Let's try for a better month for all. I'm carrying on with my challenges and keeping on keeping on and hoping to stay more or less sane. That's my challenge for July.
Oh and to start the month off on a nice note - here's a spot to come to to meditate when/ if the going gets rough. It's the Chinese Gardens in Sydney
06-30-2009, 07:31 PM
Okay - having got that out of the way, I can tell you that yesterday was probably the worst day of my professional life. I very nearly chucked it in but have now signed to stay for 2 more weeks. It will be one day at a time and I reserve the right to say no to anymore of the bullsh*t I had to put up with over the weekend.
I don't have anything more to say about that and hope that such events will never happen again.
On the bright side, I am going home for the weekend - and on an early Friday flight. So that will be fun.
Have a good day all of you. I am not up to personals at the moment. I'll be back.
07-01-2009, 08:12 AM
Let's here it for a Jubilant July ladies -
I'm hoping it will be a jubilant, jazzy month where we can jettison a lot of excess weight! I came in at 5 this morning, since I have to leave at 1 to go to a doc about the procedure for my SI joint. Hopefully, he'll agree that it will help me, and schedule the procedure ASAP. I also weigh in today...we'll see how that goes since I've used pretty much all of my weekly flex points this week and haven't been to the gym since Friday. It should still be okay though (I hope).
Oh, and best of all, today is my Friday. I'm taking a long weekend for the 4th of July. Spending tomorrow with DMIL. We're getting our hair done (mine needs a cut and color) and then going out to lunch with her sister. And we plan to go see fireworks on both Friday and Saturday as some places here do their fireworks on the 3rd instead of the 4th. And hopefully we'll get lots of fishing and LOTS of relaxing in!
Shad - I'm so sorry to hear that your work still sucks. :hug: At least there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and you get to go home for the weekend! You deserve it! Savor every moment away and don't think about the job at all. Sydney's Chinese gardens are beautiful! Thanks for posting the photo. I could definitely go there to meditate! Ahhhhh.
Happy - I got a chuckle out of JOY + Us July! I also like the one about us being HOT in July! Of course, we're hotties year 'round, right?
Annie, Mel, Patty, Ceejay, Ruth, Jolly and everyone - hope you all have a great day!!
Lots of love and hugs,
07-01-2009, 09:29 AM
Happy Jublient July to all the Worldlie Hotties............
Shad....Here is to a better day and a great "home" weekend! Try to relax a bit and enjoy yourself. Wish we had that lovely meditation place in Sydney here in Indy. What a great pix. You are the best! THanks for starting the new thread.
Chelle....today is my Friday also. Still going to St. Louis, altho it is supposed to rain all weekend there. I am hoping for a better weather outcome however. I am taking mom and dad to Samantha's hair school for a cut for dad and a perm for mom, Sam will be graded on it and it is free for M & D. THen after dropping them off at home, I will head to St. Louis.
Happy...you hottie you, July's hottie....
I am feeling a bit better today and convinced some of my health woes are financially related. Seems like you just pay a bill and wham there it is back in the mailbox needing paid again. Hmmmmmm, might not open that darn mailbox, seems to be the route of my woes...haha
Had a coupon for a free McCafe Latte this morning. THought that would be a great start to the day. The dude handed me the cup through the window and guess what, faulty cup, the bottom was leaking majorily and spilled out onto my pants, thank God I wore black today. Guess nothing is actually FREE. So it has to get better than that. ;^)
Hello to everyone.
love and hugs
07-01-2009, 09:52 AM
Annie - How nice that mom and dad get free hair services and Sam gets practice (and graded)! Hope it all goes well, and I'm sure it will. Wishing you very safe travels to St. Louis and back and a fun visit in between. Ever since you talked about going to St. Louis, I can't get that old song out of my head...."Meet me in St. Louis, Louie. Meet me at the fair." :rofl: Glad to hear you are feeling better. Sorry about the spilled coffee. I know it's no use to cry over spilled milk, but what about spilled coffee? :lol: Oh well, at least you weren't wearing white. Your day has got to get better from here on out and IT'S OUR FRIDAY! So it's gotta be good! :woohoo:
07-01-2009, 02:25 PM
I gotta :dancer: and :woohoo: I just weighed in and I've lost 3.2 lbs this week! :woohoo: I'm so happy! Journaling has been the trick for me this week. Even though I used all my WW weekly flex points, I still lost weight because I wouldn't bite it if I didn't write it! :)
I'm heading to the doctor in about an hour to discuss a possible procedure for my back. I'll let you know later today or tomorrow how it went. I talked to DH and if the downtime/rest time is a few weeks, I may put it off until next month (after DMIL goes back home) so I'm not a total party pooper while she's here.
Love and hugs to you all,
07-01-2009, 02:54 PM
Hey peep-a-roonies :wave:
I want some candy. They had spaghetti for lunch, it looked good but I opted for a veggie plate (grilled tomatoes, grill mushrooms, grilled squash) and a grilled chicken breast for some protein. It was good but I need sugar now.
Ok, I'm hoping Shad is doing better now. I was going to set up the new thread when I got home from work. We don't have WORLDLIES in our title for the first time :( I hope everyone can find us.)
I'm sorry you are having such a rough go at this stint Shad. Sounds like the frustrations are getting more and more frequent. Things are getting more off base in the corporate world and with you travelling as much as you do - I'm sure you see more examples of the insanity. Loved the Chinese meditation gardens. Looks like a great place to recapture your calm. I hope the next 2 weeks are just dig in and get it done - no more drama from the peanut galleries. :crossed:
Michelle - better jump on those suits. At least swimsuits for all is turning them over fast. I got one yesterday on clearance and it must have been the last one left because they removed the picture right off the website. Good news is that they restock with new styles fairly quickly. That place takes about 2 weeks to ship. I ordered yesterday, should get it by the 10th of the month. Just My Size charges alot for shipping. I ordered a few things, paid $14 for shipping and then had to pay another $6.50 to return the stuff. So I mostly just get bras from there. The fastest I got a suit was from the place that I showed the picture. I think that was less than a week. I also looked at the reviews people did of different suits. Almost bought a couple and decided against based on what people said (flimsy material, sized way small). I hope you can find something you like. You're right on the prices too. Seems like they are asking $100 in the stores. Yikes. You weekend sounds like so much fun. Have a good time with DMIL. Hope your hair comes out great.
Annie - what a bummer about the coffee! Didn't McD's already get in trouble for that? You'd a thunk they'd a fixed it by now. My company makes beverage cups, I wonder if they were ours :O I know what you mean about the money flying out faster than it comes in. I never did find an answer for that, particularly when it's not the extras you're spending money on, so how do you cut back then?
