Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ABCs Of Me




If you are visiting from the Grow Your Blog Hop hosted by Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner, welcome to my little southern corner of the world!  I hope you'll visit again.

I've posted a couple of times about me in detail: HoHo Chronicles and Five Things.  You can also check out my Who is HoHo page.  This time, I opted for the much quicker ABCs of me:


Alabama is the college football team we cheer for...Roll Tide!

Big Boys are what we were blessed with.  Two out of three weighed over 10 pounds.

Coffee is my one and only true vice.  I hope I never have to give it up.

Disney was my first half marathon and recently my first full marathon.  Yep, I'm still on this high!

Eggs with cheese is my favorite post long run training meal.

Fitbit Charge HR is on my wrist at all times.

Grandmother names can get no cooler than HoHo.  What started as a joke ... stuck.

Half Marathon is my favorite distance.  I've completed 36 so far with # 37 slated for this Sunday.

iPod Shuffle is so easy to clip on and go!  Music is a big part of my life.

Jupiter is my Half Fanatic moon level.  The next one (Mars) is crazy difficult.

Keurig is the best Christmas present I've ever received.

Lake bound is where you can find me on warm weekends.


MY HAPPY PLACE!


Mizuno Wave Inspire is the best running shoe for me.

Nut Butter (a la Justin's Maple Almond) is my favorite treat.

Outdoors is where I prefer to be, even if just relaxing in the back porch swing.

PoPo is my counterpart, love of my life, and willing boat driver extraordinaire.

Quiche is the family's current favorite Sunday meal.

RRCA recently certified me as a Running Coach.

Swiftwicks are my favorite running socks.

Trek Lexa-SL is the road bike that got me through a recent and extremely challenging foot injury.

Unite with me and MissSippiPiddlin on the Weekly Wrap, a wonderful place to connect with other active women.

Vector EP is my old faithful slalom water ski.  I got very lucky when I found another on eBay.

Water Skiing is a huge passion!  I love to slalom and be anywhere around a body of water.

X this letter out!  Do we really need it?  I think not.

Yurbuds are my headphones of choice, in camouflage no less.

Zebra is the pattern on my favorite running skirt. 


MY ZEBRA PRINT SKIRT

Speaking of ABCs...

 
Today's Wednesday Word is CONFIDENT.  Coming back from a lengthy foot injury (which also contributed to a post marathon ITB issue) my confidence has been sorely shaken. We've probably all known the fear of "what if IT happens again?" when we return to running after an injury.  Today, I'm still not mentally completely over it.  I'll begin to fret about my next run.  {And pray nothing will hurt.}

For whatever reason, the worry dissipates after I hit the pavement.  I realize I'm strong, I'm healthy and I don't have to run gripped with that fear. Yes, something may happen...just as it could stepping off a curb or tripping up the stairs. Honestly, odds are something will {but hey now -- let's hope not for a long time down the road}.  But I'm confident I can handle it, even though I will be disappointed.  I'm confident I'll get through it, just like the other times I've been down and out.  I'm confident I'll return to running again and again.



Tell me three items -- an A, B, and C -- about you!




I'm linking up with Deb @ Deb Runs for the Wednesday Word.

Please visit Deb and the other participating bloggers.  It's fun!




93 comments:

  1. This is such a fun and creative ABC about you, Ms Hoho. Really enjoyed reading it! I agree, returning to running after an injury really does take a toll on your confidence - you just kind of have to trust the moment and the progress, even if it's little and it will slowly come back to you. :):)

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    1. Thanks, Ilka! I'm going to test my confidence at a half marathon on Sunday! Fingers crossed.

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  2. That's such a great idea for an introduction! I enjoyed reading about your ABC's! Good luck recovering from your injury, I know it is super hard!

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    1. It was a very long recovery phase, but I hope now it's all in the past.

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  3. Fun post! I know you loved the lake so much. Can't wait for warmer weather! MY ABC for you: I had my APPENDIX removed when I was 7 - emergency surgery it had ruptured; I'm trying to plan my BICYCLE road races for the spring; I made a giant pot of CHILI yesterday which was amazing but very large so we'll be enjoying chili until June.

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    1. I make "Mexican" chili quite often. In fact there is some left in the frig from Sunday. I like to put sour cream and cheese on the top.

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  4. Fun facts about you, Hollie! :) I enjoyed this post. -C

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    1. Thanks, Christine. I hope you are having a good week and have gotten in a few steps!

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  5. Gosh, your ABC idea is so clever! I keep thinking I'm gonna do an "ABC's of something" and it still hasn't happened. ANd the things we have in common? Well, to name a few....Wave Inspires, Ipod Shuffle, 13.1's,zebra print, outdoors....I could go on ;-)

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    1. I think you are also a college football fan? Yes? I can't imagine staying inside, especially in warm weather.

