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Saturday, February 02, 2013


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DOGLADY13 2/8/2013 7:17PM


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JPONCIN 2/4/2013 9:19AM

    That was adorable! :)

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    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!! Love it!

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AUTUMNBRZ 2/3/2013 6:42AM

    I LOVED that! Ty emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/3/2013 6:10AM

    Oh that was cute!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/3/2013 5:54AM

    emoticon Happy Valentine's month. emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 2/3/2013 2:08AM

    I remember seeing this before a full feature movie recently. I love this!! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/2/2013 9:40PM

    Loved it!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/2/2013 9:29PM


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They grow up so quickly

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The cold weather here in the northeast has put a kaposh on most of my exercise. I'm making a point of going to the gym tomorrow, but otherwise (with the exception of Thurs Swim lesson) its been pretty pathetic here. The pity-party continues: evolutionary eating patterns are kicking in too, I've been craving and eating hot, caloric things. You can only heat your insides with tea for so long before they kick at you and demand TOAST and CHEESE and BEEF.

But anyway, I wanted to celebrate two important events in my son's life which have nothing to do with weight loss and exercise, but are kind of momentous.

1) He started reading chapter books this week. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, The Chalkbox Kid and vol 1&2 of the Magic Tree House series. Encyclopedia Brown is in progress. In one week. Clearly, when it comes to books in this house, we dont mess around.

2) Friday, he lost his first tooth (intentionally; one was knocked out a year ago after a series of gravity accidents). Child has decided that he wants to save his money for "A Real Camera" not a hand-me-down or a kids camera. He wants a real one. And he had me write a letter to the Tooth Fairy to save up his money until he looses enough teeth.

Of course today he did wake me up by piling every single stuffed animal he owns on my head.....

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ARIZONAMARY 2/8/2013 2:03PM

    My kids love reading also. They even read on the weekends because they enjoy it so much.

Have you looked into the Geronimo Stilton series?

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MISSIFISH 2/2/2013 9:36PM

    Chapter books are a big deal! I love encyclopedia brown so much, but I never could get either of my girls into him. Bummer.

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LENLEN3 1/29/2013 11:09AM

    I love parents who encourage/support the love of reading in their children. The world needs more of you :3

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PMRUNNER 1/28/2013 8:49AM

    Yay! My oldest daughter loves to read and has her first loose tooth too! Fun times!

One of the nice things about her reading is now she is doing some of the reading to her younger brother and sister too. Watching them read together is so nice (and makes up for all the fighting and teasing that they inevitably get into).

Enjoy and love your little boy!

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ROXYZMOM 1/27/2013 7:44PM

    So much fun!! I miss that with my sons - they are all grown up now. Glad you are enjoying every moment!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/27/2013 10:04AM

    Congrats to your son.

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/27/2013 9:23AM

    So much fun to watch these precious moments. Thanks for sharing. I am freezing here with you. Burned some calories yesterday playing in the snow with my girls. I actually worked up a sweat! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 1/27/2013 8:41AM

    I love the wake up call, but even more so that you were the one awakened and not me!


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EASTENDCLAM 1/27/2013 8:11AM

    ... and it gets faster! Mine graduated college and I'm "Can't be, aren't they high school sophomores or something?"

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AUTUMNBRZ 1/27/2013 7:07AM

    I loved Encyclopedia Brown!! :)

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    I love when kids can get their teeth into reading!

Camera is a cool idea. It's great to see their views.
I received one as a gift one Christmas, I was a few years older than he, and it sparked my lifelong passion for photography.
Go, little photographer, go!

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KRISZTA11 1/27/2013 5:27AM

    Thanks for sharing these important moments!
You reminded me of the times when my own kids were you young...
Sweet times!

I too need hot meals in the winter...
Luckily, I love steamed (or microwaved) broccoli and cauliflowers, so I can add a huge portion to my dinners.

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CINERICIA 1/26/2013 9:17PM

    In my head, I said "aww." Those are amazing and sweet milestones. Might I humbly suggest "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for future reading?

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LESLIELENORE 1/26/2013 9:11PM

    Wow, big moments!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/26/2013 8:03PM

    No, duh! Hug him tight! emoticon

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Ask and you shall receive

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Swim lessons at least.

Last week I started swim lessons and was mightily disappointed. I was not challenged. (I can already swim, I want to get better!) I spoke with the Director that night and she was going to check into the class and call back. When I didnt hear from her I called back last night.

They DID decide to split the class and since the other person did not show up, I DID get a private lesson at public rates!

Turns out I'm already pretty good, just all the stuff I've figured out on my own, but there are a few tweaks that will improve it even more. Perhaps not 6 weeks worth of tweeks, but definitely an improvement over last week. And it gets me out of the house and having a regularly scheduled exercise time. You cant have everything, but "I have to admit, its getting better....a little better all the time."

A reminder and public service message: if you are not satisfied with something in your life, do something to change it!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/24/2013 9:35AM

    AWESOME!! Enjoy your private lessons! I'm certain you will learn and have fun.

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    Yes indeed!

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LESLIELENORE 1/19/2013 2:00PM

    Wise words!

