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  • Blog for points only........

    3/31/2015 6:29:19 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Half-hearted, yes - but it's appropriate for my mood.........don't even have the energy to vent right now....... 39... Read more

  • New week, continuing unpleasantness.......

    3/30/2015 4:24:56 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    JUST. DO. NOT. FEEL. IT. FOR. LIFE. RIGHT. NOW. 'Nuff said.......... 234... Read more

  • Chocolate Bunnies

    3/30/2015 12:39:23 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Hope you are all set to meet your goals in this last week of March heading into Easter!... Read more

  • Interesting Tidbits

    3/29/2015 4:38:12 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    So in the same vein as my freind, Millisma, here are some interesting tidbits I found: After racking up $40 in late fees for a VHS, Ree Hastings was inspired to start NETFLIX. It would take 1000 years to watch every video on YouTube. A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million... Read more

  • Calming down, but STILL in a state.......

    3/29/2015 4:59:36 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    The process continues - but I feel the need to avoid certain situations since I KNOW that I will RESENT being in the company of people in better situations - this is INTOLERABLE for me and MUST be avoided AT ALL COSTS........ 'Nuff said here....... 234... Read more

  • Continued anger and bitterness.......

    3/28/2015 10:53:18 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ........over the latest "dropped shoe" in life, but the plan in place has been initiated, and work is continuing ......... just a #!# shame that I have to endure this ordeal ALL OVER AGAIN! Yes, there's ANGER! H**ll to the yeah, there's BITTERNESS! But there's also deliberate intent to g... Read more

  • Intermittent Fasting

    3/27/2015 11:42:51 AM, by NOWYOUDIDIT

    I told myself that I would NOT write about this until I did it for a full 30 days! LOL! And here I am at 15 days writing about it. I read the book the 5:2 Diet. (fast 2 days with 2 meals 500 cal every 12 hours, and eat "normal 5 days) I had seen the documentary on pbs. I have always ... Read more

  • More life c**p! :(

    3/26/2015 5:22:39 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Don't know how much more I can take - now I'm scrambling to get info together (and hoping that this effort doesn't come back to bite me).......... Is it ANY wonder I'm not eating well? 234... Read more

  • Mid-week again.......

    3/25/2015 6:49:18 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Over 200 points! Woo-hoo! 104 Tried switching browsers this morning since last evening's experience with show viewing went well - sigh.........couldn't do one Spark task without things freezing (I hope I can remember to do that before I leave for the day)......... Sheesh! Computers - ... Read more

  • Amazing! Spark has everything

    3/24/2015 11:53:06 AM, by ALIIDA

    Well it seems like it. I'm having an MRI tomorrow - never had one before, so I idly searched for it here. I wondered if there would be anything. Well there is, and the explanation is in several parts, and you can pick up Spark points for reading each part, which I did of course. 246 SP is real... Read more


    3/24/2015 10:52:20 AM, by ICECUB

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  • A bit better.......

    3/24/2015 4:36:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    *Definitely* learned my lesson and slept *much* better last night! 104 However, I didn't do what I originally intended to do in the evening - somehow, since I've made the conscious decision to dial down computer usage at night (for most days), that decision came back to haunt me, and fo... Read more

  • HORRIBLE night :(

    3/23/2015 4:44:41 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Hard lesson learned - NO caffeine after 8PM when trying to destress..........DOES. NOT. WORK. PERIOD. 198 Hopefully I will have survived last week in the office with a key player away........have a few issues to discuss - will see what the takeaways will be (though I have my ideas o... Read more

  • Bummed out and in a low mood.......

    3/22/2015 8:00:43 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Reluctantly went through with the day-trip despite misgivings about being on the road after yet ANOTHER snow event........and witnessed the result of a nasty semi wreck which sure didn't help me or my mood much as I was piddling around in a lil' rice burner......sheesh! 198 Family member... Read more


    3/20/2015 5:29:13 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Spring is in the air

    3/20/2015 2:09:36 PM, by CASHER52

    Spring is the time to put the past behind us and spring ahead! I am determined to finish what I started. I am looking forward to walking weather I even bought myself a new pair of walking shoes to motivate myself. Happy Spring! Carol... Read more

  • Happy First Day of Spring

    3/20/2015 12:04:09 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    "The Spring Equinox and Easter symbolically entwine from what seemed to have died new life doth now shine." So often, here in Northern Montana, the First Day of Spring is DEFINITELY NOT the first Spring Day-but this year is different. It's a beautiful Spring morning. ... Read more

  • Still........

    3/20/2015 4:27:11 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Sigh........would *love* to be in an extended phase of at least *some* kind of "good feeling"..........seems that's apparently *too* much for me to ask........ 46 $#!@# SNOW - making the idea of a road trip tomorrow VERY UNDESIRABLE...... 234 Unanticipated meal out RUINED by ... Read more

  • Canadian Sense of Humor?

    3/19/2015 7:15:51 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Can you guess where this building is??? Viagra's Head Office in Toronto ( Canada ) Seriously, it is !!! Can't accuse Canadians of not having a sense of humor!!!... Read more

  • Once again - NOT in a good place!

