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Clearing out the cobwebs!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

I've been a little M.I.A. lately. I guess I needed more time to clear my head. I even thought about abandoning this site....but darn.....I would miss you guys. You always pick me up when I need it....you listen to my rants....celebrate my successes....and consoled me through my heartaches and failures.

How could I give that up.....plus....I love sharing in your lives and all you have going on. This is a very special site. Everyone has such great ideas and tips to share.

I did abandon a couple of challenges this month, sorry, but it was what I had to do. I've been trying out a few more sparkpeople recipes. We had a great chicken enchilada casserole. We liked it but I think I will tweak it a little the next time I make it.

I had my granddaughter today. She is three and just HAD to go for a walk. It was so hot and humid but we walked about a mile. I kept telling myself it was good for me. Aubrey just loves to be outside. I am waiting for things to cool off a little more.

I hope to spend some time tomorrow catching up with everyone tomorrow......I've missed all of you. Have a great day!



Hugs,

Keri

  
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HICALGAL 8/11/2010 12:13AM

    take care and do what's best for you. enjoy your healthy walks with Aubrey...they grow up so fast. emoticon

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MEESHA_DCATDIVA 8/9/2010 10:35PM

    Glad yo uare sticking with us you would be missed

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ID_VANDAL 8/9/2010 2:28PM

    Hey there Keri - I was worried about you so GLAD YOU'RE BACK!

I hope you never abandon us - we would all miss you way too much plus the marvelous blogs and pictures you always come up with.

Stay safe and keep doing those little things that move you in the right direction. Small things do add up!!

Take care!

Vandal

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AMBERROGUE 8/9/2010 1:28PM

    I can't tell you how many times over the last 3 years I thought about quitting Spark, and deciding not to because I knew I would miss all the friends I've made here! It is a very special site, and you should know that I would miss you if you stopped sparking!

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KELLYC_14FAN 8/8/2010 5:58PM

    I think sometimes we all need a little break. I did the same thing recently. I am glad to see you back!

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/8/2010 3:43PM

    We missed you, too! emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 8/8/2010 1:56PM

    emoticon You saved us from having to come hunt you down!!

It's people like you that make this site wonderful! Glad to have you back.
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ELLENIRENE 8/8/2010 9:42AM

    It's great to have you back. Be sure to "up" your intake of water on these hot, humid days, especially when exercising, like you and Aubrey did. That is so precious: treasure every moment with your granddaughter.

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NANCY- 8/8/2010 8:34AM

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Sometimes we all need a little break.
You are so right, this is a special site with very special people. This has helped me narrow my focus and stay on track.
YOU have been missed!


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MSLZZY 8/8/2010 8:26AM

    I missed you, too! So glad you decided to stay! HUGS!

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Food on the brain?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I've written quite a few blogs and deleted every one of them. They all seemed to focus on my job or lack there of. So until I find something I can do at home or find a job, or win the lottery....oops you have to play to win...don't you....bummer, I will make every attempt to focus on my health. And if a lack of job frustration leaks in....I hope you'll forgive me.

My dear hubby has really been enjoying having me home. We have a great 50/50 relationship....we get groceries together......we cook together....we clean up together. Well, since he is the sole bread winner in the family, I have taken over the food detail. We tend to be creatures of habit, so our variety of meals has been very weak.

So I've been trying to find new things....things that taste great, are healthy, and don't take long to make. Last night I made BBQ chicken sandwiches. I have never in my life boiled chicken. And while it looks gross, it sure makes great, tender meat. So I learned something new. And that is what it's all about...isn't it.



I'm going to look for some great crock pot recipes this week. I love that in the winter time. Spark people recipes really make it easy and fun. So I guess this is good that I have this time to do this.



On an exciting note, I am the President of our local Society of Human Resource Management group, and I had to let the National organization know that I was without a job. I got a call from them yesterday and they asked me to be on a judging panel to give away scholarships for people looking for assistance with certification and education. It isn't a paying job, but it is a way to network with others in my field and is a real feather in my cap. So I am really excited about the opportunity.

I hope you are all well! If you have any favorite recipes, I would love to hear about them.

