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My wacky Sunday

Monday, May 30, 2011

Oh dear! I know I'm slightly nuts (okay, make that a whole lot nuts but at least I admit it) but even I can't begin to make any sense of the stupid things I did yesterday. It was just one blunder after another but I laughed at myself the whole time.

First of all, it was down to the house where I was dog sitting. These are two toy poodles...who I affectionately call "Ugly and Uglier" because they are so funny looking they are actually cute. The are complete rascals and have never been housebroken hence the reason they didn't actually stay at my house. We tried to have them here but after the first hour they had done their pee six times on my living room floor! They are affectionate little things all the same and I really enjoy cuddling with them. Walking them is another story!!!! I think I'd rather walk a pack of large dogs than two little ones...seriously. I tripped over them a dozen times.

After that, I left to drive toa nearby town with a dear friend and who happens to be the head of our humane society because she is completely renovating her mainflloor. I told her she is doing her best to sabotage my dieting//healthy eating and she realized that probably she was because whenever she bought something for herself she would always buy one for me. Yesterday was a whole write off with healthy eating and I really can't put all of the blame on her...so I'm not. Even my bracelet was powerless against the Judinator as I call her!

Anyway, on route to Gander, we saw a dog running along the Trans Canada Highway so we pull over and there I am running up the TCH with a leash, collar, and yelling "TREATS". I ran back to the car to grab some treats (the only thing this woman DIDN'T have in her car so I grabbed a package of wet wipes as it was in a packed in a crinkly bag. So there I am hoofing it up the road with a package of moist towellettes, yelling treats, (stopping only to hike up my jeans at regular intervals) and trying to ignore the traffic that was slowing down to witness this spectacle. Despite driving up and down the road and unto many side roads we never did find the dog (poor thing) but, boy, could I go!!!! ha!

So we are at a hardware store and have picked up $300 worth of knobs/pulls for kitchen cupboards when I see an older woman in a wheelchair holding a sign "for rent" which put me off the deep end. I had to tell her what I was laughing about and she got laughing too which set off the whole row of customers in the line up. Then leaving the store, I was holding said knobs and an overhead light when I stood by the exit and the door wouldn't open. I was grumbling and trying to peer over the box when I hear my friend (who is trying hard not to pee in her pants) going on out through the door and leaving me standing by a sheet of glass thinking it was the door!

The rest of the day was much the same, me doing slightly stupid things and "entertaining" those around me. The best one was saved for last: when I was gone my husband had laid a basketful of clean clothes on our bed. I was sort of lying across the bed chatting away on the phone to my mom when I started poking my fingers through the holes in the laundry basket. All was going well until my finger got totally stuck. I was there calling out to John who was in the basement studying.,.wearing earplugs. Meanwhile my finger was swelling and I was trying to reach up to remove the laundry so I could get a better grip. Finally it dawned on me to use the phone to call my husband's cellphone which he had on vibrate. When he answered I was crying from laughter and asked him to come upstairs to rescue me. After many applications of hand cream, my finger was "released" albeit a bit swollen and sore! Now we have another example of Stupid Susan Tricks. He so wanted to take pictures!!!

As for my nutritional intake, it was a total disaster but you know what, today is another day and I think I caught my bracelet wink at me yesterday! Here is to healthy eating today and writing off yesterday as a total write off for physcial health but boy the laughter really did me some good!

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CALGARYNEWF 6/10/2011 5:46PM

    Your blogs are the most hilarious things I ever read!!!!Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. I love reading them, you always manage to make me smile (actually laugh out loud is more accurate)!!!!!
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JOANNANOW 5/30/2011 10:09PM

    Hi I saw your blog on my friend's feed. You are a good story teller! I liked the laughter that's got to be as good for you as any new food. I did the same sort of thing as the bracelet for a while but it was a ring. When a stone fell out of the ring... the system fell apart LOL! Maybe I will try again I think it actually worked for a while. I live in northern BC opposite ends of the country but our weather seems similar.
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ERIKO1908 5/30/2011 8:50PM

    Thanks for sharing all of your "adventures" - they brought a few giggles...especially the "For Rent" sign!! It is wonderful that you can laugh at all of this...it really is the best medicine!! Happy Sparking!!

