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Oh man the grocery need is starting to get dire....

Monday, August 24, 2009

No fruit except some old applesauce.

Some frozen veggies.

Out of milk... out of cottage cheese....out of tuna and salmon (my go to afternoon snack for protein!)...

Ok really out of everything except for like... rice... some canned goods....and meat that's in the freezer. So we have some good staples for dinners.

I just finished making a grocery list and I'm not needing to pick up much of anything for dinners, it's lunch and breakfast and snacks that need some help. :)

Today was an OFF day for running and rowing, which is good, cause I slept in almost as long as possible before getting ready to go.

I spent my early time at work getting through Spark Blog Notifications, Practicing Trombone, and studying Japanese. Felt GOOD to be doing the trombone and Japanese practice! :) It's been so long with the Japanese, I realllly got refreshed today!

OH and by the way -- I have a practice mute for my trombone -- the Yamaha Silent Brass system. The mute muffles all sound coming out of the bell, so you can kinda hear it in the same room, but not through a closed door. The mute has a pickup in it that attaches to a little box which has a headphone jack so you can actually hear yourself play and it sounds ALMOST kinda normal. ;) hahaha. I think the battery in my system is dying... but even without the listening option it still mutes the sound. So I am able to practice pretty much anywhere I want without disturbing people. (Hotel rooms, apartment, etc.)

Also rowing was awesome yesterday but there is a little spot on my hand that did not blister, just decided to GIVE UP the skin... I dunno what's up but it's like a little hole. :P So that's all antibiotic ointmented and bandaided. Hopefully it will be fine for tomorrow morning's row.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/25/2009 8:49PM

    Ooh I hope that funky spot resolves.

When our grocery needs get that bad it is a bad scene. I can relate, snacks are the worst to do without, you start getting really creative - but not in a good way, lol!!

So I think you need to fill the lot of us in on how you can do that practice at work. I remember reading about it, but it confused me, Dana.

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SWEETZMIX 8/25/2009 2:45PM

    I am like you. I got a few things right now but I do know I need to go to the grocery store too. Hopefully you will have some time soon!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/25/2009 12:45PM

    Really cool about the mute for the tbone. Do you play in a band or is it just for personal enjoyment?

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ZAEZAE 8/25/2009 10:28AM

    Sounds like you had a great morning - I would love love love to get to sleep in!!!!

Go get some food!

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SEEHOLZ 8/25/2009 10:07AM

    Take care of that hand- and kudos for loving the rows and taking care of your body & your mind! I'm sure you'll handle the grocery shopping just fine!

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LADYIRISH317 8/25/2009 9:26AM

    Do you wear rowing gloves?

I have so been there with the grocery thing. When dinner is a bit of dried-up cheese, some stale crackers and a little reheated Rice-a-Roni, you know it's time to shop!

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    Have you gone grocery shopping yet??? Go!! Go now!! :)

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    Yeah - allrecipes.com is great. I know exactly what it's like with a low kitchen. This week is kind of a "make up some new interesting meals with what's in the cupboards" week. lol.

Trombone... Japanese... rowing.... is there anything you DON'T do? You're my hero! Keep on rockin!


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    whoo hoo! way to spend your mornings!

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LAFTERSFREE 8/24/2009 10:04PM

    im glad ur using your extra time to do the fun things u love, it makes the rest of the work day more pleasant!!! we soo need to go food shopping too.. its kinda like, we have alll this food, its just that none of it really makes sense... lol, does THAT make sense/?!?!?!

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TAKEONME48137 8/24/2009 9:48PM

    Go shopping! lol Yay for trombone! I know it is not trombone, but as I type this, my sister is practicing the baritone (her primary instrument is percussion)...it's making me cringe, lol. So does this practicing and getting back into the Japanese mean that you will be coming back to school soon? That would be awesome! =) On a side note, the Reebok advertisements for those shoes you tested out and endorse keep appearing when I Spark and I still think it's awesome that I know you. haha

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    Yah, we have very slim pickins in the kitchen, too. Have you tried allrecipes.com ? That's my way to create meals out of what I have left in the house. I just search for recipes by ingredients, type in what I have and if there's a recipe that calls for it... BINGO! I've found some really interesting meals that way. For example, who'da thunk that sausage, canned minestrone soup and beans would make such an awesome soup. Ah, the life of a student! I'm seriously tired of it. Skilled, experienced and TIRED.

