Support Groups - It's April in Australia for the Chicks Around the World




happy2bme
04-01-2007, 11:25 AM
Although it was tough leaving that beautiful resort in Mexico, I think we'll have quite the adventure spending April in Australia. (Did someone remember to smuggle Mr. Igor into their suitcase and bring him along?) Mel ????? ;)

Ok, I got us here - good thing we didn't land yesterday. Did you read about the voluntary blackout in Sydney yesterday to bring about awareness for Global Warming? Good on yah mates!

From here on it's up to Shad and Suzi to choose the places we visit and the things we see...

We have new smilies too!
:broc: :bday2:

I have to find an Easter Smilie. Be back in a flash...


Ruthxxx
04-01-2007, 11:37 AM
Hi there! Just a quickie to tell you I closed the Mexico thread. I've been there but have never been to Oz so may be popping in here more often. We need a kangaroo smiley as well as some Easter ones.

happy2bme
04-01-2007, 12:05 PM
Hi Mel,

I see your light on. Once again you are lurking behind me :lol: and I DID notice your colorful lizard and thought to myself - hey, she's in the groove there!

Here's some Easter Smilies just so we feel in the mood. Can't believe Easter is a week away.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/EasterPoppingChick.gif http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/EasterHappyBunny.gif http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/EasterEggPainting.gif http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/easterbasket.gif http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/EasterChickOnEgg.gif


happy2bme
04-01-2007, 12:30 PM
Here's some "native" smilies for our new surroundings

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/kangaroo.gif http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/gatorsmilie.gif And of course there are the larger than life flying insects and stick bugs :df: And aren't there sharks off the coastal waters? http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/shark.gif

happy2bme
04-01-2007, 12:55 PM
Wow, Ruthie is on the ball there cleaning us up! Hello to Ruth :wave:

It's a quiet weekend here on the boards. Everyone is off being busy like they should be. I need to go to the library and drop off my overdue books, plan my meals for the week :write: and go grocery shopping. Then there is laundry. http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/laundrysmilie.gif and dishes http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/dishes.gif and the floor needs a good cleaning too http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/moppingsmilie.gif That's enough to kill the day.

Anyone want that cheesecake I bought? Oh me oh my. That was a lesson learned. I looked at the nutrition content on the box :faint: Usually I do look at labels but I was just in a mode where my belly took over my brain. I might freeze a few pieces for a once a month treat but I will be giving away half that cake. It was fabulous and the pre-cut portion sizes are appropriate but it's just simply not something that should be eaten more than 2 or 3 times a year. It's good that I rarely use my extra WW points because I sure burned them on this one. :( Lesson learned - ALWAYS read the box first. :drill:

Mel, I hope you have a quiet Sunday and can maybe get a short snooze in. That's a good thing that Jen found a friend she can hang with. As for the family... well, it's sad that Ritchie has one of the common dysfunctional families. DH and I were talking yesterday. He is disgusted with his too. Makes me feel very sad for him :hug:

Ok, I have burned 2 hours here at the computer (and I wonder where my day goes! ) Better get rolling here. Enjoy what's left of your weekend ladies...

Meadow
04-01-2007, 05:08 PM
:wave: Hi everybody! What a grand adventure in Oz we are going to have this month... wheeee!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/A-Australia-animated.gif

Happy-my library has an online feature which emails me two days before my books are due... maybe your library system has something close? ;)

Ruthxxx
04-01-2007, 05:17 PM
I asked Suzanne about Easter smilies and here they are!
:easter3: :easter2: :bunny2: :easter: :bunny: :egg:
She put them in the list before St. Patrick's day.
Have fun!

Shad
04-01-2007, 08:20 PM
http://www.valleyofthegiants.com.au/
http://www.margaretriver.com/pages.asp?code=500
http://www.atn.com.au/nt/south/uluru.htm
http://www.opalcapitaloftheworld.com.au/
http://www.sydneyaustralia.com/
http://www.driveqld.com.au/qldhols/drive_queensland/suggested-itineraries/index.cfm?action=showRoute&routeID=A1DC76C7-BF31-7126-84F8-D2C703183DDE

Will this work??
Haven't got time to stop. I'll see if these links work and then we can begin our journey across Aus. I'll be back to explain where we are going this month. That's if the predicted Tsunami from the Solomon Islands earthquake doesn't hit us at 9.30am as predicted.

If I don't come back, I'm swimming!!!!

senorita
04-01-2007, 09:36 PM
Welcome to my country ladies... shame your arrival coincides with the onset of autumn, but never mind - it's probably still a lot warmer now than in a lot of countries entering spring!

ceejay52
04-01-2007, 10:18 PM
Here comes the Easter bunny. Mel, I'm sure you can remember the words. Here comes Peter cotton tail hopping down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity Easter's on it's way.:easter2:

Made short but eventful trip to Paragould this week end. Shampooed my aunt and uncle's living room carpet. It does look a lot better.

Just verified my going to Springfield this week end. She told me that she is starting a new job this week, and will be taking classes to get her Master's degree in Nursing. She's is going to have a full load for the next couple of years. I think she is tired of the managing part of Nursing.

Senorita--Welcome to our little group.

Ruthxx--Hello:wave:

Happy--Put away that cheese cake, I should not scold you though cause I had a hostess Twinkie this afternoon but it was toooooo sweet. No more of those.I forgot that we were coming to Australia.

Shad--A tsunami, yikes. I hope it isn't as powerful as the one that hit India.

Mel--Have you gotten rested over the week end.

Hello to all the rest.

happy2bme
04-02-2007, 02:30 AM
Random thoughts of madness as I wait for the last load to finish in the dryer...

Shad - all your links work just fine. How gorgeous. I must find a way to get out and visit you some day! Coober Pedy? Isn't that where it's so bloody hot they have to live UNDERGROUND? :flame: I am most excited to tour your homeland. I saw the tsunami on the news online. Was wondering if it was going to head your way. Looked dangerously close. There's other ways of getting your swimming in my friend - be safe.

Oh, was going to tell you a few weeks ago we stopped at the Agricenter out by us. It's basically a large building for trade shows and such. They had a HUGE map of the world on one large wall. Australia alone was half the size of me which means I could actually read the markings on the map :rofl: I pointed out to DH several of the places you traveled to for work. It was kind of cool.

Ceejay - thanks for slapping the cheesecake away. It's just too many points to waste. Funny you should say the twinkie was too sweet. I was thinking the same of the flavored coffee creamer this morning. Wanted to cut it with FF half and half (a wonderful product for keeping the creaminess but cutting the fat and calories) but the store was out of most of everything this afternoon.

Senorita - thanks for the welcome. Do join us if you like. I think for many of us, your autumn will be just fine in the temperature department. Not sure many of us (like me) could handle the blazing summer heat too well.

Thanks Ruth for pointing out the Easter smilies. I must have just buzzed past them when I was looking earlier today. Thanks to Suzanne too :hug:

Meadow - once again, you've come up with an awesome graphic. You are so talented! Our library just started the program where they will email you to remind you about your books. I always remember, it's just that I'm not finished reading them in time :o Besides - I sort of consider it my little indirect contribution to the library :lol: I used to donate books to the library (recent popular ones, not old stuff) but then I found out that mostly they just turn around and sell the books I paid 20 dollars or more to the friends of the library sale where they get sold for 50 cents or a dollar. Somehow I can't come to terms with that.

I have to say that if you need a big motivator to stick to the diet, then go clothes shopping. Look in the 3 way mirror. Really open your eyes to what you look like. Turn all around, to the side and to the back. Be honest about what you REALLY look like. Then go home, go for a walk and then eat a salad for supper :lol:

I wasn't sure I was going to like WW online. At first I groused about the points tracker and how much work it was and how it took so much time (oh poor me). I've gotten used to it now and I actually like it. It does keep me on track and even if I've gone off track a bit, I've promised myself that at the very least I will be HONEST about tracking my food. And if I see I've been high in points, I adjust. I do resent giving so many points to dairy tho. And we're supposed to eat extra dairy. Ice cream does not really count :lol: I guess I don't mind the online because I am always searching for the WW leader who is inspiring. I had one once and believe it or not, it was a guy. He was fantastic. It was a long, long time ago and no one has ever really measured up since. WW online is a little more than 1/4 the price of the online meetings. Of course you have to print your own recipes, but there is quite a bit of information available to you online. And it cheers you on or gently wags a finger if you've lost or gained at the weekly weigh in. Just like anything - you get out of it what you put into it. Good housekeeping Magazine had an article of 5 women who lost substantial amounts of weight on 4 different diet plans. It can be done without pills or surgery.

Ok, the dryer finally finished. Time for me to do a quick fold and then hop into bed. Goodnight all...

Shad
04-02-2007, 03:48 AM
Okay, to explain my websites:
We are starting our journey in Western Australia right at the very bottom of the State and we will check out the Valley of the Giants. Here you can climb the fairly gentle slope of the Treetops walk and view the giant trees from a birds eye perspective. If that doesn't suit, take a wander through the ancient empire and see these magnificent trees from the inside - yep some of them are hollow and you can actually walk right through them. They are still alive so no carving your initials on them or the words 'I wuz ere' and even worse 'I wuz here too' Mel can get her wheelchair through here.

Next week we will move on to Uluru and for exercise you can walk around the rock - I believe it is 9 or 10 kilometres (about 6 miles), but we can talk about that later. In the meantime kick back and enjoy the rugged coastline of South Western Australia, have a glass or two on the verandah of an evening (some good whites come from Margaret River up the road abit, not to mention delightful cheeses) and enjoy the trees.

Rotten day today - first day of go live. The implementation went okay - my training database has not been refreshed properly and the posting period is not right so, life is fun in the training room - add to that a class where no one wants to be there or doesn't understand what I am saying because he's never done this before (so why are you here?) and I am about to go home for a glass of wine or maybe two or three or four. No I am not, I am going home to swim and exercise because I didn't get to gym this morning owing to the fact that I was scheduled in three places at once to train three different things. Life is grand eh what.

Back tomorrow.

PS - the tsunami petered out and came to nothing. I've yet to hear about damage and destruction from the earthquake in the Solomon Islands. It was reputed to be 8.1 on the Richter - that's huge.

MELODY525
04-02-2007, 09:51 AM
:bunny: :egg: :easter3: :easter2: :bunny2: :easter:
I'M SO HAPPY!!! WE HAVE NEW SMILIES AND A NEW HOME! THIS IS A GREAT START TO A NEW WEEK!:p

:rain: WE HAD A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED SPRING RAIN STORM LAST NIGHT AND GUESS IT KNOCKED OUT THE CABLE TV. NOTHING OF INTEREST IS ON THE AGENDA FOR TODAY.
SO HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK & BE GOOD TO YOURSELVES! :moped:

:bunny2: HAPPY THANKS FOR THE MOVE!
YOU DID A GREAT JOB GETTING THE BALL ROLLING AND HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY TO YOU ALSO....BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. I LOVE YOU LITTLE SMILIES!! THE WASHER ONE CRACKS ME UP!! THAT MAP SOUNDED GREAT. EVEN I COULD READ SOMETHING LIKE THAT. DID YOU POINT ME OUT TOO?:carrot: HOPE THE ARM GOT A GOOD REST OVER THE WEEKEND! :hug: THE WW THING SOUNDS GREAT!!
:carrot: GOOD LUCK!! WE CAN SALVAGE 2007!!:carrot:

:easter: SHAD~ THANKS FOR THE LINKS AND I WILL GO AND TAKE A LOOK LATER WHEN THE PEEPERS WAKE UP. HAVE A GOOD WEEK! GLAD THE TSUNAMI FIZZLED OUT. I WAS WATCHING THE NEWS LAST NIGHT BEFORE BED. HOPE THE SOLOMON'S SURVIVED ALSO. I'LL HAVE TO GOOGLE THE WEATHER TILL THE TV COMES BACK ON.

:egg: CEEJAY~ HOW NICE OF YOU TO GIVE THE A&U A CARPET SHAMPOOING!! :carrot: YEP I HAD A GOOD REST. HOPE YOU DID THE SAME. THINK I WILL GET OUT MY PETER COTTONTAIL TAPE OUT AND WATCH IT TODAY!!!
THANKS FOR THE SONG. I WILL BE SINGING IT ALL DAY!!!!:bunny2:

:easter3: MEADOW~ SAT HERE LAUGHING AT THE PIC!! AT LEAST IT GOT YOU OUT OF THE WOODWORK FOR 2 MINUTES!!:rofl: THANKS FOR THE MORNING LAUGH!:hug:

:bunny: MISS RUTH!!!!!!!!!!!! WITH ALL YOUR XXXXXX'S!!
GOOD TO SEE YOU!! HOPE ALL IS WELL AND YOU REALLY DO COME AND KEEP US COMPANY WHEN YOU HAVE A MOMENT!!:hug:

:welcome: SENORITA AND NICE OF YOU TO STOP BY OUR LITTLE GROUP. WE JUST VISITED MEXICO AND CAME HERE TO AUSTRALIA TO VISIT WITH SHAD AND SUZI. HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR THE RIDE!:D

http://www.gifs.net/Animation11/Animals/Other_Animals/Kangaroo_family.gif

happy2bme
04-02-2007, 09:58 AM
Good Morning Mel - I see you shining above me. I'm running late (what else is new? :dunno: ) Be back tonight...

MELODY525
04-02-2007, 10:58 AM
:broc: :bday2you: :celebrate: :bday2: :whoo: :brr: DONTCHA JUST LOVE NEW SMILIES???
:wave: HELLO HAPPY! SEE YA LATER.:p

ceejay52
04-02-2007, 01:52 PM
Who's going to walk that bridge that towers over those tree's! Shad-I love your country.

Did 20 minutes of the bike this morning andwent to get in the shower. I bumped the side of the bath tub hard. Therefore, I have a sore and swollen shin. I thought it was going to bruise but it hasn't so far. Just a big pump knot. If I had the time this morning I would have cried. The mat slipped out from under me while gettting in the tub.

Happy and Mel--Like your new avatar's. Maybe someday I'll learn how to do that sort of thing. Guess I should practice.

Not much time or any thing to report. I balanced the month of March and sent the reports over to James who then sends them on there appropriate way.
Talked to my sis that lives in Springfield, Mo last night and things are still okay for me to come. She is starting a new job today. She thinks she'll be off Saturday and Sunday. Plus she is going to go back to college to get her Master's degree in nursing. She's going to have a hectic schedule for the next 2 years. I'm going to suggest that she become a nurse practioner.

Hello to the rest. Carla, Holly, Madcat, Suzi.

MELODY525
04-02-2007, 03:10 PM
CEEJAY HERE IS A SAMPLE PICTURE FOR A NEW AVATAR.

http://www.gifs.net/Animation11/Animals/Bears_and_Pandas/Coala_dances.gif

1-RIGHT CLICK ON THE KOALA BEAR AND PICK "SAVE AS PICTURE"
2-GIVE IT A NAME OR KEEP THE ONE THAT POPS UP BUT REMEMBER IT AND SAVE IT TO DOCUMENT OR MY PICTURES
3- GO TO YOUR USER CONTROL PANEL AND CLICK ON EDIT AVATAR.
4-ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE IN THE BLANK WHERE IT HAD THE BROWSE BUTTON NEXT TO IT:TYPE IN THE NAME OF THE BEAR AND CLICK ON BROWSE
5-A WINDOW OPENS AND YOU FIND YOUR PICTURE OF THE BEAR AND DOUBLE LEFT CLICK ON IT. IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO ON THE 3FC PAGE.
6-CLICK ON SAVE CHANGES AND 3FC WILL PUT IT ON YOUR AVATAR OR IT WILL TELL YOU IF IT IS TOO LARGE AND YOU NEED TO FIND A SMALLER ONE.

I PRINTED THIS OUT FIRST SO I WOULDN'T FORGET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND THEN TESTED MY FIRST NEW AVATAR. ONCE YOU DO IT YOU'LL BE CHANGING ALL THE TIME!! :rofl: ENJOY!!!

MELODY525
04-02-2007, 03:28 PM
some others


http://www.heathersanimations.com/alphabets/abc33_files/ABC4100C.gif

http://www.heathersanimations.com/alphabets/abc23_files/bz00762.gif

Madcat
04-02-2007, 10:35 PM
Evening nice ladies! Here are we are in the beautiful land of Oz. Can we do the Treetops walk? I’m afraid of heights and I still want to do this. You know I have always wanted to go to Ayres rock. Remember the movie “Close Encounters”? Think how cool that movie would have been if they had set it at Ayres rock rather than Devil’s Peak. Oh Shad and Suzi – you live in a land where the water is turquoise and the sand is white. It’s really beautiful. I hope to see it in person one day, but for now thank you for the virtual tour.

Ruthie~ Please come back and play more often. Welcome Senorita ~ Feel free to stay. We are a mostly harmless lot. Happy~ I like the way you think of your overdue fines as a informal form of donation. You are too funny. Now throw out that cheesecake. :lol: Mel~ You must be in your glory with the new smilies. Love the sparkly graphics. Meadow~ Cool graphic! Look at the roos go. Ceejay~ more accidents happen in the bathroom than any other room in th house. Hope it doesn’t pain you much or for long. Shad~ At least “Go Live” is over with. Swim and feel better. Waves to everyone else lurking and otherwise.


I need a new avatar.

I thought I was finished my taxes last week, but I now truly believe they are done… they better be since it is the trip to Ish the accountant to drop them off tomorrow. I have done all I can do. My foot is in full recovery mode though I did have a bit of swelling this afternoon since I forgot to pack the Advil. Being able to walk without massive amounts of pain is a blessing. I went to the gym this morning. Life is good, ladies. But I do have to go.

Shad
04-02-2007, 11:02 PM
Morning all,
Madcat's little egg is shining above me. Hope those taxes are all over and done with. I have to put some together for the family trust when I get home. That is if the DS2 hasn't done it already - :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: As if.........

At least today I am not cloning myself. I've had a good lesson this morning and hope that this afternoons one goes okay as well. It makes a nice change from whinging and *****ing to the powers that be.

Madcat, take the treetop walk with me. It's easy and fun. You'll be soooo busy watching the scenery you will forget how high you are above the ground. We'll be able to cooeee the others on the ground. Uluru (not called Ayers Rock any more - except by some of the diehards) is an amazing place at sunrise and sunset. The colours are stupendous. You can't climb the rock anymore either - native sensibilities etc. but we can certainly walk around it.

Ceejay - sounds like you have a haemotoma - I fell in the bath some years back. My poor leg swelled up something horrendous. Then when the major swelling went down I was left with this bump - not much of a bruise but the bump stayed and stayed and stayed. The Doc told me it would go away of it's own accord but could take some time. It did and it did (go away and take some time).

Ceejay - you can walk the trees with Madcat and I. It really is a nice little soujourn. As I said, you are so busy looking at the scenery and picking out what might be (is that a tree kangaroo I see over there?) Is that a Koala? Is it a bird or a plane. Generally no, it's a hunk of wood! But there is plenty to see up there.

Happy, those smilies are something else. Where are you getting all these from? Incredimail?

Had a bit of fun with booking my flight from NY to Toronto. For the first time the thing came back and insisted that I might not have the correct documentation and wanted a credit card authorisation and a copy of my drivers licence or credit card front and back. Since that came in on the Friday, I didn't get it until yesterday and today they have cancelled my flight. I sincerely hope they haven't debited my credit card since there was a reservation number created. I've been onto S the travel agent and he explained the ins and outs. He is now following up and booking me on the flight again - now he is going to do the international bits and I am going to do the internal bits - most of which are now done. I'll be sending my itinerary out later this week with all the info for each of you people.
I told S I was not exactly delighted with the e-mail from his staff and was considering a change of travel agent. After we talked it through, things were a lot better.

Mel - gotta love that kangaroo with the joey. Pity they don't all look that good. Nice clear instructions too. Maybe we will put you on the training payroll or the documenting side of it.

And with that, I had better go sort out for the next class. Then back to the office in town and home for some r & r and dinner. I'm looking forward to that. I'm looking even more forward to going home for Easter on Thursday night. Yeehaa

suzi in auz
04-03-2007, 08:51 AM
Hello ladies!!!! It's only taken me three days to get here but better late than never eh?
:easter3: to all!!! I know it's not yet but I am checking out those smilies, they really are cute.
Shad, thanks for starting the tour! Have you been to some of these beaut spots? I wish i had they look incredible! Don't leave town until you have seen the country they say!
speaking of which, I am leaving for NZ tomorrow 6pm Aus time. I have a week away to myself! well sort of but a week without house work and the runnings arounds of everyone here! it really will be a treat. I will wave to Rangitoto for you Shad and hug a tree! I am really looking foreward to this trip.
I am sure I will get computer time ( well maybe) while i am away. it will depend on how obliging the oldies are!
Glad to see you all are well and happy egg hunting, !:celebrate:
:bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: oh he is too cute!

happy2bme
04-03-2007, 09:44 AM
Good morning ladies,

Quick hello. I have some early morning meetings today.

Have a safe trip Suzi. Enjoy your visit. Don't let your family bring you down.

Shad, whenever I'm looking for smilies I just Google "kangaroo smilie" and then I search the results which are usually related to various message boards. I sift through the ones, saving pics of those that I like.

Ceejay - OW on the bruises :eek: Take care of yourself, they say that most accidents happen within the home or within 5 miles if driving. Doesn't help that we get a little stumbly once in a while too. :^:

I like your new avatar Madcat. Reminds me of my kitty and her "presents" :lol:

Hello Mel - who you gonna beat with an ugly stick today :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Ok, gotta run for now. Hellos to the rest of the crew :wave:

ceejay52
04-03-2007, 11:52 AM
Suzi--Have a safe trip but enjoy your time to yourself.

Madcat--I'm afraid of heights too but this bridge is to awesome not to cross.

Shad--My doctor is over seas on vacation so I'll have my sis, the nurse, look at it for me. I was concerned that I may have a hematoma. There is a bruise and a bump still there. It's still sore too.

Just received a phone call from my uncle telling me that his grand-daughter was bitten by a copper head snake (very poisonous) yesterday. Her leg was swollen this morning. Her doctor wants her to be in the children's hospital in Little Rock. She was born with diabetes. She's 8. We are all concerned. She's being air lifted.

Time to get back to work.

Hollyhock
04-03-2007, 12:46 PM
I have been reading and catching up with everyone but apparently didn't post.
HUGS!!!!!

carla49
04-03-2007, 03:36 PM
Crikey, who knew how long the flight here would be, and how hard it would be to drive backwards on the wrong side of the roads, dodging cane toads, crocs, and roos every few yards!!! At least I found some fashionable sunglasses to protect my eyes. I seem to have been in transit forever. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it...

Ceejay, so sorry to hear about that poor kid. I have a feeling snake bites are pretty painful, not to mention the danger factor. I'll try to think some positive thoughts for her swift recovery.
As for the big bathtub bruise, icing it may help a bit, and rubbing some arnica into it might speed recovery.

Shad, thanks for the gorgeous travel links. I'll have to copy them into a file for future reference - I'm hoping to do a month in NZ in 2009, followed by a couple of weeks in Aus. I'll be pestering you and Suzi for NZ ideas too.
I do hope you manage to cut through the internet/travel agency nonsense and get your reservations figured out. It seems to be entirely too difficult a process! I did look into flights from here to TO to join the Ontario gang there for a get-together. Since I'd be on a tight schedule, it would be rather pricey, which is not a problem in itself, BUT I've decided I really can't manage both a quick TO visit and the Big Sur trip. So let me know which you'd prefer.

Mel, I'm glad you have somewhere to stash all your stuff - and enough time to get it cleared away before Shad arrives. I do hope the weather will be perfect during her visit so you'll be able to get out with her!
I read something last week that claimed drinking lemon juice (in water, of course) can help with restless legs. It also said caffeine can cause the problem in the first place. Have you tried switching entirely (but gradually, to avoid the headaches) to all-decaf? I don't find it tastes any different, to be honest. I make my own little decaf espresso-based skim milk cappucinos every morning. Yum. I use one of the basic little Italian stovetop espresso pots, microwave the milk, add some Splenda, and use a milk frother for the foam. Yummy. If you have a gas stove the coffee is ready in seconds and makes a wonderful gurgle as it boils up, compared to my slower and quieter but equally effective electric stove method.

Suzi, enjoy your trip. I know from my own experience that visits to the family are not always free of angst. We seem to revert to angry teenage behaviour, and of course it's as if the oldsters put all their effort into finding the right buttons to push to make us turn into those unhappy 12-year olds filled with impotent rage. But it's great to reconnect with old friends, so let that be the icing on the cake. Besides the freedom from day-to-day cooking and cleaning and family management, of course.

Meadow, good to hear from you. Nice graphic!

Yesterday was a good scale day - down 9 pounds since the beginning of this little weight-loss attempt. Today was back up one, but I'm trying to remember that weight goes up and down regardless of what we eat, also that there was probably a lot of salt in the samples at Costco yesterday... It's nice to feel my clothes fitting a little better, even tho there's still so far to go. At least I'm doing something instead of complaining while I nosh on all the wrong things. I've quit the Fat Flush, despite it's effectiveness, and have moved on to a more normal diet. This one's based on a 1200 cal daily intake, well-balanced but it does allow limited starches. It's sort of a food exchange system like WW used to be, a certain number of fats, protein, etc. One of these days I may join Happy on-line at WW, but I'll stick with this for a few more weeks first. I'm not quite ready to start calculating point values yet...

Does anyone know why my smoothies don't thicken and foam up when I use frozen raspberries or blueberries? :( They work fine with the frozen strawbs, and I don't remember having this problem in the past. I'm using a different whey powder, but why doesn't it happen with the strawbs??? Help!!

Well, I'll have to head out. Time to throw a shrimp on the barbie and tie me kangaroo down, sport. All together now...

MELODY525
04-03-2007, 05:58 PM
CARLA STRAWBERRIES HAVE MUCH MORE FIBER AND LESS JUICE IN THEM THAN THE OTHER BERRIES. MORE ICIER TOO. TRY ADDING AN ICE CUBE AND SEE IF IT WORKS. MAYBE 2 OR 3 WOULD BE BETTER. HURRAY FOR THE 9 LBS!!! I THINK I KNOW WHERE SOME OF THEM ARE!!! :rofl: WELCOME HOME!!! LOVE THE KITTIE AND THE SHADES. SHADES OF DEJA VU AND THE 3-D MOVIES OF OLD!!! :lol3:

CEEJAY~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE POOR GIRL!! :hug: HOPE ALL GOES WELL AND SHE WILL BE FINE. LET US KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

HAPPY~ MADCAT IS RIGHT...I AM STILL LAUGJHING ABOUT THE BOOK FINES!! :rofl:

SHAD~ YES I WILL LEARN ALL I CAN FROM THE DELL COMPANY AND EMMIGRATE INTO YOUR COUNTRY TO WORK. WE CAN BE A TEAM!! :rofl: SISTERS OF THE PIN :rollpin: :rollpin: I AM SITTING HER LAUGHING MY FOOL HEAD OFF AT THE THOUGHT!!

MADCAT~ WE HAVE AN ISH FOR AN ACCOUNTANT HERE. HE JUST LEFT US TO WORK IN CALIFORNIA!!! HOPE THE REFUND IS A BIG ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:wave: TO HOLLY WHOFLIES IN AND OUT!!!

SUZI I AM SORRY I MISSED YOU.HAVE A GREAT TIME. FORGET ABOUT THE COMPUTER!!!!! WE WILL ALL STILL BE HERE WHEN YOU GET BACK!!! :rofl:

I HAD A GOOD DAY. DID SOME FOOD SHOPPING. WENT FOR 2 RIDES. ONE WITH JEN AND ONE WITH JOHN OF MAINTENANCE. WE WENT AND GOT OUR LUNCH AT THE CORNER STORE. I WILL ADMIT TO ASTARBUCK'S ICED FRAPPUCCINO TOO. BAD MELLIE. COULDN'T HELP MYSELF!!!! MAYBE IF I BUY THEM ONE AT A TIME INSTEAD OF BY THE CASE, I WILL GET OFF THEM!!! THEY COST TOO MUCH FOR ME THAT WAY :rofl: WE GOT INFO FROM A HEALTH AGENCY ABOUT PANDEMIC FLUS AND EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS LOKE 9/11. IS THERE SOMETHING THE STATE KNOWS AND IS NOT TELLING US???? :rofl: I CAN JUST SEE THE SENIORS NOW WITH THIS NEW INFO. I TOLD A HANDFUL NOT TO WORRY AND IF ANYTHING HAPPOENS WE WILL ALL MEET IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM, BEND OVER AND KISSS OUR ASSES GOODBYE. THEY CRACKED UP AND WENT HOME SMILING. I MEAN...COME ON....WHAT IS SOMEONE 80-100 YRS OF AGE GOING TO DO IF THE BIRD FLU COMES TO PASS.
DRINK A LOT OF WINE I TOLD THEM!!!! :lol3:
OK I NEED A SHOWER AND SOME DOWN TIME. I FEEL WIRED. NOT ONLY FROM THE COFFEE BUT FROM EVERYONE. I WAS THINKING TODAY WHILE I TOODLED AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD...THE REAL REASSON MY HEART STILL BEATS SO STRONGLY AND I STILL GET OUT OF BED EVERY MORNING IS PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE EVER NEEDY "PEOPLE" IN MY LIFE. SO MAYBE I HAVE FOUND A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT THINGS. I CAN ACTUALLY FEE THE STRESS LEAVING ME. IT MAY TAKE A WHILE LONGER TO "SET RIGHT" IN MY HEAD BUT I AM WELL ON THE WAY TO THE LAND OF CALMNESS. I FEEL IT IN MY BONES. ONLY TOOK ME 60 YRS TO GET HERE :faint:
HAPPY DAY TOMORROW AND HAVE A GOOD NIGHT!!
:bunny: :bunny: :bunny: :moped: :bunny: :bunny: :bunny:

carla49
04-03-2007, 06:08 PM
Mel, those little pink bunnies are seriously disturbing. :yikes: I had to put the cursor on them to be sure they're not actually some bizarre variety of little DT devils... And stay off the frappucinos, or you know what we'll have to come do!!! :kickbutt: Not just caffeine-laden, but I have a feeling they have a million calories or two...

MELODY525
04-03-2007, 07:03 PM
ok i'll stop drinking the frappes :nose:
:bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2:
HOW ARE THESE BUNNIES? BETTER ON THE NERVOUS SYSTEM? :rofl: :rofl:

THE FRAPPUCCINOS ARE 180 CALORIES AND COME IN THESE LITTLE CUTE OLD FASHIONED SHAPED MILK BOTTLES...OR SOMETHING SIMILAR AS I RECALL.......:drinkup:

Shad
04-03-2007, 07:13 PM
Uh Huh! :tired: morning all,

Nice to get out of the osprey's nest this morning. Bit cramped in there up in the tree tops with Carla and Holly and a couple of real birds.

I've done my run this morning - no time for the gym these days so I have taken to the streets for cardio sessions and try to get to the gym a couple of afternoons a week for the weight stuff. Run the majority of the distance this morning (about 4K) so I might put in for the 5k Bridge to City run in August :rofl: :rofl: yeah right. There was an old bloke walking up the otherside of the road today and as I got to the top of the hill, I heard movement behind me, and there he was not 3 metres away on my side of the road. I was not too happy about this so started to walk faster and finally to run. However he went on up the hill when I went down the road to the beachfront so I didn't have to get too excited about him after all. Nevertheless it is a lesson to keep alert to the things that go on around you when out there on your own. It wasn't too frightening as the area is well lit and there are quite a number of people around at that time of the morning, but it pays to be alert.

Ceejay, so sorry to hear about the little girl. I'm sending positive vibes and wishes her way.

Holly - good to see you back if only for a short period of time.

Madcat - Toronto (all being well and I can work out this flight) should be 10th to 14th June.

Carla - best if we meet up in Van or SF I think. No need to cram in more flights than necessary. It only ends up with holding onto fluids. I like the Big Sur idea better.

Mel - don't worry about Dell - I can teach you everything you want to know and more about training. Just bring the broomstick, the lash, and a few incentives such as jaffa's. You'll do okay.

Better go and get on with Reliability Maintenance. Oh the joys of training.

MELODY525
04-03-2007, 07:24 PM
SHAD YOUR MAN STORY GAVE ME THE CHILLS AND REMINDED ME OF THAT LOVELY SUMMER MORNING ABOUT 2 YRS AGO WHEN A TRUCK WAS FOLLOWING ME!!!!!!!!!!
:faint: :yikes: :faint: :yikes: :faint: :yikes:
IT IS SO TRUE.....YOU NEVER KNOW.
HOPE YOUR DAY IS A LOVELY ONE. I GOOLGLED JAFFA AND ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA JAFFAS WERE AN ANCIENT TRIBE FROM THE MOVIE STARGATE :rofl: :rofl: BUT IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT....I WILL BRING A FEW OF THEM ALONG.....ALSO SOME HANDCUFFS AND ROPES AND CHAINS :belly:

Shad
04-03-2007, 11:17 PM
No, no. Jaffas are a hard shelled orange flavoured chocolate candy that make a very satisfying noise as they roll down uncarpeted stairs. Mind you they are too expensive to do that now!

Product Details

NZ Foods -> Chocolate

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Jaffas 75g

Description:
Nothing to do with Auckland, this is the perfect blend of crispy orange candy and rich milk chocolate in a little ball.

