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A race, a funeral, a parade and a concert – not a regular Saturday

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Sometimes everything just comes together at once.

This morning was our town’s annual Christmas Classic 5K. I run it every year along with about 70 members of our church. DH even participates. He’s part of our walking contingent. His stated goal is to finish ahead the ambulance and not in it.

We’ve been called the “runningest church in town” and this race is part of our “Health and Holiness” Ministry. Our church also happens to be right on the race route so we’re a logical place for a water stop.

Sadly, this week our oldest Deacon died and today was his funeral. The family didn’t want to impact our running tradition. Many of them had participated in the race in the past. So the service was scheduled for 10:30. The race was at 8:30 with the kids’ fun run at 9:45.
So this is my day so far.

I got to the race in time for our group picture at 8:00. At the 8:30 start there was a light drizzle, but not bad since the temperature was in the 40s. I talked to the woman I call the “Energizer Bunny” because she just keeps going and going and going – downhill, uphill, doesn’t matter. I on the other hand am defeated by hills and always walk up at least part of them.

My goal was to stay with her as long as I could and at least keep her in sight.

Today I hung with her for 2 miles, but she finished stronger, 25 seconds ahead of me. I did a 31:06. Darn it, I wanted a 30. So she got 2nd in our age group and I was 3rd. One of those “youngsters” just turning 65 got 1st. This is a tough course & even with my walking, it was my 2nd best time ever on that course.

My DD, Sparker Hayburner1969 won her 45-49 age group with a 24:04 and raced off to change for the funeral. She’s our Music Minister, pianist and soloist. I followed soon after since I sing in the choir. Fortunately, we can shower and change real fast.

The funeral was beautiful and moving. Deacon Ray touched many lives in his 80+ years on this earth. The music was perfect. Running this morning didn’t impact DD’s “Ave Maria” at all. The duet and trio were amazing. What a fitting celebration of a wonderful life.

Next on the schedule is our town’s Christmas Parade at 4. Two of my grandchildren will be marching with their HS Band.

Tonight my choral society has their #1 Christmas Concert. I have to be at rehearsal at 6
Maybe I should take a nap?

I see that it’s raining harder now which will postpone the parade until tomorrow at 4.
While I appreciate the break today, I have our 2nd choral concert tomorrow, also at 4. Darn conflict! I wanted to see the kids.

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AKA_GAMERMOM 12/16/2014 9:24PM

    Wow! You have had quite a stressful few weeks. I believe that faith and fitness are the perfect antidotes for stress. You have the right balance. Make sure you take care of yourself.
God bless you!!

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TODDERICKV 12/9/2014 9:43AM

    Great job!

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KPETSCHE 12/9/2014 12:32AM

    Busy Saturday! I'm glad you were able to run after your little spill last week. It's fantastic to see your Deacon's impact on all the people he's touched through his time here. Bless him and bless your church members.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/8/2014 10:48AM

    I'm exhausted just reading this!
I'm sure your deacon was delighted you ran.

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JAMIRBLAZE 12/8/2014 8:32AM

    I think "to finish ahead the ambulance and not in it" will be my stated goal for every race from here on out. emoticon

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/7/2014 5:56PM

  emoticon Saturday I walked my first 5K ever and proudly came in last! (only 2 other walkers) Considering I couldn't walk around the block in May, I have come a long way! emoticon
The other runners cheered me on the last block and they gave me a Christmas ornament which was inscribed "First 5K 2014." I made my own personal best time since I started training for it by 11 minutes! With a bad left foot and a bad right knee, up and down the hills, I made it in 60 minutes, 9 seconds!! I was thrilled!! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 12/7/2014 4:38PM

  I think just about everyone has one of those absolutely-packed-with-things-to-do days some time or another. I know I have. It sounds to me as though you handled such a busy day very well. I hope the remainder of this busy month leaves you some time to rest, though!

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    Good work on your race time.

How striking that the Deacon's family chose to work around the race schedule. In their sadness and loss, they celebrated community and the continuity of life. Unselfish and a tribute.

This may be the first I learn of your singing. I'll be going to the Collegiate Chorale concert in a couple of weeks at Carnegie. They are performing something slightly off-beat. If you're curious:


Eric Idle!

