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Dah-dada-daaa!! It's Supermoon!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Yup - Supermoon....and no, that is not a typo....I did not write Supermom (although...I am) emoticon I am talking about the SuperMOON that is coming up this Saturday night.

If you don't know what it is, give it a little web search and find out...bascially, it's when the moon is closest to the earth.

Which ALSO means that if you feel a little bit "off" or "wacky" (more than normal for some of us, I am sure! LoL) or were wondering why the kids are absolutely bonkers or were wondering where everyone else's brain went....well - there is your answer!! The SUPERMOON!

So now that I've edumacated you on that little about this little teeny tiny, itty bitty tip...I'm inclined to give one because GOD KNOWS I could use it and implement it myself, especially this week: BE POSITIVE!!

oh....and drink your water...

oh...and track your calories....

oh,..and hugs someone ....that is always good to do....people don't hug enough anymore.


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FULLOFFAITH 5/5/2012 8:21PM

    Supermoon that explains it emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 5/5/2012 11:06AM

    My granddaughter and I were standing outside last night looking at it. No wonder everyone responds to it in bizarre ways. So bright and fat, bathing us in moonwaves. Take care of yourself until the craziness wanes.

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OAKBORN 5/5/2012 10:10AM

    OMG... you used "edumacated"... we use that turn of phrase! I've never heard anyone outside our circle use that...

I knew there was a reason I liked you!

And you are right on with the hugs!

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NUOVAELLE 5/4/2012 2:09AM

    Oh, yes, I've heard! And all of the catastrophe talks that come with it! In my country, it's our election weekend and you can imagine all the bad scenarios that have been made due to the Supermoon!
I agree, people don't hug enough anymore. And it's the most beautiful way to show your love and affection!
Thank you for all the great advice!

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AEROBISAURUS 5/3/2012 5:01PM

    Woooo, I can't wait. I emoticon the Supermoon. So cool! :) Also good advice. emoticon Lol

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Me? Athletic? Awww, shucks...really?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Yup..I am in a little bit of a shock here.

I was called "athletic"...well, not really, but close enough for me.

A soccer ball ran out onto the lacrosse field and I ran out and got a mom I just met and another lax mom I already knew, both said, "Boy, look at you lookin' all althletic out there!" I started laughing b/c I can't take a compliment...and joked that maybe it had something to do with my sneakers, black OldNavy cargo pants and red half-zip fleece I had on that day...I sure looked very sporty.

It got me thinking though...I guess I have BECOME more athletic over the last few years because before Spark....I sure as heck was NOT!

I have no problem wearing the tight running gear in public now....I have no problem playing lacrosse or soccer with the kids in an open field. I even have it in my mind to gear up in my exercise clothes at the next lax game - just in case there is a track to walk on prior to the game (we usually wait a good half-hour before the game starts for the kids to warm up and practice a bit...why not use my time wisely, right?)

Another funny thing was that I was recognized by someone on the lax field whom I had met about 2 years ago...I've been steady for a while in appearance, so I don't know why I was a bit shocked at being recognized, but I was. When you originally come from a place where a) you don't want to be recognized because you are hiding or b) you don't consider yourself worthy of being recognized or c) you have changed so much in appearance that some people don't recognize you right off the bat or sometimes at all....or d) all of the was kinda weird to be sought out and said 'Hello!' to. (LOL - self-image baggage coming through loud and clear captain!)

Which also bring me to another realization that people notice me waaaay more than I bff has said that for yeeeeaaaars, but alas, I have never believed her. I've been noticing it more and more for some reason....makes me a bit wary in some ways, empowered in others.'s all about growth isn't it....things never cease to amaze me, especially when it comes to self-realization. Call me overly it emerging self-esteem...whatever it is takes time, that is for darn sure.

OK - gotta get my "athletic" butt on the road and walk to work's a beautiful day out and there is a ton of stuff I have to do.

TTYL Sparkbuds...hoping tonight is a night to visit some of you!

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OAKBORN 4/16/2012 6:58PM

    I hear you as usual. Such great comments.

