Support Groups - The Worldly Chicks Are Demented in December




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Ruthxxx
12-01-2007, 08:05 AM
The title can be changed in case I missed something.

We have loads of snow already and more is on the way. This will not be like last year when we got just a skiff until mid-January. It's darn pretty out there and darn cold with a windchill of -27ļC or -14ļF!!!!! Time for the woolies. Does anybody know where I stored the winter mittens? Hershey was very fast with potty this morning - Lucy the Brat used to just pee on the deck when the weather was this cold.

Lots of at home stuff to do today but I do hope to get out to decorate Mr Pouty's room at the nursing home. He won't appreciate it but it will make things more cheery.

:snow4: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lah! :snow4:


Roseblush
12-01-2007, 09:41 AM
Good Morning Ruth, I like your avatar....I should change mine for the season but not smart enough to do it. We finally have snow on the ground here also it is the first snow in two years.....going to slap on the skiis this morning and take off right from my front door......the pups are getting groomed to today and I need to round up some christmas stuff for the house and office.
Ruth what club do you have your secret pal with? I always thought that would be so fun to do. I am trying to get projects done and things in the mail also.....my boys even though they are young men love to get their chocolate advent calendars so I have a couple to mail off to them and their girlfriends. My son Chad has a 2 yr old now in his life with his gf so I am going to go down and meet her this Christmas and spend some time in Boise. I went to Moscow and had an early Thanksgiving with Jesse and his gf and watched him play hockey again it was a blast.
My travels are many these days ..... putting on lots of miles on my little Forester..... that is the price I pay living in the Wilderness. I almost took out a large buck on my own road last night...... geez..... I have been so lucky a few times this fall already. I didn't want the hunters to bag him this year and here I almost succeeded with my car!!!
It is so great to come here and catch up with everyone...I hope all is well and we hear from chicks who have not said HEY for a long time..... where is suzi from Aust. and Teel and KRisty and some of the others..... drop by for some eggnog and a natter sometime.
Blessings & Peace to all,
Nae

Roseblush
12-01-2007, 09:51 AM
Oh my gosh I changed my avatar all by myself.....yipppeee!Maybe this old brain is capable of learning something new.....


Madcat
12-01-2007, 11:34 AM
Morning chickies and welcome to that month of Holiday Cheer. Ruth, thank you for setting up the new thread for December. And yes, we may want to rename it since it was suggested in a moment of madness :lol: But still, it might be appropriate.

I've got to wander off to get ready to go back to work. Yay Holiday season! I'll be back later for commenting and reading and general merriment.

happy2bme
12-01-2007, 01:22 PM
Good morning chicks,

Can you believe it's DECEMBER already? :yikes: This year sure flew by.

Thanks for setting up the new thread Ruth. Demented captures my state of mind as I approach some of the activities for this month.

Brrrrrr - :brr: I'm cold just READING about your weather. Hope you find your gachees or at least some nice fleece stuff. I have the feeling you have lots of nice Christmas sweaters too.

Ceejay- before I forget you were asking about joining the Biggest Loser challenge on 3FC here. They are starting one up right around the new year. Go to the main page at 3FC, scroll down the page to the Exercise Group and you'll see a sub-forum for The Biggest Loser Winning by Losing or something like that. Click on it. There's a sticky on the top of the page that talks about the upcoming challenge and gives details about it. I'm not going to participate again. I did record the Oprah show about the huge weight loss successes and found it very inspiring. I've always liked Bob Greene tho I think he's become a bit too commercial -- which seems to happen alot when Oprah endorses you. I downloaded and signed the contract too.

Shad - I hope you enjoy your weekend driving around. Sounds like you sure have earned a nice, relaxing weekend and then some...

Rennie- what's going on with you? Your last post on the old thread sounded very sad :( :hug:

Mel - I'm glad you're back with us. The lights in the house here run a little dimmer when you're not with us. Rest up, hoard your toilet paper from the Charmin snatchers in the building :rofl: and get bright eyed and bushy tailed for us! It's December now so I'll tolerate your :hohoho: stuff :lol:

What I wouldn't give for an evening with Carla, Madcat and Ruthie :cheers: :hat: Actually I don't mean to exclude anyone - would be fun to meet up with all - I just see a few of us getting into more :devil: antics. Maybe someday. I would love to tour the Butchart gardens with Shad sometime and after seeing the pics from her train trip, that's on my list of someday dream vacations.

On Thursday when they were drawing blood, somehow the phlebotomist hit the nerve in my arm that REALLY aggivated the carpal tunnel in my dominant hand so I am in alot of pain and it also means back to using the cumbersome brace which I detest. I went for my stress test yesterday. You can't have anything by mouth for 4 hours before the test and since it's first thing in the morning I was dehydrated in the morning. I have little veins that like to run away from needles and it's way worse when I'm dried out. They have to put an IV type thing in your arm in order to inject the radioactive dye for the pictures and I refused to let her come near my left arm. She had a difficult time getting the IV in, so I have nerve pain on the left side and lumps and bruises on the right side. The pistol is that she called yesterday afternoon and I have to come back for a second procedure and more pictures Monday morning. More pictures means another injection and NO COFFE in the morning :cry: I'm not sure what I'm dreading more - the needle stick, the lack of the morning's little pick me ups, or... I know, I know - it's RIDING IN THE ELEVATOR BY MYSELF!!!! :yikes: :eek: I am claustrophobic. I hate elevators. I particularly hate small hydraulic elevators with metal walls. The kind that go VERY slow, make noises and are jerky - the kind you find in parking garages or at the airport :lol: I'm ok riding with people but I get very panicky riding by myself as I have this mortal fear of being stuck in an elevator. The fear started and grew when I got stuck in an elevator by myself several times in 2 different jobs - so my fears are not unfounded. What I usually do is take the stairs if I possibly can or else I hang around and just wait for someone else to come along so I can ride with them. But Monday I have to go back for the second test at 7am so it's very unlikely that other people will be around at that time. If I absolutely HAVE to get in an elevator myself, I will but I shut my eyes tight, take 3 deep breaths and then either count in Spanish or sing I'm Henery The Eighth I Am - by Herman's Hermits just so I can't panic. Oh and I also hate metal elevators because you're cell phone doesn't get a signal in them furthering the fear that I will be trapped and alone. See--- we all have our troubles. :lol:

Ok, enough rambling for me. There's lots to do today even if I am on the gimpy side. I am debating about just how much or little Christmas decorating I will do, the content of my annual Christmas letter that I send out with the cards as well as the usual stuff.

Hello to Nae and Patty - time for the missing chicks to pop back again - Meadow, Holly, Linus, Painter - ok who else am I missing - well if you came around more I wouldn't forget, right?

Happy Saturday :wreath::rudolph:

ceejay52
12-01-2007, 02:52 PM
Happy
Thanks for reminding me about the BL. I'm thinking of just doing Bob Greene's phase 1 for 6 weeks at least. I've measured this morning but will weigh in on Monday morning. I'm using the commercial scales at work. I also signed the contract this morning.

Ruth
Thanks for starting the new thread.


I'll be adding no caffiene, which include's chocolate, in addition to the list that Bob Greene has.

Ruthxxx
12-01-2007, 05:49 PM
If I'm never seen again, it'll be because of the snowstorm. We are under a rather scary weather watch for tomorrow afternoon and may lose power. I am going to be sure to locate the key to the generator cabinet. The woodstove can keep me warm but I sure need running water.

Shy Moment
12-01-2007, 07:04 PM
Ruth
You take it easy. That is something I did years ago, invested in a generator. It will run a few lights, the sump pumps, the furnace,the well and fridge. What more can you want, lights, water, heat and food lol.

Happy
I am ok. Thank you for asking. Oh I understand about elevators and needles. Not two of my favorite things lol. Darn sorry about all you are going thru. Sounds like a real pain in the bum to me. When I was expecting my son I was stuck in an elevator at the hospital while I was there for an ultra sound. I am VERY claustrophobic. That wasn't bad enough. I wasn't lucky enough to be stuck alone. The MAN in there with me was more claustrophobic than I was. I thought I was going to go crazy before we got out of there 2 hours later. He was making me nuts. I was trying to keep it together and he was yelling and stuff lol. You know, they make these wonderful things called steps. I use them lol.

I finaly put all my size 18's in the give away pile and now am into all my 16's. This morning the bit of muffin top I have kind of got to me. I still have a long way to go and I am just expecting to much of myself to fast. On top of that to have people telling me, ya you might lose it all but it will come back just kind of hit me hard.

I generally just don't let that happen, I don't tend to let things get me down. I tend to let stuff roll off me like water off a ducks back. Once I slapped myself a few time I was ok lol. Sometimes you have to consider the source lol. It is one thing for someone who has lost weight and then not kept it off and is trying again to say something. It is another thing for people who can't keep big macs out of their mouth to say something.

I started to really think about what they said.

THEM You can't do without everything forever. You will start eating what
you ate before.
ME Since I am not doing without a thing what is there to go back to.

THEM You will get tired of how you are eating and want stuff you don't have
ME I have anything I want. There is nothing there to have I don't have.

THEM Your going to go to someones house or out to eat and blow it
ME I would rather NEVER go out to eat yuck someone touching my food
I would rather cook myself. Those that care about me will fix food
they know I like to eat not things I don't want in my body.

THEM Holidays make it hard you want all the goodies very one has
ME Darn I never wanted them before why would I start now lol

Ok, maybe I have it a bit different than some people. Most of the weight came on because of meds. The bad eating habits came way later. I eat what I want. I make sure everyday I have something I really like and plan everything else I eat around that. I haven't found ( so far ) losing weight to be hard. The only hard thing has been getting my lazy bum out of the chair to exercise. Now that is pretty easy too. Just something I do everyday.

MELODY525
12-02-2007, 11:03 AM
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THANKS RUTH FOR THE NEW HOME AND I AM JUST DEMENTED ENOUGH IN DECEMBER TO LIKE THE TITLE! :rofl: HOPE THE STORM ISN'T TOO BAD. KEEP US POSTED IF YOU CAN. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS UP NORTH! :hug:

MADCAT~ MAYBE YOU AND CARLA AND RUTH SHOULD HAVE MET UP AND GOTTEN STUCK IN A BAR/RESTAURANT WITH THIS STORM :lol3: :lol3:

RENNIE~ CONGRATS ON THE SIZE 16!! :cheer:

CEEJAY~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE BOB GREENE START!!! :encore:

NAE~ I SENT A PM TO YOU. DID YOU GET IT? hAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THE SON AND HIS FAMILY. gLAD YOU GOT TO SEE THE OTHER ONE AND HAPPY TRAVELING!:hohoho:

HAPPY~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE MISHAPS AT THE DR OR SHOULD I SAY FIASCO :faint: HOPE ALL YOUR BRUISED AND PAINFUL PARTS HEAL SOON AND FEEL BETTER QUICKLY. :hug: YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT CEL PHONES IN OUR ELEVATORS....IT HAS A PHONE OF IT'S OWN AND IS LINKED DIRECTLY TO THE POLICE STATION....AND THEY SEND SOME OF THOSE GOOD LOOKING FIRMEN TO RESCUE YOU :belly:

I CAME BACK EARLY CAUSE MY EYES FEEL BETTER. NOT SURE IF IT'S THE BAKING SODA/WATER RINSE OR NOT OR JUST TIME HEALING OLD WOUNDS. THE CYST IS STILL THERE AND PROBABLY WILL BE FOR SOME TIME YET.
IT SNOWED THIS MORNING AND MOTHER NATURE IS DRESSID IN HER WINTER WHITES. LOOKING STUNNING IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF. IF THEY DON'T CANCEL THE MALL TOMORROW I HOPE TO GO WITH JEN. IT'S THE WINTRY MIX WE'RE EXPECTING WITH THE COLD TEMPS THAT COULD RUIN OUR PLANS. HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.
TURNED ON MY LITTLE TREE AND I AM BATHED IN CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!! :hohoho: I AM HO HO HOING ALL OVER THE HOUSE! :rofl:
LIKE ROSEBLUSH, I HOPE A FEW STRAY CHICKS COME AND SAY HELLO FOR THE HOLIDAYS. :wave:

HAPPY SUNDAY AND A PEACEFUL DAY FOR ALL :moped:

MELODY525
12-02-2007, 11:05 AM
PS~ I LOVE ALL THE NEW AVATARS!!! WE ALL LOOKS SO FESTIVE. CONGRATULATIONS NAE ON GETTING YOURS ON THERE TOO!! :cheer:

ceejay52
12-02-2007, 12:01 PM
Morning chicks
I haven't had any stamina for a couple of days. This morning I took my blood pressure and it was down to 110/64 pulse was 117. I had no caffiene yesterday. I am also very nervous. I'm going to the doctor Thursday. I had another episode similar to this last Sunday.

Ruth
You may have snow for Christmas It's looking like we'll have some bad weather later on today in the form of thunderstorms. You could always melt snow for water. I've done that in the past.

Mel
Glad you are feeling better.

Reenie
Don't let others get you down. Yeah for the size 16's.

happy2bme
12-02-2007, 12:25 PM
Hey kids,

Cool and rainy day today. Should have put the Christmas decorations outside yesterday. Now they will have to wait until next weekend and we don't have many weekends left until Christmas.

Ceejay - hope you feel better. Getting checked out at the doctor's sounds like a good plan. Your pulse seems rather high tho your pressure is down.
Might be the nervousness though.

Rennie - like you say, you just have to ignore what people say. Were these overweight people saying these things to you? Sometimes people get jealous when you are losing weight and they are not and they said dumb things. Just keep to your plan.

Mel - good to have you back. Thanks for the email - that was so sweet :hug: I am blowing the wintry mix away from you and diverting it up north. There's too much shopping to be done to worry about icy weather.

Ruth - hope you don't get snowed in and left powerless. Stay warm, safe and snuggly.

I like your dressed up kitty avatar Madcat.

Got my dining room decorated yesterday because that was pretty easy to do. Now to move on to the other rooms. As Ceejay said - we have some rain and thunderboomers moving into the area later today. I need to hurry and make my shopping list and get in and out before they hit.

Have a good Sunday - will try and stop by again tonight.

Shy Moment
12-02-2007, 12:33 PM
ceejay
What is your blood pressure normally? Mine is 118 over 63 all the time. Doc says not to worry, I am just dead lol. Every time I go to a new doc they see this and go and get a different thing to check my blood pressure, think there is something wrong with the equipment.

Melody
Take care of those eyes. They are the only set you get. Started to do a big of Christmas decorating yesterday. Will take the next couple of days and get the lights on the tree. Darn it takes forever go get all those strands of lights on lol.

1day@atime
12-02-2007, 02:01 PM
Good Morning Ladies,

Trying to decide how much Christmas decorations i'm going to put out. Since we're not coming to my house I know i'm not going all out.

Update: the new guy I met didn't work out... apparently their was no chemistry between us. But i'm talking with a new one, so we'll see where this ones goes.

Ruth - thanks for new forum. Keep warm and hopefully the storm won't be as bad as they say.

Ceejay - take it easy the next few days..Hope the doctor can give you some direction on what's going on.

Shy - WTG on getting rid of the 18's. You know those people who say something are just jealous that you're doing something about it. I would of said you know it's hard enough to do this on my own... i don't need to hear all your negativity about it.. I know what you mean about the muffin, I have got a dozen cookies in my refrigerator that need to be baked...leftover from thanksgiving and I keep saying just one... just one...it's a everyday struggle for me...

Happy - hope you get your indoor decorating done.

Hello to everyone else.. Hope your having a great day.

carla49
12-02-2007, 02:34 PM
Well, Happy, at least now I know who to thank for the howling, icy winds and snow and sleet up here! :brr: But heck, if it's to help out our Mel, I'll take all the winter you want to send my way. ;)
I also have to go for a bunch of (routine) bloodwork pretty soon. I've been putting it off because of the fasting after midnight , but enough is enough. I can't imagine how annoyed you must have been, ending up with both arms mangled like that! Also, according to my GP, up here instead of a baseline colonoscopy at 50, they have you collect poop smears several day in a row for them to analyse. I'll get the details and the equipment (?) when I go for the other tests. Maybe a few pairs of rubber gloves while I'm at it... Hmmm. Maybe that falls into the category of TMI? :D

When I left Toronto on Friday, a few gentle snowflakes were gently wafting their way down out of a lovely blue sky. In Ottawa we landed in snow and wind - a little unnerving when we touched down as I thought the white stuff out the windows was a cloud, and I wasn't quite ready for the bump. Yesterday was very cold but dry, and this morning real winter settled in. They say it's going to be one of the long, cold, snowy winters we used to have, and me without my winter tires on yet!

Plans were almost in place to go visit Igor next February in Mexico at Rio Caliente, but it turns out there's no room at the inn. So I'm frantically looking for another option, preferably not too $$$. Or I could stay home and use the money for something else - I had accepted exactly the number of days (net) it would take to pay for my holiday, and I can't get rid of the extra work at this point. Rats! So much for my intention of having December off - instead I'll be racing around for the next two weeks working and trying to do all the Christmas stuff too.

Mel, it's great to see you back, and great to know you've improved so quickly. :hug: Do be careful with shopping tomorrow, as I think you've kept some of the extreme weather Happy sent up here. I think in your honour I'll try to get thru a week or two of proper eating and no wine - if you can't have caffeine, it's only right that I should do without the junk I've been wallowing in for the last month or so. The damage doesn't seem too extensive - I'm probably up about 6 pounds from my lowest, only 2 up from my ticker. I haven't decided yet whether the spree was worth it. It sure would have been nice to fit into the expensive black pants I bought and can't wear yet!:shrug:
I looked at the pharmacy yesterday and didn'ts ee any Mucinex on the shelves, so maybe it's on prescription here. I really would like to do something about the sinus blockage and related problems!

Rennie, congrats on the move into smaller clothes, and don't let people get you down. Some are probably jealous, others totally unaware of the effect their ramblings might have, others afraid they'll lose the co-dependant they overeat with. Of course you know that it's hard to keep weight off, but you seem to have things totally under control. Don't let anyone sabotage your effort or 'harsh your vibe' (I love that expression!).

Shad has thrown up her computers in disgust and run off for a weekend of R&R. I'm trying to imagine that I'm sitting in her passenger seat, enjoying the view and the hot weather. Ohm.... Come back to us with recharged batteries and plenty of energy to see the project through until you get sprung!

Ceejay, good luck with the doctor this week. Always alarming when things just don't seem right.

I'm surprised Madcat found time to drop in and even change her avatar! I happen to know some naughty visitor from Fat City as they call it kept her out til all hours, and she's probably been chained to her computer ever since. Sorry about that, but it really was a fun evening.

Ruth, I imagine you're hunkered down by the fire with a warm dog, your wall hanging and maybe a nice scotch in hand. (I know, it's early, but the first blizzard of the year gives you special dispensation...) Enjoy!
By the way, this week in the Ottawa paper there's been an ad in the pet section for two shepherd mix pups that look absolutely adorable. The photo isn't clear, but the one in the back appears to have some big black curls on his head. Just thought I'd mention it in case you're still actively looking. And yes, they are shelter dogs.

Hey, with the change in the weather, I don't need to change my avatar - a cat knee-deep in snow is just right for this deranged chick.

Hello and :wave: to all the missing chicks.

Shy Moment
12-02-2007, 03:12 PM
Cala
I am not going to let anyone " harsh my vibe " lol. I love that. Hubby and I talked a lot about this yesterday. He was very very mad at his sisters, I was over it he wasn't lol. He finaly said they are jealous but then they have always been jealous of you. I said why on earth would anyone be jealous of me lol. He said ( I have to smile, made me feel pretty good ) people who can not make lemonade out of lemon days don't like people who can and sure don't understand them. For years they would make comments about you really can't be how you seem. You never noticed, but I did. You are upbeat and always ready with a smile or a joke, most people just aren't like this outside of movies. They are also down and think the world owes them something. You are totally different people and they just don't understand you.

Ok, I should write a book of one liners. I think there are days the only thing to do is give someone a wedgie lol. From time to time when the hubby is bent over, I take his tee shirt from behind and pull it over his head lol. I can be a pest and my kids love it. When my sons girlfriend is over, from time to time and she laughs and laughs, I go to my son and say " Ohhhh let me touch your prettyyyyyy blonde hair, let me see your prettttty blue eyes " He says MOTHER STOP THAT and then kisses me all over my face until I say UNCLE. As long as you laugh more than you cry in life, life is good.

There was a time in my life I was depressed all the time. Always down. Now, that does happen from time to time since I just can't take the meds to stop it but I fill the rest of my life with laugher and silliness.

Ruthxxx
12-02-2007, 03:14 PM
Quickie as the lights just flickered. Hersh and I definitely are cuddling by the woodstove but no Scotch as yet. I am going to nap for 20 minutes and then get back to quilting on hanging #2. My brain is already in gear for #3 - I need to shift down. I am demented!

Melt snow for water? You need a whole bucket of snow to get a cup of water. :yikes: I always have a stock of water on hand for these emergencies, both drinking and flushing water. The power may not go out but, if it does, the generator keeps the furnace, kitchen and well going, not the computer which is in the front of the house.

Shy Moment
12-02-2007, 04:39 PM
Ruth
Same here. That generator will only power so much and my computer isn't one of of the things I have it work. Guess heat is more important lol.

Shad
12-02-2007, 07:22 PM
Morning all,
I'm back but I must run because I'm due in training shortly.
Lovely weekend. I've been caving and climbing - stairs mostly. So the legs got a really good workout this weekend.

Margaret River is all about indulgence - chocolate, wines, venison, cheese and other morsels to trap the unwary. All I bought back were chocolate for the co-workers and a bottle of mango sauce for me - no sugar, no preservatives, few calories.
Anyway, that said, I'm back on the exercise and eating well bandwagon. Starting today. We will see how we go.

Love to you all. Catch up later

Shy Moment
12-02-2007, 11:19 PM
Seems like many are busy today. Hope everyone had a wonderful day. I am still getting lights on the tree. lol

Shad
12-02-2007, 11:28 PM
Okay - first bite at the comments.

Carla - I must have known that you were sitting beside me. The thought of our walk through the woods was very strong yesterday as I was charging this the bush in south western Australia. I have now been to the most South Western point of the Continent, I've also been to the Southernmost mainland point and the most Easterly and Northerly point of this vast continent. Karratha was close to the most westerly point but not quite there. I'll get there one day.
I'll have to see if I can attach some pictures shortly - not sure that this computer has the wherewithall to reduce the size. I might try downloading Picassa and see if I can do it there.

Happy - was with me as I went through the cave systems. I know she would have loved the Lake cave. It has a stream running through it and myriads of reflects of the crystals and mites and tites and huge great calcium carbonate structures. She wouldn't however have loved the 300 odd steps down and up. I wasn't that keen on them myself.

Ruth - Title fits this lot. Actually I thought we were demented in Delta. Hope you are not to cold up there. Big hug for the Hershey and a nice warming one for yourself. Temps here haven't been over warm either although a darn sight better than you lot are having. Temps in Perth over the weekend were around 29C. Cooler in Margaret River and on Saturday night it turned to winter again and I froze solid - well it was around 10 or 11 or maybe 13C. Yesterday was just nice - around 25 or 26C.

Talking of touring. Thoughts turn to the next OE maybe in 2009 or 2010 - the good lord willing and I will still have the use of arms, legs and brain. Carla did say that she thought she might be down my way in a couple of years too, but ........... Butchart Gardens with Happy and DH - yep, I can do that. The train, well I'm not sure I would want to do it again, but I would like to do the cruise up through Canada and Alaska. It might be worth looking at on my way to or from somewhere else. Or then again, the long delayed Italian job might be on the menu as well. I really ought to win lotto then I can go anywhere at anytime.

Right - back to work. More later maybe

Madcat
12-02-2007, 11:59 PM
Greetings from the midst of Project Purgatory! :wave: I did go into work for 5 hours yesterday, but the project manager insisted we all take today off. So it has been a no documentation day for me. Weíve been hit by an icky snow/ sleet storm so the DH stayed home from school. It was nice. I put up the Xmas decorations which consist of an above-cat-height string of LED lights wrapped in garland with red and gold balls dangling from it. We also managed to climb and conquer Mount Laundry.

Carla~ I loved meeting up with you and, in spite of the hour, a night out with good company was just what the Dr. ordered. The funny thing is when I left you I decided I might as well just grab a cab home and who should call while I am in the cab but the Darling Boy. Apparently he had been wondering where I was and I couldnít hear the phone in the restaurant since I had somehow turned the ringer off. I could only tell he was calling in the cab because my purse started to vibrate! :lol: His only suggestion was that I might want to think about wearing a watch.

Ruth~ Iím sure that your weather is probably more fun than ours. You know what we Torontonians are like. Iím amazed we donít have the army on speed dial. :lol: Your mittens are probably in a box at the top of the hall closet. Good luck with the decorating. It will make it better. Stay warm and dry. Hope the storm isnít all that bad.

Rose~ Be careful with those deer on the road. Enjoy your winter wonderland.

Mel~ Lovely to see you here. Itís nice that you have managed to conjure the holiday spirit. Hope the weather holds out for you.

Happy~ Anytime you want to make the long trip north we will arrange a get together. Sorry that you have such struggles with blood tests and such. I have really tiny deep veins and the last time I had blood drawn they made me go away, drink some water and put on a sweater. Apparently if you veins are warmer they are plumper. I didnít know you were claustrophobic. Elevators are one of those modern unavoidable evils. I have this image of you singing Ďenery the Eight and it makes me smile. Your version of whistling in the dark.

Ceejay~ Good for you for starting a new challenge. Iíll have to take a look at it myself. Good luck at the doctorís.

Rennie~ I was once on an airplane during a rather turbulent flight next to a woman who was absolutely terrified of flying. Her fear was a terrible thing to see. I was a nervous wreck by the time we landed and Iím never afraid to fly. Congrats on your progress so far. Good work.

Patty~ Sorry I missed your birthday last week. I hope it was a good one.

Shad~ Hope you are enjoying your jaunt away and that you return relaxed and rejuvenated. It sounds like a nice trip.

I should probably get to bed soon. Itís going to be a busy week. If all goes well, the application goes live on Saturday. If we can only survive the 6 days until then it will be good. An lot to do and not much time to get it done. Ah, the joys of seat of yoru pants project management. If you donít see me around much this week, that will be why. Later darlings!

Hi to anyone I didnít get to. Take care!

MELODY525
12-03-2007, 08:55 AM
CEEJAY I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER AFTER THE DR VISIT. :hug:

HAPPY~ DECORATE AWAY MY SOUTHERN FRIEND!!

CARLA~ FUNNY YOU COULDN'T FIND THE MUCINEX. THEY COULDN'T WAIT TO SEND IT OVER THE COUNTER DOWN HERE :rofl: SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES TOO. SO SORRY YOU CAN'T GO AND SEE IGOR!

PATTY~ SORRY THE NEW GUY DIDN'T WORK OUT. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED FOR THE NEXT ONE!! :love:

RENNIE~ LAUGH THE DAYS AWAY :dance:

RUTH~ HANG IN THERE AND I HOPE THE POWER STAYS ON :hug:

SHAD~ THE WEEKEND SOUNDED RELAXING AND YOUR POST SHOWS IT. GLAD YOU WENT. SOUNDS TOO LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO TAKE CARLA!! CHOCOLATES AND WINE!!! :cheers:

MADCAT~ WISHING YOU WELL FOR THE NEXT 6 DAYS AND HOPING THE PROJECT HAS GREAT LIFT-OFF AT THE END!! GOOD LUCK! :encore:

OK I AM OFF FOR THE DAY UNLESS THE DRIVER SAYS DIFFERENTLY WHEN WE GET DOWN THERE. RICHIE IS OFF TODAY AND GETS THE COMPUTER ALL TO HIMSELF! :rofl: HAVE A GREAT DAY. I WILL TRY NOT TO BURN OUT MY LAST CREDIT CARD :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

Hollyhock
12-03-2007, 09:29 AM
Good Blustery Morning!!!

We are getting some kind of nasty weather. No snow yet. It poured rain all night( +6C) and now temps have dropped to -2C and the winds are 45km an hour. Buses are delayed. I assume they will be cancelled. Hubby is home. It is my day "off".
I am just coming off of a whole month of non stop events, payroll type work, hockey, skating and other stuff. All went quite well. I still have Avon orders to place and some to pack but it is looking doable. My BIG event was this past Thurs where I MC and was a guest speak.I placed most of my Christmas shopping thru Sears and picked up fabric on Sat evening to have matching flannel nighties and pj pants made for the whole family from Santa.
Much catching up to do around the house too.
Happy December to all. It was nice to catch up with everyone!!!

Shy Moment
12-03-2007, 01:49 PM
Holly
Sounds like you have been a busy little Elf lol. Make sure you take time for a bubble bath and a trashy novel lol.


Still working on this darn tree here. Only have 15 sets of light left to put on I think lol.

ceejay52
12-03-2007, 03:43 PM
Nothing to report--feeling better today.

Ruthxxx
12-03-2007, 04:42 PM
Just shovelled snow for an hour and I'm pooped. It sure is good exercise! I had to shovel off the deck because Madame Hershey decided it was OK to pee out there as it was snow just like the yard. Brat!

Not much happening in town except for the crazy snowmobilers. A new lad ploughed my lane - the old "lad" decided he wasn't going to plough this winter. Nice of him to let me know!

Right now it's time for tea and a stab at finishing wall hanging #3.

Shad
12-03-2007, 06:15 PM
Oh I do like that wall hanging Ruth - got the same starry background as your avatar snowman.
Perhaps Lucy is giving advice to Hersh from above about the piddle on the porch. We have problems getting people to plough here too :rofl: but it is for a different reason entirely. The ploughing not the people.

Rennie - how big is that tree? lots of lights on it. I don't have a tree anymore, nor do we really do Christmas as such. No young ones to bring out the family mat for anymore and everyone is spread too wide. When we all do get together then the mat comes out but that doesn't happen often.

Holly - you almost sound sorry there is no snow!!! But it is certainly cold enough around your neck of the woods anyway. Keeping busy is good cos it keeps the body moving and warm and there's always the possibility you might burn more calories than you eat.

Mel - it is great to see you back in action. Hope the eyes continue their improvement and the cyst just disappears :genie: back to wherever it came from. Mucinex - well excuse me but I thought you were talking about the other end so to speak and I think I was thinking Metamucil but it (mucinex) is over the counter here too.
Have a fun time shopping and don't melt the plastic fantastic will you.

Madcat - such fun having dinner with Carla and being late home. Sorry the DH had a bit of a worrying time - I don't answer my phone all the time either. It drives the family wild. I really don't like phones all that much anyway.
Projects going live - always the excitement - will it work??? - won't it work?? - did we do good or not. Time will tell hey?

Ceejay - glad you are feeling better today

Where did Happy go. Must have got a better offer.

And I guess it is time for me to get out of here too. Lots to do today. I seem to be pushed and pulled in all sorts of directions at the moment. Working for Finance, working for PS (Projects), working for SCM (Supply Chain) and trying to hold the three chickens in place for another couple of weeks.
It's all fun - isn't it????

Shy Moment
12-03-2007, 07:14 PM
Ruth
Looks very pretty. Yes that is great exercise. I stopped having my 200 foot drive plowed when they started wanting over 20 dollars to do it lol. It will keep me busy and when it comes down to hard to do alone I have the kids. Hubby doesn't let me do it when he is home.

