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Shad
08-31-2008, 07:14 PM
Here we go again.
Time to see what we can achieve in the month of September.

I think (I'm not home on my own scales) that I have achieved my 2kg for this month. The scale here has gone down almost 4kg but I know I have not lost 9lb odd so I'll accept the two and try for another 2 this month.

What challenges are the rest of you putting in your path for the month?

Old thread.........Click here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=147976)


MELODY525
08-31-2008, 10:04 PM
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f97/georgiaangel52682/Celebrations/Other%20Holidays%20and%20Special%20Occasions/labor-th.gif

HAVE A FUN AND SAFE LABOR DAY!

THANKS SHADDIE FOR BRINGING US OVER THE HURDLES OF AUGUST AND ON TO NEW AND EXCITING GOALS!! I AM READY!! I KEPT THE 1 LB OFF FOR THE MONTH AND AM HOPING TO GET ANOTHER ONE OFF THIS MONTH. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AUGUST GOAL :cheer3:

#1-I HAVE PLANS TO BE A LITTLE STRICTER WITH FOOD CHOICES THIS MONTH AS WELL AND SEE IF I CAN REAP SOME REWARDS. I DON'T WANT TO SIT HERE GETTING FATTENED UP LIKE THE CELEBRATORY THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY!!
:rofl:

#2- GOING TO BE AS POSITIVE AND DRAMA FREE THIS MONTH AS POSSIBE. I THINK I CAN MANAGFE THESE TWO SIMPLE GOALS AND GET AHEAD!!
:beach:

SWEET DREAMS EVERYONE AND GOOD MORNING KAURANGI!! HAERA RA

happy2bme
09-01-2008, 12:01 AM
Hey, maybe it's September where you are but I'm still clinging to August over here :lol:

Thanks for setting up the new thread. Although are you SURE you wanted to use the word SASSY in the title? You know how we try to comply with the theme :rofl:

Well shoot, I'm a bit disappointed. I thought I had lost more weight last month, but it's really only about 4 pounds. I did hit a bump mid month which is why it seems like I have taken off more than just a few bits.

My challenges this month -
1) to continue going to the gym and pushing myself to do more or exhert more effort each week
2) planning the meals and logging what I eat. So critical for success and something I tend to slack off of.
3) I would be quite thrilled if I could lose 10 pounds this month. There are 5 weigh in Mondays so at 2 pounds per week, 10 is doable. Particularly if I stick with portions and logging.

Congrats Shad on the 4kg down. It's more difficult when you are travelling and have to make do with your surroundings. Great efforts, I am proud of you!!!

Congrats on your pound down too Mel. Hard fought I'm sure. I think keeping the drama out is the best thing you can do for yourself.

I'm hoping less stress will melt off some of the belly fat. :D I am starting to believe the stories of coritzol (sp?) - seeing more and more what stress does to mess up the mechanisms of the body. Must...calm...down...

Tomorrow is a holiday and while I don't mind going to the gym (should not get out of the routine), I didn't see why we had to get up at 5am. I begged DH for an extra hour of sleep. We'll go at 6:30. Then we are planning breakfast on the patio. I have some lovely fresh fruits, fresh coffee, English muffins and some of DH's yummy eggs. We sat out a bit today - the hummingbirds are in a frenzy and adorable to watch. We have 3 kinds of woodpeckers at the feeders including a baby red belly. The cardinals had a baby too and brought it along. Bluejays decided to see what was going on and so did several of the little wrens. It was so nice out there. And I found a butterfly egg in my parsley. I just hope the bloody raccoon or whatever it was that came and decimated it doesn't eat it all up - egg and all again. I was reading about swallowtail butterflys when the baby hatched and they lay their eggs in parsley. Sure enough, the tiny yellow bubble matches the picture exactly. DH and I are very excited. :D :D

Ok, I have to get to bed. See you in September chicks...


ceejay52
09-01-2008, 12:02 AM
for me no fast foods and no eating heavy meals after 7.30 p.m.

ceejay52
09-01-2008, 12:04 AM
Happy
I like your goals.

Shad
09-01-2008, 01:06 AM
Happy - I wasn't aware that DH laid eggs!!!! This I must see next time I am there.

And September is sassy - not you lot.

MELODY525
09-01-2008, 08:40 AM
Awwww shucks maam....and I lay awake all last night thinking of ways to be sassy this month!!!

HAPPY~ I TOO LIKE THOSE GOALS. VERY DOABLE. HOPE THE EGG SURVIVES AND HOW COOL TO BE ABLE TO SEE MOTHER NATURE AT HER FINEST AND WITH ALL THOSE BIRDS!! MY GRANDSON WOULD BE THRILLED!!! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/ktrice/Emoticons/sherisbird.gif

CEEHAY~ GREAT GOALS TOO! I SHOULD BE LIKE YOU AND NO HEAVEY MEALS LATE. GOOD IDEA.

:cofdate: WELL NOTHING IS NEW SINCE LAST NIGHT :rofl: NO ALARMS YESTERDAY OR THIS MORNING. THE SUN IS OUT IN ALL IT'S GLORY SO I WILL GO AND SIT A SPELL LATER ON. 62 DEGREES! I BETTER TAKE A SWEATER!! :brr: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY

Madcat
09-01-2008, 10:36 AM
Sassy is a good word! I think trying to stay sassy is a good goal.

Happy~ I am a firm believer in the cortisol/ fat link. I love that you get to sleep in AND get to go to the gym. You go girl. Butterfly eggs in parsley is a strangely poetic idea.

Mel~ You are innately sassy. Enjoy the lovely weather. Positive and drama free is a good goal.

Shad~ If you see Happy’s DH laying eggs, please take pictures! Good work in August. You attained a goal even with all the coming and going. Great job!

Ok, so I have my annual poke and prod tomorrow and I’m a bit disappointed in myself that I’m not lighter. I’ll have to listen to my Dr go on about how I should lose weight yada yada yada. I was 4 lbs lighter on Thursday. I honestly believe that I am finally on the right track - I just need to fine-tune my approach a bit. I’ve been eating better and I feel good. I just need to start getting results.

My goals for September: to reintroduce more weights into my routine; write if I bite; and ultimately, to see the 160s (or 73 KG) by the end of September. There I said it.

Good luck to all of us on our goals!!

happy2bme
09-01-2008, 12:18 PM
Hey there sassy babes,

Mel and Madcat - I like your new avatars!!!

Madcat, I agree that when you fall off the wagon, it's best to start reinforcing good habits first rather than trying to tackle everything at once. You are on the right track and I think we're all getting in line behind you.

I don't know about DH laying eggs tho sometimes he does seem to drop a goose egg or two :lol:

I like the picture of the grandson Mel. Enjoy that cool morning air. Take a deep breath or two before it gets smoggy.

Shad - I would have told you about DH's aiggs but then you would have taken pictures and then :dunno: :lol: Hope the cut over is going well...

Ceejay - I agree with you on the no heavy meals. Sometimes when I'm running late supper is too late too. Although I am going to put the kabosh on the cereal for supper thing - that's just as bad as heavy food for me. Better to have "aiggs".

Which reminds me, I went grocery shopping yesterday and they are doing a new thing of cooking stuff (to sell cookbook binders and all sorts of gadgetry no doubt). They were sampling some oven baked chicken and marinated cole slaw. Very good stuff. One lady stopped by, looked at the recipe and just yapped and carried on about the fat content in it. She was really annoying. I almost wanted to tell her to zip the lip and go get some cabbage sprouts. Then I turned to her and said well... if you look this recipe is made with chicken thighs, if you used chicken breasts or tenders it would cut the calories in half. And if you used olive oil for the cole slaw you are using a good fat. You do realize that you NEED a small amount of healthy fats in your diet, don't you? She looked flustered and stammered - well it's my daughters who are harping on me about the fats. I thought she was probably thinking you old cow, what do you know? But instead I said yes, girls will think that but you do need the healthy kind of fats for good skin, hair nails and gall bladder functions. I normally wouldn't have said anything to her but she was just ripping the poor woman who was cooking a new :censored: and all the poor lady was doing was just giving out samples and following the store supplied recipe :rolleyes:

Anyway, I wanted to make that cole slaw with the grilled pork chops we will have tonight and it needs to marinate for several hours so ... see you later chickies. Happy Labor Day to those of us laboring ;)

carla49
09-01-2008, 12:31 PM
Yes, September is here, and with it an attempt to be sassy - more likely to succeed in being sappy :lol: or, even worse, saggy :lol3: - but there you are. Lots of goals in the wind from all the worldlies, time to jump on that bandwagon! It's the no more excuses diet: no more wine, no more chocolate, no more bread excesses, no more mindless snacking, no more avoiding exercise. Today's goal: pump up the bike tires and go for a ride, eat properly. September's goal: at least 6 lbs down. Heck, I may even correct my ticker to a more realistically large number!

Many thanks to Happy and Michelle for inspiring us to exercise and eat properly. And congrats to those who've managed to lose or maintain instead of gain over the summer. You go girls! :carrot: :carrot:

Gotta go, no time for personals right now. :wave:

annie175
09-01-2008, 07:46 PM
Happy September....can you believe it. It is already going into fall, summer was rainy and sucky with few nice days.

Made it back from St. Louie about 3 this afternoon. We had a marvelous time. Poolside two days, with margaritas on the second day. The baby was absolutely adorable. So sweet and snuggly, and smelled wonderful. She never cried once in the two days she was passed around among about 10 people. I was sad to leave her. We won't be going back till the last weekend in October. She will be 2 1/2 mos by then.

Jeff is a cop. He works undercover on the gang unit. Believe it or not, I met him on Eharmony. Come to find out he lives just 4 1/2 miles from me. He stopped by before we left to go to St. Louis, then he came by when I got home. He is a great dad, as he has had custody of his two kids 14 and 17 for the past 5 years. It will be a slow process as his kids come first and foremost so getting together thru the week will be next to never. I do admire him for that, however I like being around him A LOT. He is 6'1", has all his thick hair, a tiny bit receding, a goatee, and is 44, will be 45 in January. So I am 3 1/2 years older than him. giggle giggle.

My September goals is to do stomach crunches and keep walking with my work buddies. That's a start. I just really don't like exercising. whine whine whine.

Everyone have a great evening and a marvelous day tomorrow.

Hello Everyone...

Love and Hugs

Shy Moment
09-01-2008, 08:21 PM
Shad
Congrats on making your goal. Feel good about yourself don't you :).

Just got back from camping and haven't even gotten everything out of the car so I don't have much time to chat. Have the down stairs cleaned and want to get everything put away then I will clean the upstairs and do laundry. You would think everyone that was here could have at least ran the sweeper lol. Oh well, same old same old. I want to take off the weight this month that the wonderful meads have put back on me. Might not get it all off in one month but I have a goal and I want to make it. Today was the last day I had to take the meads so I will do a weigh in this wednesday and know the total damage. I am thinking its going to be around 15 pounds all together. That is nothing. Will be gone in no time or at least not much time lol. Good outlook is always the way to face the future.

1day@atime
09-01-2008, 10:10 PM
Hello Ladies,

Sassy September, I can do that.

My September Goals: POST here more often, (2) journal, journal, journal and (3) continue my workouts... i'm up to 4 times a week.

Shad
09-01-2008, 10:12 PM
Morning all,
Some good goals coming out of Septembers sassiness. No we will NOT be saggy come end of month Carla. We will be smart instead.

Go live has gone reasonably smoothly with only a couple of problems with scanning invoices and the secret squirrels can't get much to work on the payroll. They are slowly working through their issues. I've been doing a bit of training and a bit of doco and checking on the people as I go. No tissues needed so far.

Been to gym in the mornings and last night went for a swim as well - so the exercise is being kept up. The sweat this morning after 35 minutes was horrendous. I was a puddle. Don't suppose it helped that last nights dinner included broccoli and garlic. Such is life. The other two had the same as well and since we are all sitting in the same place together. We only had a sort swim as they were about to dose the pool with some chemical and we didn't want to turn green. It was nice. Nice balmy night, warm, tropical, slight breeze and would have been fantastic apart from the Iman who chanted and prayed at the top of his voice for the best part of an hour. These people sure get into the swing of Ramadan.
Some of those at work are observing Ramadan which means fasting during the hours of light and half light. So there are some anxious people around at about 3.pm waiting for the darkness. I'd hate to be a chicken during Ramadan I can tell you.
A lot of the roadside foodstalls have packed up for the month. Much of the place is deserted. Traffic seems to be down as well - no bad thing - so people must be staying home or going on holiday. Apparently the place empties out at the end of Ramadan (Lebaneron SP) when the annual migration to the home village starts. It can then take hours and hours to get out of the city. Ticket prices double and people close down their businesses for the pilgrimage to the country. Glad we won't be here for that.

Okay - I've spent so long talking about life that I need to go and find some victims. I'll be back

ceejay52
09-01-2008, 11:50 PM
I've had a busy day. My aunt and I went for a walk and this afternoon help my uncle in the yard. I raked the yard after he mowed.

Saw 6 turkey this morning. It looked like a family their were 4 smaller turkey.
This was in my uncle's back yard.

They had a birthday cook out for me today. the four year old couldn't wait to show me the birhday cake. She's a sweetie.

I'm not sure how long I have before I lose signal.

I'll be going to the ear nose and throat doctor in the morning and then get the oil changed in the Rav. I hope I get home in time to pay the rent and deposit my pay check.

Mel
You can be sassy any time you want to.

Shad and Happy
Good for you in getting in that exercise. Ineed to be more deligent.

Madcat, Carla, Annie,Rennie, Michelle :wave:

More later. It's past my bedtime.

MELODY525
09-02-2008, 09:02 AM
MADCAT~ "WRITE IF I BITE"....:lol3: GOOD GOAL!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE POKE AND PROD. :hug: HOPE THEY AREN'T TOO MEAN....OR WE'LL JUST HAVE TO GO WITH YOU NEXT TIME :rollpin:

HAPPY AND MADCAT....LOVE THE AVATARS :rofl:

HAPPY~ WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE OLD SAYING "IF YOU HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY THAN SAY NOTHING AT ALL? EVERY TIME I HEAR SOMEONE IN PUBLIC BEING SO OUTSPOKEN I WANT TO SCREAM. SOMEHOW PEOPLE ALL OVER THINK THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE RIGHT!!! HOW DID THE SLAW COME OUT???:hun"

ANNIE~ VERY HAPPY FOR YOU. TAKING IT SLOW IS MUCH BETTER THAN RUSHING. ENJOY GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER...AND EACH OTHER'S KIDS!!

RENNIE~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE GOALS ANDN THE WEIGH IN!! HOPE THE TRIP WAS FUN.

PATTY...POST HERE....:rofl: GOOD LUCK WITH THE GOALS!!

SHAD...I WOULD SO MUCH LKIKE TO BE SMART-AZZED AT THE END OF THE MONTH THAN SAGGY :rofl: GLAD TO HEAR THE GO LIVE IS GOING WELL! AFTER ALL THE WORK I BET YOU AND THE OTHERS ARE HAPPY. HAPPY RAMADAN TO YOU :encore: BUT DON'T STARVE YOURSELF!!

CEEJAY...HAPPY BIRTHDAY COOKOUT!! THAT WAS NICE. SOUNDS LIKE YOU GOT IN SOME GOOD EXERCISE AND OUTDOOR TIME WITH THE RAKING TOO. KIDS CAN BE CUTE WHEN THEY GET EXCITED ABOUT CAKES AND CELEBRATIONS. I'LL TRY NOT TO BE TOO SASSY THOUGH :lol3:

:COFDATE: GOOD MORNING CHICKLETS. NOT MUCH NEW YET. FEELING A BIT SLEEPY TODAY. I FELT LIKE MY DREAM LASTED ALL NIGHT. EVER HAVE ONE OF THEM. THEY JUST GO ON AND ON AND ON! :faint: I NEED TO GET DRESSED AND MAKE "MONDAY" MORNING REPORTS. THEN MAYBE OUTSIDE AND BACK HOME. NOTHING INTERESTING.
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

diyana
09-02-2008, 11:13 AM
Good morning ladies --

I'm way behind on reading the posts and I'm crazy busy today. I had a wonderful 4 day weekend.....so relaxing and fun. And we had gorgeous weather. Today it's back to work and then I'm going to get the shot in my back this afternoon. I'll catch up more later.

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
09-02-2008, 01:02 PM
Good morning chickee babes,

Looks like Gustav is inching his way towards our backyard. I guess he'll get here tonight. I hope I have time to get the steaks on the grill for supper before it hits. Going to be rainy the next 4 days and the steaks just don't grill up that well in my electric oven - I much preferred the gas broiler. When I picked up meat, I was just thinking - holiday weekend - MUST BBQ.

We made grilled pork chops last night - oh so tender and yummy. The cole slaw was good too - I'm not a fan of vinegar and the cider vinegar was a bit strong for my liking but it gave a good balance to the meal. I also had baked cinnamon apples and fresh green beans from the farmers market that we almost sugar sweet. I REALLY enjoyed dinner last night :lol:

I am happy to say that I actually got into the garage yesterday and made my way through 5 boxes. Going to toss out the 20 year old VCR - it still works fine but I don't have VHS tapes any more. Actually I have a few exercise videos and we have a combo tape / disc unit that we barely use. We don't even rent movies any more - if we want to see something we use the pay per view on cable. Must be getting more popular as I see the Blockbuster Video rental place down the street closed down. I used to collect music boxes and although a part of me didn't want to, I also tossed some of the "lesser" ones. Trying to follow the principal of "don't keep it around unless you absolutely love it". There's only so much clutter you can keep. I am on the fence about keeping the cable car I got in San Francisco. So it's in the "thinking about it" cabinet. :lol: But I did manage to clean out alot. Garage is looking good. More to work on today. It feels good to accomplish something.

Michelle - good luck with the shot, I'm sure you're looking forward to it in a way that it will give you some needed relief! Glad to hear you enjoyed your weekend.

Mel - you going to squeeze into the cat suit and whip the folks into shape? :lol: THAT will get the attention of the construction boys. Wowza :rofl: Speaking of dreams, ever have a good one, you wake up to roll over or something and you try and get it back again and it just eludes you?

Ceejay - sounds like you got a good workout in, even if it was unintentional. The party your family had for you sounds nice. Sometimes it's nice to have a fuss made over you :o I went to see an ENT last week. He was soooo nice. Very helpful advice too.

Shad - are you saying broccoli makes you sweat even more? I am trying to figure out a way to get more garlic in without the accompaning "essence" that goes along with it. Maybe if my diet consisted mostly of asparagus and garlic they WOULD let me work at home :rofl: I first learned about Ramadan from one of my co-workers. We teased him for his ultra spicy foods that we swear melted the plastic containers and he generally ate very healthy. Except at Ramadan when at sunset he'd come rushing into our office to raid the community cookie box. Food, food, give me ANYTHING I'm so hungry :lol: He said on some rare occasions Ramadan happens over the summer when the days are much longer - that is brutal he said. Maybe things will be nicer for you if everyone left town. Of course that will probably make the calls to prayer much more prominent. Too bad your swim got cut short though. Maybe tomorrow. We can do laps together clear across the world :swim:

Welcome back Patty!

Shy - I'm sure you'll get that weight off in no time.

Annie - not enough age difference to call you a cougar but Jeff sounds like a cutie. Hope you can find some time to spend together. At least things will go slow and you can get to know each other well. There's always talking on the phone - that's how DH and I started out.

Carla - did you get that bike ride in? Michelle inspired me, now if you say I inspired you that means you have to hop to it so that you can be someone else's inspiration and we'll form a big conga line :dancer: :dancer: :dancer: Of course my ultimate inspiration has always been Shad who would probably melt me in a puddle if she was my personal trainer :drill:

Madcat - good luck with the poke and prod. I'm overdue for the boob stretch - probably should make an appointment as I think of it now as next month is Breast Exam Awareness and they get pretty booked up. So thanks for the reminder. Hope all goes well for you. If the doc starts hollering, tell them you are already working on it. That usually quiets them down.

I got up early to wake DH up - he had to work today, I am on holiday. I went back to bed for what was to be just one more hour of sleep - tossed and turned and my last thought was "if I'm just going to lay here I might as well get up" when off I went to the deep sleep I had wanted for the last 3 hours. So I slept in more than I wanted to and now the day is half over. Better go find something for lunch and get busy...

diyana
09-02-2008, 02:38 PM
Hi all -

My September goals are to:
1. Eat more on plan (I've been a bit too FLEXIBLE with my food choices)
2. No heavy meals after 7:30
3. Get back to the gym a MINIMUM of 3 days per week (preferably 4 or 5)
4. Do flexibility exercises at least once per day.
5. Be very sassy!

Don't know if I remembered to mention that DH is going to Mexico for work this weekend. He's got to get vaccinations for his trip today...so we'll both be a little sore from injections this evening. He'll be gone a week (and over my birthday too - drat). We had tickets to a baseball game on my birthday, so now I'll have to go with a friend. It will be his first trip to Mexico, so he should have a nice time soaking up the culture and cervezas (beer) :lol: when the work is done at the end of the day.

Annie - Jeff does sound great! And as long as you like him, so do we. Glad you're taking it nice and slow. Enjoy the dating/courtship.

Happy - Congrats on the 4 lb weight loss! That's wonderful! I wish I'd known you came up for the Harley 100th. We attended a bunch of the festivities and could've met up with you. The Harley events are lots of fun and it is good revenue for the city and surrounding area. It's so cool to have thousands of people come to our area from all over the world (Australia, Brazil, Europe, etc.) for a big party. I'm SOOOOO HAPPY for you for the great testing results you're seeing. And so proud of how committed you are to exercising. You go, girlfriend!! I'd actually prefer to walk across England over walking across Greece. I don't do well in the heat. Of course, walking across England reminds me of the movie "American Werewolf in London" (beware of the moors). I just love The Day the Earth Stood Still movie! Great stuff. I love sci fi shows and movies (especially those on BBC America like Doctor Who, Torchwood and a new show...Primeval). Good thinking to go darker with your hair color. Greenish hair is not attractive (Being blonde, I used to occasionally have it as a kid from swimming too much in the pool.) I hope your tummy feels better. Thanks for all the Alzheimer prevention tips. I'd have to be careful with taking a shower with my eyes closed....I could mix up shampoo, conditioner and liquid body wash. I'll try the other stuff though. Sounds like you had a lovely Labor Day breakfast. I hope you don't get too much rain/wind from Gustav. Can you give me your recipe for baked cinnamon apples, please? I'm glad you're relaxing and enjoying your extra day off.

Ruth - I hope Hershey is doing better. Give her a big hug for me.

Ceejay - I hope you had a nice long weekend. Good for you for counting carbs, and logging so many steps! I like your goal of no heavy meals after 7:30, so I added it to my list. How nice that you got to spend a great day with your relatives.

Carla - Sounds like you (and Happy??) are planning a fun trip to the Big Apple in November. What a fun trip to look forward to! You should have a great time! I understand why you've stopped getting massage. And for me, where they have to massage (and where I have to get the shot today) is just above my left butt cheek...so I always apologize for mooning the doctors/therapists! :lol: I hope your kitty feels better. A trip to Provence sounds wonderful....you really are the world traveler aren't you?!

Shad - Good for you for losing 4kg! :congrats: After this current job, you certainly deserve a beautiful and relaxing trip to France and Italy! A walk across England tour sounds great! I'm hoping that my DH's next work trip will be to England and that we'll be able to afford to get me a ticket to go with him. I can understand your disappointment at the orchid billboard that was an admonishment to pay tolls. How crazy is that. I'm glad to hear that go live has gone smoothly. There are always issues, but as long as they are small and easily remedied...it's all good. Good for you for keeping up with the exercise.

Rennie - What's wrong with Scotch? One of my fave drinks is a Jack and Coke. Glad you had a nice time camping. And :congrats: on your positive outlook.

Mel - Congrats on your weight loss! I'm glad you got a little relaxing in over the weekend, even though Saturday was full of firey watery excitement. I'm glad that you're finding ways to reduce stress. So those construction guys are hotties, huh? A little eye candy to brighten your mood! :love: I'd love to go to the White Cliffs of Dover. The photos look so lovely.

Madcat - Great goals! I love the phrase "write if I bite".

Patty - Great to hear from you! :woohoo: on exercising 4 days a week! You rock, girlfriend!

Okay, ladies, I think I'm all caught up! You've been a busy lot these past few days. Even though it's after Labor Day, I'm still holding on to summer. It's in the 90s here today, and the leaves haven't started turning yet....so it IS summer. I do enjoy autumn....but I don't want wintry weather to come until mid-December. Do any of you have enough clout with Mother Nature to make this happen for me?

I hope you're all having a great day!

Love and hugs,

Shy Moment
09-02-2008, 09:12 PM
di
lol I am not going to drink anything that tastes like gas smells lol. Hubby happens to like Chivas Regal single malt scotch. I buy him a bottle for christmas each year. This has been a tradition from our first Christmas together.

ceejay52
09-02-2008, 09:33 PM
Rennie
You are to funny.

Happy
Gustauv (sp) is supposed to arrive around 9 p.m. here. We are getting the outer band that is producing tornado. We're under a watch now. Your steaks sound good. He's still holding together. Just not as strong.

Madcat
Good luck with the poke and prod.

Hello to the rest :wave:

Went to the ENT this morning. Didn't like what he told me. I have a deviated septum which means I'll have to have surgery to correct it. He wanted me to try to take the Sudafed 240mg every other day, but I told him I'd missed one dose and it started all over again, and that fall is a bad time for me. Then he said wait until it freezes then try. I know what will happen. I also have some ear wax that's stuck to my ear drum. He tried to vacuum it out again but the pressure on my ear was enough to make me cringe. He stopped and told me to use hydrogen peroxide twice a week for a month. I can't even think about scheduling surgery until Bud is back or until they hire some one. He did tell me that if it caused my blood pressure to rise to stop taking it.

After this I went to have the oil changed in the Rav. They found a cracked drive belt. That took a hunk a change. Good thing I'm working some overtime. While I was there two different couples came in from Lousianna.

My aunt called me to ask how my appoinment went. I told her and she is going to tell my uncle. She took my uncle to the doctor Sunday afternoon because he was acting like he was having a stroke. His doctor had given him an extra medication to bring down his blood sugar, he's diabetic, and that med pulled it down to 69. His blood pressure was 114/48. The urgent care doctor told him he was having a hypoglycemic attack. He weighs 200 pounds. She said he was back to his old self today. I was concerned about him Sunday. After this ordeal my blood pressure was 128/105. My cousin told me I needed to go to urgent care.

I need to get some things done just in case we lose power.

Shad
09-02-2008, 09:50 PM
Morning all,
Quick drive through this morning as I am in demand at the moment as they all want me to sit with them to do their 'first' transaction in GSAP. Then I have to go and harrass the managers so they will do their first 'approval' in GSAP so things can get paid and things can get ordered.
Yesterday I was running around all over the building looking after people who like Happy's friend get ratty during Ramadan around 4.00pm. The men more than the women.
I went to a meeting last thing yesterday afternoon. They were doing some Accounts Payable work. They were doing it wrong. I told them where they were going wrong and they didn't believe me. So I asked if any of them had brought the Documentation usb drive along with them. No they hadn't. Ummm why do I provide these things if you won't use them???? So they insisted on the consultant coming down who told them in the same words I had used where they were going wrong. Today, I will take my own USB drive down and have it handy when we run into language difficulties or diverse opinions.

So onto the bosses today. This will be fun. And speaking of which, here comes the first one with his worried frown, so hi ho, hi ho, it's off to inform I go. I will be back.

Shy Moment
09-02-2008, 10:18 PM
cee
At least you found out what is wrong. It is surgery and that is never good but hubby had the same surgery years ago and is sure glad he had it done. Chin up lol they could have told you your nose was going to fall off in 24 hours lol.

happy2bme
09-02-2008, 11:56 PM
Hi ladies,

Back to the gym tomorrow so that means an early to bed probably no posting morning for me.

We have 8 yes 8 and counting upwards Black Swallowtail butterfly eggs in my parsley. I'm so excited. There's still lots of parsley left untouched so I daresay we might see more eggs. The hummingbirds are swarming the yard - I look count after 12. Our new pool cover is in, they want to know when we want to schedule closing the pool :( I did get in up to my knees this weekend but I doubt strongly that I'll be swimming in it this year. The air has cooled down and the water is too cool too. If we hit a day of 95 with the hot sun overhead, maybe I could stand it for 15 minutes. I'd love to pop the light in the pool on and sit outside on the swing at night - it's very peaceful with the water lapping but the mosquitos are munching away on me.

Back to work tomorrow - the 4 days off just really flew. I envy women who get to stay at home. Someday I'll be one too. Maybe. :crossed: Of course not before my time tho. ;)

Gustav is sending us gusty winds but no rain as of yet. Tonight's topic at the Diabetes program was about giving your pantry, cabinets, refrigerator and freezer a good makeover. Tossing out the unhealthy foods. We got alot more stuff tonight than she could cover in one hour so I have some interesting reading at lunchtime this week.

Ceejay -my oh my you've had a terrible day! Sorry things did not go very well for you...

Shad - you have to figure out ways to out maneuver them. Some people refuse to learn no matter what. Passive aggressive I don't want to deal with this stuff...

Michelle - those are great goals. I think by far the hardest thing of all is to keep sticking with and living the good life day after day. Sometimes it just gets tiring. So DH is going to Mexico. How exciting! Pack Immodium. :lol: That's awful that he will have to miss your birthday. Tell him he has to treat you before and after just to make up :s: I think the thing with showering with your eyes closed is to force you to use your other senses. The bottles of conditioner, shampoo and body wash are slightly different. They smell different and since I use more shampoo than conditioner they weight a bit differently too. I did try the eyes closed thing. One thing I won't be trying is shaving my legs with my eyes closed :yikes: Bad enough I can't see the hairs too well but at least I can make out my legs :lol:

Ok, got to get the last of the dishes in the dishwasher and fold that last load of towels and lock up for the night. Ta ta chicks :wave:

happy2bme
09-02-2008, 11:59 PM
Michelle - here's the recipe I used. From KraftFoods.com

Sometimes I just chop the apples and put them in a shallow baking dish and pour the rest of the ingredients over them putting the cheese on last. It cooks up like a casserole and cooks a little faster.

Harvest Baked Apples for 2
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 45 min
Makes: 2 servings, 1 apple each

2 medium baking apples
1/4 cup apple or orange juice
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup shredded CRACKER BARREL 2% Milk Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Tbsp. raisins
1 Tbsp. PLANTERS Chopped Pecans, toasted

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Remove cores from apples to within 1/2 inch of bottoms of apples; pierce skins with a sharp knife. Place apples in shallow baking dish.

COMBINE juice, sugar and cinnamon; pour over apples. Bake for 30 minutes or until apples are soft.

Calories - 220
Total fat - 8 g
Saturated fat - 3.5 g
Cholesterol - 15 mg
Sodium - 95 mg
Carbohydrate - 36 g
Dietary fiber - 4 g
Sugars - 30 g
Protein - 4 g
Vitamin A - 6 %DV
Vitamin C - 8 %DV
Calcium - 10 %DV
Iron - 4 %DV

Shad
09-03-2008, 02:17 AM
I'm going home to try that - shaving with eyes wide shut I mean

Just noticed Happys happy little announcement at the bottom of her siggy.

Pounds down - 2x5 - :woohoo: !:woohoo:!:woohoo:!:woohoo:!:woohoo:!:woohoo:!
And she is right up there with the exercise minutes :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

happy2bme
09-03-2008, 08:09 AM
I'm going home to try that - shaving with eyes wide shut I mean

Oh good heavens, what have I started???? :yikes: :lol:

Thanks for the comment on the ticker. I finally have something to celebrate. :^: A long road ahead of me but at least the first steps are taken.

Didn't make it to the gym this morning. DH got up wracked in pain. I was going to go to the gym myself but it started raining. That combined with not being comfortable driving in the dark of the night, I decided to take a pass. Instead I will go into work early and focus on getting some laps around the building today ala Ceejay. Looks like Gustav has finally arrived. No hurricane force winds and sideways rain but it looks like it will be soggy for the next few days. No wonder the cat was not in any hurry to rush outside this morning.

