Support Groups - August Activity Action and Achievement for the worldly chicks




Shad
08-01-2008, 05:56 PM
Here we are in August. Year is just flying by and I haven't lost a thing - apart from my mind on occasions.

Lets rip into August with a vengeance. I aim to lose those two darn kilo still floating around before more come back with their friends.

Up and at 'em in August hey girls?

Old thread - click on the link:
July and all that jazz (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=145224&page=21)


annie175
08-01-2008, 09:19 PM
Good Evening My Worldly Chick a Dees..............

Took the day off of work. Went had my hair colored, picked up DS at his dad's then picked DD up at work, went to dinner with the kids and came home. Oh and DS and I went by mom and dad's before picking up DD. Mom had a bunion removed from her little toe that was fused to the bone. It looked yucky. She had it wrapped with gauze and a shoe boot thingy on. She could barely walk without that, now she is really in a fix. Anyway, I had chicken pecan salad on a bed of lettuce, tomato, cuke, cheese. Oh my goodness was it ever good. Yum Yum. We went to Paradise Cafe where they bake their own bread, cookies and build salads right in front of you, fresh. Homemade coutons and ranch dressing. I probably put 200 miles on my car. DSs dad lives about 65 miles away then had to drive back and go north around Indy to pick up DD. I am tired of being in a car and want to strangle someone.

Going out with the girls tomorrow night to a place called Britton's Tavern. Supposed to be a little bit classy but not too stuffy. Live band too. Hope their good, one margarita and I feel like dancing. Not that I can dance worth a poo, but you might say I move around and think I can dance. hahahaha Both kids are in a corn hole tournament tomorrow and probably won't make it home sober or even miss me. I am glad it is not me, tomorrow is supposed to be 93 and humid. It was so humid today, it looked hazy as heck, like someone just put out a fire and there was lingering smoke.

Oh heck, I am just babbling. I took two excedrin migraines (which have caffeine) and now I am finging off the wall, between that and the caffeinated iced tea I drank all day long. My head is feeling better, kind of on the light headed side. Hope to sleep good tonight too.

Oh horse hockey, the dryer just went off, I have a load of towels to get folded. No rest for the weary.

Everyone have a marvelous weekend, maybe will get back in here on Sunday, and fill you all in on the night out with the girls. Maybe I will me my prince. haha.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
08-02-2008, 12:03 AM
Hello ladies,

Thank you Shad for coming up with a theme and getting us into a new month. Year flying by indeed! Zooooom. Time is running like mad but it still seems like forever to retirement. We never seem to get closer.

I will promise you a renewed committment to the weight loss efforts this month. The more I read, the more I am starting to believe that my "fuzzy eyes" are not so much from getting older, but perhaps an effect of the pre-diabetes which scares me to no end. So I'm going to try harder than I have in a long, long time to get some weight off. I did weigh in the first of August at less than the 1st of July - not by much but by enough to start the momentum downward.

Well Shad, after reading your last post I promise not to complain about the office conditions. No matter how bad we have it, it does not compare to being squished into cattle class on a crowded airplane for 8 hours. :yikes: I am sending you good vibes that you get a decent seat - or at least an aisle :crossed: That is specificially the reason DH does not want to go to Hawaii. (Where my boss is now btw - hope she is having a grand time as she REALLY deserves a vacation after what's turned out to be a very stressful year). And I hate to tell you but youknowwho is not about to change her ticker, you will just have to disable signatures I think ;)

Annie - it sounds like you have a really fun weekend planned. I was watching Last Comic Standing and the last female comedienne did a bit on girls drinking and how after a few we get to thinking we are John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. :lol: What we THINK we look like and what we actually DO :rofl: My response is this is why Cindy Lauper wrote "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" - get it where you can and have a great time. Chicken Pecan Salad is the best. There's a great one at Portillo's up in Chicago. I miss it dearly. Hope Mom feels better - those orthopedic surgery boots are all the rage right now. Too bad you can't decorate them like a cast. And finally - lots of caffeine on an empty stomach and 2 Excedrin will give you a cheap buzz. An uncomfortable one, but one no less.

I guess I have gone on a bit of a quarterly spending binge. Ordered 6 pairs of shoes online - they have free shipping and returns so is not a big deal. Had to rotate 2 of them to different sizes - one a half size up, the other a half size down, 2 did not work at all. So really, I only bought 3 pairs of shoes. It's very hard to find something that is comfortable but not too clunky dunky. Found a new brand - Softwalk. They have an "egg crate" type of cushiony insole that feels wonderful. Was one of the shoes I had to reorder in a smaller size - I'm anticipating DH's reaction to what dah heck are you buying so many shoes for??????? I will beat him to the punch when we go to the post office to return 3 pairs tomorrow.

I also reordered 2 of my most favorite teas - one is Jasmine Pearls that I absolutely love. I am most grateful that they fixed the air conditioning in the office so that I can enjoy my cup of hot tea again. I also got some delicious cranberry melange which has bits of apple in it and makes the most refreshing iced tea. DH will enjoy that too. I still have a few tea samples in the cabinet to use up. I find that I didn't care for the black teas - too strong so I gave them to my sister. Some of the green teas smelled lovely (as does this cranberry one) but they were rather bland. Either that or I have to pay more attention to subtle tastes. Shad likes fragrant roses, I like fragrant teas :lol:

I ordered some books on keeping the brain and mental state in good health as well as 2 books on diet and pre-diabetes. The doctor's office never called me back with a dietician reference - thank you very much. So God helps those who educate themselves and I will also tap into my friend Michelle's resources ;) I did find an educational program that looks good at the hospital - had them call my doctor for a referral - will bug them again next week.

And then I wrapped it up with buying 2 pairs of shorts and 2 pairs of slacks. It's taking so long for them to get here that by the time they show up I won't want them.

I'd say I overspent :o I will have to be REALLY nice to DH :lol:

And that's kind of about it. It's going to get really hot here again. I should get off the computer and into bed. Told DH I'd help him finish weeding tomorrow and it will be best to get out early in the morning.

Good night for now and Happy Active August to you :trampo:


happy2bme
08-02-2008, 12:18 AM
oh and happy belated birthday Holly :hb:

MELODY525
08-02-2008, 07:45 AM
:hohoho: WHO IS EVERYONT TALKING ABOUT? WHAT TICKER? I WILL HAVE TO KEEP A CAREFUL WATCH AND SEE WHAT'S GOPING ON :look:


SHAD....THANKS FOR THE NEW AUGUST AUGUST THREAD:dance: MY GOAL THIS MONTH IS JUST NOT TO GAIN AND TO DECLUTTER THINGS....ACTUALLY MAKE MY ROOMS MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR THESE ARMS AND CUT DOWN ON DAILY AGGRAVATION :tantrum: SENDING GOOD VIBES FOR A ROOMY PLANE RIDE AND SAFE LANDING. BUT I THINK I MUST HAVE MISSED A POST :cry:

HAPPY....GET OFF THE INTERNET AND GIVE THE DH THE CREDIT CARDS :rollpin: I HAVE HEARD OF SOFTWALK AND SAW THEM ON A SITE SOMEWHERE JUST RECENTLY. GLAD YOU FOUND SONETHING COMFORTABLE THOUGH.
GOOD O ON THE A/C WORKING ALSO :cheer2: WE WILL HAVE TO CHEER YOU ON TO GOOD HEALTH. WAKE UP CALLS CAN BE A GOOD THING WHEN YOU TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRAB ON TO THE FEAR AND USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE FOR MOTIVATION. AS YOU WELL KNOW I AM VERY ADEPT AT THAT :rofl:

:cofdate: KIND OF DARK AND DREARY HERE. THAT'S OK WITH ME AFTER YESTERDAY'S FIASCO. IT STARTED WITH ME DOING NOTHING KINDA DAY. WENT OUT TO GET THE VIT D AND IT WAS ALL DOWNHILL AFTER THAT. INCLUDING THE WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN HERE LATE AT NIGHT THAT TIME AND I THOUGHT SHE WAS DRUNK? WELL PARKINSON'S AND ONE DRINK SEEMED TO KNOCK HER OFF BALANCE MENTALLY. THEN YESTERDAY THE HEAT SENT HER HEAD REELING AND SHE FOUND ME AGAIN. NOT SURE HOW TO HANDLE THIS BUT SHE IS GOING TO GIVE ME HER SON'S # IN CALIFORNIA TUESDAY. IF NOT THEN THE TOWN CAN HANDLE THIS. SHE HAS FIXATED ON THE BLDG AND ME FOR HELP POOR SOUL. :faint: I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH HERE IN THE BLDG WITH 99 THAT I NEED THEM COMING IN FROM DOWN THE STREET? :lol3: :lol3: WE WILL JUST CHANGE THE NAME TO MEL'S HOME FOR WAYWARD PEOPLE. JOHN ASKED IF I AM THE NEW TOWSHIP'S SOCIAL DIRECTOR, STAYED AFTER 4 SO HE COULD HELP ME GET HER HOME. THE REST IS ALL DRAMA AND I WILL SMACK MY OWNSELF IN THE HEAD REPEATEDLY TO NOT GET UPSET OVER IT. BUT I CAN SAY THAT I LOOKED INTO MY PISCES CRYSTAL BALL AND CAN SEE A LOT OF MY "FRIENDS" GETTING HURT DOWN THE ROAD AS THE DRAMA UNFOLDS. I HAVE FASTENED MY SEATBELT AND HAVE A BOX OF TISSUES AT THE READY.
BUT FOR NOW....I HAVE 2 DAYS OF FREEDOM AND SILENCE. EVEN THE KIDS ARE HAPPILY GETTING READY FOR THE FAIR. SO ALL IS WELL IN MY SMALL FAMILY...OTHER THAN RICHIE COMPLAINING TO ME THAT WHEN HE CALLS JEN AND THE KIDS THEY ARE TOO BUSY TO TALK TO HIM WHILE THEY ARE SWIMMING!! :swim: POOR GUY IS FEELING LEFT OUT!! :rofl:

HAVE A HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE! STAY WELL :moped:

MELODY525
08-02-2008, 07:51 AM
ANNIE...WOW WHAT A DAY YOU HAD!!! AT LEAST THE FOOD WAS GOOD! MAYBE YOU SHOULD TELL EVERYONE THE CAR HAS A FLAT TIRE!! ALL I CAN SAY IS GOD HELP THE "RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE" OF THE WORLD THIS MONTH!

MICHELLE...GLAD THE VISIT WENT WELL. HOPE THE OTHER DR WILL BE PLEASED. MY TRYGLICERIDES ARE 364...NOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL SOOOO MUCH BETTER ABOPUT YOURS??? :lol3: :lol3: SOME OF THE DIABETICS HERE HAVE ME BUY INSURE WHEN THEY HAVE VIRUSES. OTHERS CANNOT HOLD IT DOWN AND HAVE DIETARY SUGGESTIONS LIKE YOU GOT. I FOUND OUT CAUSE THEY GIVE ME A SHOPPING LIST!! :rofl: HOPE THE TUMMY IS BACK TO NORMAL!

ADIOS AMIGAS!! HASTA MANANA!!

MELODY525
08-02-2008, 07:58 AM
poor shad....there was no room left in cattle class on the flight so the airport was nice enough to find an alternative airline to accomodate her............http://www.fotosearch.com/bthumb/PSK/PSK005/1574R-22115.jpg

she arrived a bit rumpled but unharmed :cb:

MELODY525
08-02-2008, 09:24 AM
http://i.timeinc.net/realsimple/i/p/Aug07/0807_cooking_no_cook_6.jpg

Marinated Shrimp with Mediterranean Salad

1 1/2 pounds cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh basil, torn
Kosher salt and pepper
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
2 green bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/3 cup (3 ounces) black olives, pitted
3 ounces Feta, sliced
1 5-ounce bag pita chips or cracker bread

In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, lemon juice, oil, basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Add the radishes, bell peppers, olives, and Feta. Gently stir to combine. Divide among individual bowls and spoon any remaining liquid over the tops. Serve with the pita chips or cracker bread.

Tip: On the go? Tuck this crunchy seafood salad into a pita or roll it up in flat bread for a wrap.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings

CALORIES 310 (41% from fat); FAT 14g (sat 3g); CHOLESTEROL 185mg; CARBOHYDRATE 19g; SODIUM 608mg; PROTEIN 28g; FIBER 2g; SUGAR 3g

Real Simple, AUGUST 2007


** THERE WAS AN AD FOR CONTAINERS THAT HAVE LITTLE FREEZER PACKS INSIDE THEM:

http://www.fit-fresh.com/sp200808wb/

ceejay52
08-02-2008, 10:10 AM
Morning Ladies
My August goals
log all food eaten there's no set calorie limit just log food. one thing at a time
Meditate
do a fitness dvd or yoga daily
log 6000 steps on my pedometer.

I recieved my new work schedule yesterday. I'm off tomorrow. Mondoy through Saturday next week--remember these are 12 hours shifts. Then off Sunday and Monday. If I don't pop in you'll know why.

Mel
Why is your triglycerides so high?

Everyone have a good day and stay as cool as possible.


Does any one know how to link your 3fc journal to the forum?

I have already recieved a few phones calls and have both water/sewer and electric standby person out on call.

happy2bme
08-02-2008, 10:28 AM
Happy hot morning chicks,

3 cats all looking for food in my yard this morning. Mr. Feral ate his fill out front and wanted more so he came in the back yard (where he usually eats). New cat Curly was non stop whining when he even thought food might show up and poor Boo was sitting off to the side thinking "I wish those :censored: would get out of MY yard :censored: Everyone was taken care of...

Mel - I will designate you Official Watchdog of Seasonal Innapropriate Tickers. Go off and do your thing :rollpin: :lol: Yikes on the crazy woman showing up on your door. Just like stray cats at my house, I guess they know where to find help. Now why can't big, burly half naked firemen find their way to your door? :rofl: Bummer on Richie feeling left out - Jen has to be sensitive to that, especially if he's out providing for them. Thanks for the sardine visual - that sure puts it in perspective. Was going to crop Shad's photo in there but thought better of it as we are a camera shy kind of group.

Ceejay - is it your journal or your blog you want to add a link to? I'd put it in my signature. Tell me which it is and I'll tell you how in a pm.

I was going to work on the garden this morning but I do have to get to the post office to drop off the extra shoes and I wanted to stop at the farmer's market. Running low on things since I didn't go grocery shopping last week. Both of these are Saturday only activities so I think I'll do them and work on the yard tomorrow.

Happy Saturday to all - drink your water and dance a little today just for the heck of it :lol:

happy2bme
08-02-2008, 10:31 AM
Forgot to say :wave: to the rest of the chicks :wave: :wave:

happy2bme
08-02-2008, 10:36 AM
Ceejay - I just tried the link. You can link to the blog but not the journals. For some reason, the link to the journals just takes you to the 3FC home page. And since the link in your siggie is to the journals and not your blog, I wasn't sure what you wanted to do.

Maybe Ruth can explain...

ceejay52
08-02-2008, 10:39 AM
Happy
I've managed to get it linked to the journals. I have one linked to the blog but I'm not using it as much.

happy2bme
08-02-2008, 11:25 AM
I see - it takes you to the journal home page but not your specific journal.

Hollyhock
08-02-2008, 03:37 PM
HI!! Thanks for the Birthday wishes!!
Home from work. Heading for groceries. I missed a weeks shopping cause we were away last Sunday. One tends to eat poorly when there is not fresh healthy stuff in the house. We are out all day tomorrow too so I am shopping this aft. H and the kids are go-carting and at a water slide park today. It is PERFECT weather out there!! Thunderstormed all night. 24C , light breeze and sunny today.
I am going to try a Neti pot. My sinuses are giving me grief and headaches.

Hugs!!!!

ceejay52
08-02-2008, 03:43 PM
Happy birthday Hollyhock.

happy2bme
08-02-2008, 03:46 PM
Continuing my spending spree...

Lots of nice vegetables, some peaches and a watermelon from the Farmer's Market this morning...

Passport application (in case we decide to take that Rocky Mountaineer train trip through Canada)...

And we joined a gym :dance: Hear me, I said WE :trampo: We were coming back from the Farmer's Market and I asked him to stop at the nearby Athletic Club. We took a brief tour and got some info. At first DH wasn't interested in joining :no: but in the end I wanted to join and he said he would come with me :yay:

It will mean getting up at 5am to get to the club early but I've done it before and it's way easier to go first thing in the morning than to find the energy to go after work. They have early, early morning classes and some evening ones too. I would like to do the Sunrise Yoga class. And try the eliptical without keeling over.

It's a month to month membership so DH can drop out later if he wants to. The biggest hole in my fitness plan has been exercising so I figured if I shell out the money, I will go. And I'm putting great stock Michelle in the fact that former exercise avoiders will see the light and become exercise junkies :lol:

They have an indoor and outdoor pool which is good. All the little monsters, um I mean kiddies will be in the outdoor pool, leaving the indoor one available for laps. And they reserve from 5am to 10am for people wanting to do lap lanes. They have lots of equipment, much of it new - machines, cardio, weights and the like. Enough to keep me busy. There is also a Pilates studio (with actual reformers) for an extra fee as well as personal trainers. I'm kind of excited. Gotta go find my gym bag now. Catch you later...

Ruthxxx
08-02-2008, 04:50 PM
I was hoping my first August post would be upbeat but....

I am home from an overnight visit to Ottawa and dealing with a traumatized wee Disney! She met Shirleyanne's Bella a couple of weeks ago and things were OK after an initial growl from B.

This time though, Bella viciously attacked her the minute she got out of the car with me. What a Beetch a dog! !She is supposed to be mainly Lab but has that slightly "Pit Bull" look to her that Shirleyanne was trying to say was Boxer.) Anyhow poor wee Disney's head was in B's mouth and she was lifted off the ground and shaken several times. Andrea and Shirley had a heck of a time trying to get her off my baby. Disney was nearly OK except for a bloodshot eye and a bleeding nick out of her ear. Hershey was still in the car which is just as well or Bella might have been dead. Hersh protects her own!

As it is, B. is now in a muzzle and S. is probably going to have her euthanized this week. Shirl, Andrea and I had a good cry after the event and I learned this wasn't the first time Bella behaved like that! Bella spent the rest of the visit in the basement and Disney spent most of her time Velcroed to me. Very scary to see your dog's head in a big dogs jaws! We didn't cut the visit short but I'm glad to be home safe.

Now I've met some "nice" pit bulls but the damned critters were bred to fight and kill. Something set Bella off. It may be that Disney was small as she did something similar to a Jack Russel a few months ago.

I'm rather upset and so is my old friend Shirleyanne. Andrea, her daughter and my god daughter, is a dog trainer in Toronto and was absolutely horrified.
"Gimme a gun!" was her comment before we all started to cry.

Sorry for the bummer post. I've only had my wee pooch eight weeks and was darn sure she was going to die yesterday. I'm sure we'll all feel better tomorrow.

Shad
08-02-2008, 06:23 PM
Have a nice big scotch Ruth, no ice and no bubbles. It's the additives that affect you. Poor little Disney. Maybe a small scotch for her too?

I'm making this short because I have a plane to catch and I will have to rouse the DS2 shortly so we can get on the road.

Weight = 79.9 this morning, so by the end of the month, I want to see 77.9. To think that a year ago I saw 72.9. Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

That woman's ticker is still there. It's like when you have a hole in a tooth - you are drawn to the spot.

So I had better go finish the packing. I'm packing some spare clothes into the carry on bag this time. Last trip, one of ladies checked bag went missing. When she got it back, it had been opened and she had an extra pair of socks. No sign of the man, only the socks. So she gathered all the paperwork together and when she got back to Aus she asked the customs officers to go all over it, take it to pieces etc., and they found a small package in the handle. Warning to all travellers, if your bag goes missing, carry the proof around with you. Mind you, we should all travel with an itemised list of stuff in the suitcase since it is very hard to tell in the heat of the moment whether anything has been included or excluded after your luggage has been searched. I have to because I am carrying a first aid kit given to me by the company which contains needles and medication for the days I step off into the wilds of Borneo or wherever. I wave ithe list at customs and declare kit every time I go through, their eyes glaze over but if I didn't, I wouldn't have a leg to stand on when they x-ray the bags.

Happy - well done on joining the gym. I'm proud of you. Do you have an invisible sign outside the door that states that waifs and strays are welcome here???

Mel - you obviously have 'compassionate person (except for Christmas) tattooed onto your forehead. All the NJ waifs and strays recognise it.

Okay - out of time. Gotta go. I'll be back when I have time in an airport to log on - probably Sydney later this morning. See ya

MELODY525
08-02-2008, 06:35 PM
http://www.pallensmith.com/assets/images/recipes/3782-8297.jpg
by The Viking Cooking School
Viking Chef Chris Green puts the Ruby Red grapefruits from Mission, Texas, to work in this recipe for Grapefruit Sorbet.

Servings: 4
Ingredients:
2 large ruby grapefruits, juiced, or 1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice
1 tsp. grapefruit zest (zest before juicing grapefruit)
1/2 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbs. vodka
1 tsp. grenadine (optional)


Instructions: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Cool completely.

Combine the grapefruit juice, zest and sugar/water mixture with the vodka and optional grenadine (for color) in a metal bowl. Chill in the refrigerator or by placing the metal bowl over a larger bowl filled with ice water until 40 degrees.

Pour chilled mixture into the container of an ice cream machine and churn until frozen.

Scoop frozen sorbet into a container. Seal and transfer container to freezer for several hours to allow sorbet to firm up. (Sorbet can be kept frozen for up to 3 days.)

:wave: BYE SHADDIE!! SAFE TRIP! WE WILL MISS YOU!!

RUTH :faint: :yikes: :cry: WTF!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!! PITS ARE PITS AND THERE IS NO BULL ABOUT IT. SO SORRY FOR BOTH OF YOU. :hug: HORRIFIED TO EVEN THINK OF IT!!

HAPPY...I AM HAPPY TO HEAR YOUR NEWS!! GOOD FOR BOTH OF YOU!! ENJOY THE GYM AND GETTING READY FOR THE NEW ADVENTURE! :ebike:

Ruthxxx
08-02-2008, 07:41 PM
Thanks, Mel,! I Am Sipping My Scotch Per Dr. Shad's Recommendation And Am Going Make That Tomato And Fennel Roast Thingie And Think Of You. I'm Sure A Good Sleep Will Make Things Better In The Morning.
(by The Way, Are Caps Easier On Your Poor stressed Eyeballs?)

Ruthxxx
08-02-2008, 07:45 PM
TEST it - stupid system override!
GUESS I'M STUCK FOR A BIT.

ceejay52
08-02-2008, 09:15 PM
Hugs Ruth. What an ordeal you had to go through.

happy2bme
08-03-2008, 12:54 AM
:yikes: OMG Ruth - how horrifying! Poor Disney, poor you. I can't imagine anything more frightening. Hope the poor pup will be ok. I'm glad it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

That's an interesting point about the luggage Shad and them stowing things in your stuff. There was a point in time when we could not lock our luggage. I think they have lifted that now with the caveot that if they thought it was suspicious, they could open your luggage with any means. Like most, we wondered about them taking things out - not putting things IN. :eek: And your emergency kit of needles sounds none too exciting either :lol: I reiterate being glad you are the one travelling and not me. I can live without seeing Borneo, thank you kindly. :lol:

Just checked in for a minute. Good night all...

MELODY525
08-03-2008, 07:04 AM
RUTH...CAPS ARE NICE THANKS BUT NOT EVERYONE LIKES THEM :rofl: HOPE THE NIGHT WENT WELL AND TODAY DISNEY WILL FEEL BETTER...YOU ALSO :hug: VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND SCARES THE CRAP OUT OF ME!
AND I MUST SAY, RUTH, I LOVE THE SIGGIE QUOTE. WISH MORE PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WAY! HAPPY COOKING :hun:

SHAD....IMAGINE WHAT THEY COULD STOW IN MY CHAIR! :lol3: THEY CAUGHT A DISABLED MAN WITH A TON OF COCAINE INSIDE THE STEEL TUBING FRAME OF A FOLDING WHEELCHAIR MANY YEARS AGO. SEEMS LIKE HE WAS "WORKING" FOR YEARS THAT WAY :yikes: YOUR SIGGIE MADE ME LAUGH..BUT IS IT FUNNY TO YOU? :?:

HAPPY....NICE TO SEE YOU DROP IN AGAIN. AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING UP SO LATE EVERY NIGHT ???? :nono:

:cofdate: WE HAD SOME WICKED STORMS YESTERDAY AND I THREW OPEN THE WINDOW FOR THE RUSH OF COOL AIR....15 MINUTES LATER THAT GORGEOUS BREEZE WAS GONE :faint: WHAT WAS I THINKING? :rofl:
YESTERDAY WAS QUIET. ONLY SMOKE ALARMS AND NOTHING SERIOUS. I FORGOT TO SAY THE WEIGH-IN FOR THE END OF JULY WAS THE SAME 187. BUT THAT WON'T LAST. I AM BOUNCING AROUND THE 180'S ALL THE TIME. I HAVE LOST INTEREST IN THE SCALE. MAYBE ONCE AND AWHILE I WILL DUST IT OFF :lol3: :lol3:
HAVE A GREAT DAY. HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

happy2bme
08-03-2008, 09:06 AM
Hi kids,

It looks like it's going to be a cooker again outside. Even at 7 the heat just surrounds you. Ugh. I have to water the flower beds to loosen the soil so I can pull the weeds easier. Might just put the hose out on light spray and sit under it myself. Gotta remember NOT to wear the white T-shirt tho while doing that :rofl:

Mel I was up late because I was loading DH's IPOD with his blues tunes. He lost his disk drive a while back and with it lost alot of his pretty butterfly shots as well as his music. So I was being the nice wifey and reloading it for him. You volunteer to do this then once you get into it realize how much work you've sign up for :faint:

On the agenda today... weed pulling, laundry, groceries, maybe a pedicure and some light cleaning. Sounds like a busy day, I'm tired already. And I need to plan my gym routine tomorrow so that when I get up at the ungodly hour of 5, my gym bag is packed and ready, I have locker locks and we are ready to get out the door by 5:20ish.

Happy Sunday ladies, stay out of trouble. :D

MELODY525
08-03-2008, 10:07 AM
:belly: A RECIPE FOR AROMATHERAPY :yoga:


http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/ms_living/2004Q2/la100686_0504_envelope_l.jpg

1. Use our heart or butterfly templates, or make your own pattern. Graph paper is good for creating a grid design (such as the one shown at top left). Working on a cutting mat or piece of felt, lay your template over an envelope.

2. With a thick pin, punch holes through the template and envelope until the dotted design is complete.

3. Fill the envelope with blends of scented ingredients. We like the following combinations: cedar tips, cedar shavings, and lavender; orange tea and dried roses; and lemon verbena, chamomile and dried lemon peel. (Vary the amount depending on the envelope size; we used 1 tablespoon in the gift-card envelope.)

4. With a glue stick, seal the envelope.

5. Poke whimsical designs in your paper envelopes, then add your choice of aromatic blends.

MELODY525
08-03-2008, 10:15 AM
SOMEHOW I MISSED A WHOLE BUNCH OF POSTS....

CEEJAY...THEY DON'T KNW WHY THEY ARE UP SO HIGH. USUALLY IT DENOTES A TENDENCY TOWARDS DIABETES BUT NOT SO FAR. SOMEHOW MY BODY IS HOLDING ON TO ALL CARBS/SUGARS SINCE I LOST THE WEIGHT. :rofl: YOU WOULD THINK IT WOULD GET BETTER RIGHT?? HOPE THE WEEK IS NOT TOO STRESSFUL!! :hug:

HAPPY...GO AHEAD AND WEAR THE WITHE T-SHIRT AND SHOCK THE SOUTHERN BELLES RIGHT OUT OF THEIR MINT JULEP FOG!!! :lol3: :lol3: I CAN JUST SEE IT NOW!!
YOU'RE SUCH A GOOD WIFEY LOADING THOSE TUNES!
:hohoho: I HAVE YET TO FIND THE OFFENDING SIGNATURE CULPRIT BUT I AM SURE I AM ON THE RIGHT TRAIL! :scooter:

HOLLY...NOW I FORGET WHAT YOU SAID ON THE OTHER PAGE...BUT YOU'RE WEKLCOME :hb:

:moped: I WENT OUT AND CAME RIGHT BACK INSIDE. TOO MUCH FOR ME TODAY. I WILL CLEAN THE WHEELCHAIRS AND POLISH THEM UP AND CALL THE REPAIR SHOP IN THE MORNING. GUESS I POSTPONED IT LONG ENOUGH.....TWO CHAIRS ARE GROANING!! :rofl:

diyana
08-03-2008, 06:16 PM
Happy Sunday chicks --

I hope you all are enjoying your weekends. DH and I went to State Fair yesterday and had a great time looking at all the animals and enjoying the gorgeous weather. Today we had a relaxing day outside in the yard.

I have awesome news ladies! I saw the doc on Friday, and he was happy to inform me that I no longer have diabetes. He said I was borderline diabetic and caught it early, which was good. Anyway, my blood sugar is well within normal levels and he's so pleased that I was able to accomplish this with diet and exercise alone. He still wants me to check my blood sugar every 2 or 3 days and continue eating healthy and exercising so that I will continue to lose weight and lower my cholesterol and triglycerides...which are my next areas of focus. I'm so thrilled!! The name of the new thread mentions achievement, and this is a big achievement for me!

Annie - Sounds like you had a really nice Friday! I'm glad your migraine went away. Hope your mom's foot gets better soon. I hope you had a blast on your girls night out.

Happy - I'm sure you'll go great at managing your pre-diabetes. Don't be afraid....it is a disease that can be treated and managed and, in my case, reversed (even though I will always have to be aware that I am prone to high blood sugar levels). My goodness you really did go on a shopping spree. DH and I went on a spending spree of sorts at the Fair. We went to the building where all the vendors are selling stuff. We bought some cleaner that comes in liquid and paste that is supposed to clean everything and remove even tough stains and pet odors - worth a try. Then we got these big circular lids that can create a vacuum seal with just about any bowl or plastic container. And we picked up a set of 400 thread count sheets for $20 (king size). We had bought a set last year and just love them. They are so soft and silky. Good for you for getting your passport. DH and I just got ours. DH might be going to England for work next week (wish we could afford for me to go with him). And awesome news that you joined a gym!! I love working out at the gym much more than at home. There are so many distractions and things that need to get done at home. I applaud you for getting to the gym before work. I get up by 5:30 and go into work early....so working out in the evening works better for me. I'm so proud of you for committing to your exercise program! Hopefully, you'll find like I did that you feel much better by exercising regularly...and it will DEFINITELY help your blood sugar and help your body utilize your insulin more efficiently.

Mel - You really do have lots of excitement. All those people you take such good care of and look out. Make sure you take time to put yourself first now and then, okay? I hadn't thought about drinking Ensure when I am sick. Probably not a bad idea. I've never tried it though. My tummy was back to normal for many days...but today it reminded me that it's not 100%! :lol: My triglycerides are about 170...but my doc wants them under 150. He's increasing my cholesterol meds to lower my bad cholesterol and my triglycerides, and he's putting me on prescription strength Niacin (Vit. B6) and suggesting that I also take 1000mg of Fish Oil a day to help increase my good cholesterol (as exercise alone isn't increasing it enough). Good for you for taking the wheelchairs into the repair shop!

Ceejay - good for you for logging your food. I find that really helps. Especially now when I have to save my food logs to show to my nutritionist!

Holly - I hope the Neti pot helps you. I know several people who just swear by Neti pots because they help so much.

Ruth - Oh my gosh! Poor Disney!! Sad that your friend has to euthanize her dog. Shame that the dog is so vicious. Not all pit bulls are vicious - a friend of ours has one that is totally loving, but you are correct that they are bred to be aggressive. I'm glad Disney is okay.

Shad - I hope your flight to JK was okay and that your time there is productive and for the most part pleasant. Smart of you to pack extra clothes in a carry on. I've lost my luggage and it was a royal pain in the arse to get it back.

well, I've got to get the rest of my sunday work done before relaxing for the evening.

Love and hugs to all,

Shad
08-03-2008, 08:52 PM
Morning all,

Holy heck - we have a list of achievements and it is only the third of August.

Michelle -

AWESOME LADY
WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT

Happy is on the way to gym - that's awesome too.

And my go advanced has advanced and gone, so I can't read the other posts.

Hope Disney is doing well Ruth. Was the scotch good??

And I'd better go and do some work or I'll be in the pooh later on in the week. I'll be back for personals later.

happy2bme
08-03-2008, 08:54 PM
Hi chicks,

Checking in now as I'm not sure I'll be able to get in during the morning. DH and I are shooting for heading off to the health club in the morning.

:woohoo: Michelle that's the absolute very bestest news :yay: :cp: :carrot: you should be so very proud of yourself. This was truly a case of someone taking the bull by the horns and doing something about it. You didn't bemoan the fact that you can't have this or can't have that - just got determined and look at you now. highfive :high: and a hug :grouphug: I was thinking of getting a meter to test my blood - wonder if you can claim those on the health reimbursement accounts? I was wondering too if I can use my monthly gym fee for that too if I get the doctor to say that I am in serious need of losing some poundage. Anyway, I'm glad that you had a good time at the fair and got some decent weather. I see some storms but they look a bit north right now. That's quite a bargain price on the bedsheets. I have one set of 400 count sheets I bought a long time ago. They are starting to wear out but they are my favorite sheets. You just love getting in bed and touching them :lol:

Mel - you know that if you're going to polish up the chrome on the chairs that you have to also dress as a biker chick which means chaps with a thong or braless with a leather vest. Let me know what you chose AND the reaction in the office :lol: I went grocery shopping today and FORGOT to print some of your recipes out :censored: I think I have the fixin's for some of them. I have one of those pumpkin carving kits for making the elaborate designs on the pumpkins. Could probably use that for the potpouri suggestion you had. I'd like to put a spoon of my new cranberry tea in it. It smells heavenly but is way too expensive to use for just smelling nice. But maybe 1 spoon in the envelope will do.

Shad the sardine, hope you made it safely back to JK. :hug:

Is Annie hungover? Or just the new disco queen?

I am sooooo tired. DH and I got up early and worked for several hours in the yard. It was very, very hot outside. We drank Powerade and ice water and I put a cooler of ice water out that he dunks a towel in and puts on his head. We quit around noon and it just wiped out both of us. I did shower up and head out and get a pedicure and pick up groceries. I got 2 loads of laundry done, have to finish 3 more and find my gym bag so I can pack it up tonight. Also have to put the dry goods away and make menus for this week. I had premade crab cakes for dinner - yum, yum and I made DH a chef's salad so dinner was a no hassle.

Gotta go log points into WW for the day and get the rest of the laundry going. Will have no problem with an early to bed night.

Goodnight ladies... sweet dreams.

ceejay52
08-03-2008, 09:29 PM
Got up this morning and drove to Paragould to go to church with the relatives. We ate lunch and took my aunt for a little outing and then came back home.

My uncle is going to the wound center tomorrow. My podiatrist is treating him. He may have to have a skin graft.

Diyana
That's great news concerning the diabetes. I try to tell myself we are what we eat.

Happy
I'm glad you have decided to try the gym. Don't over do the first time.

MELODY525
08-04-2008, 07:16 AM
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MICHELLE...CONGRATULATIONS GIRL!! GREAT JOB. YOU MUST BE VERY PLEASED WITH YOURSELF! WOW!!! I JUST LOVE GOOD NEWS ON A MONDAY MORNING! STARTS MY WEEK OUR TIGHT!! :cb:

:wave: HELLO SHAD :wave:

HAPPY....WOW THAT WAS SOME DAY OF SWEATING YOU HAD. HOPE EVERYTHING WENT WELL FOR THE EXERCISING. GUESS YOU HAVE BEEN THERE AND BACK ALREADY. :ebike: I'M ALREADY BRALESS MOST DAYS BUT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE MEN'S FACES IF I STARTEDWEARING A BLACK LEATHER VEST...MIGHT EVEN CARRY A WHIP WITH ME AND REALLY GET THEM EXCITED....ABOUT WORK I MEAN!! :rofl: :rofl:

CEEJAY....HOPE THE UNCLE WILL BE ALRIGHT. :hug: THAT WAS GOOD ADVICE FOR HAPPY. I HAVE MADE THAT MISTAKE OF BEING GUNG HO THE FIRST DAY!

GOT UP EARLY AND SHOWERED AND HAIR DONE. I WANT TO GET ON THE PHONE WITH THE WHCHAIR PEOPLE ASAP AND I NEED TO FAX STUFF TO THEM FROM THE OFFICE.
WILL CATCH YOU ALL TOMORROW.
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:

ceejay52
08-04-2008, 10:05 AM
Popping into say hello. Will be taking it easy for the next 6 work days that are 12 hours each.

