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Sparking at all time low...darn this winter slump!!! Spring where are you!

Friday, March 06, 2009

I feel like I've given up computing for Lent! Facebook was active for a while - now it bores me to tears. Sparking in Maintenance Land is a little light too, for whatever reason....I will say that I'm so busy being a "Mom" that we've been constantly busy and when I stop...I stop and sit because sometimes it's just good to stop. And sometimes it feels so damn good you don't want to get up and at 'em ...which means I really am avoiding the treadmill because the basment was FREEZING the last 3 months. Spring cannot get here fast enough for me!!

So here's the news for the spring/summer:
- we bought a "new to us" canoe for our camping trips this year! I'm gonna be soooo sore when the season starts! I can't wait.
- I'm reading at my friend Fred's wedding on Labor Day weekend! West Virginia, here I come! I have to look uber-good. He's a facebooker - so I'm going to be plastered on the web ;) I bought a dress at Kmart for $9.00 on clearance that I am seriously considering wearing. A nice black architecturally designed sheath dress. It's my back-up if nothing catches my eye. With the right shoes & accessories and hair cut - I'm gonna be smokin'.
- I'm getting my haircut today...a slump means that something has got to change, and sometimes, a reminder of change is needed the most where you see it every single minute of the day...thus the chop. Extreme chop too. Angular to offset my round face I think. If I hate'll grow in before the wedding in 6 months.

....PS So good to chop this hair off!!! I went to the girl who did my hair 10 years ago for my wedding...I was a real nice reunion! She gave it a good whack too! She's so current and is glad for the business (which makes me feel like I'm helping the small business owner in this crappy ecomony.) Thank god!! I feel renewed! So many things were done today, I cannot even describe - all within 4 hours. Accounting, haircut, kindergarten I said, time to sit and relax with my cherubs before the bus comes! LOL

....PPS I have to shout out to everyone for the birthday well wishes! You realy made my day! Thanks

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OAKBORN 3/10/2009 10:28PM

    I understand about blogging from MaintenanceVille! Once you've reached goal, something does change... you have (hopefully) learned to live in the real world again... and that reality kind of takes a bigger chunk of time again.

But you are maintaining and that is the important part!

I too had my hair whacked way short a few weeks ago and I love it!

Can't wait to see pix of you smokin' out the competition!

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IAMLION 3/9/2009 6:24PM

    I figured you were busy with life and an added web site. I find it a bit overwhelming at times to keep up to date with SP, MS & FB. I try to get my food/exercise logged in at least then if I have a few minutes, I hit my email and check in on a few friends and boards. I've slowed down on MS. Not much to do there except change my status. FB has heated up. A lot of people from school are joining and I am trying to figure my way thru it. It's amazing how many people I have reconnected with! I think we are having a get together in June so I need to get my ass in gear! I gained some of my weight back and now I am paying for it! Oh well, it tasted good going down and it was awesome to just be still.
emoticon on the new canoe! That sounds like fun! When we camp, I just sit around at camp or laze around on the boat. That's me an ol lazy bones camper!
Looked for a pic of your new cut, didn't see one. How did it turn out? I am trying something new with mine but not sure if I like it much or not? I'll give it another month or two to decide.
Take care girlie! I'll chat more later!

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Oh my! How time flies!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I feel like I blinked and 2 weeks went by! Holy moly!

Right now, school's out for winter break and I'm in the midst of baby shower prep for my SIL! It's taking over the whole week, as I had thought, but the DH isn't so happy about it - which is weird because we never really do anything at all during this break anyway! Basically, he shouldn't be complaining about anything!

We rearranged the whole house today for the party - the kids like the change and movement of toys to different parts of the house. It looks good and ready to be decorated on friday. Food on the otherhand is ALWAYS last minute and I feel a little out of sorts on that end. the plan is in's just the execution at this point!

Food wise and exercise wise - things are not so hot. I was good up until 2 days ago. Then we went to a friends' house and I fell off the wagon a bit (darned pizza!). Hubby is doing great and has dropped 10 pounds out of fear of having a heart attack (no joke) and high blood pressure. if only he can maintain!! I'm very active, which is good, but the routine is still not where I want it to be! 2 days ago, I got back from my friends and felt very ill. Not my normal "ill" either (from grease) but rather like a belly ache. It's still there today and it pops up after I eat something - anything at all - which leads me to conclude that I have a virus or bug or something. I just hope it doesn't lend itself to a full blown throw-up-a-thon!! I got off the phone with my other friend last night b/c she has the same symptoms I just wrote about...she canceled our playdate today. Probably a good thing! LOL I don't need this now!! too much stuff to do! So there it is! AARGH!!!!!!

So pray that I'm not sick - that would suck! Send those vibes! I need them!!! ROFL!!

Wow - another wacky blog! hey it is what it is!!!

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OAKBORN 3/10/2009 10:30PM

    Hope you got over that fast! I had that back in November... eew.

Prolly a norovirus... just too freaking common and very nasty. Doesn't kill you, but certainly makes you want to!

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IAMLION 2/18/2009 7:22PM

    Healing thoughts and prayers coming your way! Hopefully you will not catch the sick bug!!!

Good luck with the babyshower. Man, I loooooove party food! Yummy!!

Take care!

emoticon Connie

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The "to do" list

Monday, February 09, 2009

Everyone should have one - a to do list of some sort. Here is what's mulling in my head right now.

1 - go to the eye doctor

2 - get new glasses AND contacts - I know it's not "economical" but I hate these glasses! I look crappy in pictures b/c of the glare. 10 years is enough. It's time to start poking myself in the eye.

3 - firm up the SIL's baby shower plans - it's on the 21st and I haven't done a thing except invitations

4 - get back to my exercise plan - striving for consistency here. It starts today.

Last night had the biggest moon I had seen in a long goes along with my mood (as usual). Funny, because if you back track in blogs and updates, the moon is always there, affecting the events of my life, as much as I try to not have it affect it.

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OAKBORN 2/10/2009 8:17PM

    Hi Annie! Good list! Get the new glasses and contacts for you!

The exercise is always waiting for you to come back to it!

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HAPPY ANNIE-Versary to me!!!!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

It's been one whole year since beginning my journey!! WOW!! Hard to believe that it's a year. Hard to believe that I hit goal and maintained. Hard to imagine how I let things get that far in the first place.

So with the new year, there are a few things that will be taking place that give me new goals to hit...mainly in the fitness department this time around. Last year was mainly about my food intake and learning that. You'd think I would be a fitness junky now...but I'm not...still. LOL

My sister will probably be getting married this year....we have a Christening coming up...and possibly another wedding in September. So the goal is to look good in some dresses.

The goals are super simple. Exercise more regularly. Period. Maybe get some videos to try out - dance stuff b/c it's fun with the kids.

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LVSHOPE 3/2/2009 5:42PM

    I like your goal of Dancing because its fun and to include your kids.

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OAKBORN 2/10/2009 8:23PM

    Congrats on your first year! I really loved this post because it really showed exactly how the journey NEVER ends even when you have reached GOAL!!

There is always something more to learn, new habits to develop, etc!

And happiest of Annie-versaries! You DESERVE it!

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Day 364

Friday, February 06, 2009

Today is day 364- tomorrow will be one full year on anniversary, so to speak!

It's been a wonderful journey - the support has been great, the challenges fun, the sparkpages inspiring, the friends I have made are considered "keepers" in my book, and a select few have emerged into "buds" that I think I would sorely miss if I were ever to not Spark again.

On a serious note: This week has been a very stressful week, and I still emotionally eat on occasion. It's a full blown out PMS week, most likely a full moon too (you know how I love those), work is painfully slow, and the winter blues have hit me hard. You see, I've received a few bits of new this week that worry me a bit. The news doesn't directly affect me at all, in fact, but I care for these people, even though I have never seen them before, or in one case, have not seen them in 20 years. It's in my nature to care (worry) and "pray it out" in that way, and hopefully my vibes sent into the universe will ease their stressful times. To some this might not make any sense at all - "why are you like that?" I have no idea, it's just how I am. I take things and people and their feelings to heart - literally...and to not be able to fix the problem or help them, stresses me out. Maybe writing this will balance something else out there. Maybe it's the economy stressing me out to...Who the hells knows.

On the flip side!!!!!! Because, for goodness sake, there is a point somewhere in my brain....I have been thinking of all the great things that have happened since Feb 7th last year...and here's a little list for you!
1 - I can run for 5 minutes now! for me, that is HUGE
2 - I have more energy and (usually) have steady moods
3 - my skin looks better on my face (on my stomach...not so much...can we say pizza dough? Goshdarn stretch marks & loose skin)
4 - my psoriasis on my knees and elbows (pretty bad) is almost completely gone!!! YAY!
5 - I really know my body now and how it react to certain foods
6 -I haven't had a bile duct attack all this time - another YAY!
7 - I'm actually looking forward to buying a bathing suit this year...I know, what the hell?!?!
8 - Part deux starts year, new goals, new challenges...but those are for tomorrow...

So that's all I can think of right kids are on my very very last nerve and are determined to drive me insane as I write this. Heck, that's the least of my worries, I'm going to shut my big mouth now. Counting my blessing for the billionth time....again.

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OAKBORN 2/10/2009 8:25PM

    Yay you!!

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HLH31688 2/6/2009 6:43PM

    Wow your Psoriasis cleared up! I wonder if my psoriasis will clear up as i lose weight, i hope so! I have it SEVERELY on my hands, a little on my elbows. That would be just wonderful if it would cause it has just plagued me tremendously, especially with my job, constantly using my hands.

That is great that you have been here for a year! Congrats as you have made great progress!

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