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  • My life

    10/23/2019 4:23:22 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Round one cardio workout today ... Read more

  • Home Sweet Home

    10/22/2019 10:16:30 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I’m home! I’m home! I’m home! From Charleston to Dallas is about a 3 hour flight, and then from Dallas to San Antonio is about an hour flight, and then the drive home was about another hour drive.... but I’m home! And I get to sleep in my own bed! Happy! Happy! Oh, Joy! oh Frabjous Day! An... Read more

  • My life

    10/22/2019 8:49:09 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Today I did rowing 20 minutes weights workout 60 minutes floor workout 40 minutes ... Read more

  • My life

    10/22/2019 8:48:59 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Today I did rowing 20 minutes weights workout 60 minutes floor workout 40 minutes ... Read more

  • Leisurely Day

    10/21/2019 6:24:14 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My hostess had to leave early to go to work, but she assured me that I would be welcome to “sleep in”, which I did, and I have felt refreshed and rejuvenated all day. I SHOULD have gone to the grocery store and gotten the fixings for a good dinner, but instead I think I’ll treat us to dinner ou... Read more

  • Ending the Wedding With a Bang

    10/20/2019 9:29:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My big family’s Albanian wedding in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ran long last night... with MORE Albanian line dancing (which was a lot of fun) and contemporary American dance music and moves (which were also a lot of fun ) and the most AMAZING and delicious 4-5 course meal, which followed fabulou... Read more

  • My life

    10/20/2019 8:05:44 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Today I did a 140 minute elliptical workout ... Read more

  • More Albanian Wedding Observations

    10/20/2019 12:49:24 AM, by MCJULIEO

    The basic premise: my all American niece married an all American seeming, but actually an Albanian born but has become an American husband , and all his relatives (and he has a LOT) have come to celebrate with us..... some came all the way from Albania... some came from various pockets of Albania in... Read more

  • Never Seen Such a Thing!

    10/19/2019 12:00:36 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s family featured dancing.... lots of dancing! Albanian line dancing is a lot like the dancing in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.. only louder.... and faster.... And there was baklava for dessert.... which I ate only a part of a piece....... Read more

  • My life

    10/18/2019 9:01:27 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My cardio workout today ... Read more

  • Chronic Pain......suggestion/s

    10/18/2019 12:48:19 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    I wonder if Sparkpeople has a group specific to Chronic Pain. Here is another reading idea.... Read more

  • Oct 18 Final day .... for now

    10/18/2019 12:10:23 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    My husband and I meet with the doctor that "wraps up" the week of tests and appointments. I was very fortunate to get this particular doctor. The summary was : they see a benefit for me to get into an extensive pain rehabilitation program. It cost a lot of money and insurance company, if approv... Read more

  • Oct 17th MORE GOOD NEWS

    10/18/2019 11:58:56 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    So the Mayo Clinic is fantastic. Repeat tests that would normally take me weeks to get done and results back took only days and results in a couple hours ( directly from the interpreting doctor ). No relief from the pain because it is from an old injury. But, I don't have any worsening conditio... Read more

  • Oct 16th More tests and appointments, but so grateful

    10/18/2019 11:48:40 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Needed more imagine for something and yesterday appointment was filled with good news and education. The flowers my husband gave me for my birthday is still brightening up the hotel room. I brought my instapot and spices/food with me to the hotel. I am grateful I got a room with a small food ... Read more

  • Oct 15th SUPER BUSY - Paused to enjoy the beauty around me

    10/18/2019 11:37:38 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Heading to bloodwork (early morning) then appointments and tests all day. Finally got back to room close to 5pm. I hadn't eaten since 6pm Monday. I was running late for every appointment until the very last appointment. I was 10 minutes prior to appointed time so took a breath in that final wai... Read more

  • A little goes a long way

    10/18/2019 11:30:22 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Carrot cake, my favorite. Birthday cake icing too. I was about to start my 12 hour fast prior to blood test so I had a small slice from the 10 oz cake. It was perfect. I enjoyed it as much or maybe more than eating the whole 10 oz cake. My blood tests???? Well, they didn't even have to measur... Read more

  • Family Events

    10/17/2019 10:56:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I’m in South Carolina, surrounded by family and soon-to-be family ...the wedding this weekend will link us to a large and loving clan mostly from Albania, some of whom braved their first airplane ride ever to get here for the festivities... and the groom’s mother has baked what sounds like several s... Read more

