Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I woke up feeling great today. Happy. Healthy Inspired.
Tracking my breakfast and planning lunch because I knew the kids and I were going out to after watching the Lego movie. Everything was right on track and then .. .. ..
I don't know what happened but suddenly my mood shifted and I was tired and cranky and
STARVING. . . . .
And so I ate what seemed to be an inordinate amount of horrible food and I became even more depressed and contemplated not even tracking everything for the rest of the day, BUT what's the point of Sparking if you're not going to honest, especially with yourself?
So imagine my surprise when I finished tacking and I had only gone over by 54 calories. I felt like I had gone over by 700 but the reality was much less than that. And so I have learned that once again my perception is not always spot on, but rather faulty based on my mood.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
This morning when we woke up, it was a rare occurrence . . . we had no children. The kids had stayed with their father while I worked yesterday and Ryan wasn't working today. We asked for an extension of time to run some errands before we picked them up.
I had promised Ryan a pedicure as part of his Christmas and today was the day. Having never had a pedicure, he wasn't sure what to expect, but by the time we were done he was soooo relaxed. Funny thing is, he wouldn't let me post it on Facebook. Guess he didn't want the guys on his crew finding out he was at a nail salon getting his toesies done LOL
We then went and had lunch at Applebee's and did some shopping, looked at some land that was for sale and then picked the kiddos up and came home to fix dinner. It was nice to have some time just for the two of us and I so much appreciate their dad's girlfriend agreeing to watch them a little longer.
Generally, the only alone time I have away from the kids is when I'm at work, or sleeping between shifts. We homeschool and I wouldn't trade that for the world, but sometimes just an hour or two to go do something alone is wonderful.
Monday, March 03, 2014
I am not a cold weather person . . .
My mantra is anything below 70 is freezing. 80's are good, 90's are better, 100's are perfect and 500+ is just plain fun!!!
The weather here in Missouri has been brisk (a definite understatement). I am freezing my arse off!! I woke up to -3 degrees this morning. My internal thermoregulator does not work well, and having a tumor behind my eye with the resulting radiation, surgery and chemo has not helped.
But we woke up this morning singing songs, I have plenty of long underwear, my boss has agreed to let me wear my EMS pants to work on cold days (because scrubs are very thing and not very warm) and I have already logged on, earned points, logged my breakfast, planned the meals for the rest of my day, looked at a couple of recipes to try later this week and done 10 minutes of exercise.
So the weather can just get as cold as it wants, because we are happy, healthy (for the most part) and hitting the high notes! LOL
Saturday, March 01, 2014
And it's a weekend with four kids - two 6 y/o boys and two 8 y/o girls. . . .
Cooped up in the house . . . again!
Tired of looking at the walls and each other . . .
Wait! Stop the music!
Change of game plans :-) What better way to spend a blustery, cold, icy, sleeting weekend than to go somewhere warm and tropical with lots of water? Nooooo . . . we're not going flying to an exotic get away LOL
We're taking the kids to Great Wolf Lodge to spend a couple of days in the indoor water park (thanks to a great deal from Groupon). I'm sure we'll be moving and running and chasing and swimming and playing til we wear ourselves out, and hopefully the kids as well.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Today is the funeral for Lt. Bruce Britt, a Columbia, Missouri firefighter killed in the line of duty this week when a walkway collapsed at an apartment building they were evacuating and at which they were fighting a fire. Any loss of a firefighter hits home for those of us who feel the call to the duty entailed by this job. Every loss is a reminder that one day, it could be one of us.
If you have never been to a firefighter's or police officer's funeral, I don't know how to aptly describe it. There is such an outpouring of love and brotherhood from fellow fire departments, firefighters, police department and police officers. The line up of firetrucks, rescue vehicles, ambulances, and patrol cars is impressive. The memorial procession is truly a sight to see. But it is the last radio call -- as the dispatcher calls out the deceased's badge number three times followed by silence and then a final dispatch wishing Godspeed. Even the most stoic cannot withstand this time honored tradition. It signals the end of the ceremony and the beginning of life without our brother.
Those of us in the public service field know without a doubt that this is an actuality for each of us, we just do not know when. In my case, Ryan is both a police officer and a firefighter. Being human, I do not wish to ever have to go through this without him by my side. I have survived the loss of a child, the demise of a marriage and the loss of my health. I know that God gives us the strength when we need it and not before, but my heart is aching today.
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