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Moments of clarity... moments of vision

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I have a new computer, a laptop. It is down to the wallpaper bare: operating system only, no real application software, at this point. This brings one to life decisions, to one of those moments of vision. I ask myself what I really need/want on this new machine. Although it is a laptop, it is going to be my main computer. It's a wide-screen, hefty thing, really a desktop replacement. It has that oh-so-handy numeric keypad at the right hand side of a full qwerty keyboard. Those of us who have been touch typists since junior high school have a hard time "thumb-typing" on those new-fangled tablets, don't you know? It will hook to all my important peripherals, the printer, auxilliary storage, and obviously the web.

From my point of view, I'm missing several bits of my life that are needed: basic MS Office tools, the software I use to track my budget, and even my little DOS-based weight commander that does the rolling 7 day average when I enter my daily weigh ins! I could probably drop that with a proper spreadsheet to do the same, but it does have about ten years of data backed up for it.

Consequently, this morning I went digging through my overwhelmingly messy "office/storage room" hunting for my CDs with the base of these important software packages. My reasoning is that since the computer I'm replacing is fried, I can transfer the licenses to the laptop!

Alas, what I found was a moment of clarity about just how disorganized that junk room has become! I could not locate the packages. It's been four years. And guess who is back at the "one thing" philosophy in a great hurry! That room is indeed overwhelming, and I've known for some time that it needs attention. I've kind of got the entertainment level of the house under control... I cleared out the guest room back in July for MobyCarp's visit. My master bedroom has become quite "livable" in the one thing initiative, although it's not perfect. Maybe... no, definitely, it's time to address that office!

Before I go spending money on another copy, I will expend some of my "one thing" energy on that room, and clearing out old technology that is no longer serving a dignified and orderly life. 'Nuff said!

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_LINDA 9/22/2011 1:59AM

    Nothing worse then trying to find something and running into a 'wall' I can get rid of my clutter in my 'office' if I get at the tasks done each thing on my desk represents. I just cleared a big one, but there is always another to take its place -one step at a time, one day at a time. Plug away at it until it gets done or found ;)

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KARIDIAN1 9/21/2011 11:38PM

    Still trying to organize after all these years. Biting off more than I can do in one day is what makes it hard to get motivated to finish is what I have found many times. Try for small sections or even if it is one drawer or box a day, at least you will accomplish something and see progress.

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KARIDIAN1 9/21/2011 11:38PM

    Still trying to organize after all these years. Biting off more than I can do in one day is what makes it hard to get motivated to finish is what I have found many times. Try for small sections or even if it is one drawer or box a day, at least you will accomplish something and see progress.

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WATERMELLEN 9/21/2011 7:21PM

    Ohhhhh, I can relate! Have to be kicked, screaming, into "homemaker" mode: and yeah, it does make live so much more comfortable, dignified and calm

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DEBRA0818 9/21/2011 11:50AM

    I always clean better when there is a reason beyond just doing it -- company coming is especially motivating. You'll have accomplished so much in the purchase of that laptop if it includes a reorganized room in the bargain.

Rock on!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/21/2011 11:36AM

    Don't you just love it when life's needs dictate when we need to clean/organize? I've been in that boat many times over the years. In fact, I'm getting close to that point again, but am hoping I can put it off until closer to Thanksgiving when I'll have a housefull again. Just call me the great procrastinator. Good luck with your "one thing." No doubt you'll find the software you're looking for and end up with a more organized office as well. Definitely a win-win!

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ANDI571 9/21/2011 10:26AM

    I had to replace my computer a couple of months ago, and I searched until I could find what I was comfortable with,a desk top. I think I found the last one left, lol.

Kind of like our eating. I didn't want the change. I didn't want to try something new. I wonder what would have happened if I had just went for it and bought a lap top.

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BUGGYS 9/21/2011 9:59AM

    My son bought me a laptop over a year ago and I love it...it is a bigger one, a Dell and I'm still figuring out Windows and everything I can do with it but the fact that it is portable is great. I turned a spare bedroom into my "office" but it's really a junk room. I went in there to find something a couple of nights ago and was surprised that it was such a mess...papers piled on top of each other and plenty of things that need to be sorted through and thrown away. I definitely need to simplify my life and get it organized! I think you'll be pleased with your new little machine...have fun with it!

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DEBRITA01 9/21/2011 9:39AM

    Here's to staying organized...once we get there :) I'm still with you on the "one thing initiative"...boy, do I still have a few one things left to go...lol

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ELSEEBEE 9/21/2011 9:26AM

    Isn't it amazing how one thing leads to another? But good for you for making lemonade from the "lemons" that storage area represents. One of the best things I've learned from Spark isn't how to lose weight (lots of programs out there to do that), but how to look at my life and organize it so much better. Spark on!
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HOT4FITNESS 9/21/2011 9:16AM

    Have fun with the new machine! Did you get an Apple?

