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Something fun for a change - 25 random things you probably don't know about me

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I blatantly stole this idea from my SparkFriend JakeandNellie who wrote a recent blog for a challenge she was doing. I'm doing it because it will make me think and will help with the funk I'm under at the moment!

1. My name is Susan because of a young girl in our neighbourhood when mom was pregnant. Apparently the original Susan came from a big family but always spent her days at our house and helped out my mom. She was killed in a single car accident shortly after she graduated from nursing school. This was after I was born and mom said she was over the moon that they named me after her. I actually ran into (not literally) her brother one day who I just knew from growing up here and told him that story. He was amazed and I think I bit proud!

2. I never ever had any issues with weight until a series of circumstances which included fallen arches in both feet, a fracture of my spine, and a pituitary tumour...all within the past 15 years.

3. I went to an all-girl university which was Roman Catholic of which I am not. I was as homesick the day I graduated as the day I left!

4. I once had a complete meltdown in Toronto's Pearson International airport but a kindly lady from New Zealand (a complete stranger) took me under her wing and helped me find my way. I had just left an airport in Newfoundland and had arrived there and got slightly overwhelmed with the international departure area....I was going to Australia!

5. I was once bitten by "cupid". Cupid was our class lizard back in grade 6 and I still have the faint scar on my wedding ring finger!

6. I have slept in bed with a Huntsman spider....it was in a hotel in Australia and I almost died when I woke up and saw it looking at me!

7. I have been to Tasmania and have seen a Tasmanian Devil.....not as ugly as cartoons make them out to be

8. I have crossed Canada by train but have never been to Prince Edward Island which is one of the closest provinces to us!

9. I love swinging (now get your minds out of the gutter) and would love to have a huge swing built in my own back garden. One of the things I want to do when I lose enough weight is to safely go to a playground and swing for hours.

10. I have one of the biggest makeup collections of any of my friends...and I rarely wear any of it. I never owned any until 10 years ago and then I kinda went a bit crazy. You know you are a beauty junkie when you can tell the cosmetic counter people what ingredients are in what!

11. I LOVE berry picking! I can spend hours on my hands and knees picking both partridgeberries (google it) and blueberries.

12. I love to be alone although people think I am friendly and think I have oodles of friends.

13. I have a rich inner life which is sometimes bad but for the most part is quite entertaining!

14. Fall is my favourite season because I love sweaters and scarves! Pure wool sweaters...the itchier the better!

15. I do not like the colour blue despite having blue eyes and red hair. My favourite colours are greens and browns.

16. I once wanted to become a missionary; now I don't even go to church!

17. I sometimes swear like a trooper.........sorry for having to tell you that!

18. My favourite television show at the moment is Big Bang Theory

19. I do educational courses for pure enjoyment! I have the first year of both a business program and an office program done; all for the thrill of studying!

20. I take a hot water bottle to bed with me at least 340 days of the year for my feet!

21. My dream picnic fare would be a peanut butter sandwich and a cup of tea boiled over an open flame; not so much a wine and strawberries kind of girl

22. I have never been to a tanning salon and don't understand people who do

23. Three things always in my fridge: skim milk, crumbs, and fruit

24. I read Agatha Christie books over and over and have since I was a teenager....I never tire of them

25. I was once asked not to return to one of Newfoundland's most recognizable landmarks (Signal Hill) all because as I pulled open the door (in a wind storm) a huge gust of wind smashed a display case and certain valuable documents blew out the door and into the sea....never to be found again! That was 25 years ago and I still haven't been inside that building in fear that my picture is posted up in the "most wanted" section!!!

I hope you had fun reading my list!


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KAYDE53 8/19/2011 12:28AM

    That was so interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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GAYLE-G-63 8/18/2011 2:32PM


This was SO much fun to read! You had some funny moments, some *almost* sad ones, and some 'wow! I can't believe that happened to you' moments! (The wind storm...wow!) Thanks for sharing. It was fun getting to know you better. =)


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DRGOMTI 8/17/2011 3:55PM

    Thank you once again for the very entertaining blog!! Loved all 25 interesting things I didn't know about you but do now!! : )) I feel like I know you so much better! And now I'm gonna go look up partridgeberries!!

