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06-19-2008, 07:07 AM
Good morning! Coffee is badly needed today as my house is cold. I even broke down and turned on the furnace for a wee bit.

I have a peaceful day planned after two days spent mainly in the car running around. The only thing on my schedule is the Good Food Box distribution this morning. I may work in a Harry visit later.

The weather forecast for the next five days is depressing! I had planned to go to Ottawa with the dogs to visit my friend but canceled out. Five wet dogs in a smallish house doesn't appeal so we'll do it another time. The good news is that I cleared out my calendar for the three days and am leaving it that way. I need a break.

Need to lug the trash out to the road but will check back later. Keep the coffee hot, OK?

06-19-2008, 07:14 AM
:coffee: Here's your morning wake-up call! Coffee's fresh and hot!

A gorgeous day is on the horizon, mid 70s and sunny, can't complain about that! :) I'm actually going to get myself over to Curves this morning, since I don't have to get the girls until 10. Since they've been out of school my schedule has been crazy and it's been hard to find time to exercise. I've really gotten lazy and have to get back in the groove again. ;) The rest of the day will be filled with piano lessons, followed by a picnic at the park. We have to do a little weeding in the vegetable garden, too. Cindy has a polo game tonight, so we'll probably go over to watch that later on.

Kim, I really enjoyed your vacation pictures. Thanks for sharing them!

06-19-2008, 07:20 AM
Ah! You beat me to it once again, Ruth! Sounds like you have a nice relaxing next few days planned. Now stick to it, you need some time to unwind! :)

06-19-2008, 07:29 AM
Good morning! Plenty of coffee here so feel free to grab a cup.

Sounds like I get the in-between weather. The morning is cool but clear with some rain in the afternoon. Today we have our solstice event at work. Several years ago we started having staff events on the solstices and equinoxes. It's just an excuse to close the office and spend some down time together but has remained consistent through staff changes. Today we are hiking up a local mountain and bringing our own lunches. It was supposed to be swimming at the river and a potluck but the weather is too cool for swimming. should be a fun afternoon.

Ruth - Enjoy your down time! It's nice to take time to sit back and just enjoy the view :)

Cottage - Sounds like a busy summer! Sunny days definitely keep things moving better.

Kim - Thanks for sharing the pics!

06-19-2008, 07:38 AM
ruth-enjoy your peaceful time. I wish I could get some of that around here. with 4 kids, 2 dogs , and a husband with ptsd is no peace for me.

cottage-I've been alittle lazy this week as well. My household has been crazy also since the kids are out of school. I"m not used to having all 4 with me ALL day long (I"m literally saying ALL day long). I don't ever get a break to myself.

cyndi-enjoy your hike!!!

Me-nothing much. settled the problem with Leo. I think it is hallucinations. I wasn't looking at anyones profile--male or female so I don't have a clue as to what he saw. But whatever. Life's back to normal. And I"m going back to bed. Couldn't sleep again last night and didn't go to bed till almost one in the morning. Everyone, have a wonderful day.

little chick
06-19-2008, 08:05 AM

Good Day Chicks. We are having damp overcast weather here today as well. Although they are promising that the sun will come up this afternoon. I hope so as oldest dd is going to her boyfriends prom tonight and I hope it does not rain on them. I will post pictures.

Ruth- your next few days sound relaxing, take advantage of them. You need some time for yourself. You deserve it.

Cottage- Hope you day is a great one, a picnic in the park sounds lovely. Have a great day and enjoy your work out at Curves.

Cindi- Hope you enjoy your day, sounds like a great one.

tk- Glad that things are getting better.

06-19-2008, 08:44 AM
good morning ladies! it is a good morning! we slept through the night last night and the scale was looking very favorable this morning! yay! i have pcos and i finally got up to my full dose of metformin this week and i think it might be just the right amount for me!

i also have my second of three personal health assessments at the gym today. so i'll be curious to see how that goes!

well, i sure hope everyone has a great day!!

06-19-2008, 09:26 AM
Ruth it's a gorgeous 68 in my house and coffee is fresh and hot come on down.

DH is resting on the couch after breakfast of oatmeal and banana and happy in Vicodan land... Tomorrow I MUST go to work.... oy.

today i plan to go to the store and also to get to the pool... wish me luck with both.

