DAWNFIRE72's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAWNFIRE72 DAWNFIRE72'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/ Feeling Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756049 Yesterday was a bad day to be me. I went to go get fuel in one of our courtesy vehicles and rearended another vehicle (this will cost the shop I work for about $900 to fix). I am ever so grateful that my boss is not one to yell or lose his temper easily. Then about an hour and a half later I was attempting to cut a vacuum hose that had snapped on me so I could continue cleaning a car and wound up taking a good chunk out of my left index finger with the razor blade I was using to cut the v... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 23:42:44 EST A Little "Racing Tomato" (Let's Play Ketchup) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732255 As you can see I have made a few changes to my page. I have made it visible to those on my SP Friends list only and I have changed my background to an anime version of my favourite video game hero Link. <BR> <BR> I have finally done my weigh in and while I am not happy with the results I am happy that the damage isn't worse than it is. I am currently at 5.3 pounds above my goal weight but still just barely over the top of my maintenance range (I wanted to stay at 120 or under, had been hov... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:33:09 EST Feeling Like a Slacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712401 Right now I have not checked my weight, tracked my food or tracked my exercise. My clothes aren't tight yet but then again most of my clothes were too big anyhow because let's face it I am too cheap to go out and buy new clothes. I work in a place where what I wear really doesn't matter (I detail cars for a living). I go to work wearing HUGE T-shirts and jeans along with my lovely 3 lbs a piece safety shoes (I opted for "cute" steel toes shoes rather than boots). I no longer go for my lun... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:40:45 EST Forgotten Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646364 I have been so busy and the weather is finally getting nice that I haven't been on the computer much except to work in the evenings. That said I finally checked my emails and was amazed at all the goodies and posts to my SP page about having maintained my weight for 4 years. It doesn't seem that long ago that I was struggling to lose the weight. Now it is second nature to grab a yogurt or fruit to fill that "sweet tooth" most of the time. For those who are not at maintenance yet, believe ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:18:51 EST Opportunity Knocked.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628721 and I answered. After my long rant a few days ago, I got a phone call from my soon to be former manager telling me about a position he had been told about. So I went over to one of the shops near by and talked to the owner. Just so happens he was looking for a detailer and has watched me work next door to his business for the past 9 years. He didn't want to approach me outright because he didn't know I was looking for a new job. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday I had an impromptu job interview ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:39:45 EST Feeling Burned Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625084 This is a fairly long vent, so if you don't get through it I understand. <BR> <BR> I hate my job. I have an action plan to leave, but I am just not sure I can get through the next 3 months (have to make it until oldest is done with her course in May) let alone the next 6 at my current main income job. As most of you know, I work from home about 25 hours per week and hold a more than full-time job outside the home (45-50 hours a week). This has turned into a recipe for a very volatile home... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:05:51 EST One Happy Dork Girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592989 Today was day 1 of my vacation and it was also my birthday. I spent it the best way possible, I started the day out working from home and then went out to lunch with my Dad <em>30</em> . No matter how old I get I will always be "Daddy's Little Girl". He also gave me cash to go buy myself a little something (I am thinking new headphones). <BR> <BR> The hubster bought me my gifts early but I wasn't allowed to take the shrink wrap off until today. I got a box set of the first season of C... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:39:04 EST The Year in Review ~ 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582383 It seemed like such a long year that was over way too quick. <BR> <BR> The year started off okay, but it took a downward turn in May. It was a bitter sweet month May 1, 2013 Mom passed away with Dad by her side. Then I graduated with high honours from my medical transcription course. <BR> <BR> June was a great month. We were so proud of our oldest daughter when she graduated from high school. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191898971.jpg"> <BR> Her dancing wit... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:52:19 EST Let the Chaos Take Over ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536889 Wow I cannot believe how much life has decided to put a kicking into how I live. <BR> <BR> Right now I am beginning to wonder how I am going to keep things on an even keel. With hubster's insanely early morning starts for work and the fact that I am working (still <em>234</em> ) 45+ hours a week at my "main job" and 20-25 hours a week working 2 side jobs (same industry 2 companies). Granted my side job is from home so that is nice but I am slowly beginning to think I may be doing way mo... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:48:43 EST A Great First Week For Hubby :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498866 Well it has been just over a week since the hubster started working again and he has gone from a 34 waist in his pants to a 31. He is carrying my spare pedometer and he is averaging well over 10,000 steps per day during the week and about 2,000 or so on the weekends. I do the same only I usually average around 9,000 steps during the week and the same as him on the weekends. <BR> <BR> He is enjoying his job so far and he is happy again which makes things better around the house mood wise. ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:53:06 EST Things are Looking UP :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488822 I can't thank you all enough for the thoughts and prayers over the past few months. <BR> <BR> They have worked, the hubster starts a new job on Thursday morning <em>334</em> This could not have come at a better time as his EI benefits were going to run out in the next couple of weeks. I will also be starting with a new company to work from home part-time and I will keep my other full-time job for the time being because he will not get benefits for the first 9 months. <BR> <BR> Hard... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:01:20 EST Feeling A Little Out Of Touch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485720 Hello Fellow Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> Wow it has been a while since I have logged in and it is starting to show. I haven't done a weigh-in in over a month now and while my clothes don't feel extremely tight or uncomfortable I know I should be doing more. Right now I have given up my morning exercise routine in favour of more sleep. Working 2 jobs is not fun and I will be talking to another medical transcription company on Monday about getting another job. I am not sure if I get on with the n... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:46:21 EST I Have Not Fallen Off The Planet :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399134 Good day my fellow Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I am very sorry for not being around much but life has thrown me a few curves over the last few months and I am still processing it all. <BR> <BR> I have come to terms with my mother's passing. She was a wonderful woman for the most part and I have come to realize that she did love me she just never really showed it until much later in life. I never had the closeness with her that my sister did but then again I was "Daddy's girl" growing up. <BR> <... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:02:24 EST Congratulations to Our Oldest Daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382441 Last night was our daughter's graduation from high school and it was fun. We all missed Mom but it did not mar the day and the celebration. My Dad did sign the card to her from both himself and Mom, I know he misses her and this was his way of saying she is with us and proud of her. <BR> <BR> My Dad came over and we went to the ceremony together and then went to the banquet and ball afterwards. I got some great photos. I cannot believe how grown up my "little girl" looks. <BR> <BR> She ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 12:51:03 EST He Doesn't Understand Why I Am Upset....venting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376116 Okay I knew I would have to replace my printer eventually. I also knew that I did not have the proper drivers for the printer I currently own on my new computer (now running Windows 7). I have tried the fixes for installing drivers to get it to work to no avail. We spent $40 getting the cartridges refilled instead of buying new ones but the point is that I feel that this was a waste of money and the hubster doesn't understand why I am pretty ticked about this. <BR> <BR> Now I have full in... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:11:28 EST Somewhat Over Loaded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368763 The coming few weeks will be interesting. Our oldest daughter is graduating high school on June 7 so we just did shoe shopping today. I also just finished her shawl for graduation. It is currently pinned out on some foam mats to block the shape properly. I wish I had some blocking wires but, alas, I didn't think about that until AFTER I had already finished the shawl and my yarn shop is closed on weekends. <BR> <BR> Then after her graduation day we are going to have a BBQ for her and he... Sun, 26 May 2013 21:51:10 EST Beginning to Wonder if I am "Normal" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360556 With everything that has been going on lately I am beginning to wonder if I am "normal". <BR> <BR> I have mentioned this to my husband and he doesn't think it is strange, but I wonder. With the recent death of my mother I feel like I have moved on too fast. Maybe because we knew that the end was coming and had 2 weeks to kind of prepare for her passing it just seems strange that I don't really miss Mom. This may just be that I have had so much going on that I am kind of numb to Mom's pass... Sat, 18 May 2013 21:31:07 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354197 This past month has been filled with a lot of emotion. We started on April 11th getting a phone call from my Dad saying that Mom was very sick and then made her tell me what the doctor had said. On April 15th Mom went into total renal failure and was admitted to the hospital. After draining a lot of fluid from her abdomen and running a bunch of blood tests, the results came back that Mom had cancer. They performed an ultrasound that showed the medical staff nothing, so they did a CT scan ... Sun, 12 May 2013 16:49:39 EST I Just Want to Bang My Head Against a Wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346818 Okay I understand that my sister has done almost all of the running around for the funeral and such but I am ready to kill her. She asked me this morning over breakfast with Dad to find a picture of our Mom for the paper for the obituary. Well I *just* found the perfect shot at 8PM tonight. She asked me if I had it printed and ready for delivery to the paper for 8AM tomorrow <em>198</em> . Ummm NO!!! <BR> <BR> I am beginning to get very frustrated. I don't know if my sister just does... Sun, 5 May 2013 23:45:19 EST June 16, 1947 - May 1, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344889 This was my mom's life span. It may be seen as too short by some but she got to see a lot in that time. She was raised by a single mother in an era when such a thing was frowned upon, luckily her father was a member of the Canadian Navy so his absence wasn't a "scandle." She got married and raised a small family, just my sister and me. She became a grandmother younger than most at age 41. By the time she was 51 she had 7 grandbabies. She got to see most of them graduate high school, my... Fri, 3 May 2013 23:36:15 EST Preparing to Let Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338139 As many of you already know my mother was diagnosed almost 2 weeks ago with renal failure. That diagnosis turned into she has a very large cancerous mass in her abdomen and is terminal. <BR> <BR> I have been on an emotional roller coaster since the diagnosis. My mother and I have not always gotten along and in the past few years it was evident that we were just drifting apart. I realize that as an adult child that this happens. It doesn't mean we don't love each other, just that the desi... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:45:34 EST Results of the 10K Sun Run for Me and Daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331110 Well we ran our 10K race today at the insistence of the family. Even with my Mom gravely ill she wanted us to go today. She told my nephew to play his football game yesterday too. <BR> <BR> My daughter ran for the 1st time this year and completed 10K in 1hr 6 min 6 sec, and placed 18680/38834 overall and 412/1319 in her age group. I finished my 2nd 10K in 1hr 3 min 27 sec, and placed 16229/38834 overall and 477/2216 in my age group. Overall pretty darned proud of both of us. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 22:54:59 EST Dealing with Terminal Illness in the Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327744 Just to let all my spark friends know why I have not been around much. <BR> <BR> The reason for my absence is that we were waiting on test results for my mom. Unfortunately they came back poorly and on Monday night she was admitted to the hospital in complete renal failure. On Tuesday we were informed that she also has cancer but they have not given any indication how severe it is in relation to the kidney and liver issues. All we know is that she is terminal and has been placed on a morphin... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:16:14 EST Still Kicking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297619 I am still hanging out here at Spark just not posting as much due to time constraints. <BR> <BR> I am still working 45+ hours a week and the hubster is still hitting a brick wall trying to find a job. Sad really I am over worked and he can't seem to find anything that will pay beyond what he makes on EI. I have revised his resume several times now to try and focus on what prospective employers are looking for and sent them out but no bites yet <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I have finished my ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 21:10:36 EST It Has Been 3 Years Of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281264 I was so surprised to get so many emails congratulating me on having maintained my new body weight for 3 years as of March 8. <BR> <BR> It just doesn't seem like that long ago that I was still struggling to find a balance in what to eat, how much to eat, and how hard I should work out. I am still finding myself caught off guard by looking in a mirror and seeing collar bones and hip bones. <BR> <BR> It has been a struggle to keep all the high calorie stuff out of my diet, and every so often... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:20:08 EST The Week In Review - February 10-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252188 The week started off okay. On Sunday we just kind of hung out and didn't do much of anything. <BR> <BR> Then on Monday it was BC Family Day on the 11th. Again, didn't do much of anything just sat around the house. I did some school work and the kids and hubster watched TV or played video games. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday it was back to the grind of work for me, and school for the kids. Hubster is still working his job search. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday I woke up with no voice. Struggled... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:44:11 EST Back to Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246952 Okay I have not been around here much as I am trying to crunch out as much school work as possible before the end of the month. I really, really want to be done my medical transcription course before mid-April. I am about 2/3 of the way through now so it is just a matter of buckling down and getting it DONE. <BR> <BR> The hubster is still looking for work and hoping that he finds something before his severance pay runs out. He has applied to a few places but so far no one has gotten back ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:10:45 EST Glad To Be Starting a New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236102 Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I promise I haven't forgotten you all here in Sparkland <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Work was brutal last week. I was left in charge of the branch for the entire week with our trainee who unfortunately doesn't really know enough to run the office and our fleet effectively. That is fine we managed to get through it. <BR> <BR> To add to my stress last week my husband lost his job and is now on the search for a new one <em>46</em> I admit that w... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 18:52:25 EST Here Is To The DORKIEST Birthday Ever!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205830 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I have not abandoned you all, I am just super busy with school and work right now. I am trying to finish my school ahead of schedule so that I can focus more time on my older daughter for her graduation from high school. <BR> <BR> On to the topic in the title of the blog. Today I turned 41 and I am at peace with the growing old gracefully. I may have to get older but that doesn't mean I have to grow up <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today started off with breakfast i... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:35:51 EST 2012 in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181950 Okay I promised a year end blog. I am not making any resolutions I am just going to continue on the way I have been in the past. <BR> <BR> In 2012 I managed to: <BR> <BR> -Maintain my weight between 110-120 pounds. <BR> -Be more open about my feelings and discuss them rather than wallow in them. <BR> -Start a new education for what I hope will be a better career path for me and in turn my family. <em>387</em> <em>149</em> <BR> -Run a 10K competitive race with my youngest child. <em>3... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:04:30 EST All Is Quiet This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161002 It is strange but at 8:20 AM no one else in my family is awake. So I am making bread and will sit down to do my notes on my Psychiatry section for school. <BR> <BR> I think that this year will close out well. I will do a blog at the end of the year just to remind myself of what happened and how much better 2013 will be. All I have to do is remember to change the attitude when things get tough. <BR> <BR> I hope that all my SP friends are doing well and that this holiday season is good t... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 11:18:30 EST A Good Day Overall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131981 I got up earlier than normal for a Sunday and started doing my school work. I worked on it for about an hour and a half this morning and after my girls left for the Remembrance day ceremonies, I decided that I would attend this year. Unlike the past few years I am not sick and I actually enjoy attending these ceremonies because I usually run into people I haven't seen in years. <BR> <BR> I got a great shot of my youngest preparing to play her tuba today. She is all of 4' 10" tall and I am... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:06:20 EST Just Not Feeling It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116149 I haven't been around much at all other than logging into my computer for school. I just haven't felt very social and really just don't want to do anything. <BR> <BR> I wound up with no voice again a week after going off the steroid treatment and then my doctor suggested going back on it at a much lower dose per day and he gave me a prescription so I had some left over for the next time my voice went out on me. The strangest thing is I can sing but I cannot speak when I lose my voice. I t... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:40:48 EST Let's See How Things Work Out Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093295 I saw my own doctor today and while going over my symptoms for being voiceless I brought to light new information to him. In that I can actually SING but I can't SPEAK. So now after going over my past medical history we have a possible link, my stomach. Who knew that your stomach could affect your voice? Yes the throat and stomach are connected by a tube but you don't really think about your stomach affecting your voice. <BR> <BR> So now I am taking medication to help keep the acid produ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 22:05:13 EST Feeling a Bit Better After a Mostly Relaxed Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090554 This morning I woke up and got to work on my dictations for school. Had a minor melt down when my computer decided to crash. So I ate lunch and my mood improved, gee I wonder if there is a connection? Then we noticed that there wasn't much bread in the house so the oldest child unit made bread for me while I continued to slog through my homework. Then my computer misbehaved again so I went to play on Facebook (I know bad example). Then I rebooted and went back to doing my school work. ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:49:24 EST I Am Beginning to Hate Our Medical System http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085922 So I lost my voice 2 weeks ago. Wanted to see my doctor last week, couldn't get in, so I saw one of the associates in his office. She gave me an Advair inhaler, great, except that I can't take a sharp breath in to get the medication out. So tried again yesterday to get in to my own doctor (he does not work on Mondays), no go. Made an appointment to see the same doctor I saw last week, great. She doesn't even LISTEN to me when I say I have had a headache and my neck has hurt for the past ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:20:55 EST Apparently I Tempted Fate....(not happy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083167 So had a great weekend. Felt fine up until about 8 PM on Sunday and then I was achy, tired, and coughing. Woke up today with no voice. It is stronger than when I initially lost it but I still sound horrid. It tends to get better the longer I am quiet, however I have to answer phones as part of my job. That is very difficult to do right now. <BR> <BR> I am contemplating taking time off before my co-worker leaves on maternity leave in November. I am now getting worried that this may r... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 00:06:19 EST Great Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081313 Today started off a bit rough with the hubster and youngest one fighting over dishes. It is becoming a hill I no longer care to fight over. If I want clean dishes badly enough I'll just do them myself. <BR> <BR> However, I wanted to check out the new roller derby team that started up much closer to home. I am actually contemplating buying some skates and the protective gear to join up, it looks like a lot of fun and even my girls were saying they would like to join the junior team. <BR... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:27:56 EST Frustrated......Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071673 Looks like I will be making a doctor's appointment tomorrow, as I STILL can't speak. This has been going on since Wednesday of this past week. My oldest daughter and my coworker were both sick last week and so nicely shared whatever they had. <BR> <BR> I have had a dry cough for the past week, and lost my voice on Wednesday and have been very hoarse since. Yesterday I was amazed to have made almost 3000 steps even though I slept most of the afternoon after doing our grocery shopping. <BR>... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:03:11 EST Finding the Balance...A Lost Cause? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051655 So I have managed to do my workouts 5/7 days for last week (which was my goal). I made step count 6/7 days (missed Monday of the long weekend...not a huge surprise there). Today I am still short by about 2,000 steps at 6:30 PM so not sure if I will actually make my count. May go for a short walk here before the rain hits again. <BR> <BR> I did a marathon 7 hours of dictations today (actual speaking time was probably only 1.5 hours but trying to type that out and edit took a long time). I... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 21:50:50 EST The Streak Has Restarted... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046274 On Monday, while I did do an EA Sports workout and mowed the lawn I fell short of my step count. So I restarted yesterday and I am hoping to keep my step count up over the weekend. I have a problem with the last day of the weekend being less active. This is usually due to the fact that I am sitting on my butt doing school work and I also wake up much later than do the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> I guess it is time to actually get a routine down and actually set my alarm so that I don't wa... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:11:36 EST Let's See If I Can Keep The Streak ALIVE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041864 Okay after a really lazy summer I have decided to get back into my workout routine and for the past week I have managed to make step count and used my Wii Fit Plus 4 out of 7 days. Today is day 1 of a new week. <BR> <BR> I managed to make my step count for the entire week. Granted I have my goal set at 8,000 steps not 10,000 but I am trying to build back up. I know that my NDS "game" will ask if I want to bump my count up to 9,000 after I officially log my steps for the day. It is silly... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 00:41:45 EST Something My Daughter Bought Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032299 Hi all, I just had to share what my 17-year-old daughter bought for me last night while she was at a costplay convention with her boyfriend. <BR> <BR> I think these are the coolest earrings on the planet although I guess that just makes me a huge dork....LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l6215314.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A slightly closer view: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l216678281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks for looking <em>334</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:33:01 EST Saying Goodbye :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021768 We found out yesterday that the friend who was the DJ at our wedding and a very funny and great friend passed away suddenly last week. <BR> <BR> He was only 56 and I have known him since I was 14 years old. When I was in a bad mood and he was around it was hard to stay in a foul mood. He always knew how to make people laugh. His ZZTop like beard and long red hair made him unique. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately about 8 years ago he developed diabetes and one of the medications he was on damaged... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:13:06 EST Amusement Park Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012822 Back of the hubster's head: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903002630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Girls on the Ferris wheel: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l625493207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I only got 2 decent photos while we were there as I was only using my phone. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:31:15 EST Photo Blog (warning photo heavy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012818 These were taken in May 2012, while I played "tourist" in my own town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60040389.jpg"> <BR> Railroad tracks that I walk/run beside a lot. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l74313793.jpg"> <BR> Getting ready to plant corn. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l837400752.jpg"> <BR> View from the top of my 10K run route. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:27:18 EST Had A Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011472 Got up early this morning to bake my hubster a cake for his birthday. Then I made up some honey garlic marinade for some chicken wings for dinner, they were accompanied by a nice green salad made by our youngest daughter. <BR> <BR> I went for an almost 9 mile bike ride with the 17-year-old child unit. We had a great time. Saw some nice scenery and got a chance to talk a little. She also mowed the lawn today so now I can relax tomorrow and Monday. <BR> <BR> Now the hubster is playing a b... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:44:58 EST Playing Catch Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010320 Okay so I decided that I needed to write a blog about what is going right in my life right now instead of being a Negative Nancy. <BR> <BR> First of all I am happy to report that a dear friend of our's was able to take his newborn son home from Children's Hospital. He was born with a hole in his lower back which has been repaired and now the waiting game begins to see how much the spina bifida will affect him (so far he can kick and squirm so there is a great deal of hope for his motor fu... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:42:20 EST YEAH For Vacation!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001397 Yes, I am on vacation AGAIN!! Who knew that putting up with a low-end job could result in so much time off. I now get 7 personal days and 3 weeks of vacation time which means an entire month off work each year. <BR> <BR> I managed to place my last 2 vacation periods over long weekends....LOL. Right now I am technically just on my weekend off (bonus is that Monday is a holiday here in Canada). I go back to work on the August 14. <BR> <BR> Another bonus, the hubster took the same time per... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 23:51:00 EST Overload **Vent Warning** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985655 Please tell me why the heck I decided that going back to school on a distance learning program was a good idea??? <BR> <BR> Work is insane, school is not going as well as I had hoped and I am feeling like I want to crawl under a rock and never come out again. <BR> <BR> I am still ahead of my outlined schedule which is good but I don't know that I have actually got the skills to make this work. I don't know what I was thinking. I am in the middle of more drama at work and we are short a b... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:33:25 EST