I forgot Mel - are you shopping today? Or can't you find us? Or are you still waiting on that swimsuit to load up? :lol: I hope you get some sun your way. Moldy tooties are not the way to go.
Not much else to say. I still want candy. Had a good swim yesterday. I got home much later, checked on some things for DH and it wasn't until 7pm that I got into the pool. Wasn't going to because it was very cloudy south of me in Mississippi and I wasn't sure if it was going to storm. But the thing about exercise is, after you do it a week, you start to feel bad if you skip it. So I did 30 minutes of hard work. Didn't eat dinner until 8pm. And it was some frozen White Castle hamburgers. I love those things. Can't get them here. When up north DH steadfastly refuses to stop in the restaurant. His choice of excuses is quite varied and imaginative. So once a year or so, I have to indulge with the frozen ones. I was a bit worried that it was maybe not the best choice late at night but I was ok. DH also fixed the light in the pool for me so that means NIGHT SWIMMING!!!!! :yay: :dance: :swim: Let me tell you, its scary to swim in a dark pool in a dark yard. But with the light now, the pool is a beautiful aquamarine. Sometimes I like to sit up on the deck at night on the swing with the pool light on. The gurgling water from the filter is actually quite peaceful to me. I am an Earth sign but I love the water. Now if I can just keep the skeeters off me :lol:
Time to get back to my spreadsheets and charts. Hello to those I didn't get to :wave: Happy Humping - I mean Hump Day.
07-01-2009, 02:58 PM
Way to go Michelle on another good weigh in :congrat: That's great news. The journalling and write it / bite it really work. Also checking things out BEFORE you bite them because sometimes they are wayyyyy more than you think.
07-01-2009, 03:37 PM
Chelle...rock on sista...you sure make me proud and ashamed of myself. You are my idol.
Happy....leave the lights off at night and go skinny dipping, we used to in our pool after the kids went to bed. Man, you will not believe the freedom you feel with no suit on. Try it. You will like it.
07-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Shad - thanks for the new forum... Another month has gone by...
Mitchellez - WTG on the 3.2 loss.:carrot: I hope you get good news from the doctor.
Annie - Be safe on your trip... lots of idiots on the road
Happy - Good choices on lunch.. Have you tried that Crystal Light drink..When i crave sugar that sometimes hit the spot, I crave the sweet taste.
Not much going on here weight wise. I'm so ready for the weekend.
07-02-2009, 12:17 AM
So here we are at Thursday. The Americans are getting ready to celebrate 4th of July. Come to that it might be lucky I am going home for the weekend - otherwise I might be tempted to do a Guy Fawkes on this building.
I hope it all turns out to be a great weekend for the nations birthday.
Michelle - congratulations on the weight loss. It's amazing - what is that 7lbs in a week or so??? How nice of MIL to cook for you - hang on, was that on the other thread??? Hope the hairdos come out well for you both.
Happy - well done you on the eating as well. Moonlight swims sound quite nice. Does DH get in there and chase you around the pool as well?? :blush: :love:
Unfortunately I think there will be more drama - however I am determined to stay out of it. Achieve my deadlines and just get on with the job. Leave it to those who are supposed to know about these things, but I will pose this one problem which is going around and around in my mind.
Here's the scenario:
I have a presentation, a set of exercises and some online simulations to do for a specific subject. Lets just call it XXX. Up to and including today, I have not been able to access the consultants and developers to determine the process and procedures. I do know (mostly) what transactions they will be expecting to see in the lessons. The paperwork etc is due in July 7th so it can go to the printers and training will begin approx 1 week later. The consultants and developers have not been able to get the system to work properly, the way it is meant to, the way 'it' (magically) should.
So we all troop off to a meeting last night. Some boss type D*ckhead gave us the spiel about hard work and expectations and thanked us profusely for putting our lives on hold and to continue to do so. Then he announced go-live date has been put out 3 weeks. Hallelujah - at last someone has seen sense. BUT... there is always a but. The deadlines might be pushed out for the developers, but not for the documenters like me. Now does anyone else see a sort of problem here?? I will leave it to group discussion. Let me know what you come up with.
Annie - glad to hear that you are feeling better. Money and/or the lack of it contributes to a great deal of stress and strain. We are all going to have to budget very carefully from now on. Here we have power, water, transport, rates, all government costs all going up or through the roof. It's not a happy feeling.
Patty - good to hear from you too. You an me both on the wait for the weekend. I've just done 12 days straight of at least 10 hours per day and I'm pooped. This weekend is physical and not mental strain.
Okay - back into the fray. That reminds me of the old joke about the difference between the cavalry horse and the cart horse. Guess you all know it.
07-02-2009, 10:05 AM
We get out early today and then it's a 3 day weekend :yay: :dance:
I was struggling all week with some new reports for another group and the numbers kept changing on me. I blamed the tool and just as I was getting ready to leave last night, I figured out the problem. Now I need to re-do everything I worked on this week so I'm not so sure I'll be getting out early. I also would have liked to take today off and make it a 4 day weekend but that won't happen. :(
So... no time for personals this morning as I need to hit the :comp: Maybe I can sneak in at lunch. If not, will get on later tonight. Happy Thursday all...
07-02-2009, 10:42 AM
happy Thursday ladies -
The doc appt went well. Long story short....I've got issues in my SI joint and a couple discs. He said, let's try and fix the non-spine stuff first. So before he goes about deadening the nerves in the SI joint, he wants to be 100% sure it will help. Best way to do that is to give me another cortisone shot in the SI joint. If I get relief from that for a few weeks to a few months...then the nerve deadening should work. So, much to my surprise, rather than schedule another time for me to come in for the cortisone shot...he did it right there. Good deal as the doctor's office is not close to either work or home. So far so good. He said it will take a couple days for the steroid to fully kick in and I should keep a pain diary - how much pain, what I'm doing (walking, resting, etc.). So I'll be doing a little walking today running errands with DMIL, and I'll do more tomorrow when we go see fireworks (yes, they do them here on July 3rd and 4th). I'm keeping my fingers :crossed: . BTW, I'm loving having these 4 days off. And the weather is supposed to be gorgeous...warm, but not too hot or muggy!! :woohoo:
I have an appt with my personal trainer this evening...so gotta get to the gym. Gonna do 1/2 hour of cardio, followed by his 1/2 hour strength training class, followed by a 1/2 hour (or an hour) appt with him. But no worries about my back....he knows all about it and will INSIST that I take things slow.
