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52-Week Walking Plan, week 6, day 4 I am evidently unrelated to elephants. *grin*

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I have a memory like a sieve! I forgot my strength training again today. My core has been neglected. Ooops! It would seem that missing a week of exercising has had a detrimental effect on my brain. Or it could be the sinusitis. Or it could be that the paperwork is draining my brain cells. LOL

Still, at least I got in a 20 minute walk as scheduled, slow but completed, and I also walked to Tesco Extra and back to stock up on some of the once-a-month stuff, like porage oats (gotta be Scott's), and my curry sauce. I have ended up with over 11000 steps today, and I have a fair bit of walking to do tomorrow and Friday too, so steps aren't an issue this week.

Pedometer Stats for the 20 minute walk:
Pace: 22 minutes
Calories: 89
Steps: 2216
Time: 0:21:37
Distance: 1.00 miles

Short and sweet tonight. The other thing the paperwork is doing is seriously impinging on my Sparking time. *Pout!* I managed to get the rest of the receipts straight this afternoon, so I have most of the info I need for the tax return now. A few things to double-check with the tax office, some sums, and hopefully it will all be over and I can have my kitchen table back. :-)

So, hopefully I have time to whizz through my inbox and say "Hi!" to a few Sparkfriends before I sign off for the night. I am hoping for a decent amount of time this weekend to properly catch up with everyone. I hate it when I feel I am neglecting my pals here at SP. :-(

Hope you are all having great days!
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/2/2010 3:47PM

    I am so glad to hear you got all that paperwork done! You are so close reclaiming your kitchen table...Great Job!!

I hear you about the impact that all of these things has on your memory. I hope that you are starting to feel better finally so that you can get back into routine. As you have said it seems to have an impact on everything...lol

Take Care,

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CARLA-216 9/30/2010 11:21AM

    Hmm, I would blame it on the paperwork. I basically do that same sort of paperwork you're dealing with all day at work, so that excuse works for me, too! ;)

Great job on your steps! You cover a lot of ground with all that walking you do!


PS: love the pic today!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/30/2010 12:10AM

    I too am lacking even the most miniscule link to the elephant! Wonder what a reliable memory would be like..

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NJMATTICE 9/29/2010 10:49PM

    Making a dent in that paperwork. That's a good thing. We'll wait for you. Promise. I've got a drippy nose here. I'm feeling for your sinusitis.
Have a great Thursday. Hope to catch you tomorrow.

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LINDABENEDICT 9/29/2010 7:30PM

    Sweet dreams !!!

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JHADZHIA 9/29/2010 7:20PM

    You did very well with your steps!! High Five!
Know what you mean with paperwork. After my break here, its going to be year end work for me. I too, hate getting behind on what my Spark buds are up to..
Have a good sleep!!

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52-Week Walking Plan, week 6, day 3 I think I have a cold now, but it could be the onions. LOL

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Today I did:

I ate a Nutrigrain Bar - apple flavour - while doing my warm up before my walk. I've finally found something I can eat first thing that doesn't make me nauseous. :-) I'm not good at eating for the first hour or so after I get up, but as the dizzies can sometimes be related to lack of food, I'm trying to eat a little something before I go out. I took a bar with me on my walk yesterday, but with the sinuses forcing me to breathe through my mouth a lot, I was finding that the crumbs were making me cough. So, it was back to trying to eat before I go out. I had tried to wait until after breakfast to go for my walk, but then found that the rest of my day was affected, as I couldn't seem to get going any quicker, and I still didn't want breakfast until more than an hour after I had got up.

I never liked Nutrigrain bars before now, and they don't have a great deal to recommend them, but they have a little fruit in, aren't high in calories or fat, and are soft to chew on, which makes them minimal effort first thing. Tara is highly amused that Mum is suddenly eating them, after saying so many times how awful they are. *grin* I am now a walking example to her of how our tastes change, and that this is why it is a good idea to try things we used not to like, because we sometimes change our minds, and that is ok. :-)

Sorry Folks... slipped into 'Mummy Mode' there for a moment. Normal service has now been resumed. :-)

