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Congrats! When is the official wedding? What are you wearing?


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Hmmm 5? Let's see

1. I teach Junior high when I'm steadily employed, though I just got laid off in an area that doesn't have any positions available.

2. My DH is a log truck driver and I'm seriously considering doing it too.

3. I've discovered that I'm a neat freak after being in the classroom for 6 months and coming home to a dirty house. It took me two full days of insane cleaning but my house is now spotless.

4. I will not be wearing a dress for our official wedding.

5. I hate TV

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Debbie sounds like you have a very rewarding life. Keep enjoying it. Nice to have you. :)

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Wow! I'm also impressed with an author in our group!

Five things about me...

1. I've taught 4th grade since forever, but our elementary school is being closed by our district and it's a golden opportunity to make a move. I'll be teaching 7th grade math and science in the fall (August, actually.)
2. I am an RN and worked in that field before returning to school to earn a whole new degree, in teaching.
3. I am going to be a grandma for the first time this September!!!!!!! It's a girl!!!!
4. I ran my first marathon last fall, in San Francisco (yes, many hills!)
5. I'm just returning to serious workouts this month. I fell during a workout and broke my wrist in January, had 2 surgeries, lots of physical therapy, and I'm starting to be able to use my hand normally again.

What about you? Let's hear from the team!

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Juanita!! That is wonderful. Sounds so freeing to be able to write about it, yet alone get it published! Congrats. I hope it does great! I'm going to look for it. Thank you! I have a lot of similarities. Maybe that's why it's so easy to get along with this group wee have varying issues and similarities that we mesh. I will let you know if hubby let's me get it if I find it!

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For anybody interested---

My book is called Whose Eye Was It (written by Juanita Webster Guernsey) and can be purchased through Amazon, I believe. If you are interested and can't find it there, please let me know and I will try another route to help you find it.

I call it my healing book. It's mostly about the courage to get out of my abusive first marriage to someone I loved with all my heart. This was in the 1960's and religion didn't accept the fact that the abuser broke the wedding vows, not the person being abused. So I had very little support except from the legal system and my inner strength. This hurt a great deal and is another topic I maybe should write about some day.

It includes some of my forgiveness letters to others who failed me as a child. It tells very openly about the abuse of myself (not for the faint of heart) and my sisters and bless their hearts they graciously agreed to let me tell this story so hopefully it will help others in similar situations.

The book also includes some of my favorite poems I have written over the years, a story about a dear friend that I wrote in college, my goodbye letter to cancer. Just a dabbling of many important events in my life that I felt like sharing.

I enjoyed putting it together. If any of you decide to read it, I hope it brings healing to your hearts/minds as well. There is so much more to life after abuse if we just search for it.

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Welcome Juanita!!! Great to see you gf! Congrats on the great weight loss! You go girl! What book did you write? What's it about?
I believe I've done this before, but for the sake of people who don't know me, or anyone new since I did it, I will do it again.
1. I am on my third marriage. I was married in a civil ceremony February 25, 2008. I had a church ceremony august 2 the same year. This is my first marriage where I ordered pictures from the photographer, and recently hung my 16x20!
2. I bought my first house the end of march 2009. It was a fixer upper and I'm only now finishing the yard. Lol inside all was redone but the bathroom tub and floor, and the refrigerator. Over time of course I had to replace the appliances.
3. I survived a severe head on collision. The tow truck people were afraid to let my hubby and mother unload my car due to the mess of it and thought I was dead! I broke A LOT of bones. I damaged my frontal brain lobe. I'm still in some recovery appointments, and doing better than my doctors expected! The accident happened because I blacked out from low blood sugar, due to diabetes. I lost a good 5 to 6 days of my life memory.
4. I have a bachelors in psychology, yet when I was working, I was a paralegal.
5. I've struggled with my weight since after I graduated college. The weight loss struggle got worse after the accident. Since than I've gained 20-25 pounds. Sigh. I'm still struggling to get it off. Doctors are concerned. This week I've done better. It is important to measure out our foods.

