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/ My Youngest Nephew Emailed Me Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667714 My youngest nephew turned 9 this week and emailed me to thank me for his present. We don't live in the same time zone, so I hardly ever get to see him. This was the first email he has ever sent and it was to me! (Mama was over his shoulder). <BR> <BR> Yes, it is the little things in life! I love that little boy! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:28:37 EST This Week (Walking for Jack & Other Life Elements) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648493 Since I decided to do everything I could to improve my chances of being Jack's bone marrow donor, I have logged about 22 miles on my pedometer and started deliberately choosing foods that are said to improve bone marrow production. <BR> <BR> The changes seem to have had a positive impact on my energy level, which is great! I have not been sleeping well, both because of insomnia and getting used to a new neighbor's schedule and noise. <BR> <BR> My walking buddy at work is a few years older t... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:50:27 EST A Late Birthday Present to Me Coming in April! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639767 My company just announced a walking challenge and, for those who join, we get to buy FitBits at a subsidized price. I decided this will be my late birthday present to me. The challenge starts in early April and runs until midJune. My birthday will be almost the end of this month. The money is a bit of a challenge, but there's an extra Saturday this month so that means an extra day of pay. <BR> <BR> Plus, since I am really motivated to drop some tonnage, this is perfect! <BR> <em>244<... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:27:54 EST Another Fall - Ticked Off, Not Defeated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637067 Thursday evening, I walked with BF to Sports Authority intent on getting some new walking shoes. Almost there, I caught my foot in a sidewalk crack and did a dramatic four-point landing.. My lower back was tight above my left leg which is a smidge shorter than the right. <BR> <BR> I felt ok yesterday but for the knee, elbow and hand scrapes. This morning, I was a lot more sore. I was afraid I would have trouble sitting at job #2 all day. Very tired, I considered calling in. But I need ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 17:42:32 EST Inspired by an Email http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627513 Yesterday, I read one of the SparkPeople emails that came to my inbox. As I scrolled down the page, I saw one of those hints that people post to share how they succeed. As I read it, I thought, Hey, this is pretty good! To my utter amazement, I wrote it back in the fall of 2010! <BR> <BR> This is what I said: <BR> I have some physical challenges that limit what I can do. For that reason, I don't use the workout generator and cannot do a lot of the daily exercises. Thinking about that is a ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:12:08 EST Nothing to Say! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625037 I thought about writing a blog detailing the past few weeks and realized I have nothing to say. I am not doing what I know I should be doing in any fashion. Getting up, going to work and repeating that ad nauseum. <BR> <BR> I did hear through the grapevine that my part time job will have more hours. When a lady in the office goes out on baby leave, I will come in on Sundays to do her filing. Yes, working 7 days a week. Grateful for the $! I think, if it does not include covering the pho... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:44:44 EST Cilantro Crossed the Rainbow Bridge Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614397 Cilantro, the little tiny grey cat who ruled our home from the time she was weaned crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday afternoon. She sat on my lap for hours yesterday, something she would not normally do. She had been restless Saturday night. She did not sleep yesterday during the day which is something she would always do. Cilantro's throne was the bed and she allowed us to borrow it at night. <BR> <BR> She did not stay on the bed yesterday and nor did she nap in my lap. She sat up... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:56:27 EST Weighing Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600577 I've been mulling over how I interact with SparkPeople. When I started, it was fun to try to earn the level trophies. Even after I reached the highest level, I kept going, but it quickly became rote. I am bored by some of the point opportunities. <BR> <BR> Truth is, instead of being on the internet, I should be moving! I should also maximize the elements that should keep me moving in the right direction - interacting with my Sparkfriends, cheering them on, learning from and being inspired... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:43:34 EST Almost 4 Years Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599100 Before the end of the month, my 4 year Spark anniversary will arrive. Not a day to celebrate in that I am not at all where I thought I would be. I weigh more than I ever have, every time I move, I hurt myself....blah. <BR> <BR> But....my partner has gotten excited about changing to a plant-based diet and I am going to make the change with him. I hope it will encourage him to take better care of himself. I'm reading about it and trying to learn what I can so that we can succeed. <BR> <BR... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:30:17 EST I Declare 2014 to be MY Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577524 Three Things to Launch 2014 <BR> <BR> I absolutely will lose 50 pounds this year. I will not be at goal by year’s end, but, I WILL be so much closer! I WILL do this by setting SMART goals and streaks as I have learned in my years on Spark. In a sense, I am starting over. Sure, I could be downcast about this and part of me is, to be honest, but I am resolute. I will not waste 2014 as I did 2013. I start this year with a lot more knowledge than I have ever had about what the life changes ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:56:19 EST Pearl Harbor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559088 For many years, I have taken this day off from work as a personal day so I can mourn, pray and remember the events of 12/07/1941. I say "remember" in the honoring sense since I was born years after that dreadful day. I was at the USS Arizona Memorial on December 7 in the 1980s and cried buckets. I cannot look at the pictures or read about the events without crying. On that day, I saw a name on the wall and was stunned to realize it's a name in my family tree on my mother's side. <BR> <BR... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:41:37 EST A Lot Going On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554686 Thank you, Spark Friends, for your comments and goodies. I have not responded individually, but I am very appreciative. <BR> <BR> I have been going through the motions in terms of lifestyle change in terms of exercise and food choices. It's not that I don't care, I just can't muster the mental, emotional or any other kind of energy to act positively. <BR> <BR> Job #2 keeps changing. I am not sure how long I will have it. Job #1 is about to get very busy. One of my supervising attorneys ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 00:09:07 EST Thanksgiving at Grandmother's House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552306 Most of my childhood Thanksgiving Days were spent at Grandmother's house out in the country. She was my stepfather's mother and my mother always reminded me it was out of Grandmother's goodness that I was allowed to attend. (there were some when I did not, but that's another blog entirely and it was never because of Grandmother). She lived, literally, over the hill and through the woods, and we all loved the drive to Grandmother's! As soon as we crossed the river, we knew it was only a few... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:02:59 EST SF Batkid! The headline story in today's paper is a true feel-good story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542710 The Make a Wish Foundation and hundreds of volunteers teamed up together yesterday to give a 5 year old boy his super hero sized dream! Check out SF Batkid via any media source. I dare you to read about this young hero and not be inspired and not be in tears! Little Miles Scott has leukemia which is in remission, finally. The local and wider media has been full of this feel good story and it is so refreshing! <BR> <BR> The Foundation, the volunteers and this brave little boy are my newest ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:31:26 EST Food Blowout! However, I am Not Browbeating Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536111 Sandra, my still-new coworker and I were in the mood to eat out today. Neither one of us has eaten out in months. We ultimately went to Scotty's Seafood. She insisted on fried calamari appetizer. Then there was the chewy wonderful bread. I had salmon tacos and dessert. <BR> Thus, I blew my promise about sugar. <BR> <BR> My promise about soda is still intact. <BR> <BR> I don't know why I am not down on myself - that is not my normal response. <BR> <BR> I have no desire for dinner ton... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 20:58:36 EST A Promise to Keep or Hoisted by my own Petard (or Something!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535058 I came in to work this morning to find an email from my boss to the team scheduling a very quick meeting in the middle of the day. These are never good meetings - it's always bad news when an almost last-minute meeting is called with no hint about purpose. I get in early, so I had hours to think about what it could be and get anxious. (I can't help it - all the tricks in the book fail me). <BR> <BR> The last time we had a meeting like this, it was to announce that our General Counsel was ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 16:21:37 EST Derailed & Despondent, but I Still have Reasons to be Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534248 I have been feeling run down for far too long. Yesterday, I went to work and turned around two hours later. Curled up and slept for nearly four hours. I thought I would be recharged for today, but I still feel wiped out. <BR> <BR> Things seem to have changed at work or are changing. I'm feeling marginalized, but I am also aware that it could be coincidences. There's an all day seminar on Friday and I am not included while most of my team is attending. We're interviewing for a new stude... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 20:04:40 EST I Did Not Make Good Choices Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532407 All that Halloween candy at work today. Usually, I don't touch it. If I don't, I don't miss it, but sometimes, if I do, I don't stop. <BR> <BR> Today, it was not a binge loss of conscious awareness kind of thing, I was very conscious of the choices I made but I still chose not to do differently. <BR> <BR> This is not how I will achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> I know better! I just have to act on that knowledge. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:04:44 EST Gratitude Overflowing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530474 Today was the long day working at the dealership. They asked me to do something new today and I was apprehensive about how the new task might impact my ability to do the others. As it turned out, not much. I got everything done with time to spare. I do worry, though, that the call volume (or lack of) may make the owners decide to cut back my hours even further. Actually, worry is not the right word, There's nothing I can do about it, so it's more an occasional thought than a worry. <BR>... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:45:35 EST An Awful Day for Many Reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529537 I have not felt well today. Perhaps it was the post-adrenaline drop from worrying about Bill's needle biopsy. That is the least of the bad news of the day. <BR> <BR> Early in the day came the news of the gun violence at LAX. I learned, however, that none of my coworkers, according to our travel agent, were scheduled to be in that terminal at that time. Still, prayers for the wounded, for the traumatized and for the family of the dead, not to mention for the first responders and other c... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:08:46 EST Biopsy and Team Goals and Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528702 BF decided, after all, he did not want me there. The VA hospital is minutes by car or by foot from where I work, but he had a friend take him. I guess he thought I'd make a scene because he told me his appointment was at 3 and that I could just head home from work and he would be home around 5. <BR> I got home a few minutes after 3 to find him standing on the porch! He had already gone and come back. It's his prerogative, of course, and I know he has to deal with this in his way, but I do ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:47:11 EST His Biopsy Canceled for Today, May Happen Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527610 Thanks for all the comments on my recent blogs about my BF's upcoming biopsy. The VA canceled today's appointment and it might happen tomorrow... <BR> <BR> Thank you for the continued prayers and good thoughts! I feel your love and really appreciate it! Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:29:54 EST Tomorrow's the Day - Thanks for the Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526891 Tomorrow is BF's needle biopsy to see if he has stomach cancer. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:06:28 EST The Big "C"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524912 I just learned that my BF is going to have a needle biopsy at the VA Hospital on Wednesday. They suspect stomach cancer, the same disease that killed his mother. <BR> <BR> Obviously, I ask for prayers for him and for his caregivers. <BR> <BR> It's news like this that puts things in a completely different light. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:16:42 EST Please Pray for Paul and his loved ones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518730 Paul had a stroke last night and, at last word, too early to tell any sort of prognosis. His wife, his enormous family, we are all praying and would appreciate yours, too. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:17:51 EST Surreal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499660 I am the second born in my parents' marriage to each other. My older brother died when we were teens. Mother remarried shortly after I was born and had four girls. Dad remarried and had a boy and a girl. Then he married again to a woman who had 2 girls and 2 boys. <BR> <BR> I lived with Mother until 13 and met my dad. Mother chose to have very little contact with me during these intervening years and that meant my sisters were also apart from my life. <BR> <BR> Through the miracle of F... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:15:50 EST I Froze! (The Beginnings of a Parable) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498189 My club had elected me as our contest entrant for the evaluation contest and I was honored. I accepted and had about 3 weeks (3 meetings) to practice. Each one was better than the last. <BR> <BR> It looks as if, between both jobs, I am going to work at least 28 days straight, so I have been feeling dragged out. Yesterday, I had a headache. Not my usual migraine or my combination headache, just an ordinary headache. I took a nap in my car at lunch and it helped a little, but not enough... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:41:42 EST A NonSP Challenge Tonight! (Dad, I Wish You Were Here!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497186 I am channeling my dad tonight. My Toastmaster club is hosting the area evaluation and humorous speech contests. I am a contestant for the evaluation contest. Dad was a Toastmaster and I am, to my knowledge the only 2nd generation Toastmaster I know. <BR> <BR> I have felt his presence all day. <BR> <BR> I miss him and, yet, I feel very close to him tonight. <BR> <BR> Nervous? Sure! It is not about winning. For me, it's about the experience and the growth. I don't expect to win and w... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:39:45 EST so much to say and no energy to put it into words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486470 Yvonne, my friend/coworker was laid off last week. <BR> A former coworker died suddenly at 39 <BR> A neighbor has cancer <BR> I have been bingeing like crazy (I DO know better) <BR> My heel still hurts <BR> My computer at home is still down and, to answer some of the status comments from this week, I can't get to a library given my work schedule and I do not have a smart phone. <BR> <BR> What's going right? Some very much needed OT last week and this. Brings me closer to being able to pay m... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:40:40 EST Motherboard Failure, a Fall and my First Bib! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477134 I will be on SP (and internet entirely) very sporadically for most of the month of September. Sunday, the motherboard on my laptop died. Fortunately, I bought the Geek Squad coverage a few years ago. That will save me a minimum of $150 I don't have right now, but, in the meantime, I am out of touch. <BR> <BR> Tuesday night was the Corporate Challenge walk in San Francisco - my first ever bib event. I was determined not to fall, to complete the course and not be the last member of my corp... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 20:42:53 EST Home Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447636 My back is starting to feel better, but that's not saying a lot. Staying home from work. I hate to miss the work time and I know losing a day will add to my stress level and workload. I cannot find a comfortable position - stand, sit, walk. <BR> <BR> I think I'll take it as "vacation" because I am right at the vacation cap and have only 3 days of sick time left for the rest of the year. <BR> <BR> I wish I were in NM with my family! Homesick! My brother is there from Japan and my sister... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 12:22:57 EST At the Airport and Going Nowhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444657 I spent several hours at the international terminal this afternoon. My brother and nephew had an almost 8 hour layover before their next flight, coming from Japan and going to Albuquerque. I wish I could go with them! They will stay at his mom's house and my sister and her children will drive down from Colorado. <BR> <BR> I got in a lot of walking at the airport! Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:50:57 EST A Letter and a Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436717 Mother replied (see blog of July 9 if you have not been following). The letter was waiting for me when I got home from work Friday night. Her handwriting has sure changed! (It has been 37+ years!). The letter was nothing you might expect from a mother to a daughter. It was all about, of all things, shingles. Apparently she had them for about 3 months a few years ago. When I reply, she will learn that I have had them 5 times. I am still amazed that she replied! <BR> <BR> Today my car h... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:37:58 EST Totally Inspired by LDRICHEL's Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420808 LDRICHEL is one of my Sparkfriends and I subscribe to her blogs. We face some of the same issues and her outlook inspires me. Her latest blog speaks about happiness and how it may be found while working on other issues (such as weight loss) instead of waiting for that other issue to be resolved. She also shared some info about how to reprogram your thinking so that the focus becomes more automatic towards being positive instead of negative. <BR> <BR> She suggests: <BR> 1. Three new gratit... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:40:55 EST Sealed with Hope, The Card is in the Mail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416007 Last fall, my eldest (younger than me by about 3 years) half sister contacted me via Facebook with a question from Mother. Did I still collect post cards? I was stunned by the contact and by the question. <BR> I had no idea Mother remembered something like that about me. <BR> <BR> I was just in my teens when Mother kicked me out, sending me to live with Dad. At the time, I did not even understand what was going on and never dreamed that my life was forever changed. By her choice, there wa... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:45:44 EST Baby Step Goals Set To Get Me Going Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414847 I have been floundering, acting and living as if I do not care that I am nearly 70 pounds overweight. Motivation seems ephemeral and not nearly strong enough to keep me thinking positively, moving forward and making progress. <BR> <BR> I DO want to lose this weight! I DO! I DO! I DO! <BR> <BR> The problem is, I have not resolved my lifelong attitudes about exercise (I hate it. It equals pain and brings up that sense of failure.) I have not adequately dealt with my emotional baggage around... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:40:56 EST I Didn't Even Enjoy It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400626 I'd sort of forgotten that there would be an ice cream social at work today. If I had remembered, I would have reminded myself that dairy has not been good to me lately and that it is not on my Paleo plan. I would have been giving myself lots of self talk and visualized how I would have handled the temptation steps away from my desk. <BR> <BR> I did not. There were several flavors of Baskin Robbins ice cream. I had a lot, but not as much as I wanted! Yikes. As I ate, a coworker who's be... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:04:07 EST Sidewalk Crack Did Not Defeat Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398735 I started the day early by stretching with my KBs. It felt good to loosen that stiffness. I need to do that more often! <BR> <BR> Part of the Paleo lifestyle is Paleo fitness. Running as fast as you can in short bursts, climbing, lifting, playing...I dashed across the street on my way to work. I park almost entirely at the other end of the block so I had a fast walk after the sprint and it felt so wonderful! <BR> <BR> I could not decide which of several options to do during my 2 hour lu... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:57:50 EST Go, Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397704 I'm moving ever so slowly towards full embracing of Paleo food and lifestyle. I am eons away from being able to do cross fit or ...lots of other things. But, I have started doing KB supersets with my weights. (3#, 5#, 7# and sometimes 10#). I cannot do everything with the 10, but it is getting easier. My next goal will be to add the 15#. Yesterday's superset was still a challenge, but the 10 was a little easier. <BR> <BR> Apparently, there is a spectrum of "Paleo" just as there is vege... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:21:01 EST Tony Soprano and Other Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395710 I came home from work today to learn that James Gandolfini has died at 51. Far too young! The theme song from "The Sopranos" is stuck in my head. So sad! <BR> <BR> Today is the birthday that my twin "sisters" share and I thought of them every time I wrote the date. It's their mother who opened her home for me and likely saved my life that summer before my senior year of college. Mom will be 90 next month. <BR> <BR> I had a truly Paleo breakfast this morning: an egg and part of an avocad... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:27:53 EST The Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392559 I could not concentrate at work this afternoon. BF called to tell me a box had arrived. Puzzled. I have not ordered anything, did not expect anything. Then he read the name and return address. <BR> <BR> My heart stopped and I almost reached for my nebulizer. My brain stopped thinking and it was as if all of my thoughts were in a mental windstorm, blown about and impossible to connect. <BR> <BR> The box is from Mother. She sent me to live with my dad at the end of 7th grade and, othe... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:51:21 EST Jack, KBs and Paleo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379639 Late yesterday, I learned that my eldest cousin is back in the VA hospital. He has prostate cancer, the same thing that killed my dad. The latest news is that he now also has T-cell leukemia. I am devastated. Please pray for Jack, Norma and the caregivers. <BR> <BR> I actually lifted my KBs for a few minutes today. Back to beginner status since I have not been doing anything for so long. It felt good. I am following the advice I keep reading about starting small, doing what is do-able... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:53:58 EST Cat Treats II - But Seriously! (A Shout Out to _Ramona) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378562 I told several people my hilarious and true story about eating cat treats last night (see my previous blog if you missed it). A coworker said "meow" as she walked past my desk and said she meant to pick up catnip for me on her lunch hour. BF asked me this evening if I wanted wet cat food on my salad. It was fun! I have not laughed that hard or that often in a very long time. <BR> <BR> In a quiet moment, though, I thought about it. I suppose eating a few cat treats and not realizing I've ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 23:47:18 EST How Many Calories Do Taste-tations (Cat Treats) Have?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377247 I returned to my mostly Paleo diet today after being miserable the last few days. I had all kinds of digestive issues and nearly left my job on Saturday. I was irritable and moody. I had decided I would save money by eating what I have in the house (a year's worth of cereal, months of beans, rice, lentils). <BR> <BR> The financial situation is not improving. Thanks to some financial abuse, it's actually worse this month than it was before. But I need to take care of myself in some ways!... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 21:29:25 EST A Salute and a Cart of Paleo Goodness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376025 I intended to walk today, but my foot is just too sore. It hurts behind the ball of the foot. It was hurting on the arch earlier. <BR> <BR> Grocery shopping today was successful. I spent about what I expected to and have a fridge full of Paleo goodness. Yes, I am returning to it because I felt so much better eating that way. The financial pressures have not lessoned, so we will see how it goes. <BR> <BR> While I was at Grocery Outlet, an older very thin black man came by with his daugh... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:39:17 EST There but for the Grace of God... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371877 I live in an ancient mobile home in very poor condition with a seemingly endless list of fix-its. My salary does not go far enough and every week, I pray I still have both jobs. Oh, yes, I could work up a great pity party should I choose to do so. <BR> <BR> But not today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning, an explosion of sirens announced a disaster and the noise carried on for a while. The freeway is nearby, so I did not pay attention after I gave my usual "God be with the first responders" ... Wed, 29 May 2013 20:35:48 EST Memorial Day 2013 - Heartfelt Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369317 I always wanted to join the military. I tried each branch five times when I was a teen in Juneau, Alaska. It got to the point where the enlistment crew just shook their heads as I walked through the door. I could never pass the physical, but I really wanted to serve. <BR> <BR> My grandfather was in the Norwegian navy before he emigrated to the US. His engineering prowess was put to use in designing ships during WWII. Dad was in the Army during the Korean War, but he served in Europe. B... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:56:26 EST Happy Birthday, Baby Cilantro! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365006 Cilantro is our tiny cat who thinks she's the biggest cat in the world. Today she is 17. That would not be remarkable unless you know that she survived that horrid tainted Chinese cat treat scare several years ago. Every day since then has been a blessing! <BR> <BR> She sleeps next to me every night and snuggles first thing in the morning. Then she demands that we exit the bed aka her throne. Everything has to be her way. She runs the house and ignores Juneau, our Maine Coon, as much a... Wed, 22 May 2013 21:05:21 EST Praying for Moore OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362682 Praying for the victims, survivors and first responders. I have been through tornados and would not ever want to experience one again. This is just horrifying. Mon, 20 May 2013 19:43:08 EST The Last Straw? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361458 I wish I blogged with humor like Teeny Bikini, ChicChantal or Stonecot. I wish I blogged with the appreciation for movement like _Linda, Ramona or Nonie-C. I wish I blogged with the zest for self-improvement like OnToVictory or SkinnyInMyHead. <BR> <BR> I appreciate these gifted and sincere bloggers. But I also read something deeper than their normal spin. Beyond the humor, the zest or the drive, their words are suffused with positive attitudes in the face of adversity. <BR> <BR> Me? I ... Sun, 19 May 2013 19:50:51 EST