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Saturday, October 23, 2010

A busy day today. Up early to take Scooby for a rabies shot. They asked me to bring a stool sample (ick!) and I forgot. Luckily (?) Scooby dropped a biscuit right outside their door. Okay, he dropped like five biscuits and he walked about 8" between each dropping. Being the responsible dog owner, I picked it all up and took it inside for them! LOL!

After puppy duty, I did the grocery thing. Told the kids to keep the laundry going. They didn't and lied about it. I'm sorry...did you think I wouldn't notice the piles of laundry right where I left them? emoticon Left them there and went to the library. Stayed until they closed so that my children had a chance to survive through the end of the day. emoticon

My kids are kids and (I think) normal ones. As such, they don't listen. I've tried yelling (I know, not ideal and apparently, not effective). I've decided that I will tell them something once. If they don't comply, I will make the next move/choice/decision. If they don't put away dishes correctly, the dishes will go to their rooms until they wash them by hand and put them away correctly. If they don't put away their clothes, I can choose to throw them away...or give them away to someone who will appreciate them. You know, stuff like that!

DH and I went to dinner at the Texas Roadhouse, a steakhouse. They have the best rolls and apple/cinnamon/whatever butter! I had three, or was it four? Anyway, I ordered the pulled pork and grilled shrimp. I love shrimp and my family doesn't. Ordering it when I go out is the only time I can have it! Yummmy!

I didn't go to the gym today. It is important to have at least one rest day per week, right? So why does it feel so weird not to go to the gym? Not that I sat on my butt, but no real exercise. Odd...

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/28/2010 3:42PM

    I love your parenting style - I really do! If I had kids I'd do the same. "If you can't clean up after yourself, then you can live in your own filth!" or "If you can't put your things away, I'll give them to someone who'll appreciate them!" Fantastic!

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/24/2010 10:33PM

  Spent a couple of hours on Saturday hoeing out my son's room and he's 24! I have to get in there to check the answering machine and I was tired of breaking my neck. He is really a slob. I put the trash can right next to his desk and when I went in this morning there was an empty, disposable cup on his desk. Can you say lazy? His excuse is that he has a real job now and just doesn't have time. I wonder what he thinks I do seven days a week. I don't even sleep at home. We won't even start with the dishes!

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CATHERINEL66 10/24/2010 4:09PM

    OMG, I was the queen of reality parenting and I'm surprised my son survived.

We were both super stubborn. If he didn't shower, he was stinky. No laundry=no clean clothes. Won't pick up your room=Mom with a garbage bag, and I didn't discriminate about what went in it (or give it back).

At one point in his middle school career, he was stinky, had scummy teeth, wearing dirty clothes, had greasy hair, and lived in a room that was like a monk's cell (bedding and books only, plus his bed and desk).

Thank goodness he's now 20 and safely away from me! LOL!

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GEEMAWEST 10/24/2010 1:37PM

    My son (who is now 30) still remembers the day he didn't do the dishes as promised and I put ALL the dirty dishes in a box and put them on his bed. When he got home that day he called me crazy. Imagine that? I told him that I needed room in the kitchen to do some baking and that I had to do something with the dirty dishes. Made perfect sense to me. He never "forgot" to do the dishes again.

As for the dirty clothes, if you bought them with your hard earned money I wouldn't throw them away, however, I might consider putting them in a box and putting them away for a week or so. When they can't find their favorite shirt or whatever they may think twice about doing the laundry when told.

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LADYIRISH317 10/24/2010 12:07PM

    The kids didn't do the laundry? Oh, I'm sorry -- you can wear dirty clothes until you do. That'll larn 'em.

