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10/1/14 11:42 A

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Hey All,
Glad to see we have a regular chat area. i like checking in. So I have some exciting news. I am diabetic and I kind of took a break from dealing with it for a while. My A1C went up to 9.5 (not good). I'm proud to say that I am back on track and in 3 months, I brought it down to 7.4 and lost 11 pounds. I still have more to go. I need to get the A1C under 7.0, but I'm getting there. The frustration right now is that I injured my back 10 days ago and I'm dealing with severe sciatica. I can barely walk so exercise is out of the question. I'm worried that I'm going to slip back into my old rut.

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9/1/14 10:53 A

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I recently got around to watching "The Way" with Martin Sheen, which is very inspiring. Visions of doing the El Camino de Santiago, dancing in my head. But at this weight it would be a death march. Maybe hiking in Europe once 75 pounds have gone.


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4/18/14 5:20 P

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Backpacking through Europe sounds awesome! Do you already have the plans for it made? I've done some travelling through Europe, staying in hostels and all that, it can be such a fun experience.

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4/4/14 6:59 A

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X MB was here

The Wolf Credo:"Respect the elders. Teach the young. Cooperate with the pack. Play when you can. Hunt when you must. Rest in between. Share your affections. Voice your feelings. Leave your mark.

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1/15/14 5:03 P

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Hello. Well work today sucked. People were mean I had to train the new girl and run drive thru by myself!!! not fun!!! all in which I wanted to put a bullet though my head. Still got to figure out how to break the news to my parents that A) I may ot be straight and B) that I am going backpacking though Europe. Or at least going to try. What's new with yall?

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10/8/13 12:00 P

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Hi Everyone.

I am fairly new to this spark team. I have been with my wife Susan for going on 17 years. We travel as missionaries/ evangelist within the glbt affirming churches and have been on the road for 14 months. Our state of residence is WA state and we were married in Canada several years ago. Since we are in the South so much we keep our residence in WA state. Although we don't have a need to file taxes right now, we do want to keep our rights that we now have as a legally married couple. That way we are protected as we travel state to state.

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Letha, I have o say I actually laughed out loud reading about you and your partner and your tax returns. My partner and I have talked about getting married (if it became legal in Michigan) because I work at a university and I live-in the residence hall. Most places only allow partners if they are legally married, so we talked about getting married for that reason. We would never do it only because we love each other... seems like too much work haha.

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Good morning team. Looks a little quiet around here so I thought I’d start doing a daily check-in. I just signed up for this team’s “Now Until Halloween Challenge”. I plan to be down 30 pounds in the next two months. The other team I’m very active on has a “Lose 10 lbs by Christmas” challenge but at my size that’s not very challenging.

Anyway – I live on the Washington Coast with my partner of 18 years. We have our finances and end of life arrangements set up like a married couple & we weren’t really thinking about getting married even though it was legalized in the state last year. Then we heard the news this week that the IRS is now accepting joint federal tax returns from legally married same sex couples. This is huge news! So, when I do our taxes in the spring I’ll do them both ways to see how much of a difference it makes. Not very romantic but we’re retired and so we would make the decision for practical reasons.

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Did bicycle support for my bicyclists in the mountain yesterday so was offline for most the day since the cell towers up there use Canada's which I wasn't willing to pay international rates..lol. Hurricane Ridge is an epic 17-mile ascent topping over 5200ft in the Olympic Mountain Range. My hubby did great - the climb time was 1 hr 33 min and that is with a fall in the tunnel (he has a nice road rash on his arm and knee). But he was a happy camper - he was the oldest and he broke into the top 10 for times on the local bicycling charts. Not bad for an old dude.

Our other excitement yesterday was Marley managed to shut herself in the bathroom. My girlfriend came by to walk her and feed her lunch and found her. Of course not until after Marley tried to eat her way out of the bathroom. We shall be replacing one piece of doorway trim and sanding down a door. Evidently more fiber was needed in her diet. The bathroom door will now be shut from here on out - goofy dog!


I have a road trip to Seattle today for my monthly RA med infusion. And Sunday I am roadtripping down to see my dad with my daughter and Aliegh. 5 hours of driving and 1 hour of ferry trip for a 2 or 3 hour visit = LONG day.

