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Talking to Samra

Friday, April 02, 2010

My daughter Samra moved to Muskogee, OK about 2 yrs ago. We try to talk every week, she normally calls me because her job sched. changes every week.
It has been an exciting and unhappy experience for her. She had a roommate when she first moved there and as soon as she had a job the girl just upped and moved to Florida one day. She had struggled for a long time. Finally her boyfriend moved in and got a part time job. They still don't have much and are on food stamps et. but life is better for her. She has been very homesick the last couple of months. I try to be encouraging but she wants to come back to CA. I tell her she is better off where she is, she has a job and a place to live. There are no jobs here for her. She use to work for Circuit City and loved her and always promised her a job if she ever returned. Unfortunately they went out of business and her changes of getting a job are about 0%. Her brother Frank has been without a job for a year now. He lives here, doesn't pay any rent anymore but goes to college (which we pay for). He want to work in Physics and we have to let him try. We figure that may be the only way to get him out of the house is if he has a decent job.
Took the Phredster for a pretty long walk today. Only had to carry him a few times when something scared him. Like this mean dog barking in a front yard and when we passed the gas station. Too many people and cars. He is a nervous dog on busy streets so I am trying to aclamate him to noise. Poor baby just drops if a bus or loud truck passed us on the street. He is improving. emoticon

  


This Is It, a true MJ story

Thursday, April 01, 2010

This is a true story of my brief friendship with the great MJ.

I was working in Encino, CA when I was 20-21 yrs old. I use to take the bus to work so when I had to run errands for the office I used my bosses 450SL Candy Apple MBenz. MJ also owned the same type car that was almost the same color.
Driving up or down Ventura Blvd I would occasionally pass this other MBenz, the driver and I would wave at each other. I knew whose car it was because everyone who worked in the area knew who drove that other car. One time he pulled up next to me and opened his window to talk and tell me how much he liked my car. Being young I wasn't going to tell him any differently (Would you?).

Anyway I would see him in the local market at the wonderful deli they had inside.At first I just smiled at him and nodded my head at him. The first time he smiled back but had a look that said "I should know you but from where". The next time I was inside the deli, he walked up to me and in a very small voice said "Hi". He apologized for not recognizing me the last time I saw him there.
I had to laugh and said "Well I am not anybody famous just a secretary in one of the local offices but my name is Teri". He took my hand very gently, said I was lovely. Some of the other people were staring at us. He noticed and left.
We would run into each other and have short conversations. Nothing special, the weather, what food I was ordering. One day he said he had to ask me who in my office was eating the "liverwurst w/red onion, mayo on an onion roll", he laughed when he said the persons breath would have to be pretty strong for the rest of the day. I busted out laughing so hard, it startled him. Only then did I confess to him that the "liverwurst" was for me, a childhood favorite.
Unfortunately, I changed jobs and started working in Westwood at UCLA within a few weeks and only waved at him a couple more times after that meeting.
I will say he was very shy, sweet and soft spoken. He would have been around 18 or 19 yrs old and very awkward.

When MJ passed away my husband and I were on vacation, driving around the country. It amazed me how much his death affected so many people around the USA, even after all the law problems he faced. Everyone will miss his music and the wonderful persona behind all of it. I know I may be a few months late in talking about this movie but better late than never.

I also walked my dog 2 times today. Did my "Shred" dvd and 45 min of housework. emoticon

  
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BARBARASDIET 4/1/2010 3:08PM

    That is a nice story!

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JAZZIELORI 4/1/2010 8:39AM

    Thank you for the blog! It is so nice to hear your story of MJ...and yes the news of his death was so very unexpected and very sad as I grew up with his music...I hear the new rendition of We Are The World and get goose bumps..the first couple of times I heard they kept his voice track, I was in tears..because I am sure he would have liked that..I did watch what was happening at his trial and thought what a tragedy...it definitely has left a black spot on his eternal image..but he should not have died so soon and left his adorable children parentless..
Thanks again for your story..
Lori

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New DVD started today! It was a killer

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I finally started my Jillian Michaels dvd "30 Day Shred" Leve 1. I had no idea how really tuff this would be. I figured since I had been exercising for a while it would be OK. Well it was,sort of, I finished it using a 3 lb weigh. I think I will do this for about a month then change to my 5 pd and see if I can do level 2 by then.
Also walked the dog two times.
Going to watch the biggest loser and lost tonight.

