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Toot, toot!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I'm going to toot my own horn for a minute. Because it's been a stressful couple of days. An old man hit on me at the bar the other night. Granted, he was a little creepy, but it's still nice to be hit on. (my ring is getting cleaned.)
Last night, my honey asked me "when you went to TJ Maxx the other night, what were you wearing?" huh? "I was wearing my gym clothes." I had some time to kill before my class, so I went to look for a basket. I saw one of honey's friends/co-workers. Honey asked him "how did she look?" and he got a thumbs up. Yahoo!


This morning I went for a great run with my gym buddy. Went to breakfast afterward and had some super pancakes - zucchini nut and orange blueberry. Yum!
I just sent my Comprehensive Exam off to be graded. I should know in about 2 weeks if I passed it. What a big relief to have that finished!

I'm off to my mom's for the symphony tonight... A nice relaxing night. Tomorrow morning is African Dance class and a little strength training.

Off to get ready!

  
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ROGUE_1 4/13/2010 2:41PM

    I love this blog - it made me smile. Enjoy the spotlight (and you should probably get used to it)!!!



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LEARNING2LUVME 4/13/2010 1:40PM

    It's always so nice to be noticed. Shallow, maybe, but nice just the same. I mean, we all know it's what's on the inside that really counts, but when someone notices you, or tells you that you look good, that's a really great confidence boost.

Keep it up, you rock!!!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/12/2010 3:00PM

    Those pancakes sound yummy!

I know what you mean about the hitting on (good/bad)... but I have to warn you--actually being *married* doesn't stop people from hitting on women! (Gross thing, no?) But cuteness should never be taken for granted. ;-)

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/11/2010 1:32PM

    Toot toot! Hehe. You've been working hard, and deserve to feel proud!!

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PSHANKEY 4/11/2010 10:51AM

    Yahoo!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/10/2010 9:41PM

    Yeah for you! emoticon

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KATZABELLAMAMA 4/10/2010 6:44PM

    Nice on the comment from your honey's friend. It's always nice to get them no matter who they are from.

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ONECOOKIETWO 4/10/2010 4:28PM

    I'll toot my horn for you, too! You good-lookin' thing! Congrats on the comps, and have fun at the show!

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GSDMIKE 4/10/2010 3:59PM

    As I age, I keep wondering when I'll cross the line from "some guy" to "some creepy old guy." Sherry doesn't really let me hit on anyone though, so I may be safe.

Congrats on the compliments. I got one of those at the dog club banquet, but from a dude. Apparently he thought I looked skinny in my suit. It wasn't really all that creepy, though.

Enjoy the concert.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 4/10/2010 2:53PM

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nuff said You rock

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GIGI1222 4/10/2010 2:35PM

    Sounds like you deserve the TOOT TOOT!!! What a great feeling have people notice you looking good:)

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CAMROLA 4/10/2010 2:35PM

    Yay for you! Doesn't it feel good when things start coming together. Relax and enjoy this weekend--you've EARNED it, big time!

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Grump

Friday, April 09, 2010

Yesterday was just the most hellish day you could imagine. I was in such a foul mood when I woke up, and I don't know why. Well, maybe I do know why. I'm stressed out over my comprehensive exam I'm taking tomorrow, over the seemingly millions of papers I have to write for the class I'm taking, and over my crazy busy schedule.

When I went into the office to sign in, the secretary gave me some chocolate. I promptly ate it all. Then I got back to my room, decided I was still grumpy, and went across the hall for a bag of Peanut M&Ms. All this chocolate actually improved my mood greatly.

But it didn't last for long. My first class was late getting picked up, and I ended up with two 2nd grade classes in my room for 10 minutes waiting for the teacher. The wonderful art teacher next door finally volunteered to take the class (she didn't have anyone) so I could get at least part of my music lesson in. Grumpiness returned in full force. Continued to be grumpy when I didn't get any apology for the class sitting in my room, no explanation about what happened, nothing. No "thanks for covering my class for that time," no "thanks for being flexible." If there is one thing I hate, it's being taken advantage of.

