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Day 253 Update: Dave-on-the-shelf

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hi Everyone

I hope you are having a great Monday!

Today is Day 253 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I've just done 10 minutes so far to get another day in the books!

Someone on my team just shared the horrific image below. I joked that this now ruins Elf-on-the-Shelf for me. The person in the photo is Dave, our Chief Operating Officer.



Yes, I'm aware of what this could say about SparkPeople as a company, so I decided to share a message about that. As many people know, despite having an enormous website and mobile apps, we have a very small team.

One of the main reasons this works is that our team is really smart and efficient at what they do. We also like to have fun as a team. All of this combines to lead to many people on our team staying with the company for a long time because it can be a great place to work with the culture we build and the mission we're on to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals using health and fitness as a springboard to success in all areas of life.

The "having fun" goal actually fits well with our goal to be very efficient. We like to say that if we continue to be efficient, then we're "allowed" to use some of the time saved from that efficiency to do goofy things like dress up as Elf-on-the-shelf and other fun activities -- like the team once re-assembled Dave's desk in the bathroom including a working phone line. They bragged about how it only took a short time to do this prank. He just worked from there for the entire day to "show them". I don't think this really "showed them". In fact, I think the team probably anticipated this response from Dave, so it just added to their joy :). Laughing is healthy, right?

Of course, this all makes it more fun to work with each other and keep trying our best to help more people.

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 12/23/2014 12:01AM

    emoticon laughing is very healthy.

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FRAN0426 12/22/2014 11:30PM

    Your team are great pranksters, great group of people. Yes, laughter is good for all of us. I like the picture of elf on the shelf, hope he didn't need to sit there long for the photo to be a good take.

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CANDOIT54 12/22/2014 10:40PM

    It is great that your team loves to joke around. It makes work more fun. Merry Christmas to you and all the team.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/22/2014 10:33PM

    emoticon When your team likes their job, they are better at their jobs. I wish all employers would get the message.

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JAMER123 12/22/2014 10:23PM

    That really makes makes a lot of sense. To have fun at work makes the job not a job and you still get done what needs to be done. I would love to have been able to move someone into the bathroom to see the reactions. Love it!! Keep it going!
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LOLAJO54 12/22/2014 10:16PM

    If you don't have fun or do not like your job -- then it is just that a job..

good for SparkPeople



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DARLENEK04 12/22/2014 10:16PM

  Sounds like a fun place...

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MARYJEANSL 12/22/2014 10:12PM

  Definitely a fun place to work. :-)

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JSEATTLE 12/22/2014 9:39PM

  I bet it's thin crust veggie pizza! And if it's not, so what? We love our treats too, specially elves on the shelf.

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Thank you for sharing

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That is awesome to have a small tight knit group! Pranks are fun and inventive! What a happy place to work!
Got two hikes in for 140 min of winter wonderland.

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2DAWN4 12/22/2014 8:46PM

    Thanks for the chuckle! This post and picture just made my day! Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the spark team!


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LUCYCAN7 12/22/2014 8:03PM

  Thanks Chris for sharing!Merry Christmas to you and yours and a very
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LESLIESENIOR 12/22/2014 7:58PM

    HILARIOUS!!!!!! Dave even has "the look" down!!!!

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SMILINGEYES2 12/22/2014 7:56PM

    A good sense of humor goes well with sparking creativity.

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SHEENADEE 12/22/2014 7:49PM

    I love how the team works and laughs together!

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KERRYG155 12/22/2014 7:35PM

    Sounds like a great crew.

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MISSM66 12/22/2014 7:25PM

    emoticon Blog Elf on the shelf, emoticon Thanks for sharing and merry Christmas to you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 12/22/2014 7:01PM

    Elf on the shelf indeed! I am so thankful for SparkPeople!

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GABY1948 12/22/2014 6:41PM

    Great atmosphere you all have both staff and the way Spark just IS!

Thank you for all you have done for all of us!



