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The sun is shining; well sort of.....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

Woke up to another cloudy day with a balmy temperature of 2 degrees c. At least the rain has let up because the past two days have been rainy and we even had some of the white stuff! EW!

Then about lunch hour the sun peeped through the clouds and I think all of Newfoundland had a minute of silence in its honour. The hubby is sick again with another cold (the second one in the past month; yet he rarely gets sick!?) so I decided to escape the germy household and take the dogs to one of our favourite trails. Walked about 7.5 km in 2 hours so I'm pleased with that. The sun stayed out in spurts so the walk wasn't too warm although the dogs seemed to need to cool off in mud, grass, water, more mud, mommy's pants legs, etc.

Here is a mental image for you all. Maddy the white pom following so closely to Lou the yellow lab that the mud was flicking off Lou's tummy onto Maddy's face. Poor thing looked like he was covered with fleas! Then he got in the act too and jumped into a mudhole and all I could do was laugh at them. They both looked like they had black knee socks on and were totally oblivious to how dirty they were becoming. They were just pleased as punch to be out and had big smiles to prove it.

So here I am typing this while they are asleep, my husband is in a stupor and I'm cooking supper. In my effort to try something new, tonight I'm trying the quinoa. I searched Spark and found a yummy sounding Quinoa Pilaf which I made some adjustments to. We are having that with baked chicken breasts, steamed broccoli & carrots, and a glass or two of milk. Lets hope we like the quinoa!!!!

Hope you all are having a Sparking good weekend!!!!

This is me with my "birch broom in the fits" hair after walking! I think I look cranky! I wish I had taken a picture of the dog's legs as it would have given you all a good laugh. Maybe you can laugh at my picture instead. Laugh....dag nammit.

P.S. The quinoa was okay....a little bit too salty due to the chicken broth I think and I added some salt to the veggies which I shouldn't have done. Will make it again all the same!

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CALGARYNEWF 5/25/2011 1:35PM

    I haven't heard "Birch Broom in Fits" in years!!!!Thanks for the giggle! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/23/2011 5:21PM

    Way to go with the walking! You described how your dogs looked pretty well, too funny! That supper looks great! I hope your poor hubby could enjoy it in spite of being sick.. Those broth mixes tend to have high sodium. Unusual description of your hair, Looks a little wind swept is all. Some might pay money to have that style!
Enjoy your Sparking evening!

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BOVEY63 5/23/2011 2:06PM

    Great walk - sounds like the dogs had a wonderful time!
Hope things warm up and your hubby is feeling better soon.

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JEPPINER1 5/23/2011 1:29PM

    That dinner looks amazing anyways! Sounds like you had a fun walk. Dogs are so much fun!

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GOANNA2 5/23/2011 7:18AM

    I love the hair, what are you talking about.
I envy your walks with the dogs. Looks like you are getting
a lot of Ks in, so good on you.

I hope Spring comes to your part of the world and that your
hubby gets rid of his cold. Thanks for making me smile too.

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HOPEFULANGE 5/23/2011 7:05AM

    emoticon You're so funny - "Newfoundland had a moment of silence". Too true!

I hope your DH gets better soon!

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TEMPEST272002 5/22/2011 11:10PM

    I laughed! Love the crazy hair. The dog story was funny too. I can just picture them. Not much better in this life than watching dogs play in the mud. Hope hubby is feeling better soon. We had 2 days of nice weather, but I can hear the rain pouring down now as I type.

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DRGOMTI 5/22/2011 10:38PM

    Mannnnnnnn! can I come over for supper?!!! n what's that stuff on yer strawberries?? looks like little rocks. : ))

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/22/2011 7:37PM

    Yummy meal! I thought your hair looked just fine. Funny stories!

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KAYDE53 5/22/2011 7:26PM

    Your quinoa looked good; I've never tried it! I'd probably like it.. Glad you had a good walk; I bet your dogs were a sight with the mud!! Have a great week!