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KLMEIRING 12/7/2014 9:47AM

    Grateful to read this post. You reminded me that a full life is a good life!

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BARB4HEALTH 12/7/2014 7:27AM

    You go Girl! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 12/7/2014 5:48AM

    Congrats to your race!
Your church is amazing.

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GINIEMIE 12/7/2014 5:35AM

    And so rolls December. You did have a busy weekend and I understand conflicts. It's hard not to when you have children, grandchildren and a parish family. Glad you got a little break though, tough that you'll miss the parade. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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DR1939 12/7/2014 1:25AM

    Busy day.

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WALLAHALLA 12/6/2014 11:00PM

    What a great day! Hope tomorrow is a day of rest for you.

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DOVESEYES 12/6/2014 6:56PM

    Sorry for your loss, but how wonderful the day rolled together to fit everything in.

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HOLLYM48 12/6/2014 6:52PM

    Wow, what a busy day! I am so glad you were able to make the most of it and your time for the 5K was great and what a great tribute to your deacon as well.

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/6/2014 6:19PM

    Wow - your day made me tired!!! emoticon

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ALICIA363 12/6/2014 5:32PM

    Sounds like very worthwhile ways to be busy! Hope you find time to rest and recharge along the way.

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GABY1948 12/6/2014 4:59PM

    BUSY lady! I think it is WONDERFUL that your church is the "runningest"! Running for HEALTH is SUCH a good example to set for the community! Taking care of our "temples"!

Way to go on the race! You are such an inspiration!

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KANOE10 12/6/2014 4:15PM

    What a packed day. It sounded lovely in all aspects. Health and a tribute to a wonderful person. You are a busy lady..but a very healthy one.

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ALIHIKES 12/6/2014 4:11PM

    Busy day! I am glad that you raced, and that the deacon's family wanted the tradition to continue.

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WATERMELLEN 12/6/2014 3:46PM

    What a full and varied day: and a full gamut of emotions too.

Runningest individual, not just church in town, to get all that jampacked in!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/6/2014 2:29PM

    That is one FULL day, even with the postponement of the parade! And what a blessing a life of service like that of your Deacon gives the world.

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Glad I fell on my face and not on my knees. Weird, huh!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Friday’s run was the perfect storm. It started as a routine practice run. My only goal was to run up that last hill on the 5k course that always defeats me. Usually I check my watch and decide there won’t be much difference if I take a 1 minute walk break even though I’m .3 miles from the finish.

I surprised myself that I was keeping a great pace and felt good going up that last hill.
No problem, right?

At that point I met 3 people walking a large dog. I do not have a good running history with dogs, even “friendly” ones. So I swerved to the right to give myself a lot of space between me and them.

Unfortunately, I was on the only patch of gravel on the entire route. I am NOT a trail runner. I need good solid ground, preferably flat.

Down I went! Hands outstretched and took it on the chin. Both palms are bruised and scrapped. My chin is black and blue. My bottom teeth sheared off the enamel on the back of my 2 top teeth and chipped a corner of one. I will need some dental work, either bonding or a cap according to the dentist I called. Strangely, my nose is bruised in 2 places too. I don’t even remember it hitting the ground.

This morning I look like I’ve been in a fight.

Now I really feel like an oddball.

It’s not that I don’t care about my appearance or the potential cost of the dental work.

I’m thankful I didn’t break a bone and or need stitches.
I’m glad I didn’t fall on my knees or hurt a hip or damage some other lower joint that impacts mobility.
I went for a walk, did some low impact aerobics and weights and feel OK.
I’m hoping to tackle the same route next Saturday for our town’s annual 5K race and stay upright.
My front teeth were never all that attractive anyway. Maybe, a cap will be an improvement?

The people stopped to help me and walked with me back to my car.
The man said “you must be OK because I can’t keep up with you.” LOL

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AKA_GAMERMOM 12/16/2014 9:20PM

    How are you feeling? Falls like that are so traumatic. There is that suspended moment when you realize you are going down, but don't know just how bad the damage will be. You seem to be back on your feet, though!

