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Getting Excited....

Friday, August 14, 2009

... so shortly I leave for my last crazy weekend excursion of the month and I get to see my SISTER for the first time in a YEAR AND A HALF because she's BACK from MONGOLIA! :D YAY!!!!

This also means I give her car back and try to learn stick as I mentioned before so that's kind of exciting/nervousmaking.

One of my new favorite quick fix dishes (quick if I've got rice batch cooked): Rice (heated in the microwave w/ a papertowel over it to hold in some moisture), chicken of the sea salmon pack, katsuo fumi furikake (the bonito one). MIX! DELICIOUS! :) mmmmmmmm so good.

I've got my weights and running shoes and gear packed. I will be working out this weekend!

Also my chest and arms are sore from yesterday's ST - WOOT.

I will have some internet access while gone, but the connection is kinda more iffy so not sure how much I will be able to do plus who wants to be online when you are spending time with family? :) So if I don't see ya again till next WEDNESDAY have a GREAT weekend!


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TRACYZABELLE 8/19/2009 5:57AM


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ANEPANALIPTI 8/16/2009 5:02PM

    This blog just BEAMS vitality, health, and endurance. YOU ROCK DARLIN.

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BRE7482 8/16/2009 10:46AM

    Have a great time!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/15/2009 10:54PM

    Mongolia?! Will she be going back? Can you VISIT? That sounds like a really interesting place to go!

Good luck with the driving! It's surprising how many people don't know how to drive a manual transmission. All of my cars have had them.

I'm a big fan of yummy furikake, too. Just watch the sodium in it...

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    Hooray for getting to see your sister! I'm excited for you!

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SEEHOLZ 8/15/2009 6:01PM

    So exciting indeed and the rice/salmon mixture sounds delicious

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MSSUNBUG 8/15/2009 2:40PM

    I hope you're having an excellent time catching up with your sister--must be so exciting after all this time!

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CBLAKE85 8/15/2009 10:35AM

    Have fun! Try to get some good pictures and make us all jealous :p

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SKISINCO 8/15/2009 9:19AM

    Have fun!

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JESPAH 8/15/2009 9:08AM

    Have a fantastic time!

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SKYFYRE 8/15/2009 8:24AM

    Have a great time! How cool that your sis is back!

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SIRABE76 8/14/2009 9:56PM

    Yeah, have fun with your sister.

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WOLFKITTY 8/14/2009 8:34PM

    Wow! Wednesday? :) That's a whole lotta time that you can enjoy! I'm happy for you.

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SZNN4570 8/14/2009 8:14PM

    Enjoy the time with your sister! Have a great weekend.

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KEAKMAN 8/14/2009 4:56PM

    Enjoy your sister!

And get ready for MARATHON TRAINING! You will love it!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/14/2009 4:55PM

    Have a great time! Enjoy visiting with your sister! We'll all be here when you get back so don't sweat it :).

Stick = like riding a bike :)

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KAYAKID 8/14/2009 4:18PM

    Enjoy your time with your family - returning from a mission?


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RHALES199 8/14/2009 4:17PM

    Have a FUN weekend with your family!

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SWEETZMIX 8/14/2009 4:11PM

    Enjoy. Screw the internet and spend time with your family.

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    Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy some great time with your sister!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/14/2009 3:00PM

    Have a great excursion...use SparkPeople Mobile to log your nutrition and fitness!
(Oh, and good luck w/ that stick shift...maybe cash for clunkers will expedite the shift to making those obsolete!)

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TELERIE 8/14/2009 2:42PM

    Woohoo for seeing sister and having a great plan! You ROCK!!

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    Have a fantastic weekend with your family!!!!

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    YAY! I'll be gone for a week too - so see you when I return Dana. Have so much fun with your fam!

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ZAEZAE 8/14/2009 2:24PM

    Sounds like it will be a great weekend for sure! Enjoy every second and good luck with driving stick!

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TRUE_TEXAN 8/14/2009 2:19PM

    Whooohooo!!! Have fun! Sisters are the BEST!

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TAKEONME48137 8/14/2009 2:15PM

    Yay! Have fun! And good luck when you start the marathon training! =)

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GWILLIAMS4178 8/14/2009 2:12PM

    Good Luck and Have Fun!

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PHOTOS: My favorite Run and Bento stuff!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

So to sum up - stayed within cal range yesterday and this morning I got up and did a longer run (to help set myself up for success this weekend allowing shorter runs) and upper body and core ST. I took lots of pictures on my run cause it's my favorite route and I wanted to share! :) Today's Bento is similar to yesterday and the day before but no more hard boiled eggs so there's more cottage cheese instead. Also I put a couple little shreds of parm on top of the broccoli to pretty it instead of furikake.

SO! FIRST! Yesterday's Bento! And Furikake!

That's only the one tier, the other was cottage cheese/nectarine/hard boiled egg/chocolate again. That salsa is called "California Fiesta - Three mild peppers" flavor... can't remember the brand, but the peppers in it are like sweet bell peppers but the flavor is a medium spiciness as well so it's really good. :)


Those are the two kinds I have -- Yasai and Katsuo. There's also other kinds... off the top of my head there's Ebi (shrimp) kind as well... but anyway! These two are VEGGIE and BONITO flavors.

