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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday & a request.

I'm thankful that yesterday, while I was on the way to have a little park & picnic time with Eme, I happened to call my sweet sister-in-law, Kesh. We were chatting & she mentioned she was at a pool, with some friends, and then invited us to come. Instead of getting inside my head about the logistics, and that I'd have to turn around and go home to get our suits, and blah blah...I decided to go. 'Cuz what the heck. I'm glad we did. We had a good time, and I love me some pool time.

I'm thankful that I made it 2.5 days without caffeine. But I cracked. And yesterday afternoon I had a Coke Zero. I mean, still...2.5 days? That wasn't horrible. It could have been worse. I'm still not drinking coffee, for now...and Declan has joined me. This is something personal we're working on and has absolutely nothingggg to do with being pregnant (because I'm NOT), or trying to have a baby (because, we're NOT), as is the rumor on the street, yo. That's not the case. It's just a personal decision for a few weeks, anyway.

I'm thankful that today I'm off with my hubby on a day-trip. Despite it being for work purposes, it's still kind of fun to, you know, talk in the car on a long ride and such. So I'll savor the time with him. I'm also thankful that my momma is willing to spend the whole day taking good care of Emeline for us.

Oh, and I'm thankful for a husband who will gladly run to three stores the night before our trip, with a past-bedtime baby in tow to help me find a pair of khaki's that fit. I mean, going through my closet and throwing out practically everything has it's perks, right? So, a new pair of pants were in order.

Lastly, but not least(ly?)--I'm thankful for all of you. ::cue sappy music:: No, really. Thanks for all your sweet words, for your encouraging emails & comments, and for, well--just being around. You are pretty much awesome. So, on that note--if you haven't introduced yourself yet, why don't you take the chance to? Besides, lurkers are...well...creepy.

Tell me something good. Like, what's the weirdest food you ever ate? (I've eaten bull's testicles before. No lie. And don't judge me. I was tricked into it, and it was only a bite.) Or, what kind of thing sends you into a fit of paranoia? (I pretty much hyperventilate when I leave the house without my phone b/c I panic the worst will happen & I'll NEED IT.) Or, what's one thing you could absolutely, NEVER, ever give up? (Declan's answer is he could never give up his shower. Is it pathetic that I'd gladly give up the shower? Don't answer that.) 


Or you could just tell me why you read. And that'd be cool too.

Anyway. Go ahead. Say hi. :)

54 comments:

  1. I ate a piece of bologna. At least it was a meat that was just like it. Just wait.... it was floating in vinegar with swiss cheese crumbled on it. It was disgusting. Needless to say, I was in Germany and I don't speak German. I just ordered something of the menu. Never again!

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  2. I have NO idea how I came across your blog but I love it! Your sweet little girl is adorable and you always write about fun things that get me thinking! I have a 9 month old and reading your stories about you and your daughter give me insight into what's in store for me when my girl grows up!!!

    HMM - something I'd never give up - time with my girl!

    Thanks for letting us read :)

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  3. I came across your blog through another blog, which was through another blog, etc. I love reading about your life with your little girl. It reminds me of when my 2 year old was Eme's age and what I can look forward to with my 5 month old.

    I guess the weirdest thing I've ever eaten is cow tongue. It's a common dish in Mexican cuisine. My grandmother used to make it and I used to tear it UP. Then my dad told me what it was and it ruined me.

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  4. I also have no idea how I found your blog but I just love love LOVE your amazming photos and inspiring weight loss. Thanks for sharing your life and thoughts with us lurkers ;-)

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  5. I kind of lurk, kind of not...I follow you here & on twitter :) I am the different sort of reader as I don't have kids, yet, but I love the way you write, your realness & the pics of sweet sweet Eme :)
    I have food issues so good luck getting me to eat "weird" things lol but was tricked into eating curried duck!
    Oh, & I loved the lollipop pics :)

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  6. I don't think that I have *technically* introduced myself... even though I may have commented here or there. I've been reading your blog from around the time Eme was born. I stumbled upon it just blog clicking and I've loved it here ever since... it is seriously one of my daily reads. You have the cutest family and I love watching Eme grow up (is that creepy cuz I feel like after typing that it is) but seriously, I love your pictures of her and she is just so happy all the time it makes me smile! Heck it's even given me baby fever!
    So, yeah, that's me... Kim, from Kentucky!

