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Progress and waiting

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

From yesterday.


This morning:


I think it's just the sun was higher when I took it, but it looks greener, at least. One day. Waiting.

Five days to the Lincoln HM. Today's reminders:

Let it go.
Put one foot in front of another, and do what you CAN.
Drink that water.
Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.

Take those break walks... you are worth it!

  
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PATRICIAAK 4/30/2013 11:03PM

    sounds like things are on task

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KARIDIAN1 4/30/2013 10:42PM

    greener than ours. Snow has only been gone for a week or so. And snow showers are predicted this week.....

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SPARKFRAN514 4/30/2013 10:10PM

    Thank you great advice copied it and going to put on the fridge thanks
my race is on Sunday its a 12 K called Bloomsday
so the water thing is so important this week.
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EBEAMS 4/30/2013 8:47PM

    Good advice! Keep the faith ... Hugs!

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_LINDA 4/30/2013 8:22PM

    Looks every bit as green as your neighbors. Maybe some crab grass or creeping Jenny will kindly grow in the bare spots.
Onward, ever onward. You can do it!

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MOBYCARP 4/30/2013 7:07PM

    I think it's supposed to look greener when you stand on the other side of the fence . . .

The yard will do whatever it will do in response to the effort you're willing to put into it. You just have to decide how much time and effort you want to put into the yard, as opposed to the other thousand things you want to spend time and effort on.

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DLDMIL 4/30/2013 12:07PM

    Did the sprinklers get fixed? Some of us have higher priorities than taking care of a huge lawn. Don't beat yourself up, do what you can and be happy. Have a great day.

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KRISZTA11 4/30/2013 11:34AM

    Both pictures look a lot better than our garden ...
And I'm sure it will look better and better every day.
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I used to work on ours a few years ago and made some progress, but it is a common garden and one of the neighbors made fire on the lawn (!), and then I gave up...

Good luck to your HM!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/30/2013 11:20AM

    A work in progress, Barb. Hang in there. I like yardwork, but it does get to a point where there are other priorities. **SIGH**

HUGS

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SIMONEKP 4/30/2013 10:20AM

    give it some time

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MSLZZY 4/30/2013 10:05AM

    My yard looks like that too. Maybe DH will get out there and plant grass seed today.

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LESLIELENORE 4/30/2013 10:00AM

    I think your lawn looks a little greener. Are you excited for the HM? I would be!

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DALID414 4/30/2013 9:29AM

    I see my pave it idea is out? emoticon

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GABY1948 4/30/2013 9:22AM

    It will grow when you stop watching it. Have a great day!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/30/2013 9:19AM

    I'm getting excited about your HM, so I imagine you must really be excited!! Are you aiming for 2:30 or 2:45 this time? Bet you'll make whatever goal you set. You are making progress on the lawn; good for you. Wishing you green grass and happy running!! -Marsha

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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2013 8:30AM

    Hmmm. That grass IS looking distinctly more grassy -- got me worried for sure. It's conspiring against you to please the neighbours, right?

And: so glad you've had that same MYOB reaction to some of the Track Your Happiness questions!! Really!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/30/2013 8:24AM

    Good luck with the grass and the race.

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LEANJEAN6 4/30/2013 8:11AM

    It definitely IS greener Barb!--Be good to yu to-day! --Lynda

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KALIGIRL 4/30/2013 8:11AM

    emoticon I think it might be the sun...
Weather should be perfect for the green stuff - cool and rainy (as long as it doesn't wash the seed away)
Didn't even think about biking the day before the marathon - does that fit into your plan?

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DEBRITA01 4/30/2013 8:02AM

    Waiting is the hardest part...remain optimistic and change will happen. emoticon

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Where the passion lies, and where it doesn't

Monday, April 29, 2013

Confession: I read other people's blogs about their at-home projects and I despair of ever being that kind of person... I rather suspect that some of my neighbors would like to toss me out of suburbia for offenses such as this one -



Yes, my yard. It's had seed spread, but I do not have operational underground sprinklers, and most of the neighborhood do. I can almost feel them sniffing as they walk their dogs or themselves by. In fact, last night as I was out hauling hose and trying to wet it down... a couple walked by and made some polite comment about whether I was "going to have to reseed". Obviously they could not tell I already had that done... nothing is happening yet.

Sigh. I rather suspect it's going to be mega bucks to get the sprinkler system "fixed". But on Friday someone is coming out to look at it.

