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11-12-2007, 07:17 AM
:yawn: :coffee: Good morning,

It's Monday already, what happened to my weekend? They go by so fast! I did make a major dent in my Christmas shopping, and everything is wrapped and stashed away. We never did get a chance to go out for my birthday dinner, though. We had grandkids all weekend, but they're more important than a dinner out any day. :)

Looks like it's raining out, but I have the morning off. I planned a playdate for the girls after school today, so Maggie and I are going to bake some oatmeal cookies for their snack. This morning, though, it's Curves first, then I must get this house back in order after the weekend. ;)

What's happening on your Monday?

11-12-2007, 07:30 AM
Morning Cottage...and all that follow!

You are right about the weekend (what weekend??) Had a client wanting a fast launch of a website so people could register for art classes, so I have been burning the midnight oil and got it launched last night. No fair I have to turn around and go to school and teach today!! Then I have a ton of work to do for other clients when I get home. Guess I shouldn't be whining, at least I have a job (make that 2 jobs)

I grilled a couple of marinated turkey breasts yesterday and also have some eggplant and mushrooms I cooked down that are leftover, so I think a "leftover" frittata will be the menu today along with a thrown together and easy to fix then back to pounding away on the old computer. sigh. LONG day ahead.

11-12-2007, 07:40 AM
Hi there Early Chicks! I woke at five but luxuriated in bed for a whole hour. I have some new and very wonderful cotton sheets and just love them.

Mondays are good for motivation and I'm going to do my best today. There was a bit of "slippage" over the weekend and my ticker is lying a bit so......

It's cold here this morning so the coffee is really appreciated. Mugs are nicer than regular cups and saucers because you can cuddle them and warm your hands. Hershey is lying on my feet so all is wonderful.

Today's plans are rather loose. Kevin The Elusive is supposed to come to work on the barn this morning and I sure hope he shows. It's getting time to start putting the car away at night and I sure can't get it in there right now. All the stuff is moved to the car side so he can work on the east wall. (The sill is rotted and that side needs to be jacked up and replaced.)

I have my painting class this afternoon and will try to run in to see Harold while I'm in Athens.

Hope your day is joyful and productive.

11-12-2007, 08:47 AM
Good morning, All! What's a weekend?:stress:
My "day job" has been i mandatory overtime since I started here (I got about 2 or 3 weekends off, then it was on to a 58 hour week!) And on top of that I have a Mary Kay business I am not willing to give up. I'm applyig for transfers like crazy, it's no wonder this department can't keep anybody. If they expect me to stay, I will either try and get a doctor's note that I don't work overtime (since I have a history of clinical depression) or I will resign from here and start temping.
Anyway, I am RE starting phase 1 today. It's Veteran's Day, since the job is in a government office I have the day off. Got groceries yesterday, went to a high end grocery store for produce. It's called Meijer's, they had fresh watercress, radishes that looked like teeny red carrots, enoki mushrooms, kohlrabi, and lots of other veggies I wouldn't find in Marsh or Kroger or even WalMart. So I splurged on veggies.
I'm a tea snob, trying oolong tea today. I don't know if it will really result in weight loss, but it's a tea I haven't tried yet. Normally I brew tea from loose tea leaves. I have to order those online, haven't found a local source in Indianapolis really. I have an order coming in, but Lord knows when it will get here, so I bought teabags from Meijer. Even Trader Joe's only has bags. I have oolong from Meijer and yerba mate and some white tea from Trader Joe's. Waiting on some samplers of Chinese and Pu-errh teas. Of course, they are shipping from the far East - ought to be god tea! Too bad it takes so long to get here!
-Michele in Indy

11-12-2007, 08:51 AM
Good Morning Everyone
Hope everyone has a fabulous Monday. I am back to work today after a 3 day weekend. Why is it so much harder to go back after three days rather than two. Oh well like Cat said at least I have a job. Have a great day!

