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My Morning Rainbow

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'm not actually a morning person and so I don't jump out of bed and exercise. However, I like getting up and getting ready for work and then getting there early enough to take a morning walk. I guess I need some up time and my cup of tea before I hit the pavement. I also need the weather forecast while I'm having my cup of tea.

This morning the weather man said we had storms to the west of us and they were moving quickly and would be here early. I made it to work 45 minutes early and the skies to the east looked pleasing so I headed out in that direction. I was just past the halfway mark when I saw some sprinkles in the puddles. As I was making my way back towards work I looked up and saw a beautiful rainbow. You may be able to tell from my Spark name that I love rainbows.

Do you believe in signs? I have a son in heaven and I believe he is somewhere over the rainbow, in a better place. As I'm writing this blog the song that came on is IZ's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". I had asked for a sign the other day from my son and I believe I have received it. For that I am thankful. emoticon

  
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LADYGWEN25 12/3/2010 1:14PM

    i love rainbows! glad it was a nice morning. :)

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DBFBILLY 11/30/2010 8:19PM

    I agree...those were def. signs and I'm happy you were able to experience them

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LESLIES537 11/27/2010 6:52PM

    emoticon Ask and you shall receive! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 11/24/2010 8:58AM

    How beautiful for you! emoticon

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WILLOW49 11/23/2010 12:17PM

    I sure believe you received that sign from your son, too! What a blessing...


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LINDABENEDICT 11/23/2010 11:11AM

    WOW !!!!!

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FRECKS96 11/23/2010 10:47AM

    Aw, such a lovely story! Glad you had such a terrific morning!

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MBSKIT 11/23/2010 9:53AM

    Absolutely do I believe in signs! What a wonderful one you got!
Glad you were able to get in your walk.
Have a great day!

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DDOORN 11/23/2010 8:55AM

    It's wonderful when we can tune into life and "see", "hear" such signs...!

Sounds like you have much for which to be thankful this holiday!

Don

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LAURELSPARK 11/23/2010 8:17AM

    Any thing is possible......it's God's way.

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GingerBread People

Saturday, November 20, 2010

We have had the pleasure of having our one and only granddaughter with us this weekend. I wasn't sure all that we would do to keep her occupied this weekend, but the craft fair was one thing I had in mind. We went and did a little Christmas shopping and then went off to a couple of stores. My husband has been thinking about building a gingerbread house with her for a while so we hit the local AC Moore's for some craft ideas. The two of them picked up a couple of different things to do and one was decorating ginger bread cookies.

Here is their great creations!

It was a really nice day and now we are getting ready for a movie before bed. I am thankful for her and the fact that hanging out with grandma and grandpa is still not so bad.

  
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BARBARAWEBSTER 12/4/2010 9:31PM

    Gee, I wish I had a granddaughter! If I ever get one, I'll be so old I'll be in a nursing home! Sure looks like you had fun. Wish I could've joined ya. This surgery recover is taking a lot longer than I expected! Oh ya, I forgot, I did buy some tiny gingerbread people yesterday to hang on my tiny tree this year!!! Haven't had a tree in so long I can't remember! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 11/23/2010 11:13AM

    I love this blog and the cookies !!!!! My kids and I make these every year, and I started doing this with my 4th and 5th graders at church too....funny how such a simple activity can bring so much pleasure !

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ALASKASKY 11/22/2010 9:50AM

    AWWWW! I love it.

My son and I decorate a gingerbread house every year. Then we leave it out all year.

Gingerbread cookies are my favorite. Remember when you could go to the corner and

buy them for five cents.

I think I'll do some cookies too this year. YUM!

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PHYL220 11/22/2010 12:22AM

    Great job on the cookies. They are adorable. Grandchildren are so much fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 11/21/2010 11:04PM

    I'll do this with my grandson at Christmas

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DBFBILLY 11/21/2010 9:55PM

    those r precious!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MBSKIT 11/21/2010 5:53PM

    These are really cute!

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KAT7457 11/21/2010 4:49PM

    the cookies are awesome I had my 1 gson last night for a few hours to hang out with gma here it was nice its so mice to be able to hang out with the gkids and do something special.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/21/2010 3:48PM

    emoticonI just love all the designs on the ginger bread people.

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KARENE10 11/21/2010 9:39AM

    Cookies look really cute! Sounds like everyone had a nice time:)

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DINGALLSTOO 11/21/2010 8:10AM

    I love doing things like this with my DGD,I think it keeps us younger. They look great.

