Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I have spent a great deal of time finding new blogs to read.....there are so many interesting journals it is endless.....a few of the weight loss journals had reviews of Marylou Retton's scale designed to help you lose weight in 10 lb increments.....well I bought one for a chrismas present to myself.......well I wish I hadn't.....with my new approach to dieting based on 2 books"Intuitive Eating" "The Rules of Normal Eating". Basically it boils down to getting back in touch with your body and waiting to eat until you are trully hunger and Stopping when you begin to fill full.....no foods are off limits (with time this helps rid your self of binges that occur when you deny yourselves from "forbidden foods". What is surprising is just how fast you really get full ...... and it takes a lot of self control to stop eating at the point of being ful when the food you are eating tastes so good. Anyway getting back to my not liking the Marylou Retton scale is that Intutive Eating is more effective if you don't weigh yourself...you know how water weight and other bodily funtions effect your weight and if the scale says the wrong number it ruins your day and your efforts to be a normal eater.....having formally been an anorexic it would be nice to be a normal eater (not dieting all the time or constantly feeling bad about food) and just get to my natural body weight. Sorry not a very upbeat entry.
Well that is all for now....Diane
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I thinking about actually putting up my Christmas tree ( I love and collect ornaments and love the little white lights all lite up with all the lights in the house turned off)...I will keep you informed.
Off to work...Diane
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Another week down.....2 weeks since the news of 40% lay off of my dept.
*Depression has hit
*I haven't gone to a single belly dancing class or Nia class in 2 weeks
*On the weekends sleeping about 12 hours (surprised my dog Teddy is agreeable to that much sleep)
*Going to bed early during the week
*I guess I'm getting down to the basics so My focus is on doing the best job I can ...... I certainly don't want a major screw up at work .....when they are deciding who gets to remain
*Ordered books on choosing the right career (just in case)
*Holding off on writing a resume and ordering how to write a good resume and how to interview (don't want to put bad mojo out in the universe)
*Don't think I'm putting up a Christmas tree up this year (I love christmas trees and collect ornaments)
*A guy from Match that we had been exchanging emails and a few calls.....was suppose to call and let me know when a good time to meet over coffee has disappeared.....the old something better came along on Match.....no response is a response.
*There is a little bit of hope another man on Match is emailing....he is a little older than I would normally go for but he seems like a grounded person and didn't run when I let him know about the possible lay offs....I think his company is going through the same thing
*Visit to the Oncologist yesterday let me know that my Iron level in my blood is remains high but not at the point that we would need to take action...go back in a year....if I have medical insurance
*Love watching sappy Christmas movies ..... must have a happy ending
*If I'm blessed with keeping my job I have gotten a wake up call...I will be spending less and saving more and down sizing my belongings in case I have to move
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I uploaded a picture to Match.com) that my Step Mother took on Thanksgiving..... I hoping that it may help and peak someone interest......One man did respond to my wink and we have exchanged several emails....he was at the airport about to depart and said he will write more when he reaches the UK ....keep your fingers crossed....it would be so nice to be dating someone during the holiday trifecta (<- I know I didn't spell it right) Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day.....Last year the Man I was dating broke up with me on Christmas.....he and his Ex wife decided things weren't over with them... I was just collaratel damage!
Friday, November 28, 2008
I do think I will venture out to JoAnn's there was a quilting book that I fell in love with on Tuesday and I have a 40% off coupon that I can use starting today...I will save 8 dollars... I'm getting the quilting bug again....it has been years since I was passionate about it......I do know that I need to add something creative back into my life as an outlet....I think I will be a happier person.....over the last 14 months my focus has really only been on work and belly dancing ...I have decided I need more balance in my life....adding quilting back into my life and joining the local Quilt guild would be a start....I also need to push myself to get back to an Illustrated Discovery Journal..... you wouldn't believe the stack of magazines that I have that I could put to good use.... more later.. diane
Monday, November 24, 2008
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (from the beach)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (Quilting)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not illl (a wellness day)
24. Built a snow fort (a snowman)
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (No but completed the Hotter than Hell bike race)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Camp Fire Girls Candy back when it was Camp Fire Girls)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter (Flown in a Blimp)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (searched for my Favorite doll Kitten by Madame Alexander on eBay and finally found her Hooty Hoo)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (Drill Team officer in High School and when I was an Apache Belle in College)
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House (just out front)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous (John Denver when I performed at the Super Bowl as an Apache Belle)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
Sunday, November 23, 2008
My Mom had a birthday (she is 76 ...very hard to believe) on Thursday so it was time to have a birthday lunch to celebrate.....great Mexican food and good company (My Mom and Aunt Pat).
