Saturday, December 31, 2011

Walking challenge update, short and SWEET


TODAY I WAS A WALKING MANIAC AND LOGGED 32,239 STEPS. IN ONE DAY!! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT MYSELF, BUT IT'S TRUE. 

WHO WALKS 17 MILES IN ONE DAY? ONLY CRAZY PEOPLE, THAT'S WHO. 



 WEEKLY TOTALS = 51
DECEMBER MILES = 213
2011 TOTAL = 1453 MILES

 WOO HOO !!!!  I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR. 
I WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU WOULD MAKE A GOAL AND JOIN ME.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Re-birth of my blog coming soon

Hi everyone !! 

 I am so ready to start the new year with a busier blog. Right now my focus is on so many things and it is time to get myself back on track. I love to be organized and things have been crazy for me for a long time. 
 In a few months I will be traveling to Omaha to put the second home up for sale. We have come to the conclusion that it just doesn't work for us to have two homes. In 2010 I spent almost half of the year in Omaha without MJ. Screw that!! I love my man and I want to be with him. I love my family also, don't get me wrong, but they are going to have to settle for visits from me. 
 Hopefully I can get the house cleared up and ready to go on the market without a lot of stress. There is no reason to have a house that sits empty for all of the time that I am in Florida. Now THAT was stressful. I won't go into details of the problems we were having each time that I wasn't there. 
 Anyways... there will be lots of updates as that all happens. 
 This post is really a chance for me to pat myself on the back for achieving my walking goal. As some of you know, I started a goal way back in January to walk 400 miles this year. 400 miles is not very much walking, but that is what the challenge was on another blog, so I joined in. It was fun to keep up with everyone else that was taking the challenge. Week after week the number of participants fell and soon I was talking to myself. I continued on my journey and at least it gave me something to blog about every so often. I know that there are other bloggers that are still participating, but we don't have a central platform to share our results. 
 Months ago, it became obvious to be that I would blow away that 400 mile goal. We raised it to 1350 miles and I am happy to announce that I have met and passed that goal as well. As of today I am at around 1390 miles. I will reach 1400 miles by the end of the year.
 Can I get a big "HELL YEAH!!!" 

 I am typing this on my brand new laptop that Santa brought me early, so it is time to scoot off and move some files around. 
 2012 is going to be my year and you are all invited to join me.  :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Still walking

Quick update here just to say that I am still working on my personal walking challenge of 1350 miles for this year. 
 As of right now I have walked 1240 miles. With 32 days left I am sure that I can reach my goal.  Yippee !!! 
Next year is going to be awesome. I will be posting more and gaining more followers. My goal will be higher...much higher.  Perhaps you should join me.

 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I have never been one for excuses

Every day I can think of a lot of excuses to not get things done. My blog is way at the top of my "I have an excuse for that" list, and it really bothers me. Darn it for bothering me. Shame on me for letting things get in the way of my blogging. I have made goals for my blog and didn't finish those. There is a link on top of this page for the 30 day photo challenge. Yeah, if I remember right I made it to day 18. Just the other day I saw a newer version and a little rush of excitement ran through me. wow, maybe I could do that one. Yeah yeah, slacker, and maybe you can finish the one you started 70 days ago.
 It seems to me that this has become a rambling post and most likely will be saved as a draft and never corrected and posted. Oh goodie, I love to ramble.
 Quick note to post that as of October 1st I had 972.15 miles.  (completed 40 this week)


 I have been in Omaha for three weeks. It is going by very quickly. Part of me feels like I haven't gotten anything done, but I did get done what I came here for. Sarah gave birth to Little Treyvon on Tuesday and I was here to see it happen. I wasn't there in the delivery room, but I was there taking pictures when he was 20 minutes old.


Bryson (Mr Handsome), who is 28 months old, came to spend the night with me and Auntie Angie. He calls her "Bito" and we haven't figured that out yet. (laughing) It was an exhausting night for the three of us. He stayed at the hospital with Mommy, Daddy, and the new baby on Wednesday, and they all went home on Thursday. Everyone is doing great.


