Support Groups - Grab your sombreros - the Worldly Chicks are spending March in Mexico




happy2bme
03-04-2007, 10:24 AM
Hola Chicas http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/SombreroSmilie.gif

We're a little late moving the thread but we got here all right anyway. Thanks to Carla who found us this fabulous spa in Rio Caliente.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/RioCaliente.jpg

The worldly chicks will be relaxing and hiking and having ourselves a wonderful time in this beautiful place. All readers, lurkers and future posters are welcome to join in. We are a fabulous bunch of ladies with a terrific sense of humor joining together and helping each other through life. Grab your sunhat http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/MexicanGirl.gif and a cool drink http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/margaritasmilie.gif and meet us down by the pool. :swim:


happy2bme
03-04-2007, 10:27 AM
Carrying over a few things from the prior thread...

First a bit about the lovely place called Rio Caliente -

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...).

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.

Wait a minute - what's this hot water Toilet thing? :?: I missed that the first time around. Do tell more Carla :rofl:

happy2bme
03-04-2007, 10:39 AM
Birthday list courtesy of Mel who just HAPPENS to be having a birthday this week :cheers: But enough of that - wait till you see what they are cooking up in the kitchen for you. ;)

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 PAINTERWOMAN
OCTOBER 10 RAVENTOY [ABSENT:( ]
OCTOBER 13 CARLA & SUZI
OCTOBER 20 MADCAT


happy2bme
03-04-2007, 11:09 AM
Now to try and catch up on what you previously posted - always difficult when we carry over a thread. :?:

Mel - let us know what you think of the Bob Greene book. I have always liked his practical approach to things and picked up his book at the store but set it down as I was reminded of SO MANY books I have bought before sitting and collecting dust on the shelf. I watched the Oprah show where he introduced the book and I think he's sort of fallen into the commercial Oprah trap that seems to happen whenever she "blesses" her next favorite expert. That's pretty scary about losing the "grandson" for a little while. Thank goodness he found a safe place to rest for the night. Do you let him fly around the apartment during the day? And I agree with Painter - you are such a sweetie who has brought so much into our lives :grouphug: And I love your Jersey attitude. :lol:

Painter. The bulbs sound fabulous. Makes me want to get out and garden. Well maybe "thinking" about it. :lol: Don't know if I could give up sugar AND flour at the same time. I know people who have kept the weight off succesfully for a long time have attributed their success from getting away from the white stuff. I just can't even imagine gnocci in a sweet version like you described. Wouldn't have any trouble passing that up. Ugh - and I'm a gnocci lover. Tho that stuff does sit in your belly like cement. :D

Thank you for the Rio Caliente suggestion Carla. It's beautiful here and much warmer than if we spent March in Memphis :lol:

Per Shad's suggestion, maybe we'll do Fawlty Towers/Monaco in May although Memphis in May boasts the annual big time/mega serious Championship BBQ cookoff, a week of musical concerts and something else which I can't remember at the moment. All of course involve lots of walking, huge crowds and inconvienient bathroom facilities which is why I don't participate.

Shad is taking suggestions for places to visit when she comes to the U.S. this summer. BTW I was just looking at my calendar - the National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda, Victoria - Australia (you have one too??) look similar to Butchart in (ain't this a coincidence?) Victoria, Canada. I guess that means if you state/province/parish is names Victoria - you are required to have some knock down, stunningly beautiful flower gardens somewhere on the premises. :lol:

And I'm reminding you Shad that I'd like a bag of Jaffas :devil: :D :T :lol:

Thank you to those of you who have commented on my hair. I'm sorry if I mislead you into actually thinking that was me in the picture. It's actually some Italian model but my hairdresser is a professional colorist and she just returned from training and had that picture among others at her station. I saw it when I walked in and said - hey, let's do THAT. She was in shock - REALLY? :yes: She was sooooo excited. Beats the usual blonde, big hair southern look so popular around here. And it did come out looking just like the picture - my hair was even in the right length for the cut. Today I am suffering the after effects. The dye is on the gentle side but it still irritates my head and for the next 48 hours after a whole head color I have to deal with an itchy scalp. It will be ok after 2 days, I try not to scratch which makes it worse.

This is my big anniversary weekend. DH and I are going to the casinos later this afternoon and we'll probably do dinner there also. Tomorrow is our actual anniversary and I am supposed to have the day off but since it's month end at work, I will have to work the morning from home and make sure all the sales get loaded and balanced properly so that people everywhere can do their reporting :comp: :write: The afternoon is free and we will be going to dinner at one of our favorite seafood restaurants and catching a movie. Maybe we will hold hands :o I can't believe that I've been married 30 years already. I'm also a bit dissapointed that once again, the only thing I can fit into from my wedding outfit is my hat and shoes. And since the shoes are platform sandals - REAL platforms from the 70's - it's a bit dangerous to be wearing those now :rofl:

With that I think I'll go run some laundry and do a bit of housekeeping. DH wants to get a bit more wallpapering done this morning which gives me time to get some things done too.

Enjoy your Sunday ladies...

carla49
03-04-2007, 12:24 PM
So, about the toilets at Rio... The thing is that the local river is very, very hot, which is where the spa name, Rio Caliente, comes from. All the water at the spa comes from the river. There are two groups of rooms there, the older rooms up top near the dining room, and newer rooms down by the pool. Since the upper set of rooms is nearer to the source of the river, the water is hotter there, and you flush with the hot stuff! Every so often you hear a pool level person going "oh!!!" as they sit down on an upstairs commode for the first time... By the way, the drinking water is filtered and quite safe and in bottles refilled every day in your room. There are fireplaces in every room - it can get chilly at night.
There is no chlorine in the pool water. Instead, each pool is drained and scrubbed once a week. You can get a mani-pedi by the pool... You can go soak in the hot steamy pool water at night and look at the stars. And the closest tiny town to buy booze/junk food is a 3 mile trek down a windy road. Followed by 3 miles back up. On my last visit I found out that Igor at the front desk can be bribed to bring in fast food (pulled pork on a bun etc)on his way into work...
The good news, ladies, is that in spite of all the clean living and bland veggie meals, there are always two cakes served after dinner when a guest has a birthday! So thanks to Mel, on Tuesday (?) we'll be fighting to get our share of the carrot cake and/or chocolate raspberry cake. Yum. And today at lunch we've all pigged out on tuna and avocado, the weekly fish treat we all go nuts for. Of course we deserved a good meal after our morning hike up thru the sage forest and the agave field, not to mention the 7am yoga/stretch session.
I'll try to dig up a photo or two from my trips there to give you an idea of the place. We'll all fit right in - much of the clientele is made up of ladies "of a certain age" wearing sturdy black bathing suits and sensible shoes/hats.

happy2bme
03-04-2007, 01:09 PM
Oh my God Carla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooo there. I think my blood pressure just went down 30 points just reading here. Wow. I feel so relaxed already.

And in your usual fashion I am red faced from laughing hysterically about Igor. Not sure what is funnier - the fact that you found someone to bribe or the fact that even in the heart of Mexico you named him IGOR :rofl: :lol3: :lol3: You're the best!

So how do you get to this place? Don't tell me you have to HIKE the 3 miles up WITH your luggage? :yikes: :eek: :faint:

carla49
03-04-2007, 01:51 PM
Rats. Just lost a post - need emergency visit to Rio to get over it.

Anyway, I just don't know how to insert a pic (that's how I lost the post). Help???

Meanwhile, I have been unjustly accused and demand an apology. I did not bribe Igor - just found out about his little part-time enterprise when I asked him which food stand he'd recommend if I wanted to stop en route to the airport. And I love to be considered amusing, but in fact Igor is his name.
To get to the spa, you take a cab from the airport ($$$), arriving before 10 pm. They lock the front gate at night, although it's very safe. We won't even need your mom to protect us from roving gangs of gypsies, although I have a feeling she'd love it there.

What is the command for pasting? Control + ?

carla49
03-04-2007, 01:54 PM
And you won't have much luggage. NOT a fancy place at all - leave your Guccis and Puccis at home. By the third day you happily go off to lunch with your hair coated in oil after a scalp treatment. Jealousy all around as you smugly announce you've been "Raul-ed". (Don't know if he's still there - it's been about 5 or 6 years since my last visit.)

carla49
03-04-2007, 04:07 PM
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Here’s me (on the right) and a friend soaking in one of the pools. January, about 12 years ago. As you can see, we somehow found the time to build ourselves floating chairs out of noodles etc. Note sturdy black one-piece by the deck chairs... I don't know how to make the pic bigger.

carla49
03-04-2007, 04:13 PM
I'm just posting up a storm here. Will soon have to retire for a few weeks to recover. And to let everyone else recover.

This is a typical morning snap of steam rising from the river near one of the sources, complete with two of my much younger fingers. Someone once fell in (hard to do if you’re even slightly careful) and had to be rushed to hospital with serious burns. At the place where I took this, there are stepping stones, and it's shallow enough you'd probably okay if your boot-shod foot slipped in. And I figured out that if you click on the pic you get a larger version!

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Shad
03-04-2007, 05:47 PM
Nice place - sorry can't stop, just fell in the deep end. Too much to do, too little sleep, DS2 has split with the girlfriend.

I have a training class Wednesday morning. Now they want me to be sociable and go out on a yacht on Wednesday afternoon and have dinner somewhere on the ocean blue! Sounds nice - do I have the time. No I don't but I am going anyway. Production planning and PP-PI Master data has nothing on a yacht

ceejay52
03-04-2007, 08:54 PM
Shad- Enjoy the yacht, that is something I've always wanted to do.

Happy--Congratulations on your 30 years of marriage. Love the new hairstyle.

Carla, I envy you for actually getting to be here. It's beautiful.

I've had a good week end.

happy2bme
03-04-2007, 11:29 PM
Carla - don't you DARE go away :nono: We will come and find you. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Aren't pool noodles fun? Such an incredibly beautiful place. And you have my most sincere apologies for Igor. No harm was intended on my part. It just seemed like he'd be the guy everyone would bribe to go out on a booze run in a spa where everything was vegetarian, holistic and non-alchoholic. Honest! :) It still looks like a fabulous place that I'd love to visit one day. And my mom would no doubt make for a rather "interesting" visitor there. And as Forest Gump says "and that's all I have to say about that".

Maybe instead of picking places whose name starts with the same letter as the month, we should instead pick places where we have been and tell a little bit about them?

Shad, sorry to hear about DS2. Thought things were settling in for them. And I'm very glad that you are opting for the yacht ride. Work will always be there and you'll never be done but how many times will a yacht wait at port for you? :dunno: Probably never. :yes: Best to get on when you can and take the opportunities as they present themselves :yes: :yes: :yes: Enjoy your cruise, don't spend it nodding off.

Thank you twice Ceejay. Glad to hear you had a good weekend. Was this one a Paragould trip? Are the trees and flowers starting to blossom out your way? Each week we see something more budding. It's really pretty.

Ok folks, this is love. We went to the casinos tonight. It's about an hour's drive from our house (yay for the new highway extension that just opened which not only cuts 30 minutes off the trip but bypasses some rather not very comfortably safe areas). So we're about 45 minutes into the trip when DH says. "Um I didn't really want to say anything but it smells like a beauty shop in here (the car). I said, you mean my hair smells? He says well it just smells like a beauty shop in here. And yes, my hair does smell a bit like some plasticky odd chemical smell - even tho I washed it today with some flowery shampoo and conditioner. I asked if he was gagging and he said no, it's ok - we'll be out in the fresh air soon enough. I guess to get even on the way home he took one of his shoes off. Lets just say we didn't have to worry about smelling my hair anymore :rofl: :lol3: He did say his foot was hurting pretty badly so I didn't say anything, just looked out the passenger window, tried to get a crack of fresh air and commented about how lovely the stars were tonight. Love means never having to say to the other that you're a little funky tonight honey :love:

Have a good night ladies...

happy2bme
03-04-2007, 11:43 PM
We have to lasso Suzi over to this thread. Suzi - your project with the DD sounds very interesting. Please tell us more as you work through it. As much as I have avoided pictures as I've gained weight, looking back I think you also miss a big part of nostagia for all those absent years we spent hiding from the camera in the other room :(

Madcat
03-05-2007, 08:42 AM
Holy jumpin' cats, kids, you are a chatty lot. Lots to read and me with no real time to comment. We had a non-computering lazy weekend and now I have to try to get back into work mode. *sigh* What was it I do for a living again?? And a dentist appointment to boot. Sad thing is I am actually looking forward to it! :lol:

I'll be back this evening to throw my three chickens over the fence.

MELODY525
03-05-2007, 08:59 AM
BEING LOST AND LONELY, I GOT A BRAIN WAVE!! CLICK ON HAPPY'S NAME AND TRAIL HER RECENT POSTS!!!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
:joker: :cp: :cb: :dance: :dancer: :wizard: :lucky: :encore: :cheer2: :congrat: :cheers: :cheer: :yay: :hb: :balloons: :woo: :carrot:
THE LOVE STORY WAS VERY TOUCHING. I REMEMBER THE OLD STINKY FEET DAYS VERY WELL. :rofl: THANKS FOR THE LOVELY VACATION SPOT!! I AM GOING TO REST AND RELAX ALL MONTH! :beach: I REALLY KNEW THE HAIR LADY WAS A MODEL :lol3: :lol3: COULDN'T RESIST A JOKE!!:hug:

CARLA~ THIS IS A GREAT PLACE AND HERE IS A PIC OF ME THAT I HAD TAKEN BY IGOR THIS MORNING:
http://www.gifs.net/Animation11/Hobbies_and_Entertainment/Beach/Grandma.gif
FEEL FREE TO PASS IT AROUND THE POOL LATER ON IF YOU SHOULD RUN INTO ANY INTERESTING MEN!!:dance:
I LOVED THE PICTURES! TOO BAD MY PRINTER DIED OVER THE WEEKEND. I WOULD HAVE PUT YOU AND YOUR FRIEND IN MY HALL OF WORLDLY CHICKLETS.
THANKS FOR THE POST ABOUT RIO C. I COULD MOVE THERE AND BE HAPPY. ESPECIALLY NOW I KNOW ABOUT IGOR'S SECOND JOB!!:carrot: TOO FUNNY!! YOUR DESCRIPTION REMINDED ME OF A MISS MARPLE MOVIE... OR A BOOK I READ. I THINK IT WAS A BOOK. MAYBE MRS POLLIFAX...HMMMM I WILL HAVE TO THINK!! :p

SHAD~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DS2 AND THE BUSY START TO THE WEEK. SENDING:hug: SEE YA LATER.

CEEJAY~ HOW WAS PARAGOULD. HOPE THE AUNT AND UNCLE ARE IN GOOD HEALTH!!!

MY IDEA OF GOING TO THE MALL WAS SHORT LIVED. GOT EVERYTHING READY LAST NIGHT, WENT TO BED AND GOT A GUSHER OF A NOSEBLEED. I KNOW IT'S THE HEAT AND THE SINUSES WITH THE IMPENDING STORM. CAN'T BE HELPED.....AND THE NOSE IS TENDER AND I FEEL NAUSEOUS. NOT A GOOD COMBO FOR SHOPPING.
I HAVE SOME PRINTING TO DO FOR THE OFFICE AND NOW I'LL HAVE TO DO IT DOWNSTAIRS :tantrum:
I ROLLED OUT THE EXTRA RADIATOR FOR TONITE. I AM READY FOR THE DEEP FREEZE THAT'S ON IT'S WAY.
I BETTER GO TO THE OFFICE BEFORE I FALL ASLEEP HERE AT THE KEYS. :rofl:
:beach: HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY!!!! :moped:

MELODY525
03-05-2007, 09:08 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING MRS MADCAT!!
I SEE YOU POSTED WHILST I WAS PLAYING WITH MY PHOTO POST! :rofl: GOOD LUCK AT THE DEAR DENTIST!!!
NICE LAZY WEEKENDS ARE GOOD FOR THE SOUL! :hug:

carla49
03-05-2007, 01:01 PM
So, Mel, did you have one of those horrible moments where you felt like the whole gang ran away and hid and wouldn't tell you where they'd gone? :eek: Where your heart dropped into your shoes cuz the whole family left on a trip and forgot you all alone at home? :tantrum: Ain't never gonna happen. Nope. Never. On the contrary. If you tried to leave, the worldly chicks would hunt you down, stalk you until you came back to us. (Not mentioning any names, but some of us may already have a little stalking/hunting experience from the early days of our marriage breakdowns... :rofl: )
I love your photo, especially the glasses. Now is that really you, or did you borrow Happy's photographer?

Speaking of Happy, I think the Igor in question may be the only guy in all of Mexico with that name. And you might be surprised at how well your mother would fit in at Rio - there are people of all ages (mostly older). There are also always a few "characters" there, almost as if they were being provided by the establishment for our entertainment. I actually have a rear-view photo from the year there was a very hairy 40'ish man there who wore a thong swimsuit... Think Borat, only a bigger belly. Hours of fun were had by the rest of us old biddies giggling and groaning and clucking. Very adult of us. But small-town Mexicans really don't go in for excessively "sexy" clothes or public nudity, so we figured he asked for it. Another year it was a youngish woman with a pair of the biggest fake boobs we had ever seen. Always something to liven the day.

Somehow the day flew by yesterday without my exercise session. :o But today is another day. Also, I had decided to make up a batch of steel cut oatmeal to reheat for the next few breakfasts. It's yummy with some raspberries or chopped apple or pear heated with it in the microwave, then a drizzle of maple syrup. Anyway, I tossed the stuff in the slow cooker, put it on high, checked it after an hour - not quite ready - and then forgot all about it for about 6 hours. What an unappetizing mess. Now, if I'd been on Survivor, in the tribe with no food or fire, it might have been just the ticket, but I decided to toss it and start anew. Maybe this time I'll set a timer...

I well remember the joys of smelly socks. What is it that makes men's feet smell so bad? My ex was a very clean guy, and he still had really ripe dogs. Speaking of dogs, years ago I saw a thing on tv about a competition for the smelliest feet. They used an impartial judge - a German shepherd. (Honest, this is for real.) The winner was a young guy, entered into the competition by his girlfriend, I believe. They held his socks up to the dog's nose, and assessed how badly he tried to get away. Judging by the yelping and crying and streaming eyes, the poor puppy wasn't likely to volunteer again the next year. This memory brought to you courtesy of Happy's DH, who I hope will never know about any of this.

Gotta go. Hi to all. :wave:

ceejay52
03-05-2007, 04:35 PM
Hello gang

Madcat--Can one enjoy a dentist visit? I need to make an appointment for myself, but I've had to many other drs visits. I just don't want to go.

Mel--Sorry about the nosebleed. I think I'll pull up a chair and relax with you this month. This place sounds awesome. I may have to put it on the list of places to visit when I retire. The aunt and uncle both getting over bronchitis.

I had some good news this morning. I'm fast approaching my 15 years with the city and the boss told me I'll be getting one extra vacation day this year then starting Jan, 08 I'll have 4 weeks vacation. I'll be getting a 15 year pin and a certificate in November.

Suzi--have you lsot your way?

Hello to Happy and Carla

Hollyhock
03-05-2007, 07:36 PM
Yeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...... splash!!!!!

carla49
03-05-2007, 07:52 PM
Very funny, Holly. I can tell you're going to be the rowdy in the gang. By three days in you'll be too mellow to make a splash. Not to mention lo on energy - Sunday's tuna was it for animal proteins... :rofl:
Okay, I lied. There is lots of yoghurt for brekkie, and you can always ask for an omelet too. All the meals are very healthy and wholesome. And we get cake for Mel's bday! Now go eat some papaya, and repeat after me: Ommmmmmmmm..... That dry mountain air feels soooo good. Ommmm....

Hollyhock
03-05-2007, 10:11 PM
Storm stayed AGAIN!! I am officially done with winter and snow and more than ready for that pool and some sunshine. I am all for the oooooooooommmmmmmmm too.!!!

Shad
03-05-2007, 10:29 PM
Ye gads, a splash and a mantra. I beginning to wonder about this place!
Seems that the steam is addling everyones brain.
Not much to add here. I'm all out of steam. I just seem to drag myself through each day - though some progress has been made. My 4K walk this morning became a 2k walk and a 2k run and I beat another old git down the Strand - passed him going up and lapped him going back! Progress indeed. He tells me is getting rid of the cane and crutches in 2 weeks! :rofl: :rofl:
Work continues ever hectic. Supposed to have a manual finished this morning, but here I am chatting to you lot and it is afternoon. It will get done no doubt.
Got a note back from Arizona. I am going to stay there for a couple of days. Haven't heard from New Mexico yet, but we are still on track for around June 1 or 2 in Memphis. Whatever happens I am determined that I will see something of the countryside (and not from an aeroplane) this time round. For the Rocky Mountaineer, I think I have decided on a 3night 4 day one way trip from Calgary or Banff to Vancouver. This tour includes a helicopter flight on the icefields north of Lake Louise - sort of between Lake Louise and Jasper somewhere. I have forgotten the name.

Happy, Happy Anniversary. Something to be proud of and to indulge in. So the DH didn't like the hairspray and retaliated with the smelly feet. How normal!!! :lol3:
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/anniversary3.jpg

Okay, better scarper and do the last of the learning activities. Good photo of you Mel, mind you I looked at the cactus at one time and thought that maybe what you were talking about!!!! :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3:

happy2bme
03-06-2007, 01:28 AM
Mel, good to see you arrived here safe and sound. I absolutely LOVE the graphic with the bouncy grandma. :rofl: That's us in about 50 or 60 years, right? And thank you also for the neat 21 smilie salute. Have you decided what kind of cake you want? My card is going to be one day late to you. I was busy working this morning and forgot to run out to the mailbox - the postman comes very early around here.

Does Madcat really get to bring chickens in here? Won't the feathers clog the pool filters? Isn't this a vegetarian spa? Just don't be bringing any roosters as I'm not getting up at the crack of dawn when I'm on vacation :chicken:

If steelcut oats only take 30 minutes to cook, why would you put them in a slow cooker? I do agree that they made a very tasty and versatile breakfast. And they really aren't bad rewarmed either.

I like your new avatars too ladies.

Argh. No jumping in the pool, I can't get my hair wet. Please limit your activities to gently twirling on the noodles :lol:

Thank you for the lovely picture Shad. The roses look lovely and the bubbly is chilled to just the right temperature I'll bet. Good to hear that the trip is shaping up in bits and pieces. How are you getting to Memphis? Are you driving from New Mexico? Nothing much interesting to see that way and it's a very long drive across the state of Texas. I do admire you for tackling the roads here - even if it is just for a bit to do the touristy thing.

Speaking of tourist - CARLA DID YOU GET YOUR PASSPORT WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All in all today was a nice day here even if I did have to work from 7am until noon. Then I foolishly peeked in after 10pm tonight and did another 45 minutes worth of work. Things are starting to pile up as the hamster wheel spins faster.

We did get out to see a movie - Wild Hogs with John Travolta - a short but funny comedy when you're looking for innocent fluff to forget about the drags of being a grownup. There were only about a dozen people in the show for the 4pm movie yet they had the volume up soooo loud that I had to wad up some of my napkin and shove it in my ears. It was so loud it was actually painful. I really don't understand why they have to do that. Afterwards we had a rather disappointing dinner at a place I picked. My scallops were overcooked but the accompanying shrimp was tasty as was the spaghetti squash and potatoes. DH's ahi tuna was ice cold - even just being seared it should have been room temp. He is not adventurous in vegetables so he didn't even touch his squash. We had gone to the same restaurant but at a different location and the food was quite good. Not so this time. The good news is that you have no problem with portion control when the food is not that great. Saved room for a small ice cream cone for dessert though :devil: DH said he was up for spending another 30 years with me which was kind of nice too :o And now it's a new day and I should have been in bed an hour ago. Good night ladies...

Shad
03-06-2007, 02:14 AM
Aaaah shucks ANOTHER 30 years! Good on ya! You'll both look like Mel's picture at that point.

Madcat
03-06-2007, 09:15 AM
Ahhhh. Happy your DH says the sweetest things! I hope TB feels that way about me in 29.25 years. :lol: Heck, I'll be happy if in May he's willing to give it another 12 months! You are right, portion control is really easy when the food isn't great. Sorry it wasn't stellar, but at least the company was good. Happy anniversary to you both!!! Oh and I have to ask, were you platform shoes also, gasp, suede?

Shaddie~ You will get that manual done. You always do. Hey, when is that ocean cruise they want you to go on? Is that today? I envy your trip into the Rockies. I think that might have to be our big vacation next year. The mountains are impressive enough when you fly over them – I can hardly wait to hear your comments when you are there and they are looming over you all cold and enormous and steely blue and bitter white and you feel like a small speck in the midst of something unfathomable… but I digress…

Mel ~ Stay warm. Sorry your charge of the mall brigade was cancelled. Are you running a humidifier? Ok, you and Carla talk about Igor and all I can think about is Young Frankenstein. Would that be Eye-gor? I picked up the Bob Greene book too on the weekend. I would be interested to hear what you say. I'm only a few pages in so far.

Holly~ I hear ya, girl. They have closed the Gardiner because of the ice which means it takes hours to get home to my place since all that traffic has to go somewhere. You know, TS Eliot said April was the cruellest month, but he obviously wasn't a Canadian – everyone knows March is the cruellest month. Hang in there, kiddo! Stay warm.

Carla~ This place does look amazing. I have a problem with papaya because it looks like some sort of female reproductive organ. :lol: Loved the sock story. Shouldn't someone have called the Humane Society on behalf of that poor dog? Gawd, you guys are funny!

Ceejay~ Congrats on the good news. Wow, what will you do with all that vacation time?

Hey, as for the chickens, we're just keeping them in reserve in case we go into tofu overload. Actually I was watching a cooking show at the gym today and the chef made this really lovely looking mousse that was nothing more than chocolate chips and silken tofu. Might be worth trying.

Ok, I have to ho and do some work since that is what they pay me for. Later, chicklets both present and missing.

ceejay52
03-06-2007, 01:38 PM
For some reason I'm having trouble in 3fc. It keeps freezing up on me. More later.

Shad
03-06-2007, 06:53 PM
Yacht trip today, sailing the ocean blue. Will get back to you with the details later.
Meantime just been to a training session, now feel sorry for me.

I am training Employee self service (HR Warm and fuzzies) as well. Is there no end to my talents - or is it stupidity. And it starts - guess when? 7.00am tomorrow morning.

Lord - let me enjoy this cruise. There aint much else to look forward to this week at least until I go home on Friday.

carla49
03-06-2007, 07:45 PM
Shad, when does this contract end? It sounds like you've just about had it, so I hope after the high point of the yacht you just have a week or two of wrapping up. I must say, I much prefer my type of contract, usually 1 to 3 days, with a whole week being the exception. It doesn't hurt, of course, that the longer ones I accept are almost always in nice places like Whistler...
Had a good look at the finances today, also the work booked to date. And I think I may have to stop being such a lazy prima donna and accept a little more work. Bummer. But all this talk of Rio Caliente has me yearning to go there for extensive R&R, plus hiking and junk food deprivation, so it's either stay home or put the nose to the grindstone. Oh well, it will make the people who hire me very happy to know I'm adding to my availability - there's a serious lack of competent new blood in my field, which puts my meagre talents in hot demand.

Hmmmm. It seems to me Mel is missing today. I hope that nasty nosebleed hasn't left her too weak to post. Could it be a problem adjusting to the altitude at Rio? Don't know how I forgot to mention that little detail... Or maybe the same cold snap (-32 this morning) we got hit her as well, and the power and water are out again, wheels frozen solid? Come back Mellie, we miss you.

I don't remember who asked, but here are some answers: 1. here in Ontario we call electrical power "hydro". We try to pretend it's all hydroelectric power, never nuclear, but... 2. Kippers are kippered herring - I think the process involves both salt and smoke. I'm a big fan myself, a taste inherited no doubt from my British father. But don't blame Canadians for that one - I think the Scots did it. 3. Yes, steel cut oats take about 30 min stovetop, but for some reason I always ended up with splatters everywhere and burned pots that took forever to clean. And I first started using the slow cooker on low so I could wake up to fresh oatmeal. It works really well, strictly pilot error this last time.

Happy, is it possible I forgot to wish you a Happy Anniversary? Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. And I'm not even catholic. In fact I'm a little jealous but mostly very happy for your ability to inspire such a sweet comment from the DH! Congratulations on 30 years together!

As for the passport, I've filled out the forms, will get the photos tomorrow, signature from my accountant/guarantor Thursday when I go get my taxes done, and Friday probably all day at the passport office waiting to hand in my form. Since it's taking two months or more to get a passport up here these days (thank you US Homeland Security), I'm also applying for a new British passport which will take less time and still get me into other countries. And I have high hopes of getting new glasses tomorrow or Thursday as well!

Madcat, I was wondering about getting around in TO this week - saw on the news the giant sheets of thick ice falling off the CN tower. Amazing that nobody got hurt!

Ceejay, are you sure your 3fc problems aren't caused by your ISP or your computer? What a pain posting problems are, regardless of the reason!

Hasta luego, amigas mias. Qué las vaya bien.

Hollyhock
03-06-2007, 07:52 PM
Been entering avon orders online. The biz is suffering from a bit of neglect but still holding it's own. Did more intake stuff for DS's counselling. Then I came home a cried for 2 hours. Ready to face the next round of life.
Working at the shop tomorrow.
Fluttering about in the pool right now. HUGS!!!!!

happy2bme
03-06-2007, 07:56 PM
Carla, I am so proud of you - a passport AND new glasses! I can see one of us girls got her act together and is taking it on the road :hug:

Meadow
03-06-2007, 07:58 PM
Biked another 20minutes. Trying to make it a morning thing after taking the kids to school. Got to get over that changing to exercise hiccup. Must be some left over issues from school gym :p

Love the heat and the pool. Scary cold stuff back east, I bet you chicks are loving this little hot spot :yes: I've already slipped Igor a couple of twenties to keep me topped up with kippers and the odd jar of pickled herring ;) Anyone in need of a salt fix? I share :)

Happy Anniversary Happy! :cheers:

Have a beautiful birthday Mel! I wish you many smiles and gentle hugs :D
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Meadow
03-06-2007, 07:59 PM
:wave: Goodness, look at all the pretty egg lights :lol3:

carla49
03-06-2007, 09:58 PM
So, Happy, is that a not-so-subtle way of making sure I actually carry thru with the passports and glasses? Zounds! Foiled again... I guess I'll have to actually perform. Oddly enough, my inertia doesn't carry thru to doing my taxes, and I already have everything almost ready for my Thurs appointment - a month and a half before deadline. I think I have yet another disease: PFBPD. (Pleasure From Bill-Paying Disorder.) :lol3: I just love that tidy clean feeling of not owing anything to anybody. Or maybe that kind of confession belong on another thread...

You'll all be glad to know that you can bring all the kippers and bubbly and sweets and soft drinks you want with you to Rio, but are expected to use them discreetly. (Also the kitchen will never give anyone more than about three chunks of ice at a time, and you can't exactly chill your drinks in the river or the pool...) There is salt in the dining room. And there's coffee at breakfast. Just don't sleep too late. If you miss brekkie (starts at 8:30?) you'll go hungry until lunch. And yoga is at 7 am.

Holly, I thought I recognized you behind those sunglasses and sun hat. Isn't the pool lovely? And such a bonus that the water's too warm to do laps!! Hey - maybe we can book you to give us all perfect haircuts while we're together! Heck, we could even all get matching colour!!! I picture a row of identical Happy-style red bobs... :rofl: (I know. I'm getting silly. Cats yowling. Must be bedtime.)

Sleep tight, don't let the scorpions bite!

carla49
03-06-2007, 10:11 PM
I know it's about 2 hours early, but here goes:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!!!

:hat: :hat::hat: :woohoo: :cheers: :cheers: :congrat: :cheers: :cheers: :woohoo: :hat: :hat: :hat:

And here's a special birthday quote to you:

The Wonderful Worldly Women in my Circle

When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, and then I started to become a woman. And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up, you'd find the best in many friends.

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man. Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom. Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be. One friend will say, "Let's cry together", another, "Let's fight together", another, "Let's walk away together."

One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish, another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion, another will be your clarifier, another the wind beneath your wings. But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion, on whatever the day, or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back, or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself ... those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman, but for many, it's wrapped up in several... one from 7th grade, one from high school, several from the college years, a couple from old jobs, on some days your mother, on some days your neighbor, on others, your sisters, and on some days, your daughters.

So whether they've been your friend for 20 minutes or 20 years, cherish them and hold them close, for you are truly blessed.

And thanks to you, dear Mel, we are also blessed. :grouphug: :grouphug:

happy2bme
03-07-2007, 12:15 AM
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Miss Melody

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We do, we do, we do!!!!! http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/celebrate.gif

Happy birthday Mel, may you have the best birthday EVER!

Now make a wish and go enjoy that cake on the veranda. http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/bdaycake.gif I hope we're getting ice cream too :T

happy2bme
03-07-2007, 12:39 AM
Carla, what a nice post about friends! That one's so true and a real keeper. Guess I read too fast, thought you already got the glasses and the passport BUT you are well on your way now - see it through. I love the idea of red bobs for all of us - can we wear purple hats too? We'll have to figure out something nice for Holly for making us all glamourous.

Hi Meadow - good going on the bike - at least someone is exercising, though I will walk the LONG way around the pool over to the drink station :lol:

Ceejay - this site locks up on me A LOT. Sometimes I have to close the browser window and start again. Sometimes I give up and come back later.

Shad - hope you had a good time on the yacht trip. You are starting to sound a bit stressed out. Get a little R&R and a nice glass of wine.

Madcat - no the real wedding shoes were white leather platform sandals. The one pair I still have around here somewhere are some sort of summery braided rope and cork type soles things. Can't say I remember having any suede platforms - but then again - that was the disco 70's and I was rather fond of them Tequila Sunrises :cheers: :dizzy: :faint: :lol: I remember most of my shoes being leather. And a smaller size than I wear now. :s:

We had some common bonds across the miles today. I had a bad bad morning at work today. I wanted to just up and walk out. For good. 3 years of preparation on this SAP thing and today I meet with some people who show me new reports that they HAVE to have by month end. In 3 weeks. I already have 4 major projects that have to get done by the end of March and although I've been asking for months to see the queries and the data and the new reports so I could get familiar, I've been blown off. Not that it was the fault of the people I met with today but for cryin' out loud (and I nearly was) - what's that Shad says - ordinary miracles I can accomplish quite quickly - the impossible takes a bit more time. :rolleyes:

I was very tired at the end of the day - just wanted to crash into a chair but I had made a committment to myself to get some things done. So I trudged off to the grocery store - restocked on healthy stuff. DH was out playing pool so I dragged everything in myself, and emptied the bags and put everything away. Cleaned out both refrigerators and got rid of the wilty stuff. Made a list of what's available for eating this week. Popped 2 loads of laundry in and gave the kitty a massage (she's a very lucky cat) and then fed her. I was fixing a small salad for supper as it was getting late when DH came home. He showered to get the stinky smoke smell off and I set up the ingredients for his salad which he chopped himself. We chatted a bit and then watched the boys on American Idol. That show has really run it's course this year. I would have turned away to do something more worthwhile but DH was giving me a foot massage and I was rubbing his back (one good turn deserves another :lol: ) I grabbed a load out of the dryer and put fresh linens on the bed. Tired but a good sense of accomplishment tonight.

And now it's sleepy time. Pleasant dreams.

