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Caribou Coffee and Spark friends

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I had a great time today with my NOVA Spark friends at Caribou Coffee. There were a lot fewer of us than normal. Between people being out of town and Tammie getting married today (Congrats Tammie and Chris!!), there was just a small group of 5 of us today.

I loved seeing Mary Lou (AuntyEm) again. When we did the Komen race in June, I didn't get to talk to her much, but I so enjoyed the time we got to talk today. She's lost an incredible 100++ pounds and is just an awesome person! I enjoyed hearing her stories of her time at the Spark convention, her flower child days and the awesome work she does teaching handicapped kids to swim. It was really nice to catch up with the others too. My oldest daughter came with me, but she had been at work since 4am and she spent most of the time sleeping in the car, waking up and wondering if I was ever going to take her home.

I think I need to always look up drinks at Caribou coffee BEFORE I order them, LOL. The last time, I had a turtle blended drink. I had looked that one up and it was a whopping 680 calories! I knew that ahead of time and planned the rest of what I ate around it. Today I knew I wasn't going to spend those kind of calories so I chose what I thought was going to be a decent drink calorie wise. Mary Lou and I both got a Signature mint lime white iced tea. After we ordered, I looked it up on my phone and saw it was 360 calories. Ouch...that's a lot of calories for a drink! Then I realized I could have asked for it made with splenda instead of whatever sweetener they use, so before we left, I sent Emily in to get me one with splenda. Got home and went to their website and realized that it didn't use any added was just sweetened limeade, mint and white tea. Sooo, I guess mine was just extra sweet with added splenda! To top that off, once I was looking at a normal sized screen, I realized I had looked up the calories for a SMALL and we had a LARGE. The large was 490 calories and I had two of them!! It's a really good thing I only go there once a month! emoticon I think next time I better have water....

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    Sorry, this made me chuckle. I do feel for you though.

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LMSTRAW 7/13/2010 12:14AM

    This makes me happy that I only like plain ole coffee!

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CANBDONE 7/12/2010 2:00PM

    You gave me a smile and a chuckle...thanks! emoticon

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    No more smoothies for me! LOL. It was great to see you again :D

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/12/2010 8:43AM

    I'm glad you had a fun time! Yeah, I would definitely be taking my water bottle there emoticon-to save on calories AND $$$.

I can't wait to attend next month! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/11/2010 2:29PM

    Glad you had a good time. Like you said, You might want to drink water next time. emoticon Sounds like a really great bunch of ladies. It was so nice of AuntyEm to give me the spark book. Did you do any pics this time?

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TERMITEMOM 7/11/2010 9:50AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I'd like to join you one of these days...

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MARENAMOO 7/11/2010 9:01AM

    Can't wait to meet you all - probably in September. The NoVa sparkers sound like such a great group of women - I am glad that I found you all. I keep posting on the Montgomery County team page if anyone wants to become active - not much happening there.

I hate when that happens with foods that I did not anticipate.

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LLTS01 7/11/2010 2:25AM

    You crack me up. Our monthly get together is really your monthly treat. I am so sorry I missed our get together. Next month we should be a larger crowd.

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AVEARE 7/11/2010 12:38AM

    Lol I know how you feel - with me, it's frozen yogurt! My family and I always get together and go to this place with amazing flavors of fat free frozen yogurt, and here I am thinking "it's frozen yogurt and fat free" and pigging out on their HUGE portion I was able to find some calorie estimates online and they are definitely not calorie free! I realized I had put away almost 500 calories in frozen yogurt that I definitely had not planned for that day...

But there is no harm in enjoying a splurge once in awhile! Glad to hear you had a fun day :)

And I love the wallpaper, it's hilarious

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SHELLYED 7/11/2010 12:34AM

    Sounds fun! And you learned you can have what you want as far as coffee goes, with just a little modification! I love finding out those "secrets". : ) emoticon

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BALLOUZOO 7/10/2010 11:30PM

    Yay you! Getting together with other sparkers must be GREAT! And good for you for doing your coffee research too!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/10/2010 11:27PM

    Sounds like you had a great time, it is always good when spark friends can get together

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4th of July Fireworks and video

Monday, July 05, 2010

We had a great time at the fireworks and 4th of July celebration today!

We went around 4 pm, got a great spot right at our car:

We walked around a lot, visited the band they had playing:

They also had wagon rides:

There was so much to do. Lots of games and booths to visit. This year Disney radio was there with prizes and games for the kids. Funnel cakes and all sorts of food (I was good! Only ate what I brought).

