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Majority Rules Checkin

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I started tracking this "have at least a good day, 6 times a week" goal at the beginning of the year. It kind of started as a measurement of whether how I felt about each individual day contributing to how I felt about the week, the month, etc.

What I found was that the mere action of thinking about and tracking whether the day was "great", "good", "so-so", "bad" or "terrible" has led to an interesting internal phenomenon. Like the "quark theory" in physics, the belief system of the beholder influences the observation!

I've found myself calling almost all my days "good". Even the mega-stressful ones had SOME good element. If I handled the stress without having regrets after, the day was good. Similarly, very few days have risen to "great" in my eyes. Even the ones where I totally ate right and exercised: this is kind of "normal/good".

So... bottom line, not sure how well this is working, as the experiment is influencing the results. But maybe, just maybe, that's a "good" thing?


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KASEYCOFF 1/28/2011 9:29AM

    Yep, I totally agree with that. Attitude, perception, positive thinking - all a matter of choice. We can't always determine what Life throws at us, but we can control how we react to it. IMHO

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KALIGIRL 1/25/2011 10:40PM

    Here's to your positive attitude and good days!

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DEBRITA01 1/25/2011 5:53PM

    I think we can find the good in any day...if we look hard enough. It's all in the mindset and you seem like a positive person. Glad you're having *good* days!

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REJ7777 1/25/2011 4:33PM

    Yes, I think that it's a *good* thing. emoticon

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BUGGYS 1/25/2011 4:11PM

    I think tracking your days is a great thing and keeps you mindful of what you are doing and eating...and if you end up with a great day, a good day, a whatever day, it keeps you in the moment! emoticon

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WISEONE68 1/25/2011 10:06AM

    It is hard to measure "good" unless you put some parameters on it...i.e. exercise, eat right, no melt-downs, etc.

However, in the great scheme of things...a day where I wake up, have another opportunity to serve my Lord, and don't hurt or harm anyone else...that is a GOOD day!!!

Blessings and peace as you strive for your Good and Great (remember, the "enemy of great is good"--Jim Collins from his book "Good to Great")

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/25/2011 9:55AM

    I really do believe it's all about our attitude and mindset. Now that you're focussing on that, you're finding it easier to have those good days. Same with me, for the most part, with regards to my "just for today" attitude. With the exception of my "blip" over the weekend, that mindset just sets me up for success. I'm glad you're reaping the rewards of tracking your days! Carry on . . .

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SUNNY332 1/25/2011 9:33AM

    What a great idea. Knowing you are going to "rate the day" helps motive a better day (or expectations). You go, girl.

Hugs, Sunny

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    Hurray! That is an emoticon thing! emoticon

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DAISY443 1/25/2011 8:04AM

    I think the fact that "great" days are few and far between make them all the more special. If "great" was every day, we would have little to strive for! Thanks for another thought provoking blog!

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Pondering the stones

Monday, January 24, 2011

While on my little trip last weekend, I happened into a gift shop, thinking about the folks back home on my little work team. I was looking for something that wasn't junk, wasn't too cheesy, and also fit in the budget. Didn't want to play favorites, either.

What reeled me in like a collection of magnets was a box of "Ponder Stones". These are obviously manufactured, but they are slices of stone, with words engraved in them. They are flat, oval shaped. Kind of reminded me of the Jenny Craig "Touchstones", but the words were different.

I bought five, with the following words:

All these words speak to me in some way and are my wishes to my fellow human beings. Not wanting to play favorites, I had the staff put them in their little gift bags, and when I got back to work, had each of my team pick a bag, leaving one leftover for me (yes, I do "gift" myself).

I do believe in karma... and sure enough, each woman on the team got something particularly meaningful to her. And what, you may ask, was left in the bag I was holding?

"Breathe". And for me, too, this was the perfect word after that hectic weekend. If you were to pull a stone from a bag with a positive message in one word, what would yours say?

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REJ7777 1/25/2011 4:40PM

    It's a great idea to give yourself gifts! emoticon

My stone would say "grace". It would be based on the Bible verse: "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace."