    3/19/2015 5:11:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I swear, it's getting to the point where I may just have to consider "high stress" the .......sigh......"new normal" (and gawd, I HATE that phrase)! 234 Continued computer issues (I should just throw the $#!@# thing away at this point).........and now - SNOW! AGAIN! With a long day-tri... Read more

  • Wonderful Wednesday

    3/18/2015 2:56:05 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Ran into an old high school buddy this morning...he was just coming in to work and I was just leaving. We're both vendors at a big box store. We visited for over 3 hours. Solved all the world problems. Caught up on all the gossip from the last 20 years. Compared notes on funerals we'd attended... Read more

  • Slipping And Sliding

    3/18/2015 9:01:48 AM, by FUNLOVEN

    I have mad passing comments here and there that I have been slipping and sliding along since Super Bowl Sunday. Do you believe how long ago that was! Well, there has been a ton of food in my life since then due to two vacations (one to New Orleans and one to Florida) and I haven't been able to qui... Read more

  • Post-"holiday"

    3/18/2015 7:13:58 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a quiet day - still settling down from some disturbing events (and will probably do so for a while)........... Not too much more to say (at least, without some kind of vent, and I'm not really in the mood to do that, honestly)..........enjoy your "hump day", Sparkies! 213... Read more

  • Minor surgery and Sparking

    3/18/2015 4:12:39 AM, by ALIIDA

    Another routine health check has taken me by surprise as I need minor surgery to fix a benign problem. I won't be sure of the date until next week. It's not urgent so summer vacation would be better than the start of the school year in April - very inconvenient time. That was my first consideratio... Read more

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day 2015

    3/17/2015 2:08:45 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    "May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade your every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through." ... Read more

  • 3/17

    3/17/2015 6:28:33 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    (Original entry completely redone due to *dark* content.........) OK, then -- another "St. Patrick's Day"..........and I, as per normal and as in the past, am NOT feelin' it - here's why, in a nutshell: 1) I'm not Catholic (to be specific, a severely "spiritually challenged", fairly inacti... Read more

  • Tulips and Irish Blessings

    3/16/2015 7:20:43 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    The weatherman had predicted cold and snow for us but it didn't get very cold and we didn't get very much snow!! 244 I was wandering around my yard yesterday and found several places where the tulips are up about 6 inches!!!! 126 Makes me think that Spring really might not be so far off! ... Read more

  • Still want to get back on track - still NEED to.......but :(

    3/16/2015 4:46:19 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .......didn't do so well yesterday afternoon.......... 198 Despite the nice "incident", it STILL didn't help me with my snack least not yesterday.........when I packed my lunch today, though, I was mindful and packed well (at least in my humble opinion - no "nasty stuff")....... Read more

  • And she never gave up.............

    3/16/2015 4:30:11 AM, by NOWYOUDIDIT

    I had to quit my 2 fave meals (see the 2 blogs below) after emergency dental (with jaw) surgery left me with fewer chewing teeth, and a painful jaw. It was just as well. My weight had stalled. again. No weight loss with my 2 fave meals a day. Go figure! Of course I felt defeated. But... Read more

  • 2 Days til Green Beer and Pinching?

    3/15/2015 11:13:38 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Thought this Irish Coffee Blessing was a good one for today. Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I always enjoy a long leisurely brunch and the more companions the better and then laze around and read the big fat Sunday paper. One of the local places serves champagne at Sunday Brunch but I've nev... Read more

  • Frustration abounds - potential inspiration provided- and apologies are in order!

    3/15/2015 6:30:00 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Gawd, I just HATE technology - just learned that a lot of desired spark messages were incorrectly sent to my spam folder - including a few "friendings" - I like to respond in kind to them ASAP, so this unfortunate situation really has my blood boiling! Between this and another aggravating situa... Read more

  • March 14 Blessing and Joke

    3/14/2015 5:10:21 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    My All-Time Favorite St. Paddy's Maxine 126 "May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. 67 335 May songbirds serenade your every step along the way. 185 437 May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. 137 137 And may happiness fill... Read more

  • Not a bad "Friday the 13th".......

    3/14/2015 6:58:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .........smooth, pleasant - no issues - I'll take that! 104 224 Have to go out and do a few things - in a bit of a nasty rain situation - but at least it's not SNOW or ICE - I'll take that, too! 104 224 Having some issues with trouble relaxing, though - it's lik... Read more

  • Lots of Walking

    3/14/2015 6:44:40 AM, by WIDELOADROAD

    I recently started working on a job site that requires a LOT of walking. At first, I thought this would really be a bummer. Moving this much weight around isn't the easiest thing to do in the world. Fortunately though, I've been working out a lot leading up to this and the walking has worked to m... Read more


    3/13/2015 4:23:36 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Friday musings.......

