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  • jfk blown away what else do i have to say?

    11/22/2019 12:54:56 PM, by AHTRAP

    November 22, 1963 saw an American President assassinated in Dallas, Texas, with a gunman in the Texas Schoolbook Depositary supposedly the only perpetrator of the crime. That gunman was himself killed two days later, in police custody, so he never got to testify further about anything he might have ... Read more

  • Coming Along

    11/22/2019 10:20:29 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    I stopped and got a few more Christmas gifts yesterday and food for Thanksgiving. I just don't like crowded stores and long lines, so I really shop all year. I have totes that I keep presents in. The bad thing about that is that my girls know I have them. When they are in a pinch, they ask to ha... Read more

  • 11/21/19

    11/21/2019 9:54:07 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    Day 8 all workouts complete. Feeling good and sore. Lol. Also completed multiple clues from the Biggest Loser scavenger hunt. Today I even feel muscles I didn't know about lol got to love engaging your core during workouts.😀 My dinner was not really the best bit I enjoyed it and am still with in m... Read more

  • 99th percentile

    11/21/2019 2:36:12 PM, by AHTRAP

    I started this blog a day (more or less) streak last November 27th. I've missed two days since then, Memorial Day when I was sitting out by a bonfire with a phone out of juice until after midnight, and November 1st, when I failed to hit post on an entry I had all typed out until just after 12 AM. No... Read more

  • 11/21/2019 Where I’m At Today, Diabetes Awareness Month

    11/21/2019 7:31:12 AM, by BILLTHOMSON

    Today is a beautiful Day. November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this year’s focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. ... Read more

  • 11/20/19

    11/20/2019 10:38:48 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    Today is day 7 of workout. This was a rest day. Don't feel to guilty about it. The way I worked through any feelings of guilt was by stretching, doing simple little movements and also did a clue from the Biggest Loser scavenger hunt. Today was also my TOPS meeting. When I got dressed this morning I... Read more

  • oh no Pochettino

    11/20/2019 6:53:16 PM, by AHTRAP

    I'm a fan of Tottenham Hotspur, the English club based in North London. I picked them when I first began aware of the Premier League in the mid 90s, mostly as they had a guy named Jurgen Klinsmann on their squad at the time, a German player who later had a rather ill fated spell as the US Men's Nati... Read more

  • 11/19/19

    11/19/2019 8:52:34 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    Today has been a good day even if a little cold outside and no sun. Completed Day 6 of my workouts schedule. Feeling great with it. Felt muscles I forgot was there. LOL. I was reading earlier about mindful exercise so I applied it to my evening workout and noticed a difference in the way I was exerc... Read more

  • alternate history

    11/19/2019 6:54:46 PM, by AHTRAP

    I enjoy reading a genre of science/speculative fiction where a writer takes a historical event, and tweaks a key point, and then imagine what might happen if it had turned out differently. A favorite of mine from this area is a guy named Harry Turtledove, who also writes fantasy novels/series, but i... Read more

  • 11/18/19

    11/18/2019 10:37:26 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    Well I missed a couple of days of blogging. So even though I am tired and it's past my usual bed time I am making myself do this before I forget. 11/16/19 - Did both of my workouts 11/17/19 - Had a rest day from exercise. Felt guilty about not doing them even though I knew my body needed a break. ... Read more

  • Los endos

    11/18/2019 2:43:25 PM, by AHTRAP

    This entry was going to be an odds and ends installment, and for a title, my mind jumped to the song by the band Genesis that closes out their 1976 album "A Trick of the Tail", their first after Peter Gabriel jumped ship for his solo career and Phil Collins stepped out from behind the drums to take ... Read more

  • Cheers' little brother

    11/17/2019 11:07:37 PM, by AHTRAP

    Stumbled on a documentary about the early days of the show Seinfeld on Youtube, and it turned out to be an enjoyable hour about a show that I watched pretty regularly during the 90s. https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=I8_2hPjljag Mostly, the documentary talked to Jerry Seinfeld and Larry ... Read more

  • 'Tis the Season...

