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New Week, New Activities & Friends

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Oh my! I haven't blogged for a while.

First the SP news.

I am going into Week 3. of the BLC 33- Determined Desert Tortoise. Week 1 emoticon 4#- due to the one night stand with the Costco Almond Scones. Week Two emoticon 2#.
I guess what they say is true - a slip of the lips, forever on the hips. It is NOT GOING to be forever, but it was a blip in the trend. LESSON LEARNED- Stay out of COSTCO! LOL

I finally got my Fitbit Tracker charged and working. I am averaging 2,000 steps per day which is a significant increase. Calories burned 8% more.

I have fallen down on my Nutrition tracking! I pretty much eat the same foods from week to week, and will continue to do so, and no more unplanned munchies!

The weather is getting warmer and that means longer walks, and pool time! emoticon
I missed my WII, and just got one off EBAY at a substantial savings! Granted now I need to noodle how to install it, but if I can put a bed together without written instructions, I am sure I can master this! I love the WII Fit programs. I am sure I can find a program that links the WII fit information with the FITBIT. If you know of the solutions, please leave a comment below.

As I have my morning coffee I set my intentions for the day/week.I am trying to stay balanced in my efforts. I got a little behind reading the SPARK blogs this week, and hope to do better in the upcoming weeks. But if it is a decision to be active or sit on the computer, sorry Sparkies, I love you dearly but can't spend more than an hour a day on SP activities.

House of Creativity

Today I opened up a Meetup for Tucson Writing Group. I was amazed when I checked a few minutes ago and already have 10 people signed up! The focus of this group is providing a forum and some basic Blogging 101 training and how to set up effective web sites inexpensively. I need to develop some hand outs for the first meeting. I am hoping the group consensus is for afternoon meetings, but as the facilitator of this new venture, I am going with majority rules. I learned a long time ago that you can't please all the people all the time.

As this Tucson Writing Group develops, then I am going to start a Creative Writing group that is geared toward the mechanics of story telling.

Bullet Journaling will be another group, and the final group ( I am allowed 4 without incurring another fee) is a SMALL BUSINESS SETUP group. I have had a lot of interest in that one, and will be putting this on my personal website that is still under development.

House of Friendship

As I have focused on putting more energy into my creative desires, it has opened my heart to new friendships. As I think about the friendships I have developed over the years, and the ones I have lost, it made me realize that to everything there is a season. I often wish there were better words to describe friends.

I have different levels of friends.
There are the ones that I am very close to, like siblings from another mother . These are the ones that have known me a long time, or at least our hearts have, and they like me anyway! We are comfortable in each others homes, and stay in touch, often. No judgements, just being appreciated for who we are. When someone from this group passes, it is as if someone has ripped a huge hole in your heart. It hurts, and after a while, it doesn't hurt so much and the memories become sweeter.

Then there are the ones that I feel close to, we share not only our trials and tribulations, but more importantly our celebrations. Most of these people I have met either through parenting activities, interest groups such as SPARKS. We stay in contact through the years, sometimes as seldom as the annual Christmas letter, or the occasional phone call. But when you call them, it is as if no time has passed since the last time you spoke. When they pass, it hurts.

Then there are acquaintances. Those are the ones you don't allow to see you cry or laugh hysterically. They may judge you, but you don't care. If they depart or end the friendship, it is a matter of life goes on. You are civil and friendly but haven't developed the trust because of the length of time, or perhaps a lapse of a small betrayal or judgement. Sometimes even members of our immediate family become members of the acquaintance club. There are rare instances of contact, and while you may be glad to see them, it wouldn't be difficult to reschedule the time for something else. If they pass, you send your condolences, and maybe play bridge that evening.

I am going to Disneyland over the Easter holiday. Yes, I am meeting a new friend. Or at least one I hope is going to be very close to. Time will tell.

Right now I am in a place of peace, and the journey to happy and healthy is continuing. I enjoy reading all your posts and encourage you to keep posting, especially if you are having a bit of a struggle. We can all use a little encouragement and support.

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    Hi, Sunny girl! I'm SO happy that you are moving along and embracing your many talents! You will make a bang up teacher. Full of spunk and orneriness and life experiences. The best of the best for sharing information. I'm also excited about your website...I've been thinking and thinking of something I could come up with if we close the consignment gallery. We have been there for 7 years now and this year was by far dismal in the sales category. I've also found out that I have less and less patience with people who want beautiful high-end furniture but expect to get it for garage sale pricing. Not my idea of a great business model. I am working on a consignment book about selecting great items for really reasonable pricing and the ins and outs of working the biz.

    The problem is... working 6 days a week doesn't give me much writing time. Blah! emoticon

    We also have the constant worry about the fraudulent foreclosure action against us that has zapped my energy in researching every document and uncovering all of the fraud committed against us by the stinkin' bank. Talk about the mafia...that's EXACTLY who these bankers are Sunny!

