HAYBURNER1969's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAYBURNER1969 HAYBURNER1969'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/ Not as Nice to My Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389311 One of my favorite things about Fresh Market is their selection of specialty chocolate bars. I don't shop there often, so when I do, I usually pick up a goodie for each family member. Yesterday I had 5 assorted chocolate bars in my cart, and I headed for the checkout. I thought about how much I love my husband and three children and I enjoy being nice by bringing them a treat. <BR> <BR> Then something occurred to me. I flipped my husband's bar over. It's 2.5 servings in a bar at 190 cal... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:02:22 EST Your Little Portion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388457 If you ever want to feel your blood pressure go down, just spend some time talking to a Franciscan. <BR> <BR> A young woman from our church entered the religious life several years ago, and every summer when she comes home for a visit with her parents, I am struck by how calm and happy and worry-free she is. I've met several Franciscan nuns and friars since then, and they've all got the same serenity. Last summer, my husband and I spent a few days at a Franciscan retreat center and it was ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:59:53 EST "... and up" - I'm nearly there??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385928 A few weeks ago, I took a Praxis exam to see if I had specific knowledge and expertise to add another endorsement to my teaching certificate. <BR> <BR> After I received my (passing) score via email, I got a second email asking me to take a brief online survey to evaluate my Praxis experience. <BR> <BR> I finally got around to taking the survey today, as I sit at home, sick. When I got to the final question, it asked my age. There was a pull-down arrow, and I expected to see age "groups" -... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:11:57 EST The Hardest Work of All... Resting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385478 A few weeks ago, on the morning of the semi-finals of the Boston competition, I woke up with a horrible, itchy rash all over me from the neck down to the mid-thigh. Here's a small sample of what it looked like. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/609d993f-4b88-42a6-934c-0890597cce44.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fortunately, many amateur pianists are also doctors. They thought it looked like contact dermatitis, and I *had* been using a different soap for the past three days, so i... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:57:22 EST BHAGs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383497 This past Saturday I ran the fifth race in our summer race series. Only ten hours earlier, I had arrived home on a train from a 10-day trip to Boston and New York City, so I was tired. The sticky heat of Virginia seemed oppressive. And here I was, standing at the starting line of a 5-miler in the early morning, remembering my goal: to run all seven races in the series and to run them hard, to the best of my ability. <BR> <BR> As I stood there trying to muster up enthusiasm, I couldn't he... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 06:04:29 EST Lightening My Load http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380250 A little over a year ago, I started having problems with pain in my right elbow and arm. It was so bad at times that I couldn't play the piano or pick up my backpack. Several things were causing this, but today I'd like to talk about one thing in particular... something that was rather easy to change. <BR> <BR> After the physical therapist had given her diagnosis, I thanked her, stood up, and slung my purse over my shoulder. She cocked her head with a "hmm" kind of look on her face, and a... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:11:19 EST Two Homers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379375 I write a lot of blogs about the struggle to push onward and try my best in all things. It's hard to do when failure is one of the possible outcomes. Who relishes the idea of putting in hard work, only to have a disappointing result? Of course, we know the victory is in the preparation, in building our skills and/or changing our lives, but still, the specter of possible failure looms over us. <BR> <BR> I performed in the semi-final round of the Boston International Piano Competition. If ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:22:01 EST Why Am I Doing This to Myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376276 This morning I ran the fourth race in my running club's local summer race series. It's a very hilly 5K. Brutal. Here's the elevation chart, taken from my RunKeeper. Notice it starts AND finishes uphill. Does that count as "uphill both ways?" Ha ha. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/872122cf-3ded-47c6-83ea-35e10196d75a.png"> <BR> <BR> My main goal with this series has been to run my very best each time. I want to feel like I pushed myself. <BR> <BR> It was al... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:06:45 EST Inconvenience, Reflection, Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375900 A few nights ago, my husband went to take his bedtime shower. He had just gotten wet when the water cut off. (Fortunately, he hadn't soaped up yet.) <BR> <BR> Troubleshooting in the basement revealed that there was power going to the well pump. Unfortunately, this meant the problem was with the well pump itself, 400 feet in the ground. It's not something we can fix, and since it was 9:00 at night, there was no one to call until the morning. <BR> <BR> We've lived in the rural countryside... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:15:26 EST Sharing Our Talents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374038 Saturday, my husband and I assisted at a funeral Mass and burial. I was the pianist & vocalist, and he, as an ordained deacon, gave the sermon and later performed the graveside service. <BR> <BR> My husband doesn't assist at every funeral, but he did this one because years ago, he worked with the deceased. He was a young engineer just out of college, and this man (21 years our senior) was well-established in the field. He was a hard-working engineer: responsible, dependable, and a mentor... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:35:50 EST Inspiration from Rashad Jennings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372013 If you are an NFL or Dancing with the Stars fan, you probably know who Rashad Jennings is. He is an NFL running back, most recently playing for the NY Giants. Then a couple of weeks ago, he won the mirrorball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. He was absolutely terrific. <BR> <BR> Some of you may know that Rashad is from Forest, Virginia. This is where I live, and I was Rashad's elementary school music teacher from grades 2 through 4. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:47:10 EST Whoever Thought of Doing THAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371550 My daughter and her best friend brought home some Oreos from the store today, but they weren't regular old Oreos. They were "Fireworks" Oreos. Someone got the idea to mix generic "Pop Rocks" candies into the creamy white filling. They were interesting and tasted good, although I think I still prefer good old Double-Stuf. <BR> <BR> This got me to thinking about how many times I've thought, "Whoever thought of doing THAT?" <BR> <BR> Here are a few others that immediately come to mind, an... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 08:12:50 EST Yay, Rachel!!!! We Can Help Her Out! VOTE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371166 I watched Rachel Cheung's Cliburn semifinal recital yesterday. I wrote in my "Last Woman Standing" blog that Schumann's Kreisleriana has never been a piece I like, but hers was the first time ever that I actually LISTENED the whole way through without daydreaming. It was beautiful. And her Prokofiev 6th Sonata was so powerful. Stunning. She got tremendous crowd response. The audience leapt to their feet and started shouting, "Bravo!" She definitely had the biggest response of all the r... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 11:42:56 EST "Champions Don't Have Time to Procrastinate" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369351 It's 3 PM and I'm sitting in line at the DMV waiting to register the car we just bought last night. I work in town so I actually came around lunchtime first, on my lunch hour. The line just to get a number was 8 people out the door! I've been in crowded DMVs before, but that was a first. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered it's the last day of the month. I bet a lot of people have waited until the last minute to renew their tags and their licenses. So I headed back to work. After work, I cam... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 06:44:53 EST Last Woman Standing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369008 The twelve Cliburn semifinalists have been announced. One woman, Rachel Cheung from Hong Kong, remains. She has been my favorite woman since the preliminaries, so I'm very glad I get a chance to hear her again. <BR> <BR> In this round, each contestant plays twice: a 60-minute recital and a full Mozart Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony. <BR> <BR> For her recital, she's playing Schumann's Kreisleriana (not one of my favorite pieces, but I will listen with an open mind - yet again -... Wed, 31 May 2017 11:03:31 EST I Feel Good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368469 I just looked up the results from yesterday's 10K. One neat thing the local running shop (which times the events) does now is provide a link to video footage of your finish. It links directly to the time you come in, so you don't even have to search for yourself. Here I am: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4D6o-ioud4&<BR>t=14m12s </link> <BR> <BR> Notice the song playing? James Brown's "I Feel Good." <BR> <BR> I said in my blog yesterday how hard I had to work to keep that ... Tue, 30 May 2017 09:04:17 EST Just Try! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368106 This morning, I was messaging back and forth with my pianist friend in Ireland. I met her at the Charlotte airport when we were both en route to the 2016 Cliburn Amateur Competition. During the course of the competition, we became good friends and have met a few times since - at the Washington D.C. competition and again when we each played recitals at the Gasteig in Munich. <BR> <BR> At all of these competitions and recitals, one thing we couldn't help noticing was the disproportionate num... Mon, 29 May 2017 12:51:52 EST Breakfast Inspiration at SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365948 90% of the time, I log in to SparkPeople using my laptop, rather than the app on my phone. Usually I ignore the videos playing in the sidebar, but yesterday a recipe video from Eggland's Best caught my eye. I'm glad I watched it because I can't find the video anywhere - at SP or on the EB site. Even though I don't remember the exact amounts to use, I remembered the ingredients. Here ya go: <BR> <BR> One mini naan bread (which I found in the bakery breads section at Kroger) <BR> Cream che... Wed, 24 May 2017 07:56:57 EST Finding What Works... Rolling Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363491 On January 1st of this year, I had the humbling realization that I weighed only 3 pounds less than when I checked into the hospital to have my first baby 21 years ago. I hadn’t been able to fit into most of my dress pants for well over a year, and I was tired of having to wear the same few pants over and over. I refused to spend money on bigger clothes and have to figure out where to store the old ones. At 16 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight, I set a goal to lose 12. <BR> <BR> I lost a... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:23:54 EST Making the Grade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361320 With school ending for many people at this time of year, you might think that's what this blog is about. But it's not. It's a continuation of my Heavy Breathing post. HILLS! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I ran my hilly route again - this time I did 5 out-n-backs for a total of 8.4 miles, with 10 hill climbs. I checked RunKeeper this morning to see my splits. I looked at the elevation profile and wondered what % grade the hills are, as one hill is shorter & quite steep, and the other hill is long... Sat, 13 May 2017 08:50:46 EST The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of... Heavy Breathing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360532 Did that title get your attention? <BR> <BR> I live in rural Virginia. Hills are everywhere! About a week ago, I did 6.8 miles with 8 substantial climbs. The whole run was four out-n-backs. A long down followed by a not-as-long climb... then turn around for a not-as-long down, and a looong climb. I tried to make the most of it by working myself hard and running at a pretty good clip. <BR> <BR> At one point, I marveled at the beautiful scenery, and heard in my mind Julie Andrews singing... Thu, 11 May 2017 09:11:47 EST With an Oink Oink Here and an Oink Oink There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359616 I went to walk at the track with my daughter after dinner yesterday evening. As we approached the elementary school, I remarked, "Oh great, there's a dog on the loose." As soon as I said the word "dog," I realized it was NOT a dog. It was a large pig, complete with tusks. <BR> <BR> There's a farm next door to the elementary school, and my daughter informed me that now and then, different animals get loose and crash their marching band practices. (They rehearse on the field inside the t... Tue, 9 May 2017 07:17:14 EST Mindless Eating - at a Whole New Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354211 We've talked about mindless eating and how we should be careful not to do it. Yesterday morning I blogged about resolving to make good choices, and so I did. All day. However, I did mindlessly eat once. Keep reading. <BR> <BR> I was at work, finishing up the latest schedule for liturgical ministers. It was my first time using this particular software and it's not very user-friendly. I had to really concentrate. It was lunchtime and I got two peeled, hard-boiled eggs out of my lunch ba... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:22:24 EST The Power of One Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353693 Yesterday I was looking through the SparkPeople Community Feed and there was a post from a 20-something woman who has lost 201 pounds in 15 months. I looked at her SparkPage where she suggests checking out her YouTube channel which details her weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I watched her one-year video entry, made in early January. A few comments jumped out at me. <BR> <BR> "Wishing it isn't going to make it happen." <BR> <BR> "Be the change that you want." <BR> <BR> She asks if we beli... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:37:32 EST Never Give Up! A Race Report. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352290 I've been a runner for 15 years, but in recent years I've run less and less. Even though in my head I know I'll always enjoy running just for the sake of running, it's become easier and easier to make excuses and not get out there. I realized I needed some kind of a goal to give myself new motivation. So I challenged myself to enter the local Roadrunners' Race Series. There are 7 races over the next 4 and a half months, ranging in distance from 5K to a half marathon. Runners accumulate p... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:21:13 EST Still a Good Mother? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351027 If you've been reading my blogs since I returned in January, you might know I use RunKeeper to track my exercise. I used it on Easter Sunday to track the hike my daughter and I did. I turned it off once we started up the rock field because it was such slow going, but I recorded the hike to the Marbleyard. <BR> <BR> After my daughter continued climbing alone, I couldn't really see her as I waited on the rocks. I knew the dirt trail continued beside the Marbleyard and I wondered if maybe it... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:34:52 EST Explore Your Limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350510 On Easter afternoon, I offered to take my daughter hiking to a popular spot just off the Blue Ridge Parkway called The Devil's Marbleyard. <BR> <BR> It's a little over a mile hike up to the Marbleyard. If you're in reasonably good shape, the hike is not bad at all. Once you get to the Marbleyard, however, it's no longer a hike. It's a "scramble" up the boulders. However, "scramble" is a relative term. For someone like me, who doesn't like climbing or unsure footing, this was a real test... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:09:34 EST Bloom Where You're Planted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348743 HollyM48 recently visited ClaireinParis. They had an absolutely wonderful time doing "mundane" day-to-day things. Having been to Europe a few times, my first thought was, "Well, of course! You're in France!" <BR> <BR> But then she posted a picture of some bluebells they saw while on a hike. I realized that I had seen bluebells here in Virginia on a hike with my daughter during the past week. I even took a picture, just like Holly did. <BR> <BR> Ordinary, daily life can become repetitio... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:41:30 EST The Long Haul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347942 April 12th was a milestone day for our family. Our second son officially became an Eagle Scout. He's a senior in high school and has been in scouting since the first grade. That's twelve years, moving through the ranks all the way from Tiger to Eagle. Here he is with my husband. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32def81d-b80d-4af0-9ab0-5f7529c27c44.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I remember the day he told me, out of the blue, that he wanted to do that. He was about 8 or 9 yea... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:26:08 EST Praise the Lord, My Soul!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346945 Today I have to go back to the sports doctor (and my GP) for my hand. Something is still not right. I sure hope the stress fracture is okay and it's just muscles & tendons that are the problem, because if that's the case, I can still use my hand and play piano while I treat the problem. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, I'm not feeling down or worried about it. I woke up this morning and just felt happy. I looked out the window at the sunshine and the birds and my first thought was, "Praise the Lo... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:44:20 EST An Extra Fun Run!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346031 I struggled a bit with motivation getting out to run today (Saturday, when I wrote this), but about 4 PM, I finally got in the car and drove over to the elementary school to walk and run around the track. As I was walking my warmup, something in the grass caught my eye. It was an Easter egg. I picked it up. Then I noticed another. I picked it up, too. Then another, and another... <BR> <BR> Soon I had six plastic Easter eggs. As I walked back to my car with these eggs, I noticed a smal... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:51:03 EST Go for It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345422 I did some further reflection after writing my blog post "You Were SHY?" <BR> <BR> We often hear the phrase, "Go for it!" <BR> <BR> My mother, who many of you know as Brooklyn_Born, has never been too shy to "go for it" - whatever it was. I am fortunate to have grown up with her example and wisdom. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share a fun side story about that 1982 piano competition - just one example of how BB was a role model in not giving up in a difficult circumstance and instead going aft... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 05:44:33 EST That Special Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345031 I have a confession related to my last blog ("I Chucked It.") I never did go for that extra walk. But wait - let me explain! I had a good reason. <BR> <BR> A few days prior, I received the CD of the performance of my children's youth orchestra concert. My son is principal trumpet and my daughter is 3rd trumpet. The pieces featured the brass quite a lot - to name a few - "Apollo 13," "Finlandia," "Phantom of the Opera," and "The Empire Strikes Back." I helped out in the percussion secti... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 08:37:13 EST Chucked It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344031 I've always had a hard time chucking food. <BR> <BR> Getting ready for my day, I saw the leftover Chow Mai Fun and spring roll from Sunday afternoon. Here's a sample of the thoughts that went through my head. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> "You should eat that for lunch today, before it gets too old." <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> "You really didn't like it all that much, you know. Just get rid of it." <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> "You spent money on that food. It would be a waste not to eat it." <BR... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 07:25:12 EST "You Were SHY?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343511 Yesterday, because a pianist friend wanted to see it, I posted to YouTube some rare video footage of myself competing at a piano competition when I was 12 years old. The year was 1982. Back then, there were no smartphones, and few people had video recorders (which probably wouldn't have been allowed in the competition, anyway.) However, this competition was broadcast live on cable TV, and they gave each contestant a VHS tape afterward of the entire show... which my parents still had. Dad ... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 06:16:28 EST Unexpected Ups... and Ups... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342339 I raced a 5K this morning. I checked out (what I thought was) the course map. Nice and flat along the bike trail. Great! <BR> <BR> I lined myself up in the middle of the pack. The gun went off. We entered the bike trail and then... what?? We're turning right? We're running up this steep hill? <BR> <BR> "Well, at least we are getting this hill out of the way at the beginning of the race," I thought. I realized I must have looked at the wrong course map. <BR> <BR> We looped back ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:31:59 EST Enthusiasm and Energy - Through New Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340171 About seventeen years ago, while I was attending a baby shower, the hostess passed around some index cards on which we were each to write some parenting advice for the new mother-to-be. I tried to think of a useful tip that she hadn't probably already read in some book or magazine, and I came up empty. So instead, I thought about being a parent in general and what is wonderful about it. I wrote: <BR> <BR> "The best thing about being a mother is getting to experience everything again for t... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:25:46 EST Single-Serving Packaging... Do We Need It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338681 If you Google "increase in single-serving packaging," you'll find a number of articles from the food packing industry. Did you know there is a "Packing Digest" publication or foodmanufacturing.com? I never thought about it. <BR> <BR> If you look at the price per ounce, it's much more expensive to buy single-serve bags and containers than a large size. Yet, they are growing in popularity. The packaging is designed to make the food or beverage easily portable. It conveniently fits in a pu... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:27:01 EST Lifting a Mother's Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338426 "A mother Is only as happy as her unhappiest child." It's something my mother, Brooklyn_Born, once said years ago and I've never forgotten it. <BR> <BR> First, let me reassure you that nothing is wrong at home. We've got three kids, ages 15, 18, and nearly 21. My 18-year-old had a massive amount of homework last night. He's in an early college program, so it's quite demanding. I look at what he does and I can't believe someone so smart came from me. (For the record, I think I am fairly... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:33:08 EST Patience... Yeah, Yeah, I Know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335425 We all know patience is a virtue. I am sitting here moping a little about this injury and not feeling very virtuous, I guess. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose it's not all that bad. It's not life-threatening and it should heal. I was inspired by the patience of my friend JeanKnee, who has slowly recovered from a pelvic fracture. I will put a link to her blog post at the end. <BR> <BR> So I tried to think of all the things I know to be true about patience. <BR> <BR> Slow and ste... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:48:41 EST They Look Like Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334666 The other day, my oldest son was off from school and I found him in the middle of watching The Price Is Right. I loved that show as a girl in the 1970s and 80s, so I sat down and started watching with him. The doors opened to reveal what some lucky contestant could win, and within a few moments, the thing that had my attention was not the prize itself, but the models. <BR> <BR> They didn't look like models. They looked a lot like me. I was surprised. I even mentioned this to my son. Wh... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 06:14:48 EST Do Not Squander Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334176 For the past few days, I've been dealing with pain in my left hand. I went to my GP today and she brought the sports doc in. Diagnosis: Stress fracture of the fifth metacarpal. NOT what a concert pianist (who has an engagement to play Rhapsody in Blue in 61 days) wants to hear. <BR> <BR> Now, the good news. I have two pieces of good news. <BR> 1. I should be fine fairly soon. Hopefully pain-free in two weeks. <BR> 2. I have already gotten Rhapsody ready and, if I were not injured, I ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:14:53 EST Thanks to You for These Two MILEstones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333280 This morning, I got quite a shock when I opened up my SparkPeople blog and saw the little sticker that yesterday's post was voted a Featured Blog. That's the first time that's ever happened to me. My mouth literally dropped open, and I joked that I might have to ice my chin after it hit the table. Seriously, however, thanks to all who voted for it. I'm simply glad when anyone enjoys what I write, but this was quite a boost and possibly the highlight of my day! (Edited to add: I only say... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:34:18 EST Someone's Gotta Be Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332742 I ran a unique kind of race on March 11th. It's a Predict-Your-Time 4-miler. You guess what time it will take you to walk or run it, and the race director writes your name on a big chart. The race clock starts ticking DOWN starting at 70 minutes. When your time rolls around, off you go. You can't wear a watch or timing device. The idea is that if everyone ran a perfect race, we'd all finish at exactly the same time... 0:00. <BR> <BR> Turnout was quite low this year, probably because of... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:49:05 EST Daily Goals to Curb Hunger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332210 A few days ago, I wrote about how filling a German breakfast is and how it stuck with me through the day while touring Munich. One Sparker suggested part of that might be because I was distracted by my new surroundings and activities. While I still believe a large part of it is due to the different foods I consumed, I think she may have a point. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that when I'm very busy, I don't think about food. I don't feel hungry. This happens when I'm practicing piano for hour... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:52:15 EST This Weisswurst Is Making Me Thirsty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331154 We discovered weisswurst in Munich. We liked it so much that my husband ordered it three times. I ate it twice. Of course, everywhere you eat in Munich, you have to drink their beer. I mean, it's Germany. You just *have* to drink their beer! I am not much of a beer drinker, but even I liked it a lot. We especially liked their Munchen Dunkel. I ordered a liter at the Hofbrauhaus. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c9bc6cc-fbf3-48fe-9e6c-36a1fb43328b.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 06:21:00 EST A Breakfast Revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330109 My husband and I ate breakfast four times in Germany. On the afternoon of the second day, as we were walking around the city centre, I remarked to my husband, "It's already 12:30 and I'm not hungry at all." He said he wasn't, either. <BR> <BR> We ate a very European breakfast each day. Cold cuts, an egg, cheese (camembert), brown bread (very dense), jam, yogurt, fruit, and coffee. This is very different from what we normally eat at home. Normally, DH eats a bowl of toasted oat cereal (t... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 05:39:14 EST Munich Piano Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329148 Home, sweet Home! <BR> <BR> We're back after spending four full days in Munich. We went because I was invited to play a piano recital at the Gasteig in Munich. It's a huge cultural venue, much like the Kennedy Center in D.C. So of course I jumped at the chance and accepted! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a453dba1-0c5b-49fa-8944-c3be8d50ad68.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I played the first of eleven recitals over the course of 3 evenings. It was billed as a "Pianomarathon." He... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 08:22:36 EST You Have Reached the Top of the Mountain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320762 "You have reached the top of the mountain: performance on the level of .....!" <BR> <BR> This was the only line of text in an email I (and 10 others) received early this morning from the man who has organized the "Piano Marathon of Master Amateurs" that will take place at the Gasteig in Munich, Germany next weekend. The other thing in the email was a picture of a poster promoting our event. It's posted on a pillar next to a poster promoting the upcoming recital of Murray Perahia. He's an ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:01:51 EST There's a SparkTeam for That! (Calling All Pianists!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320216 Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the vastness of SparkPeople. Seriously! But in a good way. There are so many things to help us on our journey to better health. Nutrition tracker. Weight tracker. Fitness tracker. SparkRecipes. Articles. Videos. Message Boards. Challenges. Blogs. Goals. Streaks. Trophies. Reports. SparkMail. <BR> <BR> And SparkTeams. <BR> <BR> I don't belong to too many teams, but I'm really excited to have found one that is dedicated to something I love. <BR> ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:46:12 EST