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Hi and Goodbye

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Itís been awhile, not because Iíve fallen off the wagon, but because Iíve been enjoying life. My weight has stayed constant since I reached my goal in 2008. I still eat out and cook elaborate meals, but I seem to have found a balance. My running fell by the wayside, but now that the weather is starting to clear, Iím planning on taking it up again.

Lots of plays, games, ballets, concerts, trips, etc. with the love of my life. Iím still reading as much as I can, but am also working on a cross-stitch project for Christopher. Iím also working on a couple of writing projects. Then thereís gardeningÖ

This past week I took vacation in order to supervise the building of raised garden beds. My son did a great job. Sure, it took longer than I thought it would, but they look great. Heís adding some finishing touches to the drip irrigation system and hauling off all of the trimmings (bamboo and other ďweedsĒ filled the area that I now call my garden.) Looking forwards to seeing sprouts and using the bounty for our meals.

Just wanted to check in with all of my friends now since I probably wonít be on this site muchÖ Good luck to everyone on your weight loss goals!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/19/2011 3:49PM

    Checking in to see how you are doing

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SUBSMITH 10/12/2011 8:44AM

    I am back Sparking and checking in on old friends. I need to find my balance still; but certainly enjoying life more than when I began this whole thing. I am working on raised beds for gardening as well. I hope you had a great bounty last year. I'm about ready to stop the work on the raised beds and just PLANT. It's getting late in the season. Winter is my favorite time to garden in S. Calif. I'm planning on putting in....
arugula, lettuces, cabbages, brocolli, kale, mustard, chard, turnips, radish, beets, peas, cilantro, parsley, flax, carrots, and lots of onions, leeks, garlic, green onions, shallots... and lots of flowers for interest and to bring the butterflies and hummers around.

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 4/13/2011 8:25AM

    I hope to someday be able to write a blog just like yours Karen. But, for now, I need Spark People every day to help me get where I'm going.

I'm so happy for you!

~ Candi

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BECOMINGDEB 4/5/2011 5:13PM

    It's nice to see you, however irregularly! Glad you are enjoying life!

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WEEZIE30 4/5/2011 3:58PM

    Congrats on the garden. My husband built me raised beds for my garden a few years ago and they are fabulous! And what a great son for helping out.

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ETWBOK 4/5/2011 3:51PM

    That's really wonderful and just where I hope to be one day! A nice, balanced, full life, living at goal weight forever! (give or take a pound or two!)

Best wishes! emoticon

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JTREMBATH 4/5/2011 3:20PM

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NOMUFFINTOP3 4/5/2011 3:14PM

Way to go. Enjoy your hobbies! emoticon

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AJOHNSON27261 4/5/2011 3:07PM

    emoticon! Go enjoy your life you deserve it!

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Catching Up

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I have to comment on the fabulous meal we had at Capitol Garage on Monday. We had a coupon, which offered a pitcher of beer or a bottle of wine and two entrees for $29.95. The food was wonderful and well-proportioned. I'm sure we could have done without the beer, but it did add value to the coupon.

We were less-taken with the intern production of Space Grrls at the B Street that same evening. The storyline was simple, but they could have done so much more to engage the audience. We ended up leaving during intermission; neither of us caring how it ended.

On Tuesday we watched Nowhere in Africa. It's an award winning foreign film set during WWII. We generally analyze character motivation, plots, etc. after we watch a film like this. Somewhere in my analysis, I'd made a comment about the wife's cheating (although she did it to gain something for her husband,) but I coupled that comment with another based on her generally negative treatment of her husband.)

This morning, my sweetie told me that he loves me so much, that it would be ok with him if I ever cheated. He continued to say that he didn't think I could do anything that would change the way he feels about me. You have to realize that this is the same man who early on in our relationship made it very clear that he could tolerate cheating.

I think that this is the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me.

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MGARREN 6/22/2010 12:34PM

    Sounds like a fun week. My DH and I keep promising ourselves that once the last kid leaves the nest we too will get to have a fun filled life with arts, movies, and dining out.

Does Capitol Garage have a semi decent vegetarian selection in addition to their meat courses? DH is gonna owe me a dinner out, after he gets back, something other than family style restaurant might be a nice change of pace.