Last night I had a homeowners association meeting. Just another way to make my day miserable. Our house really needs new siding, and it's been on the meeting agendas for over a year. Nothing has been done except a lot of talking. So I went to the meeting last night prepared to talk about my siding frustration. Well after some other business, we finally got to the siding. I brought up how disappointed I was that we talked about getting new siding for a long time but nothing has been done. I haven't had anyone repair what we have because I don't want to shell out the money for the repairs and then pay someone to rip off the repairs and put new stuff on shortly thereafter. If I would have known it would have taken this long, I might have reconsidered. But anyway, one of the guys was acting like my concerns were nothing big. Thankfully, someone stepped in and backed me up. I could feel my face getting red and warm and I was feeling like I was going to explode.
I need a vacation.

So TGIF. I mean, REALLY TGIF.
Tonight I have a chiro appointment after school (to which i really don't feel like going), and I have to prepare my computer for tomorrow's exam. Today is an easy day at school (knock on wood) and I plan on hiding out in my room to get a lot of work done. I'd like to get a lot of studying done today so I can make it out to run tomorrow morning. Because as important as it is to study for this exam, it's also important for me to get a little outdoor fitness time in. I think the run might actually help me for the exam - get the blood flowing, wake up a little bit.

Sorry for the Negative Nellie post, but I just needed to vent. Today is another day.
I'm off to pack my lunch and drink some water.


  
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ROGUE_1 4/13/2010 2:42PM

    Ahhh what a day! Glad you made it through and hope this week is off to a much better start.

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ASPENJULES 4/9/2010 9:00PM

    Grump Grump Grump!! I've been feeling that way for a week. TOM just come and get it over with already!!! Hope today was better. Get out and enjoy some sunshine, and be glad that by this time tomorrow, the exam will be over. I know you'll do GRRRRRREAT!!! (A little Frosted Flakes and Tony the tiger, anyone?) LOL

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ELFITZPA 4/9/2010 5:59PM

    Hey, life isn't always sunshine and butterflies and sometimes you just need to vent! I hope you can run out some of your frustrations tomorrow and have a good weekend!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/9/2010 2:27PM

    Sounds like a pretty crappy day--glad it's over! I think the run *will* help--make sure you do it! Hugs to you!

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COOPSM 4/9/2010 1:31PM

    Carrie---I am sorry for your day yesterday!!! HATE days like those...today IS a new day.....have a great chiro appt and go for that run in the AM....let us know how everything goes!!

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MIAMIA7 4/9/2010 1:12PM

    Wow Carrie, yesterday must have been the day for being all around crappy! Mine actually sucked. But every day will get better, right? Good luck on the exam! I am sure you will do great.

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BOBBYD31 4/9/2010 1:03PM

    good luck on the exam!! the week is over so relax and enjoy!!

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CAMROLA 4/9/2010 12:39PM

    Mama said there'd be days like this... but grumpus be gone! I hope today allows you the space you need, and agreed, go get your run tomorrow. It will put everything into perspective and give you the energy to focus on the task at hand. We'll be here cheering you on in the meantime, 'cause I know you're going to rock it!

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TORTUETOO 4/9/2010 11:39AM

    Mmmm, peanut M&Ms. I was just saying to my sister last night that the 1lb bags of those things are actually single serving size...

Good luck on your exam and hopefully today is a less grumpy day emoticon

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SPARKLINGDAWN 4/9/2010 10:56AM

    I will be thinking of you tomorrow. I wish you a great day and a good examen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 4/9/2010 10:54AM

    Some days we do just have to vent, and then things clear up.

You were right to expect a thank you for covering another class. I always hated having to do that when I was teaching ( retired, now 15 years). Doing that took away my prep time and seemed to mess up the rest of my day too.

Rest and exercise are needed as a test prep as well as the study time. You seem to know that.

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CASSIOEPIA 4/9/2010 9:47AM

    Good luck with your exam tomorrow, and I hope that you DO get outdoors for some sunshine fix. I find that always helps (as does venting here at SP).
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GSDMIKE 4/9/2010 9:40AM

    "Step away from the M&M's! Nothing to see here. Move along now."

Oh they were peanut? Never mind.

Good luck with your exams, and enjoy your weekend.