PainterWoman
03-07-2007, 03:16 AM
Good grief you gals have written a lot! :write: :book2: Hola Chicas indeed! (Happy… I love the sombrero'd happy one!) Holy Mole:yay: :yay:

:hb: :hb: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL! :hb: :hb:
:bday2you:
Hope your nose is under control! And that you have a wonderful celebration. WHAT were you celebrating when Igor took your photo. I'm sure it will attract particularly interesting men. Or aliens.:crazy: :crazy:

Happy: Happy Anniversary, Happy!:balloons: Glad your hat and shoes fit! I'm not sure my shoes would even fit now… and heaven knows nobody would want to see me in, um, just the veil. Now I might actually be pretty close to fitting into the dress from wedding #2. Pretty close.
I heard on NPR today that "diet books" and plans are not enough. The MOST SUCCESSFUL losers who followed a book, by themselves, lost 10 pounds… OVER A YEAR. It was discouraging, but, perversely made me feel much better. I'm normal in my fat homeostatis, apparently.:goodscale
And there is nothing so wonderful as old comfortable love. If I add the years of marriage together, I've been married 22 years… and it's nice to be relaxed with your sweetie.
Hope tomorrow is better. Amazing how the overlords don't ever expect to hear the words "Can't be done by then," or even "take a number, sit down and be patient."

Shad: I can't wait to hear how the cruise goes. Calm seas… at least the moon is awesome just now!

Carla: I am so there! Rio Caliente sounds awesome… even without bribable Igor (What is his story? How did Igor end up in Mexico… Juan or Raul I'd understand, but Igor?!! My sturdy black bathing suit (and big hat, is at the ready.) Hope Raul is still around. And I love the photos.
I like my oatmeal with dried cranberries and walnuts. But I zap it in the microwave. Thanks for the updates on hydro and kippers. Are they dried and tough? Like old bacon or jerky? If so, I may have had some (?) (them?) in Scotland. I prefer the pickled herring in cream… figures. If you can add calories and fat, be sure to do so.:frypan:

Madcat: Hope the dentist appointment lived up to your expectations!
I think tofu and chocolate chips are some sort of oxymoron. I cannot imagine them as a good combination. Thanks for bringing the chickens!:chicken: :chicken:

CeeJay: Congratulations on your tenacity. Paid vacation… :encore: ah, now THERE's an idea for the self-employed. I can have months of vacation… if I don't want to get paid. Oops, that's sort of what I'm already doing…. working part time. just lazy. DH doesn't seem to mind… except when he wishes HE could quit and my income would suffice. *sigh*

Holly: Way to go… to have a business that's holding it's own. That tells me you worked really hard to get it up and running. Sorry about the crying jag. I always feel so much better after I recover. (tissues with lotion are worth it! Just don't use them to clean your glasses.):df:

Yipes... just noticed the time... Off to get some beauty:yikes:sleep. Best to all.

Madcat
03-07-2007, 07:25 AM
Just a minute or two to drop in and say:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!!!!!!!!!
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Back later. Have to go shower and face the day.

Hollyhock
03-07-2007, 08:26 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET MELLY!!!!


I dated a guy named Igor once, wonder if he is in Mexico these days.

You ladies make me SMILE!!! and laugh out loud!!!!!

ceejay52
03-07-2007, 09:37 AM
Mel, Happy birthday May you have a wonderful day. You deserve it.

ceejay52
03-07-2007, 09:52 AM
Got to work this morning and my first phone call of the day was from the boss stating I have been chosen to have a drug test at 9 a.m. The plant manager calls at 8.00 a.m. to tell me that the test has been cancelled until tomorrow. I'd already begun to get the plant ready to shut down at 9 a.m.

Happy--Glad to see that someone else has trouble also. There is a pop up that states I need to down load Windows 2000 office.

Meadow--Good job on the bike ride. It's not fair to be bribing Igor. I'm trying to ride my bike before work. I also rode 20 minutes this morning also. It feels good to get it out of the way.

Holly--An old boyfriend with the name of Igor. Hmmmmmm.

Suzi must be lost.

Hello to the rest.

carla49
03-07-2007, 11:42 AM
Nice save Ceejay!! Now you'll have at least 24 hours to get all the pool lithium out of your system. :rofl:

This morning I went out for passport photos. Very scary. I decided to put on some makeup to hide the sun blotches/wrinkles/old age. Forgot that it takes practice to do makeup right, and ended up looking like a corpse well beyond the best before date. My only saving grace - I had a tinge of colour in my cheeks from the chilly walk to the photo shop. And I get a second chance for the Brit photos (just as well since that passport is good for 10 years) because I didn't realize they want a different size. Somehow I always thought passport photos were a universal size. One more bit of trivia to wow the folks at cocktail parties... :lol3:

Happy, I think you might have made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up at the wrong spa - no drinks station at Rio. (On the plus side, no bike that I can remember either.) :shrug:
I hope the work horrors improve. With any luck they'll all forget what they thought they wanted before you kill yourself producing in time. :goodvibes:

Madcat, I love your birthday cat!! (And plan to steal it.)

MEL!! WHERE ARE YOU?
MEL HAS GONE AWOL!! TOO MUCH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATING, NO DOUBT... MELLIE, DON'T MAKE US COME LOOKIN FOR YA!

Painter, the kippers I like are sold as frozen boneless fillets with a lovely big blob of butter. You can boil in the bag or grill them. Yummy with soft white bread and butter. When I was growing up we ate ones that were fried and full of bones, and the soft bread was supposed to help prevent bones getting stuck in your throat. No more bones, but the bread and butter remain. Haven't had any in an age, but they are wonderful hangover food, or at least that's what I've heard... Ah, the joys of British cuisine!
I have the same vacation arrangement as you. I do actually love working this way, but at times wish I had a regular paycheque to help me plan my life. Not going to happen in this lifetime.

Time to go in search of new glasses.

Shad
03-07-2007, 06:00 PM
B***ger, just hit the wrong button and lost me post. I'll be back

Hollyhock
03-07-2007, 06:59 PM
Igor was a hotty!! Seriously. AND it was really fun to tell people I was dating a guy named Igor. His family escaped Russia and came to Canada when he was an infant.
I really need to do some chores and Avon and pick up a few groceries.Much rather have a cocktail and flutter in the pool.

Hey, Mel!! come and have some cyber cake!!!!!

happy2bme
03-07-2007, 10:57 PM
Poor Mel needs a new PC for her birthday. She sent me an email asking that I tell you all (or y'all) that her PC crashed which is why she's been absent. She's hoping to be back soon.

carla49
03-08-2007, 12:13 AM
Thanks for the update, Happy. I confess I was more than a little worried... Not like Mel to disappear when there are flowers and sweet talk and slices of cake on offer!

happy2bme
03-08-2007, 08:32 AM
Good morning chicks,

I was pretty worried about Mel too. When she's gone for days it usually means something bad happened. I'm relieved to hear it's just the computer.

My sister called yesterday. My mom was visiting her for a few days and sis wound up taking her to the hospital emergency room yesterday. Mom had been having heart palpitations oh for about a MONTH now :yikes: and finally decided she felt poorly enough so that she should get it checked out. :faint: The good news is that the doctors said she is one of the most healthy looking 80 year olds they've seen in a good, long time. All the tests are coming back negative. One doc seems to think it's related to her stomach. She does seem to have issues with eating. They are keeping her for a day or 2 for more tests and observation. She's not happy about that. It sort of puts us in an ackward position - she doesn't want to move in with either of us yet I know she's concerned about being alone and something happening to her where she couldn't get help for herself. That was my excitement yesterday. That and work is getting impossible. :dizzy:

Carla - I so hear you on the corpse looking makeup. I don't go anywhere near pressed powder makeup - not even for touch ups. I am a bit curious about the mineral makeup that is all the rage now. My sister loves it. At least you got the passport thing down. You need to find a nice pose somewhere between suddenly startled and refugee. Does ANYONE have a good passport photo?

Ceejay - argh those stupid random drug tests. I didn't think anyone did them anymore but apparently my company does them too. My friend was called around Christmas time just as we were getting ready to leave for our company Christmas party. :mad:

Well Painter, I see you are still burning the midnight oil. Furiously. I envy your ability to follow your natural night owl body clock.

Hope the cruise was nice Shad. Sorry you lost your post.

I'm sitting here snuffing and coughing. I'm kinda sick. Not on the floor, pillow over my head sick but I do have more than just sinuses. This presents a dilema as I am supposed to sit with a co-worker today who is going to help me figure out a problem. I have a thing about coming to work sick and infecting others but I don't think I'm contagious and nothing stops the great cogs of the big business wheel. So she's dead, eh? - well just prop 'er up with a stick and she can catch all the boxes as they roll off the line :rofl: - you know what I mean ;)

Best get on with the day then. Have a good one peeps.

ceejay52
03-08-2007, 10:56 AM
Glad to know that Mel is not sick. Thought my computer was going to crash but after I took off internet 7 it's doing a lot better.

Happy--The good news is that your mom is in good health, but I'm glad the doctor's are keeping her to run extra tests. Sorry you don't feel well. I think most places still have the drug test but they only do them up on hiring and and if someone gets hurt. This is the first time I've been chosen in over 4 years. I'd almost forgot about it.

Shad--I know that feeling when I lose a post.

Hello to the rest.

The drug test wasn't to bad. This is the first time I've had to empty my pockets. I'm not expecting anything to come of it.

MELODY525
03-08-2007, 03:01 PM
BEFORE I LOSE THIS DAMN COMPUTER AGAIN I READ EVERYTHING FIRST :rofl:
THE TALE OF WOE: THE OTHER NIGHT I TURNED THE PC OFF BUY THE BUTTON BECAUSE LIGHTNING CAME WITH OUR FREAK SNOWSTORM AND IT WAS CLOSE. NO TIME TO SHUT DOWN WINDOWS THE GOOD WAY.
THE NEXT MORNING I WENT TO TURN IT ON AND ONCE AGAIN WINDOWS SYSTEM 32 WAS DEFUNCT:tantrum: NOTHING I COULD DO WOULD GET IT GOING. GOT ADVICE FROM A TECHIE WE WORKED ON IT OVER THE PHONE. AND STAYED UP LAST NIGHT REINSTALLING STUFF. ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT THE PC IS NOT RECOGNIZING THE MONITOR, SCREENS ARE ENORMOUS AND I HAVE SCROLLBARS IN ABUNDANCE. GAMES AREN'T LOADING. SPEAKERS HAVE NO SOUND. WTF WTF WTF WTF :tantrum:
EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG. THE FAMILY THE DONATED THE WHCHAIR TOOK IT BACK. SEEMS THEY HAVE OVER $900 BALANCE TO PAY IF THEY KEEP IT. SO OFF IT WENT. THE BUDGET IN THE OFFICE IS CUT AND THERE MIGHT NOT BE THE EXTRA $$ I USUALLY GET. JEN MIGHT NOT HAVE HERS EITHER FROM WINDOW PAINTING. WITH THE WARON ALL GOVT BUDGETSHAVE BEEN CUT EXCEPT POLITICIANS PAYCHECKS!!! :rofl:
I TURN 60 AND ALL **** IS BREAKING LOSE!! :faint: IF I CANNOT FIX THE PC I WILL WAIT TILL SHADDIE GETS HERE AND LET HER HAVE A WHACK AT IT!!
:lol3: :lol3: THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE BEAUTIFUL ICTURES AND SENTIMENTS. WHEN I GET ANOTHER PRINTER I WILL PRINT THEM OUT. LOL
WHEN I READ ALL THE POSTS I HAD GREAT LAUGHS AND CRIED TOO.
YOU'RE THE BEST. THE CREAM OF THE 3FC WORLD. :hug: :hug:
HOLD ON.......
THE WOMAN IN THE OFFICE SAID HER HUSBAND WILL COME AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MESS OF A COMPUTER IN A DAY OR TWO....HOORAY.
MAYBE HE CAN FIX IT!!! YAY!!! I BETTER GO AND STRAIGHTEN UP IN CASE IT'S TODAY!! SHE SAID IT'S A POSSIBILITY!!
LOVE TO YOU ALL. :moped:

Shad
03-08-2007, 05:47 PM
Well I am glad to see Mel back again even if it is in a rushed capacity. You can adjust the screen size Mellie, and I suspect it has something to do with the resolution size and the print size you had set up. Plus of course AOL - never discount that fact.
Sorry to hear that your year is turning out horrid. You should have been able to celebrate a 60th without all that ballyhoo. Sounds like a telephone call is needed this weekend. How about Saturday your time.?

Yes I had a good time on the boat. I will be loading up some pics over the weekend and will you have a look at them then. Yes I am going home for the weekend. Leaving tonight and back Sunday. Have to go give the youngest rooster chicken (alias DS2) a cuddle.
Some of us (and it wasn't me) had too much to drink and were rowdy and uninhibited. Even the tfg was reasonable - which tells me that I must have had too much as well!

Planning for the trip has come to a temporary halt in Arizona at the moment. The beginning is all set and sorted. The NM part is the stalled part. And I hear that if I do get to Farmington airport then the only way to Memphis is via Denver or Dallas - so Painter we may yet get to meet. Still on track for 1st or 2nd June for Happy and around 7th or 8th for Mel. Then I have to sort the Canadian contingent. The train trip should be sorted this weekend. I'm pretty sure of what I want for that Then the BC Victoria/ Vancouver/SF bit should fall into place. Such fun. Shane must be tearing his hair out at the agency! What does this woman think she is - she'll be skiing down the Eiger next at this rate!

Happy - poor Mum - gypsies and sore tum and worry about her own living conditions. It's so hard to know what is best for them. I can understand her wanting her own space. Do you have secure retirement villages there where a person can purchase or rent a villa which gives them enough space to move, people to tend the yards and gardens, and a social life for those who wish to participate? Sometimes these are good options. But whichever way she wants to go, she will be so happy that her two girls are there for her.
Now it is time you got better yourself.

Ceejay - drug tests where they make you empty your pockets! :faint:
We have alcohol and drug tests at the refinery. There is actually a breathalyser at the entrance gate. If you blow positive in that, you are not allowed through the gates. Likewise I think they are installing a drug puffer thingy as well.

It was my own fault yesterday that I lost the post. I was being lazy and dragging my fingers across the keyboard instead of typing properly. Serves me right.

Okay - better make a move to look like I am interested. Actually mentally I am already on the plane.

happy2bme
03-09-2007, 08:49 AM
Happy Friday at last Chicks,

Even though the weeks fly by, some take longer than others to get here. Extra sleep awaits me tomorrow. :D The head and nose are all stuffed up and the voice is rather craggy from coughing and dryness. Lemon tea with honey is on the menu today.

Mom is back at my sisters and doing fine. Sister and I will continue talks as to what to do with her. Yes Shad, we have looked into some of the "senior" communities but they are horribly expensive believe it or not. We lived across the street from one up in Chicago and with us BOTH working, we would barely have been able to afford it. Oh they tell you - we pay the utilities and we give you 2 meals a day and the apartment comes with all brand new appliances BUT - those come at a price. The most practical solution is for her to come and live with us and I hear from my aunts that THAT will not happen. :rolleyes: And it's only because we live down here - if we had the same set up in Chicago she might reluctantly agree to move in. Sounds like we will have enough time for a nice visit, seeing some sights and just sitting and chatting. Good on yah. Hope the rest falls into place quickly.

Ceejay I like your new avatar.

Happy number 60 Mel. Still 5 years away from retirement even if it did creep up on you quickly. As you may have discovered, shutting the computer down "by the button" is really NOT a good idea. Even with lightning in the area, you generally have enough time to shut things down nicely. And if the power flickers during a storm, then just shut it down early if you know that one is upon you. Hope someone can get Humpty Dumpty put back together for you. :(

Ok, I have to go jump in the shower. My head is like a balloon. Have a good Friday everyone.

Shad
03-09-2007, 04:47 PM
Good morning from sunny Brisbane.

Got in last night and got DB2 to pick me up from the airport and take me to DS1's place. We bought tea on the way - naughty naughty Red Rooster and I thoroughly enjoyed it although won't be doing it again for a while.

Today I am taking DS2 for a shopping trip to get some food for him and he wants to buy some tiles for a splashback in his kitchen. Since he is home for another 3 weeks with his leg in plaster, he needs something to do to keep him occupied. Meantine sometime today I had better mow his lawns and mine - he can't do them.

Happy - I know what you mean about the expense of those places. Most older people here sell the family home and move in to the villas. One more or less pays for the other. They are not cheap but they do have a security of sorts.

Tried to ring Mel this morning to commiserate on the computer. Left a message instead and then rang Teel. Teel has been having a back problem and seems to have given up on the weight loss for the time being. Says she will try again in the summer. She was sorry to have mised Mel's birthday too.

Okay, better go do a round at the gym and take the kid shopping and then I will be back.

See your wee light aglow Happy. Are you peeking in from work?

carla49
03-09-2007, 07:58 PM
Sometimes on this site I feel like I've slipped into an alternate universe. What is Red Rooster tea, and why shouldn't Shad have all she wants? Is she speaking in code?? :dizzy: And how did I miss the DS2's injury? I thought I read that he and the GF had broken up; didn't know she broke his leg on the way out the door! Poor kid!

Against all odds, I actually made it to the passport office today, where it only took about 2 hours to leave my application with them. :yay: (That may sound like a long wait, but I was expecting to be there all day.) And contrary to what I had read in the newspaper, they promised the passport by early April! Apparently the long turnaround is for those applying by mail. Still need to go to the British High Commission on Monday for that passport, just in case I decide to go live/work somewhere in Europe some day. And a second pair of glasses - never could hike in progressives without breaking my neck, and since I hope to hike this spring, need some single vision Transitions.

Yesterday I found some Australian Sauvignon Blanc called Nepenthe. Can't remember what it was like :rofl:, so will have to finish the bottle. Speaking of Nepenthe, Shad, if we do both end up together for a road-trip down the coast from SF to Big Sur, there's a very over-priced restaurant there by that name with the best view over the Pacific and the coastline. Assuming a sunny day, of course. Burgers are on me... Do let me know if you'll have two days or three for the trip; I'm busy planning your itinerary. :s:

I don't want to jump the gun, but I was sitting out in the sun this aft, relaxing while my mud treatment dried and cracked, and started musing about our April destination. Andalusia? Austria? Australia? Andorra? Aix-en-Provence? Atlanta? Athens? An embarrassment of riches! Oh well, time to rinse off the mud, have a quick eucalyptus steam, and head up to another dinner of bland soup. Sure do wish there was still some of Mel's bday cake left! :drool:

Happy - take care of that cold. :hug: A few hours in the steam room will clear those sinuses, if it doesn't kill you first... :getwell: :dz: :getwell:

Mel, it's good to know you're okay. But what a bummer that your computer cacked out, the new wheelchair got taken back, AND the office has no money for you!!! :kickcan: But the important things in life - us - will never disappear. And if that doesn't drive you :cb: :cb: , you must already be :crazy: !

Shad
03-10-2007, 01:52 AM
Not to mention:
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Barbuda (Barbados???)
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Some real hot spots there. I think Happy wanted to go somewhere where some of us may have been before.
I'm working on the itinerary and taking in suggestions. Once the train trip is okay, the rest should fall into place. What dates are you talking about SF to Big Sur. I leave on the 29th June remember from SF. I'm happy to do it, if it fits in. Sounds like fun.
Do yourself a flavour favour. If you want a Sauvignon Blanc to die for - look for a New Zealander from Marlborough - Stoneleigh, Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay, Montana, Nobilos. It must come from Marlborough. Even the French are waxing lyrical over them. I could go on.
Red Rooster is an Aussie institution sort of equivalent to KFC. I think it is a bit healthier than KFC and they are now selling chicken with or without skin - however you want it.
The DS2 fell down a flight of stairs and landed right side up and on his left ankle which decided then that it could no longer support him. He had a couple of days off work and then decided it was 'fixed', but it really wasn't and it later became very painful and he had to go back for x-rays. It was then decided that there were torn ligaments and a cracked bone in the ankle joint and he had keyhole surgery to clean out the cracked bit of all the rotten and rotting ligaments and join the ligament back in place. And after a while he decided that he was fit enough to go back to work, although from time to time it was painful. Then on his way to work one night he went to put his foot on the second step of the flight of stairs to his home and the ankle gave way again. To cut a long story short, a bigger operation then took place and he has had a screw inserted in the ankle and is in plaster for another week at least, then physio and three more weeks off work. He's a little anxious as work cover only pays 75% of his wage and he is feeling somewhat broke with expenses and mortgages. His Mammy is home to help him over the rough patch as much as I can.

Okay - move it along again. The DB2 is here to watch the footy. Better go and barrack for the other team.

happy2bme
03-10-2007, 12:05 PM
Although I will hate to leave this lovely spa, I think that perhaps we should spend April someplace in Australia where Shad can give us the tour and we can spend May in Memphis if you like. Unless it's too hard for Shad to set up a new thread while she's travelling.

Shad - I'm so glad that you are going to get to do the Big Sur drive. It's such a gorgeous coastline drive. Let Carla drive and you can gawk out the window. Will you be heading over to the Carmel area too? A nice area of shops to wander around for a day trip. Funny, for some reason I thought that Red Rooster was related to alchohol and not food. :lol: Ouch on the DS2. That's quite an injury. Perhaps he should be using a can or crutches for support for a while? Hope "mammy's love" gives him a booster shot on the road to recovery. And thank you for the update on Teel. Sorry to hear she's having problems again.

Glad you got your passport taken care of Carla. So if you're doing the single vision Transitions - does that mean you can't read the map while you're hiking? :lol: I have regular sunglasses and the ones before this were single vision. Didn't like them for that very reason - and in some cases I couldn't see the radio tuner in the car - I guess I got very used to the blended trifocals. I take it that by Transitions you mean the lens that go from light to dark outside?

I wasn't peeking from work yesterday, actually I came home early. This sinus thing has turned into a full blown cold and I was feeling very miserable all day long. I left the office a bit after 3pm, peeked on the computer, talked to DH, blew my nose 57 times and hopped into bed and passed out for 3 hours. I even turned down our usual Friday night out to dinner. I did remember that I had what the doctor called a "sinus cocktail" - some medications she gave me last year for a bad cold. These pills work wonders. I started taking them last night and it will take a bit to work - will probably be a lost weekend but I should be dandy fine and dried up enough to be chipper at work on MONDAY :( This weekend daylight savings time kicks in and we lose a precious hour of the weekend.

It's absolutely beautiful outside. 70 degrees and sunny. DH is out raking the yard - his full time, weekend job. I really need to wash the schmutz off the car. Just popped a load in the washer and I'm headed outside. I'm hoping the sun and fresh air will clear my head. This is my favorite time of year. The birds are all singing pretty songs - you should hear the mockingbirds. The feeders are busy, the air is particularly fresh and all the trees are starting to burst into colors. We might take a dip or two into the lower temperatures but we're pretty much home free into spring.

Your visit Shad gives me good incentive to get rid of those boxes in the garage so here I go. Hellos to the rest of the chicks - have a nice weekend. Did we lose some people moving the Mexico here? I'm assuming Mel is still trying to get her PC fixed.

MELODY525
03-10-2007, 02:06 PM
I THOUGHT I HAD TIME TO READ AND POST BUT THE TECH IS ON HIS WAY UP AGAIN. WILL SEE YOU ALL SOON. SHAD THERE IS AN EMAIL IN YOUR BOX. WE'LL HAVE TO TALK NEXT TIME!! :moped:

Shad
03-10-2007, 03:48 PM
Love some of the new avatars around here. Guess it is probably time I laid mine to rest and figured out a new one too.

April in Aus is fine. I'll dream up some spots where there are no huge insects to bite, snakes to hiss or crocs to crunch.

I'm still trying to fit in Big Sur. I don't want to rush too much and to have plenty of time to sit and chat (and do the laundry) so it becomes a balancing act. I do not want to end up like that American in some old fashioned movie who said - 'Is today Tuesday? Then we must be in Paris" I'd like to try and catch up with LindaT in SF but she lives a long way out and is not a late night person because of work etc. 29rh June is a Thursday I think, so a meet may not be possible!
Anyway one way or another, it will get figured out and what will happen will happen.
Gotta get the dates for Toronto too so we can (maybe) all manage to get together there.

Time to move along. I must get some housework done here today. The ants are moving in and with them the spiders - its a moveable feast around here.

The pics by the way are from the boat. In the first one, you may recognise the old girl on the left. Anna on the right doesn't normally indulge in alcohol and had had 5 glasses of wine straight up (ummmmm that's nice, can I have another) She was decidedly 'under the weather' the next day.
In the other one. That's my immediate team lead pretending to hoist the sales. Next to her is the dreaded King Kong. Charming outside the office, bloody awful in it! Then we have Kerry. first time trainer (first solo class coming up this week) and the Purchasing 'guru' from Adelaide come up to ensure we all train his beloved subject properly. Gotta run. More pics later. Don't want to upset Mel's computer anymore.

ceejay52
03-10-2007, 08:29 PM
Hello every one.

I've been to Paragould and I'm back home. Went to country western type show on Friday night. They had much better performers this year.
Work tomorrow. SIGH

I have a mexican chicken casserol in the oven and it smells devine. Just wish I Knew how many calories it had or do ?? I've trimmed the calories as much as possible by using 98% fat free things instead of the usual higher calorie things. I'm gonna have to taste when it comes out of the oven.

MELODY525
03-11-2007, 10:13 AM
SHAD~ GREAT PICS!!! I GOT A WEE BIT DIZZY LOOKING AT THE WATER THOUGH!!! :( NOT A BOAT PERSON!!
SENT A LONG EMAIL. YOU POOR SOD:rofl: I THINK THE PC PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED AND I DID MENTION THE VIRUS THING TO HIM. HE RAN ALL KINDS OF SCANS AND FOUND NOTHING. WE SHALL SEE NEXT MARCH 6TH :faint:
IN MY NEXT LIFE WE WILL BE TRAVELING BUDDIES :dance:

CEEJAY~ ILOVE THE NEW AVATAR!! JEN IS A UNICORN FIEND!!! THE MEXICAN DISH MADE ME DROOL AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT'S IN IT!!! :rofl:WAS IT GOOD? DON'T THINK ABOUT THE CALORIES. LOL GLAD YOU HAD A NICE TIME IN PARAGOULD...MY OLD HOME TOWN :rofl:

WENT TO LOG ON AND HAD A BARRAGE OF PROBLEMS WITH AOL. MAINLY BECAUSE I AM SOSLOW AT FIGURING THIS JUNK OUT. BUT I SUCCEEDED IN GETTING THINGS DELETED AND REDONE. I WILL BE A PRO IF THIS KEEPS UP. MOST OF WHAT I LEARN IS FROM TRIAL AND ERROR. A WISE MAORI :queen: QUEEN ONCE TOLD ME TO FORGE AHEAD AS THERE IS NOTHING THAT CANNOT BE UNDONE. I HAVEN'T LOOKED BACK SINCE!! :rofl: :rofl:
I NEED SOME BREKKIE AND A SHOWER. ALSO NEED TO DO BETTER WITH MY BOB GREENE HABITS. BUT I DID LOSE THE SAME 4 LBS AGAIN! :faint: I AM TAKING MY WEIGHT TRACKER OFF MY SIGGIE IN A MOMENT. I'M SO TIRED OF READJUSTING IT!! :lol3: :lol3:
HAVE A HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY!!
HOPE ALL OUR WEEKS ARE FILLED WITH LAUGHTER!!
:wave: TO ALL THE REST. I WILL READ AND EAT BREAKFAST IN A MO......:moped:

Madcat
03-11-2007, 12:17 PM
Been a kind of weird week. Work has busy and on the home front I’ve been dealing with trying to get the logistics in place to allow someone to fly down to Florida to bring my Mom home next week. It was supposed to be my oldest brother and his girlfriend but, due to a mix-up with her birth certificate, she doesn’t have a passport and so she can’t get on the plane. Had to cancel that ticket (with no refund) and buy a NEW ticket (at a higher price since it is March Break) for my sister. My Mom has sold her place so there need to be two people there to help her pack and remind her that she has a perfectly good wooden salad bowl at home and doesn’t really need to drive the one she has down there all the way back to Canada just to have two. Makes me feel better that my sister is going. I love my brother, but he can be, um, not the most organized or restful of people. It also makes me feel good that I’m NOT going (see above brother comment). Frankly, it’s cheaper for me to pick up the cost of the flights than it is for me to try to take the time off work with no pay and go myself. That probably makes me a bad daughter, but there ya go.

Hey, Mel, glad your PC problems have more or less been sorted out. We miss you when the ‘Puter Gawds are being unkind. You know, if you have problems with the computer it isn’t your fault, it’s the fault of the silly box. It’s bad software design – not a failing in you, the wetware :). I have to say that I am really enjoying the Bob Greene book. I especially like his matter of fact approach. He makes it seem pretty achievable. I also like how he talks about having to balance out your end results with the need to actually have a life. It wasn’t what I expected at all.

Happy~ Holy jumpin’ cats, I’m glad your Mom is ok. Do you think she is reacting to the stress of what happened to her? That was very scary. Hope you feel better. With luck, the warm weather and sun will be just what you need.

Ceejay~ What’s in a Mexican casserole? Was it good?

Shad~ Good your plans come together. I always though LindaT lived in San Diego rather than SF, and that’s south of Los Angeles, isn’t it? My knowledge of California is a bit vague. I would like to plan some Toronto get together, if you are game. Lovely pictures, just the kind of reminder that somewhere in the world it isn’t grey and muddy and snow covered. And you aren’t old… Your poor wee (??!) DS. I love Cloudy Bay but it isn’t readily available here.

Carla~ Thanks for asking the Red Rooster question. It’s funny when we are reminded that a lot of what is a "given" to us is probably complete Greek to those who do not share our cultural traditions. I mean, really, does “Roll up the Rim” mean anything to anyone south of the 49th parallel? That is what I find interesting about being here. Good work on the passport. My DB1 was able to get his passport in about three weeks by going to the office to put the application in.

The other fun thing I did this week was to go and see a dietician. She didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know and I found myself staring at my feet and saying things such as “Yes, I could actually bring my lunch more often…”It was good to be reminded that this could be done. It just takes some planning. Hey, big news, I am fat because I don’t plan. Hardly an earth-shattering revelation, but it was good to have the point driven home.

Ok, where has this morning gown? Doesn’t help that the time change robbed me of an hour list morning. I feel jet lagged. I’m off to see some friends this afternoon so I better get a move into that showers. Later chicks!!

ceejay52
03-11-2007, 01:33 PM
Madcat and Mel--The mexican chicken casserol is delicious and very easy to make. I've been craving this stuff for the longest. I'll post the recipe later. I don't have the cook book with me.

Madcat--It does make sense that if we don't plan we'll take on extra calories. Hmmm.

My aunt kept telling me that we'd loose an hour's sleep. I thought we gained an hour, dah. No wonder it was harder to get up this morning.

This week I'm going to go low carb and low sugar. Dr's appointment on Thusday, ugh.

Have a good day.

MELODY525
03-11-2007, 05:24 PM
:chef: CHEF CJ IS OFF TO GET THE COOKBOOK LATER!! :drool: GOODIE!! :hun: :stir: I WILL LOOK FOR IT AND WRITE IT DOWN:write:

MADCAT~ FOR SOME REASON I LOVE BOB GREENE'S BOOK EVEN THOUGH HE SAYS THERE IS WEB SUPPORT AND IT COSTS EXTRA :rofl: :rofl: I WAS DISAPPOINTED IN THAT. BUT THEN DR SOUTH BEACH DID THE SAME AS DID THE REST OF THE DIET GURUS. I WATCHED THE YOU DIET ON TV TODAY. MORE COMMON SEND\SE. MAYBE IF I READ ENOUGH BACK TO BASICS STUFF IN PLAIN ENGLISH I WILL FINALLY GET THE PICTURE! :lol3: :lol3: BUT I AM ENJOYING THIS BOOK ALSO. HE HAS A VERY CALM APPROACH. :yoga: I AM IN PHASE ONE AND STAYING THERE TILL I GET SOME BETTER HABITS!!! :tantrum:

HAVING DISAPPEARED RECENTLY I CAME BACK TO SAY I AM GOING TO THE MALL TOMORROW!!!! I HAVE XMAS GIFT CARDS TO SPEND FROM THE JOB. FOOD SHOPPING IS TUESDAY BUT I WILL POKE MY HEAD IN THE POOL AREA SO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ME :beach: :cheers:
DON'T FORGET THAT WHEN APRIL COMES TO LEAVE A FORWARDING ADDRESS SO I DON'T WANDER AROUND ALL OVER THE PLACE HOMELESS :running: :dunno:
:kissluck: :patrick: :luck2you: :cupgold: :irish: :drinkup: :goldpot: JUST TESTING MY IRISH "JIGS" TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE READY!! :rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT!!

happy2bme
03-11-2007, 09:57 PM
oh oh. Looks like I started to post, got up and forgot about it. :o Picking up from where I left off :lol:

Happy sneezin', wheezin', drippy nose, watery eyes, hacking cough and they just zapped an hour of my precious weekend away from me :yikes: Sunday.

Ceejay - I have memorized the "spring ahead / fall behind" rhyme otherwise I'd still be confused on which way to turn. Then I realized that I can look at the computers or the cable box on the TV if I still needed help. I'm with Mel on sharing the chicken recipe - always looking for something new :hungry:

Mel - got a big kick out of your siggie :rofl: I give you credit for trying. I've been in I.T. forever but am not as good as Shad at diagnosing and fixing stuff. Probably because I just turned to DH all these years. Hope you find some things to treat yourself with the gift cards. Happy shopping!

Madcat you are not a bad daughter. A bad daughter would beg off and leave everything up to one of the other siblings to deal with. Everyone does something well and it's all about teamwork. Boy going from sunny Florida back to a Canadian winter - even if it is milder TO will be a culture shock. Why the move? Hope all is well on the health front for her. Oh gosh and good luck trying to get them to part with their "stuff". :rolleyes: I think the key is that if they think it's useful that someone else continues to use it. Just chucking it in the garbage bin is against their ways. I don't remember - did you say she was a snowbird - spending the winters down south and then heading back up north again? Oh man, you guys are sort of enticing me into getting the Bob Greene book. Maybe I'll try and pick it up at the library when I get my bookclub selection. Isn't roll up the rim a Tim Horton thing???? So you went to see a dietician. Did you think it was worth it? Why wouldn't you go back to WW again? Just curious and don't hesitate to tell me MYOB if I'm asking too much. Like recipes, always curious I am.

Shad - you keep your avatar as long as you want. Not sure I'd recognize you with a different one. Myself, I just like to change things up - hair, furniture, clothes, avatars :lol: Need to apply the same principal to the body. :yes: How long has it been since Shadow passed? She was a gentle soul. Hopefully she is happy in that big dog run in the sky. I keep forgeting that LindaT is not in SF itself but rather in one of those Santa St San type cities. Hey, tell her to take a day off for a visit. If you don't want to be so bold I'm sure that um huh hmmmm MEL WILL!!!! :rofl:

My avatar is from the lily pond at the Chicago Botanical Gardens back when you visited us last. DH snapped the picture and I think you have some in your albums too.

