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Court Over, Princess Approaching

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I sat in the courtroom for 3 hours yesterday and answered a lot of questions. There were 36 of us questioned. In the end, I wasn't one of the 12 selected to serve. Glad I went. Glad it is over. Glad I'm back to taking care of my dear little girls and to a life where I don't sit very much at all.

The Disney Princess Half Marathon is only 5 days away. I just have one more easy training run before then. My foot is healing and I'm hoping it won't be an issue. I'm planning to thoroughly enjoy the event!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 2/20/2014 12:52PM

    That is as far as I have ever gotten in my summons for jury duty. The last time I endured the questioning was very unpleasant. The attorney for the defendant just kept hammering away with the same questions (slight rephrasing variations) over and over to all of us being questioned. We were on the 9th floor and she asked each of us if we thought it was possible for flood waters to be seen out the windows!!! I never could figure out her reasoning for that one.

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DDOORN 2/20/2014 10:52AM

    Glad to hear you "suffered" the same pleasant fate I have had with past jury summons!

Onward to more rewarding activities! :-)

Don

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MSLZZY 2/20/2014 10:20AM

    Glad you are no longer restricted with jury duty!
Bring on the training!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/20/2014 7:33AM

    emoticon I am glad that you are back! Good luck with your race!

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/20/2014 5:41AM

    emoticon Whew! Glad you avoided the jury!

emoticon Excited to hear about your race!

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You can do it! Enjoy!! emoticon

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_LINDA 2/20/2014 12:31AM

    Good news! Hope your foot is 100% for your marathon!

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TAICHIDANCER 2/19/2014 10:37PM

    We look forward to hearing all about it. Good luck!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2014 8:24PM

    Can I ride on your shoulder from afar? I wanna see the tiara! Have a wonderful time at the Princess HM. The countdown is ticking!

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WATERMELLEN 2/19/2014 8:20PM

    So glad that your foot is healing. And: you have all the virtue of having attended for the jury pool without having been selected (with the inconvenience for the rest of your life that can result . . . . ). Nice!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/19/2014 7:30PM

    5 days to go... the excitement is building!

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GABY1948 2/19/2014 4:10PM

    emoticon emoticon SO glad you did not have to sit on that jury!

Can't wait for the marathon!

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GABY1948 2/19/2014 4:10PM

    Double posted, emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/19/2014 4:02PM

    so glad the court thing is behind you and you can once again focus on those special little ones.
Glad too to hear you are getting ready for the marathon.....sending you positive thoughts that it all goes well.
Sallie

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LINDA! 2/19/2014 3:24PM

    emoticon Enjoy the marathon. I have had to sit for jury duty. I would rather never do it again.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/19/2014 12:15PM

    Hooray on all counts!

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NATPLUMMER 2/19/2014 11:10AM

    Yay!!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/19/2014 10:56AM

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NEW-CAZ 2/19/2014 10:18AM

    i HOPE YOU'LL BE GOOD TO GO TOO MARSHA emoticon

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LEWILL1982 2/19/2014 10:16AM

    Glad you didn't get selected, have fun with the 1/2 marathon! I ran a very hilly one last weekend, it was tough!

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An Even Greater Sitting Challenge, I Suppose

Monday, February 17, 2014

I really didn't have to sit too much at the softball game. We sat in the top row with no one behind us, so I could stand a lot. I made a lot of trips to the water fountain, checked out the adjoining baseball field that was empty, got a program for my husband, checked out the concession stand but decided against anything, got to the restroom, etc. The Tennessee girls won and hubby was happy.

Tomorrow I have to go to Tampa for federal jury duty. Hubby is going to drive me in the morning to Tampa and pick up Gwen from her other grandmother before 2pm when she has to go pick up kids at school. She doesn't have enough room in her van or enough car seats to take Gwen, too. Gary will get Natalie at 3pm from school and take both kids back to Bartow to the paternal grandmother. I'm planning to ride the Greyhound bus back to Lakeland. Hope it all works out. It is very annoying that they do not allow cell phones in the federal courthouse and there are no lockers at the courthouse nor at the Greyhound station where I could stash one. I don't want to get it confiscated. There are pay phones at the bus station, so I'll call Gary to tell him when I'm leaving. There are buses at 3:05 and 5:20pm only. Wish there was a bus that would get me there timely in the morning, but there isn't.

