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Breathing a sigh of relief...literally

Monday, April 22, 2013

You'd breathe a sigh of relief if you've been holding in your pee for 2 days too!

Today, the angels sang and brought me an angel on earth in the shape of a man who unglogged the drain in the house....and now, I have a new cesspool company too!!!!


I got the recommendation from a friend, and when my guy came over and couldn't do any more...I gave the number a shot and THANK GOD! The nice man cleared the clog!!!!

Ever not pee in your home for 2 straight days and 3 nights?
And if you did.... oh yeah, the yellow was mellowing in that bowl so long I added toilet bowll cleaner to break it up...just a wee bit (no pun intended).
Imagine having "an emergency" 3 times every morning for the last 2 days because of an antibiotic...which meant breaking the sound barrier just to get to your dad's can around the corner.... Just call me Maria Andretti emoticon

So all's well that ends well...we can shower once again...and pee in peace.. and run the dishwasher...which means I get to cook again! emoticon Hold on...strike that last part about the cooking. emoticon

It also means that my dehydrated body can have it's water once again!!! No more headaches! My son was even complaining yesterday - and even though I encouraged him to drink since he could, you know, water a bush outside, he wasn't really into his water drinking because he was afraid to turn on the sink- let the water escaped the cup and ran down into the flood zone, a.k.a. the downstairs bathroom. Poor kid. Poor me.

Which means - back to moving and exercising!!! YAY!!! It's always when you want to run and can't that you want to...right?

So that's the end of that saga...SO relieved to be able to relieve! LOL

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DALID414 4/22/2013 8:45PM

    Definitely agree about the running, which makes the first run back SO satisfying emoticon

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What to do when the $hitter$ full

Saturday, April 20, 2013


No joke. The septic system is completely and utterly full. Main tank AND overflow tank... so last night after dinner, what we THOUGHT was a clogged main line thanks to my youngest's poop wiping mitt...was in fact NOT that at all (and I apologized to him for accusing him of the clog - trust me, I did).

So now what do we do, besides wait for the truck to come and pump us out....we called last night too, at 6pm, but they were basically done for the night and it was raining - can't rightly blame them now, can I. So they called back and said they'd get to us late morning (which is now) or early afternoon (which is approaching fast).

Meantime, back at the ranch - my youngest has his opening day of baseball parade...and I am missing it.

Meantime, back at the ranch - I cannot drink my water, because it will make me pee...and I can't really because where oh where will it go?

Meantime, back at the ranch - since I cannot drink water, I cannot really exercise, because then I want my water even more...and that is not happening.

Meantime, back at the ranch - I really need to pee, like every 10 minutes now - and I know it's psychosematic - but still.... it's ANNOYING!!!!!!

So, here I am ... waiting... needing to pee (or at least I think I am)... can't do much about anything at all because everything I usually do requires water ...and therefore a functioning septic system... which is down for the count right now.

I have done the FB.

I have done the Spark reading.

I have done some socializing.

So here I am.... beotch blogging about my full poop tank and the fact that I cannot do ANYTHING at all.

So now I will count my blessings.

a) today is Saturday and thank goodness I don't have to work...that would have made today ever MORE better

b) while I may be missing my child's parade and possibly first bb game of the season, it's kinda chilly out, and I am cold, so the blanket on the couch is going to be welcome in a few minutes.

c) we are probably going to have pizza tonight, especially if the $hitter is still full to the brim and I can't do dishes (which are half-done in the washer btw - that is NOT going to be pretty if it doesn't drain soon)

d) we ate ALL of the leftover in the house for lunch - yay! no waste!

e) I didn't have to do my hair today...or shave my legs. A nice break if you kinda think about it.

f) I just got a call from the cesspool guy!!!! and he will be here by 1pm!!!! YAAAAAAY!!!

OK everyone - now I need some good vibes for this:
-they find the overflow cap without needing to rip up my patio and
- they pump out everything and that is that...done for another few years

SWEET! I can't wait to PEE!!!!!!!
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Is this TMI?

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SASSYSACY 5/2/2013 12:47PM

    OMG! I do love reading your blogs...can't believe I missed this till now! LOL!!!! I mean that LOL!!!

Glad you made it through that whole ordeal in one piece!

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DWEXCEL 5/1/2013 10:56AM

    Eeeeeeewwww, that sounds just horrible!


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KANOE10 4/21/2013 9:32AM

    Good luck on a long weekend. I hope it is fixed soon. This is no fun!


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ANNIEONLI 4/21/2013 7:06AM

    UPDATE: UGH...the tank and main line out are just fine....we have a INSIDE line clog!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHH! we still cannot pee!!!!!

Good thing I have boys emoticon

But we won't get it cleared out until MONDAY! So we are "dry camping" once again in the house. emoticon

Like the saying goes, "You don't know what you got, until it's gone". emoticon

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DALID414 4/20/2013 1:06PM

    Omg! Not letting a Sparker pee should be against the law! And I totally get the mind game of wanting to pee when you can't! Mental torture!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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NEW-CAZ 4/20/2013 12:35PM

    EEEEEEEEWwwwwwwwwwwww Good luck! Have a good weekend

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PRAIRIEMIMI 4/20/2013 12:16PM

  Good luck! If its been raining buckets and buckets rain can back flow thru lateral lines filling tank. After last years' drought this problem occurring in Midwest with recent rains. Those of us with septic tanks can sympathize with you!!!!!

