EMAVERICK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMAVERICK EMAVERICK'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/ Doggies in Madagascar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414627 Yes! there are both dogs and cats in Madagascar. Cats are kept for mousing, but I saw one man working in his garden with two cats, so that perhaps means they also provide a supervisory roll :-D <BR> <BR> But I saw many more dogs. I don't know what they eat, but apparently not chickens, because there are chickens running around in the same yards. As to breeds, I asked about that, and the guide didn't even have a concept of what I might have meant. Its a dog. Dogs are dogs. Sometimes the... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:14:16 EST The Traveler's Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413371 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1013737012.jpg"> <BR> In Madagascar, there is a native "tree", that kind of looks like a relative of the banana plant. So I'm not sure it would be technically classified as a tree, but it is very important to Madagascar. In fact it is so important that it is the logo for Air Madagascar: <BR> <link>www.airmadagascar.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> (I'm not copying the logo because it might disturb someone's trademark or something, so you'll hav... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 15:27:30 EST Driving in Madagascar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412890 Yesterday, navigating a parking lot, I was waiting for a Land Rover to pass by in the main lane out, then she slowed down so much, to clear a speed bump, I just went ahead and made the left turn ahead of her. A couple days earlier, in another parking lot, I noticed a four wheel drive vehicle coming towards me, with a line of extra spotlights across the top, and a couple on the bumper. It looked more ridiculous than usual. There is only one important accessory to a reliable four wheel drive... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 00:59:12 EST When you can't drink the water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410830 This is a continuation of my posts on my trip to Madagascar. <BR> <BR> Okay, SparkPeople has this huge thing about drinking lots of water. Eight cups of water. sun-tea jugs of water. can't leave my home without a bottle filled with water, or two. Well, when you get to a part of the world, like Madagascar, where you cannot count on the water to be clean, you may find out that, though nice, all that water is not absolutely necessary. And, since the bathroom facilities are rather primitive ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:38:03 EST Food in Madagascar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409168 Thought you all might be curious about what they eat in Madagascar--since I was just there on vacation. <BR> <BR> Things are a bit upside down there from how things are here. For instance, chicken is the expensive meat. Zebu (their version of cattle, it pulls their carts too) and fish are the cheap meats. You see chickens running around everywhere, and wake up to them crowing in the morning. But they are considered "rich" and you might say someone was living extravagantly with the phras... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 00:13:43 EST Just returned from Madagascar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405750 I did a very different thing for me. I took a vacation in a far away place. I did a tour around Madagascar. My son and I went together, and we spent a few days in France, a place I had also not visited before, then flew the rest of the way down to Madagascar. <BR> <BR> We went on a tour of many different areas, changing hotel almost every night. We saw two of the most famous things in Madagascar, lemurs and baobab trees, and had a good guide and good drivers (on very bad roads). <BR> <B... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 20:15:33 EST car is better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3843055 I got the rest of the coils changed in my car (one per cylinder) and now it is running fine again. Now I have a cold, and my son's concert is tonight. I'm trying to decide whether to go in to work or not at this moment. I woke up with a bad sore throat, but it has faded a lot. <BR> <BR> I should probably work from home. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:03:13 EST I just wrote a pretty good response to a lost motivation post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3840663 Hi ----- <BR> <BR> One great way to stay motivated is to cheer people on in these message boards. I'll tell you how to do it. <BR> <BR> 1) Communicate that you heard them. Either identify with them ("I know how you feel"), or validate their feelings ("That sounds just awful"), and perhaps ask a clarifying question (Help me to understand . . ."), though don't expect an answer--this is how you can qualify any advice you give, that you didn't necessarily understand the whole issue. <BR> <BR... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 02:39:55 EST Hmm what to write about. Steamed Puddings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3840645 I don't know how much people want to hear about steamed puddings, but they are kind of cool and old fashioned. And what are you supposed to do when you have been gifted with a bag of the pointy persimmons besides making persimmon pudding? I ask you. <BR> <BR> So I made two more today. I have two potlucks coming up at work--one is on Thursday. It is for Toastmasters, to which I don't belong, but I think I am invited because I sit next to the guy who runs it. The other one is next week on... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 01:51:06 EST Made baked falafel burger patties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783381 This morning I had another success from my veggie burger book, the baked falafel burger. since it isn't deep fried, the calorie count is quite good, and the food processor does most of the work. <BR> <BR> There was one nervous moment when the burgers didn't come off the baking pan cleanly to flip. I sprayed a second pan with Pam real quick (the first one I greased with olive oil, which apparently didn't do the trick) and flipped them all onto that. It worked fine. <BR> <BR> They taste l... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:03:01 EST need to park a sudoku puzzle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782559 {_9_|_2_|_5_{_4_|_8_|_6_}_7_|_3_|_1_} <BR> {_4_|_8_|_7_{_2_|_3_|_1_}_9_|_5_|_6_} <BR> {_3_|_1_|_6_{_9_|_7_|_5_}_8_|_4_|_2_} <BR> <BR> {_7_|_5_|_4_{_1_|_2_|_9_}_6_|_8_|_5_} <BR> {_8_|_6_|_2_{_7_|_5_|_4_}_3_|_1_|_9_} <BR> {_5_|_9_|_1_{_8_|_6_|_3_}_4_|_2_|_7_} <BR> <BR> {_1_|_5_|_8_{_3_|_9_|_7_}_2_|_6_|_4_} <BR> {_2_|_4_|_9_{_6_|_1_|_8_}_5_|_7_|_3_} <BR> {_6_|_7_|_3_{_5_|_4_|_2_}_1_|_9_|_8_} <BR> <BR> Just want to park this here for reference. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 08:10:51 EST Tofu Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3752922 I made a tofu and chard burger that held together! And still tasted good. The trick was to use regular tofu, not super firm. The regular tofu turned to paste when I put the half of it into the food processor, while the super firm stuff had turned into kind of soggy, springy, edible, packing material. <BR> <BR> I have a story about my treck for tofu too. Yesterday my son and I went down to the south bay to do a number of things. The first thing was to go by Flames and share a piece of cak... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 23:37:09 EST Answer to Maria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3749530 I was writing this in the comments area to Maria, and then realized it was more of another blog than a comment, so I made it one. <BR> <BR> I did take drama a long time ago when I was in a private grade school, but that was it. The school was an alternative sixties era Berkeleyesque school, run by idealistic teachers who were also street performers, like the San Francisco Mime troup types. So yeah a really long time ago I got a bit of training, and have been on stage with dance recitals and... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 00:35:43 EST In the medical area http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3747382 Well, there isn't that much more to go. They got me to the medical area and onto a cot without any incedent. But I'm afraid that the work they did in there wasn't the best. They did finally see the break on my arm, but they didn't feel me from top to toe, and didn't palpitate my abdomen, so they never found that bruise. <BR> <BR> They did splint my arm, but it didn't come without me terrorizing them again. If you recall, I was holding my broken arm with my other hand against my body. Wel... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 22:40:55 EST Earthquake victim part deux. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3743047 Ok so we were assigned to our spots in an empty building, with just some stuff being stored in it, for the rescuers to find. It takes a while for rescuers to get organized and start showing up so we sat around and talked. One of the consultant had a daughter that was also playing a victim, fourteen years old, like my son. She was a little bit of an insider and not mature enough to hide it, planing on being a difficult patient, but at the same time talking about bantering with the rescuers r... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 02:14:59 EST Doh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3742775 I tried a different veggie patty today based on tofu. They fell apart. They were still tasty and we ate them as a scramble, but still. Then I went on line and looked up the recipe in his blog from when he created it, and in that version it has 6 more ounces of tofu in it! (From 8 to 14.) <BR> <BR> Well I left a note. I'll have to try it again with the right amount of tofu. It was also supposed to make six patties, but didn't seem like enough to do that the way it was. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 22:45:28 EST Yesterday I was a (pretend) Earthquake Victim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3740933 I was so proud of myself. I screamed and moaned and carried on for so long I ended up horse. It was the emergency response team for my company's Fremont location, a bigger location than where I work in San Jose and there were 13 of us wounded types. I had no idea I could pull off any type of acting job so well (or as well as I did anyway). <BR> <BR> They assigned me to have a compound fracture in my right forearm (complete with makeup with a latex piece of bones sticking out of my skin), a... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 08:30:50 EST Made two new veggie patty recipes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3738010 That cookbook I talked about in my last blog, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way, I've made two of the recipes, the Easy Bean Burger and the Eggplant Tomato Curry Burger. <BR> <BR> The Easy Bean Burger, seems bulletproof. And it is tasty--if you weren't paying attention and it had enough ketchup on top, you might even mistake it for beef. It has both eggs and beans and breadcrumbs to bind it together. <BR> <BR> The second one was a lot more delecate, being that it was trying to be both vegan ... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 00:55:38 EST Got a new cookbook! Veggie burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3735054 Somehow when I was on Amazon, I stumbled onto a cookbook for veggie burgers, called "Veggie Burgers Every Which Way" by Lukas Volger. Since my order wasn't making it up to free shipping levels, I decided to get it on my Kindle reader, and see how I liked it that way, thinking that at least I wouldn't misplace it then, but I'd miss the pretty pictures that cookbooks usually have. <BR> <BR> While I do miss the pretty pictures (and the page numbers, but the contents is linked quite well to all... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:24:40 EST and the scale says . . . I just went back up to Monday's weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3715077 Blah, <BR> <BR> My sore muscles from yesterday's Emergency Responder's training must be retaining water. I was down to 172 yesterday morning, did eliptical for 30 minutes (yay!) then did emergency responder's training all morning, where we carried out, well at least two individuals, the third we used the sked (combination of the word skid and sled: much easier, very recommended for victims who don't need their neck immobilized). And a lot of other physical activity. Really good actually. I'... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:25:03 EST Redundancy Tacos. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3703402 Tuesday there was something going on at work. People were whispering in engineering--specifically the people who had already been told that their positions were going to be eliminated. Soon after that started, a surprise department meeting is scheduled for QA for just after lunch. In that we were officially told that because of a project cancellation, which we already knew about, there had been 30 positions eliminated, and they had looked, or were looking still, for other positions in the c... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 10:52:19 EST unintentional diet food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3672544 blah. Just went to dinner at a newly opened restaraunt, with a lot of vegan and vegetarian entrees (in fact, it mgiht be completely vegetarian). I wanted to get an entree that might be kind of representative, so I perservered in that even though when I got in there I noticed it was decorated as a diner. <BR> <BR> There are only four choices for entrees, I should have probably backed off and gotten a sandwich, or the soup of the day sounded good, and I could have gotten a soup and salad. O... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 21:41:26 EST challenging to eat out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3648650 clearing out calories for a going away lunch yesterday, eating less at both breakfast and dinner, saving up calories for eating a more caloric dinner this evening than usual, and tomorrow there is a 50th birthday party to go to, where I don't know whether there is going to be dinner served or not, no less what it might be if it is served (it is my boyfriend's friend). <BR> <BR> It is way easier to diet when it is all the food I'm used to eating and counting. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 00:44:59 EST Drained yogurt, good stuff :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641279 I've taken to having my fruit with a dollop of drained yogurt. I could probably buy the thicker Greek yogurt and do the same thing, but then it would be more sour, and part of the attraction is that drained yogurt is not so sour, so it goes with the fruit better I think. <BR> <BR> To drain the yogurt, I have a re-usable coffee filter, I bought once for just this thing, and I fill it with about a cup of yogurt. Then I have a plastic container I can suspend it in, which has a lid that I can ... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 15:33:27 EST Gray day, but making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3634318 I got given some unique fruit today, an apple and a peach. I haven't eaten the apple yet, and it came with a warning that it might not be the best tasting apple, as it comes from sort of a free-for-all hierloom orchard, which has fruit in it that is really meant for cider production, but I'll have it for afternoon snack in any case and save this banana for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The red peach I ate along with my farmer's market peach for morning snack, and it looked inside like a very red whit... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:21:44 EST blah, have a minor cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3623446 doing well on my calories, but I seem to have a runny nose. My son has a cold--I think I caught it <BR> <BR> Still planning on going to work tomorrow. With the contractors going away and looming layoffs (not me though) I need to be there to ask a couple out to lunch, or crash a going away party that is already planned . . . <BR> <BR> I'm also going to my mother's for dinner tomorrow--she cooks low fat dinners. More of a problem eating healthy at lunch--maybe I should save some calories f... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 21:53:05 EST Dancing--GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=777603 As Charlie F said the night before. The second Saturday this month is on the first Sunday . . ." So the dance in San Rafael was rescheduled--to fit into the schedule of a travelling band that could come up from the Foggy Moon weekend and play there last night. It was hot. Literally too, it was as much like a sauna in that room as it can get this time of year (I actually put on my jacket for the walk back to the car). BECAUSE there was a really good turnout of dancers :-) <BR> <BR> Dave... Mon, 8 Oct 2007 12:09:37 EST Yep, cooking agin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=748343 Cooking again--this time tongue. I grew up on it and like it because it is so tender when cooked right. It is pretty lean, and I feel like I need the iron in the red meat. Haven't had red meat for a while. I need to pull it out of the pot and get it stored now. <BR> <BR> I did fix the box chain belt. It was a neat puzzle for me. (On account of I solved it. If I hadn't solved it it wouldn't be neat but infuriating of course.) I've also been sewing on my dress. I'm not as far along ... Mon, 17 Sep 2007 02:37:59 EST check and check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=744182 Did the coastal cleanup and did the palates class. AND did a hazard analysis meeting at 7:00 and carpooled in with my sometimes carpool buddy. <BR> <BR> My boxchain belt came today but is was not packed the best and was dammaged in shipping.I was going to have to shorten it anyway, but this is annoying. I don't know how to link it back up, but I'll figure it out. The guy must be a smoker from the smell in the envelope. <BR> <BR> While pulling garbage out of bushes, I knocked off my work... Thu, 13 Sep 2007 16:49:08 EST Tamales done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=738388 The big accomplishment for the weekend is the stack of ziplocked bags now in my freezer of fat cornhusk wrapped tamales. I got the amount of meat to the amount of masa (cornmeal that goes around the meat) about right this time, and I used my newly repaired pressurecooker to cook a six pound turkey breast in 20 minutes at pressure (takes a few minutes to get up to pressure then ten or so to come down from pressure, but still that is pretty quick for a six pound hunk 'o meat. <BR> <BR> I als... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 02:07:15 EST Momentus Sparkpeople day for me :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=729437 Whee! I just got SparkPeople Community Team Leader of the month! O course that meant posting a bunch of thankyou's for congrats, which is fine with me. I don't know how many webpages I've visited, but those people were all inspiring, all have lost significant weight. <BR> <BR> In other news, I have caught my son's very minor cold. Luckilly yesterday I managed to fix my pressure cooker, and today I made the best chicken soup I have ever managed. I don't know, the stock may have had some... Mon, 3 Sep 2007 21:00:06 EST avoided stomach ache http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=722709 I think I was developing a stomache ache yesterday. I stayed upright and relatively relaxed, walking and standing a lot trying to keep my upper torso straight. It didn't develop further and got better by the evening. Wed, 29 Aug 2007 12:33:11 EST another monday another boot camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=688924 did some gardening this weekend too. Saw a coworker's dance performance. Didn't watch my eating yesterday and probably had too much dinner. Am doing better today. Mon, 6 Aug 2007 16:58:37 EST Society for Creative Anachronism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=672212 I'm making a viking lady's costume, loosly Danish circa tenth century. Went crazy at the fabric store Thu, 26 Jul 2007 11:44:23 EST lots of sweets around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=663401 I had a really good workout this morning, but sweets have been around me all day and have worn me down from resisting them. I haven't given in yet. and probably won't either. Fri, 20 Jul 2007 18:50:07 EST Hoo, new features in blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=656864 Okay, since I can point to my entry about going to Boston in my LiveJournal, you can go read there if you want non-healthy lifestyle information. <BR> <BR> Health wise, I didn't gain any weight and did dance a bit for exercise while I was out there. All in all I preferred the university campus setting for the conference as opposed to a hotel for the more commercial ones. The cafeteria food and layout was good and there were lots of good choices for healthy things to eat. If you are lookin... Tue, 17 Jul 2007 00:45:02 EST Oh the goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=633893 I'm swearing off nuts, including whole peanuts, for a while. I'm eating too much of them and they put them out at work. If they are part of something (healthy), then, okay, but by themselves, just not a good idea. <BR> <BR> I've bid on some jewelry from 3jade as a reward for my efforts. Hopefully I will last until I receive the shipment. Mon, 2 Jul 2007 18:17:50 EST more hiking, and a goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=633883 Went hiking over the weekend. Up in the sierras. Most important word there was up. Up and over expanses of granite, granite rocks, exfoliating granite, granite boulders, granite gravel. <BR> <BR> One great thing: No poison oak up there :) Another great thing: Jimmy can catch fish :) I get a little impatient with his minor paranoia about cleanliness, which kept us from eating the fish for a while, when the stove went out with a boil-over, and then got gunked up somehow because of it. H... Mon, 2 Jul 2007 18:13:02 EST good elliptical today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=616941 All the exercise I had on the weekend