Support Groups - Worldlies: Dreams and Decisions in December




Shad
11-30-2008, 06:16 PM
Now is the time to begin to think about our achievements for this past year, our future hopes and dreams, our lifestyles and where we want to go in 2009. Apparently from February 4th 2009 it is the Chinese Brown Earth (Soil) Cow Year. It is the year of the Ox which is my sign. I'll have to go back and figure out why it is to be the Brown earth and cow year.

Anyway - from where I sit it is now December 1. You may wish to carry on with the old thread until tomorrow.

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.
K Denis Waitley


happy2bme
12-01-2008, 02:28 AM
Thanks for the set up and looking after us, as always Shad. :hug:

I will take your words to heart and go sleep on them right now.

Oh and to close out November to Remember - today with my grocery discount, I paid 61 cents - yes, that is no dollars and 61 CENTS a gallon for gasoline. It was a shame that I had half a tank of gas and wasn't on fumes. A bit over half a tank cost me 6 whole dollars to fill up. I don't even REMEMBER when gas was under a dollar. Was I driving yet???? :dance:

Pleasant dreams to the northern hemisphere, and a good afternoon to our Shad.

happy2bme
12-01-2008, 02:29 AM
Oh and since it's 32 minutes into December, I guess I can change the avatar now...


happy2bme
12-01-2008, 08:49 AM
Good morning ladies,

Happy new month to you all. Can you believe it's December already? I can't. Yet another opportunity to start fresh. I did by not lazing about in bed this morning. While on vacation I had reverted back to my natural body clock of night owl. So falling asleep was a bit of a problem last night. So was getting up this morning. I woke up at 5 but dozed off and decided to get out of bed ahead of the alarm at 5:45. Thank goodness we didn't get the frozen wet stuff they talked about. The commute will be frustrating enough as it is.

So it's the year of the :moo: Shad? I am not familiar with the Brown Earth/Cow symbols. More of the rabbit and the horse and ox and such. I can never remember what I am - horse perhaps. I do know that DH and I are compatible, whatever we are. I hope by now you have escaped the gaze of the Yankee from Perth and that things are calm in your world.

I hate to sip coffee and run, but I need to make my lunch, get dressed and get to the office reasonably early. I am sure I have a ton of email to go through (I did not turn my laptop on even once while on vacation) and I'm not even sure I remember my passwords :lol:

Will leave a hot pot of coffee (or tea) on for the rest of the worldlies following me in this morning. :cofdate:

MELODY525
12-01-2008, 09:07 AM
ANNIE...YOU COME AND I'LL SAVE A SEAT FOR YOU AT ARTS & CRAFTS! BRING THE ADULT CELEBRATORY DRINKS! BY THAT TIME I COULD USE ONE! :rofl: A PEDICURE TO START WORK??? WILL YOU BE GOING BAREFOOT??? EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF JOB IS THIS??? :belly:

CEEJAY...HOW CUTE HE MUST HAVE LOOKED. IN MY HEAD HE WILL ALSWAYS BE A YOUNG MAN!

HAPPY...LOVE THE SNOOPY DOG! JUST WATCHED CHARLIE BROWN YESTERDAY! HAPPY DECORATING. THE HOUSE MUST LOOK LOVELY WHEN IT'S ALL DONE. ENJOY! HOPE THE SNOW IS LIGHT FOR COMMUTING!!! THE WREATH TAKES 150 BAGS EACH! AND I ORDERED THEM ON THE INTERNET USING MY CARD. THEN I GET REIMBURSED.

SHAD....JUST FOUND THE LINK FOR HERE...THANKS FOIR THE NEW MONTH!! FEELS GOOD TO LET THE LAST ONE GO!! HAPPY YEAR OF THE BROWN EARTH COW TO YOU TOO! I WILL PUT THAT ON MY LIST OF THINGS TO GOOGLE!! STAY WELL!

:cofdate: I AM ON THE RUN. LOTS TO DO AND DECORATE. I MIGHT BE SCARCE THIS WEEK WITH PERSONALS. I APOLOGIZE AHEAD OF TIME. JUST HOPING TO KEEP THE ENERGY LEVEL HIGH WILL BE A FEAT IN ITSELF!! :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYONE AND MAY ALL OUR DREAMS FOR 1009 COME TRUE!! SO LET'S ALL WISH AWAY!!! :dance:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY!! :moped:

diyana
12-01-2008, 12:32 PM
Morning ladies --

I'm angry at myself today. I've put on so much weight (probably 12-15 pounds in the last couple months). :tantrum: At first, I could blame it on prednisone and not exercising due to pneumonia. And now, I'm still doing crappy with my eating and not exercising at all. I'm having an appointment with my doc this Friday to review my most recent fasting blood sugar labs, and I'm just praying that I'm not back in the borderline diabetes range again. :( My wonderful size 14 pants are tight again. I know what I have to do, I just need to do it. I'm going to try and go to the gym tonight if the roads are okay. We got 10" of snow last night and DH drove me into work. If I don't get to the gym tonight, then I for sure will go tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. I want to lose 5 pounds by Christmas.

In addition to adding the gym to my schedule, I need to write our annual Christmas letter and do website work. But it'll all keep me out of trouble. Now if it could just keep me out of the Reese's pieces!!

Oh, I forgot to post this over the weekend....according to the food allergy tests that my doc did...I'm not allergic to any of the foods that typically cause allergies. However, on Friday evening I had a HORRIBLE reaction. Worst ever! Hives all over my body. It felt like thousands of needles were poking in my skin. :yikes: It was so painful to even move. I took two Benadryl, but it took over an hour for it to kick in. I did not use the EPI-Pen the doc prescribed for me as I wasn't having trouble breathing and I didn't feel I needed to go to the ER (which I would have to do if I used the EPI Pen). I'm calling the doc today to see if he can give me a complete allergy test. On Friday before the reaction, I had brought up Christmas stuff from the basement (meaning exposure to lots of dust). I ate Thanksgiving leftovers (so it couldn't be the food - because I didn't have a reaction on Thanksgiving). And I did laundry (am I allergic to the laundry detergent or fabric softener - it doesn't bother me to wear the clothes or use the towels). It's all so weird. I just never want to have another reaction like I had Friday. It was awful!

Carla - So sweet of you and all the worldlies to shower my DH with good luck so that he'll get some great job offers. My penguins are quiet....no flashing lights....no music.

Mel - Thanks for all the good thoughts. This year will end on a happy one for me and my DH and our family. I know that he WILL get a great job in the next week or two and I'll get back on track in terms of my health. So nice that you're still coordinating all the movies for the other residents! Baggie wreaths! So pretty and shimmery! What a great idea! Have fun decorating and I hope your busy week is fun and not too tiring!

Happy - 3 hershey kisses is 1 point? That's good to know. I'm going to have to pull out my points counter fer sure to help me get back on track. I saw Saturn and Jupiter close together too. That was so cool! I'll have to remember to go outside tonight (hopefully the skies will be clear) so I can see the three planets together. I totally agree that women should get extra time off - more to do. As for me, I am thankful to be at my job. Very thankful. You actually got snow too? I don't know how much your DM got in the Chicagolands, but we sure got a lot here. $0.61/gallon for gas! Wooo hoooo! It was rough getting up for me too. Today was my one Monday a month to be at work by 6 am, so between that and the snow, I had to leave the house by 5:15 - which meant my alarm rang at 4:30. At least I get to go home early.

Shad - Sorry to hear the sad news from the plant. I'm glad to hear you're not worried about your situation. Do you think that's why your boss is being vague about your status after Christmas? It is pretty rough to get this kind of news right before Christmas. Thank you so much for setting up the new thread. I have accomplished a lot this past year, especially in terms of my health, and hopefully I have not done too much backsliding. Time for a :buttkick: and to get back on track.

Ceejay - Glad you made it home okay and that you had a nice time with your relatives in Springfield. You saw 2 bobcats? Wow! I've never seen them in the wild. I'm so glad you enjoyed the concert! I wasn't aware that Andy Williams was still alive. But I did see Tom Jones perform on the Graham Norton show over the weekend. He's lookin' older, but still sounds great!

Annie - I wish I could say that my weight gain was because my pooper was backed up...but no...it's real and accurate and no amount of pottying will make it go away. :( I only did a bit of shopping on black friday...and I went late enough so that the crowds were gone. Good for you for making fun plans for this week and pampering yourself in advance of starting your new job! I'm so happy for you!! How wonderful that you got over $500 back from your mortgage company and a $100 rebate from Verizon! YGG! I'm afraid to ask, but what is "butt chicken"??

Patty - I'm so glad you had a nice b'day with your sister-in-law and niece! And a nice Thanksgiving with your family!

Ruth - I hope the Christmas pageant went okay. How fun that the three doggies had a nice weekend of playing!

Well, this post is long enough. I would appreciate any and all butt kicks to get me back on track! I WILL lose 5 pounds by Christmas, come h*** or high water (or high snow - LOL). DH will have a great job with a wonderful, stable company within the next two weeks! And 2009 WILL be the year that I get to goal weight! How's that for thinking positive! If you can believe it, you can achieve it...or something like that!

:wave: those I didn't get to personally.

Love and Happy December hugs to all,

Madcat
12-01-2008, 02:52 PM
Shad~ Thanks for the thread, Nice Fellow Ox Lady! Iím a Yin Metal Ox, if that means anything to you. I guess you would be a Yin Earth Ox, so maybe this dirt yaer will bring you great luck. BTW. I like this monthís title. December is a month for dreams and wishes, isnít it?

Michelle ~ You could be taking thoughts directly out of my brain as well. Iím back up five lbs in the last month and if I donít stop this itís not going to be a pretty sight. So, Iím going to give myself a kick in the butt and get back to what needs to be done. Do we maybe need to have a December thread challenge? Something really specific like:
:idea:I will work out X times a week;
:idea:I will eat 3 servings of veggies and two of fruit every day;
:idea:I will drink 8 glasses of water; or,
:idea:I will not eat any decadent foods unless they are 10 out of a score of ten, even if that means I take one bite and throw out the rest (or feed it to my husband)
What do you (and anyone else) think?
I wonder if you are allergic to indoor or outdoor molds. There are many of those lurking in dust bunnies. Good for you to demand a complete testing.

Happy~ Wow 61 cents a gallon? Thatís obscene! I thought we were doing well at 78 cents per litre. Good for you for avoiding the dreaded laptop while you were on vacation. I have coworkers who check their mail on vacation and it makes me want to slap themÖ itís called a vacation because you donít do work, kids! Why is that a difficult concept to grasp?? :lol: Good luck easing back into the grind.

Mel~ hang some garland for us, (or rather get some strapping young man to hang some garland for us), ok?

Ok, I need to get back to work. Itís a drizzly, blustery, damp-to-the-bone day the likes of which are all too common here in The Big Smoke in December. At this point, I would be happy to see snow. It would be festive and much less depressing, but we take what we are dished up. Good day to be inside with some tea, a cat or two, and a good book. Instead Iím wrangling database administrators and going to long meetings. Sigh. :lol:

Gotta run off. My greetings to all the Worldly chicks!

annie175
12-01-2008, 03:09 PM
Good December Afternoon...

Freakin freezing, spuing snow all over the place, thank God it is not sticking.

Michelle....no time like the present for both of us to grip it and get in control of our weight and exercise. Just going back to work will be more exercise for me than I have gotten in the past 8 weeks. Butt chicken is....a whole chicken with a half a can of beer up its butt, baked standing up in the oven or grill outside. There are spices and such added. If interested, I will post it. Let me know.

Shad...thanks for the new thread, what would we do without you, my dear. Unfortunately, my birth year makes me the RAT. hahaha.

Madcat...greetings to you too. It is the same yuck weather here as you all are having. I dislike being cold.

MEL...well the pedicure is really for me. I like my toes looking good, especially when they are viewed by others...i.e. Tony...hehe. I saw a magazine in the drug test lab that would be great for you to use called Family Fun. They have a website...Familyfun.com. Check it out.

Happy...great price on gas. The cheapest around here (without a discount) is 1.48. I think I paid like 55 cents a gallon when I started driving.

Ok, on my background check, they want a copy of my high school transcripts or a copy of my diploma. I have neither. It was 30 years ago. Anyone have suggestions on where I might get either of the above? I am clueless. Cripe, I am doing good to remember last week, much less 30 years ago. HELP!!

Have a marvelous day all.

Love and Hugs,

happy2bme
12-01-2008, 03:19 PM
Annie - hopefully you remember where you went to High School and that the school is still open. Call the school - they will send you your transcripts. I had to do that too like 20 years after I graduated. If the school is no longer open then contact the town's board of education. It's not as difficult to get as you think, unless there was a devistating fire or something. Besides, I think they microfilmed and then digitized those kinds of records.

And I would take a cold, but clear blue day or snow over a dreary, cold gray dingy day too.

I saw 6 snowflakes on my windshield this morning when I got to an expressway overpass. For some reason, it's always moist there - always rains the hardest in that spot, etc. Rest of the drive was quiet thank heavens.

diyana
12-01-2008, 03:23 PM
Madcat - I'm glad I'm not alone in this boat. Today, during lunch hour, a co-worker and I climbed 7 flights of stairs (170 steps). It took about 15 minutes roundtrip and was a great cardio (and lung) workout. I was wheezing by the 5th floor, but I made it.

I'm hereby setting the following realistic goals for my December challenge.
I will do the "7 flights" at least 3 days per week.
I will workout after work at least 3 days per week
I will drink 64 ounces of water daily
I will not have any soda until I drink all my water
I will eat 3 servings of veggies per day

Thanks for the tip about indoor/outdoor mold allergies. I know I've tested positive for mold allergies years ago, but I've never had it cause such a drastic skin reaction (more of a respiratory reaction). Anyway, I'm no expert, so I made an appointment with my allergist for additional testing this Friday.

diyana
12-01-2008, 03:26 PM
Annie - You're so lucky this heavy yucky snow ain't sticking where you live. DH just spent 3 hours clearing the driveway and the back patio.

You definitely have cheaper prices on gas where you live. The cheapest here is now $1.79. But that's a whole lot better than $4 and up per gallon, so I'm not complaining! :lol:

happy2bme
12-01-2008, 03:47 PM
Dear Chicks,

I'm sorry to hear that so many of us are struggling with the excess poundage. For me it happened just before Halloween. Some of us (myself included) brought in some candy for the community candy jar. I had forgotten that with me, there is no such thing as innocent noshing. One thing led to another as well as the bursitis incident and all my old habits returned. So did 5 pounds. I was really bummed about it and then said, you can undo what you've done and now you'll suffer a bit because it comes back 3 times as fast as you can get it off. Even last week we ate rather goofy with us being off. I still have tummy issues with the meds so when I need to go out shopping or go out at all, I can't eat. At all. Even coffee is risky. So there were several days last week when I only ate once a day in the evening. I know it's not healthy but I had no choice. And my stomach has shrunk a bit so it's not like I eat 4,000 calories when I do sit and eat.

I am feeling the effects of poor eating - sluggish system with hardly any fruits and veggies, skin is really dry due to the weather and lack of me drinking water and I find when I sit at the computer or on the couch too long, I get achy.

So... seeing as how it's a new month, I have decided not on a challenge - tho I like Madcat's ideas - but I am starting slow. Drink a whole bottle of water at work - one in the morning, one in the afternoon or at least one bottle and some green tea. Take my lunch to work and plan to eat veggies (tossed salad for lunch) and fruit (pear for a snack). I make sure I get up and walk around periodically and walk a bit farther in the office just to get some extra steps in. I made a list with 4 things on it and stuck it to my computer at home. My goal is to pick at least 2 of them and get them done tonight rather than surfing the 'net. So I am trying slowly to get back in gear again. That's my plan, might be a slower pace than some of you prefer, but it will work for me.

Michelle - I hope your blood sugar isn't back up again. I think you need to pitch the Reese's pieces or divy them up into tiny bags and store them in the freezer - one portion at a time. I think there's about 15 in a fun size snack bag portion. And if having some sugar makes you want more sugar, then perhaps it's better to find an alternative like a smoothie made with a tsp of peanut butter, some sugar free cocoa and some vanilla yogurt and ice cubes. So you got 10 inches of snow??? I was talking to my nephew last night - they live in Kenosha and he said they had changed the forecast from 10 inches to 4 to 6 inches. Sounds like you got pounded. Be careful shovelling today - I hope it wasn't the heavy, wet stuff. As far as the allergies go, I am allergic to mold which means I also have a hard time with alchohol fermentation. I used to have to pop 2 Actifed tables if I planned on having any wine. Within 20 minutes of a few sips, I would get all coughing and wheezing. The problem with food allergies is that they can be so widespread and sometimes like you - you can't figure out what triggered them. What a scary episode that must have been for you :hug:

Back later...

happy2bme
12-01-2008, 03:48 PM
Yay for you on the 7 flights of stairs Michelle :yay: I'd a been wheezin' too. And wobbly legs. :lol:

Gas here is $1.55 for regular.

diyana
12-01-2008, 04:19 PM
Happy - I'm right there with ya' with the dry skin due to weather and lack of water, and I do feel really achy sometimes when I sit around - gotta get back to movin'. And hey, it does not matter how fast or slow we get back in the groove....just so long as we get our groove back, right ladies?!! I'm glad you've set realistic and healthy goals for you too. It sounds like many of us aren't waiting for New Years Day to get back on track! :bravo: to us!! You're right about ditching the Reese's pieces. I need to find healthier alternatives. The smoothie sounds yummy! Thanks! And thanks also for the hug for my allergy episode. The doc tested me for all common food allergies, and everything came back negative. He even tested me for soy twice. It could be some weird secret spice allergy. Or who knows? I hope we get it figured out soon. Funny about your nephew's forecast going from 10" to 4 to 6"; ours went from 3" to 10", and it was the wet heavy stuff. It's supposed to snow more on Wednesday - hopefully not nearly as much.

ceejay52
12-01-2008, 05:08 PM
Hi all,
Shad
Thanks for starting the new thread.
Michelle
Congrats on those 7 flights of stairs. I'm out of breath after 2 flights. After that 45 degree hill I had to climb up to the Moon River Theater with my bil pushing me from behind, I've decided that I needed to climb more stairs at work.

Happy
I was a little bit disappointed with the no snow this morning. I thought Missouri gas at 1.57 was a good price. I can remember way back(1965-1970) when there was some gas wars and it got down to 25 cents/gallon.
I sure hope the clouds go away tonight. I really want to view the stars tonight!

I'm with the rest of you. I've gained some weight in November. My main problem is eating to much after 7 p.m. It's going to be a tough habit to break, but it has to be done. Plus I need to journal my food.

Shad
12-01-2008, 06:31 PM
So I went back to the Chinese Horoscope and found out that this coming year is indeed my year. I am an Earth Ox and this is the year of the brown earth ox except that the ox is the female variety. So I expect good things from all of us.
According to the horoscope we can expect slow and steady from the ox. I'm hopeful that that means it won't go downhill very fast but then again, it won't go uphill very fast. Expect no growth - and that also means in ourselves hopefully, no weight gains for us this year!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Got lots of work to do today so I can't stay for long and I have a new kid to train - well she is not a kid, but she is young and very pretty and nice to boot but grrrrrr she is tall with a slim figure. grrrrrrrrr.

So I had better get on with what I can - cya

happy2bme
12-02-2008, 09:39 AM
Good morning peeps,

It's a frosty one out there - 28 degrees (F). Mr Feral is curled up tight as one of those rolly poley pill bugs in his comfy bed. Yesterday he was on the porch when I got up at 6 and DH said he slept there until 2pm. Our kitty looks out the French door and snarls at him. :censored: :lol:

Shad - I looked up the Chinese horoscope and DH is an Earth Ox too. I guess it is both your years. I hope that is a sign of good things to come! However, I do need growth - in my retirement portfolio which has taken a bloody beating.

Ceejay - I agree with you about the late night eating probably being the hardest habit to break - worse than sugar. Good luck. It was cloudy when I got home but I looked outside at 9pm and the sky was bright with stars. So I made DH get dressed and we went out for a drive hoping to catch the celestial configuration. While we saw some nice constellations, no moon. I checked the website when I got home and was disappointed to see that the moon set at 7:10pm. I'm hoping it will stay clear tonight so I can try and catch the 3 planets with a cresent moon - particularly since I doubt very much I will still be around the next time it occurs in 2052. :lol:

Michelle - you might be on to something with the secret spice thing - or perhaps it's a combo of things. I remember once when I was dating DH, he came over, said he felt weird and all of a sudden he got all red and flushed. He figured it was some strange combination of Harvey Wallbangers (alchohol drinks) and A1 steak sauce from the meal he had just eaten. Kinda scary because you look at the person, want to do something and don't know what to do. Just hope it doesn't happen to you again. Be careful digging yourself out of the snow! I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to it or not then end of this month.

Good morning Mel :wave: are you hiding from the Mongolian hoardes? :rofl:

And a good morning to the rest of you too. Sinuses are going crazy this morning so I'm off in search of a tissue box.

See y'all later :wave:

MELODY525
12-02-2008, 12:25 PM
MICHELLE...ALONG WITH THE ALLERGY GOES STRESS AND NERVES. WHEN JEN OR I ARE STRESSED THE HIVES CAN BE 10 X'S WORSE WHEN YOU EAT OR ARE NEAR SOMETHING YOUR BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM DECIDES IT CANNOT FIGHT. WE WERE TOLD TO TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AS WELL. BUT JEN IS THE ONLY ONE WHO NEEDED THE IV TREATMENTS. HEAD TO TOE HIVES AND INSIDE HERE MOUTH ETC. :faint: SO WHEN YOU GO INTO THE BASEMENT MAYBE YOU MIGHT HAVE TO CHANGE CLOTHES OR WASH ARMS AND FACE LIKE WE DO. JUST A THOUGHT. (((HUG))) AS WE GET OLDER AND BECOME MORE STRESSED THE ALLERGIES CAN WORSEN. WE SOMETIMES TAKE ZYRTEC BEFORE S SITUATION LIKE IF WE ARE GOING TO BE EXPOSED TO DUST, MOLD ETC FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME.

MADCAT...DID YOU WRANGLE THE ADMS WITH A ROPE?? NEED ANY HELP ROUNDING THEM UP? I AM AVAILABLE!!! HOW GOES THE SNOW BY YOU???

ANNIE...I WILL LOOK AT THE SEBSITE OVER THE WEEKEND BUT THINK I HAVE THAT BOOKMARKED ALREADY. SO TONY GETS THE CUTE NAILS...AND HERE I THOUGHT I MUST BE FOR THE NEW BOSS! :rofl:

HAPPY~ SEND A FEW OF THOSE 6 SNOWFLAKES OVER HERE!! HAPPY I FIND THAT SLOW IS BETTER THAN TO CLOG THE MIND WITH A LOT OF PROMISES AND GET OVERWHELMED. GOOD THINKING....TURTLE SLOW!!! :hug:

CEEJAY~ I AM IN THE SAME BOAT...I GET HUNGRY AGAIN AROUND 7-8 O'CLOCK. I BOUT SOME FRUIT FOR THAT TIME OF NIGHT. GOING TO TRY THAT.

SHAD...HOPEFULLY YOU ARE RIGHT AND I WILL NOT BE GROWING ANYTHING THIS YEAR INCLUDING WEIGHT AND ROSACEA!!! :rofl: :rofl:

:cofdate: ALMOST NOON AND I JUST GOT BACK FRO FOOD SHOPPING TRIP #1 THIS WEEK. GOT THE STAPLES AND SOME CANDY GIFTS FOR THE SENIORS. I ALSO BOUGHT SOME $1 DISH TOWELS. I WILL BE READY FOR THE WANDERING SENIORS ON CHRISTMAS WEEK AND THE HOUSEBOUND ONES AS WELL. I CAME HOME AND THE BOSSES OF THE DOOR INSTALLERS ASKED WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE LIFE WITH THE NEW DOORS EASIER. IT WAS SO NICE TO BE ASKED AND EVEN NICER THAT 3 MEN IN SUITS ACTUALLY LISTENED AND TOOK NOTES. :D
I HAVE A BIT MORE WORK ON THE TREE AND I AM FINISHED FOR THE DAY. THE OFFICE IS SUFFERING WITH THIS CONVERSION TO A NEWER PROGRAM AND WITH THE MONTH & YEAR BOTH ENDING....IT'S A HORROR STORY FOR JUDY AND ROSIE. THEY CAN'T EVEN GET THE CHECKS PRINTED OUT FOR BILLS AND LANDLORDS ETC. YESTERDAY POOR ANTOINETTE COULDN'T EVEN FIND HER TENANTS! NIGHTMARE TIME:yikes:
I'LL OFFER TO ANSWER THE PHONE SO THEY CAN GET SOME TECH SUPPORT VIA PHONE AFTER LUNCH.

HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

diyana
12-02-2008, 12:28 PM
Good morning ladies -

I had a good day yesterday in terms of my December goals. I had 3 servings of veggies, 72 ounces of water, only 1 diet soda (after my water), I walked up and down the 7 flights of stairs to the top floor, plus lots of extra walking/stair climbing around the office (I have to walk up a flight of stairs to go to the cafeteria for water/coffee, and about 100 yards to the restroom - which I do frequently thanks to all the water drinking. :lol: In addition to doing the 7 flights of stairs, I'm going to the gym tonight.

Ceejay - I'm usually out of breath after 2 or 3 flights as well, but I just make myself go up the rest of the flights...wheezin' all the way. I need to journal my food too - that's a tough one for me.

Happy - I hope you found the tissue box. We had a frosty morning today too (12 degrees F when I left for work, with a wind chill of 6). So nice that you've given Mr. Feral a comfy bed to sleep in. I was hoping to see the celestial configuration last night, but it was cloudy. :( Hopefully it won't be cloudy tonight, but since they're predicting more snow tonight and tomorrow :yikes: I'd better not count on clear skies. Oh well, you and I will just have to be around for the next one. I'll only be 90 years old or so. No problem...I'm sure I'll be seeing lots of stars and other things (real and imagined) by then! :lol3: That's an odd combination that your DH had an allergic reaction to...Wallbangers and A1. My allergy doc did mention that since I am allergic to wine, I should also be careful with most sauces, salad dressings and anything that uses vinegar.

Shad - I'm going to have to look up the Chinese horoscope and see what the new year will bring for me. I'm hoping it will bring much health, happiness and financial security for all of us.

I told my DH about all the worldly chicks all around the world that are pulling for him to get a job soon. He is very appreciative, as am I!

He is waiting to hear back from several of the ones he applied to in the last couple weeks, and he applied this morning for about 20 new jobs, including a job at Marquette University that's right up his alley (perfect for him) and pays REALLY well.

Thanks for all your good wishes! Please keep 'em coming!

A big :wave: to everyone. BTW, has anyone heard from Rennie? I hope she's okay.

Love and hugs to you all,

diyana
12-02-2008, 12:32 PM
Mel - Looks like we posted at the same time! Sheesh! You and Jen really have had bad allergic reactions haven't you!! Head to toe hives (including inside the mouth??) :yikes: !! I'll take your advice about taking a zyrtec or something before I expose myself to dust, molds, etc. for any length of time. I've also thought about getting those cheap, disposable masks you can get at the drugstore for when I'm in the basement.

ceejay52
12-02-2008, 01:47 PM
Day one completed. I've journaled my food to the tune of 1600 calories. This is usually where I lose some weight. 1400 would be better but that puts me in starvation mode. Also completed 30 minutes of exercise. Now how many more day's can I do this?

Had to make a round to the lime room last night around 6.p.m. and low and behold there were the celestials. It was an awesome sight. The clouds cleared out just in time. They were low ini the southwestern sky.

I'm at work so no time for personals. Will try later on tonight.

annie175
12-02-2008, 03:26 PM
Michelle...the water does make the difference. I couldn't urinate enough for my drug test yesterday so a I had to sit in the lab forever drinking water till I nearly puked. I FINALLY drank enough that I could give them the 45 mil they needed. Sheesh. I have had a cold since Thanksgiving and today if the first day I feel semi-normal...I am attributing it to the water yesterday. Great job on the stairs. My new job is on the 7th floor, you gave me a great idea. Wink. I am on Buspar for aniexty. It took my doc nearly 2 years to figure out that aniexy was causing my hives. Hives from aniexty happens like one in a million people. Aren't I special??

Happy...thanks for the HS info. After about 4 or 5 phone calls, I found out that my closed HS records had been transferred to another school, so I drove over there and picked up a copy of the transcripts. Not too difficult.

MEL...you are too funny. The toenails are NOT for my new boss. My new boss is a SHE, and I am not really going that route....

Ceejay...no more eating after 7:00 pm. Good for you. Great job on day one...now let's go for day 2. One day at a time.

Shad...maybe the new slim chick will be an incentive for you? Who knows?

Well, got my transcripts and need to scan them for emailing to the background check people. It just seems weird they need my transcripts after 30 years. How bizzaire.

Love and Hugs,

diyana
12-02-2008, 04:05 PM
Annie - Glad you got your transcripts! And that you were finally able to "fill the cup" yesterday! :lol:

Ceejay - Great job on the journaling and sticking to your calorie count! :bravo:

Shad - I hear ya'....those tall thin chicks....grrrrrr. Except for you Annie....we luv ya'. It's just the rest of the tall thin chicks in the world. grrrrr

annie175
12-02-2008, 10:02 PM
Michelle...thanks for the pardon of height and thinness. haha

Just got my few, and I mean very few Christmas decorations out and up. My house looks so cute. Added to stockings to the row....one for Tony and one for Chris-DDs BF. Got a wee one for Bella. Speaking of Bella, she is snoozing in my lazyboy chair on the afghan blanket my momma made. She has a lot of nerve.

Gonna take some Nyquil and hit the sack soon.

Sweet dreams everyone.

Love and Hugs.

happy2bme
12-03-2008, 01:08 AM
It finally cleared up early enough just after sunset to check out the Moon, Venus and Jupiter in conjunction. These are not my pictures - DH tried to take some but he needed to get the tripod as he was moving just enough to make it blurry. It was really cool to see, especially once the skies got dark as Venus really does look like a diamond in the sky. The picture below is a composite. To the left is what Shad sees in the southern hemisphere- it appears as a Smiley face in the sky. To the right is what we see in the northern hemisphere with Venus (the brighter star on the left) and Jupiter at about 5 o'clock and 3 o'clock respective to the moon. I suppose if I stood on my head, I'd see a Frownie face in the sky. Too cold to do that. Thought I'd post these for those of you buried in the clouds for the time being.



http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/VenusJupiterandtheMoon120108.jpg

Shad
12-03-2008, 02:53 AM
That is indeed what we see in the evening sky. It's nice to have the celestial beings smiling on us downunder.

Not a lot happening here. I am too busy trying to keep the new person occupied and happy and don't have enough time for my own junk these days. Still I am getting plenty of work so I won't complain too much.

How ever I can't stick around for the personals. Better get moving

Here's a pic of our smiley skies over Melbourne

diyana
12-03-2008, 07:19 AM
Good morning ladies -

I went to the gym last night for a kickboxing class - it was tough, but afterward it felt great! I'm going to take a step class tonight...I really enjoy step. I also completed my other goals for yesterday - drank 72+ ounces of water, ate 3 servings of veggies, and did the 7 flights of stairs on my lunch hour. I've actually recruited two other co-workers to join me today in the stair climbing! Hopefully after a couple weeks, I'll be able to get past the 3rd floor before the wheezing starts. :lol: I still make it up all 7 flights though. :censored: the torpedoes (or in my case wheezing) and full speed ahead, right? After the gym last night, I finished my Christmas shopping....Kohls had a special day where they gave employees extra discounts, so I took advantage.

Annie - I hope you got a good night's sleep. I'll bet your house looks very festive. Since I'm not done decorating, mine still has boxes everywhere....gonna finish it Thursday and Friday (tonight's gym night).

Happy - I was able to see the celestial alignment last night on my way to the gym. Really cool! Thanks for posting the photos!

Shad - I hope your day is going well and that you have a nice evening!

A big :wave: and :hug: to all of my worldly sistas!

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
12-03-2008, 09:17 AM
I WILL READ MORE AFTER TRADER JOE'S TOMORROW NIGHT WHEN I AM FINALLY FINISHED FOR THE WEEK. BEFORE NEXZT WINTER I AM GOING TO FIND OUT IF I CAN ENLIST THE HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AND GIVE THEM THE CHRISTMAS DECORATING OF THE COMMUNITY ROOM TREE. THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH FOR ME AND I KNOW THIS NEEDS TO BE MY LAST YEAR. SAD BUT TOO TRUE. I WOKE WITH MY BODY SCREAMING AND TODAY IS THE WREATH!:tantrum:
THE HIGHLIGHT OIF MY WEEK WAS WATCHING BIGGEST LOSER WITH A FRIEND!!!! :rofl: :rofl: MOST FUN I HAD ALL WEEK AND I DIDN'T EVEN NEED TO MOVE ANY MUSCLES:dance:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!! :moped:

Roseblush
12-03-2008, 09:54 AM
WOW December already....whew it was quite a read about all you worldly chicks. Thanks for the new thread Shad you are such a sister to us and keep us connected and not lose a beat!

