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An awesome time with my NOVA Sparker friends

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Today was one my NOVA Sparker monthly meet ups. It was one year ago that we had our first one. We've had such fun times together and chat almost every day and it seems like we have known each other a lot longer than a year.

Today was a small meeting again but it was really nice seeing everyone!

Unfortunately Louisa, Beth and Wanda had to leave, so Teresa, Tammie and I went upstairs and browsed around the store and then had dinner at their seafood bar. We had SO much fun! I haven't laughed that much in ages. We all bought some wine and I got some of the ChocoVine and the Raspberry ChocoVine too. Wanda had brought some for us to taste at another meet up and I really liked it.



Thank you all for a great afternoon and evening. Can't wait til the next one!

  
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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/19/2011 1:19PM

    We need to plan a NOVA Sparkers race next.

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SHARON10002 2/16/2011 5:27PM

    Sounds like you all had a great time at the meet-up. It's a fabulous picture of all of you!

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CHANCE0719 2/16/2011 11:51AM

    Aww yay, glad you all had fun! I miss the meetups - hope I can come to the next one!

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DIGISCRAPPY 2/14/2011 2:01PM

    It's just amazing that it's only been a year that we've all been getting together, you all feel like long-time friends to me! What a blast we had, between the whole group get together and our dinner afterwards. I'm so glad that we've been doing our monthly meet-ups... I look forward to them so much. Thanks for such a fun time!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/13/2011 6:45PM

    Cool!

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CELLOSONG 2/13/2011 4:58PM

    I have so much fun hanging out with you all! :-)

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LEAH57 2/13/2011 3:36PM

    Sounds like y'all had a great time after I left. It was a good time to get together again - glad we do this!

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TREEBW 2/13/2011 12:45PM

    It was SUCH a good time! Thanks to my NOVA Sparker friends for being so awesome!

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NOELLIEMAE 2/13/2011 8:55AM

    FANTASTIC! I hope to get some of my local Sparkers together on a semi regular basis :) I'm soooo happy for you guys that you have formed a real friendship out of your Spark connection!

Noel

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GBOOMER 2/13/2011 6:02AM

    Go NOVA Sparkers! emoticon

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LLTS01 2/13/2011 12:51AM

    emoticon You guys rock!!

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THENEWME43 2/12/2011 10:28PM

    Sounds like you had FUN!
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/12/2011 10:19PM

    Great pictures, Carla! You look gorgeous as always and your friends look so sweet!

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I picked my half marathon

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Now to just get ready for it! It's the Heritage Half Marathon in Gainesville, VA October 16th. Thanks to TURBID! We are going to train together and do it together. I had looked a lots of them and never could decide which on to do. This one is close to where I live and looks like a nice course.

Now, I just need to figure out what I need to do to get ready considering I'm still just managing to do 5 and 10K's :-)

I'm sure some of my runner spark friends will help me out!

  
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CAROL3SAN 2/10/2011 10:42PM

    emoticonI know you will be just fine in this marathon. I envy those who are healthy enough to run, especially a marathon. Wishing you much success in preparations AND RUNNING your marathon. emoticon emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 2/7/2011 8:49PM

    I'm thinking about the Heritage Half too but how did you see the course? When I click on the link for the course map I get an empty page! I see the text description but I'd really like to know how hilly it is.

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CATHIMOMMY 2/6/2011 7:56AM

    Just signed up for my second half....April 2011! This one is for a PR-gotta break the time I did at WDW in October!

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SUZWARNR 2/6/2011 6:23AM

    Good luck! My first half is in October too. I'm doing a 15K in May and a 10K in August with a few 5Ks thrown in.

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NANFACEMIRE1 2/6/2011 4:55AM

    Good for you. I know you will succeed.....because you are so into doing this. emoticon emoticon

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LLTS01 2/5/2011 11:22PM

    I might have to take a look at that one to see if I might join you if I am not traveling at that time .

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LLTS01 2/5/2011 11:12PM

    emoticon I am so excited for you. That's a great race to look forward to.

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DAISY238 2/5/2011 10:45PM

    Congrats for choosing one and Good luck.

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JEM0622 2/5/2011 9:19PM

    Galloway is a great trainer. Look into his plan for beginner for HM. Also, suggest only running 3 days/wk.

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HOPE2011 2/5/2011 9:01PM

    Congrats for picking one - now it's real! I know you'll be successful - go you!

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The puppies-they sure are growing!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Here's some updated pics of the pups. They have grown a lot in their 3-1/2 weeks!








  
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CAROL3SAN 2/4/2011 11:52PM

    How cute! They are adorable!! I wish I could have pets but they are not allowed here in the condo where I live :(

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LLTS01 2/3/2011 8:40PM

    CUTE!!! emoticon

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EWEINHISPASTURE 1/31/2011 11:38AM

    soooooooo cute!!!!

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MINDYJ1 1/31/2011 11:04AM

    They are so adorable!

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JELLI-LEAN 1/31/2011 11:04AM

    Those puppies are precious! WOW how they have grown!!

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CHOPOLA 1/31/2011 10:53AM

    They are getting so big!!

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NANFACEMIRE1 1/30/2011 9:14PM

    They really are cute. Don't forget to have Meghan let me know which colors are left and the gender.

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CHANCE0719 1/30/2011 7:00PM

    They are ADORABLE Carla!!! What sweet faces!

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TREEBW 1/30/2011 1:31PM

    Oh I WANT the brown one!!! Please dont let me ask you for him!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/30/2011 12:50PM

    It's amazing how quickly they grow....cute.

