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  • Mad cat after his bath!

    6/24/2016 7:10:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Bob is ignoring DD, his owner, and me, too. Bob went to DH because we just gave him a bath and he is mad at us. DH was reading the paper! Now the newspaper is wet, too. chris... Read more

  • Hubby's wheelchair is driving me crazy! Lots of aggravating noises, etc.

    6/24/2016 6:50:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    His only movement is riding around the house. Back and forth. Back and forth. There is not much room or variety: at the table then at his computer desk then at the TV to flip channels, then to the bedroom and back. Sometimes outside. He continually makes the chair recline and sit up straight --... Read more

  • Babies are amazing! Baby weight, however, sucks.

    6/23/2016 1:14:29 PM, by GIRANIMAL

    Hello, all! Here I am with some rare downtime at work, so I thought I'd post an update. I sure do miss being a regular Sparker! First off, aside from work (I'm a manager now), the reason I've been so busy is THIS AMAZING GUY! Wow, guys. Being a mom is crazy awesome! I had no ... Read more

  • Food tracker is now working. The "fix" using the iphone tracker for a few days.

    6/23/2016 9:14:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe using the iphone tracker for a few days jump started the computer SP Nutrition Tracker. Now I have a new way to enter foods. I am not a constant user of my iphone. Maybe this will push me in that direction. thanks for your support. chris... Read more

  • Perfect! Home water exercising!

    6/23/2016 7:55:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    What do you think? chris... Read more

  • Updates and busyness.

    6/23/2016 7:48:28 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    The pneumatic chair system sprung a leak and DH volunteered to climb out of the therapy pool yesterday. This meant 5 ladder steps up, turn and 3 down; without help. Shaky, slow but accomplished to cheers all around! You don't know your potential until you try, eh? 334 Later he told me he thoug... Read more

  • Summer Coolers to Drink

    6/22/2016 4:52:04 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Drinking water is a real staple with me. And especially in summertime, I drink a lot more. Sometimes, it is fun to add some flavoring to the water, without adding a bunch of calories. I have often made a pitcher of lemon water -- just water with sliced lemons floating in it. (No sugar) That... Read more

  • Happy Birthday

    6/22/2016 8:30:14 AM, by LEWISH11

    Happy Birthday to me. I say this, not to imply that others won’t, but because it’s a basis for my year 68 manifesto. We all have within ourselves the capacity for happiness. As an adult I've managed to come to the realization that I am the only one who makes me happy, it is my outlook and my pers... Read more

  • Healthy meals. They ARE doable.

    6/21/2016 6:51:09 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Yes, yes, you've all told me. I've even done it a time or two. Measure and plan. Plan and measure. Don't keep triggers in the house. Use the Tracker. I have been doing all of the above and I think it's working. Not so much on the scale; that's another story. I have healthy, prepared meal... Read more

  • Darn, my food tracker isn't working!

    6/20/2016 8:03:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    It might have not worked for months, but I was not using it. Now I want to make a new start and I need it. 39 I sent a message to tech people. We'll see what happens. The activity tracker isn't working either. Hmm... chris... Read more

  • Thank you for all the many Birthday goodies and wonderful wishes!

    6/19/2016 3:16:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    I tried to respond to everyone, but I had to give up. There were too many of you. Love you all for enriching my life! chris... Read more

  • RV shopping?????

    6/18/2016 8:50:20 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Sure, that sounds silly considering the past 6 months, but heck there was nothing else to do! DH has had a few really good days so I said let's go see. We've spent countless days at RV shows in the past getting painful quad exercises stepping in and out of monstrosities. The last show we attende... Read more

  • Happy Birthday to me!

    6/17/2016 12:14:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    My pool friends sang to me this morning. What fun! chris... Read more

  • You mean I can make money writing about my struggle to declutter!

    6/15/2016 12:49:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Encounters with a professional declutterer, a Lacanian shrink, and Clutterers Anonymous—not to mention England’s most excessive hoarder—as well as explorations of the bewildering universe of new therapies and brain science, help Yourgrau navigate uncharted territory: clearing shelves, boxes, ... Read more

  • Hello, deer!

    6/15/2016 6:36:29 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    While I was dutifully logging in for the 366th day in a row, I was distracted by some large movement outside. These guys came to play. My camera was still set for the night sky so my pictures are not what I'd like. And my movements disturbed their calmness. They've go the makings of some g... Read more

  • Ever feel like a hamster on a wheel?

    6/14/2016 4:17:59 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Time management

    6/14/2016 1:08:00 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Tip: for each day have 24 sheets in your date book...

