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Down to the Wire

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

This is my last week of training for my first half marathon this weekend. I've been experiencing some knee issues and I'm just hoping that this isn't going to be a problem. I only have to run 9 miles total this week, and last night was a 4-miler.

Started out pretty good, but by mile 3 my knee was tweaking, I finished the last mile really slow as not to push my knee. I got home and did the usual ice thing. I think the devil is working overtime on me. I was doing so well and now a cranky, tweaky knee, causing pain and now causing me to just plain ole doubt myself. Will I be able to finish with a bum knee? Why, why, why now? I'm so close, but after last night's run I can see that 13 miles is really going to affect my knee.

I have resorted to desperate measures now. A friend loaned me some Kinesio tape, I tried that last night, but the tape was old and didn't stick very well, so I'm headed to the sports store today at lunch to purchase some, hoping this helps. Going to test it out tonight with a 3-miler.

Last resort is a knee brace. Hoping the tape will do the trick, but I do have a brace, just in case. It's really going to stink having to run with a brace on, but.... I am determined that nothing, even a little pain is going to stop me from this race. I have been training for 14 weeks and I'm not about to throw in the towel. Run, walk, or crawl I'm crossing that finish line.

I've never wanted anything so badly. Cross your fingers SPARKERS, this race is so important to me. I've trained for it, I've worked very hard at it, I dedicated myself from start to finish with each and every run and now.... the moment of truth. I want that mermaid medal, I want that 13.1 sticker for my car, I want to wear my new 13.1 tee-shirt, I want the feelings of elation at the finish. Want, want, want and I'm going to... DO IT PERIOD !!!!

I don't doubt my ability to run this race, I'm just not able to count on the knee cooperating. Any advice? Words of wisdom ?????

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 11/13/2011 7:15AM

    Hope it goes well !!!! You can do it! Your'e an awesome inspiration!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/12/2011 4:58AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI am sending you healthy positive running well vibes emoticon emoticon emoticonWishes and I will be a part of your cheering squad emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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ANITAGOODBODY 11/11/2011 7:23PM

    Lisa - no doubt in my mind you'll do it!!!!! Maybe slower than you'd like, but you'll do it. Best of luck - I'm rooting for you. Will be anxious to hear how it goes.

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JCBRITT 11/10/2011 12:35PM

    Warm up, stretch, and take some Motrin before the run. Good luck, I'm rooting for you!!

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SUEAZZI 11/10/2011 9:22AM

    I don't have any advice to add from what other sparkers have already given to you. I think pulling back on runs is good but do pilates throughout the week to stay limber. Best of luck!! emoticon

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BILL60 11/10/2011 8:56AM

    I agree with some of the recommendations posted. Take a total break from running until D-Day. Don't take a chance. Just do some daily stretching between now and Saturday. I'm looking for some "KICK_ASS" results on Saturday from "INCREDIBLE WOMAN". HOOAAA!!

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SAMI199 11/9/2011 7:52PM

    Believe in yourself-visualize yourself running the race-use positive affirmations-You will do this-you will cross the finish line-you will -you will-you will-see it-write it-say it-sing it-shout it-BELIEVE IT!!! I am cheering you on every step of the way-yo are the amazing one,my runner-girl!

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NATPLUMMER 11/9/2011 11:42AM

    I understand the wanting to run the race. I wanted to run mine, too....but no dice. You should not run again before the race. And if you do the race, you may not be able to run for a while after if you really injure yourself.

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DGIBSON02 11/9/2011 10:55AM

    Go get it!!!!

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DDOORN 11/9/2011 9:12AM

    Not being a runner I wouldn't have a clue as to what to recommend...ugh! I sure can sense your frustration!

Guess I'll just beam all the healing and strength I can send you to NAIL this half but GOOD! :-)


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ELAINEROSE5 11/9/2011 8:57AM

    Girl you're way ahead of me so I have no advice! Just cheering for you! Can't wait to hear all about it.


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WONDERWOMAN 11/9/2011 8:51AM

    I agree on total rest until the race. A training run (or not) will not make any difference on Saturday's outcome. The only thing I'm worried about is trying something new - tape, brace, whatever in the race. I am NOT worried you won't be able to finish - "run, walk, or crawl" was my mantra for last weekend too. A lot of these things show up on race week just to play with our minds and then virtually disappear on race day. Let's hope that's the case for you. If not, give it your best and be proud of whatever you do accomplish in the end.

