“No Soup for You!” Anyone remember the Seinfeld episode?
Thursday, August 08, 2013 21 comments
I had a similar experience in the university cafeteria yesterday. First all the good stuff. I like Slovak food. There’s lots of carbs all the time, but somehow the population looks remarkably fit and trim. I’ve had all kinds of potatoes ... Read more
Sometimes being a good test taker isn’t beneficial.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 21 comments
Today we were assigned to our Slovak language classes according to our performance on the placement test. After studying sporadically for several months on my own with a Slovak textbook purchased on the Internet, I was assigned to intermed... Read more
Our dormitory along the Danube –many possibilities for workouts
Monday, August 05, 2013 14 comments
Walking, running, biking, kayaking, - bungee jumping? So far only the first two are on my plan for early in the morning or after sundown. It’s still very hot - better than yesterday but still in the 90s. Maybe there’s some truth in the ... Read more
My new world – no AC except in McDonalds
Sunday, August 04, 2013 22 comments
We arrived in Vienna to find a massive heat wave, 37* C which is 12* above normal and our final destination, Bratislava, Slovakia (45 min away) is exactly the same. The high temp yesterday reached 97* F. It’s 20* cooler back home. Thi... Read more
City girl goes country (part 12) Abandoning the garden?
Thursday, August 01, 2013 27 comments
Not exactly, but for one month we’ll be out of the country - not our rural countryside - the USA. DH & I have been rewarded with beginners luck. A typical trip to the garden yields this ... Read more
My 3 days in a “welfare” hotel
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 26 comments
Some years ago the principal of our school took a group of us teachers who were also department heads and curriculum coordinators to a conference in Baltimore which was about an hour’s drive away. She got a “great deal” on a hotel which was... Read more
Doesn’t this look like an inviting road if you’re out for a run or a walk?
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 31 comments
Some years ago all of our roads were known only by route numbers and our mailboxes were just numbers along an RD route. We didn’t have a real street address. Then t... Read more
“Good morning, you old crow”
Monday, July 29, 2013 23 comments
As I went outside my house today, I saw a big old crow that was chasing away all our pretty blue birds, cardinals, finches and morning doves and was chowing down on our bird seed. I yelled loudly “Good morning, you old crow!” and looked up to s... Read more
What can you buy with food stamps? Two different solutions
Sunday, July 28, 2013 23 comments
Yesterday I read about two different responses to a difficult problem – how to get people to use their food stamps for healthy food. Darly55 described one state’s Restrictions on Food Stamp Purchases www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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It’s always in the last place you look.
Friday, July 26, 2013 25 comments
Thank you sparkers for the support and advice about my missing notebook. After blaming pixies, fairies and time travelers from the future, of course the culprit was ME and in a small way my blog. I wrote about my “score” at Goodwill fi... Read more
I’m a list-maker. I’ve done this for decades.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 27 comments
I have 2 plain spiral notebooks. One is for fitness. I record my workouts - activity, time, mileage, the route and since joining the “Virtual Walk/Run Challenge” team, even my location as I trek across the USA with other Sparkers. The ... Read more
No need for a stair step machine. I just have to go outside.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 30 comments
The view of our dock doesn’t look so bad from here. That’s because I’m only halfway down. Here’s the view looking back up ... Read more
"Jak na thrutz" – Thinking in a foreign language
Sunday, July 21, 2013 20 comments
If any sparkers were fortunate enough to grow up bilingual, I hope you hang onto that skill forever. Traveling through Europe I was amazed at how easily our guides and those in the hospitality industry slipped from one language to another. ... Read more
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