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Travelling as only we can do it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Picture it...a large suburban filled to the hilt with a car carrier on top and 7 out of the 8 seats filled up and at 4:00am, into the dark....we roll.

Getting off of Long Island is a bit of an adventure in and of itself. Depending on the direction (north or south) dictates which route you will take you off the island....and that inevitable will involve a large (or small and narrow) congested highway and a bridge or two. Thus the reason why we usually leave even before the roosters wake up. Doing so can shave off HOURS on a journey, because if you get stuck in one of the 5 boroughs of NYC, well, you are stuck for the duration...there is no escape.

We got rolling and in 3 hours, we are through New Jersey and into Delaware and ready to pick up our next charge and the last occupant that will make us a completely full vehicle....our nephew.

I have 6th sense with certain things...I KNEW that the communication between my husband and our ex-brother-in-law was flawed. The info given to me via an email was not complete...and so I questioned it....and we pull off into the Delaware Welcome rest stop to call and confirm the drop-off location. And as soon as I notice my husband pump the breaks on the truck, I KNEW we blew a brake line.

Now, the brake lines were just redone less than a year ago, when, on a local camping trip, the coupling blew and we almost crashed into a pulled over cop car (I'm telling you, I have some seriously ridiculously unbelievable road trip stories) - it's a 2001 truck, we should have seen that one coming....but NOT this one. Same coupling leaking on a new line and coupling junction. Eesh.

Now....unbeknownst to me...I am PMS-ing WILDLY and there is a full-moon - I am usually good at knowing all this info, but the craziness of the last 2 weeks really threw me off my game. So, as you can imagine, I was just ready bag the whole darn thing and go home. It was the cherry on top of the uber-crappy Sundae that was the last 2 weeks.

But no....thanks to my mother-in-law's new iPhone and my father-in-laws AAA card, and me throwing up my hands to the whole situation and leaving to feed the kids breakfast in the rest stop....we eventually get a tow and a ride to a garage.

The ride to garage was interesting. Picture 7 people cramming into a flat-bed tow truck. There is the driver and my FIL in the front seats. In the back, on a bench seat that even includes a box blocking a good quarter of the bench....are me, my MIL, and my husband...each with a child on our laps....we were WEDGED in....literally. We were joking that #1 - it was probably VERY illegal that we did that and #2 - it's a good thing that me and hubby are practically half of what we were size-wise 2 years ago! or else that ride never would have happened!! But at least we were together...right?

5 hours brake-line coupling looked at, replaced, oh, AND brake-pad, rotors, and calipers replaced....and about $800 put onto our credit card.....we are finally on our way again.

Moving right along right? Nope.

Gotta go back to the Welcome Center and pick up the nephew...oh, and eat lunch. we go!

About a hour later.....we hit traffic in Washington D.C. Painful to say the is now 2pm...and we crawl....and crawl.....and crawl. We even try to go onto a local route....which is dead stop....and we crawl some more....but with lights!!
Finally....we get back on to the highway and it starts to move and we get to Fredericksburg, VA and at 6pm, we get enough distance on the highway to say it's time to stop for dinner at Applebees.

7PM - back on the road.....clear sailing. FINALLY.

But hubby is now getting tired....and so am I. My FIL keeps asking if he wants him to drive. Nope - sorry man. No way in can barely move with arthritis, and thusly, we will not be letting you drive a truck load of people....not on our watch. But you can pay for gas emoticon which he inststed on doing during the whole trip....that and food. Nice huh? Very nice.

Long story short...and my irritation level on the whole day at a 12 out of a scale of 1 to 10....we finally arrive in Raleigh, 10:30pm. There is no dropping my nephew off at his house...there is nothing but getting us in our rooms and the kids (and us) to bed. Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it.....right???


What a first's got to get better. But for me....I am STILL on PMS mode. BIG time. ANYthing and ANYone is pissing me off and all I can do, is silently roll my eyes behind my sunglasses and keep my mouth shut.

I'll skip further details about people....but let's just say this....sometimes there can be too much family togetherness, even when one is visiting family. That goes for my own kids and husband as well. Hubby and I got a night to ourselves in the hotel though, when my SIL had the kids sleep over on Friday night of the week for me!