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HOKIEJEN13 11/9/2011 8:25AM

    1. You're amazing so STOP doubting yourself. You CAN and you WILL do this.

2. You WILL finish this race. The end.

3. I don't know how much this will help, but when things are bothering me, I whip out the old stick. (They have them at Running Etc.) I use it to work out the kinks EVERYWHERE. I don't know how much help it'll be to the knee, but it could work on the hammy, calf, etc. and loosen them up which might help the knee. Just a thought.

Lastly, you've been working so hard for this. So put those doubts out of your head and trust that the training will pay off. All your hard work, sweat, and sometimes tears isn't for nothing. I can't wait to see your status update "I DID IT! I GOT THE MERMAID MEDAL, THE T-SHIRT, AND THE STICKER! I'M OFFICIALLY A HALF MARATHONER!!!!"

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JLITT62 11/9/2011 8:17AM

    Having done an 8 mile race with knee pain, I know it's doable - but not fun. Any more runs on the schedule? I'd say skip em. It won't hurt at this point - & might help. In fact, after laying on the couch for 4 days last week, I had a really good long run.

Focus on finishing, not pace.

There's no shame in walking breaks.

Hopefully someone with far more experience than me will have better advice. What does dad say?

And know, of course, we're there in spirit cheering you on!

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Weekend Happenings

Monday, November 07, 2011

I was off on Friday so took advantage of that and decided to get in my last long training run before next weekends race. Set out to run ten miles, did great until 7.5, then my knee starting getting really cranky, it was hurting so I walked for a few minutes, then decided to call DH to come get me. I didn't want to push the knee this close to the race. I was soooooo disappointed, but it feels fine now. I told DH that if this happens during the race, I will be crawling to the finish line, but I"m really hoping that this was just a freak incident. Cross your fingers.

Saturday - went to the mall to spend my JCPenney coupon, holy ham no one told me that they were having a pre-Christmas door buster sale, the place was mobbed. So after all that craziness I glad I had already decided that Christmas shopping wasn't going to happen this year, I'm not going to stress myself. And I'm definitely convinced it's not worth it after that experience, but I did pick up a couple new items to add to the wardrobe. Here's a new outfit.

I ended up getting a sweater dress, two shirts and two pair of boots (the boots I'm sharing with my daughter, lol)

I cooked another new SPARK recipe. Three Cheese Macaroni - OMG was it tasty. The DH and DD gobbled it up, it really was delicious and a perfect way to disquise whole wheat pasta, lol. YEAH, I slipped some healthy stuff in on them.

Couldn't resist one last pic, isn't he handsome?

DH and I drove my half marathon race route yesterday, the nerves starting kicking in after seeing how long it is, and three bridges, oh my. Just praying my knee holds up. Only have a few short runs this week, tapering down before the big day.

Hope everyone is off to a great start to this week.

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SUEAZZI 11/10/2011 9:13AM

    Looks like you are having fun with your new wardrobe... you look great! My daughter and I share clothes all the time; it is so fun and absolutely cuts down on expense! Handsome kitty! Sorry to hear about your knee and I'm sending you hugs and wishes that the pain will subside for your HM. Best of luck! emoticon

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UPTOWNGIRL7 11/7/2011 6:43PM

    Your going to do great, your dedication is really motivating and your kitty cat is adorable, I have a bengal named bugaboo and he is just a little ham at times, Ill post some pictures up :)

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SAMI199 11/7/2011 2:40PM

    I love your new outfit! Good Luck on the Race...I will be cheering from here-lol.

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TIFANO 11/7/2011 9:48AM

    You look great and you're going to so rock the half!!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/7/2011 9:43AM

    WOW! You look AMAZING!!! Sorry to hear about your knee. You'll do great. You are listening to your body and that's so very important. Don't push it.

I've been shopping more and more online these days. It's much more relaxing and almost everyone has free delivery during the holidays. Still...congrats on your fall finds! Awesome!

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/7/2011 9:39AM

    Love the new outfit! You've got this. Can't wait to hear all about your race!