11-12-2007, 09:10 AM
Morning chicks,
My weekend really got away from me too. Since I never got to my housework last week, I ended up with a houseful of company on Saturday, my parents and grandmother, and niece and nephew. I did get my grocery shopping done for the week, and spent the rest of Saturday cooking. I made a big pot of vegetable soup, deviled eggs, some pumpkin Nessa breakfast bars, and an apple crisp for after dinner. The kids were busy with activities, playdates, and sleepovers. Sunday I got my hair done (way overdue), and then the kids and I watched Ratatouille before bed. And poof, here we are on Monday! My govt customers are off today, so even though I will be working, things should be pretty quiet. DD has a very sore throat, so I guess we'll run up to the doctor for a strep test.

cottage, sorry you missed out on your dinner, but sounds like you had a fun weekend anyway, WTG on the Christmas shopping and wrapping! I just got started on my gift spreadsheet/list. I have bought some gifts, so I need to inventory to see what shopping is left.
Ruth, hope you have a productive day! I am gathering my motivation too. I want to have a really clean week and make some good progress toward my birthday/monthly goal. I just have a feeling that once the holidays start, I'll be lucky to maintain until January.
femme, sorry you're so busy right now. Sounds like you are suffering from success!
HiMichele:wave: I am a big fan of loose tea too. Safeway used to have it in the bulk bins, but no more. Fortunately there is a coffee roaster place not far from here that sells it. I love to treat myself to tea!
Have a great day THINBYJUNE!

11-12-2007, 09:13 AM
Cottage: Happy belated! I've gotten ALL my xmas shopping done. It's not what I wanted to spend (had a budget of $300 for EVERYONE!) but I got everything but stocking stuffers for DW done. Doesn't it feel good???

Femme: Don't forget to breathe in between business! :lol: have a good day!

Ruth: I would LOVE another hour in bed. DW is off today. I am doing my best not to pay her back and wake her up! :lol:

gary: today is day 2 of Ph1 for me! GOOD LUCK! And you're another one who shouldn't forget to breathe!

Thin: Wish I had a 3-day, so jealous!!! Have a good one!

Yes, DW has today off to celebrate Veteran's day. I don't. Poo! So I am up, making Sausage and Egg cups -- oh I just realized I forgot the cheese! Ok, back from that. I didn't realize we didn't have a muffin pan. Who doesn't have a muffin pan? So muffin cups and a casserole dish it was!

Ok, 12 mins to go. I am going to try to get some laundry folded. I spent the weekend cleaning -- like a major overhaul. Wish I had today off to enjoy it! Instead, I will be one of the few at work -- at least I can watch the auctions I spent 6 hours putting up this weekend without fear of reprise :lol3:

Happy Monday!

11-12-2007, 09:14 AM
Hey Schmoodie -- great minds post at the same time! :lol3: Hope DD is ok and you have a good day too!

11-12-2007, 09:46 AM
Morning all!

I'm also working today. I even managed to make it a late day - working until 9 :( On the plus side only about 25% of our staff will be in so I get to wear jeans. It's kinda sad that it makes my day ;)

Now to get to the long list of things that need to be done before going in to work late (no wonder late days feel twice as long!).

Have a good day all-

11-12-2007, 10:07 AM
Good Morning! Yep I am working today also. Hoping the phones are quiet and I can do some catching up on the small stuff that tends to slip through the cracks.

The new furnace was put in saturday by 3pm. Going to see if the insurance will cover it but I am not holding my breath.

Barb I am right there with ya girl where DH is concerned. Mine was picking fights this weekend. He brought up the fact that the phone rang the other night before I got home from work and my daughter wouldn't answer it. I asked why he didn't and he said he worked all day!!!! WHAT????? Well that set off the mad woman in me! I gave the usual, I work all day come home, cook, do dishes, do laundry when you are griping you need jeans, and you can't answer a phone?!?!?!?! I'm there for ya girl, if you ever need to talk to just let me know!

Ok enough of my soap box, hope you all have a great OP day!

