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Bike ride rescheduled - have to share snow cat photos

Saturday, February 04, 2012

They wimped on the forecast, and rescheduled the frosty bike ride to the 18th. Unfortunately, I won't be able to ride that day, but, it was nice to see there is SOME level of sanity in the organizers.

And this morning, woke to the forecast in progress. The cats have been hilarious. We hadn't had much snow this season, and Patches started chasing snowflakes on the deck.



The Prisoner was less eager to step out on wet cold white stuff.


And once he did, opening the door to take the photos brought him streaking back in.


So today... the workout is most likely clearing walks and drive.

  
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SUNNYWBL 2/9/2012 1:05AM

    What wonderful pictures! I have cats, actually, they have me!

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SUE_2U 2/5/2012 6:36AM

    Brrrr! gave me the shivers to just look! But kitty is having a great time! I bet Dexter would, too... but Zola would expect someone to go out and shovel a path so that she could pee without getting her feet too wet. She hates going out in anything but sunshine. Spoiled by the weather, here, I think.
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BARBAELLEN 2/4/2012 11:21PM

    Awwwwwww. So cute!

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SUNNY1432 2/4/2012 11:14PM

    Love the photos!! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 2/4/2012 8:59PM

    Fun pictures of the kids.

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MOBYCARP 2/4/2012 8:40PM

    Love the cat pics; and no, I wouldn't ride a bike in that snow either!

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DEBRITA01 2/4/2012 3:39PM

    Cute photos...I love to watch pets in the snow. Take it easy with the shoveling today! emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/4/2012 2:29PM

    Thank goodness sping is closer now than it was in November.
Enjoy the snow, not the shoveling. We missed out but I think
everyone is okay with that. We'll get ours, eventually! HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 2/4/2012 12:05PM

    IF it ever ends.....
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_LINDA 2/4/2012 11:46AM

    Cool photos!! Nothing like fresh falling snow and a soft, sparkling carpet of white! Hope its not too heavy and wet to shovel.. Would LOVE to go for a walk in it and be the first to put prints in it :)
Sorry the rescheduled bike ride time isn't convenient for you :(
Enjoy your Winter Wonderland!

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KANOE10 2/4/2012 9:10AM

    The cat pictures are adorable. My cat looks outside at the snow and won't go out. Have a great day.

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ANDI571 2/4/2012 9:01AM

    They are so adorable. MEOW!

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CONCHA77 2/4/2012 8:48AM

    Your cats have gotten so big. Seems like just yesterday they were little. Nice looking. I still haven't had our one cat, Otis, come out of hiding yet. It's been 4 full days :( Our other kitty is playful and we have already bonded. Just wish Otis would join us.
Have a great weekend. Don't hurt your back shoveling that snow. We still don't have much up here. emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/4/2012 8:35AM

    emoticon emoticonSnow and Cats are ALWAYS a Great Combination!! So glad to see that the Bike Ride was rescheduled. You can just do the "Ride" on your own.
Enjoy your Day and your Free Entertainment!! emoticon

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JAYDEE925 2/4/2012 8:25AM

    Cute, cute, cute! I wish we'd get some snow...I just love sled riding and ice skating, and it hasn't even been cold enough to freeze this year.

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MIZCATHI 2/4/2012 8:22AM

    So cute! I love "The Prisoner" name for one of your cats - hilarious!

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Weather and Whether...

Friday, February 03, 2012

Tomorrow a local organization is sponsoring the "Frosty Bike Ride". I will not be riding. First, because of the spots. Second because we're predicted to have 6 to 12 inches of "heavy wet snow". Yuck! I can't think of a worse surface for biking!

Meantime, back at the ranch... made it through an entire work day yesterday. Hope to do the same today. Itchiness gets relatively better or worse, spots fade and intensify... healing is happening, but of course I would prefer it was instantaneous. Patience, Barb, patience.

I am getting in my break walks, but not more... rest is an important element of healing.

  
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LJCANNON 2/4/2012 12:33AM

    emoticonThanks for Taking Care of YOU!! The Bike ride sounds Crazy! You will live to ride another day, indeed!!

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KALIGIRL 2/3/2012 11:19PM

    Sorry I haven't been more diligent about checking in...
Do you need anything this weekend?
Just down the street you know and can walk supplies to you - even the girls if they'd bring some joy the kittens haven't provided.
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GOHUSKERS2 2/3/2012 11:00PM

    Would think they would cancel the bike ride in that much snow. it just started snowing here in Columbus an hour ago. Hope you are getting better each and everyday!!!

