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Making the best of 9 degree (celcius) temperatures in mid-July

Friday, July 15, 2011


Or should I say "brrrrr" as it is mighty miserable here in Newfoundland at the moment. Today it reached a balmy high of 9 degrees and it has been raining off and on all day. But, did I let it stop emoticon me? Heck no! I was so tempted to stay in bed all day or at least stay indoors and in my pjs but I thought of all of you who get out there and take life as it comes!

So, off I went. I first went to the YMCA to pick up a schedule of events and price list to see if I can sign up for anything there. Okay, so signing up is not the problem.....making the effort is. My cousin's daughter has moved to our town now and, like me, she has a weight problem. We are considering joining the Y and have even set an initial goal. IF we go for 30 days she is rewarding herself with gel nails and I said I would get a facial. So it looks like we might be joining the Y!

When I dropped her off to work I sent a message to John and asked if he wanted to join me on a 4 km trek. Yes, he thought I was joking but to his credit he joined me. Here are a few pictures:

Keep in mind that it was 9 degrees out! AND the trail was very muddy...so muddy in fact that dear John (ha!) offered to carry me over the worst of it! I was touched but plowed through and have the muddy socks and shoes to show for it!

Then he wanted McDonald's but I was a good girl and opted to boil a few eggs or something for my supper. I've got to keep telling myself that it is little choices that make a huge difference overall.

Well must go and get those eggs on! No pictures of my super tonight!

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BOVEY63 7/18/2011 1:14PM

    Great job on getting out bed and doing something positive with the day!
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It is so wonderful that you have someone willing to sign up, and workout, at the Y with you - it's always easier when someone does it with you. Very sweet of John to walk with you and offer to carry you.

Hope your temps have warmed up a bit. We could use some cool here - it is too darn hot.

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MOSTMOM1 7/18/2011 9:49AM

    Well done!!! You made the most of your day, that's for sure!

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SISSYB3 7/17/2011 8:43PM

    Good for you, Susan! Those small choices add up and create a momentum that changes us. emoticonRenee

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_LINDA 7/17/2011 2:11AM

    Oh those muddy trails, know them so well as its still drying out from the flooding. But if it stays hot and dry like its been the last few days, should dry them right up!
Hope you get some more seasonal temperatures soon and can really enjoy those trails.. Good for you saying no to Micky D's. Guess hubby isn't concerned about extra pounds, makes it tough for you to always do the right thing though..That is great news for you to join the Y and have a workout buddy to boot! Hope it comes to pass. You might find some fun classes in there to enjoy!
Have a SUPER Sunday!!
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WALKZWDOGZ 7/16/2011 9:06PM

    Brrrr. Some weird weather out there!

I think your Y plan & goals sound terrific for both of you! emoticon emoticon

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CALGARYNEWF 7/16/2011 5:06PM

    9 degrees...WOW! Hope the weather improves soon.


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JLITT62 7/16/2011 5:22AM

    Love that last photo - you should use it for your profile!

Great job on getting out in the dreary weather. Having someone to work out with will be great!

And yes, those little choices really do add up.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/15/2011 11:42PM

    I think your plan for getting started with a program at the Y is great! Early on in my gym days, I signed up for a program that gave out a t-shirt after 100 days of attendance. An awful lot of effort for a stupid t-shirt, but that year I earned two. It was a nudge in the right direction.

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CODEMAULER 7/15/2011 10:22PM

    Way to go! It sounds like you made a success out of the day!!

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ANNIE_HEALTHY 7/15/2011 7:44PM


Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm so glad it resonated with you. I'm excited to hear about your walk yesterday - well done !!! Love to keep in touch as we progress on this journey! Being on medication is such a pain but I can't control that side of things, I've realised all I can control is what I put into my body and do with it. So that is what I am going to do. And like you, I'm about to have a healthy meal (it's brekky time over here and I'm having rolled oats) and making waffles for my honey! It takes an extra special willpower to do what you did with not having maccas and having boiled eggs instead and what I am doing this morning with making waffles for him but not having them forme. look at us go!! :)

Take care


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KAMAPERRY 7/15/2011 6:25PM

    Great job and love the pics! I will take some of that cool weather here!

