Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Blog Hop 2013!!





If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! If you are returning, it’s great to see you again!

Many thanks to the host of this event: Carrie Ann Ryan.

   ~Blog Post~

Happy 2013 to All!

Whew! 2012 flew by on winged feet, didn’t it? For Christmas, my husband gave me a remote keyboard and mouse, along with an HDMI cable, which he hooked up to our big television screen. I’m writing this post right now using these new toys, and it’s kinda fun.

I’m on the computer for hours and hours and hours, as I’m sure most of you are, too, and my vision (which has been steadily declining since my first pair of glasses at age 11), is now to the point of ridiculous. I now have three pairs of glasses: Reading, Computer, and Distance. I tried progressive lenses a couple of years ago, and was never happy with them, so now I’m trying different lenses for different jobs. I have to say, I may go back to progressives, just so I don’t have to put my reading glasses on to keep the food on my plate in focus. For those of you with 20/20 vision, thank your lucky stars!

Here's a little addendum, since I've had some folks comment that their optometrist doesn't think computer use has an effect on eyesight: Computer Vision Syndrome (and there are optometrists now who are aware of this and try to help you out with it.) One of the major symptoms is inability to re-focus from a close-up to a far-off view as quickly as you used to do (this is definitely me). Also, dry eyes (my ophthalmologist said it's because we tend not to blink as often, so we don't moisten our eyes enough, which causes headaches and eyestrain.)  Here's a link to one of MANY sites which dedicate a page or two about this phenomenon. AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION


Pretty Cool, huh?
Anyway, I hope Santa was extra-special good to you this year, and that your 2013 is full of wonder and joy!

Coming soon in audiobook!

A Stranger's Kiss



When two lonely strangers meet in a bar on
Valentine's Day, they take passionate solace in each other's arms, little
knowing that they will soon meet again as business associates.


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We have THREE grand prizes! You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! (The Swag Prize is NOT international).

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: 

A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet


2nd Grand Prize: 

A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card


3rd Grand Prize: 

A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks,

50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens,

  coffee cozies, and more!

 

  My prize for the hop:

$25 Amazon.com Gift Card

 

 


Click the link to go back to the hop list
 

104 comments:

  1. My favorite part about the holidays is spending time with my family -- and it's nice to have my brother home because he works in a different city.

    (I wear glasses as well and only recently changed lenses. I'm gifting my husband a new pair this year and will get him ones with Essilor lenses, which my sister swears by.)

    Thank you and happy new year!

    - Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

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  2. My favorite part of the holidays is being able to spend time with family that I normally dont get to see. The lights that people put up. And spending time with my kids.

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  3. I like that I got free time to relax a little.
    Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy New Year!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  4. FOOD,FAMILY ,FRIEND & LAUGHTER FLOWING N HARMONY:D!
    Happy New Year:D! GOD BLESS 4 the NEW YEAR LETS NOT STRESS!
    redz041@yahoo.com

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  5. I only made one resolution this year and that is to read more books off of my TBR than new purchases.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

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  6. Just before the holidays I took my mom to get Lasik.. She love the freedom of NO contact or glasses... That was a very thoughtful Christmas gift from your husband.. (Love it when some special gives you a gift like that) :)
    Happy New Year! Hope the coming year is good to you and your family

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

    (Email following and Us Resident)

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    1. New Years Resolution, Organize my library room of hard copies as well as get some sense of Organizing the my goodreads books into catagories.

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    2. I sure wish I was a good candidate for Lasik, but I have dry eyes, which I've read is a deal-breaker for Lasik. Thanks for stopping by--and I know, I am having so much fun using this big screen to work from!!

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  8. My New Year's resolution is to become more assertive. I have a tendency to be kinda shy. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    Happy New Year!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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  9. My New Years resolution is to lose more weight! Thanks for being a part of the hop and I hope you have a great New Year!!
    holly.collins1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I don't make New Years resolutions. I never have.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I don't make resolutions because I never keep them. This time, I'm setting some specific goals. :)

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

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  12. Happy New Year!

    No real resolutions, i just want to live the year with no regrets when 2014 comes around

    staceyprice(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Happy New Year. My resolution is to lose more weight. I have lost 63 lbs so far and have 50 lbs more to go.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  14. Get through my TBR list.

    Happy New Year!

    anasmithblue@gmail.com

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  15. My resolution is to read more :)

    aircdrewood(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Not really this year.

    Thanks for the chance!

