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Most days work for me. It depends upon when I have things scheduled. Usually I do things in the morning so I'm free most afternoons and evenings.

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I am available with no strings every other Monday approximately. Josh's work has a way of changing schedules just when you think you've got it. And they call him for overtime frequently, too. He can always get the kids by 6:30. So we can bring them or come later if we hit a Monday he is working.

I think the Mondays we don't have kids in April are suppose to be the 8th and 22nd. May it may be the 6th and 20th.


Sorry I can't be more definitive.


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Next Monday is my last Art journal class. I don't believe Polk Museum of Art will be offering any more classes until the fall. I'm looking into taking an ongoing afternoon Thursday acrylic class in Bartow. At this point, we should be able to make a Monday dinner. Tuesday nights are bad for us. Val has meetings twice a month and quite often I'm up before 4 am on Wednesday to do trail work.

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My best night is Monday. That is the only time I can bring Bob (for the most part). Every now and then he is home another evening if there is no Broadway play. And there are always Broadways plays!

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Sorry but we won't be there. :(

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Mike and I plan on being there!

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2/27/19 4:55 P

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In the event that everyone didn't get the email regarding next Tuesday's dinner out, please note:

Tuesday, March 5
6:00 p.m.
The Outback Steakhouse
1203 Townsgate Ct
Plant City, FL 33563
Phone: 813-759-4329

Please email Marsha (Slenderella) if you are planning to attend.



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I have "good news" - "bad news" re our Polk Dinners.

Good news (for me) is that I've signed up for an class, Journaling witn Art and Words" at the Polk Museum. It's an six week class that may continue after that.

Bad news (also for me and for Val) is that the class meets Monday nights from 6 to 9 pm.

I will miss seeing all of you!!!!!! :(

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Where is next Monday dinner? Thanks!

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Actually Jane, my Sneakers are size 11.5 wide. So...they are pretty big! LOL

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Thank you both AND I will so work to be there at the next dinner no matter where it's held at.

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Cyndi, I'm so glad you enjoyed dinner. I did too. I have so much respect for you and all you have done for this team. You have big shoes for me to fill. Only literarily, though. tee-hee.

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We had a wonderful team dinner last night! For December, we will be meeting at Jane's home for a party!

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November Team Dinner is here! I am going to have a big surprise for everyone .. . so don't miss this. Please!

If you can, please reply to this note. So far, I have Bob and Jane, Cyndi and George* (Mike), Marsha and Gary, and I believe Stacy, Jordan, and Audrey.

*The second team dinner I ever went to, I forgot Mike's name. I said, "I apologize, but I can't remember your name." He said, "No problem. I'm George." Since he always smiles, I didn't realize his smile was a sneaky smile. I called him George for a while until Eileen corrected me. He laughed big at that! We always have so much fun.

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OOOOOHHH! Such a great time last night. I made a reservation for 6-10. Ruby Tuesday set up 10 and we filled every chair. Audrey had a meltdown because they had placed a high chair at her place at the table. She cried so hard and loud. . . the insult of it all. Can;t they see she is a BIG girl? The hostess who took our information asked if there were any children. I said 1 ten year old who is as big as a man and a three-year old. HOWEVER, she will have a hissy-fit it you put a high chair out. She will want a regular chair. Can I say, "Told you so." Enough.

Next Team Dinner is:

Monday, November 12 at TooJay's Deli

Mark your calendars now! Don't miss the fun and excitement!

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Tomorrow's Team Dinner is . . . .

Monday, October 8, 6 P.M.
Ruby Tuesday
3635 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33813
Phone for Ruby Tuesday: (863) 701-7829

Please call me if you need additional information. (863) 450-6996
Feel free to bring your +1 person!

See you then. Jane


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10/3/18 2:46 P

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Yes it is. I will send out a reminder email soon. Thanks for the ask!
How is Val? We think about you two so often. Hope he's back to complete health.