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TMAC10 4/9/2010 8:42AM

    girl..seems like we're having the same week! like you said to me hang in there and i'm here to support you! i know you'll do great on your exam and then you can relax all weekend! good luck :)

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FRANKLYN22 4/9/2010 8:22AM

    Hooray for Friday! Just think, once that exam is over, you will still have the rest of the weekend to relax and breathe.

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BSTAKINGACTION 4/9/2010 8:18AM

    Your "negative nelly" post actually made me feel a little less alone. I woke up with the BIGGEST chip on my shoulder this morning. EVERYTHING is making me want to snap...and I know its because I have an inordinate amount of obligations today, my body is sore and hurt which means I won't get to run tomorrow...

sigh...lets both try to find some joy in this day. I'm going for a walk....a long walk...

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PINKCOCONUT 4/9/2010 7:59AM

    Deep breaths! This exam will be over in less than 48 hours and you can live again!
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LALAFLOWERS 4/9/2010 7:31AM

    Yuck.

At least you realize that you were grumpy, and could deal with it in some way.... even if that way was chocolate.

I hope today is better, and that the weekend allows you some time to unwind, and spend some time on yourself! (even if it's just a bath.. late at night)

HUGS!!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 4/9/2010 7:15AM

  I can identify...when I was teaching there was always someone who wasn't doing their job!
Definitely a day that did get much better, but today is a new day! Things will improve! Remember, you can't control the things that happen to you sometimes, just the way you react to them.
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Change of plan...

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I make a real effort to try different classes at my gym. I'm paying for it, so why not? It's fun to get out of my comfort zone.
Last night was supposed to be 60's and 70's Dance Party with a former Rockette and Broadway dancer. Super fun, right? Well, it turned out that she was stuck in Manhattan (she is producing the new Hairspray) so the class was going to be Dance Your Butt Off. Hm... I was already at the gym, so I decided to try it. I really slogged through it - it was exactly like Step Class without the step. One of those classes where everyone is doing exactly the same thing at the same time, wide steps, repeaters... bleh. I have taken step classes before, and there is a reason I don't still take them. I'm just not into that kind of class. It takes me a while to really "get" a step, and most of the time just when I get it, the class is moving on to something else. It's very frustrating.
So I left, feeling a little dejected, but very sweaty, and came home. Honey made some grilled chicken with avocado/onion rice (YUM) and I was SOOOO glad there was dinner here.

But on to today. This morning I planned on going swimming, but my body was saying "no no no!" when I woke up. I listened to it, and here I am.

Did I meet goals from yesterday?
Water - YES
Have fun at class - I tried my best!
Compliment - YES
Eating plan - um, no. After dinner I had some peanut butter, and then some more. And then some honey bread. Bleh.

I'm feeling a little run-down today, which is a little bit of a bummer. I was in such a good mood yesterday, and today is more blah.

Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Make good food choices at dinner tonight (we have a homeowners' meeting at a restaurant tonight - they make good sushi, so I think I'll have a roll or two)
Go to bed at 9:00 tonight. I've been staying up too late this week, and I think it's finally catching up with me. I don't like it.

Off to get another cup of coffee and pack my lunch.

  
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EATNBOOGERS 4/9/2010 12:36AM

    Oh, I was so looking forward to hearing about the 60s/70s class! :-( Sounds like you might be coming down with something... take extra good care of yourself.

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TMAC10 4/8/2010 12:58PM

    like everyone else has said...at least you're "trying" all of these classes. i too hate step classes, ugh! my next goal is to add bodypump classes into my routine...

there must be something in the air because i'm feeling rather ugh myself today!

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PINKJELLY24 4/8/2010 12:16PM

    Well at least you're trying new classes, sometimes they just aren't for you, I've found a few at my gym that I absolutely love, and others that I don't want to take again...good job listening to your body, sometimes it needs rest, especially if you've been going to be late. That's how I've been lately, and this morning I just felt that I needed the extra sleep, and that I can just workout after work and listen to what my body is saying.....

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GINABUG 4/8/2010 10:31AM

    I like your "bleh!" An upbeat and humorous way to say, "well, THAT didn't work out. What next?" Made me smile to think of the sticking out tongue and vocalizing -- "bleh!" I might have to try it!

