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Minutes Needed to Burn Off ONE Chocolate Chip Cookie
Friday, December 09, 2016      19 comments

Yes, tis the season when cookies are everywhere Yes, people tend to overindulge No, I rarely stop at just one, although I admire those who can just "have a taste" No, my active lifestyle and love of fitness activities will NOT allow me to ... Read more
Mind games and shoe games in a 5k
Saturday, December 03, 2016      22 comments

My streak is intact. I have won some age group award every year that I've run in our town's annual Christmas Classic 5k including 10 straight since retiring in 2007 . It's been my good fortune to share the course and my age group with some ... Read more
Anime and Me - Finding Inspiration in the Strangest Places
Friday, November 25, 2016      23 comments

"Remaining individual and unique is the true way to achieve your dream" (Miki - Anime character in "Universal Lady Justice, Vol 1) I know that I'm not the target demographic audience for Anime, but every time I expand my horizons I'm sur... Read more
A Surprise in Walmart
Wednesday, November 23, 2016      23 comments

After my run yesterday, I stopped at Walmart to buy Christmas presents for a local charity drive. As I was pondering the many varieties of Barbie Dolls, I heard "Eileen?" The woman looked vaguely familiar. She continued "you don't remember m... Read more
Beware the "feel good" treadmill
Saturday, November 19, 2016      28 comments

My data driven mind knew it was wrong - very wrong. Still, I wanted to believe it. DH & I are in Tennessee visiting his mother in the nursing home. Although I'm thankful he was finally given permission to travel (10 weeks after brain s... Read more
Trivia Question - Maybe I have a Dirty House?
Saturday, November 12, 2016      26 comments

I play Spark trivia every day. I've learned a lot. Today I missed the question about how many calories are burned yearly through house cleaning. "A 2005 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that Brits burn more than ... Read more
RESOLVED! What a beautiful word!
Saturday, November 05, 2016      37 comments

8 weeks past DH's brain surgery for 2 huge subdural hematomas and the latest CT report is that the scan is "unremarkable." The problem (residual blood and swelling) has RESOLVED! He has been discharged from PT and given the OK by the neuro... Read more
Very Happy with my "Benchmark" 5K
Saturday, October 29, 2016      31 comments

I recently began running again as a way to reduce the stress in my life as Joe recovers from brain surgery. As I posted in my status, I decided to run the "I Am Woman" 5K this morning for a benchmark time to improve on and also because: It... Read more
My Cocoon
Thursday, October 27, 2016      30 comments

I spark, I run, I sing and I play scrabble Monday will be 2 months since Joe's brain surgery. We have so much to be thankful for. For all daily activities our life is back to normal except he is supposed to avoid stress and anything that ... Read more
Competition vs Cooperation
Friday, October 07, 2016      25 comments

Thank you once again for your comments and good wishes on Joe's continued recovery. He's doing remarkably well although I will still be holding my breath until CT scans show all residual blood and swelling completely gone. They say that will t... Read more
Four weeks after brain surgery
Friday, September 30, 2016      38 comments

DH update: Joe continues to do very well. He looks and acts the same as before. He's even back to doing the dishes and scrubbing the pots. The scabs are gone from his head. The surgeon did a great job. The scars are almost invisible. ... Read more
2 Pieces of Good News
Friday, September 23, 2016      30 comments

First of all, thank you everyone for your prayers and good wishes for Joe's recovery. His follow-up CT scan confirmed what I've been observing. He's doing REALLY well! Except for the 4 incision scabs on his head you wouldn't know that he had ... Read more
Sparking in trying times - update on DH
Tuesday, September 13, 2016      48 comments

It's been 13 days since DH had brain surgery for a subdural hematoma. First the good news - Joe is doing quite well. He came home on Thursday and is right now sitting at his computer answering email after making a pot of coffee for us as h... Read more
Final thoughts of sedemdesiatnici (70 year olds)
Monday, August 29, 2016      23 comments

I learned that new Slovak word when watching the director of our summer program in Bratislava being interviewed by a TV reporter. She said that 31 countries were represented in the 13 levels of the course. There were over 150 students includin... Read more
Searching for roots and finding new branches
Friday, August 26, 2016      25 comments

In 2008 I set out to find my roots in Eastern Europe - the hazy history behind the immigration of my grandparents to America. Grandma was 17 when she came alone in 1900. My grandfather was a widower and arrived in 1907. I had 2 documents... Read more

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