  
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MEESHA_DCATDIVA 8/5/2010 1:11PM

    Good job with the cooking and that HR thing will look good on a resume

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VGIMLET 8/3/2010 5:41PM

    Very cool that the HR group asked you to be a judge, you never know where those contacts will lead you.

I have the same thought about the lottery (you have to play to win. :P

Having time to learn new things to cook is good, though.

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CTTAGENT 7/31/2010 8:43PM

    Congratulations on trying new things, and refocusing.

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JFROGDIVA 7/31/2010 12:28AM

    Hey, I could use a cook at my house!!!! LOL LOL!!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2010 11:53AM

    Keep things positive and keep putting yourself out there. It is great that your DH is so supportive. We are rooting for you!


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ID_VANDAL 7/30/2010 11:43AM

    Great news on the scholarship panel. That is a great way to network and stay out there.

In the meantime good for you to look at what you can do to be better rather than looking at what you don't have!

With that attitude and your skills some employer will snap you up and have a great employee. Hope it happens soon for you.

Vandal

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HICALGAL 7/30/2010 2:21AM

    the bbq sandwhich looks soooo good!!! and all the best on your networking. i have a feeling it's going to lead to some wonderful opportunities. emoticon

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JENC98 7/29/2010 1:36PM

    That really looks great! Is it a SP recipe? Good job on your job hunting!

Jen

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DEEGIRL50 7/29/2010 1:04PM

    emoticon What time is dinner? emoticon

This volunteer opportunity allows you to help others. You will feel so good about yourself. I know the feeling will carry over to other parts of your life.

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JOY1972 7/29/2010 11:47AM

    Take advantage of the networking opportunity. Looking for a job myself, I understand how important it is.

It's good you are also taking advantage of the time to work on yourself - it will make you an even more valued employee when you get that job.

Enjoy!

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POSITIVELY_EB 7/29/2010 11:05AM

    WooHoo! You go, girl! That's awesome! And SP does have some really great recipes! Keep trying them and let us know as you run across good ones!

Hugs! Beverly

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AMBERROGUE 7/29/2010 10:20AM

    What a great opportunity! Networking is what it's all about anymore, isn't it? And it sounds like fun, too!

I'm not much on cooking, but there are plenty of slow-cooker recipes in the sparkrecipes section. Or you can try MyRecipes.com.

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MSLZZY 7/29/2010 10:11AM

    Chicken is an excellent healthy choice for any kind of a meal. Growing up on the fram, I learned all about boiled chicken when I was young. We ate way more chicken than beef or
pork. Mom would even grind up meat from old hens and make "henburger". This was not an item that was high on DH's list of favorite foods. I have a link to a crockpot website with 100's of recipes. I'll try to send it to you.
www.50plusfriends.com/cookb
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Hope this works! HUGS!

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NANCY- 7/29/2010 9:46AM

    You never know what opportunities may come your way. Better meals, better job.
I love that you are keeping your eyes open and expanding your horizons.
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If Opportunity knocks....will I be able to find the door and let it in?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It takes awhile to grieve......even for a job that you had for 14 years. And to not even understand why you lost it.....makes it that much harder. Your mind goes through it over and over......evaluates it from every angle.



It's been tough, but I have kept my positive attitude....well....most of the time. Like today...my DH was telling me about his frustrations for the week and it just got to be too much for me and the water works started flowing....poor guy.....I'm sure he's thinking...hey! When is it my turn?



I'm definitely getting better. I have started the hunt for a new job, but there isn't much out there right now. So I am pouring myself into cleaning....my volunteer responsibilities and helping DH in his office.



You know....it's been weird....I really thought I was going to have trouble. I have such a hard time being left alone at home and eating everything in sight! But I haven't been doing that. Hmmm....makes me wonder how much of my problem was that lousy, crappy job(part of my internal therapy to bad mouth the job--bear with me please!)

It has been two weeks now and I want to make sure that I don't fall into any bad habits. So tomorrow I will get up at a specific time.....exercise.....shower....eat breakfast...and then go into DH's office and hunt for job opportunities. Then I will follow up on what I may find.....and then work on the hubby's books for awhile. I think being on a schedule will really help me from focusing on the bad and help me to feel productive.