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1. I've been married 4 times. Longest time for 20 years.
2. I've written a book and had it self published last year.
3. It took me 8 hours to clean my fridge recently--due to depression and having to work a while, rest a while, and work a while, etc.. AND it was badly overdue for a cleaning.
4. My hubby is a hoarder.
5. I have lost a total of 43 pounds since retirement in 2009. Gained about 5 back recently by not keeping up the exercise and not tracking what I eat.

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--loves Gilad's Total Body Sculpt
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--is on day 27 of daily exercise
--made split pea w/leek soup for the first time today; omnom

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winter 2012-13=aaaack! (I have schizo-affective disorder?!) My weight's back where I started?!


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1) I was 16 years old before I ever saw the ocean, and I only live roughly 250 miles from the coast.

2) I do not color my hair. I love my natural blond hair!

3) I have a motorcycle endorsement on my driver's license.

4) I get very nervous/anxious in anticipation of most social situations but usually do okay once there.

5) I've been to Ireland 4 times and hope to go back again next year.

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1. I met my fiance on the sidewalk in front of our local office supply store. We hung out there in high school.
2. My dad is manic depressive and once made me his last phone call before a suicide attempt. Thank God my grandpa was home!
3. I am absolutely obsessed with everything from the 1940's to the 1970's.
4. I have no friends. Except of course for my fiance and younger sister.
5. My favorite color is a very specific shade of vintage green.

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APATRICIAP521, I am with you on the OCD--my life is so structured and organized..it drives my friends and family NUTS!! They think it's so unnecessary!

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1. I am getting married in May 2011
2. I have been a competitive figure skater for the majority of my life, and began to gain weight once I stopped skating regularly.
3. I consider myself 80% liberal and 20% conservative... why can't I be the best of both worlds?
4. my final weight loss reward when I reach my goal is my 1st tattoo!!!
5. I have OCD and suffer from periodic severe anxiety... this leads me to lead a very structured and organized life.



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1. I am obsessed with my Japanese Chin--he's turning 2 of July 11th!
2. I have two brothers and two sisters
3. I am over 20% Cherokee Indian
4. I am obsessed with structure because my childhood lacked it..so I always have to have a plan for EVERYTHING..even the smallest things
5. I am a Libertarian

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I LOVE THIS!!!! Wiggle the ears!

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5 things you don't know about me!

1. I was in the Army for 7 years.

2. My mom is from Guam.

3. Both of my children were born in Hawaii.

4. I once ate frog legs.

5. I can wiggle my ears.



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5 things you don't know about me!

1. I drive a cute little Nissan Cube and I love it.

2. I Love Garlic bread it is my weakness.

3. I have been a cosmetologist for 20 years now.

4. I am double jointed.

5. I had my nose broken twice.

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MERALO had a great idea when she created this topic! So glad that everyone enjoys it!

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5 things you don't know about me!

1. I fell in love with my husband the day I met him (I'm pretty sure the feeling is mutual)
2. I was an aunt the day I was born.
3. I visited the Pompeii exhibit at the Minneapolis Science Museum a few years ago (Amazing!!)
4. My spirituality is number one in my life (but don't worry I don't drone on about it and I don't push it on others, lol)
5. In the next couple of years we will be looking for a cute farmhouse in the country...I can't wait to be out of the city!

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I love this thread!

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that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel." ~T. S. Eliot


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1. I am a cancer.
2. My favorite classes in college were my studio art classes.
3. I have had a total of 30 needles shoved through various portions of my body for aesthetic reasons and yet I hate to have my blood drawn.
4. I can be very stubborn sometimes – an inherited trait courtesy of my dad.
5. I enjoy a good challenge – both in work and in play.

And one for good measure - this is the happiest I have ever been in my life and it seems to only be getting better.

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YAY! So fun! I love reading these!

1. I'm 25 and have been with the same boyfriend for almost 10 years.

2. I spent most of my teens and adult life as an addict and have been clean and sober for one year and six months.

3. I went back to college after dropping out of high school - 10 years later! I have a 4.0 and I'm loving learning!

4. Here's a funny one, I have "Brooklyn" tattooed on my butt.

5. My dream is to live in a house on stilts in the middle of the ocean, I swear I'm half fish. I love the water!

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You guys are all so interesting!!

