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11 Things About Me February 7, 2012

Filed under: Blogging,Happy — Kelocity @ 12:09 pm
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I was tagged by the lovely Run|Bake|Race for this “11 Things” Post.
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The Rules:

-Post these rules
-You must post 11 random things about yourself
-Answer the questions set for you in their post
-Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
-Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them

11 Things About Me:

  1. In 5th & 6th grade, I wanted to be a Paleontologist. I even had a subscription to ‘Archaeology Magazine’.
  2. Despite all the tree climbing I used to do, I have never broken a bone.
  3. I prefer Vanilla over Chocolate when it comes to cupcakes.
  4. I use Irving’s face cream when he’s not looking because it smells better than mine. (He buys the good stuff).
  5. My first car was a 1989 Honda Accord (with a sunroof). Irving had a Fiero and then a 1983 VW Vanagan. HAHA
  6. I came in 4th Place in my Sophomore Year Science Fair for doing a project about highway pollution.
  7. The first R-Rated movie I ever saw was Pretty Woman. My babysitter let me watch it if I promised not to tell my parents. LOL
  8. I didn’t have an avocado til I was 22ish years old. Irving begged me to try it and now I eat them with a spoon. Mmmm!
  9. My mom and I were both in the ‘Chess Club’ in school. Nerds.
  10. Irving and I love to eat at restaurants where we bring down the average age of patrons to 65 years old. Those places are the best!
  11. I’m only 5’1” and I do a happy dance when I find jeans that come in short.

It is really hard to think of 11 facts about yourself on the fly.

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Questions from Run|Bake|Race:

1. What song on your iPod are you most embarrassed by?

I LOVE techno/trance/house music. I’ve loved it since high school and people used to make fun of me, but now it’s all the rage. Irving and I recently combined our music collections and when we set it on ‘random’ and some wierd techno song comes on, he just rolls his eyes.

Other favorite bands: Blink 182, Coldplay Green Day, Less Than Jake, Aqua, old-school Offspring. It’s a good balance. =)

2. What was your first concert?

I believe it was Blink 182 in High School. We got press passes and got to meet the band before the show too!

3. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Honestly, I wouldn’t trade anything. I love Los Angeles. I’ve lived here for 7.5 years and it really feels like home now. Second choice: Boston (closer to family). Internationally: Somewhere in Europe, just for a year. That would be awesome.

4. What would your last meal be?

Grilled Cheese w/Tomatoes, extra pickles on the side. Pazooki for dessert. I’m a simple girl.

5. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

6. Do you still have a t-shirt from high school or college?

I actually have a shirt from 4th grade (all my classmates signed it), a shirt from Junior year of High school and a handful of shirts from College.

7. Is your computer a laptop or a desktop?

I have a desktop computer that my husband and I built from scratch! We also have a netbook for traveling.

8. What would your dream job be?

Professional home organizer. We love to organize and declutter. It’s turned into an obsession lately. I’m sure our enthusiasm will die down once the nursery is put together and we can enjoy our family of three!

I also would love to run an ebay store so I can have an excuse to go to the post office everyday. I LOVE shipping things.

9. What is your favorite holiday?

I used to think Christmas was my favorite, but the older I get, the more I like Thanskgiving. It’s so nice to relax, enjoy family and unplug for a few days without the chaos and hubbub of gift giving and the new year.

10. Did you go to college in a different state than where you grew up?

My dream school was Emerson College. I wanted to go there since I first heard about it in 7th grade. I was lucky that it was in Boston, just 30 minutes from where I grew up. I wouldn’t have changed any of it, it was awesome.

11. Do you dread going to the doctor?

Not really. In high school, when I had cancer, I was going to the hospital a few times a week, so you get used to it. Now, I look forward to it for peace of mind and to ask all my questions. I like the doctor even more now because I get to see how my baby is developing and that’s always exciting. =)

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I’m tagging  Kaitlin with Honey, The Gaga Diaries and Left Coast Contessa. Let’s hear it girls!

My Questions for them:

  1. Would you change anything about your high school experience?
  2. What was your first car?
  3. Did you have a secret hiding place when you were a kid?
  4. Do you know any other languages? Do you wish you could speak any others?
  5. Name the top five things on your bucket list.
  6. Ever have 15 minutes of fame?
  7. If you could excel at something you currently don’t, what would it be?
  8. Would you ever want to write a book? What would it be about?
  9. What’s your greatest fear?
  10. What was your favorite grade in school and why?
  11. Twilight or Hunger Games?

Feel free to leave a comment with some of your answers too!