I'll have to look into that brass silencer. Our daughter plays the trumpet -- very well, too -- in a way that wakes up the whole neighbourhood.


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SPARKNMOM 8/24/2009 8:45PM

    What a talented woman you are!! I took a trombone class in college (I initially went to school to be a band director!), but I don't recall any of it now. I never imagined a mute such as that! Makes it handier for practicing, I'm sure! And Japanese? Very cool!!

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    Oh wow! You definitely need to stock up! emoticon

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DDOORN 8/24/2009 7:47PM

    You've got so much excitement going on in your life, who's got time for mundane stuff like FOOD! Lol!

That's a nifty thing for your trumpet...!

I know about blisters already from kayaking...shifted the way I held the paddle the next time so I didn't get into blister trouble the next time.

Looking forward to kayaking with others again at our Spark Rally this coming Sunday...woo hoo! :-)


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    I would PERISH w/o my Silent Brass. I hardly ever use the pickup and amplifier . . . it does change the feel and resistance/back pressure (making me think I'm a better player than I am) but hey! LOL When I'm in a hotel or whatever . . . it's the best thing ever. And my downstairs neighbors don't have to hear me blast Beethoven 7 in the middle of the night. ;)

Did you know that I'm a pro horn player?? *grin* How much DO we have in common? o_0 hehe

I had to go to the store today too. I ate my last, waayyy too ripe banana (shudder) . . and I had run out of apples. OH NOES! I really need to get into Salmon. I can do the tuna. Maybe it's about time to work my way to salmon. hmmm . . .

Hope you have a great day!

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ZORBS13 8/24/2009 6:45PM

    You have undoubtedly seen and heard of the toilet plunger mute...

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SLCOLMAN 8/24/2009 6:12PM

    Wow sounds like a super productive day :)

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KSIGMA1222 8/24/2009 5:32PM

    Keep on keeping on!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/24/2009 5:25PM

    You have interesting interests!

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Oh I love rowing! :D

That's all.


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KNH771 8/24/2009 3:43PM

    It's great to have something that you truly enjoy and helps keep you heatlhy!

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SEEHOLZ 8/24/2009 10:30AM

    That's awesome!!!!!

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KEAKMAN 8/24/2009 9:51AM

    And just think how you dithered about doing this.....aren't you so glad you went for it?!

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    WOOHOO!!!!! :) that's awesome.

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SKISINCO 8/24/2009 8:47AM

    and you look great doing it!

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HOPERY 8/24/2009 7:34AM

    Whoo Hoo! Now, go to the grocery! I need to know what to cook.

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LILHLFPINT 8/24/2009 12:48AM

    (i'm so glad you've found something you enjoy so much!)

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    emoticon that's great!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 8/23/2009 10:54PM

    Woo hoo! I tried kayaking and canoeing at the lake this summer. I think they may be the gateway activities to rowing. Maybe next year.


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DDOORN 8/23/2009 10:43PM

    Makes me smile whenever I hear ANYONE talking about a workout that makes their heart SING! :-)


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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/23/2009 10:15PM

    Gotta love those glorious few rows that make all the imperfect ones worthwhile!
Hooray, for your great row!!!

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I really need to go grocery shopping.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The food choices in the house are... not so fabulous at the moment. :) But they will be better as soon as I can go shopping and at that point I will rededicate my food to awesomeness.

As for right now I just got back from Long Run, WEEK ONE OF MARATHON TRAINING DONE.

Only 15 weeks left. ;) OH SNAP. I'm getting psyched.

This run was really cool dedicating it to those 6 fallen service members. It was neat because looking at the site I was able to select individuals who were from AL and stationed at Ft. Benning, which is right next to where I grew up. I ran for 5 army folk including one Ranger plus one Marine. I read all their bios on that legacy.com site and how they died and most (if not all, I can't remember for sure at the moment) left behind children.

