OBIESMOM2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OBIESMOM2 OBIESMOM2'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/ Omar's Big Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693128 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l688416324.jpg"> <BR> <BR> one of the things that happened while I was on my “Spark Break” - <BR> <BR> One of the days that I spent so much time working in the yard, I came in and fell asleep on the sofa. I was just exhausted. When I woke up Jack and Obie were in the house, but not Omar. No big deal because we have a dog door and the yard is fenced. <BR> <BR> I got up and went to the bathroom, then went to the kitchen for a glass of ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:30:59 EST weekly exercise recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692177 I've definitely gotten in my workouts this week! <BR> <BR> I think I got the red letters on my fitness tracking page on Wednesday, so Thursday night I changed to the other system. Wow! I have been eating WAY too few calories. <BR> <BR> I'm still working on getting the yard in shape. That has really boosted my fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> Saturday - at least 3 hours of yard work <BR> <BR> Sunday - Pilates in the morning / 3 hours in the yard in the afternoon <BR> <BR> Monday - HIIT cla... Sat, 10 May 2014 20:00:06 EST push-ups for Henry - will you join me??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691286 my boss has a buddy who is really going through some trying times. <BR> <BR> This is a nice family of 4. The husband, Henry, has always been really healthy. He and my boss have had a push-up challenge for several years. They would email or phone each other with their monthly totals. <BR> <BR> In the fall of 2010, their son was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Jake has battled, been through multiple chemo, and is just a fighter. He's currently in remission and is doing very painful ph... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:00:50 EST my unexpected absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688635 I kind of vanished from Spark - totally unplanned. <BR> <BR> the first issue was accessing the site from my phone. I don't know what was going on, but I just could not get to Spark. Then I got really busy at work, and I just had no time. <BR> <BR> That was close to Ash Wednesday, so I decided I'd give up Spark for Lent. I also went vegetarian for Lent (ovo-lacto - gotta have my cheese). Giving up meat was pretty easy. Giving up Spark was not! When some of my dearest Spark friends Spar... Tue, 6 May 2014 06:07:56 EST being a Team Leader is a learning process! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606675 at the end of last year I became a team leader. Fortunately Spark offers LOTS of resources, but I have more respect than ever for team leaders. I cannot imagine how much time it takes for some of the really large groups. <BR> <BR> my team is Reaching Our Goals in 2014. It was started by another Sparker last year (as ROGI 2013), but she had to stop being the leader due to other commitments. Somebody else tried to get the team active again, but has now left Spark. <BR> <BR> I really liked... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:15:48 EST how my Spark friends MADE me workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581190 I did a little experiment today. I had the office to myself, so I did a status update this morning: <BR> "okay Spark friends. I have the office to myself today. I will exercise (push-ups, lunges, squats, etc.) every time somebody leaves a comment on my status. Will blog to let you know the final tally!" <BR> 1st comment - 30 push-ups <BR> 2nd comment - 50 jumping jacks <BR> one 'like' - 20 push-ups <BR> <BR> things got too quiet, so I made a little change and did another status update: <BR>... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 20:23:52 EST re-gifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578914 in 2006 Obie (he was known as Buster then) was a Christmas present for somebody in Louisville, KY. They quickly realized they couldn't keep him and looked for a new family to take him. We drove up from GA in January 2007 and brought him home. BEST. REGIFT. EVER. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1984866311.jpg"> <BR> this was the first picture we saw of 'Buster'. When DH got the email with the picture, he asked me if I wanted to see the puppy. I told him, "you k... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 03:39:06 EST hitting the bleachers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561574 today was the last day of my 4 day weekend. I finished up the Angel Tree gifts and got them wrapped, ran some errands, did some things around the house, got dinner cooking in the crock pot, and decided to try for a bleacher workout. <BR> <BR> it's been very rainy here. About noon, the sun started breaking through. It was still very windy and cold, but at least it was sunny. So I put on my lined running pants and a hooded sweatshirt and headed for the stadium. <BR> <BR> Friday night I di... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:50:47 EST busy weekend, but I still have TWO MORE DAYS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559920 due to several issues, I ended up with 5 vacation days left to take in December. Normally that wouldn't be too much of a problem, but the boss will be out of the country the last week of the month. We are a two person office, so I try to not be out when he is. In addition, several of the people who normally cover when I'm out are unavailable. <BR> <BR> I talked with the ONE person still available and scheduled my remaining days off - and got TWO 4 day weekends. Yippee! <BR> <BR> Friday ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:53:52 EST Saturday blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542934 I was up early again this morning. I'm always an early riser. Add in the recent time change and I have become a REAL early riser. That's why I got in so much morning exercise while in TX visiting my friend - she's on central time, and my body was still on Eastern DST. I was usually awake by 3:30 or 4 while I was in TX! <BR> <BR> I got up early and started some laundry, did a little cleaning. I wanted to do Pilates, but Obie, Jack, and Omar had other ideas. I watched a Bette Davis movie... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:00:45 EST It's a small world... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541563 but I wouldn't want to paint it! (Steven Wright) <BR> <BR> seriously - <BR> <BR> clients came in today and when I looked at their info I noticed they lived at McElheney Crossroads in Monticello. My paternal grandmother was from Monticello, and her maiden name was McElheney. <BR> <BR> I told the clients (an elderly couple), and they knew my grandmother! And all of her siblings. AND their son is now living in the house my grandmother grew up in. <BR> <BR> When they went back for their ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:51:44 EST recap of my trip to TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539793 my friend Martha had her 3rd glaucoma surgery on her left eye on Nov 6. She's not one to EVER sit still, so her friends & family wanted to be with her so we could FORCE her to behave! She had to have **7** surgeries on her right eye! <BR> <BR> I flew out late Friday (best flight rate) to stay with her a few days. Turns out that late flight was a good thing because my boss and I couldn't find anybody to fill in for me on Friday. I worked until 1:30, ran by the post office to mail a packag... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:18:15 EST a blog by phone...from the airport! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539427 Time to go home. I'm sitting on the floor at DFW charging my phone and waiting for our delayed plane to arrive from Mexico so we can head to Atlanta. <BR> <BR> My friend is recovering well. Much of her vision was restored. She will go back to work on Monday. She won't be able to drive for a while, but she has a good network of friends & family to help out. <BR> <BR> Back to work for me tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a good nap on the plane <BR> <em>102</em> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:30:32 EST a blog by phone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536991 No - I'm not 'phoning it in'. I am actually blogging from my phone. Take that technology demons! <BR> <BR> I went for a short run this morning, did some jump rope and Pilates. We watched a lot of movies (my friend I'm visiting is recovering from surgery). <BR> <BR> Hope I can sleep tonight Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:44:52 EST Technical Difficulties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534349 where to begin... <BR> <BR> our desktop was on it's last leg. It wouldn't recognize my phone or the memory card from the digital camera. I would have to reboot 2 or 3 times to do anything. <BR> <BR> about 2 months ago, DH bought a new desktop. I kept telling him that something was NOT right. The new PC was even slower than the old one; pop ups were everywhere; I couldn't access my email, etc. <BR> <BR> I can READ emails on my phone, but I cannot respond to them. So I have to grab the ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:22:05 EST Weekly exercise recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519018 my last blog was about how my good friend Lydia has helped me get back on track with my exercise. So here's a recap of 'the power of good friends': <BR> <BR> Monday morning I did the elliptical at home. Not much, but it was something. I talked with Lydia and decided to join her at her evening workout. We started with a short warm up run. The first group of exercise stations included crunches on a vertical knee raise dip station, pushing a weighted heavy bag from one end of the room to ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 02:54:35 EST that's what friends are for! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515509 I have been really struggling lately. I've gone from two-a-day workouts most days, to barely able to force myself to get in an hour a WEEK. Just no desire. I didn't go to the Y once in September! I did some stuff at home, walked a little, ran once or twice, used my reel mower to cut the grass...for me, that is NOTHING. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691759555.jpg"> <BR> I have a picture hanging in my bathroom with Eeyore and the gang that says "Friends make... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:31:33 EST prayer requests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400746 a former co-worker of mine has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. He's in his late 40s. He and his wife are having a really tough time. Here's some info on this type of dementia. <BR> <link>dailynightly.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/<BR>06/13/18940264-tonight-on-nightly-news<BR>-a-different-kind-of-dementia?lite </link> <BR> heartbreaking. Please remember Rob and Sarah in your prayers. On a happy note, they just welcomed their 1st grandchild; a healthy baby boy. <BR> <BR> my frien... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:52:26 EST a busy week, but still got in my exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398444 is it just me, or did last week seem to go on forever? <BR> <BR> Sunday was nice. I had spent Saturday with my dad, and the church folks weren't expecting me anyway, so I stayed home. Got lots of stuff done around the house and a full upper body workout on the BowFlex. <BR> <BR> Monday was a normal workday. Tuesday DH had oral surgery. So I was his designated driver. Then I was his designated mush cooker. He wanted mashed potatoes when we got home. I was out of milk, but I had some ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:58:20 EST Beach Week 2013 (with pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396709 My good friend Martha lost her DH to cancer in 2006. In 2007 she started a Girl's Week at the beach with friends and family from all over. She and her DH had always traveled together, and Martha needed her friends around her. <BR> <BR> The first year we were at Tybee Island. That was a tough one because Martha was in tears most of the time. It had been less than a year since Jimmy died. They were best friends. They had celebrated their 40th anniversary a few months before he died. I... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:13:44 EST happy Father's Day!!! How was your weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391079 <BR> Friday - boss let me leave work early; I came home and fixed a healthy lunch, did LOTS of housework...as I said in my last blog, it seems I found my mojo. <BR> <BR> late Friday night (once the pups had all settled down) I did Pilates. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning - run/walk at the park. My intention was to run, but I was having a tough time with endurance. So I switched to a sprint run. One lap I walked and did 10 push-ups at each park bench I passed. So I did 4.25 miles and 110 p... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:57:55 EST shhhhhh - I think I found my 'get up and go' again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389455 I've been on the 'fake it 'til you make it' plan for way too long. <BR> <BR> Before I left for my beach trip, I was doing two-a-days. Every day while I was out of town, I walked, ran, rode my bike. I did pretty good on eating. I indulged a little, but not much. <BR> <BR> I didn't track because my only internet access was via my phone, and the internet connection was spotty. There was one day I couldn't even log in! There goes my Spark Streak =( <BR> <BR> anywho...since I got back, I j... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:29:29 EST finally - the end of a LONG day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362846 did my morning upper body Bow Flex workout <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> realized as I was walking out the door to go to work that I'd not fed the dogs <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> had to go to an unexpected funeral. Our clients came by last week with the latest update on the wife's back issues. She's been in pain for so long, and finally had surgery scheduled. Her surgery was Thursday morning. The surgery went great - better than expected. She came out of the anesthesia, asked for something ... Mon, 20 May 2013 22:27:58 EST last week's exercise re-cap & 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361494 I managed to do 2-a-days everyday last week!! <BR> Sun – AM-run / PM-bike ride <BR> Mon – AM-BowFlex upper body / PM-spin class <BR> Tue – AM-BowFlex lower body / PM-spin class <BR> Wed – AM-Pilates / PM-spin class <BR> Thu – AM-BowFlex upper body / PM-spin class <BR> Fri – AM-Tabata / Pilates <BR> Sat – 5k / Pilates <BR> <BR> I missed my goal for the 5k. I was aiming for under 33 minutes; my time was 33:20. But I'm okay with that. I haven't been running regularly, so I have lost some gro... Sun, 19 May 2013 20:41:01 EST Why do you run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356985 I've tried to run most of my life. I'm really impatient though. You have to work up to running. When I couldn't go out and run a mile right away, I'd get frustrated. So my running never lasted very long. <BR> <BR> At my prior job one of my co-workers (Marnie) was a runner. I'd always wanted to run The Peachtree (a 10k in Atlanta on July 4th). Marnie said she'd train with me. So we started running together 2 or 3 days each week after work. I signed up for my first 5k in 1998. I think... Wed, 15 May 2013 03:57:22 EST a beautiful Sunday - sunny & mild http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354657 Headed out to the park this morning for a walk/run. I have a 5k next week and it's been WAY too long since I've run. <BR> <BR> Did my warm up moves (10 leg swings front to back & 10 side to side on each leg) then walked a lap. Started running on the next lap. I needed to complete 8 laps to be a little over a 5k distance. I was really hoping to do better than 35 minutes in my race next week. I was getting close to breaking 30, but I've been so slack with the running. <BR> <BR> Not only ... Mon, 13 May 2013 02:13:56 EST happy Saturday =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353476 Headed to the park this morning for a run or a walk, and I discovered that I didn't have my phone. I left it in my bike saddlebag after my ride Friday night. So I headed to the office to get my phone (I keep my bike at the office; there is no place to ride near the house, but there are LOTS of bike paths in town). <BR> <BR> I decided I'd just run in town. Then I remembered that while I was on my bike ride last night, I went by the stadium where I do my bleacher workouts. They added a new... Sat, 11 May 2013 21:40:31 EST you can't fix stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352336 and stupid people should not breed - it's not fair to their offspring <BR> <BR> my niece (Dee) had a baby this week. He'll be kept in NICU for 7 days. Because she didn't get any pre-natal care. Why? "The office was too far away." <BR> <BR> my nephew and his wife are also expecting any day. His wife offered to drive Dee to the doctor...because Dee has no license. But Dee was just too lazy to make an appointment. <BR> <BR> Why does Dee have no license? She got a ticket in another stat... Fri, 10 May 2013 16:05:05 EST Omar is HOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343750 I finally got my boy back! He was so glad to see somebody he knew at the vet's office. But he's been his happy, silly self while he was with them. One of the gals told me she stayed with him while he was coming out of the anesthesia. His tail started wagging before he got his eye open good! <BR> <BR> I took Omar to PetSmart after we left the vet. He had a great time sniffing around and meeting people. Lots of questions about what happened to his eye. But Omar doesn't care about any of... Thu, 2 May 2013 22:18:41 EST Omar lost an eye...but he found a family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341216 Omar is spending the night at the animal hospital. He had surgery late this afternoon to remove his eye. The muscle had healed much better than expected, but the cornea was starting to separate. The vet said that if it was HIS puppy, he'd go ahead and remove the eye. <BR> <BR> Ray has been our vet for over 30 years, so I trust him completely. He's seen us through many emergencies and even put one down for us. There is a now a vet walking distance from our house, but I still drive 30 m... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:11:29 EST my 4 day weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332208 went by way too fast! Why can't work days go by that quick??? <BR> <BR> Fri - 6AM Tabata at the Y. I FREAKIN' LOVE THAT CLASS!!! Then I went by the office to check on a few things (sometimes it's just easier and faster to do things yourself, KWIM?) Home to clean up and drive south to meet a fellow Sparker (DragonChilde). We had a blast! A nice, leisurely **4** hour lunch (all food was tracked, TYVM). A great credit to DragonChilde because I'm pretty anti-social. She was so easy to ta... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:00:49 EST 5k / 10k - behind the scenes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329687 have you ever wondered what's involved in setting up that race you ran on Saturday morning? I've been a volunteer at the annual 5k / 10k that my YMCA sponsors for several years. Today as I was driving to the Y for this year's races I was thinking about how much earlier I have to get to a race when I'm NOT a runner! (And how much longer I'll need to stay.) I don't know all the details, but over the years I've seen much of what it takes to put on a race. <BR> <BR> I can tell you that plann... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 13:10:37 EST need a chuckle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325039 this is from the joke thread in the Spark Café: <BR> <BR> How many group posters does it take to change a light bulb? <BR> <BR> a. 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed; <BR> b. 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently; <BR> c. 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs; <BR> d. 27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs; <BR> e. 5... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:33:10 EST guess what I found this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322170 I went to the park early this morning for some exercise. <BR> MP3 with Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' - check <BR> mace (nobody else around, so I promised my dad) - check <BR> HRM - check <BR> phone - check <BR> vitamin C drops (in case my mouth gets dry) - check <BR> <BR> I get to the bottom of the first lap, and there is a puppy sitting under one of the exercise stations! His right eye was a mess. Something had caused it to pop out, and it looked horrible. <BR> <BR> I looked aro... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:57:19 EST Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317613 nope - I didn't get in on the preview. But I read two reviews today from Sparkers whose opinions I value. I liked what I read. <BR> <BR> AND 2 free exercise DVDs are included with the pre-order. I've been using my home workout videos for years. It's always good to add to the library! <BR> <BR> AND I still have a credit left on my Amazon gift card. <BR> <BR> AND you get 3 free months of Spark Coach with a pre-order. <BR> <BR> AND you get 500 Spark Points. <BR> <BR> there's no way I co... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:53:51 EST what did you do??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297889 at a managing partner's conference, after his presentation, our managing partner took some questions. One person asked, "when you were still out in the field, and your business had gotten to a more than satisfactory profitability, how did you stay motivated and not get complacent?" <BR> His reply: I set a goal to meet one new person every day. I had my assistant ask me every day when I came back from lunch, "who did you meet today?" I knew she would ask, and often I would realize on my ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:02:29 EST tired - but in a really GOOD way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297419 whew! What a week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1365507748.jpg"> <BR> Monday - pretty normal. Work, spin class. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14483171.jpg"> <BR> Tuesday - work, bleacher workout (900 bleachers!!!), church committee meeting <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916631481.jpg"> <BR> Wednesday - work event at Dave & Busters. I actually got paid to bowl, play skee ball, shoot some baske... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 17:02:50 EST need a daily reminder of your goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295314 I read this suggestion today on my employer's in-house daily newsletter and I thought it was so great, I did it IMMEDIATELY: <BR> <BR> You are in the middle of a whirlwind. The whirlwind never stops. Sometimes it slows down, but it's deceptive. It will be back stronger than ever. The whirlwind tells you to focus on whatever its agenda is. The whirlwind tells you to forget your goals and focus on his. Sometimes the whirlwind wants you to change your goals completely. <BR> <BR> The whirlwind... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:47:30 EST a craving for wings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271274 a couple of weeks ago I carpooled to a meeting with 3 of my co-workers. On the way home, one of the gals was talking to her daughter on the phone and promised to pick up wings for dinner. <BR> <BR> since then, I have been Jonesing for some buffalo style wings! <BR> <BR> I was doing a 28 day no sugar challenge for February, so I was not eating takeout food much at all (you never know what they put sugar in). <BR> <BR> yesterday I started thinking about wings again. There is an excellent ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:04:50 EST the toughest 30 steps you'll ever take...again and again and again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231146 this time of year the YMCA tends to be crowded. It's starting to free up a bit, which is a happy and a SAD thing. I'm glad to be able to workout without waiting for a machine, but it's sad to see the resolution crowd disappear for another year. The optimist in me wants to believe they've just changed to a less popular workout time, but the realist knows better. <BR> <BR> lucky me...the high school football stadium is right across the street from the Y. So if the gym is crowded, and the w... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:27:11 EST the voices in your head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225171 one of my Spark friends wrote a blog about getting her mind to catch up to the reality of how much weight she's lost (she's closing in on 200 lbs GONE!!!) <BR> <BR> here's the deal - people who see you on a regular basis can't see the change. This includes the one that sees you in the mirror. And we always have those voices from the past in our heads - telling us things that likely were NEVER true, and definitely are not true any more. <BR> <BR> my older sister teased me when we were kid... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 04:35:27 EST RIP Zig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151480 "The world has officially lost one of the most influential and inspirational messengers of our time. Christian businessman, author, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, 86, passed away Wednesday, November 28 following a battle with pneumonia. On just Monday, he celebrated 66 years of marriage with his Jean." (from one of the many obits) <BR> <BR> Zig was a wonderful man. I had the opportunity to attend his Sunday school class at Prestonwood a few times when visiting my friend in Dallas. H... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:56:38 EST cut & paste...and pass it on ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148001 "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. Use one word answers, get an easy three SparkPoints, and help your SparkFriends get to know you.” <BR> <BR> No, I didn't stick to one word answers either! <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> in my purse, fully charged & ready for I Heart Radio while I'm at work <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> at work <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> blond, and exactly the same style as in my high school graduation pic (how sad is that???) <BR>... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:17:27 EST Bare Naked Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138870 did that get your attention? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> for those who don't know, they were a band from Canada (split up in 2009). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1470961055.jpg"> <BR> I love these guys, and on my way-too-many sleepless nights one of their songs runs thru my head: <BR> <BR> Now I lay me down not to sleep <BR> I just get tangled in the sheets <BR> I swim in sweat three inches deep <BR> I just lay back and claim defeat <BR> <BR> Chapter read and... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 23:35:25 EST lessons learned (part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134502 more about my travels last month: <BR> <BR> My trip to St. Louis was a business trip. It was actually a great honor. Only the top 10% of people in my job in the company are invited to go. But I really wasn't looking forward to it. I was just tired of being on the road. And to be honest, I'm pretty anti-social. I was just about socialed out! <BR> <BR> The first time I really got excited about the trip to St. Louis was when we were told that we'd be going to NLCS Game 5 while we were ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:59:25 EST lessons learned (part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132250 October was a busy month. Lots of traveling. I spent one night in Mississippi, several nights in Louisiana, one night in Alabama, one night in Tennessee, and two nights in St. Louis. Whew. I'm tired just thinking about it! <BR> <BR> The trip to Louisiana was to reconnect with family. It was wonderful to see my uncles (one divorced, one widowed) and several of my cousins. Sis and I will see them at least once a year from now on. <BR> <BR> We'd lost touch because mom quit speaking to ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:52:18 EST dog confessions - part 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130347 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1401394594.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l344638548.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653575237.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672056388.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553337930.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l500909132.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l533677... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:01:30 EST dog confessions - part 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112054 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1156858926.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1117176879.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20759651.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1304020007.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1808221199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> happy Thursday <em>30</em> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 06:50:25 EST dog confessions - part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110689 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440353871.jpg"> <BR> yep. I've seen a very similar mess and a similar expression before! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l135742558.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1723089939.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1409369122.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632264134.jpg"> <BR> <em>40</em> EWWWWWW! <BR> <BR> happy Wednesday... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:10:49 EST dog confessions - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109391 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1953645576.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620119111.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78988384.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2140685311.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1198834732.jpg"> <BR> <BR> happy Tuesday! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 03:06:53 EST