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Bootstraps, baby, bootstraps

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hey all....thanks for all of the support when I stressed blogged last night....I felt better, but that feeling of "OMG LIFE STINKS" was still hovering even today...but as I always say, "Knowing is half the battle" and over the years on Spark, I've learned a lot about my moods and myself, and usually, my TOM and the full moon reek HAVOC on my psyche and stress levels. It usually happens every calendar quarter that I just LOSE MY MIND emoticon and the proof is in the pudding...I can trace back blogs and other entries as to my nuttiness too...another reason I highly recommend blogging ;)

SO here is what I did today to break the FUNK...

I walked to work

in the snow

and it felt SO good to be out in the open air, snow stinging my eyes, my iPod in my ears.

WHY today? Well, after knowing me, myself and I for the last 2 years (yes, I found me during this time period)...I knew I had to do SOMETHING. I might STILL feel like I want to kill someone, but at least I will have expended some of that energy in a positive way...and it might help me destress a bit in the process.

~~~~sidenote: stressful patient from yesterday just walked in the door asking for an adjustment and the Doc is busy, & I pleasantly told her to come back in the afternoon....see, I didn't rip her head off...that is progress for today - ROFL!!!!~~~~~~~

Here's another thing that my subconscious was stressing about....waiting for EMAILs stresses me out...yup, they do...especially when it comes to my courses. I was waiting on 2 emails to just START my 2 courses, and I was just about to email them as to what was going on when I got one last night...the organic chem course, which I am telling you right now, I'm already projecting ickiness because the book reads like hieroglyphs, and I'm SUPER rusty in chem. Hmmm...I wonder if the have an "Organic Chemistry for Dummies" book out there? (Gonna have to google that one now.) But I digress.....

Anyway.....sometimes, the best thing to do is grab those bootstraps, pull yourself back up, and change your course of action/mindset/energy flow and see what happens. What is the worse thing that can happen really? not much...but a lot can be affected by just changing an x-factor or variable in your life.

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JENSHAWN 2/3/2010 10:30AM

    Just keep on keepin on! What else is there?!

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SUZYWM 1/29/2010 3:38PM

    Your attitude just makes me smile! Great job handling your stress - I'm more of a medicate with caramel kind of gal, which of course led me to need SP . . .

Call on the troops for tutoring if you need help with the organic chem - there's usually someone somewhere who'd like to help. My sons got me through algebra (30 years after high school algebra!).

Hope you have a de-stressing weekend!

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DWEXCEL 1/28/2010 10:00PM

    OMG It is so amazing how sometimes things seem sooooooo bad, and overwhelming, then the next day they seem like they were no big deal. In fact, sometimes, you wonder how you could have even felt that way.
Oh well, life does serve us up some pretty interesting twists and turns.

Take care,
Luv ya,
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HEALTH4LYFE 1/28/2010 9:43PM

    You were already on your way to turning the whole experience around when you blogged yesterday. I knew it would only take a short bit of time. Congrats! Glad you are getting some of your to do list out of the way. My DH is a pharmacist, so if you really need help in organic chemistry, I may be able to convince him. He went to St. John's in Queens, so we have some contacts up there too. Take care. emoticon

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SLHOLT11 1/28/2010 9:35PM

    Way to turn it around! That's awesome. I too have to sometimes go walk around the building or I will say something to someone I shouldn't. It is amazing what the cold outside air does to calm you down and put your mind back to normal. lol

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IAMLION 1/28/2010 7:28PM

    You are super cool!! That walk did you a good deed emoticon
Hope tomorrow is an even better day! After all, it will be FRIDAY!!!! emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 1/28/2010 3:13PM

    Great job turning it usual!

I'm sure you'll do great with your courses. I bet you'll feel better once you get going.

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/28/2010 2:10PM

    I am definitely going to try and do what your doing cause my mood right now is what yours was yesterday lol Good job making an effort to change that attitude! I give you props! lol

Just keep smiling and you shall get through the rest of the day just fine!

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TASOGAREBAN 1/28/2010 1:07PM

    You know how they say you have a situation and you can attack it one of two ways with completely different outcomes??

Yeah, I like your way and your outcome. ;)

Can't help you on the moon thing though, LOL! Or the TOM really...mine is coming as well!

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SASSYSACY 1/28/2010 11:04AM

    GirlI love your positive attitude! Way to brush yourself off and get back on!