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  7. I've been following your blog for months and commented here & there. I saw it on Megans feed. (In this Wonderful Life)

    I read because I love reading what other mama's have to say about "Mommyhood". My twins are 1 month behind Eme & I love reading their similarities. I'm a Twitter follower now! :-)

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  8. I found your blog through Megan @ It's a Wonderful Life! I've really enjoyed following along with you and your sweet family!

    Oddest thing I've ever eaten probably really isn't that odd, but I did actually eat frog legs for the very first time last night!

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  9. What a great hubby you have! And yes that's a fantastic problem ;)

    btw: I can NOT live without chapstick or lip gloss--but it can't be sticky. I am a chapstick addict. And I don't care! :)

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  10. I'm a relatively new reader to your blog! I love photography too and love seeing all of your beautiful pictures!

    Weirdest thing I've ever eaten is probably shark or alligator - but I don't really think either of those are that weird!

    I could never give up my phone. I am way too addicted to FB, blogging, twitter, email - all things that I need my phone to do all the time!

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  11. Hi Katie!

    I found your blog when I was pregnant with my 6 month old and enjoyed reading about all your advice, experiences, etc. with a new baby. I also have to thank you for being so open and honest about your breastfeeding experience as it is helping me with mine!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I also found your blog through Megan's. I love to read because you are real and write about real life. I love the pics of Eme, she is just too cute. I have an almost three year old little boy that is so much fun at this age. I wish you all the best. I do not eat weird things, if I can help it!

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  13. We have chatted before but I just thought it would be fun to tell you something about me like the weirdest thing I have ever eaten (alligator..it was fried and my brother talked me into trying it...YUCK!!), or what I couldn't go without in life(I am with Declan and have to say a shower, I can go a few days...did I just admit that, but not too long without one. I mean you do learn to cope without showers with a baby around), or something that sends me into a fit of paranoia (me alone at home with Noah when it is storming really bad. ). And just wanted to say congrats on the wt loss. You are an inspiration to me and I am hoping one day I can get my butt in gear and start losing some LBS myself Have a gr8 day Katie!! :D

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  14. I've always loved your honestly in your posts, no matter what it's about.

    The weirdest thing I've ever eaten would probably be oxtail. My Oma was from Dutch Indonesia and oxtail soup was a common food. I just grew up with it and I didn't know it was weird until like high school lol.

    Like you, I get knots in my stomach when I think I've forgotten my phone or when I can't find my wallet. I get frantic. (*or the thought of zombies**cough**cough*)

    The one thing I could never give up (other than my little girl of course)? Email! I moved almost 2000 miles away from all my family and most of my friends. It's the easiest/cheapest way to stay in touch. Long distance phone calls to another country get expensive. Ugghh.

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  15. Kuddos on the now coffee! You are stronger than me. I love my morning coffee too! My little guy is two months and I finally am able to drink it again! Yay to the Yay!

    Weirdest food I have ever ate would have to be octupus at a greek restaurant. It was good though, ha!

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  16. I don't comment a whole bunch but chime in every now and then. :) And you did my blog layout - which I may be due for some editing soon. New pictures and such. :)

    No idea for weirdest thing I've ever eaten. As for a fit of paranoia - that would be if my dad or brother has any health problems or aren't feeling good. My brother had leukemia when he was a teenager and has been in remission but it can always come back, and for a previous cancer patient, odds on it coming back are high. As for my dad, he is the owner of 7 stints after having 2 heart attacks and anything off scares me. I don't think I could EVER give up my phone. I need a way to communicate with family or my husband when they aren't around. Caffeine would be hard to. How much can you have while pregnant? I'm gonna need to know that soon. lol

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  17. I stumbled on your blog while browsing through others one day. I have been reading ever since. I love reading about your little girl and it makes me anticipate when my little girl becomes that age!

    I also have gone back and read your early post and love the advice. My little girl will be here in late August or early September. (crossing my fingers for late August)

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  18. the weirdest thing i've eaten- cow heart and cow tongue. my neighbor's always had cows while i was growing up & my parents would buy half of a butchered cow every year. one year my dad decided to buy the heart & tongue... and made us try it :(

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  19. I too am not sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but glad that I did. Weirdest thing ever eaten: Kenya/2006/giraffe. It tasted like chicken. no joke. Fit of paranoia: We have audits of our cases (I am a social worker) and anytime we have one coming up I freak for about 3 days before and after. I could never give up sitting in my front porch rocking chair, watching my son run around the yard while I sip on a cool glass of wine after a long day at work. (and ditto on the diet coke problem)

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  20. Yay for day trips!!

