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Barb, so glad to hear that you are starting to feel better.

Well one good thing about eating more raw foods, I can't mess up the recipes too much! But there is a lot more prep involved!

I have lots to do today so everyone have a great Friday!!!! :)

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Kelli, yes, I can do 7:00. See you at the mall then! How was your review?

Christine, great news on the weight loss! Maybe plant-based is the way to go for you!

My head cold is on the decline. Have to blow my nose more than I'd like, but other than that I'm good. Today will be a homebody day. Making chocolates, doing laundry and other puttering. Tomorrow will be busy!!!

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Kelle, I am sure your review went fine but I agree those things can be nerve racking! Our new heater seems to be working fine. :) Keeping us at 73 even degrees! Oh yeah, I am so sorry to hear that Blake is sick! Seems like little kids get everything that is going around!

Barb, I am hoping you are not sick anymore... but if you still are... get better really soon!

Well, just moving towards a plant based diet is helping already. I have lost .6 pounds since Saturday. Yippee!

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2/25/15 9:44 A

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Good Morning,
Today I have a review for my annual review at work today. I am a little bit nervous about it. I hate those things, so formal.

Christine – YAY on a new heater. I don’t think winter in Boise is quite over yet, even though I am so hoping for an early spring.

Barb – Can you do 7:00?? I know that is kind of early, but I also want to try to make the 8:30 strength training class at the gym. Kill those calories! LOL… I sure hope you get to feeling better, my household has been dealing with ear infection, fever and sinus infection. (All Blake, it hasn’t gotten to me yet.)


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Oh no I hope you don't get a head cold Barb!

I have been watching flea market flip on Netflix, gosh I love that show!!! :)

Good night everyone!

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Kelli, I am definitely up for a mall walk on Saturday. What time?

I hope that your hubby likes the "meat bacon". I highly suggest cooking it with the potatoes. Great flavor!!!

Christine, congratulations on the new heater!!! Let us know when you'll be able to have lunch and we can make plans.

I'm fighting off a head cold. Started feeling a little bit off yesterday. Hoping today was the worst of it...fully expecting DH to make me go sleep on the couch tonight because of snoring. LOL!

Finishing up and heading to bed. Nite all!

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Kelli, I will be giving up meat for a while since they say it has the most sat fat, well all animal protein does, so whole 30 wouldn't be the way to go for me. :)

emoticon I ate some egg whites for breakfast today because I need to use them up and no sat fat!

They are installing the heater right now and I am so glad it is not any colder today! :)

emoticon Hi everyone else!!! :)

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2/23/15 4:43 P

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Hi Everyone,

Barb - It looks like it is you and me. Are you up for a mall walk on Saturday?

Christine - Have you looked at Whole 30? I am doing it right now, and I am liking it, except for the withdrawals of soda. Mostly plant based, and protein based.

Yay for the new heater and the house not blowing up, LOL... but not for the money you have to spend.

Barb - OMG, that sounds to die for!! Since my hubby likes meatloaf, I might have to try that.

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Truthfully since I have to change my diet for at least 15 days, I think I'll wait on a lunch out until later. I ate mostly plant based yesterday, only a little bit of chicken. Today will be all plant based except the milk in my coffee. I will be switching to plan green tea soon though. *Oh yeah my ketchup is sugar-free... :but I still like it! :)

We are getting the new heater tomorrow! :) So money will be tight for a while... but better than a house fire from the heater blowing up!

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2/23/15 11:48 A

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It's not meatloaf. It's meat bacon! DH won't eat meatloaf but will eat this. He hates ketchup and didn't realize that this recipe has some. Sigh.

Since you're not going to walk with us, should we try lunch somewhere?

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Gotta admit your meatloaf sounds delish Barb!

I just got some new fitness DVD's so I am going to be doing Rockin' Body instead of walking. I am just going to wait for the good weather to come back. So you guys have fun on Saturday, okay?

Oh I am not going to change Hunk's diet Barb. Just mine. :)

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Kelli, meat bacon is three parts hamburger (or turkey burger) to one part sausage. One onion, some garlic cloves and about 1/2 cup of ketchup. Mix it all up, make a loaf in a pan and then put bacon slices on top. Cook for 45 minutes at 400'. Pour maple syrup on top and cook for another 15 minutes. I make two small loaves and surround with potatoes. Yum!!

Christine, good luck convincing Hunk to go without meat. Would portabello mushrooms be an acceptable substitute?

