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11.1.11

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I'm going to blog daily for a month, to see if it helps.
Unfortunately, I woke at 4:33 today, and am utterly exhausted.
However, had a nice Halloween yesterday, and a nice day today.
No proper cardio*, but on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give today an 8. Much better than the many 2's or 3's of October. Feeling hopeful and positive again. And everyone is already asleep at 10:15, and I must go to bed early as well.

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*goal for November is to average 50 min. workout a day, so I can skip today (ack!), but will have to make it up after catching up on sleep. Not the way I wanted to start my month, but....I'm ok with where I am.

  
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MEADSBAY 11/2/2011 10:33AM

    Sleep is just as important as exercise-
take care of yourself and have a grrrrrrreat month!
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HIPPICHICK1 11/2/2011 8:33AM

    Maybe November will be YOUR month!??
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I need to sleep like I'm dead

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Not REALLY, but I'm so seriously sleep-deprived, that, even after getting in *almost* eight hours last night, I'm still exhausted.

Stress, kids, birthdays, yadda yadda....I don't care WHAT is causing it, just need to catch up on my SLEEP. So I can handle everything.

Best ways to turn brain off in a good way? Yoga, herbs (valerian, etc.), darkness, reading, DATES, going to bed earlier, quiet nights, etc.

Oh yeah, getting up earlier and exercising earlier in the day.
Can't seem to DO that. Thank goodness for DST ending. Might save my butt.

  
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HIPPICHICK1 10/30/2011 9:34AM

    For a good night's sleep I take melatonin, which is a hormone made in our bodies. We lose the ability to make melatonin as we age, so popping 3, 6 or 10 mg of the stuff really helps me a lot. I also have a history of insomnia just like my mom and older sister. so I have a prescription for sleeping pills too. They're REALLY great!!! emoticon

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cheese or font

Friday, October 14, 2011

For gourmands and graphics geeks, a silly time-wasting game.
http://cheeseorfont.com/

And, oh dear, didn't realize I'd permanently changed my background. Was just playing around. Will have to deal with tomorrow. I feel like the White Rabbit this week!

  
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/29/2011 10:39PM

    Thank you for the link. I did a wretched job, and I thought I knew cheeses. Or fonts. Or Fontanas.

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JANEDOE12345 10/15/2011 9:03AM

    Oh that is one silly game. Very simple, tho. Try add like mad...

http://www.funtasticg
ames.com/game_1093.html

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silly citizens game

Thursday, October 13, 2011

We were driving home from my son's school after a parent-teacher meeting, and started playing a made-up game called "Name that Citizen". For instance, what is a resident of New Orleans called? A New Orleanian. Cambridge? A Cantabridgian. Dallas? A Dallasite.

Etc. Silly.. But it kept the boys busy thinking.

Some stumpers: Los Angeles---An Angelean?

Connecticut. Yankee?? emoticon

Any more to add? These kinds of things come in handy on long car trips, and I like playing word games.

p.s. Youngest had STRAIGHT A'S this six weeks. I'm so proud of him. 4th grade is a LOT harder than third, and requires a lot more self-motivation.
p.p.s. Then we went out and spotted Jupiter with the telescope. So cool.

  
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HIPPICHICK1 10/14/2011 11:37AM

    I live in Canada. I'm Canadian. But I'm from Manitoba originally which makes me a former Manitoban. Now I live in Quebec so I'm a Quebecer or Québecois en français.
You could try this with all the Canadian provinces once you are done with the U.S.!
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You saw Jupiter in your telescope?! COOL! We have a telescope too but never use it. Perhaps we should start. It did not come with an instruction manual though and we have been stumped by it. Maybe if I google the brand and model.....
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JANEDOE12345 10/13/2011 5:43PM

    Your blog gave me such pleasure -- remembering that sweet time in kids' lives, what a delightful age. It does get more complex as the kids grow older and you do love them more and more, of course -- but grammar school age is just a time of sweetness and curiosity and growth. Lucky you, Mom! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 10/13/2011 11:08AM

    In RI we joke about our accents and call ourselves 'Ro Dilanders'.
We would also say your boys are wickitt smaaaaaaart.
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they'll probably track me down and shoot me

Thursday, October 06, 2011

There is a Spark Team that has this for their team picture and I find it incredibly offensive.
Thoughts?

  
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HIPPICHICK1 10/7/2011 1:07PM

    I think it's disgusting. But I'm Canadian and we don't take guns lightly up here.
I'm all for learning to shoot a gun in case of a zombie apocalypse, but here on Spark I wonder what guns have to do with weight loss or why anyone would need to join a gun group for support of their weight loss.
P.S. No one is truly free and if they think they are they are sadly mistaken. As for slaves well, I believe in karma too. Treating people in a hierarchical manner says more about that person than words can express. We are all one people and we need to remember that while we are practising compassion.

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_UMAMI_ 10/6/2011 11:21PM

    I'm not seeking confrontation, I was just offended when I saw this picture (which I came across while perusing "This Week's Most Popular Spark Blogs" or whatever they call it. Someone was a member of a gun club or such, I was curious, I clicked. That's how we find ourselves in trouble, right?! emoticon)

Anyway, the founder of the team doesn't seem violent, and I'm not offended by her or the team, just the image itself. Well, and the wording. To *me*, seeing a light-skinned person holding a rifle with a sight (or whatever---I'm not a gun person!) implies HUNTING, and the word SLAVE implies (to my Southern mind) an African or African-American. So to *Me*, the image implies that the "superior" light-skinned person is going to hunt down slaves.

Um, it's just all kinds of wrong.
And I'm trying to be succinct here.

ETA: I was an Anthropology major and am a History buff and know that slaves existed (exist!) throughout history, but in America, especially the Deep South, of which I am a product, the white vs. slave issue lingers in the psyche.

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JANEDOE12345 10/6/2011 7:27PM

    Seriously, I think that picture is a bit more violent than the Spark I would like to belong to...meaning, I don't like it and I wish Spark would get rid of it. But since they haven't, I guess Spark is a little different than what I would want them to be. By leaving it there, I wonder if Spark is endorsing the sentiment or if Spark is just being very permissive?

How did you find it?

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MEADSBAY 10/6/2011 4:25PM

    omg- YES!
What exactly are they saying???
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MRE1956 10/6/2011 2:34PM

    I'm with JULIENMM here....taking that tack has been an incredible help to me while I deal with annoying perimenopausal symptoms......and yeah, I've seen some incredibly horrible stuff in my time.....

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JULIENMM 10/6/2011 1:15PM

    To each his own. If I don't like something, I just keep moving on. Makes my life way less stressful.

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