06-19-2008, 09:52 AM
Good morning, chicks. Doing my weekly-ish check-in! Really, I read every day I just feel like I have nothing productive to say since I'm not doing SBD in my current state.

Natalie's Mom--I didn't know you had PCOS. Congrats on having two little ones! I have it too. Hate that Metformin but it regulated me enough to conceive this little one!

It's been nicer here, in the low 80s and quite cool in the morning. Love it!! I've been swimming (mostly in inside pool at Y) three times in the last week and it's made me feel a ton better. That plus chiropractor has helped my back pain a lot as well.

We finally decided on a name for our little one. She's a girl! Her name will be Elizabeth Jane, and we'll call her Libbie. She is kicking more and more...and Mommy is getting bigger and bigger!! Will have to share a picture soon if I get brave. :)

<3 Jessie

06-19-2008, 09:57 AM
Good morning chicks! It's starting out to be a beautiful day after the evening we had yesturday with hail and horrible lightning.

Jessie glad to hear you and Libbie are doing well

Nessa i hope you get everything done on your list today

Cottage you may need a lil of :dust: to help you thru

Not much going on here just the same ol stuff.

06-19-2008, 10:16 AM
Good morning chicks. I am sipping coffee and snuggling in my warm robe. I do believe it dipped into the 40's around here last night. I'm a little tired from not getting good sleep. I never sleep well at first when DH is away, then the cat woke me in the night with a mouse he'd cornered. He didn't know what to do with it once he had it in the corner, so he was meowing at it and it was squeaking back at him. At first I thought he'd gotten to one of the hamsters. I got it under a bucket and threw it outside. Then I couldn't sleep because I was wondering if there were more. I haven't seen a mouse around here in years. It was a tiny thing.
The kids had invitations to do other things so we didn't make the movie yesterday. Maybe we'll do that today. And it seems a shame not to enjoy this gorgeous weather, so maybe we'll do a picnic lunch somewhere. Too cold to go to the pool, but that's just as well, as they are both still coughing and scratchy throats.

Enjoy your mini-vacation at home Ruth.
Have a lovely day cottage. Oooh, I missed Kim's pix? gotta go take a look.
What a great place to work Cyndi! Happy solstice.
Hi Nat's Mom, good sleep does seem to help with the scale. Maybe that's my problem...
Have a nice swim Nessa, hope the pool's heated.
Jessie, Elizabeth is a beautiful name. Do share a picture, you know we'd love to see it.
tk, glad things have settled down around your house for the time being. Happy napping.
Hi Gonna, hope your same old stuff day is good.

I was thinking about calling my SIL. She and my brother split up recently. She's been family for 20 years and we've always been friends, but he decided he had to leave because she's alcoholic and he's been her enabler I guess. Anyway, I want to see if she's okay, but I wonder if maybe she's so mad she doesn't want to talk to any of us. What would you guys do?
If anyone has seen the whoosh fairy, would you please send her my way? I have been good and I think I'm overdue a visit. Well, I want to get a wash hung out before the morning slips away. Have a good one chicks!

06-19-2008, 10:23 AM
Sorry I missed you lc! Take some prom pix for us okay? Hope she has a great time.
Kim, I love your pictures. Especially the bee picture. Has DH lost some weight? Looks like you had a nice time. I've been looking for one of those benches for my grandmother's yard - butterflies are her favorite.

06-19-2008, 10:28 AM
Good morning Ladies!!! Happy Thursday!
Ruth - Good for you taking some time to have nothing on the books. Enjoy the peace of staying home.

Cottage - Getting the they gym is so good!! I hope you're able to figure out your schedule for the summer so you can get some regular exercise in.

Cyndi - Have fun today!!! A hike and sack lunches sounds like a great way to spend a day at work!

tk - Glad to hear that things are better today. I hope you can find joy today.

l/c - Have fun getting dd ready for prom. How exciting.

Nat's mom - I hope the assessment at the gym is positive and productive.

Nessa - Here's to hoping you make it into the pool today.

Jessie - I love the name. And the nick name is even cuter! I've promised myself that when we do have kids I will give them a formal name and a nick name. As much as I LOVE my name (Heather) there's no real nickname for it. "Libbie" is just too cute!

Gonna - Hail & lightening!!! SCARY!

