JANDK156's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JANDK156 JANDK156'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/ Personal best in darts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l76465248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's right! I shot a 171 last night in 501, three triple 19s! HOLY CRAP! It was AMAZING!!! <em>334</em> I also loved when one of the hottest men I've ever seen walked over from the opposing team to slip his arm around my back, and kiss me while congratulating me. *SIGH* <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 22:21:48 EST Forcing Myself Back On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148671 It's not easy! To anyone who is thinking of taking a break and taking their foot off the gas for a while, my advice is have a SHORT break and a re-start date in mind BEFORE you slack off, and a good friend who will kick your ass back in gear leading up to that date! I had the friend, but not the date LOL! Plan for this, people! <BR> <BR> I last tracked my food on Oct. 24th, so my little break was about 5 weeks off tracking. I exercised, even during 15 days of having no power after Super... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:22:34 EST Hanging in here, post-Sandy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121476 Hi all! Sorry I haven't popped in til now, but I know you will understand things have been rough here. My block and neighborhood actually HAVE power, but as I was chatting on webcam to a friend in Finland and showing him the storm live, a MASSIVE old tree in my front yard went down and his last image of me was a frightened face and me saying OH SH*T! ( I texted I was ok but he didn't get it, and I mailed him the next day when I found someone who had power and wifi). <BR> <BR> Anyway, si... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:44:04 EST I'm OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118056 90% of Long Island has no power and I am one of those hit. 2 massive trees went down from my property and one took out my power and the neighbor's as well as landing on 2 of their SUVs. The other landed on their garage roof! I don't know how to apologize enough about an act of weather, but I tried. I have another massive tree branch on the back of my tennis court, which took out 2 fences. No hot water, either. <BR> <BR> I am able to mail now cos my husband's coworker down my street ki... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:51:39 EST Lunch With The Lindas :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095635 Had a lovely lunch out with my girls today at a really nice Mexican restaurant in Huntington, NY. As luck would have it, there was even a parking space directly in front of the restaurant! <em>334</em> I have no idea how to track an enchilada and it was my very first time eating one (and first time eating plantains, too), so screw tracking for a day. Having tracked my damn food for almost 1.5 years now daily, yes, I am allowing myself a day off. We had a wonderful time, and despite mar... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:48:27 EST Busy Days and Nights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094245 I'm being productive and trying to find a few volunteer gigs and figuring out which of 5 I've found would suit me best. I think I'm going to go for 2 initially. One is volunteering with the Hospice Care Network, and the other is my local Hospital Auxiliary. <BR> <BR> I've had some ups and downs lately but everything is going well now. My younger son is still clueless as far as seeming to understand I'd find ANYTHING he says about his life interesting, and that after 3 days, he MUST have... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:11:42 EST Beach Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088279 I went to Robert Moses State Park, Field 5 today, a beautiful beach on the south shore of Long Island, facing the ocean. It was 76F and breezy, and apart from the cigar puffer upwind of me and the loud talking older man desperately trying to LOUDLY impress younger women well out of his league, it was peaceful. Ok, it was more peaceful with my iPod on <em>211</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I read a few chapters of my new book, Low Pressure by Sandra Brown. I ordered it earlier in the w... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 19:31:01 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086728 Short and sweet: <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> 1) Lose 5 pounds. I HAVE to start seeing the scale moving consistently downward instead of up and down. <BR> 2) Clean that friggin everpresent pile of clothes off the top of my dresser. This has been bothering me slightly for about a year now (yes, I know it's procrastination at it's best, but I am just THAT FRIGGIN' GOOD AT IT! LOL! ) Time to suck it up and actually clean it up and try on and get rid of stuff once and for all. I need to do t... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:48:40 EST Meh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082990 I won my battle and the war with the nursery owner. I've also resumed doing ST and cardio. My arms can swear to that! Dart leagues are fun and I'm playing really well at home in practice this week (let's hope this extends to the bar games!). I'm crocheting nightly on my Ice Crystals afghan project. <BR> <BR> [deletes realistic moaning paragraph] Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:04:33 EST Nursery Stuff or Is There A Lawyer About? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073552 So yeah... all 33 of the friggin 7' tall arborvitaes except possibly 2 died or are on their way out. The nursery told my spouse that it was a "bad batch" and WAS dug up at the wrong time, in the serious heat. Two other clients also complained all of theirs died. The nursery will replace them but told us we will have to plant them ourselves, hire them to plant them for $25mofo'in00 dollars and get a one year warranty, or hire someone. If they don't plant them, there IS no warranty. Nada, ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:05:00 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066782 Loved having my older son home for the long weekend, and wish my younger son had come home, too. Played well at darts last night but the other team must have been playing nightly for 30 or so years, they were so good! LOL! I saw one guy hit one dart with another so it stuck out from the end of the first dart thrown not once, but TWICE!!! <em>40</em> Scary good! We lost 9-10, so it was really close, and as always, great fun! Tonight, the xtreme team is away and I hope the bar we're pl... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:23:02 EST Great Night and Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058198 My competitive (as opposed to the "fun" team, as my captain, Krystina, calls them) had our season opener at home last night playing last year's champions. We lost the first several games, and then I won my 301 singles match (single in, double out) to get us one win. Alisha then lost her 01 match but then we started to pick up wins. I think I only lost one match last night, and it was damn close. I won 4 or 5 though, and doubled in on every first dart or first turn I played, and had the gr... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:05:47 EST Ooh, a Streak LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056487 Yes, it's 2 days in a row now I've gotten off my ass and moved. I hit the treadmill and worked out on my gym yesterday afternoon, and then played darts for 4 hours last night. (I only counted 80 cos I did stand around a lot, not being in every game, but I got to play a lot cos a) some team members didn't show, b) some were late, and c) my captain saw I was playing better than most and we were down, so I got more games). I had a really good time playing English Ray's team (I called him Ray ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:14:33 EST Starting to Feel Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053505 I've had a rough time of it the past 6+ weeks but I'm starting to feel better at long last. I got my permanent crown done today by my dentist and he did an awesome job. <BR> <BR> The GONE forum is going to be resuming challenges in October if not sooner. Karen and I have been discussing how we can keep things simple, so everyone can participate on whatever level they need/are able to do, and trying to also make sure it isn't time consuming completing loads of points entries, or rep count... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:14:46 EST Great Visit With Haze http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050339 My Scottish pal Haze arrived Thursday from Birmingham, England and we had a marvelous few days! We had a total blast Thursday night, drinking and enjoying a delicious price fixed menu with 4 other friends, and hung out poolside yesterday. Her bluish-white skin even got a wee speck of color (or so she insisted, LOL!). I totally went over calories Thursday and am retaining water weight (Aunt Flo should arrive any second), and don't care. it will pass. I had a great time and am glad I chose... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:38:06 EST Gardening with Grandma (joke) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046447 Gardening with Grandma <BR> <BR> A teenaged granddaughter comes downstairs for her date with this see-through blouse on and no bra. <BR> <BR> Her grandmother pitched a fit, telling her not to dare go out like that! <BR> <BR> The teenager tells her 'Loosen up Grams. These are modern times. You gotta let your rose buds show!' And out she goes.. <BR> <BR> The next day the teenager comes downstairs, and the grandmother is sitting there with no top on. <BR> <BR> The teenager wants to die. She... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:07:53 EST Life After My Sons Left For College (So Far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045530 It's been a week or so since I last blogged. I had a lot going on in my life. My sons went off to college, leaving me feeling temporarily bereft, and I don't like sharing misery. But they settled in nicely, they've kept in touch and even phoned (without prompting), and I'm happy they are loving college and life. And now, I need to get one of my own. LOL! <BR> <BR> Back in May, I saw a sign advertising a dart league and left my name and number. The guy who called me said they'd starte... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:27:54 EST My Babies Are Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036259 My sons left for college an hour ago. I was fine in front of them apart from one teary hug with my older son about 45 minutes before they left. I only cried after they'd pulled away, and somehow managed to pull out of it in under 10 minutes. I didn't want to look like an alien for a few days, all puffy-eyed and such. To help myself stop crying, I'd vowed to bring some potted impatiens from the backyard to plant in the 20" pot on my front stoop, to replace what squirrels killed. Not sure ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:40:30 EST No Sun, But Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032283 The sun wasn't cooperating with me today so I decided my time would be better spent looking for jobs online and starting a new crochet project (afghan). I also got a call from a girl who runs a darts team out of the place where I left my number back in May, when they were already 2 weeks into the season at the time I inquired about openings. My new captain's name is Tina and she offered me 2 leagues, one a very laid back Tuesday night league in which you play 3, possibly 4 games a night, or... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:19:19 EST If An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027081 ... What keeps the dentist away??? <BR> <BR> Make that dentist, oral surgeon, and endodontist. Two more and I can take a Trident gum survey. <BR> <BR> Had an apicoectomy a couple of months ago and the pain came back so I saw the oral surgeon again on Monday. He said my infection WAS massive, to be fair, and he told me at the time he might need to go back in. Well, guess what? The infection is back in force and he has to go in again and scrape it all out a second time and put me on ant... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:24:53 EST Tired But Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024061 I'm getting tired of SP, tired of feeling tired, and most definitely tired of being on antibiotics. Nope, 2 weeks wasn't enough, apparently, cos I now have to take 4 pills a day for the next week since the infection that gave me an abscess and led to oral surgery has to be repeated. But first, I get the joy of another root canal, on the tooth next to the first one. I came out of the oral surgeon's office today feeling very light-headed. I came home and sat on the couch with my second cup ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:43:20 EST Had A Great Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021158 Got loads of cards, flowers, a CD boombox for iPod and iPhone, a special coin from my best friend, and a lot of good wishes from friends on my football management game as well as several SP friends on Wed. for my bday. I also went out for a lovely Japanese hibachi dinner (lobster and filet mignon) and split an awesome drink called a scorpion bowl with my son: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832844871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My interest in SP is waning, so I've gone a ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:18:54 EST Taking The Plunge Job Hunting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005982 I enjoyed a week or so of quiet, taking a break from blogging, challenges, and just concentrating on healing and doing some more yardwork when I was able. My breast is healing beautifully and I've finally stopped coughing and have only 5 more days of antibiotics ahead. I wasn't really feeling up for it but due to some browning on my beautiful new hedge and a workshy younger son, I was back to work in last week's heat wave. That wasn't good for me or fun, but I did what I had to do and the ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 00:03:41 EST Feeling Drained (updated yard pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988346 (This is not a blog for the squeamish, just saying... Skip to the end for the pics) <BR> <BR> The yardwork has been a tremendous challenge but is also a source of tremendous pride for me, and for my older son, if not the younger one as well (in some small way he would never admit). I took a shocking, negative thing and turned it into a positive thing. I'm trying to do the same with another shock now, having found a lump in my breast recently, and had a surgeon see to it Tuesday. I was co... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:59:43 EST Day 13 of Yard Rejuvenation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982387 I now have 29 Emerald Green arborvitae planted and actually need 5 more! The light was fading and crappy when we finished today, so pics will follow tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Here's one of the first 2 hours and 10-15 minutes' worth of planting: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l212964316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I planted one to the left of the patio on Day 11, then we all planted 9 (including the 9' "finger") yesterday, then 8 in 2 hours and 15 minutes earlier today, before ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:42:58 EST GONE July Week 3 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981079 1) 1500 fitness minutes - at 1404 after today <BR> 2) Relandscape pool area and run drip line under mulch around new shrubs - Planting started in earnest today and 10 of the 29 shrubs are planted, WOO! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778266632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3) Start doing ST again 3 days/week as my muscles are mostly healed - soon as planting is done <BR> 4) See a movie with my sons while I still have them both here - Saw Ted with them on Sunday! <BR> 5) Po... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 22:48:27 EST Yard Rejuvenation Update w/ pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979702 Day 7 - Removed the bassa lilacs which had some of the most f'ed up roots I've ever seen! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l631100871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 8 - My son held a pole at 7' so I could walk around and see how much of the house of a gazillion renters I'd still see <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l994526984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 9' covered most of their deck, but sadly, I learned yesterday that my nursery did not get any 9'ers in t... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:24:25 EST Thunderstorms Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976993 Wicked lightning and thunder as well as near record high temps kept me indoors today and apathy kept me idle. I did my nails and not much else. The antibiotic ointment hurts when applied, too. Watching Chelsea's new signings and reserves thrash Seattle with my older son now. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:20:44 EST Lady In Waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975328 I'm still waiting to hear from the nursery if they received their expected arborvitae delivery, so I hope that will be tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'm also waiting for anyone in my house to ask me about my doctor appts. in the past 24 hours for a lump in my breast. <BR> <BR> And oh yeah, I'm waiting to see if the lump in my breast is an abscess, which was my first thought but which my GYN said he doubted last night, and a surgeon today is treating if it is. I go back a week from today and if m... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:38:05 EST Movie Day With My Sons/Messed Mess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972070 We finally went to see Ted today and it was funny. Can't say more without giving away some of the plot <em>211</em> . When we came outside, it was just starting to rain big, fat raindrops. We made it in the front door and the skies opened up and the thunderstorm was WICKED! It rained in sheets, power kept flashing, cable and internet went out for a few seconds several times (just long enough to reset for eternity). <BR> <BR> And in music news, Kent finished 'Messed Mess' and sent it to ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 23:18:41 EST July Week 2 WUB for GONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970581 1) 1500 fitness minutes <BR> <BR> ***This week was 402 minutes which puts me at 1,002 for the month <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2) Relandscape pool area and run drip line under mulch around new shrubs <BR> <BR> ***The whole yard is now cleared. Went to the nursery yesterday and learned they're currently sold out of the shrubs I need but will get them in Tues. or Wed. Gave the manager my number. The good news is since it's after July 4th, I'll get 40% off instead of the 25% I was told bef... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 22:24:25 EST Beyond Exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967907 Day 7 was killer hard. I'll blog about it tomorrow. I was too tired to even think to take pictures once we finished (apart from that one bassa grass clump that remains). Sweat literally streamed off our heads when we bent over at times. Tomorrow is a day off for us both cos we're just toast at the mo. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:41:48 EST Days 5 & 6 - Rejuvenation Project w/ more pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966011 Day 5, Friday, July 6, 2012 <BR> <BR> Alex and I dug up two clumps each of grasses but I broke mine up so I could dispose of them easier. One massive clump is drying out cos Alex didn’t break it up. He ran from the red and yellow giant wasp-like things several times, which made me LMAO! Bug wussy! :D We each loaded up the wheelbarrow with big clumps of grasses and dumped them out of the way in the very back of the yard which we’ll get rid of once it dries out so it’s easier to carry. I ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:26:46 EST Home Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964755 I slept a bit more last night, which was both necessary and refreshing. I seem unable to sleep past 8am and tomorrow, I'll have to haul my butt out of bed sooner rather than later after awakening cos my tree guy, Benjamin, and his crew will be at my house by 8am. <BR> <BR> My older son did nothing but water my flowers while I was gone. He was supposed to remove the clump of ornamental grass I mostly dug up that I needed him to split and dig up, but he wussed out claiming the ground-burro... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:41:56 EST Orientation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963116 My son ate 3 plates of food for breakfast when I could barely choke down 1.5 pieces of French toast. LOL! We headed to orientation and waited in line for 35 stupid pointless minutes while the morons at the front of the line took up 15 minutes of the 2 volunteers' time. I walked up there and asked what the hold up was, hoping they'd take a hint and go ask their questions at the information desk so we could just get my son's packet, but they stood there taking up so much time! I thought it ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 23:22:40 EST Road Trip With My Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961200 <BR> <BR> Ok, it's a trip to his university for orientation and he's 18 but he's still my baby! LOL! <BR> <BR> I barely slept last night, but I slept at least an hour cos I had a dream and saw the clock. I guess that's what I get for taking a day off work. I felt anxious about driving up here today but the trip went well. No nightmare stop-and-go traffic going over the Cross Bronx Expressway and George Washington Bridge, thank goodness. Only saw 2 dead deer on the left side of the r... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 21:40:59 EST July Week 1 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959750 1) 1500 fitness minutes <BR> <BR> *** Doing well here with 600 minutes logged, despite taking today off. <BR> <BR> 2) Relandscape pool area and run drip line under mulch around new shrubs <BR> <BR> *** It's going well! I've posted pics and videos of my progress as well. <BR> <BR> 3) Start doing ST again 3 days/week as my muscles are mostly healed <BR> <BR> *** This will wait until the yard is done cos honestly, I am working super hard now as it is and I think ST done formally will ki... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 21:26:13 EST Close Up of Cement-Like Roots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957080 I was stabbing at the cement-like roots of this clump with a spade, barely making a dent! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 20:43:14 EST Think Carefully Before Planting Ornamental Grasses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957073 This grass was purchased in about a 10 inch wide pot and planted 11 years ago. It grew to three feet wide and its roots are like cement! I dug up and removed this sucker all by myself in about 6 pieces, which left me breathless and literally dripping with sweat! I'm so proud of myself for having worked out and regained my strength this past year, so I am now ABLE to do this really hard work! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 20:39:01 EST Days 3 & 4 of Rejuvenation project w/pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956942 Day 3, Wed. July 4, 2012 <BR> <BR> Nope, I didn’t take the holiday off. I used the electric trimmer and cut down 1 small and 3 massive grass clumps in the pool area and trimmed the hedge of burning bushes behind the diving board. I pilled all the grasses into 2 piles so they could be picked up easily and bagged. Also raked a bit trying to contain some of the clippings. Unfortunately, both screws connecting the trimmer’s handle must have vibrated their way out and it was really tricky try... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 18:43:21 EST Day 2 - Rejuvenation project w/pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954063 Day 2, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today was “clear out some space and hack down ornamental grasses day”. Alex started the day early (wearing my old Gold’s Gym muscle shirt LOL!) and weeded the bed in front of the deck and attempted to dig out a small ornamental grass but needed help. He then bagged the waste and carried it into the garage. That took him 1.5 hours. Then it was my turn muahahaha! In the next 1.5 hours, I first dug up about 30 irises from within the grasses and put th... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:35:32 EST Day 1 - Rejuvenation of Pool area http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952773 DId a few errands and got my broken reading glasses fixed. $50 for a 30 second regluing of the ear piece thingy to the lens? Ok, see if I come back to you for my next friggin eye exam and glasses! They have some friggin' nerve! <BR> <BR> Swam earlier than usual with my older son. He did a 45 minute dance video then hit the pool and I swam a little faster and a little longer waiting for him to hit 100 laps. It was fun swimming with him <em>334</em> . As we swam, I was able to show hi... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 22:54:00 EST GONE July Goals Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950885 1) 1500 fitness minutes <BR> 2) Relandscape pool area and run drip line under mulch around new shrubs <BR> 3) Start doing ST again 3 days/week as my muscles are mostly healed <BR> 4) See a movie with my sons while I still have them both here <BR> 5) Post more in my Feisty Fireworks team chat thread and in the GONE forum in general <BR> <BR> Short and sweet. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 20:39:15 EST GONE June MUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949191 1) Lose at least 8 pounds. I feel like I'm on a roll now! <BR> <BR> *** HAHAHAH! Not. Next month then. <BR> <BR> 2) Complete a goals list in the next 2 days for a project Kent is helping me with <BR> <BR> *** Done, done and done again! I have actually completed many goals lists thanks to the Tree Killers and I have another little project to add to my growing list as well. I kind of wish I didn't have so many "challenges" (yep, that's what I'm going to call them LOL!), but I do and... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:47:34 EST Busy, Busy, Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947031 Where did the week go? Probably the way of my blog streak, but hey, I've been super busy! I have been measuring, calculating, sketching, taking pics and video, visiting nurseries, researching things online, and enjoying the pretty pictures Kent makes for me adding thujas/arborvitae into pics he had from B.M. (before the Massacre). Here is one sample of his beautiful work, wherein the giant shrub is a bit symbolic (LMAO!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78814... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:52:54 EST Tuesday Realisations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943999 Pardon my English spellings but I can't be arsed to cenor myself and make my rant American-esque. I have been quite bedise myself and fighting it for 8 days since my ahole neighbours decided cutting the lower 15 or so feet of branches off a 30+ year privacy barrier in their yard would be a good idea. <BR> <BR> IT'S <BR> <BR> FRIGGIN' <BR> <BR> NOT!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> DUMBASSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I've been ho... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:30 EST Thunderstorms Galore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942495 I lost cable tv and internet service this evening and it was so BORING! LOL! I did some extra work on my project despite my head still spinning a bit from tons of counting and math. I don't enjoy doing a lot of math but it's a necessary evil. <BR> <BR> I had service 2.5 hours later which I suppose isn't terrible but initially, they told me they'd send someone over on Wed. and I was like, "Sorry, but that is completely unaccceptable. I'm up late at night so tonight would be best." LOL! ... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:35:25 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940602 Aunt Flo arrived a day early and the good news is my weight hadn't really increased beforehand! Granted, I gained back 2 pounds I thought I'd lost (or weighed in dehydrated, possibly? over a week ago, days after recording the loss), but if I lose the usual 5-6 of bloat, I should be below where I was by 2-3 pounds. Guess I'll find out next week. <BR> <BR> I don't seem to be able to swim without someone from behind my fence smoking and having it blow in my face. It hasn't mattered what time... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 19:58:58 EST GONE Week 3 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939183 June Goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Lose at least 8 pounds. I feel like I'm on a roll now! <BR> <BR> *** Not there yet. <BR> <BR> 2) Complete a goals list in the next 2 days for a project Kent is helping me with <BR> <BR> *** <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3) Finish all my planting, trimming, chainsawing, seeding bare spots in the lawn, and possibly kill an ornamental grass or two cos they've taken over and killed off a lot of daylilies and irises. <BR> <BR> *** Haven't chainsawed yet as I'm in mo... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:40:32 EST Graduation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938268 As many of us who had to suffer through graduation two years ago hoped, it poured and thunderstorms hit on and off all afternoon! <em>244</em> We wanted this because so many people felt sick from the heat we experienced sitting in the burning sun on the high school's track and field bleachers. This year, it would have been even hotter (pre-storms) after 2 days of record breaking heat here in NY and on Long Island, with temps hitting 95F and the heat index at 100F. <em>198</em> <BR> <B... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:31:52 EST