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Great New Breakfast, Criminal Court and What I've Learned on SP lately (the best is last)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

1. Here's my great new breakfast: a packet of low sugar maple and brown sugar oatmeal, moistened with a bit of water and nuked for 45 seconds. Now wait, that is not all. To the oatmeal I add 1/2 cup of Chobani vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt and a 1 ounce box of raisins. Incredible! Protein, nutritious grains, fruit and dairy.

2. I really didn't want to go to Criminal Court today. I though it was going to be to be interviewed to be a juror. I was wrong! I had no need to send in a medical excuse so once I was there, I was picked!

Parking seemed a mile away. Good for me, I know. Of course, everyone had to pass through security...separate lines depending on your gender.

Then when we entered this enormous room, we were given a juror sticker to affix and a ticket with a panel number on it. My number was 40.

After a short video we were allowed to just sit...or walk...or sleep. We could do anything as long as we kept the volume on electronic devices off and didn't talk too loudly. There were separate areas of the room to use for talking on your cell and two of the corners had drink and snack machines. There were restrooms that would have been more than adequate if they had ventilation.

Morning passed with no panel being called. Lunch was 1 1/2 hours...3 panels called in the afternoon. The rest of us got to go home about 2:45 P.M.

3. What I Have Learned Lately on Spark People:

a. I had seen the Food Groupings on the Nutrition Tracker and even read mention of it. I kept meaning to try it, but didn't want the complication. After we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant again, I decided to give it a try. It's great! It couldn't be easier, and if there are foods you routinely eat in combination, I highly recommend it.

b. I found out I can actually win lots of points on the log-in wheel TWO DAYS IN A ROW (25 and 20). I definitely won't forget that from now on. (One of my Spark friends spun a 1,000!)

c. I am a member of the Toastmasters Spark team and the Toastmasters International organization. I am giving a speech on...you guessed it...tomorrow night. It is from an advanced manual out of which I'm working, "The Stroyteller's Manual." It is an 8-10 minute speech that is to be a "Personal Story." My speech will be a personal story of Chris Downie and me!
I thought I was going to have to email the Team or scour the web to find articles, help, etc. You know, handouts and props. I DID NOT! They're all right there at the top of our page under "Spread the Spark."

I even printed, "You've been Sparked" cards. I took some to court today and actually Sparked 3 people. (They asked first. I was wearing my fuchsia SP shirt, you see.)

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    I love that you gave out cards. That is what I have been thinking I would do when I get to a point where people will notice and ask me what I've been doing. Good for you! Thanks for your comment on my blog post analogy about the SP Train. I appreciate your encouragement. Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon
    3988 days ago
    That breakfast sounds great...I'll definitely try it.
    3989 days ago
    What a great Spark spreader you are!!! I'd never have thought of making up card to take, of all places....court!!!

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    3991 days ago
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    Sorry about your court issue - what a bummer!

    I was a former Toastmaster "back in the day" - a coworker pretty much dragged me to a meeting - couldn't see the appeal, especially for the type of worker and personality that I was.....but once I got the hang of it I was hooked - made my CTM and served as club officer......sigh......those were the days.....now I've totally relapsed to "hermit" mode and am fighting to overcome that......
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    emoticon You had an awesome day. emoticon on giving out the Spark cards. emoticon
    3992 days ago
    Yum! Have added yogurt to oatmeal before...love it!

    Great topic to speak on...but then I might be a tad biased...lol!

    It's ALWAYS good to Spread the Spark! :-)

    3992 days ago
    Sounds like a great speech!
    3992 days ago
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