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1/9/09 8:29 P

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Meryl Streep had a quote in Reader's Digest and I think it will be my new mantra. It is.........."Start by starting".
Doesn't that just sum up the problem? lol

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1/9/09 6:20 P

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Honk me!!
Hi guys. I made it back to curves today. Man, what a workout weenie I have become. It felt good to work out again. Surprisingly I was down 3 pounds but I think the scale at Curves was being kind. I got on and off a few times to be sure and it stayed so I took it!:o) My scale at home doesn't agree I am sure. I will check in the morning.
My dad is doing well at home. He sounds very happy. I am determined now to lose 20 pounds. I have been playing around long enough so it is time to do it.
I have been hooked on a dvd series that we bought. Does anyone here watch 'One Tree Hill'? I never did but I bought season one through 4 for my dd for Christmas and I am totally hooked. I love watching the parents and my dd loves watching the teens. We have one tree hill dates and we have an addiction problem!! It makes me want to be skinny like the moms on there but it causes me to sit on my bootie and watch it for hours on end. Sort of a catch 22 huh? I feel better since I got back to curves today.
Okay, Susan, since you found my missing pounds, let's work together and get rid of all the extra ones. WHO WANTS THEM?? They are free for the taking. Hugo might.
More honkin' later,
Colleen

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1/6/09 4:55 A

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Ok, I weighed this morning. Up 4 lbs, but I only just started watching what goes down my pie-hole and drinking enough water (peppermint tea from loose leaves actually-lol) yesterday. Max and I went out and walked in the rain yesterday morning. It wasn't great, but I didn't expect it to be. I'm going to suit up and try again this morning, probably still just walking. I may start back on the Couch to 5K and work my way up again (Jen, we can be virtual running buddies) since I've been slacking somewhat. That and I've had sinus problems from hell lately. They were almost better but then we went to GA over this mountain and that mountain and I don't think the changes in pressure helped much. I've got an ADHD doc/med checkup tomorrow morning and I'll ask him if he thinks I should see my PCP for it (he might go ahead and write a script for antibiotics and save me the trip...hopefully, if I need them).

Just wanted to be honest and report in about the scales...I'm still within my "wiggle" area, albeit just barely, so I've got to get serious again.

Time for a new thread, right? Try Flerd, Schmerd, Who needs Sinuses?

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1/5/09 9:16 P

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DSL appears to be working now, so I might have a chance to really catch up at work this week (with y'all, not with work-LOL).

I didn't even weigh this week. I'm going to be extra good and drink extra fluids, etc. and see where I land this time next week. The exercise looks to be sparse as well, some seriously ooky weather to tend with, but we'll see. I might sneak off to the mall at lunch and window shop whilst I'm walking. We'll see.

Gotta go - took my Lunesta and it's kicking my butt, soooo, nighty night y'all, see you tomorrow.

Moo

PS: Thanks for the good wishes for my dad. It's just so sad watching him fade away. I really hurt for my step mom. Sis sent me some pix she took and I'll have to get them up to google so you can see them.

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1/5/09 8:10 P

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Colleen SSSOOO glad your back and dad is on the road to better.
Same to you Susan and I am in my first week of 5K training.

Going to the gym at 4:30 in the morning- I just simply dont make it in the evening cause I am tired so I might as well be tired AND have gone to the gym!

Today was the first day of the NEW ME NEW YEAR and NEW HEALTHY
HATED being at work * It is slllooowww and I wanted to be home cleaning my house instead of cleaning the office.
But I did eat well and drank my water.
Lorena I replied to your spark mail...
Here is hoping all of our 2009 is DIVINE!



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1/5/09 7:34 P

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Hawnk!

I am back on board. What a horrible two weeks. My dad is finally home. Saturday was a marathon of getting him home with his catheter, walker, Rx's and canned peaches. All the things needed when he won't be driving for a while. He sounds wonderful. He should be back up and running within a few weeks, they said 2 months. Phew. Glad that is over.
Today I went back to work in spite of more snow! Can you believe it? It is only slush now and 43 degrees so it will pass quickly but the schools were 2 hours late due to it. One of my kids came in with a broken arm today that warranted a phone call to CPS. I was hoping that I was overly protective but sadly, they already knew the family. Breaks my heart! They are new to my school.
I am definitely on the naughty list when it comes to food. I have been living a haphazard existence. Now, I am back. I am back at work and my structure is back. This is the 1st to me. The start of 2009. I am ready to live healthy and get back to the nutrition tracker. I love that.
Honks to all....I will catch up with the thread right now.
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1/5/09 4:57 A

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This will in essence be my "first day of the year" as I've been a bit remiss the previous 4...

My dad is doing as well as can be expected, he does seem to be slipping fast. I feel so much pain for my stepmom - she and my dad are two peas in a pod, so much better suited for each other than even he and my mom were. It's killing her I know, and I don't know how she'll manage when he's gone. He's retreating into himself and will bring pictures (recent) of he and his remaining siblings at my aunt's birthday party this summer and just stand and look at them, then point out that my aunt isn't doing well. Just breaks my heart. At least he still knows who I am and Jed too.

Max is bulldozing my arm with his huge head - that means get his leash and head outside. It may be this evening before I can get back. I'm not the betting type, but if I were, I'd say the DSL is still down. Fearless is back and he's NOT going to be happy about that...

Later y'all.

Happy New Year!!!