I would love a walk! This Saturday looks like it's gonna be cruddy weather wise. So either we should walk early in the mall or try for a different Saturday?

Gotta go. Need to be in bed soon.

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Kelli, I just got my blood work tests back and my cholesterol is up! Which is what made my mother have a stroke! High cholesterol runs in my family but this winter kicked my butt and I have to get it back down into the normal range again... somehow! And speaking of weight? I was at 143 this summer, now I am 151! And yes I have to turn this trend around! So I am with you all the way!

I am not doing the raw food diet yet but I am going to. I may not like it but I am going to do it anyway. I may only make it 3 days a week but I will see... :)

What time do you want to walk on Sat? I will try to check on the weather today to see what Sat is going to look like. We had a light dusting of snow here in Southeast Boise last night!

Wow, Barb sorry you DH is not wanting to eat your meatloaf called "Meat-bacon" I am afraid I would have to pass on it myself... too much cholesterol. Don and I just had a short talk and I told him on no uncertain terms that our diet is going to have to change. He loves meat and dinner isn't dinner to him without meat.

Well ladies have a great day!

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Hi everyone,

I think I am back now and back on track. This month has been busy and I haven't been taking very good care of myself. My weight is easy up and I am tired all the time. It has to stop.

Barb, that taco recipe sounds good. What is meat bacon?? I love asparagus!!

Christine, are you doing the raw veggie diet now??

Okay, I am ready for a walk, so barb and christine can you do Saturday??

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Good luck with the raw diet thing! I'm pretty sure I would not enjoy it.

When I went to the store, they had asparagus. Decided to buy some and cook it with the Meat Bacon that is planned for Sunday night. Mentioned it to DH and he got pissy about having that dish again so soon. We can have tacos every night as far as he's concerned. But Meat Bacon? (which he likes, by the way) Not okay. Whatever...he's eating it or not...don't care. Not changing what I'm making!

Planning to take it easy tomorrow. Hoping to finish my current book and start another. Watching Netflix comedies now...going to bed before long.

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Dinner out with dh def sounds sweet, and the rest of the day sounds good too!

I am not sure what I will be doing, but right now I am writing all the recipes I will need for the 15 days in a binder. I am om day 10 right now. :) Then when i am done I can return the book to the library. I just heard from my niece and she said she caved on the raw diet after 20 days. Not sure how long I will last either. tee hee!

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Sounds interesting. Let us know how you like it.

I'm not trying any new recipes this week. I am making one of the new ones for a second time. The Fiesta Taco Casserole. Everyone really liked it...including me!

So it looks like tomorrow will be a fairly easy day for me. Walking with a friend first thing in the morning. Then laundry and library followed by dinner out with my DH. Pretty sweet day, huh? emoticon

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Ani's 15 day Fat Blast by Ani Phyo, 3 days of shakes and the rest raw foods. It's all veggies. It even has a recipe for V-8!

I just woke up from a nap, for some reason I was just drained after shopping ;)

Are you tying any new foods this week?

Gosh I haven't had a CPR class in like forever! Glad you got something out of it!

Oh yeah I also checked out "The Dash diet, younger you, shed 20 years - and pounds- in just ten weeks... supposed to be a good healthy diet... but don't know what I think of it yet, just got the book today! :)









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Both hips? I'm so sorry! Maybe it would be worth seeing a new doctor.

What kind of Shake diet?

I went to a CPR class today. The method hadn't chamged much since the first time I took a class. But some of the reasoning is different. Good class!

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I'm going to try another time. Plus according to the weatherman we may get rain.

Both of my hips are bad now... my first guess is the extra weight I am now carrying since my low this summer. 9.6 pounds.

We just finished grocery shopping too. Got the things I need for a 3 day shake diet.

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How's the hip today, Christine? If you don't feel up to it, don't push yourself. We can schedule a time that you can really make it and enjoy it.

Just finished grocery shopping and now heading to the gym. I'll check back it later!!

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I am going for a walk today, in a while, and I want to see how I do before I say I will be at the zoo (for sure) at 1:00. I already have the appt to see my doctor so I plan on keeping it. I may need to look for another doctor though at some point. I may even just go to urgent care on Federal way...

Glad you are getting your sleep Barb, I know it helps me when I do too!

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We are planning on 1:00 at the zoo, right? I'll tell Kelli and Andrea. Again, if you can't make it, let me know.

