Where Everybody Knows Your Name…

November 28, 2012

I LOVED all of your answers to the last post about what Brooke was thinking:)  Thanks for making me laugh!

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Did you know that the correct way to eat a grilled cheese sandwich is to top it with jam? 

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I pick up these kiddos after school while I am here Utah and we have quite the party singing along to Christmas music full blast and coming home and making food to fuel them for homework (aka we tell their mom we are doing homework and play Monopoly instead).

Just in case you were wondering, all of the workers/managers/owners at Yogurtland in Orem know me.  I am proud that I am there so often that we are all bf’s even though I live in California now.  I think that is an accomplishment.

I got to spend precious time with Megan and her kids (her adorable little boy was too busy running around to be in the picture).  I met her through blogging, the best part about blogging.

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Any guesses which one mine is?  Hint:  my taste buds have slightly changed and anything chocolatey is my favorite.  

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Megan has told me all about this incredible banana cream pie that she makes from scratch and she did the unthinkable.  She made me an entire pie of happiness.  Tears streamed down my face.

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The craziest thing happened while I was hanging out at Yogurtland.  My cousin drove by and saw a jeep parked in front of Yogurtland and knew that I had to be inside so she came in and surprised us and I hung out there with her a little while too.  Brooke looks a little bored after being there for a total of 3.3 hours.

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Yes, Brooke’s fingers are abnormally long… I am already excited to put her into piano lessons.  

Next stop was Pizzeria 712.  Some friends that I met 6 years ago in spin wanted to take me there for some delicious food.  We started off with cauliflower gratin, hummus and pitas and braised pork belly and 

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roasted brussel sprouts.  

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The main event was of course the thin crust pizza.  

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She did a HALF-IRONMAN this last August.  My hero! 

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The sadness is already sinking in that I only have 4.5 more days with my family and friends in Utah but I am also experiencing extreme excitedness (not a word) over the best reunion ever that is going to happen 4.5 days with Billy.

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Did you ever take piano lessons?  Any musical instrument lessons?

-I took piano and violin lessons.

Thin crust or deep dish pizza?

Feelings towards brussel sprouts?

How many miles are you running today?

-I am going to shoot for double digits (probably 11).

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 28, 2012 at 4:29 am

Ahhh you’re making me want froyo! No run for me today… or for the next 2 weeks. Let’s not discuss that… And I took piano for about 5 years but I hated practicing… wish I’d kept it up a little longer!

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Khushboo November 28, 2012 at 4:31 am

Pleeease enroll Brooke into piano lessons- if I could go back in time, learning an instrument would definitely be on my “to do” list!

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TorontoRunner November 28, 2012 at 4:38 am

aw I hope to meet bloggers in the future, that’d be so cool!

Those brussel sprouts look so good!

oooh, we’re kinda similar, I did a lot of violin, piano and the flute when I was younger. Don’t know a thing about all 3 now.

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Meagan @ Managing Meagan November 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

I took violin lessons too! Played from 8 to 18!

I can totally Brooke as a pianist! Too cute!!!!

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Kari @ Running Ricig November 28, 2012 at 4:53 am

You are seriously living it up while you are home! Sounds like fun.

I never played piano. I am pretty horrible when it comes to musical instruments.

I can’t decide on my mileage today. Bungee needs to run, but it’s so cold and snowy and I’m a wuss.

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Deana (RockOrangeFive) November 28, 2012 at 4:54 am

I took Piano for a little while. I wanted to start again in high school/college but by then was so busy. My hubby played in competitions growing up through high school, so I hear a ton of piano music in our house, especially during christmas time.

Thin/Deep….I Love both. It is almost like picking which of my TinyFrayBoys I love more….can’t. (but my toppings vary greatly depending on which I am eating)

I keep meaning to try roasted brussel sprouts – I hear that is the best way to have them….just haven’t gotten the courage yet!

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Abby @ Change of Pace November 28, 2012 at 5:08 am

You and Brooke are having such a great time at home! Billy must miss you guys a ton.
I played piano when I was younger. I detested it at the time but am now glad I learned.
I’m going to hopefully bike today after a nine day workout hiatus! Cannot wait.

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Lauren November 28, 2012 at 5:16 am

I used to be all about the thin crust (being from the East coast, we can find some pretty unbelievable thin crust here) but I’m going to Chicago next week so I might have to try deep dish and see how it compares. I hear it’s life-changing.