I've taken myself off Mirapex and feeling the effects daily. All the horrible symptoms I had 2 years ago..... horrible feelings in my arms and legs ....right now I can barely type because my arms feel like there are tight bands around them.... I may have to try a different med but so afraid of the weight gain.....
Next performance is scheduled for December 6th Holiday at the Hall celebration....dancing on the main stage ..... hopefully I will get the choreography down and can dance a 2nd dance.
Happy Holidays....I need to journal all the things that I have to be very Thankful for....it is so easy to take things in your life for granted. diane
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I'm about to get ready for a Crown Violet performance at Barnes and Noble, I don't really know what to expect...I do know the floor space is going to be a challenge....what will the customers think.....it should be interesting....I will let you know! I'm planning to wear the same outfit that is included in the previous entry but I'm going to wear a different wig.....at least I think I am...I better get to it so I can figure it out....pictures to follow #: ) diane
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
More later .....Diane
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Hi all, I've started another blog a few months ago because I liked the name Lucky begonias dashboard confessional....anyway it is coming in handy since this journal will disapper in less than 26 days. Please come visit, I don't have many readers on this blog but the ones I have I would like to keep in touch with! Diane
So sad that AOL journals are going cease to exist....all those years of entries will disappear unless I can figure how to transfer them to another on-line journal...hey all you aol journal writers what do you plan to do? Well it has been forever since my last posting. I survived Yaa Halla Ya'll, my 2 performance their, the photo shoot, I tested out and was able to move up a level of belly dance (boy what a difference a level makes......I'm still in shock "Were not in Kansas anymore...Toto"
I've recently joined facebook, I'm still trying to figure out the in's and the out's of it.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Panda Cam update...no cub yet and from the looks of it, it is probably a false pregnancy...how disappointing ...all that pain and suffering and no beautiful baby at the end of it!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tags: Belly Dancing
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Everyday it seems I'm making changes to the 2 belly dancing costumes for the big performance in August, I was at the Belly Dancing studio late last night...classes are lasting longer in preparation and then I shopped for about 45 minutes trying everything on...so far within the last 7 days I have bought 2 shimmy belts, a longer accent scarf with fringe and a veil. On Saturday I want to get another accent scarf for the 2nd outfit.
I'm getting excited.....Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Aziza, Artimis, Fathem ......etc.will be here and I will be taking their workshops and seeing them perform live....way cool!
Bye for now.....Diane
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Did you know that the National Zoo in Washington DC have 2 cams where you can watch the daily lifes for the Panda at the zoo. The Momma Panda maybe about to have a baby.......they aren't exactly sure if she really is with baby....Pandas can have pseudo pregnacies......so it is just wait and see.....check it out.....wouldn't be cool to witness the first days of a baby pandas life especially since they are endangered. Got to love something so Big, Roundy and Cuddly.
Friday, July 11, 2008
It's Friday .....happy days are here again...for a short work week it sure has seemed long.....after being off for 6 days the reentry can be hard. Well tomorrow I have 2 bellydancing classes and in the turbo bellydancing it is weigh in day ....yuck....I think I'm going to have to start focusing on just adding more exercise to my week and less focus on the food aspect...the minute I'm on a diet I'm hunger all day long....