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  6. I do love my Trek Lexa. That bike has gotten me through so much. And it's getting me through marathon training--the cross training is invaluable!

    Water skiing--you and me....

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    1. My Trek is sitting on the trainer unused of late. I'd enjoy an outdoor ride though. Sista, if you came here -- PoPo would ski our a$$es off. Come on!

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  7. X is for x-training and I actually do enjoy it: swimming, yoga, kickboxing

    B is for brunette, and that's what I am (minus the gray), with just a very short detour as a redhead, which I actually really liked but was too much upkeep

    C is for chocolate, of course. Nuff said. :)

    S is for spiritual. I actually do consider myself a deeply spiritual person, despite the fact that I don't attend synagogue (which I would, if I could talk my husband into it).

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    1. I'm so anal Judy, I couldn't use X for crosstraining...cause that's not how it's spelled. LOL!! You don't need to go to a building to be spiritual. Just sayin'. Let's not talk about gray (no--white) hair.

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  8. Loved reading this Holly. A for American in Paris... though I have French nationality too. B for Brittany, one of my favorite places in France because it looks a lot like my home state, Maine.... and C for Champagne and Chocolate, my two vices !

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    1. Good ones, Karen! I've never heard of Brittany so I'll have to Google that one. But I have heard of champagne and chocolate, unfortunately.

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  9. A is for adventurer!
    B is for Bubba, my dog's nickname. ❤️��
    C is for chocolate! I love chocolate!
    We share M, N, and T :-) And I love your running skirts!

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    1. LOVE you A word. I should have used that one myself. I love to just go and do. If Bubba is your dog's nickname, what is his real name?

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    2. Manning :-) Not sure how or why I started calling him Bubba, but he has lots of nicknames.

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    3. After Peyton? Just guessing. Bubba is too funny. I call my two dogs all kinds of silly names.

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  10. I have Yurbuds and I might need to replace them soon. They are definitely showing wear and tear, and I could change colors. I haven't decided yet.

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    1. I love their sound quality. But lately the little covers are falling off. I haven't lost them yet. Can you just buy those? I've been meaning to Amazon that.

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  11. I am 100% with you on the Keurig, the eggs-n-cheese, the nut butter, and the shaky confidence (I'm working through an injury now, and honestly cannot imagine running any time soon). As for the Roll Tide, well, we are a #WarEagle family so I've got to be confident that you won't hold it against me!

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    1. Oh no, I won't hold that against you. In fact, we've got to learn to say War Eagle very quickly. Our middle child is going there for their pre-vet program. It's a nice college town! Isn't your daughter there?

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  12. We have lots in common! Love my Mizunos and my coffee. HoHo is a great grandma name but I had no idea you were over 50!! You rock mama :)

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    1. No...I'm 33 still. LOL. You are too kind. 50 is the new 30, right? I'm sipping on coffee right this minute.

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  13. LOVE your sparkle and attitude. I hope to be able to say I've finished my first marathon at the end of May. Giving it another go!

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    1. Don't give up on that marathon. My first one was a complete and utter failure (injury two weeks prior). It'll happen.

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  14. Yay for coffee and the guy who smuggled it in to europe in the 1600's... also for the Half Fanatics, Jupiter is hard, you are awesome for getting there, I hope to qualify for neptune one day...

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    1. I'm sipping on coffee with Pumpkin Spice creamer right now. You can definitely qualify for Neptune! Just sign up for the races, and the rest will follow. ;)

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  15. Love this :) I so love my Keurig & my Fitbit too.. & eggs with cheese. Its what I eat before every race.
    Yippee for a Disney high still happening!

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    1. I don't think I could eat eggs before a race. I tend to go very light, but do love them after. Keurig is my morning friend.

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  16. What kind of foot injury? I'm dealing with posterior tibial tendonitis, and I'm afraid it'll take a long time to heal. I have a marathon in May that I'm training for, and I'm not confident (see what I did there? (o:) that I'll be ready in time.

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    1. I developed a stress fracture on the top of my foot, and also a neuroma. I "pool ran" and cycled for 10 weeks to stay fit enough to run a marathon. I only had 4 weeks to prepare for that race once I was well. I played with fire.

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  17. So happy to connect with you through the hop! I love your ABC's - what a great idea. Haha, Hoho is probably the coolest grandma name I've heard in a lonnnng time. Good for you! I'm not a runner in the least, but I've been reading a lot about the Disney half and it looks like fun! Thanks for sharing about yourself, and I hope your foot heals soon!

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    1. At fist, HoHo was just meant as a huge joke...but it stuck and I've gotten used to it. A Disney race of any distance is a ton of fun.

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  18. I love this--such a creative way of getting to learn more about you! :] I'm all about nut butter and the outdoors as well! <3

    I hope your foot heals soon!