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KALIGIRL 9/21/2011 8:55AM

    Love it - necessity is the mother of invention!

You'll find those discs and will be able to upgrade -
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New laptop in the house

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Now it's not the slow old machine. It's the #@%! Windows 7 operating system that wants to do me favors. And it's the touch pad... ugh!

So I stole my mouse from the old desktop, plugged it into the new laptop, and I'm a happier camper. Touchpads are the emoticon. Especially when they click when you hover. I don't want to waste my time right now figuring out how to turn the annoying features off, so plug and play, I'm mousing instead! emoticon

Still have a lot to set up, but much of it will just have to wait for the weekend. Meantime, life's good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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DEBRA0818 9/21/2011 7:38AM

    Mouses rule! Unless there are cats around! LOL

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MNTWINSGAL 9/21/2011 12:16AM

    I have gotten used to Windows 7 and have come to like it...but I am still not a laptop fan. I love the IDEA of the laptop, the mobility, etc, but I love my regular mouse, my regular keyboard, (along with the number pad on the side, which all the laptops I've used lack) and the regular place to do my computer-stuff. I have a small laptop (netbook) for traveling, but my wonderful DH got me a wireless mouse to go with it, so I only have to use the touch pad on rare occasions.

You'll get to know and love your new toy...have fun exploring!

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MSLZZY 9/20/2011 11:48PM

    I do the same with the laptop at the office. Thankfully I don't have to use it often. I prefer my
desktop version much better! HUGS!

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_LINDA 9/20/2011 11:21PM

    Enjoy!! One of the first things I bought with my new laptop (my first one, eight years ago) was a net mouse! A nice, compact, take any where little guy :) I still have and use it.

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DEBRITA01 9/20/2011 9:42PM

    Have fun experimenting with your new "toy"...Happy Sparking!

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MOBYCARP 9/20/2011 9:12PM

    Be sure to see if you can turn the touch pad off. The ability to shut my touch pad off is my favorite feature; on other laptops with touch pads, I have trouble typing because my wrists brush the pad and the cursor jumps around on me.

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Afternoon sunshine cheers an otherwise dreary looking Sunday

Sunday, September 18, 2011

It was raining this morning, and I ended up doing my run on the treadmill. Took the recycles in to the center after TV church, and noticed that they were hosting the overflow parking and shuttle to the JDRF walk. Returned a book to the library and felt a little sad that I wasn't out there walking as I did two years ago. But no person can do *every* outing... and I have a 5K coming up in Susan G. Komen in a couple of weeks.

My mood lifted when the sun came out in the late afternoon. It's a fresh new week! Life's good. Spark on. emoticon

  
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LJCANNON 9/19/2011 10:48PM

    It has rained here for several days, but it has been wonderful walking after the rain.
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KALIGIRL 9/19/2011 8:37AM

    Here's to a fresh week and new challenges!

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KATHRYNLP 9/19/2011 8:22AM

    You just gotta pick your favourites.. and run with them! emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 9/19/2011 1:10AM

    We did a lot of running today in the car. Was drizzle most of the day here in MN. At least it isn't 30 below yet. Did some gun trading and came out ahead for once!

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_LINDA 9/19/2011 12:27AM

    Was raining here too this morning! Was a get work done day for me, so my exercise was 10 minute elliptical breaks throughout the period. Our Terry Fox run was on today, and its very unique in its format. You don't have to pre register. You can show up and do a short registration and give a donation to participate if you haven't raised pledges. Its a non competitive, fun race. Great way to encourage everyone to participate in the fund raising without the hassle of pledge raising. Some day, I would like to participate in these charity races..
Have a good week! Sun is shining here too!

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MSLZZY 9/18/2011 8:10PM

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ANDI571 9/18/2011 7:27PM

    I agree, life is good! emoticon

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Like squirrels in Autumn

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rushing about, stocking up, preparing for cold weather ahead... that's what I felt like at the grocery store this morning. Following through on my blog earlier in the week, when I mused over the attractiveness of soups this time of year, I have a cabbage soup base simmering on the stove now... it should be ready by lunch time.

An update on the kitties: they have adapted very well to being the kind of cat I grew up with. Almost. They are still box trained. But they go outside quite a bit of the time, too. They sit on my lap when they are in, juggling for position. And they snooze a lot of the day away. When awake, they are playful and acrobatic: this morning Patches tossed the jingle ball under the treadmill, and leapt clear over the bed of it, chasing it. (Not while I was on it, mind you!) Wish I could jump like that!

