FATROCKSTAR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FATROCKSTAR FATROCKSTAR'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/ Life "Sucks", and then you "Live" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815777 Some days are very "low" on my "awesome" scale! If I am out of bed for about 10 minutes and have already dropped my cup of coffee into the kitty litter that I was about to change, I know that it will be a less than perfect day! Some days are actually diamonds, and some days aree the furthest thing from that! It's kind of funny, though, that the days when something strange or uncoordinated actually make the better stories to tell. So, I guess if life were all a series of squeaky clean,... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:15:30 EST The "gift", and the "price" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814472 This last year I am sure that many of you thought I was abducted by aliens, or dropped off the planet, but this fatrockstar is still very much alive, and after about a year, finally "well." I was the "victim " of a cruel twist of fate, which means that I had 3 cancer surgeries within 6 weeks. Last August, I had my first mammogram, and ended up with bilateral breast cancer. Imagine my surprise when I learned that each tumor was about the size of my little pinky fingernail! Even the se... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:47:12 EST The fabulous "Lot" sisters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521779 In a kingdom, far away, lived a girl. She had a quiet, ordinary life by most standards. One day, when she was having a particularly bad day, she became familiar with some characters I like to call the Lot sisters. There is Mona ,who likes to think that her life is more tragic than a Shakespearian play. There is B_tcha Lot, who complains endlessly that "life" is not "fair", and there is Whina Lot, who makes listening to her torture. Instead of becoming fast friends with these people who... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:28:56 EST "Down", but not "Done" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521054 I was trying to get myself in a healthier "place" a couple of monthes ago, and signed up for some "free" tests. The bone density test I came through with flying colors. The mammagram was my first, and although I had always been careful to do "self-exams" and watch for lumps, I was literally "blown away" with the results! I had masses in both breasts and ended up with surgery and reconstruction. Let me tell you that this is alot to handle in just a couple of monthes! I remember back... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:06:04 EST The recipe for happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469440 There is something that you should all know about me if you don't. I love to cook! I am very passionate about it! My mom, who broke her back in a car accident on Christmas eve is also the "best"cook I know! So, at the site of this horrible accident, she was left barely alive, with 2 broken fingers, a broken hand, 2 compression fractures, and an incredible amount of bruising. She spent over 15 hours in 2 emergency rooms to find the extent of her injuries! So, even though I had my hou... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:05:07 EST 'i'm back in the saddle again!: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468420 Well, spark friends; it;s been a long, long, time. I see my last blog was on October 13th of last year. Since then, I have 1)had my dad die after a horrible time of trying t o find out what was going on 2)have my mom get in a car accident which broke her back on Christmas eve, and 3)finally lost my house to foreclosure this month. Life has a horrible way of kicking you in the b___ when you think it is finally settling down. "News flash" there is no such thing as a quiet life, and if th... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:12:01 EST The luckiest girl alive......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097188 I am so thankful for all of the fantastic things that have come my way! I have been away from spark people for quite some time, and it gave me time to do some heavy thinking! The wolf has "been at my door" as much as everybody elses, and it is very discouraging to have to work 2-3 jobs and still not come out ahead! I am in the process of forclosing on my house of 20 years. My job situation is getting better, but still was pretty sad for a couple of years! So, what is it that I could poss... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 04:38:02 EST Time also flies when you're not having fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592655 I have been so incredibly busy lately, and unfortunately, it is not because I won the lottery or managed to get my own talk show! lol! Most of my business comes from trying to meet deadlines for things, and come up with money for much needed things! I call it "creative" bill paying, or trying to decide which is more important this month-food, gas, or heat! I promise, I will try to get back to you guys more when I figure out the "car" situation! I hope you are all well, and seeing some won... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 16:00:49 EST "Indian Summer", rocks!......