Mel, sorry you hurt after trying to do projects for others.... you take care of yourself. The wreath making should be fun. Just supervise don't overdo!

SHad hope the job last as long as you need it to see your through. They are so lucky to have such and organized and brilliant mind to set them straight.

Annie good luck on the new job...... you will do great! Sounds like you had a good holiday. Nothing like being with our babies to make our hearts happy.

Happy hope you didn't get too over worked on your return to work. Glad you enjoyed your time off. December is just going to fly by.

Ruth so fun when all the dogs get together it ismuch like that for our family. Tell us how the event went at Church and if all involved behaved.

Di good job on the stairs. SO hard to tackle the weight gains, we much just keep trying. Hope you resolve the allergy discomfort. No fun!

Madcat good to hear from you too.... good luck on the goals.
Ceejay same to you setting goals is good to do....keeping them is even better good luck.

Greetings to all I missed and hope we have a great December together sharing joys, pains, recipes and laughs. I love this time of year....Mel you should be celebrating we are kept up on this holiday all through the year because of you......

The sky has been awesome in the valley here. I have the moon and stars just hanging right outside my door. I love it. You chicks are so great with sending good vibes out for each other and people in need. Could I ask for some good thoughts for my son Jesse. He is waiting for an offer for his internship and this economy is not helping. Just thoughts to help him cope with it would be welcomed...I'll thank you all now because I trust your great energy!

Merry Christmas everyone....or greetings for a Happy Holiday no matter how you celebrate.
Be Safe & Peace,
Nae

happy2bme
12-03-2008, 09:59 AM
Good morning busy ladies,

It's cool but very breezy today. Supposed to warm up to a heat wave of 61 degrees this afternoon. Then we will get rain and plumment below freezing again. I hate it because it's so hard to adjust to the big swings and those conditions seem to breed the cold germs. Also makes our bones hurt like :censored:

Mel - sorry that you aren't feeling your best either. I hope you can get the kids to help out with the decorations. Sometimes we just have to accept that we need to pass the baton or just cut down in general. I hope you have enough strength to get through the day with the craft project for the seniors. Maybe you need to enlist a helper or two who can roam the room and help them out. You can sit in the front with your Santa hat on and just supervise :) Feel better :hug:

I don't decorate any where near what I used to. Don't have the time and then the clean up also spans several weeks. So now it's a few things in each room - something I can box up and put away in an hour or less. I just realized that the big wreath we had hanging outside was actually a fresh one we bought from the boy scouts fund raiser and now I don't have an outside wreath. We don't put up many decorations outside - DH said he didn't want it to be too dark and obvious that we were away - and the wreath was a nice touch with some garland at the door. Getting one now I will pay dearly for it. Maybe we will skip it this year and I'll pick up one on the post holiday sales. I did get some fresh pine garland for the fireplace mantle. It's my one treat and it smells sooooo lovely.

Michelle seems like you are in full swing at the gym again. Good for you! I'm sure you will have those few extra pounds off in no time. That's great that you enlisted some buddies for the stair climb. I'm sure you will notice your stamina getting better after each week. Hope you don't get dumped on with more snow today. Yay for getting the shopping done - I did most of mine at Kohl's too. :lol:

Shad - that's a great picture you posted! At least you are busy. Did anything happen at work with the arrival of the big guns last week? Guess not - perhaps they are still strategizing. How much longer before you go home for Christmas?

Ceejay - I agree with you to lower the calories but avoid where you feel you are starving. I just find that counting calories is a huge pain. Portions, points, food groups - none of them bother me but calories just seem to be so time consuming unless you eat the same things all the time which I don't like to do. Good luck to you though.

Annie - glad you got your transcripts. The stockings sound cute. Some times a few well placed decorations are just what you need to look festive but not like the Griswold's Family vacation :lol: And Bella is probably thinking you put the afghan out for her so what's the problem :dunno: :lol:

Ok, I have to get rolling too. Have a good one everybody...

happy2bme
12-03-2008, 10:00 AM
Rose - just saw you posted as I hit enter. Will catch up later - hello for now :wave:

ceejay52
12-03-2008, 11:23 AM
Hi every one
Day two of journaling completed but went over calorie count. I'm adding fat grams, sodium and potassium to my count. I ate a chicken club sandwich las night and the soidum has me bloated this morning. Ugh

Happy
Those are very good pictures. Go to wunderground.com for some similar to that. The moon has traveled more across the sky from it's previous postion.

Mel
Sounds like you have your hands full decorating. Don't over do. Hope the high school kikds come through for you.

More later, I've spent my alloted time on the puter.

annie175
12-03-2008, 06:06 PM
Hello My Dear Friends....

Well I passed the drug test and the background check. Got a welcome email. Humana sent my reservtions for the HYATT in Louisville. I am excited about that. Leave Sunday. All around here think I should be nervous about starting a new job. I am not. I am excited about it, but not nervous. Heck I am a Gemini, blonde, and intelligent. Well most of that is true. hahaha.

Tony is on his way over, we are having grilled chicken/vegetable/cheese Quesadillas made in the George Foreman. YUM YUM. Made chocolate/peanut butter/white chip cookies for dessert. I am not eating any of them.

Got a lot of errands done today, too much running around. Should sleep well tonight.

Making this short, got lots to do yet.

Love and Hugs

Shad
12-04-2008, 03:02 AM
Puff, puff, I am here but I just can't keep up at the moment. The weekend will be easier. I think I am getting it all under control and whammo the mat slides out from under.

Tonight I am off to do a body balance class. Yahoo. It's going to be at some park somewhere so off we go and prance around the palm trees. Should be fun. My new dining and drinking partner is going with me as well. It means an early tea which will not impress the guru I work with as he likes to go late, but too bad it is only one night and won't happen often. He can find someone else to annoy at the dinner table instead of taking the mickey out of me.

Rose - I'll send out some positive :vibes: for the DS and also some for Michelle's DH - it's so hard to keep positive when the days drag on and nothing is happening out there. The ones I hate worst are the ones who don't even bother to reply to your carefully worded request to apply for the ****ing job. How rude.

Michelle - pleased to see you going back to the gym again. Sometimes it takes something or someone to come along and kick start the programs again. In this case it was Madcat. But it could equally have been another method which would have got you going.

Mel - will ya take it easy for a change. How often do I have to say this??? :nono:

Happy - no we heard nothing from the big guns as yet. I wonder what they are up to? What ever it is probably not good medicine for most of the inmates here. I have absolutely no doubt we will find out and then wish we hadn't. I go home for Christmas and perhaps for good on the 18th. No doubt they will get around to telling me the story eventually. As I said, although I am enjoying this project, it won't really kill me off if I don't get to come back. I'll be sorry because I can still see so much to do and so little happening that's all.

Annie - just be your self and you will do okay in this job. Hope you get to meet the boss one day. I can just hear you saying in a whisper to the bloke next to you - what did he actually say???
Dinner sounds nice. Wonder how long it will take me to get there?????

Okay - time to get moving and see what I can achieve before I go home. A tidy up of the desk could be a good idea!!!! :rofl: I might even find my wee varmint. There is a tiny little crittur here. We thought he was a mouse, but his shape is a bit different and we now think he is one of the little native animals around these parts. That brings our office collection of critturs to one Asian gecko, one medium size spider, two large daddy-long-legs spiders and the little hoppy thing. Got to love this place. At least the spiders and the geckos keep down the fly population.

annie175
12-04-2008, 10:47 AM
Oh Shad..if you come along now, we might see you in a day or so. When you arrive, just name it, I will fix it for you. Whatever you would like. ;^)

happy2bme
12-04-2008, 11:05 AM
Good morning everyone,

Yesterday was very windy (I almost thought my car was out of alignment, then realized it was the wind pushing it off the road). DH and I got a couple of bags of leaves raked up before supper and then the rains came in and brought the cold with them. I was out raking leaves in short sleeves (it was 63 degrees) and this morning I didn't want to get out from under the covers even though the house was 1 degree warmer at 64 degrees :lol: Sometimes I don't know why we bother raking leaves. Our neighbors uphill from us as well as the 3 neighbors next to them, have not picked up a single leaf so far. It's midcalf deep on their yards and you can't tell when the grass ends or the sidewalk or street start. So DH spends all weekend cleaning the yard up and it looks nice for 2 hours until the winds blow all the neighbors leaves over our yard. There are many people here who feel that they are not going to rake leaves until they ALL fall which means their yards look like pig stys for 6 to 8 weeks. It makes DH crazy. He's not obsessive over the yard but he does want it to look decent. The trees in the back yard are dropping some sort of seeds as the patio is filled with them and you see all these little hopping movements among the leaves. It's birds who are rustling through the leaves, feasting on the seeds. They are really cute. You walk outside and you can't really see them at first, but all you hear is rustling dry leaves :lol:

Shad - do you keep up with any of the folks you meet after the assignments end? I imagine you get to know alot of people. Or do you just sometimes run into another again as I suppose you tend to travel in the same circles? I hear that they are shifting about some of the deployments and cutting back on what functionality they are rolling out. Like many companies, we are in the depths of saving every penny we can. Hopefully it will minimize job loss, tho we are all sort of nervous. It wouldn't be so bad to be laid off except that the market has devestated our retirement savings. Whereas before, we felt if one of us lost our jobs, we would have found a way to get by with some serious belt tightening, now we need to keep working full time for several more years to try and recover. One of my co-workers said his son is having a very hard time finding work here. He is 2 years into college and is taking a break from school. There isn't even any seasonal work this year.

So good vibes out to Nae's son and Michelle's DH for good things to come their way :grouphug:

How was dinner Annie? Those quesadillas sound yummy - I never thought of using the Foreman grill for that. Thanks for the idea! In this week's diabetes class the nutritionist was talking about packing healthy lunches. She pronounced quesadilla - kay-suh-DILL-uh and had a real hard time with the word baguette. And I had to tell her that it's not Quin-Oh-a, it's keen-wah (quinoa) - she didn't know what that was either but she heard it was very healthy. She is very southern - doesn't know these things but can tell me 6 ways to cook up okra or black eyed peas. I'm glad I'm not paying money for this class :lol:

Ceejay - one of the good things about tracking and reading labels is that we understand just what goes into some of the foods we eat. There was a big controversy that the Applebee's chains of restaurant which feature Weight Watchers meals actually contain as much as twice the points and calories that they list on the menu. No wonder they were so tasty :lol:

Good morning Mel. Happy shopping at Trader Joe's. Get us something tasty. :hungry:

Nae - I'll bet the evening skies are gorgeous out your way. Sending good thoughts for you and your son. :crossed:

Good morning Michelle - have you done your stairs yet?

Ok, I need to get busy myself. Hello to those I have missed :wave:

annie175
12-04-2008, 11:31 AM
Oh how funny Happy. We say quesadilla that way when we are joking around. We also say li BARRY for Library. Of course there are many more words we say incorrectly as we are Hossiers (Hoosiers). lol

ceejay52
12-04-2008, 02:51 PM
Annie
We used to LiBarry when we were younger. Do you have the multipurpose foreman grill. That's what I want for Christmas. Have fun in Louisville.

Happy
After the AW show we stopped at Applebee's for dinner in Nixa. My nephew needed to pick up a few supplies at his house in Nixa, MO I was going to choose a WW meal but the servings looked as big as the regular meals.

Lost a couple of pounds this week. I must be doing something right. I've put on a crock pot full of stew for dinner tonight.

The rest of the day will be spent cleaning the house.

MELODY525
12-04-2008, 03:39 PM
NAE...PRAYERS AND GOOD THOUGHTS FOR JEREMY :hug: WISHING HIM A POSITIVE ANSWER!!! :cb: BLESSINGS AND LOVE FOR A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON TO YOU AND THE FAMILY AND TOBY TOO!! ENJOY THOSE GORGEOUS SKIES. I THINK SNOW IS ON THE NEW JERSEY HORIZON IN THE NEAR FUTURE. JUST A FEELING :brr: STAY WARM!!

HAPPY~ 63!!! :yikes: IT'S TIME FOR THE POOL!!! I TOO LOVE THE SMELL OF FRESH GREENS IN THE HOUSE. I'LL COME AND HOUSE SIT WHILE YOU AND THE DH ARE AWAY. I'LL EVEN FEED MR. FERAL!!! ROFLMAO HAPPY DECORATING AND I BET IT ALL LOOKS LOVELY IN EVERY ROOM. FYI, SANTA IS SITTING IN THE OFFICE TODAY. EVERYONE IS GETTING A GOOD LOOK AT HIM AS THEY GO BY!! :hohoho: IT'S THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!!! :wreath:


ANNIE....CONGRATS ON GETTING THE SCRIPTS!!! :dance: AWAY YOU GO NOW AND DANCE YOUR WAY THRU THE NEW JOB!! :carrot: I THOUGHT THE AFGHAN WAS FOR BELLA TOO :rofl: :rofl: NO WONDER HELLA BELLA GOT CONFUSED!! CONGRATS ON THE DRUG TEST TOO!! I WOULD HAVE FAILED TODAY...CODEINE!!! :lol3:

SHAD...I WONDER IF THEY WILL HOLD ON TO SOME OF YOU AND BRING YOU BACK AFTER XMAS. AT LEAST YOU GET THE HOLIDAY WITH THE FAMILY. I COULDN'T FIND ANYONE TO TAKE THIS XMAS WEEK FOR ME. THEY ARE ALL TOO OLD AND UNIMAGINATIVE :rofl: :rofl: HAVE A GREAT DINNER AND HOPE THE "TEA" MAN ISN'T TOO PUT OUT!! :rofl: ALSO...PICK ME UP ON THE WAY TO ANNIE'S HOUSE...YUM :hun:

CEEJAY...CONGRATS ON THE JOURNALING!! WE ALL MUST STAY AWAY FROM THE SALTY STUFF!!! ALSO...:cheer2: GO GO GO ON THE DECEMBER CHALLENGE!!

I KNOW I HAVE MISSED OTHERS SO I WILL JUST :wave: TO MICHELLE, RUTH, CARLA, MADCAT AND ANYONE ELSE ON THE OTHER PAGE :rofl:

I HAVE NEVER BEEN SOOOOO HAPPY TO SEE A DAY COME TO AN END BUT WHAT A LOVELY DAY IT WAS. EVERYTHING I TOUCHED IN THE MORNING WENT WRONG AND EVERYONE WAS CALLING AND RINGING MY DOORBELL. BUT WILLY TOOK ME TO TRADER JOE'S FIRST AND AS A SURPRISE, HE LOADED ME ON THE BUS WITH MY GROCERIES AND TOOK ME TO WHOLE FOODS!! :dance: WHAT A TREAT!! OMG!!! I LOVE BOTH OF THOSE STORES!! LORD I SPENT ALL I HAD AND FILLED THE SHELVES AND BOUGHT STUFF FOR THE KIDS FOR CHRISTMAS AND I WILL MAKE A BASKET FOR RICHIE'S FAMILY AND SEND IT OVER DURING THE HOLIDAYS. TJ'S HAD TINS OF COCOA & COOKIES IN HOLIDAY CARDBOARD BOXES LIKE YEARS AGO. HOW FESTIVE AND ADORABLE EVERYTHING WAS. IT'S ALL GOING TO MAKE REALLY NICE BASKET GIFTS. WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND A LOT OF LAUGHS TODAY. I KNOW I KEEP SAYING THIS BUT WILLY IS A GOOD MAN. I AM VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HIM.
WHEN I RETURNED. JEN HELPED WITH THE GROCERIES AND PUT STUFF AWAY. THEN I HAD TO GIVE A FEW WREATH LESSONS TO THOSE THAT COULD NOT MAKE IT DUE TO DR APPTS YESTERDAY. AFTER THAT I CRASHED ABOUT 1:30 AND CAME UP HERE. NOT ONE OUNCE OF ENERGY IS LEFT. THANK GOD TOMORROW IS FRIDAY. THE BEST PART OF THE DAY WAS I BOUGHT MYSELF A PRE-MADE LUNCH OF GREENS, VEGGIES AND TUNAFISH AND SAT HERE AND ENJOYING THE SOLITUDE AND MY FAST THINKING WHEN I WAS IN WHOLE FOODS!! I KNEW I WOULDN'T EAT UNLESS IT WAS ALREADY MADE.
WELL...I AM OFF TO GET INTO THE SHOWER AND JAMMIES AND SOME CHRISTMAS TV. SO MANY SHOWS TO CHOOSE FROM AND SO LITTLE TIME!! :hohoho:
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

annie175
12-04-2008, 06:26 PM
MEL...do come along with Shad for a visit. I love Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, we have both here, on the North side of Indy (where my new job will be located), so I will get to go more often.

Ceejay...great job on the 2 lb loss. Just a few changes in diet and exercise does pay off. Yes, my Foreman is a multi-purpose large one. I use it for chicken, chimichangas, grill cheese (a little squashed), but yummy. The only thing I don't like about it is the clean up as it is not immerseable.

Just got back from taking brother and my SIS to the airport for the France trip I was to go on with them, but cannot because of the job situation. That is ok, there will be another time, and the job is more important now.

Ate my salad too fast, now have air in my little tummy trying to get out. Wish it would hurry as it is extending my belly and feels bad. Auntie Flo dropped in yesterday with a vengence. Craps, floods, and headaches. I keep telling her not to come back, but does she listen?

Stay warm and happy...

Love and Hugs,

annie175
12-04-2008, 06:27 PM
Oh I mean cramps not craps...lol

Shad
12-04-2008, 08:49 PM
Morning all,
I've got so much on my plate right now that no matter which way I turn, something else pops up. I'm achieving nothing.

Happy - I keep up with quite a few of the people I meet on assignments. Some of them get me more work, some of them just become friends. Yes I know a lot of people out there. And I meet up with them all from time to time. It does not pay to make enemies in my game. And I have been doing this for near enough 15 years and I find there are only about 5 people in all that time that I don't wish to work with again.
Bummer about the neighbours leaves. Some folk just don't give a damn. By the time all the leaves have fallen, most of them will be in your yard. Something to be said for evergreen trees I guess. Must be interesting to see the leaves moving as the birds dig around for the seeds.
That darn project of yours must be one of the longest running ever. Should have been well over and done with by now. You only had 3 companies to deal with if I remember rightly. Project manager needs shooting.

Ceejay - well done on the 2lbs down. :woohoo:

Mel - lucky you being able to shop. Not much to buy here and if I do buy I have to cart it home. So Christmas may well be late for my overseas buddies this year. Round about March may be okay. I'll have to go to the PO soon and post some stuff home since I have bought too many books and I have my deck chair that I use for sitting chatting to the guys with a drink or two in the evenings and the cooler bag I bought to get me to Tom Price and back. So ....... :cry: more stuff. Wish they would let me know if I am coming back or not because some of it could stay here over the period I am home. No shopping for this chick - at least I am saving money. :cheer:

Annie - I am off to pick up Mel and we will be there. Remember the old song - think of us and we will be there. That's us. We are on our way.

I went to Body Balance class last night. There was quite a number of people there and it was a long class, but I came out of it okay. I don't think it was as strenuous as some of the classes I have been to, but it was good for a first time back. When we came out of the hall, the park was full of kangaroos feeding. There must have been 20 or 30 of them.
Went home from class, collected a couple of blokes and drunk a bottle of wine. Not all by myself mind you.
It was a beautiful night out there, small breeze, stars a shining including Venus and Jupiter and the moon which have shifted further apart but they are still the brightest around at that time of night.

Can't think of much else. Better go do some work and see if I can get today together. All I am getting so far is someone elses problems

1day@atime
12-04-2008, 10:30 PM
Hello ladies,
Just a quick hello, work has been pretty busy this week. Traveling two days this week.

Michellez - I had sent you a PM to give me a call, but then when i read the rest of post, many of the girls gave you good tips. I too was breaking out in hives, my allergy doc, said that when somone breaks out they fall into two categories. 1) food 2)unknow. In the unknown he said it was about 70%of people. in that category, it's chronic and acute. One is more than one breakout in less than 6 weeks, other is breakouts occur after a six week period. He gave me Zyrtec to take.. i'm taking that so far no breakout. I can still see that my skin is not as clear as it should be, but no hives. Call me if you still want to talk..

MELODY525
12-05-2008, 08:50 AM
I FORGOT TO SAY...WHEN I WENT SHOPPING IT WAS JUST FOR FOOD IN BOTH STORES. NO CREDIT CARD USE FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR. I BOUGHT FOOD ITEMS FOR THE KIDS TO PUT IN A BASKET WE HAVE SO THEY CAN TAKE A HOUSE GIFT TO HIS FATHER'S. AS FOR THE 3 OF US WE ARE KEEPING TO THE ONE GIFT EACH PROMISE AND GIVING EACH OTHER THE GIFT OF OUR "TIME" TO SPEND TOGETHER. IT WORKED OUT WELL LAST YEAR AND WE ARE MUCH CLOSER NOW. I ALSO WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I AM USING E-CARDS AGAIN THIS YEAR.
THE KIDS AND I WERE TOGETHER LAST NIGHT AND SAYING HOW MUCH BETTER WE ALL FEEL ABOUT NOT PILING UP THE DEBT ON THE CREDIT CARDS. RICHIE IS ALMOST DEBT FREE. JEN AS WE ALL KNOW WENT BELLY UP. AND I STILL HAVE THIS LAST CARD TO PAY. ALL IS WELL AND WE'RE MAKING OUR GOALS IN THIS LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD :dance:
THE ONLY THING I CAN SEND OUT TO MY WORLDLY FRIENDS IS MY LOVE AND KEEPING YOU IN MY HEART :rudolph:
I AM OFF TO BREAKFAST AND MAKING A LIST OF THINGS I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO DO FOR THE LAST 2 WEEKS...LIKE CALL THE WHEELCHAIR REPAIR SHOP AND TELL THEM THEY NEED TO COME AND MAKE ADJUSTMENTS!!!!!!!!!
HAPPY FRIDAY :moped:

SHAD~ I WOULD HOPE THEY WOULD TELL YOU WHETHER OR NOT TO TAKE ALL YOUR STUFF WHEN YOU GO HOME FOR THE HOLS!!! WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT?? BUT THEN EXECS AREN'T ALWAYS BEING PRACTICAL!!! YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE JOB IN UTAH!!! :rofl: :rofl: THE ONLY THING I WANT FOR XMAS IS A PHONE CALL SO WE CAN SET THE WORLD TO RIGHTS AGAIN!! :lol3: :Lol3:

ANNIE~ ALONG WITH THE CRAMPS COMES THE CRAPS!! AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT 3FC SENT ME A NOTICE AND IT WAS YOUR POST...I READ IT JUST BEFORE BEDTIME AND CRACKED UP!!! HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER! :hug:

HAPPY...SENDING A HUG TO YOUR BUSY WEEK :hug:

ceejay52
12-05-2008, 12:34 PM
Shad
What a sight those kangaroo's would be!

Mel
Christmas to me is what you and your family is doing. I've already given my sister in MO her money to buy Christmas dinner. I need to mail my sister in Tx her's. I'm also giving my aunt and uncle money this year. I'm planning on buying the meat for Christmas dinner. I don't want or need anything.

Hello to Patty, Happy, Carla, Ruth, Nae and any one else I have missed.:wave:

diyana
12-05-2008, 02:14 PM
Happy Friday ladies -

What a week at work! I'm so glad it's nearly the weekend! I've been doing really well on all my goals, except getting to the gym. I've only been once this week (and my goal was 3x), so I'll have to go tonight and this weekend. I've increased my veggie eating and H20 drinking. And my co-worker and I have walked up (and down) the 7 flights of stairs every day. It's not getting much easier - hopefully it will over time. Today, I've got an appointment with the allergy doc. Hopefully, he'll be able to help me figure out what's causing these allergic reactions/hives. Since it started happening off and on about 3 months ago, I'm not sure that it's stress, but I guess anything's possible. Tomorrow, we're taking the dogs to the groomer's, taking our annual Christmas photo in front of our tree, finishing the indoor decorating, and going to find some fun holiday festivities. I've also got to write our annual Christmas letter and do website work this weekend. So I'll be busy, but it'll be fun!

Happy - I wouldn't say I'm back in full swing at the gym....but I'm going to try and get 3x per week in - might be tough with all the other holiday activities and website work I've got going on. Your autumn leaves sound so nice. Autumn is but a faint memory here. We are full blown into snowy winter. We have about 18" on the ground, with a little more to come on Saturday and then more on Monday. I'm trying not to stress out over the economy or DH finding a job or bills. I just keep telling myself that something great will come along and we'll be okay. Got to think positively, right? Shoot, I thought it was Quin-Oh-a. Thanks for setting me straight. I've never tried it, but I know what it is.

Annie - I'm glad that you passed your tests....not that there was ever any doubt! So exciting that you'll be starting your new job soon. I've never made quesadillas on the Foreman. Is there any trick to it...do you spray the grill first? It sounds so yummy!! Do you need the multipurpose Foreman? We just have the regular one. I hope your cramps, craps and belly bloating are doing better today. Hang in there, sweetie. :hug:

Shad - Good for you for keeping up with the exercise! Prancing around palm trees sounds like fun! How cool to have kangaroos feeding nearby in the park! I'd be fascinated to see even 1, but 20 or 30?! Awesome! You collected a couple of blokes?? A threesome, Shad?! Just what did you do with them while drinking wine? ;) I hope the spiders you have in your office aren't the biting kind. My DH got a horrible spider bite the other day and his hand has swollen up something fierce. He went to the doc yesterday and is now on antibiotics. I too have had one of those weeks where I've been swamped. And we've had systems issues so for every two steps forward I've taken one back. Most frustrating. But today seems to be better. And at least the weekend is just about here.

Madcat - Thanks so much for the butt kick and getting me back in gear! I'm feeling so much better....and even on days when I don't get to the gym, at least I know I've done my 7 flights of stairs which really gets my heart and lungs going!

Ceejay - :congrat: on losing 2 lbs! That's awesome! YGG! Those multipurpose Foremans look really cool. Don't know if I'll get one this Christmas, but I sure do want one.

Nae - Sending good vibes for Jeremy. :goodvibes: Hope you're doing well.

Mel - How nice that Willy took you to Trader Joes and Whole Foods! What a great surprise! We have both those stores here, but they are on the east side of Milwaukee, quite a trek from where I live. It's so awesome that Richie is nearly out of debt, and you all are being so smart about not using credit for Christmas. :congrat: on meeting your goals! I've really cut WAY back on my shopping as well and have bought very little on credit. To me, Christmas isn't about presents....it's about the "presence" of those you love.

Patty - Thanks for the nice PM and the good advice. Do you take Zyrtec every day to prevent the hives? I wish there were a prescription med that could be taken....ever since the allergy meds went over the counter they tend to be more expensive than my Rx copay.

Well, I've got lots more to get done today.

Love and hugs to all,

Shad
12-05-2008, 09:33 PM
Mel - Christmas will come somewhat early for you then. We will probably make it Sunday 22nd for me and Saturday 21 for you at the usual time. I suspect I am going to Adelaide for the big day - although I haven't actually heard that it will be a good idea yet. I have yet to figure out what the DS2 will be doing. It would be nice to all be together, but we did that last year and I can't expect it every year as they have other calls on their time. DS1 has a partner who will want to spend time with her family then as well.
My credit card won't get much of a workout this year either since I am not doing much. Anything that gets sent will be late - Look out for Christmas around Feb :rofl: because I can't get much up here for posting and anyway it is twice as expensive as anywhere else in the country. The boys are getting a bank transfer so they can get a bit ahead in their mortgages etc. The brothers are getting a big hug and a meal at some point, the rest will get a phone call.

Ceejay - yeah I guess the kangaroos are a sight to behold. We see so many of them up here that they are not unusual and they are a traffic hazard early morning and late evening. They tend to move around about dawn and dusk and have absolutely no road sense whatsoever.

Michelle - I would expect that the 7 flights of stairs is good exercise so don't fret over not going to the gym - if you can manage a couple of times a week that's great and build it up. January will be less busy than December for most of us - you may get back into routine then.

Okay - well I'd better get back into it while the going is good. It's quiet around here this morning - well apart from Ben's head banging music that is. I need to pump out about 5 more documents today - yeah like that will happen.

annie175
12-06-2008, 07:29 AM
Oh man...3 white russians and 3 margaritas last night....I have the headache from ****.

Michelle...Just a regular Foreman will do the trick. I cook the chicken and add taco seasoning on the stove. Saute onions, green pepper, a little jalepeno pepper, salt, pepper. Butter one side of a tortilla, lay it on the foreman with half of it hanging off, then put above ingredients on the half that is directly on the grill. Add a little salsa and cheese, fold in half, slap lid shut and let her grill. If this doesn't make sense let me know. Great job on the exercise and stairs...good for you!!!

Shad...can hardly wait for you and MEL to arrive. I am so excited. :^) You think Body Balance class is crowded now wait till January when everyone is o the exercise wagon.

MEL...At least the wheelchair is only adjustments and not a complete mess of fixes. Amen.

Hello to everyone I am missing and may have missed. My head is still splitting and I think I am still a bit drunk. Dizzy and this computer screen is killing my eyes. Back to bed for me.

Lots of intoxicating, hehe, love and hugs.

annie175
12-06-2008, 07:29 AM
Michelle...butter side of tortilla on the grill part.

MELODY525
12-06-2008, 09:16 AM
CEEJAY...WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA BUYING THE DINNERS AND MEAT. THAT'S A GREAT ONE AND I'M WRITING THAT DOWN FOR NEXT YEAR. THANKS:hug:

MADCAT....I MUST HAVE MISSED ONE OF YOUR POSTS. SENDING A WONTER HUG :hug: STAY WARM UP THERE IN THE FROZEN NORTH :brr:

MICHELLE....CONGRATS ON THE GETTING BACK ON TRACK AND THE FLIGHTS OF STAIRS. I JUST SAW THAT IN A XMAS MOVIE TOO!! WHERE 1 FRIEND GETS ANOTHER TO GET INTO SHAPE BY WALKING UP AND DOWN A MILLION STAIRS:rofl: YOU GO GIRL! HAVE A HAPPY BUSY WEEKEND.

JOY...I HAVE MARKED IT ON THE CALENDAR BUT FORGET IF IT IS 4 OR 5 PM MY TIME??? :crazy: GUESS I SHOULD GOOGLE AND LOOK YOU UP! ALSO GREAT IDEAS FOR YOUR FAMILY PRESENTS. I HAVE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT FGAMILIES HELPING EACH OTHER TO KEEP ALL HEADS ABOVE WATER DURING THIS TIME OF FINANCIAL STRESS. SOME OF THE FAMILIES HERE PAID THEIR MOTHER'S RENT FOR JANUARY SO THE MOM'S COULD GET AHEAD FOOD WISE ETC. LOTS OF PRACTICAL IDEAS FLOATING AROUND THIS YEAR. :hug: YOU SHOULDN'T BE SENDING ANYTHING OVER HERE TO THE STATES...THE POSTAGE IS RIDICULOUS AND OFTEN MORE THAN THE GIFT!! :faint: WE'LL ALL BE THERE IN ADELAIDE SPIRITUALLY:love:

ANNIE...SENDING A SOFT PILLOW FOPR THE HEADACHE FROM H E L L :hug:

:cofdate: YESTERDAY WAS NOT MUCH OF A DAY OFF BUT TODAY AND TOMORROW WILL BE. :dance: IT WAS LIKE A BLACK CLOUD WAS HANGING OVER THE BLDG ALL DAY. ALARMS, LEAKS, RENNOS, MORE LEAKS, AMBULANCES AND I COULD GO ON AND ON. AND NOT ONLY HERE...SOME THINGS WENT WRONG IN EACH OF THE OTHER PROPERTIES AS WELL. :yikes: SO THE MEN WENT ELSEWHERE AND I STAYED HERE. I LOVE MY PLUMBER ANYWAY!!! :cb:
INSTEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...OLD MAN SCROOGE HAS BITTEN THE OFFICE/MAINT STAFF IN THEIR CRANKY BUTTS. WE WON'T BE GETTING THE PROMISED RAISE FOR NEXT YEAR AND SO THERE WILL BE NO YEARLY RETRO CHECK THIS DECEMBER. IT'S ONLY ABOUT $100+ FOR ME BUT FOR THE OTHERS.... IT'S IN THE THOUSANDS.
WE'LL BE GETTING IT EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE HOUSING IS JUST NOW PULLING OUT OF DEBT ITSELF WITH ALL THE CUTBACKS AND PAYING THE PLUMBER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WE ARE :rofl: :rofl:
BECAUSE OF MY LAST $5 RAISE A WEEK...THE GOVT IS ALREADY GOT A FULLSCALE INVESTIGATION GOING ON INTO MY CHECKING ACCT, THE OFFICE, AND I HAD TO FILL OUT A REAM OF PAPERS AS WELL. ALL THIS FOR THE GRAND TOTAL OF $260 @ YEAR! :faint: WELL I GUESS IT KEEPS ALL THOSE PEOPLE IN WORK. AFTER ALL I WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE ANY OF THOSE GOVT EMPLOYEES LAID OFF :lol3: :lol3:
I AM OFF TO BREAKFAST, GET THE MAIL AND WATCH THE HARRY POTTER WEEKEND ON THE ABC FAMILY CHANNEL!
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND A WONDERFUL WEEKEND :wreath:

MELODY525
12-06-2008, 09:27 AM
SHAD...I WENT TO THE CLOCK AND SEE IT IS 11:20 IN QYEENSLAND. SO THEN 4 PM HERE WOULD BE 7 AM AT YOUR HOUSE. HOW'S THAT? :dunno:

:wave: HEY!!!**** MY CALENDAR SAYS SATURDAY IS THE 20TH AND YOUR SUNDAY IS THE 21ST!!!

