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Day off, but getting up at what time?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I am taking tomorrow (today if you're reading this on Friday!) off from work. I am going to use the day to go shopping for at least one pair of dress pants, one pair of comfy wedge dressy heels (yes, I hear those do exist), possibly a pair of cute boots and then whatever else catches my eye. I recently received a bonus from work and I'm using part of that to fund my shopping spree.

And, I'm starting all of this by getting up at 4:15, my normal time, to go work out. emoticon I'm meeting my two "homies" (tee hee) at the gym at 4:45. I'll get my cardio in followed by some weight lifting. Then home to get ready for the day. Then off to breakfast (probably Subway, yum!), shopping, lunch, shopping and....oh yeah, shopping!

Maybe I'll have time to come home and take a nap. emoticon

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/16/2010 5:14PM

    Do you own cows that require milking? I can't think of another reason to get out of a perfectly warm, comfortable bed at 4-frickin-15 IN THE MORNING!
Tu es loca, chica. Muy loca!
I hope your shopping trip was fruitful. I have heard of the comfy wedge heels of which you speak, although I am unable to wear such footwear myself (chronically bad feet).

I hope you're enjoying your weekend. Be a devil, have a lie in. 'Til 6am, say. Go on, you know you want to.
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AUNTIEANNE22 10/15/2010 10:54PM

  Yeah, i love comfy, wedge dressy heels. It's all I wear.
We are in the middle of a nor'easter, but i got my grocery shopping done this morning and some clothes shopping tonight. i also made it to the gym for cardio and strength training.

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STEVENGO2 10/15/2010 6:16PM

    I did not get to this blog until 6:15pm Friday. I hope you enjoyed your workout and oh! emoticon

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NEWNAC304 10/15/2010 2:22PM

    You are more dedicated to working out than I am! I hope you have a fun day and get time for a nap.

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AJDOVER1 10/15/2010 1:13PM

    I know what you mean. I get up around 4:45am every day and I never use an alarm clock. I'm certainly not opposed to early afternoon naps -- especially after shopping for those mythical comfy, dressy shoes!

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KRICKET4 10/15/2010 10:58AM

    Wishing you a successful shopping day. Have fun!

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DAYHIKER 10/15/2010 10:44AM

    What a fine lass you are getting up so early so you can get your workout in! Happy shopping!! Sounds great!! emoticon


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GEEMAWEST 10/15/2010 9:37AM

    Sounds like a fun day.

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TXNANA_4 10/15/2010 7:59AM

    Have a fun day!

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CARLANNIE 10/15/2010 7:45AM

    A long weekend, and nice weather for it. Enjoy your shopping excursion.

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BKNOCK 10/15/2010 7:28AM

    Sounds like a fun day! I am not too sure about comfortable wedgie shoes either though! Good luck!

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LMB-ESQ 10/15/2010 6:15AM

    "comfy wedge dressy heels " HAHAHAHA Good luck with that! And when you find them let me know and give me the name and address of the store, cuz I've been looking for a pair of those for YEARS and can't find any! The last pair I bought because they felt comfy in the store shredded my hose and made big holes in my feet. I wore them once and then threw them in the trash!

But the day off sure sounds great, and so does the nap! Enjoy!!

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USFBULL 10/15/2010 12:24AM

    Sounds like a plan emoticon emoticon

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Six hours travel for how much playtime?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just got the schedule for my son's last football game of the season. We are traveling to Wood River, a town three hours away. Assuming there is no construction. Do you know how long three hours is? In a car? Dang! LOL!

And, to top it off, we have to be there at 9:00. Which means that we'll have to leave at 5:30 (giving us time to get breakfast on the road and still have some time for delays). Have you ever tried to get an eleven-year old boy out of bed at 4:45 in the morning? An eleven-year old boy who is NOT a morning person? He is so going to bed at 5:00 pm! LOL!

They play one game. Four quarters. Eight minutes per quarter. And he plays defense, so half that time. That's (at best) sixteen minutes of watching my kid play. After three hours of driving. And before three more hours of driving. That's a lot of driving!

But you know what? I'm happy to do it. He loves to play football. I love to watch him. And I am lucky enough to have the time and wherewithal to get to do just that. emoticon

I love football!

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/13/2010 8:44PM

    My son is 29 and the best memories I have are Saturday afternoons (when he was little) and Friday nights (in high school) watching him play the sport he loved. What fun for all of us!!!! Enjoy every minute--it flies by!

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RWETHAIRYET 10/13/2010 4:02PM

    Well, on the one hand, I'm still waiting for a thankyou for all those early morning ice hockey games on the other side of the planet on brutally cold mornings (where it was warmer IN the rink)
But yup, I do miss the days. Have a great time!

