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Good things!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ok so lots of good things, only bad thing - no running yesterday.

But I did that on purpose. The 2nd worse thing - no other physical activity except moving a couple of boxes around but not a lot.

BUT! Other than that lots of good things!

1. Packed maybe half of my clothes already.
2. Set up a job interview for Monday morning! :D
3. Got our 2nd Storage Unit
4. Got a kit to help pack dishes
5. Got some containers to store/pack our clothes
6. Tracked calories on paper
7. Stayed in range! :)
8. Weighed this morning 6lbs under warning weight! :D

Soooo mostly I just need to get in some actual workouts if I can manage to do that on top of the packing type stuff which is more active than laying on a couch but unless I'm actually moving and lifting multiple boxes is not necessarily a "workout" ya know? I'm not strapping on my HRM to see the cals burned for something that light.

Soooo yeah. Lots to do today. Yesterday we made a lot of preparations, today I need to get more things done. I mean - I only have to worry about clothes for a short time before we can unpack things, and food for only a couple of days now so.... it's about time to get those things that we haven't packed because HEY WE'RE USING THEM STILL packed. I ran our dishwasher yesterday and we got paper plates and bowls. Today will be doing laundry while actually packing up the kitchen things - and more clothes.

  
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CATIATM 6/26/2010 2:33PM

    Good luck with your move today!!!!!! emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 6/25/2010 6:54PM

    Just reading this reminds me of how much I am dreading my move this fall.

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MDTWEETY 6/25/2010 3:44PM

    Congrats on all these good things...and here's to many, many more good things to come! :)
I have been away from Spark for a little while (so busy!) but now I am back and catching up on blogs. So...I will just add all my comments here in one place. Glad to hear you are tracking again now since you determined that is the best thing for you at least for now. I think probably 95 percent of Spark people still track in maintenance. I know it helps me a TON. So, Hey...whatever works! Also, I'm glad you have your car fixed. Boo to car trouble. That poor guy on the bike! You are so cute, you made him fall off. LOL!! ;)
Have a great weekend!

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SEEHOLZ 6/25/2010 12:58PM

    Thinking of you and hope your move went smoothly... will catch up when I get back!

HUGS!!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/25/2010 11:23AM

    I hope the interview goes well, Dana. When is the actual move date?

Congrats on being 6 lbs under warning weight, that is awesome :)!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/25/2010 3:19AM

    Packing is a pain... unoacking can be worse except it is a good time to think about throwing stuff away/freecycling the stuff you don't want/need/use.. We all carry around too much stuff-- I am in the process of trimming my excess! Good luck with the interview.

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SKYFYRE 6/25/2010 12:03AM

    Sounds like you'll be ready to move in no time! Now, what about the stuff in storage, is that in the town you are moving too, or do you have to hustle that stuff over too?! Well, Bravo on your progress! Sometimes we need a day off to recharge and make us "want it" even more!! I too, am 6 labs under my "warning weight"! I had gotten back up to 152 where NO JEANS, even my "fat jeans" didn't fit! Ack! Congrats, girlie!

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KSGROTHE 6/24/2010 8:23PM

    emoticon on all your packing progress!

Good luck on your interview! Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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_MSAPRIL17_ 6/24/2010 5:31PM

    emoticon Good luck on the interview!!

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ETTEZEUS 6/24/2010 4:46PM

    Wow! Lots going on with you! I'm not sure I'd still workout while *working out* packing. That's a major undertaking!

Good luck on the job interview!!

Soooooo, what's a warning weight?

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/24/2010 3:47PM

    fingers crossed for you!!!!

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NUTRIGIRL08 6/24/2010 3:46PM

    Hope the interview goes well for you!!!

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KEAKMAN 6/24/2010 2:51PM

    Trying to pack and live at the same time is TOUGH! Sounds like you are handling it all well, with a cheerful spirit....I am sure that makes life easier on DH these days. (is he still working on his dissertation all night??)