MELODY525
12-06-2008, 09:28 AM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!! ONLY 19 DAYS LEFT TiLL :hohoho: DAY!!!

Roseblush
12-06-2008, 12:09 PM
Good Morning Worldlies.......hope this finds all well in your parts of the world. Thanks for the well wishes for Jesse and his job situation....it is tough all over. So difficult when our young people try to go to college and make a difference and then get so disappointed upon graduating and with huge debt to boot.....
The weather here has be unseasonable and quite pleasant. Although I want snow we don't have any yet on the ground. The deer are thick around the fields. I put out extra bird food to get my little gang to return to the feeders...no luck yet.
Mel, hope you have a joyful season dispite the office crew. You make everyone's days better and more cheerful. Hope you get your chair fixed properly.
TOday is soup making day andy Ideas out there with you gals...a favorite you might want to share?
Greetings to all today..... hope we get a fly by from everyone before the holidays......
I am off to finish a ton of projects. First on the list is a Toby bath...he won't be happy about it.
Merry Christmas everyone,
Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
12-06-2008, 01:29 PM
Rose
I made Mulligan stew last week. It was so good. I love soups this tiime of year

Mel
Those 19 days will fly by too.

I need to get some things in the mail soon. Will be going to Paragould soon. I slept late so I don't have much time to spend on the computer. Have a good day.

Roseblush
12-06-2008, 01:43 PM
Remember when you are mailing this year that if your item is going to be very heavy and top the 10 dollar mark the Post office has a cube box and a longer one flat rate....save money......it is lighter than ordinary mail is good. I mailed a package for the $9.80 that would have cost me....16.00 regular mail.....
A little holiday tip.
ROse

happy2bme
12-06-2008, 04:19 PM
Hi all,

Sorry I didn't post yesterday - we had to leave early to take my car in for routine maintenance and I've been on the run non stop from yesterday.

Don't have time right now to post as I don't want to lose the momentum on the big to-do list I am trudging through so right now I will just say

:snow4: GOTCHA! :lol:

Back later...

Shad
12-06-2008, 08:50 PM
Morning all,
Nearly collected a 'roo on my way to breakfast this morning. It was munching on leaves beside the footpath and stopped to look at me as I was passing. I said goodmorning to it and it suddenly bounded out across the road and then veered right in front and stayed there until I had to turn in to the building. Stupid animal, I've left rubber on the road where I braked hard. Bet I woke up a few nightworkers as well.

Mel - yeah well, so I can't read a calendar correctly anymore either. Here is a link http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/personal.html so you can keep up to date with times around the world. Hope it works for you.

Rose - as far as soup goes, my favourites have to be (in no particular order), seafood chowder, tomato and roasted red pepper, curried pumpkin, mushroom and barley, chicken and corn, and LindaT's turkey chilli pumpkin soup. I like my soups thick and hearty and full of flavour. Of course you could always do what my mother did and put an oxtail and vegs plus water and seasoning in the slow cooker and forget about it for 3 days. Even the bones had disintegrated and it was very thick and probably loaded with calcium!

Happy is busy and Ceejay is driving along. Annie is sleeping it off - naughty girl. Mel is making out with the plumber and darn it. I am here at work. Oh an here is a joke for you.

Judas Asparagus:
A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible. I wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we are teaching???

Through the eyes of a child - The Children's Bible in a Nutshell

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas.

The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did.

Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden.
Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.

Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.

One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.
God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments.
These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbours stuff.
Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humour thy father and thy mother.

One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David. He got to be king by {blocked}ing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.')

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans.

Jesus also had twelve opossums.

The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount.

But the Republicans and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins and then came back to life again.

He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminium. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

And with that I had better get on with some work or today will be a washout.

Shad
12-06-2008, 09:42 PM
And of course I did mean to say that there is a great variety of recipes on the 3FC recipes site.

MELODY525
12-07-2008, 08:43 AM
NAE~ TOBY WILL BE ALL CLEANED AND SPRUCED UP FOR SANTA'S VISIT :hohoho: I BETTER DO THAT TOO!! WE HAVE SOME SNOW ON THE GROUND THIS MORNING AND I WILL BE GLAD TO SHARE SOME WITH YOU. HOPE THE BIRDIES COME BACK TO THE FEEDER. STILL THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR JESSE :hug: WISHING YOU AND THE FAMILY ALL THE BEST TOO. HAPPY SOUP MAKING...I LOVE VEGETABLE BEEF! :hun:

CEEJAY~ HOPE YOU ARE HAVING FUN IN PARAGOULD AND A SAFE TRIP! ARE YOU DECORATING THERE???? :rudolph:

HAPPY~ http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/images/xmas-smilies/WESnowball%20Fight.gif GOTTCHA BACK!!! :lol3:

SHAD~ THE PART ABOUT MOSES AND CHARLTON HESTON CRACKED ME UP!!! :rofl: :rofl: I AM SORRY A ROO ALMOST WENT THRU THE FRONT OF YOUR CAR!! :yikes: MUST HAVE REALLY WOKEN YOU RIGHT UP ALONG WITH ALL YOUR HAIRS STANDING ON END!! :hug: OK..4PM SATURDAY THE 20TH IT IS....OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO SLEEP IN? :cloud9:

:hohoho: GOOD MORNING WORLDLIES!! SOME LIGHT SNOW ON THE GROUND. THE GRANDSON SAID SCREW THAT AND WENT BACK TO BED TUCKING HIS HEAD UNDER HIS FEATHERS. LOTS OF HOLIDAY MOVIES ON TV SO I AM HAPPY. JUST NEED TO MAKE SOME OATMEAL AND SIT BACK AND RELAX :beach:
HAPPY SUNDAY :moped:

MELODY525
12-07-2008, 09:20 AM
Whenever a snowflake leaves the sky,
It turns and turns to say "Good-by!
Good-by, dear clouds, so cool and gray!"
Then lightly travels on its way.
– "Snowflakes" by Mary Mapes Dodge (1831 – 1905)
http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/ict/dazzle/images/snowflake.gif

annie175
12-07-2008, 01:21 PM
Good Freezing Sunday Morning to you all.

A mere 13 degrees here in Indy. By golly it is a cold one! Tony came over at 9:00 and took me to breakfast before my trip to Louisville. How sweet is that. I am leaving for Louisville around 2:00 pm est. I want to get down there before it gets dark. Hells, Bells is gets dark around 5:30 or 6:00. Crazy! Gonna be in training so posting will be sparse if any at all.

MEL....You deserve a couple of days of rest. Put the sign on your door. Sit back and watch some good movies...RELAX!!

Shad...loved the bible story..the very first line cracked me up..Judas Asparagus. I am always telling my kids...Close the door, were not born in a barn. lol I would love to see a live Roo on the side of the road, glad you got it stopped in time.

Happy...Hope you get your to do list done. Snowball right back at cha too!

Hey to Ceejay, Rose, Michellem Madcat, and anyone else I may have missed.

Have a great Sunday and a great week. I will post when I can.

Much love and many hugs, stay warm or cool whatever it takes. ;^)

happy2bme
12-07-2008, 03:20 PM
Good afternoon ladies,

I sat down to post this morning and DH yakked my ear off so now I am behind schedule and have to hurry as half the day is over.

Annie- that was so sweet of Tony to take you to breakfast. Have a safe drive and learn alot at your training week. We'll see you soon.

Mel - the cats are doing just like the grandson - all curled up and sleeping. Perhaps we should take a hint... Now you have me in the mood to make some soup. How was the oatmeal? I had some with peaches and brown sugar on Friday - it was very yummy!

Shad - I don't do the bible but I understand most of what your ditty was about and it was really funny. Porcupines :rofl: thanks for sharing. I guess it's good that you are busy at work, busy keeps their jobs ;)

Thanks for the mailing tip Rose - I've had some instances where the shipping was more expensive than the item I had purchased.

I ordered some last minute things for family gifts and had them shipped right to my mom's house as we are getting to the wire before we leave and I surely don't want to leave packages sitting at the front door unattended for a week.

Ceejay - what is Mulligan stew? Heard of it but not familiar with it.

Hi Michelle - how did the picture come out? Did you get things done off your list?

:wave: Patty, Madcat, Carla, Ruth.

Mr. Feral finally got up and out of his bed. Now I can go in the garage in the refrigerator and take inventory of what I have so I can plan the week's meals. Trying to use up what I have here so I don't have to waste and toss out a bunch of food when we leave in 2 weeks. I hope the turkey still has a few days more of life in it as I would like to make some tetrazini :T

I am really debating about putting up even our little fiber optic tree this year. Doesn't seem worth the effort to decorate for just 2 weeks. DH doesn't care. If I decorate, it's for me only. I have only received 2 Christmas cards so far, I think alot of people are going to be cutting back on extras all over the place.

I do have to go unfurl my real pine bough that I've had sitting on the patio. It smells divine and I was trying to keep it from drying out too quickly. I figure I will get 2 good weeks of lovely smell out of it. That will make me happier than the plastic tree :lol:

Ok, gotta go get busy :wave:

ceejay52
12-07-2008, 07:17 PM
Annie
Hope you had a safe trip to Louisville.


I'm back home. Did some minor shopping. Played with the little one. She's so fun to be around. She was doing Yoga positions and wanting me to join her. I always ask her to come home with me. She told me this week end that I needed to get myself a little girl and a little boy. She would come for a couple of days but her mommie would not let her stay forever. I had to laugh at that.

Shad
12-07-2008, 10:36 PM
Morning all,
Still busy, still on the go. Those stairs should be doing me some good however it doesn't really appear so.

Mel - nuts to sleeping in. I will ring you this time too!!!!! I need to do it that weekend since I'm off to Adelaide some time in the next week. I'm trying to find out from DS2 as to whether he wants to come or not and we can stagger the days so the cat gets fed as well. I might have to get Chris from down the road to come over and give her some Christmas dinner. I won't get her into a kennel now.

Annie - safe travels - although I guess you are there already. Have fun in the course and come back raring to start work.

Happy - I need to get cracking on some bits and pieces for people too. I'd better sort out what I want to give them and get them posted. I found this NZ shop on the internet which is advertising free worldwide postage :faint: and some of the stuff is not that expensive. I don't need much, but I really wont have much time for shopping this year.

Ceejay - out of the mouths of babes. What a lovely thing to say.

Okay - better get off here and go find a little something to do. Be seeing ya

MELODY525
12-08-2008, 09:22 AM
ANNIE~ WISHING YOU WELL ON YOUR JOURNEY. HOW SWEET OF TONY TO DO THE BREAKFAST THING. HE WILL MISS YOU. GOOD LUCK!!

HAPPY~ I WAS LIKE YOUR CATS MOST OF THE DAY! THE OFFICE SENDS THEIR PARCELS HERE SO THEY DON'T GET STOLEN AT HOME :faint: NAE WAS THE ONE THAT MADE ME THINK OF THE SOUP. WONDER WHAT SHE FINALLY MADE :hun: TURKEY TETTRAZINI!! YUM!! ENJOY THOSE LEFTOVERS!!!

CEEJAY...SHE IS TOO FUNNY...NOT STAY FOREVER! :rofl: :rofl: I LOVE WHEN KIDS TALK.

SHAD....I FORGOT ABOUT POOR SUNDAY!! :yikes: I WENT TO GET THE MAIL AND ON THE PHONE BILL WAS THE CALL FROM SEPTEMBER! IT TOOK THEM ALL THIS TIME TO BILL ME. WE HAVEN'T TALKED SINCE THEN? NO WONDER THE WORLD IS SO SCREWED UP. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING? COMAPNIES MUST BE GETTING DESPERATE FOR BUSINESS. LOTS OF SALES GOING ON OVER HERE.

:brr: IT IS FREEZING OUTSIDE WITH THIS GUSTY WIND.
WENT TO GET THE MAIL AND FOUND OUT THE GOVT CANCELLED JEN'S AND MY ELECTRIC HEAT SUBSIDY. THE ELECT. COMPANY GAVE ME A PHONE NUMBER TO CALL TODAY AND SEE IF IT WAS A COMPUTER ERROR OR A CUTBACK. :cry: I CANCELED THE MALL AND JEN IS COMING DOWN TODAY SO WE CAN STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT. WE MIGHT NEED TO REAPPLY. SEEMS LIKE EVERY MONTH THE GOVT FINDS WAYS OF UPSETTING THE POOR AND THE DOWNTRODDEN :tantrum: WONDER IF THEY SIT UP AT NIGHT THINKING UP SCHEMES LIKE THIS :rofl:
WE WERE DISCUSSING FINANCES LAST NIGHT. WITH THE STATE OF AFFAIRS THE WAY IT IS, WE ARE DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO PENNY PINCHING. I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW A MIDDLECLASS FAMILY WITH A FEW KIDS ARE MAKING OUT! FOR THOSE FAMILIES, THEY MUST BE CLOSE TO A DEPRESSION. SOME OF THE SENIORS TOLD ME THAT SOUP KITCHENS WILL BE OPENING UP NEXT. :faint:
I BETTER GET OFF THIS SUBJECT BEFORE I GET DEPRESSED!! :dance: AFTER ALL I HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE GOVT CALLS THIS MORNING!!
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-08-2008, 09:31 AM
'mornin chicks :yawn: :yawn: :yawn:

I stayed up WAYYYYY to late last night. I kept telling myself to get to bed but I kept saying "just let me finish up this ONE more thing". I got less than 5 hours of sleep and while I used to do this on a regular basis 10 years ago, it just knocks the stuffing out of me now. I feel like I have a hangover as I gulp down the coffee. Am hoping a shower will wake me up as I have lots of meetings to stay awake for today and need to go to the store and do some returns tonight. Yesterday I flitted about doing this and that and must have had my hands in 50 different things. While I did accomplish several things yesterday, flitting from here to there made me feel like I just made more of a mess than I started with.

Got my boob squish results back this weekend in a form letter. All is well, tho the girls are looking a bit "down" :rofl: :lol3: I was a bit concerned because for some reason - and I am generally really good about staying on top of things - apparently I had not had a mamogram since we moved down here, which believe it or not is 4 years already. The folks at the hospital were VERY adamant about seeing my last films, to the degree that they called the hospital up north and got copies. That's how we figured out it was 4 years ago. Generally if they are that insistant, to me it would me they found something and wanted the last one to compare it to. But all is well so that's a relief...

Shad - I have one more gift to figure out myself. Circumstances make it a bit more of a challenge since I can't send any old thing. It will probably be late :o
Good luck with your shopping. Sometimes when it gets down to the wire, you just fly through it :D

Ceejay - that was so cute what the niece said. I love the logic of a little kid.

Happy trails Annie - guess you should be there already - hope you don't get a hotel room like Carla's :lol:

Wake up Mel - another day to get them doggies rollin' downstairs in the office :lol3:

Ok, I'd better get rollin' myself. Have a good one everybody :wave:

happy2bme
12-08-2008, 09:34 AM
Ah there she is... I felt you buzzing around Mel. So sorry to hear about the electrical help. I sure hope you have a successful phone call. I think everyone is feeling the pinch lately although some of us are in a vice grip. :hug:

diyana
12-08-2008, 11:02 AM
Good morning ladies -

I got some good news at the allergy doc's. He thinks I'm having an allergic reaction to the prescription strength Niacin that my regular doc put me on (in addition to my other medicine) to help with my cholesterol. According the medication side effects, about 10% of people get a severe rash to this medication. The allergy doc said I should stop taking it for a couple weeks and if I don't get any more reactions, then it's very likely the super strength Niacin. So I'm seeing my regular doctor on Thursday and I'll ask him if there's anything else I can go on (in addition to my regular cholesterol med). The allergy/asthma doc also said I should not try and go up 7 flights of stairs at once, as I had been for daily exercise at work. He said that's probably too strenuous for my lungs and recommended a couple flights of stairs and then walking on flat ground - so that's what I'll do today.

Saturday we took the dogs to the groomers, but we didn't get our Christmas picture taken yet (probably tonight). I spent time wrapping presents putting them in boxes to ship. Phew. And Sunday, I got up early and did a lot of cooking (mostly preparing chili for my lunch this week, and foods that freeze well for John to heat up on nights I go to the gym), and I started a pot roast in the slow cooker for dinner. Then we went to a festival of decorated trees fundraiser at the local Humane Society. Then after we got home, I cleared the driveway with the snowblower (my first time using one). DH got a minor injury on his hand that got very infected. We took him to the doctor on Saturday, and the doctor said that we had to go back on Sunday for a follow up. He's supposed to go back tomorrow or Wednesday for another follow up. Hopefully he'll be nearly all healed by tomorrow as we're supposed to get close to a foot of snow between tonight and tomorrow night.

Patty - Sorry I didn't call this weekend....it was really crazy busy. I'm feeling much better now that I know my hives were probably a reaction to medication, which I can just stop taking. I hope you and Blackie are doing well.

Shad - You are right...I'm not going to beat myself up if I can't get to the gym due to bad roads or other good reasons. But I will exercise daily at work and do my best to get to the gym in the evenings. January will be less busy, so I'll have more time, and a lot less excuses! :lol: I'm glad you managed to avoid hitting the 'roo. The Judas Asparagus story was so funny! Thanks!

Annie - Thanks for the quesadilla instructions! Yumm! Sounds like you had quite the party Friday night! 13 degrees yesterday in Indy? That's balmy compared to some of the temps we've been getting here. I hope you have a good trip to Louisville and enjoy the training.

Ceejay - So wonderful for you to help your relatives with their holiday grocery expenses! Glad you had fun in Paragould. I'm not familiar with Mulligan stew. I'll have to look up the recipe.

Mel - It's so crazy that the government has their knickers in a twist and spends thousands of person hours on an investigation all for your $260/year raise. When they could be focusing on making sure that people like you keep the electricity and heat on! I hope everything works out for you! One thing NONE of us need is higher bills!

Nae - What kind of soup did y you end up making? If you want snow, you can have some of the stuff that's coming our way tonight and tomorrow! Thanks for the flat rate box mailing tip. I'm still hoping Jesse and my DH get a great job offer very soon. :goodvibes:

Happy - Did you get your to do list done? When are you heading up north for the holidays? Don't you be starting a snowball fight with me, sister, We've got LOTS of the good packing white stuff as ammunition up here with lots more on the way! :lol3: Glad you got some stuff accomplished yesterday...I know what you mean about flitting about can be so chaotic! I'm glad "the girls" are well.

Painter, Madcat, Ruth and everyone - I hope you all are doing well and not running around too frantically during this crazy holiday time!

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
12-08-2008, 01:34 PM
My Mulligan stew is very simple, 1.5 pounds of stew meat, 1/2 onion, 3 carrots, 3 potatoes and a can of diced tomatoes. I made this one in the crock pot after I browned the stew meat. Seasonings are salt and pepper.

I'm a little more than ticked off this morning. My boss told me around Thanksgiving that I could not take any time off until B comes back to work. This morning when I came in there were two vacation day slips in my box for me to sign from Br. One for this week end and the other next week end. I called him and told him I had plans this week end and on the 20th of next week end. I could work on the 21st. This hit a raw nerve this morniing. It's a common curtesy to the fellow coworker to give a two weeks advance in taking time off. If it were due to a death or sickness I might reconsider but to go shopping no way. He has time off to do that. Excuse the rant.

happy2bme
12-08-2008, 02:26 PM
Geez Michelle- what a bummer with DH's hand :yikes: One of my co-workers got a nasty infection on his leg. Seems like raging infections are more common now. Could it be all that antibacterial stuff we use or is it just that we poo poo and say it's nothing when we should be treating it? Hope he heals quickly. A foot of snow?????? Argh - you are getting clobbered already. :faint: My friend at work is headed up that way for a business trip and I see lots of pink (ice) all around there. I guess we will be using the 4 wheel drive for sure this trip. That's interesting about the stair climbing. I guess we figure that we should push outselves but sometimes we lose sight of the fact that our bodies are saying TOO MUCH. Perhaps you can walk up 2 flights, walk around the office floor, walk up 2 more flights, walk again and then head back down again. I'm glad to hear they at least suspect something on the hives. That Niacin is tough stuff to deal with. DH tried it once and it made him so flushed and sick that he tossed the bottle right into the garbage can.

Thanks for the stew recipe Ceejay - can it be any easier??? I think not! Love it. I agree with you on the time off - this time of year when everyone wants off, people have to be courteous. I would have done the same thing.

Ok, just peeking in at lunch - time to get back to work.

diyana
12-08-2008, 03:14 PM
Ceejay - Thanks for the stew recipe. So no other liquid than the diced tomatoes? Sounds yummy and easy! My favorite kind of cooking. Sorry that your coworker is being a pain in the a** with requesting time off. I've taken days off to do shopping, but I schedule them well in advance and make sure that there's plenty of coverage on my team.

Happy - Safe Travels to your friend heading up here. Southern Wisconsin and Chicago-land will likely get more rain/sleet/ice than snow. I would DEFINITELY recommend using the 4 wheel drive when you come up north. The Niacin also made me very flushed, but with rosacea and high blood pressure, feeling flushed is something I'm very used to and can deal with...the painful rash is definitely NOT something I can deal with. Thanks for the tip on alternating stairs and walking on flat ground. I'll do a trek this afternoon after my lunch digests a bit - homemade chili and a salad. Yumm! I'm doing really well on getting all my water and veggies in. Yay!

Shad
12-08-2008, 10:39 PM
Morena

Another day, another dollar. I'm running around putting out fires and cursing the people who dreamt up the method of configuring this system. I can not understand why people persist in making it so hard when it is really quite simple. Okay I'll not whinge anymore.

Mel, I hope you sorted out the Govt subsidy for your heat and power. Silly buggers, I wonder if they realise that if they make everyone pay more for everything, then people will start to default their bills. It's a catch 22 situation, like foreclosing mortgages. Where are the displaced people going to go? Will they get a buyer for the house? Why don't they just extend the loan for a period of years and drop the repayments to fit??? Okay so some people went in right over their heads and need teaching a lesson, but not everyone does that hey?

Happy - maybe they did see something that is not quite usual, but not obviously wrong. They would want to check for the same thing on the last picture. They do with mine everytime because this little round white blob appears and it is apparently a lymph node. Also I tend to have things called Christmas trees in the left one but not the right one. Ho hum. Right time of the year for them anyway.

Michelle - at least it is some sort of answer to your problem. I know I get all itchy and scratchy when I overdose on Vitamin B. Apparently it wards off the dreaded Ozzie Mozzie and I took too much of it 'because the critturs love me'. I swell up like a balloon and the itching is undescribable.
Hope it is the real answer

Ceejay - stick with it. How come he can get time off and you had to cancel your plans for a Christmas with the family. That is just unfair.

Not much news around here except the DS2 is considering going to University next year if he passes the QTAC examination and studying Mechanical Engineering.
DS2 also 'sorted' the DB2's bank account and so far the DB2 has 'accumulated' nearly $1000 - and he doesn't apparently know it is there. Long may this situation last.

And I better get back to work and gather more strength for the afternoon problems which are yet to occur and the momentum is just now gaining strength. I'll go down and get my lunch and be ready for it!

See you

MELODY525
12-09-2008, 09:26 AM
HAPPY~ YOU REMIND ME IT'S BEEN OVER 2 YRS SINCE I LAST WENT. GLAD ALL IS WELL WITH THE GIRLS! AS WE WOMEN AGE, WE DEVELOP CALCIUM DEPOSITS IN OUR BREASTS. THE HOSPIIALS/DRS LIKE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE SIZE OF THEM AND IF THEY ARE MOVING AND GROWING. THUS THE NEED FOR THE PREVIOUS FILM SO THEY CAN COMPARE. THANKS FOR THE HUG. I NEEDED IT. ALSO HOPE YOU GOT MORE SLEEP!!!! :tantrum:

MICHELLE...NOW THAT I READ YOUR POST IT'S ALL COKMMON SENSE. MIACIN CAN CAUSE PEOPLE TO LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN OUT IN THE SUN ALL DAY!!! THE TOTAL SUNBURN LOOK. HOPE ALL WILL BE WELL NOW AND THE "ALLERGY" WILL DISAPPEAR NOW. :hug: TAKE CARE OF THOSE LUNGS!! LOOK WHAT THEY WENT THRU THIS HEAR!!!:rollpin: SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DH'S HAND!!! HOPE IT HEALS SOON TOO :hug:

CEEJAY~ GOOD FOR YOU STICKING UP FOR YOURSELF!! GLAD YOU ARE DEFENDING YOUR DAYS OFF. :cheer2: YOU MADE ME HUNGRY FOR STEW!!! :hun: SOUNDS DELICIOUS!!


SHAD~ I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT DS2 AND WISH HIM GREAT LUCK!! AND I AM EVEN HAPPIER HE HAS GRABBED HOLD OF THE DB'S ACCT AND IT IS GROWING. GOOD FOR DS2!!!! :cheer3: SORRY THE PROGRAM IS BEING SUCH A PAIN. HOPE IT LASTS THOUGH...THE JOB I MEAN...NOT THE PAIN! :rofl:

:cofdate: AFTER MANY UNANSWERED CALLS I FINALLY FOUND A WOMAN THAT THINKS MY PAPERS WERE "LOST"...SO SHE TOLD ME TO REAPPLY. TEARFULLY I WENT DOWN AND DID ALL THE PHOTOCOPYING AND STUFFED A MANILLA ENVELOPE...OUT IT WENT. TOMORROW JEN IS COMING DOWN AND WE WILL TACKLE HERS AGAIN. SEEMS THEY ARE MAKING CALLS TO THE ACTUAL RESIDENCE AND SHE HAS NOT BEEN THERE TO ANSWER HER PHONE :lol3: :lol3: HOPEFULLY IT'S SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THAT. NOW WE WAIT FOR AN ANSWER. COULD TAKE WEEKS. AND SHAD YOU ARE RIGHT...IF IT CONTINUES LIKE THIS, I WILL BE FORCED TO DEFAULT ON MY LAST CREDIT CARD. THERE IS NO OTHER ANSWER. NOT LIKE I AM GOING TO GO OUT AND GET ANOTHER JOB! :rofl: :rofl: BUT WE ARE STILL LAUGHING OVER HERE.
NOT MUCH TO DO TODAY. JUST REST AND THEN TO THE OFFICE TOMORROW AFTER JEN GETS SETTLED. WE'RE COLLECTING FOOD FOR A PROJECT FOR ONE OF THE MAINTENANCE MAN'S BOY. SOMETHING TO DO WITH HIS CONFIRMATION. I THINK THEY ARE CATHOLIC. I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE. ANYWAY.....TOMORROW THE SENIORS WILL DONATE CANNED GOODS AND MELLIE WILL BE THERE URGING THEM ON!! THIS PROJECT SOUNDS LIKE AN OXYMORON...ASKING SENIORS TO DONATE FOOD STUFFS WHILE THEIR CHECKS ARE EVER DECREASING AS PRICES GO HIGHER?!?!?!?!? :faint:
IN THE MEANTIME.....
HAPPY TUESDAY!!! :moped:

diyana
12-09-2008, 09:49 AM
Good morning ladies -

We got over 6" of snow overnight, and the forecast is for us to get 6" - 10" more. So I'm working from home today. I have lots of work to do, and I'm fortunate to be able to work remotely when necessary. I'll also be helping DH clear the driveway and walkways, and pull some of the snow off the roof so we don't get ice dams.

Annie - I'm not sure if this storm is supposed to be more rain or snow by the time it hits Indy. South of Milwaukee and northern Illinois is getting mostly rain with this storm.

Shad - Sorry to hear that you're having so many frustrating system issues. Christmas trees in your left boob? How odd? I've never heard of such a thing. Does that mean you should put ornaments and garland on your bra? :lol: As for the allergy...so far so good. I stopped taking Niacin Friday, and no reactions since. :crossed: Glad that DS2 took a look at DB2's bank account. Hopefully DB2 won't find out about the extra cash. Good luck to DS2 about the exam. Sounds like he has a very good plan in place.

Mel - As for your heat and electricity...I hope everything works out well (and quickly) for your and Jen's subsidy. These are tough times for all of us...we definitely do NOT need higher bills. Hang in there, sweetie. Glad you're keeping your sense of humor. :hug: It does sound odd to ask seniors on fixed incomes to donate food for people who are struggling. But I guess even those of us who are getting hit hard by the economy are doing better than many folks. My DH's hand is getting better. The swelling is almost all gone, and while the site of the infection still looks pretty gross, it looks way better than it did.

Happy - Radiologists always want to compare old films to current ones. No need to worry. I have to get mammos every year (since age 33) because I've got family history (my sister) had to have a mastectomy at age 41.

Ceejay - I agree with Shad. It's REALLY unfair that your co-worker can take time off but you had to cancel Christmas plans.

Well, I'd really better get some work done. Just 'cause I'm snug at home (until I clear the driveway that is), doesn't mean I can slack off.

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
12-09-2008, 09:55 AM
Good morning ladies,

I went to bed at 10 last night which is very early for me. Got 8 hours of sleep but still feel tired this morning so I think I really am fighting something off. And it's a downpour out here today. Heavy rains. Sure does know how to rain hard in the south :lol: They said if this was snow we'd have 4 feet :yikes: Glad it's the liquid stuff. Our weather is enough to make one sick. 60 degrees one day, then the rains come in advance of a cold front, it drops down 20 to 30 degrees into freezing for a few days, then warms back up to 60 again. :dizzy:

Mel - yes it's an oxymoron with the seniors giving back but as we all know - those who have the least are the most prone to try and eek out something to help someone else. Hope you collect alot of food. We sometimes joke at work that we are going to start food drives, school supply collections, gas cards for those of us who are hurting too. Although they are not pestering us for various charities quite as much as they used to. I help out where I can. Hope the extra money comes through for you and Jen :crossed:

That's great news on DS2 Shad. I'm sure that with today's youth, they will at least once have to pick up some new skills as the job market changes. Guess you'd better hide that windfall from DB2 until he really needs it. Always nice to find a little unexpected stash somewhere. OMG - I had to laugh at your post about people making things hard that are really simple. You sound like one of "them" - :rofl: Actually, I find it hard to comprehend because the new method cannot speak the language of the old method - therefore we cannot comprehend and it appears that both of us are speaking in tongues :lol: I hope you get through to them!

And with that, it's time for me to head out into the rain with the clowns who think they are on the autobon. Wish me luck and a protective, invisible shield. :wave:

:wave: to the rest of the chicks, sorry for not posting more personals

happy2bme
12-09-2008, 09:57 AM
Michelle - you cracked me up with the ornaments and garland remark on Shad's bra :rofl:

diyana
12-09-2008, 05:13 PM
I am sooo sore! :ouch: DH insisted on snowblowing the driveway, so I "raked" the snow off the roof - using upper body muscles I didn't know I had. Then I shoveled the front walkway, dug out our inflatable penguins so that they would inflate properly rather than burn out their motors trying to push themselves up through all the snow. Then I snowblowed the back patio and cleared a path around the yard for the dogs to run and play and "go" as the snow is just about over their heads now. I did more snow work than "work" work, but I'll go into work extra early tomorrow to get caught up. Right now, I'm just too darn sore to even think straight. :dizzy:

I'm glad I skipped the gym last night....I can't even imagine what it would've been like today if my muscles were a tad sore to start with. And needless to say, I won't be going to the gym tonight...I dare say I got a plenty good workout!! :lol:

I'm already pretty much tired of winter...and it's not even the middle of December - we have about 4 more months left of winter. :faint:

Happy - I hope you made it to work (and home) okay and that the autobon crazies weren't anywhere near you.