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THIAGRAM 1/25/2011 3:09PM

  I would say "Christ". That is hope, faith, love, charity, believe, freedom, peace and joy all wrapped into one word! Thanks, Barb!

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KASEYCOFF 1/25/2011 5:36AM


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KALIGIRL 1/24/2011 10:00PM

    Joy would be mine - love the creative aspects of the word...
Also think breathe was perfect for the snow...

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WALKINGANNIE 1/24/2011 4:53PM

    Definitely Hope

(and not gall or kidney - both of which have caused problems for me!)

Sounds like a really thoughtful gift selection Barb.


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MOMOF2TONI 1/24/2011 4:07PM

    Love this blog. emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/24/2011 12:33PM

    Perfect for you!
I think I'd like a stone that just says "Believe"!

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ANDI571 1/24/2011 10:58AM

    I think my stone would be "Faith". I have to have enough Faith to know God is at my side leading and guiding me. I also have to have Faith, to know He is taking care of my family, when I just have to let go.

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    Mine would say, "REST"!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/24/2011 9:24AM

    Mine would say "believe."

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CAPECODBABE 1/24/2011 9:07AM

    Today I would say LOVE, for many reasons.

I have a wooden sign with the word BELIEVE hanging over my writing desk. Many times I look at it and gain strength

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DAISY443 1/24/2011 8:38AM

    My word would be "grow". No, no, not physically, but emotionally, spiritually, intellectually! Thanks for the thought provoking blog!

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BUGGYS 1/24/2011 8:37AM

    My stone would say Love because if you cannot love yourself, none of this would be possible! Great blog! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/24/2011 8:33AM

    I would like mine to say Believe...all things are possible, if you believe.
Loved this blog...

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WISEONE68 1/24/2011 8:30AM

    I LOVED this blog. What you did is so "me." I do things like this all the time.

My word for this year would be TRUST. I must trust that God is going to fulfill all that He plans for my life and pray for His will to be done, not mine.

Backstory: A few years ago, right before I took a new job with the same organization, a co-worker had purchased gifts for me and the other managers on her level. She had bought some little ceramic angels who were all holding a "globe" with a different word. She wrapped them all (much like you did) and then allowed us to choose our own gifts. I chose the angel with the word "FAITH". I had been dealing with that for a long time--faith in God's plan for my life, faith in others, and faith in myself. It was a great year and I was glad for the confirmation through a tiny Christmas gift!!!

blessings and peace to you--and remember to BREATHE!!!


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DONNALYNN22 1/24/2011 8:09AM

I mean REALLY LIVE...not just exist, not just be. For too many years lately I've gone through life, doing what was necessary or asked of me. I didn't say "NO", which left little time for me or MY living.
I vowed to change that and so New Years Day I began to LIVE. I'm eating right, moving more, saying "YES" only when I feel it is right for my selected new path.
And my hubby and I have taken time to go on a few day trips to places we can relax, recharge, learn and connect.
It has made all the difference. emoticon emoticon
THANK YOU for the opportunity to ponder it all.
Blessings, Donnalynn emoticon

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SUNNY332 1/24/2011 7:58AM

    I would like for my stone to say Wisdom. I actually choose a word every year to focus on for the year and this year, I chose two. One is Knowledge and the other is Grace. With these words, comes wisdom so I am on the right track. I am currently working on my vision board to reflect my yearly goals which include my words.

Do have a Marvie Monday. Looks like you have sunshine in Nebraska. How great was it that the New Miss American is from Nebraska - first time in the Miss America pageant history. emoticon

Huggers, Sunny

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What a difference a week makes

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A week ago, swam here:

Today, 103 minutes of shoveling this:

Now, on to the treadmill and the football game!

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SAMI199 1/24/2011 6:03AM

    That is wwhy I hate to come back from vacation-lol.Stay warm!

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MSLZZY 1/23/2011 11:30PM

    I know the feeling and no pool in sight!

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DEBRITA01 1/23/2011 6:36PM

    I'm with Andi...I choose the first photo. We are going to get some more of the latter Tues/Weds. I'm still thinking Spring...

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MOMOF2TONI 1/23/2011 4:55PM

    Gorgeous pics!

