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07-09-2007, 11:14 AM
We are a reunited group trying to get back on track with exercise and losing weight. We welcome all who choose to join us on our quest for healthier lifestyles!

07-09-2007, 01:58 PM
Gee, I hope you will allow me to join this group. I am a newbie........:dizzy:

Aw, who am I kidding. It is great to be here and feel welcome. Forgive my moment of temporary insanity.

Thus far today I have been a good girl. Got my 2.4 miler in on the treadmill watching the news (can't do that during the school year!), drank a ton of water and have been pretty good eating. Evenings have been awful for me. But my diet jello awaits me.....keep hoping that that will keep me out of trouble. Not sure which day I am going to a meeting- it looks like Friday right now.

I do hope that we can get another previous member to join us also. Would LOVE to see her here.......;) Thanks for starting the new thread.

07-09-2007, 07:00 PM
Hey girl!!! I didn't eat a lot today because DD had a play date that required a lot of my attention. I didn't have time to get into trouble. In the AM, I did a 30 minutes aerobics tape...the first time I've exercised in a coon's age. It wasn't bad with the A/C blasting on me. I had been doing WW online during the spring and lost 9 pounds. My budget doesn't allow me to continue, so I'm doing it on my own. I will REALLY need the support I get here to help me stay O.P.;) Okay, we are short one and then we are complete.:spin:

07-09-2007, 09:31 PM
Hello. I hope that there is room for at least one more here! I was drawn in by the Jimmy Buffet reference and perhaps an email or two! I am beginning a quest for a body that weighs less, has fewer aches and pains as well as taking up less space on the Hatteras seashore come next June. I have various health / eating / food / brain issues that I need to deal with NOW. (Yes, again!)

I spent today in a staff development in a class regarding computers so there was NO option for eating during the day beyond lunch time! I did fairly well with dinner but am now suffering from a severe stomach ache for some reason. I've got homework to do for class but hope that while my stomach is feeling gross I can get it done and end the day with a WATP tape (IF I can get the thick layer of protective dust off of it!). My stomach sure doesn't feel well.

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad that the two of you are here!
(((I've missed you both so very much!)))

take care,

07-09-2007, 09:42 PM
:DWE'RE BAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!:woohoo::cheers::yay::cheer::chee r2::yes::hug:;) And doesn't it feel good?!
Ms. Mermaid, I hope your tummy feels better...maybe you shouldn't push it tonight. You can always exercise tomorrow. What's with professional development in the middle of the summer?:?: YUCK!!!

07-10-2007, 12:01 PM
It's a HOT ONE!!! But that's okay with me! I've been waiting for this, and I'm loving every minute of it. I'm taking DD to the movies during the hottest midday temps, and then we'll immerse ourselves in the pool.:swim:

I'm on program at the moment. I need to bring some healthy snacks:corn: to the movies...I tend to overdo it there. I exercised on my recumbent bike for 30 minutes:ebike: with the A/C blasting this morning while watching my soaps on the DVR. There was an emergency weather report about the scorching temps which showed a stupid woman running in NYC midday in the HEAT! What an idiot!!! Here I was burning calories and sweating in my nice temperature controlled conditions taking good care of my body while this crazy lady endangered her well-being. People think they are invincible...but a woman I know just had a massive coronary resulting in emergency surgery and she is only 47. By the way, she isn't a smoker and is skinny as could be. We have to take care of ourselves. This should be a motivator to not only lose weight, but find healthy ways to manage stress.

Have a great day! I'll check in later.

07-10-2007, 12:04 PM
Good morning!!!!!!!!
Ms Mermaid- gee, that title os so appropriate! Me thinks it fits!!!!!!!
Glad to see you here, my dear. Hope your tummy is feeling better. Are you back on WW? (I know neither of you is doing meetings.....). Hope you got your WATP tape in. As our friend from NE says, you can always start today.
I know it is hot in all of our states. How long is this professional development?
Hopefully just a day or so.

Summerrrr- glad you got your work out in. Are you drinking that water?? Ain't I a pain? Did you get some swimming in too?

Glad to be back in this forum. I missed you two also.
I did get my walk in already. And some yard work. Gee it is hot. Now if I can just stay away from the darned late night stress eating, I will be fine.
The late night stuff has been my downfall....big time.

Ok, I had better go do something productive. See ya later!

07-10-2007, 04:00 PM
DD and I spent the afternoon in the movie theater. There just didn't seem to be a better place to be. We saw "License to Wed," and I laughed soooooo hard, I had to struggle not to wet my pants!!! There was plenty of innuendo, but nothing inappropriate for my little tween. She enjoyed it as much as I did. The critic reviews weren't great, but since I'm a HUGE Robin Williams fan, I chanced it, and it was well worth it. I am definitely purchasing it when it comes to DVD. We stopped at Walgreens and bought Smartfood popcorn, bottled water, Swedish Fish, and Mini M&M's. I chose to skip lunch, ate the popcorn and Swedish Fish instead along with the water so I'm still well within my points.

DD and I will be venturing out into our HHH backyard to hide in the pool :swim:for a while till we cool off enough for dinner.

07-10-2007, 07:09 PM
Glad you enjoyed the movie. Last really funny movie I saw was Night AT the Museum. Guess I have another one to see now! Was is appropriate for your Dd- guess the question is better worded, did she think it was funny?
Congrats on the wise snack choices. Swedish Fish count as a low fat protein, right? Hehehehe.

IF I behave myself for the rest of the day, my eating should be ok. I did have some chocolate midday.......blew out a bunch of points, but have a lovely salad planned for dinner. I like salad, so that is no hardship at all. Got plenty of gardening done, the outside is starting to look ok......better.....it was looking pretty overgrown.
Enjoy your evening!

07-10-2007, 09:42 PM
yo yo yo whats going on gurlies?

did not get in the WATP tape last night due to very odd achy stomach. don't know what was up with THAT...but it is gone now...so when I'm done with this post I will be sliding into my sneakers and bra and hitting play...unless I can develop a tummy ache while writing! (snort, hoot!)

spent today in class learning how to make web pages. (this was the 2nd day in a row for THIS and well, I'm OVER IT!) tomorrow will be spent on two more groovy topics that are NON computer related...can't take more 'puting all day for a while! I am 1/2 way done... but will admit to taking 1 day more than minimum...cause when I signed up for it I was on fire about making a web page. O.M.Golly! WHAT was I thinking?

well within points for today! cause of you girlies, I took my own salad and WORLDS SMALLEST cupcakes with me for lunch! Having trouble getting all of the water in as I'm outta practice....but I will get there....maybe not tonight but today was more water than yesterday which was more water than well you got the idea!

glad you people are staying cool and getting stuff done.... I'll add that movie to my MUST RENT list.... I've GOT to get into our attic tonight to continue on my quest for ridding it o' poo but I've got to get that darn tape done first so that I have something to talk about in the morning!

(((Hugs ya'll!)))
Ms. Mermaid (hehehehe!)

07-10-2007, 11:10 PM
Did it! Leslie and all the friends seemed SO happy to see me! ....and it DID feel good; however, I WAS so happy it came to an end! I did it! Now cheer for me!

07-11-2007, 12:31 PM
Hey girlies, I am too going to join your group...<please? can I ? huh, huh?> I have restarted WW (I do it on my own with all the info from meetings) and so far so good. I have been doing...ok, ready for this? Carmen Electra's aerobic striptease for the past two days. Its a good work out (I have only done 30 mins of it so far) and fun too. I went over in my points yesterday but its all good, Thats why there are flex points right? And it wasnt that bad, I made some 1 point banana oatmeal muffins and had a few too many of them. Could have been take5 or something else, so I am not beating myself up. I am totally committed to this again, and think today I may meet up with Leslie for a walking group :). Thaks for having me and continued success on our endeavors.....we CAN do this!

07-11-2007, 06:02 PM
Hey ya'll! Welcome to the group kellijoiii! We are glad to have you! Texas? YIKES.... I can't imagine how warm it is there today as it is VERY hot and sticky here in VA! Yes, 1 point muffins are much "better" than eating a take5 (OMGolly, aren't THOSE candy bars summmmmin?)...and yes again to "that is what flex points are for!"

I spent my 3rd day in inservice training classes... today was all about classroom management with a wonderful presenter! So. Twas all okay! Lunch was out of my control for some part and I made the best choices that I could! I steered clear of the desserts and THAT, my friends was HUGEEEEEEEEE!

Once I recoop from giving up yet another day of my precious summer vacation, sigh, I have to cook dinner and then meet up with my perky friend Ms.Leslie and her other little perky friends to WATP.... Tonight I am going to do the wittle one again as I'm pretty sure that anything more at this point will cause me to keel over and die and well, I have yet another day of classes so I must be able to walk tomorrow. (Man, is THAT a great excuse or WHUUUUT?)

I'll check in later on tonight to see how ya'll have moved your fannies today! Hope you have all managed to stay cool and within your points too!

til later,
take care,

07-11-2007, 07:38 PM
It is so nice to have a newbie on our thread! We are a very lighthearted bunch, when we aren't *****ing and moaning...you will find Ms. Mermaid's rantings and ravings rather humorous by the way!!! I guess we should do a quick bio for you:

I'm Summer. I'm 42, a married mommy of a 9 year-old, and a pre-k teacher in an inner city public school. I'm artistic, musical, and sing in my church choir. I love to laugh; love Jimmy Buffett; margaritas; all things coconut including the discontinued Yankee Candle, "Coconut Bay" candles, Banana Boat coconut scented suntan lotion, Back To Basics "Coconut Mango Shampoo & Conditioner;" love tropical weather; live in the northeast but am heading south to Florida when DD finishes high school and DH takes early retirement. Chocolate, prime rib, shrimp, and pancakes are my favorite foods. I love to read contemporary romance novels, particularly humorous ones. I'm not even a little bit athletic except for being able to swim. I hate exercise, so when I've written that I exercised today, it is a BIG DEAL. I need to lose about 70 more pounds. The first 25 came on in my early 20's when my mother died of cancer. The rest came on during my pregnancy. 10 years later, I still have a long way to go, however, Weight Watchers seems to be the ticket.

Ms. Mermaid & Ginger: You should do a bio for Kellyjoiii.

Today, DD had a playdate. It has been on the verge of storming all day, but they were able to swim in the pool :swim:because it hasn't come yet. I like this friend. She's a happy child and low-maintenance. After some of the winners I've had to deal with so far this summer, it was refreshing to have a nice, normal girl over to play.

DH grilled hamburgers and I can't get "Cheeseburger in Paradise" out of my head. I like mine with sliced dill pickles and ketchup. How do you like yours?:burger:

07-11-2007, 09:15 PM
Gee, Summer, after the day I have had, I am not even sure that I am able to write my own bio! Kids and their hormones galore........think I am losing the little bit of sanity that I have.

Glad to hear that Ms Mermaid is getting her dates with Leslie in! Kelly- welcome to our insane little group. And please ignore Summer's comments about Ms Mermaids rants and raves. Well, they outdo anything you will ever hear or see on Comedy Channel.......and we love our Ms Mermaid to bits.
Funny as all get out and a great lady to boot.
Not to be outdone by Ms Summer.......who is also quite capable of making me howl too! Seriously, Kelly, Ms Summer and Ms Mermaid are great ladies. Welcome. And welcome to WW. It is a great program.
BTW Ms Summer, I have been on veggie burgers for quite awhile....and those I like with lots of ketchup.

Today was busy, and I actually slept in!!!!!!!! Got up at 8:15! This is unheard of, I am usually up and at it by 5:30. But it felt good.
Somebody puhleeze come to my house and find where I hid my sister in law's bday card?! I had it in my hands 2 days ago, and not it is gone. Gotta get it in the mail Friday at the latest. Now I am going wacky trying to find it. Ok, ok wackier than normal. BTW, I did get my walk in. And if I can be a good girl, am withing points for the day. Just gotta keep out of the kitchen for the rest of the day.

Perhaps, this has been the most dysfunctional post I have ever left. And if you can make any sense out of it, you must be a genius.
Have a great evening.

07-12-2007, 01:20 PM
After some pretty bad thunderstorms last night, we have bluuuuue sky, breezes, and warm temps. It's a perfect day.

The satellite was out this morning, and after reading through the LIMITED warranty, I (Thank God!) was able to troubleshoot it myself, and got it back on. God forbid my soaps don't get recorded on the DVR! I know you think I'm silly, but all these summer repeats have me desperate for "The Young and the Restless" and "As the World Turns" for something to watch on tv. There was a cute show on USA called, "The Starter Wife," but the miniseries of 5 or 6 episodes is already over. We watch that show about impersonators, but that is it. There is nothing on! I love to read and do so for hours a day, but after 8pm, is it too much to veg on the couch in front of the tv?

OH MY ****!!! I had the satellite up and running for 15 minutes and it's gone again!!! What the heck?! Gotta go...:mad:

07-12-2007, 02:00 PM
Okay, meltdown over, satellite working for now. Don't laugh at me. If the tv works for more than 5 minutes, I'll do my exercise bike. It's too boring to do otherwise. My eating isn't awful, but not great either. I could use some motivation right now.

I painted an outdoor bench and table in my garden. Since it is a nice day to open windows, I should also paint the upstairs bathroom vanity. I will feel better if I accomplish some things today.

I need to make some doctor's appointments, but other than my allergist, the GYN and gastroenterologist will just give me the usual speech about losing weight. THAT SHOULD BE MY MOTIVATION. Who wants to get lectured? I hate it, so I end up putting off appointments till the last possible minute.

I guess I'll get busy, then I can go outside with DD and enjoy this beautiful day. Every day should be this lovely.

07-13-2007, 09:32 AM
I agree Summerrrr, this weather is wonderful. I spent yesterday waxing the hardwood floors and painting Dd's room. One nice thing about this time of year is I can get stuff done like that.
And, BTW, next week is my darned gyno appt. Make those appointments!!!!!!! I know you do not want to hear the speech about losing weight, but do not use that as a reason to get your annual checkups done.
Your family and friends want you around for a long time! :)

Got my walk in this glorious am.....
Gotta go work in that bedroom that needs painting.

07-13-2007, 04:21 PM
Eating yesterday was within control....until the middle of the night... what a trying time of day! I weighed in this morning...... -2.6 this week! :) And I can blame YOU on this! :)

Will be back after I meet up with that darn Leslie!

Hope you all are doing well! I need a giant dose of that MOTIVATION stuff...I've got a LOT to do and no "umphhh" to get there from here.......sigh!

07-13-2007, 09:31 PM

I on the other hand have been very naughty. I had company and ate too many Girl Scout cookies...thin mints and tagalongs. I also had a pina colada with dinner. But Mermaid's success this week is helping me to want to better.

Ginger, I made those appointments. I got into an argument with the receptionist at the stomach dr. I wanted to come at the end of August so that I could drop some pounds. The latest she could give me was the 9th because he will be away the rest of the month. Okay, fine. But, she wouldn't give me enough Nexium to make it till the appointment because I haven't been there for one year. In the past, I've been given the pills I need till the appointment, but her only solution was to come in yesterday. No, friggin' way was I going in at my current weight. So, I might have to use an OTC till then. I've been trying to wean myself off by taking one every other day. I've had some heartburn, but it is getting better for the most part. We'll see what happens. The only appointment I need to make now is my mammo.

I guess our newbie is gone. Oh well. Have a wonderful weekend. Love ya both!

07-14-2007, 09:43 AM
Portion control is the name of the game for me today. I'm going to a Tastefully Simple party (A party where you taste test easy-to-prepare gourmet foods and drinks.) My friend is a consultant. I've had a couple of parties, and I will be doing another in August. The food is really delicious. I know the WW points for most of them. So it is just a matter of "tasting" and not pigging out. It is so hard to do that, but if I want a thinner lifestyle, I have to learn some self-control.

Today is yet another spectacular day for beautiful weather, so we will most likely be in the pool.


07-14-2007, 02:06 PM
I can't believe that it is already 1:00.....arggghhh! Where do these days go?! I will admit to over sleeping today...I woke early and then rolled over JUST for a minute! ARGGH! Famous last words!

I have done my WATP tape for the day.... I need to shower, plan meals, gather coupons and do the shopping..... Then return to more time up in the attic organizing and ridding the place of JUNK........

Enjoy that Tastefully Simple party. Don't think that I've ever heard of THAT one.... Perhaps it is the gourmet tag that keeps it from my life! Hehe! Behave yourself... as if I am able to demonstrate that "self-control" thing! Enjoy time with your friends and the little tastes of the great food!

I'll be back later today! 'til then, take care!

07-15-2007, 01:36 PM
I was such a good girl at the Tastefully Simple party. I heard that Mojitos were the latest popular drink so I had one Mojito which will also be my last. YUCK! What is all of the fuss about? I felt like I was sipping my parents' creme de menthe. Anyway, I sampled only what I really wanted and didn't really rack up many points at all. It was great to see my friend who is the consultant. My other friend (more of an acquaintance and parent of DD's friend), who was the host, chose to have the party in her tiny, cramped, stuffy, dining room with metal folding chairs...very uncomfortable chairs instead of having it outdoors on the deck by the pool. It was a beautiful night to sit under the stars with torches or candles. I wouldn't have minded spraying down with bug spray. I only stuck around to chat with my consultant friend who ended up coming over my house after the party. I'm hosting one in August on my deck surrounded by flowers. I'll probably have my husband spray the yard with Yard Guard and light all sorts of citrinella. What is the point of having a pretty backyard and not using it to entertain? Whatever...

Church was good this morning. I heard what I needed to hear.

I'm feeling recommitted to my quest to lose weight. I'm just tired of the extra weight. Enough is enough. Counting points really isn't that bad. I still eat what I want...just not as much as I want. Self-control will take me very far.

Enjoy your lovely Sunday afternoon.

07-15-2007, 03:14 PM
Maybe whoever made your Mojito didn't know what they were doing because I have had several from different locations and some are better than others! ....AND I will order another! They will NEVER, IMO, replace margaritas....but they are good for a change! Creme de menthe??? Um, NOOOOOO!

DH's work schedule has us living our weekends mid week.... SOOOO, this is just another day for us (ie, it doesn't FEEL like a weekend!) I am doing my WI's on Fridays (which I told you about earlier! WhooHooo!) We may go check out the new Harry Potter tonight once DH gets home, I'm not sure if he is up to going and I know he wants to be included.... (He had an early day today!) Will have to wait and see...

Sorry for babbling so much! I'm off to figure out how many points are in my dinner so that I can eat some lunch!

take care and stuff...

07-15-2007, 03:41 PM
You NEVER blab too much! How else are we supposed to know how you are and what is going on with you? Now me, I'm a total blabber. I have no choice. DH can't handle too many words at one time without his eyes glazing over!!! Thank God I gave birth to a girl so she and I can chat non-stop!

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07-15-2007, 11:16 PM
Ginger, where have you been? Mermaid, are you done with workshops in the summer? It's time to enjoy before it is all over!

I just redid my signature. Let's see if it works.

Time to say, "Goodnight!"

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Dale Junior Fan
07-16-2007, 12:27 AM
Hello girlies

Hope that is ok for me to jump in. I am not new to WW or this site. I was on ww years ago and lost 35 pounds which was great and then I lost my dad. Until now I have put everything and everyone first, but me. I gained those 35 pounds back plus about 30 more, so I have alot to lose.

I am doing ww at home again. This is the only program I found that works for me. However, I am not doing the current diet, I am doing winning points if anyone remembers that. My goal this week is to work out 3-4 days and build up from there. (I just started back last week)

Without going to meetings this site was a great source of encouragment and support for me and I hope it will continue to be. BTW I love the name.

Hope to meet you all soon.:)

07-16-2007, 08:56 AM
Daph: Let me roll out the red carpet! We are so glad you are here!

I had a similar experience as you. During my first semester in college, my mother died of cancer, and my father left me with the burden of maintaining our house, bills, and to mourn on my own. He needed to get away from the memories so he moved to Florida. I needed to immerse myself in the memories, so I chose to stay in the only home I've ever known. I attended school during the day and worked full-time 2nd shift to support myself. I couldn't eat, and I didn't. But people kept bringing food to the house and insisted that I eat. Well, when I finally took a bite, I couldn't stop. I gained 30 pounds. I joined a gym, tried several diets, but in the midst of the worst depression of my life, I couldn't drop the weight.

The rest of the weight arrived during fertility treatments and pregnancy. No, breastfeeding didn't burn those calories. So, now I'm 70 pounds overweight. I'm a lot happier though. I have a wonderful 9 year-old daughter, a husband who loves me, a house, a job as a teacher, (lots of money problems, but everything can't be perfect!!!) and the loss of my mother 20 years ago no longer overwhelms me. My father is also gone, but as I'm sure you can guess, although I miss him, it wasn't the devastation my mother's death was.

So, there's my story. Sorry it is so long. I just wanted you to know that someone has felt similar pain and has found happiness. We have a similar goal to lose weight and get healthy. Here you will find three women to help you if you want. We will be cheering for you! :cheer2::cheer::cheer2:

07-16-2007, 11:49 AM
For the past two summers, I have signed up for aqua aerobics at the YMCA. They hold the summer program in a pool :swim:at a beautiful new facility. Friends:grouphug: signed up with me making the idea of exercising outdoors in a pretty setting even more fun. And both times, the aqua aerobics class was cancelled.:p I don't enjoy exercise, but I do love to dance and swim. Aqua aerobics is the only form of exercise I actually enjoy. This year another class was offered, but I don't have the money and honestly, I don't trust them to follow through after cancelling two years in a row.

