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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Wednesday, February 5th
Jon, NetApp Blood Drive Coordinator (Wichita, KS)

At this time, 31 people have made an appointment to give blood today and several more have volunteered to serve. Thank you for your support!

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this month, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors. Severe winter weather across much of the U.S. has continued to impact the blood supply. Since January, nearly 600 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 26 states, and the result is a shortfall of nearly 20,000 blood and platelet donations.

In Boston, for instance, a little girl named Jacqueline had her open heart surgery delayed because of a shortage of blood. She is not alone. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in. Jacqueline has become the face of the patients we serve and her story underscores the constant need for blood.

All blood types are needed, but there is an urgent need for types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative.

We still have plenty of appointments available at convenient times for anyone who would like to donate blood. There are appointments available at almost every 15 minute interval from 9:45 to 2:15. If you haven’t made an appointment yet, there is still time! Just click here to schedule your life saving appointment.

Of course, we will be able to accept walk-ins throughout the day. So, even if you don’t make an appointment or you miss your appointment time, if you have some free time, just come on over to the Auditorium. We will happy to accept your donation anytime between 9:30 and 2:30.

Remember, there is no substitute for blood. Your donation could give someone a second chance at life. The need is constant, the gratification instant. Please make an appointment today. Even if you are not in Wichita, you may call 1-800-733-2767 to find your nearest donation site (USA) or go to .

Also, teenagers 16 and older can donate, with permission of their parent(a) or legal guardian.

Thank you!!

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LADYHAWKES 2/11/2014 4:26PM

    It's amazing that severe weather could have such a dramatic impact on blood supply. Glad to know thanks for passing it along.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/5/2014 5:31PM

    Thanks for the reminder. HUGS

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MICKEYH 2/5/2014 5:10PM

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JANNEPERRY 2/5/2014 4:25PM

    Thanks for the reminder, It's been 9 weeks and I can donate again!

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3016DEBRA 2/5/2014 10:55AM

  Excellent reminder! emoticon

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KMICHA 2/5/2014 8:53AM

    I am a regular blood doner. I had no idea there was such a shortage right now. I'll check and see when I can donate again and I'll spread the word around. I can't make your blood drive . . . but I hope it is a success!!! Thanks for making the need known!

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Cirque de la Symphonie - Feb 2, 2014

Monday, February 03, 2014

Before the Super Bowl, we went to the symphony earlier this afternoon (Sunday, so it's Monday now, I'm not in bed because I only now found...ooops don't want to give it away yet...).

Anyway so it was the Cirque de la Symphonie back in Wichita (we didn't get to see them last time, in 2009.)... There were nine talented performers - acrobats and gymnasts and aerial flyers (silks, ropes, hoops), and a hoop dancer. (No lions, tigers or bears, oh my... sorry... wrong circus!).

So I was completely enthralled with the young lady Alina Sergeeva and her hula hoop performance. The main reason was because I LOVED the multicolored outfit she wore - those colors were calling my name (I'm not into the black, silver, red, winter white, because I'm a "spring", with the warmer yellow undertones.)!! But then she hopped into a stack of hoops that must have been at least 12-24 hoops, and wrapped them around herself as a giant multi-colored (coloured) Slinkie (R)(TM)(C) toy. It was fabulous! Or I'm easily thrilled.

This weekend, in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday performances, a third performance was presented Friday for the kids in schools, and I am thrilled to find a YouTube video made by one of the local Public Television stations featuring Ms. Sergeeva and her wonderful outfit, chatting very knowledgeably with the interviewer and then a few clips from her performance. I kept thinking all through her performance "Oh boy, Shelly (MOSTMOM1) would JUST . LOVE . THIS !!"

Enjoy the Show!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/3/2014 9:22PM


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MICKEYH 2/3/2014 8:07PM

    emoticon Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Thanks for sharing

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LADYHAWKES 2/3/2014 3:47PM

    What a fun event, and so colorful, it's these type of events that add joy to our lives
way to go

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MOSTMOM1 2/3/2014 8:23AM

    Thank you for sharing! I'm so glad you got to go see that. What a perfect combination of live music and performance art! You're right, I would LOVE to see something like that!

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    What a beautiful way to start your week!

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Time to Educate "Dear Abby"

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I read today's "Dear Abby" and smoke began broiling out of my head. I am pasting in the article. She never seems to point people in the direction of SparkPeople - quite possibly because she doesn't know how SparkPeople could help women duh as the lady who wrote in today because of her husband's hurtful comments.

Here goes:
Here is your Dear Abby brought to you by

(I get these in email as well as read in dead tree edition. I have snipped out the letters that don't apply to my blog).


DEAR ABBY: I have been married to "Sean" for five years. I am 27, stand
5 feet 7 inches tall and weigh 120 pounds. Sean is constantly pushing
me to exercise more, and he comments on my thighs and stomach a lot. He
tells me it's not a weight issue, but I need to "work off some fat and
gain more muscle." He wasn't like this when we got married.