Have a good one everybody...

Ruthxxx
09-03-2008, 08:27 AM
Oh my! It's the third and I've not checked in - or have I?

Well, I sure haven't met my Sept. 1 goal - too darn much partying and company over the summer. Fun but hard on the body. I go to NC (Asheville) mid-month to meet with some of the MODs and had hoped to be in the 180s but it just ain't a gonna happen. I guess I'll make that my goal for the end of this month.

Thanks for the good wishes for my Hershey. She still isn't showing any improvement but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Reduced water consumption will be the sign that the meds are working. The pills are scary - I have to wear gloves when handling them. It's basically chemo to kill off some of the adrenal cells!

I am going to try very hard to be sassy but it's a bit of a struggle these days.

annie175
09-03-2008, 09:08 AM
Happy Hump Day already....and trash day....I think maybe since the holiday on Monday, trash day might be moved out til tomorrow. However it is out there anyway.

All the girls....what do you take from this statement from Jeff...."I don't NEED anyone, but I WANT someone in my life". I really don't know what to think. My friend, Leanne, said I am like that too, that I don't NEED anyone to survive, but wouldn't mind someone in my life. I think I am just over sensitive as I didn't take my antidepressant. Boohooed around all evening.

MEL....Love the cat whip avatar. It made me laugh.

Rennie....Not much camping time left. How far into the fall do you camp?

Madcat...how did the poke and prod go? Thank God we don't have to do that too many times a year.

Happy...Oh please come and clean out my garage. I would just love to get a big dumpster and start pitching.

Michelle...I like your goals a lot. Especially #5 Be very sassy. I can do that with no problem.

Ceejay...Are you surviving Gustav? Glad your uncle is ok. That sounded scarey.

Shad...you always sound like you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off at work. Probably should wear tennis shoes to work.

Ruth...How is Hershey today? So you didn't make it to the 180's, set a new goal and get sassy about it.

Carla...that is a lot of NO MORE stuff. Here is to the great "NO MORE" success of Ms. Carla.

Hello to anyone I may have missed.

We are having really HOT weather the past 5 days, and will continue thru Friday. It is taking a toll on my garden. This weekend is supposed to be really nice, low 80s. Gustav is supposed to drop rain in Indy starting this afternoon, then be gone by Saturday. Truly, we could use the rain. Everything is so dry and brown. The only good part is I don't have to cut the grass as often.

Better get to work, it is going to be crazy busy today. Have to get a training class put together.

Love and Hugs

MELODY525
09-03-2008, 09:55 AM
MICHELLE...WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?? DO TELL ME CAUSE I COULD USE A REASON TO CELEBRATE :encore:
GOOD LUCK WITH THOSE GREAT GOALS AND ALSO TO DH FOR A SAFE TRIP...BEER OR NO BEER :rofl: YOU CAN HAVE ANOTHER BIRTHDAY WHEN HE COMES BACK!! :dance: GOOD LUCK WITH THE SHOT AND HOPE YOU BOTH FEEL OK. :hug:

CEEJAY...SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DEVIATION. I HAVE ONE TOO. HJEN ALSO. IN FACT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE PROBABLY DO. WE OPTED FOR NO SURGERY. GOOD LUCK!! HOPE THE UNCLE FEELS BETTER. I HAVE HAD 2 VERY BAD EPISODES OF LOW SUGAR THAT WERE SCARY AND NOW TRAVEL WITH FOOD AND JUICE EVERYWHERE I GO. SORRY ABOUT THE RAV'S DRIVE BELT! I HAT TO THINK WHAT THAT SET YOU BACK. HOPE TOO THE STORM HAS FIZZLED OUT ENOUGH SO YOU WILL BE SAFE AND HAVE ELECTRIC!!! :hug:

SHAD....MEN WITH NO FOOD IN THEIR STOMACHS ARE EVEN WORSE!! :rofl: HOPE YOU GOT THRU THE BOSSES STUFF A BIT EASIER. KEEP THE USB NEARBY! YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT WILL COME IN HANDY!! (LIKE I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT) :lol3: :Lol3:

HAPPY~HOPEFULLY GUSTAV WILL ONLY BE BREATHING A BIT HEAVY WHEN HIS REMNANTS KEEP FLYING YOUR WAY. THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE OBIWAN KENOBI! HOPE YOU ARE HAPPILY READING ABOUT YOUR KITCHEN CLOSET CLEARING. JUST READING YOUR POST MADE ME MENTALLY TOSS STUFF OUT IN MINE! :rofl: YOUR PROGRESS SO FAR IS OUTSTANDING. HOPE YOU ARE VERY PROUD OF YOURSELF :cheer: SO SORRY ABOUT THE POOL. NEXT SUMMER YOU CAN SWIM YOUR LITTLE HEART OUT! IN THE MEANTIME YOU HAVE ALL THOSE LITTLE EGGS AND BIRDS TO WATCH!!

RUTH....HOPING BOTH YOU AND HERSHEY WILL BE THE SASSIEST EVER WHEN THIS IS DONE. THINKING ABOUT YOU BOTH :hug: HAS TO BE SCARY WITH THE RUBBER GLOVES AND ALL. MORE HUGS :hug:

ANNIE...FUNNY YOU SHOULD WRITE THE COMMENT ABOUT NEED/WANT. I WAS GOING TO SAY THAT TO YOU YESTERDAY AND THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT IT:rofl: HE IS JUST TRYING TO SAY "BEEN THERE, DONE THAT". I WOULD ASSUME (DANGEROUS WORD) THAT HE MEANS EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID. WE WOMEN, MYSELF INCLUDED, HAVE A TENDANCY TO FEEL A MAN TO "NEEDS" US IN ORDER FOR HIM AND OURSELVES TO SURVIVE. IT'S OUR OLD TRAINING FROM MOM AND GRANDMA...." HOLD HANDS, KISS, ENGAGEMENT, WEDDING, BABIES" TRAINING. DON'T TAKE THE COMMENT TOO PERSONALLY AND TRY TO FIND A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN THOSE TWO...NEED & WANT. THEN "NEED" GETS A LOT SMALLER. :hug:
HOPE YOU GET THE MUCH NEEDED RAIN :rain:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING. HAPPY WEDNESDAY. I AM LATE GETTING UP AND EVEN LATER GETTING GOING. TOMORROW WE GET READY FOR THE BBQ AND THEN IT ALL SET FOR FRIDAY. I MIGHT BE SCARCE. ALREADY THERE ARE THOSE THAT DON'T WANT TO SET UP AND WORK!! :rollpin: I LEFT MESSAGES ON ANSWERING MACHINES AND NOTES ON OFFICE DOORS JUST TO GET THE POINT ACROSS. :rofl:
I AM RESTING UP TODAY. LOTS OF SINUS ACTIVITY SO I AM STAYING INDOORS TILL THE BBQ. MAYBE GO FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW. FINANCES WILL BE A BIT TOUGH FOR FALL AND WINTER. I AM PUTTING ON THE PUSH FOR DEBT PAYING AND CUT SPENDING WAY BACK TILL SOMETIME IN 2009. BESIDES...I HAVE EVERYTHING I NEED....AND I CERTAINLY DON'T NEED ANY CLUTTER. JUST GOT RID OF IT ALL!!! :rofl: SO FAR GOALS THIS YEAR ARE GOING WELL.:dance:
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY/NIGHT :moped:

diyana
09-03-2008, 10:26 AM
Happy Wednesday ladies --

I got the shot in my back yesterday. I'm still a bit sore today...but I know from experience that the pain/soreness will go away in a day or so and I'll be good as new. I asked the doc about the gym. He told me to wait 2 or 3 days before I exercise, and for the first week nothing too intense (no kickboxing, no step classes for a week). So my next day at the gym will probably be tomorrow and I'll do the strength training class followed by the jazz dance class, which is lots of fun. I'm looking forward to seeing my physical therapist today.

Ceejay - I'm so glad your uncle is okay. Low blood sugar is very scary. I've had deviated septum surgery and it's not that bad going through the surgery. And it did help me a lot. There's about a week or so after the surgery when you're in pain, and you can't do any vigorous exercise for a few weeks. Hydrogen peroxide is good to clean out the ears. There's also some products on the market that claim to flush out ear wax, though I've never tried those. A Neti pot is supposed to be really good at clearing out the sinuses. Have you tried the Breathe Right strips for opening your nasal passages. I use them when I'm all congested. I hope you are able to relax some (or at least lower your stress) so you can get your BP back to normal.

Shad - It's so frustrating when people don't believe you know what you are talking about. Especially since you were hired to be an expert. Aaaargh. Hang in there. :hug:

Happy - :congrat: on the 10 pound weight loss!! :cheer: YGG! :woohoo: Good for you! I'm so happy for you and proud of you!! How wonderful to have all the butterfly eggs and all the hummingbirds! We only have a few more weeks of summer birds, but the chickadees and cardinals stay with us all year. If you come across any other interesting stuff from your Diabetes program, please let me know. I'd be very interested. I will tell DH that he has to treat me before and after he leaves. Of course, now, he's not sure if he'll be going this weekend, due to the hurricanes and he's boss is scared of any kind of weather. Definitely keep eyes wide open when shaving! Thank you SO much for the baked apples recipe. I wish we could get some of your rain...it's supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow...and our lawns sure need it.

Ruth - I hope the medicine makes Hershey feel better soon. You take care handling those pills. I agree with Annie...okay, you didn't make it to the 180s...just get sassy about your new goal(s)!

Annie - I like Jeff's statement. When I was in my first marriage, I felt like I NEEDED a man to complete me and to make me happy. Then after my divorce and living on my own for awhile, I realized that I am responsible for my own happiness. So when I met my DH, I felt like I didn't NEED him or any man to make me complete. But I enjoyed his company and being in a complete partnership/relationship. I think it's a very healthy statement from a mature guy, and your friend Leanne is right.

Mel - My b'day is September 9. Enjoy your restful day. And when it comes to the BBQ, don't take it all on yourself....delegate, delegate, delegate!

Well, I've got to get some work done.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Love and hugs,

annie175
09-03-2008, 12:13 PM
MEL and Michelle....great insight. I feel much better now. I love you guys.

love and hugs.

annie175
09-03-2008, 12:21 PM
I went to my old WW website and this month's theme is the POWER of 1. Thought I would share as it sounds great.

Power of 1:
1# per week
1 extra glass of water
1 additional workout
1 extra day of tracking
1 less cookie/snack
1 more serving of veggies
is all the power of 1.

Love and Hugs

diyana
09-03-2008, 01:00 PM
Hi Annie -- Glad you are feeling better about Jeff's comment. And I LOVE the Power of 1. Thanks for sharing it! BTW, I just sent you a PM.

ceejay52
09-03-2008, 11:27 PM
Annie
I'd sometimes like the idea of having a male friend to do things with but I'm not sure if I'd want them hanging around all the time. Thanks for sharing.

Happy
Congratulations on losing 10 pounds this month. Can't blame you for not going to the gym this morning. Hope the dh is feeling better.


Told my boss about my needing surgery on my sinuses. The co workers will not know until I'm ready to have it. They will make a mountain out of a mole hill.

I should be in bed by 9.30, not going to make it tonight.

Shy Moment
09-04-2008, 12:31 AM
Happy
Don't envy us so much lol. We do all the things that those that work outside of the home don't have time to do. Also, we are expected to have a house so clean you can eat off the floor, laundry that sparkles and shines like tv commercials and children that never do anything wrong lol. I didn't work as hard when I worked 10 hours a day and still kept my house clean as I do now because no one expected me to do anything else but work outside the home and clean lol. I am so excited for you about the butterfly's, please take pics for us. Your weight loss is terrific, congrats.

Ruth
I will keep you in my prayers.

Melody
You take care of yourself. We don't want you to get sick or be in pain.

Annie
I think he was saying he can take care of himself and he wants someone in his life. Some think this is the best way to be. We camp until it is to cold at night to get out of the tent and walk to the potty at night lol. Sometimes we do go camping in the colder weather and sleep in the camper. In that case we camp until there is no water at the camp grounds because the pipes freeze so the camp grounds turn off the water. We are suppose to have the rain by the end of the week too. We could sure use it since it has been so hot the last couple of weeks off and on ( over 90 here today. My poor grass is all brown in places and I can't mow it and keep it looking pretty because some places are growing out of control and some is very brown.

happy2bme
09-04-2008, 01:43 AM
Howdy chicks,

Late night for me, waiting on the last load of sparking laundry to get dry so I can hang it/fold it or roll it in a ball and slide it under the couch :lol:

It's official - those are Black Swallowtail butterfly eggs on the parsley. Today one hatched into a caterpillar. It's sooooo tiny. About this big ____ I'm glad I looked up a site on the Internet about raising them - not that I plan on doing that but at least now I know what I'm looking for. I made DH come out and take pictures but the winds were blowing pretty strong which made the parsley move alot which made the pictures blurry and Shad knows as well as any photographer that blurry pics get deleted. He promised me he'd try and take more tomorrow. I just hope the critters don't get rained away.

Thanks Shy. I skipped the kids so that once I cleaned (and hogtied DH down) it stayed clean :lol: I like cool weather camping too - less bugs except for ticks in the spring. Had a friend who absolutely loved waking up in the morning to snow on the ground. Now that's TOO cold. Brrrr. Love falling asleep listening to the wind blow through the trees. Camping is wonderful.

Ceejay - if you made your post at 9:28 you had 2 minutes to run across the house, slide through the bedroom door and hop into bed by 9:30 :lol: Ouch - sorry to hear about the sinus surgery. Hope it helps.

Annie - I do so love your power of 1. Just a little bit extra that will help alot. I copied it and put it on my tackboard at work. Thanks ever so much for sharing.

Michelle - ask and you shall get it. Sent some rain up your way. Looks like Gustav is going to be wetting down a good part of the midwest and Hanna will take care of the east coast. Given that hurricane season got a late start and seeing 3 of them out there, maybe DH's boss is right - this might not be the optimum time to fly down there. So maybe you'll get to spend your birthday with him after all :yay: I certainly will share any tidbits I get from my program tho I'm kinda wondering about one lady's skills as a nutritionist after last nights session :dizzy:

Annie - I agree completely with what Michelle and the other ladies have said about want and need. I think it puts him in a good place - not desperate to fill some void with the first one who comes along, but instead looking for someone to enjoy a sunset or a cold beer or just one of those oh wow moments - come look at this kind of thing that makes it great to have someone around to share it with - even if they aren't an official hunny bunny :lol:

What's this about a BBQ Mel? Hope you will stay far, far away from the smoke. And the potato salad :lol: I hope Hanna doesn't blow you down the road either.

Egads Ruth - those gloves sure put things in perspective. Hope Hershey is doing ok. :( Love the sunflower. Will forever remind me of Shad's drunken birds!

Ok, dryer is finished, a few quick folds and I'm in bed too. Good night ladies, what's for lunch Shad?

Shy Moment
09-04-2008, 02:46 AM
Happy
I love to camp by the river. Oh my gosh I sleep so good listening to the river as I drift off to sleep.

Shad
09-04-2008, 04:28 AM
Lunch today was a Grandpa Bel Beef and mushroom pie. Which I might add has given me indigestion. Do not ask for the reason for the name. I had enough trouble trying to distinguish hot and cold with the wee girl on the cash register. Hot - panas, cold - dingin. Now they might not sound alike but when they are being rattled off like the words were being spat out of a machine gun, it is difficult for this old brain to master especially when they come complete with many other words.

Ceejay - sorry to hear about the nose problems. Most of us seem to have problems one way or another with noses or sinus'. I'll be perfectly honest and state that I probably would not have the surgery done because the success rate - at least down here - does not seem particularly high.

Rennie - you sure do love your camping. Me - I'm the comfort type and if there is a cabin with a bed beside the river I am fine. Otherwise no way.

Happy - good news on the swallowtail butterfly. Now to watch them caterpillars get stuck into your parsley. Caterpillar :shrug: Parsley, Caterpillar :shrug: Parsley.
Good going on the laundry. I sent mine away last night. It should come back all folded and hung, pressed etc tonight.

Ruth - sassiness is optional. You can only do, what you can. Here's hoping Hershey starts feeling better very soon.

Annie - to my way of thinking, your Jeff is stating that while he doesn't need to have a woman in his life, he likes to have one around. It may be a deeper thought that all contacts will be casual and no permanency (he may not be ready for a committment) but I may be reading more into it than actually exists. Tell you the truth, I would not mind having someone like that around because I would have someone to go to the movies with or got out for a drink and a bite but not a permanent addition to the household. In the 50's and 60's these people were called 'walkers' believe it or not. Whatever his reasons, I suspect he is happy to have you in his life but does not expect you to run around after him or his family. Them's my thoughts anyway.
Love the power of 1

Mel - hope the finances don't get too tough for you for the next half year. I can sympathise with the decision to get rid of the bills though. Its a great idea. Just think how much easier it will be when you get back to being debt free.

Michelle - hope the back comes right very soon. You will feel a lot better when you can get one the treadmill again and give it heaps.

MELODY525
09-04-2008, 09:00 AM
MICHELLE...HOPE THE SHOT WORKS LIKE IT SUPPOSED TO AND DON'T GO NUTS TILL IT DOES :rollpin:

ANNIE....STAY CALM. ROMANCE IS SUCH A FUNNY THING. DON'T LET IT GET STRESSFUL. ONE DAY AT A TIME. :hug: LOVE THE POWER OF ONE!! SIMPLE AND VERY TRUE!!!

CEEJAY....HOPE YOU GOT SOME GOOD SLEEP. :cloud9:

RENNIE...DON'T FORGET TO TAKE THE ELECTRIC BLANKET SOON :brr:

HAPPY... HOW CUTE IS THAT WITH THE HATCHING! AND HE'S SO TINY TOO. CONGRATULATIONS MOM AND DAD ON YOUR NEWBORN :bb: I CAN JUST IMAGINE HOW THE DH FEELS. I HAVE MY SEATBELTS READY FOR HANNA IF SHE ARRIVES. THE WEATHER CAN DO WHATEVER IT WANTS ...BUT ONLY AFTER FRIDAY :rofl: JUST THINK OF THE PHONE BILLS WHEN YOU REITRE THAT ALONE WILL HAVE THE DH TELLING YOU "NEXT YEAR HONEY, I PROMISE". :lol3: :lol3: OR YOU CAN START A BUTTERFLY FARM!!

SHAD....GRANDPA BEL...A RELATION?? :rofl: I AM NOT QUITE SURE ABOUT THAT ENTIRE PARAGRAPH BUT I DID GET THE INDIGESTION PART SO I WON'T BUY THE PIE ANY TIME SOON. THANKS FOR THE WARNING :lol3: :lol3:

:cofdate: I KEEP SAYING THAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BBQ BUT I LIE. IT'S JUST AUTOMATIC BECAUSE I SAY IT EVERY TIME I SEE SOMEONE IN THE HOUSE. TOO MUCH WORK. TOO MUCH POLITICS. TOO MANY COMPLAINERS. AND AS IF THAT IS NOT ENOUGH...THE FOOD IS NOT GOOD FOR MY POOR STOMACH AND THE REST OF IT CLOGS UP MY PLUMBING...BUT I WILL DIE BEFORE I TELL ANYONE IN THIS BUILDING THE TRUTH!!! :rofl: :rofl: WISH ME LUCK. TOO DIZZY FOR FOOD SHOPPING SO JEN AND RICH ARE GOING. I HAVE A LIST TO DELEGATE...YES MUCHELLE I HEAR YOU.....AND THEN I WILL RETURE FOR THE DAY. VERTIGO IS MY MIDDLE NAME THIS WEEK...NOT FULL FORCE BUT STILL HANGING AROUND. BREAKFAST FIRST!! :hun:

HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

happy2bme
09-04-2008, 09:49 AM
Morning chicks,

Quickie for me as DH started talking to me when I sat down so I don't have much time here.

Perhaps I should have explained about the parsley. Butterflies will lay their eggs on a food source for the caterpillars. The caterpillars will spend about 2 weeks munching up the parsley and will then move over (probably to the tree next to the parsley pot) to spin their crysalis and start the next phase of the cycle. There are 2 kinds of plants that attract butterflies - food for them as adult butterflies - ie. those things with nectar and those plants which are food for the next generation of butterflies. This we learned from reading on how to create a butterfly garden of our own.

Did Grandpa make a mean pie? Do you want that flaming hot to burn your mouth or cold and greasy from the refrigerator? :rofl: I suppose I am a very sheltered individual - would not make it as a world traveller :eek:

Mel - take care of that vertigo. Nice of you to put up a brave front for the BBQ. Next pot luck make it a Mel Friendly menu. :hungry:

Gotta run now... :wave: to the rest of the chicks.

diyana
09-04-2008, 10:32 AM
Happy Thursday ladies -

1 more day (after today) until the weekend. It looks like DH may not be going to Mexico until next week. It's difficult for his boss to get a flight due to the hurricanes in the gulf. So if he's home next week, I'll get to spend my b'day with him! Yay!

Ceejay - That's good that you gave your boss a heads up about your surgery. If you want to PM me, I can tell you specifically what the surgery/recovery was like for me,

Rennie - I guess I'd better not stay at home too much, and I'm not domestic enough to have a consistently sparkling home, much less sparkling laundry. Except for the work clothes, the clean laundry can sit in baskets for days until I plop in front of the TV and go on a folding frenzy. :lol: That's great that you go camping so often. Sleeping by a river is SO nice....so peaceful. DH and I really enjoy camping, including cool weather camping. We love being out in nature...whether it's camping or hiking or whatever. We don't camp as often as we'd like because as our dogs probably would not behave themselves in a tent, and boarding 3 dogs gets expensive. I need to find a good pet sitter to come to our home.

Happy - I hope the cute butterfly caterpillars stay safe and relatively dry. I'd love to see photos of the caterpillars and of course the butterflies! Yes, Gustav is here and making everything wet (and hopefully green again). Sorry to hear that the "nutritionists" skills may be questionable. I'm signing up for a one-hour diabetes prevention seminar next week offered through our Wellness Center.

Annie - I shared your Power of 1 with my coach/trainer at the gym. He is going to share it with the other staff, who will share it with gym members.

Shad - So Grandpa's pie gives indigestion? I'll pass on that and stick with Grandma's home cooking instead. :lol: I think you're doing quite well at understanding and speaking Indonesian. When do you get to go back home to your own home cooking in your new kitchen?

Mel - You relax and take it easy at least until the vertigo goes away.

I've got to get to work. Have a great day/evening ladies!

Love and hugs,

Shy Moment
09-04-2008, 11:05 AM
Shad
I am sure there will come a time that tent camping will be to difficult for me to do. Until then, I will enjoy nature. If I am going to be stuck inside a camper I might as well sleep in my own bed lol. A couple of years ago we broke down and bought air mattresses. lol until then we slept on the ground. Just got to be to much for my hips.

Melody
Who on earth needs an eclectic blanket lol. We have sleeping bags that zip all the way out. We use one to cover the mattress and one to sleep under. They are queen size and are for Arctic camping. You roast yourself out of the tent sometimes lol. We are looking to get a huge tent when tax time comes. Would be nice to have something much bigger so the animals aren't walking all over me at night.

Di
They all laugh because we have the cleanest camp site in town. I have a children's rake that I take with us so I can rake the site before I set everything up. It is funny how they all laugh and tease and yet, our camp site is where everyone hangs out. Glad you are going to get to spend your birthday with the hubby. This weekend I have got to get working on the yard behind our fenced in back yard. I have grass back there up to my chest lol. I don't mess with it much because I leave it for the animals. Once a year I clear out about 50 feet of it and then start chopping the branches and such that have fallen off the trees and getting it stacked so I have fire wood for the next season. It is going to be a tough weekend. Should have seen us when we had the two labs lol. Two labs and two adults on a queen size mattress. Oh ya it was pretty fun. At least now with just the two cats and the **** tzu we have a little room to sleep lol. Sometimes we leave them at home if one of the kids is going to be around enough to take care of them. It can get very expensive to board animals.

annie175
09-04-2008, 11:18 AM
You Ladies are the Best....All good stuff from you.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
09-04-2008, 03:08 PM
Today for lunch I was deciding what to have for a drink. I was going to have milk but all they had was whole milk. Then I was going to have a small Coke but there was something wrong with both fountain soda machines and all it was spitting out was fizzy water - no syrup. I don't like the power or energy drinks and I can't tolerate anything with artificial sweetner in it. So I filled a cup with sweet tea. I had it on my tray and was paying for lunch when God said - hey fatto - you don't need any sweet tea and knocked it right off my tray onto the floor. Just like that! Neither I nor the cashier could figure out how that darned cup fell off the tray. Of course my first reaction was to say a swear word :o followed by rapid foot tapping to avoid the spill that would rival Fred Astaire's dancing - I was so embarrassed.

My lunch was some grilled tilapia and I got a huge green salad with lots of vegetables because I've been needing to get back to more natural stuff again. The salad had big chunks of crunchy vegetables in it. I was eating away and my cube mate kept talking to me periodically. The crunching of the baby carrots was so loud in my head that I could not hear D talk. Everytime she said something I'd have to ask her to wait, chew fast and swallow just so I could hear her.

I have become my worst nightmare. The decrepid old lady. Please do me a favor and periodically ask me if I've bought any wedgies (shoes) lately or if my pants have elastic instead of a zipper or if I've taking a liking to knee highs but slide them down to my ankles because they make my veins pop out. And if my next hairstyle includes a tight perm (tight so it lasts longer) just come on down and shoot me and if you can't just beat some sense into me :rollpin: :rofl:

annie175
09-04-2008, 03:48 PM
omg happy, you are tooooooo funny. if you start staring at your hands it is all over with.

diyana
09-04-2008, 03:52 PM
Happy - I got such a great laugh at the divine intervention against the sweet tea! And also the loud crunchy veggies drowning out your cube mate's talking! I promise to head down south and :rolling pin: you if you promise to come up north and do the same to me if I become an old lady! BTW, I sent you a PM.

diyana
09-04-2008, 03:54 PM
Annie - speaking of staring at my hands, I am trying to convince myself that my hands are getting freckled from being out in the sun all summer and these are NOT the same as liver spots like my grandmas had. I'm not even 46 yet (5 more days), so they CAN'T be liver spots...no way...no how.

annie175
09-04-2008, 04:58 PM
um no they cannot be liver spots cause I am 48 and have the same sun freckles.

Shy Moment
09-04-2008, 07:51 PM
Ok, here we go. My daughter complained for years I dressed like an old lady. Hey, doesn't take much dressing up to clean house, mow the lawn and bake 1,000's of loafs of bread lol. I gained so much medication weight Elli The Tent maker was my designer. So, now I have started to lose weight and with this 18 extra medication pounds my clothes are about as tight as they can be. I started to wear her clothes, oh did I forget to say I was and still am in some things wearing a size smaller than she does OH YES SHE IS LOVEING THIS. Anyway I regress, she tells me today I am dressing to young and I shouldn't be wearing her clothes ( HEY I thought a pair of jeans was a pair of jeans I didn't know they came in age ranges lol ). I just can't win with this kid I dress like an old lady I dress like a teenager.

Madcat
09-04-2008, 09:47 PM
Went for the boob squish today. I don’t know if it is better to be poorly OR well-endowed for that thing. It hurts, but I can only imagine what it would be like for small-breasted women where they would be crushing your sternum in those plates. I still have to do the blood-drawing and the Dr. wants to do a colon cancer test (odd). My blood pressure was slightly high so he wants me to spot check for the next month and report my findings when I go in for the results.

Happy ~ All you really need to do is add a nice blue rinse to that perm and you’d be the picture of loveliness. Your lunch story made me laugh.

Michelle/Annie~ I keep telling myself that the weird brown marks on my arm are fading tan and not age patches like my Mom’s. I agree with you both, I’m 46 so they can’t be age spots. :lol:

Michelle~ Terrific that the DH will be at your beck and call on Your Special Day. As it should be.

Shy~ Jeans are age specific? I guess maybe if they were low slung or something.

Mel~ Hope the spins are passing. Too bad there can’t be truth in advertising about the BBQ. Delegate everything and then just make and appearance and smile, baby, smile.

Shad~ That was weird… I went to do a google search on Grandpa Bel Beef and mushroom pie and your entry was the first search result. :lol: None of the other results explained the name either.

Ceejay~ the sinus op will be a good thing if it helps your breathing. My youngest brother had the same thing done and it made a world of difference.

It’s an anxious night tonight. A friend is going in for a major heart operation tomorrow morning. If anyone could spare a stray good thought or put in a word with the big guy upstairs it would be appreciated.

Ok. I have to wander off and do some other stuff and I need some Benedryl. Itchy and hive-y. Ah, fall, when I am allergic to everything. Later chicks.

Shad
09-05-2008, 04:53 AM
Afternoon all,
I suspect Grandpa Bel is strictly Indonesian. Rather like the Japanese give their vehicles an English name which can be slightly hilarious from time to time. It seem they can pick themselves a name to go with the model so you might have a Toyota Yaris (model name) Parsley - with the appropriate parsley picture decal on the back and side. One should explain things to the Japanese!!!!
Whatever the pie was, it was an unrepeatable experience (or should I say a repeated experience I have no further wish to experience?)
It's Friday here in Indonesia. Today one of the secret squirrels rolls off the project and flies back to Sydney. I shall miss her, she corrects my grammar and pronounciation. I'll be back to making rude noises with the language after this.
Pieter (South African) and I had an interesting experience with the post office today. He wanted to post a letter to Ireland and they wanted $12 bucks for the stamp. :yikes: Needless to say we have finally found a web site we can understand that will allow us to ask for a more reasonable stamp. We tried to tell them that Ireland is not on the moon, but there is nothing like an Indonesian who is in full spate and not amused.

The system has decided it doesn't like me again. I'm about to upset the configuration guy who thinks that he should be able to go home early. Tough buddy - that's what I say. Anyway, I am going to Mini Indonesia this weekend and then to an orchid garden (orchard garden they call it here) We should have fun. I have downloaded a map to take with us so we can show the cabbie how to get home (in case he can't understand us) I'll take photos for you all.
And now I'd better go and do some work before I get into strife. Everyone is slacking off here - it's prayer Friday apparently and the garage downstairs got taken over for a prayer session at lunch time. The muzzein is chanting non stop and the whole place is on it's knees.

Let me go kick a butt or two!! :lol3:

happy2bme
09-05-2008, 09:22 AM
Howdy peeps,

Shad - thank you for making me happy to be where I am for a change. Would not be much the happy camper in Indonesia. Like Madcat, I was looking at the food items on the internet, trying to dig up a recipe for Grandpa's Beef. Sorry to say, it must be someone's individual concoction. I guess we are used to what we are used to. Hope the orchid garden is not as dissapointing as the food.

Madcat, I've had mammaograms with bigger and littler boobs. Littler is worse I'd say - they seem to pull them harder and you get more of the machine digging into tender parts of the underarm and chest. Had a friend who was so chesty that they had to take 2 pictures of each boob - one would not fit on a single plate. She tells quite the amusing story :lol: Sent up a request for the good people to watch over your friend :angel:

Shy - don't know what you are wearing, I tend to think you are more conservative but let's just say that there are some clothes no one over 20 should wear once they are no longer 20. Classics are universal, fashion is best left for the younger set.

Annie and Michelle - ok, now you have me looking for liver spots but all I see is that someone stole in during the night and glued on a pair of baggy, saggy gloves on me :lol: It's pretty bad when your hands start looking like a bloodhound so would you rather have tight hands and liver spots or no marks and in serious need of a "hand lift" :rofl:

Mel must be sleeping in this morning as she usually posts before me. C'mon Mel **tug, tug** wakey, wakey sleepyhead :yawn:

I want to get an early start today so I'll sign off for now. Try to get back on later. Stay out of trouble ladies :s:

Shad
09-05-2008, 10:10 AM
Try to stay out of trouble she says
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

diyana
09-05-2008, 10:52 AM
Happy Friday ladies --

TGIF! Last night, I enjoyed a great strength training class (using a bit lighter weights than I used to), and a jazz dance class. And I did LOTS of stretching of my hamstrings, glutes, hip flexors, and back. Today, I woke up a bit stiff in my back...so more stretches. I'm doing okay now, and I go to physical therapy over my lunch hour. Tomorrow, DH and I will probably go fishing after we get the doggies groomed, and Sunday, we're going to a Pet Expo at the county fairgrounds, which should be fun.