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Is next Monday dinner at Ruby Tuesday, the one that is off of South Florida and just north of the Polk Parkway?
Thanks and looking forward to seeing everyone and I hope meeting some new people.
Eileen

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Oh Crystal! I"m so anxious to meet you. Well, I guess it's November or bust! So glad you will be attending with us. We have a great time.

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Good morning!

Thanks Jane for scheduling the dinners for the remainder of the year. I won't be able to attend the October dinner. I am going to Tennessee that weekend, scheduled a while ago, and I won't be back until that Monday night, October 8.

I do plan to be at the November dinner. On my calendar!

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Here are the dates for the rest of the year for team dinners. Mark your calendars! Start your engines! Be there or be square. (Or round, in my case , , , sigh).

October 8, 6:00 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday
November 12, 6:00 p.m. at TooJays Deli
December 3, 6:00 p.m. at Watkins home

More information will be forthcoming as dates come closer to event.

We had such fun last week. Hope you can come next time!

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Jane, I so appreciate your effort on setting up team dinners. When there is a huge group you just set it and whoever can come does, and whoever can't comes the next month. My Lakeland Runners Club works like that. Senior Dance works like that only weekly.

When we have such a small group we try to accommodate everyone and that is so hard.

We now know that Natalie's surgery is scheduled for December 12th. Her mom has told the piano teacher that if the piano recital which is usually on a Monday is on Dec 10th Natalie can participate. It is likely that would have been the date anyway, but we didn't think of that at the dinner. I'm thinking you set the December dinner on that date. I hate for you to change it, especially since I'm not even sure if the piano recital will be that date. But I thought I would let you know of this possible conflict.

Sorry to cause you problems! Love, marsha


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Team dinner last eve did not disappoint on quality of conversation. Small group. Any ideas how to make it more convenient or inviting or whatever it takes to get more participation???


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I'm disappointed as well! Trying to figure out how to be in 2 places at once! LOL

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I'm so disappointed, Crystal, but understand. Sure hope we can come up with a good date and location next month.

When I was "in charge" (only because of Cyndi's absence - I did not embrace the leadership role) I didn't even get around to setting up the dinners. It's hard. Conflicts and schedule changes happen.

I really like getting together as a team. Would love for everyone to meet you, Crystal. You would add a lot of energy and positivity to the group. Jane is a hoot and you would love her! Cyndi has an indominable spirit that has been tested over and over. Eileen has great kayaking tales. Hope for next month.



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Good morning! I have some bad news! My cousin is coming in from California and his football team is playing a game tomorrow in Clermont (across the street from where I work). He arrives today, but it will be too late to see him. On Friday and Saturday, they are going to theme parks and he's leaving on Sunday. Tomorrow is the only time I'd get to see him.

I'm sorry, but I won't make the dinner. I knew he was coming, but he didn't mention going to the theme parks on both Friday and Saturday. I guess with high school football players, you go where they want to go.

Please forgive me! I hope to make the next one! emoticon

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We decided we'll just come late. Gwen can be dropped off at Girl Scouts (Dana will be with Natalie at MRI and Josh will be off work at 6pm so he can pick her up) at 6:15. We'll try 6:10 and see if anyone is there. It is at St Stephens Episcopal church on that Christina Road. Shouldn't take too long to get to Toojay's from there. Be there as soon as we can!


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Jane, Natalie's MRI was rescheduled for Thursday. I need to take Gwen to Girl Scouts at 6:15 on that road south of my house - from Catfish Country to Christina, I keep forgetting its name, I think it is 540A. So, we can come late or we can do it another day. I left you 2 voice mails. Please call. -Marsha


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I’m so sorry that Eileen can’t be there. Cyndi is traveling and is unable to be there as well, which also makes me sad!! Stacy has to work that evening but Dwight will take care of kids. Do I think it is just Marsha, Crystal and me plus the guys. Six in all, so small group! But if will be nice to share together.