Peace, M

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MISS_VIV 6/20/2010 12:23PM

    Another enchanting report of dinner out. I don't care for duck, so would have gone for the lamb . . sounds wonderful. Have a great day.

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FITKAT2010 6/16/2010 6:25PM

    Well I wouldn't want to test him on this issue.

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KGLOVER71 6/16/2010 1:48PM

    Yum. I live in a very small town, which has its perks, but your post makes me long for a day in the city . . . good food, the arts, conversation. You are lucky to have someone who loves you so.

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SACTOKAREN 6/16/2010 1:01PM

    I ordered the duck breast, although I like lamb as well. It was served with sweet potatoes, asparagus and carrots and the lamb has a bosenberry sauce. It was great.

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FRANCLYN 6/16/2010 1:00PM

    Awwww. How sweet.

Sounds like a great deal on your meal. What did you order? You always pick (and often cook) such nummy sounding things.

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Bombay Bar and Grill and Love Child at B Street

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Although the service was excellent, the menu offerings varied and the prices reasonable, the food itself was just ok. Having read a review we knew to order our dish spicy, since they tend to run on the mild side and we like spicy and hot. The only somewhat spicy item on the entree was the dah (lentils.) The coconut chicken didn't have a bit of spice, although was flavorful. The vegetarian appetizer was flavorful and abundant and between that and the one entree we shared, we were full and had leftovers (enough for lunch today.)

Love Child is a two-person, 20+ part play that was often confusing, sometimes funny and definitely needed a pause at the end for the audience to digest the outcome. All of the lines throughout the play were delivered at high speed including the conclusion and although we "got" what happened, it would have had more impact if we'd gotten the binding pieces of the story in bits instead of one non-stop monologue. This was only the 3rd night of the play, but the actors knew their lines (including the varied voices and mannerisms) flawlessly.

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XTMONT 6/9/2010 3:55PM

    Thanks for the review!

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MISS_VIV 6/9/2010 11:29AM

    I enjoy our reviews of the events and places you visit. They are always interesting and informative. You go to some of the neatest places.

Thanks for the uplifting blog, Karen.


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Friday, February 05, 2010

Since I whined in my status update today, I thought I would turn that seemingly "bad" stuff into good in my blog.

I didn't get much sleep last night because of noisy people in my house. It was the first night I'd spent at home since December, so my sleepless nights have been kept to a minimum as opposed to the days when I had no where else to go and the same thing happened. Plus, I was able to finish reading Her Fearful Symmetry and start The Lacuna, which I couldn't have done in my sleep.

No hot water this morning. Well, if I'd remembered to turn the electrical back-up on (our water heater is solar and without the sun, there's no hot water) while I wasn't sleeping, then I would have had hot water at home this morning (it takes about 2 hours to fully heat the tank.) If I'd done that, I would have used more electricity which is getting quite expensive. I probably wouldn't have remembered to turn the electricity off after my shower, so I would have been burning additional electricity all day today.

The other good thing about this is that I have the ability to shower at work. We have a wonderful set-up in my building (one of three connected buildings) with 5 showers, dozens of lockers and good lighting. The hot water is plentiful and I'm not paying for the electricity to heat it. It was a ghost town in the locker room this morning since it's a furlough day, so I had the place to myself. I already had my running bag packed (the bag with my toiletries, towel, extra clothes, etc. for when I run during the week,) so I didn't forget anything.

Lastly, the Arco ATM. Well, if I'd showered at home this morning, I probably would have gone inside the store to pay for my gas instead of getting frustrated with the machine that kept refusing my $10 and $5 and the ATM slot which although it accepted my card, told me the Network was down. My gas light just went on so I should have plenty of gas for the drive home. Maybe I'll find a cheaper station. Maybe I'll get some crisp $20 from the ATM at work so I can pay cash for my gas and not get stuck with the $.45 ATM fee.

The day is looking better already. It's after 10 and I'm ready for a walk in the sun.

Thanks for listening!

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KGLOVER71 3/24/2010 6:12PM

    I hope every day since has been great!

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/8/2010 11:46PM

    We don't have solar heating our water but we recently had solar paneling installed on our roof for running the electricity for our home. DRASTICALLY reduced our monthly bills. We did it at the right time, very nice rebate from the state and federal government. I understand the lack of hot water, that used to happen to me while growing up. Have a good one.