I've brought some 3 pound hand weights with me to work for exercise and also wearing my pedometer.

Ruthxxx
08-04-2008, 10:24 AM
Michelle, that is just wonderful news! I hope you are really proud of yourself. I wish to heck I'd been as smart as you when I first got this weight problem. Once you get real diabetes, there is no cure, just control. I did hear that there is a type of WLS now that can cure Type II but I sure don't intend to have any surgery if I can help it.

Ceejay, 12 hour days sound horrible! I know your job involves a lot of walking. How many steps most days?

Happy, the great thing about working so hard in the hot and humid weather is cooling off later. I assume you have air conditioning down there.

Shad, the Scotch really hit the spot. Too bad Disney couldn't have any.

Mel, biker chick, eh? Maybe I could send you my metal bra to dress up for the guys.

Disney is still pretty nervous after her horrible experience. I didn't take her to Obedience class yesterday. We stayed home and had quality time on the front porch. I read and she lay beside me and had tummy rubs.

We had the garlic harvest BBQ last night which was great fun but I did indulge in a tad too much wine. Actually friends kept filling my glass - they do look after me.

Outta here in a few minutes to pick up some donated fabrics for a quilt top I'm doing for Victoria's Quilts. I sure hope I can work with the colours the ladies have matched up; otherwise I'll be buying some more.

I hope everyone achieves something spectacular this month - weightloss would be nice! I am going to a MOD meet-up in September and sure would love to be in the 180's by then.

diyana
08-04-2008, 10:57 AM
Good morning ladies --

I was woken up at 4:30 am by a major thunder and lightning storm that knocked out our power. Power was still out when it was time to get up and ready for work, which meant no fixing my usual breakfast or lunch (I grabbed a whole wheat bagel, cottage cheese and fruit from the cafeteria for breakfast and will get something healthy - maybe soup and salad for lunch). I haven't decided about walking at lunch, depends on the weather. I've motivated one of my co-workers so much that she's now pushing me to walk...even today when it will either be rainy or hot and muggy! :lol:

I want to thank you all for your support, encouragement and congrats on my achievement! I'm really thrilled and proud of myself. I've got a ways to go before I'm done reclaiming my health, but I am on my way!

Happy - did you make it to the gym today? My blood sugar meter was free. I got it from the diabetic educator. And it came with a few lancets and test strips...after which I had the doc prescribe test strips and lancets...and yes, I do claim those on my health reimbursement account. I'm not sure if you can claim gym fees on health reimbursement...but the big thing is to get the doc to "order" as much as possible. Smart of you to have lots to drink and cool wet towels for working out in the yard. I've had heat stroke more than once while living in California and it's no fun, so now I'm always remembering to bring all kinds of stuff to keep me cool whenever we'll be out in the heat. Ceejay is giving you good advice...start slow and easy at the gym. Don't overdo and hurt yourself. The more fun (and less painful) you make it, the more likely you'll stick with it.

Ceejay - Glad you had a nice time in Paragould. Sorry to hear about your uncle...I hope everything goes okay for him. Sounds like you have quite a busy work week ahead...good for you for planning ahead and bringing weights and your pedometer to work for exercise.

Mel - good for you for taking care of your wheelchairs. So it sounds like you're opting for the leather vest with your polished chrome chairs! You go, girl!

Ruth - you are so sweet. Truth be told, I've had the weight problem for years and years and years. But it was only about 6 months ago that I noticed I was drinking and pee-ing more (and from having diabetic pets, I figured I'd better have my blood sugar checked - so I caught my diabetes really, really early - my doc called it "borderline diabetes".). It's good that you're babying Disney after her traumatic experience. What is a MOD meet-up? Is that for 3FC moderators?? I'm glad you had fun at your BBQ.

Shad - I hope you made it to JK okay.

A big :wave: to everyone!

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
08-04-2008, 11:01 AM
Good morning chicks,

Well I saw a number on the scale that I have not seen in a long, long time. :yay: Of course maybe that's the reward for weighing at 5am too :lol:

My peepers opened at 4:50 this morning even though I got to bed a bit later than I wanted to (could not find the darn bag of locks I had for the locker). I got decent enough to appear in public and woke up DH. We were out the door in the dark at 5:30. Mr. Feral was curled up sleeping in his bed. Miss Boo Kitty went roaming out the front door.

I walked into the club telling myself that today was the worst I would ever be, after this it is going to get progressively better as I get stronger. And no negative self criticism when catching glimpses of myself in full length mirrors. :dunno: Good thing I did a pep talk. DH and I walked all over the club looking for the locker rooms. Then we went back upstairs and got on the elipticals. Hah! I can tell you that FAT (which I have lots of) is NOT as strong as muscle. Ok so the eliptical is kinda hard. I knew that. I figured I could MAYBE do 10 minutes and would work up from there. HAH! 1 stinking minute. Yep, 1 MINUTE and I was a wheezin' away. I actually got 2 minutes done. With a break in between each minute. :lol: Meanwhile, DH is pumping away for 20 minutes at level 3. His first time on an elliptical which he has decided he likes. I slunk over to this arm machine - kinda like Mel's pedals but for arms. I did use it in physical therapy so I knew what it was about. Did 10 minutes on level 5 (started out at level 10 accidentally). It does help the arms as I had to shake them out when I was done. DH is still pounding away on the elliptical so I head over to the walking track. Got 4 laps in - 1/4 mile and quickly figured out that I have the wrong sneakers on. They are New Balance but not comfortable at all. By now DH has joined me on the track. I decide to go downstairs and get into the pool (the number 1 reason that I joined the club). I realize that the lockers we stowed our stuff in were way off from where the pool is so I walk back down the length of the club, go back upstairs to catch DH and tell him where to move his stuff (he was going to finish up in the hot tub). Then I trudged back down and did more walking and moved my stuff. The indoor pool is olympic sized :yikes: I guess they have swim meets there. And they have a moveable bulkhead which they sectioned off part of the pool. There were several swim team members swimming on the deep side but I was delighted to see that I had the entire shallow end all to myself. (There's an outdoor pool too). The water was just cool enough for a refreshing swim. I had finished 7 laps when DH showed up. He walked a mile on the lap track and said we needed to leave in 10 minutes so if I could finish up he'd wait outside for me. I went to get out of the pool and I realized I didn't pay attention coming in so I didn't know where the locker rooms were. No way I wanted to walk accidently into the boys :lol: So I asked one of the attendants who was very nice about it.

Both of us enjoyed our visit there. We are going to go 3 days a week MWF and since we have to get back home and showered up by 7:30 we will have to get there right at 5:15 when they open up. On the way over, DH was commenting about how this was a good time to come because the streets were practically empty. We were very surprised to see about 40 cars as we turned into the parking lot. Lots of people like Shad out there at there at the crack of dawn. Oh wait, the sun HASN'T RISEN at that time in the morning yet :lol:

I have decided to do cardio and swimming at the club and do the weights on Tuesday and Thursday myself at home. Ideally, to do a full circuit I'd need about 2 and a half hours and I just don't have that kind of time so we'll space it out accordingly.

The pool guys are supposed to show up today and do some work. We'll see if they do. No sign of the cement guys. :rolleyes:

Ceejay - I think that's a great idea to take your handweights to work. My friend does that as she is on conference calls alot. She gets a pretty good workout in!

Garlic harvest sounds good Ruth. Did they do alot of cooking (obviously there was some wine on hand :cheers: )

Mel - not sure Willie will let you on the bus with a leather vest AND a whip :lol: He might be distracted :eek:

Shad - glad you made it in ok. Happy financing - if there is such a thing :rofl: or are we still struggling with the HR folks?

Morning Michelle, Annie, Holly and the rest of the lot.

I gotta go get busy now...

Ruthxxx
08-04-2008, 11:01 AM
Yup - some of the MODs manage to get together every so often. Two years ago we did Philly and some of them were in Asheville, NC last year. It's nice to meet face to face and spend time together.
Aside from the MOD meets, I've met many 3FC members including our own Shad, Hollyhock and that missing in action Carla chickie.

annie175
08-04-2008, 11:18 AM
Happy Monday Ladies........

Saturday night was one fun evening. Didn't get in until 1 am, which is late for my 8:30 pm bed time. lol. I didn't even dance once, however the company was good. I laughed so much and so hard. What a great time we had. Did not meet prince charming either.

Michelle....WOWSER BOWSER. Congrats on the no diabetes!! How awesome!! You deserved a great report as you have been kicking heiny girl. Keep it up so it does not come back.....State Fair sounds fun, I haven't been to our State Fair in about 20 years. I think it is too expensive.

Ceejay...you have some great goals there, and very doable. Make us proud and stick to them. Maybe Michelle will rub off on you.

Happy...Cats are sly and demanding sometimes. I think its funny how they can work you. I got my passport in January and it only took 2 weeks to get it. Govt is much better and quicker about it now.

Ruth...OMG Poor Disney. That had to be so tramatic for everyone. Hope she and you are feeling better.

Shad...Have a great, safe trip, my dear.

MEL...I love the recipes. Keep them coming. Black leather vest..shuweee, if I wore one of those braless, my boobies would hang out the bottom of it. hahahaha

Holly...happy belated. I am bad at birthdays, hope it was a great one for you.

Everyone have a marvy day.

Love and Hugs

MELODY525
08-04-2008, 12:37 PM
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Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Oregano

Ingredients Serves 8
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tablespoon dried)
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grates
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 chicken halves (1 1/2 pounds each) or 2 whole chickens, split
4 lemons, halved crosswise
Oregano sprigs (optional)

Directions
Make marinade: In a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, oregano, oil, 2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Divide marinade between 2 large resealable plastic bags. Place 2 chicken halves in each bag; shake to coat. Let marinate at room temperature 30 minutes, turning bags occasionally.
Preheat grill to medium; lightly oil grates. Remove chicken from marinade, and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken, skin side up, on grill. Cover and cook, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Turn chicken over; cover and cook until well browned, 10 to 15 minutes (an instant-read thermometer should register 175 degrees.when inserted into thickest part of meat, avoiding bone). If chicken is browning too quickly, move to cooler parts of grill or turn grill to low heat.
Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Tent with foil; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place lemon halves on grill, cut side down; cook until slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Cut chicken pieces in half; serve with grilled lemon halves, and, if desired, garnish with oregano sprigs.

annie175
08-04-2008, 04:36 PM
Happy....I love watermelon, I could eat your avitar. YUM

diyana
08-04-2008, 04:58 PM
Happy - Congrats on the long lost number on the scale! :woohoo: Don't be disheartened by the elliptical, when I started, I could only do 1 or 2 minutes on the lowest level. Good for you for trying. I hope you get better walking shoes. You did 7 laps in an olympic sized pool? Wow! That's awesome! I can't even do 1 lap before my asthma kicks in - I figure it might be the chlorine. Anyway, it's awesome that you tried (and accomplished) so much on your first day at the gym! YGG!

Annie - Our State Fair isn't too expensive if you buy your tickets in advance it's only $4 per person, with lots of free bands and animal shows. The rides are expensive...but I don't like rides anyway. This year, they even gave out coupon books for discount on food, which was nice.

MELODY525
08-04-2008, 06:05 PM
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Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot

3/4 pound ground turkey
1 medium zucchini, grated
1 medium carrot, grated
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 slices crusty bread
4 small leaves Boston lettuce
4 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (optional)

Heat broiler.

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, zucchini, carrot, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, and egg. Form the mixture into 4 patties.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties, turning once, until no trace of pink remains, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, place the bread on a baking sheet and brush with the remaining oil. Broil until golden brown and crisp, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer the bread to individual plates. Top with the lettuce leaves and burgers. If using, combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small bowl and serve with the burgers.

Upgrade: For extra zest, rub the bread with the cut side of a peeled, halved garlic clove immediately after removing the bread from the oven.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 303(42% from fat); FAT 14g (sat 1g); CHOLESTEROL 94mg; CARBOHYDRATE 20g; SODIUM 633mg; PROTEIN 26g; FIBER 2g; SUGAR 2g

MELODY525
08-04-2008, 06:11 PM
HAPPY....JUST IN HONOR OF YOUR NEW MOUTHWATERING AVATAR........


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Summer Shrimp Salad

1 pound frozen, fully cooked medium shrimp, thawed
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
4 cups watermelon, roughly chopped
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
2 avocados, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, onion, watermelon, jalapeños, and avocado.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey, oil, salt, and pepper. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad; toss. Sprinkle with the cilantro. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Yield: Makes 6 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 333(49% from fat); FAT 18g (sat 3g); CHOLESTEROL 0mg; CARBOHYDRATE 30g; SODIUM 599mg; PROTEIN 16g; FIBER 7g; SUGAR 11g

MELODY525
08-04-2008, 06:28 PM
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WAY TO GO HAPPY WITH THE SCALE AND THE GYM!! GREAT NEWS!!! I AM SO GLAD FOR YOU'RE TAKING CONTROL OF THE HEALTH SITUATION!!! :cheer3: TOO BAD WE ARE SO FAR AWAY! I COULD BE YOUR FUTURE JOGGING PARTNER!!! :scooter: CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT NEW BEGINNING! GOOD LUCK WITH THE JOURNEY :hug:
PS; WILLY WOULD LOVE ME TO GET DRESSED UP AND CARRY A WHIP!! :rofl: HE'S DEFINITELY INTO COSTUMES!! :belly:


CEEJAY....GREAT PLANNING WITH THE JOB AND WEIGHTS. HOPE THE TIME PASSES QUICKLY THIS WEEK!

RUTH.....:cheers: NICE OF YOUR FRIENDS TO TAKE SUCH GOOD CARE OF YOU!! WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE YOU THE :queen: OF 7000 GARLIC PLANTS!! YOU WIN THE PRIZE!!

ANNIE...YOU DIRTY STAYOUT YOU!!! BUT IT SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD TIME. DID YOU TRY SINGING THE SONG...SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME?? I'LL SEND THE A/C MAN OUT TO YOU FED EX!!! AND IF I WENT BRALESS...I'D BE RUNNING OVER MY FRIGGING BOOBS!!

:cloud9: I CAME BACK TONITE BECAUSE I WILL BE MISSING IN THE MORNING. DEFINITELY GOING FOOD SHOPPING FIRST. CLARA IS IN THE HOSPITAL...THE 94 YR OLD WOMAN I USED TO WORK FOR. GOING TO SEE IF I CAN GET A RIDE. ALSO A 16 YR OLD DD OF A COP PASSESD AWAY FROM SOME DREADED DISORDER. NOT SURE I CAN FACE THE FAMILY BUT I WILL GIVE IT A THOUGHT. AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET OUTSIDE MORE TOMORROW. THE SUMMER IS QUICKLY PASSING BY. BEFORE YOU KNOPW IT I WILL BE FREEZING MY BUTT OFF :brr: AND COMPLAINING!! SPENDT A LOT OF TIME OUTSIDE BUT I WENT ARMED WITH ALL MY MEDS IN MY STOMACH FIRST!! :dance: TIME FOR SHOWER AND DINNER. PROBABLY BE BACK WEDNESDAY.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.
GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE :sunny:

annie175
08-04-2008, 06:30 PM
MEL....I just fried up a zucchini, then saw your recipe. Murphy's Law. It was good tho. got 1 zuc, and 4 cuke, and 2 yellow tomatos out of the garden tonight. It is all so good, I think I have OD'd on fresh veggies out of the garden. Not to mention the veggies one of the girls gave me at work. I ate a green pepper and 3 banana peppers and a red tomato at my desk today. All that should cause a major explosion soon. Watch for fireworks out of the Indiana skyway. hahahahha

Shad
08-04-2008, 09:02 PM
Morning all,
Just quick rush through since I am about to dash into training Project systems and Intercompany accounting. You can tell I am just riveted about this can't you?

Nothing new to report here. Went to the gym yesterday, did 6km and 50 minutes on the treadmill. Went down this morning and it is all closed and locked up - it's supposed to be 24 hour. So I went back to my room and sulked. Anyway, that's life. Right, better be off.

PS - Happy - see what happens when you get up early?? The scale co-operates!!!!! :rofl: Wish that happened with me!

Shad
08-05-2008, 04:05 AM
Back again and having trouble getting advanced to work and show the last fifteen entries. Pooh. Now I will have to think - or maybe not. Nah it doesn't want to work and now I have another job to go and do. So I'll be back with some more later.

Ruthxxx
08-05-2008, 08:20 AM
Annie's avatar makes me drool! Watermelon and corn - two great indulgences. Annie, aren't a lot of watermelons from IN? I visited a 3FC friend in southern IN and she was surrounded by fields of them. The northern part of the state seemed to be wall to wall corn!

MEL, those recipes are making me drool too! I sure wish I had a cook - Jamie Oliver would do.

I'm in my annual August funk! Every year in August, I get pissed off about summer winding down and look back on all the stuff I didn't get done - mainly in the garden and barn. It's time to make a realistic list and set some goals. I'll spare you the list that will include large jobs and a ton of niggles! I've decided to drop some community stuff like the cemetery board and the book club which will free up a bit of time this fall but have taken on the Victoria's Quilts thing. I may just make quilt tops and skip the meeting and fundraising part.

Disney seems to have recovered from her traumatic weekend experience. I have an appointment for a check-up for Hershey and will have the vet take a look at Disney in case there are any internal injuries. She's behaving pretty normally except she now cringes if there is a sudden movement toward her. Poor wee thing!

Time to just "get on with it" as my Mother would say when we whined!

diyana
08-05-2008, 08:42 AM
Good morning ladies --

After the storms kept me up most of Sunday night, I went home and relaxed last night. I'm hoping that the weather will be nice at lunch so I can walk.

Happy - With today being Tuesday, does that mean you're doing weights today? Do you do that before or after work? I hope you have a great day!

Mel - So sorry to hear that your friend Clara is in the hospital. Sending healing thoughts her way. Also my condolences to the family that lost their DD...so very sad.

Annie - I'm so jealous of all your fresh veggies....I guess your garden is just way ahead of mine since you live in the "South"! (or at least south of where I live) :lol3:

Shad - Good luck with training! Good for you for doing so well at the gym yesterday...bummer that it's closed today.

Ceejay - I hope your work day goes smoothly today!

Rennie - Do you still have company at your house?

Ruth - Is Disney relaxing a bit more now?

Patty - How are you and Blackie doing?

Lots to get done today so I'd better get a move on.

Love and hugs,

diyana
08-05-2008, 08:44 AM
Ruth - Looks like I was posting at the same time as you. I'm glad Disney's doing better.

happy2bme
08-05-2008, 08:54 AM
pssst Ruthie - I'm the one with the watermelon avatar - Annie has a fairie - that is unless I'm going blind :rofl: Of course then again you wouldn't be the first one to confuse me with someone else. Unless I'm so wretched that no one will say my name :yikes:

I usually feel the way you do around our Labor Day which is the beginning of September and up north signalled pretty much the end of another summer. Since our warm weather extends into November I don't quite get the blues the same way but I can relate to the "I really need to get a handle on some things". Perhaps you can set aside one day - no board activity, no volunteer work - just one day a week to devote to something on the must do list. Remember that you eat and elephant one bite at the time so to say... I imagine it will take a long time for poor Disney to forget that horrid incident.

Shad - not sure why you keep having so many troubles with the site. Mostly it's just slow for me but I'll take that over your issues any day. Bummer that the gym was locked up. That stinks royally. Maybe the desk clerk didn't show up for shift change or is it just an exercise room that someone might have accidently locked? That's happened to me in hotel workout areas - I left not knowing and said something the next day - Oh that's NOT supposed to be locked. Duh.

Annie - hope your explosion wasn't too bad. I did see some flickering to the north last night :lol: and I can relate. But it's SO worth it for the fresh stuff, isn't it? I had a nice fresh mozzerella, tomato and basil with balsamic viniagrette side with an awesome steak DH made for supper last night. Ate only half, the rest is today's lunch. Is it lunch time yet? :hungry: :lol: I grew some banana peppers last year. They are very easy to grow and quite prolific if you like them. I'd say you could probably get your fill for the season out of just one plant.

Happy shopping Mel. Thanks for the great summer recipes. I think I remember you talking about Clara. It's great that you will be able to visit her, I'm sure she will appreciate it.

Thank you all for the kind words. I just hope I can keep the downward trend going.

Thank you too Michelle for pointing out that you too struggled with the elliptical at first. That's very encouraging to keep plugging away with it. And I think because in your mind you are aware of the blood sugar issues you have, it will be motivation to stick with healthier eating.

Time got away from me this morning, I need to get a move on or there will be no parking for this chick at work unless I want to walk from Kookamunga. :lol:

Have a great day chicks and :wave: to those I didn't get to individually including lurkers like Carla ;)

happy2bme
08-05-2008, 08:55 AM
and isn't this just the best avatar? I LOVE watermelon. This picture was so pretty I had to copy it from some ad. :lol:

annie175
08-05-2008, 10:47 AM
Ok, I am getting rid of the fairy as soon as I find something else. lol

Ruthxxx
08-05-2008, 12:25 PM
Duh! I really know the difference between Happy and Annie. I just associated Indiana and watermelons. Can you tell I was impressed by the quantity when I visited?

Just signed up for another Block of the Month quilting class for one Saturday morning a month. I'm an idiot! At least it's for me, not the community. I am going to cut way back on pet therapy sessions too. Six hours a week is a bit much for me and for the dogs. Disney perks along just fine but Hersh is getting old and draggy.

MELODY525
08-05-2008, 12:58 PM
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/everyday_food/2005Q4/26edf19_e_l.jpg

Chili-Rubbed Salmon with Zucchini and Sauteed Corn

Ingredients
Serves 4
4 skinless salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 pound medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise, cut crosswise into 3-inch spears (about 1/2 inch thick)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen corn kernels (4 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chopped scallions
1 container (16 ounces) prepared fresh tomato salsa (2 cups)
Lime wedges, for garnish (optional)
Directions
Heat broiler; set rack 4 inches from heat. Rub salmon all over with salt and pepper. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet; sprinkle top of fillets with 1 teaspoon chili powder. Arrange zucchini around salmon; sprinkle with remaining teaspoon chili powder, and season with salt and pepper.
Broil until fish is opaque throughout and zucchini is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add corn and garlic; cook, tossing, until corn is tender and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in scallions and salsa; season generously with salt and pepper. To serve, place fillets on plates, and serve with zucchini and half the corn. Reserve other half of the corn for next day. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

MELODY525
08-05-2008, 01:00 PM
ARM IS KILLING ME.
MUST BE THE WHCHAIR CLEANING.
PUT A CALL INTO THE DR SEE IF HE IS AWAY NOW :cry:
WILL READ AND NOT COMMENT.
LOVE YOU ALL THOUGH :hug:

Shy Moment
08-05-2008, 06:11 PM
Melody
Please take care of yourself.

D
They left this morning. Oh the quiet. I missed it. Today is full of cleaning house and doing laundry. Then back to the camp grounds. We are going to the state fair Friday and Saturday. Busy week, full of fun.

Shad
08-05-2008, 09:27 PM
Morning all - Selamat Pagi - apa kabar.

Morning happy - with the watermelon avatar, which does indeed look fresh and enticing. Glad to hear the gym is going just fine for you and that you are intending to do the weights bits at home. Just do as Auntie Ceejay says and take it easy at first. I remember when I started on the treadmill, I walked fairly slowly for 20 minutes, then I gradually got faster, then I ran for a minute, and then 2 and so on. Now I can last out 50 minutes at a fairly reasonable speed. So it does work. If you come out of it with a good sweat up, you have done well. I don't understand the problem I have with the go advanced site, but I put up with it, because I need my worldly fix every day.

Mel - nice looking recipe that - but beef is like gold around here and they have no idea how to cook it, they can ruin a good piece of porterhouse in minutes and I am not paying 120000R for a piece of shoe leather. Sorry to hear that you have annoyed that arm again. You too are going to have to put a time limit on some of the things that you can do.
D'uh - just worked out that it is salmon and not steak. Says a lot for my mental health that!!!

Ruth - you don't have it on your own that end of season comes and we have not achieved what we should have. I'm on that list as well. And I have a list of projects to be done! The list does not mean that it will happen, unfortunately. It just means that you've thought about making it happen. This year I have achieved a couple of things from the list, but not everything. I suppose some is better than none.
Just seen the label above your avatar. Is the Lucy lily from your garden? Was it planted for a certain young lady??

Michelle - hope the storms go away for you so you can sleep and walk and do the things you want to get done.

Annie, your vege garden sounds delightful - be careful Michelle and Ruth don't swoop and capture the goodies.

Rennie - good to see you back again.

I have training scheduled for much of today. We're doing some NORMAL stuff like purchasing and requisitioning. It will be fun to get back to something completely practical.

I managed the gym this morning. Did some weights and crunches. Worked up a fair sweat, so I must have done a good 30 minutes workout. Then went back to the room to wash out the smalls and get ready for today. Speaking of which.......

I had better go and get emotionally prepared. I never realised how hard it can be with broken accents, mixed metaphors, and two languages being spoken together. I am learning but it's draining. Now I understand how my South American friend used to feel at the end of the day, when he only wanted to speak his native Spanish or Portuguese or whatever it was he spoke.

Shad
08-05-2008, 09:31 PM
Uh - I think the number of posts has got stuck again. Some years back I got to 27XX something and then it went back to a couple of hundred. Now I was about equal with Happy's number and now I am way behind. Either she is sneaking around making posts or mine is stuck again.
I don't really care too much. Just making a noise!!!! :rofl: I know how long I have been here.

Ruthxxx
08-06-2008, 07:22 AM
Good morning, Worldlies.

Shad, yes, the lily is in honour of dear Lucy. The pic is not current as the one in the garden is not yet blooming. It's been in slightly open bud stage for ten days now. In mourning?

Miss MEL, do take care of YOU for a change.

We're off to the vet this morning. Disney will have a post-trauma check and Hershey and I want to get to the bottom of her fur loss. She's far from bald but it certainly is thinning. As Shad and Hollyhock could tell you. La Hersh is famous for her fur! She's also got two of those raw calluses on her "elbows" so will probably be in one of those Mother Superior collars for a while.

Despite all the rain (and we have another week of wet ahead of us). I harvested the first tomatoes and green beans from the veggie garden yesterday. It's certainly a late harvest. The good thing about the rain is that the lawns are nice and green - usually they are brown and crunchy in August.

A slight splash of sun is happening right now. I may get a chance to work outside before it's vet time.

MELODY525
08-06-2008, 08:01 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING. LOTS OF RAIN AND A BIT COOLER HERE. STAYING INDOORS AND USING MY DVD'S. TRAVELING WITH MY AUSSIE DVD TOO THIS AFTERNOON.
TYPING WITH ARM GLUED TO MY SIDE. 2 DRS ARE ON VACATION. BOTH TEACH AND DO CLINICS. SO THEY WILL BE BACK. SCHOOL STARTS SOON. :dance:

HAPPY...HOPE THE EXERCISE SCHEDULE IS WORKING OUT. :hug: thinking of you!

RUTH..HOPE DISNEY IS OK AT VETS

SHAD...ACCENTS...... :rofl: I'M SORRY BUT FOUND THAT COMICAL

ANNIE...ALMOST COULDN'T FIND YOU WITH MISSING FAIRY...WAS THAT YOUR EXPLOSION I HEARD LAST NIGHT? WHEN YOU ARE DONE WITH THE TNT SEND IT HERE!

MICHELLE...ARE YOU STILL FLOATING ON AIR WITH ALL YOUR GOOD NEWS? :yoga:

:wave: TO CEEJAY WORKING HER BUTT OFF

RENNIE...ENJOY THE SILENCE :lol3:

ceejay52
08-06-2008, 09:03 AM
If I could get some sleep I'd be fine. day 3/6 12 hour days. I'm looking forward to my two days off. Tonight I'm taking a Tylenol pm.

My weight this morning with clothes on is 190 which is what it was at the drs office last visit. This will be my starting point. This is my highest weight.

Ruth
Hope things go well at the vets office.

Mel
Take it easy. I love to watch the travel channel.

To the rest :wave: I'll be back later this afternoon.

happy2bme
08-06-2008, 09:09 AM
Morning chicks,

Good workout this morning. Elliptical still kicked my butt, spit in my face and laughed at me :sumo: But I gave it the hairy eyeball back. I walked, swam, and did some arm strength stuff (while thinking of Mel). Can't seem to cool the inner core tho.

Had to separate the cats today. New cat Curly gobbled his food down and tried to infringe on Mr. Feral. Poor old Mr. Feral has no fangs and a califlower ear but his hisser still works fine. DH had to chase Curly off with a hose. Won't have no cat fights in the yard. Our Boo was no where to be found.

Like Mel, I too laughed about trying to work around the accents Shad. With the influx of Indians in the workplace, I am starting to understand what it's like when not everyone speaks like us. Hope your training went well. I know what you mean about the post counts, sometimes it hiccups tho I have been posting on some game threads which probably bumped my count up a bit.

Mel - you take care of those arms will you? I did the exercises for you today :rofl: :hug:

The lily is quite pretty Ruth. Hope the pups will be fine. Perhaps Hersh has some allergies.

Back to welcome normal for you Shy.

Annie - I think you should use that hot pic of yourself as your avatar. If --- wait WHEN - I get to looking that good, I'll be strutting the stuff too :lol:

I did get accepted into a diabetes management program. Twice a week 1 hour sessions for 3 months. Meet with a nurse, nutritionist and exercise coach so I'm looking forward to it. I go for my initial evaluation tomorrow. Maybe I CAN finally turn things around again :D Thank you Michelle for mentioning nutritionist and setting this all into motion for me :hug:

Ok, much as I'd rather play here, I have to get to work.

Have a good day chicks...

happy2bme
08-06-2008, 09:12 AM
Ugh Ceejay - 6 straight 12 hour days :faint: that's REALLY hard on the old bod.

As for your weight - you can borrow my mantra - today is the worst I will ever be - each day I get smarter, stronger and slightly better than the yesterday I left behind. No pressure there :lol:

diyana
08-06-2008, 09:14 AM
Happy Wednesday ladies --

Didn't get to the gym last night...DH and I went for a short hike instead. Plus, I walked yesterday at lunch. I've got a co-worker who is trying to improve her health, so we walk every day at lunch. I am feeling a bit sad that Brett Favre will no longer be with the Packers. He's a great quarterback and will be missed in Wisconsin. As of now, it's unclear if he will be traded to another team or stay retired. It's just sad that because of all that's been said and done (by both him and the Packers) over the last several months, he is feeling unwanted by the organization he gave 16 years of outstanding football memories. Enough of my Favre soapbox.

Mel - Please take care of yourself and don't overdo.

Rennie - Sounds like you have a busy and fun rest of the week ahead. You sure had company for a long time, and you're still cleaning!

Happy - Shad is exactly right....take things slowly. When I started, I could only do about 5 minutes on the treadmill before my back pain would flare up - so I mostly used recumbent bikes for 15 or 20 minutes. Then I got to the point where I could walk 15 minutes slowly. Now I go for 30 minutes and every now and then bump up the speed to a slow jog. It's all about progress.

Ruth - I, too, have lists of things I didn't get done this summer. Heck, some stuff on my list is from last winter. But they will all get done eventually (over the next few years). I hope everything goes okay at the vet (sending big hugs to Hershey and Disney). No fair that you're harvesting tomatoes up in Canada! Sheesh! My tomatoes are still green! :tantrum:

Shad - The weather today and the rest of the week is supposed to be gorgeous. Highs in the upper 70s/low 80s and very little humidity! Perfect walking, gardening and generally being outside weather! Good for you for getting to the gym so regularly and big kudos for learning the language while in Jakarta.

Ceejay - Sorry that you're not sleeping well and working so hard. I hope you get through the day okay and are able to rest, relax and sleep tonight.

Busy day ahead for me, so I'll sign off for now.

Love and hugs,

diyana
08-06-2008, 09:20 AM
Happy - you posted at the same time as me. Good for you for giving it back to the elliptical, and for walking, swimming and getting a good workout. Sorry to hear about the kitty issues. Good for DH for looking out for Mr. Feral. I'm SOOOOOO happy to hear you are in a diabetes management program! That's awesome! Sounds like you'll get a lot of great info and support! Good for you!! I learned so much from my nutritionist and my exercise coach at the gym helped a lot too. Having a team of experts helps you manage this condition! Yay to you for getting your team together!! I LOVE your mantra - awesome!

annie175
08-06-2008, 09:47 AM
Good Morning, Hump Day and Trash Day is here already!! Yikes life is going too fast.

Ceejay...try the natural melatonin to get some sleep. It worked for me and my nephew.

MEL...take care of those arms, cause you need to post on here the delicious recipes..

Happy...boy, that is a tough mantra but worth succeeding at, you go girl!

Michelle...Hiking and walking is great exercise, just moving is great, so the missing the gym is no biggie.

DS has an interview at 10:00 this morning with the Chief of Police, hopefully this will get him on at the police department. Wish him luck!!

DD took my picture on her cell phone this morning on the way to work (we carpool), it makes my nose look like pinnoccio, and I didn't even lie.

We had thunderboomers yesterday, the good news is the humidity is supposed to be less today. I hate to say it, but my garden needed it.

Work is nutty today, I guess I fit right in. LOL.

Hello to everyone.

Love and Hugs,

annie175
08-06-2008, 12:35 PM
Holy Cow....guess what they had in the cafe' today?

Fried Green Tomatos and Black Eyed Peas...YUM YUM.

Hey Grandpa, What's for dinner?? (HeeHaw)

MELODY525
08-06-2008, 03:39 PM
I WAS BROWING THE MAYO CLINIC FOR A FRIEND HE IS PRE-DIABETIC ALSO. I FOUND THIS LINK FOR DIFFERENT HEALTHY RECIPES & THE MANY EATING PLANS INCLUDE DASH & DIABETES:hun:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/RE99999

http://i.timeinc.net/realsimple/i/p/Aug08/20-meals-4_158.jpg

Cod with Beans, Corn, and Pesto

INGREDIENTS:
6-ounce pieces cod fillet (about 1 inch thick), skin removed
Kosher salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound green beans, cut in half crosswise (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 leek (white and light green parts only), sliced into half-moons
2 ears corn, kernels cut off the cob (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons store-bought pesto, plus more for serving

DIRECTIONS:
Season the cod with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat the oil in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the undersides are golden, 3 to 5 minutes.

Flip the cod and scatter the green beans and leek around it. Add 1/4 cup water, cover, and cook until the vegetables are just tender and the fish is opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer the cod to plates. Stir the corn into the green beans, cover, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the pesto and serve with the cod and additional pesto, if desired.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 255(29% from fat); FAT 8g (sat 1g); CHOLESTEROL 58mg; CARBOHYDRATE 15g; SODIUM 428mg; PROTEIN 30g; FIBER 4g; SUGAR 3g

MELODY525
08-06-2008, 03:55 PM
CURRIED ZUCCHINI SOUP

Serves 4

Zucchini is a marvelous squash - mild and slightly sweet - and accepts flavorings readily. This curried soup can be made hotter by using a spicier curry powder blend.

Ingredients:
1 ½ T. extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 T. curry powder
Salt, to taste
2 lbs. zucchini (small to medium size), cut into 1" dice
6 c. vegetable stock
¼ c. long grain brown rice

Preparation:
In a heavy pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and sauté for about 10 minutes. Add the curry powder and a pinch of salt and mix with the onions, continuing to cook the mixture for a couple of minutes. Add the zucchini, stock, and brown rice and bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for about 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Coarsely mash or, if desired, cool soup, then pour it into a blender and process until smooth.

Top with fresh mint and serve hot.

diyana
08-06-2008, 05:09 PM
Annie - I'll bet you don't look like pinocchio. I'll bet your garden loved the thunderstorms. I know my veggies appreciated the thunderstorms we had. I hope your work day goes better.

Mel - Please take care and rest your arm, okay? Thanks for the link to the Mayo Clinic recipes.

Shad
08-07-2008, 04:04 AM
That was the training class that I didn't need to have.

It was awful. And there were only two in it. Aaah well things come and things pass. Life goes on as per normal.

It's three o'clock in the afternoon and I just managed my lunch. Wonder what time tea will be???

Nothing else is new. I'm tired and I think I will leave early and either go for a swim or go for a massage. Haven't worked out which yet.
Last night we went to dinner because one of the guys was having a birthday today. His lady friend is coming over for the weekend and so we had the celebration last night. Went to a restaurant just newly opened in the building complex called Portobello. It had dark and moody lighting. Made it difficult to read the menu. The prices all looked quite reasonable until you saw the portions. They were tiny. Some portion control. Aaah well the project paid for the meal so I should not complain.

Yesterday I went to the gym and later in the afternoon for a swim and also had a spa. Nice too. This morning I was too tired to get up and go so I might just fit in a swim to give myself some exercise for the day. Then again the smog is bad out there today so maybe not. I'll see how I feel in a couple of hours.