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NATPLUMMER 11/7/2011 9:38AM

    Fingers crossed for a happy knee. My husband was doing his long run yesterday on the treadmill and he only got to mile 10 and then his knee started bothering him. I hope he's okay to run the 1/2 in December.
Nice outfit!!
So cute!!!

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2HAMSDIET 11/7/2011 9:10AM

    You will do great at the race!! Love your new look and I'm with you on the Christmas shopping. Have a great week. emoticon

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ELAINEROSE5 11/7/2011 8:55AM

    How exciting! Hoping for a great run for you!!

Can't wait to hear all about it.

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DDOORN 11/7/2011 8:44AM

    JCP has really been cookin' up the deals...! It's one of our favorite places, especially with their promotions!

You're going to do SUPER on that race, just KNOW IT!!


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JLITT62 11/7/2011 8:28AM

    LOVE the new top!

Bad runs really can mess with us. I know you'll kill it as long as nothing gets injured, so good job on knowing when to call it quits. Have a few good easy runs, ice igpf you think it's necessary, then you'll be all excited again!

Can't wait to read your race report. Mine is 1 month away & I'm beginning to get excited.

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DGIBSON02 11/7/2011 8:08AM

    That cookbook must be amazing. When your DD came over on Saturday night, she was bragging about it. That's how I know it must be good.

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Left Holding the Bag

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I complained, moaned and groaned at the thought of spending $20 on Halloween candy, sheesh inflation. Any how, you know you can't buy the cheap candy or someone may slash your tires these days, lol so I at least bought the good stuff (reese cups - my total weakness, hershey's, kitkats) and some nerds and airheads because not all kids like chocolate. I decided I was going to mop the kitchen floor while waiting on the millions of tricker treaters that were expected to show up, so at least I was a tad productive in crossing off my "to do" list.

Well we had 5, yes, FIVE kids show up. Holy ham, what happened to the droves and mobs of kids? I think it's safe to assume that trick or treating has become a thing of the past, gone are the good ole days. True, but sad that the traditions we enjoyed as kids are slowly being done away with. Well some things are still tradition like carving pumpkins. The grandkids came over Saturday to carve their pumpkins, they did a great job. I usually carve a celebrity pumpkin but just wasnt in the mood this year to do it, so I was the pumpkin carving supervisor, lol.

My grandson was going to a Halloween party and decided to sneak up behind me and scare the bageezies out of me. I owe him one, gonna get him when he least expects it.

And then there is the cutest pea in the world. My baby grandson, the pea pod.

Don't have pics of the other kiddos or I would certainly post.

Well it's the day after Halloween and I'm left holding the bag.. of leftover goodies. But guess what????? after snitching two reese cups for myself, I handed over the leftovers to hubby to properly dispose of....pass it out to the fellas at work. No candy in my house now. Yeah.

Hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Halloween

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BILL60 11/7/2011 8:52AM

    JCBRITT and I must live in the same neighborhood. We also had 200+ kids trick or treating, most from outside our Sub-Division. The Kit-Kats, Reese Cups, Hershey's, and others were mostly gone by the time 9:00PM rolled in.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/5/2011 8:16AM

    Cute post! I did the same with our Halloween candy:)
Have a great weekend...and congrats on your loss! Great job!

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SUEAZZI 11/4/2011 2:34PM

    Pea pod is absolutely adorable! I indulged in a few treats but working out extra to ward off the evil calories LOL. emoticon

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JCBRITT 11/2/2011 8:31AM

    We had close to 200 trick/treaters. We had a full stock pot full of candy and when it was half empty it got filled up with the remains of what was in the bags. We had 1/4 left by the end of the window (we get them between 6-8pm). We live in the country and so all the kids that live on the outlying country roads come into the subdivision (and there are really only 2 in our little town)..we even get 4 wheelers pulling cars full of kids. It's fun and you end up seeing lots of people you know.

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SAMI199 11/1/2011 10:57PM

    We had to go out & get more candy-we ran out by 6:30 emoticon
We gave out full-size bars for the 1st 120 lucky treaters-it was fun-size after that-lol.The kids were so much fun. Your little sweetpea is too cute for words...(I never carve-totally the hubby's domain.Too slimey-lol. The remaining candy was donated this morning to work.(a couple did fall into my mouth-accidently-so i walked extra today-it was a beautiful day!