11-12-2007, 10:55 AM
Happy Monday, Chickies! :sunny:

Cottage, sounds like a fun and productive weekend! My best friend does that, too--wrap her Christmas gifts right after she buys them. Do you have all your wrapping stuff all set out somewhere? I end up wrapping all my gifts at once and it takes about 2 days. :tired: I enjoy it, though--really. ;)

Cat, you're a hard-working girl! :comp: I hope that you will see tons of profits soon that make it all worthwhile--this is the right time of year to be earning extra income! ;) Good luck today and enjoy the frittata. Sounds delish! :T

Your morning sounds divine, Ruth! :love: We have some Wamsutta Sateen 400+ count sheets and I could just live in them forever!!! :cloud9: Isn't it lovely to have a lie-in? I hope you enjoy your painting class and your visit with Harold. Good luck with Kevin and the barn! :crossed:

Michele, isn't it funny how excited we can get over veggies? :broc: :carrot::lol: When I used to visit my parents in CA, I used to have a field day with veggies! They had all sorts of purple veggies--purple green beans, purple cauliflower, etc. It was so yummy! I'm a tea fanatic, too! I also love loose tea. I've picked up a ton of loose tea in France at Mariage Freres ( They have the most amazing teas. :love: I've also gotten a lot from little independent stores--the spice store in Pike Place Market in Seattle has wonderful teas too. I hope you like the Oolong! :cofdate:

:wave: Thin!

Schmoodle, enjoy the calm day! I have to "inventory" my Christmas shopping, too. One more thing to add to the list... :write: Hope DD's throat isn't strep! :hug:

Hey, Jenn! I hear you on the dear partner sleeping away while *you* go to work! :mad: You'd think, considering your location, that the entire town would have the day off! :lol: about watching your auctions, though. Are they on ebay? I have so many things I need to put up on there, but haven't done yet... Hope you have a good day in spite of having to work. Lots of :dust: going your way!

Cyndi, enjoy wearing jeans! That would make me pretty excited, too. :D

Oh, Pacer, if only we could send our spouses to some kind of workshop/boot camp! :rolleyes: That's just awful about your DH and the phone. :club: :rollpin: Was the phone just way too heavy? :rolleyes: I hope both your and Barb's DH's moods improve, and soon! :hug:

Had a fun, relaxing weekend. Didn't get as much done as I would have liked, but it was just what I needed after the last couple of crazy weeks! Did some running around, ran some errands, and figured out what we're making for our Christmas party. It's a good menu, but it looks a little too easy...isn't that a silly thing to complain about? :lol3:

Work and then gym today. No plans for tonight, which is great! :beach: DH is making dinner--a recipe from Rachel Ray involving lots of balsamic vinegar, chicken, WW cheese ravioli, and a spinach salad (which we're making with turkey bacon instead of pancetta). Should be tasty! :T

Have a great day!

11-12-2007, 10:58 AM
Morning Laurie - yep, on eBay. It took me a total of 7 hours to photograph everything then put it up. I started at 10-p and wasn't done until 4a!!! I am such a night owl though, I didn't mind.

Here's to hoping they go well (lots of clothes and misc. items up)

11-12-2007, 11:01 AM
The house is back in order, and I've been to the bank and even filled up my car. $2.99 a gallon for gas! It's so fustrating that the oil companies are jerking us around, while trying to convince us that their prices are justified. If that's the case, why is gas always higher on weekends and holidays?

I called it Motivation Monday because I have to find my motivation again. All the sudden my jeans are getting a little snug, and that's scary! This is a really hard time to try and lose weight for me. With the colder weather I crave casseroles and comfort food, and now we have the holidays fast approaching! But I did it before, and I know I can do it again. I just have to gather up all my will-power!

It looks like most of us have to work today, so let's enjoy it!

11-12-2007, 11:08 AM
Hi, Laurie! I hate to wrap gifts, so this year I vowed to wrap them as I buy them so it's not such a big chore for me. I'm glad you had a nice weekend. What are you making for your Christmas party that's so easy? I have to start thinking of my menu!

Jenn, I'm bidding on a few things on eBay right now. I've never tried to sell anything, though, although I've been tempted. Do you make much of a profit?

11-12-2007, 11:13 AM
Lots of :dust: for you, Cottage! :hug: I hear you...I tried on pairs of size 16 jeans yesterday and they were so snug and wouldn't button. :cry: At least I went down from an 18W to a 16W, but I want to be back in my regular 14s from last year! :tantrum: Let's get back to where we belong together!!! You only have 12 pounds to go, Sweetpea (to quote Ellis!), and you can totally do this!!! :cheer2: How about making Chicken Dijon, Chicken and Eggplant Casserole, and/or Taco Bake when the hot/comfort food bug hits you? Or the Broccoli Cheddar soup and some WW bread with smart balance?

