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Me and Skeeter Phelan

Monday, January 16, 2012      14 comments

This is in reference to "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, which is the book on which the movie is based. In August, with Hurricane Irene approaching, I bought the book so I would have something to keep me busy if we lost power for several days. ... Read more

ABCs of Me

Tuesday, January 10, 2012      7 comments

This blog is for the BLC 18 challenge: A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? - BLC –type competition does push me, but as a whole, I am not super competitive. B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1... Read more

Day 1 of 5% Challenge

Saturday, December 03, 2011      9 comments

Things were better than I expected on several fronts. First of all, 85 minutes of walking. tThen we went out for dinner at an Italian restaurant to which I had a coupon. Turned out to be very nice. I didn't make the best choices (had filet m... Read more

Thankful for BLC-17 and SparkPeople in general

Tuesday, November 29, 2011      5 comments

Well, tomorrow is the end of the BLC=17 (and my first BLC) challenge. I am happy to report that I have lost about 12 lbs. during this time and seem to be back on track!!! When I first signed up for this challenge I didn't know what to expe... Read more

Love Letter to Myself

Tuesday, October 18, 2011      10 comments

As part of the BLC 17 challenge, my team had an assignment to letter to myself stating only positive things. This is not easy for me. My first reaction was that I would rather eat dirt. I am not comfortable blowing my own horn. That said, I ... Read more


Monday, September 05, 2011      8 comments

Just wanted to provide an update on a few things I blogged about earlier this year (not the hurricane!). My mother is not staying with us any more. She went home three weeks ago. It is working out ok I guess. I still feel that she has so... Read more

Another Hurricane Update

Tuesday, August 30, 2011      8 comments

I did not go to work today because my office was closed. I think everything is fine there, and it will be open tomorrow. Driving around, I am running into a lot of roads that are closed because of flooding or downed trees or power lines. ... Read more

Hurricane Update

Sunday, August 28, 2011      11 comments

Happy to say that we made it through without losing power. I am surprised that some nearby communities (i.e. Millburn, Cranford) are experiencing serious flooding. I think that large chunks of inland New Jersey are going to be flooded within t... Read more

Hurricane Irene

Saturday, August 27, 2011      8 comments

I am sitting here waiting for this thing to come through and pass. Right now it is raining heavily. The worst is yet to come. Initially I wasn't too concerned about the hurricane. I don't live on the coast. My home is actually on fairly hig... Read more

Food Advertising

Thursday, August 25, 2011      4 comments

This is something I have thought about for awhile and have finally been motivated to blog about it after seeing similar blogs. Why do advertisers equate unhealthy foods with the "good life", and why does government continue to tolerate it? ... Read more

I am depressed

Wednesday, June 29, 2011      12 comments

There is just no way around it. I have thought long and hard about even writing this, but I have decided to try to let it all hang out while attempting not to be too overbearing. My mother has been with us for about a month now. On many l... Read more

Perfect Cup 2011

Wednesday, June 08, 2011      7 comments

For once, I am not writing about my parents emoticon. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Perfect Cup... Read more

Mom is home... With me

Sunday, June 05, 2011      3 comments

She came home from rehab on Thursday. After some discussion, it was decided that she would be best off staying with us. Going back home, even with an aide, really is not an option at this point. The only other possibility (which still may hap... Read more


Sunday, May 22, 2011      5 comments

My mother continues to do reasonably well. Exactly how well? It's hard to say. She left the hospital on Tuesday and is now in rehab at Helen Hayes Hospital in Haverstraw, NY. This is further away than I would like. I started a new job in Ne... Read more


Thursday, May 12, 2011      13 comments

My mother had the open heart surgery today. I am very happy to say that she seems to have come through ok!!!! It was originally scheduled for 7:30 am but postponed until 10:30, and I don't think they got started till about 11:00. As a result,... Read more

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