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Favorite New Dessert

Friday, March 25, 2011

I mentioned this in my last blog, under "Snacks." I am in love! I have eaten one of these everyday for the past 3 days. Time to go buy another pack!



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KATJAMN 3/26/2011 11:03AM

    I am gonna give that a try.. sounds yummy!!!

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RUSSELLORAMA 3/26/2011 10:40AM

    I'm glad you found something tasty! And way to doctor it up to make it even better.

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BOOKWORM27S 3/26/2011 10:29AM

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SPARKIN_REESIE 3/26/2011 12:50AM

    Yep, that's granola!

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NOW2DAY 3/25/2011 5:23PM

    Looks yummy. What is the brown stuff, granola? I will have to get some. Thanks emoticon

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ALISHAB3 3/25/2011 3:56PM

    That sounds super tasty!

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So Hungry! Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Ideas!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I forgot to get my hair cut today! Well, sort of. I had intended to get up early and go to the mall but I ended up sleeping in pretty late and then had to run to the grocery store and by the time I was finished with that I didn't feel like bothering with the mall. If you don't do things pretty early around here, you might as well stay home because traffic sucks at lunch time and around the time school lets out, until around 7 P.M. Plus, people around here drive like idiots, I swear. Every day, some jerkboots decides that they are special and immune to the laws. My favorite people are the ones who attempt to cut us off and then glare at us like WE are doing something wrong when we try to prevent them from cutting us off! Grrrr, jerks.

Moving on... I was so hungry today! I started my period and usually for the first day or two, I want very little to do with food but today, for some reason, I just wanted to eat, eat, eat. I think I did okay, though. I ate a lot of fruit! And I drank a decent amount of water. I'm actually looking forward to waking up tomorrow so I can eat something tasty for breakfast, haha.

So, what do I have in the kitchen that is good to eat?? Let me see...

*Everything Bagel Thins with veggie cream cheese (I have always thought bagels were just "too much" bread so I am thrilled with these! I haven't been an "everything bagel" girl so this was something new to try. I have to get past the weird feeling of chewing seeds because these are pretty good).
*Strawberries to accompany meal
*Clementines to go-with, too
*Eggs (fried over-hard or scrambled with cheese and veggies and perhaps some salsa!), with whole wheat toast and butter
*Stonyfield Farms low-fat French Vanilla yogurt with granola and fruit
*French toast with strawberries (nom! Gawd, I love strawberries!) and powdered sugar (maybe I'll add bananas! I've never tried it that way before)
*Apple-cinnamon muffins
*Water! Or low-fat chocolate milk (or both)

*Sliced strawberries with a little bit of sugar
*Sliced Granny Smith apples spritzed with lemon juice (Maybe I'll be adventurous and dip them into a little bit of peanut butter)
*Dole Apple & Creme fruit parfait (OMG, thank you ALLYN for recommending these!), warmed up with some granola sprinkled on top. Tastes like apple crisp!
*Whole wheat toast with butter and strawberry preserves
*Cinnamon toast! (Mmm, one of my favorite snacks)
*I know I have other ideas but they aren't coming to me

*Asian chicken salad (spinach, grilled chicken breast, sliced almonds, crunchy Chinese noodles, mandarin oranges or Clementine slices, Asian sesame dressing)
*Breakfast stuff for lunch
*Um... I know there are other ideas, just getting tired now

I'll work on dinner ideas tomorrow! Good night. emoticon

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BOVEY63 3/24/2011 12:44PM

    Hope you slept well and have a wonderful day today - your food choices sound yummy!

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KATJAMN 3/24/2011 9:32AM

    It all sounds yummy!!! Great ideas!

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Spring Has Arrived! *bounce bounce*

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

*bounce bounce bounce*

I love love LOVE spring! It is absolutely my favorite season, especially here in Texas, because it's when the weather is the most ideal to me. Everything is coming back to life, including ME! And my trees! I just love the cute new buds sprouting on the tree branches in my yard. I love seeing new growth on our baby peach tree and baby oak tree. I love to see the yucky brown grass turn green again, even if it does mean I have to do yard work again.

I've been in a really bad funk for the past few months, some of it was probably winter blues but a lot of it was the fact that I just have no freakin' idea what my financial future holds. Well, I've been getting a lot of hours at work and as long as that keeps happening, my pay combined with the roommate's piddly VA disability (it really is SAD how little he gets for the commitment he made to this country for years!! It covers HALF our house payment and that is IT) and our remaining savings to help us out, we should be okay. We can just barely afford our monthly bills, as long as we keep the eating out to a minimum and the unnecessary food buying to a minimum at the grocery store. I feel good about things for now. It'd be better if he could actually get a damn job! But that's another gripe for another time or never (he's trying, he's just not getting anything, sigh).