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GAYLE-G-63 5/30/2011 6:02PM

    LOL I actually love those type of days! They make great stories!

Glad you were able to find the humor in everything that happened.


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GOANNA2 5/30/2011 5:03PM

    It is a fact that most 'accidents' happen at home.
You had me laughing today and I know I will have
a good day.

I am picturing you running down the TCH emoticon
and then the finger in the basket trick. Brilliant!

Susan, you should put the laughter as part of your
exercise. emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/30/2011 12:19PM

    I love your ability to laugh at yourself and also that you're so willing to share these mishaps, so we can laugh too.

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KAMAPERRY 5/30/2011 12:17PM

    Hahahahaha!! You're awesome!!! I have alot of days like that!

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KAYDE53 5/30/2011 11:43AM

    That's pretty funny, sounds like some of things I've done!!! Have a great day!!! emoticon

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GOGIRLOLDER 5/30/2011 11:39AM

    HA HA thanks for posting. emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/30/2011 11:03AM

    Thanks for a good start to the day - you sure got me laughing and I can't imagine a better way to get the day going!
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    Susan, THANK you for helping me to put my plateau I'm in into a better perspective! I needed to laugh, and your blog did the trick! Oh, it may be a good thing that we don't both live on the island, or we'd die from split sides, I'm sure of it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Love the for rent sign, that would have made me laugh too!

Hey, chasing after the dog is exercise! I also love that you had to keep pulling up your britches!!

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JLITT62 5/30/2011 9:19AM

    Mine actually do walk pretty well together & are housebroken except for once in a blue moon.

Sorry bout the finger but how resourceful of you to think to call your husband!

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TEMPEST272002 5/30/2011 8:46AM

    I was LOL at your finger stuck in the laundry basket story. That one almost tops my friend's "sliced my hand open on a frozen perogi" story.... oh, the true dangers of ordinary household objects revealed.

Hope today is a better food & exercise day for you. Picked up a little bracelet at the dollar store yesterday to be my own reminder - thanks for the idea.

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BECCAJ98 5/30/2011 7:28AM

    Laughter is the best medicine!!!! I think it sounded like a pretty good day!

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From 28 degrees to 8 in a few hours....a.k.a. living on an island

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Well, we've had some wonderful weather the past few days which has encouraged me to get out a wee bit more. Yesterday, though, was downright bizarre.

I started out wearing shorts (I think this is the earliest I've ever worn them and I have the white, dry legs to proof it) as the temperature rapidly climbed to 28 degrees (c). I've been dog sitting my friend's poodles (they can't come back here as they did their pee about six times each in my house!!!) so I was there for several hours yesterday. I decided to attempt taking the four dogs out for a walk...boy, oh boy, that was a handful. Anyway, while out for our walk I started to get really cold to the point that I had goosebumps. Turns out the temperature had dropped 20 degrees in two hours. Brrrr. The dogs had fun though and that is all that matters.

So, I didn't get a long walk in yesterday but I did get other things accomplished which was fine by me. I also found out I might qualify for EI (employment insurance for those non-Canadians) which will definitely come in handy as John is not working at the moment either. I think he has 8 school days left and then is finished his course. Wow, where have those 9 months gone?

Oh, have to tell you all about how my bracelet (and therefore all of you guys) helped me make a healthy food choice yesterday. It started out that I was getting cranky with my husband and needed some time to myself. I went for a short drive and was pretty hungry. I hadn't eaten supper but my mind was on a huge bag of chips and some chocolate. A quick glance at my bracelet suggested I revise my plan of attack. I then thought of going to McDonalds (again the bracelet stared back at me) and ended up at Subway. I never have any butter, mayo or sauce on a sub anyway, so I knew it was going to be a happy ending. As I drove off, my bracelet sparkled at me in support!!!

I'm trying to catch up on blogs today of SparkFriends I don't check in on as much as I should. So, I'm starting at the bottom of my friend's list and working back. You should all hear from me this weekend!

Take care!


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TEMPEST272002 5/29/2011 10:13AM

    Hey - we're twins! I chose Subway over McD's yesterday too - even logged it. emoticon Gold stars for both of us.

