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Greetings from the Good Witch of the Midwest<img alt="" src="http://bestsmileys.com/halloween3/16.gif" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Please swing by my house when you're out with your curtain climbers tonight, because we give out THE GOOD STUFF. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br><br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">1. Why do you run?</span><br>
Health, fitness, sanity…in that order.<br>
(And of course to be the HAWTest looking middle-aged jogger on the block.)<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</span><br>
Our two sons. I wanted to type some detailed proud mommy specifics about them, but edited it simply to say, “They make us so very happy.”<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">3. What is your motto?</span><br>
After removing 50 pounds several years ago, along with increasing my health & fitness, my motto became:<br><b>“Get Real. Your old way of life is no longer an option.”</b><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">4. How do you deal with bad runs?</span><br>
Lots and lots of profanity, gnashing of teeth, and wringing of hands.<br>
I even curse at myself in my workout log/journal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/shock.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Shock"><br><br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">5. Do you reward yourself for good runs.</span> Nope. However, because they are so rare, I actually comment in my log about them.<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">6. Who do you admire most?</span><br>
My father was (and always will be) my hero. He was a brilliant man who was known throughout the world in his field of molecular biology and biochemistry; yet he still remained honest, down to earth, kind, and never forgot his rural roots.<br>
He helped me see that I had a gift with what I do. He supported me/guided me/coached me/loved me into becoming a confident, competent educator.<br><br>
To piggyback on this thought, I must add that I truly admire anyone who works with children. <TEECHURS ROOL><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</span><br>
1. Pay your bills/don't go into debt.<br>
2. CTFU!<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">8. What do wish you had learned younger?</span><br>
To make healthier life choices.<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</span><br>
a. find a way to get more dollars into public education to allow for smaller class sizes and more specialist support for our at risk kids.<br>
b. run outdoors, in the daytime, in public, without humiliation<br>
c. be multi-lingual<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">10. How would your friends describe your personality?</span><br>
FVCKINGLY funny---->my college roomies once said I had the ability to make folks <snort> and look <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/shock.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Shock"><br><br>
I’m also a sympathetic listener; the one everyone calls or stops by to see when they have a problem.<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">11. What do you wear running?</span> Jogbra, compression shorts, and various layers depending on the temps. Hhhmmmmm, Depends……OY!<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">12. What has been your favorite race?</span><br>
I don’t enter events for reasons mentioned in #9, b<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">13. Do you have a goal race right now?</span><br>
no<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">14. What makes you happy?</span><br>
BIG#1->Being with my DH and our sons on the ski slopes….skiing is the bonding activity that we’ve held near and dear since DH & I met in 1971. Second would be snowshoeing or gardening with my sis and her dogs at our family property.<br>
Third source of happiness is traveling with my mom and sis.<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.</span><br>
I wrote and illustrated a book of learning center ideas/tips for teachers waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back 29 yrs ago.<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">16. Tell us one interesting thing about another user of this forum that has not been posted (at least not often) on this forum in the past (make sure the other person will not object to posting the info!).</span><br>
Not any one person. There have been several friendly and compassionate Chers/PRTers who’ve tried to help me with my porty issues. Their suggestions have been taken to heart, even tho nothing has worked. Thanks for the cyber love, people!
 

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Woohooo! Way to go WTPJ! Great post. I like how candid you (and many before you) have been in this POTD thing. Great to read about you and learn just a little more.<br><br>
You are definitely a person I'd like to have a beer (or few) with.<br><br>
Benj
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers"> Horray!
 

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Nice POTD, Karen! Thanks for the insight into who you are. I will continue to admire you from afar....well, at least from the next state. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Porty...if I wrote AND illustrated a book there would be STICK FIGURES!<br><br>
I want a copy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
Just wanted to say you're one of my heros! Don't want to meet you on a dark angry night...your arm muscles are HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
Hope to meet you one day so we can Trek together!
 

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Wonderful, Karen. (Am I allowed to call my cyber-mommy by name?)<br><br>
I envision you as the way cool mom that does it all, with vigor. I luv how you and yours travel together to the UW bowl games. I can imagine the fun in the WTPJ household.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing!
 

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Great POTD porty!! When I run for president my motto will be: a shoe for every foot and a portajohn on every corner.
 

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I love your post Porto...and your friedns are right...you are VERY funny. Your posts often make me laugh. SO glad that you shared part of yourself with us. Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I <triple heart> you, WTPJ! Our Good Morning chats have started many of my days out on a light-hearted note. One day we will have coffee in person!<br><br>
Since you live in Mad City and my family is originally from that area, I like to think of you as a long-lost relative ... maybe a distant aunt. (Except your family seems to be much more active and have a lot more fun than my extended WI family does.)<br><br>
I enjoyed learning about your dad and your book in this post. WHEEEEEEEE!
 

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Nice post, and I just emailed your motto to some friends of mine. I loved it!<br><br>
You live in Madison, right? I love visiting that city, my college roomie is a doc there. You have the best farmer's market.<br><br>
Can't say as I care all that much for the Badgers though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I'll be at the game Saturday. Go Buckeyes!
 

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great POTD. You're right - teachers are saints. thank you for sharing
 

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I love your motto! Teachers are wonderful.....they have the power to either mold a student into all he/she can be or let the student mold in the seat.
 

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yay porty! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers"><br><br>
You have cheered me up more times than you know. Thanks for being so awesome and fun!
 

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I love this POTD! Very inspirational. I wish I knew as many real life people as I do on this board! YOU ROCK! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Karen, you are amazing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I triple heart my cyber mom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Awesome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> You sound like a cool as hell chica.
 

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I've enjoyed your posts and pictures in the past - it is such a treat to get to know you better today! Thank you!!!
 

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Great POTD post, WTPJ!<br><br>
I think this thread needs a picture of the "guns," though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
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