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Photo Blog Day 14 (A Picture of me now)

Thursday, March 10, 2011



Instead of a pic of me today (home sick with bronchitis and eating chicken noodle soup) I opted for a picture from my trip last week to San Diego where I had the wonderful opportunity to meet one of my long term Spark Friends: FRENCHTOSD (Sharon).

I was excited to have a conference in balmy San Diego, not because I wanted to visit the famous zoo, naval base or even the zoo, but rather because it gave me the opportunity to meet up with Sharon, who has been a close Spark Friend for over a year now. If you ever have the opportunity to meet up with Sparkies , I highly recommend it. Sharon was an excellent host showing me the highlights of the city, then taking me to her favorite restaurant where we had awesome food and great conversation. I finally got to see the infamous bridge from her Bridge Walk and after a walk around town we even treated ourselves to icecream (the pomegranate chococate chip ice cream was the best tasting thing I have eaten all year). I even had the opportunity to meet her son.

It was a perfect evening, which I will cherish.

  
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HELOVESUS 3/28/2011 4:20PM

    THAT IS SO COOL! Take care & feel better soon!

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ANNE7X7 3/14/2011 9:39AM

    Very cool! I love meeting up with SparkFriends! I'm lucky that the Sparkers in my city are super friendly and we get together quite often!!

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CALLIKIA 3/12/2011 9:08AM

    emoticon Meeting Sparkies is the best! ;)

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/11/2011 8:10PM

    Glad you had a great trip to SD and a fun time with your Spark Buddy! I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 3/11/2011 3:19PM

  Feel Better Soon emoticon

Sounds like you had a great visit emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 3/11/2011 1:27PM

    How awesome this must have been! I am going to be meeting some fellow sparkers this weekend at a local 5K. I am very much looking forward to it!
Thank you for posting.

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EMTFF376 3/11/2011 9:40AM

    Hope you feel better soon!


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FITMARY 3/11/2011 7:54AM

    Looking good, and what fun!!!

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MESEATURTLE 3/11/2011 6:52AM

    NICE!!!!
Hope u feel better soooon!


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CAROBEAR1 3/11/2011 6:32AM

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That sounds like a great way to spend a trip for work...always great to head off and do something for yourself.
Hope you feel better soon!

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FLYSOHIGH 3/11/2011 12:43AM

    Sounds like a real great time was had by all:-)

As for your bronchitis, I hope you feel better soon! Hugs!

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KITHKINCAID 3/10/2011 11:34PM

    That is so sweet!

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LILPAT3 3/10/2011 10:20PM

    Good for you and I hope you feel better too!

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Photo Blog Day 13 (Favorite Band or Artist)

Monday, February 28, 2011



Prince is my favorite musician. I have always felt he had musical genius, ahead of his time. My favorites of his include: "When Doves Cry" "Purple Rain" "Alphabet Street" "Little Red Corvette" and "Raspberry Beret." I have seen him in concert many times and love his enthusiasm and energy.

Although he is my favorite musician my most commonly played on my ipod are probably: Ludovico Einaudi (modern classical - most relaxing music in the world), and Sarah MacLaughlin, for her ethereal sounds.

  
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PRETTYBLKGYRL 3/28/2011 10:56PM

    right before MJ (the king of pop) died, my sister & AS GROWN WOMEN we decided we would scream & cry like little girls if we ever got to see Prince or MJ live in concert.

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WILLMAKEITCOUNT 3/28/2011 9:41PM

    He is amazing-I had to go play his music just from reading your blog lol
My hubby has never figured out how on the way to line dance I would play Prince....very loudly ; )
Wow, wish I had seen him in concert .


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FITSPIRATION 3/10/2011 9:36PM

  Oh I def like Prince. Esp This is what is sounds like when Doves cry! emoticon

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CAROJONES 3/7/2011 10:51AM

    Loved this -- and I am enjoying doing this photo blog as well!
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JEANNETTE59 3/5/2011 3:15PM

  Great choices!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/1/2011 6:09PM

    Wow, I would have never guessed!
He is such an awesome entertainer and quite awesome in concert (or so I have heard!)
Thank you for sharing.

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WONDERJUL 2/28/2011 9:46PM

    Thanks for the memories! Love that Little Red Corvette the most!

