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Cookies for Sharon

Sunday, November 27, 2011

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JULESRULES78 12/6/2011 1:15PM


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STRINGS58 12/4/2011 11:27AM

    They look great! I need to make a second batch of "ginger crinkles" (Betty Crocker) -- which are the ginger snaps I remember my mother making.

I made latkes for the work holiday party. The season has begun!

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BREW99 12/1/2011 2:00PM

    Mmm You always make me hungry with your gorgeous cookies!

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NALAYB 12/1/2011 11:05AM

    MMMMMMMmmmmmmmm. Yum. What are these? Looks really yummy. Recipe please???

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WENDYSPARKS 11/30/2011 9:34AM

    Yum cookies....I baked a few peanut butter cookies the other day...yum!!

Wendy emoticon

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THINBUCKEYE 11/29/2011 10:04PM

    They look like snickerdoodles? Are they? My absolutely favorite! In any case, they look yummy in the tummy!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/28/2011 9:20PM

    what kind are they? they look great! wish my name was Sharon...

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BUTEAFULL 11/28/2011 1:14PM

    are they crispy or chewy? emoticon emoticon

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FORMERNONRUNNER 11/28/2011 10:01AM

  How'd you know my real name was Sharon? Kidding! They do look delicious though!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/28/2011 8:31AM

    Oh those are looking delish!

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AKATUJE 11/28/2011 7:55AM


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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/28/2011 1:37AM

    OH MY!!!! COOKIES!!!!

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KAMAPERRY 11/27/2011 10:09PM


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HEALTHYCOCONUT 11/27/2011 9:09PM

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/27/2011 8:45PM

    Well you sure make cookies look good enough to stop myself from licking my screen! Thanks Nat! I'll go to bed with visions of ginger molasses dancing in my head, yay!

I bet you'll be pretty happy with the 7 quart, especially at that price, don't you think?

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RHONDALYN10 11/27/2011 8:12PM


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SOKKERNUT 11/27/2011 8:06PM

    Oooooohhhhh..... good thing I just ate dinner b/c more food pics! emoticon
Love that cookie pan Made in France. Where did you get those? HUGE COOKIES to boot!
Have a great evening.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/27/2011 7:58PM


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This is our Thanksgiving Spread...yes, Maria, there are lots of food pics!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My brother and my husband's sister came over for Thanksgiving. We made turkey breast and gravy, green beans, stuffing in the crockpot, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and of course the pumpkin pie I baked the other day.
Here they are:

Very tasty.
My brother stayed the night and on Friday we went to the auto show in San Francisco. Sorry, no pics of the cars. We walked around for a while and tried to avoid the big crowds. We went to Rasputin Music and looked at CDs and bought some chocolate at Ghirardelli.

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BREW99 12/1/2011 2:01PM

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving! emoticon

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REEKU731 11/30/2011 8:20AM

    Oh the food looks FABULOUS!! Sweet Potato Casserole is my FAVORITE!!! I love sweet potatoes!!!

I'm glad to hear you had a fun night!!!! Thanks for all the food porn!!! Happy Wednesday!!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/28/2011 1:27PM

Hey! I made pumpkin pie for our feast and the crust was GF and everyone loved it!! My BF said you couldn't tell!! It wasn't that hard to do either thankfully!

Guess I should look into making a cherry pie!

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SOKKERNUT 11/27/2011 8:05PM

    TOO FUNNY NAT! Good thing I had just had dinner! emoticon It all looked so YUMMY for the TUMMY! I always have to get Ghirardelli chocolate when we go to San Fran. Sounds like you guys had tons of fun.
Hope you had a great weekend.

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WONDERWOMAN 11/27/2011 8:03PM

    Looks like a delicious dinner and a great weekend.

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KAMAPERRY 11/27/2011 6:43PM

    You always make me drool!

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JUNEPA 11/27/2011 3:38PM

    very nice, not complicated, but all the elements are there and looking very tasty

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LARIESHA 11/27/2011 2:30PM

    Everything looks so yummy!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/27/2011 12:57PM

    Looks like an awesome spread!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 11/27/2011 10:40AM

    Looks so yummy!! Yay for lots of food pics :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/27/2011 10:02AM

    Sounds like a lovely time. Food looks delish.

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KKKAREN 11/27/2011 7:52AM

    It looks much like my dinner only I made pumpkin cheesecake.