The good news is that KALIGIRL has seen my horrible lawn and is STILL willing to go do stuff with me... so as I am not the number on the scale, I am also not the state of my lawn.

I read somewhere that some of third world descent had gone to college in Colorado, looked at all the water being spent to grow grass lawns and called it obscene. I'm afraid I have a bit of that attitude in me. We're not quite past the drought yet. And I hate "wasting" water on grass. Sorry, just an attitude I have... rebel in the heart.

'Nuff of that... on to the pep talk - it's Monday, so back to work:

1) Remember to breathe.
2) Drink your water.
3) The candy bar in the vending machine will not make the demands of the project go away.
4) Eat what's in the bag... it's good for you, and that's why you packed it.
5) And Remember to take those break walks, even if not at the "normal" time!

BECAUSE - You're worth taking care of!

and... only 6 days to the Half Marathon! emoticon emoticon

LIFE is good. Spark on.

  
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CASEYTALK 5/2/2013 7:29AM

    Our obsession foe green lawns really is part of the environmental disaster we are making. Lawns use too much water and too many people keep them green with loads of fertilisers.

Not least, bugs -the good kinds - don't like to live in lawns. They like more natural environments. Fewer bugs means less bird food and so on and so on.

Go to your nearest nursery and ask about alternatives for ground cover. I bet they have something you can plant that will spread all on its own, look gorgeous, and take far less care and resources. Then you can relax and look all smugly at the people who are slaving away at their non- Eco-friendly lawns
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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/1/2013 12:42AM

    Oooh, have fun on your half marathon!
As for the grass - I have to say, I completely agree with you on wasting water. It's just grass! Personally, I like a yard that looks natural. I hate overly manicured, unnaturally "perfect" lawns with their perfectly delineated islands of mulch and shrubbery and their perfectly green even grass and their total lack of wildflowers like buttercups and dandelions and clover. Yeah, everyone else considers those weeds, but they make flowers too! And those flowers are cute and I like them. :) We had dandelions in our backyard this year and they made me so happy because our backyard looked like a lovely meadow on the edge of the jungly forest mess that makes up most of our property. I must admit, we do want to clear out the leaf litter and stuff like that in the woods so that we can use the space without worrying about snake bites and so forth, but otherwise, I am happy to have a yard that looks like it fits in with the woodland area we live in. I mean, we'll keep the grass trimmed so the place doesn't look abandoned, but I refuse to do any seeding or watering or laying down of sod or planting plugs or whatever in my yard. Watering is particularly nonsensical! Don't worry, I bet plenty of people in your area wouldn't care at all about your "imperfect" lawn. :)


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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/30/2013 8:07PM

    No chemicals or watering my yard. What it is, it is. Saving the planet one yard at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/30/2013 8:01AM

    I hate wasting the water, and using chemicals. And generally it is done more to please the neighbours and their standards of how our yards "should" look. When my parents retired they did not want to have to maintain a lawn so the basically gravelled everything and planted trees / shrubs / flowers for a landscaped look and it is gorgeous. I haven't been quite brave enough to do that yet but I am looking into planting other types of ground cover instead of grass that must be mown, fertilized, weeded, watered, etc.

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_LINDA 4/30/2013 1:19AM

    Yeah, so agree. Mom totally replaced the grass in our homestead bit by bit until it was just fitzers and gravel no watering needed. She is doing the same thing with her present house, but the going is much slower because of the clay soil and the amount of work needed to bring in soil (and dig it in the hardest part) so things will actually grow in it.
Hope sprinklers aren't too expensive if you go that route.
Wow only six more days, getting excitied?? I bet!

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PATRICIAAK 4/29/2013 11:44PM

    Agree about hating to water.

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KARIDIAN1 4/29/2013 9:46PM

    No sprinkler system, rarely if ever water, sometimes rake, and mow only as needed. Lawn care isn't a biggie for us, but we do enough that it looks tons better than any of our neighbors.

Neighbor on one side might mow his front yard three times a year in the summer. The back hasn't been mowed in years. City finally got after him so he basically poisoned it to kill it.

Neighbor on other side mows maybe 6-8 times a year, but lets too much go too long.

Gotta love Suburbia.

