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11/29/11 6:42 P

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.Hubby BBQ our bird. It was great..but then it always is!

We did go out Thursday morning looking for one thing..a Leap Pad. But we waited until about 9:30 AM...most of the crowds were gone by then. Didn't find the Leap Pad (looked on Fri and Sat too). It seems this is the hot new toy for Christmas. People bought them up in bunches to then resell online (Amazon and eBay had then for 2x-3x retail price!) We have one but needed another for the other grand daughter. Things worked out though. One grand daughter wanted a kitchen play set so we're giving her that. I have about 1/2 our shopping done so far!

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11/28/11 3:16 P

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Join the club - I've not even begun to start.

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11/28/11 11:28 A

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Happy Cyber-Monday!

My father is addicted to on-line shopping. He is already finished with all of his Christmas shopping. I've barely started. *sigh*

~Alicia
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/26/11 11:09 A

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That was a good idea. Menard's was pretty busy, but Lowe's and Home Depot weren't bad... and they had TONS of staff. Of course we didn't even get to any of the stores until about 8 or 8:30 so any rush they might have had must have died down by the time we got there.


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11/26/11 10:57 A

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The only shopping I did was to the grocery store, where it was wonderful! All grocery shoppers must have been out getting deals elsewhere - the place was empty and we got right in and out for once emoticon

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11/26/11 9:36 A

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I don't do Black Friday, but DH decided he wanted to do a little shopping. So of course, the only stores we hit were Home Depot, Lowes, and Menard's, lol. I did get a pointsetta for $0.99 and a Rosemary herb plant shaped like a Christmas tree. :D

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11/25/11 10:16 A

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Congratulations, Laurie! I am so happy for you!

Anyone shopping today? I'm going to yoga, but my husband is going on-line bargain hunting!

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/24/11 2:55 P

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Alicia, that is great news - congratulations

Laurie, I'm so happy for you. I would love to be able to do that. I need to find a way to let go of some stress too.

I am so thankful for my family and friends, especially some here online. We won't do Thanksgiving till Tuesday, but I'm still enjoying a quiet day at home.


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11/24/11 10:45 A

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Happy emoticon Everyone!
I'm thankful for the time to regain my health and energy. Due to the severe effects of stress on my body, DH and I decided it was time for me to go into semi-retirement at the end of Sept. And after 6 weeks of retirement from corporate life, I'm feeling much better. I joined the YMCA by our home and have been increasing my activity again, with the result that I am almost completely off sleep meds, all of my blood work is back to good, blood pressure back to normal and I'm getting there with my ongoing joint and tendon issues.

Local farmers' market shopping and home cooking vs. eating out is helping with food quality, and Dec. 1 I will be tackling the quantity again.

The biggest change though is that I am truly thankful for every minute of the day now. Eleven years of corporate life was very interesting and challenging, but I must say, I really find that I am much more myself now that I am back to working for myself and more importantly, on myself.

Hugs and blessings and great good thoughts today.
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11/24/11 10:27 A

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I am truly grateful today because I was released for the day! Called Whole Foods as soon as I found out and they are open today from 7-4. Looks like I'll be cooking after all!

Enjoy your day!

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/23/11 1:41 P

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Happy birthday Jessica!

I remember when I had to work almost every holiday - not fun.

We're not having our Thanksgiving till the Tuesday after because that's when the family can finally all get together - so many having different work schedules.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! emoticon

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11/22/11 10:25 A

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Have a great birthday, Jessica!

I got my schedule for December. Working Christmas, but it's a late check-in and I'm off the 24th and most of the 23rd. Could be worse.

On-call for Thanksgiving...

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/18/11 12:11 P

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my 40th bday on the 27th of this month. i am having a party. i hope people come. i am going to have LOTS of fun. a co-worker is going to make me a cake (that i have to pay for, which is okay).

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11/18/11 9:59 A

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Wishing everyone a very happy pre-holiday weekend!

For me, the insanity starts Monday, so I will be enjoying my last days of calm until January 2.

Have fun at the track, Angel!

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/15/11 3:59 P

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I have a long weekend ahead of me in the vast wasteland of eating that is the dragstrip. Wish me luck!