Happy - Good luck with the reports. I hope you get them done so you can get out early. Good for you for passing up on the spaghetti. Did you get some candy? I get that way after I eat, so I keep hard candies in my desk (they aren't too many calories). I'll take a look at the suits today after we do errands, thanks for all the info. I can just imagine how lovely your pool is in the evening. Ahhhhhhh. I'm an Earth sign that loves water too.
Annie - Hope you have a wonderful time in St. Louis and safe travels! Give the little princess an extra hug for me.
Patty - Great to hear from you! Thanks for the tip about Crystal Light instead of candy. I'll pick up some at the store.
Shad - It's 7.2 lbs in 2 weeks. yay! I know I can't expect to continue to lose at this rate, but it's a great jump start! Crazy that the developers get 3 extra weeks, but not the documenters...whose documents/training DEPEND on the developers. Don't the bosses (or anyone over there) understand critical paths (Step A has to be done before Step B, etc.)? :crazy: Enjoy your weekend at home...and try not to stress or work too much.
A big :wave: to Mel and anyone else I may have missed.
Gotta go or I'll be late for my hair appt!
Love and hugs to all,
07-02-2009, 01:23 PM
Hi every one
It's been a BUSY two weeks. The heat took a toll on some things at work, everything is back on line and doing good.
Went to the gyn last week and today it's the boob squish and bone density. I'm dreading it.
My week end is here.
Congrats on those 3 pounds lost. Hope the cortisone injections work.
Sorry you are having such a hard time dealing with this job.
I don't set outside much due to the psky flies and mosquito's and gnats.
Those moon light swims does sound like fun. I'll get to do this next week on vacation. I'm going to my sister's who livs in the DFW area.
:wave: hope all things are well in you corner of the world.
:hug: for you.
To all the others I've missed. :wave:
07-02-2009, 09:07 PM
Ceejay - I sent you a PM and gave you my mobile #. I hope we get a chance to meet, have lunch/dinner etc.
07-03-2009, 03:36 AM
Okay so Ceejay and Patty are about to meet up. Good stuff.
I'm at the airport on my way home and catching up on the gossip I don't get when I'm at work.
Happy is getting out early. Good one lady
Michelle is on her way to the gym
Annie's probably on her way to St Louis or somewhere.
Mel is down in the office terrorising the natives
Seems all is well with the world so far. Have a good one.
07-03-2009, 09:27 AM
:encore: JUBILANT JULY :encore:
SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. I POSTED ON JUNE...FORGOT IT WAS JULY AND WONDERED WHERE EVERYONE WAS FOR THE LAST 2 DAYS :rofl: :rof: THE POST IS NOT WORTH REPEATING. I AM GLAD IT'S JULY AND THE HOLIDAY IS HERE :dance: I WILL DO PERSONALS OVER THE WEEKEND. THE EYES NEED A BIT OF A REST TODAY.
I DID SEE SHAD HAD A H E L L ISH WEEK AND HOPE HER WEEKEND IS MUCH IMPROVED! :hug:
CHAT LATER. LOVE TO ALL FOR A GREAT JULY. :love:
07-03-2009, 12:25 PM
HERE COME THE PERSONALS!!! :encore:
SHAD~ I LOVE THE PICTURE AND I WILL VISIT THERE OFTEN THIS MONTH. GOING TO REMAIN CALM IN A SEA OF CONFUSUON! :beach: I HOPE THE WEEKEND HOLDS SOME PEACE FOR YOU AS WELL AND I CAN SENSE THE DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE POST. ARE WE TO SAY CONGRATS ON THE 2 WEEK EXTENSION???
SHAD PART 2~ I WISH I HAD AN ANSWER BUT I HAVEN'T THE FOGGIEST OF WHAT YOU SPEAK OF. MAYBE HAPPY CAN HELP?!?!? :rofl: SO SORRY!! I CAN JUST SEND A :hug: AND HOPE THAT HELPS WHILST YOU WAIT FOR AN ANSWER!
MICHELLE~ CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WEIGHTLOSS!! WOW! YOU GO GIRL :cheer3: WILL BE PRAYING FOR HELP WITH THE JOINT AND KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED AS ALWAYS FOR YOUR RECOVERY!! THIS MONTH WILL BELONG TO YOU!! HOPE YOU ENJOY THE LONG WEEKEND TO BOOT!!
ANNIE~ I AM SORRY ABOUT THE FINANCES...BILLS COME IN THE MAIL EVERY MONTH WHETER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. WISH I COULD JUST BE STRONG AND TOSS THE CARDS IN THE SHREDDER!! :rofl: HOPE YOU WILL FEEL BETTER SOON AND THANK GOD FOR BLACK PANTS!! SAFE TRAVELS TO ST LOUIE!! HAVE A GREAT TIME!! NO FIGHTING :rollpin:
ANNIE PART 2: I AM GLAD YOU GOT TREATED RIGHT THERE AND THEN. LET US PRAY FOR GOOD RESULTS!! WOW!! I REALLY AM ROOTING FOR YOU KID!! :hug:
HAPPY~ YES I WAS LOST BUT NOW AM FOUND...AND NOT BY JESUS EITHER.....BUT BY 3FC! :rofl: I LOVED THE BATHING SUIT. NICE FLORAL AND LOVED THE SHADES BLUE..DID U GET THAT COLOR? I FORGET? I LEFT TO GO DOWNSTAIRS AND WHEN I CAME BACK UP...THERE WAS THE PAGE. I HAD FORGOTTEN IT WAS STILL LOADING :lol3: :lol3: GOTTA LOVE DIAL-UP!!! WHIE CASTLES!! YUM!! :hun: I LOVE THEM...FRESH OR FROZEN!! GLAD THE LIGHT IS FIXED!! BUT NIGHT SWIMMING?? YA DON'T NEED THE NEW SUIT FOR THAT...SEND IT BACK!! :rofl : :rofl: HAPPY I HOPE THE WORK GOT DONE AND SORRY YOU LOST OUT ON A 4 DAY WEEKEND. :hug:
PATTY~ JUST WAVING A HAND AND HOPING THIS MONTH WILL BE A GOOD ONE FOR YOU lwave: HOPE YOU AND CEEJAY GET TO MEET.
