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Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends

Monday, December 07, 2009

Welcome to the 2009 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends! You know the drill. Just copy and paste the questions into a reply message; remove my answers & add yours!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
neither

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
sit under tree

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
colored lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
no

5. When do you put up your decorations?
2 weeks before Christmas

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
homemade cranberry relish

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
the Christmas my dad made a table & chairs for my brother & me (we were 5 & 6 years old)

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
when I was 6 or 7

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
not since my son is grown

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
We have a tree decorating party 2 Saturdays before Christmas

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it for Christmas!

12. Can you ice skate?
no

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
a lifelike baby doll

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Time spent with family and friends

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
white fruitcake

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
lasagna for Christmas eve dinner

17. What tops your tree?
star

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Joy to the World, Birthday of a King (can't choose just 1)

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
YUCK!

  
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MARGETODAY 12/8/2009 11:07AM

    I love this blog. This is so much fun. It makes me smile.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa Wraps

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
colored lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Yes

5. When do you put up your decorations?
1st weekend in December

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Turkey

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Cooking with my father

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
Unfortunately, I cannot remember

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
by myself with Christmas music playing

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Dread it

12. Can you ice skate?
No

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Barbie Van

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Time spent with family and enjoying the meal preparation

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Mincemeat pie

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Cooking Christmas dinner

17. What tops your tree?
star

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Oh, come all ye faithful

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
YUCK!


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FLAWLESSCUBE 12/7/2009 10:08PM

    Welcome to the 2009 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends! You know the drill. Just copy and paste the questions into a reply message; remove my answers & add yours!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
BOTH!!!!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
sit under tree

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
no

5. When do you put up your decorations?
4 weeks before Christmas

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
The fruit platter :)

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Santa came to visit our house about midnight and wore the same shoes as Daddy

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What Truth?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes as we have several homes to visit

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
No room but I hang popcorn and cranberries outside for the birds

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it for Christmas! Then it could all melt :)

12. Can you ice skate?
Yes

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
casio keyboard

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
family, friends, not working overtime if I don't have to

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
watergate salad

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Going to Gram and Gramps for xmas day

17. What tops your tree?
Antique 8 pointed star when I actually get around to it

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
ANything from Mannheim steamroller cd

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
YUMMY!!

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JESSICA_0029 12/7/2009 9:20PM

    1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
egg nog

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
sit under tree

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
blue and white

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
no

5. When do you put up your decorations?
2 - 3 weeks before Christmas

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
stuffing(my mom's)

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
My favorite holiday memory is having everyone get together at my grandmas. It was so special because my grandmother would always make me feel like she needed my help baking cookies and making popcorn balls! We had so much fun!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
when I was 7 (I think)

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
YES only 1

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
My bf and I decorate it together.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it! Especially on Christmas!!!

12. Can you ice skate?
NO

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
a porcelain doll from my grandmother

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
getting to see my brother and sister

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
white chocolate truffles

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
pancake breakfast Christmas Eve

17. What tops your tree?
star

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Silent Night, Santa Clause

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
YUCK!


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DAKOTANMISTY 12/7/2009 9:04PM

    I found your blog from the team page, and I gotta say I LOVE it. How fun :-) I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
sit under tree

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
colored lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
no

5. When do you put up your decorations?
3 weeks before Christmas

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
my mother's ambrosia

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
the Christmas Santa brought my light bright. It was under the tree, lite up with my name spelled out on it.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
hmm, 10 maybe?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
yes

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
with my collection of Ornaments. Place all the glass ones on top, so the kitties don't knock them off and bat them around. I've had a few broken that way over the years.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love watching it fall, dread driving in it!

12. Can you ice skate?
not well

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
as an ADULT, cruise to the Bahamas. As a CHILD, Barbie's dream house.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Time spent with family and friends

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
pecan or apple pie

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
wearing PJ's with lighted fire, listening to Christmas carols while just being with family

17. What tops your tree?
angel

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Silent Night

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
YUCK!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/7/2009 8:35PM

   
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wraps presents

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
colored lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
no

5. When do you put up your decorations?
Just after Thanksgiving

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Turkey

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
the Christmas my dad gave me a collectible barbie doll case with wardrobe.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
when I was 6 or 7 by my evil twin sisters who ruined it for me.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve with a big fancy meal and gift giving and Christmas is kick back day.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
I do it by myself with lights and ornaments collected since i was a teen

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it for Christmas!

