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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


What wonders a great workout does for your mind! :D I'm feeling so happy and energized right now. And my protein bar was great for a post workout snack!

It's kinda funny -- I wrapped them individually in wax paper to store, and I dunno if it would 100% hold it's form on it's own after not being refrigerated for an hour+ ... but it was still pretty easy to deal with using the wax paper to hold it. And MMMMMM. Less crunchy after some time melding, but still 100% delicious.

Anyway -- todays workout kind of rocked. Upper body and abs, and then a 20min power yoga hip opening flow courtesy of the Yoga Downloads Video Podcast. It's not reallly a video, but a slideshow to accompany the instructions so there's an image of each pose as the voice describes what to do. This Hip Opening Flow kicks my butt. :P Total cal burn today was about 352... I left my watch in my locker so I don't have the exact number! :( BOO! But it was around 350 anyway, which is awesome for a "non cardio" day. Tomorrow will be lower body and cardio.

I read somewhere that rowing was a knee strengthening exercise yesterday. Weird? Anyway, I'm addicted to it now. :)

Last night's dinner was burgers and Texas Toothpicks. The toothpicks are not super bad nutritionally -- 1 serving is 160 cal and only 6g of fat. It's jalapeno and onion strips breaded/seasoned. I'm pretty sure they're intended to be deepfried, but they also provide baking instructions which is what we used. But I used beef for the burgers and I think my tummy was like WHA??? hahahaha :D They were good, but I am not used to eating beef anymore. It was kind of weird.

I think tonight's dinner will just be some pasta, but later in the week I'll be making this Pork Chops with ginger-apple chutney thing and maple sweet potatoes. I have yet to enter it in the nutrition calculator, but on a glance it looked to be pretty good nutritionally, so I will let you all know how that goes down.

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RACHEL630 11/12/2008 10:43PM

    I'm reading the Comic Book Geeks blogs from newest to oldest, so I may find my answer a few blogs back.... did you make your own protein bars? If so, I'd love the recipe!

Sounds like you rocked exercising today! You GO! :)

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QUIDDITCHWITCH 11/12/2008 4:12PM

    Yeah, I haven't eaten beef in about 3 years. For some reason, it upsets me. It's probably because I love cows and think they're too cute to eat. ^__^

Those pork chops sound delicious!

Oh, and I joined your doodlers anonymous group, so check it out so that we can get some challenges going, if you don't mind. ^__^

Have a great day! :D

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KIMCATUS 11/12/2008 10:05AM

    Mmmm sounds like you had a great day food wise and exercise wise! Keep it up gal...you're always inspiring me to do better!

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JAZZSIREN 11/12/2008 12:51AM

    I think you should come be my live in cook! Ha ha ha. My mouth waters everytime I read your posts!

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BROWNJB0 11/11/2008 8:18PM

    It's great to read that someone who is exercising regularly is getting a lot out of it. At this point in the game that is my biggest struggle. I used to row in college and LOVED it. Being on the water is 50 million times more fun than the machines even.
Thanks for the motivation!

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SWEETZMIX 11/11/2008 6:20PM

    You are just a chef in disguise. LOL

Yea if u haven't had beef in a while, it will make u feel a lil weird. I haven't had beef & pork in years. Started giving it up 4 years ago(when my mom was diagnosed with diabetes to help her with the transition), and about 3 years ago was the last time I had any. Last year for Thanksgiving my BF's mom made some pork ribs. And she was convinced that since I used to eat it I will like it. Well her son doesn't eat it either and hasn't for like 10yrs. I fell into pressure and one lil bite had me sick for most of the day. LOL So I hope ur tummy wasn't feeling too crazy.

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TELERIE 11/11/2008 5:43PM

You should get your own cooking column! Let me know how those pork chops turn out.
I made something new and yummy today, pollock with leek, salsa and baked beans. Very easy and tasty.

Comment edited on: 11/11/2008 5:41:02 PM

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TRECECOOKS 11/11/2008 4:30PM

    Sounds good; keep it going!!

