Day 10 | Jan 10 | 1 o’clock


1 o’clock

at one today we ran to the Smart and Final store on my lunch break to get some baking supplies, my daughter runs a little cupcake bakery and has an order to be delivered tomorrow evening, so we needed to grab some stuff to bring her ingredient inventory back into shape.

sadly i am on a diet that eschews delicious cupcakes so i will not be the primary taste tester this time.

i also need to say that every time i see the C&H logo a little song starts going through my head…” C&H.. pure cane sugar, from Hawaii, sweetened by the sun’

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Day 9 | Jan 9 | Paper


Paper, Priceless Paper

These used to be a common sight in a teenage girls backpack and notebook, i think now they are almost completely replaced by IMs and text messages. these are notes to and from my now husband when we were in high school.  each page a reminder of the fact that even 26 years ago we were silly and in love, much like today.

as i sit and read through them i can sometimes remember what was happening when they were written, there is the one that says simply ‘ i love you’, the one with the elaborate ‘font’,  the long drawn out 2 page conversation one night as we sat on his bed each reading a book on either end passing the page back and forth, getting sillier and sillier as we went.  and my personal favorite, the little ones with the times on them, that i sent with him the day he had internal suspension so he could open and read one for each of those long drawn out hours with nothing else to do.

I am glad we have these little reminders of those times, sometimes they seem so long ago, but a simple piece of paper can make them seem like yesterday.

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Day 8 | Jan 8 | Something beginning with ‘T’


of course i could have gone with the obvious ‘tara’ (that’s me!) but instead we have ‘together’ this is the first time in many years all 4 of us girls have been together.  we celebrated thanksgiving with mom and dad and in this picture we are just about to fall over we are in the middle of laughing so hard.  why were we laughing you ask, who knows, it is enough to remember the laughter itself and the joy of being together and no doubt being very very silly.

i love my sisters and i wish we could all get together a little more often with one on each coast and 2 in the middle it takes a lot of effort to get us all together in one place at the same time.

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Going to the gym..

I have decided that rather than have a bunch of specific resolutions for the new year I would just have one more general one that I could work toward in different ways, so without further ado… my 2013 goal…


  • lose some weight
  • lift some weights
  • run a 5k in april and then some more later on, i am already registered for the Carlsbad 5000, bitches!
  • eat better
  • give up soda
  • cut back on sugar intake (this is separate from eating better because i am a candy addict)

So by doing these things all a little at a time i will be much healthier by the end of the year.

to start things off, as mentioned i am signed up for a 5k in april, i really want to do some of the theme races later this year as well, the zombie race that sort of thing.

i have not only joined a gym (planet fitness, because they also like purple), but i have gone 5 out of 7 days so far this year (go me!!)

i got instruction from a trainer so i have been doing both cardio and resistance training. i will touch base with him again in 2 weeks to see what is next.

the whole family is trying to do the paleo thing, we will see how that goes, i don’t mind the things you can eat on the diet, but i hate not being able to eat pasta and bread, even though when i am not on the paleo diet, i rarely eat those things… i am really just kind of obstinate 🙂

i am not going to bog down the blog with a bunch of diet and exercise posts, but will likely check in occasionally. i am joining a biggest loser competition with some friends here locally starting this Saturday morning, i am sure that will help motivate me as well.

and on that note, i return you to your regularly scheduled photo a day posts.

Day 7 | Jan 7 | Street


this is the ‘street’ that i grew up on, and my parents still live on. This particular stretch is between their house and the barn and doesn’t get as much traffic as the mile stretch of gravel from their house to the 2 lane blacktop road


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Day 6 | Jan 6 | Mine

Camera Uploads

These books are mine.   My copies of a book series i read a million times at my grandparents home.  They could take me away to many distant lands and teach me about different people and cultures.  i bought these on ebay a few years ago because i wanted to be able to see them and read them anytime i wanted, and now they also take me back to my grandparents hammock, or couch depending on the weather outside. there are very few better places to imagine yourself with a book in your hand.


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Day 4 | Jan 4 | The View From Here


This is my view right now, work is done for the day and the weekend has started… so I relax on the couch with my computer and the dog.  Real name Peaches, known lovingly as Piggy due to her curly tail, chubbiness and frequent snorting sounds 🙂

also a laundry basket full of clean folded laundry that needs to be put away 🙂

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