about the font, Helvetica. Why? Because weíre graphic design nerds and weíre not ashamed!


Yes, we watched a whole movie about this font. Nerds.


This is what Audrey and I took to the ďparty.Ē We donít usually buy bagged popcorn, but Shelley is obsessed with chia seeds, soÖ

If you can struggle through the video, which is annoying, because my phone has a hard time shooting video these days; you will see the giant, watermelon slicer somewhat in action. Why do I even bother showing this? Why is this SparkWorthy? Because Iím working more freggies into my meal plans and watermelon is quickly becoming my go-to snack of the summer. And what better way to show that, than with a gigantic, watermelon slicer? Plus, my buddy Shelley has worked really hard swinging kettlebells and stuff, and has the upper body strength needed to man this monstrous, kitchen gadget. SparkChick Power!


This is Shelley, training on some ridiculous monkey bars, for a mud run/obstacle course.

So, that covers the watermelon slicer. Now, on to the hokey pokey in Onederland. Hereís the thingólast week, I took a step out of Onederland. Just one step. I recorded it on my tracker, because we started a 5% challenge and it was weigh-in day, so I had to report it. 200 lbs. Iím gonna be honest here, my heart sank. I canít say I was surprised. I played it pretty fast and loose with food over the last couple of weeks of work. That piper demands to be paid, whether I like it or not.

I wasnít filled with the self-loathing Iíve had in the past. Thankfully, my Secret Power of Awesome prevents that. But I admit that I felt disappointed and, to be frank, embarrassed. Iíve chosen to be very public with my weight-loss journey. When things are going well, I proudly share those numbers and those victories. But when I slip, it takes a real gut-check to share that. Especially something as big as stepping back over that Onederland Line. Itís just a number; I know that. But itís significant for me. I worked really hard to lose that 40+ pounds and I was so proud and excited. I wore my SparkPeople shirt everywhere.

To backslide as much as I have, has been very humbling. I almost felt like I should take my SparkPeople decal off my car, until I ďgot my act together,Ē that I shouldnít wear my SparkPeople shirt around. I felt like I wasnít being a very good ďunofficial spokespersonĒ for the program I love so much. But that feels like hiding to me and Iím not going to do that. I have to be honest with myself and with yíall; thatís how this is gonna work. Thatís how Iím gonna make it to that 50 lb goal and how Iím gonna deal with the ups and downs of maintenance, once I get there. I donít do this journey gracefully; I just donít. Iím not gonna have that neat and tidy success story, with the perfect, happy ending. My life is too chaotic and interesting, to fit into the magazine cover mold, and Iím okay with that.

At the same time, I firmly believe in accepting responsibility and moving forward. Iím a big planner at work. It drives the guys crazy sometimes. I like to plan ahead. Iím writing scripts for Christmas and next Motherís and Fatherís Days now. (seriously) When I manage a project at work, Iím a stickler for backdating, making lists, delegating action items; I watch over that like a hawk and Iím super organized. Work is the ONLY facet of my life that is that organized. I resist it everywhere else. Fiercely. But I think itís time for me to apply that type of planning and organization to my meals, because thatís where I consistently trip and fall. So, Iím backdating a trip to the grocery store on Monday and breaking it down into steps beforehand. I have my meal planner app open, freezer to crockpot recipes at my fingertips, and Audrey by my side to help. Iím going to try planning a two-week menu and see if that helps. My issue isnít so much that I eat a lot, but that what I eat isnít always the best choice. Iím hoping that Director/Producer Shelli can step in here and make a difference. Iíll let you know how it goes.


PLANNING!!

On a positive note: I took that step back INTO Onederland this morning and Iím so happy. That is a BIG WOOHOO! Back to 20 lbs lost and I'm choosing to be as proud of that now, as I was the first time around. And my SparkDecal is still on my car and I just might wear a SparkPeople shirt today. This is still happening, people; this is still happening!


20 lbs again!

Thanks for reading my long, rambling blog. As always, I appreciate every ounce of support I get from this community. I will leave you with these two, completely unrelated pictures, just because.


This is my USB Spaceman light I got to use in the tech booth at work. Itís the only light thatís been bright enough for me to use. Bonus points for being adorable.