I'm laughing with a picture of you wrangling 4 rambunctious doggies. Bet you burned a few bonus calories!

Keeping my fingers crossed for the EI. Will hubby be finished school in June - or just for this year?

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GOANNA2 5/29/2011 4:36AM

    You have encouraed me to wear the bracelet too.
As I was cleaning and throwing out stuff today, my
son handed me the coppe rbracelet and I have been
wearing it and it worked for me at dinner tonight.

I was also thinking of bacon and eggs but decided to
have a boiled egg in a tuna salad. So far so good.
Thanks. Wow, walking four dogs msut have been quite
a challenge. Was that drop in temperature normal? You
looked so summery in the last pictures. Also, good on
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    Susan, that bracelet idea is looking better and better to me by the minute! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/28/2011 7:11PM

    I need a bracelet!!! Awesome job!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/28/2011 5:29PM

    I put on a bracelet to remind me to drink my water. I suppose it has helped, but I'm still a long way from drinking the minimum. I think I need something that hurts. You made a good choice for your breakfast. FYI, if you should ever find yourself at McDonald's for breakfast, eat the Egg McMuffin. It has a very acceptable calorie count of 300 calories with 12 g fat and 18 (!) grams of protein.

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/28/2011 4:51PM

    Wow, what great choices you made, I'm proud of you. Your weather there sure can change quickly unlike here in North Florida where this time of year it is fairly cosistent at 90 degrees!!!

Walking 4 dogs at one time must be a real challenge!!!!

Have a great weekend!


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HOPEFULANGE 5/28/2011 2:27PM

    Good choice! Whenever dh wants to get macdonalds i go for the salad...but they're outrageously expensive! It's a little ridiculous that a burger can cost half that of a salad.

You had 28 degreed yesterday?!? That must have been nice! We had around 22 but it was super windy and misty. Now today it's only 4 degrees! Oh well, tomorrow it's going back up.


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BECCAJ98 5/28/2011 1:28PM

    Your weather sounds as crazy as mine!
awesome job on food choices!
my dog sitting results in me walking my three and then a Scottish Deer Hound and a large Greyhound. Almost 400 lbs of dog!

Have a great weekend!

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KAYDE53 5/28/2011 12:39PM

    I might have to try that bracelet thing if it works that well!! Way to go, Susan!! Dog-sitting can be a lot of work, I've done that and it seems you always try to be more careful with other people's dogs than your own & so you wear yourself out!! Have a great weekend!!

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LESLIES537 5/28/2011 11:40AM

    It was great to hear from you!! Thanks for already popping by my blog! Nice job on the Subway choice! Your bracelet is working like a charm! emoticon emoticon

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and continue to make smart choices!

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JLITT62 5/28/2011 11:10AM

    Great job on resisting the emotional eating!

Walking 4 dogs would be too much for me.

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GAYLE-G-63 5/28/2011 10:55AM

    I'm glad to hear you're doing well, Susan! And that the bracelet is working. I was going to try a bracelet, but I found I ring I can use instead. It's nothing fancy, but it does help. =)

Stay strong!!!


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10,000 minutes and a dog's anatomy!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Well folks, here is a picture of me out for the walk that found me crossing 10,000 fitness minutes: !!!! This was taken last night around 8:30 at the field where we let the dogs race around halfway through our walk. I think I look FAT but that is okay because that is going to change, right!? AND, the coat I'm wearing is a tad big but it is my favourite walking jacket!

I'm continuing to record what I eat but I'm proud to say that I'm not being too anal about it. Still having difficulties getting all my calories, fat, protein and fibre in but I know this is partly because I'm not making lunch a priority. Gotta work on that.

Here is a picture of one of my favourite side dishes....Asparagus with pine nuts:

If you read my last blog, you will know I borrowed an idea from Turtlebear and I am now wearing a bracelet on my arm around the clock. This is a big deal for me because I'm the type who walks in the house and even my wedding ring gets pulled off and I end up sticking them in the weirdest spots.....the real fun begins the next day when I try to remember where I was when I took them off!!! Drives my husband NUTS!!!!

