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02-08-2008, 01:07 PM
Hi! Penelope suggested we start a new thread. I thought it was a great idea!

02-08-2008, 01:13 PM
Hi! Had a fun morning. I think.
Kind of nice just having to take care of myself this am. I got up and did my kick box DVD, then off to work. I also walked with a WW coworker for almost an hour, so I figure I have 5 AP's in for today. Tonite is International Night for 4H- so that will keep me busy with Dd. Other than that have lots of stuff to do at home.

Penelope- great to see you here! Glad you had 2 binge free days- keep up the great work!

Kerry- that is so sad about that teacher in your area. How is she today?
Talk about trauma- how did that ever happen, is there no or little security at the school? Good job getting your workout in! I am looking at a Kathy Voight DVD called Burn and Firm. I called Collage, explained to them my age, weight and fitness level, and that I think (hahaha) I can handle a slightly more advanced workout. I will check it out on their web page again before I take the plunge.

Gotta get ready to face the masses in a wee bit.........see ya and Happy Friday!
(Mermaid, how are you doing?)

02-08-2008, 02:43 PM
Ginger - Thank you for starting the new thread :) It's much easier to find everything :lol:
You are busy, busy like a bee :lol: It's great that you are taking time to take care of yourself in the midst of everything :)

Kerry - To have something like that happen so close to you, that must have been so scary! I'm glad that she's stable. :hug:

As for me - ok, ladies, seriously, I am tearing my hair out :( I know that I have a problem with being negative (always talking about what's going wrong, worrying and stressing too much), and I feel like I have been whining my head OFF. I am sick of hearing about it, sick of thinking about it. But right now, all that I can imagine helping me relieve this stress is beating the **** out of a punching bag, and I'm not going to be able to do that. School right now, and then work after that.
Please forgive me for unloading on you, but I don't know what else to do! I'm sitting in class not getting my homework done, ready to cry. I need to talk to someone.
This is what's going on...I know that **** happens, but we seem to have so much of it being dumped on us left and right that I am starting to wonder wtf we did to piss off karma. I mean, seriously already! First, when I went back to school, of course that stopped me from working full time, so there went my entire income while I found a PT job. Money was TIGHT. It still is, but now atleast I'm working pretty regularly at a job that pays decent.
Then, our truck wouldn't start for several days. We finally got it boosted by a neighbor. A few days later, the fuel pump went. Our credit card was already maxed out with my boyfriend's school (he couldn't get a loan, so decided to use the card as a loan of sorts so that he didn't have to take time off of his Business degree). We had NO money to get the truck fixed, so we charged the $800+ to the card, after asking for a credit increase.
This morning, my bf ran into the metal grate on a construction truck and not only dented the truck and scraped paint off of it, but also broke out the left signal light. It's going to cost $300+ to fix...the paint & dent can stay the way it is until we're ready to trade the truck in later, but the light can result in a fine from the police, so we HAVE to get it fixed right away.
At this point, I'm submitting a Change of Circumstances form to the government to reconsider the loan that they awarded me. I wanted to stay as loan free through this as possible, and the first loan just covered most of my tuition, but this is seriously scaring me. What if I got sick? What if more crap happens? We just barely paid this months' rent. We also had to go to the food bank.
This isn't all, but I'm done my novel :lol: On top of it all, I have NOT been dealing with this. I've been bingeing, instead. I mean, not for the last going on 3 days, but off and on worse then it's EVER been before.

/end sob story. Ugh! I do feel better. Thank you so much for listening. I know that we're going to be okay, and I know that life is not about having things all going your way, it's about rolling with the punches and coming out a better person. I think I just needed to vent, and maybe get some of this out? I don't know. I really want to keep taking care of myself, and help my bf through this. I know that he is beating himself up pretty bad about this morning. Also, he has been offering to help with my part of the bills, but I don't want to lean too hard on him. He's in school, too! He already works full time.

Ok. Truly done. I hope everyone has a good Friday! (TGIF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ) :wave: to everyone!

02-10-2008, 04:34 PM
Penelope- venting is the wonderful thing about this format- we can all do so at will, and the reader has a choice to read it or not (it is not like a phone call that one must listen to). I am glad that you used this healthy format to vent- first of all getting into print somehow manages one to sort thru ones thoughts and feelings better, and surely saves a bit of the stresseating and binging that we are all prone to. gosh, I am sorry to hear about your financial calamaties (and it does seem mostly financial, for now). I think we all know what tight finances are like. Guess you have to do what you can to get thru this bad period, and focus on survival. Get the truck fixed (the signal, at least!) and hopefully the new review of your finances will result in a good outcome with your loan review. (see, I did read your post!). Hopefully things will start looking up for you soon. I KNOW it is tough, but sometime in the future you might want to try to start a rainy day fund. (mine always disappears once I get it built up!) Hang in there........better days are coming!

My weekend has been ok. Yesterday was limited because of Dh's bum ankle and some household stuff we had to get done. Got to church today.
My eating has been ok- not great but a huge improvement over 2 weeks ago.
My scale has not really budged here, who knows what Tuesdays WI will be.
And I did get on the treadmill yesterday, did my kick box DVD today.
Gotta go. Hi To everyone.

02-11-2008, 12:47 PM
Just a short hello and a good morning wish! Happy Monday all........

So far so good here. Got 15 minutes in on the treadmill and hope to get a Leslie workout in in a wee bit too. I did get on the scale this am, was down a wee bit.....tomorrow I go to my meeting with a coworker- so I hope I am down a bit on the official scale!

Anyone tried the Progresso WW 0 point soups? They are pretty good........a bit pricey, but the local store here has had them on special, and I have a coupon which helps And no points is awesome! And easy...