and earlier in the week, I think have paid off with a jump in my exercise capacity. I worked really hard on the elliptical today. <BR> <BR> However now I have a kink in my neck/shoulder. Dang. at least the sunburn has calmed down so I can rub it :-D Thu, 21 Jun 2007 12:11:57 EST another Tuesday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=603276 bootcamp again on monday. my right knee, just above it, there is a twinge. When I tried to do lunges this morning I felt it again so I did elliptical instead. <BR> <BR> Different kinds of dancing this past weekend stressed different muscles, but that is good, overall. Tue, 12 Jun 2007 16:08:17 EST exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=591913 Went to bootcamp yesterday (stretched in the morning) did elliptical today. <BR> <BR> I'm having a bit of trouble with evening eating. I love my peanuts and raisins too much I guess. I need to pick out some reward or other. I haven't rewarded myself for a long time. I have a reward picked out for the 4th of July, but that is too far away. Tue, 5 Jun 2007 12:01:41 EST goofed off on the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=590081 Eh, didn't watch what I ate on the weekend too closely, and had some decadent candied apple with my family in honor of my brother's birthday. It was good though--not candy for candy's sake but candy because it was top notch, and only a quarter of an apple too. <BR> <BR> Ate lots of watermelon because i was the only one around to eat it. It was delicious, and relatively healthy. Had turkey sausage and mustard with horseradish last night for dinner--mmm. Nothing particularly bad though, pr... Mon, 4 Jun 2007 13:00:14 EST Hip is tweaked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=584858 Tried again to go to kickboxing, and again the regular teacher was not there, so Simian, the guy who does aerobics in the evenings (which I can't go to or I would) taught an aerobics class with a few punches and kicks in it. <BR> <BR> Now my left hip is feeling a bit tweaked. My hips are my weak spot. I'm hoping this will clear up, but I'm not going to push it, or it might keep me out of exercise for longer. We'll see how it is tomorrow morning. Thu, 31 May 2007 18:07:46 EST diet going okay. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=582528 I'm sticking to plan pretty well. I've recovered from my cold. <BR> <BR> Dancing over the weekend wasn't as vigorous as I might have hoped. Wed, 30 May 2007 11:35:34 EST got my son's cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=571562 blah. It isn't that bad, but still. I'm back at work today, sniffling. haven't done any exercise for a while, and the way I feel now, don't think I will tomorrow, but it still could happen. <BR> <BR> Need to work on sewing. Sigh. Tue, 22 May 2007 16:47:28 EST Trying to balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=565524 I am blogging more at my live journal account, rejoining the larger world of blogging. <BR> <BR> I need to drop a couple pounds again, but in general I am doing pretty good. I am not eating bad foods, and am eating more whole grain, but high carb foods do have more calories. I'm loving unlevened rye bread right now. It is fun to nibble at, and great with cheese. <BR> <BR> I think I am going to make my chipotle chicken tonight, and freeze it cooked--yum. Fri, 18 May 2007 10:54:56 EST Back from trip :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=530820 Nice trip. I danced every day and ate not so well but didn't gain a thing, which really isn't surprising considering all the dancing and walking and lifting big heavy objects around sometimes I was doing. I still stayed away from very sweet sweets, and my indulgences were along the lines of croissants and scones. <BR> <BR> For anyone in driving distance of Eastern Massecheusets, I would recommend going to the NEFFA dance weekend. It is well organized, plenty of all sorts of traditional (o... Wed, 25 Apr 2007 11:03:26 EST I'm more optimistic now . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=516014 I had a good weekend with my son and boyfriend. <BR> <BR> I'm not so convinced he really wants a child now, but we didn't talk about it. Still I found out how old he really is (because my son was trying to figure out which chinese horiscope animal year he was born in and asked). He is 11+ years older than me. <BR> <BR> Such a well preserved man though :-) <BR> <BR> This week I am heading off to my Celebration trip for losing all the weight. And a noreaster blows in to the east coast j... Mon, 16 Apr 2007 00:22:21 EST Sigh, boyfriend seems not to be working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=509201 That was fast. Too many pressures. Too little time. Too far away for him at least. Tie up loose ends here too. Need to wash poison oak from the Sunday hike out of a bunch of stuff. It was a nice hike, they were nice movies/documentries the night before, but not enough time to connect, and I am busy upcoming weekends, and he won't visit during the week. <BR> <BR> There are issues that just aren't going to be worked out. And I am a cut bait type of person. Wed, 11 Apr 2007 11:45:11 EST Stomach issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=509185 Easter food and lots of exercise and stress, I'm thinking, gave me abdominal cramps on Monday night that wouldn't even let me sleep. It was not a migraine. This happened last year around this time and was what sent me into this diet in the first place. <BR> <BR> I have to watch the unaccustumed food and limit it better. And tie up some of these sources of stress in my life. Do the taxes, etc. Wed, 11 Apr 2007 11:39:10 EST