Good morning! (I guess I shouldn't mention Peeps because I'm sure they are starting to show up in the stores. Luckily I don't like them but they ARE cute.)
Another sunny and cold day in the works right now. We are heading into a mild spell starting tomorrow so I'm hoping for hints of Spring next week. I peeked and know there are daffies coming up under the leaves and snow at the side walk.
Donna comes this morning to tackle my upstairs "shag" rugs. Quilting is such a messy business! The dogs and I will try to stay out of her way. I have the Church Bulletin to do and also want to get my seed starting cranked up. It's definitely time to start some of the perennial seeds if I'm to have plants for the sale in May. I may do some basil and mesclun mix to eat before the outdoor season begins. I love going to the basement to pick a salad!
Right now it's time to organize the trash and get it out there. The lads have been coming a bit earlier now that the mornings are brighter. Of course, that will change next week when the time switches.
03-05-2009, 08:15 AM
Good morning on this bright and cheery morning!
I started right in doing the laundry this morning and am preparing Jake's supper for tonight, besides cooking a spaghetti squash for my supper and downloading some recipes my daughter sent me. My first cup of coffee got cold in the process, so I'm just now sitting down with a fresh hot cup. :)
Ruth, Jake has a few packages of those peeps ageing in the pantry from last year. He claims the only way to eat them is if they're stale. :dizzy: (But then, he likes those awful Circus Peanuts, too.) They don't tempt me in the least, I've never cared for them. Now if you're talking chocolate, that's another story! ;)
03-05-2009, 08:43 AM
Goodmorning. I was going to say "another bright, beautiful day", but the sun just disappeared.:( They are calling for rain later today, so I'd better get a walk in soon.
I'm having new kitchen counters installed shortly, so I need to start taking all my kitchen stuff off my makeshift plywood counter. I'm soooo excited, I haven't had a kitchen counter or sink for 2 years now.:carrot::carrot:
I am going to start going through pictures to hang on the living room walls as well. We built a house last year, so I haven't got around to decorating. I think it's time to make this house a home.:)
Have a good day!
03-05-2009, 08:49 AM
Peeps, Circus Peanuts --mmmm.
What a way to start the day! :)
Daffies are my favorite, Ruth. It's a sure sign that spring is on the way.
Cottage: I usually end up nuking my first cup of tea or coffee. My favorite cup is the one I get when I get home after taking Auston to school. Good to the last drop!
Me: I have laundry to do today. Lots of laundry. I'm also delivering clothes to a friend. My MIL has a problem -- she buys clothes she never wears. Nice, expensive clothes! Every season she gives away BAGS of clothes with tags still attached! I don't get it! I'm delivering 5 bags of plus sized 16/18/20 clothes to a friend. I'm way too cheap and practical for all that.
Hope your day is beautiful!
Good Morning, Steen! No sink for 2 years??? Ouch!
03-05-2009, 08:57 AM
Good morning :coffee2: It's bright and sunny out but I know it's still very cold. Looks like we are getting that warm turn though starting this afternoon. With that and the time change I will be able to walk outside again in the afternoons. :carrot: I love walking outside :)
Ruth - Thanks for the seed starting reminder :) I am so looking forward to green plants
Cottage - I think peeps are only good for those dioramas that people make. I can't imagine actually eating them. I also feel that way about twinkies though, so what do I know :)
Steen - I hope your sun comes back!
Today is a little skewed for me. I'm working until 7ish so going in a little late. I'm going to hop on the treadmill after posting then do a few things around here before heading out.
Right now I'm enjoying the bright sun gleaming on the ice coating on the trees. Looking forward to the sun shining through the maple leaves :)
03-05-2009, 09:02 AM
Afternoon here ladies!!!
Ruth: Luckily the brits have not been introduced to peeps and long may it last!!!! Although I do miss the peep a thon lead up to easter. They are daft for cadbury's cream eggs and I've heard tales of them being battered and deep fried over here. :p
Cottage: I hate a cold cup of coffee. The office was so cold that by the time I sat down with mine, it was icey. I ended up having to nuke it! Yuk.
Steen: Enjoy your decorating! I hope it all goes well with your counter!
Chelby: If you've got room in the machine, I'll ship some of my laundry over as well ;)
Cyndi: Your weather sounds lovely. Enjoy your morning!