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Darn, darn, and darn.
I'm leaving next Thursday, Sept. 6th. for a camping & hiking trip with others from FTA. Val's not going. I won't be back until after Tues. Sept. 18th. Besides getting ready for trip, need to work on FTA activities. I'll be bringing my laptop and working on them also while away and maybe when I get home.
I'll have to connect with group in October. emoticon

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I'll be there! Hope to have hubby in tow!

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So it looks like Thursday, Sept. 6 will work for all of us but I haven't heard from Cyndi. I will contact her via email. Not sure if Stacy is working or not, but Dwight is off so I don't need to bring kids.
BTW, the most difficult one now is Audrey! She is sooooo busy . . . and talks a blue streak. She is a joy anyway and plays on my phone when we eat out with her, but I will enjoy my time more without babysitting!

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Hello!

Either Thursday would be good for me! TooJay's is good for me. I've never been there so it will be a first for me. I'll try to bring hubby along if he's not traveling.

I can't wait to meet all of you!

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Darn, darn, and darn.
I'm leaving next Thursday, Sept. 6th. for a camping & hiking trip with others from FTA. Val's not going. I won't be back until after Tues. Sept. 18th. Besides getting ready for trip, need to work on FTA activities. I'll be bringing my laptop and working on them also while away and maybe when I get home.
I'll have to connect with group in October. emoticon

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We could do either Thursday with no problem.

On Wednesdays we go to square dance lessons in Plant City at 7pm. I would say we could go earlier, but I don't know DD/DSIL work schedule for those dates yet so don't know what time we give the kids back. So Wednesday doesn't really work for us.

The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays are Button and Bows Square Dance, but it doesn't start until 7pm at the Magnolia Building and doesn't really get started until 7:30, so we could make that one work, just couldn't hang around and I would come dressed in silly crinolines, but I bet no one would object.

We love TooJay's, but are quite willing to try any place!

Thanks for taking up this task.

If it helps you, bring Audrey. She is adorable. I know you get to relax and eat and socialize better if she doesn't come, so if you have a choice you may want to consider that! Jordan, no problem. I'm absolutely open to kids. We used to have some member who didn't want kids at our SparkTeam dinners.



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So let's do this! I know we all want to meet Crystal . . . and I do so wish that we could get together with Donna too. Susan, I'm sorry but the restaurants between where you live and where we live is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. So we will have to miss you next month.

How about we meet at TooJays Deli? It is right off I-4 (sort of behind Target) so might be more accessible to Cyndi and Crystal rather than going "deeper" into Lakeland. Also, Fords Garage is just off I-4 at Exit 32 (new place also sort of behind the other Target!). I've been to Ford's and it is $$$ and loud, but food is good, although burgerish. TooJays is a little more $$ and quieter, so maybe better for fellowship together. Thoughts?

Assume all dinners begin at 6 p.m. Please let me know your choice for place to eat and which of these days will work:

Wednesday, September 5
Thursday, September 6
Tuesday, September 11
Wednesday September 12
Thursday, September 13

I can go to any of the above as well as Bob since he is on vaca until September 16. Spouses are always welcome or significant others, sisters, brothers, and the occasional well-behaved child (which allows one of my two grands, but not the other . . . guess who?).

Please respond with your votes:

1. Dates I am available
2. Place I prefer
3. Best behaved grandchild, Jordan, 9 or Audrey, 3 (vote optional for this one!) (lol)


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Oh Crystal! I'm soo excited to meet you. My hubby works a lot of evenings, so it is hard to get him out lately. He works at the Straz complex in Tampa . . . so if there is a big Broadway play, etc. (opera, symphony and so on) he works.

Since you are willing to drive to Lakeland, maybe we can meet somewhere just off I-4. I'll consult with Cyndi. She did this for years . . . I gotta get the hang of it!

Later! Jane

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I'm baaaccckkk! Vacation as great, but glad to be home again!

I have no problem driving to Lakeland or Plant City. There's not much in Davenport around where I live, but Winter Haven is good also. Just let me know where.

