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Over 2 years ago I posted a blog asking “Who are these people who always get 100% in Spark Trivia?”
Monday, November 24, 2014      16 comments

I was lucky to see a “passing” grade. On the scoreboard you would have to scroll 50 to 80 pages to find my name. I persisted for quite a long time. I know I could have googled the information before answering a question, but it was a pe... Read more
Gee, Eileen got FAT! - Remembering a Thanksgiving Day comment.
Friday, November 21, 2014      18 comments

It was a family dinner sometime back in the 1980s and that observation was loudly expressed by my aunt. I’m pondering that memory today for several reasons. Thanksgiving week marks 5 years of maintenance for me. A Spark email th... Read more
My “brush” with an SUV
Wednesday, November 19, 2014      18 comments

What’s going on? For the 2nd time in a week a driver almost ran me down. Last time while on her cell phone, the woman didn’t even notice me. This time the driver saw me and either couldn’t judge distance or just didn’t care. Here’s the l... Read more
Sometimes you just gotta eat the cheesecake - Choices for 4 days on the road
Monday, November 17, 2014      21 comments

This was a combination trip for us. We drove to the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina to: Check on my 94 year old MIL in her assisted living facility At MIL’s request, visit the old family vacation/retirement cabin a few h... Read more
Unintended consequences of technology
Wednesday, November 12, 2014      23 comments

My daughter got her first mobile phone in 1994. It was called a “car phone” back then and it was huge. Her new husband bought it for her since she had to drive 1 hour to work along country roads which were very deserted in the early morning. ... Read more
My very long, extremely productive, spark filled day
Sunday, November 09, 2014      20 comments

It actually began Friday afternoon when I read an email from my favorite running store about a sudden “flash sale.” I planned to visit them at some point anyway and this seemed like a personal invitation. DH decided to come with me and com... Read more
I must be the only person who does not own or want to wear jeans
Friday, November 07, 2014      22 comments

It’s not because I’m old. I haven’t owned a pair since 1975. That’s when the 60s officially ended for me. At that point I was a mother of 3. So many articles and blogs talk about getting back into those “skinny” jeans. I don’t covet any... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts 4 Billion Spark Points? I’m watching a milestone achievement right now in real time.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014      152 comments

I’m referring to the counter on the Spark Points page. It’s like watching my car’s odometer as it approaches 200,000 miles. I like seeing my own spark points add up. I like observing how many cumulative points my teams are earning.... Read more
Remember the movie “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers?”
Friday, October 31, 2014      16 comments

This is one scary vegetable to appear on Halloween. It triggered a memory of the “pod people” from the 1950s version of the movie that freaked me out as a kid. DH ... Read more
Is this a Halloween decoration? No, just me cleaning out closets.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014      28 comments

It’s getting colder and my hands are the first part of my body to freeze. I always need to have gloves with me when running or walking or just running errands. Abo... Read more
I’m the mother of a 5k Masters Champ. 1st place trophy for me too (65-69)
Saturday, October 25, 2014      30 comments

Here we are after the “I am Woman 5k” in Lynchburg, VA this morning. What a wonderful atmosphere! 600 women of all ages, shapes and sizes, running and walking for a go... Read more
Do restaurants take advantage of “healthy eaters?”
Friday, October 24, 2014      26 comments

Because of a sudden unexpected trip, my last 6 meals were on the road. This included take-out food since no one was cooking given the circumstances of our visit. The further south you go, the fewer healthy choices I found. This is t... Read more
Run cut short by smoke and grass
Wednesday, October 22, 2014      18 comments

Those are 2 separate things in case a quick misreading led you to think I was smoking grass. Come to think of it, isn’t “grass” an antiquated term now? I’m showing my age. Anyway, I went out for a run specifically seeking a hilly route. T... Read more
Exactly 57 years ago in 1957 – a weird anniversary to remember
Monday, October 20, 2014      22 comments

When I noticed the date this morning, I had an odd feeling that it was significant. October 20th? What was special about that? Then I remembered. It was a Sunday morning and I was spending the weekend with my parents in a small town in P... Read more
Multi-level vs. 1 floor living
Sunday, October 19, 2014      23 comments

When we were looking for a retirement home, realtors directed us mostly to ranch style houses for “one floor living.” Conventional wisdom advises that as we get older, climbing stairs will be difficult or impossible. That made sense exce... Read more

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