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ZORAHGAIL 6/24/2010 2:19PM

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RHALES199 6/24/2010 1:55PM

    Ya for so many "ggod Things" while dealing with the craziness of packing & moving!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/24/2010 1:17PM

    Busy busy. Cut yourself some slack if you need to. Otherwise it sounds like you are doing super.

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MBSHAZZER 6/24/2010 11:34AM

    You are so on top of things!! I am impressed you are even thinking about exercising during a move. For both of my last 2 moves, I didn't exercise for a week each time! Hope the move goes very smoothly and HOORAY for a job interview set up already! You rock!

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KNH771 6/24/2010 11:29AM

    I don't mind moving, but the packing part is a pain! Best of luck getting through it, and even better luck on your interview!

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WE HAVE A CAR AGAIN! :D

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I ran to get the car, got major props from the auto shop guys.

As I was leaving, I was stopped at a stoplight, DRIPPING sweat w/ the windows rolled down and I see a guy coming to cross the street in a bike - I think to myself, "I am totally dripping, I wonder if that guy will think it's nuts that I'm looking like this while sitting in my car and he's out riding a bike..."

Well -- as soon as I think this very self-centered thought, dude totally EATS IT. Juts finds a crack in the pavement and goes over sideways kinda awkwardly. He had a smoothie in his hand and the cup exploded. I was like, "DUDE!" And as I started to say, "are you alright?" He looked right at me and gave the thumbs up and said, "I'm good!" hahahahahaha. He totally heard me say"DUDE!" to his fall... sad.

Anyway -- who knows, maybe he was actually looking at me and that's why he fell, but regardless. It just goes to show that both: a) you shouldn't be expecting people to judge you and be looking at you because surely they have lives of their own to be living and b) if you're riding a bike, don't look at people in their cars especially if you have a smoothie because you might end up eating it on the street in front of them.

OK! So I guess it doesn't go to show BOTH of those things simultaneously, because it was one or the other - but you can try to learn both things from it, right? HAHAHAHAHA.

After I got home, I ate something, and we went to go clean out DH's office at the University - some nice cross training! :P haha. We had a computer+ a small box, and a trunkful plus a large garbage bag FULL of papers to throw out. I was the ferrier of almost all things to the car - so down the hall out two swinging(but not too freely) doors to the parking lot and the car and back with all that crap. Then we parked pretty freaking close to a dumpster and both ferried it all to that. I threw in the computer first and that dumpster was 100% empty so it made the most lovely RINGING sound. hahahaha.

This took like... at least 2 hrs to complete the cleaning of the office and bringing in of "stuff to keep". I was totally pooped so we went home, showered, and I made us a lovely dinner of things we still have left.

- Used up the frozen shrimp
- Used a lot of the frozen murimake veggie blend from the freezer
- Used some of the batch of barley and rice I cooked early in the week

WOOT. We still have some fish in the freezer... a lot of frozen peas and corn - although some of the peas are strictly used as icepacks. Also some frozen edamame snacks. AND lots of frozen FRUIT.

So again I made some greek yogurt frozen fruit delight!

Also this weekend I made it with JUST frozen bananas and some PB. That was good!

Last night was mostly strawberries and blueberries w/ a few banana slices thrown in just for texture. They always make everything creamier. :) Drizzle w/ agave nectar and BAM! :)

I'm going to keep myself from the grocery store as long as possible, but honestly, I think I'll have to go soon. Some of the things we have to use up are best used up with things we don't have... BUT! This is what inspires creativity as well, so I'm still going to try to make it last as long as possible without to drive my creative fires. :)

Been tracking mostly on paper, some on the computer, and staying within range well.

