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Monday, April 23, 2012

only a flesh wound!

No, seriously, I should be apologizing to those of you who are concerned. I'm not missing because I'm depressed or crazy or have given up on getting healthy or any of those reasons. I've been absent lately for three reasons:

1) I'm opening a new business in ten days. It finally came home to me that you don't have to do something you don't like to make a living. I'd been helping a friend with her florist shop since Christmas, and one thing led to another - now I'm opening a tea shop in about a third of her space. I'm not a restaurant (been there, done that, burned the t-shirt) but there'll always be a pot on for someone in need of a cuppa. I'm selling all things tea - pots and cups and my own line of bath products made with green tea and a few thousand other things. I am doing the tea party ( not Tea Party) thing in a small restaurant across the street, probably bimonthly (unless that means every two months - what I want is the word for every two weeks - fortnightly, perhaps) and doing catered teas at customers' homes. I just don't want to get into the whole NYS alphabet soup of regulations (OSHA, FDA, DEC [ I grow my own herbs} etc.)

I've been scouring eBay and my local antiques shops (and this is one of the antiques capitals of the east coast) for goods, putting together a website, pouring candles into mismatched teacups, trying to deal with at least an acre of Styrofoam packing peanuts (and keeping them out of the gullets of the resident four-leggers) and generally making myself crazy. But in its way, it's been great fun. Lots of bumps in the road, but by and large, a good thing.

2) I have 168 ...or something , I can never keep it straight ... acres, and I'm selling off a hundred or so acres to an Amish family (there's a burgeoning Amish population in my area.) The way I see it, they'll be ideal neighbors and we can help one another in all sorts of ways. There are all sorts of details that we need to straighten out so that we're all happy, but I think we're on the same page - money is secondary to a quiet, peaceful environment of mutual respect and support.

3) I've totally lost all of my circadian rhythms. A year ago - and for most of my life - I slept like a stone from the moment I went to bed until I got up, roughly 9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. Now I can't go to sleep *at all* during the night - if I do, it's too early, like 8:00 p.m., and then I wake up at midnight and I'm up all night. My body and my brain seem to be on diametrically opposed schedules. My body wants to sleep at night, and my brain wants to sleep during the day. The net result is not pretty.

So that's why I haven't been around.

The shop opens May 1st. After that, Ill probably be concentrating more on bookwork and product development, which means less craziness. At least I hope so.

I have no idea what in the hell is going on with my sleep cycles. I could understand it in January, when there wasn't much daylight, and when I've been visiting with the kids, who keep ridiculous hours (remember being in your 20s?) This week I'm trying to strongarm my circadian rhythms back where they belong. I'm willing to take melatonin, valerian, chamomile and antihistamines. I'm not willing to take a prescription sleep aid, because frankly, I can totally see myself waking up in a hotel room in Boston, surrounded by empty take-out cartons and with a gigantic stuffed giraffe sitting on the bed. What do you want to bet there's something amiss in my amygdaloid nebula or my hypothalamus or something?)

Anyway, I'm happily plugging along, walking (or trying to walk ) 10,000 steps per day, eating a lot of vegetables and fruits (because I'm too lazy to go to the grocery) and generally just putting one foot in front of the other.

Love to you all.

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PENNYAN45 4/24/2012 10:07PM

    It is good to hear from you - and to get this good news.
I wish you well with your tea shop and with the sale of your property.
You've been busy. Moving on.

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_UMAMI_ 4/24/2012 8:42PM

    I love the Amish, as long as I'm not driving behind them.

As far as getting your riddem back---b/c mine gets whacked out, too---I do think getting morning light (a.m. Sunshine!) and exercise is key. Something about doing it in the morning.....

Yeah, I'm not much of a morning person. But I'm working on it. Got up at 4 a.m. today! And now I'm going to bed.

All the best----

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    Sometimes I worry a bit about you when I don't trip over your path often enough but knowing about the tea shop and know (all too well) small business owners go missing every once in a while I wasn't all that worried.... now I almost feel bad for NOT worrying. Almost.

