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03-06-2008, 06:35 AM
:coffee2: I need an X-large mug this morning! I have to be at Cindy's by 6:15, as she and Richard are going to NYC for a conference and won't be back until around 9pm. At least the kiddies are over the sickies so they'll be in school part of the day. I'll have to think of something fun to do afterwards, and maybe I"ll treat them to supper at their favorite Chinese restaurant.

So what's everyone up to today?

03-06-2008, 06:46 AM
Cottage, sounds like a long, but fun day ahead! Have fun with the kids today...I just love Chinese food!!!

Me..gettting ready to "fluidity", then get ready for work. Long day ahead for me to. Have to finish getting my house clean when I get home and then have to pick up my daughter in New Orleans at the airport around midnight. I've decided to take tomorrow off of work and also this coming Wednesday. My sister and brother in law are coming in on Sunday, then leave with my Mother on Tuesday...a busy few days getting Mama's stuff packed and shipped back to NC. I will miss her terribly.

03-06-2008, 07:13 AM
Good early morning, ladies!

Linda, I hope you have fun with the girls today! What about having them help make dinner? I bet they love to be in the kitchen! And then a nice, fun bath before bed. That would be my plan of action.

Cat, have a great workout, and enjoy your last couple days with your mom for this season! I bet you just can't wait to see your daughter!


I'm procrastinating from going out for my run. It's light enough now so I really should head out. I have to figure out something to do out of the house this afternoon because Tom's step-mom is having a wisdom tooth out this morning and I'm sure she won't need to be hearing the kids stomping about the house all day when she gets home! The girls should be napping when she gets back from her appointment, and we do have violin later on today, so she'll get some peace and quiet. I feel bad for her - she's really nervous.

Well, off to get my rear in gear. Have a productive morning, all!


03-06-2008, 07:53 AM
Linda, busy day, good luck with the kids!

Femme... have a nice jog...

Kara... sorry about the situation of the kids and gramma... kids can really make us miserable when we in pain, but when it comes to loved ones, we tend to "suck it up" as they say..... I wouldn't worry too much.

Me.... I'm heading to the old neighborhood (2 hr one way) to visit, drop joe off at grammas for funeral... and visit my best friend! YEAH... I will stop in and say hi to his family, give condolences, but high tail it out of there hopefully within 20 mins or so. Spoke with Barb, my ex's sister who is a close and dear frined of mine, and she agrees with me. I'll let her explain to "mommy dearest" why I left so quickly. See, Joe and all three brothers will be there, and JOe has them all convinced I'm this evil person... to them I'm a B----... so., let them say their goodbyes in peace. I get to see Clair! woot!

But it will be a lllooonnnnggggg day.

have fun all.

03-06-2008, 08:50 AM
Quick :wave: today. I really goofed off yesterday and need to get my fluffy butt in gear and on the road. I need to return some "sickie" equipment in town and hope to work in a bit of a veggie/fruit shop when I'm there. Even a half hour drive seems to tire me out so I'll play it by ear.

Have a lovely Thursday - even if it's only in little bits here and there.

03-06-2008, 08:53 AM
Morning chicks, I'm back from my travels. I'll catch up on personals and yesterday's posts later. I've got a trip report to get out and I've got to make up an agenda for my meeting tomorrow. I am trying Ruth's Radish Home Fries right now, looking forward to tasting them.

This morning I heard the birds chirping as I woke up and had a flash back for some reason to an Easter from my childhood - my mom had made me a pink wool capelet to wear to church - with white patent leather Mary Janes. funny...

sounds like you all have fun and busy days ahead. For some reason this really feels like Friday. I guess it's been a long week!

03-06-2008, 09:22 AM
Schmoodle, I hope you really like those radish homefries. I love them!!!

Ruth, have fun with you trip. I bet you get worn out because you're having to concentrate on every little detail.

Loriann, best of luck with the funeral today and have fun with Clair!

I'm back from my run. Got to talk to Tom today. He somehow worked out how to hook up the Vonage line in his hotel room. I think he had to disconnect something else to do it, but regardless of the shananigans he pulled, it was great to hear his voice!


03-06-2008, 09:49 AM
Loriann - what a hornet's nest. I'd somehow manage to blunder it. I'm not very tactful, even when I try really hard.

Schmoodle - it REALLY feels like Friday to me b/c the kids have off a day of school tomorrow. Gotta get moving and clean soon!

Kara - it's great to hear that voice, isn't it? Sometimes it's good, other times it just makes you miss him IN person that much more. Will you have many more periods of separation in the future, or does this look like it's it for a while?

