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Great morning

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wow, what a great week, weekend, and morning I've had. Work has been busy, looks like rent will get paid after all!! Hee! Tim had 3 whole days off this weekend, so we spend extra TLC time together. Went to my Mom's on Saturday after work, had a wonderful dinner. Went to church yesterday, and came home and had ham, scalloped potatoes and carrotts..........and he said it was the "best meal I'd ever made." :) That always feels good to feed the hubby something he likes that has more nutrition in in then he usually gets out on the road. There was enough leftovers that he has most of the first part of this weeks meals to take with him already, which is good on the pocketbook and much better than eating out everyday...........which is what happens when we don't plan ahead.

I spent this morning at the Arboretum in Davis, which is my new fave place to walk. It's a 3.5 mile loop, with water, ducks, redwoods and lot's of other pretty plants and various animals at different times of the year, including turtles and lots of squirrels. I really love it there. It's nice to have a safe, pretty place to go walk, and I love knowing exacly how far it is, so I can try to beat my past times whenever I go. Lot's of people out walking, running and biking today. Very lovely. I jogged a bit of it, but not too much, I was sweating profusely just from my brisk walk. Felt great to start the day off with that.

I went over to my fave thrift store in Davis, and found a pair is very lightly used Dr. Marten' fave boots. They are one of the nicest pairs I've seen. Brown leather, very, very great find. I was a bit shocked when I saw them, I never see those in thrift stores. A guy that works there commented on how nice they were and that he had his eye on them too............of course I had to snatch them up. With a pricetag of $10.00 bucks I couldn't resist. I usually don't pay more than $5.00 for thrift items, but these boots are in really great shape and I'll use them a lot, and I can't afford new ones, so it's an all around win for me! I also was able to pick up a book I wanted last time I was there, I was afraid it would be gone, but it wasn't. I am very happy with today's findings!! I don't know why thrift shopping makes me so happy, but it does. I've been thrift shopping since I was about fact that is where the majority of my shopping has been done since then. Every once in awhile I am super excited by what I find, today is one of those days!!

Going to go pick up Grandpa in a few hours, it's his mani-pedi day. We are going to watch the new Snow White and the Huntsman movie. I saw it in the theater, but haven't seen it since. I think it will be a very nice day for us. He hasn't been over in a few weeks, and it's just us two, so it should be nice. Especially nice to let him come over for a glass of wine, a nice dinner and we can chat about his favorite topic, WWII to celebrate this Vetertan's Day weekend.

Last time I weighed I was only 2 pounds from my 10 pound loss mark........hope I get there soon. It's nice that I'm not giving up. I've seemed to embark on a new path of self acceptance. I know that at the pace I'm going, I won't be breaking any weight loss records, but I don't intend to give up, ever, so I figure everything will move in the right direction in good time. I've done the y0-yo thing so many times, so now, I'm trying the tortoise approach...............he did win the race you know!!!

Hope your week is smashingly lovely in all ways.

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ME_HERE_NOW 11/15/2012 10:09PM

    loving the positivity radiating here, seems like you have a nice balance going right now! proud of you, keep up the good work! :D

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/13/2012 12:56PM

    YES! That is a terrific find! I have been dreaming of getting some docs. I went to the mall on Saturday to price them and OUCH. You are charmed and talented! I really gotta shop with you in daytime living (not only during dreamtime :)

I am completely stoked to hear your acceptance and self-love-support. You won't ever give up! I know that. Everything takes time. Everything that matters at least ;)

Yay, for your special TLC with the hubs!!!

I liked the Huntsman more than I thought I was going to. I know you, like me,think that actor is super hot... I think I remember you saying you found him easy on the eyes after the Thor movie? Anyway, it was fun. Let me know what you think of it!


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HIPPICHICK1 11/12/2012 10:53PM

    Your walks sounds lovely! I wanna be there on one of those walks with you some day.