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Run, Forrest, Run!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Exercise slump broken this week after a month of "I really shoulds"

Don't know if it's because I have routine blood work that needs to be done on Monday, and I want to have good results - whatever that would be for me as a non-pregnant, non-heavy individual...I really don't know, so maybe it's me "putting my best foot forward".

But today's run was one of those "Well, I have all the stuff on, but I really don't want to, but really you should, but the kids have a half day, you really should get this done, just because" kinda runs.

So I did.

Glad I did.

I am the first to say that I am not a runner. I take a very laid back approach to the whole thing...with personal failure & skepticism always lingering on the back of my mind. That and the fact that I really don't want to hurt myself and not be able to do anything at all for weeks on end. So I take it easy.. I push, but not to hard. I guess I am a stamina builder.

Anyway, the point is, is that after 5 years of exercising "consistently" for was good to actually run and

I think I am learning that elusive "sweet spot" (somethint that I think runners have) that comes with a good rhythm and that is oblivious to the music in my ear and the thoughts in my head. My husband doesn't need music to run, and if he does it just as a add-on, not a tool... I guess I never understood how that is until today.

So me and Adele went on a run today and it was nice. She was nice to listen to as I let my body just "be" in the moment.

I had something in the stove, so when the timer went off...the run was done... 2.5 treadmill miles in 35 treadmill minutes. Pretty much a 5 mph steady rhythm. Totally doable. Totally happy with that.

Happy is good.

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DRB13_1 4/19/2013 10:07PM

    Run happy! emoticon

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    I think I've finally found that "sweet spot" but then my mom died and I have only run once since then. I will find it again, though. It will just take time. Great job!

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-AMANDA79- 4/19/2013 5:59PM

    emoticon I always try to focus on how happy I will feel after my workouts. Funny thing. I've never been sorry once!

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NEW-CAZ 4/19/2013 3:19PM

    SO good when your run is so comfortable.
Hope you get good test results! emoticon

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EFOX2013 4/19/2013 2:50PM

    I love to run! But finding the sweet spot can be hard- especially when I'm running indoors. I can't wait for the snow to stop so I can start running outside! Also Nike has a really great running app that pretty accurately tracks your mileage and your speed if you are running in the great outdoors!

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NUOVAELLE 4/19/2013 12:26PM

    I think that "sweet spot" of running will always remain elusive for me. But I'm so glad you found it and enjoyed your run today.
Now, enjoy that great feeling of breaking the exercise slump. And keep a vivid memory of how good it feels.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/19/2013 11:24AM

    So nice when the run is comfortable. Hope you get great test results.

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TRICIAE2 4/19/2013 11:19AM


I lOVE those kinds of runs!!


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Track it.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

For pete's sake....track your nutrition.

Be truthful and honest.

Take the time to do it....the more you do it, the easier it gets.

It works.

I wouldn't say it time and time again if it didn't work.

Whether you are just beginning or on maintenance....track your nutrition.... It will give you insight into yourself more than you realize.

That knowledge will become your power.

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DALID414 4/18/2013 11:55AM

    Just last night I told the boyfriend, 'hey, I'm getting good at this' (gauging what I can eat), I almost said maybe I should stop tracking for a week. Maybe I shouldn't.

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KANOE10 4/18/2013 8:37AM

    Too honest and accountable.

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BONOLICIOUS2 4/18/2013 8:36AM

    I'm learning this one all over again. Every little bite adds up. You may think it doesn't count, but boyyyy does it ever. I've been trying hard starting this week to account for everything and it has been an EYE OPENER for sure! Nice reminder, thank you!

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SARIANEC 4/18/2013 8:32AM

    Couldn't agree more. My break through was being truly honest about portion sizes.

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NEW-CAZ 4/18/2013 8:11AM

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Deleted blogs

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I am just going to save this now...and continue on it as time goes by in the next hour or two, so don't be surprised if things change while you are actually read this one.


Well, because at 4am, when I couldn't sleep - I poured my heart out into a blog and when I hit 'post' was just not there.

It has happened before to me. Maybe I just take to long to post a blog...because I actually THINK and PROCESS while I write things out.

And this , btw, is me being PISSED because this one was awwwweeesssooooommmme.

And now it is gone.

Sure...I can repeat it, but it just won't be the same. I'm hitting POST now...let's see what happens.


WELL WELL seems that anything written under 2 minutes is saved! AMAZING! LOL

Yes, you are hearing sarcasm OOOOOZING out of my fingertips because there is nothing more annoying that pouring ones heart out and then having it erased. Like I said, it has happened more that once to me. Maybe it's the Safari platform I am using. Maybe I am just too wordy. Maybe there is a conspiracy theory out there that would suit my frustrated needs aliens from Mars are stealing my words to write a ghostwriter book without me knowing it.

