SCHNOOTIE's SparkPeople Blog SCHNOOTIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Where Does My Joy Come From - 10/11/16 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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