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New Computer!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Son and I decided to split the cost of a new desktop computer, that we saw out at Sam's Club last week, an HP Pavilion. It has this ginormous (23") monitor and of course lots more memory. I got a new wireless printer and we got a new router about a month ago, and for some reason when I turned the printer on, it kicked the old computer off-line. So we had a fix-your-computer guy out today and he got us up and running with the new computer, which we had literally just taken out of the box. Of course now I have to re-enter all my passwords into everything (Spark, Facebook, e-mail, etc.), and will have to download my camera software program and my Photo Shop programs into it, but we'll get it done. I'm having trouble with this new keyboard. I don't think it likes my super long fingernails cause I keep typing the wrong letters. Oh well--that's what spell check is for, right? RIGHT!

They have this broccoli salad out at Sam's, that son and I love, even though neither of us is all that fond of broccoli. I've found a recipe for it on Pinterest, and planned to make it, but it sure is easy to pick it up all pre-made when you're out there buying a computer. However, it might be higher caloried too. It has a creamy dressing on it, and sunflower seeds and raisins. Delicious. We had it for lunch. I'm thinking I would tweak it, by using a low-fat mayo in the dressing, maybe some fat-free yogurt mixed with it? And I would prefer other nuts to the sunflower seeds, maybe walnuts or almonds. I might even add some shredded carrots. I made a low-fat brownie mix last night with a can of Diet Coke. Those brownies are sure moist and tasty! I try not to do that too often, because even at 100 calories/brownie, I have a hard time limiting myself to just ONE VERY SMALL brownie! I laughed last night when I offered a brownie sundae to son and hubby after dinner. I said, "You know one of those brownie sundaes that I used to eat all the time, that led me to gain one pound every day?!" That is what Joy Bauer implied when I was inducted into her Fit Club on the Today Show. Admittedly, I would eat a brownie sundae occasionally, but not every day and had I been gaining a pound a day for 30 years, I would have weighed well over a ton. So that was a bit of hyperbole for TV. I did fix them each a brownie sundae with ice cream and chocolate syrup. But I just had a small brownie with a little low-fat whipped cream on it. That whipped cream is surprisingly low calorie, only 5 calories for 2 tablespoons. It sure made that brownie extra good!

Middle son, who is a geocaching fanatic, invited youngest son and I to go with him today on a geocache hunt. We drove out to Wilderness Park, it is a very undeveloped park around the city's west and south edges, and runs for acres. It does have primitive bike, horse and hiking trails. We started out on a hiking trail, then got on the bike trail. it was about a 3-mile round trip to find his geocache, but what a beautiful morning for a walk with my boys! I loved it. So did Lola!!


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SLFGOLF 3/29/2013 1:04AM

    Always nice getting a new computer...mines only a few weeks old, but it does take some getting used to.

The walk sounds great!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/29/2013 12:33AM

    Congrats on the new nice will that be to come home to from your DC trip!
Hey, that salad you mentioned is fabulous! My girlfriend calls it her summer salad and makes it foe every cook out! Hers is broccoli, cauliflower, raisins, sunflower seeds, chopped onion, mayo, and sugar. It is soooo good! You can easily even make a small amount! Cut up broccoli and cauliflower into small florets, chop up some onion, tiny box of raisins, a T of seeds and low fat mayo and sugar or I like trivia...enough mayo to lightly coat 1-2 T and a pkg of sweetener depending on your taste...try half a pk first. Enjoy!
Enjoy your new computer!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 3/29/2013 12:11AM


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MSLZZY 3/28/2013 10:30PM

    A new computer and quality time with the family-awesome!

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CLPURNELL 3/28/2013 9:18PM

    Congrats on the new computer!

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VINGRAM 3/28/2013 8:59PM

    Since I got my iPad, I seldom use the desktop anymore! emoticon

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LINDAK25 3/28/2013 8:05PM

    Happy hiking! Good for you. Enjoy your new computer.

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PRESBESS 3/28/2013 4:30PM

    Glad you had a good time with sons. So cool!

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KERRYG155 3/28/2013 3:32PM

    WooHoo on the new computer! I think my brother has talked about Wilderness Park. Great job on the walk. The broccoli dish does sound good-sounds like one they had or have at Ruby Tuesday that I like and I know the calories are pretty high. I also know that I would much prefer to just pick it up rather than do all the work of preparing it myself. Yep, I'm lazy that way. Have a great day!

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ROSCOEKR 3/28/2013 3:27PM

    What a wonderful walk w/your sons emoticon

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