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GRAMLORI 8/17/2011 11:20AM

    That was fun! Thanks for sharing, I truly enjoy learning about people. Have a blessed day, Susan!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/17/2011 10:07AM

    Great blog!

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TEMPEST272002 8/17/2011 7:35AM

    Well, I have green eyes & brown hair... but I always wanted to be like Anne of Green Gables with blue eyes & red hair. So there you go! We share a love for Big Bang Theory.

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_LINDA 8/17/2011 1:21AM

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing a little bit of yourself with us!

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WONDERBUG381 8/16/2011 11:04PM

    Loved this blog :)

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/16/2011 11:00PM

I loved learning more about you and your adventures! I haven't been bitten by Cupid, but I was shot by an arrow when I was a child. A neighbor boy was playing with a new archery set - who would give an eight year old steel-tipped arrows! I still have the scar on my chest.
Thanks for sharing your life with us!

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SHIHJABO 8/16/2011 10:59PM

    This was a fun read. . . really enjoyed it. Did you realize your page is blue. . . you said you hate blue. Actually, I don't like blue either, but I do like Turquoise.

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BECCAJ98 8/16/2011 8:13PM

    emoticon I would love to go to Australia! Thanks for sharing!

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BOVEY63 8/16/2011 7:37PM

    Loved learnng more about you!
Bitten by Cupid! emoticon
Signal Hill OMG!

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CHUBRUB3 8/16/2011 7:14PM

    Love it!
This is great learning more about you.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/16/2011 6:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your entertaining inner life with us outsiders, LOL!

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KAMAPERRY 8/16/2011 6:21PM

    FUN! OMG that spider would have had me freaking out! emoticon

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CHLOE453 8/16/2011 5:38PM

    Absolutely love all the information that you shared with us....I feel like I know you so much better, thank you!!! I will have to put together a list also, I think it is a nice thing to do for your Sparkfriends that only know you through the site. Take care.....Kelly

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/16/2011 5:37PM

    Loved this blog!

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    I love this! Reference 14, you can have all the wool sweaters emoticon

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GEORGIAK25 8/16/2011 4:09PM

    Thank you for this I amy have to sit and think of the same. Nothiing pops into my head right now. Thank you for sharing.

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LESLIES537 8/16/2011 3:54PM

    Well I didn't know you were a criminal! emoticon LOL! Fun blog! I enjoyed learning more about you. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness! emoticon

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FUNKYG1 8/16/2011 3:52PM

    emoticon Hi Susan, my name is Nora and I live on the Wet Coast in Langley BC. I really like your post so if you do not mind I will do the same thing.

1. I was stung by a hive of wasps when I was about 5 and ended
up spending 2 weeks in hospital.

2. I did not leave home until I was 24 but then I moved to New
Zealand for a year.

3. I was supposed to go to New Zealand by ship but due to the
"energy crisis", ended up flying to San Francisco. While at
the airport I met the man I was to marry, he was on his way
to Australia. We cruised to the South Pacific for 3 weeks
and got to know each other.

4. In July of 1975, we got married in Richmond BC and have had
a great marriage for 36 years now.

5. I have two beautiful daughters.

6. I have two handsome grandsons.

7. In 2010 we travelled with our best friends to the Maritimes
and saw most of PEI, a lot of Nova Scotia and a little bit
of New Brunswick. We were in Nova Scotia to celebrate the
100th anniversary of RCN.

8. I also love to be alone however, I also enjoy the company of
my closest friends.

9. I love silence - the world is too full of noise to really
think straight at times.

10. I once thought of becoming a nurse, but looking after my
grandmother put an end to that.

11. I knit a lot and also crochet.

12. I love to do crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and any word
related games.

13. My favourite colour is Yellow because it is so cheerful.

14. My favourite TV shows are Bones, Hells Kitchen and Iron Chef

15. I like to listen to talk shows and talk back to the people
with whom I disagree.

16. I garden and really like flowers however, the past two years
I have not been able to do much due to a fall on my right

17. I am a book junkie. It seems I never go anywhere without
one. My favourite authors are too many to mention because
I have very eclectic taste.