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WATERMELLEN 4/29/2013 9:18PM

    I don't have a sprinkler system and I don't have a "monoculture" lawn -- lots and lots of stone crop (yellow flowers), thyme (purple flowers), clover, naturalized Scylla (bright blue flowers, in bloom right now); violets, grape hyacinths, dandelions and random weeds. Will not use herbicide poison on my lawn which leaches into the water table . . . bad for the dog, the birds, and us people. Will not poison the grubs which the skunks from the park behind us love to feed on (rooting them up with their snouts!!), Will not waste water on watering a lawn which goes dormant in August when it's hot. Will not waste fertilizer on the really really shady areas where grass isn't going to grow basically . . . and I'm not cutting down the trees. I've had neighbours complain and try to "instruct" me as to their standards. Tough. Too bad.

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MOBYCARP 4/29/2013 9:02PM

    You would think that someone would figure out what grows as ground cover in Nebraska, and make an effort to convince the public to accept that for lawns. Your picture makes my back yard issues look trivial.

I've got ruts where the neighbor's tree removal contractor drove a truck through my yard to get to her tree. They put down dirt and some grass seed, which I'm sure the birds ate. But no matter. I'll mow, the lawn service with fertilize and kill weeds, and the grass will eventually take over those ruts . . . because I live in a climate that's favorable to grass.

Your picture makes me nostalgic for the grass-hostile climate I grew up in, but not for the responsibility of keeping a lawn in that climate.

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MNTWINSGAL 4/29/2013 8:16PM

    We are also "that house" in the neighborhood that does not have underground sprinklers....and I really have neither the time nor the inclination to water, water, water....my yard is large and much of it looks like yours. Oh well. We do what we can do.



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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/29/2013 4:24PM

    I completely agree with you. The time, effort & money put into lawn maintenance is definitely better spent elsewhere. Not to mention the chemicals to make it grow which results in more mowing. Not just the 3rd world, but Europeans think we're crazy.

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MRS.DOYLE 4/29/2013 2:15PM

    Underground sprinklers are VERY rare in the UK. I never water the lawn and I threatened to go on gardening "strike" if hubby didn't put away the hose, which he did years ago. OK, so it dies back in droughts but grows back as if by magic....without seeding. I once read somewhere that grass seed is almost everywhere and would do its best to take over the planet if it could.

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STONECOT 4/29/2013 1:58PM

    In the south of the Uk, where we have alternately too much water, then not enough, with drought in the summer, we have been advised to have gravel instead of grass, then mediterranean plants in tubs for colour! It really looks very good, and very smart too.

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DLDMIL 4/29/2013 1:57PM

    I love having a green lawn, but also believe that we need to be conserving our water. Less lawn, and more native plants.

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LESLIELENORE 4/29/2013 12:52PM

    I totally agree about wasting water on lawns. Hope you have a great week!

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KARRENLYNN 4/29/2013 12:05PM

    Maybe you could design a low maintenance garden instead of a lawn. Might even be the envy of your neighbors and start a new trend!

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LADYBUG1943 4/29/2013 11:41AM

    I have a LOT to say on this subject. I'm in the camp of those who hate the water wasted on a beautiful turf. Bear in mind, we have one.... I've been an organic gardener for 30 years, and am proud of the fact that ours stays green when others are not.

But.... my husband is the lawn lover, not me. Am I right that you live in Nebraska? You could plant Buffalo grass, which is a native grass that only needs mowing a couple times a summer, and doesn't need anything but rainfall to stay alive. However, it turns brown without watering, which is unacceptable to most.

Better yet would be to take out the lawn and plant native plants. A friend of mine has done that here in Texas, which is a big challenge in the summer. Check out this blogspot: http://deepmiddle.blogspot.com/. The writer is a professor in Nebraska and writes about native plants and other things. Having no lawn is still a brave thing to do, but there are lots of people trying it out. My husband hasn't noticed yet, but I take over the lawn a couple of inches every year. Eventually, we'll only have maybe a little circle of lawn in the middle of native plants. Then... no more lawn service and my husband can handle it all.

We all need to be thinking about this, as watering digs into our aquifers, when a better use for the water would be human beings drinking it.

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DALID414 4/29/2013 10:21AM

    I'm with you about the lawn. I've already warned the family that when we get a house I'm having the front and back 'yards' paved!! If the neighbors don't like it, they can sue me! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/29/2013 10:19AM

    Oh my gosh . . . I lived in Colorado Springs (high Alpine Dessert) and the amount of water wasted watering grass WAS obscene. I totally agree with you!