 I was able to get two workouts in this week and take a couple of walks. Sometimes it feels like I am living in San Fransisco with these hills around me. Yesterday I walked over 8 miles and it felt great. I might not be posting on my blog, but I am getting things done. My walking challenge is doing real well and I couldn't be any more proud of myself for that. I logged 40 miles this week. 
Total as of Oct. 8th = 1012.79 miles

Friday, September 30, 2011

950 DOWN 400 TO GO

AND JUST LIKE THAT... I AM BACK TO A 400 MILE CHALLENGE. 

PREVIOUS DISTANCE 900.63 MILES
 DID YOU HEAR THE BELLS AND WHISTLES?

THIS LAST WEEK'S TOTAL = 31.66

MAKING MY TOTAL = 932.29
THIS MAKES MY CHALLENGE OF 1350 MILES SHY OF 17 MILES AS OF LAST SATURDAY.

I HAVE LOGGED 18 MILES SO FAR THIS WEEK WHICH MEANS

I HAVE 400 MILES TO GO TO REACH MY GOAL BY THE END OF THE YEAR. 
THIRTEEN WEEKS.

I CAN DO THIS !!! 



Sunday, September 25, 2011

THE "900 MILE POST" THAT NEVER WAS

I HAVE WALKED 900 MILES (PLUS) SINCE I STARTED THE WALKING CHALLENGE IN MID JANUARY. WHEN I REALIZED THIS LAST WEEK I HAD ALL KINDS OF GREAT IDEAS ABOUT A POST. NO REALLY, I WAS GOING TO POST. 
 WELL, TICK TICK WENT THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR AND HERE WE ARE A WEEK LATER. NOW I HAVE GONE PAST THE 900 AND THE POST WAS NEVER WRITTEN.
 NOT ONLY AM I NEARING 1000 MILES ON THE CHALLENGE, BUT I AM ALSO REALLY CLOSE TO MY 100TH POST. THAT IS ONE POST FOR EVER 10 MILES; BUT THAT DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT AT ALL. IF I DID THAT NOW I WOULD BE POSTING ABOUT 4 TIMES A WEEK. I REALLY AM GOOD AT MATH, UNLESS I HAVE TO PROVE MY ANSWERS.  LOL
 THAT IS A GREAT IDEA!!! FOR EVERY TEN MILES I LOG, I HAVE TO MAKE A BLOG POST. I CAN ADD THAT TO THE FIFTEEN THOUSAND OTHER CHALLENGES THAT I HAVE THROWN ON MYSELF LATELY. 
  THIS POST IS JUST A RAMBLE TO SAY...

  HEY, I HAVE LOGGED 900 MILES !!!!! 

MY NEXT POST WILL SAY THAT I HAVE LOGGED 932, BUT LET'S NOT GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES. 

 BEFORE I GO I WANT TO SHARE ONE OF MY LAST SHOTS OF THE BEACH. I AM BACK IN NEBRASKA NOW FOR A FEW WEEKS. 


I LEFT THAT ... 

FOR THIS....   



Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's just me

NO BELLS. NO WHISTLES. JUST STATS 

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FROM AUGUST 21ST THROUGH AUGUST 27TH

I LOGGED 41.5 MILES

THIS BROUGHT MY TOTAL TO 765 MILES 

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FROM AUGUST 28TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3RD 

I LOGGED 41.86 MILES

THIS BROUGHT MY TOTAL TO 807 MILES 

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FROM SEPTEMBER 4TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10TH

I LOGGED 51.67 MILES 

THIS BROUGHT MY TOTAL TO 858 MILES

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

With all of these steps, you would think my butt would be smaller

BLOGGING IS HARD WORK
BUT I AM OPTIMISTIC THAT I WILL IMPROVE

TODAY I ONLY HAVE MY CHALLENGE UPDATE 

45 MILES LOGGED LAST WEEK

GRAND TOTAL 723 MILES SINCE JANUARY

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SUNDAY IS MY DAY OFF, SO I WENT DOWN THE STREET TO CATCH THE SUNRISE 




MONDAY IS ALSO MY DAY OFF
I WENT OUT TO CATCH THE SUNSET 



I HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT WEEK 




Thursday, August 18, 2011

Challenge update..short and sweet

 THINGS ARE A BIT OUT WHACK NOW THAT I AM WORKING, AND I TOTALLY FORGOT TO UPDATE MY STEPS. 