The Yasai Fumi Furikake breaks down like this:
Ingredients: Sesame Seed, Carrot, Spinach, Pumpkin, Celery, Japanese Mustard Plant, Potato Starch, Sugar, Salt, and Seaweed.

Nutrition Facts: 1 tsp (3g) - 10cal, 50mg sodium, 2g carbs (less than 1g sugar), 0g protein

Katsuo Fumi Furikake -
Ingredients: Shaved Bonito, Sesame Seed, Sugar, Salt, Soy Sauce (water, soy bean, wheat, salt), and Sea Weed.

Nutrition facts: 1Tbsp (7g) - 30 cal, 1g fat, lessthan 5mg chol, 180mg sodium, 3 carbs (less than 1gfiber, 2g sugar), 2g protein

Obviously the Katsuo (my favorite) has more going on than the first one, but note the serving size is different for each one for those nutrition facts!!! So we're talking still 10cal per tsp (1Tbsp = 3 teaspoons - for yasai 10 per tsp, for Katsuo 30 per Tbsp), Katsup is slightly higher in sodium and actually has some protein content from the bonito shavings.

BONITO IS A FISH - in case you didn't know! :D

Anyway - that is my lesson on Furikake for the day.

Now my run!!!!!!!!!

To describe overall -- it starts in a park, goes through a historic/pretty neighborhood, down the "strip" near campus, around campus, and back to the park. :D

Here is my start in the park:

Some of my favorite parts of the park:

Trail through the trees!

My favorite bridge -- this is actually looking backwards and you can see the river - when I am running on that path through the trees it overlooks the river to the right. Sooooo pretty!

After the park is over I must cross a fairly busy street and the next notable thing is the LIBRARY! :)

I LOVE the library and I actually need to return a book - didn't take it running with me. DARNIT! hahaha

Now, after the library I turn and go up the most windy steep hill evarrrrrr. Here's the windy hill sign with a neato amphitheater of some sorts in the background which I have no idea what is used for....

There IS an alternative route for this windy steep road, which is a steep trail with some ancient tall stairs...

I opted for that route today and after the stairs discovered it was rather overgrown... this log that is in this picture looking back had to be stepped over and I was almost sitting on it in the process! YIKES!

Then I'm running past gorgeous houses!!!! This is probably the most notable and it is on my next corner:

I also liked this one that was covered in ivy!

The next is a loooong straight stretch through the strip and campus.

ROLL TIDE!!!! The cleansing tide that is... ? what? hahahaha It's always weird to go to a college town and see what business names are made to exploit/support the local sports team....

This is mostly the view after passing the few businesses like the Cleansing Tide:

Next to the quad:

This one actually crests a slope so you can see the rest of this road going off in the distance because after this it's down a bit and then back up to the corner.

But! To the right you get to see first - THE STADIUM!

The President's Mansion!

Million Dollar Band Camp!

WOOT - that was fun to see them out there. I really wanted to join them.

This is where I USED to go to the gym -- the University's Rec Center.

Well -- there is a period here where I stopped taking pictures cause I was getting beat and it's just more campus stuff nothing exciting.....

Oh but throughout campus they have these markers:

There are apparently a couple of different trails -- see this one says East Trail. I don't really know what each trail entails, I think I run across two different ones because they each have different distances... but still, I think it's kinda nifty. :)


I was beat. And sweat in my eye. hahahaha.

I did take my sharkies! And water! All used up.

What's your favorite run and why??? :D

BONUS: This run gets more fun during football season if I run before a football game I get to run through all the mobs of people in the stadium/quad area, etc, that are tailgating and getting pumped! :)

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S318830 8/17/2009 1:55PM

    What an awesome idea to share your running route and photos! What't the total distance?

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/17/2009 10:13AM

    I missed this post on vacation, that is an awesome running route! Love the pretty houses and how different the scenes are!

How familiar are you with the ATL? My favorite running routes from my house either include Little 5 Points (do you know that area? Not five points, by underground which is stupid, but L5P which is funky restaurants, boutiques, bars, if you don't know it you would love it, L5p is about 2 miles from here, Or Oakhurst village, which is another cute little area that is about a mile and half from here, or Candler Park which is also boutiques, records stores, etc, but more residential. Favorite bike route, so far since I am kind of new to the bike riding thing goes out to stone mountain and back, around 20 miles. I say favorite but I have only done it once. It goes through some kind of remote areas so I did part of it by myself but didn't do the whole thing until I could get Jake to go with me. Yesterday we rode out to Piedmont Park and back - I feel pretty sure you know Piedmont Park, yes? If not you need me to show you around some time :)!

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WHOWANTSOLLIE 8/17/2009 8:08AM

    Your route looks like fun! I love the Bento pics. I just read an article about these yesterday, funny how you encounter something new and suddenly you see it a few different places.

My favorite run... Sometimes is a 1.1 mile loop through my neighborhood, because I can grab water, a bathroom, swap out a tired dog for a fresh dog (we have four). Sometimes is a hilly 5.3 mile loop through town, funny when I see people across town when I'm on foot, they always sweetly offer me a ride.

