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Back In High School - 33 years later...

Friday, August 24, 2012

After working the blood drive today, donating blood twice! (once for red cross, and another set at Doctor's office where I went to see about sleep issues - they stuck the "other" arm after I warned them that it didn't have good veins, and ended up having to stick the first one on a different place. Thankfully not too painful!).... I'm really not looking forward to doing this Parent Swap Day at DS's high school. Many reasons...

I'm hoping it is sort of a trick to get parents in for sort of a Parent Teacher Conference, but "en masse"? Especially as it is only half a day...

Too tired to think ...

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/30/2012 8:56AM

    Whew! No PE! They put the parents in an air conditioned room and just chatted with then about expectations but how they grade based on effort and attitude, not on how skilled they are, and how they are trying to introduce to a wide range of activities that one could enjoy doing as an adult. They told their own horror stories of PE teachers from H*** who were sadistic and talked about what they do instead. Our school is one that just got major improvements to or maybe even got a completely new swimming pool, not sure which, so the kids will spend a unit 6-7 days swimming. I never had that back in the day!!

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RASLALIQUE 8/29/2012 4:32PM

    That sounds like a fun idea. We don't have anything like that here!

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CLWALDRO 8/25/2012 7:38AM

    I hope you have fun and learn more about what it is like to be a kid again. I think we sometimes try to compare how school was when we attended to now and there is a big difference.
Have fun and I hope you bring some of that new energy back and use it to jumpstart your journey to better health

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/24/2012 9:59AM

    I've never heard of this!! How interesting :o)

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/24/2012 9:20AM

    Parent swap day means you go as your child? hmm, no thank you! Being a teenager once was bad enough!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/24/2012 8:29AM

    I'm all dressed up like a high school dork. Too bad my iphone is maxed out and I can't take any photos. I'm dreading PE!! packed shorts and a t just in case. I'm really hoping this ends up being more like a glorified parent teacher thing. Sad that my hubby can't come with me (rules were - one parent per student!!).

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2012 8:16AM

    Oh . . . I did that when my son was a Jr. in High School in 2008. It was soooo worth it. WE DID have the chance to talk w/the teachers. . . and re-connect with fellow parents as well. Good luck.

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JANNEPERRY 8/24/2012 7:45AM

    Since you're so technologically savvy, I'm sure you'll so well!

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JESSIKA_56 8/24/2012 7:38AM

    Oh wow, I've never heard of a parent swap. Sound like a cool idea.

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LESLIELENORE 8/24/2012 7:21AM

    Good luck! Sounds like you might need it. lol

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XFITSTRONG 8/24/2012 6:07AM

    OMG SWAP day sounds interesting!!!! That would be crazy!!!!! Have fun!

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JANTWO 8/24/2012 12:16AM

    I have never heard of a parent swap day. I hope it goes well for you!!!!

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Do Personal SparkBlogs Ever Get Deleted by "Others"?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Not sure if I'm paranoid or in early stages of "forgetsitsheimers"?

I was commenting on a person's blog. It brought to my mind the concept of "Choffy" - a brewed chocolate drink that was in the news last fall. I had this feeling that I had done some research (and I know I did, as I found evidence of it in my email account off of SparkPeople.).

Tried searching the Spark Search for my blogs, to find one on Choffy. It turned up two hits - one a comment I made on a SparkFriend's page after she had mentioned it earlier, and one claiming to be in my SparkBlogs ending on "page 33" and dated Sept. 25, 2011. I went back to my blogs to September... October... nothing is there.

At least none that I can see, so far, with "Choffy" in the title. I may have mentioned it in a blog with a very ambiguous title. I have gone back to read some of those ones with "Monday" or other not-very-descriptive-titles, just to read to see if they have any mention of Choffy. So far, no dice. (I did, however, find older and boring blogs of mine where I had not yet seen the "add link" button up above me in the screaming orange link, and so was just pasting in web links and wondering why they were not clickable inside my blog. I've fixed a few of them, but that's gonna have to be an ongoing science project for later.).

Hmmm puzzled. Just gotta keep looking but I don't have any references before September 25, 2011 in either my email or here in SparkPeople. Did I write it? or did it get deleted somehow? for some reason?