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    Wow!! Are you hiring?? emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 12/22/2014 5:59PM

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COLOR-BLUE 12/22/2014 5:04PM

    Chris,

It's such a blessings to be able to work very well with your co-worker and feel so comfortable as to do the Elf-on-a-shelf. I LOVE IT and it's so PRECIOUS! Keep on enjoying each other, as you bring us your best!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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YJNANA 12/22/2014 4:59PM

    How fun to be able to Enjoy your Co-workers and cut up once in a while.
HUMOR is awesome, keeps us all Smiling and makes for a better day.
Thanks for the story, and Thank You for such an Awesome Website

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INITFORLIFE3 12/22/2014 4:48PM

    Great photo and I'm impressed that it's the CEO in the suit!

We used to do fun activities at my old job (I'm sure they still do), but it was a very high stress atmosphere and those things made the job somewhat bearable. I think working for Spark People would probably be more fun in general.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/22/2014 4:17PM

    I think he makes a great "Elf on the Shelf"!! (or "Dave on the Shelf" as it were)! hehe
Great idea, tho I can see how it might ruin the thing for you. lol! Do you have the "Elf on the Shelf" at home for your kids? My DD does and it's tons of fun for her to hide him and for the girls to find him as well! Don't know that it does anything to make them not be a little naughty from time to time, though. lol
Got my 10 minutes ( 11 actually.....a Coach Nicole video) this morning. Been hoppin' around the house doing a bunch of little things that needed done ever since! Love that little infusion of energy with a workout.
Have a great what's left of Monday, my friend!! (((HUGS)))

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/22/2014 4:12PM

    Your employees are happy souls, I'm glad. You can't put a price on good neighbors or a fun place to work.

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MATER88 12/22/2014 4:08PM

    That is a fabulous thing-- to have fun at work and still get work done. Thanks for sharing this! emoticon emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 12/22/2014 4:00PM

    So is "Dave the Elf" standing, er sitting guard duty over the 4 or is it 5 Pizzas on the shelf? What is the healthiest pizza... that one can order from a 'pizzeria' ?
Too many questions?

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LADYGSC 12/22/2014 3:51PM

    A fun working atmosphere is like not working and it keeps employees happy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
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CRUISEGAL55 12/22/2014 3:50PM

    We all spend so much of our lives at work. It must be fun or our health will suffer. I applaud Dave ( your elf)!
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1CRAZYDOG 12/22/2014 3:35PM

    Ummmm . . . what can I say! emoticon It is always good when all your team members have a good sense of humor! Clearly that's present!

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WALLAHALLA 12/22/2014 3:33PM

    Love it! Looks like something I would do.

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URBANAUDREYE 12/22/2014 3:28PM

    That is hilarious!

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MBPP50 12/22/2014 3:20PM

    Having fun at work always makes things run more smoothly.

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PICKIE98 12/22/2014 3:13PM

    Do my eyes spy pizza boxes on that countertop? that is the horrific part to me..

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    I've always thought you could do more when you added in a little fun. This was great!


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Day 252 Update: Bouncing in the Clouds

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hope everyone had a great Sunday!

Today is Day 252 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Today was a fun exercise day. I live up in the hills/mountains and it was cloudy today. I went outside to do mini-trampoline, jump rope, and sprints.

The fun part was that I did all these exercises in the middle of a cloud. It was really fun and a little surreal.

I love getting the chance to be active in unusual and memorable situations like this.

Hope everyone has a great week -- SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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BEEJAY49 12/22/2014 4:51PM

    LOVE IT! It's healthy to have fun and even though your are a serious group when it comes to health and nutrition, if you can't have fun doing it, what's the point? :) Thank you for the smile! Hugs!

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KERRYG155 12/22/2014 1:19PM

    No mountains to exercise in here in Florida. Keep up the great workouts!

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XME501 12/22/2014 12:34PM

    Many years ago, my husband and i spent a couple of summers at a Forest Service lookout - in Central Oregon - and many mornings we woke "in the clouds". I do agree it is quite surreal.