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Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles November 28, 2012 at 5:18 am

No music lessons here. But would like to learn the piano.
Thin crust. Not a fan of brussel sprouts but I wouldn’t die either.
Trying for 2 runs for a total of 9 miles today

The Kidless Kronicles

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Karen @ Runner Girl Eats November 28, 2012 at 5:37 am

I took guitar lessons for a little while but it never stuck, would love to learn the piano though. I am a thin crust pizza person all the way. I had never liked brussel sprouts until my bf made them for me with basalmic vinegar and bacon. They are delicious and it is his most requested dish. I plan on running 4-5miles depending on how my feet are feeling, yesterday they were not happy :/

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

Thin crust all the way – it’s all about the toppings! I’m planning on a spin class instead of running tonight.

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Laura @ runningjunkie123 November 28, 2012 at 6:02 am

I played the chello, trumpet and baratone. I was never particularly good at any of them:-)

I like pan pizza. Not too much greasy crust, and not thin crust. Just middle of the line…..like Papa Johns! That stuff is SO good.

I hated brussel sprouts growing up. Now I toss them in olive oil and different seasonings and roast them. They are so delicious. It takes the bitterness out of them. Plus I love the cruncy black bits that fall off while they are in the oven….

I only have 5 miles on my marathon training plan today. I cannot wait to get up to the high numbers! Must be patient.

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Jessica November 28, 2012 at 6:12 am

Wow, I am so jealous of you having tons of friends everywhere you go. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but that seems so nice. Glad you’re having a great trip.

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Janae November 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

Girl!!!! How are you? Your little family is so cute! Are you free Friday at one for froyo?

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Natalie @ Free Range Human November 28, 2012 at 6:15 am

The pizza and the brussels sprouts look amazing! I took piano lessons briefly as a kid, and I’ve been thinking about taking it up again.

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NYC Fit GIrl November 28, 2012 at 6:19 am

Thin Crust all the way! Looks like you are having an amazing time with your family!

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Sarah @PickyRunner November 28, 2012 at 6:22 am

My roommate is obsessed with yogurtland but we don’t have them over here. We’re considering making the 7 hour drive to go get it in Ithaca haha but I would kill for some pizza right now! It looks so good!!
I’m excited for you to see Billy but sad your vacation with family is almost over. At least you’ll see them around Christmas!

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Erica November 28, 2012 at 6:25 am

Work is having a challenge to run 1 mile everyday Thanksgiving to Christmas. We even have a chart with stickers. I have kept my normal running schedule, but my off days are now 1 milers. However………..I genuinely love running so it is hard to stop after 1, I just want to keep going.

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Katie November 28, 2012 at 6:26 am

I used to hate brusslesprouts–probably just because they’re brusslesprouts, and that’s what children do. Now I LOVE them though. Roasted are my fav!

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Suzanne @ Fit Minded Mom November 28, 2012 at 6:31 am

I played the trombone but I was never overly excited about it.

Brussel sprouts are one of my food LOVES!!! I can never understand how others don’t like them. Crazy, I tell ya!!

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melissa November 28, 2012 at 6:40 am

If you ever come to byu it would be so fun to meet my favorite blogger. I just started here this semester and just fyi you have “fans” at byu!

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Janae November 28, 2012 at 7:15 am

You are so sweet! I want to put a froyo get together on Friday at one! Could you pretty please come?!?

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melissa November 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

i wish i could but i have class :( but i will get froyo sometime this week to commemorate my (lost) change to meet the famous hungryrunnergirl :)

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 28, 2012 at 6:45 am

I LOVE brussels sprouts, particularly roasted! I’m a thick crust kinda girl, but I won’t turn down thin crust either! Aaaand I’m definitely craving some froyo now! It’s been too long!

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megan d November 28, 2012 at 6:58 am

Yay! I am so glad we got to hang out :) I loved how the owners welcomed you back with open arms. You know you are awesome when fro yo (IT’S FROZEN YOGURT!!) peeps worship you ;)

I played piano for a few years. Never accomplished much and then dance took over my life and I quit piano.

I have never tried brussle sprouts! Can you believe it? And thin crust all.the way! Ross and I have been wanting to try that pizza place for a while now. After this post I think I will be demanding he take me pronto!!

Your day was super crazy busy- geez. Hopefully it is calmer today. I couldn’t drag my butt out of bed this morning so I will probably only be able to squeeze six ish miles in while Anna is at dance tonight.

Have a great day!! Love you!!

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Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad November 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

Leaving “home” again can be tough but that is nice you are going home to your hubby! I really wish they had good frozen yogurt places here. I might need to open one. I ran 7 miles this morning before work.

