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Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm beginning to think I've given my kids a bad rap over the years when they lived here. From damp towels laying in the bathroom floor to the overflowing laundry basket to crumbs on the floor, I would, for the thousandth time, lecture them over their sloppiness and demand that they take the initiative to pick up after themselves. Usually Brian would stand by my side and tell them to listen to their mother, because, after all, I "WASN'T THEIR MAID." When Bre left for college, I was sort of looking forward to only having to clean my house once every other day or so. Surely the load would be lightened. Right???

But weird things have been happening. For example, just this week, I've found these things occurring in my house:

1) A pair of mens' crusty socks in the love seat. A pair of men's crusty socks under the couch. And a pair of men's underwear under the kitchen table. (??!)
2) Five used razors on the bathtub in the bathroom by our bedroom.
3) In the middle of the night while reaching for the toilet paper, I've found an empty cardboard roll on the t.p. holder.
4) A milk carton with two teaspoons of milk left in it in the refrigerator.
5) Dried hard salt around the buttons of the remote control.
6) Cashew dust on the t.v. stand.
7) Dried toothpaste in the bathroom sink...and toothpaste spatter on the bathroom mirror. Along with dried Scope dribbled down the side of the magazine rack.
8) Two of my new plush washclothes stiff-as-a-board underneath Brian's shiny clean motorcycle.
9) A damp pair of Dr. Scholl's sticking out of the slats of the heating vents in the living room floor.
10) Floss tied around the doorknob. I'm STILL trying to figure that one out.
11) A screwdriver stuck in the dirt of my aloe vera plant. SERIOUSLY???? Plus, a wrench in the fork drawer.
12) Toenail clippings on my jewelry box.

Don't ever let your Old Man put the laundry away either. I found my potholders in his underwear drawer and my bras in the filing cabinet.

Plus, I couldn't understand why my eyebrow tweezers were always "weird" on the ends until I walked in and found him sticking them up his nose. I still have nightmares about that...and have promptly removed all of my grooming utensils from his reach. And when Breanna was home last weekend, I heard her scream, "Dad, that is SOOO GROSS! Get that away from ME!" I didn't ask. I was to the point where I just didn't wanna know anymore.

Tonight, though, while he was getting ready for bed, I followed him to the bedroom and turned the covers down for him. I fluffed his pillow, like I have done every night for the last 20+ years and laid out his clothes for the next day. I watched him slowly change into his pajamas, tired from a long day at work, and abandon his socks, pants and shirt on the floor. Raising one eyebrow, he wearily looked at me and said, "Don't worry about those. I will get them tomorrow." and fall heavily into bed. Suddenly, I didn't care. I sat down beside him on the bed and pulled the covers around his shoulders, watching his eyes slowly close. I stroked the hair back from his forehead and touched his cheek; he smiled and grasped my hand and pulled it to his chest.

My goodness. With tears stinging my eyes, I reached down and picked up his clothes which were still warm from his body and cradled them to me as I made my way to the laundry room. Suddenly I didn't care about the muddy bootprints on the rug at the front door entrance. It is material evidence that this man is HERE WITH ME as he has been for the last 20+ years. I felt myself being pulled back to the bedroom to his side of the bed; I laid down beside him as he drifted off to sleep, his arm tightly wound around my waist. The sound of his heart echoed in my ear as I snuggled my face into his chest; that same heart that almost stopped beating on him and me almost five years ago after his heart attack.

I think I like ice cream smudges on the freezer door....and freshly-laundered gum wrappers in the dryer.

It's kind of a "small price to pay" for the love he has given ME for so long.

But he's still not getting my brand new set of tweezers.

I'm just sayin'.....

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    emoticon!! When Harold apologizes to me for his snoring, I tell him "I don't least I know you are still breathing"! emoticon

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GOT2BMEMOMMYOF3 2/15/2011 4:51PM

    This is so wonderful...*tears* congrats on being together so long!!

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MANDABEAR11 2/15/2011 3:47PM

    Oh I almost flipped when I came out to hubby painting his truck in the backyard and he decided to use the handwoven teatowel we got for our wedding as a paint rag....*face palm* LUCKILY it all washed out, maybe because the fibres and handwoven...I have no idea? Men :P But we still love em!

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KELLIGIRL523 2/15/2011 1:03PM

    Awwww.... totally made me cry.

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MISSYRH3 2/15/2011 1:00PM

  love this, reminds ya to slow down and enjoy life, since you really never know.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/15/2011 12:46PM

    I'm glad you helped me end on a smile. I was definitely tearing up there. I used to love your Brian but the tweezer thing makes me wonder... LOL


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LORES777 2/15/2011 12:40PM

    This is overwhelmingly beautiful! I hope this makes it to the popular blog list!! #8 made me gasp, and all others after that made me laugh out loud, then the warm clothes part almost made me cry! I do the same thing. I will smell my boyfriend's shirts when he's right there next to me because I adore him so much!

And I hate listening to his heart beat because it scares me to think this is the only thing keeping him here with me, it really terrifies me; and then when you said you almost lost him... Wow now I'm tearing up again.

That was really beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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GOLFCHICK2-0 2/15/2011 12:38PM

    Wow... That was beautiful. It's nice to be reminded that the big picture should always be more important than the little details. Thank you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MINENA1 2/15/2011 12:28PM

    Awww what a beatiful blog, Michelle! emoticon

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SWEETNEENI 2/15/2011 11:57AM

    Beautiful blog! emoticon
I keep my tweezers in my purse. emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 2/14/2011 9:51AM

    I cried, too. There are so many times I get frustrated with my BF, but I wouldn't change a thing or erase the last five wonderful years. Here's to many more years with the men that drive us crazy but also fill our lives with joy.

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ALGALL7 2/14/2011 7:20AM

    hi, michelle. wonderful blog, made me cry!!!!!! i have been a widow twice. the 1st time, i was only married 6 yrs, just turned 30 and had 4 small children under school age. so i have learned to accept the things i don't like about my man 'coz you never know when they won't be there anymore!!!!!

have a great valentine's day. me and my hunny are going to the 99 for supper. i even bought me a new outfit. smaller size, i might add. woohoo!!!! i'll post pics later on tonight. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDIL62 2/13/2011 2:38PM

    Very sweet!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/13/2011 2:18PM

    Awwww....... emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 2/13/2011 2:08PM

    That was touching and very beautiful and quite appropriate

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RACINGSLUG 2/13/2011 9:49AM

    Oh, what a beautiful tribute to your husband. My spouse and I consider ourselves lucky that we are so madly in love. I am the messy one; I suppose next time my beloved complains I should remind him to be grateful for the ''evidence'' that I'm here!

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TRENTDREAMER 2/12/2011 9:18PM

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DARLENEK04 2/12/2011 8:15PM

  Oh sweetie,
Brian is so sweet...........

When the shoe is on the other foot here, I am thankful David
accepts me as I am...weird quirks and all. I told him I had
worked all my life and we needed to be honest from the getgo
and I don't go crazy if my house is a mess, and he wants to
go motorcycling , fishing or whatever, then I am right there
and ready to go. The house can wait.

I did the same thing when my kids were little. If they wanted
me to go lay in the dirt and watch ants build their antihill,
I did...I was always available to play ball, ride horses, etc.

So I listed all my faults before we got married. And while I
know you believe I don't have told me his
quirks also, and we work very well together.

Knowing how downright crappy we had it before, we appreciate
each other. Ok, he spills ice cream on the counter every single
night, and when I go fix his jug of water for his bedside table
every night, I wipe it up.

On the other hand, he guards me like I am a jewel of the rarest
and most expensive kind, and whatever I want, he will turn the
world on its end to get that item.

