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5/25/17 7:53 P

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Exhausting all avenues to the link to your photo album. Not sure what I'm missing. I even typed the whole thing in and it tells me Page Not Found. As far as my frizzy hair goes, I've had it super short and long, it's about an inch below my ear in the front, layered on the top and back now. Maybe I could go an inch shorter, but any shorter and it's impossible to manage and still frizzy. When the dew point is over 70 degrees and the humidity is over 60% there is nothing that will keep it from frizzing. My hair has gotten finer as I've gotten older and if I don't blow dry it, even on dry winter days, it looks like caramel colored wavy cotton candy and not in a good way.

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Deliberating over the frizzy hair dilemma. You could just cut it shorter, right? I should update my SP photo. My hair is in a pixie now.

You don't need facebook membership to access the link. I set the photo album as public. Did you try cut & paste the link into the browser, rather than just clicking on it?

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5/21/17 10:46 P

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Changing to a different browser didn't help, I cannot access the link. I don't know why, but I am never able to access your links. I don't have Facebook either. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. If I lived in that kind of humidity year round every day would be a bad hair day! Where I live now, my hair is frizzy only five months out of the year. 😀 (Gee, there's no emoticon for frizzy hair!)

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Berating myself for not getting back into the games sooner (not really, just needing a B word).

OMG, Kauai was incredible! I want to move there. Seriously. Don't think it will happen, though.

There is one area of the island which actually gets over 400 inches of rain a year. Some years, as much as 900 inches has fallen. Over 70 feet of rain! It's way up around 5,100 feet elevation, so it creates rivers in several directions.

We had a blast. On our helicopter tour of the island, we learned over 85% of the island is inaccessible via roads. Some places cannot even be reached by hiking, so the only way to see some is via the helicopter.

I don't know if it will work, yet here is a link to my photo album of the helicopter tour:

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5/4/17 10:01 A

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Awaiting your return! How was your vacation?

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Yearning to share the experience of Hawaii with you and my other friends! (Y-ing are difficult, aren't they?) Yes, Kauai is very lush and has areas that range from over 100" rain a year to around 15-20". We will visit the Waimea Canyon, which has been dubbed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." While on Oahu, we'll go up the famous volcano near Honolulu, Diamondhead.

Kauai's volcanoes are pretty eroded and old, so they don't look like our vision of a volcano. I just bought two more memory disks for my camera, so I will take loads of photos. I also got a waterproof, floating box to put the camera in. :D

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Wondering if you'll have time to Spark today. Are you going to hike in the rain forests in Hawaii and visit the volcanoes? I'm always amazed when I see Hawaii on TV. It's so incredibly beautiful.

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Verifying a slow start is 100% improvement over a no start. I've been no started for several months and it's not at all good. Back into walking the dogs, which is good.

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4/20/17 8:56 A

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Upping my cardio is finally possible! Yeah! I think (and hope) the inflammation in my foot is better and I have new sneakers and shoes, finally. I'm walking on the treadmill. I've started very slowly and walk for 10 minutes at a time. Hopefully, it won't take long before I can move faster again.

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Tantalizing foods make me realize maybe what I need is to up my cardio so the calorie burn will allow more food in a day!

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4/14/17 6:08 P

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Sympathizing with your cravings because I'm having a similar problem. Birthday month did me in and now I'm stalled.

I'm sure the owner of the restaurant really appreciates your business! Always good to have customers come in and order more than just water. It's hard to get people to tip around here. I went to lunch with six women from bible study. One of the women decided that we could each just leave a dollar because $6.00 was enough of a tip!

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Resetting my cravings for chocolate is difficult right now. It's probably time to go cold turkey on giving up sweets again. I'd lost my desire for daily chocolate candy until we had that birthday cake in February. Yikes!

I'll be having Mexican food tonight. My block watch captains meeting is at a local Mexican restaurant. I usually buy a little something because they let us meet for free. About half of us purchase a meal, so I think it makes the owner happy to let us use his space.