Everytime I started to think about my run being hard I just kicked myself.

I haven't done anything TRULY hard in my LIFE. Deciding to dedicate your life to defending and serving the country and knowing you are leaving that country and will possibly LOSE that life -- THAT'S hard. And these individuals in fact MADE that ultimate sacrifice of their lives and to honor them was a privilege.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/24/2009 9:47AM

    No kidding!

That idea of running for the fallen is awesome!

I hope you make it to the store, soon, girl.

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SUNSHINEBILL 8/23/2009 10:19PM

    Thanks for remember those that provide our safety and freedom. Running a marathon changed my life. You go girl!

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/23/2009 5:41PM

    week one done!!!!! yeah. great what you did today. now get shopping!

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SKISINCO 8/23/2009 12:15PM

    Congrats on having week one under your belt. Looking forward to reading about your progress.

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AINTSKEERD 8/23/2009 11:28AM

    Fantastic attitude, Dana! emoticon

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JESPAH 8/23/2009 10:59AM

    An excellent thing you have done (I sound like Yoda). :)

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MDTWEETY 8/23/2009 9:11AM

    Aaaw. What a good motivator for a run! You will do great in the marathon!
And I'm with ya on the grocery store thing. Not too much time to do a really good shopping with a newborn. We've just been getting little things here and there as we run out of them. Then it's like, "there's nothing to eat!"

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SWEETZMIX 8/23/2009 8:02AM

    Dana I like you need to do some grocery shopping. I am doing that later today I believe. OHH and I didn't get to walk my miles with my sore quads and I felt terrible but then I realized it's for the WHOLE weekend, so I shall be walking them today.

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HOPERY 8/23/2009 7:21AM

    Dana, that sounds so cool! Can you post a link to the site? You'd better get back to grocery awesomeness. Otherwise, I'll run out of ideas. (I tend to steal yours)

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KEAKMAN 8/23/2009 12:07AM

    Dana, great attitude on your run! I am glad that you could make it something meaningful to you and honoring those fallen soldiers.

Make sure you ice anything that is "owie" from your long run! NO INJURIES!

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TAKEONME48137 8/22/2009 11:14PM

    Well spoken, Dana, and that's awesome that you dedicated your run to those fallen soldiers. Congratulations on completing the first week of the Marathon training. I hope the rest goes well. =)

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SPARKNMOM 8/22/2009 10:40PM

    Fabulous blog...how neat to honor those who have fallen by doing something healthy! So glad you shared.

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AUNTIE65 8/22/2009 10:03PM

    Thank you for your honor of our service men and women. It's a great way to focus when things get hard, becasue you are right - most of us don't really know that kind of dedication to something larger than ourselves.

Good job on your run and awesomeness shopping!

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    I love the rededicating food to awesomeness! That'll become a catch phrase in no time!

Congrats on completing week 1. I'm excited to read more about your progress!

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KAYAKID 8/22/2009 9:47PM

    dana, thanks for sharing about the running for the serviceman today. I didn't run today but I did bike 32 miles - I will look at website and choose somebody to honor with bike ride today. good luck on your marathon training - Memphis or bust!!!!

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Today - OFF.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sooooo.... yesterday I was so focused on the weekend I forgot to tell you what I DID. :)

I got the opportunity to sub for someone yesterday in rowing - YAY!!! I thought I wouldn't be able to row again until Sunday and that would have made it closer to TWO WEEKS (1 week 5 days to be exact) between rowing sessions, but instead it was a week TWO days AND I can row again Sunday before my racing practice on Tuesday -- so that will be good to get two less serious practices in (I was rowing in the recreational boat on Thursday and open Fri/Sun rows are always more about just having fun and rowing) before I go back to my boat.

Then I went and ran about 3 miles. Woot. Came home, finally unpacked allll my crap. Kinda cleaned up in my closet and hung up a bunch of clothes. Put away some containers I saved at the BWRC YARD SALE AGES AGO that had been sitting on the Dining Room Table since then... stuff like that. Cooked some more of that seven grain rice and some chicken so I could pack some nice simple lunches and have rice for a QUICK dinner option instead of a SLOW one (which we used last night w/ some fish tacos - YUM).