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ANDI571 1/23/2011 4:09PM

    I pick the first picture.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/23/2011 3:45PM

    Amazing contrasts!

Hope you enjoy the game and the right team wins.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/23/2011 2:19PM

    I can't wait to be looking at the top photo in person by Saturday! Sure beats this "winter wonderland" we live in. Whoever coined THAT phrase?! LOL!

You had lots of good cardio shoveling the snow. I guess if we have to live with it, we may as well find something good about it, right?

Enjoy the football games and if you could cheer for the Packers, I'd sure appreciate it!

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MNTWINSGAL 1/23/2011 1:51PM

    That's a lot of be careful!

I should actually take some photos to document this winter too! It's really been something!

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PENNYAN45 1/23/2011 1:47PM

    A study of contrasts! Enjoy the game!

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SUNNY332 1/23/2011 12:59PM

    My, my, my - looks like my neck of the woods. The difference - it is still snowing here so haven't shoveled yet.

Enjoy the game.


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KALIGIRL 1/23/2011 12:56PM

    Mine took only 90 minutes, but I sure was glad I shoveled yesterday and it was light.
Enjoy the game.

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DAISY443 1/23/2011 12:41PM

    Weeelllllll, the only good thing I can think of about that is the cardio you got from it! Take care!

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46SHADOW 1/23/2011 12:40PM

    Its beautiful! what a contrast. right now its -38 C here. Too cold!

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Because I haven't done one of these in a while: about me

Sunday, January 23, 2011

And because if my friends jumped off a bridge... Christurtle did this one, and now I'm doing it.
Feel free to copy and add your own answers...

Survey about me.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
5:44 am. I slept in.

2. How do you like your steak?
Almost mooing.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Time Travelers Wife. I don't get out much.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
NCIS LA. What can I say? Eye candy? Plus I LOVE the Heddy character. I want to be like here when I grow up.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Haven't had it yet, but it will be steel cut oats simmered in skim milk, with whatever flavoring strikes my fancy and a banana this morning.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Italian? Today, anyway. This changes regularly. I like variety.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Lima beans and asparagus.

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
At home.

10. Favorite dressing?
I dislike salad dressings, as a rule, so will go with a little crumbled Feta cheese, some olives and dry spices: black pepper and oregano leaves.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
1998 Mercury Mystique. My son considers it boring. I was going to replace it this year, but the furnace trumped that plan.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Jeans and tee's.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Australia and New Zealand.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Definitely a half full kind of gal, here.

15. Where would you want to retire?
In my own bedroom, at night. Seriously, I expect to work for a long time, and when I get closer to that decision, I still think I'll hang around here, unless my son moves and wants me closer.

16. Favorite time of day?
Morning, either seeing the stars before sunrise, or watching the sun rise.

17. Where were you born?
Small town Nebraska, USA

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Horse racing.

19. How many siblings?
Four - three sisters and a brother.

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Reading. Sparking. Some TV.

21. Bird watcher?
On the side, but not proactively.

22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning! See the chipper grin?

23. Do you have any pets?
Geriatric dog (German Shorthair who turned 15 last Monday).

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
Not really.

25. What did you want to be when you were little?
My siblings tell me I wanted to be a horse, but I don't believe them. I remember wanting to be the next Joan of Arc, Marie Curie or Elizabeth I of England. I read biographies at a young age and at that time had little clue that I wouldn't be at the top of the world class female thinkers and doers. No wonder I struggle with not being "good enough"!

26. What is your best childhood memory?
In the darkroom with Dad. He was a photographer... the smell of the chemicals, his voice calm in the dark counting seconds in the process... knowing he was there even if I couldn't see or touch him.

27. Are you a cat or dog person?
More dog than cat, but I like kitties, too.

28. Are you married?

29. Always wear your seat belt?

30. Been in a car accident?
Two, both minor, and both over 30 years ago.

31. Any pet peeves?
Intolerance, those who judge by appearance, rudeness....

32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Mushrooms and peppers!

33. Favorite Flower?

34. Favorite ice cream?
Coffee with dark chocolate chips

35. Favorite fast food restaurant?

36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?

