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And guests for Sunday dinner.....

Saturday, January 17, 2009      0 comments

don't be surprised if the Cacciotta cheese with black truffles isn't part of the little bites before dinner. DH and I ate half of it for dinner last night. It may not make it to Sunday. I have a new craving - black truffles. The taste ... Read more

Letters I should write

Saturday, January 17, 2009      2 comments

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"

Friday, January 16, 2009      0 comments

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

Monday, January 12, 2009      1 comments

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

Sunday, January 11, 2009      0 comments

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

Wednesday, January 07, 2009      2 comments

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

Monday, January 05, 2009      0 comments

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

Sunday, January 04, 2009      2 comments

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

Friday, January 02, 2009      2 comments

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

Thursday, January 01, 2009      0 comments

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

Morning exercise

Wednesday, December 31, 2008      2 comments

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. ... Read more

Five gifts. Four were chocolate.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008      0 comments

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. ... Read more

I'm getting MORE active as I age!

Friday, December 26, 2008      2 comments

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

Friday, December 05, 2008      1 comments

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!"

Saturday, November 29, 2008      1 comments

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

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