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Making space

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Finally found time when my friend, Donna, and I could get together and work on cleaning up my storage unit. It was a project I couldn't have done by myself. Almost half of the things stored in my unit belonged to my father. He's gone now and I hated having to get rid of things, but I really need the space. Some things went to the local hospice thrift shop. Others just weren't in very good shape and we made a run to the landfill. I kept a few mementos. His collection of hats, mostly with the names of his favorite local race car teams, some AA coins honoring his years of sobriety, a program from the local racetrack with an article about his years as a loyal race fan. I've still got bags of old bills I want to run through the shredder and some other items hospice can make use of. That will be another trip later.
I didn't clear out only my fathers things. I had amassed a whole bunch of stuff myself. I found boxes of old magazines. At one time I had been collecting articles about pet care I thought would be useful. Now they're outdated and taking up a lot a space. There are also a number if cages. I'll see about selling off some of those. I found some things that made me wonder what on earth I had been thinking when I got them. It's a weight off my shoulders. I know most of his furniture will benefit others and I can focus on the future.

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SHIMMY2BFIT 2/7/2010 12:03AM

    Making space and simplifying while at many times VERY VERY difficult and emotional it present an almost cathartic release that allows us to be free! :)

Great Job!!!!!

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Shimmy on down

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Well, almost. I planned on starting bellydance classes tonight. Had clean workout clothes to wear, a new hip scarf with lots of jingly coins. I'm ready to shimmy. Ended up spending most of the afternoon settling a matter for my mother (my sister stole mothers identity and ran up a huge phone bill). This resulted in my starting dinner a little later than I planned. Put me a liitle behind, but not too much. When I left for class I figured I had just enough time to get there with 5-10 minutes to spare. I'm almost there when I missed a turn. Okay, got turned around and went back. I'm watching the addresses and suddenly I'm a block past where I should be. I never saw the school. Turned around and went back down the street. Did this 3 more times before I saw 'dance school' on a sign at a shopping center. Went in and no school on the right side, so I checked the other side of the center. There I finally found a sign for the school. Couldn't figure out where the school is though. There is a beauty supply store that is closed and a music store that is open. A dance school inside a music store? Maybe, but I don't think so. I finally notice a narrow passage between the 2 stores. Could it be? No...wait...yep, at the end of the passage is a sign, 'dance school'. You go up a flight of steep stairs to the dance school. I'm listening for bellydance music, but all I hear is classical piano for a ballet class. I ventured down the hall. Ballet on the left, salsa on the right and then...jingle, jingle. I had finally found the bellydance class. Unfortunately, I was a good 15 minutes late. Okay, 15 minutes may not be much, but I just couldn't make myself disrupt the class. So I linger in the hall, getting an idea of how she teaches, what kind of attire the students are wearing (what I had on was fine), and, possibly most important, what body types were present. My biggest fear was that I would be the biggest student. I have nothing to worry about. I'm not going to be the fat old lady among skinny young chicks. There were a variety of ages, sizes and shapes including a couple my size and even 1 a bit larger. Everyone was having fun. I'm am so looking forward to next week. I will get there early. I will shimmy.

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CHAINEDFAYE 2/4/2010 11:50PM

    I'm so jealous! And at least you don't have to dread going to the next class! I'm trying to find some classes around here and I'm afraid I'll be the biggest too but as soon as I get back from my 6 week class in April I'm gonna go no matter what!!

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DAMARIS135 2/4/2010 5:07PM

    sorry you missed your class but how fun for you when you actually get to attend! with a few encouraging words from the Belly dancing team i checked out some video how to's today and i must say i am super jealous of the fun you'll be having in your classes! Good luck and shimmy away.

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PAMNANGEL 2/4/2010 1:48PM

    Almost didn't go at all, but it was such a stressfull day. I really needed to get out. I'm glad I did go. I now know where they are located and what to expect, so next week will be less stressful.

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TESSARIAN 2/4/2010 1:10PM

    I am so Happy You took the plunge and went! who cares if you didn't do it this round you watched and now you know you're gonna do it and have fun!

I love my belly dancing and only started a couple months ago it's the best part of my workout that i look most forward to and is wayyy more effective than one would think!

Congrats! and enjoy!

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Last look at the old trophy

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tonight is the last chance to look at my current trophy. emoticon Tomorrow I will cross the line to a whole new trophy and a whole new goal to work towards. emoticon


Drawing a blank

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Can't think of anything interesting to write about. Still waiting to get my bike fixed. Haven't got rid of my brokedown Explorer yet. It's been kind of a quiet day. Guess I shouldn't complain. I don't get a lot of quiet days. Now if my grandmothers dog would just stop barking.


Spark Trivia Cheats

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I've already mentioned that the Spark Wheel is crediting me with more points than I've actually earned, but I've also been having problems with the Trivia cheating. Today for example, I answer the first question and correctly answer. Okay, second question I get wrong. Fine, moving on the third question. Oh! Where did question 3 go? Trivia has eliminated the correct answer and put up another question 2. I answer and move on, or so I think. Did it again. I keep getting answers eliminated. Sometimes right answers, sometimes wrong answers. Sometimes I even get my 3 correct answers and go to move on only to have it tell me that I've only answered 2. Drives me nuts.

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MAMAROU 2/20/2010 10:58PM

    I've had the same thing happen. And I'm telling you, it is ohhhh so frustrating. I think it's a glitch in the system and I hope they get it fixed.

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/17/2010 12:43AM

    Interesting - this has not happened to me - I do trivia questions but I wonder why because many of the questions is about conditions or food in the US where I just have to guess and there are right answers that I donīt think is correct. Bit I still do it...

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SHEILA1505 1/31/2010 1:16PM

    I don't bother any more with Trivia - not only too time consuming and in South Africa we pay thru the nose for internet connections but they have questions that can have "yes, but" or "yes, in xyz conditions" and mark you wrong whatever you say! So why waste all that time for 3 points!

I think it's rigged! Just like the points Wheel - how many do they use???

I have also deliberately eased off on point scoring in a determined effort to stay off the Leader Boards of my teams for Spark Points! Fitness - now that's another matter entirely for me :))

By the way - thanx so much for commenting on my blog story - glad you enjoyed it. Fun, wasn't it!

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PAMNANGEL 1/30/2010 10:12AM

    I'm not sure how long, but it's happened several times in the last few weeks.

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TESSARIAN 1/30/2010 4:46AM

    ow, I haven't been noticing any problems like that ... has this been going on for a while? how annoying!

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