I was under the impression from others who have had blogs that violaed rules, that they received warning notes from SparkPeople coaches or gurus, or at least letters requesting that the blogs be fixed or words deleted or whatever, but I never received anything like that.

So, I'm just not sure. Did I dream it? or is it there and I can't find it? or did it get vaporized out to Area 52? (under a different jurisdiction from Area 51.).

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/22/2012 3:58PM

    You must have "forgetsitsheimers", because SP would notify you if they had deleted anything anywhere.

At least your paragraphs aren't long. (referring to your complaint about my blog). LOL


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LNSYLVSDOGS 8/18/2012 8:24PM

    There are times I've deleted one of my own blogs and then forgotten about it much later. The reason I usually delete a blog is just b/c I like to clean up my page from time to time and will delete older comments & such. Is that possible that you could've done that? No one can delete your blog, unless it's the SP website themselves, but you'd have been notified about it. Plus, a person can delete a comment another has put on their page and/or blog.

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RUNNER12COM 8/18/2012 8:14PM

    As far as I know, a deleted blog will always come with a private note explaining the problem, asking for edits, etc.

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JANNEPERRY 8/18/2012 12:20PM

    hmmmmm I'm goin with you don't have sometimers or anything like it. I'm guessing SP has something to do with the missing blog. Keep us informed.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/18/2012 10:15AM

    I think you would get notification if your blog had to be deleted. I don't think Sparks would do it without letting you know. But I could be wrong...

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JESSIKA_56 8/18/2012 8:03AM

    I've had blogs deleted before by Sparkpeople, but they sent an email explaining why they did.

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LESLIELENORE 8/18/2012 6:39AM

    I've never had a problem, but... I'd be interested in the answer to your question. Let us know.

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JAZZEJR 8/18/2012 5:53AM

    Yes, please do keep us posted. I'd like to know.

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TIKATAKAWITHA 8/18/2012 3:52AM

    I had both happened when trying to talk about H...C...G shots.

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TIKATAKAWITHA 8/18/2012 3:51AM

    I don't know about blogs, but I know if you make a new post in the main SparkPeople boards they will delete without warning if it is something "taboo." They will delete SparkTeams too without warning if it is for a "taboo" item.

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JILLYBEAN25 8/18/2012 2:25AM

    I've never heard of it floating off into thin air before... I'm pretty sure you get some sort of notice to inform you of rule violations.

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SONYALATRECE 8/18/2012 12:49AM

    Update with a new blog when you find I'm wondering!


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Versatile Keurig (K-Cup) Coffee/Tea & OATMEAL Maker!! ??

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

So I'm a bit strange...

Awhile ago, in the "health food section" of our local grocery store, I recently discovered "Better Oats" brand of basically pre-measured packages of oatmeal or "multigrain hot cereal with flax"

Allegedly they have a website, but I'm not getting it to work this morning. The Facebook page works fine (if you are on Facebook)....
(There's also an official Twitter Feed, but I'll let you look it up if that's what you want to look at!?).

They even have CHOCOLATE oatmeal! Yummy! The Chai flavored one doesn't have enough cinnamon in it to suit my taste, so I basically add more to it. I'll also add my almonds, walnuts, pecans, frozen berries, bananas, coconut oil, ghee, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, (not all together, all the time!! I'm not that goofy-goosey!! - these are just some of the add-ins I have used!!).

Anyway so I open the packet, pour the oats (or today, multigrain hot cereal with flax) into my SparkPeople coffee mug (or whatever other coffee mug that is actually clean enough to use.), turn on the K-Kup machine (or if it's on and the ready lights are on, I flip it up and down like I was putting in a new K-Cup, even if I don't put any K-Cup in there at all, or just re-use the one that's in there for a very watered down "coffee" flavored oatmeal...which is, um, kinda weird, but, I got kinda used to it....), and I usually hit the smaller cup size water level indicator (I have the older basic model with just the two sizes - one is like 8-10 oz of water and the other is more like 14 oz of water).

Then the water comes out already hot (mine isn't scalding, don't know if that's true of all K-Cups, or if mine is not "right in the head" so far as the programming?) and at first, I would go ahead and start adding my other stuff (butters, oils, nuts, fruits, as described above, whatever I had or was in the mood for or actually conscious enough to think about adding.).

