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People I’m Thankful For

I cannot by my own reason or strength list all of the wonderful things that have blessed my life. There are certainly more than enough to post something to be thankful about from November 1 to Thanksgiving, as several of my friends on Facebook do. Instead of the normal list, I want to thank people for fulfilling their vocations as family, friends, et cetera.

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We Will Miss the Coach

Twin 1 lost her favorite softball coach in a motorcycle accident, and the 10-year-old chose to attend the visitation this evening. It was especially hard because we don’t expect people in their 30s to die. The injuries were just too great for this mother of two.

Many prayers were said on Coach’s behalf. They were heard, even if they were denied. Why is not within our wisdom or reason.

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Wrongs Righted, with a Bonus

We got to church late, and immediately Twin 2 knew there was something¬†wrong. Pastor was pronouncing the Invocation, and that meant we had missed the opening hymn. She looked at the large-format bulletin she prefers to use, and she saw the hymn text and music. She wanted to sing it. She didn’t get the chance, and she was upset for a good chunk of Divine Service.

After church we had a good lunch with my in-laws, and we tried feeding Twin 2 a gluten-free Sonoma “Margherita” pizza. This kind of pizza, unlike her normal flavor, doesn’t use tomato sauce, and this was also upsetting. She needs tomato sauce on her pizza, it seems.

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She Found Out About the Easter Bunny

Twin 1 figured it out.

We’ve maintained the practice of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and even the Tooth Fairy, but today she asked us point blank if that were us, and we could not lie.

She was heartbroken for a bit there, but she is over it now, and happy that she got those extra gifts even if they did come from more related people than St. Nicholas.

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Gluten-free Adventures

Yesterday I tried to make pigs-in-blanket with GF Bisquick. It hadn’t worked in the past, and it almost worked this time, but it always generates a dough that is too thick and doesn’t form thin sheets very well. There was too much batter around the franks, and the kids hated it.

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A Year At the Goal

A year and a day ago I posted Losing Weight — Introspective. It hasn’t felt like a year has passed since I leveled out between 235-240.¬†Other than vacation and a couple of weeks off because I pulled or hurt something, the routine has been going fairly well. I’m still in that 235-240 range.

Last year I was working with 3-lb and 5-lbs weights; now I regularly combine a 5 and 10. There’s one exercise where I put both 10s in one hand. I should get the 15s.

I upgraded my DVDs to Tae Bo: Ripped Extreme and Tae Bo: Insane Abs. I’ve gotten some definition on the biceps and especially triceps from the Ripped Extreme, but the abs are visibly different due to working with the second DVD. Jackknifes used to be impossible, but now I can do them. I’m on the lookout for more intense DVDs that, again, don’t cost as much as P90X or Insanity. Tae Bo master Billy Blanks is putting new movies out, too. I probably ought to start working on chin-ups and/or pull-ups somehow.

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