Shad
It is only 6 foot but way over my head lol. I had a tree and decorated the house long before I had children. Am sure I will do it long after they are gone.

happy2bme
12-04-2007, 01:29 AM
:no: Didn't get a better offer Shad. Remember a while back when you got super busy and somehow it travelled around the world and came back to my lap? :dizzy: Happened again :crazy:

I am buried in stuff. I am trying not to stress out over this. One person can only do so much - priorities. And this time of year I HAVE to have some personal time too or else Christmas will get short changed.

I am sitting here with both arms covered in large bruises from all the times they had to stick me over 2 days worth of tests and veins that would not cooperate. And the carpal tunnel is in a major flare which is not helped by extra time on the old keyboard. And I have a major headache from constantly gritting my teeth.

The good news is that I rode the elevator by myself both up to the test lab and back down again and I didn't panic. Good thing because I'll have to do it again on Thursday most probably ;)

I'll try and get here as I can but I think this is going to be a very busy week. I find out my test results on Thursday and if I won't make it to Christmas, I'll let you all know so you don't have to waste a stamp :lol:

Thinking of all of you :grouphug:

Shad
12-04-2007, 03:48 AM
I put some of my weekend photos up on Webshots. Click on the link and go to the Western Australia album if you are interested. The new ones are on page 5.
http://community.webshots.com/user/joy_clover

Hollyhock
12-04-2007, 10:18 AM
Morning!!
Kids went to school. It was clear here until about 8:30. By the time the bus got here at 9am there was no visibility and snow covered roads. We are getting dumped on. The bus driver/ my neighbour told me not to try and go to work. I have called my clients and I am home for now. Hopefully it will die down by 3pm for the kids to come home.

Hubby went to work so I am blissfully alone!!! May be he will go to a friends in the city for the day :D So much to do!!!!! I had enough running commentary from the couch yesterday , while documentary were blasting, to last me all winter. He even corrected me for how i was helping the kids with piano. Um.... I have 7 years of lessons under my belt , he has never even looked at the piano. Minor vent done. :lol:I am thankful he wasn't all crusty and mean.

Cant wait to get out and shovel but will wait til these flurries stop!!

Gonna make myself a little omlet.

Ruthxxx
12-04-2007, 10:23 AM
Still in my robe, sipping coffee and listening to Christmas music. Need to clean up this crack house a bit - tidying not vacuuming and dusting. I seem to have become very messy since getting back from out West. I guess I was used to being looked after by my DD and hotel staff!

This afternoon I'll wrap and mail the final gifts and then take Hershey for pet therapy at five. I may change that time for the winter as I detest night driving!

My legs are still cold from shoveling yesterday! Guess I shouldn't have shaved them! :lol:

ceejay52
12-04-2007, 10:46 AM
Ruth
I wish I were in my robe sitting in my favorite spot in the living room with hot chocolate. But alas I'm at work. Shoveling snow is good exercise. Stay warm.

Holly
Put your Christmas music on and let the day begin. Enjoy the peaceand quiet.

Happy
Hope the carpal tunel is better. I feel for you. I ended up having surgery for mine years ago.

Reenie
I see from your ticker that you have lost another couple of pounds. Good for you. You have been inspiring to me.

Nothing new here.

Shy Moment
12-04-2007, 02:55 PM
Cee
I am plugging away lol. I have a weigh in Thursday, since this is the day they rescheduled my sons appointment to. Want the darn thing to be over with lol, I get nervous about weigh in day just like everyone else.

Ruth
Get busy girl lol. What is pet therapy and do not shave the legs. That extra hair protects from the cold lol.

Holly
Nice when the kids get off to school and the hubby is at work. I love the house empty lol. Take it easy on the shoveling. Take lots of breaks. The body doesn't like getting cold and being worked.

Hollyhock
12-04-2007, 04:55 PM
Thought I would share some wintry bliss!! I have shoveled for over 3 hours already today and it is still coming down.
Out back.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/DSCF1600.jpg

Out front.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/DSCF1601.jpg

Facing the road.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/DSCF1602.jpg

Shad
12-04-2007, 06:06 PM
Morning all from the moderate to warm south. Sun is shining, threat of rain this arvo and it is around 21C or 72F if you like it that way.

It's work, work and more work over here. I can't see me ever getting finished by the due date (31.12.07) and I have no intention of being here over Christmas to get things up to date.

Holly, that snow looks darned cold. I think I will just stick to my air con office and tee shirts. I don't own anything that would keep me warm in those temps.

Ruth - since your into cleaning - can you come and do mine. It's mostly tidying with a bit of dusting and sweeping. Is that what shaving the legs does for you?? Keeps you cold?? Well, who'd a thunk it.

Rennie - Happy weigh in day. Hope it's a good one.

Time to make a phone call and get on with it I guess. See ya later.

Shy Moment
12-04-2007, 08:11 PM
I didn't get to do the weight in. They changed my sons appointment to Thursday. Oh I hate the weight or is that wait lol.


Holly
It is beautiful, thank you for the pics, I love your home. I don't mind the snow. Don't even mind to shovel this year since I now know how good of exercise it is lol.

MELODY525
12-04-2007, 09:55 PM
WARNING WILL ROBINSON...THE RAMBLINGS OF A DEMENTED DECEMBER DUCK FOLLOWS:
I HAVE TO SAY I HAD A WONDERFUL DAY TODAY. WENT FOOD SHOPPING WITH JEN. PUT EVERYTHING AWAY AND HELPED OPUT IN THE OFFICE. ONE OF THE GIRLS HAS HURT HER BACK AND WILL BE OUT TILL THURS OR FRI.
JEN AND I NEED TO MAKE ABOUT 2 MORE TRIPS TO THE STORE FOR THE REST OF THE WINTER SUPPLIES. I LIKE TO GET A LOT OF BIRD STUFF, NON-PERISHABLES AND PAPER GOODS. THEN THE LITTLE STORE DOWN THE STREET CAN DELIVER THE MILK AND BREAD STUFF WHEN THE BAD WEATHER COMES. SO WE ARE ON OUR WAY.
THIS YEAR I SAW TO IT THE SENIORS GOT TO DECORATE THEIR OWN TREE....I MAY HAVE SAID THIS ALREADY....WO WHEN I WAS DOWN TODAY THEY ARE ALL SO EXCITED AND EACH ONE TOOK ME INTO THE COMMUNITY ROOM TO SEE THE TREE...I MUST HAVE REPEATED THIS ABOUT 50 X'S TODAY!! I THINK MY TIRES WORE A BLOODY HOLE OUT IN THE CARPET!! :lol3: AND THEY ARE JUST SOOOO PROUD OF HOW IT LOOKS TOO! I WAS VERY SENTIMENTAL TODAY AND REALLY HAD A TOUGH TIME NOT CRYING WITH EACH ONE OF THEM.
THERE HAS BEEN ANOTHER DEATH IN THE HOUSE AND MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN SICK, IN & OUT OF THE HOSPITAL THESE PAST 2 MONTHS. MORE THIS YEAR THAN THE 20 YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE. PNEUMONIA IS RUNNING RAMPANT AMONGST THEM AND UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS. BEEN A TOUGH SEASON.
SO WE MADE JOKES...OR RATHER I DID....THEY LAUGHED A LOT. THEY STILL LOVE WHEN I SAY WTF AND GO HYSTERICAL OVER IT. I THINK THEY LIKE THE SHOCK OF THE F WORD. :rofl: JEN FINISHED(ALMOST) PAINTING THE 2 SETS OF FRONT DOORS, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE. THEY HAVE GONE BANANAS OVER THE WINDOWS AND SOME SAT QUIETLY WHILE SHE PAINTED. JEN HAS QUITE A FOLLOWING. SHE USED TO WORK FOR SENIOR CITIZEN AFFAIRS AND THEY STILL MISS HER. I WAS SO PROUD OF JEN. SHE HAS SUCH A NATURAL GIFT WITH THESE SENIORS AND THEY JUST LOVE HER SO. EVEN THE ONES THAT HAVE A HARD TIME SHOWING ANY LOVE ARE BEING DEMONSTRATIVE. IT AMAZES ME WHAT A LITTLE KINDNESS CAN BRING OUT IN PEOPLE AND EVEN AFTER 20 YEARS IT STILL AMAZES ME. SO I WAS HAPPY ALL DAY BUT TEARFUL TOO.
I MADE A GIANT DISCOVERY TODAY. IT MAY SOUND SAD BUT ACTUALLY IT WAS A REAL EYE OPENER. I AM ALWAYS TALKING ABOPUT HOW THE SENIORS FAMILIES COULDN'T WAIT TO BE SHOT OF THEM AND STUCK THEM ALL IN A BLDG LIKE THIS AND THEN YOU NEVER SEE THEM. WELL RECENTLY....LIKE TODAY....I REALIZED ONE REASON I CRY SO MUCH AFTER THEY TELL ME THEIR STORY OR I WITNESS IT WITH MY OWN EYES IS BECAUSE MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY DID IT TO ME TOO. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I TRULY FELT IT. WONDER WHY I NEVER REALIZED IT BEFORE. GOD KNOWS MY OLD "FRIENDS" SAID OFTEN ENOUGH THAT I WAS FINALLY IN THE "PLACE WHERE I BELONGED"... AND THAT IS A DIRECT QUOTE.
I WONDERED THEN WHAT JEN THINKS OR HAS BEEN THINKING. MAYBE THATS'S WHERE SOME OF ANGER COMES FROM. I ALWAYS GET THE FEELING FROM HER OF ABANDONMENT AND ASSUMED IT WAS FROM HER DAD BUT TODAY I AM THINKING DIFFERENTLY. AFTER THE HOLIDAYS I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A LITTLE TALK. I DON'T WANT HER TO EVER THINK LIKE WE "DESERVED" TO BE HERE LIKE OTHERS HAVE SAID IN THE PAST.
IT'S FUNNY HOW SUCH A GREAT DAY CAN OPEN THE DOOR TO THE TRUTH OF WHAT AILS US IF WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE ELSE. I AM GLAD I HAD THIS DAY AND EVEN MORE GRATEFUL THAT ONE OF MY PIECES TO MY PUZZLE OF LIFE HAS FINALLY FIT.
HOPE THIS NOVELETTE MADE SENSE!! THE RAMBLINGS OF THE ENLIGHTENED ARE USUALLY ONLY INTERESTING TO THOSE RECENTLY ENLIGHTENED! EOFLMAO
LOVE TO YOU ALL. TIRED AND READY FOR BED. STAYED WITH THE MEN TILL 6PM. MY "BROTHER" SAL WAS COMPLAINING THAT I NEVER SPEND ANY TIME WITH THEM AND SO WAS WILLY. HE EVEN CAME BACK TO BS WITH US TILL 4!! I CANNOT SAY IT OFTEN ENOUGH. THESE GUYS ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
I HAVE TO GET SOME BATTERIES AND TAKE PICS OF THE WINDOWS AND TREE. I SAY THIS EVERY YEAR!!! LOL
I ALSO DELETED WEBSHOTS FROM HY HARD DRIVE AND WILL TRY TO DOWNLOAD IT AGAIN. IT WAS CLOGGING UP THE WORKS. I KNOW I AM MISSING SOME PROGRAM FROM DELL SINCE THE LAST CRASH. I JUST DON'T KNOW WHICH OR WHERE IT IS. BUT IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH PICTURES. ONE DAY I MIGHT JUST FIGURE IT OUT.
HAPPY TUESDAY!!! SWEET DREAMS :cloud9: AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE! :sunny:

Shy Moment
12-05-2007, 02:18 AM
Melody
My daughter and I go to the local nursing home twice a week and read, do puzzles and just chat with some of the old dears. Is very sad to see some of them there that have no one to visit them. Is even more sad to see some of them there that have family and because they were such hateful nasty people they have no one that cares about them.

The tree is done, and if I say so myself lol, it looks lovely. Was well worth all the work.

MELODY525
12-05-2007, 11:18 AM
RENNIE~ WE HAVE SOME OF THOSE NASTY ONES HERE TOO! LOL THEY SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF ME :yikes:


FOR THOSE PRESSED FOR TIME, JUST IGNORE MY POSTS THIS WEEK. SEEMS LIKE I AM ON A ROLL ABOUT THIS AND THAT. :rofl: :rofl:
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS BOTH NEAR AND FAR!! AND A COLD AND BLUSTERY MORNING IT IS ON THE EAST COAST TOO! I HAVE ALREADY FINISHED EVERY ORDER THAT WAS GIVEN ME LAST NIGHT, THE PHONES ARE COVERED, AND I AM DONE FOR THE DAY. ALL BEFORE 10 AM TOO! I EVEN TOOK CARE OF A PET PEEVE OF MINE:
IN OUR BUILDING OF 100 WE RECEIVED MAIL ASKING FOR DONATIONS FOR THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE SQUAD.
WHEN I WENT FOR MY MAIL, THE WASTEPAPER BASKET WAS FILLED TO OVERFLOWING WITH THESE UNOPENED REQUESTS. IT'S NOT THE FIRST YEAR I NOTICED IT BUT IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I WAS TRULY SADDENED BY THE SIGHT. THIS WAS CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE "ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE" KIND OF TIMES.
IN A BLDG OF 100 SENIOR AND DISABLED PERSONS, WHO USE THE AMBULANCE LIKE A PERSONAL FREE TAXI SERVICE, NO ONE WAS SENDING A DIME. HOW SAD IS THAT!
SO LAST NIGHT I MADE A CANNISTER AND LABELED IT WITH CUTOUTS FROM THE LETTER THAT I RECEIVED. I PUT OUR DONATION INTO IT AND ALSO EMPTIED MY COIN BANK AS WELL. BEGINNING TOMORROW I AM PUTTING THE CANNISTER IN THE LUNCHROOM EVERY MORNING UNTIL SOMETIME IN JANUARY WHEN I WILL SEND IT, UNOPENED, OVER TO THE SQUAD. HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE SOME BIG BUCKS TO GIVE THEM.
I WILL THINK GOOD THOUGHTS TILL THEN! EVER THE OPTIMIST AM I. :dance:
HEALTHWISE, I AM FEELING MUCH IM PROVED. I THINK THE TIDAL WAVE HAS BEEN REDUCED TO A ROLLING SURF OF SORTS. SO ALL IS WELL IN MY CORNER OF THE WORLD. SORRY IF I AM NOT MAKING A LOT OF SENSE AND HOPEFULLY NOT BRINGING ANYONE "DOWN: CAUSE I AM STILL LAUGHING MYSELF OVER HERE :lol3:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:

MELODY525
12-05-2007, 11:24 AM
For women only:
"Okay, Okay, it all makes sense now...

I never looked at it this way before:

MEN tal illness

MEN strual cramps

MEN tal breakdown

MEN opause

GUYnecologist

AND ...

When we have REAL trouble, it's a

HISterectomy.

Ever notice how all of women's problems start with MEN? "

Shy Moment
12-05-2007, 01:07 PM
Melody
Glad you are feeling better. I have never really understood people. They will go to star bucks and spend a ton on a cup of coffee and yet they are to cheap to give a few bucks to help people.

ceejay52
12-05-2007, 02:11 PM
Mel
Never looked at "men" that way before. That is cute. May send this one to my sister. Sometimes things open our eyes so to speak and when its does makes us feel better mentally and physically. Enjoy the day and season.

Holly
Thanks for the pictures. Look at all the snow! I don't think the south could handle that much of it.

Shad, Carla, Madcat, Reenie, and Happy :wave: have a good day.



Still nothing new to report.

Shad
12-05-2007, 06:57 PM
Morning all,
Got woken up this morning by the alarm and climbed out of bed rubbing my eyes and yawning. Ready to do the daily exercise NOT. It was very cool so I hopped back into bed for 5 minutes and woke up nearly 2 hours later. No exercise, no breakfast, no nothing this morning. So here I am facing another dreary day. I wonder who will lose their cool today in this place. Seems to be happening at least once a day.

Mel - seems that you having having a strange period in your life. It may help you to adapt to what is to be the rest of your life. I hope we get to see some pictures of the windows this year. Jen's spring windows were pretty when I was there. I hope you get some peace out of the revelations of your mind!

Morning Rennie and Ceejay. Hope you both have a fun day.

I'd better go and sort the masses. The phone is ringing, the email is running rampant and I just want to go home!!!!

ceejay52
12-05-2007, 07:28 PM
Shad
You needed that extra sleep. The holiday crunch is upon us. That may be the reason for people loosing their cool. They want to be home.

Shy Moment
12-05-2007, 07:54 PM
Shad
I had a wonderful day. Even ordered pizza and enjoyed it with the kids.

Cee
Hope you are haveing a wondeful day. Very beautiful here with the snow finaly on the ground.

happy2bme
12-06-2007, 08:43 AM
Good morning ladies,

I have an early morning doctor's appt and I was working until 1:30 this morning so I am running on a little more than 4 hours sleep today and I forgot to put my hand brace on so my wrist is killing me - I woke up with it bent in a not good away against my face - guess I was trying to push my face off again :rofl:

It's going to be another horridly busy day today and tomorrow so I might not be able to catch up with you until the weekend.

Shad - that is so unlike you to sleep, it can only mean that you really needed it. Sounds like the end of this assignment can't come soon enough. Some things are worth walking away from - but not until your contract is over of course :lol: - take care of yourself and leave the miracle bag at home.

Mel :hug: we need to talk this weekend. Email me when's a good time to chat on Saturday. If you can, let's see pics of the windows - Jen does such a pretty job - so festive.

My sister said they were expecting a dumping of snow in Chicago and I guess they got it overnight. We have fingers crossed that it won't be bad at Christmastime. Would bum me out immensely not to go home for Christmas and I know we've been very lucky weatherwise these last 3 years so I'm hoping to keep the streak.

The snow pics are pretty - as long as you don't have to drive or go out in it.

Gotta run now. Hugs to the chicks...

MELODY525
12-06-2007, 09:40 AM
SHAD~ YOU MUST REALLY HAVE NEEDED IT. THE BRAIN SAID "WTF I NEED TO BE COMATOSE FOR A FEW MORE HOURS SHE'S WORKING ME TOO HARD!!!" :faint:
REST IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL :hug: DON'T MAKE ME SEND LINDAT AND HER PROD ALL THE WAY OVER THERE TO GIVE YOUR BUTT A ZAP!!! :wizard: ALTHOUGH SHE PROABABLY WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOME TIME OFF AND A GRAND HOLIDAY! :hohoho:

CEEJAY~ LOVE THE AVATAR!!! HOW CUTE IS THAT??? IS IT PARAGOULD THIS CHRISTMAS??

:wave: TO RENNIE! SNOW AND PIZZA! MY FAVORITE COMBO :cb:

HAPPY~ SATURDAY ANYTIME IS GOOD. BUT NIGHTS CAN BE A REAL PAIN AFTER 7. ON WEEKENDS, THAT'S WHEN THE ALARMS USUALLY BEGIN AND THE ACCOUNTANTS NEEDS LETTING OUT AND PHOTOCOPYING ETC AND I HAVE TO LOCK UP. THEY'RE PREPARING FOR YEAR'S END STUFF AND REPORTS OF MANY COLORS :rofl: SO LET ME KNOW. HOPE YOUR HAND FEELS BETTER AND GOOD LUCK AT THE DOCTOR.

I AM MEETING MY FRIEND IN THE OFFICE AND WE ARE GOING TO GET HELP TO DECORATE THE LOBBY TREE. HER BACK IS OUT AND I DO NOT WANT MINE TO BE!!!!!!
IF JEN GOES ON VACATION I WILL HAVE NO ONE TO HELP ME THEN AND T=IN DECEMBER THE OFFICE IS CLOSED A LOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS. THAT MEANS NO MAINTENANCE MEN HERE EITHER. SOOOOOO I MUST BE MORE CAREFUL NOW. SHOCKING TO HEAR MYSELF SAY THAT!! I AM FINALLY GROWING UP! :dance:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. :moped:

:wave: TO CARLA...THANKS FOR THE CYBER HUG :hug:

Shy Moment
12-06-2007, 11:37 AM
Melody
Every now and then a person just needs pizza lol.

Happy
You take care of that hand. I know it can be very painful and what we do to our body while we sleep should be illegal sometimes.

Shad
12-06-2007, 05:57 PM
Good morning everyone
And it is a bright and cheery morning out there all blue and gold at the moment. Cool, crisp and quite delightful for an early morning scroll down the hill to work.

Both boys are supposedly coming over for Christmas and a couple of hangers on have decided to join in the festivities of the Kiwis, so there will be a bunch of us yahooing in the sun and sand and sea. I have a week off. Bliss - even if I don't get paid for the time off. Maybe this is my version of Christmas spirit - although it may all come crashing down when the demons and vultures arrive for work this morning.

I'm off to breakfast in a few minutes so will keep this short until I get back.

Happy - rest up that hand and do the exercises from time to time. You need to get the CTS fixed sooner rather than later. Have you thought about surgery?

Mel - At last............ I was wondering if we would ever see the time when you started to think of Mel first, second and last. I hope Jen has a wonderful holiday and she can relax and enjoy herself.

Rennie - pizza is good and I love the wood fired ones with the thin and crispy base, and most of all I love the very simple ones with few ingredients and small amounts of sheep or goat cheese. And for me you cant have a pizza without full fat cheese.

Right breakfast - back later.

ceejay52
12-06-2007, 07:39 PM
Happy
We understand if you are not around.

Mel
Unfortunatly I have to work Christmas eve and Christmas. We have to have water and it falls on my day's to work. Christmas eve will be answering the phones most of the day. I'm so glad that you are taking care of yourself. I had that episode last summer but I still haven't come to grips with everthing I need to do. My brain doesn't want me to give up being 16-30 years of age when I could do anything and eat anything under the sun.

Reenie
I had pizza tonight for dinner. I used to eat the whole thing but now I'm full after 2 pieces. It didn't taste good. My appetite is changing and for the healthier life style. Amen on fat free cheese on pizza. Gotta have the real cheese.

Shad
It will be good for you to have the "boys" around for Christmas. Start counting down the days and think of the sea and sand. A week off work right now will be good for you.


I called today to make an appointment to get my hair cut Saturday. I'm just hoping that the winter snow advisory stays in Missouri. It's now on the border of Missouri and Arkansas. The weather woman said this is suppose to fizzle out later tonight. Hope she is right.
Went to the doctor earlier today. I still have a bladder infection. ugh.
Got my first Christmas present today. A subscription to Reader's Digest. It had my bil in Tx's name on it. Tomorrow my gifts will be mailed to my sisters and families
Tonight I'm going to take apart the computer to transport it to my aunt. The monitor connection may be a little tough to get off because it's been attached to long. I stilll haven't gotten my laptop but will before long. I've been using the computer at work. Don't even want to get on the computer after work. There is to much stuff to do here.

Shy Moment
12-06-2007, 08:00 PM
cee
About every other month I guess I want pizza. Nothing tastes like it lol. We had an argument that the pieces are smaller now than they use to be. I called the pizza place and I WON lol yes they are smaller than they use to be. I am like that kid in home alone. Heaven would be a cheese pizza all to myself lol. I had 3 of the smaller cut pieces. Heck they didn't even have the pieces cut evenly lol. They said the cheese was low fat. I was surprised I didn't notice the difference. Not me on the thin crust. If I am going to eat calories and fat lol you give me that thick stuff, I love it. I did do without the stuff crust lol.

Shad
Glad you are getting a big of vacation. Sounds like you need it. I have never tryed goat cheese. Will have to look for it and see the fat content. Only kind of cheese I am really allowed to eat is farmers cheese. When I make things that is what I tend to use. Doesn't mess with my tummy.

MELODY525
12-06-2007, 10:40 PM
:rudolph:You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixon Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen
But do you recall the most
famous reindeer of all

:ginger:Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
You would even say it glows.

:tree:All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.

:clause:Then one foggy Christmas eve
Santa came to say:
"Hey, Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

:wreath:Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee:
"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
You'll go down in history!"

LEAVING YOU WITH THIS SONG FOR THE MORNING TO KEEP YOU OCCUPIED WHILE I GO OUT AND FOOD SHOP! :rofl: :rofl:

Shy Moment
12-06-2007, 11:02 PM
Melody
lol I like Leroy the redneck reindeer better lol.

1day@atime
12-06-2007, 11:28 PM
Hello Ladies,

This is too wierd... I had posted last night, but when i was looking back at everyone notes, mine wasn't there.... hum...

Melody - thanks for the tunes... I just love holiday music...

Shad - sounds like a wonderful Christmas... yahooing in the sun, sand and near the sea...

Happy - pushing your face off... Hum...... tonight put that brace on...

Shy - glad you had a great day with the kids... and to top it off you had pizza..

Hi to everyone else... Hope your having a great day...

carla49
12-06-2007, 11:57 PM
Well, Mel, all I can say is:

carla49
12-06-2007, 11:59 PM
Despite everyone's best efforts to tell me how to insert a picture or graphic in the middle of my post, I just don't get it. :shrug: :dunno: So sorry for the thumbnail, not sorry for the image.

carla49
12-07-2007, 12:03 AM
Sheesh, Rennie's down another 2 pounds. Maybe there's something in this whole praying and house cleaning stuff!
Congratulations, skinny!!! :congrat::congrat::congrat: I'm just trying to get back to my ticker weight!! (Almost there.)

Shad
12-07-2007, 12:17 AM
Congratulations Rennie - 2lbs - is that your magic number.

Well done

Shad
12-07-2007, 12:17 AM
Afternoon Carla - are you staying up late tonight???

Shy Moment
12-07-2007, 12:41 AM
1day
It is always a great day with pizza lol.

Shad
So far, for 29 weeks, I have lost 2 lbs at every other week weigh in. You would think I would lose more since I have added at least 1/2 hour exercise, walking/aerobic videos and upper body workout, everyday for at least the last 2 or 3 months. NOPE still just 1lb a week lol. Think I am working myself for nothing, yes I know it is good for the body. Heck I was losing this much when I was just sitting in a chair all day lol.

Carla
Very funny. I keep telling wolf, one of these days he is going to go hunting and become the hunted when the deer get tired of him lol. Ok, not quite skinny yet lol I am getting there. Have to say I was a bit worried about weigh in. My last one was before Thanksgiving lol.

carla49
12-07-2007, 01:44 AM
Well, Rennie, you're probably burning about 100-150 cal per half-hour. Let's say 125 on average? (We burn about 100 cal per mile walked or run.) Since it takes 3500 calories used to burn off one pound, that translates to a pound every 28 days... Even if you're burning 200 per session, that's still only 1 pound every 17 and a half days. So moderate exercise won't make you thin, but it will increase your metabolism and tone you up and do wonderful things for your heart and lungs and endurance. And, of course, while you're exercising, you're probably not eating, which has to be a good thing.

Shad, I should be in bed, but instead I'm chatting to you lot and working on the condo newsletter. (Yes, I did swear I'd never do it again, but...) I somehow managed to unload tomorrow's work contract, so I can sleep in in the morning. And tomorrow the Christmas dinners/parties/gatherings start, just when I was getting the :censored: eating back under control. I had a feeling Mel would send a hit man after me if i didn't stop misbehaving; just hope she'll be forgiving over Xmas...

Spinning has gone by the board too: didn't much like the extremely loud music at the Toronto studio, so didn't go back; then was too tired when I got home last Friday; Monday my studio cancelled because of the snow; developed a muscle spasm in my back which is almost gone but which wiped out the rest of the week; can't go Friday as I've been invited to a dinner I really can't skip... By the time I get back at it (Monday, I hope) I'll have to break in the old tush all over again!

Yikes, it's getting really late. Happy, I do hope the endless round of doc appointments will end soon, and that the wrist improves. I've had a few bouts of tendinitis, and know how debilitating it is. I did find physio helped, mainly the laser and ultrasound treatments, and that weird, oddly addictive machine that sends electrical currents through the sore bit. Hmmm. Maybe I should go back to physio myself. I'm sure they could find some decrepit body part to zap.

Good night, sleep tight.
:wave: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Shad
12-07-2007, 02:32 AM
I should ring her now - :rofl: I should ring her now :lol3: I should ring her now :crazy: No better not or she will take me on a grand hike next time I go there and tip me over the cliff!

Madcat
12-07-2007, 06:26 AM
Itís so nice to stop in here and check in with all the chicks. Busy lot, as usual. Weíve been in crisis mode at work. We finally got the UAT testing platform built (3 days late!) and in our first run through the program doesnít actually work. Weíre supposed to be going live in two days and we canít even be sure the data is correct or that it will actually allow users to add inventory. *sigh* I thought my poor project manager was going to cry last night. We were all there until 10:30 last night and look, itís 5 in the morning and Iím wide awake again. Iím now calling in all the karma favours Iíve ever accrued to get this darn project over with. :lol:. Itíll all work out one way or another in the end. And really, itís not as if itís brain surgery: no one is going to die if an inventory system goes in Tuesday instead of Saturday as planned Ė though a couple of reputations might be a tad tarnished. OK enough work whinging.

Carla~ Get back to that spinning class, girl! Although being able to sleep in sounds lovely too. Yeah, I hear you on the newsletter. Sometimes you donít have any option but to step up when no one else will. Funny how work like that gravitates to certain people. Somehow I managed to become the secretary for my neighbourhood association. Honestly, I was just sitting there, minding my own business. And I LAUGHED at the cartoon. Thatís the attitude.

Shad ~ Oh, a Christmas break in the sun surrounded by the boys sounds just like something you could use. Iíve decided to take the time off too. One advantage of billing by the hour, eh? Iíve missed a couple of days. Has anything calmed down yet?

Mel~ Look after yourself, honey. Enjoy the tree decorating but let someone else put the star on the top :rofl: What is the theme this year or do you guys just go mix and match? I heard on a decorating show on the radio that this year the big holiday season colour is redÖ but next year the Xmas colour is going to be aqua! There you go. Go ahead and grow up, but not all the way.

Happy~ I second Carla and hope all the poking and prodding ends soon. If our weather is any indication, I suspect your trip to Chi-town will be fine. Funny thing is that the last few days the local news has been going on about impending blizzards and ice storms and rain of frogs and the next ice age and really, itís not that bad out. I think it must be a slow news period or something.

Ceejay~ Good luck with the moving around of stuff. Are you going to replace your desktop with a laptop? And I generally go half-cheese on pizza.

Rennie~ One lb a week is a great result, all the more so because that is a nice steady, healthy pace to lose.

Hi to Patty. Gotta hate those posting vortexes. I suspect your post is out there hanging around with all those socks missing from peopleís laundry. Nice to see you.

Ok, Itís after 5 and Iím going to go and do some on-line Xmas shopping. At this rate itís the only way Iím getting any done.:lol: Later,chicks! Hi to anyone I missed! Iíll be back again when the smoke clears.

Ruthxxx
12-07-2007, 08:20 AM
I KNOW I've posted in here but my posts seem to disappear. What's up?

Good morning from cold and snowy Delta. The lads are sure enjoying zipping around in the snowmobiles - they were out last night around mid-night going up and down the road. As soon as the lakes freeze, they'll be out there.

Big news yesterday was that our postmistress's house burned down completely. It was a brand new house that they moved into in November so this will be a complete mystery. I've not talked to Nancy but know everyone got out safely. They are staying with relatives and are in complete shock as you can imagine.

The Sears repairman is supposed to be here this morning so I'd better get cracking and wrap myself around a coffee and maybe even get dressed before he shows. Hershey is still asleep on her bed in the kitchen but it's time to wake her up. Lazy girl! I'm sure she'd like the woodstove lit so she can sleep in the back room.

Now I hope this posts!

MELODY525
12-07-2007, 11:25 AM
HAPPY~ FORGOT YOU ASKED FOR AN E-MAIL AND I ANSWERED HERE BY MISTAKE....SO I WILL DO IT NOW.