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 3
15 minute walk

I somehow missed one of the clicks when setting the timer on my mobile for the halfway point. I got as far as the bridge which is my usual turning point, got all the way over, then delved into my bag for my mobile to see how many seconds I had left, and it wasn't running. *oookkkaaayyy* So, I switched it off, locked the phone, and turned back, figuring I had probably done about half the time anyway, and the alarm went off just before I reached the house! Yup... after failing to start it, I then equally failed to switch it off. *grin*

I had my usual breakfast - porridge and cooked apple on top, and then did twenty minutes on Tigger to complete my cardio today. That always puts a smile on my face. :-)

I gave Roo a few minutes attention too, though I am trying to save him for lower body workout days. Now that I have a much bigger step, it is a whole new workout. :-)

Upper Body
I just did the Day 3 Bootcamp Video today. I really felt it afterwards so I didn't want to push my luck after over a week off.

After all that, and a short time Sparking, I had to be good and do some paperwork now that the sinuses have let go of the full-time death grip, and transferred to a part-time death grip. Part-time means that it feels rough first thing, lets go somewhat during daylight hours, and then reasserts itself as the evening draws in. Add to that a runny nose and a sore throat and I may well have a cold going on here. I am pretty suspicious about it anyway, and there are a lot about at the moment.

Anyway, I cooked up a very garlicky and oniony ratatouille for my dinner tonight, and tomorrow I am making a batch of my curry, all being well, to try and kill the germs with the spices and garlic. LOL They are going to run a mile before I've finished with them.... or is that meant to be my nose.... hmmm....

In other news, I made a decent dent in the paperwork. Yesterday I read right through all the Tax Return paperwork, and highlighted the relevant sections in the help booklet for ease of reference when I fill the form in later. I will have to ring the office because there are three or four things I'm not clear about at this point, but apart from that it doesn't look as bad as I feared. Let's hope these aren't famous last words. *grin* Today I got about 5 months of receipts straightened out, and have about four more months to go. I am very grateful that I have a very simple business. This is the first time I have been self-employed and had to fill in a tax return. The joy of learning curves. :-)

Well, I have two hours of TV to look forward to tonight - CSI Miami, followed by Drop Dead Diva. The first show starts in fifteen minutes, so I am going to toddle off and settle in. I think I've earned a comfy seat for the viewing, and maybe a nice crochet hook and some soft wool to play with. We'll see. :-)

Hopefully, I'll be able to pop back later on for a quick run through some friends blogs before I head for bed.

Hope you are all having a great day! :-)
Lex xxx
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CHRISTURTLE 9/29/2010 8:22PM

    I have a complaint about your pics Lex - I laughed at each and every one of them, well more a quick (but admittedly loud) chuckle at each of them. Nothing wrong with that, but... the guy who lives next to me, one of my wonderful neighbors who is always so ready to do anything to help, called out after my third chuckle to see what I was making that strange noise for. Told him I was working on my computer and was liable to make even stranger noises than the few he'd heard, so maybe he needn't worry till the dogs started howling with concern. Once again he just got that 'hmm, she's off again...' look on his face, smiled and walked inside, no doubt to tell his partner Chris has lost the plot again.

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JHADZHIA 9/29/2010 7:31PM

    I don't mind Nutragrain, they kind of remind me of the fig bars I used to love. I don't like doing Income Tax, it has math in it, LOL. I am fortunate my building gets Uni students in every year to do ourrs. Ah the benefits of living in low income senior's housing.. We get to have our flu shots free in the building too.
I feel for you with those sinuses. I had a corker once that led to severe pain and some numbing of the nerves in my face. So now I am very diligent keeping on top of my allergies so they don't build up on me.
Feel better soon..

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KNITTABLES 9/28/2010 11:45PM

    Love the pictures, I needed something to smile at today. Great job on the walk and yes our taste buds do change every few years. Keep up the great work.

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CARLA-216 9/28/2010 8:01PM

    Good job working on that paperwork, Lex!

I'm glad to see that you were able to get a walk in, some strength training, and some Tiggering in to boot!

Now enjoy you some relaxation and watching your telly!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/28/2010 7:06PM

    Cute pics....you always make me smile!

You are setting such a great example for Tara....nothing wrong with launching into mommy mode...we all need those gentle reminders...lol

Good on you for getting that paperwork sorted out...one of those jobs that comes with owning a business that just has to get done. Next year you will have all of your receipts organized so that you don't have to go through months at a time. It is great to stretch your wings and take on new things regardless of the learning curve before you!

