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Able to do things I couldn't before!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I had to take the girls to get weighed this morning (need to order meds that are based on weight). My big girl (Gypsy) is down over 20 lbs - huge deal on a big dog. Tazzy is down from her heaviest but put on .5 lb since March. I'm guessing muscle from all the walking.

Since the vet is less than a block from the dog park, we took them there to play. I was really impressed with myself. I was able to run up and down the length of the park playing with the dog and didn't get winded. I had a great time playing with the dogs.

Then we got in the car to head home. Hubby said he really enjoyed "watching" me play with the dogs. He also said I'm getting quite a "figure".

emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Snoopy Dance!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm feeling happy and strutty to begin with. That was great.

Once the sun went down, Hubby said he would go for a bike ride with me. I couldn't believe it, but I made it up the big hill on the trail (goes up over 3 stories) without stopping. Then we got about half way through the trail and hubby was too tired to keep going. So I finished the last part, came back to pick him up, and headed back on the trail. Even after all that I made the hill a SECOND time! Hubby had to walk his bike.. I was so proud of myself. I did it, it was tough and I had to fight, but I did it.

I'm able to do things again without getting too tired or simply being unable to finish. I'm not getting winded as easily, and my body had energy! How awesome it that. And what' even better, I'm enjoying exercise! I'm happy and having fun!

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JAXMOMMY 7/9/2012 9:11PM

    Well, that is just awesome! Way to go! You must feel so proud!

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BARBIE176 7/9/2012 6:59PM

    emoticon Keep up the emoticon work. So happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/9/2012 12:06PM

    Way to go sis! I'm so proud of you!!! :):)

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SEASONS__CHANGE 7/9/2012 4:52AM

    I love the Snoopy Dance.... no greater feeling.

I hope today's appointment finds Tazzy in good health.

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LIVINGFREE19 7/8/2012 8:49PM

    That is awesome! We always love to hear these things from our significant other!

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KALANTHA 7/8/2012 4:05PM

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It's really good to hear you so excited and upbeat, Kitty! You're doing a great job and should be very proud of your success!

Hooray for you!!!!!


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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/8/2012 12:22PM

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Thats great about the pups! I am glad you are pulling strong, sounds like the strength training is REALLY helping out! I told you that you would be suprised at how strong you really are. Thats great that your hubby let you pull ahead and do your thing... good job girl!

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TWEETYKC00 7/8/2012 10:00AM

    Whoohoo, way to go!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2012 7:50AM

    Thats the reason we do this! Maybe you can spark hubby ??!?

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CANDOK1260 7/8/2012 5:58AM

    sounds like you have a great day good you deserve it

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JAMER123 7/8/2012 12:30AM

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Isn't it fun to be able to do things like this!!
Have a great upcoming weekend!!

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BEARGODDESS 7/7/2012 11:49PM

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and besides all that: COOL!!! emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 7/7/2012 11:37PM

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SACHABEE 7/7/2012 11:24PM

    That's awesome! What a great feeling... Great work, you deserve it.

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KATRINAKRAUT 7/7/2012 11:11PM

    Way to go! That must feel so good!

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JUSTDOIT011 7/7/2012 11:06PM

    Glad you are having fun!! emoticon

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Hard to Strut when your are Melting!

Friday, July 06, 2012

Today was my last day off of work. Hubby had to work so I was REALLY looking forward to getting outside today. I got up late so we got ready to head out at about 11. It was warm, but not too bad. Or so I thought. By the time we hit the train she was panting and I was sweating. I was going to get by 4 miles in. I knew the 3 story bridge was a lost cause, but we were doing the whole lake. I did bring 32 oz of water with us, and I came home without a drop. We even hit a water fountain in the park and I let Tazzy walk in the water for a few.

I wanted a book on CD from the library, and it's barely a half mile. I was sweating like crazy by the time I got there. The A/C was turned so high, I could barely find what I wanted. I was freezing. Then back out into the heat and home. I had to completely change as soon as I get home.

