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zzzzzzzzzzzzz. I was awoken by a dog laying on my pillow, and thunking his head down on my forehead. Guess he really needed a rr break!<br><br>
I'll be back when I'm more coherent!
 

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Hey all.<br><br>
Enjoyed the Spirit of the Marathon movie last night.<br><br>
It was funny to see all the different running people from my area that I recognized stroll into the theater. Several of my club members were there. I got chills many times throughout the film.<br><br>
DD3 starts a gym class at My Gym today which translates into LL getting another chance to hang out with a dozen or so mommies. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Have a great Friday!
 

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The hotel coffee is suck. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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Ok - there is a pressed steel factory near my house that I run by on a lot of my routes. They have a big parking lot across the street so it's never got any cross traffic. They frequently have a job board out front listing who they are looking for. Lathe operator, that sort of thing.<br><br>
New job on the board this week: AUTOMATIC SCREW OPERATOR<br><br>
Well, I giggled. Have fun today!
 

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My alarm clock never went off this morning and I woke up 45 mins late. Not how I wanted to start my day, but since I'm a single gal at the moment, I should still be able to get to work on time...once I get off here and get in the tub.<br><br>
I did get a good night's sleep...clean sheets and a new duvet cover bonus!<br><br>
Have a good one peeps...I have a strong feeling I'm seriously gonna have missed all the fun when I get home tonight!
 

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Oh and I meant to add, I'm going to karaoke tonight for a theatre friend's birthday. These people are really good karaoke-rs. Really good...it's fun to watch them. I only sing on the group numbers. We did "In the Jungle" last time and that was fun. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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The first thing I do at a new hotel location is scope out the nearest coffee shop; I'm willing to hold out for better caffeine than suffer through the hotel's own offerings...<br><br>
I woke up late today as well...! I have to go into the office this morning and am not looking forward to it.<br><br><b>PTom</b> - it's not that I'm not nice to my computers, maybe they just miss their home in Union, NJ and need me to ship them back every so often. Anyhow, that's where my broken laptop is headed this morning...here's to hoping I get it back before Tuesday!<br><br>
All right, if I were in a hotel right now, I might just end up having some of their coffee. I would take caffeine in just about any form right now!<br><br>
Have a great day folks - stay warm!
 

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speaking my mind (from last night):<br>
Believe it or not, I don't run around just saying whatever is on my mind and telling people about themselves. Remember, one of the classes I taught at the university was Small Group Communications. I am the queen of dealing with salty parents. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Usually if I do just finally take someone to school, its been a long time coming.<br>
What I was talking about last night was more about direct speech and indirect speech patterns. The difference between, 'would you like to take a bath?' (how the boy was raised) and 'girl, get your funky butt in the tub' (how i was raised).<br>
/discourse analysis lesson for the day <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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LOL!!! that would have made me laugh outloud by myself. i saw a sign driving home a different way the other night for some kind of company or another... Daifukr. Fine. Unless you were a reading teacher (like i was) for many years and break it down phonetically. Dai fukr.<br>
enjoy. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
i just want to answer the phones there....
 