I am watching myself to see how that full moon affects me, I hope that someday (and hopefully in the near future) I will better learn myself.

Have a super day and keep smiling!


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Oh yes, I did...the deep frier confessional

Sunday, January 24, 2010


OMG - the SparkGods just smote me with FIRE and BRIMSTONE for THAT one!!

But many times, does one reeeeeaally deep fry at home these days? Let me re-phrase this one: How many times should we really give in to the deep frier in our lives?

We all know it's not a good thing, but there are just SOME things in life that it is just a necessity...well, at least for me, it's once every 2 years....mainly buffalo chicken wings. Tonight was a special of my best friends from high school came over last night bearing gifts: homemade Filipino eggrolls from his mom - how could I NOT break out that deep frier!?!?!

Anywho...hubby was out at a football gathering (Sorry Jets condolensces) and it was getting late, so I decided to get going on the frier. NEVER have I EVER done this...and honestly, it was the simplest thing I have ever done in my life! It was FUN even!! ROFL I set it up outside too, so that the oil wouldn't stink up the house too much. hubby came home just in time to throw the wingees in for me while I made some ginger/scallion sauce for the eggrolls.

They were SO yummy emoticon I was a piggy too and ate 4 of them! emoticon Most of my buds know I don't eat the fried stuff...ever, but this was a special case. Yes, you are hearing the justification slip from my subconsious, through the keys and onto the screen right now...another thing I rarely do! ROFL Hey, I'm happens!! emoticon

I will tell you one thing...tomorrow is a detox usual Monday ritual of water water water (like I EVER not do that one) and yogurt and fruits & veggies. It's all about balance....which is one of the reasons for my deep frier confessional!

Keep balance and fun in your lives. It's such a hard thing to do, especially when you are under the weather, or stressed, or at a special occassion, or undertaking a new challenge. Spice things up and give things a whirl, but keep in mind that there will be the detox days to follow with a healthy dose of moderation....well, until the next time. emoticon


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OAKBORN 3/16/2010 10:37AM

    How well I get the deep fried phobia. My weakness is deep fried green beans from TGI Fridays and egg rolls are up there too.

But as you said, once in a while is okay... just not all the time. Just like that slice of cake or whatever

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/26/2010 8:09PM

    you making me hungry... lol We are all allowed to have a cheat day and it sounds like you had an awesomely yummy cheat day! lol

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DWEXCEL 1/26/2010 7:28AM

    Hey get to do that.....once in a while. It's when you do it everyday that it's a real problem.

Don't beat yourself up. You deserve a little fun, and a little treat with your friend, every once in a while.

Moderation is OK.

Take care,

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TASOGAREBAN 1/25/2010 7:10AM



R>LOL! Hey lady we are all allowed. You got the right mindset though. Monday and back to it. I'm trying to wrap my head around that right now but my eyes haven't fully snapped open yet, LOL! But those chicken wings and eggroll do sound mighty good right now over my cold cereal and banana...

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KACOPHANI 1/24/2010 9:09PM

    I love the fried stuff... which is why, when we moved, I left my frier behind. I sure do miss him sometimes. Sigh.

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/24/2010 9:06PM

    Sounds like life and a healthy dose of realism. Hope you enjoyed them and that your digestive tract doesn't make you pay in the next 8-12 hours. emoticon

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Boredom eater/whiny pants

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Oh yes.....boredom is BAD.

Boredom means that I'm sick of the computer and I really have nothing to search for and FB is boring there (no offense people)...and I am sick of watching the family play SuperMario & MarioKart (it is the only time the kids are aloud to play - the weekend) and/or the Disney channel and/or ESPN.


I KNOW what you will say...go on the treadmill. Well..NO, I don't want to. emoticon so there! You can't make me! emoticon

Geez...I sound like a twit, but we're going out to dinner tonight & I'm in lazy mode & I don't want to re-shower...even tho my hair looks like crud and could use a redo of the 'do. emoticon

huh.....maybe I will go on the tread afterall...I can kill a few birds with one stone....exercise & shower & badhair & badmood....SPLAT - all done at one time....and NO boredom eating.

It's sounding VEEERRRY tempting.

Kids are starting to whine about "what's for dinner for us if you are going out?" I can escape now and get it in before the big whining starts.....even MORE tempting now.

That's it....I'm going to the basement and hitting the treadmill.

See how blogging works? I love blogging....sometimes it just great to vent it out and WHALLAH! a change of mood, just from words on a page! screen.....whatever...