So, I do my recumbent bike or my old "Sweatin' to the Oldies" video.:yawn: Last night I was woken up at 11:30pm by a wrong number. Someone named, Mohammed Deura was listed on my caller I.D. Well, I don't know anyone named Mohammed except for Mohammed Ali. So, I can't imagine why someone from his household was calling mine and at such a late hour. After being woken up, I, of course, couldn't fall back to sleep. My mind started working and I started to mull over my need to lose weight and my boredom with my current exercise program. I thought about how fun it would be to do aerobics in my pool if only I had an instructor who would teach me. Yeah, right! Then I thought how cool it would be to do "Sweatin' to the Oldies" in my pool. Then it occurred to me that maybe if I hooked up DD's old baby monitor near the tv and transmitted it outside, maybe I could hear it out there. And since I've done the workout since the video came out almost 20 years ago, I wasn't worried about not being able to see it. So, I hooked everything up, put on my bathing suit, got a couple of funny looks from my DD:?::eek::rolleyes::crazy::lol: and ventured out to my pool. Well, I did it!!! I did the whole workout in the pool!!! And, it was fun!!! Nobody was outdoors except my eccentric next-door neighbor who couldn't see me anyway, and if he thought something strange was going on, who cares? I feel like I got a better workout than usual, totally energized, and refreshed. How cool am I? :woohoo:

07-16-2007, 10:55 PM
This site does not like me........can't leave a post! I hope tomorrow will be better-but I am giving up tonite.

07-17-2007, 10:31 AM
I am also having a very difficult time with the site...which makes me crazyyyyyy! I have two computers and am having various problems on each. I'm concerned and worried... cause I NEED you people! G, I miss you and can relate to the frustrations with my computers not liking 3fc....
(regarding your PM earlier: YES! I would love to figure something out! YES! :) )

Evidently the font changes whether I can see it or not! Interesting! ARGGH!

So. Hello Daph! Glad to meet you! I'm a mom of two sons, 15 and 12... My dh is a JunkFoodKing! I am also a teacher who is currently on summer break! Which sounds like paradise but is really me not knowing HOW to use my time wisely with a TON of ignored house projects that really need to be done!

Summerrrrr, LOVE that you have invented your own water aerobics! What a smart, inventive girl you are! I did water aerobics in my vast past history of exercises and must admit that I loved it! The nearest gyms with pools are in excess of 25 minute drives from me (in two different directions) and THAT is just too far for me to HAVE to go before I can START exercising... TIME continues to be such a huge issue in my life. Sigh! whine whine whine!

Gotta take the boys for their physicals in just a bit must get everyone in gear!


07-17-2007, 11:47 AM
Yesterday was a perfect day for me on program. If I could be consistent with days like that, I have no doubt that I will reach my goals. So far, today is also good. I rode the bike today and have stayed low on points. The problem is that I'm in a very controlled environment right now...no distractions, no issues with work, no outside influences. It is just me and DD, my own kitchen with mostly healthy food, and plenty of time to exercise. So, right now while I don't have many responsibilities except for a few appointments, errands, and household chores, I need to really grasp this opportunity to replace my unhealthy habits with HEALTHY HABITS. When you are learning something new, repetition is key to making it a part of you. I have many years of repeating bad behaviors. Right now is my chance to develop, practice, and repeat good behaviors. That way when the stressful days pop up out of nowhere and my overload of work pressures return, I will be better prepared to deal with it all in a more productive way.

Mermaid: I don't know if this would help you feel more in control, but in the beginning of the summer, I sat down and made a list of everything I wanted to accomplish during my time off. This list does not include my routine chores but things I never have time to do during the school year. Out of the 9 things, I've checked off 4, and it feels good. Maybe you just need to stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and relax. You will get it all done if you break it down into small manageable steps.

Ginger: Sorry you and Mermaid are having trouble posting. If you can't post, please email me. I really need you two right now. I want us all to succeed, and I think that success depends on us supporting each other.

DD has a play date today, so after straightening out the house, I'll be hostess to yet another little girl. It is nice outside right now, so we will probably spend the day in the pool. HAVE A HAPPY AND ENJOYABLE DAY!!!:dust:

07-18-2007, 12:58 AM
Spent the morning with both boys at the pediatrician 's office for physicals. They are healthy. (They only embarrassed me once with their mouths ...WHERE do they get that from? Sighhh!) We then visited the old day care that they attended as small children. I'm not exactly sure what caused me to want to stop there but it had been about 3 years and the ladies there sure seemed thrilled (no, really!) to see them. We then proceeded to head to Busch Gardens for the remainder of the day. It was my favorite day to visit Busch-- TUESDAY! (NO one is EVER there on Tuesdays! Whooohooo!) A girlfriend and her son met us there. We walked around for a couple of hours. We also rode the newest roller coaster! (I'll do anything once!) Had a wonderful time just hanging out and talking with my friend while we strolled Busch! I ate a turkey sandwich (no big deal!), a wonderful dill pickle (a bit salty, but OK!) and a tablespoon of potato salad (WHAT the heck was I thinking?!?! I undid all the good choices with that move!) It was delicious; however, my system must have known what a poor choice it was because I've been physically ill since shortly after eating it! Bleech!

Have an early appointment with the youngest at the orthodontist.... so I need to get to bed NOW so I don't scare the poor people there tomorrow morning!

take care,

07-18-2007, 10:46 AM
Good morning! Lets see if this works. I am so frustrated with this site at the moment. A thought occurred to me that I usually do not have trouble posting in the am......wonder if internet traffic at 3FC is a factor.

Ms Mermail- gee, I can't for the life of me figure out how your kids could possibly be somewhat sarcastic or cheeky! Gotta really search my soul for that one.
Hmmmmmmmmm. One of your sons is guaranteed to inherit their mother's wonderful sense of humor. If the world is fortunate, both did. :)
Glad your trip to Busch Gardens was great. Equally great to have no crowd.
Are you feeling better today? How did the orthodontist appt go.
And one good thing about Busch...lots of walking. Bet you got an AP out of that!

Summerrrr- this time it sure does seem as though you have your thoughts well organized and in line with getting WW as a realy way of life for you.
Great time to get all the healthy stuff in place, so that when the fall hits you can have an active game plan to stay op. It takes some effort- we all know that, but you are so worth it! Remember it takes 6 weeks to make new habits- so you are off to a great start! I hope that today is a perfect OP day for you- repeat of yesterday.

Me? Well the stress monster is killing me. Lets start with last week, and I will keep this short. Or try. Dd (the oldest) decided to paint her room a new color. So she unloaded all the stuff from the walls.......half of it ended up in my youngest Dd's room or on her own bed. It is her first paint experience- so she did not know what she had to do in preparation. And refused to listen to advice. The first nite she slept on the couch because her room was in shambles. Friday nite, she went away camping with some friends- leaving a disaster in her wake. I spent a good part of Saturday painting, repairing......etc. Whatever it took. Mind you she has probably 50+ plaques, awards that she hung on the wall, this is the kid with the college scholarship for sports- which she continues to excell at. She also excells at spewing insults at her mother. Last nite her excellency decided to rehang the pictures, and wanted my input. She wants her room to look pretty. The paint is gorgeous- I repaired and ironed her curtains, she has nice furniture...better than Dh and I have.(we have leftovers) Dh and I suggested she put all her awards (remember there are LOTS of them) in the family room, which has a much larger wall space. She went orbital........spewed the usual barage of insults about me hating sports. I was so good, actually did not respond as I saw it as her way of trying to change the subject and saw it as counter productive.
She went to bed (we did get 2 walls decorated, sans the awards....the awards wall waits and I want no part of that!). I stress ate. Bad girl.

I did hop on the scale this am. And of course it was not good. Today has been great- I got my time in on the treadmill......and have made good food choices. Today will be better!
Gotta go drive Dd to a buddies house and get some housework done.
Hopefully this will post.

07-18-2007, 11:38 AM
Ginger: Way to go with the self-control. I can picture my DD 8 years from now acting the same way and instead of restraining myself, getting into an emotional scream fest:tantrum::rollpin:. You are living my future. DD is now 9 1/2, and although she is still very much my little imaginative darling, I see the beginning signs of hormones kicking in. She sports a 'tude when things don't go perfectly. I have not seen her face pout like that since we battled the terrible twos, tantrums and all. But because of all the college behavioral psychology I aced, I was able to get her over that stage in 6 months. I have had a very well-behaved child up until a couple of months ago when the pout reappeared after all these harmonious years. I know this is the effects of her friends going through early puberty and possibly some hormonal changes in her as well. Because I gave her an additional year of preschool, she is actually a year older than her classmates, and yet, she is still a skinny mini wearing a size 8/10 while her younger buddies are wearing 13/14 or even 1/2 with budding breasts!!! I'm sooooo glad that DD is still playing with dolls and being a child, but sooner or later, peer pressure is gonna make her catch up with her sophisticated friends. Reading your post about your DD freaks me out because I know my DD's days are numbered before she starts behaving the same way. Feel a pat on the back from me. I may not truly feel your pain right now, but I can imagine how challenging it is for you. Just thank God that she has those awards and has been so successful. That is all a result of your wonderful parenting! The rest of it works itself out when they grow up. :hug:

Mermaid: I laughed out loud about your boys representing you so well in the pediatrician's office!:rofl: I agree with Ginger...this is a good thing. We desperately need comic relief in this too serious world. I guarantee the doctor enjoyed the humorous moments.;) So glad you had fun at Busch Gardens. We watched a special about food in amusement parks on Sunday night. They showed Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. We all decided to visit there one day. How nice that you live so close! All that walking definitely undid anything you shouldn't have eating, and honestly, how much damage can a tbs. of something do besides upsetting your tummy?

I was good all day yesterday, but at dinner, I had seconds and went a little over in points. But, I was able to use my weekly points to make up for it. Not to mention that I was low on points the day before. I've exercised all three days...some kind of record for me. Since it is summer, and I have more time, my goal is to exercise daily. In the fall that will change, but for now, I'm making the best use of my time that I can. We are going to the movies since it is raining today. We will get some Smartfood popcorn and water. I'm gonna add my points, and I might get a little candy too if I have some left. Friday night will be a challenge, because we are going out to a fancy restaurant for our 14th anniversary. I will probably get the coconut shrimp because this restaurant is known for having the best in the area. It is probably a healthier choice than my usual favorite, prime rib. A big slab of fatty beef is not too smart right now. I'm gonna want to drink too, so I will have to keep my points super low during the day. DD is spending the night at our friend's house, so we can enjoy a night of debauchery!:o

Enjoy your day!

07-18-2007, 03:49 PM
A night of debauchery!!!!!!!! Ooooolala!!!!! Summerrr, you should be ashamed of yourself!!!!!!!!!! hehehehe Actually, Mr Ginger and I are sneaking away in 2 weeks to belatedly celebrate our anniversary. Enjoy your night!!!!! Have you ever gone to Dotties Weight loss zone web page?
www.dwlz.com (or net). They have all kinds of restaurants listed there- and perhaps you can get a guesstimate on the points value of coconut shrimp.
Please don't give me any kudos for selfcontrol. I controlled my tongue but not my eating. This am I went out with Dd to look for a new bike for her.
The same nasty mouth kicked in.. there are times that I realize I am happier without my kids (who I LOVE to pieces, they can just be hard to live with).
There are times that the school year is a good time- everyone is busy and not getting on my nerves. As far as your precious Dd and her upcomming adolescence, you most likely have another year to a year and a half before it starts. My 11 yr old really shows no signs outwardly of puberty at all, but the personality is changing. As I said to my oldest as we dropped off my youngest (11) at a friends house " I miss Mary". My oldest understood what I meant......I miss the kid that acted more like my kid, not some alien invaded hormonal person. Thanks for the hug, I needed it!!!!!!!!
So far I have been ok with my eating. Gotta behave the rest of the day, though and not let the stress monster get me!

Gotta go pick up Dd from her swimming date.......and get dinner started.
Take care!

Dale Junior Fan
07-18-2007, 06:14 PM
Hi Ladies

Thank you for the warm welcome;) I am doing great so far this week, I have worked out everyday and I am getting all of my water in. And for a little more about me, I don't have kids, well mine are all on four legs. My yorkie, junior, and two cats. I don't work, I take care of my 93 year old grandmother who lives next door to my husband and I. When I did work I was a medical transcriptionist.

I love Nascar if you couldn't tell by the name, gardening and cooking. We have a vegetable garden. In fact, I have a big pot of butter peas cooking right now. Oh, and I live in Florida and it is very hot here today.:mad: I hate the heat.

Summer: My mother also has cancer. Two years ago we found she had lung cancer. This feb. we found it had spread to her brain and now to her spine. She was a smoker all of my life. I too smoked for 20 years, but I quit on what would have been my fathers 60th birthday, April 11 of this year. That is one of the things I wanted to do by the time I was 40 (next month) so I am very happy about that. I can honestly say I will never pick up another pack of cigs again. I just can't imagine life without her or my dad at such a young age. But I will get through it.

Mermaid: I am jealous. I love Busch Gardens. I am 5 hours away from ours in Tampa. I would rather go to BG than Disney any day of the week. Just got back from there a few weeks ago. I love the animals at BG.

Ginger: I love Dotties site, she has a wealth of information there.

07-19-2007, 08:59 AM
Nice to meet you Daph. Great that you are getting your workouts in and water. Gee, it gets so hot in Fl. Please don't say that you do not work. Elder care sure is work, in addition to all the household stuff we must do. I was saddened to read about your mom. Watching her illness must be hard for you. Life is so short, so fleeting. I hope you can find some joy in each day. I too have 4 legged friends- 3 cats. And 3 children (the cats are less stressful!).
Guess I'd better go do something productive. Promised Dd I would take her to see Ratawhatever.......not feeling french this am.

07-19-2007, 11:20 AM
Today, Molly has another playdate, but since there will be thunderstorms :rain: all day, they will not be in the pool :no::swim::no: which means that DD's playroom is going to be trashed:fr:. I'm gonna try to clean downstairs while they play upstairs. If I can't keep up with it in the summer, how can I hope to do so during the rest of the year?! The only way I could have a clean house is if I lived alone, and I love my family, so I guess I had better accept the reality that they are always one step ahead of me making a mess. So far my eating is on track. I haven't exercised yet, but I'll get it in. I'm feeling very committed right now.

Ginger: You are going to love Ratat...! (I have no idea how to spell it.) We saw it yesterday and enjoyed it. It's no Shrek 3, but for a kid's movie, it was cute.

Daph: Ginger is correct. Taking care of the elderly is difficult work and can make you feel very isolated. It is good for you to have this outlet, and I hope that you have other healthy and fun ways to get away from your responsibilities sometimes. We all need a break. Summer and school vacations are my breaks since I'm a teacher. You may need to carve out some time for yourself.

Mermaid: Miss you.

07-19-2007, 09:11 PM
tried posting 2 or 3 times...arghhh... hope this one sticks!

don't feel alone with the teen issues, ginger---SIGHHH!
today is my dh's only day off so it is our Sat and Sun....We went to see the HarryPotter movie earlier today. DH is now making his world famous homemade pizza as I type. I not only ate 3 handfuls of greasy-movie popcorn NOW I'm going to eat homemade pizza.....while it won't have any meat it will have crust and cheese! He makes THE BEST pizza sauce and crust....sighhhh! Gotta run, he's calling me to help with something!

I'll be back tomorrow! I WI tomorrow as well....THAT should be GREAT after pizza AND popcorn! I've got to reconfigure my "weeks" to match his days off!

take care,

07-20-2007, 11:13 PM
okay. so I'm -1.0 for the week...um, do you think it was the delicious pizza or the greasy gross movie popcorn? I'm still standing...and a - before any number beats the heck out of a + SOOOO.....

Where did everyone go?! :) Hope all is well with you and yours! I've been in the attic cleaning a bit, the kitchen cleaning, and talking to banks about getting an HELOC for some home improvements....I talked to 9 banks today... you'd think that I'd love that.......ICK! I'm exhausted....but heading back into the attic...the weather is wonderful and I'm able to stay up there without melting OR sweating between my breasts! Gotta love cool nights like these! hehehehehehee.....

take care,

Dale Junior Fan
07-21-2007, 01:43 AM

Hello Girlies

Just wanted to drop by and share my progress for the week. I am down a total of 5 pounds. I am so excited:carrot: I am getting closer to my labor day goal. I know my weight loss will slow down from here and I am fine with that. A loss is a loss:)

Mermaid: Congrats on your loss for the week:carrot: I am very happy for you. And by the way, enough with the cool weather talk.;) We had a storm blow through tonight and the temp. fell and it felt sooooo good. We can't wait until fall. It is sooo hot.

Has anyone thought about their goals for next week? I will stop back by tomorrow.

07-21-2007, 11:52 AM
Congratulations, Daph! Way to go! You're doing great! Keep it up! (Your little doggie is adorable!) I have a puppy (1.5) , 2 boys (15 and 12) and a dh (old). Our kitty (20) passed away in September...I had had her since she was 7 weeks old. I miss her but not that litter box!

After Thursday's pizza/popcorn insanity, I was a bit disappointed about my choices and the scale....and so I've got to make my goals for this week address my lack of "little voice that screams-NOOO!".......... SO.

My goals for next week include:
1. planning the family meals AND shopping for them (so that I don't have to run in and out of the grocery as I have OTHER things to do AND I tend to buy junk and spend too much money the other way!)
2. planning what I eat better so that I have more choices available for those cravings when I begin to consider peeling the paint as a low point alternative to junk food!
3. the attic.... I MUST go through the junk, throw out the stuff that is now trash. Give away the stuff that is too good to throw out. Organize and properly store the stuff that needs to stay. THIS must be done by the coming weekend!
4. WATP --early in the morning right after dh leaves for work and before my guys get up! DAILY. I've been horrible with THIS....as usual.... I tend to put every thing else before me moving my fanny!

Ok... enough from me for now! Taking the boys to Busch Gardens this evening.....Not only is the weather absolutely beautiful (which means that everyone ..EVERYone....Will be there) BUT also, one of the old guys from Styx is playing a concert (Dennis DeYoung) tonight...My husband and I were huge fans back in the day...and the boys have grown up listening to the music and our stories...SO they have asked to go. I sort of find it sad that this old "rock star" (?) is now performing free shows at amusement parks...but it will be fun with the boys! DH has to work so it will be the boys and me! Oh enough.

Hope you guys have a great weekend! I'll be back later!
take care,

07-21-2007, 08:06 PM
Sorry I was MIA yesterday. It was a busy one. DD's Godmother/my friend, came over. We went out to lunch, and I was very good. I had insalata mista (green salad) with 3 roasted shrimp, no dressing, one slice of a small pizza, and a large bottle of Pellegrino water with lemon. Later in the day, DH and I got all decked out, dropped DD off at my/her friends' for the night and proceeded to the restaurant to celebrate our 14th wedding :val2:anniversary. We had a gift certificate for a fancy gourmet restaurant, so that is where we chose to go. I started with a margarita on the rocks (they don't do blenders:p) and coconut shrimp. My main course was the "Tuscan Fairy Tale" which consisted of veal shank (like butter) with a brown sauce and risotto. Then I ordered a "Flirtini" :hat:which nearly knocked me on my ***! :o For dessert I had a chocolate concoction with layers of chocolate cake, cheesecake, chocolate fudge, chocolate bar, and chocolate frosting. Everything was unbelievably delicious:drool: and because this was a once a year event, I didn't really care about points. We enjoyed ourselves, and I will get back on program. After dinner, we went to see "Knocked up." I haven't seen an R-rated movie in so long that I can't even remember when. I've turned into a PG/PG-13 fan. I've discovered that I have no need to see others' body parts, people use drugs, and use disgusting language. I'm sure lots of people will enjoy the movie, but my eyes kept burning from what I was seeing on the big screen, and because I kept on needing to process it and recover from it, I didn't really enjoy the movie. Yes, I laughed, but mostly I winced or moaned (not from pleasure.) We returned home at 12:30am only to get a message on our machine from a homesick DD whose voice was cracking, trying not to cry. At first I told myself and DH that I couldn't call because I'd wake someone. But after sitting staring at the phone with a bad feeling for 15 minutes, I broke down and called. Nothing horrible happened. DD was fine and asleep, but I asked that she call in the AM as soon as she woke up. At 8:30am, DD was ready to go! My friend is 40 minutes away, so after getting our acts together ASAP, we hauled *** up there to bring her home. She was happy to see us, but definitely not my bouncy, gleeful child. We all took a nap (I couldn't sleep) when we got home, and after lying in her own bed with her stuffed animals, she bounced back, suddenly had an appetite, and was her normal self again. I remember being homesick when I was a kid. I remember pretending to be sick so I could leave Girl Scout camp, and being forced to stay at least one week of my two week term. I remember seeing my mother walk down the path to my cabin and bursting with joy and relief when I saw her. I remember avoiding sleepovers at friends' houses and coming up with ridiculous excuses not to stay over. I eventually grew out of it around middle school age. But I can totally relate with my little girl. I have to admit that I feel better when all three of us are under the same roof. I'm glad my DH doesn't travel. When he works late nights at the arena for a show, I don't sleep properly till he's home. I have no clue how I will survive DD dating. I will most certainly be stressed out and sleep-deprived. God help me.

Good news, I may be exhausted, but I'm not hungover. An early night in bed should cure me. All in all, my anniversary was fun.:cheers: I'm happy my DH and I have survived all of the bumps in the road so far. It looks as if I chose the right guy for me.

Congrats to Mermaid (1 is better than a gain any day) and Daph on your weight loss. I will not be joining you this week, but I'll catch up.

07-22-2007, 12:08 AM
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Summerrrr! May you have many more happy years together! :) Gee your description of dinner needs a warning label! YUMMM! Glad you had a good time! Do I have to count the points if I've read about that dessert twice?!