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Lindsay November 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

So funny to think we are crossing paths – my kids go to the same school as your niece and nephew and my daughter is in your nephew’s class :)

Brussels sprouts roasted with olive oil and maple syrup is one of my favorite veggies :)

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Janae November 28, 2012 at 7:24 am

No way!!!! That is so cool? That line to pick them up is crazy ha! Are the friends? I want to do a froyo get together on Friday at one if you can come!!!!

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Lindsay November 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Yes the line is crazy so I get there late to avoid it! My daughter is Emma so you can ask him, but you know how boys and girls aren’t really friends at that age :) They had last year together too and I met your sister after recognizing her from your blog.

I can’t make it tomorrow but thanks and have fun!

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Jill November 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

I took piano lessons for years. Can’t say I really enjoyed it. My parents made me and I wouldn’t practice so they finally gave up!

I finally get the ok to start running on Monday. I am counting down. (Ill be 6weeks postpartum). Seriously…it’s consuming my every thought to get out there and pound the pavement. Have fun on your run!

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Lizzie November 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

I need to get myself to a Yogurtland ASAP. Can you believe I have never been? (But I have obviously been to the east coast equivalents.) I<3 brussel sprouts, they are amazing!! They were my Thanksgiving dinner contribution!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

Hehe that’s awesome that everyone knows you there. I get that at a few Starbucks around the city, which probably says that I just drink way too much coffee. But I’m fine with that.

I played piano for about 6 years while I was growing up, and I took clarinet in school for 4. I kind of wish I had stuck with piano, but I gave it up and started playing the guitar about 10 years ago, which I guess I’m okay with too :)

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Randee Dawn November 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

I love your blog! I just found it about a month ago so this is my first time answering your questions.

I played trumpet from 5th grade to half way through my freshman year of college. I quit because I didn’t see a future in playing it professionally for myself. I also played baritone for a year in 7th grade. My two younger sisters played clarinet and since I really wanted to play the sax I taught myself to play their instruments.

I love thin crust! Blasphamy coming from me since I live in the Chicago area. I do like deep dish but prefer thin.

As for brussel sprouts, LOVE THEM! It’s kind of funny that the reason I like them is because my mom made me eat some as a punishment when I was a kid. My mom and I (well now my husband too) are the only ones who like them in our family. As a matter of fact, I’m making roasted brussel sprouts with our dinner tonight.y

Tonight I will run 6 miles. Double digits for me are only done on the weekends when I have nothing but time.

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Candice November 28, 2012 at 7:42 am

Can we please get together!! Want to go meet in SLC and we can walk around temple square and look at the lights? Get hot chocolate and shop around city creek? Ill ask Janetha to!

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Janae November 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

I am going to city creek with my cousin today!!! Are you close to that?

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Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona November 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

I love thin crust pizza. It’s hard to find a good one where I live.

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Christine @random runner ramblings November 28, 2012 at 7:46 am

I have never tried jam on my grilled cheese, but just thinking about it makes me want to.
Deep dish pizza all the way, pizza is mostly about the crust for me anyway, it is my reward at the end of the slice.
I have never liked brussel sprouts, and I tried them again a few months ago to see if that might have changed and it didn’t, still very gross.
I’m going to try and run a couple of miles today to keep up my running streak, but I’m still recovering from my cold so I’m taking it easy.

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michelle kim November 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

Love love love roasted brussel spouts! And that pizza looks awesome!
I’m keeping it easy with maybe 4 miles and some strides (I’m in my last week of tapering before my marathon this Sunday!).

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shelly November 28, 2012 at 8:03 am

I’m doing 4 miles of sprints, but my long run is tomorrow…7 miles.

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Ashlee November 28, 2012 at 8:06 am

That’s my kind of thin crust! Doesn’t look very thin at all ;-)
Grilled cheese with jam?!!? Ok…I have to try this.

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Katherine November 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

This looks like SO much fun!

http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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Jean November 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

You’re killing me with that pizza, even if it IS only 7:30 a.m. here! Now I want one.

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Laura @ LauraLikesDesign November 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

I drive a Jeep, too! Twins!

I like thin crust pizza the best!

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Corey @ When We Wander November 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

I used to take guitar lessons!! Playing guitar provided great stress relief for me. I’m a huge thin crust fan – the crispier the better! Less bread means more room for toppings in my stomach. I LOVE roasted brussel sprouts and I made them for Thanksgiving.