Ciao! emoticon

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KACOPHANI 1/24/2010 9:07PM

    Go, you!

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JENSHAWN 1/24/2010 7:40PM

    I am glad you talked youself into exercising:}

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CMRAND54 1/23/2010 7:40PM

    I had my hair done today and had lunch out with my husband. I ordered a nice lunch, but only ate about 1/3 of it because the portions were huge. So I felt pretty good when we got home. Then I walked on the treadmill and felt even better!

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SLHOLT11 1/23/2010 6:01PM

    You go girl!! I'm battling the same dilema right out or veg, work out or veg.....hmmm.

I think I will work out! Reading your blog made up my mind for me. lol


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    WTG on walking the treadmill! Much better than mindless snacking!

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ANNIEONLI 1/23/2010 5:10PM

    Oh...I did a mile for 15 minutes...and the jumped off and did some weights...stil NOT in the mood, but glad I did it anyway...WHAT is with today??

Sushi...all will be fixed with sushi and dinner tonight with hubby & friend...8pm is TOTALLY ridiculous, but I'll take what I can get from this long distance friend's cramped time schedule!!!!! What we do for the one's we love!! Hehehe

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TASOGAREBAN 1/23/2010 4:50PM


I hope you did it because I KNOW working out gets me out of my funk. And I never knew it would do it but my eyes have been opened and I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!!

Wow I just got bad!

If I felt nasty and bored I would either have showered (I love showers, hee!) or worked out and THEN showered. I can usually find something to do! ;)

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Feel silly & laugh!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

When was the last time you felt so silly you couldn't stop giggling??? I can flash back to certain times in my life very clearly...most of the time, I'm feeling a bit squirrelly, like today...the definition of which is "essentric and changeable".

I remember a time when I was a & my brothers and sisters were waiting in the car (because in the 1970s it was OK to leave your kids in the car while you ran into the supermarket) and me & my siblings couldn't stop giggling and it just got worse when one of us would calm down enough to say "stop it!" and then it would start all over again!

....and then there was another time, in bed with my husband (and NO there was nothing going on at the time) but something set us off that was so funny we couldn't breathe or fall asleep for a solid 2 hours....I'm talking crying and hyperventilating laughter here...the very best kind!!

I have high school memories of me & my friends hanging out at my house, watching horror movies and eating Reeses peanut butter cup minis and laughing so hard we couldn't stop...we never drank, we just ate chocolate and laughed our butts off and even to this day, when we get together, we just laugh and laugh....and the cocktails are so not needed even though we are legal now!

I love those silly times...I see them in my kids now...they have that same giggle I have and when the boys get going...they are unstoppable!

So tonight, in honor of all silliness, hubby & I are going to watch "The Hangover". I saw about 20 minutes and wet my pants and then stopped the movie because I just knew my husband would love a good laugh. We're huge fans of Ave Ventura, Caddyshack, Tommy Boy, Zoolander, and Dodgeball (I couldn't breathe when the guy was throwing wrenches at the Average Joe guys).

So grab a beer, throw in your favorite comedy and have a good laugh this weekend! It's good for your body & soul!!!
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MKPQ51 1/23/2010 12:04PM

    Oh, for sure, laughter is the best medicine! As I read your stories about your laughter sprees, I found myself reminiscing about a few of my own. I'd get to laughing so hard that I'd pee my pants!

Back then, peeing my pants wasn't a common thing for me; now a days, that's another story. Today, all I have to do is sneeze hard and, if I'm not wearing a panty shield, it's off to change the clothes. (My mom told me this day would come; I just didn't believe her. So, warning: do your kegels! )

Anyhow, back to the laughter. I love to put in a movie and enjoy a good laugh. My hubby and I are movie watchers and most certainly love the funny ones. We can watch these movies over and over again, enjoying them each and every time we watch them. And, if I do get to laughing, the bathroom's close by; so, I can usually (notice I said "usually") avoid an incident.

When things aren't going too well, or I just need a quick fix from reality, I have gone to a few threads on SP to have a good laugh. There have been times, quite often in the middle of the night, when my hubby has come into the room to ask what's the matter; my response, "Oh, nuttin' honey; I'm just read a few jokes on the SP site!" He just shakes his head and walks out of the room.

Well, I hope you, your hubby, and the boob tub (as my dad called it) enjoyed the time together; and, that you laughed and laughed and laughed......until you had to say, "stop it!"


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TASOGAREBAN 1/23/2010 6:32AM

    You know, I don't remember when was the last time that I felt giddy enough to just keep laughing but I know last night, right before we went to bed, the bf and I cracked up over something silly that I did and I've never heard the bf crack up quite like that. He just wouldn't stop LAUGHING and his laughter had ME dying and we calmed down after like five minutes. But THAT was nice, tp just laugh my arse off!

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SUZYWM 1/22/2010 11:02PM

    Too true - laughter really is the best medicine. I log on to the joke-a-day site pretty often 'cause I love a good giggle.

Some of my favorite laughs are when I'm really tired, something sets me off, and I can't rein it in. I always feel so good after!

Thanks for the reminder!


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HEALTH4LYFE 1/22/2010 9:07PM

    They say laughter is the best medicine! Thanks for helping me recall some very silly moments. My daughter seems to have a lot of them, (thankfully) and she adds some snorting too. Have a friend at work that frequently starts with the giggles, it becomes contagious and then we can't stop laughing! Hope you and hubby enjoy the movie!

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TRAILPAL 1/22/2010 9:07PM

    How fun! My hubby says he loves my laugh too :-)

Zoolander is one of our favorite movies, I'd do my version of "Ice Blue" and we'd both crack up for awhile.


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CMRAND54 1/22/2010 8:18PM

    I love to laugh! Thanks for your blog.


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OAHARRIS 1/22/2010 7:49PM

    I had one of those moments yesterday. I laughed till I cried. My nose turned red I was laughing so hard. There is nothing like a good laugh.

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It is done

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I'd like to announce that I am officially back in the educational saddle and have signed up for 2 distance courses - one in organic chemistry and one in microbiology.

These are the first set out of three that I must do of the prerequisites required even to apply to the university to get into the masters program for nutrition.

I won't start until I get the books and such from the courses, but there is no turning back at this point. It is done.

I find it amusing that you all here know what I'm doing, even before I tell my brothers and sisters. I told one sister so far...her support is, three siblings to go! What's even funnier....I have a TON of people to tell & was going to just blurt it out on Facebook, but I think I'm going to wait until I tell my siblings first before I do that. It's not like I'm pregnant or anything either...but for me, it's like my baby that I am holding close...not wanting anything to harm that precious dream.

I'm sure you all will be listening to me beeotch here & there about being nuts, now and again, so I'll thank you all in advance! emoticon

Wish me thing is for sure...this is certainly going to be interesting!!!!

And now...I'm off to walk for a half hour...methinks I will be starting a morning routine sooner than later....

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MKPQ51 1/23/2010 12:19PM

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WooHoo! So proud of you for stepping out and doing it!

Hope your family was excited for you too!

And, I hope you already know it; but, just in case...we'll be here to listen to you beeotch any time you need us!!!!!!!


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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/22/2010 1:18PM

    I would tell my family before announcing it on facebook. My husband swears that if one of us farts, we all know it in 5 minutes. We are pretty tight.
Great job on going to school! emoticon
:) Jeanne

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DWEXCEL 1/22/2010 8:30AM

    Good Morning Anne!

I am so proud of you! I just know you will do great with your classes, and you will make a great RD. You are so REAL, and I just love reading your stress moments, because that let's us know how real you are. And then you show us how strong you are by excelling, and I know that's what you will do here too.

Great Job!

Love ya,

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/19/2010 10:46PM

    Way to go! You have set a goal and are now in the process of achieving that goal. I am inspired!

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IAMLION 1/19/2010 8:42PM

    emoticon awesome!! emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 1/19/2010 3:14PM

    yea! yea! and YEA!!!! Way to go, Anne! I'm so proud of you!
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FULLOFFAITH 1/19/2010 2:15PM

    emoticon Annie !!!!



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TASOGAREBAN 1/19/2010 1:41PM


*does a little dance and waits for Annie to join in expectantly*


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SEAWITCHBLUE 1/19/2010 11:05AM

    Wonderful Annie,
What an inspiration you will be to lots of others on this SP site.
But on the phone RIGHT AWAY and tell ALL you family - they will be delighted for you.
And it goes without saying that all of us here will be supporting you all the way.
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OAKBORN 1/19/2010 10:52AM

    You aren't nuts... you are smart and brave and strong and doing it!


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