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JANET552 7/15/2011 5:37PM

    Good for you!! I'm going to remember those temps in the next few days when the heat index hits 105. It'll make me feel better.

Enjoy the weekend!

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PONYFARMER 7/15/2011 5:21PM

    Good for you for making a ton of super great choices. Keep it up and you will be surprised by what happens.

And three cheers for you hubby for supporting you, well er, except for the Mc D's, tell him that stuff will kill him.

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DRGOMTI 7/15/2011 5:20PM

    Oh how cute!! I wish my honey would go trekking with me! but he can't cz his bad bad back, n I just don't. but that's about to change cz you inspire me so! ya, it takes alota inspiration to get me going!! : )) That is one sweet man u got there!! : )) n so r u sues!!

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BECCAJ98 7/15/2011 5:15PM

    Way to go!!!

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SHEILA-45 7/15/2011 5:08PM

    Congratulations! emoticon I'd love the 9* Celsius about now, it's been in the 90's with high humidity here in Atlanta.

Enjoy your membership at the Y, it should be fun. I know they usually have a variety of programs to keep you moving. Keep up the great work a 4km trek is emoticon


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LESLIES537 7/15/2011 5:04PM

    I love the pics!! I love your smile---you look happy! emoticon Good job on resisting the McD's!! It IS the little choices and they really DO add up! emoticon emoticon

Have a wonderful weekend, Susan!! emoticon

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Newfoundland Trailway and the 60 Day Summer Challenge

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Before I forget, the above is a link to my friend Brian's online gallery page. He is the one who painted the background picture I use and several of you asked about his work. Let me know if the link works!

Also, several of you have expressed confusion over the Newfoundland T'Railway walk I am doing. YES, it is a virtual walk as I'm in no shape, yet, to tackle the almost 900 km the route involves! Ha!

Speaking of which, I was contacted by a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to do a phone interview about this adventure. I'm thinking she actually thinks I walking the trail itself so I have to contact her to clear that up.

I've been absent a bit due to continued computer problems. I didn't walk at all yesteday but I did do several hours of housework so I feel good about that. John's brother and family arrived home from New Brunswick last night so it is also a time to catch up with them. We haven't seen them in over 13 years, nor had we ever met their children. Busy, busy, busy!

I'm still eating better than usual and getting my water in each day which is a good place to start. I'm also getting the minimum of 10 minutes of exercise in a day and am sleeping good. Have to try harder at tracking the food though all the same!

Thanks to all who take the time to read this! I hope all is going well with everybody!


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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 7:11PM

    It will be fun to "follow" you on this.

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DRGOMTI 7/15/2011 1:10PM

    Congrats on all your fitness accomplishments!! I was on my feet n walking all day yesterday but then we went to Perkins for supper. UGH! PANCAKES N SYRUP! RRRRRRRRR!!!! I did have tilapia too tho, but that added too much sodium! so what's a Spark People to do?? : )) I'm trying super hard to do better today!!!
thanx Sues!!
Oh! hope you had a wonderful time with John's relatives!!

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KANSASROSE67 7/15/2011 12:48PM

    Glad things are going well for you! Keep it up with good food choices...that's the most important piece of the puzzle!

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LESLIES537 7/15/2011 11:54AM

    Great job on the water and daily exercise! That's not just a good place to start, it's an excellent place to start!! Keep up the great work! emoticon

Enjoy your mini family reunion! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/15/2011 11:23AM

    I love that you are doing this virtual walk! Enjoy the time with the family!

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_LINDA 7/14/2011 10:08PM

    I can't imagine anyone being in shape to tackle that 900 km trail lol. Bask in that 15 minutes of fame while you can, and put in a good word for Sparks while you are at it, never hurts to get the word out to the media where ever you can!
Sorry about your computer woes :( Hope it gets fixed soonest.
Poor John, not having seen his brother for 13 years nor seen any of his children, wow!!
Make the most of your visit!
Enjoy your evening and have a good sleep!

