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Camping Update

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Camping was GREAT! LOTS of walking done....LOTS!

Ok, a little stressful the first day...but setup with 3 kids always is. The park itself was just fine - nice enough facilities, a pond, a playground, trails, woods; the bugs were not too buggy just yet and not too big either; neighbors were friendly and nice, not too many yahoos this time around; kids on bikes were, well, kids on night...loud...just when the little ones were going to sleep... emoticon

The next day - my stress was pretty much gone and we spent most of the day on the playground - watching the kids have fun and talking with other parents. The in-laws came out for dinner and they had a nice time with the kids and hangin' out. My FIL loves this stuff...old army reservist. He built the fire with the kids and then we had s'mores.

Sunday was a day of rest - the kids were too pooped to pop and 2 out of 3 were napping heavily by noon. Me and DH actually read magazines! emoticon

Monday we came home, DH peeved that the lights on the left side of the trailer were not working, but our fellow campers shoved some foil in and we took our chances on the ride home. By the time we got home - the taillights were working just fine. DH was baffled. We probably have to replace the plug. Oh well...

As for the diet - confession time has come...I did not drink my water, I binged on S'mores on Sunday, I had way to many carbs overall...but I think the max was 2500 on the very worst day. See - I can justify anything emoticon

So, now I am back in the saddle - water, water, water today - I'm fairly floating right about now. I'll be in range if it kills me. I'll get on the TM or do my strength, so help me God! Actually, God, please help me if you hear me! I need some strength for my motivation! I am dreaming about S'mores!

I know - just another blip and bump in the big picture...It's today's mantra! Say it with me....just a bump, just a bump, back in the saddle, drink your water, just a bump, back in the saddle, just a bump, back in the saddle...

Our next camping trip is one month away - for a week...I'll have a new plan of action for that one. S'mores allowed, only one a day! Not 2, or 3, or 4 emoticon emoticon You think I'm kidding? Try 5!

OK - confession time is over! I hope y'all had a great weekend and didn't fall off the wagon too bad! Just keep saying your matra like me! emoticon


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2BIG42LONG 5/31/2008 10:22AM

    Annie, I am so glad that you and the family had such a good time. I went to visit my in-laws at blydenburg (spelling?...but I know you know what I mean). It was nice there, they love their camper. My kids spend a lot of time at Watch hill in the summer, so I will probably be doing that too.......not ready for a bathing suit though, not even close. Talk to you soon.

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OAKBORN 5/31/2008 9:49AM

    Thanks for coming by and leaving such a great comment! Thought I'd return the favor! Besides, it's about time to check in with my friends!

Sounds like you did fine camping! A s'more ain't gonna do you in... (repeating with you) "it's just a bump, it's just a bump, it's just a bump". Here is where I insert my mantra, "I can do this! I can do this! I can do this!"

I'm going camping in about a month and I've been mentally planning what foods to take for the last month. It's tent camping, totally off the grid at a very nice private campground with a large group of friends. It also has a lovely clear creek on one side of the property that is a great place to stay cool in the hot.

I'm sorry you lost your mom, even if it was awhile ago! You're right, it sucks big rocks.

emoticon That's what we're all here for!

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IAMLION 5/30/2008 11:40PM

    Sounds like a great time! My girls love smores, they also had some this weekend. I don't really do smores (I know, I'm like the only person who doesn't eat them? Wierd)
I love camping! Do you and husband ever go alone? Those are the best trips! Well for me it is, very relaxing and my husband does ALL the cooking from breakfast to dinner! Woo Hoo!
Apparently, I am not quite done with my holiday, but I am doing better today. Well sort of, hmmm, actually maybe not so much. I don't have any more Maple Nut Goodies (since I ate them all yesterday) but I am hitting my left over Bud Lite! Man, camping leftovers are the best! emoticon I promise, Sunday I will hop back in the saddle! Today is Friday right?? emoticon
Oh yeah, I am working on the before and after pics. See, the problem that I am running into is that I became the photographer and the picture picker and since I hated the way I looked I am not in many pictures and the ones that I am in I am sitting down and I am holding something in front of me. I don't have much to choose from! I am working on it though!
Have a great weekend!!

