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50 Random Things About Me

Thursday, February 11, 2010

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6…Darren is a really big pest in the morning…darn morning people!

2. How do you like your steak? It depends on where you go…if you go to a place that knows how to cook steak…Medium well…if you go somewhere that doesn't, Medium! I like it pink but not bloody.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Where the Wild Things Are…I loved it!

4. What is your favorite TV show? I probably watch too much TV…I really like Mercy, The Deep End, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, anything on DIY, I'm hooked to General Hospital…I DVR it every day!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Closer to my family in Chicago

6. What did you have for breakfast? Thomas English Muffin w/peanut butter and banana and a glass of skim milk

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican…or Greek

8. What foods do you dislike? Black Beans…I love pretty much every bean…just not black beans! Tomatoes, Ham

9. Favorite Place to Eat? El Cazador, Clara's, Outback Steakhouse

10. Favorite dressing? Blue Cheese

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? 2006 Cadillac Eldorado

12. What are your favorite clothes? Jeans and long sleeved t-shirts

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Greece

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? USUALLY 1/2 full…but I have my days!

15. Where would you want to retire? Somewhere warm would be nice

16. Favorite time of day? 5:30…that's when I'm off work!

17. Where were you born? Chicago, IL

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Football or college basketball

19. How many siblings? none

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? reading

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? All my SparkFriends

22. Bird watcher? Not really…I like when they eat out of my feeders, but I'm really bad at remembering to feed them...

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? I'd say mid-morning! I hate getting up early, and I can't stay up late.

24. Do you have any pets? Yep…3 dogs…Mac the sweetest Doberman ever, Wally and Duchess

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Not really…I don't think I'm a really exciting person

26. What did you want to be when you were little? All KINDS of things…I couldn't decide…I wanted to be a hairstylist, a teacher, an accountant, a psychologist…you name it, I wanted to do it!

27. What is your best childhood memory? It's hard for me to pick one…I remember a TON of weird, random things…probably the most memorable one involved my cousin Amanda, HUGE balls of yarn, and a window…LONG story!

28. Are you a cat or dog person? I'm an any kind of animal person!

29. Are you married? Yes for almost 4 years now!!

30. Always wear your seat belt? Have you ever ridden with my husband?! I'm just kidding…but YES I do wear a seatbelt

31. Been in a car accident? yes, but not serious

32. Any pet peeves? TONS…is that terrible?! I hate when people say supposedly wrong (they say it "supposably), I can't stand crying children in restaurants (sorry to my friends with kids), when people don't use their turn signals, when people just "pause" at stop signs, I could go on, but I'll stop there!

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? pepperoni

34. Favorite Flower? hydrangeas

35. Favorite ice cream? I LOVE ice cream! I'm a big fan of cookie dough

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Wendy's or Arby's

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None…and when I moved to Indiana and had to take another test, I got a perfect score

38. From whom did you get your last email? My last personal e-mail was from Kelly…I get tons of work e-mails…but who cares about those?!

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? This is tricky…I'm working really hard to pay off the cards that I maxed out…but probably Old Navy or Macy's

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? No…I'm a really planned person

41. Like your job? Sometimes…most of the time I'm just glad to have a job.

42. Broccoli? It's my favorite

43. What was your favorite vacation? I have never been on a real vacation. My husband and I were supposed to go to New Orleans and 2 days before we were supposed to leave, Hurricane Katrina hit. That would have been my first vacation.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Darren…and before that Andi and my Aunt Michelle

45. What are you listening to right now? Not much…it's kind of a ghost town here

46. What is your favorite color? Green

47. How many tattoos do you have? Two

48. How many people will fill this out? I don't know…I hope at least a couple of my Sparkfriends will do it!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 3:40 PM

50. Coffee Drinker? Sometimes…I don't depend on it to wake me up, but I like how it tastes

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANEPANALIPTI 5/29/2010 10:40AM

    Where've you disappeared to girl?

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/13/2010 11:19PM

    Uh oh... I guess we can not go to dinner with my babies ....LOL. Don't worry I can't stand it either and I am their mom. emoticon

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KARBIE18 2/11/2010 6:47PM

    Thank you! Got a much needed laugh at the Amanda, yarn, and window answer! Oh yeah, and the pet-peeves - I can almost hear you complaining about them. LOL I know almost all the rest of them, but still can't believe you like bleu cheese dressing. It's hard to believe you were once a picky eater.

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SARAHC2808 2/11/2010 5:32PM

    I love it thanks for sharing! I will fill it out too.

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STEFFI271 2/11/2010 4:31PM

    Awesome! I think it's fascinating to read these things about my Sparkfriends. Plus it's really random stuff, so I don't think I ever would have asked about any of this stuff :)
I'm also going to fill out this survey at some point over the next few days...
Btw, I didn't know you had tattoos. Tell me more! :)

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 2/11/2010 4:17PM

    YAY!! I love it, thanks for posting!