HUGS and make it a good Monday.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/29/2013 9:42AM

    Only 6 days til the half!! How exciting! You've been so caught up in blogging about work I about forgot about your HM. That should help you balance everything!!

Of course, you are not the state of your grass! Our grass looks dead every year when the rains are light, but springs right back once it is raining again. But this old Florida grass is tough stuff and not near as soft and pretty as what you have. I often despair about my husband who is so messy and loves disorder, but I will say he does a very good job on the lawn. I should count my blessings more often - my house looks good on the outside and I rarely have to do anything there!

Have a good taper week. Looking forward to hearing all about your HM!! I'm sure you'll finish in an upright position with a smile on your face and wanting to run it soon again!!! -Marsha





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SPARKLISE 4/29/2013 9:06AM

    I get the "water wasted for lawn" mentality.
I have that for a lot of stuff also (like car washes)!.

When the water's all gone, are we going to dry up like the lawns? emoticon

Keep up the good work.....you are really an inspiration just being you.
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KALIGIRL 4/29/2013 8:28AM

    Ah - outward 'appearances'...

Hope the sprinkler system has a reasonable fix for you - we didn't have one in the back and lost trees... Now that we do, I put down grass seed and feed this weekend - oh well.

Here's to a fabulous week counting down!

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Methinks I'm a triathlete at heart

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Last Sunday I swam. Today I did again, more crawl this time, and in fact, targeted as the first workout of a beginner triathlon training plan. Yesterday was the first bike ride of the season. I find myself starting to toy with the idea of repeating my "baby sprint" triathlon outing in July.

Not that I suddenly have a ton of time to train... but it makes me smile to train. It makes me smile to move. Having a "race" in mind helps me remember to actually go do it. So, with the CSG triathlon (July 28th) in mind, not signed up yet (and maybe won't, but while there's training going on there is hope I might)... time to start rotating sports.

A week 'til the half marathon, folks... my cross-training is a form of tapering for that outing, too. Is it just me? Or is there the hope of Spring busting out around Spark?

Life is good, people. You are worth living it for. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 4/29/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon doesn't surprise me...

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_LINDA 4/29/2013 2:57AM

    It seems you have found your niche! Keeping it interesting by not limiting yourself to just running. Triathelete does suit you!
Enjoy and keep up the great work!

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PATRICIAAK 4/29/2013 12:06AM

    super

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EBEAMS 4/28/2013 11:16PM

    For sure ... A burst of Spring! You make me smile every time I read your blogs! Have a great week!

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FRAN0426 4/28/2013 9:57PM

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1CRAZYDOG 4/28/2013 9:26PM

    You're rockin' it Barb! I think I agree w/MIRAGE -- you need to live somewhere warm to do this all the time!

HUGS

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OPTIMIST1948 4/28/2013 8:31PM

    I lurves me the triathlon......

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KARIDIAN1 4/28/2013 7:50PM

    Your on a roll! Shake it up to keep it interesting.

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SPARKFRAN514 4/28/2013 7:50PM

    emoticon Like your plan i would never make it swimming bike riding and running emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon on Sunday you the emoticon and my 12 K emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/28/2013 6:26PM

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LEANJEAN6 4/28/2013 6:02PM

    Life IS good Barb!!--And you are an athlete !-----Hope yer Sunday went well!-Lynda emoticon

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MOBYCARP 4/28/2013 4:40PM

    Cross-training may be easy on the body, and may help with avoiding injuries . . . but the bottom line is, what is your passion? If your passion turns out to be triathlons, then go for triathlons! The rational reasons will all stack up and sound compelling, when you're training for what you're passionate about.

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LJCANNON 4/28/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon Sounds like "Tri-Thinking" to me!! Today seems very Spring Like here. I hope it holds on this time!!

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MSLZZY 4/28/2013 3:15PM

    Must be spring and the adrenaline rush of competition. Good luck next weekend. You may see DD and her DH there LOL!

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REJ7777 4/28/2013 2:54PM

    Me agrees... at heart and in practice. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/28/2013 2:36PM

    Whatever makes us smile, right? Physical fitness AND emotional fitness . . .

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DALID414 4/28/2013 2:30PM

    I can only dream of doing a tri, since I can't swim. Just the thought of swimming gives me an anxiety attack! (I have to face this fear, but it's a tough one!)

