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happy2bme
03-01-2009, 01:46 PM
Wow, I didn't realize until I walked past the calendar that we are into March already.

So maybe our goal will be to get a little extra movement as we go through the month.

I have to peek back at the old thread to see if I made my February goals. Be right back...


happy2bme
03-01-2009, 01:53 PM
Ok, so I didn't lose the 4 pounds I was supposed to. I had a bump last week and have been working hard to overcome it.

I did pretty well with journalling my points.

I started exercising but was not as regular about it as I need to be.

My March goals are to keep journalling and planning my meals, up the exercise to at least 3 days a week on a REGULAR basis and to declutter something at least 4 days a week - even if it's one thing that takes 5 minutes.

Mel - YOU GAVE AWAY YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION???? :cry: :cry: I could think of maybe 4 CDs I have that we not such good buys but I certainly could not part with enough of them to make a group go into a frenzy :lol: I think I'd rather give up the TV :lol:

Ok, back to meal planning...

Roseblush
03-01-2009, 02:25 PM
Thank you Happy!!!! Forward March I like it!!!!
Be back later!
Rose


Shad
03-01-2009, 04:47 PM
Morning all,
Sorry I didn't get in all weekend although I did read most of the posts. I was busy doing some gardening with R and we went out to the other side of the city on Saturday to get some Australian natives. The side of the house is now resplendent with Kangaroo paws in varying shades of yellow and orange and a Grevillea called Bonny Prince Charlie. We bought two of these which are collectively now known as the Charlies in the garden.

Seems like while we have been having end of summer balmy weather with a few showers here and there, you lot have been going back into the depths of winter and having fun in the snow.

Yesterday after we planted the wee paws and the charlies, we went down to a place called Williamstown to have brunch and stopped off on the seawall to watch the black swans and eat ice cream. There was also a speedboat race going on out to sea a bit. The filming helicopters were so low and so close to the boats that I can't see how they could see anything for the spray of the wake. After a while it was about as exciting as watching paint dry or the grass grow so we came back to R's house and I stopped off at the shop to buy me some books to read. The afternoon was quiet and peaceful but it got very cold after a while and I had to find something warm to wear. I can see I will have to get myself some warm gear if I am to last down here. May is not really winter in Melbourne but if yesterday is any example, it will be a close run thing for this hot house flower.

End of Feb goals, Happy. I think I said I wanted to lose 4kg. Well I have lost 2. So somethings do happen in this body from time to time. I'll try for 4 again this month.

I guess I had better go find some work to do. Can't muck around here when there is so much stuff going on. But WHERE do I start??? Sorry about the lack of personals. I'll try to get back later to do those.
Thanks for starting up March Happy. I like the title.

diyana
03-02-2009, 09:17 AM
Happy Monday ladies -

Happy March! I had a wonderful weekend! I spent Friday night and part of Saturday doing website work, laundry, cleaning and catching up with some old friends by phone and internet chat. On Sunday, DH and I went to the dog show, and had such a great time seeing (and petting and hugging) all the different breeds of dogs. :) And relaxed with the DH in the evening. After work today, I'm planning on going to a PT approved strength training class.

I'm ready to forward March with journaling my points, eating more veggies, doing PT exercises daily, strength training 2x a week, cardio 3x a week, and yoga 1x per week.

Mel - Yes, you and I need to both be good girls so that we can enjoy the spring/summer with little or preferably NO pain! I'm glad the Zyrtec is helping your eye pain. Hopefully you'll be able to find something soon that does the job without making you foggy. I hear you got a big snow storm. So stay inside and stay warm. We had our warm (well mid to upper 20s), sunny day on Saturday, and it felt SO good! :)

Ceejay - I'm glad the new employee is working out well! Maybe that will take a little of the pressure (and crazy hours) away from you. I'll try and post a picture of the recumbent stepper. It's hard to explain. I hope the new buds and flowers survived the snow.

Happy - Snow over the weekend and 70 degrees by Friday?! That crazy...but I would definitely take even a 50 degree day or two right about now. Your house is sure beautiful. And with it all covered in snow, it looks like it could be up here in IL or WI. 5" of snow for you and Ceejay? Wow, that sounds like the storms we get up here.

Shad - Congratulations on the weight loss! It sounds like you had a lovely weekend! Thanks for posting the flower photos. They're so unusual. The black swans sound beautiful. Find yourself some warmer gear so that you don't get chilled. Should I send you some Wisconsin winter gear? Of course that might be way too heavy for Melbourne.

Annie, Nae and Ruth - I hope you had a great weekend!

Here's to a great week for all of us!

Love and hugs,

diyana
03-02-2009, 09:22 AM
This is my PT approved cardio machine for now. When my back gets better, I can graduate to treadmill, elliptical and eventually back to the fun classes.

annie175
03-02-2009, 09:29 AM
Happy Monday Ladies............

Oh Shad, planting season is about to arrive here in Indiana. Whew Whoooo! I love gardening.

Happy...thanks for starting the new month...March Madness, shu weee!

What a great weekend. Went to watch my bro's band Friday night. We had so much fun. Danced my pants off.

Yesterday Tony took me out to eat at Claddagh's Irish pub. We had fish and chips, eggrolls with corned beef, cabbage, potato and cheese in them, which were fantastic. Stopped at Sam's Wholesale club and bought 60 bucks with of fresh fruit and vegetables. I have enough for lunch this entire week and then dinner too! Yummy

Saturday I just laid around most of the day recouping from Friday night. I did go over to my mom & dads, took a card and flowers to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversay. Hard to believe people can stay married that long, especially when they didn't even like each other for some of that time. haha

Not much else going on here. Very cold this morning, but unlike some of the other worldlies-no snow! It was 15 degrees this AM, high today 28. Supposed to be 60 by week's end. Thank you Jesus.

Hello, good morning and have a great day everyone.

Love and Hugs

annie175
03-02-2009, 09:31 AM
Good Morning Ms. Michelle, we posted at the same time. Take is easy working back into exercising. Don't want you down and out.

happy2bme
03-02-2009, 09:53 AM
Happy Monday ladies,

One thing about snow, it surely makes the sunshine EXTRA bright :cool: I guess the afternoon sun is stronger than the morning sun because my neighbor across the street has no more snow yet on my side the yard is still covered under several inches and the only thing that is dry is the sidewalk. It looks really funny! I hope the snow melts soon as it's heavy and wet and weighing down the bushes. Things are starting to bloom now and while the Japanese Maple is ok, I'm hoping it doesn't wreck the azaleas as DH thinks they were going to be especially pretty this year.

It was a good weekend for staying in tho I did make DH go grocery shopping with me yesterday :lol:

I am happy to say I got the temporary pudge off me and am back to where I started weight wise 2 weeks ago - hoping to have a good weigh in this week. Meals are all planned out. I made a chicken and bell peppers dish yesterday that I did not care for but DH liked it. Good thing because there are left overs and I won't be eating them - :lol: actually they might make a good sandwich on Italian bread now that I think of it...

I do have a recipe for the Subway Sweet Onion and Teryaki Chicken Sauce. Going to try it and if it comes out well, I will print it.

Speaking of recipes I know I owe you guys some...

My favorite breakfast right now -

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait 1 serving, 6/8 points
1 LF vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup Uncle Sam Flax Seed Cereal
handful 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, strawberries or sliced banana
7 pecan halfs chopped into smaller bits

dump the yogurt in a dish. Add cereal on one side of the bowl, sprinkle with pecans. Add fruit on the other side of the bowl. Eat and enjoy. You can also layer this in a parfait glass if you like.

All ingredients are good for you and the protein will help stave off hunger until lunch. Typically, if I eat cereal I am hungry an hour later but this combo works for me. It doesn't get you bloated full but it's a quick breakfast. I measure portions of the fruit and cereal & nuts in snack sized bags and grab it to take it to work with me. DH likes it too. Uncle Sam Cereal can be found in the cereal aisle where they have the organic cereals and off the wall brands. On it's own it's pretty tasteless but it's great with this, is low glycemic, full of good stuff and has a great crunch to it.

8 WW points if you use the red 99% FF Yoplait yogurt, 6 points if you use the blue carton Light style (which has artificial sweetner in it). You can cut out 2.5 points by cutting out the pecans, but i really think it adds to the dish and it's a filling good kind of fat.

This is a recipe I got at the meeting a few weeks ago. It's not bad. Certainly not as good as the "real thing" but you get used to it fast as you learn to change your tastes.

Hamburger Stroganoff - 4 servings, 5 points each
8 oz (half pound) lean ground beef - I used ground sirloin
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cups COOKED wide egg noodles
1 can FF cream of mushroom soup
1 can sliced or 1 cup fresh cleaned and sliced mushrooms (optional)
1/4 cup LF sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground beef and onion. Add mushrooms and cook for a 10 minutes until beef is no longer raw and mushrooms and onion are soft. Drain fat. Stir in cooked noodles, soup. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer about 5 to 10 minutes. If the mix is thick you can add a spoon or two of water but don't thin it too much as this has a tendency to thin out as the leftovers sit in the refrigerator. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream before serving.

Serve with a hot green vegetable and a cool, crisp salad. I divided this up into 4 servings and stored the rest in containers. This was good for lunch.

happy2bme
03-02-2009, 10:36 AM
And now to personals...

Mel - I hope you are not buried under that snowstorm that is heading east! Take care and stay warm and dry. Well maybe scoop some snow off a window ledge and hurl it at a passing fireman :snowball: I hope it does not create a hassle for you and the seniors.

Annie - Irish eggrolls. Now there's an interesting thought. That is amazing - congrats to your parents on such an enduring partnership! I will be married half that long - 32 years on Thursday. And I have to say, there have been years that DH and I were not so liking each other too. I think in a way, that's a sign of a lasting relationship - when you hit the skids and are willing to work together AND change the behaviors that got you frowning at each other in the first place. Heaven knows neither of are the people we started out with when we first met in 1972. (she says with just a small tear of regret missing her 28 inch waist :cry: : :rofl: ) I'm also glad to hear you are one of the few of us who still gets to dance on a regular basis. I'm jealous :lol:

Michelle - I have seen the recumbant bikes at PT and the gym, but not a recumbant stepper. Wow. I find the recumbants MUCH harder than the regular ones. Not much thigh strength I guess. But you go girl! It sounds like you have a great mix of exercise - I will have to follow your lead. And thanks for the compliment on my house. :)

Shad - I am a little confused about your planting. Did you buy the plants for your friend's house? Or did you plant them at your new flat? In any event, they are quite pretty. I try to imagine what it must look like in your part of town. Really do wish it was easier to get to the other side of the world to visit as I'm sure we'd spend the whole time going WOW with our mouths open catching various native bugs :rofl: And I can't fathom the idea of it being cold 'round your parts. Time to dig out that nice fleece jacket you got in Canada.

Speaking of which, I had to call customer service for my American Express card yesterday and got to talking to a lovely agent who lived in Canada. She affirmed that they too are TIRED OF WINTER :rofl:

Rose - glad you like the new title, seems to fit in with everyone's plans this month.

'Morning Ceejay - you must be busy training your new person.

And I'm back to my charts and spreadsheets :comp:

MELODY525
03-02-2009, 11:21 AM
HAPPY~ THANKS FOR THE NEW THREAD. I WAS WONDERING WHEN WE WERE GOING TO MAKE A MOVE :rofl: I THINK WE ARE ALL IN A WINTER WONDERLAND WITH SHAD THE ONLY EXCEPTION!:beach:
I FELT LIKE MR FERAL AND GOT COZY BACK IN BED THIS MORNING. MY ABSOLUTE FAV IS STONYBROOK FF VANILLA YOGURT...I BUT 32 OZ CONTAINERS ALL THE TIME AND USE ORGANIC GRANOLA AND FRUIT. YUM!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE WEIGH-IN AND CONGRATS ON GETTING THOSE PESKY POUNDS OFF! :cheer3:

CEEJAY~ SO ARE YOU ALL SHOVELD OUT NOW ANT HOME AND WORK? I AM WATCHING THE SNOW FALL THIS MORNING AND THINKING OF YOU ALL. HOPE OURS WILL MELT AS FAST AS YOURS!!

ANNIE~ SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THE PARENTS...THEY ARE MARRIED FOR AS OLD AS I AM!!! :faint: GOD BLESS THEM! LOL


MICHELLE~ GREAT MACHINE!!! WHERE IS THE GAS PEDAL? :scooter: HOW FAST DOES IT GO? :rofl: THE WEEKEND SOUNDED VERY NICE AND VERY FULL!! GLAD YOU AND DH HAD SNUGGLE TIME TOO.

SHAD~ SHALL WE SEND YOU SOME NICE RED ONE OIEC UNION SUITS TO WEAR UNDER YOUR SUMMER CLOTHES??? ALSO KNOWN AS LONG JOHNS. :lol3: THE CHANGE IN CLIMATE MUST BE A BIT OF A BOTHER AND I WOULDN'T LIKE IT MUCH EITHER. THE PLANTS ARE LOVELY AND IS R A BIG GARDENER LIKE YOURSELF? THE WEEKEND SOUNDED GOOD FOR YOU ALSO. :beach:

NAE~ WAVING A HAND AT YOU AND SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY :hug:

:cofdate: LOTS OF WHITE STUFF OUT THERE AND I HOPE I CAN FOOD SHOP TOMORROW. GETTING A MIGHT BIT LOW ON SOME OF THE GOOD STUFF. THE KIDS ARE AT THE DAD'S BUT CAN COME BACK IF NEED BE. ALL IS WELL HERE. I AM MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS AND STAYING UPSTAIRS. TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE MISSING FROM THE OFFICE AND I HAVE NO INTENTION OF FILLING IN AGAIN SO SOON. SO I PAID BILLS ONLINE, GOT PAPERS READY FOR MY PHONE INTERVIEW LATER THIS MONTH AND JEN HAS ONE AT THE END OF THE WEEK. WE ARE PREPARED!!
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY. :hohoho:

happy2bme
03-02-2009, 12:14 PM
Union suit, long johns. Now there's some phrases I haven't heard in a while. But you forgot to mention flap doors on those union suits Mel. :lol:

Ruthxxx
03-02-2009, 06:32 PM
Forward March indeed! February was a crappy month for me and I weighed in exactly the same as at the start. This just has to stop. I fully intend to lose 5 pounds this month and am telling the world that.

Been pretty involved with "troubles", not mine but my friend Claire's family and am also dealing with bucking up my dear friend Shirleyanne who goes for an operation for bladder cancer tomorrow. We've been friends since we were both eighteen and through a lot of Life together. We plan on at least 30 more years of it.

There were four funerals during the month to add to the joy! Luckily nobody close. Spoke to the Baptist minister after one of them and he told me he no longer performs wedding ceremonies. He says he prefers funerals because they last and some of his marriages don't! I snorted my tea back into the cup in a true ladylike fashion.

Looked in my garden journal from 2008 and found that our snow didn't really start to go until April. Of course there was a lot more of it last year so I'm hoping this year's crop goes faster. We will be in deep cold until the weekend but then there'll be another melt. The lads at the diner will be making noises about tapping the maples and syrup making soon.

Nice to see the Worldlies still here and Marching On. Hugs to all.

Shad
03-02-2009, 08:46 PM
Morena

It's a cool, grey and damp Melbourne morning. I'm considering taking a walk to check out the distance and time to the new apartment which I shift into next week. I guess I had better talk to the wee lady again about times for picking up keys etc. as well.

Not much going on here apart from work, more work and lots of stuff I can only hazard a guess about. I think I might be quite knowledgeable by the time I have finished here.

Happy - well done on the removal of the temporary pudge. Always an achievement. Not saying that was easy, but it does seem to be easier to get off the recent stuff than trying to shift the old, hard and settled flab. Or is that just my imagination.
We were planting the Kangaroo Paws in R's yard. We heaved out some huge clumps of Agapanthus and put in the natives. There isn't room for a garden in my apartment.
Enjoy the charts and presentations Yahoo.

Michelle - glad to hear you are taking the advice of the PT. The weekend sounded like fun. We don't get as cold here as in your part of the world and I'm just being wussy because I am no longer in a sub-tropical climate. Melbourne is known to have 4 seasons in one day. At the moment we are bracing for high winds and scorching temps, which will undo all the good the poor old firefighters have been doing. Hopefully the drizzle will help to dampen down the ashes and prevent other fires from starting. They could do with a break or two from Mother Nature.

Annie - sounds like you had a great weekend as well. Dancing? What's that again????

Mel - might be a good idea to get thermals. Not so sure about the ones with the flaps though. They could prove interesting.
Got :crossed: for your coming interviews. Can't they think of someone more deserving to harass???

Ruth - Tapping noises again. How the seasons roll around. My best wishes to Claire and Doug and their family 'troubles' and big :hug: to Shirleyanne for being brave through her operation. I can just see you two old darlinks hooting up on the 100th birthday of one of you. Swinging from the chandeliers in the saloon bar.

And to Madcat - who may not be reading this as I saw her sister is back in hospital again and a miracle is needed for her - :grouphug: and well done on taking the troubles out on the treadmill. YGG.

I'd better go. I've some Danes to persuade that they really need to take away batch management on our materials since the whole thing is causing strife and is definitely not needed - not the strife or the batch management!!!!

Have a happy day.

MELODY525
03-03-2009, 07:51 AM
RUTH~ SENDING YOU A HUG :hug: FOR ALL THE SAD TIMES YOU'VE BEEN HAVING AND I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FRIEND'S HEALTH. SAYING A LITTLE PRAYER FOR HER. THE PASTOR GAVE ME A LAUGH TOO. TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN! :rofl: STAY WELL AND WARM!!

HAPPY~ I VISUALIZED THE FLAPS AND I THINK SHAD IS RIGHT....THEY MIGHT PROVE TOO INTERESTING TO HER!!! :lol3: :lol3:

SHAD~ YOU HAVE AN INTERSTING ENOUGH LIFE WITHOUT ADDING FLAPS TO IT SO I'LL SEND THE FLAPLESS ONES OR STITCH THEM UP!!! WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED I TOLD YOU YOU WILL BE THE :queen: OF TURBINES!! HOPE THE DANES LISTENED!! JEN SAYS THANKS FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS....SHE WILL NEED THEM SHE SAID! :rofl:



IT IS ONLY 12 DEGREES HERE THIS MORNING SO I HAVE CANCELED FOOD SHOPPING. THE WIND IS A BIT MUCH AND GOD KNOWS WHAT THAT MAKES THE TEMPERATURE! MUCH TOO COLD FOR ME THOUGH:brr: I HAVE LOTS TO KEEP ME BUSY. SO I AM OFF TO INVESTIGATE MY OPTIONS AND HAVE BREAKFAST :hun:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
03-03-2009, 08:32 AM
Morning chicks,

Quickee post for me this am. We seem to have another cat (female) that is trying to adopt us. She's been coming around and we fed her. Last night DH petted her head, she plopped down on the blanket and (DH said) she waited for us to let her in the house. She gave up the blanket and walked away, 5 minutes later, Mr. Feral was all snuggled into the new set of blankets I laid out on the porch. Such is life at a cat flop house - move fast or you lose your bed. Mr. Feral had a nice comfy sleep, he's still curled up this morning.

Brrrr. Mel. I am so ready to be done with the cold too. One more day for us. I heard on the news that it's been 40 years since they had that much snow here. I'm surprised the city has not come to a grinding halt though I hear the highways were backed up for 9 hours the day of the snows. :rolleyes: Sorry you had to cancel shopping - what's for breakfast? I have pancakes, english muffins, eggs, yogurt and berries - take your pick. :hungry:

Madcat :hug: for you and your sweet sis.

Shad - did you find your Danes? Maybe you need to set out a trail of Danish biscuits to snare them :rofl: Glad you got an apartment. Are you near the fires?

Nice to see you Ruth. :hug: and good thoughts for Shirleyanne.

I made the Sweet Onion Chicken Teryaki sauce yesterday. Not too bad. Not exactly like the sandwich shoppe but still with the sweet/sour sugar/vinegar thing. It was 1 point per tablespoon full and it actually did make a good sandwich. I will post the recipe later.

Gotta run now, early morning meeting. :wave: to the chicks I didn't get to. Will try and catch up at lunch. :grouphug: to all - stay warm and cozy.

annie175
03-03-2009, 10:11 AM
Happy Cold Tuesday...

MEL...We were much warmer than you this morning...a high of 14 degrees. I am so ready for cold weather to be gone.

Happy...I guess what you are saying is you run a cat house. hahaha

Ruth...hope your March is a little more mellow for you.

Shad...how's the new joint working out for you?

Michelle....did the exercising get you down?

Not much going on here either. I put together pizza noodle casserole last night to throw in the oven tonight when Tony comes over. Thinking about a salad and maybe garlic toast to go with it. Probably ghetto garlic toast.

We leave for St. Louis Friday night. Will get to see little Miss Olivia. She is already 6 mos old. Time sure flies. Samantha, her BF, Tony and I are all going out. This should be interesting. We have never gone away together. Hard to believe T and I will be together 6 months in a week or so. Amazing.

Tony is still teetering on the job front. They will know more come April 1. His company is offering a buy out of 60K per person in hopes not to lay anyone off. He is thinking of taking it and going back to school full time. He will have enough with the buy out, 401K, and savings to live about 3 years. The only thing he will not have is health benefits, which could get scarey as he still is responsible for his two sons that are 17. Big decisions on his part. I am staying out of it. Don't want to be responsible for any mishaps.

Better get to work. Got lots on my plate today. Also eating like a horse for some reason. MOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Oh that would be a cow.

Hello to all.

Love and hugs.

diyana
03-03-2009, 10:52 AM
Hi everyone -

I'm doing great! I had fun at the gym last night doing a killer strength training class which really worked the entire body. Then I did 1/2 hour on the recumbent stepper. Afterward, I went home, ate dinner, showered and relaxed. Tonight, I'm hoping to do an Abs class followed by a Yoga class.

I'm crazy busy at work today...but I'm not complaining...it keeps me out of trouble (yeah, right!). Anyway, I'd better get back to work. I'll be back later to do personals.

Love and hugs to all,

MELODY525
03-03-2009, 12:02 PM
A TURKEY MEATLOAF IS IN THE OVEN. SOME SALAD IS ALL CUT UP AND I ALREADY EXERCISED. CAN YOU TELL THE DAY IS GOING WELL? THE PHONE IS TURNED OFF AND I AM GETTING A LOT MORE DONE THAT WAY. I AM FEELING EMPOWERED THIS WEEK. IT ALL STARTED WITH THE SPRING-LIKE DAY LAST WEEK AND THEN THE SNOWSTORM BOOSTED IT UP TO A HIGHER LEVEL. WEIRD HUH? BUT THEN I HAVE NEVER BEEN NORMAL AT ANYTHING!! :rofl:
A FRIEND AND I, AT HER SUGGESTION, HAVE BEEN DRESSING UP RATHER THAN DOWN ON FRIDAYS SINCE LAST MONTH..NOTHING FANCY BUT NO JEANS OR SWEATS. I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT I HAVE BEEN FEELING BETTER...EVEN WHEN I DON'T GO OUTSIDE!! GO FIGURE. NOW I AM GOING TO LOOK AT THE WEATHER CHANNEL AND THEN PICK AN OUTFIT FOR FRIDAY! :belly:

http://images-partners-tbn.google.com/images?q=tbn:wyYw3GcSvbsoUM:www.womansday.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/wd2/content/food/recipes/2-for-1-turkey-meatloaf/422748-1-eng-US/2-for-1-Turkey-Meatloaf_featured_article_628x371.jpg

A NO SALT-ADDED TURKEY MEATLOAF
1 egg white (beaten, not frothy)

¼ cup ground oats (grind in a coffee grinder...i also use flavored breadcrumbs instead)

½ teaspoon onion powder

1/8 cup finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon fresh snipped parsley (I use dried)

1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Table Blend (I use my own mix)

¼ - ½ teaspoon oregano

¼ teaspoon sweet basil

1 lb ground turkey breast

TOPPING
¼ cup ketchup

2 tablespoons Splenda (I use a dash of real sugar)

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350º

Mix together the egg white, ground oats, onion, onion powder, parsley, Mrs. Dash, basil and oregano. Add in ground turkey mixing it well. Put mixture into the loaf pan and pat it down. Bake in oven until you meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 165º (about 45 - 60 minutes- the leaner your turkey is, the faster it will cook.)

Meanwhile, Mix together the ketchup, dry mustard, Splenda and pepper. When the meatloaf is finished add the ketchup mixture to the top and cook an additional 10 minutes. (I usually put it on right from the beginning)

MELODY525
03-03-2009, 12:22 PM
I CANNOT "SEE" MADCAT MISS HAPPY! :cry: BUT MAYBE SHE IS IN OUR HEADS & HEARTS...OF SO I SEND SOME GOOD THOUGHTS AN HUGS ALONG WITH YOURS :hug:

APPY~ TELL MR FERAL TO MOVE OVER OR SAVE ME A SPACE CAUSE IF IT WARMS UP FASTER IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS...I AM COMING DOWN MOMMA!!! :beach: I AM SO READY FOR SUN AND HEAT!! THE SAUCE SOUNDED NICE. DO YOU JUST SPRINKLE IT ON??? WONDER IF WILL WOORK ON MEAT W/O ANY BREAD?
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RECIPE...MOT FOR NOW BUT WHEN I AM FINALLY SKIN-MESS FREE :dance:

ANNIE~ WOW!! 6 MONTHS ALREADY???I AM SURELY GETTING OLD AND SENILE!! I AGREE WITH YOU AND AM READY FOR HOT HOT HOT :flame: BUT REMIND ME I SAID THAT WHEN I BIOTCH AbOUT THE HEAT THIS SUMMER! :lol3: HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH EVERYONE ON THE TRIP!! TAKE NOTES..WE ARE NOOSEY...I MEAN INTERESTED!!

MICHELLE~ FWOW THAT WAS SOME WORKOUT YOU DID!! WAY TO GO. HAD I KNOW YOU WERE DOING SO MUCH I WOULD HAVE PASSED ON MY PEDALING AND LET YOU DO IT !!! :ebike:

1day@atime
03-03-2009, 01:41 PM
Hello Ladies,

Still battling this cold/sinus. At night is when it's worse with the coughing. I have NOT worked out at all this week. I'm planning on taking a day or two vacation this week and next. Maybe i can just rest and recoup.

Mitchellez - Glad to hear the PT is working. I know you in a hurry to get back to your old routine, but take it easy. You'll get there.

Mel - thanks for the receipe. Glad you having a wonderful day.

Annie - 14degrees. that is cold. Our temp have been up and down, that's probably why i have this cold/sinsus. Sounds like an exciting trip this weekend. First trips with boyfriends always make me nervous. I"ll keep Tony in my prayers. He has some big decisions to make.

Shad - hope you had a good walk this morning. I hope you were able to get things settled for your move in.

Happy - your breakfast selection sounded good. Do you think the new cat might try and go at Mr Feral.?

Ruth - Let's both March out of a crappie month... March on... I too am looking forward to doing some planting. Do you have a full garden? I just plant in big garden pots.

MELODY525
03-03-2009, 01:58 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/Huther/workout.jpg

PATTY...HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU REST UP AND RECOUP YOUR STRENGTH! :hug:

ceejay52
03-03-2009, 05:55 PM
Just popping into say hello. I'm still busy at work.

Mel
I like your routine. Sounds like mine.

Shad
03-03-2009, 06:12 PM
Geez Mel - I went to Google to look up Union Suit. It's a bit much for this hour of the morning - Puhlllllleeeeeeezzzzze.

I entered 'Union Long Johns' and clicked on images and there were a stack of drawings of union suits and long johns. At the end of the first page of pictures something caught my eye and yes HE was wearing a red union suit but it was not done up and three guesses as to what he had in his hand. Eeeeeuuuuuuuu - this is not a regular sight at 8.30am. in Melbourne or anyplace else I have visited for that matter.
Turkey meatloaf sounds nice.

Happy - do you have one of those invisible signs outside the gate. "Strays Pet Motel". All welcome but please one at a time. You will spend your super on cat food!!! :rofl:
Teriyaki stuff sounds good as well. I might try some of these things when I get into the apartment - which will be next Tuesday.

Annie - 6 months :woohoo: with T. I hope he finds some relief on the workfront soon. Maybe if he does decide on school, he can do some maths on the health benefits. If he and the kids don't use it that often, he might be better off funding it himself. I do this. I refuse to take out health insurance but I put away a lump sum and then something smaller every month. It's there earning interest if I need it and if I don't well it makes a great holiday package!! I've been round the world twice on my medical benefits. Good reward for staying well, eating well, and looking after yourself. It is a bit of a gamble, but in my case it is worth it.

Michelle - were all those activities PT recommended???? :yikes: take it easy woman.

Patty - hope they come up with something to tame this sinus infection shortly. Seems you have had this forever.

I shift into my Apartment on Tuesday. I am going for a walk at lunch time - provided it is not too hot to find out how long it will take to walk to and from work. According to the map it is 1.2k and will take 24 mins. But I don't know whether the map is just making assumptions because it can or because someone 6'6" actually walked it. Anyway, that's what I will do. This weekend is a long weekend in Victoria. R and I are going to Philip Island to watch the penguins come ashore. I will take the camera and take photos as I can. I have seen the penguins before but not the nightly show where the whole bunch waddle out of the sea and make their way to their burrows. It should be fun. It is about 2 hours drive from Melbourne and not near the fires. And I'm not near the fires either. They are around 11/2 to 2 hours drive to the north east of here. My apartment is about a block from the Southbank promenade and river.
Better get on with it. I'll try to get back in here later.

Shad
03-03-2009, 07:48 PM
And I forgot to mention I lost another 1kg this week. :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Hollyhock
03-03-2009, 10:19 PM
Happy March Worldly Chickies!!!!! Madly waving HI!!!

MELODY525
03-04-2009, 07:45 AM
SHAD~ :rofl: :rofl: LET ME GUESS....IT WASN'T A TURKEY MEATLOAF?????:lol3: :lol3: I SHOULD TRY GOOGLOMG MORE OFTEN!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 1K!!!! YOU'RE ON A ROLL. MUST BE ALL THE PLANTING AND WALKING!! CONGRATS ON THE APARTMENT IF I FORGOT TO SAY THAT BEFORE AND ENJOY THE PENGUINS! WHAT A GREAT SIGHT THAT MUST BE.


:cofdate: I THOUGHT THERE WAS ANOTHER PAGE BUT I GUESS I AM NOT AWAKE YET. THIS IS A QUICK FLYBY...I NEED TO GET OFF SO THE PHONE CAN RING. THE GOVT THINKS I CAN FOLLOW THEM AROUND FROM OFFICE TO OFFICE AND I NEED PHONE INTERVIEWS :faint: THIS SAGA MAY NEVER END. IN THE MEANTIME THE LADY LIED AND THEY DID TAKE MONEY OUT OF MY CHECK :tantrum: I AM REALLY SO SICK OF ALL THIS AND THEIR UNCARING ATTITUDE. SIGH.
OK I AM OFF TO FIGHT THE FORCES OF EVIL :devil:
ALSO.... TOMORROW IS TRADER JOES SO I WON'T BE BACK TILL LATE AFTERNOON.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.:moped:

happy2bme
03-04-2009, 08:12 AM
Good morning chicks - it's supposed to be 60 degrees today. Last of the snow should melt. Buh-bye. Looking forward to the warmer weather even if it will bring the rains with it.