Hey, but great news about your land. "She who owns much is much owned". We have quite the Amish community here in Portage County. They make great neighbors.... especially the "I made an extra pie... do you like blueberry?" part!
(Pie is often the standard by which I judge people)

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HIPPICHICK1 4/24/2012 11:13AM

    Have you thought any more about pottery from me? I would love to talk to you about it and see if it's possible. I can also make specialty items that will be less costly, like tea bag holders for example.
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BETHGILLIGAN 4/24/2012 7:53AM

    Tea shop sounds awesome! I can't imagine getting that all set up! Selling land to the Amish sounds perfect!! Hope it all pans out!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/23/2012 10:04PM

    You certainly have been productive! I feel like a sloth now. LOL.

Love the tea shop idea. I love tea and hubby and I are learning to make our own blends. So far we like the cinnamon orange spice tea as our favorite.

We have a lot of Amish here too and they are fantastic people. They built our pole barn.

I have a lot of trouble sleeping as well.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/23/2012 2:53PM

    Congratulations on the tea shop! I am an avid tea drinker as well. I know there was an earthquake recently in South America which knocked the earth of its axis a bit about around the time you said you had the sleep change. Perhaps it affected you as well as other aspects of the globe. The selling to the Amish does sound like a grand solution.

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KRISLEEB 4/23/2012 10:34AM

    woah!!! Full plate syndrome! Wishing you the best of luck with the shop!! Keep us up to date on how it all goes!!!

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SUZYMOBILE 4/23/2012 9:45AM

    OMG, that all sounds so wonderful! Like following your bliss. But ending up in Boston, in a scenario straight out of "The Hangover" or "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"--priceless!

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/23/2012 8:27AM

    How wonderful! Mega-congrats. Wish I were Amish so that I could get an acres of peace and quiet. Best wishes for success.

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PUDLECRAZY 4/23/2012 6:56AM

    Oh, wow! That is exciting! I can only imagine how busy you are. Congratulations on your decisions; they all sound like excellent one. I hope, when you have time, you will post pictures of your new 'tea party' (all lower case - grin) enterprise.

Great to hear from you. I

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SLIMMERKIWI 4/23/2012 5:31AM

    You HAVE been missed, but you are forgiven - LOL!

re your Sleep Cycle - have you talked with a therapist about how to get back into the RIGHT swing of things? You may find it helpful!

As far as your new venture, it sounds rather exciting :-) .... AND "fortnight" IS the correct word for every two weeks :-)

Selling off that acreage sounds like a really good idea - it is a win/win situation.

Kris xx

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(funny - adult language) First day at the gym

Friday, March 30, 2012

Now, no one tell me I'm being defeatist, discouraging or anything else, because I'm not . Calling me tasteless is okay.

For further tasteless fun, check out my blog at where I've swiped a lovely diatribe on depression.

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KRISKECK 5/24/2012 3:07PM

    Wow, you are awesomely hilarious in perfectly twisted way (and I mean that as a compliment!). Thank you.

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    I find this "taste" of which you speak a very limiting quality.

Seriously, she who has no taste can enjoy so much more of the universe than the "tasteful" amongst us.


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    ROFLMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was totally hilarious.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/30/2012 10:27PM


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APPLEPIEAPPLE 3/30/2012 10:06AM

    Yep, overdoing it will cripple you. emoticon But making the effort is worth it in the long run. emoticon

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SKINNYMINNIE25 3/30/2012 9:44AM

    Love the quote on your page. Been looking fear in the eyeball...your Rumi quote was exactly what I needed.


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SUZYMOBILE 3/30/2012 9:29AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/30/2012 9:20AM

    Can I call you funny lady? Very cute cartoon. Been thinking of you and want to thank you for all the helpful words you have shared with me. It's really done me a lot of good. In fact, I really think I'm at the "enough is enough" point. Have a good day, Scoot.

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CJACK66 3/30/2012 9:16AM

    Ha! That's hilarious...and oh, so true!

Thanks for the giggle!

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Today I did three things right:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

1. I swore I'd start getting up at a decent (which in my world is 6:00ish) hour again instead of staying in bed until I either felt like or was forced into getting up, and I did. I was drinking my coffee by 6:15 this morning.

2. When I had an hour before a webinar this afternoon, instead of taking a nap or having a beer and reading the paper, I actually took the dog out for a walk (and subsequently was three minutes late, but we'll ignore that.)