As for the shrimp -- keep a bag in your freezer. Thaw a few and make a shrimp salad or sandwich occasionally.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/24/2010 11:38AM

    Big smile on my face too :) (Ahh, I'm not alone after all...)
I'm sure your kids are normal and I'm also sure you're doing a great job. Problem is, somehow they are a lot better at outsmarting us as they should be, ha! Sometimes I wonder who's tricking whom ... better. It's all about trial and error (but also on their side :)) - stick to your guns and improvise and revise strategies as you go along. Funny, while we improvise and revise and fume and rant and sometimes even find success along the way they grow up.
I had a really easy time with my daughter, who is now 20 and I'm having a difficult time with my son (17). I'm actually surprised he made it thus far emoticon I'm sure looking back it'll be all very amusing.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/24/2010 11:18AM

    Geez, I'm glad there isn't a Texas Roadhouse around the sorner from us. Those rolls would have had me at hello!

Good going with the kids. This game should prove to be amusing for them. Stick to your guns, now! There will be shrieking and tears the first time you give the clothes to Goodwill, so you must be strong (or have merely pretended to give them away).

You're obviously addicted to the gym now! This is a good thing ... I think.

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CARLANNIE 10/24/2010 8:39AM

    Big smile on my face here, because I have been there done that. When my son was little, and I threatened to throw his toys away if he didn't pick them up, he simply helped me cart them off to the trash can! Now what was I supposed to do with that scenario? Ah,well. As my grandmother always threatened me, what comes around, goes around. Maybe as parents we are getting the 'goes around' part? Enjoy today - it will be a great day for reading and projects.

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BKNOCK 10/24/2010 8:33AM

    Wow, sounds like a day! I hope you found some good books!

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LMB-ESQ 10/24/2010 5:42AM

    OMG... love, love, LOVE Texas Roadhouse. A little on the pricey side, but SOOO worth it. Those rolls are to die for... or at least that butter is! We try to get up there about once a month, just to spoil ourselves.

And yes, your kids are normal. And when you figure out how to get them to comply, please let me know! Mine are all grown up and they STILL pull that same crap! What is it with kids? Do they think the title of "parent" equates with "doormat?" LOL

Last time one of my dogs dropped one at the vet, I asked for a paper towel to pick it up and they said "oh, don't bother, we have a service for that." !!! Send 'em over to my house!!

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Top ten things I did/do to stay on track, even when busy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Spark Friend (JUNIAATROME) asked me what are the top ten things I did during my busiest days to keep on the healthy road I'd started down. After I answered her, I decided that this would make a good blog subject. If nothing else, it reminds me what I need to do to stay on track.

1. Menus - this is the biggest thing for me. I actually started making menus to save money. But it worked out even better. I personally plan for two weeks, but you can do as little as two or three days. Knowing what was planned for dinner makes it so much easier to go home and cook it. If I had to cook AND think of something, we'd just order in. That gets expensive, both in money and calories. And, you can rearrange things if chicken doesn't sound good or you forgot to thaw the roast!

2. Habits - I am a creature of habit. I did something good for me often enough that it got to be a habit. Until it was a habit, I made it as easy as possible for me to do it so I had no excuses.

3. Support - I had the support of my family and friends. Without them, I couldn't/wouldn't have kept going.

4. Rewards - I gave myself rewards along the way. Sometimes it was something exercise related, like new work out gear. Sometimes it was permission to eat whatever I wanted as much as I wanted, no guilt...for one day. Then right back to it.

5. I made room for something I really liked to eat every day. I am one of those people that if I'm told I can't have it, I want it more. So nothing is (or was) off limits. Just smaller portions and savor.

6. I made exercise fun. Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement, but I made it as fun as I could. I love to read, so I would make sure I took my book and read while I huffed and puffed on the elliptical. Or I met a friend for my workout. Or I challenged myself to lift more, go further, burn more calories.

7. I told people what I was doing. That held me accountable. And, yes, Spark People has definitely held me accountable. My Spark Friends keep me honest!

8. Track

9. Track

10. Track! Seriously, I tracked everything. (Still do.) I tracked how many calories I ate. I tracked how many minutes I exercised. I tracked how many miles I traveled. I tracked how much water I drank. Was I perfect? Not even close. But keeping track made me take notice and pay attention to what I was doing. There were many times that I did not eat something simply because I didn't want to track it! LOL! Or I would go that extra five minutes because I was *this* close to making that next goal.

