SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Let's try this again... Since my blogs keep getting blasted into cyberspace by popup ads, I’ll give it a shot through word. We’ll see if this helps keep me sane, even though it’s a lot more work for me with my computer “issues”. <BR> <BR> I had a good sales day on Saturday, not amazing, but not bad. Sunday was really windy, so it was more or less a bust. I did, however, get amazing news. <BR> <BR> My son had run sales at the Settlement Shops, where a friend owns a shop and let us use it for the day. He had slow an... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:20:45 EST And so it goes- Yet again, I had a really good blog nearly done and POOF. A pop-up ad from a sparkvertiser and my blog disappeared. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Not going to redo it. I will just get frustrated and my (formerly) good mood will stay in the negative range. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I'll maybe blog tomorrow...If things aren't so hectic I'm pulling my hair out... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:06:24 EST Let me clarify- I tried clicking to go to individual pages to write personal explanations, and for some reason, it isn't working. So, I decided a blog would do. <BR> <BR> I need to make it clear-I am NOT a teacher. I have great respect for teachers. I have absolutely no intention of ever becoming one. <BR> <BR> Yes, I realize at my age it is reasonable to assume that I am the teacher and not the student. But I AM a student. I get frustrated when people assume that I'm a teacher, like there is something wr... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:05:19 EST Slowly, but surely I'm making small progress today. But it's progress. I'm still having some issues breathing, mostly it's allergies, but the weigh is also a part of it. I'm hoping to keep on an even keel and keep making small steps. <BR> <BR> I grabbed a salad this morning and tossed a couple of baby bel cheeses in my lunch bag. I forgot my water bottle, but I did grab my coffee cup. I made coffee at school instead of buying high calorie crap. Today is popcorn day, and I did go grab a bag, but it's only a ha... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:31:26 EST Taking stock... I'm not thrilled with myself right now. I'm back up near my highest ever weight. I KNOW I can lose it, I just keep putting things off. So, it's time to stop, evaluate, decide and make changes again. <BR> <BR> I've come to the realization that none of what "works for everyone" actually works for me. I do not do well with the traditional ways of doing things. It backfires almost every time. My biggest problem right now is the whole "weight loss is a journey" thing. <BR> <BR> Wait. Wait! Don'... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:25:13 EST I'm tired of being a grown up- Not only am I running a full-time business and taking an overload of college classes, Hubs and I decided to start house hunting. <BR> <BR> Now, I was doing fine with running my business (and Hubs' to be honest), full time college was a breeze, the overload is a little hectic, but manageable (textbook typos notwithstanding!). House hunting on top of it? YIKES!! <BR> <BR> Now, I'm all for a little "creative license" in advertising, but I draw the line at outright LYING. And I'm not at all ce... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:20:50 EST Gotta love textbook typos Oh, wait, we don't have to? yeah? good. Because I don't love them. I don't even find them mildly amusing. They are annoying beyond words. We pay hundreds of dollars for books to learn things and there are three glaring errors in the first 30 pages of my supply chain text. Sigh. This is going to be one LONG semester. <BR> <BR> But I've got this. I'm relatively certain I will survive the typos. I can't promise that the textbook will... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:33:27 EST So far, so good! I'm just over a week into the new semester and I'm on track with all of my classes. Even with all of the hectic with Hubs and the truck, I'm still not behind on anything! <BR> <BR> I'm still making time to do a ton of the cooking around the house and keeping him on a more or less no added sodium and no caffeine diet. He's not thrilled, but he is adapting. We'll see how much attention he is paying when he has to go back to work and do it himself. He'll have to get his DOT physical shortly an... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:51:19 EST Up and Down and round and round! That's pretty much been my past week. Good thing I've got a good grip on reality! <BR> <BR> Hubs went back to work last thursday while I was at school in the morning. While I had the car in the shop in the afternoon, he messaged me and asked me to come get him. He lost the freight he was supposed to pick up on friday because the truck failed its inspection on thursday. Parts will take the better part of a week. So, the decision was-pay a week of hotel bills and meals or pay for a tank of gas... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:19:29 EST A new Semester- I'm already swamped, but not nearly as stressed. I'm managing fairly well. And Hubs showed up unexpectedly early! I thought he was coming in later today and he was home on Sunday! I love it when he gets to come home and spend time with me. <BR> <BR> He's helping get some stuff done with the house while I'm at class. And we went and looked at, and talked to the owner of, the store I want. There are politics involved with the condo association and the owners of the adjacent property and a lot... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:11:25 EST Me, Me, Me!!! That's what today and this weekend are going to be about. I'm going to focus on what's best for ME. Totally and completely going to be selfish and you know what? It's FINE. (And, according to Hubs? About Da@n Time!!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've been working on the classwork, gotten a few nice surprises (like I don't really need the $197 book that I was told I had to buy-and did. Which means it's available for son or to sell to another student for what they can afford.) which is always a... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:44:04 EST I don't HAVE to participate In my mom's drama. And I'm doing my best to not get drawn in any further and extricate myself. <BR> <BR> While Hubs is annoyed, it's more that he's annoyed with the situation. He's watched for almost 13 years now while she has sabotaged everything I have accomplished. Or at least tried to sabotage. With Hubs' help, I'm getting better at not letting her ruin things. While I did drop 2 classes because of her stunts this week, I'm not dropping the whole semester. I'm just making things easier t... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:29:45 EST And the "mama drama" continues... Sigh. I don't know why I even keep trying, but today I lost it. I had shipped another big box of stuff to my mother over the weekend, one that Hubs and son had packed. <BR> <BR> Evidently, things got put in 2 different boxes and things that needed to be shipped together to reduce her complaining got separated. So she was complaining. <BR> <BR> I had enough and I let her know it. I told her since nothing I do is ever good enough for her, I'm not doing anything any more. I am DONE. <BR> <B... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:38:03 EST Plans and hopes... I'm PLANNING to get extra help for the semester that's starting in a few days and getting some computer help. There should be a way to schedule the updates on the computer to only happen when I'm not actively using it! I used to be able to schedule it to turn itself on and do them in the wee hours of the morning. I haven't figured out how to do it in windows10, so I'm going to get help to do that. <BR> <BR> I have EIGHT assignments due before Friday, including one payroll test due before cla... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:53:28 EST I hate updates. I was in the middle of a really long, well written blog, and my computer decided it needed to update (yes, AGAIN) and shut down everything I was doing with no advance warning or option to delay. <BR> <BR> Windows 10 stinks. <BR> <BR> sigh. I don't have time to redo it, so this is as good as it's getting. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:59:46 EST 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