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<p>Really?  No one has started a thread yet?  Wow....</p>
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<p>Ok, I'll go.  I was awake but not out of bed when one of my smoke detetectors started 'chirping'.  Thankfully it wasn't in the dead of night, and I had a spare 9v battery.  So, I've got that goin' for me.  <img alt="lol.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//lol.gif"> </p>
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<p>Work was soooooooooo boring yesterday!  Where are all the customers?  <img alt="sad.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//sad.gif"></p>
 

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<p>Busy day yesterday so I didn't have time to post much... you know, except when I was procrastinating/griping about grading.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>Nice to see ya again Ann!! <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif"></p>
 

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<p><strong>Ann</strong>!  It's awesome to have you back starting the threads!</p>
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<p>I got nuthin' this morning.  Well, I made really good coffee.  So that's something.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
 

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<p> Add me to the list of those who love that Ann is back!  <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif"></p>
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<p>Fun?  Not fun?  Nothing comes to mind for either thing, really.</p>
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<p>The fall makes me want to be outdoors and hiking even more.  It's funny, my friend asked me the other day if I got into hiking because of <strong>Moon</strong>, since I seem to be doing more of it.  Really, that's not it.  I had already started hiking a lot more on my own over the past 18-24 months plus I joined a women-only hiking/outdoor adventures group last winter.  I also had done a bit on and off with friends for years.  I just have gone to much cooler hiking spots with <strong>Moon</strong> than I can get to here in Ohio.</p>
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<p><strong>So, QOD:</strong>  do you like hiking?  Do you have a favorite spot?  (yes I am looking for ideas!)  If not, what is your preferred way to spend time outdoors?  Favorite beach?</p>
 

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<p><strong>QOD </strong> I have not hiked with any regularity.  The couple of times I did it, I found it enjoyable... but it's not something I would go out of my way to do.  Favorite way to spend time outdoors would be running or biking.  (There's a shocker.)  And favorite beach?  Attainable beach = Stone Harbor, NJ.  Once or twice in a lifetime beach = Mykonos.</p>
 

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<p>Yo.  Well, last's night's happy hour lasted almost 6 hours; my colleagues got ridiculously drunk, and I got to stop drinking really early to be the DD.  There were definitely hijinx, but I also had to get my butt out of bed before dawn to pick up a friend who has an 8:00 class and couldn't drive himself home last night.  Argh!  So, the plan today is to finish my lecture for the 12:30 class, read the last article for the 7:00 class and write up my notes, teach at 12:30 and then go home for a nap before the awards dinner tonight at 6:00.  I'm returning to the scene of the crime for class tonight (we're having it at the bar since we pushed class back by an hour) and I can't imagine wanting to do anything less than having a drink.  Thankfully we're talking about terrorism, so at least the topic is interesting.</p>
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<p><strong>QOD:  </strong>I've actually been on hiking vacations in New Zealand and Central Europe (Budapest through Slovakia and ending in Krakow, Poland).  My absolute favorite hike was on Fox Glacier (NZ) on New Year's Eve (12/31/1999).  Locally, there's an underused trail in the local state park with these gorgeous bluffs.  I love hiking up to the bluff and sitting there until my butt falls asleep.  I like short hikes by myself, but hiking is something I much prefer with others and I haven't found anyone who is a reliable partner.</p>
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<p>Have a great day, everyone!</p>
 

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<p><img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wave.gif" style="width:25px;height:15px;" title=""> Mornin' peeps.</p>
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<p><strong>QOD:</strong>  I LOVE hiking.  Last fun place I went was in Sedona, AZ.  I would LOVE to go in New Zealand.  I am actually looking forward to my boys getting just a wee bit older so we can take them on some fun hiking trips.</p>
 

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<p>morning all,</p>
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<p>drinking a cup of coffee, getting the morning going.  I'm out of town on a biz trip in Maryland.  Flying home tomorrow.</p>
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<p>QOD:  Hiking?  Well, when I've taken my kids on camping trips, we've always done a hike of some sort.  Our longest one has been about 5 miles or so.  I think that when the kids are older, we'll go on longer hikes.  I do like cycling and trail running too. </p>
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<p>For the longest time, my favorite way to enjoy the outdoors was dirtbike racing, but alas, my bikes are parked in my garage and haven't moved for the last 4 years.</p>
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<p>Morning folks.</p>
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<p>So my boss is in panic mode.  I am about 99.99% sure after my doc appt today I will be on some sort of disability.  I can't possibly imagine it will be for the rest of my pregnancy but she is freaking out.  I really shouldn't even be here today, I can barely move!  but there are some things I HAVE to do this week because we found out yesterday that at the end of this month, we have a big decision point meeting (basically what i am working on now is the only case my project has to justify funding for next year so I need to get these samples out for analytical). </p>
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<p>QOD:  Haven't been in so long. DH loves it and wants to plan family hiking/camping trips in the future.  In college, he spent a couple of Spring breaks hiking the AP and loved the sections he was on. </p>
 

