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Thursday, January 27, 2011

I woke up this morning with a nice, warm, snuggly cat beside me on one side and a nice, warm snuggly husband on the other. What a great way to start the day. I had already decided that I would elliptical in the afternoon so I wasn't trying to get up to exercise.
I had a lot to do at work in the morning. Prepping samples for the HPLC. Once it was going I had more time to get paperwork done and do a little Sparking.
My knees decided to be a little sore today, kind of on and off. Really no rhyme or reason as to why they're feeling like that. I can't attribute it to anything but I decided perhaps a day off the elliptical was what I needed.
When I got home, I started a load of laundry and ended up putting on some music and dancing around the living room while the machine was going. So I got a little exercise in, just not as intense a workout. Maybe I shouldn't have done that though, they're a little tight now. After I finish this blog, I'll go down and put some ice on them...can't hurt.
Nothing exciting for dinner tonight. I ended up having leftover chicken enchilada chili...that's the last of it. Still quite tasty.
It's been a long week. I'm looking forward to Friday.
Night all!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/30/2011 11:42PM

    Hi Nat! have you tried Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM for your knees? my doc started me on it several years ago. it really does work. takes about 30ish days to really start feeling the benefit, but i can tell the difference.

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KAMAPERRY 1/28/2011 3:37PM

    Nice way to wake up. I had a bed full of furry animals. Now take care of those knees! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/28/2011 2:22PM

    No word on the blood test yet?

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LARIESHA 1/28/2011 12:46PM

    Sounds like a good day! I hope the ice helped your knees. Be sure to rest when you need it! I would only dance in the house if I were alone the kids always laugh at me.

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MIRWYN 1/28/2011 7:22AM

    TGIF! Take care of those knees silly girl! Have a great Friday!

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MDTWEETY 1/28/2011 6:16AM

    That IS a wonderful start to a day! Our cat is a little bugger. He wants to be fed about 4 a.m. and instead of snuggling he just walks all around the bed to wake us up.

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JLITT62 1/28/2011 5:44AM

    Simba usually comes in around 3 am or or so so I almost always have a big snuggly cat next to me . . . he didn't sleep with us on a regular basis til we moved. Strange! Of course, there's usually a snuggly dog on the other side of me, another one by my feet or knees, and poor DH almost falling off the bed.


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MISSMITSY 1/28/2011 5:41AM

    Sounds like a rest day was just what your body needed... What a nice way to wake up in the morning, especially in winter!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/28/2011 12:50AM

    Great day! I love that you danced around to some music. I'm going to have to take some of my suggestions and do that one tomorrow while making dinner.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/27/2011 9:43PM

    good day ;p dancing around sounds fun

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Picture of Dinner

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Keema (right), veggie (top), couscous (left).

My husband said, "Next time you make it, add some cayenne pepper." I guess I'll be making it again. He is happily taking the leftovers for lunch tomorrow and Friday.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/30/2011 11:37PM


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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/27/2011 3:55PM

    That looks really good! I will have to try and make it one night.

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LARIESHA 1/27/2011 2:54PM

    That looks so good!

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MARCHEM 1/27/2011 12:42PM

    First, cookie porn! Now dinner porn! You don't know what you're doing to me! LOL!

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/27/2011 10:46AM

    Mmmm I guess he liked it! Ooooh you guys like spicy? I love spicy! lol

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/27/2011 10:35AM

    That was a SP recipe right? I just read a few of them the other day.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/27/2011 9:58AM

    Looks yummy! Quick and easy?

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BREW99 1/27/2011 9:33AM

    All I can say is, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    *Drool* emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/27/2011 8:54AM

    Looks DE-LISH !!!!!!

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JLITT62 1/27/2011 8:23AM

    Another good looking meal. Not sure what Keema is (other than I guess Indian) but it looks like it's got meat?

Glad you like the Adora!

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MISSMITSY 1/27/2011 6:18AM

    What's Keema? It looks pretty yummy...

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/27/2011 4:59AM

    Do you make couscous from scratch or do you use the instant ww version? I love being able to make it in 5 min. stir-fry up some zucc. to add to it, or for a cold salad- cuc. tom and craisins :D

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/27/2011 12:09AM

    Looks delish! I've never made couscous before (I don't think I've ever eaten it either). What does it taste like?