    6/14/2016 12:59:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    Each sheet is divided into 1 minute intervals. The One Minute Maniac book. Enjoy! chris... Read more

  • Books: One Minute Manager vs One Minute Maniac

    6/14/2016 12:44:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    The One Minute Maniac is hilarious. The purpose is to waste no time at all by delegating everything and other tricks! chris... Read more

  • How to dress quickly...and not waste time

    6/14/2016 12:37:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Sew the outfit together ahead of time. Slip it on all at once and button and zip up. DONE! from the Minute Maniac book... Read more

  • What has occured in a year of daily logging into Spark or; why haven't I gone crazy yet?

    6/14/2016 8:02:37 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I "spun the wheel" June 14 of last year not realizing it would become a lifeline during the year to come. That day I posted a picture blog of our visit to Salt Lake City after spending a week in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with the in-laws. Here's the condensed version! June DH... Read more

  • How do I accept cookies from sparkpeople?

    6/13/2016 10:10:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    I did something and now have to log in to SP every time I change a page! I asked the techs. They said to accept cookies. I did that but SP still is not accepting cookies. chris... Read more

  • Time saving tip 1

    6/13/2016 10:05:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    When angry and counting to 10... use binary 0, 1, 10 DONE! from book "One Minute Maniac" chris... Read more

  • My night sky

    6/12/2016 10:04:43 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I stood out on my pool deck for an hour at sunset tonight to catch glimpse of planets and moons. I wish I had better equipment but I'm satisfied. And I got some nice cool evening air. The moon Jupiter and it's four moons. May be you can't see it so well here. There's another star on the... Read more

  • Manhattan, Moons and Misses

    6/11/2016 11:08:54 AM, by TRESSWANN

    We took our 12 year old niece to Manhattan for her 13th birthday to see “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. Moi, of course, had to wear the appropriate outfit so Talbot toile pants, black tank and cardi with the requisite pearls and then floral sneakers for the spectral leg. Matronly, with a twis... Read more

  • Happy weekend.

    6/11/2016 7:52:09 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Miscellaneous doings and information, even if you're not interested. 18 Something is sticky on my kitchen floor by the sink. I guess I have to mop. If I only I had kept my shoes on, well, you know.... 211 I met our new neighbors yesterday. They've made nice changes to the landscaping.... Read more

  • Home from a holiday

    6/9/2016 11:46:17 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    During these past 3 weeks, my husband and I went with another couple friend of ours on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest (pronounced, I have now learned, "Budapesht). Then we flew to Barcelona for three days before returning home again to the U.S.A. Cathedrals and beautiful architectu... Read more

  • Reordering.

    6/9/2016 8:21:48 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I grin every time I open my page and see the "new" labels. "Reorder" friends. "Reorder" teams. verb 1. request (something) to be made, supplied, or served again. 2. arrange (something) again. I've only used this word in the first meaning so I am amused. I'll have two new f... Read more

  • Owning a pool is sexy. Until...

    6/7/2016 6:43:36 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Got your attention with the word sexy? 211 We've been backyard pool people for 30+ years. It's the hole in the backyard that we throw money into every year. It used to be easy. DH and various kids would help remove the winter stuff and the same crew would cover it for the next year. Last ... Read more

  • Changing up my diet. It's not easy and a long time coming.

    6/6/2016 6:58:35 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm not sure how it happened, but I got it. I've had weeks of good, large and healthy meals. No hunger. No deprivation moments. Perhaps the consistent exercise days are contributing. Having less anxiety about what to make for the two of us. Maybe I'm not stressing over my life so much. I... Read more

  • Surviving the Shower

    6/4/2016 8:39:35 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I HATE bridal showers. I don't go. i refused to have one for my first one. The last one I went to was literally about 35 years ago. I do go to and plan showers at work. For the others I send great gifts. My youngest SS is getting married in August. It will be challenging. Another thing my fa... Read more

  • Two days of less fatigue! Hurray!

    6/4/2016 2:35:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    If this would last, I could actually keep up with most of my work. It is a huge "if" however. I am yesterday and today "digging out" from the unfinished tasks from the last 3 weeks. Each day I was doing a little, but things pile up. Like when I come home from any errands, I just don't g... Read more

  • Enjoying healthy meals.

    6/3/2016 3:34:08 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It should be simple. It is. It's our minds that are complicated! I kept over-thinking trying to make foods for the two of us that we'd both like. I'd eat the wrong things and get frustrated that food was going to waste, so I'd eat it. Now that DH has a better sense of taste he has a few fo... Read more

  • I asked my 2 supermarkets to stock the ice cream.

    6/3/2016 11:44:27 AM, by CTUPTON chocolate Reddi Whip-- hmmm... this sounds good, Too! Thanks! chris... Read more

  • corrected sugestion box link

    6/3/2016 11:41:45 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Link to SP sugestion box.