  
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ONLY1TAN 3/31/2010 7:01AM

    Oh Jillian and the Shred! I know your pain! Wait until level 2 and level 3! I know you can do it!

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LABRABBIT 3/30/2010 11:06PM

    Wow, that sounds like quite an accomplishment! A friend of mine was using her videos and said they are ROUGH! I've watched the biggest loser a couple of times though and she seems so mean!!!

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Really Long SA River walk today

Monday, March 29, 2010

My friend Irene and I decided to increase our walks along the river today. Our nomal walk is 9.16 today, we went from Lincoln Blvd. in Anaheim, CA to Weir Canyon Rd. in Anaheim Hills, CA. That is 14.66 miles. It took us 5 hrs. We left at 8:08am and got back at 2:06pm but we took a few breaks and had a samll picnic at Yorba Brea Park for about 20 mins. We each at 1 hard boiled egg, 1 granny smith apple, 2 cutie madarine oranges and I had 2 saltimes with a little peanut butter (some kind of hiking,backpacking stuff Irene gets at work). Irene works REI and bit sporting goods company that requires membership. She has helped me so much with my exercises and learning about equipment and different types of stuff to put in your water that help dehydration. We are hoping to do a walk along the coast next week down near Newport Coast if the weather stays nice.
I came home and showered, ate something small and still took Phred for a walk. I asked Frank if he wanted to come along which he did. I also got him to clean the BBQ, which we use pretty much year round. My husband has planned a party at our home with our main corvette club for the weekend after Easter. So I wanted some big things done around the house b/4 then. I am still trying to get my husband Jeff to get the paperwork together for our tax man. He said he will have it done by Wednesday. He always wait till the last min and some years we have been late by a day or two. If I bug him he gets mad but he keeps all the stuff together because he works. emoticon emoticon

  
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LABRABBIT 3/29/2010 11:33PM

    I can't believe how far you're walking - that's awesome! I'm all proud of myself b/c I walked a whole two miles today :)

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A day at the races, no night at the opera!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Got up early and took Phred out for a bit longer walk this morning. Trying to get him use to longer walks and the busy streets. Came home and fruit salad for the family party at the track. I used 1 whole honey dew, cantaloupe, watermelon (personal size) each and 6 large kiwi's. It turned out fantastic and was one of the first things to run out. It is a pot luck menu and with over 100 people showing up there is lots of food.
I did pretty good at the races, winning 5 out 10 races. I don't make big bets so the most I was in one race was $21.80. My husband gave my son and I each $50 for the day. That's $5 a race and I came home being $20 or $25 dollars ahead. I will use the money to get a new pair of walking shoes. It was fun to visit with all these people we see every year.
I went over my calorie count but was not too worried about it because I had gone way over my exercise mins and calories burned for the week. I also have already made plans to walk with Irene on Monday morning and we are going to go a bit farther than our 9.19 miles. Maybe by a couple of miles. I also plan to get up early in the morning walk Phred and maybe hit the gym. I also walked Phred when we got home but just the shortest one but he still had fun and so did I! emoticon

  
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XENA47 3/29/2010 6:02PM

    Sounds like Phred's getting lots of exercise. I liked your reference, I'm a Marx brothers fan myself. Also, fruit salad sounds yummy. I had some this weekend too.
Congrats on your race wins and your new walking shoes.

Keep walking. You're inspiring me. I think I'm doing pretty good walking three miles, but if you can manage nine, well, that definitely has me thinking I ought to get more ambitious someday...

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LABRABBIT 3/28/2010 10:37AM

    I've started working out with my Dad and it's made a huge difference in my motivation! I haven't gotten anywhere near 10 miles at a time though - WOW! emoticon

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