    This horrific situation with these illegal foreclosures has resulted in the biggest land grab from homeowners since stealing land from the Indians. It's sorrowful and demoralizing...but what are you going to do?...just lay over and play dead? I don't go down easy. But the toll is nevertheless stressful. It's like living in purgatory...nothing ever changes and we feel pretty crippled with the whole sad situation. emoticon

    1489 days ago
    WOW! Congratulations on your fabulous adventures--doing well with increasing your steps/activity. You are also so blessed with some amazing classroom opportunities, and I'm just thrilled for you. Can't wait to hear how it goes!
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    and I like Gramma Moses--- Lynda
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  • SHARON10002
    Love your sense of humor Sunny! I like the characterization of friends - nicely said. I am not one who has many friends, but the few I have are tried and true - just like family. Your workshops sound interesting,and I'm sure will keep you busy! I haven't been to Disneyland. I am do glad you are getting the chance to go. I'm sure you will be getting excited as you plan all of the possibilities that you will have while there!
    1534 days ago
    Glad you blogged. Sounds like a happy, creative, full life. I have often categorized the folks I know much as your different types of friends, so I enjoyed reading about that.
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  • GRACED777
    It sounds like you're enjoying and being very productive in this season. I'm glad! emoticon emoticon
    1534 days ago
    It sounds like you have a very exciting life with lots of things going for you and how fun that you get to go to Disneyland!.. Nice to hear from you because I know you haven't been able to blog for a while.
    Have a good week coming up !.. emoticon
    1534 days ago
    I have missed yer blogs--- nice yu are back at it again--I enjoy reading aboutchu-Lynda
    1534 days ago
    Disneyland sounds great! Enjoy the planning!! And so true about the different levels of friends. Thanks for all of the courage and support you give everyone here on Spark!!!
    1537 days ago
    I related to so much you wrote. I was laughing at the 'one night stand" with the scone. We have similar senses of humor! I also related to your discussion of friendships. I have old friends from my youth or college who I rarely see or talk to, but when we reconnect it is as if no time has passed and I end up laughing so much my stomach hurts (in a good way).! One of the lovely things about being active at my kids' school is I am around so many potential friends. I have made all different levels of friendship and have learned some hard lessons where as I got to know the person better I put the person on the acquaintance shelf to protect my sanity. They had shown they were not 'safe" people, but we still chit chat now and then. It's such a beautiful thing when you find out someone is safe and funny and you get eachother!
    1539 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Your meetup group sounds fascinating. I would join if I lived near you. Enjoy Disneyland.
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    You are doing great things and I'm so proud of your strength and vision. You know how to make it happen and obviously are very creative. I'm happy for you!

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    Wishing you the emoticon in every area of your Life! emoticon
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    I hope everything goes well for you - on ALL fronts! This sounds very exciting!
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  • SUNSHINE5268
    Your life sounds sooooooooooooooooooo EXCITING wow!!!!! you GO girl!!!

    love the section on different kinds of friends... you young lady are VERY wise :-)

    1541 days ago
    It sounds like you have a lot of really fun things going on in your life. Your creative writing group sounds like it will be a blast. I love how you describe where you are at right now. Wishing you joy in your journey.
    1541 days ago
    It is cool you are getting so active. I do miss how your home is coming along, etc but it is also cool you are getting involved with flesh groups,flesh friends, etc
    1541 days ago
  • LSIG14
    So glad to see a new blog from you but I sure understand the need to limit computer time. Sometimes I find myself still sitting at the computer at noon when I should've been up and moving - and then I kick myself when my weight shows it! I love Spark People but sometimes it becomes overwhelming when you feel obligated to respond to everyone's posts! It sounds like you really are doing great (except for a minor but understandable lapse.) Have a great time with your new friend, and blog whenever you have time!
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    Comment edited on: 1/29/2017 7:18:31 PM
    I love how you explained different kinds of friends. I have dog friends, social friends, spark friends, family friends, and neighbor friends. Different levels, all different types and what I don't have toxic friends. I just don't do well with them.
    I think it is wonderful that you have begun a meet up group. I would join it if I lived in Tucson. That way we could really get to know each other Sunny! ;o)
    1541 days ago
    I had missed you blogs! Thank you for going back to them! I am glad you are doing so well!
    1541 days ago
    Loved your post. The writing club sounds wonderful! emoticon
    1541 days ago
    You sound very happy, and I'm happy for you in your new life full of all these fun-sounding activities.

    You can assemble a bed without written instructions?! Sunny, you are way out of my can't-put-together-a-simple-bookshe
    lf league! I'm in awe! And you can do all those other practical and creative things, too! So glad you're enjoying life!
    1541 days ago
    I am glad to see a blog from you. My great nephew has gone missing and I find that I am filling myself with food due to the emotions of it. I have written two blogs about it.

    I would have never thought that this would happen to my family.

    I am glad that you are focusing on making groups and that you are going to Disneyland. You have a full life!
    1541 days ago
    So happy to see you post! Great to read a quick catch-up from you. And this made me laugh out loud:
    "one night stand with the Costco Almond Scones"

    I LOVE that turn of phrase. I laughed so hard!!! Glad it's coming back off.
    1541 days ago
    You sound happy and I am happy for you. That's awesome that you are getting involved in a passion of yours.

    Wishing you good luck w/your groups

    1541 days ago
    Love how active you are being! You go girl! emoticon
    If you find a way to connect the Fitbit to the Wii Fit, let me know! I haven't figured that one out, wasn't sure if you could.
    Love your description of friends. emoticon
    Awesome progress with your steps and calories burned! emoticon
    You're doing great! emoticon
    1541 days ago
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