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12-29-2007, 07:34 AM
It's the weekend - again! How about some sliced oranges and ww bagels with the coffee?

I am trying to purge my house - and my body - of Christmas excess. Friends are coming for lunch today which will help. It'll be tourtiere and salad plus whatever other Christmas goodies I can cram into them. I pitched the chocolates but there's still baking and nuts hanging around.

How's your "holiday season" progressing? I have to keep mine going for another week and am feeling rather jaded.

I think I'll go and soak in an invigorating eucalyptus scented tub with my second coffee. Come and join me - there's a couch in the bathroom plus the throne. :rofl:

12-29-2007, 08:19 AM
We're working our way through a crate of totally awesome naval oranges and pink grapefruit that a friend sent us from Florida. Aren't they amazing this year? :drool: That's something else I have to finish up before I start Phase 1, I'm sure going to miss my fruit!

Enjoy your tubbie, Ruth. I'll just sit on the edge of the tub with my coffee since I've already had my shower. I'm purging my house of all the holiday goodies this weekend, too. We're also taking down all the decorations and trees today. I usually wait until Jan. 1, but since I have to work the day before and the day after, this weekend is a good time for me to get it done.

Other than taking down the decorations, the only other thing I have planned is to make up a menu for the next two weeks and then do a big grocery shopping. We're invited to a small party this evening, but just plan to stay for an hour or so.

Wow, it's supposed to get up to 60* today!

12-29-2007, 08:24 AM
Thanks for th invite, Ruth! Can I bring my rubber duckie?? Let's have a facial and "do our nails" too!!

Nothing exiting going on here today. Just working this morning and the rest of the day is as yet a mystery. I did a lot of cooking yesterday, so today everyone can just "grab" out of the fridge.

I'm contemplating going to get paint to repaint my kitchen cabinets where they are chipped, but it is sheer contemplating at this point.

Good Morning, Cottage..we were posting at the same time!

little chick
12-29-2007, 09:14 AM
Good morning chicks. Ruth- a tub sounds great... my back is feeling a little creaky this morning. And Femme will you paint my nails a hooker red. lol. Cottage- if you could come and take down my tree. I will be set. It is snowing like crazy here this morning and they are calling for freezing rain this afternoon. It is going to be a indoor snuggle up with a SBD book today. I am thinking about taking down my tree as well, we will see how that goes. Have a great day chicks.

12-29-2007, 10:03 AM
good morning ladies,
Just the normal weekend stuff going on here. The kids have friends over so I have a house full. I would like to take the tree down but I think I will take the girls shopping after the friends leave. Have a great day and a safe one.

12-29-2007, 10:03 AM
Hello early chicks. Yes, this is the weekend of purging - the house, that is. Last night I took all the remaining cookies over to my mother's house and made her keep them. I will be going through the cabinets today to make sure there's nothing else hanging around. I've planned my menus and I will shop later on. I wish it was Jan. 1 already! I've got another Christmas dinner tomorrow with my brother's family that we didn't see on Christmas Day, then New Year's Eve at a friend's house, then New Year's Day dinner at my mom's. Enough already! But even though I'm not starting Ph1 until Tuesday, that's no reason to not get back on plan today. So, dinners or not, I am back. I'm tired of feeling like crap. Sounds like we all have the same plan - make the menus and get rid of the junk!
Ruth, enjoy the eucalyptus soak - sounds wonderful!
Cat, no nail polish for me, it'll just be chipped up within a couple of hours! I'll have a facial though!
cottage, I can't face the tree yet. I think I'll take things down a bit at a time over the next week.
littlechick, sounds messy! Staying in is a great plan!

I've got vacuuming to do, shopping, and packing some Christmas. It's funny, I love putting up the Christmas decor, and really enjoy it while it's there, but as soon as New Year's approaches, I want it out of here! I may check out the movie listings and take the kids to see something. Any recommendations? I'd love to see Sweeney Todd, but not with the kids. Anybody tried it out yet?