And this is our new ďwelcomeĒ mat. Audrey and I thought it was too hilarious not to share. Hope you can read it, look in the corner. heh heh

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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LISAREADS 7/23/2014 2:39PM

    Now that is an "Awesome Blossom" Spark People style! LOVE IT!
(Also, the door mat- GREAT STUFF!) Spark on Brave Sparker and
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    Thanks for the laugh (welcome mat)! There are times I wish I could have one just like that! :-)

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I think it is always good to share the good and the bad. It just shows that we are human. But yes, still wear that Spark People gear with pride because you are not giving up. There is no picture perfect journey here.... always remember that!

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    Just got back from vacation. this is a great start back to sparking! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 7/4/2014 11:35PM

  You can do it! I gained five or six pounds last year staying at the Ronald McDonald House (free delicious meals every night and many lunches too) for six weeks. I have only just now lost about four of those pounds. Over a year later. But I figure at least I am moving in the right direction.

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    Great blog.

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SUSIEMT 7/2/2014 4:10PM

    Thank you! I have never seen a watermelon slicer before. That turned the watermelon into art!

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  good blog

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    Had to watch the video. Go Audrey! I'm envious! emoticon

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    where u get a gaget like that

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MAWMAW101 6/30/2014 8:39PM

    You always have the most interesting way of saying things! Love it!
Good luck in the 5% challenge....
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GOSPARK45 6/30/2014 7:40PM

    You should be doubly proud of losing that 20 pounds again. I found it much harder the second time. It seemed longer and harder (it probably wasn't, it just felt like it). But now I'm near my original goal, although it took me an extra year.
You can do it too!

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AMBER461 6/30/2014 7:30PM

  Interesting blog, thanks for sharing.

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    This was a really fun blog to read! Thanks!

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KELLEY106 6/30/2014 6:40PM

    I bought watermelon at Piblix for .59/lb. Delicious

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    emoticon emoticon I love watermelon.

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    Love that watermelon slicer as much as I love my apple slicer, I'll have to find me one! Congrats on your weight loss! Keep sparking!!

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    You're a SparkIcon! It's not about staying on track perfectly, it's about continuing to get back on track.
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    It's a giant apple slicer. Great idea. I'm a font nerd from way back myself. Was a graphic design person in the Days of the Dinosaur. (pre computer). Love me some Helvetica. You have too much fun for one person. Keep it up! emoticon

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VALKYR8 6/30/2014 9:40AM

    Love the gadget! Fun!

WOO HOO on your 20 pounds!

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HIMELISSA2007 6/30/2014 2:15AM

    Way to go for putting forth the effort to try again. This has happened to me too but Im learning I dont have to be perfekt. Thats my silly way of telling myself that being imperfect is human and it does happen. But to keep on trying is a strong trait to hold on to.

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    emoticon GREAT blog!!!
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hOOping again!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I survived the Holiday Trifecta!!! A big chunk of my job involves production details for holiday services, so the back to back of Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day is a doozy. It's been a lot of fun, a lot of work and it took its toll on me. I was worn out from hauling 22 lb bags of ice, 400+ cans of pop and running down a myriad of details. I had to ice my knee for two days afterwards, but I'm feeling like myself again. Huzzah!


The IceBug Cometh! Some of the ice I had to haul around. And yes, I belted it in. The seatbelt warning thing dinged if I didn't.


Our Senior Pastor (my boss) rode an ATV in during our manly Father's Day service. heh heh


I got to ride it around in the parking lot. Looks adventurous, but it was more like "Driving Miss Daisy on an ATV."

One of the things I had to do to prep for the weekend, was clean out the garage at work. We needed space to store a bunch of chairs. It was a LOT of work!! Randy and I made a day of it and guess what we found? Remember last November, when I lost my FitBit while working on the Christmas set? Randy found it buried in the gravel! I don't know if it still works, because I gave my charger to a buddy a long time ago. But it was kinda cool that we found it.


Poor lil FitBit.

I also found the gorilla costume I'd been missing.

You never know when you might need one of these.

