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Mt Lassen pics and recent musings

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tim having an all out glorious moment. The water in the background is Lake Helen, and in person it actually is as blue as it looks. Divine.

Lake Helen without the hubs blocking the view :p It is small in circumference, but HUGE in beauty.

First view of the geothermal activity at the end of the Bumpass Hell hike. From this point on it was a steep decline downhill into the volcanic abyss you see in the background of the pic. The views from within the volcanic pit were well worth the steep hike out of there.

View of a light turquiose thermal pool located at the starting entrance to the geothermal section of the hike.

Steam spouts were dotted throughout this section of the trail.

Strike a pose. This is what an hour of hiking in the sun and an hour of sulpheric-smell explosion does to your facial expressions!!! We were having a blast, but our faces don't disclose this fact in most of the pics taken that day!

Chipmunk enjoying his daily steam bath.

View from the porch swing outside of our lodgings at Child's Meadow. It is a small place about 15 miles from the entrance to the park.

Just a little shot that captured my heart and imagination. I like how the sepia tones make it look like the shot was taken in a different era.

I hope you all enjoy a tiny look into our trip. We had a ton of fun. We needed it more than either of us really knew, and so far it seems to have renewed our spirits. Maybe there really is something to the health properties of mineral springs? ;)

Well, to put it short and sweet, since a few of you were so dear to read my last blog and show curiosity as to the outcome of my "ex-boss encounter" I will briefly detail what happened. All went much better than expected and despite my very best efforts to keep my walls up, they came crashing down after encountering the three smiling faces of her now older and taller children, sincere hugs from her, two glasses of wine and three hours of brutally honest conversation.

Starting Tuesday, on a trial basis, and under the EXACT demands I requested (schedule wise), I will be starting back at the shop. I will be getting her old station, which is the best in the shop, lighting and space-wise. I am not holding my breathe, or expecting anything to happend good or bad. I do not know how we will get along after what happened, I don't know how the clients will take me waltzing back after complete absense for a year................who knows??? No one, especially not me. I have no expectations, and hence I cannot be fully dissapointed if it crashes and burns again. That is my theory anyway.

Well, Tim is heading to Sacramento and we are going to meet for a quick date night dinner before he heads off to his next destination. I despise having him gone like I do, but I do adore the last minute excitement of meeting up with him unexpectedly. After ten years you gotta relish all the spontaneous excitement you can get!!!

Hope you all are good and sparky. BTW, hubs pointed out I can still go to class one day a week with my new work schedule. That is a HUGE bonus for me. I hadn't thought of it, but he mentioned it about an hour ago. I really like that class and since it is 1.5 hours, I think even just one session a week of it is doing quite a bit of good.

Peace to you and yours.

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HIPPICHICK1 11/10/2014 11:21AM

    I can not believe it took me THIS LONG to comment on your blog. OMG. The email (via Spark) was sitting in my inbox just waiting for me to grab a moment.
These photos are amazing. I want to go swimming in that lake! And go for that hike. It's so beautiful.
I know that feeling of needing a break more than you realize. I've felt the same quite recently.
Did you go swimming or go for a soak in the springs?
How is your class going? What is it that you are studying?
Miss you!!

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JUNEAU2010 9/29/2014 7:25PM

    I did that hike years ago and that smell came back in memory immediately! Gorgeous, still!

Good luck with the ex-/new boss situation.

Peace and joy - hope you get many more of those spontaneous moments!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/29/2014 1:36PM

    Yeah, that sepia shot should be on your Christmas cards or something. Way cool. Totally looks like a story from the past

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/29/2014 1:35PM


So glad to see your eggy-smelly smiling face!!! Miss your face I do. You look great!

Okay well those types of conversations are my favorite. Only good comes out of them. I am glad you are living life on your terms. Well done!

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SYDLETZIII 9/28/2014 3:48AM

    Beautiful pictures, hope all goes well for you.

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TWILAQ1 9/27/2014 3:49PM

    Stunning photos and good news all around with the meeting, taking on the job, and still getting to your class. Good stuff!

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CHERYL_ANNE 9/26/2014 8:23PM

    Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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PICKIE98 9/26/2014 8:14PM

    Absolutely beautiful!! Now that you have been there, return trips maybe just the thing to relax and spend outdoor time in such natural beauty!!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/26/2014 7:45PM

    Awesome hike, beautiful pictures.

Glad you can still make your class, I know how much you love it.

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Quick little blog

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

So the happenings here are good, interesting and keeping me quite busy, mentally, emotionally and physically. Tim and I had a MUCH needed weekend getaway to Lassen Volcanic National Park this weekend. It was truly spectacular, and we cannot believe we have lived in the Sacramento area nearly ten years and have never been there. It is just under 3 hours away, and it is wonderful. The people we met were down to earth, friendly and fun, the food was good, the lodging was affordable, but most importantly the environment was a wonderland in every imagineable way. The hike we went on lead to a geothermal section of the park that is exactly like the volcanic activity you see in Yellowstone. Yellowstone is one of our favorite spots, and we could not believe we could see sights nearly as majestic in our own backyard. We are still spellbound, and plan to go back as soon as time permits.

