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I Think I'm Going to Be Sick

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tomorrow is Wednesday. D-Day. Final day of prep for Thursday. Too much to do...too little time.

A checklist for myself (because I do so love them):
* Manicure (doing time, no money for a pro)
* Straighten hair (it looks more professional)
* Clean up those eyebrows! (YIKES! again, doing myself)
* Pack (just need a change of comfort clothes for the return trip)
* Make sure clothes are free of cat hair and wrinkles
* Make sure to pack study materials
* List of references
* Zumba (might be my last chance this week)
* Buy protein bars (for the trip...don't know when I'll be able to actually eat)
* Pack book! (Did I ever tell you flying makes me sick to my stomach?)
* Maybe buy some tums...and gum!
* Charge phone
* Charge mp3 player
* Clean van windows and inside of van
* Figure out airport parking
* RESERVED (because I know I'll think of something!)

Pics from today, cuz I was feeling so great! (It was "trash day") Everyone complimented me on my hair and said they hardly recognized me.

New shirt, new attitude!

A new hat from ORDINARYNME!

Curly version of my short hairdo!

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    Aww it looks so cute!

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TEAM-SARAH 7/7/2010 11:11PM

    I love the hair curly and straight!! Very cute top too... extremely flattering, your waist is looking small! I can't wait to hear how the interview goes tomorrow. I have some serious curly hair and I definitely feel like it's a bit too "wild" for an interview hehe. Hopefully your 'do holds up the hot weather and humidity. Good luck!!!

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    You are beautiful!! And I hope you get a job offer IF, and again I say IF, they are worthy of having you!!! Assess the offices, the staff, the interviewers as much as they are you... And knock their socks off!!


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-JENSSPARK- 7/7/2010 1:49PM

    I'm LOVING the new hair cut! I especially like it now that you're getting it nice and straight. It's a pain, but looks great. Good luck on Thursday!!!!!!!

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RAVENSONG37 7/7/2010 11:45AM

    You're GORGEOUS! Deep breaths babe...You'll be FIIIIINE!

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    I love your new haircut and it definitely looks professional when straightened. You are going to do wonderful. Juat knock them over with your awsomeness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECKYB73 7/7/2010 10:53AM

    I really like the haircut and with it straightened it looks very polished and professional! Good call! Rememeber that in an interview, you're evaluating THEM as much as they're evaluating you. So use the time to sharpen your interviewing skills and determine if this is something you really want to do. You'll knock 'em dead! Don't forget to query them about relocation assistance, etc. etc.

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CALLIKIA 7/7/2010 10:00AM

    FYI - I have an interview tomorrow. I *wish* it was vacation! *lol* Thank you all for your well wishes and compliments. (Honestly, right now...I can't wait to be done with it...I hate the whole "build up to the event" part. I'm not a very patient person and the more I wait the more I worry and overanalyze.)

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/7/2010 9:58AM

    Are you going on vacation ? If so, have a wonderful time ! Do you get air sickness ? If so, you might bring some fresh ginger with you in a baggie. Chewing on the ginger can help reduce any symptoms of a queasy stomach.

If you are flying, don't forget that you can only bring 3 oz bottles of say toothpaste, shampoo, lotions, etc... those must be placed in a clear baggy. When you get to airport security, you're going to need to take that baggy out of your bag so that it can be scanned. Let's say you want to bring a big bottle of mouth wash. It will be confiscated. ditto water bottles unless they are empty. You can have an empty bottle and then fill it at the water fountain at the air port. So, if you are bringing make up and such, all that stuff goes into a baggy to show security.

You may even have to take off your shoes. It depends on the airport. So, you might want to pack an extra pair of comfy shoes.

Good luck ! Have a great trip !

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    Well, I'm guessing (assuming) you've got an important job interview tomorrow? Fill me in.

You're certainly looking great and have a great check list. Don't allow yourself to get "over-prepared" and then fall apart. I know I have a tendency to do that.

I love your plans but do include some time to draw upon the strength of the Lord to calm your nerves, to walk with you and give you that inner peace at just the right time.

We'll be rooting for you!


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HARMONYBLUE 7/7/2010 9:08AM

    Can't wait to hear all about your interview! Be sure to pack hand sanitizer as well!

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PHYL220 7/7/2010 8:50AM

    Best of luck to you Thursday. Great pictures. Love the hair.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/7/2010 8:03AM

    Looking good! I love seeing what people *actually* look like because usually my idea of what they look like is directly related to their avatar!

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PENNEYV 7/7/2010 7:37AM


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    I think your hair is awesomesauce! It looks so sassy and hip.
Good luck with your interview. You are going to ROCK IT.

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ZENTHAE 7/7/2010 7:20AM

    Good luck on your interview, and I love your new cut.