    6/2/2016 4:16:39 PM, by CTUPTON
    help_sugge Every once in awhile I do have a suggestion in mind. I just wanted to have this handy. For one thing I miss the SP map. I could look at the map and see who was near my own location. chris... Read more

  • June already? This week in no particular order-

    6/2/2016 10:41:58 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've been using my work skills at home to upgrade my newly retired life. Computer is better, files organized (sorta) schedules....on and on. Taking everyone's good advice and treating myself to a real haircut today. I am my father's daughter and always do what I can instead of paying someone el... Read more

  • I won a gazillion points on the wheel (of life)!

    5/31/2016 4:06:02 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Or: One picture is worth a thousand words. For 2 hours he used the shopping cart as a walker and occasionally stepped away from it precariously balancing while looking at things just out of reach. Today's picture is totally different. All his muscles are sore from pushing i... Read more

  • Eat healthy meals.

    5/30/2016 8:48:02 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It IS harder than it sounds! Sure, the groceries are stocked with fresh foods. Freezer sections abound with fresh-frozen veggies and fruits. In a pinch, there are even some healthier frozen prepared selections. It's what I do with these things once they get home. I prepare, eat some and freeze ... Read more

  • Halotop ice cream--have you tried it?

    5/29/2016 10:39:59 PM, by CTUPTON My sister just told me about this. I have not tried it yet. chris... Read more

  • Countdown to Calmness. Another challenge completed.

    5/29/2016 6:45:22 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I gave myself 30 days to accept my fate and not fight it. It's been tough and though sometimes I am not the brightest of bulbs; I've seen the light. Displays of temper, crying fits, throwing things or slamming doors (the last two my favorites) will not change the present. What will change my... Read more

  • What Memorial Day means to me.

    5/28/2016 7:58:32 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It's an opportunity to slow my pace for a moment and think about those who have fallen protecting my freedom. It's a day I set aside to try to find a ceremony honoring those heroes. It is also a day to remember the sacrifices of all who served and are now gone. To say thank you to th... Read more

  • NSV - Mermaid

    5/27/2016 6:22:48 PM, by TRESSWANN

    As mentioned, DH and I headed off to Lord and Taylor to search for the dress. I posted what I was thinking about. I was tending to the floral print but wanted to see what it looked like in person. And I hadn’t given up on the dark sparkly one either. Some background: You don’t know me. I com... Read more

  • DD and Chris Walking in Pennwood State Forest, CT

    5/27/2016 5:05:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    Darn, I had sunglasses on. I forgot. It is one of my pet peeves when people get photos taken with sunglasses on. I broke my own rule! chris... Read more

  • Simply good things for Friday.

    5/27/2016 10:03:03 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    In no particular order: DH weighed in at 150 pounds! The doctor credits me, the IV treatment, the meds, me, the PT, pancakes with blueberry compote and me. I already told you he was walking without his walker at times. The scary trips continue but my 64 yr old toddler is determined. He ... Read more

  • What is faith?

    5/26/2016 9:25:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • What to Wear - Dress Advice

    5/26/2016 8:54:01 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Some of you may be aware that my SS is getting married this August. We have always liked his fiancee. We have never had good relations with the ex and her other children. DH raised those girls from when they were 26 months. They used to call him Dad. Basically one has not spoken to him since... Read more

  • Finlandia Light Swis only 57 calories a slice

    5/26/2016 6:16:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I always love this cheese. But when I ate it I thought I was "cheating" and eating way too much. It could start off a binge from the idea, "Oh I blew it, I will eat other things, too." Now that I know it within my calorie range, I can stop at 3 slices! Maybe with a piece of fruit. chris... Read more

  • Lady Gaga's "meat dress" in comparison to the veggie dress in my other blog

    5/26/2016 11:05:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    it is real meat! OMG! chris Thank you, CHERRIET. I had not seen this before. I will take the veggie dress over this any day! chris... Read more

  • Charting my fatigue & huge thank yous to my sparkfriends who have motivated me for the past 8 yea

    5/26/2016 10:55:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    A few years ago, GRAMMACATHY taught me a system for monitoring my fatigue. 304 She also taught me about pacing. 58 If I am very fatigued I could just do something for 10 min. , rest, repeat. Hopefully by good healthy habits about clean eating and daily exercise and using certain supplements ... Read more

  • When was the last time you gave yourself an upgrade?

    5/26/2016 6:59:19 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I spent most of yesterday afternoon and some of this morning trying to cope with my laptop's inadvertent upgrade to Windows 10. It would have been ok except my "motherboard" has developed the computer version of arthritis. Sigh. Then this morning my iPad told me IT needed an upgrade! I think the... Read more