Put all my pictures up online and whatnot so I could later blog them to you ;). All good productive stuff.

Today was my day off -- I woke up, did some internet stuffs, watched my "Devil Show" as DH calls it (What Not to Wear) and got ready to go.

I AM SOOOOOoooooOOOOOOOooooo ready for this weekend.

We have to do laundry. And it's perfect. I intend to basically just stay home all weekend spending time with DH except for my long run, church, and rowing. I just did some math. HAHAHAHA that's almost 90% of the hours with him... ok so I'm also counting sleeping hours but still. :) hahaha.

So KEAKMAN posted in her blog about this weekend's "Run for the Fallen" you can go visit runforthefallen.org but basically it's running for those fallen service members who were killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom.

I'm scheduled to run 6 miles for my long run this week, so I will be choosing 6 of the individuals on this site who were from the state of AL to run in memory of:


If you go to the following link you can print a running bib to write the name(s) of those you are running for:


I have printed two so I can write 3 names on the front bib and 3 for my back. At that same link for the bib you can look in your state to see if there is an organized run you can join.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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GONE2THEDOGS 8/24/2009 2:43PM

    What a great idea - certainly puts things in perspective, doesn't it??

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/22/2009 7:49PM

    Sounds like quality weekend. Enjoy it.


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SKYFYRE 8/22/2009 6:28AM

    Dana! What a great weekend! Have a great 6 mile run and I love that you shared the running for the fallen thingy, I will check that out!

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CATIATM 8/22/2009 3:25AM

    Wow! Thanks for the info on running for those who died serving. I'm doing 13 miles today. I'll find 13 people to honour. That might make it easier to stay focusd when I want to quit!

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BRE7482 8/22/2009 1:10AM

    Have a great weekend! Running for the Fallen is a wonderful idea

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    Wait, What Not to Wear is the devil show?! Oh man! Definitely a favorite here...

Enjoy your runs! You'll do great!

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WOLFKITTY 8/21/2009 6:14PM

    Very cool! I'm going to run a mile too! (Okay, well, I can jog/walk a mile heheheheee.) I wasn't planning on having any focused activity this weekend, but I'm going to work it in there!!

Hey, I did laundry today too! :D


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KEAKMAN 8/21/2009 6:09PM

    Enjoy time with your DH! I like your plan to run for 6 specific folks. I think I will actually bike (since my body is rebelling against running and/or walking). Maybe 115 minutes. Hmmm, that's two hours. almost.

Anyway, enjoy your weekend!

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LASHERTHECAT 8/21/2009 4:46PM

    Memory of the Fallen is a great idea!! Have a great run!

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SEEHOLZ 8/21/2009 3:53PM

    WOW- what a great way to commemorate the fallen- I really give you props for doing it!
Enjoy this 90% DH time--- only on vacation can I say that I get that, so to me that's special...

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KSIGMA1222 8/21/2009 2:38PM

    WOW! You are busy busy busy in a great way! I was just happy I got my thing recorded over the phone this week in one shot for the conference. I did a wild hair why not 15 mile run on Wednesday and did my weightlifting and core stuff last night with a 65 minute light cardio. So that makes today my day off but the weather is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooo nice I am fighting it hard not to just go for another long run, I will see. Congrats on the rowing! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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I am BACK. *phwew*

Thursday, August 20, 2009

This month has been a total rollercoaster and I love rollercoasters, but I'm ready to get OFF. :P

I've felt like a little lost wandering soul this month.

So -- I didn't take the truck. I feel like I mostly learned how to drive stick and after some practice I'd be able to do it... but I felt like this particular truck and my current inexperience would make it very dangerous and stressful for me to be driving HERE where I live. It's a college town -- lots of reckless drivers. If I was just gonna be driving it in the boonies or something it'd be a whole different story. Leaving my street there's a light on a hill. I stalled 6 or 7 times in a row trying to leave my parent's neighborhood... oh yeah I got stuck halfway into a lane ON THE HIGHWAY. Luckily, they actually live out in the boonies and the times I stalled didn't really mean anything, but that wasn't even on a hill and I could just imagine the nonsense that would happen when I got back home. (I wasn't even stressing the drive home at all... highway with a few stops? sure why not.) *sigh* It made me feel like SUCH A WUSS to choose this option though -- but honestly thinking about driving that truck here freaked me OUT! I cried!!!!!!! I don't get stressed out like that! And mostly I was feeling upset because I knew I felt like it was the right decision NOT to take the truck... but it made me feel like a wuss and a disappointment to decide that.