And then...I got "my little friend" emoticon
NO WONDER!!! With the moon STARING at me the last 2 days and my mood swings...of COURSE! it all makes sense now. And hubby and I can laugh at it now as we stand here in the living room folding the trip laundry.

That being said....and knowing that bit of knowledge on Saturday.....we turned around and had a nice visit. Lots of parks, a walk here or there. A dinner out with the whole gang. People catching naps left and right...I read instead of napped....and was time to go. (I have to abbreviate here....OMG there are more stories of "as only we can experience" thrown in, but that...would be a novel! LoL

Yesterday...we left at 5:15 from NC and got on the road. I wanted to leave at 4am....the in-laws wanted to leave at 7am (because there is a free continental breakfast - gotta get the most out of our trip money you know...meh, I do NOT care of such things - GET me HOME!!! LoL) ...the 5:30am departure time was the compromise.

Thank heavens we left when we did because WE CRUISED!!!!

Well......until we hit the NYC borough of Staten Island. Were we see smoke....and some traffic...and a sign saying that the highway was closed due to a brush fire.
No joke.


A BRUSH FIRE!!! Nature rears it's ugly head....teases us to no end!!! emoticon We all start laughing because it was too good to be true! (refer back to the "once you get stuck in NYC traffic you are screwed" section of this blog please)

As luck would have turns out that we are at the VERY BEGINNING of the fire and the road, although slow going, is still open for us to get through - very the dark of smoke....with hazards 5 miles per hour....and we make it through to see the traffic coming the other a dead stop.

We are now cruising toward Long Island...over the Verranzano Bridge, onto the Belt Parkway...moving...and passing the opposite direction traffic at a dead stop over the bridge and for MILES along the Parkway. They are stuck. and when I mean stuck....I'm talking for HOURS. No escape. Nada. Nothing. You just grim and bear it...and pray you don't have to use the bathroom. I felt bad....we were in traffic like that in D.C. I think here is worse.

Long story's good to be home. It was nice getting a change of pace, but it's good to be home.

The house is a complete disaster. I have TONs of work to do...once again. Small detail stuff faaaaavorite (please note the sarcasm). Looking at my calendar is giving me the hives! ROFL But it's all good. It's mine. All mine. And other people out there have it worse - I know that, so I will take my own chaos with a smile and a cup of coffee and a large, detoxing bottle of water.

OH - and before I forget....Lent is over...and I can drink wine once again. I had some wine too....and it was even paired with a great lamb osso buco my brother in law made - with truffle oil! (Fancy fancy!! LoL) And you knwo what???? I didn't over due it...I enjoyed it. I didn't NEED it, like I had thought I did. I drank more water than anything. Funny what you get used to NOT having.

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    This is the stuff good stories are made of.............and you didn't disappoint emoticon Welcome home! (I'm originally from Long Island, as well, and have NIGHTMARE stories of being stuck in traffic going back there for family visits) Pat

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NOLAZYBUTT110 4/15/2012 10:16AM

    Hey , you forgot the middle of the story. You just gave us the beginning and end, but no middle? How did things go when you got to your destination? And I can relate to getting your friend during such stress! When I first got married and on our Honeymoon and every other time we traveled! Boy can I relate! I think stress is what brings it on! But looking bakc, I woudl rather have my period than explode in heat as I did with memopause! lol Sorry to hear abotu your 800 bill before you even got on your trip. I hope you ahd SOME nice times! Maybe you need to get a new vehicle? (I had a 1996 Chevy Cavalier, my hubbies, and it was 15 years old and fell apart because he left it sitting on grass and the condensation wore out our brain lines and brakes! Cost me $1100 to get the brake lines and brakes replaced. I should have gotten rid of it sooner but my uncle said you can get 250, ooo miles off any Chevy so we kept it. But when my hubby no longer drove it, I got rid of it. I should have traded it in before we did traded our Chevy Malibu in on a Toyota. I love my Yaris. Its the best thing we ever road!

