We're headed out to the Reading Outlets mall today for a little shopping. Our Curves always has an Angel Tree from the Salvation Army, and this year I picked a 13 year old boy to make a happy Christmas for. I'm not very experienced at shopping for teenaged boys, but I'm armed with his wish list, so I'll try to do my best!
We're probably babysitting Amber and Tyler this evening while the parents go out for their long-overdue anniversary dinner. Looking forward to that! :)
What's on everyone's agenda for today?
11-17-2007, 07:59 AM
Good Saturday morning, Cottage. Strange but I just got my Angel Tree child - a six-year old girl. No wish list although that would be a good idea. We have also started up our North Leeds Toy drive and the push for the Christmas Food baskets. There is such a need in this county due to layoffs and business closings. I count my blessings.
A cold but sunny day is unfolding in the village. There's lots of frost on my car but tonight may be the night I can put it in the barn. Donna's Ted and his sidekick are supposed to come today to move stuff "if it's not too cold". Wusses! It IS November!
I did drop in to see Harry on the way home yesterday and took him a plant, special socks for diabetics, several magazines and some sugar-free candy. His comment? "Why didn't you bring the dog and a beer!" Grrrr! I know the guy has dementia but he sure provokes me sometimes. That's why I sometimes wince when you chickies say "Have a nice visit"! Even at 86, men can be jerks. Hersh and I will go out today or tomorrow with a darned beer.
Time to get into warm work clothes and make a job list for the Timid Twosome who may or may not show.
Have a wonderful weekend despite all the T-Day preparations. I really think we Canuks are wise to do it in October.
11-17-2007, 08:44 AM
Happy morning from Grandma's house in West Virginia! Shall I pass around some moonshine to add to our coffee?
Ruth - I know what you mean about men. DH couldn't make the trip with me, and although I miss him, I'm happy to have some time alone with my family.
Cottage - Have fun shopping. I have an 11 year old stepson, and anything that makes noise, or a mess will be just perfect for a boy.
Me - I got Christmas early this year....I'm now OVERWEIGHT instead of obese. Woohoo! I've been fighting that pound for month it feels like. I got my walk in already, now I'm headed to the shower and out shopping with mom.
11-17-2007, 08:58 AM
I lost another pound. :dancer: I think that officially puts an end to being stuck
Ruth You're absolutely right. Age makes no difference, sometimes men are just difficult.
Cottage Shopping sounds like great fun. The wish list will be a big help I'm sure but my 14 year old godson loves all things musical and remote control.
Dixie Congratulations on your victory. :bravo: Have a great day shopping.
Me-I am off to work today which is fine by me, Looks like my overextended house guests really are leaving. I am so excited. I know it will make my entire WOL alot easier to adapt to. And if I'm at work today they can't ask me to help move stuff or watch all 4 kids. That probably sounds mean but after almost 11 weeks I don't feel so nice anymore. :snooty:
Have a great day everyone.
11-17-2007, 09:15 AM
I'm down 2 lbs. today!:carrot: Finally some progress towards my Nov goal, and not too far off from my Christmas goal either. I think it will be hard to lose over the next week for obvious reasons, so this may be as far as I get, but I will sure keep trying.
I'll be back, DH is booting me off so he can call his mom.
11-17-2007, 09:58 AM
Hi chicks, I'm back. Anyway, I'm so close to onederland, I really want to get there soon.
Yesterday was so stressful. I ended up in the chocolate, though not too much damage done, and I think DH smoked an entire pack of cigarettes. We found out that DD's ex-boyfriend has been harassing her at school. She'd been keeping it from us because she didn't want any more "drama." This is the kid that attacked her over the summer when she tried to break up with him. He was charged and is on probation and is supposed to be staying away from her, but he's been calling and text messaging, waiting outside her classes, getting in her car. Scary stuff. He called in the middle of the night Thurs. night and threatened to kill her, so she finally got scared enough to tell us and of course we went straight to the police, campus security, and the president of the college. As of last night he had been expelled and we're waiting to hear if they've picked him up for parole violation. Fun stuff.
Hopefully today will be nice and quiet! I just plan to get some stuff done around the house, grocery shop, and then tonight we're going to friends for dinner. I want to get in a good walk too. If eating will be more challenging, I'm going to step up the exercise to compensate. Good stress reliever too!
cottage, a book outlet, too much fun! I could really do some damage there!
Ruth, you are too funny!:lol: Maybe they are hiding from your wrath!
Dixie, where are you in WVA? We're only about 20 minutes from Harper's Ferry. Have a great family visit! Congrats on the overweight!