    3/13/2015 4:59:34 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Computer is acting better than yesterday - it appeared at one point that I had actually LOST basic items that I had the day before - NOT a good thing! Today, however, things are much smoother (which was crucial today since this is my traditional banking and finance day) - what a relief! 198 ... Read more


    3/12/2015 12:25:28 PM, by ICECUB


  • sheesh!

    3/12/2015 5:08:08 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Still being bogged down with slow computer issues (though this morning was *slightly* better)...........survived an evening out (not as stressful as I feared - and that's *always* a good thing!)..........followed up on one promise and started preliminary work on another I'll be pl... Read more

  • NASTY scare :(

    3/10/2015 5:06:07 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ........involving missing keys :( :( :( - did find them (thankfully, through sheer providence, old-school detective work and a certain feature).........still, this shook me to the core - seems that there's one part of my "organizational package" that still eludes me in terms of keeping my act togeth... Read more

  • Monday March 9th Blessing and Joke

    3/9/2015 10:51:39 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    We are having lovely mild spring weather here but the wind is certainly not at my back. Had several short walks today because of knee problem but seemed like no matter which direction I walked, it was into the wind!!... Read more

  • Glad the weekend is behind me

    3/9/2015 10:02:08 AM, by GINIEMIE

    ONEKIDSMOM's blog Deep with in a cave spoke to me this morning. I've had a weekend. My struggles started when Erik became ill Wednesday afternoon and was in a desperate hurry to get home from the grocery store. He insisted on eating what he wanted and ended up losing it as soon as I went to bed... Read more


    3/9/2015 7:03:47 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    HORRIBLE weekend - but at least I *finally* turned the corner on the discomfort that laid me low for most of that time.........naturally, just in time for MONDAY! 198 Pretty much shut myself down yesterday - no computer time or venturing out of the house - forced myself to do 10 minutes ... Read more

  • Turning a nuisance into motivation

    3/9/2015 2:52:40 AM, by ALIIDA

    First I'll say I have no medical knowledge, except what I learn by Googling, so some of what I write here could be rubbish, but it's beside the point anyway. A year and a half ago, a blood test accidentally showed that my kidneys were under-functioning by quite a bit. I was taken completely by ... Read more

  • Maxine on Daylight Savings Time

    3/8/2015 12:47:37 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • :( :( :(

    3/7/2015 8:32:44 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Upset stomach AND heartburn overnight - still not 100% with the stomach 198 Had to redo an item to fix a potentially embarrassing mistake - I'm sure my lack of total wellness didn't help matters much 198 Have to do a quick errand that I couldn't do yesterday due to tech glitches - AGAI... Read more

  • March 6 Irish Blessing

    3/6/2015 7:10:39 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • "Hammered" again :(

    3/6/2015 5:11:41 AM, by RASPBERRY56, no - NOT booze - but that $#!@#@ "Thor" fella - sheesh! 198 Can't WAIT until I get back to the usual routines - as much as having the WFH option has been beneficial, the fact of the matter is that a regular office routine works a bit better for a few reasons (quicker network spe... Read more

  • Irish Blessing and Joke for March 5

    3/5/2015 10:14:57 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • NOTHING kills the ol' mood and "spirit".......

    3/5/2015 4:52:53 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ........or what may be called "spirit" (don't ask) - like waking up to learn your state is under a "STATE OF EMERGENCY"! Sheesh! AAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! 28 (to the nth degree!)... Read more

  • Hello, Again, Spark friends.

    3/4/2015 11:53:27 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Well, I don't know how complete my last blog was. I am currently in a rehab/nursing home. I had two surgeries, one on the 3rd, and one on the 17th. The rehabbing at home option wasn't the best for me, so this time I am in this care center, and will be probably for two to four more weeks. Some o... Read more

  • Near the end of a year off work

    3/4/2015 6:54:14 PM, by ALIIDA

    It sounds self-congratulatory, but what the heck! In my one year off work I've done pretty much everything I set out to do. I'll be back at work in early April. My goals were to: Lose weight and exercise. Travel. Develop hobbies (I didn't really have any.) Sort out our apartment and get o... Read more

  • March 4th and the sun is shining!

    3/4/2015 12:56:10 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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    3/4/2015 7:01:38 AM, by RASPBERRY56

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  • Windy/windchill below zero March 3rd

    3/3/2015 9:00:16 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Disheartened......

    3/3/2015 6:54:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a bit of a shocking "reality check" yesterday - hopefully this will be smoothed over as best as possible on my end ........ even though I was briefly assured, I still have a sense of discomfort (there was another "parallel" issue that also has me wondering about things).........needless to say, ... Read more

  • Snowy March 2nd

    3/2/2015 7:00:42 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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    3/2/2015 5:05:04 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    'Nuff said! 198... Read more

  • Irish Blessing and Joke

    3/1/2015 10:23:07 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Last year I found 17 Irish Blessings to share in my blog. This year I'm going to share those same Irish Blessings and try to add in a good joke! Wish me luck! 438 137 Let's MARCH into the new month with an enthusiastic "We CAN Do It" commitment, dedication and perseverance towards our combined... Read more