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Busy Tuesday

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

This morning I had to go into work fasting. We're doing another experiment and we are often our own test subjects. I had 10 tubes of blood collected (the little 3ml lavender tubes). My boss actually drew it. They were short staffed in the dialysis unit so we couldn't get anybody there to do it. After both of our blood tubes were stashed in the fridge, he bought me a cup of coffee. He's actually very nice. After a few tasty swigs of coffee, I brought the blood tubes upstairs to spin down for plasma. The only problem with the 3ml tubes is that they don't have any gel separator in them so you have to pipet the plasma out very carefully.

While it was spinning down, I headed back downstairs and had breakfast...matzo with almond butter. Boy, that tasted fabulous! I must have been hungry ;-)
I spent the rest of the day between the second and fourth floor labs dealing with our plasma. Still more to do tomorrow.
My back was tingly today along with the whole left side of my body. Weird. It's not tingly now. My back is a little sore, though. Not sure if that's from having been tingly earlier or from doing supermans and bicycle crunches this morning or a combination of all of it. I did pick up a heat pad on my way home and I'm going to test it out very soon after I've rolled my butt on the foam roller.
Dinner tonight was Trader Joe's jalapeno chicken sausages, Alexia sweet potato waffle fries and some cucumbers.

I'm very happy that Passover is done with for the year.
Have a great night and a wonderful Wednesday!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/27/2011 10:45PM

    blood thirsty bosses! haha. nice that he got coffee for you. he should have gotten you a nice breakfast too!
hey, how did you like the sweet-tater fries?

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JUSTIN451 4/27/2011 10:08PM

    Spinning blood. Almond butter. What a day! :)

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 4/27/2011 7:29PM

    Sounds like a very nice boss; I hope that heating pad worked out for you today! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 4/27/2011 6:59PM

    What a day you had. I hope you back feels better with the heating pad. It usually does the trick for me.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 4/27/2011 3:27PM

    Sounds like a busy Tuesday. Food looks GREAT though. Have a good Wednesday!

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LARIESHA 4/27/2011 12:51PM

    I am afraid to have my blood drawn. I have to look away or I get this weird feeling in my stomach, more than likely it is my nerves. I must try that sausage it looks so good. I have a coupon for the Alexia sweet potatoe fries that I need to use before it expires. I love those. Hope the heating pad works for you.


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CALLIKIA 4/27/2011 11:41AM do you like that Chicken Sausage? I've been eyeing that at the store lately...

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/27/2011 10:35AM

    Blood and food in the same blog, only you Nat! emoticon

Your back thing is really weird... hopefully it was just nerves that got damaged on the muscle pull and are regenerating and will be done soon!

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    OK that's a job I could never do...I hate needles LOL. Hope the heating pad helps!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/27/2011 9:26AM

    Blood and food LOLLLLLLLLLLL do you like tim burtons movies?

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SOKKERNUT 4/27/2011 8:58AM

    Sounds like you were very busy! Thanks for the link of the visual tubes of blood. I don't like it when I fast either not good for someone like me who has hypoglycemia. :(

I use the Icy Hot Heating pads that you buy at drugstore or grocery store. You wrap them around you and you are able to move about and do what has to be done. I love them, they help my back out alot.

Have a great day.

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REEKU731 4/27/2011 8:50AM

    Foam rollers AND heat pads! I'm sure you felt awesome afterwards (at least I hope you did!!)

The food porn looks AMAZING as always!! I might have to go to Trader Joes and pick up some of those sausages - I'm sure the hubby would enjoy them!!


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STRINGS58 4/27/2011 7:48AM

    I enjoyed toast for breakfast though we have some leftovers in the freezer. We will have to work on the remaining passover muffins over time.

I hope you have some relief. You are a back activist! Wishing you as much tlc as you can stand!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/27/2011 7:23AM

    You're full of good ideas, like heating pads and carrots! I always do sit ups instead of supermans because they make me walk like an 85 year old the next day, and I need to focus on my gut more than my butt. I'm impressed you can do them. They're killers.
Thanks for your suggestion for the boxed lunches, I have my carrots all ready to go with me. I needed to hear everything else you said, too. Thanks for being such a great friend! When you have HUNGRY days and eat more than you planned, do you still track the calories?