3. I dug out, washed and put into use the seven day/four times a day pill holder and put all my vitamins in it - well, into the five days' worth I was able to find, anyway - and I took all of them at their allotted hours. B vitamins upset my tummy, but I'll get used to them again.

There were lots of things I didn't do right - I forgot there was a Master Gardener meeting tonight, and I blew off the DMV (again), among others - but at least these little bits are out of the way.

I'm busily trying to sort fantasy from reality in re: "Do what you love and the money will follow." So far, I don't have a lot of evidence for that, but I want to believe it, I really do. I suspect I just don't understand it properly, so I'm working on it. There has to be a way to earn a living doing something that one enjoys. I refuse to believe otherwise.

I know a lot of my Spark buddies are going through some heavy stuff right now, and all this is pretty minor in comparison. I admit that right up front. No one is going to die (even me) if I forget to take my vitamins.

My grandmother always said that the devil was in the details, though, and I have faith in that. If you tug some of the small things into alignment with what you want, how you want to live, I absolutely believe that the larger ones will naturally follow suit. Similarly, big plans can be sabotaged by inattention to small bits of it - that's why we have building inspectors at every step of construction. Well, I'm trying to construct a life I want to live. We've gotta start somewhere.

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SLIMLILA 5/1/2012 1:40AM

    Maybe it is because I have to take meds for my diabetes, but I use my 4X a day pill keeper (I take am & PM only) so I do up 2 weeks at a time, seems like less hazzle... I include my vitamins with my meds, though it's a tight squeeze with those Omega oil caps...

"Do what you love and the money will follow" I didn't hear it that way... but sounds great.. I heard that if you love the work you do, you will never work a day in your life... but I too am still trying to find a way to have both... I made lots of money last year as a teacher, but really I had a stress breakdown cuz I worked with such miserable bullies, so it wasn't worth the money.. still looking...

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REDWRITINGHOOD 3/25/2012 11:17AM

    You are amazing. I love how reflective and determined you are.

This has been a crazy busy semester for me with this internship. This summer should be quieter (but busier in that I will need to catch up and get ahead on things). Fall will be crazy busy again due to my final internship, but then I'll finally get that teaching degree and will be able to get a real job--and *gasp* maybe get insurance for myself and other nice benefits. Enough about me, I guess I was just letting you know why I've been AWOL and to let you know that I missed you emoticon

I agree with Beth. Celebrate the victories, keep your eyes forward towards your goals and work toward them. The rest will follow.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/21/2012 10:48PM

    I have a vitamin taker or I would never get mine in. LOL.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/21/2012 5:42PM

    Karen, I am always right behind you, in whatever you attempt to do. (That doesn't sound quite right, but what I mean is that I support you. Unless, that is, you decide to be constantly slightly drunk.)

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 3/21/2012 4:46PM

    Reading book "52 Small Changes One Year to a happier healthier You." Taking vitimans, getting enough sleep, exercise are three of them. I am starting the changes and am on week 4. I am more rested, a bit healthier, and I got rid of one Toxic thing in my life. ( A local group of people whose additudes were driving me nuts-I quit the group!) Feel better.

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CEKER9 3/21/2012 1:39AM

    emoticon... WOW, you are doing such a good job. And it's the little things that can trip you up so they are more important that those big things. We plan for the big things and not for the little ones.

You are doing so *very* great... keep it up!

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HIPPICHICK1 3/20/2012 10:27PM

    I think you're doing a spectacular job of starting somewhere. You are exactly where you need to be!
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BETHGILLIGAN 3/20/2012 7:33PM

    Scooter--Hey those 3 things are important!! They make you feel better and help you move forward in getting on track!! Don't worry about the things that slipped--you will get it all together. Celebrate THE 3 THINGS.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/20/2012 7:00PM

    Scoot, these are great steps. I'm still trying to figure out the reality vs. fantasy thing and what I want to do next. I'd better hurry and figure it out or I'll be standing with a sign on a street corner someday.

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No foreward or backward steps....mostly lateral moves.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I haven't been around much, I know. I haven't been paying much attention to eating, drinking and exercise because I've been really gearing down on the remodeling here. The ceiling is almost finished tiling (tried to wallpaper it in Lincrusta, but have you ever tried to wallpaper a ceiling by yourself? Don't.), the wallpaper is done. Next week, I'll be building bookcases, assuming I figure out how to get around the Problem of the Wainscoting. Meanwhile, every square foot of floor is covered in stacks of books. Oh, and the tiling of the tub and surround is going well, but halted for the moment because I ran out of adhesive.