CEEJAY~ WAS WONDERING IF YOU WERE WORKING. BET YOU CAN'T WAIT FOR THE LAPTOP!! HOPE YOU GET RID OF TH UTI TOO! GOD I HATE THAT FEELING!!! GUESS YOU ARE TOO~:hug:

RENNIE~ CONGRATS ON THE WEIGHT LOSS! :cheer:

CARLA~ MAYBE WE SHOULD TRY RENNIE'S "DIET" :rofl:
WHEN YOU BEGIN ON MONDAY DON'T OVERDO IT OR YOU'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH THE SPASM AGAIN!! :nono:
I THINK WE NEED A "GUARDIAN" :lol3: :lol3: LOOKS LIKE WE'RE NOT SAFE TO BE LEFT ALONE!! :belly:

SHAD~ GLAD THE KIDS AND EXTRAS ARE GONNA BE WHOOPING IT UP ON THE BEACH. SOUNDS FUNNY WHILE I AM FREEZING MU RATHER AMPLE BUTT OFF OVER HERE!:beach: HAVE A GREAT WEEK OFF THEN!!

MADCAT~ I'LL TRY VERY HARD NOT TO AGE TOO QUICKLY :rofl: THE SENIORS TREE IS MULTI-ANYTHING & EVERYTHING. WHATEVER THEY ALREADY HAD OR BOUGHT. THE LOBBY IS USUALLY GOLD BUT SHE HAD JIMMY AND I ADD THE RED BALLS AGAIN THIS YEAR.LOL SHE MUST HAVE HEARD WHAT YOU DID! LOL AQUA? LOL SENDING ALL GOOD VIBES FOR LIFTOFF ON THE PROGRAM OF YOURS!! KEEPING THE GOOD VIBES GOING TILL IT IS UP AND RUNNING :cheer:

RUTH~ YOU SHOULD HAVE WRAPPED YOURSELF UP AND GIVEN THE SEARS MAN A GOOD MORNING SHOCK INSTEAD OF THE COFFEE POT :belly: :rofl:
SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FIRE AND GLAD EVERYONE GOT OUT SAFELY!

EVERYTHING IS DECORATED, BROKEN STUFF FIXED AND THE REST TOSSED OUT. BOTH TREES ARE DONE THANKS TO JIMMY'S HELP. IN FACT IT'S ALL CLEANED UP AND I SAID A FAST GOOD BYE AND MADE AN EVEN FASTER GET AWAY!! :scooter: THEY WON'T MISS ME CAUSE ALL THE SERF WORK IS COMPLETED. :rofl: THAT'S ALL THEY REALLY WANTED ANYWAY BECAUSE THEY ARE 2 WOMEN SHORT AND THE OTHER OFFICE IS REFUSING TO HELP OUT. SIGH. I PASSED ON THE FOOD SHOPPING. WILLY WILL TAKE ME TUESDAY TO THE SHOPRITE. THEY HAVE BETTER SALES THIS WEEK. I AM GOING TO DO AN OVEN STUFFER ROASTING CHICKEN FOR XMAS AND GET SOME SIDE DISHES. JEN AND RICHIE ARE GOING TO PICK STUFF UP THE DAY BEFORE THEY LEAVE OR WILLY SAID HE WILL MAKE SURE I GET TO THE STORE. PLANS ARE DONE. CHILLY OUT AND I AM GOING TO CURL UP AND TRY TO READ OR WATCH SOMETHING CHRISTMASSY :hohoho:
HAPPY FRIDAY!! YIPEE THE WEEKEND!! ENJOY!!! :moped:

Ruthxxx
12-07-2007, 02:01 PM
The Sears guy showed at 11 and changed the timer in my dishwasher. He checked out the rest of it - heater and stuff - and says it should be good for another 13 years. He wouldn't put that in writing though!

Claire and Doug snuck into the yard while he was here and stacked all my wood for me. They even covered it with a tarp. Good friends. I took them a casserole for supper a few minutes ago and am now going to lug my heavy parcel to the P.O. (I sort of hope Nancy the regular Postmistress is there because the supply one is an idiot who has to measure and weigh everything three times and completely loses it when there are more than two people in line. Nancy's house burned down completely the other night so I won't be shocked if she's not there.)

Once that's done, I'll consider the weekend started!

Here's a giggle for you!

Shy Moment
12-07-2007, 04:18 PM
Ruth
I love the sears repair man. Have had the same one for 20 years. He is my favorite person. Always orders me free stuff. One of the kids thru something in the kitchen and put a big dent in the front of my dishwasher. He told me what it would cost to replace the front panel, I wanted to die lol. He ordered me a new one and put it down as stripped screws. I said yes but they really aren't stripped, he said they are now and tightened them until they stripped lol. That was so nice of your neighbors. The young guys next door, ok they are in their middle 30's I guess not so young helped to my drive yesterday and today. My coat kept coming unbuttoned. One of them said, you better button that coat. I told him I was going to have to sew the button holes closed a bit I guess, it just wouldn't stay buttoned. He said, he guessed it was all the weight I had lost, I needed a smaller coat. Heck I didn't even know anyone had noticed lol. I feel so sorry for that person who's house burnt down. Wonder if they will find out what happened.

Melody
Thank you. Seems you have everything in order, way to go. I will do a turkey for Christmas as usual. I wish they would get tired of turkey, I do one at least once a month. 22 to 25lb turkey every month and they never get tired of the stuff lol.

Mad
I am happy with the weight loss just like to complain a bit sometimes lol. I don't work very hard at this so 1lb a week is just fine with me.

Carla
Fit day says I burn about 500 a day from the exercise and what I do around the house each day. That is good enough for me. I don't work hard at this. The calorie formula I saw here on the site said I am losing exactly what I should be. If I wanted to drop another lb a week that would mean 500 less calories a day which would be about 700 calories I could eat a day. You can't live on 700 calories a day lol. I will stick with what I am doing lol.

MELODY525
12-08-2007, 09:43 AM
RUTHIE~ POOR NANCY. WHAT A HOLIDAY THIS WILL BE! :faint:

RENNIE~ WE LOVE TURKEY TOO AND I HAVE A 14 LB LEFT IN THE FREEZER. I THOUGHT OF DOING IT AND EATING TURKEY THE WHOLE TIME BUT GETTING IT OUT OF THE OVEN WOULD BE A BIT TRICKY. JEN DOES THE ONES OVER 22 LBS NOW AND RICHIE IS THE TURKEY COOK. LOL

I SLEPT IN A BIT. WOKE BEFORE 5 FROM A NIGHTMARE AND THEN FELL ASLEEP NEAR 6. BUT I FEEL BETTER. MORE WELL RESTED. MAYBE I GOT THE SLEEPIES FROM SHADDIE. :cloud9: IT'S GOING TO BE A CLOUDY AND STORMY WEEKEND. THE BLDG SHOULD BE QUIET SO THAT'S A PLUS. THEY ARE ALL PARTIED OUT.
A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE PASSED AWAY. HE ALWAYS SENT "CARE" PACKAGES OVER HERE TO JEN AND I FOR MANY YEARS AT THANKSGIVING. WE MET HIM WHEN THE LIBRARY WAS HERE FOR 2 YEARS IN ONE OF THE OFFICES. I VOLUNTEERED THERE FULL TIME WHILE THEY RENOVATED THE REAL LIBRARY. FRANK KIND OF ADOPTED US AND EVEN WHILE DYING HE MADE HIS DAUGHTER COME HERE JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. I TOLD HER THAT WE HAVE RICHIE NOW BUT NEITHER OF THEM WOULD HEAR OF IT. I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE HE IS DEAD. HE WAS SUCH A GOOD AND CARING FAMILY MAN. HOPE THE ANGELS GIVE HIM A SPECAIL PLACE.
THE END OF THIS YEAR SEEMS TO BE BUILDING UP VERY DRAMATICALLY HERE. MUST BE THE ROOSTER NOT WANTING TO LEAVE!!::rollpin:
ON A HAPPIER NOTE....WE BOUGHT BATTERIES AND NOW I CANNOT FIND THE CAMERA!! IT MUST BE IN JEN'S BLACKHOLE SHE CALLS HOME. EVERYTHING THAT GOES UP NEVER COMES DOWN....DEFIES GRAVITY! :rofl: :rofl: WE'LL KEEP LOOKING THOUGH AND HAVE BEEN LAUGHING ABOUT IT.
THE ACCOUNTANTS ARE HAVING A HEART ATTACK.... COLLECTIVELY OF COURSE! THE TRCEIPTS & BOOKS ARE IN DISASTEROUS SHAPE WITHOUT A PROPER BOOKKEEPER SINCE SHE DIED. SO THEY ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE "ENDS MEET" BEFORE THE YEAR'S END. WE ARE DUE AN AUDIT ALSO AND A FULL INSPECTION OF APARTMENTS. WE HAVE NOT GOT ENOUGH PEOPLE TO COVER THIS BUT I AM GETTING VERY INVENTIVE. THEY WILL BE BACK EVERY WEEKEND AND SOME WEEKNIGHTS KEEPING ME BUSY. I WON'T GET PAID TILL NEXT YEAR THOUGH. THERE IS A DEFICIT IN TENANT SERVICE FUNDS :faint: I RAN INTO 2 POLITICOS AND THEY BOTH SAID AT THE SAME TIME "I KNOW". WE ALL STARTED LAUGHING. NOT MANY THEY CAN TRUST RIGHT NOW EITHER. LOT OF DANGEROUS TALK GOING AROUND TOWN. I DO NOT SEE OR PREDICT A HAPPY ENDING EITHER. IT'S A SAD SITUATION. WISH I NEVER GOT INVOLVED IN POLITICS. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY SATURDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! :moped:

Ruthxxx
12-08-2007, 12:44 PM
Poor Nancy indeed! She had bought and wrapped all her gifts too. I've not had a chance to chat with her to see how the fire started. It's incredible to have a brand new house burn! They moved in November 1!

Mel, politics is interesting but also very aggravating. I did a brief stint but just found it all too grubby. Life is too short to ruin pieces of it.

Winter Wonderland out there this morning but very beautiful with a blue sky and sparkling snow. There's a feeding frenzy at the feeders right now - juncos, nuthatches, chickadees and assorted sparrows. Every so often a jay flashes blue as he swoops in. I love the cardinals too.

Hershey and I decided to stay home today. We'll visit Mr Pouty tomorrow and do some decorating in his room after Church. Today we'll bake some cookies and put some thumbs into the 27 pair of mittens I knit for the Christmas. I cranked out mitts last winter while watching TV but hate doing the fiddly thumbs so today will be a marathon session. Do you think I will smarten up when I get into mitten knitting mode this winter?

I don't know if I can wait for Christmas to eat turkey. I'll be having noon dinner with H. at the nursing home and am invited to several places for evening turkey. The problem with going out is there are no turkey leftovers and that's my favourite part, especially stuffing. I'll play it by ear but may do a turkey here for friends next weekend.

Time to get at the cookies - they are for coffee time at Church tomorrow and I will NOT sample them!

Happy fourth day of Hanukkah - light a candle or two tonight at sunset.

MELODY525
12-08-2007, 01:47 PM
WE SHOULD ALL HOP ON THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN AND HAVE TURKEY WITH RUTH....ONLY PROBLEM WILL BE THERE STILL WON'T BE ANY LEFTOVERS!!! :rofl: :rofl: HOPE MR POUTY HAS A SMILE FOR YOU! :D

THE ACCOUNTANTS BROUGHT A BIG SUV WITH THEM AND UNLOADED A CHIT-FULL OF STUFF. THEY SAID THEY WORK FASTER AND BETTER WITH THEIR OWN MACHINES AND BOOKS. :faint: IT LOOKED LIKE MOVING DYA! I EVEN LENT THEM MY STOLEN SHOPPING CART FROM SHOPRITE!! :lol3: :lol3: I CALLED MY FRIEND AND TOLD HERE THEY LOOK LIKE THE'RE GOING TO TAKE THE FORT BY STORM.
SINCE THEN I HAVE SCRUBBED DOWN THE BATHROOM BUT HAVE YET TO TACKLE THE BATHTUB. I AM WAITING AND SENDING VIBES FOR RENNIE TO COME AND HELP WITH THE SCRUBBING BUBBLES!! :yoga:
I ALSO COOKED MEAT FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. MARINATED CH. BREASTS AND 2 PORK CHOPS. NOW THE BOG OL' YAMS ARE IN THE OVEN. THEN I'LL STEAM SOME BROWN RICE. GETTING PREPARED FOR THE WORK DAYS WILL MAKE EVERYTHING SOOOO MUCH EASIER AND FREE UP SOME TIME FOR TV AND PC :write:
WHAT AM I DOING HERE? WHO KNOWS :nono:

MELODY525
12-08-2007, 05:51 PM
Happy~ I Sent An E-mail Again Just Now At Almost 5pm Saturday.

1day@atime
12-09-2007, 01:56 AM
Hello Ladies,

Mel - so sorry to hear about your friends passing.

Ruth - I'm sure the fire investigators will come up with something. I'm sure that has got to be so devastating to lose all your belongings.. Ruth I noticed you were on Medifast. Is that the all liquid diet?

Not much going on around here. I'm taking a certification class and today was one of my classes. I have 3 weeks to study and take the test, which will be hard with holidays.

MELODY525
12-09-2007, 09:17 AM
PATTY, THANKS. GOD LUCK WITH THE STUDYING. WHAT A TIME OF YEAR FOR THE CLASS!! GO PATTY GO :cheer:

:hohoho: NOTHING IS NEW HERE EITHER. ONE ACCT. ATE SOME GREASY FOOD AND WENT HOME SUPER EARLY. HAVE NOT HEARD FROM HIM YET SO I WONDER IF HE'S COMING. IT'S SO DARK OUTSDIDE THAT I WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK TO BED!! BALA'S LOSS OF A NIGHTS WORK GAVE ME FREE TIME TO CHAT WITH HAPPY. AFTER A MARATHON PHONE CALL I THINK WE BOTH HAVE LARYNGITIS! :rofl:
JEN AND RICHIE WENT TO A BIG BD PARTY FOR A FRIEND. THEY LOOKED SO CUTE TOGETHER. CAME TO THE DOOR BEFORE THEY LEFT TO SHOW "MOMS" HOW THEY LOOKED. TOO CUTE.
GOING TO GET BREAKFAST IN THE HOPES OF WAKING UP.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-09-2007, 04:07 PM
I'm still ready to talk - though my ear is saying NO more phone for a while :lol: I told DH it was more like a visit than a phone call - we quit just shy of 5 hours :yikes: But I sure did enjoy it. Mel and I solved all the world's problems - but none of our own :rofl:

I'm off to the grocery store. Will get back on tonight to catch up with everyone.

Shad
12-09-2007, 07:06 PM
5 Hours - :yikes:

How can you talk THAT long!!!????

Madcat - oh what fun!!!! Still it's better to go live late than right than on time and not working as it was intended - which is about what will happen here!
No - nothing much has calmed down around here although I am not working weekends just now and all of my work is off and around the countryside looking for an owner to sign off. I have to go chase them all up from time to time.

Ruth - Now whats with you and Patty losing posts. Are yours going out in sympathy with hers??
That poor woman - what a horrible, horrible thing to happen to her. I'm glad they all got out safely and are now coming to grips with the losses. It is unusual for a modern house to burn completely - well here it is anyway because of the insulation levels and the fire ******ant stuff, and it is usually only in a bush fire conflagration situation that the house is burnt out completely.
What lovely friends to come and stack your wood. They deserve a medal those two.
Here's a hint - mittens without thumbs!!!!!

Mel - in an effort to extract as much cash as possible from the consumer - colours on Xmas trees seem to change each year. This year for example David Jones (department store) have sort of a dark rusty red, burgundy and purple Christmas trees. Last year was a sort of dark fir green with aqua and turquoise. Next year will probably be white and something else. So if you are keeping yours the same as last year, chances are those colours will become fashionable again around 2030.
Sorry to hear about the passing of a friend. Was he the one that gave you the computer one year???
Hope you find that camera soon. Otherwise, Jen will be decorating for Easter and we won't get to see the Christmas doors.

Patty - good luck with the certification class. Not a particularly good time to have classes tho' How's the weight going?

And that's about it for a while. We seem to have an awful lot of people missing in action - Painter, Linus, Meadow to name a few. It's a busy time of year and who knows what is up in their neck of the woods.

Happy - I'm surprised there are enough words left in the world for you to come up with. Happy shopping

So :wave: to Mooz, Carla, Ceejay, Holly, Rennie, Nae et al.

Better go find out whats going on with the troops - hey, 'scuse me.........I'm their leader - which way did they go??

Shy Moment
12-09-2007, 07:40 PM
Sorry all have been gone a couple of days. Weakend started off bad and got worse lol. Glad it is over with. I am just glad things are as back to normal as possible. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

MELODY525
12-10-2007, 09:47 AM
HAPPY~ :rofl: :rofl: I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE. I DIDN'T QUITE REALIZE HOW LONG NIT WAS TILL I WAS LYING DOWN IN BED. :lol3: TOO FUNNY. AND IT WAS MORE LIKE A VISIT. :dance: FELT BAD FOR DH. HE WAS PROBABLY WONDERING IF HE WOULD EVER SEE YOU AGAIN! :rofl:

SHAD~ HOPE YOU FOUND THE TROOPS....DID THEY NOT LEAVE A TRAIL OF BREADCRUMBS FOR YOU TO FOLLOW?

RENNIE~ :hug: I KNOW THAT FEELING TOO! LOL HOPE THE WEEK IS BETTER THAN THE WEEKEND.

SITTING HERE WAITING FOR MY OATMEAL TO COOL OFF. I NEVER GET TIRED OF IT. SOMETIMES WITH SOME RAW SUGAR AND CINNAMON OR PLAIN. GOTTA LOVE THOSE PRUNES! NOT!!!! :faint:
MONDAY AND DARK AS HADES OUTSIDE. YOU WOULD THINK IT'S ABOUT 8PM INSTEAD OF AM. THE FOG IS GIVING THE WHOLE AREA A VERY SURREAL LOOK. STRANGE STUFF. LOOKS MORE LIKE AN ENGLISH BOG THAN NJ!!
BETTER GET THIS DAY GOING. NO ACCTS CAME YESTERDAY. 9AM CAME AND WENT WITH NO PHONE CALL. THAT'S THE SIGNAL.I HAVE LEARNED HOW TO ANSWER BELLS AND OPEN OFFICES IN MY JAMMIES IF I SO CHOOSE. THIS YEAR I GAVE UP GETTING "DRESSED" FOR PEOPLE THAT NEVER SHOW UP. :belly: MAKES ME SO MUCH HAPPIER NOW. I WILL FOREVER BE KNOWN AS THE PAJAMA LADY. :rofl: BETTER THAN FOR BEING THE BIOTCH ON WHEELS.....ALTHOUGH THERE WILL BE MANY THAT WILL SAY IT LONG AFTER I AM GONE :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESADAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-10-2007, 09:55 AM
Good morning all,

Got some presents purchased yesterday, making headway on the Christmas season. Didn't get the cards done yet. I think I'm going to forego my traditional Christmas letter this year.

It was near 80 degrees this weekend which was odd, temps are cool today, near record heat predicted tomorrow and then it chills up again for the rest of the week. This is the kind of weather where everyone gets sick. Not to mention out shopping and picking up germs with the sickos. I'm hoping we get decent weather for travelling home in 2 weeks. They got pelted with the second ice storm of the season over the weekend. Lots of ice this year across the country it seems. It would pain me not to be home for Christmas :(

Shad, although a 5 hour call is a new record, even for a yakker like me, I kind of look at it like Mel and I got together for dinner for the evening except that we didn't cook and we didn't leave our respective houses :lol: Actually, it's been a long, long time since we last spoke on the phone, guess we had lots of catching up! Hope you round up all those necessary sign offs - glad to hear at least you don't have to work the weekends any more. They do the themed trees down this way too - I think it's just in an effort to get people to buy more ornaments.

Mel - hope you don't work too hard with the accoutants and they can finish their business early. Looks like you have some wet weather your way - no ice tho which is good. I'm so sorry that you lost a friend in Frank. :hug:

Patty - good luck on the test - you're right - difficult to make time for regular stuff this time of year.

Ruth - I loved seeing all the birds at the feeder in the winter time. The cardinals are especially striking against the white snow. Hope you stayed out of those cookies...

Rennie - hope your week is better than the weekend.

Madcat - last week's theme must have been UAT. It's where most of my metrics were focused last week. Hope you get things in on time and that it starts to calm down for you. We always have a year end freeze in which nothing gets implemented for a month long period so as not to interfere with closing the books at year end. That makes for especially frantic days right up to the freeze as everyone hustles to get things in. Don't get too crazy!

Hi Ceejay - sorry to hear you have to work Christmas but you're right - people do take that "having water come out of the pipes" thing for granted. :lol: Hope it's quiet and you can listen to some nice music.

Carla - funny how easily you get roped into doing those newsletters, isn't it? I avoid all homeowner association doings and meetings now so that I can keep my distance. :lol: We have one of those home "zapper" things. I think they are called TENS units. I don't like them but DH said it really helps with his back. I guess it improves the blood flow which helps healing. Are you done travelling for the year work wise?

Ok, it's late and I should be off to the salt mine. Be good chicks... sorry if I missed anyone.

MELODY525
12-10-2007, 10:04 AM
JUST READ HAPPY'S POST AND REALIZED I FORGOT TO SAY SOMETHING AND ALSO I DIDN'T ANSWER SHAD....NO IT IS NOT FRANK FROM THE OFFICE BUT FRANK FROM THE LIBRARY.
THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE HUGS AND GOOD THOUGHTS

** I AM NOT SENDING OUT TRADITIONAL CARDS THIS YEAR. THE 3 OF US HERE HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPENDING A MISS TILL WE ARE FULLY BACK ON OUR FEET. THINGS ARE GOING VERY WELL HERE BUT THEN THE BALANCE IS EASILY TIPPED RIGHT NOW.
SO I WILL SEND E-CARDS INSTEAD OR PMS.

HAPPY~ WE ARE RATHER WARMISH HERE ALSO WITH TEMPS NEAR 50. WINTER IS HAVING THE SAME HARD TIME FALL DID WITH "STARTING" :dance: HOPE YOU STAY CLEAR OF THOSE GERMY PEOPLE!! THEY SEEM TO BE EVERYWHERE!!! :rofl:

Shy Moment
12-10-2007, 11:34 AM
Melody
We decided to do the same thing. He just got this new job a few months ago. While money is ok. Things are a bit tight and I don't want to spend what I don't have to.

Happy
I don't let things get to me for long. I plugged away until I had my world rotating as it should lol. This week is going to be wonderful as long as I wake up breathing each and every morning lol.

We haven't had to much of the ice weather has been pretty good for December. Snow is just about gone with all the warm rain. Yes, I want it to stay nice until after Christmas. I hate making that 3 hour drive in bad weather. We have talked about having the adult Christmas on the 5th. That way those of us that don't have little monsters don't have to put up with them all day lol. I can remember going to relatives house on Christmas day when I was a kid and when my own children were young. We sat and played and were a little quiet. My kids visited with the relatives and then went and played and ate cookies. Not these days. My gosh those people let their kids tear thru the house in and out, running the adults down and making enough noise to get a ticket from the sound ordnance police lol. It was the in laws idea to have an adult Christmas day. No children under the age of 13. Why is it their grown grandchildren and their one daughter always dump their kids off without asking and take off to go do something lol. Last Christmas we found 4 of the grandkids 9 and under outside playing, none of us even knew they were there. I would have never thought of dumping my kids off.

ceejay52
12-10-2007, 01:32 PM
Reenie
Woohoo for another2 pounds gone. I must have found them. I'm up 3 pounds this week.

Mel
I'm also cutting back on Christmas spending. I'm thinking about by passing the oldest of my cousins kids who are 22 an 17.

This is week 2 day 5. I'm up 3 pounds but I know why. It's not over eating as one might think. It's from not enough fiber over the week end. UGH.

We just missed the ice storm but have had fog for three days straight. I'm ready to sees ome sunshine.
Got my hair cut and colored Saturday. It's a little darker than what I wanted but it's okay at least there is no more gray. Was going to go to Jonesboro but it was toooo foggy.

Shy Moment
12-10-2007, 01:45 PM
Cee
You were not suppose to find them. Stop keeping the junk I get rid of. lol bet you like yard sales too lol.

Ruthxxx
12-10-2007, 01:53 PM
I just finished writing my two cards to an antique cousin and and antique Aunt. I decided to skip the card thing this year and gave a wad of $$$ to the Food Bank. It sure eases the workload.

Cold as a witch's snoobie this morning but I did go to the gym - first time in three months. :yikes: They didn't have to call 911 when I hit the recumbent bike! It felt really good and got me up and out of the house nice and early. This afternoon, I'll go to the post office, haul in some firewood and then I can cozy in for the rest of the day. My painting class is happening in ten minutes but I'm being anti-social and skipping it. It's a pot luck lunch and would be way too tempting.

Later this afternoon I'll put up my "bling" tree. It's a small pre-lit tree that I decorate with the contents of my jewelery box. I don't bother getting the stuff out of the safety deposit box! :rofl:

Patty asked about Medifast. It is sort of a liquid diet - five MF meals plus one Lean and Green meal of protein and veggies. It sure saves a lot of thinking and planning but I'm finding it really boring. Typical day: MF oatmeal, MF shake, MF chili, MF bar and MF soup for my five and tonight it'll be chicken breast (7 oz.) cooked in 1 T olive oil with red and green peppers and served over shredded cabbage. Doesn't that just sound yummy - NOT! I am determined to follow this as much as possible for the next two weeks - something has to budge this blubber.

Time to get with it I am determined to pace myself this year and not get into a pre-Christmas flap. I hope we all are going to do the same.

Hollyhock
12-10-2007, 02:01 PM
HI...I have just caught up with all your news. HUGS!!!!!

Shy Moment
12-10-2007, 02:03 PM
Ruth
To darn cold out there for me to go somewhere I don't have to lol thank heavens for walking/aerobic videos lol. Have to take my daughter to school to pick up homework for a couple of days. Don't want her trying to get around the school on the crutches until the foot is a bit better. Have to call in meds and do more laundry. That is my exciting day. Dinner, think it is going to be a nice large salad with tuna. Yummmmmm, I would eat this everyday but that wouldn't be good for me. Have to eat different things lol. My firewood consists of my gas fireplace with non burning logs lol. To bad the starter went out and now they are saying the part will be in right before I die lol.

Shad
12-10-2007, 06:25 PM
Morning all,
Well it is a bright but overcast day here today. Beautiful sunrise as well.

Mel - I found the troops. Perhaps I should have left them lost. They are just about all over it I can tell you. The team is now in several different directions. My rooster is doing support training, my chicken is doing a bit of scheduling, a bit of support training and a bit of printing stuff, my SA hen is off doing training and her own thing. She has her son in here at the moment, he is helping her catch up with the work. And me, well I'm finally getting out from under the paperwork and finding stuff to do which should have been part of the rollout but was not on the list. Someone suggested yesterday that since they can see my desk again, maybe I need something else to do. I have disabused them of that idea - quite quickly I might add.

You were all speaking of Christmas cards and I have suddenly figured out that I haven't gotten around to doing anything about them or anything else except a couple of presents for Christmas. I really must shift *** this week. Not that there will be any cards now. It is too late to get them overseas or anywhere else for that matter but I will do the Christmas Letter asap. I hope I can find my list of addresses somewhere so I can email them as time permits. Maybe I will even get that started today.

Rennie - sorry to hear that there has been family problems over the weekend. Always happens at the most inconvenient time. I'm hoping the DS2 gets here in one piece - he usually manages to break something right before he is due to go somewhere or do something important.

Hey - Mel - prunes are okay. When you consider the alternative they are great. Actually I don't mind the odd prune or two. Are you playing the pyjama game with the accountants???
Glad to here that you have the budget worked out for Christmas and beyond. It's a good feeling to be debt free. Long may it last.

Happy - a cyber meal with Mel - we should book a conference call so we can all eat together one night. Should be interesting - some of us on breakfast, some on lunch and some on dinner. Gotta love the round earth.
Weather in Aus is just as strange. Bad hailstorms in Sydney this weekend - chunks of ice like tennis balls. Much damage to roofs, trees, cars and powerlines. Just goes to show, they should put the power, phone and cable lines UNDERGROUND just like I have been saying for years - yes Mum!!!!

Ceejay - sorry to hear that you found 3 pounds, but if you have been exercising well and eating well, then it will disappear just as fast. Don't give it up. I've been steadily putting it on for some weeks. I began the diet/ exercise routine again and it went up, then for some reason, over the past couple of days, it has begun to go away again. Can't say why or how. Not doing anything different.

Ruth - well done on the gym. Sometimes you just have to take a rest to get the benefits from a new regime.
A tree that wears a tiara! Love it. Does Hershey get to wear a red tinsel collar on the day? Shad used to have a green one and Gunbo had a special santa hat. Might add that neither of them looked particularly forward to Christmas!!!
Flap - what is a Christmas flap? Haven't been in one for years. It's another day on the beach (along with half a million others). Someone will get horribly burnt, someone will step on glass, someone will have a drug overdose, someone will get bitten by a dog, snake or bearded dragon (can't be told to leave them alone) and no doubt given our deplorable road toll, someone will have some really bad Christmas news delivered to their door by the boys and girls in blue. Such is life in this big land.

Morning Holly - see ya :wave:

And with that, I'm off. Coffee is next followed by a fight with a program called Infopak which can be relied on to underperform under any circumstance. Especially on this network which will no doubt throw some wobblies my way before days end. But there, there I am feeling cynical today. At least it hasn't made you pornographic this week.

Shy Moment
12-10-2007, 07:07 PM
Shad
Things are good. Just a little hiccup in life lol.

ceejay52
12-10-2007, 07:41 PM
Ruth
Good for you in getting to the gym. I've worn my pedometer today but haven't met my 5000 step requirement.I'll have to ride the bike when I get home.

Shad
Glad you found the team and thanks for the moral support about those 3 pounds. I'll get rid of them soon enough.

Mel and Happy
Wow a five hour phone call. I would have had to choose the speaker phone for that length of time.

Holly
:wave: Glad you stopped by.

Shy Moment
12-10-2007, 08:09 PM
Cee
Hubby works out of town all week. We are on the cell phone from the time I wake him up until he goes to work. Then, he calls me when he gets off work and we talk until he goes to bed, I go back to bed then lol. We stay close, talk about everything and he always knows what is going on at home. Thank heavens for free Mobil to Mobil and blue tooth headsets lol. We talk on an average of 6 hours a day lol.

Roseblush
12-10-2007, 08:47 PM
Hello everyone, Our little town suffered quite a loss this morning.... a plane went down at our little airport pilot and front passenger killed the other two escaped....I know most the people involved.... so sad and again reminds us that you just don't know what a day will bring. Blessings to all of you and stay safe and take good care of you and those you love......
Peace,
Nae

Shad
12-10-2007, 08:53 PM
Oh Nae, how sad for you all. Hug :hug: :hug::hug: :hug::hug: :hug:

Ruthxxx
12-11-2007, 09:31 AM
Nae, so very sorry. I live in a small town too and know how much everyone is affected by tragedy.

Big news yesterday! I finally have a date for my knee replacement - Jan. 24. I've been calling weekly and yesterday the nurse said "You've waited long enough" and booked me. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. This means I should be all recovered and in great shape by gardening season. Yippee! Of course it also means I need to really focus on losing some weight and strengthening the legs before then. (For some reason, my body told me to get back to the gym yesterday morning and I did after three month hiatus. I got home at 10, called at 11 and BINGO!)