I love Doc Martens!! I have two pairs of boots - the first purchased in 1992 - are black with rainbow stitching and used to have rainbow laces but they broke. And the 2nd pair I bought in '97. They are a snakeskin print and have the original laces! I still love and wear them. You got a great deal at $10. In '92 I paid $150 for them!

Now I'm itching to go thrift store shopping!!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/12/2012 6:26PM

    What an awesome find. I'm quickly getting addicted to thrift shops!

Sounds like you have some fun planned - enjoy.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/12/2012 4:53PM

    Great job! Congrats on your find! :)

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ENCINOJIM 11/12/2012 3:32PM

  Glad to hear your moving in the right direction. 8lbs lost is better than 8lbs gained... no matter what the pace is. Keep it up!

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November is in full swing....

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I feel like I lost a week somehow, but here I am, back on track, for the most part! I rode with my husband to LA this weekend...........great way to comepletly loose track of time!! I wasn't able to get any fit mins, or eat very well due to bad pre-planning........and I gained a couple of pounds. I think a lot of it is water weight, and plan on losing it quickly, still a glitch in my weight loss routine. It's OK though. I woke up early today and got a nice walk in. I plan some heavy duty cleaning tonight, and maybe a little dancing!! I also hope to get some ST in, it's been over a week since I've done any, and I'm missing it.

I fell out of my husband's truck at the the first stop of our trip south. YIKES! That was not pretty!! I actually got really, really lucky. I could have broke something, but I didn't, praise God!!! So good, I'm just a little sore, a few bruises, nothing major.

So stinkin happy the election is over!! That couldn't have come any faster for me! I am also happy with the results, so all is good here. Tim is also really liking his new job. He gets home multiple nights this week, this week he'll be home three nights in a row!! So cool. I can barely beleive how good everything is going! It's hard to accept the good times after so many hard ones..........but I just stay in prayer, and remain as happy as I can no matter what happens.

Well, I don't have internet at the house for right now, so I can only use the computer at work. That is OK for me, I was starting to miss you guys though!! Just a few days off of here and I'm excited to come back and see all the great work you all are doing! Have a great week, stay positive and I hope you all have your sparks lighted and shining!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 11/9/2012 9:10PM

    i am glad things are running as close to a well-oiled machine as they can :) i love seeing this positivity radiating from you! :D

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/9/2012 5:08PM

    Hello Sugarplum! I was wondering where you went :) I am so happy that you guys are content with the new job! That is great!

I really like the background image on your page. Pretty:)

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/7/2012 9:04PM

    Glad you're back on track, and that you didn't get hurt in the fall! Take care!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/7/2012 8:00PM

    Sounds like you had a good time and you probably deserved the break.

Glad you had a good time, welcome back!

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Holiday musings

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wow, I didn't realize this holiday would stir up so many feelings. But a day to honor the dead, and a day where "souls from the other worlds can come here"(read on wikipedia) should entice some emotions. It is odd being a mixed blood American, I have roots in many places, and my family has been here so long that I've lost most of those roots. I don't know exactly why I do some of the things I do, traditionally speaking. I don't know if it is from my Irish, German, Belgium, or Cherokee grandparents that I get my sense of tradition. It is these people that I want to honor today. After reading the wikipedia info about Halloween, with special attention paid to Samhain, I get a slightly better idea of what today's holiday means to people around the world, and throughout history. But what does it mean to me? When I was a child I LOVED the Dia de los Muertos decorations. Little doll houses with skeleltons. Faces painted as lovely skeletons...........really skeleton anything had me mesmerized. We would go to Olvera Street in LA occasionally and walk in the little stores to soak up all the traditional artistry surrounding the celebration. Even though I was raised with Mexican uncles, and their families, my immediate family did not celebrate this holiday. For us Halloween was always just that, Halloween and nothing more. A time for candy, candy and more candy, sprinkled with a little pumpkin dust and some funny face paint. But I have been craving from deep inside to do more during this holiday. To honor the season change, and honor the past. I plan to spend some time tonight with old pictures, some candles, saying blessings and remembering those that came before me, helping me to be who I am now.

