Support Groups - February in the Falkland Islands - The Worldly Chicks are headed south




happy2bme
02-04-2007, 01:49 PM
Well we've had some interesting options for an "F" place for February.

Florence Italy was too cold this time of year :( As is Flin Flon in Manitoba and Firth of Forth in Scotland

Phuket Thailand got disqualified because it's actually pronounced poo-kett Too bad because we all liked that name ;) :D

I liked Fockendorf, Bavaria but everything I could find out about it was in German and when I did translate the page, there wasn't much to discover about the place. :?:

Florida got ruled out due to the tornadoes and bad weather that have been ravaging the place. :rain:

And Fiji is apparently having an ugly political uprising at the moment :yikes:

Apparently there are no warm spots in the world that are safe and comfy that start with an F.

So we are flying south and making our home for the rest of the month in the Falkland Islands which is part of the U.K. The Falkland Islands are situated about 350 miles (487 kilometres) east of the South American mainland, between Latitude 51° and 53°S and Longitude 57° and 62° W, about the same latitude south as London lies north. It might take us a bit of travelling to get there as you have to fly in from either South America or the U.K. but think of the travel miles you will rack up.

The seas welcome the wildlife from all around. This will be a dream for those of us who like photography, the outdoors and getting away from the hustle bustle of humanity and crowds.

Pack a warmish coat, some comfortable walking shoes and welcome to our new home for the rest of the month. Get your exercise in here so that you can work on the killer bod to show off at the Mexican resorts we will be visiting next month.

Find out more here (http://www.visitorfalklands.com/)


happy2bme
02-04-2007, 01:56 PM
Most importantly I must say:

GO CHICAGO BEARS!!!! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

I will be spending the early evening cheering on my team who will finally win the Superbowl again. Been a long time since 1986

ceejay52
02-04-2007, 05:01 PM
Happy--I'm not much of a foot ball fan. Good luck to the Bears. By the way, think Falkland Islands will be a good retreat.

Mel--There is Fayetteville and Fort Smith and a nother smaller town called Flippen.

I've been doing some cleaning and laundry today which is almost done. Even tackled a hot spot or two. My four day week ends just seem to fly by. I've got a super duper sinus headache.


Madcat
02-04-2007, 07:48 PM
Thanks for setting up our new location, Happy. And anything has to be better than the weather we are having here today. Been off-line most of the weekend with computer problems - looks as if they are sorted out but, frankly, I'm pretty crabby about it so I'm going to go and watch TV instead of staying on-line.

I'll be back once I am in a better mood. Oh, and Go Bears... whatever THAT means :lol: :lol: The only reason I even know who The Bears are is from those old Mike Ditka sketches on Saturday Night Live.

Guess a new location means a new avatar too. I'll have to go looking...

Shad
02-04-2007, 08:11 PM
Morning all,
Falkland Islands - well that's nice. There was a British program called Ground Force who put a special garden at the Hospital in Stanley (capital) so it might be a good place to go sit for a while. I do hope you realise that some days the wind gets so bad there, that they close the roads and the airport because even the army trucks find it too dangerous to travel. So we might get blown in and stuck there.
I see some of us have already arrived.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/BN14761_5King-Penguins-Aptenodytes-.jpg

Flat out here yet again. Thanks for the new home Happy. Back later no doubt with the details of this mornings senior moment - just so you can all get your day off to a good start!!!!

Meadow
02-04-2007, 08:34 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/Falkland-glasshouse.jpg

This glasshouse is in Stanley somewhere. How about we all meet up there for a cup of tea before we start exploring the harbour? Great location Happy, well done! :applause:

The birthday cake is made. Chocolate with yellow icing and pink writing, heart sprinkles and confetti sprinkles. Party hats are on. Balloons all aired up. Lighting of the candles is scheduled for 6 pm precisely;)

Happy Birthday to Jen! Enjoy your special day :D
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/ballerina-birthday-cake.gif

linus
02-04-2007, 09:12 PM
all are asleep the house is very quiet satan will be up for a botttle in 20 minutes so im here:carrot: :wave: :bravo: ,just incase u thought id gone again? ,cj survived his bang on the head which didnt surprise me in the slightest because his favourite past time at the moment is to stick the head on everything while gaily screaming "stitch"{thankyou very much big brothers}:devil: :mad: :devil: :fr: :tantrum: :bomb: :censored: ,his new word is barrary{battery} in a distinctly french accent????,
i will keep lapsing some days as when my mood gets low i just dont want to do much of anything lol found a great online game i can lose myself in and kill things while doing quests at the same time ,beileve u me when youve killed 150 demon thingys you actually start to calm down lol thankyou world of warcraft , and i can here my little demon stirring and its now 1.15 and im up at 7 {please sleep till 7 } ill say goodnight
kirsty

Shad
02-04-2007, 10:30 PM
Here's a true life laugh to cheer you up.

Went to the gym this morning. Checked off the inventory as I went - right bra, right outer gear, trainers, purse, gym card, keys yep got em all. Shut the door, went down to the car and off to gym. Get on the bike, rack up 6k and 120cals, elliptical, 3 km and another 130 cals. Treadmill - 12 mins oops out of time gotta go home 50 cals and 1km. Get in the car - where are my specs - in the gym of course. Back you go and get 'em. Get in the car, drive home sweating like crazy - the temps around 26C and humidity around the 80% mark. Get into the garage and unload my bags, grab the keys, lock the car. Keys feel a bit strange - oh poop, I have the set of Brisbane keys and not the Townsville keys - now what. No phone, no pen, no paper so I get one of the other residents to write the caretakers number down and I go to find a payphone. Well I end up walking into the CBD to get one of those. It's raining AGAIN so now I am hot, sweaty and wet. Walk back to the apartment, the caretaker has no master keys or spare keys. Need to go to the letting office to get those. Damn. They don't open until 8.30am and it is now 7.30am. Find a coffee bar open - at least I have money. Get a coffee and a roll. Think nasty thoughts. Then I figure I can at least go to work and tell my boss what has happened and that will kill a bit of time. So hot, wet and sweaty I go to work only to get remarks like - we are looking sporty today aren't we! Anyway, eventually I get a spare set of keys, go home get showered and changed and come to work - remembering the keys this time!!!

Consequently I haven't had a decent breakfast, I haven't got lunch (will have to go buy some) and nothing I've had today is on plan.

Tomorrow can only get better.

Hollyhock
02-04-2007, 10:46 PM
Billy Joel has been watched ....and then half time with Prince. Thats the extent of my SB viewing.

Realized most of my sunday night shows are preempted. Studio 60 is on at 10pm so all is not a total wash out. Only have a few pages left in my book tho. So I cleaned the toilet instead. Now on to the litter boxes. There is a theme here.
Very , very , very cold here.
Kids nestled in bed. DS will go to school tomorrow.Not sure about DD yet.
Channel surfing. Watching a bit of the Grease thing. Takes me back to being ...um...12...that's when the movie came out. Got the soundtrack for Christmas...............
I'm kinda boring .


(((Shad)))) yikes.Hope the lunch you buy is particularily yummy.
Blowing a party blower thingy with Meadow's crew.
Hoping CJ sleeps til 7!!!

MELODY525
02-05-2007, 09:39 AM
WE HAVE WARMED UP TO A WHOPPING HIGH OF 9 DEGREES AND THE ICE IS OFF THE COMPUTER KEYS.
IF WE LOSE OUR ELECTRIC, I AM A DEAD WOMAN:rofl:
NOT SURE IF I CAN GO OUT AT ANY POINT THIS WEEK UNLESS THE -20 DEGREE WIND CHILLS GO AWAY. SIGH
GUESS I SHOULDN'T COMPLAIN.....I'VE BEEN OUT SO MUCH THIS SEASON. NOTHING NEW TO REPORT. THE KIDS AND I HAD JEN'S BD DINNER TOGETHER. CHINESE FOOD FOR THEM AND NS FOOD FOR ME. DID THE DVD THING AND WE ALL FELT SLEEPY SO OFF THEY WENT. THE GRANDSON AND I TOOK A SHORT NAP WHILE THE KIDS WENT OUT FOR A CELEBRATORY DRINK.

MEADOW....I JUST REALIZED....IS YOUR DD'S BD ON THE 4TH?? :rofl: :rofl: DUH! IT TOOK ME ALL THIS TIME TO PUT IT TOGETHER WITH JEN'S!! :lol3: DID YOUR CAKE HAVE A DANCING PINK BALLERINA TOO? VERY CUTE PIC.

HAPPY~THANKS FOR THE WARMED UP SPOT!!! I FEEL BETTER ALREADY! ARE YOU COLD DOWN THERE AS WELL?
IT'S ANTARTICA COLD HERE TODAY. HOW ARE THE NEW GLASSES? LOOKING LIKE A HOLLYWOOD STARLET?
THEY ALL SEEM TO WEAR THEIR GLASSES NOWADAYS....LIKE MERYL STREEP. SHE IS MAKING IT CLASSIER TO BE "YOURSELF". I HAVE MY WALKING TIRES ON....SHALL WE BOTH TAKE A STROLL AND GET THINGS OFF OUR CHEST WHERE NO ONE WILL HEAR US??? :rofl: COME ON....YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!!!

SHAD~ YOUR KEY STORY HAD ME SITTING HERE USING MY FAVORITE WORD. THANK GOD YOU GOT IN WITHOUT BREAKING DOWN THE DOOR! LIKE HOLLY, I TOO HOPE THE LUNCH WAS A GREAT ONE. AT LEAST SOMETHING SLAVAGED FROM A BAD MORNING. :hug:

CEEJAY~ LATELY MY WEEKENDS FLY BY ALSO. THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY ME:rofl: FLIPPEN SOUNDS GOOD. WE'LL HAVE TO MEET THERE. I'LL PICK HAPPY UP ALONG THE WAY.

MADCAT~ I LOVE THE NEW AVATAR!!! I HAD THE SAME THOUGHT YESTERDAY AND WENT FOR A VALENTINE'S CAT :rofl: GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! :rofl: SENDING MANY :hug: :hug: :hug: I KNOW THE FEELING. WHEN MY COMPUTER WENT DOWN AND DELL AND I TOOK 6= HOURS OF PHONE WORK TO GET IT BACK...I DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO GET ON IT AGAIN:tantrum: REST WELL MY NORTHERN FRIEND. P.S.: IF THIS IS YOUR CANADIAN AIR, THEN PLEASE TAKE IT BACK STRAIGHT AWAY!!!!!

HOLLY~I FORGOT ABOUT STUDIO 60 :tantrum: NOW I WILL HAVE TO WATCH THE RERUNS IF THEY HAVE THEM. HOPE THE KIDDIES FEEL BETTER AND ALL OF YOU STAY WARM.

LINUS~ I AM GLAD TO HEAR CJ ISN'T BADLY INJURED. KIDS!!!! I UNDERSTAND HOW YOU FEEL. COME HERE WHEN YOU'RE UP TO IT AND BE KIND TO YOURSELF. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO HEAL ON THE "INSIDE". SENDING :hug: TO YOU THIS MORNING!

HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:

MELODY525
02-05-2007, 09:41 AM
PS TO MEADOW....YES LET'S all MEET UNDER THE RAINBOW AND FIND OUR POT OF GOLD:goldpot: ....FRIENDSHIP :hug:

happy2bme
02-05-2007, 09:52 AM
Happy belated birthdays to Jen and Meadow’s DD. Did you have a fun celebration?

Oh man, I was just going through the last of the January thread and I just saw Carla’s post about spending February in a Flophouse in Flatbush (Shades of Sylvester the cat) :rofl: :rofl: Not too late to change the thread though I think I might mess up the rest of the crew who are making their way to South America at the moment. :?:

Well my Bears did not play like the championship team that they were supposed to be and so they lost. Pity. :( But I decided that I ate less Superbowl munchies when sitting glumly on the couch so that was a good thing. :D I only watched part of the half time show. Billy Joel looks very old as do many of the rockers. Eddie Van Halen is on the cover of some magazine this month. I did a double take when I saw it. He used to be such a hottie and he looks absolutely wretched. All the years of drinking and smoking have taken their toll. Kind of sad...

Madcat - I like the new avatar. As well as yours Mel. I think I'll keep my Mr. Froggy for one more month.

I think Grease and Staying Alive of 2 of the best get up and moving soundtracks - timeless too Holly. Ummm both have John Travolta in them too. He is quite a dancer.

Oh poor woman Shad. What a mess you had there. It was quite a funny story - not to laugh at your expense but I can so see that happening. Looking sporty aren't we? :rofl: I'm sure you've not heard the last of it. But thanks for sharing...

Ok Linus - apparently stitch is another word like fanny - a seemingly innocent word to us but :o :o :censored: to you. Please educate me. I do believe that CJ is the child I was afraid to have. :lol: Hope you remind your DH that it's his fault :) Sounds like he is getting along quite well with his brothers though.

How are things going by you Mel? Good thing you are down in the Falklands and not up in the north where I hear it is very cold. And I'm sure that brings the seniors out in droves with problems. Mom called last night and said the high was 2 degrees yesterday. Brrrrr. :hyper:

Thank you Meadow and Shad for the beautiful pictures of Stanley and the penquins. It is kind of pretty around here, isn't it? :yes:

I have another very busy week ahead of me. I'm in the crunch at work - behind on a project and juggling 3 others. Dentist appointment this afternoon - just an exam. Cleaning tomorrow. Have to reschedule a doctors appointment because I had one on Friday and they closed the office because Lordy, we had snow ON THE GRASS. The streets were wet but just a bit of slish but those of us who know real snow were going :dunno: what's the panic here? This is the 3rd time they have cancelled or reshuffled this doctor appointment and she just came back from maternity leave so I can only imagine how long I will be waiting for the next appointment. If it's not a month away then they will be overbooking and I'll probably have to spend 3 hours just sitting in the waiting room. Doctors are very bad about keeping to your appointment times out here. :mad: And there is lots to do at home too. I have made lists and will be sticking with them.

So onwards and upwards. Hellos to the rest of the chicks. Keep your eye out for penquins.

happy2bme
02-05-2007, 09:53 AM
Hello Mel - :wave: I see your little light shining - you are above me as usual - I'll be supporting you from underneath!

Oh and the glasses need to be remade. But the frames are very cute. Similar to what I have now (I didn't notice) but in a coppery brown shade instead. Screams that I must have red hair to go with them :lol:

MELODY525
02-05-2007, 10:08 AM
HAPPY IT IS FFFFFING FREEZING IN THE FRIGGING FLATBUSH FLOPHOUSE!!! :( :( :( GOOD THING YOU CHOSE THE ISLAND RETREAT. SENDING YOU :hug: FOR THE BUSY WEEK TO COME. SORRY ABOUT THE BEARS. TAKE THE WEEKEND OFF AND GO DYE YOUR HAIR RED!!!:dance: :rofl: I MISSED YOUR LITTLE EGG LIT WHILE DOWN IN THE FREEZING OFFICE REPORTING AND HANDING IN PAPERS!!! :hug:

ceejay52
02-05-2007, 10:44 AM
Mel--Love the neew avatar.

Happy--Understand you are in the South. We don't drive that much on the snow andwe're always looking for excuses not to work. :rofl:

Not much else to say. I've already turned in the January reports. I'm waiting on 10 a.m. to get the readings so I can start on February.

Hello to all the rest

MELODY525
02-05-2007, 01:16 PM
:wave: HELLO CEEJAY!!!! THANK YOU. I GOT THE CAT AT HEATHER ANIMATIONS.
HAPPY REPORT DAY TO YOU
HAPPY REPORT DAY TO YOU
HAPPY REPORT DAY DEAR CJ
HAPPY REPORT DAY TO YOU:val3:

I JUST TURNED THE TELLIE ON. I LIKE TO WATCH THe INTERNATIONAL HISTORY CHANNELL........YOU GUESSED IT...THE BATTLE OF THE FALKLANDS IS COMING ON NEXT :rofl: :rofl: TTFN

suzi in auz
02-05-2007, 07:05 PM
I made it...i knew you would move soon...you funny things. giggling my head off here.
Started my new job yesterday...all went well. A lot is expected but can only deliver what I can. I am excited though.
I am sprucing up the office, it's bright and light but a little devoid of ME!
I thought I would put the Eifel tower on the wall as an incentive.

Ok...must dash. Have one DS home with a lurgy.
Love to all
Suz :)

carla49
02-05-2007, 08:16 PM
It's Falking windy down here!!! Maybe it'll be calmer next month in the Maldives... :lol:

I know there are lots of penguins all over the place, but until recently sheep were the economic mainstay (no wonder Shad feels at home here! Baaaa!) so I've adopted a fluffy feminine pink sheep avatar for the time being. If you're looking for me, I'll be the mutton dressed as lamb. :rofl:

Mel and her scalpel will be glad to know the boil (which I've decided to christen Vesuvius in the hopes of imminent eruption) is having another growth spurt. Today's selected treatment is a Vick's poultice. Not expecting much... If it's not gone in a week I think I'll give in to the joy of antibiotics. No-one here is interested in lancing it, although they'd probably do it at ER after a nine-hour wait...

Shad, your key story was a hoot - certainly more fun to read than to experience! If they give you grief for looking 'sporty'. maybe you should let the sweat ripen for a day or two and see who's laughing then. :devil:

I had a good rant planned as I was out puttering about today, but can't seem to remember the subject anymore... maybe I should rant about old age and memory lapses? :dunno:

Cheers to all. :wave:

Shad
02-05-2007, 08:28 PM
Just made one deadline and was feeling drained and annoyed (at the rooster chicks) so I thought a cuppa and a chat might be a good idea, Just went in to make the cuppa and the tfg was there. That annoyed me even more. Moral of the story must be to keep out of the kitchen.
This constant rain is very depressing. The rooster in luv has become a bit of a pain, and I had to read the riot act about time and punctuality yesterday and as a result we all stayed behind after hours to catch up with the work. Hence the deadline only being met 10 minutes before time. They are training that this afternoon!
It's nice to be in this peaceful place of Falklands. I have had a feeling that this project is going to hit a wall soon, what with Kong pushing on one side and the company on the other. Well anyway, I started off coming up here to do PM, I then got PP, PI, QM as well. And today I find that our MM person is finishing at the end of the month and now I am training Inventory as well.
My boss tells me that she will get the tfg to do my Cross Functional training but I bet he comes up with an excuse to get out of that one.

Okay, that's my gripe for now. I've ranted enough. And I've finished my coffee so I'd better get out of here and do something else. I hope that all the acronyms did mean something, but then again, they probably didn't and I might have been speaking Swahili.
Bye y'all

carla49
02-05-2007, 11:03 PM
I think I've been cross-functioned (is that like short-circuited? or like crossed wires?) with all of Shad's acronyms. The scary part is I know what a couple of them mean. The even scarier part is that a few of our gang actually make their living doing the same arcane things as Shad... Hey - is it possible the alternative universe she lives in starts with an 'f'? Or maybe an 'm' for next month? Would we all have to learn Martian?

carla49
02-05-2007, 11:05 PM
Shad, I see your egg is still lit. Does your job description include looking after kids in love and moldering in the constant rain? Maybe you can fill a few rain barrels and take them home with you...

happy2bme
02-06-2007, 01:57 AM
Darn, I wanted this as my avatar for the month but it's too big.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/PiratePenquins.gif


I like your new one Carla.

carla49
02-06-2007, 03:11 AM
I like the penguins, Happy. My first choice was also animated - three sheep in a chorus line. I'd post them in this mesage, but don't know how to. (I'm just proud I've learned to resize pictures for the avatars. It opened a world of possibilities, I must say.) By the way, I hope you'll keep your frog-itty for a while longer. It just cheers me right up every time I see it.

happy2bme
02-06-2007, 09:39 AM
'Mornin chicks,

Ok then Froggie it is for the time being.

Carla - there's something about your caption of 100% Virgin wool that gives me the giggles too. Probably because I don't remember being virginal any more. And surely not at our age :lol: Geez I hope the Vicks works on that boil. That puppy sure doesn't want to go away, does it? I think it's punishing you for calling it a funicle carbunkle garfunkel whateveritwasucalledit. :lol:

Cheer up herder woman Shad. Seems like you are always in charge of the rooster chicks, whether it's stated or subtley implied. Do you find yourself shaking your head saying - were we EVER this young? :rolleyes: It's sort of sad that you are getting so much rainy weather at one end, yet having such a drought back home. Yours is a land of extremes, isn't it? I do know what you mean about the gloomy weather making you feel down. Used to feel that way in February up in Chicago. No sun and it felt like you would never be warm again. And I think I can pick through a few of your acronyms but I won't admit it lest you recruit me for a training assistant :lol:

Suzi, what's this about a new job? Did I miss something? Do tell what is going on...

Ceejay - thanks for the explanation on why they close things down so easily. Makes perfect sense! :lol:

Poor Mel, toss on an extra fuzzy blanket and stay warm. It's all over the news about the bitter cold up north. By some freaky coincidence it's going to be 56 degrees here today - downright balmy and then we're back in the cold snap again tomorrow. These houses here have no insulation to speak of so when it gets around freezing there are cold drafts all over. But nothing like dealing with the kind of cold you have. Come on down for the day to have a chat and thaw out. We can celebrate DH's birthday today. :hb: Another year closer to retirement. :D :crossed:

Today it's off to the dentist for me. Just a cleaning today. My night guard has not come in yet (to prevent the teeth grinding). I had a fun day yesterday on the phone trying to get my doctor's appt rescheduled that they cancelled for the second time last Friday when we had the big "blizzard". Now they are telling me they can't fit me in until April. I said not when your office cancelled me TWICE. So I got the "let us check and we'll call you back". The new equivalent of being shoved on hold and forgotten about. It's a shame because from what I've heard I would really like this doctor group's practice and philosophies. But the way they run the patient office areas and waiting rooms down here needs a big overhaul. So that's today's rant.

I will make an extra effort to drink my water today. That's today's focus.

Let me go wake up the birthday boy. Hellos to Matcat, Meadow, Linus, Holly, Nae and the rest of the crew. :wave:

Roseblush
02-06-2007, 10:17 AM
Wow nice new digs....love it! Thanks for getting us here again Happy, you girls tak such good care of us! So nice to hear everyone posting and joking, sharing this is a good place for a giggle or two! where is Ms TEEL????????

Ok, I thought my BF was going to break up with me because I was being a little cool this week after our long trip I need to be alone and rest and reflect....he takes it as a different sign..... so I put on a very hot shirt on friday night when I got there to deflect the we need a long talk series that was going to take place.....LOL>>>>> it had the desired effect......After dinner we put on all the longjohns and warm clothes and tookt he dogs for a walk in the 9 degree weather under the full moon....very fun!

My little fish in my small tank (not the turtle tank ) this one is by my computer so I can watch them.... anyway the heater broke and little blokes were freezing so I got a new heater and almost cooked them! I think I have it regulated now so they are happy and all survived the ordeal....you gotta be tough to survive in my little world.....!!!!!!!

I do hope everyone is well and coping and finding some peace and joy in the little things of everyday once in awhile.
Take good care all,
Peace,
Nae

MELODY525
02-06-2007, 10:51 AM
CARLA I LOVE THE PINK SHEEP. DID YOU DYE IT JUST FOR VALENTINE'S DAY? SHE NEEDS A LOVELY RED RIBBON ON HER NECK NOW. OO PERHAPS A ROSE IN HER MOUTH!
MT. VESUVIUS :rofl: GOD I HOPE THE VICKS WORKS!! SENDING ERUPTION THOUGHTS YOUR WAY!!! :cheers:

SHAD~ THE ONLY ONE RECOGNIZABLE ACRONYM WAS PP AND I AM SURE I HAVE THE WRONG IDEA :faint: HOPE THE WEEK GETS BETTER BUT IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A GOOD POSSIBILITY FROM READING YOUR POST. CAN THE TFG ACTUALLY TEACH THAT????? :lol3: SENDING MANY :hug: TRY YOUR BEST NOT TO DRAW FIRST BLOOD!!!!

HAPPY~ I LOVE THE PENGUINS!!! HOW CUTE THEY WOULD BE FOR THE AVATAR! CAN YOU SHRINK THEM UP? OR DOWN I SHOULD SAY. STICK THEM IN YOUR SIGNATURE!! ROFLMAO I'LL STOP BY FOR CAKE AND COFFEE AFTER YOUR DENTIST APPT. HOPE IT ALL GOES WELL GETTING THE NEW DR APPT. GOD THOSE RECEPTIONISTS ARE ONE OF MY BIGGEST RANTS!!! :tantrum: GOOD LUCK!
:hb: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE DH:gift:

SUZI~ I AM GLAD YOU ARE MAKING YOUR MARK IN YOUR NEW OFFICE!! GOOD FOR YOU! STAMP YOUR PERSONA ALL OVER THE PLACE :dance:

NAE~ OMG!!! THE FISHIE!!! :yikes: GOOD THING YOU DIDN;T ROAST HIM. I'M NOT SURE HE'D BE A TASTY BITE!!! THE SEXY SHIRT WAS A GREAT IDEA BUT PROBABLY ONLY POSTPONED THE TALK RATHER THAN GET RID OF IT :rofl: GOOD LUCK BUT I REALLY DO UNDERSTAND HOW YOU FEEL. LOL SENDING :hug: TO YOU AS WELL!

CEEJAY~ JEN AND I WERE TALKING AND YOU ARE SO RIGHT. WE ALWAYS SAID THAT IN THE SOUTH THEY HAVE NO EXPERIENCE DRIVING IN WINTER WEATHER. A BIG PROBLEM WHEN OLD MAN WINTER DECIDES TO GO SOUTH OF THE BORDER.Brrrrrrrrrr

DAMN SAM IT'S COLD OUTSIDE. IT HAS WARMED UP TO ALMOST 13 DEGREES NOW. LAST NIGHT WAS UNREAL. I CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE LIVING FARTHER NORTH AND HAVING THESE TEMPS EVERY WINTER. SOME OF THE PEOPLE HERE ARE PETRIFIED OF A BLACKOUT NOW. I KEEP TELLING THEM NOT TO WORRY WHILE MY OWN KNEES ARE KNOCKING TOGETHER!!! :rofl:
I JUST LIT A VANILLA/LIME CANDLE AND BEGAN SNEEZING. GUESS THAT'S ANOTHER ONE THAT JEN CAN HAVE. BUT IT DOES SMELL DELICIOUS. ISLAND LIKE. JUST RIGHT FOR OUR NEW HOME. I COULD USE SOME BALMY BREEZES RIGHT ABOUT NOW. AFTER MUCH THOUGHT I WILL CONTINUE WITH THE NS FOOD FOR ONE MORE MONTH. SAVES PLANNING, SHOPPING AND COOKING AS WELL. I FEEL LIKE I COULD USE A REST OF SORTS AND ALL FOR $177. I BOUGHT THE WEEKENDS OFF KIT. I HAVE SOY BURGERS, TURKEY FRANKS ETC IN THE FREEZER. NEED TO CLEAR OUT THE FOOD IN THERE. GETTING CLOSE TO THE EXP. DATES AROUND SEPTEMBER.
I WOKE UP LATE SO I BETTER GET MOVING BEFORE I FALL ASLEEP AGAIN. IT'S THAT KIND OF DAY. A BLANKET, A BOOK, A PILLOW AND A SUNNY WINDOW. YUM! :cloud0:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

ceejay52
02-06-2007, 01:19 PM
Mel--Do try to stay warm.

Suzi--What is your new job, tell us more.

Nae--Fried fish--oh my--Glad they survived.

Happy and Shad--you two are so funny.

My day is not as busy as yesterday and I'm glad. I did have to refill a chemical drum and I tightened the pump to tight.. Had to call the boss man. Couldn't get out on our phone.

Gotta Go.

Shad
02-06-2007, 06:49 PM
Morning all,

Happy birthday to Happy's DH. Wish him all the best in this world. I'll have some cyber cake in a minute when I go get my coffee organised. Umm maybe I will pass since Jason has some Christmas cake in there - could be dangerous. Jason is our Lions club Christmas cake seller. He managed to sell 1994 cakes this year and now we get the benefit of the last six. At $10 each he has done well doncha thunk??
Went out to dinner last night at the local Indian Taj Mahal - enterprising name don't you think? There is a Taj Mahal restaurant in just about every town I have been to on this planet.

This sure is a country of extremes. We are burning in the west and drowning in the north, still smoldering in the south and drought stricken in the east. No middle of the road over here.

Anyway, I have more to say, but I had better go get stuck into the chicks again and keep them moving along.
PP-PI-QM = Production Planning, Process Industry, Quality Management
PM = Plant Maintenance,
MM = Materials Management
XF = Cross Functional - it's good for a woman to teach since we can multi task!!!!
FI/CO = Finance and Controlling and keep the bl**dy stuff away from me.

I'll be back.

ceejay52
02-06-2007, 07:34 PM
I've just noticed the days getting longer. Woo Hoo.

I'm so ready to go home.

Hollyhock
02-06-2007, 10:43 PM
FFFFFreezing here too!!!

The Organizing job today was hard labour. Felt good but yikes. I was outside too for over an hour hauling stuff up a hill and out to the curb. -27C.Over 45 bags of garbage, 30 bags of recycling and odds and ends of furniture. Good work out. The 2 gals I work with are sincere, funny, caring. I adore them.My "boss" just called to thank me for working today. Combined "person" hours - we have 46 in. And we are going back Monday and Tuesday.

I had the most satisfying bath after supper to warm up and soak.

Now that the kids and hubby are in bed i have a bit of a 2nd wind. Not major but I might put some wash in.

Working doing hair tomorrow from 9:30-3.

I have only had 6 hours sleep in 2 nights. Hopig my brain disconnects better today.

Love you Gals!!!!

Shad
02-06-2007, 11:25 PM
Ladies and others:

We have Tropical Cyclone Nelson bearing down on us from the north. It may come to nothing, but the general consensus seems to be that if it continues on it's winning way we will be inundated again from tomorrow onwards.
Should this happen, you will understand why you don't hear from me for probably the best part of 3 or 4 days. We may well be without power, without roads and minus the odd building or two. If it blows out to sea as it well might do, I'll be back on air tomorrow. In the meantime, those of us who were going home tomorrow have been reticketed onto today's flights and are leaving in a steady stream. I'm not one of them and I will be here at Fawlty Towers and doing my best to stay out of trouble and not go stark raving bonkers.

I'll be back whenever. Have fun.

Madcat
02-06-2007, 11:28 PM
Froze my butt off trying to walk home today. I ended up having to grab the streetcar. I think I may have lost feeling in my cheeks. It’s not even the cold, it’ the -23 C wind chill. I was supposed to go back out to see some friends I just couldn’t face it, so I called and cancelled. Even though I would have driven it just seemed too much effort. I’ve spent the night rummaging around in bills to try to get my business papers in order for the accountant. I have everything but the dread expenses done.

Holly~ Hope you get some good rest. You have earned some zzzzs, you hard working woman you.

Mel~ Oh a book, a pillow and a sunny window does should good. We would take the cold back if we could – even if we don’t want it. Can you sing songs for all sorts of mundane occasions for us? That would be cool!~

Shad~ Your coworker sold how many Christmas cakes??? Are we talking fruitcakes? That is one impressive feat. We also have a Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant here (at least one)… almost like every town must have a Golden Bamboo Chinese restaurant. Sorry your roosters are being so unruly. Ah to be young and so easily distracted!

Ceejay~ I’ve noticed it is getting lighter at night too. I’ve been leaving work in daylight!

Happy~ Happy B-day to your sweet DH. Are you taking him anywhere to celebrate? Hope the dentist goes well (and by well I mean not too pointy and sharp). Omigawd I love those penguins!!

Rosebush~ Your poor fishies! Glad they survived the catastrophic climate change. Mel is probably right – you have postponed “the talk”. Hey maybe you should just get it out in the open. There is nothing wrong with being honest and saying “I enjoy your company but I just need some down time to recharge, nothing personal” – hmmm, of course this is a man’s ego we are talking about.

Suzi~ I think I missed the new job post too. What does this entail?

Carla~ You and Happy crack me up!!! 100% virgin wool? That seems a bit sheepy! I have always liked the 99.4% pure Dove soap claim. What is that other .6%?

K, I better post this and get to bed. Tired now… And yet another long day doing nothing on the goofiest project ever. I’ll be pleased when my team lead actually leaves once and for all and we can get some real work done. I won’t rant about this at the moment for now.

Madcat
02-06-2007, 11:29 PM
Shad!!! :hug: Hang in there. Stock up on candles and good books and tins of healthy food. Let us know when it blows past.

happy2bme
02-07-2007, 01:57 AM
Shad - be safe :grouphug: I certainly hope that building is sturdy. Appreciate you giving us a heads up because we would worry about you.

Will be back to catch up in the morning. Off to bed for me now. Night all, pleasant dreams.

carla49
02-07-2007, 04:35 AM
Take care Shad! Too bad this isn't one of your weekends away - it sounds like you'd be home already with an extra day or two off? As for the cake, much as I like fruit cake, I don't think I'd pay $10 for one that had been sitting around since 1994. :lol:

Mel, it sounds like you think the Falklands are nice and toasty and bathed in gentle tropical breezes. I'd like to think you're right, but I have a feeling the winds there are a little on the bracing side. I picture them as something similar to what we get in Newfoundland. Winter woolies in the suitcase for this chick!

Today's rant: it's past 3 am Ontario time, and I'm just winding down to go to sleep after a long flight out here to Victoria. Ridiculous that the total trip took 10 hours (yes, 10 hours) door-to-door. Of that, 45 minutes in the security lineup, 7 hours sitting wedged into a tiny seat (memo to self: Must lose weight!!!) on two fully-booked planes, 45 minutes to and from the airports, 30 minutes to register at the hotel,and the rest lining up to board or deplane. And I don't get paid for the time. And several of the participants at the conf I'll be working at were up in Business class in big seats, with actual food and drink! The pendulum swings more towards retirement, I think. Who needs this nonsense! I could have gotten to Paris faster. And what about the cute old couple right in front of me on arrival, taking a hat out of the overhead bin, putting it on, getting the scarf, putting it on, gett ing one bag, two bags, three bags, getting the coats and putting them on, all the while the rest of the passengers waiting less and less patiently. Finally, they start to move up the narrow aisle, stop to thank the crew for such a smooth flight, and then totter side-by-side along the narrow passageway while the rest of us narrowly escape turning into a 50 passenger pile-up. It took so long the luggage actually had arrived on the carousel before we got to it!

And now to bed - up to work bright and early tomorrow.

Oh - by the way, to those of you freezing back east, there was a gentle drizzle and lovely warm air waiting for us here. I'll try to send some more temperate weather back your way.

happy2bme
02-07-2007, 09:41 AM
Hi there,

Just checked the weather in the Falklands. 10 to 13C, 51 to 56F windy with a light rain. Perhaps we need to move to Brisbane where it's warm and dry. :D

Shad, hope things are going well for you. Hunker down, stay dry and avoid flying objects. I do hope you don't have to go to work in a hurricane. May it blow over quickly. :crossed:

Carla - what a dreadful travel experience. It's the main reason I will never take a position where I have to travel all the time. And it takes a while to wind down from those aggrivating trips so I'm sure you didnt' get much rest before you had to show up today all perky and acting like you're interested. I second you on the retirement bit :cheers:

Madcat - the goofiest project EVER? Do tell as you've had some doozers if I remember correctly. I know the feeling - all of you - just get away and let me work. :rollpin:

Stay warm Holly.

What are you reading Mel? Hope you have a nice cuddly blanket to keep you warm.