This morning Claire and I Claire and I have a half ton of gifts to wrap for the local Toy Drive. We're sending Rob and John out to shop with the cash we were given. R & J have no kids and love to shop for toys. They'll be gone for most of the day so there'll be more wrapping tomorrow AFTER my gym class. Knowing overachiever Claire, she'll probably wrap them all tonight!

Yikes! I'm running late for wrapping. Gotta jet.

happy2bme
12-11-2007, 09:50 AM
Good morning chicks,

Sorry about the tragedy Rose, good reminder about the preciousness of life. Think I'll go give DH a :hug: and maybe I won't yell at quite so many people on the road to work this morning.

Sure am glad we aren't getting hit with that ice that's streaming across the country. We have very large, on the weaker side trees out back between the house and the pool. A good icer would have several of the branches down, probably on the house side of things. Was talking to my sister last night, they are in for another bout. The nephew is delighted - no school BUT she said he doesn't realize that ice/no school can also mean NO POWER - nothing much to do but sit there wrapped in a blanket and practice your tuba boy! :lol: I hear you on burying the cables underground Shad - don't know why they don't do that, particularly when they break ground for new developments. But they NEVER listen to our good advice, do they? :dunno:

Got my test results back from last week. Heart is in decent shape - well good enough to kick up the exercise. Need to start an intensive walking program. Cholesterol is up a bit - but nothing that a regular diet of oatmeal, fish oil and salmon on a regular basis won't fix. Have to loose the equivalent weight of a small classroom of first graders :rofl: And after avoiding the wagging finger of ALL my doctors for the last 4 years, I have finally scheduled a colonoscopy in January. Not looking forward to THAT tho people who've had it tell me it's not as bad as you think and that you will be out under anesthesia so you can't hear them singing "Blue Moon" as your butt hangs out in the wind :o

At the last minute the doc asked if I had had a bone density test. I did 3 years ago and it was very good. She said 3 years is a long time, let's do it again. I was about to poo poo it but then agreed because they could do it right there. At the time I had the last one, I was already post menopausal because I went into menopause very early. I was taking hormone replacement therapy at the time (the chief reason was to stave off the rapid bone loss that comes with menopause) and I was faithfully taking my calcium tablets. I went off HRT about 2 years ago - figured I didn't need it any more and with the risks of cancer and heart issues... and I also got off track about the taking the calcium. Well I was stunned when she showed me the graphs after the test. I have lost some height and a substantial amount of bone density. I am just this side of the line between green and yellow warning for osteoporosis. :yikes: I guess I got a false sense of security - when you are heavier, you are doing a form of weight bearing exercise just walking around. But it was not enough to do me much good. I'm glad I had that test. Now I have to incorporate weight bearing exercise 3 times a week, incorporate more calcium rich foods into the diet as well as not only remember to take the calcium tablets, but now take them 3 times a day. So... the reason I say all of this is just as a reminder to you ladies out there to be just as mindful of your bone health as well as other things. ;)

I used all my time blabbing here. Catch up with you later. Have a good one...

Shy Moment
12-11-2007, 12:10 PM
happy
Glad the test came out well. I make sure I eat lots of calcium rich foods and I do take a supplement everyday. Started doing this when I turned 40. No problems in the family in this direction but it never hurts to keep an eye on things. I have a few years before I have to have the other test you were talking about. Hey if I am asleep they can do what they want lol. The mother in law said the test wasn't so bad since she was knocked out lol. I don't have to lose a whole class but a small child is still hanging around that I don't want lol.

Ruth
Am so glad you are finaly going to get your knee fixed. Have talked to people that had the surgery and they all have said it gave them a new lease on life. I can remember the days when my kids were little. I would shop and shop but never have time to wrap. Christmas eve was putting up the tree and wrapping presents. Remember one morning I was finishing up when they woke up lol.

happy2bme
12-11-2007, 01:49 PM
OMGosh Rennie - just saw your avatar :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: - I think I scared the people in the next cubicle when I shrieked with laughter bawhawhawhawhawwww

ceejay52
12-11-2007, 02:32 PM
Happy
About the colonoscopy--it's not as bad as one might think. Be prepared to get a good flush out of the intestines the night before. I gave myself a little pep talk last year after visiting the gyn concerning this very thing.
We're not out of the woods yet concerning the weather. Our local weather man stated that our area should see snow flurries this week end. I'm not ready for the white stuff.

Reenie
Your avatar is the cutest I've seen in awhile. Glad you and dh keep in touch. Most don't when away on business trips.
Mobile to mobile is a good thing. I'm thinking of switching to another wireless
plan in order to save money.

Nae
How sad! It does make one stop and think.

Ruth
Wrapping toys would be a fun thing to do.

I went to Walmart after work last night to finish out my steps. Also did some more Christmas shopping. This morning I've been moving around more. I have 4400 steps.

Shy Moment
12-11-2007, 02:43 PM
Happy
So glad I made you laugh. Just tell everyone it is because of the crazy ohio lady lol.

Cee
There are more to come :)

Shad
12-11-2007, 06:24 PM
Morning all,
Rennie, I too looked at the avatar. Eyesight is obviously not what it used to be so I had to enlarge the picture and then I laughed. Since this office is not in laughing frame of mind at the moment, everyone just stared and asked to share the joke - which naturally I didn't.

Ruth - Well if everyone gets a new lease of life from a knee replacement, then you should be leaping around like a two year old and emulating your friend Claire in achievement!!!!! You already managed to cram more into a day than most people I know. Jan 24 hey - don't we have a birthday in January??? Huh, Huh???? What a birthday present.

Happy - very pleased to hear that the heart at least is in good shape. Now we have to boot the rest of you into shape. Next year is my year for what I call my warrant of fitness - mammogram, pap smear, blood test, sugar tests, cholestrol (yet again) and this time I must fit in a hearing test, eye test (again) etc. My bones are fine - real thick sturdy peasant bones according to my doc. Nice man sometimes.

Ceejay - walking, walking, walking. It really is good for us.

So I wonder how today will pan out. Yesterday started off okay, but deteriorated fairly rapidly. Just one durned thang after another. I was in a fine temper by around 3pm. I think it is very lucky that the resident training team has a permanent job. No one else in their right mind would employ them. :yikes: :faint: One of them was complaining about the training material being wrong - on investigation I find she is using stuff which is 4 versions out of date. Well hello, do you not read any of the stuff I send out to you telling you to update this and that. Do I not make sense or am I just yelling into vacant cyber space. :mad: Is there anything between that woman's ears??? Enough :soap: :censored:

My young friend Shiraz is coming around tonight. He was one of the roosters I mentored at Townsville. I have a chirping smoke alarm and I can't reach the ceiling to change the battery so tall Shiraz (in a long glass???) is coming to help. We will have a glass or two before he goes home as well. He is also coming to celebrate some of Christmas with us since he will be on his own most of the holiday - his folks will be in Tasmania. I just hope I have the right batteries for the darned things.

So I guess that's it from me. I'd better go and see if I can upset the apple cart again today. Can't wait for January 27th. Just like Ruth can't wait for January 24th.

Shy Moment
12-11-2007, 07:16 PM
Same old same old here. Made sure the house was cleaned, made dinner, cleaned up after dinner, doing laundry. What day is it, week, month year anyway lol.

MELODY525
12-11-2007, 09:22 PM
I AM ON THE RUN BUT WILL CATCH UP TOMORROW I THINK. PEOPLE ARE SICK AGAIN AND THE OFFICE IS "LIGHT". HAD A GREAT DAY THOUGH. AT MY OWN FOOD AND DRANK MY WATER AND WENT FOOD SHOPPING. I HAVE BEEN ASSURED THAT MY EXTRA CHECK IS COMNING TO ME TOMORROW. THERE IS A MEETING TONITE. NOT SURE ABOUT NEXT YEAR'S "EXTRAS' WITH THE BUDGET IN SUCH DIRE STRAITS. SO WILL WORRY ABOUT THAT NEXT YEAR.
TOLD ONE OF THE GIRLS TODAY...IF THERE IS NO CHECK IN MY HANDS BY NEW YEAR'S EVE THEN THE F*CKING KEYS WOULD BE ON HER DESK... AND THEY COULD FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO WORK THE HOLIDAY AND ALL OF NEXT YEAR. SO THEY BETTER COME UP WITH ANOTHER IDEA FOR NEXT YEAR. :dance: I FEEL SOOOO EMPOWERED!! AND MY FRIEND STUCK UP FOR ME TOO!!!

I DID NOTICE NAE'S POST WHEN I SIGNED ON...NAE I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PLANE CRASH AND THE DEATHS. THINGS LATELY HAVE BEEN SO SAD LEADING UP TO THE HOLIDAY. SENDING MANY HUGS YOUR WAY AND TO THEIR FAMILIES.

OK CHICKIES. GOTTA RUN. LOUIS JUST CALLED. THEY NEED THE OTHER OFFICE.
SWEET DREAMS AND SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW SOMETIME WHEN I CAN SIT AND READ. :hug: :moped:

happy2bme
12-12-2007, 02:07 AM
Evenin' ladies,

Not sure I'll be able to post tomorrow - trying to get an earlier start to work so I''ll say my howdys now. :wave:

Yay Mel - hope that cash in hand shows up tomorrow. Good for you for sticking up for yourself. Even better than you had a mob of friends behind you :gossip: :sumo: :sumo: :sumo: :sumo: They need to stop taking advantage of you. Hope you avoid the seasonal sicknesses. I have some extra oranges - will send you some.

Rennie - isn't it funny how one day blends into the next?

Shad - not sure why - perhaps because I can imagine the look on your face but I just cracked up when the team asked you to share the joke and you wouldn't :snooty: :rofl: Hmm... you raise a good point about the hearing test. Maybe I should get one too. But then again, I can only take a finite number of things falling apart in one year :lol: Is Shiraz your friend's name - I immediately thought of the wine. In fact I think I have a bottle of Yellow Tail (?) Shiraz in the liquor cabinet. It's an Australian label. In fact I think I tried to pawn it off on you but we both liked whites or blushes instead :cheers: Sounds like the usual chaos at work - grit your teeth and just get through the next 6 weeks, then jump off the sinking ship.

Thanks for the reassurance Ceejay. Hope you don't get any nastiness up your way. I didn't realize you got that flaky stuff so close to here. Sure was a nasty looking boomarang type of weather pattern up north. Looked like much of it turned to rain only from this morning's glance at the radar. I am steeling myself for the possibility that we might not be making our trip to Chicago. That's a good idea about getting some extra steps in by walking around the stores. I could kick myself for not getting outside and taking a walk these last few days when the weather has been warm. Work it too crazy right now though to escape for more than a potty run.

That's great news on the knee Ruth. Would probably be a good idea to gear up for the surgery so that your recuperation is as trouble-free as possible.

Time to get this chick to the roost now. G'night all. Sleep well.

Shad
12-12-2007, 02:18 AM
Yep - he is called Shiraz - he is South African of Indian descent. Lovely young man. We don't make jokes about Shiraz when he is around.

Would you like a glass of Shiraz, Shiraz? Doesn't go down too well.

Shy Moment
12-12-2007, 11:26 AM
Happy
Who am I to complain. I don't have to work outside of the house. The kids are almost grown and there isn't much to do around here. I have a free life lol. I really would love to go back to work if I could find something around here.

ceejay52
12-12-2007, 05:19 PM
Nothing new in my neck of the woods. May not be on line this week end. My computer at home has been disassembled. Still have not purchased a laptop.

Enjoy your week end.

Shad
12-12-2007, 06:17 PM
I see Rennies avatar this morning is getting down to the nitty gritty. Glad it isn't Rudolph, might be too bright a sight.

Not much to report here. I'm still kicking *** although I'm damned if I know why. I'm rearranging the courses yet again and still trying to get information out of clams. Why do I bother???!! It's a question I ask myself twice a week - from Monday to Wednesday and then Thursday to Friday. Such is life.

Shiraz came and changed my battery. Even he was tall enough with a chair to stand on. So we did the dangerouse thing and put the chair on the bed and then I held it straight while he figured out how to open the thing. Then he climbed back up again and put the new battery in. Blessed silence reigned. Then just as he was leaving, the darned thing let out a couple of screeches but has been quiet ever since.

I woke really early this morning (3.30am) and read for a while, then got up and mooched around barely awake but not ready for sleep, then went back to bed and read some more. Decided I couldn't be bothered with the exercise, I will do it tonight and read some more. And that is about the story of my life at the moment.

Oh yes, and I bought a ticket to go see Lionel Ritchie on Sunday night. My friend Zen and her husband are going so I will go with them. It's a stand up concert at the Sandalford Wines venue in the Swan Valley. So it should be a good night. I can always sample the wine if I don't like the music.

So I'd better go get on with it. (she said unenthusiastically) and then go kick a few more people around - just because I can.

Shy Moment
12-12-2007, 08:18 PM
Shad
Oh I would love to go to the concert with you. Like the avatars do you lol.

For those of you with bad eyes lol. One snow lady is saying, " Would you look at that? They're are makeing a baby right in the Front Yard." The other is saying, " It's Disgraceful."

happy2bme
12-13-2007, 12:39 AM
Cute avatar Rennie - glad you explained it as I would never have been able to make it out. I heard about that one before - might have even been on a card. :lol:

Shad - you sound kind of frustrated of late. And not like yourself. You ok? It's hard to buckle down and just go in and take care of business and ignore the lot of fools. I know. Enjoy the concert. I like Lionel Ritchie - All Night Long dah dah dah dah. Not liking the "stadium seating" no seats at all that is so popular today. Don't like the crunch of people, not sure I want to stand for several hours. Hope you have fun tho - I heard he does a nice performance. Maybe you'll see Nicole there :lol:

Ceejay - this is probably the time to get a computer - watch for deals now and at the beginning of the year. Hope you don't get any snow.

Mel - stock up on that toilet paper lady! Heard on the weather channel that the wet weather of the midwest is headed your way. 2 to 4 inches in New York City but the weather guy thinks it may go higher. The worst of it to hit Boston. But I'm sure people will be ringing your bell. Put a sign "Fresh Out" on your door and hunker down. Stay warm and safe :hug:

What a bah humbug office I work in. Can you believe there are hardly any decorations? We have the official office Christmas trees scattered about the large building but that's about it. We always used to decorate our cubes. I brought in a small tree I made a few years back. The stand broke while it was in storage - or perhaps when we moved and the thing flopped over. My cube mate got out her duct tape and we splintered it with a nail file and tape. It is a true southern tree as there are tiny ornaments - two of which are chickens. I don't understand the fascination of decorating with chickens, roosters and monkeys that they have down here. :dunno: It sure doesn't feel like Christmas. Was 77 degrees here yesterday - down to a more seasonal 50ish today. Then it's supposed to get colder over the weekend. I'm hoping for a clear night tomorrow - the Geminid meteor shower is tomorrow night - possibly starting as early as 10pm. It's the one with the most meteors per hour so there's a chance to see a streak or two. :crossed: I was hoping to take Friday as a vacation day to stay up a bit later outside and get some Christmas shopping done but I have to go into the office for an afternoon meeting. And I'm not giving away my vacation so I'll just take it next week.

Anyway, I'm getting sleepy so it's bedtime for me. See you tomorrow...

Shad
12-13-2007, 01:43 AM
Happy - you are not alone in having few decorations around. This office has precisely none. There are some nice trees downstairs in the foyer and it always amuses me in the mornings to come in, see the lights twinkling on the fir trees which are standing right next to the potted palms. Also the flower arrangements are spring and summer lillies (last week the flowers were tropical orchids) next to topiary fake pine trees. Must be Christmas down under!!!

Yeah I am kind of frustrated. I have a lot of things to do. I can't do most of them because we are so close on the heels of the developers that anything I document right now will be changed tomorrow or the next day at the latest. Really bummed out about that one.

Okay - I have hacked off enough people today. I'm about ready to go home. Oh no! it's still only a quarter to three. Better stick around for a bit longer.

happy2bme
12-13-2007, 09:46 AM
Morning chicks,

It's quite cool this morning and I had the cuddly blanket last night. Didn't want to get up at all this morning and stalled as long as I could. We have to take the cars in for a tune up tomorrow - mine first. DH made a 7am appt so it's another early riser. Might try going to bed at 9 tonight and get up at 4 to catch a bit of the meteor shower. Almost too much light around here tho. Reminder to me that the next house has to be in farm country :lol:

Bundle up Mel and stay warm. I see you have a "mel-luv-a-hess" type of wintry storm that's probably already dumping snow and ice on you. Send the boys out for hot soup. :T

I would find it amusing Shad that you pick up the tradition of fir Christmas trees in a place where tropical plants abound :lol: How frustrating to have your work in a state of constant flux. Seems to be that way everywhere lately. I've never hear of so many people getting their year end vacation cancelled. Push, push, push and everyone is running around stressed and in a tizzy. This used to be the one time of year when things quieted down just for a bit before the tsunami of year end close hit in January as well as new budgets, new projects, new headaches.

Speaking of which I have a day of marathon meetings which will put me more behind in my reporting so I'd better get a move on myself.

Have a good one chicks. Stay warm and dry.

Shy Moment
12-13-2007, 02:51 PM
Happy
Just for you lol. The rabbit is pointing a hair dryer at the snow people. The lady snow person is saying to the snow man. " It's not worth it Roy! Let's just give him our noses's and let him go."

Shad
12-13-2007, 05:51 PM
You know I can live with the work in constant flux, with changing doco and changing minds in the project team. It's always chaotic close to go-live time and people working mad long hours etc. It's sort of like a big ole river which is smooth on top and frantic underneath with eddies and currents and snags. That's project life. Generally I love it. However this project is in my opinion doomed to failure. The resident training team obviously do not like the fact that the project brought in outsiders to write and lead the training - some of the modules can't get trainers at all from the business - they are all too busy. If I suggest anything different - it's not the way things get done here. I'm not sure my project manager is strong enough to get around the bullying or burying head tactics. I get the impression that they are just waiting for us all to go so they can get back to normal. It's like punching stiff jelly - wobbles for a bit and then just settles down into the same ol', same ol'. Still I'll just take the money and move on - to what I don't know but that is part of the fun. It might be nice to have a week or so off and do some physical work on the house or whatever.

Another thing that bit me yesterday is that for some reason my phone won't ring out. People can ring in but I keep getting the message that the network is busy or the number is not available from this service. And yes I have paid my bill, even if it was a couple of days late. I'm about to send them some emails and the silly thing is that the email still works and the ISP is still available. Huh?? So I will be back later when i get this sorted.

Shy Moment
12-13-2007, 07:21 PM
Shad
You seem to enjoy the ever budy ever changeing life. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you enjoy. Some people find working on a house enjoyable, some like to garden. All that matters is that we do what we enjoy. I think I would try to get ahold of them soon and find out what is going on.

Happy
Stay dry, stay warm and don't forget to take sometime for yourself.

Shad
12-13-2007, 10:18 PM
Phone fixed and now working. Yeehaa. seems between October and now there has been some sort of hitch will the bill and we haven't gotten a notification. I'll be going through the accounts and payments very thoroughly tonight!!!! I always pay my bills on time - well nearly always anyway.

happy2bme
12-13-2007, 11:50 PM
Looks like it was more icy up Mel's way. Not much snow but slippery dippery. Stay warm kiddo.

Glad you got the phone straightened out Shad. I imagine you trainers have the hardest job of all - trying to convince us non believers. :rollpin: Would be nice if you could work it out to have a bit more time at home between stints. You've been gone from home for a long time. Did you ever get the bath done? I'm thinking some pretty blue tiles you had ordered?

Thanks Rennie. I'll be taking some time for myself - right after the colonoscopy :lol: I got the instructions and prescription for the Rooto Rooter stuff today in the mail. It's scary. I feel like chickening out. Well maybe not scary but certainly not as much fun as cleaning the baked bits out of the oven. Or cleaning light colored grout with a toothbrush. Or walking along and kicking your toe into the bedpost. Anyway - have you recovered from your bad week last week?

Can tomorrow be December 14 already? Considering the next weekend we will be travelling north, guess I must get the shopping done by this weekend. And the cards too. I did have a good laugh. A friend sent me a link to tackychristmasyards.com with people who did over the top displays on the Christmas lights. Some of the captions were funny so I got a good laugh out of it.

I'm off to try and get to bed in 10 minutes. It's completely cloudy outside - always clouds up when I want to see a meteor shower. They say it will clear up overnight. I'm hoping. Going to try and get up at 4am tomorrow to catch a glimpse of sky. I have to get up by 5 anyway in order to be ready and awake enough to drop the car off at 6:45 for service.

You early risers amaze me :lol: especially when it's freezin' beezin' cold out there in the dark morning.

Goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow and where the heck are all the rest of the chicks? Get yer demented arses in here. :D

Ruthxxx
12-14-2007, 08:56 AM
:lol: My arse is running around a lot these days - both IRL and in cyberspace.

Good morning, Worldlies. It certainly does look like January these days. I can't believe the difference from last December 14th when we worrying about a green Christmas. Not a chance of that this year from the looks of things.

I do plan to go to the gym this morning when my lane gets ploughed. I have snow tires so may give it a shot at getting out before the plough lad gets here. The rest of the day will be "at home" doing a bit more decorating, some sewing and maybe a mega-laundry. I am getting close to running out of undies - I have 39 pair so you know how long it's been!

I'm off to The Farm tonight (weather permitting) for dinner with my sister. Joan and Peter use the Farm May through October but do pop up for a ski weekend when the weather is good. I suspect my organized sister will give me my gifts so I'll have them Christmas morning so I'd better get hers wrapped and ready for tonight. (By the way, Shad, the Aussie wedding is off but a spring baby is on - go figure. Joan is a tad freaked out but would rather make a baby quilt than plan a wedding.)

Have a glorious day full of good things!

MELODY525
12-14-2007, 09:31 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES
I HAVE MISSED COMING HERE. SOMEHOW THE MORNING RITUAL GROUNDS ME AND I LIKE HAVING ROOTS.
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKING DAYS OFF LIKE IT'S THE SUMMER. EACH ONE SAYING THEY ARE SOOOO "SICK". THEN THE NEXT DAY THEY LOOK LIKE THEY WERE ON VACATION AND WELL RESTED. :rofl: WHATEVER KIND OF "SICKNESS" THIS IS, I COULD USE SOME OF IT! :lol3:
I SAID I CANNOT DO ANYTHING TODAY AND LEFT A NOTE. THIS WAY I CAN'T BE TALKED OUT OF IT ON THE PHONE WHICH IS STILL SHUT OFF!! LOUIS LEFT VERY LATE LAST NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ICE STORM AND I HAND DELIVERED 100 CHRISTMAS CARDS, INCLUDING MY OWN, BECAUSE OF A PHONE CALL. NO ONE ELSE WAS HERE EXCEPT ME AND THE MEN WERE SHOVELING SLUSH AT ALL THE PROPERTIES, SO I HAD TO GO DOOR TO DOOR. HENCE THE MELIDAY:dance:

I WILL SURELY BE GLAD WHEN THIS MONTH IS OVER. JEN HAS TO HAVE A BROKEN WISDOM TOOTH PULLED TODAY. JUST IN TIME FOR VACATION!!! WE ARE BOTH PRAYING!
I AM DOING OK. A BIT SLEEPY AT TIMES BUT THAT'S FROM THE CHANGE IN "DOWN" TIMES BEFORE BED ETC. SEEMS EVERY LITTLE THING THROWS ME OFF NOW. EYES ARE SO SO STILL AND REALLY TRYING MY LAST NERVE :tantrum: OTHER THAN THAT...ALL IS WELL :rofl:
HAPPY FRIDAY AND THAN THE GODS IT IS HERE :moped:

RENNIE~ IT WOULD BE NICE TO GET A JOB NEAR HOME. YOU HAVE A GOOD MIND AND IT NEEDS OCCUPYING!!! TOO BAD WE DON'T LIVE CLOSER. THEY COULD USE YOUR BRAINS!!

SHAD~ I CAN WELL UNDERSTAND YOUR FRUSTRATION.
WE HAVE VERY SIMILAR LIVES EXCEPT MINE IS ON A MUSH SMALLER SCALE. EVERY TIME I LEAVE, I KNOW THEY'LL JUST GO AHEAD AND DO IT THE "OLD WAY". :faint: IT WILL SOON BE OVER AND YES, MAYBE YOU COULD USE SOME TIME SPENT IN YOUR OWN PONDEROSA BANGING AWAY WITH THE HAMMER AND GOING TO SLEEP WITH THE SWEET SOUND OF THE ELECTRIC SAW STILL RINGING IN YOUR EARS!! :rofl: :rofl:

HAPPY~ I WAS THINKING OF YOU AND CEEJAY. I TALKED TO A WOMAN IN WV AND SHE HAS HAD 11 INCES TO OUR LESS THAN 4 AND SOME OF OURS WAS SLUSH. THE SOUTHERN STATES AGAIN HAVE BEEN GETTING HIT WITH SUCH WEIRD WEATHER. WTF!! :tantrum: IT'S NOT SAFE TO LIVE ANYWHERE!!! IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE MODERATE TEMPS FOR YOUR WINTERS :tantrum: :rofl:
HOPE YOU GALS STAY WARMISH!! :beach:

PS: WE HAD A MIXTURE YESTERDAY AND THRU THE NIGHT. LOTS OF ICY MESS BUT THE RAIN HELPED KEEP THE STREETS CLEAR AND OUR INDUSTRIOUS DPW MEN WITH THEIR PLOWS AND SANDERS ALL NIGHT. SATURDAY'S STORM MAY BE A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR THOUGH. WE WILL WAIT AND SEE.
TAKE CARE MY FRIENDS AND STAY WELL.

PPS: I HAVE BEEN THINKING A LOT ABOUT MEADOW. I'LL BE DOING SOMETHING AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THOUGHTS OF HER AND THE FAMILY POP INTO MY HEAD. :wave:

Shy Moment
12-14-2007, 11:17 AM
Melody
You are always busy, well at least you dont get bored. 100 cards by hand, now that had to have taken some time. We don't have any snow, seems like fall around here. Would be nice to have some for Christmas. I am looking for something. I keep getting calls but they want me to drive an hour to make 9 to 12 dollars an hour, are they crazy. Heck I would be better off to make min wage and be close to home with the gas prices. Lots of 24 hour bugs going around here, maybe that is what everyone is getting? Hope Jen feels better. I never had any wisdom teeth ( ok I don't need any comments about that lol ) so I have no idea how painful they can be.

Ruth
Good heavens! lol do some laundry. Thought babies didn't come until way way after the wedding. I must be getting old. Organized sister, lol, that is what my sister calls me.

Happy
I am doing great. I don't let things get me down very long if at all. Talked to my mother in law about what you are having done. She said there is nothing to it and for you to not worry. I have 4 more years before I have to have it done. I worry early to avoid the rush lol. You let me know how things go. Well not ' go ' I have a feeling I know how they are going to gooooooooooo but come out. Oh my, not exactly what I ment either. Ummm how do I say this hehehehehe. You let me know if things are terrible as I worry they will be. Yes, that sounds better lol.

Shad
They expect you to pay that bill every month lol. Isn't it funny. My bill can be two days late and I get a reminder blazing in red for the whole town to know. My sister can go months and not pay hers and she never hears a word from them lol.

ceejay52
12-14-2007, 11:43 AM
Morning
It's cold outside.It looks and feels like snow, but nothing yet. I'm trying to make up my mind as to whether or not to go to Blytheville today. My aunt called and wanted me to look at our Walmart store to see if they had Hannah Montana microphones. I knew this store didn't. I do n eed to get groceries.

Ruth
Do your laundry and wrap those gifts. Be extremely careful driving on the snow.

Happy
Going to that web sight to look. No I haven't got the new lap top just put this one back together.

Shad, Mel and Reenie have a good day.

Shy Moment
12-14-2007, 09:03 PM
cee
Same here in the low mid 30's. Keep thinking we might get snow but nope, none on the ground since the last batch that is gone now.

MELODY525
12-15-2007, 09:05 AM
CEEJAY~ :hug: GOOD TO SEE YOU. I MISSED YOUR POST THE OTHER DAY. NOT MUCH REALLY NEW HERE EITHER. AND THE WEATHER IS THE PITS!! HAPPY SHOPPING IF YOU GO.

RENNIE~ HOW ABOUT THE LOCAL LIBRARY? OURS HIRES STAY AT HOME MOMS A LOT AND PEOPLE THAT WANT TO STAY LOCAL.

RUTH~ A NEW SPRING BABY!! :bb: HOW NICE. HOPE THE BABY'S MOTHER IS OK WITH THE CALLED OFF WEDDING. SENDING LOTS OF GOO THOUGHTS TO HER AND THE BABE:hug:

:wave: TO ALL THE CHICKS OUT THERE BEING BUSY, GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS AND COLONOSCOPIES!! :faint:
ONE CYST IN MY RIGHT EYE BURST. I AM KEEPING THIS SHORT. TRYING NOT TO IRRITATE IT IN HOPES IT HEALS RATHER THAN FILLS UP AGAIN. LOVE TO ALL FOR A GREAT WEEKEND. :moped:

Ruthxxx
12-15-2007, 09:44 AM
Oh, MEL! Yick! I hope it doesn't fill up again. You certainly are having a time of it and yet you are always so cheerful - in here anyhow.

Rennie, send my your addy and I'll send you snow. We have about eight inches on the ground and they are predicting another 18 tomorrow! At least it's white and clean, not brown and smelly.

Just got a call from Hollyhock who is fine but busy, of course. She says she hasn't much to say but does pop in to read when she gets a chance.

Dinner at my sister's place was lovely and even healthy! My BIL BBQed a steak and Joan had green beans, mushrooms and sweet potato fries! Dessert was applesauce with yogurt - no sugar - so I was safe. One glass of red wine and no Christmas baking. We did the gift exchange too so I feel as if Christmas has already started!

If I don't get this decorating done today, it ain't gonna happen so I'd better get at it. I also have to bring in some firewood. I didn't light the stove in the back room last night and it was 5º C out there this morning. It's a good thing I closed the door into the kitchen or the whole house would have been freezing! Today I need to fill the wood box right to the top, especially with a storm coming.

Have a happy and productive day, Worldlies!

By the way, the attached was a candidate for my Christmas avatar but I decided to be discrete for a change. I'm sure the Worldlies can hack it.

happy2bme
12-15-2007, 11:33 AM
Good morning chicks,

It's chilly here too. We might even get some snow flurries tonight. That's enough to have the locals in a panic buying out all the bread, milk and water for one hundred miles around :lol: Right now it's just a cold, steady rain.

Most of my Christmas shopping is done - did it online. Just have to run out for a few small things and I may do that tomorrow.

Today I want to clean up the house. Hard to believe next week at this time we'll be in Chicago and in 2 weeks we'll be home getting ready for Las Vegas. Time's a flying.

I am really leaning towards skipping the cards this year so will send my greetings to y'all online.

Gotta go get busy. Have a good weekend.

Take care of those eyes Mel. Don't work all weekend Shad. Be careful driving Ceejay. Come clean my house, will you Rennie :lol: Ruth - I'll bring a bottle of wine over to you and "visit" your snow, ok? 'tis enough for me! Love to the rest of the chicks :hug:

ceejay52
12-15-2007, 02:46 PM
From the looks of the weather map we are in for some snow flurries tonight.
We are under a flash flood watch. It started raining last night.

I need to finish cleaning the house, but I'm not in the mood. Maybe a little later.

Mel
Rest those eye's and let it heal.