  • not even a cloche could help this mushy mess

    10/17/2019 9:46:25 PM, by APONI_KB

    We made stir fry tonight. I've experimented with ways to still have stir fry without going off the healthy eating rails. What doesn't work - I chopped up chicken and tossed it in a wok with some simmering chicken broth and white wine. I was trying not to use oil but the chicken is cooked... Read more

  • Sparkblog Thursday 10/17/19 misc thoughts

    10/17/2019 3:36:11 PM, by MAW_OH

    Good Afternoon Sparkpeople!! I am in the process of regaining use of my left arm after the fall that broke not only my rotator cuff but also wiped out my HSA - and then some. Therapy x2 a week with arm exercises 2-3 x a day. I struggle with sleeping in a recliner - and will soon try a big foam w... Read more

  • My birthday: Bellybutton and 7 yes on Sparkpeople

    10/17/2019 10:08:14 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Busy day at the Mayo Clinic. So grateful for this opportunity to find answers and learn. I will post picture of the cake my daughter brought me. The flowers were from my wonderful husband... Read more

  • Change of Venue

    10/16/2019 5:23:00 PM, by MCJULIEO

    There is safety in staying home, and having all your standard support props in place for a successful lifestyle and eating plan.... But sometimes you just have to leave home and live life, even if it means straying from what seems comfortable and/or easy to live a healthy lifestyle... Speaking ... Read more

  • your "keys to life" literally make me chuckle

    10/16/2019 2:03:10 PM, by APONI_KB

    I could write a book on life in corporate America, but it might just undo a lot of expensive therapy so maybe not. 40 Earlier today I was working on something and suddenly remembered a couple of things that just made me laugh even though I played along because I was being a company woman... Read more

  • What a Day I Had!

    10/15/2019 11:15:32 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Have you ever felt like running away from home? I did, just today! The day started well enough, and I enjoyed a great Bible study, and then went to get a flu shot, which was fast, painless, and FREE, and then managed to find the perfect wedding present I was looking for, and a pair of black pum... Read more

  • More Bibliophilia

    10/14/2019 9:32:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Wasn’t it Walt Disney who said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”? So many books, so little time! Has this ever happened to you? Thanks to the Friends of the Library Booksale, I should be ready for a hurricane, a blizzard, a coup, a tornado, and a vacation, one right after anoth... Read more

  • A Few Thoughts on Bibliophilia

    10/13/2019 11:26:25 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Libraries are Bibliophiles’ candy store.... only cheaper... Reading- good for whatever ails ya’........ Read more

  • Sunday 10/13 to Mayo Clinic

    10/13/2019 10:29:43 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Stopped by daughter's house at University on the way to Minnesota. We had French toast made from my homemade habanero sourdough bread. It was great seeing her. She gave me a pretty pink Healthy Human tumbler for my birthday. Then Amber drives nearly 3 hours to come see me. She bought me a mini... Read more

  • Book Sale Finale

    10/12/2019 9:55:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    After some intense book shopping, the Friends of the Library closed their regular sale only to re-open for our All-You-Can-Fit-Into-a-Paper-B
    ag-for-$5-Sale, which is when the Real Bookaholics show up... Well, I have a bunch of photos, but I can’t get them to post... I will try later..... Read more

  • I Am Not The Only One!!!

    10/11/2019 11:01:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The Friends of the Library opened its doors to the public this morning, and there were a LOT of very happy people!!! And as one of the helpers who lugged books around for shoppers so that they could continue shopping unimpeded, I can say that I got a good workout in... And am ready t... Read more

  • My life

    10/11/2019 8:25:53 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My short cardio workout today ... Read more

  • Augusta swim stats

    10/11/2019 6:28:24 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    5,000 + yards. I surely enjoyed my time in my lane.... Read more

  • Thursday Oct 10th, 2019 Augusta Aquatics Center

    10/11/2019 6:26:03 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Over 5000 yards. Someone remembered me from several years ago. So beautiful water to swim in. My own lane the whole time.... Read more

  • Score!

    10/11/2019 12:20:42 AM, by MCJULIEO

    To a Bibliophile: There’s only one thing Better than finding a really great book, ... and that’s finding more than one! My total tab at the Friends of the Library Annual Booksale is rising and rising! Dern straight! Can you identify with this? The Friends have been preparing t... Read more

  • cleaning HOUSE

    10/10/2019 11:59:03 AM, by APONI_KB

    Literally, I'm on a cleaning frenzy. I have a webinar at 3:00 so my deal to me is... if I get everything done that I want done I'll sit out on the deck for the webinar then again even if I don't get everything done, I'm still going to sit on the deck for the webinar the advantage... Read more

  • Oh, Goodie!