JEANETTE~ I WAS JUST GOING TO SEND THE HOUND DOGS OUT TO FIND YOU!! SORRY THE WEATHER IS GETTING TO THE PLANT AND GLAD IT'S BACK ON LINE. LOTS OF STORMS ALL AROUND. WE LIVE IN A THUNDEROUS MONTH IN JUNE!! :rain: HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND GET TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAY. GOING ANYWHERE? A :hug: RIGHT BACK TO YOU MY FRIEND.....HOPE YOU GET TO SEE PATTY!!
SHAD WAS RIGHT BUT I WAS TERRORIZING THE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT AND OFFICE STAFF!! :tantrum: THE SENIORS ARE LEARNING MUCH FASTER THAN THE REST OF THE BUNCH. I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED WITH THE TENANTS. THEY REALLY ARE ACCEPTING THE "RETIREMENT" AND PACING THEMSELVES AS WELL. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE I SAID THAT WORD RETIREMENT?? :lol3: :lol3: MUST BE SINCE I ARRIVED HERE ON 3FC IN 2003!!! I WAS GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT AND RETIRE! SOMETIMES I EVEN CRACK MYSELF UP!!
WELL THE SUN CAME AND WENT...ACTUALLY IT REALLY WASNT SUNNY PER SE! MY KITCHEN IS FILLED TO OVERFLOWING WITH ORGANIC FOODS. I EVEN STOCKED JEN;S FREEZER AND RICHIE WAS IN SHOCK. I LEFT STUFF ON THE COUNTER AS WELL. HE IS STILL STYING HERE ON MOST WEEK DAYS. DAD'S HOUS IS GONE NEXT WEEK. THEY GAVE HIM AN EXTENSION TO MOVE DUE TO THE ILLNESS. SOON HE WILL EITHER BE UP AT THE TRAILER OR ON HIS WAY TO FLORIDA. THE PAIN IN THE FAMILY CONTINUES. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF LOSS IN BOTH OF THEIR LIVES. BUT JEN AND RICHIE ARE HANDLING IT MUCH BETTER NOW. GROWING UP CAN BE PAINFUL. THEY FEEL LIKE ORPHANS. BUT I REMIND THEM EVERY DAY THAT THEY STILL HAVE ME!! LUCKY SODS :dance: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3:
07-03-2009, 01:22 PM
Ceejay and Patty - Enjoy your meet up! That's awesome!
Shad - Hope you're having a great weekend at home!
Mel - So glad you found us! :hug:
:hug: for Happy, Annie and everyone!
Sorry this is so short, but I've got lots to get done today before we go see fireworks!
Love and hugs,
07-03-2009, 02:00 PM
Not only did I NOT get out early yesterday, I worked until after midnight (was working from home). Then this morning I worked from 9am to noon. But it's all done and all that's left is the printing on Monday. I find that if I leave things in the middle for a few days, it takes me a half day to figure out where I was - I do an excellent job of forgetting. :rofl:
Now I have to hurry to catch up. Wanted to go to the farmer's market to get some fresh tomatoes and a local butcher shop for some fillets and bratwurst. Today's the only day they will be both open. Gotta clean up and get out of here before DH gets busy on other stuff.
I will be back later. Love to the chicks. Enjoy your holiday and your weekend too Shad.
07-03-2009, 06:58 PM
It's cool and blowing a gale out there and we got blown home from Sydney last night. Flight from take off to landing usually takes an hour and 5 minutes however last night we were late getting off the ground but were back on it under the hour and somewhat bumpy it was too!
Still it is going to be a glorious blue sky day, so I'll be able to get on with things I think.
First off is some vegetables - so it's off to the homestead markets and then some housework. It's untidy, not dirty. Then I need to pay a couple of bills and a bit of weeding won't go astray. Following that there is some down time and it will be spent outside with a book if the wind permits.
Tomorrow is back to tiling with a vengeance. DS2 is off to a mates place to measure up for concrete etc - they are about to extend the pergola area and build in the garage to make some more rooms, then put in some shade sails for the cars. Not all in one day I might add.
So that's my weekend planned out - back on the plane Sunday night for Sydney again.
No congratulations required on the 2 week extension Mel. It was offered and I only accepted because I had some 5 days accommodation paid for on the apartment which I couldn't get refunded. Now I have paid extra for the last days. I'm not putting up with the paperwork involved to extend every 2 weeks. It's so stupid. If they want to extend me again, then they will have to let me work from Brisbane and go into the Factory down the road every day or work from home when I can.
Happy - happy swimming and shopping etc.
And also to all my American friends, most of whome won't be on line during the 4th July celebrations - have a great holiday weekend. Be grateful for what you have and grab hold of it with both hands. Time to give thanks you don't live in Afghanistan, Korea, Iran or Somalia I think - or a dozen other hotspots around the globe.
So I'd better get showered and on with my day. Otherwise nothing will happen and nothing get done.
07-03-2009, 07:30 PM
I hope everyone is enjoying there day. I was off today too. Got up early, went to farmer's market, picked up watermellon, strawberries & blueberries. Then off to feed store to pick up some tomato fertilizer, then off to Wallymart, to get groceries and last picked up some video. Several friends are having get together's today and tomorrow, but it is way to hot for me.. The temp was suppose to hit 102 today. I can't take the heat the way i use to, so i'm staying in today. Tonight I might go see the fireworks with neighbors or we just might watch from front yard. Luckily i can see the ones in town from my front yard. Yes, hopefully Ceejay and I can meet up, I hope nothing happens with her work schedule, she's coming next week to see her sister.
Shad - sounds like you had a bumpy flight. I"m glad you got home safely. Sounds like you have a list of things to do.
Happy - What a way to start off holiday weekend, working until midnight! I"m glad you got things to a point of being able to stop. Hope your farmers market has a good selection, my did.
Mel - I"m glad you found us. I know this month has flown by... this year has. Take care of your eyes, hope you have a good weekend..
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
JEN CALLED AND I TOLD HER STAY THERE. IT'S ALREADY CRAZY IN TOWN. NOW THEY SAY THE ROADS WILL BE CLOSED OFF BEFORE NOON. :faint: I TOLD THE SENIORS TO STAY HERE AND NOT USE THEIR CARS AND IF THEY GO OUT TO LEAVE THEIR HANDBAGS IN THE APARTMENTS!!! THE GRANDSON AND I WILL WATCH FROM THE TV. TOO HUMID OUTSIDE FOR ME AND HE WOULDN'T REMEMBER HOW TO GET HOME!!