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MARLIE13 11/11/2008 4:19PM

    Mmm...the porkchops sounds like they are going to be wonderful! What a great "non cardio" workout.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

So, I had a major splurge night again Saturday night, but I think I'll be ok. I need to try to keep these splurges down to the minimum, but we got invited to someone's house for them to cook us dinner and I showed no reserve with the desserts and sweets around afterward.

But good healthy day yesterday! :D And I made my first ever Protein Bars! (And made up the recipe, too!)

I call them Heaven's Protein Bars:


HAHAHAHA :D I think I may have used too much in the way of wet ingredients, because they're KINDA soft and sticky, but they definitely hold together and are still somewhat crunchy. Don't know how they'd hold up too long out of the refrigerator -- have yet to test that... but they taste SOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOD. :)

I'm very impressed with myself, in case you couldn't tell.

This morning I weighed high end of maintenance range, but on Saturday morning I weighed in at the low end, so I'm thinking it's just fluctuating, as normal, and we'll see how it goes.

Got a great workout in yesterday at the gym. I NEED to go to the gym to get a good workout now that I'm somewhat limited in what I can do -- the equipment there is really so much more effective at giving me a good calorie burn. I tried to do some stuff at home on Saturday and I was really disappointed with the results -- not that I didn't get some good stuff done. It was something. But the calorie burn could have been a lot higher.

As for my tummy, it felt better over the weekend, but now I am having some sinus issues with the weather change, it recently got kinda cold again. BRRR. I woke up this morning so congested. :( But I took some medicine and here I am at work. I don't really feel SICK, just stuffed up.

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RACHEL630 11/12/2008 10:47PM

    I hope you feel better soon!

Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it out. :)

Keep up the great work!

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SLCOLMAN 11/10/2008 11:33PM

    Those protein bars sound yummy!
Sorry to hear that you are under the weather :(

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PHOTOTEE 11/10/2008 10:13PM

    I'll need to try the bars too!So glad to here tummy is feeling better!Better to get the sickness now than on the big Holiday!

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HOPERY 11/10/2008 8:50PM

    Wow! I'm most impressed with all the people who respond to your blog. You are getting quite a following-me included. Time for cooking demo videos?

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MARLIE13 11/10/2008 7:21PM

    Chef Dana...so sorry your tummy is still feeling yucko!

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TELERIE 11/10/2008 6:07PM

    I've got to try to make those bars. I'll have to play with substitutions since I can't get hold of the ingredients here - will post if I manage to make them and let you know how they turn out on this side of the pond.
I hope you don't get what I have - I've spend the last week in bed with the flu, and my doc put me on sick leave until Wednesday.

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/10/2008 4:42PM

    chef! you are an artist. so creative. my sinus are bugging me again. i had a week off and now it is back. geesh!

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CECE0330 11/10/2008 4:27PM

    Boo to sickness! Hope your cold doesn't last long. My illness is easing up, BUT my 19 month old has a double ear infection and impetigo (bad rash). She is on Amoxicillin (sp???) and we're alternating Motrin/Tylenol. But man, oh man, is she CRANKY!!!!!!!! Ever spent much time with a cranky toddler? Not fun. I just hope she gets better soon, and a bit of sanity can be restored to our house! It's very hard to get my workouts in when i have so much else going on.

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/10/2008 12:44PM

    I'm the first to admit I get annoyed by the whole semantics thing, but I will point out a positive here is that you talked about a "splurge" rather than a "binge" because I've recently read that in a healthy lifestyle it is a GOOD thing to plan for occasional SPLURGES but not so good to have out of control BINGES.

The bars sound fantastic even if you have to eat them with a spoon :) and good luck at the gym!

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CATIATM 11/10/2008 12:44PM

    Pretty soon, you're going to have your own show on Food Network!

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KMKMOM 11/10/2008 12:43PM

    Those protein bars sound great. Good for you for ending the splurge and getting back on track. We all need to treat ourselves sometimes. The most important thing is getting back on track right away.