Jenn, I'm with you on the night owl thing. But I no longer do very well with it if I have to get up the next morning at 6:30, like today. :tired: You are a stud for going to work after staying up so late--but I get you on ebay stuff taking forever. :rolleyes: It's amazing how much time it can suck up! I hope you get tons of bids! :goodluck:

11-12-2007, 11:25 AM
Well,no Kevin! Grrrrr! I am going outside to chop down some fake bamboo and will pretend it's him while I do it.

No painting class this afternoon as the breeder just called and is free to bring Serena over for a wee visit with Hershey. It'll be interesting to see how Hersh (60 pounds) reacts to a 6 pound mite her in HER house. Melody and I will sit, sip tea and observe. After they leave, I'll take Hersh to visit Harry and give him the report. He's pretty much back to "normal" after his fall two weeks ago, normal meaning in the same state of confusion as before. :shrug:

11-12-2007, 11:28 AM
Hi chicks, thought I'd chime in on the auctions. I've been an ebay member since 1996! Mostly a shopper but I've sold some stuff too. I only put stuff up now if I know it'll fetch a premium - you know, too good to sell at yard sale prices. I made $100 profit on a purse once, and $40 on some shoes. I think it's very labor intensive, taking the pictures, writing a good description, posting, answering emails, packaging and mailing. I know people that scour yard sales, auctions, etc. for ebay resale, and I'm not sure how they make a profit selling low ticket items. Seems like your hourly wage would be pretty low. It's funny though, how you can never predict what will get hot and what won't. I put up a $300 piece of artwork once and didn't get a bid. I put up a $5.99 toy of my sons (Theodore the Tugboat) and made $30. It's crazy sometimes. :dizzy: But I've sure gotten lots of good stuff!
Anyway, hope your auctions go well jenn!

11-12-2007, 11:28 AM
Thanks for the extra helping of :dust: Laurie! :) OK, let's make a pact to kick each other's :kickbutt: and get through this season with a loss instead of a gain! I'm going to imprint a mental picture of you in my mind threatening me with a :rollpin: when I'm tempted to over-indulge. :D

11-12-2007, 11:42 AM
Morning ya'll!

I had a bad weekend food-wise. DH informed me Friday night that his vacation request was messed up at work, and instead of leaving this Friday for 10 days, they had him leaving after Thanksgiving. So I stress-ate my way thru the weekend, until he got it fixed with his job. I'm thrilled it's fixed, but mad at myself for letting it get to me. I gained back 1.5 pounds, but I'll be extra good from here on out and lose it before we leave.

11-12-2007, 12:23 PM
Cottage: I make a decent profit on the right stuff. All the stuff I have now (29 items or so) is about a dollar and item to put up. I don't have a goodwill by me so the stuff like clothes would just be trashed. Better to make some $$$ than throw it out!

We'll see though. Between the clothes & Gamecube games I hope it will be a nice haul!

11-12-2007, 01:28 PM
Hello ladies! Just flying through real quick. I'm tired. :tired: Don't know what my deal is but no matter how much sleep I get, I'm still wiped out. Must be doing too much. I've been running myself ragged.

Helped Ryan move into his house yesterday, on my day off. Then watched football and went home. Watched some TV and forced myself to stay awake until 10 otherwise I knew I'd wake up at like 4am and not be able to go back to sleep. Was out like a light.

I've got to do my wall today, train 2 newbies tomorrow, and do 2 New Release/Game inventories on Wednesday before I get another day off. I'm sore from moving stuff yesterday already. It's going to be a longggggg week.

Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving? Sheesh. High of 71 and storming here today, not that I'm complaining. I love warm weather and hate the cold. Hope all is well with you girls. Take care! Talk soon!


11-12-2007, 02:01 PM
Brian and I went to an Eagle ceremony yesterday for son's of two leaders I know. It was really cool. We also got to talk to two guys who are with the troop we are visiting tonight with our Webelos Patrol. Next weekend they are going camping and they'll be doing the climbing tower. I wish we could go but I've got to work on Saturday.

