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/ A Lot to Think About http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935968 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6654b5b6-93b5-4df2-8b8b-1c3376d8fe95.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My son got invited to be a Music Ambassador to Europe again. We had the informational meeting tonight. We were surprised that he was selected since he wasn't able to fit band into his schedule next year. It is a lot to think about. It was such a fantastic trip last time. We visited 7 countries in 16 days, and barely scratched the surface of everything we would have liked to see and do. ... Thu, 28 May 2015 23:20:02 EST Jet Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935355 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f83cb489-a1ed-48ad-83cf-a30a3c3a0c1c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hmmmm. Maybe I should add this to my bucket list. <em>18</em> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:30:02 EST The First http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934646 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d98b2c6-c19f-48c7-ae34-d8b5867da324.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my first official day of summer break. It is no longer a holiday weekend. My son still has school today and tomorrow, so I'm on my own to start off on the right foot. I'm off to a great start if I do say so myself. I went to bed at a decent hour last night, so that I wouldn't sleep too late. I went ahead and got my son up for school, but laid back down for an extra hour after he... Tue, 26 May 2015 15:56:39 EST A Day Worth Remembering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934176 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46ec8c43-e6cc-400d-a541-419b2591308b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was a great day. We slept in, then went out to eat a Red Lobster. It went from stormy to sunny while we were eating, so afterwards we went in search of something fun to do. We discovered 2 different miniature golf courses that we hadn't played before, so we enjoyed a round before going home. It had dried out enough for me to push mow the back yard. Then hubby and I took a long wal... Mon, 25 May 2015 20:12:17 EST All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02b22965-0185-481d-a7cf-51dd6c9db3e2.jpg"> Sun, 24 May 2015 19:52:47 EST Ahhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933207 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4e5c335-271e-4dd8-a7e0-f8b9648ac2d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My first day out of school has been fantastic. I went to bed early last night and slept in late this morning. We went out to eat, then went to see The Kingsman Secret Service at the dollar movie. We enjoyed a nice frozen custard and then came home and just relaxed. It was so nice not to have to rush through anything and not to have the stress of deadlines hanging over my head. This is g... Sat, 23 May 2015 21:42:24 EST Holding Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932491 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4305ad2-d6be-4a25-85e7-6a00f235791f.jpg"> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:53:04 EST Free Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932017 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54ffbd9a-24cd-4555-8766-019f95e238fa.jpg"> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:26:05 EST A Familiar Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931634 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b08b7d5-26cc-40f8-9701-8dc4efcd1a44.gif"> Wed, 20 May 2015 21:52:13 EST Achoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930961 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceb3d933-6de6-4760-8f4b-968beebe7bab.jpg"> Tue, 19 May 2015 18:49:02 EST The Original Hackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930360 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/716e1fb0-992b-48f3-a627-f2ba6d7a0555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 May 2015 19:14:40 EST Good Dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929686 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8277b75b-0e56-4edf-9fad-245bf6d3eacd.jpg"> Sun, 17 May 2015 15:31:01 EST Good Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929328 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/907effb3-83a9-42be-9164-b0701339994a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am very thankful for all of the support I receive from my Sparkfriends, especially during stressful times. While I have not finished all of my huge end of year projects, I have at least reached the point where I won't have to work any more 15 hour days, until next school year. All of the positive comments and and encouragement have helped me through a most difficult time, and I really a... Sat, 16 May 2015 22:11:14 EST Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928802 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8da97a07-056b-4243-834c-2970ad305186.jpg"> Fri, 15 May 2015 19:53:52 EST Right Now This Says It All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928042 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7c6e721-29b4-4b9b-9820-135fe5442c86.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AAAAUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHH! Thu, 14 May 2015 11:19:20 EST Unauthorized Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927547 ...can have questionable results <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b3124cb-1316-4c19-b0a6-f2a3b83b8513.jpg"> Wed, 13 May 2015 13:28:53 EST Another Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926926 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a29b9500-fe97-4496-8f28-d87bbd691449.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ee361a4-3331-4c33-a5c1-e6477f31fa7a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7fa2dfc-6e3d-4e83-903b-90efb28d2f59.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3e25e7b-ddd7-4043-9843-12f7521c1580.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 May 2015 11:50:08 EST Because Every Day Is Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926262 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l479431757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042446724.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l998250293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1702542740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436354511.jpg"> Mon, 11 May 2015 10:06:14 EST My Favorite Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925863 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138878173.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1952287240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2083691650.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911396106.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653233221.jpg"> Sun, 10 May 2015 15:40:47 EST To Super-Moms Everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925437 You don't tug on Superman's cape <BR> You don't spit into the wind <BR> You don't pull the mask off the Lone Ranger <BR> And you don't mess around with SuperMom! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1279432488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1610484760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1833049230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l425377232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Sat, 9 May 2015 18:58:29 EST Too Pooped to Pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925071 Another 15 hour work day. Glad it's the weekend! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366998436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brokeback-Ballet Fri, 8 May 2015 23:15:17 EST Getting Closer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924192 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1201834539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel the end of the school year closing in on me, but there is a faint glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel. Thu, 7 May 2015 10:06:43 EST May 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923601 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1435943840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1123499439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1299191591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1887149195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1592527385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Still testing... <BR> Still stressed... <BR> Still pressed for time with looming deadlines... <BR... Wed, 6 May 2015 10:10:30 EST Enjoy Your Cinco de Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922984 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695700035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661077445.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1561009307.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1531944092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l814988734.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l570105033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 5 May 2015 10:24:57 EST I'll Be a Great Tour Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922361 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l964826935.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another week full of testing! <em>244</em> That's sarcasm, it case you didn't catch it. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 10:47:08 EST Old and Weak? Or... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921925 older and wiser. hmmmm. I decided today, after pushing mowing the lawn, which I LOVE to do, but is getting more and more difficult, that I do not HAVE to be old and weak. I can be older and wiser. It occurred to me that I could stop doing the whole yard in one day. I could do the front yard one day, and the backyard the next. I could break it in to 2 wonderful cardio workouts instead of just the one. I could get twice the enjoyment from an activity I love, that is also productive, with... Sun, 3 May 2015 18:07:37 EST My Head Just May Explode... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921552 ...with PRIDE! My son's scores from this year's ACT are in. He scored a 32, and he is only a sophomore!!! Best news I've had in forever and a day! Sat, 2 May 2015 23:22:53 EST Long Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921014 Been at work for 13 1/2 hours. Still have a few hours of work left to get done before I can go home with any kind of peace about it. Took a 30 minute break to run earlier, and have been stopping about every 15 minutes to do a few wall push-ups. All this sitting wreaks havoc on the muscles and the nerves. Fri, 1 May 2015 21:39:10 EST Full to Overflowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920205 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l447715151.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ahhhh. Another day of testing. Another day of sitting quietly on my kiester while my students work their little brains out. It is easier than the old pencil paper method on my part. In my opinion, the only real purpose it serves is that so certain people can stick their thumbs in their ears, wiggle their fingers, and chant "Nanna nanna boo boo, my school's better than your school." <BR> <BR> Seriously. I wo... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:33:35 EST Page Not Found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919662 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1258667433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our school's first day of the state's new online achievement testing. It is an experience to say the least. I think the student's are far less stressed about it than the teacher's I work with. I love that I just have to supervise this one and not read the whole thing aloud to my students like the old test. Even with it's glitches, technology is a wonderful thing. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:57:15 EST Me and My Split Personality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919100 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032296243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some days I'm all 7! <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> May as well admit what others are thinking. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:25:27 EST Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918755 Stayed on track with everything today. Lots of work done. Soccer game after school. Academic Awards this evening. I'm super proud my Little Monkey is so smart! Sleep is more important than sparking, so I'm off to bed. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:45:20 EST Spring Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917959 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790314431.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is very damp and cold today. Feels more like late October than late April. I plan to sit in my chair and nap as much as possible today. Allergies definitely got the better of me. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:04:31 EST What's Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917523 I didn't get to blog yesterday, or do much other sparking, because I lost connection to the site for 24+ hours. Guess what! No huge black hole opened up or swallowed me up just because I wasn't able to spark, or play on the internet. I lost most of my streaks because of it. Doesn't upset me a bit. Guess they weren't really all that important to me after all. <BR> <BR> I did get a lot of work done on my huge end of year project. I'm almost to the half way point now. I probably have a... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:31:02 EST Boom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916280 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l379721554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can see me doing this! <em>18</em> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:55:25 EST I'm An Old Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916033 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l963775031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But I donwanna...that's my problem. <BR> <BR> I know I should quit eating all the birthday junk that is surrounding me...but I donwanna. <BR> I know I should be more mindful of my portions...but I donwanna. <BR> I know I should make better choices...but I donwanna. <BR> I know I should start running again...but I donwanna. <BR> I know I should be in bed right now...but I donwanna. <BR> <BR> This week I seem to ha... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:44:16 EST And Don't You Forget It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915355 I think I found the perfect new sign for my classroom, or the teacher's workroom. It could apply either place. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l893643194.jpg"> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:02:55 EST Laugh or Sue Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914780 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660913605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For some reason today, I just thought this was hilarious. Probably because I had to explain so many idioms to students who had never heard them before. Put me in a strange mood. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:00:50 EST Listening to the Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914166 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2048792324.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My son made me a Wordle with 53 things he loves about me, one for each year. <em>46</em> So sweet it made me cry, but in a good way. Curse those people who give you free decadent desserts on your birthday. <em>15</em> I celebrated way too much today. We had cake in my Sunday School class, 2 kinds. <em>44</em> Then we went out to eat, and I was given a free toffee brownie sundae. <em>468</em> We ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:31:40 EST Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913586 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1140296238.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't I wish. I had planned to sleep in a bit this morning, but it backfired on me. I had to get up to fix my son breakfast before he went to take his ACT, but my alarm didn't go off when it was supposed to. So, when my hubby woke me up, it was in the middle of a deep sleep cycle, which really threw my day off. I tried to go back to sleep after my son left, but couldn't. Left me tired and crabby. Tried to mo... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:15:45 EST TGIF!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912849 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l421272784.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eating decently <em>4</em> <BR> Exercising daily <em>362</em> <BR> Sleeping at least 7 hours per night <em>102</em> <BR> Drinking plenty <em>91</em> <BR> Too busy to think straight! <em>198</em> <BR> Yep...that sums up my week. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:48:35 EST So Close http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912315 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1524017436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is how I feel when I take a break from working on my end of the year projects. That sense of danger is there whether I'm sparking, or working out, or taking a much needed walk, or whatever. Will be happy when they are done and I can just relax and breathe. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:17:31 EST Dr. Oz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911738 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550201034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just follow the yellow brick road...right now all of them in our area are yellow with pollens. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:28:01 EST Needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911379 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l457608270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but I'm not gonna have it. All I really want is sleep. <em>102</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:33:42 EST Aaugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910560 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1371482403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is Monday. <em>198</em> I got all the way to work with my lunch, but nothing else I needed. <em>198</em> Had to go back home to get my lesson plans and everything else I needed for the day. <em>198</em> I didn't waste the extra hour in the car though. I had my Bible on cd and used it to get my mood, focus, and attitude adjustment. Been behind all morning. <em>198</em> I have been using an online t... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:35:02 EST Super Powers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910157 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1349926309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day started well. Church then a healthy lunch. Got to rest a bit because of the rain, but when it dried up hubby and I dug the brambles out of the back yard for about an hour. Then something snapped. I showered, dug into some potato chips while I was putting nachos in the oven, and vegged out until the allergy attack hit. <em>198</em> How could I have been so brain dead as to follow up that great workout wit... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:48:03 EST Brain Dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909625 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476281247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I be exhausted...in a good way. Today hubby had a golf tournament, so I decided to be productive. I cleaned off the kitchen island, which was extremely cluttered, and sanitized it. I got the groceries and did not buy anything unhealthy. I told my son I'd fill the car up with gas for him if he helped with some chores. He cleaned all the blinds in the house one slat at a time. Did a much better job than I wou... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:19:13 EST And the Band Played On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909180 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1804970255.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What a great day! I took off at noon because my son was in the state band competition in several ensembles. They did <em>345</em> It was 9 hours of different bands playing. <em>335</em> It was at a beautiful school, and I went out and walked laps around it during breaks. <em>311</em> It took me 13 minutes to walk around it once. Weather was beautiful. <em>67</em> I ate out twice today and still sta... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:53:36 EST Angus & Phil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908219 Gotta luv 'em <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l668395717.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got a good 8 hours of sleep, and feel well rested today. That always helps me make better choices. Doesn't stop my allergies from going berserk though. Mold and pollen counts are super high, so I just have to deal with it and accept the fact that I'm going to feel like a greatbigpoo until those counts come down. I take prescription meds for it, which helps, but only so much. I had a ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 10:14:13 EST blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907925 Allergies worse today. Skipping dinner and just going to bed. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:30:06 EST