There have been other things and I'm sure there are lots of other ideas out there. I'd love to hear what works for other folks. Maybe I can steal some ideas!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/23/2010 9:57AM

    Great blog! At the very least, I track all my goals every day and eat a good breakfast.

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EM4488 10/23/2010 9:57AM

    ugh! I need to start menus again. I used to (when I started spark and was still "really into it")....but that has gone on the wayside.
Track track track....oh the necessary evil!!
Love the, I'm going to go make a MENU!

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GEEMAWEST 10/23/2010 9:36AM

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I agree with everything you wrote.

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RWETHAIRYET 10/22/2010 5:20PM

    I find the biggest help is the food planning...and cooking ahead as much as possible. Like you, the minute I have to think about what to eat, I'm picking up the phone for the nearest takeout, haha!

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NEWNAC304 10/22/2010 4:08PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I've been struggling lately and need all the help I can get to get back on track.

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CARLANNIE 10/22/2010 7:53AM

    Planning the meals is something that is lacking in my life. I am such a "go with the flow" type personality, and our family life is on the run quite frequently, that it is difficult (but not impossible - nothing is impossible) to plan and shop for meals in advance. I will work on this.

Question: do you track on paper or online? I have been tracking online, but I find I am on the computer so much during the day that I think I will do better on real, live paper - gonna give it a try.

Enjoyed your list - it's all so true!

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BKNOCK 10/22/2010 6:26AM

    Great list! I really need to sit down and look at what I am doing since it realy isn't working again! I think I need to go back to tracking everything before it goes in my mouth!

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JUNIAATROME 10/22/2010 12:59AM

    Thank you - I've discovered several things: especially the track thing. I just can't seem to come around to it lately. When I was tracking things were easy. So tracking, here I am again. And planning emoticon the problem with this is as it is 'just' DH and me it seems like it's not worth the trouble (after haveing 6 and 7 for dinners). But this needs re-thinking. Definitely. Anyway: Thank you!

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DONNAORLENE 10/22/2010 12:49AM

    You do a very good job at what you're doing and it shows. I just wish had such organizational skills! Your savor the flavor on one of your logs I used. I really wanted a hot fudge sundae. So when I had lost twenty-eight pounds, I treated myself to one! It was just a small one, but I savored every bite very slowly and really enjoyed!

Hope you have a good weekend.

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THATGIRLSTEF 10/21/2010 10:52PM

    Tracking is KEY!!! It's the only thing that keeps me in check!

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/21/2010 10:48PM

  Obviously, what you did payed off. I have to agree with everything you have on your list. Thanks for sharing.

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Gratitude and great clothes

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

First and foremost...THANK YOU!!!!! Thank you to each of you for the well wishes on both hitting my goal weight and being voted a motivator. I really appreciate all of the support I get from everyone here at Spark! And, in case you were wondering, I will be sticking around. You can't get rid of me that easily! LOL! emoticon

Now, for the great clothes part.

I took last Friday off from work to go shopping for dressier clothes for my trip to Taiwan. My friend and I left around 8:00 in the morning. I took her back home by 2:00 and headed back out on my own. Didn't get home until 5:00...maybe later. I was TIRED!

But, it was a good trip. First stop was a consignment shop. Found a pair of grey pants that fit mostly good...there was a line across my butt that wouldn't go away! was the liner inside the pants that didn't lay flat. Passed on those pants, but I did find two tops. One is a purple knit top, three-quarter sleeves. It is heavy enough that I don't have to wear two layers to be warm, but thin enough to put another sweater over it if needed. The other top is black and white patterned. It is "crinkly" by design, so won't wrinkle when I pack it! LOL!

Couple more stops that were not fruitful and a stop at Souper Salad, a buffet place that has soup and salad. Made mostly healthy choices.