 

Trophies and Chocolate November 13, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Random — Kelocity @ 5:06 pm
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We’ve finally been at home for a couple of weeks and we’ve been spending that time relaxing, catching up and getting lots crossed off our perpetual to-do lists. I know my posts have jumped off a cliff lately, but truth is, we’ve been kind of boring and there isn’t much going on. But we’ve got some small trips coming up that I’m sure will give me more to post about in the coming weeks.

Yesterday, we found out that the MLS Cup was going to be near our house, so we jumped in the car and drove over to see it. Irving’s a huge soccer fan and has been following the championship games religiously. We’re so excited to be going to the big game next weekend too. (Rooting for the LA Galaxy, of course).
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Woo Hooo Soccer Players! lol. Sign me up!
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This morning, we got up and went for a walk and chatted about life and other musings. Somewhere along the way, I convinced Irving to buy me this chocolate. I mean, it’s limited edition, who cares if it was $4. I can’t WAIT to break into this after dinner tonight.
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I could share pictures of the four loads of laundry we did today, or the new internal card reader I installed in my computer.  But that doesn’t make for an interesting read. I promise to make my life more exciting for you and I both in the coming weeks.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some dinner to make so I can jump right into dessert. Have a great week!

 

Just Like That It’s Over. August 8, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Celebs,San Diego — Kelocity @ 7:54 am
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I love these funny pictures from the BlogHer sponsor booths. Some of them are so funny. 

This one especially. HAHA.
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Anyways, the closing keynote was on the power of women in media. The panel was Carol Jenkins, Fatemeh Fakhraie and Ricki Lake!
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Right after, Ricki bought drinks at the bar for anyone who wanted to go! I didn’t grab one, but they looked delicious.
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After having dinner at the pool, it was Party Time!!! We went to two, but the one everyone was talking about was the Cheeseburgher Party… sponsored by McDonalds. I will just come right out and say that I do not eat Micky D’s. I haven’t had a burger from there in a good 11 years or so.
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They actually did have burgers and fries on platters at the party… but I did not partake.IMG_6935

I stuck with my H2O instead.
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And with that, BlogHer was officially over. What a great experience.

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We had breakfast in Little Italy the next morning (and boy was it nice to sleep in!)

Cream Cheese and Pesto bagel? So good!
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And then we headed back to LA. It took us about three hours to get home (oh, the traffic!!!) I’m finally unpacked and organized again.
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And I love this card. It is just TOO perfect, isn’t it?
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BlogHer is Delicious August 7, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Food,San Diego — Kelocity @ 8:29 pm
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I can’t decide if BlogHer weekend felt like 10 days or 10 minutes. It’s crazy how many people I met and how much I learned in such a short amount of time. Overall, it was really great and I’m excited to try out some new things I learned.

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Now that I’m safely back home, I can tell you where we stayed for the weekend! The La Pensione Hotel in Little Italy is one of our favorites. We stay there every time we go to San Diego since the rates are low and the location is great. IMG_6878

It’s right in the heart of Little Italy and just a block away from the Trolley.

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They recently updated the rooms too, so it’s got a European Chic look now. I love the grey + silver color scheme they have now!
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Our room had been renovated, but there were others that were completely redone from the bottom up. We asked to take a peek and they were gorgeous. Next time we’re staying in one of these!
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Sigh. I just love nice hotels. Especially the ones that are cute, off the beaten path, and really feel like home. (Not that my home has an awesome bathroom like this, but you know what I mean).
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So back to the conference, after I had breakfast with Bob, I headed over to the Daisy Cottage Cheese Refuel & Recharge suite. I was invited to have a snack, talk about nutrition and get a spa treatment. Sign me up!
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Just a tid-bit from what I learned, Daisy Cottage Cheese only has three ingredients: Cultured skim milk, cream and salt. That’s it. It was a perfect mid-day snack! Thanks for the invite, ladies!
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I also did a paraffin hand treatment before I left too. Have you ever done that? You literally submerge your hands into piping hot wax and let it harden, then it peels off! So cool! That was definitely a first for me!

After that, I popped back into some sessions to learn some more! First up was Til Blog Do Us Part. I initially thought it was about how blogging affects relationships and marriages. I think blogging is definitely a delicate subject that your spouse and family really should be on board with. I’m lucky that I do have the support of my husband and family (love you!) However, the session mostly talked about blogging about divorce, remarriage and mixed families. Though it didn’t really apply to me, it was still interesting to hear the panel, specifically the man below, who co-writes a blog with his ex-wife about raising their children.
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I snuck out of that one a few minutes early to catch the end of Blog Design and I was sad to have missed the beginning of it. It really sounded like an awesome session about what makes blogs look good from font to sidebars to headers. (Kelocity needs a header, don’t you think? Working on it!)

