OVERWORKEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OVERWORKEDJANET OVERWORKEDJANET'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/ Will the Spark site thwart my attempts at behaving? Technology is distracting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839165 I fell away from my original reason to use Spark; tracking my food. I happily blog and read others' blogs getting great advice, shoulders to cry on and in turn give back. <BR> Nice. <BR> However, today I jumped back into the Food Tracker with both feet to get that next big grip on myself. <BR> WHAM! <BR> The attack of the flashing commercial banners and video advertisements. <BR> I saw something shiny. <BR> My computer was not happy and neither am I. I have a self-diagnosed Adult Hyper-Activ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 07:25:24 EST Christmas fun and new memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838492 Cute kids. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l284695767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517754141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1567900570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l557970122.jpg"> <BR> Ho, ho, ho! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 20:24:08 EST Sparked my "weigh" through another year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837795 I started out "mentally Tough". <BR> Road the Steve Siebold train for 90 days and developed some habits I've kept. <BR> Some I haven't. <BR> I got a grip on some mindless eating and when I lost that grip found it a bit easier to get back on track. <BR> I'm disappointed I did not keep off all the lost pounds but I will accept a net loss for the year with recognition that I CAN do it. <BR> I still haven't been able to stop the emotional responses and grabbing the first edible thing when I'm d... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:44:40 EST Reflecting on the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836656 I have a net loss of about 10 pounds for this year. Hooray! <BR> After changing my start and goal weight multiple times that means I've lost around 25 pounds since joining Spark in 2009 I'd like it to be more but at least I'm taking it off like I gained it...5 pounds a year. Right now I'll be happy for that. <BR> <BR> I have still not gotten over the shock of this job. I enjoy the commute and some of the people are nice. The changes I made and things I uncovered affected the organization as... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:11:19 EST Nothing special; life is good. Another week almost over with more random thoughts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834760 First random thought: I wish I read what I typed before hitting the enter button. Always a misspell. <em>334</em> <BR> "Time flies" doesn't cover my days. Time is faster than a speeding bullet. It's 8 am, the next I know it's 2pm and I haven't had lunch yet! No worries there as it's portioned and packed daily. <BR> <BR> Just when I think I'm becoming numb to my job, something else shows up that makes my "product quality" brain scream. I've learned to like the people in this "Island of Mi... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:20:00 EST Bonus blog. Determined to attend family party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833485 I sat, Drank water. Lots. <BR> Every little kid who came to visit me coughed in my face, wiped noses on my sleeve or drooled on my pants. Never thought I'd say this but I loved every minute of it. One little one wanted to sit by me because she was bored and we had quite a chat. An estranged nephew showed up with his new love and his kids. Things seem to be looking up for him so hopefully we'll see him more. <BR> The new kid on the block, my future SIL was there to meet everyone for the first... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:27:52 EST Word of advice on medications from a medical professional. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833481 If you don't feel right when taking a medication there are things you should do. READ the information your pharmacist supplies (before you take it). But sometimes not all the information is supplied. <BR> <BR> Call your physician right away if you think something is wrong. <BR> <BR> I took an antibiotic for my root canal surgery. I didn't feel so good; like I had the flu. Within 24 hours I had blinding headaches, stiff neck, joint pain like I've never experienced, fevers of 102 that would ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:14:34 EST Under the weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832043 My dental work had issues and I ended up on antibiotics Tuesday. <BR> I had a serious adverse reaction with blinding headaches, fever and body aches. No fun and I even stayed home from work. <BR> It will take a few days to get this out of my system. <BR> Crumb. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:52:09 EST New beginings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830440 I've been quietly holding my breath and will continue in my pessimistic way for a few more hours. <BR> As I write there is a young man in the airport who left his country to spend the rest of his life with my daughter. <BR> They had a chance meeting at a party with mutual friends almost three years ago. Both said the other was not the "type" they went for but their friendship bloomed. They have had an internet/phone/text relationship interspersed with occasional vacations together. <BR> He's ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:21:23 EST Now it's time for some new family pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829122 My DD wanted to have pictures for her Christmas cards. <BR> You all get the previews AND the more interesting shots! We couldn't pry the bagels out of the kids hands so you get to see Pop Pop's favorite treat! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2100529665.