Glad to hear you are slowly feeling better. Take Care,

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52-Week Walking Plan, week 6, day 2 (again)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 2

25 minute walk (incorporating dropping off repeat scrip at the doctor's)

If it wasn't for all the traffic, it would be a pleasant walk. :-) I still had two minutes before my halfway time after dropping in the scrip, so I walked a little further.

I got back in good time, and the walk was a bit slow, but completed. :-)

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 22 minute mile
Calories: 105
Steps: 2616
Time: 0:25:46
Distance: 1.17 miles

I also walked the Waitrose Circuit and dragged home a very full and rather heavy Wilbur. So that got a bit of strength training in too, which was just as well, because I completely forgot about my lower body workout today. Never mind. I mustn't do too much while I'm still a bit iffy. :-)

I always love to read the comments you guys make on my blogs and on my Sparkpage. Humour and wisdom, a hug, and a shoulder, you always seem to know just what to say, and I want you to know I really appreciate every word, and every emoticon. :-)

The other day, on my blog explaining about the Tietze's, TIGGERIFFIC123 said: "Remember Stubborn is the negative way of saying that you have tenacity and there is nothing negative about being tenacious! In fact it is a desired quality...all in how you frame it...lol"

Well, I took what she said to heart, and decided to own it, so from now on when I post in the teams and communities, you will see that my signature starts with the words:

I am not Stubborn. I am Tenacious! :-)

Thankyou Rhonda. :-)

It was a lovely day today in spite of the weather. So many smiles from people. It was wonderful! Some days you can meet nothing but averted eyes and grumps. Often, when it is grey and overcast and threatening rain at any moment, like it was today, it can really make people miserable, but today everyone was great! I got to exchange loads of smiles with people as we passed in the street. I got to have a couple of lovely chats in Waitrose with two of my favourite staff, and ask after a third.

On the way back out I even managed to put a smile on the face of the driver of one of those lorries they use for delivering cars by giving him directions to his destination. I love it when someone asks directions and I can actually help. :-)

All these smiles and good feelings have prompted me to share something:

This poem and picture is on my wall by my computer. It was given to us by the secretary of the Psychologist who diagnosed Tara's autism some years ago, because, and I quote:

"You're little girl smiles so much that it makes my day to see her when she visits."


Smiling is infectious. You catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realised I had passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then realised its worth,
A single smile just like mine could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.

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Lex xxx
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ZURDTA- 9/28/2010 2:55AM

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/28/2010 12:04AM

    I loved that definition of stubborn I too am tenacious!!!! Your comments on my blog always make me smile and cheer me.It is nice to find someone who has read the same books and knows what I am blathering on about LOL!!!My friend's son has Asperger's which is an autism spectrum disorder and he has adopted me as his Nan .You would appreciate this story we were at a restaurant for his birthday and he is being home schooled as he had a tough time at school and he told the waiter "We are a family and pointing at me he said ,this is my Nan and if you are wondering why she is so young it is because she is adopted" I thought the poor bloke was going to choke !He was trying so hard not to laugh at this very serious 11 year old!!!!! He smiles alot too but he was serious that time!!!
I almost forgot to add this poem for Tara it was always my favourite to give to the children and you said she is now the proud possessor of your childhood book collection
I've travelled the world twice over,
Met the famous:saints and sinners,
Poets & artists,kings & queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket ,
To the wonderful world of books.-Janice James
hugs,Cheri xxx

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JHADZHIA 9/27/2010 11:50PM

    What a wonderful feeling all those smiles going round on your walk!
Stubborn should never be considered a negative. Its us sticking to our guns, our values, our lifestyle. Nothing wrong with that! We will live a healthy lifestyle even if it kills us, right Lexie?
Keep up the fabulous work!
Hugs and a big smile
Linda x

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NJMATTICE 9/27/2010 9:21PM

    Sounds like you had a great walk today. Smiling is indeed the cheapest "happy pill" in the world.
Have a great Tuesday.

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CARLA-216 9/27/2010 7:41PM

    So glad to hear of your day, and that people were smiling despite the weather! I was one of them crazy smiling people today despite the rain.

