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What day is it?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I'm still all mixed up as to what day it is. When I was HOME in the USA, Saudi Arabia changed their weekend days to be more in line with the rest of the Middle East countries. The weekends here used to be Thursday and Friday-Thursday being like your Saturday and Friday being the holy day, now the weekends are Friday and Saturday-with Friday being the holy day and Saturday being, well, Saturday. Our TGIF used to be Wednesday, now it's Thursday and I am so confused still.
I try to grab the wrong side of the refrigerator door to open it, I try to grab the flush handle on the side of the toilet tank when here the flusher is a pull up knob on the top of the tank, here I have a dish washer that, well leaks now, it's still over 100 every day.

My husband who used to be a devout cat hater has decided he wants to take care of a kitten that was born a couple of days before I left in March, now we need to figure out a name for her and get her spayed. soon. And he wants to get the Mama cat spayed too so she stops having kittens.

On the upside, we're not running two households now, I'm not putting gas in my car twice a week, we're not buying groceries for 2 households, we're not running all the electricity in our NH house, I can get back into my cross stitching and I can get back on track with food and exercise because there isn't much else to do here. There are no tasty sweets here like at home, no pork, no alcohol, no bacon, no sausage.

Hopefully Sunday (or whatever day it is) I can start all over and get back on track, plus DH has to go on a business trip for a few days.

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DANLIN60 8/29/2013 10:42AM

    I guess I have missed something but why are you in Saudi Arabia and not here in good old USA?


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NORASPAT 8/29/2013 6:43AM

    I guess you can safely say you are now "ALL MIXED UP" I hope you like cats I used to but after our son,s experience I am off them. I hope you will have it as an indoor cat. It is always safer that way for cat and owners
I hope you wii be adjusted very soon. I am Sparking in the dark and I hope all is better over there. Hugs and missing you. so hopefully we can keep in touch this way. HEEP ON TRACKING, HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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68ANNE 8/28/2013 7:39PM

    so many pluses but so many cons. Good for you and kitty

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NBARNES 8/28/2013 6:06PM

    Aw, glad you're taking care of the emoticon emoticon , what a lovely, responsible DH you have.

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Back overseas

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I'm back in hell, emoticon hate it but it's better than running two households all year. Fighting jet lag big time but it's only been a couple days. Will update later

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GAYLLYNNE 8/29/2013 9:17AM

    Good luck and feel better! Remember to hydrate, it helps with jet lag!

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68ANNE 8/26/2013 6:36PM

    I know you do what you have to but I hope you return soon

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BLUESKY_321 8/25/2013 8:03PM

    So glad you made the most of your time in NH. I hope that those memories will get you through til you are back again!

In the meantime, I promise to complain loudly and often about the terrible winter weather just to make you feel glad to be missing it emoticon

(although I, like you I suspect, enjoy winter in NH just as much as any other season).

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JTREMBATH 8/25/2013 3:10PM

    Hope you enjoyed your trip oversees trip.

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NORASPAT 8/25/2013 2:44PM

    I am happy for your safe journey but not happy you are not happy to be there.
I hope you can get from under the lag and back to your beautiful cross stitch. HUGS and much love emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . Take care and PLEASE stay in touch Pat in Augusta Maine.

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My Bike Week Tattoo

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I just realized I never shared a picture of my Tattoo I got during Bike Week in Laconia NH. It is in memory of my Daddy. And it passed my mother's approval.

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RWETHAIRYET 8/19/2013 8:38AM

    Robin, I love it. Just perfect!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/17/2013 10:52AM

    Wonderful ink, robin! Sherri will appreciate it.

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BRENJET 8/14/2013 8:19PM

    From one Daddy's girl to another...it's beautiful!!!!
Thanks for showing us.


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GRAMMYEAC 8/14/2013 7:33PM

    Yes, you are brave, Robin!

And you are very respectful!


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EBPOOKIE 8/14/2013 12:49PM

    Very nice - you are brave!! I want a dragonfly but haven't quite gone there yet.

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On the downside to vacation

Monday, August 12, 2013

What happened to April, May, June & July? It always seems time goes by so fast when I'm home on vacation but drags on when I go back to Saudi. I'm only home here in the USA for another week then back to hell until the end of May.