Love and hugs to all,

ceejay52
12-09-2008, 06:19 PM
I've had company today. The guy who was training before was back today. Most of the monitoring he can do. He still has some trouble with the lab tests.

Happy
We had rain too. I had to leave for work this morning in a thunder boomer.
Tonight it's snow flurries.

Mel
Hope the paper work solves your problems.

There is nothing going on around here.

Have a good day/night.

Shad
12-09-2008, 08:19 PM
Bon Matin tout les monde

Not much happening around here apart from more work. I am finishing here on the 18th. Going home and at the moment haven't got anything in the pipeline for next year. Ever the optimist, I will plan for January off and renovations in the house and garden.
I guess I will need to put the cv out there again for the world to see.

Mel - during the last great depression - which I wasn't around to witness I might add, the NZ Government put people out to work on building roads and infrastructure instead of paying out dole money for doing nothing. As a result, the country came out of the depression with good roads, good ports, good drainage etc. I'm not saying the place was perfect but it sure beat the doing nothing syndrome which results from people not being able to achieve. I'm hoping that something like that will come out of this world wide crisis and that will also give people something to do other than annoy, maim or kill older people and shoot stray dogs.

Gotta get off my soapbox and get back to work. I'll be back. It's hi ho to another meeting where nothing much will be achieved. I should be used to it.

Shad
12-09-2008, 11:44 PM
Guten Abend

I came back just to finish off the personals. I still have a stack of work to do today including now dealing with the 'help' desk - of the variety mostly that 'hello this is the no-help desk, how may I not help you today?' Just another thing for me to yell at. I had to yell at the ISP provider this morning. Well not exactly at the help desk man, but when you ring the joint, this woman answers. She is a robot woman. She tells me she can understand thousands of words. Unfortunately she can not decipher an accent even one as basic as mine. She doesn't of course tell you that bit. And we get frustrated and they wonder why. Phooey. :mad: :nono: :yikes:

Ceejay - glad to hear you have some sort of company there. Keep standing up for your rights. You are not anyones slave. Or maybe that is what we all should be. After all you can't fire slaves, they have to be sold!!!!

Michelle - sounds like a great workout for you blowing all that snow. Did you have to get up on the roof to do it?? Good job you can work from home! Love it.

Happy - before I forget I must go and put in some links for your DH. I haven't got his e-mail addy here, but I know he will be impressed with these two items in the news recently.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24778855-421,00.html
and
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24719625-421,00.html
Let me know if they don't come through for you. Personally I think the Dads should be handed a medal and made Father of the Year.
It's not the old v new that can't comprehend the simplicity - it's them thar configurers and programmers that seem to think that if the transaction is simple it must be missing something. Yep Half a brain should fix it.

Hope Annie is doing okay on her Intro to Humana course and gets home safely.
And all the other wee worldlies - :wave: Yeah g'day maties

Gotta go. Lunch is done and I need to stir up the IT desk. Yippee :cb:

carla49
12-10-2008, 12:00 AM
Grrrrr... Travelling in winter - what fun. Left home at 2:30 to drive thru heavy snow to the airport, where the only parking spot was on the roof. I'll have some shoveling to do on Friday! Then into the airport to wait for my delayed flight - finally got off 1hr15 min late, after de-icing. All seemed well, but it was not to be. The downtown airport was closed because of rain - I'm not sure why rain impedes landing, but... So off to the big airport, or at least an out-of-the-way corner thereof. After another lengthy wait, loaded onto a bus to head downtown via the international airport (don't ask). Finally arrived at my hotel a total of 3 hours late, a trip that would have been faster by train! But the saga doesn't end there. There was still the 70 minute fight to connect to the overpriced internet service - which still works only intermittently. Finally at 9:20 connected and found an email from Mel telling me she wouldn't be able to join me for our weekly Biggest Loser email connection!!! Arrrghh!!!! More fun awaits tomorrow when I explain to the hotel why they're providing free internet for the week. And of course a very busy day, as my colleague never did get out of town and will try to fly in in the morning.

Anyway, this extremely slow connction may die again soon.so I'd better sign off and head out for a lightning visit to the local 24 hr grocery before I hit the hay. Tomorrow: yummy dinner with Madcat!!

MELODY525
12-10-2008, 09:21 AM
MICHELLE~ WOW! YOU ARE GETTING A LOAD OF SNOW! GUESS YOUR WHITE CHRISTMAS IS ASSURED!!! :hohoho:
GLAD TO HEAR THE HAND IS IMPROVING BUT HE BETTER BE CAREFUL WITH ALL THIS SHOVELING. HOPE HIS AND YOURS SPIRITS ARE HOLDING UP AS WELL!! :hug: IT MUST BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO WORK AT HOME. SOMETIMES I LIKE LIVING OVER THE OFFICE :rofl: WEATHER IS NEVER A PROBLEM!

HAPPY~ SENDING YOU THE INVISIBLE SHIELD!! I JUST TESTED IT TO MAKE SURE IT STILL WORKS AND DUSTED IT OFF TO SEND OUT ASAP!!! :rain: IT LOKS VAGUELY LIKE AN UMBRELLA!!! :rofl:

GOING TO POST THIS SO I CAN TRY TO GET TO THE NEXT PAGE THAT WOULD NOT LOAD....

MELODY525
12-10-2008, 09:39 AM
MICHELLE....I SEE YOU GOT TO DO ONE HECK OF A WORKOUT!! :faint: OMG!!! YOU WON'T NEED TO EXERCISE FOR A MONTH IF THIS KEEPS UP!! WATCH THOSE LUNGS WITH COLD AND EXERTION BREATHING!!!:rollpin:

CEEJAY..HOPE HE IS A FASTER LEARNER THIS TIME AROUND!! GOOD LUCK!

SHAD~ LORD KNOWS WE COULD USE SOME RENNOS DONE TO OUR ROADS!! IT WOULD SURE BEAT PEOPLE SITTING AROUND ON THE DOLE TWIDDLING THEIR THUMBS! GOOD IDEA...I WILL SEND IT TO BUSHIE AND SEE IF IT FLOATS! :rofl: THEN IT'S DEFINITE THE JOB IS OVER???

CARLA...SORRY ABOUT THE LEAKY COMMUNITY ROOM. JUST THE OTHER DAY IT WAS THE ELECTRIC ROOM! :swim: GOT DONE AFTER 10 BUT I WATCHED IT ANYWAY...WELL I KIND OF FAST FORWARDED A BIT. I AM PRAYING THAT MICHELLE WINS...IS THAT HER NAME?....I FORGET!! SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CRAPPY TRAVELING!! HAVE FUN WITH MISSY MADCAT AND GIVE HER A HUG FOR ME :hug:


:rain: RAIN HER TOO AND VERY MILD TEMPS TODAY...WILL BE ALMOST 50 THEY SAY. I EVEN HAD THE BEDROOM WINDOW OPENED A BIT LAST NIGHT. WE HAD A LEAK ON THE LOBBY FLOOR THAT LASTED TILL AFTER 10PM. I WAS NOT IMPRESSED. :queen: THE PEOPLE WERE WATCHING A MOVIE AND HAD THE NERVE TO SHOW ANNOYANCE AT BEING DISTURBED. THEY FINALLY GAVE UP AND LEFT SO I GOT TO WATCH SOME OF THE BL DOWN THERE.
FOR SOME REASON I WAS ACHY ALL OVER AND ENDED UP TAKING SOME PAIN PILLS. NO SLEEP TILL AFTE 3:30!!!
BUT I WOKE AROUND 8 AND FEEL STRANGELY WELL RESTED...MUST BE THE CODEINE:rofl:
JEN IS ON HER WAY HERE AND WE ARE TACKLING HER PROBLEM TODAY. OFF TO EAT SOME BREAKFAST.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-10-2008, 09:45 AM
Good morning ladies,

Thanks for the shield Mel - it worked :D Last night's drive home was a teeth clencher. :yikes: I don't see well in the dark and avoid night driving as much as possible but there are times it's unavoidable. DH offered to drive me to work yesterday but it's almost an hour and a half both trips and 40 miles in one day back and forth so I try to only do it when I need it. SHOULD have taken him up on it yesterday. It was pouring here - we got 3 inches of rain yesterday. (Would have been 4 feet of snow if it was colder). The drive to work wasn't too awful - I stayed in the middle lane on high ground as much as possible and went slower because we were all hydroplaning and cars in the rightmost lane where the big puddles of water were spraying out shots of water over 6 feet high. Coming home was even worse. Many of the streets were flooded and it was a big mess. However, for the first time since I have been down here, people were courteous because there were parts where we had to merge all the way to the left to get around deep pools of water and people were doing the speed limit or a bit under instead of the raging maniacs they generally are. With the streets flooded, you couldn't see the lane markers which was particularly hairy on one long stretch of road I take that is only one lane in each direction with a deep trench on my side. Made it home safe and sound and DH took me to my Diabetes class later on. Water is gone now, replaced by near to freezing temps and cold winds.

Poor Carla :hug: what you describe is why I think I could never take a job as you and Shad do travelling about. What an ordeal! Hope you at least got some quality sleep and that you can meet up with your partner and carry out the task.

Shad - I LOVED those stories!!! I sent the links to DH as he was already asleep when I read them. Can't believe the one little devil got punished and turned around and did it again. What is it with kids now???? :rollpin: I hope the next round of cv submissions gets you a few nibbles. Of course being away so much, I suppose it's good to have some catch up time at home.

Oooh Michelle - sending you some Ben-Gay :lol: Snow is DEFINITELY a work out. Even if you're just pushing the light, fluffy stuff which you weren't. Your post reminded me of when you put out the Christmas decorations in the yard and then a couple of good snows and they are buried, although the colored lights underneath the snow can be kind of pretty on the bushes. I forgot you have to keep the area clear with the blow up decorations. Bet the penquins look really cute with the snow. I checked the weather forecast and though there are a few days of some light snow, it's supposed to warm up enough for a cold rain to wash it away and thus far :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: looks like we won't have any weather related issues on our trip.

I have turned into a traffic weenie as well as a weather weenie living down here. One of the worst things about going back home is the traffic is so horrendous - not used to it being that bad and up there it's everywhere ALL the time. 9pm here you can go out on the main road, throw a rock and maybe you might hit 1 car. :lol: It's like they roll the sidewalks in at night.

Time for me to get on the road. Hello Ceejay and the rest of the chicks :wave:

Ruthxxx
12-10-2008, 09:59 AM
How the heck did it get to be December 10th and I've not checked in with my Worldly buddies?

Been as busy as usual this month but cans see light at the end of the tunnel. My shopping is done - mainly gift cards and charitable donations. That's the way to go with friends and relatives who lack nothing but I usually end up spending more that way since there are so many worth causes.

Been working hard on Food Bank and Christmas hampers. Things are bad around here and getting worse for some folks as the plants in the nearest towns (Brockville, Kingston and Smiths Falls) are laying off folks. I'm counting my blessings!

Today was supposed to be a vet appointment for wee Jazz. The vet just called me on her cell and cancelled our appointment. The driving is way too bad out there to brave it for a non-essential appointment. She drives through Delta and could have come in for a coffee and checked the pup here.

The dogs and I will have a cozy morning with Christmas music, candles and a bit of hand sewing. Life is good!

Disney the Katrina Rescue Dog was interviewed last week for the local rag and the reporter took tons of pictures. I'll attach one and wish you all an early Merry Christmas!

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y290/Ruthxxx/ruthanDisney2.jpg

diyana
12-10-2008, 11:17 AM
Hello ladies -

I'm super busy at work today so this will be quick. Thankfully, I'm not nearly as sore as yesterday. Last night, I took a couple of the meds that I used to take for my back, and I fell asleep watching TV at 7:30 - which was fine with me...I was exhausted. I woke up at 4:30 feeling refreshed, so I got dressed and went into work. I knew I'd have a lot to get done today, since I didn't accomplish much work-wise yesterday.

Please ladies, think good thoughts for my DH. He is seeing the doctor about his hand infection today, and he has two interviews tomorrow and a second interview on Friday.

Shad - From what I've read, during the Great Depression here, the government put people out to work in a program called the WPA (I think). They also did infrastructure projects and even built the Hoover Dam. I, too, hope they come up with some good ideas to help pull us out of this recession/depression. Luckily I didn't have to get up on the roof to rake the snow off (as I'm really afraid of ladders). I just use this huge rake at the end of a long metal pole....fling it up on the roof about 6' in from the edge, stand back and pull all the snow down! Great upper body workout!

Ceejay - I hope your trainee learns quickly and takes good notes so he can be trusted to go solo eventually.

Annie - I hope training is going well! :hifive:

Carla - Sounds like a traveling nightmare! I hope you enjoy your dinner with Madcat tonight!

Mel - Sorry, but I do not want to hear about White Christmases or Let it Snow. Those songs, which I normally really like, are grating on my nerves and sore muscles right about now. :lol3: It is nice to work from home, but I don't get to very often. Which is probably good...it's easier to get distracted at home. Thanks for your concern regarding my lungs and exertion. I did okay yesterday...I wore a ski mask (a pretty red penguin fleece material so not a bank robber type). Wow! You're opening windows in the middle of December? Are you sure you're in Jersey?

Happy - I'm glad you made it home okay. Wet, slick roads and hydroplaning is really scary. Thanks for sending the Ben Gay....must be why I'm feeling better. I'll try and take a photo of our lawn decorations this week (one during the day and one at night). Of course, it's pretty snow-covered...so some stuff (including our penguin pathway lights) are completely buried. Glad to hear you won't have any weather issues for your trip. When are you heading up north and for how long? Sorry, you probably mentioned it, but the snow has fried/frozen my brain. :lol3:

Ruth - Good for you for getting your shopping done. How nice to make charitable donations as gifts for those who have everything. So thoughtful of you to work so hard with the food bank and other charities! I hope you enjoy your cozy morning! I just love those this time of year!! What a beautiful photo of you and Disney!

I am doing something different for my lunch break today. My company's Wellness Center is sponsoring a strength training workshop today and next Wednesday over the lunch hour! Should be a lot of fun and even though I've done lots of strength training, I may even learn a few new moves or techniques to build the muscles, strengthen the bones and boost my metabolism.

Well, ladies, I've got to get back to work. Here's to a great day for all of us!

Love and big hugs,

happy2bme
12-10-2008, 02:53 PM
For your DH Michelle :crossed: :angel: :crossed: :angel: :crossed: :angel:


What a great picture Ruth - very cute and festive!!!!

Shad
12-10-2008, 06:13 PM
Ruth - great picture. Better send us a link to the article when it comes out. We need to know what Disney said to the reporter. Hope she didn't make insinuations about life in the frozen north. Did Jazz join in as well?
Have a lovely Christmas with the family. Come back all refreshed and ready to go for another year of bliss and mayhem.
Wish my shopping was done and dusted. :cry:

Carla - oh the fun of travel especially in your winter. Have fun with Madcat, give her a big hug from me and wish her and the DH a very merry Christmas.

Mel - not much point in sending ideas to Bushie - he is history. Send 'em to Obama.
It's definite I am going home on the 18th. At this time I am not coming back. They realise there is still much to do here, but with Rio's announcement yesterday of 14000 jobs to go worldwide (8500 contractors and 5500 employees) there is not much point in training anyone until the dust settles and the new game starts playing out.
Sounds like you could do with some renos to the building as well. Leaks everywhere. What a pain.

Happy - I was amazed that he did it again as well. Maybe he got goaded into it by the kids on the bus or something, I don't know, but if his dad carries out the threat the kid will be walking for longer each day than he is at school! As for the other story, those two teenagers were on tv last night. They didn't show their faces, but they apparently had the tv cameras in the street filming the damage and theft of the lights and decorations when these two went blubbering and shaking up to knock on the door of the house. The man was very decent to them I thought, he did tell them off and he did accept their apology and he said that he felt they showed courage and promise to accept their own stupidity and spend their money on replacing the decorations. Well done to that Dad hey!
Hope the weather clears somewhat for your going to work and then to go North. I'm going home to heat, humidity, storms, rain and no doubt flies.

Michelle - glad to hear that you weren't on the roof and pushing the snow. Talking of ladders, I saw a great new gadget on tv last week which fits into the guttering and can be clamped to the sides of the ladder to stop it from moving, falling or shifting. I must look out for one of those the next time I go to Joy Heaven (hardware store)
Thoughts are with the DH for his interviews - hope something wonderful comes out of them. Better get that hand fixed for the new job.

For me it is back to the Body Balance class again tonight. Don't actually feel like it yet, I've got a sinus headache that is sending power drills through the right side of my face. I think I might take some of the weekend off since there will be technology upgrades going on for part of Saturday and Sunday. And with that I had better get going. I want the Planners guide and the Data Entry guide finished tomorrow for proof reading and testing. So I had better go get on with it.

ceejay52
12-10-2008, 06:33 PM
Ruth
The picture of you and Disney is great. I do a lot of donations this time of year also.

Happy
Glad you made it okay driving yesterday. I've never like to drive at night. Wow you drive an hour both ways to work!

Shad
I like the quote.

hello to everyone else :wave:

I'm still at work and craving a pizza.

Roseblush
12-11-2008, 06:13 AM
Merry Christmas,
I lost the site for a couple of days but hopefully everything is working well again. It is starting to be the busy and hurry up time of year. So many things to do and bake and send and wrap and nooooo time. Oh well, I am enjoying the decorations and trying remain focused on the best of this season.

My brother had a stroke last weekend and he is a hermit personality and didn't even call anyone for days to get help. He is doing quite well at this point. Living as far away as I do my sis is doing lots of leg work to help him out and I think and feel like I am in trouble .....for being here and she is there!

Oh Ruth I think the pic of you and Disney is just great. He or is it she looks like such a fun personality and companion. Hope the article is good. Let us know how it all turns out.

Well, I am up with too much energy in the middle of the night again....full moon on the rise..... and will try to turn in once again. Blessings to all and good health.......
Peace,
Nae

MELODY525
12-11-2008, 09:04 AM
HAPPY...I DO NOT MISS DRIVING AT ALL. HATED THE WEATHER AND FROM DUSK TO DAWN!! GLAD YOU GOT HOME OK AND PEOPLE WERE MORE COURTEOUS... THEY MUST ALL BE WORRIED ABOUT THE NAUGHTY OR NICE LIST :hohoho:

RUTH~ I AM SO GLAD LIFE IS GOOD AND I LOVED THE PICTURE!! PRINTED IT OUT TO SHOW JEN. STAY WELL AND ENJOY THE MUSIC AND DOGGIES!:hug: MERRIEST OF CHRISTMASES RIGHT BACK TO YOU :rudolph:

MICHELLE~ I WILL SEND ALL THE GOOD THOUGHTS I CAN MUSTER UP TODAY FOR DH AND HIS HAND AND THE INTERVIEWS!! :dance: GLAD YOU GOT A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP AND HOPE THE SNOW SLOWS DOWN OVER YOUR WAY. THE EXPECTED TEMP HERE TODAY IS SUPPOSED TO BE 62. IT WAS 61 YESTERDAY :faint:
:beach: WE'RE HAVING A HEAT WAVE....A TROPICAL HEATWAVE...LA LA LA :sunny:

SHAD~ THEN GOOD LUCK WITH THE WIND UP. SORRY TO HEAR THERE WILL BE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. SO SAD THIS TIME OF YEAR ESPECIALLY. WE'RE KEEPING OUR PLUMBER BUSY AND HE WAS GLAD TO GET THE WORK. IT'S USUALLY HIS BUSIEST TIME OF YEAR BUT THERE IS NO RENNO WORK GOING ON AND HE HAS LOST A LOT OF BUSINESS. NOW HE HAS JUST LEAKS AND BOILERS. WHILE YOU'LL BE HEADING HOME, I'LL BE HEADING TO TRADER JOES THAT DAY! !:dance:

CEEJAY~ :wave: HELLO BACK TO YA!!! DON'T EAT THE WHOLE PIZZA!!!!

NAE~ SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR BROTHER. WISHING HIM A FAST RECOVERY. IT IS TOUGH WHEN FAMILY DON'T LIVE CLOSE TO EACH OTHER BUT WHAT CAN WE DO. HOPE YOUR SON IS DOING OK AS WELL :hug:

:cofdate: RAINING CATS AND DOGS OR I WOULD BE OUT RIDING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS WEATHER...BUT NEVER FEAR....WINTER IS COMING BACK THIS WEEKEND. THEY SAID IT WAS COLDER IN PARTS OF THE SOUTH THAN IN NEW JERSEY! I CAN DEAL WITH THAT!!! JEN AND I SPENT THE DAY TOGETHER. SOME PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED AND MORE PAPERS IN THE MAILBOX. LIKE NAE...I AM TRYING TO
"remain focused on the best of this season".:wreath:
HAVE NOT SPENT ANY TIME IN THE OFFICE AND ONLY DONE WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. INTERNAL INSPECTIONS ARE GOING ON FOR THIS WEEK SO BEEN HELPING THE SENIORS GET READY INSTEAD. I AM
FEELING HUNGRY AND SLEEPY WITH THIS DARK MORNING!!
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

Madcat
12-11-2008, 10:07 AM
Morning all! Just a very quick check in to let you all know the Carla/Madcat hook-up was accomplished with great success. We must have been good since neither of us landed in jail and the city still seems to be standing. Of course, I did leave Carla on the subway so there is no guarantee she didn't get into mischief between the subway and her hotel. We ate lettuce and cucumbers and drank nothing but spring water from environmentally-friendly containers. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!! After all, there is no photographic proof otherwise. :lol:

I'll be back later to read and personal.

happy2bme
12-11-2008, 10:09 AM
Good morning and how are things in Chick land?

I see by Mel's ticker that there are 2 weeks exactly until Christmas. It's really flying by. I should bring my fresh garland in from the back porch so I can enjoy the smell seeing as how we'll only be here 1 week longer. I haven't gotten my Christmas cards out either. :(

Mel - you enjoy that 61 degree weather. You know I'm sure that we always pay dearly for unseasonal weather - particularly when it's unseasonably warm. Generally followed by a long and freezing cold snap. Our temps have dropped to freezing but should be up in the 60's by the weekend, which is slightly warmer than it should be. I was going in and out of the garage yesterday getting veggies to chop for a party tray today and my hands were freezing! I'm glad you are staying out of the office - don't let 'em pester you any more than you need to. Enjoy your Christmas music and movies and be the only happy one in the building :lol:

Nae - I'm sorry to hear about your brother. You know men, they always poo poo things but sometimes there can be complications and one NEEDS to get at least looked at. I can understand your guilt about being far away, I feel the same way with my Mom - most everything falls to my sister. Hope he does better soon.

Ceejay - it's 30 minutes to drive to work, mostly because I have to go through 40 mph speed traps and several school districts with reduced speeds. There is no way to avoid the schools. It's only 10 miles but takes long and the traffic lights are not timed well. At least 1/3 of my commute is spent sitting at red lights. :mad: So if DH was to drive me, it would take him almost an hour to drop me off and return back home. Then he'd do the same again to pick me up. Boom - there's almost 2 hours carved out of the day. Generally tho if he drives me I go in early and he picks me up around 6pm when traffic dies down so on those days the company benefits from me putting in a longer day. Maybe it's good that things are quiet at your place - no happy medium - either dull and boring or the "excitement" comes from annyoying people and their silly habits, right?

Shad - hope your headache clears up. Seems like you are having more sinus issues than I remember before, perhaps it is the area or you never mentioned it earlier. So you have one week left on the job? Sounds like things are slowing down economically on your side of the world too. Funny how we are all connected, even in subtle ways.

Michelle - hope you are feeling a bit less sore today. I hope DH's infection is clearing and that he gets some good feedback from the interviews. Pulling for him today and tomorrow :crossed:

Carla and Madcat - hope you had a very nice dinner together. I forget to tell Carla to give Madcat a big ole :grouphug: but I'm sure she did anyway cuz Carla thinks for us when we cannot :dizzy: :lol:

:wave: Ruthie and pups

I have to run now. See yah :wave:

diyana
12-11-2008, 10:32 AM
Happy Thursday everyone -

I'm so glad the weekend is nearly here. I'm very excited and hopeful for my DH today - a job interview this morning, one this afternoon, and a second round of interviews tomorrow! Yay! I've got an appointment with the doc this afternoon to go over my blood sugar/cholesterol tests. Not looking forward to it. Hopefully the results won't be too horrible. And hopefully he can figure out something to put me on (other than Niacin) to improve my cholesterol.

Shad - 14000 jobs gone! Wow! :faint: Sounds like you have a good attitude and plans on how to spend your holidays and January. YGG! That ladder clamp device sounds really cool. I'll check our hardware stores here to see if they carry such a thing. His hand is getting better. It still looks gross, but much better than it did. The doc is amazed at how quickly he is healing.

Nae - So sorry to hear about your DB's stroke, but I'm glad that he is doing well now. It's rough when you're away from your family and a sibling has to do much of the work. I was in a similar situation when my mom was terminally ill and my sister lived close and cared for her.

Mel - You're getting temps in the 60s?! How the heck is that possible?? Sunday, we're going to have temps in the upper 30s and low 40s (which is a relative heat wave, compared to what we've been having)! Glad you and Jen had a productive day solving problems and mailing paperwork.

Madcat - So glad you and Carla had fun and didn't get into too much trouble.

Happy - 2 weeks until Christmas - where did the time go? Hope you have a great day!

Love and hugs to all,

MELODY525
12-11-2008, 10:35 AM
http://www.mywildcrazyspace.com/wp-content/themes/2007/12/maxine_reindeer_chili.jpg

Roseblush
12-11-2008, 12:06 PM
LOL.... that is a crack up.........

diyana
12-11-2008, 12:10 PM
Mel - Thanks for the cartoon! :lol:

ceejay52
12-11-2008, 02:29 PM
:lol: Mel. I needed that little laugh. I might have to make chili cause of that.
I didn't eat the whole pizza. It wasn't good.


Shad
Hope db is doing better. :hug:

Happy
Thanks for explaining the drving situation.

It's good to have a day off. I've done absolutley nothing so far. Except a load of laundry. Haven't put those in the dryer yet. Need to get a box ready and take it to the post office. My nephew left some things in the car.

I thought I was done with Christmas shopping but my Tx's sister children draw names. I need to get that gift. I had an email this morning.

I woke up with a stuffy nose this morning to the point I was having trouble breathing. Now I havea major sinus headache.

happy2bme
12-11-2008, 02:29 PM
Michelle- Tuesday in class we had a pharmacist speaking to us about several drug treatment therapies.

It's recommended with Niacin to take ibuprophen 30 minutes before the Niacin to lessen the effects. However, if you are having occasional "allergic" reactions, I guess that won't help any. Niacin scares me. It's the wild child of vitamins it seems :lol:

diyana
12-11-2008, 02:43 PM
Ceejay - Glad you are enjoying your day off.

Happy - Thanks for the tip about the ibuprofen and the Niacin. I'm seeing my regular doc this afternoon, and I'll see if he's heard that and if it's worth the risk to start taking the Niacin again (but this time with ibuprofen).

diyana
12-11-2008, 02:45 PM
BTW, one of DH's interviews got postponed until next week because the hiring mgr is ill. And the other interview today wasn't for a Computer Network Administrator (even though that's what the job description said), it was to join a MLM scheme to sell Medicare supplement insurance to seniors. DH told them thanks but no thanks. He's a computer geek, not an insurance salesman and he's NOT interested in joining a MLM type business.

Oh well, tomorrow's interview should go well since it is a second round of interviews.

ceejay52
12-11-2008, 08:59 PM
Shad and Nae
My apologies. Nae :hug: for db

Helped the economy a little bit today. Bought myself a new razor cell phone from alltel, plus a head set for hands free driving. I'll have to learn how to use it.

Not much else is goiong on. Have a good non productive day. The kind I like.

annie175
12-11-2008, 11:19 PM
Hey...I'm back. Training was great. The Suite they held it in at the hotel was FREEZING! I wore my leather coat and gloves during most of the training. I love love love it so far.

Michelle...goodluck vibes are being sent to DH on job hunting. I was approached by several insurance places wanting sales people. I didn't even reply to most. No snow here, just rain, thank God.

Sounds like everyone has been busy, busy, busy.

Getting ready to head to bed will do personals this weekend. Too much to catch up on.

Love and hugs

Have a great Friday ladies.

annie175
12-11-2008, 11:19 PM
Great picture Ruth!

Shad
12-11-2008, 11:20 PM
Michelle - DH has my full sympathies about the MLM job. I, personally feel very cross when that has happened to me. I would very much like to belt them around the head with a 14lb sledgehammer.
There should be a law against it. They are obviously not proud enough of their product to advertise it openly and so they resort to this sort of cr*p. As you can see it makes me a bit cross! :mad:
I wish DH all the best for a better round tomorrow.
The 14000 jobs gone are from all around the world. I'm hoping they will somehow pick on some of the over rated middle management this time. Very top heavy this joint.

Ceejay - no apologies needed, I thought you were asking after my DB who is as silly as ever.
Glad to hear you bought a hands free phone. We are not allowed to use mobile phones while driving over here. It's illegal even tho' some will do it. It's a nasty old fine if you get caught with it. You can use hands free or ear plugs and mics

Mel - gotta love Maxine. She sure comes up with some goodies.
Trader Joes v going home, trader joes v going home. Going home wins!!! :rofl:

Nae - yep, we are into the full moon phase when all the weirdos and idiots come out to play. Think I will just sit on the lawn and have a drink and forget about going anywhere. It's a silly time of year to just travel anyway.

Happy - my sinus's are clearing, I think it is the close contact with the co-worker who smokes like a chimney. I feel a lot better 3 days after he has gone home on leave. And the office smells better as well.
Did the DH enjoy my links to the tough love world?

Madcat/ Carla - there may not be any photographic proof, but I have this vision of an oversize bowl of poutine and a platter of beaver tails and I see two right hands dipping in there. Glad to here you met up, got together and sorted the world with out being frogmarched off to jail or damaging the wonderful city sights. Leaving Carla on the subway may be detrimental although she must have managed alright in NY. TO is more civilised isn't it?

And that is about it. Better go get some lunch (chicken and salad) before I have to go and shout at IT one more time. I've jumped down the throats of at least two of them so far today. Useless pack of hua.

too de loo for now

Shad
12-11-2008, 11:23 PM
And Annie snuck in there while I was cogitating. Glad to hear that all is going well and that you are back and at work again.

Woohoo Annie :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

ceejay52
12-12-2008, 08:53 AM
Annie
So glad that you are "loving" your new job. We asked the teacher if they could lower and raise the temperature. Stay warm

Michelle
I'm also sending good vibes for your DH for his job inerviews.

I woke up again this morning with a horrible sinus headache and one side ofmu nose completly clogged.

happy2bme
12-12-2008, 10:02 AM
Good morning ladies,

It's a cold one out there. Must be a damp cold lately because I am REALLY freezing.

Like you Ceejay - have had a sinus headache every day when I get up. Must be something in the air. You would think the frost would kill it if it was mold based or something.

Shad, I think after almost 5 years and over 50,000 cigarettes not smoked, I think I have finally kicked the habit - tho I think a little part of me will always be vunerable so no getting cocky here. But I agree with you, people carrying it on their clothing and person is probably enough to irritate you without it being obvious. Especially if you feel better when you aren't around it. It's funny that most of the people smoking at work now are the Indian contractors. I just read an article the other day that the World Health Organization is going to start targeting countries like India and China where over 40 percent of the population smokes. That's hard to believe in this day and age. I think they pushed it out of Great Britain and they are surely cutting it out here. And DH was amused by your news stories too. We talked about it yesterday. Bully for those dads! :yay: :lol:

Annie - so what did you get trained on? Hate it when you have to sit in a freezing room like that. Unlike most people who stay alert when they get cold, it puts me to sleep. I think I'd be the first man down in a blizzard :lol: Glad you made the trip up and back safe and sound. Now I bet you can't wait to go to work :D

Michelle - that's a bummer with the MLM scheme. DH asked for some info on something he saw from the Internet and we got baraged by phone calls. They called at least a dozen times in one day. I think they are really preying on people now.

Madcat - glad to hear you had fun with Carla. At least you got her to the right subway. I wouldn't be surprised if you found her standing in the tunnel, joining in song with one of the street players :lol:

I told DH to strap on his mouthguard - it's going to be another teeth gritting day on the financial markets. I don't know what else to do but sit tight. I don't disagree with the Republicans (for a change). Our unions are very powerful and I think they are every bit as much as a problem. In today's world, we have all had to make concessions. DH's large international company no longer provides free medical care to pensioners, much less their families and everyone else they drag under the umbrella. And he has taken pay cuts. I don't expect a raise any time soon. Let the companies go under, break the unions and start over again if they won't be reasonable.