Well, I am kidless today. That rarely happens. Usually only in emergencies or serious illness/injury. I just decided last night that it doesn't hurt to ask, so I placed a call into MIL and told her it wasn't a big deal, I was just behind, and would she mind having DD4 there for the day. Now I'm FREE!!

First is cleaning off the kitchen table, then tackling Mount Foldmore. I'm going to be doing all the nasty jobs that keep getting put aside. When stuff piles up like that, I get overwhelmed and let it go completely. Foolish, I know - just my silly defense. I'm really trying to get into a routine where I do a little each day, but it hasn't worked. I'm hoping my new-found confidence with my eating might spill over into my housekeeping skills (sorely lacking). I have joined a million times, but never stuck with it. I need a "housekeeping diet"!!! :lol3:

It is COLD here today, so I'll be firing up that basement woodstove as well.

03-06-2008, 09:57 AM
Krystal, you have no idea...After he gets home next Thursday (did I mention that's in ONE WEEK?!), he'll only be here for four days before he has to leave for Florida for ten weeks. Luckily, we can drive to Florida if we really want to, which wasn't so much an option for Korea :lol: so that makes in mentally easier at least. Plus, it's super to be near family, although it's obviously not the same. After he finishes the course in Florida, we're all going to Germany. I don't know what his deployment schedule will be out of Germany but I'm hoping we get at least a year before we have to deal with any more separations.

Good luck with getting your chores accomplished today! I used to do a little something every day and it worked well for me at that point. Now I'm a Friday cleaner (although laundry gets done more often than once a week).


03-06-2008, 10:18 AM
Rosy Radish Home Fries are Yum-ola!

03-06-2008, 10:34 AM
Good Thursday Morning Everyone! (Man this week is flying by - probably really helped that I was on vacation! ;))

Cottage: Mmmmm, Chinese. Haven't been able to indulge in that in a while. Hope your day is going well and that you and the girls find a lot to keep you busy. Glad they're over their sickies!!

Cat: Oh, you definitely will miss your mom. I'm glad your DD is coming for a visit. I bet you will have a lot of busy fun with all of your company this weekend!

Kara: I'm glad you talked to Tom and that you only have a week to go to see him. The kids must be getting really excited. Hope you find some fun out-of-the-house activities. Good luck to your MIL!

Loriann: I'm sorry about the situation with your ex's family - especially in this time when everyone needs to grieve in peace. I think you have the right idea about leaving quickly. Hope you enjoy your visit with your friend!

Ruth: I'm sure that it's rough for you, but it'll get better. Pretty soon you'll be tearing up the roads like you were before surgery. Have a good day.

Schmoodle: I love Easter reminiscing - I always loved my pink and yellow and lavender dresses - with the cutest patent shoes - and white hats and gloves. Such a great occasion for frilly girls! Hope you have a good day and that the travel report and agenda go quickly!

FluffyK: I'm the EXACT same way about the house. If it's just a little messy, I take care of it, but if things are piled up and in desperate need of a good cleaning, I put it off until the last possible moment. Of course, I have no kids to speak of, so it must be 10 times rougher for you. Good luck!

Gonna: I wasn't able to post personals yesterday, but my deepest condolences to you and your family. I hope your grieving time is peaceful and healing. :hug:

Me: Not too much here. Watched Ghost Hunters with DH last night but somehow also had time to straighten the house, put away two loads of laundry, iron and balance the budget. Nice.

Tonight is leftovers for dinner as we're going to meet after work to buy a new chest freezer. (I don't know if you remember, but last Thanksgiving we got stuck in the snow 45 miles from home on account of the chest freezer my MIL gave us - the one she swore worked - it doesn't.) That may take a while as we've been having trouble agreeing on what size to get. DH wants one that will just fit our half a steer that will be butchered soon and I want one with extra room. We'll see what happens.

On to other news, just found out last night that MIL is bringing her boyfriend (he's 35 and she's 55) to visit us the last weekend in March. Should be interesting seeing that this guy is younger than her oldest son. Honestly, on the phone he sounds exactly like her ex-husband, who is DH's stepdad, which is A LOT creepy. We'll see what happens.

Well, off to work. Hope everyone to come has a great day!!


03-06-2008, 10:41 AM
It's almost Friday!!!!

