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Sticker shock

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jeff took our plans into the city for plan approval today. We expected it to be around $400-500 max. Turned out Anaheim really likes to charge alot now it was $1500 and that does not include the cost of permits. Jeff was in sticker shock most of the afternoon. We took some siding out of the side of the house where we will be adding some small sq. footage. We were not too lucky because we found termit damage that we were not aware of. This is amost a given here in CA. Most homes, even brand new ones can get them here very easily.
So that will cost us a bit more to fix too. More lumber will be needed to fix the damage caused by the damn termits.
Jogged this morning for just under 30 min and according to my ped. I did 3.02 miles. I know my next 5K I can beat my time of 34.30.2 if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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TEDDYBEAR662 6/14/2011 4:56PM

    Good luck and sorry the pricing went up. Also good luck with those yucky bugs.

Last, you're doing awesome... next 5k here you come!

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LESSOFMOORE 6/14/2011 4:36PM

    Sorry to hear about the little buggers:( Still, it's better to find them before they do to much damage.

You're on your way to being the 5K Kween! emoticon

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DDOORN 6/14/2011 1:08PM

    Homes can be such BLACK HOLES for money!

Kudos to your running efforts!


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JAMER123 6/14/2011 12:22AM

    WOW! Guess I am glad I don't live in CA. and want to do some work on a house!! Of course, MN. is getting to be just about as bad. We didn't have taxes raised with our past govenor but the fees for whatever really took a big jump.

I really learned about termites when they were found in mom's garage in TX. and most of her stored items were in boxes. It probably was a good thing as the garage has been spared but a lot of family history lost in pictures etc. Good luck in getting rid of them. Hope the queen is found!!

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_LINDA 6/13/2011 11:38PM

    That is an outrageous price, wow!! Unlucky to find out termite damage on top of that, does this mean your whole house should be checked for them just in case?
Great work with the jogging, you will get that time!!
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TXGRANDMA 6/13/2011 11:14PM

    That is a lot of money, just for plans! I think they are ripping you off big time but there is not much you can do emoticon (I'll bet)
Sorry about the termite damage. Darn things are a problem here, too. I hope it wasn't too extensive.
Congratulations on your great workout and good luck with your next 5K! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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First 5K photos/time 34.30.2

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hannah, me and Debbie b/4 race. We had light rain again in the early morning and was misty most of the race, very cool tto.
Start of race, I am nearer the back. There was suppositly over 1000+ racers.

Me in black #601

Rear view at the beginning.

Trying to get around slower racers and walkers

Signs that Debbie's daughters made to encourage us. They didn't know there was another way to spell Teri. It's the thought that counts.

Almost at the end.

Maybe 50 - 75 yards to go.

After the race was over.

My time on paper. First time is "Gun line time" and the second time is "Race finish time".
Since I was just hoping to be under 50 min. I am very excited about this time. I look forward to doing some more 5K's and doing a bit better. At 11.8 per mile, I think I did very well. Thanks for all the encouragement from my Sparks friends!

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FIRERY1 7/9/2011 5:57PM

    Sis, you are awesome! I knew you would have a good time, and good timing! Way to go, Girl!

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FIRERY1 7/9/2011 5:55PM

    Sis, you are awesome! I knew you would have a good time, and good timing! Way to go, Girl!

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BKWERM 6/20/2011 3:20PM

    Sorry for the late comment but Congratulations, Teri; you did Awesome!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/13/2011 10:43PM

    emoticon Way to go!!!!

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DDOORN 6/13/2011 12:35PM

    Woo hoo to your 5K!

Just did my first official 5K last month...35 mins. Not bad for someone who doesn't consider himself a runner...lol! Give me two wheels any day! But it was nice to join with other members of SparkPeople in our local 5K!


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LAURAAT 6/13/2011 12:06PM

    Awesome! Great job!!

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HIKINGSD 6/12/2011 11:59PM

    WOW!!! You kicked butt! Good work!

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LESSOFMOORE 6/12/2011 8:07PM

    Teri, I am so impressed! emoticon

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TERRYT55 6/12/2011 2:16PM

    SO cool.......you are FAST! My first 5K was 42 minutes and I haven't gotten any faster. You rock, Teri!

Great pictures, too.

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SOFEDUPP 6/12/2011 12:50PM

    That is awesome!!!

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SHERREMAC 6/12/2011 6:58AM

    Way to go!!!!

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BEEJAY49 6/12/2011 4:48AM

    You did great! Congratulations! :) Thank you for sharing the pictures! :)

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_LINDA 6/12/2011 1:45AM

    Well done Teri!! Love the photos!! 11 minutes a mile is a fabulous time!!
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CARANN56 6/11/2011 11:40PM

    Congratulations on a great 5K.


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TXGRANDMA 6/11/2011 11:25PM

    emoticonI am so proud of you! Fantastic job!

