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Hiccup Troubles

I wasn’t feeling my normal self last week. No I didn’t have the swine flu. Oh, I mean the H1N1 virus. I had a really bad case of the hiccups. I know, not as bad as having the H1N1 virus, but still they were no picnic. We’ve all been tortured by hiccups at some point of our lives – those annoying, involuntary outbursts that can make it almost impossible to do anything. These hiccups I had were much different from my normal hiccups. They were a bit more squeaky. I had fully embarrassed myself at work. My co-workers were most likely ready to beat them out of me. I had them for about an hour when I finally told my self “I’ve had it!” It was time to find a cure. So I did what any normal person would do to find answers. I hopped on the Internet and Googled hiccup cures. The first website I clicked on informed me most people hiccup four to 60 times per minute during a hiccup episode. The average hiccup spell can last from a few minutes to a few hours, but some people suffer from extended episodes that last days, months or even […]
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Aquapalooza!

Last year my niece Kate had to write about what she did on her summer break. What she wrote surprised us all. She wrote about how much she loved being on grandpa Marty’s boat. Along with boat riding she also went to Disney World last summer. Who knew Grandpa Marty’s boat trumps Mickey Mouse. So this summer my niece Kate and the rest of our family went to an event called Aquapalooza, the same event Kate wrote about. What is Aquapalooza? It’s the largest on-the-water party of the summer. It’s held at more than 150 locations around the world. The event is SeaRay inspired, but it’s open to everyone. Aquapalooza has become the Super Bowl of boating parties. This year’s signature event was held on Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake. The event featured Country Music superstar Alan Jackson. We went to one a bit closer to home; at Lake Mendota, Three Foot Bay. Water + live music + family and friends = good times for all. Aquapalooza is a chance to meet new people and just to relax on the lake. As soon as the boat was anchored and tied off, Kate looked at me with her look that’s my kryptonite, the […]
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Moving

painstakingly sort my belongings into two piles: one marked new place, and the other marked donate. It hits me hard; my days as a single renter are over. I’m moving in with Jason, my boyfriend of four years. As I look around in my soon-to-be old one-bedroom loft apartment, all I really see are piles of boxes in every corner. This huge step was not something we jumped into one day on a whim. There were many hours spent talking about moving in together. Which brought up questions like Where would we live? One bedroom or two? How much can we afford? Are we ready for this? etc. As I was packing I realized my life is changing. No more chick flick marathons on rainy weekends. No more singing my heart out to the radio as I clean my apartment. But most importantly, no longer would I have all the closets to myself. All the women out there know what I’m talking about. But on the flip side, I don’t have to commute back and forth anymore just to see Jason. I get to save money on gas. Jason and I get to have dinner together. We will be able […]
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Saddie

I was walking to get some lunch and I heard a lady Yell “Saddie, Come back here!” I turned my head in the direction the voice was coming from and saw a little golden cocker spaniel. She was no more than a few months old running towards me tangled up in her leash. I went to make sure the puppy wouldn’t run in the street; and to give the owner a chance to catch up . As the lady came towards me she thanked me. “Saddie has a mind of her own and wants to do what she wants to do” the lady said. I told her that I know what she ment and gave Saddie a pat on the head. She thanked me again for helping her and they were off again. One of the toughest things about having a pet is when that pet passes away. Let’s face it, they are members of the family and when they pass away you feel there loss. Last month my family lost our very own Saddie. She also was a golden cocker spaniel. We all knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time; but it still didn’t make […]
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The Big 3 – 0

My 13th birthday was a milestone birthday for me; it was my golden birthday, but it was also the start of my teen years and that meant I was becoming an adult. My 16th birthday of course I got my drivers’s license; and it seems like it was only yesterday I turned 21 and hit the bars. There’s no question about it. I’m an adult. This month I reached another milestone. I turned 30. Everybody I’ve talked to has told me that “Turning 30 is the worst.” or “I cried when I turned 30.” The one I got the most was “It’s a hard birthday.” These people made it sound like it was going to be an apocalyptic birthday and I should hide out in a bomb shelter for the day with nothing but MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) to eat. I have only dreaded one other birthday in my life, my 25th. That whole day all I could think about was I was now a quarter of a century old. For some reason every time I looked at the clock or paid for something there was the number 25 staring me right in the face, saying “Yes, Amber you […]
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