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645809094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l202970970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:54:17 EST Celebrating life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828450 Some of my Spark friends have held funerals in the past weeks. It's a tough time of year to lose a loved one. I hope their memories help them in dark times and they allow themselves to grieve when they need to. Those memories help me celebrate the lives I miss. Time allows the changes to soften. It takes a while too for the fond memories with brief tears for me. <BR> <BR> Tonight I lost sleep over a friend. You know, the kind of friend you can drop in on without calling. It seems they would ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 04:59:00 EST With the works. A tale of cheese, steak, bread and seeking comfort. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826209 6 months ago you would not have recognized my plate. <BR> Measured veggies, little meat protein or dairy. No grains. <BR> I was not hungry. <BR> I was not needy. <BR> I was in control. <BR> <BR> Last night I walked through the door; in from the rain and my very short commute and announced we were going out to the deli-bakery. I was not cooking! I was having a cheese steak sandwich with the works; onion, peppers, mushrooms. <BR> I had tallied up what I'd eaten all day and the splurge would n... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 06:41:29 EST Back to normal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824835 I'm not sure what normal is anymore in this very dysfunctional household. However for the first time in four years I put up a Christmas tree. Totally decorated and done. <BR> Now it's mine to care for. <BR> I'm trying to feel festive. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:23:24 EST Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824118 I did not overstuff. SIL carves the bird. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l855714108.jpg"> <BR> Playing hard <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1751750418.jpg"> <BR> Watching football <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1400763042.jpg"> <BR> Waiting for desert <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1314064934.jpg"> <BR> I ate no desert. <BR> I am blessed. <BR> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:37:20 EST Last minute recipe for cranberry salsa if you have the ingredients http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823476 Bag of cranberries <BR> frozen orange juice concentrate about 1/2 container <BR> 1 jalapeno <BR> sugar <BR> 1 orange (tangerine will do) <BR> cilantro <BR> scallions <BR> <BR> Place less than 1 cup of water in a saucepan, boil. It should be just enough to immerse the cranberries 3/4 the way in. <BR> Add about 1/4 cup sugar. I tried to keep the refined sugar low but the cranberries are oh-so-tart. <BR> While the cranberries are popping apart place the jalapeno minus most of the seeds...unless... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:57:44 EST Morning thoughts-with coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823147 This 4am I was determined to get a good cup of coffee from the brewer DH bought me a few years ago. <BR> I didn't want one due to excessive packaging waste and I continued using my 4 cup Mr. Coffee. Perfect every time. <BR> He "surprised" me with the brewer...totally ignoring my ecological decision. I tried the holder used for your own coffee and couldn't get it right; shoved the thing back in the closet. <BR> Round two. The "why aren't you using it" question came up again. <BR> This time I... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:53:52 EST A trip to Cabela's was a strange adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821879 Neither of us is a hunting buff. Our shooting targets are paper. We heard this store was huge, needed to take a road trip before weather socks us in so off we went 2 hours into the heart of Pennsylvania. <BR> Geeze, Louise! Huge is not the word. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373725010.jpg"> <BR> I've seen plenty of taxidermied animals and I appreciated the way these were staged although I do not support hunting for sport only. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:37:04 EST OMG was that fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821371 I don't think I'll be able to hear for a week. <BR> I was one of 2 blondes in the room. <BR> And I wore sparkles. I'm not sure anyone got a picture of me but I know I was on video. <BR> Dancing. <BR> Bollywood dancing. <BR> Dancing to Indian techno music. <BR> Dancing until I couldn't move. Beautiful girls in saris were teaching me the moves and singing the songs I couldn't understand. <BR> The real grey haired ladies kept up with the young ones. <BR> <BR> It was an Indian version of our fa... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:33:53 EST Good intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821016 I've traveled back in time this morning to previous blogs where I've had successes and failures. I've had a recent uptick in weight but still have a net loss from the beginning of the year and I have vowed to maintain THAT and make it my new starting weight. <BR> I tracked this mornings' oats and fruit and came out a bit higher than I wanted but I ate the rest of the strawberries which totaled 1 cup instead of my usual .5.This will be ok as I will miss lunch. I become an Empress today at the... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:47:08 EST Stone soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818652 All this winter soup talk from my Spark friends reminded me of a book read by my kids class one year. Second or third grade. The kids made the soup. And since I can't sleep, you get the story from me if you haven't read it. I cannot credit the author and I give a go at it from the intent of the book. <BR> <BR> A boy stood by a road with a large pot on a fire. A stranger came by and asked what he had in the pot. <BR> Stone soup, he replied. All I have is water and stones but it should be hot ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:30:52 EST If you can't beat 'em, give in? Has my strategy been incorrect? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817109 I've been fighting an uphill battle for a long, long time. <BR> The man still sits there with his hands folded in his lap and gingerly asks "So, what's for supper?" <BR> I swore I'd never cook 2 separate meals. Would rather go out than give in to make dinner. Bring home the bacon already cooked. <BR> I've whined about the dishes in the sink but never reaching the dishwasher or removed from said dishwasher. How can you not know if they're clean? <BR> The vacuum can be dusted for fingerprints ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:41:11 EST Contemplation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815931 Perhaps that's my problem. <BR> <BR> con·tem·pla·tion (kntm-plshn) <BR> n. <BR> 1. The act or state of contemplating. <BR> 2. Thoughtful observation or study. <BR> 3. Meditation on spiritual matters, especially as a form of devotion. <BR> 4. Intention or expectation: sought further information in contemplation of a career change. <BR> (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language) <BR> <BR> Contemplation is a noun, not a verb. I am in the act, not in a state of action. H... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:31:32 EST Begining again. Mentally Tough part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813792 <BR> I'm revisiting a years worth of blogs and read my Mentally Tough blogs to try to get my mojo back. <BR> <BR> Day 7 got my attention . <BR> Then: <BR> 2. How have you used momentum to help you succeed in the past? <BR> Momentum is a euphemism for driven in my book. Once I start on a project I become focused upon it's completion with 100% compliance. I will pursue the task with the rabidity of a dog after a squirrel. I won't stop until I have completed what I need done. <BR> That bein... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:55:22 EST Veterans Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813769 Dad did not serve in combat in WWII although like many other young men who signed up in 1942, he thought he'd become a pilot and serve overseas fighting the enemy. <BR> Being a pilot did not work out so well it seems he wasn't good enough at "landing" a plane to become a pilot. Next best was flight radio man/ navigation. He did air-sea rescue in the Gulf of Mexico for a year. His overseas stint was a year long at the end and after the war in what is now Pakistan and in India helping with post... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:24:01 EST On removing a newly acquired addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812366 I was never a big candy eater as an adult...let's not discuss childhood. <BR> I lost the taste for sugary things except ice cream. But being an emotional eater made it easy to acquire this bad, new habit. <BR> And I have an enabler. <BR> I avoided the boss's candy horde like a secret operative giving only name rank and serial number. Place me under bright light, deprive me of water, hang me by my thumbs. I refused the candy for 6 months. <BR> One day I gave in. Weak, broken, pathetic. Crazed... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 06:19:19 EST I almost forgot the waterfalls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811099 I narrowed my 2,000+ pictures to 321! Uploaded to Snapfish and will now torture myself to get them displayed like I want. It's also time to print out a few I have taken over the years to hang in the house. <BR> This is the salmon run on the Sol Duc river in National Park territory. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1242572074.jpg"> <BR> There were about 6 huge salmon waiting for rain in a pool below the falls. Hard to see. The rain came after we left. <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:10:45 EST Space needle and sculptures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809730 A visit to Seattle needed a visit to the space needle. We also had lunch there; I highly recommend but $$$$. However, a visit to the restaurant gives you access to the tourist sites for free. It balances out. <BR> View from the table <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591202888.jpg"> <BR> Walking around the tower <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789452607.jpg"> <BR> Have you noticed we had absolutely perfect weather this trip? <BR> <img src="htt... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:58:14 EST Chihully glass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809725 I won't explain. You had to be there as these sculptures are mostly huge and pictures don't show it. All glass, everything. <BR> Wow <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1065719602.jpg"> <BR> At least 15 ft accross <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1533774364.jpg"> <BR> a 30-40 foot sculpture pad <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l868903355.jpg"> <BR> "life size" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l18753442... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:48:08 EST Seattle Underground (and above) tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809722 The tour was ok, the guide very informative in the history of the city. My ADD kicks in as I see the world through the lens and I start to look for the "perfect" picture. <BR> Edifice above <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1989699974.jpg"> <BR> Sign below <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1204700075.jpg"> <BR> I was fascinated with the cobalt or magnesium glass skylights. You walked on these chuncks of glass on the sidewalk not knowing what it lo... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:41:55 EST Seattle buildings etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809716 As a member of the NYC/Philly/DC/Boston regulars, I enjoy a good building. My preference is natural views but humankind has tried to emulate <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l544174794.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1976507527.jpg"> <BR> I feel short <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1585321753.jpg"> <BR> And then there are signs and "monuments" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1588890137.jpg... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:32:35 EST Seattle deserves several blogs; Public Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809148 Wow, hills like San Francisco. We had LOTS to do here. <BR> We rented a condo by Pike market. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1377429923.jpg"> <BR> Fresh everything and the best steaks I've had in a long time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1071548978.jpg"> <BR> Missed trying the Dungeness crab <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1755780881.jpg"> <BR> Flowers everywhere <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:51:28 EST Mt St Helens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809141 Another one of my bucket list items fulfilled. The geologist/volcanologist in me dreamed of coming here. The tragedy of lives lost is well-documented in the Johnson Observatory. A lot of it is hard to explain, I'd recommend a trip there. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1955924488.jpg"> <BR> I love my camera equipment. View as we came up from the west. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1613984408.jpg"> <BR> Inside the crater/ blown out top. <BR> ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:42:32 EST Can't go on vacation without visiting something military http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809130 We took the boys to the Navy museum in Brammerton (sp?) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1530832156.jpg"> <BR> Somebody playing dress-up. It was meant for kids! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2104101377.jpg"> <BR> Trying out the pilot seat <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2094864129.jpg"> <BR> US destroyer Turner Joy <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1654065686.jpg"> <BR> Boys <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:32:04 EST Port Townsend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809125 Former gateway port to the USA, huge WWII era military base, commerce hub in the early 1900's. <BR> Lighthouse <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l40082658.jpg"> <BR> My forever model on the lighthouse beach <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1893275403.jpg"> <BR> Victorian buildings with keystones/ dates from late 1800's <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54129377.jpg"> <BR> Local deer population...they were in every backyard!... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:25:03 EST Views from the second vacation home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809118 We continued around the Olympic Peninsula to our new home away from home. It was perfect, relaxing and the vista was awesome. <BR> Seals on a log. They were there every day when the tide was up. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1347011493.jpg"> <BR> An otter who visited the deck <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137839582.jpg"> <BR> Sunrise from the deck <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695503427.jpg"> <BR> Try climbing th... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:14:01 EST The seed of success grows when nurtured http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808573 MORTICIA made a good point about frying pan into the fire. in my "secret" blog. <BR> The difference is I was sold a solid well-run program and expose the disaster. This is knowing the disaster and having expectations of fixing it, AND being able to limit the time. I think the seed of a consulting business may have gotten some water! <BR> <BR> The fertilizer was being applied too, yesterday. I spoke to one of our (Chinese) physicians concerning the Shanghai healthcare chance meeting and he in... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 09:44:03 EST Open secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808364 My stint at the convention brought opportunities I did not expect. After a horror story swapping, I received an SOS from a former colleague in need...halfway across the country in Texas! <BR> <BR> I will have a chat and phone interview next week to see if I can perform a rescue for their facility; something I think I can turn into a consulting, correction service. A temporary manager 9-1-1 service perhaps. I had already informed my current boss of my need to leave soon and I don't want to l... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:30:47 EST Redundant behavior, mindless clicking or purpose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807911 I've spun the darned wheel now for almost 6 years. <BR> Clicked the pennants and watched the bonus wheel spin. <BR> What does it mean? <BR> Why do I do this? <BR> I don't pay attention to points; they exist in the vaporous world of the internet. <BR> Other than tagging my login, which would be done easily by other methods, they serve no purpose and waste 45 seconds of my day. <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> Why can't I turn it around and apply the same mindless behavior to stop eating ice cream? ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:28:30 EST Validation of 6 degrees of separation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806138 Long time Sparkers may have read my old story (from 20 yrs ago) of my co-worker from Taiwan and my elderly neighbor from Taiwan. They never met. The 90 yr old man told me of being an officer in the Chinese Flying Tiger air group in WWII. Turned out my co-worker's father was the general in charge of my neighbor! Wow, I thought, that's cool. <BR> <BR> Now it's 2014. My conference is done and I'm in the train station in Philadelphia chatting with a fellow scientist, the train is waaaay delayed... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:27:05 EST The city of brotherly love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804748 Hey Sparkies, <BR> I'm still conferencing in my previous work habitat, Philadelphia. Learn, learn, learn. <BR> It's a big ego booster, something I sorely needed. I was surprised to hear how I've missed in this international health care community. I've been rubbing shoulders with old friends, new acquaintances and having a general good time. <BR> A young lady sat at my outdoor table at lunch, we struck up a conversation and found out we had friends in common. She had never been to Philly and w... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:25:32 EST Hurricane Ridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801259 Hurricane Ridge held some wonderful sights which simply do not translate in pictures. <BR> Glaciers, vistas of the Juan de Fuca Strait and trees are hard to photograph. <BR> Mt Rainer in the background <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1817253647.jpg"> <BR> The glaciers have names. I'm clueless without a map. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842809357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1984894727.jpg"> <BR> My S... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:53:39 EST Lake Crescent and Sol Duc Falls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801257 We visited multiple sites on the North side of the Peninsula. <BR> On the way to Sol Duc Falls <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1762804625.jpg"> <BR> Salmon run cascade <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620413895.jpg"> <BR> Coho salmon waiting for the rain to fill the stream <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1917553162.jpg"> <BR> The falls don't photograph well and must be thunderous in the rain! <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:45:31 EST Ruby Beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801253 Perfect. <BR> Low tide, sunset, no fog and cold. <BR> Tide pool finds <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808252094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l626166343.jpg"> <BR> What I waited for <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1599062937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l530562507.jpg"> <BR> SIL and BIL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14292835.jpg"> <BR> DH g... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:32:04 EST Hoh Rainforest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801250 Quiet. <BR> For a suburbanite like me this was heaven. Peaceful, lush and fresh. <BR> The largest Sitka spruce in the forest. 250 feet tall and I don't know how big in circumference. <BR> It was THAT big <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095322881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1943532169.jpg"> <BR> Old forest <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l884720570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:20:47 EST Olympic Penninsula and Seattle, WA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801246 We spent 2 weeks in this glorious area. I managed to walk/hike/climb every day and get some leg muscles. Even my hip behaved which thrilled me. I took well over 2,000 pictures and I've only combed through half to narrow down my final set. <BR> Our first destination was the west side of the peninsula and we stayed near Forks, of "Twilight" series fame. I am not familiar with the books, series or movie but can see why filming in this foggy area works. <BR> We visited Hoh rainforest, Sol Duc F... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:08:00 EST Off the grid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789283 I shall be off the grid shortly for some very well deserved R&R. <BR> No phones, no computers. <BR> Hiking, climbing to views unknown. <BR> Not leaving today but letting you know I'll be gone for several weeks. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:22:12 EST Another beautiful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788288 A simple weather report for those in the Northeast....get outside. <BR> Sorry to any of you with clouds. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:48:47 EST Dreams, prophesy or nightime decisions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786564 I don't remember dreams too often but when I do, they are memorable. Recent events along with my current bout of insomnia have made me acutely affected by several dreams. <BR> The one which pushed me over the edge of "Hey, wazup?" occurred 2 nights ago. <BR> <BR> I'm driving (slow motion) in a light rain and see a few fender-benders on my left. More accidents appear, no one is crying for help but everyone is being helped. I drive near a huge pileup and large flakes of snow begin to fall. The... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:32:47 EST Points blitz today...big brother Spark watching? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785925 I won a gazillion points today as well as goodie points. Hmm. Does the computer read the blogs? <BR> LOL have a great day. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:43:57 EST Contemplating those Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785262 Do you have to be a winner to win big? <BR> I spin the darned wheel and get a few points. Then I click the flag of a team for another point or two. <BR> Hooray, I get a second pick. Another point or two. <BR> But ho, get a mega point click and I get all the picks I'd ever need plus a bonus spin! <BR> <BR> Is there some psyco-babble in this? <BR> <BR> Do only big winners get more chances to win? <BR> <BR> If I lost another 10 pounds would I suddenly feel like loosing 30? <BR> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:48:37 EST