Did Anyone Hear From Dan or BamaKelly?

Oct 25th, 2005, 04:23 AM
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YAY!!!! Glad you're OK, BamaKelly, welcome back!! =D>
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Oct 25th, 2005, 05:03 AM
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BamaKelly welcome back!!!

So glad you are okay!

About the marathon, I started running full time in January which is the same time I got in the NYC Marathon lottery. I found out June 15th I got in and started a training schedule July 1st.

It has been really tough in that I've had to run in the mornings before work when it is dark which means I was in bed at night while it was still light out.

I've also given up my social life.

It is a tremendous committment that I don't regret but will not do again.

I am running two half marathons this winter: the ING Miami Half and the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon.

If you are doing this to lose weight, it doesn't work. I gained weight actually because of burning so many calories I am constantly ravenous. I've also talked to several friends who had the same thing happen. Granted I was on the skinny side when I started and now, I am athletic.

Not to dissuade you, I get a tremendous sense of satisfaction on my long runs (I can run 20 miles woohoo!). It has also been a great learning experience.
 
Oct 25th, 2005, 05:39 AM
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Thanks for the warm welcome back, P_M and GoT.

GoT, good advice. I am having a hard enough time just keeping up with my cyber-social life; I don't think I need any more major distractions. I knew it took serious committment to train for a marathon (or a half-marathon, which is what I was considering) but I guess I did not think it through enough to realize what an across-the-board lifestyle change it really is. I guess I will just stick to my normal running schedule. I wasn't really thinking of it as a way to lose weight (though that wouldn't be unwelcome post-baby), but more like a goal that is "just for me". I have heard so many of my friends talk about the feeling of achievement they get after running a race like that. Best of luck to you as you do this -- and keep us posted!

 
Oct 25th, 2005, 06:38 AM
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BamaKelly, start with a 10K. As a matter of fact the Cooper River Bridge Run would be good timing for you and hubby after the baby!

It is April 1, 2006 and you've said you wanted to visit Charleston!

www.BridgeRun.com
 
Oct 25th, 2005, 09:29 AM
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I'll check into it! Would be a great excuse to get us to Charleston!!
 
Oct 25th, 2005, 04:39 PM
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Glad you're back, BamaKelly! I was thinking of you tonight 'cuz I made your yummy and ever so fattening corn casserole. I wish it wasn't so good b/c I eat too much of it.

BTW, I'm not the best MIL--can't be as we have no kids. Think you meant OldSouthernBelle who brought her DIL and the DIL's friend or sister (I forget.)
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Oct 25th, 2005, 05:37 PM
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Ha! Yes, OWJ, I was thinking OSB, and typed OWJ!! Sorry about that! How funny!

Glad you like the corn casserole too. A good southern dish...nice and fattening.

Good to see you here!
 
Oct 25th, 2005, 05:52 PM
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Yea!!!! Bamakelly is okay! We were worried about you.

Wow. Your life of the last couple of months made me take a deep breath! We missed you at the Atlanta GTG. Next time - or maybe at the first ever (?) Fodor's Baby Shower in AL!

I think of you often when I make the corn casserole (often) to take somewhere. Just got a great compilation Paula Deen cookbook - and sure enough, the recipe is in there. Just one problem - it's not titled correctly. It doesn't say "Bamakelly's Corn Casserole".

Now, that's an idea...a Fodor's cookbook!

Glad you are back in the cyber-fold. Now, we just need to find Dan.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 05:54 PM
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Dan was spotted posting on a thread about New Orleans today, but seems unaware of the search party.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 06:02 PM
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Thanks, Jocelyn. I found the thread and topped it.