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    1. The one nut butter I didn't like was coconut. Although I love coconut, it just didn't blend well with the almond butter. I loathe being inside on a warm and sunny day.

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  19. Fun take on letting readers learn more about you :) An egg and cheese sandwich is my favorite post-run meal, and my fitbit charge HR is always on my wrist too. What do you think of Half Fanatics? I'm trying to decide whether to throw in an extra Half this Spring in order to qualify. But it would pretty much just be for that reason.

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    1. The HF race calendar is a fantastic resource. I have met a few at races because they wear their HF gear. I know they usually have photo meet ups before races, but I don't get into that. I'm not into Facebook but I know people connect there too.

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  20. ROLL TIDE BABY!!!!!

    I am really considering getting a Fitbit Charge HR.

    Mizuno Wave Inspire...the wave 10 were mine until they discontinued them :(

    you are the only person who i 'know' that water skis..that is so freaking awesome!!!

    Thanks for sharing a bit more about you :)

    -Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom

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    1. I like my Wave Inspire 11s and the 12s are out now too. The Wave Inspire line was not discontinued. (?) There is one other blogger than water skis (Wendy) but you know I've never met another woman who does, other than my sister. It's a dying sport. Wake boarding took over. Maybe it will make a comeback in the future.

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  21. Love reading these ABC's!!! I'm with you on the Mizuno's and the Coffee!!! And congratulations on getting certified! I know you'll be such a help and inspiration to so many women!!

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    1. Thanks. There was a lot of information to absorb in a quick amount of time. I was glad I took the course and passed the test.

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  22. Such a cute post! Love the zebra print skirt and congrats on becoming a running coach!

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    1. I think that's my favorite skirt because you can pair it with a lot of different colors.

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  23. What a great post! I loved learning a little more about you. Some of this letters would be legit hard to come up with something for!

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    1. They were! I kept leaning toward food. LOL.

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  24. I loved how you incorporated the ABC's of HoHo and confidence all in one post!! That takes talent right there! Ok, I love a good game and I'll play along A is for my Adventurous weekends, can I get and Amen? B is for my Balancing act of work, play and Blogging! C is for something I get when Mr. Sippi drives = Carsick! Ha! I love ya my friend and can hardly wait to see you this weekend!!! :)

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    1. Yay for Adventure! Balance is great one too. That's one most women can relate to. So, you prefer to drive? I'd rather PoPo drive so I can play games on my phone.

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  25. You are so creative...can I steal this??

    A - ambitious (or maybe just a workaholic or race-aholic)
    B - blogger (look to read blogs)
    C - coffee lover (love the taste & smell, my fav ice cream flavor)

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    1. Steal away. I'm sure I saw something similar somewhere to plant the seed. I would have to admit to being an ambitious racer for sure.

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  26. A - Aunt to 4 incredible nieces and nephews
    B - books, I absolutely LOVE to read although barely have time any more
    C - coffee, it's the only way I survive my days

    What a fun way to get to know you more! I am due with my second child in April, but once I get the go-ahead I am planning to start training for my first half marathon ... I may be in the market for a running coach and now I know just where to look!!!

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    1. I used to love to read. My eyes now are often tired at the end of the day, so I just don't any more. Congratulations on your expected bundle. And, let me know if you need a coach!

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  27. I love the ABCs about you! What a fun idea!
    Between your zebra skirt, cheesy eggs and Justin's nut butter, I think we would enjoy chatting over a nice cup of coffee :)
    Something about me
    A - Awesome aunt to 4 nieces and 3 nephews (all my from my sister!)
    B - Blown away by the awesome bloggers on this hop!
    C - City girl with a country heart!

    See you again on the weekly wrap!

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    1. I can admit to being a country girl too. Born and bred. I think that's why I love the outdoors so much. I need that solar power. It would be very nice to chat over coffee!

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  28. This is such a great idea! I love it! I will have to check out the Weekly Wrap link up- sounds like a good one! Let's see...Asics are my current favorite running shoe (I used to be a Mizuno girl but couldn't do the updated version of my shoe), Bahama Breeze is a great place to eat and one of my favorite places for a pre or post race meal and Coffee is totally an addiction for me too! I tried to go without it for a Whole 30 type deal- never happening again! Lol.

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    1. We'd love for you to join in on the Weekly Wrap. If I have to give up coffee for Whole 30, then I wouldn't be able to do participate. Bahama Breeze -- isn't that a drink too?

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  29. Water skiing, what a great sport.
    A - I am super active
    B - Baking is something I am horrible at
    C - Comfy clothes on weekends always

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    1. I go for comfy clothes every day of the week. I admit it's not almost the best look.