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1/4/09 11:26 A

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Lorena, send to my sbcglobal address. Thanks!

Off to the gym....

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1/4/09 10:58 A

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3rd post of the day (sorry--I keep thinking of things).

RE resolution charts: check out Gretchen Rubin's blog: www.happiness-project.com and find her post on creating your own commandments. Some great ideas there. When I've created my list of rules to live by, I'll post it to the Flerd.

Story I read the other day. No idea if it's true or not, but it's supposed to be the story behind the famous Gandhi quote "we must be the change we want to see in the world." This version is highly paraphrased ((grins))

A woman came to Gandhi about her son, who was addicted to sweets. She begged Gandhi to convince the boy to give them up. Finally, Gandhi told her to go away, and to bring the boy back to him in a week. When she did so, Gandhi spoke to the boy, telling him exactly what the woman had asked him to. When she asked Gandhi why he'd made her make a second journey, Gandhi replied: when you came to me and asked me to convince your son to give up sweets, I could not, for I was addicted to them as well. I couldn't ask him to do what I was not willing to do, so I needed to give them up myself, first. We must be the change we wish to see in the world.

I always thought this quote made sense, even though it's often a struggle to put into practice. If we want a world of kindness, we should be kind, otherwise we're acting against our own desires (as an example). I want to live in a world where everyone is living their best dreams, engaged in creativity (whether it's Karin's quilts, Penny's plants, Macke's educational systems, Tracy's gorgeous family life, Colleen and Katrina's active love for their families, Jen's active love of nature, Kathi's weaving, Lisa's engagement in community, Susan's farm, my writing...who did I forget? No one, I hope!) and connected to spirit however suits them best...

Times have been so tough lately, that one admonition has been running through my head a lot ... whatsoever you do unto the least of these ....

Okay, now I'm rambling. Isn't it fun to know my brain still works like that? :)

Laundry, Dad, park....

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1/4/09 10:36 A

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And Kathi, but I have two email addys for you. Earthlink and sbcglobal. Just let me know which one is correct or best. Jen, I sent you a sparkmail ...

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Resolution charts to Penny, Macke and Karin. I'll check to make sure I didn't miss any requests. On their way. I thought about sending it to the google group, but couldn't remember if we can send attachments.

I've modified mine from the original, I encourage you to do so as well if you need to--or repeat focus months if you don't have 12 resolutions :) Or, I was thinking I might do a separate set just for my health resolutions (might not have 8 steps per month or maybe I'll get really detailed). Y'all are smart goosies, so I know you can make it work. The past few days, it's been like having a mini to-do list of things that are important to me on a daily basis.

I've been spending as much time as possible (again) this weekend outdoors. Just gave myself permission to do cleaning etc in the evenings so I could enjoy this wonderful weather--which won't last. In fact, we really could use some rain, but it'd be fine with me if it came on a weekday!

My weight to start the year was down about 3 pounds from my starting weight. After fighting the up and down all year, at least I ended down! Plan is to end 2009 down 40-60. I need an incentive to push myself, though--on the details, I mean. Spend more time, or stretch farther, doing yoga. Go above and beyond the minimum veggie input. That sort of thing. I'm collecting some new inspiration pics toward that end.

I'm off to finish laundry so I can take off for the beautiful sunny outdoors!

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Good morning!

Lorena, I too would like a copy of the resolution chart. Thanks in advance.

I know everyone is working at their New Year goals. I however have decided to give myself a few days off-from exercise and watching what I eat and getting back at it on Monday. I think it's a good thing to take a break from exercise occasionally so I've got 3 days off. Funny how when I'm not denying myself that chocolate I don't even want it!

Karin



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Macke your friends' will definitely have a very positive moment when you come thru to check on them. I have recently pondered those paths put in our life. especially since turning 50- you just dont know what is ahead and you best enjoy the present and strengthen those relationships that are most important to you.

At the Funeral for the 18 year old last week I witnessed how the young really do this --- her social support was huge and they enjoy the moment.

So that is my plan* to appreciate the moment* and make my plans sooo flexible.

(FYI- DH called me at work yesterday morning and apologized for being mean the nite before. *he acknowledge that he knew what he had done and he apologized specifically for it * I assured him I was going to punch him in the face some day for the way he talks to me sometimes and he said I should! :) Any way just a kink in the relationship that was resolved quickly)

*Gym *water* food plans---but most of my kids will be c oming by the next 24 hours soooo never know what I might do!



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Happy New Year to all!

It's going to be a great year for all of us. It stretches out ahead like a pristine sandy beach, and we get to chose where and how to cross it. Just remember, your footprints will tell your story!

My story starts out well: I got through the holidays with only a 1 pound shift, which I plan to redress immediately. Considering the gym has been closed for most of the time and it's been dreary cold and rainy for much of that I'm pretty pleased.

I spoke with my friends in Rochester this week and was concerned but not surprised to find they are both struggling with depression. After so many months of chemo and radiation, recovery from surgery, the uncertainty of treatment, WOW, I'd be more surprised if they weren't beaten down by it. One friend has begun to have problems with lymphedema -- swelling in her surgery-side arm. I will swing through this coming week and see for myself if there is anything to be done to support them.

Looking forward, I think I will go out and buy some new workout gear after I've met a target of successive days of workouts. The gym opens tomorrow so I can make it happen! Nothing like a new top to keep the motivation going.

In the meantime, I'm focused on water, stretching and maybe later on, a light weight workout.

