Wednesday, April 22, 2015

7 Random Things for Hump Day

I don’t know why I love random shit so much. I suppose because it is all the small minutia of our lives that makes for one big hilarious party.

1. I hate the term “hump.” I realize in the context of the phrase “hump day” it simply means climbing over the proverbial mountain/middle of your week and getting closer to the weekend.  But, “hump” always makes me think of dogs frantically mounting stuffed animals or other dogs and going to town. It seems a bit desperate. Other terms/phrases I hate:

  • Moist
  • Phone tag
  • LOL (even though I use it, sometimes it just fits)
  • “At the end of the day…”
  • Irregardless (because, people, this is not really a word! Use regardless!!)
  • Panties
  • Hubby
  • Methinks (although I rarely hear this one in real life)
  • Discharge
  • Amazeballs
  • Lovemaking (better than “humping,” I suppose)

2. I am running a trail half marathon this weekend with Ken (the Ft. Collins Trail Half). I did this race last year for the first time (see race report HERE) and it quickly became one of my favorite races of all time even though it kicked my ass. I especially liked how it was a half marathon, but ended up being only 11.5 miles.  Here’s a pic from last year (yes we do run up that hill in the background and 400 other hills):

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3. My dad. If you have ever wondered where I get some of my crazy, you just have to look at this man. We had our typical family dinner on Sunday and decided to play the whipped cream game (no, this does not have anything to do with “hump” – that would just be weird). We did the thing where you spray whipped cream in your palm facing up, hit your wrist, the whipped cream flies into the air and then you catch it in your mouth. Only it hardly ever lands in your mouth. I caught my dad on slo-mo (not sure why he sounds like a cow, he does not usually sound that way). It’s only 17 secs. Just watch it HERE.

4. Socks Confusion. I don’t understand my running socks that have an L and an R on them for left and right foot. They fit the same even when I wear them on the “wrong” feet like today.

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5. Consistency is Key. Did you know that the more consistent of a runner you are (meaning you don’t take huge breaks from running, you keep consistent mileage, etc), the better your overall performance will be? Knock on wood, I have been injury free for at least two years. This has allowed me to be consistent. Since August of last year (9 months ago!) I have been without fail running 30-35 miles per week. At times I throw in speed work, but not always. I have absolutely noticed that my running has not only gotten easier but I have gotten faster without even trying.

6. Caramel. If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know the love affair I have with Stinger Waffles. They have gotten me through two Ironmans (Ironmen? Mice? Mices?) and countless other races. I am overjoyed that this new flavor is out (which I have yet to try).

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7. I really want to re-do this blog. As in, make it into a more professional website on Wordpress like you guys do (keeping the Shut Up and Run name of course). There have been 2 barriers to this for me. First, I don’t know who I should have do it and secondly, cost. If you have any thoughts, let me know. Please. Methinks that at the end of the day this would be a good idea irregardless of the cost. <see what I did there??

Tell me one random thing about your week.

Least favorite word/phrase?

When’s your next race? Favorite race?

SUAR

78 comments:

  1. If you're willing to put money into the redesign, check out TimeForCake.com. They do good work.

    Offensive words: bulbous. Makes me cringe to even type it.

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  2. After watching the Boston Marathon at work Monday morning, my co-worker said, "Geez, this Boston thing must be a big deal." I couldn't even look at him the rest of the day without rolling my eyes.

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  3. I ran a trail half once ...it was 15.2 miles :/

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  4. My husband can't stand the use of irregardless! He will correct people when they use it.

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  5. Caramel is the best! I also like Gingersnap. Methinks they are moist and amazeballs. Irregardless they are delish! ;)

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  6. Orientated. GAH! Also, 'at this point in time' and 'having said that'.

    New fave word is sauce-box. For example: "When my kids won't stop talking, I give them some chips just to fill their little sauce-boxes."

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    1. Orientated makes me crazy too! My husband says it so after arguing about it, I looked it up in the dictionary to prove he was saying it incorrectly (because that I show I love him). Wouldn't you know it was listed as an alternate pronunciation. Stupid Webster's!

