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5/22/15 11:04 A

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Hello, my name is Amanda! I am a born and raised Topekan. I have a lot of extra-ness to lose and I have began to give it ANOTHER go. Hope to meet some good supporters and friends this time :D

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Hi everyone! My name is Holly and I'm returning to SparkPeople after being gone for a while. My goals seem simple to a lot of people, but they seem daunting to me when it comes to actually working towards them - get off my medication for diabetes, high blood pressure and depression and actually live and enjoy my life. I need SparkPeople for the accountability and sharing my goals and struggles with others in similar situations. It's good to be back.

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5/12/13 9:46 A

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MAFINNEY welcome back to Spark! I'd dare say just rejoining and posting is a great first step...every little bit counts right?!!

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5/5/13 9:04 P

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I just rejoined spark a few minutes ago. Seriously had an A-ha moment after eating a box of Kraft mac and cheese. I lost 25lbs or so via this site about 5 years ago. I just recently ended a toxic relationship (he was an alcoholic and I think I gained 5 lbs every time he got drunk!) My heaviest came in January when I hit 310. I'm somewhere between 295-300 at the moment. I'm 45 and struggle with chronic knee pain that limits my activity. I also just LOVE food and snacking is all too readily available when I am working, at home, or driving past a Sonic. Soda, cookies and mozzarella sticks have become my staple diet in the last few months. My weight is causing serious issues for my 16yo daughter. She is always told that she is a mini me and she is terrified that she will end up fat (she is 5 ft 8 and a size 5). She is also terrified that I am going to drop dead. Despite having wonderful insurance, I am not really going to the Dr. I am scared of what they will tell me! (If anyone can suggest a DR, I'd welcome it!)
So, I'm looking for support and accountability. It's time to take pride in myself!

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3/12/13 10:24 A

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Hi everyone! I'm Marcie and just joined sparkpeople! Glad to see there are people in the Topeka area wanting to lose weight as well :)... I'm 35 yrs old have lost 32 lbs so far on my own and wanting the added support of community... I was on Biggestloser.com but their free membership is soon expiring so here i am! I hope to get to know all of you better :)

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2/1/13 8:22 P

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Hi everyone! I am Micaela and I am unhealthy:) I am 31 years old and have lived in Topeka for almost 6 years now. I am originally from Indiana, but I spent some time living on the West Coast, too. I moved here in 2007 to change my life and I did, just not in the way I expected. I met my husband:) I work at one of the local hospitals here and really enjoy my job. I have a free membership to the YWCA through my job and I really need to start going, but I HAVE NO MOTIVATION. I really need to stop making excuses and get my booty in gear. I have high cholesterol and am the heaviest I have ever been. Do any of you go to the YWCA? Anyway...glad I found this group. Take care.

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6/27/12 4:53 A

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Hi, I'm Marc, I have lived in Topeka most of my life, and have been with Spark People since the beginning of the year. And it wasn't just a New Years resolution that fizzles a week after, but the start of a lifetime commitment to weight loss and health. I've gotten several compliments already on my weight loss and new appearance, and wouldn't want to go back to the way I was for anything.

Don't give up!

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4/28/12 9:52 P

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I'm glad the class went well. How much do those classes cost? I helped my sister move all day so I can already tell I will be sore tomorrow! Guess its a good workout though.

The walk starts at 6pm. Registration begins at 5pm. If you are able to go you can join a team and if you aren't able to go you can sponsor someone if you'd like as well. The site is www.marchforbabies.org I can tell you my site if you want to join

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4/28/12 1:33 P

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So i went to the hip hop class this morning. I thought it was pretty good to get your body up and going. If you like a booty shaking kind of class it is pretty dang good. They also do things like the cupid shuffle and such as well if you are familiar with that.

What time is the march of dimes walk next friday just out of curiosity. I most likely will be at work but i thought i would ask just so i know.




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4/27/12 2:19 A

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Well, I am no where close to what you are doing. I just walk and am starting to run again. I did do weights 3x a week but haven't been to the YMCA a lot. Hopefully I can get up there more often and start back! All the classes there are free and I want to try spin!