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SANDIE4HLTH 10/12/2010 11:32PM

    It's always encouraging to hear about kids who are dedicated to a positive activity as your son is dedicated to football -- and the moms who make the necessary sacrifices with a full heart for the sake of their children.

I hope this turns out to be a surprisingly enjoyable trip and an exciting game. Great work!


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STEELKICKIN 10/12/2010 9:30PM

    Heck YEEEAAAHHH!! Football is awesome! Especially watching the little one playing! Aw, but one day you'll miss these times, especially when he's dating and taking your car out for the first time. Those six hours will seem like a piece of cake when you're car (and your son) were supposed to be home, like three hours ago??


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KRICKET4 10/12/2010 7:33PM

    Well, that's part of what we do... :)

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/12/2010 6:54PM

    Two words: mental case!

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CARLANNIE 10/12/2010 8:32AM

    So you're headed to my neck of the woods, eh? Let me know which day, and I'll come and cheer for your son! Oh - you may only have a two-hour car ride - takes up 2 hours 10 min without stops to get to the Big City.

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/12/2010 8:31AM

  Our kids are only ours for a few years, so we need to make the most of it. My son is 24 and getting him up hasn't gotten any easier. My son has given me many moments when I realized yeah, I raised a pretty good kid.

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JOHNTJ1 10/12/2010 7:39AM

    Ya know what?

On his wedding day he will pull you aside and thank you for making all the effort you made for him when he was growing up. Then yo will cry a bit and laugh a bit and it will all be worth it.

Everyone should have a mom like you Barb

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WINDEE52 10/12/2010 7:27AM

    I'm with BKNOCK, find something to do there and make it a day trip!

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BKNOCK 10/12/2010 6:18AM

    Wow! Maybe you can find something fun to do in that town before you head home?

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Excellent planner or slightly obsessive?

Friday, October 08, 2010

Or really obsessive? LOL!

I'm leaving for a little over a month. I have been checking websites for information on Taiwan, including weather, culture, geographic location, sights to see, etc.

I'm making lists of the things I need to get before I go. Another pair of dress pants. Some "dressier" tops. Wedge heel, comfortable shoes. A converter. Travel containers for my fluids. Quart bag to make sure the fluids all fit.

Making lists of what to pack. Trying to figure out what days/nights I'll be able to fit in a workout and pack accordingly. Requesting a laptop to take with me. Getting tips from coworkers on how to pack, what to see when I'm there (I do have one free day!), how to travel.

I even plan to pack everything into my carry-on (after I check the TSA website for size restrictions) to make sure I can fit everything I need into one bag. I'll do that as soon as I have everything...or maybe sooner! LOL!

So, am I just a very organized planner or slightly overly excited and obsessed wannabe world traveler who might be getting a little ahead of herself? My vote? A little bit of both! emoticon emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 10/10/2010 12:59PM

    No, no, no, you can never be too "obsessively planned" when it comes to trips. I'd rather be over-packed than under-packed any day and that's just taking a trip out to Arizona. I couldn't imagine going to TAIWAN!!! That's so awesome, Barb. I'm happy you're getting to go!

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CARLANNIE 10/10/2010 9:20AM

    Wow - glad you got chosen to go. You deserve it. And no, not obsessive, just practical. How many books do you think you can read while flying over the Pacific?

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SUZYMOBILE 10/10/2010 8:01AM

    Oh, yeah. I'd be planning like crazy, too. How about shots? Do you need immunizations? I know, it is like a Western city, but ... my doc surprised me right before we were leaving for Thailand a few years back, with all the shots I needed.

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DAYHIKER 10/10/2010 6:48AM

    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity and you are wise to be planning ahead. I agree with NeverMind...Rick Steves has some great helps for packing among other things, especially about seeing more than the tourist traps!


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AUNTIEANNE22 10/9/2010 11:01PM

  Yeah, I'd say you're a little bit of both. Do as much as you can, because you'll probably never get back there.

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NEWNAC304 10/9/2010 10:21PM

    I'd be the same way! I'd also be very nervous about traveling to a different country, especially without my hubby. Are you at least going with a co-worker so you're not completely alone?

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/9/2010 8:49PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me!! Exciting stuff!! How long will you be there?

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BKNOCK 10/9/2010 7:34PM

    Don't forget to save some space for those souvineers for your family!

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RWETHAIRYET 10/9/2010 2:59PM

    Well, I'm usually kind of last minute and impulsive for most things...but packing for any trip is a different story...So it all sounds reasonable to me. After all, you want to have what you need, but not need a steamer trunk to get it there. So why not start now???