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NICKEL1331 2/28/2011 5:29PM

    LOVE IT! emoticon

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MICKIEQUICKIE 2/28/2011 1:14PM

    Prince is amazing!!! Also I love Sarah McLachlan. LOVE LOVE LOVE her. I heard an acoustic version of her song "Loving You is Easy," and it totally blew me away. :D

If you're ever curious about your listening habits, I am a member of a website called last.fm, which "scrobbles," or tracks, what you're listening to. It can give you reports of what artist/album/song you've listened to most in the last three months, six months, year. I love to see where my musical tastes migrate, it's definitely worth a look! :)

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ANNE7X7 2/28/2011 1:03PM

    I LOVE Prince! And all those songs!! His music is so fun!

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POOHLA711 2/28/2011 11:47AM

    Love, love, love Prince!!!!

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EMTFF376 2/28/2011 11:46AM

    Great blog. I agree with classical and Sarah MacLaughlin. :)

Have a great Monday!
Janette


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MESEATURTLE 2/28/2011 11:42AM

    Nice!!

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Photo Blog Day 12 (A Picture that Defines Me)

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Running a trauma, center of chaos...

A picture that defines me: Yikes
I can't think of a single picture, or word that defines me
The closest I can come is one of me at work
Something I don't often talk about on spark is the fact that I am a bit of a workaholic. I *love* my job and it is a large part of who I am. I have been an emergency physician and flight physician for 10 years now. As I work at an academic medical center I am also heavily involved in teaching at the medical school. Every day I go to work I have the honor of taking care of people during times of crisis, every once in a while I am lucky enough to save a life. As much as I enjoy taking care of patients, the aspects of teaching medical students and young physicians in training is every bit as rewarding. I began involvement in emergency medicine in 1990 working on an ambulance in college and quickly learned that my passion in life was taking care of people. Even in the most chaotic trauma resuscitation, I feel calm and centered. As a physician who has also been a patient many times, I also enjoy treating simple problems - if I am able to have a positive impact or help someone even in a small way it is rewarding for me. No matter where I am or what I am doing, at my core I am a physician.



Here is a preview of the upcoming photoblogs:

Day 12 – A picture that defines you
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of you now
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity, and the reasons why it is the biggest
Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of an exercise you can’t do, but would like to try (and then try it if you want to)
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book; why is it your favorite?
Day 24 - A picture of what I would find in your bag
Day 25 - A picture of your favorite super hero and why
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?

  
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NANASAMM 3/31/2011 12:58AM

    Amazing...just amazing. You do look calm in a sea of chaos. Thank you for what you do.

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EGR2BEME 3/12/2011 7:22PM

    Absolutely amazing! I cannot imagine doing that job - helping people I am sure is so rewarding...and tough.

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EGR2BEME 3/12/2011 7:16PM

    Absolutely amazing! I cannot imagine doing that job - helping people I am sure is so rewarding...and tough.

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BIGMAMAT 3/11/2011 8:46PM

    I love, love, love this picture. you look so calm and focused. In the zone. emoticon

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JAN1031 3/10/2011 6:42AM

    Thank you Hollynn for sharing, you are so awesome.

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CAROJONES 3/7/2011 10:52AM

    Didn't know you were a physician --but loved this picture --

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CALLIKIA 3/1/2011 5:22PM

    I absolutely *love* that picture, btw! I imagine you having the BEST bedside manner. And your Dad's comments made me want to cry.

Okay, Ms. Doctor...now tell me what's my effin' problem and why can't I run? Am I just too fat? *lol* I'm just playin'. Do you often get annoyed when random people show you their sores and such and ask, "What IS that?!"

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CAROBEAR1 2/28/2011 5:25PM

    Great picture...sigh my work has continued to delay my blogging and I work on the BORING side of the Hospital... :) but next time someone wants you to renew a contract, tells you what supplies you have to buy or wants to help you put out an RFP think of the sad contract specialist currently so deep in papework that her photo blog is on hold.....
back to work!!

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QUIKSYLVER 2/28/2011 3:36PM

    WOW!! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 2/28/2011 1:26PM

    wow - this is incredible. you probably hate it, but i'm a huge Grey's Anatomy fan and this picture looks like it was taken on set for that show. it's crazy that it's real. people like you really are heroes. it takes a lot to be in your field of work - very respectable profession indeed. of course you're a workaholic!

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DEE0973 2/28/2011 9:33AM

    it takes a lot of courage to do that. You do look calm and centered

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EMTFF376 2/28/2011 8:59AM

    Sweet!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/28/2011 8:32AM

    Amazing!

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ANNE7X7 2/28/2011 8:14AM

    That is SO cool!!!

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MESEATURTLE 2/28/2011 2:00AM

    Wow!!