And there were many mornings when we were above the clouds. Now that is a site to see!!
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    How awesome that must have been!

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RAINBOWMF 12/22/2014 11:16AM

    Sounds like great fun! Have a great Monday, I know you will.

Mary

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SUSIEMT 12/22/2014 11:08AM

    I'll bet it was a surreal moment! Hope you didn't fall!
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    Fun day merry Christmas sparks guy to you and your family thanks for providing an awesome program)):+) emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/22/2014 10:36AM

    Now, how cool is that!?! Nice! Guess I need to start the 10+ minutes a day streak as I have just pretty much done nothing the last 2 days! Bad me, I know! Weather. Cold and wet. Ok, time to go find a "Coach Nicole video" !!! (((HUGS)))

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CRUISEGAL55 12/22/2014 10:32AM

    Exercising in the clouds... That is so cool! ( I'm at sea level)
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PORTIAWILLIS 12/22/2014 10:25AM

    I love getting my exercise in the mountains. So peaceful and calm.

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MARGOH12 12/22/2014 10:07AM

    sounds great wish I could have joined you

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LILORITA 12/22/2014 10:02AM

    emoticon . Today I did indoor cycling and did a circuit for Strength training, the weather is horrible outside!

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MSLZZY 12/22/2014 10:00AM

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I took a walk in the rain this morning and expect
to walk home in snow. Have a great day!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 12/22/2014 9:39AM

    Have a happy 2015!!!

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TERRACOTTAGE 12/22/2014 8:49AM

    I walk along the shores of the Great Lake Ontario, and we get mist, fog and blizzards off of it, depending on the season. Bouncing in the clouds sure would be fun. emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 12/22/2014 8:42AM

    Sounds great to me emoticon Heading out for a walk with the stars all around right now, nothing better than enjoying the great outdoors.

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MYAKAYAH 12/22/2014 8:27AM

    Its so wonderful to exercise outdoors and be with nature & a Higher Power!

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SUCHANUT 12/22/2014 8:26AM

    That's why I love to visit the Seattle area! Lots of being in a cloud opportunities!


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    Sounds like fun.

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ANNARUTH2 12/22/2014 6:54AM

    I was reared in the mountains of SW Virginia so I know about being in the clouds! emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 12/22/2014 6:53AM

    Wow - a streak of 252 days of 10+ minutes of exercise is simply awesome! Keep up the great work!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/22/2014 5:16AM

    Woo Hoo on the exercise streak.

Pretty cool about working out in a cloud!

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BEEJAY49 12/22/2014 5:11AM

    That sounds really fun and very interesting. :)


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SLIMLEAF 12/22/2014 3:29AM

    I'm going to stay with my parents for Christmas so might not be able to make it to Spark Land after today for the rest of the week, so....


....Happy Christmas, Chris!

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INITFORLIFE3 12/22/2014 3:23AM

    That does sound like fun. Congratulations on continuing your streak!

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    Sounds like fun!!
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CHERIRIDDELL 12/22/2014 12:26AM

    We used to hike in the clouds at Mummelsee in Germany !

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1SURFWALKER 12/22/2014 12:23AM

    My husband hiked up a mountain ( 10,000 feet altitude ) years ago in the Smokey mountains and when he got up to the top, the clouds were swirling around him. Yes, I think he called it surreal too. I didn't go with him, the bugs were bothering me too much. Now I wished I had--after what I know now after joining SP and now have bad knees -so hiking up mountains is out. But, I do enjoy my walks outside 3-4 times a week! Enjoy nature much better now...still don't like the bugs though! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 12/22/2014 12:14AM

  Reminds me of an experience in the Way-Back machine at Big Sur. Lovely!

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ZRIE014 12/22/2014 12:13AM

  it would be nice to go for a run

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SUSIESMITH4 12/22/2014 12:04AM

    that sounds awesome. just the kind of thing i would like.