Speaking of which - I'm out of time and have to get back to class. I'll be back.

happy2bme
08-07-2008, 07:12 AM
Morning chicks,

No time to post right now- I have an early morning appt with the nurse for the Pre-Diabetes program and I should have been showered all ready instead of sitting here on the computer. But I need some coffee BAD this morning. So just browsing now, be back later.

Hope the evening is better than the day Shad.

I'm betting your don't look like Pinnochio either Annie ;)

MELODY525
08-07-2008, 08:01 AM
A SMOGGY DAY IN A JAKARTA TOWN SHAD? SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOUR LUNGS!! HOPE YOU FOUND SOME ENERGY!;hug: HAD A LAUGH AT THE MEAL...MAYBE WE NEED TO LEARN THAT IN RESTAURANTS HERE! :faint:

HAPPY...HOPE THE APPT GOES WELL. WILL BE THINKING OF YOU TODAY.

MICHELLE...YOU ARE WELCOME! lhug:

ANNIE....MAYBE THE NOSE GREW WITH THE FRIED GREEN TOMATOES :rofl:

THE MAN FOR THE CHAIR IS COMING TODAY BETWEEN 9-5. WISH I HAD A BETTER TIME BUT NO DICE. SO I AM OFF TO FINISH CLEANING IT AND SPRUCING IT UP TO TAKE DOWNSTAIRS. THINK I WILL FOOD SHOP TOMORROW INSTEAD. I SEEM TO BE DRAGGING MY BUTT THIS MORNING!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

diyana
08-07-2008, 10:39 AM
Happy Thursday ladies (or is it Friday in JK, Shad?) -

I walked at lunch yesterday - it was gorgeous out! And I went to the gym last night and did a 1/2 hour strength training class. Today, I'll walk at lunch and walk after work as well.

Shad - Sorry your training class went so horribly. I hope you enjoyed your swim/massage. Take care in the smog. Aerobic exercise requires oxygen...not smog. :lol:

Happy - I hope your meeting with the diabetes program nurse goes well. I'm sure it will be helpful for you! I think anyone trying to make healthier choices should meet with a nutritionist. It helped me a lot.

Mel - I hope your chair repair goes well. Don't overdo with your arm, though.

A big :wave: to Annie, Ceejay, Rennie, Holly, Ruth and everyone else!

Well, gotta go for now.

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
08-07-2008, 01:02 PM
We are having rain today. It was so dark earlier you would have thought it to be night time.

Logged 3300 steps yesterday plus rode the stamina bike for 20. I was in the bed by 9.30 p.m.

I'm logging food again after my sugar binge and pizza binge. I can't handle those things very well any more. I'm pretty sure that poor planning was the culprit. I let myself get to hungry and one point during the day. I want to stay around 1600-1800 calories.

I'll be lugging up the supplies that the guys left downstairs while ago. They are to lazy to bring them up. I should wait and see if Brandon and Brian come back over then make them to it.

No time for personals right now.

MELODY525
08-07-2008, 04:35 PM
http://i.timeinc.net/realsimple/images/recipefinder/coconutchickenrice1.jpg
Coconut Chicken and Rice

8 boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Zest from 2 limes
3 cups uncooked basmati rice
2 cups chicken stock
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
Juice from 2 limes
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut

Heat oven to 325į F.

Lightly coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with the garlic, cayenne, and lime zest; set aside. Place the rice in the baking dish.

Combine the chicken stock, coconut milk, cilantro, salt, and lime juice and pour onto the rice. Arrange the chicken on top of the rice. Cover with foil and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through.

Remove the foil, sprinkle the coconut on top, and cook 5 minutes more or until the coconut is browned.

Make-Ahead: The recipe can be made up to 1 day ahead. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Reheat, covered, in a 325į F oven for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted into the chicken comes out warm.

Yield: Makes 8 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 571(0% from fat); FAT 17g (sat 12g); CHOLESTEROL 78mg; CALCIUM 53mg; CARBOHYDRATE 66g; SODIUM 401mg; PROTEIN 37mg; FIBER 2g; IRON 5mg

Shad
08-07-2008, 08:36 PM
Morning all.
Went for a swim and a spa again last night. Did about 20 laps of the pool and then shot into the spa. The air quality is terrible and today looks even worse. This morning was gym and I really only did 30 mins - 10 each on bike, elliptical and treadmill. The gym was late opening although it is supposed to be a 24 hour job - you have to get a key to get in there in the wee small hours apparently - so I was running out of time this morning, but I did get a good sweat up so maybe I didn't do too badly.

Michelle it is Friday in Jakarta. Actually it is Friday everywhere west of Fiji to somewhere around Namibia in Africa. That may not seem like west to you lot but it is here. Well done on the gym and walking. I haven't stopped sweating yet after my stint, so at least we are moving the muscles and blood bits around.

Mel - do take it easy on the arm with those chairs. We do not need you down and out for a period of time - what would lurker Karen do without her recipe fix?

Ceejay - those are long days. Get those guys to put the deliveries away for you. You don't have to do everything you know.

Happy - hope the day works out well for you and the nutritionist. If it works for you and Michelle, I may just try one myself. Something has to work one day.

And with that I'd better get on with work - no classes today but there is still a huge mound of doco to wade through. So now might be a good time to get on with it. I will have to work one day of the weekend. I'm trying to get out to the Orchid park sometime this weekend. Hopefully we can find a driver to take up there.

Have a great day and don't forget to sweat

happy2bme
08-07-2008, 10:43 PM
Hi all,

It was a long, lousy day today and I am dead tired. Finish this up and I'm off to bed. I think I'm still trying to deal with changing my routine around, to bed 2 hours earlier and up when the clock is reading 4.

They came to put in the new pool liner today and from out of nowhere came these massive rain storms. So that put a quick halt to that. The pool pump went out and DH had to buy another. More money "down the drain".

Went to pick up my orthotics and the doctor checked off the wrong style. These are ultra cushy for diabetic patients. They sure are cushy but are so wide I could use them for snowshoes in a pinch and they don't leave much room for my feet once I cram them in the shoes. :lol: The lab is making new ones.

Not going to the gym tomorrow. I have to get a fasting blood test and there's no way I can do a workout on a completely empty stomach. I will try and make up the day on the weekend.

I went to see the nurse today. This is a research program funded by a grant which hopes to keep pre-diabetes people from making the turn to Type 2 via education and exercise. They asked alot of questions because part of keeping their grant is lots of statistics. The lady asked me if I had questions and I'm the type to ask them as we go along but it was obvious that they weren't interested in really answering alot - just move along lady. She asked what was a typical breakfast (oatmeal, chopped apples and walnuts), a typical lunch (grilled salmon and vegetables with an occasional cheeseburger thrown in for good measure :D ), and dinner - lean grilled protein with fresh veggies. She looked at me and said if this is true then why are you overweight? I said - you tell me. I'm sure she thought I was lying but gall bladder surgery and acid reflux keeps me from too much fat and with the glucophage I swear I am losing my taste for sugar or at least it is lessening leaving my biggest vices as a daily partial can of Coca Cola (sometimes none) and an occasional once a week at best ice cream.


I have an appt to meet with the nutritionist next week before the first nutrition class and I will start the exercise class (taught by a personal trainer and massage therapist) next week. I know what healthy foods are, what I'm hoping to learn is "eat this instead of that" kind of thing. Shad, I have heard many people sing the praises of a few sessions with a nutritionist/dietician. I'll let you know how it goes.

Did I say I was very tired?

Orchid Park sounds lovely Shad - hope you can get there this weekend. It sounds as if you are getting a decent workout in the gym there - when you can get in. Just keep at it.

Mel, I hope the arms are doing ok. Sending you some good thoughts :grouphug: I hope you didn't overdo it cleaning up the chair for the repair guy. :(

Hope the weather didn't cause you too much trouble Ceejay. Sounds like you got a good workout AND a good night's sleep yesterday. Good for you!

Glad you're getting some nice weather Michelle. It's much more pleasant to walk outside if you can. Sounds like you could almost form a walking club at work!

I hope DS' interview went well yesterday Annie. That would be great to get on the force :crossed:

ugh - I got home kind of late and just had a turkey sandwich. I should have done cranberry mustard instead of mayo but mayo sounded so good with the fresh tomatoes. Now the heartburn is raging. Going to go pop an antacid and head for bed. Good night...

1day@atime
08-08-2008, 12:53 AM
Hello Ladies:wave:

Things have been so hetic these past few weeks. I've been traveling for work, then studying for a certification for work in my spare time. Blackie is doing so much better, I'm actually taking him to the vet tomorrow for his yearly check-up. I'm still doing my workout, but only 2 days a week. I have got to bump it up to 3 or even 4 and I definitely have to work on my eating.

Need to run... It's late...

MELODY525
08-08-2008, 07:39 AM
SHAD...YESTERDAY EVERYTIME JIMMY CAUGHT ME USING MY ARM HE "YELLED" ...MADE EVERYONE AWARE OF MY PROBLEM....INCLUDING ME :rofl: BUT HIS HARPING KEPT ME AWARE. I DO HOPE YOU CAN GET TO THE ORCHID PARK. THAT MUST BE SOME SIGHT TO SEE! ENJOY! :hug:
SORRY TO HEAR YOU HAVE TO WORK PART OF THE WEEKEND! "The impossible and some miracles I can perform straight away. Bigger miracles, Finance, and HR take a lot longer."

HAPPY....I HAVE HEARD OF THESE PROGRAMS FROM THE SENIORS. HOPE THEY HELP WITH SOME GOOD KNOWLEDGE. I HAVE A LOT OF FAITH IN YOU MY SOUTHERN BELLE. :hug: HOPE THE CLASSES WITH NUTRITION GO WELL TOO. IF THEY HAVE THE SECRET TO WEIGHTLOSS THEN PASS IT ON :dance: GOOD LUCK!
YOU WILL SEE WITH DIABETICS SOME, LIKE SAL HERE, GAIN THE WEIGHT NOT ONLY WITH SUGARS BUT BREADS, RICE, PASTA....ANYTHING STARCH INCLUDING BEANS, CORN, PEAS. ANY SALTS RETAIN WATER AS YOU KNOW. ANOTHER PROBLEM FOR DIABETICS. HIS LIST IS LONG. BUT THIS PAST YEAR HE HAS CUT BACK ON STUFF AND ACTUALLY LOST SOME WEIGHT . BUT MEN LOSE WEIGHT SOOOO EASILY IT SEEMS. :faint: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY:love:

ANNIE...KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED YESTERDAY HAS CRAMPED MY STYLE :rofl: HOPE EVERTHING WENT OK FOR THE DS!

CEEJAY....ANY POWER OUTAGES WITH THE WEATHER. HAPPY'S STORM HIT HERE ABOUT 11 AND GAVE US SOME LIGHT SHOW! TIRED FROM ALL THAT LUGGING OF SUPPLIES? I OVERDO THE EATING WHEN I AM HUNGRY NOW TOO. JUST SEEMS LIKE I CAN'T STOP:tantrum:

:running: WITH ALL THIS WALKING MICHELLE, YOU SHOULD BE HERE IN NO TIME AT ALL!! THEN WE CAN GO DOWN BY HAPPY AND GET HER POOL READY! :beach:

:wave: PATTY

:cofdate: I AM SOOO HAPPY IT IS FRIDAY. RICHIE SHOWED UP UNEXPECTEDLY. GOT TIRED OF STAYING BY DAD DURING THE WORK WEEK. SO HE TOOK MY SHORTENED LIST AND GRABBED A FEW THINGS FOR ME. GOOD THING CAUSE I WAS DREADING THE SHOPPING.
I FORGOT THE CHAIR WAS GONE AND CHARGED THE WRONG ONE LAST NIGHT. JUST AS WELL......I CAN STAY HOME AND OUT OF THE OFFICE. THEY CAN FEND FOR THEMSELVES. THERE ARE TWO THERE TODAY. WE HAVE SO MANY "NUTTERS" HERE NOW. LOTS OF DEMENTIA GOING ON. AFTER AWHILE YOU WONDER ABOUT YOUR OWN SANITY :rofl: ONE WOMAN SAW MEN ON THE HALTED CONSTRUCTION SITE AND CAME TO TELL ME HE WAS A TERRORIST AND THE DRUMS HE HAD MIGHT CONTAIN BOMBS. :faint: :yikes:
YESTERDAY WAS SO GORGEOUS THAT I SPENT TIME OUTSIDE JUST TO GET AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WELL, I MUST GO AND SEE WHAT THE GRANDSON AND I WIKLL DO FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS:beach:
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY. :moped:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE:sunny:

annie175
08-08-2008, 08:22 AM
TGIF for sure...........

Things did go well for DS interview. He got the job, now he is just waiting on a start date. Geez are they SLOW....

DD is in a wedding tomorrow. I, too, am going. She will look so darn cute.

Got about 25 roma tomatos out of the garden last night. Will make salsa to freeze. It will be wondeful to pop put homemade salsa about mid-December. This morning's breakfast was cottage cheese with fresh tomatos and cucumbers cut up and a little bit of pepper. I am loving the fresh veggies and will miss them come winter.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend.

Love and Hugs

MELODY525
08-08-2008, 09:09 AM
http://stormgasm.com/4-3-03/simon%20pics/27s.jpg

* Well I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night
I love to hear the thunder
Watch the lightning
When it lights up the sky
You know it makes me feel good
Well I love a rainy night
It's such a beautiful sight
I love to feel the rain
On my face
To taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadow
# Showers wash
All my cares away
I wake up to a sunny day
'Cause I love a rainy night
Yes I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night (2x)
Repeat *
Puts a song
In this heart of mine
Puts a smile on my face every time
'Cause I love a rainy night
Yes I love a rainy night
Ooh I love a rainy night
Yeah I love a rainy night
Repeat #

annie175
08-08-2008, 11:02 AM
Well I love my Miller Light
I love my Miller Light

NOT

MELODY525
08-08-2008, 11:22 AM
http://www.yahoofreak.com/3D%20Smileys/3D%20Holiday%20Smileys/drunk%20and%20laugh.gif <---mel after one miller lite

diyana
08-08-2008, 02:31 PM
TGIF Ladies -

I'm so glad it's Friday. DH and I did yard work yesterday evening so tonight and this weekend, we can just relax and have fun. We'll probably go to the State Fair again tomorrow. :)

Shad - I hope the air quality improves for you. Good for you for getting a workout in this morning. I hope you are able to enjoy your weekend...Orchid Park sounds lovely.

Happy - You are having so many pool issues! How awful! I hope it all gets fixed soon and with minimal additional expense. Sorry that your orthotics didn't work out either. You really do eat healthy, good for you! I'm glad you're meeting with the nutritionist. She should be able to help you with "eat this instead of that"...or "eat this in combination with that" (which helps me a lot). I eat a lot more protein now than I used to. I still enjoy carbs with nearly every meal...but I make sure the grains have lots of nutritional value and LOTS of fiber.

Patty - Glad to hear things are going well for you and that Blackie is doing a lot better. :hug:

Mel - Glad to hear someone besides us is harping on you to not overuse your arm. You are correct about having to watch out for pasta and grains...not just sweets. I really have to watch everything I eat and make sure I balance carbs, protein, fiber, veggies, EVERYTHING. :faint: You live in NJ, right? My aunt and cousin live in Dumont, and another cousin lives near Old Bridge. And my fave quarterback just went to the Meadowlands, so I guess I'll have to watch the Jets football games in addition to the Packers.

Annie - Congrats on DS getting the job! That's awesome! I wish I could come down there and swipe your fresh veggies until the ones in my garden ripen (if they ever ripen). I'd love to try cottage cheese with veggies...but the tomatoes and cukes in the store don't taste as good as homegrown. So I buy blueberries and strawberries and eat that with my cottage cheese.

Mel and Annie - I actually do love my Miller Lite....though I prefer other beers.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Lots of love and hugs to all,

ceejay52
08-08-2008, 05:24 PM
Happy
How low is your tsh level? My metabolism is off due to my tsh level being low.
We got some rain also. We really needed it.

Mel
I'm glad Jimmy was around and caught you using your arm. Some one is looking out for you. :hug:

Annie
Congrats that your sone got the job.

Shad
I'm jealous of you getting to go to the orchid park. That's one of my favorite flowers.

I'm on the home stretch of working these 6 twelve hour days. One more 12 hour day and I'm off for two day. :woohoo: Not sure about next weeks schedule except I come in Tuesday. Pacing myself has really helped this time too.

Ruthxxx
08-08-2008, 06:22 PM
Ceejay, you should get more than 2 days off after that brutal week!

Diyana, I am still very thrilled about your victory over diabetes. You are my hero!

Shad, I passed on the info about Cushings to my vet and she agrees that it's a possibility. (This in response to a PM from dear Shad who has met my Hershey.)

Oneday, nice to "see " you again. I must read back and catch up with you.

MEL, for somebody who was going to take it easy on the arm, you sure do manage to post a lot. Are you using your toes?

Annie, my Hort. Society meeting the other night had a woman demonstrating salsa making. How yummy! I came away with some great ideas.

I know I've missed people ... Duh! :wave: anyhow.

My day has been full of the usual stuff topped off with Hershey medication. She is in a good space - she's a real dear - and we are just bopping along. Tomorrow she goes to get a major fur reduction at the groomer to get rid of the matted bits. Poor thing! She is famous for her fur but it will be clipped off so we can see how the regrowth responds to the new regime. I'm just back from visiting Harry at the nursing home but took Disney as he'd be upset to see his Hershey with such a crappy looking coat.

The sky is now so dark navy blue that the street lights have come on. We are about to have a huge storm so I'll log off before we get zapped!

Here's La Hersh in good fur! There will be no "after" pictures.

MELODY525
08-08-2008, 07:03 PM
MICHELLE....HAVE FUN AT THE FAIR. :cheer3: I KIND OF DID THE SAME THING SO I COULD JUST GO OUTSIDE THIS WEEKEND. MAYBE HAVE A SOLO PICNIC!

RUTH... I COPY AND PASTE A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
HOPE HERSHEY WILL BE OK AND THE HAIRCUT ISN'T TOO BAD!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE REGROWTH. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND MY NORTHERN FRIEND. HUGS FOR BOTH YOU AND HARRY :hug: :love:




http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/tv/martha_stewart_show/show_photos/3051_3100/3077_122107_cubanwithchips_l.jpg
Cuban Sandwiches

Ingredients
Makes 2 sandwiches
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Juice of 2 limes (about 3 tablespoons)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 (12-ounce) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces Black Forest ham, thinly sliced (about 4 slices)
4 ounces Swiss cheese, thinly sliced (about 4 slices)
4 kosher dill pickles (about 4 ounces), thinly sliced lengthwise
2 (6-inch) soft French or Cuban rolls, split
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions
In a resealable plastic bag, combine garlic, lime and orange juices, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add pork and marinate, refrigerated, for up to 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wipe off any excess marinade from pork. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook on all sides until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and cook 12 minutes more. Transfer pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into 1/8-inch slices.
Brush insides of each roll with 1 tablespoon butter. Layer 1 ounce of Swiss cheese on one of the cut sides of each roll. Top each with 6 ounces pork tenderloin, 2 ounces ham, 2 ounces pickle slices, and remaining ounce of cheese. Top with remaining halves of rolls. Brush top and bottom of rolls with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Heat a panini press to medium high and grill sandwiches until heated through and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Slice on the diagonal and serve immediately.

MELODY525
08-08-2008, 07:05 PM
CEEJAY...I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY ONLY GAVE YOU TWO DAYS OFF! I WOULD NEED A WEEK! :faint: MAKE THE BEST OF THEM!! :beach:

Shad
08-08-2008, 11:05 PM
Grrr - just read the ticker again. I should really turn them off!!!!

Ruth - One good thing about Cushings is that it is not fatal. It's just there. Doesn't seem to cause any distress although there is adrenaline racing around the system. But Shad had that for 4 or more years, probably even longer before we decided something was wrong. Never affected his enthusiasm for life and loved ones either. Actually it was probably why he had the enthusiasm for life and loved ones.
Poor Hershey. Such a magnificent animal, she will look somewhat incognito with no coat to speak of. Lucky it is summer over there.

Still no Go-advanced on my machine. I must have pissed the gods off or something. Anyway, I'll do it a different way to get to the personals

Happy - lordy, it's not easy with this pool is it. Summer will be well gone by the time it gets finished. And now a new pool pump??? Well everything has a life cycle I suppose and no doubt the pump is fairly old. Nothing lasts for ever and they don't make 'em like they used to. Pity the DS2 wasn't there because he always has wondrous ways to mend things - never takes dead for an answer. I've seen him staring into space over a problem with a leak in his house until he comes up with about 5 different options. At least one will always work. Should have been an engineer. Not a civil one - he's not always that polite.
Hope the new orthotics are just as comfy but not as wide. Good service sure is hard to get down there. I hope the diabetes nurse was a good deal more tactful than she sounded from your post. Still sometimes the blunt way is the only way. Hurrah for glucophage!!!!

Patty - good to have you back. Sometimes it is difficult to fit everything into the day. Good for you keeping up with the study and 2 workouts a week is better than no work outs a week.

Mel - Good ol' Jimmy. Letting people know that you are not 100% fit and never will be again unfortunately. We must all learn to live with our disabilities and not fight them - apart from Alzheimers. Keep the brain busy before that takes hold for heavens sake. Bombs on the construction site huh! Well stranger things have been known to happen from time to time. Time outside is also precious because you need as much Vit D from the sun as you can get before autumn dashes in and takes it all away again.

Annie - you garden does sound nice. I'm dying to get home and see how my lettuces and tomates were doing. They are all in pots this year although we are now allowed to water once a week (dams are now 40% full) Heck we can even wash the car again (on Sundays)
Salsa in December, now won't that look nice and festive on a Christmas plate. Oh drat there is that word again.
Congrats on the DS getting his new vocation. Hope it all works out satisfactorily for him.

Michelle - have fun at the State Fair. Sometimes you can ripen tomatoes but picking a truss - several on the vine - and putting them on the windowsill in a warm spot. I've done many of mine like that when it came to end of season in NZ and it wasn't warm enough to finish them off outside. They still taste absolutely delicious - so different from the storebought variety.

Ceejay - not sure whether I am going to the Orchid Park or not yet. I'm going to ring a work colleague and see if he is going to go and whether I can join him and his girlfriend.
I agree with Ruth - you should either get paid at time and a half for the 12 hour days or only be doing 4 days a week. That's the way it works down here. My DS does 12 hour days sometimes for 6 or 7 days. He takes the extra money rather than time in lieu. Mainly because he knows he will never get the time off. The HR dept nags because he has so much leave accrued and the bosses won't let him take time off because there is too much work to do! Catch 22.

Okay - as I said, I haven't seen or heard from Pieter and his lady friend as to whether they are going to the Orchid Park. I really don't want to go there on my own because of the beggars and hawkers and other low life who are bound to congregrate in the places tourists are likely to be. I don't know that Geoff - other colleague would be that interested. I should ask but he is bound to be working because he is so far behind. I know he is doing UAT late this afternoon. Please don't ask me to elucidate on UAT - User Acceptance Testing - it's long, it's involved and it is boring.

So no doubt tomorrow I can tell you whether or not I have been to the gardens.

And that is about it for now. No answer to the phone call to Pieter. He must be out and about. Aaah well never mind.

cya

MELODY525
08-09-2008, 07:39 AM
:hohoho: OOOHHH GOODIE!! I GET TO POST RIGHT UNDER YOU NOW TOO!! YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY HAPPY LITTLE TICKERS! :hug: HOPE SOMEOPNE WAS GOING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE ORCHID PARK! GOOD THING YOU DIDN'T EXPLAIN THE UAT....I PROLLY WOULDN'T HAVE UNDERSTOOD ANYWAY! :rofl: YES JI,MMY NAGGED ME FOR 3 DAYS. EVERY TIME I WENT TO DO SOMETHING HE WOULD BELLOW FROM BEHIND "YOUR ARM!!!" CAN'T SAY IT WAS GOOD FOR THE HEART RATE...HE KEPT SCARING ME! :rofl: TOLD HIM SO AND HE SAID GOOD..."MAYBE YOU'LL REMEMBER THEN". BAD JIMMY :tantrum: ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

:rain: WE HAD A WHOPPER OF A THUNDERSTORM YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. I WAS IN THE LOO BLOWDRYING MY HAIR. GUESS THE THUNDER GOT TOO LOUD FOR THE GS...HE TRIED TO FLY INTO THE BATHROOM I GUESS AND HE ENDED UP ON THE FLOOR UNBEKNOWNST TO ME...I TURNED THE CHAIR AND JUST SAW HIM IN TIME! I AM GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP A BETTER EYE ON THE FLOOR BEFORE WE HAVE A SQUISHED BIRDIE. I WOULD NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF:yikes: :faint:
OK...TIME FOR BREKKIE AND THEN MAYBE A SHORT RIDE.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

Ruthxxx
08-09-2008, 08:08 AM
UAT!!!! Oy! That brings back memories which I've been trying to forget for the last ten years of retirement!

Quickie as we're off to the groomer for ten. I am going to carry on to Smiths Falls and check out the Farmers Market - and the farmers, of course. :wink: "Local Flavours" is the big thing around here and I try to buy locally. However, one of the grocery stores has NJ blueberries at three pints for $5 so.... :shrug: I hope to pick up my scalped Hershey on the way home.

We finally have a day with no rain predicted - the first in weeks! Enjoy!

ceejay52
08-09-2008, 10:32 AM
Morning
I'm going to have a good pay check this week with 55 hours overtime. One more day and hopefully nothing drastic will happen today. I've already called Tim because one of the elevated tanks had air in the guage and giving a false reading. It started last night. Told Tim this morning I made a boo boo. The stand by person's for both water and electric are suppose to call on Friday's. They didn't and I forgot to call them. That's been taken care of now.

Ruth
Enjoy your day. I've been reading your blog.

happy2bme
08-09-2008, 12:08 PM
Morning chicks,

I spent most of my computer time this morning cleaning up email and now DH needs some help so I don't have time to post. Will be back later... Happy Saturday. Make the most of it.

Shad
08-09-2008, 10:38 PM
Morning all,
Sunday and nothing much is happening here.

I went to a barbeque last night at the home of one of the expats in the office. They sure do well for themselves up here. The house is huge with acres of glass sliding walls and has everything else that opens and shuts. There is maid/ cleaner, a nanny, a groundsman to cut the grass and open and shut the gates, and a poolman. The pool is beautiful. Everywhere you go in this city there is the sound of the muzzein calling the faithful to prayer. Supposed to be five times a day, but since it seems to goes on forever, I suspect the only time they are not wailing is when the faithful are at prayer.

Didn't get to the Orchid gardens. Haven't heard from P and I think his lady friend went home either early this morning or late last night. They weren't at the barbeque.

Mel - Surrounded by tickers - ooooh aaaaah, let me out of here. And to compound the insult, someone last night asked me what I was doing for Christmas this year - AAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHH - how would I know, I spend all year avoiding the issue.

Because I don't have all email addies here with me, I'm going to put an email from the NZ police on here. Read and heed.
Courtesy of NZ Police


A lady had her handbag stolen. Her handbag which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet... etc... was stolen.

20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.'

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mum, etc.... And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked for through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

Wish I was going to the Smith Falls Market with Ruth. Hope Hershey doesn't get too traumatised with the fur styling.

Ceejay - Don't go spending all the overtime in one shop. Leave some for a rainy day. Bet you are looking forward to your day off.

Hope everyone else is having a super weekend. I'm off to work, then a swim, then work again. It makes the day go by.

Happy - hope DH doesn't make you work too hard out there in the heat and humidity

MELODY525
08-10-2008, 07:07 AM
RUTH....NJ BLUEBERRIES ARE 2/$5 HERE AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS CHEAP! :rofl: I'L HAVE TO START BUYING PRODUCE UP BY YOU! HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT DAY AND HERSHEY WAS OK TOO!

CEEJAY...I'LL BE RIGHT DOWN TO HELP YOU CARRY ALL THAT MONEY!! BET THE CHECK IS GONNA BE REAL HEAVY!! :D ENJOY EVERY PENNY! :dance:

:wave: TO OUR MISS HAPPY!

SHAD....GOOD LESSON LEARNED WITH THE CEL PHONE. THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP. MAYBE I CAN GET A JOB IN JAKARTA!! :swim: WOW!! THEY GET SOME NICE LIFE THERE. BUT IS IT FUN LIVING THERE? SOUNDS A BIT TOO CROWDED FOR ME IN THE STREETS :scooter: MAYBE P AND THE GF WANTED SOME ALONE TIME. :love:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD. I COULD GO RIGHT BACK TO BED THIS MORNING :faint:
I JUST FEEL SLEEPY. MUST BE THE APPROACHING STORM WEIGHING HEAVY ON THE SINUSES. THIS WEEKEND HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY QUIET EXCEPT FOR SMOKE ALARMS. FRIDAY NIGHT HAD 3 IN A ROW. EVERYONME WAS OUTSIDE AND WE HAD A WALKER BRIGADE. EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE TO WALK AROUND THE BLDG ON WEEKENDS AND NIGHTS I ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET THEIR BUTTS OUTSIDE. THEY HAVE TO PASS MY WINDOW TO GET THERE SO I HEAR ALL THE WHEELS AND SCRAPING NOISES GOING ON....THIS WAY I KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE GETTING OUT :rofl: :rofl:
I HAD BETTER TRY AND GET MYSELF ARISED AND SHINED AND FED.
HAPPY SUNDAY :angel:/ MONDAY:write: :moped:

Ruthxxx
08-10-2008, 07:22 AM
Quickie as I need to pull the body and brain together for Church.

Mel, I lied! The blueberries are Canadian - from B.C. Usually we get them from NJ but the season has finally moved north. They are excellent - not a soft one in the pint.

Thanks for the warning, Shad. I've passed it on as it sure sounds real.

Ceejay, whew! I am relieved that you get paid for all that overtime. Enjoy!

Happy, thought of you and your avatar yesterday when I looked at and rejected some absolutely pallid watermelon. What were they thinking?

Hershey is now nearly bald after her session with the groomer. Poor girly! She crawled up on the couch with me last night for a major cuddle. Usually she just rests her head on my knee. She will not making any public appearances until the fur grows back. Keith wanted to give her a second bath after the shearing but she was too tired so we will do that Monday.

Church this morning, some house stuff and then noonish Disney and I are off to Kingston for her class. I hope for a little "me" time this afternoon.

Happy SUnday - it's supposed to be a day of rest, remember?

happy2bme
08-10-2008, 01:07 PM
Hi y'all,

Happy Sunday. As Ruth says should be a day of rest but who are we kidding? :lol:

Ruth - yesterday I cut into a watermelon I picked up at the farmer's market. Was pallid in color but wonderful in smell. I was surprised that it was yummy delicious. Would not have thought so just from the color. I think in general it's an odd season for fruits and vegetables due to the unusual weather we've had.

Walker brigade Mel? Not to be disrepectful, but that's kind of a funny visual. I guess it is good to get them in the habit of not only moving but actually going through the motions of getting out of the building. Don't want to have "I'm confused, I've never done this before, whadduhIdo" in a real emergency. I'm glad you are on patrol. Hope this is quiet for quiet's sake and not the lull before the storm :yikes: It's very gray here too - we're just on the leading tip of the rain so I can understand the sleepies you are feeling. That ticker seems be going in overdrive. Seems like we jumped fast from 150 days to 130's. Of course as we get nearer to September the days seem to run faster to the end of the year.

Shad, big fancy house or not, doesn't sound like Jakarta and it's pollution would be where I'd want to be. Also wouldn't want to be praying 5 times a day either, but that's just me. :^: Thanks for the tip on the cell phone - good idea. It's also why DH and I do not text. I would never give personal info via a text. But I'm sure people who text all the time wouldn't think twice about it. I told DH this story and he said his first reaction would be "Geez, YOU were the one who picked the pin, how could you forget it?" Then I reminded him about that thing called senior moments... :lol: Funny you mentioned UAT on Friday - I had a long, long discussion on that with some of my fellow team members on Friday. Must have been national UAT day - :rofl:

Ceejay - wow - 55 hours of O.T. hope that you have some money left to yourself for all your work. Sounds like half of it will go to taxes. We used to figure the exact amount of hours we could put in before it bumped us into a tax bracket where more of it went to the government than in our pockets. Hope you rested up on your 2 days off. As for the TSH level, mine tends to be towards the lower side just within the acceptable range. Doc lowered my meds to 137 micrograms last year then boosted them back up to 150 at my last visit in July.

Still laughing at the Love My Miller Light ditty every time I think of it Annie :lol:

Hope you are having a nice weekend Michelle. Back to just you and the DH again. Must seem kind of quiet even though I know how much you enjoy having your MIL around. As summer winds down, hope you have a good weekend to get out and play.

Hello Patty, Shy :wave:

Yesterday we cut down some tree branches. One hit DH's leg and gave him a good scratch and banged up his poor toe. I was holding the outside end of the tree while he cut so I was ok. New pool liner is in. We are filling up the pool with the garden hose. Hard to believe but it does the job. They are coming back tomorrow to install the lights and drain openings and finish up. No word on the cement guys but guess what pool people, no check for the rest of the money due until ALL work is done :rollpin: Can you believe those guys just left 2 huge holes in the patio with no word of returning :rolleyes:

I slept in this weekend, going to be hard to get back in gear of in bed by 9:30 or 10 tonight in order to make it to the health club at 5:30. I am trying very hard to get at least 7 hours of sleep at night. Going to be a busy week this week - lots of things going on - health club 3 mornings, Tuesday morning is the Perseids meteor shower - especially good viewing just before sunrise so I want to get up at 4am Tuesday and check it out. Oh wait, I just realized they are talking rain. :censored: We ALWAYS get clouds for any celestial event :tantrum: Tuesday at 5 I have an appointment with the nutritionist and I start my diabetes program on Tuesdays and Thursdays this week. So it will take some careful planning.

I did gain back 3 pounds. :( It is my own fault, I slacked on the water and wasn't tracking my food as well as I should have. I know this is temporary and I can probably remedy the situation today just by increasing the water and dropping any sugared drinks today. Lesson learned, I will do better going forward.

It's rainy looking today so it's a good day to stay in, do laundry, cleaning and planning out the week's meals. I'm hoping to make just a quick dash to the store to just pick up a meat or two and some perishables. Trying to cut down on the grocery bill and waste as well as use what I have on hand.

Better get rolling. Have a good rest of the day ladies. Shad is already asleep at this point.

happy2bme
08-10-2008, 01:08 PM
Oh and what's with this country? I was looking on Yahoo tracking some of the Olympics coverage. They have a profile for each country. For the United States of America under national language it says NONE. Isn't ENGLISH our national language????? That just ticks me off to no end.

ceejay52
08-10-2008, 01:38 PM
Shad
Wow a glass house! I'd hate to be the one who does the windows.

Happy
I'm taking 125mg of synthroid and my tsh level is with in range but boderline. The stress of working these long hours plays a toll too. I'm asking the doctor about it when I go back in September.

Mel
Your arm better be well enough to carry all this money.

I'm not sure what the schedule will be for next week. I'm suppose to go back on Tuesday and I'm suggesting we go to 8 hour shifts. I can not handle any more of this.

annie175
08-10-2008, 07:14 PM
Happy Sunday Evening Chick a Dees......

What a busy weekend....Goddaughter went into labor on Friday morning, and still had not had the baby by Saturday morning as Laura would not dialate past 3, so they took her C-section. Little Fiesty OLIVA ANNE came into the world weighing 7lbs 1oz, head full of dark hair, long eyelashes, and tanned. Both Laura and Bob are part Italian, it is no wonder OLIVIA ANNE is tanned. Yes, ANNE....hmmmm, wonder where that name came from. hehehe.

DD, Samantha, was in a wedding last night, she looked as pretty as the bride. Maybe a little biased, but I do think she looked beautiful. They served beer (Miller and Miller Lite, to stick with the ditty) and wine only, and the building was smoke free, therefore quite enjoyable.

Took me till 3 this afternoon to get out and cut my grass, was a lazy day. I did finally get in gear and ran the vacuum, mopped the kitchen floor and entry way, got the salsa made and in the freezer, and the garden watered. It is a bit after 7pm, and I am ready to kick back, have a small glass of merlot and read my trashy novel.

Hello to everyone, you are all so humorous. I love this group of girls.

Have a great Sunday evening.

Much love and hugs.

Annie

happy2bme
08-10-2008, 07:31 PM
:welcome3: Olivia Anne - a name worthy of much fanfare :welcome3:

In all my years I have heard of babies described as many different things but never TANNED :rofl: Good one Annie.

