BOBCATGIRL76's SparkPeople Blog BOBCATGIRL76's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 2220- Learning To Say No Thank You Weight update: Weighed in Monday at 242.2. So that's down 7.8lbs the first week of the New Year, definitely plenty of Christmas/New Year's bloat. Monday weigh-ins mean trying a bit harder to stay on track during the weekends, so for now I'm going to stick with them. But still happy about it! Now onto today's topic... <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone notice how fast food restaurants and even some regular restaurants package meals and food together to be cheaper than less food? <BR> <BR> The other day... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 15:45:22 EST Day 2215- So Tracking Actually Works? Duh Jan-Marie. <BR> <BR> After the holidays, I shamefully was up to 250 as of January 1st. And this morning I was already down to 244.8. Granted that was a lot of bloat and water retention most likely after eating some really delicious but not great for me food during Christmas and New Years. <BR> <BR> But now that I'm tracking, I make myself more aware of my choices. I was out running around yesterday and realized that I hadn't eaten breakfast and was of course starving. I checked my WW ... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 21:24:44 EST Day 2213- My Plans for 2018 This year I'm doing ALL THE THINGS. <BR> <BR> But seriously. <BR> <BR> Last month, I decided to rejoin Weight Watchers as a way to spend some time with my mother-in-law but also have some me time. She pointed out it's like a cheap form of therapy. I also appreciate that they increase points for nursing mothers because I felt like I was screwing up my milk supply when I was just calorie counting. I don't know why the points are helping me now, but they are. It's probably due to the new Zer... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 21:56:34 EST Day 2212- Welcome to SparkPeople Newcomers! Since it's January 1st, I'm sure there are many new members to SparkPeople and I'm here to tell you welcome. <BR> <BR> It always bothers me how negative people get at the gym. Yes, the gyms get more crowded in January. But it's because people are looking to improve their lives and make positive changes. I'd like to think everyone at a gym started somewhere. They weren't born running laps. They were born unable to walk or crawl just like everyone else. <BR> <BR> So I guess what I'm getting... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 22:13:37 EST Day 2183- Six Years With SparkPeople It's my six year Sparkiversary! <BR> <BR> I've been gone for a month and a half, but to be honest I haven't been focused on my eating truly since Henry was born. <BR> <BR> Some days I'm so busy or tired I forget to eat. Other days, I feel like I'm starving and eat everything in sight. <BR> <BR> However, with Henry eating more solid foods, I'm breastfeeding less, so I'm not as hungry all the time. <BR> <BR> I'm finally feeling more focused and ready to start tracking again. I started at... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 21:50:33 EST Day 2136- How Do People Do It? I was originally going to title this, how do Mom's do it, then realized there are plenty of stay at home dad's as well. <BR> <BR> Yes, I am alive. J.D. and Henry are great. Henry has 6 teeth with two more on the way and isn't even 6 months yet... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It could be a combination of traveling a lot (J.D.'s grandfather's funeral, then a trip to South Carolina to visit family) or the teet... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:50:42 EST Day 2089- So You're About to Start Your First Whole30 I know a few of you, including you OBIESMOM2, are starting a Whole30 on September 1st. <BR> <BR> So I figured I'd give you my take on what you need and what to expect. <BR> <BR> If you've read the book It Starts With Food, you will already know a lot about what I'm going to tell you. But this will hopefully also be helpful for people not as familiar with the plan. <BR> <BR> First, one rule is that you can't weigh yourself for the full 30 days, just take before measurements and after mea... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:23:01 EST Day 2088- Whole30 Day 8 Sorry I broke my streak. Henry has been having a rough time adjusting to his teeth, and hasn't been sleeping great, and when he finally went to bed, I just followed him and forgot to write. <BR> <BR> This weekend was okay, but sadly, J.D.'s grandfather passed away, so we will be traveling to his funeral this weekend. <BR> <BR> I joined a StepBet, which is like a DietBet, but instead of betting that I'll lose weight, I bet that I'd be able to have a certain amount of steps each day, so tha... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:24:47 EST Day 2084- Whole30 Day 4 This morning was Henry's 4 month appointment. And oh my gosh, a second tooth came in overnight! So crazy. He's growing just fine though he's only 25th percentile for weight so he's a skinny baby! JD and I both had weight issues growing up so we're totally okay with Henry being at a healthy weight. Yesterday at lunch they did make my meal with just water(steam) instead of butter. So that worked out. For dinner tonight I had spaghetti squash with meat sauce. My whole30 meat sauce starts wi... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 21:52:11 EST Day 2083- Make It Work Okay, so how many of you watch Project Runway and know that phrase from Tim Gunn? Make it work. <BR> <BR> So today is Day 3 of Whole 30. I had the same breakfast. I think I'm lucky in that it doesn't bother me to eat the same breakfast every morning. Eggs, chicken apple sausage and a piece of fruit. <BR> <BR> But today my mom has asked me to go to lunch with some of her friends so they can see Henry at a local restaurant, Beef O'Brady's. <BR> <BR> Speaking of Henry... <BR> <BR> <img s... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:14:31 EST Day 2082- Whole30 Day 2 Last night was rough sleep wise. Henry was fine, but I couldn't sleep well at all. I woke up at 12, 1:30, Henry woke up at 3:30, then I woke up at 5 and 6. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if maybe my first day without sugar led to me not sleeping as well, but I don't know if that's actually a thing. <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with a headache all day, which is probably also the lack of sugar, but I'm pushing through. My menu was very similar today. <BR> <BR> For those of you who have asked abou... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:47:00 EST Day 2081- Whole30 Day 1 Breakfast: Chef Bruce Aidell's Chicken and apple sausage, two scrambled eggs and salsa. Mid-morning snack: Apple Pie Larabar and peach Lunch: Two Applegate hotdogs with yellow mustard. Sweet potato, asparagus and onion hash. Grapes. Afternoon snack: Almonds and an Apple Dinner: Romaine with diced chicken breast and red onion and Tessamae's Creamy Caesar dressing. I walked two miles this morning and visited with one of my best friends this evening. I'm tired and going to bed and will ... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:21:19 EST Day 2080- Another Rough Day It's amazing how quickly plans change when you've got a crying baby. Didn't get much done at all today. I don't know how single working parents accomplish anything. Henry was just not happy today unless he was near or on me. But he's asleep now. I think I'll be able to manage my meals tomorrow hopefully, but will need to go to the store for more food tomorrow. Still can't add photos through the app yet. Will have to check the permissions on my phone. Hope you all enjoyed the eclipse. I didn... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:16:59 EST Day 2079- Growth Spurt Today revolved around Henry eating and sleeping. I think he's going through his 4 month growth spurt a few days early. It's been exhausting and I don't have much else to say. I hope to spend tomorrow meal prepping for Whole30. Now to bed. Here's your daily dose of Henry. Actually apparently my phone app won't let me add a blog photo. So more photos tomorrow I guess. Good night everyone. Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:15:28 EST Day 2078- Tired Saturday Didn't get quality sleep last night, not sure why but woke up tired. <BR> <BR> J.D. and I took his sister, cousin and Henry to a local berry farm to pick blackberries and raspberries. <BR> <BR> I couldn't help but dress Henry up as my little farmer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:03:28 EST Day 2077- Another Good Day Today was the first time I put Henry down in the crib and he just took a nap after less than 2 minutes of crying. <BR> <BR> It was great. <BR> <BR> Then when J.D. got home from work, we went on a jog with Henry. Well J.D. jogged, and I had to walk a lot but it is just amazing to have such a supportive husband. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's J.D. working on his abs, while Henry supervises. <BR> <B... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:40:40 EST Day 2076- Today Was A Good Day This morning, I woke up when Henry woke up at 7am. We lounged around the house a bit, and then I decided to take him for a walk. I drove over to my parents neighborhood, hoping to get one or both of them to join me, but my dad had a lunch meeting and my mom wasn't feeling the heat and the humidity. <BR> <BR> So Henry and I took a walk. It ended earlier than I would have liked due to him crying and being upset, but at the same time it was so humid. I was dripping, so I could only imagine he ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:17:31 EST Day 2075- Why Did I Start All Of This? When I started on SparkPeople almost 6 years ago, I had seen myself on TV and was ashamed of how big I was. I wasn't engaged, but had been with my boyfriend for 4 years and had dreams of getting married and feeling great on my wedding day, and having children and being a fit mom. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to now, and here I am, married to my high school sweetheart with my amazing little boy, Henry. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:50:39 EST Day 2037- Summer Sickness I don't know how I do it, but I somehow always seem to get sick at least once a summer. This time it started on Monday, and I thought it was allergies but it got progressively worse. <BR> <BR> It turned out to be an upper respiratory infection and a double ear infection. <BR> <BR> And let me tell you, being sick with a 2 month old baby is rough. <BR> <BR> I don't want to get him sick, but I keep coughing and blowing my nose. I'm terrified he will get it, but apparently any antibodies my... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 16:51:35 EST Day 2031- 6 Years, 7 Months 6 Years and 7 Months adds up to 2031 days on SparkPeople. How crazy is that? <BR> <BR> When I started this journey December 3, 2011, I was 275 pounds and miserable. <BR> <BR> My lowest weight ever was on my 25th birthday, when I weighed 173.8 pounds. <BR> <BR> The day I gave birth to my son Henry, April 25, 2017, I was 280 pounds. <BR> <BR> Today I'm 238.4. <BR> <BR> This journey has definitely been a roller coaster. <BR> <BR> I was gone the last month, and I apologize for that. I ... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 16:52:21 EST Day 2001- Another Whole30 Begins So Henry has sounded very congested the past few days, so I went to the doctor on Wednesday and we discussed how he's been spitting up and throwing up. She said it may be because of the dairy I consume, and suggested I go off it to see how he reacts. So I decided why not do another Whole 30, because as JMB369 pointed out, there is a whole section in the book "It Starts With Food" the Whole 30 book, that says it's fine to do Whole30 while breastfeeding. I just have to increase my calories and ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 08:44:56 EST Day 1996- How 10 Years Were Almost Gone In A Second On Saturday May 27, 2017, J.D. and I celebrated our 10 year dating anniversary. I am so lucky to be with a man whom I love more and more each day. <BR> <BR> However, on Wednesday, May 24th, J.D. was riding his bike home from work, as he does most days, when a woman tried to pass him on the left due to a road closure and then turned right in front of him causing J.D. to collide with her vehicle, separating his AC joint (collarbone from shoulder blade) and breaking a ton of cartilage around h... Mon, 29 May 2017 20:51:48 EST Day 1979- Now About My Weight Gain And now the blog we've all been waiting for. <BR> <BR> Actually I doubt that. I don't think there are very many SparkPeople who actually want to see people fail. <BR> <BR> And I don't really feel as though I've failed. I originally joined SparkPeople because I wanted to lose weight for my wedding and ultimately to become a Mom. And I did that. At my highest weight before SP, I was 275 pounds. I got down to 173 at my lowest and maintained for a long time in the 180s-190s. <BR> <BR> In 20... Fri, 12 May 2017 17:29:11 EST Day 1973- Welcome to the World Henry On April 25, 2017 our lives changed forever. At 12:15 am, Henry entered the world at 7lbs, 9 oz and 19.75 inches long. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As you can see, I had a c-section which I will tell you about below. But I think everyone wants the pictures first so I'll show you those first. <BR> <BR> I h... Sat, 6 May 2017 10:58:24 EST Day 1958- Well, Looks Like Sunday/Monday is the Day! I had a follow up appointment on Thursday to check my blood pressure again. It was 135/88. Too high for the doctor's liking. After much discussion (which I greatly appreciated) the doctor I saw on Thursday convinced me that it is in both mine and the baby's best interest to induce labor Sunday night. <BR> <BR> With my elevated blood pressure, waiting for natural labor could have negative effects on the baby such as lower fluid levels as well as poor flow from the placenta to the baby, and s... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:38:20 EST Day 1956- Scary Day Yesterday But I'm Okay Sunday night I started getting a migraine, which I'd been lucky enough to have avoided for 16 weeks. I tried to deal with it all day Monday, taking magnesium and staying hydrated as directed by my doctor, as well as taking some Benadryl with the hopes of sleep overtaking the pain. However, halfway through the night on Monday, my icepacks which usually dull the pain, began to intensify my pain, so I stopped using the icepacks. <BR> <BR> I lasted until about 12 on Tuesday before calling my OB... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:43:48 EST Day 1934- Good News From The Doctor I had my ultrasound today to check to see if the baby was breech and if my placenta was too low. Discussion of a c-section would have been the result had either of those been the case, however, Baby Bobcat is head down and my placenta moved up, so we are all good to go for a natural birth for now. <BR> <BR> The only thing I'm currently struggling with is water retention (especially in my hands and feet which can make typing an issue so please excuse any typos) and shortness of breath. The d... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:36:07 EST Day 1930- It's Been A While Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Jan-Marie, and I joined Sparkpeople in December of 2011, weighing 275 pounds incredibly unhappy with myself. I was in graduate school and finally felt ready to commit to something. <BR> <BR> Over the course of the first year, I lost 91 pounds, eventually hitting 100+ pounds down in 2013 and again in 2014. In fall of 2014, I married my best friend and boyfriend of 7 years, J.D., and we moved to Michigan. I successfully maint... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:11:57 EST Day 1874- Fingers Crossed Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> It's crazy how fast the days seem to pass. I'm now 26 weeks pregnant. This pic is from a few weeks back. Some days I feel like I barely look pregnant, just overweight. Other days, the bump is out in full form. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been a bit worried about my weight, but I haven't gained any in the past few weeks. I actually had a 4 pound loss last week, but I'm still over... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:32:45 EST Day 1850- Happy New Year! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had happy holidays and enjoyed celebrating the New Year. If you remember, last year started with a bang for me, when J.D. and I were in a hit and run car accident that totaled my car. This year was much more boring, just staying in our apartment with a few friends watching football and the ball drop. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I didn't update in December. I never expected to be so affected by pregnancy. I'm just exhausted all the time. I was hoping to have mo... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 14:08:11 EST Day 1814- I'm Okay! And Back in Ohio! Wow, a month away! <BR> <BR> Sorry to have been gone so long. It has been a whirlwind. <BR> <BR> Last I wrote, we finally had confirmation that J.D. had a job and we were moving back to Ohio. <BR> <BR> And now, as I'm typing, I'm sitting in the library I literally grew up in. My mom worked at the local library, and I spent most of my childhood reading books and playing on the computers when I wasn't in school. <BR> <BR> We are BACK in Ohio. <BR> <BR> Our house is for sale in Michigan... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:35:57 EST 1782- What They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy First off, I don't know who "they" are that I'm referencing. Especially since I've spent hours upon hours reading pregnancy forums comparing symptoms, looking at ultrasounds, asking for advice. <BR> <BR> However, today I decided to come back to SparkPeople. For many reasons. One was that a very kind SparkFriend sent me a lovely message today and reminded me of why SparkPeople is so good for me. Another SparkFriend who I'm also Facebook friends with wrote a really nice post about how I inspi... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:59:39 EST Day 1768- Busy Life Hi Everyone. I'm sorry I've been away. Last weekend was Homecoming and I had an amazing time celebrating. I've included the video that they played at the football game. <BR> <BR> I'll try to post another blog with pictures later. <BR> <BR> Life is getting very hectic, as J.D. received his job offer in Ohio (but still no start date) so we're starting the process of trying to sell our house, and figuring out our living arrangements when we get back. Life is good! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:35:18 EST Day 1752- I Won Again! I won the contest! They called me yesterday and officially named me Cheermeister! I'm super excited about it. <BR> <BR> I now get to lead the pep rally on Thursday (10/6/16) night and attend a black tie Alumni Awards Gala Friday night. Saturday morning, I'm the Grand Marshal of the parade with my own lead car at the front of the parade and I'm announced at the football game where they play my video! I am SO excited. <BR> <BR> Now I just have to get to work editing my video down. The origi... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:38:42 EST Day 1751- Expect the Unexpected Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I've been missing for two weeks. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I'm alive and well. <BR> <BR> In fact this weekend, I ran my September race to continue my streak of 23 months in a row running some sort of race. <BR> <BR> In August I ran a 1 mile race called "Run for the Rolls" that was almost rained out. I was actually running to the finish line when the lightening and thunder started. I got 2nd in my age group. But there were only 4 of us in my age gr... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:03 EST Day 1738- Yet Another Migraine I've had a migraine since Sunday. <BR> <BR> It just won't go away. <BR> <BR> Have been trying to sleep it off to no avail. <BR> <BR> Doctor has now suggested Magnesium Oxide tablets. <BR> <BR> And I may check out getting a daith piercing which has helped some migraine sufferers. <BR> <BR> Still alive. Just miserable. Love you all. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:25:10 EST Day 1731- And Sometimes You Fail Exhibit A: Go on a weekend trip and forget your Fitbit Charger. It makes it a bit hard to track your steps. <BR> <BR> However, this weekend was a wonderful celebration. J.D.'s grandpa turned 90 years old! I did a terrible job at tracking food. <BR> <BR> Actually I didn't even try. <BR> <BR> I haven't been feeling good. <BR> <BR> I have a doctor's appointment on Friday, and I'm hoping to have some answers. <BR> <BR> Ugh. Life is just life sometimes, huh? Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:22:54 EST Day 1726- New Month, New Chance To Succeed Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the love on yesterday's blog. In case you missed it, I'm entering a contest to be Ohio University's biggest fan. I shared a link, but I think I have a better one today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_fbid=10154335410645734&id=502960733&h<BR>c_location=ufi </link> <BR> <BR> I should have added yesterday, that you will only be able to "like" my video (or even view it for that matter) if you also have a Facebook account. I w... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 09:20:20 EST Day 1725- New Bobcat Contest! I'm not having a contest, I'm entering one! <BR> <BR> Remember before my wedding how I entered a contest to win wedding stationary using a photo of J.D. and myself in the middle of Ohio University's football field? And I needed likes to make the finals. Well you guys got me enough likes to reach the finals and the judges chose me! I seriously believe it was because of all of your love. <BR> <BR> Well my wonderful Alma Mater, Ohio University, is having a contest for the ultimate Ohio Unive... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:07:48 EST Day 1721- Reality Check I'm sorry for my absence. I've just been struggling with coming up with anything to write lately. <BR> <BR> I don't feel inspired. Or inspirational. <BR> <BR> I mostly just feel blah. <BR> <BR> I'm upset about how I feel I'm being treated at work. But rather than try to do anything about it, I keep holding out hope that my husband's job will come through and I'll be able to put in my notice. <BR> <BR> I'm homesick. We've been visiting our families often, and every time we go back to Da... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:49:55 EST Day 1710- There's Cheesecake In The Break Room And Other Horrible Phrases I'm kidding. I won't include any other horrible phrases. <BR> <BR> That phrase popped up in my email at work today. <BR> <BR> And I felt my body getting out of my chair and thought, "Why are you standing up, you don't need cheesecake." <BR> <BR> And as I walked down the hall to the break room, I continued to think "Why are you doing this, don't you feel how tight your pants are right now?" <BR> <BR> And when I walked into the break room and saw no cheesecake on the table I thought, "Goo... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:20:08 EST Day 1699- July Race Complete and My 27th Birthday When I joined SparkPeople, I was 22 years old. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be my 27th birthday. <BR> <BR> After my first year with SparkPeople, if you would have told me that I still wouldn't be at goal at age 27, I would have said you were crazy. I was on such a roll, there was no way I wouldn't be at goal weight soon. <BR> <BR> But I would have been wrong. <BR> <BR> What I do have is a 21 month streak of completing races, almost 4 years of maintaining at least a 60 pound weight loss and... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:38:48 EST Day 1693- Keeping Things In Perspective Warning ahead of time. This will be a very rambly (I don't think that's a word) blog. <BR> <BR> Seriously, I'm about to be all over the place, so maybe get yourself a map. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday I weighed back in at 213.8. Ugh. This whole lifestyle change and journey never gets easier. And I need to realize that. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel exactly like the old me. Disgusted with how tight my clothes are and mad at what I see in the mirror. And then I go for a run, and do a mile without... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:15:21 EST Day 1692- Did I Fall Off A Cliff? No. No I did not. Not literally at least. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful trip to Yellowstone last week, and here are a bunch of pictures! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:26:27 EST Day 1680- Time To Heal Hey Everyone. <BR> <BR> I attempted to go back to work on Wednesday, and midway through the day, I started to get a pounding headache, so I returned to my family doctor's office. Although my doctor was out, the physician I saw suggested I take the rest of the week off work to recover. The past two days have been spent mostly laying low, keeping fluids in me, and eating whatever we had left in the house. That involved oatmeal for breakfast, some ground beef and veggies for lunch, and defrost... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:37:23 EST Day 1675- Can't Catch a Break Ouch. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, J.D. and I went mountain biking. We'd been a few times previously, and I had enjoyed it. It's a little more exciting than just biking on the bike path. <BR> <BR> Last night, J.D. took me to a new bike path that he'd been on a few times. Only a minute or two into the path, I came down a steep hill and lost control, going off the path. I hit a tree and my bike got caught in the brush, and I was launched over my handlebars. I landed on my head/neck and face and was... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:56:51 EST Day 1674- What The World Needs Now Some silence is truly deafening. <BR> <BR> Over the past few weeks, the events in the U.S. have made me truly sad. And I find myself at a loss for words. One, because while I could mean well, many things I could say could hurt or offend others and that worries me. Secondly, as a white heterosexual female, I don't know what it's like to be targeted for my sexuality, or be treated as less than a person due to my race. <BR> <BR> While I can't relate, I can be sad. The night after the shootin... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:25:56 EST Day 1661- Would It Help? First, I'm not entirely sure that I haven't already blogged about this, and I don't have the time to go back and read through my past few months, so if this is a repeat, I'm sorry. <BR> <BR> How many of you have seen the movie Bridge of Spies? <BR> <BR> I won't spoil it for you, but one part of the movie has stayed with me since I watched it months ago. <BR> <BR> At one point, an older gentleman is captured as a spy, and is being taken into custody and interrogated. His appointed lawyer... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:32:09 EST Day 1660- Going Into Hiding Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm not really going into hiding. I just have things going on that I don't feel comfortable blogging about. <BR> <BR> I've spent the past 4 years with a pretty open door into my life and now that I have things that are taking a lot of out of me, exhausting me, and are things I'd rather keep private, I don't feel like I have a ton to write about. <BR> <BR> It seems ironic that my life has become so stressful right now, a few weeks after I wrote a blog asking why peop... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:10:21 EST Day 1654- Another Car Accident I'm okay. I'll start out with that. <BR> <BR> I just seem to have some bad luck lately. <BR> <BR> I went home this weekend for a memorial service for my father's dissertation advisor. My dad receive all three of his degrees from Ohio University, and this man was a wonderful man who invited me up to dinner with his wife, when I attended over 40 years after my father. It was nice to spend Father's Day weekend with my dad in a town we both love. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... 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