I'm glad to be back at the gym, and I'll take it slowly and carefully. Going back to being more sedentary due to back pain has caused me to regain a few pounds. So I'll have to work to get them back off again.

Yesterday was a little chilly and we got a lot of rain from Gustav. Of course, not as bad as you chicks down south. I can feel my body transforming into autumn mode. I'm getting more in the mood for pot roasts and stews. No, no, no....it's still cookout weather! It's not autumn yet! It's still summer until the leaves turn! :censored: (can you feel my internal struggle, ladies?) :lol:

Rennie - Bravo that you are wearing your daughter's clothes! YGG! I say as long as you have enough "coverage" - meaning you aren't showing off a plumber's crack, wear what you want!

Madcat - I hate the boob squish where they try and transform melons into pancakes. :yikes: (Okay, since I've lost weight, they're not melons anymore.) Sending :angel: and good thoughts for your friend.

Mel - I hope your vertigo is gone.

Shad - I'm glad you're going to get to go to an orchid or orchard garden. I'm looking forward to the photos. Since the folks are on the knees, the butts are prime targets! Go for it!

Happy - How can we stay out of trouble when we're supposed to be sassy this month?

Well, I've got lots to get done today, so I'd better get to it.

Here's to a wonderful Friday and a great start to the weekend!

Love and hugs,

annie175
09-05-2008, 12:19 PM
Good Friday Morning Chickies..........

Kind of dreary here today. Supposed to clear up and be a fabulous weekend. Going out to dinner w/Jeff Saturday night then watching the Colts game on Sunday together. I am very excited about all that.

Rennie...Dress however makes you feel the best. My DD is loving it I am wearing Charlotte Russe jeans like her.

Madcat....I am not fond of the boob squish either, but I must say it has never hurt me. I think cause I am not sensitive in my boobies at all. I think the long draggy girls are dead. I will keep your friend in my thoughts and prayers.

Shad...you travelin chick you. I can't keep you with you.

MEL....Dizzy, what's new? Aren't you always dizzy? hehe My mom used to call me dizzy dean or diz, when I was a little girl..and I didn't even have blonde hair then.

Michelle...take it easy on the exercise, don't want to re-injure yourself. You have more spunk injured than I do normal. Whatever normal is. haha

Believe it or not, I am about tomatoed and cucumbered out. I have ate so many this summer they make my eyes roll when I see them. About December I will be preaching another story wanting the fresh veggies out of the garden.

Not much else going on. Have a marvy day all.

Love and Hugs

annie175
09-05-2008, 02:27 PM
Today's celebration at work is COLTs day. Wear your jeans, tennies, and colts gear. Free chips, salsa, guacamole and soda in the cafe'. You can bet I just went and got mine. YUM YUM

carla49
09-05-2008, 02:48 PM
Ah yes, the great boob squish. As a modestly-endowed worldly chick, I can tell you they do in fact try to pull the poor things right off in order to get enough to x-ray. Ouch! I'm convinced both girls were much, much perkier before they got yanked and pancaked. :( At my first mammo after gaining a ton of weight, they had to move to a bigger plate than was on my file from the previous time... :o

Madcat, sending :goodvibes and :crossed: for your friend's surgery.

Ceejay, I had my deviated septum 'corrected' a couple of years ago, and would not recommend it. The problem is actually about 20% worse now - before, I had at least one working nostril... And of course it doesn't correct the other half of the probem, allergies, so I'd say if antihistamines or decongestants can control the problem, why take the risk? Then again, lots of people seem to be much better off after the surgery, so I guess it's a coin toss. Not much help, am I?

Happy, those spots on the hands may not in fact be a sign of advanced age. :D At least not the small freckle-like dots. They're more likely a sign that you spend too much time driving without any sunscreen on your hands and arms. Since I've been on my own I've been doing all, the driving, and the hands went from one spot to many spots, particularly on the left hand and on the left side of the right near the thumb, both places that get the most sun while holding the steering wheel. But the big brown spots, the wrinkles, and the huge protuding veins? :eek: Those really are because we're so wonderfully mature.
And by the way, bravo on the 10 pounds lost!!!! I think your success calls for a party - you make the cake, I'll make the cocktails. :lol3: :lol3:

Shy, don't despair about the pounds regained - they'll go away again once you can get off the meds.

Mel, are you still feeling :faint: ? Or just too busy with bbq'ing and balancing your budget and keeping the building's race wars under control and shopping? Did you receive a little something in the mail yet? It was supposed to take a max of 5 business days, so... Unless of course it got destroyed en route...

Yay, Shad, orchids at last! Unless of course it turns out to be a big park full of tolls... :rofl: I was browsing on-line today to see what voices I could download for my new GPS (satnav) system and there was a female NZ voice... Almost selected it, but suddenly wondered if I really wanted to have Shad telling me where to go while I drive. :yikes: Decided to wait until one day I have the real thing riding along instead, and have stayed with stuffy old Tim, with his plummy but calm Brit tones.

Annie, your Jeff sounds rather nice, and I wouldn't worry too much about the 'need' versus 'want' issue. Maybe he's been called needy in the past, or has had a relationship with someone very needy, either of which could explain the comment. It may also mean that he only sticks with women he really, really likes, and that he's not just seeing you to have a warm body around. A friend of mine joined eHarmony and ended up marrying a guy she met there about 3 months after meeting him! A little hasty, maybe, but she seems pretty happy. I filled out the questionnaires to join, but realized I really wasn't that interested right now. Or maybe I was just a big wuss and afraid to get myself out there. Anyway, good luck with Jeff! :D

Ruth, I'm sending lots of good thoughts to you for a quick recovery for Hershey. Poor baby, and poor you! :hug:

Michell, good for you for getting back to exercise so far! Sounds like you've managed to make it a true habit. If you have some extra motivation you don't need, please send it to me asap. ;)

So far September has been okay - have stayed away from the grape :tear: and chocolate, went back to WW, and put air in my bike tires and went for one ride. Since my surgeon was very happy with my progress and has lifted all restrictions, I should be out there biking right now, or maybe lifting a weight or two. But sad to say, he didn't install the motivation chip I had requested as an extra, so instead i'm sitting in here in the cool, frittering away what's left of my extended summer hold... :shrug:

diyana
09-05-2008, 03:20 PM
I survived physical therapy....more or less.

Before I went to PT, I was feeling pretty tight in my upper and mid-back. I told the PT that I felt like I needed a good stretch, but couldn't quite work it out. So she bent me and stretched me. And then she tried traction on me. Which felt good until I was done and stood up. When gravity took effect on my back - OUCH! :yikes: So she put some electrical stimulation on my back to loosen up the muscles....and that helped and I was able to walk back to work.

No gym tonight, but I will try and walk my dog - he needs to lose weight too. :)

Annie - What can I say? I'm just a spunky, sassy chick! :lol: COLTs day sounds like fun, as do your weekend plans with Jeff. Enjoy!

Carla - I sent some extra motivation your way! Did you get it or did it find another chick instead? Good for you for getting back to WW, going biking and avoiding chocolate and "the grape". As long as you're feeling up to it, go for a bike ride or two this weekend, even short rides are better than no rides at all.

Lunch break is over. Back to work for me.

Hugs,

Shy Moment
09-05-2008, 05:51 PM
I dress very conservative most of the time lol, I always have even when I was young and built like a brick chicken coop :). I only wear blue jeans to work in the garden or something like that. Her jeans are just plain old ordinary jeans. I am not talking cut down to there lol.

Happy
Fashion to me is what ever you like. I see woman in their 50's in mini skirts. Hey, if you have the body and you have all the private parts covered I say let people wear what they want. I was wearing tailored skirts while others were thinking they were Madonna lol. I have never cared what was in style. I wear what I think looks lady like. My husband on the other hand likes me to wear things a bit more down to there or up to there when we go somewhere together lol. That kind of stuff is only worn when he and I are going out somewhere alone.

diyana
09-05-2008, 10:51 PM
Rennie - I totally agree with you on fashion that it's up to the individual. If a person has a good body and wants to show it off -- good for them. however, I once saw a 70ish year old woman wearing a neon green tube top covering her leathery, saggy-skinned torso. And her 40 DD EXTRA LONGS were peaking out from beneath her tube top in the area of her navel - not an attractive site. Personally, I don't follow fashion trends too often. It's more important to me to be comfortable than fashionable. I'm not a fan of dresses or skirts and on the weekends, I live in jeans or shorts and t-shirts. When I do dress up, it's slacks with a nice blouse or sweater (and a blazer if I'm going on an interview).

Shy Moment
09-05-2008, 11:33 PM
di
Oh that just made me gag lol. I should have said a woman can wear anything she likes if she has the body and SKIN for it. Heck I wouldn't have wore anything so racy as a tube top out of the house even when I looked good in them lol.

ceejay52
09-06-2008, 01:29 AM
Think I've had to much caffiene today. I'm not sleepy. That's okay though. I'm off tomorrow and Sunday this week. My boss told me 6 day's next week.

Carla
I'm not looking forward to the surgery. I'd lot rather take a pill as to go through with something like that. I will if I have to.

Happy
Look at those exercise minutes mount up. You go girl.

Mel
Feel better soon. Your dizzy spells are reminding me of the song- I'm so dizzy my head's a spinning, like a whirlpool it never ends.....

Can't remember who was thinking about pot roast and stews. I had some stew today for lunch. It was good. It would have been bette if there was cornbread.

The sand man is finally calling my name. Good night more tomorrow.

Shad
09-06-2008, 07:04 AM
Afternoon all,

We're back from the park. It was okay but run down and not exactly friendly. We decided not to go to the orchid garden as we were feeling hot, sticky and definitely not amused by the time we got to the aquarium where they wanted yet more money and more walking to get in. They seem to have entries all over the place and they are all locked except one and there were no signs as to were the entrance actually was.
Oh and Happy, when you book the happy room for seniles and those no longer in charge of their tea, book me in next door. Guess what I forgot??? Yep the camera. Lucky Pieter was with me and I'm doing the mom thing - Piet - take a shot of that, and that, here let me have a go at it. What photos we got are a group effort. There were some good bits. They weren't all bad. But by the time we got to the aquarium, the heat had got to us, the lack of plants in the gardens, the lack of facilities (squat toilets for women, no loo paper and no running water) had got to us and we wanted to go home. So we did. Our Indonesian (Pieters is much better than mine) got us there and back and also into and out of the souvenir shops and the water places (buy bottles). We had a bit of fun on the Gondola Sky train. Piet doesn't like heights much and we scraped and juddered our way through the sky and finally got to the next station. We wanted to get off, no one tried to get us out, one man started to push us out into the cable again. No, no we were yelling. Can't get out from the inside, you are shut in. Finally I remembered the word for exit (keluar) and the man got us out just in time. Then another one thought we wanted to get back on again and tried to get us a gondola. Tidak, we yelled, keluar. Finally they pointed out the exit to us. Phew. Such fun being foreigners in a country.
Fun conversation with the cabbie bringing us back to the hotel. He had a little English, and we conversed in both. We are tourists?
Tidak, we work in Aneka Tambang.
What bisnis?
BHPBilliton
Do we dig holes? (now here is something neither of us expected)
Tidak. Dua bekerja permainan (we work with computers
Oh.....you must be puas (Huh - out with dictionary) (happy)?????? I guess there must be degrees of happiness in computers.

And so the conversation went on. How long had we been here. Now thats a hard one to explain - 2 weeks on and 1 week off.
How long were we staying. (only to Wednesday) etc.etc. It is amazing how much you can pick up as long as you stay focussed and people speak slowly. My use of Tolong bicara lebih pelan (please speak slowly) got a good work out.

So currently it is nearly time for tea. First tho' I think I will go for a swim and cool down somewhat. Then think about dinner and an early bed. However first to venture to the chemist shop and see if I can find some panadol.

So that's it. Tomorrow we are trying to find the elusive Slipi Orchid Garden out the other side of town. So I'll be back with that info. I won't forget the camera this time. I just hope it is worth it. I'll do the personals then. Meantime - I'm gone :genie: like majic to get those panadol.

MELODY525
09-06-2008, 10:00 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD:wave:
HOPE EVERYONE IS WELL. I WANTED TO CHECK IN AND LET YOU KNOW I AM ALIVE. YESTERDAYS BBQ WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH....MORE OR LESS. EVERYONE BUT THE FEW SEEMED TO HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME. MY FRIEND ARUN FROM INDIA WAS THERE. I RECENTLY HAD SEEN 2 TRAVELOGUES AND IT GAVE ME SOME COMMON GROUND FOR US TO CHAT ABOUT. MY OFFICE FRIEND AND I HAD A 30 SECOND FIGHT. IT WAS FAST AND FURIOUS. I LEFT AND WENT OUTSIDE INTO THE HEAT TO EAT. VERY TEARFUL REUNION WHEN SHE CAME FLYING OUT THE DOOR TO APOLOGIZE. WE ARE "FINE" NOW BUT SHE ALLOWED SOMEONE ELSE TO DRIVE A SPITEFUL SPIKE INTO OUR WALL OF FRIENDSHIP. I FEEL "ONCE, SHAME ON YOUR, TWICE SHAME ON ME".......WE TALKED AGAIN LAST NIGHT PUTTING THE BRICKS BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.....NOW WE SHALL SEE. THIS OTHER WOMAN HAS A DETERMINATION TO RUIN ALL THINGS "NICE" . BEEN DOING IT SINCE SHE CAME HERE. NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.
EVEN THO I WATCHED WHAT I ATE..I THINK THE HEAT WAS TOO MUCH AND I WAS IN THE LOO WITH A VIOLENT ATTACK ON MY PLUMBING SYSTEM!! :cry: MAYBE A GOOD WEIGHT LOSS FOR THIS WEEK! :rofl:
THANK GOD THIS ONLY COMES ONCE A FOOKING YEAR :lol3: :lol3: WE ARE AWAITING HANNAS BREEZY ARRIVAL. THE HATCHES ARE BATTENED DOWN ALREADY. LOOKS LIKE SHE IS BLOWING MORE THAN RAINING AS SHE FLIES UP THE COAST. I MUST GO AND READ ALL YOUR ANTICS AND COME BACK LATER.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY!!! :moped:

Shad
09-06-2008, 10:18 AM
Evening Mel,
Hope you aren't getting blown away by Hannah. We don't get a lot of news here and most of it coming out of the States seems to be hot air from the Politicians.
Sorry to hear about the loo disasters. Fat from snags and steaks tends to do that to me as well.

MELODY525
09-06-2008, 10:42 AM
MADCAT~ SENDING BELATED PRAYERS TO YOUR FRIEND AND YOUR :hug: HOPING THE SURGERY WENT WELL. DON'T GET TOO NERVOUS ABOUT THE COLON TESTING. IT'S A GROWING TREND ALL OVER THE PLACE BECAUSE OF THE CANCER RATE. BRW...I SMILED ALL DAY LONG BABY!! I MUST HAVE "HEARD" YOUR POST :rofl: YES...GOTTA LOVE THE FALL AND OUR NOSES!!

HAPPY~ GOOD FOR YOU AND THE SWEET DEAT DIVINE INTERVENTION EXPERIENCE :cheer: AS SOON AS I SPY ANY BLUE TINT IN YOUR HAIR I WILL BE RIGHT THERE WITH THE CATTLE PROD!!! :rollpin: BUT TO BE HONEST...LAST YEAR I BEGAN NOTICING MY HANDS AND THE AGING PROCESS!!!! :lol3:

SHAD...YOUR TOURISTY POSTS ARE TOO FUNNY TO READ AND I HOPE THE HUMOR IS THERE FOR YOU AS WELL. THE CABBIE STORY WAS HYSTERICAL..DIGGING HOLES.... :lol3: :lol3:
HOW DID THE BUTT KICKING GO?? ARE THERE ANY BUTTS YOU HAVE MISSED YET??? OR ANY LEFT TO KICK??

MICHELLE~ GLAD TO HEAR YOU AND DH WILL BE CELEBRATING YOUR BD TOGETHER :hb: LOOKS LIKE IKE COULD POSSIBLY HEAD TO THE GULF AS WELL. TIME WILL TELL. GLAD THE PT IS GOING OK AND WE WILL BE THERE TO HELP YOU NOT OVERDO IT AS WELL :rollpin: DON'T FEEL TOO BAD...THE ONLY WAY MY LAUNDRY WOULD SPARKLE WOULD BE IF I THREW A POUND OF GLITTER INTO MY WASHER :rofl: :rofl:

ANNIE...HUGS AND LOVE BACK TO YOU :hug: :love: I LOVE THE COLTS IDEA AS WELL. I NEED TO TALK TO THE OFFICE ABOUT SIMPLER STUFF LIKE THIS AND SEE IF THE IDEA FLOATS. MY STEPPMOM CALLED ME DIZZY LIZZIE WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND LATER ASKED IF I WAS DIZZIER THAN USUAL!! .... AND I CALLED JEN DIZZY BOTS. NOT EVEN SURE WHERE I GOT THAT FROM. MUST BE A GENERATIONAL THING. :rofl:

RENNIE~ MY IDEA IF I HAVE NOT ALREADY SAID IT HERE OF CAMPING IS A CABIN/COTTAGE WITH RUNNING WATER, INDOOR PLUMBING, HEAT & A/C AND BEAR PROOF DOORS AND WINDOWS!!

CARLA....GLAD THE DR HAS GIVEN YOU A GOOD REPORT :clap: :cheer: NOW GET OFF YOUR BOOTY WENCH AND GET OUT THERE AND EXERCISE. SOAK UP THAT SUN BEFORE THE WINTER BLUES GET A HEAD START!! :rollpin: GOOD FOR YOU WITH THE WW AND THE ABSTAINING FROM ALL THINGS GRAPEY!!...AND CHOCO AS WELL! :cheer3:


OK CHICKS...THAT ABOUT DOES IT FOR ME TODAY. GOING TO R.E.S.T.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MELODY525
09-06-2008, 10:43 AM
:wave: HI LIL SIS!!! HOPE YOU HAVE SWEET DREAMS. IF I BLOW AWAY I HOPE I END UP NEAR YOUR HOME TOWN. I'LL WAIT AND CLEAN YOUR NEW FLOORS TILL YOU ARRIVE BACK HOME. EVEN WATER YOUR GARDEN!!! :hug:

Shy Moment
09-06-2008, 10:44 AM
Melody
There are people like that in the world and I have never really been able to understand them. They just don't want peace and happiness going on. Glad your BBq went great. It is great to get with others and have a little fun from time to time. We are getting the effect of the storm here today. Really hot and muggy the last couple of days, in the 90's. This morning it is in the 70's and rainy and really muggy. We have another little outing coming up. http://www.mohicanpowwow.com/2008%20Powwow.pdf and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoF4BKsyQLw. Look at the sites and watch the video. It really is great fun. The dancing is so interesting and some of these people really work hard to get their art just right. I have to admit is is wonderful to look at some of these lovely men with their long dark hair and hear the hubby said, " Stop looking at him." :)

MELODY525
09-06-2008, 12:04 PM
CARLA.... BEFORE I REPLIED I WANTED TO CHECK THE MAILBOX. THERE STUFFED IN BETWEEN ALL THE JUNK MAIL WAS THE BILL BRYSON BOOK TAPE :hug: THANKS SO MUCH. I WILL BE FALLING ASLEEP AT NIGHT LISTENING TO KELLY SHALE'S READING!! :cloud9:
LET YOU KNOW IF THE ANTI-REDNESS POUCH WORKS. LOVED THE KITTY CARD. HANGS ON THE WALL WITH THE OTHER CARDS. :)

OK GOT TO GET MY BUT GOING. I SEEM TO BE DRAGGING MY BEHIND!:moped:


edit: rennie i see your post just now. ..the humidity is in the 90's here. guess uopi are getting the end of gustav. stay dry!! we had the beginning rain storm during the wee hours and the actual storm should be here tonite. the seniors are already getting their nerves going!:faint:

happy2bme
09-06-2008, 12:52 PM
Hello ladies

Happy Saturday. It's overcast but pleasantly cool today. Lots on the agenda for chores today. Going to go pick some paint out for the upstairs bedroom shortly.

All the caterpillars hatched this morning. We have 9 of them. Amazing size difference between the one that hatched last week and the newbies today. DH tried to get some pictures but it's not zooming in well so I can't post pictures yet.

Mel - sorry there was a blow up at the BBQ. Hope you can mend the fences. The hard part about being at a party like that is staying away from the foods you know you shouldn't be eating. Just human nature to eat it anyway even tho your brain is saying no, no, no. Hope the raminification are not too serious.

Shad - I enjoyed your story about your trip. Once again, I am astounded at what is required to REALLY travel about. I suppose over time you build your confidence and figure some way you will muddle through things :dunno: Except to get stuck in a tram car that won't let you out :lol: Maybe if you shriek in a high pitched voice :lol: Hope the other garden has better flowers. And I have your room ready for you - if you get there first, save a slot for us ;)

Ceejay - I was singing that Tommy Roe song in my head all night long, up to the point I feel asleep - it's trying to creep back in my head now :dizzy:

Michelle - I'm with you on the comfort, slacks and sweaters. I get alot of compliments on my accessories - the things that just take a regular outfit into something pulled together. I like pins and scarfs more than jewelry. My days of braless, disco dresses, hot pants and platform shoes are long gone. Would rather look like Raquel Welch than Pam Anderson any day. :) That woman still looks elegant and fabulous (Raquel not Pam)

Bah - I just downloaded some PC updates and I keep getting popups every 30 seconds to reboot and it sounds like DH is ready to go so I'll be back later...

ceejay52
09-06-2008, 02:07 PM
I'm gonna have to put the mouse back on the laptop. I hate this rolla thing. I always miss my point.

I'm about to get outside and mow the front lawn at least. The girls that have been mowing have gone to six flags in Mo. It can't wait till next week.
I need to weed eat also. They haven't done that.

More later--I want to get started outside.

MELODY525
09-06-2008, 06:32 PM
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w31/graphichv/dance/3.gif

SOMETHING FOR THE CAT LOVERS! IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT AVATAR BUT TOO MANY KB! :rofl:
:rain: HANNA'S OUTER EDGE HAS ARRIVED WITH ONE BIG CLAP OF THUNDER AND WOW!! ALL I CAN SAY IS HOLY WATER BATMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yikes: IT'S RAINING LIKE WE LIVE IN THE FRIGGING TROPICS!! UNREAL. COMFORTED A FEW SENIORS AND TOLD THEM TO GO UPSTAIRS AND WATCH A NICE MOVIE OR SOME GAME SHOWS WITH THEIR CURTAINS CLOSED. .
THE BIG BANG SHOULD START ABOUT 7PM. GOING TO EAT NOW. I CAN EAT COLD CANS OF SOUP BUT NOT IF I DON'T HAVE TO :rofl: THIS IS NOT AS BAD AS PREDICTED EXCEPT FOR THE AMOUNT OF RAIN.
ADIOS CHICAS.

Shad
09-07-2008, 04:53 AM
We are back!! Just and I am now at the point where anything 'local' is taboo. I'll stick to the nice clean hotel and pool for the next three days.

We went downstairs, said we wanted to go to Taman Anggrek (Orchid Park), the wee girl gave us a map and off we go in a cab. End up at a shopping centre called (you guessed it) Taman Anggrek. Nope we want garden (kerbun) not shopping. Anway he let us out. No knowledge of orchid park. We get directed inside the shopping centre and up into the lift. The guy obviously thought we lived in the apartments above. No, no - shopping. So after about three up and downs in the lift, we find the shops. Talk to a 'polda' (security with a bit of English) who tells us there is not orchard garden just the shopping centre. Bummer. So we sit on the seat and plot out the rest of our day. We finally decided not to go out to the other Orchid park because there was nothing else we would want to see there and to go to Sea World and the Aquarium instead. Another cab ride and we finally find Sea World. The aquarium is not bad and the dolphin show wasn't bad either. We went to a 4D film of Dangers of the Deep which was fun. But I drew the line part way through the variety show where animals are slipping over just to amuse the human. So then we left.
The cab drive home was okay until we got into town. Then it became obvious he had no clue where we were. We could see the place but he turned right too soon and we were hopelessly lost then. Round and round we went and ended up in some back block and dirty hovels with begging people and kids in the streets. No paving on the roads just dirt. And it went on and on and on and finally I saw something that looked familiar - our old bridge with the orchids and toll admonishments! Brother it looked so good to me. I blessed the tolls - I would have willingly paid five more toll fees at that point. Yelled at the cabbie to stop here (Berhenti di sini ) and got out. Piet paid him and we gratefully raced over the bridge and yelled with relief when we got to our hotel. Now we know why the company does not like it's people using anything other than a specific type of cab. However in our defence, there was not much else to use. None of the big companies were there, although several cabbies assured us they were Bluebird, the condition of the cars clearly meant they weren't.
So that's that. No more tripping around this trip or probably for ever as far as Jakarta is concerned.
We are going down to the pool at 6 tonight for a beer and a swim and then some dinner.
And now I am off to make myself a pot of tea. That and a nanna nap and then I will be back to check up on you lot.

MELODY525
09-07-2008, 08:31 AM
:yikes: :faint: :nono: :rollpin: JUST YOU AND PIETER STAY PUT FROM NOW ON. YOU WANT AMUSEMENT? I'LL SEND YOU SONE TRAVELOGUES TO WATCH INSTEAD :rofl:
NEXT THING YOU KNOW, YOU'LL BE GETTING SHANGHAIED AND WE'LL ALL HAVE TO GO OVER THERE AND RANSOM YOU OUT! BUT I WAS LAUGHING CAUSE I WONDERED IF ORCHARD PARK WAS GOING TO BE REAL OR ANOTHER TOLL BRIDGE! :lol3: :lol3: (so...was there anything good at the mall???)

GOOD MORNING CHICKS. SUNNY AND CALM HERE. LOTS OF FLOODING BUT WE ARE ON A HILL SO NONE FOR US. I WENT OUT AND ONLY PART OF A SKINNY SUMAC TREE IS DOWN. LOTS OF MUD FROM THE CONSTRUCTION SITE BUT OTHER THAN THAT NO DAMAGES. :dance:
I AM GOING TO ATTEMPT CLEANING WITH NO INTERRUPTIONS..... MAYBE MY DOORBELL WILL BE QUIET TODAY ALSO.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONMDAY :moped:

annie175
09-07-2008, 11:27 AM
Good Sunday Morning Chickies....

My date went marvelous with Jeff. He is such a kind and considerate guy. Remind me later on down the road. haha. We went to a steakhouse, I got grilled chicken, it was so moist on the inside and quite tasty, salad and baked potato. Couldn't eat all day just so I could eat last night with him. He is so much fun and quite the talker. Never a dull moment. The evening ended up at my house (wink, wink) till he had to leave to pick up his daughter at the skating rink. He is golfing this morning, but supposed to call me this afternoon about the Colts game tonight.

Yesterday I got up, cleaned the entire house, washed sheets and put them back on the bed, cut the grass, sprayed for bugs, did all the laundry and went and tanned...all done before 10:30 am. Had the rest of the day to lay around, watch TV and read, till Jeff picked me up. This morning I have already made homemade veggie soup and peanut butter cookies. Suzy homemaker...haha

Not going to do much today, cept maybe think about Jeff. haha. Ok I admit it, I kind of like him a lot. Good Giggly Wiggly.

HELLO TO EVERYONE....

Love and Hugs

Goofy Blondie.

Shy Moment
09-07-2008, 11:34 AM
Annie
You are a busy little beaver aren't you. Sure glad you had a nice time.

Shad
Sounds like trying to get around Jersey lol.

Cee
The yard is on my to do list today. Parts of it need it and parts don't this darn dry hot wet weather is killing my lawn.


Weather just can't decide what it wants to be. This morning I had to put sweats on this after noon I will have to put shorts on lol.

Madcat
09-07-2008, 01:50 PM
Morning nice ladies. Just a quick check-in to say hi before I run off to play. My friend’s surgery went better than anyone ever thought it would and he is now in recovery mode. A huge weight off of all of our minds. Thank you all for the good thoughts sent his way - frankly, I think they help, which is an odd admission for an old rebel like myself to make.

Rainy today so I had planned to bike to my friends’ places, but it looks like it will be a driving day instead. Oh, I love fall and rainy fall weekends. Strange, huh? I’ll check in later.

happy2bme
09-07-2008, 02:18 PM
Shy - yep, getting to that time of year when it cools off overnight and then swings up when the sun is out. I kind of like this weather.

Annie - glad to hear you had a nice date with Jeff. You sure were busy yesterday. Nice to know that stuff is all done and now you can have a day to relax. Goofie Blondie :lol:

Mel - thanks for yelling at Shad for me too ;) tho I suppose if you are use to travelling you look at things differently than we do. When you have torrential rains coming at you, always good to be on a hill. Hope your Sunday is quiet - work in a nice nap too :D I loved the dancing cat - made both me and DH laugh - too bad it's not right sized for an avatar. :(

Shad - well geez Louise, I'd be sticking with the hotel too. Guess there's cities you venture out into and ones you don't. Sounds like you have to master at least a few key phrases to get around. I guess this is one country you don't need to experience - or at least you tried your best shot.

Ceejay - well if you're stuck mowing, at least the weather is nicer now. I think we've mostly said goodbye to the 90's. The evenings are nice and refreshing.

Carla and Madcat - get outside and enjoy this best part of autumn before it gets cold and rainy!

I already can guess that Michelle is outside :lol:

Hope you are hanging in there Ruth.

Carla - instead of making a cake, I made some nice fruit kabobs on swizzle sticks and froze them so we can have something fancy to stir our cocktails with :rofl: :hat:

I don't know what it is but I seem to fritter away Sunday mornings in front of the computer and have done it again. I need to get outside and help DH - it's lovely out there. We have 12 butterfly caterpillars now and its' time for the annual hummingbird swarm where we get large numbers as they stop by and bulk up for their long trip overseas south for the winter. The yard is abuzz with them - at least 20, perhaps more because they flit about so quickly you can't keep track of time enough to count. I love this time of year.

Time to grab some lunch and get busy...

happy2bme
09-07-2008, 02:26 PM
Here's some pics - I'm sorry they are so big, I thought I had sized them down smaller than they were. Kinda slaps you in the face. Mel, let me know if they take too long to display on the dial up and I'll adjust them.

This is the first butterfly caterpillar to hatch. Mind you this is sitting on 1 parsley leaf which is about the size of a U.S. dime - so the picture is blown up substantially. The caterpillars have markings that resemble bird droppings so that the birds don't eat them. As you can see this guy was munching on the leaf and yes, that is caterpillar "frass" on the leaf. You can bet I WON'T be eating any of this parsley :lol:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/SwallowtailCaterpillar.jpg

This is a picture of the newborn swallowtail 2 weeks ago after she pumped up her wings and was drying out. She's sitting on the flowers of my Italian basil plant which seems to be popular with alot of the flying critters in the yard

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/NewBabySwallowtail.jpg

And this is an adult Swallowtail having a meal in one of the petunias in the hanging baskets by the swimming pool

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/ButterflyinPetunia2.jpg

And lastly, this is our scaredy cat Boo. DH was working on the stairs in the yard and she was "supervising" him. :lol: As long as he was working she'd be dozing but the minute he stopped, she'd pick her head up and look at him as if to say "why'd you stop??? Hey, c'mon, get busy now".

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/BooSleepingonaRock.jpg

Shad
09-07-2008, 09:36 PM
Loved the photos Happy.

Sorry, once more this is just a flyby. Three days left and I still have much to do. No more tripping around until I get to Singapore, then I have time to go to places and just generally laze the day away. It will be fun and I will get to meet up with some friends in the evenings - friends who are now working in Singapore. You should get some photos from there. Language is practically the same so I should be able to understand the three year olds there too - if not the cabbies.

