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 - 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 Where Does My Joy Come From 2/14 <img src=""> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. .. <BR> <BR> car didn't start this morning. It was unbelievably cold. My windows were frozen, the puppies barely wanted to go outside! I tried for a few minutes to start my car, but no luck. I texted my boss and she was already on her way to work anyway. So I texted hubby, who had just gotten out of night shift. He told me he would pick me up a McGridd... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:33:43 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/12 <img src=""> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. .. ....daughter Julia confirmed she is going to visit us next weekend and will bring her best friend with her. It will be his first time coming to our home. Found out he is also vegetarian which will make food planning easier. was very good. Not too crazy, and did my first late shift with a newer co-worker. We worked very well together, and got out on ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:57:53 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/11 <img src=""> Where does my joy come from today. .. ....I spent all day sneaking about, while hubby slept after night shift, so he could get some sound sleep for the next shift. When he got up at 4:30pm, I learned that he did not have to work tonight. So he took me out to dinner instead. ....found that the little restaurant we love had TWO vegetarian specials tonight. Usually there is none or one. I believe si... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:20:46 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/10 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... daughter Sarah went to a presentation from her College for a study opportunity in Mexico. I did not get a chance to talk to her about it, but it appears her advisor, and who ever else enrolls will go as a group. The course there will count as a credit, and they will do a whole bunch of things. My default is always "YAY, go for it" with anything that sounds remotely interesting. Why not. She initially wasn't going to do it, because it costs... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:06:41 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/9 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> ..... I might say I had a productive day. I conquered something I wanted to try for a long time.... I made a rump roast in my crock pot to portion out and freeze for my husband. I am a vegetarian, but will cook meat for my husband. He would be just as happy if I didn't, but I think he is so lovely, I can go the extra mile and spoil him a little if I can. The recipe I found had a very interesting spice rub, and I used red wine as the liqui... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:37:54 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/8 Where does my joy come from today..... <BR> <BR> <BR> ....hubby and I went to the little hardware store around the corner to get thin curtain rods for the kitchen. He liked my idea to hide the appliances and the dishes behind a little curtain. We ended up driving to Home Depot and Walmart to get the things our little store didn't have. So we made it into a road trip. I love those. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img sr... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:29:08 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/7 <img src=""> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. ... ....had a nice long phone conversation with my mother in Germany. I know she gets lonely. She does go out to my sisters a few times a week, but mostly just does housework there and tries to fly under the radar. The kids are grown up and it's really hard for my Mom not to be needed like she used to. It was nice to be able to try and take her mind off of thing... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:31:31 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/6 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> ..... had a very long phone conversation with my best friend Annette in Germany this morning. We covered a lot of stuff, talked about our children, how they are all grown up and picking professions, trying to figure out what to do after they graduate. We talked about dating and heartbreak, happy times, old times, the future, dogs, holistic remedies, things no one can explain, Jesus, hopes and fears. No matter what, she will always be my best f... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 21:16:24 EST Where Does My Joy Come From 2/5 <img src=""> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. .. brother-in-law Giles went into surgery early this morning to have parts of his lymph nodes removed. It appears that the doctor got the cancerous cells. He is recovering in the ICU. Radiation is the next step. Lots of prayers went out to him. Thank you all for thinking of him! .....both daughters seem so happy with their lives right now. Julia has her... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 02:31:51 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/4 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... since Craig was not home to take care of the puppies, I ended up taking them to work, and I booked a day boarding day for both Velvet and Bunny. I texted my friend Rita, who oversees the Kennels. When I got there, the Kennel girls had set up both cages with such love. Velvet, is 13 and is starting to do the old lady waddle, where she just slows down, and can't keep up. They put rubber mats and a huge comforter in her cage to make it easie... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 02:02:49 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/3 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> .... Daughter Sarah interviewed and got the second internship as well. She is on a roll. All sounds so interesting. And the best part.... they seem to have two huge Boxers on premises that like to cuddle. Dogs just make everything better. <BR> <BR> ....sat on my "perch" at work today, and all of a sudden, my left knee started hurting. Stabbing pain for a few stabs. Nothing I did, I wasn't even moving. So since there is no joy in that, let's d... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:52:28 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/2 Where does my joy come from today. .. <BR> <BR> ....daughter Sarah landed a paid graphic design internship on campus and is interviewing tomorrow for another one close to the college. Unpaid, but possibility for commission if work leads to a sale. Makes me happy to see her be courageous and get out there. <BR> <BR> .....wonderful dinner with hubby at our favorite restaurant on the other side of our lake. Then he went in to work at 11 pm for a double bonus. Being an RN sure does have its ben... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 23:58:50 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/1 Where does my joy come from today.... <BR> <BR> to spend all day in my PJ's, next to my night shifty hubby, who was snoring along side the puppies. I must have been more exhausted than I realized, because I just could not get myself up and at it. That's okay. I am taking care of my soul. It was an emotionally charged weekend at the vets. I can usually deal with everything until I see a grown man sob over his dying doggy. Being professional and comforting while you have to take their... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:47:29 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 31 <img src=""> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. .. <BR> <BR> ....this is the tower of interlocking lunch containers. I tripped over them as I was grocery shopping the other day. They have become my favorite item in my kitchen. They are like Legos filled with yummy healthy stuff. So convenient to prepare and take to lunch. <BR> <BR> ....came home exhausted from a weekend of work. So many emergencies at the v... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:55:15 EST