Usually the day flies by when we lose an hour but I am still feeling poorly. It's slowly moving into the chest. My voice is all craggy and my poor nostrils are quite sore. I wanted to be outside yesterday to enjoy the nice weather so while DH was out running errands I went out back in the azalea patch and started pulled away the dead leaves and dried seed pods from the sweetgum trees above. I was shaking and pulling and some of the bushes are scratchier than others. I was out for over an hour and when I came in I washed up my arms. They started itching and within 10 minutes I was covered in what looked like a thousand bumps. I smeared on some hydrochordizone cream and when I went to take a shower my skin burned. This has happened to me before and I keep forgetting from year to year. I am allergic to mold. From what I gather, the dead leaves contain mold spores. By reaching in the bushes I'm scratching and opening up the skin, effectively performing the kind of scratch test they do to see if you are allergic. So today I am quite unfit for public viewing with a red nose, stuffy head, watering eyes and arms all red, bumpy and scratched up. :lol: So I stayed home - won't see ME crying that I couldn't get to the grocery store today. :lol: I did have plenty enough food here for suppers this week. Lunches will be a stretch but I can go out and DH said not to worry - he does not mind eating tuna 4 days in a row (thank you!).

I did make a pot of low point vegetable soup. I need to get back to WW again. I did notice all this weekend that if I don't have something planned ahead of time, I wander around hungry and that's when I get into trouble.

And with that, it's time to get the last load out of the dryer and bid you all a good night. Pleasant dreams or good morning depending on which side of the sun you're on. :sunny:

suzi in auz
03-11-2007, 10:58 PM
Ok time to post. I love it when I get time to really see what you all have been doing and comment.

Shad.........I just read that we are off to Aus in April. What a lovely idea. I better get my tour guide hat on, although I think you might have a more varied experience. We better head to warmer climates as Sydney can start to get cooler.
Shad what dates are you going to the US/ Canada? I am travelling to N.Y.C with my husband on the 4th july and will be there until the 12th. It's the first time I have been to NYC as an adult so I am really looking forward to it. The flights are booked and it's all go. We are leaving the kids home with Grandma.
Are you there about that time? I would love to catch up with you and Mel.
I don't have transprt as such yet. I am sure I can arrange something though.
The pics of the boat look stunning and you are looking mighty fine.

Madcat
Lovely to c u. Now you mustn't beat yourself up! I do know the feeling of having to deal with Mum's who live a while away and as they are aging they are not easy. It's ok for you to pass the buck some and you are NOT a bad daughter. We so easiely give ourselves the guilts overthese silly things.

Happy
Chicken soup thoughts sent your way. You poor dear with the allergies. There is nothing worse. I too have had a really yucky coldy fluy thing for the past couple of days and am just coming out of the haze now.
Your soup sounds yum. I love the idea of soup, it's so easy and with all those veges you just feel so healthy. It's getting a little cooler here and almost soup weather.
Ceejay
Your chicken casserole sounds delicious. recipe please?

We had a lovely weekend but the house is a mess. I decided to just leave it and get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, yesterday was a classic Sydney day with not a cloud in the sky. We went into the city and just snjoyed being tourists in our own town. The rocks are so lovely with the markets and the ferry was fun. Manly shined in the sunshine and we enjoyed a really nice lunch at the Bier Garden. DH has a hugely busy week next week and will be busy over the weekend also. We have booked to do a bridge walk on Sunday as it's the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It should be fun.
ok looks like work is getting busy and so I must fly.

Much love to all
Suzi

Shad
03-12-2007, 03:15 AM
Finally, finally.............
Made it onto the site.
The system would only get me as far as Support Groups then it hung when I asked for the thread.
Life gets tedious don't it!

Anyway, it is good to get back and read the posts. I'm working late so thought I'd answer this and then go do the running sheet for tomorrow.

LindaT as I understand lives in San Jose about 1 hour south of SF. So you were nearly all right. I have yet to sort the itinerary for that part of it. Will get back to it soon. Unfortunately at the moment 90 cooks seem to have been let loose in the kitchen and pandemoneum has broken out big time. Our friend the tfg spat the dummy during trainer meetings the other day and has now been taken off everything except what he is supposed to do - ie Finance stuff. He is so far behind in that as well that he has the use of one of my roosters to help him with his stuff. I am not amused and am doing the best impression to date of Queen Vicky! Actually the rooster is not amused either. He is developing a healthy dislike of the tfg. He did apologise to the Training Lead about his dummy spit but too late - she told him she has now landed extra stress on the rest of us just so he can catch up on his stuff. There goes a good guilt trip or two.
What does 'roll up the rim' mean anyway.
Gotta go fix this thing. I'll be back late tomorrow morning, I have an early morning training session and then the rest of the day to myself. Hurrah for early starts.

Suzi - since they want to be nice and warm, we might start in the vineyards and move progressively south and end the month with spring in Tasmania - not to mention glorious cheeses, fabulous smoked salmon and scenery to die for. Next best thing to NZ that State.

MELODY525
03-12-2007, 09:57 AM
MADCAT...I FORGOT TO SAY ALSO THAT YOU ARE NOT A BAD DAUGHTER...A SMART AND ORGANIZED DAUGHTER WOULD BE A BETTER DESCRIPTION. DON'T BE SECOND GUESSING YOURSELF!!! :hug: I HAD A GOOD LAUGH AT THE SALAD BOWL!!! :rofl:

HAPPY~ :hug: HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON. I HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE WHEN THE GAVE ME THOSE DONATIONS FROM THAT CELLAR!!!! ITCHY ALL OVER AND MY ARMS!!! NOTHING AS BAD AS YOU BECAUSE I REALIZED IT RIGHT AWAY WHEN MY NOSE CLOGGED UP! :faint: SO SORRY YOU GOT THE MOLD ON TOP OF THE SINUS/COLD ISSUE!! GET WELL SOON!

SUZI~ EVERYONE IS GOING SOMEWHERE!!! TRAVELING CHICKS! :moped: YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDED VERY NICE AND I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE BRIDGE'S ANNIVERSARY NEXT WEEKEND!!

SHAD~ TFG IS LUCKY HE HAD SOMEONE TO HELP HIM!! :tantrum: ALSO LUCKY THAT YOU DON'T CARRY A BASEBALL BAT AROUND WITH YOU ON A REGULAR BASIS! :lol3: HOPE THE REST OF THE WEEK GOES WELL!!

WHEN YOU DECIDE TO GO TO THE MALL THE NEXT DAY IT IS ALWAYS BETTER IF YOU MAKE SURE THE CLOCK IS SET AHEAD TO THE APPROPRIATE TIME! :tantrum: JEN CAME DOWN NEAR 9AM AND FOUND ME JUST CRAWLING OUT OF BED! I FORGOT TO RESET THE PALM HANDHELD WHEN I SET THE ALARM :rofl: SO BE IT. THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT MONDAY. TOO BAD THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MALLS.
SUN IS OUT AND IT LOOKS WONDERFUL. BETTER GET ON WITH THE DAY. HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :scooter:

happy2bme
03-12-2007, 09:57 AM
Hey there ladies,

Good to see that you have caught up with us again Suzi. Forgot that you can help Shad with next month's itinerary. Your weekend in the city sounded like fun. When you do the Sydney Harbour Bridge do you walk straight across or do you walk up on an elevated platform :yikes: Not sure why I thought that was the case. July 4th (our country's Independence Day) should be fun in NYC. I'm sure they will do a nice fireworks show somewhere although from what I've seen of Sydney Harbour on New Year's Eve - we have NOTHING on you folks :lol:

Shad, I see you're getting hung up on the site here too. Sometimes I just completely close the browser window and open a new one. Sometimes even that doesn't work and I have to come back later. Sorry to hear the tfg is wreaking havoc again. I guess it goes to show you the shortage of trainers if someone the likes of him can keep getting employment. :rolleyes: Grit your teeth and carry on. Oh and I meant to tell you that I loved the pics from the boat trip. You look happy and your buddy looks especially delighted or is that the wine making her smile? Geez I would think that if you're not used to indulging the wine and some choppy sea waves would make for one very green tummy. :lol: You are looking good - the hairstyle is a bit different, maybe a bit longer on top? Looks cute on you.

Mel, I received your email this morning. Thanks for the catch up. I will try and respond tonight. Hang in there my friend :hug:

Ok, even tho I am feeling a bit green myself this morning, better get some work done myself. Later chicks...

happy2bme
03-12-2007, 09:59 AM
Ah looks like Mel took her reading seriously and is back up and running with the computer again :comp: :D Welcome back - good on yah woman!

ceejay52
03-12-2007, 04:35 PM
I've been busy all day.

So far so good on the food plan. My major trouble is still eating after 7 p.m.
I've been getting up 30 minutes earlier and riding the bike for 30 minutes. This seems to start my day out in a good way.

Mel--I'm with you on getting back to the basics and stayiing there. If I move on to a new routine I simply think I've graduated and don't have to go back.

Happy-- I hear you on the allergies. I couldn't figure out what was happening with my sinues until last week end in Paragould. Things are blooming. The tulip tree's are in full bloom. Feel better soon.

Shad--Stay clear of the rooster's. That baseball bat may come in handy. Seem's like they have their feathers ruffled.
Reason LindaT. San Jose has an air port. We landed there when I visited my niece who lives about 30 minutes from there in Fremont. I'm with Happy I'd almost tell her to take off a day. She should have vacation time.

Suzi--I was wondering if you had gotten lost.

Madcat- Have you gotten things squared away in bringing your mom back to Canada.

Holly and Carla--Where are you???

More later.

Shad
03-12-2007, 05:44 PM
Quick dash in and out - of course I meant Autumn in Tassie - spring doesn't happen for another 6 months or so. D'oh - other things on my mind.

Suzi and I will sort out a trip from Cairns to Hobart (not by boat) and we will take you on a journey through 4 States on the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. The Journey will be around 3500k or 2000 miles and take a whole month. Think we will be fit enough for that come April? Suzi - get your thinking cap on - find some delights in NSW, and Victoria (let's take them into the high country, they've been to Melbourne) and I'll sort out Tas and Qld.

Gotta go, more later.

PainterWoman
03-13-2007, 01:05 AM
Greetings all from SUNNY Southern California.:hug: :hug:
We had a lovely weekend in Laguna. :wave: :wave: It was windy and kind of chilly, but such a terrific change from hot dry Texas. We discovered a divine restaurant and it turned out to be an expanding chain: Salt Creek Grill. (Not Salt GRASS, though those are OK.) YUMMY. And I almost stayed on program by only eating 1/3 of what they gave me.

Then we moved to El Segundo (near LA Airport) so DH could try to whip some of his California counterparts into shape.:doh: I don’t think that happened. I got lazy (lots of walking up and down hills and stairs in Laguna) and just stayed in the hotel. Actually it was neat to sit and sketch and color and read. Without feeling I “ought” to be doing laundry, or pulling weeds, etc.:dancer:

Tonight we drove a bit north and ate dinner by a Marina. BIG sailboats and lots of power boats. House sparrows hopped really close to us, hoping that our dinner would turn into bird seed. A hummingbird flitted around in the bamboo. Then a group of rowers/crew team members returned to the dock with their sculling boats. There’s a good exercise! They were BUFF.

CeeJay—If Cheney had to take a drug test, could they shut down the war? I couldn’t believe that you’d have to shut down the plant when you weren’t there. You must be IMPORTANT! :lol: I love Mexican style casseroles... can't imagine a Tex-Mex one that would be low on fat or calories.

Shad: I love that your typewriter can type in Australian. :smile: And you were temperate. Way to go. Will gladly meet you at DFW if your layover is long enough…
The “A” countries sound a bit iffy to me. Does “Angleterre” count?

Happy: I’ll keep my fingers crossed about your mom. Could she qualify for live in help? Or find a roomie? There are a bunch of us who thought we might all retire together after we outlived our husbands. How’s that for presumption?!! I hope by the time I get all the posts read you’ll be feeling better.:cloud9: :goodvibes

Mel: So sorry that the ration of sh*t is bigger than usual. I don’t think it has anything to do with turning 60. I’m reading Sherwin Nuland’s book on The Art of Aging and he talks about maintaining reserves of strength, humor and attitude. I see that yours are depleted a bit. What can we do to help you restore yours? Besides oust all the dumb bureaucrats? And maybe the Dell tech support people?:tantrum: :tantrum:
Can you send the Maori Queen to me? I could use some good advice. At least that 4 pounds leaves once in a while. I think I may have caught them last week… (And I THOUGHT the jet stream went the other direction.)

Carla¨ I loved Nepenthe back in the 60’s. If you count paying for the view, it’s not so over priced. Spectacular!! And, like you, I really enjoy the Chicago Botanical Gardens… although the St. Louis one has pretty awesome water lily ponds, too. When I get back home, I’ll find my photos… I painted one… but it is more artsy than representative. I am SO SORRY about your seed pod allergy. You weren’t here when I (gruesomely) reported on my first ever case of Poison Ivy. YUCK YUCK YUCK.) I hope you have some good drugs and lots of antihistamines. And time to rest.:crossed:

Madcat: I must have missed the story about your Mom. Hope the move (and salad bowl situation) turns out well. There are LOTS of ways to be a good daughter. And sometimes what WE think makes us a good one isn’t what anybody else thinks. Oh Well! Ultimately, living with ourselves is what matters.

Has anybody heard from Linus recently? Has her bebe quieted down yet?
I think Linda T is near Campbell/Saratoga/San Jose. Not more than 60 min. from SF if you avoid rush hour—if you don’t get lost. There are plenty of mid-way points where you could meet and have calm time.

TTFN

Shad
03-13-2007, 01:29 AM
Back again - training done for the day and I am back at my desk and being harassed by the roosters and a few others.

Madcat - you are certainly not a bad daughter. Hey, you organised the family to go get the mother. You sorted the unsortable and got things moving. Gotta love the salad bowl story.
There are times when you've just got to say - sorry I can't go, but I'll pay for you to go - now get outa here and just do it!
Plan a get together Madcat - I'll give you the dates just as soon as I sort out NYC and Mel. That should be around 7/8 June and Toronto a few days later - June 10 appears to be a Sunday. Sounds like a good day to me. But as I said, I'll work on it asap. I'll see if I can get some Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in the Duty free store and we can have it - errrrr maybe not. I believe the Airline Security are not limiting the amount of liquid one can take on board. If I can get it packed properly, I bring some with me. If not - we go on a rampage to find some. Look out Toronto.

Happy - my gentle old dog passed away 3 years ago on the day that I leave for the States. He is no doubt cavorting away at the end of the rainbow, keeping an eye out for me and his beloved ball.
Hope you are feeling better today with the sinus' and the mold inhalation. Let this be a lesson - long sleeves, garden gloves and a hat when gardening. That way you wont look like a Biafran refugee. And don't forget the moisturiser and the sunscreen and the insect repellent.

Suzi - I'm going over in May and June. So I won't be there for when you arrive. I have the same concerns about finding my way around NYC but I might just do what I did in London - close your eyes and keep moving. They always get out of your way - even if the cussing gets louder.
We'll sort out something interesting for April, don't worry about it.

Anyway, I'd better go and get some work done. I'll catch up with you lot tomorrow.

Oh yes and while I remember - the boat hairdo - it looks like it did for a couple of reasons. I'd had it cut but not coloured and I don't have a hairdryer up here so it's gone curly as well. And the wind out on the sea doesn't allow for my usual svelte, soft chignon style :rofl:

MELODY525
03-13-2007, 08:33 AM
:wave:HELLO MISS HAPPY!! I SEE UOUR LITTLE EGG IS LIT! I WILL READ AND RESPND NOW. JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO TO MY SOUTHERN SISTER FIRST! :hug:

happy2bme
03-13-2007, 08:50 AM
Morning folks,

Madcat - I like your new avatar. Even Kitty likes the pool it seems. :D Things going better in your life today?

Shad, that's a whole lotta stuff to remember just to go out and dig around in the bushes - no wonder I mostly leave it to DH :rofl: As for getting around NYC there's only 1 way. Stand stiff, stick your arm straight out with the index finger pointed and yell "TAXI!!!!" I strongly advise against the subway unless you ABSOLUTELY know where you are going. You can walk about but it's a very big city and things are generally quite a fair distance apart. Madcat, didn't you just spend a weekend there with your buddy Gord? I haven't been there in years but the first thing I would get down pat is where NOT TO BE as there are some rather frightful sections of town. Do not go for a stroll in Central Park after dark. And if I remember correctly sometimes to get from one place to another you have to pass through some areas it would be better off not walking in so the taxis are a good choice. Besides, taxis in New York are their own experience. As are the delis and streetside vendors. Not that I wanted to scare you off about New York. It's just a big city and has it's own issues. Same as Memphis or Chicago or probably Sydney for that matter.

Hello Painter aka "Valley Girl". Sounds like you are having a wonderful time down L.A. way. We'll just bide our time with Mum for the moment. I think she's coming around to the idea that it's getting near time to give up the house. That's funny that you mentioned getting together with friends and forming your own "commune" later in life. We've talked about that too. Of course back in the 70's we also talked about hanging around and being 60 year old hippies in the park too :rofl: :smoker:

Ceejay - I hear you on the not eating after 7pm. Bob Greene was on Oprah and he said that's one of the biggest keys to losing weight - stop eating at least 2 hours before bedtime. It's a dastardly little habit that creeps up on you and it so hard to ignore. Good luck. Keep up with the bike.

Sorry you missed the bus to the mall Mel. Maybe you could smile and wink a few times and get them to make an extra trip. I was also sad to hear you lost the extra chair too. Keeping my fingers :crossed: that something else opens up for you. I hope you a getting a bit of the fresh spring breezes that are blowing around these parts.

The pear trees just popped into bloom when I wasn't looking. Gorgeous white flowers. Several other pink trees are blooming too. I still haven't learned all the varieties. The yellow forsynthia is competing for attention too. It really is pretty here in the spring. My azaleas should be popping in a few weeks. I hope they bloom this year. The first year they were magnificent and last year they were disappointing. Guess the weather played a part in that and we learned that you can't trim them in the fall when they are working hard to create new shoots for the following spring.

I am still feeling cruddy. My voice is barely a croak from being so dry. I am guzzling the water. Head it still all stuffy and achy. It almost wants to move into my chest but keeps hovering in the head. And I am so weak it astounds me. I mopped the kitchen floor last night and had to sit down afterwards. 5 days of this with no end in sight has tried my patience. I have little tolerance for being sick. Ok, pity party over - work becons and I have to change purses before I leave today so that's an ordeal in itself. :lol: Take care ladies, have a good day.

happy2bme
03-13-2007, 08:51 AM
:wave: :wave: Hello my east coast sister - how YOU doin' ? :rofl:

MELODY525
03-13-2007, 08:54 AM
:cofdate: I AM LOVING THAT THE SUN RISES EARLIER AND SETS LATER. I CAN KISS THE WINTER DOLDRUMS GOODBYE SHORTLY. I HOPE AUTUMN IN AUSSIELAND IS WARM!!!!:tantrum: MUST BE WARMER THAN HERE ANYWAY! LOL TODAY IS GOING TO BE A LAZY DAY. I HAVE A FILE CABINET THAT NEEDS SORTING AND CONCENTRATING ON. SO THAT'S THE PLAN.
HAPPY TUESDAY!

HAPPY~ :getwell: A BOUQUET OF GET WELL FLOWERS FOR YOU.:hug: GET WELL SOON! SORRY THE E-MAIL WASN'T SO CHEERFUL...BUT I AM GETTING THERE :rofl: HOPE YOU ARE NOT AS GREEN THIS MORNING:p :rolleyes: :barf:

PAINTER~ YES THE STORES OF ENERGY NEED RECHARGING. SOMETIMES I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT IT'S NOT EASY BEING ME :rofl: YOUR TRIP SOUNDED WONDERFUL. ESPECIALLY THE DOWN TIME SKETCHING etc!! :write: NICE SAVE ON THE EATING ALSO.

CEEJAY~ I LIKE TO EXERCISE MORE IN THE MORNING. FEELS GOOD TO GET IT OVER WITH! :rofl: SOMETIMES MY PROBLEM IS EATING AFTER 7 ON THE WEEKENDS!!

SHAD~ MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO INTO THE TRAVEL BUSINESS!! SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE DOING A BETTER JOB THAN MOST AGENTS DO. :dizzy:

MELODY525
03-13-2007, 09:07 AM
I AM DOING WELL HAPPY BUT WISH YOU FELT BETTER. SENDING MANY HUGS FOR THE CRAPPY THROAT :hug: :hug: :hug:

http://www.heathersanimations.com/animals/anisleepymouse.gif

MELODY525
03-13-2007, 09:12 AM
I missed when Madcat brought the cat along!!!:rofl: THE "SMACKIN INTO THE WALL AND THE BIG SNOTTY CITY" ARE CRACKING ME UP!! GOTTA LOVE THE THOUGHTS GOING ON THERE!! AND THE CAT!!!:lol3:

BTW HAPPY....THE PICTURE YOU CHOSE FOR YOUR AVATAR IS PERFECT!! VERY BEAUTIFUL. :flow2:

Hollyhock
03-13-2007, 09:21 AM
Hey!! I was in late last night to read. HUGS!!!!!

Good Morning!!!

There is a weak sun shining thru the trees. I slept 9 hours.
In counselling on Sunday I was told to take a day off. No computer ,no housework,no laundry, no cooking nothing but hanging out. Has any woman/wife/mom ever actually done this????

Right now I would love to go and lallygag in bed, watch some tv,read, doze, play with the kitties, take a bath..................
BUT I need to feed the kids, clean the kitchen, do laundry, pack Avon..............
I will give myself til 9:30 to start so I can veg a bit. And i will watch my soaps this aft. It’s been 6 weeks. No plans tonight either. I did for others ALL weekend long too. I was alone Sunday aft so thtt was nice and I did go for counselling which is good but I wouldn’t call it pleasant. She is tough on me. No wiggling around issues. Holda me accountable. Asks tough questions and keeps asking till I answer honestly. All in a very kind, professional way.
My neck has been stiff for weeks. Now my chest muscles hurt from lifting yesterday.
If i can peel the kids from the video game I will do my Yoga DVD.

Last night......
Home from work. HUGE job but great people. I was VERY dirty.We spent 7.5 hours in a kitchen alone and took out about 20 boxes( 3X3X3 ft) of sellable stuff and 6 bags of garbage............hubby was home at 5:15. He heated up leftovers for himself and the kids. I got got home at 6:00. Hugged and kissed my boys lots and then they left for hockey in Thamesford. I warmed up different leftovers .
Checked mail.... It’s freezing in here. It is raining and i am feeling the damp. Only 4 hours sleep last night doesn’t help either.( damn time change)

I took a desperately need a bath to soothe my tired bones ,clean up and get warmed up. Will start the fire in a bit............ right now i am having a cafe mocha.

I dont have to work tomorrow...... yippee!!!! So much to do here, of course, but I am happy to be home!
At the very least tonight I will get a load of whites done and tidy the kitchen and run the DW.Tomorrow I will catch up on and complete ALL my Avon stuff. Work on the damn tax stuff.

Got over to Grandma’s yesterday. Picked up 23 boxes of new flooring. 2 more to get.
Kids had a good day with our neighbour/sitter here today. I left at 7:30 to get to work in time. Won a free coffee at Tim’s!!

Spose the clothes wont put themselves in the washer.

HUGS!!!!

ceejay52
03-13-2007, 10:19 AM
Holly--take time to smell the roses. You are working to hard. Thursday is my r and r time.

Happy--Isn't it weird that spring has sprung while our backs was turned. Looked out the window here at work and the trees across the street are putting out leaves. It's nice to see the green emerging.

Mel You are becoming a computer expert. Love the little mouse.

PainterW.--Wow California. I'm going sometime this year to visit my niece.
Will be coming to DFW April 12-16 to visit with my sis. She's hired (no pay) me to plant flowers out by theirpool. I'm always afraid I'll take one step to many and land in the pool. I'm the only operator here in the day time.

Shad-I thought about you last night when the weather channel showed Australia. I actually knew some of the names of the places.

Suzi and Carla--Hello.

I really need to be down stairs cleaning but just am not in the mood,maybe later. I will also have the gross job of cleaning the float balls sometime today.
It feels like someone has smacked me across the face. My sinuses are infected already.
Rode 30 more minutes on the bike this morning. Have my food planned except for tonight and I'm thinking tuna salad. Forgot to bringmy tea bag so today it will be water or nothing. I'm trying to go low carb and I think this has been the best route for me so far.
I'm going to call the airlines today to make reservations for my Dallas trip.

Think thin!

Shad
03-14-2007, 02:33 AM
Glad to see we are teaching you geography CeeJay. Always a good thing to learn where things and places are. A big wide world we live in with lots of places to go and things to see.

Mel, I just love the sleepy Happy mouse. Makes me feel all warm and cozy - oh wait, warm and cozy - yikes the temps outside are well into the 30's and the humidity is right up there and it is not too pleasant. Fawlty towers is having problems with the humidity. I had the dryer going this morning and there are wet floors all over the place. At first I thought maybe the washing machine had overflowed, but no, because the dryer isn't vented to the outside, the steam is all over the place and it condenses on the cold tile floors. Hence the place is covered in towels at the moment and I have turned the air-con up or down as the case maybe to semi freezing. Sort of thought that if I was going to have a slippery slidey floor, I might as well have ice on it and can put my skates on!!! :rofl: One would have thought that with the gaps in the wall, the place would have been adequately ventilated but apparently not! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

Carla thanks for the pm. I have printed it out and will include it in the guff that I already have. I'm hoping for Toronto around 10th/11th and will stay about 3/4 days. I'm all set for Arizona, but still haven't heard back from NM so maybe that won't be a goer. I'm sure they will let me know just after I decide to change my plans and book another trip.

Haven't yet booked on the Rocky Mountaineer. Was going to get to it this week, however I'm doing the nightshift (8.00pm - midnight training)Wednesday, Thursday, Friday so may not be in any fit state to think when I get up in the morning. Thursday is 12.30pm start and midnight finish. I will be BRAINDEAD after that one.

Happy - hope the throat comes right soon. You've had that long enough.

Holly - your days sound frantic. Take care. Counsellors are always trying to ensure the Mother gets the guilt trip. All very well but when you are the sole earner, the chief cook, the financier, the nurse, the cleaner, the educator, the lover and the bloody doorman all the time something has to give. Don't accept all the guilt. It is NOT all your fault.

Can't go back to comment on any other posts before this page, the thing will hang or do something equally stupid, anyway it is time for me to pack it all up and go home for some dinner and then go out to site for training - I should meet up with the roosters coming back.
I'll be back at midnight? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Not on your nelly I won't

happy2bme
03-14-2007, 08:18 AM
Good morning chicks. Not much time to post. I have an all day class today - just what I need as I am drowning in work requests right now. I reached a turning point in the cold yesterday - I think I will get better - that is if the bloody thing doesn't turn around and relapse. :mad:

What a mess you have at the flat Shad! :no: :rolleyes:

I'll try and get back tonight. Carry on all...

MELODY525
03-14-2007, 09:45 AM
OK MISS HAPPY WE WILL BE CARRYING ON.....:rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GOOD CLASS DAY :hug:

SHAD~ IN ANOTHER LIFETIME I WILL TAKE YOU AROUND NYC!! SORRY YOU'LL BE ON YOUR OWN. HOPE YOUR CLASS WENT WELL ALSO AND THE ROOSTERS ARE KEEPING UP!!

CEEJAY~ DID YOU MEAN THE FLOAT BALLS AT WORK?? RIGHT AWAY I THOUGHT OF MY OWN LOO! :lol3: THE LITTLE MOUSE IS FROM HEATHERANIMATIONS.COM
THERE ARE SOME ADORABLE THINGS THERE AND LOTS OF OTHER STUFF AS WELL.

HOLLY~ GET THEE TO A NUNNERY!!!! THEN MAYBE YOU WILL FIND REST.

I AM FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO GET USED TO THE TIME CHANGE. FIRST I WAS UP TOO EARLY AND NOW I AM DRAGGING MY BUNS AND GETTING UP LATE. GEEZ!!!
HOPE I SETTLE DOWN SOON. SINCE THE PC CRASH I AM USING AN OLD KEYBOARD AND MOUSE. I LIKE THE KEYBOARD BETTER BUT LOVED THE REMOTE MOUSE. THERE WAS NO "DRAG" ON IT AND EASIER TO USE FOR MY SHOULDER/ARM. WONDER IF I CAN REINSTALL THE SET OF KEYBOARD AND MOUSE AND JUST USE THE PLUG IN KEYBOARD ANYWAY. HMMMMMM MISS SUPER TECH WILL HAVE TO MAKE A FEW PHONE CALLS AND SEE WHAT OTHERS SMARTER THAN SGHE THINKS :rofl: :rofl:
I THOUGHT TODAY WAS ST PATRICKS DAY AND BEGAN COOKING LAST NIGHT. SILLY ME. SO WE ARE HAVING THE TRADITIONAL USA FARE OF CORNED BEEF TODAY!
SOMETIMES I WONDER ABOUT MYSELF!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!! :moped:

ceejay52
03-14-2007, 06:12 PM
Mel--Yes the float balls at work.

This sight is giving me fits. If I'm not back for a couple of days you will know why.

Shad
03-15-2007, 01:45 AM
Morning all, or rather afternoon really. It just seems like morning.

Training last night went fine. Several of the blokes came racing in and said - oh it's you back again, Howya doin', whatsup, and goodtaseeya. - They are always such fun. Gotta go back tonight and do it all over again and the roosters tell me they are coming to class tonight as well. Okay. This could be fun. I might just put them to work.

Poor Happy, just gets out of one mess and is madly into a boring old 1 day training session. Are you taking the session or learning from it?

Mel, I don't expect you to take me out and about. We will just go for gentle strolls down to the park or the river or wherever. I will probably spend a day in NYC, but apart from a couple of things I want to see, it doesn't really worry me that much. Sure there are lots of things for the tourist to see and do, but I don't usually try for the tourist path. And besides, I'm not sure if you are ready for the Kiwi in US syndrome yet. Not many people are.

not much else to report here. I'm staying out of trouble but only just. The humidity has eased somewhat so the floors are dry again - until I do the next wash no doubt. The lift (elevator) broke down again this morning. There were some removalists in to clear an apartment. Poor guys had to run up and down 5 floors (80) steps with the boxes of stuff. They really earned their money today. And to make matters worse, they had packed all the stuff onto the truck and only had 2 boxes remaining and the lift decided to work once more. %^&(& They were too pooped to react so I did it for them! :censored:

Better go see what else I can do around the place. I might be back if I can't find any work to do - or I may go home and snooze for an hour or so.

happy2bme
03-15-2007, 08:52 AM
Happy rainy morning to you,

No sense even attempting to fix the hair this morning other than to just comb it straight. :lol:

Class was ok yesterday tho a waste of time. The trainer was a sweet old dear but she was a yakker :gossip: and she spent far too much of the class talking about her impending retirement at the end of the month - yes we are excited for you but get on with it already - and not nearly enough time talking about the topic of problem solving. And so it is back to the tornado of a job today. I am feeling better. Still sniffly and once I get into the dry office my voice will no doubt go down to a croak again. I fear I may have gotten one of my co-workers sick too. She has bronchial issues so colds are 10 times worse for her. :( We will see if she :rollpin: me today. They tell you not to come in and infect everyone but they don't really mean it because the work demands and deadlines never step aside no matter what. Right? :yes:

Mel, thank you for the get well flowers. They must have helped because I am feeling better. Next time I will ask for them sooner :lol: Stay warm and dry - the rains are headed your way!

Shad, for a minute reading your story I thought that you helped the blokes with the remaining boxes - then I realized you probably meant that you would do the yelling and the swearing for them now that the lift was fixed too late to do them any good. :lol: Hope you were able to sneak a short nap in yesterday.

Ceejay - argh - the idea of float balls is not a pretty one. I hope you have a thick rubber suit and a gas mask for that job :rofl: Bear with the response time on the site here - yes it does get very frustrating at times. I can't find any pattern to it either. Sometimes I think it's my internet provider since service has gone steadily downhill since the new vendor took over.

:wave: Holly

Ok, I'd best be done with this and out the door for whatever adventures await me. :rolleyes: Have a good day and hello to the rest of the worldly chicks.

MELODY525
03-15-2007, 07:19 PM
VERY BUSY DAY DAY AT POOLSIDE :beach:
WILL CATCH UP TOMORROW!

MELODY525
03-15-2007, 07:26 PM
CEEJAY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FORUM PROBLEMS. OTHERS HAVE SAID THE SAME. HOPE IT CLEARS UP FOR YOU :hug:

SHAD~ SO GLAD FAWLTY TOWERS IS STILL ENTR\ERTAINING ME BUT SO SORRYFOR YOU LIL SIS!! :hug:

HAPPY~ GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER!! :dance: STAY DRY AND WARM!! HOPE THE CO-WORKER IS OK TOO. NASTY BUGS THESE WINTER/SPRING COLDS. IT'S ALREADY RAINING AND THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TOMORROW WITH COLD TEMPS :rain:

ok all caught up!!! :moped:

ceejay52
03-15-2007, 10:40 PM
Mel--Loved the picture--that's me or are we twins?

Happy and Shad--Don't work to hard.

Mother nature has turned nasty on us again. That North wind is cold.

Gyn visit went okay although I've shrunk a half inch. He's going to do a bone density test when I go back for my mammogram. I was a little dissappointed in the weight though. His scales read 190 at 1.30 p.m. and mine read 187 at 8 a.m. I did eat breakfast. I'm taking my reading. Not so sure in the morning what they will read. I did eat pizza tonight. Don't think I'll have it anymore. It didn't agree with me.

I was 10 minutes shy of my exercise goal. :sigh:

A 7 a.m. insurance meeting in the morning at the fire department. I'm wondering why they have put us together and why on my days off. ugh.

PainterWoman
03-15-2007, 11:45 PM
First tulip bloomed today. IN THE PINK. :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: Whew. Spring IS coming in spite of my diagnosable depression. I think it’s the meds (and lack of weight loss) and aching joints.
Oh… and my boss’s grandson had a drowning incident… :( and is to be taken off the ventilator tomorrow. He wasn’t more than 2 years old. So sad. I am VERY grateful that my children lived to adulthood without major mishaps. I hope they outlive me.

Happy—That was the shortest pity party I’ve ever witnessed. I can’t even begin to imagine mopping when I’m sick, stuffy and cruddy. H*ck, I don’t mop when I’m feeling good. After all… why waste a GOOD day? Glad you are feeling better… Speedy recovery.:wave:

Holly: Taking a day off is DOABLE. DO IT!! It takes some doing, but you’ll love it… and I think your family will come around and appreciate you more audibly.

CeeJay: I bet it will be hot planting flowers here in April. Be sure you have a bottomless pitcher of iced tea (or cold beer) available!! :drinkup: I just scheduled another 6 month mammo-squish for April 12. I’m already anxious about it. Recurrence is terrifying. But… prevention… catch it early, etc. etc. PINCH. I think being within 2 lbs of MD visit goal is AWESOME. WAY TO GO. I’m within 100 lbs of MD recommended weight. HA. I don’t think THAT’s much of an accomplishment.:rofl: :rofl:

Shad: Sorry that the counselors you’ve run into give Mom’s the guilt trip. My theory is that the mom is usually DOING the most and the most INVESTED… so I try to help her get centered, rested and then teach her (or help her figure out) some alternate ways of handling things… especially getting everyone to be responsible. I think moms are at the center of the family.

