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Brother, What a Day it Really Was!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Well, not exactly "WAS", because it ain't over yet.

I did 42 minutes with The Beast, doing the fat-tourching, calorie-blasting workout with her.

KINDA with her.

I did fairly well this morning with the warm up part. I actually pretty much kept up with her. But then came the rest of the workout.

It was supposed to be 30 minutes, but it took ME 42.

It takes longer if you have to stop and rewind the stupid video because you layed too long on the floor and needed to find out what I missed.

There is one part in particular I want to tell you about. That is the one-legged balancing act.

I have a hard time balancing on both feet, to say nothing of trying to balance with one leg LIFTED UP HIGH AND OFF TO THE SIDE OF MY BODY!!!

I tip over. I don't FALL; I TIP, just like the little tea pot, short and stout.

My first tip over landed on YeowLing. She let out a YEEEEOOOOOWWWWWLLLL, hissed, raised her back, and fled the room. Let me tell you, that cat has LUNGS!

DH came running in, and just by one look from me, he followed the cat out.

I get back up, and try to do the lifted leg off to the side again, and this time tip over into Flicka, my computer.

I have to take time out to pick up all the papers and junk that I knocked off the desk.

Rewind the video again. Find the last tip over spot, click play, and this time, I am much too clever to try the side leg raised thing while managing to move my arms holding weights, all at the same time.

I am woman, therefore, can multi-task. Some how, though, I can't seem to grasp it with Nicole's antics. My hands hold the weights, my arms move, and my feet stay put.

Then I do the back dip thing, and am supposed to bring the weights up in the air at the same time or something, and my feet get all tangled up, and I land on the rowing machine.

I pick my bruised, battered body back up, and wonder how many calories I burn when I do that.

Rewind, hit play again, and oh, goodie. Now she is on the floor with the weights. I look forward to this one, because it means I won't tip over and go through a wall or two.

I'm on the floor, on my back, legs bent, and have weights in my arms. We lift the weights up so they meet, and then down we go again. I can do this. Then we sit on the floor, and do some more arm things. Then we move on to leaning back, and do weighty things with our arms, which brings attention to not only the arms, but the abdomen, too.

While abdomen and arms whisper nasty things about me, I continue on. I'm pretty good at the weights as long as I am (a) sitting on the floor, (b) lying on the floor, and (c) standing on both feet.

I finally finish up with all the shenanigans she thinks of, and it is with great relief that I find myself still breathing and able to move my appendages without too much agony.

I stick the Beast and her DVD back in its holder, and gleefully shove it on the shelf. That takes care of HER for the day! Other than the pain she has caused me, I can forget about her for another 24 hours.

I pull out one of the DVDs of dancing, and give it a try. It's called "Body Groove with Misty Tripoli. It comes in a set of 4 different DVDs, so I begin with the first one. (That's because it sounds like the easiest.)

It is called "Spirit Groove", and she tells us to "move our bodies move to the rhythm of the music in whatever way feels right". Sounds good, doesn't it.

She does these suggestions of low-impact, high-energy workout, and it is actually fun.

I move my wrists, clench my hands, move my elbows, then shoulders, then hips, head...........all the while I am getting lost in the beat and the fun.

I haven't moved like that in a very long time, and I am beginning to suspect a new adventure awaits me as I go through these discs. I suspect I will once again claim my body freedom.

And guess what! Misty Tripoli isn't nasty and vindictive like Nicole. She doesn't expect me to balance on one foot or anything.........at least not so far!!

Brother! What a workout day it really was!!!

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/17/2012 1:35AM

    It is a good thing we aren't doing this as a group effort .I have visions of us in a heap and yeowling laughing hysterical kitty laughter !

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TOWHEE 1/17/2012 12:16AM

    Well, my 28 day Bootcamp DVD hasn't arrived yet, but Leslie Sansone of "Walk Away The Pounds" fame has a similar move. I've been trying off and on for three years now and I still can't stand on one leg and move the other leg without holding on to something. Fortunately the end of the bed is nearby - the perfect thing to tip into.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 1/16/2012 11:59PM

    LOLOLOL On Nicole,, I learned to be VERY SUSPICOUS of HER A LONG TIME AGO !! I also LEARNED it DOES take EXTRA cals to pick myself UP ! And to keep the phone nearby for 911 !!

