ROOBYBEGONIA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ROOBYBEGONIA ROOBYBEGONIA'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/ Auntie Roux at 51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489072 Today was my 51st birthday. <BR> <BR> I weigh 80 pounds less than I did a year ago. <BR> <BR> I had gastric bypass surgery on March 6, 2011. <BR> <BR> Although not without its challenges, I have had no complications, and I am amazed at how my life has changed. <BR> <BR> When my husband and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary in August, we went kayaking, horseback riding, and white-water rafting. A year ago (and for many years before that) those activities would have been impossible for me. ... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 00:11:12 EST Surgically altered Rooby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4070501 Yay! The deed is done, and my chubby a$$ is back home! I actually busted out of the joint on Friday, arrived home, and had SIX STRAIGHT HOURS of blissful sleep in my own bed, without anyone coming to take vitals or draw blood or give me something in my IV. Woot! <BR> <BR> I feel a bit like I've been kicked in the belly repeatedly by ninjas, with the bruising to show, but that gets better after every 'sleep.' My weight is actually up a few pounds because of the swelling, but I couldn't be... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 13:26:14 EST ROOBY GETS RELIGION! And I got a SURGERY DATE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4036546 Any of you here who know me know that I'm an atheist. <BR> <BR> BUT...last month, I came across an article about Dudeism, and I had an epiphany! THIS is something I can BELIEVE IN! <BR> <BR> <link>dudeism.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> It certainly makes as much sense to me as any other religion I've come across. Being a Professional Slacker, I find Dudesim exactly mirrors my deep spiritual convictions and motivations. Plus, I only had to send them $20 via PayPal to get ordained. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:45:39 EST You'll be seeing less of me in 2011! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3882914 Yes, its true, and its a GOOD thing. <BR> <BR> 2010 was a tough year. For the first time in my 50 years I started having some pretty serious medical issues - all of which were related to my weight. I've been on Spark for a long time - and every other program known to fatkind. My weight just kinds of hovers around the same spot. I'm exactly the weight I was at this time last year. <BR> <BR> BUT - and that's a BIG but! - suddenly in 2010 things started to happen. My blood pressure sudd... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 02:46:38 EST What I've Learned About Myself - And Changed - With Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3587039 A few days ago there was a Spark Newsletter that talked about cleaning out the 'evil' things in your pantry and refrigerator. It really made me think about how Spark fits into my life, and about what I can change, what I have changed, what I'm not willing to change, and the importance of gradual change. <BR> <BR> If you want to lose weight, you have to change your lifestyle. It's not about dieting - all we Spark folks know that. You need to reduce your caloric intake, and increase your ac... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 22:23:42 EST "Oh, Roooooooooby...don't take your Cioppino to town..." (Kenny Lobster and the New Crustaceans) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3433652 About a week ago the new Bon Appetit arrived. Not QUITE as full of food porn as the now-defunct Gourmet magazine, but this issue was close. They had a picture of the most delicious-looking Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew) and I decided that I needed to make Cioppino. Their recipe came from the East Coast, and I live on the West Coast, so there were a few changes in the recipe, and I happen to like a lot of veg in my seafood stew. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 02:33:38 EST The Best 4th of July Party Ever - or, I Love It When A Plan Comes Together. The continuing saga of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3402320 My husband freely admits to having married a crazy woman. Our first anniversary will be August 6th. He is still surprised at new manifestations of my craziness. <BR> <BR> We've been talking about a 4th of July Party for 2 years - as soon as the neighborhood was finished (please refer to previous blog entry for details.) <BR> <BR> I didn't call to rent the canopy until last Thursday, and then made the decision without telling him first and put it on the credit card. He wasn't very happy w... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 23:01:28 EST Yes, I'm certifiable. Happy 4th of July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3397112 I'm absolutely exhausted so I will try to keep this short. <BR> <BR> We moved into this neighborhood a little over 2 years ago. The house we bought was the 'model', and there were only four finished and occupied houses. Across the street and around both sides were empty piles of dirt. We lived across the street from the sales office with it's obnoxiously noisy HVAC for about 18 months. <BR> <BR> This is the first year that all the houses are done and occupied. We're actually lucky in so... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 03:54:47 EST Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside Down Pie, Da Beach, and how much I love my life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3381122 After a RECORD-BREAKINGLY dismal early summer in the Pacific Northwest, we've had - GASP!!!! - some sunshine and warm days! <BR> <BR> The neighborhood is positively blissed - everyone is actually OUTSIDE without being rained on. THE TEMPERATURE WAS IN THE 80'S!!! (the daytime high a week ago was an astounding 54.) <BR> <BR> Our neighbors Jay and Connie invited us to a musical event at a local winery last Thursday night. It was PERFECT - live music, delicious wine, and barbecue on an abs... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 01:34:54 EST What an Awesome Weekend! (But I Was BAD.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3308130 Saturday we had a day without rain (during the daytime) and actual SUNSHINE for the first time since May 15! <BR> <BR> I finished planting my front porch containers FINALLY! I was going to take a picture for you today but...IT WAS RAINING! <BR> <BR> Picture added 06/07/10: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234718638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Also gave a serious haircut to the 'Fragrant Sarcococca' planted next to my front door. They look a little uneven now, but the... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 03:11:29 EST My Husband Cracks Me Up (NC-17) AND BIRDIE STORY!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3299053 1. A couple of days ago, I munched a few handfuls of almonds for snacks. Unfortunately for me, the consequence was a sore heiny the next day, if you get my drift. I complained to my husband, who said, "Oh, my poor baby! I'm sorry you have splinters in your trumpet!" <BR> <BR> OMG, I nearly kilt myself laughing. And, yes, I'm quite the musician, I tell you! <BR> <BR> 2. I was feeling pretty happy today - I sold some stuff out of our garage that we certainly didn't need, and I got two h... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 02:37:30 EST A Year with Parker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3283867 A year ago this weekend, we did a 'trial' of Parker, our big white poodle. <BR> <BR> Parker is a retired champion. His previous owners, our poodle groomer and her aunt, had decided they weren't going to breed him, since our groomer and her husband decided they'd prefer to breed German Short-Haired Pointers. That is a hunting breed, and Angie and her husband spend a lot of time camping and training the dogs in Eastern Oregon, so Parker was just chilling with auntie a lot. <BR> <BR> Parker ... Mon, 31 May 2010 02:10:11 EST Salvador Molly's and the Portland, OR, food scene http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3255909 What a HOOT! I've lived a bunch of places, and visited more, but after two years here I am SO in LOVE with Portland funkiness. <BR> <BR> If you haven't heard, we Oregonians are a bunch of tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, Prius-driving granolas who believe you should be able to decide when to kick off and how, IF you want to smoke (and grow) pot, and wear dreadlocks even if you're white. There is a local bumper-sticker that reads, "KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD." My Oregonian countrymen do a FINE ... Sat, 22 May 2010 04:15:56 EST The End Times, Depression, and Anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3252584 For those who don't know me - I'm an atheist. <BR> <BR> I don't believe there is a better world after this. Jeebus is not going to save me, I'm not going to get my own planet, and I'm not leaving on a spaceship. <BR> <BR> The environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is driving me to distraction. <BR> <BR> As a reasoning human, I try to understand WHY this happened. <BR> <BR> 1. GREED. <BR> <BR> The last decade has shown us - unless you're completely in a fog - that the powers tha... Fri, 21 May 2010 03:05:07 EST Happy Monday, Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3237169 We had our first really nice weekend here. I've been working on gardening-related things since last Wednesday, when I attended a morning Container Gardening presentation at my favorite local nursery. The nursery is great - the gal in front of me at the presentation came from Richland, Washington to Beaverton, Oregon, because this is her favorite nursery - that's quite a drive! <BR> <BR> We put in a lot of new plants two years ago, our first summer here. Afterward, my new partner said, wow... Mon, 17 May 2010 02:20:31 EST AVIAN TRAGEDY IN BEAVERTON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3231441 I had preliminarily identified our front porch nesting birdie as a robin. I wasn't sure, since I couldn't see her whole self. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning, my husband was in his office, which looks out on the front porch and yard. He witnessed a birdie battle in the maple tree, between a male robin and a scrub jay. The grass beneath the tree was littered with feathers. <BR> <BR> Later, I was out working on placing my new plants, and I found a crushed blue egg shell - then another - and ... Sat, 15 May 2010 02:06:56 EST I'm so sad. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3224327 Our neighbors are moving. :( <BR> <BR> This is the young family with two small boys who live behind us. They moved in two weeks after us in April, 2008. <BR> <BR> I know it sounds really stupid to be so sad over neighbors moving. <BR> <BR> We've become really close with them. Surviving a two-foot snowstorm with no mail/no UPS/no garbage for 3 weeks the first winter. The boys staying over with us for a few nights while the parents were out of town on business. Having dinners together a... Thu, 13 May 2010 00:33:00 EST I Suck as a Spark Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3212772 First, I'm not losing any weight, and that's my own damned fault. <BR> <BR> Second, I hate people who bitch all the time, and I've been feeling really crappy, so I don't want to post. Today started out GREAT - we were going to go to our favorite nursery for a few more morsels for our pots and beds. However, a while after I got up, I was doubled over with stomach cramps A EFFING GAIN. By the time my insides were done trying to be my outsides, I felt like I'd been kicked in the gut. I can'... Mon, 10 May 2010 02:48:40 EST Front Porch Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3206957 I spent the day making a vat of marinara sauce and 15 pounds of Italian meatballs. <BR> <BR> The neighbors behind us came over for dinner - Mom is out of town, but Dad the the boys had meatball sammiches with us, followed by a glorious dessert of Jell-o Sugar Free Pudding. :) <BR> <BR> I have several containers of sauce labeled and put into the freezer, along with a big bag of meatballs. Not a drop of HFCS to be found! Pretty low sodium, and low fat, too. I put carrots in the sauce an... Sat, 8 May 2010 00:34:11 EST Hey, Hosers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3202732 I'm still alive. :) Thank you for many kind inquiries, and one a$$-whupping from El Seabee! grin! <BR> <BR> After we returned from Atlanta, I developed a hellish sinus infection with a low-grade fever. The doc prescribed antibiotics for that, and simultaneously increased the amount of the new BP medication he'd put me on a few weeks ago. He said I might feel lethargic for seven to ten days, but my body would adjust. <BR> <BR> Now THERE'S an understatement. On top of feeling crummy, t... Thu, 6 May 2010 19:52:44 EST Hot Time in Hotlanta! Or, Hat Time in Atlanta? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3169211 Our niece's wedding was splendiforous! She was absolutely gorgeous, and the year-long preparations by both families were evident. Everything was PERFECT. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l365128879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We stayed, along with the other out-of-town guests, at a very swank hotel. I'll just say that the 'shuttle' car was a Bentley. <BR> <BR> We had so much fun at the reception! My husband and I danced and danced. :) Thanks to my Sparking effor... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 22:52:52 EST Gots My Travelin' Choo's On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3151349 We're in Hotlanta for a family wedding. Boy, howdie, that's one long flight from Portland, Oregon! :) And we were smack in the middle of the Crying Baby section. Poor bebes! :( We put on our headphones and our neck pillows and chilled. The family in front of us was so lovely - 9 month old baby girl, beautiful, young happy parents who smiled at each other constantly. Very sweet. <BR> <BR> Getting our bearings and finding the hotel - by the time we got here, all restaurants closed, m... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 03:27:16 EST Want to see my guts? Here they are. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3147211 My mother married her third husband when I was 8. <BR> <BR> My mother was really never quite together. She was 17 and in High School. I was her firstborn, and then my sister arrived...then she divorced, remarried...my brother came along in 1965. Between those marriages she spent some time at a mental health facility - picture Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty (who my father actually resembles, but I think my father is more handsome.) Mom has told my sister that if she (my sister) had been... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:35:46 EST Fat Chick Attends Norah Jones Concert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3139266 We had a blast! <BR> <BR> <link>www.norahjones.com/index.php </link> <BR> <BR> For those of you old enough to know who Ravi Shankar was, Norah Jones is his daughter. <BR> <BR> She is an accomplished musician, and has a marvelous voice. Her music is a bit folksy/country. I'm not a country music fan, but I really love to listen to Norah. <BR> <BR> Plus, how can you NOT love a singer who sings about her dog, and puts him on the cover of her last album? :) <BR> <BR> MAN OF THE HOUR <B... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 02:38:42 EST No Bowling! But Sects Corn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3134861 We ended up not bowling, but it's all good. We had a great night with friends. <BR> <BR> Our 'nephews' - the two young boys from next door came over while we were cooking, so we hung out with them for a while. They are 4 and 8 and recently their mommie got a 'promotion' that makes her have to travel about 8 of every 10 days since January. :( It's been really hard on their family and we help out when we can have the chance. <BR> <BR> So Dad joined us later, along with our other neighbors... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 01:10:07 EST Wii Dorks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3134026 Lol! We have neighbors coming over for deenir - they weren't able to make it last weekend because of work. He is a physicist and she is a chemist and they both are slaves for - I mean work for - Intel. They are ALWAYS on call - I see them leaving their house at 1 am sometimes. :( <BR> <BR> They are coming for barbeque, and then Wii bowling - lolz! R is downstairs practicing as I type. Cheater! :) Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:51:53 EST Shopping List For Sunday: Popcorn, Barbecue Sauce, Ice, and Fat Chick Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3131715 Most of it is just regular stuff but darn it I have to - and I mean HAVE TO - go clothes shopping tomorrow. <BR> <BR> We are going to my husband's niece's VERY posh wedding in Atlanta next weekend, and I am invited to several other related events - with the wedding, a total of four 'dress-up' appearances. I have ONE nice outfit, purchased for a different niece's graduation last year. <BR> <BR> Of course, I wish I was several sizes smaller - but, I'm not. <BR> <BR> But you know what? Sinc... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 03:51:26 EST Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3128605 Oh, my dog! A day at the salon wears our a$$es out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l715867370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Parker, post-grooming. Cough FABIO cough. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l904237102.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pleaz can I haz chicken and dumplingz? I'z a GOOD dog! <BR> <BR> SMOOOOOOCHES! <BR> <BR> I haven't been on much - I caught a little head cold - the one that R had last weekend - and I'm not feeling so great. L... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 01:14:21 EST Shhhh - Be Very Quiet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3110833 My husband has a cold - he's misable. This is the first time he's been sick since we moved in together two years ago! <BR> <BR> Hot & Sour Soup on the way! Mon, 12 Apr 2010 15:41:12 EST Eye Sew Tarred! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3104633 Oh my dog - we had a busy day today! After having contractors here last week making drywall dust all over, R and I cleaned like maniacs today - very nice to have at least our downstairs tidied up! <BR> <BR> I cooked a grill full of smoked baby back ribs with my special home-made dry rub, and a grill full of corn on the cob, and we had three neighbor families over for deenir. Of the nine guests, five were chilluns, so it was quite the circus around here for a few hours. :) <BR> <BR> A goo... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:22:06 EST Rangegasm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3093964 I love cooking. I love feeding people. I love to make people close their eyes and moan when they eat food that I've prepared. I love to give people foodgasms - and I like to have them myself. <BR> <BR> Today marks a milestone for me. <BR> <BR> We had a 30" Wolf dual-fuel range installed today. <BR> <BR> I have desired - I mean DESIRED - a 'professional' range for years. <BR> <BR> I am beside myself with bliss. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146516230.jpg... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 02:04:29 EST Really tired of this $hit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3089748 So, I get diagnosed with the IBS-D, yay. So now I need to figure out the 'triggers'. <BR> <BR> So far, it seems to be fresh, raw produce - the very things I'm supposed TO BE EATING. <BR> <BR> Lettuce and tomatoes - I LOVE salads. I ADORE fresh, ripe tomatoes. <BR> <BR> This sucks. <BR> <BR> I want my salads. :( <BR> <BR> So, for the next few days we're going to avoid the salads, and do steamed/grilled veg - asparagus, broccoli, etc. <BR> <BR> Are the things I love the most going to b... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 02:46:18 EST Garage Nearly Kills Fat Chick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3085245 Oy - cleaning the garage yesterday has taken it's toll - I was just exhausted today. But we have a HUGE pile of stuff for Got Junk to take tomorrow - YAY! <BR> <BR> Feels good to get rid of this stuff - can't wait to get rid of MORE. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 01:24:39 EST Letting go is a good thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3080253 No couch potatoes in THIS house this weekend! <BR> <BR> Yesterday we 'did' Costco and Home Depot. Between that and putting everything away, it was over 5000 steps on my pedometer. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning my husband announced that Got Junk is coming at 3:00 pm on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> We officially moved in together exactly two years ago today and we still can't park cars in our garage. He has been extraordinarily patient with me - 98% of the crap out there is mine. <BR> <BR> So today... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 22:11:36 EST Wii! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3075075 Yesterday I managed to score a Wii Fit Balance Board - dang, those things are harder to find than puppy teeth in the carpet! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are REALLY enjoying using the Wii together - for the first time in my life I'm doing exercise that DOESN'T BORE ME TO TEARS. <BR> <BR> We love the Walk It Off game. You step in time to music and the game counts your steps as you walk around an 'island'. You also have to click on tokens to 'build' things that you pay for with the steps you ... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 02:57:10 EST New Bookcase in Roob's Kitchen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3066354 We have a center island that has a raised ledge on one side - too high to use as a countertop, and 'dead space' beneath it. However, I do kind of like it, since it faces into the family room, so it kind of hides my prep area from view. <BR> <BR> I had no place on the main floor for a bookcase for my cookbook collection, and it was really a pain to have to go upstairs to our 'lair' every time I wanted to look up a recipe. <BR> <BR> I found a really great finish carpenter/kitchen remodeler ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:34:21 EST Skinny Man Buys New Clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3054902 My husband has lost a LOT of weight. We are going to a family wedding in Atlanta next month, and the suits he bought last year for a niece's graduation needed to be taken in. <BR> <BR> He tried on a lovely cream rayon short-sleeved shirt and tan linen slacks - and he looked SO GREAT - this is now the second time he's been able to buy slacks 'off the rack' at a regular-sized men's store! <BR> <BR> He just glowed. I wish I could see each and every one of you have that look on your face as ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 03:22:46 EST Carrots & Cherries & Beets, OH MY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3047468 Yesterday I was out running errands. I had something to return to Walgreen's, so I used the GPS to find the nearest one. The GPS directed me to a part of Beaverton I hadn't been to before - we moved here two years ago this month. <BR> <BR> I passed something that intrigued me - and managed to remember enough of the description to find it on Google today. <BR> <BR> It's a 'Community Supported Agriculture' farm. You sign up in the Spring for a 'share', and then each week for 18 weeks you g... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:37:02 EST An open letter to my friends who approve of health care reform: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3035519 Written by my good friend, and neighbor, Martin Anderson on his FB page (shared here with permission): <BR> <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> I know that many of you feel that health care is a right and that the health-care reforms bills passed by Congress are good things that are going to save lives. The sad truth is that it won't save any lives. Not one. In fact, Armageddon is just around the corner. <BR> <BR> Let me explain: <BR> <BR> Diverting people from $1,000 emergency roo... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 20:36:06 EST Wii - SCORED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3027764 Goddess, after nearly two weeks of searching and calling - we finally got a Wii. <BR> <BR> We went to a Wally World for the FIRST TIME IN OUR RELATIONSHIP. It was late on a Saturday evening, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. We drove 64 miles round trip - and we NEVER DRIVE. (We gots an auto we bought on the 3rd of July last year, what got 2300 miles on it.) <BR> <BR> We bought the console system, that came with Wii Sports, and Wii Sports Resort, a Motion Plus (trust me, we NE... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 01:05:37 EST I broke the machine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3020695 Today was recheck day at the doc. In October he was very not happy with my cholesterol. <BR> <BR> He's been practicing for 35 years (he's getting pretty good! har har har!), and he said that doctors sometimes ask each other what the highest HDL cholesterol readings they've seen - he said he always tells them he's seen four that were 100 (or more.) He said now he has to say five! Since the machine is only calibrated to read up to 100, it's possible mine is higher. Because of that, my LD... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 21:34:52 EST PANTS on the GROUND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3013498 After reading Lala's blog from today, I KNEW I needed to post this. I'm pretty sure all of you who've lost a few pounds can relate...grin! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=le0QZkIknIE&<BR>playnext_from=TL&videos=RoTcKNoHYT0&pl<BR>aynext=1 </link> <BR> <BR> I LOVES me some General Larry Platt. <BR> <BR> SMOOOCHES! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:12:28 EST BP and Gizzard Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3003314 Still working on the right combination of meds, and the doc says it does take a while for them to work. At least I'm no longer in the 220/100 range - I'm down to the 170/90 range. Seeing him again on Friday so he can check my potassium - one drug makes it higher and the other makes it lower, so hopefully they will net out. <BR> <BR> Kind of frustrating not to be able to work out - but I'm trying to be patient. I ordered a Wii last night! I'm pretty excited about that. <BR> <BR> The giz... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:51:42 EST I ate Spotted Dick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2996419 Last September my husband and I honeymooned in England. We were there two weeks, and visited many different places - including Bath, London, and York. <BR> <BR> There was a pub in London that served the most delightful fish & chips and something called 'mushy peas.' The fish was hot, the coating light and crisp. Divine! <BR> <BR> Recently, I ordered a deep-fryer online, with the hopes of being able to recreate them. Not all the time - it's far too much work. But once or twice a year... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:50:10 EST Last Night's Dinner: Cow, Bugs, Grass. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2980066 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l530183184.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Petit filets mignon, lobstah, and a load of fresh asparagus, all grilled. I had thawed 3 bugs since we were expecting company - poor R had to eat the extra one. It was a travail, but he got through it. And it was SNOWING on the deck while I was grilling - too funny! The grass was to DIE for - a little olive oil and some Cajun seasoning. <BR> <BR> Oh, and we had a delicious cab merlot that we sampled at Trader ... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 21:46:13 EST Smoked Pork Loin, Part Deux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2962956 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l227891344.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smoked Pork Panini <BR> <BR> Thin slices of the pork from the night before, on those new 'skinny' hamburger buns, with goat cheese, spinach, thinly sliced red onions, and Vidalia Onion dressing. YUM! <BR> <BR> To those of you who have recently sacrificed animals for me, it seems to have worked - bp was down significantly this am but still called doc - think the meds need to be upped a bit. I wonder how much of ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 16:04:40 EST Interesting Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2960670 Now THERE'S a euphemism. <BR> <BR> I had a Hepatobiliary Scan with CCK. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mbmc.org/health_topics/nuclear_m<BR>edicine_exams/hepatobiliary_scan.htm </link> <BR> <BR> It wasn't horrific, but definitely didn't make the list of my top five ways to spend an afternoon. <BR> <BR> My sweet husband stayed with me the whole time, which I really appreciated. He was a good distraction, especially for the bad parts. <BR> <BR> The needle wasn't in the vein properly when the te... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 04:22:37 EST More Food Porn! And a picture of where Lala is going (no, it's not hell) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2954692 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652329778.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was part of last night's dinner. I brined a whole pork loin for five days, then smoked it. It was absolutely divine - the brine was from a French recipe and the flavors of thyme, clove, garlic and maple smoke melded perfectly. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68269167.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cambridge, England. Lala, you're going to LOVE it there! I'm so excited for you! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 18:55:15 EST If We Had Children... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2951448 (preface: I have two normal, highly-productive adult children with successful lives.) <BR> <BR> My 3rd husband and I tonight, goofing off with the poodles and generally being hysterical with each other as per usual. <BR> <BR> Me: "You know, if we had children, we couldn't act like this." <BR> <BR> Him: "If we had children, they wouldn't let us keep 'em, prolly." <BR> <BR> I guess that's why Jesus made Poodles. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 01:38:54 EST Fat Chick Goes On Hike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2939706 At my suggestion, my husband and I went for a short hike today at the newly opened Cooper Mountain Nature Park. As the crow flies, it is directly south of us 1/4 mile - but you can't walk straight there from here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.<BR>web/id=16016 </link> <BR> <BR> The path we took was a little over a mile, but not FLAT! We took an hour and 15 minutes, since I'm under orders not to get my heart rate very high until my BP is under control. It was rea... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 19:30:55 EST