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  7. Tell me one random thing about your week: in the process of trying to figure out if I have GERD vs gall bladder problems vs being a heart attack waiting to happen. It's all a bit depressing.

    Least favorite word/phrase? 24/7 - so tired of that term.
    You just ruined the term discharge for me as I deal with hospital discharges all day long at work. That is what I think of when I hear the word. Now I am going to start thinking about other types of discharge.

    When’s your next race? Next race is supposed to be the Flying Pig half in a week and a half. However, the outcome of my stress test on Monday may change that. I was a consistent runner up until this week. Now I am not allowed to run for a week.

    I love Honey Stinger waffles too but hate all other forms of Honey Stinger products. I don't like the taste of honey. The waffles don't taste like honey to me.

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    1. Fingers crossed your stress test shows nothing concerning and you can do your race. Have you tried the cherry cola chews from Stinger? I eat them 24/7.

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  8. Another word to add to your list of hated terms/phrases:
    Chillax

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  9. Least favorite words/phrases:
    "outside the box"
    "piggy-backing on what so-and-so said..."

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  10. For my new website I am working with Noami Niles at ShiftFwd. Very professional and worked within my somewhat limited budget...great value for the $. Naomi@shiftfwd

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    1. Good to know, thanks for the referral.

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  11. Random: I'm afraid of losing my wedding ring while running because I'm now lighter than when I got married.

    Dislike: "I know, right?"; or the simplified version, "Right?".

    Next Race: Volcano Half in Keizer, Oregon on May 3rd. It's my first real race, so no favorites yet.

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    1. Same here. I know, right? I actually just paid $93 to have my ring re-sized so now I don't worry about it!

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  12. Random: I was choking on fragrance this morning - more than one runner bathed in the stuff before going for their run this morning. I guess they thought it would cover the smell of their sweat...

    Cray cray makes me crazy ;) Use real words, please. I silently giggle when people use the "double do" - "what we do do..."

    Thanks for asking about our next race, it reminded me to register for the Revel Canyon City Marathon (https://www.runrevel.com/rcc) in November, price increases in 2 days. This is about 45 minutes from my house.

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    1. LOL double do! I laugh at the one too. Sometimes out loud in meetings. Like an 8 year old.

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    2. Have you run Revel before? If so, would you recommend it? My boyfriend wants to take a California trip, and as incentive for me to go (not that I need incentive to go to Cali, especially after this Chicago winter), he mentioned this race. It looks amazeballs ;)

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    3. I haven't run it - this is only the second year, but I've heard great things about the organizers/event. Several bloggers ran it last year and it got really good reviews.

      My husband is a cyclist and has ridden in the area a lot. Planning to do several of my long training runs up there. Register today before the price goes up! (They have a nice transfer/withdrawal policy if you change your mind.) November in So Cal is usually really nice. I think it was in the low-mid 30s at the start last year.

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    4. Oh, thanks for the heads up on the price increase! This seems like a fantastic race -- I love that they have (1) a transfer/withdraw policy and (2) they have free race day photos.

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  13. The guy that robbed from my apartment is a friend of my boyfriend and mine, and this week the detective got a whole lot more information from a neighbor which can then be used to arrest him. WOO!! We took this guy in and really helped him out, gave him food, gas money, etc and he thought he'd get away with taking all of our electronics and saying he was held at gun point. No way buddy!

    There aren't many words I don't like, but I really dislike mouth sounds. Not speaking, but the sound of chewing, swallowing, sticky cotton mouth, ugh gross. I hate it. Though, there are phrases I dislike. Such as, "could care less" when someone meant couldN'T care less. Things like that. Last race was LA marathon, next race (that I know of) is my 50-miler in August. Maybe one before that, buuuut probably not. Because races are expensive.

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  14. I like to get moist while playing phone tag and saying LOL at the end of the day, irregardless of what panties my hubby is wearing, although methinks the discharge of semi-witty amazeballs are not as much fun as lovemaking.