As for moi: busy day on the counter. Beginning of the financial year for tax and all the enquries are pouring in. It was snowing big fat flakes but the sun has defiantly poked itself out of clouds! Better get back to my post. See you later troops!
03-05-2009, 09:16 AM
What in the world is a "peep"? :?:
03-05-2009, 09:16 AM
Cute title, Ruth! Love "going to the basement to snip a salad!" Sounds like a bright and happy morning. I'm looking forward to the thaw myself.
The Peeps don't tempt me either, although I think they're adorable and their bright colors make me loooooong for spring. :love: You are such a busy woman, Cottage! I don't know how you do it!!! :hug:
Steen, what an exciting day! What kind of counters did you go with? I'm torn--our kitchen is done except for the counters (which are currently a white laminate...you can only imagine!).
Chelby, sounds like a fun task...I love clothes!
Gotta go...a student met me at the door!
03-05-2009, 09:32 AM
Steen, Peeps are disgusting little marshmallow chicks. We didn't have them in Canada until a few years ago. I really don't know what the fuss is about except they do look cute.
Here ya go....
03-05-2009, 09:45 AM
OK, so I just totally lost all my personals and don't have time to rewrite them..... I don't like peeps, they always have them here for every holiday in different shapes...and did I mention- yuck?! They are cute though as others have said! lol
For me, just working, no time to get myself fixed up yesterday so I am hoping to have time to do it today! My roots are shining! and my nails look awful- terrible when its what you do for a living and can't find the time for yourself!!!!!
I think this morning is going to be a refried bean breakfast, something I haven't had in forever- but thanks to Cyndi's breakfast thread I am thinking a great super fast idea :) Thanks chic!
Off to get ready for work! have a great day ladies!
ETA- Here is a peep show (http://fattychow.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/stripping-peeps.jpg)!!! LMAO
03-05-2009, 10:29 AM
morning chickies... wow what a nice morning! going up to plus 7 today! woo! bring out the swimming suits lol... thats about 44 to our American friends. my hubbys American and he still converts it to know if its hot lololol. peeps dont interest me... my kids like them but i find them gross. its the cadbury cluck cluck easter eggs thats my downfall... i just wont get chocolate for the kids this easter lol... well no time for personals, takes me forever to scroll back to what everyone said lol. no sink? i'd go nuts. i cant even go to bed with dishes in the sink lol. daffies?? great! i love flowers, just not in my yard. my nanny was the same way, she didnt like flowers either. im just looking around for my motivation... cant seem to find it anywhere... has anyone seen it?? lol
03-05-2009, 10:54 AM
Okay, ladies, I have to admit to eating a cute little blue peep last week. I usually don't like them, but he was too cute not to eat. Oh great, another reason to stuff my face, because the food is "cute". :rolleyes: I do love looking at the peep dioramas and watching the peep videos and experiments on youtube. Too fun!
Ruth: Sounds like a great start to the day! I pick my salads out of the bay window in the spring, but it's just as refreshing and fulfilling regardless of where it's grown, I'm sure. Enjoy your morning!
Cottage: I do that all the time. It's a good thing I tend to overestimate my drinking habits when I put the coffee on. Or maybe I'm not overestimating them at all... I hope you have a wonderful day!
Steen: How exciting that your kitchen counters are coming! I don't know if DH would be able to deal with me after two years without a sink or counters! What kind are you getting?!
Chelby: I just don't understand why people do that. I guess if you just shop to shop, you could get into the habit. I typically only buy what I really love, so the price tag comes off and the item goes straight into the laundry pile and then circulation. Good luck tackling Mt. Saint Washmore!
Cyndi: Hi, friend! I love late mornings that let me get some extra things done, but I hate having to stay at work late! I guess I'm hoping that the country will transition to a 10-4 workday! :lol: Enjoy your day and what sounds like a peaceful landscape this morning!
Jenny: Lucky you. We just got out of our tax collection season for property taxes and things are finally starting to slow down. It was a bear this year with the economy going the way it is! I hope you have a great day and that the office has warmed up considerably.
Laurie: Eeew. White laminate. And I thought I had it bad with our speckled black laminate. That must be quite a chore to clean! I hope you have a great day!