Nowadays, I let it sit a few more minutes and let it soak up into the grains more. There will still be more water when it is done - which I just drink up to a more acceptable level. (There is more water because the Better Oats people's gimmick is that you measure the cold water inside the package first, and then dump it out into a bowl to heat the water in a microwave or into a pan on the stove. It's just a fast way to measure the water without having to dirty up a measuring cup and not risk burning yourself pouring the hot water into the bag to cook it. So they are assuming something like 4-6 oz of water, but the K-Cup's smallest cup size is like 10 oz of water etc. This is assuming USA measure, of course. Sorry, I'm not smart enough or awake enough to figure out grams and all that metric stuff.).

Side note: While messing around with the Facebook page, I discovered a $1.00 coupon off of three boxes (supplies limited)!! SCORE!


Okay so far, the flavors/models I've tried:

(oh hey, they just woke their computer up now - here's the product link I'm looking at now... )

Oat Revolution Thick & Hearty
* Apples & Cinnamon
* Cinnamon & Spice
* Maple & Brown Sugar (can't remember if I had the "instant Oats" or the "Old-fashioned Oats with Flax)
* Strawberries & Cream

Lavish - this is the chocolate one, yummo! (add more sweetener if you want, or even more chocolate!)

Raw Free & Simple (organic)
* multigrain hot cereal with flax - "Chai Spiced" flavor

Evidently they make other models (I suspect to target other demographics in other parts of the country?) - "Mom's Best" "Muffins" "Abundance" but I haven't seen those (yet). The other thing is they might be targeting like health food stores with those models (different flavors within each product line.).

Hey, wonder if they'd ship a case to SparkCoaches to try out and write for their DailyBlog or for a CONTEST?? Ya Think?

Somehow I've gotten off track here... I started off talking about my unorthodox cooking methods and ended up on a non-stop "Ronco-Oatmeal-Not-On-TV-You-Can-Get-LOTS-
of-Flavors-For-$19.95" commercial. I'm terrible. And I'm stalling. My oats are cold by now, and I've not even done my rebounding yet (it's raining outside!).

It occurs to me these might be super convenient for Worker Bees to take to work with them to help deal with the hungries that happen. We all know food choices are not always great in the Cube Farms. (does anyone beside me know about the Cube Farm Lady on YouTube "Cube News 1"? )... Also ... I've had them for dinner - except, instead of the sweets, I put in cheese, savory seasonings, stuff like I might put in rice or pasta.

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SLFGOLF 8/18/2012 1:11AM

    That is such a great idea. I will try that this school year. Great way to get my quick morning breakfasts.

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VJMCK1818 8/16/2012 12:09PM

  I make oatmeal the with the K-cup machine, too! Sometimes I switch out cups midstream.

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JANNEPERRY 8/15/2012 7:56AM

    What an interesting way of making that oatmeal! I do like the Better Oats Brand too emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/14/2012 3:07PM

    sounds yummy to me...

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/14/2012 1:52PM

    Clever idea. I want to try the oatmeal flavors, especially the chocolate. :)

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PHEBESS 8/14/2012 12:12PM

    Sounds yummy - I love my oatmeal with chopped apples and walnuts (although coffee flavored oatmeal has got to be a bit strange!)!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2012 10:29AM

    Great idea!!!!

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LESLIELENORE 8/14/2012 10:11AM

    You are too funny! I'm always looking for new ideas though, so I will check it out. Thanks!

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Good Night, Saigon

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Today in history - I remember trying to reconcile, in my young little mind, the famous, joyous photo of the "Times Square Kiss" after WWII that us kids were always taught in elementary school history clases, with the seemingly angry, uncaring, and for sure, no celebratory  party mood, upon the fall of Saigon in April 1972 and the return of our troops. Today marks the anniversary of when the last American combat ground troops left Vietnam., August 12, 1972.  My thankfulness to all Veterans who served our countries (USA and South Vietnam) and my sorrow for the families of the ones who gave their lives, during the war and ever since then.