Price:
$2.50 (NZD)

carla49
04-03-2007, 11:36 PM
So, Shad, I take it you'll be bringing along an extra suitcase filled to the brim with jaffas? The modern equivalent to beads and trinkets to calm us unruly natives...
Big Sur it is.

suzi in auz
04-04-2007, 01:24 AM
I had to pop in and see you all again before I left. I am trying to waste a little time too :carrot: .
I leave in about 1 hour for the airport by taxi but realised I am going to be very early as my flight is 1/2 an hour later than expected. That's ok though, quite like airport browsing and never seem to get the time as we are always in a rush.
There is also a bit of commotion going on now at the air port with new regulations so it pays to have a little time, anything in a bottle, liquid needs to be in a snap lock bag and nothing over 100mls on the cabin. I think I am ok, I put everything into snap locks for just in case.
I just learned something today thanks to Carla, about the smilies and the cursor, i never knew that if you put the cursor over them you would see what they were, I have always had to go down the list, very clever.
I love all the new easter avatars, they are so cute. I want one. I might need to look. I am sick of looking at me!

:bunny: :bunny: :bunny: I just love that one.
Mel you didn't miss me, I'm here. Isn't it funny sometimes I barely get a glimpse here and other weeks I get loads of time. I like your philosophical thinking. By gum I think you've got it!

really hungry but too nervous to eat. I might wait until I have processed everything at the airport. Very excited.
Must fly and have that last cuppa xxx
be safe and have a lovely easter...not too much choccy!
roll out the jaffas ( thank you shad on the explanation ;))

Shad
04-04-2007, 03:10 AM
I might add for the edification of those who don't know about Auckland and the Aucklanders, a JAFA is the acronym for 'just another f* Aucklander. Used widely by the rest of the country.
The standard joke about the city is:
Q: How do you tell an Aucklander that they have a problem (this occurred when they were having power problems and blackouts)
A: You can't tell and Aucklander anything - that's why they have a problem.

Gotta go. Duty calls. Can't sit here and chat all day.
Carla did you want some jaffa's too? Happy is going to try some.

MELODY525
04-04-2007, 09:07 AM
SHAD~ THAT DESCRIPTION OF THE AUKLANDER SOUNDS LIKE THE WEEHAWKENER:rofl: THE TOWNIES HERE MUST BE RELATED TO THEM SOME HOW. :faint: SO GLAD I DIDN'T TRY AND ROUND UP THOSE STARGATE PEOPLE NOW. WOULD HAVE BEEN A MOST DIFFICULT SEARCH ANYWAY BEING THEY ARE FANTASY.....ALTHOUGH I LIVE IN A FANTASY WORLD MOST OF THE TIME I SHOULD THINK I WOULD HAVE RUN INTO ONE BY NOW. :cloud9:

CARLA~ ARE JAFFAS ON THAT NEW PLAN OF YOURS??? DON'T RECALL ONE THAT HAS THAT SPECIFIC SNACK NEED :rofl: :rollpin:

SUZI~ HOPE THE TRIP GOES WELL. CALM THE BUTTERFLIES IN THE TUMMY AND OFF YOU GO :hug:

I CAN ALMOST FEEL HAPPY BEHIND ME OR MAYBE SHE WILL TYPE FASTER THAN ME AND POST FIRST :wave:
WET AND WILD AND WOLLY OUT THERE TODAY. MAKES YESTERDAY SEEM LIKE A DREAM. WILLY MIGHT BE RIGHT. THERE IS A STORM COMING AND THE NJ NEWS THIS MORNING IS CALLING FOR SNOW FLURRIES LATER ON IN THE WEEK OR WEEKEND. TEMPS ARE DROPPING FROM HIGH 60'S TO LOW 30'S. :faint: WTF :tantrum:
TRIED ADDING A BIT OF WHOLE GRAIN BREAD TO MY DIET BUT IT IS ONLY CLOGGING UP THE PLUMBING. SO TODAY IS DE-CLOG DAY. ALREADY TOOK THE DREADED DULCOLAX AND WILL SPEND THE DAY WITH THE PROCELAIN QUEEN :queen: NOTHING ELSE IS PLANNED. PUT THE SIGN ON THE DOOR FOR DO NOT DISTURB. MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE PUT A GIANT TOILET PIC UP INSTEAD :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!! ENJOY!! :moped:

happy2bme
04-04-2007, 09:12 AM
Carla - love your new avatar!!!!!!!

Glad you decided on Big Sur Shad, although after seeing some of the pictures of your coastal areas, not sure it will be as impressive to you as it was to those of us more used to concrete and steel instead of nature at it's finest.

As for WW online... at first I groused about all the work involved in tracking. Then I reminded myself that I can't stand needy whiners who complain all the time - Snap out of it! :nono: They have an online tracker. Makes it easy to look up foods or calculate points based on nutrion labels. I am drifting to the idea that if I can't track it, I shouldn't eat it. I like the online tracker a whole lot. Sometimes a seemingly innocent lunch can turn into more points than one thinks - with the online tracker you can see turn things around and save the day. Sure does explain why you aren't losing weight when you "think" you've been doing a good job. I'm glad now that I joined WW online - it's worth the 16 or 17 dollars a month. But like anything - you have to work the tool to make it work for you.

Did you get bad weather last night Ceejay? I washed the sticky sap and pollen schmutz off my car late last night as it was getting nightfall. Could see lightning in the skies in the distance. DH came home from billiards - we covered his car and moved some boxes in the garage and he pulled my car in. We didn't get hail (or tornadoes) but it did pour for a few hours. Quite the light show last night. It's about 20 odd degrees colder today and will be through the Easter weekend. Crazy weather. Glad we didn't plant yet.

Hello Mel - I can feel you flying above me - watch those Frappachinos :coffee:

Hello to the rest.

happy2bme
04-04-2007, 09:13 AM
See - I KNEW you were watching over my head lady - just glad you ain't a bird :rofl: :rofl:

MELODY525
04-04-2007, 09:29 AM
HAPPY YOU'RE LUCKY MY GRANDSON DIDN'T DO THE MORNING RUN YET!!! PLOP! PLOP!!
WW SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA AND I AM GLAD IT'S WORKING OUT FOR YOU.:hug:
I WAS JUST WATCHING THE WEATHER CHANNEL AND SEE YOU GUYS ARE STILL GETTING BAD WEATHER? OR IS IT JUST ON MY MAP....:rofl:
ANYHOW IT'S HEADED UP OUR WAY AND WILL MIX WITH THE COLD FRON SHOOTING ACROPSS THE UPPER STATES AND LOWER CANADA. SNOWING LIKE A S.O.B. UP THERE ALREADY!!! WTF!!!:snow4:
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
:wave: TO CEEJAY!! STAY DRY :rain:

ceejay52
04-04-2007, 11:02 AM
Happy--The weather men put our county under a tornado warning just as I got home from work. One touch down about 30 minutes drive from here. It rained and a great lightening show was about all we had. My neighbors came over so I was not alone. We had our flash lights ready to go just in case. Glad the WW on line is working out for you. I'm a whiner. I've been doing good by just doing the pyramid so many fruits, veggies,etc.

No gym last night because of the storm but tonight I'll be going. The alarm clock went off this morning but I didn't get up. The leg I hurt was really aching. It is really sore and still swollen. Last night I had a low degree temperature. I hate to spend 100 dollars for emergency room care but since my doctor is still out of town on vacation I may relent to this. I just don't feel right going to another doctor. I'd like to have it x-rayed. He'll be back on the ninth.

It's 20 degress cooler today and we may have frost over the week end. This north wind is cold.

I'm getting excited about my trip to Springfield, Mo.

Hello to Holly, Madcat and Carla.

ceejay52
04-05-2007, 09:13 AM
My first trip to the ER and I’m 56. I really wanted to have my leg x-rayed before I went on my trip today to Springfield, MO. and I’m glad I went to the ER. The x-ray showed that I do have some torn cartiledge and a hematoma. I’m to take a baby aspirin per day for 4 weeks and keep a heating pad on my leg when I’m sitting with my leg propped up. My doctor is on vacation and I assumed that he had someone to cover for him but didn’t know which doctor. When I called my doctor’s office the message said to use the ER.

Looking forward to my drive today. I don’t have a single thing packed and not really sure how to pack. It’s supposed to get cold again this week end.

Still have not received any more news about Whitney, my uncle’s grand daughter. No news is good news. I’m suppose to call them tonight when I reach Springfield.

Ugh, the price of gas still continues to climb. The price of gas last night was $2.67. It’s just not fair to raise the price of gas on a traveled week end.

I need to get up and get busy. I still need to wash a couple of loads of clothes, straighten the house, pack and run a few errands. Can I do all of this before 11 a.m?


No time to comment. If Libby, my niece, will let me use the computer I'll be back sometime this week end.

Roseblush
04-05-2007, 09:45 AM
I have been doing a bit of keeping up with you all but no time to sit and post. People traveling and makeing plans, isn't spring great! The tricky weather is something to contend with on the odd day it is off but on the sunny bird singing days it is glorious to be reminded of Spring and the summer to follow. Shad, Suzi, Ceejay all traveling or planning a trip good luck and safe journeys to you all. SHad coming over the pond to see more of the states and visit with some of you is so exciting........
Love being in Oz for April.... I have some great memories of hiking in the Blue Mountains and down at Wilson's Prom. Also going through the rainforst up at Dorrigo that is as far north as I got. So much to see and it is a great country to travel, good transportation, friendly people and much to do, I would encourage anyone to go...... it is worth it in many ways.

Seems to be lots of motivation on the site for losing weight and being more heart healthy. Ladies, after being in the heart hospital waiting for my mom the cold hard reality is that we just don't give our heart enough credit or the tender care it requires to remain healthy. OUr society the consumer end of it is just at odds with it in many ways. I commend each of you for trying to make better choices in whole grains, fruit and vegetables and fish choices...... I got the education of a lifetime and a shock. I have been wondering where is Teel these days and how is her health... and the others we care about on the other side of this globe....come say hi to us... let us know how you are doing.....

My mom came through last weekend on her way home and is doing well. She is very tired but her heart is improving daily she needs to just increase her activity slowly. The nurses said to my sis and I we better hope we inherited her genes, they were impressed by her vitality and energy after the operation.

I would love to have the fast recipe that one of you did on the last thread, sorry I can't remember who it was..Ceejay was it you? Iwould like to get a copy when ever you have time to share it.....

My BF is still in the picture and we are both having lots of company so we aren't spending much time just being together. I did accomplish one of my goals and that was to catch a steel head fish out of the Salmon River and I did it! What a thrill, more fishing this weekend I get to met his son and grandson are coming for a couple of days.....
Relationships are so tricky now days I think.... maybe it is just my age but it seems like we have such unrealistic expectations that is brings unnecessary barriers into the mix.

I have been working some nights and graveyards helping my friend Jeff who is a quad from a cycle accident.... Prayers for him... it is not difficult but requires a broken night's sleep to assist him. I worked last night and couldn't get back to sleep after my 4:30am shift....

Mel you seem to be hanging in there even with the drama that seems to surround your helpful hands..... Happy Easter to all and the children.... Pray for Peace and the safe journey for all who travel.... Many Blessings all!

Peace,
Nae

MELODY525
04-05-2007, 04:18 PM
:bunny: :egg: :easter3: :easter2: :bunny2: :easter:

I COME HERE TODAY EXPECTING TO BE FLOODED WITH POSTS AND ONLY FIND CEEJAY AND NAE! :rofl: THANK GOD!! MY EYES ARE BOTHERING ME AND JEN HURT ONE OF HERS NOW THAT SHE HAS DRY EYE AND RUBVBED IT IN HER SLEEP. :faint: DID SOME LAST MINUTE SHOPPING AND HELPED ANSWER THE PHONES. 2 SENIORS LEFT FOR THE HOSPITAL ALREADY. GUESS THE EASTER BUNNY WILL HAVE TO DELIVER THERE AS WELL!!! :bunny:
NOTHING NEW HERE EXCEPT WE ARE FREEZING OUR BUNS OFF!!! I EVEN BOUGHT CIGGIES FOR MY DAUGHTER AS WELL AS GROCERIES.....I FELT SORRY FOR HER. SHE CANNOT DRIVE WITH THIS EYE LIKE IT IS AND RICHIE WON'T BE HOME ANYWAY. LOTS OF SKINS CAME IN AND THEY WILL BE WORKING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER AND PASSOVER. LOVE TO YOU ALL.:love:
:bunny: :egg: :easter3: :easter2: :bunny2: :easter:

CEEJAY~ HOPE THE TORNADOES STAY AWAY FROM YOU ALL!!!! :tantrum: ALSO HOPE THE TRIP IS WONDERFUL AND YOU REALLY ENJOY THE TIME OFF. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR YOUR LEG!! PRAY IT GETS BETTER VERY SOON AND THE DRIVE DOESN'T BOTHER IT TOO MUCH! :hug:

NAE~ SO GOOD TO SEE YOU CHICKIE!!! LOVE TO YOU AND MOME AND THE FAMILY TOO. GLAD SHE IS DOING SO WELL AND I HOPE WE ALL HAVE GOOD GENES!!! SO FAR SO GOOD!! I AM FAR TOO STUBBORN TO JUST LIE DOWN AND GIVE UP....:rofl: I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE TRICKY. WHAT JUST HAPPENED TO BEING FRIENDS AND LIVING???? SO COMPLICATED NOWADAYS....LOL SENDING HUGS YOUR WAY!! LOVE THE FISH STORY!!! I THINK THE BF WAS THE BIGGEST FISH YOU CAUGHT LAST YEAR THOUGH!! :rofl:

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVERYONE. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 3 DAYS!!!!! :moped:

Meadow
04-05-2007, 04:47 PM
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:D May the Easter Bunny shine on you all with lovely deviled egg sandwiches and a beverage with a twisty straw and a cute character on it ;):devil: Chocolate?! just say NO! *do as I say, not as I do :lol3: Congratulations to everyone who is persevering and succeeding. I send you much good vibes:hug:

I haven't been very motivated to slim of late. Been having toast with blue cheese on top (mucho milk fat!) for lunches, with a lovely cup of tea. Watch Bargain Hunt and grin at David Dickenson's comments. He is such a dandy! So yeah, I covet some of his clothes too. I coloured my hair, Amber shimmer, from Clairol Herbal essences. A tad orange but I like the shine :) My sisters are coming up this weekend for a visit, going to be great to shoot the breeze with them. It has been sunny here the last few days, still a bit nippy, but the tulips and hyacinths are peeking through.

Fat and holding a cup of tea, watch out, I'm reading feminist literature too.

:bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2:
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Shad
04-05-2007, 07:15 PM
Morning all from sunny warm Brisbane.
Back home for the long weekend. Thought I might get a little cloer to help us move from the treetops to the big rock.

It's Easter - so...... Happy Easter everyone. It's cooling down here in the mornings so we are well into Autumn now. It's the best time of the year for those who live in the tropics. Cool nights, warm days. Not that it actually gets much different between now and about November. Still no rain around this area. Much lamenting and weeping and wailing. It's forgotten how to rain! Bring back the trees!!! Only happened since Labor got into power! Who let the developers loose! Yeah well. :shrug:

Yesterday half the project team left our project. My friend James has gone for a holiday to Germany and Big Brian has surgery scheduled. There is only a few of us left - including the tfg. He and Mighty Mouse go at the end of the month and then there will only be three left on the training team until the 11th May when we all go away and leave Paradise (as they say) My two roosters are now finished. One has gone home to Perth and will start another project soon. He is on his way. The other is not yet thinking straight and is staying here with the new love. I'm not happy about it and told him so - if he wants to make a career out of project work and training he needs to get experience and fast. It's okay for me, my reputation is out there for all to see, he is only just beginning. I can take a holiday when and where I want and still have work to come back to. He needs to get known. Anyway it is his decision. He must stand or fall by his choices. Both the roosters gave me a kiss goodbye and one gave me flowers, the other red wine. I am indeed blessed.

So today is Good Friday. I'm not going to be doing much today. Thought I might just bum around and do a bit of gardening and a bit of housework and a bit of plastering in the flylady manner. Much can be accomplished in 30 minute stints. Might even get to a bit of sanding. Tomorrow I need to check out the doctor and see if I can get a repeat prescription for the fluid tablets, go to the gym and do some shopping for food for the next three days. My friend Chris from down the road has asked me to dinner tonight, but I think I might say no and try for later in the weekend. DS2 is bringing the car around for me to use this morning.

Ceejay, welcome to the world of weekend gas prices. We have been living with this for years. Every single time there is a long weekend or break, the price of fuel goes up from the Wednesday before the long break. It never comes down until the next normal weekend either. The oil companies say it is not their fault, but there is just too much coincidence and quite frankly Governments anywhere do not appear to be able to act on anything against the oil companies. Big scam I say. Hope that little girl is now on the improve.

Mel. Hope those eyes are coming right. In the meantime rest them. Find some beautiful view and watch it gently to get the full picture and beauty. Peace in your soul my friend. Don't forget I am with you on the 7th June for dinner. Or maybe it is my shout and we can eat out somewhere. Whatever, we will decide a bit closer to the time. Toronto will be the 10th to either 13th or 14th depending on the train booking, so there's the dates for the eastern Canada variety. Further details coming soon. I have to send Shane the last of the booking info this weekend - he tells me he is now too old to work hard - like working weekends - huh, he is not much older than my two sons.

'Nae - so good to hear from you too. Relationships are tricky. I think being open and honest about things is the only way to go. Say it as it is. Unfortunately some of the men of our age group don't actually understand independence and the need for time alone. They seem to think in terms of ownership and dedicated duties I have found. No need to be joined at the hip fellas. It's called give and take syndrome.

Okay, I am rambling in my head. The coffee is finished. I need to shower and check out the yard and then decide on my day. I'll be back.

carla49
04-05-2007, 08:59 PM
Shad, it sounds like the worst of your project is over (apart from the tfg, of course). Unless of course you'll be double and triple booked to make up for the others leaving? Or will you be moving into a nice calm phase where you'll have days with just one short training session booked? (I always think of the short days as freebies, even if we work extra hard while on duty.)
For your TO-Calgary flight, make sure you look into flying via WestJet. It's much cheaper this June than AC, according to TravelZoo.com which sends me travel bargains weekly, and was quite a pleasant travel experience the one time I flew with them. I think they have several non-stops TO-Calgary every day.

Mel, sorry to hear the eyes are acting up again. Is there a link with the frappucinos? Or maybe those pink demon bunnies??
We had a few snowflakes here today. I assume you're freezing too? At least the cold keeps the pollen count down, right? Have a restful weekend!

Meadow, lovely to hear from you! You sound quite contented, although I take it all the feminist literature has left you a little feisty... and now you're a redhead to boot... I sense a trend here. Happy's a redhead too, if I'm not mistaken, and for some reason I think of Madcat as a redhead too. Maybe we should all go out and buy a bottle of the same colour. It could be like the secret Masons' handshake, a perfect way for us worldly chicks to recognize each other wherever we roam... Hmmmm I seem to be babbling.

Rose, congrats on the nice fish! Did it become dinner, are you having it mounted, or are you a catch and release kind of gal? (My ex was a fisherman - imagine my shock when I found out he thought catch and release applied to wives as well... :rofl: ) As for the boyfriend, it sounds like you've moved on from the whirlwind of new love to making it work for the long haul. Good luck to you both - it is nice to have someone more articulate than a cat to come home to. Of course cats don't expect you to serve them a hot meal every night... ;)

I'm feeling somewhat disgruntled - the return to eating a little bread and rice seems to have caused a rebound of two pounds upward. But that's still a net loss of 7, and I'm trying not to let myself get discouraged. There's still no reason I can't hit my short-term goal by Shad's arrival in San Fran if I don't go off the rails. I'll have to stay out of drugstores until they've liquidated all the bargain-priced leftover easter chocolate...

Mel, I forgot to thank you for the tip on better smoothies. It did make a difference, and next time I'll use all ice cubes for the fluid part. I do think the whey powder I'm using is part of the problem, and I'll get something from GNC next time, should be better.

Happy Easter to all the chicks. I'm off to visit the difficult stepmother for two short days, hope to return only lightly mauled... I'll try not to give into the usual urge to self-medicate with wine and chocs.

carla49
04-05-2007, 09:07 PM
Shad, I'm torn about the jafffas. Very tempted, but I think I'll probably decide to save that treat until I visit NZ myself. Unless of course you still have one or two tiny dusty samples rattling around in the bottom of your bag when we meet up...

Madcat
04-05-2007, 11:25 PM
I’m glad this darn week is over. Tiring even though it was a short one. But now the weekend is here. We are going to an all day wine tasting tomorrow, Saturday we are having lunch with the in-laws and Sunday we head north to see my Mom.

Shad~ I’ve had Jaffa cakes which are an English cookie version of a Jaffa candy… cookie with orange and chocolate covering. Did you often roll Jaffa candies down the hallway? If you did I am hoping you didn’t eat them afterward. :lol: There is always something a bit odd about the wind down of a project. I remember coming in one Monday and being the only person left on the left side of the floor. I’m writing your Toronto dates on my calendar.

Suzi~ have a great trip. Hope everything goes smoothly.

Carla~ Currently I'm a two-tone blonde, but I have often been red. I actually miss being a redhead. I was sassier then... :lol:

Ceejay~ Have a good trip. Drive carefully and take good care of your leg. I’m amazed that was your first ER visit. Obviously you have had good luck and good health.

Nae~ We hear you about the wake-up call. I am glad that your worked out well and that your Mom is doing better.

Meadow~ Amber shimmer even sounds like a great colour. Have a good family visit.

Mel~ Whole grains clogging up the system? Aren’t they supposed to do just the opposite? Hope it didn’t get too snowy where you were. Darn cold here. Stay warm my wee east coast friend.

Happy~ Funny I was thinking along the same lines about the pain of tracking stuff… but you are right that it is something that needs to be done. I’m going to take another look at WW online, I think. 150 calories here and there can really add up.

And Mel and Happy circle like two larks in the air… or should that be robins since it is spring?

Ok, I have to trot off. Everyone have an excellent Easter.

MELODY525
04-06-2007, 09:38 AM
MEADOW~ FAT AND DRINKING SELTZER AND EATING BRANFLAKES HERE. :dance: I WILL TRY AND DO AS YOU SAY BUT MORE LIKELY WILL BE DOING AS YOU DO :lol3: :lol3: LOVED THE EASTER DECORATIONS. I COUNT ON THEM!! HOPE THE TIME WITH THE GALS IS A GREAT ONE....SURE IT WILL BE. I CAN JUST SEE YOU ALL LOUNGING AROUND AND SHARING OF EACH OTHER. :hug:

SHAD~ WE'LL EAT HERE AND YOU CAN HAVE SOME OF MEL'S HOME COOKING. BRING YOUR ANTACIDS WITH YOU :lol3: :lol3: HOPE YOUR 2ND ROOSTER MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. TOUGH WORLD OUT THERE GETTING STARTED. AHHHH YOUTH. ENJOY THE DOWN TIME AND HOPE THE DS IS DOING OK SOLO. MAYBE SUNDAY WILL BECOME HIS BEST GAL PAL!!! BET SHE IS MISSING THE HECK OUT OF YOU!!! HOPE YOUR GARDEN HASN'T SUFFERED WITHOUT THE RAIN. SENDING A RAIN DANCE YOUR WAY :cb: :rain: :carrot:

CARLA~GOOD LUCK WITH THE STEPMOM. SENDING BLESSINGS YOUR WAY!! :rofl: I KNOW IT'S NOT NICE TO SAY BUT THANK GOD MINE DIED!! NO MORE GUILT. :lol3:
KEEP ALL GOOD THOUGHTS IN YOUR HEAD! :hug:
YES THE FRAPPES ARE THE CULPRIT OF THE ROSACEA ALONG WITH OTHER STUFF BUT DEFINITELY THEM. BOOHOO I ADORE THE AVATAR!!!! IS THAT 2 WORLDLY CHICKS SMACKING SENSE INTO EACH OTHER????
REMINDS ME OF MYSELF AND SHAD WHEN WE FIRST MET IN THE JOURNALS......SHE WAS SO DETERMINED TO GET A YANK TO CALM DOWN. SEEMS LIKE IT WORKED:dance:

GUESS CEEJAY IS ON THE ROAD AGAIN :scooter:

MADCAT~ YOUR AVATAR IS TOO CUTE ALSO. I CAN SMELL THE DAMN FISH FROM HERE! :rofl: ENJOY ALL THE EASTER OCCASSIONS....ESPECIALLY THE WINE TASTING :cheers: FREEZING HERE AS WELL. NO REAL SNOW. HOPE THE FEET ARE DOING BETTER TOO!! :hug:

TOO COLD OUT FOR OUR USUAL SPRING RAINS :lol3:
I WAS A SMART CHICK YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND TURNED UP ALL THE HEAT IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM AND LAUNDRY ROOM SO NO ONE WOULD BE HERE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING COMPLAINING OF THE COLD.
MUST HAVE WORKED...NO DOORBELLS AS YET. :dance:
DARE I SAY MY FACE IS CLEARING UP AGAIN? IT'S A GOOD BEGINNING. HERE'S THE FUNNY THING...I HAD A VERY OLD FOUNDATION THAT I USED ONCE AND NEVER OPENED AGAIN. WHEN I WENT TO THE MALL I NEEDED TO TRY AND COVER ATLEAST SOME OF THE MESS UP AND FOUND THE BOTTLE IN MY ATTEMPT. I NOTICED THAT NIGHT THAT SOMEHOW MY FACE LOOKED A BIT BETTER. THEN I WENT FOOD SHOPPING AND USED IT AGAIN. SAME RESULTS. I REALIZED IT MUST BE THE FOUNDATION MUCH TO MY SURPRISE. SO WHEN I WENT BACK TO THE MALL I LOODED FOR IT...OF COURSE IT'S CHANGED. I BOUGHT ONE ANYWAY AND WHEN THIS BOTTLE IS FINISHED, I'LL TRY THE NEW & IMPROVED ONE. :faint: I CAN ONLY HOPE IT WORKS AS WELL.
STRANGE HUH? NOW WHAT COULD POSSIBLE BE IN THIS LITTLE MIRACLE BOTTLE THAT IS NOT IN ALL THE MEDS THEY GAVE ME TO TRY???? THAT WILL BE A MYSTERY!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. MINE IS STARTING IN A FEW MINUTES WITH "GOSFORD PARK". I DO LOVE THAT MOVIE. MAINLY FOR THE TIME PERIOD IN MERRY OLD ENGLAND AND ALSO THE SOUNDTRACK IS WONDERFUL.
HAPPY FRIDAY! :moped:

PS....I forgot to say this is the first year I did NOT buy candy for Easter!! Surprise, Surprise!!! I bought Jen and I a little Beanie Baby chick (stuffed animal) and that was it!

ceejay52
04-06-2007, 01:26 PM
have tried several time to post. I'm using my nieces lap not and am not familar with it. I do like it.

I'm at my sisters, but she is fifnishing oreintation today. my niece has gone to a funeral. Her best friend's grandmother so I'm alone

Have a good week end.

ceejay52
04-06-2007, 01:30 PM
I'm practicing.

happy2bme
04-06-2007, 02:34 PM
Good morning chicks,

Happy Easter weekend. :bunny2:

There are no bunnies in the town I live in now. :( In fact in all the time we've lived here (over 2 years) we've only seen one bunny and that was on a nature walk. Back in Chicago we had a family of rabbits that lived in a clutch of bushes on the corner of our front yard. Every spring they'd come out and do the "bunny dance" which is the wildest thing. I'd look out in the yard in the morning and see the "Easter bunnies". I miss that... all we have is the Easter squirrels and it's not quite the same... :lol:

Mel, I figured those durn Frappachinos were going to do you in. I tried to sneak them away when you weren't looking but you had quite the death grip on them. :rofl: As for foundation, I noticed my face seemed to get really oily on weekends when I don't wear makeup. I talked to one of the ladies at a cosmetics counter once and she said that foundation helps keep the moisture in your skin. It's like a protective barrier. I would have thought it's better to leave the skin natural and breathe - who'd a thunk? :dunno: Because the makeup companies do switch out and constantly upgrade their products, when I find something I really like, I get 2 of them. Then I watch the shelves. When it seems like they aren't restocking a product quickly, you know it's on it's way out.

Madcat - have fun at the wine tasting and safe travels to you. Is mom all moved out of Florida now? As to Carla's comment - I remember one of your very first pictures in the original journals. Something like you peeking off from one side of a wall. You were a fabulous redhead and you looked stunning in that color. It was a shock to see you as a blonde since in my mind you are a 5'8 redhead. :lol:

Carla - I have always used whey protein in my smoothies and never had a problem. Of course I always stick them in the blender which mixes them up good. 1 scoop protein powder, 1 glass crushed ice or ice cubes, 1 carton LF or FF yogurt, 1 cup fruit of your choice and after I dump the yogurt in, 1 fill up the yogurt container with either water or juice and dump that in too. I find without some liquid, the blender seizes up and it's just too thick of a mixture. It's also too cold and induces the ice cream headache syndrome. :yikes: :headache: Now this recipe makes enough for 2 people, guess you could try cutting it in half. I have not been successful in making only 1 smoothie. The more it blends, the more air it whips up and the more volume you get in the mixture.

Shad - I do think there is something to your comment about the lack of trees and rain. I chose to live in an older section of town where there are lots of mature trees. It seems when they put in a new development they just bulldoze all the trees. It looks so empty. Hate it. Hope you have a nice Easter with the family. Are you getting a long weekend?

Hope you have a nice visit with your sisters Meadow. Here's some :dust: for you. Stay away from the bunnies - chocolate and marshmallow!

Good to hear that things are going well in your part of the country Nae. Was the fish to eat or just sport fishing?

Oh my Ceejay - quite a nasty fall you took! You're already on your way no doubt but safe trip to you and have a good family get together.

We are not going anywhere, doing anything for Easter. Was a reason for a family dinner but not a holiday that I'd miss my family as much as Thanksgiving or Christmas. DH found a ham recipe that he wants to try. You can cook it with bourbon or apple cider. I'm not a big ham fan - told him to check with Boo the cat and get her thoughts. She was opting for chipmonk. :lol:

I went off the diet the last 2 days. Not a big binge but it feels like one simply because I have been trying to stick to plan. I told myself I have to get back on the wagon so as to not sabotage the few pounds I have lost. So I'll be eating my WW Pasta Primavera for lunch today instead of the mac and cheese that I'm looking at lovingly!

Going to post a recipe I made last night for Greek Chicken that I pulled off the WW site. It was good. You can add some salt and pepper for more flavor. I had the chicken and potatos and made a tossed green salad with some red and green bell peppers, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and a sprinkling of some pre-packaged cheese bits - feta, provolone and parmesan. Topped it off with a light Italian based dressing. The combination of the flavors was quite good. We really enjoyed it.

I started this post early in the morning. Here is is almost past lunchtime and I'm just getting around to posting.

Hellos to Hooly and the rest of the crew... Happy Easter to you all!

happy2bme
04-06-2007, 03:11 PM
Ok, so maybe I'm getting soft in my old age but I think this news story is kind of sad.

100 Year Old Rockfish Caught in Alaska (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070406/ap_on_sc/big_rockfish)

I mean, this old gal was between 90 to 100+ years old. With a belly full of babies. And she had the misfortune to be caught in a fishing net. Now she'll get her picture taken and probably be chucked into the garbage can. Couldn't they have tossed her back into the sea from the boat? Just seems like such a waste. Humans are inconsiderate...

happy2bme
04-06-2007, 03:37 PM
I used chicken tenders (thin sliced chicken breast cutlets) instead of thighs.

The recipe is 8 WW points per serving. Since I used leaner chicken breast meat, I think I might be able to shave off a point or two. I'm sorry that I can't translate this to metric measures.


Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup FF chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium fresh garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8). I used 1 pound of chicken tenders or you can use thin sliced chicken cutlets.
Non stick cooking spray (like Pam)
1 pound small red potatoes sliced in half

Instructions

Place lemon juice, broth, oil, garlic and oregano in large resealable plastic bag or medium sized glass bowl. Wash and add chicken. Seal the bag or cover the bowl and marinate at least 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. (I marinated for 2 hours, I think the lemon flavor gets stronger the longer you marinate).

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Coat a 9 x 11 inch pan with cooking spray. ( didn't bother with this as I used stoneware that has a non stick surface).

Place the chicken and the marinade in the pan. Scrub the potatoes and slice them in half or quarters if they are large. Add potatoes to the chicken pan. Bake for 1 hour or longer until potatoes are soft.

Serve with a green tossed salad with vegetables and a vinagrette type dressing.

Serving size is 2 chicken thighs or 1 breast and 5 potato halves.


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

carla49
04-06-2007, 04:30 PM
Happy, your recipe sounds delish. Don't worry about the non-metric measurements. I can't speak for the Australian contingent, but here in Canada we cook mainly in imperial measures. If you had converted, we'd just have to convert it back... We usually drive in metric, and revert to fahrenheit for temperatures when we think 100 sounds more impressive than 40... We give height and weight in pounds and inches. (It's possible that the younger generation is all metric, but I doubt it.)
I agree about the fish story - that kind of thing always gets me all choked up.

Ceejay, once you get used to a laptop, you never want to go back. If you find the mousepad hard to work with at first, you can always plug a mouse into the laptop.