I am a lil upset this morning as we found out late lastnight that my grandmothers funeral is Friday (tomorrow) at 2pm which means we would of had to of left here this am around 5:30-6 to get there (virginia) this evening around 7ish. I called about flights & round trip it would cost $500 per person and there is myself, dh, my mom & my brother that would have to go ($2000) So mom explained with the short notice it was not possible to be there so we sent flowers & donated $$ to her charity she was involved in. Just don't understand why didn't they wait til Saturday or Monday????? So we are thinking of going up there easter weekend.

Wow Cottage what a long day.

Cat enjoy your time with your family

Kara your excitement for Tom's arrival is so well seen. Hope all works out with your day

Have a safe trip Loriann

Be careful Ruth and be sure to get some rest

Glad your back Schmoodle

Krystal I hope you have a productive day

As for me I was up at 5:15 and did a 10 minute jog on the treadmil those early am jolts I get make my day better. Other than that just the usual

03-06-2008, 10:43 AM
:hug: Thanks for your kind words Kim I hope all works out with the new freezer. Sounds like the MIL situation is like a soap opera - good luck

03-06-2008, 10:49 AM
Just checking in quickly (I'm at work) and I just HAVE to tell you today's NSV!!
I am wearing A BELT!! It was one of my goals. I have not worn a belt in years cause I always had my shirts out to cover up the tummy. It is not flat by any means, but flat enough to wear a belt with my olive khaki cute little skirt. oh boy!! I just happened to find an olive green belt >>> seems to be the only one i now own ( please excuse the punctuation >>apparently this computer no longer likes capitals nor elipses>>>time call the tech dept)

03-06-2008, 11:11 AM
:yay: Cat thats great! Keep up the great work

03-06-2008, 11:29 AM
Yay Cat! I also don't own a belt...hmmm...

Gonna, I'm so sorry about the trip not being feasible. It's hard with last minute arrangements like that. I do hope you can make it out to spend time with family soon!

Kim, you were a powerhouse last night! I hope you get the freezer you want - I'd vote for a little extra room, too! Extra freezer space gets used up about as fast as extra closet space in my experience!


03-06-2008, 01:03 PM
Cat - I didn't own a belt even when I was skinny. I am so short-waisted, it was NEVER comfortable.

Got some laundry done, the kitchen picked up, kids' schedule written out (they seem to have lost their last one... Hmmmmmm....) And I'm trying to get a schedule worked out for me. Took care of the chickens, built that fire I needed, swept the basement (laundry room). Now I'm sitting and eating my lunch - a salad with a bunch of stuff on it.

What is your favorite SB-OK salad dressing?
I have to pick some more up - the only kind I have is Vidalia onion (sugars). I'm not a fan of sharp italians, but I can handle balsamic stuff.

I would like to be one more pound down by Sunday, so I'm not going to step on the scale until then. This is day 4, so I don't expect anymore major loss. Now it's just going to be slow and steady.

Kara - I would love to live in Germany, even if it was just on a base. My heritage is German and I heard a bunch when I was growing up. When I was heading for USAFA, I had hoped world travel might be part of the fun, but instead I got a knee injury right before basic ended. I got married, had four kids and don't leave home instead.

Update on the school/career thing: I called an old work friend (who is in the same field I used to be in) and asked what the going rate was for salaries. Turns out, it's about $20K MORE than what I'd be going back to school for. I liked what I did, just felt I was a bit lacking in a few computer things. Perhaps I'll just go back to school for the parts I felt lacking in and go back to my old career. I did like it a lot, and I'm not sure I'd like the new career as much. I'm still indecisive, can you tell? It's not like I have to make a decision RIGHT NOW anyway. I couldn't work at all until next year, and even then the summer thing poses an issue.

03-06-2008, 02:59 PM
Krystal, I like to use just a good quality olive oil (I like Carapelli's) and a splash of balsalmic vinegar with whatever spices I'm craving at the moment (basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, etc.). I *think* (I don't have a bottle in the house right now) that I've used Hidden Valley Light Buttermilk Ranch in the past, but I'm not sure if that just didn't have hydrogenated oils and did have sugar...


03-06-2008, 04:41 PM
What is your favorite SB-OK salad dressing?
I have to pick some more up - the only kind I have is Vidalia onion (sugars). I'm not a fan of sharp italians, but I can handle balsamic stuff.

I make our own. I got some of the medium sized mason jars and an immersion blender. We usually use olive oil and salad or balsamic vinegar and whatever spices we feel like. If I'm making "Mexican", I substitute lime juice for the vinegar and make sure there's lots of comino, chili powder and cilantro in the mix. For Japanese food night, I use a bit of sesame oil, ground ginger and etc. If we leave it in the fridge it usually lasts 3 or 4 days. Tasty, I control what's going in, and we spend A LOT less on dressing now.

03-06-2008, 05:56 PM
Hi everyone! I can't read long as I need to sleep. But I wanted to say hello.

Gonna: my sincere condolences to you and your family.
Kara: One week? You must be so excited!
Everything is fuzzy, I look forward to reading and catching up with everyone soon.

My husband left today for a snowboarding trip for Spring Break. So it is just me and my two puppies.

03-06-2008, 06:21 PM
cottage, don't sweat the brownie. Hope the babies are all better now and you had a fun long day with them today.
spirit, hope work continues to go well. Congrats on getting the exam out of the way!
littlechick, hope you have gotten out from underneath the crazy dance mamas. Poor DD, hope they can figure out soon why she is in pain!
Stephanie, glad your co-worker is okay. Have fun at your Trader Joe's visit. My closest is 30 miles away, but I'm going to be passing it tomorrow, so I'll stock up.
Kim, I'm so glad you had a great vacation with hubby. Buy a BIG freezer, you can always fill it up.
Fluffy, do ya love the WATPs? I've been doing well with them. I don't seem to mind doing them (not yet, at least). If you are a good worker, most employers are pretty good and flexible about where and how you work. If you get a job in the fall, by spring you may have proven yourself invaluable and be able to telecommute. I've been able to have a good career with three kids and never putting them in daycare. I love flylady, although I haven't flown much in the past year. But she did help me develop a few good habits that have stuck. However, my sink is rarely shiny these days.
Trader Joe's goddess dressing!
Kara, I guess you're down to 7 days now. I know you're getting excited! Hope the babies enjoyed their gymnastics class. DH loves skype for VOIP calling. He uses it to call him mom in France and me when he's away. We sure do save money over what we used to spend on phone calls!
Gonna, so sorry you have another family loss to deal with. Alzheimer's is so sad, my SIL's parents both passed of that disease, it was a terrible thing to watch and so hard on SIL. Sorry that you will miss the funeral.
TnTechGrl, how did the Lasik go? I am so tempted to do that but the thought of it freaks me out. I've worn glasses or contacts since I was 8!
Cat, I guess you'll be getting your daughter soon. I'm sure you're psyched for the visit! Have a great weekend with your family coming and going.
Loriann, hope your day wasn't too long or difficult and you had a great visit with your friend.

It is a little cool but a beautiful day here and the kids have been taking advantage of it, running around the back yard with light sabers since they got home from school, even DD. I'm letting them enjoy it while they can, plenty of time for homework later.
I think I'll make them a potato and ham soup for dinner, but still need to come up with something for me and DH. Laurie's pizzas sure did sound good. Hmmm...
Survivor tonight! I have missed an episode or two and need to catch up to all the goings on.
There now, all caught up! Hope I didn't miss anyone. Time to go start dinner.

03-06-2008, 06:52 PM
I went into the office for awhile today but when one of the managers came around saying the rain had turned to ice pellets and it was getting slippery, I came home. I had an inch of ice on my car. Brian's day care closed early due to the weather so it is just as well I can work from home. It's hard to tell what is going to happen. They are still saying 3-6 inches of snow tonight but it looks like most of the snow may go north of us. We have had a LOT of rain though. The pool is full to the top now and it was about 3 inches lower.

Tonight is tomato and spinach soup which is fast, easy and a comfortable food when it is cold.

03-06-2008, 09:40 PM

I am really feeling hungry. But I shouldn't be because I had quite a bit at dinner. I'm thinking it's cravings, but not sure what to have that's going to make it go away and still keep on plan... I also didn't get to exercise formally. I was moving around all day cleaning, hauling laundry and scrubbing out my fridge, so hopefully I haven't set myself back. I know that dinner could not have possibly caused me cravings because I only had veggies (brussel sprouts and green beans) and meat. Maybe I *am* just hungry????

Sorry to whine... I'll see y'all tomorrow.

Oh, BTW - can we post a link to the next day's thread on the previous day's? I use the subscriptions and it would make life really easy if we could do that. :yes:

03-06-2008, 10:19 PM
Thank you all for your thoughts and concern - it means a great deal to me :hug:

Intech hope all went well with the surgery

The concrete contractor finaly finished late this evening with blocking up the room addition now we can get the other contractor in to finish everything :carrot:

Sleep tight everyone

03-06-2008, 10:32 PM
Fluffy...try a boiled egg with salt and pepper. Soothing and filling and good for "I want SOMETHING but I don't know what"..