12. Can you ice skate?
LOL
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Barbies

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Time spent with family and friends

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
frosted cut out cookies

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Turkey and Ham

17. What tops your tree?
A Crystal lighted angel

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Joy to the World, Silent Night, I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus,

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
YUM!!!

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TRUELOU 12/7/2009 7:47PM

    I don't know Willow, I wrote down the answers, cut them out and pasted them to the computer...nothing seems to be happening.
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RONALYN 12/7/2009 7:46PM

    1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wraps

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
colored lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
no

5. When do you put up your decorations?
We try for December 1 and take down Jan 1

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Stuffing

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Waiting for my grandma and grandpa to come to our house so we could open presents

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I still believe ( or I get NO presents) :)

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
nope ... only on Christmas

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
The kids do it :) It looks like Charlie Brown's tree but they are so proud :)

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it for Christmas!

12. Can you ice skate?
Yes

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
my wedding rings fixed :)

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
My husband and my kids ;)

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Vanilla Ice cream with Creme d' Menthe

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Pancake breakfast on Christmas morning

17. What tops your tree?
star

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
A little of both :)

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
20 shades of awesome ... :)

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75 lbs. gone forever!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I stopped by my doctor's office yesterday and decided to get weighed. I knew I was getting close to my next goal, but wasn't sure if I wanted to get weighed, just in case the numbers hadn't moved. I was there, so why not? I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was 1 more lb. down which meant I had lost a total of 75 lbs. from my highest weight, 50 of those lbs. since joining Spark People.

I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and I couldn't have given myself a better birthday gift!

Many, many thanks to all of my Spark friends who have encouraged, inspired, and supported me these past 4 months! I never would have done it without you. emoticon emoticon

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MSMAKEOVER 12/11/2009 9:24AM

    Congrats on your weight loss. That's awesome.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESSICA_0029 12/7/2009 8:50PM

    WOOHOO 75 pounds that's wonderful!You are such an inspiration to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STOP-IT-KNOW 12/6/2009 8:34PM

    that's wonderful keep it up.

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PATTIANNT 12/3/2009 3:02PM

    Wow, that is awesome, I can't believe I missed this blog! Great job! Keep up the good work!
Patti
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WILLOW49 12/3/2009 2:41PM

    Thanks everyone!

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LINDA25427 12/3/2009 11:07AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Job .

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GETDONE 11/28/2009 1:37AM

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/28/2009 12:16AM

    Woo hoo!

And, of course, you have an AWESOME trophy icon. LOL

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TRUELOU 11/25/2009 9:16PM

    Congratulations, what a wonderful gift to give yourself. Happy Birthday Nov. 28th!!!
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AMUSIKMKER 11/25/2009 8:40PM

    FANTASTIC!!! You are an inspiration to all!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/25/2009 8:36PM

    Way to go!!! I am so very proud of you. Keep it up.

Debbie

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LADYNETTIE 11/25/2009 5:23PM

    Wow, what a wonderful thing to be thankful for! Good for you, and have a healthy Thanksgiving!

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EMMABE1 11/25/2009 5:10PM

    Wonderful - it really is worth the hard work - I'm sure you agree!! emoticon

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2CATS2LOVE1 11/25/2009 4:32PM

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ANGELLACOLE 11/25/2009 2:56PM

    You're doing amazing! emoticon

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ICKA_2 11/25/2009 2:33PM

    Congrat's!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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DANA47 11/25/2009 2:33PM

    75 pounds, that is great. I can't wait until I can say that to. You are doing a fantastic job. emoticon emoticon