The deleted blog I was talking about was about my being sad. Funny how that changed over to being MAD as hell. So therefore, I must conclude that I am having raging PMS.

Yup....I get that way. Sweet little old me can be sarcastic, pissy, and grumpy all in a 12 hour time span ...and to keep my family happy today, I am trying to bite my tongue at all of their small things they do that are being zoomed in one hundred fold because of my heightened hormal state.

See....I am sensitive like that. (Hitting the POST button again.)

AHA! It's saved again! Thank got for the EDIT button!!!

I know I am not the only one who experiences this on websites. I don't know what it is, but seriously... it can get SO frustrating! Like filling out a form and then the whole thing is just gone because you clicked the "back" button.

I was on a site the other day....took 40 minutes to get things just so and I hit send...and poof! Error. Ugh. Computers are great but not when stuff like that happens.

I sound like a broken record.'s the hormones talking. LOL

So back to the sad 4am blog.

I woke up sad.

Yesterday, it hit me at work that I was saying good-bye forever to people who have been in my life for 22 years. Figure 8 people a day, 3 days a week, for the next 6 weeks, I will be saying good by to many many more people. That's part of being in a service industry and then retiring/closing the office you are's about closure, it's about sending everyone off on the right foot; it's about being encouraging and supportive to these people, but when you turn around... sometimes YOU are the one who needs the support.

_______ posting again, please stand by______

So yesterday, I said good-bye to a 23 year old woman who I will forever remember as a 10 year old....maybe even 6. I gave her a hug and just started crying, and so did she...and so did her mother, who happened to be going to our office since she was 8 years old.

The overflow valve on all of the pressure steamer finally gave way. Heck, just writing this makes me tear up. Hormonal mess, like I said.

While I totally get that closure is important and moving on is important...sometimes the emotions of things just sneak up and then you realize that some of the behaviors going on....and totally linked to those emotions....yup, I am talking about emotional eating. I wasn't even aware of it until this morning.

__________________ posting again....please stand by_______

This stress is completely different from the stress I had 2 months ago. The emotional eating that happened 20 years ago, which I THOUGHT was under control is peaking its ugly head out from under a rock...the only difference now is that I see it.

I acknowledge you - you ugly bastardo! emoticon

And sure, I am here on Spark, but not as a truly active, work through your stuff Sparker - I have been hanging out here as support, but let me tell you guys...I'm coming back with a need for support....big time.

This life transition might take me for a loop if I am not careful. I am aware of it, and that is half the battle, but even so, it is scary. I am scared. While I possess TONs of positive energy...there is that doubt that things can hit the fan. That is scary.

Add that scary on top of sad... not a good combo to keep bottled up inside.

______posting again....please standy by______

Basically....that was what I was posting at 4am that got deleted. This stuff above..typed uber fast and off the cuff of what I remembered...what I wanted to convey, but in a nutshell.

And I know that this is probably the most bizarre blog I have ever written too....but getting it out is better than bottling it up inside. Hey, I talk the talk to here I am to walk the walk! Cathartic is the's good to get it out there.

Hey. I never said life was peachy keen and all sunshine and roses, now did I ? Life is messy, scary, hard...but it's also wonderful, crazy, beautiful and exciting.

That last part is something I have to remember when I get hormonal like this.'s time to yell at a lacrosse gave and then mulch the yard...exersion at it's finest!

Thanks for listening and I hope you had some fun with this crazy post!

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DALID414 4/14/2013 12:27PM

    I worked for a company that declared bankruptcy and the closing of it was so chaotic, I held myself together as best as I could and completely broke down in tears with an unsuspecting/inappropriate person. I felt like I should have opened the flood gates to the people who meant the most to me, not some random person who didn't fully get it. You getting to say goodbyes this way, although sad and possibly painful, is going to be good for your soul.
(Sorry for the long winded response, I may be hormonal, too.)


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SUSUSUZZZIE 4/14/2013 10:35AM

    I've had that happen too and always when I've just poured myself out. I now sometimes remember to type in Word and then copy-paste to the blog.

Good luck with handling the emotional triggers but it is great that you see it this time. It sounds like a very emotional situation - hormones or not!


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REBECCATKD 4/14/2013 10:25AM

    Deletes aside, hang in there with the emotional roller coaster! Go for a good walk/jog and get those endorphins pumping. Then come home, have a glass of water followed by a glass of wine. (Oh, it's still before noon? Well, have a mimosa, then. That's acceptable.) Cheers!

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NEW-CAZ 4/14/2013 10:25AM

    Annoying when that happens
Have a good week emoticon

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OZARKMARY 4/14/2013 9:10AM

    I've had that happen too. Take my time to word my blog so that all can appreciate what I'm saying then (enter) wooosh, it disappeared. Sorry you couldn't sleep. Hope you have a good day and that tonight you sleep well and wake rested. Have a blessed week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 4/14/2013 8:57AM

    Computers can drive you crazy. I am sorry you lost your first blog!


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