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Rest day

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Yesterday after work I hopped on the treadmill for an hour... 4 miles being my target. I went a few minutes over, to an old episode of the Jack Lord version of Hawaii Five-O, and got in 4.25 miles.

Today is a planned rest day. I took my break walks at work, as is my usual "stress management plan", but I could tell it was time for a rest day. I don't even track those break walks on the Spark tracker any more... but one day I might again.

I ordered myself some new walking shoes. I can't remember if I mentioned here that I signed up for the ten miler the end of this month, but I did. Build that mileage. I'm going to be wearing those shoes out. That's what they are for, right?

Looking forward to the weekend. Saturday I meet with the trainer... I've already e-mailed her warning her I haven't done Strength training homework, while building walking miles. She e-mailed me back tips for what kind of exercises to do before/after the walking to help.

Sunday afternoon late... son will be arriving back in town... but I won't horn in on the kids' reunion. Daughter in law will pick him up at the airport, and I will see him later in the week.

Life is good. Spark on. emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/18/2012 7:39PM

    emoticonJack Lord was my First Crush!! Although I did think it was Weird that his hair NEVER got messed up!!
emoticonThese Shoes (Boots) Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra!!)
Enjoy your Rest Day and Your Son's Visit. emoticon emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 3/18/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon are made for walking and this pair better watch out! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 3/10/2012 6:46PM

    Ah, I loooove Hawaii 5-0....both the old version and the new. And even the theme song makes me feel charged up!

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MIZCATHI 3/9/2012 11:47AM

    Wow, can't wait until I am doing 15 min miles. The treadmill is still a good workout for me and my HR is going up to MAX. Not sure why. I am doing good to do 3.5 mph with hill intervals at 5.5 incline! I'm sure I'll get faster when more fat comes off. But wow, my hat is off to ya!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/9/2012 10:53AM

    I used to watch that Hawaii Five-O religiously every week. I though Jack Lord was such a HUNK! HEE HEE

I hope your time with your son is wonderful. I'm sure he'll make time to see M-O-M! HUGS

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MSLZZY 3/9/2012 7:55AM

    Woohoo! Son coming home, even for the weekend is
fantastic! I am sure he will make time for you!
Hope all goes well for you today and all weekend.

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PENNYAN45 3/9/2012 7:42AM

    ....and spring is on the way! There will be more daylight time! Life will only get better!


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KASEYCOFF 3/9/2012 5:18AM

    I totally agree with you: them shoes are made for walking, lol...

I don't have access to the old version of 5-0, but the new one is a don't miss now. A bit hokey at times, but what the hey, it's a good action show with some nice eye candy, and the scenery can't be beat, to my mind.

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_LINDA 3/8/2012 11:42PM

    Good for you knowing when to rest! Walk breaks are fine throughout the day, as good as anything else!
Great idea to get new shoes so you can have them broken in before your race. You plan everything so well! Probably why you are an ace computer programmer!
Hope you had a good rest day!
Have a Fantastic Friday!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/8/2012 10:52PM

    I oozes determination from your blog emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/8/2012 10:36PM

    Life IS very good, indeed! Wonderful how you are planning and accomplishing your goals! Go wear out those shoes and have fun doing it! emoticon

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EVWINGS 3/8/2012 10:33PM

    How wonderful for you - about seeing your son AND needing the new shoes!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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KARIDIAN1 3/8/2012 9:42PM

    Glad your son will be home soon. I need to get some new shoes too soon. We just talked about it on our walk yesterday.

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MAGGIE101857 3/8/2012 9:04PM

    Life is good!!! It will be hard to stay away from your son....but I applaud your willpower! I'm sure they will know you want some Mom time!! emoticon

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Walking... and walking...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Some of you have been around long enough to remember that one of my training tricks to keep myself at it is "walking as transportation". The unseasonably warm weather that was forecast for yesterday put me in a mind to do just that.

In the morning, being up and at 'em early... I hike 2.55 miles to a bus stop. Then after work, I walked home. Observation in the morning: "It's lighter than it was the last time I did this..." Well, duh! The last time I did this was last April... after the daylight savings Spring forward. It WAS darker in the morning.

