Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday- Really The Last Contest Day

Tuesday Contest Question:
Do you decorate your house inside and/or outside for the different holidays? Post your answer in the comment section for that FINAL contest entry.
This is my dad and his dog Bella. taken moments before I blogged this post.
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California is wonderful. I had no trouble at the airport. I was able to get thru the aisles on the planes with my carry on and purse. I was easily able to wear the seat belts. I sat in the middle seat of a three seat row and didn't take up parts of the other seats. It was VICTORY for me. I didn't sleep last night at all so I am pretty tired tonight.
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Tomorrow I will use REGIS to find the winner of the June contest, so make sure to come back tomorrow to see if it was YOU.
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Sweet dreams
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AK

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday- Contest Ends Today


Monday Contest Question:
Do you have an IPOD? What kind do you have? Tell me about it in the comment section for your final entry in June's contest.
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My first IPOD was a little tiny shuffle. I blogged about it when I first got it, it is pink (my favorite color) and was engraved by two wonderful people it says "You are our sunshine and inspiration" I LOVE it. Very compact and so much easier then carrying around a portable CD player. In fact I love it so much I have decided to use this as the prize for the june contest.
Your very own GOLD IPOD Shuffle. Now if you win and you already have one and don't really want another no problem I can work something else out.
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So I have packed my suitcase and carry on bag and am ready to go. I need to be up and in the shower by 3am my flight leaves at 5:30am. I doubt I will sleep much tonight. I actually thought about going to sleep now and getting up in a few hours.
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Adam stopped by today for a little more Nana lovin'. I am so going to miss him. But I plan on going to see him in SC for his birthday in September.
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Didn't get my nails done today, just not enough time. Maybe I'll go with my dads wife when I get to CA.
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I am bringing the second sock to knit and a dishcloth too for on the airplane. I didn't pack any yarn other then these. I figure I'll just have to buy some if I am going to have time to knit.
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I will be blogging and facebooking and plurking while gone so you'll see me around. I just won't get to visit everyones blogs yet. But when I return in August I am going to take a whole day and personally stop by to see everyone. I miss reading all your blogs.
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OK I think I'll try to rest a little now.
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Good night all, sweet dreams.
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AK

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday- So Long Sweet Bubba

Sunday is also a free contest day. Just leave a comment to let me know you were here to get your entry in the contest for today.The balloon may be smiling but this Nana is not...I don't think Adam understands that I am going to be gone for a long time and that most likely he will have moved before I get back. I was OK most of the day until I brought him home, then it hit me hard. I was so sad. I am going to miss him more then I can stand. He is really special.
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The party was wonderful. I'd say we had at least 40 people there. The food was good, and funny thing, we ended up with 5 watermelons, LOL. I am exhausted though, I think I will call it an early night and try to blog earlier in the day tomorrow since it's my last day home before I fly to CA.
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Sweet dreams everyone
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AK

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday-Rainbow Promises


Saturday is a FREE contest entry, all you have to do is leave a comment to let me know you were here. Only a couple more days to get an entry before REGIS picks the winner.
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Adam and I took a drive to Walmart today for some party supplies and on the way home we had a treat...
I just love a rainbow. It always makes me smile and feel better no matter what mood I am in. I love that it symbolizes a promise from God, and that He gave us such a beautiful image to remind us about it.
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Tomorrow we are having Adams moving away party. Hopefully the weather will be nice since we are using my sisters yard and pool to entertain everyone. Not sure what's happening with their move now, it looks like Janmum (his other grandma) is possibly going to die any day now. She has been in the hospital three weeks and is just getting worse. She has cancer. Angie is beside herself, she is only 19 and due to deliver her baby any day. Adam doesn't know what's happening but he asks everyday for Janmum to come home. I feel awful that I won't be around to help Angie through this.
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Hopefully tomorrow I can go into detail what the surgeon decided to do with me and this stomach problem. It's late now and I need to get to bed. Sunday morning will be here pretty quick.
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Sweet dreams everyone.
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AK