Lorena, I too would like a copy of your chart. I'm all for starting slowly and moving smoothly. It's a sad fact that many people are well into their second day of self-destruction because the try to do all the changes at once and it can't be sustained. With fine examples like Susan and Karin and Colleen, we know better! Make a little change, then try another one. By the end of a few months, you are sitting in a very different place and not so stressed that it all falls apart.

That's my plan and I'm sticking to it!






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1/2/09 6:04 A

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Good Morning! and may the 2nd day of Jan. only be better than the first! :)
We did nothing on ny eve...and I like it like that. drink one glass of bubbly at 12 and then watch the ball drop and considered it done.

Yesterday we got to the gym! and I started the day one of week one of the 5K training. worked upper body. and came home to finish doing nothing because work is today!

So do you think we should have team goals?

Macke you ever find the "magic" of healthy living I know you will share it. and your desert does sound very elegant.
Tracy * hope your family flock had a wonderful cozy New years eve.
Penny happy b'day* I didnt realize yours was so close to Christmas too. (or I totally forgot)
Kathi its nice to meet new people and actually enjoy yourself * some times that is a struggle for me. So glad you enjoyed yourself.

Lorena perhaps you could share the chart thru the SP mail? that does sound like a great tool.

I am doing mostly an unstructured diet so i need to get on and print off the You on a Diet 2 week plan. that may be a good start for this weekend!

Well I gotta get it movin towards the dental lab. At least dh motivated me last night ...thinking it will be nice to leave him to himself for a day and see how moody he can be.
later



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1/1/09 11:39 A

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Happy New Year! It's going to be a great year!

Lorena, please send the resolution chart to me. Do you have my email address?

Macke, your dessert sounds very elegant. I'm sure no one would believe it was so low fat.

We had a really good time at our friends' party. We didn't know a soul (of over a dozen people) except the hosts, but left feeling like we had a bunch of new friends. I was fortunate my dh doesn't drink so had a built in designated driver. Not that I was anywhere near drunk, just would hate to run into a check point!

Absolutely no plans today and I think I'll keep it that way!

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Happy New Year Sweet Geese. Will come back for a visit tomorrow, but wanted to ring in the year with you all. Also, happy birthday Penny! Too sleepy to visit now---will be back tomorrow. Nighty night..

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Macke--sounds like a yummy dessert--probably the hit of the party! I've done apples in spiced wine sauce, but never tried cherries. Fresh or frozen or does it matter?



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Yesterday I was finishing up the articles for our January employee newsletter (just a week late!) and one someone had asked for was on alternative cold rememdies. I happened to end the article with the question/suggestion "goose grease, anyone?" -- anyone here remember that particular remedy for chest congestion? And then I remembered that country folk used to sleep with geese in the winter for the warmth, and especially that sick people were put to bed with them--both for the warmth, and, could it be for the goose grease (via the feathers?)??

So here's to a happy, healthy, prosperous, generous, loving, beautifully interesting (not the "may you live in interesting times" interesting) 2009 to all my favorite healing, warm geese.

Did I tell you all about the resolution charts? I don't think so. On the Happiness Project blog, the author (Gretchen Rubin) refers to a resolution chart idea she got from Benjamin Franklin. I emailed her and got a copy of the chart, so email me off thread if you want and I'll send it to you. Basically, she focuses on a different change she wants to make each month--keeps the energy focused. I have my January resolution chart printed out (I printed several copies so I have one to fill in by hand, and a few to post as reminders.). I really like the idea of this chart, so I'm giving it a try for the whole year--just to see what benefits might be yielded by narrowing my focus each month instead of trying to fix everything at once.

Happy New Year! May we all take advantage of this moment to focus, and visualize what we REALLY want...and love/live our way to it!

Quote for the day/season: "May the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." (Rumi)

Love and blessings to all of you.

Lorena

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Good evening all the Flerd -- wherever you are,

I've spent a bit of time roaming around this web site today looking for some new ideas to get a little spark in my fitness and eating as we all start the new year.

It all looks soooo familiar....lots of water, fruits and veggies, whole grains, protein from legumes and fish, workouts every day. Don't know what I was hoping for -- a genie in a bottle, perhaps?

We're off to a pot-luck tonight. I was assigned dessert, at the end of what is sure to be some very serious dishes. So the challenge was to "go light, go small and go home". I will be serving cherries in spiced wine sauce over fat-free vanilla yogurt and angle food croutons. It's all fat-free, except for 2 teaspoons of butter on the croutons to make them crispy; divided among 8 people, I think we're safe.

I had a return visit to the doctor to check on this cold/sinus/flu thing I've had. The current theory is that I'm having an allergic reaction to something. In the meantime, I sound like a smoker with a rough cough and constant throat clearing. How pleasant!

Like LOrena, I plan to spend some time tomorrow in Goal Setting for 2009. My assessment of 2008 is that I did well restricting professional demands and didn't do as well as I would have liked cultivating a richer inner life. These results will shape the year to come.

Party smartly, friends. See you next year.



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New Year is the time to
unfold new horizons & realize new dreams,
to rediscover the strength & faith within us,
to rejoice in simple pleasures &
gear up for new challenges.

Happy New Year my friends.




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I'd like to add my Happy New Year greetings to all my Flerd friends! I've said it before, but I am so grateful to have you all in my life. I know this will be a wonderful year for all of us. New beginnings, new intentions, health, wealth and joy!