I spoil him every chance I get, because I realize how short life
is, and yes, he had open heart just a year after we got married.

You write such interesting blogs, and sometimes so funny I
cant quit laughing. Take care of your baby......

Oh, by the way, I hide my tweezers also....but David hides his
mustache scissors...Just saying..............


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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/12/2011 8:03PM

    wonderful blog. I am waiting for the day when DS moves out and DH has no one to blame for things the he himself misplaced! That I may have to sell tickets for! Gotta love 'em.

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BLUEEYESXOXO 2/12/2011 8:00PM

    This was so touching, and funny as well. I think they all have quirks we don't like, but what would we do with out them? I loved this blog. :)

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BMRBUDDY 2/12/2011 7:38PM

    Love, love, love it! So many things you said reminded me to someone so close to my heart. You had me giggling outloud!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/12/2011 6:45PM

    Maybe he stood by you telling the kids to listen to you as you told them the facts of how they shouldn't be cruddy and messy b/c if he stood with you, they wouldn't point the guilty finger at him!?! hehe Anyway, I know what you mean. I have the same sorts of things to deal with with my man, too! Drops trach all over the kitchen when the garbage can is 3 more steps away. It takes me 10 minutes or more in the mornings to re-tidy up the kitchen for the day!!! And other assorted stuff, but he loves me and stays with me through all my goofy crap, so it all works out. Gotta love em!!!
Great blog!

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ELYMWX 2/12/2011 5:17PM

    Trust me. All men suck at sorting laundry...

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KSHAGGY 2/12/2011 4:52PM

    nice blog!

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KAILYNSTAR 2/12/2011 3:55PM

    So amazing how married couples live and give and take from one another. Yet in the end, when push comes to shove, love is always there.

I cannot complain about my man. He is loving and caring and considerate and actually more of a go-getter than I will ever be. He spoils me, not by buying me things, just be doing the little things that would make me more comfortable. A glass of water, a cup of coffee, folding towels, he'll even wash the floors for me knowing that I struggle everyday to stay on my feet.

I love him dearly and he is NOT replaceable.

Your blog tells me that even though he drives you crazy...(like my guy)...There is no way you'd ever want to be without him.

God has blessed you both. He made you both for each other.

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KATVHALE 2/12/2011 12:20PM

  Was Brian raised in a barn? Just askin'.....

I think you have spoiled him big time honey! I am sure it is way too late to change him now and he does work hard to provide for his family BUT you work equally as hard and he should show you some respect and common courtesy.

Norm does some of those things too but I chalk it up to the 10 years that he lived alone after his divorce and before he met me. We have compromised in a lot of ways and both have changed to some degree but after all, we are all just humans and not perfect.

If you still love Brian and appreciate all his good points and I am sure they out weigh the bad then God Bless You Both! Maybe you can very nicely point out some of these things to him and see how he reacts. He may get the message and change some of them and the ones that he doesn't change, use them against him to get what you want in the future!!! (Just kidding!!)

You two have a solid relationship and as you mature you learn to pick your battles. I gave up on the toilet seat saga long ago!

Your blogs are very entertaining! Tell Brian I love him anyway!


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KYMBERLEIGH_C 2/12/2011 12:14PM

    What a wonderful testament to true love--but, yeah, I hide my tweezers too! They're wonderful to have around but sometimes hard to figure out how their little brains work LOL I've decided that SOMEHOW I have to keep hubby away form any laundry besides his own--he washed my brand new expensive black workout pants with towels!!! Uggggg! The amount of little lint balls I'm trying to remove is unbelievable-but, ya gotta love him for trying! Happy Valentine's Day!!

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KEKEIKO 2/12/2011 12:02PM

    Lock up your toothbrush, QUICK! emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 2/12/2011 11:45AM

    interesting what happens when kids leave - isn't it?

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CARTOONB 2/12/2011 11:17AM

    Tweezers? What tweezers? LOL! Floss tied on the door knob? Really? Sometimes the price to pay is totally worth it. Glad that yours is. emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 2/12/2011 10:44AM

    Love this blog. I also hide my tweezers from my DH. He asked me about them the other day and I just said that I don't know what happened to them. Must have been the grandkids.

Happy Valentines Day to you and your Valentine.

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HANSRICO 2/12/2011 10:36AM

    Ok the nail clippings and the tweezers grossed me out. Buy him a nose hair trimmer and you won't have to worry about your tweezers. BTW, the thought of plucking my nose hairs with tweezers makes my eyes water just thinking about it.

My wife won't let me near the laundry. I can do it, but I think I end up bugging her more then if she just did it herself. Every time I go to help with laundry she just tells me to get away. I'll stick to mowing the lawn and taking out the trash.

Love your posts! They bring a smile to my face. Brian is lucky to have you.

I better go get a Valentines gift to let my wife know I cherish her. It's 23 years for us this year.

Happy Valentines day!

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PJSTIME 2/12/2011 9:22AM

    Just keep those things under lock an key that you don't want him to use emoticon and dont worry about the rest. Life is too short, but I think you already have that figured out.

Happy Valentines Day to you and Brian

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LMB-ESQ 2/12/2011 7:37AM

    Underwear under the kitchen table? "The dog did it"

Can't tell you about the tweezers emoticon

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BILLTMAN 2/12/2011 4:27AM

    I was going to say so whats the problem? as I read the first half of your blog then I got to the sweet part and felt ashamed. Im sure my wife identifies with you, having dealt with my idiosyncrasies and me for all these years. Thanks for the funny blog and the lovely sentiment.

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SENATOR9 2/12/2011 3:55AM

    But can you honestly prove he is the one who did all these thing emoticon

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MOMFAN 2/12/2011 3:08AM


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    Thank You Thank You Thank You! emoticon

You made me laugh, and then you pulled my heartstrings so tight it made me cry... My Old Man is in the other room, snoring so loudly as he's watching TV, I better go turn him over...

Thanks again! emoticon

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SCIRAE 2/12/2011 1:16AM

    This is my new favorite blog of yours. It's very moving, very loving.

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STEVENGO2 2/12/2011 12:47AM

    Happy Valentine's day! You do know how to put feelings into your words! Congrats on the 20+ years of happiness. Hope you have many more!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/12/2011 12:47AM

    HAppy Valentine's day! What a wonderful blog!

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JUNEBUG150 2/12/2011 12:39AM

    Love the blog! The tweezer story sure made me laugh but only because I understand, lol! Happy Valentine's Day, you Love Birds!

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    Yep...You just have to love them. My husband says he is a paragon of virtue. Since he retired, he cooks and vacuums. He will even do his own laundry. (Not my laundry though..he doesn't understand the concept of separating the whites from the darks or that you really should not wash wool sweaters in hot water THEN put them in the dryer on high). After 37 years of marriage he is sometimes exasperating, but then again so am I.

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SUGARPUNK52 2/12/2011 12:25AM

  Happy Valentine's Day! Isn't it good when you realize what REALLY counts?

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Gripe Session

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I wish someone had sent me an email or SparkMail telling me not to get up today. A phone call would have sufficed, too! It's COLD. I've layered my layers and cranked up the heat to no avail. My painting that I'm currently working on for a dear friend in California, her sweet little puppy, has ended up looking like Cujo because of my shaking hands. I think it's best that I put THAT aside until tomorrow when it's supposed to get up to a balmy 43 degrees.

So, I decided that I would start the meatloaf for dinner this evening. I carefully sliced the onions and the green peppers. Mixing it in with the ground lean beef, I added some salt and pepper...but what was that smell?? Why did I smell CINNAMON?? After careful examination of why the pepper's color seemed a little off, I bowed my head and sighed. Have you ever tried to scrape cinnamon out of a ball of meat?? That you've already slightly mixed?? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Brian won't notice. Maybe he'll like it. Or maybe he can kiss my...