Mel - good luck with the g-men. I'm really sorry you have to suffer so much and explain again, and again, and AGAIN. They really need to spend their time on the real cheaters and leave those doing the right thing alone. I hope you connect with the right people and get your money back. :rolleyes: Loved your routine - I can relate :lol:

:wave: :wave: :wave: Right back at you Holly! :wave: :wave: :wave: How are you doing?

:congrat: Shad on the pounds down :yay: I'll bet that makes you happy. I'm thinking it's the cold weather that did it :s: :rofl:

Patty - when I was battling the schumutz in the lungs (and it's on temporary hiatus now as it's always around) - the nurse practicioner suggested a cough medicine with a suppresant at bedtime to get some rest and plain old Mucinex (not Mucinex D or any additives) during the day with lots of water to clear the lungs out. Not sure if that helps with seasonal allergies where the environment is making all the mucus but it's worth a try. I take the Actifed at night when I'm wet and wheezy and that dries me up a bit. Some nights it's just a lost cause tho. Feel better.

Michelle - you are an exercise MACHINE - wow - keep up the great work. The woman is back in dah house :lol:

Annie - pizza noodle casserole, ghetto garlic toast? Sounds interesting but not WW points friendly so maybe I'm better off not knowing. :rofl: 6 months with Tony already! Congrats to you both...

Good morning Ceejay, Ruth and the rest of the crew.

Gotta run, I swore I'd get to work earlier today. :wave:

annie175
03-04-2009, 08:20 AM
Good Morning Worldlies..........

Shad...congrats on the loss...you go girl. I would love to see the penguins. Do take some pix if possible.

MEL...the turkey meatloaf sounds scrumptious...send some my way. YUM. You are like me, sick to death of fighting for everything due you in life. Right now I am fighting the insurance company for a new roof that got half blown away.

Michelle...you impress the socks right off of me with your exercising. Exercise Goddess, you.

Happy...Hidee Ho!!

Hollybelle...Howdie to you too, my friend. Miss you bunches.

Patty.. you poor thing, you have had one long battle with the sinuses, etc. Do feel better.

Ceejay...Hey to you...you busy little beaver.

Not much going on here. Mr. T came over last night for dinner. We had an enjoyable evening. I think Hella Bella is in love with T. She tends to bark at us when he kisses or hugs me. LOL

Hello to all the Worldly Girlies...

Much Love and Many Hugs

Roseblush
03-04-2009, 08:22 AM
Heeellllooooo from the wilderness of ID, Hope all is well with everyone! Nice to see a few of our good friends stopping by to wave!!! Come again soon!

I have just today to put in and then Toby and I are off on a little trip over the mountains to see a former neighbor and friend. It should be lots of fun....I will try to walk as much as I eat and drink>>>>>is that possible????? If laughter could take off the pounds I should come back home skinny!!!!

I am down 7lbs. since the beginning of the year....ugh that was tougher than I thought it might be but there is more to conquer. My yoga class is kicking my behind!!!!

Happy the house looks so wintery dressed in its white garment. Hope all the plants survive the little nip of winter. You have so many great plants to enjoy in that part of the world.

I went into the basement and found my tulips were growing despite absolutely no attention whatsoever...so I brought them up and plopped a few bulbs throughout some pots in the house....oh joy I may have blossoms someday soon!
Joy, the pics are so unique of those plants. What fun! Hope you get settled soon and it turns out to be a good thing. Maybe a handsome neighbor or two!!!! Do tell>

Mel, you sound great! Hope you are able to get out and about soon. It was so fun to show my patient the chair she can't take it home til next week but the sense of relief and calm was very cool to see in her.

I do hope everyone else is doing well and getting healthy and leaving those colds and flus behind. SPring is almost here sooner for some than other of us in the North. Loved the comment Ruth from the minister....it is a great comment. What would we do without humor in our worlds.

Family stuff going on in my little clan..... I am just remaining calm in the midst of it and sending good thoughts good vibes to my little tribe.

Peace to all the Worldlies,
Rose

annie175
03-04-2009, 08:28 AM
OMG...just went to the breakroom to get my morning cup and someone left Girl Scout DO SI DO cookies on the table. DSD are my weakness. I ate 3 before I realized what I had done. Now my tummy is rumbling and about to poof out of my skin. I feel like poo. Why oh why did I do that. I am such a boobie. Someone beat me. :barf: barfing now.:cookie:

diyana
03-04-2009, 08:58 AM
Good morning ladies -

Another crazy busy day of work ahead....but I'm enjoying it. Last night, I went to the gym and did 15 minutes of recumbent stepper, followed by 20 minutes of Abs class, followed by 1/2 hour of yoga. I felt WONDERFUL when I left the gym. I'm a bit sore today...mostly in my glutes...must be 'cause I worked my butt off! :lrofl: I don't know if I'm quite at exercise goddess or queen status yet, but I'm getting there....I LOVE those endorphins! :lol:

Tonight, I think I'll take a rest from the gym and just do my PT exercises and relax with DH :)

Anyway, I'd better get back to work. I'll be back later to do personals.

Love and hugs to all,

MELODY525
03-04-2009, 11:49 AM
I JUST HAD TO COME HERE BETWEEN CALLS. THE GOVT SAYS I HAVE 3 PROBLEMS:
1- I TURN 62 THIS MONTH MAKING ME ELIGIBLE FOR SOME RETIREMENT SOCIAL SECURITY
2- I HAVE PUT IN ENOUGH MONEY INTO SOC. SECURITY TO APPLY FOR FULL DISABILITY
3- JEN AND I HAVE THE JOINT ACCOUNT WITH ACCESSIBLE MONEY TO BOTH OF US
SO THIS MAN SAID WE COULD HAVE 2 PHONE INTERVIEWS TO TRY AND STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT. NOW I ADDED THE 2ND TO THE CALENDAR.
BUT I HAVE TO SAY...THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE WORLD HISTORY OF SOCIAL SECURITY BEFORE??? I FIND THAT VERY HARD TO BELIEVE HAVING KNOWN MANY WORKING DISABLED :tantrum:
OK GOTTA USE THE PHONE FOR THE NEXT AGENCY NOW BUT I HAD TO COME HERE AND BIOTCH TO MY WORLDLY SISTERS.

annie175
03-04-2009, 02:32 PM
OMG MEL......I am sure you are the very first in history to have this issue, especially since they had a response for you....NOT :luck2you:

MELODY525
03-04-2009, 02:38 PM
ROUND 2:
I GOT A CALL BACK AND THEY WILL DEAL WITH THE ISSUES ONE AT A TIME SO IT WILL BE 3 PHONE CALLS:faint:

AND I FINALLY GOT THRU TO THE OTHER AGENCY AND THEIR PC HAS BEEND DOWN A FEW DAYS :cry: SHE TOLD ME TO KEEP TRYING AGAIN TOMORROW. SHE WOULDN'T EVEN TALKE MY # AND CALL ME BACK HERSELF. BIOTCHY WITCHY! :witch:

IF THIS WASN'T SO RIDICULOUS I REALLY WOULD BE CRYING. BUT I AM LAUGHING AND PACKING MY STUFF AND GETTING CLOTHES OUT FOR TOMORROW'S SHOPPING TRIP.

diyana
03-04-2009, 03:51 PM
Good afternoon ladies -

It's been a long day already and I've still got 2 hours to go. I'm tired. I'm glad I decided to take a break from the gym tonight. I've got a quick errand to run on my way home, then it's home to relax and do PT exercises while I watch TV.

Madcat - Sending :hug: and :goodvibes: for you and your sister.

Ruth - Sending :hug: to you and :goodvibes: for Shirleyanne and Claire. Out here, they'll be starting to tap the trees soon too. When I was a little girl, I used to go "sugaring" sometimes with my grandpa. We'd tap the trees, collect the sap, and make the syrup. And then we put some of the warm just made syrup on fresh clean snow...Yummm! It sounds weird, but it was sticky, gooey, sweet heaven!

Happy - How sweet of you to "adopt" another kitty! Or to let another kitty adopt you! Hopefully, she and Mr. Feral will get along well enough to share the accommodations. 60 degrees? Oh, I so wish it would get that warm here, but at least we're getting temps in the low to mid 40s for the rest of the week! Yay! When you get a chance, can you please post the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sauce recipe, please?

Annie - Congrats on 6 months with Tony. :) Pizza noodle casserole sounds yummy! Will you share the recipe please? I'll bet you're so excited for your St. Louis trip! I'm sending :goodvibes: to Tony for his job decision. If he goes back to school full-time, I know some colleges/universities offer health services to students (not sure about families though).

Mel - Thanks for the turkey meatloaf recipe! Wishing you much luck and success with the gov't. It seems like the reasons the gov't says you have problems are the reasons they should be paying you $$. :dunno: 3 more phone calls?? That's insane! And the other agency wouldn't even talk to you - their PC has been down for days?? That's ridiculous! Well, enjoy your shopping trip tomorrow! Sending you :hug: and :goodvibes:

Patty - I hope you're feeling better. I'm glad to hear you are taking time off to rest and get better. I plant in big garden pots too. I grow tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, squash and green beans.

Ceejay - I hope things are going well for you!

Shad - Congrats on the weight loss! :woohoo: Don't worry...I am sticking 100% to only PT approved movement. I want to get my back better ASAP and it seems the only way to do that is to listen to my PT. I'm glad your apartment is not near the fires. Have a wonderful time at Philip Island! Say hello :wave: to the penguins for me. :lol:

Holly - :wave: Great to hear from you again! I hope you're doing well.

Rose - Congrats on the weight loss! That's wonderful! My yoga class is kicking my behind too. Sending :goodvibes: to you and your clan.

I'd better get back to work....so much to get done!

Love and hugs,

Shad
03-04-2009, 08:29 PM
Morning - or rather afternoon all,
Just a fly by for me today. I have a desk that resembles Mt Stationery and Mt Technology. 2 computers, 3 big piles of paper. Soon, I will need to take off my shoes and work with my toes. I am woman - I can do anything, probably even work and attend meetings.

Mel - at least things are moving - even if it does seem to be sideways. Talk is good, just don't stop. If you make enough noise, then you will get dealt with - works over here. Just keep on complaining - put your medical bills up to them to and let them know that your face looks like it does because they are stressing you out!!!!!

Good to hear the chicks are exercising, losing, eating well and getting on with it. I'll be back

annie175
03-05-2009, 08:09 AM
Good Morning Chickies....

We have two out sick this morning. Yikes, I am staying away from their area. Don't want any nasties.

Michelle....get your rest girl. Don't want to get run down and get the sickies. The gym can live without you for a night or two.

Shad...hmmmmmmmmm, Mt Stationery....can you say shredder? hehe Sounds like you have your work cut out for you.

MEL...how's the battle of the govt going today?

Got lots of laundry to do tonight, want to run the vacuum, make cupcakes to take to St. Louis, and a few other chores to get done before tomorrow.

Hello to everyone.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
03-05-2009, 08:27 AM
Hi ladies,

Well sadly we had to give the newest kitty the boot out of the yard. I had fed Mr. Feral and the calico yesterday and left for work. Shortly afterwards, DH heard ferocious screeching outside. It even scared our cat who raced upstairs to hide under the bed. He went out and both cats scampered from opposite directions. Mr. Feral went and hid in our storage shed which is his 2nd home after the porch. Calico scampered on the fence where DH chased her away. Apparently they both decided to take refuge in the azaleas after breakfast and neither was happy about the other's choice. Mr. Feral is old and come springtime he gets these bloody sores on his shoulder and bib. The one on his bib was even worse after the fight. So DH said as much as he doesn't want to, no more feeding of Miss Calico. She is a good size so even tho she eats like she hasn't had a meal in a week, she is not looking scrawny by any means. DH is also worried because she has front claws that she might go after our cat too although Boo runs her right out of the yard when she sees her. So such is life in the cat house. :rolleyes: The calico came by several times last night and is lurking this morning - I'm sure she does not understand why all of a sudden the gravy train has stopped.

In other news, today is our wedding anniversary. 32 long years ago. Me in platform shoes and a size 3 wedding dress - you've come a lonnnnng way baby :rofl:

Shad - I like your "mountain range" - come to think of it, your desk sounds like it looks like the all the ones on the other side of the building with all the SAP folks. Hope you get on top of things.

Michelle - lettuce in pots? Really? I would think that would require a larger field to plant. I am torn between planting a pot garden or just doing flowers and getting the vegetables from the local farmers market. I will post the sauce recipe for you.

Mel - silly Mel - she thought the government might be PRO-ACTIVE :lol3: :no: I'm sorry you are going through so much grief - and on an all too frequent basis too. Glad you can keep a smile about it. :crossed: for you. Yes, we would have a hoot at Trader Joes together. My SUV would not be big enough to hold all the loot! :lol:

Annie - you have asked the eternal question - WHY do we keep eating things we know are bad for us even when they make us sick????????? If you ever figure out the answer, or better how to overcome it, I would be the first to buy a ticket to listen. :D We have the cookies at work too and Tuesday we figured out that a sugar free chocolate chip cookie was just as many points as any other regular cookie save for the highly caloric Samoas. They just took out the sugar and added more fat. I hope you didn't get too sick and avoided the rest of the cookies. :hug:

Rose :congrat: on the weight loss for the year! Even if it comes off slow, it's coming off and that's what matters. That's so funny about the tulips. You remind me to go check my pots in the garage. Can you possibly plant tulips too late???

I had a very uncomfortable bra on yesterday which dug into me and left sore spots. The girls are not happy about being corralled up this morning but if I leave them free they will be typing all kinds of things on my keyboard at my desk if you know what I mean so I'll have to find an old and more stretchy boulder holder as well as a loose shirt today.

See yah! :wave:

Roseblush
03-05-2009, 09:47 AM
Morning All, Trying not to be grumpy here....can we all say oh BOOO HOOO FOR Rose this morning!!! The three mountain passes I would have to travel are expected to get up to 14 inches of snow.....so my trip is off. So at work yesterday I had to reconfigure the days ahead. On my list to make it be a bit more fun....go see and hold my friends new baby Nevaeh........ go to my kick butt yoga tonight to see what new torture position she comes up with. Good band playing friday night....go dance my legs off..... sat go decorated two rooms at the care center for some friends who are coming to stay in salmon in the home that I adore. A mother and son who both suffer from MS.
So anyway, I am being a bit sarcastic ....but I will try to get out and about and enjoy!!!

Spring in the ROckies is always like this. Happy I went around and planted the bulbs all over in different pots and they are all coming on....sort of fun. My Jasmine vine is blossoming also and that smell can give you a glimpse of what heaven might smell like...I love it!

I do hope the troubles that surround each of us just become faint memories with good resolutions for all!!! Mel, are you gearing up for St.Patty's?????

I will be checking back throughout my days.... I will try to post that soup recipe. Enjoying my morning coffee and trying to wake up.

Peace to all,
Rose & TOby hangin' in the ROckies

annie175
03-05-2009, 11:23 AM
Got this banana information from another thread, thought it was interesting...
Bananas

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said
the expression 'going bananas' is from the effects of bananas on the brain.
Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!

This is interesting.

After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined
with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a
strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit
with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help
overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making
it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND
amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better
after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan,
a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to
make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains
regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of
hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in
potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure.
So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed
the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to
reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school
(England) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas
at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power.
Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist
learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help
restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without
resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to
make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms

the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood
sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body,
so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps
to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try
rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people
find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work?
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads
to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital
patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in
high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food
cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high
carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal
disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only
raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases.
It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the
lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a
'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temp
of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat
bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help
SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer
tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying
to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium
and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects
of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heart
beat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance.
When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our
potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-
potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine,
eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by
strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want
to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart,
with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster
or surgical tape!

1day@atime
03-05-2009, 12:55 PM
Hello ladies,

Just a quick post. Trying to digest all the banana info. Did't know it was that good.

Mitchellez - you plant cucumbers & squash in pots? What size pots are you using? Do you use a trellis? Might have to give you a call on this one.
With the price of food, i'm thinking of planting a few more items this year.
So far my list is tomatoes, (grape, cherry, roma), bell peppers, and jalopenoes. ( I don't like bell or jal, but i grow for mom and dad)

will post more later...

annie175
03-05-2009, 01:55 PM
Patty....

I plant Roma tomatos for salsa making. THen a good beefstake tomato for munching. I also plant bell peppers, jalopenos, cucumbers, pumpkin, and maybe spinach this year. I am liking spinach as my salad staple rather than any lettuce. Oh and I plant basil. I love fresh basil. I put the basil in a pot on the patio table then leave the slider open and man does it smell good.

happy2bme
03-05-2009, 02:40 PM
2 more days until Mel's birthday :s:

MELODY525
03-05-2009, 04:19 PM
I AM SO HAPPILY TIRED. WILLY AND I HAD A GOOD TIME AT TRADER JOE'S AND I BOUGHT THE FAMILY A DINNER OF THEIR FAVORITE THINGS. HE CAME IN WITH ME AND PUSHED THE CART AND LIFTED EVERYTHING. ALL I HAD TO DO WAS POINT MOST OF THE TIME!!! HE IS A GOOD MAN AND I TOLD HIM I AM JEALOUS OF HIS MARY.
THE FRIDGE AND CUPBOARD ARE FILLED UP WITH HEALTHY FOODS. LET US HOPE THEY AGREE WITH MY FACE!! HELPED OUT A FRIEND IN THE OFFICE AND WE ARE ALL LUNCHING TOGETHER AND JEN IS JOINING US TOO. SHOULD BE FUN :cheers: SORRY THE PERSONALS ARE SHORT BUT I NEED TO EAT AND FEEL SLEEPY.:cloud9:
HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT DAY :moped:

ANNIE....IS THAT YOU AND TONY? CUTE PICTURE!! JEN AND I CANNOT EAT BANANAS...I NEED A BOX OF DULCOLAX TO GET RID OF THEM!!! :rofl:

HAPPY...SO SORRY ABOUT POOR MR FERAL AND I WOULD DO THE SAME AS YOU DID. IF WE WENT TOGETHER TO TRADER'S WE WOULD NEED A FRIGGING MOVING VAN!!!

SHAD....TOO BAD I CANNOT INTERVIEW VIA A COMPUTER CAMERA!! THEN THEY COULD SEE THE RED PUSS!!! SENDING YOU A HUG FOR YOU AND THE NEW DESK :hug: AND YES YOU ARE WOMAN.....LET ME HEAR YOU ROAR!!! I ALSO HOPE IF YOU START TAPPING THE COMPUTER KEYS WITH YOUR TOES THAT YOU GOT A PEDICURE!! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

MICHELLE...HOPE THE GYM BREAK WORKS OUT AND YOU DO GET SOME REST. SPRING IS NEAR :flow2:

JEANETTE...HOW DID ALL THOSE WORK DAYS GO? DID YOU RECOVER YET?? HOW IS THE NEW WOMAN DOING? STILL GOOD I HOPE!!

PATTY....:wave:

MELODY525
03-05-2009, 04:23 PM
ROSE....HOW COULD I MISS YOU MISS NAE??? I JUST SCROLLED BACK AND SAW YOUR POST....HOPE YOU DO FIND SOMETHING THAT WILL TAKE AWAY THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF MISSING THE TRIP. 14"!!!!! :yikes: SORRY TO HEAR IT WAS CANCELLED! :hug: AND YES MY FRIEND ALL THIS CRAP WILL PASS....but I AM STILL CONSIDERING TAKING UP DRINKING ON ST. PATTY'S DAY!! :dizzy:

diyana
03-05-2009, 05:08 PM
Hi ladies -

The rest did me good. And after work today, I'm going to the gym for cardio and strength training, then on to pet sitting for an hour. My PT says that most of my problem is due to the fact that I have an exaggerated sway in my lower back. :( She gave me some new exercises to strength the muscles to try and pull my spine into proper position. I think this might be a long haul - my PT calls it a crock pot type fix...rather than a microwave type fix....in other words, slow and steady. Unfortunately, patience isn't my strong suit. She suggested I go see a doc again, but my back specialist has left the "network" that my insurance covers...so I've got an appt with a Sports Medicine doc on 3/18 and an appt. with a really good orthopedic doc on 4/2.

Shad - I hope you've been able to conquer Mt. Stationery and Mt. Technology!

Annie - have a great time in St. Louis! Thanks for the great banana info!

Happy - Good for your DH for helping Mr. Feral defend his turf. Congrats on your wedding anniversary! 32 years is a long time! Good for you (both)! You cracked me up about unharnessing the girls and them doing the typing! :rofl:

Rose - I'm sorry you had to cancel your trip. That's too bad. Hopefully you can go another time when the weather is more cooperative. Sounds like you have A LOT of fun things planned! You go, girl!

Patty - Yes, I grow cukes and squash in pots. I grow them vertically supported by tomato cages. I use the biggest pots I can find (that are about one size down from whisky 1/2 barrels).

Mel - Glad you had a great time at TJ's! So nice of Willy to help you out so much!

Ceejay - I hope things are going well for you! And that you're relaxing whenever possible.

Well, it's just about time to head home (and to the gym) for the day.

Have a great evening ladies.

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
03-05-2009, 05:52 PM
I'm on the last day at work. I would do a happy dance but to tired. The newest employee is coming along. She should be going to nights next week.

Annie
Like the tidbit on banana's. Congrats on the 6 months anniversary?
Like the picture in the avatar.

I'll tryo to do more personals tomorrow.

Shad
03-05-2009, 07:34 PM
Oh Joyous Day (it's Friday and there is a public holiday on Monday)

I'm really looking forward to this weekend although it will probably be fairly chilly. I'm going to look for some warmer clothes tomorrow and then on Sunday we will go down to see the penguins. If we can find accommodation down there we will take it and stay down that way until Monday, but if not it's about a 2 hour drive home and should be fine as well. We can then go down to the other side of Port Philip Bay on Monday and see the sights down there. Life is good.

Conquering Mt Technology, but Mt Paperwork (Stationery) is looming ever larger. So many problems from one place. Still the best we can do is to look at one thing at a time and set our goals to do the best we can for one wind farm at a time. Slow but steady - crock pot stuff as Michelle would say.

My niece (the pregnant one) rang me to see if we could sort a date for her baby shower but I won't be home. I've said I will be there for Easter so maybe we will just have to have a private shower come Easter. Having said that, I had better go check the flight times for Easter since it will be a busy time for the airlines.

Happy - one boarder at a time at your place huh?? Fair enough. Haven't you got enough azaleas for the entire neighbourhood of cats? Why do they both have to try to sleep under the same one??

Annie - thanks for the banana issue. I always knew there was a sound reason why I liked bananas. But I can see now if I eat too many of them, I might have a problem. All that sugar must go somewhere!!

Michelle - I hope to join you as the exercise queen next week. The apartment has a gym and swimming pool available in the building. I look forward (well sort of) to trying it out.

Mel - there will be no drinking on St Paddys day unless you lose 10lbs before then! Understood?? Capisce?? Hope the government gets back it's computer service soon. Trying calling reception and see if that has happened. You may find it has never been down!!! That happened to me once. That's how I know what to do!

Rose - sorry the holiday was cut short. I'm sure you will find something to do with yourself and Toby the wonderdog.

Everyone else - look after yourself. I've got to go. More boring meetings

annie175
03-06-2009, 08:21 AM
Good Morning Good Morning....sunny and high 66 today, break out the shorts!!

MEL...Yes, that is me and the Tony. That is the night we went out to watch my brother's band. Glad Trader Joe's went so well. Lots of yummy, fresh stuff there.

Michelle...have you thought about seeing a quack-o-practer for your back? I went for my neck and shoulder and he did wonders.

Ceejay...I will do the happy dance for you. I took a major poo this morning and feel so much better.

Shad...enjoy the penguins. Hope you find accommodations, it is always fun to stay out, of course, you probably get enough of that with your job travel.

Got laundry done, scoured, ran the vacuum, and packed last night, so am all ready to head to St. Louie for the weekend. I am so looking forward to it.

Pizza Noodle Casserole

1 lb bow tie pasta, or any other pasta you like
1 lb italian sausage
1 large onion
2 jars spaghetti sauce, any flavor (plus I add 1 T sugar to the jar)
1 lb sliced pepperoni
3 8 oz bags of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 t garlic powder
1 t dried oregano
(I also added 4 cloves fresh smushed garlic)

Cook pasta in boilin water til al dente.

Cook sausage, garlic powder, oregano, fresh garlic, and onions until juices run clear...(sausage done)

Grease 9 x 13 pan (i use pam), pur small amount of sauce to lightly coat bottom.

Layer ingredients in order listed below:

1st layer...1/3 pasta, 1/3 sauce, 1 bag mozzarella cheese, sausage and onion mix.

2nd layer...1/3 pasta, 1/3 sauce, 1 bag mozzarella cheese, pepperoni (pizza style to cover)

3rd layer...all remaining pasta, then all sauce, 1 bag mozzarella cheese, all pepperoni (completely covering the entire top with pepperoni).

Bake 375 degrees for 45 minutes. I covered mine with foil for the first 30 minutes. May have to bake longer if cheese is not all melted.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

(on the second layer you can replace pepperoni with ham)

Hello to everyone and all have a marvelous weekend.

Love and Hugs.

diyana
03-06-2009, 08:24 AM
Happy Friday ladies -

I did not make it to the gym last night. By the time I left work, I had a migraine and was feeling really nauseous too (typically goes along with migraines for me). Anyway, another night of R&R was just what I needed. I'm doing much better today. I may go to the gym tonight...or I may just do the grocery shopping and the laundry so that I'll have the rest of the weekend to have fun. We're going to the Sports Show tomorrow, where there will be exhibitors on fishing, camping, kayaking, and reps of camping and cabin resorts from across the midwest and Canada. There will also be a lumberjack competition demonstration, which is always fun to watch. A retriever dog training demo. And a demo from the local Dog Training club. We have a great time every year when we go to the Sports Show.

Ceejay - I'm hope today you'll be able to rest and relax! I'm glad the new employee is working out well.

Shad - How lucky you are to have a LONG weekend! :woohoo: Sounds like you have a great weekend planned. I wish I could go with you to watch the penguins! How nice that your apartment building has a gym and a pool! That's great!

A big :wave: to everyone! I hope you all have a Fabulous Friday and a great weekend too!

Love and hugs,

diyana
03-06-2009, 08:26 AM
Annie - we posted at about the same time! Have a wonderful time in St. Louis! I've thought about going to a chiro, but am going to wait and see what the Orthopedist says. The pizza noodle casserole sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

MELODY525
03-06-2009, 09:45 AM
MICHELLE~ HOPE THEY CAN ALL HELP YUOU WITH THE SWAY IN THE BACK. SLOW AND STEADY WINS THAT RACE. ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE LOWER BACK AND/OR PELVIS NEEDS TO BE SLOW TO WORK PROPERLY...SO PATIENCE MY FRIEND. HOPE YOU FEEL EVEN BETTER LATER ON AND I VOTE FOR A REST UP WITH THE DH!!

CEEJAY~ GLAD THIS IS THE LAST DAY AND HOPE YOU GET A GOOD REST UP OVER THE WEEKEND.

SHAD~ HOPE YOU CAN ALL GET TOGETHER FOR EASTER AND THE SHOWER. WHAT A PERFECT TIME FOR ONE :bb:
I DO HOPE MT PAPERWORK SHORTENS ITSELF SOON!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND NGOOD LUCK ON FINDING A PLACE TO STAY!! THE ONLY THING I WILL BE DRINKING WILL BE WATER!!! :rofl: :rofl: SAFE TRAVELS :hug:

ANNIE~ THE RECIPE SOUNDED GREAT. MAYBE ONE DAY SOON I CAN TRY SOME OF THAT!! THE PICTURE REALLY IS CUTE. WHAT A COUPLE!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY :hb: HAVE A GREAT TIME IN ST. LOUIE!!!


:cofdate: I NEED TO GET THE DAY GOING. GOT UP AFTER 8. GUESS IT'S THE ZYRTEC CATCHING UP WITH ME. THEY ACT LIKE SLEEPING PILLS! :faint: JEN WILL BE HERE SOON AND THEN GOING DOWN TO SPEND THE DAY WITH THE GALS. NOTHING PLANNED FOR THE WEEKEND. QUIET TIME WITH THE KIDS ON SATURDAY AND LOTS OF QUIET TIME FOR MOM!! :rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE :moped:

MELODY525
03-06-2009, 09:46 AM
:cry: WHERE ARE ALL OUR MISSING CHICKS? :cry:

annie175
03-06-2009, 12:11 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot to add that I got in 12,284 steps yesterday. We walked at lunch today and so far I have in 7653 steps. It was so nice walking outside today. It has been a long time coming. However very windy, it is very warm outside. The sun has dissappeared, but still warm. I will take it.

ceejay52
03-06-2009, 12:27 PM
Annie
good for you in getting in your walk. I'm so ready for warmer temperatures.

Mel
I'm with you, where is the rest of the worldly chicks.

Michelle
Enjoy your week end.

Shad
lucky you in getting a holiday on Monday. Enjoy the trip.

ceejay52
03-06-2009, 12:29 PM
Forgot to mention that I'm off the next couple of day. Still to tired to do a happy dance.

Shad
03-06-2009, 11:01 PM
No time for long post today. I've been into town and checked out the apartment and figured out a path to get to work from it. It will be a lot of walking exercise unless I can find a shorter way to get around.
I've picked up some new clothes to keep me going for the week until I can get some more from home.
We have found a Begonia festival in Ballarat and intend to go to that tomorrow instead of the penguins and then hop up to Euchuca and check out the paddleboats on the Murray River. I've been there before but it is worth a second trip. The penguins will still be there in later weeks. They've been there for 100 years already so I don't think they will disappear over night.

Every one seems busy for the weekend. I'll check in again tomorrow and on Monday. Have a good one.

happy2bme
03-06-2009, 11:29 PM
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Wishing you love, happiness, a joyous day and a wonderful year ahead of you. Love to you on your birthday. :hug:

MELODY525
03-07-2009, 08:21 AM
HAPPY~ :hb: OHHHHH A BIRTHDAY CAKE!! THANKS SO MUCH!! AND THE EVEN FUNNIER THING IS THAT JEN MADE ME ONE YESTERDAY THAT WAS EXACTLY LIKE IT BUT RECTANGULAR AND NO BALOONS!!! BUT THE SAME COLORS, SPRINKLE THINGS AND EVERYTHING!! :rofl:

SHAD~ THANKS FOR THE E-CARD. HAVE A GREAT TRIP.

