Today was my 51st birthday.
I weigh 80 pounds less than I did a year ago.
I had gastric bypass surgery on March 6, 2011.
Although not without its challenges, I have had no complications, and I am amazed at how my life has changed.... Read more
Yay! The deed is done, and my chubby a$$ is back home! I actually busted out of the joint on Friday, arrived home, and had SIX STRAIGHT HOURS of blissful sleep in my own bed, without anyone coming to take vitals or draw blood or give me someth... Read more
Any of you here who know me know that I'm an atheist.
BUT...last month, I came across an article about Dudeism, and I had an epiphany! THIS is something I can BELIEVE IN!
It certainly makes as much ... Read more
Yes, its true, and its a GOOD thing.
2010 was a tough year. For the first time in my 50 years I started having some pretty serious medical issues - all of which were related to my weight. I've been on Spark for a long time - and every oth... Read more
A few days ago there was a Spark Newsletter that talked about cleaning out the 'evil' things in your pantry and refrigerator. It really made me think about how Spark fits into my life, and about what I can change, what I have changed, what I'm ... Read more
About a week ago the new Bon Appetit arrived. Not QUITE as full of food porn as the now-defunct Gourmet magazine, but this issue was close. They had a picture of the most delicious-looking Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew) and I decided that I n... Read more
My husband freely admits to having married a crazy woman. Our first anniversary will be August 6th. He is still surprised at new manifestations of my craziness.
We've been talking about a 4th of July Party for 2 years - as soon as the nei... Read more
I'm absolutely exhausted so I will try to keep this short.
We moved into this neighborhood a little over 2 years ago. The house we bought was the 'model', and there were only four finished and occupied houses. Across the street and around... Read more
After a RECORD-BREAKINGLY dismal early summer in the Pacific Northwest, we've had - GASP!!!! - some sunshine and warm days!
The neighborhood is positively blissed - everyone is actually OUTSIDE without being rained on. THE TEMPERATURE WAS... Read more
Saturday we had a day without rain (during the daytime) and actual SUNSHINE for the first time since May 15!
I finished planting my front porch containers FINALLY! I was going to take a picture for you today but...IT WAS RAINING!
P... Read more
1. A couple of days ago, I munched a few handfuls of almonds for snacks. Unfortunately for me, the consequence was a sore heiny the next day, if you get my drift. I complained to my husband, who said, "Oh, my poor baby! I'm sorry you have sp... Read more
A year ago this weekend, we did a 'trial' of Parker, our big white poodle.
Parker is a retired champion. His previous owners, our poodle groomer and her aunt, had decided they weren't going to breed him, since our groomer and her husband d... Read more
What a HOOT! I've lived a bunch of places, and visited more, but after two years here I am SO in LOVE with Portland funkiness.
If you haven't heard, we Oregonians are a bunch of tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, Prius-driving granolas who... Read more
For those who don't know me - I'm an atheist.
I don't believe there is a better world after this. Jeebus is not going to save me, I'm not going to get my own planet, and I'm not leaving on a spaceship.
The environmental disaster in ... Read more
We had our first really nice weekend here. I've been working on gardening-related things since last Wednesday, when I attended a morning Container Gardening presentation at my favorite local nursery. The nursery is great - the gal in front of ... Read more