No, no, no, I'm not in a bad mood! I'm just wondering why we have days like this?? When you go to check your mail, wave at your neighbor and your fly is unzipped?? Or you answer your phone and they want James politely tell them that they have the wrong number and they tell you ANYWAYS to tell James Weaver to take a flying leap into an abyss far, far far from here? Or worse YET, they want Brian; you tell them he's at work and she says, "WHO are YOU??" Explaining to her that you are his wife, she replies, "He didn't tell me he was married, that moron." After fifteen minutes of heart-stopping inquiries you both come to the realization that THIS Brian she is speaking of is 26-years-old and the last time YOU checked you were married to a 50-year-old. It almost got ugly. I wanted to wring her neck just for scaring the bejeebers out of me. (I'm still slightly ticked at Brian just over the THOUGHT of him being with Miss SARRRAAAHHHH.)

I climbed on my stationary just a while ago. I was getting a good burn going when the seat suddenly tilted to one side and I heard something hit the floor. It was a bolt. Before I could get off and pick it up, I heard the snap, mentally said, "Oh crap..." and hit the floor. It was karma telling me that exercise wasn't necessary today, to enjoy my day off, right? Then I slung the bolt at the telephone. Don't worry, Betsy, I missed it. The new phone lives to see another day. Or will it???

Other things that's happened today:

The light burned out above the sink.

The toilet almost over-flowed.

The washing machine went off kilter and I found it in the middle of the floor.

I spread-eagled my toes on the dryer trying to get the washing machine back against the wall.

I said a bad word.

Several times.

I lost the checkbook and found it fifteen minutes later in the freezer. (Kind of gives a new meaning to the term "cold hard cash," doesn't it?)

I found Brian's crispy sock stuffed down between the cushions of the love seat. It didn't matter that it was the love seat. I wasn't feeling any.

OH!! And for those who were wondering about the cat in the toilet episode I mentioned in my last blog, TRUE STORY. I'm not supposed to, but there are times I bring my cat, Freddie, inside the house during the day.

He likes to play with the toilet paper on the roll, spinning it off at top speed, while I'm getting ready for the day. So, I took it off and placed it on the toilet tank, not thinking twice about it. He jumped for it, missed, and landed in the toilet bowl. I don't know if you can see by the above picture that Freddie's eyes are slightly crossed. Sort of like mine first thing in the mornings.

It's only 12:30 in the afternoon and I feel like I've lived nine lives.

I think I'm going to go to town for a cup of good coffee. And score some hookah.

That should do it.

Have a great Thursday, guys. At least someone should.

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/29/2013 7:25AM

    And you wondered why hookah popped up as an autocorrect in that message you sent me, lol. I hope by now you smoked some, if not, I highly recommend the green apple flavor. ;-) Good morning, Michelle, I'd never tell you to stay in bed, purely for selfish reasons - I wouldn't have these awesome posts to read. Plus, I bet that meatloaf wasn't half bad. :-D

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TRENTDREAMER 2/1/2011 5:44PM

    "Have a great Thursday, guys. At least someone should. "
* Hope that your days have been better since.

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TLCFME 1/30/2011 10:16AM

    Love the cat!! Cinnamon is healthy hope its tasty too. Loved this blog. I seem to be having a lot of days like this one lately. My mom always said Give us a hug then try something else. Try this again later. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Love you, Michelle.

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LINDAKAY228 1/28/2011 6:37PM

    Maybe he'll never notice the cinnamon! I loved the poor cat story! I truly hope your day gets better, or at least you can go to bed soon and get up to a new day that is much better.

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DREAMGIRL76 1/28/2011 1:38PM

    anxious to hear the outcome and thoughts on the meatloaf, perhaps its a winning recipe! some accidents bring about good things ya know!

don't beat yourself up too bad, we all on occasion have one of these days and I feel your frustration and at the same time laughter consumes me, because I can so relate.

hugs and best wishes for better days ahead!

God Bless

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CDAWN26 1/28/2011 12:33PM

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this blog. I think I can relate to that kind of day. Thankfully they do not come that often. Thank goodness a cup of coffee was there to get you through the rest of the day. Hang in there and stay warm the best way you can.

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PARKIE 1/28/2011 7:16AM

I think I would have gone back to bed at some point in there

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FLEMIDG 1/27/2011 11:59PM

    Oh, Michelle. Thanks so much for making me smile and laugh out loud. I had to stop reading in the middle of your story and wipe my eyes. I so look forward to reading your blogs. No one could make up things like that. Love the picture of your kitty. How did Brian like the meatloaf?
Hope tomorrow is better. It can't get much worse, right? Or could it?
Anyway sending you lots of love and hugs.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/27/2011 11:23PM

    Freddie is cute ,he needs to find a better landing zone though ! I feel your pain today I am battling a sinus infection and detailing the horros of my day is just too painful but your blog says it all for me.Years ago John Lennon wrote a song for us though "Everybody's runnin' and no one makes a move

Everyone's a winner
and no one seems to lose.
There's a little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu.
Everybody's flying and no one leaves the ground

Everybody's crying and no one makes a sound.
There's a place for us in movies you just gotta stay around.

Nobody told me there'd be days like these
Strange days indeed
most peculiar
Everybody's smoking and no one's getting high

Everybody's flying and never touch the sky

There's Ufo's over New York and I ain't too surprised.
Nobody told me there'd be days like these"

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GEEMAWEST 1/27/2011 9:54PM

    My day was much like yours. I am heading to bed early and hope that tomorrow is better. It has to be! Freddie is cute, crossed eyes and all.

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NANALD 1/27/2011 8:52PM

    Well the good news is has to get better! You don't do anything half way do you? I think we have days like that to help us appreciate the nice dull, nothing happens ones!

The cat is adorable:)

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CARTOONB 1/27/2011 8:46PM

    Wow! Rough day! How did the meatloaf turn out?

If tomorrow starts similarly, go back to bed!

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LIZZYP609 1/27/2011 8:28PM

    ((HUGS)) yep Karma is a b**** with a very long memory! Hope you warm up....43? i can only dream of it being that warm! LOL

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ALGALL7 1/27/2011 8:28PM

    your meatloaf story reminds me of the time i rinsed my mouth with aqua velva aftershave. it was right next to the mouthwash!!!!!! ugh emoticon emoticon

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AZCUPCAKE 1/27/2011 7:04PM

    You are truly having one of those weeks....! emoticon Don't give up -- better days are just around the corner!!!! emoticon

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KATVHALE 1/27/2011 6:40PM

  So how was the Meatloaf??

Girl, you have more things happen to you in one day then ever happen to me in a month!! That makes me think that you truly have a heart for God because satan goes out of his way to force you to sin!! Stand firm or at least sit on your firm butt and don't let that ole devil have his way!!

God Bless You that you always persevere!


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FLYER99 1/27/2011 5:44PM

    Wow, now that's what I call an eventful day! Ahhh, better days to come though. Oh, and grats on the Steelers' win! Now on to the Big Game!

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JENNA3FROG 1/27/2011 5:43PM

    Ahh, one of 'those' days ... just gotta love Murphy's Law, NOT!

Your blog reminded me of a new song by Francesca Battistelli that I heard on KLOVE ... it's called "This is the Stuff" and is worth a listen :) My favorite line of the whole song is 'in the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I'm blessed'.
>Don't know if the link will work or not, but I tried :)

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    My cat, when she was younger used to sit on the toilet lid and watch me get ready for work. One day the lid was up...she doesn't do that anymore! Freddie looks adorable. His crossed eyes make him look more playful.