I feel like I've gotten a certain amount of exercise, even if it wasn't planned. My thighs have gotten a workout daily from going up ladders backwards, carrying ten foot pieces of dripping paper and my right shoulder is pretty much toast. And speaking of toast, I've solved the carb intake problem - I don't buy bread any more. I figure if I want some badly enough, I'll be forced to bake it myself, and that'll serve as a deterrent - so far, it's working. Now if I could just figure out what to do about mayonnaise....

Yesterday I put together two years' worth of tax paperwork for my accountant, and I'll drop that off for him tomorrow. Poor guy. (Possibly poor me, too - we'll see.) My brain has pretty much turned to mush, but it's okay. I mean, how much brain do you need to push grout into the little spaces?

I remember why I started this blog! I found something! Let's start from a different place:

About two, maybe three years ago, I found a little orange ceramic .... thingee. It was about 1/4" long, vaguely pointy, obviously broken off something. I have a ton of different kinds of fake birds in the sunroom, so I did a quick inventory, figuring someone had lost a beak. Oddly, all beaks seemed to be intact. I put the Thingee aside, figuring a beakless bird would turn up at some point.

Just now I was looking for something else entirely and sort of zeroed in on the many faeries, elves, gnomes, and little things like that, that are spread around in this one china closet, sitting in tea cups and the like. I was admiring them and paying proper attention to the little creatures, when I noticed it: a missing elf ear! And the remaining one is orange! That Thingee wasn't a beak, it was an elf ear! Now if I can just remember where I put it, I can glue it back on! Last seen on the book shelf in the kitchen.....

(And if - horrors! - I remember giving up and throwing it out, I'll have a good excuse never to throw anything away for another twenty years.)

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    It was so good to hear from you. Very entertaining blog. You certainly are busy. I love remodeling............with lots of help. LOL.

I have a tin in a kitchen drawer full of What is it? stuff. I'm sure I probably have an elf ear or 2.

I seldom have bread or mayo now. I've moved on to other things. LOL.

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SLIMLILA 3/13/2012 8:47PM

    Hey, wow,you sure are keeping busy... I remember - how many years ago?... must be around 2000, we bought a new to us house and my friend decided she would love to help me renovate. So we decided to paper, paint, take up carpet and lay down tiles... We went there every nite and I made us a nice supper and we worked til we were too tired... It looked very nice, totally changed the gold shag carpet to a nice forest green tile and we had purple paisley wallpaper in the bedroom and my sewing room was done in a butter yellow with a beautiful border of birds in houses built on a old fence.... good memories...

Keep up the great work,but remember to take care of yourself.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/12/2012 9:37AM

    The elf ear is why I no longer throw away an earring when I lose the other one. The mate often shows up in an unexpected place.

I understand that even PAINTING a ceiling is hell.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/11/2012 9:00PM

    I so enjoy your blogs. Glad to hear projects are getting completed!

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_UMAMI_ 3/11/2012 8:05PM

    Having two boys under 12 in the house, I've had "elf ears" lying about for YEARS (along with the mate-less socks).

I just threw out something that, apparently, was one of the feet to my husband's kitchen scale. HOW COULD I KNOW????

Very impressed with all your hard work.
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JANEDOE12345 3/11/2012 5:15PM

    Yes, you sound limber. I used to be limber and fit and that had nothing to do with my shoulders going. Both were due to bone spurs that cut into the muscles. almost severing some.. So maybe I should have warned you against bone spurs, lol.

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PENNYAN45 3/11/2012 4:17PM

    Your home improvements skills are impressive.
Tiling a ceiling and a bathtub - and building bookcases are major projects. WOW!

It sounds like you are getting lots of worthwhile exercise while shaping your environment.

Putting together two years worth of tax info is another huge and tiresome chore.

And in the midst of it all your attention to detail is such that you can reunite an elf with his ear.



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JANEDOE12345 3/11/2012 4:15PM

    I am sweating with exhaustion just reading all this. There is an important warning; MIND THAT SHOULDER! Having had surgery on both shoulders, i must emphasize that recovery is painful and long. No matter what you are doing, do it lighter, do it smarter, or skip it. Or get the elves to help.