    11/17/2019 9:06:32 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    Time to think about how I would like this season to go. The older I get, the more I wish it was like when I was younger. Kick back and spend time with family and friends.... Read more

  • Don't wanna go

    11/16/2019 7:15:13 PM, by AHTRAP

    Bowling, that is. Elbow is whiny. Kinda don't feel like going out. But I told my friend I'd go, when I saw her at the comedy club yesterday, so I'll eventually drag myself off this couch and wander out. Besides, she's thinking of bowling herself, with her left hand because she broke her right a c... Read more

  • 11/15/19

    11/15/2019 9:41:32 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    Today has been a wonderful day! I got up when the alarm went off got dressed and did my morning exercise. Boy did I feel this one (Biggest loser 2 dvd). Then started cleaning the living room and started decorating for Christmas. I got part of that done. Finishing it tomorrow. Before dinner I got my ... Read more

  • It comes and it goes

    11/15/2019 1:37:24 AM, by AHTRAP

    So a scant few hours ago, I made a blog posting from the spark app and I managed to add a picture to it by clicking the add a photo button. It did not work the day before. And it doesn't work now. What the crap, sparky? What the everloving crap? I should be sleeping, but obvio... Read more

  • Country road

    11/14/2019 10:58:29 PM, by AHTRAP

    Watching a 1971 interview with all time drumming great Buddy Rich on the Mike Douglas Show, and he's ripping into country music as simplistic and boring and not advancing music as an art form. As someone who is decidedly not a country fan, I find myself nodding along, but thinking that different ... Read more

  • 11/14/19 - RESETTING! 😁

    11/14/2019 10:38:55 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    After my 9 lbs gain yesterday I have decided it was time to start cracking down on my weight loss. For several months I have been only really half assing my weight loss plan. It is time to get serious again. No more excuses. So last night went to bed earlier than usual and planned on getting up ear... Read more

  • Dumb dumb dumb

    11/13/2019 5:36:25 PM, by AHTRAP

    I’ve ranted and raved about this SparkPeople app before and how it makes entering blogs stupidly difficult. IPhone native keyboards finally, years and years after Android, made it possible to swipe to type, and guess what, the spark people app can't handle that feature. Try to swipe out a blog on he... Read more

  • How do I deal with being Inside-Out?

    11/12/2019 8:35:38 PM, by MAYBEMIDLIFE20

    Have you ever watched Inside-Out? Personally, I love that movie. And because my son and I have it on our regular "watch" rotation, I was thinking about it today. If you don't know the movie, there are five main emotions living in everyone's head: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. And lately, I... Read more

  • The Rime of the Modern Composer

    11/12/2019 2:50:23 PM, by AHTRAP

    So I was listening to a shuffle of songs by the band Iron Maiden, and their track Rime of the Ancient Mariner came on, and got me wondering when the epic poem by that name had been written. But instead of googling the title of the piece, I went to type in the name of the author. Or at least I tried ... Read more

  • There's a little black spot on the sun today

    11/11/2019 9:27:21 PM, by AHTRAP

    The planet Mercury orbits the sun once every 88 of our days. But only once every few years are we in position to see it crossing, or transiting over the sun. The last time was in 2016, the next time will be in 2032, and the next time we in North America will catch a glimpse of the Sun's nearest neig... Read more

  • Express Myself

    11/11/2019 12:53:24 PM, by MAYBEMIDLIFE20

    My 21 day challenge today is to "Express Yourself" First, may I just say, thank you to Spark because now I have that song in my mind, unfortunately the only words I know to it are "Express Yourself" on repeat. I feel it's more due to TV commercials than it is to actually knowing the song though... Read more

  • Sunday Sundae

    11/10/2019 6:16:36 PM, by AHTRAP

    No I didn't have any ice cream today, but after writing that title, I'm craving one all of a sudden. Good thing it's too cold out there for me to really want to follow up on that thought. I did have a barbecue lunch though, after playing in that pickleball mini-tournament this morning. It was held i... Read more

  • 11/9

    11/9/2019 10:31:21 PM, by AHTRAP

    Weird fraction, don'tcha think? Kind of like 5th Third, but they went and named a bank after it, which made me wonder how they came up with that name, so I looked it up. Apparently, it came about as a merger of two predecessor banks, the Third National Bank and the Fifth National Bank. Kind of a bor... Read more

  • The verdict: Metzger's wins

    11/8/2019 1:31:55 AM, by AHTRAP

    In the titanic tussle of german restaurants in Ann Arbor Michigan, the king of Weiner Schnitzel is....Metzger's. The offering at the Heidelberg is deeper fried, so the breading is more prominent than the veal, and...yeah, I just enjoyed the Metzger's version better. That said, I have no idea wh... Read more

  • schnitzel!

