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Be Careful What You Volunteer For

Thursday, July 24, 2014



Sometimes I feel like I'm just a test subject for my cat.
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DEE107 7/25/2014 12:10AM

    lol dont like heights lol not me

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DR1939 7/24/2014 11:36PM

    Know the feeling

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/24/2014 10:58PM

    Cute!

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GINA180847 7/24/2014 10:36PM

    Ouch!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/24/2014 10:23PM

    Is your cat punishing you (the whole family) going away on vacation to Europe and not even sending it a postcard? Did you bring home something special for the cat?


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EHLIFESSHORT 7/24/2014 10:11PM

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A New Job

Wednesday, July 23, 2014



I think I could do very well at this job. emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/24/2014 9:19PM

    Cats do have a bad reputation... of course way too many of them live up to their species rep.

Having to destroy furniture is way too much work for my son's cat...
now unremitting shedding of HAIR everywhere all the time !! now she is an expert at that occupation!

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KIPPER15 7/24/2014 7:14PM

    He is the head of the kitty union! and he forgot to mention he will leave hair is the strangest places. emoticon

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DEE107 7/24/2014 12:15AM

    lol

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SANDRALEET 7/23/2014 10:11PM

    Oh the life of lucky cats

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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2014 9:56PM

    Bwahahaha!

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LYNNIERN 7/23/2014 9:48PM

    It's good gig if you can get it!

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GRATEFUL_DAWN 7/23/2014 8:32PM

    Ahhhhh, the life of a pampered housecat.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/23/2014 8:18PM

    Cute. You must be a year-round school to be going back so soon? At any rate, enjoy the next two weeks to the max.

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/23/2014 8:15PM

    Hey, what's my cat doing there?

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GINA180847 7/23/2014 7:53PM

    He forgot to mention leaving hair everywhere!

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    At least he's honest! emoticon

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I Don't Want to Talk About It

Tuesday, July 22, 2014



lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...lose 3 lbs...gain back 5...this vicious cycle has got to end

didn't think it was quite so bad until I looked at what I weighed at this time last year

I knew I had creeped up a bit but...

time to pay the piper

too bad he doesn't take Visa or Mastercard

  
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GINA180847 7/23/2014 7:26PM

    Not good! I don't lose but I also don't gain. Oh well! I guess this is a set point. But I do enjoy what I want quite often though all recipes get slenderized.

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KIPPER15 7/23/2014 7:21PM

    I can relate. It is a vicious cycle. emoticon emoticon

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KATELJM 7/23/2014 2:58PM

    If only!

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/23/2014 11:32AM

    Wish that darm piper took credit!

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It's easy to get comfortable and settle into a routine.

Perhaps it's time for a new list of WHYs . . . get some new motivation going on there.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/23/2014 9:10AM

    Another paid-up member of the "Loser's Club".
You will find those old habits that snuck (past tense of sneak?) back in, bumping your new healthy life-style habits aside. And YOU will relegate those old habits to the dust bin where they belong. I have faith in you and your success. You will re-install your healthy life-style habits.
Hugs, Audra

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GINNABOOTS 7/23/2014 8:35AM

    I hadn't weighed myself in about 8 months, I decided to get on the scale the other day and I gained 15 pounds....yikes. All my clothes were fitting the same as last year so I didn't even realize I gained. I am back on track, but it will take a while to get it off.

You are right, it is a vicious cycle.

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SANDRALEET 7/23/2014 8:02AM

    Life has no short cuts

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/22/2014 11:59PM

    Oh, but you can if you are Lois Lerner of the IRS. (smiling)

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A Day at the Beech

Monday, July 21, 2014



Wish I could go to the beach an relax. Too much to get done before school starts though.

  
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KIPPER15 7/22/2014 8:00PM

    School already! Poor teachers have to report before the kids! Good luck with the up coming year!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/22/2014 1:49PM

    The last time I was at a Pacific coast beach... I had the very devil of a time getting the gunk off my shoes. I didn't see any of that black goo on the beach but it sure did stick like glue to my shoes. I didn't think I was ever going to get it off. That was the last of my walking on the beach.

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/22/2014 1:06PM

    As I've grown more mature (ha!), I'm finding that I enjoy the tranquility of the forest as much as I've always loved the beach.



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LEW0213 7/22/2014 11:59AM

    That's the only thing I miss about living in Arkansas. No real beaches!