I client just came in, looked at my angel costume and said he thought I was pushing it a little too far!! Haaa! He seemed to think devil horns might be a little more appropriate for today!!Hahahaha.........well, it's my costume and for today, I can be an angel. Tomorrow I'll put the horns back on!!

I want to give a special blessing of strength, hope and love for those on the east coast who have braved the hurricane. It is hard to think of celebrating at a time when others are exerpiencing so much heartache.

I hope today is filled with all of the elements that make a meaningful holiday for all of you. It is a time to delve into our storehouse of memories and connect with our heritage, families, communities, and the earth and all her mysterious bounties. Happy fall festivities for us all.

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HIPPICHICK1 11/1/2012 10:09AM

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BIGPAWSUP 10/31/2012 6:05PM

    I love Halloween and will celebrate Samhain tonight.

Something simple you can do tonight to honor the dead is light a single candle. Speak the name of someone departed followed by "you are loved and remembered". Spend some time living in the memories of that person. Do it again and then put the candle somewhere it can burn out.

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RIDMYCOCOON 10/31/2012 5:52PM

    Cool! I got married on the Day of the Dead because I feel very close, near and dear to my departeds. I wanted all my relations with us at the time of our union. Plus Steve and I had our first date on Halloween to see the Smashing Pumpkins. We get a new calaca every year to celebrate the year we have had together. We have also celebrated many times at Olvera Street. I looove it there!

Enough about me. I am thrilled that you are keeping your self engaged and making a special and interesting evening for yourself! You are so awesome! Have a wonderful time! Embrace and enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Not so spooky Octoberness

Monday, October 29, 2012

Well, this Halloween season is not so full of the usual haunts this year for me. My nieces are in Tucson, so I am not taking them out, as I did last year. My step-son's are not here, so no spookiness with them. Hubs is on the road, and now that we are back in the apartment, I don't think I will see any trick or treaters. But that is fine with me. I do love the season, and if things were a bit different this year, I'm sure I'd love to have a nice party to dress up and go to........but since that is not the case, I'm admiring from afar all the ghoulish gatherings going on with sparkfriends, and other friends and family around. I am really just enjoying the season change, and all that it brings.

I woke up to another pound loss. I am kind of flabergasted by this, but am not wanting to jinx it. I am not really doing all that I should be doing in oder to insure timely weight loss...........but what I am doing is staying busy. I haven't been spending my weekends in bed, I've been up and around. I went on a three mile walk this morning around the Davis Arboretum, it was gorgeous out there. I took lot's of neat pics, with my phone.........and can't quite figure out how to transfer them to the computer yet........I'm slightly tech challenged at times! I know, I know, you are all terribly sad that you can't see my artistic endeavors achieved by today's walk.......I'm sure there will be many more to come in the future!! I do love taking pictures, it soothes my soul.

I planned on getting into contact with my father today, after three years of no communication. But, he is not where he once was, and it is going to take a bit of detective work to track him down. I have been missing him tearribly and would love to hear his voice. Not sure if that is a possibility or not, but I will try, that is all I can do.

I have a whole chicken roasting in the oven, and it smells oh, so wonderful. I still have not been able to do any major grocery shopping, so it's been a few weeks or cleaning out the cupboards, which is fine by me. I don't like having stuff sitting around for years that I never use. My mother made a butternut squash soup that was super incredible last weekend. Simple, savory and a bit sweet from the squash, light hint of nutmeg..........super yummy and really simple. I LOVE butternut squash. I eat it year round, when I can get it........but it is truly delightful this time of year. Still planning to substitute the butternut, for the usual pumpkin in this years Thanksgiving pie. Can't wait to make that.....I've been on countdown for over a month now. I really LOVE Thanksgiving.......still a month away and I'm daydreaming over here! It's not just the food I love, I swear! It's family, fires, games, laughs, a little too much wine, hugs, toasts, and most importantly, remembering our loved ones that are gone and being thankful for all that we have. Such a brilliant holiday, I love it.