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5 things you don't know about me:

1. I was born in a town we never lived in or near.
2. I feel like I need to do more with my life, but have no idea what to do.
3. I wanted 2 more kids ( we have 4)
4. I like to sing REALLY loud when I'm alone.
5. My dream is to one day live on the north west coast of BC.

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I speak four languages..
I am VERY allergic to cashews..
I have had 2 miscarriages..
I have traveled to over 20 countries..
I live in the same house I was born in..


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Ok, 5 things you (probably) don't know about me...hmmm...

1. I grew up on a sheep/cattle station and absolutely LOVED it.
2. I did all my schooling by distance education (because our property was 100km from the nearest school)!
3. I'm not religious at all, and my hubby shares my views (I always joke about our wedding because I was christened as a Catholic, my hubby was baptised as Protestant, and we were married by a Baptist minister!)
4. We are DINKS (Double Income No Kids) and don't want to start a family for a long time yet.
5. My left thumb is (slightly) shorter than my right thumb, because I used to suck my thumb as a baby/toddler!

I really struggled to think of the fifth one lol...it's totally random, but I bet you didn't know about it, eh?! =D
I suppose I could have said that I'm Australian, but MERALO already knows that!! ;)

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CAROLYN1213...I, too, got married young...at the age of 17...and have been married for almost 24 years!

I so love to read these posts! Thanks for taking the time!

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Hello, my name is Carolyn! Excited to be here! I blog all the time, so there isn't much about my weight loss journey people don't know. But, what they may not know is:

1. I married my first serious boyfriend when I was 19
2. We are still married, 24 yrs. later
3. I have two adult sons, ages 21 and 23
4. My oldest son was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure when he was four and had a kidney transplant when he was 16.
5. I was a foster parent to special needs children for 4 years.

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My name is Julie and I have loved reading about each of you! Here are 5 things about me:

1. I am a nurse practitioner

2. currently I work part-time as an RN but am looking for a new job as an NP

3. I have never tasted a brussel sprout and have no plans on doing so

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4. One of my dreams is to visit Paris with my DH

5. I grew up in church and my Christian faith is a huge part of my life emoticon

Okay, that was a little random. Thanks for reading!

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It's never too late to introduce yourself! It's great getting to know you all a little better...

As always,
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Hi everyone! I'm posting kinda late on this thread... hope that's okay!

My five things (which are so ordinary)...

1. I was an RN before I went back to school to get a teaching degree & credential... still keep my RN license current.
2. I've rediscovered a love of hiking, and I'm going with a group to climb Half Dome in Yosemite next month... I'm so excited!
3. I have three amazing adult children and all will be (or have just been) married by this time next year. Busy, busy, busy!
4. I'm always wishing I had more time for hobbies that I love like gardening, reading, crocheting. Maybe this will happen once school is out next week!
5. I'm blessed to be married to the love of my life who has put up with me for over 38 years now... hope he'll renew my contract again this year... LOL!

That's it! Wishing everyone an awesome weekend!

Debbie

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5 things you don't know about me.
Let's see....

1) I love to sew.
2) I have 3 children 2 of which are disabled.
3) I have a cat named O'Mally - Ollie for short.
4) I won a 1999 Neon totally made over from "Car's for Heros" And was on the radio and T.V.
5) I have Fibromyalgia and it won't keep me down. emoticon

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Alicia..meralo had it right on target. I would eat anything and everything I wanted and workout between every class for a total of 3-4 hours a day in the gym. I was down to 94-96lbs and still was trying to lose more. I was not in good shape. Was trying to be like my mother was until she was in her 40's. Obviously didn't work. Brought on the diabetes by doing that. Pancreus needs fat to work and I was burning it all off. They say I would have become diabetic eventually but I brought it on earlier because of the exercise bulimia

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Hi I am Kisha
1. I live in McCalla, Al by way of Queens, New York.
2. I am a Deputy Sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff Department and have been in Law Enforcement for about 8 years.
3. I have a beautiful 11 year old(almost 11) that's going on 30.
4.I love aerobics but hate lifting weights.
5. I have the hugest crush on Denzel Washington.