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LAFTERSFREE 8/15/2009 6:31PM

    these pics are great, how many miles does that amount to??
i wish i didnt work in the mornings, i'd love to do walks like that, instead i end up walking late at night so i stick to the well-lit areas with lots of people, like the quad.

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GAYEMC 8/15/2009 4:58PM

    Thanx for sharing pictures. Looks like a beautiful route!

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MSSUNBUG 8/15/2009 2:39PM

    What a fantastic run! Great pictures--thanks for sharing!

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DEBESTA 8/14/2009 2:25PM

    Wow! That is some run!

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LASHERTHECAT 8/14/2009 12:37PM

    Thanks for the photos of the run... Very pretty area where you live... It's interesting to see where Sparkfriends live.

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BRE7482 8/14/2009 11:48AM

    I've always wondered where you run. I really should start walking at that park. I didn't realize how lovely it is. I can't believe you run up that crazy hill by the library. I don't even like to drive on it. I'm actually going by there today to return books. Last time I checked the amphitheater isn't used anymore, but I do know that they are remodeling it, so who knows. Seeing your pic of the stadium makes me ready for football!

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SEEHOLZ 8/14/2009 11:30AM

    Okay, please don't kill me, but where you do live? I really don't know- or just can't figure it out-LOL. I LOVE that you shared your route, as I want to come out and run with you there! Those steps in the woods look intriguing, but I'd be one to probably not go, because I'm a "scared off" easily--- tend to stay on main streets and what not...
The salsa looks extremely yummy!

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EOSAURORA84 8/14/2009 11:23AM

    You know, I have lived in birmingham all my life and have not once been to T-town.....Looks like the DH and I should plan a visist to take a walk around campus or something....those are great pics by the way... emoticon

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KAYAKID 8/14/2009 11:21AM

    My favorite run is on some trails by my gym - it is about a 2 mile loop and in the forest and by the the HS footbal stadium. I like it because not too many people or cars are around and gives me time to gather my thoughts. Have a great weekend!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/14/2009 8:50AM

    Thanks for the bento lesson. It will be curious to see this same run before a football game. I imagine that it looks a lot different.


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SWEETZMIX 8/14/2009 8:34AM

    Thanks for sharing Dana, you have an interesting run. It looks sO nice where you go to run, I guess your area where you live. Very pretty!

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RYANDEJONGHE 8/14/2009 7:54AM

    Awesome blog idea! Thanks for taking the time to share with us that great run. I'm also going to have to go and google Bento...seen that too many times now and still don't have a clue.

Great work; you seem to really have your act together.

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TRACYZABELLE 8/14/2009 3:52AM

    Thanks for taking me on your run! Awesome

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WOLFKITTY 8/14/2009 2:03AM

    Oh! I loved the photo blog with your run!!! I would certainly walk that! LOL!! One day I will run with you, Dana, you mark my words! :)


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KEAKMAN 8/14/2009 1:29AM

    My fave is any run. And the why is because I can't run right now.

Seriously, my favorite so far was running back towards home on the Springwater Trail and seeing Mt Hood rising up in the distance ahead of me. I'll have to get a pic next time!

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CATIATM 8/14/2009 12:34AM

    What a fun blog! Thanks for taking us with you!

My faves?

London: Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park/St. James' Park or Hampstead Heath
Philadelphia: Fairmount Park
Tunis: Sidi Bou Said Park
DC: Georgetown and the VA trails
Beirut: I don't get out much, but the corniche on the water is gorgeous. I'll try there when it gets cooler.

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CBLAKE85 8/14/2009 12:20AM

    One of the most encouraging blogs i've read in a while. I love the concept and I feel i was as much a part of your run as you were. My favorite run out here has to either be going through Georgetown or taking the trail to Harpers Ferry if I can manage to run that far. Someday, someday I shall make it Harpers Ferry and go find a milkshake and drink with the sun shining on my face and the cool breeze on my skin. Great blog once again, I loved reading it.

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SKYFYRE 8/13/2009 11:33PM

    Great Blog Dana! Thanks for sharing the photographs! That IS a truly beautiful run! Hey, for a second there I was like, "No! Don't littler!" But then I remembered I was reading you blog and everything was OK again! Hahahaha!

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KIMCATUS 8/13/2009 8:09PM

    Ooooh I loved the pics!!! I fel like I was running with you....not like I could keep up but still!!! My run right now is just around the apartment complex...not at all scenic but I like it when I people look like at me like wow...she's really running..ha ha ha!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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MOM2ACAT 8/13/2009 7:44PM

    Great blog, love the pics!

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MISSY_MAGOO 8/13/2009 7:36PM

    What a beautiful run! No wonder it's your favorite :)

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ANEPANALIPTI 8/13/2009 7:03PM

    Awesome photo blog I don't know how you managed to take such great pictures while running! 8-)

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TAKEONME48137 8/13/2009 7:01PM

    Tuscaloosa looks very nice! And the pics are awesome! The Bento meal also looks really fantastic. Hooray!

