SCHNOOTIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SCHNOOTIE SCHNOOTIE'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/ My Shooting Star Badges for Week 0 Quebec! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300232 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbd18b2c-cfdf-4881-b561-10f9b2ddf9b0.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b517d0a-a3c2-40d5-965a-626b954fa129.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d4674ff-ebf3-49b5-ab08-10398c64fee9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And that means, I am also a..... drumroll....... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c4c6759-bad6-4254-9d90-1eb133b6b665.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300048 Look: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bbdff26-9d17-47ef-8efa-51f76d00ed76.jpg"> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:01:02 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 1/13/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297378 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297031 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296042 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296037 Yes, I am proud of it, and I am proud of the Shooting Star Team Mates who walked with me!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0314694-0d5c-44bd-a77d-2d3a464c7a7e.jpg"> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:53:23 EST Oh, the badges I earned...... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290491 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5855585f-5a82-497c-a183-455cd8b1eb4c.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b841c5b1-1db4-4077-b535-5de21e4c8d86.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/818... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:15:13 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 12/29/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287100 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277342 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> <BR> ....it 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274587 Where does my joy come from today...... <BR> <BR> <BR> ....my 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271680 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/babf07b7-90f7-4334-b604-737258675877.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269157 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48fdc32c-8a74-40fb-a901-a005041b74fd.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4a962a1-5526-43d5-b22a-beda946d229e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8fdb39c-92e0-4c2d-a9a6-9f3046edfbde.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/593b23c2-f2e0-4823-9308-0d8ef97e14fc.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bcbab75-b99a-4211-9010-8998e41ba358.jpg"> Where does my joy come from toda... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:02:57 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 11/17/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268708 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/936af60d-5f3c-4380-a181-594ef36d5376.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5771c27f-4470-4049-b90b-b8c4c863a5a4.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9af9256b-7186-49e6-b1c8-21fd952a1a39.jpg"> 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268100 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267030 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266428 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e54f74d0-fed7-4a24-b2ea-d11253a889df.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:29:57 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/27/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257907 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257171 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a096dab-4f6a-4b94-a4b1-9373f93d8777.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54914bb8-f80a-4505-940f-0cac70bd5350.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/065924f5-2632-4504-b8ff-f23d4abaea75.jpg"> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:40:30 EST Shooting Star Honor Roll Badges Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255646 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6936d263-f033-4ce4-8825-e0ff9aff3e2d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e2a9dc0-b26d-435d-ab30-2552df118fea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceae710f-20ab-47ff-a40c-6d82577c21fa.jpg"> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:09:28 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/19/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253864 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253230 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!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252452 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5484f0d0-3444-4f91-a... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:06:23 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/14/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251723 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251062 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 Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/11/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250124 Where does my joy come from today... <BR> <BR> .... we decided today after my doctor's appointment to take the dock out. It is very heavy and 12 families share the dock at our lake. However, with the shift my hubby has, there is never anyone around to help us when we take it out. We called our friend Tommy who is always up for anything if we feed him afterwards. He came up and helped. And then our friend Joe, who came home from his shift saw us down there and stopped to help. <BR> <img src... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:31:13 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248579 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ..... set up the guest room for my sister, who booked a flight for 11/8 to spend 2 weeks with us here in Upstate NY. I can't wait, and I feel like this will be the best time we spent together yet. As we get older, it has become more important to do this. With her living in Germany and me living in the USA, we only get together once a year. If we only were the kind of people to talk on the phone, lol. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 22:51:41 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248045 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ... I found out that Spotify puts together a playlist from my own playlists, plus songs that I might like according to the songs I listen to. So ingenious! I have a 40 minute commute to work (one way), so I always listen to my playlists (which I consider are the best in the world, of course). That just made me so happy this morning, that I couldn't stop singing all day. <BR> <BR> ....a new co worker in a different department wanted to talk ba... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 22:02:26 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247631 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ..... when my shift was over, I walked up to the reception area to say good night to my coworkers. A lady came running in with her doggy in a blanket, crying. The poor thing was unresponsive. I had only new girls at the front, who I directed on what to do, and I stayed to get a room set for her so she could wait while the doctor and techs were trying to save her doggy. when I finally left, I saw that she had pulled around the back of the buildi... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 23:56:59 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/5/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246621 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ... when my poodle decided to ring the bell (yep, she has that at the back door) at 4 am to go out and eat grass, I found that hubby (doing night shift) and daughter Julia (currently in Germany, 6 hours ahead) were chatting on WhatsApp. So I joined them with pictures and comments. We had a great time! <BR> <BR> ... since I was up, I decided to finish up the Shooting Star HONOR ROLL for week 1 and send it out to the team via SparkMail. I feel ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:23:57 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 9/25/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241840 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... daughter Sarah came over this morning to take me to a Lady's Fair. Her boyfriend's sister organized it in the town park. The vendors were all women who run their own home based businesses. Farmer's wives who make lotions and candles, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, clothing and makeup and soy candles, jewelry etc. It was so much fun. We took my old puppies with, and they loved hanging out. When they got tired, we took them home and went back f... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:30:22 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 9/24/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241347 Where does my joy come from today... <BR> <BR> .... had a good day at work and got out on time. Saturdays and Sundays we are there late a lot, since we stay until the last client has left the veterinary practice. Today we were finished so quickly, it was unreal. And everyone was taken care of wonderfully. <BR> <BR> .... saw one of our Doctors, who is horrible and mean to our staff just because she can, cry when she came out of an exam room. The client in the room was a senior citizen who t... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:05:11 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 9/22/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240356 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ....leftovers!! I was so tired after work, but had made a nice pasta dish yesterday with roasted onions and cabbage. Nothing amazing, but such comfort food. I love to come home to dinner already at my finger tips. <BR> <BR> .... my Spotify account. I have playlists for every emotion and occasion. And I love them all. Today on my way home I listened to my odds and ends playlist, where I dumped every song I like, but does not have a specific ho... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:32:07 EST WOW On Wednesday- "Why" Am I Doing This? - Shooting Stars Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239760 My friend Kay sent a Team Email to ask about our reasons why we want to lose weight. I thought it would be great to write in a blog so I could reference back to it. <BR> <BR> 1. I do not want to develop any of the diseases that go hand in hand with poor food choices and lack of movement if I can prevent them. <BR> 2. I want to be healthy enough to enjoy a long, fun life with my husband and grown daughters. <BR> 3. I want to lose weight to take the pressure of my knees and continue to be ab... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:35:17 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 9/20/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239044 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> .....clearly my day off..... I have a new co worker who is very scary. She actually stomped off twice doors slamming and all after I tried to teach her something. I am one of the trainers assigned to her, and she does NOT do well with direction or correction. My boss is aware of it. Oh, dear. I have a very sweet younger woman that was also on shift with me, who kept coming over to let me know she feels really bad for me, and was there anything... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:25:17 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 9/18/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237762 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... our Fall Shooting Star Team is open! Invitations have been sent to our team mates, and I am having a wonderful time touching base with everyone, and seeing the activity and excitement of the pre-challenge activities! We will have such a great time! <BR> <BR> ... the lab is doing better and getting stronger. She ate the Bunny's food this morning, while I wasn't paying attention. Made me laugh. And the poodle let her. Usually she would kick... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:36:00 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 8/27/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225624 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ..... brunch in our "cage" this morning with daughter Sarah. Great family time. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef06967f-a84e-4bef-862a-856e9390272a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...two hours of "Aquarius" tonight. I love that show. Hope they won't cancel it. All great actors. <BR> <BR> ... got to mow my lawn tonight. I love the smell of freshly cut grass, and I loved the exercise. <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:55:22 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 8/26/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224705 Where does my joy come from today. ... <BR> <BR> ....when I came home last night, my daughter Sarah was there, playing WoW on my laptop with her Dad. They don't always get along, but were a picture of harmony. And they had ice cream for dinner. We had a lovely evening. <BR> <BR> ......I found a little note in my scrub top that had a little poodle sticker on it and said WE THINK YOU ROCK. I have no idea who slipped that into my pocket, but what a fabulous thing to do for someone! !! Ma... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:29:13 EST Come join us for the 2016 5% Fall Challenge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223847 Most of my friends here already know that I am a HUGE fan of the 5% Challenges that are offered here by Volunteer Spark Members themselves. I started a while ago as just another member trying to lose some weight, be accountable, have a team to support me and make some friends. What I have found is a little family with the sub team Shooting Stars, where I have been the Motivational Leader for the past few challenges. Each season all interested members are placed on a team of roughly 40 team ma... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:31:08 EST Where Does My Joy Come From 8/24/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223815 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> My parents are back home in Germany, and I miss them very much. The small house seems too big all of a sudden. Hubby had night shift, so he is sleeping, the dogs are lazy, so they are sleeping. My flowers and yard that my parents took care off wonderfully for the last 10 weeks is mine to tend to now. So I watered my beautiful garden, took some time to enjoy the wonderfully mild Fall weather and enjoyed the feeling of being thankful for the grea... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:29:20 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 7/20/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203930 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d162e6e-aa90-4b5d-9e76-f0841a0260b9.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e50193c-5bbc-464f-9cf4-91704bcb3d75.jpg"> Where does my joy come from today... ...went for a wonderful hike with my Dad and my daughter Sarah before breakfast. Amazing views across the cliffs of the park. ....my new front door was delivered and installed today. It looks absolutely amazing! !! ....working the late shift with one of my nicest c... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:41:36 EST Where Does My Joy Come From 7/8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197111 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a77d5ef-221f-452f-a3ba-76d88484e5f2.jpg"> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. .. Went on a small hike today in the park. Even my Mom was up for it. We ended up watching the hawks glide in the warm air along the cliffs up to 8 at a time. It was amazing!!! A morning we will all remember forever! !!! Fri, 8 Jul 2016 17:37:12 EST Where Does My Joy Come From 7/7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196731 Where does my joy come from today. ... ...was sent to lunch break at 4pm, which meant I was able to see the end of the Germany-France soccer game. Germany lost which was sad but it made me happy at the same time to see France advance to the finals. Their country has had such a rough go with the attacks lately, they need a morale boost. So GO FRANCE!!!! .....great night at work with a great co worker. I had to deal with some very weird situations and never lost my sense of humor. I feel ver... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:32:03 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 7/6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196186 Where does my joy come from today. ... ....had a nice breakfast chat with my Daddy who stayed home from his walk so he could run errands with my hubby. So adorable! ....had nice interaction with a vet at our practice who hated my guts for 9 years now and never even bothered to address me by name or make eye contact. Brought her flowers the other day to apologize for a client who yelled at her for an unfortunate oversight on my part. She didn't mention the flowers or card, but has been noth... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 23:59:44 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 6/28/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191486 Where does my joy come from today... <BR> <BR> ....selfies taken with unsuspecting parents. It cracks me up when they are all serious and I can just snap away without them realizing it. I took some really fun pictures of them that way. And of course I send them via WhatsApp to my kids, hubby, sister... I am making the most of the 10 weeks I have my Mom and Dad with me, lol. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3903717-ad95-4997-b65f-d16bdad7c5fb.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:43:45 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 6/23/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188227 Where does my joy come from.... <BR> <BR> ....this morning my Dad and I decided that instead of him doing his morning walking tour alone, I would drive him to the park and walk with him. Before we knew it, hubby rolled out of bed, my Mom rolled out of bed, and the poodle was ready to go. We told our ancient lab Velvet to guard the house (she can't do big walks anymore, we take her to the mailbox when we get mail, that's her job now....postal lab). My Mom brought her walking sticks, because s... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:44:59 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 6/20/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186630 Where does my joy come from today... <BR> <BR> .... my parents unearthed my scooter while cleaning up and organizing. My Mom had bought me that before we moved to the US years ago. I used it on and off to just zip around our deck. And alas, I was so happy they found it, that I used it. Scared and chased the poodle with it as well. Not proud of that, but it was so much FUN!! And then when I looked at my phone to check my workout minutes, it actually detected the exercise as something with whe... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:52:46 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 6/19/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185979 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ... the Shooting Star Summer Team is up and running and invitations are being sent out. I am so excited to meet all the new team mates and see my returning Shooting Stars again. Some of us stayed on for the In Between Challenge, but some took a break and are coming back for Summer. Wish me luck being a good Motivational Leader for my team!! And a nice prayer would be appreciated, too. <BR> <BR> .....my parents are so much fun to be around. I ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:23:58 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 6/2/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175032 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> .... daughter Sarah send us WhatsApp Updates on her trip to Mexico City. She does not speak enough Spanish to use public transportation without guidance, so she did not attend a Tango dancing event she wanted to go to. I agree with her, though. Mexico City is NOT safe enough for someone who has not been to a big city alone and does not speak the language. There are guided tours every day with her Graphic Design Professor and projects to do eac... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 09:47:08 EST Why join us for the 2016 Summer 5% Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170366 Well, let me tell you about this amazing challenge. Put together by "the people". All Spark Members like you and I. These challenges run every season for 8 weeks. They start out with a sign up team, the 2016 Summer 5% Challenge Community....and here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66825 </link> <BR> <BR> Once you joined, you can read all about the different teams you could join. I am particular to the amazing Shooting Star Team, wh... Wed, 25 May 2016 20:45:35 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/24/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169660 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db850d02-656d-4d76-9056-ee95f77c971b.jpg"> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. . ...daughter Sarah came to breakfast with the intend of working from home afterwards. MY home. She had a hair appointment in the next town over with her boyfriend's sister's salon. I really liked the way she cut Sarah's hair last time and needed a hair cut anyway. She was able to get me in too. Now I feel fabulous. .....downloaded the free Google Fit App tha... Tue, 24 May 2016 19:30:03 EST