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JLITT62 4/27/2011 4:45AM

    Yup, glad passover is done with too! Here's hoping the back is better soon.

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/27/2011 3:19AM

    the tingly feeling you are describing sounds kind of like a pinched nerve somewhere. Have you considered a deep tissue massage? Might help work things out in your back.

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KAMAPERRY 4/27/2011 1:14AM

    They shipped my roller separate, I should have it soon! I love my heating pad, it sure helps my back pain.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/27/2011 12:34AM

    I'm glad you got a heat pad, how did it go?

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Monday- Some Food Pictures and the X-Ray Results

Monday, April 25, 2011

Last night we ended up going out for Thai food. We got yellow curry chicken, chicken with chinese broccoli, drunken noodles with pork and some steamed rice. Yummy!!

We decided we wanted to walk around the mall afterward but when we got there, it was closed. Luckily, there is another mall across the street that is an open mall so we were able to walk around there. I think only the restaurants were open yesterday.
Today it was back to work. Very busy day and little time for Sparking. I did finally catch up when I got home.
For dinner tonight we had Trader Joe's Santa Maria Tri-tip, oven roasted potatoes with falafel spice, and some cucumbers. The tri-tip seasoning was okay but I'm not sure if I would get it again.

Without any further ado, here is the email from the doctor:
Hi Natalie,
Xray of the lower back shows some arthitis .
Here is a copy.
** HISTORY **:


Transitional vertebral body at lumbosacral junction, fused with
sacrum. This level will be labeled as L5.

Disc space narrowing L4-5. Joint space narrowing lower facet

No compression fractures or subluxations are seen.

Transitional vertebral body at lumbosacral junction, fused with
sacrum. This level will be labeled as L5.

Disc space narrowing L4-5.

Signs of degenerative joint disease L4-5 facet joints.

--Lovely, arthritis. That's not what I've been feeling, though. I talked to my coworker (physician) and she also didn't think that arthritis was causing my soreness. She thinks that the muscles just aren't completely healed yet from the twisting with the weights and then the swerving to miss the opossum.
I emailed my doctor back:
Hi Dr. Joshi,
Thank you for the report. What does it mean regarding returning to exercise?
Her reply:
Hi Natalie,
I think if you are in pain I would recommend hold off on running and jogging.
Stationary bike should be fine.
Once the pain subsides you may start back on the running slowly and if it keep recurring after that I would recommend a MRI .

So the good news is that running is okay later. I will rest for a couple more days and maybe try some walking on the treadmill. Hopefully I'll be back to running soon.
Have a great night!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/27/2011 12:40AM

    I'm sorry to hear about the arthritis, but I'm glad that you were able to get your answers.

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/26/2011 10:16PM

    Take it easy doll!

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BUTEAFULL 4/26/2011 5:46PM

    could you maybe substitute biking for running for a while? that should be easy on the back

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SOKKERNUT 4/26/2011 5:17PM

    Just when I thought okay I won't get hungry b/c I am not into Thai food and then your second pic of the TRI looked good!

WOW, here in Texas we have to actually GO IN to the dr for results they won't even tell us over the telephone! And you get emails you are LUCKY! Take care of yourself and that back.

Have a great day.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 4/26/2011 3:51PM

    Thai food looks great! I am sorry about the delay in returning to running; at least you can use the stationary bike without pain. Do you think an athletic back support would help when you return to running?

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SPARKVAMPY2012 4/26/2011 3:27PM

    Well now you know. But it does seem like its been awhile since you hurt it. Hopefully the walk goes well. A little cant hurt though! Your plate of Thai food looks wonderful! Have a great day!

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LARIESHA 4/26/2011 1:13PM

    Sorry about the arthritis in your back. Take it easy until the pain is gone, hopefully it all goes away soon. Both meals look delicious!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 4/26/2011 1:10PM

    So sorry about the athritis!! Definitely take it easy for a little while...even though I know that will drive you crazy!