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4549524 Today was the second day which the weather was in the high 50's or 60's, and I have been enjoying it! I got outside and worked on finishing painting my porch- I hope for another warm day next week that I can get all of the Christmas lights outside (before the weather gets nasty and cold!) Petey is also loving the weather and has been terrorizing all of the squirrels in the neighborhood! I hope that you are all well and having a blast this weekend-there is something to be said about how fa... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 17:35:10 EST Happiness is "getting over being sick!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540213 Today was the first day since getting wiped out by the flu on Wednesday, that my stomach is back to normal! It's funny how easy it is to take for granted the good health that we have most of the time! I am just happy to be able to eat something besides dry toast and yogurt! I am still going slow about getting back to my regular pace, but at least it seems closer than it was last week! I was off work today and Sunday night, but am going to work 10-6pm tonight and do a private duty job tomo... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:13:06 EST Being "sick" sucks!.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534044 I worked overnight Tuesday night, and felt fine, but toward morning became very nauseated and sick! I started throwing up about 1/2 hour before leaving work, and luckily did not have any patients that I needed to spend time with before my shift ended! Yesterday was kind of a blur of having violent episodes of throwing up and the runs, and I can honestly say that it has been a couple of decades since I have been that sick! I was confined to bed, did make it downstairs with Petey a couple of... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:38:13 EST The incredible "nose" story......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512472 Last Saturday night, we did a karaoke booking at "The Rut", a local bar here in not-so-scenic Cedar Rapids! It was a rockin night, and we had a fantastic time! After going to bed that night, the power went out at about 3:30 am and the small heater I had on went off with the rest of the house. In the morning, when the power came back on, it tripped the circuit-breaker, and I had to go down to the cellar to pop it back on. I got to the second set of stairs, and down two steps, when the step... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:57:04 EST You say "tomato"........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512446 I am sorry to have been MIA for the past week-it has been a series of events and misadventures! The title of this blog is because I am so sick of this economy, sooooooo sick of all of the blaming and excuses, and soooooo sick of going one-foot forward and 2 states back! Our government keeps saying that we are in a recession-honey it's a "depression" on my end of the block! I was talking to this really sweet guy that goes through the alleys and neighborhood looking for stray bottles and can... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:40:38 EST "t's Little Ol Me, Underdog.."......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462982 Never misjudge the "size of the dog in the fight", or the size of the "fight in the dog!" Case in point, my dog Petey! He is 19 lbs of fire, and he plays with all of the big dogs at doggy daycare! It has never occurred to him that just because he is black and tan in color, he is a fox terrier and not a rottweiler! He would defend me as much as he could if I needed it, and I would have to look long and hard for such a loyal pet! I am sorry to have been absent alot lately, my car is on it... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 16:39:22 EST To the pessimist, life is a "four-letter word!"......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4455062 That is very true, to a person who wants to always see the dark side of the cloud, life can be very intimidating! It's kind of like the people we all know, who never see the good in anything! These life-rejects are never happy unless they can notice that your "cow-lick" in your hair is standing out, or you have a rip in your clothing! They are the worst kind of negative! The sad thing is that sometimes, we all listen to what they are telling us! That is how they get their power-we give i... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:27:33 EST School is back on again......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4446230 Yesterday, the bf and I did an outside booking for Kirkwood College students here in scenic Cedar Rapids, Iowa! It was a bright, sunny day, the sound was good and the food was awesome! This rockstar loves bratwurst cooked over an open grill! Tonight is steak night at the Union Station; they sell t-shirts which read, "we cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you!" That's what I'm talking about! lol! Rock on, sparkies! Normandy Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:15:35 EST The "Prize"............