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TODDERICKV 12/9/2014 9:44AM

    Ouch, I am too old to be falling. I am extra careful, especially when riding my bike.

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KAREN4HEALTH 12/3/2014 2:42PM

    Oh! I am so sorry you fell! Good luck at the dentist! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/3/2014 12:13PM

    I've done that kind of thing before the past couple of years when I was running. More often it happened when I was walking LOL. One time I tripped on a curb for some stupid reason! And another time I bruised my hip about 3 or 4 years ago really badly when I was just standing at the bus stop with my granddaughter and then squatted to tie her shoe and when I went to get up fell over sideways on my hip! Since I've had a stroke I've only fallen once again tripping on a sidewalk walking! Scraped up one arm pretty bad but otherwise okay. I'm so thankful every time that I haven't broken a bone or something worse! Since the stroke my balance is off more so it takes more concentration just to walk which I think is why I've only fallen once. I'm concentrating more on what I'm doing ha ha. Has to be an upside to this :).
Glad you weren't badly hurt and are getting back out there again!

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WATERMELLEN 12/3/2014 7:49AM

    Don't know how I missed this -- but I am sincerely most sorry about your fall. And in awe at your grace and fortitude and humour describing your response. In awe.

Who knows whether those teeth will be improved.

But as for your moral character: already perfection.

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LEWILL1982 12/2/2014 4:51PM

    Glad you are ok and you certainly aren't alone! We've all done it!

By the way, I'm late reading this. Not sure when your 5k is/was, but a trick I've learned for running bridges and hills is to pump your arms when going up. Such a simple thing really helps with the forward motion and momentum. Best of luck and run happy!

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SWEDE_SU 12/2/2014 11:11AM

    ouch! i'm so sorry:(( at least you didn't break anything, but still - wishing a speedy recovery!

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MARYJEANSL 12/2/2014 12:35AM

  I'm so sorry you got hurt...but also glad it wasn't worse. Here's hoping the dental work needed is minimal.

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KANSASROSE67 12/1/2014 1:23PM

    So sorry that happened...I'm sure it was painful. But I'm glad your injuries weren't more serious.

Take care!

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/1/2014 5:27AM

  emoticon Ouch that hurts! Kudos to you for still wanting to go for the 5K on Saturday. I'm unable to "jog" or "run" because of a bad left foot & bad right knee that needs an operation. But I can walk! So Saturday I'm going to do my first 5K "walk" in my town's Jingle Jog. I'm really excited! I'll be thinking of you, and hope you'll feel okay and do well on your event. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 11/30/2014 9:55PM

    Ouchie! Hope you heal quickly. You can always tell people you are decorating in black and blue for Christmas. emoticon Take care of you!

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SUBMOM2 11/30/2014 5:07PM

    I'm sorry about the fall and I'm glad it wasn't worse. Take care!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/30/2014 5:05PM

    I am so sorry about your fall! If you are like me, you will probably be stiff for a day or so.

Take care of yourself, and I'm so impressed that you've turned a bad thing into a thing where you can express gratitude!!

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GABY1948 11/30/2014 3:02PM

    OMG! I am SO glad you are allright! I do understand about the not breaking a bone or such that is my fear also...but I am still so emoticon

I do also hope you emoticon and that just bonding takes care of it! I have had that done on the backs of the front teeth...amazing so hope the chip can be done son had that done successfully too.

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HOLLYM48 11/30/2014 1:36PM

    So sorry to hear you took a fall. Feel better soon. I am glad you didn't break any bones but chipping teeth is no fun either!

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MJZHERE 11/30/2014 11:42AM

    Sorry to hear you fell. Glad to hear you staying so positive. We may fall but we won't stay down.

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DR1939 11/30/2014 10:55AM

    Scary. Glad you are doing ok.

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ALICIA363 11/30/2014 10:50AM

    Feels strange to say, but Way To Go! You are one tough grandma. So glad your mobility wasn't impacted, and emoticon that the kind stranger couldn't keep up with you.
May your injuries heal quickly, completely, and with as little discomfort as possible. Rock on!

