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It's been a quiet and balanced day. Journaling, then a 30-minute Coach Nicole workout on DVD. Then leftover soup w/ lots of extra veggies to stretch it out. A little cleaning, some reading and Castle episodes, working on the application. A nap in the afternoon, more application work & Castle, a big salad for dinner. I have my supplemental questions complete, and about 2/3 of my cover letter. I'll have no trouble finishing & submitting the application tomorrow--or doing grocery runs, the only major chore for the weekend. I'll do a little more cleaning, some Castle watching, and then bed. A satisfying 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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I've decided to whip out an application for an Industrial Relations Agent position (mainly dealing with wage complaints) that closes Sunday. One requirement is to type 40 wpm, and the application kindly provides a link to resources including online typing tests. The results have to be from a 4 minute test and taken in the last 12 months. Can't recall when I last did one, so got permission today to go to the computer lab and take one. Since my first test (48 wpm) didn't give the option of printing a certificate (I had to scroll further down the page for that option), I had to take a certificate awarding test again (same material) and got 54 wpm that time. So I scanned it to myself so I can attach to my application this weekend. Luckily we weren't too busy at that point. Spent time dealing with different issues and projects, and got out of work a bit late. relaxing at home with a big salad for dinner, watching Castle's 8th and final season. Sketched answers to the multiple choice questions on the app; only 2 require short essays, and a cover letter to write tomorrow.

Oh, and that emotional weight did come off-- emoticon

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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2/24/17 6:17 A

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I'm glad you had a good session with Tresa. I'm the financial planner for the house so I know what it feels like to be in the weeds as to knowing where to start. I'm so glad you have someone like Tresa holding the flashlight!

I love Stability ball work outs, but I often don't have space to store the ball. I did a boot camp ,featuring a Stability Ball, on here with Coach Nicole a LONG time ago and I loved it.

It's the last day of the week. Tomorrow looks to promise a trip to the grocery store and a trip to Lowes. Now that the driveway is done we are on to different projects!



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Dr. Seuss was born on March 2nd? I love it! What an emoticon birthday to share! I know that Disneyland opened the year I was born--I think it might have been in July, which would make me a few months older than the Magical Kingdom.

Had a successful phone meeting with Tresa, reviewing my assessment, giving her some of the new numbers I had found. Turns out those missing figures from the Dallas Post Office may be due to a separate pension contribution instead of Soc Sec. I do recall I pulled out the cash. Plus, they use the last 10 years of wages for calculating benefits, so numbers from 30-40 years ago would have been moot.

She will send me an Excel spreadsheet for tracking & calculating expenses, and some questions about spending goals, so we can plan to cover the expenses that matter to me into retirement. I'm just so happy to be working on this and starting to get more knowledgeable and comfortable about financial matters, rather than feeling worried and ashamed at my lack of understanding and planning. As I told her, it's both a relief and energizing to be reducing fear & worry and increasing confidence & hope in this area!

I did 2 short stability ball workouts w/ Coach Nicole from Spark TV tonight--and I can feel them! Also doing some little cleaning tasks around the apartment tonight. I let myself get aggravated with some issues at work yesterday, and my weight took a jump. Hoping that as I release some of that mental energy that the emotional weight will drop off and even out. I'll let y'all know. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thursday night and a great Friday!

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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2/23/17 6:46 A

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When do you meet with Tresa?

I love that you will be taking some mental health days for yourself! I hope Mary can join you for at least part of the long weekend!

You share your birthday with Dr. Seuss! That's fantastic. I can't believe it's taken me this long to put that together.

The school does a Seuss Themed week! Tuesday is "twins" day for Thing One and Thing Two. Our homeroom teacher has asked the kids bring a t-shirt and be "Thing (class number)" So Brenna will be "Thing Twelve." you are suppose to ask a friend but she wants everyone to be included. I think it's fantastic!

Thank you. I try to help where I can. People forget that you can change the world helping 1 person at a time. It does make a difference.





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2/23/17 1:30 A

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emoticon You support a lot of people in very meaningful ways, Eva.

I went through my checking account online and jotted down some regular expenses to add to the list for my meeting with Tresa.

I mentioned that my sick leave balance has been dwindling, but I was up over 3 weeks of vacation, so decided I can take time here and there for fun, business, general de-stressing. I got my birthday (on a Thursday) and the Friday approved to make for a long weekend, actually a week from tomorrow. My sister might be able to join me for some sort of merriment!

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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2/22/17 6:39 A

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The drive is finished. Now all we can do is wait for the natural packing that goes with driving on it.

My printer is an HP as well. It's a setting in the soft ware that allows you to scan a document. I'm better off using the feature on my phone that lets me photograph the documents.

Social security is a mess :( I hope that the data is wrong and you paid more in than it reflects. I don't know how soon you are considering retiring, but I know a lot of people here are working up into their 70's. It's sad.

Today is a "free day" but tomorrow I'm meeting with my friend and the social worker for her special needs adult daughter. She needs an additional person that interacts with Lindsey regularly to be there and answer questions on her ability to care for herself. Lindsey is blind and developmentally delayed. I don't see her losing services, but since I talk to Lindsey every weekday I fit the criteria and I'm available. That's in the morning, then tomorrow afternoon I'm on schedule to do haircuts at the nursing home. I'm a busy bee tomorrow!




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2/22/17 12:29 A

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No, your info isn't useless! How'd the smoothing go?

My printer, etc is an HP Photosmart. But I'll get something worked out with Tresa. I get spoiled with the technology I use at work, forgetting I can't do all the same things at home!

Managed to get logged onto Dept of Retirement Services and Social Security websites and get some retirement numbers--pretty dismal! emoticon Though what's weird is I made good money working for the Post Office in Texas for 4 years, but my SS numbers don't show that. I've never really examined my report before, so I need to ask someone about it. They say to report problems or bad data.

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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2/21/17 6:20 A

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You're welcome for the tutorial. I'm a fount of "useless information." One of these days I'll win a weird trivia contest!

What model of all in 1 do you have? Mine has a fax/scanner but it's a pain to use. You'd think the machine should scan without going into the software system itself, but it doesn't.

Sometimes things are for the best. I don't begrudge my sister. I understood why she became the person she did. That doesn't mean I had to agree with her choices. We did try to have a relationship for a while, but her life choices sent her in directions I just was never willing to go. So we drifted and became 2 very different people. I had to be okay with that. When our dad was sick she told the doctor to let her "baby sis" make the decisions because I "adulted" better than she did. I always find that one a little funny. It wasn't long after that that she passed. Complications with a heart murmur that never healed. Anyway.

Jim is home today. He and my father in law will be finishing smoothing the drive. I'm hoping they are done by mid afternoon.

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2/21/17 12:11 A

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Glad you are back, and sorry you never had the sister bond that I so appreciate with Mary.

emoticon for the driveway tutorial--fascinating! And yes, gravel sounds *much* preferable, both economically and environmentally. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I didn't get around to rescheduling my missed hair appt, but I did get groceries at Costco, Safeway and TJ's, *and* did 2 loads of laundry--3 weeks' worth of clothes. (I had almost run out of socks and undies!)

I've been working on my financial assessment for my phone meeting with Tresa later this week--assets, expenses, risk questionnaire, etc. Only problem is I don't know how to scan from home; supposedly my equipment is capable, but I seem to be missing something, because I can't find the menus that my Google search refer to.

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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2/20/17 6:52 A

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Sorry I was MIA Friday! My internet went down and it took a while for them to locate the problem.

It sounds like you had a nice time with Mary! I really wish I could have had that kind of relationship with my half-sister (my father's older daughter). She passed away in 2011 right before our dad. She was VERY different from me. Pretty much my exact opposite.

