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Marching into the madness...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yes, basketball fans, it is that time of year again! emoticon My siblings remember that basketball was my favorite spectator sport. My son would remember that it was MOM that patiently stayed at the playground with him until his kindergartner arms managed to make ONE basket while the sun set and it got dark.

I myself remember my own mom, shooting hoops with the neighborhood kids, showing us her Iowa State Girls' bench-warmer skills (underhand freethrows, anyone? They still do 'em!)

Anyway, if you're going to do 8 miles on a treadmill, it behooves you to have something to look at besides the walls, and for me, that's college basketball, today. Kentucky and Vanderbilt? Mixed, of course, with the fitness infomercials, because they really keep me pumping. Jillian Michaels was on for the first half hour of my stepping. Then basketball.

What's the point of this? I guess to find what will keep YOU moving. This is one of mine. Still love the thrill of a fast break, the breath-hold while you watch the arc of a jump-shot. Despite living in the Cornhusker state, where (American college) emoticon football is King... round-ball has always been my passion.

So for the next few weeks, my treadmill sessions will be to some amazing sights... the usual suspects and the Cinderella teams, the defensive and offensive efforts, the race against the clock... I shall march into the Madness with them... grinning all the way!

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Spark on!

  
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_LINDA 3/12/2012 1:38AM

    Basketball was the only sport I participated in while at elementary school -loved it, for me it was all about wrestling the ball to get a jump ball lol -I was the center if you can believe it at only 5' 6". I did nothing in high school -the start of my couch potato days.
What ever gets your motor running -just do it! For me that is pounding music with a beat -the faster the song, the faster I go. I think I would be too distracted if I tried to watch TV. I especially don't know how people can read and workout on a machine...
Enjoy the games!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/12/2012 1:21AM

    I love the words "marching into madness"!

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MSLZZY 3/11/2012 11:12PM

    That is quite a plan and one that works for you! HUGS!

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COMETER 3/11/2012 9:40PM

    My in-laws are from Kentucky originally, and can hardly believe that anyone west of the Mississippi knows what basketball is. In their friendly bracket competition, it works best to choose the western teams, and then hope that they win.

And I'm always pleased when an underdog wins.

It does make for some great diversion--I hope it keeps you on the treadmill cheerfully!

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EBEAMS 3/11/2012 8:57PM

    Good for you! I have absolutely no idea what season it is so I'm always glad when someone else does! emoticon Whatever keeps you moving is a GREAT thing!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/11/2012 8:00PM

    Good for you! It definitely is all about what is going to keep you motivated!!!

Today I was just starting to get going on the treadmill and the phone rang. Didn't recognize the phone # so almost didn't answer it, but DH did. TURNED OUT TO BE MY SON! So we had a 2 min. conversation. He sounds good, but tired. Not unexpected. So, wanted to share that excitement with you.

HUGS!

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SUE_2U 3/11/2012 7:48PM

    I always liked basketball better than football, too. I love softball little league games, also.
Sounds like you're definitely on the move and in the groove! Go, Barb, Go!
Love Jillian Michaels! She's so very nice. Did you ever see her blog on FB? She really was blogging a lot about her upcoming wedding, before she got married. She's not blogging as much now that she is on The Doctors.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/11/2012 7:21PM

    The only time I'm interested in college basketball is during the NCAA tournament. My two boys got me hooked and I do look forward to the games. I do enjoy watching the game -- probably because it's one of two (baseball being the other) sports that I actually understand the best. Enjoy your walks/runs while you watch the games!

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CONCHA77 3/11/2012 7:15PM

    Oh Yes! And Michigan State (MSU) is still in the game too!!! I LOVE this time of year.
Have fun on the tread, I will be jumping on this week along with you watching.
Have you seen your son yet? Hugs.

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A full Saturday

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Today's activity included a gym session with the personal trainer: y'all remember the one I bought six sessions with to celebrate my birthday last November. This was the next to last session... the final one will come on April 14th.

This one was kind of fun, actually. It was mostly exercises with the ball, the Suisse Ball or Exercise ball we know and love. emoticon emoticon She had me do planks on the ball, squats a couple of different ways with the ball, lunges with the ball and a twist, reverse crunches, crunches, and a "ball toss" that kind of combined things. I made the mistake of thinking I could still do 10 pound bicep curls after a month's layoff... HAH! Had to reduce the reps. Sigh.

This afternoon my daughter in law came over for our weekly check in, and then, since the weather was soooo nice, I took son's car over to their place to leave it for the next few days. I walked the 4.38 miles home in the sunshine.

The rest of the day's plan? Early to bed... and remember what to do about the clock tonight! emoticon Because tomorrow is Sunday... and that means long walk day. Target: 8 miles. And the goal is to get it done early, since son comes home tomorrow and I don't want to be unreachable when he does.