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ELYMWX 1/27/2011 2:55PM

    All I can say, Michelle, is that tomorrow's another day.

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KEKEIKO 1/27/2011 2:41PM

    Ah ... your meatloaf story reminds me of the time I was hosting a party and making delicious gravy from pan drippings. I was drooling at the thought of it .... didn't have time to make a rue from flour so I decided to mix up cornstarch and the gravy would not thicken so I'd mix up another batch ... grrrr ... after three times I threw my hands up in the air and blurted out a few choice words, probably from the same colorful book many are guilty of using. All of a sudden I realized I was using confectioners sugar. RUINED BIG TIME! I cried so hard I was laughing... well there were tears. LOL

Oooo tell hubby their sweet...ish balls. lmao emoticon

OMG ... I had to google Hookah. You wild woman, I thought you were scoring something a little more sinful. emoticon


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OLDERDANDRT 1/27/2011 2:20PM

    Don't burn your tongue on that good cup of *HOT* coffee!!! hehe No, really. I've had days like that before but so many things, mine usually take a couple of days to dump THAT much on me! emoticon
Rest assured that tomorrow is another day and a fresh one for you!! I am really sorry you've had it so rough. Some days it just doesn't seem worth it to get out of bed!
That's hilarious with the cat. I've seen that on TV with the cat unrolling the toilet paper, but my cat never did it and she was an indoor cat!!! hehe
Hope you have a restful, uneventful evening, sleep well and have a totally fabulous day tomorrow!!! The emoticonwill come! It's only a day away!! emoticon emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 1/27/2011 2:14PM

    I have to admit that my husband doesn't leave crusty socks in love seats, my DD2 does. The love seat, couch, in her boots, I even found one in the toy box several days after the girls cleaned their room...along with other things.

I think I would have flipped my lid if a cat ended up in the toilet. What a mess. What a sound! I have to ask, did the cat stay in the bathroom with you to be cleaned up or did it run away and sit on the crusty sock on the love seat?

I do hope that you have an enjoyable coffee watching other people slip in the snow and ice there thinking ....Well, you know! emoticon

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DARLENEK04 1/27/2011 2:02PM

  Poor poor baby.............
I so sorry...but Mama said there'd be days like this....Mama said-Mama said......

Sorry Baby, I am not laughing, really I am not................


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DARLENEK04 1/27/2011 2:02PM

  Poor poor baby.............
I so sorry...but Mama said there'd be days like this....Mama said-Mama said......

Sorry Baby, I am not laughing, really I am not................


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STAYCXL-NOMORE 1/27/2011 1:45PM

    Sounds like my yesterday ! It went similar to that for sure !! Well hope tomm is better ! You had me rolling from laughter !! emoticon Great Blog !!

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PJSTIME 1/27/2011 1:36PM

    WHat a day you have had Maybe it would have been better to stay in bed. Oh wait its tooooo late for that so go get that coffee and pretend you have had a goooood day.

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LOSTSPIRIT 1/27/2011 1:18PM

  Sounds like a good day,
a FUN day
an action packed day!

Be VERY careful, as we might be related

Hope your afternoon/evening improved and tomorrow is MUCH better too!

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JILLWILSON2102 1/27/2011 1:13PM

    That sounds like a lot of stuff going on! Yowza! I like your idea of heading into town for coffee and hookah! Just breathe and relax!

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    Oh my....what a time you're having! I hope things get better now that you've gotten it all off your chest!

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LMB-ESQ 1/27/2011 12:54PM

    My! You've had a day, haven't you? And it's only noon! Yeah, sometimes it just isn't worth getting out of bed. But then, you wouldn't be able to entertain us, would you?

Cinnamon in ground beef actually sounds interesting, maybe you've hit on something? .... my toilet gets clogged almost every day.... I haven't worked out at all since last Friday .... I say several bad words several times every day (it does wonders for my frame of mind)

Oh, and I've had several cats fall in the toilet, several times. They usually jump right out, shake it off, and say "that didn't happen!"

I can be in Athens in about 3 hours. Shall we meet at the hookah bar?

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    Oh, Michelle, I can NEVER miss one of your blogs! Talk about GOOD MEDICINE!!! THANK YOU for letting me laugh at your expense with all your escapades! I love you, girlfriend! YOU. ARE. PRICELESS!!!!!!

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AKAFIT 1/27/2011 12:49PM

    Ok, I know you had some bad moments, but that was absolutely hilarious. Good thing I am all alone in the office. Thanks for cheering me up. I just realized that my life is a cake walk today in comparison....I think we call that perspective.

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CALIFSHEWOLF 1/27/2011 12:38PM

    You didn't get my email warning you to stay in bed? Go online and find a biorhythm chart. I'd be willing to bet that yours is critical today and you shouldn't do anything that could put you in danger. I certainly hope things get better...a good cup of coffee always helps me. Hookah? I had one of those years ago, but I'm not sure it means the same thing now. Inquiring minds want to know...
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BIKERBABE2BE 1/27/2011 12:30PM

    Sorry your day is so trying. Let me know how the meatloaf turns out. Take care!!! emoticon

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_MSAPRIL17_ 1/27/2011 12:28PM

    Wow, you've had quite the day so far!!!

Hang tight pretty lady, it will get better. :)

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BKNOCK 1/27/2011 12:28PM

    Glad you missed the phone! Wow, what a day while I have been sitting in this chair looking at 30 inches of snow and trying to entertain a 5 year old. I forgot what a pain 5 year olds can be. Cute, but a pain!

As usual I loved your blog, you made my day again!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I've been trying to blog for three days now. I'll start one, get halfway through, then think to myself, "Do these people REALLY want to know why the cat got into my toilet?" Or "If I put this in black and white and something REALLY happens to Brian, will I get the blame??" Usually huffing, I will delete everything and go off to my painting corner. It's amazing what frustrated streaks of blazing red will do for a painting...or black. After that I usually wash my brushes, lay them out to dry, grab a magic marker and black out all the teeth of the models in the Elder-Beerman flyer. Or put horns on the guys in the motorcycle magazines.

I've just been...what's the word I'm looking for...disjointed in my thoughts as of late. Restless. Not so much "angry" just searching for something of which I don't know what I'm searching for. I keep telling myself that it will pass. Especially when winter is over and I can climb on my bike and take off like a bat out of heck on the highway. THAT'S my problem. I like heat. I like SUN. I have a feeling that my Vitamin D levels are pretty much non-existent. My skin has turned vampire-white and my recent hair dye job has made me look gothic. I woke up the other morning to Brian holding his finger under my nose checking for air output. When I opened one eye. he practically jumped out of his skin; he had the nerve to tell ME I scared HIM???

Sigh. I envy people who live in the tropics. Or southern Arizona. Like where my 28-year-old son lives. He has to call every weekend and say, "Do it! Guess! Guess the temperature here today!" The last time he called and said that, I hung up on him. He immediately called back and I let the phone ring until the answering machine picked up. It was then he screamed, "74! CAN YOU FRIGGIN' BELIEVE IT??" Some days I STILL threaten to give him up for adoption.

Breanna is doing well. She texted me at 2 a.m. the other morning telling me she discovered a great place to hang out with all of her college friends. It was called "The Hookah Bar" and, half asleep, I texted back, "That's so great, honey. Enjoy." At 4 a.m. I shot up out of bed and Googled "hookah." HOOKAH??? The NAME just sounds wrong. BAR??? Oh, HECK no!! After 45 minutes of texting to a person who did not answer back, I was getting pretty spastic. Finally at 5 a.m. she texted back and said, "No, Mom, I'm not at the bar, I'm in BED! Some of us have class today!" She finally reassured me that she did not ACTUALLY GO TO THE BAR, but to the little game room ABOVE the bar. Now, would I please allow her to sleep... and not tell Dad?? What?

