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Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


In my last year of high school, Canada decided to switch from dollar bills to dollar coins. Seeing that I'd already been called nickel, dime & quarter for most of my life.... it didn't shock me when I started getting called "Loonie", too. Thankfully, it didn't really stick.


I've always loved pigs. They were my favourite animals at the petting zoos. I have beanie baby pigs, banks, a hat, and a pencil sharpener - among other things. I married into my last name in 1995. When the boys were conceived, I often called them my little piglets.. but "Miss Piggy" became my permanent nickname when, in Kindergarten, one of Colin's little classmates couldn't pronounce Pigott and came out with the alternative. The teacher was horrified, I was not. I like it. Now the only person that calls me by my nickname is Amanda, my good friend and co-worker. End of story. emoticon

  
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ETTEZEUS 3/8/2011 8:38PM

    Ah ha!

(that's it....just, ah ha.....LOL)

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LIZZYP609 3/8/2011 7:06AM

    Awesome! that is funny.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/8/2011 2:29AM

    Ha ha, great stories! Thanks for sharing.

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SEYSARAH 3/8/2011 2:19AM

    I needed to read a light-hearted blog tonight and so appreciate yours! Thanks for sharing and reminding me..it's fun to not take ourselves so seriously!

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Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity

Sunday, March 06, 2011

.....and the reasons why it is the biggest.


When I was in grade 4, about 7 or 8 years old, my school went to the pool for swimming lessons. Even in the beginning, I wasn't really fond of water and I was pretty short - about 4' tall - and the shallow end was 4' so instantly I had an issue. My lifeguard/instructor told me that I had two choices: get in or she would throw me in. Needless to say, the rest of the "lesson" didn't go so well. It was almost 10 years before anyone could get me into water again. I was 30 when I took my next set of swim lessons. I did okay I suppose, I'll never win any medals but at least I won't drown without a fight. The only really, REALLY good thing is that I didn't pass my fear on to my boys. Logan is one step away from "Junior lifeguard" and Colin loves the water almost as much as his brother.
Kind of takes the edge off the insecurity.

  
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TOBEARUNNER 3/9/2011 11:50AM

    Is that Centennial Pool? I took lessons there as a kid too, taking the only school buses us city kids ever got to take! :)

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/7/2011 4:28PM

    I "learned" to ski the same way, courtesy of my uncle. I swore I'd never ski again.

People who threaten others like that should be pushed into their "own pool" of their fear.

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GEOGIRL 3/7/2011 10:56AM

  I'm a totally water phobic so congrats on being able to get back into the water and not passing your fear onto your boys. I've taken adult swimming lessons twice and I still hit panic mode as soon as I know the water is over my head. I'm so not a water person!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/7/2011 9:12AM

    Great job on not passing it on to your boys. That is something to be very proud of. And, for getting into the pool again on your own...big high 5s and hugs for that!

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ETTEZEUS 3/7/2011 12:17AM

    I don't mind swimming in a pool but I hate swimming in the ocean and not knowing what is beneath me in the water....I'm guessing you won't ever catch me doing a tri.....LOL

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LIZZYP609 3/6/2011 8:14PM

    I totally understand! That is one of only 3 fears I have in this world...spiders, heights and water. Good for you to be able to over come them enough to take swimming lessons...I haven't been able to do that, though I have tried. I too haven't given my kids my fears, that makes me feel awesome!

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HEALTH4LYFE 3/6/2011 3:30PM

    Hopefully that method of teaching has gone with the wind... or has been thrown out with the bath water, as they used to say.
Way to go emoticon on supporting your kids and having them be none the wiser about your struggles with the water. And if Logan does become a life guard, perhaps you can feel more secure when you are in the water with him and you won't have to drown. emoticon

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SEYSARAH 3/6/2011 2:25PM

    Kudos for having a healthy attitude around your kids...turnng an unpleasant life episode into something you can be proud of..in this case being able to encourage the boys in swimming is tremendous..you're a great mom.

