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Black Belt Requirements & Goal Plan
Sunday, January 29, 2012      7 comments

I want to earn my black belt. To go from merely wanting to accomplishing I need a plan on how to get there. The requirements for black belt are: 1) Demonstrate proficiency in all techniques from white belt to black 2) Demonstrate profi... Read more
Calling all SE Michigan members!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012      2 comments

On 4/28/12 in Mt. Clemens, MI there is the Let's Move Festival of Races. There is a 5k walk, 5k run and a half marathon. Registration is now open on The 5k run was my first ever race last year so has a special place in my memo... Read more
Snow is a four letter word
Friday, January 20, 2012      10 comments

Tonight we are getting our first real snow of the season. I really dislike snow. Snow is cold. I don't like being cold. I don't like having to dress in layers or wear heavy sweaters. And yet I live in Michigan, where it gets cold and... Read more
The Tax Man cometh
Thursday, January 19, 2012      7 comments

Filing income taxes is one of the things I have never procrastinated about. By this time in January I am usually ready to file and just waiting for the final tax forms to be released. I've been like this since the early 90s, when I first start... Read more
On being green
Wednesday, January 18, 2012      9 comments

This is not a brag blog, but rather a give me your suggestions & ideas request. I try to be environmentally aware in my choices and reduce my carbon footprint. I think I do a good job although I know I could always do better. I'll list the th... Read more
Not a lot to report today
Tuesday, January 17, 2012      6 comments

Just getting my daily blog done for the Winter 5% Challenge - Go Cats! While I was on vacation Scout Dad, he painted most of the house last spring, came back and finally finished the ceiling & walls in the last 2 rooms. He's not a slacker,... Read more
Goal progress
Monday, January 16, 2012      16 comments

Just a quick update on my progress on my 2012 goals. Yes, I know I only posted them yesterday. But it is now yesterday's tomorrow, time to banish some procrastination tendencies and I've made significant progress on at least one goal. ... Read more
Procrastinators unite...tomorrow!
Sunday, January 15, 2012      20 comments

Procrastinations is the theme for my 2012 goals. Or rather to stop procrastinating, as many of them have been around for awhile, if only on my mental to-do list. Here it is, already the middle of the month, and I realized I have been procr... Read more
Saturday, January 14, 2012      22 comments

At work some of my co-workers are starting their 3rd "Biggest Loser" challenge (unofficially) with a cash prize (it costs $20 to participate, winner takes all). Several people have commented that I should have been in last year's competition bec... Read more
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Thursday, January 12, 2012      82 comments

I’m a loser & damned proud of it! Jan. 1 was my 1 year Sparkversary. So, as seems to be the custom, both for anniversaries and the start of a new year, here is my 2011 retrospective. I joined on January 1, 2011, the result of a New Ye... Read more
Paris Day 3 and going home
Sunday, January 08, 2012      5 comments

Saturday was our last day in Paris. We started early with the Hotel des Invalides / Musee de L'Armee. Napoleon's actual tomb is surprisingly understated from what I had expected. Afterwards we made our way to the Catacombs, where 6 million Pa... Read more
Paris Day 2
Friday, January 06, 2012      6 comments

Friday we started with the Arc de Triomphe, all 200+ stairs to the top as a warm-up for the Eiffel Tower. And this time I climbed straight up the entire way without having to stop on a landing to rest like in 2008 & 2010. And this time I bough... Read more
Paris Day 1
Friday, January 06, 2012      6 comments

Thursday late morning we checked out of the London hotel, had lunch at the tapas restaurant - I had the octopus and a trio of mushrooms sautéd in garlic and white wine garnished with garlic chives, so yummy - and headed to the train station to c... Read more
London Days 6 & 7
Thursday, January 05, 2012      9 comments

Tuesday, once Jacq was with her Dad i took off to do my own sightseeing. My son and I are both interested in military history so I headed to the Imperial War Museum. I had planned to walk there but it was windy and raining quite hard and withi... Read more
London Day 6 - Jacq's Day with her Dad
Wednesday, January 04, 2012      8 comments

Tuesday we finally cornered Jacq's father to spend a day with her here in London. I have been asking him repeatedly for a year - literally one year - if he wanted to spend time with the kids while we were here (our son was supposed to be here t... Read more

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