Driveways: My drive is rather long. Economically it's cheaper to have a gravel drive. Less than half the cost to lay the initial drive. I think to do this drive was about $4,000 including the cost of cutting the path of the drive with a bulldozer. A paved drive of the same length would cost $15,000. There's more equipment involved. You still have to have a base of rock since asphalt can not go directly on dirt. It'll buckle. Long term, you have to have asphalt drives sealed every few years to prevent cracks and buckling. They will erode. That sealing costs about $2,000 every 5 years or so. And repairs have to be done with a hot tar mix machine. We've had this drive going on 11 years and this is the first time we've had to do anything other than cut the grass back from the sides when we mow in the summer. I'd say it's more environmentally friendly, just because you have to a have the same equipment for both driver, but the asphalt drive requires more. there's no chemical sealants to leach into the ground. And repairs take place less often, on average. This repair job is costing us about $1,100.

The weather has been nice, so I've been getting a fair amount of winter clean up done. We get to mulch the final leaves this week! I keep forgetting how fantastic the workout is when you do this kind of clean up. I get in a massive amount of steps to go with it and half of them are up hill. I have a "dump spot" for organic debris (leaves, grass, and limbs only!) so that it can be reclaimed be the wooded area next to the house. And slows water that goes down the hill.



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Mary and I had a light breakfast in, watched a couple more Gilmore Girl episodes, did a Jessica Smith video together--her first time with one, a game, another GG episode, out for different Chinese takeout, then back here for episode 8 while we ate. I put a sticky note to remind us we'll start with Disc 3, Episode 9 on her next visit. I'm glad to share these with her for the humor, the heart, the fallible and lovable people with all their failings, the dialog. She left mid-afternoon, and I'm back to watching Elementary episodes, breaking for timer sessions now and then--and for Sparking.

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"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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Caught up on a few things in the morning when customer traffic was light and I was assigned on phones, but we got slammed in the afternoon. Of course, we had one person who called in, one who left sick, and one who left early--if the supervisor knew about the last, she didn't tell us, but then she was off today, too. 2 of us finished customers after 5, then I had to count out the last till I had inherited. Everyone used to have their own tills, then we went to just 2 people taking all the cash transactions. We're making plans to expand to 3 tills, plus a change fund again. I'll have one of them then, which is fine with me, as I'm very comfortable with money, and I've been frustrated with how some coworkers don't get the concept of maintaining adequate change.

At home I did a Jessica Smith workout and a few timer sessions. Rewatching Elementary Season 3, in preparation for my request for Season 4 being filled soon. Looking forward to overnight with Mary this weekend!

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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Question, since I'm not a home owner anymore, and haven't a clue about such things: Is it more economical or environmentally sound to have a gravel drive rather than a paved one? I've only lived as an adult in urban areas where all the driveways were paved, some I'm not familiar with gravel drives. But a dump truck sounds rather fun and exciting!

Tonight I'm catching up with some commitments to various parts to spend a little time on different projects that had been ignored. Always love the feeling of pride when I keep those internal promises!

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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2/16/17 6:21 A

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I'm glad the new CSS is trying to learn as she goes, and that let you get things done!

Sorry about the book. Maybe your copy will arrive early.

I looked at Tresa's website. it's interesting, her approach. I'm glad Katie referred you to her.

Kee Family News! We are fixing the driveway this coming week. It's gravel and so like all gravel drives it needs to be scraped and shaped. This one is 10 years old so it needs new gravel to boot. So we have the fun of a dump truck dropping 3 loads of gravel this weekend.



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Eva, thanks for the CTM tip. I don't know if the 6th season DVD is out yet, but I will request they purchase it.

Nobody sick, and our vacationer is back, so a full crew, and somewhat fewer customers (heavy rains). Our new CSS hasn't learned much yet, but is very willing to jump in and learn. So I've been catching up with work, and completed a couple of small projects, which feels *really* good!

Unfortunately when I went to renew the library book Making Peace with the Things in Your Life, I couldn't because there was another patron waiting. So it went back today, and I purchased a used one through Amazon last night--but it won't show up for a while. emoticon I have an exercise from it to work on, though, as well as a multi-page assessment from Tresa, my new financial planner. (I just sent my first check and a signed contract to her.) emoticon emoticon

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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2/14/17 6:31 A

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Luna: Take care of yourself. Listen to your body. Your weight will even out. it usually takes me 2 weeks after an illness to find where I am.

Samoa truffles may be gluten free. There's no cookie at any rate.

Amanda: Call the midwife has 6 seasons at present. Maybe your system will get more.

How did the new CSS do?

We went to lunch on Saturday for Valentine's Day. We don't do "alone" Valentine's Day. It's a family event.

I got the coolest card in the mail yesterday! My photographer friend isn't a commercial holiday kind of girl. She hates Christmas and she loathes Valentine's Day. So she and her family made up their own holiday just as an excuse to be together. They are calling it "Merry Presidentmas." The card has their new family photo on it. It's "The Goonies" themed. I love that I have such a unique set of friends. I'm really blessed.

Happy Valentines's Day!!

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Luna, keep taking care of yourself, and I wouldn't worry about weight fluctuations when you're recovering. I also recommend not overdoing (like I did when I returned to work too soon).

Eva, glad mom is doing well and taking care of herself. Did you and Jim do dinner out? The lasagna sounds great!

Our brand new CSS began today--so happy for another person, and for another African American woman who adds to the diversity of our unit. Not only was it warmer today, but also sunny, so I finally wasn't all the way dark when I left a little past 5:30. On those completely overcast days, it's been hard to tell when the sun's going down!

I got together with my Spark Friend who lives in Tukwila yesterday, and she introduced me to Wii. It was interesting, but I like my Spark videos better for my own cardio and ST. Since she's Sparking on her phone, though, videos don't do much for her.

Only one more episode of Call the Midwife to go, then some bonus feature. I don't know if it's still in production, and if so, if my library system will order future seasons, as their policy is to cut off at 5 seasons unless there is a big demand for more.

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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What a weekend. Had to go into work on Thursday. Just started a new job, so I have very little time off, and I grew up in Buffalo, so my Buffalo pride is also at fault for getting me to work. Also caught a cold from that was killing my energy. My appetite seemed to disappear on Saturday, so I had a lot less food than normal, and I indulged in some comfort food for dinner. I did exercise a slight bit, but nowhere near what I normally do, but it felt good to get a little activity in. I actually lost weight, but gained back a slight bit, with my appetite returning. So now I'm trying to get better, drink lots of tea and water and trying to eat healthy and continuing my light exercising.

I really don't mind the snow. Spent 4 & 1/2 years in Florida after growing up in the frozen North, and I really missed the seasons. Also, LOVE Samoas. My absolute faves! Not gluten-free, but yummo! Went to see John Wick 2 with the hubby for Valentine's Day (we're weird like that).

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Sounds like an interesting read. I've never watched Call the Midwife. It's on Netflix, but it's just never caught my attention.

Yep Samoas are the cookies with the coconut and the chocolate stripes. When i was a kid it had a different name.

The weekend was nice. We celebrated Valentine's Day early because I'm too stubborn to wait 3 hours for a meal tomorrow that I can get in 30 minutes on Saturday. Tomorrow I'll cook their favorite lasagna and they'll have their home made treats.

Mom is well, best Valentine's ever from her! She's taking care of her self! She returns to work today. She asked me to come up with a good salmon recipe for her as part of her new diet.



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Finished valentines to mail (yes, I know they'll mostly arrive late--sight) & hand out at work. Did a nice workout, a bunch of cleaning timer sessions, and started a wonderful book from the library that I will probably pick up used--Making Peace with the Things in Your Life, by a woman who's a professional organizer and a therapist. So she emphasizes what's happening on the inside rather than stressing this or that activity or system. Fresh approach and inspiring ideas, just a few pages in! And of course I'm watching and loving more Call the Midwife episodes, up to the most recent season--the 5th--in 1961, so things are becoming a little more familiar. But it's fascinating to see how things got to where they did, and some of the challenges involved.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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Are Samoas the ones with coconut and chocolate stripes? If so, they are my favorites, as I'm a coconut fan! A lot I want to do this weekend, as I didn't manage much last weekend when I was recovering, but I'm taking the night off, watching Call the Midwife episodes, with a little cleaning thrown in.

