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03-10-2007, 07:41 AM
Morning Ladies! Coffee and tea are both on the stove, with espresso nearly ready to go. (Just bought a vintage old copper cappuccino machine at a garage sale yesterday!)

Didn't get in to post yesterday but congrats to RNMom on the new baby!

We're in for a rainy day here, but 47 so I'm not complaining! I'm watching the kiddo today, though I normally don't have him on weekends.

Megan and I have set the date....we begin SB on April 1st. We're going to Barnes and Noble today to read up. Though I've been here before, she's a newbie. We have to make sure she can handle this first. She hates all veggies except for the starchy's gonna be tough.

We're also out shopping today for some prizes for the games at our Bridal Shower in 2 weeks. Any ideas ladies? What would you like to win? Budget is small, remember, we're in college!

After shopping and dropping the kiddo, I'm off to the restaurant. Going to try to get in some exercise early this morning. We'll see how that goes.

Hope you ladies have a lovely day!

03-10-2007, 08:29 AM
:carrot: Yeeay for the weekend! What I love about Saturdays is that Jake gets up at the crack of dawn and has the coffee ready by the time I make it downstairs. :) It doesn't take much to make me happy.:goodvibes

AdiaFaith, Good morning! We're supposed to warm up to 50* here, although it will overcast. But that's fine with me, as long as it's warmer! For ideas for the wedding shower, hmmm, all I can think of is bath and beauty products, they're always popular. Or maybe kitchen gadgets and things like pot holders and dish towels? Enjoy your new expresso maker, I wish I had one! I have one of those Senseo things, but I'm not real thrilled with it. It makes just a tiny cup of coffee, I usually have to use 3 pods to get a decent size cup! ;)

Nothing much is happening around here today, I think. Little Carley has the croup, so I don't think they'll be coming out today. We'll probably make a trip to Walmart for a little shopping, and I want to stop in to visit Mom & Dad, but that's about it. Amber will probably come over for a while this evening, and I'll be going with them to Audrey's birthday party tomorrow.

Don't forget to SPRING FORWARD before going to bed tonight!

03-10-2007, 08:42 AM
Adia Oy! Just rain sounds good to me. Freezing rain is predicted this morning followed by milder weather until the middle of the week when it plummets again! My lads will be disappointed as they are itching to tap the maple trees and start making maple syrup. I really do believe spring will come but......

Cottage, send the warmer weather up her, OK? It's just 20F at the moment. Thanks for the reminder about the time change. I actually had forgotten.

Little Chick, won't it be great when you are rid of that job and can relax on the weekend. I hope DD's cyst is nothing and a quick heal.

RNMOM, it's great to see you back and congratulations on the new grandbaby. Pictures, please!

Gettinit, how did the baking turn out? I must get back to baking so I have something great to offer friends when they drop in for tea.

Soon I'm so glad the scale is moving the right way for you. You are going to be a svelte bride come June.

Mamajok, the cruise sounds just wonderful and relaxing. Isn't that a coincidence meeting folks that were practically neighbours. I must congratulate you on the weightloss! I'm one of those people who gains a pound a day on a cruise!

Aimee,, Seattle is certainly on my wish list. It sounds beautiful. Next trip to Nanaimo, I'll try to work it in. Enjoy your holiday.

Bunna, I'm glad the visit to the F&F Centre gave you some good news. Doing Phase I for a bit is a great idea to get yourself focused again.

Kestrel, I hope the tea with honey soothed your throat. I keep zinc lozenges on hand and they seem to work well for me in stopping a sore throat.

Hey, Stinger Take time to breathe!

I am about to hobble down to the grocery store to retrieve my car! I slipped on the ice last evening and really hurt my knee. A friend drove me home in her car and I iced it off and on last evening. It's pretty sore but bearable this morning so I'll grab my cane and go down to get my darling Focus. I see the ortho on Tuesday so think I can manage on Aleve and ice until then.

After that, I'll make some "fake Indian" appetizers for the dinner party tonight. There is no way I am going to make samosas or anything else deep fried! I'm doing wee pork balls in a peanut sauce and snow peas with some curry laced cream cheese and black sesame seeds - all SBD approved so I know there will be something I can eat.

What's happening for your weekend? :cofdate:

03-10-2007, 10:45 AM
Hi All!

I have been so MIA.. but for good reason! On thursday, I had Sinus Surgery. It wasnt supposed to happen until Monday, but because of equiptment issues.. they had to move me up. Which actually was fine, since I'll Heal sooner!

SO, I will be in and out the next few days. RIght now, all I want is yogurt, broth and cool drinks to go down my throat. I feel pretty good though!

anyhow.. I wanted to let you all know that I havent abandoned it all.. just out of commission for a little while!