Enjoy that Merlot :hat: (since you are by yourself), if I was with you it would be :cheers: oh wait, I don't like reds - guess you have to call Ruth over :callme: Shad likes wine too I think but I'm not sure if we're allowed to booze up the people outside of our continent, even if we like them. :D And Mel is busy shining up her chair and leading the walker brigade.

Shad
08-10-2008, 09:21 PM
Morning all,
Monday rolls around too fast. Yesterday we went to the Jakarta Zoo. We wanted to go to a market but the girl on the concierges desk said it was (and I quote) too ditty and dang-a-roos for us foreigners.
So then we wanted to go to the orchid garden. But despite the fact it is on the list of things to see in Jakarta, there is no address for it anywhere on the net and no body seems to know where it is. So we ended up at the zoo. It was a nice day until I saw a hawker with a monkey on a chain begging for bits and riding a bike - then I lost my cool and the boys had to take me away before I made a scene.


Mel - Who cares where the bluberries come from. Yummo. Glad to hear that you have had a quiet weekend and would love to have seen the Walker Brigade (Dad's Army incognito) It really is good for them to get out and exercise and if they are anything like my Mum, they won't unless they absolutely have to.

Ruth - Who cares where the bluberries come from. Yummo. Keep some for me for when I get back there.
Poor Hershey will need more than one cuddle I think. Still you might tell her that bad haircuts are only bad for a couple of weeks, then you just get on with it.

Happy _ Funnily enough, once you leave the city for the suburbs, the pollution is not so bad. It's that noise they make for the praying that is really annoying, also the noise they make trying to get you to buy their goods. It's almost like a someone calling a race only the race doesn't finish.
Don't worry about boozing up folks from another country, well this folk anyway. I never was really good about playing the rules. Better invite Carla as well, might be the only time we actually get to speak to her!!!! (are you lurking and listening Carla??) We did mention WINE.

Ceejay - The person who lives in the house is not necessarily the one who cleans the windows. There is a whole army of labour out there and you would only have to advertise for one and a hundred would come running. Labour here is cheap and there is no shortage.

Annie - Congratulations to the happy couple and welcome to OLIVIA ANNE. Nice name. Enjoy the wine and the novel.

Went for a Hot Rocks massage last night. She was a bit rough round the ankles but after I ouched and oohed a bit and dislodged the stones, she was somewhat gentler. Felt great afterwards, all softened and moistened and relaxed. Cost me 320000IRP which is about $40. Well worth it. Slept like a baby.

And so to work. I have to write some sort of report on how the training is going. Have no idea what to say yet, so I'd better disappear up the track and try sorting out some lies and statistics - same thing really.

Cya

carla49
08-10-2008, 11:22 PM
Did I hear somebody offering wine??? Where do I sign up???

Ruth, so sorry about poor Hershey's coat. My poor Big boy is having skin troubles too - shedding badly, and licking his fur off and then licking his skin raw. He looks rather sad. And all because I dared to go away on a series of trips, leaving him with an expensive and loving live-in catsitter!!! Maybe it's time to reconsider finding him an outdoor home with people who don't travel. Sniff, sniff. Also, very sorry to hear about the traumatic encounter between Disney and the pit bull. I hope she's managed to forget - doesn't the Dog Whisperer say dogs live in the moment, and can forget scary stuff if their owners do? :crossed: that she recovers completely.

Happy, I'm so impressed with your decision to join a gym! You may be amazed at how quickly your stamina improves, especially if you can actually manage to keep getting up before dawn. :dz: And now the pool is in running order again, maybe you can replace one of your cardio days with laps at home. And a nutritionist too - first thing you know you'll be all skinny and fit! :woohoo:

Diyana, way to go on reversing the diabetes! Not easy to do, but it can be done if you work at it hard enough.

Annie, greetings to Olivia Anne - what a lovely name! And caesarean babies have such nice perfect round heads too...

Mel, for someone with an arm problem, you sure do post a lot. I may have to go down there and make you behave. Or sic Shad on you... Don't say you weren't warned. I take it you're having the same weather as us - rain, rain, rain and more rain, with a little muggy greyness thrown in for good measure. :tantrum: I've been eating the same wonderful 3 for $1 blueberries as Ruth. Yummm. Last week you posted a recipe for quesadillas - I make them all the time, but I eat them with salsa verde (Herdez brand) which is just slightly spicy and oh so good.

Shad, have you tried a visit to the old port in Jakarta? Or a quick weekend escape to the beaches and monkey dances of Bali? I tried to visit the orchid garden in Singapore long ago; didn't see much of it for some reason I don't quite remember, but I do remember the smell. Yuck. How long are you there for this time, and how long until the contract ends?

Ceejay, don't work too many hours! You'll burn yourself out one of these days.

Here it seems to be one thing after the other. Besides the cat issues, I seem to be falling apart myself... First it was a diagnosis of gallstones, and a probable need for surgery (I'll see the surgeon Wednesday). No big deal, it's laparoscopic surgery, quick recovery etc. But until the surgery, the gall bladder attacks are bloody awful, and I have no idea what triggers them. (Definitely not wine, thank goodness.) But now there's something wrong with my left eye, and if my personal internet diagnosis is right, I may have a detached retina, which sounds a little more serious. I should have called the doc right away last Wed when the light show and black spots and blurring started, and I'll be camping at the clinic tomorrow morning now I realize the consequences. Maybe it'll be something minor instead. The good news (ha!) is that nothing seems to have harmed my appetite for starches and junk food - I'm up to 184. :mad: :o

And that's Carla's monthly update. I was going to whine and weep about Shad choosing a slightly different thread theme than the one I suggested :cry:, but it might aggravate my eye :rofl: so I'll let it go just this once. But if we're not all Sulking Through Surgery in September, I won't be responsible for what happens.... ;)

happy2bme
08-10-2008, 11:38 PM
Carla - good to see you. Quick post as I should have been in bed 30 minutes ago to get up early but I just wanted to say Carla that earlier this year I had the same thing with the eye. Freaked me out running to the doctor. Turns out it was just the gel that's on the inside of the eye rolling around. You should still get it checked out but I had the light bursts, a literal rain shower of the black floaters and blurry vision too. It does go away on it's own after about 2-3 weeks but have them take a look to make sure it's not the retina too. AND DON'T YOU DARE AVOID GOING TO THE DOC now that I've lulled you into complacency :rollpin: I'm sorry about the gallstones too. As long as there's not stones in the duct laproscopic is a breeze but do plan on taking a few days to recouperate, after all they did snip organs out and pull them through a hole in your inflated abdomen. Different foods set people off on gall bladder attackes but popcorn, bell peppers, tomatoes and sauces and high fat stuff (cuz the gall bladder helps process the fats) will generally send you screaming in pain. I went to the emergency room over a bowl of New England Clam Chower :lol:

Shad, I'm glad you had a good night's sleep. Most people do after they've been stoned :rofl:

Ok, the gym pants should be dry enough to get them out of the dryer and into the gym bag. G'night all.

carla49
08-11-2008, 12:50 AM
Happy, thanks for the reassuring info about the possibly not-so-serious eye diagnosis. Don't worry, I'll go to the doc first thing tomorrow to be sure, don't want to risk losing vision in my eye. Also would prefer not to have surgery on my eyes... :yikes: As for the gall bladder, fatty foods don't seem to set it off. :D One attack followed a quick energy bar, another came after a largish bag of bing cherries of all things. The first bad bout last January had me in ER convinced I was having a heart attack! Rather embarrassing to find I had enviably low BP and a particularly low heart rate, and absolutely no trace of a heart attack. On the positive side, I was impressed with how good our health system is when a middle-aged woman arrives in ER complaining of chest pain! Not so good for anything "elective", like hip replacements (and maybe gall bladders), but when a life may be at stake...

By the way, Happy, by my calculation you'll get just under 5 1/2 hours sleep if you have to be up at 5 for the gym. So go to bed already!!!!! :coach: :kickbutt: :frypan:

MELODY525
08-11-2008, 07:17 AM
RUTH...HOPE HERSHEY GETS SOME RELIEF. PORR OLD GIRL :hug: I THINK I LIED TOO..OR BERRIES ARE FROM CALIFORNIA :rofl:

HAPPY...THE TICKER IS SCARING ME WATCHING THE DAYS FLY BY!! :lol3: :lol3: GLAD THE LINER IS IN. NOW IF THE CEMENT MEN JUST GET THEIR BUTT IN GEAR :faint: I THINK UYOU WILL DO BETTER EVERY WEEK. IT'S A CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE AND FOODS. :hug:

CEEJAY..HOPE SOMEONE LISTENS TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS ABOUT SHIFT LENGTH!!

ANNIE...CONGRATULATIONS!! AND :hb: HAPPY BIRTH DAY TO OLIVA ANNE!!!:cheer: I BET YOUR DD WAS PLEASED TO BE LOOKING SO BEAUTIFUL. EVERYONE NEEDS A DAY LIKE THAT.

SHAD...I CAN JUST SEE YOU TRYING TO FREE THE MONKEY NOW!! GOOD THING THE BOYS DRAGGED YOU AWAY!! HOT ROCKS!! GOOD FOR YOU!! IT WILL HELP YOU GET OVER THE UAT!!

CARLA...I THINK I NEED TO SIC SHAD AND LINDA'S PROD ON YOU MORE THAN MYSELF!! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING PUTTING OFF THE DOC FOR THE EYE?? :tantrum: I HOPE MISS HAPPY IS RIGHT AND IT'S NOT THE RETINA. KEEP US POSTED WITH THE GALLSTONE SURGERY. WE'LL SEND GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY FOR ALL OF IT!!! :hug: THE BODY SEEMS TO BE GIVING YOU SOME GOOD WARNINGS...ARE YOU LISTENING????
OF COURSE I AM PERFECT AND ALWAYS LISTEN TO MINE :angel:

:rain: GEE....IT'S DARK OUT FOR A CHANGE! :rofl: I AM BEING SARCASTIC CAUSE WE HAVE HAD SOME REALLY GREAT LOWER TEMP AND SUNNY DAYS. IT'S JUST THE AFTERNOON FLY-BY THUNDERHEADS THAT WRECK IT. I DO SEE THE SUN IS TRYING BRILLIANTLY TO BRIGHTEN THE DAY. :sunny: I MUST TRY AND TACKLE SOME WASH TODAY. AS FLYLADY SAYS..ONE LOAD AT A TIME....OR IS IT ONE LOAD A DAY.
THE ACCT SHOWED UP YESTERDAY WITH NO WARNING. APPARENTLY HE TOLD THE OFFICE AND THEY FORGOT. I TOLD HIM HE MUST CALL ME HIMSELF OR THERE WILL BE NO NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS AND THAT I HAVE MEDS I NEED TO TAKE ON THE DAYS HE IS NOT HERE. I THINK I FINALLY GOT MY POINT ACROSS. IF NOT I LEFT A MESSAGE ON THE OFFICE MACXHINE SAYING THERE WILL BE NO OPENING OF THE OFFICE BY ME VERY SOON IF THIS CONTINUES. I DON'T GET MAD...I GET EVEN. I CAN AFFORD TO GO ON STRIKE...THIS IS A FREEBIE! NOT LIKE I AM GETTING PAID FOR IT. WE SHALL SEE.
I CAN IMAGINE WHAT THEY ARE ALL THINKING :rofl: THAT MEL IS GETTING CRANKY AND ISN'T A TEAM PLAYER. GUESS THEY DON'T SEE THAT I AM THE ONLY TEAM PLAYER LEFT!! THEY GAVE UP LONG AGO AND EXPECTED ME TO CARRY ON. SELF SUFFICIENT AS I AM, I AM JUST TO TIRED FOR THIS. THE CLOSER IT GETS TO ME TURNING THE KEYS IN THE MORE PANICKY THEY GET AND THE MORE THEY ARE IN DENIAL. FUNNY HOW THIS IS ALL COMING TO PLAY. I AM COMING OUT OF DENIAL AND THEY ARE GOING IN :lol3: :lol3:
I HAD BETTER GET MY BUTT IN GEAR AND STOP TYPING!
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY! :moped:

diyana
08-11-2008, 08:52 AM
Happy Monday ladies -

I had a great weekend! DH and I went to State Fair on Saturday and then we went for a hike yesterday. The weather was gorgeous...sunny and in the mid to upper 70s! Just perfect! In the mornings and the evenings, I was out in the yard playing soccer and frisbee with the dogs! Lots of fun!

Ceejay - I hope you relaxed a lot on your days off. You had a heck of a week. 55 hours of overtime! That will be a heck of a good paycheck! Hopefully they won't take too much out in taxes! In terms of 12 hour days...I wouldn't mind working them if I only had to work three 12 hour days a week....or 4 10 hour days....

Ruth - You're so sweet about calling me a hero. I was just lucky that I caught my diabetes early enough so I was just borderline and able to get my blood sugar balanced again. I hope Hershey doesn't have Cushings and the regrowth comes in well. That sure is a beautiful photo of her. I hope you got some yummy produce at the Farmers Market. We have got the most scrumptious berries...blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Blueberries here are 2 pints/$4...they're from Michigan. I'm sure Hershey still looks adorable bald. I think just about all animals are adorable! Give her a big hug for me, okay? I hope you had a little time for yourself on Sunday.

Shad - Thanks for the tip on ripening tomatoes indoors. I've got two cherry tomatoes that are just starting to turn red...so hopefully this means that I'll be harvesting my crop of tomatoes soon! Ah, UAT, I remember that well from my days in website design. You summed it up perfectly....long, involved and boring! I didn't know what a muzzein was, so I had to look it up. I'm learning so much from you! Sorry that you didn't get to the orchid gardens...maybe next time you're in JK. Thanks for posting that email from the NZ police. Sheesh! How scary. I can just imagine how easily something like that could happen. The only foreign country I've been to is Hong Kong (about 25 years ago), where it is crowded and there are street vendors hawking their wares...so I can relate to what you were saying. What I had the most difficulty with there was the dead fish, chickens, duck, etc. hanging up in the heat/humidity for people to purchase...No refrigeration...flies all over. Looked like a food poisoning incident waiting to happen to me. I guess each culture has it's own ways. A Hot Rocks massage sounds heavenly and well worth $40.

Mel - So glad to hear you didn't squish the GS. And I'm also very happy to hear that Jimmy is looking out for you! Good for him! Good for you for laying down the law. They'd better not take advantage of you. You aren't getting paid for all you do...and you can stop making yourself available anytime. You go, girlfriend!

Happy - It has been an odd season of weather, which has affected fruits and veggies. I just hope we have enough warm days left for my tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and pumpkins. DH and I really do miss his mom...but it's nice to be able to go off and hike and walk a lot on the weekends. I wanted to watch a bunch of the olympic coverage...but it was just too nice to be indoors. Thank heavens for DVR. Carla is right about how regular exercise improves your stamina. I'm able to hike and go up hills so much better...with only minimal huffing and puffing. I hope I never have gallbladder issues....I don't want to have to completely give up on popcorn, tomatoes and clam chowder. Have f

Annie - How cool to have a little one named after you! Olivia Anne is a lovely name. You got an awful lot done on what you called a lazy day! Sheesh. I don't get that much done on a non-lazy day! :lol:

Carla - Gallstones? Eye problems? Oh no! I hope both are easily and quickly treated so you're good as new in no time! And I for one don't want to be Sulking through Surgery in September!

Very busy day ahead...gotta go.

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
08-11-2008, 09:09 AM
Good morning chicks.

I did get enough sleep. Woke up at 4:30 naturally. But I didn't seem to have much energy today. I packed my gym bag last night and went to put something in it this morning and took out my headphones and forgot to put them back. So no music to walk to this morning. I tried the temporary orthotics that were fine on Saturday but my feet were cramping bad again on the track today. So back to my other shoes, no orthotics. I did spend most of my time in the pool today and got a good workout in for both legs and arms. I can feel it already. Gotta get up super early tomorrow (at 4) to see the meteor shower.

Mel, I am glad that you stood your ground. As you well know, they will walk all over you if you can. That is quite nervy for someone to just show up on Sunday and expect people to treat it like it's a regular work day. Roll over his toes a few times and let him see the error of his ways :eek: I'm sending some sunshine over to you. Gloomy days are not too far away, we should all be basking in the sun right now.

Carla, when I had the gall bladder attack that sent me to the emergency room, I was so scared it was a heart attack that I gave away my cigs. Sat in the hospital for something like 10 hours and when they said it was "just" gall bladder, I made DH stop at the store on the way home so I could pick up a pack of cigarettes. Gosh I was so dumb :rolleyes: I have kind of heard what you said about socialized healthcare - good for emergency stuff and well baby type care but not so great on the stuff in between. A former manager's mom had to come down to Florida to get some tests because they suspected breast cancer and she could not get in for tests in a timely manner in Montreal. Hope you will be ok.

Shad - how did you class go? Had to laugh about the lies and statistics. Isn't it funny how they bend the numbers to suit their outcome? I have no idea what the "calling to prayer" would actually sound like. But it doesn't sound like I'm missing anything by your description :lol:

Annie, you have motivated me to mop my kitchen floor too :lol: Shows you what I know about babies (doodle SQUAT) - I guess being born cesarian would eliminate the squished through the birth canal/forceps head. Kinda like the peach in my fruit basket this morning. :lol:

Ok, I'd better get to work now.

:wave: Michelle, Ruth, Ceejay and the rest of you ladies.

happy2bme
08-11-2008, 09:11 AM
Where do you go hiking Michelle?

MELODY525
08-11-2008, 01:02 PM
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Asian Noodles with Chicken and Pineapple

Ingredients
Serves 4
6 ounces green beans, trimmed and halved lengthwise (2 cups)
1 red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, thinly sliced lengthwise
8 ounces rice noodles
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced into bite-size wedges (2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

Directions
In a large pot of boiling water, cook beans until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add bell pepper, and stir to submerge. Using a small sieve, transfer vegetables to a bowl. Add noodles to boiling water, and cook until al dente according to package directions, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain, rinse thoroughly with cold water, and reserve.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, bring 1 cup salted water to a simmer over medium heat. Add chicken breasts; cover, and cook 5 minutes. Turn off heat; let steam until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken with a fork.
In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, and sugar. Add reserved vegetables and noodles, chicken, pineapple, mint, and 1/4 cup peanuts; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat with dressing. Serve immediately, topped with remaining 1/4 cup peanuts.

ceejay52
08-11-2008, 01:34 PM
Popping in to say hello:wave: Don't have a lot of free time left and need to run errands. More later

MELODY525
08-11-2008, 02:34 PM
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Asian-Style Halibut in Parchment



1 small head bok choy, thickly sliced, or 4 baby bok choy, ends trimmed
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced lengthwise
4 6-ounce halibut fillets
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced on a diagonal
Zest from 1/2 orange, cut into matchstick-size strips
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons grated ginger root

Heat oven to 400° F. Tear off four 15-inch squares of parchment paper or aluminum foil and arrange on 2 baking sheets. Divide the bok choy and bell pepper evenly among the squares. Place a halibut fillet on each mound of vegetables and sprinkle with the black pepper. Top with the scallions and zest.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and ginger. Spoon the mixture evenly over the halibut. Top with 4 more squares of parchment or foil and fold the edges over several times to seal. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer each packet to a plate. Serve with a knife to slit the package open, and be careful of the steam that will escape.

Tip: This beautiful meal works just as well with other types of seafood. Next time, try cod, salmon, sea scallops, or peeled and deveined shrimp.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 231(23% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 1g); CHOLESTEROL 54mg; CARBOHYDRATE 5g; SODIUM 524mg; PROTEIN 38g; FIBER 1g; SUGAR 4g

MELODY525
08-11-2008, 06:36 PM
I AM GOING FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW. SO IN CASE I AM MIA YOU KNOW THE OUTCOME! :rofl: WISH ME LUCK!


:wave: Kia ora Shaddie :hug:

happy2bme
08-11-2008, 10:42 PM
:lucky: Good luck Mel - pick up some tasty stuff while you're out. Hope the shopping trip is quick and without any incident. I hope your buddies are there to help you out and keep your hands OFF the frappachinos :lol:

I did my shopping tonight too. I started with a run to the clothing store. I really don't do T-shirts and I found that I didn't have much in the way of anything to wear going to the gym. Now this is a great gym with down to earth people who smile and say good morning to you and are not at all the body beautiful look at me types you see in the chain types of clubs. But I was feeling like a bit of a shlub. So I headed over to Catherine's and they had all their clothes 30 percent off. Even the stuff on clearance. Now usually I can't find anything in my size but it was as if they had a sale just for me. :yay: I tried on lots of things and got some nice loose but not too baggy workout shirts in a nice sweat absorbing cotton blend, a couple of pairs of to the knee shorts that will be great for walking in (except they don't have a pocket for my IPOD and I gave my arm band case to DH to use). But shirts that were 20+ dollars orignally I got for at least 50 percent off and sometimes better than that. Got 2 pretty dressy blouses for work too. When they rang up the bill I saved more than I spent so I was very happy. Can't wait to get to the gym now :lol:

Then I headed off to the grocery store. Picked up some quick to make things for DH as he doesn't like to fuss and would be happy eating a GIANT (read about 4 cups worth) bowl of cereal for dinner :rolleyes: Tomorrow I get back on track again. I slipped up and had a soda each day since last Thursday and I can tell that the extra sugar makes me feel so achy. I did get some nice grapes, cherries and watermelon so I will have to get my sweets naturally.

Other than that nothing special going on. Boss returns to work tomorrow from 2 weeks on vacation. It was nice and quiet, I actually got caught up on some things and worked on some new stuff. Now to be ready for the tsunami of new work that comes from someone who is refreshed and ready to hit the bricks HARD :lol:

Shad and Michelle- I am keeping you both in mind on Wednesday to turn up the workout. I guess I get to sleep in tomorrow because the moon is almost obliterated in the sky which means no meteor shower for this chick tomorrow morning. Bummer :(

Ceejay - did you get all your errands done?

Have a good night ladies and a good morning to you Shad.

Shad
08-12-2008, 03:27 AM
Afternoon all,
Been training all day today and right now am waiting for 3 to come back and do the UAT for us. Even for Jakarta time, they are late!

The muzzein sounds like a buzz saw mostly. I'm partially deaf, but there isn't much tune going on there. Goes up and down a couple of notches but that is about it. If there are words in there, I can't pick 'em.
The biggest problem with going to the orchid garden is that we can't find out where it is. There is no address. And the stupid part about that is that the place is on the things to do in Jakarta list. I think maybe we might need to enlist the help of someone who speaks Indonesian fluently. Pieter is darn good, but not perfect and I can converse with a 2-3 year old okay. Geoff speaks little at all and is too polite and gets himself into bother from time to time when accosted on the street. He stops to speak to them, we tell them to hive off.

I can't do much in the way of personals today. Too much else on my plate - got my report back and am requested to add some more lies to it, uuhhh statistics sorry. Isn't there a saying about lies, damned lies and statistics???

Went out for dinner last night with a couple of the ladies and we picked the wrong restaurant. It was pretty awful. Tonight will be back to the tried and true ones. Poor V got a Nasi Gedug which was supposedly a mixture of meats, vegetables and rice. Well the rice was there, we couldn't define the meat, and veges included two cubes of potato and something sort of green and unidentifiable and a whole raft of bits that looked like honey crisps (in breakfast cereal). The bowl of 'condiments' to supplement would have taken the rust off the Titanic in 30 seconds flat. We drank a lot of water.

Good to have Carla back and posting even it she did get shamed into it. Hope the health improves somewhat. September you get the theme that you get, if you want something special, then start the thread yourself. No sulking allowed here. No offence intended.

Starting to think about packing the bags again. Go home Thursday night. It will be nice to get there too. I had an e-mail from Chris down the road who is threatening experimentation with food. I am apparently the chief taster for them. I don't mind that. I always get a decent feed at their house and I'm picking there won't be much at mine when I get there on Friday.

DS1 was threatening to come home for a holiday the next time I am away. I must get in touch and see if that is the case, in which case I might have to do some housework when home. Oh dear.

And that's about it for the time being. They are just on an hour late, but they are starting to file in. Long live UAT. (NOT) See ya

Ruthxxx
08-12-2008, 07:08 AM
Whizzing through with a :wave: Whizzing is appropriate as I just collected a morning pee sample from Hershey. :lol: I'm going to drop it off at the vet and then carry on to Brockville. I need garam masala or the stuff to make it, need to pick up a book for Sister Joan and will try to get more of the el cheapo blueberries. There cooler morning are causing my squirrel personality to kick in!

Have a terrific Tuesday! I'm off to "yell" at the South Beachers who, with one exception, are a great group. :rofl:

diyana
08-12-2008, 08:23 AM
Good Morning ladies --

I felt a migraine coming on after I got home yesterday (it was a stressful day at work), so I skipped the gym. Migraines and increased blood pressure/pulse rate aren't a good mix. I have been walking 2 miles every day at lunch, so I don't feel too guilty if I skip the gym in the evenings. Of course, since I want to have lost a total of 46 lbs by my 46th b'day (5 more pounds in 4 weeks), I've got to eat less and workout more.

Happy - I wish I'd read your post about the meteor shower this morning. DH must've forgotten and neither one of us woke up early. You asked where we go hiking....sometimes we hike/walk along the shore of Lake Michigan (either near Milwaukee or in Sheboygan). Sometimes we hike in various parks in the Kettle Moraine hills (we live in the northern Kettle Moraines). And my 2 mile walk at lunch is around the office park and really does a great job of clearing my head and relieving the morning's stress. I chuckled when you said you don't do T shirts....I have drawers and drawers of t-shirts. I live in t-shirts and jeans (or jean shorts) on the weekends. What a nice shopping spree...to save more money than you spend! Good for you! Kohls had an Associate shop day last weekend where associates get an extra 15% off in addition to our discount and any sale prices, so I got DH 4 polo shirts that are made of the dry wicking fabric. I got myself a knit shirt for work, a pair of jeans, and two pairs of workout capris on clearance for $4.90 each after my discount, and 3 t-shirts on clearance for $2 each ($1.40 each after the discount). I also went to the store last night for fruit - grapes, blueberries, and canteloupe.

Shad - I googled Jakarta Orchid Garden and found the Bali Orchid Garden (http://www.indonesialogue.com/planning-a-trip/bali-orchid-garden.html). And I also found this link (http://www.asiarooms.com/travel-guide/indonesia/jakarta/jakarta-parks-&-gardens/index.html) but still no address. And here's a link (http://www.my-indonesia.info/page.php?ic=7&id=1281) that says the Orchid Garden (Taman Anggrek) is in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah complex. I hope this helps. I hope you're able to come up with more "statistics" for your report. So Jakarta time is an hour late? Sheesh.

Ruth - My step-mom is going to start the South Beach diet today. Though she doesn't know about this website...she doesn't go on the internet too much. She doesn't have a lot to lose...her problem is she entertains a lot and goes to all kinds of get togethers where there's always food. Hopefully, she'll be able to stay disciplined enough to stick with South Beach.

Time for me to get a move on!

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
08-12-2008, 08:45 AM
Morning chicks,

Quickie for me as well. Didn't have to get up early as it was overcast and cloudy so it was nice to get almost 8 hours in the sack.

How do you get a pee sample from a dog? :rofl:

Michelle - I loved walking along the lakefront! Of course for us we had to be in downtown Chicago to do it but I just am fascinated by water. And we used to go camping in South Kettle Moraine. Nice campgrounds just not alot of trees in the campground itself. I think we camped near the town of Eagle, WI maybe? That's going a bit far back for me. :lol: Sorry to hear you have a migraine. Feel better. :hug:

Shad the dinner sounded like a great diet dinner - no overeating portions on that one :lol: I suppose it's riskier there to try something unknown than it would be at home. Are you telling us to come up with a September theme? or just Carla? :lol: I vote for Worldly Chicks Sad in September because since we lost most of our Worldly group, the bulk of us are generally sad to see September come because that means winter is around the corner. At least I used to feel that way when we lived up north. Here we don't get winter until Christmas as it should be. Oops sorry Shad, used that offensive word, didn't I? :lol:

And y'all have enticed me into buying some blueberries tho I don't think mine were as cheap as yours but they are nice and plump.

Have a good Tuesday :wave:

annie175
08-12-2008, 09:34 AM
Happy Tuesday Ladies....geez here it is, trash day again, my life is blazing past me at a rate I wish would SLOW down.

Found some cinnamon spice tea in the breakroom that I didn't realize was in there. It is quite tasty. Bigalow is the brand, I believe.

Here is some funny news. I went out to pick my tomatos out of the garden and started staring at the roma's. Low and behold there was a roma tomato "gone bad" in shape....it looks like a penis with the boys attached. I brought it to work to show to my "red zone" friends. It is unbelievable.

Shad...hot stone massage sounds perfectly wonderful. When in a restaurant with undefinable meat....the meat is probably cat. wink wink

MEL...way to the the acct about showing up. You are funny.

Michelle...hope you get to feeling better. Migraines are the worst. I have one about 3 times a year. Which used to be about every other week. I feel for ya sista.

Ceejay...a big HELLO out to you, my friend.

Ruth...how in the heck do you collect dog pee. I am trying to imagine that but just end up in laughter.

Happy...I am with you about winter. I absolutely dread winter.

Carla...I had gallstones about 15 years ago. It is quite nasty. I will say gallstones are not as bad as kidney stones. I have had both. Having a baby falls in between the two. Hope all goes well and you get to feeling better.

Not much else going on, altho I love my job, I am ready to move on.

Love and Hugs.

Annie

happy2bme
08-12-2008, 01:39 PM
Here is some funny news. I went out to pick my tomatos out of the garden and started staring at the roma's. Low and behold there was a roma tomato "gone bad" in shape....it looks like a penis with the boys attached. I brought it to work to show to my "red zone" friends. It is unbelievable.



What??? :dunno: No PICTURES? We'll put a fireman's hat on it and Mel will be in heaven :lol3:

diyana
08-12-2008, 03:21 PM
My migraine is all gone today. Went home last night, relaxed, watched TV and took Excedrin Migraine and gatorade. Hopefully I won't have one this evening. Yesterday and today have been h*ll at work, so it doesn't surprise me that I went home with a migraine yesterday.

I can't even imagine getting pee out of a dog. Anytime our vet has needed a pee sample, she sticks a needle/syringe into the bladder - less chance of contamination she says.

Annie - Interesting shaped tomato - do you have any other x-rated veggies in your garden?

Happy - Sure I know where Eagle, Wisconsin is. Old World Wisconsin Historical Park is there. Very nice area. I've also heard that the campgrounds in Door County and along Lake Michigan are very nice as well. I love Lake Michigan. Almost like being at the ocean with the beaches and lighthouses, and you can't see the other side. I love being in our boat on the smaller lakes too, with the sun shining, birds singing and a gentle breeze. Our boat is too small for the Great Lakes though, which is fine by me. I'll enjoy the big lakes from the shore.

carla49
08-12-2008, 03:58 PM
Happy, Annie, you both have dirty minds, and should be very ashamed of yourselves. :nono: ;) Then again, so do I, so I'd like to see a photo too... :drool:

Mel, in your honour I went out today and bought a Santa Claus melon :santa:. I've never had one before, and will report further once I cut it open. I still have rather a lot of pale, insipid watermelon to get through.

Those of you who've had gallstones, did you have your gall bladder removed? If not, how did you fix the problem? If I can avoid surgery, I'd be much happier, but don't want to have too many more gallbladder attacks. I see the surgeon tomorrow.

I did go to the clinic with my eye, and have an emergency appointment tomorrow morning with an ophthalmologist. My fingers are crossed that it will be something minor, but I have a bad feeling about this one. I was an idiot to wait instead of going straight to a clinic the day it started.

Diyana, I'm glad the headache went away. And good luck on hitting your 46lb target! At the rate you're going, I think it'll be a shoo-in.

Shad, maybe DS2 could do the clean-up before you get home? :rofl:
I think the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer was probably a lot less annoying before the invention of loudspeakers. I imagine it'll be great to be home in your nice quiet yard. Just you and your boys and Sunday purring with happiness to have you back. Speaking of Sunday, where did Nicole Kidman get off stealing your cat's name for her kid????

Ruth, I'm onto my second batch of blueberries too, and plan to head back on Thursday before the 3 for $5 special is over. Yumm. And I think we all want to know how you collected Hershey's specimen... :?:

Gotta go. Catch y'all later!

Ruthxxx
08-12-2008, 04:11 PM
Grab those berries fast, Carla. The ones I bought today are getting a bit soft - still great but won't last very long. Five pints are in the freezer right now and another batch of zucchini chips is in the dehydrator - my new toy.

Collecting dog pee? Not a problem with a well-trained dog like my Hershey. The command is "Find your spot" (nicer than "Go pee" for a lady dog). she squats and I slip a foil container under her girly parts. Think a meat pie-sized container. Then I "decant". Yes, I throw out the foil pan. Boy dogs are trickier. You have to sort of intercept with a styrofoam coffee cup. Any more questions? I know how to get sperm from a male dog too. No dirty comments, OK?

Well, this is a red letter day! I dropped in to the quilt shop in Brockville and found I had won a draw for a sewing machine. It's the Janome Platinum which lists around $700 and is a great wee machine for classes. It weighs just under 12 pounds and has a built in fake hand-quilting stitch! I buy tickets all the time for worthy causes and NEVER win a damned thing. My other machine which I bought just last fall can go to the Womens Shelter.

I'm running out of steam after a busy morning so am going to make a cuppa and sit on the deck in the sunshine and sew some hems. Mornings certainly feel like fall these days - especially when you are out in your nightgown at first light harvesting dog pee! It's nice to have the sun instead of our usual afternoon rain. Enjoy!

MELODY525
08-12-2008, 05:12 PM
:sunny: GOOD DAY TODAY BUT A BIT PAINFUL. I GOT THE SHUYOPPING DONE. STUCK TO MY OLD "DIET" SHOPPING LIST. KEEPING THE COOKING TO A MINIMUM STILL AND STICKING TO THE BASICS. AND YES MISS HAPPY IT IS THE MICHAEL THURMOND PLAN & RECIPES! :rofl: I WAS THINKING IT'S THE SAFEST WAY TO MAINTAIN AND THE EASIEST TO COOK. I RAN INTO MY OLD DR AND HE SAID THIS ABOUT THE NECK TO THUMB PROBLEM: HE THINKS FROM OVBSERVANCE IT IS A QUESTION OF A WRENCHED MUSCLE, A PINCHING NERVE AND THE INCREASING INFLEXIBILITY IN MY NECK WHICH RATHER SHOCKED HIM.BUT WHEN I REMINDED HIM I WAS IN THE CHAIR 18 YEARS AND AM 61 NOW HE WAS LESS SHOCKED AND ASKED ME HOW I STAY SO YOUNG :lol3: :lol3: I TOLD HIM I FEEL 90! TOLD ME TO NEVER FORGET WHEN I OVERDO WITH EITHER ARM THAT THE INFLAMMATION WILL SPREAD BECAUSE OF THE DYSTROPHY. I ADMIT THAT I DO LOSE SIGHT OF THAT. THEN ALSO TO "UP" THE PILLS FOR INFLAMMATION AS MUCH AS MY STOMACH WILL TAKE, ALTERNATE HEAT AND ICE TO FIND WHICH WORKS BEST OR USE BOTH AND FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP DOING THINGS THAT REQUIRE MY ARM TO BE "BEHIND ME" AND NO LIFTING IMPOSSIBLE WEIGHTS. EASY FOR HIM TO SAY. :rofl: I DID TELL HIM IT'S FEELING BETTER THAN THE LAST TIME I RAN INTO HIM AND THAT IT'S NOT BRINGING ME TO TEARS NOW. HE SAID IT MAY TAKE MONTHS TO HEAL...IF IT DOES. IF NOT THEN GO FOR THE SHOTS AND SEE IF THEY WORK BUT THAT THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT JUST BURSITIS AND HE DOESN'T CARE WHAT ANYONE ELSE SAYS. LOL
I QUICKLY TOLD THE OFFICE THAT SOME OFFICE DOORS NEED THEIR SPRING CLOSING REMOVED OR THEY CAN COME AND SIT WITH THE DEAD BODIES AND LOOK FOR WILLS AND EMERGENCY NUMBERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT BY THEMSELVES. WE'LL SEE. I AM CLOSE TO A POINT WITH MY BILLS WHERE I CAN COMFORTABLY GIVE UP THE PITTANCE THEY CALL MY SALARY. JEN HAS ONE MORE SMALLISH BILL AND I HAVE 2 SMALL AND ONE BIG ONE. I COULD SEE PEOPLE WERE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH MY "ULTIMATUMS" TODAY BUT THAT'S LIFE. IT'S MEL'S TURN TO RULE THE ROOST. LIKE IT OR LEAVE IT. I KNOW SHAD HAS WAITED SINCE 2003 WHEN WE FIRST MET FOR THIS DAY TO ARRIVE!! :cheer3: I JUST WISH I HAD DONE IT A BIT MORE CALMER CAUSE I GOT A BIT NASTY. BUT IT TOOK "NASTY" FOR ME TO GET THE COURAGE UP AND ALSO FOR ME TO ADMIT TO MYSELF I NEED TO BACK OFF. I HAVE NO CHOICE NOW. SO........
HOPE THIS SOUNDS LIKE GOOD NEWS AND DOESN'T PULL ANYONE DOWN. I FEEL GOOD...A WEE BIT SAD THAT THE DAY HAS COME...BUT ON THE WHOLE VERY STRONG.
ENOUGH BABBLING FOR ME. HOPE EVERYONE ELSE HAD A GREAT DAY.