12-29-2007, 10:08 AM
Hi phxsunflower, simulpost! I had a shopping day with a friend yesterday, found a few Christmasy things for next year, but the amazing clothing sales don't start for another couple of weeks. That's when I'll buy the bulk of the kids' clothes for next year. Kohl's has started early though. They had lots of 80% racks, but I was too tired to look through them at that point. Hope you find some great stuff!

12-29-2007, 10:18 AM
Good morning chicks!

Sipping on a cup of coffee while checking in for the day. Yet another day of cleaning...... the organizing is what it so dang time consuming!! I cannot believe that I let it get so out of control throughout the year. My mom and I did this exact same thing last year.

Ruth I would love to join you for breakfast! I think I am going to have a nice bowl of cottage cheese myself.

Schmoodle I have some Old Navy money to spend. I bought a few things the other day, but am saving the rest of it for when prices really go down. I needed a pair of jeans, but am not taking off the tags for a week or so in hopes that I can go down a size.

Cottage I am thinking I am taking down my Christmas decor as well today. I like your idea of grocery shopping for 2 weeks and stocking up.

Femme and LC Morning!! :wave:

Gotta go... it seems my children want to eat breakfast, what is up with that??;)

12-29-2007, 10:25 AM
Kiko, what a great way to start the year out organized! I am jealous... I try to do the flylady thing, 15 minutes a day of organizing, but it seems that as soon as I get one room done, the rest are a disaster again. It's the maintenance that's the killer. My attic, summer kitchen, garage, basement, and office are all disaster areas right now, and one of my New Year's resolutions (again) is to get them under control!
I usually score pretty big for the kids at Old Navy. Love that place. I haven't ever gotten much there for me, because their plus sizes are cut weird, but this year I may be able to fit in their regular sizes. It'll be fun to try!

12-29-2007, 10:33 AM
Hi all!!! It's round about bed time here but I had to check in. Found out the reason for my scale being three pounds up this morning when I got an unexpected surprise this afternoon. :o: At least I was at home! Let's just say it wasn't my husband, but they have the same name...

Kiko, knock out that cleaning!

Schmoodle, good luck at all of your dinners!

Phoenix, have fun with the kiddos!

LC, post all of those "Oh-I-forgot-about-that" moments you get from the book! We could all use a refresher I'm sure! And I just have to say that if you get your nails the perfect shade of red, Kadyn has some shoes you can borrow to complete the ensemble. She has a tub-ful of dress up clothes, complete with a bunch of plastic shoes that Tom has dubbed her "stripper shoes"! He doesn't say it in front of her, but it's a funny little joke he has going. I don't find it terribly amusing that he refers to our three year old's dress up shoes as "stripper shoes" but he thinks he's hilarious. What are you going to do?

Cat, hope you think your cabinets painted! That would be a trick!

Linda, enjoy your oranges and grapefruits!

Ruth, glad your bulbs got changed.

I decided this afternoon to train for a marathon that will be held next fall just a couple miles from where we're moving in Germany! They're also holding a half marathon, but I can already do thirteen miles so I figure nine months to train for another thirteen shouldn't be too far off! I'm excited, and it's invigorating to have a goal for all this running I've been doing, plus I'll really be able to put my new shoe+iPod technology to awesome use! I'll keep you all updated on my progress.

Off to heft my bloated self into bed.


12-29-2007, 12:36 PM
Can you believe it's already the last weekend of 2007?! :yikes:

Ruth: A soak in the tub sounds glorious! Ever since moving into our house, I think the amenity I miss the most is a bath tub. Sigh. One day! Good luck getting rid of all those goodies!

Cottage: Good grief. Here you are trying to finish off fruit by P1 and I'm trying to finish off some sodas and snacks. Geez. I must be a sad excuse for a SBer!! Hope your "de-decorating" goes well!

Cat: Are you still in contemplation mode? Hope you have a great day!