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_LINDA 2/3/2012 1:03PM

    So glad you are getting better, slowly but surely..
6-12 inches of heavy wet snow???? Nothing should be moving in that, let alone a bike ride!! You aren't missing a thing. I hope they do the sensible thing and reset it for another day, better to live to ride another day!!
So now you are done with work and its the weekend. I hope you can find some mental or light physical activity that is fun for you to take your mind off the itchy spots..I would get lost in my online games personally, lose all track of time doing those..
Hope you can enjoy your rest!

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MIZCATHI 2/3/2012 10:43AM

    I hope you heal up soon, but you will, you will. Patience seems to be a theme today!

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MSLZZY 2/3/2012 9:53AM

    When healing becomes instant, I would like to know.
Patience is not one of my virtues but I do try to
practice on it.
Hope the weather doesn't get so bad but I do know
they took us out of the rough stuff and kept it down
south. Hope the next two days aren't so bad.
HUGS!

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KRISZTA11 2/3/2012 8:28AM

    I'm happy you feel well enough to work : )
Biking in snow, that sounds too hard and dangerous for me - I wouldn't do it either.

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KANOE10 2/3/2012 8:11AM

    I would stay out of biking in the snow also. I hope you are healing and that the itching is getting better.
Have a wonderful day. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/3/2012 7:46AM

    Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not!


Remember this one? And: patience optional (since we'll weather it anyhow, I suppose). But patience makes it easier if summonsable!!

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LEANJEAN6 2/3/2012 7:40AM

    Oh Barb--I finally got to your blog--I assume you must have an allergy--thus the spots--Hang in ---- You are a hearty exerciser!---I see Kasey is back blogging--- Hava good day Barb!-Lynda

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MAGGIE101857 2/3/2012 7:29AM

    Glad you are on the mend!

Yes, patience is a virtue, and it is hard to listen to it's voice....proud of you that you are listening and making the right choices for you at this time!!! emoticon

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EMGERBER 2/3/2012 7:29AM

    I would not want to bike in the snow either. Take good care of yourself that will guarantee a great a healthy life.

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Recurring theme: don't get cocky!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

You know that old saying that when man plans... God laughs? That seems to be oh, so true in my life, leading to my theme, "don't get cocky". In the face of success, I have to be very careful. Because just about the time I think I'm flying high and have the answers... SOME twist or other shows me how wrong I was!

2011 was a great year in terms of personal health and athletic eventing. Finished that first half marathon, ran a 5K at the end of the season in under 10 minute mile pace... even gathered a couple of gold medals for my age group in some non-mainstream outings. It wasn't such a great year in terms of people I care about: lost a nephew, oh, too young... illness hit a sister, in breast cancer (she's doing very well), and a sister in law in ALS (and she's doing as well as can be expected).

2012 dawned with my having a whole lot of dreams of building on the athletic event side of things: I had joined a gym so I could swim and prepare for a triathlon in the summer. I had hired a personal trainer with a background in triathlon, to help me develop a strength training plan for the same goal. I had "blended" my half marathon and triathlon training plans into something that "looked good to me". And I started executing the plan.

THEN... three weeks ago, I guess it is now... a cold. No biggie, right? A few days off, rest up, start back. Then BAM... sinus infection... misery. Get put on drugs for it, once again start back, with lesser expectations, maybe? Like the plagues of old, not enough! I can hear the emoticon belly laughing. The reaction to the medication. I am actually laughing over it myself... it's like some kind of song or story that's a lesson for us all.

I've had my heart blessed a lot already this year, and it's only Ground Hog's Day! Hopefully, unlike the movie, I won't have to relive this scenario endlessly. The fact that I'm writing this and with perspective, speaks to improvement... I'm itching less (on antihistamines, third day now), and able to talk of things beyond how I personally feel right this minute!

I do think I'll have to reschedule the personal trainer and the blood bank... just to be sure this stuff is behind me. Don't want to alarm the gym rats with a spotted body... they might not understand. emoticon BUT, I can still use my treadmill, right here in my home, without alarming anyone. And that is the plan, starting today... work the whole day, and walk on the treadmill when I get home.

Despite the storms, folks, life IS good. Spark on!

  
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REJ7777 2/3/2012 1:56AM

    There are so many things in life that we don't have control over. Then again, there are a lot of things in life that we do have control over. As the proverb says, "Fall down seven times, get up 8".

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_LINDA 2/2/2012 9:10PM

    As a person who personifies continuous roadblocks to a healthy lifestyle -I would say you have a pretty good grip on things. Just two lessons. Patience. Healing. When the hurts are over, you can resume your training schedule. The earth won't stop when you are sick. You ARE allowed to recover and heal. You actually do NOT have to exercise 24/7 :) Layoffs are a pain, but it makes getting back into it much sweeter :)
May you get back to normal soon!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/2/2012 8:20PM

    I feel you pain and empathize on all the cr@$p you are going through!