Here's a pic of me with one of the props for Father's Day. Yes, this is Randy's head. I walked around like this, yelling at the kids all day. They thought it was hilarious. Randy didn't find it as humorous.

Everyone needs a giant fathead of their spouse.

But I survived. So this afternoon, I tried hOOping again. (Disregard the dead swing, giant weeds, and dismantled trampoline in the background of the video. The swing's going out to the curb, I'll get around to the weeds, and we're saving the trampoline parts for an upcoming set. We're resourceful like that.) But yeah, I can hOOp again! And my knee even felt a little looser afterwards. Looks like Bubba is going to be another photobombing hOOpdog. Now I can focus more on losing this next 25 lb--hooray!

I will leave you with this pic of Randy, lounging in his new chair and Audrey stealing the hammock that she bought "for him."


And this painting Audrey did of Bubba, because I think she's brilliant.

Bubba, Portrait of a Snaggle-Toothed Wonder

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!


  
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MRSRIGS1 7/11/2014 3:20PM

    LOL!!! Love the Fathead such a GREAT idea!

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    So fun! You go girl!!! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 7/2/2014 11:02AM

    So wonderful!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/29/2014 8:07AM

    Great video!!! Hooping looks like such fun! I'd love to give it a try! Also loved the mask of your hubby! Fun! Fun!!

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TERRIJ7 6/28/2014 8:36PM

    Love the fathead of your dh! Glad you're hooping again, too.

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/25/2014 4:17PM

    Like riding a bike, some things you just don't forget! Love the giant fathead!

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SHERYLP461 6/25/2014 8:49AM

    I am getting myself an adult hula hoop, I used to be good at it as a kid, but the ones my grandchildren have don't seem to work like they should

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MSBEKANATOR 6/23/2014 6:41PM

    So awesome you are hooping again!!! Loved the blog. Really loved Audrey's picture of Bubba! Seems like artistic talent runs in the family. Have a great one!!!!

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  good blog

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AMETHYSTSTAR 6/22/2014 10:28AM

    I really need to try hOOping! That song is one of my favorite songs to dance to! You are amazing and I emoticon you even though you don't know me~

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_MOBII_ 6/22/2014 9:19AM

    I love Randy's fat head! (No insult intended)



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BELLENGLISH 6/21/2014 10:03PM

    Great! Thanks for sharing

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KIN59VARA 6/21/2014 2:58PM

    Love it!

Did Gunner pass? I enjoyed seeing him photo bomb your hooping!

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CAROLJ35 6/20/2014 11:03PM

    Your blogs are always sooo colorful!!!
Thanks for sharing!

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EILEEN828 6/20/2014 4:00PM

    Thanks for the hooping inspiration! I've bought one but still don't know why to use it very well and it got put aside. Now I want to try again. Gorillas, Bubbas, and Fatheads, your blogs have such range!

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MOMMY445 6/20/2014 1:54PM

    such a great blog! have a terrific day!

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SJKENT1 6/20/2014 12:15PM

    Bubba the hoop dog!! He also seems to make a great foot stool for Randy. tee hee.

I haven't hooped in so long... just haven't been motivated to do so. I want to... but my do it muscle seems to be lazy.

You inspire me to greatness.... or maybe I should say you inspire me to awesomeness. emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 6/20/2014 11:45AM

    Go Shelli!!!

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DEBRITA01 6/20/2014 10:04AM

    Now that the Holiday Trifecta is in the past, you have more time to keep hOOping! You aren't "rusty"...kinda like riding a bike. I always enjoy your blogs...thanks for making me smile. And, that IS a brilliant painting of Bubba...Audrey is talented (like her mom). emoticon

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FARIS71 6/20/2014 9:21AM

    What an awesome update! Glad you are hooping! That painting IS great!

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PENOWOK 6/20/2014 8:21AM

    Yahoo!! I love that you are hOOping again!! Thanks for sharing that fun today!! Also glad you survived the Trifecta of holidays!! Busy woman!

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NANHBH 6/20/2014 1:23AM

    You've still got it, Girl! So glad that you are back to hooping. I never did take it up, but you continue to inspire me. Maybe this summer...