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DDOORN 11/1/2011 4:22PM

    Made it through candy-free as usual. It would be such a BLESSED thing if Trick-or-Treating and candy traditions bit the dust! :-)


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NATPLUMMER 11/1/2011 10:56AM

    We didn't have as many kids as we did last year so we've got leftover candy. That's okay, it means I'll be baking some fancy leftover halloween candy cookies today :-) They shall be going to work places tomorrow.
Such a cute pea!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/1/2011 9:16AM

    I hear ya! This was the first year we didn't hand out candy in the 10+ years we have lived in our home. We have on an average of 150-175 kiddies every year. They drop them off up the street in car loads and they make their rounds. My husband said since our house was for sale, they'd figure it was empty if we turned the lights out and hid in the basement. Whatever! Anyway, no extra candy in our home which was perfect. I was like you. If I was going to give out candy, it was always the "good stuff".

Your pea pod is cute as can be!!! I want one...later. I still can't get over you and grandkids. You look totally awesome!!!

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JLITT62 11/1/2011 9:13AM

    I just KNEWyou didn't eat to the bottom of the bag!

DH had sone reeses cups in FL - chocolate & PB are definitely my fave - but I had some dark chocolate justin's PB cups at home so it was easy to say no.

Definitely a cutie-pea & babies aren't my thing!

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DGIBSON02 11/1/2011 9:09AM

    doing my best to stay away from all the candy that Heaven got last night. If it helps, that Saw mask scared the bageezies out of plenty of people last night. There were adults that wouldn't even walk up the driveway cause he was sitting on the patio in a chair, perfectly still lol.

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New Running Group

Monday, October 31, 2011

I wish I would have discovered that my area has a running group a lot sooner than last Thursday. I signed up last Thursday and they had a run scheduled for Friday morning at the oceanfront. Boy was it windy and cold but I went anyway, I had to run a 9-miler as part of my training so I figured I might as well get out there and just do it. I met the ladies at 5:45 for a 9-mile run, so nice that they run the same pace as I do, so we headed off. I did pretty good, not too bad I don't guess. I wasn't in it for time, just to see how 9 miles felt. I only slowed down for two brief walking rest breaks and then I was back at it. The whole time I was running we were talking. She was sharing her running experiences and I learned a lot of great tips from her. She has ran several marathons and has been out of running for a while but now she is back into it, and guess what???? She is running the same half-marathon I am on Nov. 13th, and she is going to check to see if there is a pace group running also. How wonderful is that. I won't have to run the half marathon by myself, I get to run with a pace group. I am sooooo excited, I was really dreading running alone.

I felt great after the run but my calves were on fire, I was in pain, I have never had calf pain before. I went home, jumped in a hot shower and stretched across my bed, ouch my calves were killing me. I decided to call an expert runner to find out what could have caused this pain, so I called my dad. He said I probably had running edema and to prop my legs up above my heart and the pain would go away. Sure enough, that made me feel so much better, and no more calf pain.

This was definitely a new experience all around. I ran a 9-miler, had horrible calf pains, and I learned a lot of neat tips and tricks. Can't wait to put all the new stuff into my workouts. This is the last full week of half-marathon training and I might say that I am soooooo ready to run this race. So this set my weekend off to a great start. Going to meet up with the running group on Tuesday evening for a 4-8 miler. I think I might like this.

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NATPLUMMER 10/31/2011 11:30AM

    Yay!! Glad you had a great time.
Happy Halloween!!

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SUEAZZI 10/31/2011 11:11AM

    What a great experience!! I so wish there was a running group near me; I am so happy for you!! You are going to do awesome on your HM. Have a great day!! emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 10/31/2011 11:07AM

    Yay for a running group. I wish there was one closer to where I live. For your calves, you may want to invest in a pair of compression calf sleeves. They are maaarrvelous!

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BILL60 10/31/2011 9:21AM

    You're ready. Keep on "DOING IT". Can't wait to hear about your new success. Hang, like you always do, tough. The very best to you.

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DDOORN 10/31/2011 9:12AM

    Always such a joy when we find others to share our fitness journeys with!