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KATHLEEN0222 1/26/2011 11:28PM

    ohhhhh... to have home cooked meals again!!! Still working on that kitchen!!! Thanks for making my mouth water!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 1/26/2011 11:05PM

    that looks taaaaaaaasty nom nom nom

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BUTEAFULL 1/26/2011 10:51PM

    I want to come over for dinner

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No Baking Wednesday

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I woke up to exercise this morning but was feeling kind of dizzy. Sometimes when my sinuses get out of wack, it throws off my equilibrium. I figured it was best to go back to bed. When I woke up later, I was fine. I will do my elliptical this afternoon.
I had a meeting this morning with one of our former fellows and I gave him his cookies and also the cookies for the other fellow since they both work over at the same hospital. We were able to figure out the information I needed. I like a successful meeting.
I emailed my doctor to find out if I need to see a specialist or if she had any recommendations for me.
"Hi Natalie,
Take it easy for couple more weeks ,then start running again but gradually increase the intensity.
For couple more weeks try walking ,biking or swimming.
I emailed her back to let her know I'd be continuing the elliptical and walking and would start the C25K program mid February as long as the knees were feeling good. Also no jumping until then.
Apparently the mild osteo was nothing to worry about and my Vitamin D level was fine. Who knows what the problem is/was.
Tonight I'm trying out a Spark recipe for Keema. Kind of ground beef curry.

It should be very tasty. I'll make some whole wheat couscous and some stir fried veggies.
I'm super glad it's Wednesday. This week seems to be dragging. Oh well, I'll be busy with samples tomorrow.
Happy Wednesday!!

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JOAN_HEO 1/27/2011 7:17PM

    How was the curry?

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SBATES63 1/27/2011 7:14AM

    I bet you are thrilled that you are able to get back to running. I miss it when I don't do it. How was the Keema? The recipe looked intriguing. You might not have baked yesterday, but I did. I made oatmeal raisin cookies and soft spicy ginger cookies, too. They are my personal favourite. Of course, I ate too many, but it's just one day.

Hope you have a good one today, my Sparkfriend. Stephanie

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/27/2011 3:08AM

    Glad to hear it's not serious, YES!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/26/2011 10:22PM

    wooohoooo great news!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/26/2011 9:33PM

    good news on the running front! Sinuses can be really problematic some days--glad to hear you can fit your elliptical workout into your afternoon schedule. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    YAY for not serious problems! I'm glad you'll be able to get back to your running soonish

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THEHONESTME 1/26/2011 8:37PM

    Glad to hear you found out something from the doc -- take care and let your body mend. Sounds like you have a nice back-up plan to running. Good for you!

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LARIESHA 1/26/2011 4:27PM

    Well I hope your knees are good to you and get back into the swing of things soon. My hubby had issues with his sinues so bad that he had to have surgery. He helped him a lot, now he can smell anything a mile away. He had headaches when his would go all wacky, but no more. Dinner sounds good, although curry can be a little too strong for me sometimes, but I had an old boss that made it just right and she would always tease me that it was made just for me! Have a great rest of your Wednesday. This week is dragging sooooo slowly.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/26/2011 4:19PM

    My DH has bad sinuses most of the time. So I know what you are going through. Great job on the workout. Well it seems like great news from the doctor right? That recipe sounds good. Are you gonna post a pic of it?

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RRP546 1/26/2011 4:15PM

  the food sounds great

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Triple Chocolate Cookies Tuesday

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I slept very well last night. I was able to get up and do 50 minutes on the elliptical. I also ended up doing some dancing around the house this afternoon. Lots of fitness minutes today.
Not too busy at work. Tomorrow I'll have to get the chemical waste together for Thursday and on Thursday I'll have the blood samples to run from the people who are starting our study this week.
I baked some triple chocolate cookies today. They will be belated Christmas presents for some of my former coworkers. A couple of doctors who were fellows in our lab and are now in practice.