  
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BRUIN2 6/24/2010 9:39AM

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CATIATM 6/24/2010 8:16AM

    OMG! emoticon How funny (Yes, I know - it's mean that I thought it was funny - so sue me) that the biker went down right as you were thinking what you were thinking. I'm glad he's ok, and you are 100% right about how we need to stop being so self-obsessed. It isn't all about you -- it's about ME! emoticon Oh, really? That wasn't the point of your blog? emoticon

tee hee!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/24/2010 2:50AM

    He should not have been staring at you... his own fault he fell-- and I bet he was mad he spillled his $5-$6 smoothie all over.. bummer!

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KSGROTHE 6/23/2010 7:33PM

    Your story about the dude on the bike cracked me up! emoticon

Glad to hear you have your car back and that you're making so much progress on getting ready for your move!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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KEAKMAN 6/23/2010 3:33PM

    I love how all of us athletic types stick together - you recognized his faceplant, he heard you and wanted you to know he was okay.

It's like when you go running and get passed by a faster person who is kind enough to shout "looking good" or me hollering "GO RUNNER CHICK!" out the window as I drive by runners! (I switch to "runner dude" for the guys!)

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ZORBS13 6/23/2010 1:24PM

    My best friend told me about how she had an epic bike crash...at first I was sympathetic, then she told me she was biking down a steep trail..while holding Starbucks in one hand.

"woman, you totally asked for that!"

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MBSHAZZER 6/23/2010 1:05PM

    OMG, I'm glad the biker was OK, but that is the funniest thought - you, sweating buckets sitting in the car while the biker was cool as a cuke! TOO FUNNY!

Sounds like a great day of exercising and cross training. I bet you guys felt great being so productive all day. When is the move??

Also, my dad is the champ of running errands while running. I can't remember any vacation or even a special outing that didn't involve him planning out running en route to something else, like picking up a rental car or something!

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CCSDESTINY 6/23/2010 11:20AM

    LOL - this totally made me burst out laughing. poor guy.... at least he's ok.

WOW - you are almost there with the packing and stuff. what a mess, I have moved sooo many times, I know what you are going through bless your heart. You seem to be in a much lovelier state of mind than I am usually in though. :)

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JOHNBABJR 6/23/2010 11:07AM

    Your frozen fruit delight sounds delicious, Dana.

I'm glad you got your wheels back!

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"How to Cook Your Life"

Monday, June 21, 2010

Here's the summary on netflix:

"German filmmaker Doris Dörrie documents a summer in the life of renowned Zen practitioner and cook Edward Espe Brown as he teaches culinary classes in Zen centers in Austria and California, revealing the role food plays in our bodies and spirits. Informative, provocative and funny, Brown serves up a unique combination of inspiring wisdom and kitchen skills that will raise even the most demanding foodie to new spiritual and gastronomic heights."

It was very cool. I really liked a section later on where he talks about how he kept making biscuits and they weren't coming out right. He kept trying different ratios of butter, then crisco, milk instead of water, etc. Finally he thought to himself -- "right compared to WHAT?" And he considered that he grew up eating the pillsbury biscuits from the popcan. And he decided to just "eat the biscuit of today" and see how it tasted. And it was delicious! :) He said that we do this with ourselves as well, comparing ourselves to the people we see on TV, in magazines, etc. - and then they showed a clip of HIS zen teacher talking about how everything in this life is different, no two are the same and that there is no comparison for us.

We are all unique individuals so why would we try to compare ourself to some other standard? And so on and so forth. Good stuff in there!

And also great stuff about food and wastefulness, etc.

  
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TUNAGIRL2 6/24/2010 1:34AM

    I read your post after watching three episodes of the Top Model series. America's, Britains and Austraila. I kept comparing my self to those models and yea, I need to stop doing that.

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 6/24/2010 12:46AM

    I enjoyed the film also, and since I have become a practicing buddhist myself so I already experienced and understood what he was saying. The large amounts of food we're wasting, not eating fresh and delicious food more often than not etc.. Yet at times he seemed a little emotionally unstable to me. Did you feel get that at all?