I'm looking forward to the party tonight, but not being on the road. I'm thinking safe road thoughts tonight. I have NO idea what to where or even how fancy the party is! Oh well, I've got a couple of hours after work to figure it out.

Love and light to all!

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Happy New Year to all!

I love the idea of new beginnings ... a fresh start.

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Penny, happy belated birthday! Did you celebrate?

I shoveled snow for 2 hours yesterday and my lower back is not happy with me. I think we're getting a break now but have set the record for snowiest Dec. on record. Whoopee.

Quiet New Year's Eve for us. We are having a few friends over but no wild parties this year.

Has anybody been out bargain shopping? I haven't ventured near the mall since before Christmas but might go for a bit today. I have to make my Target run anyway.

Have a fun New Year's Eve. My baby turns 30 tomorrow. That's Sofia's daddy. It seems like just yesterday..

Karin

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Colleen! hugs to you dear. Youre having to be so strong and I hope you know you just rest here surrounded with the strength of your feathered support. Such a hard place to be in I know but just R&R here in this nest of friends.

Macke! your too sweet A TEENAGER! LOL you silly thing you! We were the first werent we! that makes us like founders and it was so long ago. FYI I was very nervous too cause my kids were afraid you were going to abduct me LOL! "MOM would you let us do this?" It was the start of a very special relationship with you and all the feathered ones! There really is a very specialness about this group--I have looked in lots of places for a similar friendship/support to no avail. **then Kathy CALLED me to point me back!** So this is going to be a great year (right after this funeral).

Susan I downloaded the training! so I will begin it maybe today! and going to look into dropping the amount of sugar and caffine! my joints are starting to ache.

Does any one know how Andrea is? Did she get so busy with her book that she didnt have time for us?

It has turned cold here :( after a couple of 60+ days--We did get to the mountain one of them so that was good...but I have got to really work on my physical being so I can sling on that 25-30 pound pack and march to the trails to see things that only those on the trails are privileged to see! Views, bugs, life in general just simplifies as soon as your boot hits the dirt.

My DH and I spent 2 nights out on the Appalachian trail this past August *** It was the beginning of a wonderful passion for us both.(for each other and the outside) I will post some pics of the views! and that is what we plan to do ALOT of as soon as the temp gets to 50 (I simply can not stand the cold!)

Oh my gosh! I have over typed my stay sorry about that...
Have a wonder safe celebratory 2009 EVE! and know you are all so very special to me!



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Still no DSL...getting ready to run then head south. See y'all this weekend. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Ladies,

I'm already setting sights on the New Year -- a time of infinite possibilities and the elegant dance of intention and reality!

Jen, it sounds like you have been through the fires and come out a bit tempered. I thrill at the post where you say you have come to find your own self-love, that being imperfect isn't the blowout it used to be. These are fundamental truths that set a whole new course, and I am terrifically happy for you.

For those of you who are (relatively) new, Jen and Macke were the first Flerd pair to break the virtual-to-real horizon. We met in a Starbuck's outside Dallas TX in 2002 and I was a nervous as an alley cat in a full moon. And then this young thing walked in -- and if you've not met Jen in the flesh you have no idea that she looks like a teenager - and just started chattering away. That's our Jen!

So there was a bit of discussion about holiday music, but we never got any details....I got the new Yo-Yo-Ma (cellist extraordinaire) with many celebrities on a holiday CD. It's very nice, but a little "out there". But I also heard on the radio a cut of the Tabernacle Choice and the King Singers doing a number together and it made my spine tingle. And finally, I succumbed to the new Enya album. Still working my way through it, so judgment is suspended.

I'm starting to drag, so I'll check back in tomorrow.

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Sorry to be so sparse lately. I go up to my dads hospital every other day so I have been cramming life into the days I am here. My dad is doing better. He started on real food sort of and seems to be handling it okay. He has gone through infections at the surgery site, needing insulin because of the glucose in the food that goes into his neck but is now finally looking better.
I will come back later after running a few errands and catch up with you all.
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2008 started off really really sad for me...the young woman that was abducted and murdered on Jan 1st on Blood Mtn (where we very frequently hike) and then the end of Jan a co worker didnt come in for a couple days - didnt call in...we had to have the police go to her apt. only to find she had choked to death on a piece of bread! ...Death just sorta skimmed around the edge of my life all year ... Then the 27th a friends youngest sister (18yo) girl died in a car accident!! going to her funeral tomorrow--
Ready to go to 2009 *** It will be better!

Penny I kept misreading your note about "throwing up a dinner party" And three pounds is NOT bad -- we know what we have to do RIGHT and we WILL do it!

Susan thank you for the links! now I just have to figure out how to put them on this little blue thingie! LOL-

Kathy! Yes spring in the mountains is an excellent idea! We are soooo close and yet soooo far :). I went to see my nephew who lives down by Emory and my sister couldnt believe it took us an hour to get there from Marietta! LOL- you know atlanta *&@!

Tracy I dont even have little guys to blame it on and stayed up late and slept in (7:00am for me) l*A*Z*Y Plus! and lovin it- isnt that what Christmas is for -- family lazy

Had to work half day yesterday- and go back the second. After work we hiked for 2.5 hours on a local mountain and man oh man am I outta shape since the last hike in October! Gonna use the gym to be ready for the next one!