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    Cool! I'm going to the woods this weekend and need to remember to bring my camera! (I even packed my running clothes in case I get inspired in the morning when I'm the first one awake, as per usual.)

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SPARKNMOM 8/13/2009 5:38PM

    Oh my gosh...your run is so beautiful!! I'm about to go for my run, and last time I did this route, I looked like I was going through an obstacle course avoiding all the dog poo...not cool! It's in another town where my daughter has cheer practice. I need to find a new route LOL!!

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SIRABE76 8/13/2009 5:37PM

    Nice pics. Plus, this picture right below the library that you have stated as an amphitheare. IT is Queen city pool. It used to be the city's public pool. It has been filled up and grown over for some time.

I took swimming lessons there when I was younger. I wish it was still open. It really was a great pool. Plus, it would be awesome to have 3 generations of pictures taken at the same pool

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TELERIE 8/13/2009 5:36PM

    Oh what a great idea - I'll bring my camera next time I run and snap a few pictures on my round. I run through a pretty rural and residential area, lots of fields and horses and also a hospital.

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/13/2009 5:11PM

    i like the idea of the box. the seasoning looks gross to me. kinda like fish food. i am not a big seafood person at all though. thanks for taking pics on your run. guess i am not the only crazy who does that.

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RHALES199 8/13/2009 5:02PM

    Cool pics!

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KASHMIR 8/13/2009 5:02PM

    Thanks for the tour! I need to get down to the nature trail and do that again now that the trees are all in leaf, last time I did a photo tour of the trail it was winter.

Katsuo Fumi Furikake - I am going to try to make my own!!! I have a big bag of bonito flakes, and I could leave out the sugar....are the sesame seeds ground up or whole??? Sounds Yummy

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    Oh Wow! Love that. :) I need to map out some good run paths for me to take once I get my mileage up.

How long was your run from the photos?

It's LOVELY! :) (I LOOOVE the stairs! love love love)

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MDTWEETY 8/13/2009 4:45PM

    Looks like a nice place to run!! Nice photos!
Have you heard of the "vegan lunch box" blog"? I'm not vegan but she has some great bento box lunch ideas. Check it out if you haven't already! :)

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DDOORN 8/13/2009 4:40PM

    Great pics! Beautiful scenery...reminds me a bit of our area, oddly enough, since we're so much further north! It's so nice to see a little "slice" of other folk's lives...thx so much for sharing!


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Honesty can erase shame.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I went over on calories last night.

I KNEW I went over -- and it was because of ice cream and chocolate.

I wasn't going to track it because I was ashamed of having done it and I knew I was over and I just didn't want to look at it......


And guess what? I actually only went over by about 150 calories and considering I burned over 1000 cal through exercise yesterday, that is NOT too shabby. Could the content have been better? SURE. But now that I've faced facts and actually looked at it, it has lifted the big dark burden of guilt and shame from "I WENT OVER ON MY CALORIES OH NO ASDHASOEHATSO"

Weird, huh?

I took today off -- I slept in (I really needed it cause I only got like 4 hrs of sleep the night before), which made me miss my window of opportunity for cool weather to run in, and then when I got up I noticed that the sides of my lower legs (kinda up from the ankle on either side) were a little sore. I think it's from the trail running knowing I had to run on a more unstable surface, I'm sure my feet were turned at different angles than usual. So I just decided I'd make a restful morning of it.

I watched Biggest Loser Australia online and relaxed. :)

I made another Bento as well! It's ALMOST the same as yesterday - I did take pictures but they're at home. I also photographed the furikake I have so I can share that with you, too. :)

The difference today is that I put the rice and chicken on one side of the tier and put this AMAZING NEW SALSA I got on top of them and just sprinkled the Yasai Fumi Furikake over the broccoli. The salsa is like... California Three Pepper? or something like that? I can't remember the brand -- I need to enter it into my tracker because I'm just using other salsa's and multiplying until it's similar to the calorie count, but it is reallly delicious. The other tier is the same, although I cut some of the nectarine slices in half to be able to pack it a bit differently. Tomorrow will probably be very similar as well since I batch cooked the chicken and the broccoli and the rice. :) But I love these things so it's no biggie for me to eat them for a while in a row. It's been nice to be able to enjoy some rice again -- before this I haven't had rice in a while! Also my DH hates broccoli. HAHAHA :D

Well that's all I've got for now. :)

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JULISABROCAR 8/22/2009 5:26PM

    was pointed to this blog by WOLFKITTY - will check out the links for the fallen. Very cool.

I like your banter about tracking. I go throught the same mental exercise at times, and then realize that it may be hiding (I keep my food tracker public) but it still shows up on my scale and body - LOL!

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SLCB1023 8/13/2009 1:53PM

    It has been proven that there are genes that regulate whether you like broccoli or not. It is true, I saw it on TV. So some kids like it and some don't just because of the type of taste buds then inherited. They also said that this sensitivity can lessen as we age. I thought that was amazing. emoticon

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 8/13/2009 10:33AM

    Broccoli is more of an acquired taste, you should hide it somewhere in the chicken so he'll get to eat it!