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You ever work with any Cisco switches? For a while the 2950 switches had hardware bags that were labeled SCREW TAIWAN. As I was working with a bunch of Chinese guys at the time, we all thought this was hilarious and a political statement as well.<br><br><i>Stuff from yesterday...</i><br><br>
My left ass cheek weighs more than Deena Kastor. The right one too.<br><br><br><b>Frankie</b> - DSLRs - I just got a Nikon D40 for Christmas. I love it - the hockey pics I posted with my son were taken with it. I would suggest going somewhere and playing with both. See which one feels better. They are both great cameras. One thing to consider is down the road, do you see yourself getting additional lenses? If so, look at the lenses available. One drawback of the Nikon D40 is that you can put any Nikon lens on it, but only certain ones will autofocus. PM me if you want details.<br><br>
Relationship stuff from yesterday: With three kids, most of our schedules revolve around them. I am guessing that most of you have probably picked up that vibe from me already. We have a big old calendar on the wall in our office\laundry room which is where everyone's schedules get posted - me, Mrs. LH, and the kids. If I am doing something that is not typical, I let Mrs Tim know, and if there is a conflict, she lets me know. For example, let's say a bunch of work friends are going out to dinner. I tell Mrs Tim 'Hey, next Thurs, I won't be home til late because of..." If there is other stuff going on, she let's me know, and then I get to choose. If there is a big PTO event she is running (like last night), then I may not have the choice (although at this point I am smart enough to know when a choice is not really a choice, if you know what I am saying). Weekends are very busy. The fall (really Aug-Nov) is cheerleading season, so we have something related to that every weekend - either a game, a practice, or both. Plus I am on the Board for Pop Warner, so I am very often at the fields on the weekend helping out. Winter is hockey, which is first thing in the AM on Sat and Sunday. That does complicate my running. As a morning runner, it is hard to get in a LR before getting ready for a 7:15 AM hockey practice. After hockey, there is usually a variety of birthday parties, library events, family visits, etc. SPring and summer are more relaxed, which is how I was able to get 14-15 mile LRs in before my back jacked up.<br><br>
Of course, even the calendar method does not always work. I had the nJ half on there for months, and DW decided to go away that weekend. We had a nice 'discussion' about that.<br><br>
As far as $$ goes, it is all lumped together. Mrs LH and I are mutually frugal - we are both born coupon cutters, and both have a hard time spending money. She handles the day-to-day finances (bills, checking account, etc.) but we talk about it all the time - should we change phone carriers, can we save on electric if we do xxx, and so on. I handle the investing\longterm saving portion of the equation. We have an IRA in my name (all the old 401(k)s from prior employers), one for Mrs. LH, and my 401(k), college savings for the kids. my current 401(k), and a non-retirement invesment account. Although not hidden from Mrs. Tim (like RFTL was talking about), she does not want to know about the last one. Money goes there via direct deposit (split between there and our checking account) and it is for non-immeadiate needs. It may end up being college money for the kids, it may end up being used for a new kitchen, some day, who knows. If I ever get laid off, it is a cusion (we have a rainy day cash fund too).
 

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Eatin' honeynut cheerios...mmmm...<br><br>
It's freakin' cold here. I'm not kidding. Freakin' cold.<br><br>
I brought my car back to the dealer yesterday. sniff sniff. Feels very odd not to see it out in the driveway. The lease was up and we decided not to keep it. I miss it already.
 

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zzzzzzzzzz huh zzzzzzzzzzz oh alright I'm awake. Tonight it's dinner with a group of friends and then bowling. I thought you were supposed to stay home on Friday nights??! <img alt="tongue3.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/tongue3.gif">
 

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Morning<br><br>
How did I ever get 2 over achievers for children????<br><br>
I enjoyed reading everyones realtionship thoughts from yesterday.<br><br>
I feel like a medicine head today, but I haven't taken any medicine. I might be getting sick. Children are terrible germ carriers <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><b>Roo</b> if I asked my kids if they wanted to take a bath/shower, they would look me straight in the eye and say no. I usually tell them to get their stinky selves in the shower.<br><br>
Need more caffiene.....
 

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Oddly enough, yesterday I went to a lunchtime workshop dealing with communication styles as part of a women's leadership series. One of the things the speaker talked about was how women tend to be more indirect, and men tend to be more direct.<br><br>
Hey all, it's Friday! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
I wanna play. Too bad I gotta work. <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 

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ha! I'll see your Automatic Screw Operator and Daifukr and raise you one hell of an odd scene I walked by this morning. Small 4 door car parked along a major avenue housing 4 gigantar life-sized teddy bears [and zero humans]. One as driver, one as shotgun and two as backseat passengers. <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"> Who knows but it made me laugh.
 

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So people get paid to come up with this stuff? or was that too direct? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
A little while ago I was out to lunch with a friend (late 30s) who is a serial long term relationship guy. He told me that he had gone a few times to see a therapist to talk about some stuff and the therapist told him he had a real fear of commitment. I spit iced tea all over the table! He had to pay someone to tell him that?!? I could have told him that for the price of the burger!
 
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