I'm planning to take healthy food. There is a refrig and a microwave available. Hope to be able to move some and not sit all day. We'll see.

  
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DDOORN 2/19/2014 9:42AM

    I've been fortunate when it comes to jury duty: being a social worker I ALWAYS get screened out when called upon. I'm betting as the prosecutors assume I'm a bleeding heart liberal...lol!

Don

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TRAVELGRRL 2/18/2014 5:58PM

    This too shall pass! Hang in there. You are doing your civic duty. Hope you don't get a murder trial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/18/2014 4:55PM

    Oh gosh, that is even more annoying than me going to Bartow. It takes me almost an hour to get to the courthouse. I am almost on the Osceola line so I dread being called for jury duty but last time I could still take my phone to that one. I hope they don't do away with that in Polk County. Lockers would be a great idea or a locked closet like a hat check room. Sure hope you get to move around some - we are not used to sitting all day!

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GABY1948 2/18/2014 6:44AM

    Just make the most of it....it will be OVER soon...ugh, I sure do feel for ya though! emoticon emoticon but you will be victorious! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/18/2014 3:55AM

    HOpe all went well Marsha

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TAICHIDANCER 2/17/2014 8:15PM

    Well ... DON'T try standing in the back of jury duty!

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SLIMLILA 2/17/2014 8:05PM

    Yeah, one day sounds like plenty with all that inconvenience, but then again, we live in a democratic country and we do all have to do our share...I've never been called, btw

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MSLZZY 2/17/2014 7:33PM

    Hope all went well.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/17/2014 6:52PM

    Oh dear! I wish I had known that you were going to Tampa today! I had an appointment at Tampa General with my neurologist/migraine specialist. I didn't even leave until at least 12:30pm to go home and could easily have stayed until 3pm or 4pm. Bummer! I would have been happy to take you.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/17/2014 5:24PM

    Quite an adventuresome day for you! Hope all works out well.

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NATPLUMMER 2/17/2014 4:55PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/17/2014 4:48PM

    Good luck! Hope you don't end up on any of the trials that make the papers! With any luck, if you get picked, it will be something like insurance liability! Boring is good in some cases.

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_LINDA 2/17/2014 4:47PM

    Hope you get recused.. How inconvenient it all is! At least you found ways to keep moving during the game!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/17/2014 4:10PM

    I hope everything works out smoothly. I'm surprised that there are no lockers in the bus station. Where do people leave their luggage if they need to stash it during the day?

I think I would be tempted to rent a car for one day.

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 2/17/2014 4:08PM

  Hope it's only a one day deal for you. emoticon

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Do I Have to Sit?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Tonight hubby wants to go to Tampa to see his alma matter, the U of Tennessee, girls softball team play U of South Florida. DD is getting off work at 4:30 so we can drop off the girls and go on. I'm used to watching sports on TV and exercising while I watch. Leslie Sansone-type moves (Walk Away the Pounds) are my favorites. I'm thinking it may be hard to exercise during the game, though. I may have to sit down so I don't irritate everyone around me. Why do spectators have to sit? And only the athletes get exercise? Doesn't seem right. I can always do isometrics, though, can't I? And maybe take some extra walks to the water fountain or something. We'll see. Would like to start a revolution for the standing and moving observers. Anyone with me????

  
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1BEACHWALKER 2/17/2014 3:31PM

    Great idea! Even during a movie I make sure I get up a couple times, even if it is to just stretch my legs-gets more steps in!! If it were me, while a game was going on. I would take a lap around the whole arena/stadium! Hit the restroom (if needed) and sit back down! Then back up again if it is a long game!! Hope you had a good time! emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 2/16/2014 1:30AM

    Ha ha! It's a great idea!

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LIVINGFREE19 2/15/2014 4:23PM

    I hope you found some creative ways to get in some exercise at the game!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/15/2014 8:01AM

    I agree with Donnabright! I think a lot of times that it is very difficult to stand when in the bleachers, not to mention dangerous if you topple over onto the people in front of you. Maybe if they made the seating area more sturdy, people could move without bothering everyone else. Isometrics sounds good to me!