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DEE107 7/22/2014 12:29AM

    glad you live there they fired 34 teaches and aides here hugs

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GINA180847 7/21/2014 11:29PM

    I am glad for you that there will be a job waiting in Sept. Here in BC the teachers have been on strike and when they weren't they were locked out. They are not certain of work in Sept.

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KATELJM 7/21/2014 11:08PM

    You just finished blogging about your last vacation!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/21/2014 9:55PM

    Don't you have a month or so left before returning?

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2014 9:29PM

    Ah, back to reality, eh!

HUGS

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Day 16 ÖMust Come To an End

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Up at 3:00 a.m. to head for Frankfurt to catch the plane. I am so not a morning person. The drive was gorgeous. Light enough to see, but too dark to take pictures from a moving vehicle. For the first time ever after a trip, I was not ready to go home.

Our flight was delayed leaving by about an hour. At least this time, my feet reached the floor, and we had more leg room. I had originally planned to sleep the entire flight, and had my melatonin all ready to help with that. However, after thinking it out, it occurred to me that we should be home around 11:00 p.m., and it would be better to just stay awake so that I could just go to bed and get back on a regular sleep schedule. Great in theory, not so good in practice. Between meals and snacks, I had time to watch 4 movies, and listen to music for about 45 minutes.

We were supposed to have about a 3 hour lay-over in Atlanta. It was extremely aggravating. We were still trying to keep track of our group of kids, and about every 30-45 minutes, they would come over the intercom and change the terminal we were supposed to depart from. We moved from one end to the airport to the other and back again, multiple times. Very annoying. On the upside, we decided to get something to eat, and tried Panda Express, which we had never had before. It was delicious, and amazingly reasonably priced. They have recently opened several locations in a town that we often visit.

After several more delays, and 5 hours in the airport, we finally boarded our plane. This did not turn out to be a good thing. It was quite warm on the plane. After we were all seated, we were told there would be a delay, probably about 20 minutes, for mechanical difficulties. A little more than an hour later, they finally got the air conditioning fixed. We thought that would be it, and then they came back on and said that the problem was in one of the reverse thrusters, and they were looking for a part, but it would probably only be about another 20 minutes. Seriously??? Meanwhile, the plane scheduled to leave for our home airport AFTER ours, was already in the air and on the way. We were still stuck, sitting and waiting. We were not allowed to leave the plane unless we took all of our belongings with us, and they would not guarantee we would be let back on. We sat in the hot plane on the ground for over 2 hours before taking off. As a result, we didnít get home until after 3:00 a.m. I donít think there is any way my hubby would ever voluntarily fly on Delta airlines again, ever. Canít say they in any way impressed me either.

Definitely went straight to bed when I got home. Still donít feel like Iím caught up with everything. This was most definitely the trip of a lifetime, and I donít regret a moment of it.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to read my travelogues. It has been great fun reliving and remembering our trip. It helped me to organize both my thoughts and my photos, over 2000 of them, in a fun way. I tackled the task one day/piece at a time rather than being daunted by the size of the whole. Now I just need to apply those same principles to my journey to better health.

I also want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by my relaying of impressions and events. I know that we only skimmed the surface of the cultures and locations we visited. I also know that I will be forever changed in a positive way because of this experience.

  
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TRUE-NESS 7/21/2014 11:06PM

    Unfortunately, those problems with Delta could happen (and probably have) with any airline. But, I'm glad you're safely home and enjoyed your vacation.

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KIPPER15 7/21/2014 8:12PM

    I don't fly Delta if I can avoid it. They lost my luggage for a four day trip, I got it on day 3 after the evening meal. So much for my dress for the fancy dinner! All airlines have some problems. Thanks for sharing your fantastic trip!

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/21/2014 5:19PM

    Didn't Delta offer any kind of comp for the prolonged delay?

Glad you made it home safe. What a wonderful trip!

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PMAY0313 7/21/2014 1:34PM

    Great trip. Don't let the airline travel affect your great time! Tell your husband that Delta is no better or worse than anyone else. My husband flies for work constantly and he actually prefers Delta even though they suck as well. He will not fly Southwest even if they pay him. He has had the worst experiences with them. As he says he doesn't care if they are nice or not (which they really are usually). Every time he flies with them they have technical problems, loose his bag (including one carry on), cancel the flight because it isn't full or change the gates constantly. American has issues as well. They all do at this point. The absolute worst (in my opinion) is Frontier. I was stuck in Denver due to a mechanical issue over night and I had to pay for my own hotel. I was esp annoyed that I could not get on 3 different flights home on three other airlines unless I paid for the flight again. I loved you photos! Makes me want to go on a great vacation.