Mel, I think you got it in one as far as the avatar chicks are concerned. Unless of course it's you and me fighting over the easter chocs...

Happy Easter to all the worldly chicks! (Here's some virtual goodies, a backyard bunny for Happy, and special attention to those who like to eat the ears first...)

carla49
04-06-2007, 04:37 PM
Would one of you computer experts please tell me how to insert a picture in the middle of my post? I keep trying, no success. And the attachments don't look good, nor can I place them where I want...

happy2bme
04-06-2007, 04:39 PM
Thanks Carla - I always saved the ears for last! :T

happy2bme
04-06-2007, 04:51 PM
I set up an account with Photobucket. (It's free) That would be wwwDOTphotobucketDOTcom - That's where I upload my pictures. Once uploaded I copy the link marked IMG Code and paste that into my post. This way you don't have to worry about 3FC picture sizing restrictions although you want to make sure the picture isn't TOO big. We had that happen once and it messed up the thread for several people.

Here's an example of what I was talking about. Make sure you copy the entire image link with first and last brackets.

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

Hope that helped.

Shad
04-06-2007, 06:22 PM
Had this post all sorted and was doing some java updates at the same time and clicked finish on some wizard or other. This action managed to remove all my carefully worded post. sheeeeeez.

Back to square one.

Carla, I manage to do much the same as happy reqarding pics. I tend to use the little icon with the mountains on it and paste the address to the image in there. Works for me.

Happy, I do like the sound of that recipe. I may just give it a go when I get myself sorted out. We are completely metric over here, however I'm old enough to be able to remember the other stuff (imperial measurements) and have just enough marbles left to convert. 1lb equals 500g and 1 oz is 25g near enough - anyway the best cooks seem to measure by eye and just slosh it in and wait for the miracle to occur.

Just me and the cat here at the moment. DS2 has been invited to Easter over with the neighbours at some campsite near Warwick or Girraween National Park. He is so bored with just sitting around. He'll be a lot better next week when he can start putting some weight on that foot. Hopefully be off crutches by the time I get back from Townsville for good. Miss Puss is delighted to be home but she is a pain (literally) with those claws. I will have to clip them tonight.

Regarding the Rockfish, Happy. As I first read it, I was feeling angry for the Rockfish, but a short while back, I watched a program about deep sea fishing and the outcome of that was that when they drag these creatures up from the deep in nets, a couple of things can happen. First the fish in the middle of the nets can be suffocated through lack of oxygen through the gills - little water movement or restricted water movement due to the squishing of fishy bodies in a closing net - and secondly when deep sea dwellers are bought to the surface a couple of physical changes can occur. These creatures are used to the pressures of the deep and when the water pressures decrease as they are brought to the surface the eyes, brain and internals can expand. In some cases the eyes bulge out of their sockets and this causes intense neurological pain and sometines death. Death is the kindest release. It is possible that she could not have been thrown back.
I happen to agree that this creature should have been allowed to live out her life doing her bit to save her species. We have to eat. There is a moral dilemma here. I'm all for fish farms and cultivating the varieties so we don't have to go to sea and deplete the oceans. Deep sea farms might be something else tho'
Having no bunnies (live bunnies) around may be a blessing. Here in the semi outback, they are devastating crops and farmland and competing with native animals for food. Somehow a a humane way needs to be found to control the population - mind you in my opinion the same could be said of the human race.

Mel - my second rooster has just turned 35. He is not matured properly yet and thinks with other parts of the anatomy and not just the brain. He has had a bit of a tough time growing up, hence the immaturity. His sister who is also a close frient of mine has been trying to help him out. There are three women in his life who have tried to make the most of him in the last six months or so. He is still making strange decisions. He may live to regret this decision. Or he may not. I've done what I can to help out. I can't do any more than that. In the final analysis we live by our own choices, no one holds a shotgun to our heads. In this case, I just have to stand back and let what will be, be. I've pointed out the pitfalls. He has said that he will return to Melbourne at the end of the month - but only to pack up and try to move up to Queensland permanently - he likes the weather. Oh yeah!
As for the foundation - does it have a label on it which states the ingredients? Sometimes they do. Try checking out the ingredients on the net and so if any of them has healing properties.
Happy says her foundation has moisturiser and fixes oily skin. Umm errr.... is that an oxymoron. I have oily skin, thats part of the reason I only need a very light moisturiser on cheeks and forehead - put it anywhere else and havoc breaks out. I think I have the oldest teenage skin in the world.

Madcat - I am bringing over a couple of packets of Jaffa's for you all to try. No these ones will not have rolled down the aisles. We did that as kids particularly in the scary parts of a horror movie. Drop the jaffas down the stairs and hear everyone jump and scream. Waste of good jaffas when I think back on it now and they were so much bigger then too, or is that my imagination. Everything was bigger back then or was it because I was littler?

Right, Miss Puss has stalked off in a huff because I am taking no notice of her. I need to get moving too. Time for the gym this morning. I had a call from them last week asking about renewing my membership. I told them I wasn't simply because I am away from home and on minesites and things for a good part of the year and it is no longer cost effective even with being able to freeze membership for three months at a time. She is looking into a deal for me, so I will go and find out what they have cooked up. Must be that they are losing some members and need to keep what they have to stay afloat!!! Otherwise I wouldn't be targeted like this.

See you all later.

Hollyhock
04-06-2007, 11:20 PM
Happy Easter. Love you Chicks!!!!!

Had a nice long catch up with you all!!!

Hollyhock
04-07-2007, 09:53 AM
We have a few inches of new snow, on top of the snow from yesterday. We are supposed to go to the park for an egg hunt but may skip it. It is pretty fluffy snow but I dont want to drive for an hour in it.
Puttering to do here for the morning. Need to make a veggie tray and prep everything for a ceasar salad.

Shad- I see your dates for Toronto will be June 10-14. I will let Ruth know too.

We had a lamb dinner at my folks yesterday. The battle axe brigade were very well behaved and it was enjoyable.They were getting into the wine but we left before any fireworks.
Going up to hubby's bro's at 1pm today. We will have a ham and scallops dinner there.

I am going to do a treasure hunt for some Easter presents for the kids here tonight for the morning. I picked them up each a CD, some jeans, runners....

I have slept til 8:30 the last 2 days. Usually i am up at 6:30. Feels good to let my body decide when to wake up.
HUGS!!

MELODY525
04-07-2007, 09:58 AM
CEEJAY~ GOOD TO SEE YOU!! :cb: SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DEATH :hug:FOR THE FAMILY. I HAVE NEVER TRIED A LAPTOP. :rofl: HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

HAPPY~ THANKS FOR THE PHOTOBUCKET AND FOR THE RECIPE IDEAS. ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE IN CASE I REALLY DECIDE TO COOK:lol3:
SORRY ABOUT THE RABBITS....YOU NOT ONLY HAVE SQUIRRELS BUT RACCOONS TOO!!! :rofl:HOW IS THE ARM?? :hug: I READ ABOUT THE ROCKFISH LAST NIGHT. AND SHE HAD BABIES TOO....HOW SAD IS THAT! :tantrum: MANKIND IS NOT HAPPY UNLESS THEY ARE KILLING OR DOMINATING SOMETHING OR SOMEONE. SIGH SO LET'S GET ON THE WAGON....THE EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS!! NEXT STOP WILL BE SUMMERVILLE! :sunny: :bunny2:

CARLA~GLAD HAPPY TOLD YOU BECAUSE I USUALLY CROSS BANDS WIDTHS AND THEN DELETE THEM LATER ON WHEN WE MOVE TO ANOTHER PAGE! :lol3: I REALLY BETTER LEARN HOW TO GET PICS HERE MYSELF! YES I COULD SEE US FIGHTING OVER THE CHOCCY BUNNIES OR ANYTHING ELSE CHOCLATE!!! :rollpin: I THINK THE CHICKS ARE KNOCKING SENSE INTO EACH OTHER...WE CAN ALL TAKE TURNS :lol3:

SHAD~ HAPPY GYMMING.....BUT I GUESS YOU ARE TUCKERED OUT AND ALREADY TUCKED INTO YOUR BED BY NOW. SWEET DREAMS :cloud9: THE ROOSTER WAS LUCKY TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT CARED LET ALONE 3!!! :rofl: HOPE THE MEMBERSHIP WORKS OUT. I AM SURPRISED YOU HAVEN'T MADE A GYM OUT OF THE DS'S ROOM BY NOW!!! :rofl: ENJOY THE TIME OFF! I REALLY MUST TRY THE IMAGE THING HERE AGAIN. :rofl: SEE IF I CAN GET A REAL PICTURE HERE WITHOUT "STEALING" IT!!! :lol3:

I AM FREEZING MY BUTT OFF. IT WAS 30* THIS MORNING WHEN A SMOKE ALARM WENT OFF AND THE LOBBY WHERE I RESET IT WAS FREEZING!!! THE PANEL IS OUT BY THE DOORBELLS....BETWEEN 2 SETS OF DOORS BUT COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YESTERDAY I COOKED MY TURKEY CHILI, STEAMED RICE, HARD-BOILED EGGS AND MADE SOME VEGGIES AND TOSSED A SALAD. TODAY I'LL STEAM THE VEGGIES FOR TOMORROW AND MORE FOR MYSELF.
THEN TOMORROW WE ONLY HAVE TO COOK THE HAM. JEN IS DOING THE TATERS AND VEGGIES FOR RICHIE.
THE GOOD NEWS...LAST WEEK I WEIGHED IN AT 187 AND TODAY I WAS 183. STARTED DRINKING MY WATER AGAIN, FOLLOWED BOB GREENE AND SOME OF HIS IDEAS......BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY I CUT OUT THE BREAD AND BEGAN MEASURING AGAIN. CAN'T AFFORD TO GET THE PLUMBING AS CLOGGED UP AS IT WAS. :faint: FEELING MUCH BETTER AND HAVING A VERY QUIET AND RESTFUL WEEKEND.
HAVE A GREAT DAY....HAPPY SATURDAY!!!! :moped:

happy2bme
04-07-2007, 01:12 PM
The Perfect Oatmeal :T :T :T

If you're using REGULAR quick cooking oatmeal - 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water
If you're using STEEL CUT OATS - 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water

Put the liquids in the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Don't let it come to a fast boil or you'll scald the milk :barf:

Add the oatmeal

Turn the heat down low to a simmer

Toss in:


a heaping tablespoon of crystalized ginger, diced (I had to leave this out because I didn't have any on hand)
tablespoon of vanilla extract
healthy sprinkling of cinnamon
small splash of maple syrup
a handful of raisins


Simmer this mixture for as long as you'd cook the oatmeal itself - - check the instructions on the box - ie. 5 minutes for quick cooking oats, 30 minutes for steel cut oats. Stir often as this cooks thicker then using just water and you don't want it to stick to the bottom of the pot.

Makes 2, one cup servings.

Since I was making steel cut oats and cooking them for 30 minutes, I added the raisins in 5 minutes before the oatmeal was done.
Once cooked you can add other chopped, fresh fruit to you liking. I tossed in some chopped walnuts.

DH found this recipe and I was kind of sceptical. Was pleasantly surprised tho. It has a touch of sweetness from the maple syrup and vanilla but is not overly sweet.

Ooops - I realized I made a mistake - listed vanilla twice and forgot to put the cinnamon in :o

happy2bme
04-07-2007, 02:32 PM
Brrr, it's a cold one here. Dipped down below freezing last night. Only in the low 40's today and windy. Everyone will be shivering in their Easter finery tomorrow. :hyper:

It's my routine when I'm ready to go to bed to make sure the doors are locked. Last night I flipped on the porch light. We have a small table on the porch and a cat bed on it (left over from when our cat sleeps out during the summer). Lo and behold, there's poor Mr. Feral Cat all cuddled up and snoozing to beat the band! He was all curled up with his face tucked into the side of the bed and he didn't even notice me flip the light on. DH came down about 2 hours later because he heard some noises in the house and he said the cat was still there. Poor old guy. We see him occasionally on and off now. Just when you think he's gone for good he shows up. I was leaving him some food at night but DH said not to as it was attracting raccoons and other night roaming cats that would scare away our kitty. She's in the house at night when it's cold out but lives outside once it gets warm - her choice.

Have to put together my meal plan and do the shopping today. Everything will be closed tomorrow in this heavily Baptist town for Easter services. DH has a ham recipe he wants to try out. Guess I'll pop the potatos in the oven today for potato salad. Have to go through the extra refrigerator and do some tossing and make a list of what has to be used up.

I sure could use a week off to catch up. Why is it that adults don't get a Spring Break/Easter Holiday? :lol:

Better get hopping myself :bunny2:

:easter: Happy Easter Everyone! :easter2:

happy2bme
04-07-2007, 02:38 PM
Oh Mel - congrats on the pounds down. :bravo: Save some chili and rice for me. :chin: I think you may have given me a menu idea. Thanks!

It's a pity you had to give up the gym membership Shad. You were very good about going - when you could. Hope they make you a sweet enough deal to make it worth your while to stay on.

To those of you who have snow on your bunnies - stay warm and cozy!

Dryer just went off - got to run now. Enjoy your weekend.

ceejay52
04-07-2007, 03:07 PM
Happy--I've been eating oatmeal at home but cook it in the microwave. I use cinnamon or brown sugar. This way I'll have a variety.

It's going to get busy later. We are going to a Catholic Easter Vigil. We are not Catholic's but my nephew has recently been converted to being Catholic.
His girlfriend is Catholic. I love Easter.

Holly was talking about having snow on the ground. Springfield had snow flurries yesterday and the temperature dove to 23 degree's last night. It's supposed to get down to 15 tonight. It's sunny but cold.

My leg is better. The bruising is showing up more, and there is still some swelling.

One of my nephews will be coming to his mom's tomorrow afternoon and will get to see th other tonight. I just have to remember that they are older and have their own lives to lead.

Happy Easter. I may not be back on line until Tuesday.

Shad
04-07-2007, 05:47 PM
Morning all,
Looks like another lovely day in Paradise - although somewhat cool at the moment. Nothing like Holly's snow of course. If it ever got that cold here, the powers that be would declare a disaster area while doing a happy :dance: Snow would mean water you see. It's forgotten how to rain over here.

Happy, I have some instant oats at the Townsville place. I thought I would try out that recipe, unitl I read through it. I am not going out to buy Maple syrup just for it. So unless I can come up with something else to fit the bill, I won't be trying it.

Holly, hope the treasure hunt goes well. Problem with snow is that it leaves trails and they can see where you have been. Or do you actually have bunny or chicken footprints?

Hiya Mel. Haven't made a gym out of the DS's room yet because I'm never here to enjoy it! :rofl: If some of the machines were portable I swear I would but they are too big and heavy for portability. We'll see what the gym manager says when I get to talk to him/ her. Most places I go to have a gym somewhere - some big some small, most geared towards men and the young. So things are stacked against me from the start. But something will happen soon enough and the decision will be made. Whatever, I don't feel like paying over $500 for a year to use the gym for 3 or 4 months of that year. If my next job means living at home - that's good, even great, but if I am out the back of Parabadoo (oh no hope not (go look it up, I'm not telling you)) then the gym membership is worse than useless.
Good going on the weight loss - or is this the 'help' in the bathroom talking? Whatever, I hope those pounds never find their way back again.
Please turn up the heat somewhat for when I get there. How can we go for walks and runs when it's freezing. Same goes for the Canadians. Snow in small doses please and only on the hills (distant hills at that).

Happy - Poor Mr Feral Cat. He must be getting food from somewhere or he would not be around at all. But he must be reasonably happy to find a place with a bed all made up and ready for him. Hope the noises DH heard were just house noises and not intruders - feral or otherwise.
We don't get weekends off because we are the responsible adults - doncha know! Weekends off are like free lunches - no such thing. You just get to work twice as hard to catch up with the chores etc.

Ceejay, glad the leg is getting better. Haematomas have that habit. They hurt like mad at first, the bruising looks like you have gone 2 rounds with Mike Tyson and yet once the initial pain is gone everything is fine - just looks ugly.

Right well, I'd better get going. I want to go outside and do a little gardening before it gets too hot. Then I'd better stop procrastinating and start thinking about those durned taxes for the family trust. The ATO may well be sorry they asked since all the trust has done so far is shell out on Govt fees and some computer gear and bank fees. They may have to refund!

Miss Puss wants out, but not without Mum! It's like having a furry shadow.

happy2bme
04-08-2007, 02:32 AM
What no maple syrup Shad? The Canadians will be horrified :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: Actually - now that I think of it, you probably don't come by it too easily in the tropics. I have a small bottle of the real stuff on hand for the 2 or 3 times a year that I get a taste for French Toast or pancakes. Don't like DH's pancake syrup - Mrs. Butterworth's.

If you can't try it, that's ok. I'll just put it on the menu for when you come and visit.

And yes, I hear you on no rest for the weekends. Seems like there's always 3 or 4 things that needed attending to that didn't get done. None of which involved resting, napping, reading or relaxing :lol:

Shad
04-08-2007, 04:12 AM
Oh we can get it....or what purports to be Maple syrup. Never having had the real stuff I don't know whether I'd like it or not. I've had it when testing out the dear nephews pancakes at McD's years back and seem to remember I tried some a month or so back. But is it the real stuff??? Tasted like the old fashioned chicory coffee we used to get.

Gotta move on. Going to dinner with the DS2, DB2, DN and DN (niece and nephew) and no doubt the DN's DB/F unless things have changed since I last saw them all.

Hollyhock
04-08-2007, 08:58 AM
I did the treasure hunt ( indoors) with clues for the kids. They had 6 presents to find. They loved it. DS is playing his Billy Talent cd and DD her Mini Pops CD. He has his new jeans on and DD has her runners on. They were sooooooo excited.

I am enjoying my coffee.

MELODY525
04-08-2007, 09:20 AM
:egg: SHAD~ PARABADOO IS A 2 BUILDING AND 1 GARAGE TOWN??? THAT WAS THE BEST I COULD FIND ON IT. IT'S A MINING TOWN? :faint: WHERE DO THE MINERS LIVE? :rofl: HOPE A GYM MAKES THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE. 1/2 A CLIENT IS BETTER THAN NONE! HOPE THE DINNER WENT WELL. TRYING TO TALK MOTHER NATURE INTO SENDING SOME WRMTH FOR YOUR ARRIVAL. I THINK SHE IS WAITING FOR THE LAST MINUTE. :lol3:
YES THE WEIGHT IS THE RESULTS OF THE DEPOSIT IN THE LOO AND ALSO THE WATER FLUSHING. AMAZING HOW THAT CAN ADD UP TO SO MUCH. :rofl:
HAPPY MONDAY!

:easter: HAPPY~ POOR OLD MR FERAL CAT. THANK GOD SUMMER IS COMING. GOOD THING THE DH THOUGHT ABOUT THE FOOD. COULD HAVE BEEN A VERY MESSY FIGHT OVER IT ALSO. GEEZ....YOU NEVER KNOW. I CAN JUST SEE EVERYONE STANDING OUTSIDE CHURCH AFTER SERVICE TRYING TO BE FRIENDLY AND FREEZING THEIR BUTTS OFF!! JOHN AND I WERE TALKING THE OTHER DAY ABOUT HOW WE ALL HAD NEW SUITS AND DRESSES AND HATS AND GLOVES AND A DAINTY LITTLE POCKETBOOK. EVEN WHEN WE WERE POOR NEW CLOTHES SEEMED TO APPEAR AT EASTER. HOPE THE HAM TURNS OUT WELL. WE ARE DOING THE TRADITIONAL BROWN SUGAR GLAZE WITH PINEAPPLE AND CHERRIES AND CLOVES. :bunny2:

:bunny2: CEEJAY~ YES KIDS DO GROW UP. I HAVE TO KEEP REMINDING MYSELF OF THAT WITH JEN :rofl: HAVE A GREAT TIME. I HAVE HEARD THAT EASTER MASS IS VERY BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING. HOPE IT IS FOR YOU ALSO.


I HAD BETTER GET GOING. JEN PAINTED WINDOWS LAST NIGHT. HER EYE IS MUCH BETTER AND SHE FELT UP TO IT. SHE HATES DISAPPOINTING THE SENIORS ALSO. WONDER WHO SHE TAKES AFTER? :rofl: BUT SHE IS JUST "SELFISH" ENOUGH NOT TO BE EXACTLY LIKE MOM!
I HAVE A SHOWER TO TAKE AND A HAM TO READY.....SO LUCKY YOU THIS IS SHORT!:dance:
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY EASTER AND A GREAT DAY!!
:bunny: :easter2: :egg: :easter3: :bunny2: :easter:

Ruthxxx
04-08-2007, 09:44 AM
:easter2:, my friends. Sorry I can't get in here more but I do lurk a lot!

Roseblush
04-08-2007, 10:36 AM
Hope everyone is well and enjoying some wonderful moment or good food and great company. Just like with any holiday to be around children is the sweetest that life can offer. I had my BF do an easter egg hunt for his grandson yesterday and it was somuch fun. I hid eggs for my boys clear up til they left home for college if you can believe it.... even for some of their older friends.
Carla you are so sweet to send that to me yesterday while you are away I appreciate it so very much and it really seems like something that is so doable for me. Even some of the ingredients are just what I like.I am down another 4.5lbs since I returned from my mom's surgery. So much of that is just due to the fact that my relationship to food is so altered since being in that Heart Hospital and seeing the results of our eating habits as a whole society. It has just been so great for me to see all of you eating so much better and doing whey shake and steel cut oats and more fruit and vegetables.... it is terrific. It is such a journey for all of us and be reminded of how long we have been part of this thread and forming friendships and encouraging one another is so outstanding....... Thanks to all you ladies who give us a place to come to everyday....yeah for 3FC.
Gotta go get ready for church and then hiking this afternoon. Blessings to all and thoughts of Peace and Joy and relief to those in the world with less.....
Peace,
Nae

happy2bme
04-08-2007, 12:35 PM
Good morning and a Happy Easter to you all,

Sure is a cold one. Affected many a sunrise service all across the country. (Not that I myself was getting up before sunrise mind you ;) - we'll save that for tomorrow when I have a 7am meeting. )

Wishing you all peace and joy and a sense of renewal. Take a deep breath, stretch your arms out wide and cast out the old schmutz. Time to turn things around!

My dear Grandmother had a firm and fast rule that you did no housework on certain big holidays like Christmas and Easter. I can still picture her :nono: in my mind - so I tried very hard to get as much housework as I could done yesterday. Today will be cooking and helping DH a bit line up the trim on the wallpaper.

We picked up our painting yesterday. Hung it in the living room. It's not bad though I depise the green color of the Cadillac in the driveway - he took artistic license to paint a color that would fit into the picture - I contend that even a white Caddy would have looked better. While we were in the gallery my absolute favorite painting of his was in there. The very first one I saw of his work. The one that has been sold out for years and is only available when someone decides to sell from their own collection. The one I could not bring myself to pay $800 for. The one that was sitting on the gallery wall with a sold sign for the price of $3,660. :yikes: Just as well tho - I really like the painting and would have never sold it just for the sake of making a profit. At least now I know it's truly out of my reach.

Mel, it's funny you talk about the new spring clothes. I was telling DH yesterday that I don't have an Easter Bonnet. :lol: I do have a new soft pink suit jacket that looks wonderful and makes me feel so good wearing it. And it's funny, because of the perfect shade of pink that it is, if feels so like springtime. Almost makes me wish I could wear white shoes now too :lol: Reminded me of being a kid with a new Easter dress and hat and if I was lucky, a "new" - handme down from my much taller cousin - pastel coat. And those patent leather maryjane shoes that were so hard to buckle. Oh man, I just remembered too - Easter was the time that all the girl cousins would be lined up at the table and my Aunt who was not the most gentle would give us all Toni home perms so we could be "fuzzy chicks" for Easter. She'd roll the rods up really tight - especially around the temple where your head is really sensitive. Gosh the memories :rofl:

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and a tasty dinner. For the first time there are no chocolate eggs or bunnies in my house. Somewhere in a drawer is an old box of Jelly Belly Jelly beans but I won't go searching them out. I'll be eating a deviled egg or two instead.

Enjoy your day :easter3: :easter2: :bunny2: :easter: :egg: :bunny:

Madcat
04-08-2007, 12:44 PM
Just a hop-by entry to wish all my chicks a Happy Easter. I'm off to drive to my Mom's place for the afternoon... Dh has the flu or some sort of bug and thus has a hot date with the couch and the TV remote, but I am doing the family thing even though I don't feel terrific myself.
:bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2: :easter2:
Have a lovely holiday and step away from the chocolate Easter Eggs!!!
:easter: :egg:

Shad
04-08-2007, 05:32 PM
No chocolate in this house Madcat. I stepped away from it years back.

Not much else in this house either. Not sure what I will have for lunch - might not even have anything at all. We all went out to dinner last night and I had a pasta dish - well everyone had a pasta dish, it was a pasta restaurant - and I don't feel hungry at all this morning. When I have finished here, I will go out and do some garden work (it's lovely and cool out there) to see if I can work up any sort of an appetite. Should really go for a run but I'm having a problem with a foot and don't want to make it worse and I have a big sinus headache as well. So much for the cider I drunk last night - maybe this is a hangover.

Holly - glad the kids enjoyed their Easter hunt. These are the little things they remember when grown up and gone from home.

Mel - don't eat too much of that ham. It's salty and you will retain fluid. Good to hear that Jen has a conscience for those around her but doesn't let them rule her.
There isn't much else to Parabadoo. It truly is the middle of nowhere. I think it is over 400k in any direction to the nearest supermarket. Long way to go if you forget something!!!

Rose and Ruth - so nice of you to drop in . Hope Easter is good to you and yours.

Happy - yuk those perms. I never had one but I can smell the chemicals from here. Mum used to get them too. We could smell it for days.
Don't work too hard today.

Madcat - drive safely and enjoy your Easter at the folks place.

I think it is time for a shower and some action. Either that or take this headache back to bed.

happy2bme
04-09-2007, 01:15 AM
I have a really early morning meeting tomorrow. They should have called it a sunrise session.

Doubt there will be time to post tomorrow. So I'll say my good mornings now. Hope you all had a nice Easter. We made a ham basted with bourbon with a bourbon mustard glaze. It smelled like a highball. Ugh. I was fully ready to blame DH as it was his suggestion. The end result was moist and tender but we both agreed it tasted like... ham. You would never have known that it was carefully basted with bourbon for 2 hours and then carefully trimmed and basted for another hour and a half with a honey/bourbon/mustard glaze that DH lovingly put together. It just tasted like regular old baked ham. Moist and not salty. :lol: The potato salad I made was disappointing. Perhaps that was God's way of making sure I wasn't tempted to eat too much of it. (THANK YOU ;) ) DH can have it all as far as I care. I'm not a ham person and I told him this when we were picking out a 9 pound ham together. Ah well - it will be good chopped up into salads with some sliced turkey and dried cranberries. I tried another WW recipe at lunch to use up some of the leftover chicken tenders. It's sauted chicken with a mixture of toasted pine nuts (pignolias), garlic, shallots, asparagus. You then cook down some FF chicken broth and tarragon and then mix the pine nut mix in and serve it over the chicken. Everything is cooked in the same pan so it picks up the tasty bits from the first step of frying up the chicken. It was absolutely heavenly. I can't wait for lunch tomorrow to finish it up. :T And it was only 5 points, plus a tossed green salad (0) points, 1 spoon of Italian Dressing (1 point) and a glass of LF milk. I was very satisfied. I was still ok at dinner which allowed me to only have a taste of the ham, potato salad and corn.

I am getting used to tracking - it's much easier online than in the little books - you can look stuff up, enter it yourself and it will remember favorites and adjust servings to adjust points. Every recipe I've tried so far I've liked. I even tried one of the WW cereals for breakfast this morning - Cinnamon Crunch - like puffed wheat with some crunchy bits. I added 1/2 cup milk and some fresh sliced strawberries. I thought it was tasty. DH said it was bland. Of course - he's used to eating the Sugar Crisp version of the cereal! The only thing with cereal is that it makes me really hungry an hour later. I'm much better with eating protein in the morning. Even if it's just a LF yogurt and a LF cheese stick. Eggs seem to fill me up the best for the longest. Sometimes I pick up a scrambled egg in our cafeteria on the way in.

I sure do have a taste for pancakes now that we're talking about maple syrup. No Happy NO :drill: :no: :no:

And the pancake syrup you got with DS2's pancakes Shad - not the same as maple syrup. They are both pretty sugary but maple tastes better.

The alarm is ringing at 5. Better get ready for bed. Good night all. Pleasant dreams.

Nice to see you pop in Ruth!

MELODY525
04-09-2007, 08:47 AM
SHAD I SHOULD HAVE READ YOUR POST LAST NIGHT!! YES THE FEET ARE A BIT SWOLLEN:rofl: BUT I TASTED THE SALT RIGHT AWAY AND DID NOT EAT VERY MUCH. THE REST IS GOING UPSTAIRS TO THE KIDA AND I'LL MAKE PEA SOUP FOR JEN TOO. HOPE YOUR WEEK IS A GOOD ONE!! DID SUNDAY HAVE TO SHARE HER LUNCH? OR DID YOU FIND SOMETHING TINNED TO EAT!!!

RUTH~ HAPPY EASTER BACK TO YOU AND THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!

MADCAT~ HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AS WELL!! HOPE THE DH AND YOURSELF ARE FEELING MUCH BETTER. SORRY TO HEAR YOU WERE BOTH UNDER THE WEATHER FOR THE HOLIDAY. YOU SHOULD HAVE CUDDLED UP WITH THE DH AND THE REMOTE!!! :hug:

HAPPY~ YEP THE EASTER PARADE WAS A COLD ONE!! YIKES!!! THE FUNNY THING IS THAT WEST VIRGINIA IS STILL GETTING MORE SNOW THAN WE ARE FOR 2 WINTERS NOW!!! :rofl: GOOD THING I LIVE IN NJ!!!

NAE~ I AM SO GLAD THINGS ARE GOING SO WELL FOR YOU. HOPE THEY CONTINUE ON THE SAME PATH!!!
LOSTS OF EASTER MEMORIES....WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? SIGH. OUR BABIES ARE ALL GROWN UP....OR SO THEY SAY :rofl:

I AM ON THE RUN. WANT TO START DOING MY WASH AND THE ROOM FILLS UP EARLY. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT START TO ANOTHER NEW WEEK! ENJOY THE DAY!!
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

PainterWoman
04-09-2007, 05:32 PM
Didn’t mean to go awol for soooo long. :o It only seemed like a day or too. I’m going to try to catch up. OMG: dancing broccoli!!! And where did Easter GO? I stayed away from most food except some chocolate chip cookies and pizza. Otherwise I either ate nothing, or ate healthy. I think it is a general improvement, but neither my scales nor my pants are saying anything complimentary.:goodscale
I also wonder if I’m developing some weird narcolepsy. I slept and slept this weekend (it reverted to cold, cloudy and gray after a month of very spring like weather. :frypan: There was even a bit of snow on our bluebells. Anyway, I’m going to have to be very careful with spell check, because I keep dozing off. I wonder about driving hope from the office. At least I don’t have much I HAVE to do this evening.
Cute Easter smilies. I found out that the pagans thought the goddess Oestre somehow got rabbits:egg: :bunny2: :easter2: :bunny2: :egg: and birds mixed up, so they thought rabbits actually LAID the eggs. It doesn’t seem logical, but it does sort of make sense. (Wouldn’t it have been awful if Warthogs had started laying eggs?
Ceejay: Made short but eventful trip to Paragould this week end. Shampooed my aunt and uncle's living room carpet. It does look a lot better. Aren’t you the sweet one. I hope they appreciated it.
Hope your niece is well. A little venom goes a long way.
Glad you had your leg checked out and that they took you seriously. As we get longer, we aren’t so sensitive, I think, but we get hurt just as much.

Happy: Stick with the online WW. Sounds like you are getting quite a bit out of it. If you love the dairy… figure out what compensating choices will help. I agree that some of the leaders (thinned down, or not) seem to just have issues of their own. I am still recommending J. Beck’s “Beck Diet Solution: with all of it’s insight into to talk to yourself AND how to encourage yourself as needed. Like your take on oatmeal. I confess to throwing in some brown sugar, then hut pieces (pecans or walnuts and dried cranberries from “Sprouts” (craisins are toooo sweet)… makes a great morning tummy filler.


Shad: Glad that the Tsunami was a false alarm for you guys. Too bad the gits in your class DID materialize.

Melody… what a cute hoppy Bunny and Koala! Did you animate them yourself? Or find them animated someplace? The other “C” ones were cute, too.
Did I tell you that I think I might have a wheat or gluten allergy? When I was being good (about two weeks ago) I stopped all of the “white” and refined foods… and low and behold my skin all cleared up. And the insane skin itching stopped, too. Since then I had a self-indulgent time with pizza and cookies and mochas. To the extent that I could separate them, I really think it is the wheat that makes it especially bad. So when I really really want to wheat I should put on tennis shoes and take a walk.:broc: :broc: :broc: :broc:


Carla: congrats on the Fatflush results and 9 pounds gone.

