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8/17/17 6:41 A

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I'm trying to just take this week one day at a time. I've had a high level of anxiety the last 3 days. Jim has been very late this week, filling in for drivers on vacation. Last night it was 7 pm when he walked in the door. Considering he got there at 3 am it makes for a long day. He's salary and so there's not even compensation for it. transportation industry falls under different guidelines so while it may not be ethical it is legal. And frustrating.

It also makes for a very long week for me where I get to do double duty here at home, plus doing my odd and end "jobs". Hair cuts and elder care.

Brenna's been doing what children do, and seeing what her limits are. She picked a bad week to do it and earned herself a restricted time limit for certain activities and the promise that if she keeps pushing it will become a full on grounding.

Needless to say I am an emotionally tired Eva today and I still have 2 days left in the week. I can do this. Everyone still has their heads. If I make it through today, I believe they'll all be able to keep them...



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8/17/17 1:20 A

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A couple more of Engle's books have come in; I may pick them up tomorrow. I decided to take tomorrow off to review the financial plan Tresa developed--reading it is slow, somewhat laborious going, and work on the Revenue Agent 1 application that closes on Monday.

Yeah, I'll be glad when Summer Jam registration is done, so I can focus on other things. Tumwater took care of the duplicate registration, and we've had even more folks sign up. I learned the coworker who sits behind me thought she had registered, but didn't make it onto the team--just like the other 3 we discovered. Just before I left, I emailed my co-captain (new this year, and inexperienced) to see if he wanted to reach out to the 5 or 6 folks who have registered but never tracked activities, who aren't on vacation (there are 4 who are out). I've already sent 2 targeted emails with hidden addresses, asking them to commit to tracking or to switch to the non-competitive team (which change can only be made through 8/21) where they don't care about average steps per person. Since the team average is currently 67,000, those 10 people with 0 steps are really bringing down the average. So far I've heard bupkis from any of them, and I didn't see a change by late afternoon.

Got a little done with my collections accounts, reaching out by phone &/or email, establishing files and adding to a spreadsheet of accounts. Talked to one lady who hopes to get their missing report and payment submitted by Friday, and another who is meeting with her accountant on the 28th. So I'll be checking on them later to see if they follow through.

At home I've used my timer to work on the financial reading and note taking, on the application, on housework, on Sparking, and reading. I plan to do more of that tomorrow to stay balanced--along with some exercise workouts, and a Costco & library run.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/16/17 6:36 A

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You never realize how much work goes into a fitness program, like yours at work, until something goes sideways. I'm glad your IT guy fixed it and added a "warning" box.

I made a note of "Mountain Dog". I'll contact Katie to see if they have it in the YA section at the library. If not then it may put her on a path to something new for the stacks. Our school library is more suited to 5-8th grade and the librarian is very careful about what she lets the kids check out. I get annoyed since it should go by reading level not actual grade, unless it's material, such as The Hunger Games, that may just be too difficult for a 3rd-4th grader to digest. The "novels" Brenna is allowed to check out, she could read and understand in about 1st grade.

I'm on day 8 of my planks challenge. Yesterday I was feeling the burn during Yoga. I did my daily timed plank first then I moved to my flow. I didn't realize it had a long plank in it as well. The good news is, I held it without hitting muscle fatigue.



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8/15/17 11:04 P

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Thanks for telling me about your friend--and the quote! Glad Brenna is enjoying the books! I also just discovered a new kid's book author--Margarita Engle. I have one book that came in to the library that's ready to pick up by her. I was so impressed by Mountain Dog (I think I shared about it, and the lovely, sensory-rich chapters from the dog's POV) that I happened to pick up on a whim at the library. Turns out she's written a number of books about Cuba and Cubans--which I assume is her ethnic heritage.

Actually the buttons make more sense for the Tumwater league, where teams work in a single building or on the same floor, in just a few work groups. They just don't work out in the regions where a team is spread over different offices, and where some staff are always in the office, while others are very rarely there to be seen sporting a button. Yep, I liked my solution that also rewards the people doing the most to boost the team's score (the average steps per player). We are very close to the top team, and if I can get a few of the still-at-zero-steps players (though a few are on vacation) to just track (or switch to the non-competitive team), we may move back into 1st place. We're just past week 1 of a 6-week challenge, so still time to iron things out.

I'm glad I sent another email to the region having them check the player list, since I had heard from 2 people who thought they had registered, but weren't showing up on the team list. That email netted another person who thought her exercises were helping the team, but her registration hadn't completed. She got it fixed after 5, just before my shift ended. Of course, I still have a duplicate registration to get deleted . . .

I also alerted the Wellness group at home office that our team had a false jump of ~15,000 steps person, due to one player making a data entry error that showed her with almost 2 million steps! (The most active plays had 100,000 to 200,000.) I helped her correct her numbers, but wondered why the team average hadn't corrected. Tumwater got an IT guy looking at it, and he found a second person who entered thousands of steps as thousands of minutes which translated to over a million steps. He fixed that one, and added a pop-up message any time somebody tries to record 1000 or more minutes at a time. (I just used my calculator to find there are only 1440 minutes in a whole day!)

Just glad the counter wasn't real busy today, since it was my day for helping there, and I stayed pretty busy with Summer Jam throughout the day!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/15/17 6:34 A

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Amanda it's a bowl from my oldest friend. I've known her since we were 6, almost 7, and going into the 2nd grade. It says "The only reason God didn't make us sisters is because one mother couldn't handle us both!" It's a long standing joke. She found the bowl at an action and mailed it to me.

It turns out we are both very active in the local survivors rights community. Different reasons, but a common cause.

It sounds like your ticket idea is a good one considering the button this sounds rather difficult to carry out and frankly poorly thought out. I'm glad your co-captain agreed and that the people putting in the work will be rewarded with a raffle ticket that is not dependent on a button.

Thank you! Most people think I'm exaggerating when I tell them that I was a big girl. They still don't believe the job can be done with real food and effort. I still have several people trying to sell me a magic pill. Or shake. And they still don't believe me when I say I'll gain weight on that shake because I eat food AND consume the shake because Eva likes to chew. Three meals and a snack per day.

Brenna has been carrying her books, that a very special honorary Auntie sent her, to school. Her teacher seems rather impressed by the kid that came to school the first day prepared to read during down time. The class discussed what they like to read. The teacher also seems impressed with her over all choice of material.

Yesterday I sat with my neighbor's brother. He does to a GI doctor today. I'm afraid they will find he has stomach cancer. He's lost 20 lbs in about 2 months time. he's over 6 ft. tall and weighs less then me. It's a scary thing. Anywho. He did his OT training with me. He informed me that he liked doing his work out with me because I encourage him and don't just count off his reps.





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8/15/17 12:21 A

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Eva, I meant to ask what you are holding up in your new picture--I can't quite make it out. And the before and after pix on your page were amazing. The whole time I've known you, you've been in maintenance, so I never saw you when you were big. emoticon job, Loser! emoticon

Spent a bunch of time at work today on our Summer Jam Wellness challenge. They came up with a new activity this year of passing out buttons to participants, then having the team captain hand out raffle tickets to coworkers they see wearing a button. Each team sends in the tickets with names on each week and a name is drawn from the Tumwater (headquarters) league, and another from the Regional League (there are 6 regions and 19 offices statewide). The problem is that we barely got our buttons--and not enough for every participant, and I'm in one office, my co-captain is in another, but who would give out in the third office? Also, some of our inspectors spend almost all of their time in the field, so wouldn't be hanging around the office to be "seen"; even in the office, some team members work in the same area as a captain, but others work in far away parts of the building, or in Seattle, on a different floor. So I proposed a different approach in our Region. I submitted one raffle ticket for everybody who had tracked activity. (Since our competition between teams is based on average steps per person, everyone who registers but never tracks, lowers the team average.) All members who tracked more steps than the team average got 2 tickets, and those with double the average or higher got 3 tickets. That seemed like the most fair approach to me, and my co-captain liked it, so that's what I did: I wrote 79 names on tickets and got them into today's campus mail.

Then I spent some time trying to catch up with my woefully behind collections accounts. Stayed a few minutes after my shift to straighten my cubicle a tiny bit and file a few papers. Then spent a few minutes (my planned 10 turned into 20) puzzling. At home, I started reading the financial plan report Tresa prepared. The intro in her words I liked a lot and understood. The disclaimer and some of the boiler plate stuff was a pain to slog through. Many more pages to go; I had to rest my tired brain!

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/14/17 6:41 A

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Brenna reads 2 books at a time, one at school and one at home. I usually keep to one book at a time these days unless it's one that won't let me sleep.

We are in for several days of rain. I have a busy week scheduled. I sit with my neighbor's brother today, Wednesday and Thursday the traveling beautician takes her show on the road (that's my new nick name from my father in law). 5 hair cuts and a color. Considering I don't actually work any more that's a lot.

My planks challenge is going well. Yesterday was the first rest day from planks. Today I just hope I have time to hit my trinity, planks, Yoga, and cardio. The first 2 aren't a problem but the cardio might have to go to the way side if I run out of daylight.