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ERIKO1908 5/22/2011 7:23PM

    your dinner looked so YUMMY!!! The images of the dogs covered in mud made me laugh! Thanks for sharing!!

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KAMAPERRY 5/22/2011 7:10PM

    Hahaha!! Love this blog! well, not the hubby sick part. Your dinner looks great, I love Quinoa!

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BECCAJ98 5/22/2011 6:37PM

    Your kids sound like as silly and as much fun as mine!! Your weekend sounded like it was great! Hope your week is the same!

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    Your blog made me smile... again! emoticon

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    Sounds like an awesome day. I need to try quinoa again, but first I am trying some purple and then black rice that I ordered online.

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SOSMEGOD 5/22/2011 4:47PM

    I hope you had a wonderful dinner to go with the wonderful day you had with your babies.

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Into each life a little rain must fall

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thought you all might enjoy a picture of me walking....in the pouring rain! Here is where I was walking:

All was going well until I started thinking about all of the episodes of Criminal Minds I've watched and kept thinking that nobody knows where I am. Then I thought that the rain would keep even the psychos home! It was about that moment that I turned and saw something out of the corner of my eye....I screamed so loud I frightened myself! Turned out to be a poor rabbit but jeepers, didn't I jump. Ha!!!!

I took a few pictures along the way but they all came out so dreary looking that I didn't want to give you all the wrong impression. Here is a "self-portrait" in which John says I look about 12! Ha! I don't think I look that young but I don't think I look 45 in this picture....mind you, I do look my age in real life! Ha!

After walking 7 km today and not eating (don't even go there....I wasn't hungry at all) I went out to eat because I figured I'd get a lot of calories in a restaurant. Anyway, that backfired because I had a huge salad and could only eat half of my hamburger. Hmmmm?! We entertained ourselves while waiting for our meal:
All I can say is that no alcohol was consumed and this is the way we usually are.

Tonight's laughter was brought on by a woman wearing an eye patch walking into the restaurant and announcing in a very loud voice that "I'se wit the dart party". If she said it once she said it a dozen times until John leaned over the table and whispered to me "was she the target". That set me off into a fit of laughter and from then on everything struck us funny.

So today's lesson is to walk in the rain, laugh at yourself, the best laughs are not planned, and don't be afraid to post silly pictures of yourself!

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KAZINMICH 5/21/2011 11:58PM

    Excellent blog! I think if my husband and I went out with your husband and you we might get kicked out of the restaurant for laughing too much and having too good of a time! We are the same way. :)

I love your pictures of your walk. I don't think it looks that dreary - you really brightened the picture up. it looks like a beautiful time. I have a hard time walking alone because I do watch too many criminal minds, law & order, etc. lol. Imagination can get the best of me sometimes.

Have a wonderful rest-of-the weekend!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/21/2011 9:14PM

    LOVE your pics!

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JANET552 5/21/2011 5:17PM

    Too funny. We walked in the rain today. Now we have two smelly dogs but it was a good walk.

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TEMPEST272002 5/21/2011 8:40AM

    Thanks for taking us along for the walk. The last pic is my very favourite!!

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HOPEFULANGE 5/21/2011 7:33AM

    You guys are awesome! Love the pics! Thanks for always brightening my day!

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JLITT62 5/21/2011 5:32AM

    You have the most wonderful sense of humor - I love it! We avoid walking in the rain only because it's incredible how heavy 20 lbs of dogs can be when you have to drag them around!

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CHRISTINA791 5/21/2011 1:58AM

    Ooh, I love these pictures. Walking in the rain is one of the things I miss most about living on the coast. We don't get much rain here (and when we do, it's the nasty kind), and people say I'm crazy for missing it. Seeing your pictures reminds me that I'm not.

You and your husband just made me smile emoticon

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    Ahh, Susan, I want to go on that walk! You have TREES! Trees that aren't forced to grow and bend in the wind! How wonderful it must be to walk through them, and actually smell the RAIN! I loved it!