Mel: I’m worried about the mental image of you “dragging your buns.” Butter ‘em, honey, or keep them warm… but no dragging. Have a Guinness for me. DD calls it a meal in a glass… That’s what the Irish say!:kissluck: :kissluck:

Shad
03-16-2007, 01:50 AM
Afternoon all,
Did another evening shift last night. It doesn't seem to be agreeing with me too much but hey I'll get over it.
Raining here too Happy. Well on and off. Just enough to wet us when we are out, but it's hot so we dry off quickly when the sun comes out.

Mel - are you relaxing by the pool.......??? for heavens sake don't fall in!

Painter - only went to counselling a couple of times - when we were having marriage problems and it was indeed all my fault. Aaah well, there's times when you live with it, and times when you just ignore it. I just keep telling myself I'm not a bad person for wanting to have some time off from the merry-go-round and that everyone is entitled to a get out of jail free card once in a while. If a he can do that, why not a she? Apparently there was no answer to that question at that point in time and it's not been answered satisfactorily since in most cases.

Okay, gotta go do some work. I'll be back either tonight or on Sunday. Day off tomorrow - much needed.

Roseblush
03-16-2007, 08:50 AM
Happy Spring to everyone....hello I am home...and I thank the Good Lord and any other Diety that is for my return. My mom is doing great after her artery surgery in her neck and then the 4 bypass surgery on her heart....she is a trooper but it was not without it moments...she spent 9 days in ICU sort of losing her mind because a lack of sodium...it was scary to she her that way.....but my mom is so entertaining that at times it was just so weird....
My trip home was ....as many say to me **** but I think it is a different place...where we end up sometimes...
I left Phoenix on SUnday at 7:30 in the morning and I didnt' get home til Wed at 2;00 pm....I was stranded on the freeway at two different locations...... two different days and saw more auto shops than I care to remember. It was a tough go sometimes.... at one point I phoned my sis and told her if I never saw any of my friends and family again to just say nice things about me when they went to remember me.......even though it all Someone was watching out for me because by the end of a day I was safe again and being taken care of in the morning......... I now sort of see the feeling of your inside nervous system being stressed...fright and flight..... working constantly for 4 days is taking me some time to get back to me....
Ladies I know you thought about me and mom and I thankyou for your thoughts and prayers....we needed them all.
I will try to catch up on some reading this weekend...while I am home with my pups and watching Spring on the hills and mountains out my windows....
Blessings & Peace,
Nae

happy2bme
03-16-2007, 08:52 AM
'Mornin' chicks,
I overslept - the blankets were extra cuddly today. Thought it was Saturday and then realized NO NOT YET :yikes: So I'm running behind. Short post. If it wasn't for the much needed coffee I wouldn't be here at all.

Mel you take care today. I see that your area of town is in an awful mess of snow, sleet and ice. No doubt a homebound chilly weekend for you. Make do with what you have in the refrigerator and cupboards and snuggle in for some movie time. Stay safe and warm!

I do hope you enjoy your day off Shad. Especially with the late night training. Seems like you're in need of a good R&R day. Take it and no worries about "I shudda " type of nagging things.

That's so sad about the boss' grandson Painter. I am convinced that part of the reasoning behind these senseless these tragedies is to remind us that life is precious. I have seen daffodils but no tulips yet tho we have tulip TREES out here in full bloom. DH wants one in our yard :lol:

Ceejay - a half inch! Wow. Are you doing things for the bones? Calcium and such. Need to incorporate some weight bearing exercise tho I thought you said you were already doing that. A 3 pound difference between the doctor's scale and yours plus the diff between a morning and an afternoon weight in sounds appropriate. Never have weighted the same as the docs.

Ok, coffee cup is empty - gotta run. Just one more day left and I can deal with whatever they throw in my face. :^: Yah think? :p :D

ceejay52
03-16-2007, 10:11 AM
I'm back from the insurance meeting. I'm not at all satisfied with the new inurance. It's getting to where we are going to have to use internet doctor's. I thought at one time I would be tested for allergies but not now.
I'm praying the my gyn is in our new circuit of doctors. Ugh I'm not even for sure that my primary care doctor is own the list.

I need to go pay a few bills and then get ready to go to Paragould this afternoon.

carla49
03-16-2007, 12:50 PM
Nae, what good news that your mom is fine! But the trip back sounded horrendous - you must be absolutely exhausted.

Ceejay, I hope your new insurer turns out better than at first glance. And to think they made you waste your day off to find out you were getting screwed!

Oops - gotta go. Lily cat sounds like she's in distress. (Probably just bored, but she's usually pretty quiet.) Back later.

carla49
03-16-2007, 01:33 PM
What a spoiled cat!! :censored: Madame wanted to have Zen's deposit removed so she could use a clean litter box. I suppose if I hadn't been able to zip home for lunch she'd have just crossed her dainty little legs and held it in all afternoon?

I've made it thru 1.5 days of a combined Fat-Flush diet/White Rose detox, only 12.5 days to go. No sugar or milk, and since I don't like black coffee, I'm having lovely caffeine-withdrawal headaches. :headache: Of course it does take my mind off how hungry :hungry: I am. I had gotten into some very bad junk/wine/evening binging habits, so eating normally feels like deprivation. I fully expect a sudden surge of energy by about day 4, hope it happens! The good news is this morning's weigh-in was actually down 2 lbs, :goodscale: which I know is just bloat reduction but was encouraging nonetheless. I have a very ambitious goal of 20 lbs down by Shad's visit... And I know it's not a 2-week process, that's just the quick-start buy-in phase. The really hard bit will be not reverting to the bad habits I've acquired. Meanwhile, I must say I'm appreciating what food I do eat so much more than usual!!

And now I have to head back to work. It's freezing out there, don't know what's up with the weather, two days ago it was 10C, today it's -10C. Brrrr.

MELODY525
03-16-2007, 05:31 PM
WHAT A DAY!! SNOW, ICE, RAIN, SLEET....YOU NAME IT AND WE HAVE IT. IT'S STARTING TO PILE UP NOW AND ALSO FREEZE UP. NOT GOOD. BUT IT WAS ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHEN I GET CALLED DOWN AND EVERYONE LISTENS TO ME WITHOUT A FIGHT. SO NOT ONLY DO I GET SOME $$ BUT IT WAS VIRTUALLY STRESS FREE.
NOW ALL I NEED TO DO IS GET INTO THE SHOWER AND SOME FUZZY JAMMIES AND I'M ALL SET FOR THE WEEKEND. :dance: WE HAD PIZZA, SODA AND FRAPPUCCINOS. REMIND ME NEXT WEEK WHEN MY FACE IS A WRECK THAT TODAY I THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA :rofl: ALL THE MEN WERE ACTING A BIT WILD AND WOOLY TODAY AND WILLY MAD A JOKE ABOUT WOMEN SHAVING THEIR PRIVATE AREA AND KEPT IT UP. HE TOLD ME TO GET WITH THE TIMES. SO I TOLD HIM IN FRONT OF EVERYONE THAT WHEN HE IS READY TO EAT "THIS" LET ME KNOW AND I'LL GET THE RAZOR BLADE OUT. HE AND THE REST OF THE MEN FELL ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING.:rofl: THERE WERE WOMEN WITHIN EARSHOT SO I AM HOPING THAT NO ONE SCREAMS TO THE DIRECTOR ABOUT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR. :lol3:
OK GOTTA GO AND SHOWER. TTFN CHICKLETTES!!
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!! :moped:

CEEJAY~ WE MUST BE TWINS THAT WERE SEPARATED AT BIRTH AND SOLD TO 2 DIFFERENT FAMILIES!! :lol3: :lol3:
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE INSURANCE AND HOPE YOUR DRS ARE COVERED ON THIS PLAN!! KEEP GOOD THOUGHTS AND I WILL CROSS MY FINGERS!!!


PAINTER~ LORD WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT A DEATH OF A CHILD SO YOUNG. HOW SAD FOR THEM. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE PARENTS. HORRIBLE TO BURY YOUR OWN CHILDREN. :hug: I AM GLAD IT IS SPRING SOMEWHERE IN THE USA WITH PINK FLOWERS!! LOL IT FELT GOOD TO READ THAT FORST SENTENCE OF YOURS!! I KNOW I AM CLINICALLY DEPRESSED BUT WHEN I TELL ANYONE THEY JUST KEEP LAUGHING AT ME :rofl: EVEN THE MENTAL HEALTH WOMAN AT THE HOSPITAL LAUGHED!!! SIGH
I NEED TO CRY MORE IN FRONT OF PEOPLE SO THEY'LL BELIEVE ME. I DIDN'T BUTTER THE BUNS BUT I DID BUTTER THE IRISH SODA BREAD! :hungry1:
ENJOY THE FLOWER!!! :flow1:

SHAD~ IF I JUMP IN THE POOL WITH A WHEELCHAIR STRAPPED TO MY BUTT I AM SURE TO DROWN!!! :bubbles:
HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS STARTING OUT WELL!!! GO OUT AND SMELL SOME ROSES!! :dance:

NAE~ :welcome: HOME!!!!!!!! LOW SODIUM OR LOW POTASSIUM ARE TWO OF THE SENIOR'S ENEMIES. I HAVE SEEN IT MANY TIMES HERE.THEY ACT CRAZY. SIGH. POOR THINGS. JUST GLAD MOM MADE IT THRU ALL THIS AND WILL BE BETTER SOON. I AM ALSO VERY GLAD YOU ARE HOME SAFE AND SOUND. I HATE THE FIGHT/FLIGHT TIMES IN MY LIFE AS FLIGHT IS ALWAYS FOREMOST ON MY MIND!!! :scooter: THANK GOD LITTLE ANGELS WERE WATCHING OVER YOU. YOU KNOW YOU'RE NEVER FAR FROM MY MIND TOO.
I THINK OF YOU GALS ALL THE TIME. EVEN WHEN I AM AT THE MALL!! :rofl: SENDING :hug:

HAPPY ~ WHEN MY RADIO WENT OFF AT 7:30 THISMORNING WITH THE FIRST CALL FROM MAINTENANCE I TOO WAS WISHING IT WAS SATURDAY!! :rofl: :rofl: HOPE WE BOTH BET TO SNUGGLE THIS WEEKEND.....AND HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER ALSO!!!

CARLA~ THE CAT STORY WAS FUNNY! GAVE ME A LAUGH AS I HAD CATS OF MY OWN ONCE AND THEY GET FUNNY IDEAS!! :rofl: HOPE IT WARMS UP FOR BOTH OF US!!! EFFING WINTER AGAIN HERE TOO!! :tantrum:
KUDOS ON THE 2LBS. I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY WERE...JUST THAT THEY LEAVE AND HOPEFULLY TAKE THEIR FRIENDS WITH THEM!!! :rofl: I NEED TO GET ON THE BAND WAGON WITH YOU!! I COULD USE SOME DE-BLOATING MYSELF!! :lol3: WE NEED TO LOOK SVELDT WHEN SHADDIE COMES TO TOWN!!! :belly:

happy2bme
03-17-2007, 11:44 AM
I saw tulips yesterday too on the drive to work. My absolute favorite tree is in bloom right now - the Red Bud. It's the most incredible shade of purple that you have ever seen. The flowers are tiny so it looks like someone just painted the bark of the tree a bright reddish orchid.

Ah there. I've loaded a pic but you have to click on it to enlarge it. Didn't feel like pulling it into photo bucket so I hope this thumbnail is good enough to give you an idea. Picture this with the white flowering pear trees and the yellow forsynthia bushes. Just gorgeous. Everywhere you look.

MELODY525
03-17-2007, 12:04 PM
:wave: TO MISS HAPPY AND HER BRIGHT LITTLE EGG!!
LOVE THE TREE. WE HAVE SOME REAL BEAUTIES HERE ALSO ALONG MY RIDE BUT NOTHING IN BLOOM YET. AFTER YESTERDAY'S ICESTORM THEY PROBABLY ARE CONFUSED AND OUIR FORSYTHIA BUSHES ARE SITTING IN SNOW AND ICE!! :rofl:

I GOT UP AT 7:30 AND JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO FINALLY GOT OFF THE PHONE/RADIO AND THE DOORBELL STOPPED RINGING. JUST WHERE THESE SENIORS THING THEY ARE GOING IN ALL THIS ICE AND NEED THE DRIVEWAY PLOWED OUT IS RIDICULOUS!! BUT THE DPW SHOULD HAVE PLOWED US OUT OVER NIGHT. LOTS OF ICE/SNOW. MOSTLY FROZEN STUFF. HARD FOR THE MEN WITH SHOVELS TO MOVE AND VERY HEAVY. I MADE A FEW CALLS AND ALREADY HELP HAS ARRIVED.
I AM FINALLY EATING BREKKIE AND NEED TO PUT SOME CLOTHES ON!!! :tantrum: BUT THIS CRAP KEEPS ME BUSY!! :dance: I LOVE IT WHEN I AM ALONE AND EVERYTHING GOES SO SMOOTHLY. YOU FEEL SO INVIGORATED AND EMPOWERED! MAKES ME FORGET FOR AWHILE THE THINGS I DON'T HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER...:lol3: :lol3:
HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND!!!TAKE CARE AND
STAY WELL! :moped:

happy2bme
03-17-2007, 12:09 PM
Back to posting. So Mel, we are supposed to be svelte for Shad's visit? :eek: :chin: Well she had better put off her visit for another 2 years then. :rofl:

Hope you are ok. Saw and read about the mess of weather that ran through your parts yesterday. Stay warm and more than anything STAY AWAY FROM THE FRAPPACINO'S WOMAN :nono: I know you love them but they gave you such problems last year. We have to find you a sturdy substitute. I'm sure any mocha flavored powder that you can tolerate with a splash of milk and some crushed ice will work. Trying to think, there was something I had that I said reminded just like Starbucks... when it comes back I'll let you know. Will be under 3 days I'm sure :lol: I think you should cry a bit more. People need to understand that life for some is far different from their norm and they need to understand that most often they have nothing to complain about. I am very tired of needy, whiney people who crave constant attention. Just like Cher said "Snap outta it" :) Seriously though, I think people see you strong and determined and look past the chair and the muscle weakness and the rosacea and you're pretty much there to run their pity party for them and serve their needs. Help the ones who need some help and send the others down to the cellar to stoke the boiler :rofl: :cool: And you can wheel yourself into the shallow end of my pool in the chair which would give you a nice soak up to the boobies. :o Just enough to cool you off and soak up some afternoon sun.

Carla - I will be watching you carefully. They say that we get a lot of bloat from sugar - besides the empty calories. I know I'd be suffering greatly with no milk or sugar for 2 weeks but I'll bet after you get through the first few rough days that you really will feel light in the step and full of energy. Let us know. :crossed: for you

Ceejay - what do you mean "Internet Doctors?". Look them up on the Internet to see if they are in your plan or dead God - do you have to swap out your human doctor for "Web MD?" :eek: It really is a pity how they have diddled us around with the health care. I also attibute that to having to sit around for 3 hours in the office waiting to see an overbooked doctor. I hear that many doctors now are using nurse practioners so in many cases you don't even see the doctor. Good luck - I hope you can get the care and treatments that you need.

Rose - glad you are home safe and sound - what a horrid trip. Good to hear that Mom came through fine too.

I hope we don't hear from Shad today which would mean she is off ENJOYING A VERY QUIET DAY to herself. ;)

Going to be a cool weekend here weather wise. I am in the mood to declutter and Lord knows this house needs to be decluttered. Got to get back to the Fly Lady no Chaos method. And this weekend is a good one to do it. So with that I will bid you adeiu and get on with my work. Have a good Saturday and Happy St. Pat's to you.

May your cup be overflowing with goodness and wealth :cupgold:
May you be lucky in everything you do today - getting that primo parking spot at the front of the store :luck2you:
Plant a big kiss on someone you love :kissluck:
And a toast to you and your health :drinkup:

happy2bme
03-17-2007, 12:14 PM
Mel, the kind of weather and conditions you have now - I swear during those times I just felt like borrowing a flare/fire gun and blasting the crap away. :lol: I'd probably set the neighborhood on fire :yikes: Hope your afternoon is quieter than your morning.

Madcat
03-17-2007, 01:16 PM
Help me! I'm trapped in a file cabinet trying to figure out my %f^&# taxes. Oy, thank gawd this only happens once a year.

I'll be back later.

MELODY525
03-17-2007, 04:41 PM
I Am Hereby Starting The Let's Rescue Madcat From The File Cabinet Syndrome ( Hereafter Known As The L.R.M.F.T.F.C.S.)

Ok Madcat...bring On The File Cabinet And The Taxmen!!!

:carrot: :sumo: :club: :rollpin: :frypan: :kickbutt: :lifter: :boxing:

Shad
03-17-2007, 06:14 PM
Morning all,
And yes it is Sunday here and I am at work and waiting for the victims to arrive for my training class.
Yesterday was a quiet, I don't give a damn day - if you know what I mean. I got up late, went to the gym, came home and cooked some eggs benedict for breakfast/ lunch (Brunch) and then mooched around for the rest of the day, had a swim, read a book, played games on my new computer, did a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, snoozed. The Team Lead put on dinner so I didn't have to cook that either and a couple of glasses of bubbles took my mind off things.
So here I am back on the day shift and about to teach reservations and requisitions. And since I have some of the power of god on SAP I can upset them all by rejecting their requisitions and sending them back for more information and more information and more information. Gotta love that power.

All these people losing weight before Shad arrives - better get in on the act myself although I must say that I have lost 3kg 6lbs since January and if it ever stabilised, it would be closer to 4kg (8lb and bout 12 oz). All of which pleases me mightily, just wish it was faster.

Speaking of which, I'd better get off here and go set up the room and organise the learning material etc. etc. I'll be back between classes. This one goes until 10 and then I have another at 12.30.

MELODY525
03-18-2007, 08:39 AM
I MUST BE HONEST AND SAY....MY WEIGHT LOSS IS BECOMING A JOKE INSIDE MY HEAD. I AM LEARNING TO LAUGH AT IT NOW. NOT SURE IF THAT IS A GOOD THING OR NOT BUT AFTER 4 YRS OF WORRING ABOUT IT, I THINK THERE MUST BE MORE TO MY LIFE :rofl:
I KNOW WHAT I SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT BE EATING AND FOR THE MOST PART I AM VERY GOOD WITH MY CHOICES. THE WHCHAIR AND THE SHALLOW BREATHING WILL KEEP THE WEIGHT ABOUT WHERE IT IS NOW I THINK. CE LA VIE.
NOTHING TODAY IS ON THE AGENDA AND I AM HOPING TO KEEP IT THAT WAY. SOMEONE WILL BE IN THE OFFICE TRYING TO CATCH UP AND WITH ANY LUCK SHE WILL LEAVE ME ALONE. I HAVE BEEN TRYING VERY HARD TO DRAW THE LINE AT THE ELEVATOR DOOR!!! :rofl:
HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A GREAT WEEKEND. :moped:

SHAD~ SUNDAY SCHOOL!!! WHO'D A THUNK IT OF YOU!! :rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3: HOPE IT ALL WENT WELL. DO THEY BRING THE TEACHER ANY APPLES?? TRYING TO WORM THEIR WAY TO A BETTER GRADE? HAVE A GREAT WEEK!! HAPPY MONDAY! :sunny: LOVE, PORANGI

MELODY525
03-18-2007, 08:42 AM
HAPPY~ I WISH WE HAD A CELLAR HERE. BY NOW IT WOULD BE FULL OF BOILER STUFFERS :rofl: :rofl:
GOOD IDEA ABOUT THE FLYLADY STUFF. I COULD DECLUTTER A BIT MYSELF TODAY. WE WILL FLY TOGETHER THIS WEEKEND!!! :dance: HOPE YOU'RE HAVING A GREAT WEEKEND ALSO!!! :hug:

happy2bme
03-18-2007, 01:00 PM
Howdy chicks,

It's a cool but sunny Sunday morning here. On the agenda today is a variety of things. I have book club on Tuesday and haven't read the book yet (again). Makes me wonder why I'm in the book club although I do like the ladies there now that I've gotten to know them. We have filed our taxes but I am right there with you girls when it comes to finishing up the health care reimbursement claim for last years expenses. I have the papers and several times a week DH said - when are you going to file that? I have until the end of next month but I really need to get it out earlier in case there are problems with it. Don't know why I'm avoiding it. So I feel your pain Madcat.

I have 2 more loads of laundry to do. I've been kicking around the idea of joining WW online again. They still have the meetings at work but it's not convienient for me to get to them all the time and quite frankly, I'm not that inspired by the leader. There's a weigh in center a few miles down from my house, not sure if I want to pay the join up fee and then find I don't like those leaders either. The WW program worked IF I worked the program. I did find that I have to stay away from the sweets and that includes soda. Even if I save points for one of those little 100 calorie cans, if I'm drinking soda, I don't lose weight. And I need to bite the bullet, plan the meals and always know in advance what I have to eat and STICK WITH IT. Right now I get hungry, don't know what I want to eat, wait a bit, get hungrier, think on it and then I get ravenous and wind up eating anything just to eat. Not a good plan. So part of my day will be spent on planning. I am going to cancel my membership with PUSH TV - I have enough video workout routines to last me for over a year now and I can apply that cost to WW online. And Happy that also means you have to get out the weights and the balance ball and dust off that treadmill too. :o

As for you Mel, if I may say so, I think at this point you have to accept that you might not be a size 2 again but you CAN control eating healthy and eating things that won't aggrivate other things. As you say the exercise is tough now so do what you can and make good choices. Ok? :hug:

Time to get off the computer and get something done.

Madcat
03-18-2007, 01:06 PM
Ok, so taxes are sort of done. I have collected all I can find and legitimately claim. My accountant tends to be somewhat “assertive” in what he will write-off, so I’m sure he’ll ask for more info before he is through. I just need to write up a couple of summary sheets and then make an appointment to go and take all my crap off to him for him to do his magic.

Lovely sunny day here today and I am off shortly to a gathering of some friends for the afternoon.

You know, Shad, if Sunday school was taught by someone like you I maybe would have gone! :lol: Hope our day goes well… and bubbly can be very soothing. I’ve been thinking about your trip and your TO stopover would you like to see the city or would you like to maybe do a road trip to a particular place? I’m pretty easy.

Morning Mel and your dancing cactus. Hey at least you can say that you are maintaining where you are. It’s so easy to not even manage that.

Painter~ I saw crocuses pushing their first tops through the soil the other day. I think even here in the Great White North spring might be coming. How terrible for your boss and his children. It is so sad when an accident claims such a young one.

Rose~ Glad your Mom is back and recovering. And I am glad to made it home in one piece even if the trip itself was a nightmare. Relax and recover.

Carla~ Silly cat indeed. They are princesses and we are just their underpaid minions. I hope the cleanse helps break a few habits. Never sneer at bloat reduction. Even that can be a spirit lifter. No reason why we can’t both have some process by the Shad arrival date.

Happy~ the tree pic is lovely. We are still grey and brown and white here. The ugly part of the winter… but I did see a peak of green the other day. But as you know being a Northerner at heart that can be so amazing. Hey, you asked about the dietician and WW. I am and still remain a big fan of WW. I lost 50 pounds on it and managed to keep it off for almost two years… but the key thing was that I didn’t keep it off longer. WW works, but it works as long as you follow it. But I just couldn’t see myself counting points for the rest of my life. I thought if I went to a dietician she would be able to give me some guidance not just on how to lose the weight but on how I should live my life and develop a relationship with food that would allow me to lose it and keep it off. Or at least make sure I was mostly eating smart and proper portions of stuff… I dunno. It’s all an attempt to figure all this stuff out. I’m still looking.

Ok, I have to be across town in 2 minutes - like that will happen. I just hope I can find parking. Hi to all the other chicklets and I’ll check in later if I manage. Have a lovely day no matter how you plan to spend it.

Madcat
03-18-2007, 01:07 PM
Happy, ok, that is spooky... you are saying the same thing about WW that I did. I better run.

happy2bme
03-18-2007, 03:12 PM
OMG Mel you crazy woman you. I was just peeping in and dodging over to the WW section to look up some recipes when I caught a passing glance at your "title" under your name. Still looking for Mr Igor????? :rofl: :lol3: :lol: :rofl: :lol3: :lol: :rofl: :lol3: :lol: :rofl: :lol3: :lol: :rofl: :lol3: :lol:

Shad
03-18-2007, 08:42 PM
Okay - who is Igor?
Carla has an Ivan or is that Igor? I'd have to go back a couple of pages to find out and I just don't have the time.
Happy, I have just emailed a list of flight wants and needs to Shane and will be back to you with a flight number by the end of the week. Mel don't have that section quite settled yet nor the dates for Toronto. But TO will be around the 10th June. Madcat - I'm game for anything here. Holly was going to come to the big smoke or wherever we decide to meet. Carla I think is going to Whistler around about that time, haven't said anything to Ruth yet but someone should if we are to have a Canada Fest! Once I've sorted accommodation and revisited Carlas PM then I'll make the reservations. Should be tonight if I don't fall asleep first.

Gotta go, I'm due at the Gas Plant in 10 mins and I need to go get all the safety instructions and does and don'ts for the day which will probably take 20 minutes. I'll be back

Meadow
03-18-2007, 08:49 PM
I've read everyone's posts. I'm not filing my taxes this year, I never have to pay, so they can just come and get me if they think there is anything they need to know about :devil: :goodvibes I hope you all get a nice refund;) Nasty weather back East, do be careful in the slush and chilliness:grouphug: Yes :yes: I will stand by the train tracks if Shad's trip takes her past my little bit of the world. We will wave balloons :D

I've been trying to get a jump on spring. I can see crocuses!! Even saw them bloom one sunny afternoon last week. I have been in the backyard for an hour and a half scooping up the winter poop collection from our dear dog. I had two large bucket fulls to bury in the compost :p Of course I took a fifteen minute breather to chat with the neighbour. Her husband has broken his ankle! Two weeks ago. I feel like I should help out somehow and offered, but you know, what can you do except lend an ear. She is feeling rather stressed, he can't move for six weeks and has to be fetched/carried for.

I have a new snack:carrot: Romain lettuce with humous dip. I cut out a recipe from the Looney spoons chicks in the Reader's digest, I'll let you know when I get the ingredients :stir: Still eating a good breakfast and more often than not staying away from the white stuff. I have ordered a copy of the new Canadian food guide. I have stocked the fridge with lots of veg and fruit. I have done some yoga along with my biking and am seriously going to start walking the dog and getting some exercise and fresh air. One of these days I'll actually see a lose on the scales or a gap in my trouser waste band:o :crazy: I hear you Mel, but look how far you have come! I'm still spinning in circles.

The reader's digest also had an article on Dr. Marla Shapiro's recovery from breast cancer. PainterWoman I hope you can find a copy of her book sometime in your library "Life in the Balance" She is a very strong woman and I think you would enjoy her perspective on the process:hug: Here is an excerpt from her website www.drmarla.ca.

I have never been a superstitious person. After all, I am a doctor and have been trained to believe in science and evidence, to make a diagnosis and move forward with the best steps towards management—trained to take control. But it is true that as a doctor there have been times when I was overwhelmed by the inability to take control, times when I have been powerless to intervene and could only stand by, hoping to make things easier, if not better. So it was ironic that on Friday the 13th—August 13, 2004, to be exact—I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

That diagnosis and everything that followed came to define my life for a time and would ultimately change me forever. It marked an invisible boundary, a before and after, by which everything in my life—and in the lives of my husband and children—would be measured. As I stood in the hallway of the mammography suites, listening to the words "suspicious for breast cancer," a feeling of powerlessness came over me. I knew I was taking a step into the world of after. I knew because I had been there before.

Almost eleven years earlier, on the morning of November 28, 1993, I woke with a start, a horrible sense of apprehension. As I walked down the hall to my infant son's room, I felt instinctively that it was too quiet. I began to run. Throwing open Jason's door, I knew that I would find him as I did: on his stomach, face down, dead. I remember picking him up, running, screaming, trying to resuscitate him, seeing the fear and disbelief on the faces of my older children. I knew there was no hope.

Within minutes of my husband calling 911, the fire department and police descended on our house, whisking Jason to the nearest emergency room. With bile in my throat, we got in the car and followed, then sat in the waiting room of the hospital, knowing that he was gone. When they finally came to confirm our worst fears, I could hear an agonizing scream come from somewhere deep inside. Our lifeless son was brought to us to say goodbye, his mouth bandaged from the trauma he had sustained during attempts to resuscitate him.

My son Jason, a perfect child in every way, a gift to a family that had already endured tragedy, was dead at five and a half months of age, of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). His death was like hitting a wall, no way to get through it, past it or around it. It marked the first invisible boundary in the life of our family, the first before-and-after moment.

Now, in 2004, we were all changed people, a changed family, but we had gone forward, living our lives, having been touched by Jason. With my diagnosis on Friday, August 13, we were about to change again.

On my 40th birthday, three years after Jason died and one year after the much-wanted birth of our son, Matthew, my girlfriends gave me a beautiful luncheon. Many of them had been traumatized at the thought of turning 40. I remember making a speech in which I said that turning 40 was a cakewalk—it was getting to 40 that had been so damn hard.

At 48, facing a diagnosis of cancer, those words echoed inside my head as I wondered if I would make it to 50.

ceejay52
03-18-2007, 10:11 PM
Shad-- I went to church today also.

Happy--I found that I do better without spending the extra money on a web sight. Make your self a daily work sheet. Put that money towards a reward. The insurance thing is just in my head. I hate changes. We do have access to a RN and a doctor via internet. This insurance is trying to cut cost.

Mel--I understand about the problem of being at this for four years. If I didn't make the right choices 3/4's of the time I'd be over 300 pounds. I'm not happy with the way I look now verses the way I looked 30 years ago but I've aged. I think that genetics has a big role in these things.

I'm a little disappointed with myself. You would think that when my aunt and uncle (both of them have diabetes) would not eat sweets. My uncle doesn't eat that much of them but my aunt does. Next week end I'm saying NO. I can't eat like that any more and be healthy. I told her last night that I am allowing myself between 75 to 100 grams of carbs to keep my blood sugar down.

I've just taken the meat loaf out of the oven and I'm boiling the chicken strips. This is my menu for next week.

Exercise has almost been nil this week end. I did ride the bike for 30 minutes Saturday morning while the kids and aunt were still asleep.

carla49
03-18-2007, 11:18 PM
Wow, Meadow, that quotation from Dr. Marla was certainly powerful. I had no idea she had lost a child to SIDS. But it didn't distract me enough that I'm not going to get out the prod about filing your taxes. You bad girl! Don't you know you'll go straight to he**? And maybe miss out on a few tax credits?? On another subject, as well as balloons, I think you really must make some hermit cookies and toss them to Shad thru the window as her train chugs by...

Shad, Igor is the guy on the front desk evenings here at Rio. I think Mel fell for him big time - cute little van dyke beard, twinkly eyes - and he can be convinced to bring pulled pork sandwiches to the starving spa inmates...

Happy, I would never have noticed the little amendment to Mel's signature if you hadn't brought it up. Mel never fails to make me laugh.

And speaking of Mel, I hope the snow and slush and ice have left and you can get outside! As for the weight, I don't know how you even manage to maintain, let alone lose, what with all the obstacles you face. I don't know if the diet I'm doing now would work for you or not. It's actually fairly simple - you just stop eating completely for a whole two weeks. :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: Okay, so that was a joke - it's actually a ton of non-starchy veggies, 8 oz of fish or lean meat (no pork), eggs, flax seed oil and meal, a scoop of whey protein powder, and two pieces of fruit a day. Also a bunch of supplements, which not everyone takes - I've opted to do a liver cleanse at the same time instead, which has its own supplements and a few additional restrictions. it's all very low-cal, low-carb, clean living. If you want me to send you the short one-page version, let me know.

Madcat, bravo on getting the taxes done! I took mine in last week, and owe a wee bit of money. But I don't deserve any credit for getting that out of the way - for some reason bookkeeping is one of the things I don't mind doing. I'm hoping to get down to TO while Shad is there - I'm booked the 11/12/13 June, but could probably zip down on the 14th if she's still there. And bring her back up to Otty with me on the 15th if she wants to spend time up here. (I'm off to Whistler on the 16th.)

Ceejay, I hear you about sweet-eating diabetics. And about our genetic heritage and age. All the dieting and exercise in the world won't make me look like Elle MacPherson or Tyra Banks (who I can't believe anyone thinks is fat!). But that's no excuse for me to keep up my binging couch-potato behaviour any longer. You seem to be doing extremely well fighting the good fight, trying to eat better and getting on that bike.

Today was day 4 of the Fat Flush, and this morning made a total of 4 lbs down! I haven't adjusted my ticker - it was a little untruthful anyway, and besides I want to make sure this sticks. But I didn't enjoy my meals as much today - need to use a little more imagination, I guess - and I was very tempted to cheat. Instead I ate an extra apple. I've also started using my little rebounder, although not too much yet. It's supposed to flush out toxins too. (Needless to say, between one thing and another, I'm pretty well totally flushed clean, if you get my drift.) ;) ;)

My Lily cat seems to have developed some discharge from one eye, something she didn't have before the $270 worth of opthalmologist and two weeks of eye drops three times a day. Grrrr. And Zen's neurotic licking seems to be getting worse again. Lots of bald spots, rashes, and a couple of places he's licked down to the bone. Time for another $$$ steroid shot, I guess. It's not like they're not totally spoiled rotten, the little rotters. They should be happy and healthy and carefree. I'll never be able to fully retire with these two on my hands.

Both passports applications are in (!!!) and I have the new glasses. It's nice to not be looking thru 6 years of scratches, but I'm not sure I like the transitions lenses. They're great outdoors, but take forever to clear again once I come inside, which means I wander around stores squinting while the darned things protect my coat pocket from glare. I may have to take them back and get different lenses - don't know what I was thinking getting them done at Costco in the first place.

suzi in auz
03-18-2007, 11:55 PM
Hello all!
Lovely to see you all this morning, I've had a lovely read and my heart is full!
Mel...well said. It is hard to realise that some miracle won't come our way and it won't all vanish. It is a shame to feel constantly on a diet or deprived but I wonder if it's about that, when you realise that your choices you are making are better for your life it's a good thing, better to be healthier and a little on the "fat" side than skinny and unhappy i saY. I think women are so hard on themselves no matter what their size, we seem to ahve these tremendous ideals!
Happy...great sentiments too. WW worked really well for you in the past didn't it? It's good to have a little reminder prod telling us and keeping us focussed.
Madcat
How is your Mum?
Taxes...ugg glad we don't have to do those until July. Hi to you too! Wow..you lost 50 pounds, that's a heaps. Hats off to you. I was watching biggest loser last night. One of the girls lost 20 lbs in one week. I want what she having! I know it is different when you are in a weight loss haven like that but still, pretty impressive!
Shad...I am getting so jealous with all your plans, they sound wonderful.
Meadow...I'm giggling at the images I have of your crocuses vs 2 buckets of poop!
Oh my goodness what an inspirational story ...Thank you for sharing that. I live with the thankfulness everyday I have my health and so do my kids...amazing!
Ceejay...hi :)

I've had another busy week and weekend. This weekend the Sydney harbour Bridge celebrated it's 75th birthday. to commemorate it the city closed the Bridge to the traffic so the public could walk it for the day. I took my two youngest children with me and we walked it. It was fantastic! Very inspiring seeing all the green hats which were given out across the bridge, it was quite emotional. I love it when a city is celebrated.
Hubby was staying at Darling harbour for a conference. We stayed with him Sat night and had a lovely time in the city...once again a tourist in my own town.
I have organised the last minute stuff for going to NZ at Easter. I am looking forward to seeing my friends, maybe not my parents as they are playing hardball at the moment and cross that I am not spending more time with them, they can be quite manipulative. They don't like the fact that i am independent and want to do my own thing.