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EOSAURORA84 8/13/2009 10:27AM

    there is no shame in going over every now and then, I do it too.....it happens....but you got right back on which is all that matters.... emoticon

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LANC92 8/13/2009 8:48AM

    You have a really good point here Dana! The problem with overeating (for many of us) is that when we think we've done "bad" we let that be permission to completely fall apart. By admitting and being honest you found out it wasn't the end of the world and that probably helped you mentally more than you know!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/13/2009 8:04AM

    Facing our consumption is what is always needed. I know that even on off days, I still log all of it. It throws off all of the charts for a while, but it does remind me.

You might need to look at some help for your DH. Doesn't like broccoli? Sounds like a mental problem. Keep feeding it to him. He will come around . . .



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JESPAH 8/13/2009 6:13AM

    I think it's important that you tracked. Good, bad, indifferent, it's gotta be tracked. I think sometimes we either don't want to see the damage and/or don't want to admit it to ourselves.

You admitted it, and the world did not come careening off its axis.


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TRACYZABELLE 8/13/2009 4:12AM

    At least you admit and don't try to cover it up-- what good would that do? Besides look how much activity you get, you are awesome.


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    You're still my hero.

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 8/13/2009 12:25AM

    LOL about the tracker thing because that could have been me writing this blog! And I did finally decide to add the last things I ate and be honest (even though it took me slightly over my calories), just moving on, not feeling guilty! And I had a pretty good workout yesterday, too... so I know it was not a weight gaining day for me. What did me in was picking. But with my exercise, I still felt pretty good about the day, too! And felt good physically. Did try extra hard to stay under my cals today tho.

You are such an adventurous cook! I love salsa, too. I bet I would love eating at your house!!! Too bad you live so far away!

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KAYAKID 8/13/2009 12:06AM

    Dana, I seem to be following Kate around tonight or she is following me. It looks like we'll get you that pic..... We posted about a minute apart on robins blog. I am proud of you regarding being honest with yourself. You work so hard keep it up and would love to run with you in HTC or at some other time. we have to go where life takes us. I guess I don't know - why are you in California when your family is elsewhere?

Have a great day tomorrow!

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KEAKMAN 8/12/2009 10:37PM

    'Fessing up is good for the soul, isn't it?

I am proud of you for being honest with you. It is pretty bad when we lie to ourselves, huh?!

I hear you requested a pic of Robin and I skipping our race on Saturday....you got it!

And I will keep a spot for you on HTC just in case you guys find yourselves moving to the west coast for some mysterious reason, or you win the lottery, or your fairy godmother grants you this one wish! Seriously, if anything happens that you can join us, we would LOVE it, and I would gladly give up my spot to you if needed!

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SPARKNMOM 8/12/2009 10:28PM

    I always fess up when I mess up. I say it keeps me honest and keeps me from repeating. So good for you!! Glad you shared - AND glad it wasn't as bad as you thought LOL!!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/12/2009 5:56PM

    No shame in making a choice, ever. I am always 100% honest in my nutrition tracker because a) who else really reads in anyway? and b) if I start lying to myself there's no point in tracking it!

You went over your budget because you wanted to and you earned it. So what? You don't have to be "perfect" every day. Glad you're not ashamed and I hope others are honest with themselves, too, thanks to your honesty.

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/12/2009 5:32PM

    i do that too. i think i have had an awful calorie day and when i actually track it isn't too bad.

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CBLAKE85 8/12/2009 5:30PM

    Honesty truly does set you free when it comes to weight loss. I've been tracking my calories for only a few months and have seen the little devil on the shoulder telling me not to count the extra glasses of chocolate milk or the few crackers i snacked on. Luckily, i burn about as much as you do during workouts so it doesnt hit me as hard. But giving in seems so much easier than discipline. I guess its about finding a rock to lean on when times get hard.

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SEEHOLZ 8/12/2009 5:29PM

    So, really, you didn't go over- just thought you did, right?
I'm with you on the eating the same stuff, as long as I love it type thing! And, i get the sore ankle thing at times-- I think it has to do with the footing and the length of the tendon- something along those lines.
Even though it's really just a box, you got me thinking I "want" a bento- is that the name? I already forgot.
Have a rocking rest of your day!

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ANEPANALIPTI 8/12/2009 5:13PM

    Girl, you are so amazing. PERIOD. Take it to heart and never leave SP! *hug*

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KASHMIR 8/12/2009 4:26PM

    Dana, where are you watching BL Auz online?

Your lunch sounds SO YUMMY!!!

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DDOORN 8/12/2009 3:50PM

    I LOVE my salsa...YUM! Used to shy away from all things spicey but over these past few years I'm more and more cranking up the spice!

Sounds like your ice cream & chocolate wasn't a HUGE thing...good for you to put 'er out there and move on! :-)


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TAKEONME48137 8/12/2009 3:43PM

    Yes, honesty does erase shame. But, as you know, it'll be okay. And yeah, the 1000 calories burned definitely can offset the 78 calories you went over. =)

The Bento thing sounds cool...and I still can't get over the pictures. The food looked delicious! haha

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ZAEZAE 8/12/2009 2:57PM

    Great blog - it's always nice when you find out you really didn't 'screw up' as bad as you thought you did! But really, a great reminder that tracking is really the only way to get the real story.