You'll have to let me know how the hip hop class goes! Where I am originally from we have a woman who teaches turbo, hip hop hustle, boot camp, and something else I believe! Always looked like fun just never went.

There is a March for Babies or March of Dimes next Friday at the Zoo. It's not timed or anything it's just a march/walk to raise money for premature babies and their care. Just wanted to let ky know. I didn't know until a few days ago it was going on!

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4/26/12 2:52 P

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I go to the wood valley maximus. I have really gotten into running so i run either on the treadmills or outside with my dog I shoot for at least 3 miles 3 times a week. I also really enjoy Zumba. I go to classes on tuesdays and thursdays. I am looking at doing a hip hop class on sat mornings as well, this week will be my first time going to the hip hop class. How about you. What do you do?




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4/26/12 12:34 A

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Welcome!! What kind of exercise do you do in Topeka? I did go to the Southwest YMCA but not anymore! Good luck!!!

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4/25/12 11:55 P

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Hi all! im not even sure when I joined this sparkteam, I have lived in Topeka for a year now. But I don't think I have even taken the time to introduce myself. I grew up in Michigan, Moved to Oregon, and then because of my boyfriend I moved to Kansas. We lived in Lawrence for a year and now we reside here in Topeka. I am 27 yrs old. I am still just about 20 lbs away from my first goal. I love to listen, motivate, and be motivated! I have been a member of sparkpeople for a couple of years now. Hope to hear from you all soon!




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4/14/12 12:23 P

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I am new to Sparkpeople. I actually joined last night. I was fit and active in high school but let health go somewhere along the way. Almost 6 years after graduating I am ready to get back in shape. I have a long way to go but hope by joining this group I will stay motivated and on track!

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4/12/11 5:17 P

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I'm new to the group, not as new to spark people, been here off and on, struggled with my weight my whole life. I'm 33, engaged mother of 2 little boys, i work full time and working on my master's degree. I was so happy to see a Topeka group but seems like its been pretty quite, I'd love to interact with fellow T towners who are trying to loose weight its hard and there is definatly strength in numbers, my fiance also just joined we are working on loosing weight together, good to be here :)

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1/29/11 11:25 P

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I'm a new member in Topeka. I'm 30 and I hate spark meal plans because I am allergic to spinach.

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1/27/11 6:09 P

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Hi All,
I am new to Spark as well. A friend recommended this site to me. I'm excited because I will use anything that is motivational, encouraging and effective to help me get to my weight loss goals and healthy lifestyle. Im looking forward to meeting new friends.

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hi im katie im new to this site and new to topeka so far am loving both

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6/28/10 11:25 A

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I've been on Spark for a while, but I am still figuring everything out and getting active with the Team's feature for support. I was reading past posts and noticed some mention of meetings? Does this team hold meetings, and if so when/where? I would definitely be interested in attending. I am trying to find motivated people who are striving to live a healthy/active lifestyle in this area. Its so much easier to reach a goal when you feel like you're not alone.

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I did not know how many of you cared about my Mom. She is having trouble with her lungs and GI Track. She misses you all and hopes to be back soon.
Her daughter Mary

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I live in Topeka, KS.

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6/4/10 7:33 A

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hello, I am fairly new to sparkpeople; I live near topeka

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6/2/10 8:55 P

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I hope I am doing this right. Mom told me to click on the first topic on each team and then to click on the reply button. She is to sick to continue with SPARKS.
Mary

I am not alone God is with me in this and all endeavors I take.

I live in Topeka, KS.

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Welcome again and if you are interested we are having a book discussion on "The Spark" April 20th at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 1515 SW 10th Ave at 6:30pm. Seeing how you have already read the book thought you and others might like to attend if you have time.



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3/24/10 11:57 A

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Hello everyone,
I just moved to the area from upstate NY and couldn't be happier emoticon I've been with spark for a couple of years and have had my ups and downs with weight loss, but I am looking to lose as much as possible to get myself healthier. Look forward to meeting new people and sharing my journey with others along with learning some new things.