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MEYLOSE 6/11/2011 11:23PM

    well done and ty for sharing the photos

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    Love the pictures! Congratulations on running the 5K. You're doing GREAT! Love, Dawn emoticon

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Night b/4 first 5K

Friday, June 10, 2011

I have to admit I am a bit nervous. I just want to finish in under 50 min. I don't run, but I can jog a study 4.5 - 4.7 mph on the treadmill at the gym. I have also been practicing running outdoors on the street and sidewalks in the neighborhood. My sister said I should do it in under 20 min., but that sounded way too fast for a 5K the first time out. I think she is nuts, because she said she did her first one in 33 min., well la de la for her. She was also about 8 yrs. younger than I am now. So at 55 I will be happy to finish in a decent time. I just hope for a good nights sleep, not to sleep through the alarm and can keep up with my friend Debbie's, 12 yr. old daughter Hannah. Debbie will have my camera to take photos for me. She will hang on to my stuff too. Jeff will drop me off, but won't hang around. My son Frank may come down around 10am for the Flag Day festivities because you get free cake and ice cream. Being a runner I get a free pancake breakfast afterwards, it is $5 for those not running. I will pay for Franks pancakes and he can give me a ride home. I can walk home if not. It is maybe 1 1/2 miles to get home but if I am all sweaty it would be nice to have a ride. LOL. Let you all know the results tomorrow.

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JOOPRINCESS 6/12/2011 10:21PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS! Don't you worry either, it's not a competition against your sister. You do you. Can't wait to see the pictures!

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TERRYT55 6/12/2011 2:21PM

    I just read about your run..........you did such a great job. I can't even imagine doing a 5K in under 20 minutes even if I was an experienced runner. 34.30 is an amazing time.

Did you get a ride home? How was the pancake breakfast? When is your next run?

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    I hope that you're doing well & that the 5K went well for you. Love, Dawn emoticon

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_LINDA 6/11/2011 2:06AM

    Good luck!! All the best! You will get a time you will be happy with for your first time out! Enjoy the festivities afterwards. Cake sounds good as does pancakes :))

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#7 Chicago daylight pictures from the 38th floor

Friday, June 10, 2011

Not sure what the exact name is, some call it the "Bean".

This is where they have outdoor concerts, mostly free. Also a different view of that strange foot bridge from #6 blog

Michigan Ave. looking south.

View of the planitarium.

These are water fountains when they are turned on. Water will shoot out from where the mouth is. Kids play area

This building was across the street from the living room window. On nice days the residents come out and sun themselves on the roof. I love the artwork!

We were not sure what building this is. It is almost where the "Hard Rock Hotel" is located. Too bad from the street no one can see its beauty.

Ok, in the words of Porky Pig "Thats all folks"! I hope all my friends enjoyed seeing Chicago. This was my first trip and I went a little overboard with pictures. I was very excited to share these with everyone!

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_LINDA 6/11/2011 12:33PM

    These are awesome!! I can't imagine hanging ten that high and doing artwork like that!! that is really amazing!! Its always so wonderful to see where my friends have traveled and what they enjoyed seeing!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to share them all!

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DDOORN 6/10/2011 9:37AM

    Very nice!


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JANTWO 6/10/2011 12:41AM

    Awesome pictures!!!! Thank you for sharing them!!!!

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MCMARTI26 6/10/2011 12:35AM

    Loved the pictures!!! It makes you want to visit soon.

Thanks for sharing,

Carolina M.

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#6 Chicago Millennium Park last day

Friday, June 10, 2011

This is at the opposite end of Millennium Park about 1 1/2 miles from where we stayed after we walked to breakfast and are returning to the condo.

Metra train going through the park.

One of many beautiful walking paths.

Naked Indian stature.

Walking over to the fountain used in the opening of tv show "Married with Children" which was one of our favs.

My husband kept calling me "Peg" and I was calling him "Al". People were laughing at us cause I was walking like "Peg" did on the show.

One of the Segway tours they do of the park or you can rent a bike. I would chose the bike, hubby says Segways. lol

The park has beautiful hidden gems everywhere.

This is a foot bridge over the street. When the sun is really out, you can't get a good picture because of the glare.

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HIKINGSD 6/10/2011 7:37PM

    So many parts of Chicago I have not seen. Thank you for showing me that! Love the Peg and Al story :)

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JOOPRINCESS 6/10/2011 1:02PM

    What a fantastic blog! Our daughter is going with her grandmother to visit family in Chicago this Saturday for a week. I've shared the pictures with her (she's 9) and got her excited all over again for her trip. Now I don't feel so bad not being able to go with her. Enjoy your time, PEG!

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_LINDA 6/10/2011 12:18PM

    Wow! Great photos! I used to watch that show Married With Children, not sure why, but I liked it lol. How neat it is to see that fountain! The Indian statue is the best, lots of power in it, really well made to show beauty and strength in the human and horse bodies.. Most of the time with modern art sculpture, I don't get the purpose, a bunch of walking legs? Hmmm.
Thanks very much enjoyed!!
Have a Fantastic Friday and fabulous weekend!

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