In the end it was the stress of driving that vs. two-three hours of extra time at work... which really amounts to a few hours each day that I could use to do something productive that I enjoy without having the distractions I have at home (kitchen, TV, video games, etc.). I've decided that I can do those things I always mean to do but never get around to like PRACTICE MY TROMBONE, study Japanese, STUDY MY SCRIPTURES, oh and now learn Mongolian. ;) So I can talk to my sister a bit. :) hehehe. She gave me her beginning Mongolian learning materials (too baby for her even as review material I guess now that she's all fluent and whatnot).

So anyway -- I ate and ate with that stress. I ate healthy meals for 2/3 like I planned! And I ran! And did ST!! But um... the other "meals" were more like bingefests and it was just not good. But I DID manage to have a lot of fun when I wasn't stressing -- and spend a lot of time with my sister.

Even more since she got to drive me back home! ;) haha.

Now I am SO READY to get back to a ROUTINE and normal home life. I MISS my husband. I feel like we haven't spent any REAL time together in AGES. Oh well -- one more work day this week and we have all weekend to play! (Except for ya know... running and rowing and church time, but still... lots of time.)

I attempted to talk about regattas today but the expenses combined with me being gone again was just not a good topic for this morning. I hope that in time it might seem more doable... but yeah. I've brought up the suggestion of fundraising to help with regatta expenses to my rowing coach and she seems excited about the idea so I hope we can come up with something good. Any ideas? We already had that Yard/Bake Sale... so I'm sure everyone's out of crap to sell. The ideas that are appealing to me so far are: Row-A-Thon (?), Raffle, Chili/Crock Pot Cookoff... I dunno what else. :P I like the idea of a Talent/Service Auction but I wonder about the advertising for people even coming to such an event. OH AND THE OBVIOUS CAR WASH! Oh also Scavenger Hunt/Treasure Hunt... etc. blahblahblah. Please feel free to share your wisdom and experience vast internet of SparkPeople!

Anyway -- lots of fun with my sister... and lots of pictures. I've selected oh about 17 or so to share... hope I don't drive you nutso!

I took this picture when I first saw my sister! Can you tell how excited I am?!?!? hahaha

Here we are in the car! YAY -- that's my mom, my sister, and me. :)

This plaque was hanging in the church while she was gone -- shows her departure/return dates, mission, and scripture she selected. :)

Here we are on our way to a Church Activity -- a dinner dance. When you go on a mission for my church you have lots of rules about what you can and can't do and dancing with the opposite sex is definitely a no-no. And listening to secular music... stuff like that. This made Jennifer feel WAYYYYYY out of her comfort zone. I danced enough for both of us. :) HAHA

It was pouring rain and I had run in the rain that morning so I did a re-enactment in the car.

Here we are on our way to church:

And we usually do a family picture after church when we get together since we're all dressed nicely! :)

On the way home!

My sister had some Mongolian clothes we could try on! :D What my mom is wearing is apparently a very traditional style, although the fabric is more elaborate like for a more special occasion, it's the kind of thing a traditional person would wear day to day. Ours are less traditional and more fancy I think. I loved the color and fabric of the one I was wearing! The skirt seams were kinda weird cause they didn't go straight down, but they didn't go in a predictable way either... also Mongolian women have no hips hahah ;)

MONGOLIAN FOOD! I helped make this!!!!!!!!!

This has in it: A beef roast cut up (I don't remember what kind), one small onion, 5 medium golden potatoes cut into small pieces, half of 3 bell peppers cut into small pieces, a few cabbage leaves rolled up and cut into slivers, and FLOUR mixed with WATER until it makes a doughlike consistency, rolled into thin sheets and then sliced into little spiraly things. You cook all the veggies and meat, and then add water and place the flour on top and then the cover and let the flour kinda steam (this is called FLOUR and not NOODLES by them). Apparently the flour didn't come out QUITE right, but I thought it was delicious.