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I'm glad you have your walking path back. I know what a pain it can be when you can't complete your normal routine.

Mom goes back to work on Monday. We've used the time to get a few things done that she wanted to do herself. I've been her driver. Her wrist is really sore. The did a radial cath.

For Valentine's Day treats I'm going to cook my pair a healthy dinner and make Samoa Truffles. I can't buy Samoa Girl Scout cookies (peanut contamination) so I'm going to make a substitution. And what says "love" more than a home made goodie?





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Glad mom's home and doing well. And tell Brenna I understand the post office messes up sometimes. (I worked for them years ago, and know some things that can happen.) I look forward to her card whenever it comes!

Yep, I wasn't the only one, either. One of the younger women was coming in Tuesday and slipped in the parking lot, hitting the same place as I did. But where I had on a bulky coat that cushioned the impact a bit, she hit the pavement hard with no extra padding and got a big bruise and lump. The pain on mine reduced quite a bit when I remembered to try a "healing hands" energy trick or routine I learned from a book The Urban Shaman, years ago.

As I mentioned in my status, I finally got to walk on the sidewalks today. I usually do a combination of the walkway around the buildings (instead of by the busy, noisy, gas-fumy street), and sidewalks by the quieter streets, but had to stick close to the building for a shorter route since Monday. When the snow plows cleared the road, they threw snow onto the sidewalks, which were covered in deep lumpy drifts. Today's higher temps and heavy rains finally melted them down to pavement, with only an occasional chunk of snow here and there and easily avoided. So I got to do my normal, longer path at last!

After not getting much done after work Monday or Tuesday (to the consternation of some parts), I've made progress in several areas last night and tonight, which is very motivating and satisfying. I'm about to enjoy soup for dinner while watching Call the Midwife. Then I have a least one more timer session in me!

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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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Oh my goodness! That's 2 falls in a short time!. Be careful my friend!

Brenna says thank you for her books. She's angry at the postal service. Her Thank you card to you was returned. Who knows why. So I told her we would re-address it and resend it. This post office is bad about doing that. I think the machine that sorts messes up and they have no clue what to do.

Mom had her heart cath. She does have a small blockage but it's treatable with meds. For this she is thankful. She got to come home last night.

I hope you have a safe and slip free day today!

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I saw from your status that Spark teams weren't available when you logged on this morning. It's always annoying when I can't do everything I like on Spark! Hope you had a great day anyway.

All the crew made it in today except for the one person who's on vacation. I was able to catch up with a few things, which was nice. Since it took me a while to get all the windows scraped free, and to go the long way around to avoid steep inclines, given last night's freeze, I got to work a few minutes late, and stayed a few to make up the time. I actually cleared a few pages off my desk, which felt really good!

I was careful when walking on breaks to not risk slipping, so developed this goofy sort of prance step so that my stride length was short, more up and down to reduce the slip factor. I also noticed that where footprints had gone through the snow yesterday, but then filled with a frozen slush, it was sometimes safer to step outside the previous steps and crunch through snow instead. And I'd hop around to take advantage of patches of clear pavement where I could find them. It was actually pretty entertaining, as well as invigorating!

I neglected to mention yesterday's spill--inside! I had put on Yak Tracks, a rubber and coiled metal contraption that fits over you shoe soles to provide traction, before my morning walk. They were fine on the carpet that covers most of the building, but as soon as I took my first step on the tile in the lobby, my feet flew out from under me, and I hit the floor on my left hip/rear end--right on the hip joint. Ow, ow, ow! It hurts to sit and to stretch and to raise my knees (as in last night's workout). So I switched to my rubber-soled boots for all my other walks, since the snow also soaked my shoes and socks under the Yak Trax! Live and learn!

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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emoticon That was so cool about "heart health"! emoticon emoticon

Snow still wasn't sticking when I got home around 4:30 yesterday, but it snowed steadily, and dumped 6-9 inches on us. I was pretty happy that I got the parking space under the tree, so I would have a lot less to scrape off. But the snow was so heavy on the limbs that branches were laying on my car, and plucked off my knit hat when I tried to get to the passenger side windows! Once I got out of the space, I could finish uncovering the windows that needed it. Drove in ruts until I reached the big street at the bottom of the hill. Passed under one cracked limb that would have scraped the top of taller vehicles.

Got to work ~ 10 minutes late, but they had arranged for opening an hour late: at 9 instead of 8, with me there at 8:40. There was one other CSS there, and we were joined by a 3rd near 9. Our normal crew is 8 people (with a new person slated to start next Monday). Very few customers at first, but almost all the ones who came in were contractors! I registered 3 new ones (45 min-1 hour each), and renewed 2 (20-30 minutes). Only 1 person could go to break or lunch at a time. I ended up having lunch really late, and finished my afternoon break just before the doors locked at 5. Supervisor was at Seattle, & manager told us to go ahead and leave as soon after 5 as we could get cleared away. I was happy to leave a little early! Had a little sun late in the day, and some snow melted into slush. Expected to get down to freezing again, so tomorrow could also be a big mess!

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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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Thank you. They had a wonderful time at the dance. We have 4 more before high school where it's not cool to dance with your dad.

Saturday I got the dirt to fill my garden box! We'll be doing a "taco garden" with the veggies you might find on your taco. squash and maybe some beans if I have room. We're rather excited. Planting begins in March for my area.

I'm glad you feel better and I'm glad that you had a good appointment with Tresa. I like her website. It looks very welcoming.

It's going to feel like a long week here. I'm going to do my best to get in my workouts with my mom's needs coming before workouts. It's only a few days and then I'll be back to the daily. I figure it's a good way to care for my emotional heart, helping my mom care for her physical one.

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Still on the mend. Head seems all dried up--no runny nose, sneezing or coughing, though my voice is still croaky sometimes, and energy is on the low side. Did a couple workouts, both the Jessica Smith upper body and the lower body circuit 1 mile "walks" with weights--mostly 3# for the first time, with a couple moves still with the 2 #.

Did some little timer sessions today in between episodes of Call the Midwife, season 3. I am amazed at how great this series is! If you loved Downton Abbey, you'll likely love this, too. Different time (the late 50s), different class (midwives and nuns living and working in London's East End with horrible poverty and sanitation, but real community spirit as well), a great cast and engrossing, emotionally rich storylines. I finished the DVDs (season 1 had 6 episodes; 2 & 3 have a Christmas special, then 8 episodes), and have requested seasons 4 and 5.

I'm back to reading Plantation, Dorothea Benton Frank's second novel, which my library system didn't have, so I got it through the Inter-Library Loan program. I actually have a couple more ILL titles that have come in. It's a cool option; you just can't renew them.

Took a nap, and after a quick afternoon coffee, headed out to get groceries, and within 2 minutes of leaving home, it started to snow. Predicting snow and rain tomorrow, then gradually rising temps, and mid- to upper-50s forecast for around Valentines!

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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I'm feeling extremely excited. I had to cancel my lunch plans with a former coworker for today, as I don't feel up to going out, and wouldn't want to pass on any germs or viruses. But I kept my phone meeting with Tresa, the financial planner I found through Katie. We reviewed the proposal she had sent so that I understood the terms better.

I'm proud that I was able to point out a couple of places in her standard explanations where many newbies are going to get confused. She thanked me, and said she was making notes to change some language that would be more clear to the uninitiated or inexperienced client, like myself. I feel extremely confident that she is the right person for me to work with, and I love that she's flexible about how long it will take us to cover the steps we need to take.

She has this cool "Success Cycle" graphic with those words in the center, and going round them in a continuous circle are the steps "Dream > Set Goals > Design Plan > Take Action > Track Results > Compare > Adjust Plan > [Dream]. Pretty cool, huh? I just went to check and see if I could find it on her website, as she should be credited if anyone quotes it--and I found she totally redesigned her site! I'll be checking it out, even though I'm committed to working with her. Here's her link: www.myfinancialdesign.com/

I'm just so happy to be moving forward with this long-neglected area in my life, and with a partner whom I respect and trust.