How was your birthday? I'm enjoying a great extended birthday celebration. Went to a friend's lake house yesterday, was served a fabulous home cooked meal and received a Paula Deen cookbook. Family birthday dinner is Thursday. It's fun to stretch a b'day over 10 days!
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Oct 25th, 2005, 06:09 PM
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Hi Star,

Mine was kind of spread out, too, over two weekends. I had two fabulous dinners out (a big deal with two little ones at home) and ended up with piles and piles of chocolate. How bad can that be, lol?
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Oct 25th, 2005, 06:19 PM
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Happy birthdays Starrsville and Jocelyn
and do strecth it out. Mine started on vacation a night of my choice and later at home a few days before my birthday because my friend was travelling and finally the day, when my J. cooked for me.
Glad to here Dan is posting, a good sign!!!
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Oct 25th, 2005, 09:10 PM
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Starrsville, i think a cookbook is a fabulous idea! Fodors baby shower cracks me up! Alas, somehow I doubt many would make the trip. Budman would have a hard time with wine selection for a baby shower, now, wouldn't he?

Jocelyn--good to see you! And you also, Cigalechanta.

I think everyone has officially been accounted for, though not everyone has offically reported back to headquarters!
 
Oct 26th, 2005, 03:59 AM
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Hi BamaKelly,

I didn't mean to ignore you Welcome back! It sounds like you've had quite a full plate these past few months. I hope everything goes smoothly with your pregnancy. I love hosting baby showers, so the party's at my house! Only thing is, can we talk Budman into wearing pants this time?
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Oct 26th, 2005, 04:19 AM
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Hi Bama! I've missed you, too, although I knew H'ville escaped Katrina's wrath, and that you were moving, having babies, etc.

I'm so sorry your sister has suffered so from the storm. I hope she can get her life together again soon.

Take care of yourself. Can't wait to hear about the little one!

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Oct 26th, 2005, 04:40 AM
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Hi guys! Thanks for the nice thoughts. I can feel the wave of positive energy heading my way!

I've been back in New Orleans for a few weeks. I volunteered to work with the Red Cross as a financial adviser and have been helping people navigate the FEMA/SBA/Red Cross rules and restrictions.

My home was damaged but only by wind, not flood. We live between St. Charles Avenue and the river. Generally, the closer to the river, the better off you were.

We had a house under contract in the Faubourg Marigny, due to close on August 30. As you might expect, the Aug. 29 arrival of Katrina has put a major dent in my plans but we still want to close by November 15. The courts are now reopen and the final title searches, etc can be completed.

My wife and son are in North Carolina with her folks. I hope for them to return in January.

Overall, the city seems to be getting back to some normal semblance of life, at least in the non-flooded areas. Much smaller now as about 100,000 people are here instead of 475,000. It should grow to 200,000 by year end, according to the mayor.

If you want a job, Burger King is offering $5,000 signing bonuses. THat's how tight the labor market is right now!
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Oct 26th, 2005, 04:56 AM
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Dan, thanks for checking in and the update on New Orleans.

Being outside the area, we get quite conflicting information.
 
Oct 26th, 2005, 05:17 AM
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HOORAY, DAN'S OK!! Great to hear from you, Dan.
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Oct 26th, 2005, 11:00 AM
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Yea! Everyone is present and accounted for, now for certain!

Hi Dan! My sister lives near you, I think, from what you described. She had pretty bad wind damage, which resulted in water damage since the rain now comes directly into her apartment. She was able to get in for the first tiem a couple of weeks ago, but only to throw out her furniture and clean up a little. She'll be back in January, we hope. She has had some pretty good news in the past few days: The school where she teaches is opening this week, but only for one teacher per grade, since enrollment is so low right now. They are hoping everyone will be able to return at full (or almost full) capacity in Jan.

Byrd--Hi there! I saw on another thread that you remembered my August post, when I mentioned that I was busy with my life events -- meant a lot to me that someone actually remembered all of that.

Jocelyn--hey, girl! Yes, Budman should definitely wear his pants at a baby shower. Strange things could occur if he did not. Ha!

 
Oct 26th, 2005, 01:26 PM
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Glad to see that everyone is okay.

Bamakelly, good luck with the new baby! And best wishes to your sister. You too Dan!
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