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TEMPEST272002 7/14/2011 6:28PM

    How exciting about getting to see John's family. 13 years is a long time, so I'm sure there was plenty to catch up on. I'm glad to see you give yourself credit for the things you've been doing for your health. 10 minutes/day exercise minimum is a great way to build a daily habit.

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KAMAPERRY 7/14/2011 6:20PM

    emoticonwill have to look at the link tonite!

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CODEMAULER 7/14/2011 6:18PM

    The link works... sorta. It's probably the settings on my PC. Just to share, I had better luck with this:

Sounds like you're keeping busy even if you aren't walking; way to go!


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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/14/2011 6:15PM

    Other than computer problems, it sounds like things are going well at your house. How wonderful to catch up on things with your brother-in-law. How sad that it's been 13 years. The time spans between visits with my siblings keeps increasing and unfortunately we don't do a particularly good job of staying in touch. It would be good for any one of them to come stay with us for a spell.

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Walking the Newfoundland T'Railway one step in front of the other (pics)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


This is a map showing the extent of the journey some of us on the Newfoundland team have ahead of us.

I live practically smack dab in the middle of the island but what most people don't understand about the island portion of our province is that most of it is simply uninhabited by mankind. Traditionally life here revolved around the coast and hence that is where most communities are.

To start this journey in the direction we have chosen (from east to west) we started in downtown St. John's which is our capital city. Here is the official Mile Zero marker

I expect this journey to take almost one year to complete as it almost 900 km in length. I was going to walk it all but we've changed the guidelines so swimming, biking, skiing, and other exercises count too.

I am heading out tonight to get a few more kms in. By tomorrow night I should have the first mini-section done. The dogs will be joining me for this trip too for the most part so it will be a family affair.

On a side note, my husband supports my "Sparking" but doesn't want to become involved. But yesterday when I weighed myself, he did too and noticed he had lost 4 pounds. He credits that to me cooking and making sure we try to eat a bit healthy.

Here is a picture of the supper I just ate! Chocked full of fruits and vegetables and only 4 oz of pork loin! Yummy.

Have a great night!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 6:49PM

    That is so cool! And I love your meal pic btw.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 7/14/2011 12:55AM

    HEY my Spark friend~ I am in Newfoundland right now and camping in your beautiful province! Everywhere I go there are more trails to walk and explore! We got off the ferry in Port aux Basque over 3 weeks ago and we are still on the west coast ( sitting in St Anthony till we leave here to head south again to Deer lake and then on to St. John's )
Where is the mile zero sign exactly? Would love to get me in a pic with that one. Where do you live? we will probably be passing your way!
I am doing the virtual Trek Across Canada~ we started on Vancouver Island and eventually will end up in North Sydney, NS and the ferry we crossed over here on 3 weeks ago! ~lol~ I have only just got out of BC today!! heading into Alberta now! great Fun! and keeps me motivated to keep on trekking!

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JESSIEJUICE 7/13/2011 4:46PM

    Mmmm what beautiful veg!!! I hope your after dinner km went well :)

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SASSYBLONDE69 7/13/2011 3:41PM

    It's no "jig's dinner", but it looks amazing! lol
My hubby is in the navy and we spent some time in St. John's. Wonderful people (hated the winter! lol)!

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LESLIES537 7/13/2011 3:33PM

    One question. Will there be leftovers served tonight?! If so, I'm on my way!! emoticon

That looks DELICIOUS! emoticon

And your journey sounds like so much fun! Can't wait for pics!

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/13/2011 3:24PM

    Will love to hear about your travel along to trail. Hope you blog the things you do and see! I would love to know the name of the artist who did the painting on your page. Really like the colors and the creativity. Take care. Barb

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CHRISTINA791 7/13/2011 2:17PM

    That is an amazing looking dinner emoticon

This is so exciting - I can't wait to see more!

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JETTANALA 7/13/2011 2:00PM

    good food, good exercise, good health!

you go girl!

