SCHNOOTIE's SparkPeople Blog SCHNOOTIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Shooting Star Badges Fall 2017 Week 1 Here it goes..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:37:25 EST Shooting Star Badges Fall 2017 Week 0 Thanks to my amazing friend Barb (LADYLUK), I have these fantastic Badges to display. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 22:39:16 EST 10/4/17 Where Does My Joy Come From.... ..... hubby and I decided to join forces and get slim and healthy together. First order of business..... playing a round of Disc Golf with our own frisbees in the beautiful park behind our house. Followed by a walk. And we took the poodle along. <BR> <BR> .....hubby had ordered a kilt after we attended the New York Renaissance Faire a few days ago. It didn't quite fit, so we found ourselves a UPS box and returned it. But just knowing that we will get him all decked out for the next Faire mak... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 21:07:43 EST Shooting Stars Week 2 Badges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:34:28 EST Shooting Stars Week 1 Badges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:33:12 EST Shooting Stars Week 0 Badges I did earn some badges for Week 0 of the 5% Challenge!!!! <BR> <BR> Here they are: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 12:04:07 EST 7/2/17 Where Does My Joy Come From.... ..... first phone call at the vet office this morning was a long time client, who called up to rant and rave about a vaccine protocol we have in place for boarding that she believed we should have told her about months ago, and she just would not stop being mad and accusing me of making the trip she planned for months impossible. I explained, and reasoned and then just told her, come over now, I will have a doctor see you, get the necessary vaccine updated, get you in and out and on your way... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 20:52:58 EST 6/30/17 Where Does My Joy Come From.... ... clients in the lobby discussing me today. They decided that I was the nicest, sweetest, happiest person (they clearly can't read minds, lol). It came right after we had a stampede of clients, and phone calls on all 6 phones simultaneously and no way to get it all done (we are in survival mode, no staff and chaos everywhere). So it was nice to have them say such nice things. Gave me hope that we are doing something right if they still feel welcome and taken care off despite the crazy of ou... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:31:06 EST 6/28/17 Where Does My Joy Come From..... .... my newly created Ricky Martin Radio Playlist on Spotify. I just can't get enough. Gets me moving, and dancing. I feel like I am on vacation on a beautiful island, and then I look around and I am at home, with hubby. Who did ask me to mix Sangria because the music reminded him of our vacation in Mallorca, Spain before we got married. It was glorious :) <BR> <BR> .... took out the garbage. I love Dump days, because the short drive there is so scenic and beautiful. It takes my breath away ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:13:52 EST 6/27/17 Where Does My Joy Come From.... ..... my daughter Julia called me last night to talk about her panicky feelings of the sudden engagement and the sudden decision to give up her little apartment to move into her fiance's place (another room mate will live there as well). She has been fearful and unhappy since the rushed engagement, so she finally came to the conclusion, that she really loved their relationship until this family pushed for the engagement. And so she decided she will stay where she is at and enjoy being a happy... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:22:09 EST My In Between Challenge Badges! My amazing friend LADYLUK (Barb) put together these wonderful badges for the Shooting Stars who participate in the In Between Challenge "Space Exploration". She is such an inventive Motivational Leader! Thanks, Barb! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:35:20 EST 4/30/17 My Shooting Star Badge for Week 3 Has been a bit of a rough week for me, but I still earned a badge :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:25:39 EST My Shooting Star Week 2 Landing Badge!! <img src=""> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:02:49 EST 4/19/17 Food Blog <img src=""> <BR> Happy Anniversary to me! Decided to take pictures of my food today. Been very negligent with tracking, so maybe this will help me get a jump start on tracking today. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:41:30 EST My Shooting Star Week 1 Badges :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:19:45 EST Where Does My Joy Come From 4/14/17 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> ....had a really great talk with my daughter Sarah last night. She is in her last weeks of college before finishing up with her Graphic Design Bachelor's. As all college students in her "final days", she is overworked, stressed, unsure if she chose the right path, feeling overwhelmed, much too behind in her work and overall just like laying down and giving up. I myself think she is one of the most talented and brilliant people I have ever... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:40:39 EST My Shooting Star Abu Dhabi Landing Badge... I am so thrilled I earned this badge!! Thanks, Shooting Stars! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:59:28 EST My Shooting Star Week 0 Badges! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This challenge is already starting out great!!! I am so happy to have earned those fun badges for my participation in the Pre Challenge!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Apr 2017 23:37:15 EST 40 Things.... Copied from my friend Suze Thanks! :) <BR> <BR> Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Very much so. Lately best with almonds, cranberries, apples (or pears) and crunchy salad. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> I shared one with a friend at a bar when I was about 19. Yuck. <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> Glue gun. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favourite sweet drink? <BR> Pina Colada <B... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:19:28 EST Where Does My Joy Come From 3/7/17 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> ..... found two fabulous Spark Videos for back exercises and stretching out my pesky back/hip area. Added them right in to my SparkTracker. I love that feature. <BR> <BR> ..... pretracked my food for today and am sticking with it. Mostly healthy stuff except my McGriddle that hubby tends to bring me from night shift as breakfast in bed. <BR> <BR> ..... decided to put together a daily checklist as seen on one of my Shooting Stars Team mates... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 13:05:13 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/5/17 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> .... got to watch a few Republic of Doyle episodes with my hubby. <BR> <BR> .... hubby cleaned up the ice around the garbage shed so we could actually put garbage in there again. And he fixed the door that leads to it. I think all is well. <BR> <BR> off today. After the week I've had it is good I didn't have to see anybody. Sometimes people get a bit much at work. <BR> <BR> And then there's Froggy.... <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:23:29 EST What Have I Learned From the STARS? My Shooting Star team that is. I have been helping lead the Shooting Stars for several Challenges now, and it is such a wonderful feeling walking along side these amazing people. I love reading the responses to the Question Of The Day, the fun games we play, the introductions, the conversations in our GALAXY ROOM and every blog the team mates write. <BR> <BR> So what have I learned? <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> No matter how far apart we are, my team mates are real and wonderful people, who c... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:35:00 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/3/17 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My puppy Bunny, she makes me laugh and go OOOOH and AWWWW all the time. Granted, when she get's yodeling, it can be a bit piercing, but she plays like a kitty cat and she always seeks closeness. I love to have her around when my hubby is on night shift, sleeping at my side. She is a bit on the serious side, and I believe she has no idea ... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:20:37 EST My Shooting Star Badges for Week 2 to Lofoten Island, Norway <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:18:08 EST My Norway Landing Badge! <img src=""> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:58:16 EST My Shooting Star Badges for Week 1 to Rockhampton My friend KIWIANN makes these amazing badges, and I am happy to report I earned some indeed :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:57:34 EST My Shooting Star Badges for Week 0 Quebec! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that means, I am also a..... drumroll....... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I dare say I started this challenge w... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:42:21 EST I earned the Alpha Badge for Week 0 Quebec! Look: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:01:02 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 1/13/17 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> .... got to talk on the phone with my daughter Julia in Germany ALL MORNING LONG. We had her on loudspeaker and hubby and I just hung out in the living room with her. It was like being in the same room together. We miss her a lot, and are thankful that the world has become so small with WhatsApp and all the amazing possibilities of modern communication. <BR> <BR> .... have late shift today with one of my favorite co-workers. She is not the m... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:53:02 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 1/12/17 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> .... had a rude and nasty client on the phone today and I did something, I have never done before since none of my other "pour honey on them" tactics worked on them. I actually asked them very gently to please have a little patience with me. It didn't escalate, but I was certainly glad when the phone call came to an end. Bliss. <BR> <BR> ..... an ex-co-worker stopped in to buy some cat food and brought me a book she had bought in German... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:02:23 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 1/11/17 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ... hubby has the day off and is currently purring next to me after bringing me breakfast in bed after night shift. Granted, it was an egg sandwich and a Boston Creme Croissant Donut, but it is all tracked and I already did my first round of cardio while the puppies were deciding on the perfect spot to pee on this morning. <BR> <BR> .... I found the perfect thing to do with my best friend. Instead of exchanging Christmas presents, we gave eac... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:01:53 EST My last IN BETWEEN CHALLENGE Badge :) Yes, I am proud of it, and I am proud of the Shooting Star Team Mates who walked with me!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:53:23 EST Oh, the badges I earned...... :) Here are the Badges I earned for the Shooting Star In Between Challenge. Granted, I created them myself, but I am proud to have earned them nonetheless :) <BR> <BR> I did well-ish. Now it is time to regroup, and ace the Winter Challenge!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:15:13 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 12/29/16 Where does my joy come from today. .... .... had such a warm reception from my coworkers. They so appreciate me, and I feel like I do bring more love and kindness to the bunch when they fall into the negativity of our stressful work environment. ..... I finally decided on a volunteer commitment for 2017. We have a a senior citizen center a few minutes from our home that serves lunches daily. They already responded back to invite me to meet the staff and see what they are all about. So exc... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:55:46 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 12/6/16 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> <BR> is St. Nicholas day and hubby and I have the day off together. I am still struggling with my busted back, so I spent most of the day in bed and then we went out to dinner. It was lovely. I am really enjoying resting up and doing gentle stretches. Since I decided I cannot afford the physical therapy, I will put together my own stretch and strengthen routine to make my back stronger. This will be fun. <BR> <BR> .....and then there... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 21:16:42 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 11/30/16 Where does my joy come from today...... <BR> <BR> <BR> hubby took care of my scalp today. I had a growth from my head removed yesterday and the doctor stitched me up with 10 stitches. Hubby is an Intensive Care Nurse and usually does not take care of me, since I am "not on a respirator" and ought to be moving around myself as to not get blood clots, lol. Don't ask. It's just one of those nurse things I guess. But he did so lovingly help me wash my hair and then applied medication to ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:01:13 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 11/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. ... .....traveled all the way to New Hampshire yesterday and had fantastic family time today. Aunties and Uncles and kids, oh my. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:56:38 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 11/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Where does my joy come from toda... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:02:57 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 11/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Where does my joy come from today. ... ....sister Anja and I travelling to NYC. We got ourselves a Megabus ticket and off we went. The only trouble spot was getting through Lincoln tunnel and the traffic jam afterwa... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:28:17 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 11/16/16 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> <BR> ....spent literally 2 hours trying to find a hotel in NYC that is close to our bus stop, has good reviews and is not too pricy. It was a challenge. And I am proud to report, I decided to go with a hotel that I loved the last time, and had vowed to book again. Why I make this so hard on myself? I really don't know. I am so excited to spend some time in the city for the next few days!! <BR> <BR> ..... had an amazing nature walk/hike with ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:35:42 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 11/14/16 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> .... sister, hubby and I went to Bennington, Vermont today. We went last year, and found that the churches were all closed, and everything shut down around 5 pm in the off season. We headed out earlier, and went straight to the Grandma Moses exhibition. She was a local farmer's wife, who decided at age 70 to cut back the physically demanding farm chores and took up oil painting instead. She created a lot of naïve rural farm life inspired paint... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:48:41 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 11/13/16 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> .... we went to a local distillery today, that is attached to a fabulous Apple Orchard and Farmer's market. My sister bought some gifts there, and we were pleased to find Banana jam and Rhubarb Jam. When mixed together, it makes the MOST AMAZING spread. Don't believe it? We even gave it a name.... Rhabuban. It's a thing. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:29:57 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/27/16 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> ... I found out that one of my favorite co-workers has put in her notice. She is going to be the manager of a cosmetic store, something she went to school for and has taught classes in. She is such a wonderful girl, and to see a young woman with such passion follow her dream and make a life for herself makes me so proud. A true Mommy moment :) <BR> <BR> .... hubby brought me breakfast in bed from night shift, and then went out into the snow f... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:30:12 EST Shooting Star HONOR ROLL Badges Week 4 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:40:30 EST Shooting Star Honor Roll Badges Week 3 And I really did earn some Badges for Week 3, which I am so very proud of!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here they are..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:09:28 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/19/16 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> .... after poor Julia got mauled by the bullterrier, she moved herself out to my Mom's apartment. There is nothing like knowing while my baby is on a different continent as us, she will receive love and care from her grandparents while trying to heal up and work through the terror of a dog attack. My Mom showed her how to use the crutches correctly, helped her wash her hair and is giving her such love and care, it makes my heart full of joy an... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:46:11 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/17/16 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... daughter Julia was attacked by her cousin's bullterrier yesterday. 4 bites, barely escaped him and had to bash his head in the door numerous times before he finally let go off her foot (which broke off a small splinter of bone in the process). Bite wound on right hand, both thighs and right foot. Out of work for at least a week. The joy in that? It wasn't my mother, who also sometimes takes care of the dog and if she had gone down, it migh... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:52:07 EST My Shooting Star HONOR ROLL Badges!!!! Our amazing Challenge Leader KIWIANN has created a wonderful collection of badges for our Team!! I am beside myself with excitement, and I will display all of my achievements. Of course I am aiming towards the SUPER NOVA title. Our highest achievement so far. So I will keep trying my hardest to make it there. I did once last challenge, and I am striving to be better..... <BR> <BR> So here I go..... <BR> <BR> Week ONE <BR> <img src=" Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:06:23 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/14/16 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ..... my poodle Bunny. Her Fall allergies seem to be simmering down, and she is rolled up in a tiny little ball next to me in bed. Dangerously close to my night shifting hubby's pillow (No, Craig, I would never let the puppy sleep on your pillow), all fluffy, warm and snoring. Like a cotton ball tuft in the warm summer sun. I am so in love with this little dog. <BR> <BR> ....hubby packed me a healthy dinner to bring to work tonight. I was sho... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:57:36 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/13/16 Where Does My Joy Come From today. ... .....the wonderful Shooting Stars Leader team. Such fabulous people to work with! .....the wonderful Shooting Star Team Mates. I love learning about them more and more each day. I wake up wondering how they are and am happy when they check in. .....seeing an ex co-worker come back to the vet as a pet insurance representative. She was such a great girl and I missed her when she left. Great to see how she went for her dreams. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:40:12 EST