Ruth
18 more inches of snow. Yikes. The south would come to a complete halt. Love the avatar.

Happy
I decided to go ahead and sign up for the bl challenge for the first of the year. I need something to kick a$$. I'm envying your trip to Vegas.

Reenie
:wave: Stay warm. See you have lost another 2 pounds.

Shy Moment
12-15-2007, 08:11 PM
Melody
I have tried for years to get a job at the library. They only hire people with english degrees or those that are in the process of getting an english degree.

Ruth
We have about 4 inches now. Suppose to see freezing rain and then more snow. We just don't tend to get the snow everyone else does in our little valley. Think last year one time we got 14 inches or more in 12 hours that was about it for the winter. An inch here and inch there.

Happy
I would love to come and clean for you lol. I am a very organized person ( because if I'm not, I am very disorganized ) and I love to organize.

Been a great day. House is cleaned, still have laundry to do tomorrow. Shopping is done. Drive is shoveled, will have to do this again in the morning lol.

Ruthxxx
12-16-2007, 08:09 AM
It certainly snowed last night! Hersh had to plough through a drift on the deck to get out for potty and there's another one at the end of the lane. I suspect Church will be a non-event this morning. 40 CM is predicted - that's 16". I doubt that my wee car can handle that although she has good snow tires.

Anyhow, I've got, food, dog food, water and milk and my wonderful neighbour filled my woodbox to the very top yesterday afternoon. If the power goes off, I do have a generator - outside under a drift of snow!

I just may get a lot of decorating and sewing done today. I did visit Harry yesterday afternoon so there is no reason on earth to go out of the house.

Stay safe and warm.

MELODY525
12-16-2007, 09:00 AM
YESTERDAY I DID SMALL JOBS. NO CLEANSERS OR DUSTING. NOTHING THAT WOULD GET THE EYE STARTED AGAIN. FIRST THING THIS MORNING I LOOKED AND IT APPEARS TO REALLY BE HEALING THIS TIME. I CUT THE ANTIBIOTICS IN HALF AND TOOK THEM EVERY OTHER DAY ALONG WITH THE HERBAL REMEDY. SEEMS LIKE IT'S WORKING AND I CAN SAFELY GET OFF THEM. ALL I NEEDED WAS A START. SO MAYBE A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE AFTER ALL :angel:
THE FAMILY DRAMA CONTINUES BUT THE KIDS ARE GETTING LESS HYSTERICAL. FUNNY HOW YOU CAN COACH SOMEONE AND GET THEM GOING SO MUCH FASTER THAN YOU LEARN THE LESSON YOURSELF!!:faint: THE KIDS WOULD CALL AND ASK FOR ADVICE AND NOW THEY ARE CALLING MUCH CALMER AND TELLING ME WHAT THEY ARE DOING. BY JOVE I THINK THEY MAY BE GETTING IT TOO!!!
SHAD WILL BE PLEASED TO SEE IT SPREADING IN THE USA! :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

SHAD~ HOPE YOU HAD SOME FUN TIMES WITH YOUR FRIENDS THIS WEEKEND OR EVEN BY YOURSELF!!

HAPPY~IF THIS WEATHER KEEPS UP TELL THE DH TO CLEAR OUT SOME SPACE IN THE GARAGE CAUSE WHEN I COME DOWN, I'M BRINGING ALL MY CHAIRS WITH ME FOR AN EXTENDED STAY :scooter: :moped: :ebike:

RENNIE~ EVERY TOWN ALSO HAS THE "IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW, IT'S WHO YOU KNOW" STUFF. iF DEGREES WERE NECESSARY TO RUN OUR LIBRARY THEN IT WOULD BE EMPTY EXCEPT FOR ONE GIRL!! :rofl:

CEEJAY~ I HAVE BEEN BEHAVING MYSELF AND STAYING OFF THE ROAD TOO! LOL HOW ABOUT YOU? DID YOU DECIDE ON A LAPTOP BRAND? I HAVE ALSWAYS THOUGHT OF ONE BUT WONDERED IF I COULD ACTUALLY TYPE ON IT. I SHOULD ASK A FRIEND IF I CAN SEE THEIRS.

WELL KIDDOS....GOING TO LOOK AT THE SMALL AMOUNT OF WHITE STUFF AND ICE BEFORE THE TEMP RISES AND RAIN COMES. THERE IS A GALE FORCE WARNING IN THE NY HARBOR POSTED FOR THE ENTIRE DAY!!! BIT WINDY!!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!:hohoho:

happy2bme
12-16-2007, 12:44 PM
Hi ladies,

It's a frosty one this morning. They were predicting snow flurries but it wasn't snowing when I went to bed at 1:30. Got up at 5 am for a drink of water - no snow there so I guess it passed us by. I hear Chicago got dumped on - haven't called mom yet to get the details. Nothing compares to what Ruth got - stay warm - let someone else plow you out.

Mel - glad to hear the eyes are doing better as well as the kids. After a while I think you get tired of all the fighting and just kind of settle down - perhaps they have figured it out. As for "who you know, not what you know" that seems to be more and more prevalent in this world. Sad thing too :( Batton down the hatches and don't blow away on us young lady! Hmm - didn't tell me you'd be bringing ALL of your chairs :lol: - DH would be GLAD to empty the garage of my junk / errr - I mean stuff. :rofl:

Rennie - sometimes I think that would be the best thing. To hire someone to come in and de-clutter while I'm away and then I don't know what they threw out so I can't cling to everything and pull it out of the trash bin. I did get the cabinets cleaned up and they do look much better. My sister in law is super organized like you. She and my niece would not only declutter but probably sell most of it in a yard sale and turn a tidy profit :lol: I tell myself some day I will be that way too :lol: My retired life will be very different from my working life ;) Do you live out in the "sticks"? Sounds like you do - a very rural quiet town.

Ceejay - good luck on the BL challenge. Sometimes it gets a bit clique-ish there but hopefully you can get in with the right people right off the bat. Some of the exercise challenges are good to keep you motivated.

Shad - haven't seen you post in a few days - does this mean you are enjoying your weekend away from the computer for a change or have we gone porno again? Hope it's the former. Have fun - you deserve a little R&R.

I'm about to head over to the store to pick up a few small things to round out the Christmas shopping. Hard to believe we'll be heading out the end of the week. This year sure did fly by. Again I have intentions of turning things around for the positive come the new year. Of course January will start off great - looking forward to our Las Vegas trip but will end with the stupid colonoscopy. I hope I don't chicken out on that one. The more I think about it, the more I want to run the other way :rofl:

Anyway - time to get moving. Have a good Sunday chicks. Hello to those missing :wave:

Hollyhock
12-16-2007, 01:45 PM
Morning! We got about 8 inches of snow over night and it is still falling. We had a very festive and fun party last night. 14 adults and all their kids. Fun. Today I get to clean up and shovel snow. HUGS!!!

ceejay52
12-16-2007, 01:52 PM
Happy
Quit fretting over the colonoscopy. It will be some of the best sleep afterwards that you will have. Any way it was for me. The nurse injected something into my iv and told me to count backwards starting with my age. The dr laughed and said she is about a year younger than me. It will not take her long. After that I knew nothing. When I woke up the proceedure was done.
I've kinda thought they were a bit clique ish. Motivation is what I need the most. We'll see how it goes.

Ruth
How nice that your neighbor loaded up the fire wood box. I kept getting up and looking out the door last night to see the white stuff but there wasn't any.

Mel
I'm debating on the brand name because we have used 3 brands and work and all are good. Right now I'm looking at the prices.

Reenie
I like to be organized also. Sometimes there is not enough time to get every thing done with me working.

I'm at work which has been really to quite and nothing on t.v.

MELODY525
12-16-2007, 02:26 PM
CEEJAY YOUR AVATAR CRACKS ME UP0 FOR SOME REASON EACH TIME I SEE IT.

RUTH~ I THINK YOU SHOULD USE SEXY SANTA. GIVE EVERYONE A GOOD LAUGH. HOPE YOU GOT THE WOOD BOX FILLED TO THE TIPPY TOP!!

HAPPY~ I AM PRAYING FOR GOOD WEATHER FOR YOU AND DH. DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR VISIT. AS FOR THE TEST: I TOLD MY OB/GYN IF THEY WANTED THAT DONE THEN THEY COULD HOSPITALIZE ME AHEAD OF TIME AND DO IT ALL THEMSELVES. MY INSURANCE WON'T PAY FOR THAT SO I AM SAFE :rofl: :dance: HOPE THE WEEKEND WEATHER TURNS OUT OK :hug:

I AM DOING SOME COOKING AHEAD FOR THE WEEK. DON'T WANT TO GET CAUGHT SHORT INCASE THE ACCTS NEED MORE HELP. IF I STAY ORGANIZED THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON FOR TAKEOUT OR JUNK FOOD.
STILL PRETTY ICY OUT AND I AM WONDERING IF THEY WILL GO TO THE MALL ON MONDAY. GETTING READY JUST IN CASE. :scooter:

ps~ holly send the snow this way all we're getting is wintry mixes.

Shy Moment
12-16-2007, 02:44 PM
Melody
I do a lot of " ahead cooking ". Always have something in the fridge in case I don't feel like cooking.

cee
I can remember working. Many a night I went to work on 4 hours sleep. Glad I don't have to work anymore unless I want to.

Holly
Sounds like lots of fun. We only got about 4 of the 9 inches they said we were going to get lol.

Happy
I am so good at de cluttering lol. Does it mean anything to me? Am I ever going to use it? TRASH lol.

Ruth
Sooner or later we will get snow lol. We get hit bad one time a year.

Ruthxxx
12-16-2007, 04:05 PM
Frass! Revised forecast is now 60 cm of snow. That's 24" for the Americans! It'll be over my knees. So far there are no power outages but there is a strong wind and lots of drifting. Hershey just refused to go down the steps to the yard and used the drift on the deck. I know - TMI.

My tree is up and all sparkly - it's pretty darn Christmassy around here today!
I think I'll have a cup of ginger tea and just "set" for a while.

carla49
12-16-2007, 06:03 PM
Yowza!! The snow just keeps on falling and falling and falling. On the plus side (there's always a plus side) the dinner party I was booked for tonight is cancelled, so I managed to get all the prezzies wrapped, almost all the Christmas cards written, and the last few parcels ready for mailing. Good thing everyone I send stuff to is used to getting New Year's gifts instead of Christmas stuff. Actually, I think after this year there won't be any more gifts being mailed. I couldn't believe what I ended up spending to send a smallish parcel to England!!! Ridiculous.
Tomorrow: struggling through the snow to the last of the dental appointments for a while - I hope. That makes two years in a row I've helped finance the dentist's new mansion on the river. I'm not looking forward to tomorrow at all. It seems each time I get more wussy than the last.

Mel, such good news that the cyst seems on the mend. :hug: Don't work too hard with those accountants! As for a laptop, I like mine, but am far too lazy to actually go into the office every time I want to type something. Since you need a large screen, a laptop with one big enough might be a bit too heavy for you to lug around.

Shad, I think your time on that contract is almost over. Maybe I'll come and visit you, just to keep you busy... :devil:

Ruth, clever you for getting snow tires on. I made the mistake of assuming that snowbound winters were a thing of the past. Another big expensive errand for this week, along with all the other idiots who've been managing on all-seasons. And good news on the date for the new knee!!

Rennie, have you considered signing up for a college course or two, which would mean you're working on an English degree and could be eligible to work in the library? I've always found that education is never wasted, even if you don't really plan to use a degree. Just an idea...

Ceejay, I too need to find some motivation or a group or something to get back on track.

Holly, never have I seen anyone who sounds as delighted as you at the prospect of cleaning and shovelling! It must have been a very fun party to leave you in that mood...

Sorry I've been gone so long. I should be around a little more now - no more work until mid-January. :D

Something I learned from Madcat while in Toronto: we actually have spell check on this site!!! No more need to go check stuff in the dictionary. Who knew the little ABC icon could make my life so easy!!

Shad
12-16-2007, 07:13 PM
Yep I have had an entire weekend off. Cleaned house, done the groceries and nearly got organised for an end of year, Christmas cheer party I am throwing for the some of the people in the office on Tuesday. Also last night I went to the Lionel Richie concert - it was good. The weather wasn't the greatest over the weekend but at least we didn't have to sit in hot sunshine while we waited and it didn't rain, thunder and blow like it was predicted to do. I enjoyed the concert. We sang and danced and cheered - and most of them fortified by wine - the concert was held in the grounds of a winery. He sang all of his Commodores stuff and his famous songs and his opening statement was that this is a celebration of surviving 25 years of Nicole and not a celebration of 35 years in music and entertainment. Hey man the music was easy! Difficult to believe he is 58 years old. He looks better than he did in the Motown days.

Ruth - loved that avatar, although I can understand why you haven't yet used it. Another couple of scotches along with a red wine or two and anyone will laugh at that one. All that snow. It looks very pretty from 12000 miles away and at a temp of 22C. A spring baby?!?! Aaah well - seems fairly normal to me. All these people doing things back to front and then when things go wrong there is heartbreak somewhere as the child is pulled back and forth from one country to another. I think we are all committing genocide here. So many mixed nationalities that we are becoming a worldly nation of norms. Off the soapbox Shad - you begin to sound prejudiced.
Please pass on compliments of the season to Sis and BIL. I'm sorry they didn't get down here to visit. I'd have thought of some lovely places to put them ........ aaaah I mean take them!

Rennie - something may turn up, although the way things are going, one would need a degree to clean the public loos soon. Things may be different in your neck of the woods, but a friend of mine decided to earn some extra cash (divorce settlement took too much time to come through) and she took on cleaning houses. I gave her my place to do when I was away for so much time and then she got others and finally landed a contract with a building company to clean the finished new houses. These days she runs a staff of 4 and has more work than she can cope with. She says she doesn't do too much cleaning herself these days - she's too busy doing the books!!!!

Mel - that cyst clearing - I don't know whether that is good or bad. My fingers are crossed that it isn't bad news. Good to hear that you, Jen and Ritchie at least out of all the citizens in the good ol' USofA are adopting the laid back, she'll be right lifestyle of the bronzed, beached out Australian. Do not work too hard out in the slush and snow and wind. Last thing I want to hear is that a runaway, highflying wheelchair bumped into the Statten Island ferry all board were drowned and the whereabouts of the delinquent wheelchair and occupant are currently unknown but believed to be heading Southwest.

I'll have to come back and comment on the rest. Work beckons. Another week of punching jelly - well at least it gets me some exercise.

Shy Moment
12-16-2007, 11:12 PM
Shad
I do have a degree. The real problem is no experience in the degree lol. That is what tends to happen to us woman who stay at home and raise a family. We are obsolete once the family is grown up. Not that I would change the choices I made. I think I made the right choices. Just tired of sitting at home now that the kids are older.

Carla
My son is getting ready to start college in the summer. Sure no money for me to go back to school. By the time he is out, will be my daughters turn. They of course are both going to have to use grants and loans but we will help out all we can. They can at least live at home so they don't have to have the extra expense of paying for housing.

Madcat
12-16-2007, 11:12 PM
Ok, let the Holiday Season begin! The project from the dark depth is over all but for a few documentation bits. No more 60 hours weeks. Now I can actually thinking about present buying and such. No stress. No really. I would have started today but we got slammed with this storm. I couldnít actually see anything out of the 10th floor window. Not much traffic out there all day. No walking in the winter wonderland for this chick today. In one of the breaks in the weather I saw a brave soul out taking their teeny dog out for a walkÖ You should have seen the pooch move to get back into the building.

Shad~ Your week off sounds great.

Carla~ Glad I was able to be of some use. The truth is Iím a lousy speller and a worse typist. Spell check is my secret weapon. It can make anyone seem suave and debonair. I had to cancel out a party too. Canít say I was upset, but I didnít even use the time in any useful manner.

Ruth ~ Hope you werenít hit by the storm too hard. It is a good day to just stay in and get into the spirit of it all - as long as you have heat and light itís all good.

Mel~ Good work getting your food organized for the week. Omigawd, it sounds as if the kids are growing up.

Happy~ Yeah Vegas! Not so yeah Colonoscopy. Everyone I know who has had one says they really are no big deal. And think of t as a long term investment in your health. Donít chicken out on that long term health thing.

Ooops, I totally forgot I had to do something for tomorrow. I should be around more this week now that the crazy has passed. Later, chicklets!

Ruthxxx
12-17-2007, 08:30 AM
I have heat, light and drifts blocking three of the four outside doors of my house! :( We have a good 24" of snow. Poor Hershey is having a hard time out there although I did shovel the deck, steps and patio for her last night. I am such a good dog Mum! She feels she should go way out into the yard for potty and the snow is up to her neck. She does a Loch Ness monster move to get through the snow. Too funny!

Today will be spent shoveling, decorating and - finally - doing my laundry. I probably will not be taking the car out of the barn as Ed won't be ploughing me out until later this afternoon. :(

My tree is up and all sparkly, most of the gifts are wrapped, the Christmas CDs are loaded into the player, the woodstove has decided to cooperate and my second wall hanging is ready to wrap. Bring on Christmas!

MELODY525
12-17-2007, 09:20 AM
I CAN'T SEEM TO GET TO PAGE 10. I'LL TRY AGAIN LATER.
THE THOUGHTS OF PERFUME AND GALE WINDS ARE NIT INDUCING ME TO TAKE A CHANCE ON THE MALL. I WENT DOWNSTAIRS AND THE LADIES WAITING FOR THE BUS ARE DOUSED IN THE STUFF. MY EYE IS DOING SO WELL I THINK I'LL JUST TAKE A MISS ON THE DAY. I HAVE PLENTY TO KEEP ME OCCUPIED! NOTHING NEW. LATELY THE ACCTS ARE LEAVING EARLIER THAN PLANNED FOR. THAT'S OK WITH ME. :dance: I NEED SOME BREAKFAST.
HAPPY MONDAY AND HOPE EVERYONE'S WEEK IS A GREAT ONE :moped:

CARLA~THE POSTAGE IS WHY I AM NOT SENDING ANYTHING OUT AT ALL THIS YEAR, INCLUDING CARDS. TAKING A BREAK FROM THE HOLIDAY EXPENSES AND USING E-CARDS AND PM'S :rofl: HOPE YOU GALS IN THE NORTH DON'T GET SNOWED IN!! GOOD THING YOU MENTIONED THE LAPTOP SCREEN!!! WTF WAS I THINKING?????I COULD NEVER SEE ANYTHING
THEN!!!:lol3: :lol3: :lol3: SOMETIMES I WONDER WHERE MY HEAD IS!!!!:dizzy: :FAINT:

RUTH~ I'D BE PISSING IN THE DRIFT TOO! :rofl: :rofl:
GOOD FOR HERSHEY!!!

RENNIE...YOUR AVATAR LOOKS LIKE IT IS DRIVING HIS SLEIGH UP TO RUTH'S AVATAR!!! :hohoho:

:wave: TO WHOEVER IS ON PAGE 10!!!!

MELODY525
12-17-2007, 09:26 AM
OH I FORGOT WHEN YOU POST IT WOULD BRING ME HERE! :dance: FINALLY GOT TO PAGE 10!!!:cheer:

SHAD~ NO I HAVE NOT DROWNDED NOR BLOWN AWAY. BUT I CAN SAY THAT THE MALL DRIVER IS RELIEVED I AM STAYING HOME....HE HAD THE LIFT LOPENED AND WITH THE WIND WAS WONDERING WHAT SIDE OF THE BUILDING HE SHOULD LOAD ME On!! :rofl: GLAD YOU GOT THE WEEKEND OFF AND GOT TO DO SHADDIE STUFF!! :hug:

:wave: MADCAT!! WELCOME BACK TO THE LAND OF THE LIVING!! GLAD THAT PROJECT IS OFF THE GROUND!! SHAD'S SHOULD BE RIGHT BEHIND YOURS!! :lol3: HOPE YOU CAN DIG YOURSELF OUT OF THE SNOW!! HAVE YO0U USED THE NEW CAR MUCH?? IT'S PROBABLY STILL BRAND NEW!!! :scooter: YES THERE IS HOPE FOR THE KIDS GROWING UP AT LAST!! ONLY TOOK THEM 39 YEARS!!

RUTH~ YOU HAVE BEEN A BUSY LITTLE ELF!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! THE VISUAL OF HERSHEY IS TOO FUNNY!! ALL SHE NEEDS IS THAT KEG OF BRANDY AROUND HER NECK!!!

WHEN I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH 3FC, AOL SHUTS DOWN. NOT SURE WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON BUT IT'S BEEN OVER A YEAR NOW THAT IT'S DOING IT. :dizzy:

happy2bme
12-17-2007, 09:56 AM
Good morning ladies,

Madcat - love the holiday avatar! I see you peeking in now :wave: Glad the horrid project is over with or at least calmed down enough so that you can tend to some other things in life. This kicks off busy week for everyone.

There were rumours that we'd have snow this weekend which was freaking out FedEx. Their headquarters are here and after midnight they get to take over the airspace here from 12 to 6am I believe shipping all those packages that "absolutely, positively gotta be there on time". Today is the busiest shipping day of the year for them I heard on the radio. Don't need no blinking ice and snow to screw things up. They were saying that any employees that ever worked in the shipping part of the business and are now in desk jobs this week go back to their roots to help out. All hands on deck! :present: Reminds me of the old days back when I was working at the Financial Exchange and they made is go down on the trading floor and "help out" when we were doing record breaking trading volume :yikes:

No snow but it is cold with a good frost out there.

Mel - sorry you couldn't go shopping today. I imagine this time of year the ladies get all gussied up to go out. Shades of Arpege, Emeraude and Evening In Paris. Ick. :rofl: One good thing about e-cards - you know they will get there on time! Better to stay out of the wind and ice anyway. It's crazy out there.

Guess you won't be going anywhere Ruth. Wow - 2 feet of snow in one bout. You and Holly stay nice and snuggly. I'd like to see that snow - inside, sitting next to the fireplace but then I'd do a genie blink out of there! I'm glad you Canadians are a hearty lot!

Speaking of which - hello Carla. :wave: Yes, shipping rates are crazy. I guess that's the business to be in now. Enjoy your snow - at least it gave you a chance to get caught up. No taking the polar plunge in the lake tho - yah hear? :lol:

Rennie - have you done any work at your children's schools' over the years? From what I understand, employers are considering the volunteer work that many parents do as work experience of it's own right. Both here and in Illinois, unless you wanted to be head librarian - the policy and decision making positions were the only ones that they wanted degrees in. The people who worked the reference and book check desks as well as filing the books back seemed like regular kinds of jobs available to the public. That's too bad. I'll bet kids today don't know how the Dewy Decimal System works :lol: As for the decluttering skills - I think many people have turned that into home based businesses. In fact I think at one point Holly was doing that.

Shad - glad you enjoyed the concert - you sound perkier already :D Have fun at the party tomorrow. It's about time there was some laughter. Play some Commodores music - didn't they do "Brick House" - :rofl:

Well it's a short week for this chick - albeit a busy one. Got the rest of the Christmas shopping done in one long Power shopping day. I was really tired by the time I got home. Don't know what's going on but lately I've been having intestinal issues. Maybe it's all that calcium I'm chomping down - :lol: But I was afraid to eat before I went out so I didn't have anything but coffee for a full 24 hours. And I wasn't really all that hungry when I got home. So for once I was under my calories/points for the day :D

Better get rolling along. Happy Monday.

Shad
12-17-2007, 06:29 PM
Morning all, and morning Happy - little egg light a shining away there.

Yep he sang Brick House, along with Easy like a Sunday, Just you, just me, Endless love, All night long. All the things we used to belt out when we were young. Good fun that.

Well no one can say that things don't happen on this project. I have things to do, I don't have things to do, I have a million things to do all before Friday. Then they want to extend the contract - for how long? can't say, big secret. Then sorry, no chance! Now I have to pull all the courses apart and put them back together again in a different order doing more things or less things or maybe other things. Who am I to discourage the witless. I did have a bit of a win though in that the idiot who thought up the scheme didn't take into account a whole raft of things which must be done. Hello - how can you teach someone to accept or reject requisition for spending if first you don't teach him how to use the Portal???? Shucks man.

Carla - come on down and visit. We can go to caves and mountain tops - not that Aust can boast many mountains - and the added bonus is no snow!!!!! I wasn't aware that spell check worked!! I'll have to go look for that one. Aaah I see, one has to download it from iespell!!!:dizzy:;) Go get those snow tyres on woman!!!

Madcat - that goes for you too. Snow tyres all around please. We need our chicks mobile and ready for anything that the season can bring - well apart from swimming in Carla's lake!!! at this time of the year. Your project and mine sound like on a par - there is talk now of not moving the Projects and Finance module to the new system. Crazy lot.

Mel - stay indoors, stay warm and stay away from us crazy perfume wearers. Why do the old dears have to bath in the stuff anyway???? I think I need coffee. AOL - 3fc problems again??? Can't think of what causes that, although its fairly obvious there is a conflict in the background somewhere. Hope Jen is feeling better about the teeth.

Ruth - the vision of Hershey ploughing through the snow is just too funny. Wish we had a photo. Glad to hear that you have put up all the decorations and are all settled in for a warm Christmas. Is the family coming over or are you going to them???

Morning Rennie and Holly et al. I'd better go see what I can do to hack off the natives today.
Tonight is my Candlelit supper (without the candles - and without the supper come to that - it's all finger food and mostly vegetarian). We are having some pita bread pizza, smoked salmon toasts, cheese board, dried fruit and nuts, antipasto, dips and biscuits, fresh fruit with chocolate, raspberry and mango dips and some Christmas fruit mince pies. Think that should do them, along with wine, apple juice and prune juice (that'll keep them moving) I have a mix coming along - Chinese, South African Indian (Muslim), Kiwis, a couple of Aussies and a Pom. Should keep me busy for a while.

See you all later

ceejay52
12-17-2007, 07:01 PM
Happy
A tidbit about calcium. If you are taking 1200 mg take 600 per dose and take it with 400 mg vitamin d.

Things have turned out to be a busy day. A truck to unload this morning at lunch time then the person who came to work on the interstate elevated tank chart recorder showed up. I did not know about either one.

:wave: to all the rest have a good day.

Shy Moment
12-17-2007, 09:38 PM
cee
You are right. Always make sure you take other things with the calcium something else besides vit D. Will ask hubby somehow he knows all about this stuff.

Shad
You are always so busy. You make sure you take a moment to close your eyes and think of all of us with you. We think about you more than you know.

Happy
It has been great over the years working at the library with the kids. Yup, they know the dewy system. My daughter is a library helper, has been since 5th grade. She loves it. We live in a very small town. Who you know not what you know.

Melody
My avatar likes Ruth's avatar lol. We went shopping and then out for something to eat. Had to leave both places the perfumes and such caused me to have a breathing attack. Wish people would use the stuff to enhance not drown their body's natural scent.

We finaly got a few inches of snow. I shoveled and then shoveled and then shoveled. I swear the stuff came down as fast as I could get it up lol. Now there is about 4 inches left on the ground and that is it. Going to be in the upper 30's for the next few days. Most of it will be gone.

MELODY525
12-18-2007, 09:20 AM
CALCIUM: IN ORDER FOR THE BODY TO RETAIN THE CALCIUM IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WITH MAGNESIUM. THE VITAMIN D IS OPTIONAL BUT GOOD FOR WOMEN WITH OSTEOPOROSIS. MOST DR'S RECOMMEND THE 3 IN ONE PILL AND THE CALCIUM AT 600. GNC SELLS THE STUFF I WAS TOLD TO TAKE.

HAPPY~ 24 HRS AND ONLY COFFEE!!! :faint: WE'RE YOU DOING THE JITTERBUG IN THE STORES WHILE SHOPPING? :cb: THE FED ES STORY MADE ME LAUGH. OUR FED EX MAN IS FED UP!! HE IS ONE OF THE CRANKIEST PEOPLE I KNOW. MUST BE JOB BURN OUT :rofl: ON THE OTHER HAND...OUR UPS MAN IS A SWEETHEART. I CALL HIM SANTA CAUSE HE BRINGS ME PRESENTS ALL YEAR LONG! NOW WHEN I SAY WHO IS IT...HE SAYS SANTA!! :lol3: WISHING YOU A GOOD JOURNEY AND A NICE "SHORT" WEEK!!

SHAD~ IS THIS NTHE NEVER ENDING PROJECT??? HOW WOULD THEY EXPECT TO GET THIS DONE IF THEY KEEP CHANGING IT :faint: THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THIS JOB IS THE FRIENDS YOU HAVE AND THERE AREN'T ANY CROCS!!! :rofl: HOPE YOU CAN ALL AGREE ON SOMETHING!! JEN SAYS HELLO!

CEEJAY~ HOPE THIS DAY DOESN'T BRING ANY SURPRISES UNLESS IT IS A VISIT BY SANTA :hohoho:

RENNIE~ MY SHOVELING FRIEND! LOL HOPE YOU GET A BREAK WITH THE SNOW TODAY.

I CAN'T STOP YAWNING TODAY. MUST BE SINUSES. THE SUN IS BRIGHT AND IT LOOKS LOVELY TO SEE AFTER SO MANY DAYS OF "PARTLY CLOUDY". JEN WENT TO ANOTHER DENTIST AND HE SAID NOT TO PULL THE TOOTH. HE ALSO DOESN'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TILL SHE RETURNS. SAID SHE WOULD BE IN TOO MUCH PAIN IF HE DID. SO SHE IS GOING WITH THIS GUY. GOING TO GET A CROWN AND ROOT CANAL IN JANUARY. HE GAVE HER SOME MEDS FOR JUST IN CASE. THEY ARE LEAVING SOMETIME THURSDAY. OUR OFFICE PARTY IS FRIDAY AND I AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE USED AS AN ANTI-POLITICS AFFAIR. I CAN JUST HEAR THE "RING LEADERS" NOW. BLAH BLAH BLAH!
I BETTER GET THIS DAY ROLLING ALONG
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-18-2007, 09:35 AM
Good morning ladies,

A sleepy one for me. Went to bed at 1:30 - working late again trying to at least catch up with the work before I start my vacation on Thursday. Up early today so it's a foggy morning. Mr. Feral cat is sleeping on the cat bed outside the door on the porch so I can't get into the garage to get more coffee creamer. I shared what was left in the bottle with DH - one cup each :yawn: Shower will have to wake me up.

Re: the calcium. My endo doc ordered me to take Vitamin D way back into last year. Regular doc has me on 500mg of calcium 3 times a day. Apparently your body can only absorb 500 mg at a time. My pills are 600mg so I guess I waste a bit but hey, they were big bottles at a really GOOD sale price :lol: I also take magnesium now too. But thank you for the tips chicks.

Mel - Funny that the UPS guy is cheery and the FedEx guy is not. I knew 2 people who worked at UPS and both were stressed to the max and eventually quit. They drive them hard and burn them out - maybe that's why their company color is "brown" :lol:. Of course the FexEx guys run faster than the sprinters. My sister said her FedEx guy is a hoot. She thinks it's a game for him to run up the driveway, drop the package, ring the bell and be driving away in his truck before she gets to the door! Looks like a strenuous job.
Not for the step-n-fetch-it sorts. :D Hope you can at least enjoy your party a little bit. Just put your finger to your lips and tell them - none of that here - when they start the soapbox. Do the Rodney King - "why can't we all just get along" speech. :)

Rennie - sounds like you got the best kind of snow. Easily over and done with :lol:

Ceejay - are you done with the Christmas shopping? Will you be travelling? Probably not - I thought you said you had to work over Christmas. :(

Shad - hope the no so candlelit supper came off well. Sounds like a bunch of tasty bits to enjoy. Lite on the menu which is good this time of year. Also sounds like your project is run by a real push-me/pull-you :lol: So are you extending or not? Would seem a blessing to say not :lol:

Coffee has kicked in - time to run and get the day over with. Having dinner with some friends tonight. That will be nice.

