How have we come to this?
I teach. I have wonderful students. No, they're not all brilliant, they don't always try as hard as they could, and sometimes they even fall asleep in lecture (how could they?!) but they all are lovely, caring, people. At least that's how the... Read more
The squash conundrum
Anyone who grows veggies (or even has a friend or neighbor who does), is probably familiar with the great squash conundrum. On one hand, it's ridiculously easy to grow, and produces gratifying quantities of food for the effort. On the other ha... Read more
I love to travel, so what's not to like about getting where you want to go faster? A lot these days, apparently. Besides all of the additional time it takes to get to the plane now due to security concerns, we also have to deal with high price... Read more
I love summer! Since I don't teach summer classes, I have a rule that I do not work evenings or weekends as I do during the semester. So I especially love summer weekends. It's not that I do anything very exciting most weeks, it's just that I... Read more
Well, yesterday I did what I swore I wouldn't do. I went shopping for some larger sized slacks. As you know, Spark Friends, I've put back about 20 pounds of the 72 I originally lost. I've had a real hard time staying with my program recently,... Read more
That's the best way to describe my mood lately. A lot of it has to do with my weight gain and seemingly inability to stick to my program for more than a week at a time these days. I've been tracking very faithfully (with a few notable but short... Read more
EABL81's Gratitude Journal 1-24-16
1. For the sun that is beginning to melt the snow from the roads, walkways, and driveways. Yay, sun!
2. For the power that stayed on at my house, keeping it heated and enabling me to cook my meals and make my tea throughout Jonas. Yay, power... Read more
On the road in AZ
Today, my friend and I took a drive south from Flagstaff. This is what you see out the back window as you leave town:
We drove through the bea... Read more
Great start to the new year!
Today, my friend and I drove up to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff. After lunch at the El Tovar lodge (we scored a table with a nice view of the rim), we walked along the rim trail for about 2.5 miles.
The weather was cold (about 32 F), bu... Read more
Video of humpback mom and calf
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to see a humpback mother and calf off the coast of Cape Cod. Thought I'd share this short video sequence I was able to catch of the two of them together. It was an awesome sight!... Read more
Third year Sparkaversary: the eek! moment
Yesterday, on the eve of my 3-year Sparkaversary, I had an on-the-scale eek! moment. You know, the kind that has you doing all kinds of crazy things to try to change the number; hopping on and off, just knowing the number will be different the ... Read more
Five things I've learned
I’ve been on a Spark-break for the past month and half. I stayed away longer than I expected. I think it was a good thing for me to do, even though I believe that this site and my friends here made it possible for me to start living a healthie... Read more
Who let all those d#$% chickens in?
Ah! It appears they've just come home to roost. Twelve pounds of them. Today I stepped on the scale with the determination to begin again. You see, I knew that the weigh in wouldn't be good news. I just wasn't sure how bad the news would be... Read more
Birth of a baby alpaca
Last week when I was in Oregon, I had the most fantastic experience. My friend (who has a serious yarn addiction) and I were driving from Hood River to Mt. Hood and just had to detour to follow some signs for an alpaca farm with yarn for sale. ... Read more
Two Year Sparkaversary
Today marks the end of my second year on SparkPeople, and I can't believe the progress I've made! The first year I surpassed my original goal of losing 57 pounds by losing 61 instead. During my second year I lost another 11 pounds by the end o... Read more