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Queuing up at my favorite Mexican restaurant for a bean burrito sounds good! I make my own burritos, as well, but it's difficult to come up with q-ing words!

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Partaking in baked beans with bacon is something I would also forego. Although I love my own vegetarian cooking, I take the easy way out quite frequently. The easy way for me, however, is not frozen meals, but simple. Salad with a vegetarian protein. Or a simple bean burrito. Or perhaps soup or as a special treat, a loaded baked potato.

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4/2/17 7:51 P

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Opening frozen dinners was never appealing to me, so I cook. We all like to get in the kitchen together and cook. It's nice to have someone to cook with. Now that my husband is retired, he's cooking more often because he enjoys it. He's pretty good about making things I can eat, although today he made baked beans with bacon. Not something I can manage, but he was happy.

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Needing someone else to prepare your meals, eh? I only wish... Though I know you do take your turn cooking as you've spoken about what you're making for dinner or special occasions.

Yes, we do end up with some poor sentence structure!

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Making conversation this way takes creativity. At least that's what I tell myself. It also makes for some poor sentence structure! Well, I have to finish up here, time for breakfast. My husband always makes breakfast. If it was up to me I probably would eat a Luna bar or have nothing at all except coffee. I love coffee.

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Loving our silly conversations in the message threads! Okay, so it started with an i because of the asterisks in front. Hahaha!

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Knowing that you have misunderstood (that wasn't awkward!), let me clarify. Not L, but i for the ing, since the word actually starts with an F but I just put ****ing. So? Does it count as an i word?

Great that jelly beans are too sweet, now if cookies were too sweet, too . . .

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Justifying the use of curse words? I use them rather freely in spoken language, though I tend to avoid them in written language. For the life of me, I cannot think of a dirty word that begins with the letter I.

Yes, I was frustrated with the plant company. However, they delivered a gorgeous arrangement and she did receive it on her birthday (barely). She was leaving the office early for a birthday dinner with her husband when it arrived.

BTW, I meant to compliment you on your tastes changing so jelly beans no longer taste good! That's actually quite awesome, Linda.

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Imagining your frustration as I read this. Acccckkkkkkk!


Just curious--if I had put "****ing Idiots!," would that have counted at an "I-ing" word? The first letter is an i.

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Harassing the plant delivery company is what I did today. They promised a morning delivery. They also promised to text me a photo when it was about to be delivered, so I could see the arrangement. I started following up with them around noon DC time and kept getting a "soon" response. Finally, at 5pm DC time, I texted them that I still wanted it, but only if it would be delivered first thing tomorrow morning. Then, they sent a photo and stated delivered at 4:30.

(Her birthday is today.)

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Giving presents has changed drastically for me over the years. I used to torture myself finding the right gift for everyone. While I shop for my son and his family, I send egift cards to extended family. When I was trying to figure out what to send to my niece for her second child, I asked my sister what she needed. She suggested an Amazon gift card because that's how my niece and her friends buy diapers! Wow, times have changed. I used cloth diapers, but it never occurred to me to buy things on Amazon that I could pick up at the local store.

Like the live plant idea. Hope your daughter had a happy birthday.

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Favoring an environmentally friendly approach. Today, I am ordering a succulent plant arrangement delivered to my daughter for her birthday (the one who lives in the DC area).

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Earthlings (hehe, bent the rules a bit there) must understand that while there are many factors that create global warming, some of them natural occurrences, anything we do that creates heat increases the warming trend. It's not just about pollution. Here's a truly random list: overpopulation, heating and cooling our homes and businesses, impervious coverage (roads, houses), herds of cattle, vehicles. Pollution is the best aspect to tackle, isn't it?

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Disconcerting, isn't it? The weather gets hot too fast and we have people who don't care that their business pollutes our world's environment, as long as they get to rake in the big bucks (sigh).