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BOVEY63 7/13/2011 12:59PM

    So nice that the dogs will be joining you - always better with companionship.

Congrats to your hubby on the weight loss - you too for serving him healthier food (which looks so delicious by the way).
Have a wonderful walk and day!

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TEMPEST272002 7/13/2011 9:54AM

    My hubby jokes that I went on a diet & he lost 20lbs! It's actually true. I stopped bringing crap food into the house (except his cookies & plain potato chips that don't tempt me) & started cooking healthy suppers. His metabolism took care of the rest. Lucky him... wish it was as easy for me!

I'm glad to hear your enthusiasm for your upcoming challenge. I'm looking forward to the virtual tour of NFLD as you go along.

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ARLENE_MOVES 7/13/2011 9:54AM

    WOW - what an adventure you are taking! And you live in a beautiful place. This is one place that I would truly love to visit. Thanks for sharing the pics. Food looks great!!

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BD3269PM 7/13/2011 6:05AM

    what great determination. You are doing great and so is your husband. Keep on Sparking emoticon

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JLITT62 7/13/2011 6:02AM

    When's dinner tonight? Cause last night's sure looked yummy!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/13/2011 2:56AM

    Food looks yummy. Congrats on the 4 pds. Let us know how it goes!

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_LINDA 7/13/2011 1:25AM

    This is awesome you are posting photos of markers along your trail and showing us what the place you live in looks like! Looking forward to your journey!
That dinner is fantastic! Well presented with lots of interesting color! Congrats to your hubby on his loss! Keep up the great work!!

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CALGARYNEWF 7/12/2011 11:50PM

    I'm excited about this new challenge as well. We should all post pictures of the markers along the way..that would be fun!!!

Your dinner looks awesome!Yum!

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GINGERPAWZ 7/12/2011 9:57PM

    The challenge sounds like fun. I hope you take a lot of pictures. I will be looking forward to hearing how it goes. The dinner does look good. Keep up the great work with the weight loss.


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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/12/2011 9:40PM

    Wow! I want you to fix my dinner!

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KAMAPERRY 7/12/2011 9:15PM

    Awesome!!! Dinner looks gorgeous!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/12/2011 9:05PM

    That dinner is very pleasing to the eye and, I assume, to the palate.

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HOPEFULANGE 7/12/2011 8:12PM

    Yummy looking dinner! Great info on the trail - can I post a link of your blogs to the description of the challenge?

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MADDEELOU 7/12/2011 6:31PM

    My mom has virtually hiked all the fourteeners in Colorado. It really motivates her and keeps her going. Good luck and have fun!

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BECCAJ98 7/12/2011 6:10PM

    Can't wait to keep hearing how the new challenge goes!!

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A hiking we will go......

Monday, July 11, 2011


Well, I did it! My Gros Morne Challenge is almost over as I have all the km done and am now working on the elevation bit. I'm doing this part by walking up steps so it is going to take a few more weeks. I think I have over 1000 uphill steps done now so I'm pleased.

But now I've moved on to another challenge.....a few of us on the Newfoundland team have decided to tackle the Newfoundland Trailway. Here is a little about it from the actual association.

Newfoundland T'Railway Council

"The Newfoundland T'Railway Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the development of a recreational trail from St. Johnā's to Port aux Basques using the former Canadian National railway line. Its mandate is to promote multi-use trail development and to preserve abandoned railway lines for future use such as hiking, biking, equestrian, snowmobile, ATV and cross-country ski trails. Other uses like dog sledding and snowshoeing may be appropriate in certain regions.

Known as the Newfoundland T'Railway Provincial Park, the rail bed route extends for 883 km (548 miles) linking urban, rural and wilderness areas. The park forms the Newfoundland section of the Trans Canada Trail stretching from St. John's to Victoria, BC and to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. When complete the Trans Canada Trail will extend for more than 22,000 km, making it the longest continuous trail in the world."