I'll try to get back later.

ceejay52
09-07-2008, 09:49 PM
Very good pictures, Happy. My uncle would love these.

Mel
Hope Hannah doesn't do to much damage. Love the dancing cat.

Reenie
I love fall just for those reasons, cool nights and mornings but warm afternoon's.

Ruth
How are things going?

Madcat
I like rainy week ends also especially if I'm home. I love the sound of rain. Glad to hear that your friend is doing better.

Annie
Good to hear that you and Jeff had a good time.

Shad
Sure am glad you had Pieter along on you adventure.

Michelle and Carla hope things are going well with you.

Trying to get things caught up so I can focus on the next 72 hour work week. I wish that my boss would try this for 72 hours and see what it's like.

Shy Moment
09-07-2008, 11:27 PM
My time of year is coming around. I love fall and winter. You can put clothes on if you are cold. You can't take skin off if you are hot lol. I have to admit I have enjoy this summer more than any summer for quite a few years. Having some of the weight off has really helped deal with the heat. I still don't expect to like summer except for camping. I didn't like it when I was young and thin I can't imagine I will like it when I am old and thin lol.

happy2bme
09-08-2008, 09:58 AM
Good morning ladies,

Back in the groove again. Up at 4:30 and off to the gym for a good workout. The pool was a bit cool today, had to keep swimming hard to stay warm. Why is it so hard to form good habits and so easy to slip into the bad ones again? :dunno:

Yesterday I made a stir fry for supper. The first time I made it, it was wonderful. Yesterday I cut back on the brown sugar and somehow the soy sauce took over. The house smells of cooked soy sauce - ick. I even lit one of my oil burners with the nice tangerine fragrance that ususally dissipates any odor but not today. Woke up early this morning smelling soy sauce :lol:

It was a nice cool morning today. DH said the night skies were a little hazy but there were still bunches of stars out as we went into the gym. This month I'm going to focus on crunches - got to get this belly down.

Shad - Singapore sounds much more intereresting than Jakarta. Hope you make it through these last few days without going bonkers.

Ceejay - you got that right about walk in my shoes and the 72 hour stints. People don't realize just how draining that is.

Guess I should get on with the day.

:wave: to the chicks

diyana
09-08-2008, 11:45 AM
Good morning ladies.

Just a quick check in...lots to do today. I hope everyone is doing well. I've got a bad pain in the arse....quite literally. It feels like every muscle in my left cheek is spasming and I'm not sure why, although we did go on a short hike Saturday - which was really fun. I tried stretching and stretching yesterday while watching football and it helped, but the pain returned.

Happy - Thanks for the lovely photos! Swallowtail butterflies are so gorgeous! And Boo is so adorable. Good for you for being so dedicated about getting to the gym. I probably won't get to the gym until Wednesday as tonight is the Packers game on TV (during which I'll be stretching) and tomorrow is the Brewers game.

I've got to get a lot done today as I'm taking 1/2 day tomorrow. So I'll try and post more personals later.

Hugs,

happy2bme
09-08-2008, 12:39 PM
Ouch Michelle!

I have found that when the sciatic nerve gets annoyed, it starts hurting in the butt cheeks and progresses to the feet if left unchecked. I hope that's not the case with you.

Maybe you should do a bit of heat and ice on your back while you are watching the game tonight.

I'd like to wish the Packers success tonight but coming from Bear country, of course you know I can't ;) :lol: so let's just wish them a good game. :D

Hope you feel better...

happy2bme
09-08-2008, 12:42 PM
Mel - are you ok? Odd not to hear from you today. Did you overextend yourself cleaning yesterday or are you still stuck on the other page trying to get my giant pictures to load?

Shy Moment
09-08-2008, 12:44 PM
di
That darn sciatic nerve can really hurt. You take a vibrator ( any kind will do ) and push is right into the heart of the pain. You really need to press into the never and that will really heap. Do that several times a day if you can and keep doing it for a few days after the pain stops. My left side likes to act up every now and again and I swear by the vibrator ( we have one that was in a pillow for the back that I took out of the pillow ) it works wonders.

Happy
I am not getting up at 4:30 am unless someone is paying me double time lol. Heck I don't generally go to bed until 2 or 3 am lol.

ceejay52
09-08-2008, 01:08 PM
Morning chicks.

Shad
Just keep thinking Singapore and these three days will be over in a flash.

Michelle
Hope the back problem clears up soon. Enjoy the game.

Happy
I'd promised myself that I'd be working on abs this week also.

Mel
Hope things are okay.

Had a weird dream last night. I was around 8 years old an it seem's the German's had taken over Paragould. My parents, and little sister were playing dead when truck load of soldiers got out to come and check on us. We were laying on the ground. They started kicking our shoes and one said shoot her and we'll see if the others are really dead. I heard the shot and felt a pain in my lower right side this morning then I woke up. My side was hurting but since stopped. I don't usually remember my dreams.

annie175
09-08-2008, 04:04 PM
OMG Ceejay, what an aweful dream. Sometimes they seem so real, or are a prelude to something coming about.

Whew Michelle, sorry about your arse....mine feels like that after going bowling. Yikes.

Rennie...you can all the winter you want and mine too, I detest winter and cold weather.

Happy...I don't know but you are right. Bad habits are easier to keep going than good ones.

Hey to you Shad, wherever you are.

MEL...Waddup??

Hello to everyone.

Love and Hugs

diyana
09-08-2008, 04:46 PM
Hi ladies --

I got a quick moment to catch my breath....so I'm going to also try to catch up on personals.

Shad - Sorry you didn't get to the orchid garden and had such an experience on the gondola and the cab ride! I admire your adventurous spirit, but sheesh, be careful okay? Singapore sounds like a much better place to trip around.

Mel - Glad the BBQ went okay and that you hopefully worked things out with your office friend. Heat and BBQ food can definitely cause havoc on digestion. I hope you're feeling better now, and I hope the rain puddles are drying up.

Happy - I admire women who can accessorize well. I just don't. Oh well, I am who I am and that's okay with me. I've been doing more stretches than crunches or weights...and that will likely be the case for a little while. I want to get back in the groove full steam, but I know Mel will smack me upside the head if I overdo it. :lol: Heat and ice sound like a marvelous idea while watching the game.

Ceejay - Good for you for getting your yard work done. I have lots that needs to get done in the yard (and in the house) but my back and DH's knee are saying it can wait - we just do a little bit at a time. 72 hour work week? how long will you be on this crazy schedule? I did it for awhile last year and nearly paid the price with my health...but thankfully I was able to transfer to another department to a more normal 45 hour work week.
That was one awful dream you had! How scary...and you actually felt physical pain?! :yikes:

Annie -I'm glad you had such a nice time with Jeff. Sorry about the Colts. I was sure they'd beat the Bears and being a Packer fan I was hoping for that too (sorry Happy).

Madcat - I'm glad your friend's surgery went well.

Rennie - I enjoy fall very much, I just want to hold on to summer a bit longer. I'm not ready for the leaves to turn and fall yet. Last year's autumn was too short and winter was too long (as most of you Northerners know), so I'm not ready for the cold just yet. I chuckled and blushed a little when you suggested I take a vibrator. :o I know what you mean though. I'm sure I have a massager somewhere, and I'll use it on my back, tush and leg.

Well, back to work for me. Only an hour and a half or so to do. Yay!

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the day!

MELODY525
09-08-2008, 05:59 PM
I AM JUST TOO WEARY FOR PERSONALS. WORKED IN THE OFFICE A FULL DAY. SORTING AND CLEARING OUT AN UNSUED OFFICE SO THE ACCTS AND AUDITORS HAVE A PLACE TO WORK. SEEMED TO TAKE MYSELF AND A FRIEND ALL DAY EVEN WITH THE MEN'S HELP.
FOOD SHOPPING IS IN THE MORNING SO I WILL BE MISSING TOMORROW TOO MAYBE IF THE OFFICE ISN'T FINISHED BY THE TIME I GET HOME. I'LL TRY AND CATCH UP LATER. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND A SUPER TUESDAY :moped:

diyana
09-08-2008, 06:06 PM
Mel - Please don't overdo. You've got to make taking care of yourself your first priority, okay?

MELODY525
09-08-2008, 06:15 PM
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc160/34fab/PartyDog.gif

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE!!!

:gift: HOPE YOU GET TO SPEND THE WHOLE DAY WITH HAPPY THOUGHTS AND THE DH TOO!!
ENJOY IT AND REPORT BACK TO US!! MAY ALL YOUR BIRTHDAY WISHES COME TRUE!! :hb:

MELODY525
09-08-2008, 06:23 PM
ANNIE...JUST REMEMBER ONE THING: DON'T BE READING ANYTHING INTO ANY ACTIONS AND COMMENTS RIGHT NOW. JUST RELAX AND ENJOY THE NEWNESS. :dance:

MICHELLE....HOPE YOUR SPECIAL DAY TOMORROW IS A GAS!! :hB: :encore: :cheers:
WHEN MY BUT HURTS..IT'S USUALLY SCIATICA OR A 2 FOOTED MAINTENANCE MAN :rofl: HOPE IT FEELS BETTER SOON. TRY ALEVE!!!

MADCAT....I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR YOUR FRIEND'S SURGERY WENT SO WELL!! :cb: GREAT NEWS. SENDING GOOD HEALING THOUGHTS. I TOO AM NOT MUCH OF A HOLY ROLLER BUT I BELIEVE IN PRAYER!! :hug:

HAPPY....I LOVED THE PICS AND CANNOT BELIEVE HOW FAST THEY LOADED!! HOPE YOU GOT TO ENJOY THE YARD AND NATURE AND THE WEATHER WHILE IT ALL LASTS!! NO MORE PC TIME FOR YOU TILL WINTER!! :lol3:
I NOTICED A FAINT ODOR OF CHINESE FOOD COMING FROM THE SOUTH...SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IT WAS YOU!!

SHAD....YOUR REWARD WILL BE SINGAPORE...HOW NICE IS THAT. TIME WITH FRIENDS.

CEEJAY...72 HRS AGAIN! YIKES! :faint: BETTER OPEN UP A BIGGER BANK ACCOUNT :rofl:

RENNIE....I LOVE FALL!!! MY KIND OF WEATHER. ESPECIALLY THE SMELLS OF THE LEAVES AND SUCH.

OK KIDS. THAT'S A WRAP!! HAVE A PLEASANT EVENING. AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!!

MELODY525
09-08-2008, 06:26 PM
MICHELLE....JEN JUST SAID THE SAME THING TO ME ON THE PHONE!! YOU MUST BE READING EACH OTHERS MINDS. THEY OFFERED TO FOOD SHOP CAUSE I DID 2 LOADS OF WASH THIS MORnING TOO!! :rofl:

Shy Moment
09-08-2008, 09:44 PM
Di
lol don't blush or laugh but we bought a vibrator just for my sciatic nerve. It really does do wonders. Ummm for the nerve. I couldn't believe it when my doctor recommended for us to get one for that very purpose. You want to talk about a face that was beat red as my doctor was telling me it was just want I needed to relieve the pain. Of course my husband had to go on and on in front of her about how this was a piece of medical equipment and should only be used for such purposes lol. They both were laughing and laughing. I on the other hand wanted to floor to open up and swallow me whole. We were able to have the insurance pay for it because they doc gave us a prescription for it lol. Can you imagine the talk at the office when that claim came in.

Melody
Autumn really is my favorite time. We have had such easy winters around here lately and very little fall or spring. We only had a couple major snow falls last year. This is ohio, I can remember having snow up to my tush by my birthday in November. Now we don't tend to get much snow, if any, until after christmas.

Happy birthday Michelle

MELODY525
09-09-2008, 08:58 AM
:wave: GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES. NOTHING NEW SINCE LAST NIGHT. :rofl: HAPPY TUESDAY AND HAVE A GREAT DAY. I MIGHT CANCEL FOOD SHOPPING IF IT BEGINS TO RAIN. LOOKING VERY DARK OUTSIDE AND I COULD USE A LITTLE LIE IN!!

RENNIE...OUR SNOW IS NOTHING LIKE IT USED TO BE. MOTHER NATURE CERTAINLY HAS CHANGED SINCE I WAS A KID. I AM HYPOTHERMIC WITH THE MD SO I AM NO LONGER A "CHILD OF WINTER" FAN. :brr:

diyana
09-09-2008, 09:08 AM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

The Green Bay Packers won - a great early Birthday present for me! Yay! And tonight, DH and I are going to a Milwaukee Brewers game, so hopefully the Brewers will win too. I plan to treat myself to a birthday dinner of Supreme Nachos (which are EXCELLENT) and a brewski.

Mel - Thanks for the birthday wishes. I don't get to spend the whole day with my DH as he had to work all day and I'm working 1/2 day. But I'm going to spend the afternoon playing outside with the doggies - they love for me to throw the frisbee and then watch me go and retrieve it! They have me very well trained. I get exercise retrieving the frisbee! :lol3: Thanks for the advice on Aleve. My derriere is doing a little better today. But if it gets worse, I'll get some Aleve. I hope you get to rest and relax today....you deserve a lie in.

Rennie - Yeah, sciatic nerve...that's it...sure...Should we call you vibrator girl? :lol3: Seriously, thank you for the advice. Too funny about your doctor's recommendation and the way your husband responded! And the insurance paid for it? A prescription for a vibrator! Toooo funny! :lol3: Rennie, if you want my winter along with Annie's - you're more than welcome to it. Our winter last year was very, very long. Thank you for the birthday wishes.

Well, I've got to cram a whole day's work into 1/2 day, so I'd better get to it.

A big :wave: to all you wonderful wordly chicks!

Love and hugs,

annie175
09-09-2008, 09:47 AM
Happy Tuesday Everyone...

Busy day at work, too many meetings to go to.

Have a marvy day,

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
09-09-2008, 09:58 AM
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/happybirthday.gif Michelle

Have fun at the baseball game and have a wonderful birthday! :hug:

happy2bme
09-09-2008, 09:59 AM
I too am running behind this morning and can't post. Just wanted to stop in and sing for Michelle. Will try and get on at lunch time. Have a good one...

Shad
09-09-2008, 10:34 AM
Happy Birthday Michelle. Sorry can't stop and find the pics. Got too much to do and too little time to do it. But I sure do hope it all works out well.

The next time you hear from me I shall be back in Australia. I'm missing for 3 days in Singapore and unless I find a connection I won't be around.

Try to behave PUHLEEEEESE

Madcat
09-09-2008, 11:11 AM
Happy Birthday, Michelle!

:bday2you::celebrate::hb::celebrate::bday2you:
Have a great day especially the part where you don't have to work!!:carrot:

diyana
09-09-2008, 01:38 PM
Just a quick check in before I leave work for the day.

Thank you Shad and Madcat for the birthday wishes!

ceejay52
09-09-2008, 02:07 PM
Happy Birthday Michelle

We had a heavy rain this morning around 5.30 a.m.

annie175
09-09-2008, 04:40 PM
Miss Michelle.................

Happy, Happy Birthday To You, My Dear......

Love Ya Girl,

Annie

diyana
09-09-2008, 05:33 PM
Aw, thanks Ceejay and Annie. :)

MELODY525
09-10-2008, 08:19 AM
:wave: JUMPING IN TO SAY HELLO. GOING TO FILL IN AT THE OFFICE. SOME CEREMONIES FOR 9/11 WILL LEAVE IT SHORT-HANDED FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS. I SHALL RETURN.
NOT MUCH NEW HERE. WILD STORMS YESTERDAY. LOVELY TODAY. HAPPY WEDNESDAY. HAVE TO GET GOING OR I WON'T BE DRESSED ON TIME! HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

annie175
09-10-2008, 09:33 AM
Happy Wednesday....

What a day, full of meetings, tummy hurts, have cramps, bleeding like a stuck pig, absolutely miserable. It has only been 3 weeks since last period. Like what's up with that? Other than that it is a great day. haha

Have a great one everyone.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
09-10-2008, 09:46 AM
Good morning chickies,

I see several little eggs lit up. We're together in spirit.

Sorry you're feeling so bad Annie. I noticed as I headed into perimenopause the periods started to get really erratic. Hope you feel better, grab a hot pack. I saw now that they have those heating pain patches for women's cramps now. Anything to make a buck :rolleyes: Tho I did swear by a heating pad when I had to deal with that stuff.

Good morning Mel. Don't pull yourself in too many directions filling in at the office. Just do what absolutely needs done and save your energy for delegating to others.

Ceejay - it rained here but I missed it. I probably brought it on myself because night before last I basically wasted an hour of my life watering the yard and then woke up to a soaking.

Did you have a nice birthday Michelle?

Enjoy your trip to Singapore Shad. Safe travels and good cabbies lady :D

DH woke me up an hour early (at 4am) when he got up to let the cat out. I couldn't fall back to sleep so I'm sure this will be a long day. I did get a good workout in the pool, used the floaty resistance dumbells for some muscle work as well as swimming. Last night we had a little party at the diabetes program. She made some yummy stuff, I will pass along recipes. One was a black bean and mango salsa. I admit I was not a fan of black beans or mangoes but this was fabulous. So fabulous that I stopped at the store on the way home and picked up ingredients. Will be having that with grilled chicken breast on lettuce for lunch today. :hungry: :T

I have to hit the road now so adios and have a good one.

diyana
09-10-2008, 10:07 AM
Good morning ladies -

I am in such a great mood today. I had a very nice birthday yesterday, and having the afternoon off to play with the doggies was wonderful. I did manage to get stung by a yellow jacket just before we were going to leave for the Brewers game, but took care of that and now it only itches a little. The Brewers game was fun and hard fought...but they ended up losing in extra innings. I'm just in a really good mood today. I've got a busy day of work ahead, with a short break for physical therapy over lunch time. DH had to get up early to catch a 6:30 flight for Florida - Happy, he'll be changing planes in Memphis, so I told him to wave out the airport window though I'm not sure what direction you work in relation to the airport. :lol: This is just an overnight trip, he'll be home around 10:00 tomorrow night. At least I got to spend my b'day with my DH! Yay!

Mel - It may be too late to tell you this as you may already be at the office, but don't overdo okay?

Annie - I hope you feel better soon. Does Advil or Aleve help your cramps?

Ceejay - I hope you have better weather today.

Shad - Enjoy your trip to Singapore!

Happy - Good for you for getting in such a good pool workout! YGG! You are now the exercise :queen: , at least until my back gets better and can reclaim my crown! :lol: I've recently acquired a taste for black beans and mangoes, but I haven't had them together yet. Sound like you have a yummy and very health lunch planned for today! Enjoy!

:wave: to everyone!

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
09-10-2008, 02:37 PM
Michelle - I waved to DH on my way into work. I am about 2 miles east of the airport. Hope he has a safe trip - not enough time to have any fun. How does his knee hold up travelling - especially on these crowded planes?

They had a drawing at work today and I won a $25 gas card. What a pleasant surprise as I never win anything.

Here's the recipe for the salsa. I had it with a grilled chicken breast and romaine lettuce. And a few Tostidos Scoops Chips :o

Black Bean and Mango Salsa

1 envelope Good Seasons (dry) Italian Dressing Mix
1 can (16 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen yellow corn - rinse with cold water to thaw
1 cup chopped ripe mango (I cheated and used the fresh mango presliced in a jar because I have made 2 valiant attempts to cut up a mango only to nearly sever my hand in the process)
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (fresh REALLY makes a difference)
1/4 cup lime juice (you can even splurge with a half cup as this really intensifies the flavor)

To make - mix all ingredients until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with grilled chicken or tortilla chips (the ones like scoops are really good).

To make this as a cold side dish add 1-1/2 cups brown rice.

Makes about 32 servings. Nutritional info is for salsa only.
Calories - 25
Cholesterol, Sat Fat, Total Fat - 0
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Sodium - 85 mg
Sugars - 2g
Protein - 1g
Carbohydrate - 6g

diyana
09-10-2008, 03:49 PM
Hi Happy -

DH said he saw you wave back at him. :) The recipe looks phenomenol! Thanks! I might even make it for our next work potluck (as a side dish adding the brown rice).

ceejay52
09-10-2008, 05:32 PM
Hi Michelle
See you egglight aglow

Hope every one is having a good day. B is supposed to have back surgery on Friday. I'll be glad to see him back at work.

More later

diyana
09-10-2008, 06:21 PM
Hi Ceejay - I hope B's surgery goes well and that he makes a complete and speedy recovery.

Ruthxxx
09-11-2008, 09:27 AM
Just checking in. Things have been hectic (and not good) around here lately but just have to improve. I seem to be constantly dealing with a sick dog and wiping blood spatters off my walls in the kitchen. One of the lovely side-effects of Cushings is skin breakdown and Hersh has been bleeding from her tail. Being Hersh, she constantly wags it. Spatter! Spatter! Liquid bandage seems to work though. TMI, I'm sure.

The chemo meds (Mitotane/Lysodren) did their job of knocking off adrenal gland cells as of last Friday. Hersh stopped eating and drinking, over the weekend with other vets covering for my specialist. :shrug: We survived a really hard Saturday and Sunday - I'll spare you the details but all body fluids were involved except semen!

Monday we dashed in to Ottawa and they ran tests that showed H's cortisol production was extremely low so she went on Prednisone to get them back up. (I stopped the other med on Saturday!) Tuesday she seemed less lethargic and yesterday she started the day off by putting her head into the fridge and stealing a peach! She's drinking again too and is much more herself. Whew! Now we continue the dose of prednisone, test again in a few weeks and then work on balancing her cortisol with low doses of the Lysodren. ($200 for 30 pills. :yikes: I may have to give up Scotch!)

I'm hoping she stays stable for a while. Next week I go to a meeting with the other MODs and plan to leave the Doggage with the Hyper Pypers while I'm gone. No way my darling goes to a kennel when she's sick! I know she'll be well loked after by the Pypers and they are only 20 minutes away from teh Ottawa Vet hospital.

So that's what's happening besides the usual Real Life crap like trying to get caught up with outside work before the snow flies and working hard to rein in some of my volunteer workload!

I'll check in when I can and try not to whine.

happy2bme
09-11-2008, 09:31 AM
Wow, I'm the first one here since yesterday. It is getting quiet around here. Well I'm sure everyone is busy in their own right.

Mel - are you involved in any sort of 911 memorial service? Was reading an article this morning and as always, controvery over what, when, how long things should be done. I imagine that people have very strong feelings no matter how they feel about it. Hope you have a restful day.

Ceejay - ditto Michelle's comment on B's surgery. Hope this doesn't put an extra burden on you.

Michelle - glad you got to spend your birthday with your DH. And it's nice to hear that SOMEONE is in a good mood lately :lol: Seems like most of us are walking around grumpy over something or other :mad: I think I wake up in a good mood when I don't have to get up at 4 to go to the gym AND it's a weekend or holiday :rofl: Hope the joy continues :D

Hope you are having a better day today Annie. All I can say is going forward you won't have to deal with cramps in the future BUT it gets replaced by a boatload of other annoyances :D I don't miss cramps at all tho. :lol:

Hi Ruth, Shy, Carla, Madcat :wave:

I think I have to go sleep in the guestroom. Sometimes the mattress bothers my back. I don't like a firm mattress but I wonder about the support in these extra thick, pillow top mattresses. I think they aren't making them anymore. However I am not about to toss a 1,000 dollar mattress that is only 3 years old. :yikes: I got 7 hours of sleep last night but I still feel tired. I think part of it is the atmospheric pressure or something in the air with all the disturbances from the hurricanes and such. Not enough to blow us down, just enough to ruffle the feathers. DH says he is hurting too. But we have to carry on because we're not allowed to go back to bed until we feel better :lol:

Have a good Thursday - weekend is almost here.

happy2bme
09-11-2008, 09:33 AM
Wow Ruth, sounds like you REALLY have your hands full. Poor Hersh. :hug: Have a good mod meeting. :gossip:

diyana
09-11-2008, 10:24 AM
Happy Thursday Ladies -

I didn't get to the gym last night, as I was a bit sore after physical therapy, which consisted of cardio and strength training...so I got a workout in anyway. I'm going to the gym tonight though as I have an appointment with my trainer. DH comes home tonight from Florida, and he'll probably be going to Mexico in a week or two.

Ruth - So sorry to hear about Hershey. What a rough weekend you had. I'm glad to hear she's more herself. It's difficult to balance meds, especially in animals. Sheesh, those are expensive pills! Sending you and Hersh hugs. :hug:

Happy - I'm happy to say I'm still in a good mood. I watched some TV last night and got a good night's sleep. My back is a bit sore, but I'll try and stretch a bit sitting at the desk. Sorry that you didn't sleep well last night and that you and DH feel better soon. Sore backs are no fun. And something about changes in the weather...when it gets cloudy, dreary or rainy...I tend to feel tired no matter how much sleep I got. Luckily it's supposed to be sunny today and not rain until tonight....so being tired will be okay.

:wave: to everyone else. I've got lots to do today and may not be able to check in later.

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
09-11-2008, 03:49 PM
Talked to B last night. He said the surgeon will be dealing with 3 buldging disc and they are going to scrape stuff off his spine to free some nerves. He told me he still didn't know about those stairs. I think he wants to retire.

Happy
I'm waiting for the doctor to tell me if I'm over extending myself. I know that my bp is elevated a bit plus I'm asking for a couple of days off to rest. How many crunches do you per day?

More later.

MELODY525
09-11-2008, 05:12 PM
AFTER WHAT SEEMED LIKE DAYS OF INCREDIBLE SADNESS..I AM GLAD THIS DAY IS COMING TO A CLOSE. THE COUNTY STILL MOURNS THE 150 NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS WE LOST HERE. I STAYED IN THE OFFICE WHILE THE OTHERS ALL WENT OUT. CANNOT HANDLE THE MULTITUDES OF CRYING PEOPLE!!! :cry: BETTER TO ANSWER TELEPHONES AND DEAL WITH THE SENIORS!!!
LET ME JUST SAY...I AM GLAD THE SUN IS GOING DOWN SOON!
OTHER THAN BUSY BUSY BUSY....NMOTHING ELSE IS NEW. MAYBE SOME FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW AND THEN
A 3 1/2 DAY WEEKEND FOR ME. AFTER A QUICK TRIP TO THE STORE...I AM RESTING UNTILL TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE BOSSLADY AND I ARE TAKING OFF THE SAME DAYS!!
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT NIGHT AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE.

ANNIE...HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON:hug:
MICHELLE...GLAD THE BD WAS GOOD, YOU GOT TO BE WITH THE DH AND HOPE HE HAS A GOOD TRIP!:dance:

HAPPY....TELL DH TO BE QUIETER IN THE MORNING...HE ALMOST WOKE ME AS WELL! :rofl: THE BEANS STUFF SOUNDED GREAT. YUM!!! I WOULD USE CANNED AS WELL...I NEED ALL MY FINGERS THANK YOU!! :lol3:
THANKS FOR THE CARING THOUGHTS AS WELL :hug:

CEEJAY...HOPE HIS SURGERY WENT WELL AND HE FINDS SOME RELIEF!! SENDING GOOD HEALING THOUGHTS HIS WAY:hug:

RUTH...GLAD THE MEDS ASEEM TO BE WORKING FOR HERSH AND HOPE FOR FURTHER CONTINUED SUCCESS!! I CANNNOT IMAGINE WHAT ALL THIS IS LIKE IN MIND AND BODY!! SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOU BOTH :hug:

:wave: TO EVERYONE....HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. SEE YOU MAMANA :moped:

annie175
09-11-2008, 08:27 PM
Hey Ladies....

Work has been hectic, rather the week from ****. Had to sit in on repremending of an employee. It sucks. She didn't even come in after yesterday's meeting with her. I don't deal with that kind of stuff very well.

I am feeling better today, physically tho. We had a moment of silence at work for 9/11. It is all so sad, and it made my day a little sad thinking about it. Kind of a strange somber mood. I think I am just in a weird place in my head right now. I need to get out of it.

Guess I will go to bed and try to sleep, sleep has been very little lately.

Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer.

Love and Hugs

MELODY525
09-12-2008, 09:15 AM
ANNIE...WELL DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT BEING A DEBBIE DOWNER CAUSE MY MELLIE DOWNER POST WAS RIGHT ABOVE YOURS :rofl: AND THERE REALLY IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN SAY FOR COMFORT.....THAT DAY WAS WHAT IT WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE. :hug:
ALSO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE EMPLOYEE. NEVER A NICE THING TO HAVE TO SIT IN ON THAT STUFF. HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER TODAY.


:rain: JUST TO ADD TO THE SOMBER MOOD, IT IS DARK AND HUMID OUTSIDE :rofl: I ALREADY LEFT REPORTS AND NOTES FOR THOSE THAT NEEDED THEM. LEAVING MY CELL TURNED OFF TILL 4PM WHEN THE BLDG BECOMES MINE FOR THE WEEKEND. SLEEP HEALS EVERYTHING AND I AM WIDE AWAKE IF NOT EXACTLY BUSHY TAILED:dance: THE KIDS ARE GOING SHOPPING TONITE SO I GAVE THEM MY TINY LIST. THAT LEAVES JUST ME AND MY JAMMIES TODAY. :bunny:
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY :moped:

MELODY525
09-12-2008, 09:33 AM
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Roseblush
09-12-2008, 09:35 AM
Hello everyone, Hope all is well all over the world today. Belated birthday wishes to all the birthday girls too! Yes, remember the day yesterday was difficult. Just brought those moments back in full force. Blessings to the families and friends of all that were affected.
Fall is on its way here and it has been lovely. Looking forward to the new full moon on MOnday. The little groups of deer and their families are finally returning to the hill.....they have become such town pests over the summer.
My heart goes out to you Ruth struggling to get Hersh well again. My little old Teeka has a few good days and then bad. But over all she is amazing little 2.9 lbs. of might that she is.
Mel hope you are doing well and sounds like you are looking forward to the weekend. Keeping us on track for Christmas HUH?
So nice to read about everyone and do hope all is well.... take good care.
Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
09-12-2008, 10:24 AM
My new schedule is getting better. Work today and tomorrow off Sunday and Monday then work again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Good news is that I am finally getting a three day week end. Yipee. Hopefully I can throw away my vacation day sheet for the 26th to go to the doctor.

Exercised this morning. I woke up at 4 a.m. thinking about work. I'm setting dosages for a different well combination. Lay there tossing and turning decided after an hour of this to get up and do some real exercise, which was 20 minutes on the stamina bike. Also did 30 minutes of light weight's last night. I needed to work of some stress.

diyana
09-12-2008, 10:41 AM
Good morning ladies (good evening Shad!) -

Happy Friday! DH got home from Florida last night. It was great to have him back. While he was in Florida, he received word that he will be going to Mexico on Tuesday and staying until Friday. Short notice, but at least it will be a short trip too. I did a 1/2 hour strength training class followed by a 1/2 hour Jazz Dance class last night at the gym. Lots of fun! :) My hamstrings and glutes are sore today, but I've got PT later, so I'm sure my therapist will make me work out more and make them even more sore! :lol:

Ceejay - Sounds like B will be having some pretty intense surgery. I'm sending wishes for a complete and speedy healing for him. Too bad the boss can't bring someone in temporarily so you don't have to work 70+ hours a week. I just read your next post. I'm glad to hear that you're actually getting a few days off, including a 3 day weekend!

Mel - Yesterday was a sad and mournful day. It was nice of you to help out in the office so others could participate in the memorial activities. I'm glad to hear that you're taking a nice long weekend to rest. Enjoy your jammie Friday! DH and I will be relaxing tomorrow....it's supposed to be a bit rainy, so we won't be able to work in the yard or go fishing or anything....might as well get some R&R. Although I might do some freelance website work for a client.

Annie - Sorry to hear you've had such a rough week at work. Yesterday, many of us were discussing how 9/11 was a moment where you'll never forget where you were when it happened. Kind of like how people say they'll always remember where they were when they heard JFK was shot.

Nae - Thanks for the birthday wishes. Fall is on it's way here too....some of the leaves have just started turning.