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KNOWMOREBBK 7/7/2010 7:13AM

    OK Warrior Woman, I am lovin' the straight hair! Don't you just run your fingers through it all the time when it's straight? I love it when my hair is straight.

Deep breaths tomorrow and focused thoughts. I would put some meditation time on that checklist.

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IPATRICIA 7/7/2010 4:23AM

    Well done, your doing GREAT. Your hair is beautiful.Enjoy your trip. emoticon

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ANGELLYBELLY 7/7/2010 1:25AM

    Love pics!!
Where are you going?

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Trash Day - W11.D3

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Oh. My. God! I missed blogging yesterday!!! *cries* I don't know what happened, dear Sparkers....well, yes. I do. Once again, another family function with Shane's family. Another load of pizza. Another cookout. One after the other after the other this weekend! *sigh* If I don't see another hot dog for the next 6 months, it will be too soon. So after the birthday party yesterday, I didn't feel so good. I slept horribly the night before (this used to be the norm for me...not when it happened the other night I felt just BLAH all day!) and I was hot and tired and just wanted to be alone. So I apologized to everyone at the party after I put in time for cake, singing H-B-Day, and watching the boys go at each other with silly string, and then I went home.

What I got done after that? About four hours of relaxing. Four loads of laundry, five if the count the last load I threw in before going to bed and asked Hubs to change. About 6pm, I realized that it was time to either put up or shut up. Zumba class was in an hour, and I could choose to loaf around some more and do laundry, or I could bite the bullet and just go to class. Bite it, I did. I wasn't moving quite as energetically as last week, but I was there, and I was putting in as much effort as I could muster. After Zumba, I went straight home and put the dog on his leash and off we went for about a half hour walk. We go anywhere from a little over a mile to 1.5 miles, usually. This time I stuck to the lower end, because I was exhausted....and thirsty!

So, yes, I was "too tired to workout" ...or, at least, I tried that excuse on myself. And then I told myself that I was not taking that BS from myself and I made myself move. Class again tonight. One great thing about short weeks is that I get off in enough time to do Zumba all week. Of course, I'll miss Thursday, but I'll get in 4 days if I remember this Saturday...depending on when Ethan's football camp is that day...

Still stressing over Thursday, but trying to pull myself out of it. What will be, will be. I can only do the best I can, be the best I can be, and be confident enough to make them want me. I can only motivate me, though. I can't make them choose me. I can't make them pay me enough so that my family doesn't want to kill me. I can't make everything work out, so I'm controlling what little I have control over. After that? Let the cards fall where they may. My mom used to say, "If it's meant to be, it will happen. If not, you were meant for something else." *shrug*

Finally, today is trash day. So I've decided I'm throwing out the negativity today.
My haircut looks cute!
My face looks thinner!
My thighs feel smaller!
My legs are stronger!
It's easier to get up a flight of stairs!
It's easier to walk up a hill!
It's easier to control the dog now that he's having regular walks!
I am a strong, motivated, intelligent, beautiful, passionate, creative, powerful warrior woman. I will conquer today and the rest of my life. I will make today count. I will make today something to remember tomorrow. And I will wake tomorrow ready to conquer a new day. One step closer to my goals. One step closer to becoming a better me, the best me.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/6/2010 6:49PM

    I wish I had Zumba near me. You have got this!

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SWEETLEXIE520 7/6/2010 3:57PM

    I love trash day!!

I'll be thinkin' of you Thursday for sure - so proud of your attitude!

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BECKYB73 7/6/2010 2:00PM

    Doesn't it feel awesome to bite that bullet and get in some exercise?? t seems like anymore, that's my silver bullet...even when everything else is craptacular, I can still work out. Your efforts are showing and you are going to wow them on Thursday.

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TEAM-SARAH 7/6/2010 1:23PM

    Love the attitude. Have an awesome week!!!

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    Great blog - I bet you are so happy that you made yourself go to Zumba last night. Sometimes it just takes that one little push to get us back on track where we need to be. You have a very stressful week ahead and its great you are focusing on what you can control and being positive. emoticon

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SLYOUNG1986 7/6/2010 10:05AM

  Great job on keeping motivated and I LOVE your positive attitude!

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HARMONYBLUE 7/6/2010 9:29AM

    Keep up that confident mantra and you will kick butt on Thursday!

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RAVENSONG37 7/6/2010 9:28AM

    I love you! Glad you are back and taking out the trash!

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KARVY09 7/6/2010 9:25AM

    Love that you're focusing on the positive, girl! You'll do great on Thursday and this weekend will be but a memory. I hear you on all the salt... blech. I'm going to flush it out of my system today!

Have a wonderful day!

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Hair Pics

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Okay, so here are the promised pics.