Rosebush… glad to hear your mom is recuperating well… any suggestions she gives you (or her MD’s give) on how to keep our hearts strong are welcome. Happy to hear there’s a partner in your life. I think I’ve told everybody that what made current DH so awesome is that he joined me to read “Radical Honesty” and we’ve both stuck too it. It keeps us both real AND honest. (a surprisingly challenging attitude to keep!)
My DH certainly understands that HE needs alone time and “cave time.” It is amazing how much better he hears me when I used HIS own vocabulary back at him!

:woohoo: :woohoo:

ceejay52
04-09-2007, 07:01 PM
Hello to all. I'm back from Springfield, Mo. Had to run some errands when I got back, dr's office, work, and the bank. I had my regular dr. to check my leg because of the swelling in bruises that came this week end. He said that it was blood draining from the hematoma, and told me to keep off my leg as much as possible. My blood pressure was up also 168/100. He asked me if I had been under stress, and told him that I had just got back from a trip. I'll take half of a paxil tonight. Who knew that driving could be stressful. I thought I was enjoying my drive. It could be the anxiety of dealing with the treatment of the leg.

I really had a good visit. My nephew was confirmed to the Catholic church Saturday night. It was a nice service. His girlfriend introduced me to her grandmother as aunt Jeanette. I'm expecting to hear wedding bells very, very soon. Andy said that they had already picked out baby names. He wants 4 boys and one girl.
Both nephews were at my sister's/their mom's house on Easter for lunch. Chester brought his girlfriend and her daughter. My sister is excited about the little girl. She's really wanting to be a grandmother. We had more than enough food and I really tried to stay away from the chocolate. I missed my fruit.

Now I need to go back and read the posts.

Shad
04-10-2007, 02:03 AM
Afternoon all,
Back in Townsville. All Easter is over for me. Mind you I was over Easter when I saw the crowds at the shops on Monday.

Hope everyone had a good time and stayed mostly away from the Chocolate.

Painter - good to hear you are eating healthy. Once you get into the groove you tend to lose your taste for the fatty stuff. I did anyway. I don't crave much these days and I tend to go looking in the fridge for good stuff and not bad stuff.
Too bad the pants are not yet reflecting the change although sometimes it takes a while.

No much to report here. Uneventful flight up - except I got put in business class - much nicer than travelling cattle class.
Been training this morning and am now back in the office to sort out some doco and some wee problems that have arisen.

Back later.

happy2bme
04-10-2007, 09:17 AM
:coffee: Morning chicks,

Another cheery day :D This SAP implementation has been anything but easy - work is more chaotic than ever. I am trying to stay out of most of the tornado but I am involved in parts of it. I am having a bloody nose - probably from it being cold and dry with the furnace again. The tendonitis is still bothering me mostly I assume because I simply cannot stop using the hand. The powers that be will not allow me to simply sit with my hand on a pillow, ice pack on hand, doing nothing for a few days. :lol:

Shad - isn't business class nice? The bumped me once - I couldn't believe my luck and it was a long west coast flight too. I would hate to travel as you do - some of those smaller planes are true cattle cars. Hope you don't have to play "mother hen" to the brood this week and you can settle down and get some things finished. Does this contract take you up to the point of your vacation?

Ceejay - glad to hear you had a good visit. Your nephew sounds a bit older to be getting his confirmation - is he a convert to Catholicism?

Painter - that's an interesting point about the correlation between sugar and itchy skin. Hmm :chin: Also funny about the men in our lives listening when we talk like them :rofl: They say women use twice as many words in speaking. Guess the guys get tired and just turn their ears off :lol: Good for you for getting back on the wagon again. I think we're all a little more tired with the weather being cooler. It's like heading into winter again.

Hello Mel, you sound like a busy lady. When you're done, want to come over and clean up my place too? It's time to go through those little - what do they call them? - hot spots? Supposed to get a little warmer as the week wears on. I'll send some warmth to you IF it shows up here :lol:

Time to get the butt in gear I guess. Hellos to the rest of the worldly chicks :wave:

MELODY525
04-10-2007, 09:49 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! LOTS OF SUN AND COLD HERE. I KEEP LAUGHING WITH JEN CAUSE WE BOTH KNOW WE'LL BE COMPLAINING OF THE HEAT SOON.
THE BUILDING BEHIND US IS GOING TO BE TORN DOWN. AN OLD FACTORY. THEY WERE TO BEGIN TODAY BUT AS YET THERE IS SILENCE. THE PROJECT SHOULD BE ABOUT A YEARS WORTH OF NOISE :faint: GEE I CAN HARDLY WAIT.:rofl: AT LEAST I HOPE THE CONSTRUCTION GUYS ARE CUTE! :dance:
NEVER MADE IT TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM. ENDED UP WITH THE RUNS, GOT A CHILL. TOOK A HOT SHOWER AND WENT TO BED. STAYED THERE ALL DAY WATCHING TV AND DOZING. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED. I DO FEEL BETTER EXCEPT FEELING A BIT "BEAT UP".
NOT GOING TO PUSH IT TODAY THOUGH.
HAPPY TUESDAY! :moped:

PAINTER~ A FEW YEARS AGO A DR ASKED ME TO DO THE "WHITE" ELIMINATION THING. SO I DID IT WHEN I BEGAN THE MICHAEL THURMOND DIET PLAN. MY SINUS AND SKIN STAYED THE SAME. I WAS HOPING FOR A MIRACLE...LOL THE GOOD NEWS WAS THAT THE SCALE WENT DOWN!! WHY DID I EVER GET OFF THAT PLAN?? :lol3: DUST THE SNOW OFF THE BLUBELLS AND GET SOME LITTLE COATS FOR THEM WHILE YOU'RE AT IT. I LAUGHED AT THE COMMENT TO NAE....CAVE TIME!! :rofl: :rofl:

:welcome: HOME CEEJAY!!! YOUR TRIP SOUNDED VERY NICE AUNT JEANETTE! :dance: TAKE GOOD CARE OF THAT POOR LEG. ONCE THE BLOOD FINISHES LEAVING THE SWELLING SHOULD GO DOWN. :hug: THERE HAVE BEEN MANY SHOWS ON CABLE NEWS ABOUT THE HIDDEN STRESSES OF DRIVING. AND OF COURSE THE INEVITABLE "WHITE COAT" FEVER THAT RAISES THE BP THE MINUTE YOU GO TO THE DR'S OFFICE! :rofl: FEEL BETTER SOON!

HAPPY~ SORRY SAP IS BEING SUCH A DRAG AND YOUR TENDONITIS IS STILL MISBEHAVING!! STILL TAKING THE PILLS FOR INFLAMMATION? <---2 M'S? ANYWAY...I HOPE IT LETS UP SOON. REST IS REALLY THE ONLY CURE AND KEEPING IT COOL. NOT FROZEN MIND YOU....JUST COOL.
SENDING :hug:

SHAD~ I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO SIT WITH THE CATTLE ON YOU RETURN FLIGHT :rofl: :rofl: A RATHER STINKY SITUATION I AM SURE!! LOL
HOPE THE WEEK GOES WELL AND WHEN THE PROJECT IS OVER YOU HAVEN'T HARMED THE TFG!! AFTER YOUR TRIP TO THE STATES, YOU CAN CALL ME THAT DYT....DAMNED YANKEE TWIT!! :rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3: MAYBE I CAN DYE MY HAIR RED LIKE GWEN VERDON TOO!!! :dance:

Roseblush
04-10-2007, 09:58 AM
Hello to everyone, hope this finds all well and happy, determined to continue our healthy choice lifestyles. It was a great weekend and today I start on Carla's recipe.... have to make a trip to the health food store. At first myBF said he would like to join me but I think he says things first...sitting in front of the TV at night is so dangerous for him. The food commercials are so open your mouth go to the fridge the cupboard and put **** into it!!!! Even if he follows it a little he bound to lose some pounds those darn men can shed it so much faster...... all that muscle. Any ho I am anxious to try it .....I will report back Carla if I have any questions and let you know how it is going.

Painter thanks somuch for the title of the book you shared with your hubby. I will check into it. There are some issues that we need to express and I am not wanting to feel him pressure me again....so that if and when we get to the change inliving situations I am there with a happy heart. Can two blockhead Norweigns live together in Peace and Harmony????

Mel hope all you eastern gals are staying warm.... wow your got hit again....last winter blast I hope.... don't want the blossoms to die. Hope you are well today Mel...... Have a good one.

Shad how many more days til you travel? I think it is so awesome you are going to come and see these great ladies. What a kick! Shad where is Teel these days????

To the rest of you keep on making heart healthy choices by summer we will be ready to do anything.....
Peace,
Nae

carla49
04-10-2007, 06:43 PM
Well, Easter's over, and I noticed Happy has already changed her avatar - very cute, although I must confess I still miss the cute little frog kittie. The last couple of days have been a little high in calories - bread, yummm; wine, yummier. My clothes aren't any tighter yet, but the scale has been rather unkind. Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll snap out of this fit of the munchies before too long.

I PM'd a short version of the Fat Flush program to Nae. If anyone else wants it, let me know and I'll forward via PM. All the fresh veg and fruit and lean protein sound a bit pricey at first, but once you factor in the savings on junk and coffees and fast food and soft drinks and frappucinos it's actually no more costly than the average overeater's diet. I may go back to it after a few more days of "regular" eating, especially since I just bought a humongous container of overpriced whey protein... I almost miss the diluted cranberry juice. Who knew!

Mel, please send me some of that bout of the trots - I seem to have slowed down to a stop, and don't like the effect on my weigh-ins.

No more time for today, take care all. :wave:

MELODY525
04-11-2007, 08:58 AM
NAE I AM SENDING GOOD VIBES FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE BOOK AND ANY CHANGES IN LIVING SITUATIONS! :hug: KEEPING THE LINE OF SPEECH OPEN IS THE ANSWER TO SO MANY THINGS. GOOD LUCK!! 2 NORWEGIANS CAND AND WILL DO THIS!!! :dance:

CARLA~ STEP AWAY FROM THE WINDE BOTTLE AND NO ONE WILL GET HURT....AND ALSO THE GOODIES!! LOL
IS THIS A BALANCED PLAN? OR A DETOX THING? I WAS BROWSING 3FC ONE DAY AND SAW SOMETHING ABOUT FLATFLUSHING...I FORGET WHERE. KEEP THE SCALE MOVING!!!IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION THAT IS. I WILL SEND A BOUT OF THE TROTS TO YOU ASAP!!!:rofl:

I AM ALREADY DRESSED AND HAIR DRIED FOR A TRIP TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM. LET US HOPE THERE IS NOT ANOTHER EPISODE OF MONDAY!! LOL
JEN FINMISHED PAINTING THE WINDOWS FOR SPRING. SHE WAS TO BEGIN LAST WEEK AND HURT THE EYE. JUST AS WELL WE DON'T PAINT FOR A RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY IN A STATE OWNED BLDG. SO IT'S A SPRING THEME WITH GAZEBO AND FLOWER DECORATIONS. I BEST GET THE DAY BEGUN BEFORE I SIT HERE IN FRONT OF THE PC ALL DAY!!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND GET OUT THERE AND HUMP!!! :noped:

MELODY525
04-11-2007, 08:59 AM
ps: GOOD MORNING MISS HAPPY! :cofdate:
I DID SEE THE AVATAR YESTERDAY AND JUST WANTED TO CUDDLE UP AND TAKE A NAP MYSELF :rofl: HAVE A GREAT DAY!

happy2bme
04-11-2007, 09:56 AM
Good morning ladies,

Mel's all spiffy looking - ready to hang out in the laundry room and pick up a cutie? ;) or is she just getting ready for the construction boys across the street :drool: :rofl: In any event - get your fun where you can!

Thanks for the Fat Flush offer Carla. I was considering it for a bit but I think I'll stick with WW - especially since I just paid for 3 months up front. :sssh: don't tell but I do seem to have a problem sticking with things.

Yesterday was too much sugar. I have sinned. Will get back on the wagon today. Don't want to be wiping out the losses so far. I did make some turkey chili last night. Came out good if I say so myself. DH thought it was on the bland side but we are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to spicy. I told him to add some red or cayenne pepper to his bowl. :lol:

Not much else going on so I'd better head off to another whirlwind day at work. Take care everyone and happy hump day!

ceejay52
04-11-2007, 04:28 PM
Happy--Yes, the nephew did convert to Catholicism. It will make the union whole when they do say their wedding vows. His girlfriend has been wanting this for a long time. I'm happy for them both.There were 3 baptisms that night also. All older adults.

Just in again to tell ya'll that I'll be leaving for Dallas tomorrow. I'm flying this time.

It sure has been windy today. It blew the downstairs door shut. I jumped like I was shot.

Mel--I do have a bit of the white coat bp syndrome but I didn't really have time.They were calling me back to the room by the time I had taken care of new insurance.

I only have a few more hours left and about 300 things to to. I still need to eat lunch and it's 2.30 p.m.


to have nerves.

Shad
04-11-2007, 07:01 PM
Morning all,
Must have forgotten to post yesterday. That was naughty, but I am still catching up on things after Easter. Been training a lot and trying to finish the doco so that I can be up to date when I leave on 11th May.

No training today so there will be time to ring the travel agent and get him moving again, time to have a look at accommodation in various places. etc etc etc.

Can't stop to chat right now, I have to go see a man about master data. So I will be back later.

MELODY525
04-12-2007, 09:15 AM
CEEJAY YOU TRAVELING FOOL YOU!! HOPE THE DALLAS TIME IS A FUN TIME!!! :CB: I HATE LOUD NOISES....I ALMOST JUMP OUT OF THE CHAIR WHEN THE DOORBELL RINGS!!! :rofl:

SHAD~ :wave: WAVING TO YOU WHILE YOU'RE ON THE RUN!

HAPPY~ :rofl: STICKING TO THINGS:lol3: I MYSELF AM A REPEAT OFFENDER OF SUCH THINGS BUT DON'T BREATHE A WORD TO THE OTHERS!

I WOKE TIRED. EYES ARE BEING A BOTHER RIGHT NOW AND THE SKIN IS STILL CLEARING...SO SOMETHING IS GOING RIGHT AT LEAST. I AM GOING TO GO BACK TO LIMITING TIME ON THE COMPUTER SO THAT I CAN DO OTHER THINGS. THE PROBLEM WITH THE PC IS THE LIGHTED SCREEN. JUST CAN'T TAKE IT. SO THERE IS A LIFE OFF THE PC AND I AM GOING TO GO BACK AND FIND IT :rofl: NOTHING MUCH NEW. VERY DARK, WINDY AND TORRENTIAL RAINS AT TIMES. GOOD DAY FOR OLD MOVIES OR MAYBE GOSFORD PARK. :dance:
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

happy2bme
04-12-2007, 09:55 AM
What a freakin' mess this SAP installation at work has been. All because they ram-rodded it in and didn't test enough. Causing major headaches and overtime as we try to sift through the mess. :rolleyes:

We have someone come out and spray our lawn and trees. The came on Monday. DH noticed yesterday that the ornamental bushes are all withered and dying - they leaves look like groddy old spinach that has been left in the back of the refrigerator for 2 months. The worst part is that it's also affected our big, old BEAUTIFUL Japanese Maple tree - my most favorite piece of all the landscaping :cry: :cry: They are supposed to be sending someone out to look at it today. I'm sure they will tell DH that "oh we are sorry - but it will grow back in". Well the maple shoots it's leaves out once in the spring - they are all withered and it looks like it will stay that way until next year. Every time we get a lawn service - both here and in Chicago this has happened. The other service we had here - the guy was trekking through the back bushes to spray back there and he stepped on, broke and killed 2 bushes. Just plowed through - didn't even say anything. And DH saw the footprints so it's not like his hose broke them.

Now that my car is cleaned I can see all the scratches on the doors from people who knock, bump and slam car doors open. I have never had so many scratches as I have in 2 years down here.

I'm just really disgusted with people. Perhaps I should join Nae in the big sky country where it's us and the deer. :D

That's my cheery note for today. I'm off to prove to the project team that once again they have given us bad data to work with.

Roseblush
04-12-2007, 11:38 AM
Geez if you can believe it I woke up at my own house this morning....what a good feeling. Running up and down this hill and trying to do my life and be in BF's is challenging for an old woman!!!!!!! I have been doing the recipe for a couple of days.... holding my own so far.... not going to weigh til after I am at the end.... not trying for lots of pounds, trying to get a routine of better choices and balance. Need to remember to take my vitamins.... just a little tired fell asleep after dinner and almost missed my meeting. Oh ladies, I am so excited I get to travel this fall to Minniapolis to the International convention for P.E.O. as a representative from Idaho...... yeah I will get see something new and meet woman from all over the world.

Happy you are welcome any time of the year to join me and my pups. The hills are just greening up and except for the occasional flurries and wind...the sun is getting warmer every day. Once I took a Master Gardener class and some of the mistakes we make are so common.... the stores sell tons of weed and feed for your lawn and that will kill your bushes and trees eventually. So spraying is sometimes better if it is just a spot spray.....were you doing weed spraying on your lawn? So sorry to hear about the damage.
My place is suffering so much with me gone all the time....

Mel glad the eyes are coming around.... is it warmer yet...can't believe the storms you are getting all along the coast..... what are you planning for a craft next for the seniors????

I was waiting to fit into a pair of work pants.... and I wore them the other day...... shock ...... because now they are too big and baggy and I couldn't keep them up.... maybe I will have to shift some things in the closet now that I can fit into stuff I have been saving.... I saw a short piece on the news for the Afro American population to join a cause to just lose 10lbs across america.... trying raise their awareness of heart health and how dangerous our extra weight is to health.... Bravo.....

WEll, a small adventure awaits later today my BF got tickets for a concert in Hamilton about and hour and a half drive for tonight..... nice drive over the mountains a little shopping dinner and show then back home tonight...hope I am not totally worn out for work tomorrow....and yes all the dogs get to go along...they are so happy to just wait in the truck for us.

Hope everyone is well and drinking lots of water....water water.......
Peace,
Nae

suzi in auz
04-12-2007, 06:29 PM
Kia Ora everyone one! :)
I just thought I would pop in and let you know that I am back from Aotearoa.
(sp ) Interpreted this is supposed to be "land of the long white cloud!" but it was far from it.
I had a week of the most gorgeous weather, it was sunny and hot and no wind, the evenings were crisp, just how I like it.
I feel as though my tank is completely full with memories.
Thankfully my parents calmed down and realised they were going to get some quality time with me, I also realised my Mum loves to fuss over me and have me at home, she enjoys being Mum.
I loved seeing my friends and managed to fit quite a few in, I was spoilt with the country side of Okura, North of Auckland which is lovely, Clevedon south of Auckland which is also lovely, and the drive down to Tauranga through the Karangihake Gorge, also lovely.
The little car I had was magic and hug the roads beautifully, it was also so economical. I only filled up once. What a treat it all was.
Now it's back to reality with work today. Only a half day and I have friends to meet for lunch. It will be nice after my rich time, I was saying to a friend of mine that it is difficult to replace those very special friends we have had since we were young and our children have grown up together, You move away and things do change.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

Back to business. i will come and comment later and if the work computer lets me I will do it there. I think i need to go and get my eyes tested as I keep wanting to adjust the focus button here on the computer ( and I know its me) a little scary.

Have wonderful days

Suz

Madcat
04-12-2007, 10:07 PM
Evening Darlings!

So I too have come back to the WW fold and re-joined the on-line version. I wasn’t sure at first, but I have to say that the new points tracker is great. My biggest complaint was always that so much of what I eat wasn’t in the old version – but this new one has a really good variety and is easy to use. I’ve managed 4 days and it seems to be working fine… we’ll see if the scale mirrors my optimism next Monday. If nothing else I am at least making an effort to eat more fruits and veggies… so that is a bonus in itself. I even made the chicken cacciatore recipe tonight and served it over whole wheat pasta and it was delicious. I will have to try some of their other recipes.

Oh and I didn't go to the gym this morning but I did do a pilates tape before taking a shower.:carrot: There might be hope for me after all.

I am very happy this week is almost over on the Most Boring Project on the Planet. Funny, I was having a conversation with the other writer on our team and she was saying how this job was “easy money” and she couldn’t see why I would want to leave. Umm, could it be that a person’s work life shouldn’t just be about $$$? Money is good, but boredom is just too hard to deal with. I’m not a writer in this job, I am just a glorified librarian (no offense to any librarians). Counting the days. Enough whinging.

Suzi~ Glad to hear your trip was a success. I think it also becomes harder as we get older to form those kinds of no preconception friendships. I have old friends who are actually pretty annoying sometimes :lol: but I love them all the same. And history can carry friendships through some hard times.

Nae~ Wow congratulations on seeing your hard work pay off in the wardrobe department. Must be all that running up and down those hills!

Happy~ We can hear the annoyance in your post. Sorry work is being uncooperative. It must be some sort of business rule that no one ever tests enough… or they don’t ask the right questions when figuring out what to test. Your poor trees! I hope at least the Japanese Maple makes a recovery. They are so pretty. Yeah, some days I don’t really like people all that much either. :lol:

Mel~ Yeah, I hear there is a life off the computer. You take it easy, NJ sister and feel better soon. Hmm, I wonder if you could get one of those glare filters for your screen and if that would help? Of course, I’m not even sure they make them any more. It is a good day for a couch and old movies.

Shad~ It’s good that you have some time to get a few done. If you need any help with the accommodations here in the Great White North let me know and I’ll happily do some sleuthing for you.

Ceejay~ have a great trip!

Carla~ You are doing so well. You aren’t going to start letting a little wine and bread become a lot of bread and wine, are you?? Naw, of course not.

Ok, I have to go and do some other constructive things… or watch TV. :D Or something. Later chickies!! Waves to all the lurkers and missing comrades.

happy2bme
04-13-2007, 09:36 AM
Happy Friday ladies,

Hooray for Fridays! :cheer:

It's cool and gloomy today - supposed to get some storms - some might be bad. Good day to cuddle up in bed - wish I could. But :no:

They tell us that the damage we see on the trees is frost damage. A few weeks ago it got unseasonally hot here. I think it popped everything into early blooming. Even DH wanted to plant flowers but I said no, hold off, it's too early. Then sure enough we got a shot of really cold weather, below freezing overnight a few times. The guy who came was very nice - he pointed out a few neighbors bushes which we could see the same thing and we know that they don't have their lawns sprayed. I just hope things will be all right. Especially the Japanese maple tree. Sorry to blame the tree guys but anyone who lives down here will tell you that service is the pitts.

Madcat - glad you like the new online WW. They do have a lot of good tools and all the recipes I've tried so far I've liked. Some I've even been pleasantly surprised about. And you can add your own foods as favorites too. Even put together favorite meals if you'd the kind who eats the same breakfasts every morning. I think it's easier than using Fit Day. I know you'll do well getting back in the groove. Someone once said that there are 3 important components to successful dieting - food, exercise and tracking. Some of us are good at 2 things, some of us are really good at 1 thing but few of us are good at all three. I am finding that to be very true both in practice and in results. Sounds like you have the exercise down as a regular routine. Hopefully WW will take care of the other stuff!

Welcome back Suzi. Yes it is a little melancholy when friends drift apart. Somethings it's because that which held us together changed. Other times, as in your case, distance is a big factor. I always feel like I should make a better effort at keeping in touch with people.

Congrats on the weight loss Nae. What a nice reward to have some "new" clothes. Enjoy your concert.

Missed you Ceejay but safe trip and enjoy your visit in Dallas. Say hi to Painter.

Speaking of Painter - so what happened to the chicks here? :mag: Do we have to send out the search dogs? Shad, Mel, Meadow, Holly? I fear we have lost Tig.

Got an early custom made birthday card from Teel that was lovely - but no note on how she was doing - just a warm wish.

Guess I'd better get on with the day. Stay warm and happy. :D

MELODY525
04-13-2007, 10:10 AM
HAPPY~ SORRY TO HEAR AVOUT THE TREES ETC. A LOT OF STRUFF UP HERE LOOKS BAD AND WE WERE WONDERING IF THEY WILL ACTUALLY BLOOM RIGHT THIS YEAR. THE POOR FOLIAGE IS SOOOO CONFUSED. 70ONE DAY AND 20 THE NEXT. HOPE YOUR MAPLE AND SAP BOTH DON'T GIVE YOU A HEADACHE!!!! I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT PEOPLE!! SOMETIMES THEY ARE A BIT TOO MUCH :hug:

CARLA~ I FORGOT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE RED DINGO.....THEY MAKE ME LAUGH. I SAW THEM AGAIN THIS MORNING AND CRACKED UP. NOT SURE WHY I FIND THEM SO FUNNY BUT THEY MAKE ME LAUGH. :hug:

NAE~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE PLAN. HOPE IT WORKS WELL FOR YOU. HAVE A GREAT TIMEON YOUR DATE. SOUNDS LIKE WONDERFULLY FULLTIME!!! :dance: IT'S THE EYES THAT AREN'T GOOD AND THE SKIN THAT IS CLEARING UP FOR ME :rofl: BUT I KNEW WHAT YOU MEANT. CONGRATS ON THE TRIPMTO IDAHO. YOU WILL HAVE TO TELL ALL WHEN YOU COME BACK THEN. :hug:

MADCAT~ YOUR FISHY CAT STILL MAKING ME LAUGH TOO. I TRIED A FILTER FROM A FRIEND BUT I COULDN'T SEE WELL WITH IT. THE DR THOUGHT IT WAS THE CATARACTS. WHO KNOWS. THE LESS TIME SPENT HERE AT THIS DESK THE BETTER :rofl: HOW ARE THE FEET? DID THE REST HELP? HOPE SO. :hug:

:welcome: HOME SUZI!!! GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE. I AM VERY HAPPY FOR YOU ABOUT THE WHOLE TRIP AND THE PARENTS. GUESS MUM MISSES YOU SO MUCH SHE JUST WANTED WHAT SHE WANTED...LOL JUST LIKE A MUM!!
YOU GOT HOME IN TIME FOR A WEEKEND!!! :cb:

THIS MORNING I MISSED THE BUS. I THINK I FELL BACK TO SLEEP ON PURPOSE. I COULD HEAR THE WIND AND SEE THE GLOOM AND SAID SCREW IT AND PULLED THE COVERS TIGHT ABOUT ME. :cloud9: I ONLY NEEDED MILK REALLY SO THERE WAS NO GREAT NEED TO GO OUT AND FACE THAT WIND. JEN AND I KEPT EACH OTHER COMPANY YESTERDAY. SHE IS TIRED. HER WINDOW PAINTING WAS OUTSTANDING. I REALLY MUST GET PICS OF THIS AND PUT THEM ON WEBSHOTS. WISH YOU COULD SEE THE DETAIL. LOTS OF VINES, TINY LEAVES AND THE TINIEST OF FLOWERS ON THEM. REALLY SWEET AND THE SENIORS ARE JUST TOO HAPPY. I BETTER JUMP IN THE SHOWER BEFORE I GET EVICTED!!!
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY :moped:
ENJOY THE WEEKEND! :beach:

ceejay52
04-13-2007, 01:01 PM
Happy--Some of the tree' s were withered from the extremely cold temperatures in our area too. It didn't seem to bother the giant oak tree's. Even the dandilions were laying on the ground.

Madcat- The ww on line was good but the thing I didn't like about ww was figuring out the points.

Suzi- Glad your trip was filled with good memories. And that you are back home.

I'm in Dallas. We're supposed to go out for lunch if the rain clouds stay away. My flight was good even thought it was a little bumpy at times.

My leg is less swollen today so I think it's on the road to recovery. The torn cartiledge in my foot though is still far from being well. It's still swollen in the ankle area.

My sister has a huge 22 inch flat screen monitor and I'm about to fall in love with this.

Hello to Carla, Mel, and Nae.

Just a tidbit--It's Friday the 13th so beware.

Hollyhock
04-13-2007, 11:19 PM
Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MELODY525
04-14-2007, 08:54 AM
CEEJAY~ GOOD TO SEE YOU LANDED AND ARE IN THE VACATION MODE! HOPE THE LEG CONTINUES TO RECOVER AND YOU HAVE FUN!!! :beach:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD!!
GOTTA LOVE THE WEEKENDS. ONE BOOKKEEPER IS ARRIVING THIS MORNING AND MAYBE TOMORROW. THEY LOVE THE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS. I LET THEM IN AND NO ONE IS HERE TO BOTHER THEM. NOT EVEN THE PHONES. :rofl: JUST HAVE TO BLOW DRY MY HAIR AND I AM GOOD TO GO. SUN IS SHINING TODAY AND I BETTER KEEP LOOKING AT IT BECAUSE A TERRIBLE SNOW, RAIN, SLEET, WIND STORM IS ARRIVING STARTING TOMORROW FOR A FEW DAYS. TEMPS BACK DOWN IN THE 30'S. WHAT THE HECK IS WITH THE WEATHER??? I WANT TO GO TO WALMARTS ON MONDAY. HOPE I CAN GET IN THE BUS WITHOUT GETTING SOAKED OR I CAN'T GO. WE'LL SEE.
NO PLANS FOR THIS WEEKEND. THE KIDS AND I ARE JUST GOING TO "WING IT". RICHIE IS TIRED FROM A LOT OF WORK. THANK GOD FOR THE BUSY SEASON. I AM ALREADY IMPLEMENTING A PLAN THAT NEITHER OF THEM KNOW ABOUT. PUTTING SOME OF THEIR MONEY ALONG WITH MINE FOR THE END OF THE YEAR WHEN THINGS ARE TOUGH. THIS TIME WE WILL BE READY. NEXT YEAR THEY CAN DO IT THEMSELVES. THEY ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR BETWEEN BOTH FAMILIES ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND PROMISED VISITATION RIGHTS. SIGH ALWAYS SOMETHING. ANYWAY.... I AM NOT FOCUSING ON THAT. MY GOALS NOW ARE PERSONAL. THE FIRST BEING TO FILL THAT CAN WITH MONEY, MAKE LARGE PAYMENTS TO THE CREDIT CARD, USE CASH, AND TAKE CARE OF MEL. BEEN DOING THIS QUIETLY SINCE DECEMBER AND I FEEL I'VE MADE PROGRESS. I'VE SENT ALMOST $1,000 TO THE 2 CARDS AND ONLY OWE ABOUT $500 ON ONE OF THEM. PROGRESS. WON'T TELL YOU WHAT I OWE ON THE OTHER!!! :lol3:
WELL I BETTER GET THE DAY STARTED AND GET ROLLING :moped:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND STAY WELL MY LITTLE CHICKS!!:sunny:

happy2bme
04-14-2007, 03:21 PM
Happy Saturday ladies. I am on a clean and purge mission this weekend.

Will catch up with you tonight.

ceejay52
04-14-2007, 04:58 PM
Everything is quite this week-end.

We had tornado warnings last night. There was some large hail near the DFW airport.

Not much else is going on. We went shopping this morning bourth a couple of pair of jeans. I might add they are a size smaller.

Have a good week end.

Roseblush
04-14-2007, 05:38 PM
Yeah Ceejay a smaller size....that makes us all smile......
cleaning is my task today also and watering a bit outside.... hope everyone is welll.............
Nae

suzi in auz
04-15-2007, 02:02 AM
YOu all are busy cleaning. !!!!
hello everyone. I love weekends like this, I still feel on holiday!
We have had a lovelyr relaxing time. I have one boy jamming in my ear with his mucis but I do love it when I realise that it is HIM playing, very cool.
One DH is sleeping nicely, he needs it.
I am just chilling and two children have been discovering stuff they have always had. I love that. The kids are on vacation and they are mocing stuff and changing around stuff they have to make things more intersting.
I don't know why but lately since my little trip to NZ I have been wanting to simplify things. Sometimes it is so easy to want or get the next thing when really you are already content and it is just a matter of enjoying, even with clothing, dare I say.
I also discovered that a few extra pounds have crept their way back since my vacation. I am working hard to get them off. Gym this morning, cardio, but I am so off weights. I need to get back into these too. DH is looking so good with a lovely new shape from working hard.
Ok laundry is calling with the little washing load saying I'm finished and another to be put on.
Hi to everyone and back to comment tomorrow.

Love love love
Suzi

MELODY525
04-15-2007, 09:21 AM
<---- WISH IT REALLY WAS RAINING MARTINIS! :cheers:
WELL WITH EVERYONE CLEANING, I BETTER FIND SOMETHING TO DO AS WELL AND NOT JUST SIT ON MY BUTT :rofl: LOTS OF RAIN AND GLOOM OUTSIDE SO MAYBE I SHOULD PUT ON SOME LIGHTS AND WAKE UP :dance: NOTHING NEW HERE. JUST A WEEKEND WITH THE KIDS. JEN DID SOME SHOPPING INCASE THE WEATHER GETS OUT OF HAND BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE WORST OF IT IS A BIT NORTH OF US. WE'RE CONSIDERING BUILDING AN ARK AS SOON AS WE FIGURE OUT WHAT A CUBIT IS. I STILL REMEMBER AND GIGGLE EVERYTIME I THINK OF BILL COSBY DOING A SOLO SKIT ON HIM TALKING TO GOD.....WHITE WIG, BEARD AND ALL. :rofl: :rofl: I AM OFF TO BREAKFAST!
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

CEEJAY~ LOVE THAT THE PANTS ARE SMALLER!! WAY TO GO GIRL!! :cheer: :cb: :carrot:

HAPPY AND NAE~ HAPPY CLEANING AND I WILL BE JOINING YOU AS SOON AS I HVE A BITE TO EAT! :hug:

SUZI~ I HAVE BEEN SIMPLIFYING ALSO AND FOUND I USED THE CHARGE CARD AND MATERIAL THINGS TO FILL THE GAPS IN MY LIFE. THEY ARE LESSENING!!!:lol3: I BOUGHT A YEAR OF THE MAGAZINE REAL SIMPLE AND IT GOT ME ON THE "LESS IS MORE" FRAME OF MIND. :dance:

Hollyhock
04-15-2007, 10:50 AM
Yeah Ceejay!!