Ruthxxx
12-18-2007, 09:47 AM
http://www.elfmovie.com/swf/snowball_fight/index.html
This is pretty cute for the kidlets!

My boss is so mean! Ruthless is nagging me this morning to get off my butt and out to the gym. First I need to shovel the ridge that the kindly township plough left at the end of the lane! I need to get some evil goodie-making groceries in the next town so that's an incentive to get outta here.

I just took a realistic look at my calendar and realized I have company from the 23rd right through to the first weekend in January! That'll keep me busy changing the guest room bed. I wonder if they have sleeping bags - seems ungracious somehow. I love it but it's going to be hectic. "Poor Ruthie, all alone for Christmas with Harry in the nursing home. We must work in a visit." At the moment Christmas Night and Boxing Day night are available if you want to book in. :lol: I do NOT take American Express.

Today will be an "at home" day aside from the gym trip. I have decorating still, holiday pre-cooking and some wrapping to finish. Remind me to start earlier next year.

Find a little time today to enjoy the season, OK? I have my bling tree lit and a pine candle burning.

Shy Moment
12-18-2007, 01:40 PM
Ruth
Don't you love when you take hours to do the drive and the darn plow fills in it for you lol.

Happy
Magnesium, that is what it was the doc told me to make sure I take with the calcium lol. Our ups guy is always cheery, the fed ex guy is never cheery no matter the time of the years.

Melody
No extra snow. All off the drive and the roads. We won't get anymore for awhile.

See, see, see. You all laugh at poor Rennie when she says she shops and wraps all year long. When she says she is done by Oct 4th except for the extra stuff she decides to get. Oh ya, laugh at Rennie who is busy all year long. HA who is laughing now. You are all so busssssy while Rennie is sitting and enjoying the snow out the window with nothing to do heheheheh. While I am the ant you all are the grasshopper lol. I know lots of grasshoppers. We are going to some friends house for the weekend to play cards. I will spend a great deal of it helping her get her baking done because she always waits till the last min lol. I will hear how she is going to be more like me next year and get stuff done early. I have heard this for at least 10 years lol. Will be fun. I haven't seen these people since April at our anniversary party. I have not said one word about losing, so far, 36lbs :)

Shad
12-18-2007, 06:13 PM
Morning all,
Well last nights soiree went off okay - we all had a grouch and a bellyful of laughs at various people. And we killed off a few reputations no doubt. It's all fun. There wasn't too much food so I don't have much left over. I brought the worst of it in here so the elves can munch on it today. All the sweet type things that I don't eat. Just remind me to take the plate home tonight will ya!

Rennie - we all laugh because we are secretly jealous of the organisation bit. Mind you - we all rumble around about no time and last minute dashes to the store but for some of us it wouldn't be Christmas without the fuss and the drama and the stress. I bet your friends will be surprised about the weight loss. It's really a great loss.

Ruth - I've had a snowball fight this morning and hit Santa everytime. Then I found out you were supposed to hit the others first. First Shad, read the directions!!! Christmas Night and Boxing day available hey??!!!! Wonder how long it would take me to get there???? I've almost promised myself a white Christmas in the next couple of years! Watch out. Now get out there and go to the gym!!!! How much do you want to lose by Jan 24????

Happy - let me get one thing straight - this project is not run at all. It is dragged along, unloved, unthought out and unmanaged. I'm debating whether to do a diploma in Project Management and set up a company of managers, trainers, admin people and comms people who are all project oriented and not hangers about pretending to know what is going on but in fact just don't want to work much less know what is going on. Usually I find the business people are really good and get involved, but not here. Many of them are on ego trips because they are on a SAP project. I think I have said it before, this place is like a stiff jelly. Punch it about and it wobbles but settles back to be where it was before - ie no change. I have said no to the extension. I'd quite frankly rather be out of work.

Mel - It will be over when it is over. Keep the 27th January in the head. Count down the days with me. I'm going to enjoy my time off next week, although I suspect I may have to come in for at least one of them. However, I will work hard and long for the next couple of days and see if I can't break the back of it. One course I know won't be finished by Friday. I can get most of the others done I think.

And with that, I had better see if I can get on with it. I'd better go downstairs and see what my little Chinese friend is doing. She was completely stressed and out of it last night when she rang to say that she couldn't come to my do because she had just finished her day and she was in no state to meet and greet people.

Back later.

ceejay52
12-18-2007, 07:17 PM
Stopping in to say hello.:wave:

Nothing new.

Shad
12-18-2007, 11:59 PM
You are all asleep so I will just tiptoe in and leave this message. I think we all get the picture

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Somanymen.gif

Shy Moment
12-19-2007, 12:03 AM
Shad
You are so very right lol
I go out christmas eve and do some shopping. I love the crowds and the snow and the music. I think it is great. No hurry, just enjoy myself.

MELODY525
12-19-2007, 09:12 AM
:cheer: LET SHAD'S COUNTDOWN BEGIN!!!:cheer:
WE WILL ALL BE WAITING WITH BAITED BREATH TO HEAR WHERE YOU ARE GOING NEXT! :rofl: I STILL THINK YOU SHOULD OPEN A=YOUR OWN DEMOLITION/CONSTRUCTION/RENNO COMPANY!!
AND BY THE WAY...I GET THE PICTURE! :lol3: :lol3:

RENNIE~ DON'T BE SILLY...NO ONE HAS THE TIME TO EVEN THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING MUCH LESS SPEND TIME LAUGHING :rofl:

CEEJAY~ NOTHING NEW HERE EITHER!! GUESS I NEED A MORE EXCITING LIFESTYLE! :rofl:

TODAY JEN AND I ARE SPENDING TIME TOGETHER. TOMORROW THEY LEAVE AFTER LUNCH. LOOKS LIKE GOOD WEATHER FOR THE TRIP DOWN. TOMORROW I GET MY PICTURE TAKEN AS THE TOKEN HANDICAP FOR THE TOWN HALL'S RENNO COMPLETE WITH ELEVATOR ACCESS FINALLY! :faint: THEN FRIDAY IS THE PARTY LIKE I SAID.
NICE ENDING TO THE WEEK. 3 NEW PEOPLE HAVE MOVED IN OVER THE WEEKEND. AND A BUSY WEEKEND IT WAS. IT'S TOUGH TO BE UPROOTED JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I CONSOLED THEM AND SID THEIR NEW APARTMENT WAS THEIR BIG GIFT THIS YEAR. :gift: IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH I MOVED IN HERE MYSELF. TIME SURE HAS FLOWN. JEN HAD JUST GRADUATED. ENOUGH WITH THE MEMORIES. I WILL NEVER GET ANYTHING DONE SITTING HERE!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:
:wave: TO MISS HAPPY...IS THAT YOU I HEAR SNEAKING IN???:cofdate:

diyana
12-19-2007, 02:52 PM
I'm returning to 3FC after a several year hiatus, during which I managed to get to my highest weight ever. A couple years ago, I injured my back, which has limited my ability to exercise (even walking is sometimes painful). But I'm getting another shot in the injured area after Christmas, which should help.

I need to, and want to, get fit because it will be less strain on my back, improve my asthma and I'll be able to do more fun stuff.

I just got a new position within the same company I've worked for the past year. And with the new position, I'll be working a 40 to 45 hour week, as opposed to the 65 to 70 hours per week that I've been working for the last year. More time to take care of ME! Yay!!

happy2bme
12-19-2007, 03:02 PM
:welcome: diyana - you are most welcome to join us!

Sorry I didn't get to post this morning peeps - the Internet connection is not working at home and I don't like to post at work. Hopefully it will be fixed when I get home.

ceejay52
12-19-2007, 05:15 PM
Welcome-diyanna

Shad
12-19-2007, 06:37 PM
Morning all,

:welcome: Diyanna. You don't have to be demented to live in this house but it sure helps. Hope the reduction in hours helps that back along somewhat.

Got this great Aussie/Kiwi joke this morning:
Two Aussies are sitting down for a break in their about-to-be-opened new
store As yet, the store isn't ready although the shelving is all in place.

One says to the other, "I bet any minute now some bloody tourist is
going to walk by, put his face to the window and ask what we're selling."

No sooner are the words out of his mouth when, sure enough, a curious
bloke walks to the window, has a peek, and in a Kiwi accent asks,
"What yer sellin' here?"

One of the men replies, "We're selling *******s here mate."

Without missing a beat, the Kiwi says, "Geez, you must have had a
bloody good day, you've only got two left!"

Enjoy the daily giggle.

Not too much going on here either. Just work, work and more work and it is only 6 days to Christmas - I'm counting today because it is still early in the morning and I have the rest of the day to get through yet. Life is grand in the State of Western Australia - well it would be if I got out of here. I have yet another pile of work to get through and I seem to have aquired another deadbeat team member. Yesterday I think he has decided I am not a nice person because I gave him back a whole raft of paperwork and said that it just wasn't good enough for any person to train with. He is an injured person!!! Join the Hate Joy ranks. I don't care. I just want the job done. Another person from Accenture. That company is high on my hit list.

Mel - wish Jen and Rich a very happy Christmas and a very enjoyable cruise. I suspect they have earned every minute of it.
Are you getting your photo in the paper as the 'disabled of the month??' Or is it the elevator that is having its photo taken and you have to be there to hold the doors apart??
There are a few places I wouldn't mind demolishing - but I am getting old! I don't know if I could hack the pace these days - although all those dynamite sticks and plastic explosive hold a certain charm :dizzy:

Happy - that connection sucks. What's the DH going to do today???? I was thinking about you last night when we were discussing BW and info cubes! Slice and dice the information - why isn't Happy here when I need her?? I'm trying my best to gently :rollpin: instil some information into a developers brain that it is actually good if all aspects of the portal look and feel the same way and that no, BW doesn't have to go out there all on it's own. It's part of the reporting process and belongs down here in the body of the portal home page. Do not bury it!!!!! :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin:


Morning Ceejay. Hope life gets more exciting for you soon.

Okay - I am outa here to see if I can stir things up some more. Now who is first on my list of folk to hack off?

Shy Moment
12-19-2007, 07:16 PM
Shad
Oh my gosh, that is to funny.

Diyana
If you can stand to be around us. You are as demented as we are and you belong here lol. WELCOME.

Melody
Oh thanks, now I know how it is. I am not even worth taking the time to think about. Jeez, don't I just feel the love lol.

OK, hubby wants to know how you all can stand to be around me a couple of days before weigh in. Today ( weigh in day ), he said something like, see you lost 2lbs again, just like you do every weigh in. Why are you always doom and gloom for 2 days until you do your darn weigh in. You drive me nuts those two days. I am going to gain back 50lbs because I didn't do this or didn't do that or I ate this or that. You drive me crazy those two days. I said fine I won't say a word to you. He ( lololhehehehehahahaha ) got that hurt puppy look on his face and said, no no I didn't mean that lol. Then he started to complain about how you all know I lose weight before he does. You all knew what I weighed before he did lol. He only knew I lost the weight before you did today because he was at the docs office with me today lol.

I couldn't believe it, I thought this weigh in I was going to see no loss at all if not a bit of a gain. I hurt this darn hip, I can't exercise right. I have been eating at the high limits of what I allow myself. I was tickled to death to have lost weight at all, also lets me know I can eat a lot more than what I thought I could and still lose.

Shad
12-19-2007, 08:51 PM
Another two pounds - hallelujah Rennie. That's just great!!!

Shy Moment
12-19-2007, 09:10 PM
Shad
It really was an eye opener for me. I can eat more than I thought I could. That is a great thing. I love fruit and was a bit worried because I have been eat 3 or 4 servings of fruit a day. Lots of carbs. :) now I can enjoy my fruit and not worry about it.

happy2bme
12-20-2007, 01:11 AM
Cute joke Shad. Got a good, VERY MUCH NEEDED laugh out of that. Thanks for sharing.

I have put my BW days behind me. Don't know nuttin' 'bout it. :no: No sirreee Bob. :snooty: Had the longest apprenticeship in company history and never really got to use it. I'm sure there are some who would capitalize that into a lucrative consulting job but it's not my way. Just like Help Desk, Business Analyst, Stuper-visor, Director, Systems Programmer, Web Programmer, EDI Mapper, Computer Operator yadda yadda yadda - that is over and done with. In the past probably never to be utilized again and easily forgotten :D

Lordy I am tired. Just bone tired. I pushed hard this week to get all my work done - well at least to a reasonable stopping point so that I didn't have to go back to the anvil hanging over my head. I am most grateful that unlike other vacations, I am not sitting up until 3:30 or 7am the day before vacation pulling an all nighter trying to get everything done that everyone wants. I did work tonight when I got home - up until about 10pm when Lotus Notes suddenly decided that I was not authorized to look at my own email account anymore. I took this as a sign from God that it was time to shut off the laptop and go tackle the personal list of 7,000 to-do's that awaits me tomorrow.

So I probably won't be on tomorrow other than to lurk for a minute with morning coffee.

Congrats on more weight loss Rennie. Please don't ever use the phrase "the pounds just melted off" around me or I'm afraid I won't be able to speak to you again :rofl: I'm sure you have earned your losses thusfar. Good on yah as Shad would say :yay:

Mel, thank you for the cute e-card. It just so happened that I really DID have red suede shoes on that day. No tinkerbell at the curved tips but red nonetheless. Shows how well you know me :D

Shad - you have quite the little league of nations on the work team there. I appreciate your efforts to push the little lazy buggers to do more to earn their paycheck. Keep up the good work and set that bar high! DH said the internet connection came back as mysteriously as it died. The new cable company said the old cable company did not take care of their equipment so now they have problems. I wonder if the phone reps have a magic 8 ball and they turn it upside down for the "outtage reason of the day". Some of them seem to be recycled more than once.

Hi Ceejay. :wave:

Please keep the snow and cold winds up north Ruth, Carla and Madcat. At least keep them up north for the next week. Our drive should be dry going up. They are predicting a bit of snow for the weekend - a light dust, nothing major like the 10 inches they got last week. And it should be cool, but dry coming home. :crossed:

I wish each and every one of you ladies a warm, happy memorable Christmas. May Santa be good to you and make your wishes come true.

I'll be back after Christmas but before New Year's. Hopefully rested up and gettin' my mojo back again.

Merry Christmas ladies :wreath: :clause: :xcheer:

Ruthxxx
12-20-2007, 06:59 AM
Things are accelerating around here as I gear up for company. My son, DIL and grand daughter are coming a day early now! I sat and made a list last night that was way too long so had better get my a$$ in gear and start doing things.
Don't worry if I'm not around much in here.

Madcat
12-20-2007, 01:43 PM
Just a quick stop in to wish those who are wandering off (physically or metaphorically) to have an excellent holiday. Be safe and hug those you love! May it be relaxing and may all your wishes come true.:clause:

I'll return later!

Shy Moment
12-20-2007, 04:18 PM
Been a busy day cracking the whip to make the kids get chores done. No school no work CHORE DAY :) I love it. Makes them see what it is going to be like when they are " adults " and out on their own. Not all fun and games like they think. Back later, making sure everything is done and passes inspection. They hate my white glove lol.

ceejay52
12-20-2007, 05:14 PM
Reenie
:woohoo: two more pounds gone. I'd be shouting from the roof tops.

By the way I did lose one pound this week.

I'm still not in the Christmas spirit. Maybe I will be this week end. I'm going to my uncles and maybe to the lights of the Delta.

Wishing each of you the best for the holiday's.

Happy
Have a safe trip.

Shy Moment
12-20-2007, 05:35 PM
Cee
Nice going on the lb. Each and every lb makes us have one less lb to lose lol. That is how I look at it or I would go crazy the loss is so slow. It is now time to get in the christmas mood I SAID SO. Sit down, relax, think about your favorite christmas. Bet it puts a smile on your face and maybe even a tear in your eye.

Shad
12-20-2007, 06:49 PM
Morning all,
Heard on this mornings news that there has been a big earthquake in New Zealand. I tried to call my sister but couldn't get through. Presumably every man and his Kiwi are trying to call the country. Earthquake happened off the coast of Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island. My Sister is in Wellington about 700Km away at the south end of the Island. It's not likely that she will be harmed and there have been no reports of death only injuries and they will be local in Gisborne. From first pictures there is a lot of damage. I will keep trying to reach her through the day. And I will get in touch with the 2 DB's so we all know what is going on. Well hopefully anyway. Always something at Christmas.

While I think of it - I won't be around a lot over the next week. I will have to come in at least one day but I'm not making a habit of it. Family comes first at this time. The 1st of the boys will be here tomorrow and the other on Monday. I'm really looking forward to it.

Better go and sort out the natives. I'll be back to comment. I just made contact will NZ and although Wellington has been shaken about somewhat, there is no damage and no injuries. Yeehaa.

Shy Moment
12-20-2007, 07:07 PM
Shad
Hope everyone is well. You have fun with your family. You have little enough time to yourself to do what you want to do.

Shad
12-20-2007, 08:02 PM
For all those travelling today or tomorrow, please please take care and come home safe for our new year challenge with ourselves.

Have a safe and merry Christmas, embrace the family, love thy neighbour even it is a moose, and think about what you are eating.

I'll be back later I think. I'm about to commit a murder here. They might come and take me away ha ha :rofl:

MELODY525
12-20-2007, 08:54 PM
:welcome: DIYANNA!! SO GLAD TO SEE ANOTHER NEW FACE HERE!! HOPE YOU ARE AS DEMENTED AS THE REST OF US!!! :rofl: HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND WELCOME BACK TO 3FC!!! CHEERING YOU ON TO YOUR GOAL :cheer:

I DON'T THINK I CAN GET TOO PERSONAL HERE TONITE. BEEN A TERRIBLY LONG DAY AND HAVE BEEN GOING SINCE 7 THIS MORNING. THE ACCOUNTANTS JUST LEFT A BIT AGO AND I NEED TO EAT SOMETHING. THE PHOTO THING WENT WELL BUT WAS ALMOST 2 HOURS BUT I HAD A BALL SURROUNDED BY MEN THAT PRETENDED TO ADORE ME! :lol3: THEY WERE COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK AND COPS TOO!! :dance: GOTTA LOVE THOSE BOYS IN BLUE!!! THEN LUNCHEON AND THEN HOME TO MORE WORK. AND I GOT OUT(WITH HELP MOF COURSE) 100 MPOINSETTIAS DELIVERED AND ANOTHER 118 TAGGED AND BAGGED FOR THE OTHER PROPERTIES. THANK GOD FOR DEE. SHE WAS A HUGE HELP AND DID TONS OF WORK WHILE I YELLED A LOT! :rollpin: I EVEN DID THE FOOD SHOPPING FOR MY HOLIDAY SPREE AND JIMMY WAS KIND ENOUGH TO PUT THE GROCERIES AWAY!! :lol3: I WOULD NEVER HAVE MADE IT THRU THE DAY WITHOUT THEM. SIGH BUT I AM BEAT AND TOMORROW IS A LONG DAY. PARTY AND ACCOUNTANTS. SO I AM OFF TO BED.

RENNIE CONGRATS ON THE LOSS & GLAD YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE :rofl:

CEEJAY HOPE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT BITES YOU IN THE BUTT SOON!! AND CONGRATS ON YOUR POUND GONE ALSO!! I THINK I FOUND BOTH YOURS AND RENNIES!!!

SHAD THANK GOD YOU HAVEN'T KILLED ANYONE YET....I JUST LISTENED TO THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND THERE WAS NO MENTION OF YOUR LAST NAME!!

HAPPY WE CAN WEAR OUR RED SUEDE SHOES AS WE SIT BY THE POOL :beach: HAVE YOUR EARS HEALED YET?? :lol3:

MADCAT I AM SENDING GOOD VIBES AND WISHES RIGHT BACK!

:wave: SAYING HELLO TO THE REST!! WILL BE BACK LATE TOMORROW OR SATURDAY MORNING. JEN IS LEAVING TOMORROW NITE UNLESS THE PLANS CHANGE FOR THE 100TH TIME. SHE SAYS MERRY CHRISTMAS BACK TO YOU ALSO SHAD. RICHIE TOO. THEY DO DESERVE A MEDAL AND THIS CRUISE!!! OK I AM OUT OF HERE!!! :moped:

ceejay52
12-20-2007, 10:19 PM
Shad
hope all is well with your sister. What a tragedy to happen! I also heard that Alaska had a 7.0 earthquake. I just hope the new madrid fault line that we are sitting on does not decide to act up. It's always in the bak of my mind.

Reenie
Just because of you I opened the gift that my neice sent to me. She always has awesome stuff. This year two movie theater pop corn tins and some movie theater pop corn, candy canes, cookie cutters with special cookie mix, a J.C. Penny gift card and a picture of her daughter. Her daughter who is three made me a card. Made my day, Thank you. She said they would call me Christmas day. They live in California. I may just go out there in 2008.

1day@atime
12-20-2007, 10:28 PM
Hello Ladies,

I'm so stressed :stress: :stress: Work has been so hetic these past two weeks. I've actually gained 4 lbs... yes, 4lbs. I have eaten out every day and fast food every night.....UGH...

Shad - I'm keeping your sister's family in my prayers. Hope their ok.

Shy - what diet or food program are you on? Your doing great in your weight loss.

Cee - Way to go on you 1 lb loss.

Hello to everyone else..

Shad
12-20-2007, 11:50 PM
All' well on on the Wellington front. Shaken but not stirred is how they put it. We in NZ are well used to earthquakes and they tend to cause a lot of damage but we rarely lose a lot of people to the disaster. Homes have to be built to earthquake standards. Of course if the 'quake is of really major proportions that doesn't always count.

Mel - how many times do we have to warn about overdoing it???? Naughty girl. But then again, Ruths motto is to burn out and not rust out - maybe you are taking a leaf from her book. It is good to feel needed though.

Rennie - good thought to take it easy, close your eyes and think of Christmas' past. Go back to the good times.

Hiya Patty - sorry about the 4lbs and just when you were doing so well. Oh well things happen. It'll come off again after the holidays.

Happy is probably getting ready to blast off for Chicago. Happy Christmas friend. Have a wonderful family time. My best wishes for the family gathering and to each and every one of them.

Ceejay - what a big present. It will be fun getting through all of that.

And that's about it from me for the time being. I'll try to get in over the holidays but may not make it as we will be moving about from place to place. Have a good one and hug that family.

Shy Moment
12-21-2007, 01:40 AM
1day@

Thank you. Hope this helps you understand what I am doing. Nothing real special.

I am on the " Rennie " plan lol. I have a certain amount of calories, fat, carbs and sodium I allow myself. 1200 to 1400 calories, 30 to 35 grams of fat, 180 to 210 grams of carbs, 2300 to 3300 sodium. A very loose set of amounts. I never thought I would count calories but fit day makes it so easy. Is a real nice tool to help me keep on track of what I allow myself.

The doc and dietitian/nutritionist said I was doing great. This is about what they would have allowed me. They did say they NEVER wanted me to take in less than 1200 calories, they want my fat at about 25% lol. I have found if I go under about 22% fat, my hair starts to come out more when I wash it and doesn't seem in as good of shape. My skin also seems very very dry. Good thing they are happy with how I am eating since it was a few months before I asked lol. I worried about my sodium but they said those amounts are just fine since I don't retain water and have no sodium health related problems. Heart ***. says 2400, Lung ***. says 3300.

When I first started this journey to a thinner more healthy person I ate lots of lean cuisines and just worried about my fat intake. Over the last 7 months I have fine tuned what I am doing. If I eat something very high in fat or carbs today I will lower the amount I let myself have a bit each day for a week to make up for the high amounts I had today. It all averages out. I try not to go to far over anything. 95% of the time I am right in my 1200 calorie, 30 grams fat and 180 grams carbs amounts.

I don't do without a thing. I watch portion sizes. If I want, for example, a can of mountain dew today; I know I can't have another kind of snack also. I make sure I get at least a can a week. I now drink the caffeine free kind. I drink the bottle Lipton sweetened tea. It has been a great tool to get off the pop. I take the bottle split it between 3 bottles and then add my own caffeine free Lipton tea to the bottles. Lowers the carbs to about 11 each. I figure by spring I will be drinking tea again with no sugar and no caffeine. This is how I went from 6 cans of pop a day to 1 or 2 a week. I had to lower the caffeine slowly, I was getting terrible headaches. Would have thought just doing this would have dropped a ton of weight off me but it didn't lol.

I try to make sure I get the required amounts of the four basic food groups in. From time to time I don't get all of them in but not to often. There are times I am under 1200, there are times I am over 1400. My % of fats and carbs seem to always be between 22 to 24% fat and 50 to 60% carbs the rest is protein. I eat at least 2 fruits a day, I have at least 1 salad a day. I eat things I like, I don't eat diet foods. I have to say weight watchers has great snack foods. Their fudge bars are to die for and so are their sherbet bars. Skinny cow has great ice cream sandwiches. Both brands are low in fat, pretty good on carbs and taste great.

I eat lean cuisines for lunch or dinner when I am not very hungry or the family is having something I just don't want like kielbasa. I try to only do this a couple of times a week. Better to stick with real food. I have found I love tuna in water and I eat a lot of it. Chicken breast ( Be careful not all chicken breasts are created the same. Some chicken breasts can be 1 gram of fat for 4oz, some can be 6 grams of fat for the same amount of oz ) are something I have a lot of, you can add them to just about anything.

I do walking/aerobic videos every night. They are only 15 to 30 min long, 1 or 2 mile videos. Everyone has that amount of time to give them selfs. I have some upper body exercises I do a couple of times a week with 1lb weights. Going to switch to 2lbs weights after Christmas. I have no desire for muscles or abs that show. Just hoping exercise will help tone things as I lose the weight. This is something I started doing right at the beginning. Want to do what I can to not have that excess skin people are saying they get as they lose weight. So far don't have any, knock on wood.

I have been eating this way so long I really don't think much about it. I try to make sure I eat 6 times a day. I am never hungry. I don't do without a thing. I have no fear of going back to this or that because I eat what I want. Just watching what I eat in a day and portion sizes.

Shy Moment
12-21-2007, 01:44 AM
Shad
I had one very bad Christmas. I am not going to allow that to mess up my entire life. There is almost always good to remember. We, sometimes just have to look for it instead of dwelling on the bad.

Cee
Don't blame me because you are a child at heart and just couldn't wait lol. So glad you enjoyed and got a smile on your face.

Melody
Sometimes you all are like a can of worms. You just can't wait to open the can even though you don't want to see what is inside lol.

happy2bme
12-21-2007, 09:32 AM
We're about to head out. Safe travels for all.

Glad to hear your sister is ok Shad. What a scare!

We'll catch up again Mel - though maybe not 5 hours again ;) Have a lovely Christmas and don't do any bad stuff you'll have to pay for later :devil:

Best wishes to the rest of the gang for a lovely Christmas holiday.

Talk to you next week :wave:

MELODY525
12-21-2007, 09:45 AM
SHAD~ I JUST READ CJ'S COMMENT TO YOU ASND FOUND 2 OTHER POSTS I SEEM TO HAVE MISSED. BUT I AM GLAD THERE IS A HAPPY ENDING. WHAT A SCAE IT MUST HAVE BEEN AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH FOR AWHILE. :faint: WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY GET TOGETHER FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND SENDING LOVE FROM PORANGI TO ALL OF YOU. JEN SENDS HER CHRISTMAS WISHES AS WELL AND SAID SHE WILL BE CAREFUL TRAVELING. SHE SPEAKS OF YOU LIKE PART OF THE FAMILY. RICHIE IS STILL IMPRESSED WITH YOUR COMING HERE AND THE MAYOR WITH YOU COURAGE!! :rofl:
ENJOY THE TIME OFF WITH THE FAMILY:hug:

RENNIE~ NEXT YEAR WE SHOULD ALL HIRE YOU FOR YOUR DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING SKILLS AND THERE WOULD BE YOUR JOB:cb: HAVE MOP AND GARBAGE BAGS WILL TRAVEL!!! :scooter:

CEEJAY~ I AM GLAD TOO THAT YOU OPENED YOUR PRESENT. THINGS MADE BY CHILDREN COME FROM THE HEART AND ARE FILLED WITH LOVE AND INNOCENCE. :hohoho: <----HERE'S SOME SANTA SPIRIT FOR YOU!!!

PATTY~ THE YEAR END CRUNCH IS PRESSING ON ALL OF US. HANG IN THERE. SORRY FOR THE WEIGHT GAIN BUT I AM SURE YOU WILL ONCE AGAIN GET FOCUSED AND GET THOSE PESKY POUNDS OFF!!! AT LEAST YOU HAD THE COURAGE TO GET ON THE SCALE!!! I ON THE OTHER HAND AM NOT WEIGHING TILL JANUARY! :lol3:

:elf: HAPPY~ I WAS LAUGHING IN BED LAST NIGHT ABOUT THE RED SHOES. FOR SOME REASON THE THOUGHT OF US WEARING THE SAME PAIR WAS CRACKING ME UP...MUST HAVE BEEN OVERTIRED :lol3:
GUESS YOU WILL BE LEAVING SOON. SAFE TRIP MYU FRIEND AND HAVE A GREAT REUNION!! :hug:

I AM 1/2 DRESSED FOR THE PARTY BUT STILL WAITING FOR THE NEWS GUY TO CALL ABOUT THE TEXT FOR THE ARTICLE. WANNA BET HE SAYS HE COULD NOT REACH ME AND WRITE WHAT HE WANTS??:rofl: HE MAKES ME NERVOUS ANYWAY!!! LOL
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WILL NOT BE HERE I SEND GOOD WISHES FOR SAFE AND HAPPY JOURNIES. HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME WITH FAMILIES AND FRIENDS.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF US. A NEW YEAR AND A NEW YOU IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.
:wave: TO ALL OUR MISSING AND LURKING CHICKLETTES. STAY WELL AND ASENDING :hug:
HAPPY FRIDAY :moped:

ceejay52
12-21-2007, 03:54 PM
I ate to much at the department christmas luncheon. It was good When will I learn to take smaller portions. I've probably gained back that 1 pound and gained two more from the way I feel.

I'm getting ready to head out the door to go to my aunt and uncles for the weekend. I may pass on dinner tonight. She told me we were having ribs.

Every one have a great week end.

I'll try to get some christmas cheer going soon.

Shy Moment
12-21-2007, 07:45 PM
cee
You have a great deal more willpower than I do if you can pass on ribs. YUMMMMMMMMMM.

Melody
Is a shame I can't find a job and get paid for what I have been doing for over 35 years lol. Oh ya pay me min wage to 9 dollars an hour. Heck I can sit at home for that kind of money and clean my own house lol.

Hollyhock
12-21-2007, 08:32 PM
HI!!! I had a nasty 24 bug this week but am doing just fine now.
It is very festive in my house. weeeeeeeeeeeee Kids had a great last day of school. We took some treats to the sitter and she gave a sweet gift to the kids. Work was good. A few bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates were left in my hands. mmmmmm...thanks! A couple of my ladies head to Florida til March. Gonna miss them.

Work from 9-1 tomorrow and then off til Thursday!! Piano recital at the retirement home tomorrow at 2 and then I am off to do my Grandma's hair.
Sunday we have church, kids are playing piano there too, and off to see a movie with some friends. Monday we rest and I will make a turkey dinner for us. My sis is cooking prime rib on Christmas Day. My grandma is really not up to a lot of being out but we all hope she can manage 2 hours. Love her so much.
I still need to find 2 little things for DD.Maybe Sat aft on my way to Grandma's .
You have no idea how happy I am. BIG change from this time last year. I would have never thought it was possible. We had a very fun gathering here last Sat evening. Things have been positive and laid back. Yippee!!