Christine, I hope you can get in to see your doc sooner. Or find one you like just as well. Sorry your hip still hurts.

I agree that sleep is important. So I'm heading to bed. Nite!

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emoticon Everyone! Hope you will join us on Saturday!

Barb, make sure you are getting enough sleep and work projects will fall into place... for that I am sure.

Today was just okay for my hip... I did walk a super slow mile with DH... but I am still living on aspirin. Can't get into seeing my doctor until March 23rd. I knew this was going to happen now that he is in charge of a bunch of other doctors... *may* need to get a new one. But he is so good I don't want to!!!



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I'm sure you earned your 3rd place! No politics in play there.

We can plan on walking this Saturday...tentatively. If you're not up to it, we can try again for the Saturday after that.

Things have definitely picked up at work. I'm trying to keep up with all of my projects and go to meetings and classes. Not going as well as I'd like it to! I'll get there. :D

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Isn't that cool that the people in you library know you! I would love that! When I was younger that was how it was for me too! Once when I submitted a science project and won a 3rd place metal, I had thanked one of the local librarians in the part that you thank people for their help, then I found our later she helped pick the winners. I have always wondered if I would have gotten that 3rd. I remember my sister was upset because hers was on the "brain" and mine was only on "sound". Quite frankly I got lots of help on that one, but hey I was only in 2nd grade! LOL

Okay, yes, everyday has been better and there are so many people I would like to meet from the team... I hope we can meet next Saturday!!!! Since it is only Monday... I am going to wait until next Wednesday until I decide... hope that it okay?

Gosh, you are so busy at work! I know you love your job, so hope you get the other two things wrapped up quickly. :)


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Kuna is a smaller town...probably no enough people would go even if they were open. My library day is Saturday...they know me and get ready for me when they see me walk up!

Do you think that you'll be ready to walk the Greenbelt by this Saturday? If not, when will you be up to walking? We should definitely plan another day when everyone can make it.

Busy day at work. I had three things that I needed to get done today at work...got one done. Jeez! Tomorrow is looking to be just as busy. At least the day flies by!

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Oh drat, yours isn't opened... yes the main branch of the Library is opened from 12:00 - 5:00 pm. I got a book someone here on spark talked about Ani's 15-day fat blast by Ani Phyo.

I managed a walk today, (barely)... my doctor said walking would help my hip, so I did it. Yay for me and let's see how I am feeling tomorrow! It was really windy though! I should have bobby pinned my baseball cap down! :)



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Your library is open on Sunday?!? How nice! Mine is closed every Sunday. They are also closed this next Monday.

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emoticon Hi Everyone!!
emoticon Going to the library today in just a bit!

Have a lovely Sunday!

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Christine,

That sounds really good. The V8 juice is an interesting addition.

I'll have to check with the family to see if they would eat it.

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I think shopping once a week should get better plus your produce will be fresher too.

I have to share a recipe Hunk made today: it was delish!

Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Chops

1 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic minced
1 green pepper, diced
2 red peppers, diced
6 - 8 boneless pork chops, about 3/4 to 1 inch thick
1/4 t ground black pepper (or seasoned pepper)
1/4 t cayenne pepper
2 cups low sodium V-8 juice
2 T cornstarch

Place chopped onion, cloves and peppers in the bottom of the Crockpot.
Trim excess fat from pork chops; add to slow cooker on top of veggies.
Mix V-8 juice with ground pepper, cayenne pepper and 2 T cornstarch; Pour over all.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours

Serves 6 - 8





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Christine, I completely understand. It is better for you to take care of yourself and for us to put off the walk. Take care of yourself and heal fast!

I did my second week of shopping one week at a time. I think I did better. I didn't get anything extra, but I did miss getting one thing I need by next Tuesday. I can get that while I'm out and about later. I spent less money, I think, than I normally do in two weeks and I don't feel like we're missing out. We'll see though!

Enjoy the weather and have a great weekend!

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emoticon Happy Galentines Day today! Galentine's day is the day before Valentine's day that is for hanging out with loved gal friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon Wouldn't it be fun for all of us to go hang out somewhere together?

Barb, my hip is not any better so I am thinking let's wait and do it when more of us can go together.... (((hugs)))

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Kelli, Yes, I really am that bad for luck! LOL! I actually do make a menu. But I've been doing for two weeks at a time. So, when I was shopping for only one week, I got confused about what I was going to make and bought ingredients for next week. Then, to top it off, I am trying three or four new recipes in this two weeks, so totally new ingredients for a couple of them. I'm sure it will get better!

