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The Greatest Gift of All......

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hi,

As this seems to be the season of "gifts" I thought I would write today's blog about what that really means. When you think of gifts do your thoughts immediately go to brightly wrapped packages under the perfect tree? What about other kinds of gifts? You know, the kind that money can't buy. Be it a smile from a stranger, a hug from a child, or the gentle nuzzle of a warm snout welcoming you home.

I'm blessed in so many ways. I've got the very best group of SparkFriends who are becoming more and more like my family as each day passes. Don't you think it is miraculous that a bunch of us, who started out as strangers, now know so much about us that it feels like we've been friends for years.

I'm blessed to have know my young friend Cathy. I wrote a blog about her several months ago and told you all about her battle with cancer. Despite her terminal illness she has not missed a day of school until last week. We all know the end is in sight but it is her determination and smile that I will always remember. It has been a real gift to have known her and I look forward to today when her parents are bringing her in to say goodbye! I hope to be able to remain calm enough to thank her for her gift of kindness she has freely shared with everybody around her.

I'm blessed to have have a dysfunctional family because at least I have a family. Deep down I think there is some discord in all families because we all truly care and think we can speak our minds. The things we often say to family members!!!!

I'm blessed to have a sense of humour so I don't take myself too seriously! I'm blessed that I have a weight problem because I'm learning how to put me first. I'm blessed to have depression because I can relate to so many people.

I think even in life's darkest moments we can all come up with something we are truly blessed with! Be thankful this holiday season for the many gifts that already surround you including the very gift of life itself! As my father would say, "I'm just happy to be on this side of the sod!"

  
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LIBBYFITZ 12/17/2010 9:50PM

    I am a Sparkfriend of TEMPEST272002 and she kindly sent your link via her blog post. You have a wonderful way with words and I could relate to a lot of what you said. Dysfunctional family,depression. I agree this helps us understand better, both ourselves and people around us who for whatever reason are struggling with day to day life. Thank you for a wondeful blog! emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 12/17/2010 9:15PM

    I often hear or see people write about being thankful or having a positive attitude and so on. Seldom do I see or hear any practical ways as to how to do that or exactly what that means to them. You've provided very clear examples and made me want to take a look at my life and do likewise.

Thanks!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 12/17/2010 1:35PM

    Great blog. Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/17/2010 6:07AM

   

Your Dad was right, it's always better to be over the hill than under it.

I've always been blessed with a close family and a couple of really close friends, good neighbours and great Sparkfriends, what more could I possibly ask for?

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JLITT62 12/17/2010 5:21AM

    I have been wracking my brains all week long, trying to come up with mostly upbeat blogs to help inspire people -- maybe today I should just point them towards yours!

You have such a wonderful outlook on life -- and yes, you're right, even the things that seem the toughest are often a gift.

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DRGOMTI 12/16/2010 10:56PM

    I'm thankful for anti-depressants and AA or I wouldn't be around to discover another great program, SparkPeople n friends who posts such inspirational blogs!! Thanx!!
Hugs, Donna

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KAYDE53 12/16/2010 6:57PM

    Gifts that money can't buy are always the best! And bless that young lady Cathy, as she leaves this life, and her family as well. You never know what tomorrow brings, do you? Great blog! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 12/16/2010 12:22PM

    Susan, you are a wonderful person for being able to see the things many others take for granted. Thank-you for reminding us to slow down and appreciate what we have around us.
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TEMPEST272002 12/16/2010 12:15PM

    What a beautiful blog! It's hard to see the gifts we recieve through sadness and pain - but they are there when we look. You're blog started me thinking about the gifts I've recieved through hubby's illness - a renewed appreciation for hubby, for our free health care, for the support of friends and family, for the incentive to quit smoking. Thank you for the reminder.

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LESLIES537 12/16/2010 11:11AM

    emoticon blog! I think it's pretty miraculous myself! emoticon

It's inspiring to see how you can look at such things as your depression and your 'dysfunctional' family as blessings! YOU are such a blessing too!

May you have the strength to communicate to Cathy how much she means to you and to be there as the strong and supportive friend that you are. God Bless you!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/16/2010 10:48AM

    Oh, you're so right! We ARE blessed, even when we don't realize it at the time, we are still blessed! I enjoyed reading your blog. I hope your friend does not suffer and senses all the love coming her way as her live comes to an end here in this world. emoticon

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BUCKO_BUCKO123 12/16/2010 8:51AM

  yes - we are blessed because we are alive!