18. I am retired.

19. I like to drink French Vanilla Coffee.

20. Never been to a tanning salon and do not intend to go ever.

21. My weight has been an issue since I was little. I did slim
down somewhat but then I had babies and got my "baby fat"

22. When Jesus Christ Superstar first came out in theatres, I
saw it over 50 times. It really touched a cord within

23. My current favourite movies are The Bodyguard and Somewhere
in Time.

24. Right now I am reading two books, The Fall of Giants by
Ken Follett and Spider Bones by Kathy Reich.

25. My favourite season is:- All of them because they all have
a special beauty.

Susan, I enjoyed doing this as it did make me think outside the box somewhat. I hope this exercise helped you out of your funk.


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Feeling bonkers and hating every minute of it!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Oh dear god, what a rough couple of days I'm after having. Nothing wrong physically but mentally I'm starting to think I'm bonkers. Which, if you know me, is partly true. Really shouldn't say that now should I as it is more socially acceptable to say "I have some mental health issues". And another thing, if you know me (and I hope you have some idea of who I am after all this time) you will know that I do call a spade a spade! So when I say I'm bonkers....don't tell me I shouldn't be!!!!

It all started quite innocently; things became too much. Depression is like that. It never arrives at your door nicely gift wrapped! No, instead it arrives in my house almost like it is carried in through the air I breathe. I should know the signs (we all know the subtle signs but try to ignore them don't we, hoping that this time will be different!) but I didn't. I do what I always do and that is to keep my feelings to myself and let the hundreds of emotions duke it out inside of my pounding head.

Today and yesterday were so bad that I just clammed up and jumped in one of our vehicles and drove until I saw the ocean.....two different directions....one about 90 minutes and the other about 60 minutes. But it is not the drive that brought me solace, nope but instead the stupid bag of Doritos and the Reese's peanut butter cups that I sneak out and buy on the way. I wouldn't even go to a store where they would know me....how sick is that!

Anyway, both days I devoured all of my "loot" during the drives and felt so sick afterwards that I didn't even enjoy any part of it. Not the drive, not the alone time, not the food, and not the view!!!

Then I arrived home to a very distraught husband (I don't tell him where I am going nor do I even take my cell phone) which I know is the heights of inconsiderateness but I when I'm like it I can't help myself.

This is what it feels like: A big puncheon barrel (me) and I have all of these emotions flying around the inside (like trapped fish) and I am afraid of even speaking because all of those emotions are going to pour forth and it ain't going to be pretty. Now, I'm normally a pretty-well laid back person so this not only bothers me but it scares me. And what do I do when I get like this....I run away! Plain and simple. Might actually work if the darned emotions didn't tag along with me!

I haven't exercised either but that is no surprise. What is surprising is that I am telling you all of this. Maybe I will have to print this off and bring it to my therapist when I see her in two months time. I sure hope this passes soon as I HATE being this way.

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SASSYBLONDE69 8/16/2011 4:45PM

    Depression is the worst! Since I've had my thyroid out, the last of my lingering depression seems to be lifting (probably because I don't feel like I'm losing my mind anymore!), but I still have to work at it. talk out or journal my feelings instead of internalizing them, 15 min of unprotected sun exposure a day (we can do this in the pacific northwest), minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day (my doctor wrote me a prescription for the sun and the exercise - funny guy, huh?), and to take everything in moderation, and one day at a time. Every day I get a little better. I hope you do, too! You're in my thoughts.

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    I hope this passes quickly emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 8/16/2011 3:56PM

    All the good advice has already been given...so just letting you know I'm thinking of you and praying you'll feel better soon. Take care!

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JLITT62 8/16/2011 5:22AM


I'm so glad you blogged about this . . . just know that you are in my thoughts. Please try to drag yourself to the Y . . . it will make you feel better than the food. I know you know this. And if you can't, know that we love you.