Ceejay - I noticed it staying lighter longer too. :cp: It's good for driving - I don't like night driving much and now I noticed I have to go change the timers on the lamps to turn on an hour later than they do now. Though daylight savings time is changing this year - starts earlier and ends a week AFTER Halloween which I am happy about. Always seemed silly to me to change the time so that it was dark one hour earlier for the trick or treaters. :rolleyes:

DH had a nice birthday I suppose. I made him a nice dinner of a steak and special potatoes with a salad. He was playing in his pool league last night so while he was gone I baked him a batch of brownies for his birthday "cake". I sang to him and when he blew out the candles he blew wax on part of the brownies. :lol: I had one tiny square and that was enough for me.

I do have 2 cavaties and a cracked tooth they will be monitoring. One of the cavaties was on an upper tooth and though the hygenist was careful, she did hit a particularly sensitive spot a couple of times which made my legs jump up in the chair :yikes: I can handle the discomfort of the scraping easily enough but the nerve pain - yowza. Worst part is after they get you once, you just sit there with a death grip waiting for it to happen again. Stupid teeth.

Geez, I better jump in the shower. It's later than I thought. Have a good one ladies...

MELODY525
02-07-2007, 10:29 AM
OMG!!!! JUST WHEN I WAS GOING TO TELL ABOUT MY BAD DAY I READ SHAD'S DILEMMA. HOPE YOU STAY WELL AWAY FROM HARMS WAY. SENDING SAFETY VIBES.
WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MOTHER NATURE :tantrum:
WE SHOULD SEND YOU A CASE OR TWO OF DUCT TAPE FOR FAWLTY TOWERS!!!
LOTS OF :hug: TOO.

CEEJAY~ YOUR AVATAR LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE GOING HOME ON A DAY WITH LONGER LASTING SUN!! I NOTICED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON THAT THE SUN IS MOVING BECAUSE IT HITS A TINY CORNER OF MY LIVING ROOM WHEN SPRING GETS CLOSER. :dance:

MADCAT~I COULD FEEL YOUR COLD FACE!!! I WOULD HAVE CANCELLED ALSO. YES IT IS THE WINDS FAULT!!
STAY WARM AND USE THE OLE TROLLEY!!
THE GOOFIEST PROJECT EVER :rofl: CAN'T WAIT FOR THE RANT!!! HANG IN THERE AND BON VOYAGE TO THE LEADER!!

HAPPY~ WHAT WERE YOU DOING UP SO LATE AND ON THE PC??????:rollpin: HOW CAN YOU GO TO WORK, PAY TAXES AND SUPPORT ME IF YOU'RE TIRED????:tantrum: IS WW STILL IN YOUR OFFICE? I WAS SUGGESTING IT TO THE OFFICE DOWNSTAIRS BUT NO ONE WAS INTERESTED :rofl:
DENTIST & PAIN :yikes: :faint: WAXY BROWNIES??

CARLA~OMG YOUR TRAVEL STORY WAS TOO MUCH!! DID YOU FINALLY GO TO SLEEP?? THE OLDIES IN FRONT OF YOU REMINDED ME OF WHEN A SENIOR TELLS ME TO FOLLOW THEM IN MY HIGH SPEED CHAIR AND THEY ARE USING A WALKER!!! :rofl: I CREEP ALONG BEHIND THEM AND THINK EVIL THOUGHTS :devil: HOPE THE TRIP IS SUCCESSFUL!! GOOD LUCK!! MAKES ME GLAD I DON'T TRAVEL ANYMORE!! PLEASE DON'T BURST MY BUBBLE ABOUT THE FALKLANDS....I AM THINKING JAMAICAN THOUGHTS OVER HER OR BECOMING A BAHAMA MAMA!!
:beach: :belly:

HOLLY~ 40+ HOURS IS PARTTIME???? :lol3: GET SOME SLEEP LADY!! SECOND WINDS ARE NICE BUT ONLY IF YOU HAVEN'T ABUSED THE FIRST ONE!! :rofl:

YESTERDAY SUCKED BIG TIME. MY ARTS & CRAFTS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED SO IT CAN BE CORRELATED WITH A NEW "UPTOWN" PROGRAM. IT INVOLVES WORKING WITH MY DD'S EX BOSS AND SHE REFUSES TO CALL ME DIRECT. WE HAVE A MIDDLELADY TO GO THRU. SO I CALLED HER AND WAS VERY DIRECT!!! SHE OF COURSE HUNG UP THE PHONE LIKE ALL GROWN-UPS SHOULD DO WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THE TRUTH. NOW SHE INVOLVED MY FRIEND THE POLITICO. JESUS....CAN'T ANYONE FIGHT THEIR OWN BWTTLES ANYMORE?
HE OF COURSE CALLED THE MIDLELADY AND ACCUSED HER OF ANGERING ME. :rofl: :rofl: MEN SHOULD KNOW BETTER THAN TO GET INBETWEEN 2 WOMEN WHILE THEY ARGUE. :lol3: SOMEHOW HE IS THIN KING I AM MAD AT HIM AND HURT. HE IS PROFESSING HIS INNOCENCE NOW. THIS IS LIKE A BRITISH COMEDY BUT THE SILLINESS OF IT ALL IS LOST ON EVERYONE BUT ME.
I AM ONLY UPSET WITH THE INTERFERENCE IN MY CLASSES. GUESS I WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SEASON 2 BEGINS FOR THE OUTCOME. WHY IS MY YEAR GOING THIS WAY? FOOK THE YEAR OF THE PIGS!!! THE DIRECTOR IS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TODAY. MAYBE WE CAN GET AT LEAST ONE THING SETTLED.
I BETTER GET OUT OF HERE BECAUSE I FEEL HEART PALPITATIONS STARTING AND A MOTHER OF A SIZE RANT COMING ON. GUESS I AM MORE UPSET THAN I THOUGHT!!! :tantrum:
HAPPY WED/THURS. STAY SAFE OUR SHADDIE :hug:

Meadow
02-07-2007, 01:20 PM
Sending the protective white light to Shad :hug: I hope it blew out to sea, hunker down. If Mother nature is riled, she is going to do damage ;) :goodvibes

Mel-There is something going on, you should have worked for the United Nations or as a peace negotiator. You keep repeating the lesson until you have learned from it. Getting better at it aren't you? :p :D Not again! :devil: I think you are meant to laugh, how could things get so complicated in such a short time? This former boss of DD must be a real pill :^: I'm sorry you have another nutter to deal with. What is the craft project? How to make a bridge? Why the networking aspect? Do the residents know how you fight for their fun? I am reading the Marlo Thomas book "In their own words" by regular people and the lessons they have learned. Most of the stories are only three or four pages long, but they are powerful and will make you cry or tug at your heart. Just a suggestion to get lost in someone else's trouble. Will help you let go of the tension that keeps cropping up in your own life. :book2:

Carla-Are you going to drop in at Roger's chocolates to have a sigh and a whiff of all those lovely Victoria creams? I delight in that store whenever I go to the provincial capital ;) That used to be what we got in our stockings at Christmas, a victoria cream :slurp: Is it raining? It always rains when I'm there :p Buy an umbrella with bumble bees or something spring like on it to make you smile :D It is a long journey from East to West isn't it? At least you were headed to a great place:rain:

Happy-yikes on the dentist! Makes me think I should take the kids, they are just getting some of their big ones coming in. Cavities can sneak in anytime and boom! I could picture the legs coming up. I have a middle finger that sneaks up involuntarily when they hit a sensitive area in my mouth:s: Your husband must have been smiley hugely at your efforts for his Birthday:D Well done! :cheer2: How much water have you drunk? :yes: Hydrate yourself!

Madcat-goofy project? Do you wear a clown nose and everyone makes faces to crack each other up? Not my kind of goofy? :p Sounded like you are frustrated and a bit tense. Breathe. It seems to be something you can't control, like the weather :bubbles: Stay out of the wind and cuddle up with your cutie.

Holly-How are your muscles feeling after all that labour? Glad you got to have a soak and a relax afterwards. I don't envy you doing hair and having to lift your arms up for hours after that. More power to you!:strong:

Ceejay-was today busier? Did the time go faster? It is nice to see the daylight last. I saw the full moon rise over the mountain last week, bright and full. Beautiful :D

Rose-glad the top was a suitable distraction, good strategy ;) Good to hear your fish survived the heater fiascos. Hardy little mites ;)

My sisters left yesterday :sniff: Nothing like having them here, we think the same, like the same shows, finish each other's sentences. My daughter's birthday was actually on the 5th but we celebrated on the Sunday because she had school on Monday and I wanted her to be in Birthday mode all day:D

You've got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

(To illustrate his last remark Jonah in the whale,
Noah in the ark
What did they do
Just when everything looked so dark)

Man, they said we better Accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, do not mess with Mister In-Between
Do you hear me, hmm?

Meadow
02-07-2007, 04:37 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/world-smile.gif

I know the saying is "Smile and the world smiles with you" but I prefer to include the laugh because a good laugh beats a smile. Endorphine rush anyone? :lol3:

ceejay52
02-07-2007, 04:55 PM
Meadow--I'm eliminating the negative right now. Now I'm singing,oh my, any one have ea plugs!

Mel--Ahh -- I'll come and do arts and crafts with you.

Madcat--Stay warm. That's tooooo cold for me.

Happy- I do the same thing at the Dentist. I don't like the any part of going to the dentist.

I've had one rant in my journal involving bottled water so my second rant will be about L, you know the co-worker. She started pushing my buttons night before last trying her best to make herself look good and trying to dig out more information from me so that she can run and tell the boss of all her goodness. This morning she had her panties in a wad. I'm not putting up with her mess this year.

Shad
02-07-2007, 06:28 PM
Morning all,
Well Nelson fell about in small circles and dumped rain up in the hinterland and the cyclone forming off the coast is still making up it's mind. Gotta love Mother Nature. According to the National News on 7 this morning, we have gale force winds and heavy rain - and while I'm not saying this won't happen - it ain't here yet. In fact I looked out the window and wondered if we had been transported somewhere else. No wind, and no rain. At least not inside. I have water dripping from the air intake for the air conditioning this morning.
Gotta go. Be back later.

Hollyhock
02-07-2007, 07:49 PM
((Shad))) be safe. Hoping it dwindles to nothing.
It warmed up to a tropical -10 C today!!!!
A little tuckered out.
Bowing in awe to work away from home women!!!! Yowza. I have fulltime payroll( organizing and hair) Tues-Sat this week and then Mon - Fri next week as well as run the Avon biz and organize the church pancake supper to feed about 150 people.
Focussing on the upside. I will be earning 3X’s the money I would have for the same hours home daycare and hubby is definitely helping more here. BUT I am still getting ALL of the meals, groceries, laundry......do all the thinking ,planning.....
Upside..it is getting easier and I am not anxious when away from home now. In fact I look forward to it. Both payroll jobs rock!!! and I rock at them!!!! I rock at the jobs I do for no income too!!! Laughing Like being a wife and mom and domestic goddess.

To Do Tonight Yet
do 3 loads wash
Pack Avon, 1 went to to rink
prep brochures
clean K after supper
scoop poop
feed critters
run DW
make some calls

Breakfast meeting tomorrow from 8-9:30am. Home from 10-11:30am. Hair shop from 12-7pm. Book Club 7:15-8:30pm. Home to kiss my babies.

MELODY525
02-08-2007, 10:23 AM
SHAD I WAS WATCHING THE TV FOR GLOBAL WEATHER AND HEARD MUCH THE SAME THING. THAT THIS STORM WAS HANGING ON THE COASTAL AREA. STILL SENDING :hug: AND HOPES THAT YOU WILL BE SAFE AND KEPT FAR AWAY FROM IT.

MEADOW~ IT IS THE SAME OLD LESSON. I AM THINKING I ALMOST HAVE IT RIGHT. I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AN
A+ IF I HADN'T PICKED UP THE PHONE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! THANKS FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS AND GRAPHICS. I AM SINGING ALONG WITH CEEJAY.....BEST GET A LOT OF EARPLUGS! SO NICE THAT YOUR FAMILY HAS A GREAT CONNECTION. IMPORTANT IN THIS CRAZY MIXED UP WORLD.

CEEJAY~ LET'S SING SONGS RATHER THAN LET THOSE IDIOT WOMEN IN OUR LIVES GET THE BEST OF US!!! IF WE DIDN'T REACT AT ALL I BET IT WOULD REALLY PISS THEM OFF! :rofl: :rofl:

HOLLY~ YOUR DAYS SOUND LIKE MINE DID. SENDING VIBES FOR STRENGTH YOUR WAY. HANG IN THERE.

WHERE IS MISS HAPPY? SITTING AND TYPING AND READY TO POUNCE ON ME? :rofl: :rofl:

WELL AFTER FEELING SICKISH YESTERDAY I DID LEARN FROM MY OWN ERRORS. I NEED TO THINK A WEE BIT LONGER BEFORE I REACT. ALTHOUGH I DID A LOT BETTER....IT'S NOT ENOUGH YET. CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR!!:rofl: SOME EXERCISE TODAY, PEACE AND QUIET AND CLEANING!!!BTW...SINCE I GAVE UP THE COFFEE FRAPPUCHINOS COMPLETELY, THE FACE IS IMPROVING. A;BEIT SLOWLY BUT A DEFINITE MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. CAN THE EYE BE FAR BEHIND? I THINK NOT. JUST HAVE TO WATCH THE USAGE OF MY EYES. I HAVE A TENDANCY TO THINK I CAN READ FOR 5 HOURS OR PLAY GAMES FOR 8 HRS! :faint: :faint: LITTLE GRASSHOPPER, MODERATION IS THE KEY TO ALL THINGS PEACEFUL!
SUPPOSED TO BE WARMER TOMORROW SO I MAY GO FOOD SHOPPING. THE NS FOOD ARRIVED YESTERDAY SO I AM ALL SET. :dance:

HAPPY THURSDAY! :moped:

happy2bme
02-08-2007, 10:28 AM
Hey all,

Feeling kinda cruddy today. Everything hurts - head, joints and the chest feels a bit stuffy. Is probably due to the weather - we're back in the cold again. I'm just glad it's close to the weekend. We're supposed to go to a seminar tonight, right now that's sounding like the LAST thing I want to do but DH will make me go. :lol:

We bought/ordered a painting last week. We stopped to pick up my glasses and there is a Thomas Kinkade store right across the aisle in the mall. We always look in there whenever we're in the mall - I have several of his pieces. Apparently Elvis Presley Enterprises has commissioned him to do a portrait of Graceland (Elvis' home) as part of the commemoration festivities to celebrate the 50 year ( :yikes: ) anniversary of Elvis purchasing Graceland in March of 1957. He did a rough mock last September which is to be used for the base of the painting. All we saw was a rough pencil sketch. They are only making a limited number of pieces and Memphis gets first dibs before the other galleries because Memphis commissioned the painting. I told DH we should order a painting - as an investment. I have never done this before. We have 3 of his paintings - all of which I bought simply because we liked them. One of them is worth 4 times what we paid for it. If I had bought the first painting of his that I loved that one would have been worth 8 times what it originally sold for. I would not consider selling the 3 paintings I have because I really like them but... I can see where this Graceland one might be worth investing it as there is such a huge Elvis fan base all over the country/world. Plus there is going to be a ceremony at the Gibson Guitar Factory here where Thomas will hand sign every painting. And supposedly this is going to be the first in a series of "Great American Homes" that he will be doing. First in a series is always good to have.

DH said we have spent enough money so back to watching the pennies again. :D

Welcome to our world Holly. So much harder to get the house things done when you're gone away from the house all day long. And no matter how hard we wish, the magic house cleaning fairies never show up :lol:

Shad, good to hear that the cyclone decided to drift away from you. I'm sure you'll still have to contend with driving rains. Stay warm and dry. Holy cow, that was an incredible amount of cakes your co-worker sold in your post the other day. Did he strong arm everyone and force them to buy one? Buy a cake or I'll poke you in the eye :rofl:

Ceejay, if enough of us get together and sing, the group thing drowns out the individual bad voices. :lol: Try not to let the annoying co-worker get under your skin. Some people just exist to be a hassle to the rest of us. They aren't worth the extra attention they crave.

Hello Meadow - sounds like you had a nice visit with your sisters. Sounds like you didn't want it to end too. Do they live far from you?

Mel, I have a LOT of experience going to work tired and dragging or working long hours (28 hours straight is my record) so don't worry. No matter what I will be there to support you :rofl: I hope all works out with the director. Sorry to hear there is the ever present drama in the building. Wouldn't it be nice to just have one entire month of peacefulness and sharing? In our dreams, right? Don't let it get to you. I made some nice chicken cutlets with a sauce of orange juice, honey and amaretto last night. Saved 2 of them for you. Come on over and we can have lunch. :hungry:

Ok, time for me to post and get busy trying to decipher just how one of my business people got the numbers that they did when the database shows otherwise. Going to be one of those intense days :comp: :book2: :mag:

ceejay52
02-08-2007, 04:35 PM
Enjoying my day off from L. I'm going to take some advice and only alk to her about how her shift ran the night before. I thinki T. is begining to see the light.

Mel--I'm all for singing songs. I've decided that L. is a thorn in my flesh and she's being plucked. I don't have to tolerate her at all.

Happy--Get some rest. I didn't know that Thomas Kincaid had a studio in Memphis. I may have to drive there just to view. I love his artwork. Are you up to some more wintery mix this week end? I almost have to laugh, cause mother nature has been teasing us.

Holly--Any working woman rocks that has three different jobs such as yourself. Being a mom is full time just by itself. Don't over do it.

Shad--I hope things don't get to bad. The a.c. probably has humidity. Check the freon. If the hose has frost call the repair person.

Hello to Meadow and Madcat.

Madcat hope you have thawed. Stay warm.

Hollyhock
02-08-2007, 10:43 PM
Whoosh.............and another day goes whooshing by!!!

My Ta Da list is enormous. It was all good. Kicked hair butt again. Covered everything that needed to be done here for the family and at the school and breakfast meeting before work and then went to book club after work.
Just had a delightful bath. VEEEERY tired but will watch ER if it isn't a rerun.

suzi in auz
02-08-2007, 10:58 PM
Hi Holly :hug: seeing your little light all aglow..hope you had a great day...enjoy E.R

I finally have a moment to sit down and write! PHEW

It's a been a busy week to say the least. The kids are back at school and into their 2nd week. It feels as though we are already half way through the term. They all seem :) happy which is a bonus.
I have started my new job. It's SO good and am very happy. There is so much to do but I have to walk before I can run.
I am working at a Women's Health centre coordinating all the goings on there. It's fun. I am enjoying it and the stimulation with others. I am still working 1 day a week at my old position but not sure how long...hopefully it will move into 3 days at the new place. it's much more pleasant and close to home...it will work out beautifully. I just have to wait until Management committee give me the all clear. NGO's have their issues. The management committee is made up on not so willing volunteers and their really don't make decisions well.
Going from 1/2 a day voluntary and 1 day paid to 3 full days paid is lovely and everything helps towards the Paris fund! I am still unsure as to whether or not it is going to happen yet but even if it doesn't there will be something else.
I haven't had the chance to read posts yet but will go back and see how you all are.

I have to tell you all about my little outing last night. We went to see a show. Billy Crystal is in town with his show 700 Sundays. It was so GOOD. Very enriching and heart warming. I laughed so hard with big belly laughs that my sides hurt and my cheeks ached, I also cried he was so touching. I think he is amazing being able to relate his growing up experience to everyone. He has created something that everyone can relate to. So so good. Both my DH and I had read the book and the show was basically him acting out the stories. He is a fantastic story teller. If you get the oppportunity or if it comes to you town you should all go and see it!

:val1: Hope you all have fantastic weekends.
I'm off to plan mine! :)

suzi in auz
02-08-2007, 11:38 PM
I feel very clever!
I have just read over all your postings and written myself little notes ...it's so much better that way instead of scolling up and down. :D
I think I will start backwards

Happy :hug: I hope you are feeling better.You poor thing. You deserve lots of snuggles and some one to pamper you! Hope the aches and pains down eventuate into anything hedious! I LOVED your penquin attempt at the avatar. How cute!

Ceejay... there is always someone like that out there. She obviously has insecurities. It is a real shame. She is looking for faults to elevate herself. hmmm :hug: to you. I hope you find some resolve. positve thoughts!

:hug: How nice of you to have had your sisters with you. How many do you have? I would LOVE a sister. I have 2 brothers. I think that is why i am always searching for those type of frienships. I hope your DD had a BEST birthday. What a lovely Mum you are. Thank you for all your psositivity! It is my NY resolution to think positively throughout my day. positive positive positive! I love that song " smile" it is one of my favourites.:)

Madcat :hug: See post about the job. i thought I had told everyone about it before the NY but I must have thought I did and didn't! LOL :) hope all is well in your world.

Mel :hug: Wishing you lots of warm thoughts, hope the cycle stops!! NOT good. hmmm. Lots of lovely smelling virtual things sent your way ... no sneezing!

Rosebush..:hug: You clever thing YOU. Don't you just LOVE being a woman! You are woman see her wiggle....You already have him sorted. Good on YOU. Nothing like some sexy attire to stop those dreaded talks!

Carla...:hug: so cute you avatar. Howdy doody to you.

Shad..:hug: I am so glad Ididn't have to send you a package with some fins and a snorkel. It did all look scary on the TV. is it a storm in a teacup? or don't they know yet. Category 2 they reckon...i'm not sure what Tracy was. I guess they are being safe. Thanks so much for the translations too. I had no cluye but often don't.

happy2bme
02-09-2007, 02:21 AM
Hi chicks,

I have a long day tomorrow with an early start - 5:30am and it's nearly 12:30 am and I am not in bed yet.

Saw your post Suzi. Congrats on making the transition to more pay. Hope things work out well for you - nice to have some extra to put into the travel fund. The Billy Crystal show sounds fabulous. He is such a riot. I will have to check out his book.

I'm off to bed now. Nursing a cold - must have sneezed no less than 50 times today. My record was 8 in a row. Stupid germs.

Rest well everyone and have a good Friday. I might not be back until Saturday morning - depends how long Friday goes.

MELODY525
02-09-2007, 10:22 AM
MISS HAPPY I HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON. BAD TIMING WITH THE BUSY WEEK AND ALL. SAVE THE CUTLETS, I AM ON MY WAY!! :moped: ALL OUR GOOD THOUGHTS FROM YOUR MOUTH TO GOD'S EAR!! HOPE HE IS LISTENING!! GET WELL SOON!:hug:

CEEJAY~ GOOD FOR YOU! I AM GOING TO FOLLOW YOUR ADVICE AND NOT LET "HER" GET TO ME EITHER. WE WILL FOOL THEM!!!:cheer: MEN ARE SO SLOW TO WISE UP.
HOPE BOTH OUT WEEKENDS ARE GOING TO BE QUIET!

SUZI~ GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW RAISE TO COME THRU. THANKS FOR THE AROMATHERAPY!! WAS THERE LAVENDER IN THERE.....I THINK I SMELLED SOME :flow1:
EVEN IF THE PARIS THING DOESN'T COME, WE CAN HAVE A GOOD TIME THINKING ABOUT IT ANYWAY! :dance:

GO HOLLY GO!!

THE DRAMA CONTINUES. THE DIRECTOR NEVER SHOWED UP. :rofl: I DIDN'T BOTHER GETTING DRESSED BECAUSE I kNEW HE'D BE A "NO SHOW". NOT TO WORRY. APRIL 1ST IS A LONG TIME AWAY.
I AWOKE TO A WATER MAIN BREAK UPTOWN AND WE HAVE NO PRESSURE. HAD TO POUR WATER INTO THE TOILET TANK FOR A SECOND FLUSH!!! :tantrum:
I AM BEGINNING TO THINK THERE IS A DARK CLOUD HANGING OVER MY HEAD AND I BETTER GET PREPARED FOR THE DELUGE :rain:
BEEN FEELING A BIT ON THE WONKY SIDE AND MANY TRIPS TO THE LOO. THOUGHT IT WAS NERVES BUT NOW I THINK IT WAS SOME INTESTINAL VIRUS. ALMOST GONE TODAY BUT I TOOK A PASS ON THE FOOD SHOPPING. THE KIDS ARE GOING TO GO TONITE. COLD OUT ANYWAY!!!

HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY!:flow2:
HOPE SHADDIE IS SAFE AND SOUND. :hug:
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND TOO! :scooter:

ceejay52
02-09-2007, 11:06 AM
Have no major plans for the day.

Happy--Feel better soon. I've been taking ClaritinD 120mg from over the counter. It sure has helped.

Mel--Are you planning an April fools day?

Suzi--Good luck on the new three day work week plan.

I'm off to take my bath in my new Skin so Soft from Avon. It arrived yesterday. This is about the only thing I use when my dry itchy skin acts up during cold weather.

I'm also in a no "diet Mood" today. I can't seem to break my old habits and I really need to. I eat like a teen ager and my 56 body doesn't handle it very well.

MELODY525
02-09-2007, 06:04 PM
3 WATER MAINS ARE BROKEN NOW. NO WATER TO SPEAK OF. JUST A TRICKLE ON THE FIRST FLOOR. EVERYONE NEEDS A BUCKET TO FLUSH THE TOILET. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OLDIES???????????:faint: MAINTENANCE MEN RUNNING UP AND DOWN LIKE MAD WITH BUCKETS!
CAN'T DRINK THE TRICKLE OF WATER EITHER. :rofl:
WHAT A MESS. WENT DOWNSTAIRS. THINGS ARE CALMER NOW. EVERYONE WENT UP TO EAT. HANDED OUT A GALLON TO EACH TENANT WITH THE MEN. NOW I NEED MY LUNCH. :dance: HAVE NO IDEA YET WHEN WE CAN GET WATER SOMETIME BETWEEN TOMORROW MORNING AND SUNDAY NIGHT. :lol3: CAN'T WAIT FOR THE OFFICE TO CLOSE SO EVERYONE ELSE WILL CALM DOWN.
COULD BE WORSE....WE COULD BE IN OSWEGO NEW YOURK STATE WHERE AN ESTIMATED 10 FEET OF SNOW WILL HAVE FALLEN BEFORE THE LAKE EFFECT CRAP IS OVER WITH!! NOW THAT COULD POSE A PROBLEM TO ME GETTING OUTSIDE!!!! :moped:

ceejay52
02-09-2007, 10:38 PM
Mel--There is an old saying that goes if it's p let it be if it's brown flush it down. We've had some water mains to break also. I know what you are dealing with.

PainterWoman
02-09-2007, 11:28 PM
Surprise, y'all and howdy from Texas. Glad that the cyclone didn't get shad, and that no one is lost in the Lake Effect Snow mountains.

My hand is stiff from addressing DS's wedding invitations. (200 down and about 35 to go). And I am complaining (again) about med side effects. but I'm sure you don't need to hear that. Let's just say that it makes portion control MUCH more important. D*m*!! And it also makes walking hard (and the stiffness and soreness after MUCH worse. Still go to curves when I think I can stand it. :dust: I shouldn't act so old when I'm not. :boxing: All these little battles to win. Be cheerful. Exercise. Drink water. Skip carbs at night. bla bla bla.

DH's mother died January 4. I think her death, and now FIL's fractured hip and hospital stay, and Pres. Ford and even Anna Nicole have me thinking morbid life/death thoughts. Too philosophical and introspective for my own good. Ok. I'll quit. going to surf the net for painting inspirations... especially by the British author of the book I just bought: Moira Huntly's Stetchbook Secrets.

When in doubt draw. or paint.
Hugs to each.:val1:

MELODY525
02-10-2007, 09:32 AM
CEEJAY I KNEW YOU COULD APPRECIATE THE DILEMMA.....ROFLMAO :rofl: THANKS

:welcome:MISS PAINTERWOMAN!!!!:cheer: SO GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE!! WELCOME HOME :hug: I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE SADNESS IN THE FAMILY AND SEND MY CONDOLENCES. I HAVE HAD MUCH OF THE SAME THOUGHTS THIS YEAR. TRYING VERY HARD NOT TO DWELL ON THEM :faint: WE ARE SURVIVORS SO THIS TOO SHALL PASS. LET'S GET ON WITH THE HEALTHY PART OF THE YEAR. MISS HAPPY AND I ARE TRYING VERY HARD TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF ALONG WITH THE REST OF OUR SISTERHOOD. HAPPY PAINTING!!!

THE WATER IS BACK ON AS OF LAST NIGHT. THE SENIORS WERE A RIOT. I HAD THEM BRING DOWN THEIR SHOPPING CARDS WITH BUCKETS AND WE FILLED THEM UP FROM THE KITCHEN IN THE LUNCHROOM. THERE WAS A GOOD SIZE TRICKLE THERE. ALTHOUGH UNDRINKABLE THE WATER WAS GOOD FOR FLUSHING:lol3: SO WE NAMED OURSELVES THE BUCKET BRIGADE AND OFF THEY WENT SLOSHING THEIR WATER ALL OVER THE RUGHS I HAD THE MAINT MEN LAY DOWN AS A TRAIL. WE HAD A LOT OF REALLY GOOD BELLY LAUGHS AND I GOT A LOT OF HUGS AND KISSES. FUNNY BUT IT WAS A GREAT DAY AND I FELT VERY BLESSED LAST NIGHT WHEN IT WAS OVER ABOUT 10PM. THE SENIORS WERE GREAT BUT IT'S HARD NOT TO KEEP THE STAFF FROM OVEREXCITING THEM.
TOO EFFING MANY DRAMA QUEENS AND KINGS. ONE EVEN MENTIONED TO A SENIOR THE FACT THAT OUR SPRINLKER SYSTEM WASN'T FUNCTIONING! GOT HER ALL WORRIED ABOUT POSSIBLE FIRE IN A HIGHRISE. :tantrum:
I TOLD THE SENIOR IT'S JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DAY ONLY YOU CAN'T FLUSH THE POOP! THAT STARTED HER LAUGHING AND I SENT HER & HER BUCKET TO JOIN THE BRIGADE WHILE I VERBALLY SMACKED THE INSTIGATOR.
NO ONE DARED SAY ANOTHER WORD TILL THEY LEFT AT 4PM. THANK GOD MY FRIEND AND I HAVE LEVEL HEADS.
AT LEAST THERE WERE 2 OF US.
SO I HAVE A 3 DAY WEEKEND AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL RUN SMOOTHLY. JUST ON THE WATCH FOR PIPE LEAKS AS AN AFTER EFFECT OF THE PRESSURE GOING UP AND SURGING BACK ON AGAIN. FINGERS ARE CROSSED.
I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR WEIGH-IN TOMORROW. LAST WEEK I WAS 187 AGAIN AFTER INDULGING MY DESIRES!!
SO I MAM SURE THAT A WEEK OF OP FOOD IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT. :dance:
SENDING :hug: TO ALL THE WORLDLY CHICKS FOR A GREAT WEEKEND!! :moped:
THINKING OF SHADDIE!

happy2bme
02-10-2007, 12:16 PM
Good morning chicks,

Mel - glad to hear the water is flowing again. What a mess! So happy that it didn't take too long to get fixed. Hope the pipes hold up :crossed: had to laugh about getting the seniors over excited - just like 2 year olds, huh? Yep, I can see them getting all in a tizzy just from observing my mom. My sister said the good thing is that they are easily distracted so sometimes you can use that - not to say that a few minutes later they remember and get back on the soapbox again. You life is just too much fun at times. I hope these folks appreciate what they have in you. :hug:

Painter - good to see you again. :hug: You have to realize that each day is a perfect day to start over again. Don't get overwhelmed by trying to be perfect. Just work on fixing one bad habit a week. And take each day one day at a time. Just for TODAY I will...

Ceejay - Claritin never did a thing for me. Bought some and gave it to my sister. She said she has to switch brands every once in a while - eventually one thing stops working for her. I am an Actifed gal going from way back in the 80's. I was mad when they took it off the market down her - apparently it was good for making crystal meth :rolleyes: - darn druggies wreck everything - and I would have to get a few boxes up north to bring down with me. But they have just reformulated it and now it's on the shelves again. Works as good for me as the old stuff. So what do you mean you eat like a teenager? Burgers, shakes, what do teens eat now anyway?

Suzi, I agree with you on the being / acting / thinking positively. It's so easy to fall into a rut with negative thinking.

We are off to the home and garden show in a little bit. I'm sure it won't be as nice as the bigger shows in Chicago but I hope they will have some nice exhibits. Not that we need to spend more money but it's always nice to get some ideas. There's some new movies coming out - we might go to the show too.

Maybe the fairies will come and clean my house and do the laundry while I'm away -- do you think? ;) :lol:

Shad - hope the cyclone has blown away and that you are safe and dry now. Is Fawlty towers still standing?

Hellos to Madcat, Meadow, Linus, Holly, Nae and Carla. Enjoy your weekend. Do something crazy and come back and report to us -- adventures in scrubbing toilets and mopping floors aside ;)

ceejay52
02-10-2007, 01:58 PM
Happy-- I'm like your sister. Think my body gets immuned to the meds. I'd been taking prescribed Allegra D. but that is just like taking candy now. Actifed used to work for me when it first came on the market. I have allergies so I have to keep alternating them. I've made up my mind to go get allergy tested.

Mel-- Hope the ordeal is over for awhile. Way to go on making it a happy one. Kept there minds busy.

PainterWoman--:wave:It's good to see you again. My sis asked about you.

I'm busy cleaning house. For some reason I've been on the lazy side this week end. Later today, I' m going to plan some simple menu's and do some cooking. I need a lot of low residue fiber.

Hello to the rest.

MELODY525
02-11-2007, 09:51 AM
Happy have a great time with dh at the garden show!!!

Ceejay~ happy cleaning and ncooking weekend. Good idea!

I got up late, need breakfast and a shower!!
Wish we would hear something from Shad.
Checked up on their weather and it says "fine" whatever that means!!! Guess they lost power along the way. No channel on cable is talking about it any longer. sigh

ok..........I am off to eat. OMG I ALMOST FORGOT TO TELL YOU THE GOOD NEWS FOR THE WEEK. TODAY WAS WEIG-H-IN DAY AND I AM DOWN 4.5 LBS. BEEN ON THE NS FOOD ABOUT 10 DAYS I THINK. GETTING RID OF THE WATER WEIGHT AGAIN. ALWAYS MAKES FOR A GOOD LOSS. I AM 182.5 NOW. NOT SETTING ANY GOALS. JUST GOING WITH THE FLOW. THIS WAY THERE IS NO DISAPPOINTMENT. MY ONLY GOALS IS TO GET THE SCALE MOVING AND KEEP IT MOVING :ebike:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY! :moped:

ceejay52
02-11-2007, 10:53 AM
Mel--Good for you--I'd take that 4.5 pounds any time. I'd take 1/2 pound.

I'm back at work today. So far it's quiet. L said that she had been sick since Friday. I've been spraying Lysol and cleaning in the control room area.

I forgot to wear the pedometer today but I'm trying to stay busy and not concentrated on food.

Called my sister that lives in MO yesterday. My nephew won a guitar for his solo at the blues festival in Memphis last week end. She said that my neice is going to apply for a different school next school term. They asked her to. She is excited about that. She is a very smart young lady and excels in everything. I told them I would come for a visit around Easter.

As fly lady puts it, I've blessed my house this week end. I didn't have enough laundry to do on Thursday but I will today when I get home.

More later

Shad-- I hope you are okay.

Hello to the rest.

happy2bme
02-11-2007, 11:37 AM
:cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: To Mel for a fabulous almost 5 pound weight loss and to Ceejay's nephew for winning in the contest. :cp: :cp: :cp:

That is wonderful news!!!!

Kind of quiet around here - where is everyone?

The home and garden show was not exactly a waste of time but it wasn't anything special either. Just a hodge podge of booths of anyone who had a business and wanted to participate. Kinda po-dunk.