Well our big Belly Dancing performance is about 5 weeks away....I can dance 3 different dance because I go to 3 different advanced one classes.....the Thursday night class' dance is hard....it is a choreography that I know but it has zills added to it.....you ask me dance and play zills...my brain hasn't caught on yet....there is also a Wed mid day class....I love the dance they are doing.....I'm thinking about taking some vacation time and attending maybe their class the last 3 weeks if I can perform their dance....I needed to talk to Isis and get her blessing.....the class members may not like it but hey they will get over it! Besides one of the requirements is that I have to perform it to move up to the next level.....hopefully I will be prepared to test out of 3 of the required 4 dance test outs after Yaa Halla Ya'll in Sept....that is my goal.....I need to get off my kester and practice at home.....the problem is I live in a small apt with a very, tiny living area....it is the only area that I can dance in....oh well I just need to do it ...later Diane
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Hi all....well I have to tell you that I'm sitting here in another wonderful wig.....a stylish Platinum white, long page boy cut wig...I really haven't worn it out in public but I'm going to venture out to do some shopping....it is definitely a eye grabber and you have to be in the just the right mood or should I say attitude to wear it....I will have to let you know how it goes! This is my 2nd day of vacation and I had all these plans for things I wanted to get to during this time off....it seems I only have enough energy to go to Belly dancing classes and the stables daily and then I'm tapped....sickly tired....I'm hoping whatever was wrong with me last year isn't reappearing it's ugly head....never could determine the root cause....I'm not sure if Hemochromotosis can cause extereme exhaustion.....I should be happy I have the energy to take 5 Belly dancing classes a week...it was so much worse not that long ago when I could barely walk up the flight of stairs to get to my apt. I guess I have to be happy with where I'm at and accept living in a messy abode. Maybe it a good thing I don't have a man in my life ......my apt would be embarrassing....my daughters are good about understanding, Thank God for my wonderful daughters! d
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Well Freida I'm changing my font for you.....I hate that you had trouble reading my entries, but happy that you went to so much trouble messing with the font so you could read......I really appreciate you reading my journal and leaving me comments....how is your garden looking.....can you send me your link again to your journal ....maybe you can post some photos of your summer garden? Well no dates in the past week and hardly any interest from the fellows on the dating site.....I keep praying that God will bless me with a wonderful Man to at least date and share some time with soon......I guess finding a Man that will appreciate me and all my quirkiness....Belly Dancing...Wigs of many colors....oh well life with me wouldn't be dull. I'm going to attempt to add a picture of me in my Platinum Blonde wig!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
My daughter Jennifer graduates from the 1st level of belly dancing tomorrow night....I'm so proud and then Robin will graduate the end of September.....In my family we are going to be a Bevy of Bellydancers!
Tags: Belly dancing
Sunday, May 25, 2008
How is your long weekend going? Mine is very laid back, my only plans have been belly dancing lessons and I'm going to Scarborough Faire tomorrow which is closing day and is usually a little crazier than a normal day. I've gone about 7 times already, two times I was an ambassador for my Belly Dancing Studio which was very fun. I've gotten into this Ren thing which I would have bet against in the beginning. Each visit has been more fun than the previous one.
Oh by the way, during my first time down to Scarborough Faire I realized that short spiky salt and pepper hair doesn't play well as a belly dancer! The other dancers can buy those clip on pony tails etc So I decided that wigs was my solution! Ive gone wig wild and have discovered that I look pretty good as a blond and a red head especially a platinum blond....I've been missing out all these years....I won't be changing my hair color but it fun to have a different hair color and style every day
I feel like the Barbie doll that came with 3 different wigs, I love it!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I can't honestly tell you when I made the last entry.....Hi Winifred....sorry I haven't been timely in my updates.
I graduated from the intermediate beginners level, I will now move on to the Advanced 1...the graduation was something else I will actually have another graduation tomorrow night, my daughters will be attending...I hope I do well. We were all prepared to do our dance, which was first on the program...what we didn't know we would also be doing an impromptu veil then a dance impromptu
then we were called up to do a short solo....OMG ...I thought I would die.....I pulled it off, tomorrow night at least I will know what to expect.
I'd like to ask for everyone's prayers, my Mother is ill, I went to see her today and she doesn't look well at all... I tried to talk to her about things to look forward to once she gets well....I'm going to make more time to connecting with my family and friends.
FYI ...I've had 3 1st dates this month....no love connection....my time will come.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
A first happened yesterday.....I had performed in my 1st Belly dancing performance as a member of a new troupe "Crown Violet". Both my Father and Step Mother came to support me and Both of my daughters and their boyfriends also came to my debut! I don't know if it was a great performance but I have one under my belt now....and I can tell you that there are more to come...how strange to find something you love doing when your almost 49! Look out 50 who knows what I will be up to then. Oh by the way
Oh by the way I have also taken up drumming classes at the Belly Dancing studio...hand drumming a doumbek used to play middle eastern music that belly dancers dance to ......I bought the most beautiful drum,,,inlaid mother of pearl and the design has a sultan and about 3 belly dancers on it....how perfect for me! An update all the time I was posting over the last 5 months I was dating a guy Oct through Dec.....I didn't want to write about it and jinx it....well it didn't make a difference....he broke up
up with me on Christmas and went back to his exwife....What a horrible Christmas gift..I'm still crying over it on a daily basis.I keep hoping time will that the memories and the hurt and loss away...after all the failed relationships you would think I would be better at handling them but the hurt just compounds with each new one! I haven't given up on finding Love! d