    10/9/2019 10:20:41 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This week I’m volunteering with the Friends of the Library as they are working feverishly to get all their books (and other stuff) ready for their annual book sale.... “Dinosaurs didn’t read and now they’re extinct. Thank goodness the thesaurus survived”.... I spent much of the day working on get... Read more

  • My life

    10/9/2019 7:18:34 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My round two cardio workouts ... Read more

  • Celebrating Books

    10/8/2019 11:04:53 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The preparation for the Annual Friends of the LibraryBook Sale progressed to our local civic center, and we unpacked boxes all day.... and all day tomorrow... and almost all day Thursday until the Members’Sneak Peek Night kicks off the sale.... Love it! Love it! Love ... Read more

  • My life

    10/8/2019 8:50:32 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Took a day off ... Read more

  • my free lizard has now cost upward of $100

    10/8/2019 5:44:59 PM, by APONI_KB

    It all started about a week ago when I was talking on the phone and sort of wandering around the house like you do. maybe that's just me I saw a bright green lizard sitting on the windowsill - inside the dining room. I went back after I got off the phone and didn't see it. maybe I n... Read more

  • Happening All OVER AGAIN OMG

    10/8/2019 2:13:02 PM, by FITINSPIREBABE

    i meant to blog last weekend but just got pushed back to the back-burner with everything i was doing : saturday - double spin 3hrs 36secs 44.5 miles then ran 1.3 miles Sunday fun day lol - slow burn yoga 1hr then ran 46.16 mins 4.08miles The reason why i wanted to do a double spin was to not ... Read more

  • Some Days

    10/7/2019 9:44:20 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Some days you find yourself caught between competing obligations, and you just need to take a break and focus on something entirely different... Today was one of those days! I didn’t go swim. I ate (healthy) leftovers. I dealt with. A lot of problems by phone. And I managed to not get too ... Read more

  • My life

    10/7/2019 5:24:53 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My cardio workout today ... Read more

  • confessions of a lamplighting victim

    10/7/2019 12:50:08 PM, by APONI_KB

    I remember hearing about lamplighting and it just never made sense. Let me see if I understand this correctly, someone gets inside your head to the point that you start doubting things that you saw with your own eyes and really questioning your sanity. Who could possibly let someone into their ... Read more

  • Optical Illusions (Creativity)

    10/6/2019 11:33:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    If you just happen to have spare pair of legs, you can become a contortionist for Halloween! I just never get tired of these optical illusion costumes... isn’t this fun! And, having lived through a number of newsworthy “weather incidents”, I just couldn’t help admiring this wonderful ju... Read more

  • My life

    10/6/2019 7:38:37 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Today we do cardio workout ... Read more

  • October 6th. SUPER8

    10/6/2019 8:20:20 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Drove just under 500 miles into our roadtrip to Augusta. Hoping to be @ Mary's this afternoon... Read more

  • Happy Birthday, Texas A&M!

    10/5/2019 10:43:42 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Texas A&M University, the first public institution of higher learning established in Texas, observes its 140th birthday today, Oct. 4. When Texas A&M opened on Oct. 4 in 1876 as the state’s land-grant college, it had precious few students—by some accounts only eight on that first day of clas... Read more

  • Classic Movies

    10/5/2019 12:24:38 AM, by MCJULIEO

    One of the beautiful things about aging (Note: I don’t say getting “old”; I say “vintage”) is that you can (I can) remember reading books and seeing movies that I don’t mind reading or seeing again.... like reading Pride and Prejudice or classic Agatha Christie ... they just don’t get old! I h... Read more

  • October 4th...1st October Friday

    10/5/2019 12:09:43 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    3 miles. Wearing jeans was not the smartest choice, but happy to get in some exercise today. No swimming today. Saw Costco Gary biking. Not many people walking nor biking, but the few were nice and talkative.... Read more

  • My life

    10/4/2019 3:06:25 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My cardio workout today ... Read more

  • Not a Hot-Roddin’ Mama

    10/3/2019 8:11:19 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Alerted to the sound of squealing tires, I looked around me as I turned a corner near my home.... I was alone...with no one else around! Later I heard it again..... ME, AGAIN! Personally, I don’t think I drive like the “little old lady from Pasadena”, screeching around corners and leaving... Read more

  • My life

    10/3/2019 5:14:59 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Cardio workout today ... Read more

  • My life

    10/2/2019 3:41:41 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Round one cardio workouts today ... Read more

  • Ghostin

    10/2/2019 3:24:27 PM, by FITINSPIREBABE

    Its been a little over a year a and 3 months since i was last active on here. I had situations upraise and put me into an mess of splurging with a side of depression with anxiety. Ive also developed driving anxiety because of the area that i live in is getting worse road rage wise and because of ... Read more

  • National Neighborhood Night Out

    10/1/2019 11:09:18 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Apparently Texas, or maybe it’s just OUR part of Texas, has gone rogue as far as participating in National Night Out festivities at the usual time of August, and now consider the first Tuesday night in October as OUR official day... National Neighborhood Night Out is designed ostensibly to fos... Read more

  • So Creative!

