SCHNOOTIE's SparkPeople Blog SCHNOOTIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Where Does My Joy Come From - 8/27/16 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ..... brunch in our "cage" this morning with daughter Sarah. Great family time. <BR> <img src=""> <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 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!!! 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 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 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> 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. 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 <img src=""> <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 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 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 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=""> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:43:45 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 6/23/16 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 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 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> 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 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? 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><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 <img src=""> <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 Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/22/16 Where does my joy come from.... <BR> <BR> ...the 5% Summer Challenge Community has opened up for joining. I saw that a lot of my friends are signing up again to be part of the amazing challenge. Start date to be announced. Here is the link if anyone would like to check it out <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66825 </link> <BR> <BR> ... got to car talk with hubby as I was driving home after work today, and he was driving to night shift. We have not seen eac... Sun, 22 May 2016 20:21:46 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/18/16 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .....excitement with all the planning for the 5% Summer Challenge for the Shooting Stars. As we are closing out the challenge with week 8's walk to Copenhagen, the happiest place in the world, I am in communication with our fabulous leader team and the amazing and wonderful Diane (DIANEDOESSMILES) from the Spirited Underdogs, who has so many fun ideas and such a great positive attitude. And hopefully put together an even nicer Shooting Star hom... Wed, 18 May 2016 16:27:57 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/14/16 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ...listening to my girls (24 on Monday) chatter about in the dining room. One a Graphic Design student, the other one working on her Masters presentation. One helping the other with the presentation poster. It took so long for them to get along and into a room without a fight. I cannot believe how their relationship has developed. This is all I hoped for. They actually keep contact, and are finding each other beneficial and helpful. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 14 May 2016 18:26:06 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/13/16 Where does my joy come from today. ... smoke tree we planted last year for my birthday survived the winter. I see little buds coming up and I can't wait to watch it grow. For all of you who do not know what a smoke tree looks like.... imagine pink or white cotton candy on a bush with roundish leaves. They remind me of Dr. Seuss' Truffula trees. .... my decision to continue as Motivational Leader for the upcoming 5% Summer Challenge. I learned so much during this first run as part ... Fri, 13 May 2016 16:43:29 EST Where Does My Joy Come From 5/4/16 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> daughter Julia is in her last weeks of her Master's Program at City College of NY. She has been so stressed, and being a perfectionist, she is working her butt off. She spilled a glass of water on her new laptop she just got a month ago while working on the final presentation with her team. So she called in tears and told me all her troubles. Within a few minutes I was able to make her laugh, put this unfortunate incident into perspectiv... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:31:28 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/2/16 Where does my joy come from today. .. ....found out that a treasured Sparkfriend (KathyJo) is out of the hospital, recovering and blogging again. It's amazing how I met people here who have become important in some form or other, and I miss them when they are not around. I will make a point today to catch up with some Sparkies I have not visited in a while. ....daughter Julia was here for the weekend. She is wrapping up her Masters and then leaving to live in Germany for a year, moving in... Mon, 2 May 2016 07:34:39 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 4/5/16 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> .... hubby took a 3 hour trip to spend a few days with his brother, who is undergoing chemotherapy right now. Over the weekend he was hospitalized with a blood clot on the chemo port that is in his chest, and his arm swelled up. Hubby will get him all set up with home cooked food for the next days, and get him all he needs to remember to drink his water, different bottles and things so he can measure everything. My brother in law just moved to... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 00:23:45 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/27 Where does my joy come from today... <BR> <BR> ... my daughter Julia wrote in our WhatsApp Family chat that she attended church with her best friend. I am not sure what she believes in, but she loves her friend and has been going to church with him most Sundays. She sent a wonderful picture of the church and shared the message that was given "Church was great. Priest talked about Jesus and the gift he gave us and how we shouldn't give in to anger the same way that Jesus didn't give in to ang... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 22:24:52 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/25 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> girls. For years, they just did not get along. Well, for about 22 years. And then they kinda slowly started growing up and out of it. I am not sure they will ever really understand each other, but the mutual respect and bond has been growing and getting stronger. And they have no problem being in the same room anymore. And this afternoon, Sara... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:21:46 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/24 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> .... it's all about the little things. Like a midnight snack prepared by my wonderful hubby. With fruit and ice cream. So wonderful and trackable. We do have a great time together, and are now planning on how to spend our 25 Wedding Anniversary Weekend. Go away? Stay close, and do something fun in the area? It must be cheap, becaus... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:11:50 EST Where Does My Joy Come From -3/20 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ....went to a basket weaving class at a local artist's house. I met at the Nature Center Craft Fair around Christmas time. I gave the class as a birthday gift to my friend Rita. We never get to spend enough time together, because our schedules are so different. It was a very fun afternoon, and we feel like we learned a wonderful craft that can... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 08:56:47 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/17 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... came to work, and my co-worker already had a giant bag of St. Patrick's Day greens on the counter for the entire hospital to choose from. There were green ribbons, hair ties, sparkly green stickers, Necklaces. We all got to choose from it, and were decorated like little green Christmas trees. It was a very fun day. <BR> <BR> .... decided to watch Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis in my bed on Netflix. One of my all time favorite movies.... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 23:58:20 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/16 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> Spring Challenge team. I am seeing so many new and "old" members signing up again. I am so excited for the challenge to start. I lost around 8 pounds in the Winter Challenge, and in between challenges, I basically just work on my good habits, track my food and plan to maintain my weight loss. I am doing well. I still weigh in every Saturday. I also continue to work on my Microwave or Kitchen Timer workouts. While waiting for food to cook... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:55:42 EST 2016 Spring 5% Challenge starts March 26! Join us! Sign ups are in full swing, and we are meeting so many lovely new friends. Anyone who would appreciate the support of a whole team, would have so much fun in this challenge. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions. Some teams are already full, but there are many to choose from. Let's get fit this Spring, and let's do this together! I can't wait to see where the team leaders have us traveling first! The destinations are always exciting and interesting. <BR> <BR> Click on the link to g... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:40:09 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/13 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ....had a much better day today at work. Worked with my boss, and a young co worker, who is so very sweet, that it warms my heart. After yesterday's negativity bash, today was amazingly busy, too, but it was like hopping through the meadow instead. We had a lot of laughs, some funny moments. saved a life or two and got everyone what they needed. No one had to put their pet down because they could not afford treatment, and so it was a great day ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 22:19:30 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/12 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ..... I had an very lively, and really stressful day at work. Halfway through (and believe me, this surprised me, too) I was ready to punch someone. Anyone, really. Clients, co workers, doctors. I never usually have a bad attitude like that. It was just too much all around. Mentally and physically absolutely exhausted and just DONE. And on the way home, I thought I will treat myself to a big bag of chips from the gas station, and not a split se... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:08:06 EST Why join us for the 2016 Spring 5% Challenge? This is an extra blog, just to tell the world and all those who are interested about the amazing 5% Challenges here on Spark. Last September when I came back strong to spark away and get my health in order, I rediscovered the amazing 5% Challenges. Here is how this works. There is a sign up period (currently anyone interested can join), in which interested Sparkers join the Spring 5% Challenge Community Team. Once there, you can read through the different teams. and who they are, and you can ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:38:21 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/10 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> off with hubby. Lazy day. Watched some romantic comedies in bed while he was snoring off night shift. Then went to dinner at our favorite (and only) restaurant by the lake. Went over my calorie allowance, but they make a great eggplant parm, and the portions are so big, this will actually make 3 more decent meals for me. I ate 1/4 of the meal. No need to stuff myself. <BR> <BR> seedlings are coming up splendidly! The peppers ar... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:55:08 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/9 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> ....when I went to lunch, I wanted to take my car to the library parking lot next door to enjoy a quiet snack. I noticed that my left front tire appeared flat. Not knowing anything about cars I asked our maintenance man Don what his take was on such nonsense. He told me it might be best to just call AAA and see what they can achieve. So I did and a wonderful young man arrived to help me figure out what to do. He told me he could take the ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:26:12 EST Where Does My Joy Come From- 3/8 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... so since hubby came up with that idea that we would work out every time one of our World of Warcraft toons levels in the game, we have been moving like crazy. We had a successful day in the game and I put on my Pitbull Workout music, dragged my step and my Zumba Cardio sticks into the living room, and for every level I did a few songs of workout on my step. He did walking in place, air punches, crunches and some really awesome dance moves.... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 20:10:11 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/7 Where does my joy come from today... <BR> <BR> <BR> ....spent my day with my husband, playing World of Warcraft, cooking, chatting, drinking coffee and water and just having a grand old time. The house was in desperate need of getting straightened up, but we decided to take it easy today and give hanging out the priority. We do sometimes live like teenagers, but hey, it's us, every minute will be enjoyed. And the household will still be waiting tomorrow. <BR> <BR> ....the sign ups for the... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 01:41:53 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/4 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ... I am really horrible at remembering faces and names, which can be a bit tricky as a receptionist at the vet's. I am finding new ways of trying to make a mental picture of a face, to hopefully be able to conjure that up when the people come back. So tonight I had an elderly, very nice lady stop in for a bit of a complicated food order. It took me forever to get it all done. The whole time she looked at me as if she was waiting for something... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 23:26:21 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/2 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ...came home to my hubby having made Mac and Cheese before he ventured out into night shift. He only ate one serving, which is fabulous, and left me the other. I made it better by adding steamed cabbage and mushrooms into it. So delicious!! <BR> <BR> .... daughter Sarah called me for car talk this morning. She was driving to college, I was driving to work. We had a really nice long chat about what is going on in her life these days. She just q... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 22:10:19 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 3/1 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> .... my parents booked their flight from Germany. They will arrive June 12 and stay until August 21. I am so incredibly happy. I have not seen them in 2 years, and it will be great. They love it here, and spend so much time in the garden, puttering around the house, playing with the dogs, cooking and organizing. I am overjoyed. This will be good. Since I work 4 days a week, I will have 3 days off to do fun stuff with them. I also work all... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:19:50 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/28 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> a WhatsApp message from my best friend Annette in Germany that she is happy. YAY. She met a gentleman, who seems to be quite nice. I always pray that she finds eternal happiness and her soul mate is out there, I know it! I am so excited for her, and hope to be able to skype with her tomorrow to hear more. <BR> <BR> ...the 2016 Spring 5% Challenge Community is open for sign up today. I signed up with my Shooting Stars again. I feel a l... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 22:05:26 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/27 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> was daughter Sarah's last day at our common workplace at the vet's. She had not told many people that she was leaving, because she is not the attention seeking kind. She told her favorite co workers over the last week personally that she is moving on with her career and her internships for Graphic Design. Today she came to work with a heartfelt card thanking the "lovely people" at work for the wonderful time, and stressing that we are a f... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 22:18:57 EST Where Does My Joy Come From 2/26 Where does my joy come from today... <BR> <BR> ...again, the Shooting Star Playlist that is inspired by my fellow team mate Bob. I drove to work today, actually doing cardio in my car while driving and listening to the playlist. New favorite song.... My Inner Ninja. I could sing that all day. <BR> <BR> ...our 5 % Winter Challenge ends tonight at midnight. Tomorrow is final weigh in. I don't think I lost any more weight, I might have gained some last week. But it feels like all muscle. I am... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 22:53:08 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/24 Where does my joy come from today.. <BR> <BR> ...had planned lunch with my friend Rita. As a surprise visitor, her daughter Jamie asked if she could come along. We all work at the same place, and Jamie doesn't usually go to lunch with us, because she splits her time between college and work. It was so much fun. We went to a Pizza buffet, where I had salad, and two small slices of pizza, and two tiny cinnamon rolls for dessert. Right within my range. We did some catching up, and a lot of laug... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:54:14 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/23 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ....found out that my friend Rita is interested in basket making. So I contacted the lady I met at a Christmas Craft Fair and asked if she would teach a class for the two of us on a Saturday, and she was very accommodating. So now I have a lovely birthday gift for my friend, whose birthday is on March 1st. Something for us girls to do together. I am very excited!! This will be so much fun! <BR> <BR> ....I planted seeds today. I got myself a li... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 21:24:55 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/22 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ...LEFTOVERS. Indeed. I had cut up so many veggies for our time with the kids over the weekend. We ate some, but there was so much stuff left over. This morning I made a nice veggie omelet for breakfast, lunch was fried veggies with potatoes, dinner was stir fried veggies with soy sauce. I feel amazing, and hubby loved it too. <BR> <BR> ..... working out with the hubby. He has found the Spark. Well, the inner Spark. He is not actually on Spar... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 21:36:46 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/19 Where does my joy come from today. ... <BR> <BR> ....the snow storm that was predicted for the evening never came. I picked up Julia and her friend Nano at the bus terminal from NYC and even drove an alternate route home. I pick my routes according to how many steep hills there are. I am a very scared snow driver, so I am always looking for the most cowardish possibilities. <BR> <BR> .....I have an old piano in the dining area, that I am still hoping to take lessons for. As soon as Nano ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 07:45:06 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/18 <img src=""> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. .. boss and office manager surprised me with an evaluation/review today. Since the new company took over a review is done in the month of hire. They had all great things to say. Basically they praised me for highest accuracy and attention to detail, and coming to work every day with a great attitude and willingness to go above and beyond for the team, cl... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 01:12:53 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/17 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... I had the day off today and got carried away with hanging out with hubby, computer games, chatting, doing all sorts of fun stuff. Realized that it was my Godson Samuel's birthday today, and I did not call or whatsapp him. So I did when I settled into bed just now. Turns out that despite the time difference to Germany (it is 4 in the morning there right now) he responded immediately and told me how much he loves me and that he had extra pie... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 23:11:17 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/16 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... we had a reception meeting today. With brunch food. I brought fruit salad and there was French Toast Casserole, lots of bacon and sausages (which I don't eat anyway). and Blueberry muffins. Delicious. I took a little of the baked goods and A LOT Of fruit salad. We also did a mini seminar about how to best get appointments booked for people who always call the vet, but don't really want to bring their pets in. Some pets really are in danger... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:19:56 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/15 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... had a very long conversation with daughter Julia. Her internship is not going as she would like. There are a lot of demands, not enough information and job setting that is not ideal for her. I was able to give her lots of examples of how important it is to do something we enjoy and we are good at. A career should not only mean you climb to the top and make lots of money, you also want to consider what you have to compromise and how much yo... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:02:27 EST