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PHEBESS 11/30/2014 10:31AM

    Wow, sounds like a rough spill! Glad it wasn't any worse, and that you could get up and still move. (And yes, gravel is horrible, I skid on gravel just walking!)

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WILSONWR 11/30/2014 8:54AM

    I'm definitely glad you're ok! (as "ok" as you can be with all that bruising and dental damage) Take care of yourself, and good luck in the 5K next week!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/30/2014 8:14AM

    Yikes! At least you're able to look at the bright side! Take care. I hope you heal quickly and good luck with the dentist!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/30/2014 8:03AM

    Glad you're OK! Having had an embarrassing fall or two myself (I'm thinking of learning to ride a bike "clipped in" and one time walking down a crowded sidewalk trying to "hurry up" past a group of teenaged girls)... I get that being as fit at you are probably helped you not get injured worse.

Speedy recovery wishes headed your way! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 11/30/2014 7:42AM

    Who knew running was a contact sport? Glad to hear you survived with only minor damage.

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BA5454 11/30/2014 7:41AM

    Oh sheesh--so glad you are okay! I've fallen before and it's a horrible feeling. Way to bring out the positives, though--hope you heal quickly ;-).

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GINIEMIE 11/30/2014 7:21AM

    So glad you were not more seriously injured. Although I do consider needing dental cosmetic work serious, just say dentist.
I have had a bad history with dogs-just walking. Any dog I have not met with its owner is suspect, we have one that at the end of the cul de sac that thinks it owns the block, the people let the dog out in the morning without a chain/leash and put it inside when they leave for work-if they remember. The dog bars people from going down to the end of the street near its home.
I can see it happening. I also like to fall off of uneven surfaces. I think belly splats are sometimes more embarrassing than hurtful. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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KELLIEBEAN 11/30/2014 7:17AM

    Oh GEEZ! I'm glad it's worst. You have an admirable attitude!

Feel better!

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PHOENIX1949 11/30/2014 7:16AM

    emoticon Interesting angle on the teeth -- one I've experienced. My forever-crooked, upper-front permanent teeth got replaced with four crowns spaced for the illusion of being more straight after making contact with a steering wheel in an accident. I welcomed the new smile. Glad no major bone breaks for you -- hope the bruises & scrapes heal quickly.

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APROMISE4ME 11/30/2014 6:51AM

    Ohh, I'm sorry to hear that dear friend. Thank God you didn't break anything else. So happy to hear that there were two angels there to assist you. Hope everything heals quickly...take care ! All the best !



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Wearing a small size doesn’t make you “anorexic”

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fat shaming is wrong and the stories about the devastating effects are constantly posted here on Spark.

The inspirational stories about challenges faced, incremental progress and final success provide motivation to millions.

However it is hurtful to hear comments that can only be termed “skinny bashing.”

Telling an slim person to “eat a burger” is just as insulting as telling an obese person to “eat a salad”

Making judgments about a person based on body size and shape is wrong. Being obese doesn’t mean you are a lazy glutton and being a small size doesn’t make you a compulsive anorexic.

Anorexia is a serious disease.
That term shouldn’t be tossed around lightly or in a joking manner.

We don’t want to face how much more “generous” manufacturers have made their clothing over the last 40-50 years.

In the 50s and 60s the average woman was a size 12 and her measurements were 34-26-36.

As society has gotten larger and larger “sizing creep” has progressed to the point that It also means that we need to have sizes 0, 00 etc.

These aren't super skinny women. These are the women who used to be called a size 8 or 6 in decades past.

Home sewing companies, like Simplicity, haven’t gone to vanity sizing.
You can check out what society used to look like right here.

It is important to have a positive self image.
It should not be achieved by insulting and putting down other people.

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    here here!! emoticon

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~INDYGIRL 11/30/2014 9:01PM

    I never looked at it from the other side. I'm glad you gave me perspective.

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MJZHERE 11/30/2014 11:45AM

    So I was super sensitive that some really had a hard time and were "judging" when I was loosing weight. But, telling the truth, my daughter who sometimes becomes very thin, I do ask if she is eating... of course she hates it, but maybe it is a case of a habit that is hard to break. When I ask, I am worried (been a mom a long time).