And with that, I will be on my way today. Have a good one.

diyana
12-12-2008, 10:40 AM
Happy Friday -

What a week! So glad the weekend is nearly here. I went to the doc last night and got some good news...Blood Sugar is still in the normal range! yay! My cholesterol, however, needs my attention. So that's what I'm gonna do...work diligently to lower my weight, lower my bad cholesterol, and increase my good cholesterol.

I really appreciate all the good vibes you're sending for my DH . He has his second round of interviews this morning for a job he'd really like!

Mel - Do you have any great tasting, easy to prepare, heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering recipes??

Annie - I'm SOOOO happy for you that you enjoyed your training! Yay! :dance: When do you start your new job? Is it near where you live? As for my DH insurance sales fiasco....the weird thing was...this insurance company was advertising for a network administrator - a computer network administrator - nothing about sales. The fact is they lied to get people to come in for an interview and then scam them into believing how much potential money there is to be made in MLM and in preying off the insurance needs/fears of the elderly and low-income. Definitely NOT something my DH has any interest in.

Shad - DH was very cross (major understatement) about the MLM company making him drive 40 miles for an interview under false pretenses. There was no job for him...it was a classic bait and switch scam. They obviously think that if they get people to come in to interview for jobs that have nothing to do with sales and don't even exist, they can convince the interviewees to change their career objectives and start preying on low-income individuals.

Ceejay - Thanks for the good vibes. I hope your sinuses clear up and that you feel better.

Happy - :bravo: for staying smoke-free! I hope your sinuses clear up very soon. It's amazing how many companies won't even allow smoking on the premises (indoors or outdoors) here.

Here's to a great Friday and a fun/relaxing weekend ahead for all of us!

Love and hugs to all,

diyana
12-12-2008, 05:55 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
DH GOT A JOB!
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

He was offered (and accepted) a Network Administrator position with a nonprofit organization that assists immigrants (mostly Hispanic) with job placement, childcare, educational and other social services. He starts on 12/22. The pay is a little more than he was making, which will help since the commute is a little bit further. We are both SO happy and so relieved!

Anyway, I've got to get a few more things done before I leave for the day. I'll try and check in tomorrow.

Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers and :goodvibes:!

Love and hugs,

Shad
12-12-2008, 06:36 PM
That's two down, now we have to start preparing for Nae's DS and Annies DD. Can we make it three out of three or 4 out of four??? I hope so.
Congratulations Michelles DH - I'm proud of you.

So it is Saturday, and I am back to yell some more at the IT help desk. Since I can't get to the person responsible for this fiasco of the logins for my people, the help desk will get to wear it. Yesterday after 9 calls for 9 problems and getting 9 different answers from 9 different IT people, I have now got at least two different stories for each problem, two different reasons as to why it hasn't been fixed, two different reasons as to why the problem originated and I have found the way to deal with it.
I ring them up, introduce myself, ask them how they are, launch into the problem and give them the computer number. Before they have a chance to tell me the fault is mine for not doing something, I remind them that the problem has been with them since 29th October and here is the ticket number. And then I tell them that if the problem is that a form has not been filled in or correctly filled in, then how come that out of the 36 people whose names were put forward for the same login details (apart from the name) and the same securities and permissions on the same forms for all, how is it that half of them got the right stuff and half didn't. I don't let them get too many words in and eventually they get hacked off and they just go and do as I asked! I'm waiting for confirmation of the fix for 2 of the problems this morning and am about to go hunting for answers to the rest. Life is sweet. I should have been a detective or a forensic person or maybe a lawyer. No, no not the latter.

Ceejay - get one of those nasal inhalers and keep sniffing. I've found it is the best thing for swollen and sore sinus and it beats popping pills all the time. Feel better soon.

Happy - I just find it strange that these people - supposedly among the worlds poorest are the last to kick the smoking habit. And the stuff they smoke is revolting. Maybe it is even more addictive than the stuff we get. I know when I was in Japan, smoking was actually on the increase there, not decrease and the smoking carriages in the trains were just horrendous. Unfortunately a lot of young women were taking it up. The first visit I had to Japan very few women smoked and it was indeed frowned upon. Now it's like every second young one smokes. The older ones never seem to take it up.
Glad DH enjoyed the NT news stories. Came from the same sort of place that the Alice Springs Zoo break in occurred. Nothing else ever came of that one. I checked it out the other day.

Okay - best go sort out the IT department. They have been outsourced and I'd like to clear this lot up BEFORE I have to deal with India.

happy2bme
12-12-2008, 07:21 PM
:yay: Michelle and DH :yay: what a happy Christmas present for you!!!! most remarkable too in that times are really getting tight with all the layoffs and such. Congrats!!!!

happy2bme
12-12-2008, 07:24 PM
I thought I read that the tobacco companies were marketing hard to third world countries - not that Japan is third world.

I know when I started in the 70's it was targeted as an appetite suppressant, weight loss tool. But that only lasted for just the tiniest time.

one on one smoke doesn't bother me, but 4 or more in a group and the cloud really gets to me. And yep, it REALLY stinks 10 times worse on a person when they come in from the cold. I can tell the smokers at Walmart, their coats just reek of stale tobacco. I sure hope I never smelled that bad but not a worry now.

Time to head home now...

MELODY525
12-12-2008, 08:48 PM
CEEJAY...IT'S GOOD TO HAVE DO NOTHING DAYS!! IT IS ALSO VERY GOOD FOR THE SOUL!! I AM GLAD YOU DIDN'T EAT THE WHOLE PIZZA :hug: GOOD FOR YOU!!! HOPE THE SINUS HEADACHE LEFT! ENJOY THE NEW BOUGHT GOODIES!!!

MICHELLE~WILL BE SENDING THE DH MORE GOOD VIBES FOR THE NEXT ONE. GLAD THE DH TURNED DOWN THE OTHER OFFER FOR THE SCHEME. GOD I REALLY HATE THOSE KIND OF THINGS. GOOD LUCK AND MANY HUGS :hug: OMG!!!! I SEE THE NEW PAGE AND CONGRATULATIONS TO DH!!!!!!!!!!! THANK GOD!!! I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER FOR BOTH OF YOU AND JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!! DOESN'T EVERYTHING SEEM BRIGHTER!! YAY!!! :cheer2: :cheer: :cheer3:

SHAD :rofl: :rofl: USELESS PACK OF HUA :lol3: :lol3: OMG I AM LAUGHING FOR ONE OF THE FEW TIMES TODAY!!! AND YES....GOING HOME WOULD WIN WITH ME AGAINST TRADER JOE'S TOO!! UNLESS YOU WANNA COME SHOPPING WITH ME!!!

OK...GOING TO THE NEXT PAGE SO HOLD ON A SEC....

ANNIE....HOW WONDEFUL FOR YOU TO BE BACK TO WORK AND ALSO JUST BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS!!! THANK GOD FOR THIS TOO!! YAY YOU!!! :cheer: :cheer2: :cheer3:

HAPPY~ I AM AFRAID TO TURN THE NEWS ON AND SEE HOW BAD THINGS ARE FOR SO MANY. VERY HEARTBREAKING FOR SURE. ONLY THE RICH GET RICHER IN THE USA!!!


I'M SORRY BUT I KEEP GETTING CALLED AWAY. LONG STORY BUT I AM TOO TIRED TO TELL IT TONITE....IT'S TAKEN ME HOURS JUST TO FINISH THIS AND POST IT. :faint:
TALK TOMORROW. LOVEYA!!

MELODY525
12-13-2008, 09:04 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD. I HAVE RETURNED. I HAD ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS SLEEP THAT YOU PRAY FOR. I WAS OUT LIKE A LIGHT AND HAD ALL NICE DREAMS. IN ,MY DREAMS EVERYTHING WAS GOING SO WELL AND EVERYONE WAS HAPPY.....UNLIKE THE DAY YESTERDAY. FOR SOME REASON EVERYONE WAS AT EACH OTHERS THROATS AND I FELT LIKE THE LOCAL FIREMAN PUTTING OUT EACH BLAZE AS THEY ERUPTED. :flame: SOMETIMES I WONDER WHO DIED AND LEFT ME GOD? OR WHY DO I BOTHER? IS IT MY FATE IN LIFE TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY? :yoga: MUST HAVE BEEN THE FULL MOON. I WAS LOOKING ON THE PC FOR IT AND FOUND THAT IT WAS THE FULLEST AT ABOUT 11:38AM. THAT IS JUST ABOUT THE SAME TIME A NASTY NOTE TO TENANTS WAS BEING TYPED, PRINTED AND LATER HANDED OUT. YES THE "STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL OF THE COMMUNITY ROOM" SAGA CONTINUES. SPENT HOURS WITH PEOPLE CALLING ME AND KNOCKING ON THE DOOR BUT I THINK THAT MAYBE THIS TIME THERE MIGHT JUST BE SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. REMAINS TO BE SEEN.
JEN AND I HAD SOME GOOD TIME TOGETHER THESE PAST 3 DAYS AND I THINK OUR HOLIDAY PLANS ARE RESOLVED. IF THEY DO HAVE THE CHANCE TO BE WITH THE KIDS THEN THEY SHOULD TAKE IT. END OF STORY.
I AM SO WELL RESTED TODAY THAT I SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE MESSY HOUSE!!! AND DO ALL THINGS CHRISTMASSY TODAY :wreath:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY YOUR WEEKENDS!!!:moped:

ceejay52
12-13-2008, 08:52 PM
Mel
You ust have stolen my sleep lst night as I had none.

Michelle
I'm very happy that dh found a job that he will like.

Hello to the rest.

happy2bme
12-13-2008, 10:55 PM
Hi kids,

Oh Mel. I just realized that your penquin is doing the Macarena. Akkk. Hide me eyes! :lol: Not only is it a full moon but yesterday the moon was at it's closest to earth, and bigger than usual - so sure - I fully believe it stirs up the wierdos. :badbat: I guess when you are born a people pleaser, you will always be that way no matter what we tell you MEL. I'm sure there are people who appreciate it, I'm even more sure there are seniors who have regressed into children who crave attention, even if they have to make a ruccous. ??? But when you've had enough of adult day care, hang up the gone fishin' sign and head up to your retreat. Just remember to turn off the phone when you go up there. Maybe Santa needs to send you some noise cancelling headphones and an I-pod stocked with soothing music so you can keep them out of your head :lol: So what did you do Christmasy today?

I went to the craft store - had some coupons and bought some ribbon and baskets for presents. Got a few more sprays of poinsettas and finished my potted fake poinsetta. It's not bad looking. With a bunch of cats around I can't risk having real ones. I have nice smelling real pine garland on the fireplace mantle held in place with big red bows. And I got a wreath for on the house at half price and bought several picks (decorations) and made a pretty wreath out of it. I have decided not to put up a tree this year, not even the pull it out of the box and plug it in small fiber optic tree. I have a few decorations around the house, it looks a little festive - just not over done. And once I get off of here I really need to get my Christmas letter and cards done or they won't get done at all. And I don't want to waste the money I spent on cards and stamps again. Oh and while we were at the craft store there was this arrangement I was oogling over at Thanksgiving. It's about 3 feet high and consists of 2 large balls of poinsettias with ribbon and silver ornaments in a footed pot. I just loved it for the outside entrance. I talked myself out of spending that much money last time but today it was on sale and I had a coupon for an additional 20 percent off. It was the only one left and I smiled sweet at DH (I also could not reach it from where it was) and he got it down and carried it for me. It looks so pretty out front. 2 would have looked better but... :devil: :lol:

Ok, guess this is enough for now. Think I'll go make a cup of hot chocolate, strap on my I-pod and listen to some of the 296 songs I copied from my Christmas CD collection.

Hope you get a good night's make up sleep tonight Ceejay.

Shad my buddy, I hope you are not working the weekend.

Carla - would be nice if you are home back in comfort.

No snow for you Miss Michelle - can't say the same for Madcat and Ruth cuz after all, they are in CANADA :brr:

I am imagining just how gorgeous the full moon and a sky full of stars is out your way Nae.

I'm sure right now Annie is snugging up with Tony. ;)

Shad
12-13-2008, 11:05 PM
Welcome to Sunday14th December
It's a good day because:
1. I can leave work early
2. It is only 5 days exactly until I fly home - that's 120 hours or 7200 minutes (but then who is counting)
3. Tonight will be my last washing day at the camp, unless I have enough powder left to do another wash Wednesday morning. I ain't buying any more.
3. It is the last Sunday I will work for a while.
4. It's a lovely warm day out there it was beautiful see at the beach this morning all calm and reflective.
5. I woke up, I am alive. It is all good

And as I said, we've had some wonderful weather here - just look at my view and weep!!!
This was my view of moonset yesterday morning.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Dampier006aemail.jpg

Today we had reflections:
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Dampier008aemail.jpg

Now you gotta admit that's not hard to take at 7.am on a Sunday morning is it? Even Happy might get out of bed for that! :rofl:

I'll try to get some more up later when I return for Personals. Happy has just appeared on my screen so I'd better figure out what she is up to.

Shad
12-13-2008, 11:12 PM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Dampier007email.jpg

Couldn't resist this one. Our own big Christmas decoration just hanging out of reach.

happy2bme
12-13-2008, 11:38 PM
Oh Shad, while all the pics are lovely, that very first one with the blues and pinks and the full moon - oooooooooooh. So very, very pretty!!!!! I may have to snatch that as a screen saver :lol:

happy2bme
12-13-2008, 11:39 PM
And yes, I WOULD get out of bed for a view like that. I am partial to waterfronts anyway. :lol:

Shad
12-14-2008, 12:59 AM
I'll send you the full size one if you want. I think I have your email address here.
Ummm, I have sent it to the addy in my head. It will come back if it is not the right one.

Shad
12-14-2008, 01:08 AM
And here is another one to get on with. That big white mountain in the background is a pile of Salt.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Dampier013email.jpg

MELODY525
12-14-2008, 08:43 AM
CEEJAY...I HOPE YOU HAD SWEET DREAMS LAST NIGHT :cloud9: I TRIED TO SEND GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY :hug:

HAPPY....GONE FISHING!!! I AM GOING TO MAKE A SIGN THAT SAYS THAT :rofl: 296 SONGS OF CHRISTMAS??? :rofl: I AM SO GLAD I CAME HERE TO READ POSTS...YOU ARE CRACKING ME UP ALREADY!!! YES AND IT'S FUNNY...WHEN I FIRST USED THAT SANTA...YOU WERE THE FIRST ONE TO RECOGNIZE THE DANCE!! :cb: THE TRIP TO THE STORE SOUNDED WONDERFUL AND ENJOY ALL THE GOODIES!! THE CATS CAN TAKE CARE OF THINGS WHEN YOU GO AWAY!!! HOPE THE COCOA WAS GOOD :cofdate:

SHAD...OMG....SUCH A VIEW!! I WAKE EVERY MORNING AROUND 7 AND WOULD LOOOOOVE TO SEE THAT! :love: MAYBE I SHOULD GET IT ENLARGED AND GLUE IT TO MY BEDROOM WINDOW!!! :rofl: THANKS FOR POSTING THAT!! WHICH REMINDS ME...I HAVE NOT GONE TO WEBSHOTS IN EONS!! I MUST CATCH UP WITH YOUR PICS OVER THE HOLIDAYS.


:scooter: I FEEL LIKE I HAVE BEEN ON THE GO FOREVER. A WOMAN'S SON AND I TRIED TO FIX THE DVD PLAYER SITUATION IN THE COMM. ROOM AND SEE IF WE COULD MAKE A BETTER HOOK-UP. AFTER AN HOUR WASTED, I DECIDED TO COME UP HERE AND MAKE A TOLL FREE CALL. THERE IS NO WAY THE GENT ON THE OTHER LINE SAID...OUR TV IS TOO ANCIENT AND IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY :faint: :tantrum: WE GAVE UP! :lol3: :lol3:
THEN....SOMEONE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE SO NICE TO TELL ME HIS FRIEND THINKS I AM A BIOTCH AND SHOULD CONTROL THE OFFICE BETTER. :faint: I DON'T THINK HE WILL BE TALKING TO ME FOR AWHILE....OR AT LEAST THINK TWICE BEFORE HE OPENS HIS MOUTH!
AND ALL THIS AFTER I DELIVERED MY 100 HANDMADE CARDS!! :rofl: HAD I KNOWN BEFORE...I MIGHT HAVE TOSSED THEM ALL IN THE OFFICE SHREDDER.
I ALSO WRAPPED AND CLEANED UP A BIT. STARTED TO SEND OUT MY E-CARDS TO LOCAL FRIENDS. TODAY I NEED TO GET MY LITTLE GIFTS AND $$ CARDS FOR THE MAINT. MEN READY FOR OUR PARTY ON THURSDAY. THAT'S ABOUT AS MUCH AS I CAN HANDLE TODAY. JEN AND RICHIE ARE BACK WITH DAD AND THEY ARE TOY SHOPPING ETC. NO DEFINITE PLANS AS YET. CRAZY FAMILY! THEY ALL FLY BY THE SEAT OF THEIR PANTALONES!!:rofl:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY!!!:moped:
ps....if i am not here in the morning...i went to the mall with judy. she just called and asked for company.!

annie175
12-14-2008, 11:45 AM
Good Morning Girls.........

OH MICHELLE, I AM SO HAPPY FOR DH. YIPPITY SKIPPITY. PASSING A MARGARITA TO ALL AND CHEERS!!!! DEFINATELY HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! My dad's cholestrol was great all the way around..good and bad...and then had a quadruple bypass. Go figure!

Shad...Thanks for the woo hoos...I feel like one ginormous WOOHOO these days. lol. DD AND DS are still looking for a job we need to make it 5 out of 5 on the job search. I am truly convince we worldlies have the power of prayer and good thoughts. Thank you all ladies...you are the best!

Ceejay... I think it is the time of year for sinus infections and headaches. Would you believe poor Tony (my MAIN man) hehe, has had 3 sinus infections since we have been seeing each other? I actually think the original infection didn't actually go all the way away. Feel better vibes coming your way!

Happy...Most of the training was spent on learning the health plans and benefits offered to major corporations through Humana. One entire day was spent on how the company runs and MY benefits. Which rock actually.

MEL...oooohh, nice dreams....with Hugh Jackman in them? I saw Australia Friday night with Tony, omgoodness it was soooooo good. It was 3 hours long and I had to potty, but did not go cause I didn't want to miss one thing. It is worth every dime and wearing a pair of Depends undies so not to miss the movie.

My puter has been down since this past Thursday night post, but didn't want to call support until this weekend as I only have a cell phone and no landline. Didn't want to burn up my minutes. Good thing I waited till free minutes. I spend about an hour and a half with ATT support, then had to call Norton security as their virus software was causing a major firewall block, I couldn't even log onto the internet. That too almost 2 hours for them to figure out how to fix. Shuweee.

Went to see Home for the Holidays with my SIL yesterday, don't waste your time on that one. Wait till it comes out on DVD. It was just OK.

I am going to make homemade hot wings for tonight when the kids and Tony come over. The kids have been begging me to make my wings. I am in a good mental place these days, so I agreed to make them.

Bought Ms. Hella Bella a new t-shirt. It is black with Pink writing that says Harley Davidson with diamond bling surrounding it. Too cute on her white body which she has a million white hairs on the shirt now.

Cold and 40 today with dropping temps down to 22 tonight. Rain changing to sleet by noon then to snow tonight. Burrrrrrr! Come on girls, put the "come on Spring" vibes out there.

Gotta get busy...HELLO to everyone I missed...and again...Congrats to your DH Michelle. Woohoos back at cha.

Much Love, Many Hugs and Lots of Laughter.

Annie

ceejay52
12-14-2008, 12:46 PM
Mel
Your good thoughts arrived. Thanks so much. I told my sister that I was taking my nerve pill and going to bed. Had a good night's sleep. In fact I'm in a prreetty good mood. I'm armed and ready for what comes my way with the boss tomorrow. Better take another xanax tonight. I'm refusing another day of overtime- I have left a note for the boss and Brandon as the reason why.
If he makes me work--I'm calling in sick that day unless the bad weather they are predicting actually comes our way.

Shad
I'm so jealous of your location. The view is gorgeous.

Annie
Bet Bella looks cute in her Harley tshirt.


I'm back to work today. I told my sister last night that I'm very seriously thinking of retiring from here at age 62, and working for doctor's office or other health care facility, that is if I'm still healthy enough to work.

Guess it's time to get busy again at work. Just finished a back wash procedure around 8.30 a.m. and the power went off. I was doing the rewash procedure. Thank goodness the power came back on and I didn't have to run downstairs to close the filters manually.

happy2bme
12-14-2008, 01:37 PM
Good morning chicks,

It's cool here today and rain is just around the corner. Supposed to be a rainy week actually. I've got lots to do today as the countdown clicks fast. Hard to believe that we're leaving in a week and 2 weeks from now we'll be back home again :(

Mel - my Mom had the same deal with her VCR and an old TV. Actually neither piece was THAT old but they wouldn't work together. So my BIL bought her a DVD player and she never uses the thing :lol: I know what you mean about the Christmas cards, sometimes you feel like putting a big pucker up picture and on the inside "Kiss Muh Grits" :lol3: Very few people appreciate things now a days. I have lots of Christmas CDs, you would love them. Ranging from traditional to the off the wall, WHY did I buy these. In that category I have "A Banjo Christmas", several Cajun Christmas CDs which are actually kind of good in a footstomping way, and the worst of all time - "The Jugband Christmas". Maybe DH is right - if they sell it, Happy will come along and buy it :lol3: :lol3:

Thanks for the movie reviews Annie. I guess because DH and I don't really date any more, we don't go to the movies - :rofl: Actually we do go out on dates occasionally. Rarely do we go to the movies tho - most of the time they have the sound up sooooo loud that it hurts our ears. Does that make us old? :lol: More to the point, just aren't that many good movies any more. I wasn't sure about The Bucket List but that turned out to be pretty good. DH watched Iron Man on pay per view yesterday and said it was ok, nothing special, shudda waited for it on cable... Glad you are in such a good mood - I call it manic depression - the super high that follows the huge hit the skids low that you felt when you first got laid off. I think sometimes we need the bumps in the road to shake us up a bit because I don't know about you but I tend to get in a rut at times if things are the same from day to day. Last time I got laid off end of 1999 and got a (permanent) job in October 2000, I was singing Steve Miller's "Back in the High Life Again" - :lol: I actually remember walking through the parking lot after the interview (they offered me a job on the spot - jumped up in the air and clicked my heels. If I tried to do that now my knees would give out and I'd probably fall and break something so I'd still be elated but would have to tone down my excitement :rofl:

Ceejay - I think there's alot of people who have done what you're talking about - going to work in reception at the doctor or dentist's office. Tho by the wait time you have on the phone, maybe they aren't hiring quite enough of them so that might be just as stressful.

Ok, ain't getting nuttin done sitting here so I'll be on my way. Have fun.

happy2bme
12-15-2008, 10:37 AM
Good morning ladies,

We have falling temperatures and an ice storm headed our way today. It's probably already hit up Ceejay's way - please be careful today! Ice for us is supposed to hit later today and all night long so tomorrow will be just as bad if not worse.

Got a call last night from a dear friend of mine. Her DH collapsed and passed away on Saturday - he was a good friend of ours too - a gentle, caring soul who balanced out our crazy, wild personalities. She is in a fog, going through the motions. I feel so badly for her. She lost her mother last year around Thanksgiving. We were planning on getting together over the holidays, I will still get up there anyway although it will be a completely different type of visit. I was really thinking about how life can be so fleeting sometimes. You'll just tooling along, doing your thing, sometimes (in my case) being a Crabby Appleton or taking things for granted and then boom - out of the blue the switch gets flipped off, the lights go out and you check out. No warning, no wrapping up the loose ends, curtain closed. One of the things she said to me was that she had no idea of all the things that he took care of. He was a financial planner and while she is a strong, independent, get it done person - I guess they are typical of most couples in that she takes care of her "things" and he takes care of his. When something happens suddenly like this, it's difficult to pick up the loose ends, particularly when you are operating in a state of shock. We learned this when my brother passed away. My SIL had no idea of anything he did with the financial stuff and he had password protected the computer and all the personal files. My DH helped crack some of the codes and help her contact online support with others but there were still some things never resolved. DH has a list he made of our stuff because he handles most of it, however that will do no good if something happens to the both of us at the same time. Makes you think...

Not feeling much chatty today so forgive me for skipping the personals this morning.

happy2bme
12-15-2008, 10:39 AM
oh and Shad - I never did get your email. We will catch up when you get settled back home.

diyana
12-15-2008, 11:26 AM
Good morning ladies -

It was so cold this morning! 0 degrees F, with a -19 wind chill. DH, DMIL and I had a nice weekend. We got the Christmas cards done and mailed and sent off the packages of Christmas gifts. On Saturday, we went to a craft fair with a very German, Bavarian, Austrian flair, most of the artists selling their wares actually came over from Germany just for this show! So many unique and gorgeous handcrafted gifts! On Sunday, we went out shopping and then to dinner to celebrate DH's job. It was a very nice weekend. Can you ladies please PM me your addresses? I'd like to send you cards.

Thanks to all you wonderful worldlies for your support and congratulations on my DH's job. We are both very happy and relieved.

Happy - Your artificial poinsettia sounds lovely, as does your real pine bough held on by red bows! So festive! And making a wreath for your home - that sounds like so much fun! Take a photo when you get a chance. I haven't had a chance to do much crafty lately, but I'm hoping to be able to find my soap making supplies so I can make some soaps as little gifts for co-workers. So sorry to hear about your friend's DH. Though it's never easy, it's especially rough over the holidays. It's a tough reminder that life is precious and to enjoy the ride. :hug: for her and for you too.

Shad - I'm glad you had a nice Sunday. Too bad you had to work. But it sounds like all was good. Thanks for the lovely photos! What a gorgeous view you have! Definitely worth getting out of bed for!

Mel - Sounds like there are some really ungrateful a**holes over there. Don't let 'em get to you, and certainly don't let those few ingrates spoil your wonderful Christmas spirit!

Annie - Can you take a picture of the cutie Hella Bella in her t-shirt? Maybe with you and Tony in the photo as well? I'm glad you're in such a good mood...and glad you're computer is fixed!

I hope everyone is having a good day.

Love and hugs to all,

diyana
12-15-2008, 11:34 AM
Here are our Christmas photos for this year.

DH and I and the pups - Christmas 2008
Just the puppies (Santa, Mischief and Doppler) - Christmas 2008

ceejay52
12-15-2008, 04:12 PM
It really to cold for me today. brrrrr. The schools north of us have close due to the weather. To the weather just keep on your path and miss our county. I'm sure the kiddo's wouldn't want to hear me say that.

We finally had our evaualtion this morning and I'm pleased. I also discussed some things that were on my mind. I'm more at ease now.

Happy
So sorry to hear about your friend's dh. It does make you stop and think about life in general.


It's time to get back to work even though I don't want to.

annie175
12-15-2008, 04:25 PM
Hello ladies.....

Happy...so sorry to hear about your friend. I don't know which is worse, knowing the death is coming, or it suddenly happening, either way it is just horribably tragic. Many hugs....

Michelle....it is very cold and icy here today also. Most schools were on a 2-hr delay. I will try to get a photo of me, Tony and Bella. Bella is not real cooperative. Your pix are adorable and you and hubby look very cute together and happy.

Ceejay...very glad your evaluatioin went well. Good for you, my dear.

What a way to start the week. My boss is traveling today, coming in late tomorrow and working from home on Wednesday.

DD and I are going to a purse party tonight at one of my friend's houses. The purses are the fake Coach etc type purses. I probably won't get one as the last one I got fell apart after about a month. Not real impressed with them.

Shuwee I have gas really bad today, must be the hot wings I made and ate yesterday. Or maybe the over-indulgence of food. haha

Better get busy.

Love and Hugs.

diyana
12-15-2008, 05:14 PM
Ceejay - I hope the bad weather stays far away from you. I'm glad your evaluation went well and that you were able to get some stuff off your chest. Good girl!

Annie - Thanks for the nice compliment about me and my DH. We are a happy little family...just us and our three "kids" (Left to right: Santa, Mischief and Doppler). So you're at work this week and your boss won't be there much? Well I hope s/he left stuff for you to do to get settled in. Nothing worse than being bored at a new job. i hope the toots get better soon.

MELODY525
12-15-2008, 06:01 PM
HAPPY~ I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR FRIEND'S DH. SO SAD AND AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR MAKES IT WORSE. :hug: WILL SEND GOOD THOUGHTS NORTH! STAY WARM AND BE CAREFUL WITH THIS WINTRY MIX/MESS!!

MICHELLE~ YOUR DH'S NEWS AND ANNIE'S NEWS WAS THE BEST THING THIS YEAR'S END. EVERYONE IS WORKING!!:cb: YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDED WONDERFUL!!WILL SEND A PM BUT SEND ME A EMAIL!! DON'T WASTE ANY MONEY ON STAMPS AND CARDS!! :rofl: I DON'T KNOW WHO'S CUTER...YOU AND DH OR THE PUPS!!!:dance:

CEEJAY...GLAD THE EVALUATION WENT WELL AND STAY WARM!!! SOME CHILLY WEATHER IS UPON YOUR AND HAPPY!! :brr:

ANNIE...THOUGHT I SMEELED SOMETHING FUNNY WHEN I LOGGED ON....GAS!!!!!!!!!! :lol3: :lol3: NOW YOU MENTION IT....I FEEL A LITTLE FARTY MYSELF! MUST BE THE NATHAN'S HOTDOG I HAD AT THE MALL! :dance:


GOOD EVENING CHICKLETTES! I WILL SLEEP LIKE A LOG TONITE FOR SURE. JUDY AND I HAD A GREAT TIME AT THE MALL AND IT SEEMED TO LAST FOREVER! I SPENT A BIT TOO MUCH AND YES I DID USE PLASTIC! :faint: BUT THE CHRISTMAS BUG BIT ME IN THE BUTT. I GOT JEN AND RICHIE NEW JOGGING SUITS TO MAKE THE TRIP TO FLORIDA IF THEY GO OR TO THE BROTHER'S HOUSE IF THEY DON'T. SURE THEY ARE GOING TO KILL ME BUT THEN THEY KNOW I DON'T LISTEN TO THEM ANYWAY!
SHOPPING IS FINISHED...AGAIN....AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PARTY THURSDAY.
I DECIDED TO LET THIS MESS WITH THE SENIORS "GO" AND THE OFFICE CAN HANDLE IT OR THE DIRECTOR HIMSELF. I AM DONE WITH IT. THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN. THE OFFICIAL-TYPES JUST DON'T WANT TO GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY. WELL TOO BAD...THE BALL WAS UNCEREMONIOUSLY DROPPED IN THEIR LAPS BEFORE I GOT ON THE BUS THIS MORNING. :rofl:
THE DAY OUT, AND WHAT A LOVELY SPRING-LIKE DAY IT WAS, GAVE ME SOME RENEWED SPIRIT AND I AM OFF AND RUNNING AGAIN! COLD FRONT HEADED OUR WAY BUT NOT YET! :scooter:
HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT DAY. :D

Shad
12-15-2008, 07:10 PM
Good morning,
Just realised that I 'forgot' to post yesterday. Life got very busy with trying to tie up the loose ends of my mini project. It is done now and all the bosses have to do is fill in the forms. Like that will get done before the Christmas shut :yikes: :faint: :lol3:

Happy - You'll be away before I get back to town no doubt so I won't get a chance to catch up with you. Drive safely, eat wisely, and enjoy the family time. I'm so sorry to hear of the friends DH and his sudden passing. Just goes to show that you should give everyone a hug as often as possible and tell them that you love them. Eternity is a very long silence.
I'll send that email again once I get home. We will talk in the new year. My best wishes (and a :hug:) to the DH as well.

Michelle - it's all a question of extremes. There you are 0F and -19F wind chill factor and here we are at 30C with 75% humidity and a hot wind that scorches your socks. Outside temps would be closer to 34C and it is only 0800 on Tuesday 16th December. By lunch time we will be looking at around 36 I would think and lordy knows what the wind will do. 34C is around 98F. Rough guide to translation is double the temp and add 30. Variations around the world.
Good pics of you and the DH and the darling doggies. They do look cute. I do miss my doggies still. One day when I can retire and no longer have to travel to work I will have another one or two.

Ceejay - wrap up stay warm and look after yourself out there. Glad to hear you spoke up about what's on your mind at the evaluation.