I am cleaning too. Filing, dusting etc.
The sun is actually shining here and the temps are above zero. Shocking yet pleasant. What a cold dark week.

Love you all!!!!

happy2bme
04-15-2007, 01:04 PM
Morning all you busy chicks -

Is it true that we have not heard from Shad since Wednesday? Did the dingoes get her? Ok, woman - come out, come out where ever you are - very unusual not to hear from her. Hope everything's ok.

Speaking of dingoes - I like your themed avatar Carla.

Saw your journal Holly - poor DD :hug: what an awful thing to have happen. Hope you are ok too. :grouphug:

Mel - glad the storm went north of you. They were talking 5 inches of rain in Providence and NY. I know what you mean about getting in trouble with the credit cards - it's easy to live on the edge - even if you are careful with your spending. Sometimes it's a challenge just to make ends meet. Hope you can work everything out :hug:

Hi Suzi - life IS better living more simply. It's just hard to not unconsiously fall into old habits of gathering up things again when we aren't looking. It's good that you have motivation to keep up with the gym.

Hi Nae - let's all whistle while we work :)

Ceejay - good for you :broc: :carrot: on the smaller jeans. All that exercising is getting you results. Keep up the good work. Are you enjoying Dallas? I have a friend there - they get some scary weather at times. :yikes:

Madcat, was reading back and noticed your comment about working on the boring project. I'm with you - getting wads of money for something that bores me out of my mind is not what I'd pick. Would rather take less money and enjoy what I was doing. This week at work was hard and even though all parties involved were exhausted from the intensity - we did feel a sense of accomplishment. I'll take that over the mundane any day. How much longer on this project for you?

It's cool but sunny today. And it looks like it will creep up to the 70's by the end of the week. I think I'll make soups anyway for lunch even if it is warming up. The office is cooler than most of us would like it to be. I have some short sleeved jackets that I can't even think of wearing yet. But then again, I'm the only one on my section of the floor who knows how to adjust the thermostat :devil: If I turn up the temps - those of us in cubes are comfortable but the people in the offices get a blast furnace as the heat is more concentrated on them :stress: I justify it as the good of the many overcomes the good of the few :rofl:

Menus are selected. Grocery list is made. Have to clean up and get out to the store. I overslept yesterday and missed my hair appointment :( I think I'm going to go back to blonde again. The red lasted for quite a while - tho for some reason people seem inclined to point out to me that my hair is a different color now - well yes duh - it's more brown with red overtones instead of intense eye popping red. But the gray is more prominent as it fades out. With the blonde highlights the gray just shines more like blonde :lol:

My committment to weight loss this week is that I will not exceed my points and I am adding exercise back in. Starting out with at least 3 days of 30 minutes. No reason why I can't do 30 minutes each day but let's set a goal and try to exceed it.

Dancing here in my chair to Laura Brannigan's Self Control - a good theme, eh?

Happy Sunday to all - those present and those out in the bush. Time to check in please.

happy2bme
04-15-2007, 01:05 PM
:mad: :mad: :mad:

Are any of you having trouble with this site? I try to post a response and I'm logged in but when I submit it drops my login. The pages are slow to load and sometimes this site doesn't want to respond.

Good thing I know how to save my stuff before I lose it.

Frustrating - especially for a short tempered chick.

MELODY525
04-15-2007, 02:15 PM
Guido the Italian Lover

A virile, middle aged Italian gentlemen named Guido was relaxing at his
favorite bar in Rome when he managed to attract a spectacular young blonde
woman. Things progressed to the point where he invited her back to his
apartment and, after some small talk, they retired to his bedroom where he
rattled her senseless.

After a pleasant interlude he asked with a smile, "So, you finish?" She
paused for a second, frowned, and replied, "No."

Surprised, Guido reached for her and the rattling resumed. This time she
thrashed about wildly and there were screams of passion. The sex finally
ends and, again, Guido smiles and asks, "You finish?"

Again, after a short pause, she returns his smile, cuddles closer to him and
softly says, "No."

Stunned, but damned if he was going to leave this woman unsatisfied, Guido
reaches for the woman yet again. Using the last of his strength, he barely
manages it, but they end together screaming, bucking, clawing and ripping
the bed sheets. Exhausted, Guido falls onto his back, gasping. Barely able
to turn his head, he looks into her eyes, smiles proudly and asked again,
"You finish?"

Barely able to speak, the beautiful blond whispers in his ear, "No, I
Norwegian

MELODY525
04-15-2007, 02:20 PM
HAVEN'T HEARD FROM SHADDIE EITHER. MUST BE A VERY BUSY WEEK. :rollpin:
GLAD TO HEAR OF YOUR WONDERFUL TEMPS HAPPY!!!
GOTTA LOVE THE BETTER WEATHER :sunny: SEND IT UP HERE BABY OR I AM MOVING DOWN YOUR WAY!!!
OK I AM GOING BACK TO SORTING. DON'T WANT YOU TO GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF ME CLEANING SND MENU PLANNING!! I PLANNED MY MENU TOO......5 HEALTHY CHOICE DINNERS :rofl:

Roseblush
04-15-2007, 03:06 PM
Lolololololololololololololololololollololololl

MELODY525
04-15-2007, 07:21 PM
SO GLAD NAE LIKED THE JOKE. GOT IT IN AN E-MAIL!! SEND IT TO MOM!! :rofl:

I AM GOING TO THE MALL TOMORROW IF MOTHER NATURE LETS ME. SO HAVE A WONDERFUL MONDAY!!! FOOD SHOPPING IS TUESDAY SO IF I'M MIA YOU KNOW WHERE I AM. SENT SHADDIE AN E-MAIL BUT NO ANSWER YET SHE IS ASLEEP!!! :cloud9:

Shad
04-15-2007, 07:24 PM
I'm here, just no time until after lunch

Thanks for the concern.

I'll be back right after the break. (always wanted to say that)

suzi in auz
04-15-2007, 07:31 PM
:wave: madly at my two friends online, Shad and Mel.
Have wonderful days.

suzi in auz
04-15-2007, 07:32 PM
ohhh loved the joke...still giggling!

ceejay52
04-15-2007, 08:21 PM
Happy--I've been having trouble with this sight for a while now.

Mel--Loved the joke.

My new jeans feel great on. Makes me want to continue to exercise and eat right. I will do this. We all can.

Leaving to go back home in the morning. It's a little sad but I have to work. sigh! I miss being near my two sisters.

My sister has given me the menu's that she has fixed while I've been here. Has anyone heard of broccoli cornbread. She also made a Carribean pumkin soup that was excellent to go with this. YUMMY.

More tomorrow.

MELODY525
04-15-2007, 10:02 PM
HAD TO COME BACK ONE MORE TIME TO CHECK ON MISS SHAD!! BRB AFTER THE BREAK....:rofl:
Oh crapola......the lights are flickering. I wonder if we are going to lose our electric..... better get off here! :yikes:

Hollyhock
04-16-2007, 12:13 AM
(((((HUGS))))))) HI!!!

Too funny Miss Melly. You guys are getting some wicked rain storms, eh. Showed it on the waether channel.

I am off to sleepy land.

Shad
04-16-2007, 12:22 AM
I'm having a problem with this site as well. Very slow to load today. Don't know whether I am in the middle of a backup or what, but it takes forever. Just had some soup and an avocado sandwich for lunch. Yum soup. I was going to make it (Red capsicum and tomato) but sloth got the better of me and I didn't get to the kitchen.

Taxes are done apart from a small period of time - waiting for the DS2 to get me some info. He hasn't done it yet. Anything else new???

Madcat - thanks for talking about accommodation. What I am looking for in Toronto is a small B&B or Hotel, somewhere close to the shopping precincts and maybe by the lake or ???? well who knows. I thought about going on line soon to check out Smoothhound which has B&B's across the world. - I was going to get S onto it this week, but haven't quite got on the phone yet. Last time I stayed at Bonds Hotel. It wasn't bad and close to the Eaton Centre but I really want a bit more cozy this time - IYKWIM.

Reservation for the Rocky Mountaineer should be finalised today or tomorrow and then I can plan for Vancouver and Victoria. I need to think about accommodation in Calgary as well. S has got me an Air Canada voucher which should give me plenty of flexibility for the Newark, Toronto, Calgary/Van - San Francisco bits.

This weekend just gone, I took the Team Lead for a walk up the local mountain (Castle Hill) and stretched her out a bit. I don't think I will be forgiven, it wore her out and she now has stiff legs. I don't think I will check the schedules for a while - I'm probably on the graveyard shift or late afternoons. Ho Ho.

Better go and sort the master data. I just want it finished!!!

happy2bme
04-16-2007, 03:36 AM
It's 1:30 in the morning and I have spent the last 4 hours of my precious weekend cleaning up data from the disaster that is our new system at work. We still haven't released month end reports yets. Not a good thing.

Needless to say, work is all consuming so if I'm not around for a few days, they've either succeeded in killing me or I'm buried up to my eyeballs.

Don't worry Shad - even if they kill me, DH will still pick you up at the airport, let you stay in the guest room and will even take you to the Caverns seeing as how you both like taking pictures so much :lol:

'Night for now...

carla49
04-16-2007, 05:42 AM
Well, Happy, I was surprised to see you had posted not too long ago. But at least you were being productive. It's 4 am here, and I have monster insomnia for some reason. (Okay, so maybe I shouldn't have had that last glass of wine. Or the big bag of popcorn...)
Tomorrow the weather is supposed to hit here, tho not as bad as a lot of places. It rained all day, felt more like November. I just looked outside and can't tell if it's snow or mist I see.
I noticed the 3fc home page has a review of 2 new diet books based on increased fiber intake. I had to laugh - I went to my stack of diet books, and sure enough there was an old one called the F-Plan Diet, from 20+ years ago. And it too was recommending at least 35 whatevers (grams?) of fiber per day! Everything old is new again, I guess. Of course as a diet book addict, I have every intention of buying the book 3fc recommends, and maybe concocting another diet plan combining the old and new. The old one had a few recipes I still like, including an extremely hearty mix of stuff for daily breakfast/snack eating. I have a feeling the only way for me to continue losing is to switch to a new eating plan every couple of weeks. Short attention span, I guess.
I don't know where the declutter bug came from the last few days, but it hit here as well. I finally went thru the many grotty spice jars I had, and threw out all the old stale ones. (And yes, I even washed and recycled the jars.) Which actually made some sorely needed space in my cupboards, which was nice. Of course then I went off to Winners and found several bargain tops, so now the closets are overflowing again. (Maybe it's time to get rid of some of the smaller sizes I've been keeping around for so long.) Oh well. At least my spice cupboard is tidy! I did some re-organizing in the office/guest room too, still a long way to go on that one, but I'm trying to get my head around the idea that maybe I don't really need a desk, since with the laptop I really just use it to keep my file folders and other c**ap on... Then again, maybe I'm not ready for that step just yet.
Well ladies, sorry to have rambled on, I seem to be feeling just a little James-Joycey tonight - or perhaps I should say this morning.
Bye for now! :wave:

carla49
04-16-2007, 05:46 AM
By the way, Mel, my avatar isn't actually a red dingo, it's a bad dingo. And in dubious taste, too. I did try to resize it so the print was clearer, but couldn't seem to manage it. I found a site that had various 'dingo-ate-my-baby' paraphernalia and just couldn't resist.

MELODY525
04-16-2007, 06:51 PM
CARLA~ OMG I SEE IT SAYS BAD DINGO NOW YOU TELL ME!!! NOW I CON ONLY THINK OF THAT DAMN MOVIE!!! OMG!!! HOPE YOU SLEEP WELL TONITE AND MAKE UP FOR SOME TIME LOST LAST NIGHT. SWEET DREAMS OF DIET PLANS WILL BE FLOATING THRU YOUR HEAD!! :cloud9:
WE CAN RECYCLE ALL THOSE BOOKS IN THE PAPER BIN THAT WE'VE ALL BEEN BUYING FOR YEARS NOW :rofl:

SHAD~ HOPE THE REST OF THE PLANS GO WELL AND YOUR SCHEDULE GETS SORTED ONCE AND FOR ALL SO YOU CAN CONCENTRATE ON WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE!!

:wave: BACK TO HOLLY

HAPPY~ PLUNK YOUR MAGIC TWANGER FROGGY AND SEND THOSE BAD PC PROBLEMS TO KINGDOM COME!!!
:wizard: HOPE THE WEEK GOES BETTER AND YOU ALSO GET SOME MUCH NEEDED SLEEP!!

NOW I FORGET WHO ELSE POSTED ON THE OTHER PAGE :tantrum:
WELL I WILL SAY HELLO TO AL!!
THE MALL WAS CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING ALL AROUND US. THE HIGHWAYS WERE SHUT DOWN IN PARTS AND TRAFFIC WAS TOUGH ALL OVER SO THEY GROUNDED THE BUSES. WHAT IS WITH ME TRYING TO GO TO A MALL?!?! BUSES BREAK DOWN, FLOODS, I GET THE RUNS....WHAT'S NEXT....OR SHOULD I NOT ASK! :lol3: :lol3:
WE HAVE BEEN GLUED TO THE TV WATCHING THE HORROR UNFOLD IN VIRGINIA TEC AND THOSE KILLINGS. JUST LEFT THE WOMEN WATCHING IT STILL AND CLOESED THE OFFICES AND CAME UP HERE FOR MY SHOWER,WHICH I TOOK, AND DINNER WHICH IS HEATING UP. SUCH A TRAGEDY. PITIFUL.
GOING FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW MORNING PROVIDING ME, THE BUS AND DRIVERS CAN GET IN SYNC!!! :rofl: HAVE A GREAT NITE AND A WONDERFUL DAY TOMORROW!

Shad
04-16-2007, 07:47 PM
Woke up to some awful news this morning. What is the matter with people? 33 dead and counting. Does it ever make you wonder why you only hear about these things in the States - does the words Gun Control mean anything over there? It may be a man's right to own one, it doesn't give him the right to shoot up and down corridors and dormitories indiscriminately!
Those other school dramas spring to mind - like the Amish community and that one in Russia where hundreds were killed. I can expect things like that from a third world country where the gun for hire is a way of life and life is not sacred in any shape or form. I don't actually expect it from a civilised 1st world nation. Enough - off the :soap:

Mel - will you please ask the weather gods to clean up their act before I get over there. I don't want to have to bring umbrellas and raincoats if I can avoid it. I like to travel light. Have emailed you the flight info this morning.

Happy - likewise, I have emailed you the flight details. Sorry to hear that your lot decided to save money on the upgrade and didn't put a proper upgrade team in place. Here we tend to go overboard with change management, consultants, business leaders, business experts (not necessarily the same thing) and have heaps of User Acceptance testing and dummy runs. Then the training begins. It costs millions, but our go-live was very smooth, on-time and actually under budget. There is a bit of chaos down in a couple of areas but guess what - they were the areas that didn't consider they needed training (and still don't) :chin: This all means there is a bonus available - but I don't expect it to filter down to my level.
Sleep well - you deserve a medal. Next time you consider an upgrade - consider bringing in some Aussie/Kiwi trainers!

Carla - Popcorn, Wine - what's with you woman. You spent all that time losing all that weight and now you are back to the bad stuff. Tell me to mind my own business - but are you teaching yourself to yo yo. I just wish I had the will power to fast and cleanse for all those days.

It's time we moved on from Uluru to Coober Pedy and found ourselves some of the Rainbow Serpent (opal). This will give us strength to get through NSW to Sydney next weekend. We are now living in an underground hotel because the temps outside are a raging 40+C. Down here it is 22C all year round. Very pleasant. Click the link
http://www.desertcave.com.au/facilities.htm

And while we are at it - check out the opal boulders
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Opals.jpg

And with that I had better go back to Master Data and stop dreaming of immense wealth in the boulders.

ceejay52
04-16-2007, 08:50 PM
I'm home again and it feels good. Picked up my pay check and deposited it in the bank. Also went down to the furniture store to pick up the new end tables. My living room is now complete.

Shad--Don't know why people do these crazy things. Something like this always make the national news. Guess we don't have enough good things to talk about. It is a tradgedy.

Happy--Hope you can see daylight soon.

I need to talk to Tim ,my boss, in the morning to discuss some things that happened this weekend. Seems there is a snitch, and the snitch doesn't know that he could have gone over to the lab and gotten that information himself. I for one think this person is lazy or just doen't know enough. I'll talk to snitch later on this protocal. Tim doen't have to be involved.

carla49
04-16-2007, 09:51 PM
G'day all. Not that it's a good day for the 33 victims of the latest nutbar to think mass murder is a valid career choice. (I should add that the US is not the only place this stuff happens, although the ease of getting automatic weapons does make it worse. But we had Concordia U in Mtl not long ago, the Polytechnique in Mtl about 10 years ago; and some idiot in Tasmania, don't remember exactly when, but he gunned down a lot of people too. Including friends of mine on hols there, who survived their injuries and in fact managed to save a lot of other people by turning back traffic heading towards the bloodbath.) But enough about that. I do agree, Shad, that while we can't prevent people from being crazy, limiting access to firearms, especially automatics, can reduce the death toll.

Mel, I think your problems with bus/weather/getting up on time is fate intervening to help you to avoid credit card debt... Just staying home is a marvelous way to save. As long as you don't buy on-line, of course... As for my dingo, do you suppose Shad is moving us on from Uluru in the hopes I'll change my avatar? Foolish optimist that she is...

Shad, the popcorn was the good stuff, just a little too much of it. And when it comes to yo-yo dieting, I've been an expert for lo these many years. But don't worry, I'm already working on the next phase of the life-long weight-loss journey. I always knew there'd be a little rebound after the two weeks of very restricted eating. But I'm still down about 7 pounds from where I started. No comment about the wine.

I did go out and buy the F-Factor Diet book, and I think the only thing it'll make lighter is my wallet. It claims to add more, better food instead of telling you what you can't eat, and then proceeds to prescribe specific brands of yogurt not available in Canada, and some special crackers (no bread), no milk at all, and only one piece of fruit. Now, that is only for the first two weeks, but it just sounds like another lo-carb, hi-protein diet to me. On the good side, however, it did remind me of the old F-Plan Diet I had around, and which I plan to give another try. The F-Factor one does have a good idea: counting total carbs, subtracting fiber, and ending up with net carbs that should be under 30. It's actually a little like the WW sliderule that counts lower points for higher fiber counts per calories. Ah, the good old days when some WW calculations (such as Bran Buds) actually left you with a point credit! Until they got smart and capped the fiber credit at 4g...

Will I get kicked off the site for talking so much about diets and weight-loss? :lol:

Oops, gotta go. Hi to Ceejay, Holly, busy Happy, Roseblush, Madcat, Suzi, Meadow, and anyone I've missed. :wave:

Shad
04-17-2007, 12:13 AM
Hmm - yes well I had forgotten Martyn Bryant, the nut case who took exception to people drinking coffee in the sun at the Arrow Cafe - Port Arthur Penitentiary. No it is not a jail, it is an old convict settlement created during the unenlightened times - I think we might be going back there - there are some photos of it on my Webshots site. He is still locked up somewhere in Australia. The memorial to the dead and injured is a very sombre and simple place - very moving. Seems that the aforesaid nutcase stole the Uzi - or was it an AK47 or a Kalishnikov - doesn't matter anyway, it was pretty unforgiving.

I haven't made any comment on the Dingo avatar - not because I have taken offence, simply didn't think about it. Dingo's are much misunderstood animals and like most other creatures of the wild are fairly harmless if left alone to get on with their own existence. It is interesting to note that most native animals of the southern hemisphere varieties anyway only breed when the circumstances are right for the purpose - plenty of feed, water and opportunity for survival. Pity we can't say the same for some of the human variety. Anyway enough said about the Dingo situation (and the Kangaroo, Kiwi, Pukeko, etc.etc.etc.) I'm sounding like a real grump today.
Training class cancelled. I'm sitting here like a duck out of water. Time to go get something else done - murder springs to mind.

happy2bme
04-17-2007, 09:13 AM
Mornin' chicks,

Interesting conversations going on. Wish I could participate. Another busy morning, I'm afraid.

Mel - heard the storms were pretty bad up your way. 8 inches of rain in New York. Send some to Shad - she needs it. :D Stay warm and dry my friend.

It's very tragic about the latest shootings. A reminder that life is precious and you never know when it's your last so cherish your life and those around you :grouphug:

I will have to tell my BIL (the opal hunter) that we are in Coober Pedy. He's supposed to go mining in Nevada very shortly. I thought all they had in Nevada was casinos :rofl:

Gotta run. Love to the chicks. :hug:

Oh and got your email Shad - we're good to go!

ceejay52
04-17-2007, 02:50 PM
Opal hunting. Do we get to keep what we find? The Discovery channel recently had a segment on Nevada and opal hunting. One of these day's I'm going to the diamond mine in Arkansas.

Not much going on at work. I'm doing well and pump survey's for the soil conservation report and posting the daily reports to the computer.

Weighed in this morning at 186.8. That's down 1/2 pound. My sister fed me healthy food while I was visitng with her. It's always hard to come back home.

Hollyhock
04-17-2007, 05:56 PM
I picked up soccer shoes, socks and shin guards for each kid for less than $10!!!!!! ( at the thrift shop)

Gonna make spaghetti for supper. Kids are out testing out the new gear. Still windy but warmer.
I have been puttering at much here. Avon, necessary calls etc. Working tomorrow.

HUGS!!!

suzi in auz
04-17-2007, 06:58 PM
Hi all...awful news about the shootings. The world can be a strange place.
It is hard to fathom the feelings of loved oens and relatives at this time. All I could think about were the innocents involved. Very very sad.
I hope you all are well this morning. Opal mining can be hard work.
I will get my ideas going and think about where I can take you in Sydney. It's such an exciting city.
We might need to start north, cross on the ferry and via south.
Work today, I'm not sure what to expect these days. I seem to have such a huge variety. Mostly women coming off the streets.
On Monday a women came in, her daughter is 17 and has been cutting herself. She seemed very calm but was seeking help. Apparently the girl's friends turned on her after she got a boyfriend and things got a little heavy. Kids can be cruel, It was good to be there for her, I thought, but by the grace of God.
Internet is still off at work, thus why I am here early and not having a shower.
Must fly
Suz

Shad
04-17-2007, 07:27 PM
Morning Suzi - little egg shining brightly above me. Goodonya for taking over the Sydney leg. Gives me a bit of time to decide what we are going to see in Queensland - thought we might take a bit of an inland route and stop off to watch the races at Birdsville (bring a hat - ohhh and a keg if you want to meet up with a bloke) and then move to the ocean highway via Sapphire, Rubyvale and Emerald (where we will pick up some of the namesakes of the towns). On second thoughts maybe we will stay inland and use the developmental roads and stop off at a couple of gold mines for some product - got to get all those stones set in something) and end up someplace like Undara - where time stands still - unlike the thieving Kookaburra who steal your breakfast - and on to Cairns for the jump off to wherever we go to for the Merry Month of May.

Holly - gettings bargains I see. Nothing like it for when the kids are growing like weeds.

Ceejay - I don't know about in the States but here you pay your money to fossick and take home whatever you find. Biggest problem is we don't always know what we are looking for! Sapphires for example do not come in neat round or square or oblong packages. They just look like dull lumps with a blue or a green tinge or maybe yellow, orange or red, and sometimes they look like broken bits of glass. You really need someone with you to tell you what you have missed. Or do as I did once and take everything you think looks vaguely like something shiny to the counter and they check if you have anything worth cutting or worth x-ray to see if there is anything there. I've not been opal hunting, but I have had a lot of fun on goldmines and sapphire mines.

Happy - sorry you are so busy with this upgrade and it's costly mistakes. Hope you get to see a light somewhere in the tunnel shortly. Just make sure it is not a train coming the other way.

Okay - I am determined to get this master data done today. It's bad enough that I don't know enough about what I am writing about, it is even worse when the only person around who does know is away on holiday. The person who has taken his place is about as useful as the proverbial on a bull. Fairytales abound in the Land of Aus

Madcat
04-17-2007, 11:05 PM
Opals are my birthstone and I have always loved them. Pity they are so fragile. Apparently they dry out and fragment quite easily. Still I have always wanted handfuls of them.

Shad/Carla~ I suspect that dingos are misunderstood in much the same way as wolves are here. Mostly they just want to be left alone to live their lives, undisturbed. It doesn’t help that we people keep moving into their territories and then we complain when they act they way they always have.

Carla~ better James Joycian than Henry Jamesian. Hey, there is nothing with switching from one eating plan to another if it helps get you where you want to be. Ultimately you are going to have to pick and keep out the bits that work from each of the plans. Or find one that does work. No easy answers, ever, are there? At least you still strive for the goal.

Shad~ If you want, before you book something here in TO let me know if you want me to check it out. I can at least tell you if it is in a neighbourhood that is convenient and/or habitable. We don’t really have terrible downtown areas but there are a few areas that you may feel more “comfortable” in than others. Darn small apartments – I wish I had at least a comfy pullout couch to offer you. BTW loved that you took your coworker for a walk up the hill and brought her back damaged. And I take it you were fine? That is where the hard work pays off. Wow, you guys over test?? What’s THAT like?

Happy~ Thanks for the kind word on my moaning about how boring the project is. My contract ends at the end of May… though I suspect they would want to keep me through to October. I already have something else lined up and I’m so tired of being a glorified librarian. Yeah, there is something to be said about the warm glow from the end of a frantic job well done. Glad you are feeling that. You are doing such a good job of staying on plan and being organized. That seems to be the key to success with this whole WW thing, I am finding.

Mel~ LOL. Joke made me laugh. Hey, maybe this is why 3Fc is blocked for me at work?? :lol: Glad you didn’t get swept away in the storm. I’m just glad it hit NYC now and not in two weeks when I am actually there. Hopefully the roads will dry and you will make it out into the wide world tomorrow.

Ceejay~ Is broccoli cornbread, cornbread with bits of broc in it? That could be interesting… or is it more like zucchini bread but with broccoli? Hope your work issues work themselves out.

The news from Virginia is too sad to even comment on… and I can’t stand watching the coverage on the networks. I actually heard one announcer on CNN comparing the scene to the IRAQ war this morning. It makes me sick. Isn’t it bad enough that this kind of thing happened without have the vultures making it worse?

Holly~ Howdy! Keep puttering.

Suzi~ I look forward to seeing Sydney through your eyes.

K. I best wander off Night to all the chickies… Even those I did not mention. :hug:

carla49
04-18-2007, 01:25 AM
Madcat, I'm an opal baby too. Sometimes I like them, and sometimes I don't. I do know I'd never again agree to have an opal for an engagement ring, not that I have any plans in that line anyway. Having much too hot a time bonding with my cats while I watch Sanjaya astound the masses with his dulcet tones...

As for dingoes, wolves, and other wild creatures, I tend to think we're the intruders/agressors in most cases, and certainly didn't intend to imply otherwise. I'll try to find a less offensive avatar - it really was supposed to give us all a laugh. :sorry: :sorry: Please don't make me stand in the corner with Don Imus and Mel Gibson and all the other insensitive clods who were "just making a joke"... :cry: :cry: :cry: The :devil: made me do it, I swear. :kickcan:

Fun with fiber started today. I hope I don't end up spending the whole day communing with porcelain as a result. :lol: The good news was that I weighed in at the same weight as 2 weeks ago, 9 lbs down from my starting weight! Now I'm raring to go, still hoping to hit my interim goal of 10% off by the time I see Shad end June. Tonight was a delicious chickpea/tomato/pork recipe. Yummy. I'm very lucky that I really enjoy legumes (pulses) and tolerate them well. I made up a huge batch of 'fiber filler', a cereal blend that gives one a whole new perspective on the fascinating variety of bran products there are out there, plus some sliced almonds and chopped dried fruit. A little dry, but actually not bad tasting. I'll be heading off for my week living in a hotel (for work - and it's all-inclusive so-so food). My trunk will be full of my own special foods. There are no fridges in the rooms, but if the weather doesn,t improve the window ledge will do the trick just fine. :lol3:
Mel, I saw a picture in the paper today of a flooded street in NJ. Crikey!! No wonder you stayed home!

Time to head off to dreamland. Night all!

carla49
04-18-2007, 01:50 AM
Yikes!!! I wanted to find a pic of a horse's a** to replace my bad dingo, since that's what I was feeling like, and you wouldn't believe the web sites naughty, naughty google offered me!!! :o :o Being clever (and prudish) I didn't open them, but the only thing more shocking than the descriptions of the site contents was the incredibly bad spelling... :eek: Anyway, I hope the good koala and its uningested baby will be more appropriate anyway...

I'd better feed the cats before a riot breaks out. I see a few flattened ears and twitching tails.

Bye again. :wave:

Madcat
04-18-2007, 08:34 AM
Carla~ I like your new avatar, but I actually found your dingo amusing as well. Good luck with the attack of the fibre! That should get things moving! :lol:

Today will be a Drink More Water day for me. I saw a number on the scale I haven't seen in a while so maybe there is something about this eating right thing after all. Of course it could just be dehydration :lol: I've done my Pilates DVD, I'm just waiting for the sweating to stop and then I'll hit the shower.

Have a terrific day, y'all, eh?

Ruthxxx
04-18-2007, 09:26 AM
Just checking in to keep my slight status with this group. I sure hope I get a chance to meet some of you when the Empress of Australia (and NZ) descends on Toronto! Shad, if you want to see "real" Canada, we could kidnap you to Delta.

Not much happening with me except the usual dog adoration, beetching about the crappy weather and my weight. The Girls and I are still doing pet therapy and are in demand right now. A lot of the school kids are pretty freaked about the VA shootings (as we all are!) and need a dog to cuddle. Hershey is perfect - imagine Al Gore in a curly black fur suit!

Gotta get off my butt and around some breakfast. Have a great Hump Day!

happy2bme
04-18-2007, 11:04 AM
Morning chicks and the visiting Miss Ruthie :wave:

I am just wiped out from the work effort these last few weeks. You get to a point where there's nothing left to give and I'm there. And I'm still behind on the mountain of work that didn't get done when I was off fixing broken stuff. Don't tell me that the next month end is around the corner :faint:

I love the new avatars you guys have selected. Did not take offense to the dingoe at all - hope no one else did either. But I will stand in the corner with you as a show of support. Just don't make me eat that fiber mix of yours or else life will be "a gas" if you know what I mean ;) :lol:

It's good to see that people are getting recommitted to their exercise and eating plans. I'm a lost cause on the exercise right now but I am trying very very hard not to let frustration take me down a bad eating path.

Just to prove that not all WW recipes are good - I made a crab chowder last night that was despicable (wish I had a sound bite of Sylvester the Cat lisping that word :rofl: ) It wasn't horrid but what I consider to be a true waste of good groceries. Sometimes it's like that. Good think I didn't spring for the $11.99 can of lump crab meat - I used the fake stuff - which had nothing to do with the taste of the soup. Even the sherry in it couldn't save it :(

Better get going now - I have to drum up the energy to do some catch up tasks at work. Going to the dentist this morning - have to get a tooth crowned. Really looking forward to that - NOT! Will try and bring my lisping self back here tonight to catch up with the lot of you.

Be good.

ceejay52
04-18-2007, 03:12 PM
I love the new avatars.

Where's Mel and Holly?

I've been checking out another websight. One of the radio channels is having a contest on trying to find the shadow. He used a name this week. I've never done this before.

Madcat--Broccoli cornbread has broccoli in the cornbread. I don't think there would be enough for a veggie serving though. It's delicious. I'll post the recipe later. My sister made it last week end while visiting with her.

It's a slow day today.

carla49
04-18-2007, 04:51 PM
Happy, our stars must be aligned - I was at the dentist today too. But just for a cleaning and checkup, both of which earned me metaphorical gold stars and caused no pain at all. :D As for your crown, just try to think of how nice it'll be to have the tooth all solid and strong again. (I had 4 - or was it 5? - new crowns last fall... And no dental insurance. :eek: ) And I got a bunch of errands done. Could it be the possible effect of all that sunshine? At last?

Ceejay, I'd love to hear the cornbread recipe - my mother used to make it when I was a kid. We called it johnnycake. It was served warm, with fork holes poked into it to help it absorb the butter and corn syrup... :T Good hearty farm food, but no wonder my teeth are full of fillings!

Mel is probably taking full advantage of the good weather, out shopping up a storm. Step away from the frappucinos, lady, and nobody gets hurt!!

Happy, your Sylvester comment brought back a fun memory for me. Many years ago I had a long-distance love affair :o with a Spaniard who spoke very little English but had learned to say "suffering succotash" like Sylvester from watching cartoons. The only thing funnier was when he tried to order "blackened swordfish". Just thinking of it brings a (lecherous) smile to my face... ;)

And on that note, I think I'll head off to the next errand on the list. This semi-retirement is exhausting...