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8/13/17 12:26 A

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We might get a little emoticon rain soon--which would be fine with me. At least the heat broke, and it's supposed to be in the 70s for the next couple weeks--at least that was the forecast a day or 2 ago.

I did a grocery run, took a nap, did a short Jessica Smith workout (one of the Spark ones that earns me 5 points in addition to my exercise minutes), hennaed my hair, and am just sitting down to a dinner of Trader Joe's lentil soup with added veggies and turkey sausage for dinner.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Not much to report. My 2 days back at work have been moderately busy, and I haven't caught up on my 6 days of emails yet. I've been dealing with Summer Jam planning and communication--that's the biggest annual Wellness/fitness campaign at the agency, and the only competitive one. Last year, for the first time in 9 years (this is year 10), our regional team won the regional league. I've been team captain for several years, and I was as surprised as anybody. I have a co-captain I've never met, who's enthusiastic, but tends to send out very long-winded emails, which I know can turn some people off. Still, it's nice to share some of the work and decision making. I finally tracked my first 4 days of activities, since it started this past Monday and runs 6 weeks.

I've taken to reading a different book at work than at home; I read a couple Star Trek biographies, and then a series of kid's books. I started a new one yesterday at lunch, Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle, and am thoroughly enjoying it! It alternates chapters between a boy's point of view and a dog's. The dog's are short and very sensory-laden, with many happy thoughts, but concern over the boy's sadness. His mother is in prison for dog fighting, and he's been taken in by a great uncle who lives up in the Sierra Nevada (he lived in Los Angeles), who does search and rescue with this dog, Gabe. I highly recommend it!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/11/17 8:04 A

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Eva, I think I might have taken your 20 minutes! LOL! I woke up about half an hour early and refused to get out of bed. I'm hoping it's the same trainer as last year. She was funny and engaging, which was a big plus.

I am really not looking forward to Mercury going retrograde this time. It always messes with me at work and I can't imagine it's going to be fun with this internet dating thing. I will persevere, because I always do.


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8/11/17 6:29 A

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Renee It's sad that we have to teach ethics classes so people learn how not to harm people. But it's a sad must.

I overslept by 20 minutes this morning. A rare thing to be sure. The alternator went out on Jim's work van and had to be replaced. He got finished at 7:30 last night. Needless to say between battery and part we are $312 poorer but blessed we didn't have to add an additional $150-200 labor since Jim did the work himself. And he didn't lose it to a shop for a day. It's good to have a handy husband.



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8/10/17 10:26 A

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Amanda, I love your idea of timed session between chores and pleasure. It sounds like a great way to be productive and reward yourself for a job well done.I think I'll adopt that method when getting my laundry done and room deep cleaned this weekend. I detest doing laundry - well I detest putting it away.

Eva, that sounds like such a luxurious day. I agree that burpees are the worst. I avoid them at all costs.

Work is leveling out. I have some backed up paperwork, but overall it'll be manageable. I've been getting out early this week, which is nice because I have to be in super early on Friday for my annual ethics training. What more do I need then "Harm none"? I know, according to the State of Ohio, I need a lot more. Today's workout was successful and I'm pleased with myself for it. I feel good.

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8/10/17 6:27 A

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Amanda it sounds like you had a very productive last day of vacation!

I did take my quiet day! I took a bath, I read a few blogs, practiced yoga, went for a lovely walk, and then I found an plank challenge with 3 levels. So I can do 3 rounds and build from a base of 10 seconds. It comes from listening to a local woman complain about planks in her boot camp. I happen to like planks and had considered this challenge in the spring.

She says they are the fitness world's gift from Satan (she's Christian). emoticon She apparently hasn't done a burpee yet. If any one move comes from the underworld it's the burpee.


I'm reading Radiance by Grace Draven. I've never read her stuff. It's not bad so far.




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8/9/17 9:51 P

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Good plan, Eva, not to respond to everyone who wants your attention. I often screen my calls at home, and most often they don't leave a message--which means I wouldn't have wanted to talk to them. Oh, and I go back tomorrow. This was my unpacking/getting-ready-to-return-to-reali
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I got 2 loads of laundry done fairly early this morning, before it got too warm. Then did a quick grocery run to Costco for a few items to last me until the weekend, and a Target run, mainly for cat food, since I was down to one small can. Couldn't resist picking up more composition books, since they had a large display out--that 52-cent price just can't be beat, and they don't always have them in stock, not in many colors, anyway. I use them for my morning journaling, plus I have various ones for other recording--financial work, exercise tracking, work with various books, etc.
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I napped a little, and after waking up and having my afternoon coffee, have been doing timer sessions to unpack, put away laundry & dry goods, clean, etc. Then I'll read for awhile--currently reading the 3rd Mercy Thompson novel (Iron Kissed), having finished the 2nd (Blood Bound) earlier today--sometimes with a timer also. This bouncing back and forth really works for me.
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Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/9/17 6:29 A

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Renee, how wonderful to be fully staffed. I hope you produce stand has fresh corn. My garden didn't do well this year. I'm hoping for better returns next year. I'm wondering about planting the native american way. Corn, squash and pole beans are planted together. squash kills back the grass as ground cover, and the corn offers structure for the beans. each item needs a different nutrient from the soil so it prevents the soil from wearing out.

Amanda, I'm glad you made it back safely. It sounds like you are fully recharged and ready to go. When do you return to work?

I'm thinking my day will be radio silence. Meaning I won't take calls unless it's an emergency. I've had several needy friends, that are really just fussing for the sake of fussing. I'm tired of hearing it.



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8/9/17 12:31 A

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Eva, sorry about your mom getting locked out, but how nice to spend a delightful and spontaneous time together!

Good to hear from you, Renee. Very cool about being fully staffed and able to focus on what you do and like best. So are you still dating, or giving up on that individual? How nice to have the fresh produce!

The drive back today (from Albany, OR) was so much better than the one down! Yesterday we hit low 90s, but today was mostly in the 80s--much more bearable! We just stuck to the 2 kitchen stores at the Centralia outlets, and both scored a few items we were searching for. I've been collecting receipts and will figure out our spending, and who owes whom how much. With Mary picking up the hotel, and me the gas and most of the meals out, we think we'll be close to even. Of course I discovered a couple of food items we forgot to pull out for her before I drove back to Tukwila. I tried a slightly different way back, and got a little lost for a bit, and had to turn around and retrace steps before I discovered that Puyallup (Ave or Blvd) turns into 24th! No wonder I missed it!

Dora was very glad to have me home. My friend Cheryl had run the A/C some, and left the living room fan on, so the apartment was not too hot--very happily! Grabbed a tiny bit of food at a convenience store close to home, since I had used up or taken most everything on hand, particularly the perishables. Think I'll be turning in soon, even after drinking a late iced latte to stay alert on the final leg of the trip from Mary's house to mine.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/8/17 10:07 A

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Taking some time at work to connect with you Goddesses. I like the virtual connection. It feels nice.

Amanda, that sounds like a really great and lovely time. I am glad you were able to recharge with your soulfriends and enjoy what sounds like a lovely home.

Eva, also a really great recharge time with your mother!!

Life continues to be crazy. I've started dating for the first time in a really long time and I realized why I wasn't dating. I'm picky and people just don't meet my standards.

I've been spending a lot of time outside. It's been a cool August so far and I have been taking advantage of it. I drive through a lot of country roads on my way to work and I'm watching as fields are getting harvested and the plants are beginning to head back to the Earth. It makes me feel content. There's a local farm stand that I get my produce from when they open on July 1 until they close whenever. I am hoping that they planted a corn field late so I can get fresh corn later into the year. We cut it from the cob and freeze to eat throughout the year, but it just doesn't taste as good as corn that's been picked fresh a couple of hours before. Our peach tree did pretty well this year. We were able to get about a dozen fruit from it to eat and can. Given that the tree isn't very old and has had to survive some crazy winters and springs, we are happy that it's fruiting at all. The nectarine tree didn't do as well at producing edible fruits, but did put out a lot of inedible ones!! It gives us hope for next year because that is what the peach tree did last year.

We have a new therapist at work. She'll never take the place of my work wife, but I really like her and am enjoying her company. We are fully staffed for the first time since I started here 3 1/2 years ago. It's kinda weird. Weird, but nice. I get to focus almost entirely on my specialties and that makes me happy. I can deal with teens who are self-harming and feeling suicidal all day and not get exhausted. Put me in my office with a pre-teen with ADHD and I am dead to the world afterwards.

I wish everyone a good day and a happy week if I don't make it back on.

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8/8/17 6:25 A

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I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and you did get to catch up with Susan. I hope she makes it to the gathering next year.

I had a weird day yesterday. My mom locked herself out of the house. I was getting Bug ready for school, so we left early and unlocked the back door since that's the only key i have, a back door key. She took my advice and called in sick for a mental health day. We ended up having lunch at a Japanese steakhouse that just opened. I taught her how to order. And it was a really nice spontaneous day, just us. I just hate that she had to lock herself out to have it.

She called and told me she had the best afternoon doing nothing. I told her sometimes it's important to be busy doing nothing. It clears the head.