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Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Holiday Support & Chicken Ornaments

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hi Everyone!

I hope you liked seeing the chicken ornaments that my wife made! As mentioned in the email, I will make a short blog post for the rest of this year for anyone who wants to stop by and say hello during the holidays.

Here are some more photos including the ones I put in the email:









Here's a larger version of the last one -- I can't get it to display the right way though -- sorry about that:
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List any highlights this week or goals for next week below. Have a great Sunday and week ahead!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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SPEEDY143 12/22/2014 11:18PM

    EGG-celent emoticon Happy Holidaz Chris emoticon

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/22/2014 10:32PM

  My goal is to log in a total of 200miles walked prior to Christmas Day! I started walking at the beginning of September and I'm at 194!

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MARYJEANSL 12/22/2014 10:08PM

  Goal for the week is just to try to maintain some sanity. Not an easy thing to do with a sick child and next to nothing accomplished yet for the holiday.

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MTRANCHWOMAN 12/22/2014 8:40PM

    The holidays are definitely hard to stick to a diet. Working hard at it.

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MASRITE 12/22/2014 4:42PM

    Love the ornaments! So creative. Hope you have a wonderful holiday. 2 more nights, chanukah will be over and I'll be all done!

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QUILTINGB52 12/22/2014 4:40PM

    Speaking of decorating eggs....have you ever experienced the Ukranian painted eggs? They are out of this world!!!

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RUFFIT 12/22/2014 4:28PM

    I got our Christmas cookie platters down to 5 from 10+ this year. My mom cancelled Christmas like she did Thanksgiving. So we will go up to see her and visit and then go home. No big deal - stress-free is the key!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/22/2014 3:51PM

    We are not allowing ourselves to get stressed out over the holidays. No matter what happens here. LOL.

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JUNEAU2010 12/22/2014 3:25PM

    Your wife is very talented! I would never have the eye-hand coordination or the artistic bent to do that. Merry Christmas from northern California~!

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CAROLYNSUE17 12/22/2014 2:29PM

  When I was young my grandparent s had a chicken farm, my job was to buff the eggs clean, it looked like an chalkboard eraser with fine sandpaper attached. You would think you would break a lot of eggs but I didn't.

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ELIZACG9 12/22/2014 1:53PM

    I also put ornaments my Son made and, from his first Christmas..the egg idea is great.
I made cookies but without sugar..used truvia so, I am trying not to eat too much sugar.

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    eggs are sooooo versatile. Thanks for the idea emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PFERG66 12/22/2014 12:50PM

    Beautiful decorations from your "ladies"--those that manufacture and she who is enormously creative.
Thank you for the daily spark in my new life.

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ARKMOGAL 12/22/2014 11:54AM

    LOVE the ornaments!!! Great way to add them into your holiday traditions!! My goal this week is to not eat a lot...we are going to our friend's house for Christmas Eve..I am taking smoked pulled pork...so it will be easier to not over eat because there will be lots of people there!!

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RACHELMC80 12/22/2014 11:03AM

    Very cool ornaments

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MARYELLEN301 12/22/2014 10:51AM

    Love your ornaments. I have several "Real" egg ornaments but they are souvenirs from travels. Nothing as personal as yours! Tell your wife, she needs to make another couple of sets as the boys will surely want their own when they (I know it's hard to believe, but it will happen!) venture out on their own and have their own tree for memories. Have a wonderful Christmas. Looks like you are definitely on the way to making that happen!
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REBESANCON 12/22/2014 10:38AM

    Cool ornaments! Merry Christmas!

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INBRAZILFORNOW 12/22/2014 10:22AM

    So adorable! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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REGILIEH 12/22/2014 8:57AM

    Love the eggs!

Merry Christmas!