So. I've returned from walking around Busch Gardens....mannnnnnn, everyone in the state of VA was there this evening. WAYYYYY too crowded for this spoiled season's pass holder! The guys and I got there about 1.5 hours before the concert...... all of the lines for the rides were incredibly CRAZEEEEE so we decided that we would return on Tuesday (MY personal favorite day to visit BG! Much less crowded!) and we people watched! OMG! Please, please, please with the indecent clothing! Don't go on the water rides unless you planned for being soaked when you dressed in the morning! Everyone (my self included!) does NOT need to participate in the unofficial wet teeshirt contest ! We bumped into some friends who we hung out at the concert with AND who invited us to ride the newest roller coaster with them--they had a "go to the front of the line pass" so we didn't have to wait in the nearly 1.45 hour line! WhoooHooo! After the Coaster, we hurried out the exit!

I've done a good job with food intake today! ...not too bad for exercise...however I ignored my need to plan meals and / or do a thing in the attic! YIKES!

I'm going to shower and head to bed.....humming old Styx songs for sure! (That old guy can still sing!)

take care,

07-22-2007, 03:52 PM
Mermaid: Glad you had fun at the Styxx concert. I can hear their music in my head right now, "Babe I'm leavin' I must be on my way..." Over 25 years ago I listened to them and it's like yesterday. You make me want to get in my car and drive to Busch Gardens right now, minus the crowds. I'm not a thrill ride fan, but I know there is more to it than that. Thanks for the well-wishes!

Ginger: Where for art thou?

Daph: I understand your desire for summer to end considering where you are, :beach:but you must know that those of us up north have been desperately waiting for the only 3 months out of the year that we can enjoy the awesome sunshine. I suffer through the other 9 months, especially winter, with asthma, aches & pains (probably arthritis), and the blues because of the cold weather and lack of sun exposure. My family and I will be moving to Florida in 9 years after DD graduates high school. I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THERE. My dad lived in Venice, Fl. after my mom died, and in the summer, he would stay in the A/C in the early afternoon when it was oppressively hot, but otherwise, he loved the climate and I did too when I would visit in the summer. I have friends that don't tolerate heat well, so when we do move there, they will most likely visit us during Florida's coolest months.

I'm off to enjoy the pool :swim::sunny:and the much desired sunshine right now! Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

07-22-2007, 08:47 PM
Still alive here........and surviving the weekend ok, I think!
Summer!!!!!!!Don't move to Fla, my friend!!!!! (I know it is years off!). I keep hoping that someday, somehow we will meet.
Ms Mermaid- sounds as though you are enjoying summer- went to a concert eh? Hope it was good!
Daph- I gather from Summer's post that you are sick of the heat. I rather dislike hot stuff myself, and will probably turn into a large monster towards the end of the week when it heats up.

Been darned busy.........having company over next weekend and my house is a disaster. Today we took my wonderful mother in law out (cough, cough).
Hope I can stay good for the rest of the day. Tomorrow is saner, and I will be a better friend and really respond......nite!

07-23-2007, 10:30 AM
Good morning ladies! It is a rainy day:rain:and only 65 degrees. So, no pool :swim::sunny: or sunbathing today. And a light jacket is required. It certainly is not my favorite kind of day, but since DD is at Vacation Bible School right now and has a play date later, I have time to myself to do scrapbooking! I have piles of photos that have been accumulating because when I do have free time, it is usually used to clean a toilet or do some dishes! I used to be able to do stuff like this when DD was little and still napped. But those days are long gone, and now we are constantly on the go or entertaining her friends. She keeps me so busy, in a good way, that I can't imagine when she grows up how it will feel.

Ginger: Don't be alarmed about me moving to Florida. We plan on buying a house big enough to have a comfortable guest room, and besides, what better place to take a trip to visit a friend...especially during a particularly bad winter?;):shocksn: So, how is your MIL doing anyway...as pleasant as ever?!:frypan::rofl:

Mermaid & Daph: How was your weekend?

07-23-2007, 01:25 PM
Good afternoon!!!!!!!!!
I am enjoying a rainy day here.........gives me a chance to get my messy house cleaned. I was tired of cultivating my weed patch anyway.
Summerrrr- you have the same weather as us.....gee, I kind of like it! Enjoy your scrapbooking day, and some much deserved time to yourself to regenerate and be creative. We are better mom's when we get that much needed time off. And believe me...just because kids are in college, do not think your job is over. It changes quite a bit, and you become more of a manager/advisor than a mother, but it is still very much there. Once you are a mom, you are always a mom. I might just take you up on that vacation in Fla........would still love to see you someday when you are still only a somewhat short distance from me though! :)

Daph and Ms Mermaid....hope your weekend ended well!

I did get a walk in this am, came home from it during a light rain. Now I have all this cleaning, waitingfor the onslaught of my Dh's family this weekend. Hey, I have a great idea........I will get the house all clean and the cooking done for the company, and then drive north to visit Summerrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and believe me, that is what I feel like doing). Speaking of crafting, I have the ultimate bummer crafting story. # years ago, I started making a tote bag for myself. Cut it out, got started on the sewing. 2 weeks ago I had all the pieces.......got the machine set up........now one piece is missing, and I cant do a darned thing! (talk about ticked off). I get so little time to sew......love to do it......and the piece that is missing is in a way irreplaceable. I can ad lib without it, but it will not quite be the same.

Ok, nuff of me bellyachin. Hope your day is going well.........

07-23-2007, 08:29 PM
Oh, and Ms Summerrrr......yes the wonderful lady (MIL) was in her usual miserable form. Not a pleasant thought to think that she will be tormenting me two weekends in a row.:mad: What was I thinking??????

07-23-2007, 10:05 PM
Hey ya'll......
I've had one of those days. I just sort of feel like I need a huge vitamin pill and a kick in the fanny..... planning to go to Busch Gardens in the morning with the boys and a few friends... It will be fun. They will ride all they want to and we will get in a bit of exercise. We will be home by mid afternoon and everyone will be happy!

DH is heading to Hatteras tomorrow after work with our friend who owns the house we frequent. They had some family friends use the house last week and they want to just check it out and do some cleaning and such.... Sounds like excuses if you ask me; however, I'm not giving him a hard time! He has worked so much with so little time off since tourist season really kicked in.

Eating has been in control for the most part. This summer with all these teenaged attitudes and spinning heads...... ARGGHHH! Testosterone is evil, I tell you! (Said with love in my heart, of course!)

talk to you all after our BG adventure!
take care,

07-24-2007, 10:14 AM
Ginger: Sorry your craft project got screwed up. When you least expect it, that missing piece will pop up. Sorry MIL continues to be a thorn in your side. You can choose your friends, but family...AAAHHHH!!!!

Mermaid: I'm beginning to become a bit jealous of all your trips to Busch Gardens with your seasons pass.:p I'll have to remember this when I'm living in central Florida and drop in at Disneyworld all of the time.;) By the way, you are also invited to stay in my guest room when we move.:hug: Have fun today with your big kids!

DD is at VBS, so I will do some more scrapbooking. I need to work on the album from my nephew's wedding last October. DD was the flower girl, and my nephew is her Godfather, so it was a BIG DEAL. The wedding was on Long Island and we were there for three days because of the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, the wedding, and the luncheon the day after. We won't be having another family event like this one for a long time. My other nephew is living with his girlfriend locally, and when and if they finally do tie the knot, it will be much more informal. DD is the next one in line on my side of the family, so we have many years before another wedding spectacular.

Today is my real 14th anniversary. We celebrated last Friday because who wants to celebrate on a Tuesday? For our 20th, we are planning on renewing our vows at The Grand Floridian's gazebo in Disneyworld. Our friends will be there, and maybe family. DD will be my maid of honor. All of the ladies will have a spa day the day before the ceremony, and our second honeymoon will be in Disneyworld, of course. We were gonna wait till our 25th, but I don't want to be too old to enjoy myself!

Enjoy your day!!!

07-24-2007, 10:16 PM
Hi Ladies,
Do you have room for one more? I sure have missed you gals. I just decided to come back to 3fc last week. Things have been hetic in my life here lately and I need to recommit to doing things for me first and not for everyone else. I have gained back some weight and am trying like heck to take it back off and then some. Things are still the same with the dh and stepkids. Still being used by the ex-wife like crazy. But oh well, trying to deal with it all by eating healthier, limiting myself to one diet pop a week and starting to work out again daily.
I went to TOPS tonight and gained a pound. So I am a little bummed about that. But haven't reached for food for comfort.
Well need to go and get some stuff done around the house. Will check back in with you all later.
Take care,

07-25-2007, 12:13 AM
Hey Kerry! Good to see you here tonight as I am checking in!

We got home from Busch Gardens around 5:30..... Both boys are exhausted as am I....and it wasn't crowded nor THAT hot. Waiting my turn in the shower. We will all sleep late tomorrow for sure! DH is in Hatteras.....lucky guy! He will be home tomorrow night! Boys are going to go to WaterCountryUSA (Local water park owned by BGardens) tomorrow with friends. I *WON'T* be going! WHOOOHOOO! (I dislike water parks more than just a LOT!)

Hope you all notice how beautiful that moon is tonight! It is lovely here tonight.....too bad the bugs prevent gazing for too long! (I tried!)

take care,

07-25-2007, 10:40 AM
:hug:We're back together again!!! So glad you're here Kerry!:welcome3: With the four of us working together, we will all be successful!!!

DD wanted me to make her chocolate chip bars...my big weakness. So, I snuck in whole wheat flour and Smart Balance oil instead of butter. You'd never know the difference! They taste just as naughty as the real thing. Next time I need to substitute the sugar with Splenda, but I need to buy a new bag. I'm not feeling in control right now...got some money stressors right now. But, I'm working toward calming myself down and taking better care of myself. Prayer...that always works.

DD is at Vacation Bible School again this morning. I'm not accustomed to so much freedom. In the past, I've ended up having to volunteer because she didn't feel comfortable being left. It's weird. The girl was in an at-home daycare at 3 months of age, twice a week. At 3 years old, she went to a daycare center and then pre-k with no problem. Once she got accustomed to K in the public school, she has loved school since. But any kind of day camp whether gymnastics, cheerleading, or VBS, she wouldn't let me leave till this year. I don't get it. The weird thing is she got homesick at her BFF's house on Friday, but she still wants to sleepover my MIL's house tomorrow. I'm concerned because DD isn't very close to my in-laws, 1. We only see them a few times in the summer, since they live in Florida the rest of the year; 2. They aren't affectionate people and DD is used to being hugged all of the time. I let DD know that if she gets homesick, we won't be able to get to her quickly. Their summer home is 90 minutes away from us. But she insists she can handle it. I just have this feeling that I'm gonna be getting in my VW at midnight on Thursday to go bring her home. I sure hope not!

Today is beautiful, so DD and I will spend the afternoon in the pool.:swim: Enjoy your day!

07-25-2007, 12:25 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome ladies! It sure is good to be back together with you all. You don't know how much I have missed you and needed your support. :) I was so happy yesterday afternoon when I opened Summerrrr's PM. Sorry I didn't reply back but was on my way out the door to go to TOPS.
Enjoy your time alone, Summerrrr. Boy your dd has sure grown up here in the last year or so. Enjoy your swim this afternoon.
Miss Mermaid are you enjoying your free time today? Sounds like you really enjoy your time at Busch Gardens. I live too far away from Cedar Point or Kings Island to go enjoy them on a regular basis. I am trying to win tickets to go to Cedar Point though. The one tv station is doing summer road trips and I am trying to guess the clues to win the tickets. Glad you are enjoying your walks with Leslie and gang!
Ginger, sounds like things are still the same with you and your family. I have been thinking of you lots here lately. The boys are on an all-star baseball team. They play this weekend in the local tournment, so guess where I will be all weekend long. I can't wait for baseball to be over for a while. But then I heard that they were going to start a fall league in my town. So I don't know if we will be doing that or not.
Well ladies, I get to go and buy new tennis shoes today for me. I haven't had a new pair in over a year and a half. So it is going to feel like Christmas to me.
I hope you all have a wonderful day! I will try to come back and chat with you all later. I have to go shopping with hubby and the boys. Then I have a training class for a second job this evening and then it is off to the local bowling alley to bowl with my hubby, two stepsons and sil.

07-26-2007, 12:37 AM
Evening Ladies,
Wow what a day I had! I went shopping with my hubby and two stepsons. I got a new pair of tennis shoes, nike flip flops and 3 workout outfits. So I guess it did feel like Christmas for me. Since as you well know I usually don't get to spend money on me. Then we went to Taco Bell for lunch. Not my first choice for lunch. Just had 2 soft tacos and some iced tea. Then it was home to rest for a few hours, and then off to job training. I sat through 2 1/2 hours of training and get to go back tomorrow evening. I will be working at a call center. Then went bowling for 3 hours. So I am just a little tired this evening. So hopeful this schedule of being busy will help me lose the weight. LOL
So how was everyone else's day? The only thing that I was not able to do today was workout. So I guess I will have to try and squeeze in a few more minutes tomorrow and the next day when I workout.
Well I think I am going to call it a day and go read for a little bit before falling asleep. Have a great evening!
Later taters,

07-26-2007, 12:42 AM
Hey hey hey!
Wow, you were a busy girl today, Kerry! Glad you were able to enjoy your little Christmas in July! :) I love new shoes! Since my husband was not home last night, I wasn't able to sleep too well..... I've been so sluggish all day...and am heading to bed NOW... which is early for me! I took the dog on a short walk this evening (not far enough for it to really amount to anything as far as exercise!). I got in nearly enough water. Gotta work on that tomorrow for sure! Hope you all had good productive Wednesdays!

Type to you tomorrow!
take care,

07-26-2007, 01:38 AM
Need to vent for a few minutes. Why is it that us women get used all the time? My dh told the boys that they could spend the night to night and we would take them bowling. Which was fine with me. Then our friend shows up at the bowling alley and asked my dh to go out with him for a little bit. He is like sure I can do that. Mind you we have his children spending the night at our house. Would that be the time to go hang out with your buddies all night long? I guess I am just mad because he never even asked me if it was okay with me that he go hang out with his friends. I babysat the kids on Saturday night for him so he could go do a favor for one of our friends at the local county fair. I was the one who was able to find a part-time job to help us out of our money problems. On Monday night, he came home from ball practice only long enough to say hi and put the boys gear in their room and then he took off for his friend's house. He was gone for 6 hours and came home at 4 in the morning and wanted to chat. Then slept in on Tuesday morning, so when the kids got here I was the one to watch them. Then he made this big deal about staying home last night to spend time with me. Well I got home from my TOPS meeting at 7:30 and he never got home until 9:30. You know what he did, played poker on the computer all night long. Then watched a little tv. So how is that spending time with me? Then today we had the boys all day long, go to the bowling alley and then he takes off again. With me starting this new job, I won't have any really free time with him for a long time. I guess it is just starting to really piss me off that I am getting take advantage of all the time. When will it be my turn to just hand over the step kids and go out with my friends for a change. I am always the one who has to change their plans to accomandate everyone else. Do I have Stupid Loser stamped across my forehead or what? Sorry for venting but I had to get it off my chest. I can't say anything to my dh now or I know it will cause a big fight. We have went for 6 days now without fighting. That is a new record for us. Wow! Or is he going to realize how much he counted on me to pick up the pieces when I am working this part-time job and teaching school at the same time? Well I better go and get some shut-eye. I am really tired this evening.
Check in with you all tomorrow.

07-26-2007, 04:53 PM
Hi Ladies,
Hope everyone is having a great day! I sure am. I got to sleep in and then do my workout. I did the Walk/Jog Dvd. Got ready and went out to lunch with my dh this afternoon. I was a good girl too. I got a grilled chicken sandwich and a side salad. So I am off to a good start with my eating and working out for the day. Then we went to the sporting goods store to get ball pants and socks for the tournment this weekend. Jeez I am going to miss it because I have to work Saturday morning! Then the boys came home from swimming at a friend's house. So it has been a nice day so far. Here in a little bit I am going to have to go and get ready to go to work from 5 to 10. I just have to think of something that I can have dinner before I go to work. Maybe I will just stop at Subway and get me a sub since we haven't been to the grocery store yet. DH came home last night around 2 and couldn't believe that I was still up and so was his one son. But I couldn't go to sleep and his son was playing on the computer. I finally went to bed around 3. Day number 7 without any fights with DH. Maybe we are going to break a new record. Maybe my little comment to my hubby might have hit home for a change. Or the threat of me leaving him could have done it!
So how is everyone else's day going?
Miss Mermaid are you getting in your water for the day? Did you go for a walk with the walking gang today? Hope you were able to get some rest last night.
Summerrr how was the play date yesterday? Did you get some more scrapbooking done? I love your idea for renewing your wedding vows. What a cool idea! I would love to renew my vows someday with my hubby in the mountains. I think that would be so beautiful!
Ginger how is the remodeling of the oldest's room? Hope you got it put back together again. So are you all prepared for the mil's visit this weekend? Hope things go smoothly for you. If not, just hop in your car and come to Ohio for a visit. LOL
Well I just looked at the clock and realized that I have 1 hour and 10 minutes before going to work. I still need to change my clothes, brush my hair and teeth, go to the gas station and make stop and get something to eat all before 5. So I better close for now. Looks like we are going to get a thunderstorm. Yippeee!
Talk to you all later. I hope that I can get the computer tonight after I get home from work. We are going to have a little house guest this evening. LOL I don't have to babysit for once. Let's see if hubby has to run out when I get home for a break.
Have a great afternoon!
Later taters,

07-26-2007, 11:39 PM
Well ladies I survived the first evening of my part-time job. I think I might enjoy it. It did drag on at times. But atleast I made it through. I am sure it will get easier as I go along. Hope you all had a wonderful day and stayed on plan. Hope you also got your exericise in too! I think I am going to go read a little and then go to bed. Chat with you all tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening.

07-27-2007, 09:53 AM
Kerry: I'm gonna put in my 2 cents, and you can feel free to ignore it...I just have to put it out there. After reading your post about your DH, I wanted to smack him. Sorry. My DH is no prince, and I do all I can to avoid confrontation as well, but girl, sometimes you've just got to tell it like it is. You don't have to say a word to do that. Go on ahead and make some plans with a girlfriend. You are making some extra cash right now, and since DH feels entitled to go out whenever he pleases, and stay out at all hours, what will prevent you from doing the same? You work, you take care of the kids, you are a GREAT WIFE. Call a friend and go out. HAVE SOME FUN!!!

Yesterday was full of stress, but it looks like there will be a light at the end of the tunnel regarding our money issues. Deep breath, sigh of relief.

My eating was good early in the day, but had pizza at MIL's which gave me bad indigestion well into the wee hours of the morning. It must have been cheap, fatty, mozzarella. Oh, and the two cosmopolitan's and potato skins I downed at an Irish pub on the way to MIL's probably didn't help!!! Stress eating and drinking, dontcha love it?!

DD spent last night at MIL's, and we did not get a call overnight. We are headed up to their house this AM. They live near the beach, so if the weather holds, we will spend some time at their beach. They are closer to the Atlantic, so the water is cleaner than where we are on Long Island Sound. Long Island Sound has gotten better thanks to "Save the Sound", but it still isn't very clean, hence our reason for having a pool.

Ginger & Mermaid, take care and enjoy your day!
Kerry, kick some ***! :kickbutt:

07-27-2007, 10:27 AM
Good morning!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gotta be a bit short, as I have a busy day here. My inlaws, complete with my wonderful (cough, cough) MIL are coming over tomorrow, and I need Martha Stewart to attempt to make some sense out of the 3 ring circus I call home. No fresh cut flowers here.....got some really prolific weeds though!
So, needless to say, I have tons to do. And am seriously where the "enjoy" part of this summer break went. Someone please remind me of what a great time I had camping........just one 2 1/2 day weekend of fun.

The gang's all here!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kerry!!!!!!!!!!Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gee, it is great to see each of you here (Ms Summerrrrr, thanks for being our social coordinator, it is so good to have each of you back). I was really excited when I saw Kerry's posts. I truly do mean it that I missed each of you. A wonderful sisterhood we have going here. Kerry, had little time to read carefully your posts- but I do agree with Ms Summerrrr- go ahead and get out with a friend. If mymemory serves me correctly, this has been an issue with your Dh before- he goes out fairly frequently and you are such a saint with his kids. (you tutored them all last summer if I remember correctly).
Take care of yourself.....you are a good woman.

Summerrrr- stress monster got to your house too?! I went to a meeting on Tuesday, there was a substitute leader for the day. She made a great point- during the normal year she uses Flex, for obvious reasons. But for summer and especially vacation- when life is more on the fly and she does not want to count points, she uses Core. Her logic made sense to me- and seriously, the elimination of all the trigger foods (bread, ice cream, cookies) works well for me for a short time. I could not live on Core because of its limitations, but to shake me fat a** , I am going on it. Perhaps it would work for you?
Hope the stress monster goes on a cruise to Austrailia (far enough?) and that you have a great day. Perhaps the somewhat shaky weather will hold off and you can get some beach time in. Hope so!

Ms Mermaid- how is your glorious self today!? I need to chat with you about my upcoming trip....

I have been busy- went to my Dm's Wednesday to do some work at her house- felt awful yesterday (summer cold stuff) and still feel a bit crummy today. But I must prepare for the onslaught tomorrow.....lots of cooking and cleaning to do today.
So I'd better get my rump in gear. Have a great day!