    And this doesn't make me paranoid, but one thing that FREAKS ME OUT is when people hold napkins in their hands and make them squeak. If someone is sitting at the same table as me and they're just chilling, with their paper napkin balled up in their hand, I have to ask them to put it down. The sound is like nails on a chalkboard - it makes my entire body break out in goose bumps. I don't touch napkins unless my hands are wet first (like paper towels). Otherwise, I'll just wait until I finish eating & wash my hands. We used to have an exchange student who didn't like me at all and would stand behind me, holding a napkin up to my ear & rubbing it just to get a reaction out of me. I know, I'm weird!

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  21. I'm the worst backseat driver. I'm paranoid any time someone other than me drives. I scream at every car I think they don't see and I totally try to break with the imaginary break on the passenger side of the car!

    And can't remember when I started reading your blog but it's always cute and high-larious!

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  22. Hi Katie, I'm not sure how I came across your blog but I have been reading for a few months now. You have such a positive attitude and I love seeing your pictures. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    I too have given up caffeine and went through the awful headaches and then last night broke down and had a diet pepsi. sigh. Oh well, today is a new day. :)

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  23. I have definitely had bull testicles before...we call them Rocky Mountain Oysters (don't know why) but my husband's family eats them all the time. I think they're disgusting.

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  24. I'm a new reader. Found your blog... hmm... can't remember. Someone fabulous sent me this way I'm certain.

    The strangest thing I've ever eaten was Ostrich. Which, in itself, is probably not that weird or even awe-inspiring. But for me.. it was a stretch at the age of 19.

    A fit of paranoia? My health. If my head hurts, it's a tumor. If my heart is fluttering, I have heart disease or am about to have a heart attack. Self diagnosed Hypochondriac!

    Cold turkey on the caffeine is a killer to the head!! Poor girl. At least it's not a tumor :) But, I think you will be better off weaning yourself if that's possible. Start with one soda a day. Then drink half a can a day and so on and so forth. It seems to help your system come away from it better.

    Good luck hon!
    Cami

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  25. Um.. I'm obviously not 19 anymore. 36, 3 kiddos and proud. :) Not eating ostrich anymore.

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  26. Hi Katie! I don't comment often (so sorry about that), but I read everyday and we tweet. Just wanted to shout out a big ol' hello! Oh, and I ate a termite once...on my honeymoon. My husband has never looked at me the same. :)

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  27. I found your blog through a friend that blogstalks with me at work. I am kidding, sorta. I just think your writing is great and I was hooked the first time. I have five kiddos myself, they are all much bigger than yours now. The youngest is almost 9. You have a beautiful family and I enjoy reading your lovely blog.

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  28. I love your blog! Your daughter is beautiful and I love hearing your updates. I have baby fever, but the husband wants to wait a bit. I'm not sure if your blog helps or makes it worse... your mother-daughter stories are so precious, and make me want a baby even more :)

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  29. Clearly, I'm not a lurker. I *think* I sent a follow request for you on Twitter (BlueEyes825).... If not, I will.

    Anyway, I'm a picky eater and have no problem "not liking it even if I haven't tried it." So, there's nothing too out there in that department.

    I get paranoid about my alarm clock. I'll check about three times to make sure it's set. And, I have a back-up alarm clock, lol.

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  30. Weirdest Food ever? I've eaten Kangaroo and shark while I was in Australia, and in Morocco I ate something I have still not identified. It could have been as mundane as lamb, or as weird as your imagination can make it....I'll never know!

    Paranoid: I work in insurance,I'm a claims adjuster for homeowners claims so *anything* I see around the house that I don't remember seeing before suddenly makes me think we have water damage, bug or pest invasions or anything else that wouldn't be covered under our policy!

    I'd never give up: my nights with my girls. I have 3 really good girlfriends and we try to get together at least 2x a month w out our significant others to just drink some wine and catch up. We've joked that we can see this evolving in a few years as we start to have kids etc to sparkling grape juice and catching up but we all really value the time to just be *girls*. Not wives, girlfriends, teachers, claim adjusters or nurses etc.