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CAKINGS 12/22/2014 8:06AM

    Very creative. ThNk you for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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CHERYLANNE921 12/22/2014 7:52AM

  Forcing myself to continue to make an effort of some kind everyday. Recovery and pain are challenges. emoticon

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PYNETREE 12/22/2014 7:49AM

    Merry Christmas! emoticon Cute ornaments! Every year I've made a different ornament, but this year I slacked on, and haven't. Not feeling too well, and kind of down.. But my husband has pushed a bit, so we put up a tree, and I did Christmas cards, but haven't really shopped. My heart is not in it.

Been good about tracking, but not about exercising. And hoping to get back on track in 2015. emoticon

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REBIRTHDIVA 12/22/2014 6:59AM

    more stretching and walks in the park emoticon

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 12/22/2014 6:56AM

    Being mindful of what I eat and scheduling my workouts...Stay the course!

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CRYSALLIS1 12/22/2014 6:36AM

    Love your ornaments! I have struggled the last few weeks but vow to follow my plan today. One day at a time goals are my plan

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JANROLG 12/22/2014 4:44AM

    Love the ornaments. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/22/2014 2:19AM

    Happy Hanukkah to all who do, or even if they don't. I have been walking more this past week... Let's see (squinting at calendar), five silver stars, so that is five workouts that were 10 minutes or longer, but less than 30 minutes. I'm saving the gold stars for 30 minutes or more per workout OR per cumulative workouts in one day. In years past, I always lost weight in winter because I didn't have the Christmas issues to contend with and it was easier for me to walk in peaceful cold darkness (no worries about sunburn, bugs, humidity, heat stroke, etc! ). And walking while shivering is a double burn - BONUS!! But after the capture of the BTK serial killer in my community, I got kinda weirded out and haven't wanted to walk at night. (Insert all kinds of work-arounds that I could have done, some I did actually do, as well as all the excuses...).. So I'm back to working in more 10 minute and longer workouts. I want to make a significant dent in my size before my 20th anniversary in Sept 2015!! Less than a year away!!


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GOOZLEBEAR 12/21/2014 11:04PM

    I love the egg ornaments, very clever.
Hubby has been sick for a week, better now but all I've done is wait on him, not much time for me!!!

Merry Christnas!!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/21/2014 11:00PM

    Beautiful egg ornaments! So creative!

I'm working on my goals for 2015 and I'm excited to see what you have in store for us. I'm sure it will be exciting.

I definitely need to be more focused on toning! Working on the rest.

Have a Merry Christmas!!

Thank you for all you do for us.
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ROCKYCPA 12/21/2014 10:51PM

    Love your eggshell ornaments - very creative. Keep getting my exercise in by just making sure I do my walking. Will be working on cutting down what I eat this next week.

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JAMER123 12/21/2014 10:27PM

    Thank you for sharing the ornaments. Your wife is very creative! I look forward to your blogs and have been subscribing to them. The 10 mins each day is usually fulfilled but in spurts so it doesn't register for a 10 min workout but My streak is getting in my steps daily and pushing for more.
Enjoy the trees and all the memories placed on it.
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PATRICIAAK 12/21/2014 10:22PM

    Your wife is quite creative!
Have a wonderful Christmas.

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TERRY448 12/21/2014 9:49PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. That was a wonderful idea with the eggs, thank you for sharing. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/21/2014 9:24PM

    The egg shell ornaments were very unique. Cute!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

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LUVTOBOWL 12/21/2014 9:22PM

    Thanks for sharing the pics Chris. I'm one who is excited about Christmas too.

I plan on doing at least 10 minutes of exercising on Christmas morning before I begin cooking breakfast. I did the same thing on my birthday this past Saturday.

Again, thanks

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MOREPORTEIN 12/21/2014 8:53PM

  Thank you for sharing your positive attitude and encouragement! Baked Christmas cookies this year without one bite, lick, or taste! They are all packaged and delivered! My goal this week is to eat what I plan (treats will be planned!) and sit for every bite I take.
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LOLAJO54 12/21/2014 8:20PM

    thanks Spark Guy
love what your wife did with the eggs --so cool

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RAINBOWMF 12/21/2014 7:46PM

    Awesome idea on the eggs. emoticon

Thanks for sharing

Mary

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VENTUREGIRL2 12/21/2014 7:44PM

    Omygoodness egg ornaments from your hens. What a cute idea! I especially like the Noel. Might try that myself.

