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dog confessions - part 1

Monday, October 22, 2012



for those with eyesight as bad as mine: I enjoy jumping up and pulling down my dad's gym shorts in front of the neighbors instead of going potty


I had trouble reading this one too: I pooped by the elliptical machine / I ate a Herman Melville novel



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SHARON10002 11/6/2012 5:11PM

    These are too cute. Made me smile emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 10/30/2012 12:46PM

    I love these. My baby boy Utah likes to nip at my rear.

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GERIKRAGH 10/24/2012 12:27PM

    Boy could I make up notes for my dogs! Thanks for the laughs.

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TABBYARTS 10/24/2012 10:16AM

    Can't help but laugh!

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JOANNS4 10/23/2012 9:07PM

    I love it! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 10/23/2012 6:48PM

    too good to be true! lol.

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MS.ELENI 10/23/2012 4:54PM

    If you have seen my blogs you know I loved this. Can't help but smile emoticon

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PICKIE98 10/23/2012 3:58PM

    Hiss-tear-i-cal!!!!!!!!!

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KANDOLAKER 10/22/2012 9:09AM

    Love, love, love your photos!! Thanks for sharing!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 10/22/2012 8:02AM

    These pictures really made my day! We once had a very senior dog (she died at 17.5 years) who would love tear up her toys. We would come home to find her with pieces of white stuffing hanging out of her mouth but when we asked if she had torn something up she would look all innocent and walk away. Too cute!

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QUEENMOXIE 10/22/2012 7:59AM

    emoticon emoticon I love them...so naughty and so adorable!

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ATLTRAINR 10/22/2012 5:28AM

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IMEMINE1 10/22/2012 5:09AM

    Mine could add a thing or two to the list this morning. emoticon

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BESCATS 10/22/2012 5:01AM

    Very cute !! I love anything that has to do with dogs. emoticon

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Life is too short to hold a grudge

Saturday, October 20, 2012

my mom has not spoken to her siblings in over 10 years. So I lost touch with my aunt and uncle, but thought about them all the time.

some of the history:

My aunt had 5 kids. When my parents divorced, we moved in with them for a year. Mom was working full time and going to school full time and she needed to be somewhere that she didn't have to worry about sis and me. So we moved in to a 2 bedroom, 1 bath single-wide trailer in Albany, GA. That's extreme south GA. An absolute hell hole in the summer!

My 5 cousins, sis and I all slept in one bedroom, my aunt and uncle had the other bedroom, and mom slept on the sofa. Part of that time my uncle (Jerry) was on one of his 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam. Very stressful times for my aunt. But she took care of us as if we were her kids.

Sis and I often refer to this as "the worst year of our lives." Part of that is because we didn't see mom very often with her eyes open. She was busting her butt to make it possible for her to be a single parent. She worked as many hours as she could as a waitress (mom never graduated high school; she had 2 kids by the time she was 21). And mom was going to cosmetology school during the day. She wanted to get her license as soon as possible, so she was taking as many required courses as she could handle.

Our dad still made sure he saw us every other weekend. Sis and I would cry all the way back to Albany (from metro Atlanta) and beg dad not to make us go back. I have apologized to him many times for that! None of it was his fault. It was just a family, doing the best they could under the circumstances.

Mom's brother (Jim) was a fun uncle. He did things like pull us around in the snow (yes, it does snow in GA sometimes!) in an old sink that we found at the dump that bordered our apartment complex property. He'd take us to Braves games. He built us a really cool tree house. He made us an awesome swing out of a rope and a piece of an old mop handle.

My aunt's only son was a police officer. Around Thanksgiving of 1988 he was killed in the line of duty, saving an informant in an undercover drug sting. It was heart breaking to see my 4 cousins without their brother. And hearing my uncle talking to his mom on the phone (she was an invalid and unable to attend the funeral). I heard him say, "I buried my son today Mom" and he started crying. Hearing a man cry is tough. Hearing a Marine cry is even tougher.

My aunt never got over that loss. She and my uncle were forever changed. Parents just aren't expected to face outliving their children. They did continue living. Taking many RV trips with their kids and grandkids. But it was like a piece of them was missing.

wasn't he a doll? RIP, 'little' Jerry. Every year when I run the Fuzz Run, I pin this picture on my shirt and run in memory of my cousin.