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Did I mention that this year when we passed the elk viewing area just before reaching the coast, that we saw more elk than we've ever seen before? But then we had never been by so late--after 7 pm, which is prime time for them I deduced!

Our 6-Pack weekends always pass too quickly, but they feed the spirit so deeply. We talked to Susan (our 6th and missing member, who couldn't make it this year from Hawaii) yesterday for close to an hour, catching her up on us, and us on her and her family. I've known her since 4th grade, 53 years ago, the same year my sister met Pat in 7th grade. Then there's Kathy whom I went to high school with; Sue and I have known her for 47 years. My sister met Meg in college 39 years ago. We're talking about doing the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival together either next year or in 3 years (depending on Susan), which falls in April, since we have to work around Passover (Kathy works at a synagogue).

This is the first year Mary and I are taking an extra day driving back. We got into Albany around 5, and came back a little while ago from dinner at Burgerville. We're planning on lunch and a little shopping at the Centralia outlets tomorrow, and should get back home mid-afternoon. I'll be happy to see Dora, who's been looked in on by a dear Spark friend. After we got away from the coast (and temps in the 60s), we got to the 90s as we traveled along I-5, which was definitely warm, but much less debilitating than the 100s we suffered coming south.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week planned!

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Renee, introverts need to charge their batteries. Take care of yourself dear but enjoy those social interactions.

Amanda, it sounds like you had a fantastic time! I'm glad you made it home safely.

We took a mini road trip to Grand Rivers for the humming bird festival on Saturday. Beautiful scenery. We also saw the Bison and Elk that had been reintroduced to the area. Brenna had a fit watching a baby Bison nurse right on the side of the road. "It's so cute!!!" I swear the kid is an Ellie May Clampett.

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The sharing has been deep and supportive. Took a long walk on the beach today (close to an hour), feeling it a little tonight climbing up the stairs to the loft. Full moon is gorgeous!

Potato bar and left over salad for dinner, then we divided up the groceries we bought together to take home. One friend figures the cost for each person depending on what they spent. These 3 days and nights of meals and lodgings ran less than $90 per person per day, for a marvelous house w/ a hot tub in the backyard surrounded by plants. We will most likely come back here again!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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Amanda, I hope the rest of your vacation is as lovely as it sounds thus far.

Eva,. Glad to hear Brenna likes her new teacher.

Things are good. Very tired, but work is seriously kicking my butt. I've been more social outside of work which is taking its toll on my introverted nature. It's good for me.

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It's okay. It's just a blog post. But after a while you don't realize a blog you wrote to remind you that you are capable might strike a chord in others.

It sounds like you are having a fantastic time. Be safe and enjoy the cool temps. It sounds like ya'll deserve them!

It's Fri-Yay! Monday we are on regular schedule for school . That will be fantastic. I think that's why my get up and go is gone this week. My body is trying to get back in sync.



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I'm not familiar with that Spark feature, so I missed you! emoticon

And I thought we had it bad in the Seattle area with several days in the 90s--but we hit triple digits around Portland, got as high as 107, and didn't get back down to the high 90s until we turned onto Hwy 38 toward the coast. Had to go quite a ways before we got down to the 80s, and then the 70s, and hit Reedsport on the coast where it was 67--40 degrees cooler than our top temp of the day!!

Went to our favorite Mexican restaurant, a short walk from the hotel, played games for a bit, and we're turning in pretty soon here. So glad to be relaxing at last with sister; we've been doing lots of talking and catching up, and hanging out where the air is as cool as we are! emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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It sounds like you are raring to go! i hope you hear good news from your interview while you are away.

My eyes about fell out of my head. This morning I got up to check email and spark, and I found myself in the daily spark newsletter!

Brenna had an awesome first day. She really like her teacher and I'm happy about that. I slept better last night and I'm happy to say she made it with no problems.

It's the first lunch box of the year. I plan to work a day ahead on those lunchbox notes/doodles this year :)



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emoticon I will! And I can't wait to hear about Brenna's school year as it progresses.

I think the interview went pretty well. It's not a slam dunk, but I think there's a good chance I'll be picked. I did ask about when they wanted their chosen person to start--by Sept 1, maybe sooner. And I did let them know I will be on vacation and out of the state until the middle of next week, but can be reached by my personal email. (I don't have remote access to work email.) I also shared a couple of items on the gratitude thread related to the bus rides to Seattle and back.

I'm continuing to pack and prepare for vacation in little spurts, with fans running in the bedroom and living room. I haven't hooked the a/c unit yet (big flexible hose has to get set into the window so the hot air can blow outside). I'm adding the directions for its use for my cat sitter. Finally typing out information so I don't end up writing things longhand--again!

I'm taking my laptop, but may be doing less Sparking than usual, since I'll be busy gabbing with the girls! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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I'm happy to know you friend Susan is doing well!

Happy belated Lammas as I forgot to look at my calendar! I was wrapped up in school and forgot!

Brenna's teacher doesn't appear to be new to teaching, but she is young. Which is fine. I was impressed with how together she had it last night. The teacher websites are down so, we didn't get an "about the teacher" segment. She is paired with a "swap teacher" that is very nice and experienced, so all is well.

I get to walk Brenna to the gym this morning and help her lug that bag full of supplies in there. Oh and she does have a friend of sorts in her class that she has never had in class with her before. That should be fun.

Have a safe trip!



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Yes, Susan from Maui is a breast cancer survivor emoticon and doing very well. She got a new job working for a friend that got elected into the local government. Can't wait to hear more about that. We try to do a speakerphone call with her the years she can't make it over.

Interesting to have a brand new teacher (at least to this school). Is it her first year teaching, or did she transfer from somewhere else? I'm sure Bug will be one of her favorite pupils (as much as teachers try not to show preferences or favoritism).

Oh, Lammas blessings to all! These pagan holidays do move around! I didn't realize until just now when I Googled Lammas 2017 that it was today and not tomorrow.

I finished what I could at work. Looking forward to catching up on some emails and Summer Jam communicating tomorrow while waiting for my interview. I'm too tired to attempt much else tonight, so will be going to bed earlier than normal for me. I'm feeling good about what I've done so far, and what I have planned to get done tomorrow. Blessings to all my 3Bs!

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Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Welcome Back Renee! I'm proud of you for maintaining while under such stress. That is a MAJOR victory. celebrate yourself!

Thank you for the birthday wishes!

Amanda, sounds like your early prep really paid off. I hope you enjoy your trip. The friend from Hawaii, is she still feeling healthy? She's a cancer survivor, correct?

Tomorrow is the first day of 4th grade! Can you believe it? She's so excited for meet the teacher tonight. We have a "mystery teacher." As in she's new and no one knows anything about her. I feel sure she will be fantastic and I almost like it better this way. I've labeled all the supplies and we are ready to go!

August challenge is going up in the Maiden's Forum.

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emoticon Renee--I've been wondering how you've been, and meant to drop by your page to check up on you. Sorry wori is crazy (yes, I relate!), and emoticon on maintaining amid the stress! emoticon emoticon

Good luck with the new schedule, Eva emoticon I imagine Brenna is excited about starting a new grade--she's in 4th now? emoticon And no, our 6th Packlette will not be joining us from Maui, so we are a 5-Pack this year. emoticon emoticon

I heard back from the supervisor I'm interviewing with, who hadn't been able to arrange an early session with the other panel members, so I'll be taking a few hours out of what would have been the first day of vacation, bussing up to Seattle early (safety cushion), probably working on emails and getting ready for Summer Jam (our big Wellness challenge which starts when I'm away), then bussing back in 90+ weather!
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The good news is I don't have to do laundry before packing, as I often do. I've pulled together almost all the clothes I'm taking, and am checking items off my packing and preparation lists. So glad for the planning work I did this weekend! I'll do one last grocery run tomorrow after work or Wed morning, and gas up at Costco. Then we'll start out with a full tank, and can easily tell just how much we used for splitting costs. I'm so excited!
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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hey guys! I've been terribly negligent in my Sparking lately. Work has been crazy and I've had a lot of other stuff happen. Needless to say, I need to jump back into it.

I'm sorry I missed your birthday, Eva. Happy Belated Birthday.

Everyone else sounds like life has been full of exciting events, be they fun or work-related.

Work for me has been a madhouse. I thought year end was supposed to feel like this, not start!! I've managed to be stable with my weight and clothing, so I can't complain.

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Amanda I hope you enjoy your vacation with the 6 pack! Is everyone attending this year?

Nancy, I hope you enjoy manning the table. It's an honor to be asked back!

School starts Wednesday, so I'm trying to get myself back in that mind set. I got up to my first 4:45 alarm of the school year. Is it say I'm already looking forward to fall break?