Savor the SPARK! :-)


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JLITT62 10/31/2011 8:34AM

    So glad you found a good group! I definitely lime running with others, but the group I belong to hasn't had a run anywhere near my pace in a long time.

Never heard of running edema - good to know!

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DGIBSON02 10/31/2011 8:30AM

    i'll have to check them out.

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SWELL10 10/31/2011 8:20AM

    Sounds like you're rocking it and will do awesome come race day!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last night I came home late from my hair appointment and DH had dinner ready. I was expecting leftover frozen chili and a grill cheese sandwich because I was going to eat light so I could get in a run, well the DH had other plans.

I came home to new york strip smoked to perfection on the grill, baked potato, fresh peas, italian bread and a blueberry muffin for dessert, wow all for me. I was so grateful that he cooked and that he did it all on his own, but I certainly did not feel like a big meal, however I couldn't disappoint him since he had put so much TLC into the meal. We ate, dinner was absolutely superb. I was feeling really full but I knew I had to get my run in, so I piddled around for about 45 minutes before I headed out the door.

DH stopped me and said it was too dark and dangerous for me to go out for a run, so I was really gonna blow my stack since I had this planned already and I was bound and determined NO ONE was gonna stop me. I mean after all I am a grown woman, and I've been running at night plenty of times, so why should now be any different.

I said... you could go with me, well right away I figured the answer would be OOOHH HECK NO, but he asked how he could possibly keep up with me while I ran. I suggested he get the beach cruiser out and go with me riding the bike. And again I figured this was going to end in another OOOOOHHH HECK NO, but to my surprise it didn't.

He got the bike out, put a flashlight in the basket on the handle bars as a makeshift headlight and off we went. I got in four miles with DH blazing the trail in front of me, sometimes riding beside me and then following behind me. That my friends, is TRUE LOVE. Someone who hates exercise was out making sure his wife was safe from the boogie man, being the protector, and I think he really wants to just spend time with me. Sooo sweet.

It sure was nice not having to watch all around me, I felt so much safer with him with me. I asked if he would mind doing it again, he didn't say OOOOOHH HECK NO, but he didn't answer anything, so I'm taking that as a YES. Only two more weeks of training before the big HALF, so I'm pretty confident I have my own private security for my runs for the next two weeks. Thanks Hubby.

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KIKI0531 10/28/2011 7:21AM

    So sweet. What a guy you have there !! Nice blog - very uplifting.

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REDSHOES2011 10/27/2011 10:51PM

    Warm fuzzies when someone takes the time is wonderful..

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DDOORN 10/27/2011 10:21PM

    How wonderful to have the best possible company of all! :-)


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SUEAZZI 10/27/2011 9:07PM

    So sweet!!

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MADKAPKID 10/27/2011 4:01PM

    I like the story...and the outcome. A happy ending. Sounds like you have a very supportive husband...woo hoo! Have a joy fileld day, Karen

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1HOTMAMA2BE 10/27/2011 1:26PM

    Ahhh...what a sweetie! You are truly blessed, my friend!!!

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BILL60 10/27/2011 1:20PM

    We're not all "beer sucking creeps". Some of us have class and like to spoil our ladies. HOOAAA!!

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NATPLUMMER 10/27/2011 11:40AM

    emoticon Yes, that is true love :-)

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LAURELSPARK 10/27/2011 11:12AM

    What a great story! It's nice to hear that your hubby is in your corner.


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SAMI199 10/27/2011 10:46AM

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He is too sweet! True Love- emoticon

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ELAINEROSE5 10/27/2011 10:34AM

    Oh how sweet!!! I feel so much safer when my husband goes with me too. I noticed last time we ran that there is a sign on the path that says to not go on the path alone...

We want to see pictures of the new tiger haircut!

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JLITT62 10/27/2011 10:17AM

    Absolutely true love! What a sweetie!

And thanks for my goodie & reminding me I have chili in the freezer . . . will be perfect for lunch!

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DGIBSON02 10/27/2011 9:59AM

    Sounds like a sucker to me, lol. You know i'm kidding.

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MARGARETW36 10/27/2011 9:32AM

    I love this. What a great story. Thanks for sharing!

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