JEANETTE~ ENJOY THE WEEKEND!! THEN YOU CAN DANCE :dance:

ANNIE~ CONGRAT ON THE STEPS :cheer:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING WORLDLIES.
I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO OPEN THE WINDOW. I THINK THE GRANDSON IS CHAMPING AT THE BIT ALSO! WHEN HE IS ON MY HEAD THAT'S THE DIRECTION HE WANTS TO GO. WE ARE LOVING THE AFTERNOON SUN MORE AND MORE. THE DAY IT SNOWED HE SLEPT ALL DAY ! :rofl:
62 YEARS OLD...WHEREVER DID THE TIME GO. O CAN HARDLY BELIEVE MY DAUGHTER IS 41 NOW TOO. WE WERE LAUGHING YESTERDAY ABOUT IT. SHE REALLY IS NOT WELL TODAY. TOM CAME IN THE MIDDLE OF THURS NITE AND HE ENDED UP AT THE DRS YESTERDAY. HE GAVE HER ANOTHER APPOINTMENT FOR WHEN IT STOPS. I NEVER SAW SOMEONE PRAY FOR MENOPAUSE AS HARD AS SHE IS!! I SENT HER HOME EARLY AFTER WE HAD THE LUNCHEON.
WELL KIDS...ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY AND I WANT TO GET MY BUNS IN GEAR AND GET OUTSIDE LATER.
HAPPY SATURDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
03-07-2009, 08:23 AM
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Roseblush
03-07-2009, 09:18 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL! HERE'S A WISH FOR YOU THAT YOUR DAY IS TERRIFIC AND YOUR GREAT FANTASTIC! Time is an amazing ride that takes us year to year! Sending warm thoughts and wishes your way today!
Many Blessings,
Nae

diyana
03-07-2009, 10:36 AM
A super quick check in for me...before we head to the sports show. I had to go into the office for a couple hours to finish a project, but soon DH will pick me up and then we'll be off to enjoy the fun day!

Happy Birthday, Mel! I hope you have a wonderful day!

A big :wave: to everyone! I'll be back later or tomorrow for personals!

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
03-07-2009, 10:59 AM
Good morning,

:bday2you: Mel. Glad you liked the cake - it's super low in calories so you can have 2 pieces :lol: I know what you mean about the years flying by. And they go faster and faster. Hope you have a great weekend.

I hate that we lose an hour this weekend. :( It's supposed to be super warm here. I have all the windows open. With the warmth comes the thunderstorms. I still want to wash the car today and get all the bird poop off. Then it's tackling the house work.

I'm making a pledge to myself to stay off the computer and focus on the house this weekend.

Hope you all have a great weekend too.

ceejay52
03-07-2009, 02:35 PM
:balloons: Happy Birthday, Mel

happy2bme
03-07-2009, 03:18 PM
Kinda Like - Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sauce

Serve on sandwiches or as a salad dressing with vegetable garnish of your choice and the cooked deli style chopped chicken breast strips. Recipe makes 10 tablespoons each at 1 WW point. This is really sticky so be careful if you spill it. Stores well in the refrigerator. This recipe is a bit less sweet than it's famous sandwich shop counterpart and has more of the sweet / tang of the sugar and vinegars - you can always add more brown sugar or a bit of honey if you like it very sweet. It covers the greens well so you really don't need that much and 1 tablespoon does goe a long way.


Ingredients:
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon minced / finely diced fresh red onion (white will do but red is milder and more on the sweet side)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar or honey
1 teaspoon dry buttermilk powder
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pinch cracked black pepper
1 pinch garlic powder

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a small microwave safe bowl or 2 cup glass measuring cup. Stir well.
2. Heat mixture uncovered in the microwave for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes on high until mixture boils rapidly. Watch as this cooks because it will begin to foam up and can boil over which will make a very sticky mess. I cooked it for 30 seconds. Stirred. Cooked for 30 seconds again and stirred. I let it sit for a minute and then stirred again and cooked it the last 30 seconds. The mixture will thin out quite a bit after cooking and doubles in volume.
3. Whisk well and let cool off. Store the remainder in a container with a tight fitting lid (as you don't want this accidently spilling) in the refrigerator. It keeps well, if it gets old the sugars will start to crystalize.

I measured out 10 equal tablespoons from the recipe if made as indicated above. Came out to 1 WW point per tablespoon as calculated from the WW recipe builder.

Dried buttermilk powder is in the baking aisle near the powdered and condensed milk. I passed it by 3 times before I found it.

The ingredients can get a bit pricey so either find some friends who like this and share the cost or find a friend who likes to cook and has all these vinegars on hand. The most expensive item was the buttermilk powder.

Enjoy! :hungry:

MELODY525
03-08-2009, 08:57 AM
:balloons: THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE GOOD WISHES. I HAD A GREAT DAY. JEN AND RICHIE WERE HERE AND WE HAD A SMALL CELEBRATION. THEY'RE COMING DOWN TODAY. I GOT THE MOST WONDERFUL EDIBLE FRUIT BASKET FROM A CLOSE FRIEND AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DIPPING FIESTA AND DVD DAY! :dance:
WE PLANTED AN HERB GARDEN FOR MY WINDOWSILL AND I HAVE ENOUGH LEFT OVER FOR A SPOT OUTSIDE FOR THE SENIORS. I'LL SHARE IT. :flow1:
THE TIME CHANGE THREW ME OFF THIS MORNING. I GOT UP WHEN SAW THE TIME WAS 7 AM BUT NEEDED ANOTHER HOUR SO I TURNED THE CHAIR AROUND IN THE KITCHEN AND WENT BACK TO BED. I THINK THE GRANDSON WAS GLAD TOO :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

MELODY525
03-08-2009, 08:58 AM
HAPPY~ THANKS FOR THE RECIPE. GUESS I WILL HAVE TO PASS. TOO MANY INGREDIENTS I CANNOT HAVE :faint: BUT I BET IT WOULD MAKE A SANDWICH TASTE GOOD!

happy2bme
03-08-2009, 11:31 AM
Good morning ladies,

We were supposed to get storms overnight but they must have blown past us. Still a chance today. It's gray and cloudy out. I'm already feeling the loss of that precious hour of time from daylight savings. I did stay up late last night/this morning as I have always wondered about the digital clocks on the time change. Sure enough, it went from 1:59 to 3:00 am. Now I know for sure. And my experiment made me tired this morning.

I worked outside cleaning up in the yard with DH yesterday. It was nice to be outside. Still have all that inside stuff to do today and I also have some errands to run. It's not getting done sitting here so hello and enjoy your Sunday.

ceejay52
03-08-2009, 01:13 PM
happy
know how you feel this morning. 5.30 sure di come quick. Thanks for the recipe.

Mel
Enjoy your day.

We mised those storms also. There is still a few below us an hope they stay there. I'm glad to be by myself today at work even though the wind does sound like it's going to take the roof off.

For some reason it stinks in the contol room today. and more supplies left this week end. hmmmm wonder where they are going.

diyana
03-08-2009, 04:03 PM
Happy Sunday ladies -

I like Daylight Savings Time because of how nice it is to have the extra hour of daylight after work. I needed extra sleep today too. And I'm still tired. It's just a lazy, rainy, stay inside kind of Sunday here. I had to go into work for a few hours yesterday morning, then we went to the Sports Show - where we had a really fun time! Today, I went grocery shopping, and now I'm doing laundry and cooking (make and freeze meals). I'm running out of energy and just want to relax....luckily, I've got a pot roast in the crock pot for dinner tonight (and DH will do dishes - yay!).

I guess it's getting colder because the rain sounds like it's turning to sleet or hail. We're supposed to get 2-4" of snow tonight....hopefully it will be closer to 2" or less and hopefully the roads won't be slick in the morning. I'm so tired of snow and cold. Mother Nature teased us last week with temps in the 50s and 60s. She's getting a good laugh today as she reminds us that winter's not over yet.

Mel - So glad you had a nice birthday.

Happy - Thanks for the recipe. I hope the storms aren't too bad.

Ceejay - I hope work is going well for you!

A big :wave: to everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
03-09-2009, 08:24 AM
:rain: I THINK THE SOUTHERN STORMS ARE UPON US AND STAYING HERE. POOR CONSTRUCTION MEN ARE WORKING IN THE RAIN AND MAKING LOTS OF NOISE. GOOD THING CAUSE I WAS GOING TO SLEEP RIGHT THRU MONDAY!:rofl: NOTHING NEW AND I NEED TO MAKE SOME INCIDENT REPORTS. SENIORS TOOK TO FALLING ON THE FLOOR OVER THE WEEKEND. :cry: BUT NOTHING TOO SERIOUS...MAINLY BLOODY NOSES AND SMALL CUTS.
I BEST GET DRESSED BEFORE I FALL ASLEEP SITTING HERE. FOOD SHOP TOMORROW SO I'LL SEE YOU AT NIGHT.
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

HAPPY~ I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT YOU STAYED UP TO WATCH THE CLOCKS!! :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl:

JEANETTE~ ARE THE DESTRUCTO WINDS GONE NOW? I THINK I FOUND THEM!!

MICHELLE~ SNOW??? YIKES!!! REMINDERS OF MONTHS THAT HAVE PAST :wreath: STAY WARM!! GLAD THE SHOW WAS A NICE TIME. GOOD TO RELAX.

annie175
03-09-2009, 09:35 AM
Good Morning Worldlies............

The weekend was fantastic. We had a marvelous time in St. Louie... Little Ms. Olivia is so sweet and smiles all the time. Ate at a great BBQ place. Bandana's BBQ. Yummy!

Blew a tire on the way home. Thank God Tony was driving at the time, altho I must say it blew because he hit a basement of a pothole on I70.. He felt really badly about it. I told him not to worry, we were all safe and stopped fairly quickly. Between Samantha's Chris and Tony they had the tire changed in about 8 minutes. They looked like a pit crew at a Nascar race. I stood back on the shoulder and cussed at the truckers that wouldn't get over in the other lane. Needless to say, I had to add $$ to the cuss bucket.

Shu weee, I am still tired from the weekend and could of stayed in bed. I didn't roll out till 6 this morning and had to hustle to get ready and to work on time. I am usually up by 5. Let's see lost an hour in St. Louis as they are an hour behind in Indiana, lost an hour due to the clock set back change, and lost an hour this morning. Guess I am 3 hours behind in sleep. lol.

Hello to all.

Love and hugs

annie175
03-09-2009, 09:36 AM
OH AND MEL.....HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, SO SORRY I MISSED THE CELEBRATION AND CAKE. I did drink a couple Ameretto Sours for you....

happy2bme
03-09-2009, 12:00 PM
Good morning to yahs,

Had a terrible sleep last night. It was freakin' 78 degrees for a high yesterday. Although that would be sweater weather for Miss Shad, it's kinda warm for this chick, particularly at night. I changed the clock last night to set the alarm earlier but forgot to actually turn on on the alarm. Woke up this morning in pitch black night - good thing I woke up on my own because I had to get out early for a doctor's appointment this morning. It was my annual physical. No orafice was left unchecked :o tho many of them protested :lol: I guess I am ok. So far. I told the doctor that my chest tightens up when I try and sprint or walk fast and hard. She wants me to see a cardiologist probably due to the fact that there are horrid heart issues on both sides of the family. They were nice enough to make an appointment for me, but they made it for Wednesday when I have to take DH for his cataract surgery. Other than than nothing's up. Weekend flew by. The waxwing birds were flocking all over the berry bushes. Must have been at least 30 of them. Back and forth up and down the driveway. I went out yesterday to go to the grocery store and the stinkers dive bombed my car totally. It was slightly less than a metal version of a guano pile. Very ewwwwwwww. I didn't have time to wash the car first, was quite embarrased to be driving it around town. Also had to drive it to the doctor's this way but will get it cleaned up this afternoon.

Yikes on the tire Annie - good thing you were safe and sound. Those potholes are horrible. We even have them here. Thanks for the banana info but why aren't you supposed to put bananas in the refrigerator?

Mel, I didn't really intend to stay up that late but I was up until 1:30 and figured I was this close, I might as well stay up 30 more minutes. Besides, I knew you wanted to know just as much as me :rofl: Sorry to hear the seniors spent the weekend "kissing the floor". Will send you some Sesame Street bandaids to make them feel better. :hug:

Michelle - was always the worst this time of year to get teased with warm weather and then the cold decends again. Same here. It's unusually warm now but a cold front is coming and it will cool off tomorrow. It's nice enough now that you want to start planting but you have to remember, this is the teaser stuff and it can still get cold enough to freeze yet so we have to hold off. Make ahead and freeze is the best way to go, even if it seems like you waste a whole precious weekend day just cooking.

Ceejay - did you find the source of the bad smell at work? Sure was breezy around here...

Break's over, time to get back to work. Later chicks. :wave:

MELODY525
03-09-2009, 12:46 PM
I HAD TO COME BACK......I FINALLY GOT THE OTHER GOVT AGENCY AND I JUST MAILED OUT A PAPER THEY SAID I DIDN'T SEND! BUT I CANNOT ARGUE WITH THEM. THE SAD THING IS THAT I TRUSTED SOMEONE IN OUR OWN OFFICE TO PUT A LETTER IN MY ENVELOPE AND SEND THE PACKAGE OUT. VERY EXPENSIVE LESSON IN "TRUST".... $625 WORTH! :cry:
NOW ALL I HAVE ARE THE 2 PHONE INTERVIEWS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY ON THE 16 & THE 23!! YAY!!! I FEEL CALMER ALREADY. MY DUCKS ARE LINED UP IN A ROW ONCE AGAIN.
JEN JUST FINISHED HER INTERVIEW ON FRIDAY AND WE FAXED OUT HER PAPERS TODAY. NOW WE WAIT TO SEE IF ANYONE CAN THINK UP SOME MORE STUPID AND USUALLY UNNECESSARY QUESTIONS!! :tantrum:

ANNIE~ GLAD YOU ALL HAD A GOOD TIME AND SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TIRE. THANK GOD ALL ARE SAFE AND SOUND AND HOME!!! IF I HAD A CUSS BUCKET IT WOULD BE EFFING OVERFLOWING!!! :rofl: I DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR TO COVER THAT EXPENSE!:lol3: :lol3: i HOPE YOU ENJOYED MY BD DRINKS :cheers:

HAPPY~ I WILL SEND GOOD THOUGHTS TO THE DH FOR HIS SURGERY. GOOD LUCK!! :hug: AND NOW SOME GOOD THOUGHTS FOR YOUR "BREATHING". HOPE ALL WILL GOW WELL WITH THE TESTS. :hug: THE BIRDS ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE SUCH GREAT AIM!! WHY IS THAT?? DO THEY ALL GO TO DIVE BOMBER SCHOOL AND LEARN ABOUT TARGETS?? WTF!!! HAPPY CAR WASHING!

diyana
03-09-2009, 02:32 PM
Happy Monday ladies -

I'm tired. Still not adjusted to DST, I guess. I had to be at work at 6 am today....but the good news is I get to leave in a couple hours! Yay! Then I'll be going to the gym and coming home to cook dinner for me and DH (leftover pot roast from yesterday). We got a lot of rain over the weekend, and around 2 pm yesterday, it turned to a wet snow. Luckily we only got a couple of inches, and the roads weren't too bad at all today.

Mel - Sorry to hear about all the seniors falling over the weekend. I'm glad there were no serious injuries. We're supposed to be having big time winds tomorrow night. Time to batten down the hatches! :lol: That sucks that you had to endure that very expensive lesson in trust, but I'm glad your ducks are in a row (for you and Jen) again!! As for an overflowing cuss bucket, I've got one too.

Annie - I'm so glad you had a nice time in St. Louis and with Ms. Olivia! How scary to blow a tire! Phew that you all got through it safe and sound! Good that they got the tire changed so quickly (too funny about looking like a pit crew!!). So since your 3 hours behind in sleep, are you gonna relax this evening??

Happy - 78 degrees?? I'm so jealous! I'd be happy with temps consistently in the 50s at this point. And yes, while I am eagerly anticipating spring...I know the warm weather is just a teaser and Mom Nature has more in store for us for at least a few more weeks. I'm glad your physical went okay. Sorry the birds turned your car into a guano pile. I don't mind spending a few hours on the weekend cooking....if it means that during the week I don't have to cook at all, and I can go to the gym or relax or whatever! :) Sending :goodvibes: and good thoughts to DH for his surgery. I hope your cardio appt goes well.

Shad - I hope you had a fun weekend and got to see lots of penguins!

A big :wave: to all!

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
03-09-2009, 02:49 PM
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Chicken With Mushrooms and Green Beans

Makes 4 servings

Hands-on Time: 0hr 20m

Total Time: 1hr 20m

Ingredients

1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut into pieces
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, plus 12 whole cloves, unpeeled
1 small navel orange, halved
3/4 pound green beans, trimmed
1 10-ounce package button mushrooms, caps quartered
Directions

1. Heat oven to 400° F.

2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a roasting pan.

3. In a small bowl, combine the thyme, red pepper, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper.

4. Brush the chicken with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil and sprinkle with the chopped garlic and spice mixture. Arrange the whole garlic cloves and orange halves around the chicken. Roast until the chicken is cooked through, 35 to 40 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, place the green beans and mushrooms on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the remaining oil and season with the remaining salt and pepper. Roast until the mushrooms are cooked through and the beans are lightly browned, stirring once, about 15 minutes.

6. Divide the chicken and garlic among individual plates and squeeze the roasted orange halves over the top. Serve with the green beans and mushrooms.

Tip: You can use this recipe to roast a whole chicken―just leave it in the oven for at least 20 minutes longer.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories 127; Calories From Fat 78%; Fat 11g; Sat Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 865mg; Carbohydrate 6g; Fiber 2g; Sugar 3g; Protein 3g

Real Simple, March 2007

MELODY525
03-09-2009, 03:29 PM
GOOD NEWS!!!!! SOCIAL SECURTITY PUT THE MISSING MONEY FOR 3/1 BACK INTO MY CHECKING ACCOUNT AND ACTUALLY APOLOGIZED FOR THE ERROR IN TAKING IT OUT! I AM DOING THE HAPPY DANCE OVER HERE.
HAPPINESS IS FINALLY WINNING A BATTLE WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w31/graphichv/dance/3.gif

happy2bme
03-09-2009, 04:55 PM
:yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: Mel :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay:

:carrot: :broc: :carrot: :broc: :carrot: :broc:

happy2bme
03-09-2009, 04:56 PM
and I think I just might be making me some of that yummy looking chicken this week. I can't believe you posted a recipe that DIDN'T have olives in it. :rofl:

ceejay52
03-09-2009, 10:21 PM
Mel
I'll help you do the happy dance. :dance: Your recipe sounds easy enough for me to fix.

Annie
Glad you are okay. Blown tires are frightening. I had one once going 70mph on the interstate. I thought some one shot me. Luckily I didn't wreck. It was on the driver's side.

michelle
I like the DST too once I get used to it. It's hard getting up in the dark again.

Happy
Yes, I found that stink today. We had a water leak under the bathroom sink. Some paper got wet and soured. It's been fixed.
Hope the DH does well with his surgery. Let's pray that there is nothing wrong with your heart.

Good grief it's almost 9.30p.m. and that was suppose to be my bedtime.
Night Night.

Shad
03-09-2009, 10:24 PM
Morning all,
Actually it is afternoon.

Had a good weekend, but we decided to go and see the Ballarat Begonia show instead of the Penguins. I'll post some photos as soon as I can. The begonias were good, but not as magnificient as the begonia and dahlia show I saw at Nabano no Sato in Japan. Actually I mean the display was not as magnificent but the flowers were. We also went to a place called Echuca which is the inland port on the Murray River and was a busy town in days gone by. The paddlesteamers which go up and down the river now take tourists rather than trade and the river is exceedingly low these days due to the ongoing drought in the area.
I'll post photos later.

Haven't got time at the moment to post personals, but will get to it later tonight I hope.

happy2bme
03-10-2009, 12:44 AM
checking in now - going to be another warm uncomfortable evening - not sure I'll get enough of the sleep I really need. Gotta get to work early tomorrow so I might not be able to get here until later.

Sounds like the flowers were pretty Shad even if it wasn't the best display. Look forward to pictures.

Glad you found the stink Ceejay - mildew - ewwwwww :lol: Sometimes that can fester for a long time.

Thank you again for the recipe Mel. I had cod to make tonight but the chicken is definitely on for this week. I'm sooooo very glad you wrassled your money back. Next time hide it in the mattress. Sure aren't getting any interest in the bank.

Madcat - if you're lurking :hug: for you and sis

Carla, Carla - show your face too, 'k? We miss you.

Michelle - maybe we should trade dinners with each other so we don't have to cook but every other week :lol: Sorry to hear you got more snow. It should be melting faster and faster tho.

Annie - I like amaretto sours too. :hat: and amaretto and lemonade :cheers: and amaretto and orange juice and now I really have a taste for a Harvey Wallbanger tho I can no longer remember what it tasted like. No wait, I was a tequila sunrise kinda chick. If I asked for one in a bar would they know what to make?

Ok, getting goofy. Time for bed. I'm not staying up waiting for the dryer to finish. I'll just have to run an extra fluff tomorrow. G'night all.

Shad
03-10-2009, 05:47 AM
Okay, some pictures. Well two anyway. I'm uploading the rest to webshots and will post the addy later. The first one is some of the paddleboats which live and work on the Murray. Some of them are privately owned and the others are business ventures.

The second is a part of the begonia display at Ballarat. This connection is very slow and it is taking forever to get the pictures loaded to Webshots, so you won't see them until tomorrow (my time)

diyana
03-10-2009, 08:10 AM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

I had a busy but fun evening. I went to the gym and did a great cardio workout. Then came home and fixed dinner, and then went and checked in on 3 dogs that I'm pet sitting for in the evening. When I got home, my doggies were sniffing me and wondering what other doggies I've been petting! :rofl: But they were happy to see me, so they quickly forgave me.

I've got a lot to get done today at work, and then after work, I'm going to the gym to an Abs/core workout class, and a Yoga class, and hopefully some cardio too. I want to get this weight off because I know I will feel so much better and be so much healthier when I do!

Mel - :woohoo: That's wonderful that the Social Security put the missing $$ back in your checking account!! I'm so happy for you!! Thanks for posting the yummy chicken recipe!

Ceejay - I agree, it is hard getting up and getting to work in the dark again, but it's so nice at the end of the day. Of course, we're having big time rain here, so it's a bit dreary anyway. I'm glad the cause of the stink was discovered and fixed.

Happy - I hope you were able to get some sleep last night. The trading dinners sounds like a good plan. :lol: And you're right, the snow did melt pretty quickly due to all the rain we got last night (and it's still pouring today)....but rain is easier than snow, that's for sure. I'm wishing DH all the best for his surgery, and you all the best with your cardio appt.

Shad - Thanks for posting some photos. The begonias are beautiful, and the paddleboats are very interesting looking...I haven't seen any quite like them before! :) I'm glad you had a nice time.

Annie - I hope you have a great day at work!

Speaking of work, I'd better get started on mine....as I said, lots to do, but I'm not complaining. :)

Love and big hugs to all,

MELODY525
03-10-2009, 08:28 AM
Jeanette~ glad you found the smelly stuff and they got rid of it. pu!!!

Happy~ I started to bring another one and then found the olives!! :rofl: too bad you didn't stay up and watch the clothes dry...ranks right up there with watching the clock :lol3: :lol3: Good luck tomorrow with dh!!! :cheer:

Shad~ The pictures are beautiful as always. Looking forward to seeing the rest of them. Maybe over the weekend i can Pedal up and down the Murray! Welcome home!!

Michelle....great workout. with summer on the rise we will all ber fit and trim for the good weather. You and the doggies cracked me up!! Bet they were wondering Where the heck has she been!!!

:rain: It's pouring outside so i just cancelled the shopping. i can go end of week. All is well here. Just tired mentally so I'm taking a mental health day. Tired of thinking!:dizzy:
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
03-10-2009, 08:44 AM
Good morning chicks,

I sure am having a hard time getting up in the pitch dark in the morning! :lol: I don't remember it being this dark in previous years.

The rains haven't come to the mid south yet but they are near. I washed all the guano off my car yesterday and helped DH wash his too so if that doesn't entice rain, don't know what will.

Thank you all for the good thoughts and prayers for DH. I know he is nervous about this but is also looking forward to it being over as he is getting very frustrated with the fuzziness in his eye already.

Mel - now that you have all that cash, where are we going with it? What's that - you're paying BILLS and buying FOOD????? Party pooper - :rofl: Don't forget to buy OLIVES :lol3:

Shad - the begonias are gorgeous. Such lovely colors. I may have to swipe ... um borrow another potential avatar :lol: If you are stressed out on the job, you are hiding is well :s:

Michelle - that's funny with pets - they sure don't take a shine to us looking at other critters :rofl: You are doing great on the gym. You go girl. I do good on food but bad on exercise, although washing 2 cars gave me a good hour's worth of movement.

Time for me to get out of here. Hello to Annie, Ceejay, Ruth, Patty, Rose and the rest of the crew. :wave:

diyana
03-10-2009, 10:41 AM
Hi Happy - I'm just the opposite...I do good on the exercise, but not as good on the food. Sounds like between us, we stick to the program perfectly! :lol: And you definitely got a workout washing the cars! Have a great day at work!

Shad
03-10-2009, 05:46 PM
hang on - just going to find the link
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/570455121sipImF

Now to see if it works for me or I will have to get happy to get the right one again! Klutz

ceejay52
03-10-2009, 05:57 PM
Just poping in to say hello. :wave:

1day@atime
03-10-2009, 10:54 PM
Hello Ladies,

I have been out of town. My uncle passed away this weekend. Made a quick trip to San Antonio. He was only 72, yet he was so ready to go.
Keep his family in your prayers.

Shad
03-11-2009, 05:58 AM
So sorry to hear about the family loss Patty.
Hope you are feeling okay.

happy2bme
03-11-2009, 07:20 AM
Morning chicks,

Quickie for me. We'll be leaving shortly. Prayers that all goes well with DH's eye will be appreciated. I think he's a bit nervous. Why shouldn't he be?

Shad - your pics were gorgeous, link worked fine.

Patty so sorry for your loss, will keep the uncle's family in my prayers :hug:

Hi Ceejay, Annie :wave:

Michelle - you and I are yin and yang :rofl:

Mel - hope you enjoyed the mental help day. :D

Gotta fly - bye!

annie175
03-11-2009, 09:27 AM
Happy Hump Day and Trash Day....Speaking of trash, my trash bin was blown over and trash strewn down the street. Had to pick it all up, just as I was leaving for work. Yuck! Was stormy and windy last night, but was so exhauted didn't even hear it. I did dream that twin tornados came down the ditch behind my mom's house and she and I were in the back yard. I was holding onto the Chinese Elm tree and she was holding on to my feet trying not to be blown away. How bizarre!

Shad...I am not sure why not to put bananas in the fidge, I will google it later and try to have an answer for you. Pretty pix. Flowers make me happy.

MEL...my boss came back from a week at corporate in budget meetings and put $21.00 bucks in the curse bucket. I didn't even ask how the budget meetings went. haha. Love the chicken recipe. I may try it out this weekend. Thank God for the missing bucks. Now you feel briefly rich. lol

Michelle....I love leftover pot roast sandwiches with mayo and lettuce, tomato. Yummy. Have a great day at work. I would love to come into work early and get part of the afternoon off.

Happy...wake-y, wake-y, eggs and bacey....I will be sure to say prayers for your hubby.

Ceejay...Hey there girl.

Patty...Prayers for your uncle's family. I am flying into San Antonio next Tuesday evening (3/17), my GF from Corpus is driving up then we are staying thru THursday. THen driving down to Corpus to visit with her family. She will drive me back to San Antonio on Saturday night for my flight back to Indy. I am so excited. I am officially here 3 mos, and have 4 vacation days built up. Using 3 next week.

Not much going on here. Got Italian pork roast in the crockpot for dinner with Tony tonight. Made a big salad to go with. Probably some kind of veggie too....can't decide, will have to think on it.

Hello to all I may have missed.

Much love and many hugs....

diyana
03-11-2009, 03:43 PM
Happy Wednesday ladies -

I didn't make it to the gym last night...I was just feeling really achy and tired, so I rested. I'm feeling better today and planning on going to the gym later. This morning started out with me meeting my carpool buddy at the park and ride lot, and the passenger door latch being frozen/stuck open...so when you tried to close the door, it just bounced back and wouldn't latch. Couldn't drive with it that way, and I figured I'd better take it to the shop. So I called my boss, and told him of my car woes, and said that after I got back from the repair shop, I'd work from home. It turned out to be a pretty easy and inexpensive fix, which was wonderful!

Ceejay - Glad you were able to pop in! I hope your day is going well.

Patty - I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your/his family. :hug: Are you feeling any better?

Shad - Thanks for posting the link to the photos!

Happy or should I call you Yang - :rofl: - I hope your DH's surgery went well. My thoughts and prayers are with him (and you). :hug:

Annie - That was a mighty weird dream you had. I'm glad that you didn't have those twin tornadoes for real. I, too, wish I could start work at 6 am and leave at 3 every day. Unfortunately that's not an option. That's wonderful you can take vacation so quickly! I'm sure you'll really enjoy your visit with your friend.

Well, I'd better get back to work. Lots more to get done before I call it a day.

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
03-11-2009, 04:20 PM
Anyone got any leftover pot roast? Annie reminded me how much I love pot roast sandwiches :T Yuck on having to pick up the garbage - especially when you're all spiffed up for work.

Funny thing about "the new normal" today's world. Our raises are tied to our performance reviews. If you think it's pay for performance than you can :rofl: yourself silly and drop a few bucks in Annie's cuss bucket on the way out the door. But anyway, reviews have always been tough in one group, no matter how hard you tried, you could never quite achieve enough to elicit walk on water status getting a whole 1 percent more in a raise than your dullard coworkers. But this year we donated our raises (yes that's how I prefer to think of it - now how do I claim it on my taxes?) to the better good of the company. Yep, bad news is no extra money, good news is you can keep your job (for the moment). So with no raise money to be gained, guess which group got GLOWING reviews this year? :rofl: No, this was not my group, was a story told to me. Everyone it seems got chatted up as if they were part of the second coming. How much you wanna bet they all go back in the toilet if there's money next year :lol3:

DH is fine. Thanks for the good thoughts and prayers. He was quite doped up and is sleeping it off now. He was so dopey that he made me take a road I questioned highly. It dead ended and I had to take another road that took me right on to the EXPRESSWAY. :yikes: I am Terrified of the expressway. The last time I drove one was 1979 - no lie - when we moved from the city to the suburbs. For 30 years I have been able to avoid it. When Shad came to visit, I made DH take the week off too so I would not have to drive the expressway to downtown. When we moved here 600 miles from Chicago, my beloved SIL drove me and my car down here and we bought her a plane ticket back home. It's not the fast driving that gets to me, it's the cars veering in and out quickly. I think they will crash into me and I flinch. Not a good thing at 70 miles per hour. So I don't do expressways. When I realized where I was today, I was trying not to vocally freak out for DH's benefit. I told him he LIED to me but all he did was bob his head in a drunken fashion and slur "I'm sorry - you will be ok". When I asked him where we were going (I did now want to wind up in Alabama as we were already in Mississippi), he didn't answer me. He fell asleep. I had to ask 3 times. By the time he answered, we just passed the exit he said to take. Ala-bamba here we come. By the grace of Jesus (and I mean this will all my heart) it not only stopped raining but I swear all the traffic moved to the other side of the expressway in the opposite direction. Just me, one other car and a semi tractor trailer. Fortunately, the next exit was a familiar road and I was able to get off the bloody highway and make it home safe and sound.