Thin, don't they say fish and company start to stink after 3 days? I'm sure you're delighted to get your house back. 4 kids! I'd say you're a saint! congrats on the pound!
Edit: hee, cottage, I just realized you meant the outlets at Reading PA, duh! Still fun!
11-17-2007, 02:09 PM
You're not the only one that saw that :) I'm focused on the holiday weekend book sale our local Windham Reads group holds. Lots and lots of new books for half price. It's the official start of my shopping season.
Edit: hee, cottage, I just realized you meant the outlets at Reading PA, duh! Still fun!
Thin - Congrats!! :carrot:
Dixie - I'm looking forward to getting rid of that label myself. Think a small glass of moonshine would interfere? ;)
We are doing food pantry donations this year. Seems all the pantries around here are down to bare shelves - scary before the heating season even gets going.
Now back to drying and freezing my late farmer's market goodies.
11-17-2007, 03:41 PM
Schmoodle, :lol: You thought I was going to a reading outlet? That would be nice! :) I got chills and goosebumps reading your post about your DD. :eek: Please keep close watch on her and yourselves, don't take anything for granted in this day and age! I hope the police do their job right and put that sicko behind bars where he belongs. Please, please look out for yourselves! :hug:
Ruth, I hope the lads showed up for you today. Men! Any excuse to get out of work! 86 or or 58, men can be jerks at any age, mine is plucking on my last nerve right now. :mad: He's mad about something that happened at work yesterday, and so of course he's taking it out on me. I hope your day is a productive one, and stay warm!
dixie, :bravo: for your victory! Have fun shopping!
THIN, you don't sound mean to me at all, you are totally justified in your feelings. Congrats on your 1# loss!
CyndiM, ooh, a book fair! I'd be in my glory! Have fun!
I had a successful shopping trip this morning. We weren't allowed to buy any "toys", so I bought him a fantastic heavy winter jacket and a 3-piece sweatsuit. They were on his list, so I hope he's happy with them. I hadn't planned on getting anything for myself, but I found some really cute lightweight sweaters for only $10, so I bought one in every color they had! :D
Now I'm just relaxing and waiting for the grandkids to come over. I have Cola Chicken simmering on the stove, and macaroni and cheese in the oven for Jake and Amber. With "purple" cauliflower and green peas, we'll have a colorful supper!
11-17-2007, 04:10 PM
I am sooooooooooooo done with relationships. :D You girls are making me realize just how lucky I am that I am all by myself. I was just talking to someone a couple of days ago about how his wife was picking on him and being a :censored: and now hearing all you girls talk about your DH's.... I have my couch, my tiny little 19" TV, my Bears blanket, a couple of good books to read, and a fridge full of soup. Who could ask for more??
Fell right back off the wagon last night. I had to walk across the hall and give pizza and bosco sticks to Wiggles and his girlfriend this morning before work, just to get it out of my house. I can't do those in moderation. I am doing nothing but going HOME, reheating my soup, and making spinach dip to eat by itself tonight. I'm living on veggies and cheese until Thanksgiving, I swear, starting today. I just can't let myself gain like I have been, and I have no idea where my self-control has gone. I go in spurts I guess.
Hope you girls thwack your DH's :frypan: and feel better about everything! :hug: Have a great day!
11-17-2007, 04:37 PM
Finally stopped long enough to sit. I've been on a grocery shopping frenzy this past week. I've spend my entire Christmas budget. Butter was on sale so I bought 3 cases of the stuff. Everytime I turn around there are more people coming to our home for Thanksgiving. I'm starting to really stress. Decided to go for a run this morning just to clear my head. I probably wouldn't be so stressed if I weren't working a 12 hour shift that day, but I will definitely be prepared for it. I'll be doing a lot on Tuesday and all night Wednesday night just so everything is ready to go into the ovens or whereever they need to go.
Ruth, hope you can get those niggles done by your woosie friends. Where's the cabana boys when you need them?
Weezle, enjoy your spinach dip.
cottage, so how many colors of sweaters were there?
Schmoodle, hugs for your daughter. How scary!
Thinby: 11 weeks????????? That's not a houseguest, that's a parasite!
dixiedieter and CyndiM:hug:
Well, there is still a few things to finish up around here and then I'm going to read a book.
Today is first day of phase 2, it's nice to relax a bit on the eating. Total loss on phase one was 15 pounds. Pretty happy about that. Now all I have to do is make it through the holidays!