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I'm busy getting ready for vacation with packing lists, figuring out food to use, take, what I still want to buy, clothes to take, what laundry I may need to do before--though I might get away with none, especially as the weather forecast for Gold Beach, Oregon is *way* cooler than what we're supposed to get up here late this week--high 90s--UGH!
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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I have to ask, given your emoticons, if you are considering pirate garb or a grass skirt? Or maybe gossamer wings? emoticon emoticon

I'm very pleased that I headed out this morning to finally use one of my car wash coupons a co-worker keeps giving me. I hadn't been sure what to do with it, since some are coin operated or require a code to be entered. When I stopped by after work yesterday (after getting the temp debit card at the bank), I learned there is an attendant from the cashier in the convenience store. Lines had always been too long for me to see a person, and were then, so I went this morning to find a nice short line. I was offered an upgrade, but said I'd just do the regular one this time. I'll go online--or stop by the store again--to learn about the cost and how you would pay for an upgrade, and what more you get. Since my last debit card was compromised, I'm sure not handing the card over to someone I don't know! But the rear window had been getting dangerously dirty, not having the nifty washer the front one does, so I really wanted to get it done before our trip. Now that I see how easy it is, I'll get them more regularly.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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So happy that the weather here has been a little cooler for the past couple of days. It's beginning to warm up again, though. At least it's been easier to sleep.
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Our political Women's Caucus has a fund-raiser coming up in a couple of weeks. When we did this two years ago at the same home, I was very pleased to staff the sign-in table. That way I didn't have to purchase a ticket, could just sit and eat there on my own, and could go listen to the presenter when they were ready. This time I said I wasn't going. But they've asked, and then called and asked me again to do it. So I said I will. They must have thought I did a good job last time, and the program will be interesting, so.... Next I have to decide on something to wear.
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Enjoy the cool weather while it's there!

Went to the bank after work to get a temporary debit card until the replacement comes, and learned about putting a travel alert on my card so they won't deny charges because I'm out of state.
Near the end of another crazy day at work, got a call on my last application. They are interviewing next Wed, the first day of my vacation. I said I'd rather do it Tuesday, if that's possible, otherwise I'll come on my day off, since it's my prep day, not a travel day. They'll see if they can arrange it. But I won't know until Monday. So an exciting week next week!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Amanda I'm sorry about your debit card. Thank goodness for fraud alerts!

I'm going to enjoy some quiet today. Tomorrow we have a party to go to and then Sunday we work on the lawn. It's cooler this weekend and will warm back up the end of next week. I'm just happy to have a break in the heat index. I can deal with the heat, but this humidity is AWFUL.

I think I know why Southern women are known for big hair. It doesn't matter what kind of lotions and potions you put on it, step out side 5 minutes in July, instant big hair....

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This morning was blessedly chilly & overcast. High was low 70s instead of mid-80s. Sweet!

Not only was work a zoo, extremely busy from 11 or 12 on. At one point a customer was being helped at each of our 6 new stations (we used to have just 4), plus we had a lobby full of people waiting to be helped. Then when I got online at home, I found an alert from my bank about suspicious activity on my debit card--they declined 7 iTunes charges I never made (from 0.47 to 49.87) that totalled almost $100. So they're cancelling my card and reminded me to alert merchants where I have automatic billing. I reviewed the last month and most come out of my checking account, but 3 are on my check card; one of those cleared yesterday, a second is due in a few days, so I'll get talking to folks before vacation, and my annual AAA went through in June, but don't want to forget them either! Oh joy.
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I'm glad they listened to you! Sometimes when they set up a space they never think of the function.

I've finished school registration by delivering proof of residence. The school system wouldn't accept proof of residence before this week. The next few days we just hang out and try to enjoy the dwindling summer. At least the heat advisory will be lifting this weekend. Maybe we can enjoy the back yard!







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Warehouse came today--they come from Central Office a few times a year to each field office to bring furniture, pick up surplused items, and to adjust work stations. I had put in a request from the move that the big safe (which was moved to a new location with the reconfiguration) be rotated a quarter turn. To open it, you had to cram yourself against the fabric wall to reach the combination keypad, and anyone behind you at the mail processing and money counting table would have to get up to let you in, and stand around until you finished logging your safe entry and doing what you needed to. As one of my large coworkers put it, "If a skinny mama like you is crowded when you have to open the safe, imagine what it's like for big mamas like me!" We weren't sure if they could, but they did, and it works great now! Now you don't disturb the folks at the table getting in and out of the safe, and what's more, the dangerously sharp metal corners of the safe door now open against the wall, instead of where someone could get injured if they bumped it or lost their balance. So happy dance!
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Thank you!

People do not get that you owe taxes, you pay or end up in jail. It's sad to me.

Brenna and I had a dance party yesterday for our exercise. I always love a good dance party with her. She's just now finding her groove, or rather not being so shy about it. I've always loved dancing and it's one of my favorite forms of exercise.

I think maybe it's because you can't do it wrong.

I'm reading The Hangman's Daughter. It's set in 17th century Bavaria. So far I like it. I'm hoping they save the midwife that has been wrongfully accused of witchcraft.



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I was able to get a little unpacking done, and cleared a small box and large bag from my cubicle. I also began working the new accounts I was assigned last week, so that feels good, as well as returning the last of 3 where despite calls, emails and mailed statements, the employers never responded. I don't have the ability to begin legal proceedings, but others do. (I'm sorry, but when you owe taxes, the state doesn't just give up!) (And we sometimes get customers throwing a hissy fit because their bank account was levied, when the agency has reached out a minimum of half a dozen times, and usually 10 or 12 or more. Yes, the joys of compliance work!)

Did a Coach Nicole combo exercise workout. Also reread a lovely short story by Patricia Briggs, urban fantasy author of the marvelous Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega novels, called Gray. It's the only one in her short story collection that isn't related to either series, about a vampire who buys an apartment turned condo where she lived decades before she died and encounters the ghost of her husband whom she killed when she was newly turned. It's poignant & rather sweet.

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I'm going to have to read the SWAB routine.

It sounds like your work puzzle club at work doesn't puzzle well. It sounds like your eye for detail is helping with a lot of correcting!

I had a good weekend. My birthday is tomorrow, but we celebrated Saturday. I've had too much food but I'm fairly sure that's because I didn't cook it. Meals always taste better when prepped by someone else!

It's finally cooled down here. Thank goodness. Maybe this last week of summer vacation will be tolerable.

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I originally described my SWAB routine in the Favorite quotes and wise teachings thread in the Crone forum (don't always know where to put something; on the BBs we have a Helpful routines thread that made more sense). I sent this to to a emoticon , but thought y'all might enjoy it, too.

Glad you liked the SWAB routine as an alternative to butt kicking. Even when I'm doing hamstring curls with Jessica Smith, my foot never reaches back that high!
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Plus, by wearing the pretty colored bands, you can coordinate with your outfit. Or if those hair things are too tight, you could do the same with a stretch bracelet that's easy to get on and off. I already wear bracelets most days, so wear the hair ties in addition. Though when I was describing the process to Tresa, and reached down to my wrist to show her, I was stunned the band wasn't there--on either arm--until I remembered I used it to pull my hair off my neck and put it in a ponytail! So now I try to remember to wear 2, unless my hair's already up!
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emoticon Thanks for the laugh, Eva (and Bug)! It was especially welcome tonight!

I hit frustration and overwhelm at the end of the work day. Managed to get a few items dealt with, but not nearly as much as I had hoped for, and no unpacking or organizing for several days. There's just so much work that comes in constantly, and everything takes longer because I can't find all my tools, supplies, resources, plus we haven't found or organized all the common ones either. Then today was my day for the new employee to shadow. She paired with 2 other people the last 2 days. I guess the idea is to expose her to different styles and ways of doing or explaining things. But she has so many questions, and I hate this approach of letting the customers who happen to walk in the door determine what a new employee will learn or be exposed to. There's so much basic terminology she doesn't yet have, or understanding of all the programs we support. I tried to show her where she could get more information on the public website or in our Customer Service University about some of the issues we ran into. But I don't know if that was helpful, or more overwhelming. I argued for a different approach when I tried for the lead position--to build knowledge and experience according to what made sense and was easy to learn, and constantly building in complexity, one program at a time, but I convinced no one. So it's still the scattershot approach--throw everything at them and just let them pick it up as they go.

I puzzled later after work than I had planned to. It's stimulating, and I experience success over and over as I jump around, completing various sections, and continuing to fix sections where wrong pieces were placed--had to move around several top border pieces where attached sections were running into and overlapping each other. And I pulled out one piece that was all grass, because a piece of yarn needed to run through it. When I got home, I was still quite tense, so I played with Dora, then I watered my balcony plants, and scrubbed down the coffee prep corner of the kitchen counter with cleanser, wiped and dried it, laid down fresh kitchen cloths to catch drips, then swept the floor. I found myself really calming down as I accomplished simple tasks and created some order. (Since the ongoing lack of order at work is part of where the stress was coming from.) Ready to start some dinner now, with a much soothed spirit.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Amanda we have one woman here at the blood donation center that I won't let touch me. She blows veins left and right. It seems to me they would stop letting her stick people.

Last night Brenna and I were watch KC Undercover. It's a Disney channel show about a teenage spy and her family, that are also all spies. The parents went off the grid and the kids were freaking out over who was going to cook dinner. Brenna looks at me and says "If you were a spy and went off the grid I'd make myself sandwiches, just like you taught me, until you got home."

