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Laugh a little - Bronx Zoo cobra tweets

Sunday, April 03, 2011

An Egyptian cobra was recently missing in the Bronx Zoo, and some interesting tweets started appearing... listen to the coverage by NPR and have a good laugh for the day!
P.S. The cobra has been located and apparently was never out of the snake house.
The SNL skit did not do this story justice this weekend. The tweets really are funny!

Here's the NPR link:

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CATIATM 4/6/2011 7:10AM


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LJR4HEALTH 4/4/2011 1:43PM

    Oh yeah heard about the snake tweeting emoticon

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SCAREWALDORF 4/3/2011 6:50AM

    That made me chuckle-thank you!

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end of March, ready for April

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Another month down, time to reassess.
I've exceeded my calorie range too many days this month, and will be adjusting my menus and spacing of meals so I won't feel so hungry. Need to continue cooking for myself rather than eating out, where portions and ingredients are less within my control.
Exercise was above average, with three events completed - a new experience for me. In the past, doing a 5K would involve a couple of weeks recovery. Now, I'm back at it within a couple of days, even after a half marathon distance. Using the 5k training programs on SP to transition from walker to runner with intervals. Looking forward to more events in the coming months.
Since I needed more help to lose weight, I've joined Duke integrative Medicine. Turns out the support far surpasses my expectations! I am going through orientation sessions, and will have lots to report in April. Took a Pilates class today, will try yoga tomorrow, and have the trainer show me around the gym next Tuesday. I fully expect to see weight loss and will practice my new skills in order to maintain the weight loss long term.
Spring is officially here, but the recent temperature drop and rain have prevented me from getting outdoors as much as I'd hoped. Looking forward to turning that around, and riding my bike more often. Will also be tending to the lawn and garden.
My daughter graduates in May, and even though I will not be anywhere near my goal weight, I can make progress between now and then so that I am not hiding behind people in the inevitable photographs. And with a huge smile on my face.
So come on, April - bring it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMAFEELGOOD 4/6/2011 11:19AM

    Down front and center for those photos mama. No more hiding. Your kid must be so proud of you for your running.

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/3/2011 1:55AM

    You are rocking it--you have a great plan and awesome attitude, so you are going to make it! Way to go!!

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APRILLSCOTT 4/2/2011 11:59AM

    Wow you are going from walking to running! Good luck with this! I think April needs to turn tail and run! emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/1/2011 9:09PM

    emoticon You are doing emoticon work! Love your background photo... amazing what that adrenaline will do for you!

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/1/2011 6:09PM

    Wow. You rocked exercise. Go girl!!

Enjoy spring.


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HAPPYSOUL91 4/1/2011 2:00PM

    Yes you can certainly make progress! Really like what you have planned out for this month

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ABSOLUTZER0 4/1/2011 12:39PM

    Let's both step it up a notch in April! LET'S GO!!! You may not be at your goal weight by graduation, but please do not hide all of that beauty behind someone.


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OHSOCOOLLISA 4/1/2011 11:16AM

    Sounds AWESOME! It is great to read how active and enthusiastic you are :)

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PAIGESMAMA 4/1/2011 8:23AM

    You can do it. Keep your focus.

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LAURIEB27 3/31/2011 10:21PM

    What an awesome month for you! Great job! You should be very proud!!! Here's to meeting goals and keeping that smile on your face!!

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ANGIEN9 3/31/2011 9:28PM

    I, too, am so ready for spring!! We keep getting teased with it. I wish it would just get here!! emoticon emoticon


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    Oh, April isn't ready for you! You're going to take it by the tale and whip it into shape! emoticonI think you're going to ROCK it in those graduation pictures! emoticon

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KAYE454 3/31/2011 9:26PM

  I am so ready for spring and sunshine best of luck on your weight loss

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Jean Auel's Earth's Children series concludes with The Land of Painted Caves

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

emoticon Jean Auel has published the sixth novel in her series featuring the heroine Ayla!
Before Harry Potter, these were the massive tomes eagerly awaited by fans.
Starting with Clan of the Cave Bear, the major progressions of human civilization apparently were attributable to this amazing medicine woman - from using fire, communication in words and sign language, domesticating animals like wolves and horses, improving hunting tools and strategies, herbal medicine, and travel across the Eurasian continent. Ayla does it all.
And it didn't hurt that she found her soul mate in the equally awesome Jondalar, sigh!
So how delirious was I to discover the final novel has been published and was available already?!
Partly due to the extensive research required, partly due to depression, partly due to grandmother-hood, Jean Auel's novels had become farther and farther spaced out, with only a hope that she would complete the series as originally envisioned.
Even though some reviews have not been kind, the fans of the series will appreciate having the chance to enter the world of Ayla, Jondalar and the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii once again - just like visiting old friends. Thank you, Jean Auel, for these treasures! emoticon emoticon