    11/7/2019 12:17:23 PM, by AHTRAP

    Ann Arbor has two main German restaurants. A couple of weeks ago, one meetup group did a dinner thing at one of them, and now a different group is doing a thing at the other one tonight. Guess I should go, if only to compare the places, right? I hadn't been to place (Metzger's) we visited two w... Read more

  • soccer on the radio

    11/6/2019 5:28:41 PM, by AHTRAP

    Listening to the Tottenham Hotspur game via audio feed from their team web site, since TNT is showing a different Champions League game, and I didn't feel like going out to watch at the bar Spurs fans gather in to see their games. It's a bit chilly out there, and I'll be heading out later to play tr... Read more

  • October, not October.....ooops

    11/5/2019 7:14:08 PM, by ILOVEME2016

    So I was going to start writing about how October's here, then I remembered that we are now in the stretch between Halloween and Thanksgiving. So much for be awake and aware. Today was a half-day and I had a good day with my son. 6th grade has been a challenge for all of us. I never... Read more

  • Odds and socks

    11/5/2019 1:32:44 PM, by AHTRAP

    Random thoughts sort of entry for today. Granted, that's often the case, but there's usually more connective tissue between the randomness. Not so much this afternoon. 1 Boo my ankle. It was sore yesterday, but it's worse today, as I discovered when I went to play pickleball this morning. I t... Read more

  • Sorry for the delay!

    11/5/2019 6:37:11 AM, by MISSA526

    My liver biopsy turned out really well. The swelling went down and no signs of any kind of damage! YEA!! BAd news is my liver numbers are still horribly high. I;ve given up drinking, I can't take Tylenol, I can't take my migraine pills because they have Tylenol in them. I can't take naproxsen ... Read more

  • Somebody's got a case of the Mondays

    11/4/2019 9:32:54 PM, by AHTRAP

    Someone else, anyway, I had a decent day. The phrase, if you didn't recognize it, is a reference from the cult classic movie Office Space, where a smarmy coworker says that to a grumpy character. As you might imagine, it didn't make that person's Monday any better. Bit sore today, after yesterday'... Read more

  • Now That Halloween is Over...

    11/4/2019 10:05:58 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    my concentration is on Christmas. I've got Helena mostly done. She's easy - at 5, she tells me what she wants. My girls are a little harder, but not really. Their significant others are a little harder than that, but not really. My dearest is the worse. He grew up in a Jehovah's Witness family... Read more

  • Honestly thought about it

    11/3/2019 8:43:46 PM, by AHTRAP

    Dropping this blog streak thing, I mean. After all, I felt bad, mad even about blowing the latest iteration of the streak, especially in the manner I did. As I mentioned the other day, I scribbled out a post Friday night, but failed to hit post until after midnight. But then I had semi exciting... Read more

  • Starting Again!!!

    11/3/2019 8:33:45 AM, by OPTIMIST123

    Well everyday is a new beginning. This last week I made my walking goal everyday. Today I decided to let go a little in this blog. It seems I can only do 1 thing right at a time. Did my walking easy this week but ate a lot of junk. It seems if I do 1 thing right I sabotage my efforts. I keep thinkin... Read more

  • Day 2596

    11/2/2019 4:15:57 PM, by RUNNING-TURTLE

    Finished my first GoRuck race seven years after I started doing 5k raced and more. Definitely want to do them more. Didn't do to bad, finished in 47:35 for a 15:18 pace min/mile with 10 pounds on my back and cold outside. Lol. But I had fun.... Read more

  • Been a while

    11/2/2019 12:08:05 AM, by AHTRAP

    Whoops, messed up my blog streak. Well not really since I typed this all out hours ago. But I never hit post. And so...we start over again. The train rolls on. And I’ve got my Saturday entry done just a few scant minutes into the day. Anyway, here’s what I was going to ascribe to the ‘been a w... Read more

  • 11/01/2019 Where I’m At Today, Diabetes Awareness Month

    11/1/2019 9:48:34 AM, by BILLTHOMSON

    Today is a beautiful Day. November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this year’s focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. ... Read more

  • Happy Halloween!

    10/31/2019 5:15:48 PM, by AHTRAP

    I've always blown hot and cold about this holiday. As a kid, asthma attacks knocked me out of trick or treating on a couple of occasions. But I also have a few good memories of wandering around our neighborhood with my little buddies, when there were a lot more kids in this specific area. And one od... Read more

  • Winter is coming

    10/30/2019 1:19:00 PM, by AHTRAP

    Mind you, I haven't hardly watched any of the Game of Thrones series, save those exceedingly confusing 30 minutes this one time in a hotel when I couldn't find the remote after I'd managed to leave the TV on the HBO Latino channel when I switched it off the night before. That was weird, to say the l... Read more

  • Yes, No, and Wait

    10/29/2019 5:58:09 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    God has three answers for us: yes, no and wait. He answered me wait yesterday. It's definitely the hardest of the answers to hear. My baby, Sherry is Helena's Mom. My girls are my whole world. Over the weekend, I saw some of Sherry's pictures on the internet and I don't know how they cam... Read more

  • Wonder how the Bahamas are doing?