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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Charming as always, Eva!

Yep, I went to work, got caught up on a couple overdue tasks, but couldn't stick it out the whole day, left after 4.7 hours (yes, we do leave for tenths of an hour (6-minute intervals). Swung by the library where the next season of Call the Midwife came in, so I've been resting on the couch watching that. Had my salad I took to work for lunch, and a little bit ago heated some soup. It definitely isn't the flu, just another bad cold. And what's really sad is I rarely used to get sick, and had lots of sick leave built up, but I've used a bunch of it in the last couple years as this constant stress & overwork has ground me down.

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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Luna: I call, email and tweet several times per week. And I remember that at the mid terms I'll vote for someone else to help facilitate positive change in congress.

Tonight is the Daddy Daughter Dance! I have a day full of chores to get done and then tonight I get to put on my hat as beautician/mom for hair and make up!

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I'm also disgusted with our Predator-in-Chief (Jane Fonda used the term on Bill Maher's show). I keep telling my husband how it feels very surreal. I'm old enough to know about the civil rights protests, etc. And I remember seeing the protests in the Middle East and I hate to say it, thinking it can't happen here. I marched in NYC and it was incredible the crowd and how long it went. The best advice is to keep calling and e-mailing your congressmen and the White House.

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I hope you're feeling better today. There's a nasty virus going around here that is keeping people in bed for a week or more and it's not the flu.

Thank you for the well wishes for Mom. She's going to be fine :)

The birthday party venue emailed me. The pool pump went out and the college has no intention of fixing it until well after our party date. Now I get to try my best to book a new venue. *sigh* wish me luck!

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Sending good thoughts your way for your mom & prayers to emoticon

Ran 2 errands after work Tuesday--dropped the package in the mail with all the stamps, and paid my Penney's bill in the store. Felt worn out, and called in sick today. Will probably do the same tomorrow, since I'm still sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose. Watched all 6 episodes of Call the Midwife's season one on DVD--really nice. Slept a lot, and started a new Lowcountry Tale novel by Dorothea Benton Frank, Pawleys Island, that is wonderful. Did a few tiny things around the house, but no exercise at all. Hoping for more energy tomorrow, and continued healing.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I found out yesterday mom will be having a heart cath on Monday. Her doctor thinks it's the best course of action for minimal loss of work and cost. It's 1 test not 3. The other 3 would have probably lead to the heart cath anyway. At least she feels more comfortable with this doctor.

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It is the Daddy-Daughter Dance. Brenna's school has them as a band boosters fund raiser. She gets to go up through 8th grade. She's been busy planning her hair and nails!

It's always nice to know you have extra time to make it to the post office. We have a small office and it does close at 5. It would be lovely for many if it stayed open to 6 just a couple days per week. Your collection of found stamps are interesting when packages arrive. Brenna's been making me save them!

Rosa Parks is a favorite of Brenna's. When we talk about Civil Rights Bug always mentions how she quietly stood her ground. I think she sees a bit of her own style there, quietly saying no. She doesn't know much about Nelson Mandela although she has heard me talk about him.

I will say her Social Studies teacher this year has been really good with teaching about how the past relates to the present. She's talked about how all the protests are very much mirror images of the civil rights movement. She's a different sort of teacher. And I think she's a "Blue Dot."

I'm glad you are enjoying your book!

My mom has a follow up from her stress test this morning. We find out what, if any, plan of action needs to be taken. Heart disease runs in my family on her side. It's one of the reasons I'm so determined to be healthier. Anyway she is either in for stents or a med change.



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Is this the Dad-Daughter Dance? I know you've posted pix of them before, and I always enjoy those!

I was thrilled on a recent Saturday when I went to the postal substation to find they are open until 6 during the week--I had always assumed they would close by 5! So today after work, I left right on time--5:30--and got there ~ 5:40. I took the books and valentine I wanted to mail, found a padded envelope just the right size, bought that and had him weigh them together and write the postage needed. After dinner, I pulled out my many stamps from years ago, and ran calculations, figuring out I could use ten 32s, plus one each 39-, 42- and 10-cent stamps to reach the total of $4.11 postage. It's a fun exercise and I have lots of different designs covering a good part of the right side of the envelope. I'm sending juvenile biographies of Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela to celebrate Black History Month. (Once a teacher, always a teacher!)

The new book I'm reading is quite good, and I stayed up late again reading, so I hope to make an earlier night of it tonight. Want to go do dishes to keep up my cleaner kitchen!

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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 often read posts in other threads but don't reply.

I too am appalled by our "president." I'll just exercise my right as an American and let the powers at be hear me. And if my congressmen fail to represent what is best for our nation I'll vote against him in the next election. I've told Senator Alexander as much.

Ulta beauty supply carries blue mascara.This link is to L'Oreal but the also carry NYX

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Brenna is ready for her dance. I pick up the corsage this week. Turns out I was a first pre-order for the newly re-opened florist her. The poor people had no idea that the mommas would flock! I'm happy for them! but couldn't help but find it funny when they called me last Friday and said "We didn't know there would be so many!We're offering a special would you like to convert to that pricing?" And I was impressed. I'll be saving a little by converting to the special but mostly I'm just surprised they called me about it.

My back is better. I'm going to have to stop lifting heavy things on my own. Apparently 50 lbs of dead weight is just more than I need to lift. It would probably help if I listened to my doctor on that point! www.ulta.com/voluminous-original-mas
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Good for you! I'm appalled by the idiot in power and his antics, and may need to step out of my isolation in order to let my anger be heard as well. I appreciate everyone who does take the time and make the effort to speak out and repeat the message that what he's doing and saying is not OK.

Had a fun visit with sister this weekend! She came up after work on Friday. I happened to have the first and third of the new Star Trek DVDs that came in together from the library, and we ended up watching the first Friday night, and the third (the newest one) Saturday morning. (Reviews in the What are you reading/watching thread.) Ate pretty light, took a walk Saturday before the movie, played games, had a blast. Had a busy day today, hitting 4 stores--Costco, Fred Meyer (great price on Ott Light replacement bulb, & actually found blue mascara, which I can't get at Target anymore--every company seems to have 3 or more shades of black and nothing else!), Safeway and TJ's. Then had lunch and took a nap, then did 2 loads of laundry. Just doing little tiny timer sessions this evening, in between longer reading sessions and Sparking.

Oh, and while I don't get to the chat thread daily, I've also been posting on other threads--Success, Gratitude, Reading, Spark Resources to name a few!

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It sounds like you are finding ways to be more successful, on a personal front, at work. They just keep piling on responsibilities, or so it seems.

Well I'm finding myself acting very much out of character. I'm bugging the crap out of my congressmen. And I've been contacting the whit house. It's I'm not normally overly political but it seems a part of me feels like I have to be. When the lines for the public to call were shut down at the White House and Lamar Alexander's "Contact us" page was mysteriously under construction (seriously) I found myself converting my twitter account into a virtual contact point. Alexanders phones were either going unanswered or going to a full voice mail box.

*sigh* the times we live in....







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Yes, when I'm exercising on the floor, Dora likes to come over and rub on my hands to get me to pet her. emoticon I think the big pot is new; I knew we had the smaller pair before emoticon , but the new one goes well with the old phrase about "the pot calling the kettle black" emoticon --or as Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden character likes to say, "Pot. Kettle. Black."

Between my 2 hours on phones (we're all scheduled 2 separate hours as of yesterday), and a number of customers at the counter, I did manage to complete my wage complaint I got yesterday--at least to the review phase (new process, before we can submit), and 6 minor contractor transactions reviewed and logged, leaving 22. I took a new journal (composition book) to work. I want to be able to write one positive thing I've done to start clearing some space there, or other positive actions.

