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Sunday, November 22, 2009
I can't believe we're leaving for Florida on Tuesday. Usually it takes me at least a week to unpack my suitcase after a trip, but this time I only get three days. The good thing is I finished all of my Thanksgiving baking today. It took me all weekend, but I've got pumpkin bread, two kinds of cranberry bread (one with fresh cranberries and the other with canned cranberry sauce), pumpkin cookies (my favorite recipe with chocolate chips and butterscotch chips), and cranberry cookies (with white chocolate chips) packed and ready to take with us. My feet are killing me from standing in the kitchen for two days straight. I wish that counted for a workout because my trips to the gym have been few and far between lately. I planned to make up for that this weekend, but it didn't turn out the way I planned. Oh well. My life isn't going to be back to normal until sometime in December thanks to another business trip the week after Thanksgiving. And when that's over I'll have to start thinking about Christmas baking! If my willpower doesn't get me back to the gym soon all this baking certainly will!
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
I understand why the football games that are expected to be blowouts aren't nationally televised, but that means I never get to see any of the decisive Florida wins! While I'm very pleased that the Gators won today, I would really have liked to watch the game. It would have been one of those rare ones that didn't stress me out! But as I've said before, a win is a win, and hopefully I'll get a chance to watch the Florida vs. Florida State game next weekend when we're actually in Florida for Thanksgiving. GO GATORS!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I started my holiday baking this afternoon. There's a loaf of cranberry bread in the oven right now. It's a new recipe I'm trying out that uses canned cranberry sauce instead of fresh cranberries. I'm skeptical (the batter is pink!), but we'll see how it tastes. My goal is to bring cranberry bread, pumpkin bread, and a couple of different kinds of cookies with us to to contribute to the Thanksgiving meal. And I only have a couple of days left to finish making all of those things! Hopefully this first loaf of cranberry bread turns out well so I can check one thing off the list. In the meantime I have to go do some laundry so Dan and I will have clean clothes to pack for our trip. So much to do!
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Monday, November 16, 2009
I'm beginning to think I might like one of those digital book readers. Does that make me an enemy of the printed word? I've just been on one too many trips with multiple books in my carry on.
Posted at 2:27 PM, 2 Comments

Sunday, November 15, 2009
Today I was on the most bizarre flight of my life. It was the first "Is there a doctor on the plane?" for me. And that's only part of the weirdness. More details to come when I can type on a real keyboard (the iPod Touch is less than comfortable for long posts). Gotta get some sleep so I can go to the gym in the morning. Good night!
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
It was another nail-biter, but Florida pulled off a win against South Carolina today. Once again, I spent quite a bit of the game with my hands over my face, watching the plays through my fingers. But in the end, like they have all year, the Gators found a way to keep their undefeated season alive. I'm thrilled that they won, but that doesn't mean I came out of the game unscathed. These close games are killing me! Just ask Dan - I yelled at the TV today each time the Gators blew a possession. The good news is that next week's game against Florida International isn't televised so, even though I'll be back from DC by then, I won't spend four hours allowing football to raise my blood pressure. Speaking of DC, I'm leaving way too early in the morning to go to the airport so I need to finish packing. I'm going to throw caution to the wind and not take my winter coat with me this time because I don't think it's going to be that cold. My North Face fleece that I bought for our next trip to New Zealand should suffice and my winter coat is a pain to travel with. Here's hoping I don't freeze! Oh yeah - GO GATORS!
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Of all the strange conversations I have with my co-workers, these two really stood out as bizarre. And they both took place this week! The first one is about Voltron and the second one is about lunch. Can you tell we weren't being very productive?

Conversation excerpt #1
Me: I never quite figured out how Voltron walked around on lion's heads for feet.
Co-worker: He's the Defender of the Universe, he can do whatever he wants.

Conversation excerpt #2
Co-worker: Eating is a lot like going to the gym.
Me: I like eating more than working out, but too much eating leads to the need for more workouts. It's a vicious circle.
Co-worker: See, mine's a straight line - nothing but eating.
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Saturday, November 07, 2009
Peter Parker and Paula Deen
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It's another football Saturday and I'm sitting on the couch watching the Florida vs. Vanderbilt game. At the gym this morning I used the remote control in the "Keep Out" drawer to watch the Alabama vs. LSU game while I was working out. Definitely worth it. Having something interesting to watch makes exercise much easier. I wasn't sure who I wanted to win that football game, but I think I'm glad Alabama won (and seeing them struggle was a plus). This will make the SEC championship game with Florida in December more meaningful. It's very likely both teams will be undefeated and the winner (hopefully Florida, of course) will have a huge advantage in the National Championship game. I'm flying back from a business trip in DC the day before the SEC Championship game this year so at least I'll get to watch it. Last year I only got to watch a few minutes in my hotel room because I was working the night shift in DC. Business travel really limited my football watching last year, but this year has been much better so far. GO GATORS!
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
In lieu of a real post (for the record, I don't consider the Windows 7 commercial doesn't a "real" post), here are links to pictures from our Halloween weekend - Halloween Party 10/30/2009 and Disneyland 11/1/09. Enjoy!
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Guess what? I know the girl who plays Summer's imaginary self in the reenactment scene of this Windows 7 commercial. In fact, I used to sing in chorus with her and tutor her in math. Now she's famous and stuff. Don't blink or you'll miss her! You look great, Emily!
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