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STRINGS58 11/27/2011 7:41AM

    Ghirardelli will let you sample chocolates too - I love the red table cloth - It creates a nice contrast! It sounds like it was a good time!

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/27/2011 6:19AM

    Looks like a great meal, not too much, just enough.
The crockpot stuffing and sweet potato casserole look tasty. Are they hard to make?

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JLITT62 11/27/2011 5:07AM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/27/2011 1:00AM

    Everything looks so good, YUM!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/26/2011 11:00PM

    Looks pretty darn good!
Mmmmm Ghirardelli. When I was pastry cheffing, I used to order 30 pounds slabs from them. I really miss that. Or maybe I don't. No, I really do.
Enjoy your Sunday!

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BUTEAFULL 11/26/2011 9:31PM

    looks good, but not as good as our Thanksgiving feast

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/26/2011 7:33PM

    Looks yummy as usual Nat! Sounds like a great weekend and holiday.

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ANDYLIN90 11/26/2011 7:32PM

    Yum! The green beans look really delicious as does the remainder of the feast.

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LEN_VERSION32 11/26/2011 6:21PM

    looking lovely!!

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LADYJAKE1 11/26/2011 6:13PM

    Looks great!

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Vacation Day

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hi Everybody!
I've been keeping up with my Slim in 6. I got on the incline trainer for 35 minutes this morning and then did Burn it Up and Slim & Limber.
After a shower a snack it was time to get busy on this vacation day. The big project: pumpkin pie. It took a lot longer than I expected. I forgot about having to chill the dough for an hour. Then I forgot about having to wait an hour after mixing the filling before putting it in the pie. Anyway, it all turned out okay in the end. The gash is from a piece of foil that I was using to shield the crust.

Then I hemmed a pair of jeans. By hand...I didn't feel like dealing with the sewing machine today.
Many loads of laundry including the sheets in the guest bedroom were done today. My brother is staying the night tomorrow so we can head out to the auto show early on Friday. The reason the guest bedroom sheets needed cleaning was because of the newest addition to our household, Callie. She didn't know where the litter box was so she used the bed. My husband rescued her from outside. She was a feral cat living in our front yard. She's still skittish around people but is very friendly with Malika. We can get closer to her every day.
Isn't she adorable?

Cleaning needs to be done. Don't worry, I've already cleaned up all that paper.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you can spend it with friends or family or both.


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BREW99 12/1/2011 2:02PM

    Such a cutie! I'm sure she had lots of fun playing with the paper - our cat is feeling jealous now. haha

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 11/25/2011 8:22AM

    Awww, happy thanksgiving! Callie is beautiful ;)

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LARIESHA 11/24/2011 8:38PM

    Pie looks good. Cute kitty so innocent looking. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

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SOKKERNUT 11/24/2011 11:45AM

    Hey Nat
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I had already had my breakfast and great workout before I read your BLOG and saw picture of food! LOL... Pie looks yummy. She is so adorable.
Have a great day

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/24/2011 10:49AM

    Ooooh That pie looks delish!!! Kitty is adorable! Happy Thanksgiving!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/24/2011 2:53AM

    The pie looks yummy.

Oh what a pretty kitty.

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CHERWHOAH 11/24/2011 1:51AM

    the pie looks great! looks like you're doing super great with the workouts still!

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/24/2011 12:24AM

    Cute kitty!
The pie looks yummy. I am sure it will be fab.
Enjoy the holiday and whole weekend.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/23/2011 10:54PM

    She's beautiful! I'm so glad she and Malika are getting along.
Yum pie, gnarf!
Have fun at the auto show! And with the bro!

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BUTEAFULL 11/23/2011 9:56PM

    so that's what the kitty looks like, hopefully she will aclimate to her surroundings and
you soon
have a wonderful Thanksgiving

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/23/2011 8:52PM

    Have a great holiday with your family!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 11/23/2011 8:19PM

    Pie looks delish and the kitty is adorable. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!
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APIRLRAIN888 11/23/2011 8:14PM

    Lol today u bake how I bake...and lol to kitty at it again

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JLITT62 11/23/2011 8:01PM

    Ooh, kitten photos! Only I was imaging a really little kitten.

I baked a chocolate pumpkin pie today - you know how I feel everything is better with chocolate.


Cookie crust so didn't take too long - good, cause I also baked my sweet corn buns & a veggie dish.