Better eating day yesterday too and even water-(I do think it is 8oz also)
better get movin--been playin on this puter alll mornin- emoticon



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Hello friends,

Thanks for the fresh food suggestions. They were just what was needed. Dinner went off without a hitch, Christmas was peaceful, and we were blessed with Mom being strong enough to move around with her walker. She had more energy Christmas Day then she's had in the past six months. Unfortunately, it didn't last long but was so glad she could enjoy the holiday.

Somehow ended up throwing another impromptu dinner party with people showing up at odd hours - coming and going. Since we were grilling, was once again very relaxed but there was this sense of people reaching out, needing to bond this year. Anyone else feel that?

For Christmas my dh gave me a chiminea. I love fireplaces (but they're not practical in Miami). But the chiminea is portable enough to be moved... Cool enough to sit outside, sip mulled wine, and enjoy the dancing flames.

Have gained 3 lbs. - need to get back on program today. Now that Christmas and my bday have passed the only remaining hurdle for the season is dh's bday.

Better go earn my keep.

Everyone at work is looking forward to saying goodbye to 2008 and welcoming in 2009. For this one week at least, the uncertainty of the economy does not seem to be weighing most people down. Let's hope the new year can live up to its promise.


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I'm pretty sure it's the standard 8 oz glass--I think I saw it here somewhere when I was setting up. Don't worry, the water police won't come after you to check. That's what I count, anyway. Now if I could just figure out how to get them to track my yoga minutes!

Late Christmas surprise yesterday (well, not really, but you do what you can, right?). Got home from work to find that D's dad had gotten a dog. Yup. Fuzzy little dustmop thing. His, "but it'll stay here and R will take care of it" when he's not (he didn't say what would happen if R goes to visit him for the summer, which she's done the past two years). It's very cute, although we found out at 10:30 last night that he (Teddy) does indeed bark, although not much. Just with poor timing. Cross between shih-tzu (did I spell that right?) and something else that is escaping me.

Okay, that's my grouse for the day.

I'm working in the field tomorrow, which is almost like an extra day off (but an exhausting one). Good exercise, at least LOL. Just New Year's Day off--one long weekend was enough for me. My friend in Massachusetts will be down the end of January for a conference in West Palm, so I'll take a vacation day then and drive down to see her.

Gotta fly--late for work, but had to stop in and say hi. Dropped another pound--apparently the holiday madness is good for me!

Sunny skies and warm updrafts, goosies....

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Heheh, try 4:00 am and 5:30 will seem like sleeping in...

We still don't have DSL at work, maybe tomorrow. I certainly hope they get it going before Fearless returns.

I sort of ran this morning, more running intervals than solid running, but it's been a while, so I didn't mind. Then at lunch I walked a couple of miles or so (I know it's at least 2 miles, don't know how much more it might be). Beautiful day!!!

I'll repeat that process tomorrow, then Wednesday morning get up and run then head south. That way I'll have 5 exercise sessions in for the week. I know that's not the best way to do it, but it's the way I'm doing it this week...;o)

Gotta go, got millions of things to do before Wednesday morning. Later y'all.

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I can't find anywhere in SparkPeople what they consider a glass of water. 8 oz.? And I can't find where I can even ask that question. Any guidance from those who have looked deeper?

It was really hard to come to work today. I kind of tossed and turned all night so didn't feel like I got a good nights sleep. I got used to sleeping until 7. 5:30 is just too darned early!

It's been pretty quiet here at work though and we've been chatting a lot, as well as getting work done, catching up on holiday adventures. My dh and I have been invited to a New Year's Eve party at some friends in Atascadero (just north of here). It will be fun because we haven't seen them in a while and have had a heck of a time trying to find a time to get together.

Report on exercise: not quite the every day I thought I'd do last week, more like every other day. Got a park walk in this weekend which I haven't done in a while due to it being dark so early. Went to the gym yesterday and worked my legs intensely and feel it today. Am headed to the gym tonight. Foodwise the day started out well with oatmeal, but a McDonalds hamburger called to me at lunch time so I kind of wiped out the good the oatmeal did! Will just have to work out extra hard and be good the rest of the day. Working on downing at least 3 16 oz. bottles of water before the end of the work day.

Back to work!

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I'll see your grinch and raise you one. I've been working and will work every day but Christmas and New Year's day. grummph.

However, I still turn the lights on the Christmas tree and enjoy the "candles" in the house windows at night. I think I'll keep listening to Christmas songs until New Year's too. Lots and lots of Christmas cd's to listen to!

I got everything on my Christmas list, so now I'm enjoying the new Enya cd "And Winter Came". Mostly beautiful and uplifting, so I'm pleased I got it.

Christmas Eve at my mom's went very well and the White Elephant exchange (a new addition) was lots of fun. Everyone got a big laugh at my gift of 20 Happy Meal toys. My daughter (who opened it) was horrified that I had eaten that many fast food meals - but I have been collecting them for about 2-3 years, so it's not so bad, lol.

Dh has been very good about sticking to his diet and had no trouble on Christmas Eve or for Christmas dinner at dd26's house, but when a third big family meal occurred on Saturday (when my father and step-mom traveled up to visit), he kinda went into his shell. He goes in to weigh tomorrow and I know he'll be mad if he hasn't lost anything.

There are times when I realize just how disfunctional my family is. Saturday was one of them. My step-mother kept making a big deal out of dd19's 4.0 last semester and just breezed over dd17's 2 A's and 3 B's - even though those grades are just as miraculous and deserving of high praise, considering her struggles. When dd26 tried to interject and explain that dd17's grades were equally worthy, step-mom just ignored her and changed the subject. Wow. It made my head hurt.