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JHADZHIA 12/16/2010 8:51AM

    Nicely said!! My greatest gift is the Mother I was blessed with having. I would be absolutely nowhere without her. She is one of a kind and I am very lucky to have been born to her. When I think of the problems some of my Spark buddies have had with their mothers, it makes me very sad that they will never know a bond like the one Mom and I share..
It shows great character to look on the bright side of dark things. Good for you!

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Holidays and Depression

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hi,

As many of you know, I have lived with depression for many years. I know some of you are shaking your heads and thinking, "but she is always so upbeat" but it is true that I deal with this demon on a daily basis.

I think that a lot of people, whether they have a diagnosed depression, or not, find the holidays a wee bit of a downer. The past couple of days I have had my moments too when I found myself really in a gray mood, when I've been so close to tears that I could feel them. I'm fortunate that both my husband and I recognize the "signs" and we both do our part to ward it off. Last night's therapy was to grab some takeout pizza and drive around for a short time looking at Christmas lights. Worked like a charm as did the walk I took around our block when I got home.

Okay, so here is my opinion on why some of us feel "let down" by Christmas. I think we all have these preconceived notions that the holidays are a time for "peace and goodwill towards all mankind". While this is a great concept, I think it is a bunch of phooey. If you have problems in your family dimension throughout the year, they are not going to magically disappear over the holidays. My cousin's daughter is married to a pompous jerk (see, I tell it as it is!) and I know there is going to come a time during over the holidays that I'm going to feel like sticking the roasting fork in his eye but then again, I feel like that all the time towards him! Ha! I am NOT going to expect anything different from him or expect to feel any different towards him because I've learned the hard way.

Ditto for mother-in-law!! We all live in the same small town and yet we never see them because of how they have made me feel over the years. My beloved mother-in-law has a tongue like a knife and has cut me so many times with it. The Christmas Eve we got engaged, John wanted to tell his parents (like you would) so off we went. My FIL gave me a big hug and said he was happy for both of us and his mother took one look at my engagement ring and said "that won't look so pretty on your hands when your hands are chapped from scrubbing toilets". Yep, so needless to say I'm not having any expectations about having warm and fuzzy feelings about her this Christmas!

So, now you are all thinking that I'm a cold-hearted person but I'm really not. I have just learned not to have too high expectations that the holidays will magically erase any awkwardness in my extended family. Mom is going to come up to my house on Christmas Eve, spend about one hour in our company and they go to bed with a box of chocolates. Then the next morning she is going to have a massive headache and beg to be taken back to the home where she lives! It is actually quite funny if you look at all from a certain vantage point.

Please don't think any less of me for my honesty! I'm just telling you like I see it. Depression is normal around the holidays even for people that normally aren't affected by it. But is it any wonder? Allow yourself to lower your expectations and I think you will discover a part of the secret to inner peace!

  
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SUGARBABY60 12/16/2010 5:16AM

    Might think of creating your own NEW TRADITIONS like going on a vacation at christmas time to avoid all the hassel and have something very pleasurable to look forward to . Less family time often means MORE peace. give it a try.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/16/2010 4:03AM

   

Geez the MIL sounds like a cow, I reckon you're right stick her with the fork and see if she's done LOL

If family or "friends" (I use the term loosely here) give you the irrits, put them to the back of your mind and house if possible and forget them. Too many important things to do, don't fuss over the unimportant.

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SURFCITYMOM 12/15/2010 7:44PM

    I am with you. The holidays (and my extended family) have always made unrealistic demands on me because of THEIR personal expectations. So after I got divorced, I decided that the only people that count in my life are the ones I will let in. Hence, I have a number of close friends that are like family without the dysfunction. My son of course is included, but my birth siblings are all excluded. My parents are gone, and until they died, I was made to feel guilty if I didn't live up to their expectations - like being nice to my siblings when they would not do the same for me. I am a happier person and I make the holidays what I feel comfortable with.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/15/2010 6:53PM

    I wouldn't say that I get depressed at Christmas; my expectations have been low for a very long time. But I fail to feel the enthusiasm of those around me. It just seems like a time when the demands really pile up but there are no more added hours to my days. It all begins to seem like a major chore.

