SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's a start, anyway I actually found the charger for my fitbit today and got it charged, so that's a step in the right direction. I managed to do my work all by myself today (I did have to ask son to come and get some cash to go get more change, though) and sales didn't stink. They weren't great, but I did get another custom order. That always makes me feel good. <BR> <BR> And the customer that made the order had about a half dozen friends with him at the market that kept coming to my space to see what he "has ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:32:28 EST Procrastination and priorites I've been putting off doing my Access work. I'm down to only having 3 weeks to complete it. 2 to get the assignments in and then one to take the final. <BR> <BR> I came to campus today with every intention of getting a lot done. Then I had to install my anti-virus and the campus is SWARMING with those nasty little black flying bugs. VERY distracting and annoying. I'm going to do a bit of sparking and then go see if the computer lab is any better. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to set myself some rea... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:18:19 EST Another A!! Evidently, for me, the trick to getting amazing grades is to either love or hate the class! Absolutely loathe quickbooks, and just pulled an A in it! I loved English and Ethics and got A's in those. I've got this. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:08:45 EST Finals I aced the Ethics final (97% for the semester) and I'm taking the quickbooks final in a few minutes. I have no great expectations for this one, I'm not at all happy with my lack of mastery in the class. but I'm guaranteed a C, most likely going to get a B, and an A us within the realm of possible, so I'm good. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to get my sparking done, so I get back in the swing of it. I do much better when I'm on a schedule of some sort. <BR> <BR> Off to get the test done. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:38:52 EST Frustrated and tired... It's been one of those weeks. Nothing I've done (other than school and new towel design) has gone well. Hubs and Son have done very little in the past month to help get the house so I can manage it through the winter. I even had to take the time this morning to clean the fridge because they've just been shoving things in it instead of putting anything where it belongs?! Sigh. <BR> <BR> I got double billed from Target online for all of the things I had sent to the store in ohio for my sister ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:45:42 EST Managing expectations It's not one of my strengths, that's for sure. I'm getting better about it, though. SLOWLY. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to adjust to not being able to do as much as I used to and not being able to pull off the grades as easily as I could when schools used REAL BOOKS. I am NOT adapting well to this new mode of teaching. I'm doing the best I can with what I've got and it is what it is. <BR> <BR> I'm working on a few new designs for the market tomorrow, hoping it doesn't get rained out. I'm going to... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:45:47 EST Friday! Which is always a good and bad thing at the same time. It's the end of my school week, but the beginning of my work week. It is what it is. <BR> <BR> I just spent over a half hour on the phone with my sister. We talk fairly often now, we don't let my mother cause trouble like she used to. It's good. <BR> <BR> My great niece is needing a walker. She has the exercise saucer thing, but it annoys her. She wants to be mobile. And she's a redhead, so when she gets annoyed, she lets EVERYONE know ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:37:52 EST Long day But my quickbooks project eventually got turned in. After i did the wrong one twice, I got it right the third time. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I think I will finish the work for the semester. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Jul 2016 22:43:44 EST Aced it!!! The ethics exam grade was even better than I hoped for! <BR> <BR> Sales today were slow, but lots of people asked where to find me over the weekend after they have cash handy <em>41</em> We'll see what happens. <BR> <BR> I'll go grab lunch and possibly a nap, then work on my project that's due by end of day tomorrow. So far, so good! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:20:30 EST Wild weekend I hadn't realized how busy I was over the weekend until I looked and saw I hadn't been on spark in days! <BR> <BR> Oh well, the streak will recover and so will I...eventually! <BR> <BR> I had really good sales all weekend, which has good and bad components. There are some major mechanical problems at the farm, so the income will greatly help with that. trying to make the time to get products replaced? not so easy. But I will do the best I can and it will be good enough. <BR> <BR> Getting m... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:03:53 EST Thank God for friends (and their families!) So, I got up this morning to a wet floor. And I had to work to get ready for the festival this weekend. Called a plumber, they didn't want to come work on the kind of house we have (defense department home from the war, really small crawlspace under house to access pipes) because none of their guys will fit under my house. <BR> <BR> I thought for a bit and ended up calling a dear friend who has a nephew who is a smaller guy. I offered to pay him to diagnose the leak. He crawled under the ho... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 16:26:04 EST Better than I thought! I'm actually almost completely caught up! At least with the two most important classes, anyway. <BR> <BR> Excel and Access are going to have to wait a bit, but I think I can pull those out. I'm taking my ethics midterm on Tuesday, I'm pretty sure I'll do okay with that. I'm surprised that I managed to get my quickbooks caught up and turned in today. It took some doing, quickbooks does NOT like windows 10, and I don't like quickbooks, so it it was an adventure. And I just realized I typo'd my... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:27:48 EST Nearly caught up- It's going better than I thought it would. I'm nearly caught up in everything. IF Hubs keeps up with his promises and I don't end up having to drop schoolwork in favor of housework, I should be good by the end of next week. <BR> <BR> I've got this. <BR> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:57:02 EST Life goes on- It sucks sometimes, but it does go on. It hurts, we cry, we grieve, we keep going. That little dog was more important to me than I realized. I miss him more than I thought I would. Even when I threatened to give his little rat butt away, I still loved him. He was aggravating, annoying, endearing, and adorable, all at the same time. I find myself crying over the littlest, silliest things. This has been harder for me than putting my Hazel down 2 years ago was. That was a decision that came over... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:35:04 EST Good Bye, RatRat... <img src=""> This is the last photo I have of my Son's little dog, Leo. It was taken 4 days ago. Today, Leo got attacked in his own yarn while he was on a leash. My big dog raised a ruckus right after I had let Leo out, so I went right back out and there was a bug dog trying to get under my porch, I went out and had to drag Leo out from under the porch to bring him in the house, he felt wet, so I took him in and se... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:33:42 EST Almost lost it today- More computer problems, software issues, tech problems, etc. I HATE asking for help, but I did it. And? <BR> <BR> No one who was here had a clue, the tech guy was out, no one was answering emails that early, and when I called tech support, the girl was a snot and had me so upset by treating me like I was stupid that I was ready to drop my whole program again. <BR> <BR> A whole lot of things just ganged up on me this morning. They insist on using our little campus for "community projects" li... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:05:26 EST A less wild wednesday! Market was good. Weather was great, warmer than forecast said it would be, but that's normal. Sold a few skeins of handspun yarns and more scrubbies. Geez, I need to get more of those things made! <BR> <BR> I'm taking a rest break before I start working on school stuff. I was "bad" and stopped and got fast food, but it's so hot and I hurt so bad, I probably won't eat much of it. My sandwich will probably be lunch and dinner both and the onion rings are most likely going to be pet treats (the... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:47:46 EST Rebounding Strong! I'm bouncing back from the computer crash (literally, not software) pretty well. I have my Ethics homework all caught up, turned in, and graded (currently pulling an A!). I've got QuickBooks "updating company files" for the past 10 minutes (at which point I said scr@w it, and left it run in the background and came to spark a bit!), and haven't had a vending machine binge yet. I'm actually planning on not doing it at all, but I've been known to swan dive off the wagon before... <BR> <BR> Oh, ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:25:42 EST Cats and Computers-and non-relevant ranting :-) Not necessarily the best combination in the world. My cat trashed my laptop yesterday <img src=" computer"> <BR> Now you see what I meant with yesterday's blog! <BR> <BR> I haven't gone to school to see if the kids can help me with this thing yet. I'm trying to do as much on my own as I can. I've made progress, I can access my email, I've got my school website saved (including my password!), I managed to get spark in... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:35:05 EST Kitten vs. Laptop Score: kitten 1 <BR> Laptop 0 <BR> <BR> Mom minus $400 <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Will be online once new laptop is up and running. Geek squad wanted 3 DAYS. I'm going to ask the IT kids at school for help in the morning. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:44:57 EST And another blog bites the dust... Clicked post and whole blog went *POOF* <BR> <BR> I'm too tired to redo it. Have a great night. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 23:51:07 EST Frantic but fabulous friday I did a TON of quickbooks homework, took the test 3 times (lowest grade was a 76, highest 84) and then gave up because I just can't get my brain to cooperate with processing the questions properly. Sigh, It's as good as it's going to get. And it's good enough. <BR> <BR> I've still got more stuff to get done, but it will work out. Hubs came in tonight and will stay until Monday morning, so he will help me with markets this weekend and be gone in time for me to get my schoolwork done instead o... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:45:16 EST Thank Goodness Thursday was better!! Even though I did get a parking ticket <em>2</em> I was told "they never enforce the time limit in the student lot". Well, today they did. And it cost me $15. You know what? The tutoring and not having to hike from the back 40 were TOTALLY worth the $15! <BR> <BR> I got 4.5 of my 6 chapters of work done, learned 4 different ways to fix mistakes, had the kids at school lose and then re-istall my task bar (now I've got the computer thinking it's never been used and it wants me to do the "to... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:55:22 EST The Wednesday from hell- That's what today felt like. I am SO glad it's almost over. And that I've made the progress I've made and handled it without an all day stress binge. <BR> <BR> It started with rain this morning, but it was supposed to clear out by 9ish and not start again until later in the afternoon. So, I went ahead and picked up some fruit and a turkey lunchable, the stuff to make new signs for my business, and headed up to storage to pack the car for the day. I managed to load the car, but twisted my ank... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:05:28 EST So much going on- In the midst of my good news and positive things going on, there are unspeakable tragedies happening. Unimaginable hatred and horror. I grieve for all of those involved. I pray for them. <BR> <BR> This may not make sense, but I pray for the perpetrators. I pray that their souls find some measure of understanding how misguided and horrific their actions were and repent. <BR> <BR> I pray that the victims (in which I include everyone touched by the events) eventually find peace and are able t... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:25:06 EST Not perfect, but it's ok! My day isn't going exactly as I had planned, but it's ok! <BR> <BR> I didn't get up and go to the pool. I DID spend two hours stretching and reaching and cutting fabric. Ok, so it wasn't such a good idea with my hand the way it is, but I worked slowly and took breaks. That's why it took 2 hours instead of half an hour. It's still OK. <BR> <BR> The storms are finally over, and I'm having a less than perfect breakfast, but that's also ok. I'm logging it and going to stay within my calorie ra... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:24:30 EST Sunday Success Markets are picking up. Hubs helped with sales today and getting stuff organized so I can get the work done that I need to do before Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I'll be able to get my homework caught up on Monday and Tuesday, plus get some more bibs made, some double towels crocheted, and some more scrubbies made. I may or may not get bag holders made, but I will do what I can without compromising my schoolwork. <BR> <BR> I didn't do well with my food choices today, but I know I have to start gett... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 18:25:35 EST Holy crap, talk about a turnaround! Hubs actually got some stuff done, I get an email inviting me join phi theta kappa (honor society!) Yesterday morning and late last night I got an award notice from my scholarship application. I won TWO scholarships and didn't even have my GPA posted to apply for any of the honor roll scholarships! This is really going to take a load off this fall. <BR> <BR> Having an extra 9 credits paid for that I don't have to pay back will make it much easier to afford the travel every week to green bay... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:18:08 EST NSV-sort of... I went to dr today about my hand. Still having issues, got another huge list of "don't do's". ugh. <BR> the only good thing was that I believe I actually weigh less than Hubs now! Not by much, certainly, but still! <BR> <BR> I took my quickbooks test yesterday and managed to get a B, so I'm happy with that. It should have been a 100, but I was fighting migraine, so 84 ain't half bad! <BR> <BR> I'm working on towels and spinning today. Need to get stock made up for the holiday weekend comin... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:17:39 EST So much for my streak :-( Things were so hectic yesterday I didn't get on to get my spark stuff done. Sigh. I hate the streak thing. Zero is so Depressing. oh well. <BR> <BR> Sales were pretty sad yesterday, but it's ok. Hubs had 15 lesions removed yesterday afternoon for his cancer condition. Nothing to panic over! He was without meds for 2 months (thanks Greyhound for losing luggage and not even looking for it until you got a formal notice of insurance claim for the loss!) so his lesion count is way up. Doc removes... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 09:49:55 EST What do you call it- if Monday is manic and Tuesday is even MORE hectic??? <BR> <BR> Oh, yeah, for me, it's a typical tuesday <em>246</em> I'm going to be spending all day on Tuesdays at the college working on homework for quickbooks and taking my ethics class. I had to have Hubs go buy me a fan for my classroom. It's more like a cell. No windows, very small. They call it a "conference room". I call it a panic attack waiting to happen. Claustrophobia and this little room are not going to make good companions. ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:21:10 EST I need music! It's been a "manic Monday" for sure! I got up early and got a start on the college assignments for the summer. Holy crap, what was I thinking?? I know, I say that ALL the time. I'm just trying to deal with all of it and stay sane. <BR> <BR> With all of the stuff I've got going on, I need to try to get son and hubs to make me an mp3 player and load it with music I like and recognize to keep me going and help me deal with stuff and keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> I didn't do so hot today with m... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 14:38:29 EST Graduation Day! We're leaving shortly for son's graduation ceremony. Market went ok, nothing to brag about, but we expected that with having to pack up early for graduation. <BR> <BR> Son has to go to work immediately after the ceremony, so nothing special going on tonight. Hubs and I will probably stop and grab salads on the way home after we drop son off at work. Then I plan to crash early since I have to spend the day at college catching up on stuff that didn't get done yesterday with the migraine. Sigh... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:08:08 EST It was one of those days Hubs ended up working for me because I had a massive migraine, still feel lousy, but tomorrow is son's graduation after market, so I've got to make it work. <BR> <BR> Early to bed tonight and LONG day tomorrow. I can do this. Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:57:33 EST And so it begins... Hubs is home, got in around midnight Wednesday. For those of you who don't know, Hubs drives a truck. All lower 48, no Canada and certainly not mexico. Sometimes he's home every couple of weeks, sometimes only a few times a year. Sometimes he's home overnight, sometimes for a few weeks. This trip, we're contemplating a month (ish). It depends how badly they get on my nerves <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've been up and getting things done for the past 3+ hours. Hubs is still snoozing. sigh. Th... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:48:44 EST Hubs is home! He got in around midnight. I wasn't quite asleep yet. We talked until we fell asleep! <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and made him biscuits and gravy for breakfast. My measured portion in in a bowl cooling enough to eat, lol. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to keep up with spark while he's home, but we all know how that tends to go! He's annoyed with himself because he's been eating a lot of salads and still gaining weight. We'll see how he feels about sparking with me. Maybe getting to the pool... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 09:32:18 EST Getting antsy- Hubs should be home any day and son still hasn't verified times for graduation or practice. AND they have him scheduled to work all weekend! I haven't heard yet if they've gotten than fixed or not. <BR> <BR> I'll be waking the dragon shortly to find out. lol. <BR> <BR> I did a crapton of spinning yesterday and going to do more today. I'm debating trying to get wool washed if I can't get son to help out. He's back on that only doing things half-a$$ed kick. I'm about to give him one, right in... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:52:17 EST Getting there- Slowly, but surely, I'm getting on track. I logged what I plan to eat today and came in within my calorie range. And I'm fairly good about actually eating what I've pre-logged, so I am good there. <BR> <BR> I didn't go to the gym this morning, but that's not a huge deal. I'm going to be spinning yarn and folding laundry and getting stuff done, so I will be moving and getting some calories burned. <BR> <BR> I've already fixed my spiniing wheel, finished plying a bobbin I started sunday, and... Tue, 31 May 2016 09:04:56 EST Where to start? I'm sure you know how it goes. You've got SO many things to do, you just kind of sit and look at it or think about it and can't decide where to start, so you just keep sitting there? <BR> <BR> Yep. That's my morning...again...I KNOW that the "trick" is to just get up and get started. I had planned to do that, by going to the gym and exercising while I decided what work to do in which order to make things as easy as possible on my body, but still accomplish things. The gym closes at 11. There... Mon, 30 May 2016 11:55:29 EST In spite of myself :-) The market today was amazing, even though my products and I got soaked at the end <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> Good friends helped me pack and load the wet stuff and I went and spent over 2hours unpacking and hanging things in my storage. I won't be able to work in there for a few days, because there are racks everywhere and towels hanging from every single place I could get to. <BR> <BR> Sales were great, customers were complimentary (only one cranky one). And the best part ?... Sun, 29 May 2016 18:00:07 EST And another rant, sort of :-) It's not a bad thing. I'm actually doing pretty good with working alone at the markets and getting MUCH better at letting whatever I can