HANNAH_CALM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HANNAH%5FCALM HANNAH_CALM'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/ Compromises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933053 Portland is covered with misty clouds and the air smells really fresh today. It is one of those days that you start off thinking that you are really lucky. Some people do not have that. Some people do not have anything, really. Nothing. They just are, and that is not a good feeling. We all want to feel some security in this life. We want to look around us and be proud of how things are and feel safe. I think about this a lot because we have some homeless people living in a tent in the backyar... Sat, 23 May 2015 14:19:56 EST Weird Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931783 My mom told me the other day that Wisconsin legislators made it impossible for people to use food stamps to buy shellfish, potatoes, and ketchup. We were talking about how potatoes are such a staple. They are only unhealthy if you make them unhealthy by adding too much to them or eating too much of them. They are like any food in that way. I think that this is really awful, because it seems to me that the lawmakers are giving people bad advice when they say these foods are unhealthy. They are... Thu, 21 May 2015 05:41:02 EST Would you want to see? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930278 In the book Live Through This, there is a passage where the two runaway girls have been tricked into a trip somewhere, so that they could be put into a wilderness camp-type rehab program. Their mom had hired someone to find them and he and his son had told them some bogus story about their mom needing to see them. But when they got inside the vehicle, they were whisked away, over a hundred miles away. On the way there, the girls kept complaining and yelling. This song came on the radio, it wa... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:53:17 EST Live Through This - Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928399 I read something about this book, a while back, and I was wanting to read it, but I lost the information about it. So when I saw this on sale for my Nook last week, as part of a Mother's Day sale, I snatched it up. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1399429-1780-447a-89a7-1888d44948cd.JPG"> <BR> It is called Live Through This, by Debra Gwartney, and it is a memoir about the years that her two eldest daughters were being rebellious and living on the streets. They got into... Fri, 15 May 2015 02:26:23 EST The Mysterious And The Miraculous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927362 I woke up in the night, so I thought I would write a blog. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I finally broke down and bought some vitamins online. I had been holding out, but as a vegetarian and someone who has iron-deficiency anemia, I am not supposed to be going without. I have just been being a cheapskate in that department. But I can afford it, and it is better to be taking them than letting money sit in my bank account. Vitamins and minerals do a lot! I think everyone should be taking them, becaus... Wed, 13 May 2015 08:11:50 EST Tracking Nutrition Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927095 Since I have returned to SparkPeople, I have logged in for 106 days and have a 10-week exercise streak. The exercise streak is not as disciplined as some people, as I have missed days but I make them up later. I figure it is not cheating, because I do exercise that much in a week! One week, I made a mistake and forgot to workout for an hour and the streak started over. So I had to painstakingly go back and find out where I went wrong and make up the missing hour. I did that, but I was like tw... Tue, 12 May 2015 18:15:13 EST Body Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926684 Has anyone not watched The Biggest Loser? I think most of us have at least tuned in once or twice. I do not like the show because I think they put too much pressure on people to lose weight too quickly. I think it is dangerous! So I do not watch it. But I have seen it a couple times, and they always try to figure out why people gained weight in the first place. Despite disliking the show, I think that is a really good idea. Because maybe, just maybe, knowing that can help you lose weight! <BR... Tue, 12 May 2015 02:00:56 EST Sunday Gratitude Blog - Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926012 On Sundays, I am going to be writing about what I am grateful for, because a friend of mine here, SRWYLIE, is doing that and it seemed like a really great idea! His gratitude blogs are really beautiful. He has reached his goal weight, so he must be doing something right! <BR> <BR> Here is what he wrote this year for Mother's Day: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925939 </link> <BR> <BR> Well, first of all, it is Mother's Day, and I am than... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:03:30 EST Erstwhile, A Lost Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924739 I am sure that my great-grandfather was very much in love with my great-grandmother, Lola. However, this was not his first romantic relationship. Considering their age difference, that makes more sense when you know what happened before he became interested in Lola, who at sixteen became a bride while he was in his mid-to-late twenties. He had loved someone before, more his own age, but that did not work out. Something very tragic happened! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:38:16 EST Creamed Peas And Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924410 This recipe was a favorite of mine growing up. My grandpa and I would make it together sometimes, with fresh peas and potatoes fresh from the garden. It was delicious! My grandma couldn't have any, because of the dairy in it. Probably because of that, we only had it about once a year. But it was really the best day of the year for me! <BR> <BR> We would get the peas and shuck them out of their shells. They are really sweet and tender when they are first picked. If you can't grow your own, tr... Thu, 7 May 2015 18:23:03 EST Where's That Water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924058 My grandma told me this funny story about something that happened one day. Well, she was the youngest, and people were always asking her to do things, like get this or get that. Her oldest sister was really bossy, she was like her second mother. She had to put up with her being really bossy all the time, maybe more than her mom! Anyway, one day all the girls were working really hard in the kitchen cooking and baking and stuff. And her sister asked her to go outside and get some water. They ha... Thu, 7 May 2015 05:25:29 EST Putting Food On The Table http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922804 When my grandma was a little girl, she lived on a farm. The lifestyle was very different then, for farm families. There was a distinct division of labor, both men and women working very hard, but doing completely different things most of the time. The women got up earlier than the men, at 4 o'clock am, while it was still dark, to get breakfast started in the kitchen. They cooked a big meal for breakfast, and the men came and ate and went out into the fields to work. Then the women and kids co... Tue, 5 May 2015 01:29:57 EST Not Everyone's History Is The Same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921414 I have read so many things about the old days in the West, and about being a pioneer. I thought that some of the things were universal, that they applied to everyone. But, no! That is not true, and that assumption caused me some embarrassment. I thought that people back in those days used old catalogs and Farmer's Almanacs in their outhouses, you know, as more than reading material. Everyone was saying they used them as toilet paper, and so I thought it must be true. Well, maybe it was for th... Sat, 2 May 2015 17:07:44 EST The Can-Do Kid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921008 This is a story about my grandmother, Nancy, when she was a little girl. She began life on a farm outside of a little town named Mineral Springs in Eastern Oregon. The youngest of nine children, she had seven sisters and one unruly brother. Her best friend was her cat, Yellow Boy. This isn't actually her, but it reminds me of how inseparable they were: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l833918781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She was a pretty, slender girl who loved to make paper dol... Fri, 1 May 2015 21:25:25 EST The Friends You Keep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919904 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1367622564.jpg"> <BR> "Man is known by the company he keeps." an American proverb. <BR> <BR> If people see you hanging around with really snarky, negative people, they will think you are one too! That's something that I've been thinking about lately. I've noticed some blogs are either filled with hate or laced with a lot of bad words. And I really don't know that I want to be associated with the writers or their friends! I feel like I'm an... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:00:39 EST Personalizing Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919439 Yesterday, I went through my friend list and deleted a bunch of people. Twenty-nine in all! They either have deleted their account, weren't really my friends, or won't let me see their pages. So, see ya! I was kind of brutal to the people that set their account to private, wasn't I? Well, I thought they're not really using the social aspect of SparkPeople. These people have been like incognito for a long time, and I don't know who they are and they don't read my blogs or interact with me in a... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:52:32 EST My Lunch Not So Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918832 Today I realized that there is way too much sugar in my shake that I like to make for lunch, and added with the banana that I would usually eat with it, it just is not healthy at all. Oh, no! There is about 8 teaspoons of sugar in the shake, altogether. The kefir has sugar, the chocolate hazelnut milk has sugar, and so does the Slim-Fast shake powder. So I need to make some substitutions, and get that under control. <BR> <BR> My mom makes a really good coleslaw, without adding any sugar. I'l... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:06:15 EST Awake And Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918125 I had to stop taking the antihistamine because I don't need it anymore and it was just putting me to sleep. It was making it hard to wake up too. So quit taking it! I feel a lot better. The head cold is gone, but there's still a little stuff in my lungs. Maybe I should take an expectorate to get it all out, but I'm kind of scared to try a new drug. I might just try being patient. It's getting warmer and that should clear it all up. I gained another pound this week. What is going on with that?... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:09:41 EST What's My Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917281 I read somewhere that actors ask "What's my motivation?" when they want to figure out what their characters are really thinking, what is making them do things. So sometimes I ask myself that. It helps me to focus. Act means "to do." That was its original meaning. In high school, I really wanted to be in a play. I was able to be an extra in one play, that was a big highlight for me. We were doing Inherit The Wind, about the school teacher that dared to teach about evolution in his classroom an... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:56:54 EST What A Wonderful World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915890 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939246089.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture was taken by someone in New York by someone waiting for a train. Isn't it amazing the things you could notice if you are paying attention? <BR> <BR> Happy Earth Day! <em>432</em> <em>436</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> I am really loving this holiday because I feel better today! Yay! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I feel truly awake today, and this is very different. It's like being more alive.... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:12:19 EST Where Does My Time Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914934 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l649497669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some of you might want to know what I do all day, because I don't really hang out much right now. Well, I know it's a problem. I have a problem with time management right now. But I do like you guys! I really do. There's more than one component to the problem. Here are some of the parts: <BR> <BR> 1.) I am trying to get a regular sleep schedule going, but it is really difficult because I don't feel well. I have a ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:14:12 EST Am I Real? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911292 On television shows and in books, when a character doubts whether they are awake or not, they have this foolproof method of checking- by pinching their arm. We do that when we know we are awake too, to see how muscular our arms are, or to judge the amount of fat that is there. I found I had developed a bad habit of doing that to myself, checking different places to see how I am coming along. But then I was not happy, because I am not far along at all. I have just started! So I came up with a ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:34:26 EST I Wake In Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909270 When I wake up, I am in a lot of pain. And I am always really disappointed. I go, "Oh, no!" I wish I wasn't waking up. Because I start to feel my sinus headache, and my skin that's all messed up on my face from blowing my nose so much. Everything comes back. Sometimes, I can catch myself, and go back quickly to sleep. I really like to be asleep! <BR> <BR> This sounds bad, doesn't it? It is, because I'm alive, and I'm supposed to be doing things to keep healthy when I wake up. Sometimes, I am... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:03:38 EST The Longest Sad Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908340 "People in difficulty and distress, or in any manner at odds with the world, can endure a vast amount of harsh treatment, and perhaps be only the stronger for it; whereas they give way at once before the simplest expression of what they perceive to be genuine sympathy." <BR> _Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables <BR> <BR> I tried to post that quote as my status, but it was too long! I was disappointed, because it's a very good quote. In case the language is too old for you, it'... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:57:06 EST Reading A Lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906945 I'm on a reading tangent lately. I read two books by Mary Higgins Clark, who is a very popular American mystery writer. I read two books by Lois Duncan, about her daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, that was killed in 1989 and is still unsolved. She is a famous children's author of suspenseful novels, but having her daughter killed made her lose her interest in that. She no longer wanted to put her female characters in danger! That is very sad, her losing her career that way, but she has been volunte... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 09:17:28 EST New Team: Mindful Mental Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899652 I started a new team called Mindful Mental Health. If you are interested, please join me there! <BR> <BR> <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/mindfulmentalh<BR>ealth </link> <BR> <BR> It's really for everyone, regardless of their mental health diagnosis or lack of one. If you have those moments where you feel crazy wild, or you are super depressed, or you feel fine, but you just want to come and help motivate people, then the team is for you. I started it because I felt that SparkPeople needed ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:25:54 EST Hate Surprises! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893374 I really do hate surprises, so when I realized that I could make before and after pictures of myself now, before I am really done, I did it. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> There is a website called Model My Diet, that helps you create avatars of your before and after self all at once. You just have to enter in some basic information, and to do a really nice job go to the advanced settings. You do not even have to have an account. But if you do get an account, there are people to hang out with t... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:34:14 EST A Sugar Battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892625 Hey, everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I am having a difficult time with how I changed my diet. I really miss how it was. Even harder is convincing my mom that I would like to go easy on the sugar. I told her that I was not eating regular candy anymore, to keep that in mind for Easter, that I am just eating sugar-free candy. <em>449</em> And so, the next time she goes shopping she brings home a bunch of scrumptious looking candy! It looked so good, York mini peppermint patties, and... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 05:19:59 EST Resolutions 3-5 for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890844 I have been thinking a little bit about how I gained about fifteen pounds over the holidays and after my birthday in January, and what may have caused all of that. A lot of it was chocolate, and I am not good about rationing out the chocolate when I get it as gifts. I was tempted to put it all in the freezer, and now I wish I had. Anyway, it is time to move on from there, and think how I can do better in the future. So I have come up with some new resolutions for this year that will help me t... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:32:15 EST Second Resolution for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889901 I am going slow this year in figuring out my resolutions. That is because I have been sick this winter, and was not sure what to plan for, exactly. So I was not going to make any. But then time was dragging along, and I am still here. So I guess I can make plans! <BR> <BR> January 30, I wrote a blog with my first resolution, which was: <BR> 1.) Make a healthy lunch every day, unless I'll be eating out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had another idea of something that I should do for this year. The ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 13:39:40 EST Five Things I Love About Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885555 I've been seeing this title around SparkPeople, on people's blogs. It's an assignment for SparkLive, and I'm going to do it too! <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Well, it's hard for me to choose five things I love about myself, because usually I'm just thinking of the big picture. I just love me. But you don't know me, and this is probably where I'm supposed to be telling you five great reasons for you to like me. I hope it's something like that. Well, I might love things that I know you probably... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:38:11 EST Celebration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883474 In Gretchen Rubin's video The Years Are Short, she writes about her bus ride with her daughter on school days. How it annoyed her, and then she realized that for her daughter it was a big part of her life. So then she was thankful for it. Please watch the video, because it's so beautiful! Ordinary things can be transformed with an attitude of gratitude. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/KktuoQwb3vQ </link> <BR> <BR> I have been working out more this month, and it has been hard for me to blog, be... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:50:08 EST Slogans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878736 Last week, I was downtown with my mom to listen to a free noon concert. While we were walking around I noticed that there are a lot of slogans written everywhere. It seems nearly every company or organization has one. Either they always use it, or it's their current theme. Nonprofits have themes, companies and politicians have ad campaigns. Portland State University's theme is "Together we are Fearless." One company that delivers things has "Dedication at every turn" on their van. It's everyw... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:49:14 EST Diet Fads Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871476 This article on diet fads was from a couple of years ago, but is still very relevant, and always will be! Most shocking diet? Just breathing! No, you've got to eat. <BR> <BR> <link>news.health.com/2013/01/29/ashton-ku<BR>tchers-diet-scare-5-fad-diet-red-flags/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have I ever tried any strange diet? Not really intentionally, but I have definitely eaten in unhealthy ways before. I used to only drink nutritional drinks on my period, I was on a complete liquid diet for about f... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 21:17:32 EST Life Is Better Than Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866841 The title sounds better than how it all is. What I meant is that life is not perfect, but it's life, and it's what we have. So it's better than perfect! Waiting for perfection will usually result in nothing, and that's no good. That's true with dating, job hunting, housing, what have you. We have to make compromises all the time. Life is flawed, but it's beautiful and real. <BR> <BR> In Gretchen Rubin's video, Sometimes Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection, she says how imperfections c... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:53:15 EST New Simpler Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866091 My last blog was about making big problems or new plans smaller and easier to deal with. The point was lost on me, if you read that entry. But I thought about it more, and I got it! <BR> <BR> I don't have to do everything at once to be improving stuff, just what I know right now. So I went out and got stuff for healthy lunches and I'm making them now. Ta da! <BR> <BR> Healthy breakfasts can wait a little while. I'll work on that later, a little bit at a time. I've got to read all these la... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:29:05 EST Clarity of Values http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865414 In her video, The Strategy of Clarity, author Gretchen Rubin talks about how we often can have difficulty forming better habits when we aren't being clear with ourselves exactly what we want. Eating more healthfully might seem like too big of a topic, so we need to break it down, like in her suggestion to pack a lunch everyday instead. A lot of times people's new ideas seem to somehow contradict other things that they still want to have in their lives, so it's very hard to change for the bett... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:45:32 EST It's Who You Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864916 In her video, Strategy of Other People, Gretchen Rubin talks about how other people can inspire us on the one hand or possibly lead to our downfall on the other hand when we try to practice good habits. We are all interconnected. So we need to understand both what is happening and why they might be reacting in a certain way to our new habits. We all have different motivations. Sometimes you need to be different, you need to be the odd man out to be healthy. And, since peer pressure can be so ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:42:10 EST The Question of Identity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864156 In her video, The Strategy of Identity, Gretchen Rubin talks about how what we think about ourselves can effect whether or not we will pick up a good habit. I think it's a really interesting topic, and wish people talked about this more often. Because it can be REALLY hard to pick up new habits which are good. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/kBVnqxmPjPw </link> <BR> <BR> Myself, I've been a vegetarian for a while now, but I don't know what I'm doing, really. And I've been a vegetarian for sever... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:49:51 EST Calcium Is The Enemy Of Iron http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130228 Did you know it matters when you take your calcium? If you are taking calcium supplements that contain calcium carbonate, you need to take them with a meal. And if you are also hoping to get iron from that meal or from other supplements or a multivitamin, you may be hoping in vain because calcium carbonate blocks iron absorbtion. So there's a couple of different things you can do, to prevent this from hindering your efforts at getting enough iron. First of all, you could switch to calcium cit... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 06:19:14 EST Slip Sliding Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918429 Today was rainy, and I slipped a few times on my walk because of muddy patches. It's not my shoes, they look fine. The tread is still there. People just need to sweep their walks. Where did all that mud come from? From gardeners that don't clean the dirt off the sidewalk when they're done digging up stuff. They need to do that because it's a safety hazard. I shaved five minutes off my walk today. It's not totally surprising, because I also took like two blocks off as well. It's Friday! I'm lo... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:15:33 EST Ducked Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915730 I turned off the social aspects of this site for a while, because I felt it wasn't helping me lose weight at all. I need to focus on my core values, and how I got to this place, and who I am. So I'm doing a lot of soul searching. And I expect it to take a while, because I'm not really good at it. I'm actually not feeling well, so that's part of the problem. But as most people who have been paying attention to me know, which is probably only like three people, I have lost my ID card and can't ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 04:23:53 EST Hope Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892205 Hope is not the closing of your eyes <BR> to the difficulty, the risk, <BR> or the failure. <BR> <BR> It is a trust that- <BR> if I fail now- <BR> I shall not fail forever; <BR> and if I am hurt, <BR> I shall be healed. <BR> <BR> It is a trust that <BR> life is good, <BR> love is powerful, <BR> and the future is full of promise. <BR> <BR> _Anonymous Mon, 21 May 2012 23:01:51 EST Great Quote On Chasing Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874846 "In today’s materialistic world there is a risk of people becoming slaves to money, as though they were simply cogs in a huge money-making machine. This does nothing for human dignity, freedom, and genuine well-being. Wealth should serve humanity, and not the other way around." _His Holiness, the Dalai Lama Thu, 10 May 2012 00:14:58 EST Hello Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827460 Hello, everybody! I hope everything's going fine. I'm feeling better, I no longer have a cold. It just left the other day. *sigh of relief* Nothing much happened in March, because I was too sick to do a lot of work. But I nearly finished organizing the hall closet, where I thought my ID card might have been hiding. No luck on the lost item, but I found a lot of other things that I had forgotten about. I'm still going through some papers there. When I'm done with the closet, I'll work on my be... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:34:33 EST See You Soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762647 Hey, everyone! I hope you guys are doing fine. I've got this terrible cold right now. Anyway, I wanted to tell everyone that I'm going to be gone the entire month of March. I'm taking an internet vacation. I spend too much time online, and not enough time getting actual things done in my real life. So I'm going to be stepping back and re-evaluating my priorities. And getting some work done that can't be put off any longer. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 02:09:25 EST No Line On The Horizon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751166 No Line On The Horizon, is a great love song by U2. It's fun and exciting, and has sweet lyrics. <BR> "I know a girl who's like the sea, I watch her changing everyday for me." <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/_oKwnkYFsiE </link> <BR> <BR> I like the line "no line on the horizon", because I'm in the middle of something with no end in sight. It seems like everyday is the same exact day. Some changes need to be made. <BR> <BR> I've been spending a lot of time the past few days playing with iTunes.... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:52:34 EST Just The Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725510 &#8206;"Facing yourself is a question of honesty rather than condemning yourself. Good or bad the idea is simply to face the facts. Just see the simple, straightforward truth about yourself without cutting yourself down." -Chogyam Trungpa Mon, 6 Feb 2012 15:18:22 EST Lost ID Card http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719622 Today I had a problem with emotional eating. I've lost my ID card, and I'm worried about that. I guess I better go looking for it, instead of fretting about it at the computer (where it's not), and eating erratically. First, I'm going to go into the kitchen and burn some of this nervous energy on the dishes. Then, I'll look in a couple places. The price of replacing this card is very high, $43! <BR> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 00:19:13 EST A New Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667720 I've started a new team for women who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's private, so no one can see your posts there unless they get an invitation by me, the leader. Only women can be members. And because it's private, it won't show up on your page as one of your teams, unless you authorize for it to be visible. So your friends don't even have to know you've joined. If you have PTSD, I hope you will consider being a member. I will send you an invitation if you let me know you have an i... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 02:35:58 EST