I left work promptly, exiting the building at 4:34 after a stop at "the necessary" (Asimov fans, anyone?).

Here's where I start:

It took 99 minutes to get home, and I snapped a few more along the way. Of significance - the uphill of the dam face, when I know I'm getting closer.

Once you climb that face, you are rewarded with this view:

As you might detect from the angle of light, I was racing sunset.

Anyway, the first walk home in this mileage building program is usually the quick one - when I'm staying totally in the environment, not wool-gathering, listening to tunes, or reading while walking (that one really slows me down, which *can* at times be a good thing).

Anyway, it was a great day, and of course, I slept well.

Life's good... Spark on! emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/8/2012 5:21PM

    Oh gads I used to always read when I walked and that is dangerous sometimes! hahaha! Thanks for reminding me. Love the pics! You get a great view!

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_LINDA 3/8/2012 1:09AM

    Fantastic!! An soo environmentally friendly too!
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COMETER 3/7/2012 10:07PM

    I ran into a friend this morning who walks to and from work--about the same distance you're doing, I'd say. I'm going to think about doing this...maybe the bus one way, and walk home. I like that idea. I used to do that, and gave it up sometime. I trace my slow weight gain 20 years to when we moved and I quit walking to/from work.

Anyway--isn't the Capitol grand? I love its place in our skyline, and every time I walk around it, I see something new.


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PENNYAN45 3/7/2012 5:52PM

    This weekend is the switch to daylight savings time, so that should work out well for your future walking before and after work.

I, of course, am a huge fan of walking -- it brings all kinds of great benefits.

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SUNNY1432 3/7/2012 1:30PM

    Looks like it was a beautiful day for a walk. Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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1CRAZYDOG 3/7/2012 11:15AM

    Ok, in reading through the other comments I found your name is Barb??????? SO AM I! And I am a walking fanatic as well!!!!!!

You sure have a gorgeous view as payback for your walking as transportation!

I'm soooooo glad Spring is springing so I am able to spend more outdoor time.

Enjoy your walking! Right behind ya!!!!!

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LJCANNON 3/7/2012 10:54AM

    emoticonYou have a Beautiful place to walk!! What a Blessing that you are ABLE to Enjoy that Walk, and have the energy to Work, too!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/7/2012 10:12AM

    Way to go, Barb! It makes me want to get out and take a walk myself. . .

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/7/2012 9:54AM

    Smart - I canīt really walk from work because it would take about five hours but maybwe I could park 30 minutes away and walk that distance... but then I need the car at work to go to interviews so I am sort of stuck with that car...

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KARIDIAN1 3/7/2012 9:47AM

    Great photos- and comments. And a good way to add walking to your fitness.
I am a Sci-Fi fan too, but haven't read any Asimov in ages. I actually met him and even got an autograph from him at a Star Trek Convention I attended in New York in the 1970's.

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SUNNY332 3/7/2012 9:19AM

    Loved it Barb. Thanks for the photos of your walk.

Do have a Wonderful Wednesday.


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KALIGIRL 3/7/2012 8:47AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
and emoticon photos too!

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MSLZZY 3/7/2012 8:01AM

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BD3269PM 3/7/2012 7:54AM

    Wow, you did great. Wbat energy to walk that long to work and from work. emoticon Well done!!

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KRISZTA11 3/7/2012 7:38AM

    Walking is a fun and efficient way to exercise.
Your area is beautiful, thank you for sharing the pictures.


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Dream images

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I succeeded in my goal of leaving work on time yesterday and drove straight to the gym, where I enjoyed a 44 lap swim. I can tell it's been a while since I've been in the pool... my shoulders told me so. But aerobically, totally fit. It felt good, I went to bed early and slept really well.

I had one of "those" dreams just before waking to the alarm. I had a very frustrating thing at work in the dream, with requirements showing up well after the code had been written and tested... a confrontation with the person voicing those requirements... a threat to toss in the "work towel" and quit... followed by leaving my house and being confronted with a wall of stone and ice blocking my access to the street.