Then lunch! As I was in line to make my plate, I did a double take and saw the beautiful Kelle from Enjoying the Small Things. I read about 200 blogs a day, and if there was ONE blog that I could recommend, it would be this one. She and her family will melt your heart, you MUST go over there right now and look. Seriously go! I was totally star struck when I saw her. And little Nella was just TOO CUTE!
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I’ll be back soon with the last of the BlogHer Recaps! I’m off to watch Meet Joe Black with my husband! They shot the movie at the same place where my friend had her wedding two weeks ago, so now we’re dying to see it in the film!

 

Breakfast with Bob! August 6, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Celebs,Food — Kelocity @ 12:33 pm
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My morning started out with some Excedrin and a Vitamin Water. Man, I haven’t had a lick of alcohol in months and yet I felt hung over this morning. lol But these guys did the trick, thank goodness!  (First migraine in over a month though, this is progress!)
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Thankfully the headache was gone by the time I got to the conference today. And I had a really important date! Breakfast with Bob Harper, one of the trainers from The Biggest Loser.
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The session was sponsored by Quaker. I had some Oatmeal Squares and fruit while I drooled over listened to Bob. There’s just something about him that makes people excited about healthy living and getting fit.
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Some of the things he spoke about:
-Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (duh!)
-Nutrition is the #1 and #2 most important thing. Exercise is #3.
-Bob actually hates the Biggest Loser scale (haha)
-His Mantra: “Believe in yourself, trust the process, change forever”.

Fun fact: Bob and I have each run 3 marathons. If I run one more, I’ll have run more marathons than him. HAHAHA Perhaps a new goal??

 

BlogHer 101: I’m Exhausted!

Filed under: Blogging,San Diego — Kelocity @ 11:19 am
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Man, when my alarm went off yesterday, I honestly didn’t know where I was. I was supposed to do the BlogHer 5K, but I felt like I was hit by a bus. I just need one solid night of 9 hours of sleep to catch up I think. Can’t get those hours back once they’re gone!
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But I was pretty excited for a day full of learning and networking. I was already feeling more confident than I did the day before, and if that’s all I get out of this conference, I consider that a win.

I am not staying in the host hotel, but I always get excited when local public transportation is involved. Nerd alert. I LOVE subway maps and navigating through new towns.
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San Diego’s trolley reminds me of Boston. So fun to ride!
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I found some friends and grabbed breakfast in the pavilion. I can’t believe how big this convention center is!
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I attended the “Newbie Breakfast” to hear a little bit about what to expect and meet some other new bloggers. The conference is organized by three amazing ladies Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone. They are very smart women who are passionate about blogging and I was so proud to be part of the community that ties us all together.
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Their keynote highlighted some of the accomplishments the blogging community has made in the past few years. More women now rank blogs above corporate websites and social media when it comes to getting advice and information. I am inspired!
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Next up was “Blogger Speed Dating”. We got into large circles and had 90 seconds to introduce yourself and pitch your blog to someone before moving on to the next. I LOVED this. I started out a little shy with an unpolished pitch, but by the end, I found that I was able to really pinpoint what my blog was really about. “Kelocity.com is a blog about running, travel and life in Los Angeles”.

And I also met a bunch of other amazing bloggers that I’m sure will populate my Google Reader soon! I’ll share some link love later in the week.
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I was also happy to meet up with an old friend, Jessica who runs The Rose Run website in honor of her mom.
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The first thing I did was attend a “Geek Bar” session. These were great sessions because only 4-5 people were in there at a time, so you can really get your questioned answered. I learned about “Internet Sleuthing” and how to track down mean commenters, hate emailers and stalkers. Thankfully I haven’t had to deal with any of this, and I hope I never will, but it’s great to have the tools incase you do. So don’t try anything mean, I will find you! Kidding. Kind of.