37. From whom did you get your last email?
Sparkpeople automated e-mail. Oh, from a real person? One of my sisters.

38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
In my dreams? Best Buy. In reality: car dealer or kitchen appliance place.

39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
All our free time last weekend was spontaneous: trip to the outlet malls and the swim in that gorgeous pool, mainly.

40. Like your job?
The secret to true happiness lies not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do. As an inveterate people pleaser, I, too, have liked all jobs that I've held. But my current carrer, in that it lets me play with technology and please people at the same time? Priceless.

41. Broccoli?
Love it!

42. What was your favorite vacation?
I don't take "real" vacations, more like day trips from a business destination. I'd have to say the tour of Mt. St. Helens ranks right up there. As does the jet boat ride up the Snake River through Hell's Canyon... both in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.

43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
My son and daughter in law.

44. What are you listening to right now?
The dog, grooming herself on her cushion behind me.

45. What is your favorite color?

46. How many tattoos do you have?

47. How many people will fill this out?
Lots, hopefully.

48. What time did you finish this quiz?
6:54 am.

49. Coffee Drinker?
Oh, yeah. More so since giving up soda. I mix caffeine-bearing and decaf so I won't overdo, or at least I like to tell myself that.

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CONCHA77 1/23/2011 11:15AM

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday.
(running late)

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DEBRITA01 1/23/2011 10:45AM

    5:44 is sleeping in?! I guess I really slept in today (8am)...I'm usually up each day at 5:45 and grumbling. What time do you usually get up?

Your secret to happiness is the truth... but wouldn't it be great if we only had to do what we liked? In a perfect world...

It was nice to learn more about you...and I have one brother and three sisters, too. My brother is the eldest, then me and the other sisters. Are you the second born? Just wondering...

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SUNNY332 1/23/2011 9:29AM

    BTW - I had a 96 Mercury Mystique and I absolutely loved that car and it was a beautiful green. You would have like it too.


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SUNNY332 1/23/2011 8:50AM

    I haven't done one in a long time either so plan on doing that today. I think they are fun and I love reading other people's answers as I learn more about them. Thanks and Hugs.

Have a emoticon Sunday - if only in your thoughts. It is snowing here again so the only Sun I will have today is in my mind.

Sparkle on my Sparkle Friend.


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DAISY443 1/23/2011 8:13AM

    Definitely plan to plagiarize! Thanks!

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Snow is falling

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'm glad to say the snow has started falling. I think one of my least favorite times is waiting for the forecast storm(s) to arrive... not knowing if they really will. You see, since I shovel by hand, I try to adapt my formal exercise to allow energy for that particular form of activity... and it's hard to tell ahead of time just how much I'll need. It's a relief when it starts falling, because then I know that part of my exercise is all planned for me!


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SUNNY332 1/23/2011 9:31AM

    We are getting more snow right now...

Good job of planning your exercise to include the snow removal.

Hugs, Sunny


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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2011 6:22AM

    I take it the picture on your background page of pool with palms is not from your backyard? lol...

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WALKINGANNIE 1/23/2011 6:09AM

    Got to love your analysis and planning.


I'm finding that I feel the cold much more this year as I have less insulating fat. Perhaps the increased shivering uses more calories too!


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DAISY443 1/23/2011 3:25AM

    How did this snow miss my house? Not complaining!

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ANDI571 1/22/2011 11:29PM

    We had our snow on Thursday. We probably got around 5 inches or so. Then it got bitterly cold. D1 doesn't let me touch his driveway. (Aww! Poor me,lol) Clearing snow is part of his job, and through the years he has gotten picky picky. But you won't hear me complain.

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    emoticonBrrr! emoticon

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SAMI199 1/22/2011 9:19PM

    Love your plan!


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DEBRITA01 1/22/2011 9:10PM

    Planning is the key to I know why you've been successful. And, I like your positivity towards the snowfall. I often view it as an inconvenience, while you are viewing it as an opportunity for exercise...I will remember that since we are expecting more snow this week!

emoticonBe careful shoveling...

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SUNNY1432 1/22/2011 9:07PM

    We had snow all day! I can't wait for it to stop emoticon, than I can start shoveling tomorrow.

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