As for today, I intend it to be a nice, lazy day. Work stressed me out all week, with missed and made deadlines and adjustments and overtime. The Fall allergies are attacking at the same time as the stress: been sneezing pretty much since the end of the Buffalo run. Took my Zyrtek (OTC antihistamine) three times this week.

I have the Lord of the Rings trilogy on the DVD player. In many places its dark colors and music make me drowsy, and I might just doze off. Earlier, before the grocery trip, I used one of its great chase scenes as treadmill motivation... in case anyone is interested the interval of being chased through the mines of Moria by the balrog is about ten minutes. I will jolly myself along to be active however I may. emoticon

Life's good. Spark on. emoticon

  
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KATIE33MAHALA 9/21/2011 9:11AM

    Love this blog, I too have 2 kitties, and wish I had that energy! And soup, ahhhh I am a soup eater. I just made homemade chicken soup, chili, and ham and bean. Hugh pots of them, then I freeze them in quart size freezer bags, one bowl portions. Now, no more cooking all day, just take one out when ever the urge hits me. I also got to enjoy ham and cabbage, since I cooked the ham down for soup, I cut up small head of cabbage to cook in juice before I added the beans, over 2 days, I ate every bit of it, emmm so good, guess that's the Polish in me, love that cabbage!!! Enjoy your laid back day, we all need those!

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KARIDIAN1 9/17/2011 9:50PM

    Love the LOTR too. Have the extended versions and alot more was added in those DVD's Glad the kitties are adjusting well and keeping you on your toes.

Youth Day at the gun club today-things were hopping.

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DEBRITA01 9/17/2011 9:23PM

    Glad you're enjoying your weekend. De-stress and enjoy the comforts of home...it works wonders for the body and spirit. Soup sounds good...too bad I missed lunch!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/17/2011 7:25PM

    Don't you love these "lazy" days of autumn? I am enjoying the cooler weather immensely. And homemade soup is my favorite food in winter. Today I made a huge pot of chili using DH's frest 'maters. I'm still trying to do the JC thing, but he said it was really good.

Sorry I haven't been reading your blogs lately. I must have missed one of them and then never received the email notifications that you had more. I was beginning to wonder where you were, so I checked out your page and saw I missed several.

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SHELL- 9/17/2011 6:19PM

    Just found your blog's, what a treat !!
"Treating my body with kindness" quite inspiring.
What's in cabbage soup, besides the obvious cabbage?? I love the after pictures and can relate to the before. I added you as one of my inspiring friends!
I never use the generic allergy meds that don't cause drowsiness, because they DO MAKE ME DROWSY. I use Claritin. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 9/17/2011 4:26PM

    Congrats on getting the cats trained to be good cats. If my daughter doesn't keep her promise to take the cat off my hands in a couple months, I may have to try to turn him into an outdoor cat. He's pretty bored in a one-human household, and I really don't want to go the 2-cat route.

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LEANJEAN6 9/17/2011 4:13PM

    Isn't it wonderful to just veg??--So good for the soul----Your cats sound like fun too--enjoyed youyr blog--I always look forward to the pictures you put up too--Lynda

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MSLZZY 9/17/2011 3:29PM

    Woohoo for the soup but sorry about the allergies. I made chicken noodle soup this week and will probaby make a roasted carrot soup tomorrow. We have some many delicious carrots in the garden and I want to use some now before the snow flies LOL!

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WATERMELLEN 9/17/2011 2:51PM

    Hope you shed stress this weekend: soup helps! (Mine this week is an Italian inflected chicken vegetable . . . )

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KIKI0531 9/17/2011 2:48PM

    No cabbage soup; but, I do have stuffed cabbage casserole made and in a pot for later. I LOVE cabbage. I went and did a 3 mile wog this a.m. after dropping our older daughter off for a volleyball tournament. Weather is beautiful Our little one (3 yrs old) told me she doesnt want her clothes on today - she wants to relax ... lol However, we will be heading out here soon to hit Walmart (ugh.. I loathe that store) for a space heater and some essentials. Maybe tomorrow will be more exciting ... lol

As for now, I am going to chase and trap the little one to get her ready and try to keep my eyes open ( whew ... I am so sleepy today !!)

Have a great weekend !!