HAPPY...GLAD YOU FOUND THE CLOTHES. THEY SAY IT'S GOOD FOR MORALE TO HAVE THE RIGHT FEELING MATERIALS ETC IN ORDER TO KEEP UP THE GYM. SO GOOD FOR YOU!! IS THE POOL READY?? I AM!! :beach:

MICHELLE...NICE SOUNDING WEEKEND. SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE HEADACHES. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY FOR THE HEAD AND THE 5 LBS!! GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR 46TH!! AND ALSO GOOD LUCK TO THE MOTHER IN LAW WITH THE SBD!!!

CEEJAY...:wave: YOU WILL BE OUR ONLY BIRTHDAY GIRL THIS MONTH!! IS IT THE 25TH OR 27TH??

SHAD...ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA:

ďLies, damned lies, and statisticsĒ is part of a phrase attributed to Benjamin Disraeli and popularized in the United States by Mark Twain: ďThere are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.Ē The semi-ironic statement refers to the persuasive power of numbers, and succinctly describes how even accurate statistics can be used to bolster inaccurate arguments.

SO SORRY ABOUT THE UNEXPLAINED FOODS AT THE RESTAURANT. WHEN YOU GET HOME WILL YOU BE THERE LONG? NOT THAT I AM COMING FOR A VISIT! :rofl: THE DS1 BY HIMSELF OR WITH THE OTHER HALF?? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS!! TELL HIM CHRISTMAS IS COMING :hohoho:

RUTH....I LAUGHED OUTLOUD IN THE SUPERMARKET TODAY AS I PICKED UP A PINT OF BLUES FOR $2.99!!! I TOLD MY 2 FRIENDS THERE WE NEED TO GO AND VISIT YOU!!! ALSO SAID YOU WOULD BE GOOD FOR A GLASS OF VINO!! :cheers:

ceejay52
08-12-2008, 06:20 PM
I’m back to work today. Things were not to bad. The paper work had just a few flaws. I’ll find out tomorrow what the new work schedule will be. B. goes to the doctor tomorrow. I suppose I’m a pessimest but I’m not looking for him to return. I’ll be suprised if he does.

Food has been on plan today.

I’m thinking about going to the gym after work to walk around the track. I’ve already logged 6200 steps. I really need to go to the weight room.

My friend who works in the lab has set up a different user account on the computer at work for me to do my book work. People love to get in and look around which I don’t mind but when they start to change formulas and reprogram things that is a no no for my part. I’m the one who has to straighten it out. It has to balance.

Mel
My birthday is the 27th. You didn't have to remind me. Just a few more day's and I'll be 58.

Annie
To funy about the tomato. I'm with Happy, where's the picture.

Ruth
Congrats on winning the machine.

Happy
You've inspired me to go to the gym this afternoon.

Carla
Sorry about the gallstones. My mom had them. The surgery was a breeze. Sending you good vibe's about your eyes. And thanks for reminding me that I need to put an eye check up on my list of things to do. :hug:

Shad
08-12-2008, 08:52 PM
Morning all,
Quick fly by here as the sh*t appears to have hit the fan at full splatter speed - particularly in the HR section. Poor guys have been working to midnight trying to sort the problems. I have a feeling that my trainees will not be in class today.
More trainees are coming out of the woodwork and need my help NOW! like yesterday and life becomes interesting - to say the least.

Hey Annie - I could have done with a photographic giggle today. Drat and darn.

I'll be back later with some more personals. For now I need to go find the tissues and become the 'mother'

Shy Moment
08-12-2008, 09:14 PM
Thought I would stop in and say hello. Hope everyone is doing well. Hasn't been good for me the last few days. I got back on the meads ( after being off them for a bit ) about a month and I am very sick again. Last weigh in was good but I am starting to moon face up and be real puffy. I am mostly staying in bed the last two days ( thank heavens it didn't get real bad until the last couple days of vacation, still enjoyed the Ted Nugent concert lol ). I am being very careful what I eat but have no energy what so ever to exercise at this time. Give me a few days and ( that is all I will allow myself 3 more days lol ) I will be getting back to normal and back chatting again.

MELODY525
08-13-2008, 07:39 AM
SOMEHOW I MISSED ANNIE'S PENIS SHAPED TOMATOES AND HAPPY'S QUESTION OF DOG URINARY SAMPLES! AND NEVER KNEW OUR RUTH WAS SO TALENTED GETTING PEE AND SPERM!!:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: THAT'LL TEACH ME TO SKIM POSTS WHEN I AM IN A BAD MOOD! AND I CERTAINLY COULD HAVE USED A GOOD LAUGH TOO SHAD WITH A PICTURE :lol3: :lol3:
WELL I AM IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE TODAY. DRESSED AND READY TO TAKE MY PROTEIN BAR AND WATER OUTSIDE. I AM ALSO A TOTAL OF 3 LBS DOWN FROM AUGUST 1ST. 186. WONDER IF IT WILL STAY OFF OR IS THIS STILL A YOYO THING:faint:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

SHAD...SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY.

CARLA...THANKS FOR THE LAUGH AND THE :hug: THEY WERE MUCH NEEDED. HOPE MINE WORKED FOR YOU AS WELL:dance:

CEEJAY...HOPE THE NEW ACCT WORKS AND ALL IS WELL AGAIN AT WORK TODAY. 6200 STEPS! WOW! GOOD FOR YOU :running:

RENNIE....GET WELL SOON. JUST REST UP AFTER TOO MUCH VACATION "FUN" :rofl:

RUTH...NOW I KNOW WHO TO CALL WHEN I NEED MY NEXT SAMPLES....BUT SORRY...NO SPERM WHALES HERE :rofl:

diyana
08-13-2008, 09:16 AM
Happy Wednesday Ladies -

Walked 4 miles at lunch yesterday...I normally walk 2 miles, but it was just so nice out that I decided to do another lap. Today is rainy, so unless it clears up, we may be walking indoors around the office. After work, I played soccer, frisbee and "chase/tag" with my dogs - definitely burned some calories. It's difficult for me to workout indoors when it's so nice out and I know that autumn/winter aren't too far away. (Thanks a lot, Mel, for continually reminding me of how quickly Santa will be here! :tantrum:)

Carla - I hope your medical appointments today go well. I hope there is a non-surgical gall bladder option, and of course, I hope your eye situation is something minor and easily fixed. :hug:

Ruth - Thanks for the pee collection explanation. I don't even want to know how to collect sperm. Congratulations on winning the sewing machine! That's awesome! And so nice of you to donate your other machine to the Women's Shelter. As for freezing all the wonderful summer berries - is there any trick to it? Or do you just wash the fruit, dry thoroughly and freeze?

Mel - That's good you ran into your old doctor and got some good information regarding your arm. Please, please mind your doc and don't overdo. Good for you for giving the office an ultimatum! It is good news! And maybe if you were calmer, they wouldn't have taken you seriously. You need to do what is best for YOU! YGG! Congrats on losing 3 lbs! That's awesome! :congrats:

Ceejay - You didn't get too much time off did you. I hope B's doctor appointment goes well and that he is able to return. I need to get some weight lifting in too. I've been doing great with cardio (walking at lunch and all), but I'm only doing weights once a week.

Shad - Sorry that the HR sh*t has hit the fan. Hang in there.

Rennie - So sorry that you're not feeling good. :hug: Are you on prednisone? You mentioned moon face and puffy and that has happened to me when I was on prednisone years ago. Glad you enjoyed the Nugent concert!


A big :wave: to everyone!

Love and hugs,

Shy Moment
08-13-2008, 12:31 PM
Melody
As I was looking Thur the posts; I have to admit some of them cracked me up lol.

di
Yes it is the dreaded prednisone. I have been doing fine not gaining weight but I haven't been eating enough. The puffiness has really gotten bad and I have been eating more, still not enough. I dread getting on the scale for my weigh in next Wednesday. All my clothes are tight. Little I can do about it. I can't eat less than I am eating lol. It is so nice to walk outside when it is nice out. I did a ton of walking while we were camping. I don't have the energy to go out to get an ice cream cone let alone walk lol.

annie175
08-13-2008, 01:26 PM
Here we are at Hump Day again.....Geez life goes fast.

I will take a pix of the "gone wrong tomato" tonight and see if I can post it. I am not good at doing that, on the tard side. I got a 2 inch round 14 inch long cucumber out of the garden last night. I think I have a "X" rated garden.

Ruth...yike, nevermind the sperm collection. I do not want to know that one. hahahaha.

Rennie...Feel better, my dear...big hugs.

Carla....yes, I had my gallbladder removed. The surgical way, as my bladder wall had partically turned to stone and they could not "suck" it out. I did get to keep my stones. I had 4 large stones and a bunch of pebbles and sand.

MEL....girl, you got to get to feeling better, you have had your share of yuckiness. Big Hugs to you too!! My philosophy is "better living through chemicals".

Getting hair trimmed tonight, it is well worth them washing it. That feels so great. Beautiful day in Indy today. 78 sunny and NO humidity.

Love and Hugs,

diyana
08-13-2008, 01:42 PM
Oh, Rennie, I hated being on prednisone. Not only did it make me puffy and moon faced, my moods were like PMS x 10000!! How long do you have to be on it?

Annie - Bladder wall turned to stone! Yuck! That sounds like something out of a sci fi movie! You're having the nice weather today that we had yesterday.

annie175
08-13-2008, 02:31 PM
Michelle....We have had this nice weather since Saturday. Got the house open and the air off. Whew Whoooo!!

diyana
08-13-2008, 03:46 PM
We've had a stretch of nice weather. So wonderful to have the house open and the a/c off!

Gang, I've got to fess up....I'm not going to make it to the gym tonight. My back is killing me with pain going down my leg. I think it was the uncomfortable chair I sat in during a 2 hour training class this morning. It really started hurting bad as I finished my 2 mile walk at lunch. I was hoping to do some weight training at the gym tonight....but that's just not going to happen. Instead, I'll be relaxing with an ice bag (or heating pad) on my back. I should be better tomorrow (hopefully). I hope this doesn't mean I'm due for another shot in my back. Nah...I'll be fine. No worries here.

ceejay52
08-13-2008, 07:08 PM
Just a fly by

Did make it to the gym last night. walked a mile in twenty minutes and did three weight machines. I'm a little sore but not bad. My calories have been under 1500 and I'm happy about this also. I've set a goal to lose 5 pounds by next dr's visit which is 9-25-08.

I'd forgotten how much exercise relieves stress.

Shad
08-14-2008, 02:42 AM
Not much time to post today, shortly I'm off to the airport to start the long flight home. And won't I be pleased to get there.

Not much happening here apart from work. It's getting hectic and will continue to get worse the closer we get to going live. My poor consultants are weary and teary and whinging like mad.

At that's about it from me. I will see if I can check in from the airport. But have no great hopes for it. See ya

Ruthxxx
08-14-2008, 07:14 AM
Fly-by here too as I really need to get my day cranked up - fifth gear needed today!

Yesterday I got the probable diagnosis of Hershey's problem but we will be going to the Alta Vista (Ottawa) clinic later this month to firm up the diagnosis and determine treatment. Vet Leslie thinks she has Cushings which appears to be treatable. I'm quite sure that's what it is because she has nearly all the symptoms.

Looks like we may have a decent day for a change - we have been getting rain every afternoon this month - and last too, for that matter. I am going to throw together a herb planter for the Saturday Garden show and finally get to my weekend baking. Aside from the usual task of lugging the trash to the road, there's nothing else on the schedule today. I may disconnect the phones and park my car behind the barn so people think I'm away. I need a day to get caught up a bit!

Have a great Thursday.

MELODY525
08-14-2008, 07:41 AM
I THOUGHT I BETTER FLY IN HERE BEFORE GOING TO THE STORE. LOOKS LIKE SOME ROTTEN WEATHER COMING FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS SO I CHANGED MY PLANS FROM TOMORROW. THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD THOUGHTS. THEY MEAN A LOT TO ME. AND THE GIGGLES ABOUT ANNIE'S X-RATED GARDEN!! :rofl: EVEN IF YOU DON'T GET A PIC ON 3FC...I ALREADY HAVE IT IN MY HEAD:rofl:
MICHELLE DIDN'T GET TO THE GYM BUT DON'T WORRY CAUSE CEEJAY DID!! GO CJ GO! I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER MICHELLE!HUGS FOR POOR HERSHEY AND RUTH. SO SORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS. GET WELL SOON RENNIE. SHAD IS ON HER WAY HOME AND HAPPY IS AMONGST THE MISSING!:dunno:
OK GOTTA RUN. TRY AND COME BACK LATER. AFTER THE LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN...HEY THAT WAS AN OLDIE SONG!!!!!!!!! :dance: HAPPY HUMP DAY!!

happy2bme
08-14-2008, 08:41 AM
Good morning chicks,

Oh man - thanks Mel - another song stuck in my head all day - Lighting Strikes by Lou Christie :lol:

Hope it doesn't rain on your parade. Get done what you have to and hunker down out of the wet stuff. Hope the rains don't bring the aches and pains too. Sending you good thoughts :hug: Congrats on being 3 pounds down!!! :carrot: :dance:

Ruth - sounds like you need a Ruthie-Day or Mel's equivalent of a Mel-i-day, hope you get it. Hugs to Hershey :grouphug:

Shad - you won't be pleased to get home or to the airport? Sending good vibes for a surprisingly pleasant flight. I don't envy you at all. Thank you for making me feel I have nothing to complain about :D They are getting ready for a go live next month here - you can feel the frenzy building.

Ceejay - I got put on a 1500 calorie diet too. Trying to figure out how to recalculate the whole eating plan now. You are doing great on the exercising - keep it up!

Ouch Michelle :hug: I had that happen once too - bad chair in a training class - some of the worst back pain ever. I think you are on the right track with ice, heat and some linament. Gentle stretches and if you want to be moving, how about just a stroll on an even surface - no outside walking, don't want to stumble on something. Those icy hot / themal patches help too. Hope you feel better.

Sorry to hear you are back on the prednisone Shy. Hope it won't be much longer. It's a bummer to tough out. Don't let it get to you.

Annie - just what did you fertilize your garden with to grow such "interesting" shapes :rofl: Enjoy that perfect weather - I'm kind of jealous.

Carla - how was that (wait - SHAD go plug your ears) Santa Claus melon? Inquiring minds want to know? Has your gall bladder calmed down? I got a terrible case of acid reflux for at least a year after I had mine out. Anyone else? I still have to be careful with butter, mayo and certain kinds of tomato sauces bother me.

Sorry I didn't post yesterday. The day kind of flew past me. And I just was not feeling well last night. Headache, tummy ache. I've been having serious intestinal distress from this glucophage and I think it's taking it's toll on me. Rather than feeling energized like I used to after a gym session, I'm really tuckered out. All day long. I can't seem to find a pair of shoes that I can walk in comfortably at the track so I wind up doing a half mile and then go in the pool. Yesterday I did get a good workout in pushing myself swimming laps. Today I have an ouchie blister on my toe. And I need to refigure my diet plan to work into the new program the nutritionist gave me. I was most distressed to read that my favorite watermelon is little more than sugared water and not one of the fruits you should be selecting. Guess I'll have to be content with a few tiny pieces chopped into a fruit salad with berries and such.

Anyway, I almost sound like I'm whining and I don't want to do that so off I go. Tonight is the first workout session with the diabetes program - I think we are dancing to the oldies tonight. Should be fun. 5 women and one token guy :lol: Have a good day - stay dry, pain and stress free peeps

diyana
08-14-2008, 09:01 AM
Happy Thursday ladies --

My back is doing much better today. Last night, I took a hot shower and then put linament on my back and leg. I plan to go to the gym tonight for my favorite strength training class.

Shad - I can imagine how nice it will be to be home, despite the long flight and airport hassle to get there. And having gone through "go lives" before...I totally understand the tension and stress you're under. Hang in there.

Ruth - So sorry to hear that Hershey has Cushings...at least the vet is confident that it's treatable. :hug: for both of you.

Mel - You do what you need to do so you can REST and RELAX during the bad weather.

Ceejay - Good for you for getting to the gym! You go girl! Exercise is a wonderful stress reliever...that's why I enjoy walking on my lunch hour.

Happy - Sorry to hear that you're having difficulty finding comfortable walking shoes. Have you tried Easy Spirit? My MIL swears by hers. I wear Avia running shoes for working out. I hope your blister heals quickly and your intestinal distress. Have you told your doc about the intestinal side effects? Good for you for staying committed to improving your health. It's a bummer to have to cut back on one of your fave foods (like watermelon), but my nutritionist tells me that no food is forbidden...you just have to be smart about quantity and frequency.

A big :wave: to everyone else!

Love and hugs,

Shy Moment
08-14-2008, 11:13 AM
di
Glad you are feeling better. Sometimes I think most of us need to remember we are not 20 anymore. This journey we are taking isn't hard but it does take many of us a bit more time to get to where we want to be than it would have years ago. The body just doesn't want to go go go like it use to. Darn chairs can be a killer. I guess they give us uncomfortable chairs to make us pay attention. Sometimes I think it does the opposite. We are so uncomfortable we can't pay attention. I don't go through the mood problems but the clothes are getting tight and I am really watching what I am eating. Even knocked down the fat and carbs a bit to try to offset what I know the meads are doing. I thank heavens God has granted me the serenity to change what I can, not try to change what I can't and know the difference. I am not going to let this get me down. I have to be on it until my tests show what they want to see lol. That is what they say and it is suppose to be helping with the knees too. I know better. Heck they would keep me on it again for years and years. I am going to be on it at least a few more days. I know when I am doing better. It is the time of the year that I am allergic to grass, trees, rocks lol. If I lived in a plastic bubble I would find out I am allergic to the plastic lol.

Annie
You know in some parts of the country you could make big bucks with your x rated pics lol. Oh gallbladders. I had mine out years ago. Things are not much better now than they were then. I still have the darn pains lol.

happy
Sorry about your feet. You really need to be careful. A blister can turn into a very nasty thing. I have found that Reebok shox have a nice bounce to them and they are wide enough to accommodate my feet. Hard for me to find the size I need but my daughter loves them to and she is on her feet all the time and plays tennis.

Ruth
Hope you can get Hershey taken care of.

Cee
Sounds like you are doing great. One day at a time is how we get to where we want to be.

Melody
I kept how bad my knees were hurting to myself. I have gotten good at this over the years. I was doing great until we went to leave the concert and my knee gave out ( traitor ) and the hubby asked ( in a voice louder than the darn concert ) how long has it been hurting. Was not a fun ride home. He ( I can only describe as YELLING at me and he never raises his voice ) went on about he was tired of me working so hard not to show I am hurting when it is his RIGHT to know when I am hurting lol. I can't let him know I am hurting. He would have me living on a pillow 24 hours a day. Now how can a person clean house while they live on a pillow lol.

MELODY525
08-14-2008, 03:30 PM
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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

Ingredients
Serves 4
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces angel-hair pasta
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted if desired

Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, garlic, and oil in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand at least 10 minutes.
Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente; drain, and return to pot. Add tomato mixture, and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with pine nuts.

MELODY525
08-14-2008, 03:36 PM
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FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
Ingredients
Serves 4
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
2 medium green tomatoes (both ends sliced off), each cut crosswise into 4 slices
1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower

Directions
In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and set sauce aside.
Place flour, eggs, and cornmeal each in a separate bowl, and season each with 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. Working with a few slices at a time, dip tomatoes in flour, then eggs, and finally cornmeal.
In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Working in two batches, fry tomatoes until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side; transfer to baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately with sauce.

MELODY525
08-14-2008, 03:53 PM
I WILL BE GOING SHOPPING IN THE MORNING...HOPEFULLY! :rofl: SDO I THOUGHT I WOULD POP IN NOW. THE GS STAYED IN THE WINDOW WHILE I CLEANED A BIT. FUNNY BUT I CAN TELL BY HIS "CALL" THAT HE IS SAYING "OK, HAD ENOUGH HERE. TAKE ME BACK" YOU WOULD THINK THE SILLY BUGGER WOULD FLY THE 3 FEET BUT HE WON'T. MAYBE I SHOULD BE GLAD. HE KEEPS ENDING UP ON THE FOOKING FLOOR!!!:faint:
THE CELL PHONE IS ON AND NO ONE HAS DARED CALL. PROBABLY AFRAID OF WHAT I WILL SAY NEXT!! :lol3: :lol3:



HAPPY..I AM GLAD YOU ARE HERE. WAS GOING TO SEND OUT THE MOUNTIES...I MEAN SHAD AND THE TASER...:rollpin: HOPE THE FEET FIND A HAPPY HOME. I WAS READING AN E-MAIL THIS MORNING. IT SAID FOR PEOPLE WITH FOOT PBOBS AND PLANTAR PROBS THAT THE BEST EXERCISES ARE WATER, THAT HAND PEDAl MACHINE THINGY AND BREATHING EXERCISES. BUT YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT! HOPE EVERYTHING GOES WELL WHEN YOU GO LIVE. SO MANY PEOPLE I KNOW ARE ALL CHANGING THINGS AND GOING LIVE NEXT MONTH. WHAT'S WITH THAT? JUDY IN THE OFFICE WAS TOLD TO LAY OFF THE WATERMELON ALSO AS IT IS JUST TOO LOADED WITH SUGAR FOR RIGHT NOW. AND THEN A WEE BIT AFTER HE SEES IF THING STABILIZE. IT WAS ALSO MAKING MY FEET SWELL!!! :cry: I WILL SEND YOU GOOD BERRY THOUGHTS!

MICHELLE....GLAD YOU FEEL BETTER. I AM WONDERING WHICH LINAMENT YOU USE? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW BRAND NAMES :dance:

RENNIE... CLEANING FROM A PILLOW MIGHT EVEN BE HARDER THAN CLEANING FROM A WHEELCHAIR. AT LEAST I HAVE MOBILITY!! :scooter: GET WELL SOON.

annie175
08-14-2008, 03:54 PM
Just a fly by for me today. Thanks for the recipes MEL..I can use them with all my x rated garden items. haha

We have a company paid for bowling event tonight and at a really cool bowling alley. Food, shoes, balls, games all paid for. I like these kind of outings....

Not much else happening. Got the pix taken of tomato, now I have to figure out how to post it one here.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
08-14-2008, 05:26 PM
We have a company paid for bowling event tonight and at a really cool bowling alley. Food, shoes, balls, games all paid for. I like these kind of outings....



1) It's nice to know those companies still exist
2) I need to get a job at your company - but can they relocate to someplace warmer first? :lol:
3) Have fun - hope you get lots of "turkeys". Oh and take hand sanitizer for those rented shoes and balls :eek: :barf:

happy2bme
08-14-2008, 05:28 PM
Mel - someone from Holbrouck Heights NJ or something like that keeps calling my cell phone. I thought it was you until I looked it up. You giving my name out for free swimming or something? :lol:

Best linament we have found is from Watkins (yep the stuff Grandma bought) - we like the White Linament - active ingredients include turpentine and camphor - honest, really. The stuff works, what can I say? DH like the heat rub they have too. Wasn't too fond of the cooling rub. There is a red linament too.

You can get it online or at some Target stores.

ceejay52
08-14-2008, 07:09 PM
Wow, every one is in a talkative mood today.
I'm just popping into say hello.

Ruth
Sorry to hear about Hershey. Give her lot's of love.

Mel
You've spoiled the gs. Or is it he is afraid to fly after his last ordeal

Shy
Ouch on the knee. Take care of yourself.

Happy
I knew watermelon was loaded in sugar but I still eat it. Infact my aunt and uncle don't eat much fruit because of the carbs. My uncle is diabetic. You are racking up on the exercise minutes.

The humidity was high at the track last night. My feet kept wanting to slip but I did the mile then went down to the weight room. Did four upper body moves and headed home. That took about 45 minutes.

I talked to B today and he's planning on coming back to work Thursday. Tim told me that he had to see an excuse from the doctor before he let him return. His final prognosis his a hip replacement.

Hello to al the rest. My time is running short.

happy2bme
08-14-2008, 10:40 PM
I looked up nutritional info on watermelon today. It is loaded with lycopene, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Good stuff. Of course you don't want to eat half a melon in one sitting but it didn't come off sounding like the nothing but sugar water the other site made it out to be. Sometimes this information can be so confusing...

Went to my first exercise class tonight with the diabetes program. It was good. We got an exercise band and some tiny 1 pound weights. When you're out of shape several reps with one pound weights can be taxing :lol: We marched up and down the halls too. I enjoyed the class. Look forward to more of them.

I am slowly starting to re-educate myself food wise. Reading labels religiously and each meal today I stopped and said "can I make a better choice". And I did eat watermelon today :lol:

I probably won't be able to check in tomorrow - at least not during the day so goodnight and have a good Friday morning to you all...

carla49
08-14-2008, 11:06 PM
Just a quick fly-by post today, as I'll be out of commission for a day or two. Very early tomorrow is gall bladder day - I went to see the surgeon, he had an opening right away, and I decided to grab it. Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well... As for the eye, it wasn't a detached retina. Phew! I think it was whatever Happy described happening to her at some point. it's still quite annoying - I don't mind the floaters, have even stopped batting at non-existant flies, but the blurred vision in that eye is getting a little old. Oh well...

Happy, a few ideas for your feet: To avoid blisters, make sure you have really good, well-padded, non-cotton socks. Thorlo makes really good ones. If there's a really good sports store (preferably one devoted to running and or walking, not a multi-sport store) with people properly trained to fit athletic shoes you might do better. They should watch you walk barefoot to assess your feet before recommending shoes. Never buy sports shoes based on how they look!!! Depending on where the blister is, they may be able to recommend a different way of doing up the laces to reduce pressure on a hot spot. You might need a larger size in sneakers than you usually wear. If the orthotics bother you so much you don't want to wear them, have you tried Superfeet insoles? They're very good. Some orthotics have a slippery finish which is death on your feet when you walk fast or run, too much slipping around in the shoe. Also, orthotics shaped to fit in dress shoes aren't wide enough for sports shoes and the edges will give you blisters where they rub. If you have wide feet with a narrow heel, Saucony shoes might be a good choice. Sorry to run on so much (no pun intended), but I've spent a lot of time dealing with bad feet...

And now I'd better rush off and drink the last bit of water I'm allowed before the cut-off. :wave: to Mel, Shad, Ruth, Annie, Michelle, Ceejay, Rennie. I'll be back in a few days.

happy2bme
08-14-2008, 11:41 PM
Good thoughts out to you Carla :hug: Hope the surgery is a breeze - just make sure you don't feel so good afterwards that you over tax yourself. I hope that they can do the laproscopic thing - much easier all around.

Thanks for the feet suggestions. I will check them out.

Good night from me too.

Shy Moment
08-15-2008, 02:27 AM
Mel
You are so inspirational to me. You do so much where others in your situation would do very little.

Carla
Hope things go well. The surgery isn't bad at all. You will be up and around in no time.

Happy
If a person likes watermelon it is a great addition to your healthy eating habits.

Cee
I was told I would never walk again many moons ago. I was told I would never walk again by the time I reached 40. I am still going. I thank God everyday for where I am instead of where I could be. Mel is such an inspiration to me. She does so much.

happy2bme
08-15-2008, 08:33 AM
Morning chicks,

I got 25 laps in at the pool this morning. I feel refreshed. Coffee is tasting good this morning too.

Shad, I laughed so hard at your email that I had to go and re-do my makeup. :lol3: Thanks for the morning pick me up :D

Gotta buncha meetin's this mornin' (someone finally told me what my "accent" sounds like) so I need to get rolling.

Thinking about you Carla and hope all is going well :angel:

Hello to the rest of the crew, will get back for personals later.

Shad
08-15-2008, 07:33 PM
Morning all,
Didn't get around to posting yesterday, travelled overnight and did not sleep too well on the plane for some reason. Maybe there was too much eye candy on board!!!! We travelled Singapore Airlines this time and their cabin crews are young and mostly good looking unlike Qantas whose crews are mainly my age and close to retirement. The food on Singapore is superb as well and so much of it!!!!! Even down to the cheese board at the end. Far too much to eat. And it is like a restaurant whereby you can get a meal at a specified time - whenever you want it. You just book it when you come on board. They don't have the skybeds of Qantas, but there is piles of room in business class and the seats recline to nearly flat. Just enough elevation to stop people from snoring.

I went shopping yesterday and got in the goods for the house for the week. Lots of fruit and veges and spent an extraordinary amount of money or so it seemed after paying about $5 for a full lunch plus drink in Indonesia. Welcome home to the real world.

Carla - thoughts go out to you for your problems at the moment. Hope both the eye and the gall bladder works out just fine for you. I'd ring you just to say hello but don't want to get you out of bed or running for the phone just yet. Maybe later in the week.

Happy - think the title for September will have limits as to how many characters we can add. Carla will have to take her chances unless she wants to do it herself :rofl: however, someone else may have to take over for me this time since September 1 is go-live date in Jakarta. I have stocked up on the tissues and will be busy keeping people involved and doing things and wiping away the tears. Biggest problem seems to be with the Payroll now. They are beginning to understand that the stuff that they enter will be visible to the greater community (well as many as are allowed to access this information) and they are worried they will be seen to be wanting and do not want to lose face - or control for that matter - by doing things wrong.
Good luck for your own go live.

Ruth - I hope it all works out for Hershey this week. It will be good to know what is ailing her. If it is Cushings then it could be a lot worse! As I think I said, Shad lived to a ripe old age even with Cushings and a heart murmur. And he was active to the end. He did lose a lot of fur - pain for sweeping - but was never bald. And so it may be for La Hersh. Did you get your day alone yesterday?

Shy - sorry to hear that you have been sick again. Get better soon.

Mel - Shopping again?? Have fun. Yesterday I looked for some new work shirts and tees but couldn't find anything I liked at all. Pain. Don't really like the colours this season, although I see Navy is making a come back. I might have to go to town to get to some of the better shops (read more expensive too) and see if there is anything there.
Like the look of some of those recipes you've posted.

Okay - I had better get on with the day. I have a mountain of washing to do, I have some new veges to plant out. I have to report the orchids and nodding violets. They are understress and I need to potter around in the rose garden and vege pots. The Coral Oak Leaf lettuces are ready to eat. Guess whats in my sandwich for lunch?

Sorry I haven't finished the personals. I'll be back but it is late already and I haven't even started yet - and I am going out to be experimented on for dinner tonight. My foodie friends down the road have found some new recipes to try out on me.

Back later

Hollyhock
08-15-2008, 10:17 PM
(((Carla))) thinking of you. Hope all goes well.

Waving HI to all!!

MELODY525
08-16-2008, 07:48 AM
CARLA~ SENDING ALL MY GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY. FACING NORTH AND BLOWING A KISS WITH A BIG OL' HUG ATTACHED. :hug: I AM GLAD THE EYE WILL BE OK OF SORTS. HOPE THE BLURRY VISION LEAVES SOON. :love: JUST REST UP AND EAT GOOD THINGS!!!

HAPPY~ MAYBE NJ IS TRYING TO SELL YOU A NEW POOL? HEARD YOU HAD :swim: PROBLEMS...BUT I PROMISE I DIDN'T RAT YOU OUT :rofl: THANK YOU FOR WATKINS...FUNNY BUT I WAS IN TARGETS YESTERDAY!! GOOD NEWS THAT THE EXERCISE CLASS WENT WELL. JUST DON'T GO NUTSO AND END UP GOING TO WORK IN PAIN!!

ANNIE...WHEN YOU GET HAPPY A JOB WHERE YOU WORK...GET ONE FOR ME TOO!!! NICE COMPANY! HOPE THE BOWLING WAS FUN. MAYBE I SHOULD GO AND FIND SOME X-RATED RECIPES TO ACCOMODATE YOUR PRODUCE :lol3: :lol3:

CEEJAY.....NOT SURE ABOUT THE BIRD. JEN SAYS IT A COMBO OF BAD FLIGHT JUDGEMENT AND HE'S A SPOILED BRAT!! :rofl: HOPE WORK HAS CALMED DOWN. STILL ANY 12 HR SHIFTS?

SHAD....WELCOME HOME...OR DID I SAY THAT ALREADY? :rofl: TOO MUCH EYE CANDY HUH??? IS THERE EVER SUCH A THING??? I MISSED THE A/C MAN BUT I HEARD HE ASKED WHERE I WAS :rofl: I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY!!! HAPPY GARDENING!

RENNIE....I THINK THAT EVERYONE HAS "TOUGH" INSIDE OF THEM. IT COMES IN HANDY WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN. YOU'RE DOING GREAT YOURSELF TOO.

:yay: WHAT A DAY YESTERDAY TURNED OUT TO BE. THE FIRST STORM SEEMED TO FLY PAST US WITH NO RAIN. THE HUMIDITY WAS THE PITS BUT I WENT FOOD SHOPPING. JUST TO GET WEEKEND STUFF AND BIRD SEEDS. THE GS LOVE BLACK OIL SUNFLOWER SEEDS AND HIS HAD BUGS IN THEM! !:yikes: SO I TOSSED THE CONTAINER OUT. I HATE THOSE "FLOUR" BUGS! THEN I PUT THE GROCERIES AWAY AND WENT BACK TO HAVE LUNCH/WALK WITH A FRIEND BUT SHE DECIDED WE NEEDED TO GO OUT AND ORDERED THE BUS TO PICK US UP. I COME UP TO PEE AND GO BACK DOWN AND JEN IS HERE FOR AN UNEXPECTED VISIT. :encore: SO ALL 3 OF US TROTTED OFF FOR BAD FOOD :corn: AND EVEN MORE SHOPPING. :dance: GOTTA LOVE THOSE UNPLANNED DAYS THAT TURN OUT SO WELL.
BUT AFTER SUCH A FUN PACKED DAY I AM SPENDING THIS ONE -------->:beach:

WISHING EVERYONE A GREAT WEEKEND.:cheer3:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

ceejay52
08-16-2008, 08:51 AM
Yesterday was a carbaholic type day. My stomach paid for it last night.

This should be my last week end to work for awhile. B is suppose to come back to work Thursday. The bosses have been good to me so I shouldn’t complain. However, going down these stairs every hour on the hour is making it hard on the operators. I suppose that all of us should bring in a doctor’s excuse for high blood pressure. We all have it. It’s the stress.

Slept really good last night. I’ve turned off my ceiling fan which doesn’t put out very much air and am using the floor fan. It’s keeping the cooler air circulating much better. My nose doesn’t seem to be as clogged in the morning. I’ve also taken down a fake fur wall hanging that was directly over the bed.

I’m planning to drive to church in the morning in Paragould to visit with the uncles. I have two uncles that go to this church. I have another uncle that lives there and would like to visit him. He’s having back surgery on my birthday, the 27th of this month

Carla--sending good vibes your way.

ceejay52
08-16-2008, 08:56 AM
Happy
You go girl. 25 laps in the pool is excellent.

happy2bme
08-16-2008, 02:50 PM
ok, so enough of these feel good titles for each month. What if we call September - Worldly Chicks SITTING ON THEIR KEESTERS :lol3: Ok, I know you'd all stone me or something :rofl: I guess if Shad will be busy with go live, it will be up to me or Mel to start the new thread. I'll have to think, this year I've been drawing a blank on thread titles - what if we do songs - Worldy Chicks - See You in September. I'll be alone each and every night, while you're away don't forget to write. Bye baby, bye bye... One of my favorite songs is by Earth Wind and Fire called September.

Well I frittered the morning away. Slept in as DH woke me up last night. He had a bad, bad migraine/headache and wanted to know where the hot pad was. I jumped out of bed and stood in the middle of the room wondering what the heck was a hot pad and did we really have one? Then after a couple of minutes I woke up and realized he was talking about the gel pack you can microwave. Fixed it up for him, got him in a chair with a light blanket and went back to sleep myself. He was really sick, even this morning. I rewarmed the pack and made him rub his head with the migrastick - figured the moist heat of the pack would enhance the essential oils. He said the heat helped and as the morning wore on he felt better. Not sure if it ran it's course or if things helped. I spent at least 2 hours hunting the internet looking for another heat pack to replace the one I "overcooked" in the microwave. Of course there's nothing like it now. I did order him a hot pack helmet that is a full head hot or cold pack that hits all touch points - forehead, back of neck and cranium. It looks like one of those headpieces the knights wore in the crusades. Either that or it stops just short of one of those fetish leather headpieces :rofl: Of course poor boy, when he gets another headache and wants to use this, I will just about be whizzing myself laughing over how stupid it looks but don't tell him this. :sssh: Of course those of you who get horrible headaches know (as I did with bad cramps) that I'd stand on my head and cross my toes if it would give me relief.