11-17-2007, 08:56 PM
This morning was the most stressful morning I think I have ever had. Robert and I told Brian that I wanted a divorce. He was so upset and just wanted to know why. I tried explaining things to him in ways that a 10 year old could understand but Robert insisted on bringing up everything I had told him including sexual stuff that I just didn't feel that Brian needed to hear. It tore me apart but I held firm on wanting the divorce because I honestly feel it is the best thing for all of us. I'm afraid if I let things go on, even if Robert changes (and he has changed some things), I would end up with health problems from my high blood pressure or end up violent with him. I just can't take it any more. We all cried and talked it out. I told Robert he needed to find a job and work on getting moved in a month. I probably will be okay if it goes to the end of the year but I just can't let it drag out forever which is what would happen if I let it.
Brian and I went out delivering popcorn. At first he was quiet and upset but by later in the afternoon he seemed to have recovered quite a bit and was singing. It IS going to be hard on all of us but I think he will be okay. Robert did let the guidance counselor know what was going on so if Brian needs someone to talk to at school (or has any behavior or grade issues), he has someone. I've also talked to him about family counseling. He isn't interested now and I think he will be okay without it but I want him to know it is there if he needs it.
11-17-2007, 10:05 PM
Barb I am thinking of you and praying for you. :grouphug: I am sure this is all so hard for your whole family. I am glad that Robert contacted Brian's guidance counselor. I don't know if you would be comfortable with it, but I would also think about emailing his teacher, not with all the details, but just so he/she knows what is up. I have several kids in my room going through situations that are NOT being handled as civily as you will make it for Brian. I just know that I want to be there for any extra hug when I know it is needed.
Love you friend. :hug::hug:
11-17-2007, 10:22 PM
That's a good idea. I'll send his teacher an email this weekend. Right now I need to go get Brian to bed.
11-18-2007, 07:11 AM
Barb, I am really thinking about you a lot as you all go through this really hard time.
Quickie today as I'm a bit achy this a.m. and need a soak in a hot tub before Church. Yes, I should have done it yesterday after doing some outside work. Donnie did show and raked for three hours while I putted around in the barn and swept decks. It was freezing cold but the sun sure felt good. I even worked in a vist to Mr. Miserable and kept smiling.
Today will be Church, some more outside work and then quilting. I need an easy day because tomorrow is over booked.
How does your Sunday look?
11-18-2007, 07:31 AM
This is a quickie for me, too, as we're off to breakkie and a BJ's run!
11-18-2007, 10:07 AM
We were getting ready for church this morning when Abigail threw up. I thought it was just allergy drainage, but she has done it two more times. So we are home and just chilling. We never miss church, but I really think these poor girls need a day to rest and chill.
Barb You know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
So, I have mounds lof laundry to get through and a house that is so cluttered I could scream!! My goal today is to get through all of the laundry and at least get the house picked up. Our house is small as it is, so when the girls have their stuff strewn from one end of it to the other, it looks awful!
I am making stuffed peppers for dinner.... yum! I think I am going to make them this morning, then all I will have to do is bake them later.
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!
11-18-2007, 10:11 AM
Hello, everyone! Just a quick check-in to let you all know I'm still here! I didn't get much internet time at my conference and I'm trying to set a better example at work and limit my internet time there. Also, DH and I have been very busy lately! I will try and check in at least once a week to see how everyone is doing.
Here's my week so far:
1. Quit smoking on Wednesday morning (again), but am doing a lot better this time. DH is being a big help - he's quit as well.
2. Got back into working out and have done it 4 days this week. (Pretty good since I got back home Tuesday night.) My goal for the upcoming week is six times.
3. Decided to talk to doc and she is letting me go back on P1 the Monday after Thanksgiving as long as I check in with her every other day.
4. I am registered for 9 hours at the university. My degree plan is to quit at the Appraisal District in Aug 2011 and do my student teaching that semester. If there isn't a teaching position open Spring 2012, I'll substitute teach until there is. (DH and I have looked at the budget and projected that we will be able to live on his income indefinitely after that point. (I'm still going back to work, though!!)
Well, that's me! Just want to send a :hug: to Barb and Jenne! I'm thinking about you both! Hope everyone else is having a great weekend and HAPPY THANKSGIVING if I don't "see" you until then!