U ARE ADVENTEROUS !! U GO GIRL !! U GO !!! My admiration !

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/16/2012 10:47PM

    Oh, dear, I haven't even unwrapped the video yet and now I am afraid to!

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MARYANNGI 1/16/2012 10:35PM

    OMG that was so funny. I tried doing her kickboxing routine for day one and almost hit myself - that's why I try to stay away from TaeBo!

Oh the things we do for our bodies - and how they must hate us at times.

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/16/2012 7:28PM

    That is so funny! I know I shouldn't laugh! I was doing one of the beast's ball videos and I fell off and went through the door of the wall unit cupboard! I should have learnt by now as its the 2nd time! LOL! What a pair we make and all in the name of exercise and challenges!
Well done anyway! emoticon

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ESILBO 1/16/2012 3:14PM

    YOU ARE TOO FUNNY BUT BETTER THAN ME...I STILL CANT SIT OR LAY ON THE FLOOR...LOL
HAVE FUN DOING IT, YOU INSPIRE ME
HUGS
LISE

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/16/2012 3:01PM

    You definitely got a workout there with The Beast, but I think the "Spirit Groove' DVD sounds like a whole lot more fun to work out with!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/16/2012 2:57PM

    LOL you sound just like me!

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SALSIFY 1/16/2012 2:26PM

    LOL

This reminds me of the first time I did a celebrity work out DVD & something 'went' in my knee. I had to go & pick up my son from school, so I was limping down the street dragging my leg behind me like Lurch, hanging onto railings. The stuff we do!

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GRANNYSUE9 1/16/2012 2:24PM

    You are too funny! I actually see myself as you are describing this. My balance is not good either. Glad you are still alive and able to move. Know you can't wait for tomorrow! emoticon

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BLUESKIES139 1/16/2012 2:23PM

    Well I am glad you got up and kept going you will get better with time :D its ok it took you longer but it wont always :)

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Day Two of Agony

Sunday, January 15, 2012

yes. I did Day Two of Boot Camp.

In fact, I did TWO bootcamps, not counting the warm up.

Er, at least I ATTEMPTED to do the two bootcamps. Let's just say "I did it MY way" and leave it at that.

When Nicole (otherwise known as The Beast) begins all that jumping jacks and whirling in circles and hopping all over the place, she loses me. I jog in place rather than jumping jacks and hopping.

I tried the circle thing and ran in to the wall, face first. NOT fun!

Then she does these impossible moves with weights. I really give those a try, because my arm flaps need trimming.

I actually manage to pretty much stay up with her on the weight thing, although sometimes I switch to my own way. But I do weights as well as I can.

while she is doing some inane moves, I do modified push ups. I also do modified bridges.

But I keep moving, and am glistening right along.

I work out for 90 minutes, some with her, some with just me, Winnie and YeowLing.

Then I remember that Sunday is supposedly my DAY OFF!

Not that I regret the workout, in fact, I must admit it feels rather good underneath all the pain and agony.

My favorite? The stretches afterward!!!

I'm still new to this video, so can't really critique it yet. But so far?

AT LEAST IT HAS ME MOVING!

I also received my new dance video workouts, but haven't gotten in to them yet. I wonder: If I do DANCE in place of Boot Camp, does that count????

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/16/2012 1:40AM

    I loved your descriptive bolg !

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/16/2012 12:42AM

    I love your descriptions of the workouts, my friend! You are one awesome woman for doing them--they are NOT easy, but they do get us to move and burn some calories. Way to go; I'd say dancing counts, anything that involves moving and glistening!

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LESLIECOY 1/16/2012 12:14AM

    yeah - Nicole and I have have Loud Discussions in my living room ! I fell off an exercise ball because of her ! LOL !
But isn't it fun !


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MNABOY 1/15/2012 10:02PM

    Congratulations, you motivate me to try this too.

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GRAMMAMARY 1/15/2012 8:34PM

    great blog. I know how you feel when I see some of the moves those videos want you to do I think you have got to be kidding who can do those kind of things. keep up the good work.

