TEXASLYNN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEXASLYNN TEXASLYNN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Has it been that long? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938077 You mean I skipped a couple days with my blogging? I'm shocked. <BR> <BR> Today went well except for my sore knees which are killing me; no back to speak of which is nice for a change. My favorite grocery store is vast and wouldn't you know the produce is on one end and the yogurt, string cheese, etc. items are a block away on the other end. At least I got my walking in because I also had to go to Tractor Supply for doggie treats. <BR> <BR> This sun is so fabulous that I just want to be out... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 20:08:55 EST Weather Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936715 Still trying to get things back together after the Monday night blow. I have to confess I have blown it this week, eating a lot of junk while we tried to get the house back in order. My go-to sins as usual, chips and chocolate. All consumed and back on task today, sipping at my green smoothie whilst I clean walls where we moved furniture to open windows. Was no point in putting the furniture back until we cleaned the space. Meanwhile, the power has gone down again a time or two so we feel as ... Sat, 30 May 2015 10:21:57 EST Wow, That Was Fun! Not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934950 We got to join thousands of other Texans Monday night in feeling the effects of severe weather when trees started falling, etc. Power was off just over 24 hours and we had just got the freezer, the refrigerator, and a couple of fans hooked up to a generator when it came back on. Meanwhile, there was an outage at the water treatment plant and we are dependent on what is stored in the towers. I think there are three of them. Another storm system has passed through during the night and we don't ... Wed, 27 May 2015 05:33:15 EST In Memoriam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933984 This one is for Lance Cpl. Roger Allen Thompson, born May 2, 1948, died March 1, 1968 in Quang Tri, Viet Nam. I could spend many paragraphs writing about the anger I feel toward the politicians who curried this war but it doesn't bring back this boy who carried my books from study hall to my locker nearly every day for a year. This tall, gangly handsome boy who is forever young in my memory and who never got the chance to be a man grown. Semper Fi, beloved. Mon, 25 May 2015 13:04:29 EST Sloppy Soggy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933558 Wish I was in the sun at the Indy! I've done a whole lot of nothing today beyond typing away toward chapter 4 on the book I'm writing and dancing to some swing music on IHeart radio. I made a huge delicious spinach salad for lunch with strawberries, pear, and avocado. It was so good I wish there were more for tonight's dinner. I'm hungry for something decadent but since there is nothing of that description in the house and the weather is too crappy to get out, I suppose I am safe. Back to the... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:33:06 EST Not a Bad Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932950 Down 6.4 pounds this week. I know most of them won't be anything like that but this was a great way to jump back in. I am taking a guilt-free day off today, at least from most exercise. Slept late, trying to decide what's for breakfast, haven't even had the first cup of coffee yet. Shoot, I may just take a nap while my brain works it out. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 May 2015 10:25:32 EST Sunshine in East Texas! It's a Beautiful Sight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932671 We're still reeling from the last deluge but today was wonderful. A culvert washed out a few blocks away, causing a road to collapse on my route to work but since I don't have to use it until Tuesday, I hope it will be at least temporarily repaired. This has not been a good lap band day though, So far I have managed to get down a smoothie and tossed everything else. My calories are riding at about 300 here at 5 PM. I'm sipping a green smoothie which is delicious but wondering how I am going t... Fri, 22 May 2015 18:02:19 EST AWOL Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932261 Yah know, I wouldn't deliberately hurt any one's feelings so if this steps on your toes, I beg your forgiveness but I am puzzled. I've just spent a couple of hours surfing Spark teams that sounded interesting only to find their leader threads hadn't been changed for months, sometimes years with the end result that members had slowly given up and stopped posting. The net effect being that an occasional new member recieves an automated welcome letter, looks forward to being part of a group, but... Thu, 21 May 2015 23:19:00 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930982 Today was "hump" day at work since we are off on Friday. I was so tired when I got home today but Ma and I got in our little walk, I had to take a pain pill last night so have been nauseated ever since. It seems worse this evening. All in all, I didn't have much trouble with my calories as a result. When I have my banana after while, I will be right on target. Tue, 19 May 2015 19:36:19 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929735 It's always gratifying to step on the scales and "lose" weight. Fluid retention is a problem for me as I have chronic kidney disease but I hit the right combination yesterday at least. Thanks to those of you who supported me yesterday; I really appreciate you taking the time. <BR> <BR> In January 2015, my mother and I decided to pursue a plant-based diet with a goal of being 90% meat free. We mostly eat fish and chicken when we eat meat. Today I cooked couscous for the first time and we were... Sun, 17 May 2015 18:28:25 EST Oh My-This is Not Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929243 Is it really THAT long since I did a blog post? I knew I had not been to SP since last September [2014] but not that it had been so long since I took a hard look at what I was doing to myself. 