My friend...Dee reminded me about a blog I wrote awhile ago about "What is going to be different today?" Well this is it.....I am writing a new chapter in my life....and it's going to be NEW and IMPROVED.....exciting and fun.


Hmmm.....wish me luck!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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GINILEE4 7/27/2010 8:33PM

    Dear Keri. This is the time where you decide what it is you wnat most to accomplish in your life and get started on it. Perhaps a career change will be a start to a whole new life!!! I believe that everything happens for a purpose and sometimes we have to wait to find out what our purpose is. Think long and hard about what you want for Keri and then go and do it.

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ID_VANDAL 7/22/2010 10:47AM

    Hi Keri,

I think you have it right - set up a schedule and work it hard.

It's okay to vent and probably good and it really sounds like you are focused in the right direction.

I know this must be really hard but keep on going!! I'm sure something will be different for you today and in a good way!!

Vandal

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MEESHA_DCATDIVA 7/21/2010 11:58PM

    its hard but I love your attitude

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DEEGIRL50 7/21/2010 11:03AM

    She named me in her blog! emoticon

I can't wait for an update on the new chapter in your book! emoticon

I was "involuntarily transferred" after 9 years at the same school. I went through all the stages before acceptance.

I know something great is waiting out there for you!!!

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FLAWLESSCUBE 7/21/2010 3:33AM

    Your pictures tell the story well. Good luck tomorrow. emoticon

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JFROGDIVA 7/20/2010 11:36PM

    Keri ~ if anyone can do this, it is YOU!!!! I KNOW that you will find the job that is perfect for you!!!! Plus, look at how you are focusing on YOU, for a change!!!! We're praying!!!!
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SCHANSEN2010 7/19/2010 5:45PM

    Best of luck. Sometimes the best things come from a crumby situation. Life is good for a wonderful, unexpected surprise from time to time...maybe yours is just around the corner!
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FIT-WHIT 7/19/2010 3:13PM

    With that attitude, you'll find something new in no time! I (kind of) know the feelings that you're going through... about 4 months ago I was laid off at my job and just felt so miserable! Even though I hadn't been there 14 years, it's still such a crappy feeling to have the loss not be voluntary. But I'm sure you'll bounce back! I picked up yoga after I was laid off and it was the best thing I've ever done! I start most days with centering and stretching and feel 100 times better because of it! Good luck with the search-- something GREAT will come of it! emoticon

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SUNNY1432 7/19/2010 12:39PM

    emoticon Try to keep up that positive attitude and a good plan/schedule always helps the day go fast. Best wishes with the job hunting. emoticon

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AMBERROGUE 7/19/2010 11:27AM

    Way to bounce right back Keri!

So sorry to hear about the job - I know how stressful that is! I'm glad you have a routine and are sticking to it.

Take care of yourself!

HUGS,
Amber

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POSITIVELY_EB 7/19/2010 11:02AM

    Nope - not gonna wish you "luck!" Luck has nothing to do with it! Your attitude and hard work will get you what you want in the end!

Hugs! Beverly
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JOY1972 7/19/2010 9:01AM

    Sounds like a good plan. Keep the positive attitude going.

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SLS-NY2IN 7/19/2010 8:45AM

    I left my part-time job a few months ago. I felt so bad to leave because I enjoyed it so much. However, now that it has been awhile, my feet don't hurt as much, I have had more time for work I put off. Things look differently and time for re-organizing your life. So far it has been pretty wobbly but everyday is new opportunity. Sounds like you are off to a good start. Way to go, girl! emoticon

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NANCY- 7/19/2010 7:36AM

    Sounds like you have made your own luck.
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You are one smart cookie. Enjoy your new schedule.
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ELLENIRENE 7/19/2010 6:44AM

    Keep your positive attitude and don't dwell on the past. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise!