I am meeting with my ex-boss tonight, soon actually. I have not seen her in nearly a year. If any of you read this soon after it is posted, send me some good vibes or prayers, I am quite nervous. I do not believe in having bad blood and she has attempted connection with me on and off consistently over the last year. I decided if she really wants to get together, then maybe we should. It couldn't hurt. There is very little she could say that would make me consider working there again, however, I do not believe in completely burning bridges if you do not have to. We will see how this goes.

I have recieved two phone calls in the last few days from my last job at Travis AFB. Both calls were attempts to get me to go back to work there. Much has changed in the two months since I have left, the general manager and all of the shift leaders except mine were fired, along with one other barber. This happened mid-week last week. The general manager was 75% of the reason I quit, however there were other issues that I am not sure I can overlook, and I imagine are not resolved.

It is a little odd to have two employers actively pursuing me, and I can't say it doesn't feel a little good. I know I am good at what I do, I am hard working, honest and a loyal employee. I know all this, and this is the exact reason I am hesitant to go back to either working situation. There were good reasons why I quit and I am not sure going back will be beneficial to me. But we will see. The only reason I am even able to take my time and be choosy in my job hunt is because Tim is in a stable position at the moment, and we are able to get by comfortably without my income. I have applied to many positions that are of interest to me, and am curious about a few more. We will see where this ball lands. For the moment the idea of doing hair does not excite me, but I have felt this way on and off over the last 16 years and always go back. Sometimes I work through the apathy, and other times I quit and pursue other things.

Exercise has been steady. I am still able to go to the class I have been taking. It is quite challenging, but I do not want to stop. I do have to push myself to get there and do not always make it. I do stay active when I am not going to class though. I may not get my 10 mins in everyday, but I do what I can, and I feel pretty good about my activity level and my eating, for the most part. Water consumption could be a bit better..........track Stephanie, TRACK!!!!!

One small piece of personal excitement that may be happening has kept me on my toes a bit. We have been informed that my nearly 13 year-old step-son wants to come live with us and his Mom seems OK with that idea, for now. This is not the first time this has come up, it is more like the 10th time........but, somehow, I feel we might actually get a chance this time. I am nevous, excited, scared, ecstatic, overwhelmed all at once. I am trying not to get to attatched to the idea because it has come up so many times and fell through each time. However, there is always a chance this time is it, and if it is, I am really excited to have a chance to be a part of his life for more than a couple of weeks here and there. Don't get me wrong, I am not so excited that I am unaware of the challenges that will most likely arise in having a 13 year-old boy move in that has never lived full time with us. He needs his father, that is an unspoken truth, but will it work out? Will his mother be able to accept having him so far away? Only time will tell.

Well spark peeps, I need to get dressed and head out to this long awaited get together with my ex-boss.............wish me luck, I may need it. My tongue is not as tame as it used to me, and I surely to not want to offend her if at all possible. We used to care for one another, let's see if any of those warm feelings still linger.

Bye ;)

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JUNEAU2010 9/25/2014 7:05PM

    Hope the visit with the ex boss went ok. I know what that's like. My stepmother got me when I was 13 and she is one of the best things to happen in my life.

I love Lassen! Glad you had a great time up there!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/25/2014 4:58PM

    Just read Lisa Marie's notes on raising a new teenager I think all her emogis are right on the money. (HA, HA!) emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/25/2014 4:55PM

    Interesting. Well late good lucks to you. I wonder how things went?

Sounds like the beginning of a very happy fall. emoticon May your cup runneth emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/24/2014 1:27PM

    Hope your meeting went well!

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TWILAQ1 9/24/2014 6:40AM

    How did it go last night?

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/23/2014 11:54PM

    You have some good karma going right now to be in high pursuit. Take advantage of it. Who knows they could offer you a higher salary or better position.
Let me know how that goes. Love your stories!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/23/2014 10:46PM

    Things sound like they're really good for you right now. That makes me smile!
This is what it might be like "raising" a 13 yr old boy:
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(coming from a step-mom of a 12 yr old who is now 24)
Your trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park sounds amazing! I hope you took some photos.

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HIPPICHICK1 9/23/2014 10:36PM

    Seeing your old boss? Oh boy. I'm curious as to why...maybe I'll finish reading your blog now but wanted to send you super duper good vibes STAT!!

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Measuring tape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I was reminded at exercise class on Monday about the importance of measuring ourselves. The last time I did this I was shocked at how much my body was changing even when the scale was not moving. Just leaving a quick blog to remind myself to do that today....after I find my measuring tape ;-)

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/10/2014 2:56PM

    It's great advise!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/10/2014 12:35PM

    I'm certain you will have amazing results.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/10/2014 11:28AM

    I def need to measure but I've been avoiding it since re-starting! emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 9/10/2014 8:19AM

    Measuring tape AND progress photos. They are both tools that you can use to document your progress.

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TWILAQ1 9/10/2014 7:40AM

    I always forget to measure, too... Must do that.

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SYDLETZIII 9/10/2014 6:45AM

    hoping you need less measuring tape

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OSDOWNS 9/10/2014 6:25AM

    It is always nice to be surprised!