And you and your husband? You are a WONDERFUL couple of DORKS! (Maybe THAT'S why I love ya so much???) emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/21/2011 12:37AM

    So funny! Very good blog and I love the photos! If we can laugh and smile at ourselves, then there is no hope! Thanks for sharing!

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ERIKO1908 5/21/2011 12:24AM

    This was an awesome blog that actually caused me to laugh out loud while reading!! THANK YOU!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/20/2011 10:36PM

    So much about this blog that I like. I guess that the best moments are the ones that are unplanned. And all this sounds joyous.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/20/2011 10:24PM

    You two are way too funny!


I do happen to like your self portrait! I also like the one with the dishes around your face! You need to add the last two photos to your spark page!

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BECCAJ98 5/20/2011 10:18PM

    Love the photos!!!!!! Looks like it was a fabulous day!

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DRGOMTI 5/20/2011 9:42PM

    OMG!! This blog of yers is just da best!!! : )) You n yer hubby are a barrel a laughs! I LOVE THE PICS!! I sure needed this today, cz my dad had a massive stroke yesterday n passed today. It was such a blessing! He was 89 n soooooooooo sick with diabetes, his kidneys were failing, he had sores all over, so needlesstosay my sibs n mom are so grateful. n I'm grateful to you for your entertaining blogs!! emoticondr

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_LINDA 5/20/2011 9:33PM

    I like your new photo!! You certainly do look quite young! Lucky you, your hat is waterproof, mine isn't, so if its raining hard, I use a rain cape with a hood that covers my hat.. I have posted many a gloomy, overcast photo. I can see we are ahead of you with everything starting to finally bud out now.
Its wonderful you can have some wacky fun! Those plates remind me too much of the barf catchers in the hospital lol.
Well done with your walk and fun day!!

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MEMARE 5/20/2011 9:05PM

    "So today's lesson is to walk in the rain, laugh at yourself, the best laughs are not planned, and don't be afraid to post silly pictures of yourself!"

Good lesson. emoticon

I like silly pictures of my muttlies! emoticon

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Walking, walking, and more walking

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Just noticed that when I changed around my SparkPage today that I must have changed the background colour of my blog entries too; not sure if I like the red with the pink?! Hmmm.

I've been trying my hardest this week to make sensible nutritional choices and to make walking a priority. I walked twice yesterday and today I walked four times. Not great distances at any one time but at least I'm getting out there.

I'm very happy to report that my phone did not die from "boob" sweat as I had previously thought and wrote about in yesterday's blog! I had dropped it off this morning to be sent away and received a call a few hours later that it just needed some updates. My question is just how many updates does a five month old phone need? Oh well, there is a reason I'm not technologically inclined. So I have it back and thus will try to stay in touch as it would alert me when somebody made a comment or posted a new blog.

I read somewhere that this is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit emoticonand I gotta tell you all how true that is. During last night's walk we saw 7 which Maddy and Louisa promptly chased. We even saw a grouse which luckily they didn't see because the former is a bit slow and I wouldn't want my dogs to hurt a poor animal.

We still haven't had the full report back from the vet regarding Lou's condition. She seems to be scratching just as much and other than saying it wasn't cancer we aren't sure what the "abnormalities" that they found actually are. emoticon

My mom and grandmother are still under house arrest (actually quarantine but house arrest sounds funnier) due to an outbreak of the Norwalk virus. This is the third week that they haven't been allowed out or visitors allowed in. I call Mom at least twice a day because I know she must be going stir crazy. For most of that time they weren't even allowed out of their rooms so they couldn't socialize over the dinner table.

Oh, I've got to tell you something about my Mom! Last fall, the Department of Health sent around nurses and social workers to talk to each resident about life in a "home". They were all given the opportunity to make suggestions and to voice any concerns. My normally meek and mild mother apparently gave them a blast for not feeding the residents nutritional meals. Mom knows Canada's Food Guide like the back of her hand and knew that one chicken wing a day was not enough protein, nor were they getting the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables. Anyway, yesterday a letter came out to all the residents stating that there would be major improvements in the foods served. There would be more emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables emoticonand less emphasis on processed foods emoticon.