Wow... tons of symbolism to work ones way through there! But the important bit is that I *am* dreaming. Dreams are part of the process of working through life's obstacles. Like that wall. Hmmmm.

Anyway, waking with such an image got my feet to the floor quite promptly, and now I find myself ahead of schedule, and contemplating doing the bus ride to work this morning, so that my walk home won't result in the forced bus ride tomorrow morning. It is shaping up to be a great day, weather wise... so...

Life is good... live it to the fullest... experience what's there to experience... and Spark on! emoticon

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_LINDA 3/7/2012 12:10AM

    So glad you can sleep long enough to dream -its said dreams are just your subconscious trying to work things out -very good for you to wake up and be aware of what you are going to do.
Well done on the swimming -I simply can't imagine doing 44 laps after a long layoff! You are amazing!!
Enjoy your walk and the lovely weather!

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COMETER 3/6/2012 9:12PM

    Dreams! They're crazy. I never feel like I can figure them out, except in the sense of how I felt when I woke up, and then I'm always so surprised by "dream residue," that I'll feel all shaken up by what happened in the dream, even when I'm wide awake.

I've been sleeping better, and longer, and so am having dreams again. I THINK that's a good thing.

Thanks for the interesting post.

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MRS.DOYLE 3/6/2012 4:53PM

    You have really vivid dreams. I'm a firm believer that they mean something and require some response. When we were thinking about moving house last year I had the most upsetting dream I have ever had and we took that as a warning and changed our minds about moving. Last night's dream is a bit harder to understand. I dreamt that I lost my train season ticket on the way to work. Then I lost my way to work. I could see it in the distance but could not get there. Very strange considering I am between jobs at the moment.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/6/2012 12:21PM

    Dreams . . . scary @ times, but they have a way, sometimes of helping us problem solve. Hope this one did and GREAT that you got in a swim. Good for you! Nothing like exercise to help work out those stressors.

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SUE_2U 3/6/2012 12:17PM

    I hate "those" dreams. Ugh... I still have dreams of work problems. Maybe I should say nightmares? And I haven't worked as a nurse for 20 years.
Wonderful that you are making those goals for yourself! 44 laps? WOW!

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MSLZZY 3/6/2012 10:56AM

    Funny thing how dreams can mirror real life. Hope
all continues to go according to plan. HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 3/6/2012 8:18AM

    here's to dreaming - whatever the images may tell us - love the cat background!

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SUNNY332 3/6/2012 8:17AM

    Wow - those are some dreams, my friend.

Do enjoy your day. Good job on the workout yesterday. Hope it works out that you have a great walk home from work today.


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MAYGIRL14 3/6/2012 8:04AM

    I am sitting here laughing, because I rarely remember a dream, but this week I had one where I was upset with my neighbors because they already had their tomato plants out!
Enjoy the walk home!

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CONCHA77 3/6/2012 7:54AM

    Enjoy that walk home and send some of that warm weather this way. Spark on. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/6/2012 7:31AM

    Terrific dream – I think that strong dreams like that does not necessary has to be interpretated, sometimes they mean that your subconcious is working on it...

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WATERMELLEN 3/6/2012 7:11AM

    Dreams remembered . . . a pretty clear signal you're ready to confront and work through that wall of ice!

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Feeling slightly... victorious?

Monday, March 05, 2012

As I sit here Sparking before work and contemplating the plan for the day, I did that "feelings check", and realized that I made it through an entire weekend "on plan". I did the mileage I needed to do. I did not binge eat. In short, I am feeling that sweet "victory" feeling of having kept promises to myself.

The cautionary note to self for Monday is "now, don't get cocky!" Just keep on following the plan. Which is: I want to leave work on time tonight and get a moderate swim in, as today is "off" from mileage building.

Tomorrow, which is supposed to be a really nice day with high in the upper 60's, I hope to walk home from work. This is a nice, long walk, and will necessitate walking to a bus stop Wednesday morning to get back to work, since I will have left the car at work.