Annie - at least your nails will stay untouched by nasty computer keys while the boss is away. Hope you have some work to do and some help at hand for those bits that the training either misses or escaped you. Those things always tend to turn up first on my desk at a new job. What - nobody told me about this!!!!! :lol3:
The gas should warm things up a bit. Hope it doesn't give you heartburn as well. Both ends going might be a bit much to endure.

Mel - time is getting closer to Saturday/ Sunday whatever or was it Friday Saturday. I'll have to go back and have a look. I think I did put the appointment in my phone so I wouldn't forget. Meantime I have done a lot of other stuff between now and then.
Good for you for dropping the hot potato. Pity the people who will miss out are the ones who probably need it most.

And there it is. Better go and get started on the last segment of Data Entry for Dummies (now renamed as Data Entry Tasks) and then finish off Planning for Dummies. It too will be renamed. Back later

MELODY525
12-16-2008, 09:55 AM
:cofdate: A QUICK POST TO SAY GOOD MORNING LADIES!! I HAVE SOME STUFF TO GET DONE FOR MYSELF TODAY AND I DON'T WANT TO WASTE A MOMENT OF TIME GETTING STARTED. :rudolph:
HAPPY TUESDAY!! :moped:

SHAD...ON MY CALENDAR IT WAS FOR SATURDAY 4PM ...MY TIME. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE IT SUNDAY 4PM MY TIME THAT'S OK TOO. MIGHT BE EVEN BETTER BUT THEN "YOUR MONDAY" MIGHT BE BUSY??? KEEP ME POSTED. HOPE ALL THE DUMMY MATERIAL IS GOING WELL. REMINDS ME OF WHEN I WAS GIVEN A BOOK ABOUT PC FOR DUMMIES AND DID NOT UNDERSTAND A WORD OF IT! :rofl: :rofl:

:wave: HELLO HAPPPY...WHO MIGHT BE RIGHT BEHIND ME!

ceejay52
12-16-2008, 11:35 AM
The weather left it's mark last night but thankfully not as much as our northern friends. My aunt and uncle got the worst of it. We got freezing rain and sleet. The roads were iced over.

My drive to work was a bit tricky. However the only problem was driving onto the lot at work. I braked to hard and fish tailed.

The business next door burns wood and the smoke from that has really aggravated my sinuses.

My plan of action today is staying upright on the ice.

More later.

happy2bme
12-16-2008, 11:51 AM
Good morning chicks. We got a little bit of ice which made the bridges and elevated roadways bad but otherwise we dodged the bullet. It snuck up on us about 5:45 this morning. As Ceejay said, we are lucky it passed more north of us.

I had DH take me to work just in case it was slippery so I didn't have time to stop by this morning. I have alot of work to get done in the next 2 days at work before I take off, so I'm just going to wave Hi :wave: and go get busy. Might be back at lunch.

Be good and if you can't at least have fun :D

diyana
12-16-2008, 12:13 PM
A terrific Tuesday to all you wonderful worldlies --

Thanks for the nice compliments about my photos. We had another chilly day today (actual temp was -8 when I left my house). And this evening we're supposed to get a few more inches of snow. I wonder if the Canadian chicks are having "fun" winter weather too.

Mel - Good for you for making the office or the director earn their keep and deal with the drama. Have fun accomplishing lots today!

Shad - When do you head back home? Sounds like you're successfully finishing up as much as you can before the Christmas close. While I don't usually enjoy temps in the 90s, at this point, my frozen fingers and toes wouldn't mind 98 degrees.

Ceejay - Glad you made it to work safe. Drive carefully on those icy roads.

Happy - I hope you have a productive and unstressful week as you get things done before your holiday vacation.

I'd better get back to work too. Lots to get done.

Love and hugs to all,

Shad
12-16-2008, 06:48 PM
One more sleep to go and I am heading home for the Christmas break. I don't think I am coming back here, but who knows for sure. The boss was going to speak to me today about the wheres and whens and ifs. Meantime I have put out some feelers for more work and yesterday no less than 3 different people rang me about work coming up and what was I doing. So there is work about. No as good as previously, however it is available, so that is good news.
They are as grumpy as all heck here this week. The meltdown is getting to everyone as well as the heat I suspect. They are all waiting to go home for the holidays. Today will be the last day of official workshop type work and the following two days will be tying everything down and getting other things under cover for cyclone watch. We are well into the cyclone season now and so far there hasn't been anything at all. Nothing but blue skies, heat and balmy breezes.

Michelle - sounds like the northern chicks are well into a white Christmas this year. Ruth has been complaining about it. Heck she will be wearing shorts and tops at Vancouver or wherever she is going in the west. I am coming over to experience one of those one of these days. I figure one will be enough!!! :rofl:

Mel - Leave that date where it is. I do have it written in my calendar and on my phone. I should be able to remember it as it pops up on my screen surely. Good lord, I turn 60 soon, where did I leave my memory that I have to put things in calendars and have phones play ditty little tunes as memory joggers.

Happy - I'm having fun, really I am, I am, I don't wanna be good. Puh leeeese. Glad to hear DH was up to the hour long drive just to get rid of you - uh, uh - take you to work.

Ceejay - hang in there with all the ice and snow and stuff. Take care.

Better go - my guide books are finished. Just one sheet to put in the folder and I am done. Will spend the rest of the day filing my finger nails and taking out the trash. Better take all my personal gear stuff with me when I go tonight as well. Be seeing ya

MELODY525
12-17-2008, 08:36 AM
CEEJAY~ I SAW PHOTOS OF THE JONESBORO AREA!! :yikes: WAS IT LIKE THAT ALL OVER?? LOT OF FROZEN STUFF ALL OVER! STAY SAFE :hug:

HAPPY~ GLAD THE BRUNT OF THIS STORM MISSED YOU TO THE NORTH. YOU HAVE A GOOD HUBBY :love:

MICHELLE! YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH SNOW FOR THE ENTIRE WINTER ALREADY!! YOU STAY WARM AND DRY TOO! :brr: I WAS WATCHING THE WEATHER CHANNEL AND SAW ALL THOSE MINUS TEMPS!! :faint:

SHAD~HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME. SEE YA SATURDAY THEN. PACK UP SOME OF THAT HEAR AND BALMY BREEZES AND SEND IT THIS WAY. SOUNDS LIKE MICHELLE COULD USE SOME OF THE HEAT RIGHT ABOUT NOW....YOU CAN LEAVE THE CYCLONES RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE WHEN YOU LEAVE!! :yikes:


:hohoho: I HAVE A FUNNY.....LAST NIGHT JIMMY RANG ME AND TOLD ME HE WAS "DONE WITH THE BLDG AND MOVING ON"....I SAID "WHY WERE WE ON FIRE?"....HE TOLD ME "NO I JUST FINISHED SHOVELING"..WHAT?????? I HAD THE CURTAINS DRAWN AND DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT HAD SNOWED. NOW IF HE HAD WAITED A FEW MORE HOURS...MOTHER NATURE SENT SOME RAIN AND WARMER TEMPS AND BEGAN MELTING IT DURING THE NIGHT.
TOMORROW IS TRADER JOES AND OUR OFFICE PARTY. I HAVE MORE STUFF TO GET DONE TODAY SO I WILL REMAIN UPSTAIRS I THINK. IT'S JUST SO BLOODY DARK OUTSIDE THAT ALL I WANT TO DO IS SLEEEEEEP! :cloud9:
I BETTER START MOVING BEFORE I DO JUST THAT!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

annie175
12-17-2008, 09:02 AM
Happy Hump Wednesday My Dears.............

What a crummy drive to work. Still a little slick out from yesterday. Took the trash to the curb this morning on a driveway covered with ice. It was a bit tricky in heals but didn't bust my arse one time. The streets were so bad last night Tony started over to the house and called, I told him to go back home as I didn't want to be the cause of an unnecessary accident. He actually listened to me. He called me when he got home and we talked for over an hour. Probably better that way.

MEL...way to delegate responsiblities back to the director, you take on too much as is. What a fun day, Trader Joes and a party. Some of my favorite things.

Shad...you need a Christmas shutdown for a Shad shutdown. Be safe traveling home.

Ceejay...the weather here is frightful...think that is part of a song. hehe. It snowed and sleeted yesterday, all day, then the drive home from work which normally takes 20-25 minutes, took a little over an hour. Made it home safe tho, and not complaining about drving home from WORK!! Wooohoooo. Just like McDonald's..I'm lovin' it.!!

Michelle...Don't work too hard...and have a great day.

Happy....accomplish lots then take that Christmas break girl....

My hours are 7:30 to 4:30 with an hour for lunch. I can't think of an hours worth of stuff to do, so my lunch is usually about 20 minutes. However, today I am going to get my nails filled, so that should burn up an hour. What little Christmas shopping I have done is actually complete. Just waiting on Santa. haha Baby boy is coming home for Christmas. Yippee!! So is baby girl, she stays at BFs house the majority of the time. At least he is a good guy and treats her great.

I have one personal holiday I have to take before the end of the year. Go figure. How awesome is that. I am taking the 23rd. Tony and I are spending the day together. His idea, how cool is that. He will be at his dad's house Christmas eve and day. I will be with my family.

Not eating today, ate too much yesterday to the point that I puked some of it back up last night. Shuwee, rolled around on the bed for about an hour then fell asleep. Woke up at 11:00pm, turned out the lights and TV, let Hella Bella out to go potty then went back to bed. Sheesh that wears me out when I do that. Woke up late at 5:30 and had to hussle to get ready. All is calm now, having my coffee with pumpkin spice creamer and writing to all you good ladies.

Have a marvelous day, my friends. Howdie to all I may have missed.

Much love and many hugs and a little mistletoe kiss xoxox

happy2bme
12-17-2008, 09:58 AM
Good morning ladies,

T minus 2 days and counting before we leave. Seems to have crept up fast. Mel's counter is in the single digits! I have a long list of to do's tomorrow (vacation starts at 5pm tonight). But at least it's all written down so I won't forget.

I am very proud of myself. As DH will loudly proclaim to anyone who listens, we have WAY more food in this house than 2 people and a couple of fur bags need. Week before last I did not go grocery shopping except for perishables like milk and coffee creamer. I surveyed both refrigrerators (the one in our kitchen is kinda small so don't get the idea that there's THAT much food :lol: ) and made menus for the week to use up as much food as possible. I did go grocery shopping last weekend and spent quite a bit but that included meat for this week's meals as well as snacks for the road trip and items to make a couple of deserts for Christmas. Today is trash day and DH said I needed to fill up the 3 bags I normally dump when cleaning out the refrigerators. Lo and behold, I had one grocery sized bag of mostly leftovers I knew we would not finish by tomorrow. So I'd say I did very good on keeping waste to a minimum. :D I even ate the lunch I brought from home yesterday. It helps that the cafeteria is really getting bad with their food offerings.

While I was shopping Saturday, I got to talking to one of the ladies that works at the grocery store. She saw the can of almond paste in my basket and said oh.... that looks good, what are you making? I said kolacky (ko-lotch-keys). She said what's that? I had to think a minute and for the life of me, found it very hard to describe. Up in Chicago, it's a city of every racial and ethnic make up you can imagine so to hear of various ethnic dishes is no big deal - in fact I can probably rattle off at least 1 from easily 20 different countries myself. Here in the south, there are no ethnic groups - everyone is just "southern" :lol:

I have been doing alot of thinking lately and I am very sad and a bit scared too by our friend Tom's passing. He was a little older than DH but still, very much of what would be considered "in" our age group. That means we have hit that bump where people getting closer to us are passing - DHs, siblings, friends and that makes me kind of fearful. Been with DH so long (since age 18), not sure what I'd do without him... after he toted me back and forth to work, he took me to the Diabetes class. When he came to pick me up after class, he popped on the seat warmer on my side so my seat would be warm and cozy - :hug: whatta guy! I must remember to be nicer to him :s:

In other news though...

Michelle that was a great "family" picture. I just LOVE your hats :lol:

Mel - if you're going to get snow, that's the best kind snow then rain / wash it away. Although you didn't get to admire it falling from behind a warm window. Isn't this weather nuts lately?

Annie - guess with a new job you're one of the few who HAVE to make it in to work :lol: Glad you made it there and back safe and sound. I take it you are in a campus setting with probably not much of anything around? Probably will be able to take some nice walks in the spring time to burn up some of that extra lunch time. I once started a new job around now too. Had been out of work for about 8 months, the last thing I needed was more time off but according to the HR rules, I had "earned" one day before the end of the year even tho I only was on the job something like 7 work days :lol: Enjoy your day with Tony.

Shad - I promise we will get hooked up and chat a bit when we get back and settled in. Hope you get some decent job offers. :crossed:

Ceejay - hope you have a better drive in today. I was watching all that pink on the radar very close to you. Saw a nice feel good article on the news yesterday about a bus headed to Mexico that broke down in your town. It was very cold and the bus had no heat. The pastor of a local church found out about it, sent the church van to pick up the bus passengers, put them up for the night and fed them. Very nice story. Good people up your way.

We have a crazy male cardinal that for some reason pecks at the bottom of the window in our office / living room. The windows go from ceiling to the bottom of the baseboard inside so they are pretty low to the ground. There is a ledge outside and the crazy bird comes along on the ground, jumps up in the air and pecks the window. Bonk, bonk. It's like what dah heck? Then you see this red head bobbing up and down through the window. Drives the cat nuts. :lol: We don't know what he's doing - if he sees his reflection and he's fighting another "bird" or what? It's too funny tho. This is the 2nd or third year he's doing it. I think him and the Mrs. nest in the tree next to the window.

And with that, I'd better get moving. Love to the chicks I missed.

Carla - I owe you an email and a great big thank you :D

diyana
12-17-2008, 10:42 AM
Good morning ladies -

We got more snow last night - About 4" or 5" of the fluffy powdery stuff. A big snow storm is supposed to move in Thursday night/Friday morning and we'll probably see close to 12" of the wet heavy stuff. I think I might add a countdown ticker to my signature...but this one will be counting down days until Spring! April/May can't come soon enough for me! :lol:

Shad - Hope you're enjoying (or enjoyed) your last day on the job and safe travels back home. I'm sure you'll have no trouble lining up work for after the holidays, especially since you already have possible prospects!

Ceejay - I hope you're staying safe, warm and dry.

Mel - I hope you have a good trip to TJ's, and that you enjoy the office party!

Annie - Glad you made it to work and back. I think I'd rather have a bit of snow than icy, freezing rain conditions. I don't do well in heels on dry pavement; I can't imagine walking in them when it's wet, snowy or icy. I'm glad to hear you're lovin' work and even lovin' the hour drive home in bad weather! YGG! :dancer: Your holiday plans sound so nice! A day with Tony and then time with your family! :)

Happy - Safe travels north since we're getting a big storm Thursday night/Friday morning. Of course, Chicagoland may get more rain then snow, and you may be waiting until after the storm passes anyhow. Wishing you very safe travels all the same. Your DH is a great guy! Sometimes, I know I can take mine a little for granted....until I realize just how lucky I really am. Thanks for reminding me that I need to be nicer and less beotchy to my DH. Thanks for the story about your fighting cardinal! Too funny!

Well, I've got lots to do and not much time, as usual!

Safe travels to our travelers (including commuters)!

And love and hugs to all,

annie175
12-17-2008, 01:48 PM
Ceejay....believe it or not, my office building (17 floors, we are on the 7th), is right smack on the tail end of Keystone at the Crossing Shopping Mall.....If you leave our building, go through the breezeway, but the the Sheridan Hotel, you end up in the mall. Don't even have to go outside. Bad news.hahaha. I saw you call your dogs fur bags, how funny, we call Bella a hair bag.

happy2bme
12-17-2008, 02:09 PM
Annie - that was ME - HAPPY that said that. You keep confusing me with Ceejay. Should I change my name :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

Thanks for the warning Michelle. I will definitely keep an eye out. Even if it's raining in Chicago, it could be icy near Springfield on the way in. Was talking to a friend on Tuesday who warned me to keep a close eye on the weather. Apparently my novenas (prayers) are not working as well as usual. Guess I will have to enlist the all powerful Mom to chime in too :D

happy2bme
12-17-2008, 02:10 PM
and yeah, it's REALLY dangerous to work that near to shopping :lol: Hope you have better discipline than me. ;)

diyana
12-17-2008, 02:50 PM
Annie - Happy is right....it is WAY too dangerous to work that close to shopping! Especially having a breezeway so you can shop without going outside and braving the cold. I'm not sure I'd have the strength to avoid that temptation!

annie175
12-17-2008, 05:16 PM
Happy....so sorry, never said I wasn't a dingy blonde..... :D

ceejay52
12-17-2008, 06:28 PM
Annie
It's okay. But I agree with Happy and Michelle. That's way to close to a mall. unless you use it for walking.

Mel
The roads here are finaly back to normal though and the schools were still not open today. Safety precautions I suppose. It's still cold and the temperatures were supposed to start going upwards.
That's a cute story about Jimmy.

Happy
Be safe in traveling and enjoy your holidays. Are you going through Springfield, Mo or Illinois? You did very well in planning your food.

Shad
Enjoy your holiday's as well. Will you be going home before your trip? I'm sure you'll find something to do when you get back.


Today, infact this week has gone by quickly and I haven't been pushing myself as much. I'm ready to go home and get some things done in the house. I'm calling the landlord tomorrow and ask him politely to come and fix the drip under the bathroom sink. I told them in October and November but they still have not shown up. I guess I need to demand it.
Finally, I've been waiting for the well's to go off so I can do a back wash procedure.

ceejay52
12-17-2008, 06:31 PM
Mel
Jonesboro and Paragould got it a lot worse than we did. They were in the direct line of the storm.

Shad
12-17-2008, 07:06 PM
Morning Ceejay - whose light is shining right above me. Yes I am going home to Brisbane today. In fact in aprox 4 hours I will be on my way to Brisbane for 4 days, then down to Adelaide for about 7 and then back. I will be pleased to get home and unpack the suitcase and take these rotten boots off!!! They get very heavy after a while.
Stay warm in that chill

Happy - travel safely as well. I always knew that you had a good one with the DH. So give him a hug and a kiss. He's a keeper. Well done on the food for the week. Now you just have to figure out how you did it and keep doing it. You don't think your fridge is big???? :faint: You would probably think mine is a wine cooler then! I think your male cardinal is having a fight with an 'interloper' on his territory. Stop cleaning your windows!

Mel - we are on for Saturday. I will have to get my mouth and mind into gear for that one. There is a lot in this world that needs solving.

Michelle - I just checked the airline. I have been upgraded to Business class for one leg of the journey and have a wide aisle seat for the second. Yippee. I can live with that. Only a couple of hours to go. I sort of have a job interview lined up at the airport in Perth this afternoon. I'd really like this one. I'm not saying anything about it yet until more is known. Let you in on the secret later.

Annie - you don't seem to be a big shopper so maybe it won't be a problem for you. If you are anything like me, it's like being a kid in a lollyshop for a couple of days and then it all gets boring. Shopping I mean, not the job.

And that is about it. I wrote a document yesterday detailing the problems and successes we have had on this project. There are a few points in there that might be a bit close to home for some of them, but I called it as I saw it. There wasn't enough planning. There was too much micromanagement. The isn't enough co-operation or communication going on. SAP is a system that demands communication. Training was too soon. There should have been more emphasis on setting up the warehouse and less on training something they can't really use much yet. I've sent it out to those in charge yesterday. I haven't heard much back yet.

MELODY525
12-18-2008, 08:58 AM
CEEJAY~ HOPE YOU GET THE DRIP FIXED....IF NOT I WILL SEND JI,,Y. HE'S GOOD AT PLUMBING AND SHOVELING!!! HOPE THE ROADS DE-ICE THEMSELVES SOON!! THE PICTURES AGAIN ON TV WERE UNREAL!!! BUT I BET THE KIDS WERE EXCITED WITH NO SCHOOL! :cb:

SHAD~ HOPE THE REPORT HITS HOME AND THEY GET THEIR CHIT TOGETHER. WOULD BE EASIER FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU IF THEY HAD. SAFE TRIP HOME MY FRIEND. CHAT THEN :hug:


ANNIE...TAKE CARE ON THOSE ROADS. GLAD TONY LISTENED. HOPE YOU BOTH ENJOY THE FAMILIES WHEN THE BIG DAY ARRIVES!! HAVE A GREAT 23RD!!!

HAPPY~ WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS OUT OF THE BLUE WE REALIZE THAT WE'RE VULNERABLE. HOPE DH APRRECIATES IT EVEN MORE WHEN YOU ARE NICER TO HIM! :rofl: GOOD FOR YOU AND THE "NOT" SHOPPING AND SMALL GARBAGE BAG!! WISHING YOU AND YOUR HUBBY A WONDERFUL TIME AND A VERY SAFE TRIP! :hug:

MICVHELLE...FOR US HERE IN NJ 4-6" IS A BOIG SNOW STORM :rofl: ONCE AND AWHILE WE GET A GREAT NOR'EASTER THAT DUMPS A FOOT OR MORE. :brr: HOPE YOU CAND DIG YOURSELVES OUT FOR SANTA'S ARRIVAL :hohoho:


GOOD MORNING CHICKS. I CANCELED TRADER JOES BELIEVE IT OR NOT. JUST NOT UP TO IT. IT MIGHT MEAN I'D MISS THE PARTY AND I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. JEN AND RICH ARE GOING TO GET SOME STUFF FOR ME AND I CAN GO TO ANOTHER STORE NEXT TUESDAY BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS VACATION! :wreath:
BETTER GET IN THE SHOWER AND BEGIN THIS DAY!
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-18-2008, 10:04 AM
Good morning chicks,

It sort of looks like we will have to postpone our trip one more day and leave on the weekend. My mom called yesterday. They are predicting a big storm with lots of snow and a nice ice glaze to top it off. "Herculean ice" as the weather forecaster said south of the city in the mid sections of Illinois out in the country. I told DH we are not leaving if it's going to be icy. Through cable TV we are actually able to get the news at 9pm from one of the Chicago TV stations so I can keep up with things. DH said to let's wait and see - you know they always blow those things out of proportion but both Annie and Michelle have talked of bad weather even tho both of them are away from the general area we'll be in. It's not a big deal really, we allowed for some extra time and one day won't hurt us but I am watching carefully. Gives me one more day to catch up with things.

Mel, I can't believe you passed up a trip to TJ. Must have been important though. Nice of Jen to pick up stuff for you. Enjoy your party - hope you are the bell of the ball :D

Shad, somehow I have a feeling all your hard work in your post analysis is going to fall on deaf ears. Hope not, but don't be surprised. Now you have me all curious about the secret interview. Hope you spill the beans before I have to leave :hyper:

Ceejay - are you foggy today too? Looks like Jonesboro was getting more ice today. :(

That's ok Annie - someone else would always quote my posts with a different name too. Guess I bring that out in people :lol: Sounds like a nice set up you have at the new place. Hope you are in for a long and successful run. Pity that in the new world here, you can't always plan on longevity with a company. Instead, like one of my manager's said after he hired me on - get what you can out of it and enjoy it for as long as it lasts - which was 4 of the most enjoyable years of my working career - and then everything got turned upside down. Worked out again so that's ok. I always liked the fresh enthusiasm you get with a new job, takes a few years to become jaded and sceptical :lol:

Michelle - you are really getting weather wacked up there. Old Frosty is swishing that snow all around. Hope the storm tonight spares you a bit. This must be real fun for your DH - he is travelling a bit farther now, isn't he? I sure don't miss those 3 hour stuck in snow commutes. How far do you have to travel for work?

Well I have a big old to do list that I had better start working on - I would like to decide right now that yes, we will delay our trip one day but DH said we'll decide tonight. Probably better because I'd procrastinate ... um I mean get distracted if I knew I had 2 days instead of one. :lol:

Hello to Ruth, Nae, Patty, Madcat and Carla - hope you are doing well :wave:

Take care ladies...

diyana
12-18-2008, 01:30 PM
Happy Thursday ladies -

My department is taking the afternoon off to have a holiday outing - going bowling! Should be fun! I really enjoy bowling.

Shad - Safe travels to Brisbane, Adelaide and home. Glad you were able to get the comfy plane seats! You have me curious about the secret interview too! Are you going to become a secret agent? A Kiwi government spy? :lol3:

Ceejay - Glad the roads are better. I hope you and yours stay safe, warm and dry. I hope the plumbing gets fixed.

Mel - We're having what the weatherfolk are calling a "parade" of snow storms. Last week we got 12", then we got about 4", then 4" more yesterday, tonight/tomorrow another foot or more, Saturday/Sunday another 4" and another storm on Tuesday. Good times! NOT! Well, we'll definitely have a white Christmas! Have a great time at the party! Hopefully no drama queens (or kings) were invited to spoil the holiday festivities!

Happy - You are VERY smart to postpone your trip by a day! The storm that's supposed to hit tonight and tomorrow is nothing to mess around with. We're supposed to get a ton of snow and the folks down der in Illinois are getting a HUGE ice storm with snow on top of it. I've been worried sick about you and DH driving in the nasty ice storm since I learned about it yesterday! Sending you :angel: :angel: for safe travels to Illinois and back again! DH doesn't have to start driving far in the wintry weather until Monday - that's when he starts his new job. It's about 1/2 hour drive with no traffic or bad weather - so figure 45 min. to an hour with traffic and 1.5 hours with bad weather. He's really looking forward to it. He's got a 4 wheel drive SUV with snow tires and has no problem driving in the snow. My commute is about 1/2 hour without snow, and 45 min. to an hour with snow. But on really bad snow days, like tomorrow where we get over a foot, I may decide to work from home. Good luck with your to do list!

I'd better go. Lots to get done before we leave for bowling!

Love and big hugs,

ceejay52
12-18-2008, 04:52 PM
Happy
Yes we're foggy today. Do you think Santa is doing all this to prepare for the 24th?

Michelle
I wouldn't know how to react with that much snow on the ground?

Mel
Thanks for reminding me to call the landlord. Enjoy the party.


I slept late this morning--till 10 a.m. Got up got dressed and was at the gym by 1 p.m. Worked out for an hour. I really need to get back to going to the gym.

Oh some good news. My nepew's wife was told that she would be an under study under Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan. I'm so excited for her. She's a very talented young lady.


I'll call my uncle tonight to see hoe the roads are before I go anywhere tomorrow. It's suppose to rain and clear things up but you never know wat to expect in December.

MELODY525
12-19-2008, 09:26 AM
My Mother is very sick. She has fever and a sore throat. Most of the office and maintenance men are all sick too.
She might be off the computer for quite awhile.
Mom wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and safe traveling to your family's houses.

Shad Mom said she sent you an email and I am telling you now it would be better to cancel the call. She can't really talk without coughing fits and sounds like a man now!

If anything worsens then I will come back and let you all know. But she should be stronger in a few days.

Happy Holidays to you all,
Jennifer

diyana
12-19-2008, 09:42 AM
It's a snowy Friday here in Wisconsin! We've already gotten about 8" of snow overnight, and they're predicting another 4 to 6" by this afternoon. All of the schools have closed and some of the businesses. My office isn't opening up until 9:30, so I'll see how the roads are then. Right now, I couldn't get to work because the roads out here in the country aren't plowed yet, so I'm logged into my company's network and am working from home.

Ceejay - I hope the weather and roads clear up. Drive safely if you're going anywhere today. Good for you for getting to the gym. I need to get back to the gym too. That's wonderful news about your nephew's wife! :bravo:

Jennifer - Thanks for posting for your mom. I know you'll take good care of her with lots of liquids and lots of rest. Sending lots of love and healing hugs her way.

Happy - I'm wishing you and DH safe travels for your trip up north.

A big :wave: to everyone else!

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
12-19-2008, 12:25 PM
Jen
Thanks for letting us know about you mom. Hope she feels better soon.

Hello to every one. :wave:

happy2bme
12-19-2008, 12:46 PM
Good morning all,

I'm glad we postponed our trip a bit as it looks quite nasty out there according to Michelle's reports as well as the weather, television and newspapers. Thank heavens for the Internet - you can really keep an eye on things. DH wants to leave in the wee hours of the morning. It will be good to avoid the traffic, I just hope they get the roads cleared north of here since we will be travelling at the coldest times of the night for at least half the trip.

Jen - thank you for the update. So sorry to hear that Mel is sick - that's what happens with all the wild weather. I do hope it's a mild cold that disappears in 2 days or less :hug: can't have Miss Mel be sneezin' on Santa :lol: Feel better soon - hugs and warm tea with honey lemon on it's way to you :grouphug:

Ceejay - good for you for getting back to the gym. You set a good example. That's so cool about the nephew's wife!

Michelle - hope you had fun bowling. At least the snows held off until you got home - hopefully that is! Thanks for the weather update. My Mom just called to let me know how cruddy it is out that way. I knew our luck had to run out soon with having decent weather for the drive. I had to go dig out the boots and find a snowbrush :lol: Nanook of the North. I have a light wool winter coat - it's fine for down here but I think I'm gonna freeze. Sunday is supposed to be a HIGH of 9 degrees. Brrrrr. Just bought hubby a warm jacket yesterday. At Kohl's. :lol: He said - for one week a year??? I said yeah. Can't be wearing just a fleece jacket when it's 9 degrees and you have to go shovel Mom's sidewalk :devil: Hope you stay warm and be careful with the shovelling and walking about. Good thing you can work from home.

Shad's been quiet. Could it be you are travelling now? Enjoy that business class seat. Travel safe!

Annie - did you get hit with the messy weather too? I have to believe so. Be careful!

Ok, I have lots to do today so I'd better get busy. It's almost 11am already although I've done 3 loads of clothes, checked a few things off the big list of stuff to do and I need to go put a loaf of raisin bread in the bread maker for Mom before I forget.

Everyone - have a delightful Christmas. Be safe in your travels and give everyone you love (and even kinda like) an extra big hug when you see them because as I have been reminded several times over the last few days - tomorrow is promised to no one. Merry Christmas! :clause: :tree: :wreath: :xcheer:

happy2bme
12-19-2008, 12:46 PM
And I'm sorry - I did not get cards out yet. You will most probably be getting them hopefully in time to wish you a :newyear:

annie175
12-19-2008, 02:07 PM
Good Windy, Gray, Winter Friday afternoon.......

Jennifer....thanks for the update about your momma. Tell her we are thinking about her and wish her good health. Bless her heart.

Happy....be careful in your travels..

Michelle....wow, I think we could be cold, nasty, snow weather buddies, altho I do believe you get a heck of a lot more snow than we do. We have had mostly sleet and ice. Either way, I don't like it much.

Ceejay...congrats on your nephew's wife studies...

Shad...nothing like telling it like it is....great report, too bad the truth hurts for them. lol.

I ate chicken salad from the cafe here today and my tummy feels like someone is stabbing it with a steally knife. Then twisting. I had their Chili on Tuesday and had the same reaction. I am not eating in there anymore for I shall die.

Going to the movies with Tony tonight. He wants to see Four Christmases, however I have seen it before so we settled on Yesman with Jim Carrey. I may surprise him tho and go see Four Christmases with him instead. It was a funny movie and I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

Bought my LAST christmas gift on the way to work this morning. A 25.00 Speedway Gas Gift card for DS. Stocking stuffer. I do believe I am done with shopping now.

Next two weeks at work will be dead. Most everyone here will be on vacation. There is one day that there are only 4 of us here. I will probably post a lot. hahaha

Have a great Friday night all.

Much love and many hugs.

Shad
12-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Sorry about the silence. It wasn't intentional really. The flight home became fraught once more. My Perth Brisbane flight was delayed and we didn't get home until nearly two. By the time I got my luggage I was suffering from separation anxiety - it was nearly last off the the plane - so much for Priority luggage. Then the fight for a cab. I walked in the door here at around 4.00 - the time I usually get up! So yesterday was a sort of jet lag day. I did read the comments, cleaned up my e-mail, spoke at length to a recruitment person, mowed the front yard and did a bit of weeding and other than a spot of shopping did very little. I still need to shop for a couple of people but other than that I am done. Everythng else waits now to after Christmas. I promised myself and early start today but turned off the alarm and went back to sleep. It is now seven and I am sitting in bed typing away with the cat inspecting the spelling and grammar. Her 'catty' asides are not improving things.

Jen, thanks for letting us know about Mel. We will let today pass and if there is no sign of improvement or a sign from Mel, then cancel until after Christmas. We will be in touch before I go away again.

Can't sit here commenting all day. I'd better go shower and breakfast. Yesterday at the shops showed me I have been in the sticks too long already, the rudeness and f*** you mate attitude was too much for this chick and that was only in the carpark. I have to go to a bigger mall today to see my niece and pick up the DS1's partners present to take to Adelaide. I also need a new case for my phone since the old one has cracked and broken in the heat. And I guess I need to get something for the partner myself although I think it will only be a gift voucher because I don't have the time to think about it anymore right now.
So lets start with the shower. I'll be back for personals. Safe travels to the travelling public - stay safe on those roads.