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CATHERINEL66 10/9/2010 7:23AM

    Little of both on the packing, LOL!! Though totally needed research on weather, culture and what to wear professionally while in Asia.

I think that the more you travel the better you get at jamming everything into a carryon. I'm off to Seattle this AM (one vacation day, the rest for work), and I've got my stuff ready to roll ... hitting spin class, then off to the airport!

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CAROLEHZ 10/9/2010 6:59AM

    I don't think your obsessive at all. I am going to Scotland NEXT May and we are already planning. We are having traveling companions for dinner tonight to plan the trip (to get things booked now) but I've already been planning which suitcase, which shoes, to me that's half the fun of an adevnture. I have even checked out all of the books on Scotland from the library ( I know we can use the internet but books sounded more travely!)

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KRICKET4 10/9/2010 2:55AM

    How exciting! It'll be a great adventure. Who can blame you for being (slightly) obsessive? :)

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SANDIE4HLTH 10/9/2010 1:00AM

    How exciting! Truth be told, I'd be doing exactly the same things you are doing. Check, double check, ask around, etc. It's all part of how excited you are. Okay, maybe a little of both, but who can blame you. Keep us posted about how you are progressing.

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NEVERMIND2010 10/9/2010 12:57AM

    Check out Rick Steves's website for his "how to pack" tutorial. It's great.

Enjoy your trip!

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ELYMWX 10/9/2010 12:46AM

    Yes, Yes, and Yes. Enjoy Taiwan. Just found out that instead of China, my next trip's to Portugal at the beginning of November.

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DONNAORLENE 10/9/2010 12:23AM

    I think I agree with you! A little bit of both. But I'd be excited too! It sounds wonderful! And I hope you have a great time!

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USFBULL 10/8/2010 11:53PM

    Sound like your getting excited, emoticon

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Dagnabbing lying piece of technology!!!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

If you've read my blog in the last couple of days, you'll know that I got a new Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) on Sunday. Monday, I couldn't seem to push the buttons correctly to make it work. I'm blaming it on lack of caffeine and sunshine. No one should have to think at 4:30 in the morning!! LOL!

This morning was much more successful I pushed the button...twice! And then, to make sure I did it right, I pushed the "back" button once to make sure it paused like it was supposed to. It did! And then I started it back up. All told, about two seconds of pause time.

And in that two seconds, I burned 155 calories!!! I know, I was shocked too! How do I know that I burned so many? Easy! That is the difference between what the machine said I burned and what the HRM showed. emoticon emoticon emoticon HRM is defective. 155 calories difference??? I could understand it if the machine under-reported my calories. Everyone knows that they are highly unreliable. Except when they report more calories burned than the HRM! LOL!

Or...I really only burned 331 calories in 45 minutes. emoticon I'm going with this option. Not cos it's my favorite, but cos it's the most correct. Dagnabit! The good news is that I am now motivated to shake up my exercise routine so I can boost that calorie burn. And I'll have a more accurate assessment of what I really burned to compare with what I actually ate and can get these last two pounds off!

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GEEMAWEST 10/7/2010 9:02PM

    Silly thing. Is it really worth it? Just sayin'. emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/6/2010 10:58PM

  If you burned 155 calories in 2 seconds we all want your exercise routine. What are you doing to burn 370 calories in 45 minutes? Sounds like maybe an elliptical. You can really burn a lot of calories quickly on them. That is my choice for next month. By then I should have built up my stamina enough. I tried the first day at the gym and lasted 10 minutes. I was up to 45 on my home elliptical, but that was before my surgery. My house is just too hot for doing it.

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RWETHAIRYET 10/6/2010 5:03PM

    Hahahahahahaha...I just love it! I'm glad I'm not the only one who stumbles with the little buttons and little dials, and is it on or is it paused and oops did I just clear the last workout that I was half way through....and oh, I can't read the dial with my glasses on (makes me wonder what good the bifocals are, since there are a lot of things I have to take the glasses off for and put right under my nose...but I digress.
Stick with it. I bet it all works out in the end.

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LEFTSOX 10/6/2010 12:26PM

    I wish my 45 min workout burned 330+ calories!!! Mine only burns about 270..... emoticon

I think it's time to up my effort a little!

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ELYMWX 10/6/2010 12:06PM

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BKNOCK 10/6/2010 11:37AM

    Dagnabbing? I love your language! You will make it work, you are a smart cookie!

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STEELKICKIN 10/6/2010 11:33AM

    I saw your blog title and I knew that you were being stumped by the HRM again. I don't anything about them but keep working with it. If anyone can figure it out, it will be you. I'd get one but I'd probably have it flung into the middle of the highway in two hours flat.