Mom is the only one at this particular home paying her own way (due to years of saving) and she has to pay almost $1700.00 a month for room and board. Then she was spending another hundred or so every month on fruit. I'm glad she spoke up as these homes often are not looking out to the best interests of their residents. Mind you the staff are great and Mom loves it there but I'm sure proud she spoke up!

Anyway, I'm trying to catch up with the many blogs I have missed....please be patient and don't give up on me quite yet!


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TEMPEST272002 5/20/2011 10:18AM

    Impressed with your mum - good for her for speaking up & good for the home for listening & making the improvements.

Yeah walking with the dogs. Not only is it good for your body, but for your mind too. And the minds/bodies of the dogs. Are you noticing a difference in their behaviour since you started walking longer/further/more often?

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BOMBCHELL23 5/20/2011 10:07AM

    Congratulations on your continued walking it will truly make the difference I started walking every day 8 months ago and have lost 48 pounds rather slowly but that's okay it is staying off!

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LESLIES537 5/20/2011 9:56AM

    You're doing awesome! I'd NEVER give up on you! emoticon emoticon

Oh, and that's so cool about your mom speaking up and actually producing changes!! GO MOM!!

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METALLICAT1 5/20/2011 9:24AM

    Keep on walking!! I love to walk but haven't done so because the weather is really nasty. But it's good that your getting in a little at a time, that's all that counts! Kudos to your mom for voicing her opinion! It does work once in awhile!

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HOPEFULANGE 5/20/2011 9:22AM

    Good going Mom. It's a shame what places like that can get away with!

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_LINDA 5/20/2011 1:10AM

    Way to go with the walking! Actually, shorter walks throughout the day may be better for you then one long walk! We are supposed to do less sitting and more moving, so little fitness breaks throughout the day is ideal.
Well done to your Mom!!! She rocks!! That is awesome standing up for her rights to have nutritious food!!! Unbelievable she would have to pay extra for good food when she pays so much already!!
Cool background and on my computer, it looks like you matched the red of the strawberries right on with the background color. It goes together very well!
Enjoy your weekend!

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    WOW! Let's hear it for our fiesty Moms! I think that's great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/19/2011 10:11PM

    Your mom sounds like mine!! Good for her!! Proud of you for the walking and happy your phone survived! What is the Norwalk virus?

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BECCAJ98 5/19/2011 9:51PM

    Good for you! Even little walks add up!
Good for your mom!! More need to speak up!
And I like the boob sweat story better!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/19/2011 9:47PM

    Hurrah for your mom.

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/19/2011 8:26PM

    Love your page - so pretty with the salad and fruit! That is great about your mom - what a hoot! I'm glad the phone survived. Updates? Who knows what they really do, eh?

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Don't read if you are a prude.......

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I wasn't sure what to write as a title for my blog but I think I just might have caught your attention by it! I've had the weirdest day and it all started when......................................

Actually, I'm going to make you wait (unless you scroll down) to tell you what happened to me. First of all, I ate breakfast at home!!!! Yeah!!! I ate a really healthy organic cereal that is full of nuts and seeds. I had that with a lukewarm coffee (I told you I was lazy), a banana, and one cup of skim milk.

Then I actually at lunch! Another first in a long time! Wasn't the best as all it was was water and 2 boiled eggs but the point is I ate something. Mid afternoon I sat out on our patio and had some saltine crackers and a well-deserved cup of tea.

Okay, I have you all wondering what happened to me. Well, I went for a walk across the river with the two "beasts". For some reason I bought capri pants with no pockets and since today was warm enough to wear them, off I went. As I was getting out of our truck I thought, I should just leave my cellphone hidden instead of taking it with me but on second thought decided to take it along. Not wanting to hold it (duh), I stuck it in the front of my bra!!! Oh, I forgot to tell you, I was expecting a call from the vet about Lou's condition which is why I actually decided to take the blessed thing with me for a walk. Anwyay, every so often it would beep (usually notifying me that somebody had left a message on my SparkPage...thank you!!!) but then it stopped and I decided to check it in case I had boob-dialed anybody. Well, when I took it out, it was covered in sweat...such a charming image for all of you....and the bloody thing wouldn't turn on!!!!

