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It's not the end of the world ... yet! :-)

Saturday, December 01, 2012

One of my spark friends made me think today. She wrote this blog:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152136


What she wrote really got me thinking, and as a result I've had to go back through my blogs to check a few things. I seem to have been what I've been considering 'stuck' at around 12 1/2 stone for well over a year now. I've been telling myself, and others, that I wouldn't say no to losing another stone, but I'm not too worried.

That was the truth of the matter. Another stone lost wouldn't hurt, but I feel very comfortable as I am, so no biggie either way. :-)

Having read Speedy's post, however, I think it may be time to drop the whole, 'another stone wouldn't hurt', and instead realise that my body is happily maintaining at this time. I waver between 12 stone 7lbs and 12 stone 10lbs, and it feels fine to me. I think the only way to lose more would be to switch to low fat spreads, artificial sweeteners, and forgo my little treats, and I don't want to stop enjoying my food.

Besides, in the close to four years since I joined Sparkpeople I've lost 2 stone! That is a terrific achievement, and not to be overshadowed by the attitude that it isn't really enough. I can hear it in my head. “Two stones gone is pretty good, but it could be a lot better!”

The real celebration should be that I have lost two stone, and I've kept it off for over a year now! I am eating more healthily, getting my 5 freggies in most days, and rarely less than 3 or 4 on the rest of the days. I am drinking at least 8 glasses of water 99 days out of a hundred, and only short a glass or two on my off days. I get exercise almost daily, with only occasional rest days, and have recently started a daily streak to keep that going.

And talking of that, my streak is now 8 days. Yesterday I did a little aerobics using Exerbeat, and today, because my head didn't want to be moved much thanks to bunged sinuses, I did a couple of Coach Nicole's Dumbbell upper body exercise videos. :-)




So, here we are in December 2012, the dreaded date is looming...

I'm putting off some stuff until after the 21st. Such as filling in my tax return. Well, I agree that this whole end of the world thing is probably hocum, but just in case, there's no point making the last three weeks of my life miserable, eh? :-) Let's face it, if it's true, I'm not gonna be needing that tax return!
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Enjoy your weekend!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 12/3/2012 3:31PM

    You've done a wonderful job and are a fine example of how to live and eat and still maintain a substantial loss. So proud of you!

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NOREGRET2010 12/3/2012 8:21AM

    Go you!!! Hope you feel better SOON!!!

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BOVEY63 12/2/2012 9:11PM

    I am planning for a wonderful 2013!
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SENATOR9 12/2/2012 11:00AM

    I'm not buying my New Years party tickets till the 22nd

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DEELB1 12/2/2012 3:05AM

  I would not worry what the Mayans predict. I heard on the History Chanel that they only lasted 100 years. emoticon dee aka deelb1

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LYNNA1968 12/1/2012 6:54PM

    stay happy & have no regrets!

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CHICCHANTAL 12/1/2012 5:11PM

    Couldn't we make it 20 December rather than 21? I'll be in my favourite place in the world, and if it's going to end, that's where I'd choose to be.

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STONECOT 12/1/2012 4:40PM

    Just in case, I'm staying p*****d from 20-22nd December! I'll come too with a hangover on 22nd.

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SHAWFAN 12/1/2012 3:35PM

    It's great that you are happy where you are and been maintaining for awhile now! Feels great doesn't it?! Hope you are on the mend. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/1/2012 3:26PM

    Go for it Lexie! the toning will overcome the numbers on the scale

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LOVESLIFE48 12/1/2012 3:23PM

    Another great blog!!! I can't wait to get to that point where I'm comfortable!!! I know I need to try harder!!

I work with a guy who believes the end is coming on the 21st. No one makes fun of him or anything because he is so scared. Just wanna hug 'em!!!

Hope you and Tara are feeling better!! Hugs!!

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NEW-CAZ 12/1/2012 3:14PM

    Wonderful blog Lex and I'm happy to hear you're happy where you are, me too!
Enjoy your Christmas and I'd clean forgotten about 21/12/12!
Maybe I shouldn't have pre ordered the turkey from Sainsbury's emoticon emoticon
Have a good weekend hun, hope you and Tara are feeling brighter!