Right After:

The next day (yesterday):

I'm still not sure. It doesn't feel sexy anymore. It's so short that when it's curly I feel like I look like a Q-tip. When I straighten's big...Lord knows I don't need anything else "big" on me. I think she went too short. I don't feel like myself. I don't know...maybe with time I'll adjust...maybe I need to invest in scarves and hats...The whole time she was cutting I kept thinking "TOO SHORT! AAAHH!!" You can't put it back, though...

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SMURPH32 7/15/2010 9:21AM

    I love it!! You will get used to it :)

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CKAY22 7/15/2010 9:16AM

    are you kidding me?!! it shapes your face, you look gorgeous!!

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SUGIRL06 7/15/2010 9:07AM

    I think it looks adorable! But its definitely going to be high maintenance since you have curly hair. Just remember, it always grows back!

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KNOWMOREBBK 7/6/2010 9:15AM

    I too am a member of the thick-curly-hair club. I can see what you mean when you say you feel like a q-tip when it's curly. I have been there. That being said, the cut looks adorable on you when it's straight. If you are not getting the same "straightness" as you did when you left the salon, you need to invest in a flat iron. When you go to flat iron your hair, do a light spritz of hair spray and then flat iron the heck out of it. Put your hair up in clips and flat iron every section from root to tip. It will stay straight and won't feel "big." This cut makes you look really professional and I think it will look great at your interview.

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KILA1228 7/5/2010 4:24PM

    I like it!!! You look great!

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BAYBELIEVER 7/5/2010 1:07PM

    I really like the cut. It looks really good on you!

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MADDEELOU 7/5/2010 12:57PM

    I think it looks super cute.

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MERALO 7/5/2010 12:30PM

    It grows back though! Personally, I like your longer hair...what about one of those GHD thingies (I wouldn't know 'cos my hair is dead straight)...maybe you can get it to settle that way?

PS, you're looking great!

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ERIN1128 7/5/2010 11:25AM

    LOVE it!

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ANGELLYBELLY 7/5/2010 1:58AM

    I always feel that a good haircut is usually a little short.. that in 2 weeks it will be "perfect".
It looks very chic!

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    I think it looks good.
I love short hair..I always go back to wearing mine short.

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TEAM-SARAH 7/4/2010 8:03PM

    I think it looks great. I think you're going through the typical new haircut doubt haha. You either LOVE IT or you are like "omg what have I done to my hair!??" but you just have to figure out how to get your new style down, takes a little time to get used to. It's a good look for you.

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POOHBER26 7/4/2010 6:48PM

    i like pic 3, really cute!

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IPATRICIA 7/4/2010 6:22PM

    I like it, you have a GREAT face. It looks cool!

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ALIMESSA 7/4/2010 6:18PM

    Congrats on your 5 pound loss...and your hair is just need time to get used to it!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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    I like it! It flatters your face, and its super sassy!

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ALOT2GO1 7/4/2010 5:15PM

    It looks really good!

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ZNEKITA 7/4/2010 5:11PM

    I think it looks great. Maybe you're just not used to it. I just got mine cut similar to yours and I have been playing around with it. I have discovered a couple of cute styles that I like. Your pictures are cute!

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KIWIEVIE 7/4/2010 5:06PM

    Very Cute... And cool for those outside Summer activities!!

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SILLYBERRY 7/4/2010 5:00PM

    No! It looks great! A bit of natural wave is always sexy (and I'm not just saying that as a girl with natural wave!)! :)

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RAVENSONG37 7/4/2010 4:58PM

    I think its awesome and it frames your face beautifully!!


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Weigh-In Day - Week 11. Day 1

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Weigh-In Day

Starting Weight: 466.6
SP SW: 416.2
Last Week: 383
Goal This Week: 381
Actual: 378
Weight Lost This Week: 5 pounds
Total Weight Lost with SP: 38.2
Total Weight Lost overall: 88.6

emoticon Workout Review
This week has been a bit sporadic. I Zumbaed one day this week, and I really miss it. They canceled the class for yesterday because of 4th of July festivities. Still, I worked out every single day again. It's become almost second nature to me. One thing we've been doing is trying to walk the dog nearly every day. We missed yesterday due to time constraints, but we still walked at least a mile and a half, stood around for over an hour during the parade, and then walked some more in the evening to grab a better spot on the hill to watch Ripley's fireworks...from miles away! *lol*

emoticon Food Review
Yes, I've been on autopilot. Still trying to make sure my meals all have protein, carbs, and some sort of fruit or vegetable. I have a similar breakfast every morning of an omelet, just because I know it works, it fills me up and lasts for a couple hours. Snacks have been smart. Yesterday I got home from the parade and ate a bunch of blueberries and strawberries. SO good! And then last night I had a little too much beer and some pizza. But I had eaten so conservatively all day that it didn't seem to hurt me much. I'm not touting that this is a way to lose weight...but letting your hair down every now and again is a good thing.

emoticon What I learned this week:
Movement is key. If I keep my feet moving I know I'm going in the right direction. Autopilot has been a goal of mine to learn, because I want to know that I can do this all the time. I'm not saying I will stay on autopilot, but it has been nice getting my feet under me and realizing that I know the tools that work. If I rely on these tools I have success. At the high weight I'm at now, there is still room for me to make a few mistakes and learn how to "autopilot" my life when needed. Once this weekend is over, it's back to plans...although I can't say I'll be on all week. This is going to be one of the most stressful weeks I've had in a long time, so I'm prepping myself for the added stress.