Christine, I'm sorry to hear about your hip. You still have my number, right? Send me a text tomorrow or early Saturday to let me know if you can make the walk. Or...if you'd rather, we can reschedule for when more folks can make it. Either way is fine.

Speaking of new recipes, one is definitely a winner. Crush some tortilla shells and place in the bottom of an ungreased casserole. Brown some hamburger (turkey burger, etc.). Pour one can of chili beans and one cup of salsa in the meat. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally. When done, pour over the crushed chips. Sprinkle green onions, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese on top. Bake at 350' for 20 - 30 minutes. Serve with chips (or over rice or quinoa or whatever!). It's called Taco Fiesta Casserole and everyone loved it...even the in-laws! Yippee!!

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Barb my bad-no-good hip is still bothering me and no I am not happy about this. I tried doing a few stretching moves and nothing is helping yet. I am going to find my back power book in a few and go through a series of those in a bit. I could barely walk when I got up! :(

Kelli I am sorry you didn't win! And yes when my son was little he loved the snow! Tell Blake Christine says hi!

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Good Afternoon Everyone,

Laughing at Barb - your luck is really that bad??? Ha ha... Nope I am not a winner, not even one number on the 20 some tickets that I had. Ugh.. it was fun to dream for a few minutes though.

Barb - Meal planning helps when you are shopping weekly. I sit down and I make out a menu for dinner. (I don't do lunch and breakfast, as I am the only one who does so those are staples on my list of lettuce, spinach, etc). But for dinners so that we have some variety I do try to make a menu, then if I am trying a new recipe, I write down all the ingredients on my list from the recipe. I also keep a Stouffers lasagne in the freezer, along with premade hamburgers and a couple of boxes of mac and cheese. For those nights that I just am not going to cook.

Christine -I always get quick picks, but have been told to buy them separately as opposed to putting 2 or 3 tickets onto one ticket. Something about the way the wave of number goes...
We will set up another time to walk! I think Blake will have fun sledding to. He loves the snow.

Have a good night!

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I have won things more than a few times but I do think the lottery would be a long shot!

Well, yes it should get better for next week. :)

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Kelli, we will miss you if you can't make it, but I agree that Blake would have more fun sledding!

Good luck to both of you on winning!! DH bought a ticket - or at least he says he did. I'm not allowed to even look at lottery tickets...my luck is THAT bad! LOL!

I'm going to try the once a week grocery shopping. First attempt didn't go very well. Bought some stuff I need for next week. Didn't get stuff I need for this week. Doh! It'll get better with practice...right?

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Awww, I miss Blake but I really think he would have much more fun sledding!

I have never play powerball but wow I can't believe how much you can win right now! I may have to go get a quick pick!... Do you get a quick pick or use your fave numbers?

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Hi everyone,

I am not sure if I am going to be able to make it on Saturday or not. Blake got invited to go sledding but not by himself. I have to go along.... so if that pans out, I am going to take him up sledding. Things in my world get cancelled a lot, so I will keep you posted.

I love new recipes too, so yes keep us posted on the keepers. And I grocery shop once a week, usually really early on Saturday or Sunday. Fruits and veggies don't keep very well past a week, and I like fresh as often as possible. If I try to do 2 weeks, I end up having things go bad before I can use them.

O.k. off to go buy powerball tickets. :)

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Yippee!! I've mentioned it to Andrea and will remind her. If she's not working, she said she would join us.

Kelli, you in?

Anyone else?

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If my hip is better and it should be I am def in!


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Yes, I think you have the flu. Lots of different strains out there and the flu shot doesn't protect against them all. Take care of yourself and get healthy soon!

It looks like the weather will be nice enough for us to meet at the Green Belt (by the zoo) at 1:00 this Saturday. I can still make it. Anyone else?

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I am not sure if someone can get the flu when they've had a flu shot, which I did get one.

I almost never get sick so I am not even sure this is the flu. My neck, back, arms and legs ache, runny nose and I also have the chills. A minute ago I threw up... I don't think I have ever had the flu! So I am clueless... does this sound like the flu?

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That is super cool that you got some new cookbooks! And you are right Hunk always has to print out the recipe too and then we have this "clip" for the fridge to hang the recipe. It's is right near the stove so pretty easy to see.