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KANSASROSE67 12/15/2010 1:58PM

    I love your honesty! You are right...having too high of expectations can make the holidays much more stressful. I have a group of wacky in-laws too. Lots of drama and hurt feelings over nothing is their forte. It's taken me more than 20 years, but I'm learning not to get that churning feeling in my gut every time one of them is upset. I can't control their reactions, only my own. Great blog!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/15/2010 1:34PM

    All I can say is that I am really looking forward to our daughter coming for a week at Christmas. My parents are coming, too.

However, with a house with 990 sq. ft., it is going to really weigh me down to have the whole family under our roof, and I hope I don't go screaming down the dirt road in frustration!

Yes, I have to push the demons back every day, too. I do understand what you mean. emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/15/2010 11:30AM

    I am lucky I don't stress over this at all. If my Mom goes to my sister's farm for some Christmas good cheer, more power to her. I have spent a week every year at Christmas at Mom's place, its time she had a break. I am quite happy to be alone as I have lots of work to do to be ready for the new direction the club is taking in the New Year and also because the previous manager's notes, calender and all the Office templates she gave me are all obsolete. She saved me a lot of work with all that she gave me to keep going, but out of date is out of date. Time to start my own trends.
I guess I am lucky the in-laws are all wonderful people, but I never see them as we very rarely ever get together. I don't have a whole lot to do with my brother and sister, they are all very busy people with their families and jobs.
I wish you luck dealing with your relatives. Isn't that the way. You never see the good ones, but the bad ones are always there :((

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HOPEFULANGE 12/15/2010 10:20AM

    I'll probably be on the same track this season. I'm really looking forward to the holidays but there are always things about your family that makes you want to run screaming. We're going to have a full house for a good two weeks - my parents first then the in-laws. With no where to hide in between since I'm taking vacation from work!

Ah well, let us remember the good things and enjoy our family in the moments that we can!

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Secret Santa...and my best gifts ever.................

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Tuesday!

Here at the college where I work we are in the midst of our Secret Santa week. Everyone is welcome to participate and we are to buy four gifts that cost between $2-3 and one final gift that costs around $20. (On a side note, we used to do this in university back in the 1980's and the four gifts were to cost no more than $1 each....how times have changed).

I enjoy this week for many reasons. The shopping is a lot of fun because everybody sort of competes to see who can be the most creative with their limited money. You'd be surprised at some of the things you can find! Then there this is the "gift delivery" as nobody wants to be caught in the act. We've had elaborate schemes over the years that have involved clues hidden throughout the building, students acting as delivery people, etc.

The fun, in my humble opinion, is way more important than the actual gift-giving and receiving. Case in point: yesterday our rather uptight librarian received some children's party favours yesterday and his note said he had to be seen in the library playing with them. You talk about funny! Here he was with one of those exploding sphincters that shoots out streams of paper and he was acting like a kid! He absolutely loved it and I loved it because I got a chance to laugh (like I need an excuse!!!!) as did all of the students! I've never seen him enjoy himself more and I've worked with him for almost 20 years...so it was great!

Okay, now on to the second part of my blog. I decided to tell you about the best gifts I've received and given over the past years.

1. My engagement ring from my husband on Christmas Eve in 1998...or was it 1997? oops!

2. A hammer my now husband gave me back in 1994. Yes, he gave me a hammer and I was really upset about it until I heard the reason why. He had just bought an very old fixer-upper house and he said it was his way of telling me he wanted me to share my life with him. I always retell this story around Christmas and most women say, "and you believed that stupid story?". I did believe him and still do because that is just the way he is.

3. The whole WillowTree nativity set that my father bought for me his last Christmas alive. He said he wanted me to put it up every Christmas and think of him. I put it up a few nights ago and shed a few tears in his memory but then became thankful for having nothing but beautiful memories! As it turns out my father-in-law built me the most beautiful creche that Christmas and so I have both of my "fathers" in mind when I look at it.

4. My last Christmas with Peaches. She was still ripping open presents and even got herself stuck in a gift bag! She was always so nosey and just loved bags of any sort. We managed to get a video clip of her walking across the floor stuck in the bag and all you could see was her tail!!!

5. A DVD my dear cousin did for all of us in which she had random pictures of all of us set to Christmas music. One of my favourites is a picture of my father (taken in Saskatchewan). He was on board the Via rail train and is waving to me and I was just outside for some fresh air. It looks like he is saying farewell and I just bawl like a baby when I see it. But then, later on I laugh because there are some mighty funny pictures put on the DVD as well.