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SMOKINGUN 2/27/2011 10:00PM

    This picture shows why I am so proud of you. I hope all parents can be as proud of their kids, no matter their achievements, as I am of you everyday. You are the ultimate physician. This picture shines with the trust your fellow team has in you and your abilities to heal but to teach so others can also feel the calm you have.
Love you, Dad


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AMOHAME2 2/27/2011 4:43PM

    Wow! You have one of those jobs everyone dreams of at least once in their life but very VERY few every actually pursue! So awesome!!

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FITSPIRATION 2/27/2011 4:30PM

  OMG, I had no idea. I admire your strength and courage to be an physician. It's like being a angel on earth. emoticon

The other day my toddler injured his front tooth and there was so much blood I almost passed out.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/27/2011 3:32PM

    Awesome photo....you look so calm and in control just like you described yourself in this blog. Life is so much better when we are being to do the things that we love to do!
Thank you for sharing.

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SWEETNEENI 2/27/2011 3:23PM

    Great pic and you look just as you described yourself - calm and centered. emoticon

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LIZZABETH1986 2/27/2011 2:53PM

    oh my... this picture is pretty freaky (blood is a little bit scary to me!) but totally awesome. you are right to be so proud of what you do. it must be great to have such a rewarding career.

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LOOZINITNOW 2/27/2011 2:50PM

    You should be very proud of what you do. Love this picture and blog!

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JEANNETTE59 2/27/2011 2:47PM

  emoticon picture and from reading your blogs I'm not surprised by your calmness in the midst of a crisis. May I ask why no one has their hair covered? There is probably a good explanation, I just find it a little troubling.

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Photo Blog Day 11 (Ipod Shuffle) + Cruise update

Saturday, February 26, 2011



Not a pic of my ipod, but it is a pic of me listening to my ipod and sweating in the gym on my cruise ship this past week - I think I was listening to " Eye of the Tiger" when this was taken


Ok, I listen to some pretty ecletic music so here it is:
1. Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber
2. Darling Violetta - The Cure
3. I Can't Get No Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
4. Water Shows the Hidden Heart - Enya
5. Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
6. She's Got a Way - Billy Joel
7. Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
8. Purple Rain - Prince
9. I Will Remember You - Amy Grant
10. Under the Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Now for the cruise update:
I just got back from a 7 day Caribbean cruise last night and per the scale I lost 5 lbs! I worked so hard not to fall prey to the buffets, 1000 calorie drinks and sedentary lifestyle last week. I think when the water weight from travelling comes off I will possibly be down another 1-2 lbs. This is HUGE for me since I gained 8 lbs on my last cruise in 2009. I will write a blog comparing the two cruises with pics once I am unpacked and caught up with life

  
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ILOVEPOTATOES 3/12/2011 1:47PM

    That's amazing! I want to go on a cruise ...

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NANLUVKEL 3/12/2011 10:02AM

    GREAT JOB!!! Way to stay focused!!!

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SPARKGIRL32 3/12/2011 9:11AM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this...I went on a cruise and gained 7. haha. I'm going on another one in May..hope the damage isn't as bad! Hope you had fun!

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GLENNYB 3/1/2011 5:50PM

    great work! I think I ended up gaining 20 on a cruise once!

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CALLIKIA 3/1/2011 5:23PM

    You are officially my hero. (As if you weren't before.) You look tiny in this pic, btw! And how can someone look that pretty when they're working out so hard? I'm jealous! ;)

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ALEPEQUIJADA 2/28/2011 7:36AM

    Awesome!!! You are doing an amazing job, congratulations!!!!! emoticon

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NEED2LOSEN2010 2/27/2011 8:21PM

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Sunny

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JEANNETTE59 2/27/2011 1:53PM

  Love your music mix and your willpower emoticon

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AMOHAME2 2/27/2011 1:22PM

    Sounds like your iPod is very similar to mine! Those are all some pretty great tunes!

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FLYSOHIGH 2/27/2011 1:07PM

    This pic is such great fit-spiration!:-)
Your cruise must have been amazing:-) I love to be able to enjoy a holiday without feeling the food quilt. Happy to hear you has such a joyous trip!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/27/2011 12:19PM

    Wow! That is a great accomplishment! You rock! emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 2/27/2011 8:45AM

    Great news on the weight loss. On a cruise? That's just insane. In a good way of course. Keep doing your thing.

Take care and stay healthy
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ROCKMAN6797 2/27/2011 1:44AM

    Awesome news!
Your musical taste is quite interesting. I love the Red Hot Chile Peppers.
Thank you for sharing and once again, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENT!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/26/2011 7:42PM

    You are a super star!

