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[28 May 2014|08:51am]
Maggie from today.....

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Diet Update..... [28 May 2014|08:36am]
Well, it's been a couple of weeks since I have stopped in to report here.
Last week was a gain. :(
Then I weighed in yesterday thinking that was my weigh day. Oops, it's Wednesdays. :p Well, yesterday was another gain. :(
So I got on the scale again this morning and surpringly/shockingly, I actually came down some. It's still again from my low of a couple of weeks ago, but it's better then what it had been from last week, and yesterday.
So, YAY.......


Today's Weight: 226.4 lbs

Gain for the Week: + 0.6 lbs

Total Lost: - 27.2 lbs
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Diet Update..... [14 May 2014|08:38am]
I had another great week.
Maybe my little walks with Maggie are helping? :p


Today's Weight: 225.8 lbs

Lost for the Week: - 4.2 lbs

Total Lost: - 27.8 lbs
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Diet Update..... [07 May 2014|09:24am]
DRAT!!!!!

Carbs are EVIL...
Last weekend I stopped at the Farmers Market and got some homemade bread and some lefse.
I guess I have over did it in enjoying them. :(

Today's Weight: 230.0 lbs

Gained for the Week: + 1.4 lbs

Total Lost: - 23.6 lbs
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Book Reading..... [04 May 2014|04:23am]
I finished reading book No. 15 the other night at work.
I read Moon River and Me by Andy Williams.
It's the autobiography of Mr. Williams, and what a life he had. Born in a small town in Iowa and went on to become an international sensation. He started as a singer with his brothers. Eventually made it to Hollywood and made a few forgettable movies. The brothers eventually broke up and Andy continued on as a singer. He hit rock bottom before growing his career again. He had a huge career in Las Vegas. Eventually had a hit tv show.
Married, three kids, divorced. Dates somebody for 9 years break gives her a house and money, finds true love marries. In between there first wife kills boyfriend, and Andy stands beside her believing her innocent. IMHO believes a little too much? Pays for her defense.
After getting married for the second time and his career starting to slow down, he moves to Branson, Missouri and has a successful career in that growing entertainment capital. And if that's not enough, some of his old records have new success in England after being used in commercials and he goes on to have successful concert tours there and throughout Asia.
I have to really give credit to a book that can make me cry, or maybe I am just a big softy.
He talks about flying into Chicago in Nov. of 1963. When they land the airport is eeriely quiet except for some people crying. It was the day that President Kennedy was killed. Didn't really cry there, but got choked up. But then he goes on to talk about how he got to be good friends with Bobby and Ethel Kennedy, and eventually how he was in California with them on the day Bobby was assasinated. He was asked to sing at the funeral.
Yeah, I was sitting on break at work reading this and crying. :o
It was a really easy read. It felt like Mr. Williams was sitting there telling you his story. :)

Grade: A

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
11. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
12. Goosebumps Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
13. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
14. Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die! by R. L. Stine
15. Moon River and Me by Andy Williams
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Diet Update..... [30 Apr 2014|08:23am]
Okay, I seriously don't know how I accomplished this, unless the scale is lying to me. Or if the cheat on Easter jump started my motablism?
I don't think I deprived myself of anything this past week. I even had a couple of peanut butter sandwiches on top of my usual breakfast one morning.

Today's Weight: 235.4 lbs

Lost for the Week: - 6.8 lbs

Total Lost: - 25.0 lbs
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Book Reading..... [27 Apr 2014|09:30am]
Just finished up book No. 14.
This is another case of not remembering to grab my books before heading for the basement on my last night off and not wanting to go upstairs during the night and disturbing the sleeping puppy.
So I picked up another Goosebumps book. I read Say Cheese and Die! by R. L. Stine.
A group of kids go exploring in the local "haunted" house. Greg finds a camera hidden in a secret hideaway.
There seems to be one little problem with this camera. It seems to predict the future does it cause the future to happen?
Greg takes a picture of the family's new car. When the picture developes it shows the car totalled. :o
A couple of days later, his dad has a car accident.
He takes a picture of his friend Bird in his little league uniform. The picture shows Bird laying on the ground, head tilted at an odd angle, eyes closed and looking very...
During the game Shari looks over and sees Bird laying on the ground looking like the picture. Turns out Bird was faking and having fun with his friend. A short time later after Bird gets on base, he is hit by a line drive and he is laying on the ground just like the picture. :o :o :o
Things kind of go from bad to worse. :o
Thankfully in the end all is okay. The kids get the camera put back in it's hiding place.
Or is all okay??? Two bullies have seen the kids hiding the camera and they steal it...........