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BATHMOM 5/28/2008 4:25PM

    You are one brave woman to take 3 children camping!!! My hat's off to you! I haven't gotten the nerve up yet, but my ds is bugging us about it frequently, so this might be our year. Actually, it sounds like it could be fun.

I hear you about the S'mores! That's why they got the name after all. I won't even tell you about microwave s'mores...oops, I guess I just did.

Keep saying the mantra & I know you'll get back on track! Mine is "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" from Finding Nemo. :-)

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Good-bye full moon! Hello normal!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I felt it immediately this morning when I woke up...the full moon was GONE!

I know - I'm a wacko, but for real, everything is back to normal! I was even nursing the 20 month old's 103 fever last night, and still woke up like a new woman! My husband and father said they felt the same thing!

I even feel perky again! Like I want to/can exercise again! WoooHoooo!

Oh Happy Day!!!!

DH is off today with the 20 month old, and we are getting the food ready for camping on Friday morning. Lot's to do between now and then. We'll probably be proactive and pack most of the stuff in the truck tonight. I can't wait!

I'll be taking my camera - let's see what naturey thing I can take this time around to spruce up the old Sparkpage. The weather is supposed to be wonderful....I can't wait!

OK - enough perky happiness! Ooooooo - I can't wait!!!!!

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OAKBORN 5/26/2008 8:20PM

    Have fun camping!

Yay! for the funk going away!!

Get your MoJo back!!


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MSMISSUSME 5/22/2008 9:52AM

    Have a great time camping! Couldn't do it myself, creepy crawlies ughh!

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Full moon

Monday, May 19, 2008

I always know when it's a full moon.

Things are always,

Kids, hubby, me...trying to get out of the funk today, but had no luck.
Things peeved me all gosh darn day. And no, it's not my TOM. I deleted my earlier blog... too pessimistic, even for me. That's was not me...stress, yes, but not me.

The bile duct thing really threw me out of my mojo. I've been trying to get it back ever since, but I'm too pooped to pop. I should be doing sit ups right now, but I went to bed so late last night I have no energy. Thanks dh for the caffenated tea!

Oh well, tomorrow is a new day, right? I'll do my strength during lunchbreak.

Good news here!! We scheduled 2 more camping trips - HOORAY!!!! I'm so excited! We are going this weekend and we are ready to rock! A couple new things to work on - the awning, the new grill...I can't wait!

So good night, dear hearts. Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it.

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MKPQ51 5/27/2008 6:03AM

    Many years back, when I first started working for the telephone company (and I worked for the company for almost 28 years), I was a long distance operator. We always knew when it was a full moon because we had the weirdest customers! (Oh, don't get me wrong, some of those customers were always around; but, the number always seemed to increased during a full moon.) And, once I had kids, they also seemed a little weird (more than grumpy, just a little off) during times of a full moon. Now, I'm not superstitious or anything like that, but I do have to admit something certain was different.


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MSMISSUSME 5/20/2008 4:20AM

    emoticon Here's to a better day!

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TENACITY! 5/19/2008 10:29PM

    Ditto! We will have a good day tomorrow!

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Me and my stupid bile duct

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Many of you don't know this, but I don't eat ice cream at all. Used to, but now I cannot. Even the slightest lick will get me sick. Something changed in my body that cannot digest the fats created in ice cream. I'm not lactose intolerant (been tested), I eat cheeses and milks daily with no's just the darned ice cream, or so I thought.

In 1998 I had my gall bladder removed after, oh, let's say 10 years of suffering from attacks. After that, my system was all screwed up, as it sometimes gets when it comes out. It seemed that every 2 years, I would still have gall bladder type pain. I had these attacks even thru my pregnancies. One day, it got so bad, I went to the hospital, told the ER doc about my duct problem, he told me it was probably gas and then later profusely apologized to me when the sonogram came back showing a huge, inflamed bile duct. They did an ESRP scope down my gullet and pulled out "sludge." Sounds pretty, huh?