03-10-2007, 11:14 AM
Karen, get better fast! Eat and drink what you need to eat and don't fret about it. :grouphug:

I got my car back - the walk wasn't too painful - and got dragged into the LH for breakfast. I was strong and ordered a poached egg on toast - whole wheat toast, of course!

Now I've got to get this day on track and do something!

03-10-2007, 12:22 PM
Hello -

A rainy, gray Saturday - but I suppose if it is raining it is warmer, so I should be embracing it. It is melting all of that snow and I can actually see grass (brown though it may be!).

Today I have a recital to go to for one of my kids (keep in mind I have no children, but DH and I consider my RA staff to the "the kids" and I do what I can to support them.) Ruth - I hope you are feeling better are able to rest your knee this weekend. You asked about working nights. I have a live-on position at the college which requires one night a week and a weekend a month of duty - on call is 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm, but rounds do not start until 9:00 pm and on weekends last until 3:00 am. :eek: DH will tell you that any call after 4:30 am means someone is going to the hospital and it certainly means I have to drag myself out of bed. I also have a few other random nights thrown in - last week for a poster contest reception, this coming week two nights (I don't expect to be home before 11) as a part of next year's RA selection process. It can be tiring, but also rewarding.

Cottage - congratulations on being made a moderator!

Adia - for showers I have often purchased sale stuff at Bath and Body Works - soaps, lotions, anitbacterial gel. You could also so kitchen stuff, packets of note cards/stationary, books of quotes/inspirations (often on sale at bookstores).

Jovimom - warm wishes for a speedy recovery!

Mamajok - your cruise sounded wonderful. I have been on two which were wonderful, your review makes me want to plan another!

DH went off to play board games and I may need to enjoy some quiet time with my book :book2: and the TIVO, before I actually get ready for the 'out in the world' part of my day!


03-10-2007, 01:04 PM
Mornin' all!

Adia an espresso machine...I'll have a latte then :)

Karen Get well soon :hug:

Ruth I hope your knee is felling better :hug:...mmmm, how I miss samosas!!

Cottage Congrats again on becoming the newest mod! Could you please pick me up a 20lb. bag of Iams Weight Control Cat Food at Wal-mart...the one in the blue bag! :lol3:

I am up and dressed before 11, which for a Saturday is good for me. Groceries were delivered last night, so I'm about to start cooking for the week. On the menu is white chicken chili, enchiladas, jerk chicken with rice and beans, and beef fried rice.

The weather is beautiful today...already almost 50*. I might go out for a little photo walk this afternoon. I've been dying to take pictures, but the weather has been too icky!

03-10-2007, 01:17 PM
Morning ladies! I'm glad the weekend is finally here. :) DH shouldn't have to work too late tonight and he gets tomorrow off, plus he is excited about being home to cook again. Not only that, he'll be cooking the SB recipes for us, woo hoo!

AdiaFaith - cottage gave you some good ideas for the prizes, I'm horrible at that sort of thing. How about a small gift certificate to a local coffee shop or bookstore?

cottage - Thanks for the reminder about daylight savings, I had already forgotten!

DS is having a dramatic toddler meltdown ;) so I'll be back later.

03-10-2007, 04:47 PM
Hey girls!

I was MIA yesterday as we took the girls camping overnight. It was quite fun, although it got super cold last night. I think I am just too darn old to sleep on the hard ground. Our air mattress was at my mom's and we didn't realize it until we were packing up the car. We had a great time- the girls had so much fun!!!!!!

I have got to do something serious to get my eating under control. It may take going back to Phase 1, although I still seem to lose even when I do Phase 2 with no cheating. I don't know where my motivation has gone!! Can someone find it for me??

The girls are fighting.... more later....

03-10-2007, 07:04 PM
Okay, only the chili has been made. I spent the afternoon at our free zoo and conservatory. I was just too nice to stay in and cook...

for all you flower's a few shots from today

03-10-2007, 09:29 PM
Anna That sounds much nicer than staying in and cooking! The pictures are really pretty. :)

Ruth I hope that your knee is okay. :hug:

I made Jet's Shrimp Scampie recipe tonight. Oh my goodness... if you haven't made it yet- you must. It was SO yummy! The only problem is that DH and I devoured the 4 serving recipe ourselves. It was wonderful though! :chef:

We are all cozied up and ready for bed- it is only 7:30 here. I love the eventual effect of springing forward, but as I get older it has gotten harder to lose that hour.

Have a wonderful evening my friends!

03-10-2007, 11:19 PM
I noticed Kiko didn't tell you about our weather so I won't mention it either. I will say that I got Brian to try on all his shorts today and it looks like we are going to have to go shopping. Most of his 7's are too small (of course he is 9 so that makes sense).

