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    Bonjour & Hello !
    Thank you for joining the Paris Team. I encourage everyone to share what Paris means to them .. a place to visit, a center of art , or a fashion capital ?
    I live in Paris, and started a small blog at DixieinParis.com. If you are coming to Paris, please let me know. I will buy you a café !
    I love meeting new friends !
    merci !

    1819 days ago
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    I looked at the date of my last entry and can't believe it's been a month! Time seems to go by in the blink of an eye. I wake up Monday morning and before I know it, it's Friday night and I'm driving home from work. We're buried in snow here in my area of WI. 20+ inches last week. We just got the roads cleared yesterday and this morning 2 more inches are on their way. Since my last entry I had to schedule yet another "fat lady" procedure that I was told I would need a year ago...gallbladder removal! The morning of the surgery(this past Thursday) we couldn't get out of town..too much snow! It's been postponed to the 23rd. I realized that after I scheduled the surgery that didn't happen, I went into hiding. Dug in to a stressful job that robs me of my ability to do anything but get up and go to work and try to survive the day without quitting. A need for health insurance and no jobs makes quitting not an option. The result is high stress and a body that struggles to stay healthy. According to Chinese and Native American tradition, the gallbladder holds the anger in the body, mine has turned to stone(literally - it's calcified) and now needs to come out. Can we say "cortisol" fat storage? I know that it's all tied in together...this 'fatness' isn't about the food that I don't eat. It's about a body that's reacting to the toxicity of my 50+ hour weeks. Thought I was 'handling' it pretty well. Apparently not. This morning I realized I hadn't checked into Spark in a 'little' while. Shocked to find out it's been a whole month! The pain from the gallbladder this past month has meant doing little in the way of movement. It's been difficult enough to go to work every day. Pain meds haven't been an option, can't drive or think when I take them. What an amazing cycle this is, work, pain, sleep, work, pain, sleep.... Talk about no motivation! So, I'm willing to commit to at least check in and drink water, and try not to think about the upcoming surgery because it makes me so nervous. I'm also committed to finding something, anything that allows me to change jobs/careers and still be able to take care of my family and make a living. I know that you're all out there going through similar things. My thoughts are with you and I promise to check in more often! Hugs to everyone who hasn't given up the good fight!

    2483 days ago
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

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    2495 days ago
    "Beautiful Woman Award!

    Once you've been given this award you have to paste it on the wall of 8 woman who deserve it.

    If you receive more than 3, you know you're beautiful!

    If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know some thinks you're beautiful inside and out.

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    2496 days ago
    Hi Maria,

    Sorry not to have been in touch but it has been a crazy week. I hope you are coming along well and continuing baby steps.
    Here's to a productive & a healthy week.
    I'll be sparkmailing you soon. If there's anything I can help you with, just let me know.

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    2503 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2011 6:13:57 PM
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