It's nice to know if I'm ever recruited by the government that my kiddo has it covered LOL

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So tonight I made myself stop puzzling sooner--just over a half hour after work, and got several holes filled we had all been searching for, including the last of the outside pieces. (The straight edge was quite short, and just not that noticeable.) I corrected some more misplaced pieces: "What? You can't put part of the boat where the horse's chin and reins go!"

I started work late, as I had a morning blood donation appointment. Had a nice young man who usually works in another location. His needle stick was very painful though (it's happened one other time), and he had to pull it out, bandage, then get someone else to try my other arm, which went fine. Don't know if the needle nicks the side of the vein or a nerve, or why it kept burning intensely until he pulled it out. Got a pretty aquamarine wrap to complement my top, and to advertise to coworkers and customers that I gave blood. ("Yes, you can make a fashion statement with your favorite color when you give blood!")

With a short day, and my day on the counter, I didn't get caught up on much at work. But at home, I did my main task of catching up with recording my spending. I'm very happy that I've been saving enough each pay period that I could write Tresa a check for the second installment of her fee without having to take anything out of savings. I've also been reading (at lunch and at the Blood Bank) in the recommended Wall Street Journal guide to financial planning. The few pages she had suggested I read way back at the beginning make more sense now since she presented her suggested plan on Saturday.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I'm so glad you are making plans to relax! Early emoticon wishes!

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It's called "The Practice" and it's from Chopra Center. The practice is easy enough Brenna can do it with some of the modifications. There's a fair amount of information on there besides just the Yoga programs.

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I'm glad you enjoyed the puzzles at work. I'm not much for jigsaw but Brenna loves them. Every time we get involved in a new task it creates new synapses in our brains.

I have to take Brenna to the library today and it's going to be so blessed hot tomorrow I'm just going to do the shopping today and be done with it. My birthday is Tuesday and so I plan to relax as much as I can over the weekend. That's my gift to me. Relax and let someone else adult for just a little while.

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Eva, what's the name on that yoga video? It sounds great!

As I wrote in my status report, I had my annual evaluation, and it was very good! I'm pleased, and just trying to decide about adding a comment. (I'm thinking of kudos on increased staffing & the recent reconfiguration.) I checked with my supervisor about the appropriateness of that, and her take was that she would be impressed by that in a candidate she was considering.

We have jigsaw puzzles in the break room, and there are a few dedicated puzzlers. I've spent a few minutes occasionally, always feeling good when I find a piece or two. Usually I read during lunch (after my walk, and brewing my coffee & putting my salad together & my mixed fruit). Today I got hooked by the new one which is very colorful and detailed during lunch. Then after work, I checked on it, and ended up spending almost an hour, finding more and more pieces, especially putting people together in an Americana, small village scene.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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emoticon emoticon Brava!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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I'll have to keep all that in mind. I have a bag in the freezer that I've been saving. The majority goes into my compost bin. I'm still learning with that one too, but I'm making some good dirt! I'm tired of buying all my broths so I'm trying to learn to make them.

I read your comment on the article. I imagine the people calling others whiners are the "thinspiration" group. Spark has a few but other places, like facebook and pintrest, have them as well. For that group it's not about health, it's about thigh gaps and rib cages. They forget that all of it is photo shopped.

But I do agree that there should be different models demonstrating exercises. That's why I'm always partial to Coach Nicole. She doesn't work for spark regularly anymore, but she's is a normal woman. With curves.. Not of the unnatural thigh gap crowd. Not all of us are Jillian Michaels or Jessica Smith. I have a yoga video here with a woman about my age leading the practice. The man doing the modifications, that she actually explains, is probably about 70 and appears somewhat arthritic. I enjoy seeing that, because he's showing you, the home practitioner, that anyone can practice. We need more of that in all styles of fitness videos.







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I toss it all in. I like adding the red cabbage or red onion skins, since they give it a pretty color. If I have meat scraps, fat or bones, I throw that in, too, but more often it's straight veggies. I add salt or excess seasoning, like from dry soup packets so it won't go bad--though I've never had that happen. I'll use it as a base for soup, or instead of water in cooking. I strain it & toss the soggy remains, but you can compost them, I imagine. I have a couple giant jars from Costco (65 oz of artichoke hearts originally). One of them is the right size for the broth from my biggest saucepan.

On the wall I mentioned a featured blog by Coach Jen, The Stock Photo Struggle: ''Why Don't SparkPeople's Images Look Like Me?''. Here is the link: www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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Since I added my comment, #22, last night, many more members have replied (106 at 7:30). Most appreciated the article, a minority chastises others for "whining" (can't help wondering if any of those are obese or have physical limitations), and there are numerous suggestions for using member photos. A valuable discussion, I believe.

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Amanda, do you have tips on making veggie broth? I've been saving my scraps in a freezer bag. Anything I shouldn't put in it?

I usually forget the age difference myself LOL. You are actually about my mother's age. But then my best friend is 54 years old and the neighbor that I talk to the most is 57 so I figure that once you get to a certain point, age is experiance not years you've lived.

It's an interesting mix you have in the office! I've been tinkering with learning a second language. Spanish more fluently to be exact. We have a fairly large Hispanic community here. I speak a little but not enough.

I practiced Yoga this morning as I'm not sure I'll have time with going to my mother in law's to do her hair. I'm thinking I'd better take my clippers in case my father in law decides that he wants a trim while I'm there. You never can tell about James.

Last night I made a Tutti Frutti Chicken Salad (you can use turkey as well) for dinner last night and served it over mixed spring greens. It was a hit. I found it in a kid's cook book. You'd be surprised at how many healthy and fun dishes you can find in kid's cook books, that are tasty and appealing to kids. I really need to scour Brenna's more thoroughly!




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You've been a busy lady, Eva! I can't believe the school would require a $25 binder--that's nuts! That could be prohibitively expensive, especially for families with several children attending the school! I forget our difference in age, until something like you seeing Quantum Leap as a kid, while I saw it as an adult. There were humorous episodes, serious ones, and some very poignant ones. I loved it.

Getting to a couple of weekend chores that didn't get done. Prepped morning and evening supplements. Prepped coffee for morning and lunchtime (at work). I mix flavored coffee with a dark roast (espresso or Italian, primarily), in a big container for home, and in smaller jars to transport to the work fridge. Former is Pecan Pie flavored, latter is Sticky Bun flavored. emoticon In addition to dealing with supplements and coffee, I strained the veggie broth I cooked up last night--yep, purple again, from the emoticon outer leaves I remove before chopping it up to toss into salads.

Our newest team member started today, she's Russian bilingual, and I already asked her to come up and translate for a customer on a complex issue that dealt with other agencies. While our greatest need is for Spanish bilinguals (we have 4), we've missed having a Russian speaker since Irina transferred to Bellevue. Oh, and our new CSS is also named Irina! Just like the 2 Spanish bilinguals who started the same day over a year ago are both named Karina!

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Amanda, we didn't watch anything yet, Bug seemed more interested in Driving Miss Daisy and Steel Magnolias. That one happens to be simply because she loves Dolly Parton. And that stems from Dolly's association with the Imagination Library. I did watch Quantum Leap as a kid. I had forgotten. I'll have to see if it's on Hulu or Netflix! She doesn't care for Dr. Who, but as I recal Quantum Leap was fairly humorous at times. How was your meeting?

Renee I agree, if you are not use to 3+ hours of exercise you definitely should be careful about cardio at the gym and mowing. Especially if you push mow. Check your spark exercise tracker. It has a place for push mowing.

I spent all day Saturday doing school clothes shopping. And we are done. I dropped $25 on a binder because that binder is what the school requires. I personally think that's too much money, and it makes me worry about kids who have parents that can't swing that kind of cost for a 3" ring binder that closes up. Think of the old trapper keepers, but with a zipper instead of a velcro flap.

Yesterday we cut the grass. Jim and i double teamed the yard so we finished in an hour and a half. Then I went to Sam's Club and got my membership. We had one a while ago, and I have no idea as to why I let it lapse. I've recently decided I want it back. I'll probably make a monthly shopping list. Then yesterday afternoon I did haircuts for Mom, my stepdad, Jim, and Brenna.

Today I clean house and exercise and tomorrow I go cut and perm my mother-in-law's hair. We did okay with the last perm. I wonder if I can get my speed back up!





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I had planned to share more about my meeting, but it's late, and I want to get to bed. (I did have a nap yesterday and today, so that helps). I filled my nearing-empty tank at the Costco gas station, then did my 3-store grocery run, Washed, chopped the Costco tub of mushrooms, and divided into baggies for the freezer. Prepped salad extras for tomorrow's lunch.

While waiting in lines today, I finally wrote out some of Louise Hay's affirmations I want to work with, including one for the left side of the body, as that's where my main thumb and elbow pain are, and where my spider veins are on my calf. I've gotten nothing from doctor or occupational therapist, except that people aren't symmetrical. I've been wondering about an imbalance that I may be able to address on a non-physical level.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Eva, I loved Fried Green Tomatoes! There are some mature themes there for Bug. Were you a fan of Quantum Leap? I totally was, and thought Scott Bakula was robbed when he didn't get best actor for playing such varied roles as a Chicano high school kid, a rape victim, a young man with Down's syndrome, a soldier in Nam, even a chimp in the space program. He once played a black man who was a driver for an old white lady (similar in theme to Driving Miss Daisy) in the segregated South.