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emoticon just sent you a Sparkmail.



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2/24/10 5:28 P

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Hi everyone. My name is Peggy. I joined Spark People on January 15th. I had been ignoring health issues for some time, but I finally decided that it was time to actively do something about it.

A good friend referred me to this site, and I was very impressed. I just decided today to see if there were any groups for Topekans to unite.

I have been having ups and downs on this journey, but my eating habits are so much better than they were before I joined.

I hope to become more acquainted with many of you, so we can encourage each other in our goals for a healthy, enjoyable life!



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2/24/10 6:09 A

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emoticon and emoticon to you both!



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Thank you and welome to Spark People Eileen

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2/23/10 9:57 P

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Hello Pam - welcome. I have only been with SparkPeople 1.5 weeks and I really like the tracking. It helps me to stay focused.

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Thank You so much!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Hello and Welcome to the Team!!!!



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Hello everyone! My name is Pam I'm 44yrs old! I joined Spark people in Jan. I was online looking for a website to help me understand how add & subtract calories since I was hungry all day long since I started my diet 1-8-10 and I click on Spark people by accident! Boy I'm glad I did It so changed my life! emoticon

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2/22/10 2:32 P

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Bionic woman, sounds interesting! So what do you think of the book?



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2/22/10 2:12 P

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I am new to the team. I am from Emporia. I am team leader, but the team has been struggling to grow in members. There are only 3 of us active. I thought I would join your team also since we are so close.

Sometimes you might not hear from me for a little bit, but I have some eye surgery coming up this Friday and then knee surgery coming up on March 16th. When they get done with me I will be the bionic woman.lol Nice to be a member of your team and look forward to the posts.

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Welcome and look forward to talking with you. Doing a book talk on "The Spark" at the library March 20th if you are interested.

Welcome,

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Hello---New to Spark People as of Saturday. So far really liking it. I have setup my Spark Page and will try to be loyal to posting.

Anxious to hear from a few of you.

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sunflowerstriders.org/ is the one I know of and then go to the Great Plains Running company at 29th and Wanamaker.



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8/10/09 9:28 P

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Are there any running clubs here in Topeka? I just moved from KC and have lost my jogging buddies. I'm just at beginners level.

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6/28/09 12:29 A

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Very fun Greg!! Love your family!!

Vicki
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YES!



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Big day today for all Sparks. Se you all at Via's tonight!!

Vicki
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Will do and see you tomorrow!



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6/26/09 12:01 P

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My son's surgery went as well as can be expected. He is home but in tremendous pain. Please keep him in your prayers.

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Hope all went well and continues to do so!



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6/25/09 4:18 P

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Great!! Looking forward to it.

My son had back surgery in KC yesterday so I just got back.

Vicki
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THANKS! And HeatherHusker will be there as well with her family.




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6/24/09 2:43 A

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I hope Sat night happens. Greg said if it does it would probably be my family and his. Not too exciting but he seems like a very nice guy and it would be great to meet his family.

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It was fun meeting everyone last night. I hope you have fun Saturday night also.
Candy

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I live in Topeka, KS.

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Candy so glad you are back. Remember we are here for you. You have had a tough year.

Hope to see you tonight!!

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I am sorry that I have not been ont he boards. I got a little down and needed to take time for myself. Also the landlord wanted me to rearrange the apartment and get the uncompleted projects done. I am not going to read all the back posts, just starting as if a new person on SPARKS.
Candy

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I live in Topeka, KS.

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I would love to go see Grandma Layton's works if you find out where they are. Maybe we could go together if they are close by. emoticon Vicki

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I thought she was from Kansas, that is why I think her work is probably somewhere in Kansas. They may even be at one of the colleges. I will find out Monday when we go to the center.
Candy

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I live in Topeka, KS.

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Candy, You are correct it was Grandma Moses whose art museum and work we saw. There are some similarities as they both became artists at an advanced age. I just read that Grandma Layton lived in Wellsville, KS.