Ruth - I'm sending more healing thoughts for Hersh and hugs for you both.

Shad - I hope you're enjoying Singapore!

Happy - I'm sure you'll be checking in soon! I'm surprised I posted before you.

A big :wave: all you wonderful worldly chicks! Here's to a fabulous Friday for all of us!

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
09-12-2008, 11:12 AM
Good morning all,

Yep, I'm a bit behind posting this morning :o

First a nature report... The hummingbirds are in full swing out in the yard. It's almost scary to walk out there with them buzzing back and forth. Some of them are still dive bombing others but most all of them are just concerned with getting long drinks as they prepare for their long journey south. DH says he can see them getting fatter but I guess you need better eyes than I have :lol: Yesterday I counted as many as 16 before I lost count. Hard to count them as they are all in motion. But DH and I agreed that we had the "peak" population on Tuesday and it appears some have taken off already. I just hope they don't run into Hurricane Ike :yikes:

I have nicknamed the first butterfly caterpillar that hatched "Godzilla" because it's amazing how quickly it has grown. It's really been fascinating to have this opportunity to watch them morph up close. Today Godzilla and another younger caterpillar were on the same spine of parsley. It's cool because they are big enough now that you can actually watch them devour the parsley. Godzilla was winning the contest to eat the parsley first and it got to the point that the 2 were facing each other. Gozilla reared back and head butted the younger caterpillar. Not once but several times - bam, bam, bam and actually rammed his head into the other caterpillar's body and pushed it until the younger one hollered "uncle" and moved down the spine. And this all took place within 2 minutes of watching them so I guess I was in the right place at the right time. Gozilla has grown from this size -- as a new born to this size right now OOOOOOOOO - see why I call him what I do? He has also morphed from looking like a bird dropping and today he has beautiful colors. Before he was dark brown with a small white blotch, today he has a white body with yellow spots and black accent lines - I'll see if I can get DH to take another picture. I think their bodies take on the coloring of the butterfly. I hope I'm not boring you guys but as I said, I'm just in awe of what's going on right under our noses in the back yard. DH and I are curious to see where the caterpillars will chose to spin their crysalis. Will they venture over to the other side of the planter and take the easy route on a stalk of Italian Basil? Or will they make their way down the parley, over the dirt, down the planter, across the brick wall and over to the tree? A distance of 12 inches as measured by my hand but to a tiny caterpillar it must seem like a thousand miles :yikes:

My niece lives in Houston, Texas. I talked to her yesterday via email. She is gearing up to ride out Hurricane Ike. They had a fiasco on the roads 3 years ago when everyone was told to evacuate for Hurricane Rita so this time they advised people who were inland to ride out the storm and that's what she's doing. It's still supposed to be pretty ferocious with strong winds, driving rains, possibly tornadoes and flooding. I hope she will be ok. What a way for her to celebrate her birthday!

I have to get rolling here. Sorry I don't have time for personals, will try and get back on tonight.

Shy Moment
09-12-2008, 11:54 AM
Happy
How lovely about the humming birds. We have just started to see them here at this house the last couple of years. I never see more than a couple at a time. Aren't they just lovely to watch. Your little caterpillars sound fun lol. They definitely are going to watch over their food.

Di
At least he is home safe and sound and the next trip will be a short one.

Cee
Glad you are going to have a nice break.

Rose
We have gone through the same thing around here with the deer. Am glad hunting season is just about upon us. It really is dangerous to drive around here and I shudder to think what it is going to be like once hutting season starts.

Ruth
I am so sorry for all Hershey is going through. Poor little mite has really had a lot to deal with. Sure hope things get better soon.

We had a horrible evening last night. Once again someone hit a deer right in front of my house. Thing was huge and it took them forever to get the people out of the front of the car. Was a very scary thing as the deer was laying in the front seat with them. I respect everyone that doesn't think the good Lord put animals on this earth for us to eat but I am glad hunting season is just about upon us. The deer population is crazy this year and has to be controlled. People aren't even letting their kids out to play in the fields because the deer are everywhere and believe it or not REAL deer are not bambi all sweet and wonderful. They can be very mean and very aggressive. I can't even let Bella out in the fenced in part of my back yard by herself and she loves to go out there for hours and just romp around her property. Beyond my fence is nothing but woods and the deer live back there, which is fine by me. That is the reason I do not mow or get rid of the bramble and such because it is a wonderful place for animals to live when their living area is being taken up by more and more houses. Now they are jumping the fence to get the apples that fall off the apple trees in my fenced yard. I go out every morning and clear the apples off the ground and toss them back in the wooded area to try to keep the deer out of my yard. Not safe at all back there for my little tiny dog as I have see three very large deer in the fenced in part of the yard in the last 2 days.

diyana
09-12-2008, 04:46 PM
Good afternoon ladies -

Quick check in as I try and clear my brain before I tackle the next thing on my list.

Happy - I love hearing about all the wildlife in your yard - hummingbirds (16?! Wow!), caterpillars (so cute you named one Godzilla!), baby butterflies, etc. So cool that you got to witness the caterpillars play "King of the Parsley". I'll be thinking good thoughts for your niece in Houston.

Rennie - Here the most dangerous time for deer-related car accidents are when the deers are in rut. Although I could not personally ever pull the trigger or shoot an arrow at one of those beautiful animals, I do understand that hunting is necessary to thin out the population or even more will starve to death in the winter. I know that deer can occasionally be aggressive, especially when protecting their young or when a male is protecting his does, but I didn't know that they would attack children or small domestic animals. We've never had one jump the fence into our back yard, but we do check the yard every night when we put the dogs out for any critters (possums, coons, owls, etc.). What worries me more about deer hunting season are the bullets. Even though hunters aren't supposed to fire guns near roads or houses, bullets can travel a long way and there have been stories of them going through walls in houses, etc.

Anyway, I've got less than 2 hours 'till the weekend. I'm so looking forward to relaxing and spending time with DH.

I'll try and check in during the weekend, but if I don't...I have you all get to relax, have fun and enjoy!

Love and hugs,

Ruthxxx
09-13-2008, 08:07 AM
Happy weekend everyone. Ike is a real @%^&%$# and I'm concerned about all our 3FC chickies in that area.

Hersh is responding to everyone's kind wishes. She is eating (and drinking!) again and almost back to her old self. When I was processing peaches the other day she snuck one! I'm very relieved, of course, particularly as she and Disney are going to be at the Hyper Pyper's farm when I'm in NC next week with some of the other MODs. If she regresses, I do have cancellation insurance and my pal, Dr. Bob, will give me a "family illness" medical certificate! Fingers crossed.

The hummers are still around but seem to be stoking up for the trip south. No colour on the trees except in the swamps but fall is definitely coming. My tomatoes are still producing way too much - I'm having trouble keeping up with them. Another batch of salsa is in the works right now and I think that will be the end - the rest can just rot out there unless my neighbours want them. I've also done peaches, pears and apples in the dehydrator for winter oatmeal. I think I won't starve this winter although a fast would do me good.

Need to get cracking on my Saturday list but thought I'd better check in with my Worldlies. :grouphug:

diyana
09-13-2008, 08:45 AM
Good morning ladies -

I'm up early as I have much to do. I had to bring a little work home with me as I'm a bit behind on a project that's due next week. And I need to do some website work for a client. It's supposed to rain all day long so we really had no plans for the day anyway. If I get my computer work done....I might even do some cleaning. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice so we're probably going fishing.

Ruth - I'm glad to hear that Hershey is doing better! I've been watching the news coverage of Ike. Sheesh! I hope everyone in that area makes it through okay.

Well, I best get to it.

Have a great day, ladies!

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
09-13-2008, 11:29 AM
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.:sunny:

I HAD A GOOD SLEEP. WOKE UP AT 8. FINALLY FEEL MORE LIKE MYSELF TODAY. :dance: I ATE ITALIAN WITH THE KIDS LAST NIGHT AND WATCHED TRAVEL SHOWS. GUESS WE ALL WANTED TO BE SOMEPLACE ELSE :rofl: I HAVEN'T SHARED MY GOOD NEWS WITH YOU AND HAD FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT IT. I WON $54 WITH THE NJ PICK 3 LOTTERY, THEN GOT THE QUARTERLY "EXTRA" CHECK FOR $150, THEN THEY SETTLED OUR 2 YR RAISE/RETRO AND IT CAME TO $401..NOT BAD FOR ONE WEEK HUH? :belly: AND IT WAS THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT I BOUGHT A LOTTERY TICKET. MUST HAVE BEEN BEGINNERS LUCK. THE RETRO AND QUARTERLY ARE GOING RIGHT ON THE BILLS! I AM BEING BLESSED BY THE FINANCE GODS!
A FAST HELLO CAUSE I WANT TO GET OUTSIDE. WE HAVE SUN THIS MORNING...THE STORM IS DELAYED TILL MANANA!!

HAPPY....HOPE ALL GOES WELL WITH TEXAS. KEEP US POSTED AND FINGERS CROSSED HERE. THANKS FOR THE 'PILLAR STORY!!

MICHELLE...ENJOY THE TIME WITH DH AND HOPE YOU DON'T WORK TOO MUCH!

:wave: TO SHAD & MADCAT & CEEJAY & RENNIE

NAE...KISS TEEKA FOR AUNT MELLIE!! :love: HOW IS MOM? GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE. FALL IS ON IT'S WAY HERE TOO. OUR LEAVES ARE ACTUALLY CHANGING AND FALLING. SENDING :hug:

RUTH...:hug: FOR YOU AND HERSH AS WELL. HOPE THEY CONTINUE TO WORK.

diyana
09-13-2008, 11:44 AM
Congratulations, Mel, on your financial blessings! Good for you! I'm glad to hear you had a nice evening and got some well deserved rest.

Shy Moment
09-13-2008, 12:03 PM
Mel
Nice going. Bet you are going to find something to use that money on. Glad you had a nice rest and feel good this morning.

Di
Hurry and get that work done so you have the weekend to yourself. Have tons of fun fishing. Going to be stuck inside here all weekend it is just going to down poor for 2 for 3 days.

Ruth
So happy to here your little one is getting back to her old self.

Di
Oh I do understand your worries. Around here most bow hunt and arrows, while can go a nice distance, do not go that far. Everyone that I know of around here that hunts use the meat as a staple of their diet. They count on it as part of the food budget. Deer are funny things. They feel trapped and yes they can get aggressive. I wouldn't try to walk up to one trapped in my fenced in back yard and try to pet it lol. They are lovely creatures and I enjoy a great deal sometimes at dusk being able to see them in the way way back yard. Around here there are so many they are always getting hit by cars. I have lived here 9 years and there hasn't been one year that at least one isn't hit either in front of my house or in front of the neighbors hours on either side of me. There are woods behind the 3 peoples houses across the street from me and behind mine and my ones neighbors house. They cross here all the time. One would think, people would figure out to slow way down for a couple of miles and watch out for the deer.

ceejay52
09-13-2008, 07:25 PM
Ruth
Glad to hear that Hershey seems to be doing well. Have fun in NC. I hear it's beautiful country.

Mel
Congratulations on winning the lotto. That reminds me I have two small tickets I need to cash in or buy more.

I can't believe that I had a total melt down today. Even hung up on the boss cause I'd started crying. Cried for an hour. Thats not me at all. Its the total of 264 work hours during the past month. Believe it or not I think I scared him. He came up to the plant to check on me. He doesn't know it yet but I'm going to the doctor Monday and explain to him what's going on and ask him for a medical leave until Sunday. I deserve it. I'm going to the doctor here in town just because he knows me a lot better.

I was about to have a 3fc withdrawel. I typed in the url wrong and of course it would not bring up the page. I even weent to parental control to see if someone had blocked the sight.

Shad
09-13-2008, 07:37 PM
Morning all,
I'm back home and looking forward to a good sleep tonight. DS2 is doing the washing and hanging it out. I'm about to have a bit of a lie down. I'll be back to regale you with the tales of Singapura - which is around 40000 light years away from Jakarta and apart from being somewhat expensive, is a good place to be. I enjoyed it.
Just caught up with all the posts. Haven't got a brain to reply with at the moment. So I will be back.

1day@atime
09-13-2008, 11:12 PM
Hello Ladies,

My town has missed the brunt of the Hurricane Ike. Gots lots of wind and rained all day. But that was about it.

Michellez (Diyana) Thank you for thinking about me & Blackie and giving me a call. It was really good to talk to you. I appreciate your prayers.

As for me so much as been going on.
First of all I passed my last test. I am now eligible for my C.P.M. certification. That is a Certified Purchasing Manager. Yea...
2nd. Last week I got sick, broke out in hives. Had to go to doctor on a sunday and got a steriod shot. They also gave me a steriod packet to take for six days. Today was my last day.. NO more breakouts. Don't know what the cause was, whether it was food, environmentally, or stress. I'm just glad it's gone. Trying to take it easy this weekend and destress. Oh, and with the hives, I have not been able to workout, but that's ok.. Sometimes we just need a break. But I am committed to get back on track.

Happy - I hope your niece is ok. If i would of know, i would of told you to tell them to come stay with me. I have a sprare room. Many Houstonians have made the trek all the way up to Dallas. A 4 hour drive turned into a 6, but your right last time, it took some as long as 11 hours.

Hope everyone is doing ok and I'm making a committment to post more often.

Shy Moment
09-14-2008, 12:48 AM
Sure hope all of our friends in the path of the storm are ok.

1day
Sure glad to hear you are ok.

MELODY525
09-14-2008, 09:04 AM
HAPPY/....HAVE YOU HEARD FROM THE FAMILY YET? THE WEATHER CHANNEL IS SCARY. :faint: STILL SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS OUT TO TEXAS. WONDER WHERE PAINTER WOMAN IS AND HOW SHE FARED.

MICHELLE...THANKS..IT'S AMAZING WHA SOME MONEY AND SLEEP WILL DO FOR A GALS MOOD!! :rofl: :rofl:

RENNIE...AS I SIT AND EAT MY STEAKS, I FORGET THERE ARE THOSE THAT HUNT FOR THEIR FOOD!! IN THE CITY IT'S ALL PACKAGED AND DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ELSIE THE COW!! :lol3: :lol3:

:hug:CEEJAY :hug: THAT'S WAY TOO MANY HOURS AND YOU DESERVED A MELTDOWN. HOPE THE VISIT TO THE LOCAL DOC WILL GET YOU THE MUCH NEEDED BREAK!

SHAD...:cloud9: WE'LL WHISPER TILL YOU HAVE A GOOD SLEEP! :welcome: HOME!

PATTY...GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE BOTH OK. YOUR POOR STATE NEEDS SO MUCH HELP. I HOPE EVERYONE GOES THERE AND WE DON'T HAVE ANOTHER KATRINA MESS. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE HIVES. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOU FOR DESTRESSING! :hug: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE TEST!! WAY TO GO :encore:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING. I WAS ON A ROLL FOR A FEW MINUTES THERE AND NOW I FEEL BRAIN DEAD. MAYBE I NEED FOOD. NOTHING IS NEW ANYWAY. SPENT SOME TIME WITH THE KIDS AND DID SOME LITTLE BITS OF STRAIGHTENING AROUND THE HOUSE. PLANNING ON THE SAME FOR TODAY!
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

Shy Moment
09-14-2008, 02:35 PM
Melody
I have one rule about hunting. When meat comes into this house it is in butcher paper. That is all I know about it and all I need or want to know about it lol.

happy2bme
09-14-2008, 03:59 PM
Hi ladies,

Thought I posted yesterday, guess I just breezed through reading. We had a gusty night, not much rain but alot of wind. I'm glad I asked DH to move the planter with the caterpillars into the garage for the night. We had some tree branches down this morning and DH worked very hard yesterday to clean the driveway and patio only to have it completely leaf covered this morning. My mom is getting innundated with rain, lots of flooding and the remants of hurricane Ike are making their way up to them today. I have not heard from my niece yet, I'm sure she's ok. Will probably be in the dark for a few days, I will have to call my SIL (her mom) later to get the scoop. I'm sure she's squandering her cell phone battery for now.

Patty - that was so sweet of you to offer a spare room. :hug: They got caught on the road when evacuating for Rita and she was quite scared that they were going to get caught out on the open road. This year she moved 45 minutes away from the beach front area so it was less of a threat this time. Congratulations on getting your certification! Hope that leads to a big raise :D - have to do things like that to give yourself a leg up on the job market. Sorry to hear about the hives - I understand stress can do that. Glad you are feeling better.

Shad - what a relief to hear about Singapore being better. Glad you enjoyed yourself. Get some rest and come back and tell us of your adventures. I look forward to hearing about them!

Mel - Painter is from the Dallas area, they got a direct drift of the hurricane but by then it downgraded to a tropical storm. Nothing to sneeze at but not quite the force as it made landfall. Hope she's doing ok too. Congrats on the winning lottery ticket :dance: hope this won't turn you into an addict :rofl: But that is very exciting - I'm sure you can use the money and sometimes things appear when you need them most. Spend it well and set aside 2 bucks for something fun :lol:

Ceejay - I'm sorry to hear about the meltdown but there is a point in which you can try and push yourself and the body or brain will no longer respond. Good for you to push back and take a step aside for a bit. They will have to figure out how to better schedule people at the plant. Feel better!

Shy, I agree with you. I have no problem with hunting if people use the meat for food, I am completely against killing for sport only. It is really sad when the deer herd gets too big and they compete for not enough food. Must be sad to see so many dead ones out by you. And I agree with the butcher paper. If I raised animals I would have to have a very large vegetable garden because I'd never be able to butcher and eat something whose eyes I looked into. I even had a hard time eating a whole lobster when we had a family New England cookout with DH's family.

Ruth, I'm surprised you still have hummingbirds - would think it's getting pretty cool at night up your way by now. Sounds like you're going to have a nice cupboard full of yummy summer stuff to tide you over the winter. :T

Michelle - how's the fishing? How's the rain? I hear you are getting blasted up your way. Probably can launch the boat from the patio :lol: How's your back feeling?

Ok, well there's just something about Sundays that get away from me. 2/3 of the day is over with and I'm still in PJs. Terrible :nono: I did get half the laundry done so far and I am going to warm up some veggie pizza from last night for a quick late lunch. Then it's over to the grocery store.

I'm really glad I gassed up the 4Runner mid week. With my grocery discount I paid $2.51 a gallon for my fill up. (Gas was at $3.55 a gallon). I worked from home Friday and didn't go out but apparently they hiked the prices up in anticipation of both higher prices and a lack of supply from the hurricane. My friend called me and said they were lined up 5 deep at the pumps. I checked gasbuddy.com and sure enough, the gas has gone up an average of 30 cents a gallon since Friday afternoon. So I won't be making any unneccesary trips today. Luckily DH doesn't drive much, if it weren't for going to the gym he might get by all month on one fill up.

Enjoy your Sunday chicks...

1day@atime
09-14-2008, 05:39 PM
Hello Ladies,

Mel - Painter is about 15-20 miles North of Dallas. I'm about 20 miles east of dallas. Like Happy said, we got the drift from the storm. I got lots of wind, (no damage) and showers. My sister who is 20 west of dallas, just got a little wind.

Keeping my prayers to all who are now having to recovery from this. The news is showing such devasting pictures..

ceejay52
09-14-2008, 05:48 PM
Happy
Glad you survived Ike. We have some big tree limbs down in the back yard.

Called both of my sisters today to see if they survived. My sister who lives in Dallas was in Denver CO for the week end, and my nephew who lives in Houston was in Abilene so they are both okay. I'm not sure what David will find when he gets back home. The news showed his street sign laying down and water in the road. My sister who lives in Mo was okay too. My bil said that they mainly had rain. My aunt and uncle suffered some down trees and shingles blown off the house.



I've been outside for a few minutes picking up after the storm and visiting with the neighbors who were doing the same thing. I have inherited either a chiggar or tick one. I think it's a chiggar.

Shad
09-14-2008, 08:14 PM
Glad to hear all our Chicks are okay after Ike and Gustav. Life is good. One might think that the absolute craze for seafront properties might start to wane at this time, but knowing people it probably won't. We could be in real trouble hear if a cyclone ever hit - just all of the population of Australia is within a 100 miles of the coast.

Now, before I try for personals, let me tell you about Singapore. It's not a big island, fairly heavily populated, hot, steamy, clean and green. It's about 40000 light years away from Jakarta. You don't see the beggars, you don't see people sitting around all day doing nothing, physical workers use PPE gear - hard hats, steel toe boots, etc. There is a lot of building going on in both Jakarta and Singapore, but the Singapura worksites are neat, tidy and safe - well more or less. Singapore has a neat underground train system. It's very clean, gets crowded and geared for tourists. I went around the Island for S$2.80 and then got a dollar back when I redeemed my ticket!! On the streets the traffic is bustling and they don't like giving way to pedestrians but it is orderly. I would happily drive there. On the Wednesday, I just wandered around the hotel area - which was right next to Orchard Road - the shopping mecca of the East. You name the courturier and they are there. Valentino, YSL, Armani, D&G, Cartier, Tiffany. Big money and not cheap, although some of the stuff was very nice. I didn't buy anything except a couple of Esprit tees. I wanted to buy some capri pants but couldn't find a size big enough. More incentive to lose weight. On Thursday I wandered up the hill to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the National Orchid Garden. Just to whet the appetite.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/184-1.jpg

and

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/152.jpg

On Friday, I went to Sentosa Island joined to Singapore by a land bridge available only on certain tides (no I didn't see it) and a road bridge. I stood on the southern most point of the Asian continent and could have thrown stones at the equator.

Saturday, I went to Raffels Hotel. It was so exciting. You could just imagine all the stars and celebs of the 30's and 40's entertaining there. Very expensive. I would have made an entry from their internet, but it was going to cost me more than the cab fare to the airport! Then I went to meet up with a friend now working in Singapore and we had a Sushi lunch together, admired her new furniture and went to Chinatown for a wander, before I had to go back to pick up my luggage, grab a cab and get to the airport.

Okay - much as I should get to personals, there is a lot to do today. I have to organise a new contract with my mad mate Mick, get some shopping done, clean the house and get stuck into the plaster and painting bit. I'll be back tonight.

To be continued........

Shy Moment
09-14-2008, 11:18 PM
happy
That is how I feel about hunting. We have no deer heads hanging on the wall. We thank God for the bounty he has provided for us and are thankful for the food. It is very sad to see the poor deer hit by cars. I don't know how many times one of the neighbors ( this is illegal ) have gone out and shot the deer to put it out of is misery before the police could get there. I totally understand that. One time it took the police 45 min to get there. Who would want that animal to suffer that long.

Melody
I guess there are quite a few city folks that come out and hunt with the group. I see no difference eating a cow or a rabbit. I won't even tell you what another of my daughters shirts say lol.

Shad
Beautiful pictures.

happy2bme
09-14-2008, 11:32 PM
Hi ladies,

Off to the gym in the morning so not sure I will be able to post.

Shad - your flowers are GORGEOUS. At last, you have come upon a place which illustrates why it can be FUN to travel. I look forward to seeing more of your pictures. Did you toss a stone at the equator and make a wish? :rofl:

Shy - I have seen a few posts of yours where you talk about the 4 basic food groups and the required amounts. What are the 4 food groups and their amounts you talk about? It seems like there's more than 4 in the food pyramid so that can't be it. I am always looking at plans so just asking out of curiousity - same goes for the "required amounts" - ie recommended portions. Thanks.

Today flew by. I can't believe half of September is over. Mel's ticker is about to drop from triple digits to double digits. Zoom, zoom, zoom :eek:

Shy Moment
09-15-2008, 12:36 AM
Happy
You have
1. Dairy, at least 2 servings
2. Meat, at least 2 servings ( if you don't eat meat you can have other proteins )
3. Veggie, at least 3 serving/Fruit, at least 2 servings
4. Bread/Cereal, at least 6 servings.

Not sure why it was always called the 4 basic food groups since veggies and fruits could be their own group lol. I called an old school teacher and asked her about this one time. She said it was
1. Dairy
2. Meat
3. Fruits/Veggies
4. Grains

I found this quote on the net. " You may have grown up with the "Basic 4": dairy group, meat group, grain group, and the fruits and vegetables group."

I think maybe veggies and fruits were put in the same groups because in many cases they have the same things in them that are good for us.

Here is a new food pyramid and amounts of servings that came out in 2005. It is basically the same as the old pyramid except it breaks fruits and veggies into their own groups. http://www.usaring.com/health/food/FOOD.HTM

The dietitian/nutritionist said I don't have to eat that many since I don't need 2000 or more calories a day I could go with 3 Bread/Cereal, 1 dairy, 1 or 2 lower fat meats, 3 or 4 veggies, 2 or 3 fruits but to watch out for the carbs

MELODY525
09-15-2008, 09:21 AM
HAPPY...GLAD MOM ONLY HAS THE RAIN. WHAT A STORM! THAT SYSTEM ACTUALLY PUSHED 2 STORMS AWAY FROM US BECAUSE OF IT'S FORCE. WE'RE ONLY GETTING WIND. THANKS FOR THE NIECE, PAINTER AND PILLAR UPDATE. LIKE TO KNOW MY FRIENDS ARE ALL SAFE :hug:
THE GOVT SAID THEY ARE GOING TO PROSECUTE GAS GOUGERS THIS TIME. HOPE THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT IT.

PATTY...THANKS ABOUT PAINTER. I LOOK AT THE MAP AND CAN'T JUDGE :faint: GLAD YOU AND THE FAMILY ARE SAFE AND SOUND :hug: SUCH DAMAGES I SAW ON THE TV! :faint:

CEEJAY...HAPPY TO HEAR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DID OK ALSO. WHERE IS THIS CHIGGAR/TICK??????

SHAD...LOVE THE FLOWERS. THE TRIP SOUNDED GREAT. MUST HAVE BEEN NICE TO GO SOMEWHERE LESS HECTIC. A NEW CONTRACT??? AND WHERE IS THE DESTINATION THIS TIME?? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS SO I KNOW WHAT TO PACK!! :rofl:

HAPPY & RENNIE....DON'T CONFUSE ME MORE THAN I ALREADY AM :lol3: :lol3: BUT I THOUGHT WOMEN WERE SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING 3 DAIRY SERVINGS A DAY TO WARD OF OSTEOPOROSIS?!

:cofdate: I THINK I'LL BUY MYSELF A NEW KEYBOARD. THE LETTERS ARE WORN ALMOST ALL OFF AND JEN CAN'T SEE TO TYPE WHEN SHE COMES DOWN! "Maaaa, how can you type on this stupid thing?" :rofl: OHHHH I JUST REMEMBERED I HAVE A SPLIT KEYBOARD IN THE CLOSET. I STUCK IT IN THERE WHEN I GOT THE REMOTE FROM A FRIEND WHEN I HURT MY BACK. I SHOULD TRY THAT AGAIN BEFORE I GET ANOTHER ONE.
I AM JUST RAMBLING HERE......CANCELLED THE MALL TRIP. IT WAS ONE I AM NOT INTERESTED IN. SO I AM A FREE SPIRIT TODAY.
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
09-15-2008, 09:59 AM
Good morning free spirits and chicklettes alike :D

I sort of hate Sunday nights. I have caught up with sleep and seem to have a very difficult time falling asleep. Must have tossed and turned until 1am. Then the potty alarm woke me up at 4:20. I tried to ignore it but that just wasn't happening. Probably wasn't a good idea to have a dish of watermelon right before bed :rofl: There was a brilliant full moon out this morning and it's starting to get much chillier in the morning so the skies were especially clear. Even with the blinds closed, the window was "glowing" from the light of the moon. I got up and tried to go back to sleep when done, if only for 30 minutes but that wasn't happening either. So I'm operating on less than 4 hours of sleep today - not good. And I have a dentist appointment and a podiatrist follow up this afternoon. I did get to the health club and got a good pool workout in. Wish I could have stayed longer in the hot tub. Got some stubborn water in one ear that is annoying me. If I can forget about it, it usually drains by mid morning but right now it's just rattling in there :mad:

Weight is at a standstill which is frustrating. I guess I have to get out the measuring cups and spoons which I absolutely detest.

Thanks for the info Shy. I sure could not do the 6 servings of grains per day. One because I don't like them that much to begin with and two that would be too carby on the blood sugar even using whole grains. What do they consider a serving of fruits and vegetables - one half cup?

Mel - glad the storms passed you by. The radar was looking quite terrible in the middle of the country - between a storm front that was coming from the west and then Ike drifting northwards I'm sure those poor midwesterners got washed out. :rain:

We were driving to the gym this morning and there was a tiny baby deer that was lying by the side of the road - someone hit it. Bambi. :cry: It upset me. Opposums I can deal with, Bambi not. I didn't even think we had deer around here. Lots of mature trees but we're a good ways from the forest preserves and it's very residential here.

Anyway I am brain dead and fuzzy myself this morning so I think I'll go for a second cup of java and try and get some work done.

Have a good one ladies...

happy2bme
09-15-2008, 10:00 AM
So Mel, did you have a wireless keyboard?

Hollyhock
09-15-2008, 10:18 AM
Hello!!! Nice to catch up with the worldly chicks. I do pop in about twice a week a read how everyone is doing. HUGS!!!!!

I looked at WW online last night. I still have all my old TOPS stuff.I am going to get it out today.I have not had a moment of down time since the last week of August. I can breathe a little today. This has been the best back to school/back to structure time we have ever had.We had an incredible summer. My Dsis and I have a trip to the Falls planned for Thanksgiving with our 3 kids. I will have my DSis and my folks here for a turkey dinner the weekend before.

I had moments of chest squeezing anxiety over keeping it all in line but i worked through it. Life is in a very good place right now. 3 years of complete marriage **** seem to truly be behind us. It shifted in increments. It is simply “just fine”. It is steady, stable, happy, good team work/parenting/home ownership going on.We laugh.
I am very happy with the friendships I have in my life. The kids are doing well. Hardly perfect. They are happy.
DS is into cooking right now. He made salsa out of our garden stuff. i canned it. He made muffins last night.
I have 8 plus DD, 8 years girls coming for a slumber party on Saturday for DD’S 8th Bday. DS is 10 in Nov.
I am facilitator for my Biz group. I have to deal with a couple of cranky people but mostly it is good. In exchange i get my membership free and I will take a fab biz course for free as well. it starts this Thurs.
I did complete the fitness/wellness course with Crystal Andrus this spring. It was 90 days. I stuck with it. I did better on the mind/spirit stuff. I am quite stuck on the body aspect. Lately i have been feeling fat. I dont really ever feel fat. I am fat tho. Hence getting out the TOPS info....and doing it. I need to STOP the cheese, butter, bread. It is my crutch.

Well, the wind blew around the garbage pails and chairs off the deck and and my ornamental grasses are flat. Still not major. It is raining still. Wondering if DH is working. Maybe there is stuff to do in the shop.Yesterday was hot and rainy. Today is cold and rainy. Gonna open the windows a crack.

Both kids decided not to play piano this year.Both are playing hockey. DD is starting Brownies tonight. The bully girls goes but so do 10 of DD’s other friends. We have seen the bully girl at church each Sunday and it hasn’t been too bad. They play in a group at recess too. Maybe we have established a new normal. I can tell DD still seeks her attention but when I am there I can redirect her. I will speak to the Brownie leader to not pair them up all the time.I have a team meeting at the school tomorrow morning to try for an IEP for DS.
Another day/week in the life.......lol!

diyana
09-15-2008, 11:39 AM
Good Monday morning/evening to you fine chicks -

I've got lots to do at work, but wanted to do a quick check in. DH and I had a quiet weekend. It rained all weekend - remnants of Ike. Luckily, it just rained and a little wind. Illinois, Missouri and south got hit worse than we did. On Saturday we ran some errands, and other than that we stayed in. I did laundry and cleaning...and we watched football yesterday. Unfortunately, we couldn't go fishing due to the weather, but hopefully it will be nice next weekend.