:wave:, LC and Phx! Have a good Saturday!

Schmoodle: Good luck with your "de-decorating". I'm fine with the decor staying up another week, but that may be because I really don't want to deal with it this weekend! I'm a huge Tim Burton/Johnny Depp/Helena Bonham Carter fan, so as soon as Sweeney Todd hits our theatre, I'm going - regardless of the reviews! I just can't resist!

Kiko: I'm feeling the same way right now. How did we acquire so much stuff?! I can't imagine the stuff you've got to go through with your kiddos' stuff thrown into the mix! :hug:

Kara: WTG on your training! I was online looking at your shoes again - still can't justify them, but man are they cool! Have a great sleep! Sorry about Aunt Flow!

Me: Lots to do today, and I probably shouldn't be putzing around the internet, but I HAD to stop in and see you gals before starting my day. (It's 10:30 and I'm just now starting my day - isn't that sad? :lol:) DH and I have a lot planned. Workouts are our first priority, then meal/workout/grocery list planning for P1, plus unpacking, laundry, putting away Christmas gifts and straightening the house. If I don't get to the dusting and scrubbing today, that's fine. I've got tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday to get it done. DH did put together my new vaccuum cleaner while I ate breakfast, so I'll try it out on the bedrooms. We got it on sale for $50, so I don't have great expectations for it, but if it lasts 6 months or so until I can save up for a Dyson, it will be worth it!

Well, I ought to get to the breakfast dishes. Hope you all have a great start to your weekend!


12-29-2007, 03:09 PM
Hi Ladies
is 2 and I'm still in Jammies. . .I wish it was a lazy day I got up made a *food Porn* pie UGH and fed dh who is blissfully snoozing for anothre half hour he worked last night so I stayed up late with him. Today a christmas party I plan on clinging to the veggie platter with all my might! and I have to check our $$ and see if it's worht it to peapod some food. tomorrow more fam stuff I can't wait to DETOX PLEAAAAAAAAAAAASE stop the cookie monster!
Kim: I started my day when you did yay new vacuum!
Kara you rock lady!! you're my fitness hero
Schmoo I'm with you on the purge!!!
Kiko I'm with you on the organizing! Can I just hire someone to walk behind me and put everything in the right spot?
LC I've got St Petersburg Burgundy and Hooker Hot Pink take your pick!
phxsunflower :hi:
Femme: You have me singing Rubber duckie!
Cottage :D can you do my shopping too?
Ruth I hope you had a relaxing Tubby Time!
ok off to fix my nails and get GORGEOUS or a reasonable facsimile therein!

12-29-2007, 03:41 PM
I'm last in the tub again aren't I? We slept in today, me til 10, and dh is still in bed at 1:30pm. I see the Rome DVDs out, he must have had problems sleeping again.

I'm back down to with 1 pound of where I started the month with TOM (sorry Tom). I think a cabinet purge is in order for me too.

12-29-2007, 10:51 PM
Ahhhh..... I am sitting in a lovely, clean home. :) The only thing still to do is take down the Christmas stuff. My mom is awesome- this was the BEST gift!! :gift2: I have to confess to sipping on a very non-legal Phase 1 glass of red wine, though.....

The best part is that we still have a week off of school. My 2 1/2 year old was an uncharacteristic terror today. She certainly has a spunky, fun personality, but isn't typically as bad as she was today. I lost my temper on several occasions, which just makes me feel terrible afterwards. I am thinking that both girls are sensing the stress between DH and myself. We are certainly trying to keep things in check and not let it affect them, but they aren't stupid.

Anyhow, I am off to start a new book my mom lent me- it is called "Treasures of the Transformed Life." It is a 40 day Bible study. I am looking forward to getting started.