manage be good enough. One not so great thing today was they let a vendor in one of the markets who is known for stealing product ideas and designs from other people. I asked the lady that runs the market to please not put her next to me, I work very hard to come up with original designs and products and really don't want to make it easy for her to steal the... Sat, 28 May 2016 16:27:39 EST Well, that kind of stunk... I was spinning yarn yesterday on my older, faster spinning wheel and the footman connector broke again! It seems like the thing breaks every year and the backorder for the part is usually 6 months or more. Sigh. Isn't it always something? <BR> <BR> I'm going to try working with the other wheel later, but I've got a show tomorrow (that I just found out about last night?!) and bills to get paid today, so it's going to have to wait. With as busy as I am and as much running as I have to do, I sh... Fri, 27 May 2016 09:20:20 EST What was I thinking? I went to green bay yesterday to pick up the cake for my son's birthday (it's actually today, but he wants a bonfire tomorrow. today is a school day for most of his friends.) He was supposed to stay home, pick up his dirty clothes from all over the apartment (my whole house looks like a dorm room <em>234</em> ) and do the weed whacking in the yard for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I called the house around 1, and he had already taken off. I got home around 6 and he had done 1 load of wash. Out of ... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:07:27 EST One day and one step at a time. Little steps. I'm working on getting better about my meal choices. Most days its good. Some not so good. So far, I haven't gone on any raging binges. Now, if I can just keep myself on track. <BR> <BR> I had wanted to take a little time for myself this morning and blog, but son's little dog is whining at my feet wanting out. Once I get up and doing things around the house, I'm not going to get back to this. Sigh. One day, one step, I can do this. <BR> Wed, 25 May 2016 09:10:11 EST So tired, but it's good. I thought about staying in bed and just babying my legs all day, but I didn't. I haven't done as much as I may have liked, but I did some moving around today. I spun 3 bobbins of yarn singles, did a load of wash, put the trash out, did some grocery shopping. It's good enough. <BR> <BR> I did buy fast food, but I was careful about what I got and I logged it. There are good things about my dogs being spoiled beggars, lol. They got most of the fast food, so my calories weren't insanely high. De... Mon, 23 May 2016 19:05:15 EST One down, a season to go! The first market was today, after the festival day yesterday. Sales were down, of course, but it wasn't a bust, so I'm happy with it. <BR> <BR> I had to ask my friends for a lot more help than I would have liked, but I just can't do it all myself. Not at this weight, so another motivator. Gotta get to where I'm more self-able. <BR> <BR> Hubs may or may not make it for son's birthday, son said he's really ok if Hubs isn't here, but he doesn't like saying so because then he looks like an ung... Sun, 22 May 2016 19:20:47 EST The festival was FABULOUS! We couldn't have asked for better weather, and I managed fine without the stuff son left in storage. oops. I let it be ok. I didn't have much choice, lol. <BR> <BR> It did take me a lot longer and was a lot harder than I thought it would be to get things set up. And I ended up tearing one of the tent walls already. I lost my balance trying to unfasten it this morning. Then tonight, we couldn't get it to fasten correctly. I had asked son to put different hooks on it, but he said "it's not TH... Sat, 21 May 2016 19:29:21 EST Hmm... Frantically trying to get everything done that needs doing. My body is NOT cooperating or happy about ANY of it. I grabbed fast food and just logged it. Not sure which idea was worse...I knew it was high in calories, but didn't realize one meal was 2 entire DAYS of calories! OW. <BR> <BR> Good thing I'm already planning and working on packing meals for the weekend! And now I know what NOT to grab when I'm in a hurry! YIKES! Taking my Alli pills will help alleviate some of it, but it's going... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:56:03 EST Worth it and NOT I made it to the pool this afternoon. 22 minutes of workout and about died doing it, but it was worth it. The 45+ minutes it took to figure out where spark moved my exercise list to and how to find my exercise favorites, TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make the best of it, but I am absolutely LOATHING the new "improved" spark. I posted on the message board, sent email asking how I can make it even REMOTELY SIMILAR to the way it USED TO BE. I got the same form letter that every ... Thu, 19 May 2016 19:58:36 EST What the???? So, I started getting back on track and logged in today to get some things tracked and my WHOLE dang PAGE has been REARRANGED??? <BR> <BR> I guess it's yet another of sparks "improvements" that never make anything better. Every dang time I learn how to navigate the site, and get over the frustrations and setbacks from having to deal with the changes, they change the dang thing AGAIN. <BR> <BR> Like there aren't enough problems trying to find support to get weight off when you're struggling ... Wed, 18 May 2016 15:31:13 EST