20 pounds later, here am I, back to take another crack at SP--my best hope for long term success. <BR> <BR> I could blame much of the problem on the cortisone I've had for my back and that really is a part of the problem but the bigger issue is the nighttime snacking, the constant mouthful of hard can... Sat, 16 May 2015 18:55:26 EST Weekend Was Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315949 Saturday, I wanted to eat a house and feel like I did, and Sunday I ate fried chicken. And a yeast roll. And rice with gravy. Should I continue? Probably not, just suffice it to say I strayed. Backtracking and back tracking today but this is going to be a bad week. Wednesday and Thursday I will be at the hospital with Mom getting her pacemaker, finally-TG! - and Friday I will be on an audit. Anyway, I'm doing the best I can and I got in an afternoon of yardwork Saturday with lots of help from... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:52:03 EST Bummer-definitely too much salt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311517 Don't you love it when you step on the scales after being so good only to discover your weight is up - 5 #? I knew my fat little feet indicated some problems. Oh well, I go way down on sodium and way up on water, and weigh again about Saturday with hopefully better results. <BR> <BR> Work is vexing as heck which just makes me want to eat but so far, so good. Next week will be harder as I will have to be on the road a couple of days and Sonic is my favorite food place. Somewhere I have a wee... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:47:06 EST Too Much Salt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310228 Tomorrow is weigh day and my feet swelled up like footballs yesterday and have not come down despite my Lasix dosage. I hate that, knowing I have to weigh tomorrow and it will no doubt be up which is such a huge bummer! I had a smalled serving of mixed nuts yesterday afternoon and some pistachios today which don't help the situation. Hopefully if I drink some extra water the salt will move on out or hey it may just be a poor function day or two. I think I have to see the nephrologist some tim... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:35:00 EST Fell - but not far and not for long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308907 TGEIO or thank goodness Easter is over! but I actually did pretty good. The ham Mom bought was icky with lots of fat. Yes Mom, I really am the best ham-picker in our house. There were enough nice slices for Easter dinner's company but the rest will need to be fried or something, the "or something" probably being frozen until past edible, then tossed. I tripped over the lemon pound cake and the jalapeno cornbread-three slices of one, four of the other but that is as bad as it got and that was ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:01:04 EST Strawberry Shortcake and Yes It Was That Cold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302073 Much warmer this am, only 36 degrees up in the country, 43 on my patio. Out here where the prison is there are no highways, loops, streets to store all the radiant heat so I guess that is why it is so much colder. Some days, I go out and get in the truck thinking I want need a coat and when I get 15 miles up the road I'm glad I have one in the back seat. I don't mind the cold but I'm tired of it being 77 one day and 34 the next night. As if I get a choice! LOL <BR> <BR> Dessert is strawberry... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:29:06 EST Brrr! Icicles for the Easter Bunny? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300851 23 degrees when I got work this morning but no wind, thank goodness. Spoiler Alert: I'm blogging daily as a disciplinary action so this won't be very exciting. : ) <BR> <BR> My back, neck, shoulders are really paining from the extra reps of those exercises so I'm giving myself a day off from them and only doing lower body. I've done one set of each and will get the rest in as I move back and forth from my desk to the printer. <BR> <BR> I still haven't come up with a dessert for Easter but ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:31:44 EST Day 7: Trying to Replan Easter Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299289 It looks like we will have a house full of company for Easter including a bunch of picky, as in vegetables never cross their lips, eaters. My menu is down the drain as the foods of choice seem to be ham, pinto beans, jalapeno cornbread, coleslaw, and pie[s]. Kids usually eat green beans so I'm going to add green beans with new potatoes to the mix. The coleslaw uses a vinaigrette-type dressing so that isn't too dangerous. The pies are going to be my biggest problem: chocolate silk and pina col... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:25:23 EST Wow-Day 6 Here Already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298528 I'm down 1.6 pounds this week-hurrah! Next week's meals, including Easter, are planned and granted, that Easter menu is going to be a tough one. I may just have a slice of ham and strawberries instead of strawberry shortcake. One day at a time though and today has been good. <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day here but cold and windy. Except for watering the greenhouse and checking the heat, I've stayed indoors after returning home from church this morning. For supper, I'm having a big mug of li... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:35:16 EST Bitsee and the Bread Machine; Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297608 Here is my funny for the day: When we remodeled last year, we had custom cabinets built and I asked for a roll out shelf to hold my breadmaker. I've only made bread once since then and Bitsee was too young to notice much then. Today, I decided to make french bread, got my mix ready, loaded the pan into the machine, and cranked 'er up. To keep my nosey girls out of the cabinet, I rolled the shelf back in and closed the doors. When the kneading started, Bitsee went wild. She heard the thumping ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 21:00:14 EST Four-day Streak Despite... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296454 ...major stressors: up all night with sick puppy. My Peanut ate something that didn't agree with her, probably a rancid pecan she dug up from the squirrels' stashes and we played poop games all night. Then, I'm working on my April budget which is a chocolate initiative all by itself. Nearly finished with that. Now for 2012 IRS prep because I've got to make an appt. with the tax lady. Anyway, I squirted one shot of Hershey syrup in my coffee with some sugar-free cream and made a halfway decent... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:13:15 EST Three-Day Streak... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295140 Which to those of you who go for days, weeks, months sounds insignificant but I'm working on a do-over and it has taken me several months to get the mojo moving. I've decided I really don't want to spend $450 to have a lapband adjusted so that I eat less when actually I think it is already working well and it is not how much I eat but what I eat that is kicking my rear. I so very much want to be healthy so I've turned to my best ally, God and prayed for grace to get through just one day. He's... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:38:37 EST Money is a Wonderful Motivator! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292847 After checking with the aftercare clinic and discovering my next lapband adjustment is going to cost a total of $450, I'm asking myself do I really want to give that money to a doctor or would I make a car payment with it? Or the electric bill and two weeks worth of groceries. If Beth can do it with no lapband, can I manage it with the capacity I have until I actually have money going spare to have the band reviewed and/or adjusted? The thoughts kept me righteously on track today I can tell y... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:24:50 EST Blew It Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291630 Started well, did okay at lunch, downhill from there: craved a chocolate cupcake. Ate it. Followed by sausage dip with doritos. Not a lot of it just a few bites but the combo was deadly and I went over my calories a bunch. No more goodies this week. <BR> <BR> Trigger: getting ready for IRS! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:06:25 EST Reprise: Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right? Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288738 Some things are worth repeating so y'all bear with me. <BR> <BR> Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right? Part 2 <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 29, 2010 <BR> <BR> First, let me say thanks to all of you who read my blog yesterday, and give an even bigger thanks to those who responded to it. I hit my lowest weight since surgery today and only need to lose 113.4 more pounds to reach my goal. My butt will probably still look fat when I look at it in the mirror but maybe I won't need a kidney/li... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:03:47 EST Reprise: Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286622 Some things just need to be repeated periodically so here is an oldy from awhile back. Please read with an open mind, no offense is intended to anyone! <BR> <BR> Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right? <BR> Wednesday, July 28, 2010 <BR> Recently, I read a great blog. The blogger had lots of good information and I enjoyed it, told her so, then vexed for a week about one sentence she had written in which she stated she didn't want to go for a bariatric quick fix-no bands or bypasses for t... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:01:45 EST Quote of the Day: "Big shots...only little shots who keep shooting" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285175 Christopher Morley: "Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting" <BR> <BR> Since my college degree is in history, I find myself reading history a lot when I need to order my mind. Weird but there it is. Lately, I'm reading a couple of books that have been so fascinating. "The Last Stand" by Nathaniel Philbrick and "19 Stars" by Edgar Puryear. The first, as you probably guessed, is about Custer, Benteen, Reno and the Native American participants of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. th... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:40:14 EST Philippians 3:14: Keep on truckin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283849 Philippians 3:14 KJV "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." <BR> <BR> The Apostle Paul realized the prize is always in front of us, not behind us, beside us, beneath us. While he was referring to the ultimate prize, salvation, I think any prize is like that - always in front, meaning we can't turn back, we can't look around for anyone else to get it for us, we can't bow our heads in defeat. <BR> <BR> Ergo my paraphrase: Keep on truckin." <BR> <B... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:35:20 EST My Last Blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258809 Wow, I had no idea it had been so long since I posted a blog, about 6 months. Looking back, that has to be one of the most stressful 6 months of my life: two new puppies, a major remodeling, surgery on both hands and one elbow. I didn't quit but admit to gaining 10 pounds, three of which are gone again. When I started, my goal was to lose 150 pounds and I still have a 100 to go. I look at folks like Indygirl and am shamed but inspired. The weight can be lost and I have to keep getting back up... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:33:23 EST Never Ever Give Up! Never Quit! Pledge Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012590 Wednesday, August 08, 2012 <BR> <BR> I Will NEVER Quit! <BR> <BR> Wednesday August 8, 2012 <BR> <BR> Never quit pledge <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 20:29:56 EST Hard Time Getting Back On Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917582 Know how we make excuses not to do stuff? What about the alternative: life really is trying to jam 36 hours into 24 for dats, weeks, months...? That's where I am with literally no time, every minute sucked up with tasks and chores, activities both pleasant and unpleasant, and all absolutely necessary. Sleep is 5 hours on a good night despite knowing not sleeping makes losing weight that much harder. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433132229.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Afte... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 10:59:22 EST Happiness Really is Warm Puppies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893550 Some of you may know/remember that we lost our beautiful Precious Baby in early March, when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with her Grandpop in heaven. Her picture is on my Homepage. It has been almost impossible to make it over the gaping hole her presence left for us but my mom has been quite ill with pulmonary emboli and is only now recovering. <BR> <BR> We were committed to obtaining our next dog children from a rescue or a shelter due to our profound belief that pets are not merch... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:15:42 EST Bummed Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845159 I've been really down for awhile due to ongoing health issues. Now, I'm trying to fight my way back out of the pit, and as we all know, that is a hard position to work from. The job change I made in December has gone better than I could have hoped but the work environment is stressful - hey, it's a maximum security prison! This week has been spent in inservice and I realized during defensive tactics training just how out of shape I had let myself get. Somehow, I have to overcome this bum knee... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:08:28 EST Is Piddling Reserved for Guys? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695234 If you don't read Rick Bragg's monthly article on the last page of Southern Living each month, you're missing some funny stories and some solid Southern philosophy. This month's column is about the male pasttime of piddling. According to Rick, when guys piddle they occupy themselves doing things that have absolutely no value like tinkering with the lawnmower in January, knowing they ain't fixin' ta mow. If they were repairing the snowblower, see, it wouldn't be piddling, it would be a necessa... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:35:53 EST First Big Wardrobe Buying Spree in 3 Years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694056 Three of my BFFs went outlet shopping yesterday and I had a wonderful time at Dress Barn, where I bought nearly $600 in garments on sale fot $250. And used my coupons to get a cute leather bag for $1.15! There was the perfect black sleeveless sheath dress from Jones New York and I bought 6 different jackets to wear with it plus a couple of skirts, a denim jacket, and a couple of tops. It was the biggest wardrobe splurge I'd had since prior to lap band surgery. The best part was when the size ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:34:20 EST Give SP a Break on the "Share" Conspiracy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684805 Y'all, I know most of us are really p.o.'d about the whole thing but it appears to have been an honest mistake. Obviously, some of us are not comfortable about some of the things we've shared and maybe that should be a wakeup call to police ourselves a little more. <BR> <BR> When I went back to work for the prison system, I knew my facebook days were essentially over and now I know I will also have to be more cautious about SP. Let's face it, anyone who wants to know anything about us badly... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:52:56 EST Evening Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682509 Today's Editor's Choice resonated with me. I do so wonderfully well all day then blow it! I can't eat much breakfast and get too busy during the day to think about food until I get home. Then, I'm starved and will eat anything that isn't moving. <BR> <BR> The biggest issue I'm trying to overcome is getting enough protein because that also affects hunger. <BR> <BR> And I'm just rambling so I may as well hush! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:05:31 EST You Have a Lot to Be Thankful For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679810 If you don't live in Nome, Alaska, be thankful! <BR> If you aren't homeless in a city with a serial killer of the homeless, be thankful! <BR> If you slept in a warm house and bed last night, be thankful - and change the sheets so you won't get dust mites! <BR> If you have a Keurig coffee maker and are swigging away at your second cup, be thankful. <BR> If, unlike me, you have all your Christmas decorations taken down - and packed away - be thankful. <BR> If you can attend a house of worship t... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:22:30 EST Made Goal This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666719 To lose the 5 pounds/month I committed to, I have to average 1.25 pounds each week. This week, I got 3.4, hurray! <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:52:26 EST Tired of Maintaining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664118 I'm glad I haven't gained but I'm ready to lose. Maintenance would be a great thing if I was at goal. Who knew it would be so hard to lose weight after you hit your 40s. Supposedly for a woman over 60 has to exercise 60 minutes a day to maintain, and more than 60 to lose. I wonder how many woman over 60 work fulltime and do really well to find 60 minutes to exercise much less the extra it takes to lose. I sure don't. <BR> <BR> My InStrider arrived in the mail this morning and I at least got ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:38:21 EST Disappointed in Myself Yet Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650626 I weighed in this morning for the first time since Thanksgiving. Ewww! I's so disappointed that I've gained 15 pounds since my summer low, when I was coming off pneumonia and eating nothing but cantaloupe and tomatoes. But I was so proud that I actually lost .6 pounds from Monday after Thanksgiving until today. No bragging but I really tried to stay out of the Christmas goodies and did a pretty good job. <BR> <BR> Now, I have to tackle the 122.2 pounds I need to lose to get to goal. Dean And... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:29:00 EST Sappy Blog Day - Read at Your Own Risk : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648424 2012 opened in East Texas with a glorious sunny day. I feel so blessed to have a solid roof over my head, a good job, a new truck to get to it, plenty of clothes to wear, and lots of food on my table with good friends to help me eat it. God has been so good to me; in all the things that matter, I am rich, rich, rich! <BR> <BR> Maybe you can tell: I opened my year by reading the Bible, praying, then exercising. I added a book to my sales inventory, cooked peas to go with my greens, and listen... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:08:10 EST Reflections on 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646396 Since I try to reflect each week on the current accomplishments and goals, maybe I've forgotten some of the the things but these are the two that stand out most: I realized that I was miserable teaching school, and when an opportunity came to return to my old job as an investigator for the prison system, I had the guts to take it. The second thing is that when my dear old mother gave me a big check for Christmas, I didn't spend a single dime of it but banked it and started a savings account. ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:50:42 EST Sometimes Grown-ups Get Do-overs! Mine Starts in One Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610530 I worked as an investigator for the Health Services Division of the Texas prison system for nearly 10 years when I had the brilliant idea to go be a school teacher. Big, big mistake! So a couple of months ago, when a job opened up in the department, a friend encouraged me to interview for it. Generally, they look for folks a lot younger than me so I did a lot of praying and hoping. Low and behold, God gave me a do-over. <BR> <BR> Scared to death and more excited than I've been in 8 years! Sat, 3 Dec 2011 12:05:29 EST Okay, I'm Ready to Get Down to Business! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601000 My second Bandiversary was Nov. 20 and I've persuaded several other people to get banded because of my cheerleading the band. I've talked the talk but what I haven't done is walk the walk. So they're all getting skinny and I'm still fat. My friend, Nancy, is getting banded tomorrow and has already lost 18 pounds. That's my wake-up call, y'all. No more M&Ms, peanut brittle, cheetos, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm about to change jobs, going back to my job as an investigator with the state prison system,... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 09:58:41 EST Industrious Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477479 We haven't had significant rain in 4 months now so I'm watering our sandbox again this weekend. Thank goodness the temps have dropped though. This morning by 9, I had the patio pristine, furniture and rugs vacuumed, Vivaldi on the cd player, a candle in the chiminea, even the storage room where I keep birdseed cleaned out. I've done everything I can do to bring rain except wash the truck and I'm going to do that on the way to church in the morning. <BR> <BR> Once back inside, I started grade... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:23:38 EST So It's Been a Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464732 since I posted last. Unbelievable how fast August went by and we're already 2 weeks into the school year. 34 more to go. I'm almost overwhelmed by the changes although I can't say I'm unhappy with my class - probably the most mellow group I've ever taught - but having duty twice a day, every day, and three times a day on Wednesday and Thursday is very wearing, especially with a planning meeting on Wednesday and a faculty meeting on Thursday. I know my principal is probably as stressed as I am... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 19:33:58 EST Shout-out for SYLPHINPROGRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402372 Thanks for writing, Laurie. <BR> <BR> I've had knee surgery and mostly just haven't been in the mood to spark, reading books and watching movies instead. And I got sort of bummed out because of others. <BR> <BR> It's silly of me but I really set out this summer to connect to other Sparkers because I've seen so many get discouraged and drop out, especially banders or people who had lots of weight to lose. So as I read the blogs and huddle posts, if I saw someone who was really down, I would ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:08:58 EST Not Having a Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4395980 I did so well Thursday that I decided to do errands yesterday and after walking around various stores for a couple of hours, it came to me I'd just had knee surgery. So I'm laying around today and feeling sorry for myself. I seem to have picked up a cold in the interval and I'm sneezing and harking. Hopefully, it's just the anesthesia working its way out of my system but I feel ratty. <BR> <BR> Nothing some flowers and a kind word wouldn't help! Hint, hint! Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:21:47 EST Black Eyes and a Bloody Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392217 I've wondered all morning why both my eyes have circles of purple going to black under them and it just dawned on me the anesthesiologist must've paper-taped my eyelids closed when he intubated me yesterday. Adding to the general crappiness of the day, my knee is still bleeding a little and I'm about to barf from the vicodin and tramadol I have for pain, can't take nsaids, and have already had my two aspirin so my pain relief is confined to this giant ice pack. <BR> <BR> At least Mom is wor... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:07:48 EST