This year it was me:


And Brandon and his girlfriend, Lisa:

We packed our chairs and 2 coolers full of yummy and healthy food and drinks. We talked, walked, danced and enjoyed ourselves until time for the fireworks.

The display is the largest in Northern Virginia. I've lived here my whole life and we never go anywhere else since we started going here about 5 years ago, it rivals the show in nearby Washington DC which we used to go to, although the entertainment and activities are much nicer in DC. Almost all of the show is like most places's literally almost non stop the entire time. The city uses it's own money, but for the last 5 years they have had an anonymous donor give a large sum of money that they use also, making it one of the biggest shows in the entire DC MD VA Metro area.

Tonights started right at 9:15, but after about 5 minutes, it abruptly stopped. All of a sudden, we saw the firetrucks racing towards where they are set off. We saw smoke and flames, but it quickly went out and after about 10 minutes the music and show restarted. I have no idea what happened, but whatever it was, it was over very quickly. I hope no one was hurt. We sit pretty close to where they are set off as you can see in the pics and videos...

Here are a few of the pics:

It was a very enjoyable day :-) I hope everyone else had a wonderful 4th!
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    Loved the video & pics! We didn't go to see the fireworks this year. Usually we park on the side of the road near Old Town and watch. We had friends over @ 4:30 and enjoyed good food and played cards until late in the eve. Unfortunately, it wasn't all healthy.

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SUZIB123 7/8/2010 2:35PM

    Hi Just want thank you for peeking in on me! We watched the Manassas fireworks also. We did not go all the way into Manassas. We drove up 28 to Wellington Rd, there is a small shopping center and people were relaxing in chairs so we joined them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMHAWKOF3 7/6/2010 12:21PM

    Loved the video of the fireworks. We went to see the fireworks on Quantico Marine Corps Base. We sat in the sun for 3 hours to see 15 minutes of fireworks. They were okay but maybe we will have to go to Old Town Manassas next year. Sounds like they might be much better. Thanks for sharing!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/6/2010 10:07AM

    Looks like you guys had a blast! emoticon We ended up parking in this grassy area not quite in front of Ruby Tuesdays. We actually saw the stadium and there were 3-4 sets behind us too. Emma was sticking her body through the sunroof emoticon She really enjoyed it!

The heat's coming back full force, isn't it? Is it possible I can ride with you on Saturday?

Hope you have a fantastic week!

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TERMITEMOM 7/5/2010 9:46PM

    Wonderful! What a great video. Thank you so much for sharing - I felt I was there with you!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/5/2010 8:17PM

    Oh my goodness.......those were really great fireworks. You really were good not to eat the funnel cake. I love those and I am not sure I could have resisted. Glad you had a good time.

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LLTS01 7/5/2010 1:52PM

    Thanks so much for the video especially since I missed any celebrations yesterday. emoticon

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    These are the only fireworks I got to see!!! I didn't get back on spark in time to see your post. Otherwise I totally would've gone. I'm glad you had a great time!

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RONIE11 7/5/2010 12:23PM

    Thanks for sharing this was awsome...

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CAROL3SAN 7/5/2010 12:18PM

    Beautiful. I always enjoy the fireworks. emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/5/2010 10:37AM

    Looks like a great time for everyone, The fireworks video was especially nice

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CAMELA_55 7/5/2010 10:18AM

    Awesome video! Thanks for sharing!

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LEAH57 7/5/2010 10:10AM

    We went to the PNats game on Saturday and stayed for fireworks after. Thought about going to watch the stadium fireworks again on the 4th, but decided to stay home and not head out in to the madness. Sounds like you had fun, will have to look in to this for next year!

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UVAGRL928 7/5/2010 9:42AM

    I lived out in Manassas Park last year, and watched the fireworks there last year... they were awesome. We had planned on staying in last year because I wasn't feeling well, but then about 5 minutes before the show started, we changed our mind. We planned on just driving around, but found an empty parking lot with a great view of the show. It was great because we were able to go at the last minute, and then get home quick!

This year we were really disappointed that we couldn't find any good fireworks shows in the area (Lorton)... this was the one thing we found that we missed about Manassas Park!

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/5/2010 8:49AM

    Looks like a great time! We have a boat on Potomac by Pentagon so we headed down with the entire family about 6, loaded everyone on boat and anchored close to monument. Fireworks were glorious! 3 year old granddaughter mesmerized (and not afraid! LOL). Great time--we are all exhausted this morning!