    It's going to randomly snow on Saturday, the day my buddy and I had planned to go for a ride. She is a tough bad ass and might go anyways. I get reluctant to ride about 10 C, and flat out won't below freezing.

    Hope that doesn’t get me banned from this wonderful place!

    Wordpress. I’ve looked at doing this a couple of times, and backed off. The extra aggravation and cost just aren’t worth it to me (at the end of the day), but you are a big-time pro blogger, so you have other considerations. Look around, and keep on looking around. Take your time and get it right.

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    1. This made me LOL: "I like to get moist while playing phone tag and saying LOL at the end of the day, irregardless of what panties my hubby is wearing, although methinks the discharge of semi-witty amazeballs are not as much fun as lovemaking."

      PS: Don't be a pussy Go on the ride.

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  15. I ran Boston this weekend, and for a mile or so, I was behind a dude who pissed himself. He was wearing grey shorts and I think he thought the rain would hide it. Nope, it didn't work. He kept looking down at his nether-regions and then he'd look around. I almost wanted to break the news to him just so he could relax about it. At least he didn't poop himself.
    Oh my goodness, I also hate the word "panties." I am from upstate, NY and have a horrific midwest accent so it sounds even worse when I say it -- Payuntees. Gross.
    I bought my .com from wordpress, but now am trying to figure out how to move my blog out of wordpress so I can monetize it. No freakin' clue.
    I hate the word "milk" and instead dunk my oreos in teetjuice.
    Have fun in the halfer!!

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  16. On the subject of WP design, simple is just fine. I cannot think of a single blog that I return to because of amazing design or frequent design changes. I return because of consistent thoughtful content. Just as in running, consistency yields improved performance. Put your creativity, time and money on what really counts for your readers -- the content. Just my opinion,

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  17. My blog was super cheap! I'm glad I did made the investment. I wish I would have chosen a longer that 3 year term with bluhost

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  18. OMG, the video of your dad cracked me up. I'm going out to buy a can of Reddi Whip to try this with my kids.

    Words I hate include panties, probs, cray-cray. Seriously people. When did we get so lazy that we only speak half a word?!? I also really hate the use of the trm "vice," as in, I went to BK vice McD's. As in "instead of." WTH?!? Drives me nuts.

    Next race is neighborhood 5k. Rolling hills, one after another. Kicks my butt each year.

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  19. Random thing: my most recent weighing says I gained 5 pounds and I'm running my second half in a week and a half. Ugh. Too much partying for hubbies 40th last weekend.

    WP is a free software you can load onto your hosted domain. You may even be able to do that through your hosted domain admin, which is how I did mine. Though I agree with the other poster that I go back to blogs for the content, not the look and design. My Feedly app doesn't even show me the design half the time which is fine by me.

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  20. I probably shouldn't say this, but, "random". It's so overused and so often misused! Sorry!

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    1. LOL now I need to change my post title

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  21. You'd love these Amazeballs! http://www.runnerskitchen.com.au/product-category/amazeballs/ (no affiliation with the company, except as a customer) I hate the word being used in general conversation, it's just way over the top.

    And I'm with you in reference to 'hump day', it just sounds gross and disgusting.

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  23. Least favorite saying......."with all due respect" is usually followed by some negative comment


    Rick Boudreau
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  24. Oh! I use the word 'Hubby' all the time in my blog.

    It drives me crazy when people say they are going to 'give 110%'. No you're not!! That's NOT possible. Also when an experience was a 'rollercoaster of emotions'. To me this sounds like they vomited feelings all over themselves.
    I'm hopefully running the Prague marathon on May 3rd - planning on giving a 110%.

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    1. Hahahah!! 110% I love how you say "no you're not, that's impossible!!" the things we say in our heads when we get annoyed. That is a good one. Can I come to Prague with you? Never been there, hear it is gorgeous.