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LINDYPAINTS 11/21/2010 5:40AM

    Wow, the cookies look great and what a wonderful day you made for each other! emoticon

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PEGGY-BEE 11/21/2010 12:14AM

    I love those gingerbread men!!!
And what wonderful memories you are making! I am a bit jealous.

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VICIOUS421 11/20/2010 11:44PM

    The cookies are adorable!!!!! Enjoy you time with your grand daughter!!!!!
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KRITTERKEEPERS 11/20/2010 11:27PM

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LAURELSPARK 11/20/2010 10:30PM

    Looks like you had a great time. I think it is cool that grandpa was so involved.

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MELTING2SVELTE 11/20/2010 9:41PM

    Those are wonderful!

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IBECCA 11/20/2010 9:14PM

    oh how cute! What fun.


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MOM4407 11/20/2010 8:27PM

    My grandmother always was cooking. She taught me so much. These are memories she will have forever.

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WILLOW49 11/20/2010 8:26PM

    What a wonderful time you had with your granddaughter :) Gingerbread men took very good! Wonder if I saw your hubby and granddaughter today, I was at AC Moore this afternoon!


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VKISAMORE 11/20/2010 8:18PM

  Yummy looking gingerbread and a wonderful time of togetherness. You are blessed, as is your granddaughter!

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It started out ALL about losing weight 9 months ago

Thursday, November 18, 2010

First and Foremost I am proud of where I am today. I have made less progress than I had hoped to 9 months ago, but I have a much better overall outlook today about that progress. I am a determined person so when I set a goal I want to make sure that I make that goal. That determination may get the weight off, but it will not keep it off.

When I first started this journey I was at the end of a year where I had suffered from bronchitis 5 times. I was getting very scared that there was something severely wrong with my lungs. I couldn't take a walk without coughing up a lung. Today I was walking with my co-workers and I felt like I was walking too fast for them. I thought back to those days of barely being able to keep up with them, coughing as I went. It feels Fantastic to be in better health!

I have learned that I don't need to hurry up and lose weight. We all want that, but we need to get our minds around the fact that this is for Life, not just until you reach that goal weight. You will be so much better off if you make smaller changes that you can live with, not drastic ones that you won't stick with. Also, be patient with yourself. None of us are perfect and we need to forgive ourselves when we don't do everything perfect. I am learning to live the life I like and want while I make healthier choices doing it. This is what has slowed down my weight loss, but this is also what will help me keep off what I've lost.

The best thing I've learned in the last 9 months is that this is about making overall changes for my life, not about losing some weight. As I make these healthy changes I will lose weight and I will gain strength, I will get better results to blood tests and blood pressure measures. I will be sick less often and have more energy. I will be happier and healthier in body and more importantly in mind.

I was told by a co-worker today that I look so much healthier than when they first met me. To think I've aged a few years since then too.
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Now I just need to work on my feelings about that Spark Wheel and why I feel bad when I get low numbers! emoticon emoticon

  
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NATIVE_ONE 12/4/2010 7:43PM

    That was a fantastic and inspirational blog!

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SUNNY2010 11/19/2010 12:52PM

    Great blog! I am so happy you started your journey the same week as I did so I have you as our class Team leader! You are inspiring and very dedicated to your own journey and our team!
Congrats on the amazing 9 months!!!!!
Here is to the next stretch to 1 year Anniversary!

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LINDYPAINTS 11/19/2010 5:43AM

    Excellent blog... and I so agree with everything you said! Thanks for sharing and good luck as you continue on... and I'll be right along side you! emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 11/18/2010 10:56PM

    Thanks for sharing. Well done! emoticon

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COACHKRYSTIE 11/18/2010 9:04PM

    Fabulous blog! just what I needed to read tonight!

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TAFFIN2000 11/18/2010 7:58PM

    I agree with making small changes! Changes you can stick with! Congrats on sticking with your changes for nine months! Thanks for being a great class leader!

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VMASSEY1 11/18/2010 6:55PM

    I like what you wrote Val it is very inspirational. I too get upset with that wheel. But today wasn't bad. I hope that you are having a good evening. I ate too much today at work. We had Thanksgiving at school. I did not think I had until I got home and felt sooo bloated. So I did not eat any dinner tonight. emoticon emoticon you words of wisdom.

