LASARRE's SparkPeople Blog LASARRE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hello. Hi everyone! This is Nina's amazing, wonderful, beautiful, caring, and DUTIFUL daughter, Sarah! She told me to sign on here today because she and my dad are on the boat and are at sea all day, so no WiFi. It's too expensive to pay for WiFi on the boat!! I don't really like boats. We all went on a cruise when I was like, 8. I wanted to watch Titanic with them before they left, but nope. :( So anyway, here is a blog entry because why not? I opened one of her 100 tabs to her blog page and it sai... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:30:34 EST Overwhelmed OMG, it is crazy. Got an accepted offer on one of my listings today and wrote an offer for that seller today. All these home inspections are going to happen when I am gone. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to go into panic mode. The last time I was this busy was Spring when I would expect to be busy. I certainly don't expect it in the summer. I found out from a friend of mine that they charge $100 per hour for Wi Fi on the boat. That certainly is not happening. <BR> <BR> I turned off the lead p... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:50:02 EST 72 hours OMG, in 72 hours we will be on the plane to Seattle to get to the boat that takes us to Alaska. I have so much to do. I have been trying to figure out how to leave instructions for my backup agent as to everything that is going on. <BR> <BR> Things would have worked out very well if the State of Wisconsin could have moved its duff quicker and sent Joe his license. He still doesn't have it. He sent in the documentation like 10 days ago. This is insane. The one good thing about it is tha... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:59:41 EST Update To continue on with Sunday's saga. Brian and I finally talked on Monday when he got home from work and I was ready to kick him out. I explained how horrible it felt to me when neither he nor the kids could help me when the biotch slapped me. I told him how embarrassing that was to me. <BR> <BR> I think we both realized that it is definitely time for us to move. This was supposed to be our 5 year house 21 years ago. We have had to stay in the City of Milwaukee because of Residency requireme... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:29:32 EST RIP Robin Williams Such a sad day to see such a young man with so much talent take his own life. He said so much truth and made us all laugh. Now he has made us all cry. These words are so true. God speed Robin <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After what happened to me this weekend with no family behind me, I understand this 100% Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:04:10 EST Rethinking Things- Not Good Things really blew up yesterday. I was by my neighbor's house. I have known her for 18 years. Her daughter, whom I've known since she was 5, was over. She is 31 now with a child. That same daughter was in the streets with her 6 year old at 1:00 am yesterday. I texted her and asked her to keep it down. I could tell when I got to her mom's house that she was ticked about it. She and I have been going rounds lately as she has been posted pretty provocative photos of herself on Facebook and sh... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:53:52 EST Updates and Stuff Wow, this last week flew. Monday, I gave in and got the cortisone shots in my heels again. Wow, I forgot how much those hurt for the next few days. My heels hurt so bad after the shots that I put all the weight on the front of my foot and that didn't help the other condition. Needless to say, exercise was pretty much non existent. Walking was not an easy task. <BR> <BR> We did get to the State Fair which was fun. It is a tradition that we go every year. I did manage to walk 6 miles that... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:33:29 EST A New Month I just can't figure out where this summer has gone. I know part of it has gone onto my waist. I was happy when I weighed in this morning I was down 2 lbs. Finally headed in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I did make a huge mistake last night. I found an old "horsey" friend on Facebook. I noticed that she hadn't been showing anything this year and usually she is posting all her wins etc. So I pm'd her an asked if she was showing. She was pretty snarky and said that she sold her horse quit... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:07:23 EST Life's choices This is so true! I have to remember this! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:20:01 EST Not Accomplishing Much Didn't get any exercise in this weekend or today. My feet and hips are driving me crazy. I am really busy at work and did a lot of showings this weekend. I think going up and down all the stairs and walking on a lot of concrete did not help. <BR> <BR> I got orthotics which are supposed to be really good, but I can not wear tennis shoes at work. I am going to the barn tomorrow to ride JC. I need to start pushing myself again. I just lost my mojo :( Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:30:26 EST to love it! This has been one busy weekend. Wrote an offer Friday night. Had showings and a listing appointment yesterday. Listed the house. Buyers from yesterday decided to write an offer on one of the properties we saw. Today, I get to