07-27-2007, 01:23 PM
Just a quick hello! I am waiting on the hubby to finish getting ready then we are going out to lunch with the boys and their little friend. Unforunatley, we are not happy about the uninvited guest. He spent the night at the boys' mom's house and no one informed us that he was coming over to our house today or we wouldn't have minded. But this kid is a mouthy thing and is disrespectful.
Summerrr glad to hear that your dd was able to make it through the night at your inlaw's last night. Sorry to hear about your heartburn. Hope you are feeling better today and can get some swimming time in. Don't get too stressed out about your visit with your inlaws today. Hope your eating can stay on track.
Ginger, I sure have missed you all. That is why I am so glad that I got the message from Summerrr to join you all. You don't know how much I need the support from you great ladies. Just knowing that I have you to talk to and hold me accountable for my healthy lifestyle changes help. Hope you are able to survive your visit with inlaws this weekend. I will be thinking positive thoughts to help you get through the weekend.
Miss Mermaid, how is your Friday going? Hope all is well in the south for you.
As for the dh, I think you will all get a kick out of this comment. I told him and the boys this morning that now that I work on Friday nights until 10 and have to be back at work by 9 on Saturday morning that there will be no overnight guests at our house on Friday nights. Well dh agreed with me because he said that he is not watching a bunch of kids by myself. Fun isn't that it is okay for me to stay home and babysit a bunch of kiddos. He came home last night and wanted to chat after I had already been in bed. He acted all nice and loving asking about work. He is going to learn that things are really going to be different around here with me working two jobs and only really having Saturday afternoons and all day Sundays off. I don't plan on cleaning house and doing a whole lot of crap on my days off. I am going to stick to that plan too. SO PLEASE REMIND ME OF THAT AT TIMES OKAY?
Well I better go and get the gang moving. Maybe I can sneak in a nap this afternoon too.
Well hope all everyone is having a great Friday!
Take care,

07-27-2007, 10:32 PM
Hey a quick fly by......
Hope everyone is doing well....

Kerry, you are a saint! I bet I could have dropped mouthy, disrespectful friend right off at his address on the way home from bioMom's...with the "we didn't know and no one checked with us...Sorry, but it just doesn't work for us today!" with a smile as you back out the driveway leaving extra kid behind! :) The story changes with DH when HE has to take care of his offspring, huh?! Kinda ironic, huh?! Hang in there and don't kill yourself with all these jobs you're doing!

Summer, What a big girl your DD is changing into! Right before your eyes!! :) Glad to hear that there was not a midnight journey! Hope the weather held out for you to stick your toe in the Atlantic! You know how I love THAT body of water! Sighhh! I long for a pool........ we're too far away from the ocean to get there on a regular basis...and the River just doesn't cut it! bleech ...jellyfish season!

Ginger, YES! Let me know about your travel plans via PM, please! I will do all I can to make it work this time! Also, google Hatteras and plovers and see what is currently happening with beach driving and such! I can't remember what your family prefers but there are some things happening down there..... I can't remember if you have my phone numbers... let me know via PM and we can chat about this subject if you're interested! GaWWWD bless you ..... Hope that visit with your inlaws goes well. Sighhh!

Daph, you still around? Melting in that Florida sun and heat? Hope this week was a successful week for you!

Our youngest got his braces on today and is nearing miserable....for so many reasons.... I feel badly for him. DH has to work tomorrow (it is his "Tuesday") so the weekend will just be like other days for us........ OH and I forgot to weigh in this morning... will try to remember in the morning!

Off to the attic to put in a few hours of cleaning in the cooler temp of the night! Did great with food intake UNTIL boys started messing with each other and youngest began crying over his mouth hurting... STRESS eating.... dang. what regret!

til tomorrow...
take care,

07-28-2007, 11:55 AM
Kerry: I think you can count on the three of us to remind you what you need and deserve. I second Mermaid's reply.

Ginger: I hope your MIL time flies by quickly. I FEEL YOUR PAIN.

Mermaid: Re: pool, all we have is an easy set ring pool. They aren't expensive. When DD was little, we had a 12' round, 24" deep pool. As she got bigger, the pool got bigger. We now have an 18', 42" deep pool. It has a filter and uses chemicals just like a regular above ground pool. We know a lot of people that don't even have kids, but want to be able to cool off at the end of the day and have a pool like this. When our financial situation improves in the next few years, we will get a deeper above ground pool and eventually will extend our deck around it. For now, this is the cheap way to enjoy a pool every day. In fact, we got our 18' at an end of summer sale for half off. It's something to think about.

Yesterday, we drove to get DD and made plans to pack her up, take her out for lunch (since I knew her breakfast wasn't going to be very hearty), and go to the beach. I was right, she had a slice of white bread toast with butter. I prefer her to have some protein as a part of her breakfast, not to mention the fact that I would expect grandparents to make a special breakfast for their grandchild's visit. Silly me!:dizzy: They had no kid friendly food in the house.:p I shouldn't be surprised. No hugs. No special treats. Sounds about right.:( Okay, so we arrived around 11am to smell vegetable soup cooking. Who thinks DD will eat this?!:?: Duh! So, guess what she had for lunch? Another slice of white bread toast.:p I ate the small bowl of vegetable soup as I fantasized about stopping at a restaurant for lunch. DH was given a huge bowl with lots of noodles and rye bread. There was none left for seconds, so I was STARVING. DD was STARVING. DH didn't seem to understand why we weren't satiated. AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, big surprise when we didn't stop for lunch and proceeded to the beach. I saw a snack bar and rallied a little. Unfortunately, it only served candy and ice cream.:p The weather turned into a beautiful sunny day, and we were able to enjoy an afternoon at the beach until our hunger pains could no longer be ignored. I had wanted to try a fabulous seafood restaurant on the water at home complete with frozen pina coladas, but that would mean waiting two more hours and that wasn't happening! So, we quickly changed and picked up DD's things at MIL's...getting out of there was nearly impossible, and my biggest fear was that she was gonna try to make us stay for dinner.:( We ended up eating at a horrible fried food place near their house as I prayed that I didn't get sick. We were desperately hungry, and DH thought this was the ticket. Yeah, the ticket to diarrhea and high calories.:p And, there was no alcohol. I really needed something to drink after all of that MIL time. I can only take her in very small doses, and I had O.D.ed on her for sure. As I ate my FRIED CLAMS AND FRENCH FRIES, for the first time since 8am, my stomach was feeling some sense of relief that I had not forgotten it existed. My stomach was able to put out of its mind the calories and good chance that I would most likely be vomiting or have explosive diarrhea later in the day, probably on the road home. DH only ordered a lobster roll. So he had the nerve to eye my food. I asked him why he didn't order more food, and he said he would eat whatever I didn't finish. Well, totally out of character;), I snapped at him and told him to get his own dinner. We had words. But, he quickly went in search of his own food. I inhaled every last CLAM AND FRY.:ink: I wasn't even ashamed. I'm still not. Hey, DD and I were desperately deprived of a decent lunch. (Poor DD hadn't had a decent meal since lunch the previous day.) We drove the long drive home. Miraculously enough, I didn't get sick, I took a strong antihistamine, and knocked out around 8:30pm. This morning I woke up refreshed.

Today, who knows?

07-28-2007, 04:51 PM
Hi Ladies,
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Boy what a day it has been already for me. I had to get up at 6 to get everyone else and then went back to bed until 7:30. Then I got up and did a walking video and then hit the shower. Got ready for work and started at 9. Mind you it was my third day and they are suppose to be training me to be successful. Do you think anyone really helped me today? No but at 1:15 the one manger came over to me and told me to log off and go home. Since I was struggling on my sales today and my numbers had fallen. He didn't want me to go too far below and then they would have to fire me. Don't you think it would have made more sense to sit with me and maybe figure out what I was doing wrong for the next 45 minutes of my work shift than to send me home early? Oh well I went home changed clothes and then out the door to the ball game. I have a little break before the next one at 5. So far they have won their games. So it looks like we are going to be playing again tomorrow.
Here is a chuckle for you all ladies! I guess Mr. Mouthy asked if he could spend the night with us last night. My dh was like no sorry we have to be up early tomorrow. Thank goodness when I got home last night from work, he was home and stayed home with the boys for a change. I guess he made one of our friends mad because he didn't go out with him last night. I told my dh you do know if I would have came home from work and you told me that you were leaving and I was in charge of the boys, I probably would have done bodily harm to you right. SO he must be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. For a change.
Ginger, I am thinking positive thoughts about your weekend visitors and sending them your way. Hope everything is going smoothly for you!
Miss Mermaid, did you get over your stress eating from yesterday? How is the cleaning of your attic coming along? So what exiciting big plans do you for your day? How is your ds handling day two of braces? I had them and remember the first few days getting use to them. Tell him it does get easier.
Summerrr, sounds like you had an interesting day yesterday. Hope your fried clams and french fries didn't get you any problems today. Glad your dd made it through the night at your inlaw's. I can't image on eating two pieces of toast. If you are going to have your grandchild over you think they would have planned better for the visit. Glad you survived. So what big plans do you have for today?
Well I better go and see about getting a few minutes of a catnap before it is out the door for the last game of the day.
Chat with you all later.

07-29-2007, 09:43 AM
Just a drive by to say hi to everyone. Boy what a crazy weekend this has been already. My one stepson got hurt yesterday in the last game of the day. He went to get a ball at third base and caught it with his right inside ankle. So it is badly bruised. His mom wasn't even at his game and we had to call her to tell her to come pick him up to take him to the doctor. You think if your child had gotten hurt that you would rush to get there. After an hour is when she showed up and she didn't seem to concerned about it. Today we have all day at the ball fields again and then the boys swimming party from 6 to 10 at the city pool for their regular ball team. So I don't think we are going to be at home at all today. What a great way to enjoy a day off!
Hope you all have a great day!

07-29-2007, 03:25 PM
Taking a quick pit stop to say hi to everyone. The boys lost their game today. So they are out of the tournment. They all got down in the first inning and couldn't focus the rest of the game. They did make a strong come back, but didn't win. SO they were all mad and blaming each other. It was embarrassing! We eat at McDonald's twice today. The first time dh and I went for breakfast. I had a bacon, egg and cheese bagel. Then when the team went after their game, I got a Southwest Chicken Salad. It was good! Boy is it hot here today. I am tired and worn out. So I am going to go take a nap. Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday! Ginger is your visitors gone yet?
Talk to you all later.
Take care,

07-29-2007, 11:38 PM
day with lots of thunder and lightning and computer turned off....

Just running by as I'm pulling in our email.........
wanted to say hi! Will check into tomorrow morning...

07-30-2007, 03:41 PM
Hi Ladies,
This is just a drive by from me today. I have been having the day from h@##. It is my dh's birthday today and you think he was a freakin' king of some country. The way he is acting. He has gotten on the boys cases about their poor attitudes yesterday during and after their game. Then he lit into his daughter about her weight problem. Needless to say it was decided last night that we were cleaning house today because he needs cleaned. Well guess who is doing? I have cleaned almost all of it. I have the bathroom to finish and then sweep the floor in our bedroom and I am done for the day. He told me that he didn't know what he was doing tonight for his birthday. I said I didn't really care because I knew what I was doing. Going to work from 5 to 10. Then coming home and probably crashing. Needless to say the only workout I am getting today is cleaning the house. He is mad because his kids didn't get him a card or a gift for his birthday. But guess what I am not going to go and save the day this time. He doesn't think to do things like that for me when it is my birthday. SO he can see how it feels to do and do things for people that you love and then get pooped on. Boy can you tell that I am in a great mood today. Hope that little manager isn't working tonight that sent me home early on Saturday. Or I might just the jerk off and walk out the door.
Hope everyone else is having a much better day. I will check back in with you after work tonight.
Talk to you later,

07-31-2007, 01:02 AM
Hi. It is 11:40 PM and for the first time all day I've sat down in front of the computer. The morning was filled with thunder, lightning and lots and lots of rain. Had to take son #2 to the doctor mid day as he has been moping all weekend with a sore throat and a mild fever. Good thing I took him as the mild fever was 103 by the time we got to the doctor's office..... He has strep throat. Off to the pharmacy to get his prescription while calling his friend's via cell phone to cancel all plans for the week. Return home to son #1 complete with attitude. (I swear I understand why some species eat their young!) A dear friend called me this afternoon to ask that I help her write a letter for her son's school. (He was denied admittance to a program that he truly needs due to some political stuff....) So I went over to her house for a few hours to write the letter...returned home to cook dinner, walk the dog, and then go up into the attic for a bit of cleaning. (Tomorrow is trash day! Didn't want to miss someone else hauling this junk away!) Meanwhile, dealing with teenage angst and sick kid...... Tonight, somewhere on our property our doggie's friend was nearby. The skunk smell was horrible....... Sent the boys to "patrol" and follow their nose...but they didn't see anything. Dog and skunk met one day in mid May and we are still reminded of their little visit each and every time doggie gets wet. YUMMY.....not! I can't begin to tell you how NOT interested I am in their reunion!

Kerry, how was work tonight? What kind of work are you doing? Sorry you had to spend your day cleaning house. Sorry that the boys had bad attitudes during and after their loss. Nothing is more embarrassing than being one of the adults in charge of kids who "show themselves" in that manner during and after a baseball game. I say baseball as my boys are baseball players too...and the oldest has had similar issues during his last season of playing! So I know! Sorry that DH is being less than DEAR!

Gotta go get meds into son, shower and head to bed. Heading over to visit an old friend tomorrow morning. I've not seen her in several months.....but I will be around later in the day!

Summer and Ginger, where are you? Hope all is well. Neither of you offed your inlaws, I hope! :)

take care,

07-31-2007, 04:06 AM
Evening Ladies,
Haven't been to bed yet. Just got home a little bit ago from our friend's house. They had to play cards this evening. But I had a great evening. Dh got out of his bad mood and told me that if I didn't feel comfortable working for this company that I could quit. Told him that I would stick it out until school started. Left the house got to the parking lot and turned around and came home. Decided that my mental and physical health was worth a lot more than working for that company. I made phone calls on behalf of National Geographics. If I didn't met the goal of two sales per hour I heard about it the three days I worked there. So I decided that I didn't need some young punk telling me what to do in a snotty little voice. After I called in and told them that I just wasn't cut out to work for them, I felt like a 100 pound weight was lifted off my shoulders. Dh and I went out for cheeseburgers and then went to our friends house. So the end of the day was much better. While at our friend's house, she gave us a dessert to try. It was homemade angel food cake cut up in little squares, low-fat raspberry yogurt and sugar-free raspberry jello topped with low fat cool whip. It was very yummy!
Well tomorrow I have my weigh in at TOPS. I am hoping all goes well.
Miss Mermaid sorry to hear that ds is sick. Bet that is no fun being stuck at home sick during the summer. Glad you got out for a little bit and went to your friend's house. Did you clean out more junk from your attic?
HI to Summerrrr and Ginger. Hope you are all doing well. I think I might be able to go to sleep now. I will chat with you all tomorrow.
Take care,

07-31-2007, 11:21 AM
Kerry: Glad you had fun with friends till all hours! Have you ever thought of teaching summer school, working a summer recreation program, or tutoring? I do the after school program during the year, and it is quite lucrative. If I need, I may teach summer school at some point.

Mermaid: No, MIL is safe...for now. I've come up with a compromise. Using diplomacy that would make you proud, I suggested to DH that we spend two nights with in-laws and then drive down to Disneyworld for three nights when we go to Florida. He wanted to know why we would only stay with them for two nights, and I explained that with all of us being together in such small quarters, it would be best to make it a shorter visit. He didn't seem to really "get it," but since he loves Disneyworld, I don't think it will be too hard to drag him away knowing that Epcot was waiting for him just hours away! The hard part will be actually pulling this off. MIL's is like the Hotel California...you can check in anytime, but you can never leave!

Ginger: I'm glad you seem to have survived the onslaught of your MIL. YOU KNOW I FEEL YOUR PAIN.:hug:

Well, I woke up with my period with horrible cramps. I have a nasty zit on my chin. And, although I wish I could do nothing all day, I have to do errands that just can't wait.:p But, once I'm done beebopping around town, I will be found on either a couch tuning into my soaps or my lounge chair by the pool. So far, the motrin has not kicked in.:p This really blows because I just got my head back on straight to stick to WW and exercise, and now I just want comfort food and sleep. Whatever.

07-31-2007, 11:39 AM
Good morning.
Sorry to be MIA, things have been so busy. I am trying to get Ds's fall registration figured out.....so much darned stuff to do.....kids to keep busy (I am tired of that!) and tired of attitudes. I actually have chosen to work (just 1 1/2 hour each morning) just to get out and do something without listening to whining. Sad, isn't it!

Kerry- glad you dumped such a stressful job. Who needs that kind of abuse!?
Also good to hear that Dh is in a better mood. It helps so much!

Ms Mermaid- hope that the teenage attitudes and strep are not ruling your house too much! And that neither is contagious......the attitudes or strep!
I will PM you with our plans.....which are still tentative. Enjoy your visit with your friend.

Summerrrr-your pool sounds much like mine. We did, (remember I have 2 older kids too) graduate from the ring pool to one made by the same company, that is sort of like a real pool, but must be taken down each year.
This sucker is huge, for its type- think it is 42" deep. I spent a whopping $450 at Target on it.....and love it. This is its second year and I hope we can get a few more out of it. Can't afford a real pool, but it is wet and it works.
How did your situation work out? I feel your pain with regards to the inlaws.

Daph- hope we did not scare you away........you doing ok?

Yup, I walked to and from work today....so got my AP's in. Now if I could just keep my darned mouth shut (darned stress monster!) I would be fine.
Guess I'd better go. See ya!

07-31-2007, 11:44 AM
Summerrrr- sorry you are not feeling well. My TOM showed up Saturday along with my MIL. I felt so blessed!!!! :) And this one is a doozey.....cramps and all that wonderful stuff. Feel better. How about some sugar free pudding or something like that for a comfort food?
And you get my award for diplomacy. Glad you worked it out! Believe it or not, my evening with the inlaws was a diplomatic move to attempt to establish some normalcy for everyone. (imagine, my MIL normal?! what was I thinking!)

Ok, gotta go........see ya

07-31-2007, 12:45 PM
Ginger glad that you survived the visit. Sounds like you are keeping yourself busy. That is great that you walked to and from work this morning. Keep the good work! I bet it will show up on the scales. I have TOPS tonight and hope to have a great weigh-in!
Summerrr sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Hope all goes well for you today and you start feeling better. Sounds like you have a great game plan for when you go to Fla. As for your dh not getting it, I think it is just a man thing! LOL It was great to go hang out with friends for a change and not be in charge of kids or talking to people on the phone. The only summer school they have around here is for high school kids. I don't want to work them, since they think they know it all or are lazy. I think next year, I will just try to get a seasonal job somewhere, just to get out of the house and my dh and I won't be at each other all the time. Things have been really better between the two of us. So that is a good thing.
Miss Mermaid, hope your son is feeling better today. Hope you enjoyed your visit with your friend today!
Well I better go and check on the kids. They sure are quiet now.
Chat with you all later.

07-31-2007, 05:51 PM
Gals: I thought you would find this info helpful!

Bikini belly busters ó 10 ways to improve abs
Try these easy, simple tips from ĎThe Abs Diet for Womení
NBC News video

Tips to tighten that tummy
July 26: Dave Zinczenko of ďMen's HealthĒ gives TODAY's Natalie Morales tips on how to get rid of a jelly belly.
Today Show Health

Updated: 12:50 p.m. ET July 26, 2007
It's bikini season ó which means itís time to get your body in shape. Need a little motivation to get fit and toned for the season? David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of ďMenís HealthĒ and author of ďThe Abs Diet for Women,Ē shares these simple and easy-to-follow tips:

Getting a flat belly and concrete-hard abs isnít just about the hope of landing a modeling gig or a lingering stare. Itís also one of the surest signs of good health. Study after study, in fact, shows that people with smaller waistlines live longer than those with bigger ones. While itís true that you canít turn a landfill of a belly into a thin one overnight, you can use these smart strategies and quick tips to get a beach-ready body in no time flat.

Eat more than you think
When some people go on diets, they tend to think they have to starve themselves. But the truth is that dieting isnít about deprivation and starvation; itís about eating enough times throughout the day to keep your metabolism moving ó and your fat burning. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, for instance, found that those people who ate four or more meals a day had half the risk of becoming overweight compared to those who ate three or fewer times. My recommendation: Three meals and three snacks of foods with good nutrients, like protein, fiber, calcium, good fats, and whole grains. If youíre ever hungry when youíre on the Abs Diet, then youíre doing it wrong.

Power up early
For a lot of people, itís as easy to fly past breakfast as it is to flick past Americaís Got Talent. But the truth is that jump-starting your metabolism goes hand-in-hand with jump-starting your day. In one study of nearly 3,000 people, researchers at Harvard University found that those who ate breakfast every day were 44 percent less likely to be overweight than those who didnít have breakfast.

Live a little
Though I donít advise cheating if you want a successful marriage or successful IRS audit, I do endorse you cheat if you want a successful diet. One meal a week, have whatever you want. Psychologically, it will help prevent you from chronic ab-ruining binges ó because you know you have a reward at the end of the week. But it works physiologically, too: Research has shown that an occasional cheat meal actually speeds your metabolism.

Lift a little
Some women may be as afraid of weights as certain stars are afraid of prison. But one secret to getting a flat stomach is through adding lean muscle all over your body, which will help you burn fat for a long time, even after youíve finished exercising. If you do it the right way, it will give a long, lean and sexy look, not the bulk of Hulk. A recent Ohio University study found that a short but hard workout had the same effect as longer workouts. The way to do it: Circuit training, which means you work one muscle group one after another with little rest in between.

Wander the halls
Iíve got nothing against e-mail, IM, and comfortable desk chairs, but you need to find ways to get up more, move more, and burn more. An Australian study found that workers whose jobs require more than six hours of chair time a day are up to 68 percent more likely to wind up overweight or obese than those who sit less.