Ok....must away.
Work to be done.

Much love to all
Suz

PainterWoman
03-19-2007, 03:27 AM
Ought to be in bed. But have been SO off schedule since DST began and California time switched. :dizzy:
Services for baby Sterling have been set for Thursday. They'll be in Central Texas, which is farther than I want to go.

Roseblush: Those marathon trips ARE stressful, aren't they?:hug: I hope the reading, pups and spring provide wonderful relief and relaxation. Who knew that lack of sodium would make one wacky? Apparently next weekend is going to be full of weather, too. Hope the airlines are ready.

Happy: I agree; life is precious. And in the hectic day to day busy-ness we can forget all too easily. I want a tulip tree in my yard, too. I even looked 'em up. Did you know they're actually a kind of magnolia? I planted brodiaeas today. I hope they come up. the Photos on the package were very pretty.

Carla: Loved your thoughts on prissy kitties.!

Mel: I think surprising people by revealing something about yourself they didn't know is fun. Anyway, Inappropriate behavior is in the eye of the beholder. Eavesdropping seems like inappropriate behavior to me. Hope the pizza and frappucino's stayed tame. I bought J. Beck's new book (http://www.amazon.com/Beck-Diet-Solution-Train-Person/dp/0848731735/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-7981031-4355304?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1174289174&sr=8-1)subtitled Think like a Thin Person. I hope it works. I think a lot of my weight gain is my meds. But the rest of it is rotten food/eating habits and lack of exercise. If those restricted calorie rats can live longer, I suppose I can, too.

Madcat: I am so there with you. Even with Quicken AND Turbo tax this makes me crazy. I think I have PTSD from when I kept the records but Husband #1 did the taxes. :devil: Nothing was ever OK by him. Aack.

Meadow: Thanks so much for pasting the Dr. Marla excerpt. It sounds like I should find the whole book. I'm a bit put out recently by all the Pollyanna survivors who apparently NEVER were discouraged. I understand the value of being optimistic and having hope, but total cheer seems a) dishonest and b) impossible. At least for me.
Oh, and in the US, anyway, it doesn't matter if you owe or not, you'd better file or they send the Feds after you. That's how they got Al Capone, you know. So if you're going to do something bad, just be sure it doesn't involve the IRS!
Wishing everyone a good week.

happy2bme
03-19-2007, 08:54 AM
Good morning chicks,

It's supposed to be a warm week ahead - in the 70's all week. Spring has arrived me thinks. The azaleas out back are all ready to pop their flowers. A few early buds have already opened. Looks like it will be a gorgeous mass of reds, pinks, whites and purples - by the end of the week no doubt.

I did join WW online yesterday. They have a special - join for free for 7 days. I took a bit of a look around yesterday but things are kind of hectic this week. Will make more time on Wednesday. I can cancel by midnight on Saturday - no obligation if I don't think it's going to be worthwhile.

Painter - that's interesting that the tulip tree is related to the magnolia. Now that you mention it, I can see the resemblance. My neighbor has a huge magnolia right next to our driveway. They don't take care of their yard and it's a really mess at the base of the tree with all the dried leaves and polk salad growing under there which eventually blows all over our yard. :mad: Not so sure I like the magnolias.

Suzi, good to see you posting again. Isn't it funny, no matter how old you get, your parents can still have a grip on you? Sounds like you had a fun day trip on the harbour bridge.

Carla, I like your "don't eat anything for 2 weeks" diet. Interesting that you can't have pork as they are touting that as the "other" white meat as lean as or leaner than chicken. What do you do with the whey powder? Mix it into your food somewhere or use one of your pieces of fruit and make a smoothie out of it?

Ceejay, will you share that Mexican chicken recipe you made last week?

Meadow - thanks for sharing the Dr. Marla exerpt. Powerful stuff. I am starting to discover that Romaine lettuce is a good substitute for bread. Can wrap tuna or chicken salad in them, or put a slice of turkey, cheese and some veggies and wrap them up and eat them yum, yum. :T

Ok ladies, please educate me. Where the heck is TO? I thought you were abbrieviating TOronTO but apparently I'm wrong. :?:

I look forward to locking in the travel details Shad. Once complete perhaps we can set something up with CeeJay and her friend to drive down for the afternoon. We can do a poolside chat in the backyard. I can improvise the smoothie cart we talked about in our fantasies. :lol:

Madcat, glad you got the taxes out of the way. Isn't it sort of a relief to have them done? To be honest, it's a bit daunting to me that people have to work so hard to get the weight off and then keeping it off seems to be 10 times harder. It truely is a rare person who can maintain the loss for extended periods. I wonder of most of the issue is that we tend to drift back to old habits when we stop making weight loss our number one focus. Did you have fun with your friends yesterday afternoon?

Hi Mel. I can hear you above me in cyber space typing away. Hope your snow melted by now. I'll push some warm air up your way as I leave for work today.

Speaking of which, I'd better put some hustle in my bustle. Later chicks...

carla49
03-19-2007, 11:08 AM
Happy, TO is short for Toronto, sorry for the Canadianisms. The no-pork thing is because the author of the Fat Flush claims it's nasty and full of some kind of worms. (Actually, when I used to work sometimes for the Pork Council years ago, they claimed Canadian pork was trichinosis (? ) free, and I eat rather a lot of it when I'm not on magic diets... There are a few of what you call tulip trees in TO, and they call them magnolias up here! At least the Torontonians I know do. Everyone else may well call them tulip trees.
Once I'm past this two-week deprivation period, I may well go back to WW too. It has worked in the past, and I certainly never felt hungry. I think I was resisting because I just didn't want to ever again spend all my waking hours planning and thinking about what I could and couldn't "afford" to eat. But I was a much, much smaller woman then.... I might check out the one-week on-line free thing too, although I did find the group meetings helpful. I'm a lifetime member, so only pay when I weigh in.
Gotta go.

ceejay52
03-19-2007, 03:33 PM
I've got spring fever today. I don't want to do anything but sleep and I'm at work. Ba humbug,

Happy--I'll post the recipe tonight if weather and time permit. There may be some online.

Weighed this morning and I was suprised that 2 pounds was all that I ganed over the week end. That's two too many!! I'm supposed to go back to Paragould but Ithink I'm going to bow out. My uncles have set aside the last
Saturday of the month to get together and have included me which is nice but I'm totally exhausted.


I've made flight arrangements this morning for my trip to Texas and have emailed my sister who is presently in Africa. She's staying with a group of women from church in a very nice resort in Nairobi. (sp).

More later.

MELODY525
03-19-2007, 07:54 PM
NAIROBI!!! CAN WE GO THERE IN NOVEMBER????
SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT PLACE TO BE AND WE'LL BE NEEDING WARM THEN TOO!!

CEEJAY~ YOU'LL GET THOSE 2 LBS OFF IN NO TIME!! ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR EXERCISING. HOW ARE THEY GOING ANYWAY??? GET LOTS OF R&R IN TEXAS!! :dance:

HAPPY~ HOPE THE BOOK IS FINISHED:rofl: THEY BETTER NOT ASK YOU TOO MANY QUESTIONS!! I ALWAYS HATED BOOK REPORTS IN SCHOOL! :faint: GOOD LUCK WITH WW AGAIN. I SEEM TO REMEMBER YOU WERE VERY HAPPY WITH IT THEN. I FIGURED WHILE EVERYONE WAS STILL LOOKING FOR MR GOODBAR, I WOULD LOOK FOR IGOR!!! GOTTA LOVE PULLED PORK!!! :hungry2:

MEADOW!!! GET THEE TO THE TAX OFFICE PRONTO!!! MAYBE YOU'RE MISSING A FREE REFUND!! :dance:

CARLA~ I WOULD LOVE THE PAGE OF FLUSH STUFF OR WHATEVER IT WAS. E-MAIL AWAY THANK YOU! WHO KNOWS...MAYBE IT WOULD WORK!!:lol3: HOPE THE KITTIES GET WELL SOON. :hug: <--FOR THEM AND FOR YOUR POCKETBOOK!!!! WTG ON THE LOSS. LET US ALL PRAY IT STAYS OFF!!! YOU MIGHT BE ON A GREAT ROLL FOR SPRING!!! SEND YOUR SCALE FAIRY HERE WHEN YOU ARE THRU WITH HER :rofl:

PAINTER~ THE MEN ARE STILL LAUGHING THIS MORNING. LOTS OF PATS ON THE BACK AND GUFFAWING GOING ON. MEN CAN BE SUCH SILLIES BUT THEY SENT ME OFF TO THE MALL WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE. I AGREE WITH YOU....I DO NOT KNOW ANYONE WHO GOT COLD WATER THROWN RIGHT INTO THEIR KISSER THAT DIDN'T CRY, SCREAM, YELL, GET DEPRESSED ETC BEFORE MOVING ON AND DEALING WITH WHATEVER THE SITUATION WAS THAT AROSE WITHOUT WARNING. TOTALLY BLISS PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THE NEGATIVE SIDEOF WHAT HAPPENED AND IN MY MIND ARE FULL OF CRAP. IT'S NOT A NATURAL PROCESS TO BE ECSTATIC WHEN HANDED BAD NEWS. DO THEY THINK WE ARE FIOOLS?? :rofl: OH MISS PAINTER WOMAN...HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW??? LOL I WAS IN A BOOKSTORE AND THOUGHT OF YOU AND HUBBY!

SUZI~ GOOD TO SEE YOU! YOUR OUTING SOUNDED LIKE A LOT OF FUN. HATS AND ALL!! HOPE NZ FOR EASTER WILL BE ANOTHER GREAT TIME. GOOD LUCK WITH THE PARENTS. SOMETIMES I FORGET JEN IS 39 BUT I CUT THE UMBILICAL CORD A LONG TIME AGO!! :rofl: WILL SEND GOOD THOUGHTS FOR A GRAND TIME!!

WELL CHICKIES...I HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AT THE MALL. DECIDED TO USE MY GIFT CARDS FOR THE HOUSE INSTEAD OF FOR CLOTHES. I HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH RIGHT NOW...BESIDES, WHERE THE "F" DO I GO?????
SO I GOT A TOASTER OVEN, SHOWER CADDY, TOWELS FOR KITCHEN AND BATH, SHEETS. BLANKETS, PILLOWS, POT HOLDERS, TABLECLOTH, PLACEMATS, BATH STUFF IN LEMON, MAKEUP, A 3PC SPRING CAPRI SET FOR JEN IN BROWN AND PINK...VERY CUTE. HAD A GREEAT DAY AND IT HARDLY COST ME A CENT!! TWO MORE MALLS AND I WILL FINISH THE CARDS.
ON A MORE HEADY NOTE....I AM GLAD YOU ARE COMING OVER HERE JOY. I FEEL THIS YEAR IS SOME KIND OF "DEFINING MOMENT" TYPE OF YEAR. I AM NOT SURE IF THAT IS THE RIGHT WORD BUT I KEEP GETTING THE FEELING THAT THIS YEAR IS IMPORTANT. MORE THAN ANY OTHER. MAYBE I AM CRAZY. crazy: :dizzy: SOMEHOW IT FEELS LIKE IT'S BUILDING UP TO SOMETHING. SIGH
WELL WE SHALL SEE WHAT THE REST OF 2007 HAS TO OFFER US CHICKLETTES!! :cheer:
OH.....THE BOSS FROM THE DPW WAS HERE, PULLED ME ASIDE AND APOLOGIZED FOR THE SNOW REMOVAL OR "THE LACK THEREOF" I SHOULD SAY. DON'T THINK IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. WE ARE FRIENDS AGAIN. :lol3:
HE SAID I WILL BE DEAD BEFORE I RETIRE AND I REALIZE HE IS RIGHT!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
I AM TIRED AND IN NEED OF A SHOWER. FOOD SHOPPING IS TOMORROW SO I BETTER GET A MOVE ON. SEE YA TOMORROW NIGHT! :moped:

MELODY525
03-19-2007, 07:59 PM
MADCAT~ I JUST FOUND YOU! SOMEHOW I SCROLLED BACK BUT MISSED YOUR POST. HOPE THE TAXMAN DOES HIS BEST AND MAKES A GREAT MAGICAL RETURN!!!
I AM GOING TO STICK WITH MAINTAINING FOR ANOTHER MONTH AND THEN MAYBE TRY SOMETHING NEW. :rofl:
SOAK UP THAT SUN CHICKIE!!! CHASE AWAY THE OLD WINTER GERMS!!!! :dance:

PainterWoman
03-19-2007, 09:04 PM
Mel: Congrats on your shopping spree. I had one at Sears because they hooked up with Lands End. Got WONDERFUL warm-up pants/tops and hoodies at 50% off. I could live in them all the time. I'm still fat, but at least I match. And look like maybe I can walk. :cool: It's going to be ugly when I have to actually "dress" for work tomorrow. EVERYTHNG IS TOO SMALL. :mad: :mad:

Happy: I didn't know there really WAS such a thing as poke salad. I thought it was just 'colorful language' in that song. I do enjoy planting bulbs, though some don't get cold enough in Texas to actually "set"... but the ones that make it tend to replicate and bloom more and more and more with NO EXTRA EFFORT. But they do so slower than mint or strawberries or some of the other invasive stuff.

Today was a very strange day. DH's truck is in the shop, so he worked from home. I went to my therapist (don't know that it helped particularly, but I do have some goals for the week... stay tuned). Bought a salad on the way home to have something healthy in the house... but then DH wanted me to go out to lunch. Ate Chinese. OK, but not planned. (Green beans and chicken) Then was SO sleepy. Just came home and had about a 4 hour nap. I think that's weird. Then I got to talk with each of my grown children. So I probably really ought to eat that salad now. It's past 8 pm, and I don't want to stay up into the wee hours again.

Shad
03-19-2007, 11:24 PM
Hola,
How's everyone on this bright and breezy day at the resort. Another day at the funny farm here. Lurches from normal to indecent to the ludicrous in a matter of minutes.

haven't got a lot to report and haven't got a lot of time to report it anyway. Been training this morning and believe it or not had to drive tfg out to site and we didn't kill each other on the way. Strewth, things are looking up.
Going home soon to rest and recuperate from my 'strenuous' day. Tomorrow I have to learn up about supply master data and inventory management. That should be fun. Please sir, my brain is full!

Okay, gotta go. I'll be back. One of the roosters is crowing.

suzi in auz
03-19-2007, 11:40 PM
Hi all.
working today on my day off. The volunteers all called in sick and the health nurse needed the centre open so here I am! I'm a little sleepy and realise I really enjoy my days off.
Have read all your notes...keep on keeping on. I heard a really good thing today by Bob Greene, he mentioned physics which I am sure you have all heard before, it's why we all get frustrated with the weight loss thing, we get to a certain place and then plateau, very frustrating.
Basically even if we are active we need to change things around, not see activity as working out. It's good to be active but we should be , to lose weight we need to do things over and above, this is so obvious but it was a light bulb moment for me. I can often see the Gym as something I can tick off and say I have been so good where as really to do any good in the weight department I needed to up the anty. My hubby has been doing this for a few weeks with weights, he ups them each time and is now noticing a change in his body and his weight, after 2 years of going to the gym and just staying the same.
It is quite exciting.
time for work...love to all
Suz

happy2bme
03-20-2007, 08:19 AM
Morning chicks,
Quick post as I have an early morning conference call. Good to see you all posting. Sounds like everyone is the the busy, busy mode. Me too. I stayed up kind of late reading my book for book club TONIGHT. I should have started earlier, it looks like a good read. I am behind in most things in my life. Got to get organized NOW. The more behind I am, the more I procrastinate and diddle around with other meaningless stuff.

I do like the point tracking tool on the WW online site. Journaling/writing things down does make you actively think. And it's amazing how much more you're actually putting into your mouth when you track things exactly vs just "guessing".

Have a good day everyone. I probably won't be back until tomorrow. :wave:

MELODY525
03-20-2007, 10:23 AM
WOW SHAD AND TFG IN A CAR TOGETHER AND NO BLOOD SHED....IMAGINE THAT :faint:
THE LAST THING I REMEMBER GOING TO BED WAS TAKING A ZYRTEC. NEXT THING I KNEW IT WAS ALMOST 10 AM!! :rofl: NO FOOD SHOPPING TODAY FOR MEL.
GOING TO GET SOME CEREAL AND TRY AND JUMP START THE DAY!! :wave: I SEE YOU ARE ALL ON THE ROAD TO BUSYVILLE SO I WILL JUST SAY HI! :wave:
PAINTER....I LOVE LANDS END. I HAVE 3 SETS OF PANTS/TOPS MADE OUT OF SOME KIND OF STRETCHY BRUSHED-LIKE MATERIAL. FUZZY FEELING. I WEAR THEM ALL THE TIME FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS. THE MOST COMFY CLOTHES I OWN!! GOTTA LOVE LANDS END!!

HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE :moped:

ceejay52
03-20-2007, 10:37 AM
Mel- You did well on your shopping spree. I love gift cards.

Happy--Went to sleep on the couch last night and didn't post that recipe. I meant to bring my cook book and do it at work but didn't lay it out the night before.

The guys have finished putting a cover over the hole in the wall where the birds are making nest. I didn't realize that a particular door would open at the water plant downstairs. Now I'm going to have to make sure that it is locked at night. It leads directly out on the street.

I think from now on that I'm going to just get myself heatlhy. I have recognized that I'm older and I'm getting used to my weight. I don't think I'm genetically programed to be any smaller than what I already am. I am going to execise at least 4 times per week(aerobics) and do weights at least 3 times per week. I will also be watching my cholesterol, fat, and carbs intake, and try not to eat a heavy meal after 5 p.m.

Hello to all the rest.

Shad
03-20-2007, 11:44 PM
Just a flying visit to let you know I am still alive and kicking - mostly tfg and one of the roosters. - they are beginning to drive me crazy. Tfg left his memory stick in the back of the computer in the training room when he finished last night. He was back in town before he realised. So Anna and I got these phone calls to request us to bring the memory stick. Now I ask you - am I his mother or something and has he nothing better to do? So when I arrived back in the office after going out and doing a stint in the absolute heat of the roasters (it's well over 120F there and the humidity is straight steam, he is waiting for me to give him his memory stick. So I gave him a little extra as well. Laid down a guilt trip so thick you could swim in the pathos. Then one of the roosters rang in to say the other one was missing - like I am the mother or something??? Did he do his course this morning? No! Fine I'll ring him. The little twit had grabbed his computer bag and left home minus the laptop - just the bag. Hello does the weight mean nothing to you? Right there are various ways around it without going home and getting the laptop (35K each way) you can use the control room one. You can borrow one from another trainer, you can borrow someones PC and download the screens and just pass them around. GET WITH IT YOU MORONS.
Am I the only one round here who can think???

Sorry, needed to get that off my chest. Right now someone elses moron has dropped a whole stack of rework on my desk. Now I'm the MM trainer as well.
:crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy::crazy: :crazy::crazy: :crazy::crazy: :crazy:

PainterWoman
03-21-2007, 02:19 AM
Shad: Glad you could vent. I'm sure there ARE some days when you are doing the most thinking! Not to mention being a great role model.

happy2bme
03-21-2007, 08:29 AM
Good morning chicks,

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :faint: sleepy, sleepy this morning. Don't you wish some mornings you could just fall back in bed and snooze longer? When I go to call DH most of the time he's "give me 30 more minutes" and sometimes it's an entire hour. I'm jealous. I'm also jealous of people who get to stay at home and don't have to trudge off to an outside job. My house is SO in need of a stay at home mom right now to get things tidied up :lol: Everytime I try to get the house Fly Lady'd DH comes along and drops things here and there. Sometimes I think we feed off each other. ;)

Shad, I can so relate to your vent. What is it about people just assuming that others are around simply to take care of their needs? Stupid twits. :tantrum:

Ceejay I think you are right, few of us will go back to our glory days although for some who reach their weight loss goal, it may be the first time in their lives they looked and felt so good.

Mel, hand me one of those Zyrtec pills, will you? I'll blame the siesta on the meds. :lol:

Suzi - be careful which kind of light bulb moments you have there - I see that your prime minister has banned incandescent bulbs. :idea: :D

About the Polk Salad, as I was talking to one of the association members out on the driveway several months ago, she happened to glance under my neighbor's magnolia tree and said oh lookit that polk weed in there. That's the only reason I know what it is. So I looked it up on Wikipedia.

Pokeweed contains toxins that are harmful to mammals. Young pokeweed leaves can be boiled three times to reduce the toxin, discarding the water after each boiling. The result is known as poke salit, or Poke salad, and is occasionally available commercially. Many authorities advise against eating pokeweed even after thrice boiling, as traces of the toxin may still remain. (OK folks, here it comes... ) When fried in bacon grease :ink: , poke salad is no longer poisonous, and many say it tastes very good, "especially with cornbread". (Hey, what doesn't taste good with bacon fat and cornbread and who hasn't heard of the antidotal effects of bacon grease :rofl: ) For many decades, Poke salad has been a staple of southern U.S. cuisine, despite campaigns by doctors who believed pokeweed remained toxic even after being boiled. (THAT'S WHY THEY CAN'T DRIVE DOWN HERE - BRAINLESS TWITS). :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: Yes, this is the place I live in now. :dunno:

Don't worry Shad, we won't be feeding you from under the magnolia tree although Poke Salad is also native to New Zealand.

Hey Painter - a 4 hour nap is what I consider a nice long one! It's just bad that at what should be bedtime you'll be bright eyed and bushy tailed. Toss a bit of turkey into that salad for the tryptophan effect.

Ok, I'm just lollygagging here. Time to head to work for today's new adventure whatever that may be...

ceejay52
03-21-2007, 09:48 AM
Here's the recipe for Mexican Chicken

1 boned chicken--I used a package of chicken tenders
1 chopped onion--1 used a bunch of green onions
salt and pepper
chili powder
garlic powder
1 pound of cheese--I used 2% grated cheese
1 9oz pkg of Dorito's--crushed
1 can Ro-Tel
1 can cream of mushroom soup--I used the 98% fat free from Campbell's
1 can of cream of chicken soup--Iused the 98% fat free from Campbells

Line bottom of 9 by13 inch greased pan with crushed Dorito's(save a fewfor the top). Spread chicken evenly over the chips. Sprinkle seasoning and chopped onions over chicken. Combine the Ro-Tel cream of mushroom and chicken soups together and spread over top. Spread cheese evenly and sprinkle the top with remaining chips.
Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

ceejay52
03-21-2007, 09:52 AM
Happy--I've eaten polk salad. It isn't my favorite but alot of my older relatives love it. It's also good with scrambled eggs.

This morning is flying by. I Hav a lot to do today so I need to get with it.

Shad
03-21-2007, 06:04 PM
Polk Salad - well when I get time I'll look it up. It certainly isn't called that in NZ. I suspect it is a weed similar to groundsil and called Raraki or Puha. The Maori love it. It becomes part of the Puha and Pakeha stew. Perhaps I should let you look up Pakeha. Or maybe Suzi would like to enlighten you all.
I've recovered from my dummy spit of yesterday, although since I have been working from home since 5.30am and are now at work, 7.53am, and due to start class at 8.00, the feelings of being a bit hard done by is persisting. I didn't finish yesterday until after 7.00pm and still managed some more from home last night, then brought my trip spreadsheet up to date and went to bed. I don't see an end to it either. But I am having Saturday off. I'd better do some shopping or I don't get to eat! and I am having guests to dinner Saturday night.
Painter, I am trying to arrange a long stop over in Dallas or maybe even an overnighter for the 30th May. Maybe we can meet up. Should have an answer in the next couple of days.

Anyway, gotta go, time to get this room set up and start beating the darlings over the head.

Shad
03-21-2007, 10:57 PM
Went to Wikipedia to see if I could find the weed in NZ and what its name actually is over there. Funnily enough I can't remember seeing it over there, but there is something which looks very similar here which is commonly known as the black currant plant and which is mightily prized in the North of Australia.
I'll see if I can find my photo of the currant plant.
Gotta go again. Back to Repairable Spares. I'm not going back into the office today because I might get accosted by the roosters or the tfg. I'll work here until I am going to sleep over the keyboard.

carla49
03-22-2007, 12:08 AM
Right now I'm too weak from lack of real food to post... At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Either that or it's taking all my energy for the old brain and liver to regenerate a few cells while they can. Down 5.9 lbs this morning, and hoping for a little more before my body realizes what's going on and shuts the metabolism down. I know 1 lb a week is healthier, but the quick loss sure is encouraging! And since I have so many to lose...

Mel, I haven't forgotten you want the diet info. Will try to remember to send it tomorrow. Prepare to be very, very, hungry - and to lose a quick 5 lbs or so if you make it through! (I don't provide any guarantees - every likelihood all 5 will come right back and bring their friends with them, but maybe not this time?)

Hello to the other worldly chicks. :wave:

Ceejay, are you sure your recipe calls for 1 lb of cheese? Not 1 cup? How many people does it serve? I had to look up Ro-Tel on the net - we don't have it here.

Poor Shad, forced into hiding at Fawlty Towers. I hope at least the AC is working! I've attached a portrait of you spitting the dummy...

PainterWoman
03-22-2007, 02:22 AM
Did you see the new Newsweek?:( Exercising keeps you healthy, makes your brain work better and longer, and (so they say) prevents recurrence of breast cancer. Guess I really must get moving no matter how much my bones hurt. :cool: :p :p Anybody who knows how to exercise vigorously without overdoing to the point of suicidal thoughts and/or immobility the next day? Do tell.

Happy-- just noticed your American IDLE moniker. Cute/Clever. Me, too. Except I'm STILL IDLE much of the time. :o
I really appreciated the Poke Salad Southern Culture lesson. I'm not sure there are any good enough explanations for the brainless twittedness of some Southerners. (or, um, TEXANS for heaven's sake!)

Shad: You must work harder than anyone I can think of. May 30th looks good from here!

Carla: Holysmoke! I think I'd have to cut off my toes to lose 6 lbs. (If I cut off anything MORE major it's be a lot more than that! AND a big mess, of course.) It would b e just like my body to jerk me around with a big loss and then a big @#$%in' plateau. :dizzy: Rotel tomatoes are a staple in Texas. They are stewed tomatoes with chilis. My daughter had Rotel-withdrawal the year she lived in Ireland. I used to ship salsa to her. (come to think of it, she had a hard time getting "good" tortilla chips, too. And I love the gif! did you do it yourself? I must learn how!

I get to sleep late in the morning and wear my comfy casuals. Wheeee.

Madcat
03-22-2007, 08:59 AM
So, I got up at the normal early hour, made it to the gym only to find that I had forgotten to pack my running shoes. The workout went out the window as a result and here I am at my desk, bright and early and with time to actually post! Not much happening here. Project continues to have an odd vibe. I swear I am speaking a different language some days. The Project Manager continues to look at me as if I have three heads. Maybe he is rendered senseless by my beauty? ;) Um, no.

On a sadder note, yesterday was the tenth anniversary of my father's death - and it snuck up on me. For some weird reason I was sure that it was Friday until a friend sent me an email reminding me that it was actually March 21. This does prove that time tends to soften the sharp edges of memory. I still miss him. Funny but I just wish I could hear the sound of his voice once again. I don't remember what he sounds like. After he passed away my Mom refused to change the answering machine message for months – so it was a shock whenever I called her and she wasn't there. I wish we had kept that tape now. My one regret is that he never got to meet DH. I think he would have approved… at least they could have shared a common need to have all their tools but back in the proper place. I miss him still. I think tomorrow night DH and I will go out for dinner and I'll buy a rye and soda and put in on the table in honour of my dad.

Wow you guys are a chatty bunch! So much to read.

Shad~ A Canada fest sounds like an excellent idea. I'll send Ruth a message and see if she is available during the time frame and then we'll work out details from there once your plans are jelled. You must be starting to really look forward to the break. This project sounds like a bit of a tsunami. Remember to hold onto the railing. Maybe the TFG is mellowing?

Meadow~ Tsking at you. File your taxes, girl. Ok so they won't chase you if you don't owe them money, but what if they owe you any? Don't let the buzzards keep a cent more than they have already wrung out of our hands. Thank you for posting that excerpt. It sounds like a very interesting book.

Carla ~ I completely understand the rewards of quick results. Heck I could use some motivation at the moment and a bit of movement on the scale. Hope your kitties are in the best of health. My girls are still pretty low maintenance, but then they are still young.

Suzi~ My Mom has made it safely back to the Country. Apparently everything was packed up and the drive was problem free. Thank you for asking. My sister called me yesterday and was telling me that there were a few "Let's just throw this item out while she's not looking" incidents, but all in all it was pretty low stress. You know how parents are… Hold firm on your own plans for your trip. Your parents will come around. Your Sydney Bridge adventure sounds lovely. Did you get any pictures? And I think you are on to something about challenging yourself to see change. Good thought.

Painter~ I have also felt all out of sorts since DST. It seems harder this year than in other years – though having extra light at night has been very nice. Luckily, since I incorporated I found a very nice accountant who will do all the hard stuff. I never minded doing my own taxes, but I'm afraid I'd miss something doing my business taxes. Besides, Ish (that's what he told me to call him) always saves me much more money than he costs me – and he does both DH and my personal taxes as part of the bargain. He's somewhat "assertive" in his approach to write-offs. As for an exercise that doesn't suck, I think biking outside is fun. It's not exercise as much as it is transportation. You get to go and see things and it's a good workout… and easy on the knees.

Happy ~ How's WW online going? Do you miss the meetings? Are you sticking with it? I also envy people who don't have to get up every moring and trudge off to some workplace, but then, if I worked at hoem I would miss having people to talk to and, to be honest, I'd probably work all day in my jammies, never shower, and then the DH would complain when he got home.

Ceejay~ Wow your sister is in Nairobi? That is so interesting. Good luck on the sweets resistance on weekends. I think you may be on to something. Maybe we just need to refocus on being healthy and let the weight take care of itself?

Mel~ I'm with you. I think this will be a defining year because we will make it so.

Ok, I better get out of here. We're having some people over on the weekend for a bit of a party and I'm taking tomorrow off . It's warmed up out there and almost feels like spring. I smell hope in the air… but I still see a bunch of sludge on the curbs. I got yet another call from my ex last night asking me to call him. Ok he has called me 3 times in the last 3 months – when will he get the hint that I'm not returning his calls because I don't want to talk to him?? But of course, being oblivious to the norms of social interaction was always one of his issues. I may have to call him back just to make him go away… and, of course, out of vague curiousity.

ceejay52
03-22-2007, 10:24 AM
Carla--I double checked the recipe and it does say 1 pound of cheese. This recipe is for probably 6 to 8 people.1 pound =16 oz or 2 cups. I used enough to cover the top.

I need to do some exercise today but not sure if my tummy will let me. Had to much pop corn yesterday. I weighed the same this morning at 189.4 pounds.

The Rav4 needs the oil changed in it so I'm going to call to see if I can get that done this afternoon. It need to be cleaned before I take it.

I'm suppose to go to Paragould tomorrow but I don't think that I'll go.

Gotta get moving. It's 9.30 a.m.

ceejay52
03-22-2007, 10:26 AM
Madcat--I'd love to hear my parents voices. It's good to remember them.

carla49
03-22-2007, 11:26 AM
Oy! I don't know if it's my age or the lack of carbs and 'grape juice', but this morning when I picked up the mail I was quite concerned to see my Visa bill had still not arrived. "Darn! I thought. That blankety-blank letter carrier has delivered it to the wrong address again! And since the lady who lived there has gone to her reward (at 90 plus) it may not get forwarded." So I pick up the phone to call Visa and make sure it wasn't just sent late. Visa assures me it's on the way, but not to worry until Monday. Still muttering to myself, I went to pick up the letters I had waiting to be mailed.... and right on top found the envelope to Visa all set to go out. :o It seems I actually got the bill yesterday, carefully reviewed all the charges and stapled all my receipts, filed that away and wrote out the cheque, stamped the envelope.... Oh well, at this rate I'll forget all about it by tomorrow. :rofl:

Mel, that feeling of impending doom is a combo of the constantly changing weather and atmospheric pressure, and Shad's upcoming descent on the Northern Hemisphere. (We need an earthquake smilie here.) So don't worry; yes, there is something earth-shattering coming soon, but it's all good. Trust me. ;)

Ceejay, I don't mean to harp on this, but I checked on Fitday, and 1 cup of shredded lo-fat cheddar is 185 cals, while 1 lb is 785... :eek: The cup is a volume measure, the pound a weight measure, and never the twain shall meet. Oops! :shrug:

Still behaving, still following the diet to the letter, no change on today's scales... Maybe it's all the herbal tea I've been drinking?

Gotta go. :wave: to all those I'm ignoring.

MELODY525
03-22-2007, 11:52 AM
I SEE CEEJAY HAS POSTED THE RECIPE!! :dance: GREAT!!

HAVE NOT READ EVERYONE'S POST YET. FEELING A WEE BIT DRAGGED OUT AFTER 2 DAYS IN THE OFFICE. ONE OF THE GIRLS LEFT FOR VACATION AND SHE NEEDED A HELPING HAND BEFORE SHE LEFT. JUST WATCHING TV AND MELLOWING OUT SO TO SPEAK:rofl:
WILL READ LATER ON. JUST WANTED TO JUMP IN THE POOL AND SAY HELLO!! FOOD SHOPPING IN THE MORNING AND SOME SENIOR'S NEED PAPERS FILLED OUT.
I'LL BE BACK OVER THE WEEKEND. :moped:
HAVE A GREAT END OF WEEK! :hug:

MELODY525
03-22-2007, 12:22 PM
Ceejay~ good plans for eating and exercising. WHAT?? NO PARAGOULD??? Yes keep the new found door locked!! thanks for the recipe! Very cheesy! :rofl:

Shad~ Rant away dear friend! :rofl: :rofl:
Don't beat them all too much or their heads will be softer than they already are :rollpin: Good thing the TFG's arse is attached...or he'd leave that behind when he left! :lol3: :lol3:

Happy! the poke salad explains a lot! Now I know what is wrong with the office and maintenance staff! :rofl: :rofl:
The best sounding part was the bacon grease. My stepmother used to fry bread in it so no one realized they weren't getting enough bacon with their eggs! :cb:
And to think I am still alive!!!

Carla~ I just remembered when yousaid faint that I have low blood sugar and could never do this detoxing without setting that off! :faint: so I hope you haven't wasted any time typing it up!! Sorry!! What was I thinking? :crazy:
With Shad coming to our neck of the world, we can blame a whole lot of things on the event!!! :cheer:
Congrats on the 5.9 lbs and let us hope they are permanently lost and can't find a map!!:tantrum:
The Visa bill story had me laughing. I recently did some weird stuff with mail and it magically showed up on my PC desk!!! I wrote it off to gremlins!!

PW~ Wish I had the magic formula for doing and/or liking exercise!! I could make a million $$ at the very least!!!
To say nothing of all the smiling faces we could see!!.

Madcat~ NO SNEAKERS!! :rofl: God works in mysterious ways....now we got to hear you!!!! :dance: :hug: for both you and Dad. Take a sip of the drink just for him! :cheers:

Thought I had better catch up before you gals chatted on for another 20 pages!!! :lol3: :lol3:
TTFN :scooter:

Shad
03-22-2007, 06:13 PM
Morning all,
Now I am Earthquake Shad :vibes: rather than Hurricane Shad :running: Okay my shoulders are broad I can take it.