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<p>Meh!  Not fun - realizing that I had a flat tire as soon as I pulled out of the driveway. </p>
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<p>I have a roadside assistance thing, thankfully.  Although I know how to change a tire, I wasn't looking forward to getting my work clothes dirty or changing clothes just to get THOSE dirty.  I did at least try to help prep things by getting the jack out, removing the tire cover and trying to remove the spare from the back of the car.  Except that I think Superman must have tightened one of the lug nuts, as it would NOT move. Grr.</p>
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<p>I did redeem myself though.  When the spare was on and I drove to the local tire joint, instead of leaving the screw-punctured tire in the back of my car, I took it in with me.  (had a brown pull-over on, so it wasn't a big deal if it got a little dirty).  Instead of using both hands to roll/drag the tire in at knee height, I hoisted it up with an underhand grip, left hand only, and walked into their office/waiting room with the tire at shoulder height.  I got a "GOOD GRIEF!!!!" and a few OMG looks from others in the waiting room, plus a wide-eyed stare from the girl behind the counter.  At least I don't feel as wussy for the lug-nut issue now! <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif"></p>
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<p><strong>QoD: </strong> I don't think I've ever been hiking.  Until 4-5 years ago, I wasn't an outdoor kind of girl.  I'd be game for going along with someone who wasn't apt to get lost, though!</p>
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<p>Okay.. it's 10:06am.  Time to start my day at work!</p>
 

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<p>morning. Yesterday mornings trip to San Diego took 2hrs 20 min and I was seething the entire time- mad that I didn't put my foot down about not going. Luckily the trip home only took an hour and DH and I ended up getting a babysitter last minute and doing out to dinner.</p>
<p><strong>Maria-</strong> you asked about the countdown...it's in 24 days and 10 minutes (c sect is 7:15 am). And no, we don't have a name picked out yet! Need to resolve that.</p>
<p><strong>Lori-</strong> DH painted M's "big girl" room (with a crib) pale yellow over the weekend. I'm doing a vintage beach theme in there.</p>
<p><strong>GoV-</strong>glad to hear you're settling in!</p>
 

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<p>Beaker - you need me to straighten your boss out?  Geez.</p>
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<p><strong>QOD</strong> - I think I'd like hiking, but I've never done a real hiking trip. Day or weekend trips to Indiana State parks when I was a kid is about it.    I think <strong>Bard</strong> should plan a group hiking adventure for us:)</p>
 

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<p>Dragging @ss...</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Amichel</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70480/tuesday-hijinx-10-5#post_1951597"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Beaker - you need me to straighten your boss out?  Geez.</p>
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<p><strong>QOD</strong> - I think I'd like hiking, but I've never done a real hiking trip. Day or weekend trips to Indiana State parks when I was a kid is about it.    I think <strong>Bard</strong> should plan a group hiking adventure for us:)</p>
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<br><br><p>Ack!  I'm so not a group event/activity planner, haha!  It's too stressful for me.  Mostly I do day hike stuff myself, though I am interested in advancing to more serious backpacking at some point.  Still, if anyone wants to wander over to Ohio for some hiking in the Hocking Hills in the next few weeks, the leaves are just starting to change. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif"></p>
 

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<p><strong>QOD</strong>: I like hiking.  We did quite a bit when we lived in Oregon, but haven't done any since we moved here.  I think that has to do with busier schedules, and also less scenic vistas! <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//biggrin.gif"></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bard73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70480/tuesday-hijinx-10-5#post_1951604"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><br><br><p>Ack!  I'm so not a group event/activity planner, haha!  It's too stressful for me.  Mostly I do day hike stuff myself, though I am interested in advancing to more serious backpacking at some point.  Still, if anyone wants to wander over to Ohio for some hiking in the Hocking Hills in the next few weeks, the leaves are just starting to change. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif" style="width:1px;height:1px;"></p>
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If you're looking for places to go, here's one that I've always been interested in.  I kinda have it in my head that me and my kids (when they get a little older) will do our first overnight hike trip in the area of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clingmans_Dome" target="_blank">Clingman's Dome</a>. </p>
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<p><em>The Appalachian Trail crosses Clingmans Dome, passing immediately north of the observation tower. A 7.5-mile (12.1 km) leg of the trail connects the mountain with Newfound Gap, and provides the only non-overnight access to the mountain in winter months. The nearest A.T. backcountry shelters are the Double Spring Gap Shelter, which is 2.6 miles (4.2 km) to the west near the Goshen Prong junction, and the Mount Collins shelter, which is 4 miles (6.4 km) to the east near the A.T.'s <a href="/wiki/Sugarland_Mountain_Trail" title="Sugarland Mountain Trail"><span style="color:#0645AD;">Sugarland Mountain Trail</span></a> junction. Clingmans Dome is the base for several additional hiking trails, including the Forney Ridge Trail (to <a href="/wiki/Andrews_Bald" title="Andrews Bald"><span style="color:#0645AD;">Andrews Bald</span></a>) and the Forney Creek Trail (to the <a href="/wiki/Benton_MacKaye_Trail" title="Benton MacKaye Trail"><span style="color:#0645AD;">Benton MacKaye Trail</span></a> on the shores of <a href="/wiki/Fontana_Lake" title="Fontana Lake"><span style="color:#0645AD;">Fontana Lake</span></a>). The <a href="/wiki/Mountains-to-Sea_Trail" title="Mountains-to-Sea Trail"><span style="color:#0645AD;">Mountains-to-Sea Trail</span></a>, which connects the Smokies to the <a href="/wiki/Outer_Banks" title="Outer Banks"><span style="color:#0645AD;">Outer Banks</span></a> of North Carolina, intersects the Appalachian Trail 3.5 miles (5.6 km) east of Clingmans Dome.</em></p>
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