So what if you will never be the great swimmer..there's a huge amount of stuff you are superb in.

The method of sink or swim years ago thankfully is no longer the way to teach..I'm sorry you had to go through that.

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BLACKROSE_222 3/6/2011 1:11PM

    Wow, that's an amazing story. I never understood that method of teaching (if you ever want a small laugh, Bill Cosby has a pretty funny routine on teaching his children to swim - Couldn't find it on Youtube, but if you ever come across it...), as it just teaches children to fear the water AND the instructor. I'm very grateful to my Aunt, as she was the one who got me into swimming at a very young age - and made sure I stayed there.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/6/2011 12:44PM

    Oh, Penny, I totally understand. I still don't really swim. I have taken adult lessons, both group and private and it's still an issue for me. My kids both love the water -- my daughter is at swimming lessons now. It's a huge deal for me to ensure they don't fear water the same way I do. When they get a little older, I want to take more private lessons. I will beat this fear, I will!

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Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Thursday, March 03, 2011


I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to. Tommy taught me that.

  
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ETTEZEUS 3/5/2011 1:25PM

    YEAH! You can!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/3/2011 9:12AM

    Your arms ARE sweet!!! And you look so healthy!!!

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SEYSARAH 3/3/2011 8:00AM

    Apicture says a thousand words and this one sure did that..talks about your efforts, likes, compassion etc..without saying a thing.

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LIZZYP609 3/3/2011 6:47AM

    Sweet! BTW, Your arms look great

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MKKAYA 3/3/2011 2:24AM

    You look awesome!!!!

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Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

I canNOT pick just one. For those of you that don't know, I used to be a personal trainer. I've since let my certification laspse because I couldn't count on thevariable income from PTing - not being a single mother of two. I still wannabe one when I grow up. So here are some of the people that inspire me to be a better motivator.

  
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TOBEARUNNER 3/9/2011 11:51AM

    Of course your Canadian friends know Paul Plakas! Great choices!

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 3/7/2011 5:46PM

    Paul pisses me off more than he motivates me LOL

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/4/2011 12:07PM

    I didn't know you were a trainer Penny. That's very cool! It doesn't surprise me though. You're very encouraging! Your boys come by it honestly emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 3/3/2011 11:25PM

    That's Paul Plakas in the black shirt. He does a show called X-Weighted.
~p.

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ETTEZEUS 3/3/2011 9:32PM

    Hum , I know 3 out ot the 4...whose the guy in the black T?

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CANDIS799 3/2/2011 10:21AM

    I love Jillian, too!!

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LIZZYP609 3/2/2011 6:56AM

    great inspiration! I didn't know you were a PT either!


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SEYSARAH 3/2/2011 1:33AM

    Wow I had no idea your background included being a personal trainer..that's neat!

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Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die

Tuesday, March 01, 2011




You're getting a two-fer today. I'd love to do one full marathon and the one I'm choosing is in Cincinnati. I'd also like to go hot-air ballooning. Seems like maybe the marathon has their own balloon... maybe *I* can get a two-fer when I go.

  
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ETTEZEUS 3/3/2011 9:30PM

    Oh oH OH!! I want to do this one too! Let me know when you think you're going to do it and I'll try to then too!!

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MKKAYA 3/3/2011 2:26AM

    that would be a good one for a marathon - I was thinking maybe vegas too???

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RUNNINGWILD 3/2/2011 1:29AM

    Billie - the shirt says "I'll run a marathon when pigs fly". Which is pretty much what I've always said, LOL.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/2/2011 1:18AM

    I bet a lot of amazing things happen the day of that marathon... you know, "that'll happen when pigs fly?"

It sounds like it would be a fun race for sure!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/1/2011 9:51AM

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LIZZYP609 3/1/2011 7:36AM

    What an awesome goal! I was thinking more along the lines of a dream vacation!
Good for you! emoticon

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SEYSARAH 3/1/2011 4:36AM

    The two-fer would be wonderful..should be a great marathon too with opportunity to meet up with fellow Sparkers!

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