LASARRE's SparkPeople Blog LASARRE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Pilates and stuff Did pilates for the first time yesterday. Instructor was very good. She is trained in working with people with lots of injuries and was very careful in what she was having me do. She decided immediately that I was right, the mat is not for me. Too many injuries. I decided to keep going and I will start at twice a week. I am pretty sore today, but I'm thinking that is normal considering I was using muscles I have probably never worked before. <BR> <BR> On another note, I checked on my riding ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:08:42 EST Where Did this Month Go? Wow, I can't believe it is the end of June. The last time I wrote a blog was at the beginning. It has been a really busy month with some ups and some downs. <BR> <BR> Continuing on with the dog saga. The neighbors decided to go after my insurance. I talked to my attorney last night and he said that's what the insurance is for. He will put himself down as contact person for me, but he said that the insurance company will hire an investigator and an attorney to determine where the fault lies. ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:31:42 EST Frustrated (Warning Rant Long) It seems like everything is falling apart this week. First there is the issue with the dog. She is on Quarantine and can only go outside on a leash. This is not working well. She has a fenced back yard and is used to running out. Yesterday, my son and my husband reinforced the entire face which was pretty loose. Today, my husband is adding wood in between the pickets to turn it into a privacy fence. <BR> <BR> I am so angry because the only reason my dogs starting going to the fence is becau... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:54:40 EST Ridiculous Where I do appreciate the safety of my new neighborhood, I do not appreciate the people who think they are better than everyone else and their kids can do no wrong. We had appointments all day starting at 12:00 today and finally got done at 5:30. Some turned out well others not so good. <BR> <BR> We finally got to lunch/dinner at 5:45. I get a frantic call from my daughter that some guy (our next door neighbor) walked into the house and they were calling the police. Sarah didn't know what he... Sun, 31 May 2015 22:31:24 EST Photos We spent yesterday fixing up the rec room. We now have all the exercise equipment in place, the bar set up and the furniture set up. It's been a while since I posted photos and Winter is getting so big. Here are just some fun photos we took yesterday: <BR> <BR> Brian and the "Accepted Offer" bar <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Winter and Sarah laying in the rec room <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 May 2015 11:32:30 EST I Don't Get It Why is it that people feel that what you ask them not to do with your dogs, it is ok to do. My SIL and BIL came over yesterday. Most of you know that Summer can get weird with other people especially in her own home. I think she has some PTSD from when we were living in the other house. We have been able to get her to listen by using pet corrector. One of my BILs she really doesn't like. Then, again, neither did Sydney. There is just something about him. He doesn't ever talk to the dogs. He j... Mon, 25 May 2015 14:08:59 EST Settling In Time goes so fast. I can't believe it has been since the 4th since I have written a blog. I was so stressed in the other house that I used to write every day. <BR> <BR> Things with the new house are wonderful. The neighborhood is quiet. It is so quiet that I fall asleep by 11 and am up by 7. At 11 pm at the other house, things were just getting into full swing in the fall and that's when the trouble would erupt. This area is wonderful. Sarah and I ride bikes, Brian and I walk the dogs and w... Sun, 17 May 2015 15:00:15 EST My Reward <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are the fabrics that will be used in my new riding suit. The plaid looking one will be the jacket, the dark brown is the pants and the cream color will be the vest. We thought with his rich color and the white through his mane and tail that it would look great on him. <BR> <BR> Of course, I couldn't pick the cheapo materials. But, my husband said if we were going to do this, we might as well get what will l... Tue, 5 May 2015 12:16:45 EST Mr Big Heart! Many of you have known me since I retired JC from the show ring. He returned to the show ring today and he won. He came back like he went out :) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I order the new suit. We've come a long way from having no income after leaving my teaching job and having to quit showing to being able to take him to a few shows and get a new suit. Unfortunately, the body is bigger on me, but at least, JC has the same big heart! <BR> <BR> What a wonderful animal to go from 5 years of retirem... Sun, 3 May 2015 11:06:59 EST So Much Going On After we got the news that Ben's hours had been cut at work, I decided we should start filling out job applications again. I was floored by how much he has learned in the two years at his current job. Two years ago, he was like a deer in the headlights. This time we looked at jobs and he understood what they were asking for and knew what he could and couldn't do. It is drilled into my head that he has disabilities. Everyone who meets him tells me I am nuts. All I know is all the schools said ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:30:35 EST Feeling Bad :( My son has been at the same job for almost 2 years. He has never missed a day except when we went to New Orleans. He was so happy that they moved his hours and gave him extra hours. Over those years they have never given him a raise, but he was up to 5 hours a day. The last few days he has been training someone to do his job. He was told it was because they needed him to work the morning shift from 6 am, but would have the same hours. <BR> <BR> Tonight he came in all excited about the Milwau... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:45:20 EST Getting Excited This has been a crazy month. Busy with work, frustrated with people, crazy. But, JC is preparing for his first show next week. Just decided today to let him go as a see where he is at show. He will show in one class with my trainer. He doesn't have his shoes on yet and won't get those until we see how he does next weekend. He seems happy to be back to work: <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:19:21 EST Busy, Busy, busy The Spring real estate market is in full swing. I have lots of new buyers and listings. It has been nuts, but I am actually enjoying it. I am probably enjoying it more now as I don't have the stress of where we were living. It's so peaceful here. We are surrounded by parks and everyone is out walking their dogs, jogging, biking usually these things include baby strollers. I just don't feel all stressed out with being busy. <BR> <BR> We went and bought bikes. The last time we bought bikes was... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:27:50 EST JC JC is doing fantastic and seems so happy to have a job again. This is what he looked like at his last show 5 years ago: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That is not me on him. That was his trainer. <BR> <BR> He will begin his show career at the exact same show he retired at. We are just going to have fun and enjoy ourselves. No pressure this time. He has been awesome! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:31:22 EST Updates I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I posted. Life has been so busy. Work has been really busy. If it wasn't busy at this time of the year, I would be in a panic. But, even with work, I am making time for other things. <BR> <BR> I went out and had a lesson on JC last week. He is loving being back in training. He is doing fantastic and he looks fantastic. My trainer will be showing him in May at the same show he retired at. That is exciting. He loves having a job again and bei... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:50:11 EST Podiatrist Visit I can never do anything half way. I always have to go all the way. I met with the podiatrist two days ago. He said that I do have the Plantar Fasciitis. I also have more than heel spurs. I have a bone that literally broke off the heel, but is hanging there. Ok that one didn't make me feel so good. Kind of grossed me out. <BR> <BR> He also said I have Tarsel Tunnel Syndrome. It is just like Carpel Tunnel except it is in the ankle instead of the wrist. It pulls the Achilles tendon and the n... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:46:42 EST Diet Bet challenge I am doing my first Diet Bet. I am on a private Facebook team and we decided to do a Diet Bet challenge. I am trying to motivate myself. It started today and I have been eating well today and I got in my exercise. Right now, the exercise is the hardest part for me because of my heels/feet. <BR> <BR> I have been putting off getting more injections. I'm going to look and see if there are some sort of exercises I can do to help the plantar facitis. <BR> <BR> Today is my second day in the hou... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:02:37 EST What a Ride it has been... I can't believe I haven't blogged in almost 2 weeks. It has just been a whirlwind of stuff going on. After the movers initially told us we would need 1 truck and 3 guys, we ended up with 2 trucks and 5 guys and still didn't get everything out of the house. My kids were still moving the last of the stuff when we were at the closing. We couldn't get my desk out of the house as it would have had to be chopped up to get it down the stairs. The buyer said she would take it. That morning, when sh... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:01:26 EST It's Official! Finally got the "official" clear to close for Friday. We've had the keys to the new house since last night. Moving tomorrow. Been taking stuff there today. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get out of here and get away from that idiot agent! She calls me to arrange the final walk thru. They want to do it tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. We had already discussed this last week when the buyer was here and agreed on Friday. I said tomorrow morning will not work as the movers will be here. She said well... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:46:02 EST Forget February Dealing with Puddin Head has been horrible to say the least. I have been so drained keeping this deal together and working with new buyers that I haven't had a chance to exercise since last Saturday. We don't want to discuss my alcohol intake. Only at dinner. Fast food etc. Brian is very upset about not seeing JC so we will go this evening. A week from now we should be moved. <BR> <BR> I am actually declining some appointments. I just can't do them this week. At some point, I actually have ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:44:43 EST I Think We Are Going to Cross the finish line Met the buyer yesterday. She came with Puddin head (see previous blog) and the roofer. Roofer was very competent. Good guy. <BR> <BR> I spent most the time with the buyer who was trying to get me to leave a bunch of stuff. It was funny. She is very nice. The lender wanted a write up that everything was done. I explained that we had the right to cure and the amendment the Puddin Head wrote isn't worth the piece of paper it is written on as it is not fully executed. They chose not to mak... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:33:06 EST Down the Home Stretch Tomorrow we will find out one way or another what is happening with our house sale. My husband and my office manager believe we should let the buyer bring a roofer to do a visual inspection of the roof if she is that nervous. We don't know what set her off. We're thinking "puddinhead". That is the name my husband is using for the selling agent. She is supposed to be working for me, but has fubared this thing immensely. She is an example of what you do not do in real estate if you want to su... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:13:19 EST One Way or Another This Will Be over Soon I got a call from the buyer's lender this morning that she wants to close on our house on February 26th. Ok, I'm going to be in New Orleans. That is not going to happen. So she says, what about closing on the 20th before we leave. I'll do that. We are supposed to be changing closing, but then I get a call from crazy again that the buyer isn't happy. She wants to have a roofer out to look at the roof. HUH? The roof is only 14 years old. It was a complete tear off. <BR> <BR> How am I s... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 16:54:06 EST Proud of Myself I couldn't stand sitting around here anymore yesterday evening. So, I convinced my daughter to go with me to the Y and do the Zumba class. Now, you have to understand that I have never been able to keep up in any kind of workout class...EVER. <BR> <BR> We got there and I figured I would be lost. I stayed with the class for the entire 45 minutes and I understood the steps. I guess we learn more from working out with WII and Leslie Sansone than I realized. It was a lot of fun. I felt good b... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:07:38 EST Overwhelmed- Warning Long All of a sudden everything went from quiet and calm to bat sh*t crazy. I now have 7 new buyers all wanting to go out at the same time and changing times and wanting to bring friends and relatives at different times. I have 5 different sets of buyers/ sellers this weekend with a RELO in the middle of it. <BR> <BR> I have had contractors in and out of our house all week trying to fix stuff for the bat sh*t crazy buyer and the even worse agent who I swear will do anything to kill this deal. I... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:45:36 EST Updates and stuff again I have gotten in no exercise since Saturday. I have felt awful. I don't know if it is the chronic change in the weather or what, but I have had horrible headaches. Hoping to get back to my routine today. <BR> <BR> The home inspection on our house was Monday. I spoke to the agent after and she rattled off a list of things that aren't structural. They want a door put back on. They couldn't figure out how to close the fire place damper. Things like that, but I have yet to see an amendment o... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:44:23 EST Moving On So, we finally got an accepted offer on our house. It was a full price offer which is very nice. Of course, we have to pay her closing costs and prepaids. I'm finding it interesting having to handle two sales of my own. The sellers of the house we are buying do not have an agent so I have to explain everything to her as we go along. They were too cheap to pay commission for an agent. We got it for a lot less than they wanted because of that. I still believe we over paid, but it is the hou... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:22:16 EST Updates and Stuff The last minute showing on our house yesterday is turning into an offer today. I have mixed emotions about this. We have been here for 21.5 years. The other house needs a lot of updating. However, as my husband said, I need to remember Spring thru Fall around here and the noise level. The agent is meeting with the buyer at 4:00 today to sign the offer. I wish she would tell me what is on it. I always find this a funny little game when we don't disclose what the offer amount is. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:35:04 EST Sore No exercise the last two days because of the epidural injection. I was so stiff today from not moving that I had to do something. I did 50 minutes of Leslie Sansone and Walk it Out. I am so sore. I'm thinking it is a combination of the shot and the sitting. They told me everything could get worse before it gets better. I was feeling good yesterday. I am going to keep doing something each day. I can't stand not being able to exercise. My whole body stiffens up which is why I can't figure... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:01:35 EST A New Year.. I am very excited for this year and all the new things I have planned. I am looking forward to getting back in the show ring again with JC. I rode him on Friday. I spoke to C and she wants me to start riding him in some of the group lessons or at least with other horses whenever I can. She says I am going to have to start working a lot harder when I ride to keep going in the class we are showing in as there are a lot of horses in it. More exercise for me <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I am enjo... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:38:50 EST Our New Family Member We decided to get a friend for Summer as she loves to play with other dogs. She came with us and picked her dog. We got a 4 month old Hound mix named Winter (big surprise). She is awesome. Only went in the house 6 times today, but we have been clear for the last 5 hours. Summer is teaching her :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:07:13 EST Getting There Made it to the gym 3 times this week. Love going there to swim and now I can actually do laps for at least 30 minutes straight. I couldn't do that the last time I belonged to a gym. Tomorrow, I am going to go and take a group lesson with JC. She also wants me to start riding with others on Wednesdays. <BR> <BR> I was actually pretty good over the Christmas holiday. We are Jewish so there aren't a whole lot of snacks around. My husband and the kids went to my SIL's house. I stayed home as ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:49:49 EST JC Update-- answering questions We had a meeting with C today. I believe we worked everything out. Does she clean stalls on Sundays ...No. Can we go out there on Sundays and take care of it and I ride him..Yes. <BR> <BR> His feet are in great shape. Better shape than they have been in in years. He is happy and healthy. He has only had one bout with Colic since he got there. He used to colic several times a month. C has agreed to show him at the first show, but let me practice to get used to the show ring again. She a... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:51:07 EST Into the Fire... From the frying pan that is. OMG is the drama with JC ever going to end. My fuse is at its end and I am ready to find another home for him. Unfortunately, I have spent so many years in the Saddlebred world here that I know I would just be harming him because I am ticked. <BR> <BR> So, continuing on from the weekend's bullsh*t... <BR> I was going to try to get to the barn today and I did try. Then the freezing rain came. I had an appointment for a health assessment for our insurance. I co... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:56:44 EST Small Steps I have decided to take small steps to reach my goals. We joined the gym and the kids are getting me there. I really don't want to go today, but I will. I went yesterday and did the elliptical, the treadmill and the pool. Today, I will stick to the elliptical and the treadmill as I don't want to over do it. <BR> <BR> I am cutting back on eating out as well. While things are quiet, we have to keep an eye on our finances. We used to go out a lot because I was always home working and it was my... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:33:27 EST Some Positives :) It seems like everything I have been writing lately has been negative. I have had enough negativity for a while. So I decided to focus on some positive things. <BR> <BR> The gym has been working out great. Went there today with DD and a friend of mine met us. We spent over an hour changing off on the different machines. My friend had never tried any so we had fun. I really like the elliptical machine. It definitely works your glutes HA! Last week, I went swimming and floored myself. I co... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:40:16 EST Is It Just Me? I'm beginning to think that I expect too much from people. I guess I expect people to give me the same type of service I give my clients. Yes I work hard and I expect that from others as well. I didn't think it was too much to ask of people who I pay to do a service for me, but maybe I am wrong and I do expect too much. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I lost my assistant because I expected him to work more than 25 hours a week which was really more like 10 hours a week. Maybe that isn't the way it... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:52:23 EST I Got a Kick in the A$$! By my daughter. She came to me a few months ago and wanted to go check out the YMCA which isn't too far from us, but I blew her off. Then this morning she came and said that she had an idea. It was the same idea to go check out the YMCA. I didn't really want to because I remembered when we belonged to a tennis club which cost us a fortune for start up membership and like $300 per month. I wasn't looking to get into that again. <BR> <BR> She convinced me to at least go and talk to them. The... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:51:33 EST I Got a Kick in the A@@! By my daughter. She came to me a few months ago and wanted to go check out the YMCA which isn't too far from us, but I blew her off. Then this morning she came and said that she had an idea. It was the same idea to go check out the YMCA. I didn't really want to because I remembered when we belonged to a tennis club which cost us a fortune for start up membership and like $300 per month. I wasn't looking to get into that again. <BR> <BR> She convinced me to at least go and talk to them. The... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:51:32 EST How Far I've Come... I completely forgot how far I have come to even be able to consider showing a horse again. In 2007, I was employed by the Milwaukee Public Schools. I had been there for 18 years. Long story short, the school system doesn't believe in teacher safety. A fight broke out and I got caught in the middle of it. I had to have surgeries on each shoulder by the beginning of 2008. I made the decision not to go back as it wasn't worth it physically, or emotionally. However, I was making a very good liv... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:46:25 EST Don't Know What to Do Continuing on with yesterday's blog... I don't think there is enough material to make the suit big enough and I don't know if they could add extra material. I don't know how any of this works. Now, I'm thinking this may not be worth it. I can't afford to have another suit made. I could go and buy a simple pair of black jods and have a day coat made to go over them. The problem is that the only jods that would fit me are ones that my trainer doesn't think look good in the show ring. <BR... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:17:28 EST A Rude Awakening I gave in and tried on my riding suit. It is so not happening. I had that suit made in 2005 when I bought the horse prior to having JC. I told them to leave big seams to be able to let it out. Not sure there is enough material and there is no way on earth I can lose enough by April not to mention I don't want to take the chance of not having a riding suit. I'm thinking I will take it back to where I got it and see if they can add more material to it. Ugh. This is not good :( Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:46:06 EST Getting Back to It I did a really good job with my last exercise streak and it is time to get started again. To get myself going, I just ordered two new Leslie Sansone DVDs which are supposed to be very good. I can always tell the ones that are really different because i can't find them on You Tube. <BR> <BR> My husband has agreed to let me show JC again next year which poses the issue of the riding suit. Usually, I have to lose about 5 - 7 lbs before show season. This is more like 25. I only have until May. ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:52:18 EST I just don't understand people.... I don't know what it is with buyers that they think they can request a showing on a property and I will show it to them within an hour. Why can't people understand that I have other showings set or that I have to call the listing agent? The worst thing I can do is ask if they are pre-approved. They feel it is their right to see any property whether they are pre-approved or not. <BR> <BR> Obviously, I am going to have to change what I tell people when I offer to show properties. First off,... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:41:57 EST Staycation Work has been pretty slow lately. I have showings here and there, but nothing like it was. I remember when I first started in the business and the lulls would drive me nuts. Now, I've decided it is all part of the business. I still have closings coming up and I have met all my goals for the year. My income is up, my sales are way up and my total year end is up from last year. <BR> <BR> I have decided that anything more I do this year is just a bonus and I'm not going to fret about havin... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:33:42 EST Updates and Such Well, my assistant quit. Never talked to me or anything. He met with my office manager and gave her the same story about needing to make more money to support his kids etc. I understand that. What I can't understand is how he keeps quitting jobs that are paying close to $20 per hour for the same reason. Making some money is better than no money. I offered to pay him hourly until we finished the You Tube segments. He said no and that is the last I have heard from him. I asked him for update... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:17:37 EST Poor Me! I absolutely hate those words! As many of you know, I decided to take on an assistant. I paid for him to take the courses, get his real estate license, his E&O insurance and his GMAR dues. He started out really strong. I warned him that I could only give him so many leads, but, like any real estate agent, he also has to bring his own buyers and sellers. <BR> <BR> Things were crazy when he started with me this summer. I was incredibly busy and things were nuts when I left for Alaska. I wa... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 23:00:59 EST People Floor Me! I had to write about this to sort it out in my own brain. I was talking to my SIL last night. We were talking about our last Thanksgiving in this house (we hope). Then we started talking about other things. I don't remember how the conversation got there, but she told me that her son (who is not the most trustworthy person around) told her that my son called the Mayor of where they live the "C" word. <BR> <BR> That confused me because, as far as I know, my son doesn't even know that word.... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:15:48 EST WIO Challenge Mii with Juggler <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trying to get this to fit was a pain! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:01:06 EST October Results/ November Goals I started October with my weight higher than it has ever been. I did manage to lose a little over a pound and bring it back down. I am still not happy with it. <BR> <BR> In November, I am hoping to lose 2 lbs. My doc says .5 lb per week is good. I am seriously working to try to get back in my riding suit for next show season. This will definitely take some doing. I know what I have to do. I have to make smart choices. <BR> <BR> <BR> I did exercise every day in October. I started by rea... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:33:04 EST