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 6/23/2010 11:52AM

    Sounds like a fantastic film! I'll have to keep an eye out for it!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/23/2010 9:27AM

    This sounds great, Dana! Thanks for the heads up. I will add it to the queue.

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CATIATM 6/22/2010 8:42PM

    Hmm .... zen cooking. I never thought of it, but it makes sense! emoticon

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WYOWILDDEE 6/22/2010 5:36PM

    Right compared to what?! I like that. Thanks.

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KNH771 6/22/2010 4:58PM

    Interesting story about the biscuits... I'll have to remember it!

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BARBARASCH 6/22/2010 4:31PM

    sounds very interesting. And I just love Doris Dörrie ;-))

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MSILVER94 6/22/2010 10:47AM

    I liked that! A cool way of looking at it! I will try to remember that!

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NUTRIGIRL08 6/22/2010 9:56AM

    I love the anology too! Might have to put that in my queue!

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MBSHAZZER 6/22/2010 9:40AM

    That sounds really interesting... I'm going to put it on my queue! I like the "biscuit of today" concept... man, that could be applicable to so many things!

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SKYFYRE 6/22/2010 7:02AM

    Yeah, well, we all need to give ourselves a hug now and then, and really accept who we are! Yes there is room for improvement, but how can we love when we don't love ourselves, right?

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LADY_JOSIELOT 6/22/2010 3:49AM

    Sounds very interesting, and I like the biscuit analogy, too.

- Josie

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TRACYZABELLE 6/22/2010 2:27AM

    Can I skip the biscuits?? I can not stop at 1, lol

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KEAKMAN 6/21/2010 10:48PM

    Great blog and great analogy.....now to go find some biscuits!

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TAMTAM64 6/21/2010 9:00PM

    Interesting Blog! I am going to have to check that movie out.

Love the Biscuit concept - what a great way to apply to that concept to people too.

Tammy

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Car's Getting Fixed...

Monday, June 21, 2010

... oh but so expensive....

But we weighed our options and $775 will still be less than a new car payment for as long as our car will minimally last after the repair we think. So......... there goes some savings.

I'm very grateful that we HAVE savings and can take care of it, though!

Also since we're both technically unemployed, getting a new car right now... I'm not sure that would even work. So yeah. hahaha. GREAT TIMING! :P

So I cleaned the bathroom and packed everything that we wouldn't be using in there for the rest of this week. There is not a whole lot more I can do until we get some containers, which will not be happening until we fix the car. I was envisioning a pallet of uhaul boxes on my back, backpack style - runnin em home... but seriously, that was not going to happen. :P

But hopefully I will be running to get our car later today! Although we're really not sure how long the repair will take yet -- when we called back to authorize the repair to start, the guy working on our car had JUST left for lunch (reasonable, it was just after 11am) soooo we expect to hear back before too long with an ETA.

  
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BRAVE_NEW_ME 6/23/2010 11:55AM

    You could put wheels on the pallet of boxes, then attach the pallet to your waist with a rope... =D

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SKYFYRE 6/21/2010 6:21PM

    Yeah, Dana, I think you are selling yourself short. You could totally get boxes and run them home. I think there is a Sherpa somewhere in you ;) Heehee!
Poopy, about the expensive car repair. I hope it lasts a really long time! I have been keeping my fingers crossed that my car will be good to me and not cost me any money as it is old :( Well, bravo to you for sounding positive about this, that would be hard for me! I hope it is fixed super well, and super soon for you!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/21/2010 5:27PM

    i think you should do your whole move that way. you running. henry can drive the car slowly beside you lol.

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MBSHAZZER 6/21/2010 4:11PM

    LOL, I am cracking up imagining you running with a pallet of U-Haul boxes strapped to your back! HA!

Sorry to hear about the repairs... I had to do that last year and of course, after spending $1,200 the car then really died a few months later.. but you have to do what you have to do! It was worth it to have the car for those last few months! And cheaper than a new one!

Good luck with everything!

