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Undecorating

Friday, January 04, 2013

As I wrote, son and I got the whole house "undecorated" Wednesday. We worked hard, and everything looks very bare, but I feel good about having it done so soon (for me). Now, we are ready for Woman's World photographs.

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Women's World Magazine contacted a local photographer and he will be at my house tomorrow at 2:15. I made an appt. at a local beauty shop today, to have my hair styled at 10 tomorrow morning. I am taking a picture from the Today show, hopefully they can replicate what the NBC hair stylist did. It looked natural, but somehow she made my very thin hair look pretty full and I liked it.

I bought a sweater at Kohl's last night. It is a long sweater and has a belt. I decided I look as skinny as possible (which isn't saying much) in a sweater I already own that is belted. Unfortunately that sweater is black and grey striped, and they suggested I avoid BLACK for the picture. The new sweater is a turquoise color, and has some sparkle in it. Hope that doesn't create havoc with the camera.

I have been doing super well with my eating the last three days, since starting ANEW on January 2. I feel good about my progress, although this morning showed a momentary (hopefully) up-tick on the scale from a low of 149.6 on Thursday morning. I think it's water weight from too much salt on Thursday, and will be gone tomorrow. I know I shouldn't weigh so often, but I have done it right along during this journey of mine and I'm not quitting what has worked this well up til now. On those mornings when the scale reads low, I LOVE my little "weigher". Of course on those mornings when the darned scale shows a gain, I HATE it. But it doesn't affect my eating or my determination, or even my attitude. In fact a gain just makes me all the more determined--and that's a good thing, right?

The Women's World writer said they might want a picture of me in my kitchen with the fruits and vegetables I eat. So I stocked up on those at the grocery store and now I have no excuses not to eat lots of both! I've got a refrigerator full of grapes, (EXPENSIVE!) oranges, salad mixes, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, fresh pineapple, pears, apples and strawberries. Of course there's the ever-present bunch of bananas on my counter. I have a banana every single morning with my breakfast!

I think 2013 is going to be another great year. It's starting out that way anyhow. Retirement is fantastic, but I keep thinking I have to go back to work Monday. It's a very strange feeling when I realize I never have to go back to work again. I did accept a substitute teaching job for Jan. 14. The telephone recording said it was for the EXCITE program. I thought, "What is that?" But it's only for the afternoon so I accepted the job and then I Googled it. Turns out, EXCITE is what they call the Head-Start program in our school system. I will be working with 3- and 4-year-olds. That will be FUN! And it won't seem like "work" at all!
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CTUPTON 1/6/2013 2:42PM

    Can't wait to see the new photos! Chris

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LINDAK25 1/5/2013 8:27PM

    Thanks for reminding me to put grapes on my shopping list! I absolutely have to start taking down the Christmas decorations! My husband gets cranky if I take them down before Epiphany! So next week I will be clearing out all the decorations.

I loved the way your hair looked for the today show! I'm sure you'll look great!

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CARRAND 1/5/2013 7:49PM

    I love your house!

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KERRYG155 1/5/2013 4:00PM

    Guess by now you should be done with the reporter-hope it went fantastically. Your house looks great by the way. Nice that you have the subbing job to look forward to.

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VONBLACKBIRD 1/5/2013 3:03PM

    You sound like you are having so much fun and ahead by getting the Christmas décor down. Will start on mine on Monday. Good luck on your Woman's World interview.

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TERRYT55 1/5/2013 1:35PM

    I love reading your positive blogs.......you inspire me. Hope you have a wonderful time today!

You have a lovely home.......with or without Christmas decorations.

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RUBYEAGLE134 1/5/2013 9:05AM

    The house is very pretty ~ even undecorated. Will be looking for your picture on Woman's World! Who knows, maybe in a year or 2, I'll be joining you.

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SCOUTMOM715 1/5/2013 7:56AM

    Your house looks beautiful! Have a fun time! Can't wait to see you in the magazine!!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/5/2013 6:37AM

    You are amazing. This is great. You'll do fine. Keep smiling.

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RONNIECAROL1 1/5/2013 6:06AM

  You are such an inspiration to me!! Your home is beautiful!! emoticon I see you have an organ. I am also an organist. One thing I can say--when I'm sitting there playing I have no desire to eat!! :-) Looking forward to seeing the magazine!

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/5/2013 5:55AM

    Good luck. You will do fine.

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SLFGOLF 1/5/2013 1:02AM

    Sounds like you are already for tomorrow. Have a great time with it. I look forward to seeing the magazine.

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EVWINGS 1/4/2013 10:49PM

    You have a beautiful home! I always get an empty space feeling with the decorations down! Ours are usually up until January 7th, but are down and away already. You sound ready for your shoot and getting a good start for 2013!

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RFJSJ50 1/4/2013 10:15PM

    House is beautiful, you are beautiful - what a wonderful experience for you! I'm looking forward to that issue of Woman's World!
Sheila (used to be JAKEANDNELLIE)

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 1/4/2013 9:33PM

    Your house looks great and I'm sure you will too! Congrats! :)

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VINGRAM 1/4/2013 9:30PM

    emoticon looks like you are more than ready for tomorrow!

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