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GRANDMACOO 1/15/2012 8:02PM

    LOVED your blog! Made me laugh! Nicole is the best trainer I LOVE to HATE! She recently won the best trainer award; maybe we should nominate her for the "trainer who makes me sweat and I HATE to sweat" award!

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/15/2012 7:16PM

    Oh, my...I KNEW there was a reason why I didn't sign up for a Boot Camp!!! Maybe a soft shoe camp or slipper camp for me?? Good luck and be sure to let us know how it goes from here! Hugs, Jeannie

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GRANNYSUE9 1/15/2012 6:38PM

    Thanks for the laugh and visions of you doing these workouts! You sound just like me! I really wouldn't want to see me on video trying to do some of those moves! Keep on trying and you will get better.

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/15/2012 6:36PM

    Well done for trying so hard! Yes Coach Nicole IS HARD WORK! The dancing sounds like good fun! I love to dance! I am sure you could do it instead of the bootcamp, the exercise will be just as good! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 1/15/2012 4:53PM

    I needed those laughs as I imagined you doing the workout. It also sounds like me too so I can really "feel" your pain. I am doing the workouts when time allows and hopefully after tomorrow I will have a little more time. (((HUGS)))

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GRANDMA1951 1/15/2012 3:57PM

    I loved the blog, especially about running into the wall. How true!! When I do the January Jumpstart, I have to use my computer which is in the computer room. Now, even though I've cleaned it out some, it can still use major work. So running into things is what I do. Don't get so sore that you can't work out tomorrow. Slow and easy wins.

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TOWHEE 1/15/2012 2:35PM

    I say "Yes, doing DANCE in place of BootCamp counts". In the end it's all about moving. Dancing is moving, skating is moving, hiking is moving, BootCamp is moving. SP keeps telling us to "find an exercise you like" and to "change things up periodically". Sounds to me that you're doing both.

I love your descriptions of your BootCamp exercises. On one of Nicole's other videos she showed us how to do modified jumping jacks. Now I do them any time that jumping jacks are on the menu. I'm not a teen any more and my "girls" are too developed to be bouncing them around with jumping jacks.

Keep us laughing and smiling. Keep YOU laughing and smiling.

Margaret


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ESILBO 1/15/2012 2:10PM

    YOU MAKE ME LAUGH, I CAN PICTURE YOU DOING THE BOOT CAMP...I WOULD LOOK WORSE...LOL
THANKS FOR SHARING
HUGS
LISE emoticon

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Slipping and A-Sliding, and Ice Gliding

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This morning Winnie and I went for our usual Constitutional walk. It looked like a nice day, so I wasn't really paying attention to where my feet were going.

But then Winnie slipped sideways. He never does that!

I very soon found out why he did it. There was black ice all over the driveway.

So okay. We would walk up the driveway (it's a steep one!) to the road, and we would stay on the grass.

Right. The GRASS had black ice on it too.

We persevered, and finally made it up to the road. Ah. This ought to be much easier!

Uh, not really. The road was covered with black ice too, and so was the grass along side it.

Those of you who know me and Winnie know we are not quitters. We kept on going, sometimes actually walking, most times slipping and a-sliding.

I tried doing a "skater's step", and found that my feet would actually glide along the top of the road.

Hey, wait a minute! Maybe this doesn't have to be so treacherous after all. I haven't ice skated in around 50 years. I wonder if I remember "how"?

So I let the leash all the way out and tried gliding with the other foot. Hey! It worked! I "skated" the rest of the way to the mailbox and back, a total of 1/2 mile.

It was raining when we left, but snowing by the time we got back. the hill down the driveway wasn't any better, and it is too steep to "ice glide", so it took us quite a while to arrive at the front door.

But we were smiling when we got home. I am not sure if Winnie was smiling because he was HOME, or if he actually had fun on the walk, but at least he got to do his doodie without falling over.

I came upstairs and did my first day of the 28 day Boot Camp DVD. Or perhaps I should say I did MY version of the first day.

Nicole looked all organized and together, like she knew what she is doing.

I, on the other hand, looked a lot like a frog in the blender. My legs and arms were all over the place, all akimbo, and even YeowLing didn't stay in the room with me, which she usually does.

But I kept on moving, so I am taking credit for it.

I have no doubt Nicole and this boot camp are going to kill me. I suspect she is from a different planet, in that she can do all these moves so smoothly.