I am planning a small activity in honor of All Hallow's Eve and All Saint's Day. I have been trying the last few years to take the time to honor the dead, both famiy, and friends, and also those I've never met who have sacraficed so that we might have a better future.

Well, since I've lost 4 pounds in just over a week and a half, I guess at this rate I'll be at my goal in no time!! Haaaa! I know this is not realistic. I am super thankful for the weight loss. Looking forward to 10 pounds gone in two months. I know this is not record breaking speed, but that is fine with me. At this rate, that is 60 pounds in a year, and I am more than happy with that. I am really focused on losing and maintaining the loss. I've yo-yoed my whole life, I know how to do that very well. What I don't know how to do is maintain. I hope that is what I'm learning by taking baby steps and not giving up!

I bought a couple of art supplies this weekend at that 99 cent store and was drawing and painting last night. It was kind of fun. I am not super impressed with the outcome, but I think if I keep it up, I might be able to baby step my way into creating something worth hanging on the wall one day! I was not blessed with the ability to draw, but I feel it is a muscle that if I exercise, might strengthen. I am artistic in other ways, so maybe I can cross train my other abilities into leading to drawing abilities!! Artistic strength and fitness, that is what I'm really going for!!

Picked up a few books out of a free bin today. One is a culture crossed lovers tale set in India that looks engaging. The other is a modern Alice in Wonderlandesque tale of a young girls jaunts into the other worlds of her imagination. Also found The Red Tent, a recent near and dear book that I've been wanting to own for awhile. I love it when I have good books around me, helps to ease the solitary duldrums of missing the wild one.

Hope the season changes are bringing you closer and closer to the brink of discovering hidden gems that have been lying within you, waiting to be polished and admired. Tis the season to look within, dream and remember just how divine we are.
Happiness in all, holidays and all days.

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RIDMYCOCOON 10/30/2012 11:43AM

    MMmmmmm butternut squash soup! emoticon Where do I sit?

You are so very creative in so many, many ways! I know your muscles to draw will strengthen in no time!

This is a really beautiful post. I am embraced by introspection and ponderings as I read this. You are a gem. Thank you for this candid visit into your day emoticon

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BEARGODDESS 10/29/2012 8:25PM

    Ah well, we're out in the woods and we never get trick or treaters here either. If we want to enjoy the costumes, we have a trick or treat party which goes on down in town. The kids go from business to business on the main streets. It's supposed to rain here though. I'm like you, I remember those whom have passed and think about the future on Samhain night.
Your weight loss is going really well! Whatever you're doing, it must be the right stuff!! Congratulations!!
Thank you for the lovely blessing at the end of your blog and I wish the same for you. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 10/29/2012 8:11PM

    Sorry you'll be on your own for Halloween but it sounds like you've got one heck of a plan. Just keep going, you are doing great.

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Thursday night

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I was just sitting here, reading a few comments from sparkfriends, browsing pages here and there and realized that I love this community so much that I sometimes forget that I am using this site for more than just giving/sharing the love!! Haaa! It truly is wonderful to be getting to know some of you. I appreciate your support, and insight so much. I adore reading your blogs and getting glimpses into your lives. What a great bunch of people we all are! I hope your weeks are going well. I've not been as diligent on fit mins and food tracking as I'd like to be.........but I lost two pounds this week, so I'm not going to kick myself too hard. I think the weather change and light diminishing are still effecting me a little. I've been a little extra groggy in the mornings. Nothing I can't shake off with some early morning stretching, green tea and a brisk walk (on my good days!) Yay, hubs is calling! Night all!

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RIDMYCOCOON 10/30/2012 11:45AM

    emoticon emoticon Kicking boot taking names!

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VALERIEMAHA 10/26/2012 1:02PM

    TWO POUNDS??? I lost ONE in THREE WEEKS!!! Take it and be very, very glad! YAY! for community!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/26/2012 10:33AM

    I'm in love with the community here too! Great people. Thanks for being part of my circle!

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BEARGODDESS 10/26/2012 9:31AM

    2 pounds is great! emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 10/26/2012 7:54AM

    2lb loss is right on track!!
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