On another note -- I have quite a lot of experience with the up one day and down the next syndrome. I'm working on finding the way to balance them out myself. All I can say is listen to your body and your heart on the down days and see if there are messages you need to learn.

Thanks for sharing your journey! It is inspirational!

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CAMROLA 4/8/2010 9:38AM

    It's so good to listen to your body--sounds like it needed a little rest. Good for you for trying so many classes--switching things up and challenging yourself is the best way to keep it fresh, and find out what you like and don't like to motivate you to keep going!

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PINKCOCONUT 4/8/2010 7:18AM

    I'm the same with step classes and other classes similar! I'm impressed that you're going to the dance party classes! LOL

I'm sure your body will thank you for taking a rest day! Have a great one!

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GRAMMYEAC 4/8/2010 7:10AM

    Great attitude! Way to adjust when things change is mid-stream!

You've certainly got the teacher's main gift down!

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BYEPOUNDS 4/8/2010 6:19AM

    open to trying new classes

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HANSEEN 4/8/2010 6:16AM

    Hang in there.

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Hump-a-Dump

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

It's going to be a sunny, warm (maybe hot), and lovely day. Yahoo!

Last night was African Dance class at my gym. I was a little apprehensive - I can NOT dance worth a rip. The thing I have going for me is that I have a great sense of the beat and know when to do the moves. We did a few practice moves across the floor, and then the instructor taught us two different dances. After a little bit I just totally let go and got into it. I stopped looking in the mirror and just went with it. I had so much fun! And today my legs are SO sore. Lots of low movement and BIG movement. I can't wait until the next class on Sunday!

Did I meet yesterday's goals?
Water - YES
Have fun at dance - YES
Choose outfits for the week - no, but I *did* submit a paper earlier than it was due. I think that is more impressive than outfit picking.

Today I will:
Drink a ton of water
Have fun at "60s and 70s Dance Party" - another class at my gym!
Give someone a compliment
Stick to the eating plan

Lunch is packed, water goal is underway, and the birds are singing. Yay for Spring!!!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/8/2010 12:00AM

    Ooh, I want to come to the dance party class! have fun!

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TMAC10 4/7/2010 4:29PM

    sounds like you are doing awesome! thanks for the tips on "daily weigh ins" today on my blog...i think im going to cut it back to only friday mornings! hope you've had a fantastic day!

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CAMROLA 4/7/2010 11:53AM

    You continue to rock it--go, girl! I LOVE that you had such a blast at the African Dance Class. I remember from the single class I took that I was absolutely exhilarated and had a grin a mile wide on my face for days. Good for the body AND the soul!

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Now I need to find a class--you reminded me how much I enjoyed it!

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GROOVYCHICK9 4/7/2010 10:42AM

    Sounds like you had a great time. Good job on the paper. It feels good to turn stuff in early even though I am not one to do that often.
Take care.

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KATZABELLAMAMA 4/7/2010 10:37AM

    That class sounds interesting. Different from all the Zumba classes that are being done everywhere.

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PSHANKEY 4/7/2010 9:49AM

    So want to see the dancing. For me? One day...

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CASSIOEPIA 4/7/2010 9:03AM

    Wow, girl! You have been on a roll lately. Very impressive about the paper :)

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GSDMIKE 4/7/2010 9:00AM

    I think we're going to need a video blog for Sunday. Sounds like you had a good time and got a good workout.

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MAIA2011 4/7/2010 8:33AM

    I love to dance but I feel sorry for anyone who is watching! BTW what are you studying?

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PINKCOCONUT 4/7/2010 7:43AM

    Awesome stuff! Glad you had a great time!

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SPARKLINGDAWN 4/7/2010 6:53AM

    That is great. I agree - paper is more impressive. Congrats with the soreness - and the fun emoticon

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GHOSTFLAMES 4/7/2010 6:52AM

    GO FOR IT HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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The toes are out!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

My favorite part of the year is when I can wear my sandals to work with painted piggies. I don't keep my fingers painted because they just chip way too quickly, but I love to have fun toes.