Rikki: :rofl: Thanks for the peep show! It made me giggle out loud...again! You girls are always coming up with the funniest things! Enjoy your day and I hope you have time to get your nails and hair done.
Stacy: There will be no Easter chocolate in our house this year, either. Although, I've never had kids to blame it on for all the years that we did! :lol: I hope you find your motivation and here's some :dust: to get you started! ;)
Barb: Yay! I'm glad things are over with and you can move on to the next stage in your life! :hug:
Me: It's 57*F and sunny here. The fires have been contained, from what I understand, and our volunteer dept. got to go home at 8:30 last night. The forest service is watching over it for now. I haven't heard that any homes were lost and I know that there were no injuries. What a blessing!
I have a Scentsy party to go to tonight, so I woke up early and rode the bike for 30 minutes. I'll be doing my weight circuit tonight right after work and then shower and head to the party.
The pastor of our church contacted me yesterday and asked me to pray about and consider teaching the 4 & 5 year old Sunday School class at the church. It is a tough decision to make and I want to give it careful thought. I love teaching Sunday School (used to teach 3rd grade after high school) and it would definitely help DH and I get more involved in the community, but I want to make sure it's a commitment I can stick to for the long haul. Any prayers and happy thoughts regarding this would be MUCH appreciated! (And any advice you have to offer would be great, too!)
Well...off to check the paperwork stack and see what needs to be tackled today!
03-05-2009, 11:15 AM
Ruth: I love the being able to see the first flowers start to bloom. I don't have a green thumb what-so-ever, so I don't have any around my house, but I always look at others!
Steen: Hope the sun comes back and the rain doesn't last too long.
Cyndi: I hate working late. I am lucky and don't have that problem, but my mornings are never the same. I go to work anywhere from 5:30-7 am depending on the day of the week. I still get off at 5 every night.
Jenny: Hope the customers are nice! I can only imagine what they can be like at tax time.
Rikki: Hope you can find some time for yourself today.
Stacy:When I first saw you were excited about it getting to 7 plus today, I thought you were nuts! Then I read the rest of your post. Hope it stays up there for you! Sending some motivation your way!! :cb::cheer:
As for me, I am at work and luckily it is a quiet day. I am working on a menu for this weekend and next week and then a shopping list. I am in a dart league and we meet tonight, so it will be a long day. I am off tomorrow :woohoo: and plan on starting my spring cleaning.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
03-05-2009, 12:24 PM
yeah ive noticed other people getting confused about Canadian and American temperatures lol,... so i thought i'd clear it up before ya'll try to commit me lol... we usually get the kids clothes, jump ropes, balls, pails little toys, shoes and chocolate.... i think this year i might try to find some candies that i dont like... they are freaks for bubble gum and jelly beans so i might go that route. have ya'll noticed that Canadians also a different way of spelling certain words?? lol see if you can catch them... some are favourite, flavour, centre, colour, just to name a few.. my step kids had a tough time in spelling class when they first moved here lol... we spell acording to the british rule... we were once, for lack of a better word, controlled by britian. ruth might be able to explain this better than me. shes alot wiser than i am lol. oh! yeah and miles to kilometers is hilarious! my hubby thought "holy crap! 100??!!??!!" i said "NO!!" 100 km not miles!! lol the conversion is about 62 miles an hour. his old suv didnt even have km on it lol...
p.s. and i get confused too, when i see ya'll sayin that its 35 or something, i think "wow thats hot!!" then i check to see where youre from to verify lol... cuz 35 there is like 100 here!! its 2 1/2 times the amount plus 30, approxiamately. so 7 here is 44 there. 20 here is 70 there ect. lol
03-05-2009, 01:08 PM
Laurie and Kim, I've decided to go with Corian and an undermount sink. It took us a year to gut and renovate the house and it has taken another year for me to decide what kind of counter top I wanted.
I couldn't decide between formica, concrete, or tiled. We ended up getting a phenomenal deal on the corian, so I went with it. They are just raw slabs, so we are having someone do all the edging.
Believe it or not, I am psyched about washing dishes!!
03-05-2009, 01:47 PM
Oh, I believe it, Steen! I would LOVE an undermount sink. I hate how gross the edges of ours get. (it's also white plastic. I love white, but what in :censored: was the previous owner thinking???)