Tomorrow I'm going to have to work from home tomorrow since I have a 7 AM meeting. I'm going to try hard not to talk to my husband about our issues and wait until Wednesday night once Brian is gone to Sky Ranch. I don't want Brian to worry while he is on his field trip.

Weight is still doing well. I'm still down to 151.5 pounds. I managed to pass up cake at the Eagle ceremony and haven't even eaten any popcorn even though we have a houseful.

11-12-2007, 02:12 PM
Barb, I just got myself back into the loop and have figured out what's going on. :hug: If that's what you really want to do, then you can do it. Doesn't mean it'll be easy, but you can. I will pray for you.

11-12-2007, 02:39 PM
Hey girls! Just a quick post before I run into town. My in-room sink isn't draining so hot, so off to get some drain-o for me!

Today was an interesting morning. My heat has been broken so I put in a work order for my dorm. I was up late working on a paper due at noon so I was sleeping in a bit. My alarm was set for 10:30 but LUCKILY I woke up a bit before the alarm went off. I heard banging at the door so I jumped out of bed to try to find a tshirt to throw on over my cami, but the facilities worker just UNLOCKED the door! It could have been bad but I managed to get on a top just in time. But at least I have heat now! My room is nice and toasty and not chill inducing now. :) When he did his little infared heat sensor thing, he said my room was 50 degrees- and that was in the morning after it's heated up a bit! I'd hate to know what it was last night!

11-12-2007, 03:25 PM
gas is almost 3.20 a gallon here in ct

The house is back in order, and I've been to the bank and even filled up my car. $2.99 a gallon for gas! It's so fustrating that the oil companies are jerking us around, while trying to convince us that their prices are justified. If that's the case, why is gas always higher on weekends and holidays?

I called it Motivation Monday because I have to find my motivation again. All the sudden my jeans are getting a little snug, and that's scary! This is a really hard time to try and lose weight for me. With the colder weather I crave casseroles and comfort food, and now we have the holidays fast approaching! But I did it before, and I know I can do it again. I just have to gather up all my will-power!

It looks like most of us have to work today, so let's enjoy it!

11-12-2007, 03:35 PM
! I'm going to imprint a mental picture of you in my mind threatening me with a :rollpin: when I'm tempted to over-indulge. :D

:lol3: Cottage! That's one scary thought! :fr: :lol: Count me in on the support. :hug: I'll have to think of you and your tan, svelte figure whenever I'm tempted! ;) I know we can make it! :cheer2:

Oh, Dixie, that must have been such a hard thing to hear! :hug: I'm so glad it's all fixed. Just spend some time thinking about how you can handle it the next time you feel like that, okay? Then it was all worth it. :idea:

Lisa, you're so wonder you're exhausted! :hug: You should make a trip to the doctor though, just in case. Have you been tested for sleep apnea? Being tired in spite of lots of sleep is a classic sign, though usually it affects people who are can still have internal issues that cause it, like big tonsils. Sleep is so important to your well-being and your weightloss, so I hope it gets better soon! :hug:

Barb, you are a :queen: for staying out of the :corn: I'm sending tons of prayers your way, hon. I know how hard it can be to hold your tongue, but it sounds like you have a really good reason. I hope the talk goes well. Congrats on your low weight! :hug:

Choro, so glad you have heat, though it sounds like a shocking way to get it, especially in that cold! :brr:

Gas is $3.35 here in upstate NY. :P

11-12-2007, 04:22 PM
Thanks Laurie! :hug: I think I just need to cut back on what I'm doing all the time. I'm up to socializing twice a week with karaoke on Fridays and football on Sundays, and I eat bad food at least once a week now, so I'm sure that has something to do with it too. Yuck. I need to knock it off. I'd like to have one day for housework and one day for NOTHING each week, but it doesn't look like I have the time, especially with teaching piano and needing little things done on Sundays. Going to rest up tonight though. Will watch Chuck and a movie and be done for the evening.

Gas is down to $3.17/gal here in Springpatch.