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This'll make your eyes water! LOL

Friday, November 30, 2012

I damn near peed myself laughing while watching this. How NOT to exercise; a lesson in how exercise equipment can hit back, courtesy of Ben Harper from the My Family sitcom.

I dare you to watch this right through and not at least laugh out loud. :-)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIp0lkX6CkQ&
playnext=1&list=PL75EFF8937A18BBFA&fea
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Lex xxx
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TERRIH8118 12/1/2012 11:27PM

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    my eyes are watering

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 12/1/2012 1:00PM

    LOL Very Funny, Cringed at the end when I heard the crack and his scream considering what he had done before the camera went off him, LOL!!

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MNNICE 12/1/2012 12:48PM

    Some definite smile makers -- especially giggled at touching the toes!

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DESERTJULZ 12/1/2012 12:45PM

    Yep, I laughed. :D

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CHICCHANTAL 12/1/2012 12:32PM

    I've always thought Robert LIndsay was rather tasty . . .

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    That was so funny. emoticon

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BOVEY63 11/30/2012 10:58PM

    Love it!
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_LINDA 11/30/2012 9:42PM

    emoticon Good one Lexie!!
Hope you aren't coughing so much today!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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STONECOT 11/30/2012 3:37PM

    Like it, especially as I just found all Jane Fondas old workouts on there this evening, and half killed myself doing the easy cardio walk out one! (managed not to fart however)

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2012 3:06PM

    emoticon Especially funny as I have a Bullworker and A Thighmaster- although I don't use them these days. Might dust off the thighmaster emoticon

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CARLA-216 11/30/2012 1:53PM

    Too funny!

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I Need Extra Arms!!! Now!!! LOL

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Seriously, when I have a coughing fit, what do I clutch? My abdominal muscles are aching from the coughing, and it takes both my arms to clutch them while I cough.

However, the back of my neck also aches from the coughing, so I have to relinquish the abdominal hold with one hand, to clutch the back of my neck.

But then, my head feels like my brain is crashing around inside my skull when I cough (mind you, that could explain a few things). So I need an extra couple of hands to cradle that.

And now, just to add an element of fun to the proceedings, my weak bladder has decided to add a new dimension to my day. Yes, I now now pee when I cough, causing a flailing of arms as I try to clutch my abdomen, neck, head and knickers all at once with only two arms.

Tara is coughing again at the moment, but because of laughter at my contortions this time. Cheeky kid! The move that tipped her over the edge was when I coughed as I was lifting a leg of chicken out of the fridge (wrapped, fortunately, because where that ended up, no one would fancy eating it tonight, that's for sure!!!). The resultant attempt to clutch my bladder with my right leg while balancing on my left leg and clutching both my stomach and neck, then freaking out because a cold wet something in my left hand hit my neck, well, it defies description!

Suffice to say Tara damn near wet herself too at that point!!!

Panic ensued as I threw the chicken from my hand! Who knew a chicken leg could fly! Waitrose brings your chicken back to life! Could be an interesting store motto.

Anyhoo, at least, as I said, it was bagged up, and retrievable from the dark recesses of my kitchen, and it is currently sitting demurely in a bowl waiting to be heated through. I would have tied it down, but it promised to behave itself this time. It is smothered in rosemary and garlic. That should freak my germs out, don't you think? :-)

In other news...

Had a bit of luck at the RSPCA charity shop today. Got a copy of Eagles CD - Long Walk Out of Eden for 25p. What a fabulous album!

Well, that is about it for today.

Oh, yes I did get my daily streak in, cold as it was. :-) 9 Just Dance songs, which were on my bingo cards and challenge games.



While standing in the crowded bus, I noticed a young man, who was holding onto the same pole, staring at me. Eventually, he said, "Excuse me. This is my stop."

Since I wasn't blocking his way, I was confused.
 
"Well," I said, "go ahead."

"And this is my pole," he said.

I was completely perplexed until the young man added, "I just bought it at the hardware store to hold up my shower curtain."