I actually got a normal night of sleep last night and even slept in this morning. We have a change freeze on this weekend due to DST and my team lead is going to check out all the servers at 2 tomorrow morning so I get a break. I spent an hour at the gym this morning. It had been months since I made it to Powerflex and it was really hard! I'm out of shape.

DH took Brian out this afternoon so I got to work on creating the packets for junior staff and adult staff as well as started on the leader training book. I need to check with my program director and book some locations for the staff meetings and the junior staff training before I print the packets. I'll let the council print the leader training books since we will need over 200 of them probably.

No Sunday school tomorrow due to Spring break so I'm hoping to sleep in.

03-11-2007, 09:13 AM
I slept in this morning, and now I'm all screwed up! :?: I never sleep in this late unless I'm sick! Jake had the coffee ready, so all will be right in the world in a few minutes. :coffee:

I have to run for now, but I'll be back in shortly. :)

03-11-2007, 09:30 AM
Good morning. I actually set my alarm when I changed the clocks last night and was up by 7 New Time. The Girls were fast asleep when I came downstairs and were delighted to get their breakfast without having to bark to get it!

I'm skipping Church this morning as my knee is pretty swollen and painful. :9 I have the support on it at the moment but it's way too tight. I'm going to spend the morning icing it off and on as I want to go visit H. this afternoon.

Can I whine a bit? I have a major scale blip! :mad: Somehow I gained 3.5 pounds overnight! Oy! The Indian dinner last night? Today I will be glugging water and "undrinking" :lol: water most of the day and eating very lightly. Can curry cause you to hold water? Maybe it's the swelling in the knee.

It's going to be wonderfully mild this week. :) I intend to get the snow off my back deck so I can bask in the sun a bit - it's very sheltered. Spring is definitely on teh way - the cardinal is singing his mating song!

So what's happening on your part of the Beach today? :cofdate:

03-11-2007, 10:35 AM
Thanks for all the ideas yesterday ladies. We are doing 10 big prizes for the games and then small loser gifts and favors for the rest. Still waiting on a headcount for that. Here's what we decided on:

* Fountain, battery powered with candles
* 4 Irish creme coffee mugs
* A gift certificate to Applebee's ($10)
* A $5 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble (and Starbucks), with some Godiva chocolates
* A bottle of wine (Chocolate Lab)
* A Coffee mug and a pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee
* A tea mug, some wedding tea, and 2 spoons with sugar stuff on them, one honey, one peach
* 2 movie passes, a box of candy and a bag of popcorn (In a cute basket/bag thing I found)
* A bath basket with a bath pillow, fortune cookie shaped bath fizz, 6 votive candles, body butter, and a book, "Stress Undressed"
* A book package with 2 insightful girly books, and a cute journal tied together with a ribbon

So that's under control for the moment. Just two more weeks!

No coffee for me this morning, I'm sipping the water today right along with Ruth. I had 2 glasses of red wine last night, but the combo of an empty stomach (not eating since noon and having the wine around midnight) and really heavy wine was not good for my tummy. I know, not eating for 12 hours that I was awake, slap me on the hand. Friday and Saturday nights it's hard to get anything into my system at the restaurant besides a small salad and some 12 grain batard, and that's on a good night. Last night was pretty busy for me.

That cigarette smell is going to kill me, I swear. My plan for today is to rehydrate and preview the new pilates tape I got. Then once hydrated, clean the kitchen and scrub all the floors with happy smelling lysol. Also would like to clean my new cappuccino machine!

Ruth - Don't be getting on the scale while you are injured! You know if there is swelling, there is water. Just rest and relax and think about the warmer week to come!

Cottage - Sundays are meant for sleeping in aren't they? Good morning!
What are you ladies up to today?

03-11-2007, 10:58 AM
Two days ago DD and I met another DD for lunch...on our way home later I handed DD #1 my cell phone to call Papa Murphy's Pizza so we could pick one up on the way home...I then sat the cell phone on my lap. Apparently when I got out of the car it fell out!

I just discovered it missing last night after church...DD called:callme: my number to see if I misplaced it in the house...BUT, a young man's voice answered the answering part of it...laughing and making fun. So I immediately called Cingular and cancelled the phone. I was very lucky it was just a kid and not a real informed person whom could have used my phone to call all over the world!!!

Now I have to wait three more months (because of my contract) before I can have them issue me a new phone...or pay $200 for a new one...I will wait!

Between that experience and the Credit Card woes I am ready to throw in the towel girls! I find myself falling into old habits of eating :hungry: under stress. So far I am lucky to not gain weight but I know if I am not more careful one morning I will get on the scale and will have gained all the last 12lbs back. Ruth, I know how you felt!!!

Why do we allow minor situations throw punches at us that sabatage our hard efforts! Since I acknowledge I am falling into the old pattern...I shall kick myself in the rear :kickcan: (now that's a real talent!) and get serious!