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GABY1948 2/15/2014 7:36AM

    You will figure it out....wherever I do out to I just take many extra walks to wherever so as not to just sit! Have a great time! emoticon

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_LINDA 2/15/2014 12:11AM

    I hope you can find a way -nine innings -nine wind sprint breaks -stairs are great exercise too?
Good luck with it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/14/2014 6:13PM

    Oh, yeah... at least pacing the sidelines, like the coaches! LOL! emoticon

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HARROWJET 2/14/2014 4:22PM

    Enjoy the game.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/14/2014 12:39PM

    Enough extra walks to the water fountain will result in extra walks to the ladies room :)

Enjoy the game!

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TERI-RIFIC 2/14/2014 10:40AM

    I often think I should have exercised during my son's games and practices, but he was so cute to watch. Plus I was lazy. I'm all for more active watching.

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JIBBIE49 2/14/2014 10:23AM

    Those people who graduated from UT will ALWAYS love Rocky Top.

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NEW-CAZ 2/14/2014 10:21AM

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MEXGAL1 2/14/2014 10:09AM

    I am with you...but enjoy!
Happy Valentine's Day
Sallie

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MARGARITTM 2/14/2014 9:59AM

    good point!

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NATPLUMMER 2/14/2014 9:52AM

    Getting up and walking around out of the way is a good plan.
If I were there watching the game, being very short, it would bother me if people started standing up and doing Leslie moves in front of me...even if I was standing I wouldn't be able to see over other people's heads.

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DONNABRIGHT 2/14/2014 9:39AM

    Maybe we need more things like baseball's 7th inning stretch.

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MSLZZY 2/14/2014 9:27AM

    I felt the same way watching the boys basketball game last night. I would have preferred to be out walking but sometimes, you do what you have to do. I'm in favor of the extra trips to the water fountain. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Run, Dance, Live, Part II

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I am a runner, but today is a cross training day. Gwen will be going home at 3:30, so I think I'll go to the gym and do an elliptical workout after that. The blister on my left foot is healed and I've decided to wear my well-broken in shoes for the Disney Princess HM on the 23rd. I'm still battling a funky stomach, but not going to let it slow me down!!

Last night we had a merengue dance lesson. We practiced the basic step, in and out, woman's turn and return, and the sweetheart. We seemed to have it and don't think we'll forget. There was the cutest young couple there practicing for their wedding in May. The groom's mom didn't look old enough to have such a grown man for a son. Guess the older I get, the younger they look -- LOL!

I'm glad I'm a runner even when there are challenges. I'm glad that hubby and I dance even though I have no illusion that we'll ever be good at it. Life is good, as ONEKIDSMOM reminds me each day. And life lived actively is even better! I am thankful for all the things I can do and enjoy. I never dreamed when I was 30 and 40 and 50 that I would be stronger and healthier at almost 65. Life is full of surprises, and sometimes, there are really wonderful surprises!!

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 2/18/2014 11:09PM

    You are my hero!!!!!

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DDOORN 2/14/2014 1:11PM

    Kudos to all you do to fill your life with such wonderful experiences!

And thank you for your ongoing inspiration! :-)

Don

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AQUAGIRL08 2/13/2014 7:35PM

    You sound healthy and happy! That is wonderful, Marsha! emoticon

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GABY1948 2/13/2014 3:50PM

    This is emoticon and I agree take LOTS of pictures, Marsha!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/13/2014 3:33PM

    Yes indeed! emoticon

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/13/2014 7:23AM

    emoticon Barry Manilow song just popped into my head picturing you doing the merengue and the cha cha !

You are enjoying life and settting new challenges for yourself. Love it!



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SHRINKINGSHERI 2/13/2014 6:51AM

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POSITIVE41 2/13/2014 6:19AM

    Great blog - you look much younger then your age and you are so active and vibrant. Thanks for the inspiration!

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BLUENOSE63 2/12/2014 11:19PM

  Make sure you take lots of pictures at your Disney HM...are you wearing the ladybug wings or the tutu or both when you run?