Can you tell I don't like to drive? Now I'm sure my partner here - Miss Yin - probably loves distance driving and was considering a career as a trucker - weren't you Michelle ? Expecially since you have the swearing part down pat. :rofl:

Ok, break's over, back to query writing. :comp:

Shad
03-11-2009, 05:35 PM
Morning all,
Brief note before I go running into the training room again. I am not doing the training, I am being the student from ****.

Happy - hope DH is feeling better today and is seeing his way around somewhat. Give him a big :hug: because he was a brave boy and he deserves it. Sorry to hear about your lack of payrise. I'm not going to ask who got the gongs. Probably some group that contributes little and has very little to achieve in the way of goals. I hated personal appraisals when I was employed and felt that they achieved little and smacked of politics.

Annie - bananas do not like the cold. They are a tropical fruit and lose all their looks (go dull and grey-brown) if exposed to the cold. I'm also presuming that the goodies contained in bananas - potassium, vitC etc - do not do well in the cold of our fridges. So put the darned things in the fruit bowl in a suggestive way and eat as quickly as possible before they go black and ooze juice. Love the sound of the pot roast. Might see if I can do one myself one of these days.

Michelle - or should I say Ying - Gym works just fine 3 days a week. As long as you don't spend the downtime lying on the couch then you should do just fine.

I'm in the apartment and now walking to work. It takes me around 17-20 minutes of good brisk walk. I went downstairs last night to check out the pool and the gym. The gym has a fair range of stuff but no treadmill. I'll give it a go next week. Tomorrow I go home for the weekend to pick up some warmer gear - just when it has decided to warm up somewhat in Melbourne. Still I will need it later on. Speaking of going home, I'd better go and book for Easter weekend, which is only about 3 weeks away believe it or not.

And with that, I'm off to get a cup of coffee, some fruit for breakfast and get emotionally prepared to wow them in class!!!!

happy2bme
03-12-2009, 12:51 AM
I want to watch Shad as the student from ****. Please video tape. Thank you :D

Do not store your bananas in the fruit bowl with other fruits unless you want them to ripen up. Very quickly. Apparently bananas give off a gas that causes other fruits to ripen. So they have to gaze at the other fruits from afar.

I have finally learned how to tell when a mango is ripe and how to cut one. Amazing difference between struggling with a very underripe one when you don't know it's underripe. I'm loving mango salsa.

And it's off to bed for me. Please sleet - pass by my town, you can go south because Ceejay doesn't want it either.

Sleep well chicks, give 'em Heck Shad!

MELODY525
03-12-2009, 08:08 AM
Still Not Feeling Well. Turned Out To Be An Intestinal Bug. Will See You All Soon.
Happy Thursday

happy2bme
03-12-2009, 08:08 AM
Good morning ladies,

Nothing new since last night and now. Lots of rain in the area, cold, cold rain. But at least we didn't get the sleet. I have a major headache, no doubt weather related.

Not much to say other than :wave: and have a good one in your respective corners of the world.

annie175
03-12-2009, 09:33 AM
Good Morning My Dears...

Well Tony had some intestinal thing (couldn't poo, then pood his butt off) lol, last night and didn't come over for dinner. I have a huge Italian pork roast in the fridge ready for eating. Stop by for your portion!!

Eight days till spring! I am so excited. I love, love, love, being outdoors. Only 5 days til vacation. 80s and sunny predicted for Texas when I am there. VERY excited!

Michelle and MEL...hope you both are feeling much better today. Yikes, keep that stuff at your end of the world.

Shad...I, too, would like a copy of you being the student from ****. I sense you are a bit ornery, lol.

Happy...glad DH is doing well...um, on the expressway driving, just get out there and be all you can be...just like the army. Close your eyes if it gets too bad, lol.

Not much else going on here. High today, I think is 40, cloudy, dreary, BUT NO SNOW....however flooding in other parts of Indiana. Can't wait for warmth, sunshine, and planting the garden. Working in the yard, planting flowers, cutting grass, I love it all.

Hello to all.

Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
03-12-2009, 10:05 AM
Morning ladies
I tried to get on last night but this sight was s-l-o-w. We had winter weather advisories for last night and today. I got up and first thing looked outside. To my dismay no snow but the rain is freezing again on the tree's and power lines. I'm going out in a bit to get staples.

Happy
I agree that driving in Memphis is hard.

Annie
I am wanting to get out side too. I hate being cooped up in the winter months. What part of Texas are you going? I'm going to Carrollton, a suburb of Dallas in July. I'm thinking of driving this year.

Shad
I see that you are on Facebook now. I'm disappointed that the journals are closing. Things must be a mess at you new job, but I have enough confidence in you to pull through.

I'll have to go back and read some of the other posts to make comments for mel and michelle.

diyana
03-12-2009, 10:16 AM
Happy Thursday ladies -

The weekend is nearly here! Yay! I almost didn't go to the gym last night. I was feeling really tired. But I forced myself to go and do 1/2 hour of cardio followed by the Abs class. I'm so glad I did. I felt much better when I left. And judging by my mood this morning, I've still got a few endorphins left over from last night.

Happy - I hear ya' about the raises/reviews. If we get a raise this year, it will be minimal and will probably come as a one time payout so it won't increase our base salary at all...thereby saving the company money and allowing us to keep our jobs. I'm totally okay with this, as I think is everyone here. We glad to have jobs. I'm so glad to hear your DH is doing well. Sorry about your harrowing experience on the expressway. I'm so glad you made it home okay. As for your question, Ms. Yang, I do enjoy driving and don't mind distance driving. In fact, when we moved from CA to WI, DH drove the moving van towing his classic Mustang, and I drove his SUV towing my car. It was a nice trip seeing the country that way. I'm okay with freeways and expressways, but I DON'T like bad traffic. I get very uncomfortable driving in CA when I go back there, as there are SO many cars driven by idiots. We don't get traffic out where I live or even where I work...but when we drive to Milwaukee...or worse yet, Chicago...there is a lot of traffic. I've never driven to Chicago...always have DH do the driving down there. But I did drive on the NJ Turnpike when visiting my Grandma...and that was an adventure...though still not as bad as driving in Los Angeles...although I was petrified that I'd take a wrong exit and end up on Manhatten and have to deal with the traffic there! :yikes: Never considered a career as a trucker though...despite my aptitude for swearing! :rofl: BTW, I'm glad you were spared the sleet. Hopefully Ceejay was spared as well.

Shad - Too funny that you're the student from ****. I guess doctors do make the worst patients and trainers the worst students! :rofl: I'm trying to get to the gym at least 3 days a week...last week was only twice....but this week will be at least 3. And of course, I do frequently spend the downtime lying around...not this weekend though...gotta get some cleaning (basement and main level of the house) done. That's wonderful that you're within walking distance to work. I hope you enjoy your trip home. Gosh, Easter is coming up fast....that means springtime and fishing-time are gonna be here soon. DH and I might try and go hiking on Saturday as it's supposed to "warm up" to 48.

Mel - I hope you feel better very soon!

Annie - I'm definitely coming over for leftover roast! 8 days until spring? Maybe in Indy, but Mother Nature typically makes winter stick around here until late April/early May. We're getting some rivers cresting and farm fields that look more like lakes. Like you, I'm looking forward to getting outside and working in the yard/garden! Come on, Spring! Everyone here wants you to get here soon!

A big :wave: to everyone! Here's to a terrific Thursday for all of us!

Love and hugs,

1day@atime
03-12-2009, 12:58 PM
Hello ladies,

Back to work today, took a vacation day yesterday to recoup. My allergies are still bothering me, but what can you do about it? The weather here is crazy. Yesterday was cold and raining, last week was in the 80's.

Annie - Be prepared for the humidity. It was so humid when i was in San Antonio, I thought i was going to have to shower again before i got out of the house. If only the timing was right, we could of possibly met in SA for a short period. Oh well maybe next time.

Ceejay - let me know when you come to Carrollton? I'll come pick you up and we'll go to lunch. Painter also lives in Plano.

Mitchellez - Send over some endorphines to me. I have not worked out this week and it's almost friday. I too like driving. I'd rather me behind the wheel then being a passenger.

Happy - Glad the sleet passed you by. I hope your headache goes away.

Mel - hope you feeling better.

Shad - Hope you don't get put in time out.

diyana
03-12-2009, 01:13 PM
Hey Patty - Sorry you're still having a rough time with your allergies. I'm sending a few endorphins your way...and I'll send more after I work out tonight - strength training class and hopefully some cardio too. While I do enjoy driving, I'd rather be a passenger, that way I can fully enjoy the scenery...without having to watch the road...or I can sleep! I just love a good car nap! And it's not good to take car naps while driving! :rofl:

Shad
03-12-2009, 05:42 PM
Oh bloody marvellous. I have just spent 3 days in a training course learning a program which is not loaded into my computer and is not on the network to download.

I ask you!!!! They expect me to give help, support and succour??? Let me just go and succour someones head!!!!

MELODY525
03-12-2009, 06:25 PM
WANTED TO COME BACK AND SAY I FEEL STRONGER TONITE AND THINK THE WORST HAS PASSED. IF IT NICE OUTSIDE TOMORROW, I'LL GO TO THE SUPERMARKET AND SEE IF I CAN FIND SOMETHING TO TEMPT THE TASTE BUDS! NOTHING NEW HERE. I'LL READ AND CATCH UP WITH ALL OF YOU OVER THE WEEKEND BUT I DID WANT TO SAY...........

PATTY, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND HE WAS STILL A YOUNGSTER! :hug: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOU AND THE FAMILY.

OK KIDDIES....SEE YOU OVER THE WEEKEND! :moped:

ceejay52
03-12-2009, 10:44 PM
Patty
I'm planning on coming to Carrollton around the 8th of July. It would be nice if we three could get together for lunch. Looking forward to it.

Mel
Glad you are feeling better but don't you over do things.

Michelle
Good for you in going to the gym. It was easy for me to talk myslef out of going due to the weather.

Shad
03-12-2009, 10:58 PM
Guess who finished at the top of the class? 92%

Good to see all the chickies are managing to survive in the cold, cold snow. Mind you there seems to be a few strange things about. Apart from the normal whinging and whining about the weather that is.

Aaah well. I haven't got the energy to do personals right now. Maybe tonight. I'm leaving here early and going home before going out to the airport. I'm going home for the weekend!!!! :woohoo:

MELODY525
03-13-2009, 08:15 AM
JEANETTE AND PATTY...HOW NICE IT WOULD BE RO HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER. :hun:

SHAD~ CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 92%!:cheer: :cheer2:
HOPE THE APARTMENT IS NICE TOO!

:wave: TO EVERYONE ELSE...I HAVE NOT GONE BACK AND READ THE WEEK'S ACTIVITIES. HOPE EVERYONE IS WELL. IT'S A BIT BLUSTERY OUTSIDE THIS MORNING SO I WILL ORDER THE BASICS DOWN THE STREET. TAKING CEEJAY'S ADVICE AND NOT GOING TO OVER DO IT ON THE FIRST DAY OF FEELING GOOD. I ALSO HAVE LOTS OF TAPES OF SHOWS I MISSED THIS WEEK TO KEEP ME OUT OF TROUBLE OVER THE WEEKEND. :rofl:
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY AND ENJOY YOUR WEEKENDS!! :moped:

happy2bme
03-13-2009, 08:29 AM
Good morning ladies,

Hi Mel :wave: I see your light on above me. You had BETTER behave yourself young lady - don't make me hop a plane and come reprimand you for being a bad girl :lol: Just like me, remember that you have to work at feeling good. It's a reward for doing things right instead of giving in to our temptations. Hope you have some fun movies lined up. I just noticed your avatar - kissin' froggies - how cute!!!!

92% - I would expect no less of you Miss Shad. Have a quick trip home and a good time. Don't forget to pack your snuggies (long underwear) for the trip back :rofl:

Ceejay - I saw lots of pink on the weather map up your way. Hope you didn't get much ice. Be careful.

Patty - we were saying the same thing about the weather. Snow one day, 70's 3 days later then rain and sleet. I know we hit some bounces up and down but this is crazy. And with everything blooming the pollen counts are insane. Everyone is coughing, sneezing or just blah. Hope you feel better.

Michelle -I've been thinking the same things you have about getting down to business on housework to free up time for the weekends now that we'd rather be outside doing things. Except we we're not fishers but we do have alot of yard projects to do. Hope you sail through your chores!

Annie - you are doing the right thing - headed for somewhere warm while it's still the tail end of winter at home. I used to love to go to Atlanta in January for just that reason :lol: Are you all packed?

I'm glad it's Friday. My first waking thoughts this morning were of all the things I need to / want to get done. That's a sign that I need to get my act together and just slam some things out before I get out of control and really get goofy. But first I have to get through this last workday of the week. :comp:

Have fun chicks, talk to you later...

annie175
03-13-2009, 09:01 AM
TGIF Worldlies..........

It's getting closer to the Tuesday departure to Texas! Yeah! This weekend will be cleaning and packing to get ready to go. Tony is going to keep Ms. Bella at his house. He is worried she might bite him. hahaha. LMAO. I told him just don't bathe, brush or clip her and he should be fine. His twin boys are a bit worried also, but I think the boys need biten a couple of times. haha

Ceejay...I am heading for San Antonio Tuesday. Arrive at 11:35 pm. Will be there til Thursday afternoon, then we head to Corpus Christi. When I say we, I mean, my gf is driving from Corpus Tuesday to meet me, then we are staying at the Crown Plaza on the Riverwalk. She and I will drive down to her house in Corpus on Thursday, then she will return me to San Antonio to fly back home. Delta does not fly into Corpus that is why the SA airport.

Michelle....wellll.......our calendar says 7 days till spring, but like where you are it is rarely on time. Hopefully it will be this year. Great job on the gym. Sometimes it takes more energy to convince ourselves to go than actually doing it.

Patty...I will be in San Antonio on Weds & Thurs of next week.

Shad...sorry to hear of you computer woes. Have a great time at home this weekend.

MEL...glad to hear you are feeling a bit better, take it easy girl, we miss you on the boards.

Happy...I am not packed as yet, but have started the "stacking" of items to go pile. Getting close.

annie175
03-13-2009, 09:02 AM
Ooops...hit submit before I was ready....

Have a marvelous Friday ladies....

Hello to everyone.

Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
03-13-2009, 10:41 AM
Nothing new to report this early in the morning. I've been deep cleaning in some areas and things are a mess right now.

Happy
The ice covered tree's looked pretty again yesterday but for the most part things were mild. I called my aunt and uncle they got a lot more but it wasn't as bad as the last time. My aunt's brother totaled his truck. I told her to be on the safe side I would be there Saturday.
We are having a safety luncheon at 11 so I best get myself up and ready. Yum, fish.

Mel
Glad you took my advice and stayed put. I have to keep telling myself that I'm not 35 any more to slow down. I do like your avatar, how cute.

Annie
At least Bella will be in good hands. It might do them good to have a girl keep them in line while you are visiting.

Patty, Michelle and our Canadian friends have a good day.

diyana
03-13-2009, 02:55 PM
Happy Friday ladies -

TGIF! It's been quite a week. :faint: There were evenings when I couldn't decide between the gym and beer for stress relief...most times I opted for the gym. I went last night, in fact, and did 1/2 hour of cardio followed by 1/2 hour of strength training. Not going to go tonight though as I'm going to physical therapy after work and they're going to try traction. I'm a bit nervous, but I'm hopeful that it will help. Tomorrow, the weather is supposed to "warm up" to the upper 40s, so DH and I might go for a short hike. The fresh air will do us both some good.

Mel - I'm glad you're feeling better.

Ceejay and Patty - That would be so cool to get together with other worldlies! I remember when my DH and I met Happy and her DH, we had a great time!

Ceejay - It is very easy to talk myself out of going to the gym during inclement weather. But I try and get there as long as the weather and roads are not really dangerous. I hope you enjoyed your safety lunch!

Patty - I hope you're having a great day! It's nice to see you on facebook.

Shad - Congrats on finishing at the top of the class! :woohoo: Have a great weekend at home!

Happy - I hope I sail through my chores too! That'll be on Sunday. Saturday is for fun in the sun! 48 degree sun....but at least there will be sun!

Annie - Have a wonderful time this weekend getting ready for your trip to Texas! I was :rofl: about Tony being worried about Bella biting him....he just has to remember to follow the "rules"...just like with any woman! :lol: I totally agree that it is often more work to convince myself to go to the gym than to do the actual working out part...too bad convincing myself doesn't burn calories! :rofl:

Well, I've gotta sign off for now. A few more things to finish up before my physical therapy appt.

Love and big hugs,

1day@atime
03-13-2009, 10:09 PM
Hello Ladies,

I am so ready for the weekend. I'm going to clean house, take it easy and do nothing.

Ceejay - I'll write those days on my calendar. Yes, we will definitely have to meet up for lunch when your in town.

Anne - the countdown has begun...

Mitchellez - Always go for the gym. Leave the beer for the weekend :)
I sure could use a Margarita right now :)

Happy - yard projects :spin: I have so many projects i want to do. I just need the good weather, time and money.

Mel - Stay warm and get to feeling better.

Shad - have a safe trip home

Shad
03-14-2009, 04:56 AM
Well it is nice to be home. I raced out and checked the garden this morning. The weeds have sprouted again but this time they haven't got to flowering and seeding so I ripped them right out. Then I went to get a haircut and catch up with the pregnant niece and finally got back here to find the DB2 on the doorstep needing to access his bank account to transfer money for his car registration. What's this transfer money jazz???? The man actually has some money in his account to transfer :yikes: Halle-bloody-lujah !! :woohoo:
Then as DS2 has to go to work tonight, I went and had a siesta myself. So shortly I will have to get cracking and start sorting the clothes. Sunday the cat has decided that a pile of crumpled newspaper on my bedroom floor (from packing boxes) was a great place to sleep. She did look cute so I took some photos on my new camera - yea I bought a new one duty free coming back from NZ and I am still getting used to it. It's another Canon digital with 10mp and a huge screen on the back. You saw the first results with the begonias and they turned out okay. You'll get to see the puss cat when I get back to Melbourne.

Again, sorry, no time for personals right now. I've got to go get a few things organised. Tomorrow I need to go do some more weeds in the path and the yard and then give the house a once over. DS2 has kept it remarkably clean and tidy but the floors need a wipe over and the kitchen could do with some love. In the afternoon I'm back on the plane to Melbourne. I have now booked my tickets for coming home at Easter. Looking forward to that one!!!

Catch you later. Good weekend to you all.

MELODY525
03-14-2009, 08:35 AM
HAPPY~ I PUT THE FROGGIE AVATAR ON JUST FOR YOU!! GOTTA KEEP THE FROGGIE THOUGHTS ALIVE! YES THIS YEAR WE WILL WORK OUR BEST AT FEELING BETTER AND EARN GREAT REWARDS....HAPPY BODIES!! :encore:
HERE'S HOPING YOU MADE IT THRU THE LAST WORKDAY :cheers:

SHAD~ GLAD YOU GOT TO TOUCH BASE WITH THE :bb: NIECE. HOPE ALL IS GOING WELL. I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR THE DVB HAS MONEY TO TRANSFER!! MAYBE THE DS HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE CHANGES TOO? HOPE THE WEEKEND WAS OK...MUST HAVE GONE BY VERY FAST WITH ALL THAT WORK!!

PATTY~ A GOOD REST UP WILL DO THE BODY AND SOUL WONDERS. HOPE IT S QUIET ONE FOR YOU :hug:

MICHELLE~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE PT CHANGES!! TRACTION?? SOUNDS KINKY TO ME!! BUT IF YOU LIKE IT YOU CAN ALWAYS TRY IT AT HOME WITH THE DH :belly: :rofl:

JEANETTE~ WHEN YOU GET DONE DEEP CLEANING...YOU CAN FLY UP HERE!!! :rofl: HOW ARE ALL THE AUNTS AND UNCLES? ARE YOU GOING THERE FOR EASTER?

ANNIE~ HAVE A GREAT TIME IN TEXAS. HOPE BELLA DOESN'T NIP ANY IMPORTANT BODY PARTS WHILE YOU'RE GONE :rofl: :rofl:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD!!
AFTER I POSTED HERE, JOHN AND WILLY SAID THEY WOULD HALP ME SHOP AND TO GET DRESSED AND GET OUT FOR SOME FRESH AIR. I WAS SKEPTICAL BUT DRESSED AND WENT. WILLY DID ALL THE WORK AND I DID END UP FEELING BETTER. WHEN I GOT HOME I HAD TO SIGN FOR A PACKAGE AND MOTA BROUGHT MY SHOPPING CART UPSTAIRS. BY THE TIME I GOT HERE HE HAD ALREADY PUT 1/2 THE GROCERIES AWAY!! :hug: GOTTA LOVE MY "BROTHERS". YOU NEVER HAVE TO ASK THEM...THEY JUST "DO IT". AFTER ALL THAT, I WENT DOWN TO SAY HELLO TO SOME SENIORS AND REASSURE THEM THAT I'M STILL ALIVE AND WELL. IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO BE MISSED. I ENDED THE DAY EARLY...TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE OFFICE WERE "OUT" AND I DIDN'T WANT TO GET ASKED TO WORK.
MONDAY IS MY FIRST OF POSSIBLY 3 OR MORE INTERVIEWS WITH THE GOVT SO WISH ME LUCK:faint:
OFF TO PEDAL AND HAVE A RESTFUL WEEKEND:moped:

MELODY525
03-14-2009, 09:11 AM
LOOK HAPPY....NO FRIGGING OLIVES!!!! :rofl: :rofl:
http://www.drbishop.ca/Uploaded//recipes/web/mediterranean%20pie.jpg

Mediterranean Ricotta, Feta and Spinach Pie
Main Dishes > Vegetarian
Friday March 13, 2009
COURTESY OF DR. DOUG BISHOP

Not having a crust to mask the taste of the filling, allows the mediterranean flavours of this quiche to shine through!
Ingredients:

1 bag of fresh spinach, cooked
1 Tbsp dried bread crumbs
1 cup of fat reduced ricotta cheese
3 large eggs
½ cup of 2% milk
¹/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
¾ tsp minced garlic
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
pinch of grated nutmeg

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350°

2) Allow spinach to cool. Lightly squeeze out liquid and coarsely chop.

3) Lightly coat a 9” pie dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle with bread crumbs to coat.

4) Beat together remaining ingredients with a wooden spoon. Stir in spinach.

5) Pour into pie dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Let stand for five minutes then cut into 8 portions and serve.

Exchanges:

Makes 8 servings.

1 piece = 1 protein or meat serving (75 calories)

diyana
03-14-2009, 10:40 AM
happy Saturday ladies -

Physical therapy yesterday did not go well. They put me in traction, which was fine as long as things were pulling apart, but when they got me out of it and everything settled back, the pain was really, really bad. I couldn't sit up, much less stand up or walk for quite awhile. They helped me to another table where they put ice and electrical stimulation on my back - which always helps me with pain and muscle spasms, and got me to where I could walk and drive myself home. I took it easy last night using more ice when needed. I'm a bit sore today and I'm going to do some light stretching and use more ice. I really want to go hiking later today or tomorrow. We'll see. It'll be so nice out today and tomorrow (near 50 degrees both days) that I don't want to be inside...so much for cleaning! :lol: But seriously, if I do anything that might give me back pain, it's gonna be outside having fun. My physical therapist did suggest that I should do lots of ab exercises at least 5 or 6 days a week, so that's what I'm going to do, - of course she suggested this before the traction incident - so I'll probably do them gently today and tomorrow. BTW, they definitely put a note in my chart saying "NO MORE TRACTION EVER" for me!

Patty - When you're done cleaning your house, can you come clean mine?

Shad - Good for you for getting the gardening done and getting a haircut! I'm glad to hear that DB2 is managing his money better. I'd love to see the photos of Sunday. Are they on Facebook or will you post them here?

Mel - The spinach pie recipe looks yummy, especially since no olives. Mmmmm. As for trying the PT changes at home...I don't think so. I'm not into S&M. :rofl: So nice of the guys to help you with the shopping! Good luck talking to govt on Monday. :hug:

Annie, Happy, Ruth, Ceejay and everyone else - I hope you're all having a great day!

Anyway, I'd better go get some ice on my back. I soooooo want to hike this weekend.

Love and big hugs,

diyana
03-14-2009, 07:13 PM
Good Saturday evening ladies -

DH and I went for a short hike. It was great to be out in the sun. The trails were still snow covered in the more wooded areas and muddy in the other areas, but we had a blast and my back held up pretty well. I don't know what our plans for tomorrow are yet, but I'm planning to spend at least part of the day outside enjoying the sunshine. :)

Love and hugs,

Shad
03-14-2009, 07:29 PM
Goodonya Michelle. Sounds like a good time was had by all. I'm off to do some shopping and then to pack the stuff for Melbourne and then to the airport. Chat to you all tonight

MELODY525
03-15-2009, 08:26 AM
OH MICHELLE I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT. I WAS NEVER ABLE TO DO TRACTION EITHER. NOR JEN. IT'S JUST NOT FOR EVERYONE! YOU POOR THING...I KNOW THE PAIN AND CAN READILY SYMPATHIZE. :hug: :hug: I AM GLAD TO HEAR YOU BOTH GOT OUTSIDE AND THE WEEKEND WASN'T A BUST. BE CAREFUL BENDING AND STRETCHING FOR A DAY OR TWO THOUGH!!!

:wave: HELLO MISS SHAD!!! IT SEEMS LIKE THE WEEKEND JUST FLEW BY, HOPE YOU GOT ALL THE THINGS YOU WANTED TO DO DONE!! ARE YOU PROPERLY WEEDED AND THE KITCHEN SPARKLING??????

:rain: LOOKING RATHER DISMAL OUTSIDE TODAY. EVEN THE GRANDSON IS LAZING ABOUT AND IN NO HURRY TO EAT OR DRINK. MR. SLEEPYHEAD!! I FEEL THE SAME WAY. I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE EATING ANYTHING IN THE HOUSE FOR DINNER SO I ORDERED A SANDWICH FROM DOWN THE STREET. MY USUAL...LIVERWURST ON A HARD ROLL WITH MAYO & MUSTARD. WELLLLLLLLL........NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED BUT I WAS IN THE LOO ALL NIGHT ON AND OFF. I THOUGHT MY INSIDES WERE FALLING OUT. :cry:
IT WASN'T THE SANDWICH SO TO SPEAK BUT SOMETHING IS NOT "RIGHT" YET IN THE OLD TUMMY. MAYBE IT NEEDS SOME CHICKEN SOUP AND LITE FARE FOR AWHILE.
GOING TO GIVE THE KIDS THE CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE AND LET THEM MAKE IT THEMSELVES. THAT WILL DEFINITELY BE A NO NO!!! NOT UNLESS I HAVE A SECRET DEATH WISH!!! :rofl: :rofl:
OHHH, I FORGOT TO TELL YOU. FRANK IN THE OFFICE GAVE ME MONEY FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND TOLD ME TO BUY SOMETHING THAT WOULD MAKE MY LIFE EASIER. SO I BOUGHT A VERY LIGHTWEIGHT ORECK VACUUM THAT I HAVE BEEN DROOLING OVER. I LOVE IT!!! YOU KNOW IT'S FUNNY BUT I THINK THAT EVEN THOUGH I HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN I'VE BEEN VERY "LUCKY" IN MY LIFE...NOW I SEE IT'S ACTUALLY A CHARMED LIFE AND I AM VERY BLESSED WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE AROUND ME HERE. BUT JEN AND I ARE STILL "LAUGHING" THAT THEY ARE ALL MEN!
MAYBE I NEVER HAD THE HUSBAND OR BOYFRIEND OF MY DREAMS. MAYBE THE ONE MAN I EVER REALLY LOVED IS IN HEAVEN. MAYBE I LOST MY YOUNGER BROTHER I LOVED SO DEARLY.......EVEN STILL, I AM SURROUNDED BY MEN THAT REALLY CARE ABOUT ME. IT'S A GREAT FEELING. LIFE IS GOOD.
ON THAT HAPPY NOTE I WILL WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL SUNDAY AND SHADDIE A MONDAY:moped:

happy2bme
03-15-2009, 10:15 AM
Good morning ladies,

It's been quite the busy weekend and I haven't had the time to sit and post. Today included. Hopefully I can get back here tonight as there is much to catch up on from you. Just wanted to check in. Enjoy your Sunday.

MELODY525
03-15-2009, 01:55 PM
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/body_and_soul/2006Q4/ba102419_1006_salmon_l.jpg

Shiitake Mushrooms and Sugar-Snap Peas

Prep: 5 minutes Total: 15 minutes

Characteristic of Asian cuisine, the combination of brown sugar (sweet), soy sauce (salty), and sake (tangy) in this dish pairs well with the earthiness of the mushrooms and the fresh taste of the snow peas.

Per serving: 148 calories; 4 g protein; 4 g fat; 21 g carbs; 4 g fiber.

Ingredients Serves 4.
2 teaspoons canola or grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into 1/2-inch-wide strips
2 teaspoons light-brown sugar
1/4 cup sake, dry sherry, or white wine
2 tablespoons shoyu or other natural soy sauce
1 pound sugar-snap peas or snow peas, strings removed

Directions
In a large skillet, heat the canola and sesame oils over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are just beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the sugar over the mushrooms and then add the wine and soy sauce. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add the sugar-snap peas, cover, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the pea pods are just crisp-tender and bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

**Shiitake mushrooms are a potent source of antioxidants.

Shad
03-15-2009, 05:39 PM
Morning all,
It's a fairly dreary day here too, but mostly that is because I am tired. Lack of sleep does that to one. Flight got in early last night (around 20 minutes or so) but the luggage took forever to arrive and the bus took less time to get to the city, but the cab took forever to get to the apartment. So all in all I'm feeling distinctly weary right now. I should have stuck to cabin baggage and then I could have been home earlier or maybe not. I may have then had to wait for the shuttle bus to get into town.

Whatever, I am not in the mood for all the shenanigans going on here. I think I need a coffee, then a quiet place to curl up in.

I'd better go and sort out what the next idiot wants. I'll be back

1day@atime
03-15-2009, 09:21 PM
Hello Ladies,
Can you overrest? I think i did. I did not do anything this weekend, we'll i did do laundry and went to the grocery store and that was about it. I don't know how many tv programs i watched, but i'm ready for anything. I think the weather being cold and gloomy added to me being indoors.

Mitchelle - glad you got out and enjoyed your hiking.

Mel - Wasn't that nice of your friend Frank. Yes, we all are blessed.

Shad - I hope your get your rest tonight.

Happy - hope your enjoying your day.

