BARCLE's SparkPeople Blog BARCLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community You'll never know ... .. My middle child, Alexandra, turns 10 today and she's such a delight, growing up so, so quickly and becoming a truly beautiful young girl. <BR> <BR> So it's on my mind how in the next day or two (can't be totally sure of the exact date as hospital time merges into one and it's now 10 years ago lol) I had a brief encounter with "the sister" and how she will never know just how much that touched me and how often I think of her and her sister who I never met. I was pacing the hallway from ... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:10:50 EST Our tom cat (Cefa) does not like his early Christmas ... ... present. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we gave him the gift of Christmas balls (they are there for decoration only) He wasn't as impressed with the idea as we are.... <BR> <BR> Desexing was only $20 for a pre-booked special day at one of the local vets yesterday. Plenty of us tomcat owners walked in smiling ... the cats, not so much <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> He's recovered/recovering well from surgery and has stalked off with his nose in the air to enjoy the day. <BR> <BR> He is the grey ... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:24:36 EST What if I can ... ... I'm not thinking 'what if I can't', but 'what if I can'? <BR> <BR> Just a ramble blog but I think what my thoughts identify is that I am not scared of failing/not completing, I am scared of succeeding; <BR> <BR> What if I can? <BR> <BR> What if I do? <BR> <BR> Failure/not completing is not new to me (started but not completed this weight loss and transformation journey so many times) but actually reaching the goal and maintaining it - man, that's uncharted territory and that, my ... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 17:38:14 EST All of my fat cells .... ... hurt! They jiggled, joggled, gurgled, galumphed about in a very ungainly manner, wobbled, and thumped up and down as one solid mass, and - did I mention it - hurt ... as I went for my first run in a very (okay, add about another hundred of the very) long time. <BR> <BR> I huffed and puffed in a very unladylike red-faced shellshocked 'what the heck am I doing' style but <BR> <BR> I. <BR> did. <BR> it. <BR> <BR> I set my plan and I followed it. <BR> <BR> I did not look glamoro... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 02:05:37 EST I couldn't help it, I gave in to my craving ... ... for a mediterranean salad <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I know right?!!!!!? 'salad?', you're asking yourself (that's what I'm asking myself too) salad?? of all things, s.a.l.a.d ???? <BR> <BR> Yep, I can confirm, I had a bona fide craving (c.r.a.v.i.n.g) C R A V I N G for salad - <BR> <BR> - and - <BR> <BR> - IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> what's not to love with fresh fancy lettuce variants, fresh cherry totatoes, red onion, and capsicum topped off with a tangy vin... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:20:54 EST Springing ... ... into action this Spring. That's right - Spring. It's Spring, Spring, Spring, Spring here in New Zealand. <BR> <BR> So far this month (okay it's only day 3 I know but...) I have been for a couple of walks and have been active for over 60 minutes a day! <BR> <BR> Small steps, but starting well and I really aim to keep it up and build on the positives. <BR> <BR> I am also aiming to adjust my extremely poor nutritional and beverage choices setting from full steam ahead to go slow - no... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 00:37:19 EST Who would like a Spark goodie??? Greetings Sparkies <BR> <BR> Leave me a smile, quote, comment ... and I will send you a Spark goodie <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Spark day <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:35:20 EST Hello again ... and goodbye ... HELLO again Sparkpeople! It's been far too long so, again I say, hello <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now to the GOODBYE's <BR> <BR> I wish to say goodbye to: <BR> loss of motivation <BR> not making time to exercise regularly (or, being totally honest, at all) <BR> being too busy to take the care of myself as well as I should <BR> making excuses <BR> being too tired <BR> feeling yuk as a result of poor choices and lack of motivation <BR> putting on more and more weight and feeling ugh ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:45:11 EST Happy ... New Year!! <BR> <BR> May 2014 be a wonderful year for us all <em>41</em> <em>408</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:02:54 EST Well, I guess he won that debate .... ...hubby and I were talking about summer and winter heat/cold and I said I by far prefer summer. He prefers winter. His logic - winter is easier because you can put more clothing on to warm up but summer heat is harder because at some point you'll get arrested - I cracked up laughing and had to concede the point <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:56:24 EST Does anyone play ... Criminal Case on facebook??? I'm kinda addicted (bad, bad, bad I know - more time wasting) but if anyone does and would like another team member for more energy etc let me know <em>41</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:36:16 EST Heya ... all the best to you and yours <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:39:51 EST Totally confusing blog ... .. roses are red, violets are blue <BR> <BR> oh hippopotamus, hyperbole, banana, apple, road <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> see .... told ya <em>334</em> <em>40</em> <em>211</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:44:09 EST I am hiding from .... ... the washing pile of doom; where did all these clothes come from?? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:03:11 EST Just a little wine .. ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> see <em>334</em> <em>211</em> <em>20</em> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:49:30 EST Wishing you .... ... some sunshine and happiness in your day <em>67</em> <em>41</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 02:20:34 EST Dear Sparkies ... ... I hope you're all having a great weekend wherever you are and whatever you are up to <em>213</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 23:50:29 EST Just a very short ... blog <em>334</em> <em>211</em> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:15:57 EST A glass of wine ... .. or two, the couch, a good book + myself = my evening <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a super day/evening and remember to do one nice thing for YOU <em>220</em> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 01:17:56 EST roses are red ... violets are blue (well technically they're not; they're violet) <BR> <BR> comment on this blog and there may be a sparkpoint for you <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a super day all <em>213</em> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 07:42:08 EST Get a life ... .. is what I said to the totally unpleasant individual who b**tchd about my children when I was at the supermarket this afternoon. I was with my 3 young children who were pretty close by me and the trolley. They were not misbehaving at all (and I'm pretty strict) <BR> <BR> Our crime?? Semi blocking a little part between a display and aisle (not more than 5 meters in length) - there is equal space on the other side (very hard to describe in writintg but it's a display put in the middle of ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 01:28:05 EST It was hailing outside so ... Clawd cat got off his chair outside on the front deck and moved to shelter <BR> <BR> under <BR> <BR> the <BR> <BR> chair <BR> <BR> still outside in the cold (4 degrees Celsius) <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> with the cat door less than 2 feet from him <em>40</em> <em>246</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 00:00:05 EST For the first time in far too long ... ... I went for a walk. It's a gorgeous sunny day. I really should be getting some sleep before I start work tonight (5.30pm through to 3.00am) but will just have to make sure I rest tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I am getting my plan of action into action (exercising regularly again - NOT using shift work as an excuse/enabler to not exercise) <BR> <BR> A HUGE thanks and <em>247</em> to you all for my birthday congrats/wishes and goodies - you guys, as ever, ROCK <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <em>... Thu, 23 May 2013 21:21:47 EST Roses are red ... ... violets are blue <BR> <BR> I'm now 40 <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>383</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 20 May 2013 02:07:59 EST Whaaaaat??? Say, w.h.a.t. ??? Whadddddya mean (in the whiniest voice imaginable) I'm going to be 40 (forty) 40 ****4.0*** *f.o.r.t.y* - the proper grown up 40 ... on Monday. Crikey that sounds kinda scary <BR> <BR> What? THIS Monday - as in May 20 2013??? really?? Um, that's kinda soon isn't it? Can I just please be like 30 for a bit longer? <BR> <BR> <BR> ... unless I don't have to act like a grown up, then I'm totally fine with 40 - it's just a number after all and - IT'S JUST AN ATTITUDE - so live long, happy,... Fri, 17 May 2013 04:52:42 EST I won the lottery ... ... in an alternate universe I'm sure. <BR> <BR> However, sadly not in this one <em>334</em> .. but I must add it feels like a win as I'm on rostered days off work now. I finished at 0700 hours this Monday morning and start back at work at 0630 hours Friday morning so it feels like a win anyway <em>334</em> Sun, 5 May 2013 23:37:00 EST I've been soooo good this Easter ... .. nah, just kidding 'course I haven't lol <em>334</em> <em>211</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:00:21 EST Hmm, who's this then? ... ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 21:45:39 EST If love & a positive spirit could make you immortal ... ... then you'd still be with us Ron (aka Rusty Racer) google for the blog, it's an amazing read. <BR> <BR> My wonderful, positive, full of life, positive, much loved, positive, intelligent, positive, fight-til-the-bitter-end, positive, cancer battling brother in law Ron Scanlan died this morning at 10.55am Saturday 2 February 2013. <BR> <BR> Ron has been battling cancer and various other side effects and complications for over 7 years now. <BR> <BR> I was honoured enough to be present w... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:13:04 EST D'oh, did it again.... ...forgot my sparkaversary by a few days <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I've been a spark member for 7 years now <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Have a super day everybody <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 15:21:17 EST Answer to my last blog (random room) .... And, my patient friends the answer is as follows ... <BR> <BR> 99% probability is reached with just 57 people, and 50% probability with 23 people. These conclusions are based on the assumption that each day of the year (except February 29) is equally probable for a birthday. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's a lesser number than I first guessed when asked - just another one of life's interesting quirks <em>41</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:23:58 EST In a random room of people ... ... how many would there need to be in order for 2 people to share the same birthday? <BR> <BR> <BR> Go on, have a guess <em>334</em> <BR> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:35:31 EST I am NOT going to break my New Year's resolutions .... ... because I haven't made any <em>246</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:51:28 EST My New Year's resolution is to be ... more positive and less sarcastic .... <BR> <BR> Like I won't screw that up right away. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>211</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> On a more serious note - here's to a sparkatcular 2013 for us all xox <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:52:34 EST You know how .... ... you avoid the plague like the plague ... yeah, well that's how I avoided the shopping malls today <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Boxing Day Sale madness did not plague me this year <em>334</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:49:18 EST The most stolen item (answer) ... of food in 2011 was <BR> <BR> CHEESE of all things <BR> <BR> Congrats to those who guessed cheese and thanks to everyone for your answers - they were all really great <em>224</em> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 02:38:08 EST What was the most stolen .... .... item of food in the 2011 year? <BR> <BR> Answer will be in tomorrow's blog <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Go on, have a guess <em>38</em> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 17:02:18 EST Dear Wonder Woman (& my other fabulous sparkie friends) Roses are red <BR> violets are blue <BR> I may not be blogging much <BR> BUT <BR> I'm thinking of you xox <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry all, I've been so ridiculously busy training for my new job (got 2 tests out the way now and then our biggie this coming Monday 10 Dec) so it's been full time week days. When I've graduated and had my time with my coach I will be on rostered and rotating shifts .... so you'll never know when I'll be free to stalk you then <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>334... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 02:46:55 EST Just wondering if there are any other ... .. comms operators out there?? Fri, 16 Nov 2012 04:07:37 EST By request ... ... blogging I am <em>334</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 03:01:09 EST Lol ... you're kidding right? Sooo, as you all will be aware, I'm a points slave. I love points. There, I admitted it ... not that that was any great secret. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finally reached the grand mark of 100,000 points <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It is strangely disconcerting to have no points-to-go tally anymore. <BR> <BR> Over the last couple of weeks, when I've especially keen to get to my 100,000 goal, my wheel spins have been 2's, 3's with a smattering of 5's and 7's - nary a 20 or 25 to be seen <B... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 16:01:44 EST Soooo maybe tomorrow .... .... I may hit the 100,000 points mark!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> .... and we all know that means a new trophy <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 00:55:51 EST The Tooth Fairy ... ... is visiting our house tonight!! <BR> <BR> Pip finally lost her first tooth this afternoon. Here's a pic taken yesterday before she lost it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> (minus one lol) Wed, 3 Oct 2012 04:04:00 EST I never make the same mistake twice ... ... I make it 3 or 4 times just to be sure <em>211</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:11:58 EST I've learned so much from ... ... my mistakes that I'm thinking of making a few more <em>334</em> <em>211</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 01:33:41 EST How to write good ... 1. Avoid alliteration. Always. <BR> <BR> 2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. <BR> <BR> 3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.) <BR> <BR> 4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. <BR> <BR> 5. One should never generalise. <BR> <BR> 6. Comparisons are as bad as cliches. <BR> <BR> 7. Be more or less specific. <BR> <BR> 8. Sentence fragments? Eliminate. <BR> <BR> 9. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement. <BR> <BR> 10. Pare... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 00:30:14 EST If at first you don't succeed ... ... don't give up. Try it again; only, try it the way your wife told you to in the first place <em>334</em> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:44:24 EST "Never do anything ... ... that you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics." <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:06:32 EST Is that make up or ... ... a bruise?? <BR> <BR> Yep, the girls left out their make up and Dan the Destroyer has gotten into it. He looks like he's got a black eye <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Not so sure the girls are going to find this quite as amusing .... <em>246</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 21:52:48 EST What is your .... ... favourite - colour, number, word/phrase, and season of the year <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whoops - meant to update far earlier... <BR> <BR> I don't have real favourite colour (I love "real" colours, bright and bold) I guess I'd have to choose a deep royal purple. <BR> number is 7 <BR> My word - crapnuggets <BR> Season would have to be Spring/Summer (cheating, I know but it's my blog lol <em>20</em> ) <BR> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:26:38 EST