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4/12/13 8:03 P

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I AM OFFICIALLY IN MY FIRST SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIP WITH A GIRL I HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH FOR 3 YEARS!!!!!

she asked me to be her girlfriend yesterday!! she says it doesn't feel any different because we have pretty much been ina relationship for 3years. hahaha

so this is my first same-sex relationship and hers as well. its also all her fault that i found out i was not straight hahahah so i blame her

im so happy!

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4/10/13 9:56 P

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Favorite wakeup bev: hello COFFEE of course...lol

Weather is psychotic - mostly rain with the occasional 50 degree blue skies tossed in.

So yes excuse me while I hate on you all with the HOT weather. I had the day from ****. Hubby rides his bicycle to/from work - its a 30 minute ferry plus a 50 mile total commute. It keeps him sane and allows me to keep the only vehicle. Well of course there are days that I need to take him to the ferry to cut the commute down. Evidently today was one of them. He rode off and came back soaked after 10 minutes. I rolled out of bed (hadn't finished my coffee) and brought him to the ferry. We got to the ferry only to find out he left his BIKE at the house (he is blonde..just saying). I drove back home and we had 40 minutes till the next ferry so I fixed food, got redressed into walking clothes - figured I would toss Marley in the back of the truck and walk her after I dropped him off (Wednesday is a BUSY day for me). Marley was so excited she decided to jump out of the back of the truck in the middle of mid morning traffic. Got her back into the truck, got him (barely) back to the ferry - only to have him slam the back of the truck to break it. Then I got to drive with a 70lb dog doing 360 flips in my front seat with me so I could walk her in the soaking rain.

Yes I wanna relive this day over and over - NOT. Yup took 12 hours but I am finally relaxed with a sense of humor. GRRR...lol.

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4/4/13 9:57 A

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It's getting warmer here in Tennessee. Yay!

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3/31/13 5:32 A

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Is it getting warmer where you live?

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3/28/13 8:03 A

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Good morning. What's your favorite wake me up beverage?

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3/26/13 10:49 P

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I have seen Melissa in concert - very good concert. I have gone to many many concerts although I have slowed down in the last few years. Cost of concerts these days are brutal thanks to ticketmaster fees.

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3/24/13 10:41 P

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I bet you had a blast at both of them.

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well, you're a bit younger. I went to a couple of country concerts, that's all. One was included in the price of Great America. One was a memorial concert for a us99 dj that died at a young age from a brain aneurysm.




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3/24/13 12:49 P

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I've only been to 1 concert in my life and that was Depeche Mode 101 back in the 80's. Still my favorite group.

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3/24/13 12:48 P

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All of the years I lived in the Chicago area, I never went to Ravinia either. I've heard it's quite fun. You guys should go.

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We've seen Susan Westenhoffer twice, but never Melissa! Never been to Ravinia, either.

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3/24/13 11:57 A

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very cool

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Guess what?! I just rejoined

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She is playing at Ravinia - a marvelous outdoor venue just before. Susie will LOVE this 70th birthday!


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3/23/13 12:17 P

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For you, today isn't a good day to hit outdoors if you don't like the cold; but, in a couple of days, you're right, great walking weather and maybe take a picture or two. If you do take some pictures, post them in a blog. It would be nice to see what you see on your walks.

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3/23/13 11:58 A

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Cold & foggy (34) but blue skies supposedly incoming for a couple days and hitting the low 50s. Not bad walking weather!

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3/23/13 11:40 A

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Sounds like a good day! What's the weather like your way?

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Walking Marley and then ferrying over and picking up my granddaughter Aliegh. We are having a sleepover which means popcorn chicken from Walmart and watching Yo Gabba Gabba dvds. emoticon

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3/23/13 11:14 A

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What are your plans today? I hope it's warm enough to get in a good long walk and possibly take some pictures. Tonight, I'm going to watch Harry Potter part 3. Pretty low key weekend on this end.

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I know, right? Mother Nature needs to be put on some stabilizing pills.

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Oh for the love of all things crazy - we have snow in the Seattle area. No rest for the wicked evidently...

I get to walk the dog and then do the mad dash to the ferry over to Seattle for meds. LONG day ahead! Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday! emoticon

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3/22/13 1:37 A

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I love this idea! Awesome Kierae!

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This thread is for daily chit chat/rant/whine/comfort - whateva! Open to everyone to interact if you like.

Let's go! emoticon

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