MELODY525
03-16-2009, 08:26 AM
GOOD MORNING AND HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!! I AM OFF TO HOOK UP MY LANDLINE PHONE AND GET PART OF THIS DANG GOVT STUFF OVER WITH. I AM SO SICK OF THIS HANGING OVER MY HEAD AND I HATE THIS FEELING!! JEN HAS AN IN OFFICE INTERVIEW WITH ANOTHER AGENCY AND MIGHT GO THERE TODAY IF SHE IS FEELING GOOD. I'LL LET YOU KNOW IF I FIND ANYTHING OUT BUT THIS IS JUST A PRELIMINARY CALL FOR THEM TO MAKE A DECISION. SHE SAID IT COULD TAKE UP TO OR OVER 3 ONTHS DEPENDING ON MY DOCTORS ETC. SIGH. DRAGS IT RIGHT INTO THE SUMMER!
WELL....NOW IS AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY TO "LET THIS GO" CAUSE I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THIS...IT'S UP TO GOD AND SOCIAL SECURITY!! LOL
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

PATTY~ ARE YOU TOO RESTED NOW?? :rofl: MAYBE YOUR BODY NEEDED IT AND NOW THE ALLERGIES WILL CALM DOWN A BIT. THE LAST BITE OF WINTER IS KEEPING US ALL INDOORS!

happy2bme
03-16-2009, 08:47 AM
Hi ladies,

Mel :crossed: :hug: :crossed: :hug: :crossed: :hug: :crossed: :hug: :crossed: :hug: :crossed: :hug: :crossed: :hug: :crossed: :hug: for you that all goes well with the danged interviews. You are absolutely right, can't let it get to you. I'm so glad that you have men just itching to take care of you :rofl: actually it's quite nice that you get back a little of what you give in this life. You deserve it. :grouphug:

Shad - it's sounding like the usual chaotic mess you have to deal with over and over. This too shall pass I suppose. Perhaps the chicks are in a downspin at the moment. I hope you whip things into shape! Sounds like the vortex started when you got home, brief as it was.

Michelle - ow ow ow on the traction. I didn't realize that could work out like that. I think DH might have had traction only once a long, long time ago. Maybe that's a good thing after hearing your account. I'm glad you got outdoors to enjoy the weekend. Funny how we get acclimated to the weather. It was 50 degrees for you and you're itching to get out and enjoy it. 1 degree less for me here - 49 and I'm thinking it's too cold and damp to do anything so I'll just hunker down inside :rofl: The 70's are coming back again in 2 days - that's my kind of weather. :yay: Fire up the grill :hungry:

Ack - can't page back so Annie I hope you are all ready for your trip tomorrow. Have a safe trip and a wonderful time. Hope you can meet up with the chicks.

:wave: Patty - every once in a while we all need those do nothing weekends to recharge ourselves.

Good morning Ceejay. :D

I sure am having a hard time getting up in the mornings. Daylight saving time came too early. It's the dead of night when the alarm goes off. Hard to get up in the dark.

Time to get moving. See yah ladies - have fun today!

annie175
03-16-2009, 10:01 AM
Good Monday Morning......

What a wonderful, sunshiney day!

Patty....The countdown is almost over, I fly out tormorrow afternoon. I am now offically excited.

Shad....coming home sounded like more work than pleasure to me. Cleaning and stuff...bleck. Easter should be a bit more enjoyable.

MEL...Um if Ms. Bella bit somewhere more personal on Tony, I think that would be the last thing Ms Bella every did. haha Goodluck with the Govt. calls today. I know it is not fun dealing with the yahoos. I have an Oreck vacuum also. Got it about 3 years ago and absolutely love it. It just glides itself and can suck a golf ball out of a hose. Sorry about the poo situation, I am back to being clogged. I go from one extreme to the other.

Michelle...you poor dear. Therapy sounds more like torture chamber than help. I can't take pain. Glad you got to get out and hike. We had fairly decent weather over the weekend also. Today's high is 65 tomorow will be almost 70. Then I leave for Texas. Sunday coming home will be a let down, high only 50 in Indy. But I will take it, better than snow.


Tony and I went to see the movie Miss March. It was just awful and quite nasty. Don't even want to get into it, however I would avoid even renting that one. Yuck. We went to Claddaugh's for dinner after, it is an Irish Pub. They had a Motown band playing and they were very good. We got home around midnight. I dragged around all day Saturday. I think I am getting too old for late night crap.

Got up Sunday, ran the vacuum, dusted, mopped, scoured, gave Bella a shampoo and cut (she bit me but not as bad as before.) I had on huge rubber gloves. Did laundry, picked the trash up out of the yard from all the windstrorms, broomed the front porch and back patio, fixed dinner, baked a cake for Samantha's BFs birthday, did dishes and went to bed. SHuwee what a day. Woke up at 1:00 am, couldn't sleep, watched Beauty Shop again for the umpthteen time, fell back asleep at around 4 am, got up and came to work. Here I sit typing and drinking morning java.

My boss is on a cruise this week. So things have slowed down somewhat. What a way to work into a vacation.

Hey to everyone.

Love and Hugs,

ceejay52
03-16-2009, 10:05 AM
I apologize for not being here over the week end. The forum sight would not let me through. I could get on the blogs. Had trouble this morning.

Michelle
Ouch on the traction.

I'm so ready for sunshine.

annie175
03-16-2009, 10:15 AM
Ceejay, no need to apologize...we all get here when we can......

diyana
03-16-2009, 02:32 PM
Happy Monday ladies -

Crazy busy today at work...but I'm not complaining - it's making the day go by fast.

Mel - I hope the interviews go well.

Happy - I think traction works for/helps most people....I'm just one of those weirdos who it hurts more than helps. Today is supposed to be in the 60s and tomorrow near 70....just about everyone I know has started dragging the grills out of storage. Mmmm, can't wait for a nice burger or brat(wurst) fresh off the grill!

Annie - Enjoy your vacation in Texas.

Shad - I hope you're doing well and that work is going better than last week.

Patty - I hope you're feeling better...good for you for allowing yourself to enjoy a relaxing weekend.

Ceejay - Did you have a nice time in Paragould?

A big :wave: to everyone!

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
03-16-2009, 04:43 PM
WELL GIRLS THE FIRST CALL WENT FINE AND THIS WOMAN WAS A DOLL AND WISHED ME A BLESSED DAY. SHE SAID SHE ADMIRED MY STRENGTH AND SENSE OF HUMOR AND THEN TOLD ME I WOULD BE MAKING ABOUT $23 MORE A MONTH.....WE BOTH STARTED LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY OVER THE AMOUNT AND ALL THE DRAMA IT TOOK TO GET IT!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? SHE REFUSES TO SEND ME TO MORE OF THEIR DRS FOR RECERT AND ACCEPTED THE OTHER BRANCH'S DECISION FROM THE 1970'S. SHE ALSO GAVE ME SOME TIPS FOR MONDAY'S INTERVIEW AND THE PAPERS I NEED ARE ALREADY PRINTED OUT. I HAD EVERYTHING DONE 2 WEEKS AGO! THE WOMAN FOR NEXT MONDAY HAS NO SENSE OF HUMOR AND I KNOW THAT ALREADY TOO. HOPEFULLY AFTER THAT CALL IT WILL ALL BE OVER....ONE CAN ONLY HOPE. BUT MY STOMACH FEELS MUCH BETTER AND I DON'T THINK I HAD A VIRUS AT ALL....IT'S BEEN THE OLD COLITIS ACTING UP. I HAVEN'T HAD PROBLEMS WITH THAT SINCE 1981!!!! I NEED TO GET A GRIP ON MYSELF AND LET THIS "CRAP" BLOW OVER ME BEFORE I END UP SICK. SO ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GOOD ..EVEN IF NOT PROFITABLE... DAY!! LOL TOMORROW IS FOOD SHOPPING IN THE MORNING...GUESS I CAN SPEND AN EXTRA $23
IN ANTICIPATION OF MY RAISE?!?! :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY~ THE TIME CHANGE JUST KILLS JEN AND I FOR WEEKS NOW. JEN WAS JUST ON THE PHONE COMPLAINING ABOUT IT. I FORGET THE NAME THE DOCTORS HAVE GIVEN THIS "PROBLEM BUT I KNOW MANY THAT SUFFER WITH IT. NOT FUN AT ALL AND I CAN COMMISERATE WITH YOU!

ANNIE~ SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A FULL WEEKEND!!! YOUR ORECK SOUND GREAT AND HOPE MINE WORKS JUST AS WELL. SO FAR I LOVE IT!!! THE ONLY PROB FOR ME IS THAT THE CORD IS STIFF AND HEAVY AND MY HANDS & ARMS AFE GETTING WEAKER...SO VACUUMING AND DRIVING THE WEELCHAIR AND DRAGGING THIS CORD ABOUT IS A WEE BIT TOUGH. I NEED A FRIGGING MAID!!!

JEANETTE~ HOPE YOU FIND SOME SUNSHINE TODAY AND HOLD ON TO IT WITH BOTH HANDS!! :sunny:

MICHELLE~ SORRY TO HEAR WORK IS NUTS BUT IT'S BETTER THAN TWIDDLING THUMBS AND FALLING ASLEEP! :rofl:

happy2bme
03-17-2009, 12:11 AM
Mel, please bundle up all your crap and send it over here. I know of a person of two so much more deserving of it than you and I'd be glad to pass it along ;)

Glad to hear you finally caught a break. May nasty lady #2 call in sick next Monday and kind lady # 1 will have to take care of you.

A whole extra $23? Wow. Well I suppose it's better than no $23 but how do they expect people to live. No wonder pitiful ladies with shaky hands are robbing stores.

I'm going to bed. 'Night all. Sleep well including you Shad.

diyana
03-17-2009, 08:44 AM
Happy St. Patty's Day ladies -

I'm still a bit tired today and my tummy hasn't felt good for the last couple days. But I'll get over this. It's supposed to get up to nearly 70 today! :woohoo: We're gonna grill out tonight for dinner before the cold weather comes back. This weekend will be in the mid to upper 40s and rainy...good house cleaning weather, I guess.

Mel - Congrats on your raise. All that aggravation for $23?! :dunno: Well, I hope your other interviews go just as well, if not better. And you are right...I'd rather be crazy busy at work then not have anything to do or worse not have a job. So I'm happy being crazy busy...and crazy in general I guess! :rofl:

Happy - I gotta say I'm not minding the time change...I don't mind going to work in the dark (I usually do anyway) and I really enjoy getting home and still having 2 to 3 hours of light left :woohoo:

Annie - I hope you are enjoying your vaca.

Patty - I hope you get to see Annie while she's in TX. And I hope you have a great St. "Patty's" Day! Are you a saint? :lol:

Ceejay - I hope you get some sunshine and have a great day!

Shad - I hope work goes well for you today.

Love and hugs to all,

happy2bme
03-17-2009, 08:49 AM
Mornin' chicks,

Happy St. Patty's - may the luck 'o the Irish be with us all today. :lucky: space :luck2you: space :cupgold: space :drinkup:

Not much going on here. Super foggy today - should be a fun drive in. Supposed to get into the mid 70's again today and tomorrow. Would be nice to get home early and get a little yard work in but I don't think that will happen. Darn job always gets in the way of things although in these times it's probably better not to say stuff like that :tape: :lol:

Well I'm going to go dig through the closets looking for something green to wear. I probably have every color in the universe except for green.

Have a good one everybody.

happy2bme
03-17-2009, 08:52 AM
Enjoy that BBQ Michelle. We had burgers last night, pork chops today. Yum, yum. So glad to say buh bye to winter. :wave:

MELODY525
03-17-2009, 11:12 AM
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HAVE A GREAT DAY!! THANK YOU GIRLS FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS AND WORDS. SORRY THIS IS SHORT. WE ARE MISSING 2 GIRLS TODAY AND BREADS NEEDED TO BE TAGGED AND BAGGED FOR A TOWN FULL OF SENIORS. I AM ON A BREAK AND NEED TO GET BACK. STAY WELL!! AND DON'T IMBIBE TOO MUCH!!

annie175
03-17-2009, 11:46 AM
Happy St. Paddy's Day!!!

I didn't have anything green in my closet to wear either. I did find a string of beads from partying one night that happen to be green, so I wore them.

MEL...Congrats on the first? second? third? go round of govt calls. Are you on a first name basis yet? Don't spend the 23 bucks all in one place. haha

Michelle and Happy...Yum grilling out. Especially when you put BBQ sauce on it. I could eat BBQ sauce on ANYTHING.

Shad...you must be underwater with work. Awfully quiet, or wait travel day today??

Ceejay...how you doin'? Hanging in there?

Patty...or is that PADDY today? Hidee ho!

Well Bella spent her first night at Tony's house. He called me and said she peed in the bathroom. I said, where do you want her to pee? The kitchen?? Geez.

I've checked my bags and printed my boarding passes on line...I am ready to go to the airport. Tony will be by at 3:00 to pick me up and take me to the airport. I am so dang excited.

Probably won't check back in til maybe Sunday night or Monday, unless by some flook, I get a shot at a computer. Not going to stress on that one. Wheeee Haaaaaa.....

Hello to all I have not mention, not intentional, just have a short memory. Must be from my teenage years....hehe.

Much love and many hugs,

Annie

ceejay52
03-17-2009, 12:46 PM
Annie
Have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Mel
Hope the next phone call is just as good as the first.

As Happy mentioned it was foggy this morning on my drive to work, but the sun is now shining. I've been outside as much as possible. I did wear green this morning also.

More later.

1day@atime
03-17-2009, 01:47 PM
Hello ladies,

Mitchellez - hope you get to feeling better. Unfortunately Ann is flying into San Antonio, which is 4 1/2 hours away from me.

Ann - I don't know if you still there or not, i'm going to pm you my mobile phone. If you have any problems give me a call. I have lots of family in SA. Oh, i just remembered your friend from Corpus is coming up so you should be ok. either way i'm pm you. HAVE FUN!!

Mel - even though it's only $ 23, i'd rather have 23 more than 23 less.

Happy - did you find something green to wear? I couldn't find anything. I finally found a green stick pin, had a soccer logo on it, oh, well, that will work.

MELODY525
03-17-2009, 04:57 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3108/2631969328_fbf496bb1e.jpg

Mango Bread with Raisins and Cashews
Susan from Food Blogga

Serves 8-10 

3 large eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 cups diced fresh mango
3/4 cup moist, plump mixed raisins, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup cashews, coarsely chopped
grated zest of 1 lime

Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 1/2- x- 4 1/2- inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Place the pan on two regular baking sheets stacked one on top of the other to prevent the bottom of the bread from over baking.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and using a sturdy spatula, mix until well blended. The dough will be very thick, but as Dorie says, "persevere, it will come together." Stir in the ginger, mango, raisins, cashews, and lime zest. Scrape the batter into the pan, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.

Bake the bread for 1 hour 15 min. to 1 hour 30 min., or until the top is golden brown and a cake tester or thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. (If the bread is getting too brown on top, cover it loosely with a tinfoil tent). Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before running a knife around the sides of the pan and unmolding. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up on the rack.

MELODY525
03-17-2009, 05:04 PM
MICHELLE~ HOPE THE BBQ IS GOOD. I LOVE GRILLED FOOD!!

HAPPY~ A BIT FOGGY-ISH HERE TOO EARLY THIS MORNING. DID YOU FIND SOMETHING GREEN YET??? DAY IS ALMOST OVER!! :dance:

JEANETTE~ SEEMS LIKE WE ALL HAD A WEE BIT OF FOG. I STAYED OUT AS MUCH AS I COULD TODAY TOO!!:beach:

PATTY...YES ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN LOSING MORE MONEY!!:rofl: HAD A GOOD LAUGH AT THE STICK PIN :lol3:

ANNIE~ HAVE A GREAT TIME AND SAFE TRAVELS!!! SORRY TO SAY I WILL PROBABLY BE SPENDING IT ALLL IN ONE PLACE :rofl:

:drinkup: WOW HOW THIS DAY JUST FLEW BY!! GLAD IT'S OIVER AND I NEED A SHOWER AND SOME SOFT JAMMIES! PERFECT ENDING TO A PERFECT DAY. THE SENIORS WERE SO HAPPY AND LOTS OF SMILES WHEN WE DELIVERED THE BREADS. HAPPY CAMPERS EVERY ONE OF THEM!
SOMETIMES I JUST LOVE THEM ALL.
I WAS OUTSIDE EVERY CHANCE I GOT. A LITTLE BRISK BUT GORGEOUS! MAYBE TOMORROW WILL BE A MELIDAY. AFTER ALL THEY HAD ME 2 DAYS IN A ROW. I MUST ADMIT THE TUMMY IS STILL A BIT "OFF" TRACK. NOT SURE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. :faint: BUT I KEEP THINKING OF I STAY OUTSIDE I WILL FEEL BETTER....SO I AM LISTENING TO MY "INNER SELF">
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND MORENA SHAD!

Shad
03-17-2009, 05:34 PM
Morena all,
Sorry I didn't get in yesterday. My co-worker the rooster was working from home pending a chest xray later in the day and all the crap arrived on my desk instead. I have a couple of things left to do today and unfortunately I'm not feeling too great either. So that's three of us.

I forgot all about St Paddys day yesterday. I wore black and red and blue. Today I am wearing green and today of course is the Ides of March (I think) So maybe I'd better beware of all things Roman.

Annie - enjoy the holiday. You've worked hard for this one.

Mel - $23 huh??? Well at least you can buy some fresh fruit and vege with that - mind you, it will probably be taxed at overtime and higher bracket rates and you will end up with 6.47 of the original.

Happy and CeeJay are in a fog. Glad to here it is not just me. Yummy on the bbqing and grilling.

Michelle feel better soon.

Okay - I'd better go and find out why the idiots have stock in a storage location that is meant to be a straight swap from warehouse to techie van. They can't see why they have these problems. Dear oh dear. Read the instruction manuals please people.

Gotta go. Back later, maybe tonight if I wake up enough to post from home.

Ruthxxx
03-17-2009, 05:59 PM
Passing through on St. Patrick's Day. Please don't shoot!

Life is jam-packed again but all is well except for damned knees (both) acting up. Anyhow, I'm carrying on and trying to spend extra time with my friend Claire who has some major family problems and my dearest and oldest friend Shirleyanne who has cancer. I'm counting my blessings and overdosing on Aleve!

Stay out of the green beer tonight, OK?

happy2bme
03-17-2009, 06:23 PM
I took Patty's lead and I dug in my "jewelry" box (ie. things that are safe to wear as you are driving through the bad neighborhoods on your way to work) and found an old cute pin with a mouse holding a shamrock. It is more appropriate for a 5 year old to wear than a 50 year old but what the heck? I also have a sweater on in the wrong shade of green (light apple green as opposed to Kelly Irish green) but at least it's green. Most people here have other colors on. Bunch of fuddy duds. And I'm walking around smiling because I know I'm wearing green undies :lol3:

I believe the "ides" are the 15th of the month. Only because I thought it was the 13th and looked it up recently. You are safe Shad - just the usual people plotting to mess up your nicely laid out processes. Give 'em a pop I say :rollpin: - just don't leave a mark :rofl: (where do you think the phrase knock some sense into them came from?)

I'm about to log off and go home to some grilled pork chops and other yummy stuff. Had some corned beef (very lean) at lunch today. It was quite good. Passed on the stewed cabbage and carrots as my life is enough of a gas as it is.

Mel - if you keep posting these recipes, I'm going to drag you down here and set you to cooking :lol:

MELODY525
03-18-2009, 08:20 AM
SHAD~ JUST SENT YOU AN E-MAIL :hug:

RUTH~ SENDING YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS GOOD THOUGHTS AND HUGS :hug: SORRY TO HEAR YOUR NEWS. STAY WARM! YOU AND I WILL KEEP THE ALEVE COMPANY IN BUSINESS!!! I HAVE BEEN LIVING ON IT SINCE THE EARLY 70'S WHEN IT WAS A SCROIPT FROMMTHE DR:rofl:

HAPPY~ OK I WILL BE YOUR PERSONAL CHEF BUT I WARN YOU....WHEN I AM NOT IN THE KITCHEN, I AM GOING TO LOCK THE FRIDGE!!! :lol3: :lol3:

:cofdate: ANOTHER SUNNY DAY HERE. LOOKS MORE LIKE SPRING EVERY DAY NOW. TAKING ANOTHER MENTAL HEALTH DAY. 2 DAYS IN THE OFFICE AND ON THE PHONE HAVE WORN ME OUT. I WOKE UP A WEE BIT FUZZY HEADED TODAY SO THE PHONE IS STAYING OFF TILL 4PM WHEN IT'S MY "TURN" WITH THE BLDG. I FELL ASLEP EARLY LAST NIGHT. THANK GOD FOR VCR'S OR I WOULD KEEP MISSING MY NIGHT TIME SHOWS. YAWN YAWN
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
03-18-2009, 08:59 AM
Hidee Ho chicks,

Another beautiful day out there. Then it's going to cool off a bit but not too much.

Got a little yard work done last night as DH was cooking the pork chops since my side dishes were already made. It was nice to do some clean up, so much more to do. The first azalea bud popped and the bushes are all full of buds, we should get them soon and I'm hoping they will still be in bloom when Mom comes down next month.

Mel - you can lock the fridge but remember I have 2 and you can't possibly lock all the cabinets :lol3: Glad you are getting some nice weather to enjoy and a taking some time for yourself for a change. What gets done, gets done, what doesn't waits till tomorrow or didn't need doing in the first place ;)

Howdy Ruth :wave: I'll not only stay away from the green beer, will stay away from all of it. Never cared for the stuff myself. Can't remember when I last had a glass of wine actually - think it was before I started the glucophage last July. Geez.

Shad - I think you have discovered the people who were stealing from the company by stashing the inventory in the van :rofl: Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Hope you feel better soon. Hard to focus when your head is stuffy.

Good morning Ceejay - they said possible fog again today but it looks pretty clear out. What about you?

Have a fun trip Annie.

Good morning Patty!

Michelle - did you get your 70 degree weather? That alone is enough to make you feel more chipper. Hope you are doing better today too.

I have a cardiologist appointment this morning. We'll see what that brings. Better get off my duff and rolling. Happy Hump Day!

diyana
03-18-2009, 09:04 AM
Hey ladies -

A quick check in for me this morning. I got quite a shock yesterday morning. It seems that the team I'm on (except for our boss) is being reorg'ed to a new boss in a new department, effective in 2 weeks. Fun stuff. NOT. It sucks because I currently have an AWESOME boss and the new boss is brand new to the company...and no one knows him or what he's like. Well, I guess I've just got to look at the bright side....being reorg'ed to a new boss and new dept is much, much better than being reorg'ed out of a job!

Gotta go for now. I'll try and check in later before I leave early to go to PT (but with NO traction).

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
03-18-2009, 05:26 PM
happy
Hope you come back with a clean bill of health at the cardiologist.

Mel
I realy need a mental health day. I've scheduled one in April and then 10 glorius days in July. I haven't had a real vacation in years. This year I'm taking all of my 160 hours. My co-worker, L, will finally figure out what I've been having to deal with while working for B.

Michelle
ugh on getting a new boss, but so right on still having a job.

Shad
03-18-2009, 05:44 PM
Morning all,
New bosses, new chefs, fridges locked, don't shoot Ruth, mental health. It's all up there today.

I'm about to start another day here at the madhouse. I can't put my finger on the exact problem here, it seems to be a combination of all sorts of things and trying not to sound racist but the Indians do not make good bosses or decision makers. That also goes for doco writing. It's not that they don't know what they are talking about, it's more that they can't articulate or demonstrate. Maybe we should converse in pictures. That would make my life much easier maybe.

So saying - I'd better go gear up for another day - my workmate tells me his contract runs out on Friday and no one has offered him a renewal yet. I don't want to be here on my own. Mwah :eek: :eek: :fr: :fr: :sp: :sp: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Shad
03-19-2009, 05:47 AM
Evening all,
Just thought I would share the latest Sunday photos with you. Awww heck who's a pretty girl then.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Sundaythecat001-email.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Sundaythecat002-email.jpg

happy2bme
03-19-2009, 07:44 AM
Morning chicks,

Lots to comment on this morning but I'm in a rush. Will try to get back on at lunch. I'm surprised at some of the posts this morning. Hang in there :hug:

diyana
03-19-2009, 07:46 AM
Good morning ladies -

I'm feeling better about the reorg to a new boss and new dept. I think I'm moving into the acceptance phase. Plus, there is a position opening in my current dept that I'd be a good fit for, so I'm dusting off my resume and applying.

Happy - I hope the cardiologist appt went well. :hugs:

Mel - good for you for taking time off for you.

Ceejay - Wow 160 hours of vaca! That's wonderful! You definitely should take it all. You work so hard...you deserve time off for R&R and fun.

Shad - I hope today at the madhouse goes better. And I hope they renew your co-workers contract. Sunday surely is a beautiful girl!

A big :wave: and big hugs to everyone!

MELODY525
03-19-2009, 08:28 AM
HAPPY~ HOPE YOUR APPOINTMENT WENT WELL:hug: I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT'S TIME FOR MOM ALREADY!! THIS YEAR IS FLYING BY!!! WISH WE HAD AZALEAS!!

SHAD~ THE PICS ARE ADORABLE!! SHE IS A REAL CUTIE AND YOU CAN TELL SHE IS THE QUEEN OF THE HOUSE!! HOPE YOUR FRIEND GETS RENEWED AND YOU WILL HAVE A PAL BY YOUR SIDE. MAYBE YOU CAN START A NEW TREND AND DO TRAINING WITH PICTURE BOOKS LIKE THEY DO IN KINDERGARTEN!! IT WORKS THERE TOO :rofl:

MICHELLE~ HOPE THE PT (W/O THE TRACTION :yikes: ) WENT WELL!! ALSO THANK GOD IT'S ONLY RE'ORG TO A NEW BOSS. I'M ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF PRAYERS FOR NEW JOBS AND BETTER BODIES OVER HERE !! :lol3: :lol3:
GOOD LUCK WITH THE RESUME TOO!!!

JEANETTE~ WAIT TILL L HAS TO DEAL WITH IT ALL ON HER OWN. :faint: THEY MISS US WHEN WE'RE GONE TO BE SURE. GLAD YOU ARE SLATED FOR A FULL VACATION TIME OFF. IT'S NECESSARY TO BE "AWAY" ...I HAVE FOUND OUT THE HARD WAY. YOU CAN HAVE AN "APRIL IN PARIS" THEME FOR YOUR VACATION!!


:cofdate: SOME RAIN FOR TODAY AND I AM BUNDLED UP AND COZY IN MY OWN SPACE. LOVING THE DOWN TIME. I THINK WE ARE DOING THE CORNED BEEF THING OVER THE WEEKEND. NO ONE WAS READY FOR CABBAGE THIS WEEK!! :rofl: MAYBE A SHORT FOOD SHOP TOMORROW. SUPPOSED TO BEGIN THE BIG CHILL ONCE AGAIN. :brr: YESTERDAY IT WAS DANG NEAR 70 AND TOMORROW GOING INTO THE LOWEST 30'S. NOT FUN. NOTHING NEW TO REPORT.:dance:
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

ceejay52
03-19-2009, 09:43 AM
It's cloudy and drizzling rain this morning. I was suppose to take the RAV4 to get it fixed today in Jonesboro, AR. If the rain clears out by lunch time I'll still go. They should have all the parts to fix it here.

Mel
April in Paris sounds like a good theme. I may go to Springfield, Mo to visit one of my siblings and her family unless they decide to come here.

Shad
Sunday is a beautiful cat. Hope things start to go better for you at work.

Michelle
By all means apply for the position. There has been several positions open the latley but I'm content where I am. The one I really wanted I wasn't qualified for it.

Happy
I've never had a stress test. The doctor seems to think my heart and lungs are fine. I should mention the fact that going up steep hills make me have shortness of breath. Hope things go well.

MELODY525
03-19-2009, 02:13 PM
http://img4.realsimple.com/images/0809/southwestern-beef-chili_300.jpg

Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn

Makes 4 servings

Hands-on Time: 0hr 10m

Total Time: 0hr 40m

This recipe is: One Pot, Kid Friendly, Quick & Easy

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 poblano or bell pepper, chopped
1/2 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon chili powder
kosher salt and pepper
1/2 cup corn kernels (from 1 ear, or frozen and thawed)
1/2 cup grated Cheddar (2 ounces)
2 scallions, sliced

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, and poblano and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until it is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it is slightly darkened, 1 minute. Add the beans, chili powder, 3 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

3. Stir in the corn. Divide among bowls and top with the Cheddar and scallions.

Tip
You can cook the chili in advance and refrigerate it for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories 343; Fat 15g; Cholesterol 51g; Carbohydrate 34g; Sodium 893mg; Protein 23g; Fiber 11g; Sugar 6g

Real Simple, September 2008

MELODY525
03-19-2009, 03:48 PM
THE KIDS MADE THIS LAST NIGHT AND RICHIE'S WHOLE FAMILY WENT NUTS. I MIGHT TRY SOME OVER THE WEEKEND.

*LET ME KNOW IF THESE PICTURES ARE BOTHERING ANYONE WHEN THEY LOAD. IT WORKS FOR MY DIAL-UP SO I HOPE THEY'RE NOT TOO BIG.

http://www.mostlyeating.com/photos/pistowithegg.jpg

Recipe for (a kind of) Pisto, with rice and eggs
Serves 2

1 tbsp olive oil
2 bell peppers, any colours
1 large onion
1 courgette or carrot
*COURGETTE IS FRENCH FOR ZUCCHINI
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
1 can chopped tomatoes
A handful or two spinach leaves or similar
Freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of red chilli flakes
A pinch of sugar
A pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Four free range or organic eggs
Brown rice (I use about 120g dry weight for two people)


Put a pan of water on for your rice or start it cooking in your rice cooker.

Warm the olive oil in a roomy pan (one that has a lid) on a medium heat. Start chopping the vegetables into bite size pieces and add them to the pan as you finish chopping them. Start with the onions and then the garlic so that they have chance to soften, then add the courgette (or less traditional carrot) and then the peppers.

Allow the vegetables to cook until the onion has softened a little. Meanwhile roughly chop your spinach into strips but don’t add this yet.

Add the can of tomatoes and the chilli, sugar and salt to pan. Cover with a lid and simmer until the rice is ready. I aim for around 20 minutes of simmering; traditional pisto is often cooked for many hours but we want to eat dinner tonight and besides, all that simmering that will do the nutritional content of your vegetables no favours. Now is your chance to go and sit down for a bit or play on Twitter or whatever takes your fancy.

When the rice is ready, add the spinach to the tomato sauce and replace the lid to encourage it to wilt quickly.

Once the spinach has wilted, season the sauce with freshly ground pepper to taste.

Flatten the pisto down a bit and make four little evenly spaced dents using a wooden spoon pan. Crack an egg into each dent. Replace the lid and leave on a medium heat and until the whites of the eggs are visibly cooked but for no longer than this if you want a runny egg (this is where glass pan lids come into their own).

Spoon some rice onto the plate and then top with the pisto and eggs.

MELODY525
03-19-2009, 03:49 PM
THIS IS THE LINK SHE SENT ME:

http://www.mostlyeating.com/

1day@atime
03-19-2009, 10:13 PM
Hello Ladies,

Another crazy week here. I will post more than weekend.

Hope all is going well with everyone.

diyana
03-20-2009, 08:18 AM
Happy Friday ladies -

Super quick check in for me. I hope you all are doing well.

Happy - I hope the cardiologist appt. went well.

Mel - Thanks for the recipes. I hope you're enjoying a nice relaxing MELLIDAY.

Shad - I hope your Friday went well. Any fun plans for your weekend?

