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At my youngest daughter's graduation May 2012, with my husband and gorgeous girls.

A couple of years and about 30 pounds ago

This summer & a big part of why I am on Sparkpeople. Ick.


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    "Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again."
    ~ Anne Frank ~
    5 days ago
    Yup, fire and now flood!
    12 days ago
    Thanks for reading & commenting as always... But yes, I TRIED to wimp out & rent a kayak instead but BRUCE WOULDN'T LET ME 😀!!! It was scary for me since my balancing skills SUCK; my yoga "trees" are pitiful low-lying shrubs...
    28 days ago
    Well, I agree that raising a portion of my own salary sounds crazy, but being a non-profit, we work solely on donations to operate as it is. If we aren't getting any donations, we don't have money to operate. So, it's just asking for donations that are earmarked specifically to help me out. If I don't raise the 30%, I still get paid- no pay cuts. I just get a stern "Try harder" type talking to during my yearly evaluation if my percentage isn't met. And while for bookkeeping purposes the donation is for me, it goes into our general fund and ends up helping all of us out.

    As for the killer commute... if I'm driving alone, I probably won't get much done as far as studying. But, if I can make the most of my time, I will. I may look into purchasing a digital recorder and asking to record lectures. That way I can listen to them on my way home. And I can probably record vocab, key points, etc, myself and make a "Study Mix" if I can't find any podcasts. Maybe I'll luck out and my lectures will already be available as podcasts!

    Thank you so much for your input. I really appreciate you taking the time to read that monster blog and adding your thoughts. They're really helpful!
    45 days ago
    You are absolutely right. Not having any decisions to make, yet not knowing what the next few weeks/months will hold, is driving me bonkers. I'm going to look for other work opportunities in the meantime, including near the school. You're right, if I can use my time wisely it could pay off nicely.
    60 days ago
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