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MSLZZY 2/12/2014 11:01PM

    emoticon She's one of a kind and so are you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/12/2014 8:58PM

    emoticon Who'd have thought? I totally agree... love these kinds of surprises! Spark on!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/12/2014 7:47PM

    Totally agree!

Life really narrows when you aren't fit. I think of that often.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/12/2014 7:31PM

    Praise God for your good health, and the many things you & hubby can enjoy together! You inspire us!

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KANSASROSE67 2/12/2014 3:44PM

    Love the positive spirit! The dancing sounds like so much fun!

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_LINDA 2/12/2014 3:15PM

    emoticon Its not about being the best, just enjoying it! Being fit and healthy goes a long way to going for it! I hope all your health issues clear in time for the race!
You are so strong and tough to keep on going!

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LEWILL1982 2/12/2014 1:28PM

    Sounds like life is treating you well. Very uplifting and heart warming blog!

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Run, Dance, Live

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ran four miles this morning in my neighborhood. It was nice to wait until after sunrise and really see where I was going! Temperature was in the low 60's at 8am, so just right for running. The dog ran 1.5 miles of it with me. It was our best attempt so far to run together. She only ran into me once and didn't knock me over, so I consider that a success. I did take her home after that, though. Definitely easier to run without her.

Hubby and I are going to dance lessons this evening. Last week was cha-cha. They never tell us what will be taught until we get there. We've had tango, foxtrot, and waltz twice each. We've had maringue (spelling?), hustle, swing, cha-cha, and rumba once each. It's a lot of fun, but if we really wanted to learn it I think we'd need to practice in between the weekly lesson, and hubby doesn't seem to want to. So that's okay. It does help keep us active.

So far, I've had to report by phone for jury instructions 6 times, but have not had to go. Fingers crossed. Son in law starts his new job on Monday and I hope I don't have to leave my daughter in a pinch.

Hope your day is going great!!

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 2/12/2014 9:17AM

    Love your activity!!

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DDOORN 2/12/2014 8:36AM

    Very cool news re: dance lessons...! I need to learn more, have limited myself to swing dance, which is nice & easy to master the basics. I quickly get confused and tangle up my feet...lol!

Don

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SHRINKINGSHERI 2/12/2014 6:03AM

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NEW-CAZ 2/12/2014 2:51AM

    Dancing is great fun, I'm taking up Line Dancing soon!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/11/2014 10:33PM

    I enjoy the peek into your life! Our jury duty lasts 1 day unless we're put on a jury, then it lasts for that trial only. I like this much better than the old 2 week stint.

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MSLZZY 2/11/2014 10:32PM

    DH and I love to dance. Taking classes would be fun. Enjoy!

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WATERMELLEN 2/11/2014 9:51PM

    We need to get back to dancing: it's so fun (and I agree, more fun if we could find time to practice between lessons . . . . )

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/11/2014 8:49PM

    Have I mentioned your temperatures have me jealous? Nonetheless, I saw runners out on my way home from the gym after work, out on the trails/sidewalks! It was 7 degrees this morning, I think it was around 20 by after work. So... we grow tough cold weather runners up here! They all looked just about as happy as you, and I'm happy that tomorrow's workout says "run"! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 2/11/2014 8:13PM

    Love dancing for exercise - so much fun!!!

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GABY1948 2/11/2014 7:09PM

    Good luck with the jury duty...I do not like jury duty...and GREAT for Son in law! emoticon

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JANEWATKINS 2/11/2014 7:04PM

    Love the title of this one! SO true.

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NATPLUMMER 2/11/2014 7:01PM

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/11/2014 6:54PM

    How many more days do you have to do the jury duty call? Yikes!

Great on the run and on the dance lessons! You are enjoying life!



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_LINDA 2/11/2014 6:38PM

    Good on you getting a run in! That is sure a lot of dance steps to learn! Hope hubby comes around and realises practising would make it more enjoyable..
Could you not be excused from jury duty for being a full time caregiver?

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MEXGAL1 2/11/2014 6:28PM

    good luck with the Jury duty.

glad you got a nice run in.
so cool that you DH will take dance with you....mine would never do that.
enjoy!
Sallie

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