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Another good day

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Three, oops, four things made it good:

1. I had the time to start the beans from scratch for Thursday's Christmas eve chili.

2. I got my exercise in early in the day, so didn't have it hanging over me the rest of the day.

3. My son made contact from Iraq. Somehow I just always feel better hearing from him. Seems he's not quite in his "permanent quarters" yet. He has internet access in his room, but has to walk half a football field length to find a restroom. He looks like he's lost a few pounds since I last saw him in October.

3. The Nutcracker Ballet, live, was wonderful! I wished my big sis a Merry Christmas afterward, as she gets on the plane to go see her daughter and family at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

Tomorrow is another Monday... the countdown to Christmas is short. I'm feeling good, and hope you all are too. In my case, the advent of Christmas just CANNOT be put down. The joy creeps in softly and I find myself singing or humming carols despite whatever challenges may surround me. Even in the tough years, when Christmas is more a matter of "keeping" than "celebrating", it's there.

May peace touch all of you this special time of year.

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KALIGIRL 12/22/2009 2:25PM

    Beans - yummy (I love chili from scratch)
Wonderful day indeed.
Here's to many more!

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SUNNY332 12/21/2009 9:43AM

    I am with you on this all the way. The closer it get, the more Joy I feel.
Our soldier boy will be home tomorrow - yea! I have cleaning to do so need to get shakin. Take care and be Blessed.

Hugs, Sunny

Christmas - that magic blanket
that wraps itself about us, that
something so intangible that it is
like a fragrance. It may weave a spell
of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day
of feasting, or of prayer, but always it
will be a day of remembrance - a day
in which we think of everything
we have ever loved.
~Augusta E. Rundel

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MSLZZY 12/20/2009 10:01PM

    Christmas is always there when you open your heart to the true meaning of the season. Our faith keeps us strong! emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/20/2009 9:15PM

    I have been listening to Christmas carols and songs. That always get me in the mood!

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BARNFISH 12/20/2009 9:06PM

    I've noticed the Christmas Joy creeping into my consciousness, a little more, each day now. I actually enjoy Christmas songs again!

Happy Holidays!

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Getting close

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I changed my profile picture... what you now see is me wearing my "inches lost" ribbon that represents the milestone around October 24th. These are inches lost from the end of May until then, from bust, waist, abdomen, and hips combined. Today was another milestone (second one since the ribbon in the picture), and my ribbon was 30 inches long. The photo was snapped about five minutes ago. Yes, I'm happy!

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VSWINGLE 12/20/2009 10:46AM

    I love the ribbon...what a great way to visualize the progress you've made!

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MSLZZY 12/19/2009 10:56PM

    emoticon emoticon I like the new photo!

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CONCHA77 12/19/2009 9:43PM

    emoticon You are a inspiration to all of us. emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/19/2009 5:36PM

    emoticon Great way to celebrate!!!

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SUNNY332 12/19/2009 3:33PM

    What a cool thing to do.

You have lost 30" - that is totally awesome. Way to go.


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Mid-week progress

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

OK, so I heard from my son on Sunday, but the connection kept dropping. His laptop is dying... how do you replace a laptop in Iraq?

Anyway, I would like to introduce my new grand-kitties, Kalimdor (the one with the dark brown nose, male) and Antonica (the lighter colored one, female). My daughter in law had to re-home the bunnies, due to her allergies becoming progressively worse. They have a nice new home with lots of other bunnies (six in all), and I'm sure they'll be fine.

But that left a very empty apartment, with him gone. Enter new kittens.

The program has been both bad news (emotional eating over last weekend) and good news (did great at the work holiday dinner today... portion control... portion control...). And I've been diligent about getting my sleep!

I threw out perfectionism for December... I was thinking of something else to toss today... COMPARISON with how others behave or the results they get. That's another in the old baggage that definitely needs to go straight up some fireplace as smoke.

Hope you're all enjoying every minute of your holiday season!

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MSLZZY 12/18/2009 7:35AM

    Cute kittens!
Sometimes we have to pick our battles and leave the rest!