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:
HAPPY~ HOPE YOU GET SOME REST UP TIME NOW AND HAVE A GREAT BRATWURST DINNER!! HAD A LAUGH AT THE "TRYING TO REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE" PART. HOW TRUE DEAR SOUTHERN BELLE SISTER!! :rofl:
SHAD~ OMG!! JEN WOULD HAVE JUMPED OUT OF THE PLANE :yikes: WISHING YOU A RESTFUL WEEKEND ALSO. THAT WOULD BE NICE TO WORK FROM HOME AT THE FINISH! YOU COULD WEED AND PET KITTY AND TYPE AT THE SAME TIME!! HAPPY VEGGIE EATING! :broc: YES I AM GLAD I LIVE IN THE GOOD OL' USA BUT GOD HELP OUR POOR TROOPS!! I HATE WATCHING THE NEWS BUT FEEL GUILTY WHEN I DONT!!
PATTY~ THANKS PATTY..KEEPING THE EYES MY FIRST PRIORITY! LOL HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS NOT TOO HOT BUT 102!! :cry: TIME FOR COLD DRINKS AND AN A/C!!! :beach: HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
Nice picture Mel. I haven't seen live fireworks in years. Just too many people and the traffic is terrible. Like you, will watch them on TV if at all.
We made it to the meat market yesterday. Got some delicious brats, pork chops and some beef fillets. We made a quick run to the farmer's market. DH did not want me to get a bunch of stuff so I just picked some tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers. We were both starving so as soon as we got home he put the brats on the grill and I made a quick cucumber and tomato salad. Potato chips rounded out the meal. Oh but was it good! We didn't get into the pool but last night sat up on the deck on the swing at twilight. We looked up in the sky and 2 bats were flying above us. Pretty neat to watch them. At one point they were flying a bit too low for my preference, but I know them flying in your hair is just a dumb rumour. We had the pool light on and the water was glowing a gorgeous turquoise. With the light gurgling of the filter, it was so peaceful. There were a few firecrackers going off, but they were mostly muted. I don't mind living in this town if I only stay in my back yard :lol:
Today is going to be a hot one (97 degrees) and then ... bam... cold front - 82 degrees tomorrow. They are talking severe storms. Be careful Ceejay - as usual your area is going to get slammed. Or have you left already to visit your family?
Mel, I assume all the hulaballu about the roads is because of the fireworks show? I take it you can't see it from across the river where you live? They always show NY on tv - such a pretty show. I'm glad people are getting used to the idea that you are "semi-retired" and not bugging you so much. You have a great weekend Jersy girl - make something yummy with that good organic food in the kitchen :stir:
Shad, you always amaze me. Work long hours during the week and then when you do get home you have a pile of house things to do. Hope you get some of that quiet time with a book. Good to recharge the batteries too. Maybe they won't let you work from home (tho I wish they would) can't come and snatch your doco to figure out how they should have installed things in the first place. What a FOOBAR this system is. Universally, across the world. Perhaps this is how armaggedon starts :lol:
Patty - the best fireworks shows are the ones you can see from your own front yard! You pick the best seats and you can't be the quick commute home :lol: Yum on the fresh fruit. Are you sharing because I have a clean fork at the ready? :hungry:
Michelle - did you enjoy the fireworks show #1? I see it's kind of rainy again up your way. Hope that didn't spoil the fun. Glad to hear the doctors have finally figured out a course of treatment for you. Get it over with before the winter aches and pains set in. :^:
Jolly must have gone on a really looonnnnggg run. Haven't seen her in a bit.
Annie, I'm sure skinny dipping is lots of fun but I don't think so. 1) Might scratch delicate parts on the nubby deck around the pool 2) We have lights around the perimeter of the pool so it's not completely dark 3) when you have a deep pool it can get very disorienting as to which way is up or down in the darkness. It's a very scary feeling you never want to experience twice. and finally 4) if my neighbors try, they can see into my back yard. I guess if I had a more secluded above ground pool, I might try it, but thanks for the tip. Does your lack of posts mean that you too have blown town and headed for St. Louis? If so, have a great time.
Well, if I'm going to get into the pool after lunch I have some cleaning and laundry to finish up first. Have a good Saturday everyone and put some gusto into whatever you do.
SILENCE IS REIGNING SUPREME HERE AGAIN TODAY. ONLY A FEW OF US WENT OUT TO SIT. WE WERE REWARDED WITH SOME SUN. I CANNOT TELL A LIE...WENT DOWN THE ROAD AND BOUGHT A COFFEE DRINK BEFORE HE CLOSED THE STORE. EVEN JOE IS LEAVING TOWN BEFORE THE NUTS ARRIVE!! :cheers:
I NEED TO FIND SOMETHING TO DO AND NOT WASTE THIS HIGH FROM THE CAFFEINE :rofl:
HAPPY~ NO...WE CAN SEE THE FIREWORKS FINE...THEY WILL BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HUDSON RIVER...THAT'S THE PROBLEM. BIG BARGES WILL BE TOWED INTO PLACE. THE WHOLE WORLD WANTS TO BE ON THE RIVERFRONT!! YOUR DINNER AND NIGHT BY THE POOL SOUNDED HEAVENLY. I ENVY YOU...BUT NOT THE SOUTHERN HEAT!! BATS??? YIKES :bat: WHAT?? NO SKINNY DIPPING?? :swim: GET YOUR SWEATER READY FOR THE COLD FRONT. :brr:
07-04-2009, 01:41 PM
Where's Carla? Mel's hittin' the hooch ... I mean Frappacino's again. I know you love them, just 2 sips to savor - ok? You know how that messes with you my friend. Enjoy the fireworks sister. Tote that barge (or bah-gz as DH would say, you too I bet), lift that bale. Enjoy your sun and peace while it lasts. I'll turn the TV on tonight and we can watch together.
And bats are good. If it wasn't for bats, we'd be wading 3 feet deep or more in bugs. And I only let DH suck my neck :rofl:
Feeling most embarrassed after being away for so long but life has just been kicking my butt with stuff - not health problems for me but too much other stuff, good and bad, happening. The current stressor is a big Church dinner tomorrow to fund-raise for a new roof for the Church. I've just finished 12 pies, 24 table centrepieces, a turkey and dressing and nine cabbages made into cole slaw.
Hi to everyone and I'll try to get in here more often. My ticker is lying a bit - I'm getting perilously close to the dreaded 200 once again!
07-04-2009, 07:23 PM
And another glorious morning it is 'n all. Blue sky, bit of a breeze, sun is creeping into the yard. Time to move it along and get on with the day.
Ruth - good to see you on our wee thread again. Maybe it will bring Carla back to us as well. Possible not.
Seems like you have been busy with the baking again. Dang it woman, you should just open up in the Longhorn and get on with making a fortune.