Merry Christmas to you fabulous Chicks!!!!!

Shy Moment
12-21-2007, 08:51 PM
Holly
So glad you are happy. Very glad you are having a better time this year than last year. Sounds like you have a very nice time planned. Stay safe and tell each and every person in your life that means something to you that you love them. Merry Christmas

1day@atime
12-21-2007, 10:57 PM
Hello Ladies,

The shopping is done... now its time to wrap... going to get some Christmas movies out tomorrow night and wrap til I"m done.

Shy - thanks for the info. You know I'm always looking for that magic diet, I know what to do it's just a matter of doing it and learning how to handle my stress at work. When I get stressed, I reach for candy, I don't drink my water & I eat junk food. I need to learn those destressing techniques at work.

Feliz Navidad

Shy Moment
12-22-2007, 12:27 AM
1day
I wish I could help you with the work stress thing. I really don't know what to say about that. I have had a few times in my life I HAD to work. Once upon a time I ran a trucking terminal, I was the assistant terminal manager, there was NO terminal manager lol. Ok those were they days when woman didn't get the higher paying jobs, just the work. Talk about a lot going on and just me to do it. Stopped doing that after I got married and then got preggie with my son over 20 years ago. I did make sure I didn't have anything at the office I could snack on except celery and carrots and apples.

I don't get stressed. Things get hectic, I have a ton to do some days. There are times I think my day is never going to be over. I never consider any of that stress, to me that is just being busy. To me stress is waiting for test results that could mean life or death. I take a deep breath and do things at my own pace, which everyone laughs about because my pace is get it done, get it done, get it done lol. What gets done gets done. What doesn't get done doesn't get done. That is just how I am. I was like this even when I DID have to work. What were they going to do fire me. Not with how hard I worked. They couldn't find anyone that would give them as much work in the hours I worked for what I was paid lol. I worked 8 hours a day and 4 on Saturdays. That job wasn't my life. Work would be there the next day.

I don't have to work outside of the house. I would like to so that I could help my son go to college. If I don't find a job close by, not worth driving over 45 min with gas prices like they are for 9 or 10 dollar an hour and that is about all anyone pays around here unless you have 15 years experience, my son will go to college on grants and loans. I did and it didn't kill me, won't kill him either.

My mother always said lol, if you HAVE to work outside of the home you don't need a husband. I have lived by that lol. How do I live like this lol. We live within his pay check. No fancy life. I don't have a lot of things others have. I also don't have all the stress others have either.

I have the christmas music playing. There is a christmas movie paying on the family room tv. Both of my children are home safe and sound. Life is good.

Ruthxxx
12-22-2007, 09:09 AM
Quickie - as usual.

I'm in overdrive but not stressed. Tons to do today but it'll be a fun day with an afternoon levee (Open house) at the Mayor's place and a BD dinner party tonight. Church tomorrow morning and then my company arrives and it's full speed ahead into Christmas Eve and my after Church party which seems to grow by leaps and bounds every year. One thing on my list is to track down more champagne!

Slept late this morning so I need to get it in gear. See y'all later.

MELODY525
12-22-2007, 09:10 AM
CEEJAY~ WISHING YOU SAFE TRAVELS. SEND THE RIBS UP HERE...I'D BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU FINISH THEM :rofl:

RENNIE~JEN WAS LOOKING INTO THE SAME AND NEVER FOUND ANYTHING WORTH STICKING HER HANDS INTO SOMEONE ELSES TOILET! :lol3:

HOLLY~ GLAD YOU'RE GETTING RID OF THE BUG JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!! VERY GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE "LAID BACK" LIFE. HOLD ON TO IT!!

PATTY~ WHEN I SIT IN THE OFFICE...BETWEEN TIMES WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING...I DO THE "IN WITH THE GOOD AIR AND OUT WITH THE BAD AIR" TECHNIQUE AS I CALL IT. SLOW BREATHING AND EYES CLOSED WITH SHOULDERS RELAXED. MY SHOULDERS END UP AROUND MY EARS WHEN I AM STRESSING SO WHEN I AM FINISHED WITH THE BREATHING THING THEY ARE USUALLY BACK DOWN AND RELAXED. IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES AND SOMETIMES ONLY ONE MINUTE HELPS.
FELIZ NAVIDAD Y FELIZ NUEVO ANO BACK TO YOU

THE PARTY WAS WONDERFUL FOR ME AN A VERY FEW OTHERS. THE REST CONGREGATED AND WERE SCROOGES SO WE LET THEM ALONE TO GROUCH TOGETHER :rofl: IT WAS GOOD TO SPEND TIME WITH THE FEW AND BE SO RELAXED. FOR A CHANGE WE HAD NO EMERGENCIES FOR OVER 2 HOURS. VERY SWEET INDEED :hohoho:
I DECIDED ON SHELL STEAKS FOR CHRISTMAS. I BOUGHT PREMADE POTATOES AND VEGGIES. JUST HEAT AND SERVE. EVERYTHING I DO IS GETTING READY FOR A RELAXED CHRISTMAS. SAL AND I ARE MANNING THE PN=HONES ON CHRISTMAS EVE TILL 4PM WHEN THE ACCOUNTANTS AND I WILL CLOSE UP THE SHOP. EVERYONE ELSE WILL LEAVE AT NOON.
THERE IS ONLY ONE SNAG IN THIS PLAN OF MINE...FROM THE PARTY, MY EYES ARE ON FIRE AND FEELING VERY UNCOMFORTABLE NO MATTER WHAT I DO. HOPING THAT FEELING LEAVES VERY SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HAPPY SATURDAY AND HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

MELODY525
12-22-2007, 09:11 AM
RUTH~ I'LL SEND THE BUBBLY UP THERE RIGHT AWAY :cheers:

Shy Moment
12-22-2007, 09:47 AM
Melody
You need to relax. Get those eyes better and don't let anyone bug you for a few days. It really is a shame to find out no one will pay me anything but monopoly money for all I do around here lol.

Shad
12-22-2007, 11:49 PM
Afternoon all,
Snuck in because the kids wanted to go shopping and I am all shopped out. So I will work and they can play in the stores.

DS1 and partner have arrived and DS2 arrives tomorrow. Then it will be full house. The weather is warming up and it is predicted for 38C on Christmas Day 106F more or less. It will be a bit warm. We are planning a beach crawl tomorrow. I need to get the turkey roast out of the freezer and the lamb roast, ready for cooking at night or in the morning depending on weather we decide hot or cold food. I have some desserts ready and we will be fit to be tied after that.

Mel - it doesn't take much courage to hop on a plane and just go somewhere. All it needs is a healthy injection of cash. And it wasn't courage that made me want to meet up with you - couldn't wait to meet the person who had connections to the mayor!!!!!! Um yes well.
So Jen has sailed out into the oceans blue. It will do both of them good to have a break from family and responsibilities. And I am part of the family aren't I?

Happy - safe travels, happy homecoming. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Ceejay - Passing on Ribs? No have a couple but don't overdo it.

Holly - Merry Christmas to you too. Glad to hear the good ship Hollyhock is sailing along again. Some years are good, others not so. We make of them what we can. That's life.

Patty - happy Christmas. Have a wonderful time. Hope the new years brings us some good cheer and good fortune - specially on the weight front.

Ruth is hobnobbing with the Mayor as well. Such is life. The local Mayor in Perth is a woman - yes they have now managed the 20th century in Western Australia. Hope you found the champagne. I could have brought some over you know. No trouble.

Rennie - our mentor against stress and strain. Yep. It would be nice to sit around the shopping centre and watch the ants scurry around and fret and fuss. I'm usually at the point about now. Well come to think of it I am there. Nothing more to buy. Just don't want to be at the shopping centre.

To those missing, under the weather or just plain not with us at this time, have a happy holiday. Best wishes go out to Carla, Meadow, Painter, Teel and Linus. I will catch up with all of you in the new year.

And that is it for now. I won't be back until

MELODY525
12-23-2007, 09:16 AM
"To those missing, under the weather or just plain not with us at this time, have a happy holiday. Best wishes go out to Carla, Meadow, Painter, Teel and Linus. I will catch up with all of you in the new year.

And that is it for now. I won't be back until _______?"

GUESS SHAD FORGOT TO FILL IN THE BLANK!!!
AND YES, YOU ARE THE BETTER PART OF THE FAMILY AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW! :hug:
AND DITTO FOR ME: TO OUR MISSING CHICKS IN ACTION. HAPPY HOLIDAYS GIRLS AND STAY WELL.:hug:

SHAD IS OFF TO HAVE A PERTH-KIND OF CHRISTMAS AND I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR WHAT SHE AND THE FAMILY GET UP TO. WE WANT A FULL REPORT. LOOKS LIKE RENNIE AND I WILL BE BASICALLY HOLDING DOWN THE DEMENTED CENTER TILL ALL CHICKLETTES RETURN.
SO SHOULD BE QUIET HERE:rofl:
YESTERDAY WAS QUIET. I HUNG SOME PRESENTS ON DOORS DESPERATELY GETTING RID OF MY OWN GIFTS OF FOOD AS FAST AS THEY CAME IN!! THIS WAY I WILL NOT BE TEMPTED TO GAIN ANY MORE WEIGHT THAN I PROBABLY HAVE. I REFUSE TO GET ON THE SCALE TILL JAN 1ST.
:elf: HAPPY DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE DAY!! :hohoho:

MELODY525
12-23-2007, 11:35 AM
http://www.icq.com/img/friendship/static/card_7944_rs.swf

A MERRY REINDEER CARD....:wreath:

MELODY525
12-23-2007, 11:45 AM
my most favorite site in the office but i can't get you tube to work on my pc!! :tantrum:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jctccnyun5g

MELODY525
12-23-2007, 12:18 PM
http://badaboo.free.fr/merryxmas.swf
OH I FOUND ONE THAT WORKS!! MUST HAVE PLAYED THIS SANDTA SINGING WHITE CHRISTMAS WITH HIS REINDEER A HUNDRED TIMES!! :rofl:

all the work is done here. bala said we both could use a holiday and cancelled. he is hindu!! and i am sure does not celebrate xmas! :rofl: a very caring man. he cancelled till the end of the week. hooray!!!
the moving in is finished also. yay :cheer:
on to some dvd's and scooby doo's nutcracker scoob!!! :lol3:

Hollyhock
12-23-2007, 10:31 PM
Church was beautiful this morning.Our new minister and his wife, who is also a minister, sing like angels and did a duet. Then our tiny adult choir ,with it's 6 members, did a two part/round song with our SS kids.The kids sang in Latin. Beautiful again. Then my two kids each played a song on the piano followed by 3 others. Hubby came today and was sweet. He went to visit friends this aft.
My kids and I met a dear friend with his two kids for a movie this aft.
Alvin and the Chipmunks was a great family movie. Very funny. Then the kids and I did our Dollar Store shopping.

I have so much to do here. I would really like to have the house tidying and moderately clean for Christmas. It's just the 4 of us here tho. Both kids need baths tonight. Some presents to wrap. Pumpkin Dump Cake to make.
Maybe I will do the cake and then clean the kitchen well......

.........Kids are bathed,had an apple and in bed. I baked my cake. Hubby is continuing to be lighthearted and sweet. So nice. My sis and her hubby cleared the rest of the ice at Grandma's so she will be able to come out on Tues.( I did her her hair and chopped ice on the side walk last night). My Dad has not missed Christmas dinner with his Mom ,ever, in 65 years. Not gonna start now.
Hubby is going to work for part of the day tomorrow. I will be cleaning and cooking. Kids can R&R.
I want to wrap the matching PJ's I had made. I will post pics of them. I will give them to everyone to wear tomorrow evening.

Ho Ho Ho and Fa la la la la.................. wondering if I can get to Delta and back tomorrow evening.............

Shy Moment
12-23-2007, 10:47 PM
Holly
Sounds like a wonderful time at church. Hope you have a very nice Christmas.

ceejay52
12-23-2007, 11:09 PM
Mel
Love the web sights. The reindeer are too cute

Holly
Glad you are over you sick spell and that you are in a better frame of mind than last year. You have turned things around for yourself.

Ruth
Enjoy the festivities and your company.

Reenie
I'm single so I have to work. I enjoy what I do. Sometimes I could set my boss in the naughty corner. He's very egotistical.

Shad
Hope you are in the office just to use the computer. You should be enjoying your time off. Drink a glass of bubbly for me.

This week end has been good. We didn't get to go to the lights of the delta.
Other things were planned. Another one of my uncles called and invited us out to eat lunch on Saturday. Every one had a good visit. There was some other pople in the resturant that I knew and went to visit at their table. Their daughter and I had been friends since grade school. I had not seen her in ages.
My uncles grandchildren brought my Christmas gifts last night. I wish I could remember how the 4 year old told me when she requested that I open it right then. It was so cute. I think I had missed them as to my ealier depression type epsiode last week. Kevin brought over another gift for me before I left to come back home today.
My aunt and I went shopping on Saturday and came back with a 20 inch flat screen high diffinition tv for her grandson. I needed to buy him a gift but didn't know what to get. She wanted to purchase the t.v. and I asked if I could help. I wish I could be there when he opens it. My aunt and uncle haven't told his parents so it's going to be a big suprise. I'm not to upset because their mother told me that she had purchased Reba McIntyer tickets for her and their 9 year old daughter. It's going to be a good Christmas for them. I'm finally in the Christmas spirit.
My aunt and uncle also gave me their gift before I left today. My sister sent me an email and said a box was in the mail. My niece sent me the cutest e card.
The only bad thing that's happened this week end is that I had a diverticulitis/IBS episode. Still have it to some degee. I'm not sure if it's something I ate or if it's nerves.

I'm it tomorrow at work. I'll be managing the phones and c.b. radio for the light office, water department, electrical department and street and sanitation department. The necessary stuff is all that I'm planning on doing the next couple of days at work. Hope there is not a major power outage or water leak.

Ruthxxx
12-24-2007, 08:17 AM
Good morning all and good evening to Shad.

I am soooo much into the Christmas spirit (and spirits) today. Tons to do to get ready for the party tonight. Anybody want to come over here and do devilled eggs? Luckily I have stuff ready in the freezer and a LIST of what's there. One year I discovered sausage rolls and mini-quiche after the event.

My son Jim, DIL Wendy and darling Tayler (7) are here and still fast asleep. We had a great dinner and gift exchange last night. My son is in a major funk over job problems and Wendy and I, in unison, said "Get over yourself!" It seemed to work. I love Wendy - the best DIL in the world. Tayler is a delight and loves helping grandma. Her other grandma is Dutch and pretty uptight - T. told her mother I was more fun. That feels good.

Time to get cracking at some party prep before I get into cooking breakfast for the crew. Maybe I'll just have them get their own while I have a soak in the tub.

I do hope we all have a lovely Christmas full of love and laughter. :grouphug:

MELODY525
12-24-2007, 09:06 AM
HOLLY~ LET THE PEACE CONTINUE :dance: HOPE IT LASTS THRU THE ENTIRE REST OF THE YEAR AND INTO THE NEXT!!!

CEEJAY~ WHAT A GREAT WEEKEND YOU HAD. DON'T YOU JUST LOVE HOW KIDS ARE ON THE HOLIDAYS ESPECAILLY? SO INNOCENT AND CUTE. :bb: WHAT A NICE THING TO DO WITH THE TV AND ALL THE PRESENTS ETC. YOU ARE A VERY GENEROUS MRS SANTA!! :hohoho: HOPE WORK HAS NO SECRET SURPRISES FOR YOU WHILE YOU MANN THE FORT!!!

RUTH~ HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY AND GLAD YOU GOT THE SPIRIT!!!! KEEP IT CLOSE TO YOU :hug: GLAD TOO THE TIME WITH FAMILY IS GOING WELL. HOPE THE JOB ISSUES FADE AWAY WITH THE NEW YEAR. ENJOY!

WAVING TO RENNIE :wave: THE KEEPER OF THE FLAME. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!:wreath:

I AM OFF TO DO SOME LAST MINUTE FAVORS FOR THE SENIORS. WE HAD 3 SISTERS HERE AND ONE PASSED AWAY AND NOW ANOTHER IS IN HOSPICE. THERE IS A TON OF PAPAERWORK FOR THE LAST ONE HERE AND SHE IS DISABLEF SO WE HAVE MANAGED TO DO IT VIA FAX AND I MUST SEND OUT A POWER OF ATTORNEY COPY TO THEM SO WE CAN GET STARTED. GOT TO BE DONE BEFORE 12 NOON.
SENDING MUCH LOVE TO EVERYONE READING THIS TODAY. MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY BE A BLESSED ONE. MAY YOU ENJOY TIME WITH YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. MAY WE IN NEW JERSEY GET A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW!!!! :rofl:
:hohoho: HAPPY HOLIDAYS! :hohoho:

Hollyhock
12-24-2007, 11:09 AM
Much Christmas Spirit here too.

I am thrilled to be home all day with my dear kids!!! Lots I want to do . Nothing is necessary so no pressure but I want the house to be nice and tidy. I have a turkey to roast and want to make some peppermint bark and peanut brittle.My cake for tomorrow is done.
I am so happy.

I made a mixed Christmas CD a few years ago. Gosh I love it. Bob Segar-Little Drummer Boy, Elvis- Amazing Grace........ DD and I sang Go Tell it On the Mountain with the Pointer Sisterís at the top of our lungs; dancing around the kitchen!

- dishes are done, counters are wiped
- floor next and some laundry


Love you Chicks dearly!!!!!

1day@atime
12-24-2007, 12:31 PM
Hello ladies,

I'm also in the office today, It's a small crew, hopefully no emergencies will come up and we can leave early.

Heading to parents house tonight, everyone will be there.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Shy Moment
12-24-2007, 12:45 PM
Cee
lol about your boss. The people that worked for me either loved me or hated me. I am stickler for doing things right the first time, lazy people hate me. Those that like to know what they have to do, how to do it and are left alone to do their work, love me. I was never above taking off my heels and skirt and putting on a pair of jeans and helping unload trucks if the guys needed help. Was great working with a bunch of guys, found woman weren't so easy to work with. Got flowers and glazed donuts from the guys all the time. Had one guy, that I fired because he picked up some girl while he was driving one of my trucks, send me a dead mouse one time lol.

Holly
We did the same thing with the Christmas music. Andy Williams-Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Bing Crosby-Do You Hear What I Hear, Gene Autry-Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Johnny Mathis-What Child Is This, Perry Como-Little Drummer Boy, Burl Ives-Have A Holly Jolly Christmas are ones I love to hear year after year. Glad you are having fun with the kids. House is cleaned, doing laundry ( I am never done with laundry it seems ) and just going to enjoy the day. Daughter has to work, son is with his girlfriend, hubby has to work tonight. Just a nice, quiet relaxing time. I am going to watch Santa Claus Is Coming To Town lol.

Melody
Enjoy your day and have a wonderful Christmas Day.

Ruth
Hope you have a wonderful party.

ceejay52
12-24-2007, 05:01 PM
Reenie
I hear you about working with men instead of women. They do pull their weight.

Shy Moment
12-24-2007, 05:09 PM
It isn't so much woman not pulling their weight most of the time. Was woman whining and complaining all the time. Drove me nuts and they were so darn catty with each other all the time too. Talking about how someone looked or dressed, just got to me. I couldn't careless how someone dresses or looks as long as they work lol.

ceejay52
12-24-2007, 05:38 PM
Reenie
Amen about some of the women. I've finally got the women here calmed down. It took a lot of doing.

Shy Moment
12-24-2007, 06:01 PM
Is the reason I worked at trucking companys or in warehouses. Mostly men and the woman that worked there didn't care about that kind of stuff. We were to busy working to have time to pay attention to someones hair or clothes lol. The woman did tease me about my very long nails and wondered how on earth I did the work I did with my nails. I would tell them I can't function without my nails lol.

Meadow
12-24-2007, 08:34 PM
Hugs and best wishes for this Christmas and the New Year coming! Let there be snow or visions of it swirling in your dreams... be safe and warm :D


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Hollyhock
12-24-2007, 10:32 PM
Hi there sweet Meadow. Merry Christmas to you and hubby and the girls!!

we had a lovely turkey dinner, fine wine and festivities. we opened our new jammies tonight. DD is still wide awake listening for reindeer hooves on the roof.

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Hubby was particulariy cute in his work clothes, hat and new pj's. LOL!!

We are here for the morning and then off to my sisters for a prime rib dinner tomorrow afternoon.

Wishing you all peace and love.

MELODY525
12-25-2007, 09:00 AM
MEADOW YOU TOTALLY MADE MY DAY! THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING IN. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU TOO. I AM ENJOYING THE SERENITY. HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE ALSO. :hug:

HOLLY THANKS FOR SHARING THE PICTURES. HUBBY IS TOO FUNNY! :rofl: YOU HAVE 2 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. I AM CELEBRATING IN FLANNEL ALSO :lol3: ENJOY :hug:

:hohoho: THE LONG AWAITED CHRISTMAS DAY IS HERE AND NO SNOW. TEMPS MIGHT EVEN BE IN THE UPPER 40'S TODAY :sunny: :beach: THE MENU IS ROASTED CHICKEN AND MASHED SWEET POTATOES AND STUFFING AND VEGGIES. BREAKFAST IS OATMEAL AND A BIT OF CHRISTMAS STOLLEN. I AM A HAPPY CAMPER :dance:
THE TV IS PLAYING "A CHRISTMAS STORY" ALL DAY. GOTTA LOVE THOSE MARATHONS. LAST NIGHT I FELL ASLEEP WATCHING THE "YULE LOG". I WANTED TO SEE WHY PEOPLE EVEN TURN THAT CHANNEL ON. YEARS AGO MY HUBBY AND I DID WHILE WE DID ALL THINGS SANTA CLAUS BUT I HAVEN'T HAD IT ON IN YEARS. I SLEPT SO GOOD THAT I PUT A TAPE IN THE VCR AND JUST MIGHT USE IT WHEN SLEEP ELUDES ME! :cloud9:

:wreath: MERRY CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN DEAR CHICKS....MY SISTERS OF WORLDLY REkNOWN!! :wreath:

Ruthxxx
12-25-2007, 09:07 AM
:candy: MERRY CHRISTMAS :candy:

carla49
12-25-2007, 09:27 AM
MERRY CHRISTMAS
HO HO HO!
Holly, what a lovely family you have. No wonder you're feeling so happy this year! I'm so glad that your stars are properly aligned at last - what a perfect Christmas gift.

Meadow, what a relief to hear from you at last. I don't think I was the only one wondering what the heck had become of you! :hug: to you and yours.

Ruth, did you feel me waving frantically as I drove past your exit on the highway yesterday? Round about 1 pm? (Actually, I wasn't sure anymore which exit was the right one, so waved several times - the warm feeling may have lasted for a while...) It sounds like you've got the perfect combo for a happy visit - beloved family members and good food and spirits.

Mel, you're on duty??? Here I thought you and the grandson would be curled up in your jammies with a large eggnog and a big slab of fruitcake, listening to Christmas music and resting those eyes. Sending you best wishes for no emergencies over the next few days.

Shad is stretched out on the beach with the kids. Or, more likely, busy prepping the barbie for the roast beast and fixings. Enjoy your time off, and think of us here in the frozen north.

Happy will be home for the holidays, no doubt cursing the vile weather they're having down there. Courage, my friend, soon you'll be out of the snow and wind and sleet and basking in warm memories of your time with the family.

Rennie has everything under control, dinner in the oven, fingernails perfectly manicured lol.

Ceejay is at work making sure the Grinch doesn't steal the water supply.

Madcat is no doubt having a nice lazy morning lounging with her DH before racing around to see family and friends. One of my Christmas wishes for the new year: to have the plan for a gathering with you and the rest of the Ontario worldly chicks actually happen. And congrats on getting that project off the ground at last.

1day, take care of yourself and keep on smiling. Enjoy the family visit!

And hello to out newest member, whose name I've forgotten, and if I go back a page to check I'll lose my post... :shrug: Anyway, merry christmas and welcome to our quiet little thread.

So anyway, here I am in my little motel. I think one of my presents this year was realizing they had at last replaced the bedspreads (ick) and pillows. Also, the drive down yesterday was quite easy, none of the projected flash freezing, and very little traffic. A neighbour had appeared at the last minute to offer to entertain and feed the cats, so that worry went away too. Soon it'll be back off to the wicked SM's house, where as usual I will receive the gift of second hand smoke wrapped in the realization I've bought all the wrong gifts, have arrived too late and am planning to leave too early, and am, basically, a clumsy, selfish, cold and ungrateful child. Bah humbug!!!

I'd best be off now. My battery is running low,*and I'd hate to have this post disappear. Why do you suppose there are no plugs available anywhere in the room to plug in the laptop? Free wireless, but the cord just isn't long enough to reach all the way into the bathroom, and I refuse to sit and type on the throne or in the tub... Anyway, my complimentary breakfast and coffee await. I'll be back later or tomorrow morning to kvetch some more... :D

Hollyhock
12-25-2007, 09:42 AM
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!

Mel- your plans for the day sounds devine!! Stollen indeed. mmmmmmmmmmm
Carla- nice to hear from you too. HUGS!!!
Miss Ruthie- you know I am with you in spirit.....and will be into the spirits around 1pm. I will toast you, my dear.

I received several bottles of wine as gifts form clients. Hubby and I had quite the time choosing a bottle for supper last night. Funny. We could have sampled them all, I suppose.
Such a nice morning here so far. Both kids were up in the night and finally both slept with us. It was ...um...cozy. Santa was very clever and my kids were thrilled and gracious. Hubby loved his new red toaster from the kids. He has used it already. It is digital. Very high tech for my stuck in the 70's guy.I have used my new little 4 cup red coffee maker. Just right for me in the mornings. The kids were so excited to give us gifts.

Off to make pancakes!!

Love you Chicks!!!

ceejay52
12-25-2007, 10:18 AM
MERRYCHRISTMAS
Holly
You do have a very nice family. Hubby is too cut in his work gear and jammies. Thank you for sharing

Meadow
What a beautiful card.

Carla
Glad to see you this Christmas morning.

Mel
I'd join you if I could. Your day sounds devine. Hope yor day is a quiet one.

Shy Moment
12-25-2007, 12:19 PM
Cee
Hope you have a wonderful day. You deserve it.

Holly
Oh I think that would have been fun to sample each bottle. Ok, maybe you would still be in bed this morning lol but it would have been fun anyway. Just beautiful jammies and the hubby isn't bad either :)

Carla
Glad you are having a nice time. Have you never heard of taking an extension cord lol. I take my own pillows and blankets. Won't tell you how often they wash those thing lolol. Nice thought to put in your head isn't it. Enjoy yourself and think of me in this snow. How did you know my nails were done lol. Dinner will be done about 5, come on over :)

Shad
Can't forget shad. Sure we are the first thing flitting across the mind instead of the sand and surf and beautiful sun lol.

Mad
Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas

Happy
Enjoy that family

Medow
Wonderful card, reminds me of when I was a kid. Thank you

1day
Hope you had a great time at the family's.

Melody
Know you are having a great time. Make sure you take time to relax.

Presents are opened. House is clean. The kids are happy. Funny, no matter their age, you still hear lots of " Oh this is so great " and I didn't even spend much lol. Hope everyone is having as wonderful a day as I am.

MELODY525
12-25-2007, 12:43 PM
HOLLY I THINK YOUR WINE AND MY STOLLEN WOULD GO VERY WELL TOGHETHER....I'LL MEET YOU HALF WAY :scooter:

CARLA~ MY SYMPATHIES TO THE UNGRATEFUL CHILD THAT WE BOTH ARE :rofl: :rofl: MAY YOUR DAY TURN OUT MERRY AND BRIGHT. :wreath: DON'T KNOW WHY YOU DON'T WANNA TYPE WHILE ON THE THRONE....I TALK TO ALL MY MAINTENANCE MEN FROM PROCELAIN GODDESS HEADQUARTERS. SEEMS LIKE THE SH*T HITS THE FAN EACH TIME I SIT! :lol3: :lol3: HAPPY HOLIDAYS :hug:

CEEJAY~ MY DAY IS DIVINELY QUIET THAN YOU!! HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING YOURS! :hug: LOVE YOUR CHICK AVATAR!! :carrot:

RUTH~ MERRY CHRISTMAS BACK TO YOU :hohoho:

RENNIE~ GLAD THE KIDS ARE IMPRESSED. I STILL SAY "OH WOW THIS IS GREAT & JUST WHAT I WANTED"
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE! :hug:

WILLY GAVE ME A PAIR OF MAMMOTH CROCS SHOES. I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THEM SINCE LAST FRIDAY. I LOVE THEM. GETTING READY FOR A SWISS CHEESE MELTED LUNCH WITH BRANDY FILLED CHERRIES AND HARRY POTTER. I JUST CHECKED THE BUILDING AND ALL IS SILENT. :cheer: THE DAY IS GOING SO WELL BUT MAYBE I SHOULDN'T BRAG!!! :rofl:

Shy Moment
12-25-2007, 12:59 PM
I couldn't believe it, I should have, my sons favorite gift was his donkey slippers. You know those stupid big over stuff kind of slippers, these ones have donkey from shrek lol. The kid is never going to grow up. Ya I laugh, hubby got taz ones lol.

Roseblush
12-25-2007, 08:26 PM
Merry Christmas Everyone......Hope you had a great day and Blessed New Year........ you all are the very best!.......Next year we will all rise to the challenges set before us....
Love & Peace,
Nae

Shy Moment
12-25-2007, 10:56 PM
Isn't it great when you get what you really want.

I already had

Leslie Sansone ( 1995 ) Miracle Mile Walk 1 Mile
Leslie Sansone ( 1998 ) Walk Off Weight 4 Mile
Leslie Sansone (2001) Walk Away The Pounds...
( 1 Mile ) Get Up And Get Started
( 2 Mile ) High Calorie Burn
( 3 Mile ) Super Fat Burning
( 4 Mile ) ( 2003 ) Express
Leslie Sansone ( 2007 ) Advanced Walk 5 Mile

I now have to add to my collection, because of my wonderful hubby

Leslie Sansone ( 2001 ) Walk Away The Pounds For The Abs 3 Mile
Leslie Sansone ( 2001 ) Walk Away The Pounds Heart Healthy Walking 2 Mile
Leslie Sansone ( 2007 ) Walk Away Your Waistline 3 Mile With Waist Belt
Leslie Sansone ( 2007 ) Getting Fit With Faith 2 Mile

I have more than enough to do a different 1 or 2 mile walk everyday.

A couple of them he bought new, some used at the video store. Not all of them came with equipment so he also got me, a set of 1.5 lb hand weights with straps, a set of 2 lb hand weights and some stretchy things. I said, " Do you know what I want for Valentines day?" He started to laugh and said what. I said I want her exercise ball video and an exercise ball. He just smiled and said no problem.

Talk about supportive.

Madcat
12-25-2007, 11:06 PM
I haven't missed it yet so I have managed to make it here to wish all the chicks a Merry Christmas. It has been a couple of busy days running around with friends and family. We have one more party to go to tomorrow and THEN the relaxing can begin. It has been nice that the DH and I have actually had the chance to hang out together for a period of time in daylight and everything.