Every Thanksgiving I would think about my aunt and uncle. I had a very old address for them, so I took a chance and mailed them a card. My uncle called and told me that my aunt was very sick and had been an nursing home for a while. When she got sick, her brother moved out to help care for her. So I also found mom's bother!!! I didn't get to see my aunt before she died (she passed away Dec of last year), but I vowed to NEVER lose touch with my uncles again.

mom & her sis were never really that close. They always had their differences. I don't even know why mom stopped speaking to her. When I told mom that her sis was sick, she didn't even call her. When I told mom that her sis had died, she just said that she felt bad for her husband and the girls.

I do know why mom quit speaking to her brother. They were always very close. Mom stopped calling him because "I'm always the one who calls. He never calls me first." What a STUPID reason to break ties with your ONLY BROTHER!!!
I love my mom, but that is just D U M B.

so sis and I drove to Lousiana to spend a week with our uncles. It was great! I cannot tell you how awesome it was to hug my uncles. They are both amazing men. One a retired career Marine (Jerry). Mom's brother (Jim) was also a Marine for a few years. Then he worked in the medical instruments field. He set up and repaired hi tech diagnostic equipment. Now he's retired and they fish or camp or do whatever they want to do.

We also got to see 3 of our cousins. One is in Texas now, so we didn't see her. We had dinner with our uncles and all 3 cousins every night. It was wonderful!

If mom finds out we were out there, she will be furious. I would love to share this story with my church, but I cannot because mom would be so mad.

hey, mom...your sis is gone. You really don't need to be mad at her any more. And who cares about who initiates the call? If I want to see or talk to my brothers, I know that it's up to me. They won't call me. They just don't think about it. Most guys probably don't!

if you have anybody in your family that you are holding a grudge with, please consider putting it behind you. It's really the best thing you can do for yourself. My aunt lived her life and did not fume over whatever happened with my mom. My uncle is living a very full life. He misses my mom, but she's made up her mind to be mad.

and it's mom who is bitter and angry over the past. As Buddha said, "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

  
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BLESSED2BEME 10/25/2012 6:35PM

    I'm so glad you are seeking out your family despite your Mom's feelings. Grudges get us nowhere in life! Blessings to you.

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BOBBBI_97 10/24/2012 10:25AM

    So sad but I understand what you had to go though with my own brother and we
all finally came to except things....when my great niece had died @ 7 months
everyone got together and that was a relief...I told them that Life is too short and
am telling you this because I had flatlined in 2010 and God gave me a 2nd chance @ Life and again everybody was together again...I was so very Lucky and that is
why I hate it when people are madd and some of there siblins and don't wanna be the first to admit it...it doesn't matter who's fault it is...just gotta forgive and forget
the passed...we did and I feel that God had to do this too us so we will all be
together again and not speaking to one another..."LIFE IS TOO SHORT" to do
something like this...and now we are all together and speaking once again.

Thanks for sharing your BLOG with us all.


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JOYCECAIN 10/21/2012 7:39PM

    Sometimes it is very difficult not to hold a grudge. But I try to get past it. But this whole family is mad at JoAnn's youngest daughter, BJ. For leaving her in debt, for $1, 200 a month.

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QUEENMOXIE 10/21/2012 8:36AM

    Sounds like your mom has a borderline personality like my mom....I understand. emoticon I'm happy that you took the trip... emoticon

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ALICIA214 10/21/2012 12:32AM

 

What a sad story!!

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missing: my mojo. If found, please return. Reward offered!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I read another blog yesterday and it really hit home. Here is the link (hope she doesn't mind...I didn't ask permission)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102272

this is pretty much how I have felt...SINCE MAY!

I tried 'fake it til you make it'. Didn't work. I tried doing some different exercises; more walking than running; different classes; new music. Nothing. I did okay on eating for the most part, but I struggled just to get in 90 minutes a week of exercise (usually I get at least 60 minutes A DAY!)

My weight didn't fluctuate too much, but I just felt flabby from lack of exercise. I forced myself to go to spin on Monday night this week. I really like the instructor, so that helps get me there. I'm starting to feel a little bit more like my 'normal' self. YAY! I've done Pilates 3 mornings in a row. Hopefully, I'm back on track.

My new goal is to reach my goal weight by year end. I've been less than 10 lbs away for WAY too long. I know those last lbs are harder to lose, but sticking with the plan got me where I am: over 35 lbs lighter and able to wear my goal size (usually).

If you read any of my other blogs, there is GREAT news for Aimee and Elena.

Aimee is home. She WALKED onto the set of the Katie Couric show. Aimee is not taking any meds at all. She is still dealing with phantom pain from the missing limbs, but she meditates to get thru it. She is doing as much as she can without prosthetics, which I think is amazing and very wise because she will know her new body and what she can still do in spite of everything. And the fact that her dad, Andy, is a Gamecock made the Dawgs massacre a bit bearable. Geez. What a game!