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_LINDA 8/16/2011 1:02AM

    So very sorry you had/are having this episode :(( I would have thought you could call your therapist in an emergency, two months is a long time to wait..But having some tests to rule out thyroid may be useful. Hope you are feeling better soon..
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KAMAPERRY 8/15/2011 11:38PM

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KAYDE53 8/15/2011 10:48PM

    Try to exercise if you can stand to; this helps me so much when I feel depression coming on!! I agree with the others, you might want to have thyroid & estrogen levels checked. Do take care & see your therapist/doctor if it get to be too much!! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 8/15/2011 10:36PM

    emoticon Susan.
First off, like attracts like. Therefore I am bonkers too. Wonder how many other of your friends will step up too? emoticon
You know what sweetie? A lot of what you describe is normal. It is ok to have all these emotions flying around. It can be anything from hormones, to frustration, to stress, and yes it can be more as well. I am not discounting what you are feeling and going through, not in any way.
It may do you a world of good to let it out sometime instead of bottling it in. You can warn/prepare your hubby that you may be close to blowing and what you say or do may not be you. But that you need to do this to stay healthy. Stress that you love him and it may not be directed at him, although he may end up in the line of fire.
Or you can talk this out more with the therapist and see what she says.
Your not running away, your releasing your angst without hurting anyone but your diet. As long as you are fine and feel better after (minus the guilt). You can carry on. Get those new runners on and start walking. Or better yet, when you feel it coming on, instead of getting in the car, go walk it off. It will be good all around.
Hugs and love,

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BOVEY63 8/15/2011 10:24PM

    Praying that this passes quickly.
Take care.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/15/2011 9:49PM

    I don't think you're truly bonkers as long as you recognize the behaviors as being "off." You knew that the munchies wouldn't help, really, and they didn't. You also knew you should have told your husband before you took off. As much as possible try to keep your diet clean and maintain moderate exercise. But you know all about that. Hang in there. All your spark friends will continue to support you, even in your "Bonkers" moments.

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TEMPEST272002 8/15/2011 9:07PM

    Hugs. I understand that feeling & how scary it is. Blogging about it is a good thing. I want to echo what THETURTLEBEAR said about your thyroid. I thought I was experiencing depression when it was my thryoid, the symptoms are similar. I remember feeling like I was walking under water. Regardless of whether its your thyroid, depression or just hormones - please make a doctors appointment if it goes on much longer.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/15/2011 8:27PM

    I do think you should consider the hormone thing. I also can't remember if you are on thyroid meds, but if you aren't, have them check your thyroid levels. But I would rule out the physical before assuming it's all in your head sweetie. BTW I too go for drives when I'm depressed, except I take the dog instead of candy, LOL! And I talk to him, and cry to him...

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Imagine this......I wore out a pair of sneakers!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Okay, I affectionately call myself "old lard arse" (which is my first confession of the day) and while I've been a Spark member for over a year ( emoticon) I feel that I haven't achieved much in the weight loss department.

So, I've been concentrating on non-scale victories (NSV) and I've been amazed at my progress!

1. I now eat breakfast
2. I drink 8 glasses of water and day and my skin is officially no longer dehydrated
3. I am enjoying my journey instead of making every excuse to chew up my ticket and stay just where I am (thank you very much!)
4. I joined a gym and actually go to it.... emoticon
5. I look for ways to sneak movement into my life
6. I have lost 20 pounds and only regained 10! emoticon
7. My husband thinks I am more confident
8. I am slowly squashing the "all or nothing attitude"
9. I miss exercise when I don't do it


I have officially worn out a pair of sneakers which to tell you the truth I always thought was a marketing term to get you to buy new ones every six months!

You may ask how do you know when it is time to replace your sneakers? Well, the "experts" say every six months which I thought was a pile of poop but I've noticed lately that my arches hurt when I walk.......and I know what it feels like to have the arches fall in your feet like mine did 15 years ago and which spelled the beginning to my long ride into weight gain and inactivity!

So, imagine that lard-arse, you wore out a pair of sneakers!!!! Great job....maybe it is time to call myself "non-hydrogenated butter-like spread arse" emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 8/15/2011 10:26AM

    Awesome job! Love it!

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GRAMLORI 8/15/2011 8:54AM

    You are so funny!!! Congrats on all your achievements.....keep up the good work! And thanks for the laugh this morning when I read your last comment!!

Have a blessed day!!

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    Yay! Now go get those new shoes! I think you are doing a fantastic job, and it's good you're not being too hard on yourself! You are definitely headed in the right direction! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRGOMTI 8/14/2011 10:23PM

    emoticon You totally ROCK Sues!!!!!! keep up the inspiring work!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/14/2011 8:46PM

    "non-hydrogenated butter-like spread arse" is SO much kinder to yourself than "lard arse." But both of them are really funny monikers. Some might think these names are indicative of poor self-esteem; I'm inclined to think they reflect your ability to laugh at yourself, which is a good thing. Keep up the good work!