Happy thanksgiving!

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RHONDALYN10 11/23/2011 7:33PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!
Great job on the workouts!!

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Sunday Morning

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I have finished week two of Slim in 6 and I'm ready to start week three and the final workout of the set, Burn it Up. Yesterday I did the elliptical for 30 minutes and other than my ankle being a little cranky for part of it, it went very well. I'm planning to try out a little walk/hike on the incline trainer this morning. I have the NordicTrack that Jillian Michaels promotes (an older model) and some of her workout SD cards so I'm going to do #1 this morning....20 minutes...before attempting my Burn it Up. Hopefully it will all go well.
I emailed the podiatrist on Friday to make sure all the weird foot/ankle stuff was in the normal range of things:
Hi Dr. XXX,
My foot, especially the outer ankle, has been sore. It comes and goes sort of randomly all over. Not necessarily when I'm walking or standing but sometimes just when I'm sitting doing nothing. I assume it's because it's still getting used to not having the boot on. Calves and shins have been sore, too. Does it usually take longer than 2 weeks? I'd like to do a little walking but don't want to push it to quickly.

His reply:
HI Natalie,
Yes, being in the boot can lead to the kind of symptoms you're having. Unless things are very uncomfortable I would recommend that you continue activities of daily living and not try to limit your activity. Your feet and legs should adjust. You could consider ibuprofen or naproxen as an interim way to get through the pain. If this continues we could talk about other medications especially if you continue to have pain during non-weight bearing periods. I'd be happy to call you or see you again if you want to discuss this further.

So I guess I'm doing okay. It hasn't really been painful enough for me to even consider ibuprofen but I took one last night to take any inflammation down.

I'll be heading down to get some water and then come back up and try my little workout.
Then there will be some banana bread baking...deciding if I'll throw in some macadamia nuts and coconut instead of the usual walnuts....hmmmmmm...
Happy Sunday!

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BUTEAFULL 11/21/2011 10:24PM

    I think your foot will feel fine after walking without the brace, pretty soon

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REEKU731 11/21/2011 11:48AM

    Your banana bread sounds fabulous!!! Definitely add those extra goodies to it!!

Hopefully you'll start feeling better in regards to your ankle soon! I'll be sending lots of happy & healing thoughts your way!!


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MICRAELIE 11/21/2011 9:25AM

    You have amazing patience regarding your ankle. And I really admire how you haven't let that slow down your fitness program. Good job!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/21/2011 1:21AM

    The banana bread makes me wants some!!!

Good news about your foot and that it seems to be mending well for you.

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SOKKERNUT 11/20/2011 6:45PM

    HI had to read this when I am HUNGRY! LOL...but at least no pictures or I would be drooling! WAIT I ALREADY AM! LOL...

Well that is good news about your foot/ankle and the feelings that you are getting.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/20/2011 5:04PM

    i vote for chocolate chips and coconut in the banana bread.
glad the cranky ankle is nothing out of the ordinary!

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MARCHEM 11/20/2011 4:14PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

I made banana chocolate chip cookies. Either we are both on the same wavelength, or both have old bananas lying around. emoticon

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JLITT62 11/20/2011 3:55PM

    Coconut& macadamia sounds fantastic! Glad to hear that it sounds like the foot is healing.

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AKATUJE 11/20/2011 2:23PM

    Best wishes!!!

p.s. now i want banana bread...

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/20/2011 1:33PM

    Nat, you are such a tease! Banana bread. mm-mmm-good! lol

Hope things go well with the treadmill. I got a great elliptical in this morning. Thank goodness for non-impact machines.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/20/2011 1:29PM

    That's great to hear that you don't have to limit your activity! Awesome!
Have fun with the evil omelette and banana bread. We have another pumpkin so I'm required to make more evil pumpkin brownies. Here's to evilness not bringing us too far down with it.

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STRIVER57 11/20/2011 12:50PM

    and i would agree with Live2Run4Life (Catherine?) ... maybe you should ask him specifically.

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LARIESHA 11/20/2011 12:11PM

    Hope you were able to do your workout with no issues this morning. I need to do something, so relief some of this stress, I am having. I know it is all due to my son being attacked. I need to do something, last workout was on Thursday. Banana bread sounds good, it also makes the house smell good to while it is baking. Have fun!