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TRECECOOKS 11/10/2008 12:38PM

    Congrats on inventing your own protein bars!! I'm looking forward to making them!! Thanks!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 11/10/2008 12:09PM

    The recipe sounds really great! I'll try it out this week. Thank you for sharing!

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BRUIN2 11/10/2008 12:03PM

    Yay for a good workout, and a new recipe, and a splurge, and knowing when to end the splurge!

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SWEETZMIX 11/10/2008 11:57AM

    OMG u know I woke up on Friday with the same congestion thing and still have it. I took some meds on Friday and last night as well. It is so horrible cuz you don't feel sick but it's still a crappy feeling. I was so congested yesterday I had to cut my gym workout to 45min and just walk out side for a while.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

My stomach... does not feel quite right today.

I woke up and was like... I'm hungry! and it turned into weird nauseous queasy not quite right feelings.... but I ate... and that felt ok... but now the weird feelings are back.

*UGH* It's annoying.

But anyway.

Um................... I don't really have a lot to say. I haven't worked out again yet (tonight maybe, tomorrow for sure), dinner was delicious last night -- I definitely need to buy that risotto again!!! :D It was so easy and good. And also one day start making my own instead of using a box.

Steel cut oats this morning. And PB and wasa crackers. More oatmeal later today, rolled oats. I'm just not feeling anything "special" today... my tummy feels to precarious to mess with.

I AM excited to go to the library today!!! :D I love the library so much!!!! :D

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JAZZSIREN 11/9/2008 10:36PM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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SLCOLMAN 11/9/2008 8:21PM

    Hope that the tummy gets to feeling better!

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KMKMOM 11/9/2008 6:56PM

    I hope you're feeling better now. Tummy troubles are no fun.

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PHOTOTEE 11/9/2008 10:58AM

    Could you be pregger's??? Just saying,it's the first sighn. ;D

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/8/2008 11:53AM

    hope your tummy doesn't get any worse. have fun at the library!

(duh, this was from yesterday. hoping you are still not at the library)

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WOLFKITTY 11/8/2008 4:18AM

    I hope you're feeling better, girlie! It's probably good that you took a day or two off to rest. I'm sure your body will thank you for it by building extra muscle while you were relaxing! LOL!


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MARLIE13 11/7/2008 5:31PM

    I always look at my tummy issues, when I have them, as "maybe this will help me lose more weight." loL! Horrible, I know.

YAY library! I'm making a trip next week. Suggestions? I was interested in Twilight.

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NATURALLYME126 11/7/2008 2:11PM

    Dana, I like going to the library too. I haven't been in a while just for leisure. So glad next semester is my last semester! I am official now girl, I have subscribed to your blogs so now I can keep up with you more often. Hooray! ;0)

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Feeling pretty good!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Well -- other than the fact that I am SUPER sore and have postponed today's workout for a rest day -- I feel pretty great. :) I finally got some errands done today that I've been meaning to get done for a while now, and I took out our nearly overflowing trash, just those kind of things that get shoved to the side a lot of the time for more interesting or exciting things, but still have to get done eventually. :P

I also stopped by the consignment shops to look for a coat, and I found one that is so perfect for me... but it's like my ENTIRE budget for warm clothing... soo....... I didn't get it. But if I change my mind I'm hoping it might still be there, because it's one of the most expensive coats of it's kind in the shop AND it's like a pea green color which I think some others might not appreciate as much as myself. :) So rather than buy it on the spot because I was in a hurry and had to get to work, I decided to think on it and if it gets purchased it's not meant to be. ;) HAHAHA. It has a tag on it that says it was purchased originally for $150, and the sleeves are actually long enough which is awesome. :) But I was hoping to spend more like $20-$30 especially secondhand, instead of the $50 it's marked at. :P That way I have a bit leftover to buy things like thicker tights and long sleeve tops or SOMETHING in that vein... I have like... zero cold weather clothing that fits.

Still have a couple other places to look, though...