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Tricia's A-Z

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A is for Age: 26
B is for Booze: anything but Beer…although that makes me sound like a lush! I don't REALLY drink that much.
C is for Career: Accounting Clerk for a newspaper
D is for Dad's name: Bob
E is for Essential items to bring to a party: Brownies
F is for Favorite song or music: The Beatles
G is for Goof off thing to do: This is going to sound bad…but I don't really goof off…I procrastinate a lot…does that count?
H is for Hometown: Dublin, IN
I is for Instrument you play: Oh, how I wish I could play something!
J is for Jam or Jelly you like: seedless raspberry jam
K is for Kids: if pets count…3 Dogs (Mac, Wally and Duchess)
L is for Living arrangement: My husband and I own a house
M is for Mom's name: Karen
N is for Name of best friend: Tiffany
O is for Overnight Stay in a Hospital: Never
P is for Phobias: being kidnapped
Q is for Quote you like: "It takes a long time to grow an old friend." - John Leonard
R is for Relationship currently in: Married to Darren - Almost 4 years
S is for Siblings: no siblings
T is for Texas, ever been? Nope
U is for Unique trait: I don't know
V is for vegetable you love: broccoli
W is for Worst traits: I'm a procrastinator
X- is for X-rays you've had: I had a chest x-ray once
Y is for Yummy food you make: Pasta Fagioli - and Texas Sheet Cake
Z is for Zodiac sign: Cancer

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/5/2010 10:51AM

    This is the second A-Z today I have read. May have to try to get this done tomorrow.

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STEFFI271 2/5/2010 8:09AM

    Thanks for sharing! I love these A-Zs! They've been popping up all over SP lately... I guess I should also post one about me. :)

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    I love learning about the wonderful people here at Spark.
Thanks for sharing!

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KSCHIENBEIN 2/4/2010 4:24PM

    I love this, I got to learn so much more about you. I have had so many x-rays I sound like such a klutz next to you. I'm going to borrow and post my own, hope you don't mind!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

So, it’s been a while since I blogged. I’ve been a little bit absent from Spark…we’re supposed to be eliminating our personal internet use at work, so that REALLY cuts into my Spark time. I’ve learned that when I sit on the computer for 8 hours a day I don’t feel like going home and sitting on the computer…even if it’s enjoyable. So, this week, I’ve been sneaking a couple of minutes here and there to hop on and see what’s going on with people, but it’s still not the same. Since I’m at my desk all day, I have access to my work e-mail (, so if anyone wants to get in touch with me, that’s always an option (not to mention, I LOVE the distraction!!)…just put something about Spark in the subject line until I’ve approved you, or else you’ll go to junk mail and I won’t know what it is!!

I’ve been TERRIBLE about my exercise. I got sick a couple of weeks ago (almost 3 weeks ago) and I couldn’t work out, and once I stopped for 2 days, it’s like it’s been impossible to get started again. I always have that problem…when I went to Chicago in November, I hurt my foot and couldn’t work out…but then my foot got better and I still didn’t work out. Whenever there is a change in my routine I fall off the exercising wagon. I REALLY need to hop back on, and I’m working on it. My husband promised that if I worked out for 30 days in a row we’d go buy a Wii! I’ve been bugging him to buy one for ages, but he just doesn’t like to spend money (okay…maybe some of that is my fault…I have a tendency to buy exercise related things and use them for a couple of weeks and then stop). So…this is a pretty good motivator! He’s got rules for this 30 days of exercise, too (he’s become a very strict diet police!) The rules are: I have to do SOMETHING every day…5 days have to be good, make you sweat, workouts…the other 2 can be less rigorous…as long as I’m doing something. Those aren’t too bad…I think I can live with them, I just have to make myself start!

I’m happy to say that I’ve been really good with food. I’ve been eating lots of veggies and fruits…only whole grains (no white flour, pasta or bread)…I’ve eaten a lot of beans…I DID have potatoes with dinner last night, but I didn’t go crazy. I’ve been drinking only water…although I’m not hitting my 8 glasses (usually more like 6)…I get so busy at work and forget to drink…I don’t like to drink much once I get home because I’ll be up all night going to the bathroom…the water is sitting right here next to me…in plain sight…but I have a hard time drinking if I’m not thirsty…so I’m working on that one.

I stepped on the scale on Sunday (that’s my weigh in day) and was happy to see that even though I haven’t exercised, I haven’t gained any weight…I’m still the same old 187 that I ended 2009 with. I’m looking REALLY forward to seeing my ticker move, finally! One of my Sparkfriends (DAZZLEDSTEPH) set a goal to be at a certain weight before her birthday (which is TODAY!) and she met her goal!!! I told her that I’d like to be at 150 by my birthday (July 19th)…that’s about 1.5 pounds/week. SO doable if I just get my butt up and move! Not to mention I’d only be 15 pounds away from my goal after that! How exciting is that?!