I'm leaning towards Corian, but some people have told me that if it gets burnt or stained, it's not very easy to buff it out. Crazily enough, cement seems like a good idea! I'd love stone or granite, but it's SOOOO expensive. And I read some very scary things about them using granite that has radioactive qualities and releases stuff that makes you sick (can you tell I'm not a science person? :lol: ). There's lots of safe granite, but apparently some viens of granite and marble are not safe, so you need to have it tested before you install. Yikes! I wish you TONS of joy in washing dishes and just gazing at your new space! What color did you go with? We'd like the dark blue Corian, but DH likes the one with less specks and I like the one with more. :shrug:
Kim, I'm so glad the fires are contained and no one (or thing) was hurt. :hug: Scary! I wish you luck in deciding on the Sunday School position. I think you'd be GREAT at it! As for the laminate--let's just say I spend a lot of time introducing my counters to the Magic Eraser. ;)
Loved the Peep show--thanks rdw! :lol: That's one of my favorites.
Stacy (or was it Chelby?), it took me forever to figure out what you were saying in yesterday's thread about your numb face, but when I got it, I laughed and laughed! I love Bill Cosby. I grew up watching the Cosby Show and hearing my dad quote lines from his routines. "Dad is great! He gives us chocolate cake!" was one of my favorites, too! I love the names Cosby's mom supposedly gave them and "Noah" is just too classic for words! :rofl: I was blessed to get to see Bill in person at our local theater. We had seats in nearly the last row, but it's a very small space, so it felt like we were nearly in his lap. I was in awe the whole time...when I wasn't laughing like crazy, that is. He's awesome!
03-05-2009, 01:48 PM
sounds like everyone is enjoying their day today.
Steen- how exciting, I am excited that for you.
I am looking forward to seeing the flowers come up as well. I don't have a green thumb but also enjoying seeing.
have a great day ladies
03-05-2009, 02:02 PM
Stacy, just wait until I post the summer degrees. We get highs of 115-120. Needless to say, I don't do much during the days in the summer. Even the nights are hot, still in the 90s usually.
03-05-2009, 02:35 PM
Laurie - It's true you can't put hot stuff on the counter, but when they cut out the holes for our sink, they just make us cutting boards from the piece that's cut away. Then I'm just gonna put one on either side of my stove. As for scratches though, they can be sanded right out. That's what I love is the durability.
We went with the colour Silt, which has small specks. Because we bought damaged sheets for really cheap, we didn't have much choice. Luckily, it goes very well with my kitchen.:)
03-05-2009, 02:45 PM
Afternoon, ladies. Quick check-in for me. Both boys are asleep, so it is finally quiet.
I've been cleaning all morning. DS1 has been playing cars all over the house and I've had DS2 in a sling. I only have the floors left, but I need to vacuum and I'm going to save that until both of the boys are awake. No need to wake them up.
DH is going to be home for lunch soon and then we're meeting his mother for dinner and probably some shopping of some sort. I just go along for the ride.
Back to de-cluttering!
03-05-2009, 02:47 PM
Laurie, I have a good friend who installs cement counter tops for a living. I am not a good candidate for them because I cook lots. Common things can destroy them -- red koolaid, splashes of oil -- even if they are sealed well. I'm too messy of a cook.
I have white countertops, too. HATE them! They will be replaced someday...
03-05-2009, 02:49 PM
My aunt installed a cement countertop and it was ruined within 6 months. She should have done more research :)
I think she has granite now.
03-05-2009, 02:56 PM
Good afternoon. I wish I had more time to pop in here but with three boys it is not always easy.
Zeff- I understand about needing to follow the boys around the house. I swear I could follow them around all day and the house would still not be clean!:D
Steen _ YAY for the kitchen counters. I can not wait until I have the money to redo my kitchen. . .it drives me insane!
I am doing okay. It has been a rough week but I have still managed to keep the weight off. I need to sit down tonight and reevaluate my plan and get back on the bandwagon full force. Tomorrow is my 36th birthday and my new long term goal is to be at or close to my goal by my 37th birthday. 70 lbs in one year. . .I should be able to do it.