I'll be fine. Nothing that a few days of rest can't cure. And a seventh Super Bowl win can't take care of. Oh, it's gonna happen! Yessirree!! I've already got my guest list made and made a list of all snacks I'm going to prepare. No cheese, though. Cheese is prohibited.

Hookah?? Maybe. Depends on how the half goes.


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    Enjoyed your blog:)

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DBFBILLY 1/27/2011 9:01PM

    I'm soo with you on the weather..can't wait for sun emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AZCUPCAKE 1/27/2011 7:00PM

    Haha, no cheese at your Super Bowl party??! That is wrong on so many levels! Cheese is a basic nutritional building block of the new food pyramid, isn't it?? emoticon
Well, today in the Valley of the Sun it was only 72 and a bit breezy....sorry to hear you aren't getting much sun these days. It really DOES do wonders for a person's psychological well-being! But you can laugh at us in the middle of summer when we are all DYING from the pizza oven-like temps. There certainly is no perfect place to live all year round, is there?

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    "I woke up the other morning to Brian holding his finger under my nose checking for air output. When I opened one eye. he practically jumped out of his skin; he had the nerve to tell ME I scared HIM??? "

This is one reason I'm not bothered when Harold snores. When he apologizes I tell him "I don't mind, at least I know you are breathing."

Hope you get some warm sunshine soon!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/26/2011 9:17PM

    ""Do these people REALLY want to know why the cat got into my toilet?" "
* Well.......... (some of us don't lead very exciting lives)

"I woke up the other morning to Brian holding his finger under my nose checking for air output. When I opened one eye. he practically jumped out of his skin; he had the nerve to tell ME I scared HIM??? "
* But it was a GOOD "scared" for him. At least I assume it was. If I was married, my wife would probably be kind of disappointed that I was still breathing.

"Sigh. I envy people who live in the tropics. Or southern Arizona. Like where my 28-year-old son lives. He has to call every weekend and say, 'Do it! Guess! Guess the temperature here today!'"
* I know that you are by far a better person than I am in this regard, but he would be getting a phone call every 100+ degree Arizonian day in July and (especially) August until at least a year went by without him doing that (

""No, Mom, I'm not at the bar, I'm in BED! Some of us have class today!" She finally reassured me that she did not ACTUALLY GO TO THE BAR, but to the little game room ABOVE the bar. Now, would I please allow her to sleep... and not tell Dad?? What? "
* Ya know, traditionally my desire to never have children has stemmed from seeing my friends taking care of little infants and toddlers. This is the first time hearing stories of a child over the age of 4 has fueled that desire

"I'll be fine. Nothing that a few days of rest can't cure. And a seventh Super Bowl win can't take care of. Oh, it's gonna happen! Yessirree!! I've already got my guest list made and made a list of all snacks I'm going to prepare. No cheese, though. Cheese is prohibited. "
* I have friends on both sides on this one. May the best team win.

That being said, thanks to your team for shutting up the New York Jets. They were starting to grate on my nerves when I heard some of their players being interviewed (Not that the Packers wouldn't have totally dusted them).

Have a great rest of the week!

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NANALD 1/26/2011 3:45PM

    And we wonder why our hair turns gray?? Never hesitate to write a blog about anything. I am sure I can speak for a lot of people and say that you could write about anything and put a smile on faces and throw in some food for thought along the way. Hang in can't stay like this forever!! emoticon

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TLCFME 1/26/2011 1:06PM

    Hi. I am trying for the fourth time to send a note to you. Hope this one gets thru! I have been thinking of you. I appreciate all the times that you check in on me. It really lifts my spirits. Remember when you told me to join the Harley team anyways? Well, I just did. I do not know what to write since I do not have a ride and I crashed the very first time I went to get my license. It has been a long, painful, and difficult time recovering, I am walking again. I, in my heart, still want to learn to drive my own ride. A girl has to dream or she just dies inside. Maybe I will find someone on this team that will have the time to help me learn. What do you think? Who is Big Dawg? Sorry you are missing him. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 1/26/2011 11:49AM

    That is funny " Hookah Bar " that would had me stop in my tracks too , you are funny ! Well good luck with your super bowl party sounds fun !

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BLAKBIRD 1/26/2011 8:35AM

    Hi Sis,
There's a rumor doing the rounds that the weather will change and start to get warmer soon. There's another that originates in WI that says it'll be a cold day in Hades before the Steelers win the Superbowl, probably started by a GB resident who knows something about life in GB in February ( yeah kinda weak joke but didn't you grin just a little ;-) )

As for your son, ask him how's the ski-ing out his way.

As for getting on your bike and riding like a bat out of Hades, I know how you feel. It's been at least a month since I indulged in a theraputic starbucks run.

However, I'm fairly confident that it will warm up soon and we'll be out and riding the twisties soon.

BTW. You couldn't pull off the Goth thing. Isn't it against the Goth code to smile and look for the good in everything?

Stay warm.
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    OK..Now you have to tell the cat vs toilet story. As for talking about our husbands...well we definitely want to hear that one so we can all tell you that YOU are right and he is wrong. See that was simple. Since the Bears were so unbelievably BAD, I guess I'll root for the Steelers in your honor.
I also have a 28 year old daughter living in Arizona who calls and gloats about the temperature. As for your daughter and the hookah...this is why we don't tell them everything we did when we were their age. Being young in the 1960's was a lot of fun though.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/26/2011 2:32AM

    Enquiring minds need to know , your blogs are always things we need to know ,please who wouldn't want to know why the cat got into the toilet? Michelle there is a reason 3/4 of my closet is given over to summer clothes .I too worship the sun and warmth not necessarily in that order. As for your deathly pallor , my husband says I was the inspiration for Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale " need I say more but if that isn't enough for you , I have red hair ,naturally, my skin tone makes Lily Munster look tanned . Kayleigh is getting married this July and my husband said I need to get a colourful dress or I will fade in the photos to the same shade of white as Kayleigh's dress .He further made comments about his Dad and I looking like Casper the Ghost and his closest dead relative........

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CARTOONB 1/25/2011 10:30PM

    So...when the Steelers lose, will that send you into a tailspin of depression? And what's wrong with cheese? Did you send my invite out already? I'll be looking for it!!! What are you serving?

Hookah bar? What kind of place did you send that kid?

We're seasonably warm here at 45' for our high. We have someone visiting from our Arizona location who was bragging about the 75' weather. emoticon I like heat and sun too!

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GEEMAWEST 1/25/2011 9:44PM

    Basically I think you're just getting old. Just sayin'.

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    Another OUTSTANDING blog!

First, Brian called and told me where his finger had been prior to putting it under your nose, : ) Go Figure!

and I have a link but there is not a place for a link here, so I'll come by your page to give it to you there.

the link is for weather all over the USA just by moving your mouse over different areas, that ought to mess him up if you can tell him what the weather is so ACCURATELY LOL

Glad you are so confident 'bout that 7th championship. I'm confident too, but one never knows!


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BKNOCK 1/25/2011 6:16PM

    I love your blogs and thank you because it was just great reading it!

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RACINGSLUG 1/25/2011 6:08PM

    Your blogs always make me grin from ear to ear. I love that you paint - that's such a wonderful method of self-expression I've always admired. I'm actually allergic to the sun, so my husband calls me his ''little vampire.'' (I went to work without makeup yesterday and someone said 'You look really pale.' Perhaps because... I AM pale? Sheesh.) Even I miss summer though! Your son is cruel. He should be banished to Alaska.