Oh, I see... Sorry about that... *bursts out laughing as the situation becomes clear to my fuddled brain, adding to the laughter from the passengers within earshot*

Have a less dramatic day than me! LOL
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MNOT2THICK 12/1/2012 6:36PM

    emoticon on the 6 day streak. Your sense of humor is divine. I could just picture you contorting and trying to hold all of those places. Feel better soon. emoticon

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CARLA-216 11/30/2012 1:56PM

    You crack me up, even with your sickness. I do hope it is over soon.

xoxo
Carla

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    emoticon and relax on the weekend

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2012 2:56AM

    Ar least you still have your sense of humour Lex! Oh babe you are going through it emoticon

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As I volunteer in a charity shop I know the joy of finding a bargain, cool huh/.

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SOULFISH80 11/29/2012 7:48PM

    LOVE thrift store finds!! Found a barely used pair of Doc Martens in my size at our local SPCA the other day, I was beyond happy!!

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SHAWFAN 11/29/2012 7:40PM

    emoticon Glad you got your streak in, even with the coughing. Thanks for the chuckle. Get to feeling better.

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BOVEY63 11/29/2012 6:56PM

    You are just too funny Lady!
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LOVESLIFE48 11/29/2012 6:30PM

    Sorry to hear you are still coughing but I bet Tara did like the entertainment!! ;-)
Great job on your exercise streak!! You go girl!!
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_LINDA 11/29/2012 6:25PM

    emoticon Oh my Lexie you are in it for the rough for sure! Great when we can laugh at ourselves (the scary thing is I can see myself doing the exact same things ) emoticon
Sending out positive healing vibes, lots of hot cocoa and chicken noodle soup, oh and a cough suppressant pill wouldn't hurt either..
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Feel better soon (before you run out of knickers!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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KIJIPEOPLE 11/29/2012 4:34PM

    *chuckles* At least you have a good sense of humor about the misery of coughing. Hope you feel better soon! And way to keep that chicken in line. emoticon

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Won't let the flu beat me! So there! *sticks out tongue*

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

So I've had an average temp of 102 the last couple of days (been 14 days for me and 17 days for Tara with this bug that started as a cold and turned into flu a week later), but not been able to sleep because, although Tara is improving and has made it back to college this week - just, she still coughs for three hours before finally dropping off in the evening.

Unfortunately, I'm coughing as well, now. *hack hack hack*

BUT...

I did NOT let it break my streak. The beauty of ten minutes is that it really isn't that hard to find something you can do just for ten minutes.

Did I manage to hang onto my exercise streak?

Oh yeah!!!





To hang in there I used Just dance 4 both days. The Just Sweat section has a selection of 10, 25 and 40 minute (iirc) workouts, so the last three days I've used different 10 minute workouts. Perfect when you are feeling cruddy, because you don't need to think, you just hit a few buttons and away you go. Ideal for a brain befogged by flu. :-)

Yesterday I went to bed at 6pm, freezing cold and shivering, and with no appetite, but eventually managed to haul myself into the kitchen a couple of hours later to boil an egg. Ate half of that and half a slice of bread and butter, and that was it for the night.

The only reason I'm telling you this is to hopefully explain my moment of dietary madness today. :-)

You see, I had a library book to return - I only managed to read about 10 shades of the 50 Shades of Grey before the relentless grammatical and editorial errors got on my nerves too much, and because it was already reserved for another borrower it had to go back today. Well, each to their own. Hope whoever has it next enjoys it more than I did. :-)

I also had Kathy Reichs first novel sitting there for me to pick up. Deja Dead. Anyone here a fan of Bones, the TV series? Kathy is not only the author but is also the real forensic anthropologist the book and TV series is based on, and I'm hoping I will enjoy her books as much as I do Tess Gerritsen (author of books about Rizzoli and Isles).

So, once I had spent a couple of hours waking up, and a couple more having a little breakfast and waiting to feel well enough to do my daily streak (and I so love the double entendres around that word *evil laugh* Nah, too cold today! LOL), I got dressed and headed into town.