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  31. Sorry I'm a lurker! But in my defense, I read on my phone through reader, and its not super convenient to comment :( But I love your blog and I've been reading for sometime so I decided to say hi! Hi! I read because I love your crafty ideas, and your baby girl is super cute! I have a 18 Mon old baby girl, so I like to see what other babies her age are up to :) p.s also love her name!

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  32. I found your blog through La Buena Vida and I look forward to your new posts.

    Weirdest thing I've ever ate? Fried conch. Ate it like you'd eat a chicken sandwich from a restaurant. On a bun with lettuce and mayo. It was really good.

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  33. Hi I'm danielle and I love following you b/c you are so creative and have such a fun and honest blog! love it and watching Eme grow up, so adorable!!!

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  34. I've been reading for a couple of months... I think I came across your blog because a blog I followed did a SMS.
    The weirdest thing I ever ate was Gator Tail... it's probably not weird for Southerners, but I live in Ohio.. so it's weird.. but kind of good! :)

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  35. Hi! I've been reading for a few months after seeing a link on another blog. I love your weight loss posts and how open and honest you are. Eme is so precious. I'm a new mommy to a 9 month old baby boy. : )

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  36. fun!

    soo... i love trying new food, but i guess i dont encounter "weird" stuff that often. i ate a jamaican breakfast once. with greens that resembled spinach and a dough ball that had to have weighed two pound. the waiter told me i wouldnt be hungry till that afternoon. and he was right.

    paranoia? tornado warnings. ive been in pa 8 years and i still dont think im used to them. i with gather all 3 cats, photo albums (necessities) and know exactly where everyone is and the order to grab them when we have to hide in the bathroom.

    never give up? i have a blankie from my childhood. it's literally my security blanket. it currently resides under my mattress and if im having a bad day, it makes an appearance. but that's a secret. so dont tell anyone. :)

    and why do i read your blog? because you're real. i like that and live my life the same way. i like to pretend that we could be friends irl (does that sound creepy stalkerish?! i dont want it to be.) im pretty friendless since i left nj. moved out here, met the Mr, my family all followed me out here so that's all i need. MrB, his family, my family.

    buuuut now i need "mom" friends. since that's a new chapter for me. i like to be reminded im not crazy.

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  37. OK, here goes. The weirdest food I've eaten would probably be poi in Hawaii. It's really not that weird, but it's a strange purple-colored paste and was not to my liking. What sends me into a fit of paranoia is leaving the house and getting halfway to work before realizing I wasn't paying full attention when putting on my shoes and wondering for that split second if they match. The one thing I would never give up? Clothes. I could never join a nudist colony. And finally, I came across your blog randomly about a year ago, and I greatly enjoy hearing about your happy family and life and wearing the awesome headbands I purchased from your etsy shop. So there. No more lurking :) Hope you have a great day trip!

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  38. Ok...So I admit I've been a lurker for quite a while now! So I will come out of hiding and tell you that I am also trying to kick the caffeine habit and it's KILLING me! I don't drink coffee...just soda, but the favorite in my house is Sundrop which is LOADED with caffeine and sugar and I would bet it is worse than coffee. I had the worst headache yesterday that I have ever had...like the make you feel like you're gonna throw up headache, so I took some Excedrin Migraine and hit the bed at 8:30 last night. I'm doing much better today but just hoping I can make it through this!
    I love reading your blog because you are so relatable (is that a word?) haha.

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  39. I read because you're entertaining and awesome :) and I like all the baby stuff. We're about 11 weeks along so it's fun to hear about people's kids.

    And random thing on the bulls balls-we have a festival here every year called the "Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival" and it's just a big party where they boil bull balls and people pig out. I DO NOT go...I just hear people enjoy it. Yuck!

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  40. I have been reading for awhile but think I might be in the lurker category but we have tweeted some. I love your blog and love the weight watchers inspiration you give me to keep going. I think I could not go without my shower too (smart hubby you have) :)

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  41. I love reading your blog, the weight watchers tidbits are great as is the inspiration you provide! I could totally go without my shower, give me some dry shampoo and I am a happy girl!

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  42. Weirdest thing I've eaten? Not coming to me. I want to say I'm a picky eater, but I'm really not. I love food, but cautious of anything that has any weird anatomy terms, like tongue, testicles, liver, etc.

    I've been following your blog since... 2008? 2009? Waaaay back. I remember the Valentine swap. At least, I think that was you? I can't remember, that's how long I've been reading your blog :) I love your honesty and personality that comes through your writing! It's a morning habit for me to check your blog each day because I look forward to what you have to say and share, even in I'm a 22 year old singleton!