I worked hard on not focusing or grinding on the things that are wrong and frustrating. A new mantra I developed during one of my walks: "I choose to keep my focus on me, and not waste precious energy." I'm tired here at home though, almost nodding off over the laptop. I may not get to any timer sessions tonight. But I promise to maintain my kitchen OOs!

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That pot is funny! LOL I didn't realize we had one!

I'm glad to see you are finding ways to modify. Yesterday I walked for an hour and did 2 hair cuts. The back is better, but I'm not going to leap tall buildings. I think today I'll attempt yoga without twists. I love twists, much like you love your side planks, but I don't think it's a good idea for a few more days. I'm going to avoid balance poses as well. I have a routine that involves mostly lying on your back. It loosens the low back and hamstrings.
It also invites cats to sit on your chest while they ponder your lying in the floor... emoticon

I hope you get finished with your wage complaints. That's a lot of paperwork! At least you are close to half finished. Good vibes this week that you get time to finish!



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Glad you could speak to us both, there! emoticon Ooh, we do have an almost cauldron--it can be your pot or your kettle, and it's almost black! emoticon

I would have had a hard time with the documentary also. But it's an important lesson that we can create powerful responses even to tragedies--which can help the healing process.

It's funny how when my weight was distributed on both forearms in my modified (on elbows/bent arms) forward plank, while there was discomfort, it wasn't painful. But with all the weight on one side/arm, my elbow just couldn't take it. I'm sad, because I do like doing side planks normally. I didn't think of it last night, but I can do side crunches until the elbow is healed enough for planks.

Oh, and we had everyone there today-- emoticon I got to take an hour in the computer lab to work on my week's worth of contractor reviews--from the last week in December. We were short staffed and super busy at the end of December and first 2 weeks of January that I just couldn't get to them I started with 50. After today's lab time, I'm down to 28. I hope I finish before it's my turn again!

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I'm feeling better this morning. I hope I can get in more than a 30 minute walk. Yesterday I did a few chores and made my ice pack and heating pad my best friends. I did walk for 30 minutes. I also took out time to watch a documentary. "Aubrie and Daisy" is on netflix. It hurt my heart and made me cry. It's about the 2 very different paths of 2 girls that has similar sexual assaults. One family mourned their daughter while another has the privilege of watching their survivor help other young women move on to become survivors.

I hope your office is back up to full head count. This being the first of the year I imagine you are VERY busy.

And maybe you skip planks if the wrist and elbow are iffy. I understand wanting to be balanced. If you fall from the left side planks you could hurt yourself more.

I think I sound like the pot calling the kettle here. Maybe I should be heed my own advice!

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Glad to hear you aren't rushing your recovery, but letting your body take the time it needs to build strength/resilience/flexibility back up to *your* par. It's great that you are planning to pay back your savings. I'm hoping that my spending plan will allow for my savings to start growing again, however slowly that might be at this salary.

The elbow isn't really affecting my sleep, it just hurts whenever I put any weight on it. I discovered I could do a forward plank on both elbows without too much discomfort, but after doing a side plank on my right elbow, I attempted one on my left, and no way! I tried it on my hand, but my wrist hurt badly at just 5 slow counts, so that was out. I hate being lopsided, and always want to do the same reps or time on each side, but that wasn't to be tonight.

3 (of 8) out at work today, one more than yesterday. But I handled the stress better, and managed to have some very nice interactions with coworkers and customers. More energy when I got home, and I did a few timer sessions, and am feeling productive & satisfied.

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It's possible you bruised the actual bone. Take care of yourself too! I hope your co-workers are back today. I know we've had flu and strep running rampant here. I think I should be walking around with a can of lysol.

My back is much better today. I'm going to be careful, and follow orders on the time frame. Just because it feels better doesn't mean I can just be wonder woman.

Jim is impressed by my new budget reflecting the van "payment". We borrowed our own savings instead of getting a traditional car loan, but I fully intend to get it paid back. He's rarely impressed with a budget plan. He's learning that his wife is pretty good with numbers!





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I'm so emoticon about your back! Please be careful, and take extra good care of yourself! Yeah, after 30 years, it's probably time to retire the truck, and let Jim tinker away! emoticon

The biggest issue post-fall is in bed--I never realized how often I would lean on my elbow when rolling over, scooting around, whatever, but it hurts every time I do. I'm trying to use my right side more, but it's hard to retrain myself, especially when I'm mostly asleep! Not a lot of bruising, since it hit right on the bone, and there's not a lot of muscle tissue at the impact point. Actually I have a darker bruise on my left middle finger where I smashed it between 2 chairs in the lunchroom the same day as the fall! They bought new chairs a while ago that are comfortable, but too big for the tables they couldn't afford to replace. So I was scooting mine closer to the table, and caught it between my metal chair leg and the one one next to it--talk about adding insult to injury!

I'm really glad I took that long nap yesterday morning when I was so tired. We had 2 people out sick today; I hope they bounce back soon!

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How are you post fall?

The van is called burgundy but it's more a raisin or prune color in person. We found a really good deal on it or I wouldn't have bought that new. It has 19,000 miles on it, but it was a Florida rental. I'm sure it was probably driven between theme parks. My old van was 2005 Town and Country. It had 90,000 miles on it when I got it. It was my MIL so I know that most of it was interstate miles. Jim took it and we retired his Papaw's truck. It's an 87' dodge. It's been a good truck. The idea is to turn it into a hobby to see if he can personally fix the things going wrong with it over time. He likes to tinker. It'll be good for him.

My other news,I threw my back out AGAIN, Friday. This time I actually went to the doctor. my primary care clinic does weekend walk ins. I'm not allowed to do much twisting or lifting the rest of this week. That means ST is on hold and so is most yoga until I recover. I can always walk!





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I was still tired after my morning coffee--more like exhausted, though I had slept a normal amount. But after journaling, a couple tiny chores and a late breakfast, I ended up taking a 2-hour nap. Felt well enough after a shower and my afternoon coffee to go hit Target, Safeway and TJs. After putting food away, I finally got around to my monthly action sheet for January from The Desire Map. I was pretty uncertain about it, since it's a new way of looking at things, but I found it helpful. I've done a couple timer sessions since, and posted on the Success thread and the What are you reading thread. I'm currently watching the 2nd of the new Star Trek movies, Into Darkness, which I'm enjoying more than I remembered.

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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 started my day (after journaling, of course!) with laundry, and happy to report the blood on my top and my jacket came out just fine. Did a Jessica Smith cardio and overall toning with weights (earlier than the 2 new ones I tried this last week) workout, had brunch, and took a nap! After afternoon coffee, hennaed my hair. Kitchen tasks of chopping a head of red cabbage for adding to salads, then starting a pot of veggie trimmings to cook into broth. The emoticon trimmings turn the stock purple, and I season it with the dry soup seasoning packets that halve in order to reduce sodium when I cook those up as a kitchen sink meal.

Then after rinsing the henna out, I finally got a good look at my elbow--having only taken the twin bandaids off in the shower--which is starting to bruise. Turns out the scab is going to be wedge-shaped instead of round, like it first appeared before covering it up. I've been doing little timer sessions with cleaning, mail, and will continue to catch up with little tasks. Hope everyone is having a good Saturday, and that your Sunday will be filled with happiness, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.

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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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Wow, that is new! (Mine was a 2005!--but with only 50,000 miles.) I can tell it's dark, but not the color. Is that a dark red or brown? Possibly maroon or "salsa red" like my Camry?

My big news is that for some totally bizarre reason (given that last night's low was supposed 40 or above), the parking lot between my apartment and my car turned out to be icy, and I took a spill. Fell on my left leg--jeans were wet from butt to below knee--and left elbow. Gathered everything I dropped, carefully made my way to the car, wiped down windows--didn't need to scrape at all. Checked my jacket to see how wet the arm/elbow was, and saw a bunch of red spots: blood. So much for zipping to work. Back to the apartment by a different route that wan't icy at all. (??) Not quite dime-sized circle of scraped skin right on the point; wiped off, smeared with antibiotic ointment, put 2 bandaids going each way to stick better, cover more and sop up more blood. Set fleece jacket sleeve and wash cloth soaking in cold water w/ a little soap (hooray, it worked!), and then drove to work.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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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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Being prepared does make the morning less stressful. It does it for me too!!!

Here's my new toy!



It's a new to me 2016 Kia Sedona. It was a rental car.

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It's fun to get excited about a positive change--and to get a new toy, to boot! emoticon

As I mentioned in my status today, I'm enjoying spending just a few minutes jotting down a few things I want to get done in the evening--including making dinner & prepping the next day's lunch for work; it's so much easier & saves time in the morning--which is less stressful, so Yay!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Awesome. On the OOs!

I'm off today to take a look at a few other vans just to concrete my decision. Jim's home as well. I suspect there will be a bank run to boot today. I'm nervous and excited all at the same time.

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emoticon you'll be saving emoticon with a difference insurance carrier!

Another crazy day at work. Ran by the library afterward, picked up a few new books that came in. Spent a few minutes planning, and have checked off several of the items I came up with. I'm enjoying this little routine. And still maintaining my 2 little kitchen OOs for 18 straight days! emoticon

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I love the way you check in with yourself like that. It does make you feel better to know what you have accomplished and to appease the parts.

I'm pretty excited about getting a new to me van this weekend. We're having to get new insurance quotes. Jim thought I was crazy when I told him I thought our rate was outrageous. Well he got a new quote yesterday from a different agent that's less than half the cost of the old policy. Now he's kicking himself for not listening to me when I tried to talk to him about this last year when the rates spiked.

I'm half way through a 21 day ST program. I'm not bored yet (I hate ST) so that's a good sign. The plans are to repeat the same program with a higher weight. My doctor thinks it's a good idea. I will admit the shoulder feels better. She tells me that as I work the core the back will improve since I'm a hard head. I won't take meds long term. She laughed and said "fine do it the hard way." and then gave a recommendation of exercises to add, if they weren't on the program I chose. I'm just glad I have a doctor that takes my opinion and concerns into consideration. If the back is still off by my wellness check we will revisit the idea of meds.


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Thanks for the links; I will check those out.

I had some unhappy parts during morning journaling today. Yes, I got a few big items done yesterday, but let a bunch of little things I had intended to get to slide. So I proposed sitting down soon after getting home and planning out what I would intend to accomplish tonight. I got run so ragged at work that I took a longer time to relax and read that originally planned, but I came up with a list, and have checked off several items. That feels good.

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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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Live action, though Molly's story isn't available to buy yet. It's coming out in February, I think. They did a special release for 1 week on Amazon Prime in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
They have several. Kitt is based in the great depression and is pretty good. They also have some awesome historical fiction.

www.americangirl.com/shop/bookstore/
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It sounds like you had a busy day. Brenna was a little under the weather. I'm hoping she's feeling better this morning. If not I may have to take her to the doctor. The flu is going around. She had her shot, but you know it's not always 100%

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I hadn't heard of the American Girl movie--is this the first, or have their been others? Live action or animation?

Today the big projects were groceries & gas at Costco, Safeway and Trader Joe's, the big litter box clean--washing the box and snap-on top, changing the pad and towel behind, under & on the side of the closet, and reviewing the proposal Tresa, my financial planner lady, sent. It took me a while to get to the latter, and I realize I have questions, as the whole process is so new. So I'll need some clarification to understand it all before committing to services, schedules and payments.

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It sounds like you had a fun and productive weekend.

I love Rocky Horror! Although I am missing the wardrobe to do the Time Warp as well. I'd fall down in "Kinky Boots".

I spent my weekend van shopping. I have 2 I'm seriously interested in. Jim will take my old van for a work vehicle and we will use the truck in case of emergency or if we need to haul something home from Lowes that won't go in a van. emoticon

Brenna is home today, MLK holiday. We plan to watch the new American girl movie. Amazon Prime has it for Prime members this week to celebrate the civil rights movement. We'll probably do some art as well.

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emoticon Oh, boy, our 3rd play of the season was it a hoot! The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a very tall and talented Frank-N-Furter. The costumes were risque, the band loud, and the energy was so high--makes me want to do the Time Warp! emoticon (Rats, no sparkly high heels or platform shoes--or underwear, either!)

Did a Coach Nicole workout this morning, a few short timer sessions this evening, and I'll probably end up finishing the book I reviewed in the What are you reading thread tonight, or with my morning coffee. So happy to have a holiday on Monday!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I read late, finished a new book I rather inhaled, and slept in past 8 am, for more than 8 hours sleep! (I'm more a 7 hour girl, and usually fine with that.) I did a long/combo routine from my Coach Nicole--warm up, 20 minute workout w/ weights, then a 12 minute body weight workout, then cool down for a total of 42 minutes. Then breakfast combo--tomatoes and fresh veggies and an extra (small sausage link, then a combo of 2 previous soup pots.

I'm planning on laundry coming up here, hopefully while game is on, so less traffic and competition for the machines. Mainly want to work around the house today, catching up and making progress. I'll report back later.

Well, I got those 2 loads of laundry done--oops, not put away yet; I'll work on that. Something else for the old timer! I got the tall Xmas box (a moving one for a lamp, I think) with paper rolls in it, wrestled back into the balcony closet, as well as the wreathe holder. Still a few boxes to return. I've done some timer sessions with paperwork filing and clearing the table. It's funny, when I was catching Katie up on how I'm doing, and mentioned my timer sessions, she said I'm her first client who has been successful with a timer. I assured her I *love* using my timers. One is set for 5 minutes for cleaning and sorting, & I often reset it for another 5 right away, but sometimes 5 minutes is enough at a time; the other is set for 10 minutes, mainly for reading, though sometimes on the weekend, I know I want to work for that long on something. I use the counting up function for recording ST minutes, pausing between reps so I'm only counting the actual exercise, and try to use it to see how much time I'm Sparking or playing Spider Solitaire--though I tend to forget and leave it counting, and wear down the batteries that way!

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I'm feeling better. I don't often get headaches these days but when I do it's bad for a little while. It cleared up before time to take Brenna to school. Coffee often does the trick as long as it's not a migraine. Since we are literally 30 degrees cooler today I suspect it was the weather.

I'm glad you had a good session with Katie and can now reserve visits for when you want them and not because you have to have them. That's a lot of growth.

How's the work with Tresa going?

TGIF -- I am so glad it's Friday. I'm tired this week. It's a good tired but I've been busy and it always wears me out the first week we are back on schedule after a school break.




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Please emoticon Eva!

This has been a good day. emoticon I did that new workout (1 mile, 21 minute low-impact walking and upper body sculpt) with Jessica Smith (second time this week), and I like it. Used the 2# weights again; plan to try 3# just for the first biceps moves next time. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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I saw my wonderful therapist Katie at her new office--a house with other practitioners, each in their own room/office--a block from a Trader Joe's store. (Of course I dropped by after my session for a snack & restroom visit!) It had been close to 4 months--since back in September, I think. It was wonderful to catch her up on my meetings with Tresa (the financial planner whom she recommended based on colleague referrals) and share my work in The Desire Map, which she had also recommended. I described my regular journal sessions and how my ongoing parts work has been keeping me on a pretty even keel mood-wise, and helping me stay in a more creative and less reactive mode. I shared that I don't think I really "need" to see her anymore, though I may want to occasionally check in to update and see if there is anything I want guidance on. I did score 2 new book recommendations that I will be checking out, and made her laugh when I shared some details from this morning's conversation between parts. As she observed, she gets to celebrate with me: she's been with me on the journey and witnessed my work and my struggles, and can see my growth and progress very clearly. She also asked a great question. Not only was she curious about which Core Desired Feelings I had chosen or articulated (my CFDs), but she asked if I was tuning in to when I was feeling them. I realized I've been using them more as desired qualities to manifest, or guides to goal setting and taking action, but that I was forgetting to notice when and how I am experiencing them throughout my days. A truly rewarding visit!

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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 woke up with a dilly of a headache this morning. I'm hoping some quiet time later will cause it to pass.

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Apparently with all the health stuff with my mom I've found my motivation to kick it back into high gear. I've been careful to choose activities that I know are safe for all my parts. The physical and emotional ones. I'm literally doing the fit, firm , and fired up program but adding 15+ minutes of Yoga to it for flexibility. It ends up being about an hour each day. I'm using google fit to track my actual exercise time. I've abandoned step counting for now. That misfit is acting up.

I've found listening to comedy podcasts and on from an author that researches folklore for his novels makes the cardio go by faster.

I'm counting my nutrients more so than calories at the moment. I want to make sure I'm getting what I need nutritionally.

I'm glad you are finding points of success, particularly on a day where time felt like it was running short. That always feels good.



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emoticon on those activity minutes, Eva! (Speaking of activity, I shared a positive review & link of a new Jessica Smith workout in the Spark resources thread.) It will be interesting to hear about how else you use the spiralizer. (Had to scroll down to checking term and spelling!)

Ran out of journal time this morning, so postponed checking in with parts until after work. After a brief rest (Dora play, snack and reading), I checked in and mainly got everyone's task wish list. Got to almost everything, often with my trusty timer. Feeling really good, because there's progress and balance in different areas.

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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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School is back in session and I'm back on my regular schedule. I've been aiming for 40 minutes of recorded activity per day. My Misfit is on the fritz so I'm tracking with Google fit. It's not bad. I've actually been hitting 60+ minutes most days.

I got a spiralizer for Christmas and made my first zucchini "noodles" yesterday. I can tell it's not pasta but I used it to cut the pasta in half so we got 2 servings of veggies and 1 of whole grain pasta. I'm not trying to cut out carbs, but I think it will be a handy portion control method, and it'll sneak in extra veggies!

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Finally got some timer sessions done Sunday and today after work. And I've maintained my 2 little kitchen OOs every day this month, so 9 straight days! emoticon Very proud of that! emoticon As energy has come back, also been getting back into some ST or cardio workouts at home. Though w/ 3 of 8 people out again today, still running ragged with no chance of catching up. Spent too long on Spider Solitaire, but also spent some productive time on my most desired tasks.

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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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They called school off here on Friday. They go back today but there are still some snow on the ground and icy patched on the roads. I'm clear on my route to school. I just hope the buses don't have any issues.

I hope you are feeling better today. It's been a long weekend and I'm betting it's a long week. It certainly feels like it's going to be.





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Energy wasn't great, but good enough to return to work. We never know what kind of customer we'll get when we call the next name on the sign in log. I happened to get 3 new contractor registrations--a complex, multi-step process that generally takes 45 min or more--in a row. I was really ready for lunch, which I began 30 minutes late, after finishing the 3rd contractor. Only had one more new one after lunch. Finally managed to get a wage complaint submitted that was on day 9 (I had started it on Tuesday); we're supposed to do them in 3 days, but with the avalanche of complaints right at the end of the year & with so many people off, it just hasn't been possible.

I got to the library a few minutes before closing. None of my requested books had come in yet (requested 4 on 1/3, so had hoped for 1 or 2), but the first new Star Trek DVD was there. When I saw the 3rd movie this fall, I couldn't recall exactly what had happened in the first and the second, so wanted to see this one again (which I enjoyed greatly, as opposed to the second). Looking forward to seeing the third again; I'm on the list, and with ~150 copies, it won't take much longer to get to me.

It's been so cold that the snow from New Year's Eve and New Year's morning hasn't all melted. Here in my neighborhood (on a small hill) there are patches, around work there are just small ones, but on the big hill near the library, there's a lot more ground covered in white still. Wednesday, when I got in my car to go to work, it was 26 degrees out; before I got out of my parking lot, it dropped to 25, and at the light at the bottom of the hill, it was 24! Maybe it was warmer closer to the apartment building? This morning it was 21 from the time I got in my car to when I got to work; 31 when I left work. I think we've got rain and warmer temps in the forecast. What's it like where everyone else is?

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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I hope you're feeling better!

Yes 1964 is when Johnson carried through with the Civil Rights Act that JFK got rolling in 1963 before he was assassinated. I think Molly's era is very appropriate. If I spot her book I'm going to get it for Bug. I've discovered most of the facts are accurate in the BeForever dolls. It makes accessible for a kid her age.

Brenna's report card is in! Straight A's for the first semester!!! I'm so proud of her.

My MIL's birthday was yesterday. I was put in charge of her dessert for dinner tonight. I make a decent knock off of a depression era raisin pie that her mother use to make. It's not exact. Mamaw never gave up the recipe but I've gotten close enough it makes my MIL happy. It took me 2 years after Mamaw died to figure out just how to make the thing since most recipes I found were cream based and Mamaw's was not.

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Awesome about the American Girls featuring African American dolls, 1964 was Johnson's Civil Rights Act, right?

I stayed home, just felt so worn down this morning, on the edge of getting sick. So I've rested the entire day, just doing a tiny bit of kitchen cleaning after fixing food. But I've kept my OOs intact since the first of the year, so emoticon emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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It sounds like you had a much better day.

I thought you might be interested that American Girl introduced 2 African American Dolls. One is a Forever Girl. Her name is Molly and she's from 1964. The other is Gabriela and she's the girl of the year. This is the first ethnic girl of the year. Brenna's expressing interest in Gabriela because she likes to sing and dance, and she's an artist.

I've started my "new" fitness program which happens to be an old program that I had great results with and I enjoyed. I'm pleasantly pleased with the soreness in my abs and thighs. I'm doing Yoga and adding extra stretching, keeping in mind instructions about the funky shoulder. Keeping the muscles strong and stretched keeps me away from a surgeon. I'm also getting in 45 minute brisk walks. I have not resorted to that bike yet. I figure as long as I'm getting cardio and it doesn't matter the method.







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I was pleased that despite a bad mood day, I slept well last night. As I journaled, and then as I walked on my first break, saying affirmations, I reminded myself that I get to choose how I want to feel and what I want to focus on. And I did have a better day, mainly dealing with contractors and wage claims, with time out for doing an inventory on 3 styles of agency envelopes around the building, then showing a coworker how to order them, and taking a new shredder bin person around the building to where our 8 bins are that needed to be emptied. Next week we may be back up to 8, and interviews for the position where our last guy quit after a month will be next week. They may be adding one more to our office after that--not sure.

After work I ran by Barnes and Nobles and got a half price pocket/purse planner, plus some early reader books for a friend's child to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday this month and Black History Month in February. (You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but . . .) emoticon

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Today I am back to my regularly scheduled programming. Everyone goes back to school and work and I can just be for a moment.

I've figured out my work out program for now. I'm going to do the Fit Firm and Fired up and Yoga for flexibility. I have a 15 minute video set that works well for the yoga. Then 30 minutes or more of Cardio while I listen to a podcast or music to keep a rhythm. I've been having a good chat with my best friend we "walk" together. She's at her house and I'm at mine, with a catch up conversation going on.

I hope today is a better day for you at work. How long until everyone returns?





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On the bouncing weight, I wondered if all the extra fiber of those black-eyed peas helped me eliminate some old ****, but then the scale bounced right back to just under 147 again this morning, and I realized I may have weighed later in the morning than usual yesterday--so maybe it was a false loss. Or there are factors at play I'm not aware of.

We're still running on a too small crew with an extremely heavy workload, which really got to me today, so I was out of sorts at work and exhausted when I got home. Rested a little, played with Dora, read, then put in some timer sessions and did some exercises and some PT exercise research--which helped me feel productive and positive here at home. So I'm on a more even keel, and will do my best tomorrow to take my own advice to Choose Happiness as an Act of Rebellion!
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You're on a roll with the kitchen OO's! I'm proud for you!.

On greens, I prefer cabbage. But the other contain a lot of iron so I've learned to eat them. Collards are best when chopped fine and mixed in with your peas. Or that's my opinion.

I've noticed when my stress is up my weight creeps up between 1-3 lbs. I had a slight gain (still in my range but...) during October. That's when my mom fell ill. I've been bopping between goal weight and that 3 pounds ever since. Maybe paying off your car relieved some stress and that caused a drop in cortisol which caused a drop in weight.

Or you've been really rocking those spark TV videos and you had the slight gain before your lose that happens when lean muscle is being built. Either way! emoticon

Today is the last day of winter break. We are running through the dummy schedule today so tomorrow isn't so difficult. The first day back on schedule is always hard so I try to do a "dummy run" at least once so the body feels it's groove.

We are also back to eating normally instead of all the holiday offerings. I made a chicken broccoli casserole last night and my pair dived in. I think they missed our normal fodder!


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I remember when I lived in Texas I was introduced to greens. I didn't like mustard or turnip greens as much as collards, but I haven't tried them in decades. The recipe project sounds like a good one.

I got my regular hair trim today, then after a short nap & my afternoon coffee, I hennaed. Paid a bill, did a little filing & cleaning while the henna soaked in. Did a 20-minute Jessica Smith cardio workout this morning, and some ST this afternoon. After a late dinner of soup and salad, did some dishes and spiffed my stove and cutting board OOs. That's day 2 of my new habit for January.

Oh, and I was dismayed when my weight jumped up a pound, back over 147 on Saturday. I was relieved when it dropped back down a pound on Sunday, and astounded when it dropped another pound and a half to just over 145! Not sure what's up with that. I've been thinking about aiming for dropping 2 pounds each quarter, in order to hit a healthy weight range this year. Not certain where I'll be maintaining this month yet.

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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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Thanks for sharing Amy!

I made the traditional blackeyed peas, hog jowl, potatoes, and turnip greens yesterday. I was surprised that Bug ate the turnip greens. I also made yeast rolls. As much as I bake, yeast breads are not in my wheel house. This year I think I'm going to start make no healthier home made breads for the family. But I have to figure out the magic combination so it rises properly.

I've also decided this year I'm going to organize my recipes. I have a lot of them. Some come from cookbooks, but I teak them. I think I need to write down the changes. Brenna might want the coherent collection some day.

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I've been having fun at home and glad I didn't have any errands to run since my car will need the snow brushed/scraped off all the windows before driving. Nice, sweaty Coach Nicole workout, more black-eyed peas and greens (my special kitchen-sink version!), finished the Christmas thank yous, kitchen cleaning, took an hour-long nap, started a new (to me) mystery series I found in the library, wrote a new blog for the new year: Intentions and Habits.

Amy, if you click the Add a Link to the left of the Add an Emoticon button, you can paste your web address in there so other members get a link they can click, like this: www.pujasforpeace.org/

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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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To mark the New Year, a worldwide "Light a Sacred Fire for Peace" puja (fire ceremony). Gather by a fire or candle flame and join in this universal prayer for peace:

"Let there be peace on earth and love for one another."

You can join this global movement for peace today and register to count your Light and sacred fire for peace at: http://www.pujasforpeace.org/


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I've got the black-eyed peas and collard greens cooking, I've been working on my last 2 Christmas thank yous, and I'm breaking up my work sessions with reading. (What a surprise! emoticon ) I managed to put together my Ott light, which I love--and is shining its full-spectrum light on me and the laptop right now. I finished my tarot transcription and have been working in the Desire Map book. No surprises there--the number 1 intention that touches all my core desired feelings, and all 5 life areas she looks at--Livelihood & Lifestyle, Body & Wellness, Creativity & Learning, Relationships & Society, Essence & Spirituality--is Getting Free: clearing the clutter, creating an open, functional, welcoming environment unencumbered by excess, junk, stagnant energy or out-of-date items that don't support me living a vibrant life. Now to set monthly and weekly action steps to get there!

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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."

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

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12/31/16 12:09 A

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When a coworker (conveniently, and according to pattern) called in sick after her vacation days and before a long weekend, that combined with several people with scheduled time off left us with half a crew--4 instead of 8, as the wage complaints over minimum wage retro pay from the airport continued to pour in. Seattle took 6 complaints from last week, and Everett in the region north of us took 18 complaints to enter (from the 25 that came in in a single day), but with more coming each day, I now have 7 in my inbox to submit--and I only manage to get one entered in the last 2 days, what with processing industrial insurance checks in the morning, occasionally answering phones, and helping customers at the counter--including construction contractors (30 to 60 minutes each on average), and more incoming wage complaints. We managed to close the doors on time tonight, but I was way too tired to run the errand I had planned after work. So I came home, relaxed with a book and a snack, then did short sessions on my tarot transcription,my Desire Map exercises, hand washing, bedroom and bathroom cleaning, making veggie stock, with short reading stints in between. Oh, and I attempted twice to reschedule my hair cut from tomorrow to Monday or the following weekend--though I never got a call back, as requested. Soup smells like it may be ready! emoticon

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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12/29/16 6:39 A

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She mentioned Helen Keller and Anne Frank as 2 of the book she's read in class. I know she talked about trying the Abe Lincoln book next. I think maybe the teacher has 6 or 8 biographies in the "Who Was" series. The librarian suggests fiction books to most of the kids because that's what the battle of the books is about, testing against other kids that read the same book. Apparently the library has multiple copies of the "Battle Books." The non-fiction section for her grade level is very small. Brenna chose not to join the battle of the books because it's competitive reading. She thinks competitive reading is a bad idea that makes her friends not want to read.

Brenna and I have been practicing Yoga and riding the elliptical, me for exercise her for fun. She likes to see how fast she can go. She likes Yoga if the practice is simple enough. Coach Padford has been teaching them proper form for burpees and how to stretch properly. She's been showing off her new PE skills. They do get a grade in PE but apparently it's pass or fail. If you try for the the grading period you pass. If you come unprepared and don't try you fail-- the exception being a doctor's note saying you can not participate. Anyway I've been enjoying watching her show me what she's learning. Apparently Coach Padford is interested in teaching the kids about how their bodies work as she teaches them calisthenics and stretching.

I hope your new books come quickly! I have nothing new coming out until February.

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I was thinking about juvenile biographies for Black History Month. Do you know if she has read many, or if the teacher has many available?

Did a few timer sessions & a 21-minute cardio workout from Jessica Smith. Reading Pulled by the Moon by Elizabeth Berg--interesting. Finished Anne Bishop's Marked in Flesh last night. I have to wait almost 10 weeks for the next one, Etched in Bone to come out. I hoped the pre-order discount would be bigger, but will probably order it ahead to get it fast, while I read the new Mercy Thompson book that will come out the same day.

Tired and off to bed. Everyone have a great day tomorrow!

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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]

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


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Sounds like a productive day! I admit I cleaned house for 4 hours. With all of the holiday hubbub I did the bare minimum. Brenna and I agreed to just rip off the band aid, do it all yesterday so we can have the next few days with minimum chores. Her cousin is spending the night Friday night, today we are working on some art and science kits she got for Christmas. Jim's parents got her a rock tumbler. We set that up in the garage yesterday. It takes a week from start to finish and apparently she can make some jewelry with her gems.

She has not read Bruce Colville, but I'll write him on the running list. She buys authors she knows, I buy the authors she's never read as surprises. She has such love for Bad Kitty, all I have to do is mention you suggested it and I'm sure it'll be an immediate hit. At school she's been reading a series about historical figures. Her English/Social Studies teacher has a large collection of biography's on major historical figures in the classroom library.

Tonight I make Pad Tia! Well an allergy friendly version anyway. The recipe is from the SP cookbook.

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