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/28/2013 1:42PM

    It does sound like a triathlon is coming your way.
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MIRAGE727 4/28/2013 12:52PM

    Uh, you need to move to Florida, Barb!
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The Biker Babes return!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I got an invitation earlier in the week to go bike riding this morning with KALIGIRL and her collection of (offline) friends who also bike. It was my first outing of the year on my trusty Brenda Starr Trek!

Weather was in the 40's (F), and misty, but the roads/trails were dry... and what a great time we had. There were only three of us in our group this morning and we were ALL out for the first ride of the season. My legs sure told me it was the first ride, coming up that last hill. I observed I was about three gears down from last year's max going up that hill.

At our stop downtown for breakfast, it was hilarious... we all three had our Smart Phones out swapping tips on various tracking apps, but the really fun part was remembering that we are ALL of "such an age" that mostly we remember exercise/biking/having fun as kids without all this technology! Nowadays to get SOME kids out the door or off the couch, you have to START them with technology!

But we looked like those clumps of 20 somethings who go out to eat together and then rather than be breakfasting with our newspapers... we were navigating web sites and pointing at stories on the web! We may not be TOTALLY up with the kids, but for a bunch of over 50's (60's in my case), we're not doing so bad.

After our break, we stopped also at a relatively new local landmark, the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, which supports the hiking/biking trails. They were having an open house, and we stopped in before heading home.

In short... good time had by all, and the needs of mind, body and spirit fed! We shall see how much fitter we feel by the end of the biking season next fall!

  
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ANDI571 4/29/2013 9:31AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! emoticon

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LJCANNON 4/29/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon Technology will never take the place of Good Old Fashioned "Playing" but you are right, it requires Technology to get the Kids off the Computer these days. I am glad that more Apps seem to be recognizing the need for us to "Get Moving".
emoticon Sounds like a WONDERFUL Day you and the Girls had! Very Happy for you -- And a little Jealous because you have a Spark Friend so close! emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 4/28/2013 7:54PM

    emoticon emoticon on having some friends to get healthy with. hope you continue to have get together s make the trip onthe spark trail more fun emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/28/2013 8:36AM

    I would LOVE to have a group of friends to do this with! So inspiring! It sounds like you had a wonderful day!

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CASEYTALK 4/28/2013 7:55AM

    It sounds like great fun!

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KLMEIRING 4/28/2013 7:53AM

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REJ7777 4/28/2013 7:45AM

    It's always a joy to read your blogs about how you enjoy different forms of physical activity with your friends. As someone who's 62 and received an iPad from my son for my birthday, I had to smile at your use of technology. I LOVE the gadget! Love all the different apps... for SO MANY things. I learned there's a Geocaching site almost in my backyard. Fun! fun! fun!

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PMRUNNER 4/28/2013 5:46AM

    Sounds fun!

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SWEDE_SU 4/28/2013 2:13AM

    sounds like a great day, love the description of the technology!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/27/2013 11:20PM

    What a great morning! Sounds just perfect. Hopefully it's the first of many rides now that spring has FINALLY arrived!

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KARIDIAN1 4/27/2013 11:13PM

    70's in MN finally. Can you believe it was snowing Monday!

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LEANJEAN6 4/27/2013 8:36PM

    Good thing for a new day--and it has been better!!----hope so for you too!--Yer bike ride sounds awesome!--I did get for my run to-day--up the highway-Any day yu get for some outside exercise is awesome! emoticon -

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COMPUCATHY 4/27/2013 7:52PM

    Awesome! Yeah...I would have been all about the tracking apps, too! They sure make it fun! Glad you had a good time! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/27/2013 7:40PM

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KALIGIRL 4/27/2013 6:46PM

    A emoticon time was had by all!
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DALID414 4/27/2013 4:39PM

    How fun!

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LESLIELENORE 4/27/2013 4:02PM

    Sounds like an awesome time! I gotta get out there myself.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/27/2013 3:36PM

    Sisterhood!
Sounds like fun and wish I was there

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1CRAZYDOG 4/27/2013 1:40PM

    LOVE IT! If I lived there I'd be a Biker Babe too! Glad you had a good first ride of the season. HUGS

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DEBRITA01 4/27/2013 1:38PM

    After this winter, it's great to be outdoors again. Glad you had an enjoyable ride with your friends...it's good for the soul :) emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/27/2013 1:31PM

    Terrific!
43 yr of arthritic knees has put a damper on biking for me.