ANYWAY!!! Last night's dinner was pasta with a home made sauce (which ROCKED I'm never buying jar sauce again). I mean, I made it from a can of crushed tomatos, but I heated some minced garlic in olive oil and then added the tomatoes, and seasoned them and whatnot. Looking forward to elaborating more on this formula in the future, but so far I'm thinking SUCCESS!!! The food's been nice and simple yesterday and today and I'm feeling much better. :)

I'm thinking tonight will be tilapia, a risotto, and some half ears of corn. :) Pretty stoked to try making this box risotto. :D

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SLCOLMAN 11/9/2008 8:19PM

    I hope you find a coat that you love at a pice you love too! :)

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MARLIE13 11/7/2008 5:33PM

    What kind of risotto did you buy?

I appreciate pea green coats. I had spring green trenchcoat for awhile that I adored. (Too big so gave it away.)

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TRECECOOKS 11/7/2008 1:10PM

    I get such a big kick out of watching you discover the joys of cooking!! You're both an example to me and an encouragement. Thanks for your faithfulness to my blog; it means a lot!!
PS - I'm with you on waiting for the coat. Maybe they'll mark it down more!! Or maybe you have some "fat clothes" you can trade toward part of the price!!

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NATURALLYME126 11/7/2008 11:10AM

    Your homemade sauce sounds yummy!

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BRUIN2 11/7/2008 10:08AM

    Is there any bartering to be done at consignment stores?? Maybe you can talk them down??

And I'm salivating at the thought of home made pasta sauce. YUM!

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VEEJAY3 11/6/2008 9:12PM

    Mmmmm. My favorite marinara sauce is from Marcella Hazan and is soooo easy:
1 large can of Italian tomatoes (I use San Marzano)
1 yellow onion, cut in half lengthwise (so it holds together, instead of separating into rings.)
Simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the onion. Add 1 T butter.

The end.


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SWEATONCEADAY 11/6/2008 9:04PM

    i am going to start referring to you as chef around here. it will be like in a kitchen... "YES CHEF!"

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CATIATM 11/6/2008 4:09PM

    Your culinary prowess is impressive! Your town is soooo on my list of places to visit whenever I'm in the US next! emoticon I hope DH appreciates his tall, slender, sexy, can.bring.home.the. (lean).bacon, (broil).it.up.in.a.pan, and.never.let.him.forget.he's.a.man wife!

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TELERIE 11/6/2008 3:46PM

    I made something with crushed tomatoes yesterday too, only into a soup instead of pasta sauce. It was delicious!
I just love risotto and make a mean one with mushrooms and parmesan and a little bit of bacon. With salad it is very yummy for a weekend dinner... I don't think I've had tilapia.
Go get some warm workout clothes for when your knee gets better. If the pea coat is to be, it is to be...

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**PRICELESS** 11/6/2008 3:32PM

    Gurl, I'm continuously envious of your cooking skills!! You make everything sound absolutely delightful yet way our of my realm. LOL!!

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Wow, the blog page looks different...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

SO! No blog yesterday... because less than 2 hours after I got to work I got a call that my friend got some free tickets to see Panic! At The Disco in Atlanta and I was invited. I figured I couldn't get anyone to cover for me at work... BUT I DID!!! A very sweet co-worker agreed to leave and come back later to cover my closing shift so I went! :D

It was a 3.5 hr drive in each direction... but it was so fun. I haven't had any GIRLFRIEND hanging out time like.... almost ever. Since getting married. And anyway, my DH stayed home to be responsible and whatnot and said he didn't mind if I went without him so WOOHOO! :D We got there, danced and screamed like crazy for the full ONE HOUR that Panic played... (so short)... but it was extremely fun. For their last song they covered "Shout!" which was very fun to dance to.

But in healthy news, I ate some very bad crap on the way back from the concert -- we stopped at Denny's and I ordered the smothered cheese fries. (!!!!!!!!) I haven't had anything even remotely LIKE that in AGES and it tasted good, but it did not make my tummy happy and I want nothing more than to eat REALLY CLEAN for the rest of the week.

