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Cooking Peace Corps style.
Monday, September 22, 2014      1 comments

I was fortunate to find an apartment in my town while serving in the Peace Corps. Problem was, it had no refrigerator or stove. A co-worker lent me a small fridge and I just went out and bought a two burner counter top. Unfortunately, I can o... Read more
Peace Corps again!
Thursday, September 11, 2014      0 comments

I've been a way from SP for a while. My life has been in a whirl since April when I accepted a position with Peace Corps Response. Since May, I've quit my job, moved out of my condo and moved to another country. This is my second spin... Read more
Hiking boots as inspiration!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014      2 comments

I am a finalist for an amazing job in a tropical country. I don't want to give details at the moment for fear of jinxing it. Even if I don't get this job, I will be traveling internationally in the next few months. Regardless of what happens,... Read more
Saturday, April 19, 2014      4 comments

I really do not like Starbucks at all (too many reasons to mention). I tend to patronize our incredible local coffee houses. As a teacher, I receive a lot of gift cards over the holidays. Many students opt for coffee since they know I enjoy i... Read more
Easter Baskets
Friday, April 18, 2014      7 comments

I do not have my own children but I have five godchildren. I love creating Easter baskets for them but then obviously I am confronted by all those temptations. I went to Target last week and went a little crazy. I came home and realized t... Read more
So salty!
Thursday, April 17, 2014      2 comments

Okay so I'm playing on words here. If you are a bit "older" or less urban, you may not know "salty" has been around for a long time among urban teenagers to mean "you're wrong." I'm sure it has seeped into the suburbs/small towns too. ... Read more
Next trophy level...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014      6 comments

I am just over 500 points away from Level 16. I find it amusing that I find getting points to be fun and motivating. Like many of you, I care about keeping my Spark streaks going. lol As I close in on a trophy, I'm always much more activ... Read more
WOW! You look great!!
Saturday, April 12, 2014      3 comments

Yesterday I saw a friend of mine that I don't get to see very often. He is very happily retired and traveling the world. He is a fellow teacher, though, and fills in at my school when one of us in our department needs assistance. A colleague ... Read more
Exercising in bad weather.
Sunday, March 30, 2014      3 comments

The weather here has been in the 30s. Normally I would walk in that weather but the last few weeks I've been battling a bad case of bronchitis. Thankfully, it is almost gone. Still, sudden changes in temps (like going inside to outside) have ... Read more
The word "Diet"
Saturday, March 29, 2014      3 comments

Our diet is simply the food that we eat. Still it's a loaded term for me. I hear "diet" and I think of deprivation and the obsession of my mom, aunts and grandmother to lose weight during my childhood. I was raised with the baggage of eve... Read more
Fat Chick Fashion
Monday, March 24, 2014      3 comments

Yesterday I thought I'd stop at Kohl's and pick up a new spring blouse or two to liven up my wardrobe. I rarely shop since I still have a size or two down in my closet. What a frustrating experience. First of all it irritates me so much w... Read more
Life Changes for a workaholic
Wednesday, March 19, 2014      2 comments

After 19 years of teaching, I gave notice to my school district that I would be leaving my job. Since then, life has been a roller coaster. A local newspaper featured my story because I've been a very involved and dedicated teacher. Forme... Read more
Stomach Virus Weight Loss
Wednesday, January 15, 2014      1 comments

I've been away for a while and am glad to be back. Since the holidays, I've been re-dedicating myself to eating better. Honestly, I was doing well but struggling a bit with sugar. Four days ago, I developed a terrible stomach virus. M... Read more
Joy Journey Days 21-30
Monday, September 02, 2013      3 comments

See my previous posts about my Joy Journey! Day 21 20. Set a goal, then reach it. My goal is to lose 10 pounds by the end of September. You all can understand it. ... Read more
Joy Journey Days 12-20
Saturday, August 24, 2013      2 comments

See my two previous blog posts about my Joy Journey! Day 12 Discover a new smell. I love what I find in my organic food cooperative. This one is a blend of citrus, eucalyptus and tea tree. ... Read more

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