Letters I should write
Letter to deli:
If your order person tells me to write my order because it's busy, and I don't circle mayo, it means I don't want mayo. Please do not schmear mayo on the top and bottom of my bagel. I didn't X it out because I thought if I... Read more
And the angel said "No"
I get newsletters from the Shalom Center, a Jewish center teaching peace. The rabbi wrote about the current conflict between Israel and Gaza - and this is his quote:
"...the passage in Joshua where - after crossing the Jordan into Canaan, ... Read more
No Man is an Island
No man is an island
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of th... Read more
Rainy weather = thoughts of joining a gym
I'm a walker. I like to walk distance, I like to look at people, I like being outside and seeing animals and hearing sounds and people watching and window shopping.
But today is rainy. I mean really rainy.
So days like today, I thi... Read more
Resisting temptation is easy when it isn't chocolate
I have a student in my first period class, who has very involved physical and mental handicaps. She's 14, but functions at about the level of a 4 year old. She's very sweet and cheerful, and has endeared herself to the rest of the class (who a... Read more
Date night with Phebess and BigRich
I spent the afternoon working with the maintenance guy at school, painting on stripper and then power washing the paint and stripper back off the wall. Slow, messy, tedious work.
I called DH at 6 PM to say it was slow, I'd be at school a ... Read more
My foot hurts
I'm trying to stay active and busy. I spent two hours today gardening, unpacking the last two boxes of books, putting things away, carrying boxes of discards out to the car, etc.
And my foot hurts. The one I injured last spring. And I kn... Read more
Happy Sparkiversary to me
It's been two years. Exactly.
In that time, I've lost 45-49 lbs (depending on the day). In the past year, I've walked 1,229.87 miles and logged 1,753,164 steps (probably more, I'm on my third pedometer for the year). I've kayaked, salied... Read more
The burned and not counted calories
We're going to dinner at a friend's house - she makes Slovakian food for New Year's Day each year.
I offered to bring dessert - the sour cream coffee cake my husband loves, and that I rarely make since we don't need the calories.
The... Read more
I usually don't exercise first thing in the morning. Our school starts early, my first class is at 7:30 and I arrive at school about 7 AM to get ready for my students. This means I wake up at 5:30 AM to get ready and drive across the island.
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Five gifts. Four were chocolate.
Yes, friends and relatives sent/gave holiday gifts. Calendar, candles, candle holder - C seems to be the operative letter. Because they almost all included chocolate. Dark chocolate. Except from my father, who sent ONLY dark chocolate.
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I'm getting MORE active as I age!
In a week, I'll hit my Sparkiversary #2. In those 2 years, I've lost 45-49 lbs. I've gotten healthier. And I've gotten way way way more active.
My DH has also lost 30-40 lbs, as a result of my increased fitness and better nutrition - and... Read more
The breakfast dilemma - cost vs. calories
I take myself to the coffee cart once or twice a week - it's enough of a "splurge" to make it a treat, but not enough of a caloric impact to make it an issue. It helps me stay on track to have something exciting and a bit sweet.
I usually ... Read more
"M'Schwartz, you slimming down still!"
I ran into my "adopted student" from years ago - he's now in his early 30s, married with 3 kids. I haven't seen him in nearly a year.
That was his comment - "M'Schwartz, you slimming down still!" Not that I see it on the scale, but the in... Read more
1,126.73 miles and counting
Nairobi to Khartoum!
NYC to Chicago to Minneapolis!
Seattle to San Diego!
WOW!... Read more