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KALIGIRL 12/17/2009 10:24AM

    Love the kittens.
Great to hear your holiday dinner went well.
Here's to lack of perfectionism and comparisons!

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CONCHA77 12/17/2009 8:27AM

    Kitties are adorable, Perfection not so much....
Glad you heard from your son!

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SUNNY332 12/17/2009 7:06AM

    Yes, yes, yes, get rid of "COMPARISON". When we compare ourselves to others, we always come up the looser."

The kittens are precious. They will keep you daughter in law company and also
warm on these cold winter nights.


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TEACHINMOM 12/16/2009 9:48PM

    I agree. Perfectionism = TROUBLE (at least for me)!! AND yes, the grand-kitties are cuties!!!!

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NELLIEC 12/16/2009 8:20PM

    Perfectionism definitely should be thrown out!!!

The grand-kitties are adorable!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

It seems like this has been the longest week! Even though I only went to work three days, the snow shoveling, the oddities of son being on foreign soil with a nine hour time difference, it's just strange.

I hope to relax a little this weekend, but there are the tail ends of snow I didn't clear leftover from Wednesday. Sigh.

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NELLIEC 12/12/2009 2:19PM

    Ah, yes, those nine hours time difference!!! It keeps on on your toes trying to figure out what time it is where he is!!!

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CONCHA77 12/12/2009 9:43AM

    Have a wonderful weekend! Hope the sun shines for you and that you stay warm and cozy with all this cold weather.
Hugs, Connie

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SUNNY332 12/11/2009 9:44PM

    Bless your heart, I have really thought about you this week and for all the reasons you have posted on this blog.

Do take care of yourself and have a great weekend - starting with some much needed rest.

Tomorrow is our Church's Christmas Canta which we are looking forward to. It is always such a blessing.

Hugs, Sunny

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ZZYYGGY 12/11/2009 9:09PM

    Have a great weekend

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That awful clock

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My son calls it that. Figured for those who've been reading along, I'd decorate the blog with its photo today.

I could document which songs play in what order, but I don't. Every year I write the twelve hours down on a list, and note them. They always start with "Angels We Have Heard on High", for whatever hour I first insert the batteries and turn the chimes on. So, depending on when in the day I bring it out, it may be different each year. It's a game I play every year.

I went back to work today, after taking two vacation days to shovel snow and avoid playing bumper cars on slick roads. I am NOT a fan of winter, friends. But you have to admit it gives a little variety to strength training? Mantra: This is why I work out the rest of the year... so I CAN clear the drive and walks with my handy dandy snow shovel and my muscles.

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KALIGIRL 12/11/2009 2:08PM

    Love the clock - I am a fan of winter, although not bumper car.

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CBIGELOW 12/11/2009 6:36AM

    I would love the clock. I know the kids would have a blast with the chrstmas songs. As to shoveling snow we have started here in Northern New York. Gotta love lake effect snow.

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SUNNY332 12/11/2009 6:19AM

    I kind of like the Christmas Carrol Clock. It play a different song every
hour? That could be festive.

We did not get the snow that was predicted but we live up close to the
Iowa line so our day will come.

Hugs, Sunny

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TEACHINMOM 12/10/2009 11:57PM

    I'm with you on needing to be able to shovel the snow, we get plenty of it!! Although it was nothing like your picture the other day!! And I'm not a huge fan of it either~absolutely HATE driving in it!!!
UMMM, I'm wondering why it's an awful clock. It looks nice enough and the Christmas songs are great this time of year!! Does he not like "noisemakers"? Oh well, your game sounds like fun!! Have a great time listening to it!! emoticonCindy

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NELLIEC 12/10/2009 9:53PM

    I do like "Angels We Have Heard on High!"

If it insists on snowing here this year, I am hoping it does it sometime when I have some help for the shoveling!!! I can do some, but it has to be in stages! That is the story of my exercising -- a little bit here, a little bit there!!!

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TENOR4COUNTS 12/10/2009 9:48PM

    Sounds like you get your share of snow and then some!

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