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  17. lose weight mrsbrinius at comcast dot net

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  18. As I sit here, my husband is working on what we want to do this year...take a real family vacation. We have been married for 15 years and haven't taken the kids anywhere. Many reasons why, but this year, we are changing that. Looking for a pet friendly cabin for a week's vacation. We will do it.
    Best of luck in your goals and Happy New Year.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  19. Get a job.
    Happy New Year.
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

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  20. My resolution is to write the minimum of 500 words every day this year. That doesn't seem a lot, but every little bit gathers into something big. Er...I still haven't written anything today. D'oh!

    Erica Pike
    eripike at gmail dot com

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  21. My resolution this year is not to make one – LOL I’m just gonna continue to live one day at a time. Just see where life takes me – LOL

    Actually hubby and I hope our sales by spring so we can start our dream of RVing around the U.S. It is so hard to believe it is so close for this has been a dream of ours for the last 4 years.

    Happy New years!
    mrsqueentutt@gmail.com

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  22. NO resolutions just goals. MOre attainable. Thanks for the fun and happy 2013!
    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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  23. I have this Computer Vision syndrome, and I have to say it is a PITA. I hope you can find a happy medium with all your lenses.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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  24. Nope, I stopped making one years ago. I love progressive lenses! I have to keep working with them.
    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I don't do resolutions! I DO make goals throughout the year for myself, though.

    Booksie

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  26. I don't make any anymore.
    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  27. I don't make resolutions anymore... I never keep them lol

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

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  28. nope they are hard to keep. i make goals that i can achieve . jacobsonlr@yahoo.com

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  29. I hope to stop obsessing over the little things.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. I try not to pick a resolution that I can't keep. This year I am going to donate a lot of my books that I have already read. I am going to donate some to the library so others can enjoy them as much as I did.

    emilyb0924@gmail.com

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  31. I do not do New Year resolutions
    wendy.pogrant@yahoo.com

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  32. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For this year I need to find a job since graduating college this Spring, so yup.

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! My resolution is to read more!
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

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  34. I want to do more de-cluttering of my house.
    I know what you mean about the computer vision problem and having to wear glasses at an early age. People with 20/20 vision are so blessed.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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  35. Better health for sure!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

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  36. Mine was to keep up with my blog.

    chelseawoodring at hotmail dot com

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  37. I don't really make them anymore :) Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  38. I would like to try and quit smoking not going very well right now but I am going to keep trying.

    Rafflecopter Name:Dawna Newman

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I am resolving to read more of the free reads I download from amazon! Everyday I get new books that I do not read! It id digital hoarding!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  40. I've made a few New Years resolutions. Only one that is book related. Since my TBR/wish list is longer than "The Song That Never Ends". More and more great new releases keep coming along and pushing the older titles further back on my list. My 2013 list is already over 60 titles and growing, I have resolved to this year read at least 40 books from my TBRs that were written prior to 2010.

    Happy New Year to All!!!
    kaladata2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I would like to learn to knit better so t will not seem like work. And of course to have more time to read. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Judy
    strawberryrose (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  42. I made a couple of resolutions this year! :) To finish up school and find a decent job.. and try to get a little more fit. (Not looking to drop a huge amount of weight, just be more toned and build up endurance!)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    readsalot81(@)hotmail(dot)com

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  43. My resolutions are to read more, catch up on my TBR pile and get more organized!
    Lacey T
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Happy New years to all
    ms74lt@verizon.net

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  45. I only resolve to take care of myself. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    mrs.hildebrand AT gmail DOT com

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  46. I want to be more thankful for my family and blessings. danelle. chickyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  47. No, not anymore - over the years I never really got to accomplish them so I just gave up ):

    Happy new year to you!
    bedsidelight
    ATgmailDOTcom

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  48. To read more and stress less. Thanks for the giveaway
    my1lulabug at yahoo dot com

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  49. I made a goal to be kinder to myself this year. I often do things for other people to the detriment of myself.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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  50. To get healthy and organized!!

    nikki.t.23@gmail.com

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  51. my goal is to get an accounting job by october as that is when i graduate college finally.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  52. My resolution was to clear the clutter out of my life

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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  53. My resolution is to be more organized. We will see how well that works out.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

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  54. Happy New Year!

    I often get migraines if I spend to much time on the computer. Now I know my limits and try to stay within them.

    ~*Drea*~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

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  55. My goals this year are to smile more and be more organized.

    Shana7426@aol.com

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  56. I made goals for 2013.
    1. Quit smoking
    2. finish my 1st novel
    3. spend more time with friends & family
    Happy New Year & Big Hugs
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

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  57. I didn't make any resolutions.
    angiek@cfu.net

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  58. Aloha!