The recipe came for the cookie calendar. It was actually the first one for the year. My husband said they were really, really good. I think it's because I used some better quality white chocolate chips. I got some Sunspire chips. They are much better than the Nestle.
We had some Trader Joe's chicken sausages with some of the leftover chili from last night. Sort of sausage chili dogs. Very tasty. A little broccoli on the side for green vegetable goodness. Sorry, no picture.
I'm hoping to get up early again tomorrow to workout. Elliptical again. I think I'll wait and do weights on Friday 'cos I'm still pretty sore from Monday.
Have a great night. We're almost halfway through the week.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/30/2011 11:07PM

    once again, YOU're KILLING ME!

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THEHONESTME 1/26/2011 3:46PM

    emoticon I shouldn't have looked! emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/26/2011 3:45PM

    Dinner sounds great! Great job on the workout. Cookies look YUM!

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/26/2011 3:36PM

    Sounds like you had a great day! Once again your cookies look AMAZING! I am drooling right now because I am hungry and if I could stick my hand through this screen and grab one I would! lol

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SBATES63 1/26/2011 3:22PM

    You are making me hungry. Do you eat these, or just bake them? I might make some ginger cookies tonight, but then I'll just eat too many of them.

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BREW99 1/26/2011 1:23PM

    Before going vegan we would eat those chicken sausages too. I think they have apple or something in them. Very tasty - if you eat meat. emoticon Glad to hear that you sweat it out too! Sounds like you had a very busy day! I'm not sure I could keep up with you! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/26/2011 1:05PM

    I love Trader Joe's chicken sausage, but I think I like the looks of those yummy cookies better. How do you not weigh a thousand pounds with all that chocolate temptation? You rock.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/26/2011 11:50AM

    I was going to ask what you do w/ all those cookies you bake! They look emoticon

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PUDGEM 1/26/2011 11:36AM

    Oh yum! Those look delightful!

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HALFFAST 1/26/2011 11:04AM

    emoticon I really think they should make an emoticon of someone drooling. Those cookies look amazingly yummy!

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MARCHEM 1/26/2011 10:20AM

    The cookies look awesome!

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/26/2011 9:01AM

    oh nice! fab looking cookies and what a great way to treat yourself - a baking calendar!
Glad you seem to be feeling better.

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JLITT62 1/26/2011 5:34AM

    The cookies look delish. I love to bake, too, but could never bake as often as you do and maintain my weight -- definitely inspiring!

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MISSMITSY 1/26/2011 4:58AM

    Sounds like you've had a super productive day! Awesome work getting in all those fitness minutes, glad your knee is being nice enough to let you get in the elliptical. You must be so glad you bought it now that your knee dislikes running so much...

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DMBEECHAM 1/25/2011 11:17PM

    Those cookies look amazing. I'd like to reach through the computer screen and nosh on a few.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/25/2011 10:47PM

    man they look soooooo yummy! maybe you can mail some over lol! start a home base business! although it would be unspark like! nevermind!!!! they look awesome, i am sure they taste great!

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GLMOM2 1/25/2011 10:43PM

    Those look awesome!!

I was busy making 2 batches of rice krispie treats for my dd's birthday treat for school tomorrow. Then I made a smaller pan but thick treats for us at home. Then I frosted her cake & decorated the best I could.

Sweets. They are so sinful!

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LARIESHA 1/25/2011 10:42PM

    Those cookies look so good. Good thing I ate already!

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JENNYD97 1/25/2011 10:39PM

    those cookies look good! and supper doesn't sound bad either, gives me an idea for tomorrow since I made chili tonight :)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/25/2011 10:36PM

    I think those are the most tempting baked good yet!! Dinner sounds delicious, too. Hope you have a great rest of the night!

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Chicken Enchilada Chili Monday

Monday, January 24, 2011

I had intended to get up this morning and do some elliptical and then was going to do some strength training in the afternoon. I slept really crappy last night. Lots of nightmares. I woke up at about 2 with a pounding heading and a really sore throat and decided that I should try to sleep a little more instead of getting up in a half hour to exercise. I was thinking I might even call in sick but I knew I had too much to do at work.
When I got up at 3:30, I felt a million times better. I don't know what the deal was but boy it wasn't good.
There was quite a bit of stuff for me to do at work today. I had to get binders and fiber packets ready for our new study subjects. My boss emailed me a grant proposal to proofread...twice. I had the radio streaming on the computer and got up and danced around a little while I was reading.
I did actually do some strength training when I got home. Kathy Smith Lift Weights to Lose Weight disc 1. I may try disc 2 on Friday.
As you can tell from the title, we had chicken enchilada chili for dinner tonight thanks to my friend, KISSO4BAM.