    10/29/2019 3:01:45 PM, by AHTRAP

    Less than two months ago, Hurricane Dorian decimated that island nation, and yet, in our breakneck 24 hour news cycle, that might as well have been a year ago, or two. Two islands in particular, Abaco and Grand Bahama, took the brunt of Dorian's punishment, with others in the chain, including New Pr... Read more

  • Teeth and hair and coffee, oh my!

    10/28/2019 3:30:15 PM, by AHTRAP

    Or, a basic run down of my day so far. I missed the memo that my morning pickleball peeps were playing early this morning, otherwise I might have joined them, and still had time to make it to my dentist appointment at 12:30. While sitting in the chair, with my hygienist, whose name I can never ... Read more

  • 10/27/19

    10/27/2019 10:30:25 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    So today was an off day. I got up at my usual time and just couldn't stop yawning and ended up back in bed after eating my breakfast. When I woke up again the 1pm football game was on. Had lunch and did dishes. Got a little exercise in during late afternoon. As well I was way over on my calories. ... Read more

  • Whiplash in my sleep

    10/27/2019 12:08:43 PM, by AHTRAP

    But in a good way. Woke up at 8 AM this morning, for no real reason. Well, my alarm was set for that time as I had something to get to Saturday at 9 AM, but I had no such thing Sunday, I just failed to turn off the alarm. Reached for my phone, and saw a notice that I had an e-mail waiting, in the ac... Read more

  • 10/26/19

    10/26/2019 9:08:26 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    Today was a bit more relaxed. I took what I am calling my 2 mile rest walk. Where all I do is walk at medium to slow pace to give my leg muscles a break but still get some of my steps in. When I got back I did some arm exercises with dumbells. Then I started getting ready for a halloween retirement ... Read more

  • Tech screen

    10/26/2019 2:28:30 PM, by AHTRAP

    I was supposed to have a quick phone interview...well, not an interview exactly, a tech screening, which sounded like they were just going to quiz me on the software I work with, to make sure I had a clue what I was talking about. That was supposed to happen at 430 PM. At 1:05 PM, I get a text askin... Read more

  • 10/25/19

    10/25/2019 10:34:11 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    This morning I went for my walk/jog for 4 miles. Took it a little slower today but proud of myself for completing it instead of cutting it short. I also had a really good calorie day. All of these good things make me feel like I am back on track and back on top!🎉🏅... Read more

  • Tea Party

    10/25/2019 6:27:58 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    Helena and I had a "Tea" at her school this morning. We went back to the classroom and made crafts afterwards. It was fun. The school gave us papers with suggestions to talk about. Would you rather live in the jungle or on a farm? I want the farm; she wants the jungle. It's interesting to ask ... Read more

  • Bill Grogan's Goat

    10/25/2019 2:11:32 PM, by AHTRAP

    Going to watch this Celtic rock band tonight. https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=CLzSNiFRkdo I wasn't aware until just now, when I went to find a video of the band playing to show you, that there was a traditional children's song by that name, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=udX... Read more

  • 10/24/19

    10/24/2019 10:21:27 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    So today was a GREAT DAY! I went for a walk/jog this morning. I started out taking my regular route adding in more jogging declines as well as extended how long the jog was. I was feeling good about how I was doing. When I got back to the spot where I usually head home I looked at the stairs and ... Read more

  • Navel gazing

    10/24/2019 5:55:15 PM, by AHTRAP

    Went to a produce place yesterday, located about 20 miles away, just across from the Detroit Metro airport, to scope out what they had on sale in the last week before the place closes down for the winter. Apples half price from their usual already low prices (got a small bucket worth, might try my h... Read more

  • Good Days Bad Days

    10/24/2019 5:21:13 AM, by OPTIMIST123

    Good days I will always talk about. Bad days however I keep to myself. Yesterday I had a self pitty day. Just felt alone. I have to pay attention and know I’m not alone. God is always with me. In a room full of people I can be alone, but I’m no different then anyone else that feels this way. Others... Read more

  • 10/23/19

    10/23/2019 8:57:17 PM, by CSEGUIN2

    Today has been a great day! I went to my TOPS meeting. When I weighed in the scale has informed me that I have lost 5.5 lbs this week. I also had me measurements done. Here is what I have gone done in inches since November 14th 2018: Bust 3.25, Waist 5.5, Hips went up 2, Upper arm 0.25, Wrist 0.5, T... Read more

  • A little bit lower now

    10/23/2019 7:23:08 PM, by AHTRAP

    214.6 on the usual Wednesday morning weigh in. Crisis not everted, as there is a social weekend ahead, but as expected, the 217 from a couple of days ago was, while an eye opener, not entirely reflective of reality. Still, whatever it takes to kick your butt into gear, right? It's a touch under the... Read more