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CELLISTA1 8/14/2011 6:42PM

    Hi. I loved this blog and can certainly identify with it. Except for wearing out sneakers I can pretty much agree with all your points, given that I've lost ten pounds since last October -- but actually haven't gained them back. Yes, I have Spark friends who've lost 35, 75, 95 pounds and sometimes I say, "Why not me?" But on the other hand, those small changes feel miraculous when we were so different before, right?

Have a wonderful week! emoticon

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BOVEY63 8/14/2011 4:56PM

    You have made some awesome steps forward!
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TEMPEST272002 8/14/2011 3:57PM

    Great job wearing out those runners! Even though the scale hasn't changed as much as you wanted, you HAVE improved your overall health.... and the health of your dogs too! Your names are funnier, but don't truly describe you. I re-named you "Big Heart Wandering with Dogs".

So have you don't any research into what shoes you're going to get next? I love my New Balance Trail Runners. Great grip & comfie.

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SASSYBLONDE69 8/14/2011 2:23PM

    I remember the first pair of running shoes I wore out from exercise! I was so proud, I told hubby I wanted to have them bronzed! (I got a funny look from that one) When I explained why, he laughed and hugged me and told me "Great work!" I was fit to bust, I'll tell ya!

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GAYLE-G-63 8/14/2011 2:13PM

    LOL @ non-hydrogenated butter-like spread arse

Congrats on the sneakers!!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/14/2011 12:56PM


Great going on the water and breakfast too!

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PAMNANGEL 8/14/2011 12:51PM

    Way to go!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/14/2011 12:42PM

    Way to go!!

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LESLIES537 8/14/2011 12:05PM

    emoticon Oh darn, time to go shopping!!! emoticon

Awesome set of NSV's!!! Go YOU! emoticon

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JLITT62 8/14/2011 11:40AM

    I really think you've got to come up with a more affectionate nickname for yourself, but great job on needing new sneakers AND using the Y!

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CHUBRUB3 8/14/2011 11:36AM

    You are doing emoticon Susan!
Now no more name calling. Start by changing your so called name to something that at least resembles that you like yourself. This is a big step in self love.

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KAMAPERRY 8/14/2011 11:32AM

    I replace my sneakers yearly, but that is awesome! Now stop calling yourself "lard arse" You aare fabulous and KNOW it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CODEMAULER 8/14/2011 11:20AM

    A strong foundation is critical; keep your shoes in shape!


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_LINDA 8/14/2011 10:14AM

    That is a wonderful list and a great achievement!! Especially 1, as a lot of people skip that meal and overeat later because they are so hungry..When you think about it, your body has gone without food since supper and waiting until lunch is a very long time..
Well done wearing out your sneakers!!

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ANDARUS 8/14/2011 9:53AM

    You've got to keep those sneakers in good repair. You never know when the zombieocalypse will occur and you'll need to spring in order to avoid being munched on by undead baddies. :)

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And it all started with a trip to the library!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hello my dear friends!

The sun is shining for the first time in five days so I'm really happy! Apparently this has been one of the worse summers in Newfoundland with regards to weather but we haven't had it as bad in the interior as they have had it in other places around the island. One of my dear facebook friends even went so far as to renamed August as Fogust emoticon

On Tuesday I was treated to a lovely afternoon at a spa by a dear friend. We went together and laughed our way through our pedicures and manicures. We had the wax paraffin dip for each so we had both our feet and hands wrapped and stuff in heated booties and mittens which made us laugh even more. So much for relaxation! Then we both had to go pee and both of us messed up our fingernail polish while in the bathroom.....I bet the ladies at the spa were sure glad when we left. When I got home John took me out to supper too so it was a nice day. I also went out later in the night and did my water aerobics and swam for an additional 30 minutes (I'm not a strong swimmer at all!)