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday- Frantically Fumbling


Friday's Contest Question:
Have you ever had your eyebrows and/or face waxed? Post your answer in the comment section for Friday's entry in the June contest.
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I ask this because I had that done today for the first time. OUCH, not too bad but ouch still. So how does it look?
And for a comparison here is a picture of my face taken in January... bushier eyebrows.
I saw the surgeon today and I'll tell more this weekend. Too tired to go into details tonight.
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Have a great night everyone, sweet dreams. I hope to catch up with you all over the weekend. I am frantically fumbling now to get ready to leave. I want to go already but I need a few more days, {{sigh}}
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AK

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday- Thinking on Things Past


Thursday's Contest Question:
Do you have a movie from your youth that just made an impression on you? What movie was it? Have you watched it again recently? Tell us about it in the comment section for your enrty for Thursday in this final week of the June contest.
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I have several movies from my youth that just thinking about them brings me back there. "Logan's Run" was one of those movies. I loved this movie. I haven't seen it in 30 years, and I am sure in today's standards it would be a "cheesy, poorly made movie" but I'd still watch it and still love it.

My dad was an extra in this movie and actually worked in a scene with Farrah Fawcet, but I can't say that I remember seeing his brief cameo when watching the movie.
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I got a package in the mail yesterday. Yarn from the sock yarn club I am in. It comes with a sock pattern too. Geez I wonder if I will ever knit again, it seems I have NO time for that these days.

I have a big day ahead tomorrow. I have an appointmet with the plastic surgeon. I am nervous and excited. Nervous that the insurance will refuse to approve the surgery and excited that they might. I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes.
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Have a great night, sweet dreams.
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AK

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday- Wishing it was Tuesday already


Wednesday's Contest Question:
Do you have a vacation planned this summer? Tell me about it in the comment section for Wednesday's entry in the June contest. I really love hearing what others do for vacation.
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Here are the pictures of Adam from our swimming day yesterday that were on my phone, that I left in the car last night. I made sure to bring it in tonight. But of course I took NO pictures today. Oh well.


I am so wishing it was Tuesday. I want to be on that plane heading West. Because I know I'll be knitting finally. I sure do miss those needles and yarn.
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Today I cleaned out 4 big boxes of toys that Adam doesn't play with anymore. This house is starting to look pretty good. Wonder if it will still look good when I get back after a month of being away. Oh I dread the thought.
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I guess I am getting ready for bed now, hope you all had a great day. Sweet dreams.
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AK

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday- Taking Care Of Business


Tuesdays Contest Question:
I was wondering do you have a favorite shampoo you use? or do you change often, or only buy what's on sale? Post your answer in the comment section for Tuesdays contest entry.
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I only ask because I am looking for a good shampoo. With all thsi weight loss I am losing a lot of hair, and what's left looks pretty straggly.
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I had some pics to share but they are on my phone and I left the phone in my car. I am way too tired to go out to the garage andf bring it in so no photos tonight.
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In fact I am going to bed, this post is short and sweet. I'll try to catch you up tomorrow on all I got doe today. Sweet dreams everyone.
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AK

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Monday- Walking With Dinosaurs


Monday's Contest Question:
When was the last time you paid to see a show or concert? What was it and was it worth your money? Post your comment in the comment section to receive an entry for today in the June contest.
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My husband works part time in security at our arena for concerts and shows etc. This past week was "Walking with the Dinosaurs" They were true to life size and he said it was an amazing show. He got to see it 5 times.


I wanted to bring Adam but the cheapest seats were $31 each and I think that's too much money. Maybe next time, maybe.
And here's a self portrait taken with the I-Phone of my new hair color. I am not very good at self portraits, lol.
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I have been cleaning again today. Got the bathroom re-organized and ended up with three bags of garbage from there, I was amazed. I'll be glad when this is all done and I can start knitting again.
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Well Adam is here today and tomorrow so I am going to go play with him and make some dinner for everyone. Have a great night everyone and sweet dreams.
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AK

Sunday- Father's Day


Sunday is a free contest day. Just leave a comment for your entry today.

I love this guys cartoons, don't you?
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Hope everyone had a great day. My day was good. I got the grey colored out of my hair. Designed about 3 new dishcloth patterns. And am about to call my dad to wish him a happy Fathers Day.
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See you all on Monday. Sweet dreams.
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AK

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday- Splish Splash


Saturday is a free contest entry all you need to do is leave a comment. You never know this might be the comment that counts.Adam and I didn't get to swim this weekend because he was sick. He still came over but because of a fever no pool. Not that we would have gone swimming becuase it's been rainy and dreary out. This picture was taken on Wednesday after he had his graduation.
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I have been cleaning and de-cluttering and I can not believe all the garbage I have in this house. The garbage man is not gonna like coming here on Monday. Next week I am going to go through Adams toys. And then I need to start packing.
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Hope you had a great day and a wonderful night. Sleep tight and sweet dreams.
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AK

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday- Time Is Flying By So Fast


Friday's Contest Question:
Do you think that time goes by faster the older we get? Post your words of wisdom in the comment section for Friday's entry in the June contest.
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I think it does go by faster. I go to sleep and I am graduating highschool and I wake up and I am a grandma, how did that happen? I talked to my sisters BFF from when we were kids on the phone today and she mentioned that she turned 43 this year, I will forever remember her as being 13. And then there is Adam and Hannah, look how grown up they are already.

I worked my buns off today cleaning the house. I got 1/2 the kitchen done, 4 loads of laundry, the dishes, the woodstove catch all area and I went through all my clothes again and weeded out the too big stuff, 2 garbage bags full that are now too big to wear.
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My knees, feet and shoulders are killing me. I took a couple tylenol and am ready to go to bed, hopefully I'll feel good enough to get some more done tomorrow.
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Have a great night everyone and a wonderful weekend. Sweet dreams
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AK

Thursday- That Cost How Much?


Thursday Contest Question:
Most of you who come here to read are women so I guess it's OK to ask this question, lol... How much are you willing to spend on a new purse? Do you have a specific brand you'd be willing to pay more for or do you shop strictly by size, color and price? Post your answer in the comment section to receive your Thursday contest entry.
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I know that's a silly question but hey that's my life these days. I can't remember the last time I bought a purse, maybe 10 years ago or more. I think I paid $10 for it and I was still using it right up until today. But the leather or fake leather, not sure which it is made out of, is so worn that it started flaking and I'd find these brown colored flecks of something on my arms and clothes and I couldn't figure where they were coming from then I noticed it was the purse. Time to get a new one. This was the purse I ended up with.

It's a "KATHY VAN ZEELAND" What I liked about this purse is it has the name "KATHY" right on it. It is MY PURSE, only thing that would have mande it more perfect is if it said Aunt Kathy. I guess it's a designer purse, but I bought it at Burlington Coat Factory so it sells for $99.00 retail and I got it for $49.99. I almost didn't buy it... $50 for a purse??!!!! But honestly every purse I saw there was $30 or higher and I stopped at JC Penney's first and theirs were all $70 and up. OMG that's just unbelievable. I guess you don't know how much prices have skyrocketed until you actually get out there and shop. I should have known though, I was looking for a wallet for my husband for Fathers Day and the simple "cheap" trifold things even at Walmart were $19.99, where are those $5 wallets?
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See what happens when you allow your weight to make you a semi hermit? I have not been out shopping in many years so this is all new to me. I dread what I am gonna pay for new shoes, my feet have shrunk 2 sizes since I lost this weight, I hav enever paid more than $10 for a pair of shoes and that was the MAX... oh boy am I going to be shocked again I think.
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I'll leave you tonight with a picture of Adam and me from the graduation on Wednesday

Have a wonderful night, sweet dreams and I'll see you on Friday.
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AK

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday- Would You Do It?


Wednesday's Contest Question:
So if money was NOT an option and would you consider having a face lift or a tummy tuck or some other type of plastic surgery done? Post your answer in the comment section to recive today's entry in the June contest.
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I ask this because tonight I went to a seminar to learn more about the different surgeries this dotor provides after losing weight, a lot of weight. I need to go in for a consulation when I return from CA. Adam's dipoma for graduating from Pre-Scool

Adam and Nana posing for a picture ala IPHONE camera.
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I am pretty tired, in fact I started this over an hour ago and I keep dosing off. Oops
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Good night everyone and sweet dreams.
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AK

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday- Tomatoes and Corn on the Cob?


Tuesday Contest Question:
So yesterday we asked about a favorite recipe. Today I am curious if you have a favorite snack chip? Post your favorite in the comment section and receive an entry for today in the June contest.
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I ask this because I bought these new chips for my husband at Walmarts yesterday. They are Corn on the Cob flavored chips. Now since surgery I just don't eat chips anymore but my son said this morning they tasted exactly like an ear of corn on the cob, so I took a piece about the size of my little finger, and ate it in two bites and it was like the butteriest piece of corn on the cob. I couldn't believe it. Good thing it was so rich though, so that small broken piece I tasted was plenty for me, maybe even too much. But I was glad I got to try it and even more glad that I am not tempted at all to even have more.

Now this I can't wait to have more of... yes we are already seeing tomatoes on our tomato plants. I love cherry tomatoes especially. They are like candy to me. And the best part is now I will be satisfied with 3 or 4 tomatoes instead of 30 or 40.

Today was a very long day. I'm too tired to really blog much about it except I am glad the day is over and I am ready to sleep it off and wake up to a new day. Thank You Lord for a new day everyday.
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You all have a wonderful night and sweet dreams, I'll see you Wednesday sometime.
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AK

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday- Airplanes and Dresses


MONDAY'S CONTEST QUESTION:
Do you have a favorite recipe you just love to make and eat, but forget about it? Tell us about it in the comment section for today's entry in the June contest.
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Tonight I made Mexican Chef Salad for sinner, it's a FAVORITE of mine and I haven't made it in ages. It can be fattening but I changed it up to make it healthier by adding more beans for protein and using FF dressing and I skipped the nacho chips in mine. Can we say delicious???
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This is Adam and Mike at church on Sunday. Adam loves to be an airplane and Mike is glad to fly him all around after church.

And here it is the dress I was talking about... Don't mind the hair, it needs to be colored and cut and styled and... Hopefully next weekend. But the dress, it's a size 16. Yep I squeezed into a 16, I am excited. This will work as an evening gown right?
I think I need a shrug or something maybe a black lace shawl. No time to knit myself one though I don't think. We'll see I guess.
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Ok that's about it for me tonight. I hope you all had a wonderful day and a great night. Sweet dreams.
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AK

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday- Something's Wrong With This Picture


Sunday's Contest Day is another freebie:
All you need to do is leave a comment and you get another entry. Simple right?
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I am bummed I am not at home, I started a blog earlier today to show a picture of me in a new dress, well a new to me dress, in a size I haven't seen since maybe 1982. But I am on a friends computer and the draft I saved for some reason is not showing up here so I can't get the photo until tomorrow.
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I guess it's incentive for you to come back on Monday to see the dress, it's an evening gown that I am hoping to wear the night after the wedding in CA when we all go out for dinner and dancing. Of course I need shoes and maybe earrings too.
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I came to visit my friend Kathy and it's late so I have decided I'll just sleep over. We watched a movie and will watch another tomorrow. I don't think we have ever had a sleep over together before, lol.
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So I hope you all had a great weekend... Sleep tight and sweet dreams. I'll see you all tomorrow.
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AK

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday- Say Something for Saturday


Saturday- Contest is a Freebie today
There are no contest questions for the weekend. All you need to do is leave some sort of comment for your saturday entry in the June contest.