We went through a storage room in the house to help clean it out and because much of what was in there was my sister's -- and I got to try on her prom dresses and a WIG. :) OH she made these dresses for herself, BTW!

Also we visited a friend who has a little farm and they had this adorable calf!!!!! His name is Salt and he was crazy excited to see us. MOO MOO MOO MOO MOO. And he licked my hands a lot. Cow's have crazy long tongues that are kinda sandpapery like a cat, FYI.


About trying on my sister's prom dresses -- I tried on a lot MORE stuff, too.

She got skinnier while she was in Mongolia and a lot of her clothes are too big! So I got some of her clothes before she left, when I was a bit bigger than I am now, and now that she's back she got even smaller so now I get more. :) HAHAHAHAHA On the one hand I was like dangit -- why you gotta go showing me up? ;) (just kidding) but seriously I'm glad. I got a bunch of long sleeved and sweater type stuff that I didn't really get last year and today I'm wearing THE MOST CUTEST SKIRT that I got from her, too. :) YAY!

Also I would have NEVER been able to try on her prom dresses ever before -- that was really cool. She did give those away. Our small hometown has a little recycling center at the dump that is a covered area with lots of large tables with signs for different types of items. (Clothing, shoes, electronics, fragile, miscellaneous...) so we took a BUNCH of stuff from that storage room over there, including those. :) hehe.



LAST THING. This week is Week 1 of 16 MARATHON TRAINING! I've completed 3/4 runs and have just the long run to complete this weekend. :) ROCK ON. It will only get more exciting from here on out. :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/21/2009 4:20PM

    50/50 draws are also a good way to raise money. each team member could take some tickets and sell them. at work we usually do like 5 tickets for $3 or an arm length for $5. trombone playing at work would be frowned apon here lol

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/21/2009 1:45PM

    Sounds like a great but hectic time.

As far as a fund raiser, you can always have a Trivia night. They are huge fun and can generate cash for not a lot of work and then you can have a silent auction and a concession stand with it.

Just a suggestion.

Have a great weekend.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/21/2009 11:35AM

    That is so awesome about marathon training! I can't wait to hear all about it!

I am glad your sister made it home safe and sound and skinnier, tee hee! I want to go to Mongolia if it'll make me skinny and I can wear cool stuff and eat yummy food!

Good score on the new clothes, new free clothes are the win, so everybody gains with her weight loss, ha ha!

You could learn stick if you wanted, but on a truck? That sounds stressful. I learned on a miata, way easier and still had to plan every route so there were no hills for like 3 months, lol!!!

Dana, go check out the Fiery Furnaces, you can listen to three songs from their last album at their website, they are so awesome! The show was incredible.

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BRUIN2 8/21/2009 10:43AM

    You can play your trombone at WORK?!?! What???

Yay for being back home and getting back into the groove!

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TAKEONME48137 8/21/2009 8:51AM

    The trip sounds like fun. I'm sorry to hear about the truck. I love the pictures! I know I "liked" a bunch of them on Facebook, but I just wanted to let you know further how awesome they are (and awesome you can fit into your sister's prom dresses and clothes!). Not gonna lie, the "Moo Moo Moo, etc." made me literally laugh out loud. I can just imagine a cow walking up to you and going "Moo Moo Moo" hahaha. It's really cute. I hope the marathon training goes well! You are awesome!! =) =)

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MDTWEETY 8/21/2009 8:42AM

    What cute pictures!!!

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DDOORN 8/21/2009 8:32AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all!

Great pics...! And the TROMBONE! Go for it! Although I know it's hard to make time for a musical instrument when we are so focused on working out...my guitar gathers too much dust on it these days...lol!


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LASHERTHECAT 8/21/2009 8:02AM

    I loved the photos!! Esp the wig ones... That one of your brother is awesome!!