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Size really does NOT matter.

Monday, September 01, 2014

So, I was going through my clothes yesterday, got rid of a ton, and have quite a bit more to get rid of. Wish I could say it was all too big, bit in reality, most of it just does not seem to suite my taste anymore. What I found, not only from the clothes I gave away, but also from the pieces I kept is, size means nothing. I am wearing a medium dress today, and was wearing a medium dress yesterday. I also have size 18 dresses, and a few sizes between medium and 18. I have medium shirts and XXL shirts. I have size 12 pants, and size 26 pants. I could go on.....I have size 8 shoes and size 10 shoes............etc., etc. The point is, it just doesn't matter. Oh, and I would like to mention, all of these items/sizes mentioned above are things I wear in they all fit. Yes, the smaller sizes may be a bit tight, or are in stretchy materials, and the largest sizes are a bit roomy............but, what I am trying to say is, it is all just a number. If you are comfortable, you feel good, you exercise regularly, eat well, get plenty of water and are emotionally healthy/blanced...............then what size clothes you are wearing really is no ones business and is really, JUST a #. A # that means nothing, unless you let it. I have let #'s define me for awhile now, #'s and bra size, too little/too big. Age, too young/too old, weight, waist measurement, height, credit score, bank account total, zip code..........I think I could go on and on........but really, it is all just a #. Who you are inside, is eternal, and what you should focus on and care about..........the rest is just a measurement of something that really means nothing in the end.

I know this topic is pretty elementary for most of just smacked me in the face yesterday that I saw all of those sizes in my closet, and how could wearing a lower sized item one day and a larger sized item another day make me a better or lesser person??? I think it can't, unless I let it. Cheers sparkies!

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/6/2014 10:54AM

    great post girl! it is funny, i have held on to lots of clothes over the years and much like you i found once i was able to fit into them again most were no longer my style and i had been carting them around for years for nothing! much love to you and i hope you are thoroughly enjoying your kitty time!!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/5/2014 11:47AM

    Sounds like my closet! emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/4/2014 10:37PM

    That's kind of fun!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/4/2014 2:57PM

    Exactly! I totally agree with you.
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HICKOK-HALEY 9/2/2014 1:26AM

    emoticon You are so right!

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SYDLETZIII 9/1/2014 11:51PM

    Keep doing whatever you are doing, it seem to be working for you, both physically and psychologically. Have a great month

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EMMACORY 9/1/2014 10:20PM

    Clothes sizes are ridiculous! It makes shopping more of a chore than fun. Your observations are right on target. emoticon

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New work out class

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today would have been day three of my new workout class.......but hubs came home today and scheduled and impromptu meal with my Mom and sister at one of my fave places to eat in Davis. So, I skipped class. I shouldn't have, but I did. And the meal was wonderful, and the company was even better. I had Heirloom Tomato Pomodoro Spaghetti, mmmmmmmm boy it was good. This area is know for it's tomatoes, so much so that Heinz has a plant in my town. It was nice....this is the perfect season for them too.

The class is great, it is 1.5 hours of torture, but I love it. I have taken it before, years ago, before I started my previous job. I quit going because I was working when it was I am not working, and the class is still going, which is super great for me. My Mom's really good friend teaches it, and she is a PE teacher, so she has years of physical ED type knowledge/experience under her belt. The class is 100 x better than it was last time I took it. More fun, more variety, better equipment, just all around great........oh, and it's FREE!! Really can't beat that. So I am loving it so far. 3 days a week, 1.5 hours/day..........just perfect for me right now. I am still doing self guided water aerobics as often as I can. I have a pretty nice tan going.........and re-highlighted my hair last night........going for the FULL Cali girl look this summer ;)

My kitten is great, he is sitting in my lap, mesmerized by my typing right now. We settled on "Jasper" for his name. It suits him and I love it. I hope we stick with it...........hubs seems like he might want to try and change his name....but it would have to be a SUPER amaz ingname for me to consider it.

All is pretty good here still. Trying to stay as busy as possible, which so far has been easier than I thought it would be.

Just turned the heat off of a big pan of wilted kale, added a little Bragg's Vinegar, salt and pepper and a little organic olive oil from a local farm. It it really tasty. I am already in the mood for fall/winter food. Soup, homemade breads, root veggies, roasted squash.....YUMMMMM!!!

Well, hubs is home, so I will say adieu for now. Keep on keeping on beautiful ones!!!!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/4/2014 2:58PM

    Jasper! Aaawwww...I can hardly wait to see photos!

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TWILAQ1 8/30/2014 10:58PM

    The class sounds fun. Cut yourself a break to do things that are important, like eating out with family.

Jasper's a good name. Repeat it constantly so he'll recognize it. Then you can tell your husband that changing it would be torturous for the little guy...

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JUNEAU2010 8/30/2014 9:12PM

    Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Love Jasper's name!
Free class that's fun?! WOOHOO!

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GERIKRAGH 8/30/2014 1:03PM

    Love the name. Also can't wait for fall.

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RORYLYONS 8/30/2014 1:29AM

    Your class sounds fabuloous....I love your kittys name...Have a great weekend. emoticon

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