Anyway, that's the initial plan. We shall see what monkey wrenches life tosses into the mix! Life's good. Spark on!

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_LINDA 3/6/2012 12:39AM

    Fantastic!! That is great! Here is hoping that momentum will last your work a day week!
You go girl!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/5/2012 10:55PM

    I have the same experience, followed my plan ALL weekend and am on top of the world... and I donīt want to get cocky over it because that usually leads me to the wrong place. One day at the time – but oh. how glorious it is to have two really good ones!

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SHARON10002 3/5/2012 9:58PM

    emoticon on sticking with it through the weekend, and for such a good plan for the next two days! emoticon

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COMETER 3/5/2012 9:24PM

    Yes, there IS something wonderful about looking back on days of success. I'm so glad that you feel so good...and yes! the weather is looking better and better for adding some outdoor activity.

Good going!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/5/2012 8:27PM

    Sweet victory! You're AWESOME!!!

Thank you so very much for YOUR comment on my blog (DS left for Basics today). I appreciate it so very much.


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HOT4FITNESS 3/5/2012 6:57PM

    Today is the day that the Lord had made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Here is to sweet victories

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KARIDIAN1 3/5/2012 6:27PM

    Today was a good day for me too.

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NETOPIASGAL 3/5/2012 2:04PM

    I'm feeling victorious today too!

That's a good reminder to not get cocky. I know I've done that before and sabotaged myself.

Have a great Monday! emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/5/2012 10:26AM

    You are certainly planning wisely! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 3/5/2012 9:18AM

    Please send some of your motivation - and nice weather - my way! (Congrats on a successful weekend!)

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ARD1962 3/5/2012 8:53AM

    good deal. u doing gfeat
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MAYGIRL14 3/5/2012 8:40AM

    Sounds like you had a good weekend, and that your plans for the week are good! I hope the monkey keeps his wrench to himself!!!
Have a great week! emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/5/2012 8:31AM

    Good luck and have a great day!

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SUNNY332 3/5/2012 8:02AM

    Yea for the sweet victory. Do have a good day at work.


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DONNA088 3/5/2012 7:49AM

  Awesome! Way to go!

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Where do YOU live?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Apparently I'm not sure where I live. I pretty much live a virtual life. Yesterday I had the experience of signing up online for something that required verification of identity. The process asked a number of questions, one of which was about associations with street addresses. It gave me a list of five or six to choose among, or "none of the above". I did not immediately recognize any of the addresses... five of them I could absolutely reject immediately.

But one of them sounded vaguely familiar. Hmmm... what *was* the address of that transitory apartment we only "camped" in for a year or so? I found myself doing a Google maps search of the vague address to verif that in fact, at one time, it had likely been mine!

Being, well, me... this led to some ponderings over whether I have *ever* lived much in the real, physical world. Whatever my street address.

I've always been a bit of a dreamer. Some folks are well grounded in the space they occupy on the planet. Not one of them, here. I seem to require time to read, become immersed in fantasy, reverie, movies or TV, whatever... but to go somewhere ELSE than where my head lays down at night.

I was pondering that this morning as I navigated the vacuum over a couple of rooms I hadn't done in a few weeks. Hmmm... why is it that some people *see* what needs doing and do it?

When I visited a resident of a half way shelter, I observed that the residents were given regular chores, including cleaning. This was inspected regularly, too. This was to prepare the residents to take care of themselves independently.

Most of us had similar lessons from our mothers. But some of us have chosen not to follow them once we lived on our own. I have used various justifications for *not* keeping house well. I have to admit they sound a lot like the excuses for not taking better care of nutrition and activity!

I see some folks posting photos of their tidy sinks, and so forth. I made a special effort for several weeks last year to "do one thing" before and after my work day to contribute to a harmonious, dignified dwelling place. Honestly, my home is in better shape than it was when I first started that effort. But the effort petered out after a while, and I chased some other shiny something.