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MRS.DOYLE 2/2/2012 2:42PM

    If someone is laughing at Plan A, time to roll out Plan B...which you are doing.
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SUE_2U 2/2/2012 12:04PM

    You are such an awesomely dedictated person.
I broke out in purple freckles that itched, once, all over my body, from some medication. Inside, too, apparently, as they gave me asthma. Ugh...
I hope you heal up fast from the medicine that was supposed to be healing you! emoticon I am glad it wasn't a worse reaction. Quite bad enough as it is.
emoticon Just take time to heal. Be patient with yourself. You can do this, but it just means a bit of a change in the timing. emoticon Hang in there.

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DEBRA0818 2/2/2012 11:07AM

    Amazing dedication to exercise, Barb! They say where there's a will, there's a way. You have quite a will.

Spark on!

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MSLZZY 2/2/2012 10:26AM

    No matter what, you are still working at it.
Just take good care of yourself and take each
day as it comes. HUGS!

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ANDI571 2/2/2012 10:10AM

    Remember, resting your body when it needs it, is just as important as exercising and eating right. The trick is, to get it moving again when the time is right. Most of the time we give up when we stop. Not you! I have no doubt you will be back to your ole self as soon as you can. In the mean time, know your body is healing itself.

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KARIDIAN1 2/2/2012 10:01AM

    You must have had the same reaction I had. Got spots from a reaction to sulpha.
The more I took the meds, the worse I felt and then the spots appeared.

Glad you are feeling better, but it will take some time to feel 100%.

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MIZCATHI 2/2/2012 10:00AM

    You are such an inspiration to me in all regards, but particularly to taking care of yourself even if it creates a blip in your personal athletic goals! Thanks for your continuing encouragement, too! I want to be just like you when I'm 60, only 2.5 years away!

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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2012 7:53AM

    You know you have the self discipline and drive to resume vigorous workouts as soon as humanly possible: so you can afford to be flexible and kind to yourself. Love your self-deprecating humour: a key survival skill!!

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BUGGYS 2/2/2012 7:33AM

    Listen to your body, Barb and ease back into your workout routine slowly...your body has needed the rest to heal itself! With your determination and gutsto, I'm sure you'll be back in the thick of things before you know it! emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 2/2/2012 7:32AM

    I've had that kind of reaction to meds, too...broke out in hives. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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Urges and what to do with them!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Urges, the seemingly uncontrollable desire to *do* something. We all have them, and they come in many forms.

Those of us who consider ourselves to be compulsive eaters are very familiar with food urges. We have a choice to resist cravings or to indulge them. And if we choose to indulge them, we have a choice to continue or to stop!

But it doesn't just apply to eating... it can apply to any "bad habit"... biting nails, scratching an itch (my current challenge), housekeeping issues... whatever. We have a choice to continue or to stop, at any given moment.

We don't even have to promise to stop "forever", we can just stop right now, this moment. Having succeeded in stopping for one moment, we can face the next moment independently.

We can do this, and we're worth it!

  
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SUE_2U 2/1/2012 7:07AM

    So very very true... and so easy to forget, that we only have to do things a moment at a time. Thank you for the reminder! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 1/31/2012 10:16PM

    I understand about urges too and you summed it up nicely.

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MSLZZY 1/31/2012 11:05AM

    Again, taking it one day at a time and making small
changes. Thanks for sharing!

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_LINDA 1/31/2012 10:49AM

    It sure is hard to beat those urges that is for sure. I have very itchy skin right now due to the dryness of our winter, and in spite of slathering on lotion, it still itches and is very hard to resist scratching, running at 50% with it.
Same goes for snacking. When I run out of snacks they won't be replaced that is for sure. I do way better when I am not cooped up for so long..
Here is to making better choices!!

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KALIGIRL 1/31/2012 8:57AM

    Love it - one step @ a time - we ARE worth it and we CAN do it!
Namaste
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CELEST 1/31/2012 8:56AM

    I agree with your sentiments. I have a lovely book which explains why we have certain food cravings or urges and tells what we can do and replace the urge with. I love it.

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ANDI571 1/31/2012 8:29AM

    Choices can make us or break us. Good thought!

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FITFABJENN 1/31/2012 8:25AM

    So true. Indulging an urge does not take away our choice to stop. Thanks for posting. Very insightful blog (as usual).