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FRIENDOFBACH 7/5/2010 12:55AM

  Thanks for sharing the video. I didn't get to see any, so it's great!

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MSDELISLE 7/5/2010 12:53AM

    Nice! Thanks for sharing!

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4th of July Parade

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I really enjoyed the 4th of July parade in my community today. Meghan and I went this morning and then Simone found us. She had come with her daughter, Emma and a neighbor. The parade lasted about an hour to an hour and a half. It wasn't as big as I remember each prior year being, but it was still nice. Thankfully we'd had a couple of really nice days. Today was nice, but standing out in the direct sun for over 2 hours, it was hot!!

Here are a couple pics of what we enjoyed seeing:

We came home and grilled up a storm-2 chickens, a big tray of grilled veggies marinated in FF Italian dressing, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, FF hot dogs, chicken breast burgers and a boneless pork roast. We have more than enough to last for several days.

Tomorrow is the day we go and have a picnic and enjoy all the festivities in Old Towne Manassas during the afternoon and early evening and then the fireworks display. They have an awesome one every year. It will be my son Brandon and his GF and my daughter Emily and her BF and Meghan and I. Aaron and Amber have other plans so there won't be as many of us as there normally is. We pack a picnic lunch (dinner) and I have all sorts of low fat things planned for us. It will be a fun day with family (most of us anyway). More to follow on that tomorrow :-)

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    Sounds like a fun day with family!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/6/2010 1:00PM

    Your pics are just wonderful and I can't believe all of the food you guys prepared. Healthy choices. Hopefully, next year I can join you guys. That would really be fun.

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AVEARE 7/4/2010 2:28PM

    Sounds like your 4th of july activities are very fun! I love grilling too! It's great that such a healthy way of eating tastes so good :) Have fun with the rest of the long weekend!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 7/4/2010 11:16AM

    I am so glad you got your parade in. It is raining cats and dogs here and they had to call ours off - not postpone it till tomorrow but call it off completely. Hundreds of hours went into preparing some of those floats and no one will see them. They even are canceling the fire works for tonight because the river bank where they set everything up is now under two feet of water and so are the fireworks. It's been a bad year for rain here.

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MARENAMOO 7/4/2010 9:15AM

    Sounds like a wonderful old-fashioned Fourth of July. And good for you doing it with healthy food choices. I got my monthly digest from NoVa Sparkers and I think you are the leader in both points and minutes. Good for you Carla in your motivation and consistency.

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CANBDONE 7/4/2010 8:14AM

    Let freedom ring! emoticon

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KIMSTUTZ 7/4/2010 7:14AM

    Sounds like a great time planned for all! if i lived closer i would beg to tag along! I am going to make shrimp kabobs for our dinner tonite and just relax and go see the fireworks probably at my parents. My dh is working and the boys hang with their own friends, LOL

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RORYLYONS 7/4/2010 2:23AM

    Wow what a great way to celebrate the 4th with a parade..Been ages since I attended one..Your cookout sounds delish. We had a barbeque also this evening.have fun tomorrow! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUGRAD1995 7/3/2010 11:38PM

    Ah, I remember our small town's 4th of July parade. A ton of bicycles with crepe paper through the spokes and hanging off the handlebars. Such fun. Then when I was in high school and in the marching band, it was nice hot wool uniforms in the school colors of red white and blue. Too bad more towns don't still do that!

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LLTS01 7/3/2010 11:26PM

    Have a wonderful time. It looks like you are prepared to have fun while eating healthy. That is the best combination.
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TERMITEMOM 7/3/2010 10:57PM

    Good pics! We enjoyed the one in Fairfax City this morning and the fireworks were good (we are able to see them from our driveway, the High School where they take place is close by).

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YAFENELRA 7/3/2010 10:50PM

    I haven't been to a parade like that in ever so long. They are such fun!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/3/2010 10:49PM

    Sounds like you had a fun time, and have a great time tomorrow too!

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July goals

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I really enjoy summer and all of the fresh fruits and veggies and the sunshine (not the heat and humidity!)

Summer time is always a good time for me weight wise. I'm more active, despite the heat, I eat much better and I just tend to do better overall.