Shad
04-18-2007, 07:26 PM
Ho Ho, so it is avatar change time again. I didn't mind the dingo. You gotta have some fun in the grey old world. Unfortunately Mr Dingo is in the wars again out on Fraser Island having bitten a 4 year old girl around the legs and butt. I thought one lady had it right when she said that she was saddened by the fact the the children had to suffer for the stupid actions of misguided (and demented) adults. See the stupid B***ards feed them! Well hello, in a dogs eye, does a shin bone from the cow look a lot different from the leg of a child??
These are native wild animals - emphasis on NATIVE and WILD. Don't feed them. Let them look after themselves. They've been doing it for longer than stupid white man has been on this continent - MUCH LONGER - GET THE PICTURE - good.

So Carla before you come out to Aus, tattoo the above paragraph on your right arm!!! Same for anyone else thinking of coming over here.

Lecture Over. Lord I am getting grumpy about things these days.

Right, flights from Newark to Toronto, Toronto to Calgary, Rocky Mountaineer and flight from Vancouver to SF - Booked. Accommodation comes next.
Ruth I might just take you up on that visit to the 'REAL' Canada yet. I've seen Niagara, Delta must be the next spot on my Must See list.

Happy - so sad that you are snowed under there. I'd love to be able to help out but I'm too far away. Maybe we should just send Madcat down to help you get on top of the pile. Mind you if you stand up instead of sitting down, you may be able to see over the top of the pile - always a bonus.

Mel - are you shopping? Come out of the shops - it's bad for the back.....pocket.

Better go and take advantage of the silence around here to get this Master Data finally finished. It's close.

happy2bme
04-18-2007, 09:30 PM
:chin:

Ok, if I get the opportunity to visit Shad, I'm buying a REALLY good support bra and an extra small T-shirt with "DON'T FEED THE DINGOES" blazoned across it. Think that will get people's attention? :rofl:

And Carla - you had me laughing so hard I leaned over and bonked my head on the back of the chair. "Thuffferin' thuck-o-tash was bad enough - but OMG blackened THORDfith! :lol: :lol: :lol: oops :stars:

Sorry - apparently that nitrous oxide has not worn off yet. Man that stuff is FUN! I had never had it before. Last time I was there they said they had to switch out tanks - apparently they never turned the new tank on because I didn't feel anything. The dentist was working on an upper tooth and my head was tilted back. The only thing was the mask kept sliding on my nostrils cutting off my breathing so I told them after a while to take the mask off. THIS time they asked if I wanted it again. I said "what duh heck" - give it one more try. Welllllllllllllllllllllll boys and girls. GUess that tank was hummin' after about 20 minutes I got all buzzed feeling - kinda like after your 6th glass of wine or 4th Tequila Sunrise. Just all warm and fuzzy feeling. I was hoping I wouldn't think of dopey things and start laughing. Instead I was thinking I'd love to get to goal a year from now and go back to DH's hometown - go sit on the rocks by the oceanside and have him take a nice picture of me. I have always really admired other people's pictures in that sort of setting with the water and a setting sun (tho in this case we'd have to do sunrise) as a background. Seemed like a good plan and one to motivate me to get to goal weight. Meanwhile Mr. Dentist shot me full of novocaine and the procedure was very tolerable. He said there were several large cracks in the tooth so the timing was good. Just can't wear my night guard because I might pop off the temporary crown. I think I'm going to like this dentist :D :D I did not plan well this morning - was supposed to have a big breakfast so that I could skip lunch. Didn't. And though I was careful munching the meatballs from my meatball sandwich at lunch, I see that I have managed to chew up my front lip. Doesn't feel as bad as I thought it would once the novocaine wore off but whudda dummy!

For now I can put my SAP stuff behind me - me and my buddy who have worked so hard these last few weeks REFUSE to do the same thing to fix April's data. Today I worked on catch up stuff in between the dentist. I have another interview tomorrow for another job I applied for - step 2 of 3 I imagine. Still torn between what the right thing to do is. But enough yammering about me...

Suzi - if we're doing the Sydney leg of the tour - can we PLEASE do a workout at your fabulous gym with the great view? I don't even care if you make us do a rigourous work out. That is so sad about the woman with the troubled DD - hope you were able to help her some.

Shad - that's ok that you can't help me. I appreciate the offer. More than that I appreciate the sympathy of one who truly understands the pain one can feel. Are you going to be able to see the Butchart Gardens on your trip up north? I know it was up in the air about flight and travel times. Wish I could travel along with you - it sounds wonderful - including meeting up with the Canadian chicks. DH and I were looking at the front yard today - we decided we think on what we're going to plant - same flowers we have on one side - they are hearty bloomers, come back again on their own and all you have to do is fill in an occasional bare spot where they might not have re-seeded well. They start blooming in early March and are hearty for the cool spring weather and even tolerate the hot summer days as long as we give them a drink of water. We have spent hundreds of dollars each year on annuals - some of which don't last all that long - I think I'm taking the easy route with perennials. Yes, it means I can't change the beds around but then again - that doesn't require a weekend of bed prep and another weekend or two of planting each year also! Can do some accent pots if I want some variety. Anyway as we were looking at the front beds, I was thinking - wish Shad was coming sooner :s: :lol: I do have you pegged for giving us a lesson or two on keeping the roses looking better.

Carla - you paid out of pocket for 5 crowns on your own? Geez :faint: that could have been a new car. Wow. You have just brought me back down to earth about the fantasy of working for yourself. Kinda forget about the things like don't work, no pay and no insurance and paid holidays. Glad your dentist appt was a little one. Love the koala avatar - trade you a froggie cat for a cute koala.

Ceejay - yay on the "downsizing" - good to hear you got some healthy and tasty meals while away. Can BBQ be healthy? Bet your living room is looking good now that you have all the new furniture.

Madcat - did you get your water in today? Seems like you are very strong on the working out part. I admire that in you. I do well on the food but not so good at the working out part. I always think of you when I'm trying to drag some motivation into me. :congrat: on seeing a good scale number - the best motivator. Keep up the good work!

Good that you can be a sharp eyed shopper Holly. I imagine it costs a bundle keeping kids in the "activity gear".

Hmmm tonight was supposed to be Garlic Cream Shrimp but I just don't feel like it. Might just make a pot of WW tortellini vegetable soup. I guess I can whip up the individual breakfast frittas too. Off to the kitchen then.

Give the pups a hug Ruth!

Painter, Meadow, Teel, Linus, Tig - would be nice to hear from you again when you have the chance. :wave:

happy2bme
04-18-2007, 09:32 PM
Mel honey - where are you??? Hang in there - I'm coming to get you!

:swim: :swim: :swim: :swim: :swim: :swim:

MELODY525
04-18-2007, 09:41 PM
:wave: HAPPY SEND THE RAFT!!! AND ARK!!! I SEE YOUR LITTLE GOLDEN EGG IS LIT :wave:

IT'S BEEN A HECTIC WEEK. PEOPLE OUT OF THE OFFICE. FILLING IN. THE ELECTION WAS YESTERDAY AND ENDED AT 9PM. MORE OFFICE TODAY. WILL CATCH UP WITH ALL OF YOU IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. I AM BEAT BUT HAPPY!!!
:hug: FOR ALL AND HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW:moped:

MELODY525
04-18-2007, 10:09 PM
SHAD I COULD USE A FEW OPAL BOULDERS WHEN YOU COME. HOW MANY CAN YOU FIT IN YOUR SUITCASE?? :rofl: GOT THE EMAIL...TY! HOPE MURDER WAS ONLY SPRING IN YOUR MIND AND NOT IN YOUR HANDS AROUND SOMEONE'S NECK! :lol3: HOPE THE MASTER DATA WENT OK!!

CEEJAY~ THERE IS ALWAYS SOME KIND OF SNITCH WAITING TO THROW A SPANNER INTO THE WORKS!!! HOPE IT ALL FADES AWAY!! CONGRATS ON THE SCALE...MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO BACK FOR ANOTHER LONG VISIT AND LOSE MORE WEIGHT! :cb:

SUZI~ GLAD YOU WERE THERE FOR THAT GIRL. :hug:
SO NICE OF YOU TO GIVE UP YOUR SHOWER JUST TO COME HERE AND POST FOR US! :rofl:

CARLA~ THE FIRST THOUGHT THAT CAME TO MY MIND WAS "I WONDER HOW MYCH MONEY I SAVED STAYING HOME" :lol3: :lol3: YOU MIGHT NOT GET TOSSED OFF THE SITE FOR TALKING DIETS BUT MAYBE THIS FORUP! :rofl: :rofl: CONGRATS ON THE 9 LB SCALE READING STILL!!! I COULD USE THE EFFING DIET...I MEAN THE f-DIET. BETTER THAN TAKING DULCOLAX!!!
HORSES AZZ!! :rofl: :rofl:

MADCAT~ MY GRANDMOTHER HAD FLOATING OPAL JEWELRY. LITTLE GLASS LIGHTBULB SHAPED VIALS FILLED WITH OIL AND CHIPS. LOVELY. SHE HAD A GORGEOUS RING TOO!! GOOD GOING WITH THE PILATES!!! SWEAT AWAY MRS MADCAT!!! GO GO GO!!

HAPPY~ SOOOO SORRY ABOUT THE UPPER LIP!! OMG :faint: BUT I TOO LOVE THE GAS. I DON'T GET THAT AT THE DENTAL SCHOOL THOUGH. MAYBE THAT'S WHY I KEEP PROCRASTINATING! :rofl: WE COULD GO AND GET HIGH TOGETHER!! TELL THE DENTIST FUNNY JOKES!! :rofl: HOPE THE LIP FEELS OK NOW IT'S WOKEN UP!!! :hug:

I THOUGHT I BETTER MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO CATCH UP NOW BEFORE BED. YOU LOT COULD HAVE ANOTHER 20 PAGES POSTED BUY THE TIME I GET AROUND TO READING!! :rofl: LOVE TO YOU ALL ONCE AGAIN!!
SWEET DREAMS TO ALL AND GOOD MORNING SHADDIE AND SUZI:cofdate:

Shad
04-18-2007, 10:09 PM
There is now a little egg light shining above me for Mel. How interesting to see all the Northerners up and doing at the same time as me - well sort of the same time.

See ya my northern sis.

Hollyhock
04-18-2007, 11:09 PM
I do wish I had time for witty chatter. I enjoy all of yours so much. My brain comes up with something a day later and then I forget to come and type it.

HUGS!!

ceejay52
04-19-2007, 02:23 AM
To much caffiene. I'm wide awake.

Shad
04-19-2007, 03:57 AM
I am wide awake too but that is because it has just gone 1700hrs and not because it is the middle of the night.

Home to Char grilled salmon with crispy skin and a warm pepper salad. Yummo. Day is done.

suzi in auz
04-19-2007, 06:46 PM
HI all!
Happy ...you are on! work out all booked in. Is it next week we are in Sydney?

I have had plumbing problems :dizzy: not for me but the house! huge issues with our upstairs loo and such ...not nice. People of squeemish tummies should stop reading NOW!
The plumber came because everything was blocked ...he made all sorts of noises but couldn't find the blockage...then told me he would have to take the toilet off and try that...didn't work. The kids went up to offer him a cuppa and he had ..p..p everywhere...:o they were horrified.
He still couldn't find blockage, He said he needed to find bluerpints for house, I walked around with him to see where the downpipe was and he had missed it, he was totally thinking it was a different one..."oh if i had known that I wouldn't have to take the loo off" :mad: which he broke! so now he tried to unblock this and whoosh! everything came on him! p..p and all! it a way good job, poor fellow though, lkuckily i had poured so much stuff down the pipe because I was worried about the smell and hygeine, it will be quite clean p..p!
At the same time we were having a new shower installed. Actually it looks lovely and a new toilet will just make it look so much better but there was no option of compensation from the plumber. It's a tricky one! He's kinda a friend. I might have to just ask him for free installation :)

ok...plumbing problems over.
The kids are still snoring and I really should get on with my day. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Maybe this should be our first stop. The beautiful North Coast.


http://www.visitnsw.com.au/Destination.aspx?DProductID=9017193

Shad
04-19-2007, 10:34 PM
Yeah well I guess that is how I feel right now. Maybe I'll explain it all later if I can.

Madcat, we should all have a drink more water day or week. I do drink quite a lot - when I think about it - then there are days when I am busy and find that at the end of the day, not a drop was drunk. That's plain naughty.

Ruth: Speaking as the Empress of the entire Gondwanaland (New Zealand and Australia - please note the order in which they are listed! :rofl:) I would be delighted to be kidnapped to Delta and the 'real Canada'. I will arrive in Toronto on 10th of June - late afternoon from memory and will leave late afternoon on the 14th. Hoping to catch up with as many as we can. I know Carla won't be making it and I will see her in Vancouver, but there is still Holly, Madcat and yourself. I'd love to meet up with the furry critturs. Miss having a dog to snog.

Ceejay - That cornbread and broccoli does sound good. Wouldn't mind having a go at that myself.

Happy, I have a couple of days - about 3 I think that I can go to Victoria and get lost in Butchart. I just love my calenday.
I have a confession to make. I did buy a birthday card - one for you and one for Mel. I forgot to post either of them. So you will just have to have another birthday when I get there. There is not much hope of getting one there in the time frame. So sorry. The perennial garden idea is great. It will save you a lot of time and you can overplant with other stuff which blooms in different seasons as well. Just don't forget that they will need feeding and watering. There are masses of self seeders that are truly lovely. Nothing nicer than a field of Californian poppies, ranunculas, even marigolds and petunia, cosmos etc. I'll look at the roses when I get there. Your problem and mine with roses is that they don't always like the humidity too much and tend to get some nasty diseases. Funnily enough they just keep on growing and growing. Drought doesn't bother them. There are some varieties that don't mind the humidity and it's a good idea to watch out for those.

Mel - I can fit in quite a few opal boulders. However the question is, can I afford what I can fit in? No probably not. Murder was in the mind, nowhere else. I can dream.
Don't go out shopping any more. Look at how much you save by not going. Go to the park instead. Watch the butterflies - oh I forgot, you are still in the rainy season! Silly me.

Holly - I love it when someone comes back to the site a couple of days later and delivers a line which alludes to something that was written days back. I have to go back and find out what it was in relation to. Then I get the giggle.

Suzi - that is a good website. Lots of pretty pictures there. I see we are almost into Queensland with mention of Tweed Heads etc. I'll have to work on the Queensland sector and see what gives.

Okay, the Master Data is finally finished. Is it right? Well probably not, but I can't find anyone who knows more about it than I do :yikes: and since I don't know a lot, that's saying something. All I have to do now is to bring it all together in a manual. Then we can say it is finito!! :dance: :dance:

Gotta go - that manual calls. I'll be back later if I can. I don't think I will be around over the weekend so if I'm not here, I am snorkelling on the reef or doing housework. The choice is mine. It's so hard to decide! NOT :lol3:

carla49
04-19-2007, 10:41 PM
Hey Suzi, thanks for the link. I've got my swimsuit and snorkel on, just waiting for directions to the beach... Have you ever noticed that plumber, poop and pee all start with the same letter? :lol:

I finally got out the old hiking boots today and went for a 2.5 hr hike in the hills. It was about 90% uphill... :rofl: Tomorrow I expect to be a bundle of aches and pains, but if I keep it up I may be able to get back in shape before too long. (Living in deadly fear that Shad will drag me up some Californian cliff and leave me to the wolves if I'm not fit enough to keep up with her...:eek: )
Anyway, I'm totally pooped (sorry Suzi ;) ). So I think I'll have a nice decaf :coffee2:, maybe a good soak in an epsom salt bath, and then to bed. I'll be sure to sleep well tonight!

ceejay52
04-19-2007, 10:48 PM
Broccoli Cornbread
2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread or corn muffin mix
1 10 oz box of frozen chopped broccoli
2 sticks of butter (sis used 1 stick)
1 cup of sour cream
4 eggs ( I use egg beaters)

Cook broccoli in microwave with butter. Mix together all other ingredients, place in cake pan and bake at 400 degree for 20 minutes.

carla49
04-19-2007, 10:54 PM
Hey, Shad, Mad, Holly - just had a fun idea. If Mad has skype and a webcam, maybe I can join the gang in TO thru cyberspace! I know from sad experience that webcams (at least my little cheapo) are about as flattering as the average passport photo, but I'm willing to bite the bullet and hope you'll all give me the benefit of the doubt that I don't really look like a very jowly old gnome. (I don't actually know how skype works, but I'm willing to take a crash course...) So, whaddya say? :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

ceejay52
04-19-2007, 10:57 PM
Not to much going on today. Drove to Jonesboro to get the mammogram and bone density test ran.

Suzi--This place is beautiful. Can't wait for the walk on the beach. I don't envy any plumber's job. I hope they have showers at work.

Carla--I would have loved to gone hiking with you. Enjoy the warm bath to help relax those aching mucles.

Shad--Will you do a test run of the project before putting it into a manual.

Happy- Are you still covered up in your project?

Mel, Holly and Painter Woman hello. Hope you are doing well.

Shad
04-19-2007, 11:16 PM
Carla - :woohoo: nice walk. Do it again tomorrow :yikes: :congrat:

Dunno whether Madcat has Skype. I have but no camera. And that is at home anyway not here. Correction I do have a camera on my new computer - but that is here and I don't have internet connection. One day, I may get all of the things in the same place.

carla49
04-19-2007, 11:35 PM
Shad, can't do the hike again tomorrow - I'm heading out of town for work, and have to clean the house for the catsitter before I leave. But I'll get back at it. The friend I went with is a major hiker/biker/xcountry skier. We went backpack hiking in the Rockies 5 years ago...

I'm sure Madcat or even Happy while you're there will be able to set up some kind of link for me to join in. Aren't you guys all computer geniuses??

By the way, I went on-line to check, and Delta is only about 2 hours from Otty. You could probably take the train to Brockville (about 2.5 hours from TO) and have your hostess collect you there...

Madcat
04-20-2007, 12:03 AM
Hey guys!

I don’t have Skype but I think I do have an old camera about somewhere. I could always manage to “acquire” a copy of the software. I like the idea of you at least showing up in bits and bites, Carla. I don’t actually know how Skype works either. I did use a very early version of the software but that was about a million years ago.

Of course, there is also the option of a road trip from Toronto in a general easterly direction. Road trip!!!! The province isn’t THAT big. We can work this out I am sure.

Shad~ It seems your peripherals and will and equipment are not all aligning with the stars. And in spite of what Ruth says, TO is the “real Canada” too… at least we think so :lol:

Carla~ Whoo hoo you hiking girl, you. Yeah, it sounds as if Shad can be a bit rough on people where hills are involved. Better get those training walks in. In California it would be either hippies, actor wannabes or dot com geeks that would get you instead of wolves, I think. Sooo, you had a thing for a nice Catalan man?? I have to admit that lisp is incredibly sexy. That could be why Barcelona is such a great place...

Ruthie~ :wave:!!! And Hi Holly :wave:

Mel ~ :wave: and keep dog paddling, girl! Oh, floating opals would be a good way to get around the fact that opals dry out and crack. Opals always strike me as such a comfortable but old fashioned type of stone. Take care of yourself.

Happy~ Thanks for the heads up on the WW chowder. That is one I will miss. You sound tired and fed up. It sounds as if you could use a nice mini vacation. Month-end waits for no one but it is important to have down time. Why is it that companies assign people to projects but also expect them to do their regular full time jobs in the few minutes that don’t fall between the cracks? I know it is hard to squeeze more minutes out of the day, but if you could find a bit of time for some nice relaxing exercise it might make you feel better overall. If I could I’d buy you a couple more hours in a day, I would.

Suzi~ Ew. Better the plumber should have issues rather than you should. Glad it was easily flushed out. :lol:

Ceejay~ thanks for the recipe. I might try it since I’ve never met any food with cornmeal in it that I haven’t loved.

The sky is sunny and so am I. The weather is warming up – enough that I threw all the windows open when I got home. I feel good - better than I have felt in ages. Ah, spring is here in my soul at last. And I will drink more water tomorrow. Even spring flowers need moisture.

Madcat
04-20-2007, 12:05 AM
Hey, Carla, I'm not a computer genius... but I do sleep with my own tech support :lol:

'Night guys!

carla49
04-20-2007, 12:22 AM
Road trip! Road trip! Road trip! I am working the 11-13 June here in Otty, but could probably arrange to meet up for an evening somewhere within a two-hour drive. (Calling in favours with colleagues to leave early one afternoon, get back late the next morning...) I could borrow my hiking friend's mini-backpacking tent and we could all squeeze in. At least until Shad's snoring starts... Hmmm. Maybe not.
Anyway, webcam's can be quite cheap, which is why I have one, and skype is free when you call computer to computer. Maybe Mr. Tech Support/DH could set us up...

My Spaniard was a Madrileno, not a Catalan. And the lisp wasn't his only sexy attribute. It was all very romantic and totally unrealistic. But I still have a soft spot for men with melting dark eyes and dark hair. By the way, the lisp is even sexier in French, which was our lingua franca.

Shad
04-20-2007, 12:36 AM
Oooh it's almost 30 degrees out here and you lot are making me feel hotter. I can feel the sweat trickling down the back of my neck.

I'm off to get some cold water.

MELODY525
04-20-2007, 09:44 AM
SHAD~ HAPPY SNORKELING OR HOOVERING....WHICHEVER YOU DECIDE :rofl: I HAVE PUT AN ORDER IN FOR WARMER AND DRYER WEATHER FOR YOUR TRIP. SEEMS IT'S ON IT'S WAY HERE! :sunny:

CEEJAY~ HAVE YOU COME DOWN FROM THE CAFFEINE YET???:cofdate: YOU'LL BE A "WIRED" CJ! :yikes:

CARLA~ IS OUT LOOKING FOR ANOTHER LISPING FRENCHMAN!! FO CARLA GO! :belly: SORRY TO HEAR YOU'RE WORKING ON THOSE DATES :hug:

MISS RUTH~ I MISSED YOUR POST THE OTHER DAY! SO SORRY!! GOOD TO HAVE YOU POKE YOUR HEAD IN OUR WAY!!

MADCAT~ SLEEPING WITH THE TECHIE IS A GOOD THING. JUST KEEP HIM HAPPY!!! :love: MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND ONE OF MY OWN INSTEAD OF BORROWING A FRIENDS HUBBY:rofl: I AM LAUGHING AT THE AVATAR....LOOKS LIKE A WEBCAM SHOT! :lol3: :lol3: A LITTLE MASCOT!!! :cheer:

SUZI~ THANKS FOR THE LINK. I WILL HAVE TO GO THERE LATER. HOPE THE POO IS ALL CLEANED UP AND THE PLUMBER TOO!!! WE'VE HAD AMNY A BOWL CRACK IN THIS BLDG WHEN THEY ARE TAKEN UP. NOT SURE WHY THEY CRACK. THE PLUMBER SAYS THEY DRY OUT AND WHEN DISTURBED AFTER SO MANY YEARS THEY CRACK. :dunno: GOOD LUCK!

GOOD MORNING ALL. THE DAY IS BRIGHT AND SUNNY. HOPE IT'S LIKE THAT WHERE YOU ARE TOO. NOTHING ON THE AGENDA BUT FRESH AIR AND A LOVELY WEEKEND STARTING. SUPPOSED TO BE 60'S & 70'S WITH NOT A CLOUD IN SIGHT. CAN'T ASK FOR MORE. I HAVE RECOVERED FROM THE ELECTION. :rofl: IT'S NOT THE HOURS AS MUCH AS ALL THE PEOPLE!!! AND THE GAME PLAYING. I FIND IT EXHAUSTING AND DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THE HOUSE THESE LAST 2 DAYS.....:beach:
EVERYONE IS BACK IN THE OFFICE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE...BUT I CAN'T HELP OUT THERE. I'D NEED A TRAINING COURSE FOR THAT. :lol3: :lol3:
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND A WONDERFUL WEEKEND:cb:

happy2bme
04-20-2007, 09:51 AM
Morning ladies :coffee:

Just zipping through and waving hi :wave:

ceejay52
04-20-2007, 11:24 AM
Mel--Yes, I'm down from the caffiene high. Maybe that's why I'm still sleepy.

My to do list is long so I need to get started.

Hollyhock
04-20-2007, 04:00 PM
HI Ladies!!! The visit to TO sounds like a go for me. The Mon or Tues(June 11&12) are days I dont normally work. I am wondering about coming to Jersey too. I have 2 other friends besides Mel in NJ. I would need the exact dates to see if it might fly. And MEL- could you PM me the area you are in.

My passport arrived today.

It is 20C and sunny/. Nicest day this year so far.

MELODY525
04-20-2007, 05:53 PM
FOR THOSE THAT ARE COMPUTER SAVVY:
IF YOU BUY A BIG SCREEN MONITOR DOES THAT MAKE THE IMAGES BIGGER? LIKE IF I PLAYED GAMES, WOULD THE CARDS AND PIECES BE ENLARGED? JUST WONDERING.....:beach: GOING BACK OUTSIDE. JUST CAME IN TO PEE!

carla49
04-21-2007, 12:17 AM
Hi there. Mel, I'm not sure, but think the images would be larger. I expect Shad and Happy and Madcat will confirm one way or the other.

I won't be commenting or posting much this week. I do have Internet access, but it's dial-up and very, very slow. Took me 20 minutes to receive simple emails and finally get to "new posts" on 3fc! Since I type slowly, that'll add even more time, which I'm paying for at ruinous rates.

The weather here is absolutely stunning, and I've got my fingers crossed it'll stay that way until November or so. :lol: Tomorrow is my first day of work for a while, and it's not an easy assignment. I'm always afraid that I'll get into the booth and discover I don't speak French any more. :eek:

Gotta go. My battery's getting low - can't plug it in near where I'm working. If I find it too long to post while on-line, maybe I'll try the old off-line writing + cut and paste... for some reason not easy for me. And if that fails I'll send whatever I've written via email for Mel to post - hope she won,t mind, but hers is the only worldly chick email address I've got.

Night all. Sleep tight, and don't let the dingoes bite. :lol3:

suzi in auz
04-21-2007, 01:12 AM
Thought a change in avatar was in order as you were all getting so clever...lets see if this one works! I suppose you are sick of looking at me anyway.
It's a beautiful day here today in sunny sydney. i do LOVE autumn esp when it is like this. I love that little bit of a bite in the air but when the sun shines it is gorgeous.
I have Biked this morning :bike2: so I am really happy about that. We had a new instructor and she was so militant. I liked her but I felt like i was in trouble if I didn't go fast!!
We have organised the new loo for the upstai4s bathroom. It's a nice one and it will finish things off well. Amazing how accessories are really expensive for the bathroom, like soap holders etc. One holder as half the price of the loo.
We have been doing a careful think about changing things around in our house, whether to go for new furniture etc. The thing is eveything is pretty good at the moment it's just that we get bored with it. I think a new scatter cushion here and there will make a huge difference. I need to think about this simple lifestyle concept that I have been throwing around.
Are you all enjoying the beaches in the North Coast. How about a slow drive down and heading for Sydney. There is plenty to do and see and we only have a week, we haven't even seen Melbourne yet!
Your road trip is looming up quickly Shad, you must b so excited. I would love to be there with you all...but in spirit!
Ok house needs a little attention, actually it is pretty sparkly. I have a lovely smelly candle melt going which smells like butter cookies, that probably isn't a good thing. I have ironing to do and a gorgeous book to read, i am really enjoying it.
I think it'sa BBQ for tea.
Must awy. Have wonderful days.

Suz :hug:

MELODY525
04-21-2007, 09:26 AM
HOLLY I AM NEAR NYC BUT AM UNAVAILABLE FOR A FEW MONTHS AT THE VERY LEAST. MAYBE YOU DIDN'T SEE MY POST BUT RELATIVES(INLAWS) FROM CANADA ARE COMING AND SO ARE RICHIE'S KIDS. WE'RE TRYING TO RESOLVE BAD RELATIONS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. SORRY.

HAPPY~ SENDING "hug: TO MY BUSY FRIEND!! :wave:

CARLA~ I WOULD BE HAPPY TO POST ANYTHING YOU SEND. FEEL FREE. IT'S TOO COSTLY FOR FOOLING AROUND WITH DIAL-UP WHEN YOU HAVE TO SIT AND WAIT!!! MY PC IS CLEANED REGULARLY AND LOADS MUCH FASTER. SO HELP YOURSELF!! :dance:

SUZI~ NOW BIKE RIDING IS SOMETHING I CAN DO WITH YOU!! I PROMISE NOT TO PUT MY CHAIR IN HIGH AND CHEAT!! :moped: ANYTHING FOR THE HOME AS FAR AS DECORATING IS PRICEY!! JUST TOWELS AND STUFF:yikes:
I WENT SHOPPING AWHILE AGO FOR THINGS AND ALMOST FAINTED :faint: AT THE PRICES!!! :rofl: THE SALES GIRL WAS LAUGHING AT ME WHEN I TOLD HER YOU CAN TELL HOW LONG IT'S BEEN SINCE I BOUGHT STUFF FOR THE HOME BY THE SHOCK ON MY FACE!! :lol3:

ONE ACCOUNTANT IS ARRIVING SHORTLY. BUT HE'LL BE NO BOTHER...I HOPE. HE IS NEW. I MISS ISHMAEL ALREADY!!! THIS GUY IS COLD.
I AM GLAD THIS WEEK IS OVER AND CAN USE A NICE SUNNY WEEKEND THAT THE WEATHERMAN HAS ALREADY PROMISED US ALL. :sunny: :beach: :cheers:
RICHIE'S FAMILY DRAMA CONTINUES TO ESCALATE. SIGH
when the kids get here, THE BOY MUST CONTINUE SUMMER SCHOOL UP HERE IF HE IS TO ADVANCE.
HE IS ALREADY ENROLLED UP HERE. NOTHING IS GOING WELL IN THAT DEPARTMENT.
JUST SO YOU KNOW, I CALL MY MIL "MUM"....WE CHATTED ON THE PHONE AND SOUNDS LIKE SHE IS ARRIVING WITH AN ENTOURAGE. NOTHING IS SET IN CEMENT YET BUT THAT DRAMA ALSO CONTINUES. BY THE TIME THIS IS ALL OVER,...I WILL EITHER NOT GIVE A HOOT OR BE ON MEDICATION. I AM THINKING I WON'T CARE BY THEN....THAT FEELING SEEMS TO BE WINNING. :rofl: MUM, LIKE MY BROTHER, WANTS TO TIDY UP THE LOOSE STRINGS BEFORE IT GETS TOO LATE. NOW MY SIL IS ALREADY STARTING THE SAME THING!!!
WHERE WERE ALL THESE PEOPLE DURING MY LIFE????:faint: :tantrum: :rollpin: I NEED TO RETURN A CALL TO THE SIL AS SOON AS MUM GETS HER SCHEDULE STRAIGHT. ON TO MORE IMPORTANT STUFF............
GOTTA LOVE THE WEATHER HERE. CHARGED UP THE "NEW" CHAIR AND WILL GO FOR A RIDE. STILL A CHILL IN THE AIR FOR RIDING BUT NOT MUCH. I HAVE BEEN GOING THRU CLOTHES FOR THE SUMMER AND TOSSED OUT SOME WINTER STUFF AS WELL. SPENDING TIME WITH THE KIDS THIS WEEKEND. NOTHING PLANNED.
JUST GOING WITH THE FLOW! :beach:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
:wave: TO ALL THE WORLDLY CHICKS! STAY WELL.

ceejay52
04-21-2007, 11:01 AM
Mel((((hugs)))I'm glad our family is peaceful.

Need to run some errands today and start preparing my menu for next week.

Neighbors were suprised that I didn't go anywhere this week end. I like my solitude. Need to do this more often.

My exercise yesterday consisted of mowing the yard. It really needed it and looks so much better today. I'm sore today.

The closet that I worked on yesterday still needs some discarding. I need to get some plastic boxes to put the decorations in. They are going to the shed.

More later. Get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather.

happy2bme
04-21-2007, 12:15 PM
Morning chicks -

Still catching up. I have a hair appt at noon, neighborhood BBQ tonight. Going to a nice dinner with my partner in crime (and our DHs) as a thank you for all the work we put in over the last 2 weeks.

I swore to myself I will get some things done around here, stick to my eating plan (or make trade offs so I can enjoy BBQ and dinner out) and stick to my water today.

Popped in here in between cleanings bathrooms and doing laundry. You all sound busy and happy.

I SWEAR I will catch up with y'all... :^:

Mel - to your question - a big(ger) screen monitor gives you more "surface" area which yes, would allow you to adjust to a lower screen resolution and make the images somewhat bigger than a regular computer screen. Sometimes the somewhat is all you need to help out. We did that for my mom - gave her my old computer with a 19" monitor - it's a biggie - she thought it might crush the computer desk :lol: but it did help her see better with the macular degeneration damage she has in one eye.

Gotta run for now - I just remembered I have birthday cards to get out ... talk to you tonight. Happy Saturday.

happy2bme
04-21-2007, 12:16 PM
Speaking of cards - thank you Mel - got yours yesterday. It's so pretty!!!!!!

carla49
04-21-2007, 10:09 PM
Grrrr! Not only dial-up but long distance charges as well. I'll try to drop in for hellos - have to check emails anyway. But for most of it it'll be catch up later, unless I put together something longer to post via Mel.
Enjoy the lovely weather! It hit 25C here today!!! (Of course I was in a musty cold room with the drapes closed, but did get out for a quick errand after.)