Yesterday was my last day of Spring Break, and it was a good one. Went to the gym in the morning for some great strength training. My shoulders are feeling it today! Honey and I did a few errands in the afternoon; I dropped off my ring to get cleaned, it was in desperate need. It feels so strange not having my ring, though.
Did some grocery shopping - one of these days I'm going to take a picture of our cart. I just love looking at all the healthy stuff in there. Honey got some bluefish for the grill. YUM. Evening was running club - another pain-free run. Wahoo! Came home to some grilled bluefish, Greek rice pilaf (SOOO good - recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook), grilled white asparagus, and peach maple custard for dessert. I am so spoiled.

Tonight is an African dance class at the gym. The class leader brings in his drums - I am super excited for the class!

I've been slacking on my daily goals. Today is back to the routine and a great day to pick up my goals.
Today I will:
- Drink at least four Siggs full of water
- Take the dance class in stride and have fun with it (instead of getting frustrated when I might have trouble with the movements)
- Choose outfits for the rest of the week

Time to get going on this water goal!

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MAIA2011 4/7/2010 8:36AM

    Don't forget the Enchanted Broccoli Forest. I used to make quiche for my dad and me everyday with that one!

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RUNNINGWILD 4/6/2010 11:10PM

    Sandals and pretty toes! these are a few of my favourite things! I pretty much wear nothing but sandals from May long weekend until September long weekend and I sometimes push that a few times. With our weather (Chinooks) I often get some bonus days =) LOVE those!

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ROGUE_1 4/6/2010 9:30PM

    Yes, do take a pic of your shopping cart full of healthy eats! I love seeing that too. Do you ever look over at fellow shoppers carts? I see so much junk food these days. There was a time when my cart looked like that, but I'm happy to say, not anymore! Sometimes the cashiers comment on how healthy I eat or ask if I'm vegetarian (I'm not) because of the things I pick out. Keep up the great work! African dance class sounds so FUN.

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BLAIRJ1 4/6/2010 4:50PM

    African Dance can be soooo much fun! I hope you have a great time!

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JWENZEL723 4/6/2010 4:46PM

    oh and i can't wait to hear about the african dance class. sounds awesome!

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JWENZEL723 4/6/2010 4:46PM

    i'm the same way - i never paint my fingernails but love having cute toenails. and girl, you ARE spoiled with having a man that cooks for you...i'm jealous!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/6/2010 3:28PM

    The drum class at the gym sounds fun! I need to get out my sandals, too...

Re grocery shopping... a little funny quirk I'll share: I like it when I run into someone I know at the store and my cart is full of "virtuous" food. ;-)

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CAMROLA 4/6/2010 10:16AM

    Enjoy what's left of spring break, and your African Dance class--just let go! It's all about movement and energy!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 4/6/2010 9:37AM

    I wore my "peep toe" shoes to church Sunday. I'm looking forward to sandal wearing, though i don't paint my nails.

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GROOVYCHICK9 4/6/2010 8:22AM

    I love it when my piggies come out to play too. Right now I have electric frosty turquoise on my toes. I love the color. Got a pedi before we left on our trip. That is something I just started doing to treat myself. Enjoy your African Dance class. Just have fun with it.

By the way, can your honey come and cook at my house too? He is the best. You make sure you keep that one.

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PINKCOCONUT 4/6/2010 7:46AM

    I see those Moosewood cookbooks and ALWAYS think of you! One of these days I'm going to pick one up!

And this is day TWO of getting up stupidly early for workouts! I can't say I'm enjoying it yet but I do enjoy the extra time in the evenings! :D

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CFMOSS 4/6/2010 7:12AM

    You're doing great - I need to get back into a routine too - I've been out of it for toooooo long. Fit my fitness in though -- that's good.

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TMAC10 4/6/2010 6:57AM

    I've heard so many people talk about the Moosewood cookbook. I really think I may have to get it!

I also love painted toes... I really need to get a pedicure & also some new sandals for work (we can't wear anything with a strap between our toes...so most of mine are out, boo).

Thanks for the ST goodie :) I really do need to get to it with ST because I know it has so much benefits with weight loss!

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