So, here I am at work, wishing I could be at home in my jammies. Give the kids an extra hug for me, Tracy and raise a mug of hot chocolate in gratitude.

And thanks for the gift for us, Macke. A beautiful gesture indeed!

Karin: the snow sounds great. Stay safe and warm!

Kathi: keep enjoying the peace and spirit of the season. I can just see you snuggled up with your dh and counting your blessings.

Lorena: How fun to be part of Santa this year! Children really bring the magic to the season.

Colleen: hang on to the Christmas fun as long as you can, who cares if Christmas day is past. You deserve a little peace.

Penny: I hope all is well with you, that you are just enjoying a long moment of relaxation.

Lisa: sounds like you had a great, long weekend. Too bad it has to end! Will you get another long weekend this week too?

Jen: I would love to get together - really - and maybe do a short hike in N GA sometime this spring. I'm getting back into walking and plan on hitting the gym (or at least my "new" elliptical) in the new year. Therefore, I should be ready to take on a mountain hike just in time for the spring flowers. What do you think?

Moo: Pictures please! I guess I need to add a few more to my Sparkpage too, of my little guy's first Christmas. Fun, fun, fun! And here's my wish that Fearless gives you the raise you have earned.

Off to add pics...
Katrina

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Another quick flyby...awesome time at the farm, pix to follow...

Macke, thanks for your donation in the name of the Flerd, and for your shared annoyance at Fearless Leader! I got a good enough bonus, but I've had better during less intense years, so I don't know what was up with that. It's raise time, so we'll see if I do any better than the usual $.50/hr I've gotten every year prior. I don't mean to be grumpy about it, but he has NO IDEA what I've done for them. I know I'm usually a scrooge anyway, but I normally lighten up by a week before the actual day, not this year, grumpy bitchy from hell, and that's the reason. Oh well...pays the same, I keep telling myself that.

Hi to everyone else, me & Max are suiting up for the first run in over a week, wish me luck, I'll need it-LOL.

Moo

PS: I'm in the Thank Goodness it's over category, sorry. Especially this year!

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Include me in the "Christmas is over already?" group. It was so nice to have a long, really long weekend off for Christmas (Fri was voluntarily off but loved it).

My Mom and sister came over for Christmas morning, I fixed breakfast and we hung out with a fire in the fireplace. Very relaxing and very little scheduled. We all met up at my brothers for Christmas dinner.

My sister-in-law introduced a new tradition (hopefully) where we all wrote some sort of poem abot another family member. She matched us up .. it was so much fun. Of course some of the nephews grumbled about the "homework" but came up with something anyway.

Jen - So good to see you again!

Lorena - I enjoyed a few days with no obligations too ... I'm spoiled that way!

Macke - Thanks so much for your thoughtful donation to the "Make A Wish Foundation". Wonderful charity.

Even tho my posts were sparse, you guys were on my mind for sure over Christmas - one of the great gifts in my life.

Anyone else back to the grindstone tomorrow?

Hugs to all,
Lisa

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I'm here, I'm good. I just needed a few days with no obligations, and since I had an extra holiday from work, I've spent a lot of time at my favorite park. Mostly reading, but working on intentions for 2009, also.

Thanks for the Christmas gift, Macke--the Make a Wish foundation does good work.

Penny, I haven't seen any headlines reading Nursery Owner Strangles Husband with Liana, so I guess you worked things out. Or did you just sic the dogs on him? Thanks for the idea about advertising for work--think I'll look into that. Did you use Karin's yummy salad idea?

I forgot to write a Flerd holiday story--think I'll get one done in the next few days and post it for you for the New Year :) Just received my second royalty check yesterday--things aren't moving fast, but they are moving. I've got three stories published now, and am just finally getting my creative spark back to get more finished (I have a bunch that are half written. Oddly enough, I'm having trouble writing the love scenes :) Wouldn't a therapist like that!)

Macke, is that a picture of the Beast? I don't think I'd seen one before--what a beautiful dog. I would definitely love to get together with you while you're here--much easier than me getting to San Francisco!

Colleen, Susan--I can relate to where you are with your dads right now--mine is still hanging in/on, but he gets a little worse every few days--I'll skip all the interim details (it was a long autumn!) and say that right now, the cancer is in his bones, three tumors in his pelvic area that they won't operate on because it wouldn't do any good, he broke his hip about a week before Thanksgiving, so we did the holiday at the rehab facility. His bones are that brittle--he broke his hip turning too quickly and THEN fell! He's back home now, can't walk without the walker, though, and for the past month or so has been sleeping more than he's awake (according to his SO, he slept 15 hours straight after he came home from dialysis yesterday). They're doing hemodialysis, and one of the effects is that he goes through drug withdrawal periodically when they filter out enough morphine. A few days before Christmas he went into the hospital after dialysis for several hours so they could add a couple of pints of blood--his body isn't replacing it quickly enough, I guess. For about six months now, he gets worse, stabilizes, and then gets worse again--there's been no getting better. One blessing, though, is that somewhere in all of this, I discovered I'm not angry at him anymore--it was like one morning I woke up and poof, it was gone--(this was before he started getting really bad) I just somehow had this complete clarity, realizing that everything was just him doing the best he knew how--whatever it was: karma, fear, borderline personality disorder :) (I'm not condoning his attitude or actions)--whether I thought he should have been more enlightened or whatever doesn't matter. Now if only I knew how I did that, so I could apply it to a couple other people ....