I don't know if it was just a coincidence but the thing definitely is kaput! I took it to the mall where we had bought them for Christmas and they said they were going to have to send it away. At first they said it would take 8 weeks and they didn't have a phone to lend me. Added to that, I would have to still pay for service when it was being repaired and for the weeks it wasn't in my possession. Oh, and I needed to give them $45 which wouldn't be refunded if they determined the phone had been dropped or exposed to moisture!!! Since I didn't have the money with me I went home and called my husband. I was pretty upset but proud that I didn't get mad at the customer service reps.

It was while I was sipping my cup of tea that I realized this is such a small thing. Nobody is shooting at us, nobody is dying, and we have plenty to eat so why worry over a silly ol' Blackberry. I think it was about then that I started to laugh about the whole thing. Then when my husband arrived home we sat back and laughed and laughed some more. I said do you think I should tell them where I had the phone to which he replied, "I'd love to see that written on a work order....phone won't work after being exposed to boob sweat". Oh dear, I hope you are laughing while you are reading this and not thinking I am disgusting!!!!

So the long and short of it is, I will be without my phone for a few weeks and I will live without it. I won't die and I gave myself another reason to laugh at myself!!!!!

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DAISYBELL6 5/20/2011 10:39AM

    How funny! Loved the picture!

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LINDAKAY228 5/20/2011 10:23AM

    I've been told that if it's exposed to moisture and you take out the battery and put it in some dry rice it will often draw the moisture out. It did work with one phone my daughter dropped in water.

Last summer I as driving to California through the desert and I put my brand new Droid that I'd only had a few weeks in my bra because I was by myself with the stereo up loud and would hear it if someone called my, like my brother whose house I as going to from New Mexico. I was driving with the a/c on but still the sun shining in the window in the afternoon in the desert in July cause me to sweat some. My phone worked when I first took it back out, but later it was messing up and wouldn't work unless I had it on the car charger. Even the wall charger wouldn't work. So when I got to Sacramento the next day I went to a Verizon store to have it checked. He took the cover off andlooked at a little dot in there and handed back to me and told me it was water damaged. I was shocked and upset because I didn't think there was any way it could be water damaged. I didn't think about the boob sweat. I figured I'd manage on the trip back home keeping it on the car charger in case of an emergency and deal with the phone then. I was going to be in Sacramento for a week. Next day the phone started working again. I guess it dried itself out because I didn't know about the rice at the time. But I learned my lesson about boob sweat the hard way too!
By the way, I always take my phone with me when I go walking because I'm afraid something might happen and I need it. Don't want to fall or something and not be able to call for help.

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TEMPEST272002 5/20/2011 10:11AM

    Hilarious! I'm notorious for sticking things in my bra - money, cell phone, raffle tickets....

Before sending your phone off, try putting it in a bag overnight with one of those silica baggies that come with new shoes or in food packaging where the food needs to stay dry. You know the kind I mean?

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JUNEBUGG02 5/19/2011 11:05PM

  too funny! and a lesson to us all?

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KAMAPERRY 5/19/2011 10:09PM

    Hahahaha! Love it!

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HOPEFULANGE 5/19/2011 2:17PM

    Priceless! emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/19/2011 12:35PM

A good friend of mine puts her cell phone there all the time. I'll have to warn her as to what can happen if she sweats too much.

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CHAR1970 5/19/2011 1:26AM

    I sweat so much there's no way I could put anything in my bra without it being wrecked! FYI, they have little velcro straps that go around your bicep for phones, Ipods, etc. I saw one at Wal-Mart. Good luck with your phone!

