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I have done so much shopping this week. Thursday night, I bought 5 things at Ricki's and last night I managed to buy 3 more things online.

- 2 black sweaters
-2 coloured cardigans
-a pink top with roses
-a mushroom coloured top
-gorgeous black and white top for holidays
-white blouse


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I have not been keeping up with LJ, or even email for that matter, due to the book. I am writing a 22 chaptered book for Grace's birthday as a present to her. I will be reading chapters 17 and 18 to Writing Group tonight.
It's chaotic, but I think I'm on track.

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In the past 2 weeks, I:

-finished sewing 2 Halloween costumes

-cleaned the house up for a party

-had a 5th birthday party with 5 other kids

-went to the RHPS

-started NaNoWriMo

-and went through hell at work

Quiet weekends are good.

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I finally tried on that cardigan I posted about. The small didn't fit. The medium fit better around the chest but was too big in the shoulders. Apparently the designer didn't get the memo that real women have curves.

I did get some killer shoes though.


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I have the worst luck with running. For the last two weeks, it's been rainy/overcast every single running day.

This 10K is going to have the worst time. I thought nothing could be worse than training all summer in 30+ humidity.

Dear Weather:

Smarten Up!

Signed a Ticked-Off Me.


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I have developed a fascination with button down cardigan sweaters. The 1950's/early 60's shape seems to work well on me since I have that kind of body.

I bought a dark purple one a year or so back. It was a little snug, but I knew I'd eventually lose weight. It now fits. I then bought one at Old Navy in soft aqua.

It goes without saying that most of my wardrobe tends to be black or grey. I saw this one at Ricki's tonight. It's kind of grey and black, but it does have pinkish roses, so I'm not sure if it is a departure for me or more of the same.


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Malachi 3:3..."He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver..."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered yes - he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"

He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy...when I see my image in it."




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Two patients limp into two different American medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day, has a time booked for surgery the next day and, within two days, is home recuperating.

The second sees the family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The first is a Golden Retriever.

The second is a Senior Citizen.




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By Jacquie Sewell (with apologies to Robert Fulghum)

1. Don't force a fit--if something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.

2. When things aren't going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.

3. Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.

4. Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.

5. When one spot stops working, move to another. But be sure to come back later (see #4).

6. The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook. Refer to the Creator's guidebook often.

7. Variety is the spice of life. It's the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting.

8. Working together with friends and family makes any task fun.

9. Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security and order.

10. Don't be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.

11. Take time often to celebrate your successes (even little ones).

12. Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can't be rushed.

13. When you finally reach the last piece, don't be sad. Rejoice in the masterpiece you've made and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Copyright 2001 Jacquie Sewell (jsewell416@hotmail.com). Permission is granted to send this to others, but not for commercial purposes.


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I got to go to Toronto as part of a business trip. We got in Thursday afternoon. Some of the women I went with went shopping. I'd seen H&M on WNTW a zillion times but had never been. I think it is my new favourite store!

Amongst other things, I got a new dress and 2 skirts. I haven't been wearing a lot of either because nothing has been working for me in stores.


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