After I dropped my friend off, I went to a couple more stores and found a pair of grey pants that fit AND didn't need to be hemmed! No...I did NOT buy them in the kid's department...they're petite. I still have to wear heels with them so the legs don't drag the ground, but I don't have to hem them!

And speaking of heels...I found a pair of comfy wedge heels! I did have to put one of those heel things in one of the shoes to keep it from slipping off my heel, but they fit! I'll be wearing them all week, so I'll get a good feel for them.

I got a few non-Taiwan trip things too. A pink long sleeved tee and two bins to hold the blankets and pillows in my bonus room. This weekend, I'm going to do a dry-run on my packing and see if I have enough tops, travel sizes, etc. to take with me. And I'll decide then if I'm going to check a bag or fit everything into a carry-on. Decisions! Decisions! emoticon emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 10/21/2010 10:50AM

    How did I miss the announcement that you made goal?!? CONGRATULATIONS! That's awesome news!
Maintenance is quite tricky. Glad you're planning to stick around.

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/20/2010 10:34PM

  Lucky you - finding pants that don't need to be hemmed. I sometimes luck out but very rarely. I love consignment shops though. I can sew, so I hate to pay full price for something I know I can make more cheaply.

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LADYIRISH317 10/20/2010 9:37AM

    So where are the photos, girl?

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CATHERINEL66 10/20/2010 9:36AM

    Whoo hoo! Stick with the program -- I know I am! Besides, we'd MISS you!

Can't wait to here the travel reports from Taiwan! Make sure you get out and do some fun stuff because some of us are counting on you to live vicariously! :)

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BKNOCK 10/20/2010 8:31AM

    Sounds like you are very organized! Wow, I never find pants that I don't have to hem, even in petites!

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NEWNAC304 10/20/2010 8:30AM

    Sounds like a great shopping trip! I'm so glad you're going to be sticking around here.

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I'm sorry...what did that say?

Monday, October 18, 2010

One of the things I try to do each night is go through my e-mails and get caught up on my Spark friends and teams. I reply to some of the threads I've subscribed to. I read blogs (and comment as needed. emoticon) I read/scan the articles that Spark sends out.

And then there was this e-mail that maybe shouldn't have come to me. I did double check that the e-mail was really addressed to me. It was. You, my Spark Friends, voted me a Motivational Member! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Wow! Thanks! Thank you to each of you who voted for me and who have motivated me and kept me honest! I am really honored by the vote of confidence! Thank you!!!!

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EM4488 10/23/2010 9:55AM

    YAHOO!!!!! Congrats! You are DEFINITELY a motivation!

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GEEMAWEST 10/23/2010 9:30AM

    Sorry I didn't see this earlier. You definitely deserve the recognition. You motivate me all the time. You even motivate me to cheer all that much harder for the Ducks!
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AUNTIEANNE22 10/19/2010 10:35PM

  Who, more than you,deserves the award? Congratulations.

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NEWNAC304 10/19/2010 3:45PM

    Congrats! You are a motivational leader!

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STEVENGO2 10/19/2010 11:23AM

    You truly deserve this award. You are a motivator. Congrats!
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KENDRACARROLL 10/19/2010 10:09AM

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer gal. :) Congratulations.

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CARLANNIE 10/19/2010 9:30AM

    Didn't know I could vote, or else I would have - yahoo!

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BKNOCK 10/19/2010 9:14AM

    It's about time! Your blogs always motivate me!
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MDTWEETY 10/19/2010 7:36AM

    Woo hoo!!!! Congrats!

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STEELKICKIN 10/18/2010 11:32PM

    Geez, it's, like, about TIME!!!! You're welcome. I voted for you. A long time ago, but I voted for you. Neener neener!

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BARCLE 10/18/2010 11:26PM

    emoticon congratulations, that's fantastic emoticon

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MUSIC66 10/18/2010 11:23PM

    Thats awsome.

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FELIXC 10/18/2010 11:22PM

    That's so awesome! Good for you!