11-18-2007, 12:29 PM
Hi chicks, we had a lovely dinner last night at our friends' house and the kids spent the evening running around and yelling with their kids. I stayed on plan except for a small piece of cheesecake. We got home late so we are all a little lazy today. My friend had an early birthday present for me, two sweaters and a bracelet. The sweaters are 1X. She was very worried about whether I'd be able to wear them or not. Actually, they are loose, but I think I can wear them over some stuff and they will look okay. I'll have to make sure she sees me in one of them. We have been very close since middle school, roomed together in college, and wore each others clothes. We've always been the same size, even got fat together. I so wish I could take her along on this journey, but everyone has to do it in their own way and time. I try not to talk about it much when I'm around her but it feels funny to have to hold back on anything with her. It's the only thing about my weight loss that makes me kind of sad...:(
I got all my Thanksgiving shopping done this morning. I hard boiled a dozen eggs, cut up raw veggies for snacking, and made a 3 bean salad for lunches this week. Tonight I'm going to try the LCLC-stuffed chicken and zucchinni and stewed tomatoes. It always feels great to have all the stuff on hand I need to stay on plan and to have my plan for the week.
Things are pretty quiet on DD's ex-boyfriend front. It kind of makes me uneasy hoping it's not the calm before the storm. Who knows how he'll react when he finds out she called the police and his parole officer and got him expelled from school? I'm trying to find out if the police have picked him up, but no luck so far. DH has been very on edge too. He wouldn't go out back and rake leaves with the kids in the house this morning until I got back from the store.
Hi Kim, we've missed you! Sounds like you've accomplished a lot.
Ruth, did you take Harry his beer?
Barb, I had a feeling it would be harder for you to tell Brian than to tell DH. I'm sure you're glad that part is over. I know you'll bring him through this just fine.
weezle, what are bosco sticks?
Kiko, hope you make it to the other side of laundry mountain.
RNmom, welcome back to Ph2! Better make sure to leave some butter for Paula Deen! Hope you've got lots of helping hands to get your Thanksgiving dinner on the table.
11-18-2007, 01:10 PM
All my running is done for the day, and now I'm looking forward to a lazy Sunday afternoon. :)
Kiko, I had to gulp when you mentioned Stuffed Peppers! Did you read Jenne's post? I love them, though, and we just had them earlier this past week. Poor little Abigail, I hope she's feeling much better now. :hug: Hope you get through your mountain of laundry quickly today!
Schmoodle, I had cheesecake yesterday, too. :o My darling son brought me back a piece from their dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, and it was my favorite, Praline Pumpkin Pecan. How could I refuse? I'm glad you're all being cautious regarding your DD's ex-boyfriend. Very scary!
Kim, I hope you have success with giving up smoking this time! That's great that your DH is quitting, too, to support you in this. :) I'll bet you're excited about starting back to school. Do you plan a career in teaching?
Barb, that must have been so hard, telling Brian the news. He does seem to be coping well, though. It's a big change in his world, but I know with all the support you are providing for him, he'll get through this just fine and you'll all be happier in the end. :hug:
Lisa :hug: I'm glad you're so content with your new life. :)
Ruth, I hope that soak in the tub took away your achiness. Have a nice peaceful day. :hug:
11-18-2007, 01:25 PM
Happy Sunday Everyone
Today is going well so far. Seems like the scale is trying to make up for the last couple of weeks. I got up this morning and another pound gone. :goodscale Came home from work last night to an empty house for the first time since September. It was very strange and while I am glad to have my house back to myself I already miss the kids. Needless to say I am cleaning all day today and unless I find time to go grocery shopping it will be tuna, egg beaters and vegetable juice until Thanksgiving. :p
Schmoodle I'm glad to hear all has been quiet so far on the ex-boyfriend front but I think your DH has the right idea. Better safe than sorry. My best friend has always been VERY thin and now that I have lost weight she tells me I am too thin and buys me plus size clothes for gifts even though they don't fit. It's hard when you can't talk to the people you always have about something so important.
Barb Stay strong. I am thinking of you.
Kiko I feel your pain. I am having much more of a relationship with my laundry room today than I care to.
Kim Are you using a plan to quit smoking or just going it alone? That is still the one lifestyle change I have not been able to accomplish yet.
11-18-2007, 03:06 PM
Schmoodle, bosco sticks are made by Satan. Big, fat garlic breadsticks with mozz. cheese inside. HEAVEN!!!
11-18-2007, 08:23 PM
Why is it all the good stuff is made by Satan? I thought if they were called bosco sticks, they'd have something to do with chocolate!
11-18-2007, 09:05 PM
Just a quickie before I head back to bed. Went shopping in Calais yesterday and had a good time except that I woke up sick with a head cold.... Grr. Went to bed as soon as I got home and have been there off and on since. I feel rotten. Mostly a head cold but now have that icky stomach feeling. I hate being sick.... Have a good night.