WELL DARN IT ANYHOW. 

LAST WEEK I LOGGED 38.17 MILES

TOTAL THIS YEAR = 678 MILES 

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WHAT DID I SEE WHILE I WALKED?

 








 DID YOU LOG ANY MILES THIS WEEK?
I WILL BE BACK SUNDAY FOR AN UPDATE  :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

was 400..now 1350 mile challenge

LAST WEEK I POSTED LATE, SO THIS WEEK I AM GOING TO POST ON TIME
THANK YOU TO MY FOLLOWERS... I KNOW YOU ARE OUT THERE 

HERE IS MY UPDATE ON NUMBERS AND HOW I DID IT 
 
38 MILES LOGGED THIS WEEK
TOTAL THIS YEAR = 640 MILES 
 
21 WEEKS LEFT 


4 MILES ON THE STATIONARY BIKE ON SUNDAY AND 1 MILE ON THE TREADMILL, BECAUSE I WANTED TO BE SURE THAT I GOT MY DAILY MILES IN
  
I MET SOME LOCAL WOMEN THAT SHARE MY NEED LOVE FOR COUPONS
IT IS GREAT TO MEET NEW PEOPLE
 
RESPONDED TO AN EMAIL FROM MY MOTHER TODAY. IT WAS THE FIRST REAL COMMUNICATION SINCE OUR FIGHT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. SHE PROBABLY WON'T HEAR FROM ME AGAIN ANY TIME SOON. I LIVE IN A NO DRAMA ZONE.
 
SINCE I CAN NEVER REMEMBER WHAT I DO, I AM TURNING TO MY FACEBOOK UPDATES TO REMIND MYSELF 
Love is...
when your guy calls you and whispers "thanks for the birdie dance, it worked" while his friend is 10 feet away, teeing off.
6:40 AM
Came home to find an open beer waiting for me. Maybe I should leave more often.
3:50 PM
The ice has been broken. I refuse to fall in this time.
9:30 PM

MONDAY WE HAD A RELAXING DAY AT HOME.
I RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE MAINTENANCE BOSS DOWNSTAIRS (WE LIVE IN A CONDO) TO COME DOWN FOR A JOB INTERVIEW. 15 MINUTES LATER, I HAD A JOB !!
I WILL BE WORKING PART-TIME DOING CLEANING IN AND AROUND A FEW OF THE BUILDINGS. IT IS GREAT WHEN SOMEONE JUST HANDS YOU A JOB. 

WE HAD A HUGE STORM THAT LINGERED HERE FOR A FEW HOURS, AND RECEIVED SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN. 

BARELY LOGGED 2 MILES 
 
THE REST OF THE WEEK IS EASY..

WORKED MY BUTT OFF !!!!
 
AVERAGED MORE THAN 5.5 MILES PER DAY, JUST WORKING. TWO OF THE CONDOS HAVE 7 FLOORS AND I TAKE THE STEPS MOST OF THE TIME. THEY ARE 120 STEPS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.
HERE IS MY TRANSPORTATION
 IRONIC PARTS OF THE WEEK...
 
MONDAY WE DECIDE THAT I WILL WEAR MY WRIST SPLINT AND STOP USING MY HAND FOR 2 WEEKS, AND THEN I GET THE JOB OFFER. SO MUCH FOR THAT IDEA. 

THE WEEK THAT I GET A JOB THAT KEEPS ME OUTSIDE..WE REACH 110-120 DEGREES HEAT INDEX...
UGGGG

FRIDAY WAS NATIONAL UNDERWEAR DAY AND I WAS ALREADY WEARING THEM !!

TIME TO GET THE PAPER AND SEE IF THE MACHINE SPITS MY MONEY BACK AT ME. IT'S LIKE A SLOT MACHINE SOME DAYS. 

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK, IF NOT SOONER
 
 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Goodbye July

THIS IS HOW I SPENT THE END OF JULY 
IT WAS MY LAST FULL WEEK TO SPEND ON THE BEACH;
HAD I KNOWN THAT AT THE TIME, I WOULD HAVE DONE IT MORE OFTEN. 