Do this move
While youíre burning the fat on the outside, you should also be tightening your abs on the inside. Hereís one Pilates move that can tighten your belly. Lie on your back with your legs extended along the floor. Raise your left leg toward the ceiling, with toes pointed and hands at your sides, palms down. Hold for 10 to 60 seconds. Make a small circle on toward the ceiling with your left toes, rotating your leg from your hip. Keep your body as still as possible by tightening your abs. Do six circles, then reverse direction for six more. Repeat with the other leg.

Sweat it out
While thereís nothing wrong with long, steady runs or swims for improving your cardiovascular health, research shows that more intense cardiovascular exercise ó called interval workouts, where you alternate periods of high-intensity and low-intensity work ó are more effective for burning fat. One Canadian study found that people who did this kind of exercise burned more fat than those who exercised at the same speed. I recommend one or two short sessions a week.

Blend this
Smoothies are the ultimate abs food ó like a trip to Dairy Queen ó because you can pack your blender with good-for-you ingredients that will satiate your stomach and please your taste buds. Try dumping these in a blender and having it for a meal or snack: 1 cup 1% chocolate milk, 1 banana, 2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, 2 teaspoons chocolate whey protein powder, and 6 ice cubes. And take your time while watching it whirl. A Penn State study found that people who drank yogurt shakes that had been blended until they doubled in volume ate about 100 fewer calories a day than those who drank shakes of normal thickness.

Dress down
This time of year, you spend a good amount of time thinking about how much clothing you wonít be wearing. But consider this next time youíre flipping around in your closet: According to a study by the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, wearing comfortable clothing to work may boost your daily calorie burn by 8 percent.

Know the emergency drill
If you need to look as hard as a suit of armor, say, right this very minute, do what some models do just before the cameras click. Do a series of fast crunches (or push-up and squats). That forces more blood into your muscles, and more blood flow equals more tone.

Hope you find it helpful!

07-31-2007, 10:17 PM
Thanks, Summerrr for posting that. I will have to give that Pilates move a try, and then go to the chiropractor! How did your day end up?

Kerry- hope the TOPS WI goes well! Let us know how you did.

I am so tired.....did swim for awhile with Dd. Maybe that is why I am so pooped.
See ya tomorrow!

08-01-2007, 10:33 AM
Spent most of yesterday with a headache that I couldn't get rid of. Finally went to bed at 8:30 in an effort to make it go away. Woke up around 4 with backache from being in bed so long. Headache was gone! Today is our Saturday, dh is off from work! Going to cook him breakfast as I think he is finally awake! Eating yesterday was ok. Let make sure I don't blow it with this breakfast I'm cooking!

Hope everyone has a good day!
Summer, interesting article. Whooooo for comfortable clothing!
Kerry, glad you are free from that job again! What kind of work does your dh do?
Ginger, send me the dates that you were "considering" ....I just have gotten my oldests drumline schedule for August...... MomtheTaxi is going to be very very VERY busy! I don't know.

take care,

08-01-2007, 11:02 PM
Well, it's official. I'm an adult now.

Yeah, I know, most 42 year-old married mothers with a career are usually considered adults. Until today, I wasn't recognized as one by my sister.

I was born into a family with a 40 year-old mother, 45 year-old father, 16 year-old sister, and 13 year-old brother. By the time I was 7, my siblings were married, and I essentially had three sets of parents. My parents passed on a long time ago, my brother leaves me alone, but my sister insists on butting into my life. She second guesses everything I do and is very critical of me. I am not a confrontational person, and have been putting up with it.

Tonite I told her to knock it off. I reminded her how old I am and what I've accomplished on my own. I told her to stop criticizing me. I didn't get an apology, but now that I've stood up for myself, she will no longer have the same power over me.

It feels really good.

08-01-2007, 11:31 PM
Evening Ladies,
Summerrr glad you stood up for yourself. It sure does feel good when you do doesn't it? Are you feeling better after your bout with your TOM yesterday?
Miss Mermaid, hope your eating was good today. Sorry to hear that you were feeling well yesterday. As for my dh, is not working anywhere at the moment. He draws disability social security. When he was six months old he had a stroke and it damaged the right side of his body. He did work for Kenworth for several years. Then his ex-wife wanted too much child support and he would have only worked for $80 every two weeks. So he went back to drawing his disability. He is able to get a part time job and still get his disability. He had one at the city pool until the manager and his friend told him that he had to cut the budget at the pool and let him go. So he is waiting to hear from some applications.
Ginger I only had time to go run into town long enough to weigh-in and come back home. But I did lose 2 1/2 pounds. So I was pleased with that. My dh decided to get drunk on his birthday which was Monday and I had to take care of him all day yesterday. On top of that his one son got lost on us. He asked to go to the neighbor boy's house and they took off and went to the woods to ride their bikes. So I had a nice little hike up this steep hill and into the woods looking for him in a pair of flip flops. I was never so glad to hit the pillow with my head last night. Did you have to work today? If so, did you get your walk to and from work in? What route do you have during the summer?
Well I think this little chickie is going to go and hit the sack early tonight. We had a birthday party to go to this evening. The heat, mouthy kids and me just didn't mix very well this evening. I will chat with you all tomorrow. Have a great evening!

08-02-2007, 09:56 AM

Summerrrr- congrats on joining adulthood. Gee, I have known you for a while- had no idea that your family structure was that way. I know many who have had similar situations, and with the large age gap in my family, I often wonder if there will be similar in my household. Anyway, you have done so much with yourself, and turned into a wonderful human being. I hope that your sister finally sees that. You have to choose (which you have done) not to accept others nonsense that you are still a child. If others choose to remain in the 1960's of their evaluation of you, it is their loss.

Kerry- congrats on your loss! Gee, I can say the same for you- I had no idea about your history (actually Dh's either). Now knowing even more about the why's of what happens in your household helps me put it in perspective. And thru it all, you are a great woman too!

To the last but not least wonderful woman here.......Ms Mermaid. I will PM you once I get the time. Off to a hair appt this am- my one thing I do for me.
Hope the lousy headache and bachache are gone. Did you enjoy your "Saturday"? Hope it was great.........I really do.

Got a 1 mile walk in this am. Crum, it is hot. I hate hot weather.
My eating was ok- did great until late and then, did some stupid stuff. But I had 5 ap's for yesterday, so perhaps I am ok..... I stepped on the scale and it was not pretty. Oh well.

Gotta go....have a great day!

08-02-2007, 12:28 PM
Morning Gals,
Just a quick note before I head off to the hospital with DH. When he was drunk on Monday night and Tuesday, he hit his head. He is complaining of headaches and has a goose egg on the side of his head. So I finally convinced him to let me take him to go and get it check out today. So I hope everyone has a great day! I will check back in with you all later. I will keep you posted.
Take care,

08-02-2007, 02:51 PM
Well we just got back from the hospital. They said that it is just bruised and that it is healing. So that is good news! So now I can go and finish mowing the yard. This evening we are suppose to go to one of the neighboring fairs to see my dh's friend in a horse pull. So I guess it is like a date, since it is just me and him. I will chat with you all later. Hope everything is well with you all.

08-02-2007, 04:32 PM
I did get my workout in by finishing the yard. It was a very hot day out there. Maybe it helped push me harder to get it done in 30 minutes. I am off to go take a shower now. I had to cool off a little bit. My dh had the nerve to tell me I stink. How rude! LOL Check back with you all later.

08-02-2007, 06:19 PM
Went to the doctor.... not strep.... on new medication for migraines. 5 day headache is gone after 3 hours on bed with new pill! viola!

now I'm behind with everything. Must drag fat fanny up and go forth! Glad to see that everyone is moving and doing well! Kerry, Congrats on those pounds lost! You must be a saint! I would have been tempted to give that DH of yours a lump on the other side of his head! Telling you that you stink after doing the yard! Nerve! :) Gin, no PM about that trip yet! I'm sure your hair is looking beautiful! Did I tell you girls that I've given up coloring my hair? I have many natural, um, "highlights" now.....someday I will grow accustomed to looking like my mother. YIKES! Summer, welcome to adulthood! Yahooo for standing up to sisters! Hope you have remained energized by your confidence boost! Mannnnnnnn, is it hot outside today. Returned from teh doctor and have been in my bedroom ever since... I must DO something now that my head is feeling better! Type to you all later! :)

take care,

08-02-2007, 07:43 PM
Mermaid: Glad you are better...3 days in bed with a migraine is horrible. It was fun chatting with you even though the topic wasn't pleasant.

Ginger: Thanks for the validation. It is funny how good I am at standing up for my child, husband, students, friends, and coworkers, yet I have trouble standing up for myself. I wish it didn't take 42 years for me to speak my mind to my sister, but better late than never.

Kerry: God, you are tolerant. Does your DH have any idea how good he's got it being married to you? You are a gem. I had too many cosmopolitans on my 40th birthday, and while I spent the next day sick in bed, nobody took care of me...instead, I got one **** of a guilt trip. It also made me think about the example I was setting for my DD, and since then, when I'm drinking and enjoying myself, I stop when I feel myself lose control, and obviously I would never drive drunk. Kids learn a lot more by what they see than what they hear.

Today we shopped at Target for DD. (Gap and Gymboree are no longer in my budget!) She got Hello Kitty sneakers with hot pink glitter stripes, Barbie pink metallic boots (what a trolop!), black patent leather Mary Janes, an Aly & A.J. shirt, a pink jewelled t-shirt, and a pink floral skort. $70 later, we were done. I figure if I had gotten all of these items where I used to shop, I would have spent double! I'm learning...

Eating was pretty darn good, but it was too hot to exercise. The air quality is really bad, and my lungs aren't handling it very well. That is what happens when you live downwind from NYC.

Have a lovely evening one and all.

08-03-2007, 08:55 AM
My DH "accidentally" woke me up this morning as he left at 6:45 to find out what we will be having for dinner tonight. NOW, I'm wide awake and not ready to move. I worked last night in our attic (my ongoing project!) and I made noticeable progress!

In a bit I will be meeting a gal who I give all of the boys outgrown clothes to! She has 3 boys! I've been doing this for many years! I love that the clothes get more use and she seems to love to receive our hand-me-downs! Knowing that it is going to those 3 kiddos allows me to part with some of our "treasures" a bit more easily!

Kerry, glad to hear that your dh's injury is healing and doing better! When do you have to return to school? Tell me about that Leslie WATP workout that includes jogging.... I've wondered how / what / etc... ??

Ginger, your last post made me smile! You always make me smile! I'm going to try to prevent a headache today by taking an antihistamine (as recommended by my doctor.) So, headache free, I've got to be up and doing! I will be taking the boys to visit my parents this morning! Did I tell you girls that my mother is going to have both knees replaced the DAY before I must go back to work? NOT the best timing......and it has me both worried and upset..... My sister is also a teacher and has to go back to work the day OF the surgery... so, um....

Summerrrr, as always, it was a pleasure to REALLY talk with you! Altho, I can't believe that you had the NERVE to say that I have some southern accent! HA! Can ya'll believe THAT?! LOL You should HEAR southern and it isn't lil ole ME! DH's pizza last night was outrageously wonderful! I ate 1 slice more than I should have.... BUT no meats! AND I didn't have any snacks or binging after eating in an attempt to make up for it! He makes a smaller pie with whatever I want on it.... Plain cheese was my request yesterday..... (and NOOOO, I didn't eat the whole pizza! BUT I could have!) (Actually, my eating yesterday was fairly good!)

Well, I think I'm going to get ready to leave to give those clothes away and when I return, I will already have shoes on..so I may as well just go ahead and see if Leslie is still excited to see me! I find it so darn hard to fit in exercise.... as always! My mom will be calling soon to see what time I'm heading over.... SO. My day is gonna be FULL! :) Hope yours is full too... and with good choices and control with your intake! Move your fannies, girlies!

(and I DON'T have a Southern accent! :) :) :) )
take care,

08-03-2007, 11:51 AM
Mermaid: Welllll girrrrrllll, youuuuu suuurrrre doooo haaaave a southerrrrrrn aaaaaccent!;) But, I must say, I understand everything you say, unlike some very countrified people I've heard. I know there are some very thick accents in the deep south which are completely tough for northerners to comprehend. You just have a cute twang to yours. Up here in CT, we enunciate very clearly, don't you think;) unlike my Longgg Islanddd neighbors! My school secretary has the most obnoxious accent. She is like a caracature. My old aide had a Brooklyn accent that I would try to imitate. I wish I had a cute accent like you, Mermaid. What does Ginger sound like? Does she have a NY accent?

Mer: I can really relate to your friend receiving the clothing. When DD was a baby, a well-to-do woman from church gave us her daughters' clothing from the first 3 years of their lives. Some was junky and quickly got donated to Good Will, but the majority was gently worn and from beautiful stores like Gymboree, Gap, and Hannah Andersson. Each outfit had matching printed socks or tights, hats, etc. We were soooooo grateful. She was thrilled to clear out her attic. They moved, and unfortunately we didn't benefit from their hand-me-downs after that. You really are doing a wonderful thing for that family.

Ginger & Kerry: I hope you are enjoying this spectacular summer weather.

My eating and exercising is on track. DD is having a friend over to swim today.

I have an awkward situation that I'd like to run by you all. About a year ago when DD was in cheerleading camp, DD introduced me to a set of twins she had befriended and their mom. The mom and I spent a couple of days watching our daughters cheer, became acquainted and fast friends. We had some fun play dates during the summer. When fall came, we had a couple of play dates, but many were cancelled because of one or both of the twins getting sick. These girls got sick a lot, and they got weird stuff, not your run-of-the-mill colds and viruses. Whatever they got, it was a rare illness. They never made it to DD's birthday party or the play date we planned for Christmas break. My new friend and her DH did make it to a holiday party, and we had a great time together. In the new year, my new friend confided in me that they were having serious money problems. I told her about mine and we bonded over our personal stories. The thing is, she and I would talk about very personal things, would get really close, and then she would become unavailable to me. She wouldn't return phone calls or emails for weeks. Then she'd have some crazy excuse and we'd get together again. This kept happening during the school year. In June, my friend and the twins came over for lunch and to swim. We had a blast and two weeks later we attended the twins birthday party. Again, lots of fun. Midway through the party, I started to feel like my friend was becoming stressed. When we were done with cake, everyone was relaxing with drinks while the kids played. She didn't say so, but I felt like she wanted everyone to leave. So, I went to her to say, "Goodbye," and she seemed relieved. Nobody else got her mood and stuck around. Since then, we spoke only once. She said they'd be available by mid-July to get together. She was going to have to turn in her car and would no longer have transportation. Her husband had his truck for work and she could walk to her job. I offered to come to her for "get togethers." I tried so hard to be supportive. Since I spoke with her in the beginning of July, she is back to not returning phone calls or emails. I don't know how to be friends with someone who runs hot and cold like this and shuts me out. She confides personal stuff, I try to be supportive, and then she disappears. Part of me wants to write her off. Part of me wants to try to understand. But I don't understand. This morning at 9am she sent me a forwarded email with a prayer in it. I read it 30 minutes after she had sent it and forwarded it to my friends. I quickly replied to her hoping I would catch her at her computer. She didn't respond. I called her, but the machine answered. What the heck am I supposed to do? HELP!

08-03-2007, 07:30 PM
Where did everyone go? Summerrrrr, I'll PM my opinion on your "issue" as you mentioned in the previous post! Spent the day with my parents and sons. The. ENTIRE. DAAAY. Didn't mind it until I returned home and the house didn't magically clean itself. Dang.

Hugs, ya'll!

08-04-2007, 12:06 PM
Morning Ladies,
Sorry I was MIA yesterday. Had a lot going on. I had to sort and bag my Avon orders. Then deliever a few of them. Stop and get my 3 day paycheck from the h@## hole. Go to the bank on my gas fumes, get gas, go to the library, pick up my new Avon books, get a wedding card and gift card and then take my two stepson's out for lunch with me. We went to Bob Evans. It was good. I had a Hertiage Chef Salad. But boy did it do a number on my tummy the rest of the day. Had dessert of Strawberry Shortcake. Came home only to be home 30 minutes and have dh come rushing in the door only to tell us we needed to hurry up and get ready. We had to drop the kids off to their stepdad. Then we had to go get my dh something to eat since he hadn't eaten all day. Then it was off to the wedding reception of my co-worker. But as usually because it was something I wanted to do, we got into a verbal match on the way there. Got there and only stayed for 2 hours. Just long enough for him to hurt my feelings. There was a slow love song on and I asked him to dance with me. He said no, he didn't feel like it. But when we go out with our friends, if the ladies ask him to dance with them he is like sure and goes to dance with them. Then he had to compare his wedding reception with my co-workers. We didn't have a wedding reception because that was something he didn't want. All we had was a small cememory at the church with his three kids, his mom, my brother and sister-in-law,the minister and his wife. So I never did get to have the wedding of my dreams. Sometimes this bothers me. I guess hearing about the great wedding and wedding reception of the ex's and his last night did it in for me. Then he went to bed early on me and hogged the bed. So I grabbed my pillow and slept on the couch. Only for him to wake me up at 6:30 and tell me to go to bed. But he did his darnest to wake me up by making all kinds of noise getting ready for the day. He left around 8 to go run errands. So I slept until 10. Now have to think about doing a workout here shortly. Sorry for ranting and raving.
Summerrr I am still thinking about your little problem. Let me get back to you on it okay.
Ginger how is the new hairdo?
Miss Mermaid sounds like you had a nice day with your parents and boys. Sorry to hear that house cleaning fairy didn't appear while you were gone though.
Well I better go and get my big fat butt moving around for the day. I will try to check back in with you all later. But it is hard to do when my dh hogs the computer for long periods of time when he is home. God forbid if you ask him to use it when he is on it!
Have a great weekend!
Take care,

08-04-2007, 02:01 PM
I did have a walking date with Lesile and the gang! It went well feel much better.
Miss Mermaid I think you asked me a couple days ago about the walk/jog dvd. Leslie starts you out walking and then you jog in place for about 2 minutes and then go back to walking for 3 minutes or so. You do this four or five times during the dvd. It is really good. Gets you sweating and makes you feel great afterwards. She also has one of the ladies do it low impact in case you don't feel right away that you can do the jogging part. I would highly recommend it. Hope that helps you!

08-04-2007, 08:31 PM
Hello! What a day! Holey moley was this an incredibly hot and humid day here in my part of Virginia! Barely able to spend any time making progress on my attic cleaning project. Even now at 7:15, it is still way too hot up there to go up yet. Usually after dinner, I can begin working up there. Not tonight! I tried to do a WATP tape. My head began to pound again after only about 15 minutes. I stopped as I don't want to have a headache for 5 days like before! I laid down on our bed in the dark quiet room and the headache went away within just a few minutes! I don't want to take that prescription medicine unless I can't get the headache to go away.... I am pretty sure that this is weather or "pressure" related!
Spent several hours working on a written project for my friend. I'm, in my opinion, done! Waiting to hear from her for editing and her opinion! My eating has been well controlled and I'm working on finishing my water for the day! Watching what the boys have on the tv.... discovery channel...evidently it is shark week! YIKES! I've got to leave the room or I will never put a toe in the ocean again!

Well Kerry, sure sounds as if you were very busy yesterday! Hope that your Saturday has been much more calm! Sounds as if your time with your husband yesterday wasn't very fun. I *WOULD* have danced with you at the reception! :) Next time you all are out and he is dancing with all the others, make sure you cut in and get your dance! (((hugs)))

Where is everyone else?! Hope you are off having great weekends! (I sort of forgot that this is Saturday.... for us it is Tuesday!)

Ya'll take care! Will check in later!

08-04-2007, 11:06 PM
DD had a friend over to swim...one of the well-behaved friends, so I read my book while they played harmoniously in the pool for 3 hours. DD and I walked her friend home which was a good long walk, so that was my exercise for the day. DD got her first bad sunburn on her face, especially around the eyes even though she had on spf 30 waterproof and was wearing sunglasses. Just looking at her sunburn gave me a tummy ache. I can't stand to see my child feel any kind of discomfort. Never mind my mother who let her toehead blonde daughter (me) get so many sunburns wearing baby oil that I will probably have some skin issues later on. She would spray me with stinging solarcaine and tell me to get over it.

DH had to work at the arena for "The Wiggles" show all day till 7pm. He jumped in the pool when he got home, and we had bbq chicken, homemade low-fat mac & cheese, salad, and more frozen margaritas for dinner. We had s'mores for dessert and set off fireworks in the backyard. DD came in at 9:15to watch the Disney Games finale. We followed soon after at 9:45 cause we're pooped. Soon we'll hit the hay.

Kerry: I think you should play a nasty trick on your DH the next time he's asleep. Maybe draw something embarassing on him with permanent marker. Or you could stick a banana in his tail pipe. You could substitute chocolate candy with ex-lax. If somebody was picking on me like he picks on you, I'd have to retaliate. By the way, I've had three margaritas, so I guess I shouldn't be taken too seriously right now! Still...

Mermaid: Take care of your noggin'. Beware of high pressure systems.'

Ginger: Hope your enjoying your time away from us.


08-05-2007, 08:18 AM
been up for over an hour now... DH had to be AT work by 6 am so his alarm went off at 4:30. I tried to tunr over and go back to sleep... but no deal.
I didn't go to bed until after 2 so I'm VERY tired!

forgot to say thanks for the video review Kerry! After yesterday I'm scared to consider more than a regular watp walk tape.... but i've often wanted to try the jog one!

maybe I *CAN* sleep...gonna try!
talk to you later!