I did make a coupld of substitutions. I used black beans instead of pinto beans and I used Trader Joe's Salsa Verde instead of green enchilada sauce.
It was excellent!!! I served it with orzo because I couldn't decided if I wanted rice or pasta...have rice shaped pasta.
It turned out to be a pretty good day.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/30/2011 11:05PM

    that looks yummy! i might have to make that this week! glad your morning illness didn't stick around!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/25/2011 6:35PM

    Hooray for sleeping in! I'm glad you feel better, and I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. YUM!

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MDTWEETY 1/25/2011 2:47PM

    So glad you felt better! Ugh...I was going to comment further but baby is screaming so gotta run! :) Recipe looks great!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/25/2011 11:27AM

    Your version of the chilli looks super!! I never would have thought to serve it over pasta.
I hate nightmares!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/25/2011 11:22AM

    Sorry you didn't sleep well. I didn't either last night and I purposely didn't take my melatonin. Mistake.

Your dinner looks delish!!!

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BREW99 1/25/2011 11:00AM

    I'm glad that you slept in - always good to get the proper sleep amounts. Sounds like you got some exercise in - dancing sounds like a fun activity while reading! Additionally, your dinner looks yummy! Such a good idea to use pasta!

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MIRWYN 1/25/2011 10:28AM

    Nightmares are the worst! Hopefully last night was better. Dinner looks good! I'll have to try Kiss' recipe too!

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MISSMITSY 1/25/2011 7:04AM

    That sounds really yummy I think I'll have to try it! Glad that your yucky feeling didn't stick with you for the whole day, there's nothing worse then waking up feeling terrible... Have a good sleep, there's always tomorrow for the elliptical...

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FITNESSGIRL1020 1/25/2011 6:50AM

    Dinner looks really good. I'm going to have to try that recipe this weekend :)

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    Glad you slept in and are feeling better!! Your dinner looks delicious...I may have to try it!

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SBATES63 1/25/2011 6:29AM

    Dinner looks fabulous! When are you cooking for me? Last night we had spaghetti with my husband's homemade tomato sauce. That was so yummy and perfect for a day where the temperature never went above absolute zero!

Today's dinner is chicken and noodles with a spicy peanut sauce. I just love Thai food and could eat it every day. Hubby likes spicy food, too maybe once a week.

Mammogram this morning, my first one. I am a bit nervous, but I know it will be over quickly and it's a good thing to be doing.

Have a great day and keep on Sparking!

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JLITT62 1/25/2011 5:08AM

    Glad to hear the bad night didn't linger into your day. Weird!

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LARIESHA 1/25/2011 12:46AM

    Glad you feeling better! Dinner looks good. Enchiladas an idea for my dinner tomorrow night, maybe!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/25/2011 12:23AM

    Dinner looks yummy and I'm glad you ended up feeling better when you woke up. That's great that you got up and danced while working! Sounds fun!

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SHANATAV 1/24/2011 10:34PM

    I was totally drawn to your blog just by the title! Made me hungry!

Hope you're feeling better, have a great night!


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APIRLRAIN888 1/24/2011 10:20PM

    lol rest is good!
I made a sp chilli recipe today too.
chilli for the first time in my life ;p lol
it was yummy!
I am going to look up more! 2 out of 2 so far in yumminess!

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MISSFARMERTED 1/24/2011 10:16PM

    Awesome! I'm glad you feel better! Nightmares are never fun at all. Mmm, that chili looks scrumptious!!! Hope you can sleep better tonight! :) emoticon

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THEHONESTME 1/24/2011 10:14PM

    Looks yummy and I tried your chili mac -- YUM! Fixed it for supper last night and tonight DH asked if we could have the leftovers... well, yeah, cuz that means I don't have to cook emoticon He said I'd have to fix it again, he really liked it and so did I -- thanks for sharing!

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