12-29-2007, 11:16 PM
Good evening chicks,
Kiko, I'm sure you're enjoying that clean home feeling. I love it! I did some cleaning today, and mine isn't too bad, although still could use some work.
I did get menus planned, ran some laundry through, and went grocery shopping. Had some quiet time, so I made up a reading list for 2008.
I got rid of 2 kids and gained one, so I am definitely ahead there. Particularly since it is the two DDs that are out for the night, and I've got DS and his friend here. They have been entertaining themselves, as boys do, and only bothered me to ask where I hid the chocolate chip cookies.
DH has gone to bed early, but he deserved it, as he first fixed the refrigerator, and then dug through the vacuum cleaner bag to find my favorite earring.
I'd love to take a bath, but the lock on the downstairs bathroom is broken and with a strange boy in the house...
So, I think I'll find a movie to watch or do some reading for a bit. Have a great night.

12-30-2007, 12:05 AM
KO: Thank goodness we didn't bring any cookies home from my parents'! I'd be a whale by now! Hope your detox begins soon!! :hug: Hope you had fun getting gorgeous. I'm definitely envious of your getting your nails done. :D

Dixie: I feel you on the cabinet purge. I think most of us are planning the same thing this weekend. Did your DH catch up on his sleep?

Kiko: ((Hugs)) to you and DH, and the kiddos. I'm glad your house is spic and span! Any chance your mom is free tomorrow? Let us know how the bible study goes. I'm always looking for new ones!

Schmoodle: Glad your day went well, and sorry that DH's was so busy. So, did you settle on reading or a movie? Hope you're having a great night and that the boys are behaving!

Me: Well, I did get the stuff put away and unpacked from our travels, but when I went to start the laundry DH informed me that there was only enough detergent for one load. Luckily we both have clothes for church tomorrow, so I'll just pick some up on the way home. I did dust and vacuum the master and my bedroom, but only straightened the rest of the rooms. I'll heavy-duty clean them on Monday. I only got through dinners for the two weeks of P1, but the other meals and snacks won't be a problem to figure out at all.

I used the new "bargain" vacuum cleaner and it works amazingly well! I'm hoping that it will last, but either way; I was surprised! I know it vacuumed up things that neither my old vac or my friend's vac (which cost them $300) picked up! It was awesome!

So, not a lot besides church and laundry tomorrow. I'll be able to take it easy and get some reading and crocheting in between loads. I'm going to go cruise the net a little longer then get ready for bed. Good night!!

little chick
12-30-2007, 05:18 AM
Morning chicks, it is sunday again and 5:15 am to be excat. I am up as my back is killing me. Not sure why, I certainly did do anything physical. I can already see a sunday afternoon nap in my future. The girls come home from Grandmas today. The house has been so quiet without them. DH and I need to go to Wally World and pick up Turbo Jam and a exercise ball for dd for her birthday. ( her wish list ) Plus already got her a great new red housecoat. And I told her I would save her money for our mother/daughter trip in the spring ( which is her dance comptition) She is a Jan 1 baby and so hard to buy things for cause she get most of it for christmas. Well I think I will go read some of the other threads and start to make my menus for the next two weeks so I can pick up anything I might need while I am out today. Hope you all have a wonderful day. The last sunday of 2007.

12-30-2007, 07:30 AM
Good morning,Little Chick. I keep forgetting you are an hour ahead of me. I hope your back improves as the day goes on.

Hershey and I are off to Church this morning for the Festival of Carols and Lessons. I'm singing (Coventry Carol) and have a scratchy throat at the moment. I'm hoping coffee and some lozenges will solve that problem. After Church, I'll visit Harry and then work in an afternoon nap before going out to dinner tonight. Tomorrow another round of visitors begins so I plan to make it an early night!

How does your Sunday look? Come and chat a bit. :cofdate:

12-30-2007, 08:40 AM
Good morning LC, Ruth, and everyone to follow.