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ASHLEYELAYNE08 4/23/2011 2:35PM

  I LOVE the Earth's Children series! I finished the last book quickly. I could see where some people come up with their comments but i don't care i was so happy to read more about my favorite characters. I started a Spark Team ( the link is on my page) if you'd like to join! =)

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/31/2011 8:22PM

    GREAT series! Great writer!

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TURTLETALK 3/31/2011 11:51AM

    I was so excited to read this blog. I have followed all of the Earth Children series and I wasn't aware another was coming out. It has been years so now I need to go back and refresh myself on all the characters. Thank you Jean Auel and than you DRB13 for bringing it to my attention.

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DIANNEMT 3/30/2011 3:42PM

    I enjoyed 2, 3, and 4 very much. Didn't like 1 cause it was just too sad so seldom reread that one. 5 seemed to be a rehash of much of the others....so I will try 6 at the library and look for it used--the way I got the others! But yes, it will be good to see where she finally goes with the wonderful story of Ayla.

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short blog for Sparkpoints

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I'm excited March is nearly over and April is a new beginning (each month is a chance to reassess). Short term goals - get the scale to move SOUTH!
March was remarkable for doing challenging events 3 weekends straight - something new for me, and a sign of fitness progress. How much more will I enjoy it when I don't have to carry the extra weight!
Tuesday I meet with my physician at Duke Integrative Health to get started on my goals for the upcoming twelve months. I plan to reach my goal weight and maintain it. I'm sure the nutritionist and chef will both play big roles in reaching these goals. Yay, cooking lessons!
I'm turning in early tonight. Hope you all have a productive week. Spring has sprung, let's make the best of it! emoticon

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JUSFOLK 3/30/2011 4:55PM

    I'd like to hear about your appointments, too:)

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/29/2011 10:47PM

    Let us know what the physician suggested for your goals

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DORENC 3/28/2011 1:59PM

    Good luck to you in the coming months/year. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it and it sounds like you are on the right track. Keep up the good work!!

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/28/2011 11:02AM

    emoticon You can do it!

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STIPER23 3/28/2011 10:55AM

    The Duke meeting sounds like a great opportunity.

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STRINGI719 3/28/2011 10:47AM

    This Duke thing sounds really exciting!!!

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DAVEINSEOUL 3/28/2011 7:45AM

    Keep up the good work and keep Sparking (I like points too!)

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GODSCHILD2_2011 3/27/2011 10:56PM

    Ditto for you as well. Keep up the great work!!! emoticon

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DANSMOMTPM2 3/27/2011 10:36PM

    Good luck in your endeavors!

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Tobacco Road Half Marathon Race Report

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First, some background on my journey so far…
emoticonJanuary 1, 2010 I got up and walked to Major, the bull statue in downtown Durham.
5K there, 5K back. I continued to walk, learned about Chi Walking and Running, and participated in the Komen Race for the Cure 5K in June. However, I was not seeing the progress I wanted.
So June 26 I joined SP and registered for The Oaks Half Marathon November 7. I’d never gone more than 8K in an actual race before or more than the 10K I was walking. It gave me a reason to be more consistent with my exercise.
I finished the Oaks in less than 3 hours 40 minutes despite a cold. However, I was really sick for the next two weeks, and exercise had to wait. Since then it has been a challenge to continue to exercise, and my 10K walks were a thing of the past.

So now we arrive in 2011. emoticon next week.
Last week I did a super sprint triathlon.
Sunday was my second HM. My expectations were lower than November because of the lack of adequate training, but I felt positive about being able to walk the distance. I also was at a disadvantage because I had not been able to go over the course beforehand – the day I planned to bike it was too cold. Fortunately, it was a “rails to trails” course (The American Tobacco Trail), so it would be fairly flat. I walk about 3 mph, so my goal was to finish in under 4 hours. emoticon
My chip time was under 4 hours as planned. I saw the 3:30 marathon pace group pass me with about a 5K to go and was determined not to be lapped by the 4 hr pace group. My mind and heart were ready to run, but my legs apparently did not get the memo and like waiting for an elevator, sent the “out of order” message up to the brain. More training, and I should be able to do some running in the future.
Chip time was 3:57:54 (pace 18:10) and gun time 4:01:17. I was 2259 of 2275 who completed the distance out of 2301 registered, and 74/75 age group.