We went down to the mall and returned DH's reading glasses. The place was extremely busy - we stood around for about 20 minutes just waiting to get waiting on and then their computers crashed in the middle of our refund. I was going to ask them to check and see if my glasses came in but it was so crowded I figured they hadn't called me yet so they probably weren't in. So we left. 7pm we get a phone call that my glasses are in. Just as well I suppose that they had not unpacked their shipments until it quieted down in the evening so they probably would not have found them if I had them check earlier. Lenscrafters doesn't open until noon so it's going to be another wasted weekend day going all the way back to the mall today. I swear 75 percent of Memphis was at the mall yesterday. The parking lots were packed - you had to drive around and around to get a parking spot. Just like Christmas. The lady at the store said this time of year people are getting their tax refunds and shopping.

I have book club next week and I haven't touched the book. Good thing it's only about 250 pages. I can't get into a lot of what the ladies pick. Wondering if I should continue this...

Well I'd like to get the kitchen floor washed and maybe a load of 2 of laundry done before we leave so I'd better get moving here.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend and get's a chance to pop in here and touch base...

Roseblush
02-11-2007, 12:37 PM
Yeah Mel way to go girl....that is great....Keep up the good work.... I have not gotten on a scale lately but trying to be good in the food department.
CJ don't you just love to hear about young people who are out doing good things. The good kids don't get enough kuddo's..... you tell those kids all the worldly aunties are proud of both of them.
Well, I started my night shift for my private care patient. I survived two nights in a row....requires a 1;30am turning him and then again at4:30am..... good thing I can have a quiet day. I am trying to get pack up J's room so I can make it my craft room..... I have long ignored getting the boys room cleared out....

I do hope Shad is alright down under.... Suzi thanks for the info on the show.... it sounded so fun!
I am dog sitting Darby this weekend andthat has been fun...he loves to come to my house, just like a kid at a sleep over. It finally snowed a little here last night but it is warm.....
Hope everyone is well.... check in everybody we love to hear from all of you....around the world.
Take Good Care,
Nae

Meadow
02-11-2007, 04:44 PM
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Hi everyone :wave:

I have been doing some baking. Hermit cookies with my recipe changes of oatmeal and wholewheat substitutions for the white flour. Thought about adding some flaxseeds but with the raisions and walnuts I think that would have really been over the top :p These are the kind of cookies that fill you up. Save me from the sugar!

Happy-shame the garden show wasn't as inspiring as you would have wished. I have been taking garden books out of the library, nothing like seeing how the professionals create a plot ;) Hope your new glasses make you smile :)

PainterWoman-welcome back :hug: What did you decide to paint? The picture sites of individuals online are always full of great images that might spark you. I hope you are well :D

Mel-golly, I think you should get a merit badge for calm under fire! I swear that building is like a war zone some days and you are the sargeant trying to maintain order :lol: Congratulations on finding the humour and making it work. You've always had the power:carrot:

Rose-how wonderful, you get to have your own space for crafts! I would adore having a room just for my stuff. Knowing things would be were I put them when I came back :p Maybe when the kids grow up :dizzy:

Ceejay-I did the same with the Lysol around here when my kids were sick. Every doorknob and lightswitch. I should do the phone too. Your neice and nephew sound very on top of things and smart as whips, nice to be talented and have it recognized. More power to them :clapping:

Suzi-I have two sisters and two brothers. I don't really talk to my brothers much, they have their families and stuff that doesn't really connect with me. My sisters are terrific! I would be lost without them. They complete me, I laugh more when they are around. I hope the new job is enjoyable and makes you want to get up in the morning. Are you practising French for you Paris trip? Bonjour mon ami ;) No parlez vous Francais. Je suis petite la femme :p My grade eight french is very sad, nes pas?

Holly-how are the kids handling mommy as the full force working woman? Have you had to put new schedules into play? Does it feel great to be doing hair again? Are you getting requests for styles that you have to research to know what they are talking about? What about all the hair colour mixing? Good to hear you happy:D

Shad-oh dear, we haven't heard from you...I've my fingers crossed that you are just busy or it is a power cut. Stay out of the weather.

:flow2:
Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street

Cant you hear the pitter-pat
And that happy tune is your step
Life can be complete
On the sunny side of the street

I used to walk in the shade with my blues on parade
But Im not afraid...this rover? s crossed over

If I never had a cent
Id be rich as rockefeller
Gold dust at my feet
On the sunny side of the street

:flow2:

Hollyhock
02-11-2007, 05:47 PM
Meadow- that's a lot of questions. I LOVE doing hair and being at the shop. Lots of new schedule stuff but it is working out. DS is mostly pissed off... but when isn't he,LOL!! Hubby is stepping up well. The house is a disaster but working at it today.

PW- really nice to see you here!!!!
Mel- to the rescue!!!
Nae- good luck with the sorting out.
Happy- I like the challenge of reading something i wouldn't normally chose(for book club) but some times it is hard to get the book read or into it at all.
HI CJ- nice you got the house blessed!!

A woman in my networking group is a personal trainer/nutritionist. She has designed an email fitness and food program . You sign up for a year. She comes and does a personal consult. Custom designs a plan for you.Does 6 week segments and then changes it up. Available for couselling 24/7. $299.00 a year. I am considering it. I KNOW what to do but dont have the motivation/inspiration.

We did the hair and makeup for a photo shoot yesterday and then got our own pics done.I will use one for my business promo.

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I am completely fascinated by how I am aging. I keep looking back at old pics. It seems like I aged suddenly this year. I dont mind it at all. I look like my dad and Grandma so I know where my face is headed. Dont mind that either. Will definitely have jowels.
My age caught up with me too. I was always really young looking. At 25 every thought i was 18, at 30 I looked 21, at 35 I looked 25. I most definitely look 41 now.I blame hubby and the kids. They plain wore me out.My real hair is 75% grey. More than just salt and pepper.I have started menopause too.

Enough procrastinating.

I had 6 days straight work. Today off and then 5 days straight. Taking Thurs aft off for Japan Day in DD's class.I have 2 8 hour days for the Pro Organinzing Mon & Tues and then the hair shop the rest of the week.

Had a lovely Valentines potluck lunch at church today too.

Shad
02-11-2007, 07:46 PM
Quick run in and out.

We're okay up here. Weather over the weekend was perfect but towards the end of the long weekend got awfully hot and every man and his dog switched on their air cons. Results - power black outs all over town. So couldn't get to the Internet cafe yesterday. Instead I took one of the other trainers and went up to Paluma and Little Crystal Creek - along with have of the population of the north.

I've read through the posts - well quickly anyway. But don't have time chat. It's a pain. But I will return.

happy2bme
02-11-2007, 07:56 PM
Hi Shad,

Glad to see you back. :D

Cute pictures Holly. Will comment later. Have to put the groceries away now.

suzi in auz
02-11-2007, 11:02 PM
HI all!
Hope everyone is fine and dandy. Am at work today and it is quiet....phew. A chance to catch my breathe. It's been a busy week and weekend. :D

I felt like I caught up with everything this weekend which was so nice. Went to the Gym 2 x and had a rest day today. I talked to DH about juggling things, work and housework and kids. He was great,we came home and DID the house together...the whole family. The kids did the bedrooms and the adults the big stuff. It is now gleaming at me and all set for a new week.
:o :o :o we had an adventure!
Dh went outside on Friday night to get a mattress from the back and there on the mat was a little snake looking at him and arching it's neck. He got the fright of his life and everyone came running. 3 years in Aus and we have never seen a snake in the garden. Now we have. I was worried silly as I thought the cat was going to get bitten by it. We looked it up on the internet to see what kind of snake it was. We saw it was a crown headed snake which is apparently venemous but not dangerous. They are nocturnal and probably live in our bush! :faint:
After the shock of the snake the rest of the weekend was rather tame. We out for a meal on Sat night to an authentic and ( healthy) pizza place, thin base, rocket, boocochini cheese, tomato paste ...yum. The pizza man was very Italian and very funny. I liked him.
Sunday we went for a family day in the National forrest and tried a row boat. It was quite funny seeing how my independent kids reacted to this. You really need to be a team in a row boat! We ended the weekend with ironing and the biggest loser on the Telly...I felt organised

Ok and now to you all!

Happy ...Thank you on the congrats for the job. It looks like it is going to work out nicely, I am amazed at how oganised I am now working 3 days, more so than when I worked 2 or one and a half. I guess you just have to be. It is nice having a little break in between. I really appreciate my time to myself. You really should get Billy's book, it's a great read and very inspiring, He is a talented man. I hope you feel better soon and the sinffles go!Wrap up warm. When you find those little housework fairies can you post them in a letter to me!?
Mel...oh my goodness broken pipes and buckets.! I must say you had me giggling with all the iamgery of the buckets and such! Those poor oldies, huge delimnas! I watched the news about up state NY and I have Never seen so much snow! That is a a scary thought for the oldies. Are you similar?
Hope the tum is feeling so much better. And that the director eventually pulls finger!!Oh and WTG on the 4.5 lbs. That is fantastic! I think i know where it went! on me! It's my own fault thogh. At work there is a place that makes themost fantastic mochas and they put this chocolate stick in it. I really MUST resist.
CeeJay. ....mmmm... your bath sounds so nice and just the thing to sooth!
I hear you on the weight and diet slope. I have been to the Gym for 2 weeks and 1 kg heavier! What is up with that! It is frustrating and only makes me crave Mochas with chocolate sticks, I think I was better flabbier and lighter!
WTG on your sis's son. How cool for him! My son's would be in seventh heaven. ...a blessed house...i like it!

P.W. Nice to see you. Wow 235 to the wedding...you are brave! :hug:
and condolenses here on the passing of your MIL. Paint, paint, paint, wonderful therapy!!!!
Rose well done on the new night shift, that must be tiring.
A craft room sounds lovely! What a GREAT idea. How nice too to have a little furry friend around to keeop you company! :)
Holly I love your beautiful pics, Your hair looks amazing! The last time I saw a pic it was really long and you have been so brave and cut it off! I really really like it. I think you look fab. Age is a funny thing sometimes I look at myself now in a photo and in some angles I Look OLD!
Shad...WB what a land of extremes we live in. !!!!


Ok must fly and look busy...much love
Suzi

MELODY525
02-12-2007, 09:49 AM
SHAD I WAS NEVER SO GLAD TO SEE ANYONE!! I LOOKED ALL OVER FOR YOUR CEL # AND COULDN'T FIND THE ORIGINAL PAPER. SIGH. GLAD YOU'RE SAFE!

CEEJAY~ HOPE L KEEPS HER GERMS TO HERSELF. I NEED FLYLADY OVER HERE.....NOT ONLY THE HOUSE BUT I COULD USE A BLESSING! :lol3: CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2 KIDS!! WONDERFUL NEWS AND I HOPE THEY ENJOY THEIR TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT!!! :cheer:

NAE~ GOOD FOR YOU CLEARING THE KID'S ROOM AND MAKING IT YOUR OWN! ABOUT TIME! LOL :dance: I HOPE YOU ENJOY A ROOM JUST FOR YOURSELF....NOT THAT THE WHOLE HOUSE ISN'T YOURS :rofl: HAVE FUN!

HAPPY~FUNNY STORY ABOUT THE GLASSES. ISN'T IT ALWAYS LIKE THAT? A FRIEND JUST TOLD ME FRIDAY THAT SHE ALSO DROPPED OUT OF A BOOKCLUB FOR THE SAME REASONS. FIRST THEY WERE DOING ALL OPRAH'S PICKS THEN THEY GOT A NEW WOMAN TO RUN IT AND THEY DON'T LIKE HER SUGGESTIONS. HOW ABOUT IF WE PICK A BOOK OUT FOR YOU TO READ AND YOU REPORT TO US!! :rofl: HAPPY MALL SHOPPING AND HOPE IT'S NOT TOO CROWDED!

MEADOW~ THE COOKIES SOUNDED GOOD. ANYTHING WITH OATMEAL STUFFS ME RIGHT UP. I EAT IT ALMOST EVERY DAY. I HAD TO LOOK UNDER PROPERTIES TO SEE IF THAT WAS INDED LAVENDER. I COULD SIT RIGHT IN THAT "THRONE"!!!!:queen: I TOLD MY FRIEND THAT WE NEED HAZARD PAY!!! IT IS LIKE A WAR ZONE AT TIMES.
I NOTICED THIS TIME THAT WHEN I ARRIVED I COULD HEAR "MEL'S HERE" AND A LOT OF POKING EACH OTHER IN THE RIBS TO SHOW EACH OTHER I GOT OUT OF THE ELEVATOR. :rofl: GOD BLESS THEM....LITTLE STAMPEDING GRANNIES THAT THEY ARE!!

HOLLY~ I LIKE # 1 & 3!! ONE OF THE LADIES IN THE OFFICE HAS A STYLE SIMILAR TO YOURS. WISH IT LOOKED GOOD ON ME!

SUZI~ YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDED GREAT. I LOVE THAT FAMILY STUFF. JEN AND I SPENT THE DAY TOGETHER YESTERDAY AND PART OF SATURDAY. :love:
NICE TO HAVE THE WHOLE HOUSE TACKLED BY NUMBERS. MAKES THE WORK GO FASTER. THE SNAKE SCARED ME TOO!!!! :yikes: THAT'S WHEN YOU NEED ONE OF MY GRABBER BARS (AS I CALL THEM) THEY KEEP YOU ABOUT 2 FEET AWAY AND YOU CAN THEN PICK UP THE SNAKE AND STICK IT IN A NEIGHBORS MAILBOX! :rofl:
HOPE HE FINDS ANOTHER "HOME"!

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD!!
THE GOOD: I HAVE A HOLIDAY TODAY. LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY. HE WHO FREED THE SLAVES FORGOT TO FREE ME!!SILENCE REIGHNS SUPREME IN THE BLDG SO FAR.

THE BAD: HANDING OUT THE WATER GALLONS HURT MY NECK. MY POOR NECK. I USE IOT FOR EVERYTHIONG. OR ACTUALLY MY HEAD...IT'S LIKE A COUNTERWEIGHT. I THROW IT TO THE SIDE AND IT HELPS ME LIFT. GUESS I THREW IT TOO OFTEN. :faint: NO EXERCISE FOR AWHILE.

THE UGLY: SEVERAL TENANTS ARE NOT COMING BACK FROM THE NURSING/REHAB HOMES. MORE EMPTY APTS & UPSET "FRIENDS". SIGH

JEN AND I SPENT 1 1/2 DAYS JUST TALKING, COMPUTER, DVD, CLEARING AND SORTING. SHE GOT ME TO TOSS OUT SOME MORE CLOTHES. I SENT HER UP TO DO HER OWN!!!!! SEEMS SHE WILL TOSS OUT MINE BUT NEVER HERS :tantrum: BUT I LOVE HER ANYWAY :rofl:
THE ONE EYE IS STILL LINGERING A BIT. FACE IS IMPROVING MORE EACH DAY BUT SLOWLY! VERY ANNOYING STUFF!! I NEED TO GET THE DAY STARTED.
HAPPY MONDAY/SUNDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
02-12-2007, 09:53 AM
A LITTLE KATRINA AND THE WAVES...............

:sunny:I'm walking on sunshine, whoa,
:sunny:I'm walking on sunshine, whoa,
:sunny:I'm walking on sunshine, whoa.
:sunny:And don't it feel good?
:sunny:Hey! Oh, right now,
:sunny:And don't it feel good?
:sunny:Hey! Oh, right now, yeah.

happy2bme
02-12-2007, 11:20 AM
Hey Mel - Walking on Sunshine is a really good treadmill walking song- gets you up to a light trot! One of my favorites. Thanks for sticking that in my head ALL day :dizzy: :lol: Got a fit of the giggles about your Lincoln freeing the slaves comment too -- ain't that the truth lady. :D And the idea of stampeeding grannies :rofl: are they coming with the wire grocery carts with the squeeky wheels? :yikes: Sorry to hear that some of the seniors will not be coming back. That has to be hard to deal with... :hug: You take care of that neck - ok? Funny how you can really mess that up without thinking. Have a restful holiday. Go toss some of Jen's clothes :lol:

Suzi, sounds like you had a really nice time with the family. As for the snake, well let me tell you - from what we hear ALL the time about Australia - besides some beautiful country and people who have the best accents IN THE WORLD! - we hear about how Australia has so many large and dangerous creatures - spiders, snakes, wildlife, plants - :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: sounds to us like you just walk outside and are accosted by all this flying, biting, stinging things - and as we understand they are WAY larger than what we deal with. It is only through you and Shad that we hear it's only that way when you go in the bush. :lol: You betcha that when I get hold of that cleaning fairy - I'll shoot her right over to your place after I'm done with her ;)

Meadow - those are the most absolutely gorgeous purple flowers. No wonder there is a chair there. I'd be out in the garden just sitting and admiring them. Share the recipe for hermit cookies, will you? Always looking for something good and different :hungry: :T

Holly - I think I like picture number 3 the best. The haircut looks easy to take care of.

Shad - have you settled on anything yet about your trip here yet? Elvis awaits :lol: We found a neat place for a day trip a few hours from here. It's some caverns which are supposed to be beautiful. For you I will take claustrophobic me into a cave under the earth. :lol: But first I may need to pop a valium :lol: I showed it to DH - he's so excited about it he wants to go NOW - said we wouldn't want to drive you all the way out there to be disapointed. I said even if you were, you would be too polite to say so. :D

This week I'm going to do better. Every little thing I do I'm going to try and do better at it - food, water, exercise, keeping up with the house and things. Not over the top life altering changes - just work at little improvements and building good habits again.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it! ;)

ceejay52
02-12-2007, 12:48 PM
For some reason I'm busy this morning do odd jobs.

Mel--You need to rest.

Holly--I'm going to be different and choose number 4. They are all good. I hear you on the aging process. I have enough of my mother's heritage in me that I don't look my age. I can tell especially since I've gained this extra weight that my age is beginning to show more. It didn't help matters when the doc told me I was getting older. :sigh:

Shad--Glad that you are okay. I hate black outs cause the phoneis one of my dislikes about this job.

Happy--I like the idea of little improvments.

Suzi-It was nice that your whole family pitched in and help you clean the house.

Meadow-- Your cookies sound devine.

It's pouring down rain. The wells are pumping more than usual which has me a little antzy. I keep looking uat the control panel to see if I've accidentally put them in the hand position. Nope. This is a sign we have a leak some where out in the system.

Bye for now.

Shad
02-12-2007, 06:50 PM
Morning all,
Happy the caves sound divine. Love caves. By all means check them out and then you can take me back regardless of what the DH thinks of them. Love a good cave. Think I was a bear or a hermit in another life. Timing - well I will leave Aus at the end of May probably sometime in the last week of May. This project has been pushed out to the middle of May which was my original objective. Shane is working on flights to LA, SF or Vancouver as we speak. I don't want to have to go to Sydney to leave. I'd rather just lift off from Brisbane. I want a One World Alliance partner if not Qantas so I can upgrade to Business Class with my frequent flyer points. I know Qantas flies to SF 5 times a week from Brisbane so that may well be my point of entry and no doubt I will stay for a couple of days. Then I am going down to AZ (probably up to 4 days) and to NM (2-3 days) before I get to you so that would make it around the end of the first week in June - unless I go the other way around in which case I should be getting to you around the 3rd week in June. Hope that helps. I had thought I might drive between AZ and NM since it doesn't look too bad (I'm okay on freeways but not so good in cities) and I have my sheet of paper with the left and right arrows but we will see. Sorry to muck you around but I hope that helps.

Holly - I like 4 and 5 most. 3 looks like you are hanging on for grim death. Were you worried about falling off the chair? Two is okay as well.

Hi Mel -

Oh poop here comes trouble gotta go

ceejay52
02-12-2007, 08:23 PM
Happy--Are you going to Blanchard Springs? If so you'll like it. It's cold "down under" so take your jacket.

happy2bme
02-13-2007, 02:01 AM
Ceejay - yes, it's Blanchard Springs! One of the women at work told me about it. She said it was really nice. I truly am very claustrophobic so I hope the "ceilings" are not too low. It didn't look like it from the pictures on the website. I'm ok if the ceiling is 10 foot high or so - just don't like feeling really closed in. No way would I ever take that spelunking tour where you have to wedge yourself through narrow cracks and tunnels in the rock :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: but I would like to see the caves. I'm not even afraid of bats. Have you been to the caverns? Thanks for the tip on the temperature. I'll be sure to take along some jackets for us. Seems like you got the rain today and we just got some light soaking sprinkles. Possibly getting a bit heavier overnight with a rumble or two of thunder.

There's an animal sanctuary not too far from there where they have elephants and other rescued wildlife.

Shad, reason I was asking about when you were coming was to check out activities and see if there was anything worth checking out when you were coming out. I thought you were coming the end of May. If you do wind up coming mid June, we can go swimming. We'll put Mel in charge of the smoothie cart. Also too I want to be able to book my time out for vacation. If I have a month of lead time I can work around that better with deadlines and such.

I made a shrimp stir fry tonight that had tons of vegetables in it. Also added a bit of cayenne pepper and some cajun spices. Just enough to give it a bit of flavor but not too spicy for my taste. DH said it was very flavorful but I had to pick out the squash, zuchinni, and carrots and put them on my plate first because he likes to keep a respectful distance between those things and his mouth :snooty: We shared the shrimp, sugar snap peas and 3 colors of bell peppers. I also made it with some fresh angel hair pasta but to tell the truth, with angel hair I think I like the regular pasta in a box dried stuff more. I did well eating wise today. Drank my water, made good food choices, watched the portions. Even had points left for 2 fresh out of the oven cranberry walnut oatmeal cookies and a small glass of lowfat milk for dessert. :T

Was watching the show The View that I had taped earlier. They were talking about Anna Nicole Smith. They were talking about her incessant need/craving for attention. No matter what she had to do, she did it as long as she brought attention upon herself. They talked about the constant need for attention as an addiction of sorts. It must be very sad to live that way because it is very difficult to be around needy people who are only "all about me". For me I suppose I never considered it that way. I do hope she will rest in peace at last. I just feel sorry for that poor little baby with that zoo of buffoons all around her.

Talked to my sister today. It was a balmy 31 degrees - every one was walking around with their coats unbuttoned. They are supposed to get lambasted with a powerful snow storm tonight lasting all the way until Wednesday perhaps. Not as bad as upstate New York but this storm could dump 8 to 12 inches on them. Bitter cold winds are following just around the corner. I don't miss that part of Chicago.

Going to go snuggle in the warm bed now. Goodnight chicks of the world. Good afternoon Suzi and Shad.

Shad
02-13-2007, 07:03 PM
Morning all,
Happy, I know you want to sort out leave dates and I'm sorry to muck you around. It's just difficult to fit all things in and get decent prices and manage an upgrade even if I am going early in the season. Projects never finish to time and at times that really stretches my 'warm, lovable, easy going nature' :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: and to think that if I hadn't taken on this contract I could have been in the USA right now - in Salt Lake City working for Rio. Aaaah well the mysteries of life.

Real hard workout this morning. I can feel it in every muscle but it had to be done since there is birthday cake for morning tea this morning. I'm still losing slowly but it seems to have stalled a bit just now and is not going as fast as I would like, probably because we keep having morning teas and the like and going out to dinner where some folks like to practice their cooking skills. Still things are moving. Having said that, I will probably do something stupid foodwise this week and stuff it up again.
Tonights dinner is lamb biryani which is spiced diced lamb with rice and lots of veg. It's quite nice but last time I made it too spicy, so this time I'll check the spice levels. Problem with only cooking for one is that it is hard to adjust the levels in some cases - ie what is 1/4 of a 1/3 of a cup??? Measuring cups don't go down to 1/12 and I am not sinking to the level of counting the grains of rice thank you very much.

Coming to the crunch time in this project and they still haven't finished tweaking the system. Yesterday after one of the roosters had finished several documents on creating Functional Location BOMs, and I reviewed it and fixed it and printed it and took it around for SME review, they said that they won't be doing many F/L Boms and that it will all be Material BOM's AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH . :tantrum: :tantrum: :frypan: :frypan: :rollpin: :rollpin: :mad: :mad: :kickbutt:
Now I know some of you won't understand some of those terms, but believe me there was around 8 hours of work gone down the drain on that doco. Grrrr.

The Springs/Caves sound good. Thanks Ceejay, Happy's DH doesn't have to go check it out now. You've already been. Looking forward to that. Got my money altogether now. All I have to decide on is what clothes to bring. So what is the Great South USA going to offer me in Spring?/Summer? Lookee, lookee what I found on the 'net
http://www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark/recreation/caverns.html

I'd better go check out the natives and see what the roosters are up to. There appears to be only me in the office right now. Oh yes they are sitting in on Train the Trainer training. So I'll have have to work as hard as two men today - fortunately this is not difficult.

See you all later.

carla49
02-13-2007, 10:28 PM
Hello folks. It's been a little quiet the last few days, not that I was helping to fill the pages. I've been fighting a cold (and losing, I'm afraid). It was a kind gift from a colleague at my Victoria assignment - on top of a case of BO that just got worse each of the 3 days spent together, she seemed unaware that she should be covering her mouth when she coughed. Despite my many efforts (constant hand sanitizing, covering the water jug and glasses, spraying a disinfectant every time I went into the booth, swallowing cold fx pills by the dozen) those nasty little French germs were just too strong. Sniff sniff, honk honk, cough cough.

Not much energy, and no inspiration whatever, so that's it for now. Take care all.

suzi in auz
02-13-2007, 10:31 PM
hi all, :hug:
as always I got caught up reading andmy session timed out. It always seems to happen. :dizzy:
A quiet day at work today which I am quite glad about...I'm a little tired. i think it's all the extra stuff. :yawn:

:val1: happy valentines day:val1: to everyone. I hope it is filled with spending time with someone or doing something you LOVE!

I specifially told my DH this year not to get me flowers as they are so expensive and it's silly...he ignored me and did. Sweet thing he is. The only problem being is they looked old. They were beautiful colours and the arrangement was nice but I used to work in a florist as a part time job and they smelled and looked old. I asked him how much he paid for them...he said the usual. I only asked him as I thought perhaps they were discounted and he didn't know ...hmmm. This is a florist we use all the time so he is off to day to complain. They will be happy with him ...complaints on Valentines day! ...Oh well. I hate being ripped off. I was conscious of hurting his feelings but he wasn't hurt. I said it's like me buying you a CD or DVD and it's scratched. He got it.
soo... I popped into the chocolatiers yesterday and bought our favourite chocolates, passionfruit creams, the fellow there is so nice, at least chocolates don't go up on Valentines day! Not like flowers!
Tonight I am planning a nice romantic dinner at home, :cofdate: we even have champagne which we have been saving Moet! :cheers: I thought I would do a dish we both love, it's chicken breasts stuffed with orange flavoured prunes and wrapped in bacon - a lovely tandori sauce and cous cous with fresh asparagus! ...oh the mouth is watering. I popped into the New York pattisserie just down the road and my DH is rather partial to chocolate tarts, I bought one for him plus a chocolate mud cake for the kids...I might just have a little bite!
I know my menu doesn't sound particularly diet friendly but it's a day off with a visit to the Gym in the morning. I have been 3 times this week but couldn't manage this morning. I am trying to get my head around going and then getting organised for work as we go in the morning. I am a little weary I think from all the extra stuff I am doing but I will get there.
ok...

Meadow ...i would love to be saving for Paris. I found out today that it probably won't happen. the meeting has now been scheduled for New York. i may just end up going on my own with DH which would be really nice, we thought about the kids going to NZ for the vacation. It would mean just one big air fare to save up for and of course spending money. I still have Paris on my "dream" list. Your cookies sounded lovely BTW! You are very creative.

Mel...Yes I needed your little 'stick" I've got a little phobia about snakes that i really try and hide from the kids ... so I was freaking out quietly
I hope your neck improves. So sad that about the empty apartments and the lonely oldies, I hope they are filled soon.
I know I feel cleansed when i have a big clear out! Good on you. I have so much to sort through after only 3 years. i seem to accumulate TOPS! I have to throw some away so i can buy new ones, maybe this weekend.
and...I love that song "walking on sunshine" it is one of my favourites and I don't mind having it in my head all day!

Ceejay we had rain too :rain: It rained and rained and flooded everything, there doesn't seem to be a happy medium.

Shad Nice to see you back safe and sound. how lovely planning your trip away. it sounds like so much fun.
When i started this you were online so :wave: hi there
Caves are fun ...but not with crawly things in them...no Wetas please!

Happy ..How wonderful that you are able to plan your time with Shad. You will ahve a ball. Is mel coming down too. i am jealous. Your sitr fry sounded YUM. Don't you feel healthy eating all those yummy veges!?
!

I must away!
Love to all
Suzi

Meadow
02-14-2007, 01:22 AM
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Have a wonderful Valentine's day! :wave: :grouphug:

Here is the recipe with my changes ;)

Hermit cookies

3/4 cup butter/marg(175 ml)
1 cup brown sugar, packed(250 ml)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla(5 ml)

1 cup all purpose white flour(250 ml)
1 cup whole wheat flour(250 ml)
1 cup oatmeal(250 ml)
1 tsp. baking powder (5 ml)
1 tsp. baking soda (5 ml)
1 tsp. cinnamon (5 ml)
1/2 tsp. nutmeg (2 ml)
1/2 tsp. cloves (2 ml)
1 cup sultana raisins (250 ml)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (125 ml)

Combine butter and sugar together till creamy.
Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
Measure in remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Drop onto greased baking sheet by heaping tablespoonfuls.
*I just rolled them into ping pong ball size and plopped them on ;)
Bake in 375 F (190c)degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes.
*mine took 15 minutes at the larger size.

happy2bme
02-14-2007, 02:13 AM
Nice to pop in and see some of your visiting here. Was rather quiet during the day.

Yes Shad, that is the place with the caverns. I did notice that they recommend reservations as I suspect that is a very popular spot. Could it be that there is not much to do around here? :dunno: I'm sure we will find some other fun stuff. Looks like we will miss the Strawberry festival in May. As for your question about the weather ... it depends on where you will be going. End of May, beginning of June is the best time of year up north in Chicago and out Mel's way. Temps in the low 70's F, gorgeous days before the heat sets in. If you'll be coming in via San Francisco - it's a very moderate temperature city - days in the 70's, nights in the 60's - LindaT could elaborate more. As can your friend in Arizona. Now as you head down south here - June might have us kissing the 90's temperature wise. Early June and the humidity has not quite set in yet but the mossies are moving in. Summer tops during the day with a light jacket for the evening. I have several fleece jackets that I can lend you for the cave trip. I do understand what you are saying about firming up the timing - at this point I realize it is not firm yet but knowing June over May and a general time within 3 weeks does help me.

I hear you on measuring out the seasoning. That's why we studied fractions, isn't it? At the levels you're talking to - pitch the cup and get adventurous with a pinch of this, a pinch of that! Hope the lamb came out nicely. And yes, I understood most of your fretting about BOMs - Bill of Materials. Sorry that all that time was wasted. :(

Carla - geez louise - bad enough she stinks but got you sick too? http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/sickNcoughing.gif She probably is not even aware of the BO. Here's some chicken soup :stir: and a nice glass of lemon honey tea :coffee: (with a shot of some "medicinal stuff" ;) ) to see you through the next few days. Hope you get some rest and feel better soon. Have you tried that Cold-eze zinc stuff that's supposed to help cut the time of the cold? Do you have to work now or can you take a few days sleep in and rest?

Suzi - I know what you mean about the flowers. I don't blame you for complaining - particularly when the prices are running a bit higher during the "holiday". Your dinner sounds quite delicious. How do you make the tandori sauce? Enjoy your meal. That's a bummer about the Paris trip. I do hope that you can get there - even if it is on your own ticket. Looks to be quite a lovely city. Can you get by if you don't speak French?

Well it is a sad day. It appears that my trusty avocado green original Oster brand Osterizer blender has died after zillions of years of trusty service. For those of you who remember when THE color for appliances was Harvest Gold or Avocado Green, then you will know how old this blender really was. It was quite advanced for it's time - had about 12 speeds on it. Hard to believe that we bought it only to mix up foamy alchoholic drinks ala Harvey Wallbangers and Tequila Sunrises :lol: Then as the 70's rolled out and I switched to wine in the 80's it sat in the back of the basement for many years. It got pulled out occasionally in the 90's - usually at Christmas or Thanksgiving if I was making a batch of pina coladas. The last few years it made a really big comeback as I discovered the joys of fruity protein shakes and smoothies. I was making a lovely peach shake for DH and I this morning when it just stopped. The motor didn't seize - it just stopped. Was polite enough to stop after everything was crushed a well blended. So goodbye dear friend. It pains me to spend a whole wad of money on something that is probably made of cheap plastic and aluminum instead of thick glass and sturdy metal blades. I don't mind spending the money - it's just that everything is made so cheap today. I also spent quite a bit on fresh fruit this week - one third of that earmarked for breakfast smoothies for several days. Guess I'll be eating alot of fruit salad unless I convince DH to take me to the store one night after work.

Oops look at the time - I've apparently pandered away an hour here not even realizing it. Good night ladies. Happy Valentines Day to those of you where the sun in shining at the moment

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happy2bme
02-14-2007, 02:16 AM
Thank you for the cookie recipe Meadow - and it has both measures too - your are so fabulous!!!!

I will have to try these this weekend. They sound wonderful. Probably makes the house smell great too, don't they?

happy2bme
02-14-2007, 02:19 AM
Mel,

This is for you. Hope you can see it because it's kind of small.

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Madcat
02-14-2007, 09:31 AM
Morning lovely ladies! Just wanted to pop by to let everyone know I am still alive - just a tad tied up in activities at the moment. I'll hopefully be able to come back later to catch up.

In the mean time....

:val1:

Happy VD!!! (From your favourite bitter cynic).

Hollyhock
02-14-2007, 09:45 AM
Nice read thru catching up!!

a monents slience for Happy's blender has been had. I grew up with one of those blenders.

Happy Valentines Day.
Me thinks Mel is getting pounded by freezing rain and snow. The radar was very colourful over her area.
School here is cancelled. We didn’t get a lot of snow but high winds, cold temps and lots of drifting.Roads are not good. Hubby is home too.
I am sooo sick, sore throat, like the kids had. Headache....ARG!! No time for this.

Still thinking about the personal trainer/diet coach thingy. I sure ain’t doing it on my own.Not for lack of knowledge.Lots on my plate tho.

Much phone calling stuff to do today and email stuff for church and then some Avon to do. i am hoping some warm tea and meds will perk me up for a few hours.

HUGS!!!

MELODY525
02-14-2007, 09:50 AM
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THIS WILL BE SHORT AND SWEET. I HAVE A CYST IN MY RIGHT EYE. WHAT'S NEXT? :rofl: MEL, BEST NOT TO ASK THAT QUESTION!!!!!! :tantrum: I AM JUST WEARY AND GOING TO LIE DOWN AND "WATCH" TV. NO THINKING INVOLVED!! JEN AND I EXCHANGED VALENTINE BEANIE BABIES. I GAVE THEM BOTH SWEETS AND ASKED THEM NOT TO GIVE THEM TO ME. SPENT ALL DAY YESTERDAY WITH THE FRIEND IN THE OFFICE. SHE'S OUT SICK SO I WILL TAKE A "SICK" DAY ALSO! :lol3: SNOW AND COLD. NOT MUCH ACCUMULATION. RAIN AND SLEET AND EVEN COLDER DAYS TO COME. I GOT ALL I NEEDED YESTERDAY AND WILLY HELPED ME BAG IT ALL UP AND GOT ME OUT OF THE STORE AND HOME QUICK BEFORE I FROZE TO DEATH IN THE 17 DEGREE WINDCHILL. DAMN IT WAS COOL! :rofl:
HOPING CARLA FEELS BETTER SOON. THE WORKER BEES DON'T MAKE SHAD ANY ANGRIER THAN SHE ALREADY IS. CEEJAY HAD NO LEAK I HOPE!! MADCAT HANGS IN THERE. MEADOW'S RECIPE IS GOING TO JEN'S HOUSE. MAYBE SHE WILL TOSS ME SOME CRUMBS. HAPPY IS GETTING OUT THE DRINKS TROLLEY AND THE LITTLE UMBRELLAS!! :dance: THANKS FOR THE FROGGIES!!
MY FIRST LAUGH FOR THE DAY:D SUZI IS STILL PEEKING OUT THE WINDOW TO MAKE SURE MR.S SNAKE HASN'T RETURNED!
WISHING ALL MY FRIENDS A WONDERFUl AND A VERY
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

ceejay52
02-14-2007, 11:00 AM
Happy--You asked about the bat caves. The only bat cave I've been to is the one in Carlsbad, New Mexico. That one was neat but you had to make a few tricky turns going down into the cave We saw the bats fly out at dusk also. The cave at Blanchard Springs does have pretty high ceilings but in some places it's a little dark. It's awesome on the inside. You take the elevator down. Are you coming to see me also. I'm only an hour away from Memphis, or I could come there.