Happy - I know Chicagoland got a lot more rain than we did...I hope your Mom is high and dry. My back is doing better. The SI joint has improved since my shot, and my left hip, glute, and low back muscles were continuing to cause me issues. However, my PT on Friday was a DEEP DEEP tissue massage that REALLY broke up the knotted up muscles. It was painful, but it really seems to have helped. I've been able to cut WAY back on the pain meds. I'm looking forward to getting to the gym this week. Our regular unleaded gas went from $3.89 on Thursday to between $4.08 and $4.19 today. As for food groups and food pyramids, my nutritionist recommends going with the American Diabetic Association (http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/foodpyramid.jsp). For grains, I have oatmeal in the morning, and a sandwich or two during the day using Healthy Life low-carb/high fiber bread, and then sometimes brown rice or whole wheat pasta for dinner, and my Blood Sugar does okay with those. Did your nutritionist tell you how many carbs you should shoot for? Also, since you're not doing a lot of grains, make sure you get your fiber somehow - it really does help the body absorb fewer calories and sugars. Don't get discouraged, I was at a plateau for a few weeks due to much less exercise because of my back, but I weighed myself yesterday for the first time in a few weeks and I'm down 3 pounds! My new mini-goal is to get to 180 (lose 12 pounds) by Christmas.

Rennie - As long as people hunt for food and not solely for sport and follow the DNR rules and regulations, I don't have a problem with it as it does keep the herd from starving. I just hate seeing the dead deer whether in the back of trucks or as roadkill. Makes me sad to see them. We live in the country with lots of surrounding woods...so we see deer crossing the road all the time too. They are soooo beautiful!

Ruth - I hope you get to go to NC and that you have a great time!

Ceejay - I hope you get the time off that you need and deserve. I'm not familiar with chiggars....do they burrow like ticks? Be careful while cleaning up debris.

Shad - I'm glad you had a nice time in Singapore! It sounds like a lovely and interesting place! Relax and enjoy your time home. Do you have to go back to JK or is the project finished?

Patty - It was great to talk with you too! Congratulations again on passing your test! You relax, destress and enjoy your break.

Mel - I hope you have a great day. Since you're not going to the mall, I hope you get to relax.

Holly - Great to hear from you! Sounds like you have a lot going on but that you're doing well! Yay!

Well, I'd better get to work.

Love and hugs,

Shy Moment
09-15-2008, 05:23 PM
Melody
I was very confused on how much a person needed to eat. I looked at the old and new food pyramid and talked to the dietitian /nutritionist about it. With all the information I could gather is where I set up how I eat. I take calcium every day to make sure I am getting enough

Happy
Cooked veggies is 1/2 cup leafy veggies like lettuce in a salad is 1 cup. It was really hard when I was trying to get those 6 servings of bread/cereal and still stay within the range of carbs I allow myself. I was sure glad when I found out I only needed to have 3 lol.

Shad
09-15-2008, 06:04 PM
Morning all,
Woke up to another glorious day although it will be hot later, so I guess I should get done what needs to be done before it warms up out there.

My advanced is working today. I can see what the last 15 or so entries have been so I just might get to personals. Woohoo.

I spent some time last night uploading some Singapore photos (Well the Botanic Gardens one anyway) The captions are not yet final because I couldn't find all my notes. Here's the link anyway. Hope it works. Sometimes I can make it work, sometimes I can't and Happy comes to my rescue.
http://travel.webshots.com/album/567013070yVhqtS

http://travel.webshots.com/album/567013070yVhqtS?vhost=travel Or maybe it is this one.

Patty - good to see you back. Congratulations on your certification. I know you have been working on this for a while now. Certification makes the sacrifices all worthwhile.

Nae - nice to see you again too. I thought we had lost you. Glad Teeka is doing well - very advanced age for the doggie world.

Holly - nice to hear that life is grooving on for you. Good for you.

Ruth - good to hear that Hershey is coming around with the drugs. Hope she continues to improve. Enjoy your trip away.

Annie - where is Annie. Having a happy time somewhere I hope.

Michelle - glad to hear that the back is coming right at last. Afraid I haven't been to the gym for a while either. Just haven't had the time. Doubt that I will get to join one here just now since I will be away again in a couple of weeks time. Just have to do some home videos and get the exercise in that way.
Yes I have finished in Jakarta. Won't be going back there again, although I still have contact with some of them and talk them through problems. Not strictly my job anymore, but since I still have the computer and access, can't see why I shouldn't. Boss is giving me two extra days pay to get the doco finalised.

Mel - New keyboard? What happened to the letters on your old keyboard. How did you manage to make them disappear? I might try it on the company computer before I send it back.
Next trip is off to Dampier for 6 weeks. Dampier is on the West Coast of Western Australia - back in the tropics and hopefully not absolutely laden with flies. I'll be working with an old friend from Townsville days. I love him to bits but he is somewhat pedantic, likes to have all t's crossed and all i's dotted and drives me crazy with detail from time to time. It will be a bit of a new field for me - back out of the comfort zone - I'll be into Position descriptions, gap analysis (gaps in training - who, what and where) writing and delivering training, and a bit of reliability studies as well as time and motion stuff. Yeehaa

Happy - Sad to hear about the deer on the roadside. Always hard to take roadkill. I understand about culling, they have to do it here on the Kangaroos in the outback. They are literally taking over and then starving when food gets scarce.
I was thinking of you and DH while I was in Singapore as I went to the butterfly garden in Sentosa. I'm nowhere near as good as DH with photographing the little creatures. I will get them on webshots asap. Possibly today. Depends on how the sanding and painting goes. And I have to do my taxes today!

Ceejay, Rennie - :wave: I'll get to you two next time. Gotta go before I make a puddle on the floor. Sorry if that was TMI

diyana
09-15-2008, 06:24 PM
Shad - How nice that you don't have to go back to JK! I'm sure you're very pleased about that. And nice that you'll be working with a colleague on your next project! So you have a couple weeks before your Dampier assignment starts? That's a nice (and well deserved) break! Your orchid photos are lovely! (The second link worked for me.).

ceejay52
09-15-2008, 07:11 PM
Afternoon ladies
I've not done much today. I did go to the doctor and explained to him what was going on. His reply why so much overtime. My bp was elevated again also so he has given me the two days off. Will be returning to work on 9/21/08. My boss wasn't happy to hear this but so be it. He asked me what was wrong and I told him my bp was elevated and that I was mentally and physically exhausted. I'm at breaking point and I just don't care anymore. Let him deal with it. Then he aske me if I was coming to work on Sunday. Told him I would call him on Thursday. I asked for nerve medication and the doctor wrote a script without hesitation. This is how well this doctor knows me.
We had a lot of tree's go down this week end.
I come back and do personals later.

Shy Moment
09-16-2008, 02:28 AM
Cee
You really need to take care of yourself. I don't know about your job and if you are worried about it if you don't work all the hours they want you to work. I know many go through that these days. If that isn't the case please take it easy. A few hours of over time isn't as important as your health.

Shad
Lovely pics. I love waterfalls.

MELODY525
09-16-2008, 08:32 AM
i am stopping in to msay a fast hello. i've got a wicked headache....and i am going food shopping to see if going out will budge it. if i feel better i'll come back. have a great day and stay strong! :moped:

diyana
09-16-2008, 08:57 AM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

I've got a very busy day ahead at work. Several challenges with a couple of my projects. :( I'll get through it, and it will all work out fine. I dropped DH off at work today and he'll be leaving for Mexico this afternoon. I'll pick him up at work on Friday after he returns. I'm glad it's a short trip.

Ceejay - I'm sorry that you've reached the meltdown/breaking point. Not surprising with the number of hours you've been working. I went through that too in my last job. I'm glad your doctor gave you the time off. I hope you take this time off to really rest and relax and take care of yourself.

Mel - I hope your headache goes away soon.

A big :wave: to all you wonderful worldlies!

Love and hugs

Ruthxxx
09-16-2008, 09:09 AM
Quickie to let you Worldlies know I'll be semi-MIA until this time next week. We are having a mini-Mod Meet in NC and will be checking just the South Beach Forum from another MOD's laptop - I hope! I leave tomorrow to take the dogs to Ottawa and then drive to Syracuse to get my plane on Thursday morning. The same thing will happen in reverse on Sunday when I get back to SYR. It seems silly to spend four days in travel for a two day weekend but..... I'm crossing my fingers that Hershey is OK when I'm gone although I have full confidence in the Pyper Family's ability to look after her. Water drinking (with frequent urination) plus an off-and-on bleeding tail are her big concerns at the moment - all effects of the Prednisone. I think the Prednisone may be adjusted to a lower dose as soon as I get back.

I'll spare you the details but yesterday was a day from **** that culminated in cutting the side off my right thumb using the mandolin to slice pears. I threw out that batch as pink and salty pears were not too appetizing! I am off to the hospital to see my ortho today and may see if I need stitches.

Enough griping - on with the day! See y'all later.

happy2bme
09-16-2008, 09:25 AM
Hi ladies,

Quick hellos from me too. Busy morning.

Ruth - argh on the thumb. Hope your trip goes better than yesterday did! I think it's really easy to get into a mindless task like slicing and damage the digits without realizing it. Have a good mod trip!

Michelle- good luck with the projects, sounds like you're a really busy bee. Boy you sure did mess up your back! Hope you're feeling better - sounds like you really needed the therapy.

Mel - here's a :hug: Go lay down and take care of that wicked headache. Feel better soon!

Ceejay - you take care of yourself. Sounds like those crazy hours took their toll on you. Make the most of these 2 days you have off.

Shad - I really enjoyed your pictures. Thanks for posting them so quickly. Not only are the colors lovely but there are also some interesting things like the bat lily. I felt like I was there too. :D

Shy - you make a good point about the 6 grain servings and staying within carb range although Michelle had some good suggestions on that. I just don't eat that much bread anymore and if I do, I want the crusty french stuff :devil: :lol:

The nutritionist in the program is a very, very sweet lady but I'm not impressed with her nutritionist skills but that's another day for a longer story.

I'm sorry but I have to run now, talk later. Take care chicks, sorry to those I didn't get to immediately, will catch up later.

ceejay52
09-16-2008, 12:29 PM
Reenie
I'm not to concerned about my job. It will be there when I get back. My boss would like for me to be there 24/7 but that's not going to happen. He was asking me when I was coming back.

Ruth
Ouch on the finger. I've done that myself. Enjoy your visit with the other moderators.

Mel
Hugs. Hope that wicked headache clears up soon. Maybe some fresh air will do it.

I did rest and relax yesterday but I'm still exhausted. I think I need a two weeks vacation far far away. When I talked to my aunt on Sunday afternoon I told her I would come to their house on Friday afternoon. I need some family time. My uncles have been concerned about me also. At least this time I'll get to go to the uncles get together on Saturday at noon.

I feel like a Zombie.

More later I'm falling asleep at the computer.

Shad
09-16-2008, 07:53 PM
Morning all,

Some more photos of Singapore. This time Sentosa Island and the Butterfly garden. I have more to add to these, but I don't have the time to do them all at once. Enjoy

http://travel.webshots.com/album/567053096YojLNd

Hope that works, although I am sure someone will tell me if it doesn't.

Michelle - thanks for the comments on the photos. I had a wonderful time taking them. I really did like Singapore and enjoyed taking the photos.
Good luck with the finishing projects.

Happy, if I had thrown a stone at the equator, one of two things would have happened.
A: I would have hit one of the thousands of container ships waiting to get in and out of the Straits of Singapore. Its a real traffic jam in there.
B: The cops would have been out and picked me up and charged me with loitering, littering and intent to cause damage. They don't muck around there. I would have needed the best wish I could get to get myself out of trouble.
Hope you enjoy today's butterflies. I'm not as good as DH with butterflies, but I try.
I know what you mean about the water in the ear. It really is a pain.

Rennie - glad you liked the pictures. Seems to me that each nutritionist, dietician, etc. has different ideas on the food groups. Different things work for different folks, and eating well and in portion control does seem to do the trick. That way you don't have to remember what you can't eat.

Mel - hope the headache is gone now. If you are coming to Dampier with me, I suggest lightweight clothes, sunscreen, fly spray, and a library of books. There isn't an awful lot of things to do in Dampier. Croc repellent might work as well.

Ceejay - hope you have a restful time off. I know what working long hours is about. I have to do it frequently. But my situation is different from yours. I work for myself and therefore can have time off between contracts. It works for me, but I don't know that I could do it in a situation where I thought the overtime would not end. There is a limit to my patience.

Ruth, I'm sure Hershey will be fine when the dosages are settled. Enjoy your time down south. Lot of travelling for 2 days as you say, but fun to meet up with people you talk with everyday but rarely see.

And with that I am gone. I have a bit of doco to write and the house to clean today. I've already got some washing done and some weeding. The rose garden is looking pretty happy at the moment. Won't last! the black spot and aphids will be back soon enough. Meantime I will enjoy the perfume coming from Jude the Obscure - who is not obscure at all and is blooming beautifully and giving out a wonderful fruity honey perfume. See you all later

happy2bme
09-17-2008, 12:35 AM
Well Miss Shad, you are no slouch in the butterfly department yourself. I was able to identify one butterfly for you - the black and white one is a Tree Nymph - I added a comment to the pic. The others I wasn't sure of - as you know, many are different top and bottom, male and female so if you don't have the right reference picture... bust. I loved the colors and that one shot of you with one on your hand - priceless. :D It looked like a very lovely garden and I really enjoyed your pictures. DH has already gone to sleep but I will make sure he sees them in the morning.

I am sorry to say that it looks like none of the 13 butterfly caterpillars are going to make it to a butterfly. The last few nights have been cool, not sure if they are too cool for them. Some never got past the little bitty stage, some got big and died and it appears that Godzilla died today. :( There are 2 more left but they have eaten through all but the last bits of parsley, not enough left to sustain them I think and I can't even get any at the store as there is nothing for them to "stand on" and support themselves while they eat, not to mention the cut variety does not hold up fresh for very long. We will try again next year with some dill, parsley and Queen Anne's lace in abundance.

I did get an email from my niece in Houston. She weathered the Hurricane but sent lots of pictures of trees ripped right out of the ground and lots of wind damage. She said she's been busy helping out others in need and it's been a good experience for her. There is a certain sense of comraderie you get when you band together in a crisis. I think she is much happier that she moved much further across town and away from the waterfront.

Ceejay - I think you are experiencing the old "even if the spirit is willing, when the body gives out, the body gives out..." Rest up and take care of yourself.

I don't know what a mandolin is (outside of the musical instrument) but after reading about Ruth's experience, I don't want to go near one. And why was Ruth using a musical instrument to cut pears? Them strings must be awfully sharp :dizzy:

Well Michelle - at least you won't have to be by yourself for too long. Just enough time to say whoopee I have a night to do ANYTHING I like :lol: And DH's timing is good in Mexico between storms. Now if the weather in town just holds up for his flight back :rain:

I have had a painful kink in my hip all week long and even with a heating pad it's getting worse. I can't directly tell where it hurts tho it mostly hurts when I get up from a chair and walk around. I'm almost wondering if it's a groin pull, tho I don't know because I've never had one. I can't remember doing anything goofy/downright stupid/ or out of the ordinary. It just mildly starting bothering me and got worse each day. I actually thought it was from sleeping wierd. DH suggested 20 minutes of ice and then the heating pad and I think I'm going to go to bed and do just that. I wanted to go swimming tomorrow but DH said that maybe it would be better to rest it 2 days and we can go on Friday. I hate to miss a day but perhaps he is right.

In any event, it's off to bed for me. Good night and pleasant dreams.

ceejay52
09-17-2008, 01:29 AM
Happy
You are exactly correct. My body gave out on me as did my mental state.
The human body can only take so much but I have to much of my mother's blood in me that I litterally push myself. My uncles are the same way. We get it from my grandpa their dad.

It's time for me to take my xanax and go to bed I'm not a bit sleepy.

My co-worker called me tonight and told me that there are rumors that changes will be made at the water plant. If this rumor is true, I'm litterally going to jump up and down. My friend in the lab who used to be over the plant is supposed to be coming back as boss. Tim is to keep his title as boss over the sewer/water guys. The plant manager is to become the mayor's assistant. He'll be in charge if the Mayor is gone out of town. She has insight's as to what is going on due to her brother being a boss in the electric department. He attends all of the city council meetings. I'm wondering if this had anything to do with my melt down on Saturday. I'll explain more as it is revealed. She said that he still hadn't got the dosages of the different well combinations done. :rofl::rofl:

Shy Moment
09-17-2008, 02:16 AM
cee
I am glad you don't have to be concerned about your job. Take a break and give yourself time to rest and relax. Not only does the body need it but so does the brain :)

Happy
I very seldom eat bread. Just not something I care that much for but I do like other things in that food group. WE eat lots of brown rice for example. I always shoot for the higher amounts of the requirements but am happy if I only end up with the lower amounts lol. I did notice when I was staying within ranges I have set for myself and I was eating those required amounts of the food groups from the old pyramid my weight loss was going great. Think it really is a good idea for me to stick with the old food pyramid.



Shad
I am lucky, there isn't a thing I am not allowed to eat. I eat it all just watch how much I eat of it lol. I did notice when I was staying within ranges I have set for myself and I was eating those required amounts of the food groups from the old pyramid my weight loss was going great. Think it really is a good idea for me to stick with the old food pyramid.

MELODY525
09-17-2008, 08:56 AM
MICHELLE~ HOPE THE PROJECTS ARE GOING WELL. GOOD LUCK!! ANY FISHING FOR THE WEEKEND???

RUTH~ SORRY ABOUT THE THUMB AND HAVE A GREAT TIME IN NC!!! ENJOY!!

HAPPY~ A MANDOLIN IS A SLICER OF SORTS THAT YOU CUT THE VEGGIES WITH:
http://img.nextag.com/image/Cuisinart-Mandoline-Slicer-Fruit/1/000/000/828/469/82846953.jpg
THIS IS ONE OF MANY! SORRY ABOUT THE NUTRITIONIST. NOT ALL SWEET WOMEN KNOW WRF THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!! :rofl: :rofl: HOPE THE HIP FEELS BETTER. HEAT CAN MAKE IT WORSE SO BE CAREFUL!:hug:

CEEJAY~ GLAD TO HEAR THE CHANGES MAY TAKE PLACE AT WORK. HHAVE FUN AT THE UNCLES AND REST UP! NO MORE MELTDOOWNS THIS MONTH. I THINK WE HAVE ALL REACHED OUR WATERLOO AS THEY SAY! :hug:

SHAD~ I WILL GOOGLE YOUR NEW DESTINATION AND LOOK AT THE PICS BUT PROBABLY OVER THE WEEKEND. THANKS FOR POSTING THEM. MORE CROCS??? :faint: :yikes: HAPPY ROSE SNIFFING!!

RENNIE~GOOD LUCK WITH THE OLD PYRAMID...I AM FOR WHAT EVER WORKS :belly:

:sunny: SUNNY AND COOL OUT AND I WANT TO GET ME SOME OF THAT BEFORE SOMEONE PISSES ME OFF AND RUINS MY DAY!! :dance: LAST NIGHT, I WENT DOWN AT 10 PM TO LOCK UP A CONFERENCE ROOM AS A FAVOR AND FOUND A DOZEN + CHAIRS BLOCKING MY ENTRANCE. I SAID "SCREW THIS" AND CAME BACK UP. THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS MOVING THAT LOT JUST TO GET TO THE OTHER DOOR. SO I LEFT IT OPEN. NOTHING IS REALLY IN THERE ANYWAY...LEFT A MESSAGE AND WENT TO BED :lol3: :lol3: NO MORE MRS NICE GAL.
FEELING BETTER TODAY. MAYBE SOME LAUNDRY. LAST NIGHT I ALSO FINISHED PUTTING ALL THE SHELF FOOD AWAY. KEEPING IT TO SIMPLE COOKING. VERY PLAIN FARE. STOMACH ETC IS MUCH HAPPIER TOO. THEN WATCHED THE BIGGEST LOSER'S OPENING SEASON.
I BETTER MOVE MY BUTT...I FEEL A NAP COMING ON! :cloud9:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

happy2bme
09-17-2008, 09:35 AM
Good morning ladies,

Mel's ticker has clicked to 99 days. Time's a flyin'. :lol: Mel, I completely understand your screw it situation with the chairs blocking your path. I ran into a similar situation 3 different times at work. Instead of getting all upset, I just told myself, it doesn't matter and I need to walk away from this. It bothers me alot to become the kind of don't care person that I detest but more and more it's getting to be like you're swimming against the current and you keep getting buffetted and the only one taking a beating is you. Life goes on whether you do the right thing or not. It's a pity but you have to look out for your well being first. So how was the Biggest Loser show? I got bored with it right after the start last season and turned it off. I had my diabetes class last night and we yakked almost an hour after class officially ended so I didn't get home until well after the new season started. DH was watching House so I didn't want to boot him off the couch. Thank you for the picture of the mandolin. I have one of those 2 but it's called a V-slicer and I'm very much afraid of it :lol: It has some serious nasty sharp blades. I like it to cut carrots into matchstick sized pieces. I use it for some things and make DH slice the scary stuff :lol:

Shy you are repeating yourself. Welcome to the land of senior moments :lol: I like crusty fresh French bread and certain restaurants have a really good hot roll. I find that the biggest thing with the bread is when I fail to plan out my food and am looking for something fast for lunch when I am running late. Nothing says fast like a sandwich. I do have some frozen WW meals but I swear there are times when they look yummy and other times when the same ones make me wonder why I bought them. I agree with Mel tho - the key is finding a plan that works for you and it does seem like you have.

Ceejay - hope those plant changes come about as anticipated. Sounds like it will be a good thing for most everyone.

And a good evening to you Shad. Are you home now? Did I understand that your stint in Jakarta is done with? Whew...

Where did Annie disappear to? Is she off playing slap and tickle with the new guy? :rofl:

Good morning Michelle, I feel you floating around me. Did you catch up on your extra work?

Time for me to get a move on here. Have a good day chicks. :wave:

diyana
09-17-2008, 09:50 AM
Good morning ladies -

I'm so busy at work, that I can only quickly say "hi". :wave: The projects are presenting challenges...which hopefully I'll make some headway with today.

I'll try and check in later today.

Love and hugs to all,

Madcat
09-17-2008, 01:52 PM
Hey Chickas!

Been lurking, but thought I better put in an actual appearance. Work is crazy busy. I’ve been brought back to my actual department so this week has been reading background info and trying to get a brain dump from my coworker who I will be taking over for. She’s going in tomorrow for surgery for breast cancer (luckily caught very early) and will be gone for at least 3 months.

Other than that I’ve been going to the gym in the mornings, I’ve even started weight training again… it hurts when I stand after sitting for a while, but it’s a good hurt! :lol:

Ceejay~ Glad to hear you are forcing yourself to rest. Hopefully the changes in your workplace will help you in the long run. They sound good. And the bosom of your family is just the thing you need.

Mel~ Make your head behave, girl! Pesky headaches. Good for you for just walking away from the chair blockage. Let someone else deal with it for once.

Michelle~ Hope your project woes resolve themselves. Never fun when stuff falls off the rails.

Ruth~ :wave: Hershey will be fine in good hands. Say hi to the Mods and at least you’ll be away from sharp implements while you are gone. Ouchy!.

Shad~ Great pics! Jude the Obscure is a great flower name. Could a rose (I assume it is one) really ever be “obscure” though? Jude the Flagrant, maybe?

Happy~ Glad your Houston connection is fine in the aftermath. I think your DH is right and rest might be a good idea. Do you feel better? I have Biggest Loser PVR’d and I’ll probably watch it Saturday, while lying on the couch, not moving. :lol:

Ok, I better run off. Going to dinner with a friend tonight and we’re trying a new neggie place so we’ll see how that is. Frankly I could use a nap!

happy2bme
09-17-2008, 02:20 PM
Nap? Did someone say nap??? :faint:

I did get 7 hours in last night but it just wasn't enough. I'm sure it won't help after that cheeseburger I ate for lunch today too (they had really nasty stuff in the cafeteria today).

Good to see you Madcat. Hope your coworker will be fine. That reminds me that I REALLY need to make my mamogram appointment.

Just peeking in at lunch, better go make like Michelle and get busy now :comp:

Shy Moment
09-17-2008, 02:34 PM
happy
I do have some lean cuisines in the freezer. I try not to eat to many of them. I am happier to know I get those food groups in. I guess it is kind of a sense of accomplishment to plan it all out and stick to it lol. Sorry to hear about the caterpillars. We were all hoping for pics of the wonderful butterfly's.

Am pretty happy have lost 2 pounds since last wednesday.

diyana
09-17-2008, 03:08 PM
Hi Ladies --

A quick check in while eating lunch. My DH got to Mexico last night. He called just before I went to bed, and then called again this morning, just to say "Good Morning!". He's so sweet. :love:

Shad - Those are gorgeous photos. Singapore looks very nice! I enjoyed the scenery photos, and the butterfly photos which were absolutely gorgeous! I especially liked the shot of you with the butterfly on your hand. Like Happy, I feel like I was right there with ya'.

Happy - So sorry to hear about the caterpillars. :( I'm glad to hear that your niece made it through the hurricane okay. I hope your hip feels better today. And it is better to miss a day of the gym than to go in pain as you may move differently to compensate for the pain and cause further pain. And if heat makes the pain worse, definitely try ice for about 20 minutes. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your diabetes class. I'm starting a weight loss class a week from today. I really enjoy a good sandwich...which is why I get the Healthy Life bread.

Mel - We're hoping to go fishing this weekend, weather permitting. I'm glad you're feeling better. Don't overdo it.

Rennie - It's so nice when you find an eating plan that works for you! :congratulations: on losing 2 pounds! That's awesome! YGG!

Madcat - Good for you for your dedication to the gym and for getting back with weight training. Seems like there are several of us vying for the title of Exercise :queen: !

Well, lunch break is over and it's back to work for me.

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Love and hugs,

annie175
09-17-2008, 04:41 PM
Sorry I haven't been around lately guys.....I fell really hard for Jeff, then he just quit calling and texting me. He won't answer my calls or texts, absolutely nothing. I have been crying since Sunday and can't quit. I am such an idiot and don't even know what happened or I did wrong. I have racked my brain to figure it out, so has about 5 of my girlfriends. They think maybe he fell to hard and got scared, I think I did something to upset him. Heck I don't know. I just know it hurts really bad. I think I am better off staying single, I was happy, healthy and content till all of this. Now I am down another 5 lbs, went to the doc this morning and she said DO NOT LOSE ANY MORE WEIGHT, sheesh I am not trying too, nor did I EVER think I would hear that. I am a wreck, please pray for me and my sanity.

Love you guys, hugs

ceejay52
09-17-2008, 05:33 PM
Annie
Hugs, Maybe Jeff is cooling it for awhile. Don't blame yourself.

Madcat
Sorry about your co-worker. Hope she does well.

Holly
It's good to see you back also.

Michelle
Still busy at work. Hope things slow down soon.

Reenie
I keep Lean Cusine in the freezer. I like some of the meals but not all. I'm going to start planning out my meals also. I'm to the point now that I need to be following a meal plan whether my own or some one elses just to stay healthy. It will be low carb but not Atkins

I have never taken xanax but I took a full pill last night and slept a glorius 12 hours. I woke up at 11.30 a.m. and don't remember getting up during the to go potty. I'm feeling rested.

Played with the neighbors children for a little bit yesterday afternoon. The three year old told me he tried to get on the school bus but they wouldn't open the door for him. He wants to go to school so bad. His sister goes to kindergarten. He turned three in August.

Shy Moment
09-17-2008, 05:41 PM
annie
Sometimes it has nothing to do with what anyone did wrong. Sometimes relationships burn bright like the sun but don't last long. You don't give up. The feeling of love even for a fleeting moment is better than to never have that feeling at all. There is someone for you. You won't find him if you don't keep looking. Doesn't matter what it was all about. Someone that won't return a call is not someone a person should be with.

di
I guess why it works for me is because it isn't a plan lol. It is just a natural healthy diet. I think I would get very bored very quickly trying to follow a set plan.

Shad
09-17-2008, 07:17 PM
Morning all,
Quick fly through for me as well today as the couriers are coming for my computer today and I am officially off the Jakarta project. Sad in some ways because they (the Jakartans) still are requesting help from me. It always seems that the trainer is let go about a week too early or maybe should go back two weeks after go live to ensure they are doing it right and there are no problems. Still I am used to this. Same as I am used to Project Managers moaning that despite all the money spent and the hours worked the workers are still not trained. Well hello, it happens if you don't bring the trainer on board early enough, or you don't do change management properly or you don't allow enough time for the general population to slow down and make their own mistakes and then get the required help to get out of the doo doo. Anyway I am home until the 1st of October and then off to Dampier. Sounds like fun. Mick rang me yesterday to tell me my office is right next to the railway tracks. I will have hooting and tooting and shunting to add to my memories. He is keen to get me up there it seems. So I have a list of things to do and pack before I get there. No doubt he will ring at the end of the week to see if I am already packed. :yikes:

Annie - sorry to hear that things are not good between you and Jeff. Well lets face it there are no things at the moment. He did tell you that he did not need anyone in his life, but he wanted you. I wonder, maybe he just wanted his fun and felt things were getting too serious. Whatever, I am so sorry for your pain. You have some work to do before you get back on your feet again. Vent here as often as you feel necessary.

Happy - you might try bringing the caterpillars inside in a big jar or terrarium. It will be warmer in the house. You can change the parsley every day - we have successfully bred Monarchs that way. However if the butterfly emerges during the winter, it wil not last long unfortunately. Maybe time to just let nature do its own thing.

Mel - wow lady. You are getting good in your old age. We used to have a sign around here - started with
If you open it, shut it
If you move it, put it back
If you put it down, pick it up

Can't remember the rest but it finished up with - if you break it, fix it or get it fixed professionally. Maybe we need a big sign on the wall.

Okay - sorry can't reply any more. Better go get my shower and get dressed just in case the courier arrives early. Can't get anyone at the front door in my jammies now can I?

happy2bme
09-17-2008, 07:26 PM
Golden Rules for Living -

1) If you open it, close it.
2) If you turn it on, turn it off.
3) If you unlock it, lock it up.
4) If you break it, admit it.
5) If you can’t fix it, call someone who can.
6) If you borrow it, return it.
7) If you value it, take care of it.
8) If you make a mess, clean it up.
9) If you move it, put it back.
10) If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.
11) If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.
12) If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions.

Very cute - I had not seen that before - at least not completely so I Google'd it.

I hope to be back after supper.

MELODY525
09-17-2008, 08:06 PM
http://www.discoverwest.com.au/australia-images/l381c.jpg
SHAD...THIS GUY HAS A BROTHER. I'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO HIM AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE. GOT A NICE PLACE RENTED FOR ALL OF US AND IT'S NO WHERE NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACKS!! :rofl: :rofl:

Shad
09-17-2008, 08:19 PM
Ha Ha Ha :rofl: The beach looks good even without the bloke - I give the blonde to DS2

MELODY525
09-17-2008, 08:57 PM
ANNIE :hug: SORRY IT DIDN'T WORK OUT BUT COPS CAN BE A FUNNY BREED. I LIVED WITH ONE FOR ALMOST 5 YEARS. IT'S TOUGH. YOU NEED NSOMEONE KINDER. SO HANG IN THERE. WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT MAYBE A GOOD ONE WILL COME ALONG. REMEMBER...TOO HOT TOO SOON NEVER LASTS...AT LEAST THAT WAS MY EXPERIENCE...BUT THE SEX WAS GOOD :belly:

MADCAT~ SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO THE CO-WORKER. AND I HOPE YOU PICKED EVERYTHING OUT OF HER BRAIN BEFORE SHE LEFT!! ;rofl: GOOD FOR YOU AND THE EXERCISE AND I HAVE TO ASK MY DEAR NORETHERN FRIEND...WHAT THE H E L L IS A NEGGIE???? :dunno:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

SHAD....WILL THEY TRY AND DRAG YOUR BUTT BACK TO JK IF THEY ARE STUCK??? JUST WONDERING HOW THEY WILL GO ON IF THEY DON'T "GET" IT??? I PACKED AND LEFT FOR DAMPIER AND ALREADY GOT US A NICE PLACE!! SEE CUTE GUY IN THE CAR WITH ME ABOVE!:belly:

MICHELLE..THE EXERCISE :queen: OF THE WORLDLY CHICKS...YOU AND MADCAT WILL GET MEDALS THIS MONTH FOR CHICKLET ACTIVITY ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL FOR NALL SASSY BROADS!! :lol3: :lol3:

HAPPY...THE GOLDEN RULES ARE FUNNY AND TOO TRUE.
THE TICKER IS SCARING THE CRAP OUT OF ME TOO! :yikes: IT MEANS COLD WEATHER! :brr: :hohoho:
AND LET ME SAY THIS...YOU ARE TOO RIGHT ABOUT WALKING AWAY. I THOUGHT "THIS IS GONNA KILL MY ARM...MEL ARE YOU CRAZY?...JUST BACK OUT NOW AND NO ONE WILL GET HURT...CLOSE THE DANG DOOR DOPEY"....AND I DID!! :encore: NOW NORMALLY I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SLEEP BECAUSE IT WASN'T LOCKED PROPERLY BUT LAST NIGHT I SLEPT LIKE A LOG!:cloud9:

CEEJAY...I THINK I NEED YOUR XANAX!!! I COULD USE 12 HOURS STRAIGHT AND NO POTTY PIT STOPS!!! HOPE YOU FEEL GOOD AND RESTED!!! :hug:

MELODY525
09-17-2008, 08:58 PM
Hey....that Blond Is Supposed To Be Me!!!!!!!!!!!!

happy2bme
09-17-2008, 11:08 PM
Ha Ha Ha :rofl: The beach looks good even without the bloke - I give the blonde to DS2


Hey, hey, HEY!!!! Watch how you're talking about me :nono:

Shad
09-18-2008, 07:21 AM
Whoops, just started WW111 I see. Sorry :bows deeply: Sorry. Permission to whack myself around the ear ma'am?