For those who want to hear more, some interesting details:
After the first 5K, my “LAST is just the slowest WINNER” shirt had to come off, it got too hot. It looked like Superman’s cape draped from my shoulders the rest of the way. I had on a sleeveless red t-shirt that I knew would rub my right inner arm raw. Ouch...
emoticonPandora kept me on pace, because much of the race I was on my own.
The areas where the HM and Marathoners shared the course were energizing. Due to a lollipop turn around, we could see various pace groups with their balloons.
emoticonMy favorite shirt slogan: “Running won’t kill you, you’ll pass out first.”
One spectator had her pet goat out to watch.
Another couple were drinking from big mugs (presumably of coffee).
And there was free beer – I abstained. emoticon

There were lots of good things about the event, and a few that will need LOTS of improvement in the future planning. Shuttle buses were supposed to bring runners from the remote parking and take them back – long lines and delays both ways. I had planned to finish, stretch, and drive home in time to watch my beloved Tar Heels play, but it took over an hour and a half to get a shuttle back to my car so I only caught part of the second half. (We won.) emoticon
emoticon Porta-pottys were too scarce – I could have gone a mile in the time it took me to wait for one (men are so lucky).
But the good stuff – volunteers especially, spectators cheering with signs, plenty of water (and GU) stations, clearly marked routes with police directing traffic (most was off road on the trail), near perfect cool weather (at least while we were moving, LOL), bag drop off and retrieval, two days for packet pickup beforehand, and friendliness overall made this worthwhile. emoticon
Reward: relaxing massage this afternoon emoticon

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COLD_GOLD 3/25/2011 10:06PM

    sounds like a GREAT race!

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LAURIEB27 3/24/2011 10:07PM

    What a great report!! You are doing great and I definitely am excited to hear your next race report! Keep it up!!

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KKINNEA 3/24/2011 3:13PM

    Nice job! You rocked it! My favorite slogan is "If found on the ground, drag to the finish line"

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/24/2011 2:43PM

    Woohoo! Thanks for posting an awesome race report. I must say I liked the sign and will have to use it at the next race when I make a sign. You have had an amazing journey and it will only get better!

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STIPER23 3/24/2011 10:29AM

    Congrats! I'm training for my first HM now. You're inspirational. emoticon

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STRINGI719 3/24/2011 8:25AM

    Way to go!!!!!!!!!!

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    Wow, girl, you make me feel like I could really run a race! emoticon emoticon

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PSSN4FITNESS 3/22/2011 4:27PM

    Congrats on another half marathon! I agree that one of the best parts of race is reading other people's t-shirts! You have come very far and remained committed to reaching higher and higher. Keep up the great work!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/22/2011 4:20PM

    Congratulations of completing the run. Loved the report, almost felt like I was there

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SKIRNIR 3/22/2011 11:52AM

    So you at one time entered a half marathon, having never gone that distance at one time? You have guts. I have walked about 8 miles at one time, and keep thinking of doing a half marathon, as I think maybe I could do it, but walking, I would take forever. I also think I should walk that far someday before I sign up for one, because I would hate to sign up for one and not finish.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/22/2011 9:21AM

    so fun! I hope to make it next year! You spark!!!!!

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KARVY09 3/22/2011 8:59AM

    Congrats on a great race!!!!

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SKINNYPANDA2015 3/22/2011 8:56AM

    Great race report and congrats on finishing!!! I also love that slogan, "Last is Just the Slowest Winner!"


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PAIGESMAMA 3/22/2011 8:40AM

    Great job on finishing.

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DUKEFAN86 3/22/2011 7:57AM

    Congrats on the finish!!!! Hey, my friend and I saw that shirt and commented on the slogan! (I was in a light lavender shirt, and my friend was dressed in black.)

I agree, the volunteers, course, and weather were great, but the buses and porta johns were poorly managed.

What's your next goal? :)


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ONEKIDSMOM 3/22/2011 6:54AM

    What a great report! emoticon emoticon I will save that thought, "Last is just the slowest winner!" for my own first half, coming up May 1st. emoticon

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