Patty - Hope you're doing well.

Ruth - Sending big hugs to you. :hug:

Ceejay - I hope you have a great Friday.

As for me...my co-workers and I are going out to lunch, and then I need to leave a bit early to take the doggies to the vet for booster shots and annual check ups. So I'd better get right to work now.

Love and big hugs to all,

happy2bme
03-20-2009, 08:41 AM
Good morning ladies,

Last night the girls from work went out for dinner and a play. We went to see Menopause - The Musical. They reworked alot of famous songs from the 60's and 70's into lyrics related to hot flashes, night sweats, chin hairs, mood swings and all the lovely parts of "the change". It was really funny. We had a great time. Went to a hole in the wall place and had the best grilled fish and veggies. It was nice to spend an evening chick bonding and laughing.

The cardiologist said the pain I have is either heart or lungs. Said the only way to really tell if I have blockages is to do a heart catherization where they run a camera up your groin artery to your heart and look around. I have the test scheduled for April 3 but in the meantime am doing alot of talking to people and research to decide if this is the route I want to go. It's invasive and of course, not without it's risks.

Michelle - I hope you get all your chores done today so that you can enjoy your weekend and get outside, even if a little cool. Enjoy your lunch today! Good luck applying for the new job :crossed: I know what it's like to really like your boss and then be stuck with a new one who is nothing like the person you enjoy working for. Hope everything works out :hug:

Hi Patty - hope your busy week ends today so you can catch up and relax.

Thanks for the recipes Mel. I might try that pisto and vegetables tonight. Interesting to mix rice and eggs - at least for a Polish girl :rofl:

Ceejay - yes I guess I am waiting for the doctors to say that EVERYONE feels like that when they exert themselves and the more you do it, the easier it gets so don't worry about it. :dunno: Make sure you plan a nice vacation for yourself. Don't fritter it away or give it back to the company.

Shad - Sunday is a mighty pretty kitty. But I'm sure she knows that :lol: Did your workmate get his contract renewed? Hope so. Doesn't sound like you want to be there on your own.

Time for me to get going. Hope you all have a good Friday. Happy Spring to us on this side of the pond, Happy Autumn to Shad!

And... my tulips that were laying dry and dark in the garage are now sending big shoots in the pots so I hope they will be ok and I think / hope we are going to have an extra especially glorious azalea bloom this year. One flower has popped on the bushes and the rest are heavy with pink, red and white buds. Can't wait!

MELODY525
03-20-2009, 01:37 PM
FLYING IN AND OUT......EMERGENCIES AND A TRAPPED MAN IN THE ELEVATOR TILL DANG NEAR 2AM THEN THE MAIL BROUGHT PROBLEMS WITH THE GOVT. THE GIRL WAS SO NICE BUT PUT A LOT OF FALSE STATEMENTS IN MY PAPERS AND I CAN'T SEEM TO FINBD HER. SHE NEGLECTED TO GIVE ME HER PHONE # :tantrum: SCREW IT..I AM LETTING THE INFO GO THE WAY IT IS...I'M NOT GOING TO GO NUTS OVER $23!!! THEY'LL GIVE ME THE MONEY ANYWAY SO WHO CARES IF SOME DATES ARE WRONG. STILL FIGHTIN GOR MY ELECTRIC HELP SINCE SPETEMBER. I THINK THE PAPERS I PUT IN THE MAIL SHOULD END THE BATTLE. LET US HOPE SO CAUSE IT'S ALMOST COST ME $800 NOW PAYING FOR MY HEAT ON MY OWN. SIGH. I AM TOO TIRED TO FIGHT NAYMORE. NEED A NAP.
HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A BETTER WEEK THAN I AM!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. I AM DOING NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ceejay52
03-20-2009, 07:33 PM
Mel
(hugs) you should not have to deal with this gov stuff. Is the man who was trapped in the elevator okay?

Michelle
Good to talk with you via chat on FB. Wish 3fc still had chat.

Happy
I wish there was another way other than having a heart catherization to find blockaged in the heart. You do know they do not put you to sleep while doing this.

I had good news and bad news today at the Jonesboro Toyota place. The Rav4 had been recalled so it didn't cost me anything to have it reprogrammed. JT did tell me that Blytheville Toyota had done the paper work but did not fix my problem. They(JT) verified that it had not been fixed. I was peeved to say the least. Maybe this is why they (BT)didn't want to schedule me to fix the problem. He also told me that this was not the first time that they had complaints about Blytheville service department. He said they would get to the bottom of it.

I'm gettiing hungry but all I can eat is veggies and fruit for dinner. I blew my points at Burger King today. Think I'll go to the grocery store and get lettuce and tomato and add corn and pinto beans to the salad.

MELODY525
03-21-2009, 08:13 AM
http://off1.picsrc.net/images/girly/saturday/saturday15.gif

:dance: GOOD MORNING CHICKIES!!
AFTER A WONDERFUL NIGHTS SLEEP WITHOUT ANY INTERRUPTIONS, I FEEL DIVINE!! :belly: THE BEST I HAVE FELT IN A LONG TIME NOW. JUST THE EYES ARE A BIT BOTHERSOME BUT I THINK IT'S THE COLD WEATHER. I AM NOT GOING TO COMPLAIN THOUGH!!
WE ARE MAKING OUR CORNED BEEF DINNER AND I PUT THE MEAT ON ALREADY. GOING TO HAVE A SUNDAY-TYPE LUNCHEON AROUND 2. I LOVE THE SMELL OF PICKLING SPICES. FILLS THE HOUSE WITH A GREAT AROMA.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. AND KEEP WARM:brr:

JEANETTE~ GLAD TO HEAR THE REPAIR WILL BE FREE!:dance: I HEAR A LOT OF STORIES LIKE YOURS WHERE THE WORK WAS NEVER DONE. SAD THAT YOU CAN'T SEEM TO ALWAYS TRUST THESE PLACES. IT HAPPENS WITH WHEELCHAIRS ALSO. :cry: ARE YOU STILL DOING WW? AND YES THE MAN WAS FINE. A BIT SHAKEN UP BECAUSE HE HAS SOME EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS AND IS "DISABLED" ( ONLY 51) BUT HE WAS OK. WE CHATTED THRU THE DOOR TO KEEP HIS MIND OFF THE PRISON HE WAS IN!!

STAY WELL EVERYONE. I NEED TO GO BACK A PAGE AND READ YOUR PAST ANTICS. :moped:

MELODY525
03-21-2009, 08:18 AM
http://www.educationworld.com/holidays/images/spring_anim2000.gif

I KNOW I MISSED IT YESTERDAY BUT HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!! LET THE BIG THAW BEGIN!!!

MELODY525
03-21-2009, 09:09 AM
MICHELLE~ HOPE YOU HAD FUN WITH THE DOGGIES!! ROFLMAO HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

HAPPY~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE UPCOMING TEST. I ALSO WISH I HAD BETTER WORDS OF COMFORT OTHER THAN "SORRY". PLEASE KEEP US POSTED ON THE DECISIONS AND EVENTS. HAVE YOU HAD LUNG X-RAYS YET TO AT LEAST RULE OUT THE MOST UN-EVASIVE STUFF? SENDING YOU HUGS :hug: :hug:
HOPE THE TULIPS GROWING GIVE YOU A BIT OF REFRESHING SPRING-LIKE FEELING THIS WEEKEND.

MELODY525
03-21-2009, 09:13 AM
:brr: I FORGOT TO SAY...JOHN CALLED ME YESTERDAY AT 7:30 TO GET UP AND LOOK OUT THE WINDOW. THERE WAS A LOVELY BLIZZARD GOING ON OUT THERE FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!! SNOW LIKE I HAVEN'T SEEN IT ALL WINTER!! THEN IT WAS FURIOUSLY SNOWING EVEN HARDER AND THE SUN CAME OUT!! WHAT A SIGHT. OF COURSE IT MELTED AS FAST AS IT FELL. BUT BIG FLUFFY GEATHERY FLAKES ALL OVER THE PLACE. SO MANY THAT YOU COULDN'T SEE THRU THEM. WHAT A SIGHT :dance:

Roseblush
03-21-2009, 09:56 AM
Morning.....
Mel, so nice to see you up and sending us good feelings about your day and the Spring. I love all of your cheerful helpers on your page. Hope you have a wonderful dinner. Mom & Andy are coming here for a couple of days. They are attending a memorial over in Hamilton and will come here after it is over to spend a night or two.
I had a friend from my 1st grade class come and spend one night on her way to SUn Valley and Boise for business. SHe brought along one of her Goldens...what a love he was...Baker and Toby and him had so much fun. Toby was actually lonely the next day I could really tell. Poor guy just has his mom now to play with....but two dogs make travelling a bit difficult.
I will return with more personals later. I have some news to share with my Worldly friends in the near future.
I am glad Spring is here too. I have pots of tulips in my house that are blooming. Makes me smile......the meadowlarks have returned to welcome the day outside my house so that is my joy once again.
Have a great day everyone!
Peace,
Rose

happy2bme
03-21-2009, 12:21 PM
Good morning chicks,

It's a cool and rainy one here. Good for house cleaning but we need to get out and do some shopping. Unlike up north where stores stayed open on the weekend to accomodate those of us working 9 to 5, down here many of the businesses are open Monday to Friday only. If they "accomodate" its to 6pm on the weekdays or 9 to noon on Saturday. We want to look at wood flooring, find a faucet for the downstairs bath and one of the guys at work told me about a wonderful local butcher shop that has great meat at reasonable prices. Sending me into a new food store is like a kid in a candy store. I'm sure I will hear "come ON, we don't need ANYMORE at least 4 or 5 times today. :rofl: I am back to jotting down all the things that I need to do that flit in and out of my head that I forget about unless I'm passing through the kitchen to get a cup of coffee or about to fall asleep at night. I also thought of using mini post it notes but I don't have anywhere to put them without making a mess.

Mel, I'm glad you are rested up and feeling perky even if the weather isn't. I remember once DH accompanied me on a business trip to Monterey California. We stayed at an expensive but incredible hotel right over Monterey Bay (right by the aquarium Shad). Our room had a balcony and you'd look down and see the crashing waves and the seals playing in the bay and all the damn noisy seagulls too :lol: My favorite sound in the whole world is the sound of the surf. The first night I left the balcony doors open and feel asleep the to sea air and the sound of the waves breaking. The next day I woke up at 6am (completely unlike me) got dressed and took a walk on the beach. DH felt like sleeping in. I walked for a few miles all up and down Cannery Row and the beach. I had the most incredible feeling. And then it hit me. I was RESTED. It hit me like a sharp electrical shock. I had been in an incrediblely stresssful job running on literally 3 to 4 hours of sleep 6 nights a week and I was about to collapse. I'm sure no drug could have made me feel any better than I did that morning on the beach. I've been chasing that feeling ever since then :rofl:

So sorry for the long dissertation but your comment brought back that very vivid memory!

Anyway, I hope your corned beef dinner comes out tasting as great as it smells. What time is dinner? :hungry: I will bring a salad and dessert. You'll have to talk to Ceejay if you want that stewed cabbage stuff :lol: OMG about the poor man stuck in the elevator. My biggest frightful nightmare! Thank goodness you could talk to him - that helps keep the willies at bay but not quite. I think there is nothing quite like a spring snowstorm. First of all for some reason the flakes get extra fluffy and the best part is like you said IT MELTS FAST :rofl:

Rose - waiting on pins and needles to hear your news. Our tulips aren't ready yet but the daffodils have been out for a while. I love, love, love the songs of the birds in the spring. It's such a peaceful feeling - sounds like you have that too.

Ceejay - Sorry to hear you had troubles with your car repairs. One of the reasons we stuck with Toyotas for the last 25+ years is because they have been the most reliable when it comes to dealer service. Even when we crashed the car in central Illinois last year, the dealer was really good. Well except for when they told us the car was fixed and DH almost made a 700 mile round trip for nothing when they tested it one more time and found a leak in the radiator. But they called the day before he left so it was okay. We have had nothing but routine maintenance here and are ok with the service so far. I think we have 3 dealers in the area, the closest only 5 miles away. Thanks for the info on the test, they gave me a pamphlet to read that I haven't done yet. Still talking to people and forming an opinion. I am trying hard to be aware of how I feel and whether it's lungs or heart. I lean to lungs and then I'll get some shooting twinges in my chest and think, well maybe I should do this just to be sure. :rolleyes: Are you staying in this weekend?

Michelle - how is the back doing? Are the doggies all checked out and clean bills of health?

Shad - guess you are staying in town this weekend. Hope you can get away from the office and get out and see some sights and unwind. Any news of on the co-worker's renewal?

:wave: Patty - hope you can kick back for a bit.

I have to go find something to eat. DH is typing away at the computer. I guess he forgot we were supposed to do stuff today. :(

ceejay52
03-21-2009, 03:26 PM
I'll pass on the cooked cabbage Happy. I probably saw the hotel that was on the bay near the aquarium. I loved the sounds of the waves myself. Don't necessarily like being caught up in one though. :lol: Loved the aquariam.

Rose
Good to see you again. Glad you had a good visit with your friend.

Mel :wave: I didn't go back to read the post.

I have a lot to do today but am in the I do not want to mood. Made contact with my sister who lives in Missouri. I'm going there for the week of Easter.

More later.

Shad
03-22-2009, 02:18 AM
How y'all going??

It's Sunday afternoon and I figured I should get on here and see what you have all been up to. I've have a fairly active weekend. Yesterday I walked for kilometres up to the Queen Victoria Markets. QVM is a great place for fresh veg, meat, chicken and fish. I spent about $50 and will be feeding myself in meat etc for the next three weeks and veges for the next week and a bit. The only thing I didn't get was bread. I would have loved to bring some back but couldn't carry anymore. QVM is a really colourful place. Has everything from souvenirs to eggs and is run by a mainly greek or italian community - with lots of other nationalities thrown in. Sometimes you don't even get to hear English down the aisles.
After I got home and got the food sorted, I had to go back to town to buy a present for the 40th birthday party I went to last night. I had to walk there and back as well since I couldn't get a cab anywhere in town. The party was fun and filled with people I have worked with over the past 6 or 7 years. It was like a grand reunion. Friday night I went to a Greek restaurant with my friend R and we had a nice meal consisting of a selection of mezedtes (sp).
After walking so much yesterday, I figured I could give the feet a rest today and went down to the gym (upper body weights) and pool for my daily exercise. 10 lengths of the pool yahoo although it wasn't very warm at first I must admit. Anyway the exercise got done and I feel okay about it.

Mel - that Pistou sounded really good. I'm going to have a go at that. I also went into the link. It looks like a lot of good stuff in there.

Michelle - hope the doggies played fair with you at the vet! My two used to love the vet. The vet wanted to figure out what it was that they liked and bottle it so he could give it to all his other patients

Happy - Hope all goes well with the medical procedures. I know you will eventually pick the right choice. Loved the memories of Monterey - makes me wonder what that pesky Canadian is up to at the moment. Certainly isn't keeping in touch with us, is it?

Rose - what could this news be?? Getting married again? Becoming a Grandmother?? Shifting house - nah that can't be it.

Hope Annie is enjoying Texas!!!

Ceejay - glad the car didn't cost you money. No cabbage for me either thank you.

Okay - better get on with the day. It's nearly over but I have some clothes to fold, and I'd better go and find some get up and go for work tomorrow. I'm back in training tomorrow - being the student from **** again.

Ruthxxx
03-22-2009, 06:20 AM
Quickie again! I'm having a great weekend - not just no funeral to attend for a change but had a lovely lunch with an old friend yesterday and am taking a Thai cooking class this afternoon. It's nice to have a good weekend for a change - although it did snow a bit overnight.

Looks like life is bopping along as usual for the Worldlies. I do try to read although I don't always have time to comment.

Happy SPRING! :encore: :flow1: :flow1: :encore:

MELODY525
03-22-2009, 08:39 AM
ROSE...SECRETS??? I LOVE NEW NEWS....ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR WHERE ALL MINE HAS BEEN CRAPPY :rofl: YOU CAN CHEER ME UP!:dance: I EAGERLY AWAIT YOUR POST.
GLAD YOU AND THE POOCH HAD A NICE VISIT TOO. TULIPS AND BIRDS...SPRING IS HERE!

HAPPY~ WOULDN'T IT BE LOVELY TO WAKE THAT REFRESHED EVERY MORNING. THE MOOD LASTED TILL ALMOST MID AFTERNOON. I WAS SO AT PEACE WITH MYSELF. I CCAN SEE WHY YOUR STAY BY THE SEASIDE WAS SO MEMORABLE. :beach: HOW IS YOUR LIST COMING ALONG? (did you get the dh off the keyboard and out the door?) :rofl:

JEANETTE~ A TRIP FOR EASTER...HOW NICE. I THINK I CAUGHT THE "I DON'T WANT TO" MOOD TODAY. THE KIDS STOLE ALL THE VEGGIES SO THERE ISN'T ANY LEFT :rofl:

SHAD...SO HOW WERE THE GREEK APPETIZER MEZEDES? GOOGLE TOLD ME THEY CAN HAVE SNAILS IN THEM TOO! :yikes: SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE BEING KEPT BUSY ON ALL THE DAYS. NICE WALK TOO! I AM GOING TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE MARKET WHEN I GET OFF HERE. HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

RUTH...YES SPRING IS FINALLY HERE EVEN WITH THE FLURRIES :rofl: SO GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD WEEKEND AND HOPE YOU LIKED THE CLASS! HAPPY THAI COOKING!


:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES:sunny:
THE DINNER WAS GREAT. THE CORNED BEEF WAS THE BEST I HAVE HAD IN 62 YEARS. ALSMOST TASTED LIKE PASTRAMI. GREAT CUT OF MEAT. THE KIDS ATE LIKE PIGLETS AND TOOK THE REST UPSTAIRS SANS MY LUNCH FOR TODAY. AS MUCH AS I HATED TO SEE IT GO...WAY TOO MUCH SALT FOR ME. NOTHING PLANNED FOR TODAY. WE CONSIDERED WATCHING THE QUIET MAN AGAIN. THAT DVD MUST BE WEARING OUT BY NOW! :rofl:
HAPPY SUNDAY LADIES :moped:

MELODY525
03-22-2009, 10:00 AM
http://www.qvm.com.au/
SHAD~ WHAT A GREAT PLACE THIS MARKET LOOKS!!! WOW!! I COULD SPEND DAYS THERE JUST BROWSING AROUND. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR DAY. GLAD YOU LIKED THE LINK FOR THE PISTOU. WE GOT AN E-MAIL FROM THE MEDITER-ASIAN WEBSITE AND THEY RECOMMENDED SOME LINKS. THIS IS THEIR LINK:
http://www.mediterrasian.com/
BUT I THINK I HAVE POSTED THIS BEFORE. EACH TIME I GO THERE I THINK OF LINDAT!!!!

MELODY525
03-22-2009, 10:06 AM
SHAD...I JUST SIGNED UP FOR THEIR NEWSLETTER AND THEY SENT ME AN E-MAIL TO PRINT OUT AND TAKE TO THE MARKET FOR A FREE SHOPPING BAG!! :rofl: WONDER IF IT WILL STILL BE GOOD IN MY NEXT LIFETIME! :lol3: :lol3:

1day@atime
03-22-2009, 11:51 AM
Hello Ladies -

Having a good weekend so far. I don't know if it's just because the sun has been shining or what. I'm trying to figure out when to start planting. I'm going to grown some veggies in pots but worried about late freeze. I could move them inside, but the pots are soo big and heavy. I think i'll go to the local Feed Store that has the best plants and see what they have to say.

Shad - you lead such an exciting life.

Happy - I"m with Mel, maybe having the lung x-ray first to rule out. My dad and a few of my aunts have had that procedure. Hundreds are done, it's a common procedure, yet when it's you having it done, that's what matters. I too am having a procedure on tuesday, it's a Hydra Scan on my gallbladder. It's basically a sonogram, but they have to give me an IV to see how the gallbladder is working. Last week on Oprah, Dr Oz was on there and he had a checklist to ask, Yes to ask the doctors or nurses when your having procedures done. Like you said do your research, know what to expect. I will keep you in my prayers.

Rose - What's the news? Can't wait to hear.

Mel - I"m glad the guy in the elevator was ok. I would of been panicking.

Ceejay- I"m glad the car was a no-charge fix. Easter will be here before we know it. I think i need to figure out what i'm going to do to.

Ruth - enjoy your cooking class.

Mitchellez - Blackie is somewhat ok at the vet. He likes the technician's but doesn't look at the Vet. I think he remembers him from a uncomfortable prode :). He won't look at him... maybe he's embarassed.

ceejay52
03-22-2009, 04:03 PM
Patty
Dogs do remember who's been nice to them and who hasn't.

Mel
I'm ready to go some where different. My sis either comes here around Easter or I go there. They were here last year so it's my time to go there. Ooh I just remembered I will have to go back in May for my nieces graduation from high school. I'd better find out what time that date is.

Shad
I was going to ask you what mezedites were but after Mel looked it up all I can say is ughh.


Hi Ruth

This morning I popped in here around 9 a.m. then the power went out. I was busy with answering the phone for 2 solid hours. I finally gave in and called B. to help me watch the psi gauge in the control room and the ground storage tank level gauge out back. I may get in trouble for doing that but hey, that's what they are there for. I had 4 sheets of names by the tiime he got here. There is not much else to say.

Have a good Sunday

Shad
03-22-2009, 05:33 PM
Mezedtes (sp?) are like tapas in Spain. Lots of small dishes filled with a couple of pieces. We do not go for snails!!!!! We had zucchine fritters with cucumber aioli, beer battered cod with skordalia, meatballs in some sort of tomato sauce with cheesy bits and prawns in filo. There was enough each for just a taste and I have suspicions about the prawns. Certainly the tail was there, but I have a feeling that the bit wrapped in shredded filo might have been seafood extender. Anyway, it all got washed down with a nice Pinot Gris from Tasmania and we didn't overeat or drink. Pleasant night.

Ruth - Glad to hear that there was no funeral for you this weekend. You must be beginning to feel like a professional mourner. Also sorry that the Italian Job is put off until the spring, but that gives you more time to save up and have an ever better time. Wish I could be there.

Mel - if you want the bag, I will go up and get it for you on my next trip up there - probably next weekend when I will need more fruit and veg. Hope the newsletter is worthwhile. By the way, the deli section is incredile. We should send some snails to Ceejay!!!!!

Patty - can you get those pot carriers on wheels over your way. I have several of them for moving big pots around the yard - they are simply a heavy gauge steel wire flat frame coated with plastic and put on castors. They aren't that expensive. In fact when I googled them I saw these wooden ones - you could probably make these yourself. Pics attached at the bottom of the post.

Okay - the usual weekend funnies have been happening here in the office. I'd better go and sort out these folk. Banging some heads together might be a reasonable option.

MELODY525
03-23-2009, 07:46 AM
JEANETTE~ YOU WILL BE THE TRAVELING GAL THIS YEAR. GRADUATIONS TOO! WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? WHAT A MESS POWER OUTAGES CAN MAKE!! I NEVER KNEW! WAS THAT 4 PAGES OF COMPLAINTS?

SHAD~ I WAS TRYING TO THINK OF THE WORD TAPAS. I WAS JUST KIDDING ABOUT SNAILS IN ALL OF THEM. :rofl: COULDN'T RESIST WHEN I SAW THAT ONE KIND HAD SNAILS. :rofl: HOPE YOU GOT THE WEEKEND FUNNIES SORTED OUT. IS ANYONE BLEEDING YET?:dracula:


:cofdate: A QUICKIE TODAY. NOTHING IS NEW AND I NEED TO GO OVER MY "SPEECH" FOR THE 2ND CALL. LET US PRAY THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR A 3RD ONE.
SEE YOU MANANA. HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

annie175
03-23-2009, 10:08 AM
Happy Monday!!!!

I'mmmmmmmmm baaaaaaaaaack!!!!

What a wonderful time I had. Spent two days on the Riverwalk, had lunch and dinnet there. Went shopping and shopping some more. Spent the day at the pool at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Drove to Corpus Christi, stopped a some really cute shops. 3 Sisters Boutique and a fabulous BBQ joint. Yummy! Went to the beach one day near Corpus, went shopping some more, went to a Cowboy bar and was introduce to the Margarita MARTINI. Quite yum, I do not like martinis, but this tasted kinda like a margarita only not as sweet. Tried to learn to two step, but had heels on and was a little intoxicated. Mostly stumbled. haha Didn't want to come back. I think I would like to live in Texas.

MEL...thanks for the great recipes. Sounds like you are taking care of yourself and relaxing a bit more. Good for you.

Shad....day late and a dollar short on the wearing of the green, but what the heck. Sounds like the job you are on has too many chiefs and not enough Indians...hahahhaa

Ruth...hope your knees are getting better.

Happy....ew, goodluck with the cath. My dad went through that, he did alright, ended up getting a stint. I saw Menapause a couple of years ago when it was in Indy. Yes, it is quite funny.

Michelle....goodluck on the job, hope you get just what you want. I will send great vibes your way.

Ceejay...I absolutely hate car trouble. Sorry to hear of your experiences. Dang it anyway.

Tony came over yesterday afternoon, we got reacquainted (he he) then had baked porkchops, taters and mixed veggies, the went to Sam's Wholesale club. Beautiful day in Indiana yesterday. Today is a bit cloudy but 60 degrees. I will take it. It is not the 82 and sunny like Texas tho.

Gotta get busy, 1st day back for me and the President. She keeps me hopping.

Hello to all.

Love and Hugs...

happy2bme
03-23-2009, 11:10 AM
Mornin' chicks,

Mel, I hope your call goes well and does not involve any screaming, yelling, begging, crying or anything wild other than a THANK you for your prompt attention to this matter ;) :crossed: for you :hug: And I'm not eating no snails either :snooty: Although I would like to try the tappas some day.

Shad - you can bang the heads together - just remember not to leave marks :lol: Sounded like you had a nice weekend. I would have been in heaven at that market with you!

Ceejay - thought you were with the water dept. Why so many calls if the power went out?

Patty - I agree with the caster roller things. We have some very large pots and used those too on the patio. I found them to be quite useful because sometimes you plant something new and it gets too much / not enough light or shade. Very easy to move the pots around with those things. Also easy to clean the leaves and schmutz that gather around and behind them. You can get them in the garden center of any home improvement store.

Hi Ruth, how did the cooking class go?

Well I bought a mango and ingredients and was about to make that mango walnut bread that Mel posted. Next most important rule for WW after you bite it, you write it - is to check the points values BEFORE you eat it. So I plugged her recipe into the online WW recipe builder and it comes out to 16 points per slice figuring an 8 slice yield. :yikes: That's almost 2 meals worth of points for one slice and who wants to bet you'd stop at one slice? So... sadly :( I won't be making that. I do have a nice black bean and mango salsa I can make or dig up a recipe for mango salsa to go with fish or chicken.

I only eat beef about once a week but have really overdone it the last few days. DH and I got some incrediblely wonderful bacon wrapped filet mignon at a local butcher shop on Saturday. And cheap too! Yesterday I got home from grocery shopping really late (ran some errands beforehand) and needed something quick for supper so we had steak fajitas. We have another steak we were going to cook tonight but DH forgot he signed us up for a financial seminar and it's not tomorrow night (he listened too quickly to the telephone reminder message) but instead it's TONIGHT. We were planning on doing some yard work tonight and that will mess us up for both grilling and yard work as tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day. I will have to talk to that boy.

Other than that nothing much going on... talk to y'all later.

Shad
03-23-2009, 05:46 PM
Morning all,
Tapas are really good. However they are not all calorie conscious so you need to pick and choose. There are some good vegetarian ones as well so you can get the veges in too.
Also for those who don't want to eat too much, they are small samples and bite sized so a couple of plates and you have probably had enough. R and I ordered two each to share so we had a fairly wide variety.

Happy - Mango, red salad onion (spanish onion) avocado and cherry or grape tomato cut in half and marinated with a bit of oil and lemon or lime juice are great as a salsa. I do that often. Goes well with fish, chicken and pork. Haven't really tried it with beef so don't know. Might need a bit more kick to compliment the beef.
That's a heavy bread that you were about to make. Wonder if you could change some of the ingredients around to lighten it up a bit. But I agree, you need to stick to the points and good for you for doing it.

Annie - so glad you are back and have enjoyed your break. So nice to just get away from it all for a while.

Mel - you little kidder you!!! I knew what you were doing trying to stir up the population!!! Hope all goes well for the phone call. I'll be keeping the fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed for you.

Yesterdays training was just awful. It wasn't the trainers fault, but the course she presented originally started as a five day course. 3 or 4 would have been more appropriate. Then it got squeezed into a 3 day course and then to a 2 day course. Don't take anything out, just talk faster. Yesterday we were expected to do it in one day, and a short day at that 10.00 to 5.00. Poor girl, she talked for nearly 6 straight hours and we did our best to absorb the info. It was cruel. Since we were a bright bunch, we could have done it properly in 2 days, but 1!!!!! No wonder this company is in the state that it is in!!! :yikes:

So today - I'd better mosey on to the work I missed out on yesterday and see if I can come up with some answers to the riddles of the gearboxes and their associated main shafts. So far there are two turbines which don't have either according to the system. I wonder if the turbines actually exist??

MELODY525
03-23-2009, 07:05 PM
IF IT WOULDN'T HURT MY EYES I WOULD JUST SIT DOWN AND CRY. THE CALL KEPT GETTING POSTPONED EVERY 20 MINUTES TILL 3:30 THEN THE GIRL WHO HAS IT DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT WAS ABOUT. THANK GOD SHE IS SWEET AND BRIGHT!! SHE PULLED IT ALL TOGETHER AND TRIED TO SOLVE IT IN ONE CALL. SHE EVEN HAD LAST WEEKS WOMAN AND TOGETHER THEY DECIDED WHT TO DO. BUT NO DICE. I HAVE TO SUBMIT 3 YEARS WORTH OF PAYSTUBS IN AND SIGN MY LIFE AWAY WHEN THE PAPERS GET HERE. THEN WE SHALL SEE WHAT RETIREMENT DEPARTMENT SAYS. I ASKED CAN WE JUST STOP ONE INVESTIGATION AND DEAL WIUTH THEM ONE AT A TIME CAUSE THEY ARE CONFLICTING. NO DICE. I ALREADY HAD MY BIRTHDAY. SO FAR THEY HAVE TAKEN $1000 OFF THE MONEY THEY SAY I OWE. LEAVING A $600 BALANCE. I THINK ONCE ALL THE PAPERS ARE IN, THAT THIS SUM SHOULD BE REMOVED ALSO. THEY ARE ACCUSING ME OF HAVING GOTTEN A RAISE EACH YEAR BUT THE TOWN HAD A WAGE FREEZE ON FOR 2 YEARS. I CAN PROVE IT WITH MY STUBS. YOU WANT TO LAUGH??? WE ARE TALING ABOUT A $5 RAISE PER WEEK THAT COVERED 3 YEARS! WTF!! YOU WOULD THINK BY THE WAY THEY SPOKE TODAY IT WAS MILLIONS AND I WAS THE PRESENT CEO OF AIG HERE IN THE USA!! :tantrum: THEN SHE TELLS ME WE HAVE TO WIND THIS UP BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH OR I WILL HAVE GONE PAST MY 60 DAYS!!! WTF!!! WHOSE FAULT IS THAT??? THEY NEVER RETURN CALLS. I BEGAN TO LOSE IT AND SHE BACKED OFF. NOW I WAIT FOR HER PAPERS AND MAIL THE WHOLE BLOODY MESS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I WONM'T EVEN TELL YOU THE STORY OF MY HEATING HELP...THEY CLAIM I DON'T PAY FOR ANY HEAT!!!!!!!! MY FRIEND SENT A NASTY LETTER TO THEM TO STRAIGHTEN THAT OUT. WE'LL SEE.
OK...TOMORROW IS FOOD SHOPPING AND I NEED SOME VERY PLAIN FOOD TO COOK. TUMMY IS HAVEING FITS AND STARTS STILL. GEE MEL...I WONDER WHY!!!!!!!!!!