Thank you for the Sparkpeople site and for taking the time to personally encourage us Spark Peeps. This is a lifesaver.

Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful 2015.

Sincerely, Brenda

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KIPSTER52 12/21/2014 7:08PM

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Have a Very Merry Christmas

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SLIMLEAF 12/21/2014 6:56PM

    Beautiful egg decorations! Thanks for showing us.

and....

Happy Christmas!

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TIHAITIEN 12/21/2014 6:53PM

    Lovely ornaments. Thanks for sharing.

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SPEDED2 12/21/2014 6:44PM

    Joined the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/21/2014 6:22PM

    The decorated egg shells are really cool!
Thanks for sharing the pics.

Merry Christmas!

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COLOR-BLUE 12/21/2014 5:47PM

    Chris,

Thank you so much for sharing part of your Christmas tradition with me! I love the egg ornaments, as they're really unique. Now you can actually say that the chickens contributed to the Christmas decorating!

Blessings!
R>- Nancy Jean -
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JAVAGAL47 12/21/2014 5:35PM

    Thanks for your holiday greeting. I wish you and family a very happy Christmas. It has been a long time since we had any little ones around. I will be alone on Christmas but children will come on New Years Day.
Talking about your chickens made me yearn for my Aracaunas (been a long time since I wrote that name so may be spelled wrongly.) The chickens laid different colored eggs. One hen laid blue, another green and one larger hen laid a gorgeous avocado colored one the size of an extra large at the store. What tasty eggs, yum.
Best wishes, Betty Inglima

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1MUSICAT 12/21/2014 5:32PM

    I loved the eggs. Very cool.

I haven't been good about planning/tracking my foods but this past week I did track for 1/2 day and that is a start. I also chose a very healthy salad as my main coarse when going out to eat rather than a "heavy" meal, and today I have not over eaten. So, each small step will lead to bigger accomplishments.

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Day 247 Update: Site Updates -- Streaks and More!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hi Everyone

I've done about 10 minutes so far today to get another day in the books -- more to come later.

I hope you like the new site updates we launched today!

Here's a page that shares the details if you are interested:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog
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I'm excited about the new look to the Start page and some other pages. You probably can guess that I'm very excited about the enhancements to our Streaks functionality with the new daily Streak Awards and featuring streaks on the Start page. Hopefully this is a fun motivator for people to stay consistent with different goals.

Let me know what you think if you have a chance -- SparkCheers!

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  Great

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    Love the start page and streaks changes!


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  Looks good1

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GINA180847 12/18/2014 5:49PM

    I agree, not nearly as cool as your chickens but nice anyway.

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    nice

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    thanks for all you do for us traveling the Spark trail enjoying wearing my 16 petite jeans its been to many years to remember when they that small emoticon

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KRYSTAL37912 12/18/2014 12:57PM

    I can't see streaks on my screen anywhere and when clicking the link to find out about it it sends me to an ad only. I have an iPhone 5 and that is where I do everything and I think I am missing out on some stuff

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JEEP_GIRL 12/18/2014 11:46AM

    Looks great!

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  Awesome

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    👍 awesome

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  i like the layout!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/18/2014 9:29AM

    I like the streak and the pictures that can be posted with it! I do, however wish the streak was identified on my friend feed. I'm considering starting some new streaks since it's so fun to have them out there!! Thanks!
Glad to hear you are doing well!! (((HUGS)))

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    I like the streak and the pictures that can be posted with it! I do, however wish the streak was identified on my friend feed. I'm considering starting some new streaks since it's so fun to have them out there!! Thanks!
Glad to hear you are doing well!! (((HUGS)))

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SHERYLP461 12/18/2014 8:51AM

    Out all day yesterday, so saw for the first time today. I think I like it.