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KATVHALE 1/25/2011 6:06PM

  I want to know what Brian did or is doing to tick you off! That cat probably always go into the toilet! Come to think of it Brian can get into a lot of trouble himself on a regular basis...

Tell Beanie that if she can text you at 2:00am there is nothing wrong with you texting her at 5...


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OLDERDANDRT 1/25/2011 5:40PM

    I always love your blogs!! And in reading the responses thus far, (except the last one listed), it's all been pretty much said, but I must chime in and have a new subject for your next absolutely necessary blog......Why the cat got in the toilet! (You may have not been taking that from real life, but even if it didn't happen.....make something up! We all want more!!! ) emoticon emoticon

Gooooooo Steelers!!!!! (No cheese at our party, either!)

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PARKIE 1/25/2011 5:40PM

    I really need to know why the cat got in the toilet emoticon

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LIZZYP609 1/25/2011 5:26PM

    Yep I am there myself...the other day I went into my daughters closet...a closet we have only used for storage since we moved in. I found baby bag full of (unused) diapers...I started bawling....That is NOT me. I hate that. I need the sun, the warmth and the outdoor air that doesn't make me want to grab my chest and cough up a lung!

I think i will look into that Vit D thing that Laurie suggests....
Hang in there...Someone told me spring is just 54 days away....sigh

BTW - why was the cat in the toilet?

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MINENA1 1/25/2011 5:02PM

    LOL, your son is such a tease. Love how he left that message on the answering machine. Haha! Tooo cute! What about Hookah AND cheese at the Super Bowl Party? emoticon I love cheese!!

P.S. I'm secretly rooting for the Steelers to win. Elias (my bf) totally wants them to lose (he's a Cowboys fan & is still holding a grudge from who-knows-when saying that it's because of the Steelers that the Cowboys didn't get another Super Bowl ring, or something like that. WAHH WAHH! I can't stand the cowboys). Sooooo since I don't care for the Packers then I'm going for the Steelers. emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/25/2011 4:56PM

    Wait a minute... wouldn't cooking up a bunch of cheese be just the thing a Steeler party SHOULD have??? Maybe a fondu pot of it bubbling away? I mean, come on, Steelers are gonna eat 'em up right?

We all want to know two things - the cat and the toilet. You might as well spill it.

Next time Arizona boy calls and starts in with the temp thing... remind him something for me. J U L Y is coming!!!!!

I love your blogs!


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PJSTIME 1/25/2011 4:41PM

    Inquiring minds want to know about the cat in the toilet. Don't ever think you shouldn't blog you have some to the most entertaining blogs around.

I'm a little slow it took be a minute to figure out the no cheese comment. Your son is just mean bragging about the temps to you. How cruel HAHA

Those warm temps are going to be welcome to a lot of people.

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MADDEELOU 1/25/2011 4:35PM

    You can't tease us like that....why did the cat get into the toilet? My little deaf cat loves to watch the water go down and since she can't hear, the sound doesn't bother her at all.

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MY_LIFE_NOW 1/25/2011 4:35PM

    you sound like me ...major CABIN FEVER has set in..restless,cranky, unmotivated and just would like to see some green grass and another snowfall due for will pass..sometime..

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JACARRENO 1/25/2011 4:16PM

    No cheese?????? That's just fightin' words!!!! And I wouldn't get too comfy in thinking the Steelers have it in the bag ... emoticon

I must say I do miss the Wisconsin weather, freezing cold and all. Being able to truly see the less subtle changes in season than what I experience out here in Nor Cal truly demonstrates the beauty God gives us to enjoy.

Like you, I am pretty pale as my DH, Ed, so "kindly" refers to me as Pale Face! I unfortunately do not tan very easily or very well, I typically turn a reddish brown color when I am lucky enough to "tan" rather than burn so I STILL look like I'm burnt rather than tan. Oh well! I'm sure when the time comes and I'm up with Jesus I'll have a gorgeous, perfect tan! LOL!

I've been feeling "searchful" as well lately so I understand where you are coming from. For me it has more to do with learning and knowing my Spiritual gifts and calling. One thought that has always been in my mind ever since I was little is writing. Not that I've ever truly sought it out or done anything with it but I'm still pondering it. I've created a personal blog page I plan on using to journal on. Maybe once I do I can send you the link and see what you think. emoticon

I crave getting out for a ride with Ed. Just need to arrange the time and a babysitter for Alejo. This brings me to the idea that I think I might use my chaps as a gauge to see how I'm doing ... emoticon

Well, I've babbled long enough. Blessings to you!

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LMB-ESQ 1/25/2011 4:11PM

    Yeah... I want to know why the cat got into the toilet too! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 1/25/2011 4:07PM

    She'll probably run into my son at that Hookah bar. I have to put it out of my mind that he does that. He's 21, he can do what he wants.

I know what you mean about restless. I am too. Something... different... about this semester. I don't know what it is yet. It feels like it's about to be better, but it isn't quite there yet. Does that make sense?

I have problems with vitamin D too. Start taking a supplement if you don't already. I found out that was what was causing my body aches. It felt like I was about to get sick, but it never progressed. It ended up being a vitamin D deficiency. For awhile I had to take 50,000 IU twice a week. Now I take 1000 IU twice a day and it really helps. I miss the sun too, honey.... can't wait to get out and ride again! Even if my bike is slower and quieter than yours! emoticon

That's the worst part about winter I think. Not the cold or the snow; it's the damn lack of light! Sun! Sun! Sun! I want SUN! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARSPARKS25 1/25/2011 4:04PM

    No cheese? I hate to say it, but I really want your Steelers to LOSE! Of course that would mean that my Packers can WIN! Just don't take it out on me okay? :)

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DARLENEK04 1/25/2011 4:03PM

  But honey, I love cheese.............................

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    Oh, Michelle, you constantly have me in STITCHES! I WORK IN A LIBRARY! I CANNOT BE IN STITCHES IN A LIBRARY! emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 1/25/2011 4:00PM

    But why did the cat get into the toilet? I am glad my adult children all live here in Nebraska, so they can suffer the weather with me!!

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What's Going On??

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just a little update on things...I've just come off of a flare-up and have slept my brains out for the last few days so it has done me well. I think I needed it! Anyone with insomnia will tell you that these little reprieves are a total-Godsend and you take them when you can get them. I can't help but wonder if BT contributed to my sudden illness. I've taken a break from that as it has caused me to have a poor appetite although my energy levels went out of control. Any sudden change in my normal routine not only screws with my lupus or OCD but causes me to feel disoriented and out of control so perhaps it's not a good thing for me. Which really sucks because I was seeing immediate results but, in my opinion, it's not worth what's left of my mind.

Uncle Larry is stable. They have inserted a feeding tube and he is coherent from time-to-time. It still doesn't look great but, in my experience, I've seen the elderly bounce back from the brink of death and go for another few months or years. He has the support of his family and his church and the prayers that he has received has certainly aided in his perseverance and hopeful attitude. Shane is still waiting on word when he may be going to Afghanistan. I've been comforted by your comments on how things are slightly better there for ones who are serving or helping to rebuild. In all honestly, I'm still slightly sick over the thought of it, but he is in God's hands. By all accounts, that's the best place that any of us could ever be.

I'm still going to be absent here and there but will get on every-so-often to see how much trouble you all are causing. Once things calm down, I will come and visit each of you personally and hand out the appropriate punishment. Haha....or give you kudos.