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DOGLADY13 1/18/2013 9:54PM

    I'm so glad you are getting a good deal for the money. Lessons are expensive and you should get what you pay for. Swim lessons were hugely helpful for me. Sometimes they were the only thing that kept me going in the water to practice.

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/18/2013 11:38AM

and I just heard that song this morning emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 1/18/2013 9:52AM

    I think it's wonderful that you're taking lessons to see what tweaks you can make. I mean, there's typically room for improvement and growth in a lot that we do, right? Good for you for taking the plunge (literally and figuratively)!

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FITFOODIE806 1/18/2013 8:44AM

    Such a great reminder for all of us! And I'm excited about your swim lessons. Ease pass on any helpful pointers!! And have fun :)

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ADARKARA 1/18/2013 8:18AM

    I've told that exact thing to so many people lately! If you don't ask for what you want, no one will know you want it!

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CINERICIA 1/18/2013 7:43AM

    You're absolutely right. Sometimes, it is so much easier to complain about something than to step up and make the change. Good for you for pursuing this and getting what you needed. And every lap is one lap closer to those awesomely strong and sculpted swimmer's shoulders. I'm a touch jealous.

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AUTUMNBRZ 1/18/2013 7:24AM


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GODIVADSG 1/18/2013 7:02AM

    emoticon emoticon Love that you are perfecting your stroke! Way to speak up too!

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KBSPARKY 1/18/2013 6:16AM

    That is an excellent public service message! (and I would like to take swim lessons to get better also.)

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JPONCIN 1/18/2013 5:34AM

    Wow that is so awesome! Good for you! I want to take swim lessons too. I hope you have a great time!!! :)

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VIXSTERLU 1/18/2013 12:16AM

    Woohoo! A private lesson at public rates :) Way to speak up. Good luck.

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IMREITE 1/18/2013 12:15AM

    Good message. unless we work for and seek out opportunities to get better we will stay the same.

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MIATIA1 1/17/2013 9:33PM

    Love your message for I say all the time you can't just wish for a change you got to make it happen... emoticon

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7DBC: Strategy

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What 3 strategic initiatives would you like to accomplish this year?

Smart alec response 1: Is there anyone who smells a business consultant nearby? Really, I'm having flashbacks to my marketing career.

Smart alec response 2: Olivia Newton John moment "Lets get STRATEGIC, STRATEGIC. Lets get into strategy. Let me hear your body talk. Your body talk..."

I actually have NO strategy this year. I'm just sort of wandering and bumbling thru life at this point because with my career in shambles I just dont have the ability to make a long range plan. I had one, but when I lost my job the whole thing was just blown out of the water and now I'm just trying to make it one day at a time.

Weight loss: I'm pretty happy with where I'm at now. I had my hand on my hip the other day and realized that I could reach from my front hip to my back hip and feel both bones. I'm not boney, there is still plenty of ME, but if my weight loss slows, I'll of course be disappointing, but minorly. I'm getting pretty close to what I think is a good weight for me healthwise. Its a small 12/ large 10. I need to continue with the weights (more challenging now that I cant go to group classes and I'd like to add some muscle. Am I the only one that thinks a little muscle on women is incredibly sexy?

Racing: I'd like to have a well thought out racing season this year, the goal being one event per month. Start with some 5Ks in March/ April, June the Hopewell Junction Triathlon, July: Orange County Classic 10K, August West Point Triathlon, maybe a Du in September and perhaps volunteer at the Inaugural Hamiltonian Marathon in October.

Shh. There is a quiet hope in my heart, that eventually, some day, I will be able to run a half marathon. There are a number of challenges in the way. 1) No Local event 2) Time to train (CINERICIA can leave her kids at home for an hour and not worry about them setting fire to the house) I'd like to do Disney's Half. Someone here on Spark posted about the experience and it just sounded SO NICE. The Rock N Roll Marathon series also sounds tremendous. I think its within my eventual abilities, but not my grasp this year. So we file it under "eventually."

A few words on where I am working. Its a new school for severely emotionally disturbed kids. About half are in residence on the campus and the other half are bussed in from all over the county. For 60 kids, we have 6 VERY LARGE security guards - and they keep them busy! There are bright spots every day - the kid that tries, the kid that keeps it together, the kid who all of a sudden gets it. And there is a steady march of insults, foul language and "testing" (if you work with teenagers, you know what being tested is). There is MUCH talk at my job that they will grow a position for me part time teaching/ part time aide, so I need to see what happens there. I hope I grow into it and it becomes a calling. These are special kids that need a special person. I feel very shallow that I am disappointed to be here instead of a regular school. I am hoping this is an good opportunity. Keep in mind I've only been there 4 days!

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    Special kids with special needs need the right person for the job.
Be sure you love the challenge, can take the verbal abuse and will still love yourself when you go home at night if things haven't gone well.