As I pick up my training for the half marathon, I find it starts moving me into the "living in the present" direction... dragging me out of my fantasy space, and making me conscious of my surroundings. Again.

OK, so it may be intermittent. It may be sporadic. But here I am. I live HERE. In the NOW and in the LOCAL. Like it or not.

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

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    I consider myself to be ground white pepper on silver-flecked formica countertop.
Stir me up and I'm the biggest presence in the room. Barely visible but annoying.
Enjoy me while I'm there as I'm spicey and make your nose tingle!
Once I settle down I'm too involved in my own world to get involved in much else. This includes cleaning my house if you come over, getting my socks out from under (near) the bed or the papers off the kitchen table.
I think if my house was clean it would be because I was having no fun.

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SHARON10002 3/5/2012 10:16PM

    I'm in agreement with most here. I never have liked doing housework. I prefer doing something else. I would hate to depart this earthly plane and knowing that I died while doing housework. What about all the time I could have spent with my family? Doing the things l loved to do? I don't obsess over it, and dust and vacuum each day. It's a lived in clean. But I do belong to the "clean sink club"! We have been de-cluttering our house, too. It's so easy to accumulate "stuff".

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ALOHAEV1 3/5/2012 6:01AM

    Amazing about the street addresses. A few years ago that question was asked, I answered none of the above and they tried to tell me I wasn't who I said I was. After several attempts to talk to someone, grrrrrrr, finally convinced them they were the mistaken one.

That reminds me, I have to finish putting away the Christmas decorations. Get so used to seeing things that just seems like they belong there. The carpenters were riding out a tornado warning in the house, one of them really liked my stuff.

I see myself at one point or another in everyone of these great comments you've gotten, so for this I'd have to check all of the above.

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_LINDA 3/5/2012 1:13AM

    House cleaning is a very low priority on my list too. Life is too short to waste on menial tasks..My kitchen is the cleanest place in my apartment -out of necessity as its so tiny I only have one counter I can use so can't allow any clutter to build up there..
Enjoy being in the present -the exercise will get your motor running!

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COMETER 3/4/2012 7:40PM

    "Here and now" does include the kitchen sink.

I've also been enjoying my New Years resolution to do a little housework each day, and to try to do tasks other than the usual dusting-sweeping-etc. It's been nice. And shows that I am showing up.

And my mom gave me great training--I know what needs to be done, even when I choose not to do it! In fact, one of my first realizations that I had become an adult was one day when I was with at my folks' house after my mom had had surgery. I was there to help. Mom handed me her cleaning caddy, told me how she liked to have the bathroom done, and then I did exactly as she asked--no arguing, no shortcuts, no using only one cleanser on every surface.

And you rock! Thanks for the great post. Rock on!

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KARIDIAN1 3/4/2012 7:37PM

    I like things neat and tidy, but don't spend every minute worrying about keeping things that way. We have worked on decluttering and getting rid of "stuff" the last few years. Amazing what you can get rid of and not miss at all.

Enjoyed reading your blog as always.

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LEANJEAN6 3/4/2012 6:47PM

    Great blog--live in the present----and try to not sweat the small stuff!--It's all about "'life"" eh?------I thought you wanted to know where we all live(LOL) when I saw the title of yer blog----- Lynda

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READINGLOTS 3/4/2012 6:10PM

    I love your blog. It is good to live in the present (but I prefer not to spend all my present cleaning!!)
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SUNNY332 3/4/2012 4:12PM

    Living in the here and now just makes sense to me.

We can look forward and we can look back but all we have is "right now".

I am thankful for each day!

I saw a sign the other day that said "What if you woke up this morning and only had what you thanked God for yesterday?" Wow!

Love you, Sunny

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STRIVER57 3/4/2012 2:54PM

    i have very strong feelings on this subject. no one is ever going to say at my funeral, she as a terrible housekeeper. and if they do, the people who loved me will shut them up. that is far from the most important thing you can do with your life. yeah, living in the present, at least some of the time, is quite useful. and it's nice to have a house you're not embarrassed to have people visit ... but shiny sinks? and vacuumed daily? and no dust anywhere? if it makes you happy, then go for it. but don't criticize those of us with other priorities.