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SKYFYRE 8/21/2009 7:23AM

    What an AWESOME visit! Sounds like you had a great time and I am happy to hear that your sister made it home safe and full of new culture! That is extra special cool! My computer won't load the blog photos but I will be sure and check them out when I go back to work! Looking forward to seeing skinny little you in her prom dress! I hope you are getting to soak up "the Henry" you guys sure deserve some one on one!

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JESPAH 8/21/2009 6:07AM

    A mixed week - the way life is! You look very happy. :)

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JANTWO 8/21/2009 3:01AM

    What an awesome blog!!!! So uplifting to read about family fun and togetherness. I am glad you had such a nice visit!!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 8/21/2009 2:50AM

    How awesome for you! I am so glad that your sister is back home and you are looking so happy..

Keep up the good work.

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KEAKMAN 8/21/2009 12:21AM

    Either you can or you can't on a stick, and you were wise to give it a miss this time around. You are NOT a wuss! You are wise wise wise to realize that even you have limitations and to respect them. Smart cookie you are you are!

I like the people auction...my church used to do that with the teens as a way for them to raise money for missions....and they could work alone or in pairs. I bet that would work. Especially if you found some organizations that would participate.

And your bro's sideburns are to die for! SO 70s!

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KAYAKID 8/21/2009 12:19AM

    Dana, I love the pictures - I am so glad your sister is home from her Mission. I am sure she had tales to tell. from the pictures it looks to me like you have a crazy family. It looks like you had a nice visit. good luck on your Marathon traing. I apogize I didn't get a picture of Kate and Robin skipping. Actually Kate did a great job on the 10k - she finished and we all had a good time. KIm beat me again but we both got PB on the 10k and of course Kate did too. It was her first. Robin ran the 5k and had a good race. Well have a great weekend and enjou being home. I can't think of any ways to raise money - maybe a 5k race????


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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 8/20/2009 11:11PM

    Gosh, I remember learning to drive a standard, too. Yep, I cried. Hills and highways ARE stressful. Good choice. Thanks for sharing pics of your sister's return. As you know I live in a predominantly LDS community, but as an outsider -- I'm Anglican -- I don't know much about what goes on before or after a mission. I think women going on missions is a new thing, right? No doubt your sister is happy to be home, but I imagine it will take her a while to settle in. Enjoy your future visits and enjoy your Hubby Time, too.


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VEEJAY3 8/20/2009 10:37PM

    You brought back such vivid memories of me learning to drive a stick that I'll probably have nightmares tonight. My dad and I went to the nearest city (we lived in a really small town in rural Missouri then) to buy me a car. I fell in love with a stick, and so "learned" to drive it on the 45-minute drive back from BUYING it!!! OMG.
By the time we got home, I was fried, my dad was mad, I had cried, cursed, nearly killed us (and several people who found themselves behind us on those blasted stop-signs at the top of hills).

It's exTREMEly stressful.

Glad you could play dressup to get over the trauma.

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RHALES199 8/20/2009 10:33PM

    Glad you're back!

?I just had to laugh at the 'just home from a mission going to a dance'.... I didn't go on a mission, but I've heard enough to know it's a tough adjustment when you get back home!

Have a great evening!

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SPARKNMOM 8/20/2009 10:12PM

    Oh my gosh....what a fun blog!!! :) Love the pics! How cool that you fit into your sister's dresses! I remember I tried on one of my SIL's dresses right after I hit goal - she's always been an avid exerciser and at a healthy body weight. I had tears flowing when that zipper easily closed up my back....what a great feeling!

WTG on the marathon training, too!! AWESOME!! I'm just excited to make it 5K :)

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AINTSKEERD 8/20/2009 10:07PM

    Wow what a crazy busy month you've had. I'm sorry about the driving a stick thing :( . But as an impatient road-rage type who grew up driving one...you made the right decision! emoticon
It sounds like you had sooooo much fun with the family. I'm really happy you got to spend some good, quality time with them.
Welcome back.

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JEM0622 8/20/2009 10:03PM

    Great pics! Glad you had such a nice visit. Woot woot on week 1 of training! How exciting! I hope you blog about it. :) ~julie

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STEFFI264 8/20/2009 10:01PM

  love the costumes

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