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MRSCLAUS46 8/24/2012 8:42AM

    I join you also, in memory of all my family members who have sacrificed so much with so much courage and perseverance emoticon emoticon

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LUCINDARW 8/12/2012 2:14PM

    It's always go to remember those who served our country and made sacrifices for the US. thank you for the reminder.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/12/2012 10:47AM

    I join you too! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/12/2012 9:35AM

    Thanks for reminding me.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2012 8:41AM

    My son goes to Afghanistan early tomorrow morning. This saddens me tremendously that we still haven't learned our lessons, but regardless. I also remember how disrespectfully the returning Viet Nam vets were treated. I honor ALL vets, those living and gone. What a brave and courageous thing they are doing now and have done. Thank you for this blog. It is particularly poignant to me.

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NWLIFESRC 8/12/2012 7:00AM

    I join you in remembering

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Last night I got a text from a friend that I've known since we were both about 11 or 12 years of age. She said her mom was dying and not expected to last the night. She's the youngest child but her older three sisters have already died, so she was really the only one left, other than a niece. And in texting, I found out her mom was only about 20-25 minutes away now. Last I heard, her mom was a couple counties away. So anyway, talked to my husband, and I drove on out to sit with my friend and some of her family that was there. It was a long night... and when her mom was still hanging on early this morning, I went ahead and returned to my home right about dawn.

It was so sad...hearing one of the family members recount how she snapped after a completely different relative who attends a completely different church, claiming to be "Christian" just inform her that she and her own recently deceased mom were both destined for Hell. I couldn't believe it. I'm not naming churches but was one of the well known protestant churches. The Bible doesn't show Christ going around and saying, "Well lady, you are already going to hell, just because you have a tatoo and listen to rock music." Uh huh. No way.

And when I read through the Book and looked up the words in the Strong's Concordance, I discovered that many Hebrew and Greek words with COMPLETELY different meanings were all mistranslated as the English word "Hell". Each one has a different meaning, a different concept - no way can they all be the same word "Hell" other than the translators made a mistake (hopefully it was an honest mistake.).

I'm noticing some bible translations these days just skip using the word Hell and just use the original word, like Sheol etc.

Anyway so back to the death watch. This poor girl just seemed so crushed, so defeated, and I have no idea what she tells or will tell her children about their grandmother (her children were at home with her husband.). At this point I can tell she's not receptive to hearing a different belief, no matter if I believe it is a "truer" truth. I'll just have to strive to be a better example... so that some day she can ask.

And it occurred to me that this holds true for other aspects of my life. I can't just go around popping people and saying "You should be following the way of SparkPeople in your attempts to lose weight. Walk ye in this way! Eat this food, not that!" etc etc.

Okay... so maybe this should be in the journal page, to treat this like a draft, as I'm not a fine example, wasted out from lack of sleep and not yet exercised or really even felt like eating all day (some fruit this morning.).

I want to be a better example but I am just not there...

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 8/11/2012 10:22PM

    Yes you are a fine example of a sparkler. I totally disagree. For me my friends on Spark always have my back and that's exactly what you did for your friend.
When I was in hevrew school up until Grade 10 we never learnt about hell. I know the word exists-gayheenom-but really it was never used as a place to be afraid of. As far as we were taught, Jews only believe in Heaven and of course the bloody Messiah who is sure taking his sweet time.
I guess you can tell by my pictures that I don't really practice Judaism or any religion for that matter. BUT interestingly enough in metaphysics, a lot of the words are in hebrew. WOOHOO
And I agree with PHEBESS-sitting with your friend was very much a mitzvah.
Good on you.

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PHEBESS 8/7/2012 8:03AM

    Sitting with your friend during this time is the definition of a mitzvah. Just be there for her, she'll find comfort in that.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/7/2012 12:03AM

    I agree with are being a very true friend. Get some sleep if you can..

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LESLIELENORE 8/6/2012 9:25PM

    You are being a good friend... that is the most important example you can present!

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M77355 8/6/2012 8:44PM

    As always, so insightful. Thank you so much.
I've learned a lot separate from a main Protestant religion I was baptized and confirmed into ... via a Bible-based church in the area i now live as well as The Shepherd's Chapel in Arkansas via Satellite ... teaching the Bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse with massive amounts of Strong's Concordance, too.
You do good in this world.

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