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Tracking Happiness

Friday, April 26, 2013

I signed up for the happiness survey that KALIGIRL blogged about, and am now 58% complete, with 29 samples. I don't have screen prints for y'all, having some technology issues here at home, but the partial results have been instructive.

One thing I have observed that they don't ask about is "How irritated are you that I interrupted to ask just now?" I found THAT happening particularly when I was truly in the middle of stuff. I also found that even the act of making me THINK about whether I was happy could affect my happiness, either as a positive or a negative!

That said, some interesting bits: the most unhappy I got was about 50% (i.e. neutral), and that was on a hurried break, getting coffee before a work meeting I was feeling anxious about. Apparently when I feel anxious I don't consider myself happy.

As for happiness and "what are you doing?" That showed that I reported less than 100% during mostly working activities, reporting specific ones that it irritated me I was being asked right now, but some were genuine I wasn't feeling wonderful doing what I was doing. "In a meeting" was one of my lower ones... but even my lower ones were more than 75% towards extremely happy.

Interesting observation on the samples: I dipped to my least happy (about 75%) on Wednesdays, Thursday (82%) and Friday (80%)... showing I was getting worn down as a work week progressed. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were 100% days!

The times they asked whether I have to, want to, or both have to and want to do whatever it is I'm doing? Interestingly, I'm happiest when I both have to and want to... can we say "responsible adult"?

Level of focus or where I was (home, work, in a car, somewhere else)... didn't seem to have an impact. I was pretty happy focussed or not, and the two lower ratings of happiness, I was 100% focused.

I was 100% happy outside... every time! Alone or with people, didn't seem to matter, came out about the same. Size of number of people interacting with... slightly happier with just one, but pretty happy both. As for WHO talking with... my lowest ones (about 90%) were work folks (boss or coworkers).

Productivity was VERY interesting: my lowest ratings of happiness were when I was NEUTRAL level of productivity, neither completely unproductive (I was 100% happy then, nor highly productive (I was much happier then).

I told Becky last weekend I didn't think I'd find any surprises in this survey... but now, I'm not so sure.

www.trackyourhappiness.org

  
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WATERMELLEN 4/28/2013 8:48PM

    Signed up to try out "Tracking Happiness" given both you and KALIGIRL recommend it (good enough for me!!) but gotta say lasted only about 2 days -- ironically, I found it intrusive (number of surveys plus timing plus nature of ahem some of the questions, really?????) and that made me cranky!! A pretty unusual state of mind for me!

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MSLZZY 4/27/2013 7:42PM

    I need to check this out. Catch up with you later.

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KALIGIRL 4/27/2013 7:20PM

    Cool - haven't double checked mine - will need to.
Missed both calls today - 1st one was when we were 'spa' shopping - thinking about a hot tub for these aches and pains and second was when we were outside bringing down some tree limbs and cleaning up afterwards - definitely a workout day...
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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/27/2013 7:14AM

    I signed up...we'll see what happens!

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_LINDA 4/27/2013 2:02AM

    Its nice to see you are happy and content with the important htings in your life, especially that high stress job of yours! Wish I had the time to check this out. I am just too plodding on the computer and its all I can do to keep up with Sparking.

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/26/2013 11:38PM

    Interesting, will have to check that survey out! Thanks for sharing!

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DALID414 4/26/2013 9:12PM

    I'm all signed up! Thanks for sharing, I'm a sucker for surveys!

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PATRICIAAK 4/26/2013 7:38PM

    I knew you're happy and didn't need a survey to access it.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/26/2013 2:36PM

    Interesting survey! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 4/26/2013 12:45PM

    Wow! Didn't know you could track happiness, but yes, it makes sense. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you are that happy. Very good! I'm betting you will love, love, love retirement!! -Marsha

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RONNIEHUEY 4/26/2013 11:59AM

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KASEYCOFF 4/26/2013 10:21AM

    Just off the top of my head, I'd think that putting the spotlight on your personal "happiness meter" in different situations opens the door to upping your overall happiness quotient. When we deliberately focus on the-glass-is-half-full, we can find ways to adjust the (generally self-imposed) filters to improve positive feelings. And to then see just what rippling effects such perspective can have on other (all) areas of our lives is a real eye-opener.

Mindfulness is a wonderful thing, ain't? Now, I'm going to go check out the link - thanx, Barb!
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p.s. "https://www.trackyourhappiness.org
" didn't work, but "www.trackyourhappiness.org" did. Dunno why - I'm not very techie...
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