The next morning I decided that I didn't want to walk or do anything in the pouring rain so after I lazed around for a bit I headed to the public library to find something uplifting to read. Let me first explain that I don't normally go to that library since I work in an educational one so it had been about a year since I was there. So I was there, browsing and totally immersed in it when I hear this loud cry "Sue" and see a friend who I haven't seen in several years running towards me with her arms wide open! Turns out to be my childhood friend Venessa who I first met back in grade two! She doesn't live here and we haven't been the best about keeping in touch for the past 18 months or so due to her life being uprooted several times lately. Both her and her husband (RCMP) were raised here but due to his job they've moved a lot.

Anyway, I hope several of you know of the kind of friendship I mean when I say you can go ages without seeing each other but when you are back in each others company it is like you were never apart. That is what Venessa and I are like. Before I knew it I had agreed to spend a couple of days with her and their son at their cabin so off I went.

Between talking nonstop and playing with her son she introduced me to the fine "art" of plastering gyproc. Obviously neither one of us is good at it as we had to do a lot of sanding! I think it was the second night that John arrived with Maddy and Lou who were more excited to chase Venessa's cat than they were to see "mommy". Venessa thinks I am blessed with a fine memory but personally I think I can only remember the foolishness which is sometimes all the better. Her son was fascinated by the stories we told although was a bit shocked that we managed to have so much fun back in the two tv channel universe and computers weren't heard about.

When I went home I took off the next day (yesterday) to a nearby community with my mom for a day of shopping. We left at lunch hour and I think I brought her back to her "home" after 9:30!!! I tried on several things but I obviously have not lost much weight as I'm still in the same size but I didn't let it get me down. I know I'm a work in progress so I decided to buy one top (a blouse) so I'd feel I got something. When I lose a substantial amount of weight I will need more clothes but until then I will make do with what I have. My mom did buy me a pair of Merrill hikers though so I'm looking forward to getting them broke in and getting lots of kms under my belt!

Gotta go as the sun is shining and I want to get out there to enjoy it! I hope you all had a good week....I really need to go back and read all of your blogs......


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GAYLE-G-63 8/14/2011 2:11PM


It sounds like you had a really lovely day! I believe in the philosophy that everything happens for a reason. If it been raining you wouldn't have gone to the library and you wouldn't have had such a wonderful reunion. It was meant to be!

Thanks so much for sharing. You are a very dear person!


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THETURTLEBEAR 8/13/2011 10:39PM

    Sounds like a ton of fun!

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_LINDA 8/13/2011 4:44PM

    What an awesome time! So glad you had some fun and that you are finally seeing some sun down there!!
That is awesome Merril hikers -that is my Mom's favorite brand, but she won't let me buy her anything :( I look forward to wearing proper hiking shoes when my foot is fully healed..Its been eight years..
Have a fabulous weekend!

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KAMAPERRY 8/13/2011 3:51PM

    Love it! I have friends like that!

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KAYDE53 8/13/2011 2:34PM

    I have friends like that & it's great when I see them, we just take up where we left off!! Glad you enjoyed your spa day & your visit with your friend. Have a great weekend!! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 8/13/2011 1:05PM

    Happy Belated Birthday Susan!
Sounds like you are haveing a terrific time. It is always priceless when you can meet with your timeless friends. I just did so to and loved every minute of it.

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 8/13/2011 12:48PM

    those types of friends my dear are the best ones emoticon
I am so glad that you and your friend had such a great time at the spa, and as for the ladies who served you, that probably would have been the most exciting part of their day...lol.
Take care!!

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BOVEY63 8/13/2011 12:27PM

    Sounds like some awesome days! Here's to many, many mmore of them.
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/13/2011 11:26AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! emoticon

Yes, what is plastering gyproc?

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LESLIES537 8/13/2011 11:24AM

    Awesome! I'm glad you had so much fun at the spa! ENJOY that sunshine!! emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 8/13/2011 11:17AM

    Anyone tha can swim 30 minutes is a pretty good swimmer in my book!

Sounds like you had a great time. Good job on not letting the sizes get to yo - I know that can be difficult!

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BECCAJ98 8/13/2011 10:55AM

    Sounds like a truly fantastic time!! We all have one of those amazing friends! Glad you got to spend time with her! Hope the rest of your weekend is as blessed!

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    Yes, Susan, I do know what you're talking about! I have a friend (Cindy) who was my friend back to the third grade, and we do get together every time I travel home to Michigan! It has been many, many years, yet when we get together each time, the company is great, and it's as if we'd never been so many miles and years apart! Friends are awesome, aren't they?! emoticon

I am wondering what plastering gyproc is, so if you would post a photo of it, I would really like that!