Your food looks so tasty!

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KAMAPERRY 4/26/2011 11:07AM

    I am sorry about the arthritis, I feel your pain, just follow the dr's orders and get rest. Don't be stubborn like me, lol.
As usual, your food looks awesome! emoticon emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/26/2011 10:55AM

    It does take time on muscle pulls regardless where they are. I think I was out for over 3 weeks when I pulled something in my knee trying to square dance on concrete emoticon and I was icing know it's bad if I ice!

Hopefully more rest will solve your pain issue and you can get running!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/26/2011 9:26AM

    bet the xray look lovely! the food sure did. that stinks that you are getting the wonderful old lady stuff. i am working on getting my doc to send me to a sports md. i am sure my hip/groin problem is from arthritis in the ball/socket, but i think a sports md could hook me up with some hip rotational help. since running is my primary exercise, it would stink if i can't do it anymore!
wish i had an email doc!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/26/2011 9:18AM

    I have arthritis in my lower back too, but I think you're right about something else going on, because I don't have the annoyances you have. Hope it feels better in a couple days.
Thanks for the bday goodie!
Sounds like you had a nice weekend. Hope you're having a good day.

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REEKU731 4/26/2011 8:42AM

    YAY for food porn!! It looks great!! I'm glad to hear that you have answers about your back issues - I'm hoping that it continues to improve! I'll send healthy & healing thoughts your way!!!


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INIT2LIVEIT 4/26/2011 8:06AM

    Thank goodness with rest, you will get better. Do you think you will still be on target for your scheduled HM?

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MISSMITSY 4/26/2011 7:35AM

    Yum Thai food!

I'm sorry about your back, though glad you finally got an answer, at least now if the pain keeps going you have somewhere to start to get things better...

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SBATES63 4/26/2011 7:20AM

    Sorry about your back. Listen to the doctor and rest until the pain is gone. Take it from someone who knows. Let it heal now or it might never, like my hamstring. The food pics are lovely. I just had an image of you pulling out a big old camera in a restaurant and working the focus to take those. Take care of yourself today.

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THEHONESTME 4/26/2011 7:03AM

    I guess the good news is that you're finding out some results and hopefully everything will be fine with time. Keep healing!!

Swerved to miss a possum?? I must have missed that one last week -- girl, what next?? Your life has been full of little gems like that lately it seems!


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LEN_VERSION32 4/26/2011 5:20AM

    Oh Nats!! Even though that is not the best news, I am happy it was not worse!! You will soon be back on your feet!! I think it has to do with determination too which I know you have lots of so I expect great news in terms of your exercise routine soon!


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JLITT62 4/26/2011 5:15AM

    Wish the doctor had better news - like waving a magic wand or something! You deserve some pain- free exercise.

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TINA_LYNN91 4/26/2011 1:12AM

    The food looks good!!!!

Get some rest and I hope you get back to feeling better soon!

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CHERWHOAH 4/26/2011 12:14AM

    We went to a few stores the other day, but most of them were closed. I was so happy my son was actually good when we went out for easter brunch!

I wished I can hear better news regarding your back, but like you said, running is still on the table in the future, so that's always good!

Take care Natalie!

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Sunday Brunch

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Today my brother and my BFF came over for brunch. I made mazto brei with crimini mushrooms and scallions for me, DH and brother. My BFF is gluten free so she had a mushroom, scallion and mozzarella omelet. We also had some awesome pepper bacon from Whole Foods. Cooked in the oven so it didn't get grease all over the kitchen. On the side were some organic strawberries and pineapple chunks. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the meal.
As a bonus, we all watched the cute kittens in the backyard.
Not a very exciting day.
Trying to decide what to have for dinner...not sure what is open.
I hope everybody who was celebrating had a great Easter.
I hope everyone else had a great Sunday.