Bye all!

MELODY525
04-22-2007, 09:13 AM
HAPPY~ WE UNDERSTAND BUSY AND DON'T TRY TO CATCH UP....JUST CARRY ON!!! :cheer: IT WOULD TAKE TOO LONG AND MUCH TOO MUCH TIME! I'LL KEEP THE SCREEN INFO IN MIND. THANKS. GLAD THE CARD GOT THERE. I SEND YOU AND SHAD AT THE SAME TIME FORGETTING YOU WERE "LOCAL". :rofl: ENJOY THE WEEKEND AND DON'T FORGET TO BREATHE!! :bubbles:

CARLA~ HOPE YOU GET SOME SUNSHINE DURING THIS WORK STINT!! :sunny: SLOW LOADING AND THEY CHARGE LONG DISTANCE!! :dance: SOMETIMES PC'S ARE A NUISANCE! :tantrum: THANKS FOR THE SCREEN INFO. I WAS JUST WONDERING. :dizzy:

CEEJAY~ WHAT?? YOU STAYED HOME THIS WEEKEND?? GOOD FOR YOU! :dance: WE'VE BEEN SORTING CLOSETS TOGETHER....LOL I HAVE A BAG OF JUNK TO TOSS IN THE MORNING. BRING YOUR SHED OVER HERE...I'LL HELP YOU FILL IT UP! :rofl:



I AWOKE TO AN OUTSIDE BIRD SINGING HIS HEART OUT. I THINK IT WAS THE SAME ONE THAT SINGS ALL DAY AND DOESN'T GO TO SLEEP TILL AFTER 10PM!!!!!
WE PRAY HE GETS LARYNGITIS!! THIS MORNING I COULDN'T BELIEVE HE WAS AT IT AGAIN! PULLED THE COVER OVER MY HEAD AND FELL ASLEEP. :cloud9:
I AM GETTING SO LAZY! GETTING UP AT 7:30 NOW SEEMS TO BE THE NORM.
I AM SITTING HERE WITH A BLANK MIND JUST YAWNING AWAY. SO I LEAVE YOU WITH GOOD THOUGHTS FOR A WONDERFUL SUNDAY. HOPE IT'S PEACE FILLED AND WARM.:beach:

Hollyhock
04-22-2007, 11:03 AM
I did read that Mel but it didn't register I guess. (hug).

Off to church.

happy2bme
04-22-2007, 11:54 AM
Morning chicks,

Attempting to catch up...

Mel - I don't think you have mockingbirds up your way so perhaps that was a cardinal singing. The mockingbirds sing all sorts of jumbled together songs - like a crazy quilt. The cardinal is non stop, but a certain type of song. He likes to get started about 4 AM!!!! I would think that by now you've done so many clean and tosses that there wouldn't be anything left to chuck! :lol: Get outside and go enjoy the nice weather woman! Eeek - sounds like a whole lotta drama coming down the road from the family - good luck! :hug:

Oops - sounds like Carla's stuck in a non-Internet friendly hotel. We eagerly await your return... In the meantime - enjoy that fabulous weather.

Ceejay - sounds like you need to schedule out at least one weekend a month to be home and have a quiet weekend to yourself. Always lots to get done around the house anyway so you shouldn't feel guilty.

Sounds like Holly has the travelling bug!


Suzi - nice avatar. You're right - sometimes some new curtains or a few new "focus" decorations can make things look all nice and new.

Madcat - loved the comment about "sleeping with your tech support" :rofl: Even so, I'll bet you're the last to get service - just like living with a hairdresser. :lol:

How are you doing Shad, keeping cool? Isn't it headed into a more temperate autumn for you?

You're all right - stay away too long and it's hard to catch up.

Got my hair done yesterday. She talked me into red again - tho this time she made it lighter to frame my face and put some blonde streaks in. We're prepping it to go all blonde next time because I will not be giving up my swimming pool and the chlorine will just pull the color right out. So the hair is a bit funky for an old lady like me - feel like I should be in a rock band tho I do like it. My scalp does not at the moment but that clears up in 2 or 3 days. All the more reason to just stick with highlights instead of all over color. The neighborhood BBQ last night was nice. They had a good turnout and I think they cooked the pork and the baked beans from scratch. I skipped the bun and the chips and only had one cookie. Thank goodness I missed the brownie tray! :devil:

Tonight we are going to a fancy steakhouse for our "thanks for working so hard" reward dinner. Will skimp on points to make up for this evening's extravaganza - tho it will be meat and veggies.

I have 6 hours to get a day's worth of chores done. Which means I should get off the computer and get productive.

Talk to you all later - enjoy your Sunday.

carla49
04-22-2007, 12:14 PM
Eureka! The conference organizers have organized a hi-speed hook-up just outside the conference room! So I can catch up with you lot between turns in the booth. Not that I want any of the very self-important personages (or my skinny colleagues) here to see I'm looking at '3fc on a diet' in giant letters.

Of course now I'm here I have nothing to say. The weather is still glorious, and I'm hoping we'll end early enough so I can get out for a walk. The hotel is on a golf course, but the course isn't open yet; if I walk the whole thing that should be a good bit of exercise.

Have a lovely Sunday. And Happy, enjoy that steak.... (drooling here!)

Hollyhock
04-22-2007, 01:18 PM
Home from church, picked up DS from a friends, DH is going to visit a friend, Taking DD to see a friend at 1:30, will get groceries after that with DS. In the mean time I will make the kids lunch and then sort and organize the kids books and few toys.

ceejay52
04-22-2007, 03:29 PM
Happy--With the price of gas going up and up again, I'll have that as an excuse for not traveling as much to Paragould. 2 weekends a month should be plenty. I got a lot done this week end plus I did get some rest. My uncle wasn't in the kitchen banging pots and pans at my house.
Don't think I've told them about hematoma. They wouldn't believe me or would nag at me using Skin so Soft from Avon.

Mel--We have a mockingbird that sings at the top of its lungs. It seems from sun up to sun down and later if your up in the middle of the night. I need to buy a plastic box to put away some seasonal items. Remind me when I go shopping next fall that I DO NOT need any more clothes that is unless I loose weight. I'm not forseeing that to happen. Last night was the first night in a month that I went to bed without something else beside me on the bed from either unpacking or packing.

Carla--Glad that they have a faster speed for connection now. I would not mind if I had a larger screen. My sister has one and it was really NICE.

Holly--Hope your daughter is feeling better. Is your son still getting counciling at school?

PainteWoman--Where are you?

Suzi-Would you come and clean my house since your's is already clean.

Madcat--Are you still busy with the programming? We haven't head from you in a while either.

suzi in auz
04-22-2007, 07:26 PM
I am just testing something quickly....hope this link works, it's one of the best ways to start the week
http://www.stservicemovie.com/

Madcat
04-22-2007, 08:13 PM
Suzi~ yep that worked *sniff* made me cry...

MELODY525
04-22-2007, 09:48 PM
GOOD THING SUZI'S WEBSITE DIDN'T WANT TO LOAD. I CRY ENOUGH ALREADY :rofl:

HAPPY JEN AND I WERE THINKING OF A MOCKINGBIRD. I HAVE ALSO SEEN CARDINALS. HE JUST SHUT UP A LITTLE WHILE AGO!!! I WAS GOING TO SEE IF ANY OF THE NEIGHBORS HAD A BB GUN :rofl: ENJOY THE RED & HIGHLIGHTED HAIR!!! GOOD COLOR TO PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP! :running: HOPE THE DINNER WAS LOVELY AS WELL.

:wave: TO MISS MADCAT AND HOLLY!

CARLA~ NOW YOU WON'T BE MISSING OUT ON ALL OUR EXCITING AND CAREFREE LIVES THIS WEEK!n :faint: :rofl: :rofl:

CEEJAY~ THE KIDS AND I WERE JUST DISCUSSING THE GAS PRICES FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS. WITH THE TRAILER FAR ENOUGH FROM HER TO MAKE A BIG GAS BILL THIS SUMMER, THEY MIGHT HAVE TO STAY THERE AND NOT COME HOME AS OFTEN. I WILL REMIND YOU AND MYSELF TOO THAT I HAVE ENOUGH CLOTHES FOR NOW UNLESS I TOO LOSE WEIGHT!!! :dance:

OK OFF TO BED AND SOME TV WATCHING.
HELLO MISS SHAD!!! :wave:

I AM GOING TO THE MALL TOMORROW SO I THOUGHT I WOULD BID YOU ALL ADIEU TONITE. HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!!!

Shad
04-23-2007, 02:04 AM
Afternoon all,
Just had a wonderfully sh*tty day training a series of people on a system that doesn't want to co-operate. We had problems on Friday and it seems that it doesn't yet want to get fixed. At least we did it, unlike Friday.

Not much to report here. Went out for dinner on Friday night - didn't overeat but didn't exactly stay within the confines of the meal plans either.
Saturday, did a yoga tape, then I went shopping and then went to a Craft and Quilting exhibition. Some beautiful quilts in that lot. Evening was spent horizontal on the couch.
Sunday, long walk followed by a swim and then down to a friends place to help them strip out carpet, remove lino and patch up walls. Shades of home.
Naturally enough that was the weekend and now I am back to work. Only 3 weeks to go home time which means about 5 weeks to go US/Canada time.
Holly I am in New Jersey from 7th to 10th June. Catching an Air Canada flight that gets me into Toronto at around 12.50pm - 13.00pm. There are a few things I want to see eventualy in NY, but will confine this trip to the Statue of Liberty which I believe is not that far from Mel's Place (as opposed to Melrose Place)

Nothing else much new here. System is a pain in the butt so I am not even attempting Suzi's tearjerker today. My house is closer than CJ's Suzi, can you come and air it and make it smell nice please.

Happy - hope the hair stays red until I get there. I probably won't recognise you :rofl: and we will be doomed to wandering around the airport wondering where each other has got to! :rofl:

Okay, we are have some more flickers, some more 'not responding' messages so I am out of here. Back tomorrow.

suzi in auz
04-23-2007, 02:09 AM
Awww mel...I wouldn't want to make you :cry: although I was blubbering at 6am this morning when my hubby showed me this. Very inspirational!

I am so excited :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: I have my internet access back! It seems like a century since I was able to just check things online, I have had to be awfully old fashioned and resort to juust the telephone and letters! :o
Actually it has put me back in the mood to do some letter writing which is a good thing.
The kids are almost backa t school, they have been on vacation here in NSW for 2 weeks and there is a teachers only day on today, I still have to work. I am hoping they have done all their homework etc but really it's up to them. With working 3 days a week now I am trying to be available to them but also letting them step up and show come responsibility. i think i realised that they would let me do things until the cows come home.

We had a lovely weekend although it went very quickly. I have been wanting to go down to this lovely place down the coast called Berry. It is filled with quaint little shops and cafes. I managed to convince DH to go with me while the boys stayed at home.
We found a gorgeous candle shop where I couldn't help myself to get a candle or two. I bought one that is in the shape of a beehive and it smells like vanilaa and honey! It's beautiful.
I also bought another one that smelled so lovely and fresh and was aptly called kiwi melon....very nice. I do love the house smelling sweet esp as we come into winter, it makes it feel warm.
The ride home was long but peaceful. I do love these times with DH, they are getting more frequent now.

Ok must post. This has been sitting here for a while
Have lovely days

Suz

carla49
04-23-2007, 09:24 AM
Just a quick drive-by post this morning. I realized late last night (thanks to some comments from the AV tech) that I might be able to pick up the wireless internet from the hotel lobby, which is actually very close to my room. D'oh! as Homer Simpson would say... :dizzy: I wonder how much my adventures in dial-up will have cost me, when all along I had wireless in my room. This morning is a big work time for me - I'll be on about 75% of the time - so I should be getting mentally prepared instead of chatting with you lot...
Diet problems on this end: as often happens at resorts, the meals are included, big buffets at brekkie and lunch, 5-course dinners... I haven't been too bad, but really didn't need the desserts I fell into yesterday. :o Tonight the group has an interesting event - they have a policeman come to their hospitality suite with his breathalyzer to see how quickly they're affected by alcohol. It's fun, especially for those who never drink and drive. (There's a reason I don't drive too often :lol3: ) I think I may go along with a colleague for a max of one glass of wine, just to see. ;) Any more and I'll be a sorry girl tomorrow.
Yikes. Just saw the time. Later!

ceejay52
04-23-2007, 02:01 PM
I've been on he computer way to long here at work. Need to be doing something else.

Watched a couple of shows on TLC last night. One concerned binge eating which I'dseen before and the other was on the world's heaviest man--weighed 1000 pounds. This made me realize that this could be me in the future. He started the ZoneDiet and this diet has changed some and is very similar to the Sonoma diet.

I've completed 10 whole minutes of toning exercise this morning. I'm hoping the doctor will let me start exercising again Thursday.

It's time for lunch.

Shad
04-23-2007, 07:21 PM
Morning all,
Quickie as a class is due to start in 20min's in the prison area. That's what I call this building since one has to have a pass to get in and out and they won't give me one so I have to wait and wait for someone to let both me and my students in and out. Anyone would think they have a nuclear reactor in here or something.

First pupil has arrived. He has his own card. Lucky him. Others are probably waiting and waiting in the hot sun at the gate. I've requested that I have no more training in this area. I absolutely hate being here. The training room is badly set up and ineffective. I'm talking mostly to a screen and half the pupils are behind me. etc. etc. etc. One desk is so close to the screen that the poor participant gets blinded by glare.

Gotta go, the class is about to start and I am getting grumpier.

suzi in auz
04-23-2007, 07:50 PM
Hi all! I have a day to myself this morning and promise to redeem it. I didn't go to the gym this morning ...early but promised hubby I would go later...i must, It's just a mind thing at the moment. I have to go to the area our Gym is in as I am getting new runners for DH, perhaps that will inspire me.

I should really be :bike2: ing today.
The weather outside looks very wintery but doesn't feel it. We have a holiday tomorrow as it's ANZAC day
this link might explain it a little
http://www.rochedalss.qld.edu.au/anzac.htm

ok little girl wants to get to school.
Love to all.
Suz;)

happy2bme
04-23-2007, 09:54 PM
not to take away from the solemn remembrance of Anzac Day (may those brave souls rest in peace)

Shad
04-23-2007, 10:52 PM
Well said Suzi. That's not a bad piece actually. At least it mentions the New Zealanders were there and that some of them actually passed away at Gallipoli and other arenas. Many stories about Anzacs do not over here.

Tomorrow is as Suzi says Anzac day. I shall be attending Dawn Service at 5.40 down on the Strand. It is such a moving ceremony. One day I will get to attend at Gallipoli itself. I really want to do that.
I normally run past Anzac Park here in Tville on my daily run. There is a huge amount of history in that park.

Just finished my first class and now my lunch. Got a few minutes to think about other things. I'm starting to pack my bags for going home. It's a nice thought to know that in just under three weeks I will be heading out again for Brisbane. And then it will only be a couple of weeks before I get on a plane for the US. Look out world - here she comes.

Suzi, I loved Berry when I was there. Also you might find a place called Kangaroo Valley interesting as well. Similar type of shops and goods. Kangaroo Valley is not far from Berry (as the crow flies) and if you take the loop road on the way back you can go through some interesting countryside and the is the Fitzroy falls and another National Park (name escapes me but it starts with M and is not that far from Wollongong) Nice day trip. The wine shop in Berry also stocks a heap of NZ wines and spirits. Nice bloke too!

Ceejay, there is always benefit is seeing these tremendously obese people on a show.
1. You are just so glad it is not you that your motivation returns.
2. You exercise like a demon just so it does not get to be you.

Carla - I am wounded. Chatting with us is far more beneficial than getting ready to translate for some dreary diplomat or business exec.

I've now put my itinerary together and have only to organise the last of the accommodation. I think the Calgary one is already organised with the train trip but I better remember to ask S at the Travel agency since I can't quite work it out from the brochure. It may be because I am doing it back to front I get a night at the Vancouver hotel and not Calgary. I need to get that straightened out. Don't know if they have bridges (for sleeping under) at Calgary.

Apart from that, not much else is happening. I'm having a farewell dinner at my place tomorrow night for those finishing this project on Friday. There will be no one much left to farewell the 3 of us left in two weeks time. We might as well annoy the neighbours - since they annoy me fairly regularly. We have a new tenant in the flat below who has a laugh like a braying donkey. Unfortunately he laughs often. It drives me crazy and off the balcony where I was reading and into the house itself. Nuts.

Anyway - have fun everyone. I'm off to teach another training class in prison.

happy2bme
04-23-2007, 11:47 PM
Geez, took me forever to get this posted - I see I missed Shad...

However we do have a happy occasion to celebrate on the 25th!


:celebrate: :bday2you: :celebrate: secret spacers http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/birthdaySmilie.gif

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/HappyBirthdayShad-1.jpg


Wishing you a wonderful day - no teaching assignments, no obnoxious training facilities and may everyone who sees you slip you a fiver ;)

A very happy birthday to you Shad... tried to get it in on YOUR actual birthday - not on April 25th here across the pond.

suzi in auz
04-24-2007, 01:52 AM
Oh Shad, I didn't know. Wishing you many happy returns for your special day!
:bday2you: :bday2you: :bday2you: :bday2you:

I hope it is a truly happy one. What you have planned sounds so nice.

I was really impressed with Berry and yes the guy at the wine shop was a hoot. I am hoping to visit more places south, it really is just so lovely. The country side reminded me very much of the Middle of the North Island. Not quite as green but almost!

I have had a silly day...am looking forward to a day off.
Need to do ironing and such so it willb e good to get into it.
I have become less and less organised. I seem to enjoy shopping daily for dinner and when we have a holiday like tomorrow it throws me! I don't have a clue what to cook.
Oh well, I am sure I will get some inspiration somewhere.

Redeem your days better than me!

carla49
04-24-2007, 02:32 AM
What??? Shady Shaddy the Bull is turning 39 again???
Here's hoping it'll be spent far, far away from the prison classroom, with a nice glass (or two) of red and a scrumptious dinner cooked by someone else.

In honour of this Joy-ful event, have skipped the breathalyzer game and gone to bed for a 'fun' night of hotel insomnia. But will celebrate tomorrow (along with a colleague's belated birthday celebration) by consuming a glass or two of bubbly along with a plate of what I hope will be healthy nibblies.

Have a happy one!
:bday2you: :celebrate: :celebrate: :bday2you:


:bday2: :woo: :bday2:

carla49
04-24-2007, 02:40 AM
Nice graphic, Happy!

Shad
04-24-2007, 03:48 AM
Aaaah, thank you Chickolettes. I will print out this page and put it in pride of place in my house tomorrow.

You rock

happy2bme
04-24-2007, 10:03 AM
Morning Chicks -

By my calculations - even though I'm just starting my day - it looks like it's 3 minutes to midnight in Shad-land so it's still

Happy Birthday Shad time :hat: :celebrate: :hb: Made you a nice strawberry shortcake with fresh juicy berries, and light spongecake and whipped topping. Tastes decadent without all the fat and calories. :T

happy2bme
04-24-2007, 10:20 AM
And so on with the day...

Talking about prisons Shad, I am coordinating a disaster recovery exercise today. Since we will be sequestered "in the bunker" it's almost like prison - tho I have an access card that opens the door and lets me in and out. I can't believe they have you locked in a building like that. Stupid. Hope you enjoyed your birthday. I can't believe you will be here before we know it too. Seems like so long in planning and then whooosh. Won't say you'll be here and gone already but it won't be long. I'm sure you'll recognize me - or DH for sure. I am bigger than last time - never did knock off that post quit smoking weight.

Enjoy your holiday Suzi.

Thanks Carla. Sounds like you things aren't going too badly at the conference you are at. But beware of the food tables. I'm not sure I could do what you do just for the food alone. Is it always tempting or is it a matter of willpower and when it's around all the time it loses it's appeal?

I find that occasionly a stray meal out puts me off track and I easily drift away. Also have to remind myself that when I'm having a bad day - punishing myself with food (because after all when we reach for stuff out of anger or boredom - isn't that punishing ourselves instead of dealing with the situation? - doesn't really help things, does it?

I have to stop this yo-yo gain and lose the same 5 pounds over and over.

Mel - hope you had a good trip at the mall. Sounds like you are going to have more than a houseful of company too. Set them up in tents in the courtyard - just like the Apprentice TV show :rofl:

:wave: To Ceejay and Holly

Well they were a bit late on the disaster drill last night so it's a later start today. Just hope it won't translate into a late night. Best go find something to wear with lots of pockets - portable "desk" :lol:

Later chicks...

Meadow
04-24-2007, 02:14 PM
and Shad is a year older!! :D :hug:

Have a glorious year! Full of excitement and good company ;)

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Everybody dance now!

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carla49
04-24-2007, 02:51 PM
Hey, Happy. I'm beginning to think that you're right about the food problem my work presents. And no matter how often I'm around the goodies, they don't lose their charm. (Sad to say, today's lunch was another case in point. In fact, as I write this, I'm distracted by thoughts about whether the desserts are still available in the dining room, why I really need to to go get some more, just how yummy they were... :drool: ) So maybe the food temptation is another reason to start gearing down even more. I've already been re-thinking all the travel I do, which wears me out and I don't really enjoy that much, and maybe I'll try to just keep one or two things away each year that I really like. I tend to get blinded by all the travel award points I accumulate... Of course it's all a matter of how much I really need to live on if I retire, and of course how long I'm going to live so the retirement savings last. (Actually, my mind is 80% made up, but as a Libra I always need several years to make a final decision and implement it.)

Meadow, loved the graphics, especially the birthday frog, which I've already swiped for future reference!

Today is a half day (already finished) at my conference, and I'm torn between a long nap and a quick trip into the nearby town for extra skim milk and mini-carrot supplies. Just two more full days and a very short morning stint left and then I can go back home to the furbabies. Hurray! And I think once I'm home it'll be time for another two week fat flush - need to detox from all the desserts and general excess. There's another 12 lbs to budge before meeting up with Shad on June 25. Doable, but if it were that easy I'd already be thin and would never have heard of 3fc...

Mel must have decided to overnight at the mall - maybe there were just too many stores and too little time... I did miss the post about the invasion of obnoxious Canadian relatives. If I were Mel I'd get while the getting was good, eh. You certainly don't want a bunch of Canucks aboot the hoose... They'll be expecting you to provide lashings of poutine, maple syrup, and two-fours of Molson Ex (or "barley sandwiches" as we call them) all the time... :rofl:

carla49
04-24-2007, 02:59 PM
Okay, I lied. After this week it'll be more like 14 - or even 15 - lbs before Shad arrives. Yikes! That's a stone for this obese ontarian! Or puffy poster? Fat fifty-something? (I think I may have watched too much "you Are What you Eat" before it disappeared from my local channels.)

Enough babbling. Must be the sugar rush. :lol3:

MELODY525
04-24-2007, 03:49 PM
THIS WEATHER IS KILLING ME. ALL THIS LOVELY SUN AND FRESH AIR AND THE BLOOMING TREES!! :rofl: I HAVE A MONUMENTAL HEADACHE BUT I AM HAPPY SO SOMETHING IS GOING WELL....:dance: :bubbles:
THE MALL TURNED OUT TO BE WALMARTS AND I NEEDED A FIRE EXTINGUISHER FOR MY CREDIT CARD WHEN I CHECKED OUT. :faint: BUT WE HAVE ENOUGH MEDS AND NECESSARY ITEMS TILL THE FALL. IT WILL TAKE ME THAT LONG TO PAY FOR THEM :lol3: ONE OF JEN'S MEDS ALONE WAS $100 AND ONE OF MINE THE SAME. BUT I GOT 42 PILLS FOR HER IN WALMARTS WHERE WE ONLY GET 24 OF THEM HERE. BIG SAVINGS. SO I STOCKED UP AND GOT THE SEASONAL MEDS TOO. MUCH CHEAPER.
I DID BUY 4 BLOUSES LIKE CAMPSHIRTS BECAUSE I CAM MOVE MORE FREELY IN THEM. I'VE BEEN FINDING SOME CLOTHES TOO RESTRICTIVE AND THEY'RE TIRING MY ARMS AND SHOULDERS TOO MUCH. EVERYTHING THAT FITS WELL IS KEEPING ME FROM BEING "FREE" IN MOVEMENT SO I AM A HAPPY CAMPER NOW. WORE ONE FOOD SHOPPING TODAY AND I COULD REACH AND STRETCH WITH NO RESISTANCE. FELT VERY GOOD AND MY NECK HURT MUCH LESS THAN NORMAL. GLAD I REALIZED WHILE CLEARING THE CLOSETS THAT THIS WAS THE PROBLEM. SOME ARE SAYING THE SHIRTS AND PANTS I WEAR ARE TOO BIG AND MAKING ME LOOK FATTER BUT WTF!!! I CAN'T MOVE ANYMORE IN TIGHTER STUFF :tantrum: SOMETIMES I WISH THEY COULD "WALK" A MILE IN MY SHOES....:moped:
A LOT OF POLITICAL BS IS GOING ON HERE. I AM STAYING OUT OF IT AND DID NOT RAISE MY HAND WHEN THEY LOOKED FOR VOLUNTEERS. IF OJ SIMPSON'S LAWYERS CAN PLAY THE RACE CARD THEN I CAN PLAY THE DISABILITY CARD :rofl: :rofl:

CARLA I AM IMPRESSED WITH THE PLAN YOU ARE ON AND YOUR RESULTS!! SHAD WILL BE JOY-FUL WHEN SHE SEES THE NEW CARLA!!! :belly:

HAPPY I HOPE YOU NEVER LOSE YOUR "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE" CARD!!! :lol3: WHEN YOU ARE DONE WITH IT WE CAN SEND IT TO SHADDIE!!! GREAT BIRTHDAY PIC!!!

SHAD MAYBE WE CAN GET A COPY OF HAPPY'S CARD OUT TO YOU!! IS YOUR BIRTHDAY NOT ON THE 25TH??? AM I GETTING EVERYTHING ALL WRONG AGAIN???? :faint:
HUGS ANYWAY SIS!!! :love: :hug:

MEADOW I LOVED THE GRAPHICS TOO!! THE CAT WAS TOO FUNNY!! I AM CRACKING UP. IT LOOKS LIKE THE LITTLE KITTY IS TRYING TO GET OUT OF MY MONITOR!!!

OK KIDS....GOTTA GO. I AM ALL TUCKERED OUT AND NEED TO TAKE A SHOWER. JEN AND I SLEPT WITH THE A/C ON LAST NIGHT!! BUT THE WIND TODAY IS GORGEOUS SO IT'S OFF AGAIN.
HAPPY TUESDAY TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT! :moped:

ceejay52
04-24-2007, 05:45 PM
:bday2you: for Shad and Happy

carla49
04-24-2007, 05:49 PM
Mel, I'm ashamed to say that I don't deserve any praise for my diet behaviour right now. I'm being a very, very bad girl with the buffets, and the 14/15 lbs is what I need to lose by end June, not what's gone. And of course I have to celebrate Shad's bday tonight, and now I find out I have to start all over again for Happy on Friday!! Don't worry, Happy, I'll bite the bullet and choke down some cake and "grape juice" in your honour...
Mel, I think you're very smart to choose clothes that are comfy. As we get older and lumpier, we all feel less comfy in tight things, and I can only imagine how much worse it is when you have additional obstacles to overcome. Maybe if we go to Hawaii in Hoctober or Haugust we can get you fixed up with some muumuus. :lol: When it's really hot in summer I often wear nothing but sarongs or giant short-sleeved cotton shirts (panties with the shirts, of course) around the house, and I'm quite partial to intern's scrubs as well. Neither of which would work very well in a chair; they're just my version of your campshirts, whatever they are... Clever of you to stock up on meds where they're cheaper. I also dropped in at a WalMart here in the wilds of Quebec today, picked up some cheaper kitty litter and Litter Locker refills. (Like a diaper genie, but for cat litter. I have a gadget fetish... No wonder I can't afford to retire - too many silly wasteful spending habits to support. :lol3: )

Hollyhock
04-24-2007, 05:55 PM
Happy Birthday Shad....wishing You A Glorious Day!!!!!!

Madcat
04-24-2007, 06:46 PM
Ack!! I didn't miss it, did I????

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My buddy, Shad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I'll be back later to post and comment.

No really.

I will. :lol:

MELODY525
04-25-2007, 09:27 AM
FIRST OFF MRS MADCAT....I DON'T SEE YOU BACK!! :rofl: :rofl: NO REALLY I DON'T :lol3: :lol3:
LOVED THE LITTLE CLOWN AND "CAT". VERY CUTE!

CEEJAY~ HELLO MISS! I LIKE YOUR NEW GOAL!! 34 SOUNDS GOOD TO ME SITTING HERE WITH SOMETHING IN THE 40'S :faint: GOOD LUCK!! HOPE ALL THE TORNADOES MISSED YOU AND PAINTER WOMAN!! EVERY 5 MINUTES I KEPT GOING BACK TO THE WEATHER CHANNEL TO SEE WHERE ALL OF THEM WERE LANDING. UNREAL! STAY SAFE! :hug:

CARLA~ I SEE THE ERROR OF MY WAYS WHEN I READ YOUR POST....SHAMEFUL TO ADMIT MYSELF THAT I WAS SKIMMING AND SAID "WOW SHE LOST 14-15 LBS!!!"
:rofl: :rofl: I THOUGHT YOU HAD A SECRET DIET AND WAS GOING TO TELL YOU TO MAIL IT TO ME ASAP!!!
THEY USED TO BE JUST A SHORT SLEEVED, KAKAI COLOR(SP) SHIRT THAT HAD POCKETS IN THE FRONT. LIKE SAFARI CLOTHES. I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO HAWAII IN HAUGUST.LOVELY TIME OF THE YEAR FOR BALMY BREEZES BEFORE THE NEXT FROST! :beach: I CAN GET MANY SHIRTS LIKE THE ABOVE THERE! :dance:
I USUALLY BUY PANTS IN A 2X AND PULL THEM UP OVER MY BOOBS LIKE THE OLD ROMPERS THAT WERE 1 PIECE TUBE-LIKE TOP AND SHORTS. NOT SURE IF THEY HAD THEM UP BY YOU. I WORE MEN'S T-SHIRTS SANS THE UNDIES! :dance: I LIKE TO BE FREE. :rofl: :rofl: TMI???
I AM BEGINNING ALL OF US WORLDLY CHICKS WERE SEPARATED AT BIRETH!!! :broccoli:

AS FOR LAST NIGHT.....AFTER WATCHING PRISON RIOTS, TORNADOES AND 2 GHOST SHIPS BEING FOUND OFF THE AUSTRALIAN COAST I HAD NIGHTMARES LAST NIGHT. THE FIRST BOAT THEY FOUND WAS OFF THE COAST BY TOWNSVILLE. SO OUR SHADDIE BETTER STAY OFF ANY BOATS THERE!! :tantrum: WE CANNOT HAVE HER AM0NGST THE MISSING BEFORE SHE SETS FOOT ON THE YANKEE SHORELINE!!! I HAVE FORBIDDEN MYSELF TO WATCH THE CABLE NEWS CHANNELS IN FUTURE. WAY TOO DEPRESSING.
AFTER 2 DAYS OF SHOPPING AND CART PUSHING MY ARMS ARE WEARY SO I AM HAVING A DAY "OFF". FELT GOOD JUST TO SAY THAT!! :queen:
YOU WILL BE HAPPY TO HEAR THAT I TOLD ONE ACCOUNTANT THAT IF HE CONTINUES TO MAKE PLANS FOR THE WEEKENDS AND DOESN'T SHOW UOP THERE WILL BE NO MORE SATURDAYS BECAUSE IT
'S NOT FAIR TO ME. HE SPOKE TO ONE OF HIS MEN IN FRONT OF ME AND ALL IS NOW SETTLED. MY WEEKENDS ARE SOMETIMES A SCHEDULED AFFAIR. IF I WANT TO GO TO THE MALL I NEED TO TAKE DULCOLAX OVER THE WEEKEND. I CANNOT BE PLAYING GAMES WITH THE ACCOUNTANTS AND TAKING "CHANCES" WITH MY "PLUMBING". ALL TOGETHER THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD 2 WEEKS. EVERYONE IS FINALLY REALIZING THE FREE RIDE IS OVER WITH AND MEL MEANS BUSINESS. SOME OF THEM ARE EVEN QUOTING ME ABOUT MY PHYSICAL HEALTH AND THE WORD IS GETTING OUT. I DO HAVE TO SAY THAT IT STINGS MY PRIDE TO ADMIT I AM NOT WONDERWOMAN! :rofl: BUT THEY SAY PRIDE GOETH BEFORE THE FALL AND I DON'T WANT TO BE FALLING OUT OF ANYTHING!! :moped:
SO LET'S HAVE A WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY HUMP DAY!! MAYBE ONE OF US WILL GET LUCK AND GET TO HUMPING BEFORE DAYS END!! :belly:

MELODY525
04-25-2007, 09:28 AM
:wave: HELLO MISSHAPPY SOONTOBEBIRTHDAYGIRL:balloons:

ceejay52
04-25-2007, 11:31 AM
Just a fly by--More rain is on the radar screen which has me montoring the plant more closely.

The gyn office called me yesterday. The bone density test results showed that I have the beginning of osteoporosis. I've vowed no more soft drinks and more weight bearing exercise. No more excuses for not going to the gym.The gyn said I had my choice of Actonel or Boniva. I chose Actonel, simply because I might forget taking the Boniva once per month.