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HICALGAL 7/19/2010 2:12AM

    awww...girlfriend, i can surely relate about evaluating and re-evaluating the negative incident...which only gets us no where.

we move on, focus on what we want and go from there. it's not easy, but it can be done and you're doing it. when we change our thoughts, our life changes...all the best! rock on...spark on!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KKLENNERT809 7/19/2010 12:09AM

    Stay positive and focused. Do some things that you have been meaning to do but haven't. Enjoy some of the summer weather before it's gone. There are many things to do that will stimulate your mind and body. Work on yourself while you have some extra time. Best wishes in finding a new job that you hopefully will like:)

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JOURNEYOF3 7/19/2010 12:02AM

    Way to keep that positive attitude! You will get through this. I like the idea of getting up and starting your day.

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MSLZZY 7/18/2010 11:45PM

    Good luck with everything! You deserve it! emoticon

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I WILL be fine.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Yes, I got a surprise yesterday. After fifteen years, I was told they wanted to take the company in a different direction and that it didn't include me. They said it didn't reflect on me.....right. I have my own theories about it but oh well. What's done is done. I am taking the rest of this week to decompress and then I will make plans to find employment next week.

The big question is whether or not to stay in my chosen field. I feel a little like making a big change. Who knows.

Thank you so much for the spark goodies and nice comments. It means more than I can say. The tears are flowing so easily.

On the bright side, little Noah was born Monday night and he is perfect. He is my 6th grandchild and I am so grateful for him. Maybe this means I am meant to spend some time with them.

This will not beat me....I will come out on top....screw them.

Hugs,

Keri

  
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CTTAGENT 7/15/2010 12:44PM

    Congratulations on the grandbaby!

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MEESHA_DCATDIVA 7/14/2010 1:06AM

    I am glad you are taking this as an opportunity for yourself, but that was plain mean on their part

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JELLI-LEAN 7/9/2010 4:42PM

    As the saying goes "When God closes a door he opens a window"... Perhaps the window of opportunity!

Keep up your great attitude and enjoy those grandkids... wish I hada a few!



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JFROGDIVA 7/9/2010 4:29PM

    You can do this!!!! I like your attitude & style!!!! Enjoy the time with your family!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae

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HICALGAL 7/9/2010 11:08AM

    life is tough but so are you and the best part is another door has opened...just be on the lookout!! and congrats on little Noah bringing joy into your life at the right time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 7/8/2010 6:19PM

    Hi Keri - that job thing sucks but I love the attitude. You are one strong lady and I know you'll be fine. Most of my friends from my company actually ended up better off and happier than they were when they worked here so maybe this is a positive in the long run.

Congrats on the new grandchild - that is one huge positive for you!

You take care of yourself and YOU WILL BE FINE - I have no doubt about that!

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NANCY- 7/8/2010 11:00AM

    You have a wonderful attitude. Perhaps it is an opportunity for change.

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Keep Sparking.
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P316LEIA 7/8/2010 10:06AM

    Congratulations on a new grandson!! Keep up your positive attitude and life will fall into place where it is meant to be. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBRATAH 7/8/2010 10:02AM

    emoticonWishing you the best!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/8/2010 6:47AM

    Keep positive!! Enjoy your new grand baby!!

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ELLENIRENE 7/8/2010 4:53AM

    Talk about being left out!!! but, you've got a good attitude: screw them!!
We have a new boss and I've had that attitude (screw them) a lot lately. Wish there were more jobs available-I'd join you in looking for a new one!

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POSITIVELY_EB 7/7/2010 11:41PM

    I LIKE that attitude! You go, girl!

Hugs! Beverly

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DEEGIRL50 7/7/2010 11:17PM

    emoticon to you and Noah. Enjoy the extra time with your family.

emoticon Some times employers don't appreciate the best workers. I'm being involuntarily transferred to a new school. I went through a whole range of emotions (shocked, sad, mad) before accepting. Give yourself time to feel and a deal.

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NEWYEARME 7/7/2010 9:49PM

    Losing your job is definitely scary, but sometimes these things work out to be an opportunity to do something new.

I'm sure it will all work out in the end.

Best of luck in your search for a new job!!!!