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BLESSED2BEME 5/19/2011 12:45AM

    I'll never think of Boob sweat the same again!

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BOUNCYTIGGER76 5/18/2011 11:59PM

    Too funny! Just be grateful it did not short out in there! Had that happen to a friend once.. started seeing smoke release from bra. No harm but she sure had a hard time living that one down! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/18/2011 11:44PM

    As usual, I loved your blog. I don't know why, but I almost never stick anything down my bra. From the responses here, I'm thinking I must be in the minority. Told this story to my WH and he said, "Yes, you should let it dry out before turning it back on, but you should also remove the battery first." Now, didn't we all learn some useful information today.

Now, if we could just get my mp3 player back up and going.

I guess that this is a picture of a booby prize?!

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_LINDA 5/18/2011 10:00PM

    emoticon One of my pedometers died due to sweat when I thought I would put it in my sports bra for safekeeping since my pants had no pockets and this wasn't a clip on type :( Live and learn..

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VICKILYN4 5/18/2011 9:41PM

    Most Def...LAUGHING!!! You can be too funny Susan. That is why we love you sooo much.

emoticon Vicki

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JAKEANDNELLIE 5/18/2011 9:27PM

    I had the same thing happen when I tucked a pedometer in my bra! No milage that day!
Stay positive!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/18/2011 9:25PM

    Oh lord - I know about that fine print about getting moisture on a phone. My middle son is a dear, but he has accidentally dropped things in the toilet his entire life - including a cell phone. When he was little and it was a comb or a Matchbox car, he thought he'd hike the evidence by flushing. Plumbers loved to hear from us! Thanks for the funny story!!

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    Oh I definately laughed!


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    Oh, now THIS is the Susan I know and LOVE! I'm SO glad you wrote your blog and made everyone smile yet again! emoticonBoob sweat? emoticon

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FLBEACHBUM7 5/18/2011 7:03PM

    LOL darn boob sweat! But next time (if there is a next) try just drying it out first. Don't try to turn it on until it's definitely dry. Put it in a bag of rice. Most of the time that works.

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DRGOMTI 5/18/2011 6:49PM

    Where in the world did u find that picture?? : )) lol!!! Whew!
Thanx for the warning! I didn't realize that boob sweat would crash my phone! You sure have the most interesting experiences! My life is dull n dismal compared to yours!! : ))
Thanx for the laugh for the day!!
I'm so grateful I'm not a prude! it must be a miserable existence. : )) emoticondr

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JLITT62 5/18/2011 6:47PM

    So not what I was expecting to read! Thanks for the laugh. Altho really, seems like that shouldn't kill it!

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BECCAJ98 5/18/2011 6:38PM

    Thanks for this blog!! Why......because that is where mine goes when I don't have pockets! Guess I had better get some kind of case!

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A day of renewal

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I've just checked out the new nutrition tracker and so far I like what I've seen and used. Yes, I'm back to tracking and I pledge to track the good, the bad, and the very ugly! Today, I decided not to have my usual bagel and xl coffee from Tim Hortons. BUT, that plan sort of went out the window when my two friends called to invite me to breakfast of bacon, scrambled eggs, and toast. So here I am at lunch time, with no fruit in me and very little water. Of course, it is still early so I can remedy that.

I walked twice yesterday, one of which was for 5km. The other was just a late evening stroll for about 1.5 km. Not much but I'm determined to take advantage of those baby steps. I have supper planned out, BBQ pork chop, caesar salad (with very little dressing as I'm not a dressing kind of person), baked potato and some steamed broccoli with carrots.

This week's new food (remember I stated that I was going to try to expand my food options) is going to be Quinoa. I've heard that it is a complete protein and thus very good for us but have yet to look for a recipe. Any suggestions? Would you serve it like you do rice? Anyway wish me luck. My husband would eat just about anything and is eager to change things up with his ``diet`` too so I have it easy with regards to that. I know a lot of you cannot change things too drastically as you have picky eaters.