Earth will survive. It isn't very easy to destroy Earth. However, their actions will destroy Earth's environment and ultimately cause the destruction of our species and many other living and sentient species.

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Considering climate change scenarios (hehe). I really can't say that early spring/late winter weather is all due to climate change, but I do wish people would consider that the things we do affect everyone and do affect that planet!

Don't you just hate when it gets too hot so quickly? I like a slow warm up so you can get used to the heat. Soon enough, 90 degrees will be cooler weather! Three years ago we had a summer without the oppressive humidity. It was so wonderful. The temperature stayed in the low 90's. It wasn't bad at all except for the fact that we didn't have any rain.

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Beginning to wish for colder climes already (sigh). Last Sunday at the Renaissance Festival, it was too hot to take the dogs out walking, so we all hovered in the shade of our booth all day. Prediction this weekend is over 90. This is coming way too early! I had to turn on the A/C last night, just to fall asleep.

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Amazing how fast the weather changes around here! The thermometer was inching toward the 80's and then dropped into the 30's and 40's. Brr. We even had our second snowstorm of the winter! (One inch or so of snow.) I really don't mind the temperature fluctuations of winter around here, I just wish it lasted for longer. We have five months of summer and it's more than I can stand, but moving north again would mean dealing with snow and ice. Not something I want to do either. I completely understand why people summer in the north and winter in the south!

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Yearning for cooler weather is something I'll be doing very soon, perhaps as soon as this weekend. The predictions are high 80s to possibly 90. (sigh)

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Wanting to save cold weather clothes is a nice idea. We might visit family or friends in the north in winter or drive an hour and a half to the mountains. However, we have not done that. Some of the clothes would be okay, but over time fabrics do lose elasticity or stiffen. We can always buy new longjohns! Of course, going through closets is made much more difficult when my husband insists on keeping everything. I didn't realize what a pack rat he was.

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Verifying it is warmer in the southern climes. However, I still need warm clothes for several reasons! I visit my daughter in D.C., go camping in November, and just hate being cold. :D

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Uncluttering my closet is the chore I've decided to do this week. We have winter clothes we haven't worn since we moved south ten years ago. I don't know what I want to do with the wool scarves I knit. It just doesn't get cold enough to wear them. I hate to give them away. However, I'm fairly certain the longjohns can go!

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Trying to go to bed earlier can be challenging. For me, I've gotten in the early to rise habit, so I get tired by 10pm, which helps.

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Staying up too late is one of the things I'm working hard at changing. When I get to bed earlier I do so much better getting a good night's sleep and dealing with the nest day.

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Realizing I like slow mornings has led to a happier lifestyle for me. When I used to rush, I often felt frazzled. Now, I tend to arrive at work feeling calm and ready to carry on.

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Questioning whether that's a bad thing! Waking up gently is so much nicer, isn't it?

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Progressing very slowly in the morning is a long time habit of mine. I wake up at 5:30 (at the latest) to be ready to leave the house at 8:00, simply because I enjoy moving slowly in the morning, taking my time, computing, reading, or listening to news.

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Oversleeping isn't necessarily the problem, as much as facing the day and pulling myself together in a timely manner. I tend to get lost reading the news or reading a book and suddenly several hours have gone by. Yes, it's simply a matter of changing my routine and that's the problem. It holds no real appeal.

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Necessitating a move to using an alarm clock? I'm a morning person. When I sleep in late, I still tend to wake early, usually still before 7am.

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Making time to shop during the week is easy when you are retired! The hardest thing for me is pulling myself together earlier in the day. I used to be a morning person, but not anymore. Soon the heat and humidity will return and shopping earlier will be a smarter choice. Every summer I promise myself to be better at doing this. Hasn't happened yet.

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Lessening the weekend shopping is wise. Sometimes, I have no choice, though. With a full-time job, I cannot always get it done during the week.

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Keeping the shopping to a minimum sound good to me! I try not to shop on the weekends. It's too crazy then. We used to have a really small grocery store in town that I loved because they had good quality produce and it didn't take forever to get around the store. It closed. Oh, well.