I want to take the bike out today, but I'm not certain I can handle it. That takes a lot for me to say. I've gardened, hiked, and camped in 100+ weather before without an issue. Today I felt like I was melting.

I'm really proud of myself for getting in what I have. I've made my steps for the day, but I'll fall short on my mileage. I'm ok with that. I've done all I can today.

Though, maybe once the sun goes down I can get on my bike. We could get a lake breeze?!?

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JAXMOMMY 7/9/2012 9:14PM

    You do much more in the heat than I can bear! I was ready to pass out the past few days and I was working out in the pool!

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SEASONS__CHANGE 7/9/2012 5:11AM

    Another good day in the books. Hopefully, the heat won't be so bad this week.

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KALANTHA 7/7/2012 4:38PM

    This heat wave has been horrendous! It's amazing that you've been able to get outside to move and groove as much as you have. Stay cool!


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LIVINGFREE19 7/7/2012 10:46AM

    You have done awesome considering the heat!
I'm glad you gave yourself credit, even though you feel you didn't make both goals.

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FLEURGARDEN 7/7/2012 8:59AM

    I wondered when this hot spell would catch up to you. I had the same experience with my walk this past Wednesday - it was the high humidity, coupled with the heat, that reallly did me in. It's very taxing on the body, so it's best to not overdue it in these conditions.

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SPHAPPYHIKER 7/6/2012 11:51PM

    Wow! you accomplished a lot in this heat. Great job! This heat sure makes one feel like they are melting. Just wish the fat would melt away when it gets this hot.

Comment edited on: 7/6/2012 11:52:47 PM

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AUNTRENEE 7/6/2012 10:14PM

    Sounds like you had a more productive day exercising today. I had 2 walks with the dog this morning and getting our shopping done at Target. I'm sitting here in a hot house (with the AC going and fans running) and still it's not cool in here. It got to 101 degrees today here.

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TWEETYKC00 7/6/2012 8:11PM

    Listen to yourself and be safe with that exercise outside. Even with a good breeze, it won't guarantee less heat.

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KARENA-G 7/6/2012 8:02PM

    I can really relate to the draining effect heat can have, especially when one goes into AC and then back out into the heat. My dad was saying today how when he worked as an AC repairman, he never turned the AC on in the work van because it was so much more draining to keep adapting.

Take care of yourself. We are seeking health, not making ourselves sick trying to exercise.


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BEARGODDESS 7/6/2012 7:53PM

    You're pretty ambitious! Just don't over do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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It started as a day off.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I always take vacation on July 5th. Our neighborhood becomes a DMZ on July 4th and my dogs keep me up all night long. So we got up a bit late today. I planned a real "day off". We went to see Spiderman with the boy child - emoticon! Then off to the mall. I ended up walking the entire mall while hubby and boy were looking around at FYE. Then I bought "The Spark" at the bookstore. Guess I know what my "down time" is going to be for a while! emoticon

I didn't like what my pedometer was reading when I got home tonight so I headed out with Tazzy. She really did well considering the heat. We did almost 4.5 miles. Our time was horrible, but even I was have some trouble. It was like a sauna out there tonight. So I got my steps, fell short on the miles but I don't have a bike right now. Hubby has promised to fix my tire tomorrow. I need my 30 min ride to make my mileage.

Sweet Dreams all!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/7/2012 10:44AM

    You did great being able to go out and walk that much in this crazy heat!
Great job!!

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NOCALORIES 7/6/2012 7:04PM

    Thank you for writing this blog and sharing yourself. Be motivated to achieve goals just be wise and live healthy daily. Glad you will have your bike working soon.

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SACHABEE 7/6/2012 1:13PM

    Sounds like a nice day off! We saw spiderman too, loved it !