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TRIGFROST 7/7/2010 8:55PM

    New Job- New Friends- New Direction - New Life...Go Lady....

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CTTAGENT 7/7/2010 8:03PM

    Sorry to hear about the job loss, but I am glad you are having a positive outlook, and know that you will come out on top. You never know what opportunity may be waiting for you.

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TADZIO 7/7/2010 6:15PM

    My thoughts are with you. Wishing you a new job or new direction - whichever you choose for you.

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BERNABEI203 7/7/2010 6:05PM

    So sorry to hear about your job. Hope everything turnns out well. Isn't it funny how GOD works! enjoy the time with your grandkids:)

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MSLZZY 7/7/2010 5:58PM

    Funny how employers can turn on a dime when they want to change directions. Maybe this is your opportunity to find something new and exciting. God doesn't close a door without opening a window. Take time with the new little one. What will be, will be. emoticon

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SUNNY1432 7/7/2010 5:45PM

    YOU ARE AWESOME!! emoticon
You have a great attitude about what's going on and I know that will lead to you finding something new that will suit you. Hopefully that will include having more time to spend with your grandkids. emoticon
Good luck with the job searching, but first enjoy this down time and RELAX! emoticon emoticon

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Day one and two of Conference

Monday, June 28, 2010

It's lovely here in San Diego....even if the sun isn't shinning today. It sure beats the 90 degree weather we have been having at home. The conference so far is beating my expectations!

We heard from Steve Forbes yesterday and he was fantastic. Today we heard from Al Gore...another great speaker. I am learning a lot at the conference and I really have so much to share with you....but this has to be short and to the point....you know.....places to go.....people to see...things to do.....

You would be proud of me...I have a honor bar in my room and with the exception of the $5.50 bottle of water I bought Saturday night....I have refrained from touching any of it.

I started reading a new book on my trip. "Women Food and God" by Geneen Roth....wow! I have a lot to share about that too, but it will have to wait. I am writing this in the convention center. If I have time to night I will elaborate from my room. This book is amazing.

I'm going to leave you now with a quote I heard yesterday from a Vet who lost his hand in battle....."How do you know that the loss of your dream, isn't the birth of your destiny?"

Think about it...........


Have a great day! Love ya!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 7/4/2010 3:33AM

    How do you know that the loss of your dream, isn't the birth of your destiny?"


WOW! I love that. I am going to also check into the book you mentioned.

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HICALGAL 6/30/2010 4:51AM

    love that quote....very profound coming from the vet. thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NANCY- 6/29/2010 8:24AM

    Wow Keri, $5.50 bottle of water? Was there gold in the bottle???? LOL
The conference sounds awesome. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it and the book. ( I have it on hold at the library)
Thanks for sharing that Vet's quote. It is very thought provoking. I'm going to share it with my son who was just robbed, hope it will help him.
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JOURNEYOF3 6/29/2010 8:19AM

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing.

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MEESHA_DCATDIVA 6/28/2010 11:04PM

    Glad to hear you are doing well and enjoying yourself

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JFROGDIVA 6/28/2010 9:07PM

    I don't know what your conference is for or about, but it sounds good!!!! LOVE the quote!!!! SO TRUE!!!! Have a great time!!!!
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SUNNY1432 6/28/2010 8:14PM

    Glad you are enjoying your conferences. It sounds very interesting!! Keep up updated about the book, I've been looking for something different to read.
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SCHANSEN2010 6/28/2010 5:29PM

    Very insightful! I loved the few days I spent in SD too! Of course, my trip was without all the famous folks and inspiring speakers.
Safe travels!!
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DEEGIRL50 6/28/2010 5:21PM

    Thanks for checking in with us. We miss you when you're away! Glad you're drinking your water. What was that bottle a hundred ounces?

Enjoy!!
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POSITIVELY_EB 6/28/2010 5:08PM

    That's great, Keri! Glad you're enjoying youself. I have that book - totally awesome! Can't wait to hear what you have to say about it!

Hugs! Beverly

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/28/2010 3:11PM

    You are in my hometown. Hope you're enjoying yourself. Conference sounds great. Have a good day.

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