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That does sound good and fairly easy. I have some GF flour that would work for this type of recipe.

I actually bought two new cookbooks. A friend gave me a gift card to Barnes and Noble and that's what I used the card for. I have found a few online recipes, but then I have to print them off so I can read them while I make them.

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I am not so sure it is easy... hunk said it did take some time to do. But I swear I felt like it was something you would get at the Olive Garden, just delish! I love the lemon favor as well. It calls for 1/2 cup of flour but I guess you could use rice flour instead. For the breading. We ate this on top of a small baked potato with the sauce on top.

I could eat pizza everyday!

Did you find your recipes online?

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First new recipe is scheduled for Sunday. Then again on Friday and Saturday. I'll let you know how they go. What is Chicken Francese? And I like the fact that it has the word "Easy" in it's title!

We had pizza and salad for dinner. Once every two weeks...and we all like it!

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We shop at least once a week! But we love to buy food... I know it is weird! emoticon

I saw somewhere that you are going to try some new food menus this week. please tell us any of the keepers. My friend Cat told me about "Delicious Easy Chicken Francese" from allrecipes and Hunk made it tonight - I had to force myself not to go back for seconds! It was worth every calorie!

We found out that our furnace is twenty years old and it's on it's last leg. The guy kinda fixed it until he can come in about a week and put in a new one. So $3,117.00 later we will be all fixed up! LOL

My hip is almost normal today! Sometimes I swear I feel like an 80 year old!


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Christine, sorry to hear about both the furnace and the hip. At least it's mostly warm and no heat isn't too miserable. Hope both get fixed soon!

I've decided to try going grocery shopping once a week instead of every two weeks. The idea is that we will have fresh fruits and veggies and I won't feel like I have to stock up so much each trip. We'll see how it goes.

How often do you all shop?

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dh took the chill off this morning but the heater is off again now. It's still pretty warm so no problem.

Something is wrong with my left hop this morning so yeah my steps will be low too! In fact I am going back to bed in a bit to read.

Glad you work is interesting this week with all of those projects!

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Hi. Kelli, happy belated birthday...again! We are walking on Valentines Day. This week is also Engineering Day at BSU and I'm taking my son to that.

Christine, I hope it doesn't get too cold and that your guy gets back to you soon!!

This has been a good and busy week at work. LOTS of projects and the ensuing meetings. Hope to get some of them closed in the next couple of weeks. The only part that sucks is my steps are WAY low for the week.

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We had to turn our furnace off because it was making some weird sounds. Hope our guy gets back to us soon... it is only 50 degrees outside. BRRRR

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Good Afternoon Everyone!

I liked the domestic violence commercial too Christine, but I think my favorite and always will be is the Budweiser commercials with the Clydesdale horses. And the puppy... but I remember way back when it was the frogs... BUD.... WEI.... SER... LOL that was a long time ago. I also kind of liked the Nascar one with the Cats in The Cradle song.

What a game it turned out to be too.

I laid on the couch.

Barb - My birthday was actually on Sunday. Hubbie let me go shopping a day early and then Blake was sick on Sunday so not much of a birthday. Hope to celebrate this weekend depending on babysitting availability.

Are we walking this weekend or next? It is supposed to be rainy this weekend, but it is free day at the zoo. So depending if Blake is feeling up to it, I might take him to the zoo. My friend who works there says this is a great time to see the animals. They are pretty active in the winter.



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Not sure I had a fave commercial, but the one that grabbed my attention was the 911 call where the lady kept saying she want to order pizza... :( Then the guy figured out that she was a domestic violence victim.

I miss some of the first half and I don't remember the Skittles one. I was mostly just watching the game. :)

Sorry you are so sore from the super bowl workout. I marched in place mostly. :)

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Happy Birthday Kelli!!! I'm sorry I missed it!!! Was it Saturday or Sunday? Hope you're feeling better today.

I did the Super Bowl workout - and am paying for it now. Sore all over...and tomorrow will be worse. Ugh!

Christine, did you have a favorite commercial? Mine was the Skittles commercial with the large right arms. And LOVED the Katy Perry halftime performance.

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I am watching the super bowl Barb!

emoticon Blake

emoticon a day late Kelli!!!!

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Hi everyone,

That is exciting about the coop in meridian! Yay!!