Renee, weird, I thought Tabata was brand-specific, and HIIT was a generic term. Or is it just the abbreviation that's trademarked, but not the phrase "high-intensity interval training"? One of my favorite interval workouts by Jessica Smith alternates between 20 seconds at an 8 intensity (out of 10) and 40 seconds at a 6. It's short--just 11 minutes, and uses upper body movements along with upper body. Being over 60, I'm only willing to "push" myself to a certain point; I prefer to think of challenging myself, as I resist the notion of pushing, which is too close to forcing, for this survivor to be comfortable with it.

I got the word that I'm not going to the second round on the Revenue Agent position I interviewed for on Tuesday. I got some good feedback, quite positive, but they went with candidates who had more inside and outside collections experience, as well as knowledge of the claims initiation and adjudication process. Turns out this position wasn't focused on employer accounts, as I had assumed, and what my experience would support, but with claims recovery--a new unit that I would not have been as well suited for after all! So now the hope is for the IME program coordinator position that closed on Wednesday, or one of the college jobs I'm trying for.

I'm starting to get a little of the personal stuff unpacked, and I got a wage complaint entered and submitted in one day, which is rare. Got the location of my meet with Tresa decided--Bellevue, not Seattle. In fact her office is just blocks from the L&I office in Bellevue, and close to a new Trader Joe's, so I may get groceries before coming home!

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Glad to see you're getting settled in again, Amanda. Now you can sort things out more. Then you'll really be ready to go to something new!
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Tabata is a type of training routine in which a person exerts for 20-30 seconds at 90% max heart rate (or so) and then "rests" for 10 seconds. It's also called HIIT (high intensity interval training). HIIT is a trademarked term, so I try to respect that. They repeat that pattern for anywhere from 4-30 minutes. It increases stamina, lung capacity, and overall metabolic rate. Often times, it is paired with strength exercises like the heavy rope or medicine ball type stuff. The trainer at planet fitness that I use the most recommended that I do straight cardio tabata to help me get back my lungs and stamina for in preparation for training for my first marathon.

Amanda, in my world, 5 is generally "average" behavior/mood, neither happy nor sad. It does sound like things are getting better as far as environment at work. I'm glad to hear that. I know when my office is chaotic, I struggle concentrating and getting quality work done.

Eva, yeah, it was lots of food prepared by other people, including pizza and soup. The food I brought for the potluck was almost no sodium and very high in protein, but low in calories. It was a pulled pork seasoned with apple cider vinegar, garlic,and paprika. BBQ sauce and no cream coleslaw were on the side. I think total with the slider bun, it fell into like 250 calories because I didn't have sauce on the pork. My co-workers try to be healthy journey friendly, but I tell them not to. I generally prepare for meals like that.

I was supposed to go to the gym this morning, but I walked my yard when I got up and found that the ground was mostly dry. It's supposed to be partly cloudy today, so when I get home, I'm mowing the lawn. That's a 2+ hours endeavor and I thought I shouldn't do 3+ hours of exercise in one day until I'm ready for it.

I'm at work early to theoretically get the paperwork done.

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Renee Tabata has something to do with ropes correct? I think I've seen Major Lillywhite on Izombie train with Tabata.

I don't know what your gain was but if you ate food others prepared, don't forget to account for the salt intake. I'll gain 5 lbs at during the winter holidays just from the salt in other people's food.

Amanda Congrats on getting partially unpacked! It sounds like the stations are much better for customer service.

I kept inside for the most part yesterday. The heat index hit 103. We are in for some rain so Yay rain! It's summer in the south. It's always hot. I've adapted. I do the mowing early in the day before the heat index gets over 95 and I take breaks. I also keep gatorade on hand that I only drink during mowing breaks. If we swim it's before lunch. The afternoons are for a/c and reading or watching old movies. Brenna wants to watch 3 of my favorites before going back to school. Fried Green Tomatoes, Steel Magnolias, and Driving Miss Daisy. I've got her hooked on Night Gallery at the moment. I love old tv shows and I'm apparently passing that appreciation on to my girl. Thank you Hulu!




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Here's another question, Renee: what's Tabata--some kind of exercise, I presume, but I'm not familiar with it. And on your mental health/behavior scale, is 5 "fully functional"? (That's an in-joke for STNG geeks emoticon )

Eva, be careful with those temps, especially over 100! emoticon Don't overdo! Today started cloudy and cool didn't reach 80- emoticon

A much better day today. I spent that first hour unpacking & got either 4 boxes out of the cubicle. Now I can breathe and move around! I may not keep everything I packed into drawers, and I haven't found homes for everything yet, but it's so much better! I also printed the phone list from the most recent revision the supervisor put on the shared drive, and got one in a page protector at each station up front. We actually have a phone at each of the 6 stations, instead of just one to share between 4 stations with the cord wrapping around people and being dragged back and forth. One of my coworkers noted an omission on the list (I printed it without proofreading first.) When I got a chance to review it later, I found several errors, particularly staff who had left but not been deleted from the list. So I'm making corrections, and will replace today's version with a corrected one, which I'll also share electronically with staff.

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Amanda, decompensated behaviors means that a person generally functions at level 5 and takes a turn for the worse slowly to function temporarily at say a level 3. It's not that precise, but it's a term we use to say there's been a down swing in behaviors and general functioning.

Eva, I agree. I've always wondered why, though. The 94% water thing seems viable. Instead of allowing the tide to ebb and flow, people struggle against it? I don't know. It's good to hear abotu Brenna's yoga growth.

Life has been a lot more calm since the moon has left it's full stage. I've been helping train our new therapist and she's very sweet. I like her a lot. I think she'll be good. Our team is full, which means work loads will be distributed more evenly. I did 5 minutes of Tabata this morning, up from the 4 minutes I'd been doing. This was after some hill work, so I was really pleased with myself. I ended up gaining weight when I weighed in, BUT I've made some seriously terrible decisions this week with eating. Two potlucks don't help it eithyer. I think I ate my weight in carbs yesterday. Whoops.

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I'm glad your supervisor saw a need and responded accordingly. This change has been very strange.

We have the internet techs coming out again. The damn service keeps dropping and it's not from our end. The last time they found an issue with the outside lines. What do you want to bet it was never fixed properly?

I cut the grass yesterday. I should have rented a hay baler! The grass was very thick. The heat index was 103 by early afternoon so we hung out in the house. I finished The Handmaid's Tale, which is very different from the Hulu series. I liked the book better.



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Wow, that's so encouraging about Brenna's yoga growth, Eva. And glad you enjoyed your swimming! emoticon

Work was stressful. I won't go into all the reasons, cuz I don't want to strengthen negative thoughts anymore than they were earlier. Then a sweet moment coming home. Then tech anxiety & other issues when the computer just wouldn't start. Then help and relief. The positives are recounted in detail in the gratitude thread.

Hoping for a better day tomorrow, with better staffing, and the supervisor directing me to spend the first hour getting unpacked. With 2 late starts Mon and Tues (dr appt, then interview), I've jumped right into working and managed very little unpacking of my cubicle--which makes it hard to get things done.

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Renee I do seriously think there is a direct connection with the full moon and behavior. You see it often in children. The theory is that since our bodies are 96% water that the gravitational pull shifts with the moon phases, much like with an ocean getting a higher tide. I don't know if it's true but all my nurse friends say their floors are Bedlam during full moon nights.

Amanda I'm happy to see such positive progress in the collections department and I'm glad you like the office changes, even if the move in and out was so unorthadox (You'd think for the packing and unpacking you'd have closed early and opened late.)

Brenna and I went swimming for an hour and 20 minutes yesterday then practiced Yoga in the afternoon. Her "adult yoga" skills are getting better. She's not getting frustrated as often when she "falls" out of a pose. Perhaps because she saw me fall out of the same pose! For July I've chosen a program that gives her choices with the modifications named. She has the power to choose which road to take. She's never done it before because there's a bit of chanting and she didn't care for chanting. Apparently her "appetite" is growing.



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I am totally unfamiliar with the term "decompensated behaviors," but I've heard cops and hospital personnel report an increase in "business" around the full moon. I've wondered if so many people are so divorced from their emotions that they can't handle heightened stimulation or sensitivity. It would be interesting to Google research and theories from both scientific and spiritual viewpoints.

I feel good about my interview this morning. Of course, I've thought of more things I could have said in response to a couple of questions. But I didn't feel too anxious or nervous, and actually kind of light when it was done. I know deep inside that the decisions and choices they make don't mean anything about ME--that my worth doesn't hinge on whether or not they pick me as one of their top candidates to go to the second interview.
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When I got to work, I saw some improvements had been made at the new front counter--many useful items had been added to each station, and the card readers all worked! (Major emoticon ) I got my administrative leave put in (we have a special category for state interviews or exams), I started working on my new wage complaint, and may make the 3 day submission target. And one of my newest collections accounts sent an email saying their accountant had filed the missing reports and paid their balance, and thanking me for my "thorough help." So happy dance!
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Eva, I've heard Nightvale is really good. I, for some reason, stopped listening to things in the care. The silence is blessed.