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PELESJEWEL 2/26/2011 4:31PM

    Fantastic, she goes on a cruise and loses weight!! Awesome!!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/26/2011 2:41PM

    5 lbs emoticon on a cruise is AWESOME!!!!

ROCK ON!!! hopefully you'll have those other 2 lbs to report in a day or two emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 2/26/2011 2:14PM

    How incredibly fabulous to not only have the fun of a cruise but to also not have the weight gain and bloat aftermath to deal with! You go girl! You're showing the rest of us that it can be done! emoticon

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STEPHANIE0982 2/26/2011 1:20PM

    amazing job - can't help but notice how empty the gym looks behind you!! it just goes to show that you are taking this seriously - way to go on vacation!!

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ANNE7X7 2/26/2011 1:09PM

    You look fantastic!!!! Sounds like you had an amazing trip and did it the healthy way! Way to go girl! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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Interruption of Photo Blog: VACATION!!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dear Sparkies,

I love you all and I am having SOOOO much fun with this photo blog. I think it is helping me connect back to the spark in a meaningful way, and I also have enjoyed following fellow bloggers on this adventure.

Happily, I have to take a (brief) break from the photoblog and spark. Ron, my father and I are leaving for a Caribbean cruise tomorow! Woot! Woot! WOOT! Flying to Miami tomorrow (hanging out on the beach) then on a cruise to Bahamas, Tortola, Dominican Republic, and Grand Turk. Should be amazing! Not sure if I will be able or have time to Spark during that time, so I might be gone for the week.

See you back here on February 26th!

  
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CALLIKIA 3/1/2011 5:24PM

    EEP! I bet it was beautiful and amazing! Can't wait to see the pics!

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TURTLE_MOM 2/26/2011 9:13PM

    Oh I'd love to hear about your cruise! I LOVE to cruise! I'm headed to the DR but staying at a resort in Punta Cana. Can't wait! Loving your photo blog!

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KELI-RHODES 2/22/2011 11:00AM

    Oh wow have a great time!!!!

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BIGMAMAT 2/17/2011 11:10PM

    hope you have a wonderful time.! emoticon

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FELICE73 2/17/2011 3:34PM

    I am so jealous! My hubby and I got married on a cruise and that was 15 years ago!! High time we went again! Have lots of fun and you will look gorgeous with your tan and smiling self when you get back!!

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SUNNYWBL 2/17/2011 2:25PM

    Sigh!

Have some fun for me, too!

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JEANNETTE59 2/17/2011 1:59PM

  Have a great time and don't forget that some of us will be freezing, while you're sunning yourself in the Caribbean.

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FRENCHTOSD 2/17/2011 10:40AM

    I'll miss your photo blogs, but I hope you have the best vacation ever!

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LIZZABETH1986 2/17/2011 9:59AM

    you are a lucky girl. have fun - see you when you get back!

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SEEAMANDARUN 2/17/2011 9:22AM

    Have Fun!!!

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ROBYN168 2/17/2011 8:15AM

    Have a blast, and send some warm weather to New England while you are there!!!!

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ANNE7X7 2/17/2011 8:14AM

    Have an AMAZING time!! We'll miss you! And we're all VERY jealous ;)

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EMTFF376 2/17/2011 7:56AM

    That sounds wonderful! I hope you photo blog your vacation when you get back so the rest of us living in the frozen tundra can live vicariously through you!! :)

Have a safe and fun trip!
Janette

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ALEXANDRA64 2/17/2011 7:51AM

    Take lots of pictures to share and please do soak up some sun for all of us Northerners! It is in the 40s here today which is super warm, so to speak, but nothing like a tropical sun shiny day! Do enjoy and we'll see ya when you get back!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/17/2011 7:46AM

    Have a great time! I will miss you and your photo blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLDEDOO 2/17/2011 6:51AM

    Happy! Happy! Do the Happy Dance! and Have a Great Cruise!

Come back Sparkling!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 2/17/2011 6:31AM

    YAHOOOO!!! Have a blast for me, too ;D
...maybe that'll be another photo blog? hehehe
Stay safe and enjoy yourself!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/17/2011 12:06AM

    Have a great vacation!

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JSTCHLIN 2/17/2011 12:01AM

    Love cruising. Enjoy!
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MSKITYOCAT 2/16/2011 11:39PM

  wonderful times. enjoy yourself every day. Blessings

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KITHKINCAID 2/16/2011 11:25PM

    Have a blast! I am so jealous. Very fond memories of cruising the Caribbean!

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