By the time I'd been to the library, and a couple of other places I needed to visit, I was feeling hungry, so I popped into Greggs and snaffled a sausage roll. Then I headed for Castle Park. It was a lovely sunny day at this point, which makes a pleasant change, so I quickly wolfed down the sausage roll, and then strolled through the park, snapping points of interest (more on that momentarily).

Unfortunately, when I came out the other side I got a whiff of MacDonalds, and suddenly felt very hungry again! I walked towards the traffic lights, intending to be good and cross the road, but instead my feet, pulled by my stomach, marched straight past and into MacDonalds instead! *sigh* So I bought a cheeseburger.

And I ate it. :-)

As I walked and munched I pondered why I had felt the need, and then remembered that the last proper tummy of food I'd had was the porage for breakfast the day before. No wonder I had no control over my nomish desire. :-)

So, backtracking a bit, and here are some pics from my trip to town today:

The church outside the Library



Castle Park:

Love the castle from this angle, with the tree growing out of the top:



Some of the Roman foundations excavated around 80 years ago:



This is the largest keep ever built by the Normans (a keep is the stone tower of a castle). Its huge size is explained by its construction around the ruins of a Roman building, the temple of Claudius.

Work on the keep may have begun in 1076, and been completed around 1101. The red bricks and much of the stonework are recycled building materials quarried by the Normans from the ruins of Roman Colchester.

Originally the keep might have been higher than it is now, but the upper part was demolished 300 years ago. In the 18th century the ruin was restored by Charles Gray, the member of parliament for Colchester. He added the domed tower and the tiled roof.





Beautiful views elsewhere in the park include the boating lake:



And the unofficial lake caused by the recent heavy rain:



I also managed to get up close and personal with one of the squirrels:



And here are some of my favourite views and trees around Castle Park:





















This is the neighbouring cricket pitch, which the local seagull population are using as a Roman Bath at the moment. :-)



The ducks are struggling against the river current because it's much deeper and faster than usual, so they are keeping to the sides:



And on the opposite corner of the very wet cricket field, are a group of ducks who prefer a quieter lake to swim in. Those seagulls are SO rowdy!!! :-)

No wickets up for grabs at the moment. Everyone is out for a duck! ;-)




And in other news...

So, I'm sat watching the beginning of an episode of My Family this evening, and Roger has a mouthful of dental instrument sterilising liquid, which he has mistaken for mouthwash, and is looking for somewhere to spit it out, and dang if I didn't try and spit with him as he is leaning over the sink ... and dribbled the water I'd just gulped down my jumper! Sheesh!!! LOLOL

Enough of my weird empathy with sitcom characters. :-)

Enjoy what's left of your day. I'm heading bedwise very shortly, either to sleep, cough up a lung, or read, depending on how I feel when I get there. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BARCLE 11/30/2012 4:14PM

    Get well soon - being sick is miserable! Loved the blog and your pictures - what a beautiful area emoticon

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    You tell 'em!! :D

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FUZZIEBEAR3 11/29/2012 11:30AM

    Great pics, fun blog. Nice to join you.


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RAINBOWCHOC 11/29/2012 10:14AM

    Glad you are still able to get out and about despite raging fever. I'd be inclined to give you a couple of days off shopping while you are under the weather.
Shades of Grey hasn't made it to our house, the reviews on Amazon stopped my interest!
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_LINDA 11/28/2012 11:35PM

    Gorgeous photos! You live in quite the historical neighbourhood! What a wondrous place it would be to explore there! Interesting there are no leaves on the trees, but the grass is nice and green. Do you actually get a winter ?(with snow and stuff like that)
Way to go finding a way to work out while feeling so rotten, usually pretty hard with a lung issue, or did you just modify the dances into the hack attack wing its?
That is some long nasty illness you poor dears are suffering -hope you start seeing some improvement soon..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 11/28/2012 10:22PM

    You have a great eye and beautiful surroundings. Thanks for the pics. I hope that flu flies away soon. emoticon

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CHRIS3874 11/28/2012 9:38PM

    Wow I hope you are better SOON. emoticon

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MNNICE 11/28/2012 8:49PM

    Sounds like you are more ambitious with the flu than I am most days when I'm feeling fine! Way to keep up the streak. Just be sure to listen to your body and don't wear yourself out! Get well!