Lunch sounds yummo!

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DREAVG 8/12/2009 2:48PM


Sometimes looking at our guilt is more helpful that actually feeling guilty. I did the same not long ago. Good for you. Keep it up.


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JENJEN874 8/12/2009 2:48PM

  How are you burning 1000 cals in a day, i really need to start doing that!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So -- Bento is defined on Wikipedia as "a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine." To read a whole lot more about the history, yaddayadda visit the full Wikipedia page here:


The appealing things about bento to me are:

1. Portion Control from the size of the bento box
2. Time and attention to making an attractive meal (AND CUTE! KAWAII!!)
3. The concept of balance!

Here are a couple of other links that are useful for those interested in bento - they are both blogs by bento makers that share recipes, tipes, and answer FAQ's :)


I got into it a while back and for a time was making a bento nearly everyday! :D Not always super cute, but I was doing it... I even stormed a SparkTeam called Bento Buddies but... I haven't even LOOKED at it in AGES... hahaha. :P I've been watching a community on livejournal in which people post pictures of their bentos lately and it's been slowly working on me making one again. SO!

Here's what I made today!

First my box - yes it has a bunny on the top and matching bunnies on the bag - my sister brought it back for me from Japan:

And my LUNCH!

The top tier is Cottage Cheese w/ a sliced Nectarine, a hard boiled egg and a Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate. :)

The bottom tier is Steamed Rice, Broccoli, and Garlic and Herb Marinated Chicken Breast cooked in a skillet w/ nonstick spray. MMMMM. In the bottom photo there is an added sprinkling of Yasai Fumi Furikake on the Rice and Broccoli -- this is a seasoning made with dried veggies, sesame seeds, and Nori (seawead) mainly. Just to make it a little prettier. :)

The nutritional Value of this box is: 497 cal/ 12g fat/ 51g carbs/ 50g protein !!! WOWIE! :)

P.S. -- the rice and broccoli looks a LITTLE darker in the picture than it actually is, but yeah -- that's the seven grain rice blend and it definitely got a darker red color throughout after it was cooked. It looks gorgeous and I tasted it and it tastes good. :)

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SKYFYRE 8/14/2009 5:11AM

    Very pretty food, and very inspiring Dana!

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OLAHIWA 8/13/2009 11:01AM

    I miss bento boxes! They are all over hawaii too... and yes, very KAWAII!! =^ ^=

I love the meal you put together too! I think I may ahve to have my mom send me one.
Thanks for the reminder!

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LAFTERSFREE 8/13/2009 9:53AM

    cool gift, the food looks delicious!

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WAVEDANCER7 8/13/2009 8:59AM

    Um... this rocks. You totally made me hungry and that's TOTALLY the meal i would pack too! ;) I just put all my shtuff in multiple tupperwares. I walk into work with like a shoppin gbag full of containers! HAHA!

I should totally look into getting one (or two b/c of my long hours) for work!

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LANC92 8/13/2009 8:50AM

    Yummy - now you're making me want to get a Bento Box.

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HOPERY 8/13/2009 8:05AM

    That is sooo cute and awesome! I have pulled up the links to show hubby since he is our lunch maker. emoticon I want a bunny box/bag too!!

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 8/13/2009 12:48AM

    50 grams of protein? Holy cow! That's awesomeI LOVE the bunny bento box! I had never heard of bento before! What a great idea! Looks so healthy and balanced!

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SEEHOLZ 8/12/2009 1:33PM

    OMG- I think I'm having one of those "I'm so uneducated kind of moment" as I've NEVER heard of a Bento-LOL! But, I love yours- from the box, the bag, but mainly the INSIDE--- that is totally my kind of meal. So, if you ever become a professional bento meal distributor/chef, make sure that I'm on the top of your list-LOL!
Because, I NEED you!
Anyways, ENJOY this fab lunch and the energy, brain and muscle power you'll derive from it!

Bento Appetit!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/12/2009 1:01PM

    That's really pretty. I love to order bento in japaneese resturants--never thought of making it at home!

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    I've never seen a "personal" bento box - only take out ones. How CUTE! I must have one!

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EOSAURORA84 8/12/2009 11:52AM

    this is pretty cool and interestingm that you for the link....

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SZNN4570 8/12/2009 9:24AM

    This is something I have never heard of. Thanks for the web links.

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LASHERTHECAT 8/12/2009 8:24AM

    I LOVE the box!! I love bunnies!! emoticon I must be a hick up here in Northern Ontario because I've never heard of a Bento box... What a great idea!! I would love that!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/12/2009 7:53AM

    That is a good idea. It is a great way to freshen up leftovers. Something different that the traditional plastic containers.


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JESPAH 8/12/2009 6:02AM

    That is just fantastic! Definitely doesn't look like most people's lunches. Reminds me a tiny bit of the lunch scene in The Breakfast Club where Ally Sheedy has Corn Pops, Judd Nelson bums off Anthony Michael Hall (who has a PBJ on white bread), Emilio Estevez has about a dozen sandwiches made of some sort of meat and Molly Ringwald has ... sushi.


