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Punxasomething Phil Challenge Week 2

Thursday, September 22, 2011

emoticonHey Phil - Here are Pfive Reasons I'm Pfabulous:

1. I'm pretty sure I sit at the cool kids table on SparkPeople with pals like JENNSWIMS, BLUEBIRDSFLY, RUSSELL37, and AMYJMERRIT. They're radically cool, none of them have ever given me a wedgie, or a swirlie, or stuffed me in a locker, and they talk to me, so I MUST BE COOL.

2. I am uber skilled at my job as a paralegal. I gotz mad skillz! My bosses love me, my clients love me and where else could I find a job that pays this well and still leaves me time to facebook and spark all day? Life is good at work! emoticon

3. I enjoy every calorie I burn. I don't do it begrudgingly. I dance, dance, dance any way I can and it puts a big goofy smile on my face. emoticon

4. I am a creative goddess! I take beautiful pictures and use them to make the most adorable scrapbook pages, telling the story of the lives of my nieces and nephews. They love them so much they beg to take them to school and share with their friends. emoticon

5. I'm smart. Darn smart! And I'm smart enough to know I don't know it all. I have much to learn and I want to soak up the universe like a sponge. I want to read, read, read! I like to travel and learn about new places and new people and the history of both. I want to learn new facts and skills every day. emoticon

6. I, too, am an ambitious overacheiver!

Come on. Give yourself a little self-love! Share pfive reasons you're pfabulous, too! Ok, so you're shy, I get that. You're worried about loving yourself out loud. Start with one or two and soon you'll be really into you!

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MDEVILE 9/23/2011 6:34PM

    Smart and pfunny and a cool kid? You are pfabulous :D

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WCATAP 9/23/2011 4:15PM

    Pfab because I let harsh words go. I go to the gym. I encouraged my friend to join also. I teach two classes for free!I am a child of the king!

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LIBELULITA 9/23/2011 5:43AM

    Well done you... if we don't blow our own trumpet no-one else will! emoticon emoticon

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JSPEED4 9/23/2011 5:05AM


And you sound like an ISTJ Briggs-Meyer personality type. emoticon

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

So, on Tue night my mom took my niece to soccer practice because I had my first belly dance lesson. When I finished up I called her and Mom told me there was a new girl on the team. We're mid-season and I didn't think Mom could be right about that so I kept saying "you're sure she's new to the team? not a sub? maybe someone who was on vacation last week?" Mom was confident that this girl was new. So, later mom said "I didn't want to say anything while I was at soccer, but I know this girl is brand new . . she's very distinct. The poor little thing is fat as a butterball and round as she is tall." (Now, my mom wasn't saying it to be mean or cruel . . . we're both plus-size ladies, you know. She was just emphasizing that she couldn't possibly have missed this particular child being on the team before.)

A little bit later, she asked "Oh, I forgot you started belly dance tonight. . . How did it go? Are you good at it?" I said, "Um, no. I'm not good at it (yet). I'm quite confident that my belly dance teacher is, at this very moment, telling her mother 'I had a student tonight, poor little thing, who is as fat as a butterball . . . as round as she is tall!'" We both laughed for five mins straight!

Oh well, it was fun and I sure did feel it in my abs and thighs afterward . . . it's a start, right?

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LIBELULITA 9/18/2011 6:25PM

    Hahaha.....that's funny! Hope you enjoy your belly dancing classes...shake those curves girl!! i do flamenco and like belly dancing it one of the few dance forms where a womans curves are to be celebrated in all their sensuous ways. Good for you emoticon

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BADGER92 9/15/2011 8:48AM

    Hope you and the soccer girl both have a lot of fun! And hey, you even got in an ab workout with five minutes of laughing (bonus)! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/9/2011 8:54AM

    It's a emoticon start!
Kudos for you and the soccer child.

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WCATAP 9/9/2011 8:36AM

    LOL you are not a butterball! You are beautiful and belly dancing sounds so fun, I wish we had it here!Good for you!

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RUSSELL_40 9/8/2011 2:14PM

    LOL.. that is 1/2 the reason for the dancing..50 % exercise, 50 % fun!

keep on dancing, you poor little thing. Hopefully the soccer helps the new girl too!

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GEOPENGUIN 9/8/2011 11:38AM

    Funny...or Sad, But True, as Metallica would say...
I'm glad I'm a guy because I don't think I would get into Belly Dancing (or Zumba), etc.
Yet, like I told another Sparkfiend, if you find something that works stick with it!!!
Great going!!!

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Sept 1 is the new Jan 1?

Friday, September 02, 2011

Let's call this New Me Day instead of New Year's Day. I spoke with my dance teacher yesterday and worked out a deal to take more classes at her facility this fall.

I have been driving to the Y and other facilities to get my classes in, now they're all in one convenient place . . . because she got both of Y teachers to come work for her, too! She gave me a great family package deal that for one VERY REASONABLE price will cover the classes that my mom, my niece and I take at her facility. Right now, she's a relatively new studio. She worked out of her garage last year and this is her first year in an actual studio. She's building her entourage of teachers and students and she is more interested in building clientele than charging full price. I approached her about a deal and she was very amenable to working something out.

Monday nights I'll be in ballroom with my beloved.

