MIMETALKER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIMETALKER MIMETALKER'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/ Heading Up and Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063239 By this time tomorrow I will be on my way to a women writer's retreat in Northern Wisconsin. I'll be with women who know more about me than most of the friends I've had for decades. We know each other through writing and sharing what we write. They are smart, funny, compassionate and kind. We trust each other and call ourselves "les GOBs" (the grand old broads). With this tribe of women, I don't mind that title. <BR> <BR> There is no internet access (one of the things I love most about The C... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:19:21 EST Positive Thought Monday #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060310 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7136740a-8703-466b-a069-db0176ec88f7.JPG"> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 18:03:11 EST Continuing on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058087 Holidays are over though I don't actually celebrate them. My husband, children, and I are Baha'is. Our gift giving time is the end of February before we do a 19 day spiritual fast (no eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset) and that concludes with our New Year which is the first day of Spring. <BR> <BR> But even though this isn't our celebratory time, we have friends who do and we celebrate with them. So it isn't as crazy for us, but it still gets us out of the routine. <BR> <BR> A... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:44:47 EST One of those days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051223 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68a2592e-18d9-47dd-a3f8-96d9e89f5762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This made me laugh...but it's true. When I get over this cold it will be better. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:25:18 EST Turnaround http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047474 I remember the Kodak commercials that made my mother cry: <BR> <BR> Family scenes of a child blowing out a candle, wobbling on a bike, driving a car, getting married. Background music: "Turnaround and he's two, turnaround and he's four...turn around and he's a young man walking out of the door..." <BR> <BR> Or something like that. <BR> <BR> I thought my mother's tears were fake because she was always telling us to leave. "Go outside!" <BR> <BR> Now I'm a mom of two, and grandmother of e... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:26:15 EST Wise words... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041753 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e5962f0-0f7b-483a-9c30-b62a8ce2f028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I adore this man. Thu, 3 Dec 2015 12:35:50 EST Smile... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041333 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6bb036ec-7299-44c1-8d95-7c2c762e4248.JPG"> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 17:50:37 EST How the World can be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040697 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2428d154-51fd-4c62-8bfc-3db228a80405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My granddaughter (on the right) and her best friend. Recently my granddaughter learned about slavery. She tries to make sense out of it, but it is so far from her reality. She has a white grandma (me) and a black grandfather (my husband) and family and friends of various skin tones. As she learns about racism of the past and present I am glad she has another frame of reference. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:01:05 EST Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040016 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b38b647-5c89-4ee5-9b9d-1c1ac971bb75.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:01:08 EST Positive Thought Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037718 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58811888-c339-4c75-9d12-284bf2adca2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:52:11 EST Positive Thought Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036680 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6dcc0974-a5cc-4a0b-a013-672fdbd1733f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What I told my kids and students...it's been fun watching [most] of them do it. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:37:05 EST Positive Thought Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035269 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71fb999c-5a46-48ad-b665-6a4ba301f15d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week-end...peace <BR> sharon Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:41:46 EST Positive Thought Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034762 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53486da2-9dcc-455e-9308-b1e6adc1828a.jpg"> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:26:55 EST Positive Thought Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030498 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b313cd34-203b-4486-9476-fd095a23d07c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Deep in your heart...BELIEVE...you are destined to do great things. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:57:21 EST Positive Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f8c6159-a4b7-4b0e-8a1b-d98ec6996099.JPG"> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 14:45:59 EST Happy Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023833 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5475f911-e5c3-4d12-9850-29ac7b4c896d.jpg"> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:14:26 EST Trackers for Me & My hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022688 I bought trackers for me and my husband. What I know after three days is I'm moving more. If I sit still too long, it vibrates and that happens more than I thought it would. <BR> <BR> Last night I checked my step count and needed 3,050 more to make my 10,000 goal. It was storming outside so I marched and danced while watching television. My husband laughed but soon joined me. We both made our goal, but I made mine first...not that it's a competition. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:13:54 EST Today Thought #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022056 Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world but not solved one yet. <BR> <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d7f8233-7081-4e14-9a13-9b7998914df2.jpg"> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:17:38 EST On the Right Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021639 <BR> <BR> Even if you're on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there. <BR> <BR> Will Rogers <BR> <BR> I guess that means I have to get up and MOVE...(what my new tracker tells me when I've been sitting too long). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d9eb641-86c9-47d7-b62c-5c8eb10bbb11.jpg"> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:38:35 EST A thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019914 The mind is everything. What you think you become. <BR> <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc89feb6-05d8-4097-a0e5-b53f72106728.jpg"> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:02:32 EST Worth it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019337 Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. <BR> <BR> William James <BR> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:10:24 EST Joyful Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018840 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/127c7a4c-570a-434a-afaf-a5666e561a73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. <BR> <BR> Buddha Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:44:15 EST Monday...begin again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017539 I walked my dog and went twice as far as normal. I think it's because I got more sleep this week-end and woke up less tired. <BR> <BR> I'm a late night person, but I'm changing that. I'm going to bed when I feel that first wave of tired...usually I fight through it until I get the second wind. It goes back to my childhood when my parents made me go to bed and then I heard them laughing. They rarely laughed during the day and when I got up to see what was so funny, they stopped laughing. <BR... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:50:43 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016026 Going into the week-end I have a few goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Schedule 10 hours for working on my book (writing/editing) <BR> 2. Spend time with grandchildren <BR> 3. Go for a walk with my husband <BR> 4. Clean the fish tank <BR> 5. Dance <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1dd9b3c0-c999-424a-8331-9c8861164aa5.jpg"> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:32:10 EST Today...another day to love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015474 Woke up to giggle sounds...(my grandchildren spent the night) <BR> <BR> Don't mind the house is now a total mess. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b63b412f-5393-4e85-98e6-f043fedc9af2.JPG"> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:32:13 EST Happy Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014942 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cadfbbcc-6a6f-4e6b-aff1-43f8181e670b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are my eight grandchildren (plus my daughter...mother of five of these darlings). My daughter-in-love took the photo and captured a glimpse of their personalities. <BR> <BR> My daughter is homeschooling and drove from Illinois to NYC to visit my son & family. She stopped at historic sites and museums and my oldest grandson met up with a friend who took him to the Million Man March ev... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 13:17:44 EST Best week-end http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014457 My husband and I spent all week-end together. We did nothing special. We puttered, cleaned, made soup, watched the Cubs in the play-offs, enjoyed each other (wink-wink/nudge nudge), and slept until we woke up. <BR> <BR> Most week-ends are as hectic as a work days. But this one wasn't. We didn't plan it that way but it's what we both needed. <BR> <BR> Now I'm back to work with a smile and looking forward to retiring with this man in two years. <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:42:41 EST Family first...today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011038 Today didn't start as planned. I've been getting up early to walk the dog, meditate, write, do yoga and then eat breakfast and go to work. It's a good way to start a day. <BR> <BR> Today that didn't work. Grandkids spent the night because my daughter had to get her husband to the airport for a 5 AM flight. The four year old wandered into our bed in the middle of the night. He's an active sleeper. My face got punched twice. In the morning I hit snooze. My husband left early for a meeting, but... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 13:14:20 EST Refreshed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009743 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f87c288a-1d8f-4119-a078-4778ed98c8e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is where I was last week working on my memoir. It's a place called <BR> The Clearing in Door County Wisconsin. It was created by an architect, Jens Jensen, who believed humans need to be in nature to replenish their spirits. <BR> <BR> I've been coming here for six years. This cabin is called the Cliff House because it rests on a cliff. Below waves from Lake Michigan crash against rock... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 12:17:17 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999175 I have a hard time focusing. My mother always made lists and I've always tried to not be my mother, but I think she may have been right about this. I'm going to see if it helps. <BR> <BR> Work- <BR> 1. Create work-plan for grants <BR> 2. Prepare for the International Day of Peace event <BR> 3. Visit after-school sites <BR> 4. Read/respond to emails <BR> <BR> House work- <BR> 1. Pick up & vacuum before tonight's meeting <BR> 2. Wash clothes & pack for the week-end <BR> 3. Change the fish wa... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:08:39 EST SUMMER Daze http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958195 I have never gotten over the idea I should have the whole summer off for vacation. It's been 20 years since I worked at a school. Before that I was a student. There were summers I worked, but they were summer jobs...camp counselor, life guard. <BR> <BR> As I write this, I'm at my desk and have grant deadline looming and final reports to do. <BR> <BR> "It's a gorgeous day." Today every person who walks into my office says that. <BR> <BR> Maybe they feel like me. <BR> <BR> I should be out ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 16:57:20 EST Random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908388 It's spring and I survived another Midwest winter. My 63rd. I have brothers who live in Arizona and Oregon and do not understand why I remain here. <BR> <BR> I like the shock, surprise and inspiration of seasons. And not wimpy seasons you barely notice. But the ones that make you pay attention or die. <BR> <BR> The snow melts and green stems poke out. That makes me scream. <BR> <BR> Summer sweat tastes equal parts sweet and salty. <BR> <BR> Stiff cold fingers, warmed by my husband's han... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 15:32:42 EST Happy Naw Ruz (New Year) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898208 Last Friday, Baha'is all over the world celebrated Naw Ruz (Baha'i New Year) Here's a blog I shared at our local celebration: <BR> <BR> "Tonight I'm going to a New Year's party. There will be drumming and dancing, and singing, and praying, and eating, and laughter. I'm a Bahá'i. It is the year 172. <BR> <BR> Sundown tonight ends the year and our 19 day Fast. So at the party we will eat. A lot. For the last nineteen days (one month of a nineteen month calendar) we have risen before sunrise ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:49:54 EST Day 26 of the Re-restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816799 OK...haven't been blogging about it, just still doing it. "It" being coming back to Spark People, tracking food, doing exercise. <BR> <BR> What is working: going to bed earlier so I can get up and exercise. <BR> <BR> I still tend to snack too much at night, but it's better. <BR> <BR> Channeling James Brown... "I FEEL good now..." <em>334</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:11:54 EST Day whatever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805839 After a week-end of Halloween parties, and service projects, and no sleep after going through a haunted trail and watching a disturbing movie, I am back at work and exhausted. I did get over 8 hours of sleep last night, so that is good, but was too tired to get up early enough to exercise today. I will hop on the treadmill tonight, but morning is better for umpteen reasons. The good thing is it feels off not exercising this morning. I know what I need to do to feel my best. And that's step on... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:40:46 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804014 Still here. <em>334</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:25:44 EST Day 4 RE-re-start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803395 Got up too late to exercise, but wore my running shoes to work as a reminder to do it at lunchtime. <BR> <BR> Been using the calorie tracker again and noticing how easily the calories accumulate...opposite phenomena in my bank account. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:23:33 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802846 Went to bed before midnight for once. More sleep made it easier to get up and walk the dog. Funny how that can work... <BR> <BR> Have that good-feeling-soreness in my muscles. Good to know they are still there. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:40:05 EST Day 2-RE-Re-Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802200 Had a fitful night of sleep so I almost skipped the morning exercise, but went to the cable "on-demand" fitness section and did the 1 mile for people over 50. It only took 14 minutes, but I did sweat. And it helped me wake up. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:07:05 EST Re-Re-Start Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801575 It isn't that I haven't been doing anything...I haven't been here talking about it. <BR> <BR> After almost 5 years am close to finishing my book. My daughter, who is also a writer and we are attending a roundtable (critique sessions) together. When she was a little girl she wanted to work with me when she became an adult. At the time she was hoping for the circus. When she became a teenager she wanted to be as far away from me as possible. My husband cried when she went to college, but I di... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:19:13 EST Re-Start (yes...again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677052 It's life...we start, we stop. We start again. <BR> <BR> The point is, to start again. <BR> <BR> And that's what I did yesterday and it feels damn good. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:03:37 EST Baha'i Fast...day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649261 This is the 19 Day Baha'i Fast and it's almost over. We fast from sunrise to sunset for 19 days and when it's over, it is our New Year (Naw Ruz). It's the spring equinox and that somehow seems to fit better to me than having it in the middle of the winter. Even as a kid, that made no sense. <BR> <BR> I've been doing this for over forty years. Every year is different, and this one has been because I had a sinus infection at the beginning and couldn't fast until Day 5. But that's okay because ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:11:23 EST The Set Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628360 All was going well until I turned over in bed one morning. The room began to spin. I closed my eyes and waited. It took a long time for the dizzy feeling to go away, but it went. All that day I felt a little off, but okay. I still did the treadmill, drove to work, went to meetings, worked on a grant, etc. etc. etc. It seemed fine, almost. Then I flew to Washington DC for a week-long Arts Conference. I rode the elevator several times a day, and on the second to last day, participated in a mass... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:58:42 EST Keeping it Going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614998 My morning exercise is beginning to feel like a habit... <BR> <BR> If I skip a day, it doesn't feel right. <BR> <BR> A sense of having forgotten something annoys me all day <BR> <BR> But the second day off that feeling fades... <BR> <BR> Three days...it vanishes. <BR> <BR> And I kick my running shoes under the bed. <BR> <BR> that's happened before. <BR> <BR> Knowledge is power. <BR> <BR> I made myself remember that today when I wanted to stay under covers, cuddled next to my sweetie... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:09:24 EST It's About Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611108 Last night I watched a documentary on Netflix called "Lost Angels". It's about the Skid Row area in LA. About halfway through the film I saw a woman wearing a t-shirt that said "Love is the Answer". I had just been thinking that. The film depicts people caring for each other. There is one police officer who can walk in that area without back up. No one messes with him and it's because he loves them. If he arrests someone, it's a fair arrest and he's doing it to protect other people, or protec... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:46:32 EST Joined the Y today (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610296 I joined the YMCA today because for the month of January there is no joiner fee. I was a member a few years ago and then quit and bought a treadmill. I use it, but it's boring. And I miss swimming. <BR> <BR> We had an above ground pool until a tree fell on it. Our insurance would replace it, but the pool had its drawbacks. It was costly and hard to maintain, I worried about the grand kids going in without an adult even though they have been warned about the dangers...they are good kids, bu... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:13:37 EST Dreamy Snow Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609369 Growing up in the Midwest, I prayed for a "snow day" when there was a test coming up, or homework not done, or it was my birthday. Sometimes the answer to that plea was "YES" and I thanked all the Powers That Be for that day off. <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I had a snow day. Imagine my delight when I received a text from my boss at 6 AM on Monday (the day AFTER my birthday) "office will be closed today due to extreme cold. Stay home. :)" <BR> <BR> AND then the next day..."Office... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:54:41 EST Overcoming Inertia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603327 I woke up late because my daughter and I stayed up until 2:30 AM watching dumb television. So I wanted to skip my morning exercise. I thought about my day, and decided it was possible to do it after work. I almost fell for that nonsense, but I know me too well. By the time work is done I'll be too tired. Or my daughter will ask me to pick up something for dinner because she can't get to the store today. The Polar Vortex is back, and she has her four kids home from school today, along with oth... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:51:07 EST Surviving the Cold… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601869 Every year my brothers who abandoned the Midwest and now reside in mild climates (Arizona & Oregon) tease me for still living here. The Polar Vortex has added to the teasing. <BR> <BR> But their taunts do not bother me… I'll adore the Spring that they will barely notice. <BR> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:24:09 EST Re-start (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600205 So haven't been around for awhile. Life got in the way…my "excuse" is not legitimate because "life" is always there getting in the way when I allow it. I need to make this "my life" so this gets in the way of other things…if that makes sense. <BR> <BR> I've been exercising…sort of…and being mindful of what I eat…sort of…but my scale shows that it isn't working. <BR> <BR> So I'm back because I do better when I'm here. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:10:34 EST