Aaaanyway... spring yep, it's here! I'm back and while I want to throw myself back into sparking (as in the social aspects of the site) I am going to try to take baby steps because otherwise I will spend most of my day here, catching up, instead of living life! I need to take a walk, it's so freakin' beautiful outside. Going to try for 30 consecutive minutes today, maybe longer!

I want a hair cut, too. I haven't had it cut in almost a year. I'm just so lazy, I hate going to get it taken care of, lol. I will, though, I'm sick of the length! Soon. Like, tomorrow!

Another thing I love about spring? Strawberries are so pretty!! Over the winter they were just yuck, but I bought some big beauties yesterday. I need to go slice them up for snacking! Ahhh, have I mentioned how ALIVE I feel in the spring? I truly need to live where it is spring year-round or at least 9 months out of the year.

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WEKIMER 3/24/2011 11:41AM

    Yep spring lover here too. I'm ready to get out and garden and do stuff. Anything outdoors (still a touch of snow up here in PA but its going to melt quick). kim

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RUSSELLORAMA 3/23/2011 8:53PM

    Springs gives us a lot, especially you back Sparking with us. Yay!

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CALLIKIA 3/23/2011 10:41AM

    Yay for Spring! Yay for you Sparking again! Yay for Strawberries!! Luck to the roomie and warm hugs to you! SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

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BOVEY63 3/22/2011 4:14PM

    Enjoy all that spring has to offer. Best of luck to your roommate on finding a job.

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MAGPIE17 3/22/2011 3:02PM

    I *LOVE* spring too!! Hooray for new life and green and sun and warmth!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I'm back from going MIA for awhile. Been working a lot and man, is that exhausting. Also just doing the usual household duties and parenting and all that exciting business. Just felt like taking a break from all things spark for awhile but now I feel ready to jump back in and join the conversation and work on the fitness, etc.

The weather is gorgeous right now so I'm trying to get a lot of outdoor stuff done, such as walking, roller skating, feeding the birds, working in the yard, painting a picnic table, yada yada.

I joined the Virtual 5k group thing that SP has going on and I'm really looking forward to participating in the virtual 5k walk in mid-April, since I can't justify paying money for any of the real races around here right now.

What else was I going to mention? I don't remember... Crap, I hate when that happens.

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TIGERJANE 3/9/2011 9:55PM

    Welcome back!!!!!

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KATJAMN 3/9/2011 12:23PM

    Welcome back.
Have fun with your 5k training.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 3/9/2011 10:11AM

    Welcome Back! Enjoy the 5k training. Glad you were surviving even with as busy as it sounds you were. Life happens.

Enjoy your gorgeous weather, I think it's going to rain another 1-2 inches today on top of all flooding we already have. I'm jealous so you better enjoy it!

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RUNNINGNP2B 3/9/2011 8:52AM

    Welcome back hon and enjoy your 5K training!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/8/2011 11:55PM

Welcome back! Sometimes it is necessary to step back and get our lives in order. Sparking is intended to be motivating, but it can become overwhelming at times.
The wonderful thing about it that it and those you cross paths with will always be here.
Take advantage of that nice weather and enjoy. I too joined the virtual 5K. It is completely new for me, and I have just finished the first day of the second week. I am looking forward to the challange, and am finding it a test of my endurance.
Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 3/8/2011 9:24PM

    Welcome back!

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MAGPIE17 3/8/2011 9:15PM

    Welcome back, Teresa! You were missed!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/8/2011 6:32PM

    Welcome back. I also joined the 5K virtual race. This is the start of my 4th week.
Good luck to you and enjoy the good weather.

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Note(s?) to Self

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Go to the library in the morning on THURSDAY and pick up the FIVE exercise DVDs you put on hold because they are all expiring soon!!!

Incorporate said DVDs into workouts in the next three weeks!

The List (funky formatting/bad typing courtesy of copy/paste from email. I are lazy):

emoticonSo you think you can dance Get fit. Cardio funk
emoticonBody burn with dance and pilates (Denise Austin)
emoticonThe biggest loser workout Cardio max (Bob Harper)
emoticonSo you think you can dance Get fit. Tone and groove
emoticonBiggest loser, the workout Boot camp (Bob Harper)

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AMALIA8 1/13/2011 8:59AM

    Those sound like fun videos! Have a great workout and enjoy!

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SHEILA1505 1/13/2011 6:48AM

    Hmm - wonder if South African libraries have Exercise DVDs - note to self ( :) sorry) - go check it out and get new cards

Sounds like a good way to get some variety

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    I have the Biggest Loser DVDs ... hope you enjoy them too!!!

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KARIAMBRIZ 1/13/2011 3:25AM

    You sound like me I so need to go to the library to pick up my holds lol

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    The Cardio Max is my all time favorite DVD! It kicked my butt!!!

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