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_LINDA 9/17/2011 1:12PM

    Sounds like an awesome day!! Kind of embarrassed, my memory is so bad, I loved the Lord Of The Rings and have that trilogy, but have actually not sat down and watched it since the movies came out, bad me. Its like reading, no time, always have something on the go. My elliptical is in the TV room, but crammed under my tiny little window to get what air I can, so I can't see my screen :(( I listen to digital music instead which is always a strong motivator for me to move my butt. But the idea of doing it while watching intrigues me except that I might slow down too much during the quiet parts lol.
My favorite soup is beet borscht hands down :) I get Mom to make me a big batch with all the beets we are given, then freeze them in one cup portions so I can enjoy them throughout the weeks ahead.
Does that Zyrtek make you drowsy? I have to use Nasonex, but its only 70% effective and makes my nose bleed. I use chlortripilon, but don't like the drowsiness although it was suggested taking it at night, when I most need it to clear my breathing before bed so that maybe I will sleep better, but I still am like a zombie with it. I tried claritin and it didn't work :(
Enjoy your weekend!

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Treats and decisions

Friday, September 16, 2011

Treats: they are special because they don't happen all the time. At work this week they had the monthly birthday spread, where everyone with a September birthday brought in treats. Cupcakes, cake, ice cream, donuts... huge spread. And yes, about once a month, such a spread magically appears, brought in by the celebrants.

As I looked at particularly the ice cream, I thought about the last time I had ice cream: it was for my niece's birthday in July. Before that? I think it was the Memorial Day family gather. Before that? Got to be the prior year! I thought about how that ice cream tasted this July... rich, creamy, like *drugs* to my compulsive eater's brain. It took some force of will to not keep on eating it, but I was able to stop. I know from my personal history that I get in serious trouble when I start making food treats a daily thing. I've known that for a long, long time... but often knowing is not enough to stop one from making less than optimal choices.

This week, I chose not to partake in the spread. I will save my treat-eating for another time. I know there will be plenty of opportunities in the upcoming season to choose to have a treat. The blessing in this particular week: I did not feel deprived or forced in making this choice, one way or the other. I'm happy with it after the fact.

Today I am satisfied and facing a new day. It too will be full of choices. I pray for the continuation of this grace period... for the willingness and ability to see it for what it is: treating my body with kindness.

Life's good: Spark on! emoticon

  
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KATIE33MAHALA 9/22/2011 8:04AM

    Your so right on with that! I am ashamed to say, I started with, " have to have something sweet " after a meal, now it seems, its ever so strong every day. Hard to break those bad habits, and even when we do, they loom over us always. My wt. has been going up again, 155 again, funny how I worked for months to get it down, and it only took one month to put it back on. So, back on track for me!

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PATRISNA 9/19/2011 2:51PM

    You are so right about not eating a treat every day. I think that is how I get off track and go down the compulsive eating road. The Eating Season is fast approaching. Halloween is around the corner and then all the eating holidays follow.


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MEDDYPEDDY 9/19/2011 7:23AM

    How wonderful to have come to a point where you know where to draw the line - to be able to have those treats on very special occasions without going back into obsession.

Well done!

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WATERMELLEN 9/16/2011 10:56PM

    That "treating your body with kindness" IS the real treat . . . there are waaay too many occasions in my life that call for celebration for me to celebrate all of them with food. What a pity that the monthly birthday celebratory spread could not be . . . one exquisite flower brought in by each person . . . or one childhood photograph . . . or one poem that has particularl meanng to that person . . . or a playlist of musical faves to be shared . . . or yeah: something "notfood"!!

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ANDI571 9/16/2011 1:07PM

    Good for you. I haven't quite gotten to the point of having "treats". To many treats become an obsession for sure, or that monkey on my back.

You are awesome!

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_LINDA 9/16/2011 12:57PM

    Well done!! I am not so sure I could have resisted that spread, seriously doubt it. But a once a month thing is just too much, excellent restraint!!
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BUGGYS 9/16/2011 10:04AM

    Not feeling deprived and treating your body with kindness...the key to healthy eating...I have to keep telling myself that everyday...thank you for reminding me, Barb!

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MSLZZY 9/16/2011 10:00AM

    Excellent choice! Treating your body with kindness will benefit you more than the treat! HUGS!

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DEBRITA01 9/16/2011 9:03AM

    emoticonfor having the willpower to avoid the treats this month. Knowing that treats are always going to be there and having the strength to say "not this time" is huge! Sometimes we get sucked into eating them ~even when they aren't that tasty~ can cause the cravings monster to rear her ugly head. Choosing when and if you want to indulge shows that you are in control. Again, emoticon

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DEBRA0818 9/16/2011 8:19AM

    The best part about what you wrote is that you did not feel deprived afterwards. You've gotten to a great place when you can feel that way. I feel that way now (in Week 4) but haven't been tested by the holidays yet. I can only hope to feel the way I feel now and the way you do years down the road.

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KALIGIRL 9/16/2011 8:11AM

    "treating my body with kindness" - well said!

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