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Wow, this is an excellent way to get to know everyone...what fascinating lives everyone leads!

@ALIMESSA - exercise bulimia is a non-purging form of the condition, sufferers will workout excessively to lose weight and control bingeing.

That's pretty serious - hope we can offer any support needed in fighting against it...

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What is exercise bulimia?

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Wow this is definitely a good one. 5 things you don't know about me.
1. I don't deal well with negativity around me at all. I feel I have enough of my own, I don't need others to add their opinions about what is bad about me.
2. I tend to be an outgoing person, except in a large group of people I've just meant, but once I know everyone forget it.
3. I've worked very hard over the last 12 years to learn better ways of controlling my anger and temper and am not exactly where I would like to be, but much much better.
4. I suffered from exercise bulimia in college. It still scares me that I could end up in that mindset again if I don't watch.
5. I am a lot more sensitive than I let on. So many of my friends think I have a strong personality that I can take anything...really I am not as strong as I seem.

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5/17/10 9:34 P

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Welcome everyone!!

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Ok 5 things you don't know about me...

1. I have 2 wonderful sisters, 2 nieces, and 4 nephews...we are so close that we talk every day...I feel blessed

2. I love my job...I love praying for my patients...

3. I am an action junky so is my son...I think that is why I am good at my job...it is so action packed...I think my son is either going to be an EMT or a cop....I think I created a monster!

4. I was a single mom for 8 years..from the time my son was born until I met and married my wonderful husband 4 years ago....

