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Overcoming anxiety and just getting out there
Saturday, December 05, 2015      26 comments

There wasn't any serious reason for me to be anxious, but I was. Our town's annual 5K was at 8:30 this morning in 30 degree temps. It's a fun event held annually for the last 36 years. However, it is a killer course - very hilly - and I h... Read more
The Ultimate Official SP Life Challenge and me
Friday, November 27, 2015      20 comments

Yesterday Thanksgiving Day marked the first day of my 7th year of maintenance. Although I give total credit for my success to the motivation I receive by logging into SP each day, I don't usually participate in "challenges." I know they are ve... Read more
Getting dressed for a run in the dark - Oops!
Friday, November 20, 2015      14 comments

We're in Tennessee visiting MIL in the nursing home. We stay at the same Best Western every time. The staff is used to me running laps around the parking lot (1/3 mile around). This morning it was dark and DH was still asleep. These vi... Read more
An unexpected voice from France
Wednesday, November 18, 2015      16 comments

A few days ago while I and the rest of the world, were reeling from the horrific events in Paris, I received a surprise email from a stranger. As some of my spark friends know, my travels include walking in the footsteps of my Dad, a sail... Read more
If I hadn't found Spark People, where would I be now?
Thursday, November 12, 2015      27 comments

As I approach my 6 year anniversary in maintenance (ironically, Thanksgiving week), I have a different perspective on my journey. Of course I think about how my life has changed, but it's also important to recognize where I would be if I hadn'... Read more
Thinking of all veterans today, especially my Dad
Wednesday, November 11, 2015      13 comments

The first photo is in my Dad's WWII album and referenced in his diary. His ship the USS Philadelphia escorted President Truman to the Potsdam Conference to meet with Churchill and Stalin. Dad documented all his photos with labels. ... Read more
What to do when stranded in an airport?
Wednesday, November 04, 2015      18 comments

Measure the distance around the terminal and walk 6 miles. Not all at once, of course since I didn't want to attract security as a woman acting str... Read more
Do you remember Yugoslavia?
Sunday, October 25, 2015      16 comments

Capital Belgrade - controlled by Tito If yes, you must be at least 40 years old. 7 countries make up that area now - Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Kosovo. Unlike the "Velvet Divorce" that pe... Read more
Thoughts at the Border - Hungary to Croatia
Friday, October 23, 2015      17 comments

At 5:30 am all passengers were called to the ship's lobby for a "face check." This was different from the procedure familiar to us when sailing south on previous trips. Officials used to come on board and check the passports held at the desk. ... Read more
Sites of Germany that were new to us
Monday, October 19, 2015      19 comments

2 weeks in Germany & most evenings ended like this. No matter how often we travel to this part of the world, we always see something new. Like ... Read more
Berlin - the Good & the Horrific
Saturday, October 10, 2015      21 comments

This was our 3rd visit to Berlin so of course we saw the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island and the Octoberfest & reunification anniversary events that I described yesterday. ... Read more
Finally we sail on the Elbe!
Friday, October 09, 2015      20 comments

This is our ship stuck in Wittenburg, Germany by low water levels. We didn't miss anything since they put us in a Berlin hotel for 3 days. I... Read more
Water Water Everywhere except where we need it
Tuesday, October 06, 2015      11 comments

DH & I fled the east coast rain and flooding for Europe to cruise the Elbe and then the Danube to the Black Sea. Because of the warm winter last year and lack of snow, the Elbe is too low for the ship to sail. So we are seeing the sites by... Read more
Healthy and Fit vs Thin - a blog question that made me think this morning.
Monday, September 28, 2015      19 comments

Healthy and fit...healthy and fit. That mantra caused me to accept the extra weight I was gaining each year. Finally, I realized that I was healthy and fit before, so why did I have to drag around all those extra pounds now? Why didn't I just... Read more
My “sitting” injury – literally a pain in the butt!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015      17 comments

I’ve reported oddball injuries before. Tripping over a sidewalk planter while scanning ahead for the Cheesecake factory (frozen shoulder) Missing a step at Golden Corral as I scoped out the dessert buffet and twisting my knee. Dro... Read more

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