03-05-2009, 03:37 PM
Kristine: Happy early birthday to you!! :celebrate:
03-05-2009, 04:13 PM
Happy Thursday. DS stayed home sick today. He seems better, but still running a fever.
It is nice here today, close to 50*. Instead of going to the gym, I went for a walk/run outdoors. It was a nice change!
Thinking about what to make for dinner.... hmm....
BTW - I LOVE PEEPS! I agree, they are better stale! :-)
03-05-2009, 05:02 PM
Bill Cosby is in my opinion one of THE best comedians ever. hes clean. im not above swearing but sometimes you just wanna hear something clean thats not about sex, butts, boobs, or dingdongs lol... Bill tells stories that we can all appreciate. the go cart one with the baby buggy wheels is so funny, im sitting here with tears in my eyes just remembering it. you hear the one where him and old wierd harold went to the movie house to watch the scarey monster movie?? they had to walk home across the scarey bridge or something, :rofl: old weird harold ran up one side and down the other of bill trying to get away ohhhhh man, hes just plain funny!! i gotta dig them out and find a record player! lol
03-05-2009, 05:17 PM
okay... go to google, type in bill cosby youtube! i just did and there are some great ones there! grandparents is the best. it'll brighten your day lol
03-05-2009, 05:30 PM
I tell my parents and my inlaws on a regular basis that they are "Old people trying to get into heaven." They certainly aren't the same humans who raised my husband and me. "Come here, Auston. How about an ice cream sandwich for lunch?" Sheesh!
03-05-2009, 08:18 PM
I just had to share my yummy, easy South Beachy dinner, because with a little creativity you can have anything on SBD! We had leftover chili and I really wanted chili cheese nachos. I got the ww tortilla and turned it into chips then topped it with all the usual yummy stuff (chili, rf cheese, jalapenos, tomatos, salsa...). No one would believe the things I eat "on a diet"!
03-05-2009, 08:57 PM
Hi chicks, it's been a long day, just thought I'd pop in and say hello. I had meetings all day, and 5 hours on the road. Plus I'm not feeling great. It was the weirdest thing, it just hit me out of nowhere yesterday afternoon, my inner ears and throat started hurting, and I started running a fever. I fed the kids and was in bed by 8, feel a little better today. No fair, since I just got over that stinking cold.
I was starving when I got home, but didn't want to cook so we scavenged. I had ww breadsticks with hummus and Swiss cheese and a NSA pudding cup. No veggies in there, but I would have to COOK them and I am not COOKING anything. Except perhaps a cup of tea. My stomach is off anyway and I really don't want them.
My friend's surgery went well yesterday. They removed the kidney and her spleen and didn't find any additional tumors, just the one they had seen on the scans.
Oh, and I loooove peeps. They are great when they are very fresh and soft, but really good stale too. In the old days I could easily put away an entire 12 pack in the car on the way home from the store. Haven't had them in a couple of years, they would probably make me yak now. Even then I remember thinking they were uber-sweet.
I am planning on early bed again tonight. Have a good one and see you in the morning.
03-05-2009, 10:31 PM
Schmoo -- It's not your turn to be sick! I hope you get better quickly. Hot tea would be nice. :)
Will your friend have chemo?
03-05-2009, 10:41 PM
Good evening chickies! I am so sorry I can't get up enough energy to finish the later personals that came along- I am sooo tired! I really really just want to crawl into bed, I was so tired that I didn't even eat veggies for dinner- just some brown rice *gasp* I may be in need of a :coach::club: but I just couldn't help it. Our HOA meeting was tonight and lots of different people in our neighborhood, some really annoyng loud ones too ;) haha... well, I am off to find some pjs and hit the hay! G'nite yall!
03-05-2009, 11:08 PM
Robert wanted me to hold off on dropping him from the insurance until the 18th but I called Health Benefits today and they said it is effective the date of divorce no matter what time I drop him so he will just have to get COBRA.
Don came over and we went to lunch today to celebrate my divorce. He and the dog (who we have renamed Rex) really got along. He loves German Shepherds.
I got asked to staff another Wood Badge course today when they had a staff member drop out. It's the end of this month/beginning of next month. Even if I could have gotten someone to watch Brian, I can't get the time off work so I had to turn it down. It was an honor to be asked though.