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Some Thoughts on a Saturday Morning

Saturday, June 29, 2013

It's the last Saturday in June and real hot weather summer is upon us. Of course, it's nothing like last year's real hot summer weather which was more often over 100 degrees than not. This summer it's different - like the Start page on Sparkpeople this morning.

I'd had a tip off from a spark buddy I met up with yesterday (first time ever!!!) who told me the roll-out had happened yesterday. I see some folk don't like the changes but I agree with the editors. This is a much more streamlined page and it still tempts me to explore. I tend to use SP from a serendipitous point of view. I always begin with Best of SparkPeople email - and follow the leads it presents. I've met more new people, gotten more new ideas and just all around enjoyed myself going with the flow. It's a little surprise gift first thing in the morning.

I say Thanks SP for keeping it fresh. (I'm also glad the swapped around the points earning options - again, just for the variety factor.)

Meeting up with SP friend CLBENS was fun. She looks great too! And we both ordered the same lean protein rich lunch - without even discussing it first! Next time, though - we will probably meet for something more active.

For a long time there didn't seem to be any sparkers who lived close enough for me to meet up with but this summer several have swung into my orbit. I'm looking forward to hooking up with them.

Last night there was a wine tasting in our local wine shop - She does these about twice a month on Friday evenings and they're like little parties. Afterwards there was a free bluegrass concert down the street at a riverside park. These are sponsored by our local main street organization and this is their second season. Last year I bought tickets for all of them and then never got to go to one - and gave my tickets away. It was fun to stroll down the street and listen to the music after sipping my wine (carefully calculated to fit within the days calories/points)

It was the last day of the fiscal year and though I believe I've tied up all the strings, I have a funny feeling that maybe I did not. It all seems too easy this year. Of course, there have been huge personnel changes this year, both in the library and in the county government - so maybe that's what's giving me that odd sensation. At least I know the changes are for the better, so I will just throw out my blessing hook and expect the best.

Ah well. a meandering blog with no real insights or words of wisdom - just a few thoughts fluttering around on a Saturday morning. Hope your Saturday is full of joy.
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  • v IMREITE
    Sounds like a good day.
    1151 days ago
  • v LRSILVER
    Glad you got to meet a sparkfriend.
    1151 days ago
  • v MSLZZY
    Out with the old and in with the new. It is exciting to see changes on SP. It does encourage me to explore parts of the site that will help me even more!
    1151 days ago
  • v CELIAMINER
    I don't mind the changes in the Spark start page, but I do notice polls no longer award points. Being a "points whore," I'm still searching for where the point opportunities have gone, and I see that articles and Spark Blog page items now award 5 points rather than 3. I like that, since I see the educational and motivational aspects of those tools as very valuable.

    Your wine tasting sounds like fun! We have a couple of shops close by that do tastings, and the "nicer" of the two (a gourmet/specialty/wine) shop also has music on occasion. Then there are all the wineries in Virginia! We have a couple of favorites, though getting there is not as easy as getting to one of the shops.

    Finally, thanks for reminding me that it's the end of the FY for one of my volunteer organizations, and as treasurer, I need to get the financial report together.
    1152 days ago
  • v KANSASROSE67
    Your evening sounds wonderful! And I'm so glad the budget process was better this year. I sent mine off to our new city manager and haven't heard a thing...hoping no news is good news!
    1152 days ago
  • v JLITT62
    Having worked in social media before we really had a term for it, I can tell you people don't like change.

    How lucky to have some local spark buddies!
    1152 days ago
  • v KANOE10
    Yes, we have had major changes in our library system..due to lack of funding. I hope your job is secure for next year.

    We have 100 wineries in my area so wine tasting can be very much fun.

    You sound happy and focused. I don't mind the changes on Spark People..Change is good for us. I am going to have to check out those emails from Spark.

    We are hitting the 100s..that is why I exercise early!

    Have a great Saturday.
    1152 days ago
  • v FORBANDE
    How great to meet another Sparker! I'm meeting a Spark Friend in July and am very excited. The wine tasting sounds so fun!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1152 days ago
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