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RHALES199 8/12/2009 12:39AM

    Looks yummy! I'll hafta try some someday!

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VEEJAY3 8/11/2009 11:49PM

    Oh, I'm such a Bento fan! Not the least because it's just so doggone PRETTY!

Yours is lovely -- inside and out.

One of my favorite restaurants used to do a different bento for lunch every day. Ahhh -- veggie potstickers with cashew sauce ... grilled chicken ... rice ... and tomato/cucumber/red onion salad. Mmmmmmm.

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    Wow! I so have to try this!

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FITTYTIF 8/11/2009 11:18PM

    Cool Never heard of BENTO! But I am so into little boxes and how cool how you packed it. This would be perfect for me. I like to have Cottage cheese and pineapple for snack time while the kids are at recess. I could eat the egg right before the students arrive and then the bottom layer at lunch!!! OOOOO Now I must have some of these!!! UM any one from Japan out there who can get me a cute little bunny one? LOL
Okay I guess I am staying on the computer a little longer to check out more about this. Thanks for sharing!!!!
I am so excited. LOL ;D

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/11/2009 11:12PM

    I LOVE my bento box! People looked at me like I was crazy when I first brought it to work, but now everyone wants to get one too. It's perfect for folks like me that have problems with portion control! And that rice looks so yummy!

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DDOORN 8/11/2009 10:55PM

    Wow...broadened my horizons today...hadn't heard of Bento before!

Have to look into this...!


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KEAKMAN 8/11/2009 10:04PM

    Yum! I just ate dinner and now I am hungry again!

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SPARKNMOM 8/11/2009 10:02PM

    I've not heard of this....Yummy!!

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SKISINCO 8/11/2009 9:51PM

    I recently became familiar with the Bento boxes. Your meal looks wonderful! Might have to get me some of those! =)

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MISSY_MAGOO 8/11/2009 8:13PM

    How cool- you have a bento box. I saw a show once on the history channel about bento and the bento services in Japan where the business men just pay a weekly or monthly charge and these women cook and deliver bento all day to the offices on their bikes.
What a great lunch you had! Beats my pbj & apple :)

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BOTZZZ 8/11/2009 5:57PM

    Love that Idea, the small compact meal in a box ;) 497 calories for that meal looks appealing as well but then lots of low calorie options are out there if ya look! I would totally eat that meal for a big lunch or a dinner and be totally satisfied.

You must tell me more about this Yasai Fumi Furikake that you speak of ;)

As Ever

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    That looks AWESOME!!! I think you just solved my lunchtime portion control dilemma!!! You are the BEST!!! Jackie!!!

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DEBESTA 8/11/2009 5:32PM

    My kids love Bento boxes!

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GREENIEJOY 8/11/2009 4:53PM

  that is very awesome! Convientent, cute, and very healthy!

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WOLFKITTY 8/11/2009 4:52PM

    That looks yummilicious!! And how super cute! I totally want to try it!

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SWEETZMIX 8/11/2009 4:49PM

    The Bento is sO cute. I really didn't know about them but when I read up on them then I realized I had seen them before. Lunch looks good, does the bowl layer on top of each other so it doesn't mix, or you just got 2 of them.

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    Oh wow that's so nifty. I've heard about bento boxes, but I've never seen one in use like this before. Very cool! what a great way to portion the perfect lunch.

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KIMCATUS 8/11/2009 4:28PM

    Super kawaii!!! ^_^

Looks yummy too!!

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JNEUBS 8/11/2009 4:22PM


You Rock!
ChiTown Jeff
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BRUIN2 8/11/2009 4:19PM

    Bunny power!!!

Looks delish!

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Blog with some pictures.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Feeling pretty rockin after a great workout this morning -- an awesome row with the women's 8boat. ALTHOUGH - we did have at least one sub... and they swapped my position... I'm assuming it'll be back ot the regular lineup once everyone is there... but it was awesome.

We rowed all 8's for quite some time and while it was pretty rough and rocky at parts, there were also a few beautiful strokes in there that were just so nice it's worth working for. :)

Then I headed over to a park I've never been to cause I needed a new place to run and this place had trails. After searching online for trail maps and not finding anything I was like, screw it, I'm going anyway.

I had no idea where I was going, but I have a pretty decent sense of direction and tried to stick to one direction out so I could come back the same direction and know in the grand scheme of things where I was... and it worked.

I have to say - I FELT SO FREAKING COOL running through the woods! And there wasn't a soul out there to contradict my mental image of myself looking awesome and hardcore. HAHAHAHAHA :D I have no idea how far I went, I'm gonna estimate it for my shoes tracking sake at like... 3-3.5 miles? somewhere in there? But yeah I honestly have no idea. It was really fun, though. :) WOOT.

So right now I have rice in the rice cooker...

Chicken on the stove (sorry no picture)

And drinking a super awesome smoothie...

So anyway -- I'm really posting pictures cause there are a couple from my recent trips I wanted to share. :)

Here's that top that I was telling you about of my Grandma's:

Well -- first the pants-suit hahaha :)

And just the top:

Me and my brother about to go running:

I think I mentioned before the giant robot sleeping statue thing that I ran by before on campus at UA???