I am having a relaxing day at home today. Eddie (hubby) bought me some nice sephora make up yesterday for my birthday. We canceled birthday plans today and going to celebrate next weekend. Glad I did because Blake is running a fever (100.2) and has slept all day. I should be taking advantage of him sleeping and do some cleaning but haven't found the motivation yet.

Barb- whaty a great visit with your grandpa!

Enjoy the superbowl everyone. I am just watching for the commercials. :)

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Yay! I'm so glad they are bringing a Co-op to Meridian!! I won't be able to make the ground breaking ceremony, but I do plan to shop there when they open!!! Woot!

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New flash, I just got this email from the Co-op!!!

Join us on February 11th!
Boise Co-op celebrates its groundbreaking ceremony in Meridian

We're preparing to plant our roots in Meridian and in honor of our expansion we are hosting a mini-party to celebrate.

Come out to the Village at Meridian on February 11th and join us for our groundbreaking ceremony! This isn't your typical "photo-op", but a true celebration of a momentous occasion--over 40 years in the making.

The event starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 11:30 AM. We'll have:

Music from Transistor Send and the Thomas Paul Band
Free samples from the Boise Co-op and local vendors
Drawings for prizes
Two (5-day) passes to Treefort Music Fest
10 tickets to Alton Brown's Edible Inevitable Tour
Boise Co-op gift basket, swag, and gift cards

We hope you can stop by and celebrate with us.


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Wow that is a lot of family!

Yes I am looking forward to summer too... right now I am just trying to get through one winter month at a time emoticon

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Grandma and Grandpa had 7 kids. Two live here in the Valley, two are in the Twin Falls area. One is in Colorado and one in Texas. Not sure where the 7th one lives. And that's not including any of the grandkids or great grandkids. Big family!

It did turn into a gorgeous day. I'm still looking forward to summer though!

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emoticon Another sunny day and boy am I ready for Feb!!!

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Well i will admit your meatloaf sounds pretty good, but I would be eating more of the potatoes I bet! emoticon

Oh your grandpa reminds me of mine! He lived to be 103, when his "sonny boy" passed before him he quit eating and lost his will to live. It was very sad. He only had the one son and they lived a block apart from each other as long at sonny boy was alive. Before that he chopped wood for his wood burning stove and walked to pay all of his bills way past 90.

It is so good that your grandpa has interests that keep him going!!

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1/30/15 9:29 P

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I love meatloaf! Especially with bacon and maple syrup on top and herb roasted potatoes cooked in the same pan. Delicious!

I went to visit my grandpa today. He lives in an assisted living place, is 98 years old and showed my his planter boxes...including the tomato plants he already has growing in his room! He moves slower than he used to, but he's still pretty with it mentally. It was a great visit.

Then I came home, finished my book, went through my new cookbooks and then made dinner. Good day overall.

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Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.


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I hear ya Andrea, not worth the calories! :)

emoticon Well Treasure Valley we have some blue skies and sun today. Enjoy!!!

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My family loves meatloaf so I make it often. I'm the one that can't stand it. Yuck!

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I know! Funny how one word change makes it all okay.

Today was a busy day so it flew by. Taking DH's car in for an oil change tomorrow and then I'm done for the day! Yay!

More later. Time for bed now.

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Meat bacon loaf!! emoticon

Watched the Outdoor Idaho DVD about the Palouse Area! That area is beyond beautiful!

Hope everyone has a GREAT day!





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Welcome back Andrea! Hope you can join us!!

Kelli, my DH is a picky eater too. He wouldn't let me make meatloaf! Okay...I could make it, but no way would he eat it! Then he found a recipe that sounded good...we call it meat bacon, but it's meat loaf. Men! LOL!



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Just now got back from the library! :) And eating my Atkins no sugar frozen meal. Pretty good for something in the frozen foods case. I did get my "Raw food made easy book! and DVD" and an outdoor Idaho DVD about Palouse area.

Kelli, you how great Blake and I get along so no problem for me. So I take it your DH is somewhat of a picky eater. I love mac and cheese too and would eat it everyday if I could!

emoticon Andrea! emoticon Hope you can walk with us! emoticon

Anyone else wants to meet up let us know.. I don't know what color we will be wearing yet. The more the merrier!

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Hi everybody!!