As for my favourite gifts...I'm not really creative but I do have one particular gift that I gave that means to most to me:

A few years ago, when my grandmother was 96 and still living in her own apartment, my cousin and I spent hours with her going through recipe books. Nan was quite the baker in her life and we all have wonderful memories of large family gatherings where there was more food then their were mouths to feed. We didn't really tell her what we were up to but we gathered them all and got contributions from other family members and made up a 100 page family recipe cookbook! We had them sent to various family members (including my brother in Australia) with the instructions that nobody was supposed to open it until the same time on Christmas Day. We had also sent along teabags (such a Newfoundland thing to do) and we all sat back at 9:30 a.m. and shared a cuppa with each other even though we were all miles apart. We were were overwhelmed with the thanks we received for doing it and everybody treasures the memories the cookbook brought back!

Anyway, thank you for reading! Any good stories about Christmas out there? I love the responses I get when I ask questions!

xo Susan

  
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/15/2010 5:28AM

   

Sounds like lots of great memories.

I have one that sticks in my mind, when I was a teenager we had a one room shack that was on the banks of the Murray River (a river in Victoria) It was just a holiday shack and we had another family holidaying there with us. There were camp beds all over the floor, you had to climb over each other to go outside. Breakfast was a production line system and we'd all go outside and jump in the river or swing from the ubiquitous rope swing into the water. We had one of those CSI Miami boats you know the ones with the big fan thing on the back, it sounded like a helicopter taking off.
I had a lot of pictures of that one Christmas together but alas they burned in the fires. Thank heavens my memory is still working I can still feel what it was like being young and doing all those stupid things.


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OUBACHE 12/14/2010 8:03PM

    What a great blog. I used to work in a department where they did Secret Santa and I enjoyed it. The our office split into separate divisions and moved apart, and the new group is really too small for SS to work.

Thanks for sharing your memories. This time of year is a little hard and I have been missing some loved ones a lot lately. Your stories remind me how important it is to keep them alive through our happy memories instead of just focusing on them being gone. Thanks.

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HOPEFULANGE 12/14/2010 12:59PM

    Your husband sounds like a wonderful man! I love your stories - keep them coming!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/14/2010 11:57AM

    In a lot of ways I don't really enjoy Christmas all that much, but I enjoyed your stories.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/14/2010 9:16AM

    I love the Secret Santa idea! I wish it would take off here in OUR library at the university where I work! I'm afraid it would become a negative issue with some of the participants, given their personalities, and that is really sad! It's worth a try, though! I'm planning on doing this next Christmas! Thanks! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/14/2010 9:05AM

    That Secret Santa is a fabulous idea! Lots of fun! Never had anything like that when I was in school.
My most precious gift was any beadwork from my talented Cree grandmother. She had a completely paralyzing stroke when she was only 72 (lived, unable to move, in a nursing home until she was 92) She passed away 13 years ago, it was a relief as she suffered so much. So we don't have very many pieces of her work. What Mom and I do have is very cherished. She also did some amazing birch bark baskets. I really think we should donate them all to a museum instead of passing them on to the next generation as then they would be well preserved and looked after instead of packed away in someone's basement getting mold and mildew.
Our family hasn't bothered to exchange gifts the last little while. My sister said don't bother as we were all going through tough financial times. My brother works two jobs to support his family (his wife had emotional problems and couldn't stick with a job until finally she tried childcare at home and that helped out some). My sister's farm had crop failures three years in a row, so gave it up, sold some of their land and rented the rest out. He does hauling jobs, she works as a janitor now.
I really don't miss the gift exchange at all. I am just happy to get to see my busy brother and sister at all. It happens only once or twice a year..

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BARBARACT 12/14/2010 8:38AM

    Those are wonderful stories! Thank you so much for sharing. I have to really think about that question myself!

I really enjoyed reading this. Sounds like some wonderful Christmases.



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Twenty pounds down....time to reflect and rejoice...for women only!!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Morning to you all and I'm certainly happy this mornng as I've officially lost 20 pounds as of today. I know this should be making a big difference in my clothes but to tell you the truth it isn't. I think I've become accustomed to wearing my clothes loose that anything smaller makes me feel like they are too tight.