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WALLAHALLA 11/30/2014 1:51AM

    tru dat!

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1STBUCKETITEM 11/29/2014 9:28PM

  Great blog! I'm keeping that size chart as a reference to what I used to wear back in the 60's. I may not get all the way back there, but I'll know when I get to a "size" I can live with for the rest of my life. Thanks! emoticon

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GINIEMIE 11/29/2014 12:41PM

    This site has been a blessing to me, and I am by no means skinny and when I get to my goal weight, I would just appreciate an acknowlegement of how good I look-no references to my past or comments that I'm too skinny-that was one of the comments that made me give up on being careful 20 years ago...Everyone thought I was too skinny and endangering my health-I lost confidence in myself. So yes praise with out judgement is a good position, and if someone is heavy find an attribute to praise-their face, smile, efforts walking at the gym etc. If asked how you did it, share otherwise tread lightly. The scars left behind can be life lasting. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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HOLLYM48 11/28/2014 7:39PM

    I so agree! Thanks for posting this!

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/28/2014 4:45PM

    So true - thanks!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/28/2014 3:35PM

    So true! Couldn't get the link to work, but so agree with you -- skinny bashing is just as bad as fat shaming.

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APRIL_V_2 11/28/2014 1:50PM

    I definitely agree with this blog! It's very upsetting to me that people do this. I think part of it is jealousy. People who wish they were a smaller size making fun of those who are so they think it will make them feel more comfortable about their own size. I'm no psychologist but that's just my take on it.

My goal really is not to be a smaller size, but a healthy weight and healthy body fat percentage so I can avoid disease and live a long healthy active life. When people see pictures of me now after losing 60 pounds (but still have more to go) I get a lot of "are you sure you want to lose more weight?" I think it's because they don't want to admit they may need to lose more weight in order to be healthy.

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DR1939 11/28/2014 1:37PM

    As a psychologists I am very concerned about the casual use of diagnostic terms. These are very serious illnesses that should not be used indiscriminately.

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POOKASLUAGH 11/28/2014 1:32PM

    My sister is a size 0, and always has been (or smaller). She's built that way. She has many times ranted about the people who come up to her and said, "Oh, so THAT'S what a size 0 looks like" and other such comments. It's awful. Any kind of body-shaming is bad!!

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PHEBESS 11/28/2014 9:35AM

    I'm blown away that a size 0 exists. Telling someone they are a zero seems inherently insulting to me. I've never quite understood how a size 0 can even exist in any kind of reality. If you were a zero, you wouldn't exist, right?

On the other hand, I've known women who, years ago, ended up wearing children's clothing because women's clothing wasn't small enough.

Sigh. Why does size matter so much to so many people?

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KANOE10 11/28/2014 9:35AM

    I don't like skinny bashing either. Anorexia is a serious disease. Good blog.

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NELLJONES 11/28/2014 9:19AM

    I have been the same size for many years, but the "size" has changed dramatically. I have a size 8 skirt from 1980 that is snug, but I have to buy a size 0 to get the same fit today. Since few stores actually carry the 0, it's hard to shop, Nordstrom is the only reliable source. When I sew, I buy a size 12 pattern. Go figure.

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GABY1948 11/28/2014 9:09AM

    emoticon blog! I agree totally but you wrote it out perfectly! emoticon emoticon

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BA5454 11/28/2014 8:56AM

    Yeah, I mean why go there with skinny bashing (or fat bashing)--it doesn't make any sense, not on this site or any site.

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JIBBIE49 11/28/2014 8:35AM

    Oh, you are so right about the sizing. I am 65 so I was a size 7 in high school when I was 5'4" and 114#, but I wasn't skinny at all. I was 34-23-37. (Yes, I had a big CAN and got lots of comments about it.)
Sizing has really gone crazy IMO, when a woman who is now 185# is a size 12. I remember reading about how dress makers had to go to 1X, 2X,3X because women didn't want to buy a 20, 22, 24. It hasn't helped the health of any of the people today, especially young women.

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Now here’s something you don’t see every day – A HOUSE in the road!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It was right at the end of my driveway. That prompted a change of running route. I watched with neighbors for a while then ran in the opposite direction. I returned in time to see it proceeding on its way.