I am going to go in to my quilt room and safely cut out another quilt to sew.

I wonder if they quilt on Nicole's planet??

  
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ESILBO 1/15/2012 2:06PM

    emoticonGREAT BLOG, I WALKED TO THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY FOR TESTS AND IT WAS SO ICY, I CAME BACK WITH A CAB...TOO DANGEROUS, EVERY WINTER I FALL AND I PROMISED MYSELF, NOT THIS YEAR...LOL

LOOKED AT YOUR WONDERFUL QUILTS, I USE TO DO IT AND I WANT TO START AGAIN...YOUR SARE REALLY SOMETHING, GREAT CREATIVITY, emoticon

HUGS
LISE

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/15/2012 12:31AM

    I'm glad you were able to keep your slipping and a-sliding and ice gliding under control! Hope you don't get TOO buried under the snow during this little Northwest weather event; stay safe and warm, but get those workouts in. I like the new 28 Day Bootcamp DVD, but I agree, Coach Nicole looks way more organized and together than me when I attempt to follow along. Maybe after I've done it a couple hundred times I'll get more coordinated; then again, maybe not!

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RUFFIT 1/14/2012 9:32PM

    Glad you did not hurt yourself!! Be careful!! Moni

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MARTY19 1/14/2012 6:34PM

    I am afraid of falling because of my hip but I can glide. LOL!

Marty

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PEGGIET 1/14/2012 5:52PM

    Great blog! Got a few good chuckles - thanks!!

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HDHAWK 1/14/2012 5:34PM

    Trying to maneuver on ice is tricky business. I'm glad you made it safely!

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GRANDMACOO 1/14/2012 5:28PM

    I can only imagine how COLD it must have been that there was black ice to "skate" on....I am not sure I would have made it safely standing up!

It sounds like a good day to stay inside and quilt!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/14/2012 4:59PM

    A frog in a blender! LOL! We should work out together since I look like a drunken Humpty Dumpty. Still, it can only get better, right? Right? Please tell me it gets better...

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CHANSEN_20001 1/14/2012 4:38PM

    Wow, sounds cold where you live!!!! Take it easy on the ice.

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GRANNYSUE9 1/14/2012 4:02PM

    Actually, it sounds like you had a good time. I use to ice skate too, but that was many years ago. Not sure I would try it again. Glad that you and Winnie had a successful walk and no one got hurt.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/14/2012 3:27PM

    Sounds like you had fun on your slip sliding trip to the mailbox. It was very cold when I was out for my early walk but I bundled up and was just fine. Shoveled our sidewalks and my neighbors between my walking trips. Just between us, and those who read this, my boot camp exercising probably doesn't look anything like what Coach Nicole is doing but it keeps me moving and I am definitely taking credit for it.
ENJOY your Saturday. I am sure you will be the expert on cutting out that quilt!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen


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SALSIFY 1/14/2012 2:24PM

    Wow... 'skating' to the post box - you've got to be pretty co-ordinated to do that! It was pretty cold here in London when I took the dogs for a walk. They were running around on an iced up pond until I called them off as I didn't fancy having to wade in & pull them out if they got into trouble.

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I Declare Today to Be ARMS DAY!

Monday, January 02, 2012

No, no, no. Not "ARMS" as in military or weapons.

I mean the arms that are hanging off your shoulders.

How long, you might ask, has it been since I did an honest arm workout?

Good question. Wish I knew the answer!

It's obviously been a long time.

But TODAY, I decided to change that, and did some arm workouts.

I did 30 wall push-ups, slowly, the way we are supposed to do.

Then I did 15 windmills, slowly, to loosen up my shouders.

Then I actually got on the floor and did 30 modified push-ups.

My arm muscles are quaking. They are really out of shape, and are protesting being used again.

But you know how busy we get. Or at least how busy I get.

I convince myself that, because I am doing a lot of walking that I don't need to do the strength workouts. (Actually, I don't LIKE doing them, because I don't get as many points from them.)

But this is a new beginning for all of us, right?

I mean, I have to get in shape so that when that new set of dance workout videos arrive I will be able to do them without collapsing in a heap.

So why not get back on track, and do this thing the way it is meant to be done??