Here we are napping together... :)

At the flea market ZOLTAR told me that while hard work pays off in the long run, laziness pays off today and to RELAX! :) HAHAHAHA

This one's blurry but I like it anyway cause I was trying to take a picture of me and Henry and we got the giggles...

A nonblurry one as game night lasted into the wee hours of the morning!

We made delicious homemade pizza the next day! To be fair, MIL made the dough and sauce, I cut peppers and stretched dough and assembled. :)

That's all for now!!!!!!!!!!!! PEACE! :)

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HOPERY 8/17/2009 9:46PM

    The tin man is priceless!

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/17/2009 11:48AM

    you are a dork (i mean that in the most loving way)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/17/2009 10:17AM

    That top is awesome! Wow that robot is super cool! Thanks for sharing :)!

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SKYFYRE 8/14/2009 5:14AM

    Awe! You and Henry look so Happy Together! Love that! I also think that photo with the tin man and you taking a summer nap together is adorable!

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WAVEDANCER7 8/13/2009 9:00AM

    This blog made me smile emoticon

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NEENSTER1 8/12/2009 3:03PM

    What would Stacey say Clinton say about that outfit???? Hmmmmmmmmmm emoticon

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    Yeah I think you should wear the pants suit as an ensemble. ;) HAWT

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TELERIE 8/11/2009 3:25PM

    Great top- you should wear it! Love the robot! Yay for a good rowing session! And I want a rice cooker! A joy to read your blog! Have a wonderful week, Dana!

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KAYAKID 8/11/2009 3:20PM

    Dana, I think my Mom used to have a pants suit like that.LOL I loved your pics and looks like you has a wonderful time. trying to take pictures again "a Dana" You have a good week and enjoy yourself. I will get to see Keakman and Kashmir on Saturday - I think Robin might skip with Kate - I will stop my race and take a picture of that. enjoy!

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ABRANNEWME2014 8/11/2009 2:59PM

    that robot is so cool


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SEEHOLZ 8/11/2009 2:30PM

    I love you and robot sleeping together and I had to giggle at the Zoltar- it reminds me of that Tom Hanks movie- Big? Not even sure ( sorry, I didn't grow up here).
So, you were brave to go see the Zoltar-LOL!
That top is cute- I like it better without the pants, but I am certainly not the person to give fashion advice-LOL!
I hope the rice turned out yummy! I know you've been "waiting" to buy it!

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LASHERTHECAT 8/11/2009 2:16PM

    I love the sleeping robot!! Awesome!!

I want a smoothie now! emoticon
But it's low-cal Tuesday (cycling). emoticon
Maybe I'll make some tomorrow.. I have peaches and raspberries...mmm

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SWEETZMIX 8/11/2009 1:52PM

    Thanks for sharing all these pics. You look great in that top - the pants might be too much together though. I love the robot, it's sO cool!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 8/11/2009 1:36PM

    Love the pictures! The robot is so cool and you look great in the pants suit. All the food looks so yummy and healthy.

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SASSERFRASS 8/11/2009 1:17PM

    That robot is the best thing ever! I want it for my yard.

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I<3ZOMBIES 8/11/2009 12:49PM

    Super cute top!!!

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KASHMIR 8/11/2009 12:40PM

    I LOVE the pant suit!!! Definately wear that top! I so so wish my mom had hung onto some of her 1970's pant suits...they would be in my closet now if she had.
Think you might be able to figure out how to email me a slice of that pizza? it looks fantastic. I think I'll go eat my hard boiled egg now, LOL!!!

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MDTWEETY 8/11/2009 12:34PM

    Great pics, and beautiful pizza! ;-)

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    Okay, the top is absolutely FABULOUS!! I love it and I'd totally wear it! You look awesome!

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KIMCATUS 8/11/2009 12:24PM

    I totally love that top!!! Not digging the pants so much but the top is awesome! Love all the pictures...especially the blurry giggly one...too cute!!!

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WOLFKITTY 8/11/2009 12:23PM

    HEhee. I love those pictures. That pantsuit top is really cool!! It's so funny because my husband and I were up in Long Beach this weekend, at at a local seaside shop center there was a Zoltar machine!! I totally forgot to get my fortune though. :P

I can totally picture you running through the woods with the breeze in your hair... Spritely like a swift faery! HEhee. I'll bet that was fun!

Hope you have a great rest of the day!

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TAKEONME48137 8/11/2009 12:23PM

    The pants suit is all kinds of ridiculous awesome, and the top by itself looks amazing! You hair looks great, and the robot picture is pretty awesome! I'm glad you're feeling awesome as well. Those days are the best. Man, that pizza looks delicious (and I don't even like olives or peppers)..it's probably because I'm quite ravenous right now. Lunchtime is coming soon! lol

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LAFTERSFREE 8/11/2009 12:21PM

    i jUST passed the robot thing on campus a few minutes ago, it's really cool. great pics, good thing im eating lunch in a sec, ur food pics made me hungry!!!

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