WALLAHALLA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALLAHALLA WALLAHALLA'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/ I Don't Want to Talk About It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744539 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1539303836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...this vicious cycle has got to end <BR> <BR> didn't think it was quite so bad until I looked at what I weighed at this time last year <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:38:46 EST A Day at the Beech http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743719 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1203726507.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wish I could go to the beach an relax. Too much to get done before school starts though. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:26 EST Day 16 …Must Come To an End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742889 Up at 3:00 a.m. to head for Frankfurt to catch the plane. I am so not a morning person. The drive was gorgeous. Light enough to see, but too dark to take pictures from a moving vehicle. For the first time ever after a trip, I was not ready to go home. <BR> <BR> Our flight was delayed leaving by about an hour. At least this time, my feet reached the floor, and we had more leg room. I had originally planned to sleep the entire flight, and had my melatonin all ready to help with that. Ho... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:22:57 EST Day 15 All Good Things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742248 We started the day with a glorious breakfast of cheeses, fresh fruit, sweet bread, and fresh cream cheese. That energized us for a day of exploration strolling through the town and gardens. Such beauty everywhere. I wanted to capture it all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l155037661.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639058455.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l406897617.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:00:38 EST Day 14 From Horror Story to Fairytale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741754 Our coach ride started out charming as ususal. We were to travel through the Bavarian Woods and the Black Forest of Germany. My first surprise was the huts that were built around the hay bales. Ours just sit uncovered in the fields. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340306085.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Things didn’t stay quite so cheery, as our first stop of the day was Dachau, the concentration camp. There simply are no words… <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:30:18 EST Day 13 An Offer We Couldn't Refuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741106 We were up at 4:45 for an early departure…destination…Venice! I thought I would sleep some on the way, but there were so many castles, monasteries, and churches to see that I barely dozed at all. Not so easy to photograph from the window of a moving bus though. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639523607.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169088860.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1356050340.jpg"> <BR>... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:06:49 EST Day 12 The Hills are Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740309 Breakfast was a wonderful selection of Kaiser rolls, bacon and scrambled eggs, fruits, and juice. Still haven’t got used to room temperature juice, but it seems to be the norm everywhere we’ve been. Then we were off to Innsbruck, also a 2 time Winter Olympics host. We visited the Wilten Basilica, where the choir had the privilege to sing a few songs. We were awe-struck with the beauty, words just cannot describe. All of the gold is 24 carat. One of the cherubs points to a cannonball le... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:43:41 EST Day 11 Sun Sets On New Horizons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739644 After a very early breakfast, we hit the road heading for the small country of Liechtenstein. On the way, we stopped at a lovely rest stop decorated with a very interesting herd of around 30 cows. The view was outstanding as well. Switzerland surprised me. I had expected there to be sheep and goats everywhere, but we didn't see any, just lots and lots of cows. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549778122.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:49:17 EST Day 10 …and uh 1 and uh 2 and uh… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738962 After a lovely breakfast of French breads with chocolate Nutella, croissants, Swiss cheese, fresh fruit and multi-fruit juice, we boarded our coach and headed for Tasch. There we boarded the rack (cog) railroad for a thrilling exciting and unusual 30-minute ride to reach Zermatt, the very picturesque village near the base of The Mountain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1317782438.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l704148163.... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:33:37 EST Day 9 Falling Deeper in Love with Switzerland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738019 The Swiss continental breakfast was delightful. Fresh breads and cheese, multiple kinds of granola type cereals, and egg boiler, and some type of fruit salad, made fresh, with melons, apples, citrus fruits, grapes, pineapple, and some kinds of fruits I’ve never seen before, but were very tasty. This was also my introduction to Nutella. Yes, I know they have it in the states, but it is pricey in our area, and I was never willing to buy it and take the chance that no one in the family would ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:14:01 EST Day 8 I'm a Swiss Miss Wannabe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736944 It was a wonderfully cool travel day as we departed France…destination Switzerland. The French countryside was lovely. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488002381.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We could always tell when we were approaching a village, because we would see a steeple way above the trees in the distance. As we drew closer, we would begin to see all of the houses gathered around it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248902360.jpg">... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:36:46 EST Day 7 Music in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736294 Today’s adventure started at the Eiffel Tower. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l509191500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our city coordinators continually cautioned us not to look at, speak to, or interact with the gypsies in any way, warning how aggressive they could become. Boy howdy they weren’t just whistling Dixie. Some of our poor kids, who have been taught to make eye contact and speak when spoken to, were getting mobbed. Hubby and I made quite a few rescues of dis... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:27:10 EST Day 6 Paris: The City of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735492 We started our day with a continental French Breakfast. To say we were disappointed would be a huge understatement. There was French bread, croissants, and chocolate au pain similar to the ones we were served in London, only not as fresh, and only about a third of the size. My preconceived notions were once again proved wrong. Where were all the decadent French pastries I have always heard about? Not here, that was for sure. Other choices were corn flakes, bananas, room temperature oran... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:02:59 EST Day 5: On the Road Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734095 Time to move on to our next destination. I was very impressed with how clean London was. We saw very little graffiti, and when we did, it was impressive. Here is an example. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l734890561.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had hoped we would take the Chunnel, but instead we drove under the English Channel through the Black Water tunnel. We were on our way to Dover to catch the ferry to Calais, France, where we would proceed to Paris by Coach. ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:51:30 EST Day 4 Striking Up the Band http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733408 By this point, my body is starting to adjust to the time difference, and I’m noticing a few more things, like the sun rises at 4:30 a.m. and sets at 11:00 p.m. No need for daylight savings time here. I was totally unprepared for this revelation. After another delicious breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, freshly baked breads, and fresh cheese, we were off for our 1st concert. That was, after all, the main purpose of this trip. We began the day at Wesley’s Chapel, which was breathtakingly go... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 22:51:52 EST Day 3 Towering London http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732111 I am s-o-o-o-o not a morning person, but this morning I woke up bright and early and raring to go. <em>104</em> We slept amazingly well. I thought it would bother me sleeping without sheets, but that duvet was wonderfully cozy. The view from our top floor room was gorgeous. We could see the London Eye. I wonder what version it was, since it was damaged by the Silver Surfer when draining the River Thames, (thank goodness the Fantastic Four arrived in time to save it), and was seen coll... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 19:18:03 EST Day 2 Windsor & London http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731596 <em>535</em> We arrived at Heathrow International Airport around 7 a.m. My customs officer was a very cute and chatty young man. Wish I could have taken a picture of him, but photos aren't allowed. Everything went quick and smooth. Nothing like I expected, thank goodness. Books, movies, and tv caused me to have many preconceived ideas as to what I would see and experience on this trip. Most of them were WRONG! <BR> <BR> Next we met our coach driver for the trip, Bert. He was a hoot,... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 23:11:20 EST Europe Trip Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730906 This was a travel day, but still deserves mentioning. It began with a snafu when the bus driver who was transporting the students from band camp to the airport failed to take off the parking brake. After a couple of miles, the bus in front noticed smoke and sparks flying out of the 2nd bus and called it in. This resulted in their returning to campus, and waiting for a replacement bus to arrive. (Wonder if that driver still has his job.) The fire was small, and the kids weren't aware of w... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:06:17 EST Home Again Home Again Jiggity Jig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729950 Made it home from a fantastic voyage to Europe. Jet lagged big time. Can barely focus. Thousands of pics to go through...literally. Never knew feet and ankles could swell so large from flying. After I've had some sleep, and have clean clothes to wear, I'll blog all about it. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:34:42 EST Flying Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717838 Off I go...into the wild blue yonder <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l26217059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm flying away until July! <BR> <BR> Until then... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:18:17 EST My Brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717281 This is s-o-o-o-o-o my brother... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1468360863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and yes, his name IS Alan. <em>100</em> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:22:53 EST Same Song & Dance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716347 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l337662804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The stress is really getting to me, & I'm quickly running out of time. Why oh why do I procrastinate so much and get myself in these predicaments?!!! I have precious little time left before we leave on vacation, and I have a must do list a mile long. To top it off, I'm stressing over my Spark addiction. Ridiculous, right? I will not have access to a computer from June 14-30. Good-by streaks. I won't be able ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:13:35 EST All Work and No Play... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1347422757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All work and no play makes for a sad stressed out monkey. <em>24</em> <em>198</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:41:02 EST I Must Be Insane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715264 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l865904699.jpg"> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:16:58 EST So Much To Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714480 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849081020.jpg"> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 20:33:01 EST Cleaning Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713523 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1218064299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My house could use a blessing like this. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:48:42 EST Sparkling Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713072 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1874528780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wonder where I can find me a cleaning coach... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 21:46:46 EST Allergic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712394 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389909074.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Allergies were horrid today from all the yard work I've done the last few days. Still have at least an hour of weeding to get done tomorrow, if it stops raining long enough. Didn't accomplish much today due to sore muscles and an allergy headache. Hopefully tomorrow will be a more productive day. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:32:15 EST Cleaning the Fridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412805329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wonder if they will come to our neighborhood. Might be worth a shot. <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 23:33:28 EST 50/50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710601 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1866107404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to find someone to do this split with me! <em>334</em> I mowed and pulled weeds for a little over 3 hours this morning. I'm thoroughly exhausted, but in a good way, cause I feel like I accomplished something. Not to mention I just flat out enjoy the outdoor work. I am rewarding myself with a Spark break and a peanut butter & apple jelly sandwich for lunch. This afternoon will be the hard part. <em>... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:00:08 EST Finding New Old Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710100 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580356681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I tackled the master closet. It was an all day event. I'm happy that it is now cleaned and organized even though the process was painful. I bagged up at least a dozen bags of clothes and shoes to give away. I am such a clothes hoarder for such ridiculous reasons: <BR> a. it was a gift <BR> b. I wore it at a special event <BR> c. it will fit if I lose x# of lbs <BR> d. it doesn't have any holes or sta... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:44:24 EST Elementary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709036 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303690454.jpg"> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:11:34 EST Picnic Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708202 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558926410.jpg"> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:01:14 EST My Greatest Fault http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1849625101.jpg"> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:34:09 EST I Took a Nap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706956 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l910206265.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Guess I overdid it yesterday, cause all I've managed to do today is sleep. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:31:56 EST Impossible is Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706163 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1100043056.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hate housework. I am rewarding myself with a 15 minute spark break for all the hard work I have done so far. Set the timer and everything. Then its up and at 'em for another hour. My goal today is to clean our master bathroom from ceiling to floor, including cleaning out and reorganizing all the cabinets and drawers. It is taking longer than I thought, but I WILL get it all done before I go to bed! I'm det... Thu, 29 May 2014 16:09:33 EST The Hair I Want http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705313 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595873049.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll take that hair...and what it's attached to. <em>334</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:10:14 EST Respect Your Parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704731 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1672193301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I drove 3 hours to spend the day shopping with my mom. Great day! Tue, 27 May 2014 22:04:26 EST Give Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703663 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547661979.jpg"> Mon, 26 May 2014 16:13:57 EST How Much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703078 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l533245899.jpg"> Sun, 25 May 2014 21:40:08 EST To Die For http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702281 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1090955313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our favorite Chinese restaurant was permanently shut down by the health department. <em>39</em> Not sure which is more disturbing, that we will never be able to eat there again, or the reasons it closed. <em>40</em> Sat, 24 May 2014 17:35:50 EST All I Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701614 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2109416705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All I need now is a good laugh, and I should be cured of everything that ails me. Slept until 2:00 today. That has NEVER happened before. Guess I was even more tired than I realized. Means I didn't accomplish much today, but tomorrow is good enough. It is a long weekend, so no need to stress. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:01:46 EST Last Day of School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1712449683.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our theme song for the day. <em>334</em> Thu, 22 May 2014 09:13:05 EST NOT My Problem (bragging) sorta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699965 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l34042594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Found this funny, but so not my problem. <BR> <BR> BRAG ALERT! sort of <BR> <BR> My son would be the straight A honor student. People would be amazed if they knew how hard that is on him. He had a major melt down last night, and I felt so bad because there is nothing I can do to make things better. He has unrealistic perceptions and expectations that he puts on himself. No one expects him to be perfect except... Wed, 21 May 2014 11:29:32 EST Science Teachers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699259 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639035846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looks both educational and fun to me. <em>18</em> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:31:17 EST Which Came First? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698215 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1076261553.jpg"> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:58:46 EST Godzilla http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697747 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733144642.jpg"> Sun, 18 May 2014 15:31:14 EST All Caught Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746891329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> worked at school until 10 last night and I'm finally caught up Sat, 17 May 2014 23:00:52 EST Ever Just Want to be Alone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696676 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1220816811.jpg"> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:27:03 EST Motive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695506 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l277541591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With friends like this... Thu, 15 May 2014 08:50:11 EST