5. I adopted 2 boys who were my neighbors after they were orphaned when their mother died....

~~~ CINDY ~~~

You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have...

Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight...

My next mini goal weight is 218...


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Hi everyone, I am Jeneane and here are my 5 things.

1. I was born in Buffalo N.Y. and as a child I lived acrost the street from the man I would marry (we didnt even know each other)(32 years next month)

2. I have 3 grown children, Michael 29 has 2 girls and 2 step daughters. Sarah 27 has 1 daughter and is trying for another with husband number 2. My youngest Brian 25 is engaged to be married June of 2011.

3.I have lived in Iowa for 13 years and love it.

4. I am the senior Medical Lab tech at the county hospital.

5. I love SPARK emoticon this is the only program that has every seriously worked for me, (including Gastric bypass, I lost but put back on 40+ lbs.)



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5/17/10 2:39 A

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Hi everyone, my name is Jardan and here are 5 things you [probably!] don't know about me...

1. I am 50% filipino, 25% turkish and 25% jordanian... I love my exotic mix :)

2. I have an autistic brother who is 5 (turning 6) years old. I supervise him at Prep school and help him with his classes and daily activities... he lights up my day. emoticon

3. I have 2 unfinished University courses (Business & Multimedia)... they just weren't "me". I am now doing my third course called Exercise Sports and Sciences, in the hopes of becoming a Personal Trainer.. I should have listened to that little voice 5 years ago, that told me to take up something in the health department. But here I am ... better late than never!!

4. I have a slight case of OCD - random events during the day make my partner smile like whenever I straighten a crooked shoe/pencil/book (ANYTHING that doesn't look right lol); when I refuse to watch a TV show because I missed the previous episode; and the fact that I can't enjoy my food if I'm not reading something or not watching something. emoticon

5. I am small (5 foot) and often earn remarks about my height ... but I have finally learned to be comfortable enough in my own skin to ignore these comments and accept the way I am... great things come in small packages... hehe.

jardanangeli.blogspot.com/

Please check out my health & fitness motivation blog...!! Feel free to leave a comment or follow me if you have an account :) Thank you!

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5/16/10 7:02 P

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5/16/10 6:58 P

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Hi everyone,
I am Barb and I have been on Spark, well using Spark for about 3 1/2 months.

Five things you don't know abt me:

1) I LOVE THE STEELERS! Yes, I live in Delaware, am from Delaware, BUT lived in Da'burgh 15 years. My heart bleeds black 'n gold!

2) My car is bright yellow with black tint...can you guess why? Yes it is that bad! I told you I bleed black 'n gold!

3) I am the oldest of six kids, all girls. We finally got a boy after 8 generations.

4) I turn 40 next month, I have no kids, never been married and act like I am in my 20's. For most of the folks I know that is major, they always say, what no kids?? Oh heck no! Love them to death but just don't think I could do it. Instead I have a BIG dog and two cats.

5) I am two semesters from graduating as a Nurse. This is a second career for me and I LOVE IT!

WELCOME EVERYONE! You will love this team and these leaders. They are great!
~Barb
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5/16/10 10:30 A

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Hey everyone, I'm Ruth and here are my 5

1) I'm back at university after 6years to re train as a mental health nurse.

2) I'm addicted to Burlesque and Zumba dancing and would rather dance than go to the gym any day.

3) I really hope my soul mate is out there somewhere, I have so much love to give.

4) Horse riding is my life's biggest passion. Love Deva Forever.

5) I suffer from chronic anxiety and depression.

"Never ride faster than your guardian angels can fly!"


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5/16/10 4:12 A

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I really love reading about all of you! Thanks for posting!!

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5/16/10 3:04 A

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5 things you don't know about me:
1- I am the youngest of 9 kids
2- I have been a Registered Dental Assistant for 20 years
3- My mom was 40 when she had me
4- I accomplished my goal of having my kids before I was 30, so I could be a young mom
5- want to go back to school to become a hygienist

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5/15/10 10:05 P

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Hello my name is Tieraney

1) I have PCOS and TTC..not a good combo

2) I love to play volleyball and cant wait to get this weight off so that i can play better =)

3) I have an almost 9 yr old step son who i love to death but it drives me crazy that he thinks he knows everything lol

4) My husband Dustin and I love to go fourwheeling!!!!

5) I seem to always give up when i get close to my goals or for some reason give up because i get scared of losing the weight...weird i know

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5/15/10 7:12 P

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Brilliant idea!!!

1. I am an addicted Disneylandaholic. When I was living in SoCal when I was teaching junior high, I would leave for Anaheim right after work to drive 100 miles (after a BAD day) to sit in front of the Disney castle and just take pictures for families that asked me if I could shoot a picture for them in front of the castle. I have been inside the Matterhorn and have a picture of every hidden Mikey in DL Park.

2. I'm scared of water

3. My favorite pet (besides my Moose) was my pet rat Oreo. The day I brought him home from the pet shop, I fell asleep on the couch with him in the hood of my sweatshirt and woke up late for class...I left the house and flew on to campus for my Biology class. Half way through class the cheerleader behind me started screaming when he woke up and stuck his nose out between my hair

4. I'm addicted to movies where the girl gets the guy and grows in the process (save the last dance, princess diaries, Hairspary, etc)

5. I collect t shirts

S - Start slowly, set yourself up for success
T - Try new things, don't say you can't do something or don't like something before you have tried it.
A - Add movement everywhere, walking farther, calf raises while waiting in line, etc.