You gotta love the spouse's fathead idea! I think it's hysterical that you did that -- and that he didn't think it was funny! You always make me laugh.
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SUGAR0814 6/20/2014 12:09AM

    Great pic of Bubba!! Thanks for sharing!!

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LOLAJO54 6/19/2014 9:30PM

    hey did you not buy yourself a new fitbit --or get one sent to you? I forget!
anyway if you have a new charger you can use it -- that will charge it... yeah ..

I have to do something with my computer I can not get your videos!! 2nd one now..

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/19/2014 8:26PM

  I like everything on your blog. I also hear a bird. Is this a pet, or just outdoors.

The pic looks like your dog. emoticon

Hey maybe you can see if your old Spark thing works, and you can get the attachment thing and either give it away, or have that person purchase the add on part.

Guess what? I ordered one today. I am so excited, because my pedometer doesn't work very well at all. It it worked sometimes, and other times not at all, or off.

I hope I can figure it all out. There are still some stuff on Spark, I never got toally.

For example, I usually am one here everyday, and the counter thing doesn't reflect that.

I also had to custom my exercise stats, because I didn't know how far or MPH, just the time. I hope this gadget helps some of this.

The other thing , is they change stuff a bunch.

But I do like they give more points for groups. This will make up for the long periods I didn't post my workouts.

I'm glad your on the move again.

I also appreciate that your work and church gives you the freedom to express yourself and the message in a variety of ways.

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CHARTHESTAR 6/19/2014 7:40PM

    see if you can borrow the charger back to see if your fitit works. then if you need I have a extra charger if you want it.

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KIPPER15 6/19/2014 7:23PM

    Audrey's painting of Bubba is wonderful! great talent! Love to see you hoop. Have not yet conquered it myself, it's on the list! emoticon

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FREECAL1 6/19/2014 6:32PM

  Wish I could hoop like you. I think there's a knack to hooping which doesn't seem to work for me. Keeps falling down. Even as a kid it didn't seem to work for me. Any idea why?? emoticon

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NONNAOF2 6/19/2014 6:30PM

  I'm so glad that you are hooping again! Each time I went by the sports department at my store and saw the hoopla hoops, I thought of you! :-)

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Bubba Walk: Harness and the Gulpy

Monday, June 02, 2014

I figure since Bubba is a SparkDog, he should share what works for him, in case any of his four-legged friends out there might be interested. So, this morning, we went for a walk in the park and tried out two new things for my walking buddy.

The pet store had a carseat harness on sale yesterday, so we had the BubbaMeister fitted. I don't know if he likes it, but it works. And he gets excited when I get it out, because he knows he's going somewhere.

No catapulting bulldogs!

We also tried out a new water bottle I picked up on Amazon for $8. It's called the Gulpy and it was a neat, convenient solution for us. Two Paws UP.

Drink on the GO!

Stay hydrated this summer!

When your tongue touches the sidewalk, it's time for a drink.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!

  
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    Bubba is one handsome hound!! Fun vlog. Thanks for taking us on your journey :)

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JANIEWWJD 6/18/2014 12:34AM

    Hey, that water bottle is pretty neat!!! I'm going to look for one for my little chihuahua, Chiquita. She will probably like it. The harness is not bad either. Bubba seemed to like both. Well, here's hoping you have a great week, and keep walking!!!!!
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ALICIA214 6/15/2014 12:34AM

 

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ROXYCARIN 6/11/2014 12:43AM

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ELSCO55 6/10/2014 10:07PM

    Bubba is adorable.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 6/9/2014 10:43AM

    The poochie water bottle is brilliant.
The tongue on the sidewalk reminds me of the ponytail indicator on you vlog on Nicole's bootcamp video.
You made me pee my pants from giggling.
Your furbaby walking buddy is sooooooo CUTE!!!!

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SUPERSYLPH 6/8/2014 11:43PM

    He's adorable!!!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/8/2014 9:41AM

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    emoticon Bubba! emoticon for sharing what works for you.
Shel- you always make me laugh and smile. Thanks for brightening my day.
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BHENDRICK2 6/6/2014 7:50PM

    aww so cute :)

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NANHBH 6/6/2014 2:28PM

    Or, you can continue to take us on walks with you! Yeah for Bubba approved Gulpy! This is better than a guinea pig acting like a turtle video!