MELODY525
09-18-2008, 08:28 AM
THERE WILL BE NO WHACKING ABOUT ANYONE'S EARS :rofl:

:wave: GOOD MORNING LADIES OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. ANOTHER GORGEOUS MORNING AND A BALMY 62 DEGREES. LOVING IT. OF COURSE NOTHING IS NEW SINCE LAST NIGHT.... SO I WILL WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY AND BE ON MY WAY. GOING TO HELP A FRIEND AND THEN JUST ENJOY THE DAY'S OFFERINGS. GOTTA LOVE AUTUMN :encore:
STAY WELL AND STAY OUT OF TROUBLE :moped:

happy2bme
09-18-2008, 09:54 AM
Good morning chicks,

Another morning of DH talking and taking my posting time so I will have to get back with you later. Sorry...

diyana
09-18-2008, 10:47 AM
Good morning lovely ladies --

My projects are going better. I'm still playing catch up on several projects, and need some assistance and pieces put in place from other departments, but I'm feeling a lot happier about them today than yesterday or Tuesday. I went to the gym last night for a Step class. I really enjoy Step class! It was a lot of fun. Tonight is strength and core training using the exercise ball and weights, followed by a Jazz Dance class.

Annie - :hug: I'm so sorry to hear about Jeff. :hug: I agree with Rennie, about someone that won't return a call or even a text isn't worthy of you. You are a wonderful, caring woman and deserve to be happy. Take good care of yourself. Make sure you are eating enough.

Ceejay - I'm glad you're getting the rest and relaxation you need and deserve.

Rennie - I'm not following a plan so to speak, I just try and watch the carbs, eat whole grains as much as possible, balance carbs and protein, make sure I'm getting lots of veggies and fruits (even though sometimes I don't), and drink water.

Shad - How nice that you get to be home for a couple weeks! I sometimes wonder what it would be like being my own boss as a consultant, traveling, etc. For now though, I really enjoy the position I have and the company I work for and I hope I'll be here for many years. As for the blonde in the photo....I'VE got long blonde slightly wavy hair....so it MUST be ME!

Happy - Thanks for posting the golden rules. I like them. Hope you have a great day! I'm so proud of your dedication to exercise! All those minutes and crunches are adding up! You and Madcat are keeping my motivation and inspiration up to keep going.

A big :wave: to Patty, Madcat, and everyone else!

I just love starting my mornings catching up with you wonderful ladies!

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
09-18-2008, 02:16 PM
I am feeling better but tonight I'm taking only half of the xanax med. I do sleep so much better while taking these but feel a little groggy and unblanaced when I get up.

Another co-worker called me last night and told me the same thing. Her brother is also a boss. She said he brother congraulated Tim but he didn't know anything about it. From her view point our plant manager turned in his notice. He's getting old enough to retire. The Mayor offered him a different posistion. He'll be over all three deparments. All I can say is Lord help us all. I want know for sure until I go back to work. I need to call Tim this afternoon to reassure my return on Monday. I'm going to tell him light duty for the first couple of weeks.

happy2bme
09-18-2008, 03:04 PM
Hi peeps,

Back for a quick check in. DH was chatty this morning and being the polite wife that I am, I listened to him until it was time to get up and shower and get ready for work.

Ceejay - you know what you can handle, you just have to be up front to them at work because no one will look out for you like you will.

Shad - hoping you're enjoying some productive time at home. At least you're not away as much as you were the last time around. I'm sure Sunday the cat is happy.

Michelle - I can just picture you being all perky in step and Jazzersize class :D At my other gym up north there was one guy who had to be 70 who was just putting all the girls to shame in step class. He was really inspiring and I hear he would take the time to help you out AFTER class if you needed it but don't be messing with him while he was doing his program :lol: We have a Jazzercise at my gym too but like the Pilates, you have to pay extra for it and I'm just not in the shape yet to do that. I'm trying to work my way up to sunrise yoga at 5:30am on Tuesdays. How many days a week do you go and do you always do classes? Your back must be getting better and that's good news.

I have a kink in my hip/lower abs area that has kept me out of the gym this week. It's finally starting to feel a little less painful today. I think I'll rest it through the weekend and then back to the schedule on Monday. I have not done anywhere nearly as well as August.

Mel - enjoy that autumn day. I was watching the Weather Channel last night and they were talking about autumn coming to New England. Frost warnings for those hearty people on the Maine/Canadian border. And our Canadian sisters are sending you down some chill winds. Get those snuggles out. And I'm working on an email to you.

Shy - you are right. Lean Cuisines are good for portion control or in a pinch but much better to have the fresh, healthy stuff any day.

Annie - I'm sorry about Jeff. :hug: I can't comment because I don't know what really went on. I just suspect when he said that he wasn't looking for anyone it meant he was looking for very very casual like let's go out for a beer twice a year. :rolleyes: Next time avoid cute. Cute is often more a hassle than it's worth. Goes to show you that even at 40, boys are still annoying. :frypan: :kickbutt:

Lunch is over, time to get back to the salt mine...

diyana
09-18-2008, 03:48 PM
Hi Happy --

This isn't really Jazzercise...It's more of a Jazz Dance class taught by a Dance Instructor. And she's very good and VERY patient. And the moves don't require much coordination....which is a plus for me! :lol: She's also incorporating some Zoomba moves, which is a cross between Middle Eastern and African dance. Very interesting and fun to learn.

I totally agree with you about Cute boys being more trouble than they are worth. When I first met my DH, he and I didn't fall in "lust at first sight". We were both kind of attracted to each other...but we took things very slowly and got to know each other really well and the love grew from that. Every time I've gone for "cute" or "gorgeous"...it's was a couple nice weeks and then....nuthin. :shrug:

happy2bme
09-18-2008, 04:01 PM
When I first met my DH, he and I didn't fall in "lust at first sight". We were both kind of attracted to each other...but we took things very slowly and got to know each other really well and the love grew from that.

Same with us about taking it slow and getting to know each other. Except that at 22 future DH was very, very hot. Tall, dark hair, handsome and had that fun speech defect / umm I mean east coast accent :lol: on the other hand, I at 18, 3 months out of high school was the shy innocent flower ( :sssh: :s: :no: :devil: )

annie175
09-18-2008, 04:12 PM
Thank you guys....you do make me feel better about things. Happy...a shy innocent flower, what a hoot. I went to bed last night at 6:30 got up at 3:00 to take a whiz then went back to bed till 5:00. I am too old for this kind of guy stuff. It just hurts, thats all.

Anyway, I will do personals later when I quit boohooing all the time. I am an idiot.

Love and Hugs

Shad
09-18-2008, 06:39 PM
Morning all,
Annie - glad to see that you are recovering. Yes it hurts, doesn't matter how old you are. But whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger right. Our Happy is a shy and innocent flower still! When you meet her, you will know what I mean.

Happy - Are you picking up that polite southern charm?? Politely listening to the DH! :yikes: Hope you get back into the gym soon. I have to do something about the gym shortly. Believe it or not I had a letter yesterday from the old gym which stated my membership is due to run out on 25th September! :faint: and that as a valued member I would be very pleased to know that I 'could be in the draw' to win a scooter if I resigned and brought all my friends along. Well having left the gym in July since that is when I figured my membership had run out, and not may like the receptionist said it run out, what in that missif makes them think I would want to go back.

Michelle - nice to think you are getting on top of your projects. That's the way I like to see it. Always a triumph when one brings ones projects in, on time and in full.

Ceejay - hope you are feeling a bit better now. A couple of days off is just the thing to make one realise there is more to life than work.

Mel - there is now a direct flight from Brisbane to Karratha on Tuesdays. If you come through Brissie on your way to set up camp at Dampier, let me know. I'll bring some headache tablets and a sandwich for you while you wait for the connection.

So now I am off to sit outside in the warmth while I drink my coffee and cogitate on the day to come. Plenty to do. I need to finish off the housework this week so I can concentrate on the walls and bedroom painting next as the rest of the floor goes down on 29th. cya - :wave: to those I have missed

MELODY525
09-18-2008, 08:57 PM
HAPPY WAS SHY AND INNOCENT? :rofl: :rofl:

OK NOW THAT I PICKED MYSELF UP OFF THE FLOOR AND WIPED THE TEARS STREAMING DOWN MY FACE.....:lol3:
WE JUST HAD ONE TOILET THAT FLOODED OUT 4 APARTMENTS...PARTIALLY THAT IS. OF COURSE EVERYONE GOT SNIPPY WITH ME!!! ONE MAN HAD THE BALLS TO TELL ME AT LEASDT HE IS CONSIDERATE OF HIS NEIGHBORS...LIKE THIS POOR WOMAN OVERFLOWED HER TOILET ON PURPOSE!! :faint: ANYWAY....I AM GOING SHOPPING TOMORROW SO I'LL BE MIA. HAVE A VERY GOOD FRIDAY AND STAY WELL!

ANNIE....GLAD YOU WILL STOP BOOHOOING SOMETIME SOON! HANG IN THERE :hug:

MICHELLE...SENDING HUGS TO YOU AND YOUR PROJECTS :hug:

CEEJAY...SENDING HUGS JUST FOR YOU :hug: AND YOUR FIRST FEW WEEKS! STAY STRONG WOMAN!!

HAPPY...GOT THE EMAIL AND PRONTED IT OUT. THANKS FOR THE INFO. I AM DOING MY RESEARCH FOR THE PERFECT EGYPTIAN PYRAMID! I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WAS CLEOPATRA IN ANOTHER LIFE...WONDER WHAT KIND OF FOOD THEY ATE!! :belly:

SHADDIE....HOW IS YOUR TIME THIS WEEKEND. I MEANT TO ASK FOR 2 DAYS NOW AND FORGOT EACH TIME!!! LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE FREE, THE DAY AND THE TIME...MY TIME THAT IS AND WE CAN BIOTCH TO EACH OTHER :cofdate: IF NOT THEN NEXT WEEKEND IS NOT GOOD. WE HAVE THE TOWN PICNIC.

GOOD NIGHT LADIES AND LURKERS! SLEEP TIGHT AND DON'T LEET THE BEDBUGS BITE!:cloud9:

Shad
09-18-2008, 09:22 PM
Not free but reasonable this weekend. Anytime as per normal around 4.00pm to 4.30pm your time will suit me just fine I think. Let me just check the clock. Yep no earlier than 4.00pm your time. Remember I am home during the week as well so any day is appropriate. I ain't going anywhere at 6.00am

happy2bme
09-18-2008, 11:39 PM
Annie,

Set a trap for Jeff. Get him to take off his pants. Then pull his b@lls down until they touch his ankles. Then let go. ***SNAP*** Then walk away slowly and look over your shoulder and say "teach you not to call me".

This may be why DH has stayed with me for 36 years, you think? :dunno:

I'm not a shy flower any more - 36 years in I.T. working with all sorts of clowns has done that to me :rofl:

happy2bme
09-19-2008, 12:02 AM
Just because I like trivia and Mel deserves an answer -

What did ancient Egyptians and Cleopatra eat?

Fish, Bread, Beer, Figs, Dates, Grapes, Coconuts and Olives - tho only for the very rich, as well as peas, beans, garlic, turnips, onions, wheat products and honey

Just for fun I went to the Kraft Foods dot com site. They have a feature where you can plug in a couple of ingredients and it will produce a recipe for you.

First try - fish, beer and figs. Hmmm. Couldn't recommend a recipe for that. :dunno:

Second try - bread, dates and turnips :no: accckkkk bust

Third try - peas, beans, garlic. Success - 5 choices Speedy Mix & Match Stir Fry for Two (enough for her and Marc Anthony), Pickled Black Eyed Peas, and Oriental Shrimp and Spinach Salad as well as 2 other stir fries

Alas :( there's also nothing tasty that Kraft came up with using turnips, onions and honey which proves no matter what, you can't make a turnip taste good :barf:

Guess the ancient Egyptian cooks had to be more creative...

Shad
09-19-2008, 01:03 AM
One roasted turnip + 47 roasted cloves of garlic. Even the turnip tastes okay - mind you no one will come near you for at least a week.

Right back to the taxes!

carla49
09-19-2008, 01:08 AM
Happy, you never fail to crack me up. I may even scrape up the oomph to post one of these days... If I can get out of the doldrums, that is.

Meanwhile, hello to all. Personals will happen one of these days, meanwhile I'll just keep on lurking.

And by the way, I suspect Madcat's 'neggies' are a typo for "veggies'. Unless it's some weird Toronto food fad.

Huge hugs :hug: to Mel, Shad, Annie, Ceejay (extra hug for you - enjoy the xanax while it lasts), Rennie, Michele, Ruth and Hershey, Madcat, and whoever I'm forgetting.

diyana
09-19-2008, 09:08 AM
Happy Friday ladies --

I'm so glad it's Friday, DH is coming home tonight, and I could really use a 2 day break from work. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can fish.

I really enjoyed the strength training class and dance class last night. I left the gym feeling SO great! Endorphins really are a wonderful thing! :lol:

I have physical therapy later today, not sure if it will be the working out type of therapy or the deep tissue massage type.

Shad - My projects aren't on time. They're a bit late. But my boss knows the challenges I'm running into and understands. Regardless, they have to be done by mid next week no matter what. But I am NOT working on the projects this weekend.

Mel - I hope you enjoy your day shopping!

Happy - I got the biggest laugh out of the "Jeff snap"! And you're Egyptian diet recipe finder! Too funny!

Carla - It's so great to hear from you. I hope you're doing okay and out of the doldrums. Hang in there! :hug:

Well, it's time I get to work.

A big :hug: and :wave: to all you terrific chicks!

Love you all,

MELODY525
09-19-2008, 09:13 AM
:hug: HUGS BACK TO YOU CARLA...I NEVER THOUGHT OF it being "VEGGIES" :rofl: :rofl: LEAVE IT TO YOU TO FIGURE THIS OUT!

HAPPY....ME THINKS YOU HAVE FAR TOO MUCH TIME TO SPEND ON THE COMPUTER IF YOU ARE PLAYING WITH THE KRAFT WEBSITE :lol3: :lol3: I LOVE TURNIPS...MASHED AND WITH LOTS OF BUTTER AND SALT AND PEPPER. YUM! BUT I DON'T EAT THEM ANYMORE. TOO HARD TO CUT UP AND I DON'T LIKE FROZEN. THAT'S SOME FOOD PYRAMID CLEO & MARC ANTONY HAD :rofl:

SHAD...I FORGOT ABOUT WEEKDAYS. :faint: DUH!! NEXT WEEK WOULD EVEN BE BETTER FOR ME. THE ACCOUNTANT IS COMING THIS WEEKEND..... THE ONE THAT NEEDS BABYSITTING. ...AND ALSO DURING THE WEEK THE DOORBELL WON'T BE RINGING AS MUCH AND THE KIDS WILL BE LEAVING FOR THE TRAILER TO WINTERIZE IT. OK A WEEKDAY IT IS. :dance: I'LL BE MORE SPECIFIC BY SUNDAY NIGHT.

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS. IT'S A LITTLE NIPPY OUT THERE THIS MORNING. I THINK IF I GET A CHANCE THIS WEEKEND I SHOULD GET SOME HEAVIER CLOTHES READY.
THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME CHANGES IN MY JOB DESCRIPTION. THERE HAVE BEEN MEETINGS AFTER 4PM AND ALSO ON SOME WEEKENDS. NO OVERTIME ALLOWED FOR THE MEN SO NOW IT'S MY JOB TO OPEN AND CLOSE. I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT IF THIS IS JUST TEMPORARY OR WHAT. :dunno: THERE HAVE BEEN 3 SO FAR HAVING TO DO WITH SOME NEW PROJECTS COMING UP. IT'S A CONSPIRACY!
THE KIDS WENT FOOD SHOPPING LAST NIGHT. I DON'T HAVE TO GO TODAY! :cheer3: HAVING A 3 DAY WEEKEND...JUST ME, THE MEETING, THE PLUMBER AND ONE ACCT!! :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY :moped:

MELODY525
09-19-2008, 09:15 AM
Michelle..good Morning Early Bird!! Hope The Pt Goes Well!! Save Me Some Endorphins!! I Could Use Some !! Have Fun Time With The Dh!!

annie175
09-19-2008, 09:23 AM
TGIF...This will be a LOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG weekend to get thru. I wish I had to work. Down time just kills me.

Shad..I must be one hellava strong women cause there has been an awful lot of hurt in my lifetime. I must of been a bad person in my past life to warrent this kind of crap. Painting...YUCK...I no likie painting.... May the force be with you.

MEL...Bless your heart. Plumbing probs are the worst. Especially when dealing with the elders.

Happy..OMG, hilarious, and I would do just that to Jeff if I ever see him again. My DD, Samantha, said she has an *ss kicking to give him. LOL

Carla...Perk up girl. I have been down in the dumps enough for all the worldly chickies.

My tummy is hurting this morning and have been to the potty at least 4 times already. YIKES.

Went to dinner with a couple of GFs last night, we had a good time and laughed a lot, man bashed, and ate chicken alfredo at Italian Gardens Restaurant (a local Italian place). That is the restaurant we went to before prom back in the day. Memories.

Hello to all the chickies. Have a marvelous Friday and weekend.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
09-19-2008, 09:31 AM
Good morning ladies,

Having some problems getting this site to respond this morning.

You know, the funny thing is ... on Madcat's post I saw that as Veggies - guess I don't pay much attention.

Mel - am I reading this wrong or are they piling more work on you, saving themselves money and not paying you? I know you won't let them take advantage of you but I smell fish somewhere! And turnips do look like they are a bit fiesty to peel up...

Carla - good to see you again. Glad I could make you smile :D We miss you.

Michelle - sounds like you are in the workout groove again. Have a great weekend with the DH. Hope he brings you back a fun hat or something :hat: I hope you are starting to dry out up there. Getting kinda chilly to be sitting out on the water in the wee hours of the morning - brrrrrr.

Shad - 47 cloves of garlic is one way to dress up a turnip :lol: I think polite southern charm is a lost art limited to a select few down here. Which other rooms are you putting floors into?

Annie, Ceejay - hope the two of you are feeling better today. Funny how sometimes time flies by and other times, it just seems to drag on endlessly. But one thing is for sure, eventually things do get better if it doesn't seem so at the moment.

Nothing much new on my end. Glad it's Friday. I think the hip pain may have in fact been lower abs. It's getting better. I did take a pass on the gym today but I'm very much looking forward to going back on Monday. Feeling a bit out of sorts without my routine so that's a good thing.

Think I'm going to try and get to work a little early today so I'll sign off now. Happy Friday to all.

ceejay52
09-19-2008, 12:07 PM
My week off is coming to a close to fast, sigh. The only thing that makes me want to go back to work is to find out what changes have been made if any. I'm praying that we go to an 8 hour shift. I'm really tired of he 12 hour shifts.

Mel--Don't let them walk over you at work.

Carla
Good to see you. I thought Madcat meant niggles.

Happy and Annie
Hello I see your egg lights aglow above me.

I'm going to my uncles this afternoon and I need to do some things before I get on the road. Have a good week end.

MELODY525
09-19-2008, 01:23 PM
http://forums.provida.com/forums/storage/22/3064777/!cid_1_1248917468%40web35504_mail_mud_yahoo%20gas. jpg

happy2bme
09-19-2008, 01:57 PM
too funny Mel :rofl: exactly what I said when I drove by the other day. $3.79 for the low end to $4.89 for the premium :no:

Madcat
09-19-2008, 02:00 PM
Thank you to Carla for providing the Toronto-to-rest-of-the-Blessed-World translation. It was typo and should have been "veggies". :lol:

Our gas prices actually dropped again last night to 1.13/ litre (about 4.02/gallon) which is a price we haven't seen in quite some time. It was 1.36 last week (about 4.79US/gallon). Hmmm, methinks there might be a bit of price fixing happening, ya think? <sarcasm>Heck, it's not as if this country actually is one of the largest oil and gas producers on the planet or anything.</sarcasm> I'm glad I can walk home most nights.

Back later for the commenting.

annie175
09-19-2008, 02:07 PM
MEL....That gas pix is GREAT!!!

Shad
09-19-2008, 05:43 PM
Morning all,
Feels like rain out there. Miss Sunday has reluctantly gone out having decided that I am not likely to feed her the caviar she desires while there are biscuits on her plate. Trouble is that DS2 spoils her taste buds. He forgets to get cat food at the shops (and she forgets she is a cat) and therefore she is fed prime beef fillet or chicken breast or salmon steak or whatever the DS is finding in my freezer to get her through until he can go shopping or I get home whichever comes first. Judging by the state of the fridge there is not much shopping done. When I get home I have to crack her tastebuds back into action and go shopping for CAT food.

Mel - okay during the week it is. The earlier the better since I will have to get cracking on the walls of the hall and bedroom. I'll have to ring the shop today to confirm the dates and availability. This job will give me opportunity to do it during home times as it is 2 weeks in Dampier and 1 week at home. Have to leave you on the beach with the hunk while I dash home to lay floors or clean or whatever. That should impress you. Love the gas price label.

Morning to the ever lurking Carla. I think I may need to come back to Eastern Canada. You all seem like you need a big :hug: this year.

Michelle - Enjoy your weekend with the DH. Some down time sounds like a good idea.

Annie - good idea to go out with the girlfriends. Where the men let you down the tried and true girlfriends won't. They'll tell it like it is. Which reminds me - I had this joke sent to me the other day about girlfriends. I'll try to add it to the end of the post.

Happy - if you can do chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, then I reckon 47 is minimum per turnip. Don't fancy them much or swedes. I'm getting the floor in the hall finished and the main bedroom. The other two bedrooms will have to wait to see if I can extend them. Once this flooring project is finished and the loo is renovated, I will be getting onto that. Finding a builder will be the tricky bit.

Ceejay - have a great week with the uncles. Come back all refreshed and rarin' to go.

Madcat - I understand what you meant. Good to hear that gas prices are improving in your neck of the woods. Ours are slow to come down and fast to rise. And we provide a fair amount of oil to the rest of the world. I really can't imagine how the Arabs got such a hold when Canada, North Sea Oil and the US as well as Australia, Caucausus (Russia) all pitch in and produce such an amount. But I guess like everything else, greed got in the way.

Time to go cut my nails I think, I'm making typo after typo here and have to go back and correct myself frequently. I'm not a long nail person.

Morning to those I have missed. I'll be back and pick you up then. Meantime, there's a mug of tea and some muffins available for anyone who wants to drop in - mind you, you could get a paint roller shoved in your mitt right after tea.

'True' Friendship

None of that Sissy Crap

Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good, But never actually come close to reality?
Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.
You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card- Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.
Here we go:

1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the fu*king ba**ard who made you sad.
2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile -- I will know you got laid.
4. When you are scared -- I will take the piss out of you about it, every chance I get.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whinging.
6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.
7. When you are sick -- Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ***.
9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask; 'because you are my friend'.

Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth.

happy2bme
09-19-2008, 06:22 PM
O dearest Shad,

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I think that's the BEST thing I've read since the millenium rolled over. :lol3:

Shad
09-19-2008, 07:27 PM
So glad you enjoyed it. I'd do it for you too! Can't wait for the whinging part. I've got some horrible stories stored up!!!

ceejay52
09-19-2008, 11:32 PM
Shad
That is a great poem. Thanks for sharing.

Had a phone call from R. tonight and it was verrrrry good news. My friend is coming back as boss. Tim will be over the distribution system. It was in the paper. I'm turning flip flops.

MELODY525
09-20-2008, 08:03 AM
ANNIE...GLAD YOU GOT OUT...LAUGHING IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL.

HAPPY...WE BOTH SMELL FISH!! I'LL EXPLAING IN A MOMENT. GLAD THE PAIN IS GOING.

MADCAT...I THOUGHT IT WAS SOME SPECIAL KIND OF RESTAURANT :rofl:

SHAD...I'LL BE MORE SPECIFIC SUNDAY NITE(MY TIME) I WILL ALSO TRY TO ENTERTAIN THE HUNK WHILE YOU GET THE WALLS FINISHED!! GOOD THAT YOU CAN FIT THAT IN. HOPE SUNDAY DOESN'T FEEL TOO INSULTED NOW WITH THE TINNED FOOD! :lol3: :lol3:
I AM STILL LAUGHING AT THE POST :rofl: I THINK YOU ALREADY DID SOME OF THOSE THINGS TO ME!!! :lol3: :lol3:

CEEJAY....CONGRATULATIONS AND I AM GLAD YOUR FRIEND IS RETURNING TO THE JOB!!

:cofdate: YESTERDAY THE BLDG CLOSED LATE. SOME CRANKY PEOPLE . :yikes: DANG THEY ARE GETTING "ATTITUDE"!!! SOME OF MY PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED. FOR THE MEETINGS, THEY CAN LOCK THE OTHER DOOR THAT'S HARD FOR ME TO REACH AND WHEN THEY CLOSE THE OUTER DOOR...IT AUTOMATICALLY LOCKS. I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAD TO POINT THIS OUT. WTF...THEY ARE TOO "GOOD" TO USE A PADLOCK? I SAID THAT LATE IN THE DAY I AM "INDISPOSED" & CANNOT STAY SITTING IN A WHCHAIR FOR HOURS ON END...NO PUN INTENDED. I LEFT IT AT THAT...ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY ACCEPTED THE IDEA. GEE THANKS :faint:
ACCT IS DUE EARLY SO I AM UP SINCE 6. JUST DIDN'T FEEL GOOD AND ENDED UP IN THE LOO. WONDERED WHAT IT WAS AND FOUND THE NEW YOGURT I BOUGHT HAS ASPARTAME IN IT FOR A SWEETENER. I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T TASTE IT BUT THE LEMON FLAVOR MUST HAVE BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB OF COVERING IT UP :cry:
BETTER GET DRESSED. SEE YA MANANA. HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

happy2bme
09-20-2008, 11:07 AM
Good morning fine ladies,

Looks like it's going to be overcast and possibly a bit rainy here. We are just about to head off to the farmer's market this morning and then we're going to work on finishing the stone border around the front of the house.

DH and I were chatting over coffee this morning and now he wants to know when I'll be ready to go so again, cuts into my morning computer time. Sorry peeps, will have to come back later.

Mel - glad to hear you straightened them out on the work stuff. We'll talk later.

Shy - congrats on the 3 pounds down - forgot to mention it earlier.

Ceejay - glad things worked out for you at the plant.

I gotta go or I'll lose my helping hands... see yah :wave:

ceejay52
09-20-2008, 12:32 PM
I'd justfinished doing the breakfast dishes and came to look out towrds the woods. I saw turkey. There were about 6 in all. It's that time of year again.
I pulled up the Osceola Paper online and sure enoughwhat R. read was in there. Now I'm wondering if I'm misreading it. The Mayor mayube calling the plant as distribution. We'll see Monday.
My aunt is still asleep and my uncle has gone to get a hair cut and to visit a friend who has a birthday today. Which reminds me my nephew has a birthday today also--tomorrow is my sister's birthday.
I woke up briefly to a loud bang of thunder early this morning.My uncle rain gauage showed that between yesterday and last night's rain they have recieved 1.5 inches.
More later.

MELODY525
09-20-2008, 03:18 PM
I just made a turkey meatloaf mix and then divided it up in a cupcake pan for mini muffin meatloaves. I like the taste of the ground turkey better this way. Maybe because it's crusty all around? Yum! :hun:

MELODY525
09-20-2008, 03:20 PM
CEEJAY...:hb: TO ALL THE BIRTHDAY PEOPLE IN YOUR AREA :gift: HAVE A GREAT DAY IN PARAGOULD!

Shad
09-20-2008, 06:13 PM
Morning all,
A beautiful morning again although it will be hot later I think. So Maybe I should get out into the garden now before the heat really strikes. Lots of weeding and stuff to do out there today. I have friends coming for morning tea today, so I had best get ready for that as well.
Feeling fairly despondent over weight at the moment, it is tending upward instead of downward and I don't seem to be able to do much about it. By the way it is going on, I guess a great deal of it is fluid, but there seems little I can do to keep it down. It doesn't help that I eat well during the day and then get a dose of the munchies at night. Going to have to do something about that one. But what .........?

Anyway....

Mel - you have some strange people in charge there. Do they not see the wheelchair? or are they just plain dumb. Don't make me come over there......This morning I am in just the right mood for some thick Yanks.

Happy - enjoy the farmers market. Get lots of nice veggies (not neggies) and carry on with the good work.

Ceejay - can't keep up with the twists and trials of your job. Hope it all works out as it should. Happy birthday to all the family having birthdays.

So Hi Ho it's off to work I go. Better get an hour or so in the garden and try to stem the time of weeds creeping up. Do they ever stop??

happy2bme
09-20-2008, 08:52 PM
Hello, hello -

Went to the Farmer's Market today - you can tell they are winding down the season. Got 6 nice tomatoes. Some green beans. Bell peppers - red and green. Fresh garlic (don't know why the stuff they have in the store is always about ready to rot). Some rather large grape tomatoes. A jar of fresh applesauce from the orchard. :T And some cucumbers. So I can have a nice salad or make up a nice pasta primavera.

I watched a television show last night and one of the characters had on a necklace that I just loved. I said - I can make that. How hard can stringing beads be??? So that was my binge today. I'm sure I won't keep all the beads but I have enough to make each of you a necklace as well as several cat collars :lol: I also got a book so I can learn how to do this properly. That will be my evening's adventure.

I did go to the grocery store too so that's done with. We're having or at least I am having soup this week. Beef vegetable and a minnestrone. It better not get too hot.

I had a Chicago hot dog for lunch. I really enjoyed it. And DH bought me an ice cream cone too. And the Chicago Cubs baseball team clinched their division title and are in the playoffs. Even though I am a White Sox fan (of that OTHER Chicago team that got no respect when they WON the World Series already) - I am truly hoping the Cubs break the 100 year curse that keeps them from getting the much desired pennant.

Tomorrow I will get up early again and DH and I will attempt to finish that rock wall out front that we started last year. My side is still bothering me. I hope it's not a tumor or something - it is an odd pain and I'm am really ignoring it.

Shad - I'm sorry you are having such issues with the weight. Can it be that all this flying back and forth is also affecting you? I have struggled with the late munchies too. So I have had to go back to planning a snack at night. Usually it's some melon - right now I am getting my fill of watermelon before it goes out of season. Or I will count out 4 crackers with a smidge of lowfat cheese and a vegetable bit. As it gets cooler at night, I will go back to my evening cup of tea. I find that in trying to give up the sugars that it's also an issue of not trading in the salty stuff in it's place.