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TENNISJIM 12/18/2014 7:27AM

    The enhancements and new page looks are cool. It's good to keep it fresh.

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    Thanks for the updates

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  I will look. Thanks, I didn't know that. I've been working extra..

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MARYJEANSL 12/17/2014 10:31PM

  Not as cool as your chickens, but still very cool.

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JIBBIE49 12/17/2014 9:56PM

    Happy holidays

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KERRYG155 12/17/2014 9:12PM

    I do like seeing the streaks listed.

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NONNAOF2 12/17/2014 7:47PM

  You're definitely on a roll there! :-)

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LOLAJO54 12/17/2014 5:27PM

    well it is nature to not like change --I will get used to it.
One question?
When you post your status does it not go to Facebook anymore for our point?

keep improving I like it

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CMFARRELL36 12/17/2014 4:10PM

    It's great to see ongoing development.

I'm not too sure about the look of the Start page - having the Streak stuff at the top looks awfully cluttered after the more open look of the Mood/Water etc.
However, I'll get used to it.

Thanks, to you and your team, for all your great work!

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PEGGYO 12/17/2014 4:01PM

    way to go!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Lots of fun!

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JSEATTLE 12/17/2014 1:36PM

  I like the fresh, clean look. It's good to shake things up a bit from time to time. It took me by surprise at first but I'm totally comfortable with it now.

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MYAKAYAH 12/17/2014 12:25PM

    I can honestly say I love this update :)~ Change can be good with colour! Start page change is fine for me as well, good job~

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CELEBRATELIFE 12/17/2014 12:08PM

    Thank you for always improving Spark.

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    Looks good!

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Day 246 Update: Chicken Races

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hi Everyone

I hope you are having a great Monday!

Today is Day 246 of my streak -- about 45 minutes today spread throughout the day.

Last week was a little crazy around here. We had a big storm here in California that gave us a bunch of much-needed rain. We were lucky that the winds were lighter than the original forecast.

It was funny to see people surfing on Lake Tahoe because of wind gusts that reached 112mph in that area. Here is a 7-second video if you are interested in seeing this:
time.com/3631411/surf-lake-ta
hoe/


Because of the storm, we kept our chickens locked up in their barn for their safety for that day.

To make up for it, we took the 6 chickens out to our yard over the weekend. They really liked one spot in the yard, so my boys each took a turn taking one chicken each to the other side of the yard and then they would "race" across the yard. It was funny to watch and they got good exercise.

Snoozy ended up being the racing champ. At one point, I was across the yard from them and called out for friends Snoozy and Brown Bear. They both immediately ran over to me. I checked online and read people say that they have chickens who recognize their name. It seems that one key is spending time with the chickens when they are babies and handling them (which we did with ours).

On another note, a member sent me an interesting article talking about how there is good evidence that chickens are the closest living relatives to a T-Rex! I can really see this. They have many mannerisms that you'd associate with dinosaurs.

Have a great week everyone!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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NASFKAB 12/22/2014 1:53AM

  great story thanks for sharing

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BURNINGTHYME101 12/18/2014 11:53PM

    Any way you can think of to move is excellent. I am tired of going out to eat and watching other families buried in phones or readers all through the dinner. Families have lost the art of socializing entirely. I love to hear that the kids had so much fun. I'd love to see kids chasing chickens.

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    Interesting blog

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PATTYKLAVER 12/18/2014 7:44PM

    I learned something new about you today - I never would have thought that you have chickens.