My family was here in New Hampshire, we had a fun week of shopping and doing touristy things then we took them back home.

Had my last Dr. appointment today, weight was DOWN!!! I'm so very excited over that. My blood test report was good as well so I can stop a couple of medications. A1C was down a couple of points but not all that great but I will continue to work on that since I can't get sweets and good stuff over in hell.

Had a so so vacation since March, got to see snow, sub-zero temps that I don't normally see, got to watch my Grandson play baseball, got to see a great Friend in Maine (Hi Pat) and see wonderful sights with her and hopefully can do that next summer too. Visited my family a lot, got stuck in a flash flood, buried my daddy. Trying to hold back the tears still, hurts to say good bye to my family and home but it's still cheaper and easier than trying to run two full households year round.

Gotta get my car inspected and registered so it will be ready for me in May.
So that's my notes for now.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/17/2013 10:54AM

    I wish you didn't have to go back but understand. I guess it must make the time you're here bittersweet.

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REBECCAMA 8/14/2013 11:36AM

  Congrats to the scale victory!

Sorry you had to bury your daddy. :-(

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LEANJEAN6 8/14/2013 6:30AM

    so happy for you that yer weight is DOWN--You must've worked at that!!! Good for yu!-Lynda emoticon

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JSTETSER 8/14/2013 6:26AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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68ANNE 8/13/2013 8:33PM

    And so time passes whether we wish it to or not. Enjoy the days!

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BLUESKY_321 8/13/2013 7:31AM

    It sounds as if you lived every day that you were here in the States to the fullest! Can't ask for more than that!

Going back with a good doctor's report must feel good - congrats on that front!

And I'll be sure to post some winter pics in the coming months to remind you how those sub zero temps feel! ha ha!!!!

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NBARNES 8/12/2013 6:40PM

    Good news on the emoticon is always worth sharing!


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Today marks 5 years with SparkPeople

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Today is my emoticon with SparkPeople. What have I done in 5 years?

Through reading the articles, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I have learned the right things to eat in the right proportions, I quit drinking soda, I started eating more green veggies, I've eaten things that I never thought I would and they actually taste good.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I've learned exercise CAN be fun, I like how tired I feel after a good workout, I actually like sweat. I learned you don't really need all kinds of exercise equipment, you can use your imagination

I found out I'm not the only one that has failed and succeeded, and failed and got back up again and I will not fail.

emoticon emoticon I've made lots of great friends, I've cried with Spark friends over losses great and small, I've laughed at stories and jokes, I've learned their tips and tricks for things, I've met some wonderful Spark Friends at our New Hampshire Spark rallies, I've lost friends who are no longer Spark members.

I've shared my stories and my life both here in my home country of the USA and overseas from emoticon Saudi Arabia.

I've really emoticon emoticon HATED some of the changes SparkPeople has made to the site and still hate the changes and liked some others.
emoticon emoticon Spark People has helped me figure out what I was doing wrong and helped me do things right. I may not follow through to the T, but SparkPeople worked for me. I haven't been as faithful and lost all the weight I need to lose but I'm working on it, I may not be around as much as I used to but I still find time to check in and say hello.

Life is going to get a whole lot busier in the next 6 weeks, some good, some not so good or fun but I'll make the best of it.

SPARK ON! emoticon

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68ANNE 7/18/2013 5:44PM

    You are such an inspiration to many people here!
Let's have another 5!


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RWETHAIRYET 7/17/2013 5:32PM

    Robin, you've done awesome. Congrats on 5 years

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EBPOOKIE 7/17/2013 1:15PM

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BRENDAGAIL9 7/17/2013 1:12PM

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I have been here about six years, don't exactly remember the date but, I too, have learned so much here and met many wonderful people. None in person, but you all are close to my heart.

I hope things don't get overly busy for you.

Brenda in Chehalis, WA

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HARROWJET 7/17/2013 11:58AM

    Happy emoticon !

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KACEYSW 7/17/2013 10:57AM

    Congratulations! Thanks for being an inspiration!

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CARI2012 7/17/2013 10:45AM

    Happy Sparkversary! That's so awesome!

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