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CANNIE50 3/4/2012 1:22PM

    Someone taught me long ago to tend to the "business of daily living" and that, for instance, making my bed each morning signaled my willingness for my life to be more manageable. I will never have an immaculate house, but I do often have a tidy house because order lowers my level of anxiety. Like you, I adore reading and movies and t.v. - alternate worlds that I can visit. When I start spending too much time there I know it is because something in my own world needs tending. That is when I tell myself to spend 20 minutes, or an hour, or 5 minutes even, to tend to something that is nagging at me - a phone call, or some paperwork, laundry, whatever I have neglected. Anyway, I do think clutter and weight are very related. I eat more when I am not taking care of business. I really enjoyed your blog. Thank you for putting so much care into writing it.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/4/2012 12:38PM

    I am the one with the shiny sink... and it is the only thing in the house that is tidey as long as I report it as a Sprak goal. The moment I quit it will start to slide ack to the same old sloppiness as usual - or maybe not. My plan is to keep on until I do it naturally. It will probably not happen but still... the thing is that I love my house when it is tidy, when I donīt bump ino things and when I find things immedieately.. and when I donīt have to clear the livingroom table before putting my teacup there or I donīt have to clean my bed from clothes before getting in it.

Flylady - the one with the shine-you-sink program has helped me a lot as she sees it as a practical thing ot a moral must.

If I could be a happy camper in my mess I would because I donīt have any idea that it should be clean just to be clean. But it feel like more air and freedom when there is not a lot of clutter...

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/4/2012 12:19PM

    I enjoyed this blog a lot and voted for it. Thanks for the reminder and the smiles as I share similar thoughts. Have a wonderful day.

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MSLZZY 3/4/2012 12:14PM

    Live in the "here" and "now", the best place to be.

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MAMADWARF 3/4/2012 11:08AM

    It might just be your astrological sign influencing you...sagittariuos or Aquarius perhaps? It is hard to go against who we are naturally isn't it. Especially when it means we have to conform. Good for you for doing what you can!

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EVWINGS 3/4/2012 11:04AM

    I do believe we are sisters from another mother. The worlds of reading and writing where we are forced into imaginary locations if only for a while seem so much better, yes? Are they excuses? You bet! Are they very similar to those used to avoid a healthy lifestyle? Oh, how do I count the ways? What beautifully put thoughts into writing into action!!! Thank you so much and I'm off to check your Spark Page to learn more.

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JOHNTJ1 3/4/2012 10:33AM

    I totally agree. The most wonderful and amazing place to live is in the present. A number of years ago I spoke with a person who told me something I will never, ever forget. "Where you are is where you are supposed to be, right now!!!"

Looks like you are living that mantra.

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CONCHA77 3/4/2012 10:19AM

    Dreamer or not, Spark on! Love the new profile picture. You look Great!!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/4/2012 10:18AM

    I'm domestically challenged.

No question about it.

And if I were any more perfect, I'd be so insufferably self-righteous such that nobody could tolerate me at all at all.

My excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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PYNETREE 3/4/2012 10:18AM

    LOL! emoticon Oh so much easier to not be weighted down by these real, actual physical places that need regular maintenance, cleaning, daily chores!

But, we must! I have recently become a master at avoidance of the upkeep. Not as good as my husband...who really doesn't see anything wrong, or lacking in our space. But good enough to live with the stacks of magazines, Newspapers, and catalogs, that threaten to clog traffic through the living room. And I don't know how the vacuum is still used to get fed every third or fourth day, now it has gone week without it meal of dust, and dog hair.

This is what those "tied to mortal bonds" mean...we remain anchored to this the chores that pull us back. emoticon emoticon

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MAYGIRL14 3/4/2012 10:11AM

    My motto is, "An immaculate house is the sign of a dull woman!" I do try to improve on my dedication to keeping things neat and clean, but when something more interesting calls, I seem to be off and running!
I also want to welcome you to the Blue Stars Moms team!

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