I took a sleeping pill last night, and ended up sleeping in this morning! I feel good and rested, though, and ready for the day.
We're headed out to breakfast as soon as Jake is ready, and a stop at Home Depot after. Our DD gave us one of those weather station things, and Jake wants to make a little stand with a roof for the sensor part of it that stays
outside. We were playing with it yesterday, and it's really accurate! It will be nice to glance at it and see exactly what the temperature is here, rather than what it is in Center City. There's always a difference of several degrees. Enough on that -
We got all the Christmas stuff put away yesterday and the house is all spiffy clean again, so today will be just a day for relaxing. I'm still working on my menu plan for the next 2 weeks, but I'm pretty sure I have everything I need, except for picking up fresh veggies as needed.
We're off for now, I'll check in later.

12-30-2007, 08:53 AM
Morning, is storming here and of course I need to go to the grocery store to get all the stuff for New Year's dinner feast. Hopefully I'll catch a break and be able to go out later...

Yesterday morning I was watching Paula Dean on TV while I was working and she did a honey vinigarette dressing. It really looked good and I thought that I would try something similar but replace the honey with agave necter. It was really good. I had some fresh spinich and leftover chicken and a can of hearts of palm and made a big old salad with the dressing. Heavenly. It was a bit sweet, but not overly sweet. I'm sure it would be great on a salad where you use fruit too.

You can use whatever vinegarette dressing you usually make and add a little of the agave to it.
I don't measure when I make mine, but this is what I put in it:
1 pressed garlic clove
some balsamic vinegar (I used pear infused, but whatever kind of vinegar you have will work fine)
olive oil
dijon mustard
lemon juice
some herbs (I used some fresh basil and tarragon I had)
a couple of squirts of agave necter.
a little salt and some fresh ground pepper.

12-30-2007, 10:36 AM
Good Sunday morning all! I woke up a little earlier than I had planned, so I have quite a bit of free time before I get ready for church. After church, I'll be finalizing our meal plans for the next two weeks and make up the grocery list. I've also got that dreaded laundry to do, but it can't be avoided! I also got two magazines that I'm dying to get into and my book. Oh! And crocheting my friends' scarf! :yikes: Looks like I'm in for it today...maybe I'll just get my workout in after church so I have energy to do all of this stuff!!

Hold on a's done and I need my cuppa joe! :coffee:

LC: I'd give you a hug, but that might hurt your back! Hope you get to feeling better and that your shopping trip is successful!

Ruth: Oooh, I hope your throat heals up in time for church. I'm sure you'll sound beautiful!

Cottage: Wow, you're giant leaps ahead of me with the P1 planning! I'm glad you had a nice rest. Your weather station sounds neat; maybe my DH would like one for his BDay!

Cat: I got an immersion blender for Christmas and thought of you while I was making a garlic-parmesan vinaigrette yesterday afternoon. I'll have to try your recipe one day when DH is gone. He hates sweet dressings...sounds like it will be perfect for me, though! Do you know how long they'll keep in the fridge? I was thinking a few days to a week, but I'm not sure. It would be nice to make several on the weekend and have them ready for weeknight dinners.

12-30-2007, 12:03 PM
Hiya ladies! I have been trying to post since yesturday morning and my computer would give an error and never show my post.

The last weekend of the year and boy what a year it has been - next year is gonnabe great not just for me but for all my beach buddies here.

Better get back to helping DH as the contractors start the new room addition tomorrow.

12-30-2007, 12:14 PM
Brian had two free tickets to Six Flags Holiday in the Park. Robert agreed that it made sense for me to go with Brian since Brian wanted me to go, I do rollercoasters better than he does, and I am the one who spent 90% of the time accompanying Brian on selling and delivering popcorn. We had a great time although it was really cold. I've never ridden rollercoasters that were this high or did double loops before. Yikes! But I'd do it for Brian.

When we got home though, Robert was assuming that since he had been so nice to let me go with Brian which meant he wasn't with him, that I would automatically agree he could come with us for this going away dinner at GattiTown for my friend Annelyn, her husband John and their daughter, Brooke. Brooke asked to see Brian before they moved (they are the same age) and Robert hasn't seen any of these people in 2 years so he isn't close friends to them. He wasn't going to let Brian go without him but Brian begged him. I personally couldn't put up with him in the same car for 35 minutes drive. Anyway, he left last night and just came back to take Brian to church. I need to leave now to meet them and then he promised to bring Brian home in time for me to take him to the dinner. I hope it works out. He's calling me selfish and Brian doesn't want to be with him lately.

12-30-2007, 12:16 PM
Hi chicks, I was up too late last night - actually more like I kept falling asleep and then getting woken up again. so frustrating. So I slept in until 10 AM! I can't remember the last time that happened. Our sleep schedules are all very messed up right now, and the kids want to try and stay up tomorrow night for New Years. They go back to school on Wednesday morning, so that is going to be a tough day, I'm sure. Anyway, got some laundry in and got my shower, and now I'm trying to decide what I can accomplish here before we go to my mother's this afternoon for ANOTHER holiday dinner with my brother's family.
Kim, I ended up reading. I started the second book in Doris Lessing's Children of Violence "masterwork" (that's what it says on the cover). I read the first one, Martha Quest, a few years ago, and really liked it, and had forgotten I'd picked up the second one, A Proper Marriage. After not finding anything on TV, I dug through my bookshelves and came up with it. Everytime I got woken up last night, I read some more, so I made good headway with it.
Okay, I looked at my to-do list and I think I'll do some of my training for work. I wanted to finish it up Friday and didn't get it done, so this way I'll start the week out fresh.

lc, I hope your back is feeling better.:(
I'm sure you'll sing like an angel, Ruth!
Hope the storms let up, Cat.
Thanks gonnabe!
Enjoy your day, cottage!

12-30-2007, 02:49 PM
Hi Everyone
Sounds like everyone has had a very busy weekend thus far. Yesterday DF took me to a late lunch/early dinner and then we went to SuperTarget. Not very exciting but it suited me just fine. Today I'm doing my cooking for the week and cleaning my house. I'm hoping for a 1/2 day at work tomorrow and then I'm off on Tuesday so with any luck I can get a few of these rooms organized and start the year out fresh. Have a great day.

little chick
12-30-2007, 08:28 PM
Hey chicks, just popping in before I head to bed and watch a little tv and read my magazine. Shopping trip was a sucess, got all the ingredients I needed for the recipies I am having for week 1 ph 1. Went to Wally World and got DD her exercise ball its pink, and a exercise dvd and a cute little water bottle, I also got her the nicest red bathrobe. My back is feeling a wee bit better but I think I take some advil before bed. I was playing golf on the wee and then was using the punching bag I am sure I will pay for that. Well everyone enjoy the last sunday of dec. Good night.

12-30-2007, 10:59 PM
Gah, just kill me now. We had another Christmas dinner at my Mom's this evening, and dinner was very healthy roast chicken, brown rice, roasted veggies, salad. Then all the cookies and fudge came out, but I am sick of seeing them, so didn't have any. Then gift exchanging, and I received white chocolate peppermint bark from my niece, dark chocolate almonds, a box of homemade shortbread from my SIL, and a pumpkin log from other SIL. I think they all just want me fat again.
After mostly cleaning out the kitchen this weekend. I've also got a few chocolate chip cookies left, some chocolate cherry truffles, and a plate of fudge my mother gave to DD, and some candy the kids got in their stockings. I called my friend and told her I would be bringing dessert to her house for dinner tomorrow. Whatever doesn't get eaten is NOT coming back home with me. She can keep it for her kids or throw it in the trash. I will have the kids hide their candy in their rooms. This is a sugar nightmare!

12-30-2007, 11:05 PM
I'm with ya Schmoodle. Feels like the whole world is out to sabatoge. I've been wonering if everyone in my life has been ignoring everything I've said or if they just want to insure that I stay fatter than they are. I used to worry about throwing away food but I've since decided that starving children in third world countries would be no beter served by chocolate than I would.