As far as Elena: She left the hospital for Ronald McDonald house for a bit. It wasn't as good as going home, but she finally got to see her sis (Olivia is too young to be allowed to visit the hospital ward where Elena was recovering). And now Elena is home! For the first time since July 15th Elena can sleep in her own bed. She is still recovering, and her immune system is still compromised. You can read more and see pictures here:
timewiththetates.blogspot.com/

What else...sis and I drove to Louisiana to visit family we'd lost touch with. Hadn't seen them in close to 10 years and it was a wonderful visit.

and in less than 5 hours I'll be headed to STL for a business trip. I found out that we get to go to NLCS game 5 while we are there! WOO HOO! I packed one of DH's Cards hats to wear to the game (Louisville Cards, but that's the best I can do!)

and I also packed my tomahawk earrings. I've been a Braves fan all my life and nothing is gonna change that!



SPARK ON, friends. SPARK ON!
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RABBLERRABBIT 10/18/2012 10:02AM

    It's all good! It's a public blog - I'm really glad you found it helpful - in turn, that helps me, too.
I hope you are getting back on track. I know we can do this. I am basically at the point where two things are moving me forward (and they sort of contradict one another, and then, not):
1. Setting a daily micro-goal (like drinking 8 glasses of water just for THAT day, or like today, running 1 mile (which will take only about 15 minutes).
2. Doing something for someone else - including listening to other people's stories and giving them support. Sometimes it helps them and sometimes it doesn't, sometimes -- like with my kids -- it seems to be taken for granted, but it gets me out of my own head, if that makes sense.
The last 10 ARE always the hardest - your body wants to hold onto them so much!

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smart phones, Zombies, run! and other misc stuff

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

my team captain wants me to blog about my Zombies, run! experience. So here goes:

I upgraded to my first smart phone in May. My cell was still working, but getting to the point it wouldn't hold a charge any more. It was about 5 years old and I had been thinking about moving to a smart phone for some of the running apps I read about.

DH is a bit of a geek, but neither of us know anything about smart phones. I did some research (as did he). I did NOT want an Apple product. I was looking at a Droid and a Galaxy. I decided on the Galaxy.

so I have a smart phone. And it has a dumb owner. I'm slowly getting use to it. And the guys at Radio Shack are absolutely awesome. Sure they give me grief when I go in with my antiquated phone for an upgrade. (The first time I upgraded, two of the employees said, "wow! Does that still work? I've heard about those phones, but I've never actually seen one in real life!" about my Motorla Startac. Great. I'm using a museum piece. Okay...it was 7 years old, but I don't like to be rushed into anything. Maybe the speaker was out, but it still worked as long as it was plugged in to the hands free adapter.)

who can't love a classy, sleek model like that???


This upgrade I still got teased about my old phone (an LG flip phone). Then I noticed the sales rep had the same phone on his waist band. No, I didn't let him slide on that! I can give as good as I get.

Obviously I haven't been using my Galaxy to it's full extent. I signed up for a 10k on Labor day (I usually run 5k) and I need something to boost my training. I looked at running apps. And I had read some great reviews on Zombies, run! so I checked that out too.

Sunday I downloaded Runtastic (free) and bought Zombies, run! That process was pretty humorous considering DH nor I know anything about downloading stuff to a smart phone. It was easy to figure out.

I haven't used Runtastic yet (gotta go back to see my buds at Radio Shack to buy an armband. If anybody has recommendations, please let me know). But I gave Zombies, run! a try on the elliptical at home. It's basically a story told to you while you exercise. As the story unfolds, any time the zombies chase you , you have to pick up speed. It's a fun way to add some sprints to your workout. I didn't realize there was so much quiet time. I need to get some music on my phone (my music is on my MP3). So I ended up watching Sex and the City while I was outrunning zombies. It's a good combo ;-)

I've also been using the Spark Coach trial. I think it will be great for folks who are new to Spark. It would be really good if you could start Spark Coach at something compatible with your current Spark level. This has been like a review for me, but that's a good thing. It helps me get back to the basics. A great refresher course.

speaking of reviews, I have my annual review tomorrow. I HATE annual reviews!!! My boss is a great guy. My intention is to never work for anybody other than him for the remainder of my working career. I've had some really bad bosses over the years and my tolerance for the BS that goes with that is long gone.

so my boss is NOT the issue with my review. He's more than fair and always complimentary. Some of my hatred for this process is due to my last employer. My old boss was pretty much this guy

plus I was a department head, so I had to do reviews for my staff (which included coming up with goals for 12 to 16 people).