    Thank you for participating in the hop. This is fun!

    Michel_Lee_King(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. I really don't have any.Happy New Years.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. don't make resolutions myself. happy new year
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

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  61. Thanks so much for the chance to win. It's a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let's go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year :)

    Thanks again!

    hisboywonder(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. I don't make New Year's resolutions.
    Instead I work on things throughout the year as they come up.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  63. I have a goal of reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy to my mother who is bed ridden and has trouble seeing. I am looking forward to sharing these books with her. I got my love of reading from her and my father....
    Happy New Year.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  64. I hope your find a solution to your eye issues!

    Thanks for participating in the hop and happy new year :)

    xandrajames AT gmail DOT com

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  65. My resolutions are to get healthy and to better myself and my relationships :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  66. To eat healthier.
    Happy New Year!

    aprilnu2003(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  67. My resolution is to publish my novel!
    Happy New Year!
    movie1997 at live dot it

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  68. I want to eat healthier and exercise more.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  69. Happy New Year! My New Years traditions are easy, I spend time with my family and friends. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year. My resolutions this year is as always to loose a few pounds and spend a little more time with my family.

    Ifightforlove36@gmail.com

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  70. I don’t make resolutions anymore. I am going to try to pay off at least one of the credit cards though. Wishing you good things and much success this year. Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. I want to workout more and keep better records of all the books that I read. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

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  72. I did make a resolution! I'm going to try and be more organized this year, decluttering both my house and my life.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

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  73. Didn`t make resolutions but my goal for 2012 is To find a job I love!

    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. I have to lose remainder of this weight!
    Thanks for the hop! Happy 2013" I did the Fb, tweet thingLOL!
    deethomas at gmail dot com

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  75. My goal for 2013 is to be more active. I didn't follow through on my 2012's.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  76. No Resolutions this year. I plan to read more than last year though!
    Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  77. no resolutions just reduce stress by reading more thanks for the hop
    myboo63@hotmail.com

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  78. I did not make one this year

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  79. I'd like to save more to buy a house. Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. I did not. I will not keep them. I have long term goals but they are not specific to a year or date range.

    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  81. I almost dies last year so am happy to just be alive..my main goal is to walk and stand more than 5 min. Hope your new year is full of wonderous times, laughter and love
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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  82. I've never made resolutions, but I have a short-term goal to finish editing my current novel.
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

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  83. To find a new job.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  84. Hi I couldn't find my 1st hop by! ZLOL!
    Read more!
    I did the tweets on my nook
    deethomas at gmail dot com

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  85. I want to start eating healthier.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  86. More sleep and more date nights!

    Happy new year and thanks for the giveaway!

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

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  87. No resolutions for me :)
    Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  88. Happy New Year. Spend more time with friends.
    bones_mcp(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  89. I'm hoping to become more patient with my family

    annettekz2@yahoo.com

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  90. My resolutions - which I usually don't make, and probably why I SERIOUSLY need to do so now - to man up and get my life, home and health in order, especially with regards to my weight loss!

    Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

    Felicia
    mrschopchop(at)verizon(dot)net

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  91. Nno I didn't make a new years resolution cause i can never go through with it!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)cm

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  92. Hi! Happy New Years! Hmm. I dont really make new year resolutions. I kinda just take it one day at a time and go from there. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  93. I want to learn more sign language and travel this summer!

    Ann
    Kyreadinggirl@yahoo.com

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  94. Diet and exercise, thank you. Happy new year.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  95. i want to write more this year
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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  96. I don't do resolutions, but it's my hope that I'll get my finances in order this year! Happy 2013!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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  97. I wanna do some traveling this year.thank you for this hop happy new year angel0319@hotmail.com

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  98. Yup, computer screens are bad for my eyes.
    Do you ever look at images/drawings of extraterrestrials with big black glossed over eyes and wonder if there's a correlation? Maybe they have computer screens too, and that's what happened- evolution wise. Enjoy the random thought.

    I resolve to meet the goal of finishing the polishing of my first book in the Existence series and to submit it to agents/publishers.

    j.lennidorner@facebook.com

    Happy New Year from What-Are-They.com ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway. My resolution is to spend more time with friends and lets time at work.

    amnell(dot)khalan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. I want to lose 5 pounds. Happy New Year.

    Sue
    sue_holston@hotmail.com

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  101. no resolution per se just goals for myself.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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