Mel - thank you for the suggestion on the muffin cups of meatloaf. That was actually on my menu for this week. I think I'm going to do just that - individual servings. Will make lunches easier too. I see you have swapped to the autumn leaves avatar - I think I'll hold off mine until October. Sorry you had a problem with the yogurt. I have learned to look for the artificial sweetener lurking all over. A tip off for me is anything lite or reduced calories or too few to be true is generally spot on that there's some of the fake stuff in it.

Ceejay - I thought I heard some faint rumblings of thunder too this morning. We had a bit of wetness on the ground but most of it blew right past us.

Well I think I'm going to start a pot of soup, clean up the kitchen and take a look at these beads I bought.

Later...

MELODY525
09-21-2008, 08:39 AM
SHAD~ HOW CAN YOU EXPECT THEM TO SEE THE WHCHAIR WHEN THEY CAN'T SEE PAST THEIR OWN NOSES :rofl: :rofl: ONE MAN EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE DOESN'T SEE THE CHAIR AND HE BROUGHT THE SUBJECT UP HIMSELF. :faint: THEY ALL SAID CAUSE I DON'T EVEN KNOW I'M IN IT! I GUESS THAT WAS AS GOOD AN EXCUSE AS EVER. :lol3: :Lol3: HOPE THE TEA WAS FUN. HOW IS TOMORROW LOOKING? SO FAR SO GOOD OVER HERE. (MY MONDAY 4-4:30 PM) SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE WATER WEIGHT. MAYBE A TRIP TO THE DR BEFORE YOU FLY OUT AGAIN? ARE YOU WATCHING YOUR SALT? EVERYTHING IN JK MUST HAVE HAD A LOT OF SOCIUM IN IT!!

HAPPY~ HAPPY BEADING!! GOOD CHOICE TO LEARN PATIENCE TOO :rofl: STRINGING BEADS WILL CERTAINLY KEEP YOU BUSY AND OFF THE COMPUTER! WHAT IS THIS PAIN FROM DO YOU THINK? BETTER GO AND GET IT CHECKED OUT :rollpin:

I HAVE TO SAY I WASN'T OUTSIDE VERY MUCH YESTERDAY. WAY TOO WINDY AND THEY SAID IT WAS 71 BUT IT FELT MORE LIKE 61. ONE MORE ACCT TO GO TODAY. CON YOU TELL IT'S THE END OF THE MONTH? ONE OF THE BOSSES ASKED WHY THEY AREN'T HERE MON-TUES BETWEEN 9-4? NO ONE HAD AN ANSWER. WE'LL SEE IF HE BRINGS IT UP AT THE MEETING.
I THINK A MELIDAY IN BETWEEN SUMMONINGS TO THE OFFICE IS IN STORE FOR ME. LET US HOPE HE LEAVES BEFORE 9PM!
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

happy2bme
09-21-2008, 12:20 PM
Good morning ladies,

It's cool and a bit overcast today. There's weather all around us but I don't know if we will get any. I can tell fall is here - the sinus alarm is going off like mad. Worst part for me is the drippy cough. I will routinely just fall asleep and then wake up choking and coughing. I hate to take any more medicine than I absolutely need to but I guess this time of year I'm going to have to bite the bullet and take a sinus pill at night. Not sure if we're going to be working outside today - DH is looking at sheet music for his guitar. If not, that's ok, I have laundry and cooking to do. And I looked at the beads yesterday but didn't do anything more than fret that I probably should not have gotten as many as I did.

Mel - it certainly sounds like you need to have a very serious come to @$#$#$# meeting with those people in the office. I'm sure that they see your personality not the chair and combine that with basic laziness to let someone else do it, it much easier left to you. Time to help them understand "a better way of thinking". And of course, we all know that they aren't paying you for this kind of bull. I also thought it was odd that the accountants came in on the weekends and such. Thought it was because they were doing the work of a volunteer basis or something. Government people don't work on the weekends for pay as I found out :lol:

I really don't know what's going on with my hip. I started having a twinge of pain about 2 weeks ago. It steadily got worse. Thing is, I can't locate a specific place where it hurts. It just hurts when I walk, or if I was to cantilever bend over as if I was picking something off the floor, stood on one leg and swung the other leg out and up. I thought it might have been a pelvic muscle but I'm not sure. I tried an ice pack and then a heating pad and it subsided a bit but it never goes away. I'm not really that impressed with the doctor's care down here so I am not gunning to go see a doctor. Besides, if I can't find the source of the pain, I'm not even sure what kind of doctor to go see.

Regardless, I am back at the gym tomorrow.

Guess I'll go get a pot of soup on. Take care...

Shad
09-21-2008, 05:51 PM
Quiet in here over the weekends isn't it? We're into Monday and the neighbourhood is waking up to go back to work - very reluctantly. Miss Puss has decided it is play time but refuses to get up and go fetch her squash ball - all of 5 feet away - so she is attempting to beat up my new mat and is getting a bit of a telling off. She now has that 'not fair' face on.

I'm not sure what is causing this weight gain. Flying does put it on of course, but I was happily congratulating myself for getting that down when boom, 1.2kg on in one day. Looking back, I had had normal food for breakfast and lunch and then had a McCain's Healthy choice and some veges & gravy (97 fat free) for dinner followed by a fruit and lite jelly pudding. So something had a heap of salt or whatever to do that. I'm finding it difficult to understand and even more difficult to get it off. Mind you, I am not doing the exercise I was. Plenty of movement around the house, but I really should get out and about for a run or something.
Had a nice afternoon with Chris and Tim yesterday. We had a fondue - I recently bought myself a set so had to use it on them. And some wine.
Got quite a lot done around the house - lots of niggles as Ruth would say. Screwed the footpads on the lounge suite, attached the aircon remote to the wall. Cleared up the patio, cleaned and dusted in the bedroom - cleared out the wardrobe etc. I have too many clothes so some are going to have to go. Oh dear.

Happy - I want to know why most of our garlic comes from China and is labelled as 'fresh' How can anything that takes 4 weeks to get anywhere be 'fresh' and having smelt some of the 'Chinese Agriculture' in southern China Kowloon province, I have a hard time believing fresh. Give up giving me genetically modified, Chinese, or food that has to come a great distance. I don't care how cheap it is. I'm told that we need to do this to feed a burgeoning population, well excuse me, but it may be time to curtail the population growth and not the food growth. We can't support what we have, then maybe we shouldn't have what we have got! :soap: I'm getting off it now.
I got some of those bead things at a Craft Fair in Townsville last year. I managed to spill most of them all over the floor and then had problems trying to get the ends to grip the strings/wire and that was that. I think they are still around somewhere, but it is not for me. I don't have the patience.

Mel - it's okay, I'm off the soapbox. I look forward to our chat tomorrow.

And with that, time to go get on with the day. Preparation day - plaster, sand, maybe a first primer coat. But it won't be if I don't get on with it. See ya.

diyana
09-21-2008, 06:54 PM
Good Sunday/Monday to you wonderful ladies -

I'm going to try and make this quick. This weekend has been very relaxing for DH and me. We stayed around the house yesterday and this morning we went fishing, though we didn't catch a lot (DH caught one bluegill, I caught a bluegill and a nice size bass). It was a gorgeous morning and it was lovely being out on the lake. This afternoon, DH is resting off his jet lag, and I'm doing website work. The Packer game is on TV tonight, so we'll be watching that in a couple hours.

Shad - Thanks for the friendship poem! I hope Sunday adjusts to cat food okay. I've been having the munchies too lately. Hang in there and exercise when you can. Since your gym membership ran out, are you walking or doing other exercise? I know that working out can really jump start weight loss. You sure got a lot accomplished this weekend and had fun with your friends too! Good for you! The weight will come off...you know you can do it as you've done it before.

Ceejay - So glad you got great work news! Yay! So cool that you saw turkey in the woods. We have turkey that live in the woods and meadows near us. Enjoy your time with the relatives!

Annie - So nice that you had a great time with the gal pals.

Mel - Glad you straightened things out at work. Sounds like they're either insensitive or dense! Either way... :rollpin: Are the leaves turning where you live? I hear they've already turned in parts of New England. Here in the upper midwest, they are just starting to turn....I'm in no rush. I want them to take their time so I can enjoy the lovely changes in colors over several weeks. Enjoy your Meliday.

Happy - Sounds like you hit the jackpot at the Farmer's Market! The Cubs won the division....and my beloved Brewers are not doing so well in getting into the playoffs...hopefully they can turn things around AND FAST! I hope your side pain goes away. Do you think you should see a doctor and maybe have it checked out? My late night snack usually consists of a low calorie ice cream treat and a glass of 1% chocolate milk. But lately, that has not been enough...and I've been munching on popcorn as well. Arrrgh. I'm hoping it's just because it's that TOM. How cool that you've taken up beading? I really enjoy working on crafts....of course, I don't make too much time for that...when I do have time that's not spent on cooking, laundry or working out, I do website work, spend too much time on the computer and sometimes clean. Ahhhh....to be independently wealthy and be able to afford to not work. As for the type of doc to go see....I'd see an orthopedist or sports medicine doctor (that's what my back doc is - sports medicine)....who with some movement tests and maybe after viewing Xrays should be able to tell you if it's bone or muscle issue. My physical therapist has done WONDERS for my back, hip, hamstring and glute pain, which it turns out, are all linked together. I need to keep all my muscles fully stretched and loose and then the pain in my back, hip derriere area goes away. There are some tremendous stretches you can do for hips (piriformis muscle and hip flexor muscle), as well as glute muscles and hamstrings. I definitely would suggest seeing someone...orthopedist, sports medicine doctor or someone. When you go to the gym make sure you stretch and warm up your muscles slowly....don't make them start working at full speed right off the bat. I'm really bad about remembering to stretch BEFORE and AFTER, and now my body scolds me BIG TIME when I forget.

Well, I've got to finish my work and then cook dinner before the Packer game starts.

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
09-22-2008, 08:25 AM
HAPPY~ IT SOUNDS A WEE BIT LIKE BURSITIS IN THE HIP. AND IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR FOR FLARE UPS OF SCIATICA ALSO. HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON.:hug:

SHAD~ LATER GATOR.

MICHELLE~ SO GLAD YOU AND DH HAD SOME GOOD TIME TOGETHER. SOUNDE4D NICE....EVEN IF THERE WERE FISHIES INVOLVED :rofl: OUR LEAVES ARE TURNING BUT SOME ARE ALREADY BURNT ON THE EDGES FROM A VERY COLD SNAP WE HAD A FEW WEEKS AGO. SO MOST HERE IN THE CITY WILL PROBABLY JUST GO BROWN. :cry:

I AM OFF TO THE MAINTENANCE ROOM. JOHN HAS CALLED AND ASKED IF I WOULD PLEASE SORT OUT THE JUNK IN ANOTHER ROOM SO WE CAN BE READY FOR FALL/WINTER STATE INSPECTIONS. COULD WE WAIT ANY LONGER? I MUST HAVE MENTIONED THIS A THOUSAND TIMES LAST MONTH :faint: SO I AM OFF TO POINT AND THEY CAN TOSS.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :moped:

happy2bme
09-22-2008, 10:50 AM
Good morning chickies,

Was back in the gym for me. I woke up at 4:10 and just tossed and turned until it was time to get up at 4:50. I'm sure I'll be crashing this afternoon. Always hard to get to sleep early enough on Sunday night. Just one more thing and then I'll get to bed...

Felt SOOOOOOO stupid last night. I had purchased some songs for DH to load on his IPOD. Bought them online via Napster and I had to download them to CD to load them on his PC. I couldn't get it to write to the CD. Tried several out of a new pack - all bummers. I was getting pretty peeved and DH and I were trying to find a program that would let us format the CD. After about 25 minutes of fussing, I looked at some other CDs in the cabinet. They were the same kind I was writing to before without a problem. After painstakingly comparing them, I finally noticed that I had the CD in the drive UP SIDE DOWN! *** slaps head*** And duh oh duh duh - the CD has printed stuff on the top side so it's not like it was obvious. The only thing was the CD was in the case upside down and I just put it in that way because I always do it that way. And DH did the SAME THING. See, this is why I don't offer technical advice :rofl:

Mel - I like the point and toss idea. Finally they are "getting it" and so are you. Don't wear the arm out pointing at everything. I have to send you one of the red laser pointers we use to exercise the cats. Then you can point and shoot, miminal arm movement tho you do have to be careful not to zap anyone in the eyes.

Michelle - glad to hear you had a nice weekend with the DH. Sounds like you have been pretty busy this weekend I'm glad to hear that you are having success with your therapy. I have not been impressed with some of the doctors down here. A couple of months ago I fell in a parking lot and landed on my hand and hurt my thumb. They took xrays and said everything is ok. That thumb still hurts me. I jammed it a few times and saw stars. DH saw 2 different orthopedic doctors down here and didn't get relief from either of them. Not sure if he did physical therapy too. Back up north we had a wellness center next to the hospital by us. I went there for therapy twice and really had success with it. I'm sure alot of the care has to do with the insurance companies. I picked up some Advil after we finished at the gym today and I'm going to use some of the heat cream to see if that fixes anything. I will also go to exercise class on Thursday and see if I can get an appointment with the teacher who does therapeudic massage at the rehab place. Thing is, she is booked pretty solid and I'd probably have to work my work schedule around a daytime appointment.

Shad, it does seem funny to me that so much of your food is imported. But I guess there are some staples (like garlic) that won't grow in tropical climates. I guess I take for granted what we have. I did buy a mango again but this time one of the ladies in class told me more about it so I knew what kind to buy and when it will be ripe enough to cut. Not like last time when I almost got out DH's power saw to cut up the thing. After all the bad stuff I've been hearing about tainted food in China, not so sure I'd want to be eating anything exported from there. Enjoy your chat with Mel.

I spread the beads out on a guest bed and have set myself a limit to start a necklace by next weekend or everything is getting returned. As it is I bought too much or more than I should have and I should take at least half of it back before DH sees the bill and blows a gasket.

Anyway, time to go make some money. See you later chicks - hello to those I didn't get to individually. :wave:

ceejay52
09-22-2008, 07:19 PM
Hello everyone,
I'm not doiong back flips or flip flops. J. has come back to the plant but is sharing responsiblities with T. The news paper stated that the tow would be supervisor's but J was already a superintendant. They made T one also. He's still over the plant. I'm so disappointed, but life goes on.

Mel,
We're having an inspection tomorrow also. I'd plan to clean some today but not all day. L is not going to like to hear those words. Seems like we get stuck with all the inspections.

Happy
I understand about the doctor's care in this area. We all think that your town is the best. I thought Jonesboro would be better too but now I'm not to sure of that. Hope the pain goes away. Have you tried taking potassium. That helped my back spasms.

It's time to earn some more dollars.

Shad
09-22-2008, 10:38 PM
Morning all, and it is........ just! I've been to the dentist and got relieved of $145.00 - no wonder people don't go that often!
Then I went and spent nearly $200 at the grocery store. Happily I won't have to go back (apart from veg) for about a month. I have enough fruit and veg to see me through until well into next week so I'm okay with that.

I spent most of yesterday sanding the walls. Made a lot of headway but still have a fair amount to do. Doubt that the floors will get done before I go away again. Which reminds me I need to sort out my roster for Dampier. I think it is two weeks on and 1 off site.

So having put my vast supply of groceries away (3 bags) I'm about to go back to the wall and get set up again. Actually I might just have an early lunch and then get onto it. Don't know why I bothered to clean the bedrooms since no matter how well I masked up and covered up the floors and walls, there is sanding dust everywhere. A bit clean up coming up when the plastering is finally finished.

Having said that, I'll buzz off and get my lunch - yoghurt, fruit and coffee and then just get on with it. And while I think about it. I was losing the flight fluid quite successfully. Then one night I couldn't be bothered cooking and had a McCains Healthy Choice (Stroganoff). When I checked out the package it had more mg of Sodium than it had kilocalories (4 cal to a kcal) so no wonder it went back on overnight. Check those labels girls.

Ruthxxx
09-23-2008, 09:21 AM
Sad news. (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=152171) I'll be back when I get my shattered heart taped back together.

happy2bme
09-23-2008, 09:56 AM
Ruth - I'm sooooooo sorry for your loss. Dear sweet Hershey. :hug:

annie175
09-23-2008, 10:40 AM
Oh Ruth..I am so sorry to hear the sad news.

diyana
09-23-2008, 11:41 AM
Ruth - I am so very sorry for your loss. :hug: Hershey was a wonderful, loving and caring soul. Her spirit will live on in your memories and in the memories of all those she touched.

ceejay52
09-23-2008, 05:24 PM
Hugs Miss Ruth.
we all loved Hershey and she will be missed.

Shad
09-23-2008, 06:10 PM
Morning all,
I guess there is not a lot to say today. Hershey is famous throughout the world through her deeds and actions. Ruth, I was so sorry to hear about her. There is no comfort I can offer, may she play joyfully at the end of the rainbow along with Lucy and the Shad.
Do not cut yourself off from us my friend, we are here to help as we can. Can't do much from here except offer sympathy, cyber hand holding, tissues etc., and although it is only 6.59am I'll volunteer the odd scotch or two to keep you company should you need it.

Mel - do not beat yourself up after yesterday, I love you. You must have needed it to do that. (now bet that has gotten some wrinkled brows). We will talk again.

Happy, we grow perfectly fine garlic here in Aus. Not so much in the coastal tropics but it grows elsewhere on the continent. It's just that for some mad reason, the supermarkets have decided that it is cheaper to bring in garlic from China and prawns from Vietnam, and mangos from Thailand and Mexico than to source them here. Maybe they are starting to think again, as we are beginning to get local stuff back in the stores. Not as cheap mind you, but I know where they come from, I have an idea as to the conditions and methods, they have got to be fresher and therefore I buy them.

Ceejay - what I don't understand is that you and presumably the other workers are working longer and longer hours and yet you don't get help, you only get two bosses, one of whom never seems to work more than the regulation 8 hours. Doesn't make much sense to me.

Okay, I must get this wall finished today and some paint on that and three other walls. I've put off the floor next week since I will not be finished in time. I'm just waiting for a new date. My new job has been put off to the 7th, which is okay but I'm not waiting around for any later start dates. I've warned M that I will start looking for something else if it doesn't happen this time.
So I'm off - for breakfast and then sanding, cleaning and painting. That should take up the rest of the day.

Ruthxxx
09-23-2008, 07:05 PM
Thanks for the support Worldlies. The good thing about this is that I was with some of the other MODs in NC and had 24 hour access to hugs and kleenex and even Scotch! Most of you have had pets so know what this is like.

I was at the nursing home this morning for a meeting and meant to give Harry the news. Luckily he was asleep so I was able to postpone the inevitable. I'll tell him when I know I can control the tears.

carla49
09-23-2008, 08:13 PM
Ruth, I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about Hershey. :grouphug: You're both in our hearts and our thoughts. :cry: :cry:

MELODY525
09-23-2008, 08:28 PM
RUTH...WHATEVER CAN I NSAY TO EASE THE SADNESS. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH YOU BOTH LOVED EACH OTHER AND HOW DEVOTED HERSHEY WAS AND VICE VERSA. :hug: I'M JUST GLAD YOU WERE WITH FRIENDS AND HAD SOME REAL COMFORTING!

HAPPY :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: I ALMOST PEED MY PANTS WITH YOUR TECH SAVVY-NESS :lol3: :lol3: OMG THAT SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING I WOULD HAVE DONE!! YOU GAVE ME A GOOD LAUGH AND GOD KNOWS I NEEDED IT TODAY.

CEEJAY I AM SO SORRY THINGS DIDN'T GO THE WAY YOU HOPED FOR :hug: LIFE DOES INDEED GO ON BUT SOMETIMES I WISH IT WENT ON OUR WAY!!! LOL

SHAD...AGAIN I AM SO SORRY I OVERSLEPT AND LIKE I SAID WE WILL MAKE IT THURS/FRI. :cofdate:
(so the two weeks on and one week off means you come home right? ) :crazy: POSTPONED!! WTF!! AND I WAS ALL PACKED AND READY TO GO!!! :rofl: HAPPY SANDING AND PLASTERING AND PAINTING...NOT IN THAT ORDER OF COURSE!!

I HAD A GREAT DAY BUT A CRAPPY END. BY ACCIDENT I HURT SOMEONE AND ALTHOUGH I APOLOGIZED, SHE MIGHT FEEL BETTER BUT I STILL FEEL LIKE CRAP. THE FUNNY THING IS THAT THESE PEOPLE HURE EACH OTHER ALL THE TIME AND IT'S OK BUT IF GOD FORBID I DO IT ONCE A YEAR, I AM THE BAD GUY. NOW HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?! THANKG GOD THAT HAPPY IS SUCH A GREAT TECHNPHOBE(SP) THAT I GOT TO HAVE A GOOD LAUGH (EVEN IF IT WAS SADISTIC) WHILE SHE WAS SLAPPING HERSELF ALONG SIDE HER OWN HEAD!! :rofl: :rofl: ANYWAY...SOME WORK THIS WEEK. GOING TO MAKE MY LAST EXTRA CHECK COUNT. GOT A LOT DONE TODAY FOR THE UPCOMING FLUSHOT AND I HAD TIME OUTSIDE TO BOOT AND ALSO GOT FOOD SHOPPING DONE IN THE MORNING. JUST THE KIND OF DAY THE ROLLS ON AND ON AND THINGS ACTUALLY GET DONE. I EVEN MANAGED TO GET A REFRIGERATOR REPLACED, THE ROOFTOP AC/HEAT SYSTEM REAPIRED AND A DATE FOR CARPET CLEANING FOR ANOTHER TENANT. ALL IN ALL A VERY FULFILLING DAY. :rofl:
NOW FOR SOME LATE DINNER, A SHOWER AND THE BIGGEST LOSER. I AM RUNNING LATE BUT THE ACCT FORGOT HIS MEMORY STICK AND HAD TO COME ALL THE WAY BACK HERE. :faint: LIKE MY DAY WASN'T LONG ENOUGH ALREADY.
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY...I AM LOSTING TRACK OF WHOS DAY IS WHEN..LOL :moped:

ceejay52
09-24-2008, 12:12 AM
Mel
Hugs to you also.

Shad
Things are the same at work. Mainly, I was wishful thinking. There is always to many chiefs and not enough Indians as the song says. Tim was promoted and James was asked to monitor the chemical dosages. James was asking me some things today about some of the reports that went to the plant manager.

I watched part of the Biggest Loser tonight which seems to motivate me in a way. I hate the part where some one gets sent home. I'm for the yellow team.

happy2bme
09-24-2008, 08:43 AM
Good morning folks,

I got up at 5 but my stomach was very unsettled so I didn't get to the gym today. Maybe tonight - we'll see. It's hard to get it in after work. Last night I missed my diabetes class because we were in a meeting until almost 7pm. Was supposed to be a "brief" review that started at 4 o'clock... :dunno:

Ceejay - used to be that there were good jobs and bad and mostly you could make it through life avoiding most of the stinkers but it surely seems like the whole environment has changed and not for the better. I am very glad I'm at the end of my career because I don't understand the "new rules" anymore. I'm sorry to hear that things didn't turn out as well as you wanted them to.

Shy - saw your post on another thread - sorry to hear about the loss in your family - our thoughts are with you :hug:

Mel - glad I could give you a much needed laugh with my less than stellar tech skills. I guess I'm a better thinker than a hands on type. :D As for the person you offended, don't dwell on it as long as you apologized if you were wrong. I think we are harder on ourselves. And sometimes we just get angry at ourselves for sinking down to "their" level. That's ok, we still like you :grouphug:

I'm joining Mel and Michelle's "what day is it club?". Thought today was Thursday :dizzy: Sometimes one day just rolls into the next...

Ruth - Shad said it best, Hershey was famous the world over. Bet it will be hard telling Harry. How long did you have Hershey? Did you get her as a pup?

Shad - $200 at the grocery store? Geez that's a normal trip for me. Wish I could make that last a month :lol: DH says we have way too much food in the house for just 2 people. I'm starting to think he may be right. Funny how the grocery cart can stay pretty empty for most of the trip through the store and then by the time I get to the check out stand, it's full to the brim. Hope the Dampier job comes through in time and they don't try and string you along. Their loss if they do, right?

Michelle - I know what you mean about wanting the leave colors to stay around as long as possible. I would get bummed if we got an early season wind storm and it messed up the leaves. I thought I saw one tree starting to turn yesterday but it's still very early for us. Our autumn colors pop around Thanksgiving.

Oops, it's trash day. I'd better get stuff ready for DH to take out.

Have a good day...

MELODY525
09-24-2008, 08:45 AM
CEEJAY...THANKS I NEEDED THEM AND A BIG :hug: FOR YOU AS WELL!

WHAT COULD BE NEW SINCE LAST NIGHT? WATCHED THE BL SHOW, PEDALED AND WENT TO BED :rofl: A NOR'EASTER IS ON IT'S WAY. FUNNY THING IS YOU CAN FEEL IT IN THE AIR. GONNA LAST FOR A FEW DAYS SO I AM OFF TO THE OUTSIDE TO GET AS MUCH SUN AS POSSIBLE! TOMORROW WILLY IS TAKING ME AND THE SENIORS TO A TRADER JOE'S STORE. I AM A VIRGIN WHEN IT COMES TO TRADER JOE. IT'S MY FIRST TIME SO I'LL TELL WILLY TO BE GENTLE WITH ME :rofl:
HAPPY HUMP DAY AND HAPPY THURSDAY SHAD :moped:

MELODY525
09-24-2008, 08:47 AM
THANKS HAPPY..HOPE THE TUMMY FEELS BETTER:hug:

annie175
09-24-2008, 09:14 AM
Good Morning Worldlies...

I am somewhat getting back to feeling normal. It's amazing how someone can mess with your head so much.

Work has been crazy busy, thank God, it makes to day go fast. I can hardly believe that October will be here next week. I think September was on fast forward.

Didn't sleep well on Monday night, slept pretty good last night, however I am as tired as can be today. I did get in two great walks yesterday, that made me feel better too. It has been so beautiful here lately.

A couple of us are going to Paradise Cafe for lunch today. They have marvelous sandwiches, salads and soup. All homemade including the bread for the sandwiches. I have a rewards card for there from doing so much catering for work purposes that I have accumulated 7 free lunches and 7 free beverages.

Hello to Everyone, thank you so much for all your support.

Love and Hugs

diyana
09-24-2008, 10:20 AM
Good morning ladies -

Just a quick check in as I'm crazy busy today. Hopefully I'll be able to pop back in later. :hug: to everyone who needs/wants them. I hope we all have a great day today!

Love and hugs

Madcat
09-24-2008, 05:07 PM
Ruth, I am so sorry to hear about sweet Hershey. Hugs to you and Harry and Disney.

Shad
09-24-2008, 06:40 PM
Morning all,
Beautiful if slightly cool day out there today which makes perfect conditions for painting. So today will be the day to shift furniture and dust and clean then paint walls. Never stops does it. Yesterday I swore and cursed at the sanders because one decided it wouldn't hold the sanding discs on anymore and spat them out at every opportunity, the other held the discs but decided not to go. In frustration I got out my little mouse sander - not designed for big areas of walls and finished off with that. Dear little thing scarcely missed a beat and did a grand job. I thought I might change out the rotating disc of one sander and replace it with another but apparently it requires a special screwdriver so DS2 informed me last night. A special tool which apparently is residing in his toolbox in his new Ute. Not much good to me there. Anyway, the wall is sanded and will be painted today. That will no doubt throw up some imperfections and resanding will apply. It always happens.
Apart from that, I think some of today will be spent in the garden trying to get rid of the weeds and thinking about replanting some of the lost plants. Maybe I will just remove the lawn and replant the whole area with natives - less work to do that way. Anyway.......

Happy - sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Get better soon. I used to buy too much at the grocery store. Still do some of the time, particularly fruit and veg. Then when I don't get to eat it all, I end up either growing scientific experiments in the fridge or chucking it in the bin because it is past the use by date or just inedible. Nowadays I tend to work on a menu and that stops me from being too much of an idiot. I still waste a bit and sometimes it becomes very annoying when DS2 doesn't show up for a meal or eat something I bought specifically for him. So I don't do that often. I don't cook his dinner until he arrives home and tells me whether he is staying or not. That way there are few left overs to have to chuck.

Mel - we chat tomorrow. That will be good.

Annie - good to hear life is on the improve for you. Good on you for getting out and about again. Sometimes it can be a good thing when life is busy, busy, busy.

Michelle - on the other hand, sometimes there is too much work to do. I have a feeling I'll be getting to that point sooner than I had liked.

It occurred to me earlier that I was probably one of the few chicks around the world who has met both Lucy and Hershey. They were both lovely dogs and we all know I am a sucker for a good dog. They were both so different, and although I got on well early with Lucy, who can forget the races up and down the stairs to see who got the chocolate so lovingly laid on the pillow by a wonderful hostess, Hershey was more composed and controlled and considering. Eventually I must have passed the test, since she used my feet as a pillow under the table on a couple of occasions. Ruth will have many wonderful memories of those two lovely dogs.

That's about it for now. Hope everyone who needs hugs gets 'em. :hug: :grouphug: - it's not been the best of months of many of us. Stick with it girls. Eat well and sweat well. cya

ceejay52
09-24-2008, 11:04 PM
Just poping in to say hello. Nothing new except I have a three day week end. Yipee.

happy2bme
09-25-2008, 10:10 AM
Hi There Ladies,

Looks like I'm the first one in the hopper this morning. Must be a sleepy morning. No one in this house wanted to get up today including me. I could just hang my head down, close my eyes and go to sleep on y'all right now. :faint: I guess aliens must have abducted me during the night and kept me up partying until sunrise :lol: And I didn't get to bed all that late either...

Ceejay - enjoy that fabulous 3 day weekend - :yay:

Shad - not sure there is anything that makes more of a mess than sanding. At least the mouse sander worked for you - beats hand sanding. We're going to have to start that too - someday. Still waffling on what color to do. I keep telling myself I'm going to tighten up with the food and plan more efficiently. Looks like I'll do that a few days AFTER I decide to pick a color for paint :lol: Have they finalized the Dampier job yet?

Michelle - I know crazy busy - not the best option to be in. Hope things chill out soon and don't get stressed over it :hug:

Annie - Paradise Cafe sounds delish - what did you have? There's a couple of places up Chicago way called Egg Harbor Cafe that had wonderful food like that. Ummm.

Mel - every time I hear the term nor'easter I want to go dig out my yellow shiny rain slicker and put on my galoshes. It reminds me of an old grissled sea captain. :rofl: Batton down the hatches matey :D

Ok, I'm outta time - gotta run. Have a good one!

diyana
09-25-2008, 05:21 PM
Happy Thursday ladies --

Work has been crazy busy as usual, but I'm taking a much needed 5 minute sanity break to check on my chick pals. I went to the gym last night and did a great Abs/Core workout followed by an awesome Step class. Tonight is strength training using the exercise ball followed by a dance class.

Shad - I hope the sanding/painting turned out well. I love your saying "Eat Well and Sweat Well".

Ceejay - Enjoy your three day weekend! :dance: YGG on all the exercise minutes adding up! :congrat:

Happy - I'm surviving crazy busy. At least my challenging project is over and it should run successfully on Monday. I'm coming in at 6 am on Monday to make sure (of course that means I'll get to leave at 3 pm, so I don't mind coming in early). After this week, I am SO looking forward to the weekend! Just 1 more day.

Mel - Stay inside warm and dry during your nor'easter! I lived in New England until age 10, so I'm familiar with nor'easters.

Annie - I'm glad to hear you're doing better.

Ruth - :hug:

Patty - I hope you and Blackie are doing well.

A big :wave: to Carla, Painter, Madcat and anyone else I may have missed.

My 5 minute sanity break is over....1 more hour until time to go home!

BTW, I'm finally reading "The Secret". Have any of you read it?

Love and hugs,