And I know all about driving off of Long Island, New York. Did it and we ended up reversing on one bridge because we took the wrong exit! Not easy backing up with a long Uhaul trailer ~! lol ! susana

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DONNACFIT 4/10/2012 2:58PM

    Brave woman ..travelling with the in-laws..made that mistake 2 years ago and I used to be such a calm, positvie woman..haha....

just seemed everything they did pissed me not like me....wink wink...

Now I just stick to travelling with hubby!!

Gald you survivied your road trip..they do make great stories :)

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SUGARSMOM2 4/10/2012 12:51PM

  On your journey you will meet a dark stranger and travel to a strange country . said the gypsy to the young women . wow that was some trip . but it sounded like you had a good time . you are brave woman to venture out with in-laws . mine where great and easy to get along with . other people have talked about their mother and father in laws and the horror stories of their actions. To find a person that get along with family that is a good story . you build memories for the children to have for a lifetime . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/10/2012 8:48AM

    WOW....and on top of all that, it sounds like you may have actually had a good time!

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OAKBORN 4/10/2012 8:10AM

    Welcome home! Sounds like quite the adventure!

The car trouble reminds me of several vacations from when I was a kid. We spent way more time in garages than my father would have liked... and the carload of us just hanging out and waiting... but those are the memories and experiences that build families.

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What a wacky week!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


It's ALL or NOTHIN' in this house!!

I can go DAYS with absolutely nothing pressing on the agenda and then WHAM! SMACK! emoticon emoticon 3 days of when-is-the-train-going-to-stop!!! least I got my cardio in when I had the chance! THAT is how busy we have been here!

Again...on the upside: I got the new Shinedown album...and it ROCKS!!!! Talk about a good workout album! If you haven't check this band out - and love Nickleback and Daughtry - then do will not regret it....I can't wait to get walking-wogging-running again!! (which will porbably be Friday afternoon! LoL)'

Hmmm....what else.....let's see.....I haven't been around to anyone's pages in a few days either....sorry emoticon Chellenge team!! emoticon I hope everyone is rocking those trackers!!!! emoticon

Whoa.....the train is starting to pull away from the station (ie. the kids just woke up) and I have to get my head screwed on straight! (which means MORE COFFEE! STAT!)

I hope everyone has a great day today!

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LINTPICKER 3/29/2012 7:16PM

    You can do it!

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FULLOFFAITH 3/29/2012 4:24PM

    Go Annie Go!!!



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OAKBORN 3/29/2012 9:20AM

    Sounds like you ended up with a week like mine... just crazy.

Hope it slows down for you soon! We all need a little respite!

Hang in there baby, Friday's coming!

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NUOVAELLE 3/29/2012 7:54AM

    I just recently discovered Nickelback and I absolutely loved them! So, I'll go check your other recommendations right away!
I hope you find some time for yourself soon.
Take care!

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DINGALLSTOO 3/29/2012 7:34AM

    don't forget to take some time for you, thanks for the music recommendation

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Nutrition vs. exercise

Friday, March 23, 2012

I'm feeling compelled to write about this because I feel like it is always brushed people's lives and even here on Spark.

People focus on exercise as the be all and end all of losing weight....and the guilt that accompanies one's MISSING exercise can be mentally crippling and disheartening and since they aren't working out - well then, they think they WON't lose the weight.

Enough already.

Exercise IS important.

Moving your body IS important.

BUT it is ALSO a variable....which means, depending on your life, your health, your mindset, your situation in life, your family (another variable)....this can go up and down in intensity or become non-existent at all!

In order to lose weight - their must be a calorie deficit going on. ..which makes ???WHAT???? the constant factor now??? Every day....until the day you die??



Think about it. If you eat better, if you TRACK your nutrition to actually SEE, on paper or on computer screen, what you are consuming - even if you are in a somewhat sedentary will most likely lose weight.

Nutrition is your constant, every day thing. You HAVE to eat to survive.

Make the conscious choice to change your eating habits today if you are not.

Make the conscious choice to actually TRY the Spark People Nutrition Tracker and GIVE IT A CHANCE...even though you think it takes too much time to do (guess what? in time, practice makes perfect and lessens the amount of time the more you do it.)

emoticon I'm begging you. Listen to me...