Anyway, I digress. I am wearing my bracelet as a reminder of my personal commitment to the Spark program. When we were out for supper last night and I really wanted to order a pasta dish but realized the salad and tacos would give me some much needed vegetables, it was my bracelet that kept me on track. Funny because my bracelet is made up of both white and yellow gold circles. Each time I look at the circles linked together I am reminded of the link I am in the lives of my SparkFriends and vice versa. Silly I know, but it works!

I've babbled on enough! The rain has stopped today and the sun is out! Going to be a beautiful day for a long walk with beauty and the beast (Maddy's name for him and his sister....HE is the beauty in his humble opinion)

Jeepers, just remembered I had something else to tell you. For those that were interested in Louisa's health. Turned out the abnormality is a narrowing of the vaginal walls which prevents bacteria from leaving her vagina. She is going on a short term cycle of both antibiotics and a steroid. She might have to have surgery which can't be done here and they aren't sure if it can be done anywhere on the island. Keep your fingers and paws crossed that she gets some relief soon. Bless her little heart.

Here is Maddy or the Pom in Motion as we call him

Have a great day, you all!!!!

Recipe for asparagus is posted in the comment section.....I never thought to include it but Temptest did ask for it. The original recipe came from Chatelaine magazine (June 2009)

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HOPEFULANGE 5/27/2011 7:03AM

    emoticon on 10,000!!!! That's awesome!

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/26/2011 7:58PM

    Your pups are adorable and I hope Louisa doesn't have to have surgery and her condition will get straightened out without it. Congratulations, you are doing great and I think that is a lovely picture of you on your walk!!!!

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NIKKICOLE83 5/26/2011 5:12PM

    Congrats on the fitness minutes! I agree that you need to invest in clothes that fit your smaller shape. I hope your pup gets some relief. Poor puppy.

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ROTTLADY 5/26/2011 4:13PM

    emoticon on your milestone. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/26/2011 2:39PM

    You are such a cheerful person and I love your blogs! The pooches are beautiful! Congrats on crossing 10,000 minutes! emoticon

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LESLIES537 5/26/2011 2:16PM

    Oh, and one more thing I wanted to say!! You don't look fat in that picture, silly girl! Maybe if you wore some clothes that fit you'd look slimmer! emoticon JK!! I think you look BEAUTIFUL! Red heads ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep on flauntin those gorgeous freckles! You look FABULOUS! emoticon

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LESLIES537 5/26/2011 2:13PM

    A big CONGRATS on crossing 10,000 fitness minutes! That's AWESOME! emoticon

Poor Louisa!! I'm crossing all my fingers, paws and claws! emoticon

I really love your bracelet idea. I certainly feel linked to you and all my other spark friends too and think it's such a neat idea that you have something to symbolize that and serve as a reminder of our journies together! emoticon emoticon

And THANK YOU for the asparagus recipe! That's my new favorite veggie! I've never liked it before and now I can't get enough of it!! I think I may even make that recipe tonight! I'll let you know how it goes! emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 5/26/2011 2:12PM

    Here's hoping things turn around for Louisa with just the antibiotics.

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    I love that the bracelet is helping you!

Congrats on passing 10,000 fitness minutes!! emoticon

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KAYDE53 5/26/2011 12:43PM

    Glad to read there is something they can do for Louisa's problem. Hope that works & surgery won't be necessary!!! Your pup pics are so cute!! And your food pics really do look yummy!! Have a great walk!!

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BECCAJ98 5/26/2011 12:03PM

    You are doing fantastic!! Keep it up!

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BOVEY63 5/26/2011 11:53AM

    Congrats on crossing 10,000 fitness minutes!!!!
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Like the bracelet ides - I think I'll definitely have to try that when I'm in Laughlin and Vegas since we will be eating all our meals out.
Prayers that the antibiotics will take care of Louisa's condition.

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PCOH051610 5/26/2011 11:34AM

    Recipe for asparagus and pine nuts is:

1 bunch of fresh asparagus (tough end snapped off and composted)
4 tsp butter
1/4 cup pine nuts
lemon or orange (optional)

Partially fill large skillet with boiling water. Bring to a full boil.