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DONNAJZ4241 11/18/2010 6:02PM

    I loved this blog! Thanks for sharing this with us. Change is what's necessary to lose our weight and keep it off and it will happen gradually if we work on it. emoticon

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WILLOW49 11/18/2010 5:55PM

    Congrats on 9 months! emoticon emoticon

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PHYL220 11/18/2010 5:50PM

    Great blog! You have come so far and have such a positive attiude. Congratulations on 9 months. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOBETTAMERF 11/18/2010 5:13PM

    Congratulations on sticking with this for nine months! I think you're absolutely right about making this a healthy lifestyle change and not a quick weight-loss fix. With all of the diet and exercises plans and gimmicks out there, it's clear that people are looking for a quick and easy solution. It's also clear that that idea doesn't work since so many people try those gimmicks over and over again without success. You're doing things the right way and have learned a lot on the way. It must have felt great to hear the compliment from your co-worker. Sometimes it's hard to tell how far you've come until someone else points it out to you. I wish you all the best with your healthy life and congratulations again! emoticon emoticon

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BELLAWHIMSIES 11/18/2010 5:10PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing what you have overcome.

The line that resonated most strongly with me was:

"we need to get our minds around the fact that this is for Life, not just until you reach that goal weight."

You have a terrific outlook!

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MBSKIT 11/18/2010 4:35PM

    emoticonon 9 months! You have come a long way! Your co-workers will just have to keep up with you.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/18/2010 3:55PM

    Especially when there is a chance of getting a 100 points and you get 2! emoticon

Yes this is definitely the journey of life and losing weight just happens to be 1 facet of the journey! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 11/18/2010 3:31PM

    A big WAY-TO-GO from another member of the Slowest Loser Club! I'm coming to see things exactly the same way you describe. Great blog!

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IWILLRUN100 11/18/2010 3:23PM

    What a great blog and good advice! Congrats on your achievements:) Also, I get mad at the SparkWheel too when it gives me low numbers...

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MARIA_VIGS 11/18/2010 3:16PM

    Happy Sparkversary! Congratulations on your achievements!
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TRIGFROST 11/18/2010 3:12PM

    the Journey is yours... emoticon

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MELTING2SVELTE 11/18/2010 3:09PM

    emoticon great post.

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-MAHONEY- 11/18/2010 2:43PM

    Fantastic, it sounds as if you have made great progress, learning along the way on your journey to a happier, healthier you.

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 11/18/2010 2:27PM

    Congrats on your 9 month sparkaversary! I agree with everything you've written here - wise advice!
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I hope you have a great day!
Patti

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MISSY0356 11/18/2010 1:18PM

    What am important lesson you have learned, I too am a slow loser and at times it is frustrating beyond belief, but you are so right, these are life style changes that we have made which is so much more important and valuable than any quick results from the latest fad diet. Keep up the good work!!

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Nakita Marie and Me

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nakita Marie is my Siberian husky, a beautiful dog but she has a little ADHD. That is why she has a middle name; sometimes you have to use it. Iím not really sure who is walking whom, because we both fight to be the one in control. When we walk it is at an average pace of 3.5 Ė 4 miles an hour. I use a garmin to track our miles on new routes and to track the time and distance.

The last three days have been so beautiful here in the northeast for November days. I decided early in the week to take Friday off and maybe get a little me time. As it turned out my me time consisted of washing clothes and hanging them out in the sun shine to dry, scouring the bathroom, doing the dishes, going grocery shopping and picking up my granddaughter from school. The only true me time was walking, Nakita and doing a little bit of yard clean up. However, the evening was spent with a little chimnea fire while we cooked our steaks out on the grill - once that sun goes down that temperature drops too.

On Saturday I took Nakita for another walk to get more cardio time in and to enjoy the sun. We walked a nice route of almost 3 miles and it took us up and down hills. I can feel the muscles in my legs working. It really feels great. As the sun was setting tonight we ventured out again and even though our beautiful streak of days is coming to an end I found peace in the sunset with the clouds rolling in. I accept that if it was always blue skies and sunny I wouldnít appreciate the great days as much. So for these last three wonderful days (even if they didnít go as planned) I am thankful.

  
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KAT7457 11/21/2010 4:51PM

    what a beautiful dog to walk with , grilling steak yet oh how I wish. glad you enjoy them and your walk.