My goals for July:
To lose at least 4 pounds. Surely 1 pound a week is not asking too much :-)

To continue to work on C25K and not miss any days

To look into The Jeff Galloway way to train for a race

To continue to get at least 120 minutes of exercise in each and every day

To learn to proportion my calories, carbs, fat and protein in a way that works best for me. Since diabetes runs in my family and my fasting glucoses have always been slightly above normal, I added "pre diabetes" to my spark page this week and it changed the allotment of above and broke it down into how much of each I should have at each meal. I'm having trouble getting that part right!

To continue to drink at least 12 glasses of water a day

To continue to get great portions of fruits and veggies in per day

To try a new recipe at least twice a week

That's where I will start. Many of these I already do, so continuing to do them should not be a problem.

This is my year...the year I should reach my goal weight. With half the year now gone, I need to be diligent to make sure I am successful!

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UVAGRL928 7/3/2010 8:40AM

    Sounds like you have some great goals! It seems that everyone has blogged about their July goals, so I think I'm going to have to get on board!

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KIMSTUTZ 7/2/2010 8:27PM

    wow thats am impressive list! emoticon

i need to spend a few minutes and come up with my own list. but going in to work tomorrow at 4 for 12 hours so not tonite!

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CAROL3SAN 7/2/2010 12:54PM

    Good luck with the goals. emoticon
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LOZUKE 7/2/2010 6:52AM

    Wonderful lists of goals Carla! I don't know if I could drink that much water although it was pretty hot here for awhile!
The new recipe is a great goal! I wish you the best of luck emoticon emoticonDebbie

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    Girl, just reading your goals made me tired! lol

But you can do it! You are amazing!!! Whoo hoo!

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CHANSEN_20001 7/1/2010 8:02PM

    Great list of goals. If it's OK, I'm going to copy some of your goals.

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CANBDONE 7/1/2010 6:22PM

    Your goals are impressive! I'm aiming to do NO mindless snacking this month!

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DEBSZOO74 7/1/2010 5:30PM

    You have fantastic goals for July! I know that emoticon
120 minutes of exercise each day... emoticon

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 7/1/2010 5:27PM

    If you find any really good recipes, please share. Your goals sound very straight forward and do-able. Good luck.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/1/2010 5:12PM

    Yes, Carla, this is definitely your year...your year to emoticon behind! GO GIRL! emoticon emoticon

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    This plan sounds great and definitely doable!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/1/2010 4:06PM

    This is such a great plan, and it is so awesome that you do 25K

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Finally, a nice loss on the least more than a few ounces

Monday, June 28, 2010

So, I had my WI today. Finally, down 2 pounds. I've been working really hard, have faithfully kept track of everything and stayed in my range, drank tons of water... and still the scale wasn't budging.

This last week I restarted C25K and I think it jump started me again. Now to figure out how to keep the scale moving in the right direction :-)

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LOZUKE 7/1/2010 7:56AM

    emoticonCongrats on your weight loss! Great Job!

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DEBSZOO74 6/29/2010 9:45PM

    Good job!!! I'm glad that all your hard work is showing up on the scale! emoticon

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CANBDONE 6/29/2010 3:50PM

    I know how to make it move in the right's a matter of doing what it takes!

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NANFACEMIRE1 6/29/2010 2:07PM

    emoticon Good for you. You are doing so well, and I am so proud of how far you have come. Keep up the good work. Love you much, Mom

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CHANCE0719 6/29/2010 10:21AM

    WOOHOO!! emoticon

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    I think it definitely has something to do with changing things up in your exercise routine. Keep your body guessing!

Congrats on the 2+ pounds!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 6/29/2010 7:44AM

    You rock!!!!! You will have a good summer with doing the C25K.
I need to drink more water.

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KIMSTUTZ 6/29/2010 3:27AM


hard work and effort are paying off! keep it up!

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AVEARE 6/28/2010 11:31PM

    Awesome job - keep up the good work! I bet all your yummy fruits and veggies are helping with the loss too!

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DEEGEE2 6/28/2010 10:23PM

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this is great your hard work is paying off

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BEAR_GURL 6/28/2010 10:17PM

    CONGRADS!!! Keep up the good work and stay positive: )



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TERMITEMOM 6/28/2010 10:12PM

    YEAH!!! This is great! You must be so proud!

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ANGIEMAE2401 6/28/2010 9:47PM

    WOO HOO!! That's so great!! You must feel amazing!!!!!


Keep me updated on your C25K progress! So far I'm not doing too good--it's been so hot! I need to wake up earlier!

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    Congrats on the loss! That's emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/28/2010 9:23PM

    emoticon Carla, that is emoticon

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