SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Planning a great day! Hubs will be a few hours later than he had originally planned in Green Bay, but it's still good. I'm going to blog real quick, decide on my outfit, then go run some errands before I head down. <BR> <BR> I'm going to grab breakfast out, probably fruit and yogurt and coffee. I've got cocoa mix, so I can do mocha for 110 calories instead of theirs for 600+! And the plan for dinner is Texas Roadhouse. My favorite! 6 oz steak without the additives (I don't like "stuff" on my beef!) a salad with d... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:34:12 EST YES!! The market didn't get rained out, sales were good, and Hubs is coming home tomorrow to spend a little time with me before he heads back out to the pacific northwest! He'll only be home for a day or maybe a day and a half, but it's better than nothing! <BR> <BR> As stressed as I've been, I need the break. I'm going to take him out to dinner tomorrow and then I'm going to try talking him into spending at least an hour Tuesday in the pool with me. <BR> <BR> I've got this! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:56:49 EST Updates that don't DO anything helpful! The laptop did another "auto update" (which I have turned off about a MILLION times <em>234</em> ) and now nothing is where I had it, my browser no longer shows on my toolbar, and it takes me (no exaggeration0 FIVE MINUTES to find the internet now!?!? <BR> <BR> I hate progress some days. PLEASE tell me where this is better than opening a book or dialing a phone??? <BR> <BR> I am NOT looking forward to another marathon session with the GeekSquad, but it's probably going to have to happen... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:53:32 EST A day of discoveries I made several discoveries today (well, yesterday too, but I wasn't in the mood to fight with the computer to blog again then). <BR> <BR> One-dishwashers really DO work better with that rinse agent stuff. Even as pricey as it is, it's worth it. A little messy to get into the automatic dispenser, but since it lasts more than one load, it's not too bad. And when I'm not able to stand long enough to wash them by hand, it's a win-win. <BR> <BR> I learned that I CAN eat eggs that are overcooked ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:57:33 EST What to do? I can't remember the last time I took a market day off...Oh wait, the year I had my knee replacements, 2012! <BR> <BR> I can't say I'm thrilled with taking the day off today, but my son's on another short vacation with his friends and I just don't dare try to work alone on uneven ground. He offered to cancel his trip again (he also offered to cancel last week and I wouldn't let him) and I said I would just take today off, take it easy Saturday, and impose on my friends again on sunday to hel... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:00:54 EST On my own- Which has good and bad components. Good, I need to start finding ways to do things for myself and working within the limits my body has been imposing on me. Bad, I really have no business right now trying to clean the house, carry laundry, or haul everything out of the car for the markets. <BR> <BR> My son DID offer to cancel his plans this weekend, but this is the annual Powwow and his best friends both are dancing in it. They've worked hard all year for this, and this year they get to danc... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:01:53 EST I caved... I signed up for several internet classes. It was either that, get an apartment in green bay($700 a month), rent a hotel room in green bay ($3k a month!!), drive to green bay every day of the week and spend 14 hours on campus, or give up. <BR> <BR> Giving up was NOT an option. Driving every day with less than 7 hours of sleep, also not an option. $3k a month for a hotel? Definitely NOT an option. an apartment is iffy, I really don't want to have a roommate at student housing and get stuck doi... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:43:08 EST More exercise in frustration. I got a notice in the mail today that ANOTHER of my classes has been cancelled. Why can't they do it all at once?? These people are driving me crazy. <BR> <BR> How can they call them 2 year degrees when there is LITERALLY no way to complete one in 2 years because they DON"T OFFER THE CLASSES???!!! Argh. <BR> <BR> I've done my schedule FIVE times already. I'm going online in a few minutes to email the academic advisor and to schedule an appointment for Friday. I'm going to go down to green b... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:54:47 EST Missed it by 2 points?!! I nearly aced my final yesterday. I ended up missing an A by the 2 points I missed on the final. UGH. But, it's not the end of the world, and in any other class, it would have been a solid A, so I'm good with it. <BR> <BR> Today is out FIFTH wedding anniversary. Hubs is on the road, so nothing special going on. Even if he were home, we wouldn't be doing much, because I'm trying to behave and follow dr's instructions with the knee. <BR> <BR> It's driving me crazy, but I'm doing it. I need t... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 07:33:18 EST YAY! The semester is DONE! I just took the computer final. I'm fairly confident I got a B for the semester. I'm good with that. This is the only set of classes that grade on a 7% scale instead of a 10%. Which means in any other subject it would have been a higher grade, but I really don't care. I didn't fail and that was the only thing I was worried about. <BR> <BR> And it only took me 45 minutes, when I was allowed 200!! When I know things, I know them. When I don't? It doesn't make a whit of difference how much time... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:57:44 EST Not a great day :-( I was having to do extra work from things not being done the way I asked and managed to do something to one of my knee replacements. Sigh. Spending the afternoon at the dr, getting xrays, and being put on restrictions was NOT on my list of to-do's today. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm supposed to stay off of it for at least a week, put ice on it every 1-2 hours, take ibuprofen every 6 hours, and evidently pray the test results don't show anything needing repair! <BR> <BR> It is what it is, but it's ann... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 20:47:52 EST YES!!! I just found out that I've gotten more of a handle on the computer class than I thought I had and...I'm guaranteed no less than a C as long as I show up and take the final and if I do well on it, I actually have a shot at a B!! <BR> <BR> I will take that. A C is good enough and a B would be fantastic. I'll know for sure either Thursday or Monday. It depends how busy the lab is for which day I'll take the test. <BR> <BR> I'm also finally done figuring out my fall schedule. I've overloaded i... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 12:44:03 EST Are you kidding me?? They cancelled another one of my classes. It's another of those lynch pin classes, too. SO, I'm going to be reworking my ENTIRE semester and praying the car lasts through that many trips to Green Bay all winter! I'm going to be stuck on campus until 10pm on Thursdays, so I've got to change my Friday schedule because 830 am is NOT going to happen when I won't be getting home til around midnight. UGH. <BR> <BR> I worked on the schedule for a while earlier today, at least FIVE of my alternative... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 16:42:58 EST A sunny sunday (for a change!) And it was wonderful! Sales were up, I talked to a couple of friends and got some misunderstandings cleared up, and I sucked it up and asked for help to set up and take down. It was either find help or quit doing the markets. I just physically can't do the work alone. It sucks, but it is what it is. <BR> <BR> Sales are going pretty well and while I'm not getting ahead, I'm not falling any further behind, either. Of course, getting enough made for the festival at the end of September on top o... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:27:59 EST Slowly Improving I've gotten a lot of the schoolwork done, Being able to use the notes makes a HUGE difference! There are still a few things that I haven't been able to find, but I'm going to go down to campus and see a tutor. I don't really feel up to the drive, but I've got to do what I've got to do. <BR> <BR> I haven't made it to the pool yet, I'm still waiting for the screaming heathen hordes from hell to go back to school so I can go during the day. I just haven't been able to get myself up and moving a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:43 EST Just ARGH!! I found out yesterday that I've wasted the entire semester trying learn the database commands by heart because I'm ALLOWED TO USE NOTES ON THE FINAL??!! <BR> <BR> That little tidbit of information was NOWHERE in any of the information I was provided online for the class! Sigh. I hate the internet some days. I asked the instructor on duty yesterday (my favorite instructor is on vacation :( ) about not being able to find the instructions for the final. She looked on her computer at the file, w... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:45:07 EST More procrastination... I *should* be working on the schoolwork, but I'm doing my spark instead. I didn't make it to the pool, I woke up sick and went back to bed for a few extra hours. It helped, I'm not still sick to my stomach. I think it was dehydration again. I've GOT to figure a better way to not let that keep happening. My body just is NOT tolerating it like it used to. <BR> <BR> Maybe I can get a timer of some kind that reminds me every hour or so to drink a glass of water. I'll have to stew about it for a ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:57:36 EST When it blows The wind, I mean. We had a really windy day up at the market. The weather report said 4 mph gusts. They lied. <BR> <BR> I set up and chased stuff for a while, but when the table started lifting up? Yeah, I was DONE. I packed up and came home. <BR> <BR> I did get another custom order. It's due to be picked up in 2 weeks. The day after my birthday. It's good. <BR> <BR> I also finished the order from yesterday. I'll get it mailed out in the next day or two. And I'm working on more of the scr... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:24:37 EST 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