Better to be productive. Happy Monday

02-11-2008, 08:20 PM
Howdee girlies! Did you miss me? Mannnnn just how do the weekends fly by so quickly? ARGGH! Sure hope that everyone is doing well! Good to hear that your scale was looking friendly, Gin!

Yes! I've tried the Progresso WW 0 point soups! I've been enjoying trying them as I catch them on sale or with a coupon! Had a bowl of the rice and veggie one today for lunch as a matter of fact! There is one that I don't care for at ALL....but I'm not too sure which one it is! While a single serving is officially 1/2 a can, I eat a whole can and have a yogurt or piece of fruit and call it lunch! The 1/2 can storage thing at work can get a bit much....and well.... The whole can has some silly amount of calories in it!

Didn't get to exercise at school today as I forgot my shirt...and couldn't (or wouldn't!) walk in my suede and lace blouse. Last week, I forgot my sneakers at home. I am searching for another pair of "good" sneakers....but haven't found any that fit the way that I want them to. So. I carry around shoes with me! I won't get to exercise tomorrow at school as I have a meeting at the HS with my sons educational team. It is going to take A WHILE! SOOOOOO....... I'm going to dust off one of my Leslie tapes and shake the house and listen to the comedians in the family!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful Monday! Hope you've stuck to the plan you made! You can do it! :)

take care,

02-12-2008, 12:20 PM
Hi all,
Sounds like you are all off to a good start for the week! I was hoping to have my TOPS meeting tonight, but it is cancelled because of the schools being closed around here. So I guess I just need to hold on to my weight loss for this week and be sure to take a few more pounds off with it next week. I think I would have been down like 5 or 6 pounds. But I guess that is what stress can do to a person when they don't feel like eating. Had a rough weekend with DH. He was just being a big butthole this past weekend. He was fine yesterday! Now the kids are here and he is starting to get wound up again. I hope he isn't like this all day long. Or you might not hear from me for awhile since I most likely will find a rubber room to be in until I become sane again.
Mermaid sorry you didn't get your walk in yesterday. I walked with the kids inside the building after school for a half hour. I was starting to break a sweat by the end of our walk. I love the days when we can go outside and walk the track. Hope your meeting goes well this afternoon with your son's educational team. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed that it goes well!
Ginger, hope that your wi goes well today. Did you get any of the weather that we have here in Ohio? It is a mess out there. My mom and dad live 4 hours north of here and they got 6 to 10 inches of snow. We only got about 4. Enjoying your workouts are you? I have to do my workout still for the day. I stayed up until 3 playing cards with two of our friends and my dh last night, since I knew I didn't have to go to work today. But then got woke up early by the stepkids. So I am still just a little tired.
Penelope hope your week is going better for you. That is fine to come here and vent. I do it all the time when I need to. If you start throwing your change in a jar,it adds up and then you could put that in a savings account for a rainy day. That is just an idea. Hope things are going well for you so far this week!
Well I have to go. Have a great day!
Take care,

02-13-2008, 08:00 AM
Good morning!
We are off.......snow day! (I am thrilled!!!!!!)

Kerry- sorry that your meeting was cancelled. Keep focused and keep your head up till next weeks meeting. WI at home (got that new scale too, right?) to use as a way to assess how you are doing. Stinks that Dh was such a creep-(mine was too last nite). Get your sanity back......we will miss you! :)

Mermaid-isn't that soup good!? Hope you can find some other walking shoes- it would be great if you could keep a pair in your car, ready for whenever.
How did the meeting go with Ds's educational team? (hope you did not strangle anyone- I know they have been tough to deal with in the past).

I am gonna go back to bed........will check in later!

02-13-2008, 08:36 PM
Had another snow day today. But today was much better. I slept in until 11 and then got up. Spent the day with dh and he was actually human towards me. We had to go and get his truck from our friend's house. We ended up playing two games of Wii bowling and I kicked their butts the last game. Then we came home and I took a nap. So now it is time for dinner.
Ginger did you go for your wi yesterday? How did it go? I hope you were down this week. Hope you enjoyed your day off!
Mermaid how was your meeting yesterday? Hope all is going well with you. Did you get to walk today? One of my kids in my classroom stays for the afternoon program at school and she loves it when we go walking. So I bet she has been sad for the last two days when we didn't get to walk. Sounds like you have been very focused and positive this past month. So you will be seeing some great results soon.
Penelope hope all is going well for you this week. I have been saying a couple prayers for you that things start changing for the better for you.
Well i need to go and eat dinner.
Take care,

02-14-2008, 07:54 AM
Hey ya'll!

Ended up at the Jr/Sr High Area Band auditions. I was supposed to work concessions but they had enough people! Whooohooo! So I just stood around and talked for nearly 3 hours to my band mom friends! Bunches were there as I have a kid in both bands! You know I hated chatting with them! :) LOL

We've got snow this morning but NO delay or closing...so I have to get going and get the vehicle cleaned off! I've updated my ticker to show this week's loss! Slowly but surely!

Hope you ladies have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Consider yourself ((hugged)) for the day! I'll check back after school today!

move that fanny of yours! :o)
Take care,

02-14-2008, 01:56 PM
Ok, Ms Mermaid, I moved my fanny!:hug: (got a 2 mile walk in this am)
Congrats on the loss.....I don't know what it was as I hit quick reply which does not show the ticker. But congrats......any loss is good, no matter how slow it takes! Keep up the good work.

Kerry- glad you had a pleasant day.....slept late and that Dh was in a good mood. Life is so much nicer when they are!

I was down 3.4# at WI. Meeting was great, and I am so glad I busted my can to get to that one (we had an early closing that day, so I had to get in and out quickly). With the weather the way it was, that meeting was the best (and only) choice. Early dismssal Tues, snow day Wed and late opening today......no time for meetings!)
Gotta go back and face the monsters.

02-14-2008, 10:19 PM
Good to hear that you moved your fanny, Gin. Congrats on your wonderful loss! What did you do different THIS week from last?! Just wondering! :) Things at school were exhausting today! The day of LUV and CHOCOLATE...not necessarily in that order! I hope you all had a great day! I'm heading to bed early....... recover from all the festivities! Talk to you all tomorrow! HEY, tomorrow is FRIIIIIIday! whoooohoooo! :o)

02-14-2008, 10:20 PM
Anyone heard from Summmerrrr lately?

02-17-2008, 11:44 AM
WHERE did everyone go?! Hope everyone is ok and enjoying the weekend! MANNNNNNNNNNNN it is lonely out here!

02-17-2008, 10:20 PM
Nope, not heard a thing from Summerrr.

Hope everyone made it thru the weekend ok..........anyone got Monday off?
I do, am heading down to my mothers to help her with some stuff. Not exactly a day off. Oh well.
This week is insane for me. I am studying myself to death- Friday am I am taking the written part of the license test for my CE. So much material to cover. Everyone tells me I will do fine.....but got lots of material to study.
Lots. Ugh. My new DVD arrived, have not had the time to give the workout a try. Perhaps tomorrow am before I go to my moms. And, because of all the other nonsense, studying etc, I am skipping WW. Unfortunately, that is the only way that makes sense.

I'd better go......you guessed it, study. Take care....
Hi Mermaid!!!!

02-17-2008, 11:11 PM
I just got off work and I'm watching American Gangster with DB. I just wanted to pop in and say hi, since I got Mermaid's message about being lonely :) I have been unintentionally lurking :blush: I'll try to post more often!

Ginger - I have Monday off. I'm so exhausted, I just want to stay in my pajamas and do NOTHING. Unfortunately, I have homework. I'm a little worried that being in the house all day might be a trigger for bad eating. I just want to RELAX!
I hope your school lets up a little for you soon. Good luck with the studying! Do you get spring break? If so, when will it be?

Kerry - Thank you for the prayers! That is very sweet of you :)

To the other ladies - Hi, and I hope everyone enjoyed their (long?) weekend! :hug:

02-18-2008, 09:31 PM
Well, today was ok, but surely not what I would have liked. Had to go to NJ to take my dm's cat for her annual shots- plus got a bunch of errands done.
And did some minor repairs at dm's. Would have loved to stay home and just hang out with Dd, but had to do this. I really do not at all feel as though I had any additional time off. Oh well.

Penelope- we have a really insane spring break. Easter is a 4 day weekend and our spring break is the week of Passover. Interesting..........so I have a long time off until a long break (Passover is in April). Hope you got your studying done and some rest too!

Off to hit the books for me. Sorry for being so short- gonna be like that all week.

02-18-2008, 11:00 PM
hey ya'll! running in to say hello! NO. I had to work today. My school system is the only one around that had to work! UNFAIR! Re: Spring break.... We also have a 3.5 day weekend for Easter with Spring Break being scheduled for the first week of April. (I'm heading to NYC with the HS Band the last week of March which is sandwiched between Easter and Spring Break!)

Gin, what are you studying for? Sorry you "used" your free day taking care of dm's cat etc... (Just think of me.... I didn't even get to take care of my mom's cat!) (((Hugs)))

Penelope, THERE you are! :) Glad to "hear" you back to your usual self! Hope you got your homework done without eating the kitchen! ;) (((hugs))) to you as well!

Where is my favorite AvonLadyTeacher? Kerry, hope all is good out your way! (((hugs)))

Gotta run...... will check in tomorrow....
take care,
move that fanny!

02-18-2008, 11:30 PM
Well SOMEONE here is a Jimmy Buffet fan! Thought I was the only one. I am amongst my group of friends.

02-19-2008, 07:59 AM
Hi PhillyGirl! Fins to the right! :o)

Running out the door but will return!

Have a great day! Take care!

02-19-2008, 07:17 PM
Hi PhillyGirl! Fins to the right! :o)

Running out the door but will return!

Have a great day! Take care!

Thanks, Mermaid! First time I've smiled in weeks!:)

02-19-2008, 09:09 PM
Well it is Tuesday, and our friend Kerry, is I hope, heading to her TOPS meeting and having a good WI. Positive Scale Fairy thoughts going your way, Kerry!! Miss you!

Mermaid- send me those dates for the trip. We have to try to work something out. (my spring break is like yours, short:?:). I am studying for the written part of my 19A exam. Before Thanksgiving, I went to a course enabling me to become a Certified Examiner at work, which enables me to professionally evaluate my coworkers. (it is a long thing to explain, but we have to take an annual defensive driving test, a biennial written test and a biennial road test, all administered by a CE). My Dept mgr recommended me for becomming a CE (believe me I was not looking for it) and the first part of that process for me is Friday am, when I have to take the written test and the eye test. If I pass those, then it is on for another road test and a mock evaluation of another driver (to prove that I can critique another driver properly). This position will not make me popular.......nor is it easy. And this week I am up to my eyeballs studying all the manuals, laws, regs......etc.
I am a wreck over it- and have reached a dilemma with a coworker over it. Thought she was a friend, and well, it seems as though she would rather gossip than be my friend. Oh well........Sorry you had school yesterday. How has your week been? Get your fanny moving today????:hug:
I did- got 3 AP's in of walking.

Better go get my fanny back to the books.

Hi to everyone........

02-20-2008, 07:05 PM
Hey ya'll! Sitting here with my weekly slice of my dh's most wonderful pizza cooling beside me! I *DO* love weigh in day.....cause that means homemade pizza! Anyway.... just in case you all have smell-a-net internet...wanted to warn you about what you were smelling!

PillyGirl, welcome! So you are a ParrotHead? Our friend who initially set up the threads for us is a HUGE JB fan! My boys were lulled to sleep by JB when they were babies! Even had their own Parakeet shirts! Nothing like a toddler singing certain songs at the top of his lungs while in the car seat to get a "mother of the year" nomination! (You can imagine!) My guys are now 16 and nearly 13 and appreciate THE music.... but tend to ignore THE parents, THE blender and the rest of the goings on! We haven't been to a meeting of "the church of Buffett" since the Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays tour. The kids are bigger...and don't want to be left behind. They want to go. JUST how do we *DO* that?! :) BTW, the gals here in this CoconutT2 thread are THE greatest support I've ever had.... but truthfully, I'm afraid that what I've just typed is the MOST that anyone has ever typed regarding being Parrotheads! PLEASE don't think that you're not welcome tho! Just grab a stick of JuicyFruit and meet my girls! :) (I'll talk about JB ANYTIME! I miss seeing his shows and doing the hula with the Parrotheads so very much! Gonna have to go check out his summer schedule now!) So. Tell me about your life as a Phead! AND of course, so that we don't ignore the reason we are all here.... Welcome to 3fc AND congrats on your loss that is noted in your ticker! Whooohooo! WAY to go! Welcome and please stick around! (I've been to Philly once.....and can't wait to tell you all about it! LOL I'm kidding!)

Gin, I remember now! Hope that your studying is going well....and SSSOOOO sorry to hear that your colleague is a butthead! Being in a position of authority with your peers is difficult..... AND it has even caused me to RESIGN as leader of my BiggestLoser Team! (as if I was "really" some sort of authority!) Anyway.... Hang in there! ....I KNOW that you will do very well on your exams! (((hugs))) ...and yes, I moved my fanny! In fact, I think I PULLED my fanny muscle bowling...OUCH! :)

Kerry, girl, where are you?! Hope you are doing well! Hope you are getting in your "sweat sessions"! I've got to tell you that I've been messing with the scale that I announced that I hate cause I couldn't operate it correctly and viola.... I'm getting the hang of it AND sort of liking it... as much as anyone can LIKE a scale! :) So. Let us hear from you! :)

Penelope, How is it going? Hanging in there? Keeping yourself busy with homework and school and work and keeping those binges at bay, I hope! Was thinking of you the other day in the grocery as I was fretting over money! ...just so you know, as if this helps.... You're not alone with the money worries and troubles! I hear you.... and feel your pain! How's the weather where you are? Hope it isn't too yucky and that it is beginning to look / feel more like spring!

Summmmmerrrrr, totally miss you and your "spunk"! Know that you are very busy.... you know I understand...and I even fall into "that hole" from time to time....but just in case you ever come by or check in...just wanted to make sure that you knew that we've not forgotten you and are always hopeful that you will find a moment to come back! Hope that you and your family are doing well!

Hello to everyone else.... My father just pulled into the driveway, so I've gotta run! Updated my ticker thingamabob to show that I've subtracted 1.5 pounds this week! I'm getting closer to my first goal! I'm so excited and motivated and strong and....he is banging on the door....gotta run!

take care,

02-20-2008, 10:35 PM
A short good evening!
Mermaid, I gotta say that I so enjoy a vintage rant from you. Thanks for all the nice stuff you said about us here. We love having you here too!!!
How did your visit with Dd go? Gee you like a scale????? Ya losin' it?hehehehe
Congrats on the loss.

Its gonna snow Friday....probably a snow day for us, but I still get to take my darned test and have an hour drive in the miserable snow to get there!
But I will be in a district vehicle, which is built like a tank and has 4WD.
Still stressful..........gotta go study..........nite all!
(Summerrrr I miss you too!) Hi Kerry, Penelope and Philly

02-21-2008, 07:56 AM
Busy with Kid1 last night. Mandatory Safety Meeting as part of Driver's Ed. Poor kid! Only made my arguments stronger as NOW I have statistics to quote! Let him drive home in the snow. He did well. I only have 3 dozen new white hairs! The snow was sort of interesting as we had 70degree weather on Monday! I've already RUN to the window like a child to see how DEEP the snow is and turned on the news to hear that school is canceled or at the very least delayed. Sigh. Um. Nuuuu thin doing! So. I've gotta run!

Study Gin!
move it!
take care,

02-21-2008, 07:58 PM
Glad that you have mandatory new drivers safety stuff in Va. The statistics really show that all that training helps.......let me know if he needs additional inforcement in that area, as I am, for better or for worse, capable of talking about safe driving/defensive driving for hours. Sorry you did not have a snow day, Ms Mermaid. Wonder if that is the same system that will hopefully give us a snow day tomorrow.! Did you get a workout in?

Got about 3 miles of walking in today.....driving and meetings most of the day though (we had our mandatory 3hr safety refresher today).
Gotta go study- and if we do have a snow day, a coworker will drive me to the test (an hour away) so at least I do not have to freak out about driving in 6" of snow and sleet (which is what we are supposed to get!).

Take care........Hi to everyone I missed......think good thoughts for me and this test tomorrow.

02-21-2008, 09:46 PM
Busy with Kid1 last night. Mandatory Safety Meeting as part of Driver's Ed. Poor kid! Only made my arguments stronger as NOW I have statistics to quote! Let him drive home in the snow. He did well. I only have 3 dozen new white hairs! The snow was sort of interesting as we had 70degree weather on Monday! I've already RUN to the window like a child to see how DEEP the snow is and turned on the news to hear that school is canceled or at the very least delayed. Sigh. Um. Nuuuu thin doing! So. I've gotta run!

Study Gin!
move it!
take care,

VIRGINIA! got SNOW! I am REALLY getting peeved now! Philly hasn't had more than traces all winter! We were in Chincoteague for a week last summer, and drove down to the Virginia Beach area checking out lighthouses. Crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, of course, what an experience! Too flat down there for me though. I want mountains.

Thanks for the welcome. Don't envy people with teenagers learning to drive. My kid is 37 now and I vividly remember her learning to drive. (I don't drive myself, hubby taught her, I was spared that hair-raising chore.) We bought her a Camaro to go off to college in, and she totalled it three months later! No injuries, thank God, but I will still NEVER recover from that! Evidently, accident wasn't her fault, supposedly hit a box in the highway, but I wasn't there.... You know how it goes with 19 years olds!

Yes, I'm a Parrothead! Have most all of JB's vinyl and tapes, haven't upgraded to CDs yet. Tells you how old I am!

02-22-2008, 09:09 PM
Hey Philly girl, you get some snow out of this system???:carrot: Bet you did, how much?

We have snow, still coming down as freezing rain. I postponed my test for 2 weeks, (over the protest of my Dept Mgr, but the roads were horrible!).
Had a snow day, and I had a 9:30 appt, 40 miles from here and had to take windey, mountain roads to get there. Don't think so, not with all this darned snow! I did try out my new workout DVD, Kathy Voight burn and firm. I will be sore tomorrow......but it was pretty good. Just a bit over in intensity from the Leslie DVDs- but I kind of liked it. Of course I looked quite the "spas" trying to get it done, you know the spastic way you look the first time thru a new workout. But it was pretty good, and she varies the workout nicely.
My eating has been so so....gotta get myself back in mode for next weeks WI.
But TOM is due soon..so that will cause me some troubles with self control.

Oh well, gotta go. Have a great weekend!

02-22-2008, 10:27 PM
Hey hey hey! Glad you were safe Gin! Sorry to hear that you needed to cancel that test though! Glad to hear you got in your workout! My blood pressure is the only thing that got a workout today. Dealing with parents of my students. Then the new student teacher showed up to meet me. Great first impressions! ARGGGH! and to add insult to injury....The winter weather missed us with the exception of barely drizzling rain all day LONGGGGG. Temperatures hovering right around 35 not going over 40 with a nice cooooool breeze to boot! ARGGH! This week has been SO very rough at school. I'm so glad that it is over! I'm going to work hard while I've got a load of laundry in and get my homework done so that I don't have to face it later!

Philly, if you were looking for lighthouses, then I have a lighthouse for you! My favorite one is the Hatteras Light in NC. Been there? BTW, the Chesapeake Bay lighthouses are NOT very impressive.... lived around here all my life! Thomas Point is my fav; however, I'm sorta thinking that it is Maryland now that I'm thinking of it! You should pick up a cd of JB's! You will be amazed at how wonderful it sounds without the popping of the vinyl! :)

heading off to do my school work........yipeeeeee!
take care,

02-24-2008, 07:05 PM
Mermaid: I do want to see Hatteras someday, but since I don't fly, and hubby doesn't really like to drive as much as he used to, we haven't gotten that far yet. Last summer we did four in one trip: the Assateague LH, Old Point Comfort (and oh, geez, how I'd like to live on Fort Monroe in one of those old houses!), and Old and New Cape Henry. Almost got my husband arrested when I sent him out of the truck to take a picture of the gate at the Cape Henry Fort! I had snapped a pic of the guardhouse as we left on the sly, and he was so freaked when the soldier told him he couldn't take a pic of the gate, that he was convinced they were following us down the road and made me delete the pic of the guardhouse! A lot of the Chesapeake LHs are out in the water, too far to see, some are small and some are those skeleton ones. I did check the Lighthouse site and found out what they looked like first, and that's why we picked the ones we did. We stayed in Chincoteague and loved it there. May go back this year. Thomas Point is also on my list, it IS in Maryland, outside of Annapolis. And, hey, I'm old -- I LIKE the popping of the vinyl.;)

Ginger: We got about 2-3 inches in my part of the city, which is within viewing distance of the suburban border, and we generally get a little more than the rest of the city. It's still here, but everyday it melts a little and then freezes up at night. I love snow, this wasn't near enough for me, but it's better than nothing. When we had the 3-foot '96 blizzard, I went out in my bare feet with no coat on and THREW myself into it! I waited my whole life for that blizzard!

Well, greetings to all.

02-25-2008, 12:52 PM
Happy Monday all!

Mermaid- sorry that last week was such a stinker for you. So this new student teacher is a real loser??? Air head/brain dead or just an idiot. And how long do you have to deal with this person? Hope you got all the laundry done and some rest this weekend. But who am I kidding regarding the rest- you have 2 kids and they are at the drive me everywhere stage! Perhaps you got a walk or a tape in- a few minutes of "Mermaid" time! Hang in there, spring is coming!

Philly- ya want some snow?? Come On up! We got around 6 inches, at least, and then the freezing rain kicked in. Lots of fun.......nice and white around here. Speaking of lighthouses, you are not too far from the Cape May lighthouse, ever been there? Should be a pleasant drive for you.....and Cape May is very scenic, although it is years since I have been there. You like old houses too? Guess we have something in common there! I keep feeling I should have been born during the colonial era......they have to drag me out of Williamsburg kicking and screaming usually.

So far so good today......did the new DVD, well as much as my achin' body could stand and got a 15 min walk in. Now if I can just keep my fat mouth shut and not stress eat, things should be great! BTW, tonite is the postponed science fair which I am NOT looking foward to. Oh, I am sure Dd's project will get a good grade, she worked hard on it and it was well done.
Just that I get to see Mrs Science Fair- the wackadoo that I used to attend WW meetings with who always gets dressed up as if she was going to the Oscars for it. And brag on how she lost a gazillion #'s- which BTW she will put on next week,hehehehe. By 7 pm, science fair time, I am a vegetable and have no tolerance for her bulls***. She acts this way every year- and being that I gained 10# I am not really in a mood for her garbage. She is the reason I switched meetings to Tuesday- can't stand an attention hog like her.
Okie dokie.......I have mumbled enough here.......hope everyone is having a great Monday. Kerry, Summerrrr, Penelope we miss you!!!!!

02-25-2008, 10:01 PM
Oh, yeah, Ginger, been to Cape May LH a few times. Have done most of the LH in Jersey worth seeing. Cape May, Barnegat, Hereford, Twin Lights, Sandy Hook, the replica of the Tuckers' LH, are the ones I can remember off the top of my head. Some day I want to do that weekend LH Challenge they have every year in October. But hubby says we've been to most of them, what's the point? He just doesn't get LH fever like I do.

02-26-2008, 01:34 PM
I am not a huge LH fan, butcan easily see the attraction. Each day's weather is different, different seasons etc..... They are fun and sort of an interesting hobby.

Got to my meeting, I was up a #, but I am waiting for TOM.....sure some of it is water. Lots of walking in today- think I was at it for 70 minutes.

Better get my useless hide back to work. Have a good one!

02-26-2008, 09:09 PM
hey ya'll ....will spend YET ANOTHER night with DS2 at the computer doing his biome project thingy.... wanted to give you all a quick shout and let you know that I'm around....and busy with this thing called life! The project is due on Thursday.... os ...well.... I'll be back! Sorry to not get more personal.... he has his father's toe tap when he is waiting. Very irritating! (((Hugs))) Gin, heard from Kerry?! take care, meeee

02-27-2008, 01:37 PM
Just a short hello from me too.......busy day. Had a dentist appt this am- went to the store and at least dinner is figured out and I won't be too much of a basket case tonite. (have Pioneer girls.......:dizzy:)

Mermaid- sorry about the science project. (I just survived the science fair here, I feel your pain). Hope Ds stopped that darned toe tapping- don't ya love it when one of your offspring inherits one of Dh's "better" (hahaha) traits like that!? Hang in there, my dear..ya know I love you lots :hug:.

Hi to Philly, Penelope and Kerry........not heard from Kerry.......gonna send her an email and see if she is ok!
Have fun ladies, this is life:D

02-27-2008, 11:25 PM
project done! long before bedtime! AMAZING! :) I've got chills and every inch of my body aches.... I am NOT getting sick. I am NOT getting sick! ARGGGH!

take care my girlies!

02-29-2008, 09:55 PM
Dear Ms I am not getting sick..........hope you did not get sick! I hear it is out there- all kinds of nasty bugs. Hope you are ok and if you did not feel great that it was a fast mover and you are on the mend.

Its Friday!:carrot: Why did this week seem so long? Why am I so tired?
Hope everyone has a good weekend!
Take care.

03-01-2008, 01:01 PM
for the first time since I posted my last note, I'm at teh computer... only long enough to pay the bills.... I have influenza A .......went to the doctor... now you must know I'm really ill if I went to the dr. going to take a shower and go back to bed....will catch up sometoher time.

03-02-2008, 05:47 PM
Feel better Mermaid!!!!!!!! Sorry to hear that you have the flu. Ugh. Did you get there soon enough to be able to get one of those anti viral drugs?
(the good news is, you are probably not able to eat much and might lose a # or two!)

Not much new here......we all seem to be slightly under the weather here.
Hope everyone else is ok and having a good weekend.

03-03-2008, 01:04 PM
Ah, another Monday........This week promises to be insane. I have the reschedule of that test on Friday (so I have to study again), all the normal stuff, piano lessons, Pioneers, etc.....plus a new trainee to start working with.
I can see it now, I am going to have to skip my meeting this week- but am planning to get to one Monday next week.

Mermaid- hope you are feeling better!
Penelope and Philly- how are your lives going?
Kerry????? Kerry??????worried about you!
And our Ms Summerrrr- hope we do not have to wait until summer to see you here again. But we all understand busy lives.

Drink your water ladies. Take care

03-04-2008, 11:36 AM
Feel Better Mermaid!

This week will be even more insane........just gained 2 new trainees:dizzy:.
Got a walk in and will get another in as I have no car (inspection)
Sorry to be so short.......just a really busy week.
Take care all.

03-05-2008, 07:27 PM
Hey Gin,
Sorry to hear that your week has been crazy! Where did everyone go here? I am out of bed all day for the first time in a week. Will try to return to school tomorrow. I've got NO energy and a really raspy productive cough. Guess the good thing is that tomorrow is Thursday! I feel like I am in some sort of time warp.... last day I functioned last week 1/2 way was Thursday.... feels pretty weird to realize that a whole week has gone by!

I think I'm going to set my next goal after I feel more like myself and can think straight. 'Til then, my eating is under control ......no appetite! Guess being sick has to have SOME sort of positive, huh?!

take care,

03-06-2008, 09:38 PM
Being sick has its advantages, Mermaid. Hope today went ok for you and that you are regaining some strength.

I am getting a wee bit of a cold- seems like nothing horrible yet.
Tomorrow is that darned test.....gosh I want this over with and with me passing it. See ya!

03-06-2008, 10:55 PM
Good luck on your test, Gin! Don't get sick! Today at work was very difficult. 4 different subs left stuff to the best of their ability...but MAN...what a mess to figure out! Tomorrow is another day! Fingers crossed for 100% on your test! :)

03-07-2008, 01:39 PM
Mermaid, hope today is better and that you are feeling better! Sorry that you were left with such chaos. Lots of luck straightening it out.
Are you feeling any better?

I passed the miserable test. Is there some prerequisite for state tests that they be worded in the most obscure manner? This was typical of NYS- but I survived. Now on to the road test....in about 3 weeks.:dizzy:

Gotta get ready to face my afternoon kiddies. See ya!

03-07-2008, 10:41 PM
Have not been keeping up here, sorry, but I found a site that will publish my stories if they like them, and I get paid for every view, so I banged out three stories this week. Since I've been submitting them for years to the print media, and keep getting rejected, I turned them into speeches when I belonged to Toastmasters. Sothis week I dug out my old speeches and turned them back into stories! They accepted all three of them! I won't get rich, but every little bit helps. (One of them is called "Yankee in a Southern Karaoke Bar." Anyone who wants to read it let me know by PM and I'll send you the link)

Tried to cheer my dad up yesterday. He's really down because they just found two more little nodes on his lungs. He had surgery last summer and they told him he was fine and didn't need chemo or radiation, but a CAT-scan a couple weeks ago showed these new ones. Since I've had chemo, he asked how it was. It told him, "Let's face it dad, how much hair do you really have to lose?" He did smile for the first time in two weeks. He said, "Yeah, bald IS in, isn't it?" I am just hoping and praying.

Haven't lost any weight the past two weeks, really getting frustrated. I don't even want to look at the scale anymore, and that's bad because that's part of how I got in these straits. But, I am still maintaing, so I guess I should be happy. I did go off my routine a couple days this week and skipped a formal dinner and, God forbid, breakfast, one day, but made sure I got my fruit/veggie and dairy and water requirements in -- of course, one day, I made up 2 dairies by eating TWO pieces of yogurt cheesecake at once, 10 pts!, but since I didn't eat much of anything else that day, I actually didn't go over! I felt soooo decadent. Got tired of the Garden Veggie Soup, so am doing V8 instead for couple weeks.

People are starting to call me up and ask if I'm making easter eggs again this year! Last year I made everyone one-pound coconut cream eggs and people went wild about them. I am debating whether to do it this year because I do a lot of finger licking when I dip chocolate. But I've already had three requests from family, one of whom even offered to pay me! Now, I'd never charge my BIL, but how can I say no. It WAS fun making them. And if I am very careful with my weighing, I can even make one for myself. Am I rationalizing here, girls?

Well, just wanted to check in and let every one know I'm still alive.

03-08-2008, 10:23 PM
Hi Philly!
First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I am assuming that his other site was the lungs also and that this is not a new cancer, but a recurrance of the other cancer. I do not know all that much about cancer- but know that recurrance of the old cancer is better than a new one. I hope all goes well with his chemo and that he responds well to it. You are a brave cancer survivor too?! On to the coconut cream eggs. Does making them bring joy to your life? (sounds like it does).I think I would do it......make the eggs and have some fun. And in typical WW mode, you can approach this candy rich time of year in 3 ways. Totally go off program......gain what you do and get back on track in 2 weeks. Or, go for a controlled gain/maintain- stay somewhat OP but not totally out of control. Or staying OP and trying to lose. When I am "in mode" I usually opt for control mode- figuring that I will go off program in a bit, but not overboard. That usually works for me.
Hey I love V8 too......great way to get those veggies in and so easy too.
Congrats on getting published. Send me the link please- but I know I will not get to much reading for another week.

Ran a bunch of errands today, and ordered a new bed for Ds. Gee, the twin bed he has fit fine when he was 5- but now at the age of almost 19, I guess he needs something larger. Found something on sale that pretty much goes with his furniture.
No walk today- just not feeling great. I have to get my butt back on program-been sliding away the past week. And next week does not look better either, as I have a new trainee who will take up a lot of my time.

Gotta go place the seed order for our summer garden. Enjoy your weekend!

03-11-2008, 10:45 PM
how can it only be TUESDAY?@ So many things I MUST do / HAVE to do....and unfortunately they don't have too much to do with ME! ARGGH!

Hope you all are having a good start to your week... I've been home less than a 1/2 hour after being at the high school tonight.... gotta go do my school work AND housework AND well, you guys understand!

take care..... miss everyone!

03-12-2008, 08:40 AM
Morning Ladies,
Sorry that I went MIA there for about two to three weeks. I had a deadline at school to meet with my 9 alternate assessments. So they are done and turned in. So now I can start thinking about me again. I did lose two pounds last night at TOPS. I guess that is good since I hadn't been there since 2/18.
So what is new with everyone? Not a lot going on here.
Well I guess I better get my big fanny in gear and go to school. I have a fieldtrip this afternoon with the after school program. Going to the movies. So that should be fun. I only have today and tomorrow to go to school. I took Friday off. Just going to be lazy that day.
Hope everyone is doing great. I will chat with you all later. Missed you all lots. Can't wait to catch up with you again.
Have a great day!
Take care,

03-12-2008, 03:36 PM
Well, moved the Butterfly today -- lost 5 pounds since last Tuesday!:carrot:

I didn't lose any weight for three weeks, and then, boom, five pounds gone! Same thing last time -- no weight loss for three weeks and then boom, 3 pounds were gone! I guess I shouldn't question it, just keep on keepin' on!

Happy happy day!

03-14-2008, 10:13 PM
This hellish week is over........thank goodness. I am tired, tired, tired. # days of training and all the other nonsense that goes on in my life.

Kerry- so glad to hear from you!!! Hope your field trip went well and the rest of the week ended up on a high note. Glad you lost too!

Philly- congrats on moving that butterfly and the weight loss. My doctor once said that the body sheds weight at its own pace, and sometimes that pace makes little or no sense. A loss is a loss and I am happy for you.

Mermaid- so your week stunk too?! Hope you got everything done that you had to do and found a wee little bit of time for yourself. Life with a high schooler is fun, ain't it? So much running around.

Me, I am just an overloaded stressed out monster. Just too full a plate for now, and it will not change for a few weeks. My new trainee scheduled a road test for mid April and my own road test (the second half of the state certification I am attempting to attain) will probably fall somewhere around then too. Oh well. I am, unfortunately, doing a lot of stress eating and it shows on the scale and my waistline. Gotta reverse that trend and now. Anyone want to kick me in the can?

With that, I had better get off and stop complaining. Hope you have a great weekend.

03-17-2008, 09:42 PM
Hey girls! BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! Congratulations Philly for the move of the magic butterfly! Read your work online! Enjoyed the pieces that I could find! I've always wanted to try karaoke...however, there has never been ENOUGH alcohol in my system to get me to do it! (Trouble is all the places that "do" it are full of experts! I needed to try back when it began...not now that everyone has become Lounge Lizards! hehehehe!)

Kerry, we were getting worried about you! Glad to hear that all is well and you were just busy! KNOW how that goes!

Ginger, hope you are doing well..... things here ARE crazy.... and the youngest JUST turned 13! So now 2 teens are in the house! YIKES! I leave next week to visit NYC with the band... Staying in Elizabeth, NJ if that means rings a bell! (Still not giving up on the idea of a "visit"!) Hang tough with all your driving stuff! Would LOVE for you to come down here and give my guy a test or two! He is getting better...and I'm getting more gray hair! Wish I could kick your fanny....however, right now, I'm going a bit nuts...gotta get my head straight before I can fix someone else's! YOU KNOW WHAT to do! (as do I....) It is finding the time and having the determination! ARGGH!!! If it helps any, you are NOT alone!

Gotta go work on my sub plans for the days I'm out of school next week! Yummy! I adore sub plans and paperwork! BLEECH!

take care, ya'll!

03-19-2008, 12:31 AM
Well, I made the eggs and took a couple dozen one-ouncers to my self-help meeting tonight, and one girl begged me to make six one-pounders for her. Since she is a good friend, I said sure, and then she said, how much. When I declined to be paid, she insisted. So, since I know the good candy stores charge almost $20 now for that size and quality, I accepted her offer of $10, each and I've got $60 coming!

A WW person selling coconut cream Easter Eggs! :D Kind of like an alcoholic selling booze!:devil: Oh, well, I can use the money.

03-22-2008, 11:17 PM
Hello my dear abandoned friends! Things here are going way CRAZY! Gained a bit of weight...and am working now to get it back off!

:easter2: Hope you have a great Easter! :egg:

Miss you guys! Hope all is good with everyone! Take care!

03-24-2008, 06:09 PM
Just having a ton of fun here.......Easter was pretty bad, spent it with my MIL who was in one of her moods. Could not wait to get out of there!
Thank goodness we had today off, so that I could re group a bit and make myself human once more. Well, as human as I can be.
Mermaid- call me when you get up here........I know exactly where Elizabeth NJ is, a cess pool, but I know where it is. Happy travelling and good luck with the 2 teenagers! hehehehe

Philly- congrats on all that profit from the eggs! Where do you source your raw materials from? Hope you were able to make the eggs without compromising yourself.

Sorry for being short....gotta get dinner on.
See ya

03-24-2008, 09:14 PM
Ecmom, I did do a lot of finger-licking, but it doesn't seem to have added any weight. "Source my raw materials?" :lol: Uh, Pathmark, Acme, BJs, Whole Foods, whoever had the ingredients on sale!

I did make myself an egg, haven't touched it yet, but I know exactly how many points are in it and will weigh and count it accordingly. Since we're heading for Fancy Gap, Virginia, on Wednesday, it will most likely sit in the frig for another week. It was a lot of fun making them, especially since I had the scathingly brilliant idea to use my small crockpot to melt the chocolate in -- it was a lot easier dipping this year, and the chocolate stayed hot and dippable. Last year, I gerryrigged a double boiler with two Revere pots, and oh what a mess! This year was much neater and quicker. And everyone who got one was thrilled.

03-25-2008, 12:20 AM
I've spent the afternoon trying to cram some of my best clothes and some of my casual clothes into the 1 suitcase I'm allowed to carry on this trip! We must turn it in tomorrow....after they go through it AS IF A CHAPERONE would sneak something into their luggage! (I'm carrying a small bottle of Scope just in case I get REALLY desperate! hehehe!) My suitcase goes in with the kids, so I guess, well... you know! I can't get all my STUFF in the one suitcase! I CAN'T! I didn't eat any Easter candy....but I made up for it today...... I'm in a panic...so I eat like a crazy person! I'll try to remember to call! I can't promise a thing since I will be with 80 of my closest teen friends! (OMG!)

Crock pot chocolate eggs sound YUMMY! My mom "discovered" using the crock for candy dipping when I was a kid.... I've only tried to use multiple sauce pans once before I realized that mom was right!

Just looked at the weather ....... the forecast has changed....now it is calling for rain the whole time we're in NYC.............. I've gotta go... vomit!

take care,

03-26-2008, 01:55 PM
Happy Trip Ms Mermaid........if ya get a breather call me- this weekend seems just as nuts as any, but maybe we can work something out.
Phillly- glad you have the won't power to stay away from those eggs!!!!Sound wonderful.

Gotta go back to the salt mines. See ya

03-27-2008, 08:32 PM
Long tough day....got my walk in though!
Where is everyone?
Take care.

03-28-2008, 10:09 PM
Gonna start a new thread.........#3. See ya there!