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FLEURGARDEN 7/6/2012 7:42AM

    Don't push yourself too much in this heat. I know you like it, but the high humidity is really taxing on our bodies. I had a very fit friend fall prey to heat stroke a few years ago, so I tend to be a lot more cautious these days, especially when the national weather service issues excessive heat warnings for my area.

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 7/6/2012 7:13AM

    Glad you had a nice day off! This heat can be brutal so remember to be smart and take care of yourself! Its okay that your walked slower, you got out there and did it! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/6/2012 6:01AM

    It can be heck with the heat and fireworks all the time. Take care and get your miles in when you can get back with your dear bike.

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GMO_JEN 7/6/2012 12:13AM

    This was our babies first 4th. Yadi kind of went crazy jumping around and running-almost like he wanted out to be with the neighborhood. Willow wouldn't go outside, and was pretty freaked out. With it being so dry, I was shocked by all the fireworks!

Spark is great reading, hope you like it!

You do so well with your walking and exercise :)

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MICHELLE_391 7/5/2012 11:42PM

    I'm sure you'll like the Spark It makes for great reading!

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BEARGODDESS 7/5/2012 11:06PM

    Glad you had a nice day! emoticon

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Staying on Target

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Ok, about half my stress oozed right out of my body yesterday. It didn't take any extra fat with it, so I need to get back to reality.

I know I've put up some major numbers for the first few days this month. I decided walking until I could barely move was better than eating myself sick. I didn't even order the pizza, phone was in hand but I put it down. That is a MAJOR accomplishment for me.

Went to IN Dunes today with hubby, and I wish he had stayed home. Not that I don't want company, I do. The problem is he doesn't handle heat well I spent the entire time worrying about him. He has this strange idea that I'm going to be upset if he doesn't go. He has also confessed that he is worried about me leaving him because I'm loosing weight and he isn't, and the fact that he is 16 yrs my senior doesn't help much. I'm not certain he understands that this is all for me. emoticon

So we come home and watched a movie to relax a bit, but I really didn't get to burn much energy off (at that pace, I could have walked forever). I decided to take the fuzzy personal trainer for a walk. She only made it about a mile before she was dragging. So we turned around and went home.

And my bike tire is flat. emoticon So I'm home for the night. I still have energy, I'm not even certain why.

My only problem is that I'm doing all cardio. I haven't touched my resistance bands all week. I was so good about ST and now it's been a week since I've done anything. I need to find motivation for ST. Cardio makes me feel stress free and energized. ST wears me out. I thought I would enjoy resistance bands because they are something different but I hate having to find room to use them.

I'm making my steps and mileage so far. Water hasn't been an issue either. So I guess I'm doing well. My self esteem has been really high lately so I'm feeling pretty good about myself. That's what this journey is all about for me. Getting about to being able to do things again and feeling good about it. So that means I'm on target!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/6/2012 1:58AM

    Great job on the pizza issue!
it is great that you and your hubby have a close relationship, and that he talks to you and tells you how he is feeling. I wish mine did!

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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/5/2012 10:47PM

    Hey, also I forgot to mention with the strenght training, try eating a banana or drinking some powerade after your workout, the powerade is much less salt that gatorade and it has the mag and potass that your muscles need to replinsh them from fatigue, just watch them on calories. You will notice the Powerade REALLY helps!

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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/5/2012 10:44PM

    Maybe find a happy median for compramising with your dune hike. Ask him to go and time you, he can trail behind and stop the timer when you get back. Or ask him if you can plan a trip alone because you want to push ahead to work to the next level. Something that would satify you both. I know a couple weeks ago you were dying for him to go out on the bikes with you, maybe ask him to go do that with you and then let him know the hiking is something you want to push with. Heck, maybe he will want to push harder to make it wiht you or understand you want to go alone.

