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�I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.�
― Jeanette Winterson

It's a magical world, and I am exploring. (to paraphrase Calvin)

***end of 2014*** I need to get re-focused and make exercise a regular part of the day. Since losing 20+ pounds with SP several years ago, my life got somewhat complicated, and the weight started creeping back up. As 2014 ends, I'm rethinking what I need to do to reach my goals.....
�I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.�
― Jeanette Winterson

It's a magical world, and I am exploring. (to paraphrase Calvin)

***end of 2014*** I need to get re-focused and make exercise a regular part of the day. Since losing 20+ pounds with SP several years ago, my life got somewhat complicated, and the weight started creeping back up. As 2014 ends, I'm rethinking what I need to do to reach my goals.....


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Member Since: 11/25/2005

My Goals:
Big goal: to reach my goal weight by birthday

Interim goals:
Lose this pudge I've gained since Summer

Regain my energy and momentum.


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I'm a brainy bibliophile lucky to have married a Geek with great hair. I have two kids and three formerly stray cats, and every one of us has our own computer. Or litter box.

My husband and I love to cook and eat good food---in fact, we'd often prefer to cook at home, rather than eat out.





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SCOOTER4263
3/23/2015 9:08:32 AM

Nah, that wasn't my point at all. I think what you're doing with your budding electrician/engineer is just fine. The guy who did most of our wiring, while more like 43, probably has a whole lot less upstairs. Aslong as he's a careful kid who makes sure everything is unplugged and the hot soldering gun isn't resting on, say, a stack of newspapers *sigh of personal experience* then it's totally fine and you save a bundle on electricians' fees.

My problem is when I see small women (or small men, if they're mostly models) using a 20 pound compressed air nail gun while teetering on a ladder, or climbing a tree with a chain saw - come on, even pros don't do that. Maybe especially pros don't do that. My point was (or should have been) that using any tool safely is top priority, and if you can't comfortably hold something at arms' length for an extended period, then it's probably not okay, and there's no shame in that - that's why things come in sizes, and often people come in pairs. I have two books in my library on working alone - there are all sorts of non-conventional scaffolds and the like - and I make use of them.

I think the fact that you can walk into any Sears and get a dangerous tool that you have no business using is kind of like trying to sell a diet with a 500 calorie limit - easy to do, appeals to vanity, totally not safe. My husband was a really big guy with lots of mechanical experience. After he died, I gave all the really big tools to my neighbor, because I know darn well that I have no business fooling around with a 25" wrench or a socket set that weights no less than 35 pounds in the box. Even if I could figure out what it was for,I'd undoubtedly damage something expensive and probably hurt myself in the process. And as anyone can tell you, when you hurt yourself because you're stupid, it hurts more. emoticon



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JANEDOE12345
3/23/2015 8:19:58 AM

We all have a little Amish when it gets time to clean. Remember Tabitha Twitchett Danvers from Diary of a Mad Housewife?

It's almost Easter and time to scare away the dust bunnies. Send 'em off to paint eggs, but first they have to vacate the space under my bed.

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SCOOTER4263
3/22/2015 12:17:55 AM

Winter isn't hard so much as just really, really long. I love winter - the part where you snug in and make soup and listen to the snow howl outside (and feel safe knowing all the spiders are dead.) It's this part, where the wood is almost gone, the fuel oil is almost gone, and my patience with being cold is almost gone - these last couple weeks are the toughies. Around here we have a real understanding of Twain's remark about winter: "Nine months of winter and three months of poor sledding." emoticon



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MAGGIEBODHRAN
3/14/2015 10:20:04 PM

I do like to walk with music but since my Walkman broke and I don't own a thingie for whatever it is, I walk to the sound of birdies and my dog snorting for truffles (if that's what he's doing. No idea.).
I do have two strong preferences, and I hope I don't sound too curmudgeonly. I don't like to walk with anyone else unless they can shut the hell up, and I like to walk in early morning or late evening. There are no faeries or damp green smells in the middle of the day.
And I'm totally with you re: The Right Music for the Right Task. I'll tell you something cool, which might make you turn up Monk - in Ayurveda, they say you metabolize everything, not just food. (So, "a feast for the eyes" is kind of literal). Well, they also believe that if you play music while you cook, the people who eat the food will get those vibes! So, no Leonard Cohen when you're baking, unless you want the whole 2nd grade to try and slit their wrists when they eat your cookies!
The only way my kitchen gets clean is if I put on The Proclaimers Sunshine On Leith. Nice shiny dishes emoticon


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MAGGIEBODHRAN
3/13/2015 10:48:09 AM

Ha! Well, together, we're the perfect SparkPeople poster child!
It's really beautiful here. My dog would love a nice walk. A good walk would make me happy body and soul. Clearly, I need to go home and watch trash TV, I think that's the conclusion...


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