There it goes!

The house was on a farm behind us which will now become a housing development. Many neighbors opposed the rezoning, but it’s OK with me. If some earlier farmer hadn’t sold his land, MY house wouldn’t be here. So, I’ll graciously welcome the newcomers.

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MARYJEANSL 11/26/2014 2:51PM

  I hope you will get new neighbors that you will like. I am always sorry to see family farms go (although you didn't mention whether it was a family farm or a factory farm), but surely the only constant in life is change.

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SMILES4383 11/26/2014 10:02AM

    I've seen a mansion moved ... It was HUGE and quite an experience to witness.

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KANOE10 11/26/2014 7:52AM

    I am living on ex farm land also. Interesting picture. Happy Thanksgiving.

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PHEBESS 11/26/2014 3:09AM

    Moving entire houses has always amazed me!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/25/2014 9:05PM

    Not something you see every day, for sure. It's a fascinating process, moving a complete house! Hopefully it will have a new home and be loved!

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WALLAHALLA 11/25/2014 7:58PM

    Brings back memories. When I was 4, my parents bought a 6 bedroom house for $3,000.05. They only won the bid because my dad had added the nickle on the end being funny. We had to move it to our farm and it was an all day affair. 2 flatbed semi's had to drive side by side in perfect sync, and the utility and phone company had to go with us to lift the wires.

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2014 6:17PM

    What a sensible attitude!!

We moved a couple houses about 28 years ago -- and it was a fascinating project --

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GABY1948 11/25/2014 4:54PM

    emoticon and there are always people that oppose progress That was a neat sight...wish I had been there!


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1STBUCKETITEM 11/25/2014 4:39PM

  emoticon Actually in southwest retirement land we see houses moving quite often!

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SUBMOM2 11/25/2014 1:37PM

    It's fascinating to me how they can move a house like that.

I admire your attitude about the rezoning. No wonder you seem so healthy!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/25/2014 1:15PM

    No, not something you see everyday!

I love your attitude about the rezoning. I'm reminded of people who are SO against immigrants coming to the US -- like ALL our forebears weren't immigrants at one point!

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WIFE49 11/25/2014 1:10PM

    Yes, sometime progress is painful. Like you attitude.

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DR1939 11/25/2014 11:34AM

    Our house faces a river with a small acreage bordering it. For the first 20 years it had horses and a very old, rundown barn. It was sold 2 years ago and now has dump trucks, cats, graders, and piles of gravel. We're not very happy about it, but that's what happens when you live in an unzoned area.

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GINIEMIE 11/25/2014 11:23AM

    I understand both points of view. I don't like overcrowded subdivisions, but many of our homes would not exist if the land we own wasn't parceled.
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Over 2 years ago I posted a blog asking “Who are these people who always get 100% in Spark Trivia?”

Monday, November 24, 2014

I was lucky to see a “passing” grade. On the scoreboard you would have to scroll 50 to 80 pages to find my name.

I persisted for quite a long time. I know I could have googled the information before answering a question, but it was a personal choice to see what I knew on my own.
I drifted away and gave it up for a few years.

Then in September a spark friend invited me back.

I’m a much better student now with my monthly score hovering around 90%

However, just like a high school or college student whose GPA continues to reflect a slow start, my all time score is stuck at ‘C’ level.

My data driven mind has just computed that I need to get the next 23 questions right to raise my all time score 1 percentage point (75% to 76%).

Strangely, I don’t mind. My improvement shows that I’ve learned a lot just being connected to Spark People. It also validates the power of persistence.

Persistence in following the plan, continuing to try and just plain hanging in there.

Weight loss, maintenance, exercise streaks, nutrition goals, learning new information – whatever your goals – just hang in there.

Note: Here’s my original blog from October 14, 2012

and thanks to SunnyWBL for the invitation that got me back on track.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SWEDE_SU 12/2/2014 11:18AM

    i'll admit it - i'm a googler! but googling is a large part of my job as a translator; you don't have to know everything, you just have to know how to find the information. i learn each time i look things up, and as questions repeat, i know them better now. what i hate is suddenly i see i have missed a day, and there goes my perfect score. oh well oh well!