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    2. Yes!! We'd have loads of fun. You can share our hotel room. There's only me, my hubby (I'm going to try and get that word in as often as possible from now on) and two kids. There's loads of space. In fact bring your family too - extend the holiday and come back to Ireland and run the Belfast marathon the next day! Sounds like a plan.
      Bring some Stinger Bars - I've never tasted them.
      Keep your fingers and long toes crossed for me next week.

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  25. Big LOLz at your Pops and his 'facial'. The moo-ing was an added bonus :)

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  26. Random thing: I laughed hysterically while watching a video of a man I do not know with whipped cream on his face making cow noises.
    Annoying words: Boom or Bam when someone does something they think is amazeballs, awesomesauce, wad,
    Next race: Saturday 1/2 marathon only because I need a new route to run 13 miles and it costs $15.

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  27. I really dislike the phrase "having said that"; because yes, you said it so why do you have to tell me that. Oh and "going forward", yes, I assume that is where this conversation is going...these phrases are used incessantly by one of the managers at my work, and maybe that is why I dislike them so much? I feel like the kids in the Peanuts classroom: blah blah blah....

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  28. I want to comment because I have a strong opinion about your blog. I like it -- it's simple and easy to read, navigate. That being said if you want to spruce it up and make it over, I'm all for it. Please don't completely revamp it and make it a complicated mess of posts and sponsors. I am all for seeing ads -- you gotta keep the lights on -- but please don't do what Another Mother Runner did a few years ago. (They were awesome, small time and then they went Big Time and I lost my way in the confusion of the site. I think they were taking their brand to the next level, so I get it, but I am no longer following them because of their website "improvements.")

    Now. Onto more pressing issues. Why do people say "honestly?" before telling you something that should ALWAYS be honest? "How was that pizza place?" "Honestly? It was great!"
    I also hate moist, panties, hubby, panties, labia (cringe) and LOL. My next race is a sprint tri on June 28. Open water in MT. Fun times.

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    1. I really appreciate the feedback. I am a fan of keeping things clean and simple, so if I make a change I'm hoping to stay on that track.

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  29. I hate the word 'bae'...I know it is made up. Not sure what it even means. Short for baby???

    I'll be doing a quick trail 5k to benefit a local school this Saturday as my husband will be at Jazz Fest.

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  30. I'm with you - I hate "at the end of the day" and also "it is what it is." No, really? It IS what it is? Thank you, captain obvious.

    Also hate "supposaBly." The word is SUPPOSEDLY. I am amazed every day by the number of professional (allegedly) grown ups that I hear say "supposably" on a daily basis.

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  31. Random thing for the week ... there are so many it's hard to choose. I did an entire workout with my shirt on inside out. oops.

    I don't have any words I don't like but word misuses drive me nuts (they're, their, there). I'm annoyed a lot because I live in Miami where everyone speaks a little English and a little Spanish and neither correctly.

    Next race on the books is Ironman Lake Placid. But I really should throw another race in before that.

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  32. I love Honey Stingers! That video of your dad is hilarious! I hate most if not all new slang, "conversate" and C U Next Tuesday (I hate that word so much, I refuse to write it out).

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  33. I stayed at the most haunted university in Alabama this week. Nothing spooky happened, but I enjoyed some awesome BBQ there!

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  34. I hate the word moist too. It really is the worst. The caramel waffles are great. Everything you dreamed they will be.

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  35. BAE = Before Anyone Else! Had to ask my 16 year old daughter!

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  36. Least favorite words pee pee and boo boo. My parents always taught us to use the correct terms of urinate and bowel movement. When my son went to preschool, they used those terms too and one day he was in the bathroom a long time and he told me he was boo booing. Not a word! OMG--is another term I hare.

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  37. That last word should be hate, which coincidentally is another word that annoys me, especially when young people say, "don't hate on me" or "you're just a hater"

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  38. Random thing: I totally forgot I was planning on going to yoga this afternoon and just wolfed down an apple smothered in peanut butter. Now the decision is whether to skip it or risk puking.