Add the asparagus. Cook quickly (about 2 minutes) to make sure it remains tender-crisp.

Remove asparagus, dry it off, and arrange on serving dish. Remove skillet from heat, pour off the water. Wipe pan out and add butter. Melt over medium heat. Add pine nuts and stir continously for another 2-3 minutes.

Pour nuts/butter over asparagus. Season with salt and pepper and juice of lemon or orange. I use REAL butter (unsalted) because I have a job getting my fat in and I've never added the lemon/orange.

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TEMPEST272002 5/26/2011 11:03AM

    The asparagus/pine nuts looks delicious. What's the recipe, please?

Poor Louisa! I hope the antibiotics resolve things. The surgery sounds complicated & expensive.

About the bracelet... silly often works! I was raised in a home where silliness was unacceptable & just learning now, in my 40's, that "silly" motivates our inner child. It's that inner child that causes most of the problems, so makes sense that "silly" techniques are often the most effective. I've been thinking of getting a bracelet for myself since reading about you doing it. Might help me in the evenings.

10,000 fitness minutes!!!!!!!!!!
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Love the picture of you! Since your legs look thin, I'm guessing the coat is pretty bulky. The bike picture I had hubby take - at your request! - is the same. A too big jacket making me look bigger than I am. Maybe I should take a page out of your book & post a picture I'm not totally comfortable with. Pushes me to be more self-accepting.

Hope you're having a great day!

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    I really enjoyed your blog! emoticon

I love it when my SparkFriends post photos because it makes them even more real! emoticon

I hope you have a wonderful day! emoticon

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Sun, freckles, bracelets, frost, walks, recipes, and weight loss!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Well, you would have "thunk" it; Spark actually works! After my first week of getting back into the swing of things I lost almost 3 pounds. AND, all I did was to honestly record what I ate (some days were good and some weren't!), walked a little bit extra, and had faith in myself. I know I'm not going to lose weigh every week but it is a start and it is what I needed to get my motivation going. ! emoticon

I also borrowed an idea from my SparkFriend Turtlebear who wrote on her page

"My Spark Page says: "Just for today, I'm going to make healthy choices in my life. I will live in the moment. I'll worry about tomorrow when it becomes today. I can do ANYTHING 'just for today.' I believe that my history is NOT my destiny."


She wrote a blog about wearing a rubber bracelet all the time to remind herself of her journey and her commitment. Well, me being slightly anal...okay, make that a whole lot anal, I spent a week looking for the perfect thing to wear to serve as my reminder. I wasted so much time into looking for the PERFECT bracelet, ring, pendant that I lost my focus! Finally I just took a bracelet out of my "collection" (ha!) and decided to wear it all the time. Although my Mom gave it to me a few years ago, I'm not into jewellery but this trick has worked wonders for me.

You see, I can't get it back on myself so IF I take it off, I have told my husband to tell me off as he is the one to put it back on. I wake up wearing it and feeling its weight and I immediately think of my journey. It is there as a reminder that this is a lifestyle commitment and not some spur of the moment diet! And, it works!

To get to the rest of my blog title, it snowed (just a few flakes) on Saturday and yesterday I was wearing shorts! Go figure. I've also been quite faithful about wearing sunscreen on my face (who cares if the rest of my body ages.....just joking!) and I'm developing quite the freckled-face....AGAIN! Oh well, t'is the price of being a redhead!

I tried my new food of the week, quinoa, which was good. Apparently it is the only grain which is a complete protein. Who knew? This week, I bought some fresh brussel sprouts to try. Any recipe ideas out there?

Beautiful day here and I have a clothesline full of clothes. The dogs and I are going to head out for a jaunt soon so I can get some exercise in before I tackle the housework. UGH! Oh well, I should be thankful I have a house to take care of!

Have a great day all of you, my dear friends

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JLITT62 5/25/2011 5:34AM

    Great job!

I LOVE brussel sprouts. I cut of the ends, cut them in half, & toss them with a tsp of olive oil & some salt. Then roast them in a 400F oven for roughly 20 minutes. In fact, I do that with almost any veggie . . .

