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Road Treasures and Starting at Square One

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I was so lucky to be able to get outside on such a beautiful day to go for a run on my lunch hour. Sunny and 80 degrees, woo hoo. Great workout, you know you've done it right when you have shin sweat. emoticon

I have to say it is very frustrating having to start my running over from Square One. Since I injured myself back in November, it's been pretty sporadic - meaning the running. I've just started back with a regular routine of twice a week 2-3 miles at a time, sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, but at least the pain is manageable and not as often and I've been doing a lot of stretching and icing to keep it healthy. Today was a good day, it was a Forest Gump day - one where I just wanted to keep on running, and running, and running. But, I was on a time clock so had to make it a short one. I am going for a run in the morning before work, just another test of the hip muscles. I'm hoping to run a 5K in May and then hopefully start training for a second half-marathon. That's my goal, so I'm hoping the hip will cooperate. Doctor says I have to increase my mileage slow, and boy do I hate slow, but I am following orders.

I usually find something on the road when I'm running, sometimes a penny, sometimes a quarter, sometimes stranger things like a barbie leg, lol. Today musta been my lucky day. Three of these babies, hahaha. It pays to run.

  
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DGIBSON02 3/15/2012 7:33AM

    looks like you doubled your life savings, lol

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/15/2012 1:40AM

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your run today...weather here was nice too but didnt get around to my biking tonight as I got in late. Here it is another late night so will say nite nite.

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JLITT62 3/14/2012 5:34PM

    Rebuilding is never fun, but oh so necessary. Dang, I never find anything! Just shows you how lucky you are.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/14/2012 4:15PM

    Slow and steady wins the race? I'm not so fast, but I can go the distance -- like Forest Gump. I once thought about running across the USA (virtually of course). I may just have to put that on my bucket list.

Hope your run in the morning turns out great. I love getting out before all the cars stink up the air and listen to the birdies chirp and sing. So refreshing! Plus, you just feel dang good the rest of the day! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/14/2012 4:07PM

    Slow is definitely the way to go with adding mileage. I know how hard it is when you have done more miles in the past.


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SUEAZZI 3/14/2012 3:16PM

    I'll add my 3 cents to your running any day! Slow and steady and you'll be racing in no time. I'm in the process of turning my intervals into just running again and wow, I've got a ways to go to be running like the wind again! Run, Skinny, Run!!!

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DDOORN 3/14/2012 3:12PM

    All right! Way to re-SPARK! :-)

Don

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RIKKI572 3/14/2012 3:06PM

    Three times the luck, you gotta love that! Way to go on the running - I bet it feels great getting back at it.
Wishing you a fantastic day!!

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Great Fun/Food

Monday, March 12, 2012

Boy am I one lucky lady..I haven't had to cook dinner in four days, woo hoo.

Thursday: Went to Applebees to check out their newest server...my DD. It was her first night being a server, she has worked as a hostess for about 5 months and moved up to server so we had to check her out (or harass/embarass her, lol - we did neither, she was actually glad we came in). Her boss came over to our table and told us what a lovely daughter we have, so nice to hear that others think she is as special as we do. Love ya KP.

Friday: My DD cooked cheese ravioli on Friday night, what a special treat to have her make her parents dinner - thanks.

Saturday: Congrats to our granddaughter for winning her basketball championship game, they played awesome and walked away with a huge trophy, enjoyed a quick lunch with the family. Got to watch my SIL play in the coaches bball game after lunch - way to go Danny - so glad you are great influence in the lives of so many kids, you're a great coach.

(SIL, far left - GD, blonde on back row)

Sis and her BF (mostly her BF) cooked a yummy dinner, steamed shrimp with a grilled vegetable medley of red potatos, butternut squash, onions and brussels sprouts - oooh to die for, my new favorite is butternut squash. I have always liked yellow squash and spaghetti squash but was too afraid to experiment with acorn or butternut, but WOW oh WOW was the butternut delicious - lots of recipes in the SPARK Cookbook for butternut so I'm gonna give those a whirl.

Sunday: Mowed the lawn and stayed outside all day. Painted my old birdbath for fun, a great way to relax and enjoy the sunshine.


Sis's BF cheffed up another wonderful meal: crabmeat stuffed mushrooms (I tried one, but not a fan of mushrooms) and eggplant parmesan, and asparagus. I could easily just eat nothing but veggies when it's cooked to perfection. Thanks TD for some great kitchen creations.




Lots of leftover eggplant which means another yummy dinner this evening. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Missing that one hour of sleep we lost yesterday with the time change, uggghhh. Wishing you all a great week.

  
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RIKKI572 3/13/2012 8:05AM

    You have been eating well!! Congrats to your GD.
I love the birdbath!!
Have a great day.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/12/2012 11:26PM

    Sounds like you have been eating well and healthy too by the sound of it. Keep up the good work. AZ doesnt do the time change thing so we just have to keep track of everyone else...hope you catch up too!

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NATPLUMMER 3/12/2012 1:32PM

    A fabulous weekend all around!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/12/2012 1:15PM

    Love the food porn! I slice the butternut squash thin, coat it in coconut oil, lay it in a single layer and cook it for about 30-40 minutes at 425. Sprinkle with sea salt, too. Yummy! Your bird bath is emoticon!!!

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SUSANSERENE 3/12/2012 12:58PM

    Yum-O! And lucky you to not have to cook for four days! I'm especially jealous of your sunshine; rain, wind, hail and more rain here! Enjoy!

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SUEAZZI 3/12/2012 12:33PM

    So many delicious recipes! I love squash and like to pic a different one up every other week, my favorites of late are delicate, acorn and spaghetti. Butternut is great, it's the squash I grew up on. Wishing you a bountiful week of yummy meals!

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MYLADY4 3/12/2012 12:31PM

    YUM

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LISAINMS 3/12/2012 10:46AM

    Yum eggplant parm! What is the sauce on the asparagus? I'm missing that hour, too. Ugh.

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JLITT62 3/12/2012 10:27AM

    Do you really have to show me so much yummy food when I'm hungry?

Love the birdbath. Sounds like a great weekend - we had a really nice one too!

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Windshield

Friday, March 09, 2012


"The windshield is bigger than the rear-view mirror because where you are going to is more important than where you have been".

I just love this quote and wanted to share. It's important to see life thru the big picture (windshield). And remember to every now and then take a glance in the rear view to remind you where you've come from and smile knowing the past is safely behind you.

Keep on SPARKING, love to all.

  
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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/11/2012 10:30PM

    Well said and something we should all remember. I have been looking back and wondering why stuff hasnt changed but one needs to get up and change it like we used to have to do the tv...no more remotes for me!

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SAMI199 3/9/2012 6:39PM

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AMYBELLES 3/9/2012 6:36PM

    emoticon quote to always keep in mind. Thanks for sharing!

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NATPLUMMER 3/9/2012 3:40PM

    Awesome!

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SUEAZZI 3/9/2012 2:35PM

    Great quote. I love quotes that imply not to forget where you came from or how far you have come. Have a great weekend!

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LISAINMS 3/9/2012 1:09PM

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/9/2012 9:04AM

    Exactly! Thank you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOILHAM 3/9/2012 8:51AM

    Love the quote, and love the way you find just the right picture for your blogs. emoticon

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DMILLE40 3/9/2012 8:46AM

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RIKKI572 3/9/2012 8:37AM

    I love this quote, thank you for sharing!!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/9/2012 8:32AM

    I thought this might be a "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug" quote, but I like your quote better!!!

Thanks for the reminder!!

Hope you have a great weekend. Looking for sunshine!!!
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LORI-K 3/9/2012 8:31AM

    emoticon I love this. emoticon

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Never Be Afraid...

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Never be afraid to try.

Amateurs built the Ark....


Professionals built the Titanic...



Always remember that YOU have the potential to be GREAT. Try, try and try again - we will all get there together.

  
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SUEAZZI 3/9/2012 2:55PM

    Never give up, try, try again. emoticon

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RIKKI572 3/9/2012 7:11AM

    Wishing you a great day!

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SAMI199 3/8/2012 4:16PM

    emoticon thanks for the inspiration!

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JLITT62 3/8/2012 4:05PM

    Thanks for the morale booster!

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NATPLUMMER 3/8/2012 2:12PM

    Definitely keep trying :-)

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DDOORN 3/8/2012 2:11PM

    Absolutely! We can DO IT! :-)

Don

ps...thx for stopping by my blog!

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DGIBSON02 3/8/2012 11:40AM

    Amateurs may have built the ark, but they were guided by the ultimate set of instructions. Great blog.

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BACKATITAMY 3/8/2012 11:36AM

  Great blog, thanks for sharing :)


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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/8/2012 10:48AM

    I believe I can do this!!! Thanks! emoticon

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POSITIVE_ONE 3/8/2012 10:33AM

    LOVE IT!!! Way to put things into perspective!

SPARK ON IN 2012!!

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If It Floats....

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

If it floats, toss it. That's how to tell if an egg is fresh. Put it in a bowl of cold water, if it floats toss it. (Great tip from my magazine article collection)

I am known to experiment in the kitchen with new recipes. I found a healthy recipe for jalapeno poppers, it looked so yummy I could have eaten it right off the paper, lol. Well last night I finally got to try out this new recipe. Took me a while to prep everything and then I put those babies in the oven. I could almost taste them as they were cooking, ahhhhh the anticipation. They looked great when they came out of the oven, oooooh couldn't wait to take a bite, but had to wait for them to cool. Don't they look absolutely delicious?

The moment of truth....the taste test. Drum roll please........



Blahhhhecckkkk, YUCKO, I wanted to spit it out, yuck, yuck, yuck.

Imagine my disappointment. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I think it was the cornmeal coating, had to have been. Some things you just can't turn into a healthy recipe, you just have to have the fattening option. But my option last night was.... TOSS IT in the trash - not fit for human consumption.

Lesson learned: just cuz you see it in a magazine doesn't mean it's delicious, lol, it was an experience.

  
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SAMI199 3/8/2012 4:18PM

    Darn-I admire your willingness to try new things!

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SUEAZZI 3/7/2012 7:41PM

    I haven't had success cooking with cornmeal. Disaster or not I think it's great that you are trying several new recipes, I love to cook and create, it's so much fun!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/7/2012 1:19PM

    Thanks for the egg tip. Too bad about the poppers. Disappointing.

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NATPLUMMER 3/7/2012 1:14PM

    Oh well...it was worth a try.

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JLITT62 3/7/2012 12:43PM

    Everyone has flops now & again, unfortunately. But it's always so disappointing!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/7/2012 11:50AM

    I was anticipating a different kind of blog from your caption. Glad it wasn't what I thought it was, but I knew about it already if it was. Does that make sense?

I guess those poppers just weren't meant to be! emoticon

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WALKINGRED 3/7/2012 11:40AM

    Oh no!!! And they look so GOOD... Sigh... I guess some things were just meant to be full fat (not me, of course!).

I wonder what would happen if I cut a light string cheese into thirds and broiled them in a halved jalapeno?? Diet people problems... emoticon

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ELAINEROSE5 3/7/2012 10:55AM

    Funny!!! emoticon

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