Mel--How painful, a cyst on your eye. Take it easy.

Meadow- I'm glad you posted the recipe for the cookies. I was thinking about them yesterday. They sound yummy.

Carla-- Some people don't realize how contagious they are. Feel better soon.

Holly--You feel better soon also.

Hi to Madcat and Suzi--I've ran out of time.

I'm at work and for some reason I run out of time to get my work done.

We're having snow flurries today. Wow it's really coming down right now.
:val3:

Shad
02-14-2007, 06:44 PM
Morning all,
Ceejay - would love to meet up with you all, but I know it is going to be impossible to have everything. I'd either be spending hours in a plane looking out the window and wishing I was down there looking at things from a closer perspective or I'd be driving and not getting very far in a big country. However if we can get together and you are only an hour or so away, I'm sure Happy can find somewhere to meet up for a chat.
I've just sent a message to Shane telling him to hurry up too. With the flights and tickets I mean. Of course it all depends on leaving here in a reasonable amount of time to get home.

Happy, sorry if I sounded somewhat p*ssed off yesterday. It was one of those days when absolutely nuttin' goes right. I think you know what I mean. Love those froggies I'm going to steal a couple from Mel. I know she won't mind and even if she does it will be prods at 100 paces and I think I can outrun the machine!!!! :rofl:

Carla - good to hear from you. How's Mt Vesuvius? Sorry to hear you are sick, although looking at the temps in Canada right now, one place I can think of that would be good to be would be in bed with the cats.

Holly - sorry to hear that you are also sick. Get better soon.

Meadow - I'll have a go at those biscuits soon and try them out on the Roosters. If they go down well there, I'll make some more. Mind you the pair of them are MGDU's (Mobile Garbage Disposal Units) and sadly don't seem to put on much weight either. I hate them both!! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

Madcat - nice to have you pop in. Know the feeling about being snowed under (not literally mind you)

Painter - nice surprise to see you as well. Hope things are moving along for you.

Linus - :wave: :wave: here today and gone today. Are you okay??

Now all we need is Teel and Tig back to comment. Wonder how they are going?

Better run and make the most of this day. The roosters have gone to site on a Trainer the Trainer course. Good stuff, we have not been seeing eye to eye very much lately. Their time keeping leaves alot to be desired. They now know it all about SAP !!!!!???? (even I don't know that much) anyway so they don't need me!!!! and if that is the case, may I ask why I got questioned about how to present the different transactions that they have all been given to stand up and demonstrate this morning? What traps are there, how do I do it, why do I do it, what happens after it, Hang on I thought you knew it all!!!!

PainterWoman
02-14-2007, 09:21 PM
Glad you are all surviving wind, wet and weather. It is 29 here (7 pm) which feels cold. Yesterday I got in and out of the dentist's office to repair a pulled out filling (shouldn't have been eating Werther's anyway. Bad Girl!:nono: ) Today was a day at the Opthamologist... floater and time for new RX. New eye doctor, too. I liked her, even if she said that floaters are unavoidable with age... that EVERYONE will have at least one per eye. Didna know that. Well, now I've had the one in the left eye! I don't think they'll have to do anything about it (no torn retina, or anything), but I go back in a week.

Has anybody been to the bat bridge in Austin, Texas? A really big "whoosh" with lots of squeaking at dusk when they go off looking for whatever little foolish bugs are out at that time. We went to Merrimac Springs in Mo, but not the caves. I'd rather go in summer when I can appreciate the extgra coolness.

Mel, your watermain break made it onto the national news on line! Glad all the poop is gone. And congrats on your weight loss.

Holly -- I like the photos. Pick YOUR favorite.

Carla-- like your avatar. Are you a sheep fan? Knitter? or just generally sheepish? ;)

MELODY525
02-15-2007, 09:34 AM
CARLA SHEEPISH? :rofl: :rofl: THANKS FOR THE MORNING LAUGH MISS PAINTERWOMAN!! SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TAFFY TOOTH DILEMMA. I HAVE A MILLION FLOATERS. :faint: MAKES FOR A VERY INTERESTING LIFE. FOREVER SWATTING AT "FLIES".

CEEJAY~ TIME FLIES WHEN YOU ARE HAVING FUN..... SO WERE YOU? :lol3:

SHAD~ "KNOW IT ALLS". DON'T YA JUST LOVE 'EM? NOT!!!
THINGS SEEM TO CHANGE SO FAST IN THE COMPUTER WORLD IT'S A WONDER ALL OF YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH IT. NOW EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT "VISTA"!!!:dizzy:

BAD DAY YESTERDAY. JUST ALL AROUND AGGRAVATION AND I NEVER LEFT THE APARTMENT! :faint: I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO CRAWL INTO A MANHOLE AND PULL THE HEAVY LID OVER MY HEAD SO NO ONE COULD FIND ME INCLUDING MY OWN DAUGHTER, HER BF AND HIS ASSH*LE FAMILY. MAYBE I SHOULD LEARN TO PLAY THE CRIPPLE AND THEN THE WOULD ACTUALLY "SEE" I AM THE ONE IN THE WHEELCHAIR!!! :tantrum: ALL MY FAULT ANYWAY....THEY'RE ALL SPOILED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RANT IS OVER. NOT GOING OUT FOR A FEW DAYS. TEMPS IN THE TEENS AND SINGLE DIGITS. ICE ALL OVER THE PLACE. SIGH. OK...GOTTA SOAK THE EYE. WHAT A SIGHT THIS IS TOO! AND EAT BREAKFAST.
HAPPY THURSDAY!!! :moped:

:wave: HI HAPPY....I KNOW YOU ARE HERE SOMEWHERE!!

MELODY525
02-15-2007, 09:37 AM
HOLLY~ I JUST SAY YOUR POST.....I NEED ICE TIRES NOW. THE KIND WITH THE NAILS STICKING OUT OF THEM :rofl: CAN'T GET ANY TRACTION WITHOUT THEM!!
STAY WARM YOURSELF! THE TRAINER THING SOUNDS GOOD. WILL YOU ACTUALLY LISTEN TO SOMEONE ELSE? I WOULD IF I WAS PAYING THEM $$$$ :lol3:

happy2bme
02-15-2007, 09:41 AM
Howdy,

It was 60 degrees on Monday and yesterday it was snowing big, fluffy flakes for about a half hour. Thank goodness nothing stuck to the ground. Very crazy weather - no wonder everyone is sick. But at least we don't have to deal with the snow and cold up north.

Holly - your moment of silence has apparently revived my blender because last night when DH tried it, darn if the silly thing wasn't working just fine! Thanks for the magic :hug: :lol: Hope you feel better with your cold. Take some of the hot tea I sent over to Carla's :coffee2:

Painter - good to see you again. I had to smile at the Werther's comment (sticky caramel candy for those of you who don't know it). Amazing how as your teeth age you look at foods completely differently - peanut brittle now falls into the category of "do I want to eat this and risk it costing $900 for a crown for the broken tooth?" :lol: I think one of the doctors was telling my DH that floaters are also sometimes a sign of a migraine coming on.

Shad - no offense taken. We're all allowed to blow off some steam once in a while. If not here, well then when can you? Help yourself to some froggies, I have plenty to spare. :D

Ceejay - we had big fluffy snowflakes here too yesterday morning. Started as tiny flurries but then a big cloud settled over the town and it was snowing like the dickens for about 30 minutes. Was pretty and I'm glad it didn't stick. If you don't mind driving down this way, it would be great to get together. I don't drive the highways, Shad thinks we drive on the wrong side of the road and I'm not so sure I can convince the DH to drive us up your way just for a chick chat :gossip: We will have to make firmer plans as the time gets nearer.

Mel, argh - a cyst in the eye? :yikes: Oh that does not sound very good at all. Need me to get you some hot compresses? Take care of yourself and don't be going out in that nasty weather. I see a big storm was headed your way although it looked like a lot of ice around your parts. No slip, sliding away on us, ok? :hug:

And Linus - what happened to you girl? The boys holding you captive again? :devil:

I have a doctor's appointment this morning - hope the doctor's visit is no where near the ordeal of actually getting the appointment in the first place (another long story that I don't have time to type). So I'd best get my rear in gear. Talk to you all later...

Hi to Madcat, Meadow, Carla, Suzi and anyone else I missed. :wave:

ceejay52
02-15-2007, 12:35 PM
Why is it at the end of the shift something weird happens! Yesterday things were going as usual and two big power surges came through. I didn't loose power but I ended up turning the wells for safety measure. I didn't want the floor down stairs to flood. The filters lost their run time and the clock that counts our back wash gallons no longer worked. T. will replace that this morning I'm sure. There was a wire burned down. I had to answer the phone for nearly 20 minutes, Everyone was complaining about being cold.

I'm using my "fat scales" once again cause they are closer to the doctor's office scales. I weighed 191.2 pounds which is a half pound lost from last week. I'm going with the whole foods life style last week and really like it. I'll try this week also.

Painterwoman--Ouch on tooth. I've not had floaters yet. My sister has been to Austin to see the Bats. I'd like to go. Maybe on my next visit to Dallas I'll get to go.

Happy and Shad--Name the place--I'd love to meet both of you. I may bring a friend. She knows more about Memphis than I do. I have some relatives that also live in Memphis may look them up while I'm there.

Mel--Stay warm and rest.

Holly-Hope you are feeling better also.

It's time for me to get dressed.
My sister from Dallas is coming in April.

Hello to Meadow, Suzi, Carla and the rest :wave:

Shad
02-16-2007, 01:23 AM
Arghhh it's the turns that get me in the towns when I drive on the wrong side of the road. Highways are fine once I get on to them. It's a nasty surprise when one does a normal (for me) left turn and end up facing an angry mob all going the other way. Good thing I can reverse at speed!!! Still I have to say that the Arizonians were remarkably civil - to their credit.

Nice Valentines pic Painterwoman. I have something in my list you might like to paint. I'll see if I can attach a picture.
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Now I would love to see a painting of that. It's actually not too far from the old home town.

The roosters gave their little spiels yesterday. One of them used a joke I have used in training. It got the usual laugh. One says he didn't do too well, the other was quite happy about it. They are being much better today.
We all get to go home at 3.00pm and I had better get myself out of here since I have to go to the gym and then out to dinner.

Mel good to hear from you. Hope that eye gets better soon.

Back on Sunday

PainterWoman
02-16-2007, 03:08 AM
Mel-- I'm tired of the floater by now. At least it isn't getting worse. I find I'm worrying about it because the MD wants to see me again next week. Must be litigation (or greed) that'[s making the doctors want to do more and more and more follow up. Pity the BF's family is so imperfect. I wonder what I'll discover about DS's future inlaws as the wedding gets closer! Do you really need nails in your tires, or could you make do with a mace?

Happy -- The pre-migrain floaters are the ones that flash. (For those of you who haven't had one, just think of Las Vegas INSIDE your eyeball.) What I have is a thin waving loop of "ribbon" sort of like the short lived gymnastics competition a few cycles back. We were promised snow yesterday and the only flake in the vicinity was me.

Shad - that photograph is amazing. Looks as if it were taken through a kaleidoscope! I bet it was breathtaking to be there in person. Glad your class shaped itself up.

Greetings to all the rest of you!

happy2bme
02-16-2007, 08:50 AM
Good morning chicks,

Shad, that picture is amazing. Wow. I've heard of people doing paintings from scenery or a picture and it never clicked until I looked at that one. I can so see that being turned into oils on a canvas. Not by me of course - unless you're into abstracts! :lol: So the roosters are taking their turn at the helm of the trainer's wheel? Always a nerve wracking thing until you get a few under your belt.

Ugh Painter - are you saying the floater is there all the time? How annoying. I thought it was an occasional thing.

Ceejay - I will join those in complaining about the cold. This house is so drafty - when it gets cold like now there are cold spots all over the house. I turn the heat up and then I (or more than likely DH) seem to be sitting in the one hot spot and then we play bounce the thermostat again. I swear there is no insulation in this house which I do not understand as the house is not that old and it does get cold down here. No insulation means we also lose the air conditioning in the summer. But there's only so much money I'm willing to put into this house since I don't intend to stay here forever.

Went to the doctor yesterday for the overdue "ladies" check up. I think the new doctor is great. It was a hassle getting in to see her but I'm glad I persisted. She's much better than the first doctor that was recommended to me. Stepped on the scale and granted I had heavy shoes on and a full set of winter clothes but I keep hitting a new scale record. I've been doing good on the food this week - doing very badly on the water - sometimes only a bottle a day and I have definitely been slacking on the exercise. That's in the process of changing.

Time to hop in the shower and get my day going. I applied for another position within my company and I have an interview this morning. Wish me luck. :crossed: Bye now.

MELODY525
02-16-2007, 10:13 AM
PAINTER~ :rofl: :rofl:THE ONLY FLAKE WAS YOU!! :rofl: :rofl:
I WILL SEND SOME FLAKES OF THE WHITE, FROZEN, FLYING VARIETY YOUR WAY. YOUR FLOATER IS DIFFERENT FROM MINE. I HAVE FLASHING MISSHAPEN DOT KIND OF THINGS AND BLACK SPECKS I'VE HAD FOR YEARS. I ALSO GET A FLASH OF LIGHT IN THE OUTSIDE CORNER OF ONE EYE BUT ONLY WHEN IT'S DARK AND NOT ALL THE TIME. I FORGET NOW BUT I WAS BEING WATCHED FOR A TEAR IN THE RETINA AND DETACHED CORNEA. NOTHING EVERY CAME OF IT AND I STILL HAVE THEM ALL! SOME OF THIS ALL HAPPENED DURING MY PREGNANCY AND 20 HR DELIVERY OF JENNIFER. OTHERS HAPPENED AFTER I HAD MY TUBAL LIGATION. I'VE GOTTEN SO USED TO THEM I DON'T EVEN REALLY SEE THEM ANYMORE. I NEED THE STUDDED TIRES FOR THE ICE:lol3:

CEEJAY~ YOU HAD YOUR HANDS FULL FOR SURE!! CEEJAY TO THE RESCUE. I THINK TOGETHER WE WOULD MAKE QUITE A "WATER" TEAM!!! :cheer: GLAD IT DIDN'T GET OUT OF HAND.

HAPPY~ I HAVE BEEN GOOD ON THE EXERCISE BUT BAD ON THE WATER. MAYBE WE SHOULD SWITCH THIS WEEK!
COULDN'T BE WORSE! :rofl: SEND ME SOME BALMY BREEZES AS SOON AS THE GET THERE. WE'RE A BUNCH OF ICICLES WALKING AROUND HERE SLIPPING AND SLIDING. I AM NOT LEAVING THE HOUSE UNTIL THE SPRING THAW!!! :sunny:

SHAD~ I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT'S TIME TO GO HOME IN A WEEK+.......THE TIME IS FLYING. FOR ME THAT IS.
GLAD THE ROOSTERS ARE DOING SO WELL. MOST OF THE ROOSTERS HERE ARE JUST PLAIN C*CKS.:rofl: :rofl:


GOOD CHAT WITH JEN AND RICHIE. NOT MUCH CAN CHANGE BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO BE AT EACH OTHER'S THROATS BECAUSE OF "THEM". LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND AND OFFICE SILENCE! :dance:
I CAN DEAL WITH THE SENIORS BETTER!!
HERE IS A MORBIDLY FUNNY STORY....
THE RENTS WERE COLLECTED ON THE FIRST AS USUAL. A WOMAN PASSED AWAY LAST WEEKEND. THE WOMAN CARING FOR HER NOT ONLY HAS AN APT IN OUR BLDG BUT SLEPT THERE AS WELL. BECAUSE THE RENT WAS PAID, SHE AND THE FAMILY DECIDED NOT TO TELL ANYOMNE THE WOMAN DIED FOR AWHILE. BUT THERE WAS A FLAW IN THEIR PLAN...2 WITNESSES SAW THE BODY IN THE BAG WHEELED OUT BY UNDERTAKERS. IT WAS REPORTED TO ME. IT TOOK THE OFFICE 2 DAYS TO FIND OUT WHO IT WAS AND THE CAREGIVER WAS TOSSED OUT AND A PADLOCK PUT ON THE DOOR.
DON'T ASK WHAT SHE AND THE FAMILY WERE THINKING. I HAVE NO EFFING IDEA:rofl: NOW THE OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT TO MAKE SURE NOTHING IS AMISS. :faint: EVEN FUNNIER TO ME IS THE FACT THAT I FORGOT TO TELL THE OFFICE!!!! THESE 2 WITNESSES TOLD ME ABOUT IT IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIRE ALARM. BY THE TIME IT WAS OVER I COMPLETELY FORGOT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY WHEN I HEARD ONE OF THEM TELLING THE SECRETARY!! :rofl: :rofl: SO NOW THE JOKE IS THAT MEL LOST A BODY ON HER SHIFT!!!!
NO ONE CAN BELIEVE I FORGOT IT. SHOCK IS REIGNING SUPREMELY AROUND HERE.
JOKES ABOUT MR PEACOCK, IN THE LIBRARY WITH THE BODY AND THE WRENCH ARE GOING AROUND. :lol3:
SIGH. I THINK MY MIND IS GOING. IN ALMOST 20 YEARS I HAVE NEVER MADE A BIG MISTAKE. IT'S SHOCKING TO ME ALSO BUT I KEEP LAUGHING ABOUT IT. IN MY DEFENSE, I SAID SHE'S ALREADY DEAD SO I DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS ANY RUSH ABOUT IT. GOD HELP ME....AND MY SLACKING BRAIN WAVE ACTIVITY. :dizzy:



I AM OFF TO GET THE DAY GOING.
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY!!! :moped:
:wave: TO MEADOW, CARLA, NAE, TEEL, LINUS, HOLLY, SUZI, MR & MRS MADCAT......AND ALL THE OTHER WORLDLY CHICKS LURKING!!

ceejay52
02-16-2007, 12:11 PM
I'm not sure this will take either.

Mel--I have senior moments also.

It's extremely cold today. 14 degrees outside when I got up. Not much else to say.

I'm going to Paragould today. Will be back Sunday

Hollyhock
02-16-2007, 10:44 PM
Thanks for the well wishes. Things went down hill yesterday. High fever, spent the day in bed. Woke up this mornig muchly improved. More than I thought i would. Went to the shop, worked, took Dd to gym, went shopping after. Tired now.
Nice to see every here posting!!!!

Mel- i have never done an organized diet thing ever. Maybe it IS what I need.

MELODY525
02-17-2007, 08:57 AM
CEEJAY...SAFE TRIP TO THE HOME TOWN!!! YAY PARAGOULD!!

HOLLY...GET WELL SOON. SEEMS LIKE WE'RE BOTH HAVING A TOUGH START TO THE YEAR HEALTHWISE.

GETTING AN EARLY START. NEED TO DO SOME BILLS ETC AND LIKE TO GET THEM OVER WITH. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A HATRED FOR THIS AND THE SIGHT OF A CHECKBOOK MAKES ME BREAK OUT IN A COLD SWEAT :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY SATURDAY AND WONDERFUL WEEKENDS TO ALL OF US!!! :moped:

happy2bme
02-17-2007, 01:30 PM
Cute new avatar Mel.

Yesterday I interviewed with the hiring manager. A way different interview than the "screening" interview I had last week. The two of us are similar personalities and we hit it off well. She called me at the end of the day, I did not get the job but she said I was a very, VERY VERY close number 2. She said she wanted to keep me in mind for some other stuff coming down the road later this year. I went into this with the attitude that if it was meant to be, it would be. While I'm just a tiny bit dissapointed about not getting picked, I look at it as I did make a great new contact (which is SO important for moving around in this company) and the ego massage of the nice things she said about me and to my boss about me made me feel very good.

DH and I went out to dinner as we usually do on Friday nights. He picked a steak place that we had never been to. We sat down and boy was this place pricey - we figured that it was on the higher end but nowhere near what it turned out to be - however, once we ordered drinks were were sort of committed. I had a glass of wine which was very good, probably because it was in a big, fancy wine glass. The waitress brought a huge wine glass with about 2 sips of wine in it. I'm thinking 8 bucks for this??????? And then I saw the carraffe behind my water glass and realized that they were following protocol whereby you sip the wine to approve it before they pour the entire glass. (Which begs the question - what if you don't like it or refuse it - it's one thing if it's turned bad but if it's just that you don't like the taste - do they pour the rest of it back in the bottle and recork it? :lol: ) I can understand this procedure when you are buying a whole bottle of wine but it seems a bit out of place if you are ordering by the glass as I did. Not used to such fanciness in my life. It was my usual Berringer White Zin but I swear it tasted so much better than usual. :lol: I had a caesear salad, grilled scallops with some wonderful grilled vegetables. The food was very pricey but delicious. For dessert DH and I split a creme brulee (which was mediocre at best) and I had a fancy coffee with a shot of amaretto, some chocolate sauce and a dash of whipped cream on top. (also way over priced and mediocre - should have stuck with a cappachino like DH).

Later that evening DH went to bed. I am trying to read "The Wedding" by Dorothy West for book club next week. One of the main characters is a male no-good hound dawg. The kind who beds down everything that can't run away from him. He has 3 kids by 3 different women, was mean and abusive to all 3 wives including having a hand in killing one of them indirectly. All 3 daughters live with him and he adores them (the range in age from about 2 to 7 years old). He rents a home on Martha's Vineyard for the summer and is trying to woo the main character away from her fiance who is about to be married in 2 weeks. I was totally disgusted by this character - so much so that I could not continue reading this book. If I wanted to see this kind of behavior, I'd watch the Maury Povich show. Honestly, I could not continue with this book. Put it down, picked it up a few times but they go into great depth about this character in the begginning and he is central to the story so you can't even skip around him in the book. This was an Oprah's book club selection a few years ago. They made it into a movie with Hallie Berry as the main character and I taped it yesterday morning. I was really leaning to skipping the book club next week but I decided to watch the movie. Of course they glossed over what a dog this guy was and made him look like he was a nice guy just pining over Hallie Berry. In the end when something tragic happens and she sees him for what he really is, it doesn't make sense in the movie because they omitted what a creep he was. It was a mess of contradictions and I really didn't care for it at all. Long movie too - 3 and a half hours tho I was able to zip through the commercials because I recorded it. I didn't get to bed until 3am. So kinda sleepy this morning.

Obviously I sat on the couch for a long time. When I got up to go to bed I was all stiff and everything hurt. I felt like I was poisoned. Then I realized. It was the sugar from the meal I had eaten. :idea: My body does not like sugar any more. I can take it in small doses but between the wine, the dessert and the coffee - it was too much and it truly does evoke a reaction like poison.

It's still cold here but supposed to warm up next week. I'm tired of winter already. Today is cleaning house and doing laundry - DH is going to paint my mom's room. Tomorrow we have errands to run all over the place so that will kill the day. Hope you all have a nice weekend...

Hollyhock
02-17-2007, 03:58 PM
Thanks Mel. The first bit for me was more stress related angst. This is a rotten cold but I am MUCH better today again.

Busy puttering today.

-clean upstairs bathroom-done
-get hubby to pull fridge out from wall so I can pull all the drawers/shelves out and clean it. It is disgusting!!!!!!-done
-1pm take DD to party-done
-go to hardware store. -done
-pick up meat for pancake supper from grocery store-done
-clean diningroom/DUST!!
-wash kitchen floor

Adding on:
-Must remember to pick up DD at 4
-litter boxes

Hubby and DS took the big branches off a dead tree. Will cut down the rest another day.
Hubby is moving fridge back . It is FAB to have this done!!! Maybe I will do the oven next weekend.
I dont want to cook today.

First I will put the kitchen back together and wash the floor.

HUGS!!!

Shad
02-17-2007, 06:46 PM
Happy, I am really sorry you didn't get the job, however there is always a reason as you say and things that are coming up later in the year may suit you better. Meantime stay positive, stay in touch with the contact and do the very best that you can do - which in your case is very good indeed.
Looks like I will be leaving here in the last week in May which makes arrival in TN about the second week in June. If you want to put in for leave during that time, I will make it a mandatory in my itinerary. Leave some housework or yardwork for me to do, by that time I will be in dire need of physical exercise.

I have floaters in both eyes, sometimes worse than others - at first I put it down to something on a contact lens, but it's not that since they are there when I am wearing glasses or not as case may be. Sometimes they are a pain in the proverbial and sometimes not - but then I also get tinnitus of the ear frequently as well and I'm learning to live with that. Bette Davis was right when she said 'gettin' old ain't for sissies'

Mel, if I am going to be at Happy's place 2nd week in June, I'll be around your area sometime later in that week or early the next. That will leave a week and a bit for the Canadian stretch which means I won't get as much done as I would like, but I will tick a few boxes on the 'wish list'. Just means I have to come back again sometime!!! :lol3: I'll be down as a terrorist in the Homeland Security database because I spend a lot of time at borders. All this means allowing more extra time at airports. I guess I can cope. I'll wear the burkah and dark glasses and read Mein Kampf. That should get me through faster!!!!

It's Chinese New Year tonight - Haven't seen much about celebrations here. In Brisbane they really go to town with it for at least two weeks. It's fun. Then we are into the year of the pig. Which is supposed to be enjoyable, comfortable, friendship, eating and companionship making. Good time to be coming over???

Better go do some work and check out the roosters. I'll be back.

PainterWoman
02-17-2007, 07:50 PM
Happy: Abstract paintings have a long and honorable history! Shad's photo inspiration is SO symmetrical, you could probably just fold the paper and squieeze the paint around from the fold. ;) Might look like a Rorshach test. Yes… the floater is always there… but is supposed to dissolve in a week or so. glad you like your new MD. It makes SUCH a difference to have somebody who is knowledgeable AND ON YOUR SIDE. I'll make a pact with you to have 'no new 'highs' when it comes to weigh-ins!! Congratulations on the positive feedback from your interview. Having a good contact and possible mentor can make a huge difference, indeed. I hope she has something else for you soon. I think splurges, caloric and cash, are valuable comparisons. there must people willing to pay the high prices if La Restaurant is still in business! "The Wedding" sounds kind of odd. What point do you suppose Ms. West was trying to make? Men are creeps? women are dupes? Sh*t happens? Sometimes novels make non-fiction look good! There was an advice column in the local paper that was about a man with 15 (!) children by 8 women. The complainant was the man's sister who was tired of listening to his wife complain that he liked the outside-of-marriage kids better than hers. Good grief. Seems like she'd be the last of that clan to complain.

Mel: Re flakes… I suppose it takes one to know one. :hug: My SIL is still trying to get the refund for my MIL's assisted living place. sSe was only there 2 days before she died and had pre-paid the whole month. I don't think there was a Colonel Mustard OR a library….

Ceejay: I hope you get the warm weather we are having to day soon. It is up to the mid fifties AND SUNNY. although it is really windy. Too much grit for my eyes. What's the goal of your day trip? There are lots of places I've never heard of, that's for sure.

Holly-- glad you are feeling better… but should you really be taking all those risks with germies, viruses and who knows what to move the fridge and do all that cleaning? You must be a very brave woman. Hope you don't have any set backs.

Shad-- Can't imagine you'd want to come to Texas… but Dallas is a pretty big airline hub…and I can be hospitable. If you have a layover let me know, I'll drive over and buy you a drink. June should be in the 90's or 100's.

DH and I slept late as we do as often as possible. We had breakfast out, then went to Home Depot. I am very embarrassed to say I broke my toilet seat.:o I need a smaller and lighter bum. DH was non-shaming, (one of the things I love about him most. Everytime he overlooks one of my foibles, eccentricities or just plain mistakes, it seems miraculous to me). He encouraged me a lot to buy LOTS of bulbs. I know it's late to plant some stuff, but the wrappers say I have til the end of March to do these. I got some iris and day lilies and he said he'd help me scalp the dead stuff from before AND plant the new ones. Tomorrow, I hope, if the wind dies down… (If it is windy, I'll need to find some goggles. Dust AND floaters AND contacts is too much for my fragile blue eyes.:D )

Time for a nap, I think. Or some tea. My fingers are chilly and being cozy is at the top of my list. (Like Holly, maybe I'm having post-sugar ingestion issues… Hersheys put out truffle kisses for Easter… and I made the erroneous decision of buying AND eating too many.)

MELODY525
02-18-2007, 09:26 AM
HAPPY~ SOMEHOW WHEN YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE DINNERE I COULD FEEL THERE WAS SOMETHING COMING. NEVER GUESSED THE SUGAR! I WAS THINKJING HERE COMES FOOD POISONING! :faint: SORRY YOU HAD SUCH A MORNING AFTER EFFECT. MY MIL GETS THAT. HOPE IT DIDN'T LAST TOO LONG AND YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. BY YOUR DESCRIPTION, I HATE THE MAIN HOUND DOWG TOO NOW! :rofl: SORRY ABOUT THE JOB BUT I AM GLAD YOU HAVE A NEW CONTACT. EGO MASSAFES ARE GOOD THINGS.....YOU DESERVED ONE! :hug:

HOLLY~ GLAD YOU FEEL BETTER ENOUGH TO BE BUSY AND PUTTERING AROUND AGAIN. STRESS AND ANGST ARE THE ENEMIES!! :hug:

SHAD~ I KNOW THAT WE HAVE TALKED BEFORE ABOUT THIS BUT I WILL SAY IT HERE AS WELL....WITH THE HOMELAND STUFF AND SO MANY PLACES TO GO.....IF YOU NEED TO GIVE ME A MISS THIS TIME AROUND, I WOULD NEVER TAKE IT PERSONALLY. I REALIZE THIS IS A BIG COUNTRY AND I WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE YOU RUSHING AROUND AND NOT HAVING ANY TIME TO JUST REST AND SIGHTSEE ETC. JUST SAYNING. HOPE THE ROOSTERS AND KONG AND I FORGET THE OTHER NEW CHARACTER ARE ALL DOING THE "RIGHT" THING!!

PAINTER~I'M GLAD THE DH "SUGGESTED" THE BULBS. PLANTING AND GROWING ARE SO VERY GOOD FOR THE SOUL. YOU'LL REAP THE BENEFITS WHEN THEY BLOOM.
YOU KNOW THAT "CARPET" STUFF THAT HAS SEEDS IN IT AND YOU JUST ROLL IT OUT AND WATER TO GET A GARDEN? I WAS THINKING OF GETTING IT AND HAVING THE MAINT MAN LAY IT DOWN. I CAN WATER IT AND CLAIM THE PRIZE! :rofl: :rofl: YOUR FLOWER AVATAR IS BEAUTIFUL TOO.

I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THE CYST IS BROKEN AND I AM FEELING MUCH BETTER. PAINFUL AFFAIR IT WAS TOO. I HAVE NOT BEEN A PLEASANT PERSON EVEN TO MYSELF. POOR JEN MADE A SAD MISTAKE OF CROSSING ME WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON. I REALLY DO TRY TO TREAT HER AS AN ADULT!:tantrum: HONEST I DO :faint:
TEMPS ARE RISING NOW AND THEY SAY WE WILL BE NEAR 50 IN A FEW DAYS! THIS WEATHER IS STRANGE. MAYBE I JUNE WE CAN HAVE A BLIZZARD TO CELEBRATE SHAD'S ARRIVAL! :dance: THE PREDICTION NOW IS EARLY SPRING AND HOT SUMMER. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE SUMMER WAS ALREADY HOT! :flame:
THE SENIORS ATTENDED A PANCAKE BREAKFAST. THEY HAD A WONDERFUL TIME. OF COURSE THE MAINT. DEPT BLOCKED THE BUS IN THAT WAS TAKING THEM AND WILLY HAD TO COME AND GET ME. HE DOESN'T HAVE KEYS AND ALARM CODES. SIGH.
WE'RE JUST SO ORGANIZED OVER HERE. NOT.
AND THEY ALL USE THEIR GOD GIVEN BRAINS SO WELL. NOT. :rofl: :rofl: WEIGH-IN WAS TODAY AND I GAINED 2 LBS. JUST WONDERFUL. :faint:
MUST BE SOMETHING I ATE. :lol3: ;lol3:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY! :moped:

Shad
02-18-2007, 06:33 PM
You lot are nuts :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
What brought that on? Dunno! just felt like it.
Mel, I am not coming to the States to miss out on meeting you. I will be going through New York to get to Toronto, so there is no excuse. Actually Carla said something about going to New York at some time this year. Wonder when she meant as we could travel the highways and by-ways together if she's thinking the same time zone as me - grammatically I think that should be I!! :lol3: If she comes back (prod, prod) we will ask the question.

Painter - look forward to the photos of the bulbs. I just love spring bulbs but we can't grow very many here.

Holly - get better soon. I should have some dates for us to meet up with Madcat and if possible Ruth soon.

Ceejay - my senior moments seem to come thick and fast these days.

Better go and struggle with the joys of reliability maintenance. They don't have a clue what they want - they gave the process ten minutes thought and then said that'll do. I'm thinking of going into business as an analyst consultant on processes. I'm sure a jazzy title will mean $$$$$ per day!

ceejay52
02-18-2007, 08:03 PM
I'm back from Paragould after a nice visit. Had a nice visit with their grandchildren last night. Today after church we ate lunch with the other cousin and family. His daughter was home for a brief week end visit from college.

Happy--New contacts are very good. You may want to ask her want she was looking for in that position.

PainterWoman--Thanks for sending the warmer air. Yesterday was freezing cold but today is much warmer--No heavy coat just a sweater. It even snowed Friday night but I was asleep and didn't get to see it.

Holly--You still are to busy. You need to rest while you are sick.

Shad--If it meant more dollars I change my title also. However they know me to well here. Only my boss can change my title, sigh. Be careful in your travels.

Mel--Speaking of dollars on health care I just recieved the statment from the doctor's office. I'm going to call Monday to see if I can pay it out by the month. The procedure was considered surgery and went towards my deductible. That's going to be an ouch on the money situation. I may have to transfer from my savings to checking account.

Hello to all the rest.

happy2bme
02-19-2007, 01:41 AM
Hi peeps,
Very busy weekend. Tomorrow morning I have a rooster of my own showing up at the office. I hope he's smart. I have neither the time nor the interest to baby him. Consequently, not much time to post today. I'll try and get back tomorrow night.

Shad - I wish I had the vacation time to spare, if I did I'd be more than happy to travel to NY with you and meet Mel. Just not possible this year.

Got to run and hit the sack now - have to get up early and beat Mr. Rooster into the office tomorrow morning. Can't have him hanging around the lobby doing nothing, can we.

Happy Monday.