Love you guys. Each and every one of you! Thank you all for bearing with me...

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AZCUPCAKE 1/24/2011 4:01PM

    Happy Monday, Michelle! I am thinking of you today with a big smile on my face concerning your FAVORITE TEAM'S BIG WIN yesterday.....when the Packers won against the Bears, I was doin' the happy dance in the backyard ~ SCARY, but FUNNY! emoticon

I am glad you have given the BT a rest.....I see on your status today that you are painting - good for you! That is a good way to use some creative juices without overdoing physically, I hope. My prayers include your Uncle Larry and dear Shane. The Lord knows his plans for both of them, and he will never forsake those who believe in him! Best wishes for a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CDAWN26 1/22/2011 3:27PM

    Thinking of you and send some prayers up. Hang in there my friend.

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KSHAGGY 1/22/2011 1:51PM

    I hope that things get better for you, I know alot of people who suffer from insomnia and it is very hard......good luck and I will keep you in my thoughts!

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FROSTIERACES 1/21/2011 4:27PM

    Sounds like you needed the sleep....insomnia is rough. I suffer from it too. I take Ambien for it...I usually get about 5 good hours of sleep and wake promptly up at 3:30 am. If I'm really active during the day or extra tired...I can sleep til about 4:30. People have told me...there are worse things than not being able to sleep. Just get up and do something. Get on the computer, work with your photos, pet the I work out almost every day at 5:30 am coz of my insomnia...yet days and days of living like that is difficult. I hope you start to feel better and your stress lessens a little. Take care. emoticon

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 1/21/2011 10:57AM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon , sorry to hear about BT not helping your other illnesses. You will find something else that hopefully gives you results without the extra stuff. God is watching over your family and you , he hears your prayers ! Recover soon , you know we miss your brightness around here !

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KATVHALE 1/20/2011 5:55PM

  Thanks for the update and I am happy to hear that you slept well for a few days although the way you got there wasn't the best but sleep is extremely important.

Try and get your rest and exercise according to your body not your mind! If I exercised like I want to in my mind, I would be running marathons every month! I can't tell you how I feel after 90 minutes in the gym three days a week; my body is very mad at me..... but I will keep plugging along.

Love ya and I will be waiting for my punishment!


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LINDAKAY228 1/20/2011 4:24PM

    Glad that you're feeling a little better both mentally and physically and that Uncle Larry is stable. You are so right about sometimes they are at death's door and then they recover. I've seen that happen too. I've had patients put on hospice services and then at 6 months when they have to be reevaluated they no longer qualify because they've improved so much. So here's hoping and praying that he will recover and have many years ahead of him, and hopefully will get treatment to make them more comfortable for him.
Take care of yourself. Will continue to pray for Shane and his safety.

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    Glad your uncle is doing better!
Sounds like you're doing the best for you and I'm glad to hear it.
Praying for that BIL.

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JOHNTJ1 1/20/2011 11:15AM

    I'll say a few extra prayers for you and hold you in my heart

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CARTOONB 1/19/2011 11:11PM

    I'm glad that you got to sleep and that things are calming down a little for you. I'm looking forward to my punishment! emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 1/19/2011 8:44PM

    I'm glad to hear that you figured out the BT wasn't a good thing for you after only a few days. I was quite worried about it when I read that you were doing it. But I was good and bit my tongue and only said that I would be keeping my eye on you. I can't say "I told you so", but I did "think it so". Glad you're feeling better and hope you feel great real soon.

Your family is in my prayers. Oh, and you too.

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JIMBOEHNER 1/19/2011 7:49PM

    Ay, theres nothing wrong with what you were doing in the beginning. Continue using your treadmill and bicycle to get in your exercise. You don't need fancy fads to get you healthy. That is the purpose is it not? Since it is making you sick, it's not healthy. You know better.

Shane will be fine. If anyone will be he will.

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TRENTDREAMER 1/19/2011 6:50PM

    "I'm still going to be absent here and there but will get on every-so-often to see how much trouble you all are causing. Once things calm down, I will come and visit each of you personally and hand out the appropriate punishment. Haha....or give you kudos. "

* Will miss you. Hope that you feel better soon.

luv u2

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    Glad things are improving. I'm sure you are thrilled that the Chicago Bears have gotten this far in the playoffs...What was that team that you root for again?

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FLEMIDG 1/19/2011 5:37PM

    I'm glad to hear Uncle Larry is doing well. Hope things improve for him.
Don't try to do something that is going to hurt you. Take care of yourself. I understand your reluctance to see your BIL go away again, but your are right, he is in God's hands. All you can do is pray that God will watch over him. I'm thinking of you and praying for you and your family. Look forward to when you can return. God bless you.

Lots of love and hugs are being sent your way.

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JILLWILSON2102 1/19/2011 4:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Please don't be gone too long emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/19/2011 2:44PM

    I'll take any punishment you dish out I am always up to mischief !Bonk training didn't agree with me either !I would tell you you should be careful with your lupus but you'd likely fire back that I should be careful with my injuries.Yes I know people who live in glass houses should dress in the basement LOL!
I am continuing to say my prayers for you and Uncle Larry and Shane .I actually got to talk to my husband in Afghanistan last night.He says things are relatively calm!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/19/2011 2:21PM

    You have a lot on your plate, gf! Take care of yourself. prayers to Uncle and Shane and you!!!! Love ya, Steeler girl!!!!


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CONCHALEA 1/19/2011 2:01PM

Take care of yourself first of all, for if your health fails, you can't be there for the others in your family. Believe me, I know. I spent a night in the hospital for chest pains due to the stress I experienced after the death of my dad, 2 other members of my extended family, and a woman who was a friend of my family since 1959. All this in the month of Nov! My family was extra worried about me on top of all the other deaths, so their stress escaleted, too. Now I'm home & commited to taking care of myself to enable me to take care of them. You need to do the same! Take care--don't make me come to your neck of the woods!

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BKNOCK 1/19/2011 1:31PM

    I hope that you are feeling better very soon and I am praying for your family!

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DARLENEK04 1/19/2011 1:28PM

Take care of yourself, and in the future remember you are not to shake
up your routine because it causes you problems....
I will be waiting with bated breath for you to visit here personally with
any punishment you deem crimes are many....LOL


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Take care and know that YOU, Uncle Larry and Shane will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Enjoy your hiatus

Patiently waiting for that beating with a wet noodle, : )

Take care

Hugs & stuff

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HANSRICO 1/19/2011 12:01PM

    Glad to hear about Uncle Larry is stable and your right, just pray for Shane and leave it in God's hands. Glad to hear you are feeling better.

I'm praying for you and your family.

God Bless.


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RB5656 1/19/2011 11:51AM

    best of wishes for uncle Larry..

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KEKEIKO 1/19/2011 11:49AM

    Glad you recognized BT was not for you especially if it was affecting other conditions. I do well with it but I understand it's not for everyone.

Looking forward to kudos cuz I'm surely not in for any punishment! emoticon

Be well.

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KAILYNSTAR 1/19/2011 11:26AM

    Insomnia rides on my shoulder whispering in my ear every night when I go to bed. It sits there and says things like, "Really? Are you seriously trying to go to sleep? Right now?! That's crazy! You've lots to do, think and being restless in one of them! Get up! Come on girl...I said...GET UP!!!!"

(He/she is really annoying).

Flare ups are so nasty too. I don't have lupus, but I had an Aunt that did. I was very young and she was very kind. Do keep well and take care of yourself. You are in my thoughts.

emoticon(Something to snuggle up to while you sleep).

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LMB-ESQ 1/19/2011 11:20AM

    Punishment? When? Where? That sounds like fun!