Here's a kick :kickcan: for the rest of you who are going down that same road.

I want to go back on the SHIP!:beach: :cofdate: :cheers: :sunny:

I love you sis!:hug:

03-11-2007, 11:28 AM
Adia, now there's a thought! Maybe Ruth's weight is up due to "water on the knee?" It's something to think about. ;) Your prizes for the wedding shower are great! The winners are going to be thrilled with their gifts! :) When is the shower, and what are you serving? I need to get to work planning a baby shower for my DIL, so maybe I can use a few of your ideas?

Ruth, that's a shame about your knee. :( Is it the same one you had the surgery on? I do hope it starts feeling better and the swelling goes down soon. You should probably have your doctor take a look at it, though. My guess is that between the swelling of your knee and the Indian food, your gain is just a temporary one. Drink lots of water today to whoosh it all away! :hug:

mamjok, oh my, you've sure had a run of bad luck since your cruise, I don't blame you for wanting to go back! Chin up, love, just keep looking on the bright side. :hug: As you said, it could have been worse.

Another fairly lazy day is on tap here again. My DIL and Amber are picking me up around noon to go to Audrey's birthday party. It's going to be at her dance academy, so all the little girls will probably be pestering their mothers to sign them up for dance lessons. :) I expect DS will be hanging out with Jake while we're at the party, and will stay for dinner, so I'm just making a simple meal of spagetti with Italian sausage for them. I plan to have a grilled chicken breast with sauteed spinach. :drool:
Another thing I must do today is call Andrea's mother to see if she's thought about having a baby shower for her. I hate talking to her mother, (she's nice enough, but a little weird), but I have to do my duty as a MIL. It's almost 7 years since Amber was born, so I feel she's entitled to another baby shower.

03-11-2007, 11:34 AM
Cottage - I'm in charge of food, and it's definitely not OP. Here's the menu anyway!

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Tortilla Chips
Basic Cheese and Cracker Tray
Tomato Bruschetta & Goat Cheese on Baguette
Fresh Veggie Pizza Squares

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Mini Tortes with Fresh Fruit & Cream
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

The shower is Friday, the 23rd at 7 pm. It was supposed to be in May, but she changed it 2 weeks ago and we've been rushing around to get it ready.

03-11-2007, 11:36 AM
Mamajok, what a drag! I hope the kid who found your phone didn't run up your bill. The credit card thing is a real hassle, I'm sure. I've been there. You know, sometimes Life gets pretty darn discouraging and we have to force ourselves to look on the bright side. Let's be really careful this month!

AdiaFaith, you are absolutely right. I Googled and got "After an injury anywhere in the body, lymph fluid will rush to the injured site to carry away bacteria and any foreign substances. " I think I'm smart enough to know lymph fluid has water in it and probably grabbed all I drank yesterday and Friday! Great list of gifts! I may copy it into my Idea File for future reference.

The sun is shining and I am going to put on my knee brace, take my Aleve and go out into the yard. My huge pine tree lost some branches in the ice a week ago and made a mess in the Dog Yard. I thought it was still frozen into the snow but Lucy (who else?) just dragged in a big branch. It's a white pine with those long needles that the vacuum can't handle. Action is required. l'll reward myself with a cup of herb tea once I'm back indoors.

We now resume normal life.

03-11-2007, 03:40 PM
Afternoon all!

Well, I was up early...but have spent the morning (and now early afternoon) post-processing and uploading pictures from yesterday! I had an odd cleaning urge about an hour ago and scrubbed the stove top and microwave. I have three dishes to cook for the week and I need to wash laundry if I expect to wear pants to work tomorrow. :lol3:

The weather here today is beautiful again today. Hopefully, the trend will continue.

Has anyone heard from Schatzi?

Have a great day everyone :hug:

03-12-2007, 01:51 AM
Home sweet home!! I am SO happy to be home - it was a crazy ride home! We were driving home from Seattle to Coquitlam, it started raining about 45 minutes from home - wow did it ever! The highway we were taking was flooded, 10 inches of water, and our little mazda made it thru! They didn't close the road, go figure! It was pretty scary, top 4 scary moments in the car!

Ruth - Seattle can be fun, there is lots to see, lots of shopping to be had! My brother has lived in Seattle for about 4-5 years now (working for Amazon and now Google), so we've been going there and exploring the city. They have some great jewels!

mamajok - wowsers, thats some crazy stuff happening! My thoughts are things happen in 3's, so you just need 1 more thing to happen and you will be done with! One time Josh and I were driving to Seattle and when we were taking out the money we got a parking ticket, and then we got flagged at the border, and the 3rd thing was on our way home we got pulled over by the cops (I talked my way out of a ticket). Soon it'll all be over and things will get back to normal! And don't let the guilt of bad eating get to you, just move on and do better.