Thank you for all of your kind words regarding yesterday`s blog. Peaches will always be very close to my heart and it is something all animal lovers have to face at one point or another in their lives.

Also special thanks to my esteemed friend _Linda who unknowingly gave me just the kick in the pants that I needed right now. See, something good did come out of your comments!!!!

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DRGOMTI 5/18/2011 12:24PM

    I wish us both good luck dear Sues!! We always seem to be in the same place at the same time!! emoticon I'm glad this time we're both back on track n getting back to healthy living!!! I'm weighing in today n filling the house with HEALTHY foods! emoticon
God Bless you n Peaches!!
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LESLIES537 5/18/2011 12:09PM

    It's good to hear that you're doing well! emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 5/17/2011 11:26PM

    I really like the new tracker, too. I also like your idea of trying one new food a week and think I'll do the same. I'll get some Quinoa tomorrow and look online for a recipe. Maybe we can compare notes.
I'm just getting myself back to daily walking and exercising, along with trying to eat nutritionally (Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are my downfall!).
Stay focused on your goals, determined to reach them, and positive that you will!

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_LINDA 5/17/2011 9:03PM

    Well done on the walking!
I have always tracked my food, but now the new Nutrition Tracker makes it a real pleasure and motivating -now my slow connection or lack of time can't get in the way of tracking, its soo fast and convenient.
Quinoa is a seed, and you rinse (rub) it to get the bitter shell off it. Mom made some, cooked it like rice, and served as is, nothing special, added lentils for color and flavor bursts. Its great your hubby will try new things, and very awesome that you are willing too!
Thanks for the nod.
Keep up the great work!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/17/2011 8:14PM

    I like quinoa. It probably is good advise to rinse it thoroughly. although, I think there is an instant variety that wouldn't require that. I think you should try it like rice. Then you can know what it really tastes like.

Glad to see you back.

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JANET552 5/17/2011 7:03PM

    We tried quinoa a while back since we became gluten free -- well at least my husband due to celiac disease. It was okay. I do have a recipe I have meant to try but it is buried in my pile of papers I mean to go through. When I find it, I'll share.

Way to go on the walking -- and the planning. It all starts somewhere.

P.S. I think I could use a kick in the pants too. Those are very hard to do to yourself.

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TEMPEST272002 5/17/2011 6:52PM

    Havent tried quinoa yet, so I'm looking forward to the review. Bet the longs are loving the multiple walks!

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BLESSED2BEME 5/17/2011 5:15PM

    My hubby absolutely loves Tim Horton. I think that is what he misses most from our days in Canada. I've never tried quinoa. Let us know what you make and what you think of it. I too am recommitting to tracking my food! It should be easier with the new tracker now.

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KAMAPERRY 5/17/2011 3:06PM

    I love quinoa!! great choice and awesome job on the walks!

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BOVEY63 5/17/2011 12:39PM

    Great job on the walks!
I have never tried quinoa. You are lucky that your hubby is a willing guinea pig - my sons (especially the youngest)are always reluctant to try new foods so I usually have to do it when they aren't home.

Hope you have a great day!

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    Oh, I am SO GLAD about the last paragraph of your blog! My SP are SO important to me! I love you! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/17/2011 11:52AM

    I have tried quinoa and I am not a big fan of its flavor. I did make it with lemon once, but since I did not write the recipe down, I am flawed that way, I haven't been able to repeat it. I did read a posting on SP that said to rinse it first and that will change the intensity of the flavor. I have also cooked it with chicken broth.

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BECCAJ98 5/17/2011 11:27AM

    Not a food I have tried to make, but have had it. I like it, hope you do too!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/17/2011 11:10AM

    The big trick with quinoa is to make sure to rinse thoroughly. It's tricky because it's tiny, but if you don't rinse it, you don't get rid of the bitter coating (I forget what causes this). Other than that - yes, sort of like a rice substitute, with more protein. I would recommend checking the Spark Recipes. I seem to recall one with spinach and feta cheese that sounded really good.

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