I am doing this along with the 60 Day summer challenge so it gives me something to work towards. I'm one week into the the 60 Day summer challenge and it is working for me! emoticon I lost about 2.4 pounds in a week but more importantly I've gained the sense that I can do this! All I have to do is keep it simple as that is what I need. Eat, track, walk, and drink my water! Yeah!!!!

Must go and get in that pool that we've been allowed to use! I am going to start the T'Railway today too........


Note added several hours later: Spent 60 minutes exercising in neighbour's pool. Water temperature was 65 degrees F while it was 26 degrees C air temperature. I'm a bit cool now!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 6:16PM

    You ROCK!

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BELLEFAITH42 7/13/2011 9:49AM

    This is really cool. I live very close to the Trans Canada Trail that goes through Ontario. It used to be railway and and is now used for walking, jogging, cycling, cross-country skiing, ski-doing (sledding) etc. I love it!

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TEMPEST272002 7/12/2011 6:49PM

    Congrats on completing the km part of your Gros Mtn Challenge. That went by fast! The steps part sounds tough, but you'll make it through it. Glad that participating in the challenge is getting you back on track.

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BECCAJ98 7/12/2011 12:40PM

    Awesome!! Can't waist to hear how you do!

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GOGIRLOLDER 7/11/2011 10:55PM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds so great and good for you!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/11/2011 6:56PM

    In my hometown the abandoned railroad bed has been converted into a hiking trail. It is awesome; we try to get in some miles everytime we're there. So, I'm hoping that your will take not only your virtual hike but a real one sometime down the line.

Congratulations on your weight loss. Sounds like you're back on track.

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CALGARYNEWF 7/11/2011 6:56PM

    I just have to fing mu steps now as well for the Gros Morne challenge. But I'll start the km's on the new one with you!

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_LINDA 7/11/2011 3:32PM

    That is fantastic!!! Well done!! This would surely be a very interesting trail to hike on! Its nice to hear you being so enthusiastic about exercise :)) Enjoy that pool and have fun like a kid would!! Anything goes!
All the best with the new challenge! Steps are the hardest!! 1000 is a huge number!!!

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MADDEELOU 7/11/2011 2:23PM

    You are doing great! Congratulations.

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JETTANALA 7/11/2011 1:28PM

    way to go!

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KAMAPERRY 7/11/2011 12:50PM

    How exciting! emoticon

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DRGOMTI 7/11/2011 12:48PM

    WOW!! I leave for a week n you're up n doing so good!!! Hip Hip Hooray!! You're a BIG inspiration for me to get off vacation n back onto healthy living!! Your trailway sounds excellent!! it's just to hot for me to get out there but a few days a cool are on the way. Can't wait for winter n snow!!!
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LESLIES537 7/11/2011 12:36PM

    emoticon Have loads of fun!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/11/2011 12:23PM

    You're doing awesome!
Best of luck in the new challenge!

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Happy Dance - an unforgettable night

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Feels like I've been away from Spark forever but in reality it was only for yesterday due to most of the town's cable, internet, etc being down. However, you talk about dedication....remember the house we are "sitting" well, after midnight yesterday I managed to get on their computer system for about five minutes....just long enough to log in!

Oh, and you are probably wondering why I had such an unforgettable night. Turns out this year is truly my year of firsts! I managed to get a ticket to our local concert yesterday for $50 and went for the first time in its 26 year history. KISS was the headline act and while I'm not a fan I went for the experience....and what an experience it was.

Dear god, the people and the outfits made it quite entertaining...and I'm not talking about the band! I'm saying right here that while, yes, I'm a plus-sized woman (for now) if you are such a size you really shouldn't be wearing skimpy clothes! Its not the best look for any size but when the string of your bikini top gets lost in your back.....well, it might be time to change swimsuit styles! Then there were the middle age set (of which I'm one at 45) dressing like their 16 year old daughters. "What Not to Wear" or "People of Walmart" should have been there!