The 14th will work for me, I will have Blake with me so be prepared. (if the weather is holding and we do it in the afternoon). He will not want to sit in the stroller and just be good, he is going to want to chase the squirrels and the birds. :)

Today is a rest day, I slept in a bit and I am soooo tired today still. Trying to think of something easy and cheap to make for dinner tonight. That my husband will eat... probably mac and cheese for him again. I am trying a roasted potato kale green bean salad. If it is good I will post the recipe.

Hi Andrea! I sure hope you can make it to the walk.





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Hey girls!!! Just checking in to say Hi. I've been busy lately and too tired for SP when I get home. Sneaking a break right now. LOL! Looks like everyone is doing well. Miss you all. Hopefully I will be able to join you for a walk one of these days. I may be working on Saturdays in the near future but I'll try to meet on Valentine's Day as long as Kyle doesn't have anything planned and I'm not working.

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emoticon That's a plan. I am in for the walk at the Zoo (only) at 1:00.

Kelli, I am killing myself cleaning and rearranging the living room! I wonder if I will ever get this house all clean at the same time... not ready to jump into flylady yet though...

Hi Mani! Hope you day is going well! emoticon

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Woo hoo!! Okay, how does Valentine's Day work for everyone? Plan for 1:00 if weather is good, meet at the zoo. 7:30 if weather is bad, meet at the mall?

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Yes to the afternoon walks! :) emoticon

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Kelli, I like the idea of an afternoon walk outside...if the weather holds. Maybe we can try to plan one for February 7th or the 14th and if the weather is looking bad, we can move it into the mall?

Christine, would you join us if we walk in the afternoon?

At work, we spent five hours working on one project. It was a great meeting and I think we made some important progress.

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I plan to get some ST in this week too Kelli! And 4:30 am for a run? I was still up reading! tee hee! I will be switching my days and nights out pretty soon though. Sure enjoying the sun today anyway.

emoticon Off for a walk!!!

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Hi Everyone!!

I did a strength training class at the gym on Saturday and it kicked my butt. I am still sore today. But I got up at 4:30 a.m. to go do my run.

I tried to get Mr. Blake to go outside yesterday and play but he wasn't feeling good and didn't want to go outside, he didnt want to do anything. He finally asked if I would just hold him and he fell asleep on my lap. He slept for about 4 hours, so I just read my book and held him. It was a very nice relaxing Sunday.

Barb - I am always up for a mall walk. If the weather stays nice, we could do a more afternoon time at the zoo on the greenbelt. If planned far enough in advance, I can probably get a babysitter. Then maybe Christine can join us.

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Me too, at least that many! Maybe I should march in place for a bit BEFORE I start reading. :) Glad you got in your walk, I don't usually do much on Sundays. emoticon

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We did get to take a walk. It was gorgeous outside!! Still need ~2000 steps though!

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Sounds good... well minus the working in the kitchen... tee hee!

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I'm sitting in front of a window and soaking up the sun. Hoping to get a walk in before I start working in the kitchen.

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Good afternoon Treasure Valley! We have emoticon Hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy it!!!

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Christine, sounds like you are heading to bed about the time I am getting up to go to work. Wanna trade? LOL! And, no, I haven't picked out a new living room chair yet. Other expenses keep coming up...tuition for the boy's math class...books for the girl's classes...groceries...glasses...stuff like that. Eventually I will get the money for one and then get to go shopping.

Tonight was Bunco and I had a blast!! Didn't win, but didn't really expect to. Oh well. Maybe next time...and maybe not!



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Yeah Barb you have been a bit MIA, but I figured you were super busy!

Well, my habits haven't been too good as far as getting up in the morning. I've been reading from about 9:00 pm until 4:00 am every night so I don't generally get up before noon. emoticon Not much for me to miss weather wise before noon IMO. :) I do get the quail fed right away though!

Did you ever pick out a living room chair Barb? I spent quite a bit of the day pulling furniture out and vacuuming and dusting... whew... I am beat!

Kelli, did you get your cleaning done?

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Holy moly! It's been a busy week. I think that getting up at 2:30 on Thursday (and anticipating it all week) messed me up! I'm doing better now.

Love all of the books you've all mentioned. I'm currently reading Stuart Woods' newest book, Insatiable Appetites. Main character is Stone Barrington and he is a slut! LOL! Not real graphic, but he has already slept with two women and I'm only half way through the book.

We can wait until the diet bet is done for our lunch. However, I think we should plan a walk at the mall and everyone should join us! What day is good for everyone?

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TGIF - Yep, I am doing housework too! For some reason my magic fairy took this week off!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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