In other healthy news, I ate well the rest of the day, I also worked out that morning. I got a 279 calorie burn from 26.5 minutes of upper body and abs strength training!!!! That is pretty awesome!!! :D Today I did lower body (very carefully and with no squats) and cardio. I probably spent about 10 minutes doing lower body ST, and then I hit the rowing machine for 15 minutes and the bike for about 10 minutes. A combined burn today of about 357 calories. Both days I stretched out very carefully, and I've also done the muscle rolling thing yesterday and today. Here's to recovery!!!! Tomorrow will be ST again, and then Saturday more ST+Cardio. I'm a little over halfway to my calorie burn goal for the week already.

Today at the gym I was thinking my goal was 1500 calories... but it's actually 1200. *phwew* I was worried I wasn't going to make it but now I feel confident.

And last night's booty shaking must've compensated somewhat for the awful food choice, because this morning my weight was the same as yesterday so that was a relief.

My sides are SO SORE. I don't know if it was from dancing or rowing, but either way, my muscles are reminding me how GOOD it is to do something DIFFERENT every now and again. :D

I think that's it for now.

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MARLIE13 11/7/2008 5:35PM

    Awesome on the concert and the soreness too!

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SKYFYRE 11/6/2008 3:17AM

    Hahaha! booty shaker extrodinaire! What a fun night! You know those cheesy fries arent gonna tip the scales only if you ate them all week long! And YOU are too smart for that!

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LUCYA8 11/5/2008 11:32PM

    hey there girl -

thanks for the note of encouragement - as we both now know my body COMPLETELY freaks out at, um, certain times... so... that's what's going on right now I think/hope. Today was a good day though - only walking for exercise, which never gets me as satisfied!

How was the concert?! I really, really, really miss hanging out with my girls - I had a really close batch growing up, and we're still close but so geographically scattered that we hardly ever see each other - even though none of us is married :)

How's life going? Go you on rocking the cheese fries. they have attitude, do they not? and I totally agree with Carol_Hoorah that a big splurge like that can bring about strange metabolic gifts.

Take care and cheerio!


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CAROL_HOORAH 11/5/2008 9:59PM

    PPS - this morning I weighed in at 164.. i'm afraid it might be lost muscle, I'm going to pump some more iron this week!!! but yay anyway!

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CAROL_HOORAH 11/5/2008 9:59PM

    PS AND since you eat so healthy I would NOT be surprised if in the next 2-3 days you drop a pound because of those cheesy fries!!! It's kind of weird but that's what my body does anyway!!! I think of it as a reward for eating healthy lol a bonus when you don't deserve it, you drop a lb lol

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CAROL_HOORAH 11/5/2008 9:57PM

    You are KIDDING me, you got to see panic at the disco?!?!?! YOU ARE SO INSANELY LUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :)

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TRECECOOKS 11/5/2008 7:43PM

    Yup, you're right - shaking it up is good!!

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SWEETZMIX 11/5/2008 5:49PM

    Glad to hear u had some fun with ur girl. It's good to have just girls only time every now and then!!

And for an injured person u still buring those calories away. Glad you haven't let it stop you!!

Now it is my turn for calorie burn!1


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    I'm glad you had such a good time at the show! I love times like that.
And the indulgence now and then is a good thing...it helps one to remember the reasons that we want to eat well! Good job!

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TELERIE 11/5/2008 5:40PM

    Glad you had fun and let your hair down at the concert.
Great job on the calorie burning too, you're an energizer bunny, even when injured!

I think I'm glad I haven't tasted cheese smothered fries, it sounds really scary but oh so good as a rare treat!
Keep on inspiring me, I love your blogs. I like the new RSS features here, excellent addition to SP.

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ANGELBLEU 11/5/2008 5:23PM

    im a manager at dennys girl they are sooo good yet so bad i wont even tell you the cal content... glad you had a good time :)))

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4565S568SDS 11/5/2008 5:22PM

  What did they do to the blog page? And why didn't they do it to the comment box? Weird.

Yesterday I ate like crap, too. I was watching the election all day and ate a ton of cookies and other junk. It was tasty, but today has to be better.

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