I have tracked for 4 years straight....I do NOT exercise every single day....I have lulls with exercise but I have educated myself on makes a world of difference.


Nutrition = constant

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SUZYWM 4/1/2012 1:54PM

    Thanks Annie. You know your stuff - and I appreciate that you're really talking about a moderate approach - this makes so much sense!

I'm more in touch with how food affects me these days, as opposed to only counting calories. I can feel it, and choosing to feel good is one of the things I'm focusing on.


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RCOLSON97 3/31/2012 8:52AM

    I once had a trainer tell me this and the light bulb went off in my head and that's the first time I started losing weight....awesome advice! I am def not an exercise guru and really don't like and hardly have time to exercise esp since I have my 3 yr old with me all the time and work the other time, but I do it when I want and just try to make healthy choices with my eating! My newest discovery I found is eating lots of small meals a day...then I never sit down and eat a huge meal, but I am never hungry! Even when I go out to eat with my hubby, I have to bring almost all my food home for later because now I get full so fast! I also think I revved up my metabolism doing this! YAY!

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FULLOFFAITH 3/25/2012 2:51PM

    You go girl emoticon. You speak nothing but the truth it all goes hand in hand. I am tracking every bit,lick and taste and as you know my movement is limited for now but I proved to my self I can still make that scale move with making healthy food choices.


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HELLODANAE 3/24/2012 12:34AM

    my wise husband always said that 80% nutrition - 20% exercise so I have been thinking more an more about it since for now I can't workout as much because my knee.

Thanks for the reminder and confirmation emoticon

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/23/2012 9:59PM

    I agree with you to a point. I certainly gain when my nutrition is lacking. No question about that. Not just calories, but breakdown of nutrients and levels of sodium, etc. I can be in range, but be out of balance on carbs and protein, and have a gain on the scale. And if sodium is much above 1,000mg, I can definitely expect a gain the next day that takes days to work itself out.

However, I also gain when nutrition is nearly perfect but exercise is lacking. Moreover, when my exercise is lacking, I am also under more stress, which leads to the lack of time for exercise. So, is it the lack of exercise or the stress?

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/23/2012 9:48PM

    I have a favorite saying...."You can't work off a bad diet"

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BEATLETOT 3/23/2012 9:38PM

    It is so true!!! I wish I were consistently better about it!

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COLLINSCJ2009 3/23/2012 8:07PM

    Bad nutrition choices can't be fixed by exercise.

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NUOVAELLE 3/23/2012 12:01PM

    I agree with you and I believe that weight loss is an 80- 20 percentage as many people say. (80% nutrition - 20% exercise) I tried to lose weight by exercising consistently for two years. Guess what? Nothing happened! When I finally decided to devote time on starting to use the Nutrition tracker, the scale started moving. But exercise is still a very important factor for me. It works as a great motivator. When I exercise, I feel like I want to eat the right things and not just stay within calorie range. But that's just how it works for me.
Nice blog with great advice!

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SHANESANGEL2010 3/23/2012 10:46AM

    My focus right now is my nutrition, with whatever exercise I can fit in (which i procrastinate a lot)but I try to watch what i'm eating and I log everything. Great Post!!

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BOB240 3/23/2012 9:44AM

    Interesting view, on this site I think nutrition is presented best. If anything it is over emphasised. Good cardio vascular performance and strength are very necessary for a long and healthy life. There is little point in being skinny if your bodyfat is 30% - you are just as prone to some obesity and age related diseases. The bigger problem with being "skinny fit", a condition which almost invariably arises through focussing on diet, is that because you look good.. you think you are healthy..

Of some concern is the calories by calorie breakdown of some terrific recipes here and yet, although I have dug deep, I have yet to find an exercise routine that sensibly addresses long term goals both in weight loss and long term health benefits. Walking on a treadmill for an hour just doesn't cut it...:)

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PCOLAGATOR 3/23/2012 9:43AM

    You normally can't exercise enough to compensate for a poor diet but many people truly try

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STSCOTT11 3/23/2012 8:35AM

    GREAT BLOG and advice.

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