08-05-2007, 01:04 PM
Hi Gals,
Hope are all rested from your busy Saturdays! It sure was hot in Ohio. It was 95 and very humid. Then we had rain and thunderboomers come through around 5 ish and cool things off for an hour or so. Then it was heating back up. We went to the fair with the boys last night. They watched the demo. derby and I went to watch some cutie pie named Adam Tucker sing. It was just a chance happening that he was there. I got bored watching the cars so I went for a walk and ended up listening to him for a long time. Plus people watching. Very funny! Today I am going to drive halfway bwt. my place and my sister's and have lunch with her. Then we might go and do a little shopping or take in a movie. So that is my plans for today.
Miss Mermaid sorry to hear that you got another headache yesterday. Hope it is just heat related and they go away soon. I hope you were able to get some sleep too. Your welcome on the video review. Maybe once it gets cooler and you can give it a try.
Summer sorry to hear that your dd has a bad sunburn on her face. How is she feeling today? Sounds like you had a nice relaxing evening last night. Hope you drank one of those marigritas for me. The one bar down here has them for $1.00 on Mondays. So I think before I go back to school I might be there on a couple of the Mondays for a few drinks. Loved your suggestions. I get him back when we are out in public with our friends and say little jabs at him. That way he can't retailate.
Ginger hope all is going well for you. We miss chatting with you.
I did eat good last night at the fair though. One small popcorn and a shaved ice strawberry flavored. Not going to tell you about eating at the China place before hand.
Well I better go and get my fannie moving. I have to go and get my sdd at her grandma's since she wants to go with me. Get some money out of the bank and hit the road.
Chat with you gals all later.
Have a great day!

08-05-2007, 06:44 PM
Kerry: Glad you liked my suggestions. I have many more. I'll dispense them gradually over time so as not to overwhelm you with choices.;)

Ginger: Where in the heck are you?

Mermaid: Sleep.

I couldn't let DD go out in the sun today, because the sunburn didn't cool off as much as I hoped.:( So, I took her to see "Bratz" at the movies.:p I sooooo wanted to see "No Reservations" but with her feeling blue about being so pink, I gave in. "Bratz" was okay, but gosh it took a long time for it to end. It didn't help that there were a couple young mothers with very young children who were allowed to "run amok." These toddlers came and left the movie I assume to use the facilities alone and ran up and down the stairs. One duo even opened the emergency exit letting in the bright sunshine.:mad: I swear, I don't need to teach 4 year olds. They are actually quite independent. I need to teach their parents how to be parents instead. What are these parents thinking letting their little ones out of their sight?:?: DD (almost 10) still holds my hand wherever we go.:hug:

I won't be around tomorrow. We are leaving at the crack of dawn to take the Long Island Ferry to visit my nephew and his new wife in Northport, L.I. We are supposed to go to the beach by their house. Unfortunately, it is supposed to be stormy tomorrow. So, I may be wearing my clear Disneyworld rain poncho instead of a bathing suit! Either way, we are going because DH took the day off, and since my nephew and his wife are chefs, Monday is their only real day off. I'll just think of it as an adventure!:p:rain:

08-05-2007, 09:14 PM
Evening Ladies,
Well my sdd and I went to lunch with my sister today. We went to Bob Evans. I was good and ate a Wildfire Chicken Salad. Then we went to the movies and saw Hairspray. What a great movie! Then on the way back to my sister's car we passed a Dairy Queen so we had to pull in and go inside for some ice cream. So now I am home. Trying to unwind and relax a little bit before the hetic week starts all over again.
Summer sorry to hear that your movie experience wasn't a great one. You are so right about having to teach the parents and not the kids. Enjoy your trip to Long Island tomorrow. I hope it doesn't rain for you.
Miss Mermaid did you get any sleep today? Did it cool off any for you?
Ginger where are you honey? We miss chatting with you. Let me guess you were stuck at a baseball tournment this weekend!
Well ladies I think I am going to go watch some tv and read my book. Chat with you all later.

08-06-2007, 09:17 AM

up and preparing to face the day. must get oldest to his 6 hour marching band practice in a bit (yes, he is, um, lets call it excited!) must get youngest to his bass lesson at other end of our county right smack during the middle of the other's practice. such is the life of TaxiMom!

Kerry, thanks for the movie review! I will add it to my list to rent when it comes out next year! Unless I can convince my friend to abandon her family ship long enough to go catch it some time this week... (after TaxiMom hours, of course!) Glad that you got to go out with your sdd and sister! What book are you reading currently?

Summerrrr, I have to LOL. I saw the television commercial for that Bratz movie and instantly fell to my knees thanking the good Lord for my sons! I am sure that I would poke my own eyes out in an effort to prevent having to sit thru THAT movie! I will admit that I have endured my fair share of BBBAAADD children's movies; however, I'm so glad I never had to endure "girl tween" movies! I have seen EVERY Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter *MULTIPLE* times. When we went to see the last Lord of the Rings movie at the theater....This was my ENDURANCE test. I had NO interest in it, couldn't keep the characters straight to save my life, the music and sound effects literally HURT my ears, spent the whole time (that I paid attention) confused and finally concentrated on eating my Sour Patch Kids body part by body part! I eventually cleaned out the contents of my purse by putting all the good stuff on one side and all the junk on the other. Yeah, good times! Quality family together time! Now that I have remembered all this, perhaps that Bratz movie wouldn't be SOOOO bad! :fr: I will refrain from commenting on the crazy lame parents who attended the movie at the same time you did, allowing their younger kids to treat the movie theater as a play ground. WHAT IS WRONG with people? ....AND THIS IS WHY OUR JOB AT SCHOOL is so darn difficult! (Oh, I wasn't going to comment on this.....) speaking of crazy parents.....

Hey have you seen this Duggar family in the news? While their 17 children are cute. OMG! Home school, all names beginning with J, 10.5 years pregnant, mom says more. My uterus gave up that gig after 2. I have much respect for this mom! More power to them!

Gotta go get moving! Ya'll have a great day!
take care,

08-06-2007, 11:20 AM
Morning Ladies,
Miss Mermaid I currently reading a book titled "To the Limit". It is a Nascar romance book. Unforunately I didn't get any of it read last night because my dh came home and we went into town to see a friend. So I am hoping to spend a lazy day today and read some of it. Sounds like you are going to have a busy day today. Enjoy yourself. Hope it is not another hot one today!
Summer enjoy your trip to Long Island. I hope it doesn't rain for you all.
Ginger hope this is a good week for you.
Well I need to go and get myself moving for the day. Chat with you all later.
Take care,

08-06-2007, 11:51 PM
Wow...it sure is lonely in here tonight! Hope that everyone has had a great Monday! Sure was hot here again....actually, as they say, it isn't the heat it is the humidity! Tomorrow is promised to be even hotter AND more humid. Even my "outside loving" doggie spent the day, for the most part, inside! VERY VERY unusual! Spent today driving this one here and this one there and then going to pick up that one and then finally this one! In between I did the grocery shopping, a bit of laundry, went to the library, and cooked dinner!

MomTaxi has to get Oldest to the high school for DrumLine and will make a run to drop off some boxes and stuff at my school. I've got quite a mound of school bound junk that I need to get out of the living room! I've not stepped foot in my classroom since the last day of school in June... so I have no idea of how the cleaning crew left it. Keep your fingers crossed that I don't have a stroke when I walk in there.... Listen shortly after noon, you may hear my reaction all the way in whatever state you are in!

Hey Kerry, did you get your book finished? I had no idea that they had Nascar romance books! I am waiting, not very patiently, for the library to call to tell me that it is my turn for Lean Mean Thirteen ..... Meanwhile, I've just started Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas.

Summer, hope your trip to visit your nephew was wonderful! Hope Lil'Miss Sunshine's face is looking LESS burned!

Ginger, Ginger, Ginger where oh where has our Ginger gone? Hope all is going well for you and your family! You know that we miss you!

Did well with my eating today. Not too good with water....but tomorrow will be another day! Worked to clean out a utility closet this evening. OMG what a MESS... I was working in the small closet leaning over attacking dust bunnies...or really being attacked by dust bunnies when I pulled something somehow. My back hurts all the way up into my neck. Seems like perhaps I will be forced to finish in this closet tomorrow!

Heading to the shower!
Take care,

08-07-2007, 12:52 PM
Mermaid & Kerry: My library is lousy and doesn't have newish books. I'm waiting to find a few Evanovich books used on Amazon or at my used book store. Either way, I'm NOT paying what they are asking right now. I'm just finishing Jimmy Buffet's Where is Joe Merchant? It's a good book, but not as good as his next one. His Salty Piece of Land was outstanding. It even made me cry happy tears at the end.

Well the rain never came! We packed for every kind of weather except for cold...oops! forgot that travelling at night by boat is cold, duh!:(

Planned with DH to wake at 6:30am and leave house at 7:45am. Woke at 6:20am and was in car at 7:45am with DH giving serious attitude. When I pointed out that I was on time and asked him why he was mad, his reply was "Can't you ever be early?!":dizzy: My reply was, "Well if you asked me to be early, I would have been early. Clear expectations pleeeeeeze!!!":mad: What the f**k?!:?: His anxiety when we travel or celebrate a holiday drives me nuts. He acts like a jerk. I know it comes from a difficult childhood with an abusive father who made these things stressful for the family; but paleeze could we just once have an event without him behaving irrationally? Then when we were returning home, he had the nerve to complain that I was crabby as we waited on the dock in Port Jefferson for the 9pm ferry which wouldn't let us board until 9:30pm. I was tired, cold, and yes, a b**ch. I replied, "Now we're even. You weren't exactly charming this morning." It almost started a new fight, and frankly, I just didn't have the energy to argue. I let him say whatever and ignored him. We got home after 11pm.:p

Aside from the travelling woes, we enjoyed our day. We went to the beach, went to town to have appetizers and cocktails (4 appetizers, 3 alcoholic drinks, & 2 soft drinks total) resulting in a $75 bill!!!:fr: That's New York for you. Can you imagine what it would have cost to go out for dinner?!!!!!:yikes: We toured the town, bought DD an embellished sweatshirt cause it was windy, and returned to their house to bbq and drink wine. It was a full day, but a good one.

This morning I had to go to my gastroenterologist with a bit of a hangover.:headache: I took my last Nexium, ate an egg and WW English muffin with 2 cups of coffee, and downed 4 motrin. That helped.;) Then I had to plan my strategy. I knew I had gained since my last appointment, and I needed to approach it so that I wouldn't get "the lecture." So, since this is a male doctor, I knew I needed to show some assets.:D So, I found a low-cut black sundress that displays my ta ta's in a fabulous way. I showered with my coconut/mango body wash, used the coconut/mango lotion, applied my make-up and used bronzer in all the right places. My hair looked great. I left the house looking rather HOT:whoo: if I do say so myself! Next, I schmoozed the nurses.;) After we were all giggling about how although pina coladas are so yummy, they don't do much for our girlish figures;). Finally, after greeting the doctor, I told him about my horrific school year and how I gained weight from stress eating garnering his sympathy.:D When all was said and done, I got my Nexium renewed, slickly avoided another endoscopy, and was encouraged to call him ANYTIME I was feeling upset.:yes::callme::rofl: Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Now if only I had this kind of power over women doctors...

DD has a play date at a friends, and DH is home today. So my afternoon is a question mark. He'll probably try for an "afternoon delight!" ;)

08-08-2007, 10:10 AM
Ms Ginger is here.....but facing a busy week. Hope to be back later to catch up with everyone. I am not handling life too well at the moment, and need to readjust my thinking before I return. I'm ok- just had a tough day or two.
It is nice to be missed.... really I needed to hear that. Thanks, my friends.

08-08-2007, 09:30 PM
......way too hot today. Went with my mother and father to the informational class regarding her knee replacement surgery. Went around with them collecting the few remaining items that she will need to take with her. Exhausting.... and I didn't DO anything.

Stress eating a bit..... with my mom and dad... but it could have been worse!

Ginger, missed you....and HANG in there! If there is anything that I can do to help, well, you know I owe you big! :) Let me know!

Summer and Kerry: Hope you've had good Wednesdays! I was looking at the calendar (at that class) and the reality of August slipping away really hit me. SIGHHH!

Everyone take care! Eat well....and be careful about the exercising with this heat!

08-09-2007, 09:55 PM
Oh My Goodness is it hot or what? It has been in the 100 mark the last two days in OHio. We have had to go to my MIL for the last two days to beat some of the heat. It sure has been nice to sit in a/c and read a book. I did finish To the Limit and now am reading a book called Baby Proof. It is about a lady who leaves her hubby after he decides he wants a baby after all.
I have been trying really hard to get my water in. So hopefully that will help me when I get on the scales next Tuesday. I haven't been able to workout since it has been so bloody hot. It was still 90 last night when we came home at 11 p.m. from the bowling alley.
Miss Mermaid when does your mom have her knee replacement? Hope you have had a better day with your eating today. Does the oldest still have drumline this week?
Miss Ginger glad to see that you are still alive. Hope things are slowing down for you a little bit. Hope your weigh in goes well this week.
Summer sounds like you had a lovely time with your nephew and his wife. My dh is the same way before going on a road trip. Don't you just want to beat them over the head with something? Sorry your library is not up to par. Hope you are able to find good books at your used bookstore. I use to go to one back near my hometown. It was awesome. Then they had to close. Don't have any around where I live now.
Well I better go and give the computer to my dh. I beat him to it when we came home.
Maybe the hot weather will help me lose a couple pounds. Feels too hot to really eat anything. Had a big chef salad for dinner tonight.
Have a great evening!
Take care,

08-10-2007, 09:42 AM
heading to an orthodontist appointment and then to get the boys a few "back to school" clothes... they had the nerve to grow this summer! :)

stay cool everyone!
take care

08-10-2007, 10:47 AM
TGIF! It sure has been a long, hot, humid week this week! I hope the heat wave has finally broken for awhile. I can't take much more of it.
Miss Mermaid enjoy your day school clothes shopping for the boys. How dare they grow over the summer. LOL That is like my three stepkiddos. The baby sure has shot up over the summer. I bet you by the end of this school year I will have to look up to him.
Miss Ginger and Summer hope you enjoy your Fridays. Are you staying cool enough?
I have to go and get my paycheck this morning and then go pay a few bills. Might have to think about going to the store and getting a few things like toliet paper and toothpaste just to mention the major items that we are going to shortly run out of.
Hope you all enjoy your days!
Chat with you later.

08-10-2007, 09:11 PM
3 digit heat
teens with attitudes and stomach aches
crowded stores
traffic stopped in all directions on all roads

hope your day was better!

08-10-2007, 11:23 PM
Glad you survived your crappy day. I know that my stepkiddos had bad attitudes yesterday. In fact, I made the baby mad at me for making him work on his multiplication. Going into the fourth grade and doesn't even know his facts. So mean stepmommy that I am is making him learn them before school starts. I am enjoying a nice evening to myself. I watched the movie The Holiday. Very good. Now I am getting ready to watch Stomp the Yard. I even did laundry this evening. It is just nice to have the house to myself every once and in awhile.
Miss Ginger and Summer hope you had lovely days.
The heat finally broke so it was bearable today. Maybe I can start thinking about working out again.
Chat with you all later.

08-11-2007, 11:14 AM
Our weather was the opposite. :rain:Thunderstorms began Thursday night and didn't end till Saturday morning. Temps have been in the low 60's. Friday night, we had a bbq with new friends (parents of DD's friend). I had visions of us sitting out on the deck sipping pina coladas while the kids swim in the pool. Yeah right!!! I was pissed at first since I've barely entertained all summer, and all I wanted was a beautiful evening to roast marshmallows, make s'mores, catch lightning bugs, stargaze, and light some firecrackers. At some point, I decided to look at the glass as half-full. I decided to go with a "Tropical Storm Theme!" We have a closed-in porch with screens/windows where I already have my mother's old dining room set which we use when we want to avoid the mosquitoes. The only problem is that the other side of the porch has accumulated lots of crap. So, I spent Thursday and Friday clearing and cleaning the porch. We already have pretty plants in there, shells, a mermaid over the front door, pretty windchimes, and lots of pretty candles. Once the table was set, it looked really cool. I played Jimmy Buffet on my CD player, filled the cooler, and fired up the blender. DH bbq'ed shish ka bobs. I made rice pilaf and pina colada cake. My friend brought a salad and brownies. We ate, drank, and laughed all night. It turns out that the husband and I grew up in the same neighborhood, but since he's 5 years younger than me, I never knew he existed! But, we have so much in common coming from the same place. They both have a great sense of humor, and there were moments I had to take off my glasses and wipe the tears of hysterical laughter away. It has been such a long time since we had fun with both members of a couple. I have so many friends whose husbands I or DH can't stand. I hope we can continue to socialize with them and become real friends.

Today the sun is back and it is a scorching 66 degrees!:flame: I need to straighten up the house from last night, and if it warms up, maybe we can go in the pool later. My sister (whose marriage is falling apart) kicked my BIL out of the bedroom, and she got a new bedroom set with all the trimmings...gorgeous! Anyway, he couldn't fit all their old bedroom furniture in the guest bedroom, so I'm inheriting a desk (which DD jumped for), a bedside table, and a square glass/brass table which will become my new coffee table in my living room. I have to be civil with him because he is delivering it all this morning. It is so hard to be nice to someone who has ruined my sister's life.:mad:

Tomorrow I'm hosting a Tastefully Simple party. It is supposed to be sunny, so I can host it outside. I have six confirmed guests. Three can't come but already placed orders. There are four people who never responded, and I'm just dumbstruck how rude people can be. I sent a "save the date" email, mailed an invitation, and followed up with email or phone call. Can you imagine ignoring all that?!

Gotta go get dressed. BIL doesn't deserve the cheap thrill of me in my nightie!

08-11-2007, 11:36 AM
Summer sorry to hear that your weather was so crappy for the last few days. Sounds like you saved the day with the Tropical Storm theme party. You are so cleaver! Glad you had a great time with your new friends. I wish we had more friends that were couples that we could hang out with. Almost all of our friends are single or have girl friends. If they have girl friends goodness look out because they are usually the jealous type when I speak to their man or give their man a hug. Hope you are civil enough to your bil when he delievers the furniture.
Miss Mermaid and Ginger hope you ladies are having a fine weekend.
I watched Stomp the Yard last night after I checked the computer. It was a really good movie. Then I read for a little bit. I was trying to stay up until my dh came home. But that didn't happen at 1 I finally went to bed. So I don't know what time he really got home. I think it might be a silent day at our house though. Because he left at 4 p.m. to go to a 6 p.m. football scrimmage that was 1 1/2 hours away from us. Then he was still out at 1 a.m. Dang that must have been some long football scrimmage, huh? Or the boys talked him into going to some bar afterwards. Let's see if he even attempts to spend time with me today.
Well I better go and start making some noise to wake his butt up. Chat with you all later.
Take care,

08-11-2007, 04:07 PM
Oh I am so mad right now. He finally woke up at 10:45 after I turned the tv on in the living room. Then he started acting all lovely dovely towards me. I told him to leave me alone. He had the nerve to tell me that I should have bought sugar yesterday for him since he was out. I said that wasn't my job since I don't use the stuff. That we could get it today when we went to the store. But no he said that he promised his ex-wife (whose weekend it is with the kids), that he would be at the end of the season pool party at our city pool if she would just drop them off. Well one of his boys called upset this morning that they were allowed to go now. Well come to find out they had a knock down drag out fight with fists and feet flying everywhere. So the boys were grounded for the weekend. So instead of taking her daughter into town and dropping her off, my dh volunteers me to go out and pick her up. I had errands to run. So I had to hurry up and go pick her up and take her to the pool. What really gets me is when you tell someone that you will be right there and they are not even ready. So I ran and did my errands. Call my dh to ask him when he will be home and I get the "I don't know, I guess when I get there answer." I guess I am just sick and tired of always being the one to save the day for everyone else. But I don't get any recognition for it, just crapped on all the time. I am sorry that I blew up like that,but I had to get it off my chest.
I got my work letter in the mail today. Suppose the building will be ready for us to come and start working in our classrooms on Aug. 16th. We have our staff inservice on the 21st. Our open house will be on Aug. 27th and school starts on Sept. 4th. So I guess I have to start thinking about school again. LOL
Well hope you are all having a better day than I am.
I think I might just go take a nap. His royal highness did tell me this morning we had to mow the yard sometime soon. I bet you any amount of money he picks tomorrow to mow it. If so, I am going to be mad. Because then we will not have any time this weekend to go do something just the two of us. Because on Monday it is back to watching the kids for the last week before they go to school on the 21st.
Chat with you all later.
Take care,

08-12-2007, 12:19 PM
Yesterday we went to Target and bought DD a desk set. There were no matching pieces that she liked, so we found brights by Isaac Mizrahi and others that we put together and kind of match. $67 later (:eek:EEK!) her new desk is functional, stylish, and she is thrilled. She wanted a desk lamp and cool chair on wheels, but the desk set broke the bank! We set her up in front of a window overlooking the backyard in the dining room, because I want to be able to cook dinner and help her with homework simultaneously. Since it is a nice piece of furniture, it fits in well enough.

I was pretty headachy from Friday's rum, so after Target sorting through her stuff, and setting up her desk, I was done. I wanted to clean, but it fell on me today. I don't feel like it, but my Tastefully Simple party is in a few hours.

My sister's glass table is a perfect coffee table for us. We were using a small hope chest, but when DD was little, she wrote on it with pen. We were planning on buying a new one in a couple of years, but now we don't need to!

Ginger, have a fabulous vacation!!!
Mermaid, love ya baby!!!
Kerry, September 4th?! Lucky girl!!! I start the 27th and get kids the 29th!!!

Enough putting off housework. Wah wah wah...