Ruthxxx
12-20-2008, 08:38 AM
Hi fellow snow bunnies. :snow4: We got a big dump yesterday afternoon and evening. It's about 8" but was blowing. I had an 18" drift blocking the deck door this morning and had to shovel to let the dogs out. Shall I put up a snow fence on the deck?

Up until yesterday I had nobody to plough out my lane and was not a happy camper. Last year's guy informed me he was not "doing residuals" :rofl: this year. Anyhow, I now have a great guy who is going to do it for the winter. He's a contractor who does the Fair Office and I'd forgotten about him. (Too bad it's not summer as he looks really great with his shirt off!)

Until my lane is cleared, I'm housebound which may be a good thing. I have lots to do but first will soak in the tub with another coffee and

Madcat
12-20-2008, 05:21 PM
I am finished all shopping!! Yay, let the celebrations commence!! I even bought wrapping and tags and extra tape. The only job left is to pick a parcel up at the post office and pick up one item that I have brought that a store is holding for me. That will be Monday. Oh, and then we’ll have to do some food shopping for a few treats on the Christmas break. I’m thinking crab and champagne for Christmas Eve. Oh only a few more sleeps!!!

Happy, I am very glad to hear you postponed your trip yesterday. Chicago had this same storm, we’ve been hit with. It's clearing up and you'll be on your way soon - if you aren't already. Drive very carefully.

Ruth, wow a good snowplow guy is worth his weight in gold. Hopefully he looks good in snow pants too!

Shad ~ I know what you mean about the rudeness of people in the malls at this time of year. We were stalked in the parking lot by people looking for a spot. No pressure! The ones that make me crazy are the lost shoppers who stop in the midst of a full stream of traffic (car or pedestrian) because they flippin’ can’t figure out where they want to be, and they aren’t smart enough to step out of the way for the rest of us.

Jen/ Mel~ Sorry Mel isn’t feeling well. Make her drink lost of fluids and tell her we miss her. I hope she feels much better soon!

Annie~ Hope you had a lovely time out at the movies.

All right, I better get a move on. My love and best wishes to all I did not personal. If I don’t get back much, I wish everyone to keep safe and watch the weather.

BTW Look at what we had yesterday.
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ceejay52
12-20-2008, 07:56 PM
Well pooh bear. I've lost a post. ugh.

I've had a good week end but it's back to the grind tomorrow. Ugh. I guess I shouldn't complain I do still have a job.

The temperature is supposed to be near 15 degree's Monday morning. I dread it. Half way home this afternoon I ran into some fog. It was beginning to get dense. Now I'm curious as to what this is going to be like in the morning. I'm not a winter person.

Hi to every one.

Happy be safe on your jjourney.

Michelle
Are you surviving the snow?

diyana
12-21-2008, 04:24 PM
Happy Sunday ladies --

It's bitterly cold (between -30 and -40 with the wind chill - I think the actual temperature is around -8). The wind is fierce and blowing all the snow around. DH is just about to go try and clear the driveway a bit. I'm not looking forward to going to work in the morning but for today, we're staying inside and I did lots of cooking - making some meals to freeze (should we just stick them outside??), and meatballs for quick spaghetti dinners for nights after work when I don't want to cook - which is often. I've got a pot roast cooking in the crock pot for dinner tonight. And I've managed to get bronchitis again. It started with a bad sore throat yesterday, but it's moved to my chest and makes breathing without coughing a bit challenging. I'll try and get into the doctor tomorrow afternoon. I'm doing lots of liquids and Mucinex to help clear things out.

Happy - I hope you made it up to Chicagoland okay.

Annie - Sorry that the cafe food doesn't agree with you. I hope you had a nice time at the movies with Tony.

Shad - Glad you made it home safe and sound, despite the delay.

Ruth - Glad you found someone to plow out your lane.

Madcat - :bravo: on getting your shopping done. Thanks for posting the photos...seems like most of us are dealing with the snow and cold.

Ceejay - 15 degrees? That's got to be nearly record cold for Arkansas, isn't it? I had no idea Arkansas had bad winters too. Hang in there.

I've got to get some more work done, so I must sign off. Then it's straight to bed for me. I can't let this chest cold/bronchitis knock me down for the count for Christmas!!

Love and hugs to all,

diyana
12-22-2008, 09:50 AM
Good morning ladies -

Another cold morning here, but has warmed up. Actual temp is -4 and the high is supposed to get up to around 7 (that's Farenheit), with wind chills around -15. We're supposed to get more snow tomorrow and on Christmas Eve.

I'm at work today, but I'm planning on leaving early to go to the doctor to get some meds for this chest cold.

DH starts his new job today and he's very excited.

I hope you all are doing well, and are warm and safe.

Love and hugs to you all,

annie175
12-22-2008, 02:21 PM
Oh freakin burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

Actual temp this morning was 1 degree which was -35 windchill. OMGoodness I do not like cold weather. I passed on visiting my mom and dad yesterday due to the cold and wind. It sounded like the house was going to blow away. I did see the wicked witch go by on her broom.

I HAVE to take the one personal day that I already have, before the end of the year. I am making it tomorrow as Tony and I are spending the day together again. We are exchanging gifts and hanging out. How much fun that will be, I am excited.

Yesterday, Tony, my brother and his wife, DD and BF came by, as I was not going out in that cold weather. I fixed a layered taco dip. Polish mistakes and 4 kinds of Christmas candy. Can you say MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Everyone stay warm...or cool...depending on where you are at. Hello to everyone.

Love and hugs.

diyana
12-22-2008, 03:00 PM
Annie - I totally hear you on freakin' brrrrrr! Sounds like you had a really nice time yesterday with Tony and some of your family! What are Polish mistakes?? Have a great time tomorrow with Tony! I'm sure you will!! ;)

ceejay52
12-22-2008, 03:13 PM
Michelle
Believe it or not we've had temperatures below zero. However the last few winters have been mild. I just don't like the cold. Looks like it's just you and me. Feel better soon. Glad the dh is excited about his new job.

ceejay52
12-22-2008, 03:16 PM
Annie
You snuck in on me. Glad you have some time off already. We had a temperature this morning of 11 degree's. It was fridgid out side. Stay warm.

diyana
12-22-2008, 04:06 PM
Ceejay - wow, you're getting cold weather down south too? Sheesh! Mother Nature sure is giving all of us a bitter taste of winter. And Shad is probably enjoying wonderfully warm weather....I'm looking at her waterfront photos from last week and trying to bask in the warmth.

annie175
12-22-2008, 04:40 PM
Polish Mistakes are 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb maple sausage or regular sausage, onion browned, drained, placed in crock pot. Add 1 lb velveeta cheese, 8 oz cream cheese, garlic salt, clove real garlic, pepper, a little crushed red pepper, turn on low and heat till all is melted together. If mix is too stiff or dry add a little milk and mix. Serve with party rye. Or you can put some on party rye and slightly brown in oven for a few minutes.

Man I have been sneezing since lunch, blowing and runny. Just wonderful...

ceejay52
12-22-2008, 06:56 PM
Annie
The Polish Mistakes sound good. I may have to try those.

carla49
12-22-2008, 07:49 PM
Annie, I swear I've been nowhere near Indianapolis, and besides, my broom is in the shop... :D

Mel, I hope you're feeling better - must have been all the excitement watching the Biggest Loser finale with a friend... I don't know if you still have fever or chills, but I've popped something in the mail that could heat you up or hose you off as needed. :rofl: Greetings and thanks to Jen for keeping us updated.

Happy, I don't know if you have internet access - hope you and DH made it through the storms all right! :hug:

Madcat, thanks for the bleak-looking photos of balmy downtown T.O. :brr: We've got a ton of the white stuff here too, although the really big storm missed us. Thanks again for a very enjoyable evening out. Good salads, good water to drink, and then a nice brisk walk. (At least the walk part is true!)

Shad, by now you've been home and headed out again for a visit with family. Thanks for the hilarious Christmas in Australia video you sent - I've been sharing it with everyone I can think of up here in the frozen north. :D

Ceejay, it sounds like you've been having some pretty chilly weather down there. Fingers crossed that it'll be clear and mild for you to drive to your Christmas dinner!

Michele, I'm so sorry to hear you're getting sick again. Maybe you should let DH and the pups handle all the Christmas dinner prep... ;)

Ruth, sounds like you've found yourself a hot new snow guy (the Canadian equivalent of a pool boy. :lol: ) I imagine the dogs are enjoying frolicking in the snow!

Now, to catch up quickly: Dinner out with Madcat was a sober, lo-cal delight :angel:, and of course after navigating New York there was no problem getting back to my hotel by subway. I was more worried about poor Madcat, who had to change to a streetcar and could easily have lost an ear or nose to frostbite while waiting! Once back home I had the dubious pleasure of digging my car out of an inch of ice at the airport parking, :yikes: which would have been worse without the kind help of my colleague - who didn't even need a ride home! From there all went well until last Wednesday, when I woke up barfing :barf: in the middle of the night, and barely moved until Friday. Today is my first day feeling normal again. Three pounds down, but of course now my appetite is back... Lots of racing around playing catch up, and then there'll be the fun 3 hour drive away for another entertaining, festive visit. Not.

:wave: to any worldlies I've missed. May you all have a warm wonderful safe Christmas!

Shad
12-22-2008, 10:52 PM
Shucks Annie - you saw me as I turbo propped past your place on the way to Adelaide. Yep, I have now put the broom away and am being nice to my son for a period of time and not rude about his little car.
Oh and when you were talking about Polish mistakes, I thought you meant Happy and the DH!!! :running: :running::running::running::running::running:

Don't know how often I will be in over this visit since DS1 doesn't have internet in his new place yet so we are reduced to visiting the Uni and using their gear.

So I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, stay warm and safe and don't forget that for every bite, you need 100 steps to walk it off.

Glad you enjoyed the Christmas movie Carla.

Have a fun week you lot. Ceejay, Michelle I'll be thinking of you :wave: I'll be back when I can.

diyana
12-23-2008, 10:42 AM
It's another snowy morning here. Do I sound like a broken record? Snow. Cold. Snow. Cold. I'm so OVER winter and we have at least 3 more months (probably 4) to go. :tantrum:

We're supposed to get about 5" or 6" today and another 5" tomorrow and more on Friday and Saturday. Christmas Day, so far, looks like it will be relatively nice.

Annie - Polish mistakes sound really yummy! Enjoy your day with Tony!

Ceejay - I hope your day is going well.

Carla - Glad you had a nice time with Madcat! Sorry that you've been sick the last few days, but glad to hear you're feeling better for the holidays. Drive safely and enjoy the festivities.

Shad - Enjoy your time with DS1, despite the lack of internet.

Happy - I hope you made it to Chicagoland just fine and are enjoying time with family and friends.

Mel - I hope you are feeling better and staying warm.

I'm busy at work today and don't know if I'll be back to check in. As for tomorrow, I plan to stay in bed resting as much as possible. I wish I could help DH with the snow shoveling, but I just don't think that's gonna happen. :nono:

Merry Christmas to all!

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
12-23-2008, 03:15 PM
hi chicks,

just a quick check in - Internet at the sister's house is very slow. Just wanted to let you know we got in OK. It's sooooooo bloody cold here. Brrrrr. Very snowy too. We were trying to figure out how to get the SUV in 4 wheel drive again. It's good to see everyone here.

Hope you all have a great Christmas - will check back in when we get home on Sunday.

ceejay52
12-23-2008, 03:19 PM
Happy Holiday's

It sure is quiet around here.

I have to work on Christmas Eve but it shouldn't be that bad unless we have a bad storm. They're predicting thunderstorms. Ugh.

Hollyhock
12-23-2008, 09:32 PM
:xcheer:

Warm Holiday Wishes!!!

Wishing you a fabulous Christmas full of the magical spirit of love, joy, kindness, and peace.

Lots of Love, Miss Hollyhock!!

:ginger: :clause:

Shad
12-23-2008, 11:26 PM
Message from Mel or rather Jen on behalf of Mel.

Dear Joy,
I am saving this e-mail for Mom. She is still sleeping. This cold has really been very bad. Her upper chest and head are so congested she could hardly breathe. She still has fevers on and off. Some are over 102. I called our MD doctor for advice and he said for her age and present muscle condition that she is doing fine. If it worsens to take her to the nearest ER but he thinks there will be no need. But Richie and I canceled Florida. We both feel Mom is wrong and she is just too sick to leave alone still. We will visit local family instead.
Joy we wanted to wish you and everyone the happiest New Years and a very Merry Christmas! I tried to get on to 3fc but couldn't get the page to load. Dial-up is very busy this time of year. Could you do me a favor and post this? Thanks.
love, Jen

Lucky we came down to the Uni today - otherwise you would not have gotten this.
DS1's partner is having a hissy fit so I am not at the moment having a great time. Life is grand eh? Anyway, we will get over it. It gives DS1 and I some time for some good bonding again. We might just get back to where we used to be. And that will indeed be a great present for Christmas.

Gotta go. Man it is hot down here. Hot and dry and doesn't cool down much at night time. I dream of Michelles cool.

Sleep well it's not long till the ho ho man arrives. Maybe he will bring Mel some good health germs.

annie175
12-24-2008, 12:10 PM
Happy Christmas Eve Day....

We get early release today, so I will be able to make it to my brother's house for Christmas.

Tony was way too kind to me and spent way too much money on me. He bought me the Journey Diamond Necklace from Kay Jewelers. Every Kiss begins with Kay's. Journey diamond is 7 diamonds in a row, small to biggest, indicating your journey in your relationship and the growth of love. I was overwhelmed. Also got a 25.00 starbucks card, Yankee candles, some "fun" toys for he and I to share..hehehe and a few other trinkets. He did real good, he did!

Carla...congrats on the 3 lbs down especially this time of year. Yucky way to get there tho.

Shad...polish mistakes...as in Happy and DH. hahahahahaha

Michelle...yes I had quite the day with my man. He is so sweet.

Ms. Holly...Happiest of Holidays to you to girl, I miss ya.

Ceejay...we have to work on Christmas eve also, but get early release.

MISS MEL...FEEL BETTER MY DEAR...NOT A GOOD TIME OF YEAR TO BE SICK, WELL RATHER IS IS NEVER A GOOD TIME TO BE SICK.


The sneezes turned into a full blown cold. Been taking Dayquil and Nyquil. Don't know if I am coming or going. Made coffee this morning in the break room and forgot to put the pot on the burner. Coffee was EVERYWHERE. Back to the drawing board.

Have the merriest Christmas and wonderful New Year.

annie175
12-24-2008, 12:56 PM
Holy Bat **** Batman...

One of the girls brought homemade portabella mushroom soup and homemade clam chowder to share for lunch....it is soooooooooooo good!!

diyana
12-24-2008, 01:25 PM
Merry Christmas Eve to all you wonderful worldlies!

I'm still down for the count, resting (and coughing) today trying to get over this bronchitis. DH is digging us out of the latest batch of snow. And DMIL is going to prepare tonight's dinner as well as the salads we're supposed to take to tomorrow's dinner. She's such an :angel: I just hope I'm not ruining her Christmas by being laid up in bed sick.

Shad - Thanks for posting Jen's email on Mel's behalf. I hope DS1's partner's fit ends soon so that you can enjoy the holiday! Enjoy your bonding time.

Jen/Mel - Please tell Mel that we're sending her lots of :angel: :angel: and :goodvibes: and healing hugs to speed her recovery along. We miss you and love you, Mel. Feel better soon and Merry Christmas!

Ceejay - Too bad you have to work today, but I hope it is a quiet day for you. Are you spending Christmas Day with family?

Happy - Glad you made it to your sister's house. Thanks for checking in. You and DH be careful out on the roads. They've been telling people up here to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Hollyhock - Great to hear from you. Sending magical, joyous, Christmas wishes your way as well. :hohoho:

Annie - Glad to hear you'll be able to get to your brother's house for Christmas! Wow! Tony got you a journey diamond necklace?! I've seen those on the commercials. They are amazing! You have a great guy there, Annie. But I know you know that. ;) I hope you get over your cold very soon. It sucks being sick this time of year, as Mel and I can attest.

Well, I'm going to sign off for the day and go back to bed.

Wishing you all lots of love, joy, peace, HEALTH, and safe travels.

Lots of love and Merry Christmas hugs,

ceejay52
12-24-2008, 02:44 PM
Hollyhock
So good to hear from you. Wishing you the best Christmas ever.

Shad
Sorry you are having to live through some turmoil but hopefully it will bring your son closer to you. Thanks for posting the email from Jen. Mel is lucky to have her.

Mel
Feel better soon.

Annie
You are one lucky woman to have found Tony. Sounds like this relationship is going forward.

Michelle
Merry Christmas. I could not imagine that much snow much less drive in it. Feel better soon. It's nice to have mil as sweet as yours.

I am at work but I have to stay until getting off time. sigh. The weather got a little on the rough side this morning. As my papaw Rowe used to say it came a gulley washer. The whole town was flooded. The sanitation crew was out for three hours unstopping storm drains. I have been busy anwering the phone most of the morning.

Wishing each of you a :Merry Christmas: and Don't over eat tomorrow.

Ruthxxx
12-24-2008, 05:59 PM
Good afternoon, Worldlies, and a big wave to Shad and apologies for missing her call.

I am safely at my DD's in Nanaimo, BC, which is having a very major snowstorm. Flights in and out of here and the mainland have been cancelled and many folks are sleeping in airports rather than being with their families for Christmas. It's very sad. I felt particularly sorry for the fasmilies with wee kids as I spent several hours in Vancouver airport wondering if my flight to the Island would be cancelled. At least I had friends in Vancouver where I could grab a bed!

The turkey is ready to go into the over as we will have our Christmas dinner today. Tomorrow will be Santa and gift day and then we will go to a fancy brunch at my hotel. I plan to stay here at my DD's overnight as they are expecting a dump of 30cm of snow (14"?) and the roads will be impassable until tomorrow morning.

I wish you all a warm and loving Christmas with your family and friends.

1day@atime
12-25-2008, 10:47 AM
FELIZ NAVIDAD

Good Morning to all!

Sorry I've been MIA, work this last two weeks has been so hetic. Celebrated last night with my family and today going to morning mass than just going back to Mom's& Dad later and just have a relaxing day.

Mitchellez - I hope your feeling better. Your MIL sounds like a angel. I'm glad she is there to help you. Send some snow my way... The temp today is going to be 64.

Annie - What a wonderful Christmas gift from Tony. He's a definite keeper. Does he have a brother? Who lives in Texas? :)

Shad - I hope you get to spend some quality time with your son.

Ruth - I hope your enjoy your time with your DD, sounds like most airports up north are having delays. Be safe while traveling.

Ceejay- Hope you were able to leave the office on time. I didn't realize you all were getting lots of rain.

Holly, Ceejay, Happy, Jen, Mel & Painter, - :wave:

To all my girls, Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, I"m truly blessed to have each and everyone of you in my lives. Even though, i might not meet any of you, knowing your there, warms my heart.

annie175
12-26-2008, 09:16 AM
Happy Day after the Wonderful Festivities of Christmas.....

My cold is much, much better. It is amazing how taking care of oneself makes a difference. I guess I officially work at Humana....I totally crapped my pants walking in this morning. Must be the cold medicine and all the CRAP I have eaten in the past few days that my body is not used too. Thank God, in small ways, I started my period yesterday, on Christmas, with cramps and all, and had on a ginormous mattress pad. All is good. lol. Being the new kid on the block at work, I sit (****) here all by myself as everyone took a vacation day today. Guess I will get lots done with no interruptions today. Kind of nice.

My brother and DSIL brought back a beautiful chenelle (sp) PINK scarf and pink pearls from France for me. They are absolutely gorgeous. I am going to get an off-white turtle neck or cowl so I can wear the necklace.

Got all my Christmas decor taken down yesterday and packed away for next year. Baby boy, baby girl and her BF stayed all night Christmas eve and we got up and celebrated together. That did my heart good. I asked for a new straw broom and house slippers from my kids, and by golly that is EXACTLY what I got. LOL. The broom was "parked" out on the front porch with a red ribbon tied to it. Santa delivered it. LOL. It even has a rubber grip halfway down the handle. I got on it, it fit perfectly and I breezed through the house, with my witchy laugh. The kids hate it. Samantha said, "Mom, NO!" It made me laugh even more. I had made breakfast casserole the night before to pop into the oven Christmas morning and it was piping hot and ready to eat when we finished opening gifts. DD left to go to BFs family and DS left to go back to his dad's. I left and went to my brother's house. What a joyous day.

I tell you, I am overwhelmingly blessed with great friends, family and co-workers. I am in a good place in life right now (not including finanaces, but hope to get there soon, it is an on-going project), and feel very happy. Thank you Jesus for such a wonderful life.

Hope everyone is feeling better today (MEL and Michelle) and anyone else on the downside.

Safe travels, Great Health, Lots of Love, Prosperous Year, and so much Happiness to all.

Much love and many Hugs

annie175
12-26-2008, 09:53 AM
Also I am done with Christmas now, done with snow now, done with cold now, done with ice now. I AM READY FOR SPRING!!! I know, I know, we have about 3-4 mos of this crappy weather, however I AM THINKING POSITIVE!!

annie175
12-27-2008, 04:02 PM
Wow that is hard to believe that I was the last one to post as of yesterday at 9:53 am, bizzarro~~

It is almost 70 degrees here in Indy. Tomorrow is 40. I am out with nothing but a sweater on today. I am loving it. Went to see Valkurie this morning with SIL then to Red Lobster for lunch, what a great day!

Going this afternoon to see Bedtime Stories with my friend Kristin and her little girl, Lauren who is 7. This will be fun. It is the new Disney movie. I am looking forward to it. Then come home and rest for the night. Tony is coming over tomorrow afternoon. What a busy weekend.

Hella Bella ran the fence with the neighbor dog and came in all muddy. In the sink she went and I sprayed her down. What a mess she was. Now she is once again asleep on my afghan in MY lazyboy chair. Little turd.

Gotta get going to the movies....

Howdie to everyone.

Love and Hugs.

MELODY525
12-27-2008, 05:44 PM
A BELATED HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY CHICK FRIENDS.
SORRY I WAS AMONGST THE MISSING. FEELING A BIT BETTER AND ACTUALLY SAT UP MUCH OF THE DAY. STRENGTH WILL COME BACK SLOWLY BUT SURELY.
WISH I COULD TAME THIS COUGH!!! :tantrum:
I'LL READ YOUR POSTS AS SOON AS I CAN. HOPING YOU ARE ALL WELL AND ACCOUNTED FOR.
I'LL WRITE MORE NEXT TIME. ONE STEP AT A TIME!!
HAPPY WEEKEND!!

ceejay52
12-27-2008, 06:54 PM
Mel
Glad you are feeling better. We have missed you. I see your egg light on :wave:

Annie
Sounds like you are having a fun week end also.

I've had a good week end. I'm just not ready to go to work tomorrow. Sigh.

1day@atime
12-27-2008, 07:45 PM
Hello Ladies,

Having a nice relaxing weekend, we'll somewhat. The weather here yesterday Friday was very balmy and warm. Ran errans most of the day and notice the a/c in the car didn't get cool. I ran up to car shop and of course it wasn't just the coolant, it was a leak in the hose. Repair cost ran $ 600.00. I could of waited to get it fixed, but with this Texas weather, one day it's 80 the next it's 50.

Mel - glad you feeling a little better.

Annie - that movie looks good. There are about 4 movies I would like to see.

Ceejay - you have to work on a sunday?

happy2bme
12-28-2008, 04:04 AM
Howdy ladies - we are back home safe and sound.

I think Momma Nature wanted to give as a big taste of what we were missing or as DH says- sometimes you have to come up here to remember why you left :lol: Today it was 59 degrees (VERY unseasonal) while it was a high of 7 degrees last Sunday. Of course that mix of very warm weather on top of snow and ice made for horrific fog and lots of rain. We decided to leave a bit earlier at 10pm last night to try and get ahead of the severe thunderstorms that stretched north to the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast in the south - like a blade wiping across the country. We did hit pockets of bad fog and hard rain, but not as bad as if we had left earlier. Arrived home to equally unseasonal (but pleasant) 75 degree weather. Boots, coat, hat and mittens are packed away until next year. Strong storms moved in during the evening as the cold front pressed forward. Good bye 70's temps for a while.

I have a brutal sinus headache and headcold. I had a pretty bad sore throat on Christmas Day. I didn't want to take much of anything on the ride home since most of that stuff upsets my stomach. It's a good thing I have 2 days at home to rest up before heading back to work. The house is in pretty decent shape as I cleaned before I left and I did laundry at my mom's so I don't feel too guilty sleeping most of the day away.

Mel - I'm glad to hear you are feeling a tiny bit better. Sounds like this round really kicked your butt. You just rest up and take your time - as you know you should. We will send healing thoughts your way. I just made a nice cup of tea - set one aside for you too. I'll even let you use the last bit of precious honey that I got from Shad - I was neverl one for honey until I tasted the real stuff - kind of like you haven't tasted lobster until you had it fresh from the east coast ;) I really like your new avatar.

Ceejay - I have to admit - we passed by the exit for your town on the way home and I was like $#%)*(#$ - we still have a long time to go yet - by this time we were both antsy and tired. DH said, not TOO much longer. But I waved to you anyway :wave:

Hi Patty- ouch a $600 bill? Not a very good holiday gift :no: Sorry about that. But you are right about the weather changing. Wouldn't want to do without when the Texas heat moves in. Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas otherwise.

Annie - I'm very glad to hear that you are finding such love and joy in your heart. It's very easy to focus on the negative at times, keep smiling and looking for your blessings - we are glad to count you as a friend too :hug: Sounds like Tony is a real keeper! Great presents!

Michelle - hope you are feeling better. Hard not to be sick with that wacky weather. I forgot how COLD cold can really be! Take care of yourself. How does DH like the new job?

Shad - sorry to hear about things with the DS1's partner. Hope the time got better for you. Did you have a good Christmas otherwise?

Madcat, Carla, Ruth - I know you had a white Christmas. Hope Santa didn't get stuck to anything or in anything up there. :lol:

Ok, it's 2 am. I should be in bed but I think I had too much caffeine tea and alot of sleep during the day. I am tired but not sleepy and if DH hears me still typing at this moment, he will be yelling for sure. So I'd better finally post this and sneak off to bed.

talk to you in the morning...

MELODY525
12-28-2008, 09:02 AM
:wave: HELLO CEEJAY!! WE MUST HAVE JUST MISSED EACH OTHER. I WAS READING AND GETTING READY FOR JANUARY!!

PATTY~ OMG!!! :faint: $600!!! YIKES!! BUT IT IS BETTER TO BE READY FOR ALL THIS NUTTY WEATHER! IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE!

HAPPY~ I AM GLAD YOU AND DH ARE BACK SAFE AND SOUND. THE NORTHERN WEATHER HAS BEEN SO BAD WEST OF US. HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON NOW TOO :hug: THIS WARMER WEATHER IS KEEPING FAR TOO MANY GERMS ALIVE! WELCOME HOME:dance:

:cofdate: TODAY I AM GOING TO TRY AND GET MY SCHEDULE BACK. YESTERDAY I SLEPT 10 HOURS WITH ONLY A FEW ROLLOVERS ON BETWEEN. WHEN I WOKE TODAY AND SAW 7 I THOUGHT LET ME GET UP LIKE I USED EVEN IF IT'S JUST FOR A SHORT WHILE. OUR WEATHER IS GOING NUTS. IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE 60'S HERE. WE WERE SOCKED IN BY DENSE FOG LAST NIGHT. THE KIDS LEFT FOR DAD'S AND CALLED WHEN THEY GOT THERE. JEN SAID IT WAS LIKE DRIVING IN A MOVIE. NOW HERE COMES MORE RAIN. ALL OUR BEAUTIFUL SNOW IS GONE. :cry:
HAVING READ THE POSTS I AM GLAD EVERYONE IS DOING OK AND HOPE MICHELLE AND WAS IT ANNIE? FEEL BETTER SOON ALSO. MADCAT'S PICS LOOKED LIKE MY BACKYARD TILL THE RAINS CAME. SHAD WAS BUSY BONDING WITH DS1. HOPE RUTH SAVED SOME HOLIDAY DINNER FOR ME. CARLA IS TRYING TO GET OVER THE VISIT WITH THE MEAN OLD SM!
HOPE THAT COVERS EVERYONE. IF NOT HERE IS A :hug:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-28-2008, 12:44 PM
Good morning all,

Gone are yesterday's balmy breezes, it's cold again today - more like winter. No wonder people are sick. Our kitty - who was delighted to be let out of her "kitty condo" at the pet hotel - was outside most of yesterday enjoying what she considers the perfect day - sunshine, warm breezes and an occasional chipmunk to chase. This morning she was shocked when it was wet and cold.

My cold has moved to my chest. It hurts my throat to cough. I had 1 cup of wake up coffee and am now sipping tea with honey and lemon. Hopefully it will move through quickly. Without a work schedule, it seems like every day for the last 9 days is a weekend. :lol: I'm not really feeling up to getting out today and grocery shopping - all we really need is coffee creamer and DH could run out for that. I might stretch it until New Year's Eve. I always try and make an especially nice dinner that night since we never go out and we eat by candlelight in the dining room. Not much else going on. I suppose I will finish unpacking today and ease my brain back into work mode again.

DH's hit his big anniversary with his company - 25 years last Monday. It pretty much went unnoticed which disappointed him greatly although he did get a congratulatory email from the local office here which he doesn't have anything to do with - his manager is based somewhere in cyber space. But now he is in the Quarter Century Club and gets to pick out a nice gift - he's looking at grandfather clocks and hi-def tvs right now.

So that's my boring day.

Kind of quiet around here. Guess you all must be relaxing and enjoying your weekend.

Poke your head outside for a few minutes Mel and take a whiff of the warmer air. They were saying on the news that the cold snap we got after the rains was losing it's punch as it headed your way. I imagine the snows melted pretty quick if it's that warm by you. At least it's not the ugly, dirty slushy snow that really looks terrible. Hope you are feeling a bit better today - sounds like you are trying to get back in the routine.

Hello to the rest of the chicks :wave: guess I will go tackle those bags on the kitchen floor. :lol:

ceejay52
12-28-2008, 02:54 PM
Patty
Ouch on the ac problem. Those things are expensive. I need to take my Rav4 to the shop for regular maintenance. I wonder what they'll find this time. Last time it was the drive belt, a cool 400+ dollars. But I had to have it to get back. They showed it to me and it was ready to snap at anytime. I was very lucky that it didn't snap on the way there. I just notice your ticker. Congrats on those pounds lost this month.

Happy
Glad you are back home safely. Sorry to hear you are sick. The gas prices in our city is above the normal rate as you could see. It's 10 cents less in town. I paid 1.24 yesterday in Paragould and if I had waited till I crossed the Missouri border I could have gotten it for 1.19. I haven't bought gas here in 3 months. It will be a have to case before I do buy gas here.

1day@atime
12-28-2008, 08:21 PM
Hello Ladies,

Ceejay - I have to change my ticker. I have gained......Starting tomorrow, I'm on a NO Fast Food, no junk food week.

Happy - Hope you get lots of rest and take care of that chest cold? What state are you in? We too had cold weather then fog, then it got warm and not it's getting cold again.

Mel - Glad your starting to feel better.

As for me, I'm taking monday off, going to go work out AM, then hit the grocery store and stock up on fruits and veggies.

Hello to all:wave:

Shad
12-28-2008, 10:02 PM
Morning all,
Happy Christmas to all of you and lovely to hear of the nice gifts and things that you have all gotten.
My Christmas has been quiet, we had a nice Christmas Day with M's (DS1's partner) family and DS1 took me to the Clare Valley which is a big wine growing area and I sampled quite a few of the products. Then yesterday DS1 took me to lunch with partner and partners mother and then we went up into the hills and had a look at the city from above and saw a number of really old houses and ruins (from bush fires). It was a nice day.

Tomorrow I will meet up with a friend from Dampier and have coffee and/ or maybe lunch, that will let the young ones have some time on their own - although it will probably mean they will argue their way through the day. I don't want to know!!!!!

Can't stop long as we are going to get some more fruit and bits and pieces. Don't know what we are doing after that, but it will involve some washing (not much left to wear) and maybe some dinner. I haven't been overeating while being here. These two are not big on meals at mealtimes. Eat whenever seems to be the go.

Annie - sounds like you have had a good time of it. Nice gifts.

Mel - so pleased to see you back and upright but take care now. I will be intouch re the phone call after I get home on Wednesday.

