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Sparking for Two
Saturday, October 01, 2011      5 comments

Ok, so I fell off the wagon. Well, actually, I got distracted. Summer is our super hectic time at work. I work at a fast-growing community college. In addition to advising all prospective students, carrying fairly heavy advising caseloads of con... Read more
Starting From Where I Am
Monday, June 27, 2011      3 comments

There's this older gentleman who I see every once in awhile as I'm nearing the end of my painfully long commute home. When I see him, he's always exercising. His exercise routine is to walk to the end of his driveway and back. I've never had the... Read more
Tuesday, November 02, 2010      2 comments

And by the way... A wedding picture: After all, I've come so far, it would be silly to lose momentum now!... Read more
Kicking October to the Curb
Tuesday, November 02, 2010      3 comments

October has been a remarkably unsparktacular month. Obviously running away to Belize to get married sapped my focus. The lovely week-long honeymoon at home didn't help a whole lot either. I kept up the exercise (a 7-mile hike in the woods one da... Read more
Magical Escape Wedding to Belize--a Blog in Pictures
Saturday, October 23, 2010      6 comments

Well, Sparkfriends, it's been a long time since I posted anything. Mostly because summer is my crazy hectic time at work, AND I was planning my wedding! That's right, folks, I'm married. Just over a week ago, my beloved fiance and partner of ten... Read more
Momentous Mile
Wednesday, June 16, 2010      8 comments

I was running the other night when I inhaled a bug. I kept on running. I ran past the little kids who live on the corner even as they ran after me shrieking “CAN I PAT YOUR DOG CAN I PAT YOUR DOG CAN I PAT YOUR DOG?” I gave them an “inaminute” ... Read more
Bridezilla vs. Deadbeat Dad--The Ultimate Smackdown!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010      5 comments

It’s the people you love most who can break your heart. I know this, and yet I can always see my own demise coming far in advance, in slow-motion and as vivid as a train wreck. I fall into the same stupid patterns time and time again. If I could... Read more
Toiling Upward in the Night
Friday, January 29, 2010      6 comments

A friend just reminded me of this wonderful quote: "The heights by great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night, to achieve their goal" -- Henry Wad... Read more
Singin' the Plateau Blues
Monday, January 25, 2010      6 comments

I’ve been at a weight-loss plateau for a month now. It’s frustrating because now that I really have something that I’m working toward and a deadline, everything has come to a screeching halt. I want to be married in my inspiration dress (the one... Read more
Unearthing the Trouble Goal
Tuesday, January 19, 2010      5 comments

Today I ran into one of my colleagues in the hallway at work. When I say “colleague” I use the term loosely, as he is actually the VP of our entire division—my boss’s boss’s boss. He stopped me and said “You know, Eliza, you and I are on the sam... Read more
Rites of Passage
Sunday, December 13, 2009      7 comments

Yesterday afternoon my boyfriend, Patrick, insisted that we go for a hike on one of our favorite hiking trails. It was cloudy and gray but not too cold, and I was eager to get some exercise, so we went. He was acting strange. The first thing ale... Read more
Food and Family
Monday, November 30, 2009      4 comments

My boyfriend’s family members show their love through food. When we first met over nine years ago, his mother, discovering that I had a weakness for Chex Mix, made me an entire Tupperware tub of the stuff. My boyfriend, Patrick, and I joked abou... Read more
Saturday Brunch
Saturday, October 24, 2009      3 comments

Home grown parmesean pesto omelet with sweet potato hash browns. I wish the pictures did it justice. This is the kind of food that puts a person closer to God (or whatever higer power you subscribe to). ... Read more
I am Running Poem
Tuesday, October 20, 2009      0 comments

I am running along the leeward side of dusk filled with sky and dwindling light. Mine are the snip snip scissoring sounds of chafing thighs and little doorways opening and closing. I have no loftier goal than this— an open... Read more
Seventeen Again
Saturday, October 10, 2009      4 comments

I've lost seventeen pounds. Seventeen. This is a mentionable amount, as it is the exact amount of weight I was able to lose in my last serious stab at losing the pounds and reclaiming my life. That was four years ago. Last time I had just moved ... Read more

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