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HOPE2011 1/30/2011 12:08PM

    So cute!! Thanks for sharing!

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10TOES 1/30/2011 12:04PM

    They're huge and adorable!!!! I'm in love!

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BARBARAROSE54 1/30/2011 12:02PM

    Ahhhh so cute, my son has a black lab.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/30/2011 6:29AM

    Are they yours? I didn't know you had puppies. Geez I could have just waited for your pups instead of getting one from a breeder.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 1/29/2011 10:32PM

    I definitely want the chocolate one. I had a chocolate lab once that I really loved. I hope you read the blog that you inspired.
Erin

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Whew, what a day...well two

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wow, what a couple of days! We had a bad snow storm yesterday. Thundersleet with large hail and heavy sleet and then thundersnows with it snowing 1-3 inches per hour for a few hours. Cars stranded all over, co-workers and friends that spent over 8+ hours getting home. 350,000 people without power, us one of them.

Fortunately I wasn't one of the ones stranded. I was sick so I left work well before it started and well before the Federal Government closed 2 hours early and everyone was out on the roads. I got home just as it had started with the thundersleeting along with large HAIL. What an odd combination!! I've never seen anything like it in my life! My kids weren't so lucky and spent A LOT longer time than usual getting home, but all were safe and sound.

Our power went out about 7pm. We are all electric, so no way to cook anything or even heat water for some tea for my cold. Couldn't exactly drive anywhere in the middle of the terrible weather either. I just got under the covers and went to sleep, but all my staff kept calling trying to find out about work today and talking about still not being home. I wanted to keep them company while out there on those crazy roads, so I kept talking and texting, forgetting that I couldn't charge my battery. Went outside to start the car and charge it in there to find this:



Nothing I could do about it, so I got in, charged the phone and then went to bed. Got up this morning still with no power and still sick. Didn't feel like shoveling out or trying to get the tree branches off the car, so I didn't until later.

Our power came back on 3 different times, for just minutes each time and then finally tonight came back on at 9:30 or 9:45 and has been on since.

I was able to walk to one of Meghan's friends house and heat myself something to eat, so that was good.

Happy I was safe and sound...just cold!

I hope everyone else in this area is warm and safe at home tonight too. Seems we're getting a clipper through in the morning. Not much at all, but on top of this and the way people drive here, even an inch is a nightmare!

  
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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/29/2011 5:31PM

    Being sick does not help when your house is all cold. We have a gas fireplace so we all stayed by it.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/28/2011 12:38PM

    Whew!!!

I'm glad you have your power back.

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NANFACEMIRE1 1/28/2011 7:49AM

    Honey, so glad your power is back on and really sorry you are still sick and feeling so badly. You are doing a good thing by staying home especially with the weekend coming up. You can just get some rest and try to get that cold under control.

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LLTS01 1/28/2011 7:10AM

    What an ordeal Carla. Were you able to get your car out? I hope you are staying home today and resting.
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BARBARAROSE54 1/28/2011 6:35AM

    Thanks for update and so glad you were safe and now have power.

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MINDYJ1 1/28/2011 6:30AM

    Glad you got through it okay. Sorry you had to go through it all especially having a cold on top it! Praying that today is a lot better for you! emoticon

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GBOOMER 1/28/2011 3:27AM

    You too! We didn't have power for a good chunk of yesterday. I always wake up early, so I was lit by candlelight. It was kind of peaceful. I've had two days off work (including today) since I'm a school teacher. Anyway, it was a relief when power finally came back a little after sundown yesterday!

Hope you feel better soon!

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HEALTHYGURLVA 1/28/2011 12:04AM

    Oh Bummer girl - that was Way worse than mine! I had bronchitis during those awful storms last winter - and having to shovel when you're sick just totally stinks! Hope you feel better soon and that this snow melts Before the next storm! ;) emoticon

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Dinner

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dinner tonight was simple but good. Inspired by Carolyn, I went through my fridge and threw everything that was left into the pressure cooker:

celery, jalepeno peppers, onion, green peppers, yellow peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, tomatoes and parsnips. I added a can of no salt added corn, four frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts and 8 oz of whole wheat penne. 20 minutes later dinner was ready...all in one pot and the chicken was fork tender.
I guess I should have taken the pic after it cooled off because it's hard to see with all the steam:


Then I made a salad-baby artisan lettuce, spinach, carrots, hard boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, yellow peppers, cucumbers and pine nuts. It was really good!


I had a quick and healthy dinner with loads of veggies and plenty left for tomorrow.

  
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NANFACEMIRE1 1/27/2011 7:05AM

    That sounds really good and looks good too. Glad you enjoyed it.

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LLTS01 1/24/2011 10:29PM

    Wow- my next project. Clear out the fridge but I don't think it will all fit in the pressure cooker.
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JESSLHT 1/24/2011 10:08PM

    Mmmmm, that looks delicious! I have a pressure cooker that I've used a few times but it kind of scares me and I can't figure out hwo to time things - seems like hours pass before that little knobby thing pops up. ANYWAY, I'll give it a whirl next time I have a hodge-podge of produce in my frig. Thanks for the idea!!

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PINKFRANGIPANI 1/24/2011 5:27PM

    Fantastic idea - healthy, filling and no waste!
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CHANCE0719 1/24/2011 5:22PM

    mmm, those both look amazing! I think I need to have a salad with avocado tonight now, haha

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TREEBW 1/24/2011 1:50PM

    That looks REALLY good!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/24/2011 7:55AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing fantastic!!!

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SHIRLEYX 1/24/2011 5:50AM

    Sounds delicious!

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    emoticonYum! Looks emoticon

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