After that, I took a stroll around some of the sponsor suites. Lots of fun things to explore. Like this giant sculpture made out of Twizzlers.
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The Hallmark Suite

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And Hot Wheels (this track sticks on the wall!) If I was a 12 year old boy, I would want this in my room. Such a cool idea!
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Then it was S’Mores time!
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Make your own? Don’t mind if I do! I LOVE s’mores!
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My marshmallow caught on fire and the lady was like “ahh, blow it out”! And I said, Oh, let me take a picture first! Priorities, right! And besides, isn’t burning it the fun part?
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The Convention Center is RIGHT on the water, but it’s a shame I didn’t really get outside much this weekend! Hopefully that will change on Sunday!
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I hit up the expo one more time to pick up a few more things. Including a Tempur-pedic Travel Pillow! Score!!
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HAHA And I just had to share this picture. FeBreeze was there and they actually hired a guy to pose as a teenager in a messy room. But regardless of the “mess”, it smelled amazing!
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It felt like I just ate breakfast, but apparently that was hours ago and lunch was served! It was fun to catch up with friends again while we ate.
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The hilarious Amanda from ConfessionsOfAFatGirl! I missed her!
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In the middle of lunch, there was a Flash Mob!!!!!! OMG I was so excited. Seeing a live flash mob seriously was on my bucket list!!! They did a great job dancing to Lady Gaga!!
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I attended a Photography session about what makes a great photo. We looked at lots of eye candy and talked about what a photo should do. And the bottom line was that photos should connect people, places, emotions, etc. It just has to connect to something.
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What makes a good photo itself?
-Light (try not to use flash)
-Color
-Composition
-Subject Matter
-That Connection

I’ve been using my small point-and-shoot camera this weekend, but honestly, I need to get used to carrying my DSLR around. I need to start experimenting more, stretching my eye a little more and learning to perfect my images. I think I might start adding a “Photo-A-Day” concept to my blog and seeing where it goes. Another BlogHer breakthrough for me! I’m pumped!

When I walked out of the session I happened across some snacks! Hooray for fruit! Yum!! I am impressed with the hospitality of BlogHer so far.
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There are so many sessions to choose from, but the next one really stood out for me. It was about Perfecting Product Reviews. As a relatively new blogger, this was something I was really interested in learning about. It’s no secret that bloggers sometimes get the opportunity to receive free product in exchange for a blog post. But you also don’t want to compromise your readers or “sell out” in the process.

The session was led by Momspark.net, mommyniri.com and thedivinemissmommy.com.
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I tried to soak in as much as I could, and by the end of the day, I was beat! I called it a day and headed back to our hotel.
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It’s crazy that my husband has been here all weekend, but I’ve barely seen him yet! We turned right around and headed to dinner with our friends Jen and Angel. I used to live next door to them while I was growing  up and it was fun to see them again to catch up! Jen used to tutor me in math when I was in school!
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We ate at a FABULOUS restaurant called Bankers Hill. The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing.
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The wall behind us was a ‘living wall’. All of those plants are real and thriving. So cool!
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Ok… let’s review why I need to use a better camera….

No flash:
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With flash:
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Both photos are atrocious. Sigh. You’ll just have to trust me that it was amazing. (Crispy Eggplant with Burrata cheese and artichokes).

I’m back at the conference today so I’ll be back later!

 

BlogHer: Blogger Meetup! August 5, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Friends,San Diego — Kelocity @ 7:02 am
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BlogHer weekend is here!!! We left LA at 3:15 and it took us over three hours to get down to San Diego. I was getting a little anxious because I hate being late!

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But Irving dropped me off right at the convention center, and I had plenty of time to explore the expo. I love conferences!
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I grabbed my badge and swag bag and took my time taking it all in. Some of the vendors had fun activities going on. I talked to some of the sponsors, ate a couple of food samples (Hello, Kings Hawaiian. My, your bread is delicious!)

Look who else was there!! The Pine Sol Lady!!!! She was so sweet. Irving commented how big I’m smiling in this picture. Well, yea!
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Once my bag was sufficiently filled up with goodies, I headed to my next destination in the Gaslamp District.
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PS. Any hotel that has Necco Wafers at the front desk is a winner in my book. These are my FAVORITE! (I stole one!)
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And guess who I was meeting there? The fabulous Kath from Katheats.com! She organized a great group of readers/bloggers for an evening walk and FroYo night. The local girls picked a great scenic route.

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This pedestrian bridge made the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot!
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Lorin, Me, Kaitlyn, Averie, Katie, Tammy, Jeanna, Meredith
(Photo from Katheats.com)

And our walk ended at Pinkberry!
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It’s almost like Menchies except they put the toppings on for you.
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I ordered a mini Salted Caramel with strawberries, and it was actually pretty good. I suppose this was also my dinner, so I kept it light.
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It was so fun making new friends and chatting with Kath. She’s adorable and so easy to talk to.
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I got back to my hotel around 10, but I am still SO tired! I just can’t catch up on sleep this week! I skipped the 5K run this morning to sleep an extra hour or so.

Off to seek out some coffee Tea.

 

 
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