SCHNOOTIE's SparkPeople Blog SCHNOOTIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 (although I warned them all not t... 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 Where Does My Joy Come From - 9/18/16 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 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