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ROXIELADY 2/24/2010 2:24PM

    "Shake your booty! "

haha! I did just that, thanks!

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GYPSYHEART 2/11/2010 9:08PM

    Being able to shower at work was a blessing. To save money you could do that almost every day you work. Having to turn the heat off and on for your water heater must be a pain though. My gas water heater doesn't cost too much to heat, but electric, OUCH.

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MISS_VIV 2/5/2010 2:49PM

    I can woefully relate to the lack of hot water at home. It used to happen to me ALL THE TIME. I went tankless and no more problem AT ALL..

Glad you had all the options available to you.. Thank goodness for furloughs. emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 2/5/2010 1:51PM

    There is always a bright side to everything.I know about Solar.When I first moved to Southern Calif.I stayed at my sisters house.10 miles from Temecula,no electric y.we had to use oil lamps and solar power.Now it is a city type area and her home is worth a lot.She still uses some solar.
Keep up the good day! Have a warm weekend! emoticon

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2009 Wrap-Up

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

It's been awhile since I've blogged. It seems as if the more time I take on vacation, the less time I have to do the usual things.

I didn't bake as much as I'd planned to over the holidays. This is a good thing as I would probably have overindulged.

I had the few days before Xmas to myself as Christopher worked. I took my sons, RJ and Austin and Austin's g-friend, Ashlie to breakfast with my ex meth-addict's folks. Long story there, but the short of it is that his step-dad found me through my work email and has stayed in contact with newsy stuff over the past couple of years. I really like them and they've always treated me and my kids well.

The breakfast was nice and even though I'd invited them and planned to pay, Doug wouldn't hear of it. He's very old-school. So I ate my breakfast and let him pay. We did give him a 6-pack of the beer we made. He was pleased.

From there, we headed up to Apple Hill. It was raining on and off, so there were few people visiting there. We went to the Jack Russell Brewery, Lava Cap Winery, Boa Vista Orchard and Boeger Winery. After buying up all sorts of goodies, we headed to Folsom for some beer making supplies and a wonderful lunch at Mandares. That was a good day.

Christopher hosted Xmas eve at his house, but I did all of the cooking. We had all of my kids, plus spouses and g-friends. As is my family tradition, we opened gifts, too. However, Christopher and I saved our gifts for each other for Xmas day.

I also cooked on Xmas day, but it was just the two of us. As usual, Christopher surprised me with thoughtful gifts that show he knows what I like.

I left him the next morning and he headed out to pick up his kids. I didn't see him again until last Wednesday when we went to visit his mother in Modesto. Christopher's son joined us, but his daughter opted to go shopping instead. His mother is sweet and very proud of him. We had a nice lunch and we back home by 4.

I cooked a duck for New Year's eve. We watched a movie, played Mastermind and then read until midnight. The next morning, after a 3 mile run, we met my kids, plus spouse, girlfriend and friends (for a total of 9) at IHOP for breakfast. This has been a tradition for the past few years, but next year we're going to try a different place.

I ran my first 5K of 2010 on Sunday. I am so happy that I beat my pace from the last 5K and came in 10th for my age group. Here's a link to the race results:

It felt good, too. I'm looking forward to the next 5K in February.

So my 2009 wrap-up has bled into 2010... guess that's all for now.

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RONNIEHUEY 1/13/2010 12:11PM

    I checked out your Blog because I kept seeing your name on some of the sites I belong to.I grew up in the Marysville-Yuba City area.I married somebody who grew up in your area.I now live in the high desert of Southern Calif.
Congrads on reaching goal.Keep up the good work!

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JENNY888 1/6/2010 5:37PM

    Thanks for the update and congratulations on your 5K. It sounds like you ended 2009 very successfully.

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XTMONT 1/6/2010 1:59PM

    Congrats on the 5k! You're really kicking it big time!

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BECOMINGONE 1/6/2010 12:23PM

    Sounds like a family-filled holiday with all the chaos and love possible. You are lucky your children live closeby and want to spend time with you!


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GUSSYLYNN72 1/6/2010 12:08PM

    Woohoo. Congrats on your 5k.
Sounds like you had a nice holiday. So glad.

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