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Where I go when I am quiet on Spark

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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I think a lot...and I "lurk" instead of interact... I read things...but I don't comment.

I absorb...like a sponge...and I try to figure people out, like I'm on CSI.

As in "figuring out", I try to see where people are, how they got there, etc. etc. and their plan of action and how or why things are working or not working for them.

I also look around all those Sparkfriends in my list. ** sigh** emoticon some have been missing for over a year. emoticon I wonder how they are doing...where they had gone to. Hey...if you are reading this: update your status so I know you are alive! Thanks, much appreciated.

I read the ads that pop up on Spark now. I remember when the first major one was "laughing cow ice cream" ... and now there is a Sensa add. Really? Sensa? Whatever. Ad money is ad money - gotta keep Spark free for people right? but Sensa? I get the Weight Watchers ads, but Sensa? Yeah, I'm a Sparkdiet-snob I guess.

Like everything, the quiet is cyclical...things are going around and around - mainly in my head on the future... yup, still knocking that old chestnut around trying to crack it. Soon.

Speaking of which: What I'd love to do is work for Sparkpeople. There. I said it out loud. I think I'd be great on this team...I just don't know how to go about doing it. Maybe I will figure it out eventually. Heck, maybe, just maybe Sparkguy will see this and say "hey, that girls got something to offer! I wanna get her resume!"

But then again, I don't have thousands or even hundreds of Sparkfriends (on purpose really - I wanted the list to be manageable) and I have yet to have a featured blog or anything....well, except I have the tag "motivator".

I love that title by the way..it keeps me on the straight and narrow - to be upheld to a higher standard. A higher standard for myself. That's just me and my pride in my work that I've done. I'm steady. I am still here. That is got to be worth something... for someone... somewhere.

See? I told you. I go quiet on here because I am figuring stuff out.

Hey...funny story.

I was at a wake (that is not the funny part - but the wake was pretty jovial considering) and I was talking to people who have known me for at least 20 years...and always as "heavy" (a nice way of saying "fat" huh?).

Well.... wouldn't you know - one lady did not recognize me at all!! and her friend turned around and then patted my stomach in disbelief that I was so thin! LMAO!!! These ladies are all in the 70's, and honestly, look pretty good for their age...they said when I get to there age, I will probably look 40 because right now I look 20! LMAO!

THANKS Ladies!!! You made my day! I must be doing something right!

Anyway...I have Spark to thank for that....and my Sparkfriends over the years.
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OK - back to the dungeon I go... Oh, the dungeon is my basement that I am reorganizing and cleaning up a bit. Cluttered house - cluttered mind!

  
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DWEXCEL 5/10/2013 8:12AM

    Oh my Gosh Annie......You would be Perfect on the Spark Team!!!!! Somebody who has lived it, used it, done it, and you're already a great Friend to many and Motivator!!

What are you waiting for Girl!!!!! Send him your resume......don't wait for him to find you......!!!!!

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Luv ya!
Donna

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KANOE10 5/8/2013 8:13AM

    I think you would be a great on the Spark Team. You write well and are an excellent motivator with your honesty and your humor. That was a lovely NSV from those ladies!
Good luck with your cleaning.

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CAROLISCIOUS 5/7/2013 9:02PM

    I think you would be an awesome asset to the SP Team!

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BONOLICIOUS2 5/7/2013 4:29PM

    I am suchhhhh an ad snob on here. Some of them are so ridiculous! There are a few ways to block them if you want tehe.

Good luck with the basement!

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DALID414 5/7/2013 4:27PM

    I lurk too. And I'm with you as a Spark-diet snob, I don't even like the WW ads, I see them and react the way you did about Sensa lol emoticon (my sis is on WW so my dislike for them is a bit personal)

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KACEYSW 5/7/2013 3:21PM

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Dove Beauty Sketches

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaOjMXyJGk

Please watch... Dove hits the nail, right on the head.
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Annie

  
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KANOE10 4/24/2013 8:18AM

    Thanks for sharing. That was an enlightening video. So true.

It was sad that the females saw themselves in a much more negative way.

Comment edited on: 4/26/2013 7:39:30 AM

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DALID414 4/23/2013 3:20PM

    I have a knot in my throat emoticon

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MIDROAD 4/23/2013 9:45AM

    Eye opening,thank you for sharing!

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WORDWOMAN7 4/23/2013 9:14AM

    Hi, Annie:

I like the ad, too, and I think that the message is absolutely true.

However, I just got back from a conference, a part of which looked at how women are portrayed in the media and culture, and the presenter shared a point that I wasn't aware of. Dove's parent company is Unilever, the same company that makes the Axe brand of products for men. Axe, of course, uses advertisements that reduce women to sex objects who can't resist the guys who use the products (nothing about natural or inner beauty going on in those ads!).

I found this article from 2007; apparently this isn't a new issue for Unilever: http://jezebel.com/310320/dove-vs-a
xe-is-unilever-hypocritical


It just makes me a little sad, and - for me - reduces the power of those ads. I feel like Unilever and Dove are playing us - telling us what we want and need to hear simply to increase their profits. Ka-ching!

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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!
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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!!!!

WOOHOO!

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?
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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).
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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

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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!

Donna

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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 me...it was good to actually run and just.....run.

I think I am learning that elusive "sweet spot" (somethint that I think runners have) that comes with a good rhythm and lope...one 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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CHRISKENANDKIDS 4/19/2013 8:43PM

    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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DALID414 4/19/2013 8:22PM

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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.
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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

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I lOVE those kinds of runs!!

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