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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Today was a very small yet very nice NOVA Spark meet up! There was only 4 of us this month but we had a nice time chatting and then looking around a few stores in Fairfax Corner.

Monica and I won't tell Mary and Louisa what we did when they left emoticon

I'm sorry Simone was sick and everyone else was otherwise busy. We missed you! Only one more week until our Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K! I hope everyone's ready. We will have a great time at the race and the Octoberfest afterwards!

Beth, congrats on your awesome time at your 1st 5K today!!! Great job.

We talked about meeting one weekend and walking from George Washington's home across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to National Harbor and then shopping and having lunch there. That's the route of the WW Half Marathon so it will be a LONG 13 mile walk! With the weather getting cooler it will be really nice.

Hope to see more of you next month.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REBARH 12/31/2010 7:42PM

    emoticonAfter reading this post makes me want to join your Nova Sparkers team. Unfortunately, I live waaaay to far in the deep south to be able to attend your meetings, races, etc. Good luck with your team! emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/3/2010 9:04AM

    Once soccer season is over I should finally be able to make one of these meetings. I have no excuses if you do the walk since you will walk past my house.

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    The walk sounds awesome!

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LLTS01 10/2/2010 11:00PM

    Ok- spill the beans. LOL

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/2/2010 9:59PM

    Speaking as someone who has met sparkfriends in person, I know you must have had a blast, cause I sure had a blast when I met you! Not forgetting the rest of you from Virginia either my beautiful ruby lite homies! LOL!

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LMSTRAW 10/2/2010 9:52PM

    You folks are fantastic!
Go, Virginia!

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FITCHICK421 10/2/2010 9:26PM

    I am really hoping to be able to come in November. Crossing my fingers nothing pops up to keep me away.

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Loads of rain!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wow...3+ hours to get to work today. Our area got anywhere from 3-9+ inches of rain today depending on where you are and much more on the way this evening into the morning. There was major flooding and water rescues through some parts of Fairfax. I had trouble getting through all the gigantic puddles but fortunately didn't run into any flooded roads like a lot of people did!

This was at the Lincoln Memorial in DC:

We sure did need the rain, but wow, a little at a time would have been nice, LOL

Definitely will need plan B for exercise this evening as I don't want to go out in the big puddles everywhere. I know a lot of people love to run in the rain but I'm not ready for that yet :-)

As much rain as we got, other parts of the East Coast got even more. I hope everyone stays safe.

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REBARH 12/31/2010 7:37PM

    emoticonWow! That is a great shot of the flooding on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial. I have never visited DC before. I do need to pack my bags & fly up there for a tour. emoticon

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LUVS2BIKE101 10/2/2010 11:40AM

    Glad yesterday is behind us. Like you, I'd rather exercise outdoors. So, I opted for my plan B and did stationary bike and elliptical machines at the gym. Great weekend upon us now here in NY. Enjoy!

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MALLEUSMIKE 10/1/2010 8:46AM

  Yep, lots of rain. I ran indoors too yesterday. I live in the city and the bus on the way to work was almost a half-hour late, which is even worse than normal!

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LLTS01 9/30/2010 9:34PM

    This week is just shot .

But there is always tomorrow.

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NANFACEMIRE1 9/30/2010 8:16PM

    Wow, that was a lot of rain. That pic does look like a man-made waterfall. Please be really careful going to work tomorrow. Call me early. I am leaving for dr. appt at 7:45 and then p/t. Love you, Mom

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SPARKPIXIE 9/30/2010 7:43PM

    We were under tornado watches this morning in Maryland.

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/30/2010 7:40PM

    It seems to be feast or famine around here! The rain is unbelievable! We sure need it but, I agree, not all at once!

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RONIREDD 9/30/2010 7:08PM

    OMG! What a picture!!! Here in MD they let schools out early cause of the rain. We need moderation!!!!

Be safe.

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STARTLIGHT 9/30/2010 6:52PM

    Here in New York we are getting rain also, it's been raining all day. We haven't started flooding yet and I hope it doesn't. That was some picture you took, it almost looks like a manmade waterfall not a mother nature made one. Hope you get your exercises done, tomorrow is always another day.KEEP SMILING! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Rainy Monday

Monday, September 27, 2010

I am determined to start this week great and continue it great! The rain won't stop me :-) I will stop at the gym on the way home tonight instead of my normal walk/run outside.

I have my lunch packed and dinner ready for most of the week.

I hope everyone else has a great week planned!

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REBARH 12/11/2010 5:19PM

    What would we do without a gym on rainy days? I enjoy having access to a nearby gym on rainy days emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 9/27/2010 11:53AM

    Thanks I am sure hoping for a great week

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/27/2010 11:51AM

    Great outlook on a rainy Monday!!!!