Yep, the concert was great and the band put on a fabulous show. I didn't think I knew any of their music but it turns out I did. We stood up for 6 hours and the band played for 2+ hours.......in the pouring rain! Actually, it was a beautiful day right up until KISS went on stage and then the heavens opened up and the wind whipped around. I had a windbreaker but because my friend didn't, I wouldn't wear mine either! I'm either a sucker or a good friend. We only had to walk about 20 minutes to get back to her house and this is when it got funny.....we were so wet that you could wring out everything we were wearing including our underwear and bras! I called John to pick me up and asked him to bring my big fleecy housecoat, dressing gown, robe, whatever you call them and dry underwear and that is how I went home! Oh, and I had a huge white towel wrapped around my head and shoulders! The RCMP sure had a laugh at the roadblock! I wasn't drunk either....actually had two vodka coolers earlier which is really more than I ever drink but I decided there were so many freaks out there that one in her housecoat wasn't going to stand out!

Just a note but the soft drinks (including the 500ml water) were $4.00 each and you weren't allowed to bring anything in with you! I had a blast, danced until we couldn't move anymore and laughed until my jaws ached. I think that counted as some good exercise, don't you!

Cell phone was down too so no pictures to show! Have a great day.

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CALGARYNEWF 7/11/2011 7:07PM

    Once again Susan you have me laughing out loud at your blog!!!!Loved the part about the biking strap being lost in the back...LOL. Some people will wear anything!!!!Really, how can you not know that it doesn't look good. Too funny! I'm sure you gave the RCMP a great laugh also. See how much joy you spread!!!!!Thank you!


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JETTANALA 7/11/2011 1:29PM

    how fun!

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LESLIES537 7/11/2011 9:05AM

    emoticon Happy dancing with you!! I just love concerts and can only imagine what you saw at that KISS concert! emoticon Ha! I'm so glad you had such a great time. I definitely agree that that counts for LOTS of exercise! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 7/10/2011 9:47PM

    Nothing more entertaining than people watching for sure!!! Something about being at a live concert makes the music sound better, I think too! (Not having been a big fan of KISS myself) Glad you had a good time!!!

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CODEMAULER 7/10/2011 7:43PM

    What a fun evening - I'm glad that you got to enjoy it with a friend!

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HOPEFULANGE 7/10/2011 7:00PM

    Oh Susan, you get crazier everyday! LOL...glad you had such a good time!

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_LINDA 7/10/2011 6:26PM

    There is not only the way people dress these days, but all these oldsters sporting tatoos everywhere truly does not flatter them either! So glad you at least enjoyed yourself! I am not a fan of outdoor concerts, I hate getting cold and having the wind blowing in my face, not to mention the bugs..
Nice that hubby came to the rescue with warm clothing, would be heaven after being soggy wet.
Price gouging is the norm at those things, just like movie theatres. Its wonderful you can just relax and let your inhibitions down for an evening. Sorry your phone wasn't working :( I always thought you could take photos separately, not needing an internet connection for them as my uncle doesn't have internet for his phone, but can still take pictures with it that he can put on his computer later.
Enjoy your rest and recovery Sunday!

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BOVEY63 7/10/2011 6:23PM

    It sure does sound like a good time - love people watching and it seems like there was a lot to take in.

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KANSASROSE67 7/10/2011 5:37PM

    My cousins were KISS fans when were we were all young and my little sister actually had nightmares about them after seeing cousins' posters!

Loved how you enjoyed everything and helped us live it with you!

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JLITT62 7/10/2011 4:06PM

    I love to people watc when I go to events!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/10/2011 3:56PM

    If you had a negative attitude, this could have been a disaster. But you laughed your way through it. Good for you! Sounds like a GREAT time with a very special friend.

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GAYLE-G-63 7/10/2011 3:16PM

    It sounds like you had a great time! And more importantly, quite an adventure! I'm glad you enjoyed it. =)

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JENNYD97 7/10/2011 1:25PM

    dont you love it when you feel like you are the best dressed person in the place! Like a friend always says you can't teach common sense :)

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KAMAPERRY 7/10/2011 1:24PM

    How exciting! I have loved KISS since high school, lol

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