I fear it was Canada Day last week or sometime last month. I forgot to point towards Ottawa (but which way would I point?) and salute the Canadian contingent. My abject apologies. Hope it was a good day for all of you.
Happy Independence Day Mel - thanks for the visuals. They had some on the river last night in your honour. Wish you had been here, we could have had a great time in town last night - instead I went to sleep on the couch. Getting old maybe?
Don't mind bumpy rides in planes. At least it lets me know we are not plummetting in a smooth dive or going somewhere I have no wish to be! It's okay for luggage to end up there!!!
Happy - Glad you didn't spend too much at the store or the market. One of my big weaknesses is picking up too much food and having to chuck it during the week.
I don't have a problem with bats either. Some of them are actually quite cute. They had some remarkable abilities that humans have used, abused and improved - such as radar tendencies - so they have done their duty to mankind and should have earned respect and not fear. They have a purpose to life as do spiders. I would just prefer it that they stay outside and not inhabit my house. The spiders I mean, I don't think there are any bats in here, apart from those in my head.
Hope Patty and Ceejay manage to find each other in the crowds of a holiday weekend. Have a coffee on me ladies.
Gotta go, the tile box awaits and I still have some laundry to do. Back to Sydney tonight.
07-05-2009, 01:12 PM
Nice of you to pop in Ruth. That's wayyyyy more stuff than I'd be willing to cook. Maybe 2 pies. Certainly not 12. Hope you raise alot of money.
Shad, I suffer from the same deal at the farmers market. I see all the good looking fresh stuff and I buy it all up with good intentions. Then things change - sometimes DH is not very hungry or I have to work late and don't get to make something I planned - and things get chucked in the garbage bin. That doesn't make DH very happy. So I am trying to plan a bit better but even so, it doesn't always work out. I used to be afraid of bats too but then I learned about them and all the good they do. Fear is mostly based out of not knowing about them. Hope you are enjoying the weekend at home. Probably on your way back to Sydney by now.
Mel, I didn't get to catch the fireworks on TV but saw pictures and they were taken across the river in your home town. Looked like a gorgeous display. Did you get to see any of it or were you all snuggled in by then?
We got some storms early this morning. Didn't get much of a cool front in. It dropped a few degrees but it really muggy, sticky and uncomfortable out. We went in the pool yesterday but the water chilled a bit too much for me. I was only in about an hour and that includes lying on the lounge sunning like a lizard on a rock :lol: I think I'm going to stay inside and do some deep cleaning today.
Hope the rest of you had a nice Saturday and fun Sunday. Later chicks...
07-05-2009, 01:42 PM
:wave: HELLO CHICKS OF THE WORLD. MY YELLOWED HEADED DOWNY FRIENDS. :hug: AFTER A DAY LIKE YESTERDAY...YOU REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR ONLINE FFIENDS :rofl: PEOPLE FALLING DOWN, SENIORS ON THE ROOFTOP :yikes:, CARS JAMMING UP THE PARKING LOT SO MUCH THE AMBULANCE COULDN'T GET NEAR THE BLDG, PEOPLE TRYING TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE BLDG(GUESS THEY LIKED OUR ROOFTOP'S LOCATION) ...THEY FINALLY SENT ME JIMMY BACK TO HELP OUT. :yoga: WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT OUT OF TOWNERS TRIED TO SET UP TENT S AND PARK THEIR CARS ALL OVER THESE RIVERFRONT TOWNS BEFORE THE TOWNSHIPS CLOSED THE STREETS? :faint: WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER...PEACE CAME TO THE BLDG. I MISSED THE DISPLAY BOTH OUTSIDE AND ON THE TV. I SHOULD HAVE SET THE RECORDER :rofl: THE POOR GRANDSON WAS LIVING IN FEAR THE END OF THE WORLD WAS HERE. SEEMED LIKE THE BURSTS OF COLOR WENT OVER OUR ROOFTOP :crazy: BUT IT WAS A GOOD DAY OTHERWISE. LOTS OF VISITORS AND SMILING SENIORS. GOTTA BE A GOOD DAY!! RIGHT??? :lol3: :lol3:
SHAD~ WE COULD HAVE TOASTED TO THE BIRTHDAY AND NOT HAD ONE OF MY SENIORS IN SIGHT HAD I HAD THE AFORETHOUGHT TO GET ON A FRIGGING PLANE AND HEAD YOUR WAY!! :cheers: OPE YOUR WEEKEND WAS A GOOD ONE AND YOU ARE RESTED AND CALM ENOUGH NOT TO DRAW BLOOD WHEN YOU HIT WORK TOMORROW!!
HAPPY~ I AM SORRY I MISSED EVERY BIT OF THE SHOW BUT CHIT HAPPENS. I DO THE SAME AS YOU...BUY THE PRODUCE SECTION OUT OF THE STORE AND THEN DON'T FEEL GOOD OR PLANS LIKE YOU SAID CHANGE AND THE GARBAGE MAN GETS THE WHOLE MESS! :rofl: WE ARE CREATURES OF HABIT. SOAK UP THE SUN WHILE IT IS OUT....IN BETWEEN THE CLOUDS AND DRIPS!! :rain:
RUTHIE!!! GOOD TO SEE YOU!! WONDER IF ANY OF US WILL EVER SLOW DOWN??? :rofl: AST LEAST BEING BUSY KEEPS US ACTIVE. YOU BETTER PAY ATTENTION TO THAT TICKER OF YOURS!! OR I WILL HAVE TO GET THE CATTLE PROD CHARGED UP AND COME AFTER YOU!! HOPE YOU RAISE A BUNDLE OF CASH...IT WON'T BE FOR LACK OF TRYING ON YOUR PART MY NORTHERN FRIEND :hug:
07-05-2009, 01:49 PM
:wave: HELLO CHICKS OF THE WORLD. MY YELLOWED HEADED DOWNY FRIENDS. :hug: AFTER A DAY LIKE YESTERDAY...YOU REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR ONLINE FRIENDS :rofl:
PEOPLE FALLING DOWN, SENIORS ON THE ROOFTOP :yikes:, CARS JAMMING UP THE PARKING LOT SO MUCH THE AMBULANCE COULDN'T GET NEAR THE BLDG, PEOPLE TRYING TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE BLDG(GUESS THEY LIKED OUR ROOFTOP'S LOCATION) ...THEY FINALLY SENT ME JIMMY BACK TO HELP OUT.
WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT OUT OF TOWNERS TRIED TO SET UP TENTS AND PARK THEIR CARS ALL OVER THESE RIVERFRONT TOWNS BEFORE THE TOWNSHIPS CLOSED THE STREETS? :faint: WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER...PEACE CAME TO THE BLDG. :yoga:
I MISSED THE DISPLAY BOTH OUTSIDE AND ON THE TV. I SHOULD HAVE SET THE RECORDER :rofl: THE POOR GRANDSON WAS LIVING IN FEAR THE END OF THE WORLD WAS HERE. SEEMED LIKE THE BURSTS OF COLOR WENT OVER OUR ROOFTOP :crazy: BUT IT WAS A GOOD DAY OTHERWISE. LOTS OF VISITORS AND SMILING SENIORS. GOTTA BE A GOOD DAY!! RIGHT??? :lol3: :lol3:
SHAD~ WE COULD HAVE TOASTED TO THE BIRTHDAY AND NOT HAD ONE OF MY SENIORS IN SIGHT HAD I HAD THE AFORETHOUGHT TO GET ON A FRIGGING PLANE AND HEAD YOUR WAY!! :cheers: HOPE YOUR WEEKEND WAS A GOOD ONE AND YOU ARE RESTED AND CALM ENOUGH NOT TO DRAW BLOOD WHEN YOU HIT WORK TOMORROW!!
HAPPY~ I AM SORRY I MISSED EVERY BIT OF THE SHOW BUT CHIT HAPPENS. I DO THE SAME AS YOU...BUY THE PRODUCE SECTION OUT AT THE STORE AND THEN DON'T FEEL GOOD OR PLANS CHANGE LIKE YOU SAID AND THE GARBAGE MAN GETS THE WHOLE MESS! :rofl: WE ARE CREATURES OF HABIT. SOAK UP THE SUN WHILE IT IS OUT....IN BETWEEN THE CLOUDS AND DRIPS!! :rain:
RUTHIE!!! GOOD TO SEE YOU!! WONDER IF ANY OF US WILL EVER SLOW DOWN??? :rofl: AT LEAST BEING BUSY KEEPS US ACTIVE. YOU BETTER PAY ATTENTION TO THAT TICKER OF YOURS!! OR I WILL HAVE TO GET THE CATTLE PROD CHARGED UP AND COME AFTER YOU!! HOPE YOU RAISE A BUNDLE OF CASH...IT WON'T BE FOR LACK OF TRYING ON YOUR PART MY NORTHERN FRIEND :hug:
07-05-2009, 02:20 PM
Happy Sunday ladies -
I'm exhausted. We didn't get to the fireworks Friday or Saturday night. Some trials and tribulations with DMIL. Friday was way too cool for her and yesterday she wasn't feeling well at all. She had a difficult time keeping anything down. So once we got her settled, we were done for the evening. I've been on the 'puter a lot this weekend...trying to design my own website so that I can advertise and get more business. DH, DMIL and I are hoping to go fishing later....after all the jetskiers get off the lake.
Wish I could have another day or two off work....but that's okay. It'll actually be good to get back in my routine.
My website is calling me...so I'd better get back to it.
Love and hugs to all,
07-05-2009, 10:01 PM
Mitchellez - I'm sorry to hear your MIL was under the weather. I hope she gets to feeling better. I hope you get youe website looking the way you want.
Happy - I too overbought at the Farmer's Market. I bought a big watermellon and have been eating it everyday, along with blueberries, strawberries and tri-color corn. At least it's not candy :)
Mel - you mentioned people falling down, was that seniors in the building or people outside?
Shad - Ceejay is suppose to be coming in this weekend. I too hope we get a chance to meet up.
Ruth - glad you dropped by. I hope you raise lots of funds at your fundraiser.
As for me not much going on. I had a very restful weekend. I potted some flowers and another tomato plant.
07-05-2009, 11:30 PM
I've had a busy week and this week will be short because VACATION starts Wednesday. YES.
Went for the mammogram and bone density test on Thursday but still no results. This bone density test was a little different. They took pictures of my spine and hips. Had to get into a weird position. I commented that this was like doing a side plank. She laughed and said what is that. I'm anxious about the reults.
Sounds like you have had an exciting week end. My cousins children did fireworks last night. It was cute when they were doing sparklers. They all 3 posed as the Statue of Liberty and sang some patriotic songs. Before that one looked as though he were carrying the olympic torch.
Sorry to hear about you mil being sick.
I'm not sure if my city got rain. I've been in Paragould since Friday evening.
I'm not sure what my sister has planned. We'll try to work something out. It might be closer to Sunday night before something can be arranged. Her children and a grand child will be there also. I'm thinking most of them will leave on Sunday afternoon.
You sure are a busy person. It's good to see you back on the thread
Are you going to take some time off after this job ends? Sounds like this job has been extra stressful.
It's time for this girl to get to bed and or plan something for tomorrow's menu.
07-06-2009, 12:28 AM
Back in Sydney and at work and not feeling too darned bright - but then as my friend Chris (down the road Chris, not ex-Japan Chris) would say - if you hurtle around the earth in tin tubes, then you should expect to get at least something for your money.
Had a lovely time back home. Just got on with it. Loads of washing done, folded up and put away. Still some towels and DS2's work gear on the line. I tell ya - there is nothing much to beat a sub-tropical winters day, except maybe a tropical winters day. Deep, bright blue skies, gentle breezes, temps in the early 20s (70-76 or so) no humidity and bright sunshine. Gotta love it.
So I tiled, swept, cleaned, created, and cooked. Didn't even bother to tell too many people I was home. That makes for a peaceful time in the hammock or just in a sun chaiselongue.
Mel - hope they weren't falling down on the rooftop. Must be the first time anyone has actually wanted to get into the Old Folks home! People get quite crazy with parking at events like that. Hey anythings good for a park and to **** with the rest of the world. Why they don't think to provide free public transport for the event I really don't know. Our rugby venues do it. They put on buses from the local rugby clubs and bus the people into the game. Then the club gets the benefits of those that like to drink before AND after (and probably during) the game. The club provides security in the car parks (you pay a parking fee) and the bus is completely free. Well worth it. So if the sporting venues can organise it, why not the councils and festival organisers. :soap: Dumb folk. Ok off the box.
Michelle - sorry to hear the DMIL is not having the best of times - and therefore neither are you!!! :rofl: I feel her pain - today is way to cool for me as well. Gimme some heat!
Patty - hope the tomato plant grows up healthy and strong and gives you heaps of good fruit. I left my farmers market stuff in the fridge in Brisbane last night. How stupid was that. DS2 will not eat it so it will go off.