Grade: A-

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
11. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
12. Goosebumps Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
13. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
14. Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die! by R. L. Stine
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Diet Update..... [23 Apr 2014|08:53am]
Boy do I know how to blow a diet or what?????
I told myself I was going to EAT for Easter weekend.
UGH!!!!!!!!!!
What an idiot........

Today's Weight: 235.4 lbs

Gained for the Week: + 6.4 lbs

Total Lost: - 18.2 lbs
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Book Reading..... [21 Apr 2014|05:46am]
I just finished up book No. 13.
I read Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich.
It's the third installment in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series.
These books are fun easy reads.
Stephanie is working for her cousin Vinnie as a bounty hunter. Stephanie is far from perfect and she lives a far from perfect life. It almost gives you a feeling of, you could be her.
Her mom is always worrying about her. Sending tons of leftovers home with her. Her grandma wants to play with her gun and be a part of the action. A former hooker, Lula, is working as a file clerk for Vinnie and has been become Stephanie's sidekick. Morelli, the boy who "played with her in the garage as kids", is now a cop that's back in her life personally and professionally.
In this book she is trying to track down Uncle Mo, the local candy store owner, whom everybody loves. Every body is not happy with Stephanie for "picking on" Uncle Mo. Then they find a lot of dead bodies in the store basement. Things change a little bit, but then every body starts to think Uncle Mo is killing drug dealers and they go back to worshiping him again.
Eventually the truth starts coming out and Uncle Mo ain't so innocent and Stephanie gets her man.
The comedy relationship between Stephanie and Lula is a riot.

Grade: A

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
11. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
12. Goosebumps Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
13. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
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[18 Apr 2014|09:07am]
For the last couple of days I have been walking Maggie down the block and around to the park.
She has done fairly well walking. Not really heeling, but she hasn't been pulling really hard on the leash, unless I have to pull her in and keep it short.
This morning I must have walked the puppy energy right out of her. She is currently napping at my feet. lol........
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Book Reading..... [17 Apr 2014|09:48am]
I finished up No. 12 yesterday morning. It was a quick little read.
I read Welcome to Dead House by R. L. Stine. It's one of the Goosebumps books.
A family inherits a big old house from an unknown uncle. The daughter is seeing people in the house that aren't there. The dog is not at all happy. The children meet some local kids. One day the dog runs away. The kids go out looking for him and end up in the graveyard. They stumble across several grave stones that mysteriously have the names of all the kids they have been playing with.
In the last 10 pages or so it's revealed that the whole town had mysteriously died and now every year they "invite" a family to come live in this one house, and they are eventually killed because the residents need new blood.
The kids rescue their parents and they get out of the town as fast as they can.
The Goosebump books are anything seriously heavy, but they are enjoyable little reads. :p

Grade: B

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
11. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
12. Goosebumps Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
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Diet Update..... [16 Apr 2014|08:28am]
Another happy week. YAY...
And thankfully, because I think I am planning to go crazy this coming weekend, for Easter.
So is it wrong to predict a gain for next week already? lol........