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CCSDESTINY 6/21/2010 2:51PM

    Oh my goodness, i could not imagine being unemployed, actually 'running' to get my car, packing, using up my savings for car repairs, moving....argh! Peace be with you my dear - it seems like you are keeping an AWESOME attitude :D

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RHALES199 6/21/2010 2:26PM

    Dang it, i have a bunch of boxes....if i didn't live over 1,000 miles away, I'd give them to you :).

And at least your car broke down when it did & not DURING your move...

Anywho, hope you have a good week :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/21/2010 12:47PM

    Oh how I hate car trouble!
You know, every time I open your blog, I get greeted by tweeting birds from your vlog the other day!

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Bloggin it up!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

So, I just weighed myself and I'm down 3.5lbs from SCARY WEIGHT - though to be honest 1.5-2 of those came off the next day so a bunch of that is fluctuation. So that's more like 1.5-2lbs of loss in my first week back to tracking.

AND after a splurge meal - I declared splurge on Friday.

My work bought a sandwich platter and cookie platter from McAlister's for my going away lunch. The sandwiches were very reasonable calorically, I looked up the info on their website. Cookies were not listed but I knew they WOULDN'T be reasonable. I happened upon some kind of entry in a search on SparkNutrition database and entered the info for lunch and I had enough for a light and reasonable dinner but....

our car died. HAHAHAHA. I had to get a ride home from work on my last day!
And I brought home the leftovers from lunch - sandwiches aND cookies. No stress dinner! So the sandwiches werent' really a splurge, but I didn't have to make them, and I definitely splurged on the cookies because those would NOT have fit into my calorie range on Friday.

Saturday I tracked all my food on paper and I'm too lazy at the moment to transfer it all, although I might sometime I doubt it. I stayed in range, though.

I ran 6.5 miles Saturday morning as well. Today I WAS going to run, but now that the car is dead....

Yesterday I ran from where we live and did a loop - it's nice though because after you get past kind of a crappy part to run (which isn't very long) I'm right where I usually like to run, so it's not THAT much different. But for a short run I'm only running in the annoying part of it. haha.

Also our car is at a place that is close enough for me to run to, but I usually take Monday's off. SOooooooOoo. I'm taking today off to rest up for the likelihood that I may have to run somewhere tomorrow for practical purposes. :) It's kind of nice to know that I can do that for us! :D hehe.

So that's it for now!

  
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NUTRIGIRL08 6/21/2010 10:15AM

    emoticon At least you don't have to run to work now! emoticon

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JOHNBABJR 6/21/2010 9:41AM

    Great job on the weight loss and the running, Dana. I hope your car troubles are over soon!

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CCSDESTINY 6/20/2010 7:16PM

    YAY on your last day of work....Boooo on the car breaking :(

Yay on being flexible with your running AND for the weight loss! Congrats - that is awesome!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/20/2010 1:45PM

    car trouble sucks. i love "running" errands. feels so practical lol. those sandwiches sound yummy. they sound better to me than the cookies right now. odd.

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SKYFYRE 6/20/2010 11:36AM

    Sorry to hear about the car trouble, that is poopy. I love that you are able to run to accomplish errands, and what a great way to incorporate fitness into your life! I am also down a wee bit since tracking this whole week, YAY! I don't know if my clothes are any looser thought, I am still too afraid to try them on!

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MBSHAZZER 6/20/2010 10:42AM

    I also hate car trouble but LOOOOOVE running for practical purposes! HA! I can't believe your car died on your last day of work. It's like some force wanted to trap you there!

Great job on the tracking and it sounds like your splurge day by default worked out pretty well. Also, I'm sure this is taboo to say around here, but I do think the car dying merits a cookie or two. If only because the need to walk places till it's fixed will create a calorie deficit! :D

Glad to hear your LONG run went well, also!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 6/20/2010 10:07AM

    I hate car trouble and there is NEVER a good time for it.

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