SO…I’ve got my goals set and with the help of my own personal Police…and all of you, I KNOW I can do it!

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    Sounds like hubby has your back girl! WTG Hope you get that coveted WII soon.

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    Well you have a great reward that should help motivate you. Once you get back on that exercise wagon, you should be okay. You'll get your groove back. I'm the same way. I've had shin splints so I've used that as an excuse not to work out. So I went out and bought yoga and pilates DVD's so I can do that instead emoticon Are you still following the Beck diet?

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MAL165 2/1/2010 3:44PM

    You can do it! I'm rooting for you!!

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STEFFI271 1/27/2010 4:42PM

    Everybody slips up and it's pretty common to be too lazy to exercise for a while... Don't beat yourself up about it, just try to get back on the wagon as soon as possible!
I actually like Darren's condition that you have to work out for 30 days to get a Wii Fit. This is just the right incentive you need to start exercising again. I know you can do it!
By the way, thanks for mentioning me in this post:) It makes me feel special, it's almost like I'm famous :p

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FREELADY 1/27/2010 2:26PM

    Please give yourself CREDIT for all the healthy choices you DID continue, even after being sick: you started blogging again. emoticon
You're making wise food choices: whole grains, fruit, veggies, moderate potatoes emoticon
You're drinking more water emoticon
You have a specific exercise goal and a reward in view emoticon

The fact that your weight has held steady is a tremendous encouragement that you are watching your eating choices!

You can definitely hit 150 by July 19! Exciting!!! emoticon

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EARTHSEAME 1/27/2010 12:16PM

I hope you get your Wii!

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Beck Diet Solution - 2 Weeks in Review

Sunday, January 17, 2010

So, I've been faithfully reading and blogging about the Beck Diet Solution for 2 solid weeks. Here's what I think:

While I'm reading some valuable tips, I already use so many of them. Most of them are not new or groundbreaking. It IS a good thing for me to be reminded of some of them because it's so easy to get into bad habits, and hard to fix them!

I will say that I have been taking the "Always Eat Sitting Down" tip to heart. I don't snack while standing...BUT, I've been really bad about eating in the kitchen. Quite honestly, I'll go sit down in the living room and eat, and then by the time I'm almost done eating, I realize I was supposed to be sitting in the kitchen! I think I'm going to keep eating in the living room, though, because I've also been putting the "Eat Consciously" tip to work. Even though I'm sitting in the living room, I'm eating much more slowly and thoughtfully.

I'm going to continue to read the book, but I don't know if I'm going to blog about it every day. I have really enjoyed blogging every day, and getting all of the feedback, but I don't think I'm just going to strictly blog about the Beck Diet Solution...there probably won't be a day by day account of the book. I WILL keep blogging, though!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/19/2010 6:08PM

    I look forward to more!!! *hugs*

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/18/2010 3:17PM

    I think Spark helps cover a lot of when the book does. You are doing great and hope you get from the book what you need. emoticon

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MAL165 1/18/2010 9:26AM

    I will have to say I have been following you and the eat consciously tip has been the hardest for me to do. I guess you don't really realize how much you eat while you are standing or otherwise busy doing something like reading, watching tv, driving or talking on the phone. Thats probably one of the best tips I have tried to stick with lately.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/17/2010 2:22PM

    It is great to review some of the basic and take them to heart.

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Beck Diet Solution - Day 14

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Today's task...Plan for tomorrow. She suggests writing down every single thing you're going to eat tomorrow and check it off as you eat it. This way, you'll be more likely to stick with your plan.

I pretty much do this already...I plan out all of my meals for 2 weeks...I know what I'm going to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I usually write down the food that I'm going to eat every morning. Because I don't like doing things over, I usually stick with what I write down! Of course there are times that things change and I end up eating something different, but for the most part, writing things down DOES help.

She also suggests making tomorrow's lunch today, or chopping veggies for tomorrow's dinner, today. I do that, too. I always make my lunch while I'm cooking dinner...and, today for example, I had to cut some onions for some tuna salad I made for Darren...while I was chopping them, I went ahead and chopped the ones for tonight and tomorrow's dinner, too...and while I was chopping, I chopped the carrots and celery, too. I'm a big fan of chopping once for many different things. I look for time saving things whenever I can.

So, while today's task is a good one, it's one that I already do...nothing new for me!

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STEFFI271 1/17/2010 12:12PM

    Wow you're really good when it comes to planning your food! Good job!
I definitely need to start planning my meals. I usually only have a general idea what I'm gonna eat over the next few days.

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JUSTKD 1/17/2010 12:09PM

    Wow, good job planning your meals ahead of time. This is something I've never managed to accomplish so far. We usually start asking each other "what's for dinner" about the time we SHOULD be sitting down to eat. This is a BIG change I want to work on this year.

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