Then I had to separate the cats. Mr. Feral was sleeping peacefully on his bed. Curly, the bottomless pit came by looking for food. He and Mr. Feral had a staredown but Curly is dopey and just wants food, not confrontation so he just flopped down on the patio 5 feet from Mr. Feral and waited for his food. We had to separate the two and I had to pick up Curly and take him way over the other side of the yard to feed him so he'd leave Mr. Feral's food alone. Then Miss Boo comes trotting in cursing these boys who are invading her yard so we had to take her in and feed her. Curly finished eating and went to sit under the azaleas to enjoy the yard. Mr. Feral saw him and in a show that even tho I have no fangs, am way old, have a califlower ear and am quite decrepit, I still have to show that I'm the alpha cat and he went into the bushes and sat 2 feet away from Curly. So I had to go over there and shoo Curly away even tho he wasn't doing anything other than just sitting there being dopey and happy. Poor guy.

Then since the cats ate and none of them seemed too concerned about our hungry tummies, I made brunch for DH and I.

And here it is early afternoon and I really didn't get anything done at all. :(

Thank you Ceejay - you are doing great at the gym too. I am starting to realize like you how bad a carboholic binge feels. I thought it was just sugar and booze that made one feel so bad. Have a good visit with the family tomorrow.

Mel - what a pleasant surprise to spend some time with Jen. Too bad she MADE you eat bad food :o It's nice that you had something to enjoy for a change instead of people clamoring for your attention. Thanks for giving my number out to the pool people :lol: Hope the storms are over and done with for you.

:wave: Holly, Annie, Michelle

Welcome home Shad. I don't see how the HR/Payroll people can be worried that they will be "exposed" as no one has figured out how to navigate in SAP and you know I'm right ;) Enjoy your time at home. Maybe the food is more expensive there but at least you know what you're eating :lol: Now that you're getting more rain is that why you're planting vegetables? Or is it near time for tomatoes? Speaking of which I need to go check my plant as DH said I have some ripe ones. What are you planting?

Carla - hope the surgery went well and you are resting comfortably. Don't spend too much time sitting in a chair but do let us know how you are doing, ok?

Shy - hope you are getting back to your old self too.

I need to get off the computer and get something accomplished. Later chicks...

Shad
08-16-2008, 04:51 PM
Morning all,
It seems that the internal clock is back and ticking as I am up and doing as per normal now without the 'benefits' of an alarm clock or the cat.

As for songs to title up the September thread - How about this one - from years back. Real memory joggers here.
Try To Remember
(Tom Jones/Harvey Schmidt)

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow.
Try to remember and if you remember
then follow
follow.

Try to remember when life was so tender
When noone wept except the willow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
When dreams were kept beside your pillow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
When love was an ember about to billow.
Try to remember and if you remember
then follow
follow.

Deep in December it's nice to remember
Although you know the snow will follow.
Deep in December it's nice to remember
Without a hurt the heart will hollow.
Deep in December
it's nice to remember
The fire of September that made you mellow.
Deep in December our hearts should remember and follow
follow.
Now if that doesn't get you all back on the memory trail, I'll be amazed.

Happy, hope DH gets better real soon. Hate those headaches. I went through a series of them years ago. It wasn't pretty and I had a wheat filled sack to heat in the microswave. If I remember rightly it also had lavendar or rosemary or something equally smelly in it as well.
But I hope he is back to his normal self really soon.
As for no-one able to navigate in SAP - come off it, I spend hours teaching them all the little short cuts and tricks to make life sooooo much easier. It's only HR and Payroll that don't pay attention because they are the secret squirrels and nether take it in or give it out!! :cry: Give me the practical sections everytime! I was showing a wee lady the intracies of requisitioning on Thursday and she was so excited by what she can now do - as opposed to doing everything separately and singly that she darned near hugged me. Most un-Indonesian.

I see the sun is up on another glorious day - I will be out there and at it again soon. I repotted nine of the orchids yesterday and still have another eight to go. Then I potted up the veges. Happy this time I am doing them in pots because it is easier to keep the water up to them than trying to bring the garden back into some sort of water retaining, fertile and tillable shape right now. So I have tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and chives in big pots. The first lot of lettuce is ready now. The first tomato has flowers but as yet no fruit x-rated or otherwise. Maybe when I come back from the last stint of work enough good bugs will be back to fertilise the plants.

Okay - can't think without the coffee. Need to go get some. I'll be back with some more personals later. Deep in September it's nice to remember - darn it all, wouldn't be back to remember in August!!!

carla49
08-16-2008, 05:52 PM
Ouch. Remind me not to get may gall bladder out again. Actually, the pain isn't so bad, but the nausea and dizziness after I came to were really bad yesterday. I went into surgery around 8, woke up around 10, and by 11:30 they were bundling me out of there muttering about me having longer in recovery than most gall baldders so I had to go like it or not. I would have barfed on them if it wasn't taking all my strength not to fall over... Got home safe thanks to friends, one of whom even took my big cat out for his constitutional. Woke up at 2:30 am and watched Olympics all night, so today I'm tired and groggy, and not looking forward to cleaning the incisions tomorrow. (Yes, I'm a wuss.)
Anyway, thanks for all the kind thoughts, very much appreciated. I may not post again for a day or two - the laptop is in an uncomfortable spot and a bit heavy to be moving it right now. But it won't be so long that I end up singing See you in September...
Mel, I clicked on to CNN last night and they were talking about a tornado moving from NJ over to Manhattan. Did you sleep thru it? :rofl: Or was it maybe a percocet-induced dream? Nice drug, but I have a horrible feeling it's making my skin all itchy. It'll be downgrade to Tylenol tomorrow. :cry: ;)
Bye all. Time for another nap... :faint:

Shy Moment
08-17-2008, 01:56 AM
Carla
Glad you are doing well.

Shad
Hi

Happy
Those cats make me laugh. I am doing better thanks.

Cee
My gosh back surgery. Sure hope things go well for you and you have someone to take care of you.

Melody
If I had the energy I would be powered by cookie power but I don't have the energy to go to the fridge in the garage and get the cookies. My daughter ( better known as THE RAT ) put the cookies out there. :)

MELODY525
08-17-2008, 07:45 AM
CEEJAY...YOU AND I WILL JUST HAVE TO GO TO CARBOHOLICS ANONYMOUS TOGETHER. WE CAN SIT THERE AND ADMIT OUR GUILTY PLEASURES:faint: HAVE FUN IN PARAGOULD AND SAY HELLO TO GOD FOR ME. DON'T FORGET TO PUT IN A GOOD WORD:angel:

HAPPY....25 LAPS!! :cheer3:NICE GOING. I HAD A LAUGH AT THE CAT STORY. THEY ARE FUNNY TO WATCH SOMETIMES. POOR OLD MR FERAL. I KNOW THE FEELING :rofl: I AM STILL LAUGHING OVER THE NJ CALL. I KEEP GETTING WEIRD CALLS ON THE CELL PHONE. I THOUGHT THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ILLEGAL NOW. NOT FAIR WITH MINUTES COSTING SO MUCH. POOR DH TOO. YEARS AGO I USED TO HAVE DEBILATATING HEQDACHES. COULDN'T EAT , MOVE....DO NOTHING. JUST READING ABOUT HIM MADE ME REMEMBER. I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED WHERE THEY WENT TO?! HOPE THE NEW HELMET WILL WORK. DO YOU HAVE A PIC OF THE OLD ONE? MAYBE WE STILL HAVE SOMETHING LIKE IT UP HERE.

SHAD.....I'LL BE LUCKY IF I REMEMBER SEPTEMBER IN SEPTEMBER!!! I LOVE THOSE SEPTEMBER SONGS. :dance: GLAD YOUR CLOCK IS BACK TO NORMAL. CERTAINLY THE ORCHIDS AND VEGGIES WILL DO WELL WITH YOUR TLC! HAPPY SALAD MAKING!

:hug: CARLA :hug: TOO BAD YOU ARE SO FAR AWAY. WE COULD HAVE MADE YOU CHICKEN SOUP AND PLUMPED UP YOUR PILLOWS. I MIGHT EVEN HAVE LET YOU EAT BAD THINGS. DON'T GO CTRAZY DOING STUFF. LET IT ALL HEAL WITHOUT PUSHING AND PULLING HEAVY THINGS. REST AND THE OLYMPICS. THAT'S ENOUGH FOR AWHILE :rollpin: I THINK SAMEDAY SURGERY SHOULD BE BANNED BUT MY DR THINKS IS GREAT AND PEOPLE GET LESS INFECTIONS HEALING IN THEIR OWN HOME...WELL THAT'S FINE IF THERE ARE PEOPLE TO HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!
STAY WELL MY NORTHERN FRIEND AND SLEEP!!!! YES WE HAVE HAS 2 TORNADO WARNINGS RECENTLY AND ANOTHER AWHILE BACK. SOME STRAYS I WOULD IMAGINE. THEY CAN COME ON THE EAST COAST FROM TIME TO TIME BUT IT'S NOT THE NORM. SO YOUR PERCOCET WAS NOT THE CAUSE FOR TORNADO ALARM! :rofl: :rofl: IT WAS ACTUALLY OUT WHERE JEN IS STAYING RIGHT NOW. I THINK IT WAS JENNIFER THEY PICKED UP ON THE DOPPLER RADAR!!!!! :dizzy:

RENNIE....THANK GOD THAT EVEN THO MY DD IS 40 I CAN STILL SCARE THE BEJESUS OUT OF HER AND SHE'LL BUY ME WHAT I WANT OR PUT IT IN REACH!!:rofl: :rofl:

:sunny: YESTERDAY WAS THE OICTURE OF PERFECTION AND I SPENT A LOT OF IT OUTSIDE. WE DON'T GET JUST GENTLE BREEZES...WHE HAD SMALL HURRICANE WINDS:lol3: :lol3: BUT I FELT WONDERFUL. I SAT WITH MY WATER BOTTLE AND A GENT FROM THE BLDG AND WE WATCHED THE NKITTENS PLAYING AND SUNNING THEMSELVES AROUND OUR SHED. THEY LIVE UNDER IT. BIRDS WERE SINGING AND FLYING IN THE CURRENTS PLAYING. JUST GORGEOUS. AND FOR ONCE THIS GUY WASN'T COMPLAINING TO ME ABOUT SOMETHING!!:belly:
I AM HOPING FOR ANOTHER DAY LIKE THAT TODAY CAUSE THE STORMS ARE ON THEIR WAY. THE WINDS HERE HAVE BEEN VERY STRONG AND A WEE BIT LIKE WHIRLING DERVISHES. OUR LEAVES ON THE TREES ARE A BIT BURNT ON THEIR ENDS ALSO. THE DAY STARTS OUT IN THE LOW 60'S AND THEN RISES TO THE HIGH 80'S. RIGHT NOW MY BODY IS A HAPPY CAMPER :beach:

HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

:wave: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO THE MISSING CHICKS :love: YOU MIGHT BE GONE BUT ARE NOT FORGOTTEN :hug:

annie175
08-17-2008, 09:21 AM
Good Sunday Morning....

Carla...extra get feeling better hugs to you sista. Once you recover from the surgery, you will be amazed how great you will feel. My personal thought after getting my gallbladder out was that everything else felt so much better too, that dang gallbladder just made me feel icky all over.

Happy...we do have work sites in warm locations. American Funds.com...San Antonio, Tx; Irvine, TX; Phoenix, Arizona. Just be sure to put on the app that I recommended you, cause we get $3,000. bucks if our referrals get hired. We get $5,000.00 if it is a management position hired. Poor hubby, I used to have migraines. One thing I learned that helped with the pain was to drink scads of water. Dehydration is a big factor in migraines/headaches. Also doc recommended gatoraide.

Ceejay...Humidity. Bleck. Today is probably our last day of no humidity and open windows. The news this morning said we are going back to 87, 88 degree temps with the humidity coming back in. Dang it.

Shad...you travel so much, how do you have time to do anything at home, much less the laundry. You need a maid. I bet you are dang glad to get home when you can. Safe travels, my friend.

MEL....well, well, guess what was for breakfast. Fried green tomatos, fried pumpkins and WATERMELON. What a treat. All my favorites. I bought a whole watermelon and cleaned it last night so I could just get up and start eating it this morning.

The bowling event was a blast. I didn't bowl well, but that was no surprise. I did break 100 twice. The last game was a bit less than 100. I went out to watch a band Friday night, DD went with. Met up with about 12 co-workers. The band played Steve Miller, Eagles, Bob Seger, good stuff like that. I truly enjoyed myself. Didn't do ANYTHING yesterday but lounge around the house, cause I can't hang out half the night and function the next day. I am getting too old for that crap.

Guess I better get busy and make up for yesterday's couch potato day.

Someone please tell me how to post pictures. I am really blonde so type slow.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
08-17-2008, 11:27 AM
Good morning chicks,

Happy Sunday to you. The sun is shining and Mr. Feral is having the snooze of his life out on his little bed on the patio. Amazing how even a crusty old buzzard like he is can look just like a cute little kitten when he's all snuggly and comfy!

I fell back to old habits and went to bed at 1:30 this morning (shhh don't tell DH) and woke up with a start at 6. Part pee-pee alarm and one big GIANT OMG PAIN IN MY HIP :yikes: I do have a tendency to slip into some very off the wall sleeping positions and I don't know what I was doing but my hip was not at all happy. I got out of bed and wobbled over to the potty and to check out the patio. Mr Feral was curled up in a perfect diver's tuck position "cat knees" pulled into chin with his arm wound around his legs. Everyone else was sleeping so I went back for a few more winks. It was a restless sleep at best, I was warm so I got up just after 7:30. At least that will make me tired enough tonight to go to bed early for my 4:45 wake up call tomorrow.

Today is a laundry/grocery shopping/clean up day. I also need to sit down and make up some menus for the week. Have to focus on less / better carbs. I think my body is getting used to the glucophage finally - I still have a few wild bouts but it's not constant any more.

On to you ladies...

Annie - we actually had some American Funds once. Did quite well with them but sold them a few years back when they took a downturn. A good fund. I worked in the financials in the 80's. A very party, drunken time - wouldn't survive that again :faint: :lol: JK - in some regards I know it hasn't changed but for the most part we all grew up and settled down. Financial firms did have a good record for being nice to their employees. I took a look at the jobs - many want SAP experience - hear that Shad? HR SAP experience Shad - how timely :lol: Glad you're at a good place and that you had fun bowling. As for inserting pictures, first most important question is... is the picture on your computer or is it on an online web service such as Webshots or Photobucket? Because the instructions would be different depending on where the picture originates from.

Good morning Miss Mel. I think while the Do Not Call Registry got alot of people out of the habit of cold calling, a few still sneak through. I think people soliciting for charities - real or or they really real? can still call and evade the rules. I daresay with technology today you might get more spam calls on the cellphone instead of the wall phone. So glad to hear that you were able to enjoy some nice weather yesterday. It will do you good. Get a little more in today and watch out for those hurricane winds. Did you know that whirling derviches actually turned very slowly? I think we use whirling dervish (sp?) when instead we mean something like Taz the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character :lol: anyway - hold on to your hat and water bottle. And give me some low carb recipes :rofl:

Shy - you know you don't really want those cookies - DD was just tormenting you. ;)

Shad - you really dredged up the memories with Try to Remember... I went to Napster and listened to the song - Pattie Page and Frank Sinatras versions. If I close my eyes I remember my living room at home, we had our "stereo cabinet" - one side had the record player and the top had sliding doors. The other side had the radio tuner and a well for holding the records. Mom always listened to what would be the equivalent of a "lite FM" radio station. Dad would be in the recliner snoozing and if we tried to change the radio station to something with the Beatles on it, Dad would wake up in mid snore - hey leave that nice music on, I was listening to it :lol: A pleasant memory of gentler times... I guess September is a popular month name for songs. Did you get all your gardening done?

Carla - that's a bit annoying that they pushed you out of the hospital so quickly. Thank you socialized medicine. Some people have issues with anesthisia so they should not have been so quick to shoo you away until they made sure you were ok. I had my surgery in 1994 and at the time I was allowed to stay overnight in the hospital if I felt I needed it. I didn't want to as the bed was very uncomforatable and my room mate's visitors were making alot of noise so I stayed a few hours until I could do a "lap" around the hospital floor and I could go potty on my own - which was the bigger issue since I was drier than the Mojavi desert :lol: But I came home around 6pm and crashed until the next morning. Some of the incisions may be sore and feel like they are "pulling" be careful. Watch for warmth and unusual redness which may be a sign of infection. And most of all, take it easy these next few days. Olympics watching is ok all long as you don't leap off the couch pounding your fists and yelling "go All Blacks, GO" in the rowing competion. Oh wait, they already medalled so no danger there :lol: Just rest up and give your body a chance to heal. Will send Mel over and the 2 of you can keep each other on the up and up :D

Ceejay - those wall hangings are nice - rugs and various hangings, but they do really accumulate the dust - even if you give them a light vacumn once in a while. If it's a favorite piece I suggest you at least move it outside the bedroom and into a hall or something. I had a neat picture that was made all out of pinecones that I carefully brought back with me on an airplane from the Pacific Northwest. I had it hanging on our bedroom wall. It was a really interesting piece but I found over time that the dust settled into the little "lips" of the pine cone pieces as well as clinging to the burlap backing of the picture. Since I'm allergic to dust, this was one of the trigger pieces I had to get rid of regretably. But it was better than trying to sleep with a stuffy nose, right? Favorite pillows had to get discarded too - just when you have them broken in just the way you want :(

Michelle must be off having a fun weekend again. Talked to Mom yesterday - I hear the weather is grand up that way - though it may be warming up a little the next few days. Definitely a cooler summer this year - even with us. Should be much warmer here in August than it is - oh wait, my pool is up and running again - THAT'S WHY IT'S TOO COOL - so it will never warm up enough to get even 1 swim in it - dummy me! :lol: Neener, neener weather - I'm swimming at the health club. Which by the way they arrested a 19 year old last week for stealing at least one wallet, a couple of credit cards and an Ipod from someone's gym bag. This place looks really nice, with regular folks like you and I, a bit of an older crowd who is serious about getting healthy rather than look at me in my cute sportswear attire. So even I have at times gotten a false sense of security about leaving my stuff hanging on the bench rather than constantly locking it up all the time. All I have of value is a $5 bill in my gym bag (just in case) and my Ipod. I don't bring a purse because I don't need one. And I swear someone last week stole my little bottle of Irish Spring Body wash that I inadvertently left off to the side while I was unpacking my bag. I read the article about the arrest but it didn't say anything about recovering a small bottle of Irish Spring soap so it must have been another thevin' varmitt. :lol:

Ok, I guess I will get busy now although I have already done 3 loads of laundry and ran the dishwasher while I was typing this.

Hello to Ruth, Holly, Patty and anyone I might have missed. Enjoy your Sunday.

Shy Moment
08-17-2008, 12:04 PM
Melody
It is amazing how lipping she got when she got taller than me lol.

Happy
It wasn't so much that I WANTED those cookies, it was that I NEEDED those cookies hehehe.

annie175
08-17-2008, 04:53 PM
Happy....my pix are on my computer. I want to post a wedding pix of me and Samantha, my x-rated tomato and one other one that I cannot remember at the moment.

Or anyone else that can tell me how to post a picture, I would be most greatful.

I made MELs zucchini lasagna today and oatmeal raisen cookies. Can you say oink oink, my belly is TOO full, and hurts, I am miserable. What a boob, I am, and I know better. The taste so goods got a hold of me before I could stop. I am complete boob. I had better puke or poop soon or there may be a major explosion in the Indiana sky.

Love and Hugs

annie175
08-17-2008, 04:54 PM
Hey to Rennie and Michelle and all others I may have missed

Shad
08-17-2008, 05:09 PM
Morning all,
Annie, if the photo is on your computer, you may have to resize it to make it fit. 3Fatchicks only allow certain sizes.
Once you get that done, (I'll check out the size required in a minute) you go to the go advanced section, and under the posting area, you will see a button called Manage Attachments. Click this button to display a pop up window where you can upload the pics.
It tells you the size in pop up window. Jpgs are 100KB and should be sized at 500 x 500 pixels I think, but this can vary so try to reduce it to around 6 x 4 inches.
1. Click the BROWSE button and navigate to the area in your computer where you keep the pictures.
2. Double click the pic to be uploaded. This will return you to the pop up window.
3.Click the UPLOAD button.
4. The system will display the uploaded picture as a hyperlink (underlined in blue) below the upload area.
5. Add other pictures as required.
6. When you click submit, the pics will displays as thumbnails (small pics) at the bottom of your post. We can then click on them to see them in a separate window.

Hope this helps. Of course you still have to resize the pictures. I don't know what programs you have to do this, but you could try downloading one of the free programs off the net such as Picasa if you don't have a program installed.

Actually, you may not have to resize at all. I didn't do anything to mine and they have displayed okay. The system will let you know in no uncertain terms if you need too!!!!

If you have too much trouble send me the pics and I will put them up for you today. Let me know and I'll PM my email addy

Shad
08-17-2008, 06:38 PM
I came back.
Had to spend some time dealing with the people in Adelaide trying to work out how I am supposed to get this documentation that I have written and/or revised up to the Knowledge Warehouse so they can get help as required. Still don't have an answer but at least the question is now out there.

Carla - Ouch. Remind me not to get may gall bladder out again. Ummmm yes well remind me again of how many gall bladders you have or rather had???
Hope you feel better soon.

Hi Shy :wave:

Mel - wishing you another happy day. Hope it comes with sunshine and fresh breezes to blow away the cobwebs and clear the sinus'. We had one like that yesterday. Darn it was gorgeous. Today is grey but no rain.

Annie - nah, it's not a maid I need (I'd have to pay her) It's a wife! Someone to take care of the house and garden, wash the car, take if for a service etc.
Glad you had a good time at bowling. Looking forward to the pictures.

Happy - your sense of humour is getting up my nose :rofl: Secret squirrel stuff is not for me. I'll pass on the message to the squirrels.
Hope DH is feeling better today - why do these things happen on weekends? As if it couldn't have happened at month end or something so he could demonstrate how indispensable he really is!
You are doing so well at the gym. I'm proud of you.

Hello to all others - Ruth, Madcat, et all. Gotta go do some work. I'll be back when it warms up again.

MELODY525
08-17-2008, 06:59 PM
I WANT TO SHARE AN AMAZING STORY WITH YOU ALL.
FOR 3 DAYS NOW I HAVE BEEN SITTING OUTSIDE FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME. MOST (not all) OF THE BACK YARD CREW HAVE NOT SAID A WORD IN COMPLAINT OF THE BLDG OR THE OFFICE. WHEN I GO INSIDE ONE WILL COME AND HOLD THE DOORS FOR ME SO I CAN GET IN. I AM WONDERING IF THIS IS ALL BECAUSE OF JIMMY HARPING ON ME ABOUT MY ARM LAST WEEK :rofl: :rofl: I HAVE NEVER BEEN TREATED SO WELL! AND I AM GRATEFUL CAUSE IT'S EASY TO GET OUTSIDE...THE CHAIR CAN PUSH THE HEAVY DOORS OPEN BUT GETTING BACK IN, I NEED TO PULL WITH THAT ARM :cry:
I FOUND THE FORM SO PEOPLE CAN GET THE DIGITAL TV CONVERTER BOXES CHEAPER FOR THAT CHANGE THAT TAKES PLACE IN FEB 2009. GOING TO HAVE THE OFFICE MAKE COPIES SO THE TENANTS ARE READY.
GOOGLED SOME OTHER STUFF FOR A FEW SENIORS ABOUT A LINAMENT-TYPE STUFF FOR THEIR PINS AND NEEDLE FEELINGS IN THE FEET...THEY ARE AGED DIABETICS. PRINTED EVERYONE'S STUFF OUT AND TAPED IT TO THEIR DOORS! I WAS A GOOD LITTLE DOOBIE TODAY AND BESIDES THAT HAD HOURS OF THE
SUN 'N' FUN :beach: RIGHT NOW I WISH I COULD EAT SOME SURF 'N' TURF!! :hun: BUT I WILL SETTLE FOR SOME WW'S HEAT 'N' EAT! :lol3: :lol3:
I MI8GHT GO TO WALMARTS TOMORROW. WAITING TO HEAR FROM JEN. SO JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO TONITE.

ANNIE....IS FRIED PUMKIN DONE THE SAME AS TOMATOES?? LOVING THE FRUIT THIS YEAR!! DID YOU PICK UP ANY ROCKERS????:belly:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/70/Istanbul_-_Monestir_Mevlevi_-_Dervixos_dansaires.JPG/250px-Istanbul_-_Monestir_Mevlevi_-_Dervixos_dansaires.JPG
HAPPY...THESE MEN ARE THE REAL WHIRLING DERVISHES AND THEY ARE DOING A SPINNING DANCE IN REMBRANCE OF ALLAH. I HAVE SEEN THEM ON TRAVEL PROGRAMS. I WILL PUT OUT AN APB FOR THE IRISH SPRING THIEF!! HOW DARE HE STEAL FROM MY SOUTHERN SISTER!! :tantrum:

RENNIE IS BUSY TRYING TO CRAWL TO THE GARAGE TO GET THOSE DANG COOKIES!! :rofl:

OK...I AM OUTTA HERE :moped:
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!!

Shad
08-17-2008, 07:06 PM
Bloody ticker

Shy Moment
08-17-2008, 08:29 PM
Ok, this isn't fair at all and I am in NO mood to hear life isn't fair.

I told my daughter i AM THE MOTHER AND i MAKE THE RULES give me those darn cookies. She took them out of the outside fridge for me


She put the darn things on top of the fridge where she knew I couldn't get them without a step latter and I sure can't get on a step latter right now

:)

Melody
You are being treated in the manner which you should be treated :)

Ruthxxx
08-18-2008, 06:53 AM
The usual quickie post after a horribly busy weekend - some fun but lots of work! Today I plan to be as "hermit" as possible!

This week has nothing official scheduled although the cousins will be dropping in a lot. They are up at the Island for the week and come here for a coffee or drink every time they come down to the village for anything. I love my cousins but find they interfere with life. I hope to get some iris and lilies potted up and will have to bake for the Church sale Saturday.

Hershey is dragging a bit as we wait for our vet hospital appointment on the 26th. I was dealing with spatters of blood on walls and cabinets in the kitchen and finally realized it was from the end of her poor bedraggled tail. Yesterday I got some of that liquid bandage which seems to have done the trick. I hope so because my vet bills have been horrendous since Spring - and will get worse when we take our trip to the Ottawa veterinary hospital. It's a good thing my trip to Asheville mid-September is already paid!

It's brightening up a bit and promises to be a sweltering day so I'd best get a few things done and then turn on the AC.

Stop whining and get on with it!

MELODY525
08-18-2008, 07:15 AM
:hug; PORR HERSHEY AND HUGS FOR YOU ALSO MISS RUTH. HOPE THE WEEK GETS BETTER FOR BOTH OF YOU.


RENNIE...JUST SMACK HER!


:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
THE DAYS ARE JUST WHIZZING BY :hohoho:

CHANGE IN PLANS. NO SHOPPING. JEN IS COMING AND WE'LL HAVE A DAY TOGETHER JUST CHATTING AND DRINKING COLD DRINKS OUTSIDE. SHE'S LOOKING FOR A DO-NOTHING DAY. THIS IS THE RIGHT PLACE TO COME :beach: HAVE A GREAT DAY.
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

Shy Moment
08-18-2008, 10:55 AM
Melody
A tragedy happened just moments before my daughter got off work last night. Mad ninja squirrels came into the house ( I tried to fight them off but with this knee I couldn't do it ). They took the power cord to my daughters computer. It was touch and go there for awhile. I thought they were going to take her new monitor but I was able to wrestle it from them. Do you know what those little dickens did with that cord? They hung it from the middle of the garage ceiling ( I have a feeling they got the aid of her brother to do this ). Now she is going to have to drag out the big ladder ( which someone put behind all kinds of boxes ) to get that cord down off the hook. You really can't trust mad ninja squires at all can you.

diyana
08-18-2008, 11:15 AM
Hey ladies -

I'm so crazy busy at work. I'll have to keep this short. At the gym on Thursday, I strained my lower back little, as well as my right pec muscle. Then playing frisbee with the dogs over the weekend aggravated the pec. I'll be okay. I just have to learn to not overdo. But of course, I always overdo. :lol:

Sorry that I don't have time to catch up with y'all right now. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to read all the weekend posts later. I hope you're all doing well and had a nice weekend.

Love and hugs to you all,

Shad
08-18-2008, 05:51 PM
Morning all.

Ruth - Poor wee Hershey. Hope you can get some drugs which will stop the itch and get her back to normal. Shad didn't bleed, but he could never really get rid of the ear infections and they were horrid to behold and smell. We had to put him on human antibiotics to get it under control. Now there was an expense I could have done without!!! How is her coat coming along?? Is she looking a little better now.

Shy - sounds like the gremlims are well and truly into your place right now. Might be time for a good spring clean??? Not that I am suggesting you do it mind you!

Mel - I hope you have a wonderful day with Jen today. Lots of fluid, lots of hugs, lots of chatter. Hope the weather co-operates. I'll be thinking of you two sitting in the sun and talking. I may even go and sit on my patio and talk to you too. Speaking of talking, it's probably time we did. See below for my schedule and maybe this weekend?

Michelle - work always gets in the way of life darnitall. Take care of that back I hate it when things hurt.

Annie - how did you go with those instructions? Too busy to try huh?

Carla - hope you are feeling better today.

Madcat - time you came back to tell us what is going on in your place.

Happy - hope DH is feeling a lot better today. He probably is - it's back to work today after all.

Okay - plans for my weekend have rather gone out of the window. I was due to go back to Jakarta on Monday which gave me another weekend at home and DS1 and partner are due here on Friday. However we have scheduled training in JK for Monday so I spoke to the Boss and said I had better go up on Sunday. No flights available on Sunday they are all full but I can get Business Class on Singapore Airlines on Saturday night. So I'm back off to JK on Saturday. Virgin Blue Airlines have changed DS1's flight from 8.00pm arrival on Friday to 10pm arrival on Friday and I will be back at the airport by 9.00pm on Saturday. So we won't get to see too much of each other.
My little garden is coming along fine. I have four types of Lettuce and Rocket in there (read arugula for rocket), some chives, 3 pepper plants and 2 tomatoes. I may put in some more tomatoes when I get back. I'll have to sort out some watering for while I am away. This time I will be gone 17 days and not the usual 12.

Better go do some work. It's going to be a rush getting the house ready for visitors and getting work finished at the same time.

annie175
08-18-2008, 05:57 PM
Sam and Annie

annie175
08-18-2008, 06:01 PM
Thank you Shad...I did it, I did it. What took me so long was that I had to get the d*mn pop up blocker turned off first so I could do the manage part. Didn't know I was such a dingy blonde. haha

Pray for DD. She had to have the biopsy again for cervical pre cancer cells. Her pap came back abnormal again. So doc did a biopsy again to see how severe it is. If it is high level again, he is going to refer her to a cancer specialist. She is so young he hates to keep carving away at her cervix. I was in there when they did the biopsy and little tears just ran down her cheeks. I, in turn, cried too. It really hurt her and no numbing either. Bless her heart. She has been asleep since 2:00 pm. it is 6 now.

annie175
08-18-2008, 06:08 PM
The tomato

Shad
08-18-2008, 06:15 PM
Well done Annie, now you really have the hang of it.
My thoughts are with your DD - such a pretty girl too. Hope something comes of all the pain and agony.

ceejay52
08-18-2008, 06:15 PM
Annie
I really know the pain of the biopsy. I had one a couple of years ago. Hugs and prayers for you and your daughter.

Shy Moment
08-18-2008, 10:38 PM
Shad
These little ninja squirrels are allowed in my house anytime. They wipe their feet, put the seat down and never make a mess lol.

happy2bme
08-19-2008, 12:18 AM
Quick pop in ladies, didn't have time to get on earlier and I'm overdue off to bed.

Shy - maybe you DD is going to put a cookie on a fishing pole and lure you around the house to get your miles in :lol: Hope the knee is feeling better.

Annie - thanks for the picture of "stubby". Seriously you and your daughter make one pair of hotties - she got her good looks from you obviously. I hope that all goes well with her. I cringed just reading about it. That cervix issue seems to be something I never heard about before until about 2 years ago. My niece has the same thing and now my friend is dealing with it too. I do hope all will be well with her - healing thoughts to her and some extra special strength to you :hug:

Shad, DH's headache did go away by Saturday afternoon - thanks for asking. It just sorted of faded down to something manageable. Sure do wish we could figure out a trigger to avoid but nothing pops up so it must be something that starts a few days before. The Elvis candelight vigil was last weekend. I forgot to tell you we were saving a spot for you - I hear they had some extra special souveniers this time ;) I'm sorry to hear you had to head back early just to get a flight. Bummer, particularly since you'll miss DS' visit.

Mel, I know Shad complains about some one's ticker :shrug: but I can't believe how the days are trickling down. Seems like it jumps a decade each time I look at it. Decade, deca, the next set of 10s :lol: Hope you are enjoying the nice weather. It cooled off a bit here too and it's lovely. I was looking at the big full moon tonight and thinking of you enjoying a breeze on your face. How nice the people are taking the higher road and not complaining and helping everyone out. Long may it last! Did you have a nice day with Jen. Whatcha drinkin', inquiring minds want to know...

Michelle - sorry to hear you are a bit stretched out there. Doesn't help when you are crazy busy - hope you get a chance to work out the kinks. Feel better soon :hug:

Ruth - give poor Hershey a hug for us. I was talking to the exercise coach last week. She works at the rehab center and she was talking about the TheraPaws program and how it is so good for the patients. Hershey has given much - I hope some of that good karma comes back to her. I know how worried "momma" can get :hug:

Carla - hope you are doing a little better yourself. Are you bored out of your gourd yet? :lol:

Ceejay - you must be busy - not much in the way of posting but hello to you.

Hello as well to the missing Madcat.

Well it's 11:15 which is WAYYYYYYYYY past my bedtime now. I am trying to be consistent but I was thinking it was trash day tomorrow and I was cleaning out the refrigerator and stayed up a bit later than usual. That and our cat decided to roam the neighborhood tonight and didn't come when I went calling her. I found her up by the pool. She doesn't understand why I don't have the cushions out by the swing. She loved to sit up there with us at night. However I am a mosquito magnet. I was watering the flowers this evening before supper and my arms felt all itchy. Come to find I had FIVE mosquito bites in the course of 25 minutes. Apparently I am somewhat tasty. But this was before the sun set, would have been way worse later on so no sitting by the pool at night right now.

Anyway, goodnight for now. Sweet dreams and a pleasant day ahead.

MELODY525
08-19-2008, 07:48 AM
MICHELLE...HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON. DON'T WORRY ABOUT CATCHING UP....JUST POST WHEN YOU'RE ABLE :hug:

RENNIE...DANG THOSE SQUIRRELS ARE DANGEROUS. ONE LEFT A FRAPPUCCINO BY MY DOOR THE OTHER DAY!

SHAD....I CANNOT SEEM TO WRAP MY MIND AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE. SO PICK A TIME AND DATE AND I WILL BE THERE! :rofl: USA TIME THAT IS!

ANNIE...I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM AS YOUR DD BUT WITHOUT THE RECURRENCE SO FAR. . MY HEART GOES OUT TO HER AND I WILL SEND GOOD HEALING THOUGHTS HER WAY. :hug: YOU ARE BOTH BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND I AM GLAD WE GOT TO SE YOU AND DD!! THE TOMATO IS TOO FUNNY!! THANKS FOR SHARING THE PHOTOS!!

HAPPY...WELL JEN HAD HER ICE TEA AND I MADE HERBAL VANILLA HONEY CAMMOMILE AND ADDED HONEY. BUT MY FEET ENDED UP SWELLING :rofl: CAN'T WIN THEM ALL.
MOSQUITOS SEEM TO BE EVERYWHERE. I DON'T GO OUT AT NIGHT JUST FOR THAT REASON AND SIT. YOU AND I MUST BE SWEET TREATS FOR THOSE LITTLE STINGERS!
ARE YOU STILL IN THE BIGGEST LOSER THING?

