JUNEAU2010's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUNEAU2010 JUNEAU2010'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/ The Sun has Dimmed Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202033 A few minutes ago, my eldest sister Mary sent me a message that one of our other sisters, Jenny, died yesterday. I know no more than that. The last time I saw Jenny was in June of 1971 when Mother sent me to live with my dad. Two weeks later, our older brother died saving a boy's life. <BR> <BR> In recent years, thanks to social media, I got back in at least minimal touch with the two older sisters and the youngest, but Jenny was never in touch. These are the sisters who have children a... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:36:05 EST Grieving heart, stuck scale and a bad taste in my mouth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197826 For months, I have been dismayed by the hateful words and hateful actions that fill news reports. This week's events just deepen that sadness. This is not the place for me to say all that is on my heart about it, but I will briefly comment that, as far as I am able, I do have some understanding about various kinds of discrimination and hating someone just because they are different. I empathize with my black friends and coworkers who worry for their children, I have friends and loved ones ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:34:31 EST Fourth of July Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194784 2016 has, so far, been a year of no leftover brain power. By the time I get home and can log on to SparkPeople, I don’t have much energy for interacting, much less blogging updates. Here we are just past the halfway point of the year and I see no changes in the near future. <BR> I am still a paralegal at the nonprofit corporation and I still work at the dealership on Saturdays. I sometimes work on Sundays at either or both jobs. That leaves little time for the logistics of life. Even run... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 18:43:40 EST 2016: Day 27 Day of Remembrance, Prayer and Caution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081008 Today: 8,244 steps and 3.11 miles. Under goal, but I may need to adjust my goal. Increasingly tired every day and fatigue makes falling ever more a possibility. I left work exhausted and decided not to try to make the 10K steps. <BR> <BR> But, life is full of more than my fitness journey. A friend had a bad fall, wrecking her recently repaired knee. Another friend is having surgery for cancer and cataracts. My walking buddy at work left early today, just as we were about to walk. Her... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:40:35 EST 2016: Day 26 - Missing the Mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080085 8427 steps, 3.2 miles both below goal but far better than I used to do. <BR> <BR> I have not yet solved the reasons for my inability to walk and the intermittent problems that prevent me from walking, moving with confidence. <BR> <BR> I am tired. I can't take a day off and I would love to do so! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:37:29 EST 2016: Day 25 - My Family is Safe & I am Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079144 I took yesterday off and was, apart from errands, a couch potato. I also found out that my family in Virginia is ok. They are snowed in, but everyone is warm and safe. Very thankful! <BR> <BR> I am still having anxiety about walking and am not confident, but...I logged 10,127 steps for 3.82 miles. I will also meet my water goal. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I need to find time to submit an expense report. I got approval for reimbursement. That repayment will be very handy when the bill comes i... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:03:30 EST 2016: Day 23 - I Made it, Sort Of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077393 I did not meet my goals, but the fact that I did anything is progress. <BR> Over 6K steps and 2.27 miles. Water goal met, I think, but not sure. I switched containers in midday and lost track. <BR> <BR> I wore coffee today. Good thing I sit in an office by myself all day. I hate it when that happens! <BR> Surprisingly, I was not as sore as I feared, so I stayed at work almost all day. I left when the hints of migraine started. I don't think it will materialize, but I am very glad to be... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:39:22 EST 2016: Day 22 - The Good, the Bad (or Neutral) and the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076605 A tip of the hat to Clint Eastwood with my blog title. Today is a friend's birthday so, every time I wrote the date, I thought good thought about him. I also learned I get to mentor one of our students starting next week on a very long project. Those were the good. <BR> <BR> The bad or neutral is the fact that I did not meet my Sparkpeople goals today. I walked only once today for less than 8K steps, 2.91 miles and will end the day shy on water. <BR> <BR> The ugly was the reason why the... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:47:47 EST 2016: Day 21 - Discouragement Turns to Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075760 I am still having trouble walking. The trouble is not physical, at least not my legs or feet. It may be something between the inner ear sense of balance, the eyes and the brain or it could be just vision issues. Not at all sure. I can walk inside buildings with almost no problem and at a good pace. Walking outside such as from the building to my car across the parking lot is terrifying at times. It's almost as if my body and brain freak out. I have not fallen, but I have been frozen an... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:00:22 EST 2016: Day 20 - Not Quite With it Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074785 Steps 7972 <BR> Miles 3.01 <BR> Water 6 glasses so far <BR> <BR> Not feeling great but not terrible. <BR> <BR> I did not have to use the cane all day, but did rely on it some. I feel unsafe outside so I wonder if something else is going on. <BR> <BR> My cousin's daughter posted a picture on FB. She will have a baby boy in about 12 weeks. My cousin, her mother, died in a car accident almost 10 years ago. I can't help but feel for Ally. I know she's thrilled, but there is an emptiness... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:57:33 EST 2016: Day 19 - Yawning as I Write http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073941 Today was nonstop busy, but not physically busy, mentally busy. It was the kind of day when you are so busy and you look at the clock and are amazed that it is already lunch time. I missed my midmorning walk, had a short lunchtime walk and a short walk after work. Now I am supposed to be studying, but am Sparking while I wait for the coffee to kick in. <BR> <BR> It rained most of the night and part of the morning. By the time I was driving home, there were clouds, blue sky and no rain. ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:30:59 EST 2016: Day 18 - Progress Continues in Spite of it All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073030 I met my water goal by lunch time. I can't remember the last time that happened! <BR> My Fitbit says 11,211 steps and 4.23 miles. <BR> <BR> I am having trouble walking but I am not letting that stop me. I am starting to like adding the steps and miles. This is different somehow. <BR> <BR> Work is exhausting in every way and I am always tired anyway. <BR> <BR> Not much else to say. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:38:03 EST 2016: Day 17 - Yesterday and Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071799 I did not get online to blog yesterday. I worked all day, cut out early and went to the hockey game last night. The Sharks beat the Stars, winning in overtime! We had great seats and could see the entire rink. The food was ok and there was no chance to overeat because we got there so late there was almost nothing left. <BR> <BR> I had thought I would not make my exercise goal yesterday. What I did not meet was my water goal, but I exceeded both steps and distance. 11790 steps and 4.45... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:07:18 EST 2016: Day 15 - "You Put the Wrong Stuff Back!" I Wanted to Scream! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070508 I will meet my water goal of 8.5 glasses. I exceeded, but only slightly, both my step and my mileage goal (10675 and 4.03 respectively). When I got home, I studied for a few minutes, ate something and eventually decided to take a short walk. My Fitbit told me I needed X steps to reach my goal (fewer than 1000), so I walked to the corner store with my cane just in case. <BR> <BR> I live in what might be the poorest city in San Mateo County, California (on the Peninsula about halfway betwe... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:40:23 EST 2016: Day 14 - Cane and Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069683 The inner ear balance troubles caught me again. I had not needed my cane since about 12/3/2015. It hit me in the middle of day. Despite that, I did 3.98 miles and 9515 steps. I will also meet my water goal. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:55:02 EST 2016: Day 13 - Exercise! Back in School! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068824 After doing nothing yesterday, I walked over 13K steps and 5 miles. I also will meet my water goal. This is starting to feel automatic and I have NEVER felt that before about exercise! <BR> I am blown away! Do I notice my clothes are looser? Maybe. I am not sure. I have not weighed since my last doctor visit (late December) and have not measured in forever. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I am succeeding! <BR> <BR> I took the first class in my next educational opportunity. I will do the final e... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:09:31 EST 2016: Day 12 - Derailed for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067963 I took a sick day very reluctantly. I could not get up this morning (boy, am I tired of feeling that tired every day!) but I did get up. But I did not dare go very far from the facilities. I feel somewhat better now, but. bleh! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will get back on track. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:55:14 EST 2016: Day 11 New Territory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067015 I forgot to blog yesterday! Not much happened despite better intentions. <BR> Today is different! <BR> 8 glasses of water <em>248</em> <BR> 10K steps <em>248</em> and exceeded <BR> 3.75 miles walked <em>248</em> and exceeded <BR> <BR> Thank you for the support! The comments, the goodies = keeping me plugged in! I appreciate you! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:48:43 EST 2016: Day 9: Attitude of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065314 I never know what to expect when I get to job #2 on Saturdays. There is always work to do, but, sometimes, I have time to study after the filing is done in between the phone calls. Not today. There were piles of paperwork with notes on them from the staff that works in the office during the week. My heart sank a little. I knew I would not get to study, but I was sure the volume meant I would definitely be working on Sunday. That's a double-edged sword. I can use the money, but it would... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:02:51 EST 2016: Day 8 - GOAL MET AND EXCEEDED! (I CAN Do This!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064374 Just tallied my steps and miles for the week. I set a goal of 20.16 miles each week. I walked 21.14 miles and I still have tomorrow to count! <BR> <BR> When I set the goal, I figured 3.5 miles during the work week and then the balance on the weekends would give me a buffer in case, as happened this week, I have a day when I just can't do it. It was a daunting goal to think about. I didn't think about it, I just added steps. That is to say, I chose to walk the long way from point a to p... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 21:20:13 EST 2016: Day 7 - Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063525 Fitbit #1 says I walked 13514 steps, 9 flights of stairs and covered 5.1 miles. Fitbit #2 says I walked 13582 steps, 7 flights and 5.12 miles. I think I am close to 17 miles of the 20.16 I want to put in this week. <BR> <BR> My lower back still acts up, so I can't walk long distances yet, but I can walk plenty of short distances! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 21:24:07 EST 2016: Day 6 - Took the Day Off in Every Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062415 Absolutely nothing to report. I took the day off from work, from exercise, from everything. I am wiped out! Wed, 6 Jan 2016 18:57:00 EST 2016: Day 5 - First Walk w/Working Walking Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061627 Short and not so sweet: I overate today and did not walk as much as I have been. I have two fitbits and one captures more steps and when I do stairs. The newer one does not record as many steps and is hit and miss on the stairs. I left the "good" one at home and had to use the other. <BR> <BR> It was a rough day from the beginning. I was driving to work in the much needed rain (very heavy rain) and realized I could not see. About a block from home, I realized I was so tired, I left h... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:45:40 EST 2016: Day 4 - Sparking Today!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060491 I decided to start the day by walking 2016 steps purposefully. That meant that I could not count the steps I had already taken getting to my desk. My back got pretty sore before I finished that first walk. Throughout the day, I added steps every chance I got - walked the long way from my desk to the ladies room, made several trips to the scanner etc. When I had to go from one floor to another, I took the stairs going up. I cannot easily go down the stairs, so I had to walk around to eith... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:22:09 EST 2016: Day 3 - Retooling Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059168 I am fighting some sort of bug today and did not think I wanted to leave the house. I did go to work, but did not stay long. However, I did work in as many extra steps as I dared. My Fitbit says I put in just over 5K, less than what I thought, but, realistically, about as much as I could handle today. <BR> <BR> _Linda suggested I add a small number of steps every day and that will be much more manageable for me than going from 5K to over 10K. BOBCATGIRL inspired me in one of her recent b... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 18:22:35 EST 2016: Day Two = Emotional Eating - Relearning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058457 Today is one of those days I wish I could redo. It was so cold that I chose not to walk at lunch. When it's this cold, I am so stiff that I fear falling. But I could have walked up and down the stairs and done circuits around the office. Instead, I cut my lunch short and worked some extra time - I put money ahead of my health. Yesterday, I got in something over 5K in steps and did not come close today. <BR> <BR> Thanks, _Linda, for the increasing steps advice. Despite today, that is my... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 22:43:28 EST 2016: Day One = 17 Week Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056848 Happy New Year! <BR> I am focused on the first week in May. I've been chosen by my primary employer to contribute to the biggest awards event of the year. During the first week of May is the awards banquet. I am not receiving an award, but I am on the committee that selects the recipients and, as such, will be invited to this special event. That means photos. I am NOT going to look like I do now! <BR> <BR> I've already lost about 10 pounds since I was selected. Now I need to put the e... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:20:44 EST Charging my New FitBit = HUGE Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045621 I lost my Fitbit Tuesday. No idea where. Cannot find it anywhere. I felt naked without it. I told myself while I was walking today that I was not going to let the fact that I have no idea how many steps I was taking be an excuse not to walk. <BR> <BR> An email brought a small coupon. I really thought about it. Money is tight. I am already working two jobs, almost always 12 hours a day. Next year, I could lose my primary job. Next year, there is a strong likelihood that a huge bill w... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 22:09:24 EST Back from the "Coming Week" (OR why I have a cane) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020959 Last Monday, I left my house at 2:40 am to catch a flight from SFO to Knoxville TN through DFW. The attorney in KNX wanted me to attend the staff meeting, but I did not make it. There was a short delay in DFW while we waited for a plane and a crew. Then, when I got to KNX and picked up the rental car. I turned right around and turned it back in. It was a Chevy Spark which should have been ok. I did not feel safe in it. I am under 5 feet tall and, even with the seat all the way forward, ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:45:58 EST The Coming Week and Other Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016988 I did not work at job #2 yesterday. I felt dizzy all day. I am sure it's partially due to sinus pressure from fall allergies, but I also have felt as if I am on the verge of catching something. Can't do that! <BR> <BR> I am leaving my house at 2:45 tomorrow morning for a flight to our office in Knoxville, TN. I have never been to that office, so that will be interesting. I am being flown there to train our newest paralegal. Her boss wants her to learn everything I know, which is a bit... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 11:56:18 EST Barbara and Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011854 I learned today that a former coworker has died. Barbara was the teacher in the class where I was her teacher's aide. She was a saint! What a gracious, loving, tender, patient woman. There are not enough superlatives to heap upon her memory. She had two children, one of whom was a student in another classroom and the other was severely disabled. Barbara could calm Billy when no one else could and she did it with such love. I had been thinking of Barbara a lot lately, did not even know s... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 21:44:04 EST I am not ready to be the eldest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901804 I can't believe how long it's been since I last blogged. I used to be quite regular about it. Working 7 days a week is taking a toll on me mentally. I come home too tired to string a sentence together. So much is going on. I walked into a glass door with my forehead so hard that I fell backwards and hit the back of my head. Concussion #1 in late February. Just over a week ago, concussion #2: tripped on a crack in the asphalt of the handicapped ramp to the post office. Making a very s... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:46:41 EST 2015 Goals, Not Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843331 MICHCLEARY inspired me. This year, I have several big picture battles to win, some of which won't necessarily be part of my SP journey. But insofar as SP is concerned, I am going to log in every day, if only that, to stay connected and the remind me that this journey is worth taking. <BR> <BR> I am going to do some small and achievable streaks with the goal of getting exercise integrated into my lifestyle. A coworker and I will do some walking! I am blessed to have her in my life! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:35:36 EST Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829274 I don't do anything Christmas related, generally speaking, until after December 7. I was not alive when the event happened, but this day tugs at my heart like no other. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:02:29 EST Short Comments and No Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826496 I upgraded to a smartphone and am not feeling very smart. Aside from the differences of the phone itself, this also points to my eye-hand coordination issues and the fact that I have stubby fat fingers. Thus, my recent comments have been exceedingly short. I don't have internet access for my laptop at home - my phone is supposed to be able to "tether", but my bluetooth computer is not cooperating. (I hate technical issues!). <BR> <BR> Trying to do anything on the SP site on my phone is N... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:14:41 EST A (Red, White and) Blue Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815161 Today was Veterans Day - a day I usually take off in remembrance and contemplation. But I will be on "vacation" Thursday and Friday traveling to my beloved Mom Angell's celebration of life service. Tomorrow will be spent at an all day seminar on legal presentations. I don't need the hours credit for my Continuing Legal Education requirements, but it's a chance to learn new things and meet new people. It's put on by the local chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel and, as a paralegal,... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:39:13 EST Mom Angell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801004 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l744695105.jpg"> <BR> Just sharing a picture of her from shortly after my college days. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:41:19 EST In Tears - Prayers Requested http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798769 Home sick today, but that pales in comparison to the email I just received. Mom Angell is failing, is not expected to live more than a few days. I ask for prayers for her, her caregivers and all of the family. <BR> <BR> I am supposed to be at a seminar next week and the delayed anniversary celebration play days with my honey. It's all paid for except for meals and fun. I can't decide what to do. Do I cancel this and go to Missouri for maybe a funeral or wait until they do the memorial i... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:11:09 EST An Odd NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796539 I've been making poor choices with food and with my time lately. But this week, I started to turn things around. Drinking more water, eating somewhat better and at least having a passing familiarity with portion control. <BR> <BR> Today, my slacks felt a bit more loose. I fell during my lunchtime walk. I have not fallen for a while and I had not been doing much walking because I really hurt myself the last time I fell. Today, I did not land fully on my knees and, while I struggled, I ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:02:41 EST I Need to Forgive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789293 The title might lead you to think this is going to be a long and deeply introspective blog. I could write one of those if I chose. There's at least one in me. But I don't have the mental or emotional energy to approach that right now. <BR> <BR> A manager who works a few doors down from my cube came in last week with a cold and I now have it. I lost pay yesterday since I did not go to either job and will lose overtime this week because of the cold. I do have sick time that I used for tod... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:47:29 EST No Corporate Challenge for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779942 I spent 4 hours or so at Kaiser today when a chronic and intermittent pain in my foot worsened. It's swollen and sore, spasms of hot pain and feels as if something is broken. <BR> <BR> Tuesday is the corporate challenge walk around AT&T Park where the San Francisco Giants play. My entry fee was paid back in July. The doc today said she wouldn't bar me from going, but she does not recommend it. I fell last year and did not complete it. I really had hoped this year I would cross the finis... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:52:09 EST Heart of Maia - I am Heartbroken! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778261 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1158693806.jpg"> <BR> Maia died on her first birthday. She'd spent most of her year of life in the NICU. Like her older sister, she was born with some pretty awful heart defects. Her older sister lived just over 24 hours. The docs told the parents that the condition was so rare that it was unlikely by some astronomical percentage that it would ever happen with another baby of theirs. Maia's heart was not as damaged as Grace's, but I had... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:41:36 EST W-A-A-Y Too Much Going On and Yet, Not Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773637 Here it is almost 2 months since my last blog. I have not been as active on SP. A lot going on, things I could blog about but I have been too tired to string a sentence together. Then, I have been running out of internet access on my data plan before the clock resets. Can't afford the sticker shock of going over, so I have been offline a lot more often. <BR> <BR> For the first time in my life, I am facing the fact that I am afraid of falling. I fell so hard the last time that it took we... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:06:29 EST Please Pray for Bill, Carmen and Paul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734117 I came home from work tonight to learn that the coroner called my partner today to let him know they found his younger brother's body this morning. He died suddenly and the siblings are reeling. They already lost another brother several years ago, right before both of their parents died. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:27:33 EST Happy 238! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732148 <em>652</em> I love this country! Thank you to all who serve in uniform and those who support those who serve. Thanks to all first responders and their families. Thanks to all the teachers, crossing guards... <BR> <BR> Thank you to all who put in an honest day's work. Thanks to those who have the courage and vision to start companies and employ people. <BR> <BR> This great country survives because of all this. I love being on the journey with you. <BR> <BR> Happy birthday to all of u... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:38:55 EST Getting to know your Spark neighbor (lifted from ClaireinParis) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731582 1. Chewing gum flavor - I rarely indulge, but it would be cinnamon <BR> 2. Favorite season - spring or fall <BR> 3. Toenail polish color - if I wore it, it would be any color with sparkles <BR> 4. Favorite pie? - Mother's home made cherry (or mince) <BR> 5. First record I ever bought - John Denver's Greatest Hits (first volume) <BR> 6. Current perfume - none, but it would be plumeria or gardenia or rose <BR> 7. Trophies? - apart from SparkPeople, Toastmasters, work-related stuff <BR> 8... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 22:53:38 EST A Happy False Alarm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722995 My cell phone rang after I got to work. Usually, it's my partner and he knows I can't take calls at job #2. But it was my beloved stepmother in another time zone. It was early for her, so I said I was at work and she hung up. After a moment, long enough for panic to set in, I called her back. She NEVER calls that early, so what could it be? <BR> <BR> False alarm! Nothing is wrong - she just dialed my number by mistake. So thankful! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 19:57:35 EST "Be Careful What You Wish For" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707051 Four years ago next month, I graduated summa cum laude with my AA in Paralegal Studies. I am more proud of that than my BA in English that I earned years ago. I put a lot more into this degree and was sure it was my ticket to financial success, career satisfaction etc. <BR> <BR> During the intervening four years, I have changed jobs at the same company several times and have had several bosses. My latest is a fantastic man, a wonderful manager and, from what I can tell, a very good lawy... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:21:10 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703618 Memorial Day is not a "Happy Holiday" kind of day. I cringed when I heard someone say that on the radio yesterday. <BR> <BR> My brother is currently on his 2nd tour of duty in Afghanistan, on loan again from the Navy to the Army. The last time he was there, his roommate was killed along with a nurse on the base when a local militia man opened fire. Frank challenged the shooter and is now interred at Arlington. His bride a widow and no children to carry on his name (Frankie Toner III). H... Mon, 26 May 2014 14:51:14 EST Syttende Mai http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697381 May 17 is Norwegian Constitution Day. I wish I had grown up knowing more about my heritage and my grandfather's native language. By the time I met him, he was forgetting his English and I knew almost no Norwegian. Some of that was the time and the generation. He did not teach his children about their heritage because "we are Americans". He came to the US in the 1920s. <BR> <BR> Dad, as he got older, towards the end of his life, became more Norwegian than I had ever known him to be. Per... Sun, 18 May 2014 00:29:30 EST