I know many of us have the same issue with clothes but I have to share my bra shopping story. I really needed some new bras so off I went. I have always (or since I gained weight) taken a 42C. I've noticed the cups were getting a bit big but figured they were stretched. Anyway, I tried on a 44B and it fit better in the cups. But then, I wanted a "pretty" bra and ended up with a 44C. Therefore I've decided that sizes are just numbers that somebody out there picks and doesn't realize the emotional attachment most women have to them!

On a funnier note, I did try on several pairs of dress pants as I am in desperate need. Size 18 is too big and size 16 is too tight in the waist. Talk about muffin top! It wasn't pretty. I did buy a skirt (size 14) which I immediately "think" is too small. I tried it on yesterday and thought I looked okay but then I checked the size and as soon as I saw "14" I immediately said to myself, oh, that's too small. Funny how your mind works, isn't it? Aarrgghh!

It is simply beautiful out this morning, here on the "rock" . It was -10 when I left for work and the sun is out so it is a gorgeous day to be out for a walk. Yesterday, we took our "mutts" for their usual romp and they saw another couple of people walking on "their" trail. They rushed up to them with tails wagging and Lou grabbed a stick to tease them with. The next thing you know, Lou whacks Maddy in the head and Maddy falls to the ground. We honestly thought he had a concussion! Oh, the trials and tribulations of having two dogs!

Okay, I've blogged enough nonsense for today! Have a great one!

xo Susan

P.S. Maddy is none the worse for his ordeal.

  
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RIMAJO 12/14/2010 8:26PM

    What a GREAT achievement Susan!! 20 pounds, gone.. emoticon

As for clothes, I too am between sizes now, but making due. Personally, I'm thinking about investing in a pair of suspenders that can hold my britches up while also being hidden under my tops (if its at all possible) & letting the tops get bagger, its the norm in winter anyway. Come spring - WATCH out world, it'll be time to let the shopping begin! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 12/14/2010 12:41PM

    emoticon SUPER CONGRATS on the 20 pound mark!!! Keep up the great work!

I love your dog stories! Too funny...well, as long as everyone is ok!!! emoticon

As for the skirt...yeah - I bought a sweater at the store the other day and now it's home with the tags off and doesn't look any good. Aarrgghh is right! emoticon

Spark On!
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LESLIES537 12/14/2010 11:21AM

    Congratulations!!!!! YOU ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 12/13/2010 6:15PM

    Congratulations on hitting the 20lb mark!! Great job!! Know what you mean with clothes; I think it's partly the way they're made these days. Glad your Maddy is ok, we have 2 dogs, and it can be like a circus sometimes!!! Have a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/13/2010 3:54PM

    Your avoidance of the size 14 surprised me. It would have been my favorite of the batch. Yes, I AM one of those gullible women who can be flattered by a meaningless size label. And they truly are meaningless. I sew and I have some patterns in size 14 that give body measurements of 34, 28, 36 (?) Now, I've had those patterns for years and years; I'm wearing size 10 in ready made clothes. And that size 14 pattern would not be big enough for me. Totally meaningless numbers.

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JHADZHIA 12/13/2010 2:58PM

    So glad Maddy was okay, that would have scared me big time to see that happen :(
Losing 20 lbs is a great big deal, WAY TO GO!!
I have too much to say about women's clothing sizes. In a nutshell, it makes NO SENSE. They are all different numbers, etc. from brand to brand. They have size 0 now, like what is that? Its crazy!! To me, baby sizes will always be 2-6X. Adult females should be something else. No wonder I like men's clothing. You will get the same size of pants no matter what brand or place you shop at. I recently tried on two women's work clothing pants, labeled 29 waist, but one fit, and the other looked horribly baggy in the legs, but was tight at the waist!! There is just no standards on it.. At least bra sizes seem to be more standard..
Keep up the great work!!
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JLITT62 12/13/2010 12:45PM

    Glad Maddy is ok!

I am often between sizes on pants -- it can be beyond frustrating, I know!

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MOMWANTSNOWAIST 12/13/2010 11:29AM

    Good for you,Susan!! Twenty pounds was my goal{I say was--Lost the wt. in 4 mos. and have been maintaining for 6 mos.!} and believe ME it makes a difference! I got a normal cholestrol count,body fat is down by 3-4% , BMI is 24%{healthy!} and my metabolic rate is 1819 cals. I burn just breathing,eating,walking,etc. emoticon!!!!and keep up the good work!---betsy emoticon

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PUMKINPIE72 12/13/2010 11:27AM

    Congratulations on 20 lbs wow awesome, I would feel great if I could do that, and I know what you mean about the size between 16 and 18 because that is where I am and it's a pain, my 16's feel too tight and my 18 are baggy. craziness, keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRAYINGSUZIE 12/13/2010 11:15AM

    Way to go on the 20 pounds!!! I realized a while ago about the number game that clothing designers do to us women! I try 2-3 different sizes of the exact same thing just to make sure that it fits right. I love the blog!

Suzie

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THATS_LOVELY101 12/13/2010 10:29AM

    I too have lost 20 lbs and feel much the same way. I can't really afford to get new clothes right now so it's frustrating that nothing fits right. But I do have quite a few "before" clothes that are just a size lower than what I should be wearing. It just makes me that much more motivated to loose 5 or 10 more lbs to get into them! Congrats on the loss. Way to go!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/13/2010 10:21AM

    Whew! emoticonI'm glad you added the p.s.! emoticonStay warm up there in freezingland! emoticon emoticon

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 12/13/2010 9:51AM

    Susan, I just have to say that I love reading about your furry babies. I had two of my own. When my ex and I split up 11 years ago I lost custody of both of them and only visited them a few times when I realized that I would have to walk away for good because of the "drama' from the ex. Anyway, they were so much fun. I will have to dig out some pic to show you since you are such a dog lover. I think you would get a good laugh from some of them.
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BSTELLING 12/13/2010 8:31AM

    I had some of the same reactions recently about the 20 pounds lost. The reality is that I do look thinner, my tshirts are too loose now, my jeans need a belt sometimes to stay up. But in my head, I don't feel like it's made any difference. Why is that?

I have two dogs with me right now, mine and my sister's. They are such fun, and do such silly things. I'm taking my sister's back today so I'll be down to one again. I'll miss the other one, she's just a puppy really and so full of mischief.

Have a wonderful day!

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Dorkdom....Part II

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Well, I certainly have great Sparkfriends if the admissions of "dorky" moments are anything to go by. I've decided to continue on with some hiliarious moments in my life because all of your stories made me split my sides from laughing......let's see....where to begin.....

1. I once received a phone call from a woman who was inquiring whether or not I would consider volunteering for the local literacy society. I honestly thought it was my grandmother who was always carrying on over the phone. The woman's voice was so high and squeaky that I burst out laughing and said, "Okay, Nan, I know it is you. You can take your fingers OUT of your nose now and talk normally". I don't know what possessed me to say fingers out of her nose instead of off her nose (I thought she was pinching her nose with her fingers) but I apologized as much as I could, but really what could I say?! Nan and I still laugh at that one.

2. I once left McDonalds with a guy I was trying to impress. It was bitterly cold and so when I went to put my key in the lock it wouldn't work. Thinking it was frozen I went back into McDonalds and asked if anybody had a lighter which would de-ice the lock. We were in the midst of doing that when I happened to notice my car several spaces over in the parking lot.

3. The next story doesn't involve me but rather my older brother who is super intelligent. He was just after receiving his PhD and was attending a world conference of people in his field. This was the same time the Australian Steve Irvin was killed by a stingray barb. Since Gary lives in Australia, this was really big news and the leader of the conference actually stepped to the mic to announce it. There was complete silence in the room and when Gary blurts out, "leave it to the media, the poor man has just been killed and they've named the stingray Barb"! Luckily for my brother everybody thought he was joking and applauded his humour!

4. A few months ago (since I started Spark) I was at my local Tim Hortons and our friend's little boy wanted an apple fritter. So I was trying to keep everything straight and when I got to his i actually said, "and my little friend here wants an apple frigger". I laughed and laughed and laughed even more especially when the clerk didn't so much as crack a grin.

5. How about the time I flew back from Australia? I was travelling by myself and I had only been in Toronto's Terminal 3 one time before. Keep in my that I'm from a really small place and that the nearest airport is about 100 km away. That airport is so small it might have two departure gates! Being used to such a small airport, I assumed I would see the crowds getting ready to board but I somehow got it all mixed up. I ended up falling to sleep in the airport and nearly missed my secong flight! I don't think the flight crew were very impressed!