R - Realize that you are human & will make mistakes
T- Take time to recognize your successes - celebrate!

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can and the wisdom to know it's me.


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My name is April..hi!

1. I play guildwars and even though it makes me super dorky I love it.

2. I have 4 children. blakely 9, brandon 8, rebecca 6, gabriel 3.

3. I'd love to have another child some day.

4. Me and my husband got married on valentines day 2001.

5. My 6 year old child is disabled.

April

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5/15/10 1:44 P

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1. I was married on Halloween 2003 ~ we 'eloped' and it was the first day we could both get off from work. emoticon

2. My favorite soda is Mr Pibb, but I settle for Diet Dr Pepper (I wonder if there's a diet Pibb??) emoticon

3. I play World of Warcraft emoticon

4. When I was a little kid I wanted to be "a mommy" when I grew up ~ but it never happened. emoticon

5. My 2 dogs are my babies - Sadie and Emma, the lovable, adorable, crazy mutts emoticon

p.s. oh yeah I love the emoticons on SP!!

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5/14/10 8:38 P

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MOMM4LIFE - can I have a job at your "coffee shop/book nook/healthy baked goody shop" when it opens? Sounds fantastic! emoticon

Danielle



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that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel." ~T. S. Eliot


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5/14/10 6:06 P

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1. I love the San Antonio Spurs, and was completely devastated when they lost to the Suns!!

2. It took me 9 years to get pregnant because I have PCOS...the biggy about this is that if I had conceived when I had wanted to, my son would be 24...that's like out of college!! Just thinking about that freaks me out...I could be a grandma!

3. I really want to go back to work, but I have no idea what I want to do...and I really can't go back right now because my husband travels too much and someone needs to carpool the kids everywhere...sigh!!

4. I absolutely love birds...we (I...my family hates them) have 2 cockatiels. One, I rescued from a neighbor who just had him in a cage in the garage. I hope to someday get a Umbrella Cockatoo, but I'm not sure that will ever happen since my family can't stand their noise!

5. I'm the luckiest woman alive...my husband is extremely loving, he grocery shops, cooks, cleans, takes care of the kids, me and even takes care of my parents! I don't admit this too many...not sure why I am telling everyone about this here!???

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5/14/10 3:44 P

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Nice icebreaker! Here are mine:

1. I am an avid scrapbooker.

2. Until about a year ago, I refused to eat salad - I considered it "rabbit food, not real food" - but now we have salad with dinner at least two nights a week!

3. I used to be a tap dancer (not professionally, just did a lot of it until college).

4. I am addicted to "Deadliest Catch."

5. I have been married for 11-1/2 years, have a daughter who's turning 6 in a couple weeks, and a 10-year-old pit bull mix who is the greatest dog ever.



Erin

"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark, that creates extraordinary results. "
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Hello .. My name is Ruby...

1) I work with a bunch of men and I think my eyes are going to get stuck in the top of my head because I roll them so often. emoticon

2) I would love to own a coffee shop/book nook/healthy baked goody shop that smells of warm coffee, leather, and baked goods and a fireplace in the center.

3) I love to take naps!

4) Working out has become a hobby and a way of life instead of something I "have" to do because I need to lose weight.

5) I have a DH, a DS (jr. in college), DS & DD (almost 12 yr twins being promoted to 7th grade next fall) and we are very tight-knit! We enjoy one another and I am blessed! I promised myself that I would provide a different environment for my children than what I grew up in.. and I have been blessed!

In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt



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1. In 6 weeks I will be unemployed for the first time in ten years and I'm so excited!

2. I'm going to University this fall and I'm a little intimidated because I haven't been to school since high school ten years ago.

3. I'm a shoe addict!

4. I know deep down that I am smart and talented and I feel like I am not living up to my potential.

5. I am so excited for this summer I could scream!

Danielle



"Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure

that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel." ~T. S. Eliot


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Hi, there! I'm Trina. I saw Meralo's blog entry about this group, and I really like the idea of being like Popeye, so here I am.

1. I liked princesses when I was a little girl, but only the princesses who kicked butt, like Wonder Woman and Princess Leia.

2. I am an amateur artist and draw favorite characters from books and other media with graphite pencils. I also do landscapes and starscapes in paint when I can afford the paint.

3. My boyfriend and I call each other Max a lot, though it isn't his real name or mine. (He played a Max in the play where we met, and I played a Maxine in the play where we started dating.)

4. I keep a postcard that a friend sent me from Paris as a reminder to do stairs every day.

5. I eat spinach almost every day: salad, omelettes, in pasta. However I can get it in there!

Never give up! Never surrender!

I want to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint.

Amicitia concero omnis!


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Here's a little intro that I thought would be fun for us to share as we get to know each other. As you stop here, please tell us 5 things that we don't know about you. This is my contribution:

1. I'm a confirmed movie addict, but I love old movies best...there's nothing more satisfying the watching the movies that shaped my life as a kid, and sharing those with my own children.

2. I'm an events manager working in a highly specialised field.

3. I hate the following foods: avocado, tuna, asparagus, olives and anchovies

4. I love whiskey and refuse to give it up...my favourites are Jack Daniels, Tullamore Dew and Bushmills

5. I love to write and to date I have written 2 full-length novels - no, they haven't been published...it was just a self-indulgent exercise.

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