I'm in the office eating a toasted sandwich and drinking coffee and about to start work. I've done my exercise for the day and am feeling virtuous.

For those who have trouble with exercise, let me just say one thing (long thing and loudly but its only one thing). Exercise is the only thing which will give you long term weight loss. It also allows you to eat a little more (and some restricted stuff as well) more often.
When I started exercise 3 nearly 4 years ago, it took all my effort to walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Then as that got easier, I began to run for 30 seconds a couple of times during that 20 minutes. Have you any idea how long 30 seconds can be??? :crazy: Then I began to run longer periods as it got easier. Now I don't walk on the treadmill unless I am warming up - it is always running.
Same with weights. Start small and work up and include it in your daily routine. If you feel stiff following the exercise, don't give in and wait for it to go away, it will only be worse next time. On the other hand there is a vast difference between muscle stiffness (lactic acid) and pain. If pain is persistently present, lighten the exercise or try something else to exercise that bunch of muscles or bones. For those with bad knees, arthritus or rheumatism, try water exercise. Aquarobics or water aerobics can get the heart rate up and not put strain on the muscles. Once you get a little fitter, you can retry the land based exercises.
Start small, work up. If you can't do 30 minutes a day, start with 15 and do it twice during the day. And PUSH yourself. You'll be surprised at what you can achieve.
That's not to say you have to like it. Gosh darn it, I don't like it much. You just have to do it. Often I spend the time on the treadie or the elliptical or the bike planning out my day and deciding what I am going to do or where I am going to go. Time passes faster if your mind is somewhere else. That's not to say I think you should read magazines on the bike or the treadie at the gym. Most people who do that, don't work up a sweat at all and get very little benefit from the effort or lack thereof IMHO
And guess what? That shower at the end of 45 minutes is the closest you are going to get to heaven for the rest of the day. Then there's breakfast or dinner - another little blessing. Don't think about it - just do it.
Here endeth the lesson! Oh and just for the record, I haven't lost a huge amount of weight by exercise. What I have lost is inches. I've gone from a size 18/20 dress size to a 12 and can sometimes fit a 10 (on a very good day). If that's not proof that it works, I don't know what is.

I'd love to be able to reply to the individual posts, but Repairable Spares are calling and I had better get with it and write the doco.

Hello to Happy, Mel, Carla, CeeJay, Madcat, Holly, Meadow, Painter, Linus, Suzi, Tig, Raven, and any others I have inadvertently forgotten or mislaid.

Watch out for the Ides of May - the Shadster comes your way!!

PainterWoman
03-23-2007, 02:34 AM
THANK YOU SHAD. What an awesome post. I am going to bookmark it to remind me of how it's done. so if it doesn't hurt WHILE you're doing it, it's OK? I managed to do a 15 minute walk/stroll this afternoon... and even with relafen this afternoon I am STIFF tonight. When I was in CA, I over die.
Hm. Maybe I need to lurk at Linda's exercise challenge! Thanks again for The Lesson.

MELODY525
03-23-2007, 09:02 AM
:cofdate:GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES!!!
LOVELY GRAY MORNING IT IS TOO :rain: JEN IS GOING TO DO THE SMALL FOOD SHOP WITH RICHIE FOR ME AND I GOT TO SLEEP IN A BIT BEFORE GOING DOWN TO "WORK". BTW MISS HURRICANE/EARTHQUAKE I HAVE TOLD THEM OF YOUR IMPENDING ARRIVAL INTO NJ FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE OR THEREABOUTS. SO THEY ARE DULY WARNED. BUT I STILL HAVE THE ALARMS TO ANSWER AT NIGHT AND WEEKENDS. :rofl:
NOT MUCH TO SAY. TODAY SHOULD BE THE LAST OF THE MEDICAL FORMS FOR THE SENIORS FOR THIS QUARTER. IT'S FOR THEIR $5 PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM. SO IT'S A GOOD CAUSE. SO MANY HAVE PASSED AWAY OR GONE TO A NURSING HOME THAT THE "LINE" OUTSIDE THE OFFICE DOOR IS DWINDLING. I AM NOT LOOKING FOR ANY MORE "CLIENTS" EITHER :lol3:
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND STAY WELL!!:moped:

:wave: TO HAPPY AS SHE IS BREATHING DOWN MY NECK....I CAN FEEL IT:rofl:

SHAD~ GOOD FOR YOU ON THE 10/12!!!! I DIDN'T REALIZE YOU HAD LOST SO MUCH. MUST HAVE BEEN SKIPPING TO WORK EACH DAY!!! :rofl: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

PW~ I JUST LEFT LINDA'S FORUM FOR AWHILE BUT THERE ARE SOME WONDERFUL GALS OVER THERE AND SOME NEW ONES AS WELL. THEY HAVE A GREAT CHALLENGE THAT JUST STARTED AND THE FORUM IS NEW EACH MONTH. KIND OF GIVES YOU THAT "FRESH START" FEELING ON THE 1ST OF EVERY MONTH. GOOD LUCK!!

happy2bme
03-23-2007, 09:05 AM
Good morning chicks,

I can't seem to wake up this morning and I even went to bed an hour earlier last night. Good thing it's Friday. My azalea bushes out back are blooming. The weather is kissing the 80's in the afternoon. Time for morning coffee on the patio. Just have to wash the patio chairs from the birds "gracing" them. I have the door open and there's a symphony of bird calls out there. Hard to tell one from another. Neighborhood kitties are also at the door meowning for treats.

Thank you for reinforcing once again that you have to work the program to get results Shad. And you don't have to begin at a marathoner's pace either. ;)

Mel, I remember Mom keeping a cup/can of congealed bacon grease in the fridge to be used when she wanted to fry something and "flavor" it. Lots of stuff we did then that I couldn't even consider doing now.

Hope I didn't offend anyone with the poke salad. It's just that I'm not eating anything that's got toxins in it. (I was shocked to learn that). Not doing any botox either. Mom put the fear of God into me about botulism and bad cans of food - sure not getting that stuff injected in my face. No collagen puffy lips either. :lol:

Carla - loved your little screaming Mimi icon. :rofl: Hope you get some good results on the scale from your diet.

Ceejay - I took the 4Runner in for a front end alignment yesterday. The guy who checked me in looked at my car and said - ah yes, pollen season is upon us. With the car covered in yellow "dust" I had to agree. I looked out the kitchen window and it looked like it was snowing. Just a mix of pollen and the fading white buds of the spent flower blooms. It's impossible to keep anything kept outside clean for very long this time of year. Thanks for posting the recipe, sounds good - I'll have to try it.

Hi Mel - hope you have a lighter day at the office today. Happy shopping. Get something for me :D

Painter, I know what you mean about stiff. I still think it's a good idea to get up an walk, even if you look like Frankenstein! Would be better to do a pool workout tho that's not always possible. I wish we had one of those warm water work out pools they have for the seniors. :^:

Madcat :hug: for your dad. My niece took some old family VCR tapes and converted them to a CD for us. I was watching with tears in my eyes and a happy heart. The saddest thing was that a good many people on that "tape" have now passed, among them my Dad too. Just pull out some old pictures and have a chat in your head with him. WW online has a nice points recorder. I suppose you can use Fitday for free. My free WW trial ends tomorrow at midnight - I have to decide if I want to renew. Part of me says that if I spend the money, I will stick with it more. Then again, I have 15 CDs from the Push TV program and I've only done one of them a few times :o

I have started drinking Coca Cola again and it is showing on the scale. Guess I have to say good bye to soda for good. For good because even if I don't drink it during the week, like smoking - once I pick one up, I'm back in the "habit" again. :nono:

Ok, gotta go. I'm shifting cubes today. The guy who sits on the other side of me now is on the phone all day long and the constant talking makes it very hard to concentrate at times. Can't blame him - it's his job to coordinate with the customers. So I'm moving across the aisle.

Have a good Friday.

happy2bme
03-23-2007, 09:07 AM
:carrot: :carrot: For you Shad - knocking down all those dress sizes is WONDERFUL :carrot: :carrot:

And I sort of thought you were lurking over my head Mel :s:

ceejay52
03-23-2007, 09:40 AM
Hi Happy--See your egg light aglow. When I washed my car yesterday it was yellow from the pollen. Talking about the birds singing--there is a mocking bird outside my window. I think it sings all day and night. I didn't know they sang at night. This was around 12.30 a.m. when I heard it.

Shad--Thanks for your testimony about inching down in size. Congratulations. I'm going to set a goal for this week and do my exercise

Mel--It's was nice of your daughter to go food shopping for you.

PW--Good for you in taking that brief walk.

I had a bright an early phone call this morning. I thought oops I'm gonna have to work today but it was my neighbor wanting to borrow my carpet shampooer. She still hasn't come to get it.

I'm making honey chicken(my sister's recipe)with zuchinni and rice for tonight's menu. Gonna have a tuna sandwich or pizza's made from french bread for lunch and oatmeal and one piece of sausage for breakfast. I'll have a banana and one other piece of fruit and a cup of yogurt.

I've been eating ice cream as part of my dairy intake but I'm thinking this has given me my tummy problems.

Hi Carla--What's up today? And where is Holly?

ceejay52
03-23-2007, 09:40 AM
Hi Mel--see you egg light alow

PainterWoman
03-23-2007, 08:50 PM
Amazingly enough, at the Oncologist’s office this morning I weighed (dressed) what I weighed the day before in my birthday suit. Whoopee! That was a victory of sorts.
And my blood pressure was down considerably. And THAT even after the news about Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer recurrence. My oncologist listened to my complaints and actually said my symptoms (and what I perceive as failings) are not MY FAULT. He joined the chorus of people who wonder why I am so hard on myself. Of course I wept. Then he said that the Arimidex only made 1% difference over Tamoxifen, and that Tamoxifen was tolerated better by lots of people. I am willing to trade 1 % recurrence danger to feel better than I have been. He also gave me a Rx for something to minimize myhot-flashes. (I’ve been having about 5 per day.) I read the stuff about it on line and it is ALSO SUPPOSED TO LOWER ANXIETY. I hope I’ll chill out. Oh, and I kept my food log. I didn’t eat according to today’s plan exactly, but I’m still in the ball park.

I made the mistake of sitting down and looking at mail rather than taking a walk today. Hmm. Now it's almost dark. Well, there's hockey on soon, and I can always "sit" on the stationery bike. Might even hit the gym tomorrow. They might faint to see me.That really feels good. Ciao and happy weekend to all.

MELODY525
03-24-2007, 09:04 AM
PAINTER~ FIRST...CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SCALE VICTORY!!! GOOD FOR YOU. AND ALSO THE BLOOD PRESSURE!!! ANOTHER GOOD THING!! I THINK IF YOU COULD HAVE ANOTHER PRESCRIPTION IT WOULD BE TO MELLOW OUT FOR THE SPRING AND TAKE A VACATION IN YOUR MIND. WHEN I SPOKE TO SOMEONE AT THE HOSPITAL RECENTLY SHE SAID MUCH THE SAME THING TO ME. SO LIKE YOU, I AM GOING TO TRY AND BE MORE GENTLE WITH MYSELF WHILE PUSHING MYSELF FORWARD AND KEEPING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. I AM GLAD YOU SWAPPED DRUGS AND HOPE THE NEW PILL DOES ALL IT'S CREDITED FOR! :cheer: I AM SURE YOUR "HEAD" COULD USE A VACATION OF SORTS. I BELIEVE THAT TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS. I ALSO KNOW IT'S EASIER SAID THAN DONE TO "TRY NOT TO THINK". TAKE LOTS OF DEEP CLEANSING BREATHS. I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MS EDWARDS RECURRENCE. SENDING :hug:

HAPPY~ I CAN HEAR THE SYMPHONY OF BIRDS!!! MY GRANDSON "GRACES" MY HEAD ONCE AND AWHILE BUT I HAVEN'T USED A HOSE ON MY HAIR LATELY :rofl:
I LOVE AZALEAS WHEN THEY ARE IN FULL BLOOM. OUR FORSYTHIA BUSHES ARE LOOKING LIKE BUDS ARE COMING:dance: HAPPY, I WISH WE COULD BOTH HAVE OUR COKE AND DRINK IT TOO.:( I AM SAD FOR THE BOTH OF US. BUT WE CAN STILLPUT OUR UMBRELLAS IN OUR WATER WITH A TWIST!!!! :rofl: YOUR CARD CHEERED ME UP MUCHO!! IT WAS A PERFECT ENDING TO A HORRIBLE WEEK. JEN AND I CRACKED UP. :hug:

CEEJAY~ NICE MENU!! HONEY CHICKEN MADE MY MOUTH WATER!!! ICE CREAM CAN BOTHER MANY PEOPLE. THE COLD AND THE LACTOSE. I SWITCHED TO SOME REAL FRUIT POPS. AND BY THE WAY WHILE YOU'RE AT IT,
I NEED TO BORROW YOUR RUG SHAMPOOER ALSO!:lol3:

TODAY A MAN IS MOVING IN AND THE WOMAN HAS CANCELLED HER MOVE. GOOD FOR ME!! HIS MOVE IS FOR AROUND 10-11 SO I HAVE TIME FOR 3FC, SHOWER AND A LEISURELY BREAKFAST. :cofdate:
I AM GLAD THIS WEEK IS OVER. ONE GIRL IS BACK AND THE OTHER WILL BE BACK NEXT WEDS I THINK. THE OFFICE DRAMA IS ESCALATING. I AM THINKING THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER IS CONTINUING AS WELL. :rofl: WHEN I WENT SHOPPING I BOUGHT JEN AND RICHIE SOME SPRING CLOTHES. WE CELEBRATED SPRING LAST NIGHT. HE WENT TO BED AND JEN AND I HAD A NICE CHAT. HIS FAMILY DRAMA CONTINUES ALSO. IT'S YEARS OF BUILT UP CRAP. HE IS WEATHERING OUT THE FAMILY STORM MUCH BETTER NOW. RESIGNED TO LIVING HIS LIFE FOR HIMSELF MORE AND FINDING THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO HIS INNER SELF. JEN AND I ARE JUST BEING SPECTATORS AND LETTING HIM just "GO" WITH IT. WE HAVE OUR OWN SEARCHES GOING ON :rofl:
I BETTER GO AND GET THE OATMEAL THAT IS SITTING IN THE MICRO!!! LOVE TO YOU ALL AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!! :moped:

ceejay52
03-24-2007, 01:21 PM
Guess I'll wait abit before I go outside and mow. The neighbors children are outside. I've found some dust masks that I hope will work this year. I saw my first snake of ths spring season. It was out on the highway and hopefully someone ran over it. I don't like spiders and snakes.

PW Congratulations on the weight and blood pressure. I've had the hot flashes but seems they have decided on their on to stop.

Mel--I think we all need to let our minds take a vacation. However, ever I'm afraid to let my wonder to longer. It might like to stay where it's at. :romfl:

I'm going to start a load of clothes and then wonder outside. I can do some raking and lfower bed work until the kiddo's go inside.

Hollyhock
03-24-2007, 02:39 PM
HI!!!

Caught up wiht everyones news!!
Busy , busy here. We have had DSs to series of Docs,tests etc. He was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder. Therapy to follow. We have bene given some great parenting tools to use.
All 3 jobs are going well. New flooring is completed in 1 room upstairs and DD's room is prepped and ready for floor. There was mold all ove rhte underside of the carpet. So happy to have it gone.
I just signed up for the online personal training for 1 year.Meal and exercise plan- changes up every 6 weeks. Phone and email support.

We have been to hockey. While the boys were getting dressed DD and I went for groceries. Watched the game- parents against kids- funny. Came home, had lunch, kids have done some cleaning while i did the kitchen, hubby has emptied DD's room and taken up the old carpet and basebaord are off!!! The back of the carpet was moldy!! Yuck!! I am so glad it is out!!!!!!

DD has rediscovered her tea set and DS is making a project for fun. My sinuses are a mess. Antihistamine has been taken.

I have have dusted and vacuumed the LR and playroom.

I will dust and vacuum the office and DR and then take a wee nap. I need to do some Avon and tax stuff today later. Picked up a stuffed pork roast for supper.
Oh- much laundry to do. Bedding. Had a few bed wettings this week.

Working at taxes is next.

Just keeping on-trying to keep my eggs all in their basket and be happy while doing it!!

happy2bme
03-24-2007, 03:33 PM
Mel, glad you enjoyed the card and froggie. I can't believe how long it took to get to you. I mailed it the day after your birthday. Cripes, did Paul Revere WALK it over to you??? :rofl:

We have a foo foo event tonight. Told you we bought a Thomas Kinkade painting of Graceland. (I don't like how it came out :( ) The big unveiling this morning was at Graceland but I wasn't paying mucho bucks to rub noses with Priscilla and Thom up close and personal. Instead we have invitations to the big event tonight at the Gibson Guitar factory where Thom will hand sign each of our paintings. Priscilla will be there also as they are auctioning off a special painting for her charity. I think DH's sister and BIL would faint at the opportunity to meet Priscilla. They were such major Elvis fans that they named their son Presley. Yet oddly enough when they came here they didn't want to go to see Graceland.

There will be hor'deurves (can't ever spell that) and cocktails. But DH and I are going to head out to Beale Street early and catch some supper ahead of time. We had Olive Garden tossed salads for lunch so we're trying to be good.

It's 84 degrees out. Too hot for this time of year.

Will be back tomorrow to chat more. Here's what the painting looks like. I wish they had done the cadillac in a color other than green. And I think it would have been better if he had captured the incredible colors of spring here instead of the usual fall colors he does.

Shad - you can sleep in the "Graceland" room. :lol: I meant to ask you - do you like a firm or soft mattress? I know you will say the floor is fine but the main guest room has a ultra pillow soft top which may be too smoochy for some people and you will have your pick of guest rooms so you can get what you want. Speak up so I can plan. ;) Have you firmed up your trip yet?

Ok, gotta go get ready now...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/ThomasKinkadesGraceland.jpg

Shad
03-24-2007, 07:03 PM
Happy, I got a note back from the travel agent via his assistant (he's in some place else right now) telling me how I can book internal flights over the internet :faint: I am far from impressed. However since time is getting on, I will do this - mind you cost is also a factor, they will charge me $15 for the use of the internet for each flight they book over it. I've found a web site called Orbitz and am searching that out for my stuff. While I am here today I will do the first part of the American trip with the dates I have sorted out. I promise it will be on your desktop by the end of this weekend. Same goes for Painter and Mel.

I'm not sure I am overcome with emotion about that painting either. Seems to be missing his usual sparkle or is he now just becoming too big and too well known? Heck I even saw an article in the local business magazine that mentioned him and his empire - seems like he is looming large over here as well! Actually looking at the picture again, I think it is the gates I don't like.

Painter - as far as the exercise goes - or rather pain from it - you must be the judge as to whether it is muscle stiffness or real life pain. Happy knows that there are some exercises she can't do because of knees and things and if that is the case, then don't do whatever gives you real pain. I see you spoke about gracing the gym. Spend a little extra and get a personal trainer to show you where and how to start. If you remember Richard Simmons - he used to say that if you can't stand up to exercise, then sit on the end of the bed and move the arms and legs and torso until you can stand up to do them. Anything is better than nothing.
As for my sizes - 10 is a very long shot and we all know that sizes are a useless comparison these days as some size tens are another brands size 14 and vice versa. Hang on to some of your old clothes that fit or no longer fit and keep trying them on to see what gives - hopefully not the zipper.

Okay, I'm here at work and it is Sunday and I had better go do something for which I get paid.

I'll try to get back before I go home. Meantime, I'll go book some flights to Memphis and be back with the info and then do some work.

Shad
03-24-2007, 10:06 PM
Now I have got a headache trying to sort out these flights. I'm not sure whether or not I am booked from LAX to Phoenix :yikes: Don't think I am but I will wait a day or so for that to come to into my inbox.

The flight from Farmington to Dallas is proving a headache as well. Might have to change plans and not go there or go there and drive back to Phoenix which I don't want to do. Anyway I will keep going and keep you informed.

It seems to be cheaper to fly from Newark to Toronto than it is from Dallas to Memphis - Uh what?

carla49
03-24-2007, 11:55 PM
Poor Shad - what a nuisance that the travel agent has left you on your own. Here we now pay hefty fees to use travel agents for most travel. I often use Expedia; don't know if there's an Aus version, but I find it works well. I usually get the email comfirmation within minutes. And Dallas to Memphis is 725kms, Newark to Toronto is about 480. Mystery solved.
You might ask some of the worldly chicks in the cities you're visiting what flights and airlines they'd recommend it can help avoid the deadly secondary airport disaster... If I can do anything, let me know. Good luck!

happy2bme
03-25-2007, 12:28 AM
Sorry Shad - I miss the convienience and pricing of Chicago's airports. Seems we have to fly halfway around the country to get anywhere and pay through the nose for it.

Shad
03-25-2007, 12:28 AM
Thanks Carla, I've found Flight Centre US (an Aussie site) and think that I might use them.
I find it interesting that if I go from Phoenix to Memphis (and yes I have found I can go non-stop, then it's around 252 us. If I stop over in Dallas it's about 590 us. And I also have to stop in Denver. I may have to rethink a couple of things. Getting to Dallas from Farmington is cheaper and there is some vague airline that flies in the middle of the night that will do it for around 380 to Memphis via Dallas. I'm a little confused but I will be at Happy's home town on 1st June one way or the other.
Life was not meant to be simple.
Back to the joys of Controlling Inventory - I've done Goods Movements today - I've had a go at the joys of Physical Inventory and nothing seems to want to work as I remember it used to! and shortly I'll attack Repairable spares once more. God I'm good. I must remember to raise my rates.

Shad
03-25-2007, 12:30 AM
s'all right Happy - If I have to I'll miss out some of the itinerary. I'm trying to avoid that - but I'll hassle it out while watching the biggest loser tonight. Then get to work early tomorrow and book 'em all.

happy2bme
03-25-2007, 12:38 AM
Denver's pretty. Rocky Mountain Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.... Cah-lor-rah-doe. BUT - they can get snow in June. We drove out there one year on June 12 and I was panicking because the week before they had gotten 4 inches of snow. But it melted before we got there. I know how much you like the cold Shad. :hyper: But I have to say that a $590 airfare is not pretty at all. Doesn't seem to be too many bargain flights either. I've been looking for tickets for my mom and they have been on the high side. No senior discounts either.

I certainly hope you can get a direct flight from here to Mel's. Probably better that you found an Aussie travel site since then you won't have to worry about money exchanges.

Ok, I'm going to bed. Good night all.

MELODY525
03-25-2007, 09:10 AM
POOR SHADDIE. I AM AT A LOSS TO HELP YOU. NONE OF US ARE SEASONED TRAVELERS. BUT I WAS GOING TO SAY USE NEWARK AIRPORT. THE ONES IN NY ARE IMPOSSIBLE. THE KIDS USE NEWARK AND JET BLUE AIRLINES ONLY BECAUSE THEY ARE CHEAP. BUT THEY SEEM TO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH OVERBOOKING ETC.
SO WE'RE NOT MUCH HELP THERE. DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME AND DATES. I'M IN NO RUSH TO GET THEM AS I DON'T HAVE TO BOOK TIME OFF :rofl: FINGERS ARE CROSSED AND GOOD LUCK!!

HAPPY~KINCAID WAS SELLING TONS OF STUFF FOR A FEW YEARS NOW ON QVC.....YOU GOTTA SEE THE SALES AND HE IS USING RELIGION TO SELL THEM. LOTS OF HOLY ROLLERS DOWN SOUTH AND THEY SELL LIKE HOTCAKES!! IT WAS MASS MARKETING TO THE MAX! YA GOTTA WATCH HIM TO BELIEVE HIM. NOT SURE IF HE STILL USES THEM OR NOT. SIGH. YOUR PAINTING IS VERY NICE AND I LOVE THE COLORS. DOES HE ACTUALLY PAINT EACH ONE NOW? I WAS WONDERING IF THEY USE COPIES. HIS ARMS MUST BE EXHAUSTED :lol3: ANYWAY...ENJOY IT AND MAKE THE GRAND PRESLEY SUITE! :beach:

CEEJAY~ HOPE YOU GOT TO MOW THE LAWN. GOOD OF YOU TO BE SO CONSIDERATE! I SOMETIMES AM AFRAID MY MIND MIGHT LIKE THE VACATION SPOT SO MUCH IT WON'T COME BACK EITHER!!! :rofl:

CARLA~ WHERE HAS THOU BEEN HIDDING? GLAD YOU CAME OUT OF THE WOODWORK IN HOPES OF RESCUING SHAD! :lol3: WE CANNOT HAVE HER WANDERING OFF TO JUST ANYWHERE UNACCOMPANIED. SHE MIGHT GET ARRESTED!!!! :faint:

HOLLY~ :wave: TO YOU ALSO. DON'T BOUNCE THOSE EGGS!!

SUNDAY AND THE SILENCE IS WONDERFUL. ALL THE LITTLE BLUE HEADS ARE GLUED TO THE TV XSCREEN WATCHING THE RELIGIOUS CHANNEL!! :angel:
IT ALWAYS AMAZES ME HOW QUIET THESE MORNINGS ARE. LIKE I AM ALONE IN THE BUILDING. :beach:
A WOMAN IS MOVING SOME STUFF IN TODAY. SHE MOVES IN FOR REAL ON THE 1ST OF APRIL. BUT SHE WON'T CALL TILL AFTER 10. SHE FEELS BAD FOR ME...LOL
I MUST KEEP HER IN THAT FRAME OF MIND!!
I FIND THAT THE SPANISH RESIDENTS AND THE NEWER TENANTS RESPECT MY SITUALTION MUCH MORE THAN THE ONES THAT WERE HERE WHEN I ARRIVED WHILE STILL WALKING. AS THEY LEAVE HERE ONE BY ONE MY DOORBELL IS GETTING QUIETER. :dance: FUNNY NOW I THINK OF IT...THE LATTER OFFICE STAFF IS DOING THE SAME. I WONDER WHY? NOT COMPLAINING MIND YOU...JUST CURIOUS. ANYWAY......................
I NEED TO GET THE DAY GOING. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT ONE. OUR SUN IS OUT WITH GRAY SKIES AGAIN. WHERE IS THIS BIG HEATWAVE WE WERE PROMISED. :tantrum: ME THINKS THE WEATHERMAN FOOKED UP!!! <---LITTLE TURTLE SLANG THERE:rofl:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

Hollyhock
03-25-2007, 09:11 AM
Shad- you are doing great to sort out your own flights like that!!!

What is your tentative date for Toronto?

Hollyhock
03-25-2007, 09:15 AM
Hi Mel!!
I have a friend in NJ. Now I am wondering if I should come for a weekend and see you too. I have a bit of a travel bug. 1) it's been 10 years. 2) there are some avon trips I can win and with Shad's trip coming up and talking to friends over seas etc I am feeling I need to go somewhere. I did do my passport application yesterday so I can get OUT of Canada.LOL!!. Need my pic and guarantor.

HUGS!!!

ceejay52
03-25-2007, 09:36 AM
All these people traveling. I'll do my share in April. I over slept this morning.
Called L and told her then jumped into some clothes. I did not have time to packed my lunch so I'll be starving by the time I get off from work. I'm stopping by Wal-Mart to buy a new alarm clock.

I went furniture shopping yesterday and purchased a new Ashley sectional sofa. I'm going to try to locate the sectional on line and insert a picture. I'm not telling my aunt and uncle. My uncle wouldn't be upset but my aunt on the other hand. The money was saved up for this and I got it on sale.

Worked in the yard for a couple of hours. It looks a lot better. If I had let the back yard go for two more weeks I'd never had gotten the mower threw it.

Hello to all the rest

happy2bme
03-25-2007, 12:48 PM
Hi peeps,

The backyard is a gorgeous riot of color. The azaleas have bloomed. Reds, light and dark pinks, purples and whites. The dogwood is blooming above them. And the sweetgum trees over all of that are raining pollen that looks like cornmeal :lol: It's supposed to break a record and hit 87 degrees today. Too hot, too hot, too hot. Yuck. The mockingbirds are in the height of their song singing season. A constant trill of all different noises. They are funny. They will imitate cars starting and honking and you hear a whole lot of non birdlike noises coming from them. For 2 years we fed a mama mockingbird grapes. She hung around our yard and nested nearby. She had a broken pinfeather so we knew it was the exact bird. I don't see her this year, DH said that 2 years is about it for most birds :(

Yes, I agree - Thomas Kinkade is WAY oversold and over marketed. Personally I get a kick out of these people who proclaim they have a God given gift (Thomas Kinkade and Slyvia Brown to name 2) and then use that "gift" to get rich. The only reason I bought the Graceland painting was as an investment. It is hand signed and has a special marking for this occasion which will enhance it's value. The actual painting looks a little better than the picture I posted but it's still not a piece I'd keep. I told DH that I suppose it's good that I'm not attached to it, would make it easier to sell it. I have another piece that has tripled in value but I love that picture and would be very hard pressed to ever sell it. Priscilla looked very pretty last night. She must have gotten "fixed" because she didn't have that scary I've had too much plastic surgery look that she had the last time I saw her. However, she looks amazing for being 61 years old.

I guess this is a big year for Graceland. 50 years from when Elvis purchased the home, 25 years since Graceland has been open to the public and August will mark the 30th anniversary of his death. Believe you me, you won't want to be around that place in August. More than half the people at the event last night had varying degrees of Elvis stuff on them -buttons, bags, clothing, etc. Some were really "spiffed up". Kinda unbelievable. And considering that the fan base is in their 60s and 70s - it looks a bit wierd. Sort of what I suppose a Beatles convention would look like. Ah but don't we all think that time has stood still for us. ;)

Mel - I don't have an explanation as to why people are not as friendly and socialable as they once were other than to say that times have changed. Not always for the better. :( Kinda sad when you share a cup of coffee with a friend by sitting in front of a computer screen rather than face to face across a table. :cofdate:

Ok, well I have burned an awful amount of time at the computer today. Really must get a move on here. Have a good Sunday.

carla49
03-25-2007, 09:25 PM
Hi all.
Mel, how nice that the newer residents and staff treat you the way you deserve to be treated! Could it be that those who've known you for a while only see Ms Dynamo/Problem fixer, and just don't see the chair? Which would be sort of a compliment, no? Congrats on a nice quiet Sunday morning too.
Ceejay, I'm looking forward to a pic of your new sofa! Do your aunt and uncle worry that you'll get yourself into money troubles, or do they just like to be in control of what you do? Relatives! They do drive us nuts some times.
Shad, I agree with your post about the value of exercise, but don't agree that alone it's enough for weight control. I actually gained weight while training for a marathon, despite the many miles running every week. But doing some weights and getting some cardio in would certainly do my flabby bod a world of good. And you're absolutely right that you can start out barely able to walk around the block and end up a runner.
Holly, what a good idea to make the trek down to Joisy for a Mel/Shad fest. If you decide to apply for a passport, do it in person if there's an office anywhere reasonably near. Mine only ended up taking 8 working days, but it seems it can be as much as 9 weeks if you apply by mail. If you go to the US by car you don't need one. Good luck!
Happy, I find it hard to imagine such hot temps! It's getting warmer here, about +10C today, but it actually snowed yesterday. Grrr. I must say I enjoyed the mental image of all the aging Elvis fans, and Priscilla getting younger and younger. Whatever happened to aging gracefully? (says Ms fancy photofacial...)
Tomorrow will be day 12 of this very restrictive diet - down 7.2 lbs (digital scales are annoyingly precise) so far. I'm still hoping to hit 8 down tomorrow morning. Then the big job is keeping some of the good habits like no evening eating, and no filling my face with junk... Maybe it's time for WW again? I still have a long way to go, but my jeans did fit straight from the wash, so that should encourage me to carry on. The best part of all this is the pleasure I've been getting from eating my steamed veg. Especially green beans and brussels sprouts - they taste like candy when you cut out sugar! Of course I did just have my first diet pepsi in a while, and it was ambrosia. I guess that addiction is here to stay.
I went to get my hair trimmed Thursday. When will I learn that I have to give extremely detailed instructions to get what I want? I just wanted some layers cut into it, but instead it's now layered and much, much shorter. (Hmmm. Maybe some of the weight loss is actually attributable to the haircut?) So short, in fact, that I'm forced to go back to tucking it behind my ears, which are quite large and require a lot of hair to cover if I don't want to look like I'm wearing a mushroom costume. So much for letting the hair grow out... I actually look a lot better with short hair, except that it looks too masculine. Lucky me, back to Carla the chick magnet.
Gotta go. Greetings to those I've missed. :wave:

carla49
03-25-2007, 09:35 PM
Painter, I just realized I forgot you! I didn't do the graphic myself, and have no idea how to do them. I'm still amazed when I figure out how to copy one into a text... And about the 6 (now 7.2!!!) lbs, I did it with the Fat Flush diet - tons of cranberry juice, no starches, etc. I stil haven't emailed the diet summary to Mel, but if you PM me your email address, I'll send it to you too when I finally get my act in gear.
Ta-ta for now. (If you click on the puss below to enlarge, he'll start laughing.)

Madcat
03-26-2007, 07:45 AM
‘Morning, chicklets, just a quick check-in before I go to hit the showers.

Had a busy weekend. We threw a small party Saturday night and it took two days of running around, scrubbing surfaces, discarding clutter and tidying to get the place to “company shape”. Yesterday I spent mostly on the couch, recovering.:lol: My feet hurt – since it seemed as if I was standing for two days straight. I came to a realization yesterday too. It seems to me that I have been in pain for about 6 months – first with the plantar’s fasciitis in my left foot and now with some other injury to my right foot. I’ve been ignoring the pain and soldiering on, still going to the gym (though modifying my workouts) and still walking home, but where is that getting me? My feet are not getting better and ignoring the pain and pretending they do not hurt is not going to make it so. In the meantime I can’t exercise properly and I am getting fatter and more out of shape. It is soooo depressing.

So I am going to try something radical and take the rest of the week “off”. I’m not going to go to the gym. I’m not going to walk home. I’m going to take ibuprophen and elevate and ice my foot and rest it and see if that will make it better. Heck, I might even, gasp, go to a doctor! The thought of not pushing myself scares me, but the thought of this continuing immobility is even scarier.

Carla~ Congrats on the results you are having with your “jump start” program. You are right – you have now broken the hold of the monster and you just have to be able to find a way to make it work long term for you. You are a chick magnet? :lol: Well it’s good to be wanted!

Happy~ That’s probably the problem for most people who collect art as an investment. If you love the piece how could you give it up? I know if I owned a Monet or Degas I’d be hard pressed to ever part with it. But you are right – you bought a painting that probably has a great niche market potential. Enjoy the bursting spring.

Ceejay~ Congrats on the new couch. I take it your aunt is a person who is cautious with cash?

Holly~ I know what you mean. All this travel talk makes me look longingly at the possibility of airline tickets as well. Carla’s right – it’s much faster if you apply for your passport in person these days. And I'm thinking Shad meet-up in Toronto perhaps? Are you game?

Shad~ there’s a flight centre for Canada as well. In addition, you can try expedia.com. I’m not sure if they would service customers outside of North America, but at least it is good for comparing prices. I often use them to get a base price and then shop around to the various airlines to see if they have a discount. The weird thing about air travel in the US is the hub system. You may be flying from point A to point B but you can’t get there without going to point C first… and sometimes point D as well. I guess it’s the most cost effective way to cover a lot of points, but not very convenient if you aren’t flying between major cities.