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I'm at goal!! I'm really there!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Woo Hoo!!!! After six months (or more!) of being within five pounds of my 128 pound goal, the scale finally rewarded me with that magical number! emoticon

So what did I do? I ate my way through the next two days! LOL! Okay, so I already had planned on not meeting calorie range either of those two days, so no big deal that I did exactly that. Today was much better.

I was at my goal weight about seven years ago. I maintained very well for a few months. Then, I decided that I knew what I was doing and I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted through the holiday season. Now, seven years later, I finally lost that 20 pounds! LOL! (No, I didn't gain all 20 in two months, but close!)

That tells me that I need to watch what I eat all of the time. I can still take some "cheat" days, but most of my days have to be filled with healthy choices. as usual but with just a few more calories! emoticon

Maintenance is my friend and I plan to hang with my new friend for years to come!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/19/2010 7:08AM

    Whoa! Fabulous!! Now you can join a maintainers team!!

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CHATTIEGIRL 10/18/2010 8:57PM


I stopped by to see how you are doing as you are one of my Spark friends. You have done fantastic and I am proud of you. Yes you will continue on living a healthy life, eating healthy and being active with exercises and other things. This is a life long journey but we learn how to do it so we don't have to struggle anymore. I drink a lot of water and in 1 day I want from 145 to 140, so I believe in water. I am 5' 7" 1/4, I still put that there so I know I am not shrinking. I weighed 110 when I married my husband at 27 and after 35 I started to gain. I was too thin to start with so it didn't matter much. I maintained a 155 weight for 15 years and even then it wasn't too heavy but I went on a arthritic diet and went to 135 and that is where I have stayed. 135 to 140, size 8 so I don't need to go any lower just tone. I also eat off a dessert plate and 1 helping and that really keeps you where you want to be.

Stay true to yourself, continue with your healthy living and be happy. May God bless you always. Love the Spark people site.


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RWETHAIRYET 10/18/2010 4:53PM

I hope I get to say that someday. I'm maintaining alright, just a bit above my goal, haha!

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DONNAORLENE 10/18/2010 3:18PM

    Way to go!! You've worked hard to get there and I'm happy for you! Keep up the good work!!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/18/2010 1:31PM

    That's fanastic news, Barb! Well done you!
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All your hard work has paid off and you've achieved what you set out to do.

Here's to maintenance and your continued success.
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CARLANNIE 10/18/2010 8:35AM

    Doing the Happy Dance for you here - yahooooooo!!!! You have worked hard to get to that magical number, and with the holidays fast upon us, I think you've got the right idea about being vigilant. Here's a toast to you!!!

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BKNOCK 10/18/2010 6:22AM

    Wow, that is so awesome! Congratulations!
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NEWNAC304 10/18/2010 5:59AM

    Congrats! Are you still going to be hanging around here? I hope so!

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DEUSMACHINA 10/18/2010 12:56AM

    FANTASTIC! That is wonderful news! Congratulations.

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JUNIAATROME 10/18/2010 12:54AM

    woo hoo! You are my hero. I do hope I can do that some day. Must have a closer look at how you'r doing that as you have a similar schedule to mine - and I'm just not making it lately.:(
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ELYMWX 10/17/2010 11:24PM

    Congratulations, and good luck!

(sounds like you need it)

(I'm ducking away now...)

(ok, running away...)

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ABB698 10/17/2010 10:54PM

    Congrats on meeting your goal! emoticon Now onto maintaining: emoticon

Keep Sparking!

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/17/2010 10:42PM

  Nice job. Hang with us and we'll make sure you keep it off.

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MYRTROSE 10/17/2010 10:30PM

    Wow congrats!
Do you do a lot of entertaining for the holidays?
What's your game plan for this year?

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APIRLRAIN888 10/17/2010 10:21PM

    congratulation. keep it up

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GEEMAWEST 10/17/2010 10:07PM

    Good for you Barb!! You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for always being there. You Rock!!

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