ANNIE~ WELCOME HOME AND GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME.

HAPPY~ WOW!! MANGO BREAD IS FATTENING!!! I NEVER LOOKED AT THE STATS!! :rofl: SORRY ABOUT THAT!!
KEEP US POSTED ON YOUR MED APPTS PLEASE!

SHAD~ I AM SO SORRY THINGS ARE GETTING SO RUSHED WITH THE TRAINING. WOW!!! WHAT ARE THEY THINKING??? HOPE THIS BIG RUSH DOESN'T MAKE A MESS OF THE OUTCOME! SENDING YOU GOOD THOUGHTS!! YOU CAN UNCROSS EVERYTHING NOW TILL THE NEXT CALL IS DUE!! :hug:

MELODY525
03-23-2009, 07:09 PM
PS TO SHAD....NO DON'T GET THE BAG! IT WOULD COST MORE THAN ITS WORTH TO MAIL IT! :rofl: IT JUST STRUCK ME FUNNY THAT THEY ASK FOR YOUR ADDRESS AND COUNTRY AND SEND THE E-MAIL COUPON. :lol3:

Shad
03-23-2009, 07:18 PM
It's probably and automatic return mail. Every man and his dog gets one if they want one.
So sorry you had to go through all that crap. It's getting to the totally ridiculous stage. Maybe you need to talk to Barack. Certainly seems to need to go hirer in the ranks.

ceejay52
03-23-2009, 07:20 PM
Mel
HUGS to you my friend. The four pages were addresses, but it all stemed for the sub station. I was so happy that one of the electric crew's bosses was on call yesterday. I gave him the first four address and said that is probably the sub station. he was right on. He had to replace a breaker.

Happy
Yes i work in the water department but on week ends and after 5 p.m. the water plant gets to answer the phone. I wish they would change it but they probably will not.

Annie
Welcome back. Sounds like you had a fun time. Did you ride the "boat" that goes down the river.

ceejay52
03-23-2009, 07:21 PM
Hi shad i see you are above me. How is work going?

happy2bme
03-24-2009, 08:47 AM
Good morning all,

In a hurry this morning so not much time to post.

So sorry to hear of all the hassle Mel. Really makes me mad that you are expected to jump through such hoops. Bah! And others just take, take, take and it is handed to them. Don't stress yourself over it though it is hard not to. :hug:

Crikey on the accellerated class Shad. 5 days shrunk to one?????? These companies never learn :no:

Gotta run, talk to you later. Love to all :grouphug:

annie175
03-24-2009, 09:14 AM
Good Morning All....

MEL...so sorry to hear of the trouble with the govt. You might know the good news you had a couple of weeks ago would bring diaster. D*mn them anyway.

SHAD...good thing you are so intelligent, getting 5 days of training into 1. Yikes!

Not much going on today. Am thinking about joining Curves. I belonged before, at least it gets me moving.

I left my pedometer in the ladies restroom yesterday before I left for home. Sadly it has not been found. I could cry. To think I made it all the way to Texas and back without losing it.

Hidee Ho...Ceejay, Happy, Michelle, and anyone I might of missed.

Much love and many hugs,

diyana
03-24-2009, 09:44 AM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

Sorry I've been so quiet. Yesterday was insanely busy at work...but that's a good thing. And I had quite a busy weekend getting the doggies here and there and running other errands. Then my back starting being really painful...I'm hoping it's due to that TOM and nothing more serious. I see the sports med doc on Thursday to hopefully get new xrays just in case it is something structural, in addition to my arthritic SI joint (well hopefully he can confirm whether or not the SI joint is the issue).

The doggies got clean bills of health at the vet. They love going to the vet because they get to see other dogs and the vet (and the techs) have pockets full of treats. The dogs just LOVE everyone there. And they love going to the groomers too for the chance to see and converse (bark) with other dogs and catch up on the latest doggie gossip...just like at any beauty salon. :rofl:

I'm looking forward to this weekend. I'm going to a party at a former co-worker's house on Friday night and on Saturday night, DH and I are going to a hockey game and Styx will be playing in concert after the game!

Happy - I'm so glad you enjoyed Menopause - The Musical! I've heard lots of good things about it. The heart catherization doesn't sound like any fun, but if it can help determine the cause of your pain, it's probably worth it. My DMIL has had it done a couple times and says it's not that bad. She ended up getting a couple stints put in and feels better than she has in decades! I'm with the other chicks though that if you can start with a chest xray or even an MRI to provide some images of what might be going on, that would be much better. Have you done asthma breathing tests - you take a deep breath and exhale into a device that measures your lung capacity. Do everything you can noninvasively first. On another subject...so you're already experiencing budding and blooming flowers? I'm so jealous! My pussy willow has buds, but that's about it. Of course, I saw my first robin of the year over the weekend. It made me so happy to see the little harbinger of Spring! Stores that are closed on weekends or only open a few hours??? As one who works in the retail industry....that's CRAZY! Especially in this economy, stores should be open during hours when it's most convenient for consumers to spend money. I make lists as well because I have "CRS" (Can't Remember :censored: ), and then just hope I don't forget where I put my lists! And I totally agree, the rhythmic sound of the surf is so relaxing. Your description of your visit to Monterey brought back fond memories of when we used to go there when we lived in CA. We love Cannery Row and the Aquarium. Such a lovely city by the ocean. :)

Ceejay - It was nice to chat with you on FB. Good for you for sticking with your points so well!

Mel - How great that you had such a restful sleep on Friday! We woke up to a dusting of snow on Saturday morning too, but thankfully it melted by 9 am. Sorry you had such a frustrating phone call and that the gov't is being such a pain in the arse. :hug:

Rose - I can't wait to hear your news! You've really got me curious. We don't have tulips or daffodils or anything yet...but hopefully soon.

Shad - QVM sounds wonderful! I wish we had somewhere like that here. Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend with the party and dinner with your friend! When do you get to go "home" next? Good for you for getting so much exercise in! So frustrating when a two day training is crammed into 1 day! Not good for the trainer or the trainees.

Ruth - I'm glad you had a nice weekend and hope that your week is going well. :)

Patty - I hope your Hydra Scan procedure goes well today. Good luck. :hug: I'm starting my veggies indoors this week. Especially the ones that take awhile (pumpkins, gourds, etc.). When I plant them directly in the garden or in pots after the last frost, they never get fruits. Very frustrating. I wonder how farmers do it here. They grow pumpkins and other stuff that takes a long time to mature. If you still have questions regarding growing cukes, squash, etc. in pots, just let me know. Speaking of frost...if a frost is expected after I've set my plants out, because my pots are SO heavy, I just leave them outside and cover them with a tarp or old bed sheet or something and that works well.

Annie - I'm so glad you had such a great vacation and a nice (he he) reunion with Tony! I hope Hella Bella didn't bite him while you were away. Sorry to hear about your pedometer. :( I hope it turns up.

Well, ladies, I really have to get some work done!

Love and hugs to all of you,

MELODY525
03-24-2009, 02:18 PM
SHAD~I DID TELL THE GIRL YESTERDAY THAT IF SHE HEARS FROM BARACK TO TELL HIM NOT TO GIVE ME ANY MORE STIMULUS MONEY AS THE OTHER BRANCHES WILL ONLY TAKE IT ALL AWAY ANY WAY!! :rofl:


JEANETTE~ GLAD IT WAS ADDRESSES...INSTEAD OF COMPLAINTS!! :faint:

HAPPY:wave: WAVING BACK TO YOU YOU BUSY CHICK!!

ANNIE~ SOMEONE WALKED OFF WITH THE PEDOMETER?!?! :tantrum: MAYBE THEY WILL TRIP ON IT AND FALL!! SERVE THEM RIGHT :rollpin:

MICHELLE~ SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR BACK. HOPING THAT THEY CAN FIND A WAY TO EASE THE PAIN. THE WEEKEND COMING UP SOUNDS NICE THOUGH SO DON'T GO NUTS AND JUST REST UP FOR THE FUN!!! YOU GAVE ME A GOOD LAUGH ABOUT THE DOGGIES! :rofl: :rofl: DOGGIE GOSSIP!! WE CALL IT READING THE DOGGIE NEWSPAPER WHEN THEY SNIFF THE TREES AND CURBS HERE!!:lol3: :lol3:

:cry: I WAS HAVING A PITY PARTY YESTERDAY.,...COULD YOU ALL TELL?
BUT I AM OVER IT NOW AND READY FOR WHATEVER THEY HIT ME WITH. I WENT TO SHOPRITE AND GOT FRUITS, VEGGIES AND CHICKEN BREASTS. ALSO SOME SLICED TURKEY, EGGS AND OF COURSE WATER! I EVEN BOUGHT BRITTA FILTERS FOR MY PITCHER. I SHOULD BE ALL SET NOW. IT WAS FREEZING OUTSIDE THIS MORNING....AT ONLY 26 WHEN I LEFT HERE. WE JUST GOT OUR WATER TURNED BACK ON...THEY FOUND A BIG LEAK IN ONE OF THE UNUSED OFFICES. :yikes: !!
HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT DAY.

diyana
03-24-2009, 02:23 PM
Hi Mel - Good for you for getting such healthy food at the store, as well as the Brita filters. 26 degrees?? Brrrrr. I got a good laugh from "reading the doggie newspaper"...my DH and I say that dogs are checking their "pee-mail" (as opposed to e-mail). :rofl: :rofl:

ceejay52
03-24-2009, 10:43 PM
Popping in to say hello, it's getting close to bed time.

Happy
Did you get rain or storms? Thankfully we got rain.

MELODY525
03-25-2009, 08:10 AM
FLYING IN AND OUT TO WISH YOU ALL A GREAT DAY. THE OFFICE IS SHORT-HANDED AND I CAN USE THE MOOLAH!!! :dance: NOT SURE HOW LONG I CAN STAY. THE RIGHT EYE IS A BIT WONKY AGAIN. GOTTA LOVE STRESS! :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:

annie175
03-25-2009, 08:11 AM
Hump Day ALREADY!!!!

Good Morning Chickies.....

MEL....We all deserve a pity party now and then. You certainly do after dealing with the govt. I think you are holding up very well. Yummy food choices at Shoprite. Could you pack my lunch for me?

Michelle...I believe doggies do gossip back and forth. I know Hella Bella puts her two cents in regularly. I think she misses Tony and the boys as she has been moping all week long. She will barely play ball with me in the mornings while I am getting ready for work and she is pretty demanding when it comes to morning ball playing.

Hidee Ho to Shad, Ceejay, Happy, Ruth and anyone else I may have missed.

I am going to an Indiana Pacer's BB game tonight. Not really too psyched about it tho, as the Pacer's STINK. Going with some girls from work with free tickets from Humana. Free tickets usually end up being about 20+ bucks after we get a bite to eat and an adult beverage.

Work was a madhouse yesterday, didn't get out of here till about 6pm. My president/boss has a meeting at Corporate in Cincinnati today and tomorrow. It was crazy getting her ready to go. She did bring me back a lovely summer dress and necklace to match from her cruise last week. They are from St. Kits.

Everyone have a wonderful hump day.

Much love and Many Hugs,

diyana
03-25-2009, 09:37 AM
Happy Wednesday -

I'm so glad the work week is nearly half over. I want a day off. Last weekend seems like ages ago! :lol: My back is doing a bit better today after PT, then going to the gym for 20 minutes of cardio, 10 minutes of stretches and planks, 20 minutes of abs, and 30 minutes of yoga. I'm planning on going to the gym tonight for cardio, stretching and abs. According to my physical therapist, part of the cause of the pain in the lower left side of my back could be due to tight hip flexors, quads, etc. on my right side, which is pulling and twisting the left side of my pelvis and back to compensate. So I've got all new stretches to do at least twice a day. It's a good reminder to me how important flexibility and stretching are in preventing injury. Seems like just about all I do now is stretching in one form or another. I used to just be able to do cardio and weights....but just doing that started this whole mess to begin with. :dunno: Anyway, I'm glad I'm feeling a little better today and I'm looking forward to seeing the doc tomorrow.

I'm thinking about talking to my regular doctor about either Alli or Xenical next time I see him. Not sure I'm thrilled with the side effects (oily discharge - ewwwwwwwwwwww), but if it will help me by scaring me into sticking to a very low fat diet and and help me lose weight a little faster, maybe it will be worth it. Do you chicks have any opinions about Alli or Xenical?

Shad - I hope your work is going better. Hang in there.

Mel - We do all deserve a pity party every so often....especially with all you've been put through. Hang in there. :hug: Don't work too hard....don't strain your eyes too much. I know the $$ is nice, but your health is WAY more important.

Ceejay - I'm glad you didn't have bad storms. We had some rumbles of thunder last night...but nothing too bad.

Happy - I hope you're having a good day.

Annie - How nice of your boss to buy you a dress and a necklace! And I'm sure she appreciates all your help in getting her ready for her trip to Corporate. Sending a :hug: to Miss Hella Bella...so cute that she's missing Tony and the boys. Have fun at the Pacer's game!

Well, I'd better get back to work. TTYL my friends!

Love and big hugs,

annie175
03-25-2009, 03:13 PM
Michelle...I have heard some people have had success with Alli, some have not. Yes with the side effects. Ewwwww to say the least.

Good news on the Pacer Game. We get to be in the Humana Suite with food and drinks, only thing I have to pay is parking. whew whooooo!

diyana
03-25-2009, 04:42 PM
Hey Annie - The Humana Suite??? SWEET! VERY NICE!! Have a fabulous time! :woohoo:

MELODY525
03-25-2009, 04:43 PM
SENDING ALL MY CHICK FRIENDS A BIG HUG FOR ALL THE KIND WORDS AND GOOD THOUGHTS:hug: :love:
I AM BUSHED AND NEED A SHOWER. LONG DAY.
MAYBE A FOOD SHOP IN THE MORNING OR THE OFFICE SO IF I DISAPPEAR HAPPY THURSDAY TOO! :rofl:

ANNIE....HERE'S SOME LEFTOVERS FOR TOMORROWS MICRO-HEAT & EAT :hun:



http://img4.realsimple.com/images/food-recipes/recipe-collections/0710/Sausage-Plate_300.jpg

Sausage With Escarole and White Beans

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage
2 small onions, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 19-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 small head escarole, tough stems removed and roughly chopped
kosher salt and pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
crusty bread (optional)

Directions

1 Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the sausage, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.
2 Add the onions to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine and broth and bring to a boil. Add the beans, escarole, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the escarole wilts, about 3 minutes.
3 Spoon into individual bowls and top with the Parmesan. Serve with the sausage and crusty bread, if desired.

MELODY525
03-25-2009, 04:47 PM
MICHELLE~ I AM NOT A BIG FAN OF DRUGS FOR WEIGHTLOSS BUT HAVING SAID THAT...THE DECISION IS YOURS. FRIENDS HAVE TRIED IT AND NEEDED PANTY LINERS, PADS AND AT TIMES BROUGHT UNDIES AND A CHANGE OF CLOTHING WITH THEM TO WORK. :faint: NONE OF THEM STAYED ON IT FOR LONG :rofl:

ANNIE~ WOW NICE!!! THE SUITE??? AND FREE!! GOTTA LOVE ALL THOSE PERKS!! :cheer:

MELODY525
03-25-2009, 04:54 PM
START MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES WEBSITE:

http://www.startmakingchoices.com/index.jsp


Southwest Spicy Meatloaf with Fiesta Rice

Hands On: 15 minutes | Total: 1 hour 15 minutes | Makes: 4 servings (1 slice meatloaf and about 3/4 cup rice each)
Ingredients
Meatloaf

1 pound ground sirloin beef
2 slices whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces or 1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
1/4 cup Egg Beaters Original
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup chili sauce

Rice

1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup drained, rinsed Rosarita Black Beans
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
Finely chopped fresh cilantro, optional

directions
Make Meatloaf: Preheat oven to 400F. Combine ground beef, bread, onion, drained tomatoes, Egg Beaters and chili powder in medium bowl.
Shape meat mixture into a 4x6-inch loaf. Place into an ungreased 8x8-inch baking dish. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until done (160F in center); drain excess drippings. Spoon chili sauce over meatloaf; bake an additional 10 minutes.
Make Rice: Combine rice, corn, beans and cumin in microwave-safe container. Microwave on HIGH 3 minutes or until hot, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro, if desired. Serve rice mixture with meatloaf.

Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 367 Sugars 6 g
Total fat 10 g Protein 30 g
Saturated fat 4 g Vitamin A 13%
Cholesterol 69 MG Vitamin C 8%
Sodium 712 MG Calcium 6%
Carbohydrate 38 g Iron 24%
Dietary fiber 6 g

Shad
03-25-2009, 07:47 PM
Morning all,

I'm so tired, just couldn't sleep last night for some reason. Maybe the endorphins released in my training session came to the fore in the middle of the night - whatever, it did not make for a good nights sleep.

Can I go home yet?? And pass the Vodka. What? It is only 10.47 in the morning??? Arrrgggh.

I'll be back tomorrow.

diyana
03-26-2009, 08:05 AM
Happy Happy Happy Thursday -

I went to the gym last night and did 20 minutes of cardio, followed by 20 minutes of abs and then 20 minutes of PT stretches and planks. I was exhausted by the time I got home, so I ate dinner, took a nice hot shower and relaxed. I think I was asleep by 9:15! :lol: Today, I'm leaving work early to go to the Sports Med doc. Hopefully, I'll still be able to make it to the gym for my strength training class. I'm finding that my back seems to do better if I combine cardio, stretches and resistance training. On Monday, when I skipped the gym, I was stiff and sore all evening and found it difficult to sleep because my muscles and joints were so stiff. So I guess this is a good reason to keep me active most days of the week.

Annie - I hope you had a great time at the game watching the Pacers WIN! :woohoo: I think it would be sooo cool to watch a game from a luxury suite. What a wonderful perk! Thanks for sharing your friends' experiences with Alli.

Mel - Thanks also to you for sharing your friends' experiences with Alli, and for sharing those yummy recipes.

Shad - Going home at 10:47 am is not allowed....although there have been days when I've wanted to go home by 9 am. :lol: I hope you're getting a very restful night's sleep right now.

Happy - I saw you posted on Facebook (on Shad's wall). I hope you had a good day.

Ruth - I know how addicting Facebook can be. I enjoy reading your posts on Facebook and on 3FC, so I hope you're not too quiet on either site.

Ceejay - I hope you have a great day. Are you and Happy getting hit with all the storms that are going through the southern states?

Time to get some work done.

Love and hugs to all,
Michelle

happy2bme
03-26-2009, 08:15 AM
Hi all,

Sorry I didn't get here yesterday. Turned out to be a very disruptive day. I have tomorrow off - going to tackle cleaning out the garage. If I decide to do the cardiac caterization next Friday, I will have to be a bit careful afterwards for a while and my Mom is coming to visit on the 22nd so I want to start getting the house all spiffy. The procedure will cut into some of my house cleaning time so I have to plan around it. My azaleas are blooming out back - they look to be as pretty as the first year we moved here. Last couple of years have been a dud.

Shad - I think there was something in the air yesterday with major sleepiness. It was going around here too. Maybe it was Zombie Day and we just forgot to check the calendar! Hope you got some extra rest and are perky again for the weekend :D

Mel - I'm sorry, I know I am immature but there's something about that sausage picture that borders on obscene. :rofl: :lol3: I hope you are feeling better today. :hug:

Annie - enjoy the suite at the game. We have a suite too at the FedEx Forum that I hear is very nice. They routinely raffle tickets to the employees for suite and courtside seats but I'm not a big sport nut so I don't throw my name in the hat (figures the one thing I'd win is what I don't really want :lol: ) BUT people said even if you're not into the game, go if you have the opportunity to the suite. So I hope you and the crew have a wonderful time!

Michelle - I think alot of our physical issues have indeed to do with tight "innards". Or weak ones in the case of abs and spine. We tend to forget about stretching and such until we are hurting. It's a good habit to do a few in the shower each morning when your muscles are warmed up. As for the Alli - my own 2 cents. I don't take the stuff but I have similar issues with the glucophage and I tell you that it's no fun at all. People who take it say they are TERRIFIED not worried, not concerned but scared crazy :yikes: to eat the wrong stuff and suffer the consequences. And it takes some time and experience (ie. accidents) to figure out what may trigger a problem. Studies show that the Alli boosts your weight loss by something like 20 percent. So is it worth always having a change of clothes and wearing dark things all the time to lose an extra half pound a week? I think if you eat reasonably now, that won't help you much. However I guess if maybe I was addicted to fatty things like baked goods, fried foods, butter and such and was looking for a way to kick the habit - that might be something that could make me scared straight. As I said, just my opinion. I wish we didn't fight our head so much with eating the wrong stuff in the wrong portions. I still want to eat things like the clam chowder at work that taste so good going in but give me such grief afterwards. Good luck with whatever you choose :hug:


Good morning Ceejay and Patty!

And with that, I need to get out of here.

Oh one more thing. I used to have the paid subscription to 3FC which was not only ad free forums but allowed me to have more PMs in my mailbox. The sisters are making some changes right now and I can't renew so I am over my PM limit and can't receive any more messages until I spend some time cleaning my mailbox.

See yah...

happy2bme
03-26-2009, 08:17 AM
You're right Michelle, I looked at Facebook yesterday and today my computer is acting funky. So I am done with that site. There's alot of worms and spam and such targeted there.

annie175
03-26-2009, 09:22 AM
Good Morning Everyone from Indy........

Had a great time at the Pacer game last night. Drank 2 glasses of wine, ate veggies and salsa. Wings, hotdogs and subs were offered, however I did not partake. I no likie wings and hotdogs and too much bread on subs. Yes, the Pacers actually won!

Michelle...looks like you are getting back into the swing of exercising. Don't over do it and get your back in a bind.

Happy...cleaning out the garage, always a major chore, but it is kind of neat finding stuff we forget we even own. I might drop by to help you, I like cleaning out garage. I will add you to my prayer list of good results for your cath next Friday.

Shad...I am with you on going home early. I came in late this morning. Didn't get here till 8:15 when my normal start time is 7:30. Just couldn't get with it this morning. Shad, you have the vodka and I will have the tequila-in my margarita, of course. CHEERS!!

MEL...The meatloaf and rice recipe sounds so good. I may have to whip that up this weekend. Tony likes mexican and italian food a lot, so this will fit in nicely for Sunday.

My nephew's (35 yrs) wife called me at 11:00 pm last night, as he had emergency apendectomy surger. Last month he had his gallbladder removed. Not sure if he still has his tonsils or not. He did ok and is on his way to recovery. Eight months ago he had bariatric surgery. He is just worn thin (literally) He has lost like 130 lbs, is building a new house and doing most of the work himself then his wife is due May 1st with their first baby GIRL...Yes I will be a GREAT AUNT, again for the second time. She can just call me GREAT tho.

Hello to everyone, gotta go, my Avon is in the lobby for delivery.

Love and Hugs,

MELODY525
03-26-2009, 12:33 PM
SORRY THIS IS ANOTHER FLY BY. HAD TO LEAVE THE OFFICE EARLY. MY RIGHT EYE WENT NUTS. THE DR SAID TO USE THE STEROIDS THIS TIME AND GET THIS IVER WITH!! HOPE THEY WORK. LOVE TO ALL. I JUST CANNOT READ. I'LL BE BACK IN A FEW DAYS :moped:

annie175
03-26-2009, 01:28 PM
Poor MEL. God love ya... Silly ole eye.

Had Arni's for lunch. Baked stuffed mushrooms with mozzerella cheese and marinara sauce. YUM YUNM

annie175
03-26-2009, 01:53 PM
Ladies...I am thinking about joining Curves again. They have the new Smartcard start or something. Where you put your tag in the machine and a green light comes on when you are pushing yourself hard enough to do some good.

What are ya'lls thoughts on Curves......be honest.

diyana
03-26-2009, 02:45 PM
Hi Annie - I was thinking about joining Curves...but I really prefer "classes" - like Step, kickboxing, dance - you know, all the things I can't do right now. Plus, I like having access to a pool and hot tub.

If you like circuit training (aerobics stations and resistance training machines), then it would be okay. I thought I'd get bored with only being able to do that. Of course, I got my info off the website and never actually checked out a location.

Good luck with your research!

annie175
03-26-2009, 03:12 PM
Hey, thanks for your input Michelle...I used to belong to Curves a couple of years ago, but that was before the tag thing to check your status. I think I will go by there on Saturday morning and check it out. I have heard you can now join and go on a month to month basis, instead of joining for a whole year. I just don't want to commit to a year, knowing my desire to exercise, and no, paying for it does not encourage me to go.

Shad
03-26-2009, 10:25 PM
Once again, no time for posting. Gotta get this finished. Will be back tomorrow with any news I can find after I get back from the markets.

happy2bme
03-27-2009, 12:15 AM
Well we knew it was coming eventually. DH has become a casualty of this sucky economy. He was one of the 5,000 job cuts today at his company. At least he made his 25 years. We will be ok - just have to refigure things a bit. His last day is my birthday. Ain't that ironic?

Annie - used to be that many Curves would give you a free week's pass to try out the facility. I'm sure like anything, they are also hurting for business. Might want to check that out before you shell out money. Also ask about the hours - many of them - the one by me included are small franchises and more accomodating to women who don't work for a living and have their day free. Make sure it works into your schedule. In any event, 30 minutes of something is way better than 30 minutes of nothing. :D

I'm really tired now. Heading to bed. Will catch up in the morning. Goodnight all...

annie175
03-27-2009, 08:52 AM
TGIF Worldlies.......

Happy....So sorry to hear of your DHs job loss. I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and there is something better down the road for him. I know it is all cliche', but very true. Goodluck with all before you and hubby.....I did check the hours of the specific CURVES I am thinking about. The hours are till 8 pm every evening. It should work for me. Also they have hours till 1 pm on Saturday. Most days I am very excited about doing this, then a few days I am not. Just depends on the state of tiredness of the day. ;^)

Nothing exciting happening this weekend, Kind of a let down after last weeks vacation in Texas. May useit to catch up on things around the house. Trying to find someone to rototill my little garden, free, of course. Still have time on that.

Have a great Friday all.

Love and Hugs

diyana
03-27-2009, 08:54 AM
Happy Friday ladies -

I'm glad the work week is nearing the end. And I'm leaving at 12:45 today because I'm going to get a shot in my back. The Sports Med doc said that with my back injury/issue (SI joint pain), the two best courses of treatment are physical therapy which I've been doing, and steroid injections. I've had them before and they typically last around 6 months. I'm happy to be getting it done. I was hoping that PT would be enough...but it just wasn't. So now the doc wants me to put PT on hold for a few weeks, but I can still go to the gym and work out starting Sunday (nothing jarring though). He and I are hoping that the shot will alleviate the pain so that I will be able to be more active, get my weight down and get my core fitter/stronger. So that's my goal between today and 6 months....to hopefully lose 20+ pounds...get a strong back and core and hopefully not have to have any more shots. :)

Happy - I'm soooo sorry to hear about your DH being laid off. That's awful. After 25 years?? Go figure. :dunno: At least he made his 25 years. I'm glad to hear you're feeling that you'll be okay. That's a big relief. Big :hug: for you and your DH as you "refigure" things. As for his last day being your b'day...life is so dang ironic - sometimes it does kinda suck though. When we bought this house a few years ago, my DH got laid off on the day escrow closed. :yikes: But he found a job quickly (thank heavens for contract jobs). That's smart of you to do the heavy cleaning now since you may not be up to it next weekend! Good for you! How nice that your azaleas are blooming. We don't have any flowers blooming yet...which I guess is good because they're predicting snow tomorrow. :( I definitely agree that tight/weak "innards" can be the root of many aches and pains....so I'm going to commit to adding stretching to my daily routine, even on days I don't get to the gym. You have a very good point about the Alli...I don't eat too many fatty foods...just occasionally....so it might not help a lot, and is it worth the messy and embarassing risks? :dunno:

Annie - Scary about your nephew's emergency apendectomy surgery, but glad to hear he's doing okay. And, yes, you are GREAT! I completely agree with Happy that you should check out Curves, including their hours, before you shell out money. The Curves by me is only open from 8 am until 6 or 7 pm and very limited hours on the weekends...not really accommodating to the working woman's schedule.

Mel - Looks like we'll both be on steroids...you for your eye and me for my back. But they do usually provide relief. Hang in there.

Ruth - I hope you're having a good day today!

Ceejay - Are you going to Paragould this weekend?

Shad - I hope you get to relax and have fun this weekend.

Love and big hugs to all,

diyana
03-27-2009, 08:56 AM
Annie - you posted above me, you little devil! :lol: Glad to hear that the hours of your Curves will work for you. I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend puttering around the house. Can Tony rototil your garden in exchange for a marvelous dinner or something else? ;) :lol:

ceejay52
03-27-2009, 09:04 AM
Happy
I don't blame you in choosing the cardiac cath. I'd want to know if there is any blockage or not also. Sorry to hear the news about dh's job.

I'm not sure who mentioned Ali weight loss. My doctor recommended this to me at one time. You do have to watch the fat grams very closely.

Michelle
Good for you on getting in the exercise. I haven't had any problems with FB yet but I try not to do all those extra things. I have a paid subscription and don't have near the problems I used to due to the advertising on 3fc

Annie
I for one like to know how I'm doing when exercising. I'd love to have a BodyBugg like they use on the Biggest Loser. That's why I wear the pedometer and the exercise bike I have at home counts burned calories, miles etc.

Mel
Rest, We will hear from you later.

Shad
Hope things get better for you.

Early Thursday Morning we had rain but this morning around 3.30 a.m. I woke up to the loudest thunder that actually shook the house. Still raining when I took out the garbage.
I cleaned up the kitchen yesterday and did most of the laundry. The grass was still a little wet but decided to mow the yard. My mower is needing a new blade. I'm sore this morning. It took me a little over 2 hours, the grass was taller than I realized, but I had 18,318 steps and 3.7 miles. I'm sore this morning. I love to be outside.