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FARIS71 6/6/2014 1:37PM

    I haven't been on the blogs in a looooong time so I am so happy to see yours here today!

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MILPAM3 6/6/2014 12:14PM

  That Gulpy is the cat's meow. (Oh, Bubba probably wouldn't have said that.)

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/6/2014 1:25AM

    Hey that gulpy sounds like a great idea. I looked at the one on Amazon - sounds like some have had less than ideal results with it breaking when dropped... but I might try it anyway!

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WHITEANGEL4 6/6/2014 1:24AM

    Thanks for sharing your time with Bubba. I have a seat belt restraint for my little girl when she is in the car with me. It keep us both safe as I worry when she is moving around in the seats.

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AJB121299 6/5/2014 10:19PM

    nice

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AMBER461 6/5/2014 9:35PM

  Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful dog.

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 6/5/2014 4:57PM

  awww...very cute!

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NONNAOF2 6/5/2014 4:37PM

  Bubba has so much character, I can see how you fell in love with him! It's always nice to have a Bubba to go on walks with, it makes time go by quickly! :-)

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SMERKLINGER 6/5/2014 4:16PM

    Awesome!!!

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MARAGRAM 6/5/2014 3:57PM

    Awesome! Every walking buddy has to be taken care of. I meet so many four footed walkers who look like they're in desperate need of water!

My buddies aren't as big as yours, but therefore need more water when it is hot.

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COOLRAIN 6/5/2014 3:48PM

    What a great blog entry. I love Bubba. Thanks for the review too.

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CHARTHESTAR 6/5/2014 3:16PM

    great additions to your fitness accessories!

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LAVENDERLILY 6/5/2014 3:12PM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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MARYJEANSL 6/5/2014 1:05PM

  Years ago, I got a special harness for my dog - same idea as yours, keep him from catapulting. I made the mistake of leaving him in the harness, in the car (cool weather) for five minutes while I had a bathroom pit stop. When I got back to the car, he had *chewed through* the harness and gotten himself free!

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MSLADYBUG3 6/5/2014 11:18AM

    I enjoyed reading your Blog, cute pup! Thanks for sharing great info as well.

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DNRAE1 6/5/2014 10:39AM

    Cool! I liked the Gulpy review. 1 very handy product! Such a great dog. Hope you have another wonderful day!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 6/5/2014 10:32AM

    LOVE the photos of bubba and his dog chair. Him being a SparkDog cracked me up, because evidently I've got a SparkCat. Although my SparkCat has been far more successful because he doesn't have opposable thumbs to get into the fridge or cabinets for snacks like I do! Have a great day!
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BUCKEYEBIRDER58 6/5/2014 10:13AM

    Hey, if Bubba is a SparkDog, then my cat Annie is a SparkCat! She's in on our exercise bike right now! Okay, she's sleeping on the seat, but the thought was there. emoticon

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PYNETREE 6/5/2014 10:04AM

    Glad Bubba approvies of the same gulpy waterbottle that our dog, Finch likes to have along with him.

I love that you share your adventures in a light hearted way! Keep on posting!

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MOMMY445 6/5/2014 9:57AM

    that is so sweet! bubba is sooooooooo cute!

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FISHGUT3 6/5/2014 9:26AM

    Hi Bubba - no doubt bulldogs are the best!

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STEVIEBEE569 6/5/2014 8:28AM

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NYKIMMIE 6/5/2014 8:23AM

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DS9KIE 6/5/2014 8:19AM

    cute

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PENOWOK 6/5/2014 7:59AM

    Your videos are so clever!! Thanks for the fun with Bubba! That gully is a great idea!

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SUEARNOLD1 6/5/2014 7:46AM

    A gulpy for the puppy - I just couldn't resist

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JERICHO1991 6/5/2014 7:34AM

    Amusing and informational. Thanks.

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CHERYLHURT 6/5/2014 7:29AM

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SHERYLP461 6/5/2014 7:02AM

    What fun!

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GARDENCHRIS 6/5/2014 7:00AM

    looks like the 2 of you had a good time!

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