Glad you are done with bread. Send me the mayo air freight. Love the stuff.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/11/2012 3:56PM

    OMG!! I am so impressed at all the work you're achieving!!! Plus, you have to be getting plenty of exercise!!! Good for you!!! How about some pix when you're done?

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Heck, it's 2:30 in the morning - I don't have anything better to do.

A. Age: 56...I think. 2012...yes, 56 - soon to be 57

B. Bed size: double. I prefer queen, so all the various critters leave me some space, but it doesn't fit the frame I'm using.
C. Chore that you hate: all of them, but probably...washing floors

D. Dogs: always. I currently have my first dog that is strictly a pet - all the other dogs had jobs - guarding, herding, hunting, whatever.
E. Essential start to your day: Newspaper, coffee, crossword.
F. Favorite color: for what?

G. Gold or Silver: Silver. I was a silversmith for a while, and I love working with it. Never played with gold - too expensive.

H. Height: 5'6 1/2"

I. Instruments you play: piano, some guitar, lots more I'd like to learn
J. Job title: I've done so many things...currently, Open To Suggestion.
K. Kids: Two daughters

L. Live: Central New York

M. Mother's name: Shirley

N. Nicknames: Scooter, of course!

O. Overnight hospital stays: tonsils and babies

P. Pet peeves: people that ask for your help, then give you crap about how you did it.

Q. Quote from a movie: I'll think about it tomorrow.

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: no blood, many soul

T. Tattoos & Piercings: ears pierced (two left, three right); tattoos on left ankle and left chest - I did have a nose pierce, but I let it fill in. More tattoos are planned.

U. Underwear: what about it?

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: okra

W. What makes you run late: Not realizing how long it takes to get someplace.

X. X-Rays you've had: you name it, I've got a photo of it somewhere.

Y. Yummy food that you make: lasagna, pie, bread, soup...I'm not a good cook on my own, but I follow directions very well.
Z. Zoo animal: snakes

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    More Tats to come? I forgot to mention that I do have one tattoo... a vine wrapped around a very ugly gull bladder scar (the old fashioned pre-laser gull bladder scar). I figured it was never going anywhere so I might as well add a tattoo to it.

So whatcha planning to get? I have always wanted the word "liberal" tattooed on my arm like Janeane Garofalo.

(edit due to the fact that "tattoo" has three Ts... who knew?)

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GEMINIAN1 2/29/2012 11:17AM

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    You always make me laugh. And you never cease to amaze me. You can keep your snakes though. LOL.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 2/27/2012 9:34AM

    Enjoyed the A-Z! emoticon

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PJH2028 2/27/2012 9:13AM

    Fun. Happy to know more of you. Still grateful for your support last month. We 50somethings bonding in special ways. March is going to be enjoyable - I feel it.;- emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/27/2012 9:11AM

    How ya doin', Scoot? Thought you did an A-Z recently. How cool to work with silver. You can do your own jewelry. Have a good day.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/27/2012 6:09AM

    Mmmm, lasagna!

I'm with you on the instrument thing. I want to play them all, and well, LOL!

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KORTANA1980 2/27/2012 2:58AM

    A. Age: 31

B. Bed size: queen

C. Chore that you hate: washing dishes

D. Dogs: not currently, but i want one

E. Essential start to your day: weighing myself :P

F. Favorite color: pink

G. Gold or Silver: Silver

H. Height: 5'1

I. Instruments you play: piano/keyboard

J. Job title: mommy

K. Kids: 2 girls ages 2 & 10

L. Live: San Antonio, TX

M. Mother's name: Mary

N. Nicknames: Felish

O. Overnight hospital stays: childbirth, wls

P. Pet peeves: leaving doors open while the a/c is on

Q. Quote from a movie: stop looking at me swan

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: 1 sister, 4 brothers

T. Tattoos & Piercings: no tattoos, had plenty of piercings on my face and ears, but let them all close, except the ones on my ears

U. Underwear: haha

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: i dont know what sourkraut, but its gross

W. What makes you run late: taking forever to get the kids and myself ready

X. X-Rays you've had: probably just my teeth

Y. Yummy food that you make: enchiladas, spagetti, anything really

Z. Zoo animal: panda

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