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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1CRAZYDOG 3/11/2012 12:11PM

    Hope your visit with your so is sparktacular!!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful session with the trainer. Good on you.

Hey, got the "Dear Mom" postcard from DS yesterday. Of course, it was pre-printed and he signed it.

Told us:

1. He'd arrived safely (already knew that, thankfully!)
2. He'd receive his permanent unit tomorrow, Monday.
3. We'd eventually receive his APO address.
4. Emergency contact information (had that already, too.)
5. We'd get a graduation packet once that was closer.

So, that's that. Don't expect to be hearing from him for several weeks, but we'll take what we can get!

HUGS and have a wonderful walk, and visit with your DS.

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SHARON10002 3/11/2012 11:16AM

    I'm so excited for you and your son! Have a wonderful time together, and don't forget to stock up on those emoticon!

8 miles????!!!! I have a problem reaching 2!!!!! Did you feel your sessions with the personal trainer were helpful and worth the expense?

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/11/2012 3:13AM

    I hope you had/have a wonderful walk (donīt really know how our time of day is related, maybe you have not even strated that day of walking yet...)

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KARIDIAN1 3/10/2012 10:42PM

    Enjoy your day when your son arrives and have a great walk.

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BARBAELLEN 3/10/2012 9:53PM

    No wonder you're looking forward to tomorrow! Hope it's a perfect one!

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MSLZZY 3/10/2012 9:06PM

    Get an early start so you can be around when DS calls.
You will have a very good day, I am sure! HUGS!

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SUNNY1432 3/10/2012 8:17PM

    8 miles, WOW!!! I hope you get plenty of extra sleep and enjoy your Sunday:) emoticon emoticon

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CONCHA77 3/10/2012 7:58PM

    emoticon You amaze me.
Enjoy your walk/run tomorrow and enjoy time with your son, Sounds like a perfect day.
Hugs.


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ANDI571 3/10/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon 8 miles? You never seize to amaze me.

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SUE_2U 3/10/2012 7:20PM

    Iam so very impressed at what you can accomplish! That is an awesome workout! And a fantastic bd pressie to yourself! Spark On! emoticon

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_LINDA 3/10/2012 7:09PM

    Sounds like a fantastic day! Love the ball personally, I do my crunches on it, and find it more comfortable to sit on then a chair.
Hope your weather is awesome for your long walk tomorrow!
No walking here, its turning to ice and sludge and I don't have rubber boots lol. Its amazing how much it is melting here.

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ARLENE_MOVES 3/10/2012 7:07PM

    What a lovely day!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/10/2012 6:53PM

    Good day, Barb! Did I miss something? Your son is coming home? Or is this a visit before he ships out? Whatever the reason, enjoy your time with him!

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Rest day

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Yesterday after work I hopped on the treadmill for an hour... 4 miles being my target. I went a few minutes over, to an old episode of the Jack Lord version of Hawaii Five-O, and got in 4.25 miles.

Today is a planned rest day. I took my break walks at work, as is my usual "stress management plan", but I could tell it was time for a rest day. I don't even track those break walks on the Spark tracker any more... but one day I might again.

I ordered myself some new walking shoes. I can't remember if I mentioned here that I signed up for the ten miler the end of this month, but I did. Build that mileage. I'm going to be wearing those shoes out. That's what they are for, right?

Looking forward to the weekend. Saturday I meet with the trainer... I've already e-mailed her warning her I haven't done Strength training homework, while building walking miles. She e-mailed me back tips for what kind of exercises to do before/after the walking to help.

Sunday afternoon late... son will be arriving back in town... but I won't horn in on the kids' reunion. Daughter in law will pick him up at the airport, and I will see him later in the week.

Life is good. Spark on. emoticon

  
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LJCANNON 3/18/2012 7:39PM

    emoticonJack Lord was my First Crush!! Although I did think it was Weird that his hair NEVER got messed up!!
emoticonThese Shoes (Boots) Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra!!)
Enjoy your Rest Day and Your Son's Visit. emoticon emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 3/18/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon are made for walking and this pair better watch out! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 3/10/2012 6:46PM

    Ah, I loooove Hawaii 5-0....both the old version and the new. And even the theme song makes me feel charged up!

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MIZCATHI 3/9/2012 11:47AM

    Wow, can't wait until I am doing 15 min miles. The treadmill is still a good workout for me and my HR is going up to MAX. Not sure why. I am doing good to do 3.5 mph with hill intervals at 5.5 incline! I'm sure I'll get faster when more fat comes off. But wow, my hat is off to ya!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/9/2012 10:53AM

    I used to watch that Hawaii Five-O religiously every week. I though Jack Lord was such a HUNK! HEE HEE

I hope your time with your son is wonderful. I'm sure he'll make time to see M-O-M! HUGS



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MSLZZY 3/9/2012 7:55AM

    Woohoo! Son coming home, even for the weekend is
fantastic! I am sure he will make time for you!
Hope all goes well for you today and all weekend.
HUGS!