08-12-2007, 02:24 PM
Summer hope you got your housework done and enjoy your party today. Have fun! Your dd's desk sounds nice.
Ginger and Miss Mermaid hope you are enjoying your weekend.
My dh spent time with me last night. We went out to dinner, then went to my sil to visit her. While there we got a phone call from one of our friend's to come over to their house because they were hanging out on their back porch. So it was nice to hang out with a few married couples for a change. We stayed over there until 5 in the morning. They won't let us leave. Just stay a little bit longer. Our host should have a nice little hangover today. Atleast neither my dh or I drank over our limit. He had a couple beers and I had a beer and two fuzzy navels. So I don't have to worry about babysitting. Yeah!
The reason our school starts so late this year is that they built 2 new elementary schools and the middle school that I will be working out of. They won't be done until midweek. So we can start going in on the 16th.
Well I need to go and check something else out on the computer . Chat with you all later.
Have a great Sunday!
Take care,

08-13-2007, 11:06 AM
Hello ladies!

Sounds as if everyone has been busy and enjoying these last few days! Things here (CoconutTele) have been very quiet! I certainly hope that Ginger enjoys her family vacation! I will miss her while she is gone! Glad you got to spend time with your hubby, Kerry....and that you had fun! I love the location of your daughter's new desk, Summerrr! My guys do their homework (usually) at the kitchen table as that is usually where I am during homework time. They usually don't need my "help" so much as "direction".... Their attention is just like their mom's! Go figure!

My metabolism is back to being a snail. If you remember, during the true heatwave, I had a bad experience while exercising..... and I have gotten out of the routine. Without the extra movement, I'm back to the scales not moving. While my eating is (for pretty much) in control and much less.... I was meant to be THE LAST FAT CHICK on the planet... famine? no problem, I have thighs and fanny! Sigh!

How are ya'll doing with your eating / exercise plan?!
I go back to school on the 24th. Mom has her surgery on the 23rd. Kids begin school on the 4th. (School always resumes the day after Labor Day in Va unless there is a waiver.... This is a tourism thing, really!)

take care,

08-13-2007, 12:01 PM
Mermaid: So you have a full week of professional development and meetings? We have two days of it, and they scatter PD throughout the year on half-days. I would rather get it in the week before and have some time in my room with the kids starting after Labor Day. But not since I was a child has school started after LD around here. What is funny though is that even though I already have students before LD, I still get a tummy ache in the evening on LD. I guess I have a conditioned response from childhood. I'm going to go in on the 23rd and 24th to do my bulletin board and get organized. In past years, I would go in as early as two weeks before, but since summer school wasn't using my classroom, I didn't put away much. But, since the custodian probably moved things around to shampoo rugs, I will surely have some stuff to do. I just don't want to give up anymore of my summer vacation than I have to. At least I will be in the same room all day now, so worse comes to worse, I can do stuff throughout the day when school starts.

My biggest stressor is that I am up for reaccreditation with NAEYC this year, I will have to do a self-study, and collect documentation to prove that I am complying with the requirements.:p It is a lot of work (waste of time) but at least I will be teaching one full-day pre-k this year giving me time while they are napping (hopefully they will actually sleep) to do paperwork. My job requires so much paperwork, but I have no office time built into the schedule. I don't know when they think I'm gonna do it all when I already have to bring work home for lesson planning. Last year I used center time to do documentation when I should have been working with small groups. I want to have time to actually TEACH this year! Phew! That was a mouthful.

I think I'm gonna have to add WW online to my budget. I've gained back what I lost on WW in the spring. I thought I could go it on my own, but I was sadly mistaken. So that 9 lb. loss that you see in my signature is no longer valid.:p

Last night's party was a success. I had 7 guests and 3 catalog orders from people who couldn't come. My sales totalled $350 so I will get to choose $35 worth of products. I've been considering becoming a Tastefully Simple Consultant (cause you all know how much free time I have!) but nobody booked a party. If three had booked, my consultant would have paid for my kit, I would have gotten free products all totalling $300, and I would have been able to begin my business. But she said that without a few guaranteed parties, I would have no way to start. Maybe I'll try again in the spring. Right now I should be concentrating on my two jobs, choir, and oh yes, my family!

It is not very warm today, and the pool is cold from too many cool days & nights. So, I think DD and I will see a movie and venture outdoors tomorrow after the pool has had some sun shining on it. Have a great day!

08-13-2007, 10:35 PM
okay. I know that both of you have posted today; however, I can't read the messages right now... I'm a big baby. I have to get on the couch and get my foot elevated.

So... Here is my news. Gracefully, of course, I fell off my very short (less than 2 feet!) kitchen stool and fell into my open, bottom drawer pulled out, fully loaded dishwasher. I think that I have broken my second toe on my right foot as I jammed it to the point of an instant gigantic blue/purple bruise on the middle joint.... The whole toe is throbbing. KILLING me. My loving family laughed hysterically at my "antics". When I can walk without wincing, I'm gonna get them! :) (I am hoping and praying that I didn't do damage to my dishwasher! I was so afraid that I was going to land on that loaded silverware thingy...)

This is my 2nd major accident in 5 days. I shut my finger in the dryer door last week. Had to open it to get it out. Talk about sucking in air forFREAKINGever! I couldn't even speak or scream! I have a very lovely purple middle finger nail!

Graceful, elegant, talented..... and bruised!
I hope you all had good days. I will catch up with you tomorrow!
take care,

08-14-2007, 02:31 PM
Dear God Mermaid!!! OUCH!!!:eek: You poor thing. I think you are actually pretty lucky that you didn't get hurt more seriously, especially on something sharp. Don't be embarrassed about your accidents. I've been hurting myself doing stuff like that my whole life. It is why I'm so darn overprotective of DD. Take care, and feel better. At least it is sandal season...better than having to wear socks and sandals in the winter.:o

I went to the GYN for an ultrasound follow-up. There are nodules which are probably endometriosis which is the original cause of my infertility. But I have to go for another with a specialist in September just to make sure there isn't anything malignant. I will be having a mammo on Friday. I had called to make an appointment earlier in the summer and was told that I'm not due till January. Then my GYN says I've overdue. The scheduler had read the date wrong. So, I've got to get it NOW. :p I was lucky to get an appointment before school starts. And my ultrasound will be on Rosh Hashanah which I have off. My principal told me to handle all my medical needs over the summer so I wouldn't need to use personal days. B*tch!!!:mad: God forbid I need a hysterectomy.

I can't join WW till I get paid again...not till 9/7. I got one lump sum payment in June and I will barely make it till school starts, so no extras right now. It doesn't mean I'm throwing caution to the wind, but there's no way I can go outside my budget right now.

Gonna do some laundry, dishes, and maybe I'll get to the pool before DH comes home.

08-14-2007, 05:37 PM
Afternoon Ladies,
Miss Mermaid sorry to hear about your accident. How is your foot today? I am glad that you didn't land on the silverware part. That would have hurt getting stuck with all those sharp objects. Hope you are able to be up moving around today. I feel your pain sister. I am a klutz myself. I am the only person I know who can fall going up a set of steps.
Summer hope your mammo goes well on Friday. I remember how you have had some trouble with them in the past. Your boss doesn't sound like she is a very understanding person. Hope you can schedule all your doctor's appointments on your days off. So did you get to go swimming this afternoon?
I have been busy trying to get those last few things done before going back to school that won't get done after I start. I got a phone call this morning from my new assistant principal that we can't get into the building until Monday now. That will only leave us less than two weeks to get our rooms ready. I am not a happy camper right now. Plus my stepson opened his mouth and pissed me off this afternoon. My dh and him have been on the computer all day basically. So when I ask when it is going to be my turn before my TOPS meeting he says that "Dad and I have it right now. Can't you just wait?" That just set me over the edge. I told him that I am only good enough in his eyes when he needs his clothes washed, something to eat, taken somewhere or some money. The rest of the time Kerry is forgotten about. So I haven't spoken to him since until he apologizes. That is not a good way to think only being 9 years old, is it?
Well I better take my crabby self and go get ready to go to my meeting. I was in a good mood today until the little brat told me how he saw things. I am not going to let people shove me to the side anymore. I really think that has had some baring on my weight issues too.
I will check back in with you all later.
Take care,

08-14-2007, 11:19 PM
Hope you had a nice day! I am in a better mood now. I went to TOPS this evening and lost 1 1/2 pounds. Now I hope that I can keep up the losing game this time. I need to start excersing again. Hope that will come back here in the next couple of days.
Well hope you all have a great hump day!
Chat with you later,

08-15-2007, 11:59 AM
Kerry::bravo::cp::dancer::woohoo::cheer2::congrat: :cheer::yay::celebrate:

Mermaid: I hope all of your extremities are less swollen and bruised today. Feel better. Soak up whatever is left of SUMMER.

I'm in a holding pattern. I'm desperately trying to cling to the last days of summer. I'm already noticing the subtle changes...my pool is cold because of the cold stormy days last week and the cooler nights. Many people love the hot days and cool nights for sleeping, but for me it is the unmistakable sign of fall.:p DD has a playdate in our pool today, mani/pedis with my BFF and I tomorrow, and a High School Musical 2 sleepover party Friday night at our house. But next week, everyone has last minute stuff to do before school begins. I hate the last two weeks of August. You can't really enjoy the weather and time off because of what is lurking around the corner. I don't really like my class till Halloween. It takes about that long to take them from helpless badly behaved babies and make them into cooperative semi-independent students. September is ****. So, diet and exercise is of no interest to me right now as I try to suck every last bit of summer out of the next week.

I've had a very productive summer. I've had time to work on friendships and in the process, it looks like one of them is over (the incommunicato one). I have a brand new friendship that will hopefully grow and last. I got to go spend some family time at some great beachy locales. I told my sister off. I got some projects accomplished and got appointments out of the way. Really except for not losing weight, I've had a great summer. There isn't much left to do this summer, just a couple items left on my list. Now that my June paycheck is just about gone, I need to go back to school and get paid again. It is all just a bit sad to say, "Goodbye summer." I don't think I'd mind it if the frigid winter months could be avoided...

08-15-2007, 01:14 PM
Kerry, what did your dh say to his son when he spoke to you in that manner? Congratulations on your loss this week! Great job! Keep it up!

Summerrr, yes, the end of summer and September are NOT my favorite times of year. There is sooooooo much work and soooooooo many headaches. I feel your pain! I too get horribly depressed during these last few days. To the point of doing NOTHING...sort of the calm before the storm! Glad that you have a few more fun "things" scheduled for these last few days! My guys are talking about the end of summer and how bummed they are too.... yeah, they will miss staying up til all hours and sleeping 1/2 the day away!

So....Today is Wednesday. Next Thursday I will be spending the day at the hospital with my father as my mother has both knees replaced.... Next Friday, I will be back at school. I've spent Monday and Tuesday somewhere between freaking out and pretending that I don't know these things. Today is our Saturday, my dh is off we've spent lots of time together this morning.... it has been very nice. We are now at our respective computers! Tonight I have a Band Boosters Board meeting at the High School. I have agreed to take a bigger but not HUGE role on this board....mainly so that I can get all the information 1st hand and not from the mouth of my kid or thru general meetings..... Hope this wasn't a mistake! My toe still is a bit painful and a lovely shade of purple...like my fingernail but it isn't broken. I told you I was being a baby! It hurt really, really, REALLY bad! Sort of like when Fred Flintstone hits his thumb with a hammer and it physically throbs bad! :o)

Enough from me.....
Hope you all have a good day!
Take care,

08-17-2007, 10:15 AM
sure is lonely here....
hope all is well with you and yours! have a great weekend.

08-17-2007, 10:55 AM
Mermaid: No you didn't, silly! Yesterday was a full one for me, and I didn't have time to post.

I had my annual with my allergy/asthma specialist, and because of a med change, I had to do a pharmacy run. By the way, every lunatic was on the road yesterday. I was merging on the highway behind a teenaged girl, and we were wide open going at about 50 mph when the bimbo came to a complete stop!!!:fr: GEEZ!!! I slammed on the brakes, turned my wheel to avoid hitting her, while simultaneously leaning on the horn. God was with us, because I managed to avoid hitting her. This is why it is against the law to drive while talking on your cell phone in CT. You cannot look away for a split second because the morons around you are so unpredictable. Poor DD freaked...it's only 8 months since we had an awful accident with an elderly man (missing some of his fingers) who crashed into us because he gunned his engine instead of hitting the brakes. It was a hit and run. About 1/4 of a mile down the road, he realized that he had had a car accident and backed up all the way on the main road to the scene of the accident to ask me if he had done this. By the grace of God, we had safe travel in spite of some horrible drivers all day long. In the afternoon, DD and I met my BFF, her Godmother, and BFF and I had pedicures while DD had a manicure. It was fun except for the moments it occurred to me that I had no business wasting money like that when I'm not even sure how I'm gonna make it till I go back to school and get paid again. At least I'm holding off on getting my hair cut and highlighted again till things are better. Luckily, I'm a natural blonde, so all my time in the sun this summer gave me some natural highlights. Anyway, BFF came over our house afterward, and we chatted for a couple of hours. It wasn't warm enough to swim in the pool...low 70's and cold pool water.:p You know dam* well that as soon as I get back to school and the pool is taken down it will be 90 degrees again!!! Whatev.

Soon, I have to go get my annual mammo. I'm overdue because when I called to schedule my appointment, some bimbo told me I wasn't due yet. Well, she read the year incorrectly, and now I'm not just due, I'm overdue by several months. If I hadn't gone to my GYN earlier in the week, I'd never have known.

DD is having a sleepover at our house to celebrate the premiere of High School Musical 2. So, she has to clean her bedroom and playroom. I'm gonna bake chocolate chip cookies for the girls, and my DH will make homemade pizza for dinner.

She's reading right now. She reads every day for an hour to meet her chapter book quota for the summer...a minimum of 30 books! She is only halfway there, and she doesn't understand that unless she doubles her time, she probably won't meet the minimum goal. It is my fault, because I let her just work on her math packet in the beginning of the summer, and I didn't start making her read till mid July. Between the thick math packet, the reading packet, and the book list, I am disgusted. Yes, I'm a teacher, and I don't want to see her lose her skills. But come on! It is summer. We could have made better use of her time off practicing her multiplication tables and reading at a leisurely pace. She loves books, but being forced to read so many books has made reading a chore. I HATE NCLB!!!! I hate my child being pressured like this.

Gotta go shower and try to remember to not apply deodorant! Pancake time...OUCH!!!

08-17-2007, 10:34 PM
Evening Ladies,
Sorry I went into hiding yesterday. We had went to our bank asking for a loan to pay off some bills and to get gas for our rental house for this winter. They turned us down. So I got really depressed and tried to sleep all day. My dh was the strong one through all of this disappointing news. He tried to cheer me up. Then today I went with my mil, nephew and his girlfriend to the mall so he could get his school clothes. I had to drive my mil's Ford Tempo. Let me tell you that think is small after being used to driving mini-vans and a F150 truck. I was stressed out by the time we got home from being so low to the ground. LOL I also got my TOM visitor tonight too. So I am hoping that I can stay away from food and not stress eat. I haven't done it yet. So I hope I can keep it that way.
Summer how was your doctor's appointment today? I thought of you and hope things went well for you. Sounds like you had a fun day yesterday despite the idiots out driving. I am like you can't wait for that first paycheck after school starts. I get a pay raise and will be able to get me some new shoes for school. Hope you are enjoying your sleepover guests. Homemade chocolate chip cookies and pizza sounds yummy.
Miss Mermaid, he told him not to treat me like that. But it didn't seem to faze the little booger. So I let him have it yesterday afternoon when he tried pulling the same stunt again. I called him the youngest male chavinist (sp) pig I had ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was like I didn't know I treated you that way. I will try to be nicer to you in the future. So far he has went out of his way to be nice to me. So how was your Band Boosters meeting the other night?
Ginger hope you are enjoying your vacation. We miss you!
Well I think I am going to try and relax a little bit by reading a romance book called Surviving Demon Island. Today is going to be busy with delievering Avon orders and having to go to the hs football scrimmage tomorrow evening. Plus we will have the kids tomorrow evening and all day Sunday. We were suppose to have them this evening and told their mom that she could keep them to take them school clothes shopping tomorrow morning and afternoon. She wanted to wait until Monday the day before school when everything is picked over. That lady gets lazier and lazier. I just hope that the kids realize when they grow up who was really there for them.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

08-18-2007, 01:00 PM
I just lost a longish post... arghhh! I will be back in a bit to check in and type it all again! Hope your Saturday is going well!

08-19-2007, 01:06 PM
The sleepover went well. DD's friend is a flaky one though. When her mom dropped her off, she told me that she was a little hurt because they had plans to have a girls' night watching High School Musical 2, but as soon as my DD invited her DD to sleep over, her DD dropped her like a hot potato. You know, DD loves to sleep over her friends' houses, but she would have told her friend that she already had plans if the situation were reversed. I realize the day may come that I get left in the dust, but thank God, we're not there just yet! I hope DD will continue to honor her commitments to people. DH made homemade pizza, and DD's friend took one bite of each slice of pizza not finishing either. What a waste. The three of us watched the movie in the playroom, and it was great. The girls did each others' nails and ate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, cheese balls, and soda. DD's friend took a taste of everything but finished nothing. I guess her eyes are bigger than her tummy. I got them to go to bed around 11pm. They talked till midnight, and right when it seemed they would fall asleep, we had a VERY LOUD thunderstorm. They were up around 9am. DH bought sausage and bacon for breakfast. Everyone wanted bacon, so I skipped on the sausage. After making the bacon, DD's friend informed me that she doesn't eat bacon. She ate a couple bites of pancakes. I'm so glad I don't have to feed this child on a regular basis. She takes huge servings and eats like a bird. DD only takes what she can handle, but I guess that comes from me being so into portion control. The girls asked if her friend could stay till noon so they could watch a show about a sleepover. I called the father, and explained what they wanted, but when DD's friend got on the phone and remembered that they were having a tag sale, she told him she wanted to come home early. DD was so disappointed. We need to accept that her friend changes her mind as quickly and often as New England weather. She is a fickle kid. She has always been unreliable and last fall was not a loyal friend. When the friendship started again in the spring, I went along with it with my eyes wide open. Their teacher purposely separated them giving them different teachers for the coming year. DD is not happy about that, but I'm thrilled. I'd rather she hang out with her more dependable friends.

In the afternoon, we went to the town's used bookstore and got a bunch of books. I'm so excited that I found a brand spanking new paperback copy of Janet Evanovich's Motor Mouth! And, I paid the used price for it. I've been watching it on Amazon, but the price has been high plus shipping.

Next we arranged for DD's flute rental for the fall. She played recorder last year, and this year, band begins. It should be interesting...certainly not cheap!

DH and I spent the rest of the day swimming and reading in the sun. The pool is still cold, but I'm forcing myself since my summer days are dwindling. Today, I plan to do the same.:swim::swim:

Have a great day!

08-19-2007, 05:41 PM
Summer glad you survived the sleepover. Don't you just love fickle little children. Just kidding. That is like the boys have a few friends that I have told my dh we are never having over to our house again. They are such trouble be it behavior or personality wise. The only kid I like is the neighbor boy who minds and tries to teach my two stepsons to behave. Glad you found some books that you like. Enjoy your swimming.
Miss Mermaid how are you feeling today? I hope you are all healed up.
We had my dh's family reunion today. I hope I did eat okay. I don't know if I did or not. It is that tom and I tried to be good. Forgot to bring something to drink and had to drink a pepsi. Now I am really thirst. I have been downing water like crazy. Maybe that will help flush out the food I ate. LOL
I think I am going to get comfortable in the arm chair and read for a little bit. If I fall asleep that is good too. Since my days of freedom are coming to a screeching halt.
Have a great afternoon!

08-20-2007, 11:27 AM
So much for sunning and swimming. The clouds arrived and dropped the temperatures. I decided to get some bulletin board stuff done, so I made a giant crayon box out of a paper bag. I made it slimmer by cutting it on the sides, fitting it together, and taping it. Then I took DD's Crayola box and duplicated it onto the paper bag. Surprisingly, it looks quite real! I made a template for a giant crayon. I'm gonna cut out 18 crayons with different colors of construction paper and write my students' first names on them. The title will be, "Welcome To The Pack!" Corny, huh? I couldn't come up with any new ideas, and all the ideas online were overused. So, I went to Teachersparadise.com and used this idea. When I first started teaching, I was so gung ho over bulletin boards. Now they are a pain in my a**. Today the temperature is 62 degrees with rain on the way.:p:rain: What, is it April?! Tomorrow is going to be cold and rainy too. So, even though I planned to go to school Thursday and Friday, I'm going to school today...AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH:fr:...the summer spell is about to be broken:(:stress:...but I have to go this week and may as well go when it is crappy outside. Maybe I'll be lucky:lucky: and Nimrod (my custodian) won't have destroyed my room over the summer, and I can just drop off some things, pick up some things, and leave. If Nimrod has left my room alone, there is very little to do, just the bulletin board. The "back to school letter" can easily be done at home in my nightgown. In the past, I've always come back to various stages of chaos. So, I must gird my loins and be ready for anything. Today's goal is to get lots of construction paper, my class list, and get the h*ll out! I bribed DD with McDonald's:mcd: for lunch. We haven't eaten there since April vacation, so she's waited long enough.

I'm not in the WW zone right now...wonder why? But, I know I will begin when I get my first paycheck. I'm gonna have to sign up again. I really can't do it on my own. I've had optimum conditions this summer and failed miserably. But, I do not have the money till I get paid. So, I'm indulging right now. Unfortunately, DH IS gung ho having just come off a bad doctor's appointment. He wants to get healthy. Congratulations, but give me two more weeks please, and I'll join you. He's not waiting.:drill: He's nagging.:drill: He's pointing out portions.:drill: He's getting on my last nerve! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:mad: Did I nag him when he ate like it was his last days on earth? No. I mind my own business. He doesn't learn by example. It doesn't help that he likes to watch "Hogan Knows Best," and he compares himself to the Hulk and me to Linda. Linda is trying to lose weight:goodscale, and her DH:coach: is training her. Back away with the barbells buddy if you know what's good for ya!:wl: Don't try to change me. I got this.