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BOVEY63 11/28/2012 7:43PM

    Love the picture. I could live in that cottage!

Hope you Tara are feeling better and great job on exercising even when you're not feeling well.

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SHAWFAN 11/28/2012 7:07PM

    Great pics Lex! Thanks for sharing! Glad your feeling better to get out and take walks at least, and get your streaks in. Hope you feel even better soon! emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 11/28/2012 4:21PM

    You posted two of the pix twice. emoticon That's cheating. And you gave us to understand there wasn't anything very pretty near where you lived. emoticon Fibber. And it's 'nommish' not 'nomish'. emoticon emoticon And I couldn't agree with you more about 50 shades. I read most of it online when I was ill with a cold and it's drivel. Not just badly written but the author has very very limited imagination. I mean really, 50 shades? She only manages 3. I could do a coupla hundred without taking my boots off. emoticon

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CARLA-216 11/28/2012 4:16PM

    Wow, what beautiful, beautiful pictures! That yellow tree (looks like a weeping willow) is gorgeous. Very cool to have the history of a castle right there in your town.

I love My Family but haven't seen it lately. I wish our TV stations here would give us more BritComs. The one station that does plays the same ones over and over again.

Sending get well wishes your way. I hope you're over the flu real soon.

xoxo
Carla

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NEW-CAZ 11/28/2012 4:15PM

    i'M AMAZED YOU'VE KEPT GOING LEX- not because I doubt your determination but because of your cold and flu. emoticon i take my hat off to you.
Hope you both sleep well tonight and you wake with lungs intact LOL. emoticon emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 11/28/2012 4:02PM

    You are doing a great job with your streak!!! You are an inspiration!! Love, love, love the pictures!! Hope you and Tara sleep tonight!! emoticon

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SOULFISH80 11/28/2012 3:55PM

    Gorgeous pics. Great, honest, tell-it-like-it-is blog. Thanks for sharing. Way to go on keeping the streak going even when you are not feeling well. Way to stay sparkie!

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Streak day three was a struggle, but I got there...

Monday, November 26, 2012



Still dancing using Just Dance. Did three to get my streak in initially, but gradually added more after breakfast until I danced to 8 in total and had properly caught up with my bingo challenge.

Tara hopes to go to college tomorrow, after missing all last week and half of the week before. Keeping everything crossed that she is up to it! :-)

This amused me...



A woman went into her kitchen to find a burglar loaded down with a bunch of stuff he was stealing from her kitchen. Not having any kind of weapon to scare him off, she raised her hand and said "Acts 2:38," and proceeded to quote scripture.

The burglar froze in place and didn't move. The woman called 911, the police arrived and were amazed to find the burglar still frozen where he stood.

"What did you say to him that kept him from moving?" they asked the woman.

She told them that she had simply said Acts 2:38 and quoted scripture.

The police chuckled and escorted the burglar out to the patrol car. "Why did the woman's quoting scripture scare you so much?" they asked.

"Scripture?" said the burglar, "I thought she said she had an ax and two 38's!"

Enjoy what's left of your day! :-) I'm after an early night.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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NOREGRET2010 11/27/2012 6:25PM

    GO YOU!!!!

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CARLA-216 11/27/2012 11:32AM

    Great job, Lexie! I hope you're both feeling all better real soon.

xoxo
Carla

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LOVESLIFE48 11/27/2012 8:05AM

    Glad to hear you are both on the mend!! Love the funnies, you always make me smile!! Have a super day my friend!! emoticon

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_LINDA 11/27/2012 12:36AM

    Glad Tara feels like she can go back to school, hope you are feeling better too!
Absolutely adored that cartoon caption, used to love watching that old rooster!!
Great funnies -sure could use a LOL these days!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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    Glad you and Tara are feeling better! Great job on the streak!! emoticon

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