Oh, a fish taco is fish sauteed (or fried) in a tortilla. This particular one had some mango salsa & cabbage on top. Yummy!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/24/2011 6:28PM

    I heard this story today in the faculty room and since you brought up the subject, I just had to share.

Lisa: How do you spell anal?
Sarinda: S - A - R- I - N- D - A
Lisa : Huh?
Sarinda: S - A - R- I - N- D - A
Lisa: Is the "S" silent?

By the way, Lisa is NOT blonde.

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GOANNA2 5/24/2011 5:41PM

    emoticonWow, a loss of 3pounds is wonderful.
the bracelet idea sounds great and I may try it. Enjoy
the Spring weather. Housework gets rid of calories too!

As you said, atr least you have a house not like the people
in Missouri who have been hit by tornados... emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/24/2011 2:24PM

    I am a redhead too...freckles and all:)

I love that bracelet idea...mind if I borrow it?

Awesome job on the weight loss! You are rocking:)

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    I love the bracelet idea! what a great one! emoticon emoticon emoticonI'm so glad that you lost 3 pounds, too! emoticonHave a great weekend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEPPINER1 5/24/2011 11:51AM

    Sounds like you are doing awesome! So happy for you! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/24/2011 11:29AM

    That is a great idea about the bracelet!! Way to go Turtlebear!!
Way to go to yourself for daily tracking, nothing slaps you more in the face then seeing it in bald print! No escaping from it. The one thing I am 100 % consistent about has always been my tracking. Sometimes its a morbid curiosity, like I ate all THOSE calories at a buffet???
I wear a big brim hat to keep the nasty sun off my face. Haven't had freckles there since I was a kid. They would look like a brown bar across the bridge of my nose, because the eyeglasses would reflect strongly onto my nose and cheeks. Wow! Tempest is a little over the top there lol.
Keep up the great work! I am not a fan of brussel sprouts, find them too tough if bought fresh, but the frozen ones aren't bad..

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BECCAJ98 5/24/2011 10:59AM

    emoticon all the way around!! Very proud of you! You have had an amazing week!!

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BECCAJ98 5/24/2011 10:55AM

    emoticon all the way around!! Very proud of you! You have had an amazing week!!

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GAYLE-G-63 5/24/2011 10:43AM

    Congratulations on getting back on track! You can do it!!!

I like the bracelet idea. I think I'm going to try it also.

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    First of all I need to say emoticon on the 3 lbs. That is sooo awesome. As for the brussel sprouts I have no suggestions cause I have never had them but let me know and maybe...just MAYBE I'll try them too emoticon
and can I just say I was looking for something to get me going and I think if I too put on a piece of jewellery of some sort that it could be a reminder of what's important and keep me on track...now I must go have a look to see what I can find. emoticon

Oh and as for the freakles as my nephew would call them, I must tell you this cute little story. My brother was giving his kids lunch and had asked them to go wash up,the 2 girls did but Jay was still in there and he could hear the water running so he goes to check on him and he walks in and Jason was literally scrubbing his face to death and was starting to cry, Byron asked him what was wrong and he replied
" I can't get these dirty spots off my face".
It was the first time the sun had really brought out his freckles and he thought it was dirt. He is now 21 and we still laugh about that.

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    It is so nice to find a fellow "anal" person!

The old way of making brussel sprouts was to steam them and then add on a ton of butter, that is a no go! So I would probably steam them and then eat them with some type of fresh herb, thyme maybe. Another idea is to cut them in half and roast them. There are several roasted vegetable recipes here that might work.

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LESLIES537 5/24/2011 9:21AM

    Congrats on the 3 lb loss!! That's GREAT! I just love Turtlebear's advice--she's such a smart emoticon

Enjoy the beautiful weather! Love the bracelet idea, by the way! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/24/2011 9:05AM

    Wow - love what turtlebear wrote! I think the bracelet idea is a good one. Helps to keep your journey at the top of your mind. Congrats on losing 3 lbs... but even more for making the healthy choices that brought those results.

BTW, I'm a huge freckle fan. Wish I had more of them, so I'm very jealous. Anne of Green Gables was my hero as a girl & I've dyed my hair red many a time... but the freckles, well it's so much effort to paint them on every day. lol

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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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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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