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CAROL3SAN 9/27/2010 10:26AM

    emoticonI hope you will have a nice successful week! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 9/27/2010 9:11AM

    sounds like a great plan to me.

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LLTS01 9/27/2010 8:59AM

    I am right there with you.


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Monday, September 13, 2010

Today was actually a good day at work (sorry Louisa!). It was busy, but not crazy and I got a lot done. I didn't stay late like I normally do and came home while it was still light out. I went to the grocery store after I had been home and picked up Meghan and couldn't understand why the pharmacy was open so late. I am always there late, late at night and all I ever see are the windows rolled down so it threw me to see someone there!

I cooked a bunch of veggies (peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, asparagus and spinach) added some lean italian turkey sausage and I had that over whole wheat pasta and a side of green beans with pine nuts. Yummy! That's lunch tomorrow and the rest is already put in individual freezer containers for later.

Then I went bike riding! I got 45 minutes in for my September 780 fitness minute challenge. It's so nice out I think I'm going to go take a walk now, not a fast one or a run/walk combo, but just a nice quiet leisurely walk.

Thanks to everyone on my Ruby team for the comments on my page being page of the day today with Bobbi's! I love our team and there are SO many awesome pages out there. I have really enjoyed looking at them all and am glad there will be 2 per day. I can't wait for Sparktoberfest either....that was my 1st challenge and was one of my favorites!

I doubt I'll be this lucky tomorrow to get home early and do all I got to do tonight, so I'm going to enjoy what's left!

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REBARH 11/21/2010 11:31PM

    I noticed the Pharmacy that I usually attend extended their hours, also. That is a big advantage for me to still purchase medicine on the exact same day instead of having to burn up more gas in returning back the next day for pick up. Boy your veggie dish sounds delicious including asparagus, spinach, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, onions & Italian turkey sausage over wheat pasta with green beans.

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    I'm still thinking about those veggies! LOL

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LLTS01 9/15/2010 9:50PM

    Wow- I can honestly say that was nothing like my Monday but you deserve a good day.
I worked until 12:20 AM last might or should I say this morning? But I took a 45 minute break for a run.


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RUN2MYDREAMS 9/15/2010 4:50AM

    Go you! You ARE a rock star (and Material Girl as well:)

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LITTLE_QUEEN 9/14/2010 2:27PM

    Sounds like you had a great day, the veggies sound good, the funny thing is I don't eat veggies usually, LOL!
One of the most fun things to do during the challenges is decorate your page, and then go see what everyone else has done.

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/14/2010 8:05AM

    Yummy dinner and good day!!! The weather has been awesome!

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NANFACEMIRE1 9/14/2010 7:33AM

    Your dinner sounds really good. CONGRATS ON PAGE OF THE DAY. How was your walk? I still can't walk much because the jolt makes my shoulder hurt trying to hold it up. I need to remember to just let my arm rest in the sling instead of trying to support it myself. Hope you have a goof Tuesday. emoticon

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The Totally Awesome 80's Rootin' for Ruby Challenge!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tomorrow starts my Rootin' for Ruby teams Totally 80's challenge.

I am a Material Girl! How cool is that!?!

We are going to have fun rocking through one of the best decades as we lose weight and increase our exercise.

I was just looking at everyone's Spark page. What wonderful creative members we have! I've had so much fun going around to them all.

emoticon to Pixie and Arlene for yet another wonderful challenge!

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REBARH 11/21/2010 11:16PM

    I miss the bowling days, roller skating & dance club hopping to pop tunes of the 80's. Thanks to my Apple Ipod, I can download all of my 80's favorite songs from Itunes to listen while I workout. It does bring back great childhood memories shakin' my booty to the dance beat while burning calories.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 9/15/2010 4:49AM

    Love your page Carla! And I love Sara's response...Giggle

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    I was made in the 80s! Hehehe.

Have fun!

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TURBID 9/13/2010 10:26AM

    where can i learn about this challenge?

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AVEARE 9/13/2010 10:18AM

    lol I love your Pacman background and the true retro Madonna pic :)

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MALLEUSMIKE 9/13/2010 8:12AM

  Sounds like a lot of fun. My favorite exercise in the 80s was roller disco. Unfortunately, there aren't many roller rinks around any more.

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JUNKINTRUNK73 9/13/2010 12:10AM

    i loved playing pacman! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKPIXIE 9/13/2010 12:06AM

    I love your page, Carla!

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DEBSZOO74 9/12/2010 11:48PM

    Your page looks great! I've been having problems trying to upload a picture for my background.
Good luck with the challenge! emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 9/12/2010 11:45PM

    I know I am so excited

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