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APPY-LAURIE 12/18/2014 4:25PM

    Yup, Chickens are in fact living dinosaurs, without teeth. It is true chickens don't have teeth, just chicken lips!!!
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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/18/2014 10:29AM

  Hmmm...interesting, T-Rex chicks. I love hearing about the chickens! Thanks!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/18/2014 9:42AM

    Oh my! Don't know how I missed this blog! My next door neighbor has chickens and most of them respond to their given names!! She has Geraldine, Hazel, Goldie with rooster Chester ( these girls are what's left of the originals) and also Crybaby, Carerra, Sweetie and rooster George. George is an :"Easter Egger" as is Geraldine of the originals. Beautiful birds! Geraldine lays the prettiest blue eggs (hence the name "Easter Egger").
Have a lovely day and love to the family ( including the chickens)! (((HUGS)))

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AJB121299 12/17/2014 6:36PM

    nice

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BEMORESTUBBORN 12/17/2014 5:26PM

    T-rex chickens! That's cool and funny at the same time.
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1DAY-ATA-TIME 12/17/2014 4:48PM

    I grew up on a farm where we raised chickens and the usual managerie of farm animals. I have never seen a chicken race but imagine that it would be halarious!

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MOMMY445 12/17/2014 3:30PM

    glad to hear that you are really enjoying your chickens!

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MYAKAYAH 12/17/2014 12:28PM

    Thanks for the update on the chickens and that they made it through the storm well!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/17/2014 11:57AM

    Those chicken races sound like fun for all.

This week I have been walking every day, 7,000 + steps every day! That is something I haven't done in a long time.

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LIZZYLAMBDIN 12/17/2014 11:48AM

    Where in California are you? I am in big bear and we got about 1 ft of snow. I know much of our state was drenched in rain. :)

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REBESANCON 12/17/2014 10:31AM

    Picturing the chicken races made me chuckle. Thanks for sharing.

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DYANNE4293 12/17/2014 9:53AM

    Great post!

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RANAF222 12/17/2014 9:25AM

    Great week for you too!

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HIDDENMIZARY 12/17/2014 6:39AM

    Chicken chasing is fun.

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JUNETTA2002 12/17/2014 6:16AM

    Chickens and dinosaurs I can see it.

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BLUEJEAN99 12/17/2014 1:22AM

    Dinosaurs! That's wild!

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    Thanks for sharing!

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HUGS2015 12/16/2014 7:56PM

    Loved reading the racing chicken story and seeing the brave surfers. We had chickens growing up on the farm, we loved them. Enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 12/16/2014 7:47PM

    Hugs

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MASRITE 12/16/2014 7:36PM

    Lake Tahoe is so beautiful. Those waves are amazing. Didn't know you lived there. We visited there this past summer (we were in Truckee) and a few summers ago, we were in South Tahoe. Just so beautiful.

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KERRYG155 12/16/2014 7:06PM

    Yep, birds are descendants of the dinosaurs. Rather hard to imagine!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/16/2014 6:20PM

  We always had chickens when I was a child and every one of them had names and were played with every day. They all lived very long and happy lives as they never knew they were chickens but did know that they were members of our family.
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MARYJEANSL 12/16/2014 5:45PM

  Chickens are so much fun - and the eggs from your own chickens are amazing!

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NONNAOF2 12/16/2014 4:52PM

  I'm so glad that your chickens are well! T- Rex, how interesting!! :-D

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JUNEPA 12/16/2014 4:47PM

    Yay for down home good outdoors family fun !!!

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JEANNETTE59 12/16/2014 3:51PM

  Glad you all weathered the storm. I saw some newscasts of folks that weren't as fortunate.
On a lighter note, I love your chicken tales. I'm not surprised about the chickens recognizing their names. I care for a lot of wild critters and always talk softly so I don't startle them as I make the feeding rounds. They respond to kindness and repetition just like children. Speaking of which, your boys are learning some important lessons too. emoticon


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MBPP50 12/16/2014 2:02PM

    I bet that was some sight to see- chickens racing! Have a great day.

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DIANNEMT 12/16/2014 12:20PM

    interesting!

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TRYINGHARD54 12/16/2014 12:06PM

    I think T Rex would have a few chickens for their lunch.

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    Thanks for posting the surfing link and telling us about chicken racing!

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    That is fast wind!

I had no clue chickens were so smart!!!

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