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KNITTABLES 4/25/2011 9:04PM

    That sounds like a great day to me.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 4/25/2011 8:46PM

    That does sound like a great day, and a great gluten-free meal for your friend. My gluten-free friend has a birthday coming up, and we are having a hard time figuring out where we can take her to eat (she gets terribly sick if her food is contaminated). Maybe we will eat-in : )

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THEHONESTME 4/25/2011 6:36PM

    It sounds nice, relaxing, and fun! I had a nice holiday, but am very ready to return to what had become my 'normal'. Looking forward to catching up with everyone!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/25/2011 3:10PM

    Bacon in the oven, hmmm.... why I never thought of that. Glad you had a relaxing weekend.

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JOAN_HEO 4/25/2011 10:34AM

    Yum, yet again! You're killing me here!!!

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MIRWYN 4/25/2011 9:16AM

    Hope you all had a great and fun holiday weekend! sounds like you had an awesome brunch!

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MISSMITSY 4/25/2011 8:58AM

    Sounds like a nice day full of family time, it doesn't have to be interesting to someone else to be super enjoyable to you!

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HALFFAST 4/25/2011 8:36AM

    As you know, we were at my MILs for Easter and had to run out to the store a couple times. While there weren't many stores open, it did seem like a lot of restaurants were.

I was very bad this weekend. I ate poorly, didn't run, and didn't even track. I'm up 5 pounds this morning :(

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SOKKERNUT 4/25/2011 8:34AM

    Sounds yummmmmmyyyyyy.

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SBATES63 4/25/2011 8:25AM

    My day was relaxing too. Did the 30 Day Shred then made some cranberry orange scones for lunch. Just puttered around the kitchen. DH and I took the mat eating monster to a local forest conservation area and walked the trails for awhile. They are still snow packed since they are used for cross country skiing in the winter and packed snow melts slowly. I have been smoke free for 10 weeks, and DH 3, so today is the start of the return to healthy eating. I may have been running like a track star, but I have been eating like a sumo wrestler. No more excuses. I had some Greek yogurt and healthy granola so I am pretty much ready to go. Have a great day, Nat!!

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STRINGS58 4/25/2011 6:57AM

    I think I did the best job yet of making my daughter an egg-cheese-matzah sandwich for her take-to-school breakfast. One more day, but I think I've gotten the hang of it!

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JLITT62 4/25/2011 4:51AM

    Sounds like a good day to me!

These days it seems everything is open no matter what day it is, which I find sad.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/25/2011 1:41AM

    It sounds like a great day with friends.

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CHERWHOAH 4/25/2011 12:21AM

    Sounds like a nice fun and relaxing sunday! :)

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KAMAPERRY 4/25/2011 12:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Sunday!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 4/24/2011 7:20PM

    Sounds like a good start for the day! Happy Sunday!

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A Pretty Restful Day

Saturday, April 23, 2011

We went out for breakfast with a friend of ours this morning. I ordered the Ironman omelet: egg whites, spinach, turkey breast, tomatoes and swiss cheese. It was very good except for the cheese which was not real swiss cheese but the processed kind...yuck!! Luckily it was only on top so I scraped it off. Some very non-greasy hash browns and rye toast completed the meal. I've got another half for Monday, point bringing that home. Sorry, I forgot to get a picture.
After dropping off the leftovers at home and sneaking a peek at the 6 (not 5) kittens in the backyard, we headed over to Whole Foods to get the grocery shopping done.
We ended up at a sushi buffet for lunch/dinner. I had some very tasty beef chow fun, asparagus, chicken with cucumber, bok choy , XO rolls (chow fun noodles rolled up and covered with XO sauce and chilis) and fresh pineapple. Again, no picture. Sorry.
Some laundry is in the dryer. I'll have to check to see if it's dry. Maybe see if I can see the kittens again ;-)
Have a great night and a great Sunday (Easter, if you celebrate).

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/25/2011 8:42AM

    Sushi! Yum.....

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BUTEAFULL 4/24/2011 4:01PM

    oh yeah phoney cheese tastes NASTY give me the real deal

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APIRLRAIN888 4/24/2011 3:52PM

    lol nice eatin' day!!!