MELODY525
02-19-2007, 09:05 AM
SHAD WE DO TRY AND AMUSE YOU! :rofl: I LIKE THE JAZZY TITLE AND THE JAZZY $$$ WOULD BE NICE TOO. GO FOR IT!!! :dance: MAYBE I SHOULD THINK UP A TITLE OTHER THAN CHIEFTESS OF THE A$$HOLES:lol3:

CEEJAY~ :welcome: HOME!!! LOL NICE VISIT BY THE SOUNDS OF IT. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE MEDICAL BILL! :faint: THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL THINK OF ANYTHING TO GET OUT OF PAYING! :tantrum: HOPE THE DR'S OFFICE GOES WITH THE MONTHLY PLAN. GOOD LUCK!

HAPPY~ YOU BUSY GIRL YOU! HOPE THE ROOSTER ISN'T TOO MUCH OF A PAIN. HANG IN THERE!

TODAY IS A HOLIDAY SO NOTHING MUCH TO DO. I HAVE BEEN DOING LITTLE THINGS THAT GET PUT OFF TO THE SIDE. SMALL DRESSER DRAWERS ETC ARE GETTING CLEARED OUT. JUST TRYING TO GIVE THE EYES A REST. MAYBE THEN THEY WILL HEAL!!! ALL IS WELL IN MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD.
HAPPY MONDAY!! :moped:

:wave: TO ALL THE OTHERS!!

ceejay52
02-19-2007, 11:45 AM
Mel-Glad you have a holiday--I don't it's work as usual for me. I don't mind. We get a floating holiday, whenever we want to take it later.

Just poping in to say hello--I've made a few goals for today but I'm not going to obsess if I don't make them. My goal is 4000 steps, I'm wearing the pedometer today, do 60 crunches and drink 48 oz of water. I had a menu plan but didn't work out due to the fact I downloaded some new Mcafee stuff and didn't have time to prepare it. My computer was getting to slow. This thing cleaned the whole computer. We'll see how it does tonight. I also put my computer behind a fire wall.

Hollyhock
02-19-2007, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the well wishes. I am resting more than usual!!

I am fine tuning details for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at our church tomorrow. I am the Organizer. :shock: Volunteers are willing and wonderful but someone has to tell them what to do etc. :? I picked up the maple syrup ands other groceries today.The couple who were going to help me set up tomorrow aft are both sick so I am trying to find some people to go tonight at 8pm after Beavers.
I am cookng an enormous ham right now. Need to slice it later.Will cook 2 smaller hams tomorrow.
All in all it is coming along.

Finally got to my Grandma's today and gave her a perm. Always so good to be there.
I have permed her hair over 100 times in the last 25 years. Crazy, eh!

Ds had a hard day at school with a couple of incidents. I am playing phone tag with the school psychologist.

Everything else is okay around here.

My cold seems quite a bit better.

MELODY525
02-20-2007, 09:08 AM
HOLLY GOOD LUCK WITH THE PSYCH AND THE DINNER!

CEEJAY YOUR DAY SOUNDED VERY BUSY!! HOPE YOU GOT IT ALL DONE!! :ebike:

I AM NO THE RUN. FOOD SHOPPING THIS MORNING.
GOT UP EARLY AND THOUGHT I WOULD SAY GOOD MORNING BEFORE I LEAVE :cofdate:
YESTERDAY WAS UNEVENTFUL THANK GOD!! :rofl:
HAPPY TUESDAY TO ALL.:moped:

happy2bme
02-20-2007, 09:08 AM
Mornin' chicks,

I've got a nasty sinus headache this morning. The weather is turning warmer which is nice but it also seems to bring out the sniffling too. I've got book club tonight and we were supposed to have a homeowner's association meeting tomorrow night but I haven't heard anything further.

Last night I cancelled my web site hosting services. I had built websites for me and for DH and his pictures. It was kind of sad in a way but it was costing good money and I haven't done anything with it since we moved here and I think at this point it's safe to say that my web development days are most probably over. I can always rejoin later but you build up perks the longer you are a member and I've had this website since before I joined 3FC - a long time so I had tons of disk space and bandwidth. Doesn't do you much good if you don't use it.

Well my rooster is a smart one thank goodness. He hit the ground running just as I had wanted him too. I certainly hope he can fix the mess I laid before him.

I've got to get running now. Have a good one ladies. :wave:

ceejay52
02-20-2007, 11:42 AM
Happy--The weather is playing a part in my sinus headache also. Plus knees.
Just getting older.

Mel-Are the portion sizes in NS correct? I'm finding that the dinners I get from the grocery store are not corect in veggies. I'm going to start cooking again. Think this may be the reason I'm staying hungry all the time.

Holly--Yum, pancakes. Hope things go well at the supper.

More later.

MELODY525
02-20-2007, 12:33 PM
JUST WANTED TO LEAVE A NOTE FOR SHAD.....IN CELEBRATION AND RECOGNITION OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR AND THE PIG'S BEGINNING.....I WOKE UP WITH A PIMPLE ON MY BUTT!!!
NOT A GOOD BEGINNING!!! :tantrum: :tantrum:


:cofdate: HELLO HAPPY!!! GLAD THE ROOSTER KNOWS THE TURKEY TROT!!! :rofl: HOPE THE DAY IS A GOOD ONE.
HOPE YOUR SINUSES ARE BETTER. OURS AREN'T GOOD UP HERE EITHER. WE JUST HAVE RHINITIS 12 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR NOW! :faint:

CEEJAY~ WITH THE NS FOOD YOU MUST ADD YOUR OWN VEGGIES AND SALADS AND FRUITS. SO I ADD THE ONES I NEED AND LIKE :D I AM GOING BACK TO HOME COOKING ALSO WHEN ALL THIS FOOD IS GONE!!

Shad
02-20-2007, 06:42 PM
Morning all,
Fly by again this morning as I have so much work to do and all this doco is due at the printers by 3rd March. I'm in the middle of edits now. I've managed to get three out of my 7 or is that 8 to a final review stage so I am getting there. Man, I am looking forward to the weekend at home. Mel don't forget to tell the crisis control that they are out of control on this weekend for at least an hour.

Happy glad to hear the rooster is doing okay and sorting out some messes for you. Unfortunately mine have landed me in a couple of messes to date. I'm kicking *** today.

Gotta go.

happy2bme
02-21-2007, 09:07 AM
Mornin' all,

Sorry to hear you are so busy Shad - hope the "little cluckers" didn't make too much of a mess for you. :devil: :mad: Is this a weekend that you'll be getting to go home? Hope so, sounds as if you need a break!

Happy Chinese New Year, Year of the Pig to you too Mel. What are you doing to celebrate? Don't "hog" all the party favors for yourself there lady :ink: :rofl: I didn't even know we were celebrating :hat: :woo:

I hear you guys on the NS type food plans. Expensive and you still have to supplement fresh. It's too bad we didn't live near to each other. We could take turns cooking - each week someone plans the meals, shops and cooks. That person then divies up the meals into 3 portions, shares with the other two and hands them the food. Fruits and veggies can go into little zip lock type bags or containers. It would take probably an entire weekend day to do this but you have one week on and 2 or 3 weeks off depending on how many would participate. This way you have the beauty of everything planned and portioned out which is the benefit of the prepackaged food plans and it might be a little less expensive. It surely had to be cheaper than the Diet to Your Door plan they mentioned on 3FC last year. But here we are in our little pockets of the world, too far away to make something like that work. And fuggetaboutit happening here in my neighborhood where I never see my neighbors. :rolleyes: We have an informal homeowners association gathering tonight. Why they didn't call a board meeting since we haven't had one in almost a year, who knows :dunno: I'm not sure why they asked me to attend but I am bringing DH who has strict orders not to let me cave in to a weak moment and volunteer for something I don't really want to do. :lol:

I actually would rather be out walking. All of a sudden we have tumbled into spring. The weather all week is in the 60's which is divine and the air has that wonderful smell of fresh, fresh, FRESH. Isn't it great CeeJay? Saw a bit of thunderstorms up north but hopefully they were between you and me.

My rooster at work is fabulous. Worked out a complicated problem with the end user who just kept calling everyone in I.T. until she found someone who could work with him and help him. THAT's what I expect out of a good contractor. :D You don't see that all the time and I surely appreciate it when I do.

Going to be another long and busy day for me again. And I have to squeeze in several chores here in between everything else. Better get a move on because no one will come and do it for me :shrug: Have a good one chicks.

Roseblush
02-21-2007, 09:50 AM
You are all so wonderful at sending out good vibes so I am here on behalf of my mom. She is in a Heart Hospital in Mesa and is undergoing surgery today to clear veins in her neck....then in 3 days haveing bypass surgery. She is not a very good patient..... who would be ? SO I am asking for good thoughts, prayers, good vibrations, send in your angels..... for my mom Vera is her name. This is the right place for her to be.... she has been a fairly healthy 79 yr old but so lucky. Andy and she celebrated their 2nd ann. on sunday. Thanks ladies you are the best.....
Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
02-21-2007, 09:51 AM
Happy--It would be great if we lived close enough together to prepare each others meals. I'm going to start preparing mine again. Think I'll pull a LindaT and do it on the week ends. I've been doing the whole life style thing and like eating the raw veggies. However, I don't think my stomach and colon do. Glad to hear the contractor is working out for you. It's nice to have help with out you having to train him. We missed the rain. I drove to work in some fog.

Shad--Hope you get to rest soon. You sound tired.

I keep weighing on my digital scales and it's up and down, and my jeans are getting tighter. I'm miserable from the bloated feeling. I know it is because of the colon problem. I have been eating more fiber, just need to add some more water I suppose. Aging is no fun.

ceejay52
02-21-2007, 09:52 AM
Hi Nae-See your egg light. Have a good day.:wave:
I'm not awake.

Hi Mel--You also snuck in on me.

MELODY525
02-21-2007, 09:53 AM
:wave: MISS SHADDIE I WILL TURN OFF THE RADIO WHILE I AM TALKING TO YOU. THERE SEEMS TO BE NO OTHER WAY! ALSO HA VE AN "I'M IN THE SHOWER" SIGN FOR THE DOOR!! :rofl: YOU WILL HAVE MY UNDIVIDED ATTENTION!! MY FRI? SAT? SUN? AFTERNOON?

HAPPY~ DON'T RAISE YOUR HAND FOR ANYTHING :tantrum: TELL DH TO BRING ALONG A PIECE OF DUCT TAPE FOR YOUR MOUTH TOO WHILE HE'S AT IT!!! :rofl: GLAD YOUR ROOSTER IS SO SMART!!

ON THE SUBJECT OF SHARING COOKING JOBS....YES THE COOKING IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT BUT I THINK I MIGHT HAVE TO GIVE NS A MISS WHEN THIS ORDER IS DONE. I AM SPREADING IT OUT AND SEEING IF MY FACE FINISHES CLEARING UP. THERE WAS A FRESH BREAKOUT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. I SPOKE TOO SOON ABOUT THINGS GETTING BETTER. AND I REALLY THINK MY STOMACH FELT SO MUCH BETTER WITH WHOLE FOOD COOKING. SIGH. I DO HAVE GOOD NEWS THOUGH....A FAMILY DONATED A BRAND NEW WHEELCHAIR AND SAID I COULD HAVE IT. THEIR RELATIVE DIED BEFORE HE COULD USE IT. NOW I AM GOING TO DONATE THE LAST "DONATION" I REC'D FROM A COP A FEW YEARS AGO. THESE ARE MY "WEEKENDS, NIGHTS, HOLIDAY" CHAIRS THAT ALLOW ME TO KEEP GOING NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I AM IN THE BLDG BY MYSELF AND THE OFFICE IS CLOSED. CHAIRS TAKE 8 HRS TO RECHARGE FULLY AND I GO THRU THEM LIKE KLEENEX! :rofl: :rofl: I AM INDEED A HAPPY CAMPER.
I CANNOT BELIEVE MY LUCK....THIS IS THE 2ND TIME I WAS GRACED WITH SUCH AN EXPENSIVE GIFT. IS THIS A SIGN FROM ABOVE THAT I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO RETIRE???? :lol3: :lol3:
I AM OFF TO EAT BREAKFAST. RAN TO THE OFFICE ALREADY, MAILED MY BILLS AND TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS ALL BEFORE I GOT ON HERE!! :dance: THE DAY IS MINE:bubbles:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!! :moped:

MELODY525
02-21-2007, 09:59 AM
NAE~ I AM TRULY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MOM AND WILL SEND ALL THE ANGELS OUT TO HELP KEEP HER SAFE. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY AS WELL. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING THIS STRESSFUL TIME TOO. SHE WILL NEED YOU ALSO. :hug: HUGS FOR ANDY TOO. I AM SURE HE MUST BE UPSET. :hug:

CEEJAY~ I AM GOING TO DO THE WEEKEND THING AGAIN AS WELL. I WAS DOING SO MUCH BETTER THAT WAY. NOT WEIGHT-WISE BUT HEALTH WISE. BACK TO BASICS!
HOPE YOUR BLOAT GOES AWAY. I HATE THAT MYSELF TOO. I HAVE FOUND THAT 5 PRUNES BEFORE I GO TO BED MAKE LESS BLOAT DURING THE NEXT DAY. SOME PEOPLE I KNOW USE THEM FOR BREAKFAST. HAPPY COOKING!!

Shad
02-21-2007, 07:34 PM
I must confess that a few bits of dried fruit before bed does wonders to the system. I have been having a problem on the CSIRO diet in that there is slightly too much protein for me and I need something to get the movement going ......so to speak....

Yes I am going home tonight. I am really looking forward to it although I have a busy weekend planned. I have an 8.30am appointment for my liver scan order by the doc (probably for nothing - his diagnosis not mine) and then I have to go see Shane in the travel agency and get rid of a hefty dollop of my savings, then I am going to the Gold Coast to see Robbie and check out a new laptop and by a memory stick and an external drive. That should take care of another hefty chunk of my savings, but this is business related and should be tax deductible. What they will say about 4 computers depreciating I have no idea, but they are not worth trying to sell. I may well set up one for DB2 who is using one of mine for his banking and e-mail.

Happy, so glad you have a good consultant who knows his stuff. They can be worth their weight in gold even if you have to pay through the nose for them. I love the idea of a cook fest. Pity you can't all get together and do it together with a couple of Zinfandel on the side, make a social occasion of it so to speak. That's the problem with those of us who live in the BIG countries.

Rose - so sorry to hear about MUM. I will keep her in my thoughts and wish for good things for her. Winging some hugs and comfort across the water for you as well. Keep smiling.

Mel, I'll try Saturday am my time. Which means Friday pm your time I guess. Turn everything off and put up a notice saying 'Gone bear huntin'. Got the Kalishnikov and 36 rounds of ammunition!!!!' That should fix all but the most obstinate old girl with a walking frame.

Wonder where the Canadians have gone. Must be too much snow around and they are hibernating. Hello Canada :wave: :wave:

Okay - better go. Got the training schedule today. The tfg is causing headaches again and even the roosters won't work with him anymore. I suspect this is the last time we will see him on a project like this. It's his own stupid attitude that does it.

Meadow
02-21-2007, 07:53 PM
Does focusing on being fat keep you fat? Oprah and "the secret" show was very confusing to me. I'm all for positive energy but do people really believe what you focus on comes to you? So if I were to focus on lots of money, I want, I want, it will materialize? I enjoy certain aspects of the New Age stuff but for pete's sake! She had a show on having her chakras aligned yet? I know there was a program about the colour of your aura and what all that means. I appreciate Oprah for doing shows that aren't all about belittling people, but she is liable to do a show on witches and spells next:?:

That being said, I still send good vibes and healing thoughts to Rose's mom:hug:
I'm glad Mel's patience and good heart has been rewarded with some new wheels.
I give thanks to Shad getting to go home for the weekend and away from the timelines and male energy.
Suzy has a wonderful new job to expand her learning.
Fingers crossed that Ceejay finds some water and feels less bloated.
Thank Happy's lucky stars that she has a rooster who knows when to be useful and not hinder progress.
Wonderful news that Holly is feeling better, she needs all her energy you know.
Painter is looking for art ideas to explore and create new beauty in the world.
Madcat is snuggling with her hubby and likely as not has that elusive bottle of Zinfandel Shad mentioned, actually she mentioned a few bottles :P

MELODY525
02-22-2007, 09:22 AM
MEADOW..A FEW YEARS AGO OPRAH DID A SHOW ON PEOPLE THAT SQUEEZE THE LAST BIT OF TOOTHPASTE OUT OF THE TUBE, THE LAST TINY BIT OF DEODORANT ETC. WOMEN THAT WERE TRYING TO SAVE $$ TO GET A HOUSE OR PAY FOR A HOUSE OR BILLS ETC. WELL THERE WERE SEVERAL HUMILIATED WOMEN ON THERE AND ONE IN PARTICULAR WAS TERRIBLY UPSET. BETRAYED BY HER FAMILY AND HER IDOL OPRAH AND ALL HER RAW FEELINGS HANGING OUT THERE FOR ALL TO SEE ON NATIONAL TV. OPRAH SEEMED TO BE ENJOYING THE DISCOMFORT OFG ALL THESE WOMEN AND WENT AFTER THIS ONE IN PARTICULAR BY MAKING FUN OF HER. THE WOMAN WAS IN TEARS. EASY FOR OPRAH AND HER BILLIONS TO LAUGH. JEN AND I WROTE A LETTER AND ASKED THE HARPO PRODUCTIONS IF THEY WERE PLEASED AND PROUD WITH THEMSELVES. I HAVE NEVER WATCHED HER AGAIN AND I DON'T THINK JEN DOES EITHER. OK THE RANT IS OVER.
YES I AM A VERY HAPPY CAMPER. GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE. MISS YOU LADY!!! :hug:

SHAD~ OK I WILL TURN EVERYTHING OFF AROUND 4PM MY TIME.....THAT SHOULD BE TIME ENOUGH FOR YOU? OR MAYBE 3PM IS BETTER. OK 3 IT IS :rofl: SEE YA MANANA!

THE DAY WENT WELL YESTERDAY. NOTHING REALLY NEW. JEN AND I WENT OVER THE CHAIR TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANYTHING LOOSE ETC. I TIED SOME WIRES THAT WERE HANGING DOWN WITH WIRE TIES. IT AMAZES ME HOW A SALES REP CAN LET A CHAIR GO, WALK OUT OF THE PERSON'S HOUSE AND NOT HAVE DONE ALL THAT FIRST. IT'S HIS JOB!:tantrum: SAFETY FIRST FOR THE CUSTOMER!! IF THE WIRES CATCHES ON SOMETHING OUTSIDE, THE CHAIR STOPS RUNNING AND HOW DOES THE PATIENT GET HOME????? :faint:
I ALWAYS TELL THE MEN THAT COME HERE"ARE YOU SURE EVERYTHING IS OK CAUSE I AM OUT THERE ALL ALONE!!!!!!!!!".
OK DONE WITH ANOTHER RANT. DEEP BREATH.
WHERE IS ALL THIS COMING FROM? WTF!?!?!? :rofl:
MAYBE I BETTER GO AND DRY MY HAIR AND EAT BREAKFAST!!! Grrrrrrrrrr :MOPED:
HAPPY THURSDAY!!

:wave: WORLDLY CHICKIES!!
AND TO NAE'S MOM! :hug:

happy2bme
02-22-2007, 09:33 AM
'Morning chicks,

Hi Meadow. What's this about Oprah? Often I find her a bit over the top so I don't really watch much any more. So I can't say I understand what's going on with the secret thing you mentioned. All I will say is that as individuals we often do a great job of talking ourselves OUT of doing something that is out of our comfort zone. I also think we can achieve more than we think we can.

Shad - enjoy your weekend home even if it does go by in a blur. Let us know when you get more specific details on time frames and durations. I had to laugh about your earlier comment about doing yard work. We sure have enough to share here so we will take you up on it. I have already warned the roses that Auntie Shad is coming to whip them into shape :lol:

Mel - did the NS cause a problem with the face again or did I misunderstand? Glad you got a new chair - that is really wonderful. I never thought about the battery running low - I thought they stayed charged for about 18 hours or so but that would take a pretty big battery, wouldn't it?

Ceejay - my friend at work also has a "sensitive tummy". It is frustrating as many of the things they tell you to eat to be healthy like salads cause her problems - she has to limit them. Takes extra work to plan the diet. If you steam veggies to "tender crisp" does that help any?

Prayers for your Mom Nae. Hope all comes out well.

I have a cold today. Feeling rather miserable and all I want to do is go back to bed - like that is an option :no: :no: :no: I just hope I can stay awake in the meeting this afternoon. And I have so much - too much - to get done to be ready for a project review tomorrow morning.

I went to the homeowners assn meeting yesterday. People were surprised that I resigned. They tried to suck me back in again but I said I can't at this time and stuck firm. It's a hodgepodge right now, I hope it straightens out with some new blood involved.

Time to drag myself out the door. Have a good one. If you see me dozing, give me the elbow, won't you? :lol:

MELODY525
02-22-2007, 09:54 AM
:getwell: :getwell: :getwell: :getwell: :getwell: :getwell:
POOR HAPPY!! WE'LL ALL BE EXTRA QUIET SO YOU CAN DOZE ALL YOU WANT!! I PROMISE NOT TO WAKE YOU OR USE THE PROD!!:p HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON.
VERY GLAD TO SEE YOU STUCK TO YOUR GUNS!! GOOD WORK LADY!! THE BATTERIES LAST A LONG TIME AND THERE ARE 2 12 VOLT MAKING A 24 VOLT SYSTEM. THEY'RE DIFFERENT THAN CAR BATTERIES AND AND LAST A DAY. SOME PEOPLE GET MORE TIME OUT OF THEM BUT I'M A BUSY GAL. YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO LET THEM GO DOWN PAST THE 1/2 WAY MARK AND CHARGE THEM EVERY DAY. SO THAT'S WHAT I DO. MY BATTERIES LAST 2 YRS THAT WAY. WITH ALL THESE CHAIRS I CAN GET EVERYTHING DONE AND STILL HAVE POWER!!!!!:strong:
YES THE FACE TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE. AND IT WAS THE SAME AMOUNT OF WEEKS ROUGHLY AS THE LAST 2 TIMES. SO THAT IS THE END OF THE NS ORDERING. SIGH. SO IT'S BACK INTO THE KITCHEN WENCH FOR ME :frypan: :stir: :rollpin:
CONCENTRATE ON GETTING WELL!!

ceejay52
02-22-2007, 10:43 AM
Morning all

Meadow--Oprah does go to the extreme but it's all for ratings. I don't take the things she says to seriously. It does get ones dander up sometimes.

Happy--I should be steaming my veggies, the good doctor said to eat cooked food from now on due to the colon problem he found. Lettuce is out of the question now. I paid for it big time.

Mel--Glad you have learned how to inspect those chairs. We don't want you to have another accident.

The guys that are tearing(sp) down the old generator building stayed after 4 p.m.I watched them leave at 5.30 p.m. to make sure that the gate was locked. There is a young black male working with them and when he got out of the truck he almost lost his pants. He wears those sagging kind. On his way to lock the gate he lost them. They fell down to his ankles. I laughed so hard. I left T. a note requesting that he buy this guy a pair of suspenders.

I think my computer is on the brink of a crash. But it's been running slow since I down loaded the new internet 7.

Roseblush
02-22-2007, 01:15 PM
Hi Ladies....mom update.... geez my mom told the night nurse about her pain under her left shoulder blade and when the dr. saw it in the morning he asks her how long she had this...oh a long time.... the poor Dr. must just get so many people like this. anyway postponed the surgery to combine two surgeries now.... I think she is finally getting she has a heart problem..... ok I will be nice.....anyway continues prayers are much appreciated... My Mom is a comedian without really trying most of the time.....
Thanks all,
Peace,
Nae

Madcat
02-22-2007, 06:13 PM
Sorry I haven’t been around much, chickies. But a combination of work and just life has intervened. Remember how I said the contract I was working now was wacky? Well it continues to astound me. The person who brought me on the project has departed for greener pastures. Our new manager thinks that contractors shouldn’t be given any authority so I’m being kept out of the loop of most of the project and I have to ask my coworker – who has been air lifted in from another project – what is going on. She gets invited to meetings that I should be at and then I find out things second hand. I’m handholding a rooster on the business side who seems to be having issues with people being “mean” to each other. This project has the worst communication issues I have ever seen (and I’ve seen some doozies). And I have a headache that is going on for a week. I’m sure it’s a combo of stress and a wicked sinus infection. I came home early today, watched Beauty and The Beast (always makes me feel better) and then napped on the couch. I actually feel a bit better. Added to that is the fact that the Weather Gods are teasing. Yesterday was sunny and above freezing and today it snowed again and the winds have picked up. Such a good day to be home with the cats. Ok feels better getting THAT off my chest. If I could just have a good cry I might feel even better. :lol:

Actually it’s not that bad. I’ll just go in and do what they pay me to do. No one says I have to renew when renewal time comes… in fact, with luck most of the work will be done by then and they won’t need to renew me.

Rosebush ~ *Hugs and good thoughts for Vera!!*

Meadow~ I’ve been off watching Oprah for a while just because every once in a while she looks as if she is phoning it in… but I really enjoy reading her O magazine. They seem to bring in some really good writers and they have some really interesting articles.

Mel ~ See ranting can be very therapeutic. Let it out, baby. So you are madcap, are you?? That’s about right.

Happy~ Nudge! You awake? Sorry the job thingie you mentioned earlier didn’t ripen on the vine. I agree with others in that you never know what might happen down the line. I once got turned down for a job I really wanted and then got a call a week later when the person they hired only lased 4 days. Feel better!!

Ceejay ~ I’ve heard that IE 7 still has quite a few issues. Some websites’ functionality doesn’t really work with it. Funny story about the young man and his pants. There’s a fashion trend I don’t get.

Shad ~ You have earned your weekend home. Hope your looming deadlines don’t keep you from relaxing and enjoying yourself, even if it sounds as if you have to cram the time home with personal maintenance. Dried fruit are a good traffic control system. :lol: but don’t forget that drying the fruit doesn’t rid it of calories – just puts them in a smaller package. I was reading one of your earlier posts about the roosters (I LOVE that term) and I was thinking that if they didn’t straighten up and fly right you could threaten to make them into capons… :lol:
K, I better go. :wave: to all the other chickes. So lovely to see you all. Even if I don’t have the energy to post I will be reading.

happy2bme
02-23-2007, 09:49 AM
Good morning chicks,

Well Madcat, that's a real bummer. Someone lures you away to take a new account and then they leave you high and dry? AND in a house of lunatics to boot? Some "friend" :mad: I hope that something better comes along SOON. :crossed: I hear you on the job thing, I do believe things happen for a reason. Sometimes it's hard to just turn away and ignore things - especially when it falls into the category of "it's not fair..." but you have to.

Wishing you warmer weather too. It's been in the 60's here this week. Spring has arrived. At least for this week. The air is warmer, it smells so wonderfully fresh and the green bits are about to bud so the nose has woken up too - sniffle, sniffle, sniffle. I love spring though. Can't wait to open up the windows in the house. Take a deep breath.... ahhhhhhhh. :D

We were all talking at work that we don't know what it is but we all seem to have a severe case of the hungries. It's not that we're looking to eat bad stuff, we all seem to be overly hungry this week. And the fact that it seems common among a group of random folks seems to say that something is in the air.

Thanks for the hugs Mel! I hope your face does get too bad. It must be that soy again, isn't it? :devil: I never realized that a lot of people react to it. I've always avoided it because it slows your thyroid function down and I don't need any of that. Sending you some warm breezes too. Get out and enjoy yourself - get away from the demands for a while. :hug:

CeeJay - I've upgraded to IE7 and get a lot of page not found errors. I don't like this one as much myself. Our cable company changed from Time Warner to Comcast and service has definitely gotten worse. Hard to tell which to blame - the cable or the software!

Enjoy your weekend at home Shad. Say goodbye to your money :wave: but know it's going for a good cause - us :D :D :D :lol:

Timer just went off - oatmeal is done. Got to go eat some. Happy Friday...

MELODY525
02-23-2007, 09:53 AM
PERSONALLY I THINK WE ALL HAVE SINUS INFECTIONS IN DIFFERENT STAGES. I STARTED TAKING ADDITIONAL DRUGS THIS MORNING. AND I TOO WOULD LOVE TO SIT DOWN AND CRY WITH MADCAT BUT I FEAR OUR SINUS SITUATIONS WOULD BE EVEN WORSE :tantrum:
NO FOOD SHOPPING TODAY. JEN WILL DO IT. THE WINDS ARE LIKE 50 MPH OUT THERE AND I FEEL JUST TOO COLD. MOTHER NATURE IS TEASING ALL OF US. 50 ONE DAY AND BELOW 20 THE NEXT. I HAVE ONLY ONE JOB SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AND THAT'S NOT TILL 6PM.
A TENANT IS MOVING AGAIN INTO A HANDICAPPED APT THAT JUST BECAME AVAILABLE. SHE IS GOING INTO A WHEELCHAIR NOW. SO MOVERS ARE BRINGING HER STUFF FROM STORAGE WHERE SHE HELD IT. THERE WAS NO SENSE IN MOVING TWICE. SHOWER AND FOOD NOW FOR ME. GOING TO BE A QUIET DAY FOR.....HOPEFULLY.

MADCAT~ GOOD TO SEE YOU AND I CAN WELL UNDERSTAND LIFE GETTING IN THE WAY. HAPPENS TO ALL OF US. :hug: SORRY ABOUT THE JOB SITUATION.... HOW THEY THINK LEAVING YOU OUT OF THE LOOP IS A GOOD THIN IS BEYOND ME:faint: I ALWAYS HATE 2ND HAND INFO. STAY STRONG! DON'T LET THE HEADACHES GET WORSE!! :hug::getwell: :getwell: :getwell:

NAE~ MOM CRACKS ME UP. LOTS OF THAT GOING ON OVER HERE TOO. I DO IT MYSELF :rofl:
LOTS OF HUGS FOR BOTH OF YOU :hug::getwell:

CEEJAY~ THE PANTS STORY WAS TOO FUNNY! :lol3: :lol3: SUSPENDERS!!!! OMG!!! THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A REAL SIGHT. THOSE PANTS ARE DANGEROUS!!! KIDS HAVE FALLEN DOWN STAIRS IN SCHOOLS MAKING THE SCHOOLS FORBID THEIR WEARING OF THEM! UNREAL. THEY LOOK SO UNCOMFORTABLE TOO. WONDER IF T GIGGLED!!

HAPPY FRIDAY LADIES AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND :moped:

EDIT:
:write: MISS HAPPY! I JUST SPIED YOU AS MY POST POSTED!!:mag: I JUST FINISHED MY OPATMEAL. HAD I KNOWN...I WOULD HAVE WAITED FOR YOU AND WE COULD HAVE DONE BREKKIE TOGETHER:cofdate:
MAYBE NEXT TIME!!! :rofl: MY CHIN LOOKS LIKE A TEENAGER WITH REALLY BAD ACNE!! :tantrum: REALLY PRETTY!! NOT!!!
HOPE THAT YOU FEEL BETTER TODAY AND HAVE A FINE WEEKEND!!!:hug:

Hollyhock
02-23-2007, 10:39 AM
I have read everyone's post .Lots going on for all in this life thing we are all in.
I do love you all!!!

Last night 7pm-
We are having a blizzard. I went out this morning in a light coat, slide on runners and ankle socks. +4C. We are storming . -5 C right now.It just took me 45 min to drive home from work ( a 10 min drive) in complete white out conditions. My angels were with me. My boss was in a 9 car pile up. Able to call me.
Nerves are officially wracked. Going to rest. Hubby made it home before me and picked up the kids.

Last night 10pm-

Interesting evening here. Lots of different things going on. My boss J was in an accident involving 9 cars. She was taken to hospital and has broken fingers and they were looking at her ankle. I offered to work full time to cover for her starting Monday.
A friend of my Grandma’s called here because Grandma hadn’t answered her phone for 3 days. So I called sis and she went over. All is well.The phone jack is busted.Grandma is 97...wont live forever buty apparently is hanging on for now.
I talked to our school psychologist this morning about DS. She recommended regular conselling or therapy for him thru institutional type places. Not what we really want for him.I have made some calls to explore other options for now. He is sooooo senistive to...well....everything and is really struggling with me being away from home. He has been angry a lot. Violent towards me and then one night talked of suicide with a plan. I am sure it was attention seeking or a way to give light to how insecure he was feeling but still not okay.We just cant let it go.Hubby has been great in discussion about this. Definitely a new thing. I am thankful.

Anyhow....I am tuckered out. Happy not to go any where tomorrow. Happy to be home after that freaking drive.

This Morning-
I am pretty sure this thing with DS is a delayed reaction to the troubles we had in Dec and then me going to work. I spoke with 2 counsellors yesterday. Will continue to follow up today.

I slept til 8:30. Hubby is home. Didn’t want to dig us out at 6am. He and DS leave today for a city 3.5 hours north for a tournament. Must do laundry and get groceries ASAP.

I feel sooooooo tired. What a day yesterday.What a week.
I will need to iron a collared shirt for DS. Hope the house doesn’t burn down. I only iron once every 5 or so years.They wear team ties for tournys.
I want to do as much housework as I can today so when I am alone here I can just “be”. I take DD to her friends at 6pm.
Solitude will be sooooo nice.
There is an abundance of stuff to do here. Like the taxes for 3 businesses. I can do that better without distraction.If i get them done I still have time to buy RRSP’s to offset any payment we might have to make. Oh, i could clean the basement, organize Avon product, make a display for the hair shop, I have a trade show in march,watch a movie with some babe-alicious hunks............every room in this house needs at least an hours attention.

Hope the time doesn’t go too quickly.

Food continues to be okay. Need to get groceries for sure. Lacking fresh stuff. Need to make snacks for the trip for the boys.

ceejay52
02-23-2007, 12:04 PM
Morning everyone
I googled internet 7 last night and it had a thing to repair the errors. I had 452 error's just from internet 7. Wishing now that I had never upgraded to this. If I deleted this would it crash my whole system???? Those with computer knowledge let me know.

Went to the doctor's office yesterday to pay the bill I owed on the colonoscopy. They let me set up an installment plan. After this I drove to Blytheville to get my hair cut. It's a wee bit short but I'm not complaining at least it's even.

I decided that it's time to get back on track. Made out a menu plan yesterday for 1500 calories. And sceduled time's to eat which seem to be my main thing in losing weight. Will exercise later today to burn 200 calories on the stamina bike.

I just looked at the clock and see that it's time for me to put the meat loaf in the oven. Made spaghetti last night. The left overs will be frozen to be used later. The menu's this week are Italian.

Back later to comment.

Madcat
02-23-2007, 01:46 PM
Ceejay ~ You shoudl be able to uninstall IE 7 using the Add/remove programs function from your computer's Control Panel with no problem. The only problem might be getting a copy of IE 6 to replace it. Of course you could also download a copy of Netscape or Mozilla and replace IE entirely. :) Just a thought...

ceejay52
02-23-2007, 02:35 PM
Madcat: Thanks for the information.

Hollyhock
02-23-2007, 05:12 PM
I switched to Mozilla. sooooooooo much better.

Shad
02-23-2007, 06:36 PM
Morning all,
Nice to see Madcat posting again. Hope you feel better soon. Just need to get Carla back on line and all the Canadians will be accounted for.