YOU are special for wanting to give it a go! emoticon

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GODIVADSG 1/18/2013 7:15AM

    Boy that job sounds like a change from what you have been doing. I like that you are looking for the bright spots in the day. It is another opportunity to learn! You never know how God is going to use you either. Thank you for working with them. They need good teachers!
You can so do a half marathon! It is all about consistency and training... if I can do it, girl.....you can do it! Although I like both of those races I do get highly annoyed at the cost of both of them. I just don't think it should cost THAT much to run. There are many different races with many different prices! Have fun searching for one!!

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ANDY_54 1/14/2013 8:36PM

    I'll be doing a couple of 5K--I hope in the next few months or so. The Disney run sounds so sool to do! Congrats on the job--wow, it sounds demanding all right--but I hope it grows on you. It takes a special person to handle that kind of job and if you're wondering about it, maybe it's for you. Take care and have a good week!

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MISSIFISH 1/14/2013 11:06AM

    Wow! Your new job sounds challenging! I don't think it is at all strange to have the thoughts you are having about it. I hope you find the rewards great, and that you do wind up enjoying it. That population certainly isn't for everyone.

Thanks for all of your advice after my last blog. I don't think I'm in an exercise rut, but I did decide to go back to the prescribed Turbo Fire schedule since I know I tend to stick to my favorite workouts instead of mixing it up with strength training. I do think it is helping, as I saw scale movement in the RIGHT direction!

I'm not posting it as official until it sticks around for a few days. You know how it is. :)

Good luck with getting in some races. I'm so impressed by all of you amazing competitors!

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MIMETALKER 1/13/2013 3:28PM

    Congratulations on your new job...challenges make us grow. Isn't it great that we don't have to worry about our spirit becoming too big?

Yes, muscles on women ARE sexy.

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CINERICIA 1/13/2013 10:35AM

    Ooohh. Your job sounds like my job but with kids instead of adults. And kids are that much harder, with the hormones and the emotions and the general teenager-y-ness. Congrats. It sounds really fulfilling.

I like your racing plan for the season. Some good stuff there. And I, too, would one day like to run Disney. Perhaps I'll see you there. But shh. I won't tell anyone.

I don't worry about my girls setting the house on fire. That is true. (Little One has a touch of OCD and is a checker.) However, I do worry about them setting *themselves* on fire. They are both...let's call them "challenged" ...in that regard.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/12/2013 9:46PM

    You are going to be great! I know it. You will have a fantastic year!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/12/2013 9:17PM

    Ooh, ooh, a first time half in your future? When and where? I'm probably booked for 2013, having promised my cousin's daughter the Lady Schick women's HM in St. Pete next November if she trains up for it, and with my full in May right here in town... but I'm up for adventure when you're ready... never say never...

Good luck with the work growing... sometimes it takes a bit to adjust to the challenge one's been handed... and sometimes it's time to accept it's not where the heart is and move on. So, breathe and give it some time, and I'll be rooting for you to have the wisdom and acceptance to make the right choice for YOU.

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LESLIELENORE 1/12/2013 9:03PM

    Sounds like a challenging job! I like your racing goals. I will be doing at least 3 5ks this summer, and I am thinking of walking the women's half marathon at Niagara Falls. Wouldn't that be cool?

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not sure that was a good use of my time

Saturday, January 12, 2013

We interrupt this blog challenge for a swim lesson update.

I paid my money and was the first person to sign up. I had delusions of being the only person and getting private lessons for public price. Instead I was in a group of 5, 3 of whom were learning (deep water issues, face in water issues) myself and another person were comfortable and hoping to get better.

I'm not going to say it was a complete waste of time, but it wasnt thebest use of an hour of my time. I complained to the aquatic director explaining that I was not challenged. She offered to prorate me to private lessons but it was $200 DH and I had just had a discussion about needing to trim expenses.

If they dont split the class (basic adults/ adv adults) I am going to ask for my money back and just make a committment to swimming during open swim time. That would be a better use of my time.

For all of DogLady's protests, I dont think she is going to have to worry about me anytime soon. I might beat her out of the water, but she's totally going to smoke me on the bike. As all triathletes know, the tri is lost in the water or the run, but its won on the bike, where she excels. (And I dont)

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    I hope they'll split the class for you!

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CINERICIA 1/13/2013 8:47AM

    Weird that they would group people of different abilities in the same class. But lessons or no, I know you'll do great with your tris. You're a lean, mean swimming machine. (Except, you know, not at all mean. And not a cyborg. That I know of.)

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BIGPAWSUP 1/12/2013 8:30PM

    You are going to be fantastic! I know both of you are going to do great!

Good luck with your swimming. I hope they fix the problems with the class differential.

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ANSIN2011 1/12/2013 5:10PM

  I would definitely ask for my money back!!!

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LESLIELENORE 1/12/2013 2:57PM

    I agree with DogLady! I am still considering whether I will try and do one this summer or wait until the next.

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DOGLADY13 1/12/2013 2:10PM

    Your gym doesn't offer lessons based on ability? You know, like beginner, intermediate, advanced, competition? Private lessons is the only other option? I call BOGUS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/12/2013 9:45AM

    I may be doing the tri vicariously this year... because of my focus on the marathon for 2013, but face it, my heart is in the tri. Spark on, you two... it's going to be such fun watching you do your thing together from afar! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Spark on! emoticon

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