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I don't know where Grandma Layton's artwork is at. I think what your son saw was Grandma Moses, I think her work is somewhere back East. I will try to find out where Grandma Layton's artwork is.
Candy

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I live in Topeka, KS.

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Candy, Please let me know when you find out the dates and location. I would love to come see them. I have some of Grandma Layton's books and pictures. If I'm thinking correctly there is a museum my son went to see of her works in Bennington, Vermont. (He was thinking of goingto College there 5 years ago) Now as I'm thinking I can't remember if that was Grandma Layton or Grandma Moses. But I know it was amazing.

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Gary is the better artist, you would buy his work. I am just an amture, don't get me wrong I am very proud of my work and some of it is very good, I am not an artist. In October and sometimes it runs through November the mental health community put on a art show to honor Grandma Latyon. Grandma Latyon had depression for years and in her 80's she started painting. She was very very good and sold her work all over the place. I don't know where we are going to have it this year, that will not be known until June or July. We have to have our work in by the first part of August. It is a juried art show, and we know by the end of August who was picked for the show. Then we have until the end of September to get are work framed and turned in.
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4/16/09 10:50 P

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What art show? I'd love to see your work!! emoticon

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I am going to Hobby Lobby and get the rest of my painting supplies so that I can start my painting for the art show.
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I don't know if I mentioned this but my daughter has a double whammy against her. Both my dad and her father's mother died from lung cancer. I can't control what they do but I will still keep saying something as long as the grandkids are affected by it. They are just too lazy to go outside. I'm glad Gary is considerate enough to always smoke outside.

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I know what you mean. Several years ago Dad was in the hospital and he didn't know my name. It was because Dad smoked for years, he quit when I was in high school. He still got emphasima(I don't spell very well) even though he quit all those years ago.
Gary was with me when I went to see Dad and he still has not quit. He does smoke outside, which helps me with my asthma.
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I live in Topeka, KS.

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Thanks Candy. Unfortunately it seems like it goes in one ear and out the other. When Ed and I went to San Diego in Feb I took a picture of a warning sign. California is smoke free. It said something like this area contains chemicals known by California to cause cancer and birth defects (Tobacco Smoke) I enlarged it an taped it to my daughters wall. It was still there last weekend but I still smell smoke everytime I go in.

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I cannot walk more than 4 block without being winded from asthma. If they keep it up they may find themseves with kids having asthma so bad they can't do anything like kids their age does. That is what gave me trouble before research showed what second hand smoke does to kids lungs. You have my permission to tell theem about me if you think it will help.
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I live in Topeka, KS.

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Oh I love Little Debbie Snack cakes but you are right they are full of sugar. At least he smokes outside. My daughter and son-in-law smoke in the house and my grandson's smell like they have been smoking when I pick them up. I keep telling them that all that smoke is getting into their little lungs. They keep saying "we know, we know" but they still won't go outside. Really burns me up.

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Gary does even worse to me, he is a diabetic also and thinks that Little Debbie Snack Cakes are the bread group. I keep telling him that one of these days he will find himself on insulin. Does he listen to me, NO HE DOES NOT. I make him keep them on the back sunporch where he smokes. Yes, I know he needs to stop that also. He will when he is ready to quit.
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I live in Topeka, KS.

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I do answer the email threads I am interested in. I am on too many threads now and trying to trim down to the ones I really enjoy, like chatting with you.
Yesterday we had lunch at my BIL and then dinner at MIL. I really did pretty good at not over eating. I bought a lot of candy last week for our 3 kids, 2 spouses and 2 grandsons and gave it all away. My husband was moaning because I didn't save any for us. I said I did not need it sitting around or I would have eaten it and do not need it.

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I know what you mean by all the emails from SPARKS. Most of them I feel should have been not new posts, they should have been put on the general chat thread. I only answer them once and when they come back around a second time I deleat them without opening them again.
How did you survive yesterday?
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I live in Topeka, KS.

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