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LISAINMS 11/20/2011 11:08AM

    I wonder if the soreness is due to compensating for weakness rather than tight ligaments from being restrained? I had some of that compensation soreness and it worked itself out over a month. Macademia & coconut in banana bread? Yes, please!!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/20/2011 10:29AM

    Hmm hope u feel better

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/20/2011 10:23AM

    It concerns me that your doctor mentions only medication and not PT. Your tendons/ligaments/muscles could well be tight or strained from being immobile for so long and just need careful stretching or strengthening. In essence, you didn't use them for quite a long period of time.

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 11/20/2011 10:16AM

    Way to go on the workouts. I hope your ankle adjusts and the soreness goes away soon. Good luck with the incline trainer!

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LYNNA7499 11/20/2011 9:31AM

  Good luck with your workouts today! Hopefully your foot/ankle cooperates and doesn't leave you in too much pain.

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LEN_VERSION32 11/20/2011 9:30AM

    Have a great day too!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/20/2011 9:26AM

    I would still go a bit easy and break it into the normal routine with care. As you are apt to do. Have a happy day.

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New Haircut

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hi Everybody!!
I've been super busy. Definitely keeping up with the Slim in 6 and doing some biking on the side while my ankle and the rest of my foot gets used to doing it's job. I hope to start doing some walking and more elliptical by next week.
Yesterday was a rest day for me because I slept in Tuesday and had to workout when I got home. That would have made it difficult to do the workout again on Wednesday morning and I had my hair appointment in the afternoon. In case you want to see the new do, here it is:

It's shaping up to be very busy the rest of the week. I hope I can catch up on some sparking in between chemical waste turn in, ordering supplies for a project we're starting next week and looking at data from a test project from earlier this week.
Happy Thursday!!

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TEDDYBABE 11/26/2011 8:53AM

    Love your new cut! Short and easy for a girl on the go!

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STRINGS58 11/26/2011 8:41AM

    I can see the change in your face from you hello pic to this one -- the thinning of you is going well! The haircut looks fun and easy

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REEKU731 11/21/2011 11:44AM

    Love the new haircut! You're looking fabulous!!!


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FITTGRRL 11/19/2011 3:44PM

    Oooh I love it! looks really good! : )

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/18/2011 2:41AM

    Busy, busy, busy week for you. At least the weekend is coming up and you can rest a little. Nice haircut there.

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WONDERWOMAN 11/17/2011 11:16PM

    Wow, you went short! I wore mine very short for about a million years, just started wearing it longer a couple years ago. Funny, I have an appt. for a cut tomorrow. Gonna probably go shorter (maybe chin length bob) to try to get rid of the stringy damaged "layers". Hope your Friday goes well.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/17/2011 3:11PM

    Like the new haircut!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/17/2011 2:24PM

    wish i could wear my hair like that. darn curls. guess i would miss them if i didnt have them though.

glad that foot isnt being too big of a bother.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/17/2011 1:08PM

    I love it ;p

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/17/2011 12:32PM

    Short and sassy - love it.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/17/2011 12:11PM

    I love it! Mine is getting long, which is ok for the winter, but I love short cute hair.
I hope all the chemical businesss goes well.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/17/2011 12:07PM

    Very cute! I wore my hair like that for years!!!!!!

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CHEEKY1000 11/17/2011 11:53AM

    Cute cut! And major kudos to you for keeping up with the exercise. Woohoo!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/17/2011 11:39AM

    Happy Haircut!

good luck catching up... I'm still trying from many weeks ago to catch up!

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JLITT62 11/17/2011 11:32AM

    You look very professional & yes, that's a compliment! Definitely liking the new do, even if i'd totally freeze in it. Believe it or not, my hair was once that short, too.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/17/2011 11:05AM

    New do looks good! Great job on keeping up with the workouts. Have a good weekend.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/17/2011 10:48AM

    As I always say, you are so inspirational with always keeping up with working out! Great new haircut!

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SOKKERNUT 11/17/2011 10:21AM

    Love love love the new do! WAY2GO on sticking with your workouts even with your ankle/foot situation. Have a great Thursday.

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 11/17/2011 10:19AM

    You look great! Hope you get a breather in between all the stuff you have to do.

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/17/2011 10:15AM

    Very nice cut. I like that it shows off your eyes :)

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TMP311 11/17/2011 9:49AM

    Looking good, girl!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/17/2011 9:47AM

    Very flattering haircut. Thanks for the goodie and have a great day.

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