Mel~ Hope your move in day was calm. Maybe it is a complement to you that the people who have known you longest still treat you the same. They see you as the go-to girl, the one who can get things done and that is nice… but it doesn’t mean they can treat you without respect. Don’t let other people’s flurries suck you in.

Painter~ I hope that the new meds help. You know, you have been through a lot and giving yourself a break now and again is not the same thing as throwing in the towel.

Oh geez, guys, I have to go and get in the shower. Another fine work week begins. Oh, I forgot, I got an email from an old coworker and my old boss has asked me to call her. Could that be a job offer I smelll? :T I’ll have to see what they are offering and see if they are willing to wait for me to finish off my current contract at the end of May. I wouldn’t feel right running out in the middle of the work I’m doing at the moment. Better dash!

happy2bme
03-26-2007, 08:31 AM
'Morning chicks,

Quickie for me today. I have to get to work early. This is going to be a beastly busy, over the top week for work and personal life things. I will survive it I keep telling myself.

Thought for the week- WW takes an inordinate amount of time for planning. :book2: But you knew that Happy - the leaders always told you that. :yes: but I never really DID it for myself :write: All is in place and documented - now it's just up to me to execute the plan. Perhaps that's why we fall off the wagon so easily - life keeps trying to trip us up and interfer with the plans. :faint:

Madcat - take good care of those feet. If you do have a problem, it will get worse if you don't attend to it. Does your gym have a pool? Swimming would get exercise and off your feet. Perhaps too do a bike for cardio instead of pounding the feet? I think you are smart to take a rest. Do flex the feet. A foot soak with some eucalyptus crystals or (believe it or not but it works) some powdered mustard does wonders too. Flex and stretch the feet in the warm water. Just please, don't mix the eucalyptus AND the mustard together :lol: Hope you get some relief soon :hug:

Carla, loved the laughing kitty. Congrats on the 8 pounds down. Sounds like you earned every single ounce. I admire your determination and suffering. I hope you can keep off the sugar. That's quite a feat! You should be very proud of yourself. I completely understand your remark about the green beans. I used to get a plum for my sweet treat and believe me, that was the highlight of my day. But isn't that how it should be?

It will be nice if our northern sisters can get together and have a big blowout in TO. Hope it all works out for you.

Ceejay - the new furniture sounds lovely. Always good to change things around every once in a while. It sure was a good weekend to be outside working, wasn't it?

Mel - I was reading your post "... little blue heads watching the religious channel..." and I'm thinking BIRDS? :?: what is she talking about? Then I realized BLUE HEADS = BLUE HAIRED LADIES? :rofl: Sometimes I'm a little slow. I went outside yesterday and pushed some sunshine and warm breezes your way. Should be arriving today. Hope you don't get storms tho - lots of rain up north it seems tho it is getting into the April showers time of year.

Shad, your job sounds like so much fun. NOT. Yes they should pay you more to untangle all the gibberish AND tolerate your buddy. I agree with Madcat about expedia.com - you can at least use it to look up and price flights. I am woefully ignorant about travel planning if you're not from the U.S. (which is why I stay within the country). :lol:

Ok, time to get rolling here. Hellos to the rest of the chicks. :wave:

MELODY525
03-26-2007, 09:23 AM
WELL I AM STILL WAITING FOR HAPPY'S WARM BALMY BREEZES. :beach: :rofl: WE'RE ENTERING THE RAINY/GLOOMY PART OF SPRING IN THE NORTHEAST. JUST HAVE TO BEAR WITH IT. :rain: NOTHING NEW HERE. MOVE INS WENT EVEN BETTER THAN EXPECTED. THIS NEW MAN IS GOING TO BE A P.I.T.A.!!! :tantrum: I ALREADY TOLD HIM THAT THE OFFICE AND JOHN ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN ANSWER HIS QUESTIONS. THAT "THEY JUST GIVE ME KEYS". :rofl: I SHOULD BE OUT OF THE OFFICE BY WEDS. ARTS & CRAFTS IS TUES AND WEDS. FOOD SHOPPING IS TUES MORNING IF I CAN SQUEEZE IT IN. LOOKS LIKE A SHORT BUT FULL WEEK. ALREADY LATE FOR THE OFFICE SO I GOTTA SCOOT :scooter:

CARLA~ CONGRATULATIONS ON THE LOSS!!! WOW I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH YOUR SUCCESS AND DEDICATION!! ALL FOR A MUCH HEALTHIER YOU ALSO! :cheer: YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT THE TENANTS. SOMETIMES I LOSE SIGHT OF THE TRUTH. THEY BOGGLE MY WEARY MIND :rofl: THE MAYOR JUST SAID THE EXACT SAME THING ONLY HE CALLED IT A "LEFT-HANDED" COMPLIMENT. :lol3:

SHAD~ THE TRAVEL SAGA CONTINUES!! HOPE THE PLANS ARE STILL GOING WELL. :hug: GOTTA BE TOUGH MAKING PLANS FOR PLACES YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. THANK GOD YOU PICKED NEWARK AIRPORT!!!! I HAD ASSUMED YOU WERE AND SHOULD NOT HAVE!!! BAD MELLIE.

HAPPY~ YOUR YARD SOUND SO NICE. MUST BE A SIGHT TO BEHOLD IN THE MORNING WHEN THE COLORS ARE ALL DEWY AND FRESH. ENJOY!! I WOULD RATHER HAVE A :cofdate: WITH YOU CHICKS THAN ANYONE I KNOW IN "REAL" LIFE. :rofl: GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK AND REST IN BETWEEN BUSYNESS!!!

MADCAT~ GO TO A DOCTOR WOMAN!!! :tantrum: IF THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG THEN WAITING IS PROLONGING IT WHILE MAKING THE SITUATION WORSE AS YOU ARE ALREADY AWARE OF. (THIS COMING FROM A WOMAN WHO HAS THE WORST CASE OF WHIT COAT FEVER I EVER MET :rofl: ) I AM THE DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO KIND OF PERSON! :lol3: HOPE THE FEET FEEL BETTER AT WEEKS END THOUGH! :hug:

CEEJAY~ WOW!! NEW FURNITURE!! HOW NICE. FEELS GOOD TO GET NEW STUFF. YOUR YARD WORK MUST BE SOME GREAT EXERCISING! SO GLAD SPRING HAS SPRUNG! :flow1:

HOLLY~I MEANT TO ASK HOW IS THE DS AND THE COUNSELING GOING? HOPE THE WHEELS ARE TURNING SMOOTHLY.

ceejay52
03-26-2007, 10:13 AM
This is a sleepy morning. Two nights in a row with very little sleep. None what so ever last night.

Carla--My aunt is a little jealous at times.

Happy--It does help to plan.

Madcat--Surgery will help your feet. I have the same thing in my feet. Since surgery on the right foot, the left foot doesn't hurt nearly as bad. I was putting all my weight on that foot trying to keep the other foot pain free.

Mel, Pw, Holly and Shad :wave:

Everyone have a good day

ceejay52
03-26-2007, 04:56 PM
Has any one checked out the new blogs at 3fc? Hope this doesn't mean that the journals will be closed. Like I've said before change is hard for me.

Shad
03-26-2007, 05:47 PM
Morning all,
Well we have at least one flight booked. I now leave Phoenix direct for Memphis. It means I may miss out on New Mexico and I will miss out on Painter at Dallas, but that is life I guess, making compromise on some things and getting away with others.

Today I should get the Memphis - Newark leg done and also the Toronto flight. I saw that there are flights from Newark to Toronto at reasonable rates. Sounds like a goer. Mel, I think I have even cracked the flight time as well. More on that this afternoon.

Ceejay, good on you for getting something new. Gotta have an incentive to get up and go to work day after day after day. Life is not all about making money and working to make more.

Madcat - I echo the sentiments - get thee to a quack before whatever is causing the problem becomes a really chronic problem.

Painter, I really am sorry we won't be meeting, but that's life. Maybe next time we can all think about a get together in an exotic location for all of us - we could book out the local pub, create mayhem and be asked to leave town. I'll definetly keep you up to date with pics.

Gotta go, the joys of goods movement are about to unfold. This is a case of the blind leading the unenlightened. We shall have a workshop rather than a course and nut it out together. We may all learn something.

PainterWoman
03-27-2007, 02:59 AM
Shad-- I'll miss meeting you. Maintaining your budget is important! Maybe sometimes we can all meet in Memphis. I'm not a big Elvis fan, but I loved the BBQ on Beale Street. (and the music.)

Madcat-- the DS was complaining about HIS feet for months after getting new shoes. he finally invested in some "gellin" insoles which allowed for his relatively flat feet. His whole attitude is better. Hope you find a good solution quick.

Ceejay-- enjoy your sofa! Live it up.

Hollyhock-- sounds like your family is getting lots of support and strength. I'm happy for you.

Happy2-- It actually rained a bit here today.. and is supposed to rain tomorrow, even though it'll be in the 70's. Maybe more bulbs will bloom.

The new meds seem to help a bit... hot flashes are less intense, but boy do I get sleepy at new and different times. I sort of "passed out" around 4 pm and slept til 10. Now we need to see if I can get back to bed.
HA.

happy2bme
03-27-2007, 07:32 AM
Early morning doctor's appt for me today. Lord knows how long I'll sit camped out in the waiting room. :dizzy:

Just had enough time to down a quick coffee and breeze through your posts.

Will be back tonight. Have a good day everyone. :wave:

MELODY525
03-27-2007, 08:23 AM
GOOD MORNING ALL. I SHOULD BE GETTING READY FOR FOOD SHOPPING BUT CHANGED MY MIND. THERE IS JUST NO REASON TO DO 3 THINGS IN ONE DAY. JEN CAN GET ME MILK AND I CAN GO SHOPPING ON FRIDAY.
SO IT'S THE OFFICE AND ARTS & CRAFTS FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS. THEN I AM FREE AGAIN :dance:
HAVE A GREAT DAY. :moped:

CEEJAY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE MISS NIGHTS SLEEP. MAYBE YOU HAVE SPRING FEVER. I KNOW PWOPLE LAUGH BUT JEN AND I GET IT EVERY YEAR. SCREWED UP SLEEP AND THE TIME CHANGE. SWEET DREAMS TONIGHT.:cloud9:

PW~ HOPE THE MEDS GET EASIER TO ADJUST TO. GOOD LUCK! :hug:

SHAD~ GLAD FOR YOU GETTING SOME THINGS FINISHED. MUST BE TOUGH. SORRY TO SEE YOU MISSING PW THOUGH.

HAPPY~ I JUST SEE YOUR DOCTOR POST NOW. GOOD LUCK!!! KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED AND SENDING GOOD VIBES!!

OFF THO THE SALT MINES. HEIGH HO HEIGH HO IT'S OFF TO WORK I GO...........:scooter:

carla49
03-27-2007, 09:47 AM
I did it! Down 8 lbs in 12 days! Amazing. And I really intend to keep on the path of the righteous... At 1 pound a week, I'll still need almost a year to hit target, but if I can at least stay on the right road it'll happen eventually.

No time to chat this morning - I'm off later for business, and will try to post if I can get Internet access. If not, :wave: until late Friday.

ceejay52
03-27-2007, 05:50 PM
Carla::clap: A job well done. We may all have to get a little more stricter on ourselves.

Happy--Take your book to read.

PW--Glad the meds are working.

Have a good day

MELODY525
03-27-2007, 07:55 PM
CARLA~ I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! THIS IS GREAT NEWS AND HAS GIVEN ME NEW RESOLVE!!! :cheer:
I AM JUMPING FOR JOY!!!! :cheers:
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carla49
03-27-2007, 08:50 PM
:o :o Thanks so much for the positive vibes, they're really appreciated! And if I manage to inspire someone else to a little burst of self-control, I'll be even happier!
I'm comfortably ensconced in my fancy hotel room - I think the staffer who booked the rooms didn't realize I don't usually get quite as nice a room as the high mucky-mucks at the conference, and I've landed on the floor that includes a lounge with evening munchies and continental brekkie. Very dangerous if I don't choose wisely... But surely that bit of smoked salmon and prosciutto won't really hurt? Or the two chocolate truffles I found on my pillow? Actually, while the chocs were very good, I now seem to be fighting a chocolate craving that hasn't been around for almost two weeks, so I'll try to abstain tomorrow. I was a good girl and went for a walk soon after arriving, at least two miles (=200 cals) to Pete's Frootique to buy cranberry juice, some extra fruit and veg, and a cheap paring knife. Now if I just had a blender to make my smoothies... :rofl: It'll be interesting to see if I manage to stay at the same weight during this trip. (There are aways mountains of yummy stuff at breaks, although the organizer of this one does tend more to fruit plates instead of fancy ice cream bar.) I think I need some :dust:

Sorry to those I promised to send the diet summary to :( - I keep forgetting. Mel, this may actually be one you could do too. I was only joking about being hungry and not eating, it actually does a good job of keeping blood sugar level. Lots of veg and protein, some fruit, flaxseed oil... and no caffeine or other stuff your face doesn't like. Since it's supposed to be a liver cleanse as well, I assume it's not going to cause bad reactions. Unless, of course, you're allergic to very diluted cranberry juice... :lol:

Time to go watch the rest of Idol. They're not quite a bad tonight. G'night all. :hug: :hug:

carla49
03-27-2007, 09:07 PM
Mel, consider yourself thoroughly hugged. So let's just put the day away and sit tigether and enjoy a nice glass of something restrative. :cheers: Maybe you should start threatening them with Shad's upcoming visit, sort of like the old "You'll be sorry when Daddy gets home..." :lol3: Not that you can't handle the whole thing yourself, but it does amuse me to think of the wrath of Townesville descending on those who use and abuse you. She'd have them sorted in short order, no? Or you could just threaten to spit the dummy, which would leave them all speechless - unless they've been looking up our Shad's Aussie slang on the net... Sleep well, sweet Mel. (notice the rhyme...)

Shad
03-27-2007, 11:01 PM
First thought was:
Why is Mel jumping for Joy when she is happy for Carla.
2nd, read Mel's post and was very inclined to stomp right on over and bang a few heads together. Then I figured that Ml was quite capable of doing that herself and since my class didn't show up today, I have been busily fixing the Repairables manual. Progress is made.
Since I wasn't using my class room today, a mob from Environmental Audit took over my classroom. They are headed by a very nice man from Ireland - delightful accent. They are supposedly kept in order by an American lass who doesn't seem to have a real grasp on reality. Organisation leaves a little to be desired and I am continually bombarded with questions like can we borrow your stapler, bulldog clip, sticky tape etc etc etc until I finally snapped and said - they are all over there, use as necessary, do not ask. I am busy. Like I should care - I'm sitting at someone else's desk and it is all his stuff that they are using.
Environmental Audit I hear you ask?? Well I asked one of them if it meant counting blades of grass or counting the number of roos that we pull out of the tailings dam (ungrateful animals, you usually get bitten in the attempt) but apparently not. However no one seems able to tell me what it actually is!!!!
I think I need that tee shirt back - you know that one that said "Go Away, you are an idiot"

I've managed to get from LAX to Phoenix and Phoenix to Memphis and have found a flight to get me to Newark. However each time I go to book the ***** thing, I get the page can not be displayed feature. I am less and less amused. I'll fix it this afternoon - right after I have fixed repairables and physical inventory. Life wasn't meant to be easy.

Meantime - Painter did that mean you would be willing to come to Memphis???? and meet up with us (and Ceejay etc) there? Whoopee.

Okay - no time for this - gotta get on with the last of the Repairables.

Meadow
03-27-2007, 11:47 PM
I'm sorry Mel :hug: It seems the more you care about things going right, the more these "office ****s" try and throw a wrench into things. If they can't get their priorities straight... I'm glad you blew up at them.

Wonderful Carla! congratulations :cheer: May your success rub off on the rest of us ;)

Shad-yikes on your travel arrangements! I can feel your frustration from here :) Breathe. Think of how great a journey you will be having and all the nice people you are going to get to spend your time with.

PainterWoman-How does your garden grow? I hope you are getting some rest now and have the window open :p

Happy-I wish I had some azaleas. I have one sad rhododendren. My yellow crocuses are still blooming when the sun shines, but the fruit trees out the back have yet to bloom.

Suzi-:lol3: The poop is all in the backyard and has not touched my little crocuses out front. We are just starting to warm up here, I've even seen a couple of neighbours mowing their lawns :yikes:

:wave: Madcat, Ceejay, Holly and all the lovely chickladies of the world
So sorry I'm writing this at bedtime for the kids and need to get off. Here is a pic that I hope will give everyone a smile :D

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suzi in auz
03-28-2007, 12:19 AM
Hello all!

I have realised that I have missed 5 pages and possibly about a weeks worth of chat. This is what happens when life gets busy. I usually catch up wth you all in the quiet moments at work, 1. there haven't been any and 2. the internet has been having issues. I am not sure what the problem was and hope it will resolve, it just keeps cutting off and on. I have my "computer savvy man" coming tomorrow and I am sure when he somes all will be well and there won't be anything to fix! It's like when you take the kids to the dr and they have raging temps, when you get there they are bright as buttons and you look like a darn liar! :mad:
I have had a funny week.
Will have my rant now and hopefully catch up on you all and come back later to comment.
I have been feeling frustrated and wondered why, lets list the reasons.
1. work has been a pain with little things going wrong, internet not working etc but the major issues being people. I have a volunteer in the office who works on my "off" days. When she works she takes charge. Every else has to listen to her. She treats the place as though she is the boss and it is starting to really bother me. When I make a suggestion there is always a " we did it like this!" comment or " I told the last coordinator we needed that" It's difficult and not helpful. I often come to work on the days when she has been working and she has entered my office, she also organises the other volunteers and some of them leet her, she will change procedure I have put in place as though especially if it isn't her idea. It is most frustrating.
I need to chat to her and make sure I have things down on paper.
2. We are no longer travelling to NY. Unfortunately DH's firm pulled the plug on the invitation to the 75th party. Mainly because the company is cutting costs due to being below budget. It is frustrating but Ce La Vie! My MIL has already booked her flights as she was coming to babysit the kids for us. It was going to be a lovely break for her as well as she has full time care of Dhs disabled sister. I hope we will still be able to organise another trip away and perhaps take her with us somewhere.
3. I am going to NZ in a week and am looking forward to the time. i still haven't heard from my parents for nearly 3 weeks and am getting a little worried now. I do hope they can be understanding of the fact I have others to see...in fact need to see my friends.

One positive is I have lost a little weight due to incresing stuff at the gym. I am now 69.8kgs, down 2 kgs. 153.8lbs as apposed to 158. I suppose that's a little celebation of 5 lbs in a couple of weeks. I have been careful with food intake as well. It might just be the stress of everything else. !

Kids are going ok. DD got a lovely 96% recently in a project. I am worried about older DS15. he is having troubles at schoool. It's a diffcult year I think but still...worrying.

sorry this has had a negative slant. I just needed to rant away.
Sue :dizzy:

happy2bme
03-28-2007, 08:04 AM
Good morning all,

Suzi - sorry to hear of the cancelled trip. Hope MIL doesn't lose a bunch of money on those cancelled flights. As for the office "pest" - sounds like a control thing. Don't we all do a major :rolleyes: at the sound of the phrase "we ALWAYS did it THIS way". Hope things get better for you soon.

Meadow - chances are when we're complaining about the heat and mosquitoes - you'll be enjoying all the lovely blooms. Loved the doggies!

Shad - so when are you planning on leaving Memphis? DH is pestering me to put together an "itinerary". I have no problems hosting a back yard "tea" for anyone who wants to get together from 3FC. Ceejay - do you know your work schedule for June this far in advance? Which day would work out for you? I know you said you often work on the weekends...

Carla :encore: :cheer2: :congrat: :yay: on the 8 pounds down the drain. And here's some extra :dust: to keep it away! That is fantastic. I know you suffered for each and every ounce but that is quite incredible. Aren't you feeling pumped? :jig:

Painter - thanks for sending us some of your rain. We desperately needed it. The air smelled so fresh yesterday :D

Mel - OMG - what a MESS you had on your hands yesterday. All that hustle and bustle! It's a good thing you are used to orchestrating chaos :drill: Here's to a more pleasant day today :cheers:

I have a bad case of tendonitis in my wrist. Picked up a hand brace yesterday. Immobilization (tho hard to type on my laptop), ice, and aspirin have helped with the grinding pain that goes all the way from the tip of my fingers to my shoulder.

I am finding that WW online is helping me with tracking and making much better food choices. I was near the end of my points when it got to supper last night. Ordinarily I would have just eaten whatever was quick (it was late as I was working in the yard a bit yesterday and running around the house doing this and that getting small tasks done). I looked at my points and decided to saute some chicken. I bought a new seasoning that is dry mustard with cracked peppercorns. I am not a huge mustard fan but it was surprisingly good. I steamed some green beans with red bell peppers and rounded it with a green salad with low fat dressing. Dessert was a few sliced juicy strawberries with a dollop of lite Cool Whip dessert topping. I saved the day, stayed within my points and felt very good about it. Even saw a small nudge down on the scale which says to me "keep it up and you'll get rid of that bloat".

So I am keeping my primary committment to myself which is to stick to planning, tracking and execution of the WW program. Everything else takes a back seat including my computer time.

With that I have to hop in the shower and run off to an all day class today. Dentist tomorrow and another afternoon class and then cram everything I should have been doing during the week into 1 day on Friday. Busy, busy. Have a good one fabulous chicks. :coffee2:

MELODY525
03-28-2007, 08:52 AM
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THIS LITTLE DARLING WAS FOUND IN DARWIN AUSTRALIA. BOTH HAPPY AND I ARE HOPING THAT ONE OF THESE GIANT TOADS DON'T HOP A RIDE IN SHAD'S SUITCASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yikes: :faint:

MY HUMOR HAS MUCH IMPROVED. A LITTLE SLEEP DOES WONDERS FOR THE TEMPER. JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET ALL THE SENIORS GROUTING AT THE SAME TIME AND NOT HAVE THE GROUT DRYING TOO FAST. IT'S VERY THIN. MAYBE FRAN AND I CAN HELP TWO AT A TIME. SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN. I AM OFF TO BEGIN ANOTHER DAY. HOPE YOURS IS A GREAT ONE TOO! :moped:

:getwell: HAPPY~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE ARM STILL. HAVE YOU TAKEN ANY ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES YET? HOPE IT GETS WELL SOON. THE ONLY WAY IS TO USE IT AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE!!!! :rollpin: YOUR TOADIE E-MAIL CRACKED ME UP THIS MORNING. GOOD WAY TO START THE DAY!! CHECK INSIDE SHAD'S LUGGAGE BEFORE SHE BRINGS IT IN THE HOUSE!:mag: :rofl: :rofl:

:grouphug: SUZI~ SENDING YOU A GROUP HUG AND HOPING IT WORKS. I MYSELF HATE PEOPLE LIKE THE ONE YOU ARE DESCRIBING. SOUNDS JUST LIKE THE WOMAN THAT TOOK OVER ARTS & CRAFTS. MY LATEST IDEA IS TO TRY AND NOTGET CAUGHT UP IN HER NEGATIVITY SO I AM DEEP BREATHING AND MARCHING ON!! GLAD WE HAD RANTS ON THE SAME DAY :tantrum: IT WAS NICE TO HAVE COMPANY!!! :hug:

MEADOW! THE DOGGIES WERE TOO CUTE. I DID LOVE THEM....THANKS. "OFFICE ****S" :rofl: :rofl: SOMETIMES I WISH THEY WERE LIKE OFFICE ****S AND TRY BEING THE BOSS FOR A CHANGE. I HAD A GREAT GUGGAW OVER YOUR POST!! :lol3: HOPE ALL IS WELL UP BY YOU!! :hug:

SHAD~ FIXING REPAIRABLES AND PHYSICAL INVENTORY IS KEEPING YOU FROM FIXING TRAVEL PLANS :tantrum: WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN BORN RICH INSTEAD OF GORGEOUS!! :belly: GOOD LUCK WITH ALL OF IT!!!:hug:

CARLA~ WHEN YOU SEE ALL THE GOODIES SET OUT ON DISPLAY JUST KEEP THINKING OF THE ALMOST 10 LBS THAT ARE GONE!!!! :flow1: AND ALL THE PROGRESS YOU HAVE MADE. I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH SUGARS OF ANY KIND. IT SEEMS THAT ONCE I START....I WANT THE WHOLE ENCHILADA AND THE CRAVINGS BEGIN AGAIN. I DO HAVE ONE OR TWO HERSHEY KISSES BEFORE BEDTIME. IT SEEMS TO AID IN SLEEP AND KEEPS ME FROM OVER INDULGING. DARK CHOCOLATE KEEPS ME AWAKE!!EVEN THOUGH THE DIET GODS SAY IT'S BETTER FOR YOU. STAY STRONG!!!:dust: :wizard:

:wave: TO EVERYONE ELSE. HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

ceejay52
03-28-2007, 12:23 PM
Happy--I'm usually off on Thursday, Friday and Saturday's and every other Sunday. Hope the tendonitis gets better.

Mel-:hugs: Don't you just love it when people treat you that way. L is beginning to get on my nerves again. She still wants to do every thing I do. I keep telling her-T is the boss not me--do what he says. Dah she's even taking off the same day's I am.

PW I'm with Happy in thanking you for sending us the much needed rain.
I'll be in Dallas April 12th through the 16th. Not sure what all the sis has in store for me except to plant flowers.

I haven't been hearing the birds as much today and don't see the pigeons at all. If I can reach the nest I'm goingto try and get those down of the areator.

Tonight I'm getting the living room ready for my new sofa. I don't think I'll have the need of the coffee table or end tables either. I'll see for sure when the furniture comes tomorrow.

Carla--I am eating healthier. Decided that if I couldnot loose weight that I could at least keep my heart healthy.

Suzi--To bad about the trip being cancelled.

More later

Shad
03-28-2007, 05:03 PM
Happy, I will be there late on the first and leave either 7th or 8th depending on whether I can get this cheapish flight to Newark and the flight appears to be around midday. Which means I will be with Mel about dinner time. Must be some time changes in there because of flight time is not 5 hours.

Not much to report here. Everyone is grumpy. 2nd April can't come quick enough (go-live for the new system) and I'm off to talk about something else I know little about. I'll be back to comment later.

happy2bme
03-28-2007, 05:34 PM
Shad, you will lose another hour of time as you head east to Mel's. Not sure how it works in Canada and if you will eventually gain back 4 hours as you head back west across Canada towards BC and SF.

Still shouldn't take 4 hours to fly from Memphis to NY :chin: Let's see 2 and a half hours east from Chicago to NY, another hour and a half flight from Chicago to Memphis, so yeah, maybe it is that long but heck, it's 4 hours from Chicago to California and it surely doesn't seem to be the same distance between me and Miss Froggy Mel.

Ceejay - were you thinking of coming down here with your friend to visit with us? At this point, Friday is out. Saturday would be better in the afternoon.

I'm glad to hear you are feeling a bit more cheery Mel. I attended a class about improving your attitude today. Bah harumph. Tell me something I could have used. Waste 'o time 'n money.

So let's take a moment and be glad that we don't live in a country where stick insects are the size of people's forearms and toads don't grow to the size of small dogs. But I would give anything to see colorful drunken birds hanging upside down in the flower fields.

Shad
03-28-2007, 09:43 PM
Aw shucks Happy - where is your sense of adventure. You can outrun the toads and a good pair of secateurs will fix the stick insects

Got a flight to Newark this morning. Leave Happy at 12.30 or a bit later - can't exactly remember and get to Mel's for dinner Land 5.32pm from memory.

Gotta go, off down to the port - what can you do with the drunken sailor?? Don't know what I am doing or when but heck it's an afternoon by the sea

Madcat
03-28-2007, 10:15 PM
Evening Darlings! Funny thing happened at work today. The IT powers that be at work have somehow decided that 3FC contains “Adult Content” and have blocked access to it :lol: ;) ;) Well, yes, it does – but not in the manner in which THEY think! So I’ll only be able to post and more importantly get to read from home. Just another example of the anal approach this particular business has towards life. Ok, I know they have the right to limit access to the internet, but I mean really! It’s not as if I spend all day online – but I do like to read posts while I am eating my lunch at my desk. Doesn’t help restore those warm fuzzy feelings I have for this project. There is one bloke in particular who is really starting to get up my nose… He’s thinks he is in a position of power and makes many demands… but is never forthcoming when we need something from him. The worst part is that he heads the DBA team and has “requested” that we run any requests we have for his team past him – and of course, his people are always “too busy” to even answer a simple question or find a file we need. It’s so frustrating… and let’s not even start on the way he talks to people. It’s not even what he says it’s just the annoying way he says it. I will be more than happy to see the tail end of him. I suspect he is related to the TFG.

Happy~ I could have used your attitude course. Why do companies feel the need to make people go to “self-improvement” courses? I can understand it if we were in our first jobs after school, but one would assume we had learned to play well with others by this time. Hope your arm is in quick recovery. I hear you on WW… maybe I should consider the online version.

Shad~ Hold on there. Hopefully the grumpies will pass. I swear I am going to find you that T-shirt I say someone wearing that read “I make stuff up”, though I like the one you mentioned. Maybe you could wear the invisible version? I worked with a couple of guys at my last gig who used to wear t-shirts from defunt punk and metal bands under their button-down shirts. They said it made them feel better about their lives. :lol:

Ceejay~ Good luck with the furniture arranging tomorrow. How cool!

Mel~ Holy crap that toad is the size of a terrier!! It looks so squishy. I like amphibians, but that is a tad ridiculous. Good for you on your blowout yesterday. Sometime people push until you finally have to push back hard.

Suzi~ Sorry about the trip but at least you will still get to spend some quality time and hopefully you can mange a few excursions. Also sorry that aggravations seem to abound for you at the moment. Hey, if you can’t come here and rant where can you go? Good work on the weight loss in the face of adversity.

Meadow~ I scrolled down and your dogs made me laugh out loud. Thank you. I needed that.

Carla~ Hope your stay is lovely… enjoy the little luxuries, but remember be wise. One moment on the lips… and you can fill in the rest of that saying. The chocolates would be better eating while soaking in a deep tub. You will do what you need to do and make us proud – there’s some pressure for you.

K. I better get out of here, go wash my face and hit the hay. My foot is feeling better and I bought new shoes and some orthotics. A couple of days more, I think.

carla49
03-28-2007, 10:40 PM
Madcat, glad to hear you've got new shoes and orthotics - they should help. But it's really very important to be careful. My advice (from unfortunate personal experience): stay off your feet as much as possible; wear supportive closed shoes whenever you're on your feet, even to get up to pee; do the ice massage several times a day if you can; see a physiotherapist and get some exercises and stretches - the physio works and so do the exercises. Or you could end up like me, spending your summers in sneakers and black oxfords because sandals hurt too much...

Suzi, so sorry to hear your NY trip is off! And workmate problems to boot. Seems to be a lot of that going around. One of my idiot colleagues actually showed up an hour late today, a huge no-no, especially on the first day of a conference. Not that I expected him on time, but an hour was a new record. He has been put firmly in his place, and will probably do the same thing next time we work together anyway.

Happy, my advice about physio applies to your tendinitis too. I find docs pretty useless when it comes to RSI's. Their knowledge seems to stop at 'it'll go away in time, be patient' and 'you can always try physio...' so now I just skip the doctor visitat, open my wallet, and head to the physio clinic.

My double quotation marks seem to have disappeared. Hmmmm. Very odd.

Time for bed, gotta be up early. Night all!

suzi in auz
03-29-2007, 12:23 AM
xxx to all thanks for the comments today...i needed them. Wish me luck for tomorrow I am going to appraise my volunteer...i think..I might have to think about it for a bit.
Parents sent a nasty email this morning. I called them to talk...very strained and annoying. I will only spend a short time with them while I am in NZ and they wonder why! ...grr.
ok time to get on with the day xxx back later:hug:

happy2bme
03-29-2007, 08:19 AM
Hi peoples,

Ugh. I have a dentist appt this morning and he'll be doing some drilling. I HATE going to the dentist. I am dragging my feet and procrastinating here. :( But then I keep telling myself in a few hours it will be all over. Part of the reason I hate going is that I have very sensitive teeth :yikes: I need more novacaine than the usual dosage. Whenever I get a new dentist (and this one's new), I always have to argue with them several go rounds to get them to administer enough novocaine so that I don't literally fly out of the chair when they drill. That means several shots (no pun intended) of horrific nerve pain until I grab them by the collar and threaten bodily harm and then they get it right. So... I suppose part of my apprehension of the dentist is the fact that I anticipate pain.

I think the stress is catching up with me. I was in the kitchen preparing dinner last night when I got these incredible pains in my torso. I almost couldn't breathe. The I realized they were spasms. After a few minutes they calmed down but my back feels very tender - like any minute I could move wrong and be on the floor. It's like "oh man, NOW WHAT?" Very frustrating. Sometimes everything hits at once. Sometimes it's a delayed reaction physically from everything else that's going on. Breathe deep...

Thanks for the advice Carla. After I left the not so helpful doctor's office, I stopped and picked up a wrist immobilizer which has helped a lot. Tho I find I have quite a difficult time writing with it on. I then came home and googled wrist tendonitis and looked up the treatments. I can immobilize, I can ice, I can take pain relievers/anti inflamatories but the "rest" part. HAH. Like THAT's gonna happen. Kinda hard to just sit around quietly with my arm proppped on a pillow. My wrist is feeling better today but my elbow is acting up. Apparently it goes up the entire arm. But I do appreciate your advice.

Madcat - sorry to hear they have banned 3FC from the company internet. I keep waiting for that to happen at my place too tho I try not to get on during the day except like you - an occasion read while I'm taking my lunch break. Glad to hear your foot is on the road to recovery. Just take it gentle. And if anyone wanted to do an online support group with WW, I'm in.

Shad - so which day are you headed out to Mel's? Did you find something to do with a drunken sailor? :rofl: I feel asleep last night with that song running through my head. :lol: Today I am attending a hastilly put together class on BW for the business folks. 2 days before month end they are not too happy to have this foist upon them. I am auditing the class. We shall see how it goes.

Ceejay - be careful climbing around the shop retrieving bird nests and such.

Good morning Mel. Glad you liked Mr. Toadie. Thought you'd get a kick out of that. What's on YOUR agenda today?

Ok, I have diddled around as much as I can. Time to hop in the shower and go off and face the music. And WHY do they keep the dentist office so COLD?

See yah later...

Hollyhock
03-29-2007, 11:33 AM
Clyde died peacefully at 9:35 this morning. He had a grand 18 years with us. Pretty much 1/2 of my life. A great companion and by far the coolest cat who ever lived.

ceejay52
03-29-2007, 01:15 PM
Holly-How sad. ((hugs))

I need to curl up on the couch but don't have one yet. The people came and got the other one this early this morning.

My sister that has been in Africa called me this morning. She sounded tired but said she had a good time. She went a group of 15 ladies from church.

Happy--I've heard that the cold air keep away the germs in dr's offices.

Need to get a load of laundry out of the dryer and put another load in the dryer. It's so pretty here today that I'm going to get outside this afternoon and do some yard work.

carla49
03-29-2007, 06:33 PM
Holly, I have no wise words to offer about Clyde, :cry: just lots and lots of :hug: :grouphug: :hug: He was a very lucky cat to be so well-loved, and from some of your posts about him I'd say he brought a lot of joy into your life too. I'm very glad it was a peaceful end.

