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Day 250 - Vacation's Over! (Just Kidding)
Thursday, August 06, 2015      14 comments

Wow, I hit my 250-day streak today of logging into SP and getting my fitness activities in. These streaks are such an important motivating factor, and I love getting all the email notifications from SparkFriends liking my accomplishments! I don'... Read more
Day 249 - Vacation Time!
Wednesday, August 05, 2015      10 comments

We had a great vacation day today. Steve was off, and we (well, he started, and then I jumped in to help) got the basement reorganized, and he emptied out the junk that was in the shed. We moved our potting table into the shed, and it turned out... Read more
Day 248 - Stye Me'd
Tuesday, August 04, 2015      11 comments

I worked a half day this morning at Habitat finishing up the last little bit of work I had to do. I did a hand-off with Tammy and went over some of the website administration stuff. I had a very brief chat with Richard, where he wished me well a... Read more
Day 247 - The Beginning of the End
Tuesday, August 04, 2015      14 comments

I had a meeting this morning with Richard and Tammy to go over the things Richard wanted me to get done before I left. He said if I got everything done, then I was free to go earlier if I wanted. (This is code for "I need to save payroll, get ou... Read more
Day 246 - The Rocky Fire
Sunday, August 02, 2015      12 comments

Sunday is usually the day I post my gratitude blog, but right now I am simply grateful to be safe right now. So this is my expression of gratefulness today. What started out as a small blaze on Wednesday afternoon has ballooned into a huge ... Read more
Day 245 - Revealing Myself and Being Brave
Saturday, August 01, 2015      19 comments

In honor of my friend HDEGMD's post about bravery, here's my latest round of photos. It has been about 3 months since I last posted pictures of my new body. It isn't as terrifying as it used to be to think about posting these. I remember last De... Read more
Day 244 - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Friday, July 31, 2015      15 comments

The fire continues to burn up here - we have seen fire trucks from Southern California that have come up to help fight the blaze. We are very grateful. I took the day off from work to go down to Santa Rosa with Steve to do some clothes shop... Read more
Day 243 - The New Job!
Thursday, July 30, 2015      16 comments

I got the call at 2pm this afternoon, just before I was going to meet with Richard to get my 4-month review from him. It was the Dean at the community college offering me the job as the new Campus Operations Director. She kept saying "If you dec... Read more
Day 242 - Word Salad
Wednesday, July 29, 2015      13 comments

This is going to be a fairly random post, but I'm finding that I have less patience for people who make rather epic spelling and grammar errors in their writing. It really has gotten out of hand. Our next door neighbor has published a book.... Read more
Day 241 - Cardio Day
Tuesday, July 28, 2015      12 comments

This morning, I had a couple people ask me what kind of cardio I do. So I decided to write about it. I've talked about the Focus T25 routines before, but it never hurts to remind people about how effective they are. First off, here's a brie... Read more
Day 240 - Round 2
Monday, July 27, 2015      15 comments

The second interview for the community college position went very well today. This morning at 8:30 I met with the President and Vice President of the Woodland Community College (they supervise our campus in Clearlake as well as the Outreach Cent... Read more
Days 238 and 239 - Blessings and Gratitude
Sunday, July 26, 2015      12 comments

The celebration of life service for my Uncle Don was beautiful and moving. His best friend Don Bates (since they were 10 or 11 - a friendship that endured for over 70 years) told some really funny stories about them in their youth. Uncle Don was... Read more
Day 237 - Traveling
Friday, July 24, 2015      9 comments

I'm sitting in the airport in Minneapolis waiting for my flight to Grand Rapids. I'm spending tonight and tomorrow night with my friend Sonja and her family. Her son Nathaniel is going to our Alma mater this fall. I'm eager to hear his plans and... Read more
Day 236.5 - Second Interview
Thursday, July 23, 2015      14 comments

I got a call about 5:30pm local time from the HR department at the college. I made the final cut, and will be going for the second interview on Monday at 8:30am. Thanks for all the prayers, candles, positive vibes, good thoughts, and energ... Read more
Day 236 - The Birthday and the Interview
Thursday, July 23, 2015      15 comments

I am having the BEST birthday today! We had a delightful evening at the Mexican restaurant in Finley last night. Good conversation, good food, and good margaritas! I still stayed within my calorie range (as best as I could figure) and watched my... Read more

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