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4442366 I can have good days, and I can have crappy days! This is nothing new! Those of you who have been here on spark for a little while can agree-when we average out the times spent here on this site, we should all be able to say that we have gotten the "prize" tenfold! The prize is how you end up feeling about yourself, and about life! I have never felt more fortunate to have so many wonderful friends around the world, and guess what-they are not looking for things that are wrong with me, but... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:32:18 EST Sunshine beats rain any day!....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4442352 There is something healing and magic about sunshine! I can understand why cats love to curl up in a sunny window and sleep! I can be lower than low, and take Petey outside for a walk, and I end up with a smile on my face! Petey always thinks that he is the "Great Black and White Hunter"! He goes into his stealth mode and stalks anything he can find on his trip! Look-out squirrels, the 18 lb. fox terrier who thinks he is a rottweiler is on the case! One thing he has taught me-maybe we a... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:27:08 EST Never say "never".......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437073 All of us have two sides to our inner selves, we have a strong, unbelievably determined side and a side that just "goes with the flow!" I want to quit being mellow about myself, and try to be the dynamic, inspirational person that I know I can! Enough beating myself up about the meaningless, every day stress things-I am going to try to be my own "biggest fan!" There is something unique and incredible about everyone of us, you just have to cultivate whatever it is and make it real! You al... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:10:41 EST My dream....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4432867 I have a dream, how about you?! It fills my life with smiles and makes me feel the most alive that I can! Although I love being a nurse, and it is one of the hardest and most challenging things that I could do, I still have got to say that "music has my heart!" I am not looking for absolute fame or incredible fortune! I just want to know that my music is heard, and that people may stop for this brief moment in time and "get" what I am trying to say! I love the moments when I can go "past... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:45:32 EST Days off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4432848 It has been a long week, spark kiddies! I have just gotten off of a series of 5 overnight shifts, and am headed for 2 nights off! Woo Hoo! I got a call after about 2 hours sleep this morning that the bf had his car in to be worked on, and now $ 1300. later.......... So I picked him up and we went out for lunch, and I am trying to cheer him up this afternoon! We Went to the movie "Final Destination 5 " in 3d yesterday! Of course, it is a "no-brainer gorefest!" but sometimes I love to go ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:34:12 EST Fridays are "My days"........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423249 I don't know about the rest of you, but I love the idea of weekends! For one thing, if you are off of work, you can regroup enough to face the rest of the week! Even though I usually work the weekends, I just love how most people chill out and are not wound quite as tight as the rest of the week! I am enjoying the day hanging out-I work 10-6 tonight, and can sleep in on Saturday when I get off at 6! I hope you all have some great plans for the weekend! Rock on! Normandy Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:10:58 EST You didn't just wake up in this shape ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4421394 I try to keep telling myself that "I am in this for the long-run," and not to expect to wake up in a day and become an instant size 6! Not gonna happen! It's kind of like some of us always say in the music business-"If your gonna dance, you gotta pay the band!" We cannot get to our goals without doing the work, "talkin the talk, and walkin the walk!" So, it is not easy, it is not instant, but it is so worth the work! Remember the first time someone commented on how great you are beginnin... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:55:12 EST Down but not out.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4404552 I have entered a busy time in my life, and the last few days I have had a real problem getting a break to visit my spark friends! Monday, the computer was giving me fits and taking forever to get anything entered, and yesterday flew by before I had realized it! I feel good , but am having the same difficulties as alot of people with this economy! Last week, for my nurse-staffing agency, I did not get any shifts that were not cancelled, and so this week-no check! Enough already-you can't t... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 12:12:52 EST Negativity needs to "Take a Hike!"............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394027 There are countless unseen forces in the Universe that thrive on negativity! There is not a day that goes by that someone, somewhere does not have to deal with some viciousness or personal attacks! I was at a birthday dinner Saturday for an aunt of my bf who had celebrated her 80th birthday! This lovely lady is very positive and pleasant, and takes alot of time to care for the people around her! The room at the restaurant was full of well-wishers! My bf's mother, (who I have mentioned be... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:08:13 EST Life should be a song......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388479 It was a great birthday, and the meal tonight was beyond description! My mom outdid herself with the cooking-roast beef, mashed golden potatoes and gravy, vegetables and pumpkin bars for dessert! I am very thankful for the many people in my life! I include all of you in my prayers of thanks-I hope that I can be "worthy" of such wonderful supportive friends! It has been a very busy day, so I will write more tomorrow! Rock on, you are "so beautiful, to me......." Normandy Tue, 26 Jul 2011 22:19:23 EST Another year older and deeper in debt........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384151 Today is my birthday! It has been a busy weekend, and it looks to be a busy week! Last night, my bf and I went out to celebrate my younger daughter's birthday (the 22nd)! The night before that we both went to a birthday surprise party for my bf's aunt who turned 80 years old! So, the plan today is to go gambling at Tama which is about 50 miles away! It is "steak" night at the casino, and that is what I told my bf that I wanted to do! Should be fun! Tomorrow, my mom (who is 81 years ol... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 06:32:43 EST Some Like it hot............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371350 I'm sure that some do like it hot, but not as hot as it has been this week! The heat index is in the 100's, and it makes it hard to do anything outside! I was cancelled for my nursing shift tonight, and so I am having a moviefest here at home! I just finished watching "The Sixth Sense", and am now watching a movie called "Dreamland", an old-fashioned ghost story! I have been really busy this weekend, and have some catch-up sparking to do! Anyway, unless you are a yucca plant, or a deser... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:33:02 EST Legal for another 3 years....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362423 I think I set some sort of record for me this week-36 credit hours in 2 days! For those of you who also have to go through this torture-they have a website called nurse.com that lets you get all you need for $39.00, and most of them are 10 question tests that you can keep taking until you get a 100% score! I did have a couple of 1 hour courses that were very interesting! My license would have expired tomorrow, and I renewed on line so it is done, done, done! Now, I need to see what kind o... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:37:25 EST Every thorn has it's rose......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4360658 Life can beat you down, gnaw at your insides and make you a victim at times! I have been there in that "spot" that no one wants to be in, and have seen better times too! This past few days, I have been trying to work on some problems with finances- I call it "creative financing," but sometimes even that does not seem to work too well! lol! I guess the best I can say is "if the wolf is at the door, make him a pet!" I have to tell you something about the rockstar! I seem to be an animal m... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:05:29 EST Life and Talentfest........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345594 This is the first time in 3 days that I have been on the computer-life was going faster than I was! On Sunday night, I worked 2-10 as a nurse in a care center for my agency, and then worked 11 pm until 6:30 am the next morning! I rushed home, got my necessary 4 hours sleep, and got up to go do Talentfest! My bf and I do the karaoke backgrounds for any of the auditions that need it, and this was outside at 2 pm at the Freedom Festival! We had 27 groups or individuals who came back to compe... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:26:34 EST Life and Empowerment.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4338924 When you think of it, this world is made up of millions of people......Millions of voices, and millions of unique, wonderful creatures. all who are different, all who are alike........ There is a common thread-I am just one person, but my voice and my beliefs hold as much weight as the next.........It is time to say, I can be strong.......I cannot sit by and watch things that are wrong and not say-"enough is enough". I am sick of politicians who could care less about the people who put them ... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 14:20:12 EST Patriatism begins at home....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337400 When I was younger, I can remember the old school days of marching around my classroom at school to John Phillip Sousa music and the old reciting "the pledge of allegience." Well, the years have gone by, and it seems like we all like to forget how far we have come in this lifetime, and the many things that we take for granted every day! I am happy to be able to get up in the morning and be able to decide what I want to do for the day, not be told every minute what to do and how to do it! I... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:02:17 EST Substitutions-good solutions........