But kudos to you on this decision, Barb. You're making some great changes and you're going to be a success at this just like you are at everything else!


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JOHNTJ1 10/6/2010 11:07AM



I had the same problem when I got mine back in June. I thought maybe it came with a grad student from MIT, in order to get it to work. Like you, eventually I figured it out

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DAYHIKER 10/6/2010 6:27AM

    All new gadgets seem to make me a little crazy at first figuring them out then they become second nature. Me likem gadgets too!! So off I go with my iPhone, HRM, and a pedometer... emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 10/6/2010 4:47AM

    Good for you for stepping it up! You're ahead of me, I'm just starting to get back to a weight circuit after MANY years away.

And speaking of bad technology, just for giggles I got on the scale at the gym and it weighed me 16 lbs heavier than 2 hours earlier at home. (Did I say "giggles?" I wasn't actually giggling emoticon) Now 5 lbs I could see. But 16? Then I was told it isn't accurate and hadn't been calibrated for several days. Gee.... ya think??? emoticon I guess that goes to show you, if you don't own it, don't trust it.

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SHUNTZINGER 10/6/2010 12:10AM

  I don't know anything about your exercise experience or history but I always advise to make sure you have strength training in the mix too. If you don't, be sure to add it in. It'll help burn a few extra calories too. Cardio is not the end all be all.

Good job commiting to a HRMonitor!

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Monday, October 04, 2010

If you read my blog yesterday, you know that I got a new HRM. And, as you probably already know, I am not a morning exercising kind of person. I don't get up in the morning to exercise unless I know my friend will be at the gym to greet me. Well, I knew for a fact that my friend wouldn't be there (hurt her knee), but I got up anyway. AND I went!

Why? Because I had a new toy, of course! LOL! I reread the directions to make sure I knew what buttons to push and when. I got the chest strap wet and put it on (warm water cools VERY fast!). emoticon I strapped on the wrist unit and made sure I had a heart beat. It was a little elevated - 82 - but probably just because I was giddy with excitement. emoticon

Got to the gym, set up my book, iPod and set all the settings on the machine. Then I pushed start on my HRM. Forty-five minutes later, I reached down to stop the HRM and ... nothing? What the ??? I got so caught up in trying to figure out what had happened that I didn't even get the numbers off the machine! Dagnabit!

I still needed to stretch, so I restarted it (or started it for the first time!). When I did that, I realized that I was supposed to push the button twice. DOH!!! THAT time it worked exactly as it was supposed to! So I still don't know how my actual calorie burn compares to what the machine has been saying. I plan to have that answer tomorrow.

Wish me luck. Apparently, I'll need it! BTW...did I mention that I am NOT a morning person! LOL!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/6/2010 7:08AM

    I hate to tell you how long it took me to figure out how to get the battery into my pedometer!

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SANDIE4HLTH 10/5/2010 11:54PM

    I LOVE new gadgets but they are particularly difficult in the A.M. for us non-morning folks. I empathize! I'm sure you'll do just fine the next time you use it.

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/5/2010 10:45PM

  Not only are you not a morning person, but also not much of a tech geek either. Hey, as someone else pointed out, now you have a reason to get up early again tomorrow. Let us know how you make out.

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STEVENGO2 10/5/2010 8:32PM

    Looks like you are trying to push too many buttons, especially too early in the morning for you! emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/5/2010 8:14PM

    Funny!!! Hope you have better luck tomorrow!!

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RWETHAIRYET 10/5/2010 7:51PM

    heehee, been there a few times myself....I just know those were my best "burn" days ever, haha!

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BKNOCK 10/5/2010 7:33PM

    You crack me up! Now you have a new toy to try tomorrow, again! LOL!

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NEWNAC304 10/5/2010 4:32PM

    Maybe you should have had some coffee before you went to the gym?

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CARLANNIE 10/5/2010 8:09AM

    Wow - I hope your little exploit didn't diminish your giddiness. Giddiness must burn a ton of calories!

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JEWELS571 10/5/2010 12:04AM

    hahahha love it! You will get the hang of it!

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MUSIC66 10/4/2010 11:35PM

    yes you did say that lol.

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SPARKGIRL285 10/4/2010 11:30PM

    Congrats on your new HRM, I couldn't help but laugh because i'm not a morning person either and there has been quite a few times I forgot to press the start button. Although I'm not laughing then because it is frustrating.

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STEELKICKIN 10/4/2010 11:27PM

    What's the matter with you? Are you not a morning person or something?? LOL! You got it now....let us know how it goes!!!

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