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JOAN_HEO 4/24/2011 11:49AM

    I tell ya... you eat the BEST food!!! =)

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VYVIENN 4/24/2011 10:35AM

    Mmmmh! That sounds like an omelette that might be worth a try at home... with real cheese, of course. We had coconut pancakes with caramelized bananas here. They were delish! I can't believe we nearly ate the whole platter (ooops!).

Glad you're having a relaxing day. emoticon

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    That omelet sounds very tasty..well except for that so-called cheese lol. Awww kittens :) emoticon

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MISSMITSY 4/24/2011 8:58AM

    Sounds like a lovely day! Though now I really have a craving for pineapple!

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TEDDYBABE 4/24/2011 8:54AM

    A great day of relaxation and rejuvenation! Sounds wonderful.

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DRAYA108 4/24/2011 7:55AM

    Sounds like a nice, relaxing day.

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JLITT62 4/24/2011 5:37AM

    Does sound like a nice day!

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Happy Friday!

Friday, April 22, 2011

I really didn't want to get out of bed this morning. It was very nice having my family snuggled around me. I did get up and even went to work.
It didn't start out very busy at work, but then we had a meeting and that made it busy the rest of the day.
I decided to try walking on the treadmill for a little bit this afternoon. For some reason my back did not particularly like that. Or maybe it was going to feel a little sore anyway no matter what I did since it just does that randomly. I only went a mile and called it a day. No treadmill for the rest of the weekend.
We went out for dinner tonight at El Rancho Steakhouse and I got my favorite, chile verde. Sorry, I forgot to get a picture. It definitely hit the spot.
When we got home, we saw 5 kittens in our backyard. One of the feral cats that we leave food out for, brought her little ones. They are sooooo adorable. I'm smiling just writing this and thinking about them.
A nice way to end the evening, I think.
Have a great weekend!

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KAMAPERRY 4/24/2011 11:40PM

    I love kitties!! Hope your back is better!

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APIRLRAIN888 4/24/2011 3:54PM

    awwwww cute! and the back!!!! my hubby's is still not better either!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/23/2011 9:40PM

    Hi Nat! sure hope you get squared away on the aches and pains! you and NOT old enough to be falling apart yet.
i just love kittens! i have been out playing with our 2 new ones. they are 3 weeks old already. still waiting for the other momma to have hers. we have a lot of cats that need fixed! every year we take in another batch. it's hard staying on top of that job. timing is everything!

Hope you have a GREAT weekend!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 4/23/2011 1:13PM

    Take it easy. We had mexican a few days ago. Have a great weekend!

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YAMINOKODOMO 4/23/2011 11:12AM

    Aww I love kittens! We had a momma cat that used to come around our job, we used to feed her in the parking lot and she got so used to us that she used to let us pet her and whenever she had kittens she would let them come near us if they wanted to. So cute!!

Hope your back is feeling better today!

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VYVIENN 4/23/2011 11:07AM

    No news yet, then... I hope the worst your doc says is "you need more rest"; I know that would be difficult enough. How come there's no crossed fingers emoticon...

I did a double set of core Bootcamp today, so I made sure to carefully work the lower back extra! Sending you some good back vibes... emoticon

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MISSMITSY 4/23/2011 8:51AM

    Awww kittens cute! Stop exercising until you get the results back from the X-ray!!

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SBATES63 4/23/2011 7:25AM

    Seeing baby animals makes me smile. It gives me that warm fuzzy feeling. Take care of that back. It will get better if you let it.

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JLITT62 4/23/2011 6:18AM

    I miss kittens.

Do you ever try TNR (trap, neuter, release?).

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BUTEAFULL 4/23/2011 3:28AM

    the kittens were a perfect addition for Earth Day

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SHARMIKA04 4/23/2011 1:38AM

    Awww I love kittens. They are so cute. Sorry to hear about your back. I hope you get better soon. At least you tried today.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/23/2011 1:00AM

    I know that it must be driving you crazy not to really workout because of your back. Rest it up this holiday weekend and hopefully it will feel a little better.

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