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Happy Birthday DEBMORSE1!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Today is DEBMORSE1's birthday! Stop by her page and wish her well! Deb has been so supportive and inspirational along my weight loss journey; thanks so much!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Deb!
Happy Birthday to you!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DE
BMORSE1


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SEASHELL71 12/6/2009 7:29AM

    YOU ARE THE BIRTHDAY emoticon
PATROL! YOU SEND OUT WONDERFUL WISHES!
TO A GREAT AND WONDERFUL PERSON!! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/21/2009 1:17AM

    thanks for the heads up...............will wish her well..........................have a great weekend......blessings and hugs....................lita

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TRUELOU 11/21/2009 1:17AM

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And only 7 more days till Willow49's birthday:)

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Today I bought a brick.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

emoticon emoticon for all of your comments about my weight loss this week. I am more determined than ever to get 1 more lb. gone by Thanksgiving! I appreciate all of your support and inspiration! I'll reply individually as soon as I have some free time. We've been doing some major renovations to our home lately, and I'm frazzled beyond belief. I want my house back!

Last night I slept for only 2 hours. Too much running through my mind. I joked with my husband this morning that I was going to buy a brick today when I went to the home improvement store so he could "knock me out" tonight if I didn't fall asleep.

Today I bought a brick and taught him how to use it. Good night.

  
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GETDONE 11/20/2009 10:35PM

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MARGETODAY 11/19/2009 1:37PM

    Get some much deserved rest and good luck with that goal! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 11/19/2009 7:01AM

    Hope you get that good night's sleep without having to resort to the brick. emoticon

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EMMABE1 11/19/2009 4:42AM

    Been there, done that - never again - renovations` are just sooo disruptive. Its so good when they are done though. Just keep in mind there is light at the end of the tunnel!!
Sleep well

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L*I*T*A* 11/19/2009 1:35AM

    hope you sleep well tonight.............blessings and hugs..........lita

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ARENDIVA 11/19/2009 12:45AM

    I hope you meet your goal and lose that pound and more :D

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ERIECANALGAL 11/19/2009 12:42AM

    OMGoodness! I hope he didn't have to use it tonight.Better get some rest.
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SUGARPUNK52 11/19/2009 12:29AM

  Thanks for the laugh! Hope you get some sleep tonight.

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TRUELOU 11/18/2009 11:56PM

    Hope you get to sleep and have some relaxful days before the excitement of your Nov. 28th birthday...
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JESSICA_0029 11/18/2009 11:42PM

    I hope you get some rest tonight! I know how crazy you can start to feel when your sleep deprived. emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/18/2009 11:37PM

    Hope you get more sleep tonight.

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Be Thankful

Monday, November 16, 2009

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

  
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TESSAMARIE3 11/18/2009 11:19AM

    Willow you are an inspiration to me . emoticon

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MARGETODAY 11/17/2009 9:30AM

    emoticon So true. Thank you for posting!

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JESSICA_0029 11/17/2009 12:32AM

    What a wonderful blog! Just what I needed to lift my spirits today. Thanks
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R-U-JELLEN 11/16/2009 10:14PM

    Thank you for the wonderful message. The line about mistakes reminded me of something my daughter told me when we were making cards one day. She said, "There's no such thing as mistakes---only opportunities for creativity!"

Another common thread--many, many moons ago my grandfather played the fiddle and my grandmother the piano for old-time dances back in Minnesota. My son-in-law, AKAYCAT's hubby, successfully defended his dissertation this week and has his doctorate in music. Ang called today and has decided to try for her master's in piano.
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TRAVELNISTA 11/16/2009 1:55PM

    I loved this blog and its important message to all of us. emoticon

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LADYNETTIE 11/16/2009 12:43PM

    Loved this. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/16/2009 8:47AM

    wonderful.......wonderful great words we should all live by........thanks so much for sharing...............blessings and hugs...................lita

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/16/2009 8:16AM

    Willow, Thank you for this wonderful blog.
Hugs,
Helen

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JFULMER1 11/16/2009 6:55AM

    Thanks for sparking my gratitude!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/16/2009 1:19AM

    this is such a wonderful blog, Willow!

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