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Jumping for joy that I do not have to go to any stores today! I'm not a fan of shopping.

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Inching forward in a long line to return things isn't my idea of fun, either. It's not too bad if you can go when the store isn't busy. I think going to the store just gives my husband something to do. He just bought a ham radio. oh, what fun.

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Having to return items is an annoyance to me. I try hard to purchase correctly, so I don't have returns.

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Going to the store has become one of my husband's favorite hobbies. It makes me crazy. I'm never quite sure what he's going to come home with. Luckily he doesn't mind returning things.

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2/16/17 5:11 P

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Finding quality food items is a bit of a hobby with me. I like the boost from a protein smoothie, so I've tried about 20 or more different plant-based protein powders. I'm also a fan of hemp-milk, preferring it over the more common soy, rice, or almond milks.

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2/12/17 11:46 A

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Exciting when I realized we have a local store that sells that. I don't remember seeing the unflavored version but it's worth checking. I might be able to get them to order it for me. At least then I can compare prices. Thanks.

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Deliberating over your breakfast choices. I'm such a fan of smoothies and they tend to be very easy on the digestive system. Here's a plant based protein powder that might work for you. No stevia, no whey: https://www.destinationvitamins.com/
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Well, no stevia as long as you get the unflavored version. The flavored versions do have stevia.

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2/7/17 8:43 A

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Coming up with a balanced breakfast was difficult for me. I can't find a protein powder that has ingredients I can eat and tastes good. Stevia and whey are two that I have to avoid. I've recently discovered that eggs make me feel sick, so I'm staying away from them, too. So every morning I have some fruit, tomato, spinach, a half piece of Swiss cheese, and 1-1/2 pieces of turkey sausage. Occasionally I'll add a light english muffin--2 grams sugar, 8 grams fiber, 5 grams protein. It's that or a Luna Bar. I was never big on breakfast, but my husband makes breakfast and he's convinced me to eat enough calories to make it to lunch.

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1/29/17 12:27 P

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Beginning my morning with a cup of green tea and smoothie helps keep me on track. :D And now, Tripel's foot is well enough that she can go for walks again (as long as I bandage the still-open sore first).

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1/27/17 8:05 P

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Aiming to have a good Spark week. I have changed my goals and reassessed how I approach weight loss. It's working, now I just have to keep going.

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Yearning for perfect hiking weather: dry and cool, but not cold.

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Worshipping the sun today! It was warm today--74. Lovely. We're getting rain tomorrow morning and then the temperatures will stay in the 50's. Not too bad. I see you're warming up in Phoenix.

I got my hair cut today. So nice to be out and about. It was windy but what a beautiful day. I want to live where the temperature is always between 70 and 85 degrees. Wouldn't that be nice? Of course, then I'd have to vacation in a colder climate. Hm, or maybe there could be four to six weeks of winter weather.

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Verifying that yes, today is sunny. It feels almost miraculous, after 40 days and nights of rain. (Yes, I am exaggerating.)

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Using the weather app on my phone is so convenient! I see you have rain now, but both of us are looking at sunny weather for the next ten days! Yeah!

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Tuning in to the weather news. Today was sunny in Phoenix! Feels miraculous after all the rain, even though sunny is our norm.

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1/19/17 9:51 P

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Sunning myself on the back deck the other day. It was so much warmer outside than it was inside. It wasn't quite as warm today at 65 degrees. We're expecting rain for the next four days.

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Raining, raining, raining. We've gotten so much rain in January, it seems we haven't had much sun. However, yesterday and today were actually sunny. Yay!

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Quitting winter early here! We barely got above 30 degrees last weekend, but this Sunday it was 77 degrees! It was cooler yesterday, but today it's back in the 60's. It's supposed to stay that way for at least the next ten days and we're getting rain. Yeah! We are officially out of the moderate drought we were in. West of us in the mountains the drought was more severe. I see that northern California is getting huge amounts of rain with flooding, something that used to be normal for them. I noticed your rain, as well. Our weather is fairly similar to yours right now, we're a couple of degrees warmer during the day.