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331068 Someone asked me what sort of substitutions I use in cooking to make things lower carb. First and foremost, I do not use canned soup (which is sky high in carbs and salt). If I need soup, I make my own. You can make an awesome broccoli =cheese soup by boiling 1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli, when cooked, do not drain. Add 2 cups cream (0 carbs) and 2 cups cheese! Presto! You can substitute this for cauliflower and other veggies. If I am having pasta, I use dreamfields brand which is 5 n... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:31:01 EST This Rockstar's alternative life style.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328679 Life is about choices-some good and some not so good! I am hoping to make a good habit of my lower-carbohydrate lifestyle. I did a lot of the cooking on vacation in the mountains, and if any of you know me like you think you do, you know that I tried to substitute alot of the high-carb ingredients for lower carb! I didn't announce it to everyone, but it tasted as good or better than it's higher carb relatives! One of the surgeons that I worked with at the hospital was from South Africa, a... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:48:17 EST It can always be worse.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4326867 Today, when I wrote my first blog, it was not the best day, and it did turn worse.......My nephew, who is a lawyer in the Virgin Islands, got this great idea.......So, after all the years that my parents (age 81 and 86) had taken all of the grandchildren on vacations, and done all of these wonderful things for them, Brian decided to treat my parents to a vacation of his own. Together with his wife, they bought my folks tickets to a Cubs game in Chicago this week. My parents wisely decided a... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:11:11 EST Life "Jam".......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4326380 Acknowledging that we are all alive, and making a point of trying to live life to it's fullest is the gel or the "jam" that holds everything together! I have had alot of high-stress in the past couple of weeks, but I guess that is how I can tell that I still have a pulse (and a blood pressure!) I am trying to get through it, and it makes me appreciate life when it doesn't throw wrenches into my plans! I know, or at least I believe that I will be able to get past all of this mic-muck and tr... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:32:09 EST Talent Fest again tomorrow for the Freedom Festival....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4320574 We will be doing the karaoke tomorrow for the freedom fest here in Cedar Rapids, and will be outside in the morning in the park! Talent Fest is in the finals, and this is great advertising for the bf and myself as far as our singing careers! I am just trying to get some things done today to get ready for that, and am happy that I am off work tonight! Maybe, we'll even get a chance to go terrorize someone else's karaoke show tonight! Hope you are all having a great evening! Rock on! Nor... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:05:35 EST Hot,hot and more hot.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313136 That sums up the weather here in Iowa as compared to Estes Park, Colorado! What I loved the most was the absence of humidity which is here! I almost look forward to going in to work because I know it will be cool there! Hah! Today, I am wearing an Estes Park t-shirt that my daughter got for me-it looks like the logo for Star Wars, and says "May the forest be with you!" Luke is a bear, Princess Leia is a fox, and Han Solo is a wolf! How appropriate! The funniest t-shirt I saw on vacatio... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:19:49 EST Life is a song and a dance............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311423 If you would pick a song that best describes your journey in this life, what would it be? Mine would be "Morning Has Broken." The reason for my pick is because you can pick any day in the history of history, and you can still wake up to a glorius, original and beautiful morning, one like no one has ever lived before! Even though I am a night person, there is something inspiring about morning! If you wake up early enough, the birds sing for you! The sky is pink and the weather usually ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:44:22 EST Life in the Half-*ssed Lane............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4305546 So, I am back in Iowa-I missed some things , but still wish I was waking up to mountains and low humidity! The last night I spent in the mountains, I came upon 3 deer, and one of them laid down about 20 feet from the cabin. She let me get within 10 feet of her, and take some great pictures! Petey was so happy that I got home, and he has let me know that the past 2 days! Spark Kitty and Tigger were equally thrilled to have me home! There is not alot to do around here that is as exiting as... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 19:11:54 EST Last night in paradise............