Amanda, yikes! More chaos. I'm glad you're coping well. It's so hard to deal with that amount of change. However, the nice pretty lobby is worth it, I hope.

Work has been overwhelming. I feel like I'm on repeat with that lately. While the buck moon was good for me and I was able to recharge a lot of my stones, it wasn't great for my clients. I wonder if people fight the pull of the moon too much and that's why they struggle during the full moon periods? I've never thought about it spiritually. I just know that, in my field at least, there are trends of decompensated behaviors around full moons.

I did my second tabata yesterday. Today, I decided that keeping my arms day was more important than working on tabata. I'm not feeling it like I do when I take a trainer class, but I pushed as hard as I could for myself. I think the trainer classes add that extra motivator. *sigh*

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It sounds like the office was pure chaos. But I am glad the OT appointment went well. My neighbor's brother has an OT that comes out twice per week. She says that the OT is actually more useful for her brother than the PT.

I can live without apps. I have friends that I met on spark that no longer use the site for various reasons. And I keep hearing "I forgot" when they talk about an issue. I'm giving this one a try as a way to help them past hurdles. I find when I'm helping out a friend I end up sticking to my own plan better. My fancy phone was a purchase made by the gadget guru I married. But if you ever decide to make the upgrade, You can operate a Nook. Smart phones really aren't that much different. As a matter of fact if i down load "OverDrive" I can read my digital library books on my phone in a pinch. I don't like it. I prefer a real book or my kindle, but it's not bad if I want to travel light.

I broke out my Misfit yesterday, gave it new batteries and decided to make a go of the indoor walking program that I use in the summers and really cold part of the winter. The humidity and asthma have chased me indoors. My lawn has a slight incline in the back and a steep one at the side. When the weather is nice I use those for my exercise as they are a bit of a challenge. But asthma and humid heat don't mix.

Anyway as a result I look for something to listen to to keep me entertained. Outside Ariel is enough. She's a good little walking buddy, but inside -- well the cats just sleep. I like music some days but others I want something different. I started listening to Welcome to Nightvale. It's set up like a community radio show. The "weather" is always music and I don't always enjoy the song. I believe it's all Indie bands. But it is a fun platform to get your music out.

www.welcometonightvale.com/listen

I should mention it's kinda sci-fi. Nightvale exists in an alternate universe.

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Since I don't have a fancy phone, I've never tried an app! (Hard to imagine, hunh?) emoticon

Had a good OT (occupational therapy) appt. She did some tests and measurements, and I have significantly less grip strength in my left hand and thumb. So I now have a thumb brace that I'll be billed a percentage for, some exercises, including ones with rubber bands (no cost there!), and information on arthritis. That was from 8 to a little past 9 this morning. I got home, ate breakfast, got ready for work, and walked into a beautiful new lobby with an attractive front counter, with bedlam on our side. My cubicle is full of boxes and I can't reach the drawers to put files away. We were supposed to rotate unpacking with helping customers, but everything took longer, as we had to hunt for things, and only one station had a working credit card reader, so the lobby filled up, and nobody was able to completely unpack that I know of. Several people stayed past their quitting time with customers, or trying to finish the deposit reconciliation which I finally got relieved from the counter to go fix for the poor pair who had been struggling for well over half an hour. It would have been better to have closed the office for a single day, set up the front counter so we had what we need there and could find things, and letting us all settle in. I wasn't able to make any of the copies I need for tomorrow's interview until after my shift ended.

I came home, played with Dora, read and munched popcorn, then did a short, fun cardio workout with Jessica Smith (worth 5 Spark points!) I especially like her "no-impact running"! www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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Heating up soup, will get my bag ready for tomorrow, try to get to bed a little early, wake up early, and give myself close to 2 hours for the hour drive down to Tumwater, just to be safe, especially since I think the Google map directions have me turning the wrong way onto the final street from the main drag. I'll let you know how the interview goes tomorrow evening!

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Congrats Renee! and Nancy! I'm so happy team spins are back. I need to go back and find the thread to report the spins and make it a sticky thread again.

Amanda it sounds like you had a very productive weekend! I always like to hear about yours and Mary's adventures!

We didn't do much this weekend. This coming weekend we will fill the school supply list and do the school clothes shopping.

Fun times.

I found this new to me app called "Fabulous". It's pretty neat. It's suppose to help train the brain for healthy habits like drinking water and eating breakfast. I'm on set 3 of "new" habits. The list is drinking water, eating breakfast, and 8 minutes of morning exercise. I've had these habits for a while now, but I'm always looking for ways to help people just getting started on their journey. I can't recommend it if I don't try it. Anyone else tried the app?

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emoticon on those big spins, Nancy! Yes, it would be nice to be able to get there from the Start page, but I'm just happy to see them back!
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Since I got my main goals accomplished yesterday, I took a break today and met my sister for lunch in Federal Way (13 miles for each of us on the freeway). She gave me a "number -crunching sudoku" book--and a retractable eraser (she said she wore the eraser off her pencil partway through her book of these), as a just-because gift.
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We both had shrimp caesar salads (no croutons) at Ivar's where we have senior club cards that give us 10% off, and since we each took the survey afterwards, we each got a coupon for free chowder or dessert with an entre. Good food and saving money--2 of my favorite things!
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Then once I got past the paving roadwork on I-5 (where we go from 5 lanes down to 2; this has happened to me on 2 other Sundays!), I hit Safeway and TJ's for groceries.
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And when I got home, not only did I take that Ivar's survey, but I caught up my spending tracking sheet. I saw my paycheck was already being processed (we officially get paid on the 10th and 25th of the month), I did my transfers to secondary checking and savings. I've been enjoying working on these spending plans with Tresa. Next weekend I meet with her to start the investment phase of our work.
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Thank you for the news about the Team Spins! From my 5 spins, one was 20 points for this team, and another was 50 points for another of my teams.
I'll have to remember to visit my Spark Points page!

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emoticon You Loser! emoticon Especially at end of FY, that's a challenge, I know! emoticon So good to hear your Little Boy has a good home, & you even get pix. emoticon

I've already gotten my primary tasks for the weekend done: submitted the application for the IME position, and have the two required items for Tuesday's interview for the Revenue Agent (Collections) position in Tumwater. I found my copy of my last annual evaluation (it was in a boxful of papers I took home from my cubicle a week ago). And I have my list of references: they asked for 5, but I have 6, including the Lead RA in our office who has been providing my Collections training. No idea who the other candidates will be, but I think I'll make a good showing. And I think my chances are good with the IME app. That's an internal position, and I think I was the top "runner up" the last time they posted and interviewed, in March.
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I've also done 2 short workouts, and am about to lay down for a nap. All the packing and upheaval last week took its toll on my energy.
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Wow! You said the packing and move would be quick, Amanda, but that's super quick.

What a cutie, Eva. I miss my Little Boy. We had to re-home him because he was not meant to live w dogs. He went to a good home that sends me pictures every now and again. He's loved.

Year end is finally over at work and I can breath again. Thankfully, I managed to lose weight the last 2 weeks. I am happy to say I'm down 43lbs. I did my first tabata work out today. I liked it except the last 2 rounds really stretched my limits big time.

Now, I'm sitting at our garage sale. It's been NOT busy. The neighbors are coming out and chatting, but no one's biting. Our neighbors are a chatty bunch.

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Oh, what a cutie pie, and a darling pic! emoticon for the smile! emoticon

Good thing we were all pretty well packed up, cuz they started packing up electronics--phones and computers as we went to lunch. After that, we rotated working the counter and packing up what we could of the front counter, and contents of some lateral file cabinets and bookshelves full of forms. Luckily the supply cabinet got to stay.

They were starting to break down our cubicles before we were gone, but our manager had them stop until we had cleared ourselves and the last of our belongings out (purses, lunch bags, etc. Had problems counting out at deposit prep time and end of day, cuz outlets and power strips were being shut off, so we were scrambling to be able to print tapes for our records, and did the final counts on a handheld calculator. Everyone had to label their name and new cubicle number on boxes, desk chair, garbage can, floor mat, whatever you wanted to find you again! It's all stacked and grouped by person down the management hallway, to be returned to the new cubicles once they are built.

Monday will be a trip with some people on the counter & phones while others try to put their cubicles back in order, then switching out. I'll be going in late, as I'm finally getting to my occupational therapy appt. Turns out physical therapy is above the elbow, so my elbow, wrist and thumb issues are addressed in OT, while shoulder and neck would require PT. But with $50 copay for these, I'm going with what's been giving me the most trouble, and I'll wait and see on the other. Since my last PT appt only cost me $20, this was rather a shock.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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7/7/17 7:19 A

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Sadly we stat back super early here. I think it's so that Summer Break is during the early summer. It's so dang hot here in the south that I'm 90% sure that has something to do with it.

I found the bonus spins! And I did get 10 points on one of them. I'd rather have it as an add on at the top of the team page than this hot mess though....