MELODY525
03-29-2007, 07:19 PM
ASHAMED TO SAY I HAVEN'T READ EVEN ONE POST!!
I JUST GOT IN THE HOUSE. VERY BUSY DAY. P0LUMBERS JUST LEFT. SAL LEFT AT 6 :tantrum: SAID HE COULD NOT STAY. MOTA WORKED ALL DAY, JOHN IS SICK ALL WEEK AND NOW JIMMY IS HOME SICK ALSO. WHATEVER THEY ARE PASSING AROUND MUST NOT BE SOMETHING I GET!
ALL IS WELL. WILL CATCH UP OVER THE WEEKEND. FOOD SHOPPING AND SOME FORM FILLING FOR TOMORROW.
THERE ARE STILL SOME STRAGGLERS.:rollpin:
LOVE TO YOU ALL. :moped:

Madcat
03-29-2007, 07:27 PM
Holly~ So sorry to hear about Clyde. At least he was loved 'til the end. :hug: :hug: Coolest cat who ever lived is a good way to be remembered.

MELODY525
03-29-2007, 07:45 PM
MADCAT IS GLOWING ABOVE ME :wave: HOPE THE FEET FEEL BETTER AND WORK IS NICER NEXT WEEK. 3FC PORN???????:rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: TOO FUNNY ABOUT THE "ADULT CONTENT". :rofl:

SHAD~ GOOD FOR YOU GETTING THE DATES!!! THAT'S JUNE RIGHT???? WANT TO MAKE SURE I BLOW UP THE BED ON THE RIGHT DAY :bubbles:

HAPPY~ HOPE THE ARM FEELS BETTER SOON....YES THE INFLAMATION TRAVELS AND CAN GO OVER THE SHOULDER AND DOWN THE BACK RIGHT TO THE SCIATIC NERVE!!! SO REST THAT ARM EVERY CHANCE YOU CAN GET. SEE IF YOU CAN GET LIDODERM PATCHES FOR IT. THEY ARE GREAT!!! :hug:

CEEJAY~ YOU SHOULD BE FLATTERED BY HER COPYING YOU. :rofl: THEY SAY THAT'S A FORM OF FLATTERY!! BUT I KNOW I WOULDN'T BE HAPPY EITHER. I THING WE REALLY WERE SPLIT APART AT BIRETH!!! :rofl:

CARLA~ :wave: TO YOU IN THE THAWING OUT NORTH!!!

HOLLY~ I AM SS ABOUT CLYDE BUT IT WAS A GOOD LIFE! :hug:

I THOUGHT I BETTER MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO CATCH UP TONITE OR THE WEEKEND WILL GET AWAY FROM ME!!
LOTS TO DO. ANOTHER WOMAN IS MOVING OUT AND I DON'T KNW WHAT DAY IT IS YET. IT WASN'T SETTLED BY 4PM BUT THE BELL JUST RANG AND THEY SAID SAT OR SUN. DAMN THE DOORBELL AGAIN......
NOW POLITICIANS LOOKING FOR SIGNATURES SO THEY CAN GET ON THE BALLOT!!! :tantrum:
I WANT YIU ALL TO KNOW I AM SITTING HERE IN AN OVERSIZED GAUZE ANIMAL PRINT SHIRT AND NOTHING ELSE ON. THEY HAD TO SLIP THE PAPERS AROUND THE DOOR AND I WAVED AN ARM AND HAND GOODBYE! :rofl: :rofl: SEE YA TOMORROW NITE! :moped:

carla49
03-29-2007, 08:16 PM
Well, with nekkid Mel opening the door to strange men, no wonder 3fc has been declared a porn site in Toronto, long known as Toronto the good...

So far the only thing melting in Halifax is my resolution to stay away from sweets. It snowed a little here today, and I succumbed to some little dessert squares. I still hear cookies calling my name. :eek: Just as well I'm heading home tomorrow, cause a weigh-in may be just the thing to get me back on track.

More later, time for Survivor.

Shad
03-29-2007, 08:56 PM
Morning all - yep it is still morning here although it feels like the middle of the night.
Last night I was feeling decidedly sluggish with lack of exercise when one of the roosters suggested we all climb the goat track on Castle Rock. I'm an idiot, I said yes. We trudged up all these steps - well the rooster ran and Mighty Mouse and I brought up the rear stopping every so often to look at the view (at least that's what we told the rooster). Then we walked back down the roadway. It took us an hour and 10 minutes and we were drenched in sweat but it was great exercise. It really pushed those leg muscles. May do it again over the weekend. It is something like 6K by the time you get back to the apartment and the first 2 are straight uphill mostly by steps and the legs are killing you at the top. Good exercise for the heart no doubt.

Mel I will be with you on 7th June in time for dinner. Happy I leave you at lunchtime on the 7th. Now I have to go check out the Toronto leg. That will be around the 10th June to the 13th depending on flights.

Holly sorry to hear about the poor old cat. He had a great life but was awfully sick at the end poor thing. You will miss him.

Happy - hope the dentist went okay. In my youth, I had no worries about going to the dentist, but now it seems that everything is falling apart and I have a list of things to be done. I thought most of those had been done, but each time you get a new dentist at the surgery, he/she seems to think up more things that need doing.
Sorry to hear that you are not feeling the best at the moment and hope everything comes right soon. Hope it hasn't got anything to do with my impending visit!!!!!
Doncha just love the way they schedule umpteen things at month end and expect everyone to drop everything and just do it?
Oh good, just got a message to say that my Physical Inventory class is cancelled for this afternoon. Apparently the scheduler forgot that they go home early on Fridays - not that the scheduler has forgotten she goes home early on Fridays!!!!
I had to have a whinge and ***** this morning due to the fact that I have again been double booked on courses. Next Monday I have three!!! One goes from 8.00am to 3pm, one from 8.00am to 12.00pm and one in the supply department for most of the day. Hello my name is not Dolly the Sheep. I have not been cloned, that I know about. Honestly they are just picking names and throwing them at the schedule. It's a joke. Today I had 2 this morning and 1 this afternoon. All three are overlapping. Give me strength.

Madcat - there is or was I should say a site with a name very similar to 3FC which is a porn site. I accidentally ended up in there one day. :o :o :o
Which is probably what should be blocked and not our one.
The tfg - no doubt related to your tft - twit from Toronto - is very sick. Got carted off to hospital yesterday and then got sent home (no doubt they got sick of him very quickly) Anyway, he is exhausted and all done in!!!! Can't think why, he hasn't done anything. Personally I think his problem is related to food and exercise or lack thereof. He really needs a wife - however I would never suggest that any girl take this one on. He is very high maintenance. ;) ;) ;) Hope the feet are still improving. Fingers crossed.

Poor Ceejay is couchless. Bet the shrinks would have something to say about that.

Mel - yep definitely June. Don't go into meltdown before I get there. Leave some of the :tantrum: for me! I'm working on the 10th for departure date. Doesn't give us long but that's okay. Always another time if I don't wear out my welcome.

Carla - why are you eating dessert squares in Halifax???

Gotta go. My drunken sailors from down at the port have appeared en masse looking for some answers. Three bloody great hulking blokes make this place look awful small.

ceejay52
03-29-2007, 09:06 PM
Mel--I think that we were split apart at birth also. We are so much alike.

I had a phone call this morning from my sister who has been in Africa. She'd been back since Monday but stil l sounded tired. She and her hubby were flying to Nashville, Tn for the week end.

The furniture came but I had to send one piece of the sectional back because it would not work.The couch has now been arranged, but then had to go back and purchase another chair to round out the space. It looks good. The color of my chair is burgunday.

I also bought a big bakers stand but am not quite sure if I can "legally" (decorating style) put it in the spot I have chosen and have a microwave and toaster oven on it. I'm thinking about getting rid of the kitchen table and chairs because I very rarely use them. Whew I spent to much money this week. I eat in the living room or at the computer desk.

suzi in auz
03-29-2007, 10:28 PM
Hello all. It's so lovely to come here and actually ahve time to write a word or two ( and then the phone rings!) Luckily the volunteer is answering it.

Things seem to have calmed down a little since last I wrote. I was really worried about coming to work and thought that I should appraise everyone.I think I was losing sleep over it as I was really dreading today. Instead I decided to just take things how they come. ....well things are much better today. The volunteer and I are on our own, we have chit chatted away and got to know each other. I think this was the way to broach things. I feel releived. It must have been all of your positive energy!
The weekend is coming fast and I am looking forward to it. Tonight is our date night together as the kids are off at youth group, we usually hopup the road for a gourmet burget, last week we ate it by the river with the sunsetting, that won't happen tonight as Daylight savings has ended.. I can't believe it is almost April.
I had a run in with my parents yesterday which actually cleared the air. I found out that my dad had sent an email which DH had deleted because of it's unkind content. He just wanted to protect me. I wrote to Mum and Dad to see if they were ok and then they resent the last email. Yes it was upsetting so I called to clear the air. I really feel I let them understand where I was coming from, not only was I coming to NZ to see them but I also needed to touch base with my friends. I received a much more pleasant email this morning, I told them that communication makes things so much better!!!

soo...things in my life are getting sorted.

Holly...I am so sorry to hear aobut the passing of your little puss. It's better now though that he isn't suffering. What a lovely long life he had.

Happy....i can so relate to you and your dentist experiences. I am married to someone who works in the dental industry and still freak out when it comes to going. I have a list like Shad of things that need doing and have put it off for so long that when I finally get the guts up to go they will probably replace the lot of them! I hope your medical troubles get better. I know when I am worried about something things come up ... I do hope things improve for you.

ceejay, Isn't it nice to get some new things? you enjoy. I love burgandy, it's sch a warm color.

Shad , good on ou on all that exercise!! still pea green here with all your travels...yaay you. You finish next week don't you. I have my thinking cap on about our Aus tour for April.


Madcat, isn't that annoying about the site being blocked!? I have on one occasion typed a typo into the address bar and been directed to a most inappropriate site involving large women...maybe this is why. ...hmmm.
still hada giggle.
Mel...it is quite a comfort to see that we were moaning on the same day..thank you for listening and I do hope your day got better! I am sending positive vibes your way...no bugs...no bugs!
meadow, I meant to say, your little picture made me smile. I loved it and copiied it and sent it off ot everyone. your little doffies have been around the globe.
Carla...great job on the sweets. I don't know what is up with me at the moment but sweet things seem to tickle my fancy too. I am craving all sorts. Am trying not to indulge.


Meant to say...not sure if I did about seeing a local musical of CATS very cool and inspiring for the kids, it's fun going to live theatre.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!
:)

PainterWoman
03-30-2007, 03:23 AM
I waited 2 ½ HOURS with DH by my side at the eye doctor's this afternoon. She's great, but does talk rather a lot and gets behind. I now have punctal plugs. I didn't know I even had punctals!! It should "cure" my dry eye symptoms. (Dry eyes being common when you AGE (drat) as well as when you wear contacts. Since I wore contacts for 45 years without needing drops, I guess it's age. Grrr. Oh, and a high sugar, high fat diet ALSO makes your eyes dry. Is there ANYTHING that skinniness doesn't cure? Sheesh.
The meds seem a bit better. Thanks to all who acknowledged my frustration and expressed concern. I might even get walking and doing some formal exercise. During the lonnnnnnnnng wait at eye MD, I endured a bunch of people who had not had breast cancer (and one who had,) talk about all of their friends' horrifying stories. I put my finger on my lips, my nose in my book and tried to ignore them. The ONLY consolation was one woman who said that Arimidex made HER bones hurt, too.

Didn't watch idol, but did watch Southpark's send up of "24". HA! And CSI. Good grief they had a lot of corpses this week.

Carla: good luck on maintaining. I've been kosher with my ADA food plan… with Judith Beck's help. Her Beck Diet Solution book is really helping me avoid the sabotaging self-talk that makes me eat stuff I regret. :cool:

Shad: Might be able to do Memphis. NO PROMISES yet, though!! First I have to survive Indiana and DS's wedding. Loved your take on Environmental Audit. Sorry the roo's are snappish. If you go to www(dot)msnbc(dot)com and find TV shows/Countdown, there are silly Youtube type videos of all kinds of animals being very strange. My favorite clip has "fainting" sheep, who keel over when they are startled. There is also a Jack Russell Terrier that does "handstands" on his front feet. Reminds me of the Summer Olympics.

Mel: My garden is now full of dead dandilions (which is actually a GOOD thinkg!) and purple stuff blooming: Petunias, Lavender, Sea Grass and Grape Hyacinths. The Ranunculas have bloomed one go round… in mixed colors mostly orange and pink… which don't really "go together" but I am amazed that my formerly black thumb is still on hiatus.:carrot:
I'm not sure if I'm happy about that toad photo. GROSS.
I am having a fun time imagining you in your animal print shirt! The joys of internet with NO video!!!:D

Madcat: I must have missed the part about no 3fc at work. Too bad employers can't treat everyone like professionals. Lay out the expectations and help people meet them. We'll still be here. How's your foot?

Suzi: Volunteers ARE hard to work with because it's just about impossible to fire 'em. Please accept my condolences on this dynamic thorn in your side… (and the doormats who don't stand up for you. Yuck. Congrats on your weight loss and perservering spirit. DS's sound like they are old enough to ask for help if/when they need it. The DS who's getting married next month had several terms that were dismal and very quiet. But he worked through things as though he were in a coccoon. I couldn't see what was going on inside, but it was quite a transformation. Ooh, and thanks for letting us know that things were better with the volunteer AND your parents. Hope you enjoy your trip to NZ… Now I'm curious about the "wrong" url for 3fc. I take some small solace that there are people (even if maybe they're perverts(!) who LIKE fat women.). Twisted thinking, but true at this point in time.

Happy: WAY TO GO. Guilt free food really DOES taste better, don't you think?

Holly-- so sorry to hear about Clyde. I grew up with a toy French Poodle who was like the brother/sister I never had: played, cuddled and adored me through pretty much everything from Kindergarten to marriage. I switched to cats when H#1 and I both had to work… they're good companions, too. (H#1 got the first two in the divorce. DH2 and I have had 2. So sweet. Eighteen years makes for a very faithful companion.:hug:

Ceejay: enjoy your furniture. Ignore the "rules." Do it your way.

TTFN.

Hollyhock
03-30-2007, 07:37 AM
There is no such thing as a day off in my life just days working without pay, LOL!!

Thank you all for the hugs and well wishes about Clyde.
In a sense it is a relief that he is gone because he was so ill. Waiting is hard.
Hubby and the kids had a funeral last night. DD said Daddy cried. Good. He needs to face things and deal with them. He was really angry with me for not doing it all. I am glad now I stood my ground.Maybe some day he will skip that part where he is a total jerk first .

Back in Dec he said he wanted to be the man and head of the household. That takes action. He needs to “be” it. I would be glad to give him that hat to wear. Someone has had to be the adult and parent around here.

I am not working at payroll today!!! Very happy. I have a big trade show tomorrow from 10-4, setting up at 8am. Guest speaking at 11:40. I need to prep brochures, display and retail stuff. I wrote most of my presentation the other day. I do it off the cuff anyhow but I got my thoughts in order.

I need to clean both bathrooms and work on taxes. Gym tonight but no hockey. 6 weeks til soccer starts. Nice break.

I still want to clean up my computer; documents, email and pics.

1/2 hour til the kids get up. I am soooooooo happy that I dont HAVE to shower and do my hair and put on make up!!!!!

Will try and actully write personals later.

I wrote my goals out earlier this week.
My Goals

1) keep the house clean and tidy all the time
2) have more fun with the kids ( this means getting behaviours under control so everything is not about policing them)
3) go away by myself
4) exercise every day
5)maintain my focus
6) spend 1 hour 1 evening a week with my husband
7)earn Presidents club again
8)spend 15 min a day in solitude
9)connect with 1 friend a week for fun
10)take kids to Toronto this summer
11) earn a minimum $300.00/week
12)clean up my documents; pics; email

#9 means cyber friends too.
I called a friend last night and we talked for a lonnnnng time. Felt good.

happy2bme
03-30-2007, 08:35 AM
There is no such thing as a day off in my life just days working without pay, LOL!!

I see that Holly has discovered the secret of our lives. Anyone who can tell us what a "day off" truly feels likes, do tell. I think I had one of those when I was 7 years old. :lol:

Sorry to hear about Clyde. 18 years for a cat is a good long life, but it's always hard to lose a friend.

Painter - yuk on the doctor's wait. They are all getting like that down here and why is that? Don't we have things to do other than sit in their waiting rooms? Interesting that you say the eyes dry out with age. Mine run all the time and they said it was a symptom of menopause :lol: I was in the dentist's chair yesterday and tears were streaming out the side of my face. He kept asking if I was alright, at one point I said that he had me upside down in the chair (tilted way back to work on an upper back molar) and I told him all the water was draining out of me in that position. That made him and the assistant laugh. I told them to stop laughing before he started drilling again :yikes: :lol: Your garden sounds absolutely lovely! Enjoy it while you can. Don't you get 2 weeks of spring before the Texas heat sets in? :faint:

Suzi - thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you got to clear the air with the parents. Sorry that they are being so childish. It's hard to imagine people being that way. I will kiss my mom extra hard when I see her for being the person she is! Can't understand why they would be resentful of you seeing your friends. Ah people, eh? :rolleyes: Glad to hear things are going better at the office too - sometimes when we're having problems, they seem to be magnified at every step in our lives. Just have to take them one at a time.

Ceejay - love the baker's racks. They look so pretty if you can keep them clutter free and it sounds like you will. Burgundy chair and was it beige/cream colored couch sounds very pretty. Just a touch of a color accent! That's a very interesting theory on the cold doctor's offices and germs too :chin: I think it's so we'll get sleepy and not make such a fuss :lol:

Carla sending you some :dust: so that you can avoid the sweets. Don't let those dessert squares send you off on a bender. Sugar, sugar, sugar. I hear of more people giving it up completely. I totally admire those people. :D

Mel - go put some pants on woman :rofl: Thank you SO much for your advice on the tendenitis. I thought it would stop at the shoulder just from the arm being irritated but based on what you say, I will be extra careful. Don't need any sciatica. I hope your doorbell is quieter today. :hug:

Shad, thanks for the agenda. Now I can plan. We'll have to have you working hard in the yard on Tuesday and Wednesday so that you are all tuckered out and ready to just sit and chat with Mel for the few days you are visiting her :cofdate: DOLLY THE SHEEP???? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: You come back with some of the most funny things! :rofl: I hope your day has calmed down too. At least you are square in the face of the weekend now. Oh wait. You've been working the weekends :( Ah well, vacation will be here soon. :^:

Hi Madcat, hope the foot is feeling better and that you're on the mend.

I opened the back door this morning. It was first light. Sounded just like a Disney movie out there. :rofl: I expected 2 bluebirds with some ribbons and a lovely banner to do a fly-by. All kinds of birds chirping all over. It's lovely as long as you're not trying to sleep through it. I imagine that Shad will be up at 5, having coffee on the patio listening to them. :D

I realized I was actually scared to go to the dentist yesterday. He was very kind. Gave me nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which I had never had before. It did nothing. It did not relax me, it did not make me laugh, I still felt pain (but only from my jaw cramping from holding my mouth open wide) and unlike what I've heard - I felt "pain" and still cared that I felt it! He did however, numb me up with novocaine and poked me in the mouth a few times to reassure me that it was indeed safe to drill. I kept thinking (and maybe this was the laughing gas) that I could deal with this way better if I was getting a foot massage at the same time :rofl: Later that day as the novocaine wore off I was getting twinges in the eye tooth up front. Felt like I was tapping aluminum foil. I stepped out of class and called the dentist. He was gone for the day - can you come in on Saturday? Well yeah - hopefully this won't get WORSE. :rolleyes: Well you can call the service tomorrow if it still bothers you. Turns out that they are using new filling materials. When a new filling touches an old filling in an adjacent tooth, it causes this reaction in the nerve like chomping on tin foil :yikes: DH had this reaction himself when he had a filling done down here. He told me to floss between the teeth - sometimes it's simply a bit of leftover residue that causes the problem. Sure enough, that's what it was. He's such a smart guy! The thing is, don't the dentist's KNOW that you have old fillings when they are working on your teeth and that this could happen therefore avoiding you the pain????? :dunno:

Ok, enough preaching for the day. It is one day to month end processing. I am behind in my work so I'd better get on with the day. Have a good one those present and accounted for and those of you just kinda floating around...

MELODY525
03-30-2007, 08:59 AM
YESTERDAY WAS A BIG IMPROVEMENT OVER THE OTHER DAYS. THE TRIVETS FOR ARTS & CRAFTS CAME OUT VERY WELL. I PUT FINISHING TOUCHES ON THEM AND WE HANDED THEM BACK TO THEIR GRATEFUL AND AMAZED OWNERS. WHEN THE GROUT IS ALL CLEANED OFF THE COLORFUL TILES, THEY LOOKED GORGEOUS. EACH TIME THEY DO A CRAFT IT'S THE SAME REACTION....I REALLY DID THIS???? :lol3: JEN WENT TO THE STORE FOR ME LAST NIGHT LATE. SHE AND RICHIE DECIDED TO DO THE WEEKEND SHOP EARLY. I AM GLAD AS I HAD A VERY BAD NIGHT WITH RESTLESS LEGS. GOD I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS AND IT'S BEEN MORE FREQUENT OF LATE.
TODAY IS A SALUTE TO TOM HANKS AND MEG RYAN:
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
FRENCH KISS
YOU'VE GOT MAIL
JOE VS THE VOLCANO
HBO HAS ON THE FIRST 3 AND I HAVE THE JOE MOVIE. SO IT SHOULD BE A QUIET WEEKEND WITH LOTS OF REST AND RELAXATION. I NEED TO CATCH UP WITH SOME BELATEDLY RETURNED CALLS BEFORE EVERYONE GETS PISSED OFF!! LOL I JUST WENT TOTALLY BRAIN DEAD. SO I GUESS I BETTER GET OUT OF THE SAND BOX AND PASS THE SHOVEL AND PAIL ON TO HAPPY BECAUSE I THINK SHE IS GETTING READY TO CLICK ON "POST"! :dance:
HAPPY WEEKEND AND HAPPY FRIDAY :beach

SHAD~ WHATEVER TIME YOU HAVE IS GOOD ENOUGH. IT'S YOUR VACATION!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE THE TFG STORY!!! MUST BE A FRAGILE KIND OF GUY :rofl: MAYBE IT'S A BLESSING HE'S GONE HOME! HOPE THE WEEKEND IS A GREAT ONE AND YOU CAN REST THOSE "UPHILL" LEGS!!! :beach:

CARLA! NO!! COOKIES!!! :rollpin: HOPE YOU MAKE IT HOME IN TIME TO JUMP RIGHT ON THE SCAL AND CONTINUE ON WITH THE DETOX!! :hug: SORRY TO HEAR MY FROZEN NORTHERN SISTER IS STILL IN THE COLD!! :flame: <---SENDING SOME HELP!

HAPPY~ HOPING THE DENTIST TRIP WAS OK. EVERYTIME YOU MENTION THE DENTIST, I CRINGE. I REALLY NEED A FILLING DONE FOR OVER A YEAR :faint: JUST HATE TO GO!! :hug:

SUZI~ GLAD TO HEAR THE AIRING OF THE FEELINGS WITH THE PARENTS. SOMETIMES PEOPLE THINK THEY KNOW WHAT IS BETTER FOR US AND THEN MISTAKES HAPPEN. GOOD FOR YOU GETTING IT ALL STRAIGHTENED OUT. HOPE TOO THE OFFICE STUFF MELLOWS OUT FOR YOU ALSO. :hug: THANKS FOR THE GOOD VIBES. I THINK THEY WORKED! :rofl:

CEEJAY~ COUCHLESS!!! :yikes: WHEREVER WILLVISITORS PARK THEIR BUNS!! :lol3: I EAT IN FRONT OF THE TV OR PC ALSO. I KEPT A TINMY ROUND TABLE FOR GUESTS THAT NEVER COME :rofl: ONLY BECAUSE MY DD TOLD ME TO!! LOL

PAINTER~ WE WILL HAVE TO CALL YOU GREEN THUMBELINA NOW!! :flow1: MY FIRST SET OF PLUGS FELL OUT. DIDN'T EVEN FEEL THEM GO. THE SECOND SET WERE LARGER AND THEY COULDN'T GET ONE IN AND THEN COULD BARELY GET THE OTHER OUT!! SO THEY CAUTERIZED THE DRAIN HOLES INSTEAD. NOW MY TEARS GO RUNNING DOWN MY FACE AND EVERYONE THINKS I AM CRYING! :rofl: THE EYE DR SAYS OPEN THE DUCTS BUT THE ALLERGY GUY SAYS LEAVE THEM COLESED. BETTER TEARS ON MY CHEEKS THAN NO TEARS IN THE EYES.
ISAIND ....LEAVE ME TF ALONE!!! :lol3: HOPE THE PLUGS WORK. I KNOW PLENTY OF WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM. SORRY ABOUT THE WAITING ROOM. IT HAD TO BE TOUGH
TO LISTEN TO. YOU ARE ONE OF THE BRAVEST!! STAY STRONG.:hug:

HOLLY~ HAPPY CLEANING!

MELODY525
03-30-2007, 09:00 AM
OOPS! HAPPY BEAT ME TO IT!!
:wave: HELLO SOUTHERN SIS!!! :wave:
OH YOLU POOR THING!! I HAD THE SAME THING HAPPEN AND FLOSSED AND IT VANISHED. BUT THE DENTISTS SHOULD BE TELLING US THIS BEFORE THEY LET US GO HOME :tantrum:
HOPE ALL IS WELL NOW:hug:

MELODY525
03-30-2007, 09:19 AM
I THINK I'LL SPEND OUR LAST REAL DAY OF MARCH AND MEXICO POOLSIDE :beach:

ceejay52
03-30-2007, 11:00 AM
Morning every one

I've emailed my uncle to tell him not to expect me until tomorrow. I have to quit eating out so much and that's all they do on the week ends.
Pay check arrived this morning so I need to pay the bills to see how much money I have to spend for vacation next week end. Springfield, Mo. here I come.

PW Thank you for the decorating advice. I'll put it where I want to.

Happy--That was a funny explanation about the tears. Sometimes mine are for real. He has me to raise my hand if I need to come up for air. I have to keep my eyes closed or I'm looking up the man's nose. I'm due for an appointment myself but will wait for the new insurance.

Mel--Watching HBO all day sounds very relaxing. I have a couple of DVD's to watch tonight if I get everything done. Sometimes this is my only me time I get. It's fun to get to visit with the aunt and uncle but sometimes I just need to be by myself.

Need to get off the computer and get some more cleaning done.

MELODY525
03-31-2007, 10:03 AM
CEEJAY~ I KNOW THE FEELING. I COUILD BE A HERMIT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND JUST HAVE MY TV AND PC AND BE THE HAPPIEST OF CAMPERS! :rofl: MY DAUGHTER ON THE OTHER HAND...LOVES TO GO OUT, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, NEVER COME HOME, AND PROBABLY THINKS I AM CRAZY. IN THIS SHE IS JUST LIKE HER FATHER. :dance: HOPE YOUR VACATION WEEKEND HAS GOOD WEATHER NEXT WEEK AND YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME. :cheers:

I SEE NO ONE HAS BEEN HERE. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY BUSY WEEK FOR ALL OF US. I DID NOT TURN ON MY CELL PHONE UNTIL AFTER 6PM! AND I LET THE OFFICE AND MAINT STAFF HANDLE STUFF TILL IT WAS MY TIME TO PLUG IN AND BEGIN THE WEEKEND...WHICH I MIGHT ADD IS OFF TO A VERY QUIET AND SUNNY START. CHILLY BUT SUNNY :sunny: I AM GOING TO DO SOME SORTING AND LITTLE ODDS AND ENDS STUFF. NOTHING THAT REQUIRES THE USE OF MY BRAIN. I HAVE BEEN VERY TEARFUL BUT THAT IS THE COFFEE ADDICTION AND THE LACK THEREOF. I KNOW IT JUST NEEDS TIME. HAD JEN GET ME SOME AS I FOUND 100% WITHDRAWAL TOO MUCH TO BEAR. SO I AM GOING TO TRY THE "EASE-OFF" APPROACH. THIS SEEMS TO BE WORSE AND MORE PAINFUL(HEADACHES) THAN THE CIGGIES WERE :faint: WHO'D A THUNK IT!!! :tantrum:
OK LADIES I AM OFF TO GET THE DAY STARTED. WINDOWS TOO OVER AN HOUR TO INSTALL SERVICE PACK 2 AND THEN HAD EVEN MORE UPDATES :faint: IT'S A ***** WHEN YOU CRASH AND THEN RESTART THE ENTIRE PROCESS ALL OVER AGAIN. UPDATES, UPDATES AND MORE UPDATES!!! WONDER WHEN YOU FIRST GET IT GOING ALL THE UPDATES DON'T JUST COME AT ONCE INSTEAD OF DRAGGING IT OUT!!! :lol3:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY!!! :moped:

happy2bme
03-31-2007, 11:18 AM
Hi Ladies,

Happy last day of March. I think we agreed that for April we were going to spend it touring Australia. I can set up the new thread if it's easier and Suzi and Shad can just fill it in as we go along.

Mel, I hope you have a quiet weekend. As far as the coffee addiction, I picked up People magazine yesterday. Read a brief article about "addiction transformation" - don't they have a name for everything? Anyway they cited a couple of cases where people had gastic bypass surgery and traded one addition (food) for another. One woman took up smoking after having quit 8 years prior, another started drinking heavily with other post-surgery ladies she met, still another started a spending spree that almost put her in the poor house. Thing is, I can totally relate to that behavior. I call it an "addictive personality" and I just liken it to someone who is more prone to addictive tendencies. Of course, some may say that that is simply a lack of willpower. :dunno: Just something to be mindful of. I do hope you can get off the coffee tho Mel. Have you tried mixing decaf and full strength to gradually weaken it? Or do lattes adding more and more warm milk? I was never a coffee drinker - didn't like the instant or freeze dried stuff. But then they came out with Mr. Coffee :devil: and you could get brewed just like in a restaurant. Somehow with a percolator I always got the grounds in the coffee itself. Mr. Coffee was nice and easy. Now I am addicted to my coffee in the morning.

Ceejay - whoopee on the upcoming vacation! I see by the weather channel that of course there is a cold draft coming from up north and the temperatures are going to shift and drop about 30 degrees come Wednesday all through the Easter weekend. Why is it always cold or lousy weather for Easter? Are you driving? That's funny too about looking up the doctor's nose. :lol: They wear masks in this office so I'm spared that visual. :eek:

I had a bad eating day yesterday. Went out with a friend from work for lunch. Fried fish and chips. Dinner was chinese garlic shrimp and some lo mein. The real sin was a piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. Yes, they sell the frozen cakes at Costco. Yes, I stupidly bought one tho I don't know where I'm going to put it because my tiny freezer is already very full. Hit me with a stick. :rollpin: No way I will eat this whole cheesecake. I'm going to divy up some of it and freeze individual slices. Will give 4 pieces to my friend who took me to Costco in the first place but did not force me to buy this cake ( :censored: people giving :censored: free samples in the aisles). I told A we could have saved our lunch money and just ate lunch touring the aisles eating samples :lol: Anyway it wasn't a total disaster of an eating day - just portions too large. Must get back on the wagon today. I always to this - do good for a few days and then undo everything I've worked hard for in the week. Still showing a loss which I will try to increase come Monday's weigh in.

Today is an errand day. Have to take back my overdue library books (however this time I actually read them instead of just keeping them on a table a week past their due date). I have to send my mom some important papers and someone at her post office is slitting all her mail looking for money in cards and such so I think I will send this priority mail. DH has the bug to start planting already - we looked at some flowers yesterday but haven't decided yet. I have to drop the health care claim off at the post office too. Thunderstorms are supposed to roll in this afternoon - I see them just southwest of us on the radar so I'd better get my butt moving before I'm out in the middle of them. I'm hoping for a good rain. My car is sticky from sap and covered in fine yellow pollen. The door sticks when you try to open it. And if you clean the car, one hour later it's "like it never happened" :mad:

Have a good Saturday folks...

MELODY525
04-01-2007, 08:17 AM
:cofdate: HELLO MISS HAPPY! HERE'S A :hug: FOR YOU THIS CLOUDY SUNDAY MORNING. :rain: I TOLD THE DR ONE TIME THAT I AM AN ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY AND LAUGHED....HE SAID I WAS RIGHT AND MY WHOLE FAMILY PROBABLY WAS JUST LIKE I THOUGHT THEY WERE. ALCOHOLISM RUNS IN MY FAMILY AND ADDICTIVE PEOPLE. I HAVE SEEN THERE ARE A LOT OF LOW BLOOD SUGAR TENDENCIES IN THE FAMILY ALSO WHICH MAKES IT EASIER TO BE THAT WAY. I DO KEEP TRADING ONE BAD ADDICTION TO ANOTHER :faint: HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE THE LAST ONE!!! :rofl: THANK GOD I DON'T LIVE NEAR YOU BECAUSE I WOULD BRAVE A THUNDERSTORM WHILE SITTING ON A 24 VOLT BATTERY SYSTEM FOR A SLICE!!!! :lol3: :lol3: HAVE A GREAT DAY!

I FEEL LIKE GOING BACK TO BED!! :cloud9: ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHERE YOU WANT TO CUDDLE UP AND WAIT FOR THE RAIN. SPENT TIME WITH THE KIDS. JEN HAS A NEW FRIEND AND THEY SPEND TIME TOGETHER. GIVES HER SOMEONE TO CHAT WITH HER OWN AGE. SHE AND RICHIE ARE WEATHERING OUT THE FAMILY DRAMA MUCH BETTER NOW AND HAVE DECIDED IT'S TIME TO LIVE THEIR OWN LIFE INSTEAD OF LIVING FOR EVERYONE ELSE. BUMPY ROADS YET TO COME BUT A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THEY BOTH NEED.
I MIGHT JUST DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TODAY!!!
HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY/MONDAY AND TAKE CARE. :moped:
PS....HOPING NAE'S MOTHER CONTINUES TO GET WELL. THEY WERE BOTH ON MY MIND YESTERDAY ALONG WITH TIG!!! :wave: AND A :hug: FOR ALL OF THEM AS WELL AS THE OTHER MISSING CHICKLETTES ACROSSTHE POND!

happy2bme
04-01-2007, 10:09 AM
Speaking of across the pond. It's April and we have all woken up to find that we won the lottery! We are millionaires. Going forward we will simply jet from one mansion to another members mansion. Or we will send a "car" when we get together. So no need to decide on where to go for April - we'll be jetting around the world! For those of you who have been on the thread a while, remember Kiwi Annie's house of a thousand windows? (Don't buy that one). :lol:

Wait... what's that you say? It's April 1. April FOOL'S DAY? :?: We really DIDN'T win the lottery? :( We're just a bunch of regular chicks scattered about the world? :dunno:

Ok then :kickcan: pack your bags, I believe we're headed off to Australia for April.

MELODY525
04-01-2007, 10:22 AM
<-------PLEASE NOTICE MISS HAPPY PANTS THAT ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND I AM WELL PREPARED FOR THE LAND OF OZ!! :rofl: :rofl:

happy2bme
04-01-2007, 10:28 AM
Here's a link to the new thread.

April in Australia for the Worldly Chicks (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1634838#post1634838)