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PENNYAN45 3/9/2012 7:42AM

    ....and spring is on the way! There will be more daylight time! Life will only get better!

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KASEYCOFF 3/9/2012 5:18AM

    I totally agree with you: them shoes are made for walking, lol...

I don't have access to the old version of 5-0, but the new one is a don't miss now. A bit hokey at times, but what the hey, it's a good action show with some nice eye candy, and the scenery can't be beat, to my mind.
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_LINDA 3/8/2012 11:42PM

    Good for you knowing when to rest! Walk breaks are fine throughout the day, as good as anything else!
Great idea to get new shoes so you can have them broken in before your race. You plan everything so well! Probably why you are an ace computer programmer!
Hope you had a good rest day!
Have a Fantastic Friday!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/8/2012 10:52PM

    I oozes determination from your blog emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/8/2012 10:36PM

    Life IS very good, indeed! Wonderful how you are planning and accomplishing your goals! Go wear out those shoes and have fun doing it! emoticon

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EVWINGS 3/8/2012 10:33PM

    How wonderful for you - about seeing your son AND needing the new shoes!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!


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KARIDIAN1 3/8/2012 9:42PM

    Glad your son will be home soon. I need to get some new shoes too soon. We just talked about it on our walk yesterday.



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MAGGIE101857 3/8/2012 9:04PM

    Life is good!!! It will be hard to stay away from your son....but I applaud your willpower! I'm sure they will know you want some Mom time!! emoticon

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Walking... and walking...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Some of you have been around long enough to remember that one of my training tricks to keep myself at it is "walking as transportation". The unseasonably warm weather that was forecast for yesterday put me in a mind to do just that.

In the morning, being up and at 'em early... I hike 2.55 miles to a bus stop. Then after work, I walked home. Observation in the morning: "It's lighter than it was the last time I did this..." Well, duh! The last time I did this was last April... after the daylight savings Spring forward. It WAS darker in the morning.

I left work promptly, exiting the building at 4:34 after a stop at "the necessary" (Asimov fans, anyone?).

Here's where I start:


It took 99 minutes to get home, and I snapped a few more along the way. Of significance - the uphill of the dam face, when I know I'm getting closer.

Once you climb that face, you are rewarded with this view:


As you might detect from the angle of light, I was racing sunset.


Anyway, the first walk home in this mileage building program is usually the quick one - when I'm staying totally in the environment, not wool-gathering, listening to tunes, or reading while walking (that one really slows me down, which *can* at times be a good thing).

Anyway, it was a great day, and of course, I slept well.

Life's good... Spark on! emoticon

  
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SUE_2U 3/8/2012 5:21PM

    Oh gads I used to always read when I walked and that is dangerous sometimes! hahaha! Thanks for reminding me. Love the pics! You get a great view!

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_LINDA 3/8/2012 1:09AM

    Fantastic!! An soo environmentally friendly too!
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COMETER 3/7/2012 10:07PM

    I ran into a friend this morning who walks to and from work--about the same distance you're doing, I'd say. I'm going to think about doing this...maybe the bus one way, and walk home. I like that idea. I used to do that, and gave it up sometime. I trace my slow weight gain 20 years to when we moved and I quit walking to/from work.

Anyway--isn't the Capitol grand? I love its place in our skyline, and every time I walk around it, I see something new.

Enjoy!

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PENNYAN45 3/7/2012 5:52PM

    This weekend is the switch to daylight savings time, so that should work out well for your future walking before and after work.

I, of course, am a huge fan of walking -- it brings all kinds of great benefits.







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SUNNY1432 3/7/2012 1:30PM

    Looks like it was a beautiful day for a walk. Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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1CRAZYDOG 3/7/2012 11:15AM

    Ok, in reading through the other comments I found your name is Barb??????? SO AM I! And I am a walking fanatic as well!!!!!!

You sure have a gorgeous view as payback for your walking as transportation!

I'm soooooo glad Spring is springing so I am able to spend more outdoor time.

Enjoy your walking! Right behind ya!!!!!

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LJCANNON 3/7/2012 10:54AM

    emoticonYou have a Beautiful place to walk!! What a Blessing that you are ABLE to Enjoy that Walk, and have the energy to Work, too!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/7/2012 10:12AM

    Way to go, Barb! It makes me want to get out and take a walk myself. . .

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/7/2012 9:54AM

    Smart - I canīt really walk from work because it would take about five hours but maybwe I could park 30 minutes away and walk that distance... but then I need the car at work to go to interviews so I am sort of stuck with that car...