The strentgh training is hard, especially in the begining and working up in levels. Try carrying weight with you on your hiking trips, like 10 pounds in a backpack. Maybe then your hubby can keep up and you will get a harder workout. Also, try strentgh training before your cardio, just do 10-15 min and then hit cardio and it will pick you up. Try that for a couple weeks and the add 5 min to strenght. You should have break periods throughout the workout too. Like where you lift for 3 min then move to a cardio burst for 2 min and the 1 min abs. It gives you a break to catch your breath. Jillian Micheal's 3-2-1 interval training is the best. Try a video of hers if you get around to it. They work you up week to week. You will be suprised how strong you really are!

But seriously, try packing some weight on your dune hikes, I bet the hubby will keep up with you ha ha!

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MICHELLE_391 7/5/2012 10:16PM

    Again, I have to say that you are married to a wonderful human being! I'm very impressed that he was able to tell you about his fear. That just shows how close you really are.

Congratulations on not getting a pizza! You are such a strong woman and I admire you for it. I love it that you strut and take care of yourself the very best way you can.

While you are on the topic of strength training, I'm wondering how you fit it in? Evening isn't working for me, because I tend to eat dinner at 7 and then I'm too full for crunches. I'm not often up to it after cardio - not yet, since I've added more time to my daily goal. So when do you do it?


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KARENA-G 7/5/2012 10:00PM

    Congrats on putting down the phone when you were tempted to eat pizza! I hope you find some strength training that works for you. I went out to use my bike today and found the tires flat, of course, since I haven't used it in so long. Then I couldn't figure out how to use the air pump!

I look forward to getting to know you better in the BSG Challenge for July. Go Firecrackers!

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 7/5/2012 7:55PM

    Sounds like you are doing really well! I like the suggestion for strength training dvds - maybe that would make it more fun for you.

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SACHABEE 7/5/2012 5:36PM

    Glad you are feeling good! Maybe try some DVD's for strength training. I really like Jillian Michaels because she mixes cardio in so you burn calories. I stopped doing ST for a week and I felt like my muscles were gone. I did ST again yesterday and feel so much better.

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EXCIRA 7/5/2012 8:58AM

    I know what you mean about walking yourself to the ground instead of doing the binge. Thanks to my little FitBit, I walk circles around my house at night if I've not hit the 10,000 steps and 5 mile goals. I use my basement stairs to get the 10 flights in a day as well. It really helps to keep me out of the fridge.

I would say to be honest with your husband about walking without him or even the relationship. My husband has the same things going on. We are the same age but he's not in the best shape. Instead of trying to get him to get fit, I just concentrate on myself and figure he will follow if he wants. However, I've been open that I'm not going to leave him. My quote is always - "Why would I leave you? I've finally got your trained. I'm not going through training another man." LOL! Of course, this works for me because of my sarcastic humor but you really do need to be open and honest. It will not only help him but you as well. The guilt you feel needs to be dealt with so that you can continue your journey.


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FLEURGARDEN 7/5/2012 7:31AM

    Like you, I love the heat, but the humidity here yesterday sapped my energy. I went for what is normally an easy, somewhat leisurely walk, and I could feel my lungs straining for oxygen. So it's no wonder your husband had a hard time in the heat - most people would with the high humidity added to it.

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TWEETYKC00 7/5/2012 6:32AM

    I know your DH worries about you and you worry for him, but maybe in time he will realize that you love him and this is your personal journey here. Fear not the strength training! It doesn't have to be hard and you can do it at different times so you can decide what you want and when. I love my bands, they really help and you can do so many things with them.

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AUNTRENEE 7/4/2012 10:31PM

    send some of that energy my way. I have it but not putting up much to do anything for.

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The Weight is Lifted!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The judge dismissed the case! I just stood there looking at him. "you can go Miss". I continued to just blink at him. "get out of here" - I moved. So I lost two days worth of sleep, bit off every nail I had, and worked myself up to the point of crazy - for everything to be dismissed.

My entire time in court was only 10 minutes. We were done and out.