It looks like I didn't post yesterday. I was sure I had. Another 'Senior Moment' no less. Hope I remember to get on the right plane at the right time for the right reasons on Sunday.
Speaking of planes. It appears that I will be flying out of Brisbane on 23rd or 24th May. Which means after 10 hours flying time I get to LA earlier than I left Aus. We are having a problem or two with trying to upgrade my flights. It seems that I can only upgrade on a full economy fare which is between $700 and $1200 higher than the specials. What a have! Anyway from there I am going to Phoenix and hiring a car to go to my friends place in Chino Valley and I am going to drive I40 across to Farmington New Mexico where I will meet up with my next lot of friends. From there I fly to Memphis, quite how yet I don't know - it seems that one can't go direct, so I may end up in another airport someplace in which case I may make it Dallas, spend a night there and I could possibly meet up with Painter. I will still be with Happy on or after the 4th - 5th June which is earlier than I first thought. Is that okay Happy or do we make it for later in the week? or later in the month? or has DH got the camping gear, fishing rod and small boat ready and is designing the 'Gone fishin' sign?
New York will follow 4 or 5 days later, then Toronto somewhere close to 15/16 June and over to Banff to join the Rocky Mountaineer for a train journey across the Rockies - expensive but hey once in a lifetime! BC for a couple of days and back to LA getting home around 29th or 30th.
None of these dates is stuck in concrete yet because of the kerfuffle with upgrades, but they will be by the end of next week or so.

For those of us with colds, sinus or health conditions, come on over - I have a garden smelling of roses! They are doing well and I have THE most gorgeous orchid out. Deep burgundy red with lighter red and orange patches on the lip. Just dandy. Some idiot named it Choclate Drop. It looks more appetising than that. More like a good deep velvety shiraz with cinnamon. Ymm.

Okay I gotta get moving. I've spent time on the phone with Mel. I need to go back to the store to return some Veal that was off - pooh - and I aint gonna spend that sort of money putting up with their crap. Following that I may ring my Sister and Chris. In between times I need to do some housework and gardening. Weeds are everywhere. Sunday the cat is yelling at me everytime I go to DS2's place. She wants out!!!!

Be back later.

ceejay52
02-23-2007, 07:31 PM
Wow, I think my computer was on the brink of a crash. Hope I've saved it.
I've uninstalled the internet 7 and did a google on windows xp to see if they had some sort of scan. They did and Window's xp had more than 700 error's on it. It seems to be running a lot faster now.

I've inherited some clothes. And they are the brand I like, Alfred Dunner. I may have to have them hemmed. I took the bowl home to my neighbor and she had a lot of clothes someone had given her. She's lost weight. Sigh I'm disappointed but happy for her.

I've been outside today. It's been beautiful but a little cool. Got some fresh air into my lungs. The car got a much needed cleaning. I still need to do the inside of the car but will do that will be next week end.

Shad-- Sounds like you are getting ready for your trip to the States.

MELODY525
02-24-2007, 09:53 AM
HOLLY I AM SO SORRY ABOUT THE DS. SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS YOU CAN AND LET HIM KNOW HE'S SUPPORTED AND LOVED. THE TIME SPENT NOW WILL MAKE FOR A HAPPIER FUTURE. SOME KIDS ARE JUST MORW "FRAGILE" THAN OTHERS. I KNOW FROM FAMILY EXPERIENCE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE COUNSELING.

CEEJAY~ THE CLOTHES WERE A GREAT "FIND". CONGRATULATIONS! I AM FAMILIAR WITH THE BRAND. VERY CLASSY LINE OF CLOTHING. SOLD HERE IN MACY'S. ENJOY THEM. GLAD NADCAT WAS THERE TO GIVE YOU A HAND. I WILL NEVER UPGRADE NOW!!!! ROFLMAO
HAPPY TO SEE THAT ALL IS WELL AND THE PC IS RUNNING BETTER. AND GOOD FOR YOU NOT PANICKING AND COMIONG HERE! I WOUL;DN'T HAVE THOUGHT OF IT! :rofl: SOME PEOPLE I KNOW INSTALLED "VISTA" WHATEVER THAT IS. SOME LOVE IT AND SOME HATE IT.
ALL TOO CONFUSING TO ME!! :dizzy:

MADCAT TO THE RESCUE!! GOOD THING YOU WERE LURKING OR READING E-MAILS! :dance:

SHAD~ WHAT CAN I SAY?? :rofl: I'M ALL TALKED OUT!!!
HAVE A SAFE TRIP BACK:hug:

GOOD THING SHAD AND I SPOKE ON THE PHONE. I HAD OUR AMERICAN POLITICIANS ALL MIXED UP. WITHOUT HER I WOULDN'T KNOW WHICH CANDIDATE BELONGS TO WHICH PARTY!!:rofl: :rofl: I AM STILL LAUGHING OVER THAT! I THOUGHT THE PAIN IN MY SIDE WAS GAS BUT I THINK IT'S FROM LAUGHING SO MUCH!! THANK YOU LITTLE SIS. :hug:
THE MOVING MEN WERE FAST. BROUGHT IT ALL INTO THE LOBBY AND THEN WE SHUT THE DOORS. IT WAS TOO WINDY AND COLD TO LEAVE THEM OPEN.
NICE GUYS AND ASKED ME IF I GOT PAID FOR THIS. THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT GIVING ME PART OF THEIR TIP MONEY. I TOLD THEM I NOT ONLY GET MONEY BUT PERKS AND TO KEEP IT. SO IT WAS ALL OVER IN A FLASH AND EVERYONE WAS HAPPY. THE WEATHER HERE IS VERY WINDY!!! VERY BAD SINUS WEATHER. AND COLD!!!:( MEL IS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. BEST GET ON WITH THE DAY.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

PS.....HAVE WE NOW LOST SUZI AGAIN? IS SHE BUSY PLANNING ALL THINGS FRENCH? GOOGLING PARISIAN TRAVELS?:dance: AND HAS SHE TAKEN PAINTER WOMAN AND CARLA WITH HER? MAYBE THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY TO MEET UP WITH LINUS AND TEEL. :scooter:

ceejay52
02-24-2007, 12:35 PM
Morning all. It's raining and dark outside. So glad I chose not to go to Paragould this week end.

I binged on the meatloaf yesterday. It was a good recipe. I think I'm just hungry for some cooking instead of store bought stuff. I'd hate to se my fat and cholesterol levels right now.

Today I'm using the super foods for my menu except I'm using chicken instead of salmon. Hope I don't binge on any thing today. This week I'll be alternating between super foods, the whole foods life style and using the Slim Fast Plan. Plus keeping my calories between 1300 and 1500 and burning 200 calories per day on the stamina bike. That's 4 miles. I've been fooling myself about the 1800 calories--I'm maintaining on that amount. If I eat 1500 calories I'll need to burn 300 calories or ride 6 miles.

My challenge for this week is no diet soft drinks.

It's time for me to unload the dryer.

Hollyhock
02-24-2007, 02:19 PM
I am home alone and have been since 6pm yesterday. Working hard and decluttering and cleaninf taxes to follow but it is soooooooooooooo peaceful. A nice cold ,sunny day out!!!!

Shad I am excited for you for your trip plans. Sounds stellar!!!!! I am free in June to come to TO!!!

PainterWoman
02-24-2007, 11:38 PM
I forget how much there is to read when I skip a few days!;) ;)
Mel: Glad the cyst is on its way out. Have I told you recently how impressed I am with your "equipoise" no matter how crummy the situation? Well, I'm telling you now. Hope you do get a flower carpet! Maybe no one will notice the butt pimple! Your tasteless joy and tantrum reminds me of the book I read last night: 5 People Who Died Having Sex. It is a compendium of lists of (very) weird events. I bet you'd love it!!:carrot:
For those of you advocating a bit of fruit before bedtime, you'd be amazed at how many people die of "straining" in the bathroom. Have a dried apricot. Or something. :dz:
Shad: DH is a reliability ENGINEER. Not only is it hard to get people to MAINTAIN reliability, but apparently here, they won't even plan for it. Good thing we have an electric vibrator (!)… :nono: The kind that I can give him a back rub with. It's about the only thing that calms him down.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
What an amazing trip you have planned! Would love to do "something" if you find yourself in Dallas (and wanting anything but a respite from jet lag.)
CeeJay: Glad you liked the warmer air. But hold on to your hat because the WIND is coming. :fr: It took down 4 fence panels, 2 fence posts and moved the patio chairs up against the wall. Oh, and the temperature dropped 25 degrees.:tantrum: And possibly dust from Amarillo. The sky this afternoon was orangish. And you could TASTE it. (Not at all like carrot cake, either.) Aren't you glad you were conscientious about watching the generator crew? I've never actually seen any of the "saggers" loose their trousers, but you just KNOW it's got to happen frequently. Good girl for GETTING the colonoscopy. I was due in January… but made the decision to wait until June. After DS's wedding… etc. etc. Just don't want to face any negative diagnoses now. It's only a routine one, anyway. I'm fortunate that my digestive tract seems to be adequate for a goat (or larger scaled omnivore!):dancer:
Happy: Glad the rooster is not a bird brain. Crowing on time, I hope. I can imagine your sense of loss at closing down your websites and terminating the hosting service. I assume you saved some clues about format and could put up a new one easily. I'm reading Coming to our Senses… and really believe it is wise to live in the NOW… and if cash is more important than web traffic, you gotta admit that and move forward.
OK, I give up-- what are NS food plans?
Holly: How was your Pancake supper? I hope you found alternate helpers and that you have recovered. Too bad they don't have waffle suppers! Or Cinnamon rolls suppers.
Things sound challenging with DS and the school. I agree with Mel: be as unconditionally loving as you can manage, and sooner rather than later. I've forgotten how old DS is… but they can have such difficult times. BEST WISHES. Courage!
Roseblush/Nae: It is important to wish moms well. Hope she has many anniversaries in her future.
Meadow: Glad to hear from you! I agree about The Secret and Oprah. I think humans and definitely those of us in the Western Hemisphere have a horrible time expressing ANY metaphysical truths. :nose: :soap: I think if you stay "awake" AND "intentional" you notice more opportunities to make your wishes come true. If you don't think you'll find money on the ground, don't look at it, don't believe yourself when you see it, you certainly won't pick it up and have it in your pocket, will you? But if you watch, know, and explore with a more open attitude, who knows what you'll find: whether it is tangible or an opportunity. I wish we spent as much time teaching philosophy and critical thinking as spelling and outlining.:blah: :blah:
Madcat: Do you get "Dilbert" in your comics section? Be sure to see the one from tomorrow's Sunday paper. I showed it to DS and he laughed right through his pancakes. All about who has authority (and responsibility). Sorry your organization is so dysfunctional. Maybe it's better to be "just" a contractor rather than actually part of the "company."

I bought 2 dresses yesterday that will do for Mother of the Groom. They were VERY on sale, and cheaper than just one from a dress maker. I am still going to look, um, "stout"... so I couldn't see why I'd pay a fortune when it didn't work the miracle of liposuction, a personal trainer or a lapband. I'm relieved... and re-motivated to at least get my tummy bulge reduced. :crazy:
Stay well, y'all.

MELODY525
02-25-2007, 09:34 AM
PAINTER I LOVE BOTH PICTURES. AUBERGINE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES AND THE OTHER IS GORGEOUS!!
THE MOTHER OF THE GROOM....CAN YOU BELIEVE IT. SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY THAT YOU TOLD US OF THEIR PLANS. I THINK THE MOTHERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO WALK DOWN THE AISLES WITH THEIR SONS AND GIVE THEM AWAY ALSO :hug: FORGET THE LAPBAND, TRAINER AND LIPOSUCTION....I WANT A MAGIC WAND! :tantrum:

CEEJAY~ WERE YOU ANYWHERE NEAR THAT TORNADO! OMG I ALMOST FAINTED LAST NIGHT WHEN I SAW THE DESTRUCTION. I WENT TO BED AND COULD NOT SLEEP. TURNED ON THE TV AND WATCHED THE LATE NEWS REPORT. TERRIBLE SIGHT AND RIGHT THRU THE CENTER OF THAT TOWN TOO. I CAN JUST HEAR BEN KENOBI SAYING THER IS A DISTURBAMCE IN THE FORCE FROM STAR WARS. UNBELIEVABLE WEATHER NOW.
I WOULD HAVE BINGED ON THE MEATLOAF TOO! I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT AND IT IS THE CRAVING OF GOOD HOME COOKED FOOD!! I AM COOKING NEXT WEEK AND DROOLED OVER YOUR POST! :rofl:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING LADIES
I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE MYSTERIOUS PAIN IN MY SIDE/SHOULDER HAS GONE AS QUICKLY AS IT CAME. I USED DRUGS AND PAIN PATCHES TO NO AVAIL AND WENT TO BED EARLY. AS I LAY DOWN, I FELT A "RELEASE OR RELIEF" OF SOME KIND. MOVED MY SHOULDER AND IT WAS GONE. MAGIC. WHEN I STRETCHED THAT MORNING I MUST HAVE PINCHED A NERVE SOMWHERE. THANK GOD IT'S GONE CAUSE I COULDN'T COUGH, SNEEZE OR BREATHE DEEPLY WITHOUT PAIN. :dance:
I AM GETTING TIRED OF ALL THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS...SOUNDING MORE LIKE THE PERILS OF PAULINE AGAIN EVERY DAY :lol3:
I NEED TO DOWNSIZE MORE. I LOOKED AROUND THE APT AND AM WONDERING WHY I AM HOLDING ON TO THINGS I NEVER USE. JEN MUST NOT WANT THEM EITHER BECAUSE SHE HASN'T "BORROWED" THEM! :rofl: :rofl:
USUALLY MY STUFF GOES UP TO THAT BLACK HOLE ON THE 3RD FLOOR THAT SHE CALLS HOME.....NEVER TO RETURN AGAIN! :lol3:
I AM SITTING HERE GOING THRU A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER BLOWING MY NOSE AND TRYING TO TYPE. YES I CAN TELL SPRING IS NEAR.....:faint:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY! :moped:

happy2bme
02-25-2007, 01:59 PM
Good morning chicks,

Mel, the tornado hit about 125 miles southwest of me and CeeJay is about an hour north west of me. I knew spring was here - first tornado warning of the season. The worst weather was way south of here. We did get dumping rains but that is typical for the area so I didn't think much of it. Lots of swirling gray clouds but if you've seen tornado conditions, you can tell the difference between that and just a bad thunderstorm. It's gone east now. We should be cool and dry until next weekend. That reminds me, have to tell DH to go out and run the pump to get the water off the pool cover. We got quite a bit yesterday.

I'm glad something "unpopped" for you Mel. Know what you mean about having a steady stream of this and that go wrong. It gets very frustrating - why can't I just feel GOOD again! Keep your spirits up :hug: Must be something in the air about cleaning up because I spent a good part of that same thing yesterday. Actually I was walking around all week looking at things going "I HAVE to take care of this". And I spent yesterday doing those very things. I have a comfortable sense of accomplishment even if there's a part of me that nags I should have been doing other stuff.

Mel, I think we tend to keep things around we don't use because there is still some "life" or usefullness to them. My DH has no problem tossing something he hasn't looked at in 3 months. I on the other hand, can't seem to get rid of a cute cordouroy slim skirt and vest - size 3 - that I obviously will NEVER fit into again. I bought it in a fancy boutique in Newport Beach, Rhode Island when visiting the in-laws. The skirt is about the size of my pant leg now. I wore it one season and by the following fall it was too small. Yet I can't toss it. :dunno:

I hear you on the spring sneezies. I have extra Kleenex if you need some. :D

Painter, I love the dresses. The purple/red violet is one of them, no? That's a gorgeous color. You have red hair - don't you? I think that would be stunning on you. DS's wedding is June? NS = NutriSystem - a popular order to your door, controlled menu diet plan. Some people swear by it, but it uses alot of soy based proteins which some people can't tolerate very well.

Holly, hope you got a lot done yesterday. It's a real gift just having a quiet day to yourself.

Ceejay - you have me in the mood for meatloaf. Thanks for making my weekly meal planning a bit easier :D. Have you tried journalling your food to see what might trigger binging - I know too much sugar for me launches a real eat-a-thon. I like Alfred Dunner's line of clothes too.

Shad, I will put in to take the week of June 4th as my vacation. That works out great - I will have a 3 day weekend May 28 for our Memorial Day, a week of vacation in June and a week of vacation in July when my family comes to visit. Nothing makes me more excited than not having to go in to work ;) :lol: I will have to make a reservation for the Blanchard Caverns ahead of time. Since we'll be in a cave it won't matter much what the weather is like tho by June it's pretty warm and dry. Perhaps we'll go mid week - Wednesday June 6. I think the kids are still in school and with it being the middle of the week, I don't forsee a problem getting us a slot. I guess it's a pretty popular place. We can firm up plans once you know for sure. I'm looking forward to your gardening tips too. That's great that you are going to New Mexico. We've never been there, you can tell us how it is. Your train trip across the Rockies sounds awesome. And are you going to the Butchart Gardens???? Boy I wish I had as much vacation as DH does - I'd love to travel with you and see some of those things. I hope you don't waste too much time flying around trying to get to Memphis. Not as convenient as Chicago to fly into. There are very few cities that fly direct here. :( Looking forward to seeing you again.

Madcat, hope this has been a more calming week for you on the job front. I guess you could look at this as a temporary situation that you can leave one day, but it surely doesn't make it any easier living in the moment. What happened to the good old days when working was fun?

DH is painting and wallpapering one of the guest rooms - my mom's room actually. It's going to be very pretty even if she doesn't like green and peach :lol: I'll take a picture when he's done. Today's agenda is the usual meal planning, groceries, cooking and a bit of cleaning the house rounded out with finishing the last of the laundry. Not sure if I'll be asked to help with the wallpapering but I'll do what I can. DH is very handy.

Hellos to Meadow and Nae and come out of lurking Carla. You too Linus. Have a good Sunday.

Hollyhock
02-25-2007, 04:33 PM
Much accomplished yesterday. everyone is home now. We are getting freezing rain. I was worried about the boys but they came ahead of the bad weather.
DS got Silver in the tourney.
The pancake supper was stellar. we cleared $500.00 for the Sunday School.I am glad it is over.
My Boss from the hair shop was in a 10 car pile up in bed weather on Thurs and has 2 broken finger, fractured collarbone and shin bone. I will be working Mon-Fri for the next 2 weeks alone.

I am DOWN another 2 lbs to make 12 total. 7 lbs to go to get to my lowest weight since I started this. 37 to get to goal.

ceejay52
02-25-2007, 06:15 PM
Holly--:bravo: for those 12 pounds gone, shall we say forever. Ouch for your boss, but she is left with a good operator so she will not worry. The money ought to be good. How is your son?

Happy--I'm not sure what triggers my binges except for bread. I think just the smell of something good in the oven is what did it this time. I did, however, have french bread the day before with the spaghetti, and yes I've started writing down what I eat lately.

Mel--I didn't watch the news. We did have some heavy rain with thunder and lightning and the wind blew. There was one area of town that lost power but only for a couple of hours.

PainterWoman--I love both of those dresses. Happy mentioned NutriSystem but there is also SlimFast.

Goodness, I couldn't believe the calorie count of my breakfast this morning. It was a total of 840 calories. That's what I get for stopping by MCD's on the way to work. The next time I have to leave off the apple pies.

On the good side of things, I rode the stamina bike 2 different times yesterday to burn 400 calories. I like breaking this up into 2 sessions because riding 8 miles in one sitting is just a little hard on the tush.

They say it's not good to get on the scale every day but that seems to keep me on track. I realize that it's not going down every day but I sure don't want it creeping up either.

Shad
02-25-2007, 07:04 PM
Didn't get to post yesterday since DS2 came and took me away from all that. We went down to pick up and pay for my new system. I'm the proud owner of a new laptop with widescreen and using Vista. Have to get the hang of that!!! And I have a 20g external drive for all my doco stuff and a 4 gig memory stick to cart between computers. I'm still loading bits onto the computer and getting stuck every so often with something that won't work out or fit or whatever. Never mind it will get done, one bit at a time.

The weekend went by in a blur of activity. Scans on the liver (nothing wrong except a bit of fatty tissue, and I still have the cyst on my kidney. It's not growing or shrinking just sitting there. Wish my body was that easy to maintain.

Glad the dates suit Happy. I'll firm them up this week, but it won't change weeks or anything. Still whinging over trans Pacific flights, and I still want to go to San Francisco!! So there. I'll be e-mailing Shane today. Soon as I get some time to play around with Webjet and find a reasonable flight.

Mel, I'm glad the pain in your neck is gone - could it have been me?? Time to make room for that blow up doll you were talking about - ummm I mean blow up mattress! Tell Jen that if she doesn't behave you will make her blow it up by mouth.

Ceejay - good going on the exercise. Wish I could say the same about the McD breakfast - :nono: :nono: :nono: Even though they say it is so much healthier now - if that is the case - you can only wonder at what it was like previously.

Painter - nice threads! :cp: is the tree a photo or one of your paintings? Or am I seeing strange things again.

Better go. All doco is due for the printer next Friday and I haven't even started some of it yet. Hello to Holly who I meant to reply too and haven't yet got there, Madcat, Meadow, Tig, Teel, Linus and Rose. Hope Mum is doing okay.

Hollyhock
02-25-2007, 09:04 PM
Ceejay- DS seems okay. he and DH had a good weekend away.DH was receptive to hearing how serious DS's feelings are etc and was going to focus on positive reinforcement. Still going to call for counseling tomorrow. Too important to let it go. DS has ALWAYS been intense, super sensitive, insecure, emotional.....No neuro/emotional disorders tho. Hoping early help and intervention will serve him well in life. I am scared for him as a teen without help now.

suzi in auz
02-26-2007, 12:25 AM
:) time to post before everything vanishes!
Hello the house!
Sorry for being absent in presence over the past few days. i saw on my sign in that I hadn't popped in to say hello for 6 days! Now that is a huge catch up, I have some reading to do and had my pencil and paper ready but then it all got overwhelming so I will need to read and perhaps comment later. I really will try.
You all sound wonderful!!!
Holly I will comment to you. a huge congrats on the weight loss. That is so so good. I am proud of you. 12 lbs is alot to lose. You are going so well.
I have not caught up about DS but thoughts your way.

Work is proving to keep me on my toes and the in between times I am catching up on everything else. I have been running solo the last week as DH has been travelling. It jsut means it's extra busy.

This weekend I organised a trip to NZ for a little visit. I have been hanging out to go and touch the earth over there. I miss family and friends. Its just me going and I am planning on a week.

Shad your trip sounds fab! Good on you. I love that picture you posted. It really is beautiful country. It brings back fond memories and makes me want to go back home...hopefullly later in the year we will all go. Maybe a skiing holiday in the south island.

Ok...i started this and work is piling up.

Lots of lve to all. I will catch up soon.

carla49
02-26-2007, 01:07 AM
The prodigal returns, not really expecting a fatted calf... As always after an extended absence, it's just too overwhelming to try to catch up, so I won't. In any case, it's late, I have to work tomorrow, so this will be short.

Shad, I'm not sure exactly when you'll be in Toronto. I for sure won't be in New York, much as I'd have liked to visit with Mel too. That will have to wait until some future time. If we miss each other in Toronto, we might be able to hook up out west as I'll be working in Whistler for about a week (18 to 23, I think) and then may spend a few days in Van. I do have a brief window of opportunity for visiting TO before Whistler, and will PM you with all my exact dates and whereabouts. I don't know if you'll have time for Ottawa; if so give me an idea of when, and we can try to work something out. This is all most complicated, don't know how you're managing to coordinate so many different cities.

I've always wondered why there are some things that would be very easy to do, and yet they just don't get done. Two examples: my passport expired about 3 years ago, and for some reason the application is still just sitting there. Now, because of new US passport regs, everyone in Canada is trying to get a new passport at the same time, and the passport office has no intention of increasing staff, so it now takes 2 months. Instead of racing into action, I seem to be even more paralysed than ever. Of course, the problem isn't helped by the fact that I've been putting off getting new glasses for over 4 years, and I can't see a thing out of the ones I have. I have a new prescription in my wallet, it's the whole frame-choosing thing I can't deal with. Is it any wonder I procrastinate about posting at 3FC, or about getting on a proper eating plan? (I have the same trouble booking flights, and find myself all too often on a flight I didn't really want, in a really dreadful seat. Can't get my hair cut most of the time either.) There must be a name for my condition - maybe it's DDD, Debilitating Dithering Disorder.

So now you know far more about the real me than you ever cared to. but you did prod me to post, so there you are!

Sleepytime now. Zzzzzzz.....

PainterWoman
02-26-2007, 03:07 AM
Mel--Thanks for the encouragement. :hug: :hug: I'd like a magic wand, too, but lapband, liposuction and trainers at least place ads in the yellowpages. I'm so glad to hear your shoulder is better. I have a bone in my thumb joint that gets out of whack sometimes. I find that heat, massage and LOTS of visualization about relaxing it really do make a difference. Strange what the mind can do sometimes.

Happy: Sometimes 125mi doesn't seem all that far away when it comes to big storm systems. I'm glad you are OK. Thanks for the NS = NutriSystem identifier. Anything would be an improvement over what I am doing now. :frypan: The cost in heart ache might be worth a fair amount of cash out of the wallet. Do I gather your Mom is going to live with you? Or does she already?

Holly: Congrats to YOU on weigh-in. :goodscale Way to go. DS must be pleased with his Silver… Hockey or something else? I hope he's excited about counseling-- and sees it as an opportunity to talk things out and examine his own thinking without scaring anybody! or getting challenging reactions. Positive reinforcement (and ignoring everything else) is a good plan! There are good books about sons. Sadly, I waited until mine was pretty grown up to read them (well, when he was younger, I didn't have time! D'oh!!) but if you do have time, they might help you keep perspective.Glad you weren't in the 10 car pile up. sounds like a mess. Must be very hard to do hair with broken fingers.

CJ: I appreciate your candor. :dust: Those McD's can REALLY get you, for sure! I am not very motivated, inspite of the tears and gnashing of teeth about dress shopping. I don't know what's with me. I'd be amazed to get to 288 by mid March doctors appointment… sigh. Can't believe I am not more mortified to type that. And I don't know if the reality check is a good thing… if the lack of mortification is a good thing… or not.

Shad, do let us know what you thinkg about Vista. Skeptics abound!! Remember when just 1 gig was considered a MASSIVE amount of memory? and now it's on a little gizmo the size of a bit of chewing gum! Glad the liver and kidney scans were "good enough." I think sometimes there must be lots of abnormalities in our bodies that don't really matter… then we get one that does and they find all sorts of other stuff they want to fix-- or that scare us.:mag:
The tree is the weird photo of our dust storm. Everything was sort of orange and brown. Closed down Dallas Airport… last month it was snow in Chicago that messed up the hubs… and on tonight's news it said there were STILL people trying to get back home.

Suzi -- your bright shining photo alwams makes me think there's a movie personality in the group. So inspiring!

Carla-- Thanks for such honesty. I get into those DDD times, and I'm a mental health professional. It is SO embarrassing to not be able to 'cure myself.' I have at least learned that action is the remedy. And that any action helps, and that (almost) any action can be undone or re-done. Good luck!

Watched all the Oscar show... better than usual, I thought. Although I don't understand why there were so few bright colors on the gowns. Monday, Monday... can't face that day... Doesn't much matter, does it?

Roseblush
02-26-2007, 09:01 AM
Hello everyone, it has been a weary couple of days and being so far away is so stressful.. My mom had her vein in her neck done and she is just losing it in ICU, the combination drugs and her refusal to accept her fate is really causing her grief. The nurses agreed to let my sis stay with her last night so they would not have to fight with her all night.... They regrettfully had to restrain her to her bed during the night. This morning in the double bypass. WOW what will she think then???????
Hold her in your prayers and all the hands that touch her. She is a fighter obviously and her recovery is going to be her next big hurdle. Thanks for your support...it means a lot to me.
BLessings to All,
Nae

happy2bme
02-26-2007, 09:42 AM
Good morning chicks,

I'm way behind this morning. Not sure what happened - probably captured by aliens and taken to the mother ship for an hour or so today :rofl: So I barely had time to lurk, much less post. You all made some interesting comments today, I will have to come back tonight and chat.

Carla, Suzi, Painter - good to see you back again. Love to the rest of you, later gators... :wave:

MELODY525
02-26-2007, 10:22 AM
NAE MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR SISTER...THIS ISN'T EASY FOR THE BOTH OF YOU EITHER. YOUR MOTHER'S REACTION IS SO COMMON. BUT SHE'S A FIGHTER AND THAT'T WHAT'S GOING TO GET HER THRU THIS AS HARD AS IT IS ON YOU. HOPE THAT MADE SENSE. I HAVE SEEN IT HAPPEN HERE MANY TIMES. HANG IN THERE :hug:

CARLA~ I HAVE THE EXACT SAME PROBLEMS AND THEY CAN BE VERY PARALYZING!! TRUTH IS I WAS JUST LYING IN BED THIS MORNING DISCUSSING THIS WITH MYSELF :rofl: I HAVE HAD THIS ANXIETY ALL MY LIFE. I HAVE BEEN "PRETENDING" EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGH THROUGHOUT MY ENTIRE LIFE EVERY TIME SOMETHING GOES WRONG. I BEGAN TO HATE FACING ANY DRAMA AT ALL AND THUS PUT EVERYTHING OFF TILL THE LAST MINUTE IN HOPES SOMEHOW MIRACULOUSLY IT WILL ALL BE HANDLED WITHOUT ME.....WHICH CAUSES EVEN MORE ANXIETY :lol3: I KNOW WHAT IT IS AND MOST LIKELY HOW IT GOT HERE BUT I'LL BE DAMNED IF I KNOW HOW TO "FIX" IT!!! :faint: PAINTER IS RIGHT IN THAT ACTION IS THE ANSWER......SHOULD I GET THE CATTLE PROD FROM LINDAT? OR IS A STICK OF DYNAMITE MORE IN ORDER???? :hug:

HAPPY~ THE DH DOES SOUND LIKE A HAND PERSON TO HAVE AROUND! WOULD HE CONSIDER WORKING UP NORTH AND FOR CRAP WAGES??? :rofl: I LIKE PEACH AND GREEN SO IF MOM DOESN'T , I'LL TAKE IT!!! :cb:
I'M NOT FUSSY WHEN IT COMES TO GOOD THINGS!!!
GLAD YOU AND CEEJAY WERE FAR ENOUGH AWAY. WHAT A FREAKY THING. WELL THEY ALL ARE I GUESS. WHEN WE HAD A TORNADO WATCH IT ALWAYS SEEMS "STRANGE" OUTSIDE. YOU CAN ACTUALLY FEEL THE INTENSITY OF THE SITUATION. WE DON'T OFTEN GET WARNINGS BUT UP ON THE CLIFFS OF THE HUDSON RIVER THE WEATHER IS WEIRD AT TIMES. AND YES GET THE DH TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE POOL....IT IS ALMOST TIME FOR SITTING BY THE POOL IN THE MOONLIGHT:beach:

SHAD~CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW LAPTOP!! I AM GLAD YOU BOTH FOUND ONE TO YOUR LIKING!!! WHEN YOU ASKED ABOUT THE USB ...YOU MEANT THE HOLE IN THE BACK RIGHT? I THINK I HAVE 2 OF THEM. ONE I KNOW THE PRINTER IS IN AND I FORGET WHAT'S IN THE OTHER. SPEAKER? BUT THEY ARE THERE. LOL THE DOLL.... I MEAN THE MATTRESAS IS ALREADY ARRANGED. ANTOINETTE IN THE OFFICE HAS ONE. SO YOU AND GRANDSON CAN SHARE A BERTH!! :rofl: :rofl: I COULD ROLL 2 CHAIRS TOGETHER AND MAKE A DOUBLE RECLINING BED FOR BOTH FEET AND HEAD :rofl: :rofl: FOLD YOU UP LIKE A TORTILLA! BESIDES CLEARING THE SPACE I NEED TO GET A DOOR FOR THE LOO! :lol3: :lol3:

HOLLY~ BIG CONGRATS ON THE LOSS!!! WILL KEEP DS IN MY THOUGHTS AND HOPE THE OUTCOME IS GOOD. BUT RIGHT NOW ITS ALL UP TO YOU AND HOW YOU HANDLE IT. NO MAGIC WANDS FOR THIS EITHER BUT SEND :hug:
FOR ALL OF YOU. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BOSS LADY AND THANK GOD IT WAS ONLY FINGERS!!!!

CEEJAY~ I THOUGHT YOU WERE ALREADY DOING THE MILES IN BITS AND PIECES!!! I CAN SEE SHY 8 M ILES WOULD BE A WEE BIT TOUGH OF THE TUSH!!! :rofl:
GOOD LUCK WITH THE 188 DR GOAL IN THE SIGGIE.
I LIKE TO KEEP "IN TOUCH" WITH THE SCALE ALSO. HELPS TO SEE WHEN THE PLUMBING IS CLOGGED UP ALSO AND MORE FIBER IS NEEDED!:dance:

PAINTER~ SORRY I FORGOT ABOUT THE NUTRISYSTEM FOOD BEING NS. :rofl: THE FOOD IS SO SO. NOT RESTAURANT FARE OR HOMECOOKING. BUT THE PLAN IS GOOF PROOF AND ONE WOMAN CALLED IT....PROVIDING YOU FOLLOW IT. I LOVED IT FOR THE CONVENIENCE. NO WEIGHING OR MEASURING FOODS OR WONDERING WHEN AND WHAT TO EAT. AND THE BEST PART IS THAT IT'S ALL SOFT "CANNED" AND IT HAS A GREAT SHELF LIFE. BUT ALAS THE BODY REJECTED THE IDEA IN A BIG WAY!!! :lol3: HOW GOES THE KNITTING? PAINTING? BORDER BOOKSTORE VISITS? WHEN I GO INTO ONE I THINK OF YOU AND DH. :hug:

SUZI~ I FIGURED WORK WAS THE ANSWER TO THE ABSENCE HERE. HOPE THE TRIP TO NZ IS GOOD. BRING HOME SOME DIRT IN A ZIPPER BAG AND MAKE A LITTLE SCENE IN A VASE OR SOMETHING.......LIKE A TERRARIUM. THEN YOU WILL HAVE "HOME" ALL THE TIME...... :hug:

WE FINALLY HAD SOME MORE SNOW LAST NIGHT. I WANTED TO SIT BY THE WINDOW AND WATCH IT TILL THE WEE HOURS BUT I WAS JUST TOO TIRED. SOME OF THE FLAKES WERE THE SIZE OF BASEBALLS. MUST HAVE BEEN CLUSTERS OF THEM. BIG GIANT FLOATING FEATHERY THINGS GENTLY FALLING FROM THE SKY.
WAS A VERY SURREAL FEELING AND I FELT LIKE JOHNNY DEPP WAS GOING TO SHOW UPO RIGHT UNDER MY WINDOW WITH HIS SCISSOR HANDS AND WAVE A BIG HELLO AND THEN WE WOULD DANCE UNDER THE STREETLIGHT :dance: :dance:
I HAVE BEEN REPLACING MY HOMEMADE VHS TAPES WITH DVDS...SO WHY AM I KEEPING THE VHS TAPES????
THEY TAKE UP TOO MUCH ROOM AND THIS IS SENSELESS.
TOSSED OUT OLD MAKEUP THAT WAS BOUGHT WHEN A KING STILL RULED BRITAIN!!! :rofl: I EVEN WASHED OUT ALL THE LITTLE BOTTLES AND RECYCLED THEM.
OFF TO GET MY OATMEAL. LATE BUT WASN'T HUNGRY BEFORE.
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
02-26-2007, 10:23 AM
:wave: HELLO HAPPY!! YOUR LITTLE LIGHT HAS GONE OUT AND YOU NEED A NEW BULB!!! :lol3: :lol3:

ceejay52
02-26-2007, 10:44 AM
Mel--I wish I could have seen that snow. I love the big flakes of snow.
To bad aout the NS giving you problems. It would be the way to go. It's just to expensive for me. :wave: Your egg light is on.

Suzi--I know the feeling about being busy. Sunday's are a usually quite but I had a few phone calls.

Shad--Wow a new laptop. That's what I want if my computer crashes. Do tell us what you think about Vista. My boss litterally hates it. It may be because it's a new program.

Happy--I'm glad the aliens let you return. Monday mornings are always a no no for me, but I have to work. sigh I've had my caffiene but still at a slow start.

Holly--Glad the DH is having some bonding time with your DS. Sometimes that is the best cure. A little one on one is the best medicine.

Nae--Prayers and thoughts going with your mom. I've was in your shoes which was back in 1998. Glad you mom is a fighter and that she has her daughters with her. (((hugs)))

PainterWoman--I agree whole heartedly that action in the best thing for me. I took action yesterday and even though I had a few extra calories I decided not to eat any thing after 7 p.m. I eat a lot more fiber since the doc told me I had 3 diverticuli. I weighed yesterday morning at 191.2 and this morning I weighed 189.6. It's eating that heavy meal after 7p.m. that's keeping me from losing weight. :frypan:

Every one have a good day.

carla49
02-26-2007, 07:19 PM
Nae, I don't know if it's the case with your mom, but some of the drugs they use for heart patients can cause psychotic reactions. So if she seems restless and disturbed, that may be part of the reason, especially since older people sometimes have strong reactions to all the meds. When my father had bypass surgery 30 years ago he tried to climb out a window. It was all very upsetting, the docs didn't explain about the drug thing, and I would have continued to think he was going crazy if a nurse friend hadn't clued me in. I'm sending waves and waves of :goodvibes: for a positive outcome.

Happy, here all this time I thought I was a lazy DDD sufferer, when all the time I've probably been abducted by aliens almost every day of my life. Thanks so much for explaining - I guess the truth really is out there. :rofl:

Mel, is the inflatable an Aerobed? They're really comfortable, and if you have the right kind the pump is built-in and automatic. (They're not so great when they spring a leak and the guest wakes up on the hard floor, but our Shad is pretty tough...) Will you have to move all 50 or so spare wheelchairs to Jen's place to make room?

Ceejay, don't you find the tush gets used to the bike? I used to go to spinning classes, and the first few weeks were almost unbearable. Then the butt adjusted, and it wasn't so bad. I'm ashamed to say that last summer when I had tendinitis in my wrist I leapt on the physiotherapist's suggestion I avoid bike-riding until it healed. (I'm very good at using legit health issues to stop all activity.) Then of course my oomph goes away and I just can't get it back. I have yet to leap back on the bike. Or the x-country skis. Or the hiking boots... The list is endless.

I watched part of the Oscars last night, even tho I haven't seen any of the movies. Gotta say, someone needs to send an emergency case of bras (Gwyneth, Jessica Biel) and NipGards (just about everyone). And what's with the Australian love affair with big bows? Last year Charlize, this year Nicole K. It was nice to see that even beautiful women who spend a fortune on their dresses and dressers, still get it horribly wrong. Makes me feel better about my basic large black camouflage and sensible shoes. :lol3: Portia Rossi needs to eat a cookie.

Gotta go, maybe tomorrow I'll fill out that passport form (with a magnifying glass, of course), get some photos shot, pick out new glasses... Not that I have a lot of free time between chasing my little Lily cat (who hates to be touched) to give her eyedrops three times a day, and lying on the couch perfecting the couch tater persona. (Okay. I'm already perfect. But mustn't slip into actually doing anything. :lol: )

Shad
02-27-2007, 01:18 AM
I hope those aliens put Happy back to where she belongs soon. Otherwise I might get the gopher job with the DH's renovations. :lol3:

Mel, you would have loved Townsville this morning - all those uniforms! The army was in town and the US Navy was in town. Gotta love those guys :rofl: can't ask for directions - they open doors, go in, discover where they are (hey man, this is a parking garage) then go to the next door they can open. Can any man ever ask for directions???? :lol3:

Shane is sending me a new list of airplane schedules. We'll see what he comes up with this time. I have to make a decision by Friday. I've said I am prepared to pay the extra $700 but not the extra $1200 when there is no guarantee that I will be upgraded. Anyway if he comes up with a cheaper fare to SF then I might just land there instead.
For those who are interested and even those who are not. I can fly to LA direct from Brisbane in 12hrs. If I stopover in say NZ or Hawaii, that time goes to around 17hrs. So one would be spending some 4 or 5 hours either mooching around an airport and having a shower and or massage in one of the lounges (some even have a gym - usually Asian) or going out and coming in through the checkpoints again. Sometimes it is worth asking for the direct flights - unless of course one knows someone at the stopover point, or one has not been there before and wants to see a bit of life . However in many big cities, the airport is too far away to be able to go shopping or swimming or whatever. I hope that makes sense. Planning is half the fun. Do I want to...... Should I.........? What could happen if....?

Good to see Carla back. We will organise to meet up somewhere - at least I'd like to, so when I get your pm'd dates, I will see what I can do and what would initiate the least pain for both of us (paper bags on heads???) Basic black and comfy shoes - yes I can do that too!

Gotta go, the Kong and the Feral are on the loose! :eek:

happy2bme
02-27-2007, 09:45 AM
:cloud9: Mornin' chicks :coffee:

At least this morning I can keep track of my minutes. Didn't want to get out of bed today. Was up quite often last night coughing. Dumb sinuses are driving me crazy and I took a sinus pill last night before I went to bed. Didn't help much. Dull nagging headache and sore throat too. Boo hoo Happy, eh? :^:

Shad, you and my DH would no doubt find lots of projects to keep you busy and happy during my periodic abductions :lol: Perhaps you can teach me something! I do admire your courage to boldly go where you've never been before and consider it an adventure. Hawaii is nice though I'd want to do more than a layover there. San Francisco is pretty too - been there several times. Hawaii is gorgeous scenery as I've seen from pictures. SF is unique. Rolling hills - try and walk up some of the streets, Golden Gate Bridge, the most amazing fog I've EVER seen that makes a fantastic picture in the morning as it engulfs the city as the sun rises up for the day, crooked Lombardi street. And if you head south to Monterey and the beautiful coastline drive of Big Sur. I'm not so fond of Los Angeles. Too artificial, too busy, everyone trying to be "perfect". My favorite place in LA is that stretch of beach between Venice Beach, Malibu and Santa Monica. Happy planning to you.

Carla, you and I could be twins separated at birth when it comes to the procrastinating thing. I seem to get worse too the older I get. When it gets too out of hand I make little lists and force myself to tackle at least one task a night. I can not even in my wildest dreams imagine how much fun (NOT) it must be to give a cat eyedrops. 3 times a day yet! :yikes: I will pay to see the video :rofl:

Ceejay, hope you have a quiet day at work and a good eating on plan day.

Mel, not only can I see you folding Shad like a pancake but what about putting her in the chair that raises up? Time to get UP, literally :rofl: Like Ceejay I envy your big fluffy snowflakes - that's the prettiest kind. At least you've reached the bend in winter where if it does snow, it shouldn't last too long. Does make for a mess when you have to get out. Sending you some warm sunshine. :sunny: They are talking 74 degrees here Wednesday which is too warm too soon. The weather has been bouncy, bouncy. No wonder we are feeling sick.

:hug: Nae hope Mom is better today

Don't get too innundated with work Suzi! :comp: :write:

Painter, I was reading somewhere about a guy who lost almost 300 pounds. It took him 3 years. But his focus was only to lose one pound a week. One pound. I think all too often we get stressed out - lose 50 pounds and that doesn't make a dent in the weight loss efforts. Self defeating thinking. Why is it so easy to avoid the obvious? So my focus is on that one pound a week.

Outta time here. :hug: Meadow, Holly, Madcat and apoligies to anyone else I missed.

MELODY525
02-27-2007, 10:28 AM
I CANNOT BELIEVE I OVERSLEPT SO THERE IS NO FOOD SHOPPING THIS MORNING...SIGH. MUST HAVE BEEN MIND OVER MATTER AS JEN ASKED ME LAST NIGHT WHAT I NEEDED AND TOLD ME TO WRITE A LIST IN CASE I DIDN'T GO :rofl: SO I NEVER HEARD MY LITTLE PALM ALARM THAT SAYS IT IMITATES STAR TREK! :dizzy:
WE HAD A "SNOWSLOSH" STORM LAST NIGHT. JUST WET AND MESSY STUFF. I WAS TRYING OUT THE NEW CHAIR LAST NIGHT. IT NEEDS ADJUSTING BUT I THOUGHT I'D TRY IT ANYWAY. RIDES NICE AND HANDLES WELL...INSIDE. HAVEN'T GONE OUT WITH IT YET. ONLY PROB WAS WHEN I WENT TO GET OUT THE SEAT IS SO LOW THAT I ALMOST HAD TO CALL SHAD'S UNIFORMED MEN TO HAUL MY FAT BUTT OUT OF IT!!!!! :tantrum: SOMETIMES I WONDER WHAT I AM THINKING :rofl:
WENT TO THE LIV ROOM TO GET THE CELLPHONE AND TRIED ONE MORE TIME AND FINALLY SUCCEEDED:dance:
I WON'T BE REPEATING THAT FEAT ANYTIME SOON! LOL
OFF TO GET THE LAUNDRY STARTED.
HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:

NAE~ SENDING :hug: AND HOPING ALL WENT WELL.

SHAD~ I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY ONE OF THEM OPENED MY DOOR BY MISTAKE.....THEY'D NEVER GET OUT!!! :cb:
GOOD LUCK WITH THE FLIGHT PLANS!

CEEJAY~I LIKE YOUR 7PM PLAN. I WAS GOING TO SHOOT FOR 8 BUT YOUR'S REALLY IS BETTER. I AM SLOWLY MOVING MY MEALS A BIT EARLIER. THEN I COULD HAVE MY LAST SNACK AT 7PM. I'M ON A 5 TINY MEAL PLAN. SEEMS TO KEEP MY SUGAR MORE LEVEL AND HAVEN'T HAD A LOW SUGAR ATTACK IN AGES. THANKS FOR THE IDEA!

CARLA~IF YOU AND HAPPY KEEP GETTING ABDUCTED THEN WHY CAN'T I???? I LIKE TO TRAVEL TOO AND IT WOULD BE NICE TO GET AWAY FROM THIS LOT OVER HERE!! :cloud9: YES ALL 50 CHAIRS ARE GOING INTO THE ELECTRIC ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR! ONE OF THE FIRST QUESTIONS EVERYONE ASKED WHEN I HAD ANOTHER FRIEND FROM OZ VISIT A FEW YEARS AGO. BUT SHE ENDED UP STAYING WITH ANOTHER FRIEND. :rofl:
HAPPY PASSPORT AND EYE GLASS DAY!! :hug:

MISS HAPPY~ OUR SINUSES ARE IN UNISON I AM SORRY TO SAY. I HAD ASKED THE DR ABOUT A NETI POT(SP) BUT HE SAID WITH MY LUCK IT MIGHT MAKE THINGS WORSE. AND I KNOW "WORSE" SO I'M NOT TRYING IT!!!!:rofl:
MAYBE SHAD CAN HELP THE DH AND YOU AND I WILL SIT BY THE POOL OR EXPLORE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TOGETHER....SEE IF THERE IS ANY LIFE OUT THERE!!! OR ALIENS!!! :lol3: :lol3: HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON! :hug:

ceejay52
02-27-2007, 06:06 PM
Carla--The bike I have is called the stamina bike. Believe me it takes all of my stamina to ride it. 15 minutes at 20 mph will equal 4 miles and 200 calories. Some people may scoff at that but it's a tough ride. Think of the eliptical but you are sitting down.

Happy--I'm glad the aliens have let you return.

Mel--I was riding x many miles to go to San Fransico, Ca, but reached that
goal I should be riding to get back home.

Today I've been on plan. I've figured out my bad spots in the day and have planned a mini meal for that. I just hope that I can manage 7 p.m. cut off time. I can have liquid. I tried pop corn last night. I thought popping it myself would eliminate some sodium but I was up a pound this morning. The extra fiber is helping tremendously.

Hello to Shad, Suzi, Madcat, and Painterwoman.

Have a good day.

Shad
02-27-2007, 06:21 PM
Nae - hope that MUM is on the improve now. :hugs: :hugs: to you and your family for her safe op and soon home time.

Plans moving along. Shane has come up with a cheaper flight on Air New Zealand coming in to LA and going out of San Francisco. I just have to get him to cover the Vancouver to SF leg and then the rest can fall into place. Another chunk of savings about to get the chop. Still working on the Canada section - most of the rest seems to be gelling.

Carla - are you procrastinating on pm with the dates of your travels? Get on with it or I will come to Ottawa with the prod!

Hey I can bend in the middle with the best of them and it wouldn't be the first time I've slept upright - do it in front of the tv most nights.

Okay, time to go pull another workbook and course together. I'll be back with further comments and revelations later.

happy2bme
02-27-2007, 08:57 PM
Vancouver? Shad you need to be in VICTORIA if you're going to visit the Butchart Gardens - hurry, book that seat. You won't be sorry :yikes: Although I hear Vancouver is lovely too if not a bit chilly for a tropical chick.

Shad
02-27-2007, 11:41 PM
It's just that Vancouver seems to be where the airport is! So that's where I am leaving Canada. Haven't got the flight over there yet. So many things to see and do. :yikes: :tired:

carla49
02-28-2007, 12:58 AM
I don't think you can fly direct Vic to SF. Reasonable connections via Van, but it's a $50 cab ride from downtown Vic to the airport :eek:. I have a feeling Butchart isn't worth that plus the extra airfare.

Madcat
02-28-2007, 08:15 AM
Morning sweeties!

Job is moving along. We are finally nailing down exactly what needs to be done on this project and with any luck it will be all done by early May. If we manage that than there will be no need to renew my contract at the end of May and I will be free to resume a somewhat less crazy life. I have to say that the programmers and other techies are all really great, it’s just the management structure (or lack thereof) that I have issues with. Just tell me what you want and I can deliver it, it’s the waffling that makes me crazy. Enough about work.

Ok, let me weigh in on the Vancouver question. I think it is worth going to Victoria from Vancouver just for the trip itself. I haven’t been there since the 70s, but I still remember the ferry trip across the sound. And Victoria is a lovely little city. Mind you, it would be a day trip, Shad, but you could even drive up the coast and go to mile 1 of the Transcanada. Not much to see other than the scenery :lol: but nice drive. Maybe even spend the night there before returning to the mainland.

Happy~ It never occurred to me to blame it on alien abduction. :lol:

Nae~ Thoughts still with your Mom and to those of you who also sit and wait. Hopefully things will improve quickly.

Shad~ Let us know how Vista works out for you. You’ll be in this neck of the woods (where does that expression come from?) mid June-ish? I think a gathering is called for. What do you think? Or at least we could meet up. I offer my tiny apartment in the sky as a possible meeting place, or I do know one or two nice locations in this city. We can talk. Have you eve gone to the Botanical gardens in Hamilton? Just a thought…

Mel ~ I hear you on the DVD vs. VHS issue. I finally boxed up most of my VHS including all the Disney movies, but they are still sitting in the box in my storeroom. I don’t want to just throw them out, but who would want a box of VHS tapes? Maybe I should donate them to a women’s shelter or something. I wonder how much room in landfill sites will be full of old tapes and vinyl records? :lol:

Hi Ceejay and Painter and Carla and Holly and Suzie and Meadow and any one else I missed :wave:. Where has the time gone?? Darn Aliens… they travel fast from Texas. I have to run off and shower ready to face yet another EXCITING! work day. I’ll try to make it back this evening.

MELODY525
02-28-2007, 09:32 AM
CEEJAY JEN AND I USE AIR-POPPED CORN BUT FOR SOME REASON IT BLOATS US:rofl: GOOD LUCK BIKING BACK HOME!! :ebike: LOL

SHAD~ I WOULD HOPE WITH ALL THAT GYM STUFF OVER THE YEARS THAT YOU CAN BEND IN HALF WITH THE BEST OF THEM :lol3: JEN SAID TO REMIND YOU THAT I HAVE A SCENT-FEE HOME. JIC YOU WERE THINKING IT'S PERFUMEY OR AIR-FRESHENERED! AU NATURALE REIGNS HERE. EVEN IN THE BATHROOM :faint: ROFLMAO

MADCAT~ MANAGEMENT? WHAT IS THAT? SOMETHING NEW? I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ANY OF THAT IN OUR OFFICE EITHER....WHERE CAN WE GET SOME? :rofl:
HOPE YOU FIND A JOB THAT'S MORE DOWN TO EARTH.
WE'RE EVEN GETTING RID OF CASSETTES OF MUXIC THAT ARE IN BOXES NOW CDS HAVE REPLACED THEM. PRETTY SOON WE'LL BE PUTTING CHIPS RIGHT INTO OUR HEAD AND PUSHING OUR NAVEL TO LISTEN!! :dance:

CARLA~$50 CABFARE!! WE HAVE THOSE HERE TOO!!!
VERY EXPENSIVE THESE CITY CABS NOW TO GET ANYWHERE. WONDER HOW MANY BATTERIES IT WOULD TAKE ME TO GET TO YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS!!:scooter:

HELLO HAPPY....YOU ARE GOOFING OFF ON THE JOB AND PLAYING WITH THE PC...I CAN SENSE IT!! :yoga:

YESTERDAY I DID JUST ABOUT NOTHING. FELT LIKE MY OWN BATTERIES WERE RUN DOWN. MY EX MIL IS LOSING HER EYESIGHT AND IS PLANNING TO COME TO NYC IN MAY. SHE'S COMING WITH RELATIVES. SHE WANTS TO SEE AND SPEND TIME WITH EVERYONE. SIGH. A COUSIN CALLED JEN AND SAID GRANDMA ISN'T DOING SO GREAT WITH HEALTH SO I GUESS THAT'S HER MOTIVATION TO COME DOWN FROM CANADA.
THE GOVT TURNED JEN DOWN FOR PERMANENT DISABILITY WHICH MEANT A BIGGER CHECK. THIS IS THE THIRD TIME OR MAYBE FOURTH. I AM LOSING TRACK. ANOTHER SIGH. I WISH THE GOVT WOULD GO OUT AND CHASE THE BANANA PEEL SLIPPERS AS I LIKE TO CALL THEM. I MEAN HOW CAN YOU FAKE A MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY??? THEIR OWN DRS FEEL SORRY FOR US! BUT APPARENTLY ONE OF OUR OLD DRS DID NOT! :faint:
I GIVE UP. LET US HOPE THEY JUST LEAVE THE KID ALONE NOW AND LET IT GO.
I BETTER GO AND OPEN A WINDOW AND BREATHE DEEPLY AND LET THIS LOVEY MOOD I AM ESCAPE!! :rofl:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY HUMP DAY!! :moped:
GO OUT AND HUMP SOMEONE NEAR & DEAR TO YOU!

ceejay52
02-28-2007, 01:09 PM
Morning Every One,
Just a note to say hello. Not much going on in my "neck of the woods".

It's a beautiful day and I'm stuck inside. :sigh:

happy2bme
02-28-2007, 03:32 PM
In response to where does neck of the woods come from? (I just HAD to look it up :lol: )

... In nature, *neck* has referred to any narrow strip of water, ice or trees. So, originally, *neck of the woods* meant a stretch of woodland.
Sometime in the first half of the 19th century, people started referring to the settlements in remote wooded areas as a particular *neck of the woods*. The first print evidence of the expression is in 1839: "In this neck of the woods" (*Sprit of Times* 15 June 175/2, 1839). In a book of Americanisms, De Vere writes about the American pioneer: "He will. . .find his neighborhood designated as a *neck of the woods*, that being the name applied to any settlement made in the well-wooded parts of the South-west especially" (*Americanisms: The English of the New World*, 1871).
Today, the expression is alive and well in almost every *neck of the woods*, though it no longer solely indicates a remote settlement. *Neck of the woods* now refers to any neighborhood, area or region. It is sometimes shortened to *neck* as in Wainright's *Devil you Don't*: "In this neck, I say what. I also say when."
From "The Mavens' Word of the Day" (November 29, 1999)

Shad
02-28-2007, 06:23 PM
Oh we are getting erudite in our language aspirations.
Had a bit of a do at my place last night to say good bye to one of our tech writer/ trainers. They'll be rolling off the project at regular intervals from now on. My mood is not the best for the daily grind. I think I am somewhat jaded as well.

Naturally enough now that we have the doco mostly written, they are about to change the system yet again. Got an email this morning requesting some of our doco (some that we haven't written even because the system wasn't set up to do it) and informing us that it is changed. I hope I can work out what he is talking about.

While I think about it. Tickets to and from the States are booked and paid for. I got a special special from Air New Zealand and had to decide by 5th March so I've done it. Leave Brisbane on 23rd May and leave SF on 29th June. Now I have to fill in the in between bits. So that will be my night time reading for the next couple of days.
Now I had better go check out Big Bear's requests. Why big bear - well he looks like a big cuddly teddy, but really he is not!
Be back later.

PainterWoman
03-01-2007, 12:33 AM
RoseB: It sounds like your mom isn't really herself… with the strange surroundings and multiple meds. Hope she made it through OK. She must be so frightened. I can sympathize with that.

Mel: the snow the otherday sounds beautiful. I suppose it is all muddy slush by now… but thanks for the image. I wonder if most people with weight issues also have a bit of hoarder in them? I can still see swaths of the floor and carpet… but most dresser and desk tops…. not so much. Sorry to hear that our beloved authorities don't know MD from anything.

Carla-- thanks for pointing out that the aliens have been busy LOTS of places. I'm sure there are more of them in Texas. Love your observations on the Oscar fashions. Haven't they heard of color? At least Nicole's was bright!

Happy: Glad the aliens brought you back. Hope they mended your cough and sinuses. concentrating on 1 pound a week makes me SO CRABBY. I CAN'T STAND MYSELF. Maybe not being able to stand myself is at the root of the eating issues in the first place. Feh. thanks for the neck of the woods lesson. I thought it meant you had a wooden head.

Ceejay: you sound strong and organized! Way to go.

Madcat: Glad to read your upbest attitude. YGG!

I'm in a funk, but at least I was here. Off to watch the Colbert Report and what passes for news around here. Sleep tight, chickies.

Shad
03-01-2007, 12:55 AM
:club: :tantrum::tantrum::tantrum::tantrum: :rollpin::tantrum::tantrum::tantrum::tantrum:
:tantrum::tantrum: :frypan: :tantrum::tantrum: :boxing: :tantrum:
One sincerely hopes that this day will pass and fast. It ain't doing so at the moment. I just want to go home and sleep.

Gotta go for coffee. I've had enough. Back tomorrow.

happy2bme
03-01-2007, 09:24 AM
Sorry you're having a bad day Shad :hug: or hit 'em with a pot :rollpin: = whatever gets their attention :mad:

Big storms headed our way - with the potential for strong winds and hail. We're in a lull right now. Got to get moving and see if I can get one of the underground parking spots at work which will be coveted today. So I'd better run. Be back later.

Madcat
03-01-2007, 09:56 AM
Grump, I'm in a funk too. And I'm wearing this polka dot shirt that is causing me to have hallucinations. What was I thinking??? We're waiting for the same storm Happy is waiting for. They are talking snow, then ice (!!!) just in time for the evening commute, then rain. When do I get a vacation??? Oh yeah, never.

I'm going for coffee too. Shad, meet you at the Tim Hortons. I'm buying.

PainterWoman
03-01-2007, 12:06 PM
Let's all have a good day.
Um... not sure how. Guess I could get moving and contact some people who care! (That's probably NOT co-workers.)
What do YOU eat for breakfast. I find that I am afraid to eat this morning. Anybody else have that kind of thinking?

ceejay52
03-01-2007, 12:27 PM
Happy-it's very dark right now. We're supposed to get bombarded by noon.

PainterW--My breakfast this morning was an egg and cereal. The day will be better after the storm passes through. I'm hoping I've buried that 16 year old and am now thinking like the 56 year ol I am.

Madcat--That's why I don't wear polka dots. They always send me into a tizzy.

There is a full moon out this week. Saw it last night through the clouds as I came home from work. This may be out cause of grumpiness.

The computer is downloading some stuff and I'm doing laundry. After the storm comes through I'm going to run some errands.

Every one cheer up.

carla49
03-01-2007, 01:52 PM
Well, right now it's absolutely gorgeous out, sunny and mild. But Madcat's storm is supposed to be on its nasty sleety icy way later today... I'm going to tempt fate by going back to work this aft wearing shoes instead of boots. I wasn't supposed to be working at all today, but had made the mistake of saying I'd fill in if necessary. Maybe I should use the money to get those darned glasses I so desperately need... Saw the doc today, BP back to normal, maybe because I didn't have to wait at all before he saw me. I was almost in shock, felt like I was in a parallel dimension where doctors respect their patients or something.
Shad, if you go to Tim Horton's with Madcat, make absolutely sure she doesn't expect to keep your big "roll up the rim to win" prize just because she paid! Expect endless line-ups of people all hoping to win that one SUV or plasma TV.
It's not actually hard at all to put drops in a cat's eyes. It's hard to catch the damned cat in the first place. Especially after the first time.
Ceejay, Madcat, I love polka dots. Feel free to send me all your dotty outfits.
Mel, I'm glad I went back to look at past posts - somehow I had missed you yesterday. What a bummer that Jen's not getting the bigger cheque - I agree that there are a lot of people abusing the system, and just as many being abused by it. You do sound a little down. Maybe you should join Shad and Madcat at Timmie's? A nice sugar injection (donuts, bear claws, timbits, other good stuff) always works for me. :rofl: As for the coffee... they claim it's good because they make sure it's always fresh. In fact, it's extra good because they use 18% cream... Yummy.
Painter, I sort of know what you mean about the breakfast issue. But you do have to eat. How about starting with a half lemon squeezed into a glass of hot water, then a nice non-fat latte, along with a fruit smoothie or a poached egg on toast?

Gotta get bakc to work. :(

Meadow
03-01-2007, 04:54 PM
I've been doing the exercise. Walked 2 miles, biked two days for 20 minutes (I don't have a tracker but I guess it was a couple of miles) Taking it slow, trying not to sabotage myself by getting sore. Have been hit and miss with the food. Usual breakfast is blueberry yogurt with extra frozen blueberries. I let them melt a little and it is very satisfying to have a bit of crunch. For lunch I've been having bag salad with the bits of purple cabbage and carrots in it, with lowcal cesar dressing and a can of kippers dumped on top. Sometimes its the lemon/pepper kippers, other times just the smoked. I heard/read somewhere that eating the same breakfast and lunch everyday is a good way to keep yourself on track when trying to unfluffy yourself :p

Rose-Fingers crossed your mom is well. I hope the drugs she is on and the disorientation doesn't cause her too much angst or you for that matter :)
I'm sending you good thoughts and positive energy:yes: :wizard:

PainterWoman-I liked the purple. I'm sure you accessories that you are going to incorporate to make your statement. Long scarf? necklace with lots of swing? I picture pearls, flapper style:D Fruit for breakfast works best for me. Toast or anykind of bread, muffins, they set me off :)

Mel-are your batteries charged? So May is going to be your month for visitors huh? the great and the not so welcome:dizzy: At least you can arrange to meet the not so welcome former MIL and make a quick getaway. Tell Jen to ring you cell phone in 45 minutes with an emergency and be in the parking lot ready to spirit you away :devil:

Shad-your holiday sounds spectacular! Will you be bringing your own pillow? I always found a small pillow with my own smells on it helped me to sleep in hotels. One of the Rocky Mountaineer trains passes at the end of our street. I think there are three different routes. Will you be doing the only in the daylight travelling? I'm sure you will enjoy it. I remember driving through Banf and seeing all the elk along the road. I bet you will be seeing lots, along with the eagles and the mountain goats and maybe a shy moose peeking out from behind a tree ;) Butchart will be really lovely in May/June if you get a chance to travel over to the island. I'm sure there are bus tours out of Vancouver that will make the cost not so dire.

Happy-Were you stormed? did you get a down under parking spot? In my neck of the woods there was a light dusting of snow. Good thing because I was getting rather weary of wiping the mud off the dogs paws :p A bit of frozen ground is a good thing:)

Ceejay-So you think full moons cause grumpiness? It invigorates me:carrot: I feel like I have more control. We women are all daughters of the moon. Feel your power. I hope the storm blows over quickly and you get lots of sunshine to lift your spirits:D

Madcat-Good luck with the storm too. I am anti-polka dots myself. They have a happy frivolity about them that makes me grate my teeth. I see lots of the decorating shows are doing throw pillows with spots all over them and it makes me shake my head. Even the fuzzy, fake fur is preferrable to dots :rolleyes:

Holly-put down those scissors and let us know how you are doing. I guess pretty hectic with filling in for your boss and the family. I hope you are getting a few minutes for yourself for a soak and the odd daydream ;)

Carla-I love that you are wearing shoes even though the weather is reported to be frightful :high: I guess we disagree on polka dots. I suspect you of being a closet happy, spirited person. I won a free donut once on a "roll up the rim" cup, I gave it to my hubby:p

Suzi-how goes it? Do you like Hugh Jackman? I saw the "Prestige" movie he was in, just came out on dvd. I was confused throughout the entire thing, it was a bit like watching an episode of "tales of the unexpected" (old tv series better than twilight zone) Sorry he just popped into my mind when I thought of you, must be your location ;)

Shad
03-01-2007, 06:31 PM
Morning all,

Madcat. You're on for the coffee. Do they put anything in it (as in alcohol etc.) I take it hot black and strong. Hang in there, don't let the buzzards throw you. We will overcome this idiocy as well.

Painter - I have a couple of different cereals - Muesli and instant oats. 40g of which ever one I choose with low fat milk and a dollop of thick natural yoghurt and a bit of fruit. I vary that with 2 slices wholegrain toast with 25g (1oz) of cheese and tomato and pepper (sometimes grill the cheese) or 1 egg poached or boiled with 2 slices toast and low fat cream cheese (make it special with a meaty slice of smoked salmon). I love breakfast and would rather skip dinner than miss breakfast.

Ceejay - Yerss ma'am - I'll try to be positive about today. It's a bit difficult since yesterday they announced that they were changing things around in the plant which makes most of my documentation (3/4 finished) redundant. It's a bit of a blow especially since there is no time to rewrite.

Carla -as for the coffee... they claim it's good because they make sure it's always fresh. In fact, it's extra good because they use 18% cream. Fresh is good, I don't eat cream very often these days so the percentage doesn't worry me too much. And I come from NZ where whipping cream is at the 52% mark - rich and dangerous.
I will get back to you after the weekend with dates. Thanks for the info.

Meadow - No, no pillow of my own. I travel fairly light. Pillow is not an option. I wave to every street I pass on the train. Haven't yet worked out which one I will do yet, but Carla's suggestion of a one way trip sounds good to me. And it will mean that I can probably do a 4 day trip instead of a 6 or 7
That will give me some more time in Victoria or Vancouver.

Okay, I owe, I owe, it's off to work I go.

carla49
03-01-2007, 06:55 PM
Meadow, I even bought some inexpensive dishes that have various couloured dots on them, and I covet some gorgeous stainless flatware (Donna Karan??) that has a dot pattern on the handles but costs $55US per setting. But I don't always like polka dots on anyone other than me, don't know what that means. And I prefer a certain randomness in the size and distribution of the dots. (If I had tiny feet, i'd be wearing black and white polka dot ballet slippers right now. Not available in my size, and am not prepared to do a Sideshow Bob imitation anyway.) :( And if I'm a closet cheerful person, all I can say is it's one h*** of a dark and gloomy closet! If Shad's train goes past your house, will you be at the end of the street waving and tossing bags of hermit cookies to her? You could each take a photo of the other in the few moments you're in the same place.

I have a feeling Holly is so beat after a day of hair, she just comes home, lays down the law to the kids and DH about doing their share, eats a bite of whatever she can find, and then ices her poor sore hands, wrists, and shoulders. :tired: We sincerely hope DH is giving regular arm and foot massages, not to mention brekkie in bed. I guess it would be too much to expect him to type up the 3fc posts she dictates to him... I do hope we'll see her in Toronto while Shad's in town! It's just as well Mel Lastman's not the mayor there any more - he'd probably get the army out to protect his city from our worldly chick invasion. (Old Toronto joke there. He asked for help from the army a few years back when it snowed, and has never lived it down.)
Speaking of snow, the promised storm hasn't hit Otty yet, although I think it's already getting nasty in Madcat and Holly's part of the world. Maybe it'll change direction and miss us like the last few storms. Just in case, I think I'd better head out for a bottle of something to keep me warm while snowed in. :hat:

Hollyhock
03-01-2007, 11:41 PM
I come and read every day but I really am tired out.TERRIBLE freezinfg rain today and i drove a LOT!@!
Poor DS had a hard day. He had a molar pulled. He was a trooper. Same tooth he had worked on last year was abcessed. I worked from 1-6.Went and signed both kids up for soccer.I just spent an hour laying in bed with my babies. Happy to be off of that skating rink called a road for the day.
I am tired and somewhat emotional but all is good.
Tomorrow at 9:30 I have the phone interview for intake and to see if they will take us on for counselling for DS. Gov funded..... so free to us thru the hospital out patient program. Praying. We cant afford to pay for help.

HUGs dear CHICKS!!! I definitely will be is TO to see the gang!!

PainterWoman
03-02-2007, 03:47 AM
Thanks to all for the breakfast responses!:carrot: I LOVE Carla's recommendation. Variety AND healthiness. Whoo-ee.

CeeJay… I hadn't considered blaming the full moon for my foul mood. (I was reviewing contributing factors to my, um, relationship with food. :devil: :devil: There's another list that I post on, and THEY blame it on alien abductions:dizzy: Did the storms miss you? Felt so bad for that town in Alabama. It was beautiful here today.

Carla: Were your shoes adequate? No boots required? Congratulations on good BP reading. I know that exercise helps. Even so, I have a pretty good case of White Coat Syndrome… but you are right, it is much worse if you're scared or have to wait a really long time. Actually, if they've already drawn blood, I'm usually wrung out and calm!
I saw a new book at B&N today. "Sheep." The author says that sheep changed the world… because people domesticated them. I've read other books talking about the benefits of domesticating animals in general (i.e. goats, llamas, cows) but this is the first one that was JUST sheep. Without sheep, could there be knitters?:D

Meadow: Your multi-colored salad sounds like a great idea. Um… what, exactly ARE kippers? Not sardines, I hope. I guess Texas ONLY believes in beef. I like canned tuna (water pack) on salad. I know what you mean about muffins and bread.:o I'm also with you on the polka dots! I haven't thought about accessories as MOG. Possibly embroidered or metallic flat shoes unless MY exercise plan gets going. I've been gaining, and my feet hurt too much to wear heels. The purple HAS a ruffly triangular "shawl" that is heavier than lace… sort of "cut velvet" I think they call it… I've got some old Over-the-top rhinestone jewelry that I may wear… (My mom's from the 30's- 50's. Have you ever looked at www.Sammoom.com (http://www.sammoon.com)? There's an actual outlet (CeeJay and I went by there once) only a few miles from here. AMAZING choices. I suppose that out of deference to the bride, I should skip the tiaras.:D

Hollyhock: Boy, I remember how awesome it was to snuggle/tickle with the kiddos on a cold day after school/work. Even when the kids weren't such babies. The kitty is NOT the same! (Nor is hubby, for that matter.) I'll keep my fingers crossed for you qualifying for subsidized counseling. I'm a believer, don't you know! Best to DS and his empty tooth socket, too. :hug:

happy2bme
03-02-2007, 10:07 AM
Morning chicks,

Lots of chatting going on that I missed yesterday.

I was preoccupied with work which has been overly demanding lately and a scary moment with the mom on Wednesday.