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Kelly November 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

I took piano and violin lessons too! In high school I actually started teaching both to little kids. I love it! I actually just got my violin out recently and took it in for a tune up. I’m 4 months pregnany now and I was thinking how I want to be able to teach my little one someday. :) Definitely deep dish, I love the crust! I’m 50/50 on brussel sprouts since I had such a hate for them as a child but recently have had some good tasting ones. Hopefully I’ll run today but probably only about 3 miles. :) Good luck with your 11 miler! By the way Brooke is the cutest!! :)

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Elise @ Expeditions of Elise November 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

I’ve been playing flute since 5th grade, and I started taking private lessons in 8th grade. Now that I’m in college I take lessons with the flute professor. I’m not a music major but I love playing, and it’s great to keep up the hobby.

I’ve recently allowed brussels sprouts to fall into good favor. Roasted with olive oil and salt is the best way to fix ‘em.

I’m running a 30 minute tempo run today, so probably around 3.5 miles. Whoo!

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Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian November 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

I prefer thin crust pizza (the thinner the better) and New York style pizza is my favorite.

Amazingly, I had never once tried brussel sprouts until about 1.5 years ago, but ever since then I have loved them with a passion. I love roasting them until they get that nice dark layer and they’re crispy on the outside and almost creamy on the inside. I make them for snacks sometimes!

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natalie @ southern fit foodie November 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

I took piano lessons for 6 or 7 years growing up – I need to get back into playing! I also took drum lessons in high school. I can play a mean kazoo as well. :)

I like thin and deep dish, but my favorite is hand-tossed. Those Brussells sprouts look AMAZING!!!!

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Annette@FitnessPerks November 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

Mmmmm yogurtland. I freaking love that place.

Yay for awesome friends & good food! Enjoy your run :)

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Ley November 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

BOTH of my older sisters got piano lessons and I didn’t! They were nice enough to teach me though, which means I can kind of play songs (mostly Christmas songs) as long as they only involve the right hand and no chords :-)

I also slept through my morning run :-( Actually, I made the TERRIBLE decision to stay in bed instead of get up @ 5a, it was just so cold!

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Renee November 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

I took a couple of years of piano lessons and played the flute in jr. high band.

I’m probably more in between on pizza crust…like a classic crust.

I don’t mind brussel sprouts…but I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought them.

No running for me today, but I’ll probably try to get a walk in. Easing back into the running after baby. I’ve gotten 2 runs in now.

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Katie November 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

Aw sounds like you’re having so much fun in Utah!!!! Those brussels sprouts look AMAZING! :) That’s what I made for Thanksgiving! LOVE them. I’ve played alto sax since 5th grade. I was in band, then marching band and jazz band all through school. I can also read music on the piano, but I’m not very good at actually playing it well. And I can play “Louie Louie” on the guitar!! ;) Multi-talented musician haha

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Jess @ Blonde Ponytail November 28, 2012 at 10:49 am

I really love seeing how Brooke is developing characteristics like you or Billy! She must be loving all the socializing in Utah!! Keep enjoying!!
Piano lessons which I WISH i would’ve stuck with!!

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Yo Momma Runs November 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

Cauliflower gratin? Yes, please!!!

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Hilary November 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I took piano lessons when I was little. (you should know I have abnormally long fingers) I was scared away though after my instructor kept saying “THOSE HANDS! THOSE HANDS!! They are a gift from the piano gods!!! Don’t waste your talent!” He terrified me, but now I wish I would have stuck with it

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Amanda N November 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

My husband and his family have jam on their grilled cheese and I think it’s so weird and refuse to try it! haha I’m scared that it’s actually good and I will forever want jam on my grilled cheese…

I prefer thin crust pizza. I am slowing introducing brussels sprouts in my diet. I’ll make then and like them and then make them again and not like them…I’m working on it. haha

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Holly November 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I love the Megan made you a whole pie, how sweet! It looks delicious :)

Seriously please come to FL & eat frozen yogurt all day with me…I promise we have good toppings down here too ;)

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Teresa November 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Great, now I have to have froyo AND pizza tonight! ;) I ran a quick 3 miles with my dog before work this morning.
So I was going to make a banana cream pie for a party this weekend – any way you can link to the recipe your friend uses? I’ve never made one before but have been really craving one!

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Kay November 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I used to take piano lessons, and played the viola from elementary-high school. I can’t even start to play now if I tried haha.

The dinner looks great!!

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Steph @ Steph Stays Slim November 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I took piano lessons growing up, but didn’t get passed “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” haha! I’m def not a musician. I love all types of pizza…but cannot even stomach brussle sprouts!

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Whitney November 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

Tell me about violin lessons! I have always wanted to take them! :)

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