    9/30/2019 10:47:06 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Did you know that you can simulate a rollercoaster rider in costume? (note that the legs are fake) Or even a whole row of a rollercoaster? Honestly, I’m just blown away by such creativity..... How about dressing as Peter Pan’s shadow? Have you ever seen such brilliance of minima... Read more

  • My life

    9/30/2019 8:34:14 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My senior picture now I’m a senior citizen... Read more

  • Saturday and Sunday ( last Sept weekend )

    9/30/2019 7:48:46 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Beautiful warm days for walking. I'm so grateful for the park being opened again. There is still a lot of clean up happening, but the amount of work accomplished is beyond my words. This picture is of a building that was about 1 foot away from completely being covered with flood waters after t... Read more

  • Blackberry Accounting: Security Log

    9/30/2019 5:06:13 PM, by APONI_KB

    Security Log - Sept 30, 2019 9:20 AM: fell asleep and did not notice anyone arrive until mom (without my approval) had allowed them into the house once alerted to the presence of intruders identified myself and read them their rights at 100 decibel level from the dining room suffered ... Read more

  • More County Fair Observations

    9/29/2019 11:07:56 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It’s hard to beat the county fair as a microcosm of our community, and though I spent only a short while looking around the fairgrounds yesterday, I saw some things I had never seen before LIKE this amazing portable urban chicken house The hipsters of central Texas love to grow... Read more

  • My life

    9/29/2019 8:10:24 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My cardio workout today ... Read more

  • Blue Ribbon Effort

    9/28/2019 10:34:14 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The county fair will end tomorrow, and my hometown will return to normal, or what passes as normal anyway.... But I got a blue ribbon for my book-page wreath in the Arts and Crafts division! I am so glad that I went down and entered... nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? ... Read more

  • My life

    9/28/2019 7:45:50 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Today I got a great water workout 1.5 miles swimming . Meeting a friend for lunch and cardio workout. Home with my beautiful wife and happy to be here ... Read more

  • Do You Take Issue With This?

    9/27/2019 2:28:35 PM, by MCJULIEO

    “If you have one true friend, you have more than your share.” Am I reading this wrong, or is this saying that no one deserves at least one true friend??? Having more than my share is a peculiar way to say this... I could more appropriately say, “If you have one true friend, you are t... Read more

  • My life

    9/26/2019 3:33:05 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    New workout bike working on it???... Read more

  • More Creative Stuff

    9/25/2019 10:50:42 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Busy day... a friend had outpatient surgery, and I was blessed to sit with her in recovery and transport her home again... In the meantime, I’m just enjoying all the creative costumes I’ve been seeing in Pinterest: who can resist these twins? a baby Oscar the Grouch with his own garbag... Read more

  • 9/25 no formal workout today...

    9/25/2019 4:49:09 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    I love, love, love working out. This day was another day of taking it easy. I will do something on my own at home, but I imagine mostly mild stretching and planks. My weight goes up and down but the trend is a slow decline, which is fabulous. I was happy to see this number on the scale so I t... Read more

  • Garth Brooksville!!!

    9/24/2019 10:46:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Gruene Hall, (pronounced “Green Hall”), one of the oldest and most famous honky-took/ dance halls in Texas is just down the road from my house... While Gruene Hall has been hosting Country-Western musicians for many, MANY years, and has launched many a career, including the very young... Read more

  • My life

    9/24/2019 5:07:41 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My cardio workout today ... Read more

  • Good swim today. Got the 👍from Old Man Chin

    9/24/2019 10:26:08 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    It started off difficult, but ended strong. 2000 yards + 🏊‍♀️... Read more

  • County Fair!

    9/23/2019 8:43:36 PM, by MCJULIEO

    There is hardly anything like a county fair to get a community excited, and even though my town is growing so fast that it has almost tripled in size in the last twenty years, it still retains much of a small town feel, and our county fair retains its appeal as a “community event”, with pre-school k... Read more