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2014 8:23AM

    Hilarious!! I am so petulant about not being able to score Trivia A student consistently -- or anything remotely close to consistently -- and I keep on trying. Oh well oh well. I justify the "American bias" of some of the questions (American candy calorie counts, Girl Scout cookies we don't get here in Canada) etc. etc. But doing Trivia has taught me a lot and kept me humble too!!

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BA5454 11/25/2014 8:11AM

    Argh, the trivia. I'm the Queen of it, just not the stuff SP finds for me to answer! I have not done it in a while, but will take a crack at it again today. I do learn things from it, lol.

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KANOE10 11/25/2014 7:21AM

    Your persistence is paying off! Well done. I am glad you found support.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/25/2014 7:03AM

    i too felt the same thing! now I hover between 75-80.... keep learning

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MARYJEANSL 11/24/2014 11:55PM

  I like doing the trivia, but I get frustrated sometimes because some of the questions are badly worded, or sometimes the answer is, and then there are two questions I know of, for which the "correct" answer is flat-out wrong, according to the explanation given. One of those questions I answered correctly at least three or four times (the same questions are used over and over and over), and every time it was marked wrong, so I made a mental note to never, never, never answer that question but to refresh the page when it comes up.

That said, it is a satisfying feeling to get three questions in a row right, and so I keep playing.

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1STBUCKETITEM 11/24/2014 11:27PM

  emoticon emoticon I've been lamenting about the same kind of scores from myself. It occurred to me that either their are a lot of nurses, science teachers or whomever that are really intelligent, or that some people may have looked up the answers before answering. But, I want to know how "dumb" I must be... after all you can learn from your mistakes because the right answer then becomes embedded in your recall for the next time the question pops up. emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/24/2014 8:53PM

    I play the trivia so rarely that a very few right questions has a big impact... as do a very few wrong ones. I obviously do not take it seriously! But it's fun every so often. emoticon Good for you, improving!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/24/2014 3:29PM

    Ha! I'm a solid "C" student as well! I too try to make my best guess and don't care to google answers to score perfectly.

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WALLAHALLA 11/24/2014 2:54PM

    It took me awhile, but I started recognizing info from the spark articles I had read, and the quizzes. Now I do pretty good most of the time. I have also discovered several questions were different spark articles give conflicting information. Makes is harder to know which answer they want.

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SUBMOM2 11/24/2014 12:26PM

    This is funny because I quit playing trivia, too! I should be a good sport and get back to it, but I'm also trying to minimize my computer time. Decisions, decisions... emoticon

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PHEBESS 11/24/2014 10:02AM

    LOL - I wonder about the people who are still at 100% this late in the month. I'm lucky if I end the month with 90% or so - I'm usually in the 80s. (But sometimes the computer cheats and loses my right answers, and I have to start over. Grrrrrrrr!)

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POINDEXTRA 11/24/2014 9:05AM

    So where is this SparkTrivia? I'm not familiar with it, but it sounds fun (and enlightening).

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GABY1948 11/24/2014 9:03AM

    GREAT blog! emoticon I always wondered that too. I have on one Trivia day gotten 3/9!!!!! I agree we could Google it but what fun is that? I'm not PROUD but I AM honest!

Thanks for this...I AM going to check your earlier blog too!


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GINIEMIE 11/24/2014 8:55AM

    I've been trying to work at bringing my monthly scores to above 70. A day of 100% like today, makes me feel somewhat competent about my knowledge then another question another day throws me for a loop. I've been trying to log in DAILY, do Trivia DAILY, eat a minimum of Freggies DAILY and log all my foods DAILY, I've been at it for over 40 days.
I kind of fell away too then I saw someone I know's name on the leaders I am back to trivia. Wow, I wouldn't have thought about googling the answers -really. I want to know what I know, not what I can look up.
Have a blessed week and a Happy Thanksgiving. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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WILSONWR 11/24/2014 8:51AM

    I remember that blog! Like you, I do much better now than when I began, but it does take forever to move a single point because of my previous poor scores. Oh well, at least I'm learning new things!

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