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Pondering whether this might be an El Nino year. When we get the El Nino year, Arizona has above average rainfall. We've had about four-five weeks in a row with multiple rainy days, which is highly unusual.

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Overlooking the fact that I didn't see Alex playing at nursery school or with his buddies. When Alex is here, his best buddy is Grand Dad. I guess I thought of siblings because my sisters and I are so close in age.

We got snow! Woo Hoo! So exciting. All the kids had their snow boards out. The snow just barely covered the grass, perhaps we got an inch? Those kids are ever hopeful when you consider that most years, even if it does snow, it's gone before noon.

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Nodding my head about the only child difference. That could be why. I thought I played with my same-age friends, though, not with my older brother. No, I haven't seen my grandkids play.

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Making Lego space ships and taekwondo seem to be Alex's obsessions right now. I remember leapfrog from when I was a child, but it's not something either my son or my grandson ever did. Perhaps because they are only children and without siblings it didn't occur to them? Do your grandchildren play leapfrog?

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Leapfrogging was a fun activity as a child. Does your Alex do this? I don't think I could do it now!

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Keeping away from the sweets would be easier if there wasn't so much! He tends to go overboard. He also made rolls and breadsticks and French bread and bought a loaf of harvest bread. For five people. Too much. Ah, but it makes him happy.

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Justifying a few pieces of holiday sweets isn't hard to do. Sorry, I'm with Tim. Just limit it to one or two on a special day and stop. And no more than 2-3 special days a year? ;)

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Indulging in a half an orange as I Spark. I think all the Christmas goodies are gone. There wasn't much, but Tim had to buy candy. Somehow I need to convince him not to do that next year!

I love making holiday dinners simple. Love stuffed shells. I was thinking of lasagna, but ravioli is easier!

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Having ravioli for Christmas eve? My daughter and I made stuffed shells for Christmas day. :D

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Going crazy trying to make tomato sauce. I make it all the time, yet today it was so acidic. I'm making baked ravioli tomorrow and wanted to make the sauce ahead of time. I ended up having to make it twice.

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Fostering the Christmas spirit during the final week leading up to the holiday is one of my personal traditions. Toned it down today, chocolate slacks, light green shirt, red sweater.

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Endearing fashion? Much better than just wearing a Christmas sweater. I've never owned a holiday sweater. Not sure if that's something to aspire to. Ah, but wearing red and green together is great way to celebrate Christmas! I don't have red and green clothing. I have black and blue. Certainly not an indication of anything significant. ; )

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Deciding which of the red/green combinations of clothing to wear today. Should have taken a picture yesterday. Green turtleneck sweater with red cardigan, black skirt and thigh-high socks, one of which was yellow/green stripes and the other yellow/red stripes. Got a whole lot of big smiles!

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Challenging indeed! We'll just have to be unimaginative and use the same words again!

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Beginning to run out of variety for the more challenging letters!

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Anything you come up with for a y-ing word is fine with me!

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Yapping rhymes with wrapping. And that's all I've got. :D

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Wrapping up my Christmas presents and putting them under the tree probably wasn't the best idea. Alex read every tag and wanted to know why there wasn't one for Daddy. It hasn't been delivered yet, really!

It's hard to find the right balance in your life, but spending time with the greyhounds (or anyone you love) is important for your mental health. You need time to wind down, too.

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Volunteering with the greyhounds is one activity that takes loads of my time. However, it is also my one unpaid activity that I won't give up no matter what!

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Using the Amazon music app on my phone to Bluetooth the classical Christmas station this has been very enjoyable.

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Trying to cut back on how much I do sometimes feels futile. However, it must be done and I truly am working on it!

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Seeing the chiropractor and shopping for groceries is about all I do. I don't get out of the house much.

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