REMEMBER..YOU CAN CLICK EACH PICTURE TO SEE THEM LARGER. 

SUNDAY I WENT OUT FOR A MORNING WALK AND FOUND THE SUNRISE 

I DO MISS THE SUNRISE COMING UP OVER THE OCEAN, BUT THIS VIEW IS STILL REALLY NICE.




THE WEEDS TOUCH MY LEGS AND GIVE ME THE WILLIES.
IT IS SUCH A CREEPY FEELING. 
MAYBE I AM JUST SENSITIVE.
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I WANDERED TO THE BEACH AND CAPTURED A FEW SHOTS



I HAD A LOT OF FUN TAKING PICTURES OF MYSELF LAST WEEK. I WOULD PREFER TO HAVE A DIFFERENT MODEL, BUT NO SUCH LUCK. THAT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE TO SEE ME !!   LUCKY YOU



OK..ENOUGH OF THAT SILLINESS


I LOGGED 37 MILES LAST WEEK
TOTAL MILES SO FAR THIS YEAR = 602

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I GOT A JOB !!! MORE ABOUT THAT LATER

Thursday, July 28, 2011

HOW TO WIN GIVEAWAYS

  I love to enter giveaways, but I love winning even more. Over the past few days I have made a list of what I have won this year. They range from a value of $3 (for a coupon to get a bottle of coffee-Mate), up to a $200 gift certificate at Sports Authority (which was used to purchase over $300 in merchandise)
  My list contains 110 items as of today's date. There have been 208 days in the calendar year, so that means I average one win every two days. WOW..I had no idea it was that much. 

Doesn't that make you want to get right out there and enter a few giveaways?

  I am not giving away which web sites I enter from; sorry.. that would be like telling you what horses I am betting on, and why would I want you to enter if I want to win??  (I will be sharing very soon, in a review)
  Here is an awesome link. You can find many giveaways here. Search for a particular item, ending dates, only blog entries, only one entry giveaways, and so much more. 

http://www.sweepsadvantage.com/blog-giveaway.html


How do I win giveaways?

Here are some of the steps I follow, in no particular order.

#1  If I find a site that I like I will check their giveaway list and enter everything that I am interested in before moving on to another blog.

#2  PARTNERS -  There are some blogs that partner together and do the same giveaway. If you have done all of the requirements on one blog it becomes very easy to put in entries on the second blog. This gives you twice the chances to win. Keep in mind that they will alter the entries a little, so you will still have to be sure and read all of the directions.

#3 GOOGLE SEARCH AKA SWAGBUCK SEARCH - Find a giveaway that you absolutely love? Do a google search for "such and such giveaway" and you can find other giveaways for the same item. I went on a crazy rampage once and entered every Swimspot giveaway that I could, and I have won $150 worth of merchandise from them.

#4 UTILIZE ALL OPTIONS - There are entries for everything. Join Facebook, Twitter, Stumble, Google, Google +, and start a blog. You can get extra entries for all of these. There are others, but these are just off the top of my head.

#5 BONUS ENTRIES - Some blogs have hidden bonus entries and will have a link for it in the directions. These can get you multiple added entries.

#6 TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET - A lot of giveaways allow you to do daily entries and the most common one is Daily tweets. Some even allow 3-4 tweets per day as long as you spread them out. If a contest runs for 14 days you can rack up a lot of bonus entries this way.

#7 VOTE for them. If you vote for a blog on one of the voting pages, that vote will count for every giveaway that you enter on that page, for that day.

#8 RAFFLECOPTER - Blogs are now using rafflecopter. These make entries as easy as a quick click and giving your email address, google name, twitter name, etc. Very easy, especially if you have already "liked" and "followed" these blogs and sponsors.

#9 TWITTER PARTIES - I love twitter parties. They usually last an hour, but some last for two hours. You can use TweetGrid to keep track of what is going on during the chat. Nearly every party offers a list of prizes for sending your RSVP and participating in the chat. A lot of these still have comments that you do ahead of time, and they pick  the winners randomly. I enjoy these because there is interaction with people and I always get great information from others. I win at nearly half of the twitter parties that I attend, and I find some great people to follow. It is also a good way to get retweeted and build my Klout, which helps me to earn products. 


