-LINDA_S's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DLINDA%5FS -LINDA_S's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ But the Weight IS Coming Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613995 Seems like merely discontinuing my methimazole (at doctor's request) for 3 days resulted in my dropping over 4 pounds since Thursday. I don't know exactly what to attribute the reduced appetite to, since the doc says methimazole shouldn't have made me hungry, but it's a very noticeable difference. If it's the Italian-white-kidney bean extract I'm taking, well, I wish I'd found it a long time ago! I thought you were supposed to be hungry when you were hyperthyroid but not gain weight and ga... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:24:04 EST And the Hits Just Keep on Coming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612081 I'm just all over the place right now. Still stewing about my endo leaving me over-medicated long enough to throw me from hyper to hypo, thyroid-wise. Does she have any idea how hard it was to get those 15 pounds off that came back with a vengeance? The good news is that I am much less hungry these last few days being totally off the methimazole. I almost hate to go to the once a day that I'm supposed to Monday. We'll see what happens. She swears that it couldn't be what was making me h... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:23:45 EST My Gut Was Right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608223 But apparently I did not go far enough by halving my methimazole dose back to what was originally prescribed for me. It was raised after the first set of labs after I got out of the hospital. I've been sleepy much of the time and weight has been accumulating at an alarming rate. And I have now gone from hyper to hypo. Sigh. Wish I'd contacted the endo sooner and maybe I could have dropped the dosage sooner. Now instead of 2 10 mg pills twice a day, which I reduced to 1 twice a day about... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:49:54 EST I'm HUNGRY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600986 Like ALL the time! And weight is piling on even though I try to eat reasonably. Right now I'm waiting to go have a fasting blood draw so the endocrinologist can know where I stand for our appt. next week. I don't know why I have to be fasting, and they actually said I didn't when I was in the office, since we're mainly concerned about thyroid stuff. Hopefully, my reducing the dose of methimazole back to what she originally prescribed hasn't had any bad effects. I did that because I suspe... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:37:18 EST They Sold the Farm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572281 Or at least it's under contract. The only stumbling block will be if they can't find a way to permit my former apartment after the fact. The buyers definitely want to be able to use all of it. Just when we thought nothing would happen until at least spring, this couple shows up and it happens the wife uses Alison's dressage trainer. They apparently fell in love with the place. It guess all it takes is the right one. And I guess it's good I went ahead and bought my new place when I did. ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:58:49 EST My Head Feels...Not Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560230 Wow, it's been almost a month since I've written anything. Where does the time go? Had a great time on the cruise and especially enjoyed all the trivia. The ships now have pubs for adult trivia (because they give away alcohol to the winners!) and my SIL and I plus a variety of people traveling in our loosely-connected party did really well, winning every night we played except one. But I brought home an unwanted souvenir, likely due to sitting next to Jason, who was coughing pretty badly ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 06:01:49 EST Ah-Choo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540802 Here I am, still at the farm and I woke up with severe allergy symptoms. Now, the dust in the apartment has been getting to me a bit, but this is way more intrusive. Patches did deign to sleep at the foot of my bed last night, and I wonder if I've now become allergic to cats. I'll be heading to my new townhouse this morning sometime and will see if that helps. Found out I need to get the apartment cleaned out really soon, at least the visible areas, since Alison needs to take photos for s... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:44:04 EST Need to Take a Breath... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539956 The movers came early yesterday morning, and we got all my furniture and as many boxes as I had packed moved to my townhouse. I'm not even sure I have any clean clothes to put on until I go back to the townhouse and collect stuff from my drawers or the dryer! Lots of cleaning up still needed at the apartment, and the books I didn't want to take still need to find a home, preferably before Sunday when there will be an open house here at the farm and photos will be taken of my apartment, Yi... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:09:22 EST Making Progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534011 ...Nah, not with all that diet-and-exercise stuff that everyone is so concerned about. In fact, I'm a bit up in weight right now and I think I can attribute that to my roller coaster hormone ride thanks to my thyroid's going crazy. Seems to be harder to keep the weight stable on the thyroid-suppressing meds, but I seem to need them right now. My progress is in the realm of packing so I can move--way sooner than I thought I would! I'm closing on my 2bdr/2ba 1-story townhouse on Friday and ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 14:15:17 EST The Trivia Dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521538 Well, things were going along nicely, with my being able to play twice a week at least lately, since I'd do one might with my old team and one with Guy and his friend Wayne and Wayne's girlfriend. The fact that part of my old team played sometimes with a rival team annoyed me a bit, but Joe was usually on his own and welcomed the addition of Lauri and Livvy just to have someone to talk to. <BR> <BR> So last Thursday I arrived where the second team plays and found Guy on the patio. The plac... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:43:21 EST Long Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520336 ...but here I am! I've been freaking out about all the changes around here and just mot feeling like posting much of anything. I'm here amidst everything I own, trying to figure out what to pack and what to dispose of and just how to go about it all. Books! Tons of books! Most of which I'll probably never read again, some of which I don't want to part with. Swore I'd really get on it today, but I ended up on a wild goose chase trying to get blood drawn for my endocrinology appointment ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:25:02 EST I Forgot to Mention... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473208 ...that John and Alison bought the house. Yes, even though the farm just hit MLS yesterday, they didn't want to take a chance on losing the house, since it's apparently a great deal for prestigious Preston, and close enough to the swimming and tennis for Jason to ride his bike. Where does this leave me? In need of finding a home, although I may be farm-sitting if the place doesn't sell soon. They're closing Oct. 11, which doesn't necessarily mean they need to move right away. Strangely e... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 07:44:37 EST Should I Exercise Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471204 I feel well after my recent difficulties, but I find exertion quite hard, like walking up the stairs or even a slope. It leaves me somewhat breathless. I'm thinking of doing some gentle yoga, but even that has left me shaky and sweating like crazy lately. I think I can try a few classes and just do what I can, but it's always hard for me not to go all out. I wish the qi gong class was sooner than Thursday! <BR> <BR> My trivia team is going to brunch and a movie Sunday as sort of a celebr... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:06:09 EST I'm Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468228 A little tired, but feeling pretty well. Had the iodine uptake results and the thyroid scan. Gonna go back next week and get copies of all the tests, etc. I did have a nodule on the thyroid, and it was "hot", but didn't seem to be the source of the hyperactivity, so I wasn't pressured to do the RAI. Gonna pick some lemon balm from the garden tomorrow and make tea from it. It's supposed to be very good for Graves'. I'll update tomorrow, wanna get some rest now... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:44:29 EST Mystery Solved? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465666 It's looking like my thyroid may be the culprit. Waiting on results of the free T-3, but other labs are way off. Graves' would explain things like my dry eyes, thin hair and crappy nails, as well as the sweating. And of course the heart symptoms. Meeting with cardio and endo later, I think. Maybe they can get together and form an actual plan! Hopeful about getting out tomorrow if they do the iodine uptake test on an outpatient basis. Thanks for all the kind thoughts! Sun, 25 Aug 2013 11:27:15 EST In the Hospital! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465174 Was contemplating whether I should have this arrhythmia checked out, especially since I was feeling pretty bad, when Lauri called to see how I was. she decided we should go to the emergency room, which we did. It was hours later when they told me they were keeping me for a few days. I have atrial fibrillation and they want to do some kind of anti-coagulation thing to make sure blood isn't pooling in my heart. I really don't feel bad, but they're making me eat awful, carby food with low sa... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:36:41 EST Looks Like They Found a House... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462039 Well, maybe. They really like it and are looking at it again tonight. I've been told to wait to see what happens on their end before doing anything on my own about finding a new place. If things are good for them and the farm sells soon, I may be getting some financial help, which would be nice, depending on whether or not there are "conditions". I can foresee a whole life of dealing with their laundry! Well, the trade-off might be worth it... <BR> <BR> Guy never showed up for trivia la... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:21:37 EST Here's the Motley Crew.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459925 These are my partners in crime in winning the Raleigh-Durham and Eastern North Carolina <BR> Team Trivia Championship! Whew! That's a mouthful! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1913266442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And, oh, by the way, we also qualified for a NATIONAL prize: Came in 6th and got $800 more! How cool is THAT? <BR> <BR> I am sooo glad that Karen's friend Al (tall one in the back) and our new member Guy (short one in the front) were there--we owe our win ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:59:06 EST Believe It or Not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458694 ...we did it!!! Our little, unassuming team actually won the Raleigh and Eastern North Carolina Team Trivia Championship! We owe a lot of it to Karen's friend Al, who aced our bonus questions in the second round. We didn't do that great in the first round. We even could have had all of our 4-part final question points if we'd had the guts to chance betting on all parts. We only did 2, but that was enough to get us the win. It was fun beating all those teams with higher averages who win ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:01:50 EST Wish Me Luck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457946 In a few hours, I'll be off to the Team Trivia Tournament. This one is actually national, in that scores will be coming in from all over the country and the winners will get $10,000. Now, we have no illusions that we'll come anywhere near that, but I hope at least we don't embarrass ourselves too badly. We have 2 men playing, neither of which knows much about sports. Why can't we find a sports guy??? <BR> <BR> Was contacted last night by a guy named Gus, who sounds somewhat promising, H... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 10:21:32 EST And Then There's This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455134 Well, Sunday brought a couple to look at the property. It's not on the market yet, but word-of-mouth seems to be working overtime, at least among the horsey set looking for farms. Yes, it looks like they're out there! The husband works in film in NY and is not around that much. The wife is 14 weeks pregnant. They seemed to really like the place and were planning where they might build their very expensive adult-type treehouse AND wanted to turn my entire space into his office. But we jo... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:41:20 EST Next Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453177 ...I try to swat a gnat on my screen, I need to remember I have touch! OK, by popular demand, I'll at least get through the Joe story. Nice guy, had a nice time, he suggested a movie, we couldn't find one we both wanted to see. We looked for a coffee place after dinner, ended up at an ice cream place (NOT my plan!). He's moderately attractive for his age, but seems really short to me. I was up for going out again and it seemed he really wanted to, but I have not received a reply to my no... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:21:18 EST Oh, You're Kidding! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451990 Was almost done my blog when I hit a gnat on the screen and it disappeared! If I find it, I'll post it, but I'm not up to redoing it right now... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 18:15:35 EST Tomorrow Night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449112 ...I have a date! Well, it's barely night, at 5:30, but that's OK. Talked to Joe (the 71-year-old guy) on the phone today and he seems nice. We're meeting at a nearby restaurant. Meanwhile, haven't heard from Alan since I asked if he could see me tonight. Maybe I need to write him off. Or at least just wait to see if he contacts me again. I hope my "big brown eyes" live up to Joe's expectations. <BR> <BR> There's another close-by guy that wants to "get to know me". He's 58 and I am t... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 18:04:12 EST Where Are My Shoes?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447815 I know it's just been a few days since I ordered them, but I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of all those Crocs! I hope they get here by tomorrow... <BR> <BR> Looks like we have a big team coming to trivia tonight. If Team Rocket (which is Lauri's daughter Livvy and her friend Ryan) comes, we'll be 8, which I think is the most we've ever had. And we need some good points, since our nemesis at the Thursday place played somewhere else last night and edged ahead of us in the standings. I ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:13:25 EST I ordered WHAT??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445696 ok, those of you who know me probably know that I'm no fashion plate and fancy shoes hold no fascination for me. But I saw that Kohl's was having a big shoe sale and that among all the other shoes were...Crocs! I never saw the charm of them till I bought some hot pink Mary Janes (they're actually more of a T-strap) and really liked them and how they felt. I debated running out to the store and sifting through all the confusing boxes. You kinda have to know what the style looks like to pic... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 20:58:59 EST Everything's Crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443091 OK, I may be exaggerating a bit, but lots going on around here. First things first: my love life, or lack of same. It's a miracle Alan and I are still communicating at all, because someone hacked his email or something and he doesn't get my emails and I don't get him. so we're back to messaging on OkCupid. He has my cell # but has not used it, nor have we done the instant messaging thing available on the site. We were supposed to meet Thursday night at--what else?-- trivia. He claims t... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:46:35 EST Time to Freak Out Has Come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428633 Looks like they're seriously considering selling the farm pretty soon. In fact, there will be an appraiser here on Wednesday! So I need to make my apartment look pretty. I don't wanna! Oh, there are exciting aspects to not being under their thumb and noses anymore, but the cost is worrying me. So many options, all with their own pros and cons. I could probably buy some sort of little place--likely a townhouse or condo that is stuck on the end of a building and is one floor with no one t... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:49:37 EST Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421550 Well, yesterday turned out to be very eventful. Of course, it was my birthday and I'm one of those people who tends to make a big deal about it, though I don't know why. I sort of had a whole birthday week, starting with brunch last Sunday with 2 friends. Turned out to be a great place and we had fun, though Greg, our favorite (OK, maybe mostly my favorite) trivia host totally spaced and forgot about it. It had been an impromptu kinda thing that we decided on the previous Wednesday and he... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:55:47 EST Thanks for the Comments... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402637 ...on my last few blogs. Especially the last one! Yes, there is much to think about, and it will probably be a very long time before any decision to relocate is made. I think I'll just bide my time while I still have very low rent. That will put me in a better place if the time comes that I have to move. At least I have some options, hopefully. It would be good to see if I can get qualified for a mortgage and for how much. They don't really owe me a place to live for the rest of my lif... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:10:40 EST "Now, Don't Freak Out..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400674 Isn't that the worst thing someone can say? And doesn't it lead to immediately freaking out? This is what my daughter said to me yesterday, in the garage, of all places! She wanted to know where I would live if the sell the place. There are no immediate plans to do so, but John is making noises regarding how easy it would be if they actually lived in Prestonwood. That's the country club, with all the amenities right there--golf, tennis, swimming-- you get the picture. <BR> <BR> So I was... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:49:11 EST Here's My New Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392972 Jason helped me get a few of these photos where I could actually upload them. I was trying to do it without actually downloading them, but that wasn't working. People kept asking me what I was going to name "her", and after trying out a few that just didn't quite fit, I settled on Scarlett. I think it's quite appropriate! The photos don't really do justice to the depth and shine of her "coat" though! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1710790036.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 06:07:02 EST I Love You, Gloria Vanderbilt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390203 Well, I had noticed, especially the last few days, that the size 14 capri jeans, which I haven't had very long, were getting pretty loose. Figured I probably just needed to wash them to tighten them up a bit. On a whim, I dug into one of my storage cubbies to find some of my smaller clothes, although I was pretty sure I had little or nothing in a 12. Found all those 10s that I fit into after being really sick about 6 years ago and decided to see how far away I was from fitting in them. I ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:50:57 EST My "Glamour" Shots--I Hope... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385667 Well, I've been trying to upload photos of my brand new, shiny red car, but they keep coming out upside down! I'm working on that..I'll be picking the "kids" up at the airport shortly, so Jason will be home and maybe he can help me. <BR> <BR> But I think I can do the Glamour shots, so let's give it a go. I kinda wish I'd had a bit more makeup on. If I ever do it again, I'll glam it up a bit more. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l686915268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <i... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:17:57 EST oops, part deux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351306 Well, apparently Margie meant we were leaving next Friday, which is the END of next week. At least we're getting some trivia in this week and hopefully next. I hate it when we have outstanding scores that haven't been posted yet! We are NOT in 12th place--more like 3rd once everything is up to date. Got another 2nd last night and almost won the $100 cash *sigh*. Maybe tonight we'll beat the dreaded True Grit! Thu, 9 May 2013 19:02:42 EST Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348876 Guess I forgot to confirm with Margie exactly WHEN we were supposed to go to Charleston and Myrtle Beach. She has some kind of time share deal there. Apparently it's next week! I was kind of afraid to bring it up in case she had changed her mind! Hope they can manage around here getting Jason to and from wherever after school. I usually only do 1 day anyway. <BR> <BR> Well, I sent Robert a nice email after we did trivia on Thursday, but no reply so far. I wonder what I did this time. ... Tue, 7 May 2013 16:48:00 EST Chillin' on Derby Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345353 Just watching ALL the pre-Derby hoopla, as I usually do. Trying to clear out my inbox while I'm at it. Felt the need to stretch out a bit this morning, so I did a little yoga and it was good! Weight is hangin' pretty tough at less than 3 lbs above my LDW (that's hCG-speak for last does weight). I would like to lose a few lbs, but I feel another round coming on soon, and then there's Mothers' Day Brunch at the country club next weekend in addition to the brunch tomorrow to celebrate 2 frie... Sat, 4 May 2013 13:32:21 EST I'm Back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334994 ...from the cruise, from the trivia tournament, etc. Had a great time on the cruise and played a whole bunch of--what else?--trivia! I hate to admit that was probably my favorite part, especially since I got to be the "star" most of the time. The trivia host(ess) would go around and talk to the people, and I was her favorite to pick on. Margie and I did our share, or more, of winning, and when she was sick of trivia, I teamed up with others and did really well, too. People asked where I ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:24:36 EST So Much Coming Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311139 Well, here we are in April, and there's lots going on. I'm trying to figure out all the stuff with my part of my father's estate. Got on the phone with his investment guy and my SIL, who has considerable experience in this sort of thing, and determined that nothing we were doing right now would incur any fees from me. Everything will be in my name soon, and we will yank everything away from Edward Jones and put it somewhere that the fees are way more reasonable. <BR> <BR> Trivia has been ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:02:33 EST Smudge Lost Her Sister...:( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297051 Hectic day yesterday, what with the oven (yay!) supposedly arriving before Alison got home. Turned out the guy called at 2 when he was supposed to be here and said he wouldn't be here till 4. Saw smudge during that time, but don't recall seeing Sadee. Meanwhile, Alison got home and was getting ready to take Jason to swimming when she saw Sadee lying on the floor panting and foaming at the mouth. She rushed her to the vet, and when things weren't looking good, called John to take Jason (wh... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:09:03 EST Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294176 Couldn't figure out why my hand was so sore today until I remembered that I had to yank really hard to get those old, dried basil plants out of the garden yesterday. Decided not to overwork it today, but intend to venture out tomorrow and buy a few containers and some soil. Really seems silly ro buy soil when there's sooo much just out there, but I want my tomatoes to work this year! I might get some clear plastic as someone once suggested and solarize the soil, which should kill weeds and... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:26:39 EST Thunder? In March??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291645 Sure doesn't sound like anything else! Colder today than it's supposed to be in January around here. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice, but when spring actually arrives, it will be getting colder. And I just saw a lightning flash! I really need to get out in that garden tomorrow and get rid of all the weeds that never died over the winter. I hope to get at least a little stuff in like maybe some sugar snap peas and some lettuce. The onions I planted last spring that seemed to finally star... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:25:06 EST Outrageous Bureaucracy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289110 Something else I found in my email that made my blood boil! Oops, apparently the link doesn't work for some reason. It involves hunters trying to provide deer meat to homeless people in Louisiana and not being allowed to because the powers that be are afraid it will make them sick--so afraid, in fact, that they ordered bleach to be poured all over it after opening the nicely Cryovac packages so that animals wouldn't eat it and become sick. By eating what they naturally eat! How stupid are... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:05:03 EST Love Those TED Talks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288063 <link>www.janssushibar.com/hope-mankind/?u<BR>tm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&<BR>utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JansSushiBar+%28J<BR>an%27s+Sushi+Bar%29 </link> <BR> <BR> Check this out! So contradictory to what so many believe! And it's only about 22 minutes long! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:57:22 EST Well, This is Strange... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281541 Reset my computer to original settings in a desperate attempt to keep this thing connected to the internet. Not sure if it worked or not, but somehow when Jason was messing with settings on the TV, it made the TV show up as a device on the computer. And today I got right on and have had no problems staying connected. As long as it stays this way, I will be a happy camper! 'Cause I actually do love most of the Windows 8 stuff. BUT, I was not able to post my blog from Internet Explorer, pl... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:51:42 EST Blech! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279314 I have been laid low by what must be the common cold. Not feeling all that bad, but my nose is now sore from so much running and I'm sneezing quite a bit. I hope to be better by tomorrow night, since I have trivia planned. We skipped Tuesday for Lauri, Margie and me to go to the hockey game (we won!), and went Wednesday because we're avoiding the closer place on Thursday due to the nearly-unbeatable team, which had too many players last week to be legit. Turned out to be a good thing, sin... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 19:29:47 EST Myrtle Beach--A Mixed Bag... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274534 We had a nice time, but I wouldn't advise going at a time when the low temperature is 28! The south has been in a bit of a deep freeze, at least for the area. Add this to the fact that, to put it delicately, we really didn't have a functioning toilet, despite calls to the desk and [prompt responses. Turns out plunging was not what was required. Oh, it never got totally disgusting, but it took till late on our second and last night to get moved to another room once it was determined they n... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 15:25:01 EST Date Went Well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269146 ...even though I didn't manage to talk him into trivia. There was just too much time in between, and he needed to go to Whole Foods to buy some nice tea. I like that he likes tea! And he seems to be very smart on many subjects. I'm thinking there will be another date, but nothing has been set up yet. <BR> <BR> Off the Myrtle Beach with Margie in the morning. Don't know about the weather there, but I heard something about snow here, and it's only a few hours away! Yikes! I'm sure we'll... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:55:09 EST Grrr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266939 Wrote a little entry last night but lost it along with my internet connection. I need to figure out why my new computer has trouble staying connected when all the others around here are fine. I suspect there's a security thing involved since the signal is usually fine. <BR> <BR> Anyway, looks like the curse of the one-date-only is about to be broken. I'm meeting Lloyd at the art museum tomorrow night for their Friday night Art in the Evening thing, where there's music and small plates and... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:43:44 EST Who Says I Need to Bring a Team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265323 ...to play trivia? No one wanted to play tonight, so I wasn't gonna go. Then at the last minute I decided to go along and see if I could find a team that would let me play. I joined Bob, Mike and Joe's team along with a few other people and we had a pretty good game and ended up winning. it was fun! <BR> <BR> The girls and I are playing Thursday night against the formidable True Grit. The guys say they'll come along on a Thursday soon and help us beat them! That would be nice! <BR> <B... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:18:37 EST