6. Okay, my last dork story that I'm sharing tonight took place at our vet clinic. I had brought Peaches in because I noticed a few sore spots in her fur. She was quite elderly and our vet is a real sport so she asked me where the sores were. I pointed them out and they were all looked at carefully. Then I piped up, "oh, there is one more" to which Leslie said "okay, it is probably nothing but let's look at that one too." She asked me where it was and I said "on her fluffy"! I thought the whole clinic was going to die from laughing...I mean who but me would call a dog's privates "her fluffy".

7. Changed my mind....here is the final one. My very first job was at a very outdated pharmacy. I was 16 and as naive as they come. One night the pharmacist left for supper and said if anybody needed something other than a prescription that I could go behind the pharmacist's bench and serve them. Didn't a young fellow come in and asked me where the condoms were. I told them they were behind the pharmacist's counter and that he could follow me there. I think my face was growing redder and redder but it darned near exploded when I asked, "well, what size were you looking for" The young fellow was kind of cocky (no pun intended and said, "extra-large of course". I was clearly humilated and added to it when I blurted out, "no, I meant what size box" (meaning package size) and he burst out laughing at me! Everybody I tell that story to just about dies from laughing. Remember this was back in the mid 1980's and I was pretty naive.

Oh dear, I hope I've made some of you crack a smile! Have a great night!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 12/12/2010 4:42PM

    These are fabulous!! Talk about splitting a gut!!! I think, tho, that "fluffy" had me completely in tears!!! emoticonI really needed this just now! Just got done with Christmas cards and realy tense. Thanks for tickling my funny bone!!

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DRGOMTI 12/12/2010 2:22PM

    LOL!!! your the best!! thanx for the funnies!! emoticon donna

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/12/2010 9:05AM

    glad you included # 7 although that was the fella's dorky moment more than yours emoticon

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 12/12/2010 9:04AM

    omg.. emoticon emoticon emoticonaaawe, that was funny.
you are a riot my dear. I laughed so hard at the fingers up the nose...that would be me 100%

ok, so in light of sharing I will give you one more. This happened to me about 5 years ago. I was still pregnant with Rebecca. I was working one day and a man came up to the register to buy a pop and wanted to know if he could pay for his ONE other item at my register. We are not supposed to do this but of course I said yes. So I scanned in the two items and the total game to over $40.00
emoticon I was shocked and by the look on my face the man knew it, I thought there is just know way a small box like that could be so expensive. It was about the size of a blister pack of cold medication, which if you bought it out of the Natural Value section I could almost see it being that expensive. Anyway, he says I know it is expensive, I responded, well I sure hope it works for ya and he says it certainly does and I say I am so glad to hear as I am reaching for the item to put it into a bag, and he responds back not as glad as my old lady(meaning girlfriend?wife) so as I look down to put it into the bag I notice that this item IS from Natural Value section but it is NOT cold medication it is for MALE ENHANCEMENT. You have no idea how much effort it took for me to get myself into the fridge( 5 feet away) and I bust...It took me about 10 minutes to gather my composure to be able to explain myself to the other employee because I laughed that hard I was crying and they all thought that he had something to hurt my feelings.
I will NEVER forget that day!! emoticon

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JLITT62 12/12/2010 7:46AM

    Oh yeah, lots of smiles. I think I purge my dorky moments from memory, but I know there have been plenty of them!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/12/2010 6:14AM

   

ROFLMAO you are a charater..

I used to do all sorts of embarrassing things back in the day when I was young and drank too much, the best thing about that is

a There was no youtube then (thank goodness)
b I must have been drunk enough not to remember most of them emoticon (ditto on the thank goodness)

I did have an embarrassing time at the vet when I took one of my dogs in for his checkup. I had just adopted a cat and hadn't called him anything yet so called him Puss or Pussy. The receptionist blurted out in the crowded reception room that my pussy needed it's check up.

I totally cracked up and the receptionist was mortified, everytime I see her we both laugh, which is just as well as my cats name is now Pussass, just as well my Pussass doesn't need its check up!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/11/2010 11:49PM

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Thanks for sharing more of these :)) Enjoyed!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/11/2010 11:30PM

    Oh! My! Gosh! #7 has to beat them ALL! Girlfriend, you are GREAT! I am so glad I read your BLOG!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/11/2010 10:13PM

    All of them are pretty hilarious. I especially liked #7. I can see myself walking right into that one, and I am way past 16 and my first job.

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HOPEFULANGE 12/11/2010 8:40PM

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Oh my god you're too funny! I can just picture that poor little boy at tim horton's not knowing why you were laughing so hard!

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