I love my body, and I know I'm not fat or overweight. I walk 4 miles
round trip to work. My entire workday is spent on my feet, walking or
running. I get plenty of exercise, and I'm healthy and active.

This is really hurting my confidence. It bothers me to hear that
someone I love thinks my normal body is unattractive because of barely
there "fat." I don't know what gave Sean this idea. How do I deal with

DEAR JUST RIGHT: The kind of body your husband would like you to have
seems more descriptive of a skinny teenager than a healthy young woman.
Is he a body builder or a gym rat? You deal with it by asking your
husband why he thinks your normal body is unattractive, listen
carefully to his response and, if necessary, run it by your doctor.


Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear
Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Good advice for everyone -- teens to seniors -- is in "The Anger in All
of Us and How to Deal With It." To order, send your name and mailing
address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby,
Anger Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and
handling are included in the price.)


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I'm thinking as many as wish to write her and give her the lowdown on SparkPeople and how that woman needs to come check out SparkPeople - if for no other reason than to reinforce her positive self-image and maybe some tips on how to deal with her husband's comments?? I left the address and website info so people could email or snail mail as they wished.

What would you tell her? ( either Dear Abby or the young wife who just wrote Dear Abby...)??

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ISTRALOUISE 2/2/2014 11:21AM

    I'm with a few others.. sparks is a wonderful place to find support.. and it isn't just for fat people.. but without needing or wanting to lose weight or gain more muscle herself there isn't really much for her to work on here.

She might do better to seek a couples counselor.

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JANNEPERRY 2/1/2014 7:43AM

    As usual, thanks for sharing. I think it's a shame that normal healthy people have others tell them that they are somehow broken. Sparks people is a great place to find the support!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/30/2014 5:49PM

    I did write to Dear Abby a few days ago. Of course, she won't listen to just one person, I don't imagine. But if she gets comments from more than one SparkPerson, it might help. There's a place on her website, www dot dearabby dot com and you have to fill out your name and address (which I've done before but I don't get any spam from them.).

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3016DEBRA 1/30/2014 3:47PM

  Shame on HIM!!! I'd punch him in the gut & tell him to hit the trail! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 1/30/2014 9:06AM

    I so much agree!! The advise she gave the young woman was kind of useless. People do write to Dear Abby with their own answers. Maybe you can write to them and share about Spark People! That would be emoticon Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/28/2014 9:37PM

    Frankly, what I'd tell that man would not be printable, so I'll just leave it @ that.

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 1/28/2014 8:41PM

  Something tells me that they won't be together for long. I suspect he is a controller.

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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2014 8:11PM

    Sounds like the relationship is in trouble...

: )

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CAMEOSUN 1/28/2014 7:54PM

    Well…it sound like a form of abuse on his part by trying to keep her insecure so she doesn't get the upper hand. At 5'7" and 120#. She is below the "low" on height/ weight chart. The guy clearly lacks depth also. Is she a wonderful caring soul? A joy to be around?

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 1/28/2014 5:04PM

  You really don't want to know what I'd tell that poor woman's husband. It wouldn't be nice. As for Dear Abby, she needs to get a life and stop trying to tell the world how to live.

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SUSANBEAMON 1/28/2014 3:37PM

  don't read the dear abby column any more, because too much of it is outdated. this guy is using body image as a abusing bullying technique. talking to him won't work. running very fast away from him will.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 1/28/2014 3:35PM

    She is not overweight. She does not need Spark People, as that would just reinforce the ideas of her #!@&£$$ husband! She needs to get her husband sat down and get some communication going, most importantly to 'set him straight'. If he can't get the message, she needs to take a hard look at what is going on with him. Cause what he is doing isn't love; it's emotional abuse.

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JILLYBEAN25 1/28/2014 3:15PM

    She needs to tell her husband to get off the body shaming bandwagon and to love her for who she is. And if he can't do either then he needs to turn the mirror around on himself and/or to keep his trap shut. SparkPeople could help her in some ways, but I'd fear she'd get on this site and start to work toward the weight loss instead of finding the positive reinforcement for the way she already is right off the bat.

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Taking baby steps with baby food...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I reverted back to baby food today.


Why not!? This stuff was GOOD!

I had been helping a friend move stuff from one part of her house down to her basement. Nevermind why. But I wasn't terribly hungry. I'd had some "Millennium Nuts" earlier today and well...yesterday...and um, yea these were healthy nuts, right? Almonds. Cashews. Pecans. Macadamia nuts. Walnuts. Might have been peanuts but not enough that I noticed. But then... Some are raw, some are roasted salted. So that's not too good. And thennnn some of them are covered in dark chocolate, that's good. And some in white chocolate. And then milk chocolate. Annnnnd well some are covered in chocolate drenched in Gran Mariner (syp?). Some chocolate Irish Cream Bailey (or Bailey's Irish Creme? I'm not very sophisticated so far as the liqueurs go!!). And ummm my favorite? Chocolate with Amaretto. Oh maybe some chocolate with coffee? Also just some out and out chocolate covered malt balls. Pure junk.