She noticed a strange car parked out in front of the house in the early afternoon. Since her wierd neighbors seem to rotate through a steady stream of "new" cars every few months (always with TEMPORARY license plate/tags) she just chalked it up to them. Then the back doorbell rang. There was a somewhat scruffy man at the back door (should have been clue number 1). She keeps the screen/storm door locked all the time but opened the back door to talk to him. He's got a walkie talkie that he's talking into and tells her that he was doing some work in the alley and hit a pole by her garage. He wants her to come outside and check the damage. She's sharp enough to tell him that it's a utility pole that belongs to the city and she could care less about it. He persists and she tells him to call the city. I don't know why but for some reason she unlocks the storm door and is talking to him though the partially opened door. He asks if he can come in to use the phone. (scary clue number 2). She thinks quickly (she lives alone) and says no, my nephew lives with me, is a Chicago policeman and is sleeping as he just got home and off his shift. (Her nephew IS a policeman, he just happens to live 5 miles away in another house WITH his wife :lol: ) The guy tells my mom to call him downstairs so that he can fill out an accident report. She says no, I TOLD you he is sleeping, now get out of here. At this point he yanks open the door, pushes her and tries to enter the house. The door is at the base of a set of stairs so she has some leverage to push him and the door closed all the while yelling "Joe, Joe, come down here fast and BRING YOUR GUN - there's a man trying to come into the house". She was screaming at the top of her lungs and after a struggle, the guy took off running. She called the emergency number and the police were there within 10 minutes but by then the guys (there were 2 of them) were long gone. The police told her that they were gypsies who have been crusing the neighborhood, preying on the elderly. He said they talk fast, try to either gain the sympathy or confuse their victims and then gain entry to the house and rob them. :yikes: This guy was on a walkie talkie with his partner. If he had persuaded my mom to walk out to the alley, the partner would have slipped into the back door, gone though her stuff while the other guy kept her distracted and then slipped out the front door loading up the car out front. Since that ruse didn't work, the other option was to push their way in, slap the person around enough to scare them into sitting still while one intimated the victim and got them to tell them where the valuables as they robbed the house. Obviously the police told my mom to NEVER open the door to strangers. My mom agreed. Said she's not even sure why she did as she is normally very cautious. It's easy enough to understand how they can be fast talking devils to confuse them. My sister and I were freaking out. We worry enough about her living alone, this just adds another reason to fret. What is going on with this world? There seems to be so much crime and the criminals are getting bolder. :(

Painter - I rotate my breakfasts depending on whether I have time to fix something on the weekends - poached or scrambled egg with veggies and toast. During the work week, I tend to go for "on the run" foods like a smoothie with fresh fruit, yogurt and protein powder; yogurt, almonds and some fresh fruit on the side ala McD's version; I like the Fiber1 bars; and I'll cook up some steel cut oats while I'm getting ready and then have a bowl with chopped walnuts and some fruit - blueberries, strawberries, banana, diced peaches and cinnamon or applesauce mixed in with a sprinkle of cinnamon. I also like the South Beach (Kraft brand) breakfast wraps which are scrambled eggs with either meat or chopped veggies wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla shell. I do admit to not eating breakfast every day as I should :o - many times it's just 2 coffees in the morning. And on those rare occasions when I have sugared cereal or a muffin in the morning - I'm ravenous in 2 hours so I try to make breakfast protein based.

Oohhh I remember that vintage rhinestone jewelry. Used in the right way, it can be a fabulous look. ;)

Hugs Holly!

Carla - I know the flatware that you are talking about. I thought it was pretty too until I saw the price tag. :eek:

Shad, glad you made the breakfast suggestions, now I know what to have on hand though I must warn you as you well know everything is overly sweet for your tastes here. And our yoghurt is on the runny side. There will be a carton of plain in the refrigerator - just for you. We will have to do breakfasts on the patio. It's nice sitting there with a cup of coffee, watching the birds at the feeders. The hummingbirds will be around too. What are the plans for your weekend?

Meadow - good going on the exercise! Lunch sounds yum too. I agree with the eating the same breakfast and lunch thing in the sense that it keeps you from straying and is easier to track. I do like variety tho. Perhaps a different fruit in the smoothie each day :lol: We did get stormed on yesterday but luckily the really bad weather went east of us. I got to work yesterday and all the close by the door spots were taken in the underground parking - no surprise - but as I was about to drive by, a man got in his car and pulled out - right by the door! What a very pleasant surprise. I said to myself, no matter HOW bad the day gets later, I will go back to this moment in time when I was deliriously happy for 2 minutes :rofl: Actually if you knew how much stuff I trucked in with me to work (laptop, lunch bag, purse, briefcase/tote) you'd understand why I'm so delighted to get a close up parking spot. And I'm sure since I got to park underground that's the very reason why it didn't hail yesterday :lol:

Ceejay - how was it up your way? I'll cheer up if you will :D :D :D

Madcat, I'll meet you at Tim Horton's. You don't even have to buy. I'll go there based just on reputation. :T :T :T One more day to go and then we can revel in the weekend.

How are you doing Mel? Did you catch part of the sleety/snowy mess that was headed east? Rain and tornadoes down south, wet snow and sleet up north. Spring will be here soon. Some of our trees are already in bloom. I have to say this town is breathtaking in the spring. The noses don't like the pollen but for the eyes, it's a feast everywhere you look.

Ok, I guess I've written enough for today. Have a good one everybody.

MELODY525
03-02-2007, 11:00 AM
I WILL HAVE TO TRY AND CATCH UP TOMORROW. I SEE YOU GALS HAVE BEEN BUSY. SOME DRAMAS ARE CONTINUING.....ARTS & CRAFTS ETC
SO I HAVE JUST DECIDED TO GO WITH THE FLOW AND SAY YES YO EVERYONE, GIVE THEM "HUGS" AND NOT FIGHT IT! :rofl: TODAY I AM HAVING LUNCH WITH MY FRIEND AND SOME OFFICE STAFF. I WANTED IT NEXT WEEK BUT THEY WANT IT TODAY. THEY WON :faint:
JUST POPPED IN TO SAY A QUICK HELLO. WILL CHAT LATER OR TOMORROW.
:hug: TO EVERYONE AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!
OURS IS POURING RAIN, WINDS AND COLD :( :rain:

MELODY525
03-02-2007, 11:09 AM
PS IF ANYONE HAS A BIRTHDAY LIST CAN YOU SEND IT TO ME?? I HAVE THROWN OUT AN OLD JOURNAL AND THE LIST WENT WITH IT! :tantrum: THANKS!

MELODY525
03-02-2007, 11:12 AM
NEVER MIND!! I FOUND ONE IN MY ADDRESS BOOK!!!

ceejay52
03-02-2007, 12:58 PM
Happy--What a scare for your mom!! That could happen to me living alone.
I always keep the doors locked and I have a good neighbor plus I know the police department's phone number by heart.

Mel--Glad you found your birthday list. Have a good lunch.

I'm in the process of getting ready to go to Paragould. The price of gas has gone back up to 2.38 as of Wednesday. Haven't looked in a couple of days.

I'll be back Sunday.

Hollyhock
03-02-2007, 02:52 PM
Our hydro has been out since last night, may be out another 12 hours yet. Running the generator for the sump pump and wood stove insert( and computer right now).
All is well other wise.

PainterWoman
03-02-2007, 10:30 PM
Happy-- Wow… I think your mom was AWESOME. We can all get conned sometimes… and WHAT a recovery. I don't know that we have gypsies in Texas… but we do have cons. And of course LOTS of people have guns. I think I want some dinner!

Mel-- I know, I know… if you want something done ask somebody busy….
May I have a copy of the birthday list? Or would you post it? And I've erased/mislaid/forgotten the addresses, too. Or let me say this… if any of you want to get my coaching newsletter (much more helpful, upbeat and useful than my "honest" posts!!! or Holiday cards, PM me or send email to 4dana(at) airmail (dot) net. thanks.

Why didn't I eat at 6 or 7? Now I am FAMISHED.

MELODY525
03-03-2007, 09:45 AM
PAINTER WOMAN:

MARCH 7 MEL

APRIL 25 SHAD
APRIL 27 HAPPY

MAY 21 LINDAT

JUNE 16 TEEL
JUNE 18 LINUS
JUNE 29 NAE (ROSEBLUSH)

JULY21 HOLLY

AUGUST 27 CEEJAY

OCTOBER 6 YOU!!!
OCTOBER 10 RAVENTOY [ABSENT:( ]
OCTOBER 13 CARLA & SUZI
OCTOBER 20 MADCAT

THIS IS THE LIST I HAD IN MY ADDRESS BOOK. HOPE IT'S RIGHT! I HAD SOME ERRORS IN IT ONCE BUT I THINK I CORRECTED THEM.


AS FOR ME: THE LUNCH TREAT WAS PIZZA. AND SODA. ALL GOOD HEALTHY FOODS!! :rofl: I SURVIVED. ONE GOOD PIECE OF NEWS IS I GOT MY SMALL TAX REFUND. THINKING OF SENDING IT TO THE CREDIT CARD COMPANY. PRAYING FOR SILENCE THIS WEEKEND. WEATHER IS GREAT AND A QUICK TRIP TO THE LOCAL STORE DOWN THE STREET. GOT MILK?? :lol3: I SENT A BOX OF ROMANCE BOOKS AND A GUARDIAN ANGEL PIN TO A NEIGHBOR, AGNES, WHO LANDED IN A NURSING HOME. SHE IS SOOO EXCITED AND CALLED ME YESTERDAY. IT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY TO HEAR HER LAUGH AND SOUND EMBARASSED. SHE'S NOT USED TO PEOPLE CARING. NOT SURE IF SHE IS COMING HOME. SHE WAS A "STRANGER" THAT HELPED ME FINANCIALLY AND ALLOWED ME TO PAY HER IN SMALL AMTS TILL THE DEBT WAS PAID. HER GENEROSITY BLEW ME AWAY. WE GAVE HER FLOWERS AND A CARD WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER AND IT BLEW HER AWAY. :dance:
NOT SURE IF SHE IS COMING HOME OR NOT BUT SHE IS VERY HAPPY WHERE SHE IS. I WILL MISS HER IF SHE DOESN'T. SHE WAS MY ROCK IN THE STORMY WEATHERS.
LOTS TO CATCH UP ON BOTH IN MY OWN HOUSE AND HERE! :rofl: OK NOW I AM OFF TO READ.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
03-03-2007, 10:33 AM
:yikes: HAPPY I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO MOM!! HOW AWFUL!!! WITH ALL THE WEIRDNESS OF THE WORLD I TOLD JEN THAT IF SHE HEARS SOMEONE NEEDING HELP IN THE HALL TO CALL THE COPS AND LEAVE THE GD DOOR CLOSED!! UNLESS THEY FELL!!
I AM SO SORRY MOM HAD TO GO THRU ALL THAT. OMG SHE MUST BE IN SHOCK. :hug: HOPE THE CATCH THEM!!! :rollpin:
HOPE YOU AND CEEJAY ARE MAKING IT THRU THE STORMS!! THE NEWS HAS BEEN AWFUL. AND CEEJAY ON HER WAY TO A PARAGOULD WEEKEND TOO!! STAY SAFE!!
CEEJAY I NEVER KNEW IT WAS A FULL MOON!! THAT EXPLAINS SO MUCH!! I FEEL BETTER NOW JUST READING THAT!
SHAD YOU MADE ME LAUGH WITH BIG BEAR. REMINDED ME OF JOHN....SO DECIEVING!!! :rofl:
MADCAT I AM SORRY I MISSED THE :cofdate: WITH YOU AND SHAD. NEXT TIME!! I'LL BE THE ONE IN THE POLKA DOTS! :lol3: WHEN I SEE POLKA DOT BLOUSES I THINK OF THE LiL' ABNER COMIC STRIP WITH THE HALF NAKED DAISY MAE OR WHATEVER HER NAMES WAS!!
CARLA I'LL MEET YOU AT TOMMIE'S GET SUGARED-OUT AND HOPE OUR BP'S BOTH STAY DOWN!!! CONGRATS ON THE NUMBERS!
MEADOW YOUR EXERCISING IS WONDERFUL. I LIKE OATMEAL, FRUIT AND A A HARD-BOILED EGGWHITE FOR BREAKFAST ALMOST EVERY DAY. IT DOES KEEP ME ON TRACK AS I AM NOT A BREAKFAST PERSON!!!
PAINTER..READ ABOVE...I ALSO USE COLD CEREAL AT TIMES. I TRY TO STICK WITH THIS SO I JUST DO IT ON AUTOPILOT AND IT GIVES ME NO TIME TO THINK I DON'T WANT ANY!!! :rofl: I'VE HAD SOME FUNKS THIS WEEK TOO.:( THEY I PUT A RUBBERBAND AROUND MY HEAD AND GIVE IT A GOOD PULL SO I CAN SNAP MYSELF OUT OF IT :rofl: :rofl:
HOLLY I HOPE THE FREE COUNSELING IS AVAILABLE!! SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS AND KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED!!

NAE AND SUZI...YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AS WELL WITH LINUS AND OUR MISS TEEL!

FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE AND FROM WHAT I JUST READ.....THANK GOD THIS WEEK IS OVER WITH!!
HOPE WE CAN ALL REGROUP AND HAVE A BETTER ONE NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!:hug: :hug:

happy2bme
03-03-2007, 10:40 AM
Good morning chicks,

Mel, I love the idea of the rubberband/snap out of it - I may steal that concept. Thanks too for the birthday list!

Safe travelling Ceejay - it's a bit cooler but at least sunny and dry now. (For the moment).

Things are blooming here. It's getting very pretty.

Gotta run now - getting my hair done today. Don't know what I want to do but I hope the hairdresser is feeling talented :lol:

Have a good Saturday.

happy2bme
03-03-2007, 03:44 PM
My new haircut and color. I love it - it's brave and daring. Sometimes you just need to mix up your life a bit. :D

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/NewHairColor.jpg

Shad
03-03-2007, 06:28 PM
You had a botox injection Happy?
Colour looks great and I like the style. Glad the hairdresser had her good scissors with her.
I'm so sorry to hear about Mums escapade. Thank heaven she had her wits about her even if there was the odd lapse or two. This world or at least the cities within this world just get worse. It might be a grand world without homosapien!!!
Just to narrow things down somewhat, I should be with you and DH aroun the 1st or 2nd of June and if I may, stay around 4 or 5 days. Still have to organise the flights but I'm waiting for confirmation from my friends in Arizona and New Mexico that they ain't going to hang the gone fishin' sign out. If they do, well it may be that I have to find something to do in the meantime. I want to do the Oak Creek Canyon tour in Sedona this time. I would have liked to do one of the National Monument tours but they are too long, or not at the right time, or involve camping - which is not really me. I'll do it for one night, maybe two but not four or five. I had thought of going to Carlsbad as I heard the caves are amazing, but I'm doing a cave tour with you people. Carlsbad will wait for another time - if there is one.

Mel, I was having a hard time at the weekend because I realised that I had taken your birthday card home to post a couple of weekends ago and didn't do it. I thought your birthday was the 2nd. DS1 is on the 6th. Anyway, I was at home yesterday and suddenly realised I couldn't ring, couldn't e-mail, couldn't do anything. Now I find I have another couple of days to think about it. Thanks for the list.

I try to get back later today to catch up with everything. Meantime I'd better go and do some work. The SAP training system is going down at 11.00am. I'd better get everything done that I can before then.

happy2bme
03-03-2007, 07:26 PM
You're working on Sunday morning Shad? Geez you are dedicated!

Obviously this is not a picture of me. Besides the fact that this model is way younger than me - my eyes are bluer, my lips are not that full and I would NEVER wear purple/mauvy lipstick with this shade of red hair. :rofl: It's a cut that works with my baby fine, straight as a poker skinny hair. Would never consider botox either :no: :no: :no: I put all the toxins that I'm going to into my body when I was smoking. Done and over with that now.

Come when ever the schedule works out for you - if it's Friday the first I'll just switch up the vacation. DH will be tied up with month end then so if it's Friday we'll have a sit and chat day. (He just said he has to be done with his stuff by noon on the first so that's no problem if you come in that day). Perhaps we'll put you to work in the yard :s: :lol: You're welcome to stay as long as you wish also. Knowing the approximate amount of days helps me plan a bit better. I hope things work out with your friends schedules. I'm sure Blanchard Caverns are nice but they probably can't compare to Carlsbad Caverns. Sedona is supposed to be gorgeous too. We didn't have enough time to swing by their on our trip, definitly for another trip. DH said he'd like to make one more trip to the Grand Canyon and take more pictures so it's not out of the question that we may get out that way one more time. Your friend in Arizona must be thrilled you're coming back this way again. Didn't know you had friends in New Mexico too. You'll have to tell us how it is out there.

Ok back to the 3rd floor creepy room. I'm finally organizing and putting away the Christmas decorations - maybe I'll find my Easter stuff.

DH is asking me if you like fish. Do you like salmon? Swordfish? Ahi (yellow fin tuna)? Are you adventurous? I told him that you probably have different fish down your way than we do although orange roughy comes from your part of the world.

Hollyhock
03-03-2007, 09:23 PM
RuthXXX recently had her Bday but I cant remember the date right now......
We have hydro. We went up to see the inlaws and they did not. They have a gas stove tho and needed to cook all the meat in their fridge so we ate dinner there.
DFIL looked peaked and was moving slow. I am worried but his spirits are good. Been 7 years since his quad bypass. He will know more by Thurs. Tests on Tues and Thurs.Looking at surgery again tho for more blockage.

HUGS to all!!!

Shad
03-03-2007, 09:43 PM
I love any kind of seafood cooked in any kind of way. Tuna, Salmon, Reef fish, Barramundi, Coral Trout, Snapper, Prawns, Mussels all feature regularly on my menu.
Only things I don't like are things with aniseed:
Fennel,
Dill
Chinese five spice
Caraway
Licorice
Ouzo
Retsina
That's about the list of don't likes - even then I would probably eat/ drink them and smile politely!!! Just put food on the table and don't bother about my eating disorders!! :rofl: :lol3:

Just got back from the markets where I bought some mango, banana, limes, sweet potato, nuts, chutney, onion and limes and some Heliconia flowers. There wasn't too much in the way of veg apart from some gi-normous butternuts and some equally huge Jap pumpkin. Since I would be eating one of those for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week to get through it, I declined. I did want some aussie or nz garlic but could only find chinese :nono:

I'm working Sunday to try to get on top of the idiot heap. The system is performing like a trained seal. Microsoft is having glitches. Things go wrong that shouldn't and to top it all off, I took my computer home yesterday and took the wrong power lead. Wouldn't fit. Had to type quick to try to beat the battery.
This will probably be the last Sunday at work. No more 1 day then 3 day weekends. Pain. Means going home Friday arvo and back Sunday. Arvo is slang for afternoon

Holly - sorry to hear about the DFIL - kind thoughts winging his way. Ruth's birthday is about Jan 14th or 16th - somewhere about there.

Okay, back to work I go.

And while I remember, if anyone wants anything bought over from Aus or NZ better get your wish list in soon, not much room in the suitcase!

carla49
03-03-2007, 11:08 PM
Just had to share a "d'oh" moment with you all. I finally decided to unfold the Gazelle and start to burn a calorie or two. Since I perspire when I exercise, I didn't have my glasses on. Anyway, I was pretty impressed with the way the calories burnt were piling up, busy calculating that at the rate I was going I could have two short sessions a day and burn off 2 lbs a week without much effort at all. Wow! In six months, back to normal weight, without cutting my intake! I was quite dizzy with enthusiasm. Just in time, a glimmer of common sense wormed its way in. Hmmm. Is life ever that easy? Answer: a resounding no. Once I put the glasses back on - and turned on a bright light to compensate for the scratchy old lenses - I realized that my wonderful 500 calories in 10 minutes were in fact 50.0, and it would actually take me 60 months at two sessions a day. Oh well, 30 min a day is still 150 cal gone, and if I do it every day, it's a good start. And I must say I feel quite energized. Maybe if I can just keep the oomph going, I'll find whatever it takes to get back to spinning and walking and cutting the sweets and....

Happy, I love the hair! I,d love to have either stick straight or curly hair. Instead it's got just enough wave to have bumps and wings in all the wrong places. Actually, I decided today to put in a shampoo-in burgundy rinse today. The hair looks much the same, maybe a little less grey showing, but my kitchen counter and dishcloth now have some interesting burgundy stains. I expect an interesting impact on my pillow case tonight too. Thank heavens for Mr Clean eraser sponges - took most of the colour out of the white counter. One of the great inventions of the century, and if they're bad for the environment I really, really don't want to know.

Shad, it's just as well you'll be eating fish and such healthy foods at Happy's, because you really must try some poutine while you're up here. It's your basic cholesterol/fat bomb, a fine Canadian delicacy. I drove from the Grand Canyon to Phoenix via Oak Canyon and Sedona many years ago, and it was absolutely stunning. And if you haven't been to the Grand Canyon, it is probably the most stupendous sight I've ever seen, just unbelievable.

Howdy to Mel, Holly, Ceejay, Meadow, Painter, Madcat, and anyone I've missed. :wave:

Yowling cats must be fed. Ta-ta for now.

Shad
03-03-2007, 11:18 PM
Been there done that, got the tee shirt and the long caftan dress.

That's why I want to go to the Monuments or the canyons.

Better get fit on that Gazelle. We are walking when we meet up!!!!! :rofl:
I think we talked Poutine some other time or other. Didn't sound too flash hot.

By the way, it's March. Have we shifted to the Malvinas yet????

carla49
03-04-2007, 01:01 AM
Yes sir ma'am. Three months to get in shape - will try very hard to get some of the old form back.There may even be some good old weight watchers in my future. I'm contemplating trying out a dinner service - they deliver a batch of 9 frozen main course portions for a largish chunk of money. It's not lo-cal, but there is variety, it's heat and eat, and the portions are big enough to leave me full. The idea is that if I have a good meal ready to go I'll be satisfied and won't want to munch the night away. We'll see. I'll always wonder why inertia and chocolate are so much more addictive than exercise and veg, even tho the latter feel so good when you do them. By the way, there's some terrific day hiking around here if your schedule (and mine) allow for Ottawa fun. As for the poutine, I think that one came up on another thread, and it's an experience you really shouldn't miss. Let's say, if I lose 20 lbs by then we'll split one to celebrate? (Motivation, don't ya know.)

This week I had a call from my ex's former boss (and sort of friend) about a business related thing. It was a bit of a shock to realize that almost 4 years after the fact my 'recovery' from depression is a bit of a house of cards - talking to him just brought all the bad feelings back to the surface. In any case, I'll just keep acting like everything's okay, cause sometimes that works, but it was a pretty disappointing setback. (Not a call for sympathy - just a bit of a surprise I felt the need to get off my chest. Maybe the hidden depression is the real reason for the inertia and overeating? But enough whining - wrong thread for this stuff.)
Shad, great minds must think alike - just before I read your post I too was thinking it was time for the Malvinas.

Shad
03-04-2007, 01:23 AM
In March the Worldly chicks will move house - lets see if I can find a list of M countries
aaah yes here we go:
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar

There are tons of them. Monaco sounds rich and famous
Malta might be nice this time of year. Our IT man was telling me yesterday that Fawlty Towers lives there!
Morocco - plenty of shopping there
Malaysia - sounds okay

happy2bme
03-04-2007, 01:25 AM
Wait a minute. You are both trying to make me crazy, aren't you? :nono: :dizzy:

The Malvinas are what the FALKLANDS (where we are right now) are sometimes called.

I thought we were going to Mexico in March. Anyone have a resort they want to suggest or should we decide when we meet up at the airport?

Hiya Shad, I see that you are on now.

I don't want to go to Morocco. We have a business leg there and if they hear I'm over there they will make me work! :rofl:

carla49
03-04-2007, 01:38 AM
If we go to Mexico we could always hook up at a lo-tech spa called Rio Caliente, about an hour from Guadalajara. Vegetarian food - we'll lose weight as breakfast is the only really good meal in my books. There's various levels of hiking, yoga, soaking in the pools full of hot water from the hot springs, various touchy-feely programs (what colour is your shakra???), massage and other "treatments", day trips to Guadalajara (shoe and craft shopping! real food!), trips to Tequila (free samples...). I'll try to figure out how to put in a link to their site - when I find it.
Or we could be lazy and just pretend to move by saying we're now in the Malvianas. But we'll all have to switch to Spanish.

happy2bme
03-04-2007, 01:48 AM
Muy bueno chica. Gracias. :D

Loved your story about misreading the calorie burner on the Gazelle Carla! That's a classic :lol3: Especially the part about - hey this won't be so bad after all :rofl:

When I was at the salon today I had my glasses off. Which left me in a very vunerable position. I could blurringly see that I had a different, darker color on my head but that was about it. The other stylists were walking by and commenting and one said - does she not like it since I was so quiet. M laughed and said - she can't see it but I'm sure once she puts her glasses on, she'll LOVE it! :lol:

Shad, I probably should not say this but I would like to try those Jaffa things I heard so much about. Hopefully it's a tiny packet that won't take up much more than a pair of socks worth of space in the luggage. I can't get addicted to them because I won't be getting any more of them - tho after tasting I might not share :s: ;) And you can leave the stick bugs at home thank you.

Ok, I'll be taking us over to Mexico now.

carla49
03-04-2007, 01:55 AM
Rio Caliente was really hard to find - it's at www.riocaliente.com. :rofl: Just checking the site makes me want to go back and soak in that water for an hour or three. They claim there's natural lithium in the water which gets everyone all blissful. And there's nothing like sitting on a toilet filled with hot water - an odd, rather pleasant sensation.

Happy, shouldn't you be in bed????

happy2bme
03-04-2007, 02:01 AM
Well maybe I'll move us in the morning. Really tired right now. Good night chicks.

PainterWoman
03-04-2007, 02:52 AM
Well y'all have been plenty chatty today.

I finally got out into the yard to do some garden repair. DH was the amazing miracle worker with the bulb-planter digger thing. A couple of dozen holes, into which summer bulbs went. I hope to have glads, tuberoses, and some others whose names i don't remember just now. Tomorrow I'll take photos of the packaging and post those. After we get more humus, mulch and fertilizer. The dandelions are coming up ALL by themselves without help from me... so there might be some broadleaf weed killer in my future, too.

When lounging at Borders I took a long look at Dr. Gott's diet (http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Gotts-Flour-Sugar-Diet/dp/0446582484/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-3192096-1355262?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1172990227&sr=8-1): No sugar and no flour. Anybody had any luck with that? If I remember right he said that most Amer'cans have 43 (or maybe 430) tsps of sugar in their diet PER DAY due to added sugar and wheat in processed foods. He said it was equivalent to 675 empty calories per day. I found out that even Dannon Activia has sugar in it. D*rn! The sugar and corn syrup lobby must have paid the DFA a ton of cash.

Mel: THANKS big time for the birthday list! Happy almost birthday!:woo: :woo: You are such a dear being darling to all of us, and to your neighbor. One of my favorite quotes, paraphrased, no doubt, is from Anne Morrow Lindberg. She said something like: You can't repay friendship in kind to the one from whom you received it, you can only give it to someone else. Sort of like Pay It Forward. You've done it for lots of us, I'm sure. :hug: YGG!!

Happy: Way cool. Can you send me your photographer? Lovely lovely lovely. Jeez… now I see you confessed to the faux photo. Some of us were gullible… or at least harbored doubts. :D :sunny:

Shad: Hope the SAP stuff went well. So while I'm in the wee hours of Sunday, you are busily in the middle of MONDAY? Or am I more mixed up about the dateline than I realize? My kids have been to Carlsbad, but I haven't. They liked them, I think, except wished they didn't have such a professorial dad and step mom. (I'm flightier and more "fun.") :devil: If you get to New Mexico/Santa Fe, I do recommend the Anasazi Indian sites, especially the cliff dwellings at Bandolier national park. It's fairly high altitude and kind of a hike. I don't think I could do it in my present condition… I'm sure you could, though.:running: :running:
I'm partial to Madagascar because of the multiplicity of weird animals they have there. (Especially ringtailed lemurs). Would also be happy to visit Mexico (I have a friend whose family has a large apartment near the beach in Puerto Vallarta) and Morrocco. Of course a stay at Fawlty Towers would be hilarious…

Holly: Glad you've got water… (does hydro mean electric, too?) Sorry your FIL was looking peaked. I bought another new book… The Art of Aging. I hope it makes ME less peaked now.

Carla: Sorry about the calculation glitches.:( I often get ahead of myself like that, too. With or without dim lights and near sighted ness. Bravo for getting started. It must be just as well that I've never heard of "Poutine." Will check it on google. Mistakenly tuned into PBS TV this afternoon. Although it was another #$%^'d pledge drive Lidia the Italian Cook was making gnocci… stuffed with JAM and rolled in sugar with cinnamen. :eek: :cry: :nono: I had water after that and brushed my teeth.
Don't get me started about the difficulties of fighting depression. I think our brain paths get tamped down into ruts for one thing, and it is hard to find NEW paths… (and the ruts are still just waiting to be re-activated. It takes CONSTANT vigilance to stay out of the old thinking ruts. )
I know the colors of my chakras. But they're not fully lit.I am working on brightening the yellow and the orange! Maybe they are still paisley from the 60's. OMG: RioCaliente looks gorgeous. Might have to round up a bunch of people and go to the spa. A Lithium soak sounds good.

Cheers, all.

MELODY525
03-04-2007, 09:36 AM
PAINTER..I AM KIND OF EXCITED ABOUT ALL YOUR BULBS. I HAD A STEP-GGM WHO WAS A FLORIST AND PARTIAL TO BULBS AND ROSES. IRISES ABOUNDED ALSO. I MISS DIGGING IN THE DIRT!! :tantrum: A FRIEND JUST BOUGHT ME BOB GREENE'S "THE BEST LIFE DIET".
I THINK SHE WANTS ME TO READ IT SO SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO :rofl: I'LL LOOK AT YOUR BOOK. FLOUR AND SUGAR ARE WHAT KEEP ME FAT!!!

SHAD~ I DON'T WANT ANYTHING FROM THE LAND OF OZ. JUST BRING YOURSELF!....AND WAS WONDERING....WHEN YOU COME HERE WHATCHA GONNA COOK? :rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3: YOU CAN BRING THE BD CARD WITH YOU!! WE'LL CELEBRATE BOTH OF OURS TOGETHER!! :gift: SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE WEEKENDS!! MEANIES!!!! :tantrum:

HAPPY~ SHAD BEAT ME TO IT!!! I WAS GOING TO SAY GREAT FACE LIFT!!! :rofl: :rofl: SEE...GREAT MINDS DO THINK ALIKE!! :rofl: :rofl: I DO LOVE THE COLOR AND STYLE THOUGH AND I AM GLAD YOU'RE HAPPY WITH IT TOO. KEPT MY FINGERS CROSSED WHEN I READ YOU WERE GOING YESTERDAY. LOL I REALLY NEED A PROFESSIONAL CUT BUT I HATE WHEN THEY GET IT WRONG :tantrum: I WAS TELLING A FRIEND AND JEN ABOUT MOM. THEY ALMOST FAINTED. THANK GOD SHE IS A FAST THINKER. I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THAT FAST I DON'T THINK. :hug:

CARLA~I WAS READING MY NEW BOOK AND ACCORDING TO BOB GREENE, YOU ARE DOING "IT" THE RIGHT WAY. HIS FIRST IDEA IS TO GET MORE ACTIVITY INTO OUR LIVES ALONG WITH MORE SCHEDULED MEALS.AND LATER WORRY ABOUT THE CALORIES. HE'S NOT A CALORIE COUNTER TYPE OF PERSON...JUST A HEALTHY EATER GUY.
I HAD A GOOD CHUCKLE AT THE GLASSES STORY :rofl:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING SUNSHINES OF MY LIFE!CARLA'S STORY ABOUT THE EX'S BOSS CALLING REMINDED ME OF WHEN MY EX CALLED AFTER 20 YEARS.
IT'S FUNNY THAT YOU THINK EVERYTHING IS "OVER" AND YOUR HEART WON'T FEEL THE TUG INSIDE OF DAYS GONE BY. THAT FEELING WHEN THE BOTTOM FELL OUT OF YOUR STOMACHE AND LANDED ON THE FLOOR GET REPEATED AFTER SO LONG A TIME. :(
TOO BAD WE CAN'T USE THE MR. CLEAN ERASER ON OUR MINDS. I WOULDN'T CARE IF IT'S NOT BIODEGRADABLE EITHER!! :rofl: :rofl:
WINTER IS COMING BACK TO NJ THIS WEEK. I'LL GO TO THE MALL ON MONDAY BUT TUESDAY'S FOOD SHOP WITH TEMPS IN THE LOW 20'S AND EXCESSIVE WINDS IS NOT SOUNDING SWEET AT ALL!! THE SUN IS OUT. I SHOULD PEDAL FOR AWHILE AND WATCH THE TREES BLOW IN THE WIND.
BIRD STORY: WHEN I GOT UP THE OTHER DAY, I FOUND A TRAIL OF FEATHERS ON THE LIV ROOM FLOOR. I GOT SCARED AND THOUGHT A MOUSE MUST HAVE ATTACKED THE BIRD!! :yikes: THE THOUGHT CAME FROM HEARING THE DAY BEFORE THAT THERE WAS A MOUSE LOOSE ON THE FIRST FLOOR. CALLING THE BIRD, HE DID NOT ANSWER AND I WAS TRYING NOT TO RUN HIM OVER!!!!
FINALLY I CAUGHT A MOVEMENT OUT OF THE CORNER OF MY EYE. HE HAD HOPPED ON TO A SHELF IN THE BOOKCASE AND WAS HIDING? SLEEPING? THERE. IN THE DARK HE WON'T FLY AND I GUESS HE MUST HAVE FALLEN OFF HIS STAND. HE'S BEEN VERY QUIET FOR 3 DAYS NOW :rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY! HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY!!

suzi in auz
03-05-2007, 12:37 AM
Oh goodie. I managed to sweeze myself in before you all moved.
Allthis talk of travelling just makes me want to go. How love that you can have this special time with everyone Shad, very cool.
Mel you sound so chipper. It must be at the prospect of seeing your good friend!

Well, the weekends and the weeks are just flying past. It's march already. I can't really believe it.
Work is keeping me on my toes but I am loving it. I really feel I have this passion for women. It's what i do here, coordinate a women's centre. This Thursday is international women's day. We are having a little party :balloons: at the centre to celebrate us! It should be fun. i have some little gifts for everyone who comes into the centre that day.
I also have our first staff meeting. This should be interesting. I've never run one of these before and I have heard that i could be held hostage to the volunteers demands so i will have to keep alert!

The family is doing well. DD and I did a project together yesterday, it's a history assignment on her life, it's been fun looking at the old photos and made me a little nostalgic. I remember those toddler days so well when I felt so swamped by the kids, now I miss those moments. funny...no regrets just getting used to a different stage.

ok...i better fly and organise dinner for the troupes. i think it's chowder tonight with "fresh bread!" yes you heard right.

Much love
Suzi xx

happy2bme
03-05-2007, 12:39 AM
Suzi, look down - we've MOVED to Mexico!!! Hurry and I'll tell the bus driver to wait for you. :lol:

I knew I should have said something on this thread.

Anyone else who comes here - we've moved to a fabulous spa in Mexico. Please join us there...

MELODY525
03-05-2007, 09:16 AM
I'M LOST!!! I CAN'T FIND THE THREAD!!! HELP!!!
SEND THE MOUNTIES!!! SEND A MAP!! COMPASS!!
WHICH WAY IS MEXICO!!!!:tantrum:

happy2bme
03-05-2007, 10:19 AM
Ok, ok. Here's the express ticket to the bus that will take you to the new thread in Mexico. It's soooo worth it girls.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=106245