So long story short, my gastro guy told me that I should just really watch the fats, blah blah blah. I have a tendency to over produce "sludge" or teeny tiny stones.

Since SP, I've been a maven about watching and recording everything, so it didn't take me long to find the offending culprits in my diet. Light cheesecake on Mother's Day (MIL made it special for me), eggplant and garlic & oil pasta (eggplant get saturated with oil), and I treated myself to a chocolate glazed Dunkin Donut because I was under cals....bad move - that was the straw that broke the camels back.

Midmorning yesterday, my attack came, turned my upper abdomen into a tight spasming playground from you know where, and I was down and out on the couch. Called in the troops for backup (DH and dad) and by mid afternoon the sludge had passed. I'm so used to the feeling of it passing I know exactly when it happens. Scary.

Total tally of cals yesterday: 485
Total tally today: 990

I get scared to eat anything, especially fats, even though it is most likely gone for a while. If I had one wish to make, it would be for this to go away for good. I think I can get a stent put in to keep it open...something to talk about with my gastro guy. Until then, I have to live with my stupid bile duct.

PS - I am totally fine today, like nothing ever weird, huh?

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BATHMOM 5/19/2008 1:35PM

    {{{{{hugs}}}}}}! That does not sound fun at all. I hope you are feeling better now!

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MSMISSUSME 5/19/2008 9:07AM

    Sorry to hear you've had troubles, glad you feel better ! emoticon

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TRUFFLEMAKER 5/17/2008 11:49PM

    Ouch! That sounds painful. I know gall bladder attack pain, having had it for years myself. I had mine removed a year ago. I did not know you could still suffer from attacks even if you have no gall bladder! You will have to be really careful with the fats. Do you track your sodium? I read somewhere that there is a relationship between high sodium levels and gall stone/kidney stone formation.

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OAKBORN 5/17/2008 9:15PM

    Sorry to hear about your tummy ickies! Glad you are better!!

I do have to say that I LOVED the title of your blog post!


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Mother's Day - cute kid story

Monday, May 12, 2008

I wanted to sharewith everyone what my almost 4 year old gave me.
It's a piece of paper with questions anwered my him and written by his teacher. Here it is:

Name is: Danny
My Mom is 4 years old.

Some of my Mom's favorites are:
food: McDonald's
tv show: little bell (Little Bill)
song: Superman (huh?)
story: Mrs. Jeepers (I was reading them a book with that character in it)
color: blue

I love it when my Mother: EXERCISES (I almost cried over that one)

My mother and I like to: play the drums (again, huh?)

My mother is great because: she loves me

I will honor my mother today by: not crying (does it everyday at drop off)

I really teared up in the daycare when I read about the exercising thing...5 months ago it would have been something completely different. So I guess I have a mini-goal accomplished - to be a good example for my kids. DONE!

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RINGLE32162 5/14/2008 9:46AM

    What a doll! Aren't kids great? I remember when my 3 were that age! And I remember when my son was about 6 and in Kindergarten. He brought home this piece of construction paper with his handprints on it and a poem about how he was always getting fingerprints on everything and how it upset me, but that he was growing up and soon there wouldn't be any more little handprints anywhere, anymore! And these were to remember his little handprints by! I bawled! And you know what? He's 25 1/2 years old, now and doesn't leave handprints anywhere, anymore! emoticon

They grow up too fast! Enoy them when they're little! They truly are blessings! emoticon

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MSMISSUSME 5/13/2008 4:46AM

    Well done! emoticon

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BATHMOM 5/12/2008 1:56PM

    That's so cute! Aren't kids great? They certainly give us a new perspective on ourselves.

Thanks for checking on me! I sure do appreciate that. I blogged about my experience if you want to read it, but the short version is that I was fighting an invasion of ants into my kitchen for a good part of last week. But I'm doing well, and am back at it today!

btw, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! on hitting the 25 lb. mark. You are doing absolutely fabulous. And you look great in your new photo. emoticon

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CDCSMITH 5/12/2008 9:23AM

    That is wonderful! Love that you are teaching him healthy habits!

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