Needless to say, this was one pound of nearly deadly... Yummy, but I needed to parcel out to like 2 oz a week or some such. As far as I am concerned, the "apple theory" can go - Eve had to have tempted with a handful of this stuff, and Adam didn't turn it down when she offered it to him (and the Serpent lied when he said "You shall not surely diiiiiiiiiiieeee!!!?").

On the way home, I decided I was going to go to the gym for at least 15 minutes, in spite of how tired my legs were (still are!). I also decided, continuing in the spirit of repentance, to go by the store and pick up some freggies to juice tomorrow. But I needed to see if I could find a baby product I had used years ago, and while in that section, I saw these packages of "Ella's Kitchen organic ..." squeeze packages of blends - some fruit and veggies, some fruit and grains or veggie and grains, etc. I remembered then that I had read an article about them (where, I don't know?). But the ingredients checked out and I was a bit hungry and didn't want to be too full at the gym. I tried these two flavors -

Picture 1 (front) Ella's Kitchen "Apples, Carrots, Prunes & Butternut Squash"

Picture 2 (back) Nutritional Info (still need to track it!!)

Picture 3 Ella's Kitchen "Carrots, Apples, Parsnips"

Picture 4 (back) Nutritional Info. And SparkPeople uploader tilted them sideways!

They sound a bit doubtful, but were very tasty - like a applesauce type texture, a little more liquidy, since the kids got to suck this stuff out of the bag (or mom/dad need to squeeze a bit into a spoon. I actually bought four different flavors but these were the two I had tonight.

It also occurs to me that these were much tastier than the crud passed off as " food" in nursing homes, care homes, etc. Next time I need to do care taking for an older relative who doesn't want to eat their freggies because lt tastes awful (or they don't have teeth etc), this is something I will get and offer them a taste. At least I know * I * wouldn't turn it down, if I was in the hospital!!

So I guess the moral to the story, as if I actually have any morals, is that when I space out and eat enough "junk food packaged as healthy food" to make me feel bad, it's okay to antidote it with Fruits and Veggies, even if it means taking Baby Food to go with Baby Steps!!

Good point - I forgot to mention that these bags are 3.5 oz (99 grams). Not really an "adult serving" for adults, which is why I ate two tonight. However, 3.5 oz of freggies is a lot better than the average 1-1.5 oz stick of diet dynomite that gets passed off as "healthy candy" in the vending machines, I'd think!!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 1/17/2014 10:17AM

    Us older kids always haggle with mom for a bite of baby food. Shoot, if she'd given us each a bite, the baby wouldn't have gotten any!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/17/2014 7:51AM

    AWESOME idea! Back-in-the-day when I had braces, I would have to have baby food as my mouth was sore for a day or two. It's come a long way. Good nutrition.

Ummm.... amaretto, Bailey's . . . OMG . . . don't let me near those nuts!


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FUNZ81 1/17/2014 1:03AM

    What a great idea! I remember tasting my kids baby foods when they were tiny. Not bad, I thought. However, the veggies were sadly lacking in flavor and texture. I would often mix the fruit with the veggies to make them more palatable. Looks like the baby food people got smart, tool . One warning--watch out for fat content. Happy snacking! I like your idea of offering it to the ill and/or elderly. Wish I had thought of that when my husband was in the hospital and refused to eat any of the awful looking stuff they brought to him.

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FUNZ81 1/17/2014 12:58AM

    What a great idea! I remember tasting my kids baby foods when they were tiny. Not bad, I thought. However, the veggies were sadly lacking in flavor and texture. I would often mix the fruit with the veggies to make them more palatable. Looks like the baby food people got smart, tool One warning--watch out for fat content. Happy snacking! emoticon I like your idea of offering it to the ill and/or elderly. Wish I had thought of that when DH was in the hospital and refused to eat any of the awful looking stuff they brought to him.

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LJCANNON 1/16/2014 11:22PM

    emoticon I have to check those puppies out!! I wonder if the 'Serving Size' would be different for an Adult as opposed to a Child? Best part is they should Travel well in my Lunch Box, and it would be a Great way to get in Extra Veggies!!

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Today's funny...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Signature line - I forgot whose SparkPage It was from, but I thought it was funny & shares it with some of my non-Spark kin and friends -

"My psychologist's name is Harley Davidson !"

(Apologies for any typos - can't find reading glasses and I am on my iPhone with my increasing blurriness...).

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1CRAZYDOG 1/16/2014 11:38AM

    Love it! HUGS

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SUSANBEAMON 1/16/2014 12:37AM

  you can't be uptight on most roads at those speeds on only two tires.

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UMBILICAL 1/15/2014 11:53PM

  Dear Harley D!

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