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MIZCATHI 1/31/2012 8:10AM

    Urges, I have many! Sometimes I follow the urges, sometimes I do not. For example, last night I had the urge for another dessert (I enjoy a nightly dessert of a reduced fat ice cream sandwich). Instead, I followed the urge to track my calories to see if I had room for another (I did not), but by the time I did all that - I forgot the urge for another dessert! It is important to think before giving into an urge.

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Accepting awards without feeling one earned them

Monday, January 30, 2012

Yesterday I was puttering around Spark, cleaning up some old teams (I like to limit how many I'm on at a time), and ended up "completing" the 5K your way challenge. I hit the "complete" button because I know I have run 5K with my son and further... but there's something in my procedural brain that doesn't feel like I "earned" the badge it gave me, because... *I didn't do the workouts they recommend in their little training plan in the order and frequency they said*!

So when I started getting congrats notes from my Spark buds on the badge, I felt... what? Guilty? The same thing happened when I belatedly accepted the "completed getting started"... a year late.

Guess I really *did* to 5K MY way, just not Spark's way. If I get results without following things exactly that does NOT mean I "cheated"... and I think that's the feeling I'm fighting. I ran a 5K with my son, the whole way, the second week of the program. Probably because I had quite a bit of residual fitness hanging about... and my marking it completed yesterday was a statement that "I'm tired of this thing that say's I'm in week November something of the program nagging me".

Here's to completing your lifestyle transition *however* you do it... by the book, or "in the spirit"... it's YOUR life, and YOUR program. And emoticon. You *shall* do it, too... because you're worth it!

Life's good... Spark on! emoticon

  
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LJCANNON 1/31/2012 10:54AM

    emoticonOne thing about Spark, it gives you permission to "Do It Your Way". And it gives you the Tools and Support to FIND Your Way.
emoticonWasn't it Frank Sinatra who sang "I Did It My Way"? Maybe that should be the Theme Song for Spark People.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/31/2012 3:45AM

    Heck, a pat on the back is a pat on the back!

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PENNYAN45 1/30/2012 4:52PM

    If there's any place you can "do it MY way" it's here on Spark People!

That is part of the beauty of this site.



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SUE_2U 1/30/2012 4:40PM

    My friend, you did it, therefor you definitely deserve the honor! emoticon emoticon
You worked hard at it. Doing it your way is still doing it, after all. And no cheating, you did it. That's it. Enough said. You rock, totally!
How are you feeling today? I hope you are well, again. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/30/2012 1:53PM

    Doesn't Spark have a 5K your way team? I like that idea. You shouldn't have any guilt. You got the job done and earned the award YOUR way. And that is the most successful way. The way people will stick to doing something is to do it at their own comfort level. I lost my weight with my own food and exercise choices, didn't use any of Spark's resources for that except just tracking it all, and that is the only way I would stick with it.
Here is to following our own path on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
Enjoy your Monday!

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COMPUCATHY 1/30/2012 11:48AM

    It's true...great thing about Spark is...we do it our way...ultimately. The guidelines and support are great...but it is up to us what we do with it...just like life. Spark on...YOUR way! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 1/30/2012 11:44AM

    I have never been one for coloring between the lines, but I think it counts if you make it to the goal too!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/30/2012 11:09AM

    We are two peas in a pod. Whenever I get recognized for something I try to downplay it too. Like it was a mistake or something. We really do need to see ourselves through others' eyes. We're much too hard on ourselves. It's that old all-or-nothing and perfectionism combination that gets me every time. Congrats on your accomplishments. You deserve them -- whether you did them by the book or Frank's way.

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MSLZZY 1/30/2012 10:21AM

    emoticon emoticonOne less nagging item
to worry about. You are right. You didn't cheat,
you did it your way and that is what counts!

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MIZCATHI 1/30/2012 10:03AM

    Say goodbye to your guilty heart - you completed it - get that badge and enjoy it! I know what you mean, though... lol!

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MNTWINSGAL 1/30/2012 9:09AM

    No guilt allowed....you did it YOUR way, just like the badge said. Congrats are still in order!

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KALIGIRL 1/30/2012 8:24AM

    Here's to OUR lives!

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/30/2012 8:01AM

    This is me - as long as I donīt do exactly as instructed I feel like a cheater... working a lot with that mentally.
You are doing great!

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MAGGIE101857 1/30/2012 7:31AM

    I felt the same way about the January Jumpstart Challenge - I ended up leaving the challenge because I was doing my own ST workouts and felt like I was cheating not doing the videos in the program. But in retrospect, I was still "jumpstarting" my program.

It's so hard to keep up with all the different teams, and yet they all have something to offer and you meet so many great people! I have eliminated a few, but then I find another one I just have to join!

Have a great week!!! emoticon

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