My hubby is traveling, so I'll bring him if he's in town. If not, it will be just little ole me! :)

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So I think I will throw a few dates out there in late August or early September to see what works. I hope to get a time and place that works for Crystal and that handsome husand on her web page.

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Yeah! Spark dinners again. I'm fine whereever you want to do them. Rest of August is looking good for me. I'm not leaving town until mid September.
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PS Val has missed dinners also. And I've missed seeing you Jane.

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You just go ahead and set it up. Gary loves the Spark dinners, so we'll come if we can. Oh, I love them, too. Right now we have square dance lesson every Wednesday evening in Plant City at 7pm and square dance in Lakeland every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 7pm. If I said east, I meant west, thinking of Mike and Cyndi. I'm directionally challenged sometimes. Do read "chat" and realize there will be times I won't be available due to caring for Natalie, but it isn't scheduled yet.

We never did get a definite day of the week. Usually it was Wednesday or Thursday. We kept changing it based on schedules.

Are you sure you want to do Christmas? If so, great. I admire someone willing to do that, but definitely too too too stressful for me!


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Agree with you, Marsha. I think Crystal lives in Davenport . . . but can't remember? Going east a bit would probably work well for Val and Eileen, but not so much for Cyndi and Mike. If we could find something on I4=ish? Stacy and I tried the new Ford's Garage right off I=4 in that new area behind Target. It has everything from salads to burgers. I would say prices are moderate . . . i.e. a burger and fries are maybe $10-12? Food was good, but it is noisy. Super casual atmosphere. i think once you get past Exit 33, there's not much that I am aware of for quite a while. The Applebee's off exit 33 is an option . . . and there is also a Cracker Barrel there.

I'm planning to host a Christmas party again at my doma . . . that will get my buns moving on decorating on time!

So we need to plan August (if not too late), September, October, November and pick a date for Christmas party. I forget what the former rhythm was . . . second Wednesday or some such? Do we still want to do that? I know that Val and Eileen are busy busy people as well. Not sure when they will be back in town . . . but sounds like they are gone for a while. Crystal is gone for two weeks, and i really want to meet her and hubby.

Thoughts? Y'all please answer if you read this.

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Gary is quite willing to drive for a team dinner. He loves to eat out and has really enjoyed meeting the Spark husbands.

Sometimes we have grandkids as late as 6:30pm now that DD is working at Watson Clinic spa. Wish I could tell you which days a week she works late, but it isn't set yet. Her hubby is on a 2 week schedule so one week it is Mon-Thurs-Fri and the next week it is Tues-Wed. So scheduling is a bit difficult but we'll do the best we can. When he is working he picks up the girls around 6:20pm. We can always come late.

I'm not so good at driving. I don't want to drive myself to Orlando or Tampa, but during the day if you are doing women's lunch, I'll go any place in Polk County or Plant City. But my first choice would be dinners that include my DH.


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Yes, Crystal! We will make that happen. The next thing I need to do is get the group together. How far would you be willing to drive to come to dinner. We all bring our guys, if they are available . . . so we would love to see both of you, if that's your hearts desire!

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Good morning,

Jane mentioned on my blog about a Team Dinner. I'd love to meet you guys! I met Marsha and it was wonderful.

I'm out of town started next week for 2 weeks, but perhaps the end of August or beginning of September???

Just wanted to throw that idea out there!

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Great, thanks! I got to worrying tonight that we might have missed it --


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Our next team dinner will be on August 9th at Dwayne's Place on S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland. We hope to see you there!

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Once I feel better, I would be willing to meet you too.

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LNSYLOU, we haven't done a lunch, but we could. Or I could just meet you to "do lunch" one day. I prefer driving in daylight myself, but hubby and I do go out in the evenings.


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Are the team dinners ever for daytime hours?

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Our next team dinner will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017, 6pm, at the Red Elephant located on S. Florida Ave., in Lakeland. We hope to see you there!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 6pm we will gather at Toojays Deli. Toojays is located across Harden Blvd. from Lakeside Village, in the Publix Shopping Center strip mall. We hope to see you there!

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