MOSTMOM1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOSTMOM1 MOSTMOM1'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/ Walking at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204983 Hello SparkBuddies! Thought I'd post a quick vlog I shot at work. If I look slightly tired and disheveled, it's because I am. (lol) Randy and I have had an intense couple of weeks, dealing with crises, putting out fires, etc. Plus, I'm taking the entire week off next week, so I needed to cram two weeks of work into this week, so I can waltz off guilt-free. You know how it is. But here it is Friday and we've survived! Huzzah!! <BR> <BR> At any rate, this is how I beat the heat and cold someti... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:56:07 EST Teeny Tiny Ukulele Concert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198236 You know sometimes I just have to share fun little things with y'all, right? So when two of my friends gave me a tiny ukulele from their trip to Hawaii, I couldn't keep that to myself. That would be wrong. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b621426-5483-4cc5-965a-c6413b10abd0.jpg"> <BR> How cute is that? <BR> <BR> And since it came from Hawaii, you know I had to play THE song, right? You know the one... <BR> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218<... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:57:26 EST What We Saw On Our Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195930 Yay! Technical glitches are fixed and I can finally post this little video I wanted to show you yesterday. I was so excited to come across this in our neighborhood, I couldn't wait to share it with you. <BR> <BR> In case you're on your mobile device and can't watch the video--spoiler alert, I found a Little Free Library. I had heard of these and had seen a few online, but had never spotted one out in the wild before. I love the idea of a neighborhood book exchange; this is such a clever way... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 13:58:47 EST Human Seesaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192882 Hello SparkWorld! <BR> <BR> Bubba says, "Hello." <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85595878-dab7-4e53-9694-bc23a08c2b15.JPG"> <BR> A dog and his Tuggo, what could be better? <BR> <BR> So, how are you? I watch what folks are doing through my newsfeed and stuff, but it's a blur sometimes. I thought when the Holiday Trifecta was over, I might be able to get back to semi-regular blogging. Alas, I didn't anticipate the Wonderful World of Summer School. It's like this--Audrey... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:49:52 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162255 Hey there! Long time no blog! I'm still here. I log in every day, spin the wheel, enter my numbers for my 5% challenge, but that's about it. One more big holiday to go and then I can catch a breath. But I had to sneak away from my desk and a mountain of housework to share a woohoo moment and something that's working for me right now. To have one toe in Onederland and a temporary help with meals during this busy season--that's stuff I have to share. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Fri, 13 May 2016 15:37:55 EST 1794: Sort of Historical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116975 It was a beautiful day, I was waiting for stuff to upload on my computer, so Bubba and I snuck out for a walk and took you with us. Haven't had much time for blogging or vlogging lately. Audrey's birthday was yesterday. She turned 17 and we made it a day. Also, I'm in the middle of what I call the Holiday Trifecta at work: Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. It's a great season but it keeps me hopping. Still Sparking, though! My exercise streak is intact (that's what this vlog is about), I... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 18:06:37 EST Week of Happy: Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094659 Well, this is the last day of the Week of Happy. Of course, finding the joy in the ordinary is something I try to do every day, but this is the last day of blogging about it daily. Whew, daily blogging is a commitment! But I've enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> I must admit, the last couple of days turned out differently than I expected. I wasn't expecting to catch a cold. I had planned on spending some of my happy time working on the new harmonica a buddy gave me, but that's not something you do with ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:21:15 EST Week of Happy: Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093933 Today's happy is a wee bit tricky. There are a ton of germs flying around town right now, and one of them finally caught me. Nothing big, just the coughing, run-down, blah thing. Not a lot of happy there. <BR> <BR> BUT... <BR> <BR> I had slated today for a writing day anyway. I planned on working from home and writing all day. I have a lot of content to create over the next couple of weeks. Happily, I was able to write and stay in bed and rest at the same time. Happy. I used my iPad and my ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:40:18 EST Week of Happy: Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092875 Buzzing in here, to leave my Big Happy for the day. I have work night with my crew and I know it will be a late one. So here's my happy for the day-- <BR> <BR> Do any of you remember an older vlog I did, way back in August, where I talked about walking through life with my eyes wide open? Here's a link, if you want to check it out: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988072 </link> <BR> <BR> I still try to do that every day, keep my eyes wide... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:43:29 EST Week of Happy: Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092210 Right off the bat, my day started with Happy. I got a phone call at 5am, telling me that school was cancelled. I semi-woke Audrey up and told her, so she wouldn't get up half an hour later. She croaked, "Thank you, God," and went promptly back to sleep. I seriously considered going ahead and getting up at my regular 5:30 time, to work on stuff. I considered that for approximately the amount of time it took for me to let Bubba out to do his business, and then climb back upstairs into bed. Went... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 21:31:08 EST Week of Happy: Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090990 Yes, Monday is allowed to participate in the Week of Happy. (lol) Actually, I'm a big fan of Monday because it's my day off. It's the one day I'm usually guaranteed of finding more than ten minutes of "intentional happiness." So here's the rundown of today, so far: <BR> <BR> Work. Okay, I'm not supposed to be working on my day off, but technically, this doesn't count. I spent the morning, working on a personal project. It used a bit more of my brain power than I intended, but I enjoyed worki... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:01:57 EST Week of Happy: Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090388 The Week of Happy continues! Let me first begin by showing you the socks I wore today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87fe7085-323a-4c8e-af7a-5bbab9b3641b.jpg"> <BR> Business Ninja <BR> <BR> Yes, I know they look like Air Traffic Controllers, but I assure you, they are ninjas. I enjoyed knowing these little guys were defending my toes all day. Okay, on to more happy-- <BR> <BR> Some of you know that my husband and I are pastors. He's the Executive Pastor and I'm... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:58:08 EST Week of Happy, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089569 I participate in a 5% Challenge on one of my SparkTeams. Every week, we work on a different goal, in addition to nutrition and fitness. This week, we're supposed to take at least ten minutes a day and do something that makes us happy. This is my favorite mini-challenge, because this is something I try to do in my every-day, walking around kind of life. I absolutely love to find or make happy wherever I can. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/828e4d38-ab80-43b6-b8fe-7f... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:29:17 EST Happy National Kazoo Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081689 Yes, it's National Kazoo Day! Oddly enough, I didn't get the day off from work, but I managed to celebrate during my lunch break. Since it was such a special day, I bought myself a new, metal, trombone kazoo. I will now share my noisy, ruckus of a celebration with you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80a87f6d-8ea2-49aa-935a-82c291631a51.jpg"> <BR> Classy <BR> <BR> Speaking of classy, check out my new water bottle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:37:45 EST Secret Ninja Mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070327 I was going to post this earlier, but I got busy with work and forgot. This is simply a silly little, for fun, vlog. I just wanted to take you on a secret, ninja mission that Bubba and I took in our neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Just because. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bd298e0-bada-4486-ac39-984758faa23f.jpg"> <BR> It's fun being a ninja. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/080446fa-0570-4e62-b4d4-93bbab1d3af1.JPG"> <BR> Bubba and his drea... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:31:41 EST Nothing Earth-Shattering, Just a Tiny Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060090 Happy New Year to you!!! I just came off of an incredibly relaxing, much-needed couple of days of rest. The week after Christmas is just about my favorite week of the year. I get to stop, take a breath, and give my brain a rest. Fun thing is, that always leads to incredible, creative surges afterwards. It’s cool how that works out. Gotta give that brain a rest every now and then! Speaking of creative surges, this happened this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:49:01 EST One-Woman Band, Jingle Bells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050605 Ever since I saw Dick Van Dyke as Bert in Mary Poppins, I've wanted to be a one-woman band. I keep adding quirky instruments to my repertoire. Some of them can be played simultaneously, but not all. Until now. Modern technology has made it possible for me to achieve that childhood dream. It's not as good as Bert, and I still have a lot to learn, but oh boy, is it fun. So, of course, I thought I would share the results with y'all. Enjoy one minute of ridiculous silliness. It's a good way to st... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:06:46 EST Full Disclosure From Any Angle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047456 Apparently, I've decided to stop blogging altogether. I just realized my last blog was at the end of September. Oops. For some reason, I've stopped receiving all notifications from Spark, so I feel like I've been flying blind. Hopefully, I can find out what's up with that. But everything's fine. I'm still Sparking, still logging in, still keeping the exercise streak going, still participating in challenges. The scale has even started its slow and steady descent to Onederland. I've just been c... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:44:36 EST Trekking Back to Onederland with BFHGs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005555 I started a new, 5% challenge over the weekend. This is my umpteenth one. I love this challenge and my team. It’s part of what made SparkWorld come alive to me, years ago. However, I’ve pretty much phoned it in, during the last couple of challenges. I still exercised every day (my streak is still alive) and completed most of the mini challenges, but I wasn’t trying super hard. It’s the truth. But I feel different this time. I kind of have some of that old “zing” back. I think part... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:40:19 EST Partners Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997154 Question for my longtime, SparkBuddies: do you remember when Audrey (my daughter) and I sparked everything together? We hula hooped, planned meals, cooked, blogged and vlogged, etc. And then, she became a full-fledged teenager, needed her space and we all missed her, but we were cool about it? Good news. We are partial partners again. She's 16, in high school, still needs her space and I'm still cool about that. She still doesn't want to hoop and vlog and that's okay too. But, she and I are ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:53:53 EST And to Think That I Saw It On My Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988072 This is longer than my usual vlogs, but it’s been a while since we went on a Bubba walk and I thought these were some fun thoughts for a Monday. If you skip the video, just know that your homework is to go read, “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” by Dr. Seuss. Then, “see what you can see today,” in your ordinary, walking-around, going to work kind of life. Try walking through the day with your eyes wide-open and see what happens. It’s bound to make things interesting... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:03:13 EST Where Are Your Feet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979584 I’ve telepathically blogged several times in the last couple of weeks, but have yet to get that system to come full-circle. So I’m finally sitting down, to write a few words. We’ve been the good kind of busy around here. Audrey came home from her summer trip with the grandparents and we’ve been soaking up all of our last days of freedom from the school schedule. Nothing big, just relaxing, hanging out with friends, mild shopping trips for school stuff; you know the drill. Our son cele... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:41:02 EST Good Things Take Practice, Even Opus 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967470 Have you been waiting for an update, regarding my ukulele, fingerpicking class? I’m sure you have. I’m sure it was right on top of your priority list. Right? Okay, I’ve spared you most of it. You’re welcome. My Facebook friends have been subjected to updates, along with the Lava Song (from Pixar’s “Inside Out”). But I spared you most of that, until now, because I’ve learned something SparkWorthy from this latest endeavor. <BR> <BR> Good things take practice. My parents taught... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:36:28 EST I Sorried Myself!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960154 First, a HUGE thank you to my SparkBuddies for all the advice and encouragement lately! I read every single message, comment and goodie note and they’re incredibly helpful. I really appreciate it. You’ve given me all kinds of amazing suggestions, books to read and wise words, as I sort out this “back to square one” thing. Sometimes, I have to really think things through; it has to click in my mind, before it clicks in my body. I don’t feel like my introspection has been a waste of t... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:30:41 EST Streak Update and Car Concert: With Bubba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956480 I thought it was time for a Streak Update. Believe it or not, in spite of weight gain, injuries and other nonsense, my exercise streak is still intact. Today is Day 1,546. That's One Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty-Six days of moderate exercise, at least 15 minutes, usually more. You don't have to be perfect, to celebrate some woohoo moments! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1de1dda5-82ad-4569-b3c2-18c7869bbf3c.jpg"> <BR> My SparkBuddy DALMOM2007 told me about this... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:15:23 EST The Motivation Switch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952741 It’s funny what motivates us sometimes, isn’t it? I just started another 5% challenge. Actually, I usually try to underachieve and lose approximately 1.5%, which is more realistic for me. They’re understanding and let me set my own goals. That’s a good thing. Anyway, I was taking stock of things and owning up to the fact that I’m only 8 pounds away from where I started on SparkPeople a few years ago. Not quite all the way back to the beginning, but pretty darn close. <BR> <BR> <i... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:47:15 EST Rest+Play+Friends=Staycation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950253 Did you see the clouds part over Ohio and hear an angelic chorus on Sunday? I did, because, lo—the Holiday Trifecta is complete. Good Friday/Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day—have been thoroughly celebrated, appreciated, learned from, and packed away for another year. I made sure to schedule this week off, so I could work on recharging my battery. STAYCATION!! WOOOHOOOO!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/068f1b73-31cd-47ef-b8a0-ca35ab4b2645.jpg"> <BR> T... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:23:46 EST Floccinaucinihilipilification and Mental Marathons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940240 Yes, I realize this is a ridiculous video, but I thought I’d share, just for fun. Yesterday, I posted this pic on Facebook: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5690b2a-03da-48f6-a685-2e4c82e619bc.jpg"> <BR> “This, my friends, is the word of the day and if you hear it pronounced, you will want to turn it into a song and drop it into the score of Mary Poppins or the like.” <BR> <BR> One of my friends immediately challenged me to write a song, with my ukulele, pos... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 12:27:33 EST Crazy Hoop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930168 I’ve been waiting for a chance to share this crazy hoop with y’all! Have you ever seen anything like it? As I said in the vlog, if you have a hoop like this and love it, that’s great. Whatever floats your boat. I’m gonna save mine for special occasions… <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4944148-fd48-47c3-b821-b6e5b7e76140.JPG"> <BR> It looks like it has google eyes! Why is SP posting my pics upside-down? <BR> <BR> But I love having friends who think of me... Mon, 18 May 2015 12:19:36 EST That Bit About the Bathtub http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926051 Hello SparkWorld!!! I've missed hanging out with y'all! How are you? Doing okay? Still plugging along and being extra awesome? Of course you are! I've been crazy busy, but I think I'm going to be able to get back to weekly, or bi-weekly blogging now. I hope so, because it really helps me stay on track! <BR> <BR> Mother's Day is just about over, but I'm sharing this video anyway. Why? Because it's ridiculously real and we're all about being authentic here, right? I'm sure some of you will be ... Sun, 10 May 2015 23:20:11 EST I Wish I Had A Scale For This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889982 Often, during my SparkJourney, I’ve caught myself saying, “I wish I had a scale to measure attitude.” If so, I would be a Success Story on the cover of a magazine! Not that I’m all that, but my whole attitude and outlook on weight loss, body image, etc., has completely changed. I think I’ve lost 200 pounds of negative. It certainly feels that way. Here’s how I know: <BR> <BR> Last week, when I stepped on the scale, I realized that, rather than being 40+ pounds down from where I started, I wa... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:20:33 EST Snow Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880810 Yes, I'm getting over a cold, but we had the best snowfall yesterday. It snowed nice and steadily all day and it was packing snow! Impossible for me to ignore. Remember, I grew up down South, where we had more ice than snow. It's still a novelty to me, even after living up here for 15 years. Love it. And come on, I have this hilarious dog. You can't expect me not to film Bubba, taking on the snow, can you? <BR> <BR> Snow Days, not just for kids. Nope, not at all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:27:52 EST Car Concert: Sing Along! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879321 Do you have Cabin Fever? Has Winter got you down? Or are you someplace sunny and warm? Makes no difference. What you need is a Car Concert SingAlong! Yes, yes you do. Follow the bouncing ball. And a one, and a two, and a three... <BR> Side note: I posted this video for my friends on Facebook and some of them posted a video response, of them singing along. HAPPY PEOPLE! :) <BR> <BR> I can't help it. Haircuts make me happy. I had a uke in the car. it was bound to happen. This haircut is excep... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:35:12 EST Office Hooping: Monday Morning Dance Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872693 Why would this short, round, middle-aged woman hoop in the dark, to Michael Jackson? Because that’s just what this Monday needs! Ha ha. Ignore the poor audio/video quality and get up and dance with me! I’m trying to work hooping back into my daily routine. Easing back into it, a song at a time. I’ve been waist hooping, off and on, for a while, but I forgot how great hoop dancing is for cardio! If one song gets me winded, Mama needs to get her groove back! <BR> <BR> Other than hooping, I’m st... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:14:55 EST What Makes You Feel Like a Superhero? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868146 Join Bubba the WonderDog on his heroic walk this morning. Okay, so it wasn’t all that heroic; it was just a typical, chilly walk around the neighborhood. But Bubba made it look good. It’s nice to have friends who make clothes for your dog. Seriously, people, this doesn’t happen every day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1452840736.jpg"> <BR> Everyone should have a monogrammed cape. <BR> <BR> Speaking of awesome friends, check out my gift from our Crazies Chris... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:34:52 EST National Kazoo Day - It's a Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865382 If you're expecting an inspirational, motivational post about weight loss, look elsewhere today. This is absurdly off-topic. Some of my friends pointed out to me that yesterday was National Kazoo Day. Yes, it's a thing. They were shocked that I hadn't done anything to observe the holiday. Being an avid kazoo fan since I was a child, I felt the burden of guilt. So, I decided to celebrate a day late. And for no reason whatsoever, I'm sharing this video with you. Because I can. <BR> <BR> Yes, ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:40:01 EST The Long Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860937 I shot this vlog on Wednesday, but I’m just getting the chance to post it. I went to the doc yesterday and ended up getting a little loopy on the meds he gave me. Here is the conversation in my house last night (Logan-DS, Audrey-DD, Randy-DH): <BR> <BR> ME: (editing video at my desk) Whoa. <BR> LOGAN: Why do you look like that? <BR> &#8232;ME: Huh? <BR> LOGAN: Why do you look like that, all weird and miserable? <BR> ME: I dunno. I feel weird. <BR> RANDY: You’re slurring your words. <BR> ME: ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:02:38 EST Happy New Year, Sparkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850386 Happy New Year to you! Better late than never, right? I know January is just a new page on the calendar, but I love thinking of fresh starts. I used to make sweeping, grand resolutions. They were fun to make, easier to break. Lol. Now, I'm more about making small, ongoing goals throughout the year. Example: Today, I want to accomplish these two things; or this week I'm going to work on this--stuff like that. <BR> <BR> That said, I do have a couple of long-term goals this year. My besties (t... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:54:21 EST The Streak Continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832411 Just thought I’d give a quick update about my exercise streak. It continues to live on, like its own personal entity. Today is Day 1342 of at least 10-minutes or more. Lately, it’s been a lot of 15-minute days, a LOT. But that’s okay, because it keeps me going and that’s worth something to me. <BR> <BR> And check it out, I finally got new shoes! A couple of folks asked me what kind of shoes I got. My initial reply is, “What I found on sale at Famous Footwear.” You gotta understand, I don’t ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:23:53 EST Freezer Meals with Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822450 Have you had a long Monday? Please, allow me to share this picture of Bubba, trying to catch a snowflake on his tongue (that’s what I think he’s doing, anyway). He is NOT saying, "Pbpbpbpb" to winter. He likes the snow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l802953022.jpg"> <BR> There. Doesn’t that make things better? <BR> <BR> I meant to blog about this last week, but got slammed at work, so I’m just now getting a chance. You know how I’m a Freezer Meal Fiend, right?... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:59:42 EST Unedited hOOp Vlog: Shake it OFF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813755 Does this short, round, middle-aged woman have any shame? Apparently not. Yet another unedited hOOp vlog, because I had to get away from my desk and you know that I share these things. <BR> <BR> CONFESSION TIME <BR> The scale bounced up a couple of pounds over the last two weeks. But it’s no mystery; no, it’s not. Here are the Terrible Things I Did To Make The Scale Go Up: <BR> <BR> —Halloween Candy: I’m not going to lie. I like candy. When I was a kid, I wished I were Charlie Bucket and li... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:48:50 EST The Nose Flute: First (Possibly Last) Attempt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805493 Need a little boost to your Monday, something to lighten up the beginning of your work week? This may or may not be it. Who am I to judge? I just know that if someone gives me something called a Nose Flute, I have to share. Is this SparkWorthy? Yes, yes it is. This is how I make my life an adventure, people— trying new things, testing new kazoos. Someone has to do it. And now we all know that the Nose Flute, the ORIGINAL Nose Flute, is a difficult instrument. I tested it for you, so you won’t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:46:14 EST Fine-tuning the Freezer Meal Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801411 If we've been friends for a while, you know that meal prep has always been my Achilles heel. I don't enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Cooking is not my forté. Need I remind you of the cookbook I set on fire, while trying to cook and read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire simultaneously? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1667074582.jpg"> <BR> The pages are melted together. I keep it, as a humble reminder that reading and cooking don't mix. <BR> <BR> Lately, y... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:07:45 EST Walking Confessional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792969 I took my camera along on our walk Friday morning, but I’m just now getting around to posting the video. I was a little under the weather over the weekend, but doing better now. Walking is a great time for me to think, process things and sometimes, admit how I’m feeling about stuff. Let’s consider this a “walking confessional.” Maybe you’ll be able to relate, or maybe you’ll just enjoy seeing the Halloween decorations. :) <BR> <BR> I love walking in our neighborhood; there’s always something... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:48:44 EST Mandatory, Unedited hOOp Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784307 It really and truly did take a solid six months to recover from the Death By Bulldog Knee Sprain. I've been walking and stuff, but it's only been within the last couple of weeks that my knee actually felt 100%. 100%! Like, I can't even tell when it's going to rain anymore. I can't even tell that it was ever injured. As optimistic as I am, I wasn't sure if that was going to happen. But lo and behold, it has. <BR> <BR> You know what that means, don't you? This short, round, middle-aged woman ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:12:28 EST Backyard Concert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780223 A backyard accordion concert—just what you need, to start off your Monday! I’ve been working on this song for weeks, so I thought I would share, because I think it’s important for you to monitor my accordion progress. EVERYTHING awesome is SparkWorthy, right? Of course it is! <BR> <BR> As I mention in the video, I played this song in church yesterday morning. I’m telling you; this place lets me get away with just about anything. Heh heh. If you’re curious about how we used it in the service,... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:22:03 EST Back to School - Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765014 For me, the start of the school year feels more like New Year’s Day, than the actual New Year’s Day. Something about a fresh start and a clean slate, new pencils and all that. Back to school also means back on a regular schedule for me, and that’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes, I want to fight the clock during those early morning wake-up calls. And sometimes, it’s frustrating to have to drop everything, to go pick up kids from school. But it’s super easy to find the silver lining there. E... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:15:43 EST Bubba Walk: Different Kind of Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757755 Took a muggy, morning walk with Bubba and rambled about stuff I’m trying and going to try. Kind of a long vlog for me, but wanted to share a couple of things, in case it helps anyone else. Feel free to learn from my mistakes! (Also feel free to skip entirely.) I’m okay with slow and steady, as long as I’m learning along the way. <BR> <BR> I won’t bother restating everything I said in the vlog. Suffice it to say, I’m still doing freezer meal prep for dinners. And now I’m going to extend that... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:10:03 EST Accordion Garage Concert: Something About a Goose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748133 I know you’ve eagerly awaited the next Laundry Room Accordion Concert. Honestly, how have you lasted this long? How? I regret to inform you that Accordion Concerts are now being held in the garage. Now you know. Why am I sharing this? Because I can. And I think it’s highly SparkWorthy, to share whenever you’re trying and learning new things—even if it’s the accordion. Heaven help us. <BR> <BR> Accordion matters aside, here’s a little vacation update. If you read my last blog, you’ll know tha... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:25:56 EST Quick Drive-By Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738670 I AM ON VACATION!!! Woo to my exhausted hoo! I haven't taken any time off, since I went back to work in September, so I'm definitely ready for a break. I'm getting ready to do massive amounts of laundry, so Audrey, my BFF, her daughter and I can head out for a girls-only, road trip. WOOT! And guess what? The guys still have a couple of freezer meals left, so they're set. How about that? <BR> <BR> Quick Watermelon Update: Apparently, this is the summer for me to try 14 different ways to slice... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:26:22 EST