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LIS193 7/21/2014 1:04PM

    What a wonderful trip! sorry it had to end :((
I have loved traveling with you through your blog and pictures!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/21/2014 10:28AM

    Sounds like Delta hasn't improved any.

Thank you for sharing your trip with us!!! It has been a delight.

Looking forward to catching up on the last few as I'm just getting back on task after a 10 day vacation (mostly stayed home and worked in the yard) so I've missed the past few days.

There really is no place like home!

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KIWIANN 7/21/2014 8:57AM

    I have enjoyed your vacation travelogues - I am grateful that you took the time to share the trip in so much detail!! I hope that you are soon back to "normal" and caught up with sleep and work and whatever else needs to be caught up! emoticon emoticon


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SANDRALEET 7/21/2014 7:54AM

    Beauty Good food Kind people are all over the warld

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TRISTAROSE 7/21/2014 5:26AM

    What a great trip .... so many memories! Thank you for sharing all your great photos! You took me places I'm sure I will never see and I enjoyed every minute!


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ARTJAC 7/21/2014 4:03AM

    so pleased you had a great time and shared your photos of your travels thank you jacque

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BMCOLLEY 7/21/2014 3:04AM

    The end to a great vacation.

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DEE107 7/21/2014 12:34AM

    love the trip thanks for sharing

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GINA180847 7/20/2014 11:54PM

    You really must travel more often and for longer trips. I am going to miss my daily dose of heaven. Thank you and think about what I said!

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KATELJM 7/20/2014 10:53PM

    Oops, sorry Delta lost its customer edge. At least the plane was not forced to land somewhere else before it reached your destination.

Your travelogues have been so much fun to read. But I bet you'll apply your wit to describing your health and wellness journey now that you're home!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/20/2014 10:48PM

    I can sure understand about you coming home and going to bed!

Glad you had such a nice trip, I have enjoyed seeing all of your pics.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/20/2014 8:25PM

    Sorry your flight home was a great let down. I can empathize with the delay shuffle trauma, been there done that. I would have bet that the poor people at the check-in desk who kept shuffling us off to another concourse & gate knew the shuffle was just to keep us occupied so we couldn't get too violent!! I finally said to one of the airline employees, that the least the airline could do was provide us with a way to contact the people who were meeting us at our destination... She felt sorry for me and passed me her personal cell phone. I got to call my daughter and clue her in that I was not going to be arriving for another several hours and what flight I was going to be arriving on.
I still don't own a cell phone... I think maybe I am the only person in the world without one. As long as I have my phone #s, I just need to pray that there will be someone who will make the call for me.
Thanks for sharing your trip. Getting to tag along on others adventures is probably the closest I will get to having adventures of my own.
Hugs, Audra

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2014 8:18PM

    Oh boy. Frustrating trip back for sure. Glad you had a safe trip though.

LOVED your travelogues. Wonderful! A real memory jogger for me on my trip . . . and an incentive to plan to go back!



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DR1939 7/20/2014 7:31PM

    I once got bumped up to first/business class on a flight from Frankfurt to Amsterdam. Apparently I looked German to the steward and he picked me for the upgrade.

I always tell people that once they travel internationally they will want to go back again and again. You never see all that you want to see. The things we treasure the most are the times we have gotten to know people. We met a wonderful young woman on a train from Stockholm to Sodertalje and kept in contact for many years. I still talk weekly to a young man from India. In the restaurant across from our Pensione in Prague we met a waitress that we went back to several times. On a tour of Morocco we came to know a woman from Australia with whom we have traveled many times. She has visited us and we are going to see her in August. These are just a few of the people we have talked to and enjoyed.

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TINY67 7/20/2014 7:28PM

    All the blogs you've done while on the trip have been fantastic and I for one have look forward to each new one.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/20/2014 7:12PM

    Yes, it is life-changing to see all of this history. I felt at times as though I was in a history book; and at other times, a book of enchanted fairy tales. So much history and loveliness. Thanks for sharing all these great photos.

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