#10 Make a "cheat sheet" to make your entries go faster. When you get to that entry you just copy and paste the line you need. 

Here is a brief example:

I like you on facebook (FACEBOOK NAME)

email MYNAME{at}aol{dot}com

Following you on Twitter
@TWITTER NAME


I follow you via GFC publicly (GFC NAME)

email MYNAME{at}aol{dot}com

daily tweet @TWITTER NAME

email MYNAME{at}aol{dot}com

I subscribe to your blog via email

email MYNAME{at}aol{dot}com

Following you on Networked Blogs (facebook name)


good luck.. let me know if you win something. 
 And now I must go do some daily tweets. 


hint... follow me @RonaleeAKArose

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My challenge update

The 400  mile challenge has become my own personal challenge
The group thing has fizzled and I don't know enough people to get it started again

HERE IS HOW LAST WEEK WENT FOR ME 


MILES ADDED LAST WEEK = 37
TOTAL MILES DONE = 565 

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LEAVE YOUR TOTALS IN THE COMMENTS IF YOU WOULD LIKE 

EVERY 15 MINUTES OF ACTIVITY WILL COUNT AS 1 MILE

MAKE YOUR OWN GOAL AND LET'S DO IT TOGETHER

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I LOVE TRYING TO CATCH THE SPLASHES
I DID PRETTY GOOD THIS TIME




I ALSO CAUGHT THE SUNRISE ONCE OR TWICE 


AND I CAUGHT THIS MAN PEEING IN THE OCEAN



HAHA  NOT REALLY  (I DON'T THINK)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Just how far is 528 miles?

UPDATE

LAST WEEK = 25.43 MILES
TOTAL  = 528 MILES

I have been a walker for years and have logged my steps at various times.
These figures below only relate to the 400 mile challenge

Started January 16, 2011

I have been on this journey for 122 days


Want to know how many days between two dates?

GO HERE


I have completed 528 miles


If I walked 528 miles at 4 mph = 132 hours of walking  = 5.5 days

If I had started with a new pair of shoes, it would be time to change them 
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RANDOM .. NON IMPORTANT FACTS-STUFF

I could have walked the  Israel Trail  
(528-mile long trekking route)


I could have walked The Pennsylvania Turnpike
 
(including its extensions, is 528 miles long)


Satellites orbit at an altitude of 528 miles
(I could be sitting on a Satellite right now)


I could have done 990 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway

I was 2 miles shy of traveling the Rio Napo, the longest river in Ecuador
The same goes for the Colorado river in central Argentina


This is the distance in miles

From Fort Walton Beach, Florida to Houston, Texas 

  From Omaha, Nebraska to Duluth, Minnesota

From Augusta, GA to Jackson, MS

From Chicago, IL  to Morgantown, West Virginia


From Zimbabwe to Maputo, Mozambique

From Los Angeles, CA to Mendocino, CA

From the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean sea


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Here is where I walked instead...
remember..you can click the pictures to see them enlarged

My first night back in May

A path to the beach

A path through the park

Rain forest at Omaha zoo





Hazy night at sunset

morning sun from the beach

morning sun from our front door

Omaha  yard in late March

My new friend

happy feet in Omaha

 
The Botanical Garden in Omaha


Enjoying a walk on the beach
IF YOU ASK ME, THIS BEATS
WALKING FROM 
Zimbabwe to Maputo, Mozambique

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Black and White

Today there was a challenge on a facebook page and I do like a good challenge.
It stirred my creativity and I had some fun taking black and white photos





You will see this on my blog heading..or side, very soon


The Ocean, with no bright colors


I was close.. so I figured what the heck

Yeah..so maybe I got carried away 
ON A GOOD NOTE..SOMEONE TOLD ME TO TURN MY TOILET BRUSH AROUND. WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT??

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Feel free to link up your shot. Remember, it is a photo that is 
STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA

It was pouring rain this morning so I headed out, in search of some water drops. I found what I was looking for. 

The only editing I did was crop it. 



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