I'm off to do my weigh-in -- lost another pound this week. Then, since it's sunny and warm, I think I'll go to the park for a few hours. Take a notebook and see if I can get some writing done.

PS Tracy, I love your santa scavenger hunt--my goddaughter and I made "reindeer chow" (basically like a sweet chex mix with Quaker oat squares and pecans) and left it out for Santa and the reindeer Christmas Eve--my roommate does family Christmas that night, and Santa comes while the kids are asleep. So we put it out on the hearth, and when D put out the Santa gifts around midnight, she emptied most of the reindeer chow--just left some crumbs. I think R was about as excited about that as the presents!

Raising an early New Year's toast to the good health and peace of mind to all the Flerd families....

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Holding Colleen's dad in thought and prayer -- and glad that he has had the balm of loving attention from family. Happy bd to your dd as well.

Karin, images of you gliding, gliding through the frozen land are firmly in my mind. Quite beautiful, as long as there is a warm place and lots of warm clothes to put on afterwards. Your grandson's generous spirit must be such a great joy.

Lorena, we haven't heard much from you these past days, but hope all is well. Perhaps you have post-party let-down! No worroes -- I'll bet you left a better impression than most of the others there -- such a strong gift of energy can be recognized anywhere.

Susan, up in the mountains for the week -- congrats on getting the move behind you. While I respect your devotion to Fearless Leader and Co, I must say that your report about the move sent shivers of anger up my spine. I really hope he finds a way to treat you well after all you have done for him.

Kathi, I agree that Christmas comes and goes all too fast. I didn't have the chance to sing half the carols I love so dearly. Love all the twinly lights, until the electric company tells us they are a waste, I'm going to enjoy them!

Jen, your holiday sounds like the perfect transition from having kids to having adult children. Laughter, history, traditions and lots of late talk sound perfect.

Tracy, the relaxed drill at your place makes me jealous! I want jammy time! Well, maybe not exactly jammies, but the easy going rhythm you describe is alluring. Pancakes and toys and an accasional thank you note.

Penny, hoping your holidays were peaceful and centered on the joyful side of life. Your past few months have seemed so hectic, you certainly deserve the quiet of the season.

I'm being dragged off my SweetMan to go party with one of his funders -- they throw the most dismal party you can imagine every year and we are stalwarts. We even got an emial reminder today from the guy -- so our presence is a command performance. Dear Cosmos -- if I ever get that warped, please arrange for a train to run me over.

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Hi Gang,

Today is dd's 20th birthday. Expecting guests any moment.
My dad is out of ICU but not out of the woods yet. Things are not going smoothly. I went up yesterday to visit. He is tired but hanging in there.
I am not ready for the Christmas spirit to leave either. I feel as though I missed a lot of it while sitting in hospital chairs.
The snow has been relentless. Yesterday it snowed a few more inches. It has finally warmed up to 41 and it should stay warm now. I do not ever remember in all my years having snow like this. It just kept on coming. I would have truly loved it had I not had to drive so far in it every day. Oh well.
I got a wii fit too Karin, Tracy, and will set it up today. I have not exercised since the snow started (once) so I need to get going. My sister told me the wii fit gave her a little belly that protrudes out of her shirt for an icon. LOL. I guess it is straight up with you huh? lol
I must prepare for birthday guests. I will check back in tonight when it is rest time ;o)
Colleen

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I'm not ready for Christmas to be over. I haven't had enough of lights and Christmas trees and the good will that comes with the holiday. Hopefully we can keep the latter going anyway.

Tracy, it sounds like a wonderful time is being had by all. Love those unstructured days.

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Post-Christmas greetings to all. I have really enjoyed the last two days. It has been a bit of a free-for-all--- we are all staying up late, sleeping late, staying in jammies until whenever, eating leftovers, playing Wii games, putting together Playmobil castles, and generally just enjoying free time and each other. It has been nice.

Macke--maybe two weeks is just too long to stay away from work! That voice recognition sounds like something out of the future, doesn't it? Next thing you know we can do a retina scan for everything from the ATM to our gym memberships. Sure would be nice to avoid having to remember all those passwords, codes, cards, etc. So glad that your friend made it, and that you were able to enjoy your brother while avoiding all the sticky spots. That takes skill and some serious conscious intent!

Jen--it looks like you have been bitten by the hiking bug in a very big way. I think the last time we were in touch, you were just starting to venture out to the woods. So happy that you have discovered something that you can do with your family, and that you love so much.

Kathi--your candlelight dinner sounds so romantic! And the SantaFace game --what a great idea!

Karin--so how was the snowskiing? I can just picture you and dh gliding across the snow. Loved the gift of feeding the homeless ( did this child fall from an Angels lap?) ---and while I hear that you missed your own kids, you had a great day at your sisters.

Macke--thank you for the gift to Make-a-Wish. Not only will a precious child get the benefit, but I feel so honored to be part of the motivation behind your generousity.

Off to bed soon.
Tracy


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Happy Boxing Day to all,

Sounds like the holiday was low key for most of us -- our medical student friend finally made it to CA three days late but better than never. She's been jaunting up to the city to rendezvous with friends, and stoking up on above-freezing weather. We end up hosting her the entire time because a friend with whom was supposed to stay apparently decided to change plans and not communicate effectively.

We spent Christmas Eve and Day together, and travelled to see my brother and his family for the Big Meal. We are treading lightly around some big differences in viewpoints (politically, socially, spiritually, just about all fronts) and managing to avoid most of the landmines. I just hope we can close out the week on Sunday smoothly.

I know I said I would take two weeks off, but it's been a week and I'm starting to crawl the walls. I plan to go to the office tomorrw and "train" my new voice-recognition software to recognize my voice. that way, when I draft reports and articles, I can start out orally and then refine down to text. Looking forward to seeing how this might work.

Loving the idea that the days are getting longer again.

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Good morning,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I was missing my dd and ds but still spent a great day at my sister's. We went to oldert ds first and opened gifts with their family. Of course we ate too much but today's a new day!

I'm having coffee and a small breakfast and then dh and I are going out to cross country ski. We have over 2 ft of snow on the ground and we are supposed to get 3-6 inches today so it should be great skiing. It's warmed up to 15 - great temp for skiing.

Macke, thanks for your donation. It's a great organization! Part of our gift from Kaden was that he bought a meal for a homeless family. Loved that!

Oldest ds family got us Wii Fit. I can't wait to try it out later today.

Back later.

Karin

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Macke that is a very special thing to do...maybe next year you can help us (ok me) to do the same. Actually perhaps I can do it now!! This has been the best year I have had in a long time -- and I am no longer bummed by imperfection but embrace the good, using it as the fuel of my life.

Kathi you had a Silent Night! :)

We had a nice time sipping wine, munching, playing silly games, and simply laughing and talking till weee morning hours. Our kids looked great and I saw pics that will motivate me in the months to come!

This little group of talented women has always been an influence and it will be nice to be with you all daily again.

Does anyone have good meal plans ... Spark doesnt do that for you and I need the structure from some where..think I will challenge myself to be very strict in calorie/protein intake/ and exercise for the next 8 weeks and see what happens.

Let me also just say for the record that I am sooo thankful for spell check :)



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Thank you Macke, for such a thoughtful gift. I have always thought that your traditional was such a generous and meaningful one.

We had a small adventure tonight. Just after fixing dinner and sitting down to eat it, the power went out and stayed out for about an hour. I felt fortunate we had already fixed the meal and had lit candles for it. We simply finished eating our dinner solely by candlelight, then lit some more candles and got the flashlights out!

Merry Day After Christmas!

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Sweet and silent Christmas night wishes to you all.

Every year, I pick a charity that reflects the essential focus or goodness of the Flerd and then make a contribution in honor of the blessings I have enjoyed throughout the year. In this small way, I can "pay if forward" for all the benefits you all have provided to me, kicks in the backside notwithstanding!!

This year, I chose the Make a Wish Foundation. I am sure you are all familiar with their good work. This year, the great wish I had was to find a new channel for ourselves. And it happened. I want the same small miracle for many ill children.

Thank you my friends for the richest community of wisdom one could hope to find.



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Merry merry Christmas!

Susan did you do the Cool Running training to get running! I think I am gonna start training! for 2009! Gonna be lookin FINE




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I wish you all a very Merry Christmas
I hope you have peaceful and meaningful day
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Tracy, you have the most creative household. I've never heard of doing a scavenger hunt for Christmas presents but sounds like fun!

A memory I have at Christmas as a kid was having all the relatives over one year and my dad made a big Santa face that fit in the dining room doorway (large arch) and made windows at the eyes, nose, etc. and then we did a Laugh-In kind of show for the relatives, popping in and out of windows, telling jokes, etc., and ending with each of us saying Merry Christmas in a different language from different windows.

We are having a quiet Christmas here just the two of us. I'm looking forward to not traveling!

Sending love all over the country to all the Flerd. Wishing you a peaceful, happy holiday and know this will be an awesome 2009. And good thoughts to those who are struggling right now (parents, spouses, selves). Happy Christmas. Oh, and Happy Solstice too!

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I somehow stopped getting my email reminders that someone has posted here ( maybe when I unsigned from all the groups that Sparkpeople hooked me up with?)---so I have not checked as regularly. Lots going on. Welcome Jen! Nice to have you back. Penny--I can relate. A walk with the dogs sounds like a great idea. Macke--hope your friend makes it. I bet she does. Lorena---don't you just wish for a free pass some days? A " Get out of Jail, and Collect $200 as you pass Go" card? Sorry to hear about your second job ending. You have such a rich and varied life resume, I can't help but think that something good is waiting for you. Moo--I understand the sadness. Maybe your tears serve a purpose---providing fertile ground. I will keep your dad in my prayers. Colleen--also lifting up your dad, although it sounds like he doesn't need the help! Karin--so glad the weather allowed you to make it to the Christmas play! Sounds precious. Stay warm.
Kathi--good in-laws and family are a gift, aren't they? Nice that you enjoy yours so much. Lisa--is the family getting together at your house this year? Katrina--your girls sound so resourceful and focused. I haven't used an elliptical very much, but I understand it gives you a great look from behind:)

Got to go. Just now getting a few cards in the mail. I have everything wrapped, but my kids requested that Santa do a scavenger hunt for their gifts this year. It requires very straight line thinking....this clue leads to that...then comes this one..circle back around to this..etc.--and that is not how my brain typically functions. I am more of a " throw it all up there and see where it lands, then sift through it" kind of thinker.

Wishing you all a Christmas Eve to remember-
T-bird

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