:cofdate: THE FIRST BUILDING/GARDEN MEETING IS THURSDAY. JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER:rofl: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY THINK THEY'RE DOING. I SEE SOME PROBLEMS AHEAD AND I AM NOT GOING TO BE THE ONE TO TAKE IT ON!! THEY AND THE OFFICE HAVE IDEAS FOR AFTER 4PM AND HELLO??????? WHO IS THE ONLY ONE HERE AFTER THAT HOUR??? AND MY ANSWER IS GOING TO BE.......NO WAY JOSE!!! I CAN FEEL SOME OF THE TENSION BUILD AS PEOPLE TOSS OUT IDEAS AND I AM SITTING THERE SILENT. NO OFFERINGS POURING OUT OF MY MOUTH THIS TIME! THEY CAN PAY A MAINTENANCE MAN TO DO THE WORK OR COME HERE THEMSELVES.
JEN AND I HAD A GOOD DAY AND SHE NOTICED THE "ATTITUDES" ALSO AMONGST THE CROWD. I TOLD HER TO BE CAREFUL ALSO. LEST SHE GET ROPED INTO SOMETHING. :rofl:
I AM OFF TO BREAKFAST. HAVE A GREAT DAY!
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
08-19-2008, 08:22 AM
Good morning chicks,

You girl Mellie. I know it's difficult in life when your first instinct is to jump in and help but sometimes you have to learn not to be a sap (notice that's sap in lowercase, not Shad's means of a living SAP which is pronounced as 3 individual letters rather than a word). :D Glad you and Jen had a nice time. I don't understand the ankles swelling - cripes it's always something, huh?

I tried the sugar free creamer this morning. You're not really saving that much of anything with it - 20 calories which is nothing and it has a bit of an odd taste that I guess you can get used to quickly. I think I'd rather thin out/sugar down the regular one with FF half and half.

And Mel, this session of the Biggest Loser challenge finished last week and is on hiatus until next month when the fall one signs up. I signed up for one last time for the next one but this last one was somewhat of a bust. I think it's losing it's steam. 2 of the leaders were pretty much not around at all. It's not as much fun as it first was.

Well the coffee cup is empty and I need to get ready for work. Have a good day everybody. :wave:

annie175
08-19-2008, 09:32 AM
Good Morning Everyone...

First, thank you for all your good thoughts and prayers for DD. She is at home in pain, heating pad, my left over vicoden, and Belle. Belle is so sweet when she knows you are sick. Stays right with you and gives the tiniest little kisses every now and then. Pretty cute for a devil dog.

I started that TOM last night, I guess in sympathy for DD. I have cramps so bad I took half a vicoden. It is helping but not completely.

Rennie....Wow, would love to see the Ninja squirrels. Anything like Ninja Turtles?? hehe

Ruth...hope Hershey is feeling much better.

Happy...thank you for the nice "hottie" compliment. You made me smile.

MEL and Ceejay...then you both know what dumplin dot is going through. This is her 4th go round. Thank you for the good thoughts.

Michelle...hope your back gets to feeling better. Sometimes exercise can be dangerous...

Hello to everyone.

Better get to work, I missed half a day to be with DD yesterday and things are stacking up.



Much Love and Hugs

Ruthxxx
08-19-2008, 11:09 AM
Aaaarrrgggghhhh! Crabby lately - read my blog if need be - and just no time to post in here a lot. South Beach is the second busiest Forum here and is keeping me hopping! I'll pop in when I can.

Shy Moment
08-19-2008, 12:07 PM
Melody
I think these very same ninja squirrels are the same ones that shook the port o potty with me in it at the beach one time. They are not always nice lol.

Annie
Those biopsy's aren't real fun. I had to have one a couple of years ago, thank heavens everything was OK. My daughter was in the room with me when the did it because I had no idea that was what they were going to do They did two of them at the same time. Will keep your daughter in my prayers. Yes they are lol. They are cute and seam sweet until you are the one they target lol.

Happy
I am getting my walking in but no way I can do my videos. It takes me an hour to walk what I use to walk in 20 min.

diyana
08-19-2008, 02:44 PM
Quick post for me.... I've been in too much pain to go to the gym. I walked yesterday, but was too sore today to walk. I am going to the doc on Thursday for my back. Hopefully, he'll get me in fairly soon for a shot. My department is going to a baseball game as a team outing. Should be lots of fun as we're leaving work at 11 am, tailgating and then watching the game.

Annie - Great photos! You and your DD are both gorgeous! My thoughts and prayers are with your DD. And I hope that both you and she will be through with the pain soon. Animals are wonderful little healers.

Happy - I hope you get to enjoy your pool. I'm glad your DH is feeling better. I used to suffer with frequent migraines, so I know how awful headaches can be.

Ruth - I hope your moderator workload eases up a bit. And I hope Hershey is feeling better.

Shad - so sorry you have to rush back to JK. I hope you get time the next few days to enjoy your remaining time at home.

A big :wave: to everyone! I've got to get ready for a meeting.

Love and hugs,

Shad
08-19-2008, 04:39 PM
Morning all,
Another day and so much more to do. The list gets longer by the day. I'm hoping for great things from today.
Workwise the list just gets longer, more stuff to do, the system has gone down for refreshing and got me in the middle of doing some doco. So hopefully it will be all finished this morning and I can get back into it. No doubt there will be some fiddle farting around to do to make it work and the worst case scenario will be that it won't work and then you will see a ballistic missile display and from more people than just me. Stupid time to do a refresh grrrrrrrr!

Mel - I will consult the clock and send you an e-mail today about times and days etc. Glad to hear that you and Jen had a real girls day and at last I see a glimmer of hope for your future. Kept your mouth shut indeed. Must have been some strong glue or zippers in that lot. I'm proud of you.
Yeah, why did the ankles swell - honey does that to you?

Happy - Personally, I prefer a small amount of the real thing - be it sugar, butter or salt - whatever is considered wrong for ones body at the time. I mix regular and lite cheese to keep the flavour, so I can understand the sugar and substitute mix.

Ruth - poor little crabby. Did anyone tell you you are supposed to be retired? I was going to put a comment on your blog but have to be logged in to do it. For the life of me I can't get my password to work in the blogs. I did hae one, but can't get in to find it anymore. I requested and got a new one but it doesn't seem to work.
Take today easy and let life drift for a change - I may have to start on you now that I seem to have sorted out Mel.

Rennie - hope things come right for you soon. Doesn't seem to have slowed your weight loss any. Trap the pesky ninja squirrels I say.

Michelle - hope things settle down for you at work soon. Lucky it didn't happen when the MIL wash here. I will get to spend some time with the DS1 as he arrives on Friday and I leave late Saturday night.

And with that I better go see what damage is done to my training client with the refresh. Maybe I will get to finish my doco before anyone else comes on line. I need to get some housework done today too. Otherwise everything will be left for the last minute AGAIN. cya

ceejay52
08-19-2008, 05:39 PM
Just popping in to say hello. I'm feeling the effects of the past two weeks.

More later.

MELODY525
08-20-2008, 08:02 AM
HAPPY...I WAS GOING TO TATTOO SAP ON MY FOREHEAD IN CAPITAL LETTERS. GOOD THING I READ YOUR POST :rofl: :rofl: I AM ALL FOR CUTTING DOWN ON "REGULAR" FOODS RATHER THAN TAKING ON MORE CHEMICALS. WHAT DOES THE NUTRITION CLASSES SAY. I HAVE BEEN CURIOUS ON THEIR STAND OF "ARTIFICIAL" USES. DO TELL. THE FEET ARE FROM THE LIQUID SUGAR. WHEN I DRINK SUGAR AS OPPOSED TO EATING IT MY FEET SWELL. THEY SAY IT'S PART OF THE LOW BLOOD SUGAR AND MY HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES SHOW THAT. SO THEY TEST FOR SUGAR EVERY TIME I GO...JIC.

ANNIE...GOD HOW I HATED THOSE BIOPSIES. THE CRAMPS AND THE THOUGHT OF SOMEONE SLICING MY CERVIX WAS JUST KILLING MY MIND. EXPECIALLY WHEN I GOT A LOOK AT THE INSTRUMENT :faint: HE SAID TO ME.."SEE THAT WASN'T SO BAD WAS IT?" AND I SAID IN FRONT OF ALL HIS STUDENTS WHO WERE IN THE ROOM "DO YOU HAVE A CERVIX?" HOPE YOU BOTH FEEL BETTER :hug:

MICHELLE...:wave: BACK TO YOU! HAVE A GREAT BASEBALL OUTING DAY! :beach:

SHAD....I WILL LOOK FOR E-MAILS. IN THE MEANTIME, DO YOU WANT TO WAIT TILL YOU COME BACK? I SEE YOU ARE PRESSED FOR TIME. NOTHING IS AN EMERGENCY OVER HERE...UNLESS YOU HAVE ONE :lol3: STAY WELL AND TAKE SOME TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF AS WELL WHILE GETTING READY FOR JK. :hug:

CARLA....JUST IN CASE YOU ARE LURKING :hug: HOPE YOU RESTED UP AND ARE LETTING THINGS HEAL. IT MAY NOT BE THE SAME SIZE SCAR AS THE OPERATION OF YEARS AGO BUT IT'S STILL SURGERY INSIDE!! SO DON'T GO CRAZY DOING STUFF :hug:

:wave: TO OUR CEEJAY WHO IS RUNNING BY :running:

I AM GOING TO REST UP TODAY. HAD A BAD BOUT WITH THE LOO LAST NIGHT. SO I WILL BE AN INDOOR GAL TODAY. THE MEETING IS TOMORROW AND I REALLY DO WANT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS :rofl: I AM OFF TO MY OATMEA, PEACHES AND EGGWHITES. :hun:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

happy2bme
08-20-2008, 08:58 AM
Good morning chicks,

"My pool" is being invaded by intruders :rollpin: I don't know if there's new folks or these people used to swim in the outdoor pool. For the last couple of weeks I've had to pool to myself. Well the shallow end that is - they moved the bulkhead (the thing that has the individual diving platforms you see the racers stand on) to separate the pool into 2 sections - 5 feet and deeper and the shallow side of 4 feet to 4 and a half feet. The deeper side is pretty much taken up by the serious lap swimmers and the swim team practice. I consider myself a recreational swimmer so I stay in the shallow end and do laps. I also stick with and stay in a designated swim lane. Monday there was a lady in the pool swimming across the pool (in the opposite direction of the swim lane) - actually she wasn't swimming, she was walking with her water noodle. I stayed in the swim lane going in what I thought was the right direction and we just gave each other the right of way. Today there was a guy swimming laps across the pool. I got in and asked him - aren't we supposed to be following the swim lanes???? He said NO, that's too short of a lap - you can have the end if you want it. Well duh and ok then, let's all go the WRONG WAY. We we joined shortly afterwards by pool noodle lady and it worked out fine. It's a longer distance across the pool than in the shortened lane so I got more of a workout anyway. Now if I could just get the darned water out of my ears - I HATE that crunching noise. :mad:

Mel - you should have told the doc after he finished with you- ok, now I'm going to give YOU a circumcision and we can compare pain notes, OK BUSTER????? Oof-duh - some doctors :no: As for the artificial sweetners, the nutrionist didn't seem to have a take on it. It's an aid if you choose to use it, but don't over do it like drink 50 cups of coffee or 12 cans of diet soda. Some people are jumping on the bandwagon that the artificial sweetners do make you crave other sweets more. The room of people seems to be evenly divided between people like me who stick to natural as much as possible and like Shad - have a tiny portion but make sure you enjoy every lick. The other camp I think grew up and are addicted to their diet Cokes and they see nothing wrong with the sweetners. Some feel that because Splenda is made from sugar that it's natural. All I know is that my tummy feels icky after any sort of sweetner so my path is laid. That's interesting how the sugar affects you. Bah - no caffeine, no sugar - what's left? :dunno:

Ceejay - sounds like you don't have a routine - once you get into a pattern something changes it and that's hard for the body to get used to. :(

Shad - hope you got your doc done in time. They do seem to take things down at the most inappropriate times. Sounds like you have a nice little garden going on back home. Just enough for a few fresh things to spark things up.

Michelle - ouch on the back - hope you are feeling better. Sometimes those goofy chair kinks take longer to heal than just an odd pull here or there. Take some time to stretch during the day and take a hot pack or thermo pad to work with you.

I get to join your club of painful biopsies too. Worst pain ever. Worse than breaking my leg.

Shy - the chiropractor messed me up big time and alot of it settled in the knee so I know the pain you're dealing with. Too bad you can't get in the pool to take some of the pressure off but still get your workout in. Guess you have to be patient or get in a little red wagon and push yourself with your good leg and chase those nasty squirrels :lol:

Hey Ruthie - guess if you have to be crabby better you direct it at the SBer's :rofl: Hope things ease up but you know they won't.

You're welcome Annie - I just calls 'em like I sees em ;) Hope DH is feeling a little better today. Darn female innards :headache:

How's it going Carla? Recouperating nicely hopefully????

Time for me to head out into the mist/rain. Happy hump day.

diyana
08-20-2008, 09:14 AM
Morning ladies --

Quick fly by for me as I've got 2 hours or so before my department leaves for the baseball game. Should be a great day! Hopefully, the Milwaukee Brewers will win. And either way....a day relaxing at a baseball game in the sun beats working!

Shad - I hope the refresh actually makes your systems work better and you get your doc done. I know how crazy things can get as go live time nears! Hang in there!

Mel - rest and relax today.

Ceejay - I hope you're doing okay. Hang in there.

Carla - I hope you're feeling better.

Annie - I hope your DD is feeling better and that your cramps have subsided too.

Happy - I got a great laugh at the wrong way swim lanes and the pool noodle lady. My nutritionist and trainer believe that artificial sweeteners do make you crave sweets....just as eating sugary foods would. And all soda, sweets should be in moderation whether naturally or artificially sweetened. For artificial sweeteners, I prefer Splenda, but I do consider it an artificial sweetener. Like I said, I try and limit all sweets - and enjoy them fully when I have them. I'm definitely stretching during the day, and I'll be smelling like ICY HOT liniment all day. Eau de menthol in the hot sun. Yuck. But it may be the only way I'll get through it (along with the pain meds).

Well, I'd best get to work and be productive.

Love and hugs to all,

annie175
08-20-2008, 12:23 PM
HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOO AND GREAT NEWS TODAY!!!!

DDs biopsy came back with very mild dysplasia on the outside of the cervix and NONE on the inside. Whew Who!!!! No further action at this time as it looks as tho it is healing itself. She goes back in 6 mos for a pap check.

Will try to check back in later today.

Love and Hugs

annie175
08-20-2008, 12:24 PM
and thank you for all the good thoughts and prayers.

happy2bme
08-20-2008, 01:28 PM
Announcement:

At today's Milwaukee Brewer's baseball game, a phenomonon was noticed. One circle of seats seemed be be devoid of any flies, mosquitos or flying nasties. Scientists were puzzled and unable to explain it other than to comment that they noticed a raucous cheering and the faint smell of wintergreen essence in the air :D ... Hope you had fun at the game Michelle :D Just be careful - I can't believe that those wooden baseball seats are very good on the lumbar region.

Seeing as how this is my "golden year" I think I'm going to attempt a new record for seeing the most different types of doctors in a single year. So far the list includes:

general practicioner
whatever you call the sadist who did my colonoscopy
gynecologist
emergency room doctor
orthopedist
podiatrist
endochronologist
nutritionist
physical therapist
ear, nose and throat doctor
radiologist
dentist


That's an even dozen so far... If I'm not the healthiest specimen on this planet by the time the year's out, well then it's just not RIGHT :lol: I have decided to make an appointment with the ENT doctor just to check things out. This water in the ears is making me :dizzy:

Mel - I had peaches with my cottage cheese this morning. Weren't they goooood? :T

Annie - glad to hear the DD's diagnosis was good. Ummm not to be too personal, but aren't you wasting away on us?

Shy Moment
08-20-2008, 01:41 PM
Well, today was the big day. I knew over the last couple of weeks the weight was coming on in droves. My clothes are all really tight. I went to see my knew doc today and did a new weight in. Yes, a ton of weight gain but that is ok. I know where I am. He said two more weeks of meads and then he wants me off of them to see how things are going. No problem. This too shall pass.

Madcat
08-20-2008, 03:38 PM
Hey, quit poking me, guys. I bruise! :lol: :lol:

Shad
08-20-2008, 04:37 PM
It looks and smells like rain out there this morning. Well it would, wouldn't it since I blatantly went out and broke the law by watering my garden last night.

Michelle - hope the back comes right very soon. Hate sore backs - they hurt. Hope you enjoyed the game, despite Happy's pointing the finger at the one place the flies weren't! My work will do as my work will do. I always get there in the end, despite the fact that sometimes I wonder how it will happen.

Annie - good news for the dd. Long may it last.

Mel - I am working on it - might get your email today. Ever thought it might be me that needs a sanity check??

Happy - It's called walking or rather swimming to a different beat. I think I might be up with you in the number of doctors this year - being my warrant of fitness year. Boobs, pap, hearing, teeth, bones, guess they have all been poked and pulled and flattened and scraped and broken and we are not quite finished yet. May need a brain doc after the next three weeks.

Rennie - hope things start improving from now on. Maybe you should now be wishing the ninja squirrels had put the cookies on a stick and given you a run for your money.

Madcat - poke, poke. Guess we need to poke and prod occasionally to get you lot out of the woodwork. How are you?

Right I'm off again. Have to take the cat to the vet at 10 - in the meantime I need to sneak the cage into the house so she doesn't get what I am up to. Oh and yesterdays stupidity by the cat.
She came racing into the house yelling and screaming and skidding on the floor. Miaou, miaou, miaou. I'd just made myself a cup of coffee and was going out in the sun to drink it. She followed me out, still yowling. When I got out there, a pidgeon was picking in the grass. It looked at me and I looked at it. I said, don't get excited little pidgeon, she hasn't managed to catch much in 9 years, how can this be any different? Coo said the pidgeon, yaooowwl went the cat. Then she started stalking around the pidgeon all the while mewing and whinging. The pidgeon took a look and then took no notice whatsoever, yowl went the cat. She's still going in large circles around the pidgeon and hiding behind me everyso often. Then she goes out into the yard again, circling the pidgeon, never getting too close. Coo says the pidgeon. Don't worry said I when I could stop laughing. Cat went on yowling. Finally the pidgeon uttered a couple of rude words in pidgeon language and flew up into the tree and sat there squinting down at the cat - probably daring her to climb it.
I was telling DS2 the tale last night and his version of the circling and yowling was that she was saying: If you don't fly off, I'm going to have to come and get you. I'm terrorising you, I am, I am.
What a laugh. Wish I had caught it on video.

Right I'm off for brekky, a shower and work. In that order

Shy Moment
08-20-2008, 05:24 PM
Shad
I have been sticking to how I eat and how I exercise. All I can do is wait out the meads. I have done it once. I can do it again. I sure hope this inspires someone to keep with it and not let life get in the way of weight loss.

ceejay52
08-20-2008, 06:28 PM
News this morning wasn't good. B. is not going to be able to come to work this week end. That means more over time on my part.

Looked up and behold there is rain. Guess the cloud on the radar moved in a little quicker than I calculated. It's a slow steady rain.

Went to the gym last night but only did the weight machines. I walked my mile at work. I'm not liking the weight room. I was the only woman there again last night.

I've had a trainee today. He's been doing most of the leg work but I have to watch him.

Power outage--yuck. want to come and help.


Shad
To funny about the cat. Thanks for the laugh.

Happy
Wait till you get to my age. It seems as though there is a doctor for every body part. Feel better soon.

Annie
I'm also glad to hear the your dd had a good diagnosis. I hope she doesn't have to go through this again.

Madcat
You wouldn't get poked if you stuck your head in the door more often. How are you?

Madcat
08-20-2008, 10:10 PM
Yes, I have been missing in action. First I went off into the bush (well ok a cabin in the woods) for a week, which was so nice. Now Iím back at work and crazy busy again. The department I am on loan to is in deep denial at my recall to my original department in a couple more weeks. They seem to think that bawling like lost cows will somehow make my boss change her mind about what she needs me to do. Hey guys, what makes you think your project is more important than the stuff my actual boss actually hired me to do (and has nicely postponed to help your sorry butts)?? People!. Other than that Iíve switched gyms just for a change of pace. Itís actually still the same gym - just another location. This one is in this trendy renovated warehouse space and it has laminate floors and shiny new equipment and is full of sunlight and great views of the downtown. Place is almost too flossy for the likes of me! :lol: Iím more used to working out in places where you donít want to spend a lot of time thinking what that stain on the carpet might be. Iím down 8 lbs at last count - though I havenít lost any more weight this month, though thatís an accomplishment in itself. Iím trying to follow the WW Core program, but itís taking a bit of mental adjustment for a carboholic such as myself.

But enough about me.

Annie - thank goodness the news on your DD was good. What a relief you must feel.

Shy ~ ninja squirrels! Too funny.

Ceejay~ Hope you at least get some time in lieu for your OT. Keep sticking it out in the weights room.

Shad~ you lawbreaker you. It always seems to rain here when I wash my car. Very funny bird and cat story. Do you think the bird was talking pigjin English? What I want to now is just what would the cat have even done if she had caught him? When do you go back again to the dread JK?

Happy~ Are you collecting medicos so you can have the whole set or trade them with your friends? At least you know this means you are being proactive in looking after your own health care. I think the colonoscopy guy is usually a endocoscopist, isnít it? Or is that the technician? I love your stories of Mr. Feral.

Annie ~ Hope the ballgame was fun.

Mel~ Wouldnít you have to tattoo ďPASĒ on your forehead so that you could read it in the mirror? Iím with you that if you are going to do the sugar thing itís probably better to eat than drink it. I feel that way about fruit juice even. Better to eat the fruit and at least get a bit of fibre along with that sugar. Oh man, I laughed at your biopsy story.

Ok, I need to finish up. Watching the drenching rain in Beijing on TV. News just came on with some horrible pictures of that plane crash in Madrid. Those poor people.

Shad
08-20-2008, 10:32 PM
Madcat - nice to see you back.
The cat would never have managed to catch the bird. She was making enough noise to wake the dead and the bird knew exactly where she was and what she was up to. In the past 10 years, she has managed to catch exactly two birds - one dropped out of the sky for some unknown reason and the other just waddled up to her. Probably told her what to do with him.
Head back to JK on Sunday morning. Very bad news out of Madrid this morning. So sad - 153 dead.
Not watching the Olympics unless I can't avoid it. I get very tired of how Aussie won their golds - over and over and over. We never get to see anything about the sports that they didn't enter or didn't win. There appears to be only 3 teams in it - China, USA and Aus. Totally ridiculous.
Let me get down off this soapbox and go get my lunch!!!

diyana
08-21-2008, 07:47 AM
Good morning ladies --

The Brewers game was wonderful! It was great leaving work at 10:30, and going to the stadium to tailgate for a couple hours before the game. It was a warm, sunny day and the Brewers won! Yay! Now, it's back to work....but I'm leaving work early to go to see the doc about my back. I might need another shot...which would be scheduled for a different time as it's a procedure that's done in the hospital.

Annie - That is wonderful news about your DD! I'm so happy and I'm sure you and she are both so relieved! :woohoo:

Happy - You are TOO funny. And you're right...no mosquitos or flies and there was a faint wintergreen scent in the air. Hmmmmm. I wonder where that scent came from. My back held up okay. Phew. Maybe it was the brewskis I had prior to the game. LOL The bleacher seats were very nice. Metal seats with backs. So I did okay. You definitely have me beat on the number of docs you've seen. I've only been to my general practitioner (who is an internist), orthopedist, nutritionist, diabetes educator and dentist. Peaches and cottage cheese sounds yummy. Definitely going to have that next week (once my blueberries and strawberries are gone).

Rennie - You have a wonderful attitude. Good for you. You're only on the meds for a couple more weeks and then the weight will come off.

Shad - You renegade law breaking garden waterer you! Shame on you!! :nono: (just kidding). I got a great laugh from your cat/pidgeon story! Thanks for sharing! Funny how you mostly hear about the Aussie golds on the Olympics. We mostly hear about the USA golds! If USA doesn't have a chance to medal in a particular sport, we don't usually see it....except maybe at 1 or 2 am.
Ceejay - Sorry that you have to work more hours. Do they need to hire more people? Is it just you and B.? Or will your trainee be able to take a little of the work/hours?

Madcat - Sorry to hear that work is crazy busy, but it sounds like you have the right attitude. Congratulations on losing 8 lbs! That's awesome!

Well, I need to get to work early since I'm leaving early for the back doc. I'm sure the doc won't be able to do anything today....it's more of a consult to convince the insurance company that yes, I do need another shot in my back. My last one was only six months ago, but I'm a lot more active these past six months than I used to be...which is a good thing.

Have a great day everyone!

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
08-21-2008, 08:19 AM
Good morning chicks,

It's a day when I get to get up when it's light outside :yay: although tonight I do have the exercise session from the diabetes program. I notice that DH is soaking up the zzzzz's himself. I think I told you about the gel "helmet" he ordered for his headaches. It came yesterday. I said I was going to wear it to work today and just noncholantly walk in and say nothing and get the reaction. Of course I probably would get no reaction as people are too polite to say anything :s: DH warmed up helmet last night and put it on as he was getting ready for bed. He came to kiss me goodnight and I was laughing so hard I almost fell on the floor. I couldn't keep a pucker cuz he looked so goofy. Maybe he'll let me take a picture. :rofl:

It's rainy here. Somewhat humid. Going to rain for the next 5 days or so. The mosquitos are planning their Outdoor Festival as we speak. I burned the roof of my mouth on a WW Chicken Quesadilla yesterday. Ow. Hard to get frozen quesadillas just the right temperature.

Michelle - glad you had a great time at the Brewers game. More fun since they won. Nothing like sun and beer and a bunch of happy people to say hey - this work thing ain't so bad afterall ;) Sorry to hear the back is so hurting that you need one of those shots. But if it works, that's good.

Shad - that was a funny story about Sunday. Deep down they think they are all the fierce hunter even if the birds would kick their little cat hiney :rofl: I read about the plane crash too. So very sad. You hear of so many near misses where people got out ok that you think it will happen that way always. Life is precious. I think your view on the Olympics is shared by many. I do admit to getting caught up in watching the softball game yesterday - I am amazed the way the pitchers pitch. And then I was about to go to bed when I noticed the gold medal beach volley ball game was on. Because the American team was going for an unprecidented 2nd gold, I had to watch it - actually I was following them all along. Very glad they won it - hard fought game. Very unusual to see a 6 foot 3 inch Japanese girl too. Bet she has a hard time dating. I remember one Olympics and possibly that was during the Atlanta games in 1996 when they were down the road here - that they were broadcasting on several cable channnels almost 7 by 24. It was the one time that you got to see a wide range of events and there was not a focus on the home country's games except of course for prime time viewing hours. But the point was that it was there if you wanted it. I suppose it gets expensive to have camera crews to try and cover every event and we know tv is all about ratings so they would be less likely to spend money on things with what they anticipated was low viewing.

Macat - great to see you back. :congrat: on refocusing and losing 8 pounds! That's awesome. Spending time in the bush/cabin sounds wonderful. Nothing like nature to get you rested nicely. Hope they sort out the tug of war over you at work soon. :lol:

Ceejay - I hear you on the weight room. I have to admit myself I was very intimidated to go in there. I only did when I was working with the personal trainer. I guess you have to steel yourself and say - hey, I have the right to be in there too and just go do your thing. I'd rather do my weights at home but I don't have the nice mirrored walls to check form. Be brave :lol: Sorry to hear there's more overtime in your future. :(

Shy - you're right - there's ups and downs in life and you just have to deal with them, as disappointing as they might be. At least you got to be the Biggest Loser a few times this last run.

Good morning Annie and Mel :wave:

I need to get going here. Got to try and get a decent parking spot not too far from the door because of course I am made of sugar and will melt if I have to be out in too much of the rain :lol: Have a good one ladies...

MELODY525
08-21-2008, 08:29 AM
SORRY GALS BUT I HAVE SOME BURNING IN THE EYES AND CANNOT READ RIGHT NOW. MUST BE ALL THE FRIGGING FRESH AIR & SUNSHINE I'VE BEEN GETTING :rofl: :rofl:
WILL TRY AND TACKLE THE THREAD TONITE IN THE DARK.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:
OH...I SEE MRS MADCAT WAS HERE :cheer2:
AND ANNIE'S GIRL IS OK :cheer3: GREAT NEWS ANNIE!!!

carla49
08-21-2008, 11:40 AM
Wow, so much seems to happen around here!

Mel, rest those sore eyes. I'll email you later with something to make you laugh. In large type, of course.

Annie, I agree with the general concensus: you and DD are two gorgeous peas in a pod! Such good news that the prognosis has improved after the last biopsy, she's awfully young to be dealing with so much worry. I had one of the infamous biopsies years ago - it wasn't too painful, but they touched the vagus (?) nerve and I fainted. :faint: I have a vague memory of being half-dragged, half-carried in my little gaping hospital gown across a hallway - in full view of all the ladies waiting for the same procedure. Then coming to with a terrified loooking med student rubbing my legs and wondering what to do with the corpse. By then, of course, the doctor had moved on to his next victim... What was very unpleasant was the laser treatment on the displasia. They had just started using laser for the procedure, and the doctors (all men, of course) felt it could be done with no anesthetic or freezing at all since it 'wasn't painful'. :eek:

Happy, good for you, keeping up with the exercise and other life changes! I have a feeling you'll start reaping some impressive benefits soon. I'm with the others on eating real food, except of course for my beloved diet pepsi addiction and one spoonful of splenda in my morning cappucino. If I have any other coffee I use regular sugar. The really tough thing for me is moderation - every time I buy any cookies they're gone the same day. :( I bought some off-brand fig newtons this week on the grounds they're full of fibery goodness, only to realize after eating them all that the number one ingredient was HFCS. So I won't do that again. Well, at least not right away.
I love the mental picture of your DH in his gel cap. What a sweetie to model it for you and give you a good laugh!

Shad, I loved the cat story. They are so silly! My big boy (who you'll remember as an Olympic-level bladder jumper) likes to stalk squirrels when he's outside on the leash. Once he almost caught one, did a terrified back flip, and came running to his mother for help. Now he just watches them, althoug he would like to get his paws on a chipmunk or two.
As for the Olympics, here we get a little more international stuff on tv, mainly because we don't have that many champions of our own. (Hmmm. Maybe next time I should enter the cat...) Anyway, they show all the big impressive guys like Phelps or Bolt. My biggest peeve with Canadian coverage is that they don't clearly distinguish between live and repeat footage, and that they don't have a line on the screen showing which event they're covering. Very confusing, as one bunch of runners looks much like all the others to the uninitiated like me. I don't usually watch that much Olympic stuff, but I've been awake a lot during the night this week, and it sure did help pass the time.
Too bad we can't send you our rain so you could avoid illegal activity!

Madcat, good to see you back. Congrats on the 8 pounds lost!!! :woohoo: I have big plans to get back to a gym as soon as the doc says I can exercise again. We'll see if I follow thru or wimp out as usual. :dunno:
I notice there's no chipmunk/sunflower seed photo following this year's trip to the bush. Did you whack the poor little guy, or did you leave the seeds at home? :rofl: Anyway, your posts always make me smile. By the way, I'll be working for a few days in TO this December - maybe we can get together for supper again, that was fun last year.

Ruth, sorry about Hershey's illness. What time will you be in town for her appointment on Tuesday? I have an appointment in the afternoon, but if you'll be around in the morning, maybe I could meet you at the clinic with some coffee and muffins or fruit and we could take the doggage for a run at the Arboretum? Just an idea, but I'd love to see you and meet the girls. By the way, I hope Disney has recovered nicely form her close encounter of the pit bull kind. Poor baby.

Michelle, do take care of the back. It's always best to take it easy while you heal, and the more you rest now the sooner you can get back in the gym.

Ceejay, you really do seem to work an awful lot! I'm hoping B will get back to work soon, or, failing that, that they hire someone else to take on his share of the work. Look after yourself!

Shy, I hope you don't let the scale get you down. With your discipline, the weight will fall back off after you get off the meds, and in any case you were due for a plateau after the steady 1lb a week every week march towards ideal weight. As soon as you can walk and run easily, we'll send some ninja turtles over your way to chase you around until you sweat every ounce off.

Once again, I'd like to thank you all for your kind support. I'm doing fine, apart from some tenderness at the navel incision. In fact, apart from the horror of being shipped out while still nauseous, I really think recovery is faster at home. If I ever have day surgery again I think I'll ask whoever's driving me home to wait at least an hour after they get the call before picking me up, which would give me the extra time I need in recovery. Devious, but effective. I'd also like to have someone else to deal with the incision care - I'm a total wuss about things like that, and had to lie down and take a gravol the first time I changed the dressings. Pathetic, I know. :mad:
This morning was quite funny - I had a shower, and was washing a little more thoroughly than I had since the surgery, and discovered bits of tape residue on my left boob. I'd like to know what the heck they were doing with my left boob, since the surgery was centre and right side - maybe they had to build a tape sling to hoist the poor old girl out of the way? :?: :?: :lol: The mind boggles...
My eye is still bothering me, but at least it's nothing too serious, so it can wait until I'm back to normal to be seen to again.
And, with that, I have a long to-do list, so it'll be bye until next time. :wave:

Shy Moment
08-21-2008, 12:05 PM
Carla
I am pretty good about not letting things get me down. I walk, I talk. I wasn't suppose to be able to do those things. Life has been peaches and cream since then lol. I don't think any of us appreciate what we have. I did a nice three mile walking/aerobic video today. Knees are killing me but I sure feel better to be working out again lol.

Melody
Hope you feel better soon.

Happy
I was defiantly surprised over that lol. I did a 3 miles walking/aerobic video today. Knees are killing me but it felt good to be able to get through the thing.

di
Never know if it will come of quickly or slowly but it will come off. I think that is something all of us have to remember.

diyana
08-21-2008, 01:30 PM
Happy - I hope you got a decent parking spot and that your day is going well.

Carla - Great to hear from you and I'm glad you're recuperating nicely.

Mel - If you're reading this and your eyes are still burning, step away from the computer and rest your eyes, dear friend.

Rennie - :cheer2: for doing a 3 mile video!

annie175
08-21-2008, 03:21 PM
Hi ya girls..........

Carla...you cracked me up about the hoist of Ms. Lefty for surgery. It made me think of my own 38 C LONNNNNNNNNGs. Glad you are recouping well.

Michelle....Goodluck at the back doctor. Let us know how it goes.

Ceejay....do you get paid extra of all the OT?

Happy.....If they gave out awards for the most doc visits in a year, I think you would win!! My weight has not changed since March. I am holding my own at 148-150, which is quite an accomplishment right now. If you could see my gut and butt you would think twice about me widdling away. Ha,

Rennie...you have a great attitude about your weight. You keep up the positive thoughts.

Madcat....glad to have you back....

Shad...when you go outside and it smells like money instead of rain, call me, I am coming over.

MEL...feel better.

Not much going on here. We had State Fair day in the atrium at work. Ladder Ball Toss, Duck Pond, Cornhole Toss, cotton candy, salt water taffy, popcorn, sodas, and prizes. Kind of cute.

Going to make more salsa this weekend for freezing. DS is coming home for the week tho, so not much of it will probably make it to the freezer.

Got to get busy,

Love and Hugs

Shad
08-21-2008, 04:54 PM
Morning all - quick flyby for me today. I am totally out of time and now need to clone myself to get everything done before the DS1 and partner arrive tonight. Mel - email coming your way but there won't be a phone call today. I don't know that it would work while I was cleaning the shower or brushing the loo at the same time. If I get through today then maybe it will all happen tomorrow but I'm not betting on it.
Carla good to konw you are up and about and feeling a bit better. Can't offer an explanation for the left boob. Unless they taped up both and then decided which side the gall bladder is on. You don't have enough to get in the way!!! Not being rude or anything. Could understand if it was me. But then if it was me, they would have tied them in a knot under the chin.

Ant that is it. I have no time for more, I'm off for breakfast, then clean bathroom, loo and laundry before getting into the bedroom to change the bed and clean up the cat fur etc. And I have a stinking sinus headache, a pain in the gut, and a runny left nostril. Life is so good sometimes.

Be back later if I get time between work and WORK. Cya

diyana
08-21-2008, 05:07 PM
Good afternoon ladies --

I just got back from the doc. He wants me to go to physical therapy twice a week for 4 weeks starting Monday and I get a steroid shot on 9/2. Yay! There is a light at the end of this tunnel. This doc hasn't seen me since my weight loss and he was really impressed and wants me to be able to get moving again soon!

Annie - You're 148-150? That's awesome! And from your photo you are a hottie too! Sounds like you have a nice weekend ahead. I wish you could ship some of that salsa up to Wisconsin....it sounds yummy!

Shad - I hope you feel better. I hope you get a little relaxing time with your DS1 before you leave for JK.