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11/15/11 3:43 P

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Have you ever seen the book "Deceptively Delicious" ? It is aimed at getting healthy foods into your kids/families. It's about which vegetables to puree and add to what kind of recipes.

I love the concept, but haven't tried too many things in it. My daughter did take that idea and pureed a bag of italian vegetables and added it to spaghetti sauce one day when all the kids were over. No one knew but me and her. My oldest son said it was the best sauce he'd ever tasted.

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11/15/11 11:49 A

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Teaching him how to cook is just not an option. When it comes to household activities, it has to be very simple.

I offered to make foods for him to try. Then he can pick and choose what he likes. And if he likes something, I will make a large batch of it, portion it into containers, and freeze it. That way it is like a frozen dinner he just has to microwave. Trying to get more fresh veggies into his diet might be more of a challenge.

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/14/11 1:11 P

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Well, how about arranging some cooking lessons for him ? Did he enjoy the lentil soup ? If so, why not show him how to make it ? Perhaps knowing how to cook yummy meals might help him feel better. At least, he might not think people were telling him what to do if he learned how good healthy recipes can be.

He must like some vegetables. Why not help him create recipes around those ? it's a start. I have family members who are diabetic and well, they don't do as they're told. This is fully knowing they have to watch what they eat. they don't always do it. Change gets harder the older you get.

I'd say keep serving him the yummy food so that he doesn't think he'll have to eat cardboard for the rest of his life.



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11/14/11 12:27 P

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Hope you all had a great weekend!

Meditation circle on Friday, errands with hubby on Saturday, and a girls' day out on Sunday. Busy couple of days. Now to catch up on laundry...

My older brother came over on Saturday. He just found out he has diabetes and he is so depressed. He is also highly-functioning autistic, so it is very hard for him to make changes. I was thrilled that he let me make him a bowl of lentil and brown rice soup for dinner. He doesn't like being told what to do, so this is going to be a challenge for all of us.

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/14/11 11:32 A

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Heads up, folks ! Just to let you know, the Spark website will be off line this evening to perform some routine maintenance work !

SparkPeople and all of our sister websites (including SparkRecipes and dailySpark) will be down for maintenance tonight from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. EST (eastern standard time). Thanks for understanding!

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11/12/11 1:40 A

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Thanks to all our Veterans! Hope everyone enjoyed 11.11.11!
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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/11/11 7:25 P

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TGIF & a big thank you to our Vets
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11/11/11 6:36 P

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Thanks to all our Vets!!

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11/9/11 4:31 P

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This year is going by especially fast, but... I'm still with you, bring on the weekend! emoticon

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11/9/11 3:28 P

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I'm so with you on that Dee! I have been busy here at work but it's been mostly dealing with other peoples mistakes that effect my job! emoticon But I say..BRING ON THE WEEKEND!!

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11/9/11 2:11 P

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WooHoo! Hump day! I can't say I've accomplished much this week... but I'm still glad to see that it's half over. emoticon emoticon

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11/8/11 5:05 P

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Yeah..I'm so not ME when short on sleep!

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11/7/11 3:50 P

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I don't mind being busy - if there is some fun scheduled too - but hate it when I can't get to sleep.

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11/7/11 3:42 P

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I had a busy weekend. It seemed I was going from the time I got up Sat morning until I fell into bed last night about 10:30 (then couldn't get to sleep!). So I'm beat today!

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11/7/11 8:57 A

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Had a good weekend. Now it's back to the grind-stone. It's suppose to rain, but I think the temps will be mild.

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11/4/11 2:10 P

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It's going to get windy. chilly, and maybe ( I so Hope!) rainy here in Vegas this weekend!

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11/3/11 4:25 P

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I seem to have a busy Nov. Races, Dr appts, and Thanksgiving.

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11/1/11 4:16 P

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Everything is so crazy for me at the end of the year! Vacation bidding, open enrollment, the holidays. It'll be January before you know it!


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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life. -John Lennon


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11/1/11 4:04 P

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Happy Nov everyone! Can you believe how fast this past yr has gone?

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