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Full Day of Accomplishments

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Some days I have more energy to do the necessary tasks and then some. Today was one of those days.

It started with accomplishing chores long overlooked.

Then we went to the polls as a family to cast our votes.

Next, I found lots more unused items to add to our garage sale for Weekend 2.

My DH and I saw our financial advisor to discuss our financial future in light of his recent layoff.

After dinner, I let myself relax and watched the USA Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball matches.

Got in my 30 min of cardio using Wii Fit Plus.

Now I'm crashing! Must get off to bed if I am to carry this adrenaline rush into tomorrow, too.

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LAURENXX19 8/8/2012 12:18PM

    What an awesome, productive day!

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HEYITSLISA 8/8/2012 10:06AM

    Awesome day! I'm never that productive!

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SUNSET09 8/8/2012 9:08AM

  Good going and what a way to end a good day! Make every day count! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDYINBC 8/8/2012 1:23AM

    Fantastic! Wish I accomplished even half your day.

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STARMIZER2000 8/7/2012 10:55PM

  Good job

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When One Door Closes...

Thursday, August 02, 2012

...another one opens!

These past couple days have been really trying. Yesterday my DH lost his job. A job he really enjoyed for the past 6 years.

We have been scrambling to plan for the short-term with what meager savings and the minimal income I make at my p/t administrative job. We're re-doing our family budget and I'm investigating our health insurance options. It if weren't for our deep faith, I can't even imagine were we would be right now.

So, once again I'm taking on the role of "rock" in the family, holding things together. You see, this is the 3rd time in 10 short years my DH has been on the receiving end of such a life-changing event. Companies close or relocate leaving behind capable workers with little or no compassion. It's a blow to ones ego, especially as chief bread winner in our family. I see him aching for answers where there are none. But we have faith and pray for better things to come.

We cannot wait for things to fall into our laps. We must persevere! Work to find that next open door! Yes, through the years I've learned I am quite capable and can carry the weight if I must!

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SUNSET09 8/5/2012 10:32PM

  Your faith and God's mercy will see you through as sometimes, He must move obstacles that are in our way to see great things, good things, signs, wonders and the miracles that are ours through favor. Know that He is working it out for your good. You both will be wooed and understand it by and by! I know, because it happened to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LASKIE2 8/3/2012 11:11PM

    Your are so right about the doors opening, but sometimes windows opens too. You can do it! I will keep you in my prayers!

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MARISPHERE 8/3/2012 8:04PM

    Your family is in my prayers and your attitude is awesome!



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    You have a wonderful outlook on this and am thankful you have your faith to guide you!

Health insurance option: Check into We have used them for about 5 years now and have had no problems. Can definitely find cheaper rates and the trick is checking every 2 years for a different plan/price as the longer you stay with one the higher your payment grows.

Praying for you!

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LAURELSPARK 8/2/2012 12:17PM

    I'll be praying for you and your family. We've been in that situation before and I know how worrysome it is.

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HEYITSLISA 8/2/2012 11:33AM

    Sending positive vibes your way that something will turn up. My DH was layed off 3 summers in a row, and even though they always called him back in the fall when they got busy, it was still tough for him to be off work when he is supposed to be the "man" and make the money! He hated that job anyway, so I convinced him to find a new one instead of just sitting waiting around for them to need him. He now has a job he loves! emoticon

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TALLGIRLX3 8/2/2012 10:46AM

    So sorry to hear. You can both make it through. Sounds like youve come through similiar experiences before. You are lucky to have each other and your faith.

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SILVER1369 8/2/2012 10:41AM

    emoticon for both of you.

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BLACK741 8/2/2012 7:18AM

    So sorry to hear, it is TOUGH, thank God for your deep faith! Good luck in finding another job, hope it come fast!

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JANTWO 8/2/2012 1:09AM

    I hope he finds a good job real soon. He has a wonderful wife!!!! emoticon

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Wii Fit Trick - Changing Your Goal Midway

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

For whatever reason this weekend when I changed my Wii Fit Goal, it ADDED weight instead of decreasing the weight on my 2-week goal. When I couldn't find how to adjust that on the Wii Fit menus, I went to the web and found this information from a Nintendo forum.

"This is actually a common question. Apparently, although there's no manual option to change your goals mid-way, there is a way to "trick" the game into allowing you to change it. You can take a new test, and hold something in your hand that makes you weigh more than your goal. If you went for losing more weight, then perhaps use a pet, or a person who weighs less. That way you can "reach" your goal and set a new one.

Then you can set the new goal to lose the amount of weight you were holding for the test you just did. Then do another test without the extra weight and you'll reach your goal again, and then you can reset the goal to what you really want.

It's a flaw in the game to not be able to do it conveniently which is a shame (thankfully I've never personally had this problem). Anyway, give it a shot and see what happens. I heard there's another way too: If you play the game but it senses you're not making any progress towards your two-week mark, then it might give you an opportunity to change your goal halfway through.

Long story short: It's a tedious process but it is possible. I hope I explained this okay."

So, I stood on the Wii Board with a 10lb Kettlebell in my hand. Instantly my Body Test indicated I reached my goal. Then I repeated the Body Test WITHOUT the added weight in hand to register a new goal.

All is right with my Wii World now!

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/1/2012 8:43AM

    Thanks for the information! I almost set my goal for a gain the other day (thank goodness Plex noticed) and I would have had no idea how to fix it.

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FIT@401 7/31/2012 12:48PM

    I lived with a increasing weight instead of reducing for two weeks. Wish I would have this info. Thanks for the post. Hopefully I won't do that again.

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VALYNN26 7/31/2012 10:30AM

    Thanks for the info. Never had that problem, but I use my wii all the time for my workouts. emoticon

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THEBETH43 7/31/2012 9:12AM

    I stood with a giant 13 lb. teddy bear to do this.


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Let the Games Begin!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tonight I watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics. I'm so excited to watch the games. There are several favorites that I'll try to catch all the action.

Volleyball is on top of my list. Then there's swimming, soccer and sand volleyball.

Tennis and basketball may be interesting with all the professional athletes competing this year.

With all the coverage on all the NBC affiliates (Bravo and others), we could be glued to the TV. So glad to have a DVR!

UPDATE: I was so tired I neglected to mention gymnastics is also one of my favorites. Yikes!

I'm hoping we lead all the other nations in medal totals.
U - S - A!
We're also flying our flag these next 17 days! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 7/29/2012 9:24AM

    I got to see the Women's Vollebyall with USA vs. Korea. What an exciting game!! Go USA!!!!

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    All I have is "air" and online streaming so I won't be as glued as many could be! LOL

My favorites are beach volleyball (although the girls could wear more for modesty purposes) and diving.

What did you think about the opening ceremony?

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HEYITSLISA 7/28/2012 9:03AM

    I wish I could get into the Olympics more. I feel so un-American saying I don't watch them! emoticon
I usually just keep track of the medal tally, seeing who won what.

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JANTWO 7/28/2012 12:30AM

    DVR is a great invention!!!!

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SLUNDQUIS 7/28/2012 12:18AM

    I'm not sure I have a favorite, but I'm with you here. I just blogged about it too.

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Volleyball is Still FUN for me!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Ever since I was young and played in the CYC league through school, I've always loved volleyball. Though I was never really a standout player, I held my own and played throughout high school earning a Varsity letter.

After college intramural leagues, I would play in a few co-ed recreational leagues for fun and to go out for drinks afterwards. At one point, I was playing on three teams at different locations on separate nights of the week.

Not only is volleyball something I love to do, it is how I met my DH. We were on the same volleyball team and he finally got the nerve to ask me out on a real date, not just to the group outing for drinks afterwards. It's funny, but that volleyball league brought numerous couples to the wedding altar.

However, once we got married, bought our first home and had our DS, those extra things like volleyball leagues fell off our radar.

So today was the first time I picked up a volleyball in almost 8 years. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to hit the ball around with my 7 y/o at his YMCA summer camp. Coach let me return some serves and even participate in game they played during the last 20 minutes. It felt good! I wasn't winded or tired after the 90 minute session.

Kirk still has a long way to go with the improving his fundamentals. He isn't quite sure that volleyball is in his future. But he is trying and learning and enjoying this fun sport just like his mommy and daddy!
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Spark on...
~ Lynn

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TINKSMOM1 7/28/2012 7:37PM

    emoticonMy daughter is starting volleyball this week and is super excited about it! I am too, although I was absolutely terrible at it, myself! lol! Oh well, I'm glad you found your way back to what you love, and have an opportunity to share it with your kiddo! Keep Sparking! emoticon

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SOCDIRECTOR 7/28/2012 12:05AM

    Thank you all for the nice comments in your posts.
Unbelievable! I didn't take pictures of him playing volleyball. Forgetful mommy!

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    How fun! I got back into sand volleyball this summer. Our team is awful, but we have fun!


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HEYITSLISA 7/27/2012 10:34AM

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LAURELSPARK 7/27/2012 6:56AM

    Have a great time with your volleyball. I played in a church league for about 20 years but my back would not let me do it any more. That's okay; I still have biking.

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DOLLYHOLLY 7/27/2012 12:00AM

    emoticon How cool to have met your DH at VB. Sounds like you had fun with your little one! :) Would love to see pics.

I used to play VB too. I loved serving and bumping, but not setting. I just couldn't do the triangle, fingertip setting.

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