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Today is my gift

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Got really angry about some things today. I knew it was coming. I know it's not over (it may never be over)! However, I can't control the person and the situation that is causing the anger. Hell, they are what they are, they can't even control themselves.

I have so much to say....especially when I am angry.

But you know what? I am not gonna vent that all over you today my fellow Sparkers.

I am gonna take the anger and put it to good use. I am gonna clean until I can't clean anymore.

The house could definitely use it. (No, let's be truthful....the house has been begging for it for some time now....LOL.) Is your house begging for it too?

Besides I clean better when I am angry. Look out germs, dirt, and things out of place, you are about to get all shook up!

Why this change of heart? I saw a quote that made me step back and rethink a couple of things. Don't know exactly why it struck me so hard but it did make me think "Today is my gift". Perhaps it will do the same for you...

We have choices. Let's make the right ones.

"Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful." ~ Annette Funicello

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 6:27PM

    Understood - you didn't cause it; you can't control it; you can't cure it. Instead you are taking care of YOU.

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LITERARY_CHICK 7/15/2011 10:49AM

    I clean when I'm stressed. There is nothing better than seeing a beautiful room all organized, dust free, cobweb free and shiny clean to help you feel relaxed.

Good job not letter your anger take you to the fridge!

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ANATASHIKI 7/14/2011 3:24PM

    it will be over ! I hope God , the universe , whatever takes her out of your way! I managed to clean my house last week , this weekend I'm working ad next week start operation decluttering emoticon
P.S. all days are my gift : )

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TERESA159 7/14/2011 2:29PM

    Oh yeah, I like to do that too! And you can fume with anger the whole time you clean and by the time your house is sparkling, you've come to some pretty good conclusions about the whole deal.
And yes, my house needs a good spring (summer?) cleaning but I haven't had anything make me that mad lately.

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TALLGUY42 7/14/2011 12:04AM

    I admire your ability to stay composed and turn your stress into a motivator.

I have tried that so many times and, regrettably, failed.

Here's hoping that person who is incessantly p**sing you off finally gets a life of their own and leaves you alone.

Comment edited on: 7/14/2011 12:07:11 AM

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JADE465 7/13/2011 1:17PM

    I love your energy and how you decided to keep positive even when things around you don't make it so easy to be positive. I'm glad that you decided to be proactive and tackle something that will keep your mind busy for a while. Plus, you get to clean the house while you're at it, too.

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GEMINIAN1 7/13/2011 12:57PM

    My emoticon goes out to you.
I'm real proud of you ... :-)
Hang in there.
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KRISTOLJONES 7/13/2011 12:18PM

    ...that's why it's called the 'present'. Good choice!

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LUVS2WIN67 7/13/2011 12:16PM

    I love your positivity! You go ahead and take all your frustrations out on your cleaning! Think I will remember that for the next time I'm ticked off!

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I knew it - LOL - artificial sweetners are fakers

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Read this article:


I know that when I have one diet coke I would like 2, 5, 9 or maybe 57 more. That stuff is like crack cocaine for me. (Yet I must confess that I have a glass beside me now. Darn! .....and yes I want more.)

Most the time I can resist it's siren call. Today, I got sucked in totally!

A big bag of rice cakes and a BIG Diet Coke. She hangs her head in shame.

Diet coke is supposed to be a freebie treat. I drink it. I desire it. I drink more. A vicious cycle. Think it may be possible to correlate my low moods to drinking diet soda too.

In denial, my mouth wants it. Part of my brain says it's OK, fine really! --- NO calories, NO fat. When am I gonna learn that there are no freebies....? There is moderation. Except when you are like me and have to admit you can't do Diet Coke in moderation.

more, More, MORE is way better.

Hormones. A rough day. A tiff with my sister. Dad's blood pressure soaring out of control again. Having to deal with the step mother as she rapes and pillages (divorce trauma) and just adds to my Dad's misery.

I am gonna finish the glass beside me. Don't have the will power to pour it out.

But with you behind me, my steadfast Spark friends, I do promise not to have any more today. For just the rest of the day I can do this.

One day at a time.


If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins

- Walter D. Wintle - 1905

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MSKIZ69 7/11/2011 9:23PM

    Diet soda IS addicting-I had to go cold turkey and haven't regretted it since. emoticon

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LITERARY_CHICK 7/8/2011 1:51PM

    I fight the same battle. For me, I'm slowly reducing my consumption of sugary (or fake sugary drinks) a little at a time but I am not looking forward to the day I have to go cold turkey.

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NINJA_SMOO 7/5/2011 5:43PM

  Interesting article. Thanks for the read :) I was already anti-artificial sweeteners. Those poisons give me a migraine any time I ingest anything with them in it.

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/5/2011 5:30PM

    I totally get it. I feel the same about sugar and coffee. Must have it!


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    OH I can so relate I just gave up diet soda a week ago today, it's been tough but worth it!

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ANATASHIKI 6/30/2011 1:57PM

    I don't know , I don't feel any addiction. I don't drink it ,only when I go out when the others drink beer but that's rare. I drank huge amounts last 2 months when i was studying the nights for an exam but not anymore and I don't feel any craving. but I also think it's not good and messes up with the carbohydrates metabolism .

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/30/2011 1:44PM

    Drats! You would never suspect diet soda to be evil, but I guess you just never know!! Secret saboteurs!

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LOUISEMID 6/30/2011 1:08PM

    DANG IT! *Hugs my diet soda* From my cold dead fingers you hear me?!

*sigh* Time to lose one more vice of mine.


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Where does all that fat go?

Monday, June 27, 2011

I pick up the reduced fat cream cheese and the NO fat cream cheese to carefully compare labels to make the smart choice. But something is bothering me... what do they do with the extracted fat? I mean really, it must go somewhere, mustn't it?