Me - TOM started today and it's going to be HOT! I won't be doing much today except for sitting and listening to speeches. Today is 8th grade promotion and high school graduation. I'll be at work until at least 7:30. Makes for a long emotional day. But it will be nice to see some of these kids complete a goal. Graduations and diplomas are a big deal for most of these guys, so I'm excited.
I hope everyone has a good Thursday....remember only one more day til the weekend!

06-19-2008, 10:37 AM
schmoodle - You were posting before I came I missed you. A picnic and movie sounds like a great idea!!! As for you SIL, I'd bounce the idea off someone who knows her. And also figure out why you want to speak with her. Do you want her to know you still care for her, do you want your Brother and her to give it another try.....what is your desired end result. That may direct whether or not you give her a call. Regardless....good luck with it all!

06-19-2008, 11:07 AM
Thanks hmac for the suggestion. I will think that over. Maybe that's why I was hesitating because I wasn't sure what my reason for calling is. I'm told getting back together is not an option, and that's their decision, so I won't get involved in that. But I guess it just feels strange that someone who's been part of the family for 20 years, suddenly...isn't going to be anymore. It feels harsh and cold to not talk to her anymore. I'm the kind of person that wants to take care of everybody, so I just want to make sure she's okay, but of course, she's not, and I guess I can't do anything about that. Desired end result... to make her feel better? That's silly tho, there's nothing I could say that would do that.

On a lighter note, your day sounds long and tiring, but very rewarding. Be sure to take lots of tissues and snacks!

06-19-2008, 11:48 AM
Schmoodle I know my family had a real hard time when my aunt and uncle split after 20+ years, especially since no one saw it coming. She was my aunt by marriage...but I think she appreciates it that we still try to stay in touch and love her. She was family after all. But again, I don't know if my parents really keep in touch at all.

06-19-2008, 12:10 PM
Schmoo - Sounds like you really care, and that's completely understandable. Maybe you want to send a's a nice way to break the ice, yet it's not invasive and if she wants to chat, she can call you. But you also want to make sure that your Brother is ok with that.
And thanks for the advice!

06-19-2008, 12:15 PM
Hey everyone! Quick fly-by for me. Work has been pretty crazy this morning and it doesn't help that I'm a little fuzzy-headed from barely sleeping last night.

Thanks for the pic compliments. And yes, Schmoo, DH had lost about 20 lbs. from Nov. to March and since March he's put on 5 lbs of muscle. I'm enjoying it quite thoroughly. ;)

Well, off to face the world of work again. Sigh. Have a great day!


06-19-2008, 01:43 PM
wow, hmac, you're good at this stuff and I am not. The card is a great idea. Thanks for the advice.

06-19-2008, 03:40 PM
My pleasure, Schmoo!

06-20-2008, 05:55 AM

Um, hi! Hope you don't mind me butting in like this - I mostly post over at Carb Counters, although I do potter around in various other threads on the board. Anyway, I was curious as to the specifics of the differences between South Beach and Atkins (since I understood them to be very similar plans) and so I popped over to read some of your FAQ stuff and get a grasp on how South Beach works.

And I was a bit startled to find that in the 'What's the Difference Between Atkins and South Beach' sticky there's some definite misinformation about Atkins. It's propagating common misconceptions about what you can and can't eat on Atkins, rather than providing a simple, factually accurate comparison of the two plans.

Is there any way we can fix this? It's a Sticky, and it's closed, but really it does need correcting. Atkins really ISN'T all about eating meat, cheese and eggs and ignoring vegetables - not even in the initial 2 week induction period. And whole grains, starchy vegetables, legumes, fruit etc etc all get reintroduced gradually after that initial induction period.

(I don't mean this in a 'Hey, Choose Atkins' kind of way, incidentally - I'm finding it easy and enjoyable, but everybody's different and clearly lots of people find South Beach works better for them. I'm all about finding the weight loss plan that you can live with and enjoy - there isn't any One True Way when it comes to shedding those pounds!)

But it really troubles me that a thread that's supposed to provide helpful information to the uninformed is just spouting the same old inaccurate cliches - that's really not helping people to make informed choices.

Sorry - I hope I'm not coming across as a witch here, and I feel HORRIBLY rude to be bursting in on your conversation like this. But I'd like to be able to fix this, if it's possible, and I don't know how we go about it?

06-20-2008, 07:39 AM
I appreciate the comments and will get the thread corrected. It's two years old and things have changed with Atkins.