Have a good day.

ceejay52
03-27-2009, 09:08 AM
Michelle
Probably will not go to Paragould. I'm filling in for L Sunday. It's getting to be a gbig hassle if I go for one night.

happy2bme
03-27-2009, 09:40 AM
Hello ladies,

I updated my PC to IE8 last night and it's very sluggish. That and the network was down today also. Not going to be a great day I think. I am off today - kind of glad about that because my head is swimming with everything that is going on. I was supposed to clean out the garage today and it is raining like crazy - was kind of hoping to drag boxes from the garage to the patio so I can dig through them in better light. I don't want to find any surprise spiders in the boxes :yikes: I guess I could focus on the inside of the house today and do the garage tomorrow.

Thanks for the support about DH. It's kind of hitting home today - lots to think about. I guess that's a good frame of mind to be in when you are cleaning!

Ceejay - I think you can get the lawnmower blade sharpened rather than replacing it. I'm not sure - think DH runs a stone over ours. The blade does get dull over time. I think we are in for lots of April rain around these parts.

Ack Michelle - sounds like you are really in a world of hurt right now. I'm sorry to hear about that :hug: Hope the shot will help you. That was frightful about DH losing his job as you closed on a house! I think I'd panic but as you say - you just have to push forward. I must say I cringed when you mentioned predictions of snow this weekend. I'm sure you are so ready for spring.

Annie - sounds like you found yourself a more accomodating Curves outlet. If for nothing else, at least it gets you back in the habit of exercising. I can relate to that. I'm good on food, terrible when it comes to the routine of formal exercise. I suppose you have to set up a routine for yourself - know when you are going to go - some people are early exercisers, some are ok going after work. Then they say you must commit to it without fail. One of the good things about Curves is the comraderie you build up with the other ladies as opposed to the somewhat impersonal experience of just you at the gym. Since you have already lost the weight, Curves would probably be a good option for toning and fitness. Good luck!

Shad - sorry to hear you are so rushed. By now the work week should be over. Hope you get something tasty at the markets.

Mel - rest up and take care of yourself. Sorry to hear about your eye. :hug:

I guess I'm going to try and get something done this morning so let me get off here and get busy. I'll be back later. :wave:

diyana
03-27-2009, 11:13 AM
Ceejay - Good for you for getting in all that yard work/cleaning/exercise! Thanks for your thoughts about Alli. Happy is correct, it is possible to have lawn mower blades sharpened and if I recall it doesn't cost that much.

Happy - Having been where you are in terms of dealing with layoffs, I totally understand what you mean about your head swimming. That plus, your catheter procedure. That's a lot to deal with. But you just have to push forward and hope for better days ahead. As for my pain...it comes and goes, and luckily does not keep me from working...but it does keep me from enjoying life outside of work as it really limits what I can do. And frankly, I'm tired of the Catch 22...that my back will hurt less, and many of my medical problems will be alleviated when I lose weight...but I can't work out without pain so it's difficult to take off the weight. Catch 22. So with the shot...I'll be able to do a lot more without pain (as long as I remember to not be stupid and do too much lifting or bending, etc.). You're right about the importance of committing to exercise. I'm much better on exercise than on food. That being said, it's REALLY easy for me to talk myself out of going to the gym. But this week, even though I was a bit sore, I forced myself to go every day except Monday (because I was just in too much pain on Monday), and I the combination of cardio, abs, and stretching was just the ticket for my stiff and aching back. And I just have to remind myself when I try and think of excuses not to go to the gym that not only will I feel better afterwards due to endorphins, my back will loosen up and probably hurt less if I work out sensibly. :)

annie175
03-27-2009, 03:47 PM
Eewww Michelle, a shot in the back, I wouldn't even get an epidural to have a baby, I went natural, cause I was scared of the shot in the back...Yikes.

Ceejay....wish it would get warm enough to cut the grass here. It is supposed to rain all weekend and maybe flurry early SUnday morning. I wish mother nature would quit teasing us and just let it be warm.

Happy....being unemployed not too long ago, I can relate to your DH and your head swimming also. Bless your heart. Peace sister.

Not too much going on...I found my gift card for the movies, I would like to go see Duplicity, Tony is want to see 12 Rounds or something like that. We may have 13 Rounds, deciding. hahahha. He is being extra nice today, nice he has been in a foul mood over work all week. He apoligized for being a "Dick" on the phone earlier in the week. He wasn't really a dick to me at all, but I accepted his apology anyway...keep him in practice for apolgies... hahaha

I think Hella Bella is coming out of her depression. She was full of crap this morning wanting to play ball. It only took about a week for her to get over missing Tony and the boys.

Tony's boy's half brother, (Tony's ex-wife's kid by new husband) was a bit of a hero yesterday. He went into his buddy's burning house and saved the baby. The baby ended up with burns on 30 percent of it's body and the half brother just had burns on his arms. The baby is in the burn unit in Indy. THe half brother was treated and released. The dad of the baby was burnt on 70 percent of his body and is also in the burn unit in Indy. Tragic but a great story. Did that make any sense? Confusing....

Anyway, have a great night-morning.

Love and Hugs

Shad
03-28-2009, 03:54 AM
Wow Annie - what a hero you have in the family.

Happy - what can I say. DH saw it coming a while back, however it's never over till it's over and now you have got to that stage. Please pass on my sympathies. No doubt I will get to chat to him on facebook, but no matter how hard you try, the final cut still hurts. After 25 years, it's a severe surgical removal.

Michelle hope that back improves very soon with the steroid shots. You are right - it's always a catch 22 situation. Things hurt because we put too much weight on weak joints, and we need to move those weak joints to move the weight.

DS2 rang me today to say that he thought DB2 was back gambling again. I rang DB2 and had a chat with him, but he was buying bits to fix his dishwasher which locked everything inside during it's cycle. It seems the DW has been repaired with some dodgy parts at some point in the past. I guess they are in for a new dishwasher now. That means they have replaced the washing machine, fridge, and oven since they moved into the place. Such is life.

Iwent to the market this morning. Walked up there, caught the tram back. I got some lovely veges and some fantastic bread. I also bought ham, some dried fruit and looked lovingly at the wonderful cheeses, but was very good and left them behind.

The Australian Grand Prix is on here in Melbourne this weekend. It adds to the noise around the place as well as the helicopters and F18 or whatever it is buzzing over head - this is already one really noisy place!!!!

I've been to the gym and the pool today. Like Michelle I need to get some of this weight off my ankle and knee joints. I think I need to get a trainer to get me really started again. The gym here is okay but not great and the pool is becoming somewhat cool. I hope they start heating it soon.

Anyway, I'd better go and put some dinner on. Steak with salad tonight and some of that fantastic sourdough multigrain bread I bought.

happy2bme
03-28-2009, 10:38 AM
Good morning chicks,

DH is not into reading stuff so I am doing as much research as possible in regards to what this job cut really means. The more I read, the more it's not good news. He's been there long enough to retire. He can get insurance as a retiree. It appears that they charge 3 times the premium under the retiree medical program for a very crappy insurance plan as opposed to what you get for an employee. So 80% yes I said 80% of his monthly pension would go to insurance premiums. Doesn't leave enough left over for food. Guess we will switch over to my plan at work - not as good of insurance and more than we are paying now but still not as bad as what he'd get. I am still digging up bad news. My stomach hurts.

Today marks Earth Hour. It has already started in Sydney so you'll probably miss it Shad. Between 8:30 and 9:30pm your local time you are asked to turn off all unneccessary lights in support of environmental greeness and being aware of energy conservation. The thing that blew my mind is that they are turning off the lights on the Las Vegas strip tonight. The hotel /casino interiors will stay on but the lights on the strip as well as the Welcome to Las Vegas sign will go dark for an hour.

Today I have a neighborhood ladies luncheon to attend which I'm looking forward to. I have tiny cookie cutters and cut shapes like stars, hearts and flowers out of various melons. Made fruit kabobs with grapes, the melons and blueberries. They look cute if I must say so myself. I was going to arrange them into a flower pot as a flower arrangement but I made a vow to start learning how to live more cheaply. I said I'm going to make something for the luncheon with ingredients on hand. I have the flowerpot but not the foam insert I would need so I just made skewers and they look just as nice - easier to lift off the dish too. I am also making a chicken casserole. It's a bit dangerous to make something for the first time that I've never tried before but I got the recipe from Southern Living and it was given 5 stars by most of the 89 reviews. The lowest score was 3 and even those said they loved it so I hope it works. It was VERY hard not to run off to the store and pick up extra stuff yesterday :lol: I'm not going to take to thrifty living easily :rofl:

I'm sorry that I don't have time for personals right now. Got to get the casserole assembled and in the oven and then hop in the shower. I'll be back tonight. Enjoy your Saturday.

Annie that is so awesome about Tony's son's hb. What a hero!!!!!!!

ceejay52
03-28-2009, 02:44 PM
Not much going on here. rained again last night.

Annie
That was being a hero tog go into a burning house.

Michells
feel better soon.

Shad
03-28-2009, 05:39 PM
Morning all,
It's Sunday morning and all is well. Yes we did have Earth hour last night but I didn't notice too much extra darkness around my way. I don't think there were too many people home in this complex since it was dark and quiet for much of the day. The local big building seemed to be as brightly lit as ever and certainly the bay area was not taking part.

I guess that soon the noise will begin again for the grand prix. It was very noisy yesterday, I may just have to take a tram to somewhere and walk back to get away from the noise.

Next week there is a garden and flower exhibition here in Melbourne. It's a big show, similar to the Chelsea Flower show in London. R and I will be going to that - at least it will be quieter than the GP

Happy - I don't know enough about redundancies in US so can offer any suggestions. I presume your DH will be looking for work and these chicks have a record of wishing people into employment. If I hear of anything, I will let him know.

And that is about it for the time being. Fruit and yoghurt are eaten. Coffee is drunk. The latest news is done and is still not better than yesterday. So it is time to move along and go see what is around town this morning.

MELODY525
03-29-2009, 08:07 AM
SORRY FOR THE ABSENCE MY FRIENDS BUT JEN IS NOT HERE AND THE EYE REMAINS STUBBORN. AS THE DROPS WORKED THEIR MAGIC ON THE "RED" AND IT FADED, IT REVEALED SOME CYSTS. WHEN I CAN SEE WITH LIGHT I WILL BE BACK. IN THE MEANTIME I AM OF GOOD SPIRITS AND DOING OK. HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE TOO SENDING OUT GOOD THOUGHTS AND MANY :hug: BE BACK SOON I HOPE. :moped:

ceejay52
03-29-2009, 09:30 AM
Mel
(hugs)

I'm workiing for L. today.

I'm getting bored with the "diet thing". I'm going to take a leave of absence
for awhile.

happy2bme
03-29-2009, 10:39 AM
howdy chicks,

Yesterday's neighborhood luncheon was nice. A little of this, a little of that. Took care of some homeowner's assn business too. It's been quite a disruptive weekend. I had so many plans to do other things. It's also cool and very dreary out. We got a ton of rain and everything is flooded and soggy.

Ceejay - I can relate with the boredom of "dieting". Sometimes you have to take a break from it. I think we can focus too hard. Step away and re-find your motivation.

Mel, sorry to hear about the eyes. You take care of those pretty blue peepers. We'll leave the light on for yah :hug:

Shad - the flower show sounds nice. The grand prix does not. I find the older I get, the more loud noises tend to bother me. And like most people, we lose the ability to filter out background noises as we age. Getting very hard for me to hear someone talking in a restaurant with lots of other people talking around me. Same with the car noises. My ears shut out the cars and everything else.

Annie - hope you found a good movie to see. I heard that they were panning Duplicity. I looked up a review on that other horrid movie you saw a while back and yuck, I think I would have walked out on that one. Does it seem like the quality of the movies has gone downhill? We hardly ever watch them anymore. Don't rent from Blockbuster. Might only watch 4 per year on pay per view. And some of the actors that we liked have been in duds of movies like Will Smith and Legend. Glad I don't date anymore, would be lost for things to do on date night :rofl:

Michelle - did you get your shot? Feel better? I know what you mean about the frustration of the pain keeping you from pushing your self on the exercise and the Catch-22 about the weight and the exercise. Surely there has to be an answer! I think the most frustrating part is that for every "treatment" be it medication or otherwise, there is a compromise and a side effect. I am still stunned that steroids can advance cataracts. And so many issues with anti-inflammatories affecting the liver too. Geez :lol: I do hope you are feeling better. Hang in there, only 2 more months of cooler weather. I'm sure once it gets to the upper 60's temp wise, you will also be feeling better.

I am still on the fence about this heart cath on Friday. Don't have much more time to back out. On one hand, the insurance is as good as it's going to be for the next 3 weeks. Regardless of whether we cut to my insurance or stick with DH's - the coverage will be much worse and the premiums will cost us more. So part of me says to take care of as much as possible in the next 4 weeks. Another part of me says that if something goes wrong (always a possibility), it's going to be a hassle to say the least. And then there's always the do nothing although I constantly have twinges and can't really tell if they are digestive in nature or what. :dunno:

I really much prefer it when I can slide through life and not have to travel the beaten path :rofl:

Oh well - not getting anything done sitting here. Might go make breakfast and get on with the day. You do the same.

happy2bme
03-29-2009, 10:41 AM
anyone else having trouble with this site lately? It seems to hang and not respond, sometimes it says I have duplicate posts too.

Shad
03-29-2009, 05:18 PM
Back at work - oh the joys - but it is better than sitting listening to silly bumblebee cars going around the tracks and banging into tyre walls and each other. I can see that any day of the week just looking out the window and watching the motorway traffic go past.

The weather is definitely cooling off - I spent most of the afternoon with a jumper on. Mind you the flat gets no direct sunlight which is probably nice in summer, but isn't great going into winter.

Happy - get the procedure done. It may be frightening and worrying, but at the end of it, you will have some sort of answer - either a yes or a no. If it is a no, you have nothing to worry about. Yes, well you will be seeing more of the GP. It's life.

Mel sorry to hear about the eye. Hope those cysts clear up really soon. I've left a couple of lights on to guide you on your way.

Ceejay - we must all do, what we must do. Dieting, exercising, being good all becomes boring after a while. Just watch things while you are away and don't let too much slip. I did and I'm having terrible trouble trying to get it all off again.

Spreadsheet calls. I'll be glad when I have this finished.

diyana
03-29-2009, 07:31 PM
Hi everyone - quick check in. The site is really slow for me and doesn't even open most of the time. :(

Anyway, after a day or so of soreness from the shot, my back is doing better today. We got a few inches of snow last night and this morning, so I spent most of the day cooking and relaxing and watching dvr'ed episodes of Grey's Anatomy.

Happy - I agree with Shad. You should do the procedure and get the answers. My philosophy is that I can handle anything, as long as I know about it. Sorry to hear about DH and the retirement pension stuff. At least you can carry the insurance.

Shad - I hope this week goes well for you.

Ceejay, Mel, Annie, and everyone...I hope you all are doing well. I'll write more tomorrow...hopefully the site will be behaving better.

Love and hugs to all,

happy2bme
03-30-2009, 08:32 AM
Good morning girls,

I give up. Wave the white flag. I don't think it's possible anymore not to be aggrivated or stressed out. Just when you talk yourself out of stressing, something else comes along. That just occured to me last night as I was thinking of belly fat and stress. It was my last waking thought before drifting off to sleep. No wonder I woke up tense and unwilling to dig out from under the covers today ;)

Several people have been commenting on problems with the site here lately.

Thanks for the encouragement about the heart test. It's the 52% of how I feel also.

Michelle - hope you are feeling better and were NOT out shoveling snow yesterday. My nephew in Kenosha got 6 inches of the wet sloppy stuff. Isn't it supposed to be spring????

Shad - as warm as it can get sometimes, I prefer a sunny house/apartment/flat. Mine is on the shady side of the street too and I think at times it's too cool. Both of us were wearing jumpers yesterday so for once we were in sync :lol:

Ceejay - I hope your leave of absence was to the diet thing and not to us because we will miss you if that's true. :(

:hug: to Mel and some cool compresses for the peepers.

Not sure what else to say at the moment so I suppose I will get on with the day. Have a good one!

diyana
03-30-2009, 09:17 AM
Happy Monday ladies -

I had such a fun relaxing weekend, I didn't want it to end. Did I mention that the hockey game/Styx concert was AWESOME! Those guys sound as good as they did in the 70s/80s! My low back is a bit sore today...don't know why as I didn't do much yesterday except cooking yesterday. Oh well, hopefully it goes away soon. I want to feel better so I can exercise more, get fitter and stronger and lose weight.

Annie - The shot in my back isn't as painful or scary as it seems. In my case, the shot doesn't go in the spine, but rather in the SI (sacroilliac) joint (which is where my pain stems from). No risk of paralysis or anything really bad. Did you get snow on Sunday? We got about 2-3" Saturday night/Sunday morning which was a lot better than the 7" they were forecasting. And by Sunday afternoon most of it had melted. So neither DH or I was out shoveling. Yay! Wow! The half brother truly was a hero! I hope his burns, and of course the baby's and baby's father's burns heal quickly. Sending healing thoughts their way.

Happy - A friend of mine's job was recently cut after 22 years with the same company. He got the job right out of college and has been there ever since. It's been a very difficult adjustment for him, as I'm sure it is/will be for your DH. I'm sending you both :hug: and :goodvibes: Has your DH thought about consulting jobs? With his extensive experience, that might be a good opportunity for him. And Shad is right...us chicks have a great track record of wishing people into great jobs! It's good that you can go on to your insurance. I've been carrying the insurance for both of us since we've been married. I've always had the better insurance. As for the heart cath - I think you should have it done, especially while you have good insurance. For me, it's always better to deal with the known than the fear/worry of the unknown. DH and I didn't completely observe Earth Hour, but we had almost all the lights off in the house while we were at the hockey game/concert. I understand what you're saying about medication/treatment and side effects - steroids can advance cataracts and decrease bone density, my asthma meds can increase the risk of glaucoma. But when it comes to my respiratory meds and steroids for my lungs...breathing in the short term is more of an urgent concern for me than possible long term effects. And with the shots...if they can improve my quality of life and allow me to exercise and live a full and active life...to me, they're worth the risk. I'm glad you had a nice time at the luncheon. BTW, I'd love the chicken casserole recipe.

Shad - You are so right. I've just got to get this weight off. And I know it won't come off overnight. I just wish it would come off faster. Of course, patience is not my strong suit. Sorry to hear about DB2's appliance problems, but much better to have those than gambling problems. Good on your DS2 for letting you know about your DB2. Good on you for getting to the gym and the pool. The garden/flower exhibition sounds like a wonderful time! I wish we had big garden shows here. Our home/garden shows are more home improvement and landscaping shows...not a display of gorgeous plants.

Ceejay - You got rain, we got snow. And we'll be getting more rain and snow later this week. Arrgh...enough snow already! I understand the need to take a break from dieting. Just do the best you can. :hug:

Mel - I hope your eye gets better very soon. I'm glad to hear you're doing okay otherwise and are in good spirits. :hug:

Well, this chick had better get some work done.

Big hugs and lots of love to all,

annie175
03-30-2009, 11:51 AM
Hello and Happy Monday....NOT....

Aunt Flo has shown her face on Saturday. I had cramps and a migraine headache yesterday and today, just cramps and major flooding. I am now commando with a pad in pants and tampon. This has too end soon, I will be 49 before too long. SHeesh.

Shad....I cannot ever pass on cheese. I love cheese. My first job as a teenager was at Hickory Farms. Dinner of steak and salad sounds delish, I will be right over.

Happy....OMG lights out in Vegas, I am surprised there wasn't loitering. We went to see the movie 12 Rounds. It was ok, not bad really, but predictable. I would wait till it comes out on DVD and rent it.

Hi ya Ceejay...hope all is well with you babe.

MEL...good to hear from you and dang the ole eyes anyway. Feel better.

Michelle....glad to hear you are feeling better. I love Styx. I have the some of their first stuff that came out. We did get a tiny bit of snow flurries, nothing stuck, the sun decided to shine late into the afternoon. We just had rain to beat h*ll. Wind and noise.

I guess I am having Easter at my house. Both kids will be home. One brother and wife will be over and my parents will be over if they are feeling up to it. I told everyone I was not serving much to eat as it is always crazy with leftovers no one wants.

Didn't make it to Curves on Saturday, however called them and have an appt tomorrow night at 6:30 to check it out. I am kind of excited about it. Hope it lasts and hope it tightens some of this crap up just a bit. I figure any tightening would be better than nothing.

Hey to everyone I may have missed.

Here is a shout out to Miss Hollybelle.

Much love and many hugs,

Annie

diyana
03-30-2009, 01:10 PM
Hi Annie - Aunt Flo showed up for me a week ago. Sheesh, I'll be 47 this year. I hear ya' - enough already. Enough Flo, enough snow! Good for you for checking out Curves tomororw night. I need to lose and tighten too. I would have so many more clothes options (already in my closet) if I had could just lose a couple inches around the middle.

ceejay52
03-30-2009, 06:05 PM
Happy
I'm with Shad on having the procedure done. It would take a lot of stress off of you finding out that everything is okay. We want you to be healthy.
No, I'm not abandoning the chicks, just the diet.

Michelle and Annie
I surely don't envy you two right now. Even at 58 I still have the cramps and spot but I'm talking to the gyn onmy next visit.

Mel
Hope the eyes arer better soon.

Shad
Have "fun" doing those spread sheets. Are you making them easier to understand?

Not much going on in my little corner of the world. Could not sleep last night due to caffiene after 3 p.m. I'm had to keep busy today. I've caught myself dozing.

Shad
03-30-2009, 11:18 PM
I don't think much will come out of the spreadsheet Ceejay although I have found a few strange things and we are working on fixing them now. Easier to understand??? Well they are colourful at the very least. I think I have just found $700K of their missing stock. Wonder if I can claim a percentage. The spreadsheet makes interesting reading, but it's real bedtime stuff. I slept in this morning. First time I have done that for a very long time.

Poor Ceejay, Michelle and Annie - still getting visits from Auntie Flo. Thank heavens for small mercies, after making my life **** for the best part of thirty years, she departed this body at age 44. I haven't stopped dancing about that yet. Talk about freedom.

Y'all should come on over. No problems with the site from here!! But I suspect that is because we don't have the population stream. There are never very many people lurking around when I am on here and you lot are in the land of nod. If I check through the posts now, there are no little eggs - sorry happy - aigs aglow that I can see. Time here 1409 and the time in Memphis 2209 and in Indianapolis 2309 - Annie should be in bed. I might see Happy from time to time, since she is the last of the sleepers.

Finished my spreadsheet yesterday. Looked up from my desk to see that the entire company had gone home. WTF. Oh no its nearly 1800 hours. I'm doing overtime now at the other end as well.

Starting to look forward to going home for Easter. Just less than a fortnight to go. I have lots to do and think about. I had a recruiter ringing me for a job in Brisbane coming up at the end of May. If I don't get renewed here I will be gunning for it. End of May, whats going on??? Is someone actually planning for the project as far as personnel go??? Wonders will never cease.

Okay - I'd better get out of here and go to the ladies prior to some meeting that will drag on and not give me any information that I can understand. I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with the Indian accent.

happy2bme
03-31-2009, 12:13 AM
Just missed you tonight Shad. One thing I noticed with this site is that my typing is a bit delayed and pausing as I type. It's freaky. Only on this site too.

I hope you can sort out the bits on the spreadsheet. And good luck on the new assignment. Hard to believe someone has the good thoughts to actually plan ahead with getting a trainer in. Hope it works out for you.

I'm done with Aunt Flo myself. Thank God. One should not have to deal with adult onset acne and menopause at the same time! Mine went away with a hormone called Prempro. Took it for a year and it finally dried things up. But menopause itself and it's lingering effects lasts for about 10 years in total so don't get your hopes up ladies. You have my sympathies. Of course once Aunt Flo leaves, there are other not so pleasant issues to deal with too.

ok the typing delay seemed more pronounced in the quick message box, not so prominent in the advanced post feature. That was giving me the willies for a minute there.

Annie - remember with Curves it's not just tightening the outside, but also helping the ticker and the immune system too. All good things. Hope you like it.

Michelle - glad you enjoyed the concert. I saw Styx when they were first starting out. I think they were called TW4 at one time.

Ohhh big thunder rumble rolled out. I'd better get off the computer and into bed. Goodnight all...

Shad
03-31-2009, 01:28 AM
Nah - menopause lasted less than 6 months for me and no hot flushes, no mood swings, no anything. Just a happy, happy time. However!!!!!! and it's a big one.
Get that weight off BEFORE menopause strikes, because the fat sets hard afterwards and is a dog of a thing to remove.
Everyone has a different aspect on menopause. My friend Chris from Japan took a couple of years and much agony at the beginning, however the effects of her Churgg-Strauss just made it all go away. Others I know have had a hard time of it, but found it's best to try to tough it out rather than take HRT or whatever. Many of my friends haven't had a problem with it at all. Must be all the booze they drink!!!!!!

MELODY525
03-31-2009, 08:20 AM
THIS MUST BE THE MENOPAUSE PAGE I JUST LANDED ON. I TIRED TI GET TO THE OTHERS BUT IT SAYS "ETRROR: PAGE CANNOT BE FOUND".( maybe just as well...i would try and read them all) I LOVED MENOPAUSE EVEN WITH THE HOT FLASHES, TEMPER, NIGHT SWEATS AND ASSORTED OTHER ISSUES. I CANNOT HAVE HRT SO I ALSO TOUGHED IT OUT BUT I KEPT SAYING TO MYSELF THAT THERE IS AN END TO IT ALL AND THAT MADE ME HAPPY. STULL HAVE SOME PROBS FROM TIME TO TIME AND THE ONE DR TOLD ME HE HAS A WOMAN IN HER 60'S AND ANOTHER IN HER 80'S THAT COME TO HIM!!! :faint:
NOTHING IS NEW HERE. EYE IS SO SO BUT I CAN TYPE. READING A LIT SCREEN IS TOUGH AND BURNS A BIT. WATCHING TV IS DONE FROM A DISTANCE AND THAT MAKES FOR ONE BIG COLORFUL BLURRY MESS. :rofl:
I PROBABLY WILL NOT GO BACK AND READ SO I HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL AND HAPPY. :hug:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
03-31-2009, 08:47 AM
Ok ladies, when approaching menopause - TRUST YOUR FRIENDS TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. Some people really need the drugs :rofl: I remember we once went out with some dear friends. Were camping on a mountain sharing a tent with them. R was going through menopause and (thought) she was successfully handling it through juicing natural fruits and veggies. The truth was :no: :no: :no: :yikes: although she was always pleasant to us, her poor DH was taking a pounding. Mood swings like I'd never seen in my life. I was ready to offer her my pills and almost slipped them into her coffee :rofl: She needed way more than veggie juice :lol: As the ladies said - everyone is different. I did take HRT to help regular the final cycles and had hot flashes but not mood swings or night sweats. I didn't stay on them forever though my mom was on them for 30 years after her hysterectomy. I know bioidentical hormones are the latest "thing" now but don't know much about them. Put it this way as my doc said - if you need something to be comfortable, take it, if not then don't. There are safer things out now than when I was taking them. Some people have some pretty miserable symptoms. They say if you have PMS, you are prone to more pronounced menopause issues. Talk it over with your doctor. Also some people say natural stuff like black cohash helps, others say no. Just be careful with soy products if you have a sluggish thyroid as soy tends to make the thyroid work a little slower.

Dear Mel - maybe I need to call you each day and read the pages to you. I will you know! Don't over do those eyes.

Shad - I think booze softens the harsh reality of ANYTHING :lol3: I'll drink to that :hat: :cheers:

Was doing some neighborhood stuff this morning so not much time to post. Got a meeting tonight so not sure if I will get back before tomorrow. Love to the rest of the team - happy Tuesday!

diyana
03-31-2009, 10:03 AM
A Good Tuesday to all you Wonderful Worldlies -

I didn't sleep great last night, but I'm caffeinated now, so I'm doing okay. I'm hoping to get to the gym tonight to do cardio, Abs and Yoga...we'll see how tired I am at the end of the day.

DH got me such a sweet anniversary card and gave it to me early (tomorrow is our anniversary). The card says something like "We've been together awhile, but I still remember looking at you and thinking 'Wow! What an irresistable babe!'"...then you open the card and it says "I think it was this morning!" So sweet! After 14 years of marriage and 19 years of being together, he still sees me as irresistable! I'm so lucky to have such a great guy! Sorry for the gushing...I just had to share. :)

Ceejay - Aunt Flo still visits you? Sheesh, I hope she leaves me sooner than you....10+ more years does NOT sound fun!

Shad - You found $700K of their missing stock? :yikes: What kind of company is such a mess to lose $700K? Sounds like AIG or something! :lol: So nice that you're going home for Easter. Keeping my fingers crossed for you for the job in Brisbane. :) You are so lucky....Aunt Flo leaving at 44 and a brief and easy menopause. Thanks for the tip about getting weight off prior to menopause. About 20 years ago, I had a boss, who said I should get the weight off before I turn 30 (and I didn't) or at least before I turn 40 (that didn't happen either)...I'm hoping to get it all off within the next 2 years.

Happy - I've heard menopause is no picnic...and that I shouldn't be so eager to kick Aunt Flo to the curb. I hope I don't have big mood swings when I go thru menopause. My swings are bad enough when I have PMS. Looks like DH might be in for a wild ride (not in a good way) when I go thru menopause. :yikes:

Mel - I hope the eyes feel better soon. Rest the eyes (and yourself) as much as possible.

A big :wave: to Annie, Ruth, Patty and everyone else!

Love and hugs,

annie175
03-31-2009, 10:45 AM
Tah Dah...the last day of March, Spring got here while I was in Texas....it can only get better from here.

I left work early yesterday, feeling like crap, went home and slept for a couple of hours, Tony came over and after about 1 1/2 hours I told him I didn't feel much like company, so he left. I took a nighty night pill went to bed at 7:45 pm. Woke up this morning and fought the alarm clock. Have a migraine today, however body does not ache anymore. I have ate the **** out of pistachos the last two weeks and heard on the news this morning they may be contaminated. My luck, all this is related to pistachos and Aunt FLo, that b*tch.

Michelle...Will Aunt FLo ever end? Mom had Flo till she was 56, now that is scarey. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BABY, got you on my miiiinnnnd...singing... What a sweet hubby. Congrats...

Ceejay...eewww, sleepy at work. I sometimes get that way. I go out to my car at lunch and sleep for about 45 minutes. It seems to help however I just want to keep sleeping and not come back into work.

Shad...yes, you were right, I was in bed, most all afternoon and evening...

MEL...go easy on the eyes, we miss you, but would rather you get better and come back full time. Let those eyes heal.

Happy...the only thing I experience with my monthly is night sweats that start about 5 days before my period. It must be getting worse as I used to get night sweats only 2 days prior to period. haha Hopefully I won't get any of the other stuff.

Not much else going on, just doing the Curves thing tonight.

Hello to everyone.

Much love and many hugs,

diyana
03-31-2009, 11:08 AM
Hey Annie - I, too, get migraines with Auntie Flo. I hope you feel better very soon and that the pistachios were not contaminated. :hug:

annie175
03-31-2009, 01:07 PM
Where are the Worldlies going in April.....Adventure Land??

diyana
03-31-2009, 02:02 PM
Or we could be Actively Aspiring and Achieving!

annie175
03-31-2009, 02:05 PM
We are awesomely, actively aspiring and achieving in adventurous land of the Worldlies....hahahahaa