    Words: Oddly enough I can't think of any words I really hate - corporate-speak more amuses me than anything (in a snigger-behind-the-hand-you're-an-idiot kind of way), and amazeballs and all that crap just bemuses me.

    Next race: Orange County half next weekend. It was supposed to be the full but I've a never-ending series of niggling injuries this year :(

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  39. Random thing this week:we got a puppy! She is very cute but keeping us busy with housebreaking. I took her out for a walk today and she did her business like a good girl. Then my 2 year old barefooted daughter stepped in it!! Gross.
    Next race: Miles for Moffitt on May9. All proceeds go to cancer research.

    Least favorite word/phrase: fermiliar instead of familiar.
    I also loathe bad grammar along the lines of " ain't got none", or " no it ain't".
    I work as a nurse so I hear some interesting
    pronunciations for medical things.....
    Prostrate cancer
    Alzenheimers disease or Oldtimers disease Instead of Alzheimer's .
    I have to hide a giggle when I hear, "obeast"
    Instead of obese.
    The list is endless. Sadly.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one bothered by certain words.

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  40. I really hate "...to the next level". Just how many levels are there, really?

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  41. I caught myself saying the despised "Having said that" the other day. I paused, gagged and banished it forever from my speech. So overused! Next race is the Tulip Trot 5K this Sunday at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. It's going to be beautiful!

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  42. I do not like the word "moist" either. My next race(s) is the Flying Pig 4 Way Challenge next weekend in Cincinnati. I haven't ran a race since Nov. and I simply cannot wait!!! It won't be a PR for me in any of the races, as I'm running for fun. I love no pressure races. Good luck this weekend!!

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  43. Streamed the Boston Marathon coverage on my computer at work on Monday, and spent my morning all choked up. It was just so exciting and moving to watch! I will likely never go there- would have to shave over half an hour off my PR to qualify-- but it's fun to dream.

    Next race is the Fargo Marathon in 2 weeks. First race since October (don't get much opportunity to race during winter in North Dakota!) so I am SUPER excited.

    My biggest language pet peeves are mispronounced words and phrases. 'Supposably' and 'Samwich' and 'Expecially' and 'For all intensive purposes' etc..... My husband is the biggest offender and it drives me crazy.

    Also not a huge fan of teenager slang. (Obvi. I can't even....... IK,R?) I have 3 teenagers. I hear a lot of this :-(

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  44. Random thing about my week: I'm dog sitting tiny dogs this week and currently have 9 tiny dogs at my house. they are hilarious.
    My next race: Mountains to the Beach half marathon in Ventura CA in May, If I don't get injured. because whenever I commit to a race and pay for it I get injured.
    Words that bug: nook, cray cray, amazeballs and things that are mispronounced.

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  45. You are so lucky you are not plagued with injuries, I am and it drives me nuts. I have piraformis syndrome and cannot remember running without pain. 5kms is fine by 8 its really sore by 10 I have tears running down my face. All because my upper glute wont turn on (if anyone knows an on switch let me know) am seeing a physio ($$$$) but the problem continues. So 10kms is my limit at the moment and no speed work at all. Friends invite me to run longer runs which fitness wise I can do but pain wise I cant - bloody horrible. Anyone out there who has conquered this give me some tips

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    1. I don't have piriformis syndrome nor am I a medical professional, so... having said that (*G*) I had IT Band syndrome a few years ago and it was suggested to me to stretch my piriformis to stop it coming back. Pigeon pose is very good for this. You need to hang out on each side for quite some time, at minute per side at the very least, preferably several minutes if you can. It stretches your piriformis, plus opens your hips and hip flexors

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  46. Wal-Mart makes a Carmel waffle cookie. Not organic or good for you, but to die for! I almost ate a whole package of them Monday :)

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  47. Those stingers always look delicious. I really want to try them now! I don't have a word I dislike but a phrase: "No offense but...."

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  48. There is one other word I don't even want to admit that I dislike but I really, really do is veggies. I have to say or spell the word vegetables because I'm over it.










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