Have a great weekend! I'm off to work!

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Did you hear me when I whispered your name?

Monday, August 08, 2011


As most of you know, I have picked up my exercise quite a bit the past week due to joining the YMCA and finding out just how out of shape I really am. My mom has kindly offered to pay the membership fee if I make use of it so I see it as a win-win situation.

So, I was up and at the gym for 8:30 this morning (even the dogs didn't want to get up and just opened one eye and went back to sleep) and did about 25 minutes of resistance training and then I went to an hours class of water aerobics. That was really nice because I ran into an old friend (she was actually my Maid of Honour) and we giggled our way through our exercises and thus didn't seem to notice the time. Anyway, there was one particular move where we hold these foam dumbbells in our arms and we had to hold our arms straight out and make circles. It looked so easy the first time but we were jogging too and we had to do it for four different sets. I so wanted to put my arms down but instead I looked straight ahead and whispered each of your names and you carried me through it! So if your ears were burning around 9:30 Newfoundland time you now know why!!!

When I got home I showered (any ideas how best to keep chlorine from killing your hair....mine is colour treated.....shucks, the secret is out.....and I don't want to cut it all off just yet. Then we walked the dogs for a short walk before eating lunch.

It was during lunch that I had another lightbulb moment! I wanted to go for a bike ride! Now, I have a good bike but just haven't used it. In fact, the last time I used it was over a year ago but off I went. I first rode to see my mom and grandmother and spent some time sitting outdoors with them at their "home'. Several other residents were out too so it was nice to chat. Then I rode home for a total of 10.70 km. I expect to be sore tomorrow!

You know all that foolishness people get on about how the more exercise you do the more you want to do...well, I'm learning that it is not foolish to think that way. Me? Who knew? I feel like I can take on the world....just imagine how good I'm going to feel once I shed some of my baggage! Yeah!

Oh, and the very best part of today was coming home to find a message on our answering machine to say that my friend is treating me to a manicure and pedicure tomorrow! Wow! All because I cat sat for her cats a few weeks ago! She had already given me a purse and a scarf and she put $100 on our account at the vet! I'm overwhelmed with her generosity!

Must go and get the BBQ ready.....filet mignon, salad, baked potatoes....here I come!!!! No, we don't have those steaks very often but they were on sale!!

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IMBRENDAB 8/13/2011 8:41PM

    great that you went to the gym! emoticon

*Tip for hair...make sure it is wet BEFORE getting into a chlorine pool. It won't be able to absorb as much of it as it would if it were dry. Of course, shampoo as soon as possible when getting out. Hope that helps.

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NEWKAREN43 8/12/2011 10:38PM

    I don't think I've ever been to your page before, but I was so blessed and uplifted by your blog post! Thank you! I can't think of a better way to spend water aerobics than with my maid of honor!!! Blessings to you and your friends and family. Karen

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CHUBRUB3 8/12/2011 8:39PM

    Yeah! So happy you are going to the gym and working so hard. You can call me any name you like!

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CODEMAULER 8/9/2011 5:50PM

    I've been known to utter a few names when I'd rather sleep than workout. My SparkFriends help me build up accountability, whether they know it or not.

Whisper my name anytime... but don't be surprised if I whisper right back at ya!


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KANSASROSE67 8/9/2011 4:51PM

    Love it that you were thinking of your Sparkfriends! I sometimes do that when running up a tough hill. I'm so happy you're enjoying your fitness! I truly can't say how much better I feel in every way when I get exercise in each morning.


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BOVEY63 8/9/2011 4:47PM

    Awesome job on all the exercise - you are turning into one heck of a workout machine!
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Also awesome that your mom has offered to pay your membership and that you had more fun by exercising with an old friend!
Enjoy the pampering! You have earned it!