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CHEVY63 9/27/2010 7:08PM

    I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better!

I also like that definition of stubborn - it's important to be tenatious.

Love the smile pictures - you always have the best illustrations. Hope today is wonderful for you.



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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/27/2010 6:33PM


Your most welcome. Left you a note on your spark page...okay more like me on my soap box but it is something I certainly feel passionate about!

Sounds like you had a good day and good to hear that you are not rushing things while you are not 100%. Love the pics and the poem is wonderful...thanks for sharing!


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DCATNAPPER 9/27/2010 6:27PM

Thanks for the smiles! I liked your blog, and you are so right about smiling. I shared your cat and squirrel pictures with my husband and mother. My husband is a big fan of "The Sound of Music," so he smiled when he saw the squirrel singing, "The hills are alive..." My mother loved the smiling cat, so you spread smiles throughout my house this evening. It is contagious!

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KNITTABLES 9/27/2010 5:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonLove the pictures especially the kitten. Thanks for the smiles and I am smiling back at you.

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Restarting Week 6 of the 52-Week Walking Plan and A week in Review (19-25 Sept 2010)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Well, I did manage to get out for a walk this morning. I did fifteen minutes, and it came in at a 21 minute mile, which shows I didn't push it. :-) I reached the bridge I normally would get across before the halfway mark, making it just onto the bridge instead. had a slight dizzy on the way back, but recovered well. The first walk out alone after a flare-up starts is always a bit scary. :-)

After breakfast I managed 20 minutes bouncing on Tigger, and a further 5 minutes on Roo. I really enjoyed myself too, even though the Tietze's grip is still there in varying degrees! :-)

This afternoon I have been resting and sewing. The sinuses have re-asserted themselves annoyingly, and I have a bit of a sore throat and stinging eyes too. Could be a cold or something coming on I suppose. Oh good. *sarcasm - I haz it* LOL

I am restarting week 6 of my walking plan this week, so tomorrow is a 25 minute walk. I plan to use that to go to the surgery to ask for a repeat prescription for my sinus medication. I don't like to do that as you know, prefering my Walking Plan walks to be separate from the rest of my day, but in the current situation I'll make an exception as I'll also need to go to Waitrose tomorrow, and the way I feel at the moment, I'm not sure I can manage three walks tomorrow. :-)

Oooh! The Sorceror's Apprentice just came on my playlist. Who can listen to it without picturing Mickey Mouse? Hands up! *grin*

The Review

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7, 7, 7, 3, 5, 5, 5 = 39/35 (record 49)

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9, 8, 10, 8, 8, 8, 8 = 59/56 (record 67)

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Calories in range 5/7 (record 5/7)
Carbs in range 7/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 4/7 (record 5/7)
Protein in range 4/7 (record 5/7)

We finished emptying out the freezer yesterday. It is all defrosted now, and I am looking forward to starting to restock it. :-) It has made for a few odd meals, especially today, which doesn't feature until next week's review, but it was really BAD! LOL

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As my fitness plans were largely put on hold this week, there isn't so much to report. I did get a decent amount of walking in though, which has popped my mileage for the week up to just over my target amazingly! :-)

3900 steps not quite met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps target stays at 3900.

Sun: 4611
Mon: 6525
Tue: 11192
Wed: 10758
Thur: 993
Fri: 11351
Sat: 2362

Total steps for the week: 47792 A big improvement on last week, which is astonishing! I am gobsmacked! (record = 55009)
Average daily steps = 6827 (record 7858)


Sun: 2.1 miles
Mon: 2.97 miles
Tue: 5.09 miles
Wed: 4.89 miles
Thur: 0.45 miles
Fri: 5.16 miles
Sat: 1.07 miles

Total mileage for week: 21.73 miles (record 25.02 miles) Bang on my aim of 21 miles per week! Again - am gobsmacked!

Total fitness minutes this week: 495, which is 71 minutes per day.
Total calories burned: 2138

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I dropped a quarter of a pound to 13 stone 2 lbs (184 lbs) - 1/2 a pound heavier than last week. Another pleasant surprise. :-)

That was a strange week. I would have expected it to play hell with my stats, and instead I improved on the previous week in a lot of areas. I just wish I felt well enough to enjoy it!