Tue nights I'll be in belly dance! I had started this a while back but the schedule at the Y was inconvenient. Since the same instructor agreed to teach at Miss Bridgette's, I can make it work financially and time-wise!

Wed nights I'll be in tap dance with my mom.

(Thur nights I'll either take the night off or enjoy yoga.)

Fri nights I'll be in clogging with my mom.

The classes are earlier and close to both my house and the facility where I take Zumba so I'll be free to take nearly every zumba class offered as well. No more scheduling conflicts. This fall is going to ROCK!

I'm so looking forward to all the fun I'm going to have, all the new things I will learn, and having more energy / being better fit.

Pop the champagne! Here's to new beginnings. emoticon

And, yeah, I know it's Sept 2 - but I struck the deal yesterday. I'm just getting around to bragging and cheering about it today!

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 9/5/2011 11:24AM

    I am dying to take belly dancing and it will be the first thing that I will do when the dust finally settled. I think it really puts you in touch with your sensuality and sexuality.
And does amazing things for the body. One of my friends took belly dancing to loose her baby weight.
Well it looks like your evenings are going to be a lot of fun. I am glad you are doing ballroom with your boyfriend.
The Jewish New Year starts in September so in one tradition your timing is right on.

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KAKIPOPUP 9/4/2011 4:29PM

    emoticon emoticon

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MARYHOLMAN 9/3/2011 8:25AM

    Lucky you! emoticon

Dancing is exercise plus fun attached--have a great time.

I took Bellydancing about 35 years ago and I loved it. It makes you feel so feminine and graceful. Would it be silly for a 59 year old to give it another try?

Take care emoticon

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RUSSELL_40 9/2/2011 1:02PM

    have a blast! might as well have fun with your cardio

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SWAN47 9/2/2011 1:00PM

    Hey...that's emoticon Sounds like a terrific way to have fun and get fit! emoticon emoticon

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Sensual Summer Kitchen Retreat

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Cooking Camp" took place at a 100 year-old former hunting lodge in the Highland County Nature Sanctuary, a part of the Arc of Appalachia Preserve. I was fortunate enough to get a room to myself even though I didn't pay the premium rate for a single room. The group was small . . . about 8 people. On the first day, the icebreaker exercise involved introducing one of our peers following a brief interview. We were instructed NOT to disclose our work background or employment until Weds. I met some absolutely amazing people.

Mornings began with 7:30 a.m. optional yoga on the beautiful front porch with the most amazing yoga instructor I have ever had the privilege of meeting. Then, we had breakfast catered in, which was delicious every single day.

We spent the morning preparing salads, salad dressings, etc. for lunch. And then they also had food catered in, so it was way too much food, but all of it was fabulous.

In the afternoons, we were free to roam the appalachian forest trails nearby and we visited a local mennonite grocery that stocked whole grains. It is really nice to go shopping with a chef who can show you new items and new ways to use items you already buy!

In the afternoons, we prepared the grains and vegetables that would become our dinner. (And they also catered in a few things for each meal . . . oh so much food!)

On Weds, we were finally able to disclose our occupations and learn what diverse backgrounds had brought us all together. We played a game where you had to guess who was who based upon a list of three jobs they had held in their life and one dream job or "if you could come back in another life, what would you do?" kind of job. I got everybody right and won the game. I won a free membership to the Arc of Appalachia so I can go hiking there any time for a year!

I couldn't begin to summarize all that I learned there. From demonstrations on techniques to knife skills, to sources for better food choices, to recipes, etc. I could go on for DAYS!

On the last night, we were blindfolded to have "dinner in the dark." By then our group had really bonded and we laughed all through dinner. An absolutely amazing experience. And I made some fabulous friends along the way. Oh, and did I mention all the food???

And, check out these two aprons! I made a total of five so I would have one for every day of class.

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RUSSELL_40 8/22/2011 9:08AM

    looks like you were having a blast..the 1 yr membership is awesome.. now you can hike all the time.

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EUPHRATES 8/16/2011 3:20AM

    Oh how awesome! I get the ARC newsletters in e-mail, and have been wanting to go to one of their retreats! Thanks for posting this!

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KATV865 8/15/2011 1:40PM

    Love the aprons! Sounds like a great retreat :D

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KALIGIRL 8/15/2011 12:36PM

    What a marvelous time!
Love your aprons!

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Now with Ruffles

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ok, I made a second apron, this time with a ruffle! That's talent, right? Um, yeah, something like that!

The fabric is really cute - it has little scales and oven mits and utensils and such in shades of aqua or turquoise an brown and khaki. Really cute. The ruffle fabric is brown with aqua swirlies on it.

I thought I better make a full-size / bib-style apron, too, right?

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ANNCHER 7/28/2011 3:43PM

    How Cute! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/26/2011 12:46PM

    Very cute!

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RUSSELL_40 7/26/2011 8:41AM

    I think you might have more fun in a sewing class than a cooking class...lol

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CATS_MEOW_0911 7/25/2011 10:43PM

    SO cute, great job!

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KNITPURLCURL 7/25/2011 8:23PM

    Looks great! I love sewing and making things, too.

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 7/25/2011 7:31PM

    Very nice!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/25/2011 7:06PM

    Very cute and yes, that's talent! I can't sew on buttons, so I'm quite impressed.


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