Lovely to see everyone checking in. Mel ~ You are too funny! Your plans for the day sound great. Carla~ Hope Motel No Tell is a nice refuge after a day of family drama. Yeah, I was relieved there was no flash freeze either, but we did get caught in this eerie fog that made driving, ahem, interesting. Youíre there. That by definition makes you a good relative. Yes, we are going to do an Ontario ChickCon for sure. Holly~ Great that you are having a fun Christmas. Ruth~ Enjoy your family time. Meadow~ Lovely card! Love and best wishes to Ceejay and Nae and Rennie and Patti and Shad who is reclining under a beach umbrella with her offspring and any one else I missed.

Hollyhock
12-26-2007, 12:41 PM
My kids and my nephew. The annual "kids" pic. It is the first nice one in years. It was easier when they were babies.LOL!
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Me and our very own Queen Mum. My Grandma.
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She looked and felt very well yesterday. She turns 98 next month.

The whole motley crew.
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Very happy it is a holiday again. Yippee!! Had a big, long sleep. Enjoying a cup of java from my shiny new red coffee maker. Yesterday was very nice. My Grandma was in reasonably good health and spirits. It was fab. My 2 kids and nephew had a great time. Dinner was a lovely prime rib with taters, carrots, brocolli. I made a pumpkin dessert and baked goods. It was all festive and happy. I did up a roast turkey dinner here for us Christmas Eve. Got home around 9pm. Kids played a game for a while then we all went to bed.
I have changed out of my flannel nightie into flannel pants and a tshirt.
Dishes are started. I need to run the DW, do laundry, put away laundry,toss packaging from stuff. Santa brought me new knives ( from Avon no less) that can be sharpened. My wedding gift ones with a serrated edge are terrible. So, I will sort and toss knives too.
Hubby is putting batteries in stuff. World Junior Hockey is on today.

Santa brought the kids the original Operation Game. They have never see it before. We got the batteries into it and Marty and the kids are playing. Flash back 35 years , when I was a kid, I dreamed of having this cool game that had sound effects and a light.........

I am working the next 3 days. DS has a hockey tournament tomorrow and the kids are sleeping over at my folks with my sis and nephew.I will go Friday after work for dinner and a hot tub.
Off Sunday, working New Years Eve, and then going to friends in the village for a party New Years Eve. Pretty much the same gang that was here on Dec 15th. Then I have to work a 1/2 day on the 2nd and then off til the 8th. Yippee!!!

It's all good!

Hope your Christmas was relaxing and joyful!!!!

Shy Moment
12-26-2007, 02:28 PM
Holly
Looks like you had a wonderful time. How pretty you are, what a great smile you have. Yes, got my kids that game a few years ago. lol a little light bulb. We love playing it. This year was mouse trap. Oh my gosh you should have seen them and the hubby in there fighting over who was going to be which mouse lol. I loved the sounds of the laugher and the yelling. I thought when my sons girlfriend came over the gave would stop. NO she joined right in and beat them all lol.

ceejay52
12-26-2007, 06:33 PM
Reenie
Yeah for the girlfriend. You have a good selection of work out video's.

Holly
You have a very nice family. Thanks for sharing the pics. Your grandmother doesn't look to be 98. This is awesome.

Nae and Madcat
:wave:

MELODY525
12-26-2007, 07:33 PM
:wave: HELLO CEEJAY!!! HOPE YOU DAY WAS A GOOD ONE!

MADCAT~ GLAD YOU STOPPED IN I WAS GETTING WORRIED :rofl: THOUGHT YOU GOT LOST OUT THERE IN THE SNOWBANKS OF CANADA!!! YOU MADE IT JUST IN TIME...

NAE~ SAME WITH YOU!! :lol3: I WAS BEGINNING TO THINK THE MOUNTIES CAME ACROSS THE BORDER AND CARRIED YOU AWAY!!!

HOLLY~ NICE FAMILY SHOTS. GOD BLESS GRANDMA!!!! SHE LOOKS GOOD!!!

RENNIE~ I HAD SOME RABBIT ONES BUT THEY KEPT GETTING IN THE WAY OF THE TIRES SO I GOT BEAR ONES....BUT THEY DID TOO! :rofl: SO NOW I HAVE CROCS THAT WILLY BOUGHT ME...THEY ARE GREAT BUT I MISS MY BEARS ESPECIALLY! :lol3: HOPE YOIU GET YOUR BALL FOR VAL'S DAY!!!

FOR SOME REASON I THOUGHT I WAS ALREADY HERE THIS MORNING :faint: MUST BE SENILITY SETTING IN!
I REALLY GOT NOTHING DONE TODAY AND IT JUST FLEW BY. I STILL OWE SOME HOLIDAY PHONE CALLS AND I HAVE TO SAY I AM NOT IN THE MOOD FOR THEM!!! LOL
YESTERDAY WENT AS PLANNED AND ONLY ONE FALSE ALARM. NOT BAD FOR A HOLIDAY. WENT TO REPORT THIS MORNING, FOUND MANY SCROOGES IN THE OFFICE, HANDED IN THE REPORTS AND CAME BACK UP! SCREW THEM! :dance: I TOLD MYSELF I HAVE ENOUGH THINGS THAT COULD MAKE ME SAD IF I WANTED...I CERTAINLY DIDN'T NEED THEIR HELP TODAY!! :carrot::belly: :cb:
I PUT MY PRESENTS AWAY AND DID THE BILLS. GOT A DEPOSIT READY FOR THE BANK. ALL TOGETHER THERE IS OVER $700 IN PRESENTS AND TIPS. MORE BILLS WILL GET PAID. I AM ALL CAUGHT UP FROM THE SUMMERTIME FIASCO. FEELS VERY GOOD. USUALLY AS MONEY COMES IN, I HAND IT OUT BUT THIS YEAR DECIDED GETTING OUT OF DEBT WAS MORE IMPORTANT :cheer:
FEELS FUNNY GROWNING UP AT 60!!! :rofl:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY NIGHT/THURSDAY MORNING!!
GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!!! RISE AND SHINE :sunny:

Shy Moment
12-26-2007, 07:56 PM
Melody
I get laughed at, this is because I am the ONLY adult in the family. Hubby is as bad as the kids. " Put those darn taz slipper away we are having company, put some darn grown up slippers on. " There he comes down stairs with the company in the living room wearing THOSE DARN TAZ SLIPPERS

Shad
12-26-2007, 10:36 PM
Morning all, and yes it is still morning, just.
I've come into work because the DS1 and partner wanted to hit the Sales in the stores and I can't think of a more boring place to be. If I never see another shop it may well be too soon.
We are all rubbing along quite well together. I've had a couple of minutes where I had to bite the tongue but it's been pretty okay. I think my eldest is growing away from the family and I guess it has to be expected. DS2 and I are still close.
Christmas Day we ate and slept mostly. It was the second hottest Christmas day on record for Perth. 42.5 degrees C (108 more or less) and then yesterday was even hotter at 44.2 degress C (110 more or less). Today promises to be cold. It will only reach 33C and we will all be reaching for the winter stuff by Friday when we won't even reach 30C. Think I will organise that white Christmas for next year!!!!
The DS2 has gone to see friends an hour down the road and we will pick him up tonight - or at least I will - the others weren't impressed with the drive down there yesterday in the heat. I can put him on a train and pick him up at the station if I want to, but it will be nice to have him to myself for a while. My accident prone son has done it again. I'm not paying for any more holidays for him - he always hurts himself just before he goes on a plane. This time a work related accident where he damaged a finger with a sledgehammer. Nearly took the top right off and broke the top bone in 3 places. On antibiotics and pain killers, can't drink either but it's not stopping him from doing much.

It's great to hear from so many people at Christmas. Glad to hear that you are all having such a good time. Well maybe except for Carla who is with the delightful stepmama. You better make sure she has a great time when you organise the Ontario chapter of the wordly chicks. I left a message on the machine Carla. You'll no doubt get it when you get home. One of these days, we will actually connect!!! We'll be so excited we won't know what to say! Sheez.

Okay, with that I had better get on with some work. I'll be back as able. I was going to log in on the DS1's partners machine but decided against it when she ensured I wasn't downloading porn! What is it about us that makes people think we are pornographic?

Shy Moment
12-27-2007, 12:43 AM
Shad
Isn't it amazing how they can hurt them selfs and not make much of it lol. Sure hope he gets well and doesn't have much problems with it. Hubby was getting a shower and I thought I was going to die when I saw this hideous burn on his arm. I was going on and on about it and he said, well darn he had forgotten all about it. Must have done it at work. If I had burnt myself like that I would have been in the hospital wanting around the clock care lol.

Shad
12-27-2007, 12:54 AM
Rennie,
He was in hospital until 2 hours before the plane was due to leave. The op was supposed to be the day before, then the night before, then finally got done lunch time on Christmas Eve. He never told anyone until we noticed the finger. What a dope!!! At one time on Christmas night he said - my finger hurts!!! and you can't kiss it to make it better. That is the only time I heard him whinging about the pain. What a hero - just like your significant other half.

Just spoke to Carla on the phone. Terrible line, sounded like Canada was under water - but we'll do it again when I get back from WA and can yak on my home phone. Great to hear from you Carla

Shy Moment
12-27-2007, 01:01 AM
Shad
I DID NOT call mine a hero. I called him wolfbain breath and yelled a lot lol.

MELODY525
12-27-2007, 08:56 AM
WHILE RENNIE IS YELLING AT WOLFBAIN BREATH TO TAKE OFF THE TAZ SLIPPERS(MOST UNFAIR OF RENNIE TOO)....I WILL SAY HELLO TO MY SOUTHERN MOST SISTER SHADDIE :wave:
SHAD I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DS!!! HE IS UNBELIEVABLE WITH THESE ACCIDENTS. I AM BEGINNING TO THINK HE IS LIKE A RUBBER BALL....FOREVER BOUNCING OFF THINGS AND HAVING THINGS BOUNCE OF HIM AS WELL:faint: SURE HOPE THE FINGER HEALS. I HAD A SMASHED ONE AND CAN TELL FROM EXPERIENCE THAT FINGERS AND TOES ARE PAINFUL!! OUCH :yikes: POOR GUY AND ON CHRISTMAS TOO!! :tantrum: FUNNY YOU SHOULD TALK ABOUT THE
DS1...I THINK RICHIE WOULD LIKE JEN TO GROW AWAY FROM THE "FAMILY" AND SHE HAS SHOWN NO SIGNS OF IT AT ALL. :rofl: BUT THEN HE IS NOT "RESPONSIBLE" ENOUGH FOR JEN TO LEAN TOWARDS EITHER.
GLAD THE HOLIDAY WENT WELL AND I DON'T WANT TO SHOP ANY MORE EITHER!! I HAVE HAD IT WITH CROWDS AND SCREAMING CHILDREN. GLAD YOU HOOKED UP WITH CARLA IN THE FROZEN NORTH. JUST CANNOT FIND THE ODD NUMBERS HERE. EVERYTHING MUST HAVE GONE INTO THE SHREDDER EXCEPT MY PHONE BOOK THANK GOD!!! I COULD ALMOST FEEL THE HEAT YOU'RE SENDING THIS WAY...:beach: I AM LAUGHING CAUSE WE'RE IN THE 30'S AND 40'S ALSO BUT A VERY DIFFERENT SET OF NUMBERS THAN YOURS :lol3: :lol3:
I BETTER GET OFF HERE...I AM BEGINNING TO WRITE A LETTER INSTEAD OF A POST!!! :wave: TTFN

NOTHING NEW SINCE LAST NIGHT. HOPING THE CHICKS ARE ALL WELL AND ACCOUNTED FOR. I WAS LAUGHING WITH A FRIEND ON THE PHOJNE. SHE IS "DIETING" ALSO. WE ARE BEGINNING TO THINK WEIGHT WILL ALWAYS BE A PROBLEM WITH US TWO BECAUSE WE ARE PROBLEM EATERS :rofl: LOVING THAT PASTA! :hun: :rofl:
HAPPY THURSDAY!!! :moped:

Ruthxxx
12-27-2007, 09:06 AM
Good morning. I'm feeling pretty tired lately and not too chatty. Too much company, I think. I hate to admit it but I'm glad my tonight visitors canceled - I'm sorry they have flu but still need a break. I may not even answer the phone today.

Have a lovely third day of Christmas. I hope those damned calling birds keep quiet!

happy2bme
12-27-2007, 09:38 AM
Good morning chicks,

I am back again (I know --- darn!) :lol:

Had to go back about 5 pages trying to catch up with y'all. Everyone sounds festive - well maybe except for Mel's flaming eyes and Shad's DS' finger. Glad everyone had a good Christmas.

We had the most horrid fog driving up - the stuff where you expect monsters to pop out of the side of the road :yikes: Drive back was much better - we left at 3:30am to avoid the traffic in the city. The drive is still boring anyway.

Everyone said it didn't feel much like Christmas this year. Not sure exactly why but it didn't. It turned bugger cold Christmas eve. The car doors almost froze shut. Got some very, very light snow. I did have a wonderful visit with my mom tho. Talked to her yesterday to let her know we got home ok and she said she missed us already. The house is way too quiet and she finally admitted she gets lonely. I do wish she'd give up the house and come live with us. The house is in need of repairs and it's just not worth chunking alot of money into it at this point. Anyway... I have to get to work so it's off vacation road and back on the hamster wheel of life.

Hope I can get back tonight to catch up with you guys. Glad to hear you are all doing well... :hug:

diyana
12-27-2007, 11:17 AM
I hear ya', Happy! I had to go back about 5 or 6 pages to catch up with everyone!

Glad to hear everyone had a great Christmas! Mine was very nice. Christmas eve was just me, DH and the dogs. And Christmas Day was spent with DH's aunt, uncle and cousins. It was a very nice time! I've been spending my holiday time off getting stuff done around the house and have to get back to de-cluttering/de-junking the upstairs office.

This afternoon, I will get my steroid shot in my back, which should make it feel much better. Now DH's back is hurting worse than his very painful knee....from moving computers and monitors at his work....and from shoveling. We're supposed to get 5" of snow tomorrow - the wet, heavy stuff. Yuck! I really hope we don't get that much. DH can hardly move. Hopefully, he'll get better soon.

Well, I'd better get back to the de-cluttering. I'll check in again later today or tomorrow.

Shy Moment
12-27-2007, 11:25 AM
Jeeze no support at all lol.

Happy
Nice to see you are back with us. Parents can be hard to deal with. They want to stay put which can be a good thing but we want them near to keep an eye on them too.

MELODY525
12-27-2007, 12:10 PM
WHY AM I BACK SO SOON YOU ASK????
BECAUSE OUR HAPPY HAS RETURNED ALSO TODAY!
WELCOME BACK MISS HAPPY AND GLAD THE VACA WENT WELL. WE HAD SPOOKY FOG HERE TOO. ONE DAY WAS 57 DEGREES AND WITH IT CAME FOG OF THE OUTER LIMITS VARIETY AND A BUNCH OF STRANGE LITTLE GREEN MEN!!
:s: :p :smoking: :twirly: :yes: :lucky: :broc: :lol3: :snowball: :kissluck:
WISH MOM WOULD GO BY YOU ALSO. TELL HER IF SHE DOESN'T HURRY THEN I WILL MOVE IN!! :rofl: THREATS USUALLY WORK :rollpin:

RENNIE YOU POOR THING :hug: OF COURSE HUBBY SHOULD TAKE OFF THOSE NASTY WARM AND FUZZY COMFORTABLE MOOD ELEVATING SLIPPERS OF HIS!! WE SUPPORT YOU...OF COURSE WE DO........:crossed:

DIYANA~ HOPE YOU AND HUBBY FEEL BETTER SOON. GOOD LUCK WITH THE SHOT. WISHING A PAIN FREE NEW YEAR!!!

MELODY525
12-27-2007, 12:28 PM
Will We Be Justly Jubilant In January?
Juxtaposed?

Will We Be Jabbering?
Jailed?

Eating Jam And Jiff?

Not Jinxed I Hope!!

Jibberish?
Dancing The Jig?

Drinking Jin(new Spelling Ala 3fc)

Looking For Jose' ?

Joking?
Jogging?

Wearing Jodphurs?

Will We Jingle?

Be In Juneau?
Or In Japan With Shad's Friend Chris?

Put Your Thinking Caps On!!

carla49
12-27-2007, 01:01 PM
Mel, I expect some of us will be our usual jaded selves in January. Will probably still be jinormous and look like jiggly jelly, but would prefer to be jubilantly jogging through January.
And by the way, thanks for the exchange of emails this week - I really needed to rant to someone who understands firsthand about WSM's... We'll talk soon.

January 1 will be the big weigh-in, and I mean big :lol:. No ticker change until then, but it won't be pretty. I think Rennie has actually found a way of having the weight she's lost applied to my poor old bod at night while I sleep. (It can't possibly have anything to do with the constant munching and slurping and couch-sitting...)

By the way, Rennie, how did the people who hadn't seen you since you started losing weight react? Did their jaws drop all the way to the floor? If not, you can bet they noticed but were too jealous to admit it!

A strange chat with Shad last night. (No, Shad wasn't strange, at least not stranger than usual :rofl: :rofl:) We had one of those annoying echoing satellite lines where you miss half of what's said and can barely decipher the rest. But it was nice to catch up a bit, especially since in her case it was on company time. Don't forget to deduct those 12 minutes from your next invoice!! Not.

Good news that Happy has made it back safe and sound from her trip home. I do understand (though not from personal experience ;) ) that you'd like to have your mom with you. But even old people who have few local friends still alive seem to do much better as long as they can stay in their own homes and close to familiar places. I'm pretty sure her idea of the perfect solution would be for you to move back home.

Holly, it's hard to believe your gran is 98. She looks better than my SM at 84! It must be her incredibly flattering haircut... ;)

Today is a much better day. All the stinky clothes either buried deep in the laundry basket or Febrezed half to death, me scrubbed squeaky clean, no need to go anywhere or see anyone. Bliss! Will I go to a spin class tonight or play hookey? We'll see how the spirit moves me. It's snowing out there again, but I have brand new snow tires on, so I don't care. The new budget and diet don't start until the first, so life is good...

carla49
12-27-2007, 01:06 PM
S**t. I just turned on the TV news - I hadn't yet heard that Be****r Bhutto had been assassinated. She was a brave woman to go back home after 8 years away. And now, more upheaval in an already unstable country. So not such a good day after all. :(

Shy Moment
12-27-2007, 01:29 PM
Carla
It is hard to understand some of the things people do in this world. Be****r Bhutto will be remembered as a great woman. No one said a word. Not one word. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. They did keep trying to feed me lol. Oh ya blame me, has nothing to do with those ho ho's lol.

Melody
You don't sound sincere lol.

MELODY525
12-27-2007, 02:10 PM
I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST HEARD ON THE CABLE NEWS EITHER. WHAT A TRERRIBLE AND SENSELESS WASTE OF A HUMAN LIFE. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN BOTH INSIDE AND OUT. MY ONLY HOPE IS THAT THE MEN WHO HAVE JUST MADE A LOT OF STATEMENTS ON THE TV AND IN TELEGRAMS, MEAN WHAT THEY SAY AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT HER WAR!!

I DID COME HERE FOR ANOTHER REASON THOUGH.
I AM WATCHING THE BIGGEST LOSER MARATHON AND HEARD THEM SING THEIR TITLE SONG THAT ASKS:
"What have you done today that makes you feel proud."
I AM GOING TO USE THIS FOR THE NEW YEAR. IT MADE ME THINK OF ALL KINDS OF THINGS I SHOULD BE DOING FOR MYSELF AND MY HEALTH.
SO I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THIS :hug:

carla49
12-27-2007, 02:29 PM
Da***t Rennie, would you please stop losing weight!!!! I just felt a big lump of fat attach to what I laughingly call my waistline. Then I come on here and see you've lost another pound, which is proof enough for me that you're the saboteur jinxing me.
Is it possible the people who 'didn't notice' your weight loss are several years overdue for new glasses and/or cataract surgery??? Or that you were wearing baggy clothes that hid the new you? If not, they were just a bunch of green-eyed scrooges. A thirty pound weight loss always shows.

Mel, a good idea to try applying that theme to our lives. I guess I may have to go to that blankety-blank spin class after all... unless maybe I re-install and actually use the rebounder instead? Yah, right. :shrug: Actually, I'm proud of myself for posting, and for trying to maintain a more positive attitude. So forget the jinxed and jaded in January idea. How about we add 'Joyously' to your 'Jubilant' instead? Or 'Worldly Chicks EnJoying Hijinks in January'?

Ruth, I hope you and Hershey have a good long rest after such a busy stretch of activities and visitors. You need to build up your strength for your upcoming surgery! Take care of yourself, and consider yourself hugged. :grouphug:

And to those I've neglected, Ceejay, 1day, Roseblush, Painter, Meadow, Madcat: :wave: :wave: :wave:

MELODY525
12-27-2007, 03:00 PM
CARLA SOMEHOW I DID NOT SEE YOUR FIRST LONGER POST?? WHAT AM I GOING BLIND?? DON'T ANSWER THAT!!!! ROFLMAO SOMETIMES IT IS GREAT TO TALK TO SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT THE WSM!! :rofl: I KNOW YOU UNDERSTAND ME EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT SAT WHERE I AM SITTING NOW! :moped: GLAD TOO THAT YOU ARE HOME....I COULD SMELL YOUR CLOTHES FROM HERE!! GOOD THAT YOU ARE SQUEAKY CLEAN NOW!!
I AM PROUD OF YOU POSTING ALSO. WE'RE BOTH OFF TO A GOOD START!

AND BTW...I AM WITH YOU ON JANUARY 1ST.
1-GOING TO DO THE WEIGH-IN THING TOO (mainly because my "maintaining" plan fell apart recently)
2-FIND ONE REASON EVERY DAY THAT MADE ME FEEL PROUD
3-GET THIS HEALTHY EATING DOWN PAT IF IT KILLS ME
4- I HAVE OTHER PERSONAL GOASL LIKE MY MEDS, THE COFFEE THING, SKIN DIET ETC THAT NEED TO BE FOLLOWED ALSO

IT'S NOT THAT I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO OR NEED ANY ADVICE. I AM FULLY AWARE OF WHAT MY BODY REQUIRES AND WHAT IS POISON. YET I PLAY THE GAME OF RUSSIAN ROULETTE. PASSIVE SUICIDE SO TO SPEAK. THIS YEAR I INTEND TO GET IT RIGHT AND THOSE DAMN DUCKS IN A ROW. :dance: I WILL BE GOING TO THE SUPERMARKET TOMORROW...WILLY CONFIRMED MY PICK-UP TIME :cheer:
SO I'LL BE GOOD TO GO. I EVEN DUSTED OFF THE PEDALS AND USED THEM TODAY :ebike:

SO LET'S GO CARLA....EITHER SPIN OR REBOUND!!:cheer:

ceejay52
12-27-2007, 06:03 PM
Happy
welcome home

Ruth
Take care of yourself. Snuggle with Hershey tonight.

Mel
I had heard that the BL had a marathon today. Haven't really had a chance to watch much tv. Like your goals for January.

Hello to every one else. :wave:

Was called into work this morning. I was barely awake when the phone rang at 6.40 a.m. this morning. My co worker had some very sad news, his 13 year old granddaughter was killed in a traffic accident. I'll work tomorrow also but will have Saturday and Sunday off.

It's cold here today. There's no prediction of snow but it certainlylooks like it could.

Shy Moment
12-27-2007, 06:50 PM
Cee
Hello, hope you are doing well. Such very sad news about the persons granddaughter. Will pray for the strength that is needed to get thru times like this for everyone. I try not to think about what could happen when my children aren't safe at home. Would drive me crazy if I did.

Ok, I have put this in secret code so CARLA can't read it lol. We got me a brand new scale since the other one he bought didn't have BMI on it. Going to give the other one to his mother. Anyway, I weighed right before I went to the docs office this evening and it read 159.2 ( like I am going to worry about .2, heck that could be the clothes I have on or how I stood on the thing ), while we were at the docs office I did a weight in :) 159. Pretty darn happy to know the scale is on, now I don't have to worry about going out in the cold to do a weigh in every couple of weeks. Will also be nice to have since the Biggest loser challenge is starting up again on the 13th I think and we are suppose to do a weigh in every week :)

Now CARLA means we must be sisters lol. I have always said the weight never really leaves my house, someone always seems to get it when I lose it lol. I made sure I wore a shirt and pair of pants that really showed off how great I am doing on the weight loss front. Hubby was mad and talked about his insensitive family all the way home. That made up for them not noticing lol.

ceejay52
12-27-2007, 07:20 PM
Reenie
Congratulations on the pounds lost. I've decided to stick with Bob Greene and notdo the bl. This is the only thing that I have stuck with for more than two days.

Shy Moment
12-27-2007, 07:26 PM
Cee
Doesn't seem like you are doing bad. I really don't have that much I stick to lol. Might be one of the reasons I am loseing so slowly. But, that is ok I also don't feel bad when I don't stick to a plan or stick to a this or that lol. Everything I do is very general. I tend to do more and eat less than I allow myself which makes up for the 3,000 calorie days lol.

carla49
12-27-2007, 08:39 PM
What? You mean we shouldn't be eating 3000 calories every day??? Who knew?? lol

Shy Moment
12-27-2007, 08:55 PM
Carla
I remember looking at the weight formula I found here on the site. I was pretty surprised ( because I didn't believe something like that could work ) when I filled out the formula it was saying I should eat just about exactly what I eat ( the lower end ). I was also happy to find one of the reasons ( has nothing to do with mountain dew and green olives lol ) I am only losing 1lb a week is because I would have to eat under 700 calories a day to lose 2lbs a week. Think I will stick with the 1lb loss a week. I like food to much to go for the 2lb loss a week lol.

carla49
12-27-2007, 10:25 PM
Rennie, 1 pound a week isn't slow in my books - it's actually considered about ideal, especially for anyone with a lot to lose. And I do in fact know how to get the weight off: no more wine or sweets or excess carbs. :cry: As simple as that. In the past, even when I've binged on grapes or cherries or veg or meat, the weight would still come off. Add in wine and crackers and chocolate and I ballooned back up. Time to go buy a big bag of fruit to nibble on whenever I have the urge to overeat.

Well, Mel, I skipped spinning tonight. Something tells me I'll be rebounding :trampo: frantically at midnight... But so far there has been no wine or sweets, so I guess did do something for myself today!

Shy Moment
12-28-2007, 12:50 AM
Carla
Think I am glad I don't drink lol. I would have to give up food to fit in the alcohol and not sure I would be able to do that lol. 39lbs left to lose. WOW that sounds so much better than 78lbs to lose lol.

happy2bme
12-28-2007, 12:56 AM
Hey chicks,

This will be "fun" trying to catch up... won't be able to say much because after all I am getting old and I probably am on the "down side" of years left. At least I hope so. Don't plan on living to 100 :lol:

Carla - each time we fall it's harder to climb up on the wagon. So yay for you for starting with the clean eating today. And thanks for holding back the bad weather when I was up north. I got just a taste when there were 50 mile per hour plus wind gusts and temps in the teens. Brrrrr. I know you guys did that just so I'd have a true "Canadian experience". :hyper: :hyper: :hyper: Shiver me timbers, you lot are WAYYYYYYYYYY more hearty than the weather wimp I have become and I'm not ashamed to admit it. :lol: Glad you survived the evil SM over Christmas, you are a good woman. And to your remark about my mom's perfect solution is to have ME move back - in the apartment upstairs no doubt - had me in stitches! You are SO right on!!! :D

Congrats on hitting your Christmas goal Rennie. Enjoy those slippers. I got lots of sleep socks this year as gifts. I find those things are great while sitting on the couch watching a movie but too warm otherwise. One of the girls at work bought her son a pair of lion's head slippers. The things are so pretty you could almost mount them on the wall as decorations :lol: Not sure you could say the same for Taz - he would be insulted to be called pretty :D

Ceejay - funny you should mention the cold. I guess the temperature dropped today from this morning. People came in at lunch and were COMPLAINING about how cold it was. Damp, yes, chilly, well yes. But COLD? :no: It was quite foggy this morning. I am amazed that people don't have the common sense to turn their car lights on in the fog. By now I would have thought most cars have daytime running lights anyway. I hope you can stick with the Bob Greene thing. I always thought he was the most sensible of all. Sorry all you fans but I think Biggest Loser is a big gimmick. I was very disappointed to hear how the contestants dehydrate themselves and use "tricks". Perhaps good for a one season contest but not good for true, long lasting weight loss. You just do what you can stick with. Perhaps we can do something here to support one another and keep each other in check. BTW, I beeped the horn and waved somewhere around noon when we drove through your town. I always think of you when I see the signs. :wave:

Mel - I'm so PROUD you got those pedals out again!!!! :carrot: I'm holding you accountable to set a good example for your younger "sis" this January by keeping us both on track and away from temptations. ;) It's for both of our own good :lol: And I'm all for the Chicks of the World Jabbering in January. Although if we are all serious about getting back on track again - perhaps we should dedicate each month to one good habit - Like January is healthy eating, February is Exercise, March is Drink Up that Water and so on and so forth. Sometimes it helps when we're reminded of our goals. We also seem to have lost many of our "worldly chicks". Except for Shad who's holding the title of "worldly chick" together, we have wittled down to the North American lassies. And although we got a lot of good milage out of Igor - dare we spend an entire month on Jose whomever he might be? :rofl:

Diyana - I'm glad you made it back here. Ouch sorry to hear about the back pain. Hope you get some fast relief! And that you didn't get 5 more inches of snow. Where are you in Wisconsin? I lived in Chicago up until 3 years ago. My sister in law is still in Milwaukee and my cousin just moved up to the northern stretches about an hour and a half north of Hayward.

Shad - sorry to hear about one of the DS' sort of pulling away from the family traditions. Now is about the time they realize what they missed and come back again. Perhaps he's a late bloomer :lol: I did get properly squeemish when reading about the sledgehammer accident :yikes: Hope he will heal up ok. I can't even fathom the idea of Christmas at over 100 degrees! You in a sarong and blinking green and red earrings :lol: Did you at least get a bit of rest and relaxing in? I know you're not the type for retail therapy. :D

Nice to hear that you had a nice Christmas this year Holly. Good going on Gram for being 98. That is amazing!

Aha Madcat - you mentioned the fog. So THAT'S where it came from :s: :lol: That's great that you got to hang with the boy and have some "daylight time" with him - wow you HAVE been working too hard! Hope you had a merry Christmas too!

Ruth - hope you enjoyed the company and a break from it all too. Sometimes it's nice to just hang at the front door and listen to the snow fall at night. :cloud9:

Good heavens Rennie - I never realized Leslie put out quite that many exercise videos. Guess there is more than one way to walk away the pounds. Which are better than others?

Hi Patty - hope you had a nice Christmas with the family.

Thanks for the card Meadow - wish you'd pop in more often. We miss you.

Peace and blessings to you too Nae.

I guess this pretty much catches me up. Apologies if I forgot anyone/anything.

Kinda sleepy now anyway. I think it's time for bed. Nighty night... sweet dreams.

Shy Moment
12-28-2007, 01:58 AM
happy
Nice to have you back, I missed you.

I am going to dig a hole and put those Taz slippers in it if he walks up behind me, puts his arms around me, nuzles my neck and then whispers very low and sexy into my ear " Dear, I will let you wear my slipper if you want " one more time lol.

Since my lungs still won't let me do over a 2 mile vidoe not sure if I am the best to judge which are the best. I happen to like Walking away the lbs 1 mile, Leslie Sansone Miracle Mile Walk, Walk Away The Pounds For The Abs, Walk Away The Pounds Heart Healthy Walking, Leslie Sansone Walk Away Your Waistline and my favorite Getting fit with faith.