Ceejay - take care on those roads. My car had to have a new timing chain which cost as much as yours did. Seems it is part of the new car syndrome. Regular maintenance is the only thing that gets us through.

Happy - glad you got home safely. You mean you have kept that honey for a whole 18 months??!!!!!! :yikes: Wonder if Ruth still has hers. She was going to make a cake of it. Sounds like a good if fattening idea.

Ruth - have fun in the wilds of Nanaimo. Sounds nice to me. I loved that part of the world.

Michelle - happy Christmas. Hope it is not completely frozen in there for you now.

Patty - Hope you are enjoying your Christmas. I know you said lots of other things as well, but I will catch up with them at a later time.

Hope I haven't forgotten anyone. The next time I get on here will be from home I think. DS1 doesn't have internet at the house yet. It hasn't got to his new estate as yet.

See ya.

MELODY525
12-29-2008, 09:23 AM
HAPPY~ SORRY TO HEAR YOU CAUGHT MY COLD! HOPE YOUR THROAT AND CHEST WILL GET WELL SOON. NOT NICE TO BE SICK FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT ALL. NO FUN. :hug: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THE DH!! :cheers: 25 YEARS!! WOW! GOOD FOR HIM!! I DIDN'T GO OUTSIDE BUT I DID OPEN THE WINDOWS TO THIS MILD WEATHER!!!

CEEJAY~ I THINK THOSE PRIOCES ARE MUCH LOWER THAN OURS BUT I FORGET WHAT JEN SAID THEY JUST PAID HERE. I SHOULD CHECK. NOW I AM CURIOUS.

PATTY~ THANKS AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE GOAL THIS WEEK!! :cheer:

SHAD~ THE HOLIDAY VISIT SOUNDS NICE. HOPE THE KIDS DON'T ARGUE THEIR WAY RIGHT THRU IT ALL!! SAFE TRAVELS MY FRIEND.

:sunny: WE HAVE SUNLIGHT FINALLY!! MAYBE I CAN SIT BY THE WINDOW WITH THE GRANDSON AND CATCH SOME RAYS TODAY. TRIED SOME CLEANING BUT THE DUST GOT THE BETTER OF ME. THEN U DECIDED TO JUST REST AND WATCH THE NEW RAIDER'S DVD THE KIDS BOUGHT ME.
MY POOR STOMACH IS SO SWOLLEN FROM ALL THIS COUGHING AND ALL THE MUSCLES HURT. I SHOULD FIND SOMETHING TO GO AND DO INSTEAD OF SITTING HERE BEING A WINGE! IS THAT A WORD? :rofl:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-29-2008, 10:43 AM
Good morning ladies,

In the movie "War of the Worlds" in the end the aliens were done in by I think the common cold. I can see why :lol: Feeling rather miserable today. I have my tea, honey, lemon and I will make some chicken soup this afternoon. It just has to run it's course.

Yes Shad, I have about 2 small spoons of your honey left. It was so good that I used it for special occasions only. And having a cold and not being able to taste well does not count as a special occasion! Sounds like you had a nice day - mostly - yesterday. Hope there was no battling going on as it can be quite awkward to be in the middle of those things. Some people just thrive on the fire and oil relationships... So are you a free woman now with time to yourself?

Glad you are feeling a bit better Mel. They need to come up with something the will grab the dust and not irritate the lungs. I also need a light something like natural sunlight that lets me catch those spots I sometimes miss. So you got a whiff of fresh air? I put a blanket outside yesterday because DH does not like a strong scent of fabric softener even tho I use a mild vanilla smelling one. When he brought it in yesterday he said it smelled so nice of fresh air that he immediately confiscated it :lol: Enjoy the sunshine while it's out. And some tea with honey and lemon soothes those sore muscles and raw throat.

I'm supposed to work today but I am just wiped out. I might go back to sleep for an hour or so. Or just go stand in a hot shower and use up all the hot water :D

Hope you all have a good one today. Love to the chicks. :hug:

diyana
12-29-2008, 01:28 PM
Good morning chicks -

I hope you all had a nice Christmas! I'm so glad to hear that the holiday travelers made it to their destinations (and back) safe and sound. I went with my DH and DMIL to DMIL's sister's and brother in laws on Christmas, which was fun. And then, other than going back to the doc on Friday to get stronger meds, I was in bed resting all weekend, watching lots of good old movies. I've still got this horrible cough and feel pretty weak/tired, but I'll get better. This coming weekend is DMIL's last weekend with us for this trip, and I'm going to get better so we can do fun stuff. I have to work today, tomorrow and 1/2 day NYE, and then have the rest of the week off. The weather is supposed to be pretty good...not too cold, not too much snow (good thing too as the snowblower broke the other day - hopefully the part that DH ordered to fix it will arrive today or tomorrow). Good thing DH is so handy, as all the snowblower repair shops are two months backed up with repairs. I got some wonderful fitness gifts for Christmas. DH got me a Jillian Michaels 5 box set DVD and some hand weights, and DMIL gave me an awesome pedometer! I can't wait 'till I get my energy back to use these goodies and get back to the gym! Despite a small bout of annoying health challenges, I want to take time to reflect on just how very blessed I am too. I've got the worlds best hubby, a wonderful family and in-laws, and amazing friends - including you chicks! I'm so grateful to have all of you in my life.

Patty - Great to hear from you. I'm glad you had a nice Christmas with your family. As for snow, we don't have much to send your way. We had a couple relatively warm days and rain and that took care of most of it. Yay! We've got just a dusting now, which is perfect. Another 1 to 2" on the way, but hopefully no more until the snowblower is fixed. Sorry to hear about the car repairs! Ouch! Good for you for a no fast food, no junk food week! YGG! Hope you have fun at the gym today.

Annie - Sounds like you had a very, very nice Christmas with your kids. :) I'm so glad to hear that your cold is going better. Sorry that you had an accident at work, but least least there were few in the office today. Good for you for getting your Christmas decor taken down. We usually wait until after the first of the year, but with DMIL here, we may just keep it up until she leaves on the 8th. So glad to hear that everything in your life is going so well.

Mel - Glad you are feeling a bit better. Sounds like you and me will be working on getting over the coughs and getting our strength back.

Ceejay - I hope you had a good day at work and that you have a quiet week ahead. I think our gas is still right around $1.55 or $1.60/gallon, so maybe I'll come get gas in Missouri! :lol:

Happy - Glad you made it home okay. The fog from the warm weather was brutal. I hope you are feeling better today. Just take care of yourself. I've you've got what Mel and I have, it knocks you on your butt and forces you to rest. So hang in there. :hug: Congrats to the DH on his anniversary! 25 years with the same company! Awesome!!

Well, I've got tons of work to get done, so I'd best go get myself a bowl of soup for lunch and get back to it.

Love and healing hugs to all,

annie175
12-29-2008, 04:58 PM
Monday, Monday....do do, do do da do da do<---trying to sing, um not good at it on internet either. lol

A bit of more good news. DD is going to go to beauty school full time beginning Feb 6th with a graduation date of December '09. She will not get a job till unemployment runs out, then it will be only part time so she can go to school. I am just glad she is finally getting some direction in her life.

I made lasagna, cucumber salad, and garlic toast with fudge chocolate/white chocolate pie for dessert yesterday. I sent half a pan of lasagna home with Tony and half a pan home with Samantha. Sent pie home with Tony for his boys. Got rid of all the fat stuff.

Ms. MEL, Ms. Patty, and Ms. Michelle....instead of feel better, I am sending a FEEL YOUR BEST, and knock this sick crap in the butt. NO MORE SICKNESS in the World of the chickies.

Patty...sorry about air conditioner, but wish we had air conditioner weather. I can't stand this cold stuff and until I hit the lottery big time, this is the way it will be. LOL

Shad...hope you are having fun with DS1 and crew. I love to go visiting.

Can't remember if I told you or not, but I had to give up a France trip to start this new job. I am happy tho. I do have to use the ticket before April 9th or lose it. So don't know what I plan to do. May go to Corpus Christi and visit a good friend there. She stayed with me for our HS class reunion. It will be fun.

35 minutes left of this day. I am ready to go home. Well actually I am going to my momma's house, my brother from Illinois is here visiting. Even tho we don't get along very well, I am going to go visit anyway. Don't want to regret anything later down the line.

Better get my heiny off of here and get busy.

Much love and many hugs,

MELODY525
12-29-2008, 06:34 PM
MICHELLE AND HAPPY.....WE WILL HAVE TO CONCENTRATE ON GETTING BETTER AND GETTING OUR STRENGTH BACK TO NORMAL FOR THE NEW YEAR. IT IS CLOSE TO US NOW AND WE BETTER GET A MOVE ON!! WISHING US ALL GOOD HEALTH THIS WEEK! :hug:

ANNIE...GLAD THE DD IS FINDING SOMETHING THAT INTERESTS HER. IT'S A GOOD JOB AND CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE! GOOD LUCK TO HER. HOPE YOU GET TO USE THE TICKET TOO!

LIKE MICHELLE..I WOULD LIKE TO THING ON ALL THE GOOD STUFF THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. I HAVE BEEN VERY LUCKY THIS YEAR. THINGS ALWAYS SEEMED TO GO RIGHT NO MATTER HOW DIM THEY APPEARED AND FOR THAT I AM EVER GRATEFUL. I AM AFRAID I HAD SOME OF MY GUARDIAN ANGELS OVERWORKED AT TIMES BUT THEY ALL CAME THRU!! :angel: JEN AND I WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS THE OTHER DAY. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE HAD OUR PROBLEMS AND FINANCES AREN'T GREAT, WE HAVE OUR HAPPINESS, EACH OTHER AND OUR HEALTH. I DON'T THINK ANYONE COULD ASK FOR MORE REALLY.
WISHING ALL THAT FOR MY CHICKLETTE SISTERS BOTH HERE AND MIA :hug:

I CAME BACK TO SAY I AM GOING TO ATTEMPT A TRIP TO THE SUPERMARKET TO GET OUT TOMORROW. THE DR SAID I COULD GO OUT WHEN I CAN GET DRESSED WITHOUT SWEATING. SO FAR I HAVE HAD NO SUCCESS WITH THAT COMMAND. :cry: BUT WE WILL SEE WHAT THE MORNING BRINGS. :cheer3: IF NOT THEN THE KIDS ARE GOING TO THE STORE.

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT :cloud9:
AND GOOD MORNING KAURANGI :queen:

ceejay52
12-29-2008, 07:23 PM
Just popping into say hello:wave: There is absolutely nothinig going on exept work.

MELODY525
12-30-2008, 08:32 AM
:wave: HELLO CEEJAY!!! MAYBE IT'S A GOOD THING NOTHING IS GOING ON EXCEPT WORK!!! :rofl:


:cofdate: THERE IS NO SHOPPING FOR MELLIE. WOKE UP COUGHING, SWEATING AND DIZZY. BACK TO BED FOR ME!! THIS TOO SHALL PASS. FIGHTING THE DREGS OF THE COLD AND SINUS :faint:

HAVE A GREAT DAY. I INTEND TO SPEND MINE WITH HARRISON FORD...HOPE HE TREATS ME BETTER THAN ALL HIS WIVES!!!

annie175
12-30-2008, 09:00 AM
Good Morning All...

Ceejay...Better that nothing is going on than something not good. That is my bright side for ya!

MEL...don't push going out. Take it easy, completely. More than that, until you can walk, talk, drink without coughing or sweating, you are not to go anywhere. Send the kids to the store. How's that for Dr. Anne. I will send you my bill. lol.

I had a great time at my momma's visiting last night. My brother took us all to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. What a surprise. We had an uneventful visit, which was great. I did get the sads a little tho, I took my mom in my car, which involves helping her out to the car, putting her into the car, buckling her seatbelt, stopping at the door of the restaruant, unloading her, seating her, go park my car. eat, go get my car load her back up, take her home, help her into the house, which she peed her pants on the way in. I felt so sorry for her. Then helped her change her clothes, got her in her chair in the living room, then I sat down on the couch across from her and looked at her and felt so sad cause I know her time on earth is not long, nor is my dad's for that matter. Visited a while with my brother, then drove home and bawled all the way home thinking about my parents. Then Samantha came over for a bit, when she got ready to leave we were hugging and we both started bawling. Since she lives with her BF now, I don't see her everyday and it is just hard for this emothional mom. I am still not over my DS not living with me, now she is not either. I cried myself to sleep. Woke up at 3:00 am, and have been up since. I am a mess over last night. Ok, got that off my chest, now I am not going to let all that steal my joy of today. This is the day the Lord has made, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.

Let us all have the best 2009 ever!

Much love and many hugs,

diyana
12-30-2008, 09:56 AM
Good Tuesday morning chickies -

I've been up since 4:30 and at work since 5:45. I'm mildly caffeinated and pumped full of steroids and inhalers to help me breathe. I've gotten a lot accomplished so far, and hope to complete this particular project/report by the end of the day, especially since that was the agreed-upon deadline with my VP. :yikes: Breathing still isn't any fun for me, but I am managing to sustain the required amount of oxygen! I'm so looking forward to (hopefully next week) when aerobic exercise will consist of more than going to the loo! :lol3:

Annie - I'm so glad to hear your DD's good news! Starting a career that interests her and learning valuable skills! Too bad about your trip to France, but you'll have other opportunities, especially now that you have this great job! I hope you get to visit your friend in Texas. I'm glad your visit with your brother was uneventful. Sorry that your folks aren't doing that well. It's tough when parents get older and you see them decline in health and mobility. At least she was able to enjoy a nice dinner with you and your brother. Treasure all the moments, Annie. Thanks for the "FEEL YOUR BEST" wishes. I am definitely striving for that.

Ceejay - I hope you had a good day at work yesterday, and that you have a great day today as well!

Mel - Let's all be healthy to start 2009! You're smart by relaxing in bed and spending the day with Harrison Ford. Listen to the advice of Dr. Annie.

Happy - I hope you are feeling much better....I mean, feeling your best very soon!

Well, better get back to work, or I won't meet my deadline!

Lots of love and hugs,

happy2bme
12-30-2008, 10:09 AM
Hi ladies,

I too am feeling quite ugh this morning. I woke up today with "cement" in my head and chest and my throat is quite raw. Moving around a bit and some warm liquids have helped unclog things. I really have no tolerance for being sick. 2 days is about all I can handle and we're on day 4 now so I am quite impatient but it is obvious it's not going away quickly.

Sorry to hear the crud is back for you too Mel and that you had to cancel shopping. Enjoy your movies - hope someone drops off some feel better snacks and soups for you. I have not followed Harrison Ford's personal life. Is he one of those love 'em and leave 'em peeps? Isn't he with toothpick Calista now? Yes, you can be too skinny. I think Madonna looks horrid - loose skin over over defined muscles. I make sure I "pad" my muscles for that filled in look :lol:

Saw some pictures from a Christmas party. Perfect reminder that I seriously need to focus on the weight loss now.

Annie - I think you are so right about the rejoice part. I have the same pangs you do about your folks. But I have resolved to enjoy every moment with my Mom (Dad passed on long ago). I will not cry for her while she's here with me. Christmas Eve I was making her laugh so hard while I was being a bit ... irreverent. It did my heart good to see her laugh that way as she swatted me on the butt. She called yesterday to see how I was feeling and said she missed me lots. Not missing a beat I said that she wouldn't have to be lonely if she'd come live with us. She didn't answer :s:

Mr. Feral is no where to be found. He did sleep in his blanket a few nights because it was quite dirty but we haven't seen him since we got back. We always put our home on vacation check when we are away - the police come and check the place several times a day so I'm not sure if he got disturbed a few times. He was quite chubbed up when we left so he could handle a few days without a regular meal but I'm starting to worry about him. I always think he is gone and then he shows up with his kind of sad smile, just patiently waiting on the porch for a can of Fancy Feast and some milk. :^:

It's rather quiet around here, people must be taking a break from the computer. That or Ceejay set the theme for the week :lol:

I think I'm going to go take a long, hot shower - the only place I feel good at the moment, even if it is just for a short time.

Carry on good women of the world :wave:

happy2bme
12-30-2008, 10:13 AM
Good morning Michelle - we crossed over each other. Up at 4:30 :yikes: But I know those deadlines :s: Had a good laugh over the "aerobic exercise" :rofl: I can totally relate. I think if I had to walk fast right now I'd keel over wheezing! I did get a good workout at my Mom's. Lots of stairs several times a day. I need to get back to that again. Perhaps I should move into the creepy attic :lol:

annie175
12-30-2008, 10:30 AM
Oh I forgot to tell you, my mom had some mini-strokes last summer and her thought process is quite slow and doesn't remember things so well. I wouldn't say All timers or dementia, but definitely slow process. Plus she has diabetes, high blood pressure, 10% of her heart does not work, pacemaker, arthritis, low thyroid, swollen legs, holds water, can't hold pee and waits too long to go then pees when she gets up to go pee, cateracts removed, I could go on and on. She is a physical mess, yet she hangs on at 79 years old. My dad pretty much the same mess at 81. I am such an emotional baby, I hate that about myself and try to ward it off, but after some time it all gets to me and I have a cry fest, then feel like crap the next day, which would be today. That is one thing I wish I could change about myself, being emotional. And to think, it would be a lot worse if I was not on Cymbalta.

But by George, I am happy about everything else in life, and that is what I am going to focus on.

annie175
12-30-2008, 10:31 AM
Well, except my financial state, not to happy about that, but I figure I am in a VERY large club on that one. lol

ceejay52
12-30-2008, 06:14 PM
2008 is coming to a close.
Went to the gym last night and had a great work out.

Happy
Sorry you are still so clogged up.You may need to go to the doctor. Pnumonia is going around. Good for you in making your mom laugh. Like your new avatar.

Michelle
Wow you are an early bird. But I suppose that if you have a dead line you do what you need to do. I always find it easier to work when it's quiet.

Mel
Feel better soon.

Annie
I think we all would be happier about our financial well being. I'm very lucky that my mom didn't have to endure those things.

I'm still wondering what happened to Reenie!!

Hello to the rest. Come for a visit soon.

Shad
12-30-2008, 07:48 PM
Morning all,
Not stopping for long and so won't do personals. All's quiet here on the western front, however it probably won't stay that way for long. DS1 is on the point of explosion I would say although he aint saying much to me. We're getting along okay, the two of us, but apparently I have said something to the 3rd part of the triangle and am persona non gratis - but that's okay, I can live with that. Life is not meant to be easy and these two are making it awfully hard. They need to sort themselves out once and for all.

Going home tonight. Will be back in Bris-vegas before midnight so will catch up with you all then.

Best wishes for those not feeling well and FEEL BETTER NOW for them.
Ceejay and Annie - looks like you and I must hold up the team.

MELODY525
12-31-2008, 09:37 AM
ANNIE~ SENDING A :hug: FOR YOU MISSING THE KIDS AND THE PARENTS STUFF. IT'S HARD TO SEE THE VULNERABILITY OF THE ONES WE LOVE AND HOLD DEAR. ESPECIALLY DURING THE HOLIDAYS. YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THEY HAD A GOOD LIFE...AS THEY SAY HERE IN THIS BLDG. SO CELEBRATE EVERY DAY THEY HAVE!

MICHELLE~ I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. SENDING STRONGER GET WELL WISHES YOUR WAY :hug: :hug: :hug: THIS HAS BEEN A REAL BATTLE TO THE FINISH LINE FOR US BOTH. BUT THE NEW YEAR IS HERE AND WITH IT SOME GOOD HEALTH!!! :cheer3:

HAPPY~ SENDING YOU A GET WELL "hug: AS WELL!! HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. MAYBE MR FERAL FOUND A FOOD SOURCE WHILE YOU WERE GONE. HOPE YOU FIND HIM.
YES HARRISON IS ON WIFE #3 I THINK AND I FORGET HOW MANY KIDS. WITH EACH WIFE HE SAYS"THIS IS THE ONE" :rofl: IN THIS MOVIE HE IS SHOWING HIS AGE!! NOT THE MOVIE HUNK HE USED TO BE.

CEEJAY~ WILL YOU BE WORKING NEW YEAR'S EVE? I MEAN TODAY? I FORGOT IT'S HERE ALREADY!!! :rofl: HOW IS PARAGOULD? GOING FOR THE NEW YEAR?

SHAD~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FRACAS BETWEEN THE KIDS. HOPE THEY DO SORT IT OUT FOR THE NEW YEAR. SAFE TRAVELS AND :welcome: HOME!!!


:rain: WHAT WEATHER FOR SLEEPING. WE ARE AWAITING OUR RAIN & SNOW TO BEGIN. SO FAR IT'S JUST VERY BLACK OUTSIDE. I AM JUST GOING TO GIVE IN TO THIS COLD AND REST AND LET IT FINSISH UP BY ITSELF. FIGHTING IT WAS MAKING IT WORSE BUT I WAS GETTING SO TIRED OF JUST LOUNGING AROUND. :beach:
I GOT BAD NES YESTERDAY..OUR JIMMY IN MAINT HAS BEEN OFFERED A BETTER JOB WITH THE TOWN AND IS LEAVING. IT WILL BE TOUGH WITHOUT HIM AND WITH THE BUDGET SO BAD HERE THERE IS NO PLAN TO REPLACE HIM AS YET. I AM SOOOO HAPPY FOR HIM AND EVEN HELPED TO GET HIM WHERE HE'S GOING. BUT IT WAS LIKE SLICING MY OWN THROAT AS WELL. I DEPENDED ON HIM FOR EVERYTHING WITH EMERGENCIES. NOT GOING TO BE EASY.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT JEN AND I HAD ANOTHER TALK. I WANT TO FINISH UP THIS BILL THING THIS YEAR AND BE SOLVENT SO IF THE GOING GET'S TOUGH WITH MAINTENANCE, THEN I CAN QUIT. I AM MAKING LOUD NOISES ALREADY SO THEY KNOW I AM NOT GOING TO PICK UP THE SLACK WITH JIMMY GONE. PUTTING MY ARMOR ON SO TO SPEAK!!:rofl:
THE KIDS MIGHT BE HERE FOR NYE AS THEY ARE NOT FEELING UP TO PAR AND DON'T FEEL LIKE THE HOUSE PARTY THEY WERE INVITED TO. I TOLD THEM TO GO SO I CAN SLEEP!!! :cloud9:

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HAPPY NEW YEAR'S TO ALL MY WORLDLY FRIENDS. MAY THIS NEW YEAR BRING US ALL PEACE OF MIND ALONG WITH HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.

annie175
12-31-2008, 10:08 AM
Well bull****, I just lost the best post ever.

annie175
12-31-2008, 10:08 AM
and I am not doing it again.

Happy New Year ladies.

MELODY525
12-31-2008, 12:00 PM
HAPPY~ WHEN I SAW THIS I THOUGHT OF YOU AND YOUR POOL!! :rofl: :rofl:


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diyana
12-31-2008, 12:28 PM
Happy New Years Eve ladies!

On the good news, I think the infection in my lungs and bronchials is clearing out. My chest is still tight and wheezy, making it fun to breathe, but now that the infection is getting better, I just have to get my lungs healed up and the steroids should help with that. I'll be up and at 'em in now time!

Happy - Sorry to hear you are so sick. I agree with Ceejay that you might want to think about getting to the doctor. I really like your new avatar!

Annie - It's tough seeing our parents decline. A few years ago, I lost both my parents to cancer. It was the roughest year of my life, from the time of their Stage 4 diagnosis 'till the end. Enjoy every precious moment. Sorry you lost your post.

Ceejay - Great job on getting to the gym! YGG! As soon as I get better, I'll be going to the gym with ya'.

Shad - Sorry to hear that things are so explosive on the DS1 and partner front. I hope you were able to enjoy a bit of your visit with your DS1.

Mel - I'm with you...the new year will bring great health to both of us! I'm convincing myself that I'm getting stronger and stronger the nearer 2009 gets! Sorry to hear about Jimmy leaving, but good for you for putting your foot down and not letting them pass off his duties to you.

Anyway, ladies....It's just about time to call it a day (only working a 1/2 day today and we have a team meeting in just a few minutes that will take us 'till it's time to go home! yay! Once I get home, it's codeine cough syrup and sleep for this chick, and then going to DH's aunt and uncles to play cards for a few hours (but not late).

HAPPY NEW YEAR to my dear and wonderful friends!

Much love and hugs,

happy2bme
12-31-2008, 01:28 PM
Hi all,

I am still sick at home. I really don't want to go to the doctor - it will be an all day wait at the walk in clinic and at least a 3 hour wait IF I would be able to get in to see the doctor. I do have prescription sinus medication I am taking and I know it's helping more than just over the counter stuff. Not to the point I think I really need antibiotics - I've got the fringes of a sinus infection but it's clearing up alot since I started on the medicine. I guess I just need to get alot of sleep the next 2 days. Stayed home from work all this week but I need to be in full swing on Friday.

And so we come to the end of another year. I had high hopes for this one - seeing that it was supposed to be my "golden year" but it was nothing special. The stock markets have devistated our financial situation, putting off the longed for retirement another few years. That also means staying here and I was ready to leave Memphis 2 years ago :lol: I am glad to have a job tho as many of you have found for yourselves. Not sure what I'd do if I got laid off so I am grateful for small favors. I just checked and I am down 7 pounds from this time last year. It's not much but I did hit my highest weight ever in February and swore I would never see that number again on the scale. Also since we've moved in 2004, I have gained about 10 pounds a year, slowly but surely due in part to quitting smoking and mostly to alot of stress. So to have stopped that trend makes me quite happy. I really intend to buckle down and apply the things I have learned the last few months so I can get off this dreadful pre-diabetes medicine. I also realize looking at people's before and after pictures how being overweight really ages you badly. I don't want to look 20 years old but I think I can do better than I am right now. On the gratitude side, I am most grateful that my mom is still with us - in talking to my friends, she is the "last mom standing" in our little circle and I cherish her every day. I got to see a baby butterfly hatch in the yard and watched the cycle of life as eggs hatched into caterpillars. Tho it started too late to go full cycle, next spring I will be planting a big old planter full of parsley in order to encourage more swallowtails all season long. I went to a great concert and felt like a kid again. Though we tore up the front end of our car hitting that deer, I'm most grateful that we weren't seriously injured. And though it's somewhat lonely and hard to make friends down here, I am truly thankful for the friendships I have with you ladies - many of which have been going on for quite a few years now :grouphug: The support you give really helps get through those occasional humps in life. :hug: :D

Michelle - good to hear that you are on the mend. It sure is taking a long time but you are doing all the right things. Enjoy your half day at work and hope you can have a little celebration with DH and the DMIL. How much longer will she be staying with you?

Mel - you are too funny - those froggies will live in infamy - :rofl: I'm sorry to hear about Jimmy. I'm sure you understand that when you're making next to nothing tho it's hard to leave your friends, you can't pass up a better opportunity. I am sooooooo glad to hear that you will not be doing the nice guy / doormat and taking up the slack for the loss. It's good that you and Jen are planning your escape. Never let them have you by the Christmas balls so to say :o

Annie - well darn. Lost the best post ever you say. Now I'm curious. What if you put it back in segments :write: :lol:

Shad - sorry to hear that things are not going well on the DS1 front. Wise for you to get as far away as possible. Hope you at least have a nice new year's as you are the first of the lot to ring in 2009. In fact I think it's already 2009 by you as I post this since I think you are 14 hours ahead of my side of the world. Bris-vegas????

Good for you Ceejay for getting to the gym yesterday! Put in a few steps for me and Michelle - will you? :lol:

Happy New Year to all the Worldlies - may we all find success and health and happiness (and a bit of wealth to round things out) in the upcoming year.

Let's be fine in 2009! :newyear:

Madcat
12-31-2008, 06:37 PM
Just a quick drive by to wish all of the Worldly Chicks a great New Year.


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See you on the flip side.

Shad
12-31-2008, 07:14 PM
Morning all,
Happy New Year to you all and yes it is 2009 about where I am standing. Just too weary at the moment to write much. I will be back.

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Hollyhock
12-31-2008, 07:39 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors and let each new year find you a better (wo)man."...Benjamin Franklin.

Ruthxxx
12-31-2008, 08:05 PM
Yes, let's be fine in 2009! It's been a pretty rough year for most of us but tomorrow we wake to a brand new year. I never make resolutions but this year I am resolved to get the scale moving down instead of up.

Hugs to all this wonderful group and a GOOD 2009!

MELODY525
12-31-2008, 09:12 PM
LET ME GET RID OF ALL THE BAD NEWS BEFORE THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE.......

JEN HAD A RUPTURED FIBROID TUMOR AND WHILE THEY WERE EXAMINING HER ANOTHER ONE ON HER UTERUS RUPTURED WHILE SHE WAS ON THE TABLE. THEY DID AN EMERGENCY D&C AND SENT HER HOME. SHE TURNED DOWN A BLOOD TRANSFUSION SO THEY GAVE HER MEDS INSTEAD. FURTHER SURGERY IS NOT AN OPTION THEY SAY FOR A MULTITUDE OF REASONS MOST OF WHICH WE ALREADY KNEW. SO THEY MEDICATED HER, SENT HER HOME AND TOLD HER TO PRAY FOR MENOPAUSE WHICH SHE HAS BEEN FOR A LONG TIME. THE DOCTOR GAVE HER HIS BEEPER NUMBER TO CALL AND WILL SCHEDULE FUTURE ULTRASOUNDS TO KEEP TABS ON THE FIBROID POPULATION....THERE ARE TONS OF THEM NOW. ALL HAVE GROWN BACK SINCE THE LAST SURGERY MANY YEARS AGO AND HAVE MULTIPLIED AS WELL.
THEN I WENT TO GET THE MAIL AND FOUND THE GOVT SAYS THAT I HAVE TOO MUCH MONEY AND THEY ARE THROWING ME OFF SOCIAL SECURITY...AND THAT I OWE THEM ABOUT $600! WTF?!?! SOMEWHERE THERE IS AN ERROR AND HAVE THEY ALSO FORGOTTEN THAT JEN AND I HAVE A JOINT ACCOUNT? SURE THERE IS TOO MUCH MONEY IN THE CHECKING ACCOUNT AT TIMES!! IT'S FOR TWO PEOPLE!!! LORD GRANT ME THE STRENGTH TO GET OUT OF 2008 AND GET INTO THE NEW YEAR!!
JEN IS RESTING AND RICHIE IS ON WATCH. I AM GOING TO TAKE A SHOWER AND GET READY FOR BED!!:rofl:
HOPEFULLY 2009 IS MUUUUUUCH BETTER!!!!!!!!!!

happy2bme
12-31-2008, 11:31 PM
For you Shad :hug:

For you Mel :grouphug:

You both sound like you need a bit of spirits at the moment. :(

1day@atime
12-31-2008, 11:50 PM
Hello Ladies,

Mel - Sending :angel:'s your way for Jen. I will keep her in my prayers.

Shad - glad you made it home safe and sound.

Happy - My mom and dad are still here and one thing I've learned from her is to stay active. They are both 77. If you were to see my mom moving, dancing, you'd think she was in her 40's. She goes to line dancing 3 times a week. She's so active. My dad we'll he's another story. Hope you start to feel better.

Mitchellez - Glad to hear your starting to feel better.

Annie - glad you had a uneventful evening with your family.

To all my wonderful friends, may 2009 be a Wonderful Year

1day@atime
01-01-2009, 12:01 AM
A Blessed New Year!
We begin the New Year with hope. It is filled with possibility. We realize this year will bring its measure of sorrow, but we trust it to bring its measure of joy.
Let this day and this year be a blessing!

May this New Year bring many blessings to all and may it be one filled with peace, love, joy, laughter, healing, and good health.

MELODY525
01-01-2009, 09:28 AM
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS. JUST TALKED TO JEN AND SHE FEELS A BIT BETTER. SHE CALLED AND NOW WENT BACK TO SLEEP. I THINK ALL WILL BE WELL AND SHE JUST NEEDS TO BE PATIENT AWAITING MENOPAUSE. THIS DR SEEMS TO THINK IT IS NOT TOO FAR AWAY. SO WE PRAY :yoga:

I HAD A NOTE FROM SHAD AND HER PC IS ACTING UP...MAYBE THAT IS WHY WE ARE STILL HERE IN DECEMBER. HOPE THE DAY IS A HAPPY ONE FOR US ALL. THE SWEET NEW YEAR IS HERE!!! :cheer3: :cheer2: :cheer:

I LOVE ALL THESE NEW AVATARS!! WE LOOK ALL FRESHLY DECORATED! HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

MELODY525
01-01-2009, 09:29 AM
i am going to begin another thread...be right back!

MELODY525
01-01-2009, 09:37 AM
January Worldlies feeling fine in 2009!!
here's the link:
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2519796#post2519796