I've got an after work function....a trivia contest. It should be fun as I'm on a team full of fun people.

I'll check in tomorrow morning.

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
08-21-2008, 06:23 PM
Yes I did get paid for all the overtime. I would not do all this if I didn't. By the way, I'm getting Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Labor day week end. I must be doing something right.

There's not much to say except I'm tired of these four wall's.

More later.

happy2bme
08-21-2008, 09:48 PM
Hi ladies,

I caught up on the posts and was going to respond but I am just so darn tired. If I go to bed in 10 minutes I can sneak in 8 hours of sleep before getting up for the gym.

So I think I'll pack my bag, wash my face and jump into my jammies. I probably won't get back here until lunch time.

Feel better Mel - it's a shame that the fresh air is giving the old peepers a twirl :( Just do what you have to. :hug:

Goodnight all - enjoy your visit Shad....

Shy Moment
08-21-2008, 11:31 PM
di
Eventually I will work myself back up to the 5 mile videos. Think it is going to be awhile. The one miles are ok, the two miles are a bit rough. The three mile just about killed my knees lol. Youre a better woman than I. I can remember the shots in the back, the knees and the shoulders. I finally told the docs after a few years that they were nuts and could keep their shots. The pain of the shot was far worse than the pain I could stand from my body lol. Hope you feel better. Have no idea why a needle can make this grown woman weep lol.

Annie
I grew up dirt poor. I have learned that in life a great attitude gets you farther than money. Ok, you might have to walk everywhere you go but you aren't polluting the air lol.

Carla
Glad you hear you are feeling better. My gosh what did they do to you that you have any care. I had a few little cuts and nothing to take care of. Worst part was the darn gas escaping through the right shoulder and oh my gosh that hurt for a few days lol. Heck I was home within 8 hours of leaving the house lol. Hmmm tape under the boob. Have to say didn't even know they touched the boobs. Good heavens what do they get up to, they are working around the bellie button area lol.

MELODY525
08-22-2008, 07:28 AM
I Cannot Type Long. I Have Another Call Into The 2nd Arm Doctor. But Other Than That All Is Well Here. Eyes Are Scratxchy And A Wee Bit Blurry.
Didn't Get To Really Catrch Upn With Eveyrone Yet So...
HAPPY...JUST SHOVBE THE NOODLE LADFY OUT OF YOUR WAY!! I CAN JUST PICTURE ALL OF YOU SWIMMING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.
Madcat...congrats On The Nweight Loss.
Carla...glad You Feel Better
Shad...we Can Always Castch Up When U=you Come Back.
Renni..stay Away From The Cookies.
Ruth....hope The Website Calms Down Fast.
Michelle..thansk And Also Glad To Hear You Will Get Relief Too!
Annie..your Company Sounds Great With A State Fair Thing Now!
Ceejay...i'll Be Right There To Help You Carry The $$$$$$$.

That;s All Folks. Too Much Pain Right Now And I Have Lots To Do Today. Jen Is Coming Home For The Weekend And The Kids Want To Spend It Here With Me. They'll Be Here Later. Off To Get Ready.
Happy Friday/saturday

diyana
08-22-2008, 08:36 AM
Happy Friday/Saturday ladies!

I'm so glad the end of the week is here. It's been a busy and stressful week for me, and I'm looking forward to a couple days of R&R. Next week will be even better as I'm taking the Friday before Labor Day off to give me a 4 day weekend. Ahhhh.

Ceejay - I'm glad you're getting overtime for all your extra hard work. At least you'll get a long weekend next week.

Happy - I'm so proud of you for being so dedicated to going to bed early and getting up early for the gym! YGG!

Shad - enjoy your visit with DS1 and partner. I hope your flight to JK is a smooth one.

Rennie - The shot I get in my back only hurts for a day or so (after the novacaine the put in wears off) and then I'm pain free for between 6 months and a year! I'll take that trade off anytime. Hopefully the physical therapy I do will help heal/prevent future recurrences too. And you're right...a positive attitude is soooo important.

Mel - I do hope your arm feels better and your eyesight improves. Enjoy your weekend with the kids!

A big :wave: and :hug: to all you wonderful ladies!

Love and hugs,

Ruthxxx
08-22-2008, 08:53 AM
Life is becoming very packed these days and I may not be around much. Don't worry - I'm swimming as fast as I can and will tread water when I get really tired!

Hersh goes to the Ottawa Vet hospital Tuesday for final diagnosis and a treatment plan. (Thanks for the offer of company, Carla, but I think it'll be just a drop off and then go home as it's three days of tests.)

After that, I hope things get better.

carla49
08-22-2008, 10:04 AM
Naughty Shad, mocking my inadequate mammary development! ;) The sad part is that while she's right that I'm not a typical busty worldly chick, gravity and excess weight have still done their evil work. :yikes: My neighbour came up with a more reasonable explanation for the tape - they probably had heart monitor sensors taped here and there. I liked my explanation better.
Enjoy the time you have with DS1 and partner. Does he live very far away?

Michelle, it must have been so satisfying for you to see the doc's reaction to your weight loss and improved fitness! :carrot: And I agree with you on the shot - much better to let up a bit on the exercise for a short time, get the treatment you need, and then be able to go back full tilt and pain free. When I was still running a lot a eight years ago I decided to "run thru the pain" instead of get immediate treatment for a foot problem. Well, my plantar fascia ruptured halfway thru a half marathon, and I haven't been able to run consistently since. Not to mention being stuck in closed, lace-up orthotic-friendly shoes year-round - a real fashion statement with shorts... Since then I've had a less cavalier attitude to managing bobos! On the positive side, the sensible shoes, a less gung-ho attitude, and opting for alternate types of exercise have made it possible for me to hike and run a little and do most things I really want to do without pain. :D

Annie, what kind of salsa do you make? "Hot" tomato? "Thick" zucchini? ;) (Just thinking of your pornographic veggies...)

What have they done with our Happy??? :?: Going to bed at 9:30??? I think it's the Invasion of the Body Snatchers all over again. :rofl: All kidding aside, I'm so glad for you that you've found the motivation to keep up with the gym and exercise class. Are you starting to find things easier now? Apart, of course, from figuring out which way the swim traffic goes...

Ceejay, whatever you do, don't answer the phone any time near the long weekend - it would be such a bummer if you got called in to replace someone less conscientious. Will you go away anywhere over the weekend, or just relax at home and maybe go out to spend some of that overtime money?

Mel, great that Jen will be home for the weekend. Maybe the kids will devote their home time to spoiling you? :crossed:
Is your arm aggravated mainly by using the computer, or just general wear and tear? I sure hope the new arm doctor will have some positive suggestions for reducing the problem. :hug:

Shy, I find the shoulder pain annoying but quite bearable - I often get little aches and pains like that. lol And I have no problem with needles. But the real problem for me with cleaning an incision is imagining beforehand what horror lies under the dressing. lol As it happened, all four incisions are clean and healing nicely, much smaller than expected, although I'm pretty sore around the navel. lol Hey, I said I was a wuss about that stuff. lol I'm amazed at how long they kept you for your day surgery - my total time was 5 hours door-to-door, and at that they said they kept me half an hour longer than most people! lol The mind boggles. lol

Ruth, try to get some down time for you! I hadn't realized Hershey would have to stay at the hospital overnight. Poor baby. Poor you! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the results will be good. :goodvibes:

And that's all for now. Lots to do today, and I'm still not dressed. Happy weekend to all the worldly chicks.

Shy Moment
08-22-2008, 12:42 PM
di
You mean they gave you a pain killer for the shot. Oh my gosh they gave me nothing, now mind you it has been at least 5 years since I have let them put a needle in my back.

Carla
The shoulder pain was so bad for me I was on some serious meads and I took all they gave me and as you know I am not a pain killer kind of person lol. That shoulder pain was worse than labor with either of my kids lol. When I had the gallbladder surgery I didn't even so much as have a bandage on me lol. Isn't it amazing a surgery that you use to stay in for days and days you are now out in a few hours lol. Heck, when you have a baby they make you stay 12 hours to get money out of you and yet they toss you out after a couple of hours after surgery lol.

I have not been getting near the cookies lol. Weight gain or not it sure isn't going to be because I am not eating the way I should. It did slip into my mind for a few seconds that if I was going to gain weight by no choice of my own I might as well indulge a bit more than I let myself. I thought of having to tell all of you ( with a mouth full of cookie and chocolate prints on the key board what I had done ) sometimes I really don't like you all very much lol. Thanks for the eyes watching over my shoulder. I needed them. The cookie cravings are gone. Thank heavens since my son sat with his girlfriend last night and ate all of them. He came to me, gave me a hug and said did it just for you Mom. Have to wonder if he really had me in mind as those two sat and ate all my cookies lol.

ceejay52
08-22-2008, 06:16 PM
popping in to say hello

Mel and Rennie :hug:
Hope you feel better soon.

Shad
08-23-2008, 02:45 AM
Afternoon all,
Just popping in to say hi :wave: been busy with the family today. Tomorrow is off to JK once more (once more into the breach dear friends) and I will be back into it on Monday no doubt.

Today we have put together the new filing cabinet I bought ages back and didn't get around to. Now there is no excuse fo my paperwork to be floating around unfiled. It loods quite good too. Now I guess I should go and put all my tools away and collect the washing. The kids have been enjoying the warmth and the sun. It's not been this warm in Adelaide for months. They arrived with scarves and boots and are now down to tee shirts and shorts. It's another thing off the list of to do's

No time for personals, sorry. Enjoy your weekend. Hope it is a good one.

Cya

MELODY525
08-23-2008, 08:09 AM
Good morning. I am giving you a Melody update. Mom's arm folded on her as she was trying to do something andn it pitched her forward. Somehow she scratched her eye a little bit. The vision is blurry but not harmed. It's just been a series of unfortunate events she said like Lemony Snickets. The doctor's office sent some heavier anti-inflammatory pills for her to try. Today her arm feels a little better. We were laughing last night about it all. Mom says hi to everyone and for Joy to have a good trip. Mom should be back by Monday. If not I will update you all during the week. Jen

ceejay52
08-23-2008, 09:35 AM
Thanks Jen for the update on Mel. Mel feel better soon.

I'm doing a happy dance this morning. Today is my last work day for a couple of days. I'm off Sunday and Monday. :dance:

Everyone enjoy the week end.

happy2bme
08-23-2008, 02:34 PM
Good morning ladies,

Signs that the seasons are about to turn --


the air is filled with the buzzing and chittering of the hummingbirds swooping and swarming as they start to bulk up for their long trip south in a month or so
leaves are starting to fall and clog up the pool filter - the pool we never got to use this year
we're heading into muggy gray days, the result of the remants of the hurricane season as bits travel up the interior and make their way over to us


A week from Monday we turn the calendar pages to a new month. When I lived up north I always found the Labor Day holiday to be a bit melancholy because it meant only one more month of decent weather before the cold winds of another winter blew in and I would feel like yet another summer blew past and I didn't get enough time to enjoy it. I still feel that way about summer but at least we have a warmer season down here so I don't fret about winter like I used to. But still, the summer is coming to an end - you can feel it in the air.

The hummingbirds are rampant outside. We have one feeder in the front of the house and can watch them through the kitchen window and we have 6 feeders off the back porch and into the yard. You have to be careful when you go out back so you don't get divebombed. It's the end of the season when some of the birds are still defending "their" feeder and they will fight - you can hear the clicking of the beaks like swordsmen. Or they will puff their chests out like drunken fraterinity blokes and chest thump so hard even I cringe. Within 2 weeks there will be too many at the feeder for the "owner" to chase off and they will just all settle down at each feeding port and gorge. Towards the end of the season there are so many you can't count them - I think the most we were able to count was 20 at a time. They are really neat.

Can't say I'm a hero on going to the gym. It's more a matter of doing what you have to do. Same with the food. It does appear that I am going to have to get really strict with the food - including weights and measuring as my weight loss has stabilized. This week we get our blood glucose testing meter and I'm interested in the story that has to tell...

Jen - thank you for the update on your Mom. Mel - I'm sorry to hear you zigged when you probably should have zagged. Rest up and please heal up quickly. Don't let it get you down. :hug: Maybe I will look for some Elvis glasses to protect your poor peepers!

Ceejay - hope you enjoy your 2 days off. I can hear you laughing all the way over here. I can tell you're in need of a break :D

How's the knee Shy? I have to admit - 2 miles is about all I can take of Perky Little Leslie. She sure has turned walking into an empire - never knew there were so many ways to walk.

Shad, I'm thinking that your temps are about what ours are now and I can't even fathom wearing boots and scarfs out by you. But glad you are getting some nicer weather. Have a safe flight, hope you got a decent airline seat. We look forward to more JK rollout adventures.

Michelle - that's great that you are going to get your shot for your back. I'm sure you're relieved. Will you get a massage to go along with the physical therapy? ahhhhhh.

Annie - once again you're having fun at work. Why don't other companies "get" that if they do a little bit for their employees they get it back 10 fold??? Of course I'm sure even in your environment there are complainers. I sort of acknowledge but don't want to think too much about the sagging skin issues to come down the pike :(

Ruth - thinking about you and Hershey :hug:

Well I've been composing this post for about 6 hours now. I keep walking away from the computer and forgetting about it. I just came by to pick up some junk off the desk to sort and purge and saw that I hadn't posted yet so finish this up and hit SEND. :comp: Enjoy your Saturday...

annie175
08-23-2008, 02:43 PM
It's the weekend....Happy Saturday....

Baby boy (20 yrs) is home this weekend. He is having me make all his favs. Patty melts, fried taters & onion, corn for dinner. Can you say FATTENING. Tomorrow he wants spaghetti. He always wants spaghetti. Also made a huge batch of salsa, what he doesn't eat, I will send home with him. DS & DD are both in a cornhole tournament and will not be home this afternoon and evening. I need something to do besides housework and cutting the grass.

Carla....salsa recipe is with tomatos. I make two kinds, one you cook, the other you just chop in blender or processor. The chopped kind is tomatos, green peppers, jalapenos, onions, cilantro, garlic, pepper, then add a 2-3 ozs of medium store bought salsa to give it smoothness.

Shad....while you are in the cleaning mode, come on over to my house.

Michelle....got pix of yourself?? Before and now, on your way to after? I would love to send you some salsa. Today's salsa turned out a bit hotter than I like, but will still eat it. Thank you for the lovely compliment.

Ceejay...3 days off in a row, you won't know how to act. Crazy I suppose.

Happy...8 hours of sleep...Sweet dreams.

Rennie...Yeah, we didn't have much growing up either. Monday I am getting the land line turned off, and just use cell phones. Also may raise the deductible on my auto insurance. Seems groceries are the only way to really cut back on dollars.

MEL...God love you darlin', feel better, maybe one of Michelle's steroid shots.

Gotsta get busy...Hello to anyone I might of missed.

Love and Hugs

annie175
08-23-2008, 02:45 PM
Oh Happy....believe it or not, we have very few complainers at work, mostly everyone loves it there.

Next week, our department manager's are buying everything to have an ice cream social. I won't be eating any of it tho, to rich and fattening for my system.

Love and Hugs to you girly...

happy2bme
08-24-2008, 01:15 PM
Good morning chicks,

Happy Sunday.

I had a very carb loaded day yesterday. For lunch I had a half cup of left over pasta with cheese. Had a taste for Chinese food for dinner so we had a selection of beef with pepper and tomato (not too bad except for the half cup of white rice), crispy shrimp & vegetables (shrimp was lightly battered and fried) and DH wanted sweet & sour chicken which of course is heavily battered and fried. And I had the biggest hankering for pot stickers. I had a little bit of everything. Not an oversized portion, tho bigger than I probably should have been eating. But between the batter, the sweet sauces and the dough - I probably have a bazillion carbs. And I washed it down with slightly sweetened green tea.

Today I woke up feeling all achy and out of sorts. Definitely a reaction to the food. Of course it is gray and somewhat rainy but I'm sure the food affected me more than anything. Need to start paying attention to little signs like that. Today is grocery shopping day - back to lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and clean eating. :D

Annie - what's a cornhole tournament? Have fun and hope you have a good visit with the kids. The salsa sounds yummy tho a bit too spicy for me. Nothing better than the taste of fresh tomatoes. Yummmmmy!!!! :T

Oh and we had an exciting moment yesterday. I had washed the kitchen floor and was sitting outside taking to DH. The hummingbirds were zipping back and forth across our heads dive bombing each other and trying to claim the feeders as their own. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed some movement on one of the azalea bushes. I got up to check and it was a brand new baby swallowtail butterfly that had just emerged from it's crysalis. It was really struggling to hold on to the azalea branch. At first I thought it was injured but it looked much smaller than the ones we usually see. I called DH over and of course he wanted his camera. I had to trot across the wet floor and when I came back out he had the butterfly on his finger tip (you have to be extremely careful how you handle them). The wings were all floppy looking so we knew it was a brand new hatchling. When they are born their bodies are oversized and filled with fluid. Their wings are all crumpled up like something you'd see in those packages where you can suck the air out of the plastic and the clothes shrink wrap down to 1/3 their size and look all wrinkly. As they emerge they pump the fluid out of their body into veins in the wings which causes them to stiffen and become rigid. And that's just what the little gal was doing. We could tell by the markings that it was a female. DH relocated her to a more sturdy stem on the basil plant and she was happy with that. Her wings fluffed out and she started to flap them to dry them out. It was really neat to look at. DH was in his glory - took about 100 pictures. An orange frittiary came by to check out the lantana flowers and DH turned his back to take some shots of that and Ms. Swallowtail decided she was rested enough to checkout this new world so we didn't see her fly the coop. But I'm sure she'll be back again. We also have a baby woodpecker coming to the bird feeder. The yard is alive with activity.

Here's a picture of the new baby -

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/LargerSizeBabySwallowtail.jpg

Madcat
08-24-2008, 01:44 PM
Darlings! Happy Sunday! It’s grey and rainy here. Groceries have been done and now I’m just hanging about. I was thinking of gym-ing but I’m actually having some knee problems and hip issues… so I may just stay home. I supect much of it is hormonal. Anyone else notice their knees go wacky at certain times of the month? Maybe I’ll do Pilates later. Of course, I have a very exciting 178 page user manual I should read through. Gosh, that will be thrilling, won’t it??

Carla~ So sorry I didn’t read far enough back. Hope you are feeling better and recovery is going on. And yes, I’d love to get together with you next time you are in the area. I found a really nice steak and frites place we should go to.

Happy~ How neat your butterfly story is. He/she is lovely. And you are right about being careful touching them. At the butterfly conservatory they always say that if you disturb the dust on their wings you can really damage them. Lovely though. I love that you not only have the time but that you take the time to pay attention to the world around you. Beautiful. I also find Labour Day a bit sad… and it makes me want to buy pads of paper and pencil crayons. :lol:

Shad~ Bon Voyage. Have a good trip and I hope the doco gawds are kind once you get there.

Jen~ Thanks for the update. Hopefully Mel will be back herself shortly.

Anni~ What’s a cornhole tournament? The mind boggles. :lol: I’d happily take some salsa off yor hands. I make the chopped kind myself but it’s just tomato and onion and cilantro. Bit of a purist.

Ceejay~ Enjoy your time off.

Ruth~ Hope the Hershey girl’s tests turn out fine and she’s ok. Keep treading that water.

Michelle~ Hope you find the relaxation prize this weekend. I’m thinking of taking next Friday off too. Our last gasp at summer.

Thanks for the congrats on my weight loss but really I don’t deserve it. I did lose the weight but I’ve been stuck here for the past 3 weeks. But at least I haven’t gained it back so that’s something, isn’t it?

Shad
08-24-2008, 09:42 PM
Morning all,
Here we are, cheerfully (not) back in Jakarta, watching the world go by and trying to do our best for the project.
It's grey and very smoggy out there today. But I was good, I went to the gym early and did 45 minute workout which at least got the legs and arms moving again.
As far as the month challenge goes, I had whittled down 1.4kgs but forgot to take my water tablets for a couple of days and combined with high altitude flying, I'm back to where I started. I guess now that both of those factors have disappeared, I might be able to get back down again. I still have a couple of days before the end of month. There is a scale in the hotel room and if that moves downwards for a while, I shall be quite pleased.

Madcat - good to have you back. No my knees do not go funny at odd times of the month. They may go a bit wonky if I see a nice piece of eye candy around the place, but I haven't seen that for a wee while.
Your manuals are 178 pages. Crikey, think I will come and work for you. Mind you I have to admit, I'm whittling quite a few of ours down to the 100 mark. Just to darn difficult to keep their minds on the job with some of the waffling we do.

Happy - how nice to have all that wildlife at your doorstep. Lovely to see the critturs are taking advantage of all the love you lavish on them.

Annie - my cleaning mode did not last long. Just enough to ensure that the place was dustless and ready for the visitors and then I gave up. They will have to look after it themselves for the rest of the time. DS2 came home to spy the cleaning equipment around and muttered something about scary objects before going out to escape any chores.
What happens in a cornhole tournament?? Inquiring minds need to know.

Jen - thanks for the Mom update. I will get to talk to that woman soon and get her to rest up a bit. Mind you, I think I have to talk to Ruth and Michelle as well. They are all trying to be superhuman.
Get well soon Porangi.

And that is about it. I need to go put some data into the system now that it is fixed and working again. So I love you and leave you for the time being. Enjoy your Sunday.

ceejay52
08-24-2008, 10:20 PM
I haven't done much today. I woke up exhausted this morning.

Did manage to go to the grocery store. I hate our grocery store would rather have gone to super Walmart for better produce.

My relatives are about ready to hog tie my bosses. My sister called me today to find out if I could come up next week end. Everyone in her family were looking foward to me being there next week end. My nephew's band is going to play at Branson's Landing. I'm going to be to tired to drive 6 hours one way.

MELODY525
08-25-2008, 08:11 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MONDAY MORNING LADIES! SORRY NOT TO HAVE PERSONALS.
I WILL TRY AND CATCH UP WITH YOUR ANTICS LATER. FEELING BETTER. WE HAD A GOOD WEEKEND. WILL WRITE MORE DURING THE WEEK. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

diyana
08-25-2008, 09:01 AM
Good morning ladies -

Just a quick :wave: from me as I'm off to physical therapy and then have to get straight to work.

I'll check in later.

Hugs,

happy2bme
08-25-2008, 09:30 AM
Good morning ladies,

I'm on the run too this morning. Had a really bad night last night so I didn't get to the gym today. Have a doctor's appointment with the ear, nose and throat guy today - will find out if I'm really going deaf :lol: or maybe I should really say :(

Madcat - good to see you back. As Shad says - don't notice the knees going wonky at set times. One day they are fine, 2 days later they are barking at me. Sometimes one side, sometimes the other. No rhyme or reason tho if I journaled I might be able to discern a pattern. Hope you are feeling better.



Glad to hear you are feeling better Mel.

Hope the therapy eases up the tightness Michelle.

Ceejay - I REALLY hope you won't have to miss your family party - sounds like you've put in your share of hours at work lately.

Shad - hope the scale fairies are good to you. They have been quite fickle lately for many of us. Here's to another exciting Monday on the job :hat:

Annie - DH is pushing to drop the land line too. However, the town we live in wants to keep it quaint and residential. That means they won't allow cell towers of any decent height so cell phone reception here is horrid. I have "no bars" in the house and like many of my neighbors, have to go outside to get any cell reception at all. We also have a voice over IP line for DH's job but that is tied to the internet. And if the internet goes down, which it does at time - no phone. So I've been holding out on giving up the land line but as you say, when dollars get squeezed, sometimes you just have to give it up.

With my grocery reward card discount, I paid $2.57 a gallon for gas yesterday :dance: That was 80 cents a gallon off the base price. We should have filled up DH's car instead - his tank was emptier than mine.

Anyway - gotta get some work in today. Hugs to all and hellos to the rest of the team I didn't get to individually.

diyana
08-25-2008, 10:48 AM
Happy Monday everyone -

I had a great PT appt this morning. This therapist REALLY knows her stuff and since she has had a similar injury to mine, she really knew where she needed to focus. There was lots of stretching, manipulation and massage. There were times when the manipulation and stretches were QUITE painful :yikes: :censored: -- a sign that I really need to do daily stretching at home to increase flexibility. I already feel less tightness, less pain. Yay! She also gave me stretches to do at home and the go ahead to go to the gym. But I have to warm up for 5 minutes, stretch for 5 minutes, do my workout or class, and then stretch for another 5 minutes. No more in and out of there for just a class. I have plans tonight so I don't think I'll get to the gym. But I will walk at lunch. I'm supposed to go back for PT on Wednesday and on Thursday.

Jen - Thanks for the update on Mel.

Mel - Glad to hear you're doing a bit better. Please take good care of yourself and don't overdo.

Shad - I hope your week in JK goes well.

Happy - Yes, Labor Day is just around the corner, football season is starting, and the Farmers Almanac says it's going to be a colder and snowier winter than last year. How the :censored: can it be any snowier! :tantrum: Yes, I did get a lower back massage with my PT, but it was an incredibly deep tissue massage and at times painful. But I feel better for it now. Definitely loosened up the muscles and joints around my low back, hips and arse. Your Chinese food meal sounds soooo yummy! I wish my DH liked Chinese food...but probably better that he doesn't - I don't have it very often. And yes, the MSG and deep fried food really make me feel out of sorts too. How cool that you saw the butterfly emerging from it's crysalis! I got to see a cicada do the same thing this year for the first time. Would love to see a butterfly emerge though. Thanks for the lovely story and photo of the newborn beauty! I hope your appt with your ENT goes well. Sending you :hug: $2.57 for gas! OMG! That's wonderful! Here are prices are $3.89 for regular and up to $4.07 for premium. And it may go up soon as they will be switching to "winter blend" gas in a month or two.

Annie - So glad you had a nice time with your DS. What is a cornhole tournament?? BTW, my tomatoes are finally starting to ripen! Yum!! Lots of cherry and grape tomatoes....and a few of the regular tomatoes too. Yes, I have photos. I have a before photo of myself from last Xmas. Yuck. No current photos, but I'll see if DH can take one. I've been meaning to tell you. My niece (in her mid 20s) just had lap band surgery a few weeks ago. Not sure of the exact type of lap band. I hope she's aware of all the do's and don'ts in terms of what she can and cannot eat/drink from now on. They haven't inflated the band yet...so there's little or no restriction yet. I hope it helps her and I hope she commits to the necessary lifestyle changes to make it work.

Madcat - You live in Toronto, right? My DH and I have talked about moving to Toronto or the suburbs someday. What's it like? I wonder how difficult it would be to move to Canada in terms of getting permission to move there, work there, etc. I hope your knees and hips feel better. My PT is really focusing on my hip flexors, quads, hamstrings and glutes. I didn't know there were that many ways my legs/hips could bend! :yikes: :lol:

Ruth - I hope Hershey is doing well. I'm sure you miss her terribly. Sending lots of love and hugs to you, Hersh and Disney.

Ceejay - I wish our Walmart had good produce and meats....our grocery store is better for that. But I buy frozen foods and staples at Walmart. Bummer that you can't be with your relatives over labor day weekend.

Gotta get going, ladies. I have A TON of work to get done!

Love and hugs to all,

ceejay52
08-25-2008, 06:51 PM
I don't want to go back to work tomorrow.:tantrum:I'm still tired.

I did some errands today but that's about it.

happy2bme
08-25-2008, 06:58 PM
Look out Ceejay - the remants of Hurricane Fay are easing up your way. We've had torrential downpours for most of the afternoon.

Michelle - I'm glad you got a good therapist but ouch on the massage. I hate those deep tissue ones - especially if "Helga" is a bit ambitious.

Our gas came down to about $3.30 for the lowest grade. One of the grocery chains here gives you 5 cents a gallon off for every $25 you spend. It's good for 30 days and you can get up to 15 gallons. With being more careful with driving I can almost stretch it to filling up every 2 weeks so with 2 shopping trips in between, I can generally rack up a pretty good discount. But you guys are way higher on gas than down here.

I have scheduled a vacation day the day after Labor Day. Going to use the longer weekend to tackle that garage.

The cat came in when it started to pour and she wants out in the worst way but when we open the door she's not venturing out. She keeps going to the door every 5 minutes - did it stop raining yet???

Gotta go make dinner now...

Shad
08-25-2008, 08:30 PM
Morning all,
Not a lot to report here , it's fine, smoggy and warm. I've shifted office so I can see outside. There is a mosque down there, a raft of orange-red tiled houses - well shanties really - some tall white buildings and some blue glass ones with pointy bits on them. I suspect that I will get to hear the muzzein call from here 5 times today. Still it will be worth it to get some air con and a view.
I'm sort of in limbo on this project. Stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. I'm having problems getting people to training. I'm having a few problems with what to train them because sometimes times are changing immediately after I have finished the doco. Go live is next Monday and I don't really care too much at this time.

Having said that, I'd better start to care and go get the stuff for today sorted out. No personals today I'm sorry, maybe tonight.

Shy Moment
08-25-2008, 08:31 PM
Just popping in to say hi. Things are going slowly around here with this darn knee but I am getting things done. Can't wait to head out to the camp grounds for the long weekend. Little Bella got to experience nature face to face last night. Not the cute little bunnies that she loves to chase around the yard. Oh No. She got to meet a skunk face to face. It is a lovely experience to try to make your sweet little dog not smell like a skunk. It is even a nicer experience to get her kind of not smelling like a skunk and then wake up with her sleeping RIGHT BY YOUR FACE. I tried to make her sleep in her bed but she was so afraid after her experience she didn't want to be away from me. I thought ok you can sleep with me, she always sleeps at the foot of the bed. NOT last night she didn't lol.

diyana
08-26-2008, 08:55 AM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

I didn't get to the gym last night, but I did do lots of stretching. And I stretched some more this morning. I can still feel areas of tightness, but the pain has lessened a bit.

Happy - I'm glad all you got out of Fay was rain. Wow, your gas is much cheaper down there. I need to fill up just about every 8 or 9 days (if I carpool). Good for you for taking a longer Labor Day weekend. We need to tackle our garage, basement and the rest of the house for that matter. The garage we'll get done while the weather is relatively nice, but the basement is a project for cold wintery days.

Ceejay - I hope you have a good work week. Do you have to work all Labor Day weekend?

Shad - I can totally understand your frustration. It's hard when things keep changing and also when people don't make training a priority in their schedule. Enjoy your outside view. When the muzzein calls, do people take a break from their jobs to go pray for a certain amount of time? Are the calls at specific times...or is it random. I'm thinking it would be difficult to schedule training around muzzein calls.

Rennie - Take it easy with your knee...and rest when it tells you to. Poor Bella! I hope the skunk scent fades soon.

A big :wave: to Annie, Ruth, Madcat, Carla, Mel and anyone else I may have missed.

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
08-26-2008, 08:56 AM
Good morning ladies,

Quick shot for me today. Had my hearing checked yesterday. Doc says I'm doing just fine. My concern about inability to hear at times he said is perfectly normal. As we age we lose the ability to focus out all the other background noise and listen to just one thing - hence we think we are missing hearing stuff when it's really all the other simultaneous noises that are poking their noses into our ears. He said we just have to learn to adapt, just like we do as our eyes get weaker. As for the water in the ears, he said I have a curved eardrum which is quite normal. Just gives the water more room to settle down. Some "Swimmers Ear" drops with alchohol ( no not that kind :hat: ) will help to clear things up. And he showed me a better way to drain the water out.

So at least with visiting all these doctors I am getting confirmation that I'm not as decrepit as I thought I was :lol:

Oh Shy - yuck, yuck yuck. Bella would not be sleeping with me if she went out tangoing with a skunk! :eek: Geez a fresh one will bring tears to your eyes. But hopefully she has learned she can never win a confrontation with one :lol:

That's quite an interesting view you have there Shad. But at least you have a bit of the cooling winds of the a/c. I would think the muzzein would drive me nuts after a while or is it more like a ticking clock that you ignore?

How you doin' Mel? (She says in her best Joey Tribiani New Yok immitation) :lol: Hope you are feeling better.

Feeling a bit less kinked up today Michelle?

When's the ice cream party Annie? My boss must have heard me envying you as she is setting up a team social event for Friday :cp: We also get out early for the holiday. Something to LOOK FORWARD TO! :yay:

C'mon Ceejay - out of bed and off to work like the rest of us :lol:

:wave: Madcat, Ruth and the rest of the crew.

I hear Mr. Curly yowling for his breakfast out back. Just fed Mr. Feral so I have to make sure the boys don't start something with each other. Have a good one...

happy2bme
08-26-2008, 08:58 AM
:wave: Michelle - I see we posted over each other. Sounds like it's going to take a while to get all the tightness relaxed. Just take it slow as you well know :hug:

MELODY525
08-26-2008, 09:35 AM
MICHELLE...GLAD THE PT IS A GOOD ONE. THEY ARE HARD TO FIND SOMETIMES. ALSO VERY HAPPY TO HEAR THE PAIN IS LESSENING. :hug: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOUR BACK AND ALSO TO YOUR NIECE. I HOPE SHE WILL DO VERY WELL!! :cheer3:

MADCAT...TAKE THE KUDOS ANYWAY! :rofl: I HOPE THE BODY FEELS BETTER SOON AND SEND SOME GOOD OLD-FASHIONED HUGS :hug: :hug: HOW IS MR. MADCAT?
MISSED YOU LADY!

CEEJAY...HOPE THE DAY GOES QUICKLY FOR YOU! I CAN UNDERSTAND THE FEELING OF NOT WANTING TO GO BACK!!! :lol3: :lol3:

HAPPY...HOPE IT ALL WENT WELL WITH THE DR APPT. :hug: YOU CAN HAVE CHINESE WITH ME ANY DAY!! :eating2: LOVE CHINESE!! THE BUTTERFLY WAS TOO WONDERFUL AND I CAN JUST IMAGINE THE DH IN HIS GLORY!! I STILL REMEMBER ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THAT ALBUM ON THE NET!! MAYBE YOU SHOULD POST THE LINK TO WEBSHOTS AGAIN. OTHERS MIGHT LIKE TO LOOK AT THE DH'S HANDIWORK! I WILL TAKE A LONG HOLIDAY WITH YOU....MIGHT EVEN HELP YOU WITH THE GARAGE:encore:

SHAD...DON'T WORRY ABOUT PERSONALS. JUST FOCUS ON GOING LIVE. SENDING MANY HUGS TO YOU AS WELL :hug: PORANGI IS IMPROVING...OF SORTS :rofl:

RENNIE...PU!!!!!!!!! :cry: POOR BELLA. HOPE THE KNEE FEELS BETTER. HAPPY CAMPING!

ANNIE...I THINK WE ARE ALL GOING TO MOVE BY YOU. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND US ALL JOBS OK?? I LIKE ALL THE EVENTS THE COMPANY DOES. MUST BE WONDERFUL TO HAVE ALL THESE GET TOGETHERS!! :dance:

:wave: TO OUR BUSY RUTH!!

CARLA....HOPE EVERY DAY BRINGS YOU BACK TO BEING 100% OR AS CLOSE AS YOU WERE TO THAT FIGURE!! :hug: NOW IS THE TIME FOR A GOOD OLD CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE!! :getwell:

:write: I HOPE I HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN ANYONE. I DIDN'T TAKE NOTES AND JEN'S NOT HERE.
I WAS GOING FOOD SHOPPING BUT JUST NOT UP TO IT. JEN AND RICHIE ARE GOING FRIDAY INSTEAD. I REALLY DON'T NEED TOO MUCH CAUSE I DID A LOT LAST WEEK IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS PATCH OF RECURRING BAD ROAD.
PART OF ME IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEPTEMBER. I COULD USE A CHANGE!! OUR BLDG BBQ IS ON THE 4TH AND I CAN SMELL THE BURGERS ALREADY!:burger:
THE SENIORS ARE AT WAR WITH EACH OTHER. A DIVISION OF RACES....AND ALL OVER THE USE OF THE COMMUNITY ROOM AT NIGHT :faint: IT'S BEING LEAD BY 2 "WHITE SUPREMISTS"(SP) GOD SAVE US FROM IGNORANCE! :rollpin: HOPING THAT THIS TOO SHALL PASS OR IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY LONG WINTER.
I AM STAYING INDOORS TODAY. TOO HUMID. AND THE KIDS ARE SPENDING TIME HERE TODAY.:beach:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

MELODY525
08-26-2008, 09:41 AM
HELLO HAPPY :wave: THE SOCIAL SOUNDS NICE TOO. GLAD ANNIE'S HINTS GOT TO YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS! :rofl: GLAD THE VISIT WENT WELL. I TELL THE SENIORS THEY SUFFER FROM "SURROUND SOUND". EVERYTHING GOING IN BUT THE PERSON STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM :rofl: ME INCLUDED!!

MICHELLE...GLAD THE PAIN IS STILL LESSENING :hug: