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My daily thoughts. Sometimes they have to do with working out, other times, they don’t.

Helen Wins Biggest Loser

Helen Phillips, the fighting 55 year old, won this year’s Biggest Loser. Helen dropped an impressive 140…yes, 140 pounds to take the title!  Congratulations!

Looking good!

Looking good!

Helen beat out Mike and Tara, who both lost impressive numbers, as well.
All I can say is that I am happy Ron didn’t win!  I am sorry folks, but he should have gone home to do his workouts with his son.  I respect the man for fighting through his injuries, but I think other people deserved to stay on the ranch longer.

I was anxious to see how the finalists did, but even more anxious to see how the tumultuous gray team did!

Grey Team

Before

Joelle and Carla certainly had it out…with each other!  I have to say though, that they both did well, especially Carla.  Considering she was barely on the ranch at all, she did a great job at home!  Get it ladies!

After...job well done!

After...job well done!

The only contestants that didn’t seem to make a dent in their weight are the orange team.  I’ll post the pictures below, and you will see how difficult it is to determine which are the before and which are the after.  I hope they bring them back for another season.  I really want to see them succeed!

Before, Orange Team

Before, Orange Team

After, Orange Team

After, Orange Team

Can’t wait for next season!

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Stand By Me

If this doesn’t give you goosebumps, check your pulse:

 

It is from the award-winning documentary Playing for Change: Peace Through Music.

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Oscar Party Invite

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My friend Joe is amazingly funny and his wit in this email astounds me!  If you are looking for some enticing email language, I am sure he wouldn’t mind if you copied it–just give him the credit!

Emily and I would like to host an Oscar party and each of you is nominated to be THE VISITOR. The main event starts at 7pm, so feel free to SLUM on down to our place anytime around then. I can’t wait to see each of you, you’re all so cute as a BUTTON.

We’ll have some finger foods and some drinks (beer, soda, MILK, etc). If any of you want something sweet, feel free to bring anything FROSTed.  We’ll have sample ballots for each of you to fill out, but you’ll have to assign a READER to be able to figure out the ballot. In the case of a tie, we’ll bring in the WRESTLER for a final decision. Once the show has started there will be no CHANGELING of the ballots allowed. We will have lots of places to sit, or you can choose to stand up against the WALL-E. No DOUBT about it, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Can’t wait to see all of you on Sunday! We’ll have a great time and then each of you will go your separate ways into the DARK KNIGHT down Halsted (or for a short cut you could take REVOLUTIONARY ROAD).

So, a little before 7pm, our place. See you then 🙂

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Getting Back to It

I apologize for not being around for a while.  I have been in NYC and all around busy at work.  Today I am easing back into working out by taking a butt-kicking spinning class with Sara.  We generally loathe the music this chic picks out, but her work-outs are the best.   Here goes nothing…

This website has nothing to do with exercising (although I suppose it could), but I thought I would share anyway.

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You just type in the title of the book you are currently reading, and What Should I Read Next? will spit out several titles for you to choose from.  You just choose the one that tickles your fancy, and, yes, I just wrote “tickle your fancy.”

Go forth and kick your work-out’s butt!

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The Anti-Valentine

I am not super-hyped about Valentine’s Day. Richard and I don’t tend to make a big deal about it, however, I did get a kick out of these Bittersweet Candies.

Taken from the Wailing List

Taken from the Wailing List

“Dejected” sayings include:

I MISS MY EX | PEAKED AT 17 | MAIL ORDER | TABLE FOR 1
I CRY ON Q | U C MY BLOG? | LOSS LEADER | A FINE WHINE
MOMMY ISSUES | DIGNITY FREE | DORK MAGNET | PURE NAUSEA
WE HAD PLANS | MAIL ORDER | SETTLE 4LESS | I’M HOT INSIDE
“Dysfunctional” sayings include:

ANNULMENT | I BEEN CREEPIN | HE CAN LISTEN | GAME ON TV
CALL A 900# | P.S. I LUV ME | DO MY DISHES | BOOTY INFL8N
PAROLE IS UP! | AWFUL INLAWS | SUB PRIME | I WANT HALF
RETURN 2 PIT | NO FIX 4 DUMB | RATHER DRINK | MUTUAL DISGUST
“Dumped” sayings include:

I GOT SOBER | HE FIT U FAT | U LEFT SEATUP | USED U 4 FUN
JUST A FRIEND | BACK 2 KENNEL | DORKA PHOBIC | U HAVE A BLOG
RUSSIAN BRIDE | CELEB8 THX2U | DOG IS CUTER | TRADIN YOU IN
FORGET WE MET | KISS A FROG | SHE IS 22! | HE HAS A JOB

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Refrigerator Eye Candy

Check out this cool magnetic calendar!  I am sure you can find one somewhere on etsy too!

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I found these at smashingmagazine.com

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I live in Poopville

Seriously, I do.  I would like to say that I tried to give more thought to a more mature title for this post, but I didn’t!

As I was walking down my street this weekend in the broad daylight, I noticed some disgusting nuggets of poop nestled in the white once white snow. The were there, staring at me, frozen in time and sometimes sprinkled with urine.

I saw one, then I saw another, until I was literally about ready to toss my cookies.  I kept pointing them out to Richard finding one bigger than the next.

I would never categorize myself as an animal person, but if I were, I can assure you I would take the 5 seconds to pick up after my dog.  The only reasons I can give these lazy dog owners are as follows:

  • It is freakin’ cold in Chicago.  I know, I know, you take Fido out then you run back in.  Take the time to bundle yourself up next time, so you have the time to pick up after your dog.
  • Winters means that night comes sooner.  Maybe they tried to pick up the poop but got confused and accidentally picked up a twig, pile of mulch or a tootsie roll.
  • No one is out in the winter, which means you can be lazier. There are no other Lakeviewians to keep you accountable.

So, when you are in my hood, I will welcome you to Poopville, population 2,000 turds.

Who is ready for lunch?!

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