I have often wondered where does all that fat go?

Why do I ponder this? Because it is just another little something that someone is not telling us.

- Is it converted into something better?

- Is it stockpiled in big warehouses for when extra fat is needed (think extra creamy ice cream...LOL)?

- Does it go to those starving children in 3rd world countries (or in our own backyard for that matter) that really need it?

- Do they wait until the middle of the night and truck it to be dumped in the bushes when they think nobody is looking?

These are the types of things that I wonder about. Certainly I don't want to be selfish and cause great harm just to save a few calories and grams of fat, do I? What are the ramifications on the planet when I choose fat reduced or fat free?

I wisely choose healthy and to have less jiggly bits on my person. We have been told that path to success is exercise and eating right. Eating right means less fat. Right?

So where does all that fat go?

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BBORDEN86 6/30/2011 12:36PM

    I think they distribute it to all the restaurants around the country and that's why there are so many disgusting choices when you eat out. Lol.

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JRBASKIND 6/30/2011 12:12PM

    In the old, old, olden days fat was rendered down into soap. Maybe they are starting up that practice again. It would be a good use for it -- better than eating that icky stuff!
That's just a W.I.G. (Wildly Impulsive Guess)


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NEW_PARADIGM 6/29/2011 7:57AM

    LOL, hmmmm. Is THAT how they make restaurant food so fattening?

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ANATASHIKI 6/27/2011 12:22PM

    don't worry , it's somewhere with a shiny label and the word healthy on the cover emoticon

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CLARKINWEST 6/27/2011 11:52AM

    It's here! On my gut! I wondered why I wan't loosing but now I realize it's because they sneak into my house at night and inject all that old, discarded fat into my hips! emoticon

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MELLABELLAS 6/27/2011 11:37AM

    LOL great blog! I totally pictured them sneaking fat off in barrels during the night. Thx for posting!

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/27/2011 11:26AM

    HA HA HA! This made me think of the article I read a few weeks ago about liposuction. It said that whenever people suck the fat out of one body part via liposuction, it reappears someplace else! Holy moly! So you lose the thighs and gain muffin top? Glad I never considered that route!!

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SARAH_ARAUJO 6/27/2011 11:15AM

    I guess some of us are content in knowing the fat is not going on us and that is where our curiosity ends. LOL however now you have SPARKED my interest.

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Random Thoughts and Questions

Monday, June 13, 2011

Do things taste better after you workout because you are so gosh darn hungry or because there is some sort of mental spice that get added to your meal from the pride of having completed your workout?

Just how terrible is it to give into the urge to have a Diet Coke?

Life is good when you have friends that do nice things for you. I hope that I am as good a friend to my friends! (Thanks to Don for fixing my flat in my hot, sweaty hour of need.....and.....then some.)

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? ~Author Unknown

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard (Thanks to Joy for the tomatoes, peppers and cucumber....YUMMY) Homegrown veggies are the best. Because they are grown with love.

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. ~Alfred E. Newman

Take time to think things through and do the best that you can. For you, your kids, the rest of humanity and the planet. We all depend on each other.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LITERARY_CHICK 6/16/2011 11:53AM

    Very funny about the lemonate/furniture polish.

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4EVER21B 6/14/2011 12:19AM

    Love the way your mind works! Have a great week! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/13/2011 5:20PM

    LOL - I guess that's why I can eat a Power Bar or Cliff Bar or dehydrated dinners when I'm backpacking, and they make my mouth water. But if I try them at home...ugh! As for the Diet Coke, I am in the camp that doesn't have any issue with that, only I drink Coke Zero. I don't have one every day, or if I do I only have one, but it's never accompanied with any guilt and it doesn't make me crave sugar or anything...in fact it makes me feel really full. Thanks for the other thought-provoking comments and funnies.

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ANATASHIKI 6/13/2011 4:45PM

    do you really expect answers? ok, first -it doesn't , it's an illusion emoticon
not terrible at all.
yes , that's true . I'm sure you are.
who knows? maybe. anyway part of the dead animals is in the vegetables and fruits : )
hmm , we have a garden , for me it's the symbol of the lack of love but I suppose it's not the garden's fault.
that's because we're too lazy to actually make our own lemonade.
me , planet , no kids , humanity, hm, it kind of competes with planet lately.I hope the planet is stronger emoticon

Comment edited on: 6/13/2011 4:46:31 PM

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Can I be a blogger with a following when I grow up?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Can I do this?

Do I have what it takes to make a difference in another's day? Maybe even some total stranger in cyberspace....

Will "they" get my humor?

Laugh with me (this is very, very, very important), cry with me, share the happiness, see something new, and open their hearts/minds? There will be days of anger and angst. (Can they read through the emotion to understand the yin/yang realities of life that I ponder? Where there is joy, there can be also be pain.)

This is about a bizarre type of connection. The ability to say what I want and connect with someone on some positive level.

There is only one way to know.....

(She backs up a couple of steps. Takes a deep breath and presses "Post Blog Entry".)

Quote for the Day:

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
~ Henry David Thoreau

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEENY_BIKINI 6/14/2011 9:15PM

    Yay you! You can be anything you want and more!

Yay again!!


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ANATASHIKI 6/13/2011 12:38PM

    say what you have to say , it doesn't matter if they like you or not. some will like you , some not, just like "real"life

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KINSBAILE 6/13/2011 12:34PM

    Of course you can!

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YOOVIE 6/13/2011 12:16PM

    Yes but its a two edged sword. Some people will be motivated and some people will hate you.

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RUNNER12COM 5/22/2011 11:34AM

    The simple answer, absolutely. And it starts with the confidence to say what is on your mind, to speak from the heart, and to be willing to put yourself out there.

Seems like you are off to a great start!

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