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TEMPEST272002 8/9/2011 4:36PM

    Now I know why my ears were burning! It really is true - the more you exercise, the more you enjoy it. As I was riding my bike today, I was thinking about the first exercise I did with SP. A 6 block flat stretch in town. It looked a 100 miles long to me & I wasn't sure I'd make it. I did. Barely. Today, I rode my bike 12km into town, worked a landscaping job for 3 hours, and then rode back home. Did the same thing yesterday, followed by walking the dog & going for a swim. It's crazy how fast this 41 year old body has adapted. And the rewards haven't just been the weight - I haven't experienced clinical depression since I started exercising daily. That's huge for me. I know you understand. Keep going to the Y. I am SO PROUD of you for going back after that first time. And now reconnecting with an old friend. So many non-scale related benefits!

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    Sounds like a wonderful day! So happy you are enjoying exercise.I agree with the swim cap.

Dinner sounds delicious!

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DOLLYHOLLY 8/9/2011 10:11AM

    Wow! emoticon Sounds like a fitness-busy day!!! emoticon Water aerobics - if I could swim, I'd love to do that. Easy on the joints I hear, and anything that doesn't crick my knees is a great sport to me! :)

What a sweet mama you have there! And whispering our names? Excellent idea! I did feel a wisp of wind blowing on my neck - I hope that was you and not a flying mosquito... emoticon



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CHANGINGSAM 8/9/2011 9:18AM

    Proud of you! Keep up the AWESOME work!

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GRAMLORI 8/9/2011 9:09AM

    I know that SparkFriends are among the best!! I pray for mine, sometimes, when I need to push on the pool. I haven't been walking lately, and I miss it. Like you said, Who knew??? Funny how we can change and enjoy the change!! Your pounds will soon start dropping.....I mean kilos.......right? Great blog and so glad you found your friend there!! Keep it up!!

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_LINDA 8/8/2011 11:49PM

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Well done Susan!! Awesome day all around!! Great finding a workout buddy in the pool, sure does make time fly!!
2nd that on a swim cap, unless you can pull it all on top of your head like a ballerina to keep it out of the water.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/8/2011 11:17PM

    I'm going to try that whispering thing. Bike riding always sounds like so much fun, but my reality is that my neighborhood is so hilly that it's way too hard for the casual rider. Also, if I really want to go some place, I'd have to travel on a 45 mph road where the actual speed of the drivers is likely to be 50ish. I got rid of my bike about a year ago, but I think that if we ever move, one prerequisite will be that we live in a biker friendly place.

Good for you and the attitude that you're developing.

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PENNEYV 8/8/2011 8:56PM

    Feel free to whisper my name any time you need. emoticon

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BECCAJ98 8/8/2011 8:17PM

    I almost started crying ....so very proud of you! You can and will take on the world!!! Keep it up!!

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JETTANALA 8/8/2011 5:54PM

    what a difference a week makes! It is so nice to feel your smile through the miles!

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CHANGING_LIFE 8/8/2011 5:34PM

    Loved your blog post! Yay you! Glad to hear things are going so well. I just love your personality. Stay in touch, SparkFriend!

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KAYDE53 8/8/2011 5:28PM

    Chalk up another great exercise day for you!! emoticon emoticonEnjoy your pampering at your manicure & pedicure!!! Saying our names was inspired; have to try that!! Have a good week! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 8/8/2011 4:10PM

    Feel that energy!! Go you!! I love the saying of the names, I will try that!

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    What a wonderful DAY, Susan! Wow! Your friend was very appreciative, I'll say! That's awesome! Her babies must have had a great experience with you!

I think when my BodyWorks fitness membership resumes in October, I'll try a water aerobics class! It sounds like fun!

I hope you have a great rest of the day! Your blog really sounded refreshing and happy! emoticon

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JLITT62 8/8/2011 4:01PM

    Ya think if I start now I can make it in time for dinner? Altho we're having crab cakes, which we also don't have real often as crab is so expensive.

Great job on using that Y!

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    Wow - you are really loving this fitness stuff! Woot! Woot! Let me give you an idea for the hair - I got the idea on how to keep my swimsuit from dissolving (back in the days of my dissolving swimsuit blog, before you "knew" me). The lifeguards, who were having the same problem with the chlorine/fabric, said that it's really important to fully soak in the shower before entering the pool. The idea is that your swimsuit is going to absorb the "good" water and will already have all the fibers saturated before you get in the pool. Seems like the same concept should work with our hair, right? I am also assuming you wear a swim cap? But maybe you don't - so you could consider that. All the swim team kids were swim caps, so you can consider yourself trendy!!

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