Well, I'm off to bed now, to try and get some sleep. I got a good night last night, and I'd really like another one tonight please. :-)
Have a good one. :-)
Lex xxx
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JHADZHIA 9/27/2010 11:44PM

    I think those stats are fabulous in spite of your health issues!! Your healthy lifestyle is ingrained in spite of that rotten pain!!
You totally rock!!
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CHRISTURTLE 9/27/2010 4:14PM

    You have achieved amazing things again this week, but specially considering how much cause you had for just thinking 'too hard' and giving up till you felt better. I really need to get myself a pedometer that actually works, have had one that apparently feels its there solely for its (not so) good looks. I'd love to know how many steps I do in a day. It's on the list.

Sleep well, wake to a whole new day where all your medical problems are a thing of the past, and sinuses learn they should behave properly!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/27/2010 1:47AM

    Sleep tight Lexie ! hugs,Cheri

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DAWNDMOORE40 9/27/2010 12:31AM

    I loved the pictures! I think it's emoticonthat you have a fitness plan in place and that you try to stick to it! I usually walk/run every other day for 60 minutes. It makes a person feel so good! I hope that you have a great day tomorrow and stay focused! We love yeah! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 9/27/2010 12:09AM

    Love the pictures and I am glad you are feeling well enough to get your walk and exercises in. Take care and get some rest.

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NJMATTICE 9/26/2010 10:42PM

    Here's to another successful week of living the Healthy Lifestyle!

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BOVEY63 9/26/2010 9:53PM

    You did great, especially being that you weren't feeling well.
Love the first cat pic. I've felt that way before.
Have a great Monday!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/26/2010 9:41PM

    Glad to hear you are well enough to give week 6 a restart! You had an awesome week all things considered...what dedication.

Glad to read you are taking it easy and not over doing things. Good plan to combine your walking tomorrow ;o)

Have a great night!

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SUNNY332 9/26/2010 7:40PM

    Lexie - good for you with restarting week 6. Best wishes and good luck as you move forward. You are doing AWESOME.

Keep up the GREAT work.


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CARLA-216 9/26/2010 7:18PM

    You had a really good week despite feeling under the weather. Good on you!

I hope you sleep well tonight, dear friend!

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Oh good grief! This is me! LOL

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Three older ladies were discussing the travails of getting older.  One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand in front of the refrigerator and can't remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich."

The second lady chimed in, "Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can't remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.

The third one responded, "Well, I'm glad I don't have that problem; knock on wood!" as she rapped her knuckles on the table, then told them "That must be the door, I'll get it!"

EDIT: I just showed Tara the joke. She read it, laughed, and said, "No, you're not the third one.... Yet!"

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JHADZHIA 9/27/2010 11:40PM

    emoticon I'd be the second one. Never know if I am coming or going.

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SISSYFEB48 9/25/2010 11:32PM

    I am definitely at the first stage, and my question at the stairs, is why was I going down or coming up? Have a good weekend! emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 9/25/2010 9:09PM

    hahahahahahaha....I AM the 3rd one.....just ask my kids !!!! Personally, I cannot remember ..........................

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SUNNY332 9/25/2010 8:04PM

    emoticon Too funny!

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NJMATTICE 9/25/2010 7:29PM

    You are certainly in the spirit this silly Saturday. Tara is right. You're not there yet! Have a great sleep. Mine has improved over the course of the week. I'm feeling much better rested. Take care.
(I'm the first lady in the "story" and I'll eat another sandwich before I remember. Selective memory!)

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BOE4LIFE 9/25/2010 6:33PM

    LOL definitely gotta get the door

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/25/2010 5:26PM

    Blimey for a minute I was worried but the third one isn't me yet either !

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MAGNOLIA416 9/25/2010 5:14PM

    hee! I have my senior moments too ... "why did I come in here" and I'm only 37!

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KIGGANSJ 9/25/2010 2:56PM

    I think I am the second lady. lol
Happens to me every day. Getting older sucks. I need to start taking Ginko but I can never remember to buy it when I'm shopping emoticon

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KBTYLER 9/25/2010 2:46PM

    oh wow! LOL

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