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KARIDIAN1 3/7/2012 9:47AM

    Great photos- and comments. And a good way to add walking to your fitness.
I am a Sci-Fi fan too, but haven't read any Asimov in ages. I actually met him and even got an autograph from him at a Star Trek Convention I attended in New York in the 1970's.

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SUNNY332 3/7/2012 9:19AM

    Loved it Barb. Thanks for the photos of your walk.

Do have a Wonderful Wednesday.

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 3/7/2012 8:47AM

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and emoticon photos too!
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MSLZZY 3/7/2012 8:01AM

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BD3269PM 3/7/2012 7:54AM

    Wow, you did great. Wbat energy to walk that long to work and from work. emoticon Well done!!

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KRISZTA11 3/7/2012 7:38AM

    Walking is a fun and efficient way to exercise.
Your area is beautiful, thank you for sharing the pictures.

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Dream images

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I succeeded in my goal of leaving work on time yesterday and drove straight to the gym, where I enjoyed a 44 lap swim. I can tell it's been a while since I've been in the pool... my shoulders told me so. But aerobically, totally fit. It felt good, I went to bed early and slept really well.

I had one of "those" dreams just before waking to the alarm. I had a very frustrating thing at work in the dream, with requirements showing up well after the code had been written and tested... a confrontation with the person voicing those requirements... a threat to toss in the "work towel" and quit... followed by leaving my house and being confronted with a wall of stone and ice blocking my access to the street.

Wow... tons of symbolism to work ones way through there! But the important bit is that I *am* dreaming. Dreams are part of the process of working through life's obstacles. Like that wall. Hmmmm.

Anyway, waking with such an image got my feet to the floor quite promptly, and now I find myself ahead of schedule, and contemplating doing the bus ride to work this morning, so that my walk home won't result in the forced bus ride tomorrow morning. It is shaping up to be a great day, weather wise... so...

Life is good... live it to the fullest... experience what's there to experience... and Spark on! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 3/7/2012 12:10AM

    So glad you can sleep long enough to dream -its said dreams are just your subconscious trying to work things out -very good for you to wake up and be aware of what you are going to do.
Well done on the swimming -I simply can't imagine doing 44 laps after a long layoff! You are amazing!!
Enjoy your walk and the lovely weather!

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COMETER 3/6/2012 9:12PM

    Dreams! They're crazy. I never feel like I can figure them out, except in the sense of how I felt when I woke up, and then I'm always so surprised by "dream residue," that I'll feel all shaken up by what happened in the dream, even when I'm wide awake.

I've been sleeping better, and longer, and so am having dreams again. I THINK that's a good thing.

Thanks for the interesting post.

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MRS.DOYLE 3/6/2012 4:53PM

    You have really vivid dreams. I'm a firm believer that they mean something and require some response. When we were thinking about moving house last year I had the most upsetting dream I have ever had and we took that as a warning and changed our minds about moving. Last night's dream is a bit harder to understand. I dreamt that I lost my train season ticket on the way to work. Then I lost my way to work. I could see it in the distance but could not get there. Very strange considering I am between jobs at the moment.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/6/2012 12:21PM

    Dreams . . . scary @ times, but they have a way, sometimes of helping us problem solve. Hope this one did and GREAT that you got in a swim. Good for you! Nothing like exercise to help work out those stressors.

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SUE_2U 3/6/2012 12:17PM

    I hate "those" dreams. Ugh... I still have dreams of work problems. Maybe I should say nightmares? And I haven't worked as a nurse for 20 years.
Wonderful that you are making those goals for yourself! 44 laps? WOW!

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MSLZZY 3/6/2012 10:56AM

    Funny thing how dreams can mirror real life. Hope
all continues to go according to plan. HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 3/6/2012 8:18AM

    here's to dreaming - whatever the images may tell us - love the cat background!

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SUNNY332 3/6/2012 8:17AM

    Wow - those are some dreams, my friend.

Do enjoy your day. Good job on the workout yesterday. Hope it works out that you have a great walk home from work today.

Sunny

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MAYGIRL14 3/6/2012 8:04AM

    I am sitting here laughing, because I rarely remember a dream, but this week I had one where I was upset with my neighbors because they already had their tomato plants out!
Enjoy the walk home!

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CONCHA77 3/6/2012 7:54AM

    Enjoy that walk home and send some of that warm weather this way. Spark on. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/6/2012 7:31AM

    Terrific dream – I think that strong dreams like that does not necessary has to be interpretated, sometimes they mean that your subconcious is working on it...



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WATERMELLEN 3/6/2012 7:11AM

    Dreams remembered . . . a pretty clear signal you're ready to confront and work through that wall of ice!



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