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  43. HIIII!!! Good for you for working towards giving up caffeine. I was going to write a blog post about coffee and how I don't understand the hype around it. Because a $5 mocha venti cappa latte with 5 ounces of sugar could get me 2 beers and a nice nap around here :) Enjoy your day trip!

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  44. I'm a lurker..not a creepy one though..haha! Just love your blog. You inspire me in m weight loss journey!
    I gave up Coke 3 years ago. I still dream about it and would die for a fountain Coke! But I know better than to even take a sip! So, now I drink unsweetened ice tea. DON"T ask me to give that up, I'd die!! Haha!

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  45. I really don't remember how I first found your blog. But I read because I like your style of writing and love your photos and stories. :)

    I could never give up... my sleep. I love my sleep more than anything else and this is extrememly laughable right now because I'm three weeks away from having a baby and know I'm going to have to give it up. It's the only thing that scares me about having a baby!

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  46. ok. so i'm a lurker... yep. sorry! i'm glad you did this post today - i needed the push to say hi! i've been wanting to let you know how much i adore your blog. you are so positive and cherish life so much. it's refreshing to read, a pleasure to start my day off with, and a source of stability in a very upside down life right now. we're moving, getting new jobs, starting grad school, selling a house... yeesh. however, you remind me with your positive stories to keep the important things in life front and center... my little one year old sweetpea and my partner for life. thanks for being such a fun blog to read. i'm so glad that no matter where i live or what office i'm checking my blogs from - you are there sharing life!

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  47. Hi, my name is Gina. I'm your twista. ;)

    Also, I wanna give up caffeine. I am terribly addicted.

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  48. I could never ever give up the internet. That sounds totally lame and cliche but it's true. We house-sat for friends earlier this year for a few nights and I couldn't get the wireless connection to work, and I almost got the shakes that first night! So I stopped by our apartment each morning and evening so I could do a couple things online before heading to work/going back to their house. True story.

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  49. Well... you know me! And I am just a new.. but loving it follower, since I learned that you blogged! I read your posts everyday now, and they are great (great pics too) You have also inspired me to do my own blog, and I am loving that too! So thanks!

    BTW... the new pants looked great today!

    Oh, I dont think I would be able to give up my family or people I am close too, as long as I have them - I am happy =)

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  50. Lurker coming out of the closet so I'm not a creeper anymore. lol. My name is Kari, I've been following your blog for quite some time now. I likely found it through another blog, or when searching for pregnancy/baby related blogs. I've had baby fever for quite some time, just hasn't been the right time for us to start a family. I LOVE following your blog because I love watching your little one grow and change, I love all the amazing pictures that you take, seeing the changes in your life, your openness and honesty, and how you have proven that you can look amazing after having a baby!! By the way...you seriously look great!! Reading your blog brings me joy, and hope for things that I can't wait to experience in my life!

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  51. I think the weirdest thing I've ever eaten was horse. We were on vacation in Switzerland and they seriously eat that over there! Honestly it tasted fine but I couldn't handle the fact that I was eating Mr. Ed.

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  52. I've commented before, but not often. I love reading your posts though, and seeing your darling pics of Eme. We totally almost named our daughter Emelyn...so we'd have a Max and Eme (Dragon Tales for those in the know).

    Not sure what the weirdest thing I've eaten is. Probably some type of sushi that I WASN'T in the know on.

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  53. Ive commented before, but not every time. I also participate in SMS quite often :)

    The weirdest thing, to me, that I have ever eaten was frog legs and alligator. I'm not too big on getting out there in the food dept bc I'm a huge texture person and it would forever scar me if it was really bad!

    I love your blog and always get excited to read a new post :)

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  54. I read your blog every day, and for some reason I missed it yesterday...but I'm still going to answer your questions! =) The weirdest thing I ever ate was probably something in Africa, but I don't remember any specifics. But, it was africa...so i'm sure I ate something weird. I eat gator too...or at least I did until I married my husband, who is a HUGE Florida Gator fan, and he says that it's sacrilegious to eat gator. I get sent into a fit of paranoia pretty easily...but mostly watching any type of scary movie will have me up at night for weeks on end imagining my house being broken into. And, I could never give up...um, I don't know. I can probably do w/o most material things.

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