08-21-2007, 05:06 PM
Afternoon Ladies,
Just got home a little bit ago from my staff inservice at my new school. I think I am going to like working in a brand new building. The staff seem like they are all fun and nice people. No little gangs like at my old school. My new classroom is wonderful. It is two time bigger than my old tin box of a room. I have storage and lots of it. Plus I have my own bathroom in my classroom. With a changing table and shower. Then I will have a washer and dryer to teach my kids laundry skills. Plus I will have a stove, microwave and fridge. So it will be nice to actually get to teach my kids life skills.
Summer how was your trip to your classroom yesterday. I love your bb idea. That is a very cute one! Hope you got to go into your room and it is not a big mess.
Miss Mermaid how is life treating you? I hope good.
Ginger are you back from vacation yet. We miss you. Can't wait to chat with you soon.
Well I have my TOPS meeting tonight. I am hoping for a loss. But with it being that TOM don't know if that will happen or not. Then we are having a get together for the end of the summer dinner. Hope I don't over do it.
Chat with you all later.

08-21-2007, 09:12 PM
I lost a pound tonight at TOPS. So I am very happy with two weeks in a row of having a loss. Let's see if I can make it three weeks in a row. Hope your evenings are going well for you.

08-22-2007, 11:59 AM
Kerry: I'm so proud of you!!! :bravo::hat::dancer::yes::woohoo::cheer2::congrat: :cheer: I wish I was more of an inspiration. As you know, I'm not motivated right now. I have a plan after I get paid again, but in the meantime, I'm not holding up my end. So, KUDOS to you for being so successful during a stressful time of year!
Mermaid & Ginny: Hola, Que Tal?

Well, guess what? Nimrod did dismantle my classroom. Fortunately, I was able to move everything back into place in a couple of hours. But, unfortunately, I'm missing some important items. In October, I do a month of :flame:Fire Safety. I have a wooden firehouse complete with the pole, beautiful wooden firetrucks, an ambulance, and miniature firefighters. Well, the vehicles and some of the firefighters are missing!!! I searched the classroom while I was putting it back together, and they are just plain gone.:(:mad::tantrum: And to make it worse, nothing will be done about it by the principal. I will have to wait till I get another grant and order brand new. My grant money doesn't come in until March, so for this October, I'm screwed. The firehouse is nice, but with only 3 tiny firefighters left and no trucks, it won't be a great center.:( And, I hate that someone stole from me.:s: It is no real shock, just really disappointing.

I unpacked all my new cots and stacked them in a corner. The trick will be finding space in the room to set them up for napping. I've never done full-day pre-K before, so napping has never been an issue before. I can't get the room dark because my blinds don't go all the way down. I will end up having to attach dark paper to the bottom of the blinds. The other issue is my secretary with the Long Island accent and BIG MOUTH who makes announcements throughout the day not only interrupting instruction, but now will be interrupting nap time.:p Thankfully, she will not be going with us to the new school 2008/2009, so this is my last year with that lunatic...and come to think of it, my last year with Nimrod too!!! They'll NEVER give him a big school!!!

My bulletin board is up, and I must say...CUTE!!! I used a black background, and used jumbo white chalk to write the title, "Welcome To The Pack!" Which, by the way, looks quite cool! My giant pop-out crayon box with giant 3-D crayons inside is in the center of the bulletin board. Then all the multicolored crayons with the kids names on them surround the crayon box. The bright crayon colors really POP! against the black background. I even got a compliment from a colleague who is openly jealous and hostile toward me. Long summer...she got caught off guard and acted like a normal person!!!:lol: I must say, this is my best "Back to School" bulletin board ever. It was worth the work, and if it isn't destroyed by the kids in the hallway, I will be sure to save the pieces for next year.

After some last minute adjustments, I have a full class of 18 with a waiting list of 3. Last year at this time, I was very low in registration numbers which ultimately led me to have to bump the teacher at the other school and travel midday teaching at two schools and having a HORRIBLE YEAR. This year is soooooo much better just because I am full and don't have to travel. I'm full because I'm providing full-day which is what parents want and need. Most of my parents are the "working poor," and can't afford to pay for daycare, so my program is a blessing for them. There is talk about opening a second pre-K in my building to accomodate my waitlist kids.:?: Unless they have a bunch of kids that I don't know about, I don't get how they will open a new class for 3 kids. I hope they don't recruit from my colleagues around the city who are teaching part-day, because I don't want them to have to close their program because of this. I wouldn't be the teacher, but somehow, I will be blamed. The other issue is that either 1. I will have to mentor this teacher and take away time from my job to help her with hers.:p or worse 2. I will have to work with another veteran who second guesses me. Next year, I will be in this situation because the new school will be housing 2 of every grade, pre-K - 8. But, I was hoping for one more year alone without daily interference. I'll have to wait and see.

It is 63 degrees and the clouds are thick...no hope of sun anytime soon. My poor pool must be FREEZING! The next time it is supposed to be hot, dry, and sunny is my first day back to school.:p DD is having friends over today and tomorrow to keep her busy while I do household chores. At least my classroom is mostly ready.

08-22-2007, 01:28 PM
Hey ya'll! We've been having HORRIBLE storms for the last two days off and on... Every evening as I sit down to post here, the thunder and lightning begin. Monday was spent hanging out in the tire store as they checked my new tires that are leaking (nothing is wrong with them... they think that someone is messing with them at night. Um, NOOOOO not with our dog!) Tuesday was spent returning the oldest kid's new band pants, getting a pair that are long enough, finishing school supply shopping, grocery shopping. (It is beginning to thunder, I can't believe this!) I have also been running to and from the high school taking the kid to band. Today I am cleaning out my bedroom closet, laundry, washing the dog and I must get that kitchen floor done. Tomorrow is my mother's surgery so I will be gone from 4 am until who knows... Friday I must return to work. It will be good to get the big huge pile of stuff that I've been collecting for school out of the corner of the living room! I'm actually very calm about tomorrow AND Friday. Que sara, sara! This IS the 20th time that I've returned to my 1st grade classroom. Perhaps finally something good comes with my old age.... experience and a ::shrug:: shoulders sort of attitude regarding getting my panties in a twitch over ME starting school. NOW, my boys starting, now THAT has my panties TIGHTLY TWITCHED and I'm a bit freaked out over THAT topic!

Kerry, congratulations on your progress at TOPS! You are doing so well with it! Also, congratulations on the new classroom! Sounds like lots of wonderful items that will be so very useful with your students! Tell me again, about your students. What classification do your students have?! Grade? Middle school, right?

Summerrrr, it wouldn't be back to school with out a Nimrod story! However, the missing firefighters and fire truck would make me crazy! In fact, it reminds me of the summer, that my big huge RED wooden puppet stage simply disappeared. I searched each and every room for the thing. No teachers had seen it. The custodians all sort of "yeah, I remember seeing it... What? It wasn't returned to your room? Hmmmmm...no don't know where we put it." The only silver lining was... I hated, hated, hated that thing! I only had it because a dear friend had given it to me... and she loved it... the kids always would argue and the puppets would even end up fighting... HOWEVER, it was MINE to throw out...or share...NOT the custodians! (That was my old school!) Oh and about a new or old teacher coming to your school to teach the other PreK class... perhaps she will be like me... I had 17 years in 1st grade when I moved to my new school.... I was assigned immediately to be a 5th grade beginning teacher's mentor, I also would like to add that I didn't second guess the 1st grade team that I joined but that I added my own ideas, perspective and experience to their collective. It was VERY difficult to join "an already in progress" team who were very close and were very nervous about adding me. 4 years later, I belong at the school and have been assimilated ....... the team DOES do somethings that I brought to them.... but I didn't force them to! I'm trying to help... and hope this doesn't sound like some sort of lecture.. Please know how I mean these comments! ARGGGH! darn computer... enough!

Ginger, Ginger, Ginger.... where is our Ginger... still shaking the sand out of your clothing and hair?! I'm a bit concerned about your trip knowing how the weather was.... please check in soon!

Alright...back to the closet.... yipeee!
DH has today off....and he has given me THAT look... while looking at the big huge mess in the bedroom... He just mentioned the weather... he is so worried about the computer during storms...and well, we did lose one once... so BYE!

take care!

08-22-2007, 02:51 PM
Mermaid: You and your mother will be on my mind tomorrow. I will pray that she does well. As far as school starting, you've got it under control. The boys starting? PRAY and let it go. They are in His hands.

I like your take on this potential new pre-k teacher, and if she is like that, she will be welcomed with open arms:cheers:. I started at this school 5 years ago, and it took a long time for me to get accepted...last year was the real breakthrough! I, however, have welcomed any newbies wholeheartedly. I'm just so used to major EGOs :kickbutt:competing rather than focusing on teamwork. One of the K teachers and I work well together, and I'm trying to talk her into pursuing the position. I wouldn't mind a newbie except it seems like the people Early Childhood has hired and I've mentored have had maybe one or two more brain cells than Nimrod:crazy: if they were lucky. I've actually been asked to write lesson plans for one of them...she eventually was fired, but in the meantime, it was ridiculous how incompetent she was. I will surely let you know if I get a gem:hug: like you.

08-22-2007, 06:30 PM
Afternoon Ladies,
Sounds like we are all busy getting ready to go back to school. But I don't think we would have it any other way. Even though I know it means the end of the summer and lazy days.
Miss Mermaid, I will be thinking about you and your mom tomorrow and Friday. Hope everything works out well for your mom's surgery and your first day back to school on Friday. Sounds like you had a busy schedule for today. Hope you accomplished it all. Yes it will be nice to be a in a new school. I teach grades 6 through 8 multihandicapped students. It will be nice to actually be able to teach them the needed living skills for a change.
Summer that really sucks about your firefighters and fire trucks. Since I had to pack up my classroom and have it moved to a different site I am afaird that I might lose some of my items. So I know how you feel. Especially when we have to purchase some of our own supplies out of our own pockets at times. Glad that your bb turned out so cute. Kuddos on the compliement from your co-worker. Hope you are enjoying your day cleaning house.
I took the day off from going into my classroom to get it ready. Wanted to spend the day with my dh. But he decided to go off and do his own thing. So I went to lunch and had a chef salad and some strawberries. While I was at the restuarant getting wonderful service from my sil since she works there. I was able to get a new customer for my Avon business. Plus might have lined up a fundraiser too. I was talking to one of the waitress and her daughter is a cheerleader. So I came home and typed up a pack of information for her and took it to her at work. So I am hoping that pans out here in the next couple of weeks. I guess this evening I am to go with my dh to his mom's for dinner and then to a football scrimmage for two of our old neighbhood's kids. So I guess those are my evening plans.
Well I better go and check on the laundry. Chat with you later.
Take care,

08-23-2007, 01:19 AM
I leave to take my mom to the hospital for her surgery in 5 hours. I can't sleep. I'm not worried... I'm anxious. I will be away from the computer all day tomorrow...will try to check in! I am taking water bottles and some snacks to have while I'm there. I will take my dad out to lunch eventually...out of the hospital if mom is doing well! I have no idea of where he will want to eat. I will try to use my brain when I get the chance to eat!

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!
take care!

08-23-2007, 11:59 AM
Mermaid: You have not left my thoughts for more than a minute. I'm sending hugs, good vibes, and prayers.

Ginger: Where are you?

Kerry: When I first started college, I went part time because I had to support myself. Anyway, my full time job was a paraprofessional in with a class of severe/profound mentally ******ed high school students. (Back in the 1980's, we were still allowed to call people mentally ******ed.) Our class spent time with the Trainable mentally ******ed class (Again, that terminology is now considered politically incorrect, but I don't know what the current terminology is since it changes constantly!!!) Anyway, we had our own classroom, but we shared a lifeskills room with the other class. We had a full kitchen, living room, and bedroom. We went to the library and grocery store every Wednesday in our minibus. Then on Thursday, we cooked lunch, and every Friday, we cooked breakfast. It was a challenge taking them into the community, but it really prepared me for when I left and began working in a group home in the evenings and weekends so I could attend college full time in the day. Anyway, now that I know about your facilities in your new school, I have a much better idea of what your job is like.

Yesterday, DD had a playdate with a lovely, low-maintenance child. Today, another just like yesterday's will be coming to play. DD is happy, busy, and I can do stuff around the house. The weather hasn't changed much. The temperature is up to a steamy 67 degrees. It is cloudy, but I can see the sun struggling to break through. No pool today. My brother and his wife are headed to Cape Hatteras on Saturday. Our family that has been there this past week reports that it was in the 90's and will continue through my brother's vacation. Ginger, you lucky dog! Anyway, I was coming to accept that school is starting till he called last night to tell me that they are not returning till September 5th. I'll be honest. I'm jealous as ****. Maybe if we had had hot, sunny, summer weather during my last week before school, I would feel better, but that weather isn't due to arrive till I'm back in school. Suck it up! I've had a tremendous summer with many days in the sun, pool, and beach. I got more than my share. I still have my tan. And, another summer will be here in about 9 months.

08-23-2007, 04:25 PM
Hi Ladies,
Miss Mermaid, been thinking about you all day. Hope everything turns out well for your mom today. Sounds like you had a wonderful plan for your eating today. Hope you were able to get some sleep.
Summer, sorry to hear that you have much cooler temps in your neck of the US. It is hot and humid down here again. Really sucks when you don't have ac in your house either. Hope you get alot done while your dd enjoys her low maintaince playdate. I wish my stepkids could find low maintaince friends. It would be so much nicer. I am with you on the vacation jealously. I say every year that we are going to go away for a few days during the summer. But it never happens. But this year it is my dh saying that we are going to save money for next summer and go away. He wants to go with our friends to the beach. But I think our first vacation together should be somewhere just the two of us for some peace and quiet. I guess that damn romantic is coming out in me again.
Well we went to my mil for dinner last night and then to the football scrimmage. When the scrimmage ended our friends wanted us to go to the local pizza pub to hang out with them. So we stayed there from about 7:30 until 10. Then went and sat on our friend's pourch until 2 this morning. Only to come home and get yelled at my butt hole of dh that I could sleep in the kids room. So I got the alarm clock and pillows and went in there. Didn't sleep much. Got up and went to work this morning. When I was walking out the door he got up and said that the reason I had to sleep in the kids room was because he needed his rest. Doesn't matter that I needed my rest to get stuff done for school. So I was able to get all my boxes unpack this morning and stuff put away. Then he calls my cell to ask if I need help. Because he would come out if I needed it. I told him no. Then he asked if I wanted to eat lunch with him. Met him at the Chinese place and gave him the silent treatment for lunch. He finally asked what was wrong. So I politely told him that geez when you get home late and end up sleeping in a different bed you don't get much sleep. That I was really tired. So I came home from lunch and tried to take a nap. But it is too darn hot. He still hasn't came home so I think he is embarrassed by his dumb little comment I need my rest. I think I will stay out of our bedroom for a few days and tell him that I need my rest. We were invited over to one of our friends house this evening. I think I am just going to stay home since I have to be up early again tomorrow morning. See if he says anything when I am sleeping in the kids room again tonight when he gets home.
Well I am in need of a large drink of water. I will chat with you all later.
Have a wonderful afternoon!

08-24-2007, 07:31 AM
a quick note.........
Mom did very well through the surgery and yesterday. She sent me home after being with her for 14 hours. She had several rounds in the constant motion machine that was bending her legs ... We even had a 30 minute period where she stated with a huge smile "nothing hurts!" This was huge as she has had this horrible knee pain for over 10 years! We are all very pleased with how yesterday progressed!
When I returned home I began to dig out the stuff that I need for school today, put the clothes that I had worn at the hospital in the wash and then I fell into my bed and slept dead to the world for the first time in months.

I woke 10 minutes prior to my alarm....and was so afraid that if I fell back to sleep I would never get up... so I got up. I've not called the hospital yet to see how she is doing. I won't be going today. While this is going to be hard .... I just can't squeeze it all in... Today will be a challenge...I'm exhausted BEFORE going to work! Ahh, well.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, I've got to get back to getting ready to go to school...but I will try to post again tonight!

08-24-2007, 11:09 AM
Mermaid: Congratulations on your Mom's successful surgery!!! Isn't it AMAZING how quickly they get someone moving afterward?! This is an excellent sign that she will recover quite well. I'm thrilled that you slept like a rock! I'm quite impressed and grateful that you took the time to let us know how your Mom and you are before going to your first day of school. You know we would worry, and I appreciate that you gave us the GREAT news! Just think, once you get through today, you have two days to recover.

Kerry & Ginger, enjoy your Friday.

THE SUN IS SHINING, AND IT IS 70 DEGREES!!! IT IS SUPPOSED TO GO UP TO 80!!! The pool is not in any condition for swimming right now, but once I clean it and deal with the chemicals, it should be fine for tomorrow when it will be even hotter. If the pool isn't good, we'll head down the street to swim in my brother's pool. Tomorrow is going to be spent outside enjoying my last bits of summer. Today we have to run a bunch of errands, then we are going to see "The Nanny Diaries," and tonite we are going to a spa party at my BFF's house.

I will be starting a "Back to School" thread for us over the weekend. Now that we have 10 pages, we are a bit long. I'll let you know when it is time to move.

I'm off to pay some bills and get on with my day. Have a lovely one!

08-24-2007, 03:40 PM
Mermaid thanks for the update on your mom and you. That is wonderful how she didn't feel pain yesterday after the surgery. Hope she has a speedy recovery. So how was your first day of school? Hope you can sleep like a rock again tonight.
Summer enjoy your day. I think that movie would be fun to see! Maybe I can con my sdd to go with me sometime. Hope you can go swimming over the weekend. It is very hot and humid here again. It is close to 100 again today. All the schools around us have let out early due to the heat.
Ginger hope you are enjoying your last few days of summer! Miss chatting with you.
Well I got up and went to my technology inservice. They told us be there between 8:30-8:45 and we didn't start until 9:15. Got out of there by 11:45. Meet my dh and went to lunch Stopped at the bank and then came home to pay two bills. Getting ready to go out to happy hour at the local restaruant and then off to the first football game of the season. Hope it cools off when the sun goes down a little bit.
Well I need to go change. Talk to you all later.
Take care and stay cool,

08-25-2007, 11:33 AM
I'm getting really tired of movie trailers giving you the wrong idea about a movie. All the cutesy, funny scenes in the advertisements for "The Nanny Diaries" were the only enjoyable parts of the movie. In other words, the other two hours of it were disappointing. The movie turned out to be very disturbing, depressing, and a real drag. I know women who use nannies, and some of them use the nanny as a support and a baby sitter who is available. These girls are from Germany, England, or Sweden. They are part time college students who are majoring in education and need a place to live and earn money. I personally wouldn't want some 19 year-old living in my home, but these women really want/need the help, so they do it. I have heard of a few women who's nannies know the children better than they do. Can you imagine putting your child in the care of someone who could quit at any moment? Since I don't know anyone personally who let the nanny be the full-time mother, I never totally believed that a human being could be so heartless toward their own flesh and blood. What was depicted in the movie gave me an upset stomach. There was a "happy" ending, but it took far too long to get there. Just to add to the lousy movie, there were multiple technical problems that took too long to fix. There's $13.25 down the toilet. I asked for a refund via email. I doubt I'll get it.

How do you define, "pamper?" My dictionary defines it: To coddle, to spoil, to indulge. The invitation to last night's spa party read, "Come and be pampered with an anti-aging facial." We were told to bring towels for our pedicures. I had visions of foot scrubs, hot soaks, creams, buffing, and nail polish colors. Uh uh.:nono: Not exactly. Not at all. The twelve of us (too many people for any actual pampering to occur) stood in a circle surrounding the island in my BFF's kitchen and applied oils and scrubs to our own hands as we rotated waiting in line to get to the sink to get the awful stuff off. This circle line rotated three times before we were done. Our last step was to apply a cleanser (not anti-aging mask) to our faces and rinse at the kitchen sink. When we were seated at the kitchen table (too crowded, not enough order cards or mini mirrors), we applied the toner supposedly designed for our skin type. Mine is sensitive. I applied it and YOWZA!!!:o Burning:hot: pain on my face, I ran to the sink to remove it. I returned to my seat to apply the "amazing" lotion and then some "royal jelly." Big woop! I kept asking myself, "When am I getting pampered? This doesn't feel like pampering. This feels like I'm being forced to test cosmetics." The products didn't even come close to measuring up to what I currently use. We were "treated" to a long, drawn out, boring:tired::yawn::rolleyes: monologue about these "miracle" products that have been around for 50 years, and amazingly, I've never heard of. Because this was for my BFF, I was on my best behavior, and put up with it. I wasted money and bought some products for my body. I'm certainly not putting any of that crap on my face. Now that I'm 42...almost 43, the skin on my face is no joke. The consultant pressured me pretty heavily to buy the skin care line, and only after I convinced her that I had stockpiled my Elemis skin care products, would she back off. Then she proceeded to get me to buy more stuff for the body that I didn't need or want. AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! You know, once you are my age, you most likely have found what works and have become attached to it. She needs to market herself to young girls who don't know any better yet.

Right now it is 73 degrees and very foggy. Supposedly, the fog will burn off, and it will get up to 90 degrees!!!!!!! I sure hope so. I'm not doing anything except dishes and laundry today. My plan is to enjoy the :sunny:HOT SUN:sunny: and swim in either my or my brother's pool all day.:swim:

Enjoy your weekend everyone!!!

08-27-2007, 07:59 PM
I'm gonna make a new thread for us...Coconut Telegraph Goodbye summer. See you there