I'll add pics soon of my new haircut...but right now I'm waiting on my computer to be fixed by hubs. It's currently not picking up the internet connection through our wireless. SO frustrating! I never did find a black blazer, so I will go with what I have and make the most of it. *shrug* I can only do so much, you know? I sat staring into the fire last night thinking about New York and moving the family and how stupid I'm sure my MIL thinks I am. Everyone keeps saying "Yes, but your cost of living right now is so low." Sure, we don't pay rent or a mortgage, but we pay plenty of bills and I have to pay a buttload in gas to get to Charleston and back every friggin' day. Plus, I'm tired of doing this thankless job and I feel like I worked hard for something. I don't know if this is the right move, but I have to at least try. It's just an interview...decisions can be made later. Nothing is finalized.

So, yeah. That's what's weighing me down right now. That's why it's been so hard to stay here on task, writing out the same boring reflections that I have no answers for. I know I'll figure it out...I just need time. Until then, I'll continue to make the best possible choices I can and continue to move every day. I'm looking forward to my walk later with Joey. We walk about a mile and a half every day...and to think, I once nearly died (just months ago) trying to walk a mile. I may try two miles next time. I have it in me...even though the hills are painful on this route and the dairy farm smells to high heaven! *lol*

Keep on keepin' on. I'm sorry I haven't been around...I've just been spending much needed time with family, including Shane's aunt and cousin who are in from California. They come in one week a year and this is Christy week, so I'll be pretty caught up in family aspects for a few more days. Crazy, crazy week incoming. *sigh*

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    Congrats on the loss this week! You continue to blow me away with your activity level. Try not to stress to much about a possible move right now, try to just focus on being the best you - you can be for the interview. Like you said, if you are offered the job, then you can focus on whether or not it makes sense for your family. Take care and try not to stress too much. emoticon

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ALOT2GO1 7/4/2010 5:28PM

    WTG! Thats amazing. You are doing great!

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RAVENSONG37 7/4/2010 5:02PM

    Hey sweetie, I'm sorry you are having a tough time. No one else can tell you what's right for you. Ultimately, it's up to you and hubs and the boys to decide what is best for your family. I hope you feel better soon!

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CALLIKIA 7/4/2010 4:46PM

    No, no, no...not 88 lbs in 11 weeks. That's from my highest weight which was about 6 years or so ago. I've lost 38 since joining here 11 weeks ago.

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TEAM-SARAH 7/4/2010 2:33PM

    Happy Anniversary. The interview is just around the corner, so exciting!! I hope it goes great. Definitely show us pictures of the new haircut! I agree that sometimes you need a beer and pizza night. As long as you haven't been eating bad all day long or worse... all week long... then it's nothing when thinking of the big picture. Have a great holiday!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 7/4/2010 2:28PM

    WOW! Incredible progress. Good for you. I'm going to add you as a friend & go & read all your blogs.

Excellent job you're doing. emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/4/2010 1:10PM

    88 pounds in 11 weeks? DAMN!!!

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MOTIVATED281 7/4/2010 1:01PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!! 88 pounds is a lot of weight to weight to lose. When you don't feel like you can do it you should look at how far you have come. emoticon

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HEWIES 7/4/2010 12:39PM are working your program and have a good grip on the rest of your life activities. I admire your determination and progress.

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Kickin' It Old School - W10.D7

Saturday, July 03, 2010

It's been a long day already...and it's not over yet.

Just checking in, really. We walked down to watch the parade in town today. Over an hour of standing around...wasn't exactly the best time in the world, but the boys had fun collecting candy (while I collected water bottles).

After a nap, we're all headed up on the hill to the in-laws' cabin. The plan for the evening? Pizza. A keg of beer. Talking. That's about it. *lol* Not sure what's going on exactly yet...but I'm hoping for a good night. It'll be the first time I get to see the cabin done, so I'm excited about that.

I'll check in tomorrow after weigh-in (which I'm secretly dreading *lol*). I'm kinda on autopilot right now weekend and all.

Happy 4th my Sparkers!

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RAVENSONG37 7/4/2010 12:43AM

    I'm here...kicking your butt outta autopilot!! Pizza and thoughts on this.....I think you know what I would say!

Hope you are doing alright! Enjoy your holiday darling!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/3/2010 11:28PM

    Happy 4th of July - hope you have an awesome weekend!
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