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  30. Super excited you passed and are a certified running coach, I think you are going to be great at it. You just achieved a dream I have thought about from time to time for many years but never acted on:)
    We are running in the same shoes, I have been a Mizuno fan for many years, and find a few of their styles fit me greatly!
    Let's see an ABC about me:
    A - A good friend.
    B - Busy Blogger, blogging life right now is crazy busy fun, LOL.
    C - Country Girl, I just love my mountains.

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    1. You've got to be the busiest blogger around right now! Thanks for organizing the hop. I know it's a lot of work for you. I grew up a country girl too.

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  31. My son was only 7lb 8oz. I can't imagine popping out two 10+ pounders!

    Always smiling (well 99.9%).
    Bored is what I usually am at work.
    Cold is what I am most of the time anymore.

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    1. Smiling is a great attribute. I'm cold most of the time (indoors) too. I've always got on a sweater or jacket.

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  32. Disney was also my first half marathon - back in 2014. I'm so glad that I chose to run my first half there! There's no place more magical for such an achievement to be accomplished!

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    1. I enjoyed the full so much this year, even with the too warm conditions, I'm thinking of a repeat next year.

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  33. I am so impressed with how many half marathons you've completed - that is just amazing to me! Here's my ABC:

    A - Active is how I describe my lifestyle
    B - Brooks Defyance are my favorite general training shoes. They are sturdy and last forever!
    C - Cookies are one of my favorite foods! They should really be their own food group ;)

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    1. Cookies and cake should be their own food group. I'm been trying hard to avoid them of late.

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  34. Haha you totally cheated with the X! I agree with a previous comment, X is for X-training! ;)

    Here are mine:

    A - Attempting my 2nd half marathon in 2 months.
    B - Big boy here also at 10 lbs 12 oz. And the epidural had worn off. :o
    C - Coffee and chocolate are my faves!

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    1. Like I told Judy, I couldn't use crossing training for X. Just couldn't -- it starts with C. LOL. You beat me with the baby weight. 10-6 was my biggest. Yay for coffee and chocolate.

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  35. Congrats on becoming a running coach. That is very exciting. I'm at a loss on A, B for Brooks Running since I have been wearing and loving their shoes for over 4 years. C is for Christine, my one and only child and best daughter around! :)

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    1. Oh, that's sweet. You and Christine have a wonderful relationship!

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  36. Fun post! Even though my foot has pretty much been 100% healed since October, I still notice that it doesn't hurt during spinning - that was my test for so long - did it hurt if I stood up on the bike. I'm confident you will be confident that you are healed soon.

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    1. I'm confident I'll be confident when my confidence returns. Oh, my. From past experience, after a while it just fades from memory and you no longer think about it.

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  37. Hi from the blog hop! I loved so many things on here! First of all, congrats on your recent marathon! I also am totally with you on coffee. It's so necessary for life :)

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    1. It's funny, I don't drink coffee before a race so it's the first thing I'm looking for afterwards. I hope to do another marathon soon.

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  38. Love love LOVE the ABC's! It's always so much fun to learn more about my fellow bloggers. Some of the things you mentioned really made me smile, like the Jupiter Maniacs reference and Zebra print. How long did it take you to come up with something for every letter of the alphabet???

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    1. I struggled with some letters! V was a particular challenge and last minute add-in. O also took a while. The next moon level is very challenging.

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  39. How fun is this post! I can't bleive you have run so many half's- do you run them year round? Ok, A=absolutely love wine, B= because life would be boring without it and C= I hope to C you one day soon! LOL! how did I do?

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    1. I try to fit most of those half marathons in cooler weather. I don't like the mid-summer races. Blech. You did real good! We all need to pick a race to meet at AND GO.

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  41. I love that Disney was the first half and the first full :)
    Waffle House eggs and cheese are the best! One day ;) we are going to do it.
    and you just introduced to me a sock I have never tried...
    You gave your foot so long to heal, run with confidence this Sunday!! It is going to be a good day :)

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    1. We are! I prefer Swiftwicks over Feetures. I'm planning to have a fun race Sunday. Whatever happens, happens. It should be entertaining.

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  42. Love this idea! Here are mine:
    A: my name is Allyson with two L's and a Y. No one ever spells it right.
    B: I love Binge watching shows I loved then I was a teenager.
    C: Sometimes I make Cookie dough and eat it all before I can actually make cookies.

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    1. Good ones. I've also done the cookie dough thing!

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  43. HoHo is the coolest grandmother name. :) What came first, HoHo or PoPo? They fit so perfectly together!

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    1. HoHo came first. I was mortified with that name to start with, LOL! I've gotten used to it.

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  44. A is for all things Apple
    B is for Bill, the love of my life
    C is for cookies, but I gave them up for Lent

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Three wonderful things. You can look forward to your cookies again in just a few weeks!

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