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GRAMMACATHY 11/17/2010 1:49PM

    Nakita Marie just rolls beautifully off the tongue. I am sure she doesn't listen even when you use her middle name. Is she a talker? I hear the Siberian Husky's love to carry on conversations.

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KARDUH114 11/17/2010 11:44AM

    LOVE Nakita's middle name!! That my middle name...sounds like your days are been awesome...jealous to my core of ya'lls weather!! Just sounds great as a whole...good blog!!

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LINDABENEDICT 11/16/2010 7:34PM

    Nakita Marie sounds like a child ! She is beautiful ! ENJOY !

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PHYL220 11/15/2010 9:29PM

    Beautiful dog!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/15/2010 6:17PM

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MBSKIT 11/15/2010 9:11AM

    It's it funny how we take me time and end up doing this for the house. So glad you were able to get out and walk with your beautiful puppy!

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LUREAH21 11/15/2010 8:15AM

    Nakita is beautiful, glad you had a nice weekend in the sun!

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WILLOW49 11/14/2010 7:58PM

    What a beautiful dog! Lucky you to have her to walk you ;)

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IBECCA 11/14/2010 7:32PM

    sounds like an amazing day to me! thanks for sharing
Nakita is a beauty =)
Blessings
Becca

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MISSY0356 11/14/2010 6:16PM

    She is certainly a beautiful dog, and it must have been great for her to be able to take such a long walk with you

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Top Ten Reasons NOT to Turn Back Your Clock

Monday, November 08, 2010

10. You'll get the best parking space at work!
9. You'll see the sunrise every morning!
8. You'll have an hour to get your exercise routine done!
7. You'll avoid the morning rush hour!
6. You'll avoid the evening rush hour!
5. Your kids will never be late for the bus...or school!
4. You get to practice your math-all day long so you aren't late for
appointments!
3. You don't have to "spring" the clock ahead in the spring!
2. You live in Arizona....or Hawaii!
1. That extra hour of sleep....it's over rated!

  
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GRAMMACATHY 11/17/2010 1:51PM

    Excellent Plan!

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SARAHTAIT 11/10/2010 11:17AM

    I hate the clock turn back idea! While getting am hour extra sleep is a good idea losing it in the spring is the pits!
hugs,
Sarah

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ALASKASKY 11/9/2010 12:33PM

    Cute.

I agree. I try to keep my clocks 10-15mins. fast all the time. It bothers everybody in the house, but It helps me keep on time.

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SMARGED 11/9/2010 12:50AM

    Liked your blog! Gave me a smile when I needed it!
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NELLIEC 11/8/2010 11:09PM

    Well, I turn back the clock, but I keep the same body clock time. Phooey to Congress for this foolishness!

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CHERN009 11/8/2010 10:41PM

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THATPASTRYGIRL 11/8/2010 10:26PM

    I live in Arizona so I never have to worry! emoticon

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CRESSY237 11/8/2010 8:38PM

    emoticon. Great reasons.

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ROBKIM1 11/8/2010 8:26PM

    I wish we didn't have to turn back the clocks. emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 11/8/2010 8:07PM

    Whats with Daylight Savings Time anyway?

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LIBBYFITZ 11/8/2010 7:43PM

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KAYDE53 11/8/2010 6:43PM

    Sounds good to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY2010 11/8/2010 6:40PM

    I love all 10 reasons!

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PHYL220 11/8/2010 6:29PM

    emoticon emoticon Loved them! emoticon

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KLT5057 11/8/2010 5:35PM

    i live in hawaii. no turning the clocks back for me!

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BKWHITE3 11/8/2010 5:13PM

    emoticon blog

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FIRECHIC09 11/8/2010 5:10PM

    I absolutely LOVE this emoticon

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BECKYLYNNE77 11/8/2010 5:07PM

    love the blog

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JUDY1676 11/8/2010 4:58PM

    emoticon loved them!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/8/2010 4:35PM

    Very cute! Thanks!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 11/8/2010 4:31PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Thanks for the much needed laugh! emoticon

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 11/8/2010 4:14PM

    Cool!

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MARTY728 11/8/2010 4:13PM

    Great post! emoticon It brightened my day! emoticon

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SWISHSTARNAN 11/8/2010 4:05PM

  great post!

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FANGLE 11/8/2010 4:04PM

    Awesome!

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LINDYPAINTS 11/8/2010 3:58PM

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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