Sounds like you had a busy day yesterday! I hope the packing goes smoothly and you'll be back in your cubical soon.

As you know I have feral cats. Something happened to part of them on Wednesday night. My guess is the fox that's been around here got them. Anyway The one we could play with and that has followed me indoors was spared. So he moved in yesterday. Sir Fluff has taken to the house life extremely well! He'll be making a trip to see Dr. Mattie soon and then again in December to be neutered.



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Back to school already?! It seems like it just got out around here! Weird they stopped online submissions; so much is going electronic--many agencies are pushing people to do business online to cut down on staffing costs.

Spark Team spins are back! My sister and BB co-leader called to say she saw the news in a Spark Mail from Spark Guy, sent to Team Leaders. Here's the link from his email www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sa_team_bonus_
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(hope it works). Had to try to find it a few times: it's not on a drop down menu from any of the tabs. You go to the Spark Points page, scroll down past the Tracking and the Articles and Resources sections to the Community section; it's next to the last item, Like a Community Post.

Don't know what kind of points they are making available. Out of 5 spins I got two 2s and 3 1s for a whopping extra 7 points. To my mind it hardly makes up for the major annoyance of those "Featured Video" ads or the new big picture "Sponsored Links" ads that run across the top of every dang page. My Ad Remover isn't even blocking them--which is highly irritating.

I earned the max exercise minutes with the walking back and forth to the counter and to the training room to help proctor the plumber exam. We made it through, and they start moving us all tomorrow, then take out the old counter and put in the new expanded one on the weekend. So not only do we have to pack every single thing from each of our cubicles, but we have to pack up the entire counter area as well! They just reminded us of that today.

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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7/6/17 6:22 A

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Good luck with your interview next week!

I have to finish getting all the back to school paperwork in order . Brenna's allergist is closed the first week of July, and so next week I have to call to do paperwork drop offs and pick ups, then I have to patiently wait to do proof of residence. I need to find what day the office is open for that drop off. I miss being able to just submit it online. The did away with that a last year and i have no idea why.

It looks like it might be clear this weekend so I can make it to the Farmer's Market. I'd really like to make my way 2 hours north to the one in Nashville. If I take my cooler we can go school clothes shopping as well.

nashvillefarmersmarket.org/

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7/5/17 11:50 P

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I checked the weather report online for my ZIP code before work, and it forecast a high of 80 today--not bad. It felt warmer than that when I was on my lunch break walk, and sure enough, when I moved my car at 4:00, it was 85, and when I left at 5:30, the temp read 89! The same site is predicting a high of 85 tomorrow, then down to 79 on Friday. We shall see. Needless to say, I turned on the fans as soon as I got home!
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I got a call on my work phone when I was at lunch, inviting me to an interview for the Collections position I applied for a week ago. It's gratifying to be asked, and for them not to dawdle over the process. My interview is at 9:15 on Tuesday, down in Tumwater. If I get the position, I will move down asap, since I would not like to commute at least an hour each direction every day. But we'll see what the interview is like, and what they are looking for--and how I get on with them. Wish me luck!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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7/5/17 7:25 A

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Amanda Canada Day is the day that the colonies united under one Dominion calling themselves Canada. There were still a British colony at the time, but I get the idea that it was the beginning of the Canadian colonies building up enough power to establish independence as a nation.

I'm sun burned but I had an excellent 4th of July. We stayed outside for most of the day. We swam, picnicked, and played games. Jim grilled of course. The fireworks for the city are delayed until Friday. We had thunderstorms arrive early. Private residence can't shoot their fireworks past 10 pm tonight. If the rain hangs about like the news says it will then they may miss the window. Some of my neighbors shot theirs in the rain. emoticon I suppose no one taught them how dangerous wet gunpowder can be.

Today is back to normal. We've had all the holiday food between 3 celebrations- hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, bbq chicken, and pork tenderloin plus every side that goes with it and a few that were made up- Tonight they are having vegetarian fajitas. I've got to have something that doesn't like a brick!

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7/4/17 11:23 P

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I had asked on another team [though I haven't gotten an answer yet] about the history of Canada Day, as I do not know what event is commemorated. (Why choose that day over others?) I really appreciate that our Independence Day commemorates, not a battle or surrender, but the signing of the Declaration of Independence--a very empowering symbol!
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In fact my status today asks "Are you ready to declare YOUR independence from a habit or belief that is keeping you trapped in clutter, overweight, etc? Visualize a new choice & commit to daily steps toward freedom & joy." I know my challenge lies in making that daily choice to dedicate time to clearing out the old junk (clutter) that weighs me down, and not letting myself get (or stay) distracted with reading, computer games, video entertainment, even Sparking.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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7/4/17 7:57 P

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A lot of people took Monday off, but with 2 of our crew plus the supervisor off, I was there. While staff in other programs are more free to take time off when they want to, in Customer Service it's always about the coverage--having enough staff to help at the counter and take calls (and do all the other work we have) while rotating breaks and lunches. I had planned to wear red, white and blue in honor of Independence Day the following day, but after the almost-shutdown, I went with my bright green and purple tie-dyed union T-shirt w/ red, white & blue swirly earrings and mardi gras beads. After dressing all in black (per the union's request) on Friday, given the budget situation (as in lack of), it felt good to dress in bright colors and simultaneously thumb my nose at the Legislature--not that they could see it.
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/4/17 1:42 A

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Came into work today (yes, the budget got passed and signed by the governor after 11 pm on Friday. I don't know if people who had camping reservations at state parks actually got to go, since it got down to the wire like that.) Turns out they laid new carpet out in the lobby. Not really stinky, but enough to give me a headache, some nausea and affect my mood. I'd get better after breaks when I got outside and away from the polluted air; wasn't sure I'd make it all day, but I did. I wanted to get some collections reports and statements out by mail and email on my accounts--got some done but not all. We were down a couple people, and the coworker in the next cubicle needs quite a bit of instruction and help every time it's her week to process industrial insurance checks.

I hadn't realized until today that not only are we off tomorrow, and all moving out of our must-be-empty cubicles in groups on Friday, but Thursday we administer the Plumber exam! 3 times a year it's held in Tukwila--a 4 hour exam 8-12 and another 1-5. We have to check them all in, instruct them as to the testing procedures, then proctor the exam, and check all the materials back in. So we have to take multiple people away from customers and packing for the entire day before the move!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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7/3/17 7:33 A

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Good Morning!

Renee, we took Brenna to the Space Center last year. It's about a 4 hour drive. She had a blast. I admit I did too! She wants to go to Washington D.C. on Spring break. Doesn't the Smithsonian have some exhibits on space in the aviation museum?

How's the office? Is the A/C fixed? How's your plan going?

Nancy, Thank you! I wrote down the name of the program. If we are not in a music mood I often play podcasts through the bluetooth in the van for all of our enjoyment. I'll see if I can find it!

Amanda, is there any word on the budget? Did you get to move in to you cubical today?

I went for a swim yesterday. I had forgotten what a challenge it can be to the muscles! I think I'm looking forward to school starting back so I can swim laps around that pool. I usually dread the start of school (I miss my buddy) but it might not be so bad if I have a month of water workouts to look forward to!

I've been reading The Hand Maid's Tale and I have 1984 in my que. It's a nice change of pace from my usual choices, although I do admit that I've started reading a lot of YA books that Brenna is interested in so that I can judge the content to know if it is age appropriate. Thank goodness I have her a backlog stacked in my floor ready to go. The kid is a voracious reader! Since May she's winged her way through 7 Novels plus the books a wonderful friend keeps sending her. Those titles she's planning to take to school to re-read! The teachers encourage bringing titles from home, particularly since our current school library is geared toward 5th grade plus and some of the teachers are concerned about the appropriateness of the material. It's the violence (think The Hunger Games) but if you let them watch X-Men and play Call of Duty the violence level isn't that different, you're just reading it instead of seeing it. But what do I know? I'm just a parent..... (Point of Note: Brenna has not read the Hunger Games and she does not play call of Duty, or any video games for that matter. She has watched most of the X-Men movies. I nixed, Wolverine Origins, Deadpool, and Logan specifically for adult content.) Of course these are the same parents that wanted Harry potter banned because of the use of "magic".....

Enough fussing from me! We had a wonderful weekend with a cook out at my in-laws and another at my mother's. Today we are in for rain. Brenna and i are home alone as Jim had to work, but he should be home early. Tomorrow we plan to put the grill to good use. He doesn't know it yet but I have squash to go out there! as well as chicken. Then swimming and since we shot fireworks Saturday night, Brenna and I will play with the sparklers that are left then watch the neighbor's light show from the deck. We can't sleep with the booms so we may as well enjoy the show emoticon

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7/3/17 1:12 A

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Pretty content w/ a productive day of grocery shopping, coffee ordering, cleaning, updating spending tracking sheet, preparing to return to work. Though I won't take everything back that I took home, since this week is the big packing push for emptying all our cubicles so they can be reconfigured along with the front counter over next weekend. Every single item in each cubicle has to be packed! Continuing to work and deal with customers through it all is going to be an adventure and a challenge!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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