Since we were downtown, we walked over to see the "Bean". I really wasn't all that impressed. Maybe I just don't get "abstract" art. I know it has a name, but to me it was a giant silver kidney bean. Sorry.

We had passes the Cultural Center on our way to the "Bean". They had a banner up for something called "Morbid Curiosities". Sounded like our speed so we checked it out. They had some beautiful pieces and displays. Wonderful "death art" (skulls/skeletons) including Tibetan skull bowls. My favorite piece was the Death of Venus - it was great.

They had a second gallery off the main one that had "war" art. I know they were trying to show the horrors of war by using child-like images in the uniforms and such. Problem is I'm a Dr. Who fan - so I looked at hubby and went "are you my mommy" and we both busted up. Not appropriate but if you understood the reference you and smiling right now. At that point we hustled out of there.

I did reward myself with food - good Polish food and a mixed drink but stayed within calories. I did come home and walk the dog, so even accomplished some cardio.

Now, the stress is off, the nervous energy is gone, and two days of no sleep has caught up. I will get caught up with everyone in the next few days. I promise! Thank you so much for all the well wishes and prayers. I'm too tired to strut right now but with some sleep, I'll be right back at it.


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LIVINGFREE19 7/6/2012 1:49AM

    That is awesome that you are finally done with that and the stress is done also!!

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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/5/2012 10:33PM

    Fantastic News! I told you that you were too nice to deserve all that!

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    Have some good sleep !

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KALANTHA 7/4/2012 1:29PM

    That's GREAT news, Kitty!!

So glad you can finally relax.

Glad you had fun after court (Being part Polish myself, I'm quite jealous that you enjoyed that wonderful food without me.) I'm proud of you for enjoying some great food AND staying within your calorie range!

Then you walked, too!

You are a SPARKSTAR!!!!


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OPTIMIST1948 7/4/2012 1:15PM

    Dear god I love kielbasa! Congrats on having case dismissed. What a way to celebrate!

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MICHELLE_391 7/4/2012 12:42PM

    My little peacock lady - you strut in your sleep. Yeah, you're that fabulous. I'd hardly call it rewarding yourself with food for eating Polish food. You ate something you truly enjoy and stayed within your range. That's a lifestyle change. You don't have to deprive yourself of anything to be an amazing, healthy, woman. You just need to keep it real.

And you sooooooooooo are!

Congratulations on your court outcome - the bright, sunny rays of the universe are shining upon you. And if anyone deserves that kind of love, it's you.

Enjoy the 4th and the heat! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 7/4/2012 11:10AM

    Glad it all worked out so well for you. I get annoyed when I make the effort to go to court and then they dismiss it so quickly - couldn't they have made that decision before I wasted a trip? :-)

I like the Bean for some reason, probably because I enjoy looking at all the different reflections in it. It's funny how so many people are always there taking pictures.

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SACHABEE 7/4/2012 11:08AM

    Happy it turned out well!

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 7/4/2012 8:54AM

    Glad it was thrown out! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/4/2012 5:39AM

    Go get your rest and relax, it's over and you can have your normal life back again.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/4/2012 3:33AM

    emoticon So glad it got thrown out and that you can relax now! The Cultural Center sounds like a cool place to visit! Glad you had a good day and can stop stressing now!


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VIXSTERLU 7/4/2012 12:47AM

    Great to hear! I hope you get a wonderful nights sleep :)

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BEARGODDESS 7/3/2012 11:27PM

    I hate to say I told you so, but I TOLD YOU SO!! Sounds like it turned into rather a fun day though actually! The Cultural Center exhibits sound REALLY interesting.
Glad it turned into a good day sweetie! Get a good nights sleep! emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 7/3/2012 11:10PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! Such great news! I am glad you were able to take in some scenery as a way to relax after such stress, and enjoyed a good meal!

So glad you can relax and enjoy your holiday!


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