MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MSLZZY MSLZZY'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/ Put on notice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863375 I was informed by my DH that I talk too much, take too <BR> long to say what I want and go on and on. Not the best <BR> conversation to have just before going to bed. <BR> Oh, well. Nuff said. Not letting it get to me. I can <BR> handle the silent treatment. LOL! That just means I <BR> have time to read my book. <BR> A beautiful 50 degree day and I covered a lot of ground. <BR> Last time I checked, I had logged over 16K in steps or 8.5 miles. <BR> I am content. Start over fresh tomorrow. <BR>... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:22:59 EST Catching up on email and http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862529 catching up on sleep. It has felt really good to take a short <BR> nap each day this weekend. Must be storing up energy <BR> for the week to come. <BR> We followed the normal Sunday routine and DS and his <BR> GF stopped by on the way home from spending the weekend <BR> with his older brother. We have been doing a little car <BR> shopping as he wants something a little more fuel <BR> friendly and oldest DS is ready to give the pickup back. <BR> Always doing the car swap. <BR> Laundry is done ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:04:37 EST A wonderful visit with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861903 We had a great evening with our friends, catching up on <BR> all the news of our children and GC, other friends from <BR> their childhood as I didn't know these people until after <BR> DH and I were married and all the things we did in high <BR> school. Most of the high school memories were much <BR> the same, only the names were changed. The class <BR> clowns, those who drank, the ones who married early, <BR> the ones who never show up at class reunions and so on. <BR> The evening went quite... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:06:37 EST A wonderful 46 degrees today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861223 Now this is a most unusual January thaw and aside from a <BR> little rain event tomorrow night and into Sunday, the next <BR> week looks to be above normal temperatures. We will take <BR> every nice day we get. There is still snow in the sheltered <BR> areas but the piles are slowly sinking away. Probably making <BR> room for the next snow when it arrives. <BR> We will be seeing some of our dear friends tomorrow night. <BR> They will come mid afternoon and we will go out for dinner. <BR> They... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:18:49 EST A little fun to end the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860621 We went to the boys basketball game to watch the <BR> Little Wolves cheerleaders perform and GD is one <BR> of them. They did a very short routine and I would <BR> guess there were 25 girls and one boy. Such a cute <BR> group and the high school cheerleaders and the <BR> cheer coach had worked with them. We could have <BR> stayed to watch the last half of the game but came <BR> home to just relax. DH is watching tv and I am <BR> doing some laundry. Woohoo, tomorrow is Friday. <BR> I can handl... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:43:02 EST A quiet, cleaner day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859882 DH was gone to an all day meeting and the radio was <BR> quiet so it was nice. I had the usual service work to <BR> do and I could watch the very light snow flakes coming <BR> down and turning the street to a pretty white until the <BR> grain trucks started to rumble by. The street to the <BR> elevator is more mud that asphalt as the tires are <BR> digging into the gravel and churning the parking lot <BR> into a sea of ruts. I may avoid driving that was as <BR> there is so much traffic and t... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:06:30 EST Highly decorated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858928 In the never ending quest for new and interesting ways to spend <BR> my time and earn my keep, today's ambulance run was one of <BR> "no guts, no glory". We were called to the livestock barn for a <BR> man who had been injured somewhere in the maze of gates and <BR> pens. The parking lot was a sea of mud, gravel, melting snow <BR> and ice and, well, you can imagine the rest. After a little confusion <BR> as to where the patient was, we parked and slopped our way <BR> through the soupy mess, ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:53:30 EST Big swing in temperatures today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858188 First we started out with 30 degrees and light freezing rain. <BR> I walked to the café and it wasn't even too bad. But another <BR> shower can through and walking home was quite the <BR> adventure. Only safe place to walk was the grass but <BR> I did not slip or fall, amazing! <BR> I cautioned DS as he was driving 16 miles to do his <BR> interim teaching and I wasn't sure if the sanding crew <BR> had been out already but they had. He said he had no <BR> problems and was home by 4 pm. He dash... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:20:36 EST Mixing it up today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857454 Church, then coffee hour with the family and then DS and GF <BR> arrived and we went out for lunch. The plan was to take a quick <BR> nap before the Packers/Seahawks game but I got caught up <BR> doing laundry and nap time was forgotten. I was really getting <BR> into the game and the pager went off and so did I. <BR> Our patient was an elderly woman at the Care Center who <BR> has some mental issues. She fell and hit her head and <BR> needed stitches. She is also very attached to her caregiv... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:53:12 EST Got a little "spirng" in my step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856724 Today was so nice that I went for an early morning walk <BR> and walked again this afternoon. Tomorrow may not be <BR> quite as nice but Monday will be much colder so I thought <BR> better do some serious walking today and get a little <BR> closer to nature. The snow has been melting nicely and <BR> now I know it will not be blowing around later. <BR> We met a client this morning and spent 1 1/2 hours at <BR> the office. I made a cheesy broccoli soup with extra <BR> broccoli for lunch. DH an... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:53:12 EST Reaching the end of the drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856055 The attorney called and DS has to be served papers to <BR> appear in court so the judge can hear his side of things <BR> before he signs the document for guardianship. That will <BR> be 2 weeks from Monday. <BR> Rather that have the sheriff or deputy serve the papers, <BR> I was given the option to take him to the courthouse <BR> myself and get the papers. So we drove down after <BR> work, he walked in, took the papers and we drove home. <BR> He asked what he should do with them and I said I ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:21:06 EST One more hurdle cleared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855126 The meeting with the psychologist went very well, much <BR> shorter than they said. Only a little over an hour to convince <BR> the doctor that a complete guardianship needs to be in place. <BR> DS and I were both in the room and it was good because his <BR> hearing aid was not working and he needed me to repeat <BR> the questions (doctor had a very quiet voice). After lots of <BR> fact-finding, he basically said there is a 95-98% chance that <BR> this needs to be done so he will type up the... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:39:07 EST Heads up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854459 Tomorrow I take DS1 to a psychologist for a 3 hour evaluation- <BR> another step in getting guardianship and maybe, get those <BR> interfering people out of his life and ours. They always cause <BR> such a ruckus and it takes a toll. Since I have only been <BR> battling this for the last 3-4 months, anything closer to a <BR> resolution can only bring down the stress level. <BR> I am working very slowly with the Beck book. I read my <BR> cards 3 times yesterday and twice today. I ate at the ta... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:28:27 EST Looking forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853934 to a week ahead that should be sunny and much <BR> warmer that it has been. It will pick up everyone's <BR> mood, of that I am sure. <BR> Just a quick blog as I turn in. Lots of steps today <BR> and the morning workout was fantastic. That must <BR> be why even the tv has no fascination for me. The <BR> bed is more inviting. <BR> Thanks for stopping by and rock that Wednesday! HUGS! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:58:34 EST Back to work-post flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853119 Yes, Mondays come and it is always surprising what crops <BR> up after the weekend. I was a bit fuzzy today but a brisk <BR> walking workout in the office cleared that up. Amazingly, <BR> I had no VM from the weekend so I must have done <BR> something right. I had finished the odds and ends of <BR> work that I had taken home so that helped. <BR> I did have a phone call from one client who asked <BR> why a certain vehicle she wanted removed from the <BR> policy was still there. Well, I said, ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:24:32 EST Recovering from the flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852095 Last night wasn't so great so DH and I went to bed <BR> early and I slept the night through. When I got up this <BR> morning, I knew that going to church meant spreading <BR> the germs around so I stayed home and DH went <BR> by himself. That doesn't happen very often. <BR> I did go to the café for coffee but mostly just to touch <BR> base with the rest of the family. Lunch was chicken <BR> noodle soup, some crackers and water. <BR> I kept drinking all day while I watched the Packers <BR> gam... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:39:23 EST No time for Beck today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851388 It seems like this day was just meant to go by quickly <BR> and it did. Making one last breakfast for DS as he was <BR> refereeing some grade school basketball games. Then <BR> make up cookie trays for the elderly in our church and <BR> deliver them. DS just finished his refereeing and came <BR> to deliver 4 of them to the ladies that he also mowed <BR> lawn for when he was in high school. They love to see <BR> him whenever he is home. <BR> Lunch and then the kids started packing everything <... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:03:55 EST Kumla and Day Seven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850691 Kumla, as I was told by DS's GF, is a Norwegian <BR> potato dumpling that her great-grandmother made <BR> and she just loves them. Since I am always making <BR> German specialties, I thought I would try my hand <BR> at these. <BR> I cooked a chunk of picnic ham, removed the meat <BR> after cooking to find a rich broth. Mix shredded raw <BR> potatoes with flour, salt and baking powder and <BR> then form into balls by dipping hands in water <BR> and pressing together. It was a process and a gre... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 22:59:39 EST Let's clear the air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849373 Most of yesterday's frustration stemmed from trying to <BR> find an application that didn't exist. I sorted through <BR> several piles of papers (yes, I am behind in filing) and <BR> a DH who insisted that it "had" to be here. I even <BR> scrolled on the website where I should have seen that <BR> name in the list. No such luck. <BR> DH finally went over to the lady's house to see what <BR> papers she had. Well, we had elected to leave her in <BR> her current drug plan so that application was... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:19:33 EST The Rock, The Hard Place and Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848932 Today was so not the day for being in my shoes. <BR> Nothing seemed to go the way I wanted it do. <BR> I did sit down for breakfast but hurried out the <BR> door without letting my food settle. <BR> Morning snack at my desk, turned away from <BR> the computer screen and the phone rings. Drat! <BR> Lunch-again a more rushed meal at the café as <BR> I waited to get my lunch until DS, GF and DH <BR> arrived. Maybe spent too much time talking but <BR> it would be the only chance I had for some g... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:30:33 EST Day Six-Find a Diet Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848111 I talked with my SIL, who has been very active in <BR> WW for a very long time. She works across the street <BR> from me and we talk all the time. She thinks this may <BR> be a great buddy system for both of us. <BR> I read my cards twice and then once more <BR> I ate slowly and at the table but give myself a B- <BR> as I got distracted and didn't stay sitting <BR> I found a diet coach who can help me stay focused <BR> So I give myself credit for all of the above <BR> and doing a walking work... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:30:47 EST Day Five-Eat Slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847056 I think DS is wondering what is up with mom as I am <BR> eating even slower than I have before. DH can finish <BR> his meal in less than 15 minutes and I have always <BR> taken much longer. I choose not to rush so this exercise <BR> is fairly easy. <BR> I read my cards, ate sitting down and ate slowly. <BR> Giving myself credit for walking when I could have <BR> waited for DH to drive me home at noon, credit for <BR> shoveling the sidewalk at the office twice when I <BR> could have asked for ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:30:26 EST Day Four-Giving Myself Credit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846140 Today was a feel good day. The cold weather let us just <BR> a little and even though we cancelled church, we found <BR> ways to sit in the peace and reflect on what the day was <BR> meant to be. We counted our blessings that the wind <BR> had died down, the snow was less than anticipated and <BR> the cold, even frigid, was accompanied with sunshine. <BR> I read my response cards and sat down for EACH <BR> and EVERY meal and snack. I even sat down to enjoy <BR> my vitamins. Each bite was savo... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:28:21 EST Third Day on the Beck Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845095 Sit down while eating. Well, not bad in theory and a habit <BR> that will take time but I did sit down most of the time. I am <BR> not in much of a habit to eat while standing anyway but <BR> I will still need to focus on this. I have written several <BR> cards as reminders as well as a card to remind me NOT <BR> to eat in front of the tv or the computer. Can't hurt, right? <BR> Our weather took a big downturn from this morning and <BR> the wind arrived right on schedule with the snow almost ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:28:15 EST Second day of the Beck Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844344 Pick 2 diets, one as a primary and one as a backup plan. <BR> That was easy. I will stick with the Spark plan that I have <BR> followed for the last 6 years and track, track, track. <BR> Backup plan will be an old Weight Watchers book I <BR> bought at a book sale. It has been around for years <BR> and not too much has changed but now I think all <BR> foods are given points. Better than nothing. <BR> I read my cards several times today and plan to <BR> move ahead slowly so that this can work ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:34:22 EST First Day with the Beck Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843311 I have faithfully read the first few chapters, several <BR> times, and today, I started on Day One and wrote 2 <BR> copies of my Advantages Response Cards. One set <BR> for in my purse and one for in the kitchen. I will <BR> probably read the one in my purse more often as <BR> I am at work more than I am at home. One baby <BR> step for 2015. <BR> We had an issue with oldest DS and his GF. It <BR> was a total misunderstanding and why I was <BR> drug into the conversation baffles me. Weird! <BR... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:19:44 EST This is the Year of "Me" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842437 I don't make resolutions as most of them are pointless <BR> and fade quickly after the first few days of the year go by. <BR> But this is the one goal that I need to keep in mind. <BR> I need to devote more time to "me" and not just say it. <BR> I need to do it. <BR> Happy New Year! DD and family were here playing <BR> games and we wished each other a Happy New Year <BR> and they just left to go home. GS was tired and a bit <BR> cranky but they did well and it was a special evening. <BR> HUGS... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 01:24:15 EST The NewYear is almost here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842362 The GC are playing games and I am <BR> quietly Sparking as the clock runs out on 2014. <BR> The last day of work seemed endless but we <BR> managed it all and came home early. <BR> I had a few chores to do and a client came <BR> by with a few questions. Then it was time to <BR> change clothes and go out for dinner. I had <BR> New York strip steak with salad and garlic <BR> mashed potatoes and cheesecake. I gifted <BR> DS with half of my steak and he was happy. <BR> But he had already eaten h... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:50:40 EST Well, my blog from yesterday must have disappeared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841563 I am not sure what happened but I will fill in the gaps. <BR> Yesterday was my 6th SParkversary and I have a pretty <BR> good idea what I wrote. So I will post most of it again. <BR> My new mantra is "It's My Life" as Bon Jovi sang <BR> It's my life <BR> It's now or never <BR> I ani't going to live forever <BR> I just want to live while I'm alive <BR> It's my life. <BR> My heart is live an open highway <BR> Like Frankie said <BR> I did it my way <BR> I just want to live while I'm alive <BR> I... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:01:47 EST Last Sunday of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840198 It is hard to believe that we are almost done with 2014. <BR> The journey went well until sometime in late August or <BR> September. Since then, I have been battling with legal <BR> issues and oldest son, lots of health issues with DH <BR> and trying to carve a little time for me to kick the stress <BR> to the curb. <BR> Evidently, I am missing something as my weight has <BR> climbed. I know I was always "wired for sound" but <BR> being mildly insane, that was just part of the way I <BR> came... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:34:30 EST A much quieter day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839581 Little lady made it to the hospital and was discharged before <BR> the ambulance crew made it back to town. Back pain was severe <BR> but no need to stay hospitalized. She did have to stay until <BR> someone could come to take her home and that was this <BR> morning. The roads were much improve. <BR> Lots of shoveling today and the sidewalks and driveway are <BR> clean and clear. As long as the wind doesn't blow, they <BR> should stay that way. <BR> DS had an alumni basketball game tonight as... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:32:44 EST Excitement no end http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839094 Lots of excitement after Christmas. The weather man told us <BR> a pretty story about a light snow event and no warnings or <BR> watches in our area. We drive to see MIL and SIL and I try <BR> to shovel the sidewalk, thinking the snow is ending soon. <BR> 4 hours later, it is still snowing, the wind has picked up and <BR> we are now going out for dinner at 7:30. The snow keeps <BR> on falling, we sit and talk with friends much longer than <BR> we should have and now are leaving at least 45 mi... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:32:01 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838540 I had a wonderful day and hope you did too. It was <BR> fun to see the table filled with the family but a bit <BR> sad to know so many are missing that were here <BR> years ago and have passed on. Parents and grandparents, <BR> aunts and uncles and cousins-but oh, the memories <BR> of Christmas past. <BR> The presents were all opened and appreciated. We <BR> had more than enough to eat and time was spent <BR> playing games and watching movies. <BR> It was misting as we returned home and there... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:35:19 EST Merry Christmas Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838143 So much to get done today but I did cover all my <BR> bases. We closed the office early. DS and GF came <BR> to take the table out of the back office so I moved <BR> all the boxes and bags on it and around it and got <BR> it to the front door so all we had to do was put it into <BR> the pickup. We also packed up DD's mini fridge as <BR> it was too big for us to take to graduation 2 weeks ago. <BR> A very simple dinner for us with church at 7:30. <BR> I did take time to color my hair and I did... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:46:15 EST I think I am done wrapping gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837697 At least I wrapped everything I could find but since I only <BR> went shopping once, it should have all been in one place LOL! <BR> I scored a morning walking workout and jumped right into <BR> work with a vengeance. Lots of paper moved, problems <BR> solved and uploaded 52 pictures for a new farm account. <BR> The system is slow and tedious but it is done! <BR> Slowly winding down and making sure I have everything <BR> gathered to take to DD's on Thursday. Lots of extra steps <BR> today so I... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 22:58:50 EST Moving ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837034 A typical busy Monday but I accomplished more than I <BR> thought now that I reflect on the day. I am trying to do <BR> as much as I can before we close the office for Christmas. <BR> Tonight I am wrapping presents and found I need to <BR> gather a few more boxes from the office first. Plus I <BR> have to hide the presents upstairs in the spare bedroom <BR> so that Kasey doesn't unwrap them for me. He is so <BR> sneaky and not to be trusted all day on his own. It feels <BR> like having a 2 y... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:22:20 EST Serving and being served http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836503 Today the GC sang in church, just one verse of "Oh, Little Town <BR> of Bethlehem", but it was just lovely to hear 4 little voices <BR> singing so sweetly. <BR> We had coffee time and then it was home to put the finishing <BR> touches on lunch. I gathered the soup crackers, butter <BR> for the butterhorns that MIL baked, the snow soup in the <BR> oven so it was hot and not scorched, the cookies that <BR> we know everyone loves and off we go. I spent most of <BR> the time making sure everyone ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:30:40 EST Making the most of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836080 I made 2 kinds of party mix last night and today DH and I <BR> made his favorite filled raisin cookies. Quite a production. <BR> I cleaned house, did laundry and chores and tried to get <BR> ahead before the new week starts. <BR> GD played 2 basketball games and scored 7 points. It was <BR> fun to watch. DD was there with her arm in a sling and <BR> feeling tired and sore. But she will recuperate in the time <BR> between now and when school starts up on January 5th. <BR> I have logged 5 mile... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:04:41 EST I made it through the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835636 the best idea I had was to do my walking workout before <BR> I started working in the office and it paid off. I have logged <BR> over 6.2 miles and think I am past the slump I had 2 days <BR> ago when I just couldn't seem to get moving. <BR> I worked on at least 6 quote for house/car insurance today <BR> and hope to have all the policies uploaded next week. <BR> I was so glad I didn't have much to take my attention <BR> away from those tasks. DH did need a few forms printed <BR> but I could d... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:07:37 EST Thursday update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835175 I think I was lacking motivation today but since I woke <BR> up with leg cramps at 4:30, it put me off my stride first <BR> thing this morning. Not sure what brought that on as it <BR> is not a common occurrence for me. Need to research <BR> this so I avoid this down the road. <BR> After I got moving in the office, it was no big deal. Lots <BR> of walking in short bursts and I managed to log 4 miles. <BR> A few odds and ends for other cardio and getting into <BR> the mood for Christmas. I sti... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:37:36 EST Tonight was the night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834679 for the grade school concert. A very unusual time-6:15, <BR> The school came to an agreement with several churches <BR> to hold this on a Wednesday night, usually reserved for <BR> religious activities only. It was a great concert with the <BR> grade school band opening the evening, followed by <BR> the kindergarten class and then a skit featuring the 6th <BR> grades thespians and the other grades singing along. <BR> Very impressive. <BR> Also, tonight was the finale of Survivor. When we got ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:42:22 EST A little extra today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834156 With the rain, freezing rain and snow, I had a bit of <BR> shoveling to do this morning. I was glad I had left it <BR> right where it was because I didn't have to deal with <BR> glazed ice. The wind and blowing snow polished any <BR> clear surfaces so it was super slick today. <BR> The GC had a piano recital today and all the children <BR> did great. There were a few that had just started <BR> lessons this fall and it was fun to see them concentrate <BR> so much on their pieces. Our GD played... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:12:55 EST One down, two to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833610 I survived the first deadline for health insurance and <BR> finished 2 applications and have 3 more in the works <BR> for the next deadline. And I spent time working on <BR> other quotes as well. Just so much time in a day but <BR> I have 4 more to get done before the weekend, maybe <BR> 6 if I can push through it. One is very complicated but <BR> will be the last one as I have a little more time for it. <BR> We had an inch of rain and then freezing rain and finally <BR> snow-about 4 inches. ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:14:00 EST A calmer day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833066 Now that graduation is over, DD can relax and enjoy <BR> the holiday season. We drove to see all the GC in their <BR> Christmas concert at church. The GC who live here <BR> attended the practices there as they are the only 2 <BR> youngsters in Sunday School here. The concert was <BR> very nice and we were glad we went. <BR> The day has been damp and drizzly and the rain <BR> that starts tonight will turn to snow during the hours <BR> before dawn and continue through the day. It could <BR> be... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:17:34 EST Graduation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832593 The best part of seeing your daughter receive her doctorate <BR> was that these outstanding people were the first in line to <BR> be honored and recognized. Quite an impressive group to <BR> see. We have never been to a winter graduation before and <BR> were very surprised at the volume of students listed on <BR> the program. Not quite as many as in spring but many <BR> more than we ever thought. Sadly, at least 1/2 listed did <BR> not attend or walk the stage, for various reasons. <BR> We ha... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:46:24 EST The big day is almost here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832177 I have everything ready so we can leave early <BR> in the morning for graduation and the day filled <BR> with fun and family. We will meet for lunch then <BR> go to the formal reception. It will be cool enough <BR> that the salad will be fine in the cooler until we <BR> serve it for dinner. I will make sure to take along <BR> the other things DD requested and see how the <BR> day unfolds. I may spark a little in the morning <BR> but expect to be gone all day. <BR> Thanks for stopping by and h... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:09:41 EST A change of focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831628 I am looking forward to DD's graduation on Saturday. <BR> I made her favorite salad-confetti salad. Chopped broccoli, <BR> cauliflower, onion, cherry tomatoes, celery, green and black <BR> olives, green beans, whole kernel corn, sliced baby carrots and <BR> mushrooms in a dressing of lite ranch and Italian dressing. <BR> It makes a very large bowl as you can see. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517667357.jpg"> <BR> She also requested some Christmas cookies so I <BR>... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:15:53 EST Outwit, outlast, outplay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831057 I think I found a way to outwit the website. I call in for each <BR> client, especially when they no longer can locate their user <BR> id or their password. As long as I have their application <BR> number and they are with me, I call and have a representative <BR> work through the site and get the password reset. Now <BR> everything is golden and it works. One lady called in to <BR> get her password, spent 2 hours talking to a representative <BR> and got absolutely nowhere. They stopped in t... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:30:42 EST The website cracks me up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830533 I arrived at the office at the usual time, at least 1 1/2 hours <BR> before (hopefully), the phone starts ringing. I was going to <BR> get ahead and work through the information I had on those <BR> people who signed up for health insurance last year. <BR> The first try-nothing. The second try-nada. The third try- <BR> read silent scream. Oh, yes. Delete all cookies and <BR> start over. FINALLY, I got through to the end with ONE. <BR> The next 3 clients were a no-go. Delete cookies, try again.... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:39:54 EST The way of the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829967 Meet one deadline and another magically appears. Now <BR> I can focus on ACA policies and make changes in coverage- <BR> if the website lets me. How depressing when it blocks <BR> everything. Everyone need to change their passwords. <BR> Some did, most did not. Now to figure out what to do next. <BR> Back on board with mindful eating. The last few weeks <BR> have been grueling and some pretty pitiful choices. So <BR> it is time to get a grip. <BR> I have the wood furnace burning. I picked up ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:37:54 EST