Today's Weight: 229.0 lbs

Lost for the Week: - 2.6 lbs

Total Lost: - 24.6 lbs
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Diet Update..... [09 Apr 2014|09:16pm]
A much better week in the diet department, thankfully.
Not really sure what all I did differently, but I had better news. :)

Today's Weight: 231.6 lbs

Lost for the Week: - 4.2 lbs

Total Lost: - 22.0 lbs
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Book Reading..... [06 Apr 2014|11:19pm]
I just finished up reading book No. 11.
I read Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth.
I am not sure if the book is based on the PBS series or if the series is based on the book.
It's about a young nurse who works with a group of nuns and other nurses as a midwife in the slums of London, England back in the 1950-60s.
It is a really good read, and also a very good tv series.
To think about women giving birth now, and then to look back at what things were like 60 years ago. Wow...
One of the stories she tells is about a woman who is giving birth to her 24 child. She speaks no English, her loving husband speaks no Spanish, they communicate through the children who speak both languages. The husband is a bit of an odd duck himself in that he helps take care of the kids, he does housework and cooking, and is openly loving towards his wife. Then near the end of the book she tells the story how the woman has had an accident and is pregnant with her 25th child. The woman is going into premature labor.
I felt so connected to the family through the earlier story, that I started to get choked up reading about the event then happening. Thankfully through shear determination of a mother's love, and the new antibiotics, both mother and child survive.
The one thing I haven't figured out yet, is if these stories are based in fact or if it's a book of fiction. It says memoir, so I am assuming that there is factual stories involved.
Sorry, not the best of reviews...

Grade: A

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
11. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
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[03 Apr 2014|01:19am]
Well, it was another gain this week, but not nearly has bad as I was expecting.
So I guess that's a good thing.


Today's Weight: 235.6 lbs

Gain for the Week: + 0.8 lbs

Total Lost: - 18.0 lbs
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Diet Update..... [26 Mar 2014|08:05am]
Unfortunately, my feelings were correct this week.
I gained. :(


Today's Weight: 234.8 lbs

Gain for the Week: + 2.4 lbs

Total Lost: - 18.8 lbs
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Book Reading..... [24 Mar 2014|06:00pm]
Got book No. 10 finished up thanks to another day with a lack of sleep. Ugh.....
I read Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie.
An old invalid wealthy man invites his wayward children home for a "family" Christmas.
The granddaughter, of his recently dead daughter who married a Spaniad, was invited and shows up. Also the son of his former partner shows up from South Africa and is invited to stay for the Christmas party.
Hercule Poirot thankfully is staying locally with a member of the police force, because the old man is of course MURDERED. lol........ And it happens behind a locked door with no other possible exit from the room.
As Poirot was starting to wrap up the crime, I did start to figure out who the killer was, but then of course he starts to bring up other things and I start to doubt myself. lol......

Grade: A

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
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Book Reading..... [19 Mar 2014|05:16pm]
Thanks to a lack of sleep, I just finished up book No. 9.
I read Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson.
It's a postcard study of Hitler's retreat The Berghof just outside the town of Berchtesgaden, Germany.
I think I initially got the book thinking it was more about The Eagle's Nest, one of Hitler's "teahouses" that is perched atop one of the mountains above his Berghof retreat.
Either way it was interesting historically.
Architecturally, the accomplished some pretty amazing things on those mountains.

A big down side for me was the author starting off the book by saying he was neither taking a stand for or against the Nazi regime. Yet, as you read through the descriptions and some bios he gives the impression, at least to me, that he was overly impressed with them.

Grade: B
It's neither really good or really bad. Just an interesting historical look back.

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
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Diet Update..... [19 Mar 2014|09:12am]
Good news for the week.
Not really sure how, but.........


Today's Weight: 232.4 lbs

Lost for the Week: - 3.4 lbs

Total Lost: - 21.2 lbs
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[16 Mar 2014|08:53am]
Maggie is home now. She came home March 14th.
The potty training is going to take a bit. Take her out and she piddles. Bring her back in the house and a few minutes later she piddling again. :o
Can you get Puppy Pampers? lol.....
I think the kenneling is going a little smoother. First night we put her in at 10 pm and she whined and whimpered for a good 20 minutes. Then around midnight she started in again for a few minutes. Again around 5 am and again around 6 am. I finally took her out.
Then on Saturday I put the tshirt I was wearing for my pjs in the kennel hoping the scent would help her feel safe. Sadly I didn't sleep well, and I heard dad leave for the birthday party of one of the great grandkids. He put Maggie in the kennel, and I only heard her whine/whimper briefly.
So she's either getting use to the kennel, or the tshirt helped?

Apparently she was a little wore out from the trip home...
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