Seriously... rest up... feel better.... get back when you can. emoticon

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BIKERBABE2BE 1/19/2011 11:18AM

    emoticon Glad you are feeling better. Take it easy.

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Bonk Training: Day Two

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I'm sold, guys. I slept last night ALL NIGHT, for the first time in two years. After my BT yesterday morning, the rest of my day was energized. That evening I took a leisurely 45-minute stroll on my stationary bike followed by a hot bath. Once my head hit the pillow, I was out like a light. For me, the fact that I slept like a baby, had me up and at 'em to do the same thing today. I am appreciative of the concerns some of you have while I do BT. With my healthcare knowledge and background, it doesn't seem as if exercising this way before breakfast would be a positive thing. However, I will carefully keep close scrutiny on my body and make needed adjustments. I am aware of my limitations and promise to not push past them.

This morning I was biting at the bit to get started. After warming up with a moderate pace on the stationary for approximately 10 minutes, I cranked it up until I was in the "zone." By "zone" I mean the place where my body adjusted nicely to the increased speed where I was to remain for 40 minutes. I have settings on the bike tension that range from 1 to 10. I use nine because it works the muscles in my legs as well giving me the "oomph" for my cardio push. I could feel my body getting used to that speed and my lungs and heart rate became used to the "high;" I was not out of breath, I was not feeling any discomfort. I easily kept the pace until I had to remind myself that my pre-set limit today was for 40 minutes only. I could have went farther, harder, longer. But I will maintain a steady increase over the next few weeks so that I don't burn out.

I slowly decreased my speed over the next ten minutes. I actually felt more energized than before I began. A little sidenote of information here: I am not a breakfast person by nature. I've always had difficulty with nausea eating first thing in the morning so most days I DO NOT eat it. On this program you are REQUIRED to eat it, no ifs, ands or buts. I've noticed the past few mornings that I do NOT have the nausea while eating and, for me, that is a HUGE plus to this program also. I slept, I'm eating breakfast. So far that's two things in two days that have been positive for me.

Here's the biggie for me. This morning I had a decrease of muscle and joint pain. My left arm and left shoulder are constantly afflicted with discomfort and, at times, burning pain. My right foot is the same way, as well as my hips. That's my lupus. When I got out of bed this morning, I had to shake my head and wonder why I felt "weird." It was then I realized I didn't hurt as bad and the steps to the bathroom weren't nearly as stiff and painful as they were the day before. I'm not saying at this point it's the BT, but time will tell. If the BT will lessen my pain and give me relief, it is a Godsend and an answer to my prayers. So, keep your fingers crossed for me. I'm sure it isn't a cure by any stretch of the means, but if the pain lessens it is the manna I've been looking for.

So, so far, so good, guys. I gotta go now because it's killing me to sit here! I have a lot to do and the energy to do it! Have a great Thursday and God bless!

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/28/2013 1:17PM

    You know what I loved most about this post? That you managed to find a suitable use if the word manna in it, lol! You're my literary hero :-D Yeah, if you eat a healthy diet each day and you don't stress your heart beyond 65% of your max heart rate, then medically it's not an issue in the least. I know you don't "bonk" any longer though, I'm curious how long you managed to keep doing it - first thing in the morning workouts have always been my kryptonite.

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AZCUPCAKE 1/20/2011 8:20AM

    This BONK training is worth its weight in GOLD if you are feeling great, sleeping well, and have mega-stores of energy just rarin' to go! And it is only day TWO?? Sign me up! You are on the fast track to revitalizing your whole self! AWESOME! I am so proud of you for tackling this new program you are on! Please -- keep us posted as you continue! emoticon emoticon

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ITSALWAYSABTME 1/18/2011 12:00PM

    I have never really been an breakfast eater either. This may be something I want to try. I REALLY need the energy AND the great sleep @ night. I have sort of been doing this as I generally get up and do some kind of work out then shower/dress eat breakfast leave for work.

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KATVHALE 1/16/2011 2:50PM

  Sounds like you found something that really works for you! emoticon

Keep it up and keep us posted as to your progress!


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STEVENGO2 1/15/2011 12:04PM


Awesome to find a exercise program that gives you all these side benefits. I have found out that regular exercising helps with my sleep hygine too!

Go Steelers & God Bless,

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TRENTDREAMER 1/15/2011 8:01AM

    Continued success with the training. I may try it later this year if it continues to work for you.

You have a great weekend as well.

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KAILYNSTAR 1/14/2011 2:25PM

    I am glad that this BT is helping you with your discomforts. I know just how hard it is to get up in the morning and get your body to move. I hurt too.

Please keep letting us know how things are going for you with this new exercise regime.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/14/2011 12:49PM

    I want this kind of energy! I haven't slept thru the night all week. I'm so glad that this is giving you the much needed rest and a bit of a reprieve from the pain. I hope it is the answer because you seem to love it!

I'm cheering for you!


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1NICUBABE 1/14/2011 1:10AM

    Glad to hear this is working for you in so many ways. You know your body so trust it and listen to it. Keep it up! MB

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CARTOONB 1/13/2011 10:41PM

    I hope you continue to see success without any I'll effects...and without going too far! I'll help G Ma keep an eye on you! emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 1/13/2011 8:47PM

    I'll be keeping my eye on you.

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LNWOLF72 1/13/2011 7:55PM

    Hey Michelle~ trying something new I see, lol. I never eat before I workout in the morning. Makes me feel ill. Now and again I'll eat a piece of toast before I walk the dog which is also before my workout but I can never eat and the exercise. I'm so glad its making you feel better :) If I can stop falling in the snow/ on the ice/ on the snow mixed with ice I'd be feeling alot better then I am. One look at my little doggie's face and I HAVE to take her even if we creep along at a snails pace. Keep up the good work lady!

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DARLENEK04 1/13/2011 7:02PM

Keep your cell phone handy and then go for it.........


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JOHNTJ1 1/13/2011 5:29PM

    Way to go M

Glad you found something thats working for you

Much Love


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ODIROM 1/13/2011 2:26PM

    So what kind of breakfast are you eating after the workout?

I am really happy that you found something that you like so much. Keep with it, and I hope it is everything you need it to be!


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JILLWILSON2102 1/13/2011 2:26PM

    emoticon yay!

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KEKEIKO 1/13/2011 2:08PM

    Glad to hear you had a good nights rest. I know what you mean about breakfast. As an adult it took me 20+ years to eat breakfast and not be nauseated. You are working up an appetite and eating breakfast. That's wonderful! Keep up the great workouts and I hope you are able to see positive results. Hugs, Keke

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SABERTOOTHS62 1/13/2011 1:35PM

  You go girl!!!

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BKNOCK 1/13/2011 1:17PM

    So what are you eating for breakfast when you are done? I am also not a breakfast fan! I am glad that you have so much energy and that you SLEPT! That is so great!

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    Sounds GREAT Michelle!

I'm so happy for you. Yesterday, when I did my recumbent bike, I cranked it up too. It felt good too, rather than just piddle around with it. My breath was pushed a bit, not winded though. My inner leg muscles were feeling the "ride" after the ride on the bike, and I was not sore this morning either. With our bitter cold, I still got a couple of walks, which is REALLY unusual for me, considering our temperature was only ZERO to start the day.

Stay focused and keep us informed, if you will.

In a few days, I might have to try your bonk

: )


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OLDERDANDRT 1/13/2011 12:09PM

    emoticon Sounds like you've found a "good" thing!!! emoticon
Keep up the great work!


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STARPESCADO 1/13/2011 12:09PM

    WOW-I am so happy that you had a great night's sleep and are feeling less pain!
I hope this continues!

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