My husband is working with my BIL to finish the remodeling on my MIL's house because she is planning on selling it. It used to be a one story Ranch home, but one of her sons built a house on top of the exixteing house. So it's pretty high up now. You can see the view in the pictures from the roof top.
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Adam and I went swimming in my sisters pool today, it was great.
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More tomorrow, I am still pretty tired. Sweet dremas everyone.
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AK

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday- Feathered Frolicking Fun


Friday Contest Question:
Do you plant a vegetable garden? If yes what do you plant? If No that's OK too just leave me a comment about your favorite vegetable for your Friday entry in this June contest.
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Finally after 6 days of trying I finally got Blogger to upload a video. Only one of the three we took last weekend, This was the three boys feeding the ducks at the park.
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Been playing catch up all day and made some progress but still a long ways to go. And of course I am exhausted so I am finally heading off to sleep land.
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You all have a grest sleep too and sweet dreams
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AK

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday- Testing Technology Today


Thursday Contest Question:
So do you have now or are you hoping to one day have a cell phone that also can go online and send emails? Post your answer in the comment section and receive a entry for Thursday in the June contest.

This is the phone my son bought last year. He left my cell phone plan and went with Verizon so the phone was no longer usable as a phone. I was thinking with me going on a month long vacation and flying it might be nice to have Internet access on my phone as well as books on tape and music too, so I convinced him to give it to me. I set it up today and for the first time Plurked from somewhere other then my laptop. I can see it is going to take some getting used to, I don't know how to make it magnify so I can read what I am looking at, but I have a few days to figure it out, right?
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I saw the surgeon today for my six month check up even though it has been seven months. He was pleased with my progress, I have lost 125 pounds since surgery and a total of 282 pounds so far. We talked about the plastic surgery I am going to need, you should see the loose skin I have already, it's crazy. LOL
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I was out all day again today so I am tired, and it's before midnight and I am going to bed. Hope you are all having a wonderful night, sweet dreams.
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AK

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesday- Wake Up, Wake Up


Wednesday's Contest Assignment:
How many hours a night do you normally sleep? Post your answer in the comment section for Wednesday's entry in this June contest.
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I can't seem to get enough sleep these days. I am getting maybe 5 straight hours.
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Today was pretty busy and long, but it was productive. If I was awake I'd tell you more about it, but alas I am sleeping.
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Have a great night, and I hope Thursday is a wonderful day. Sweet Dreams
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AK

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday- But I WANT the WINGS to stay ON!!!!!

Tuesday's Contest Assignment:
So what was the most frustrating toy have your children have ever had? If no children maybe you had something or a brother or sister or neighbor or cousin... lol we all know someone who had a frustrating toy. Post about it in the comment section and receive your Tuesday entry in Junes contest.

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Adam is all about LEGO's and we aren't talking those BIG Lego's but the little tiny pieces. And his Lego's are all Star Wars related and full of very small guns and light sabers and helmets. Of course he is only 4 1/2 so when the space ship breaks he whines and stomps his feet. We just bought him another set of 271 pieces and today he played with it for the first time. After 3 hours putting the darn thing together and then within 5 minutes Adam having it fall apart, and then the 90 minutes of trying to re-build over and over again... well you get the idea. I sent the Lego's home with him tonight. I needed a break, LOL.
This picture is of my friend Kathy and me taken Monday just minutes before they brought her in for her surgery. Isn't she beautiful. We have been close friends since we were kids, we met in 1982. I went to visit her again this afternoon, and she looks wonderful. We took a short walk down the hallway, walking is vital to a good and speedy recovery. I parked on the opposite end of the hospital so I got in some good walking exercise today.
I started the second sock Monday while she was in surgery, this is my progress photo. My goal is to finish this before I leave for CA.
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I have a very BUSY week this week, I barely have a moment to breathe. I sure will be glad when I am sitting on that airplane, is it the 30th yet?
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Well I am off to bed, hope you are already asleep. Sweet dreams everyone.
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AK

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