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4298975 Well, I am not looking forward to heading out on the road tomorrow and leaving this Heaven in the mountains behind! It is kind of sad to think that I will not wake up in the mountains, and see all of the magnificence of nature and the Rockys. Today, we went to the BIg Thompson Canyon, and Loveland. The cliffs and rocks of the canyon look like something only God would be able to create on such a grand scale! After seeing the beautiful lake at Loveland, we headed back for Estes Park and wen... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:03:01 EST Peace and love in the mountains......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4295646 This is our 4th day here in the center of paradise-Estes Park, Colorado! Yes, we are "Rocky Mountain High," and there are more Iowans who have moved to this place than native Coloradians! It is incredible, and we have been so busy! Today, we are going on a ghost tour at the Stanley Hotel-which is known as one of the most haunted hotels in the world, and I have seen some activity on my last ghost tour of the place! My oldest daughter, Christina, and her family went on a 6 mile hike of Roc... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:08:57 EST Peace and love in the mountains......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4295645 This is our 4th day here in the center of paradise-Estes Park, Colorado! Yes, we are "Rocky Mountain High," and there are more Iowans who have moved to this place than native Coloradians! It is incredible, and we have been so busy! Today, we are going on a ghost tour at the Stanley Hotel-which is known as one of the most haunted hotels in the world, and I have seen some activity on my last ghost tour of the place! My oldest daughter, Christina, and her family went on a 6 mile hike of Roc... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:08:57 EST Estes Park-a dream come true........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4291684 Sorry it's been a couple of days since I have been able to Spark-the last days before the trip were something else! I had worked 2-10 on Wednesday evening-my last work day before vacation-so of course we had a tornado warning and all of the residents at the care center where I worked had to be out in the hallways for 1 1/2 hours before they got to go to bed! Let me tell you, I ran out of work that night! We left for vacation on Friday morning at 1:00 am, and it was pouring down in buckets... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:01:31 EST Getting ready for "Rocky Mountain High!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4272284 I have been meeting myself coming and going this past 3 weeks, and it is about 1 week until I get to leave this "pop stand" I call home, and hang out in the mountains of Estes Park, Colorado. For those of you who have never been, Estes is a small community North of Denver, and it reminds me alot of going back to the sixties. The people are of this time, but the attitudes and the feelings take me way back, and I am that hippie chick girl again, laid back and in the "life groove." I have be... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 10:56:32 EST Do the things you have to do, to do the things you wqnt to do....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4263385 That sums up life. Do whatever it takes to be able to live the happiest, grandest life ever! It might take sweat, it might use tears, and energy, and having your brain on overload to accomplish this dream, but what would you be doing otherwise?!!!! Watching the clock? Tick toc, tick toc, it's time to "nip it in the bud" and jump in! Life is waiting! Rock on! Normandy Sun, 29 May 2011 15:28:54 EST Time sure flys when you have a day off!...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256407 I have been doing nothing but running yesterday and today-my days off! I am trying to get a ton of things done before vacation in 2 weeks, and it takes alot to get organized! I am sorry that I have not had the time I did before-I am on evening shift the next two weeks, and it seems like you get out of bed, get some breakfast, clean up and go to work! The sad thing is, when you get off at 10:30pm, everybody that you would want to talk to is getting ready for bed themselves! It has been rai... Wed, 25 May 2011 20:46:53 EST Spark Kitty-my watch cat!......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254212 Spark Kitty is about a year old now, and I learn from him everyday! He does not sit and wait for life to smack him in the face, he goes out and makes things happen! His newest and funniest trick is that when I get home from somewhere in my noisy car, he and Petey always know it! Petey (my fox terrier), will be downstairs waiting for me to come in the door, and he makes it seem like the absolute high-point of his doggy day! Well, Spark is not to be outdone by a "subcreature" like a dog, s... Tue, 24 May 2011 21:33:40 EST The search for "Mr. Goodbar".......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247105 That was the name of a movie from years ago starring Diane Keaton. She played a girl who was very lonely and ended up taking home a different guy from the bars each night. Now, the sad thing was, that that did not really "cure" her lonliness-it just made it more intense! Sometimes, life should not be about finding the "best" deal in companions! It has always seemed to me, that the harder you look for something, the more sure you can be that you will not find it! So, here we are, on this ... Sat, 21 May 2011 12:25:27 EST