start with another new buyer. And people say real estate is dead in the Summer. This is only happening because I booked the cruise HA! <BR> <BR> In either case, I decided to go back to the horse show yesterday night. I wanted to see my sister's mare who is JC's ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:18:57 EST Horse Show Details We decided to go to the show last night. It was nice. I ran into my former trainer and it was wonderful to see her. Ran into a lot of people I knew from that barn. Saw people from my new barn. <BR> <BR> I ran into a lot of other people that I hadn't seen in a long time. Many started by commenting on my sister's horses. I was very honest and said that they would be better off telling her in person as I haven't seen the horses nor have I seen my sister in 2 years. I think some were rathe... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:42:45 EST Working On Getting my Spark back I read a blog by spark guy a couple of days ago where he talks about his 10 minute a day exercise streak. That reminded me of my mantra which I forgot. All it takes is 10 minutes a day. I can do 10 minutes a day. I decided to start working on that again. <BR> <BR> Today I wasn't going to do anything. We have some horrible people living next to us. They are renters and just don't care about what they do. They yell and scream using fowl language all night. I've called the police in the ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:51:37 EST This is just weird Two years ago yesterday my mom passed away. My mother was everything to me. We did so much together in my life from raising horses to going out to dinner together every week to just sitting together. There was nothing about me my mother didn't know. <BR> <BR> The day my mother died, I stopped at a supercuts and bought some shampoo. I bought a really big bottle because it was on sale. I never really used it because I am not a huge Paul Mitchell fan. Last night, I decided to get rid of the s... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:02:59 EST Forms Etc Thank you for all the comments on my blog yesterday. Actually, my son decided to fill it out himself. It was basically asking the same question 10 different ways. He got it. His handwriting is awful, but he thought it better that they see him for who he is and they would realize why he has trouble getting a job. <BR> <BR> As far as the attorney, there are attorneys who will do work with SSI on a contingency basis. He hasn't been denied which is good. Usually, you are denied with your f... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:51:04 EST Trying to Get Stuff Figured Out A while ago we applied for SSD for my son. He was diagnosed with Autism and the only one who will give him a job is the company he has worked for since last May. Unfortunately, that job is only 4 hours a day. He can't live on that. <BR> <BR> We have been through job coaches and DVR etc. He can't get hired after his interviews since he doesn't understand a lot of the questions. Today, they don't call people in for an interview; they do it over the phone. That doesn't work well with him. <... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:10:42 EST Going the Wrong Direction! This week was bad for me on the scale. It went up to a place I haven't been in a while and I am so angry with myself. It's not like I don't know what I am doing wrong. I am eating wrong and drinking wrong. When we eat at home, my husband is making sides of french fries and macaroni and cheese. I think I am tired of fighting him for healthy things. He decided to lose 10 lbs and he did it. Now, he is maintaining so he makes whatever he wants. <BR> <BR> When we have been going out, I have... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:48:24 EST Bad Feet :( A few weeks ago, I went to my doc as I am having really bad foot pain. He checked the heels and it is not that. He also x-rayed and there is nothing wrong with the bones or anything. He told me to get metatarsal bars. I took one look at that prescription and said forget it. <BR> <BR> Things have been getting worse. Finally, I decided to google the metatarsal bars and discovered they are not that uncommon. They are basically inserts with some sort of cushioning around the ball of the foo... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:33:18 EST This and That Things have been relatively quiet so I have been spending a lot of time with JC. Unfortunately, he has some rash or something on his neck and it is bothering him quite a bit. The vet said the bugs around here have been horrible this year and it is affecting a lot of the horses. The girl who takes care of him is going to be gone from tomorrow until next Sunday so I will make a point of getting out there more often to make sure he is ok. The woman who owns the place will be taking care of the... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:33:45 EST What a Workout! I went for another group lesson on JC today. He was awesome! He was sort of crabby as there were 4 other horses in the ring and the riders are fairly new and kind of all over the place. I decided not to get frustrated by it, but to use it to learn to go around traffic (that's what we call other horses in the ring). One of the hardest things for me to do was to maneuver around the warm up ring before I showed. Warm up rings are nuts. Horses are going every direction. People are running aro... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:50:46 EST It's Not Just For Me I went to the barn to ride JC today. I hadn't been there since last Wednesday. The weather was awful and I got busy and I put him on the back burner. I keep forgetting that I can't do that as it is not just me that is affected, but him too. When I got out there, he looked terrible. He has hair missing from the underside of his neck. He was caked in mud and he was pretty angry with me. He wouldn't look at me. <BR> <BR> I have trouble remembering that he is no longer in training. Yes, the... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:17:43 EST Looking for a few days off Wow, they say Summer is dead for realtors. Historically, it has been, but this summer has been crazy. I have been so busy that I haven't been able to get out to see JC since last Wednesday. Part of that was our awful weather too. I just can't go out there when it is above 80 with 80 or 90% humidity. It is gross for me and him. <BR> <BR> I think I have the next couple of days off. All I have outstanding right now is one offer I wrote last night. I know those buyers are going out of tow... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:22:23 EST How Lucky I am! Pics included :) I realized how lucky I am on Saturday. Sarah and I may have had the one bump in the road, but she is a great and very responsible young lady. It really hit me how lucky I am when another young lady came to the graduation party. She is the great grand daughter of the woman who used to watch the kids when I was at work. <BR> <BR> This young lady is one month younger than Sarah. She still hasn't graduated from high school. She has been thrown out of 7 schools. She has a warrant for her arr... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:14:06 EST A New Chapter Today we are having a graduation party for Sarah. For 15 years, I have had a party every summer. It has taken many forms over the years. This one is a happy occasion, but it is also sad. Two years ago, I had a graduation party for my son and that night was the night my mom fell and ended up in the hospital. She was gone 6 weeks later. I have pictures of my mom and my aunt sitting together. Something told me it was important to take those pictures. I remember saying at the time that we couldn'... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:14:50 EST Lessons Every Saturday (or at least when I can get there) JC and I have been taking a group lesson with some young people. Very young compared to me. Yesterday I realized that these lessons have taught me a lot about myself not just about JC and me, but just about me. <BR> <BR> The first lesson we had was a disaster. We had only been out there for about a week I think. JC was jumping off the rail and heading for the center and I was sure I would never figure it out. <BR> <BR> The Sunday before ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:01:34 EST 5% Challenge: I'm Ready I am ready for this 5% challenge that is starting today with my awesome Teddy Bear team. I am ready to lose the 5% this challenge. <BR> <BR> I need to get in that riding suit next year. That is my long term goal. In the short term, we have that cruise planned to Alaska in August and I would like to get into my nicer clothes that I have used for past cruises. <BR> <BR> This last week I did pretty well with exercise. I got in 5 days. I have started to add the recumbent bike into my workou... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:53:26 EST Getting My Groove Back Yesterday, I rode JC in a group and it was awesome! He was so much fun that it reminded me of my showing days. The kids were supposed to practice a victory pass at the end and we did it too. He loved it. He is used to them as he was a champion when we stopped showing. I think he misses the attention of showing and being with other horses. He really enjoyed it. I was pretty proud of myself that I kept a space to myself with 4 other horses in the ring and I remembered my showing skills. <B... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:56:35 EST Updates- This and That Wow, this week went fast. I'm not sure exactly where it went, but it didn't turn out like it was supposed to. I was supposed to have 4 closings this week. I ended up with 1. Three of them have been pushed back for one reason or another. Every reason has to do with the lender. I am so glad I stick to the lenders I do for my buyers. I don't have issues. Each one of these closings was to be on a listing I have not a buyer I have. It has been very frustrating. <BR> <BR> I made it out to th... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:24:52 EST Proud Mom! We had a rough week, but all seems to be on track with DD. I'm thinking maybe I didn't give her enough credit or I jumped at something I shouldn't have. In all of her years, she hasn't given me one ounce of trouble. I think what I read was just someone venting. I suppose it is no different than what I do on here. <BR> <BR> Friday she did clean her room and filled the garbage can. She took 6 bags of old clothes, junk etc out of there. Saturday, she drove herself and a friend to an out... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:27:59 EST Think before you Post OMG, I my brother in law rants constantly on Facebook. It's gotten to the point that he is saying some very hurtful things that could hurt his relationship with people in the family. I don't know why it is that people think that posting to social sites is license to be a jerk. G-d forbid you question him and his ideas. His answer is unfriend me if you don't like what I say. OK, then you would have no friends left. <BR> <BR> Usually, I am good at ignoring him. He just starting posting ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:06:46 EST More Drama The other day my daughter said she was going outside. She likes to run. A little while later, I decided to take Summer for a walk. We were about 4 blocks from home when I spotted DD. I said hi and she ignored me. She was talking on her phone. <BR> <BR> Summer and I walked around and came back to that block. DD was still in the same spot. I called to her and started walking towards her. She immediately did an about face and walked away from me. I followed and she walked faster. Th... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 09:49:59 EST 5 Cardinal Rules for Life Just love this! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:03:07 EST Trip Details We ended up booking a cruise to Alaska at the end of August. The dates will actually coincide with our 30 year anniversary of the day we met. We met August 25, 1984 and we have been together ever since. <BR> <BR> We were hoping to do it earlier in the summer, but the prices were much more expensive and there wasn't much in the way of decent staterooms left. My husband finalized the details with the cruiseline. We are staying with the Celebrity line as that has always been our favorite. The... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:26:02 EST Need a Break With everything going on at work and home, we decided we need a vacation. We have talked about it and decided that we are going to do a cruise to Alaska in August. I would like to do it in July as it will be a dead month for us and the prices are cheaper. However, we didn't even think about the fact that we would need our passports. They expired in 2011. <BR> <BR> DH sent them in today to get renewed. It says you will generally get them back in 3 - 6 weeks. So it could be 3 weeks or it cou... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:52:48 EST It's a New Day I can't thank you all enough for the shoulders you gave me yesterday. You all helped me put a lot of things in perspective and things are making more sense to me. First of all, to answer the question about family counseling. Due to my son's numerous disabilities, we have done lots of family counseling. I think DD was thinking of something just for her not involving the family. I think she feels she has been pushed aside a lot due to her brother's issues. <BR> <BR> Second, in some ways, I t... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:10:18 EST My Heart Hurts :( Yesterday, I found something my daughter had written. I figured it wasn't written too long ago because things she referred to happened just recently. As I read it, I felt so many different emotions. The number 1 thing I felt was hurt. <BR> <BR> A lot of it was about me and and they weren't nice. I think many of those things just made me angry. Other things in there were about her and they made me sad. Things were coming out of her that were just so out of character for the person I though... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:59:28 EST Parenting is Never Easy Most of you who know me know that my son has learning difficulties and it has been a struggle with him most of his life. He is 20 now and the struggle is continuing. Most recently, he was diagnosed with Autism. He is functioning and does hold a job, but the job is only 4 hours a day and there is no way for him to support himself with that kind of income. Because of the training he needs with any job, no one else will hire him. We have been through DVR and those oh so wonderful job coaches... Sat, 31 May 2014 13:28:07 EST Going to Tackle the Boy Again First off, the trip to the doc on Tuesday wasn't bad at all. He said that my feet were just inflamed and to rest them for a day or two. Wasn't hard to follow that advice as I had to get a cortisone injection in my hip and that took through yesterday to stop being sore. It feels good now. <BR> <BR> Today, I am going to tackle JC again. I have realized that over the last 4 years, I have allowed him to make his laziness a bad habit. He pulls the exact same tricks every time I ride him. As h... Thu, 29 May 2014 12:03:01 EST Work Out Quiz I found this quiz by reading some of my team mates blogs who had taken the quiz. It helps you figure out what your work out personality is. <BR> This is so me. It is amazing. I am definitely an A person: <BR> <BR> Mostly A's: Multitasking Mover <BR> Pros: Whether at home or on your lunch break, you make the effort to squeeze exercise into your busy life, which is commendable--and no easy task! <BR> <BR> Cons: By always doing two things at once (walking while on the phone or doing a quick... Wed, 28 May 2014 13:59:38 EST Catch 22 I have to exercise to lose weight. But, it seems like every time I get back into routine, some part of my body gives out. Right now, my hip and the balls of my feet are killing me. <BR> <BR> It is getting frustrating because I believe a lot of the pain is caused by the additional weight on my body. However, trying to get the weight off is causing pain. I am just spinning in circles and getting no where fast. <BR> <BR> I am going back to my doc today. I can't even imagine the pain of ge... Tue, 27 May 2014 11:32:35 EST A Promise to Myself I promise myself that I will walk at least 1 mile a day with Leslie Sansone. I know that if I tell myself 1 mile, I will end up doing more. <BR> <BR> Overall, my exercise has been good. I am not nearly as sore today as I was after my last battle with JC so I must be getting stronger. <BR> <BR> I also have to lay off the liquid calories. It is sabatoging me. I know they are wasted calories, but I do it anyway. I could also save a lot of money if I switched to iced tea. <BR> <BR> Just ... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:23:15 EST Getting My Guts Back I used to be the toughest horse rider around. I would ride anything. I didn't care how crazy it was. Then something happened. I'm not 100% sure what it was. I think it was when a horse I owned and trusted went ballistic with me. I think that is when I realized I could truly get hurt doing this. <BR> <BR> I was set to show that horse one day and someone told me not to. She told me he had been nuts all day and tried to hurt my trainer. I didn't think anything of it as he never liked m... Sun, 25 May 2014 19:18:38 EST Accountability So far this week I have exercised every day. I have been varying it between my treadmill, Leslie Sansone, Walk it Out and exerbeat. Today, I will go out and ride JC. I figure even doing just 30 minutes each day is better than doing nothing. <BR> <BR> I am still not 100% on track with my eating and I know I need to work on that. I think about it and then I don't listen to myself :( <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do. I just don't do it. Well, one step at a time. At least I am back on t... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:11:33 EST Completely Out of Whack! Ok, I don't think the soreness from JC on Saturday had that much to do with him. I believe it was me. I am completely out of shape again! I don't know when or how it happened, but it did. I got lax, and lazy and came up with lots of excuses! <BR> <BR> This is horrible. I did 20 minutes of exerbeat and 2 miles with Leslie Sansone this morning and I didn't think I was going to make it. What did I do? I am so mad at myself! I used to be able to go 5 miles with Leslie and barely get my h... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:16:49 EST May Have Overdone It I rode JC with 3 other people on Saturday. He was rather wired as it has been years since he worked with other horses. We did a lot of trotting. A couple of time he tried to head for the stalls, but he didn't get away with it. This trainer is not letting me give up. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I forgot how hard that kind of riding can be on your body. Everything hurts from my butt to my neck. I think I should have worked slowly up to that kind of riding. I went from riding once every couple... Mon, 19 May 2014 12:42:15 EST Starting Over I'm not sure that I'm exactly starting over. I am just getting things put back into perspective. The last 6 weeks or so I have really fallen off with my exercise and eating. Work stuff was so crazy that I put me and what I need to do for my sanity and my health on the back burner. <BR> <BR> I made horrible choices with food and certainly didn't do much in the way of exercise. That is changing. <BR> <BR> I think I started my positive swing by moving JC. I am headed out there in a littl... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:21:16 EST Awesome..Awesome..Awesome For the first time in a very long time, the title is how I feel. OMG, went out and spent two hours with JC today. Caitlin rode him first and then she gave me a lesson and actually made me feel good about myself. Of course, she absolutely loved him. She even said as I was riding him, "He will do anything for you. No other horse would go through that." The person that owns the barn oopsed and over watered the ring. It was rather wet. He went right through it. He was smart enough to know... Mon, 12 May 2014 16:46:26 EST JC's New Home This week has been so crazy that I have only had a chance for quick updates. JC's new home is wonderful. He is under the care of a 22 year old young trainer who is trying to make a go of it. Unlike where he came from, where the girl was a trust fund baby and was so spoiled that she wouldn't have it any way other than her way, this girl wants to make a go of it and is very accommodating. She is at the barn every day but Sunday. I can pretty much go out whenever I want except Saturdays for no... Sat, 10 May 2014 11:24:35 EST Words of Wisdom A friend of mine wrote this. Had to share: <BR> <BR> Before you assume, learn the facts. <BR> Before you judge, understand why. <BR> Before you hurt someone, feel. <BR> Before you speak, think. Thu, 8 May 2014 14:56:22 EST Stop the World; I want to get off! When did people become so nasty and mean? I think part of my problem is I let my buyers and sellers think they can call me anytime and they have no thought to the fact that I have a life as well. <BR> <BR> Last night, they were all going off the rails. One screamed at me because I got an offer on her house in 10 days at almost full asking. She completely freaked out last night stating that these people shouldn't be buying the house etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Then I had another buyer go ballistic a... Thu, 8 May 2014 12:15:37 EST