Spark Coach and my review (and many recent Spark blogs) have all made it very obvious that like many others, I am my own worse critic.

one of the daily Spark Coach activities is to rate yourself on healthy food choices, physical activity, motivation, and sticking with your program. I'm ALWAYS in my calorie range, and the ranges for carbs, fat, and protein. Why can't I rate myself any better than okay? What do I think it takes to be a 4 or 5 instead of a 3??

on days when I did my morning Pilates and went to the gym after work, why isn't that a 5? What the heck do I think a 5 is...running a marathon???

same thing on my review at work. Why did I usually mark 'meets expectations' on my self evaluation? I'm going to our company conference in October...something that only the TOP 10% of employees in all 10,000+ branches in the US and Canada get invited to attend. That is WAY better than 'meets expectations'!

say it with me, Spark friends...I AM BETTER THAT JUST 'OKAY'!

let's make a pact: no more ignoring the exceptional things about yourself. If you're going to accept responsibility for your weaknesses, you MUST accept that there are some things about you that are awesome. Yes. Every one of us. EVERY SINGLE DAY look in the mirror and praise yourself for one good thing about YOU!

no, we don't need to go all Usain Bolt. But it is okay to see the good in YOU.

  
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THENEWMANDA 8/31/2012 2:20PM

    LOVED the blog. I need to download that zombies app it sounds pretty awesome. You are definitely better than just 'okay'! Oh, and I'm with you on the outdated phones, I threw a fit when I went to a smartphone, now I'm like..how did I ever live without these awesome apps?!

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JOYCECAIN 8/18/2012 11:42AM

    Loved the blog. I understand about how we rate ourselves. I can never get all the nutriants on the nutrition tracker. I don't care, I count calories, and exercise. That is all.

Wishing you a great day abd a lovely summer.

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NAVYMOM133 8/18/2012 9:09AM

    You ARE better than just 'OKAY'!!
Great blog about migrating to a smart phone. I am still in the land of the dumb phone myself. I had the frame of mind, "Heck, I am in front of a computer all day..."
I can see their usefulness after a recent vacation where others could look up everything, get us everywhere, etc. The Zombies app sounds like FUN!

Thank you for the encouragement and fantastic relaxation goodie, in regards to my current job search. GAH! I saw another statistic on CBS Evening News last night that, out of the 2.7 million jobs created since 2009, only 567,000ish of them have gone to women! GAH!
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It'll happen (she said, with great hope)! In the meantime, thanks again for the support!!
Melly

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DOGSTARDADDY 8/15/2012 1:23PM

    Wait... someone actually listens when I say something? I've got to tell my kids!

You've convinced me to go get the ap for my phone.

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DDHEART 8/15/2012 10:02AM

    Great read this morning and I thought some of the same things about the sparkcoach and my own evaluation of myself. LOL

The zombies run sounds like a great way to push some fartleks! You'll have a great 10K!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 8/15/2012 9:10AM

    I'm glad you like Zombies, Run! It's really a lot of fun. It's worth every penny. Check out the Zombies, Run team... there's some great suggested playlists on there.

I've noticed the same thing about rating myself on Sparkcoach... I don't give myself enough credit!

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another prayer request

Friday, August 10, 2012

years ago I worked with Mark Tate. He got married and they have 2 beautiful daughters.

The girls have had more than their share of health issues over the years. The youngest, Olivia, had brain tumors. She had surgery to remove them; they came back and she had another surgery. She gets checked every year and has been all clear for several years.

exactly one year after Liv's first diagnosis, her sister Elena was diagnosed with leukemia. She did some really harsh rounds of chemo and went into remission. This year the leukemia came back. She has had a bone marrow transplant and is currently in the hospital recovering.

this is an amazing family. The girls work a lemonade stand on the square in their hometown to raise money for the hospital where they get treatment. Before Elena was diagnosed, she asked for donations to the hospital in lieu of any birthday or Christmas gifts. Elena also donated her hair to Locks of Love before she began chemo.

please remember the Tate family in your prayers and pray for Elena to be cancer free. The blood tests are showing gradual improvement.

this is their blog
timewiththetates.blogspot.com/
lots of pictures of the family. If you are in the Atlanta area, they've also been on the news and in the paper several times.

  
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ANHELIC 8/24/2012 9:28PM

    The family will be in my prayers. They have gone through so much. Praying that God will intervene and heal both girls. emoticon

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BJPENNY70 8/24/2012 6:09PM

    This is so sad. I have prayed for them.

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QUEENMOXIE 8/10/2012 7:59AM

    Of course, no problem....they will be in my prayers! *Hugs*

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