Mel--You are an early bird. I like those shirts.

More later.

Shad
04-25-2007, 10:51 PM
Puff, Puff, morning all,

I'm puffing because it is only just morning and I have just finished a training class where I felt I was shoving it uphill for the full 2 hours. And yes I am locked into prison again. I'll get out of here around 2.30pm this afternoon. They have taken me and the other non-residential trainer out of the prison from next week on. Pity it is only 2 weeks to the end of the contract hey? Maybe my moaning about being stuck either in or out has had some bearing or maybe the guys down the back are tired of this nasty woman coming down on them to get the 'get out of jail free' card. Let's not go into the reason why we could not have our own!

Thank you for the wonderful birthday wishes and graphics. Meadow has as usual outdone herself. I did have a nice day yesterday. Got up early and went to dawn parade (and ended up on TV last night) - there was a great turn out there. You've got to give it to the Toonswegians - they love a good ceremony and they arrive all decked out for whatever it is that they are going to do next. E.g they bring the boat, caravan, trailer, rubbish and then try to park the (usually large) vehicle plus tow in a spot reserved for a smaller item. Then at the end of the service, they all want to get out to their specified playground and they want it now. Instant gridlock all up and down the street. Gotta love them.
All morning the phone rang hot with friends and family. Nice of them to remember and as usual the two boys rang at more or less the same time. Don't know if they have esp those two, but it happens on high days and holy days - and when they have had a disagreement! :rofl: :rofl: Didn't hear from the ex so maybe the message is getting through.

Carla - tsk, tsk. 'A kiwi got my dingo' !!!!! :yikes: :eek: :faint: and also :yikes: :eek: :faint: on the buffet table. One reason why I don't like buffet or smorgasbord. I have no control. So you want 10-15lb off by June 25th - I want 6 off by May 23rd. May we both succeed.
As for the retirement plan - I have to work until I am 70 and be dead by 74. It's the only way the money will hold out!!!

Happy - hope the disaster recovery is in recovery and you have everything sorted now. Not a bad idea to get these things in place before the real thing comes along.

Meadow - good to hear from you again. Got my train trip all sorted the other day. Will be in Kamloops overnight. Maybe we can't get to visit, but maybe we could talk on the phone?? or maybe not. No offence taken.

Mel - thank you for the birthday wishes. Nice graphics. Wish I could write so neatly and so quickly.
Look forward to seeing the shirts on in about 4 or 5 weeks time! Glad to hear you are not volunteering for anything. I agree about putting people in our shoes or positions. They can never know what it is like until they have been there themselves.

Madcat - is that a tiger cub, lion cub or a cute kitty kat? Whichever, kindly tell it that it is not good to eat the flowers too often! And chocolate is on the no-no list - all those bromides. And are your really coming back to relate the doings of the MAD household? Time will tell. Really it will.

Morning Ceejay.
Sorry to hear about the beginnings of osteo. There are many things that can be done to keep that away now. So ensure lots of good calcium stuff and exercise. It's the only way to keep bones straight and true.

Right - I did a new exercise dvd this morning. It's called Jillian Michaels (of Biggest Loser fame) Front. It deals with all the muscles of the front of the body - quads, biceps, abs etc. and it is tough although not really very long (thank heavens). The annoying part about many of these dvds and videos is the requirement to have equipment at home. I just had to invent a way of doing the things that required the step this morning. Some of the ways were very inventive, I can tell you. And brother was I sweating when I finished, but at least I finished. I'll let you know tomorrow whether or not the legs and arms like the exercise! It is extremely hard to get up and going in the mornings now. I just want to stay in bed for 10 more minutes etc. But I force myself and I am very glad when I get to the end. At least (and at last) it is done. There is no way, I could do the self talk in the afternoon.
I have to admit that my breathing is better now. I can see that in the pool. I don't have to gasp for breathe at each end of the pool. So something is happening. My scale (which I don't always believe) tells me that my computer age is 50 and not 58 like my chronological age is. That's dropped one point (year) over the past 6 months or so. Don't ask me how it works it out. Dr John Tickle - an Aussie sports specialist doctor explained the process on one of those programs (think it was "what's good for you"). It would be interesting to find whether or not the scale is accurate as well, but I don't think I can afford him!

Anyway, better go sort out what the journals (and LindaT and Ruthxxx) are upto these days. Tomorrow is our Happy's birthday. I'll be back for that - specially since she won't get a card until 1st June.

See ya

Madcat
04-25-2007, 11:06 PM
Nope, I didn’t make it back last night. Let’s just say some good companionship and a glass of wine or two was involved *hangs head in shame*;) :

Not much happening here in the land of the Urban North. The weather has been lovely and walking home has been a pleasure. It feels nice to be able to move freely again. I love Spring. Anyway, since I am now officially inarticulate and without anything useful to say, we can move on to comments.! :lol:

Ceejay~ Good luck on the new regime. At least you found out about the bone density before it went too far. Weight lifting has been shown to really help with osteoporosis. Go for it.

Mel~ Cute shirts!! Frankly I lounge around in a pair of ripped up madras plaid shorts and a T-shirt I got in Mexico that has Mayan numbers on it. Not pretty, but very comfy. Of course, I make DH answer the door when ever anyone knocks. We could go “au naturale”, but then we’d get chilly ;) I hear you on the need to not listen to the news. It’s hard to balance off piece of mind with the need to know what is happening in the world. A holiday from the news is a perfectly normal response. :hug: Don’t ever feel bad about insisting that you get the treatment you need to have. It’s not a sign of weakness to live your life within reasonable limits.

Carla~ I didn’t realize that you did live translation! That is so cool. I'm impressed by anyone who can funtion on their toes in two languages. You know, 12 lbs in 2 months could be done… but even being a bit lighter would be a good thing, wouldn’t it? Don’t get bogged down in the number - that way lies madness and stress. Wow, and I thought I was the only one out there who had to deliberate every decision until every single option is exhausted. Didn’t realize it was a Libra trait. Or maybe I did. I better go research some more. Is the love of spreadsheets also a Libra trait?

Howdy Meadow~ Come and play on the next rainy day.

Happy~ Here’s to cutting the string on that darn weight yo-yo. Do you find WW is helping this time? I had forgotten how comforting it is to have that counter in my head to remind me of the cost of food items. Hope your Disaster recovery exercise goes well.

Shad~ How were the dawn services? It sounds like a very lovely idea. It must be good to know that your days as the “prisoner” (You are NOT a number) can be counted on the fingers of three hands. Those last few weeks to freedom are sometimes the hardest. You sound well and truly tired of the entire situation – coworkers and stupid working conditions and guffawing co tenants to boot. Soon you will be flying free. And did you have a nice B-Day?

Suzi~ Get yourself to that gym there, woman!:drill:

Ok, I better get out of here. On a good note, the new job offer came through today just in time since the current madhouse was making noises as if they wanted to renew me :yikes: . It’s hard to turn down work.

happy2bme
04-26-2007, 09:58 AM
Good morning chicks :coffee:

Shad - so it would be appropriate to exchange cards on June 1? I'll drink to that :cheers: Got a good giggle of your description of the parade. Can even get a good visual in my head. :lol: Glad your days are numbered in the prison yard and that you had a good birthday.

Madcat - it's nice to hear that you have another offer (and steady work) coming up. Makes me think that perhaps it's not so bad to take the plunge and work on your own after all. I do find that WW tracking helps - but if I fall off the wagon or drift away - the lost pounds quickly find their way home again. :( So I resolve to track - even if I've gone over my points for the day. Keeps me honest.

I've been noticing more people who have had gastric bypass and have gained a fair portion of the weight back. I truly think they have to come up with something besides liposuction to get the fat cells out of you once and for all. Those little buggers lie in wait just begging to get plumped up again. Such a struggle to loose, so easy to gain it back it seems.

Mel - the shirts are really cute. I know what you mean about the restrictive clothes tiring you out - it's like there's a rope pulling your arms back. Never a good thing to fight your clothes. Glad you fournd something comfy. That loose, lightweight crinkly cloth is nice too. Some of the camp shirts seem to wrinkly so easily. Wear them for 5 minutes and it looked like you wrestled the shirt off someone lying in the road.

Ceejay - sorry to hear about the diagnosis. As they say - good they caught it early - lots of things you can do to stave off the problem including I believe eating leafy green stuff and calcium natural foods. Weight bearing exercise is the best tho.

Carla - no need to choke down cake on my birthday. Feel free to gobble up some Jello cubes :lol: I too have little control at the buffet table. I was watching The View the other day and they had the other doctor on who co-wrote the You on a Diet book (not Dr. Oz). He was saying to eat 6 whole walnuts or 12 walnut halves or I think 20 almonds 30 minutes before eating your regular meal which will help you to eat less as it is good for signalling satisfaction to the brain.

I need something that says Coca Cola takes icky. Of course if I drank Diet Coke I'd say just that :rofl: But then I'd have a horrid stomach ache too. :( I have drifted back to drinking soda again and the scale shows it. Bad Happy! :nono:

Always a chance to start over tho, isn't there? Will go warm up my oatmeal and start the day properly.

Hellos to the rest of the chicks - sorry I could not finish commenting to the rest of you but I have to get a move on here. Have a good day...

ceejay52
04-26-2007, 07:43 PM
I didn't know this until recently, the phosporus in the soft drinks is what makes for bone loss. I always thought it was the caffiene. I have not had a soft drink in three days. Even today when I went to Jonesboro, I bought water to drink on the way back.

Went to the dr's office to pick up the 2 tablets of Actonel. I have to take this on an empty stomach. Guess I'm going to have to do some juggling of the thyroid med and take it before lunch. Also had to make a visit to my regular doctor. The hematoma is doing good according to the doctor and is just going to take time. I like instant healing. Also had an ear ache due to allergies. Ended up with 4 prescriptions.

When I got home I called the dentist to make an appointment. My gums have started to swell on the same side as my ear ache. Don't know if I have an abcessed tooth or if this is just coincidental. I'll probably get 20 lashes at the dentist office. It's been a long while since my last visit. He knows I have a phobia of dentist.

Exercised this morning for 20 minutes on the bike and will be going to the gym shortly.

I'll be back later to comment.

Shad
04-26-2007, 07:57 PM
Morning all,
Last day in the office in town. Majority of the project people have gone or will be gone by Monday and only the training section will be left and we will be out on plant. Not in the prison anymore as more than one of us has refused to train in there from now on. Not really much of a stand since we have only two weeks left.

Had a job offer to go back to Groote Eylandt today - for 5 days! - not much of a job and considering that it will take two days to get there. One other thing which will make me turn it down is that I get back from the States on 1.July and they want me up there on 3rd of July. I have an interview for a job in Perth today and if they decide yes, then they want me in Perth on 9th July. Can't be done! It is good to be in demand, but this is ridiculous.

Better go sort out what is what in this neck of the woods. I'll be back, time and system permitting.

MELODY525
04-26-2007, 08:02 PM
I WILL HAVE TO CATCH UP OVER THE WEEKEND. LAUNDRY, FOOD SHOPPING, FRESH AIR AND OFFICE WORK HAVE BEEN KEEPING ME BUSY. LOVE TO ALL AND STAY WELL!! HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY TOMORROW. :moped:

ceejay52
04-26-2007, 10:45 PM
Happy--Birthday greetings. Enjoy your day.

Meadow
04-26-2007, 11:10 PM
Happy

Happy Birthday to you and many more....:D :celebrate: I trust the sun is shining on your special day and all of the south has toasted you with a mint julep and a huge smile ;):encore: Have a super terrific extra splendid day:carrot:

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Now we dance!

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Shad
04-27-2007, 12:11 AM
Happy - Happy birthday, I'm sending you cyber diamonds.

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for your birthday.

May your day be memorable as the diamonds are.

System is on it's way down so can't stop and gossip.
Catch you all Monday if not before.

happy2bme
04-27-2007, 09:58 AM
Good morning chicks,

Thanks for the well wishes. Loved all the graphics. Made for such a pretty morning :D I still can't believe I got this old. This fast. But oh well, can't do anything about it except make it your best, right?

Thanks for the diamonds Shad - interesting colors. That's great that you can negotiate a job so far in advance. Even better to go on holiday and come back knowing that you have a job ahead of you. Hope everything works out in your favor :crossed:

Meadow - think I'll be trading the mint julep for a nice tall glass of ice water with lemon. Over here sweet tea is the preferred drink. Must go a bit east and south to get into the deep south - land of plantations, southern belles and mint juleps.

Ceejay - guess you presented another good reason to give up the Coca Cola habit - messing with the bones. I will keep that in mind when I want to reach for a soda. As for the dentist - I say try one who has the nitrous oxide laughing gas. I can tell you that I was a real "white knuckle flyer" this time around with this new dentist. More than ever I was anticipating pain and that made me very nervous. After 2 sessions with him, the confidence is there that he is very very careful. Still don't like going to the dentist but it's getting better.

One more day of work and the weekend is here! :trampo: So let's get the day started and rolling along. Have a good one everybody.

ceejay52
04-27-2007, 11:20 AM
Not much going on except it's a cold morning.

The pay check arrived this morning at 7.20 a.m. so now I need to pay bills.

I did go to the gym yesterday and completed 27 minutes.

My bil in Missouri called last night to tell me that my sister has broken her left arm between the elbow and shoulder, the humerous bone. She will be out of commission for at least 6 to 8 weeks. It was a clean break so there was no surgery is required. The doctors had taken xrays when she got back home
and told them that the bone had realligned itself. They were camping.

I'll be in Paragould this week end.

MELODY525
04-27-2007, 03:36 PM
:balloons: HAPPY~ I HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY IS PROGRESSING NICELY!! AND I HOPE YOU CELEBRATE OVER THE WEEKEND!! :hug:

SHAD~ HOW GOES THE OTHER BD GIRL? BUSY WEEKEND FOR YOU?? HOPE TO SEE YOU BY MONDAY!! :rofl: STAY WELL AND GET SOME "ME" TIME TOO :hug: EVERYTHING MUST BE WINDING DOWN...HOPE IT GOES SMOOTHLY NOW TO THE END!

CARLA~IN ORDER TO CELEBRATE ON THE 1ST OF JUNE YOU MUST FLY DOWN TO HAPPY'S ABODE AND THEN YOU GET TO HAVE ONE OF HER LITTLE UMBRELLA DRINKS AND WATCH THE FROGS JUMPING IN AND OUT OF HER POOL!! :lol3:

CEEJAY~ HOPE YOU AND THE SIL FEEL BETTER SOON. DON'T YOU JUST HATE SINUS ISSUES!! :tantrum: HAVE A GREAT PARAGOULD WEEKEND AND GOOD FOR YOU AND THE WATER. I GAVE UP SODA LONG AGO FOR THE SAME REASON. BUT I WILL ADMIT TO THE OCCASSIONAL CAN:faint:

MADCAT~ TAKES ME FOREVER TO LEARN SOMETHING :rofl: I WILL TRY AND BE BETTER TO MYSELF. I BET YOU ARE RELIEVED ABOUT THE NEW JOB OFFER!! CONGRATULATIONS! :cheers: NOW YOU CAN AT LEAST KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING!!!! :lol3: GOOD LUCK!

WORK IS OVER EARLY. TGIF!!! :cheer: THE BOARD MEETING WAS LAST NIGHT AND AGAIN NOTHING HAS BEEN RESOLVED ABOUT MY RENT ISSUE. :faint: SO LONG AS THEY DON'T RAISE IT I AM HAPPY! THEY'VE ONLY HAD OVER 4 MONTHS TO RESOLVE IT!!! :lol3:
:rain:RAIN AND MORE RAIN. NO SHOPPING THIS MORNING. I WOULD HAVE BEEN DRENCHED. SEEMS MOTHER NATURE IS REALLY TRYING TO HELP ME SAVE MONEY! TURNED THE HEAT BACK ON TOO. WE WERE BOTH FREEZING AND I DON'T HAVE ANY FEATHERS TO KEEP ME WARM :rofl: IT'S BEEN A VERY "STRANGE" WEEK IN THE OFFICE AREA. EVERYTHING SEEMS OUT OF SEQUENCE. I DON'T LIKE THAT MCUH AT ALL! LOL SO I AM GLAD THIS ONE IS OVER WITH.
I THINK MAYBE AN EARLY SHOWER, PROTEIN SHAKE AND PROP MY FEET UP.....SOUNDS GOOD TO ME :beach:

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND EVERYONE AND LET THE CELEBRATING BEGIN IN FULL EARNEST! :cheers:

Madcat
04-27-2007, 10:38 PM
Just wanted to scoot by to ensure I wished Happy ~

A Happy Birthday:

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And

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have a great one!!!

I'll trip back later.

carla49
04-27-2007, 11:07 PM
Happy :hb:, Happy!
I decided to celebrate the event last night :woo: :woo: with too much cake and vino on Aus time ;) , and apart from a short stint of work this morning and the long drive home, have spent the day feeling just a tich fragile :stars: :headache: :faint: :tired: ... Which is why I'm a little late getting in here with my :balloons:.

Got home to find my house guests/cat sitters had seriously overfed the cats - enough that I could actually see the difference in their size. Why do people never follow feeding instructions, no matter how specific? :?: :?: :?: Anyway, all three of us will be on a diet as of tomorrow morning. I decided to delay my weigh-in until the morning, but it won't be pretty. The house was also a bit of a mess. Don't know about anyone else, but when I stay with other people I always clean up before I leave, and try to put things back where I found them. Grrr.

Shad, I wondered who'd be the first to notice my kiwi comment... :D

I do hope to be less grumpy tomorrow. The healing powers of a good night's sleep in one's own bed...

MELODY525
04-28-2007, 09:25 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS! :wave:
SENDING EVERYONE AN EARLY MORNING SATURDAY HUG!! OR IN SHAD AND SUZI'S CASE A SUNDAY HUG!:hug:
WE ALREADY HAD 2 ALARMS GO OFF. ONE FOR SMOKE AND THE OTHER FOR THE OFFICE. GETS THE BLOOD PUMPING THOUGH! :cb: I AM OFF TO A GREAT START. MY TURKEY CHILI IS ALREADY IN THE SLOW COOKER. NEXT IS RICE, HARDBOILED EGGS AND OATMEAL FOR THE WEEK. THEN VEGGIES IN THE STEAMER. AFTER THAT MAYBE A SHORT RIDE AND GENERAL HOUSE CLEANING. I AM STORING SOME OF JEN'S BOXES SO SHE CAN TRY TO GET A GRIP ON HER "CLUTTER".
THIS WAY SHE HAS SOME ROOM TO MANEUVER. MAYBE SHE'LL ACTUALLY GET TO DO THE FLYLADY THING. SO SHE IS BUSY WASHING CLOTHES AND BOXING THEM. NOTHING "SMOKEY" IS ALLOWED IN MY HOUSE :rofl:
OFF TO THE KITCHEN. I DON'T WANT TO LOSE THIS MOMENTUM AND I WILL IF I JUST SIT HERE.

:wave: MADCAT
:welcome: HOME CARLA! MAYBE YOU BETTER INCLUDE ME IN YOUR DIET PLANS. I OVERFED MYSELF THIS WEEK TOO! :faint:

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE! :moped:

happy2bme
04-28-2007, 11:37 AM
Morning peeps,

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I had a great day. Got some lovely flowers from friends and a book from another friend that really touched my soul. It was a great day. Nice dinner with DH to look forward to tonight.

Just popped in to say hello - DH and I are off to the nursery to look for flowers for the front yard.

Everyone have a good Saturday. Hope things don't get too crazy for you Mel!

Later chicks... :wave:

MELODY525
04-29-2007, 09:17 AM
GOOD THING WE'LL BE LEAVING HERE SOON.....I'VE BEEN TRYING TO LOAD THIS FORUM FOR ALMOST AN HOUR:rofl:

HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY! A BRAND NEW WEEK. EVERYTHING HAS QUIETED DOWN OVER HERE BUT I HAD A PRODUCTIVE DAY YESTERDAY. TOMORROW IS MALL SHOPPING. I AM DETERMINED TO SPEND THE LAST GIFT CARD WISELY. :dance: MAYBE I BETTER TAKE YODA WITH ME!. I COULD USE THE FORCE! :wizard: GLOOMY OUTSIDE TODAY AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD TIME FOR AN OLD MOVE. MAYBE THE OLD MISS MARPLE MOVIES WITH ANN RUTHERFORD. BRITISH MYSTERY AND COMEDY COMBO AT IT'S BEST.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!:moped:

HAPPY~ I AM GLAD IT WAS A GOOD TIME FOR YOU. WE'VE MISSED YOUR CHATTY POSTS. HOPE WORK CALMS DOWN SO YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR BOOK AND FLOWERS. :beach:

happy2bme
04-29-2007, 11:27 AM
Mel,

I don't think it's this particular thread that's screwy - the whole 3FC site has been slow for me for a long time. It loses my login on posts, gets hung on pages - many times I've had to shut down the Internet session and start again. I thought it might even be Internet Explorer so I tried another web browser. Very frustrating for me and I know what I'm doing - can only imagine how it is for some less techy computer people. :mad:

We found another nursery a few miles down the road - oh oh - that can be DANGEROUS. :lol: Fortunately, we didn't have alot of time to shop so we came away with only 2 cartfuls of stuff - more to come as we plan out each bed. I'd like to go with perennials as much as possible. Tired of planting and spending so much money each year.

Today I concentrate on cleaning the inside of the house. Spend the afternoon digging yesterday and cleaning flower beds and my wrist is not happy. So I'll go plan my meals for the week as I vacumn.

Speaking of which, the first load of laundry just finished. Off to the dryer. Have a good Sunday...

carla49
04-29-2007, 12:05 PM
Just a quick hello from the rainy north. My weeks of coffee and sweets are over, and I'm left with a caffeine-withdrawal headache and a couple of rebound pounds. Today will be day 2 of back to the straight and narrow, so there's still hope. I'm not going to change the tracker (help! it's going the wrong way! :faint: )until I've had a few OP days, hoping I won't need to.

Hmmm. Maybe the headache is actually from spending part of yesterday with my head in a stinky fume-filled oven... I hate cleaning ovens so much I long ago stopped broiling or roasting anything that would spatter. (Toaster oven and Look bags really help.) Anyway, my catsitters/houseguests seem to have had a week-long oven-fest, which they of course didn't clean up. One good thing: I'll remember all this next time I'm a guest in someone else's home, not that I don't already try to leave places cleaner than I found them!

I also have found the site really slow lately, although this morning it seemed normal. I was blaming the wireless connection at last week's hotel, but came back to the same problem here, so I really do think it's the site. Maybe we should try to limit the graphics sometimes, or move to a new thread immediately after birthday greeting extravaganzas? I don't know if Mel is the only one on dial-up, but it must drive her crazy towards the end of the month. Speaking of which, where are we going in May? The Manitoba Mosquito festival? Moscow madness? Manhattan with side-trips to Mel? The magic of Mongolia? Please!! Save me before I alliterate again!!! (Don't know if that's a word, but I guess it is now.)

Time to take this nasty head for a little nap. I'll try to get back before too long. Take care all! :wave:

PS Mel: Do not use that gift card for frappacinos!!! Or to treat anyone but yourself! This is an order!

carla49
04-29-2007, 12:06 PM
Mel, I see your little egg shining. :wave: :wave: :wave:

MELODY525
04-29-2007, 12:10 PM
HAPPY~ FIRST I DELETED ALL MY BIRTHDAY GIFS AND FOUND THE THREAD MUCH EASIER TO LOAD BUT THEN I WENT AROUND THE SITE AND STILL HAD VERY SLOW LOADING AND YOU'RE RIGHT. I THINK MY DIAL-UP IS A PIA TOO.:rofl: BUT I JUST CAME BACK AND FOUND IT MUCH FASTER :faint: WHILE SHADDIE IS WITH YOU PUT HER TO WORK IN THE YARD! :rofl: :rofl: WHAT???? ONLY 2 CARTS FULL???? YOU'RE SLIPPING MISSY!!! ENJOY YOUR DAY :cb:

SO WHERE ARE WE GOING FOR MAY? MADAGASCAR? THE MOON? MOZAMBIQUE? THE MAYAN JUNGLE?

MELODY525
04-29-2007, 12:16 PM
:wave: CARLA, I AM LAUGHING AS I WAVE BACK TO YOU!! GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!! FIRST, LOOKING FOR A PLACE IN MAY. YOURS WERE HYSTERICAL!! AND 2ND, THERE IS A STARBUCK'S COFFEE SHOP THERE AND THE THOUGHT DID GO THRU MY MINE:lol3: :lol3: TOO FUNNY!!
YOU MUST BE THE MALL SECURITY GUARD FOR THIS TRIP!!! :rofl: :rofl:
I AGREE...WHEN I HOUSE SAT AND MY DAUGHTER DID TOO...WE ALWAYS CLEANED UP. EVEN IF WE WERE JUST FEEDING CATS AND NOT SLEEPING THERE. THE NERVE OF SOME PEOPLE TO MESS AND LEAVE!! :tantrum: :rollpin:
I BOUGHT A CONVECTION OVEN FOR THE COUNTER SO I DON'T HAVE TO DO THE FUME-FILLED OVEN CLEANING THING ANYMORE. BEEN HAPPY FOR YEARS!! A BIT OF SOAP, BRILLO AND THE JOB IS DONE!
HAVE A GREAT DAY :sunny:

happy2bme
04-29-2007, 01:46 PM
I thought we agreed - though it's entirely possible that I forgot to tell you :o - we're coming to my town for May (I will never be calling this place my hometown) - Memphis in May - and they have a huge BBQ contest and Music Festival next week appropriately called Memphis in May so we're just in time.

Yes, the graphics do slow it down. Probably a good point to start cutting down on them. Mine are links rather than embedded in the site but none the less it does slow them down.

Ok, back to cleaning. I made DH go out and plant because 1) he approved the flowers and 2) it's too hot for me :rofl: - actually if I'm outside I get all tuckered out and I still have to take care of the laundry, shopping and cleaning. So we're splitting tasks.

Meadow
04-29-2007, 03:44 PM
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Meadow
04-29-2007, 03:53 PM
I have been planning lots of garden things. I have some pampas grass that I have yet to pick a location for. Found out they have sharp edges to the grass blades so I guess they will have to go outfront and away from the play area where I had originally wanted them. Boy if I had the money I would rip out all the little green grass and put in the large wild ones. Perhaps over a few decades these three little plants I've bought will spread ;)

Health wise I am going back to using apple cider vinegar for ph balance in my hair and face toner. The store products just seems too much for my skin, back to basics. Bought some almond butter to up my good protein input.

Breathing and enjoying the smell of the hyacinths. Planted tuber roses out front, fingers crossed they will scent the summer with their tropical top notes:D

Be well worldy chicks :wave: New month, new plans, new successes!

carla49
04-29-2007, 07:33 PM
The sun is out, it's around 20°C (70°F), and I've gotten over my snit about the oven. I know there was no intention to be rude, just a little carelessness and different standards. I keep forgetting that while I'm much, much more of a slob than my usual neighbour/sitter, I'm still much more finicky than some people are. And the cats were very well cared for. End of story.

This afternoon I finally bit the bullet and took my boy cat out to the yard on his leash. He was so excited when he saw the harness he almost wet himself, wriggling about so much I could barely do the thing up. We were entertained by squirrels and a chipmunk, all at a safe distance, of course. I do wish I could find an invisibility cloak for myself though; I really just want to read and keep an eye on the boy, not make small talk with the neighbours. Maybe I should get a tent to hide in. :lol:

Happy, you may have told us we were heading to Memphis, but I can't imagine why you thought any of us would remember. Well, maybe some of the youngsters... It may be a challenge to find a themed avatar this time, but I hope to be up to the challenge. Do you have any interesting animals or wildlife down there? Apart from EP imitators, that is?

Gotta go. Bye!

suzi in auz
04-29-2007, 11:24 PM
Hello chickies.
I must hang my head in shame. I was well meaning and meant to come in on Friday and wish Happy a very Happy birthday. I even had the words written on the screen, but something happened and they didn't end up here. so Happy happy belated birthday! I hope it was superb :bday2:
Ok just a quick one I better get some lunch. I am starving.

Shad
04-29-2007, 11:35 PM
Hi all,
Am here, but no time at the moment. Will get back to you when I can.

MELODY525
04-30-2007, 09:35 AM
:wave: SAYING A QUICK HELLO AND GOOD NIGHT:cloud9:
YESTERDAY I BENT OVER TO GET SOMETHING AND MY EAR FILLED UP. INSTANT VERTIGO. MY FAULT REALLY BECAUSE I FORGOT TO TAKE THE MUCINEX THE DAY BEFORE. NOW I FEEL LIKE I AM RIDING ON ROUGH SEAS.
GOING BACK TO BED. SEE YOU IN MEMPHIS!
HAPPY~ HOW CAN I EXPECTED TO REMEMBER MEMPHIS WHEN I CAN'T REMEMBER MUCINEX!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
THAT IS WHY YOU AND SHAD ARE IN CHARGE!!!

Roseblush
04-30-2007, 09:49 AM
Happy Belated Birthdays... and Blessed New Year to follow to both of you!!!! Sorry this is late but better than never!
You two I know enjoyed yourselves and celebrate lives well lived!!!! Yeah!:carrot:

I have been trying to catch up with all of you which takes some time. So fun to read about the adventures coming up for so many of you! Travel, enteretainment and spring is here for us in the northern climates. I just got back from a short weekend camping with my dogs and BF in he 5th wheel....wow never done camping in such luxury before! It was fun and we spent the days driving the mountains on a 4wheeler. Toby rode along and Darby and Teeka the old timers stayed inside and snoozed! It was beautiful weather. Where we stopped to have lunch at a look out soon became apparent the ticks were everywhere....crawling up our legs in vast numbers.....that soon left creepy feelings of them everywhere on you......saw lots of wildlife and spring flowers blooming or signs of blossoms to come.

My friend Gail is coming for the spring luncheon this week and I am very excited to have some company come to my house. I do want her to meet BF and give me her feelings. Nothing like a good friend who really knows you to be honest.

Teeka had arough night last night but seems better now. Hope it was just a little tummy upset. BF's dog Darby is having his 13bday on the 4th...he is so sweet but his hind legs just don't have the strength to hold him up to do stairs. He is so sweet and is very attached to me...... our dogs are getting old the sad fact.
Ladies have a super day and make it a healthy one.... thinking of all of you....waiting to have Memphis on my mind!!!!!
Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
04-30-2007, 11:13 AM
Just in to say hello-

Mel-Is back in the bed. Wish I were but I'm at work.

Meadow--Loved the graphics.

Rose--Good to see you. Ticks, I hate them with a purple passion. They announced in church yesterday that one of our members has rocky mountain spotted fever from a tick bite. Be careful.

Took my first Actonel this morning and tried to stay busy for the next thirty minutes by sweeping and mopping the control room, bath room and lab floors.
So far I've had no side affects from it. Going to the gym tonight.

Yeah, Memphis in May. Maybe I'll actually go this year.

carla49
04-30-2007, 01:57 PM
Yay!! Thanks to good old fat flush this morning was a happy weigh-in:goodscale: , and no more need to change my trackers. :D So I'm feeling inspired to continue with the program for the next two weeks to see how far it'll take me. I really don't expect to lose 9 lbs again, and I do intend to be a little more generous with food, maybe an extra fruit a day. But this morn I put on a pair of skinny jeans I haven't worn in an age - still a little too snug at the waist, but that's why elastics were invented, no? ;) In about 4 lbs they'll fit really well. :crossed:

So it's off to see the Magnolia trees in Memphis? I guess I'll cancel my order for a Mongolian yurt. :( Can't wait for the bunch of us to descend on Graceland as a group... :grouphug: :grouphug:

Rose, good to see you back. I've always wondered about RV'ing, but would never be able to park one - or negociate tight turns. Of course the cats would like it. So far we don't have many ticks here. They sound awful. :yikes:

Meadow, nice to see you drop in, and glad to hear you're fine in capital letters. Will you be able to see Shad when she overnights in Kamloops?

Mel, I have a feeling the Frappacino people slipped something into your tea to make you feel dizzy today. They want to make sure I'm not supervising :coach: when you go to spend that gift card. But I'll always be there, and don't you forget it!!! Meanwhile, try to enjoy your day in bed, and I hope the malaise passes quickly. :getwell:

Ceejay, Shad, Suzi, :wave:.

Has Holly been abducted by aliens? by Avon? Has she preceded us to Memphis? Hello??

Time for my yummy lunch salad. I'm so :hun: !!! :broc::broc: Big shrimp, lots of greens, very light dressing. Always a success.

happy2bme
05-01-2007, 02:36 AM
Time to say goodbye to autumn in the tropics and head across the pond to springtime in the south.

It's 12:32am by my clock which means it's May which means it's time to head to Memphis.

Click here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1675797#post1675797)and the express bus will pick yah up! :D

ceejay52
05-01-2007, 07:06 PM
Bunping us up.

carla49
05-01-2007, 07:20 PM
Ceejay, baby, you missed the flight! Come on over to Memphis and join the frog pool gang. I'll save you a comfy lounge chair...

carla49
05-01-2007, 07:23 PM
DON'T POST HERE! GO TO MEMPHIS IN MAY TO JOIN THE REST OF THE WORLDLY CHICKS.