I can't come up with a reason.

So, it is now Holidaze over, and time to become disciplined again.

I will actually do some strength exercises three days a week during the month of January, along with the walking Winnie.

Heck. I just might even get my body into better shape. I just may decide to extend those strength exercises into February.

Remember, I said "MAY DECIDE".

It is an open option, and I like open options.

No time like the present!

What are YOU doing for your arms today???

  
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RUFFIT 1/4/2012 10:17AM

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TOWHEE 1/3/2012 10:38PM

    Sandy - I'm with you. It is really hard for me to get excited about strength training. I decided to join the January JumpStart Challenge, so that I would HAVE to do strength training six times a week for four weeks. In the past this hasn't become a habit, but this time ????

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/3/2012 1:40AM

    Are you sure we aren't related by blood? I am the same way with strength training; I would much rather go for a walk or a run or almost anything else besides strength training. I'm with you, though; I do need to get back on the strength training wagon as well. Already did some modified pushups, think maybe I'd better go do a few other things to work on my arms before I head for bed!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/2/2012 3:05PM

    So far today, I have completed my wall pushups, windmills, some hand weight exercises and heavy cleaning including moving boxes. Will be doing more in about 20 minutes...rowing while riding the bike but that is more cardio.
I like your "MAY DECIDE" option!!! Keep up your great work!
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All That's Left of 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ah, New Year's Eve, FINALLY! I am not sad at all to see 2011 fade into the dusty history.

I think we have all about had it with all the political nonsense, lies, avoidance, delays, threats, dire warnings, chicanery and outright deciet.

Our politicians, all of them, have proven they really don't give a damn what the people in this country want. They are busy feathering their own nests with all the trickery they can come up with with absolutley no regard whatsoever for the well being of our nation.

I would love to see them at least feel guilty, but truly believe they are incapable of any feelings of guilt or shame.

I very strongly feel we should vote every single one of them, other than the Freshmen, out of office WITHOUT pensions, deluxe health care and NO Perks.

Many of them should be jailed for the criminal acts they have done, but no one seems to get it that they break the law, they go to jail, no matter who they are. Oh, I forgot: THEY are above the law, and can do whatever they want to.

Their scare tactics are ruthless. They have the maturity level of 2 year olds. They throw temper tantrums and vile threats to each other.

We have had an absentee President who thinks it is perfectly okay to spend tax payer's dollars to campaign with and get himself elected. He has been away from office more than he has been present.

His foreign affairs policy is abysmal. He and his wife spend fortunes traveling all over the globe on money the rest of us have had to borrow from China.

He claims victory is HIS in getting Bin Laden, when the real fact is that it was our TROOPS who got Bin Laden, WITHOUT ANY HELP FROM THE PRESIDENT or any one else.

Our country is more racist now than it has been since the 60's, thanks to him. We had come a long way, and were nearly completely color blind until he started pitting blacks against whites, and yelling "Racist!" all the time things didn't go his way.

America is tired of the racist crap, tired of the lies, deceit and embarrassment.

This coming year is a chance for us to get things turned around.

I am talking about becoming INVOLVED with our nation, not just griping and talking about what we don't like.

I am talking about STANDING UP, GETTING OUT OF OUR HOUSES AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

We can do it, if we all put our shoulders to the wheel.

But we NEED to DO IT!

Let's bring prayer back to our schools and public places. Let's put all of our politicians on term limits, with the same health care and retirement the rest of us get.

Heck. While we are at it, let's put music and gym back in our schools too. I, for one, am not capable of teaching music, but I COULD teach workout routines! And, being a Sr. Citizen, I am not under time constraints, nor would I expect union wages or benefits.

A lot of us are Senior Citizens who could go far in bringing back morality and respect to our schools.

But we must become INVOLVED. If WE don't, we LOSE OUR NATION!!

All that's left of 2011 now are hours and minutes.

The new beginning is coming.

Let's make it COUNT!!!

Stay safe and healthy. Stay involved. Stay active.

  
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NOTFATCAT 12/31/2011 4:19PM

    Amen, sister.
I agree with every point you make.

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/31/2011 3:18PM

    I think it is great that you have opinions and care enough about our country to voice them, even though I cannot agree with every point you made.

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