Ceejay - Plank position on x-rays well there is always something new. At least it wasn't a mammogram where the last person was 6'.6" and you have to be on tippy toes to reach the freezing cold glass thingy and then you are just about hanging around dangling from the squished boob. Brings a tear to the eyes that does.
Better go strike a blow for the project I guess.
07-06-2009, 09:11 AM
PATTY~ SENIORS IN THEIR BATHROOMS. BUT GLAD TO REPORT NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. THEY JUST CAN'T GET BACK UP. ARE YOU GROWING TOMATOES INSIDE OR OUT? I FORGET IF YOU HAVE A GARDEN.
JEANETTE~ DON'T YOU LOVE WHEN KIDS DO THESE LITTLE SKITS. I REMEMBER DOING THAT WITH MY BROTHER. THEY MUST HAVE BEEN ADORABLE. I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL AND RESTFUL VACATION. ENJOY IT AND RELAX. :hug:
SHAD~ GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK AND WILL KEEP MY FINGERS CROSSED ALL GOES WELL FOR THE NEXT 2 WEEKS. THEY SHOULD HAVE USED EVERY AVAILABLE BUS WE OWNED (BEING A SMALL TOWN WE DON'T HAVE MANY AND THERE ARE INSURANCE ISSUES) MY MAINT MAN HAD TO WALK FROM UPTOWN DOWN HERE TO REPLACE A TENANTS DOOR KNOB! THE TRAFFIC WAS AT A STANDSTILL AND THAT WAS AFTER THE FIREWORKS WERE OVER!!:rofl: THANKS GOD THE 4TH IS ONCE A YEAR AND NOT ALWAYS ON THE HUDSON!!!!! COME AND DO LOADS OF MY LAUNDRY!
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS. A VERY CALM DAY AND NIGHT YESTERDAY. JUST SILLY QUESTIONS MOSTLY. BUT I'LL TAKE THAT AS OPPOSED TO EMERGENCIES! GOTTA GO DOWN LATER AND CHECK OUT THE OFFICE. I AM IN NO RUSH!! LOOKS LIKE A GORGEOUS WEEK. TEMP TODAY ONLY 65 THIS MORNING :dance:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:
07-06-2009, 11:37 AM
Happy Monday ladies -
The weekend turned out to be more quiet than planned, but still wonderful. I had a lovely nap yesterday afternoon outside on a chaise lounge listening to the birds. I was in the shade of one of our large maple trees, and there was a gentle breeze blowing. I'm having a bit of a creative block when trying to create my own website. I think I'm much too much of a perfectionist. I plan to go to the gym tonight after I run a few important errands. My doggie's just about out of insulin...so that takes top priority.
Shad - I hope your final two weeks in Sydney are productive, hassle/stress free and pleasant. I'm glad you enjoyed some relaxing in the sunshine like I did. I hope you get to take a bit of time off once this job is done to de-stress a bit. You've been through the wringer on the last two jobs.
Ceejay - Side plank for x-rays? I know I couldn't hold that position for very long. Hope the tests come out a-ok!
Patty - Glad you had a nice relaxing weekend. More tomatoes, huh? Yummy! Some of my plants are bearing fruit, but nothing ripe enough to pick yet.
Annie - Hope you're doing okay after your trip.
Happy - Did you get to enjoy a relaxing weekend and swim in the pool?
I've got to get back to work...lots to get done!
Love and hugs,
07-06-2009, 11:41 AM
I have read all the posts, but have no energy to do personals. I am at my wits end with life. Had a car accident on way back from St. Louis. A jerk didn't see me in his blind spot, changed lanes rapidly between me and a semi. I rear ended him, so yes, it is my fault. What a bunch of crap. 500 deductible. My car is driveable, but wibbly. I am ok, and I am spending today feeling pathetic and depressed. Yes I know all my blessings, but they will have to wait, my head hurts (stressed and tension) and I am ready to jump.
07-06-2009, 12:31 PM
Annie - It makes no sense to me how when someone is driving crazy they aren't at fault for the accident. :dunno: I'm sorry your head hurts and that you're so stressed out. Hang in there, girlfriend, and don't jump. :hug: You've got a lot of great things going on in your life...you weren't hurt in the accident, you've got a great guy who will hopefully be back from Vegas soon, and you've got a great job and generous boss who appreciates your work, and you've got wonderful kids!! Take a deep breath (or two) and think of all the things that make you smile.
07-06-2009, 02:01 PM
Thanks Chelle, my brother said the same things and he gave me to 4pm to feel sorry for myself today, then he is going to kick my arse. Tony is back, he got back Saturday night late. I called him after the accident, he came over and spent the evening with me while I was a blubbering idiot.
07-06-2009, 02:30 PM
Annie - You've got such an awesome guy in Tony! And a brilliant brother (since he said the same stuff as me - LOL). 4pm today huh? Okay. So 2-1/2 hours left and then I'll either give you a virtual kick in the arse or pick you up by the bootstraps or somethin' like that.
07-06-2009, 06:32 PM
((hugs))) Glad you are not hurt.
Ahhh! A nap under the tree. Sounds like a winner to me.
Hope things are back to normal.
I've had a busy day at work.
07-06-2009, 11:47 PM
Annie - sorry you are having such a rotten time of it. It always beats me how the guy changing lanes can not be responsible for at least some of the accident. How ridiculous. He should be taking responsibility for his own actions. Hope you have now picked yourself up and can get on with the rest of the day/ night etc.
Michelle - you should have your e-mails by now. Hope they worked. Sounds nice - sitting under the trees and listening to nature. Hope you get the doggies medicine all sorted. Gotta love our furry friends.
Ceejay - good to have a busy day. At least it keeps the boredom away. I'm sort of strung at the moment since I have more or less finished on course but the idiots upstairs are still dithering on the other. Still too bad if it is not finished and I am gone before they get their act together.
Mel - Just gotta love those after fireworks jams - can't imagine how bad that could be in your little town with fairly narrow streets and plenty of distractions. I remember sitting in a traffic jam in Townsville some years back thinking how stupid it was - because Townsville doesn't have that many people, but they were all lodged in a small space and I'm sure they must have come one to a car. It took hours to get home - and that was mainly because the police on traffic duty had little idea of how to go about it. Still we did get there safe and sound.
Right better get back into it. Today is Tuesday. Finish Friday week. No more extensions for this little black duck. I'm right over Sydney.
07-07-2009, 01:37 AM
Evenin' chicks, and a good afternoon to you Shad.
So sorry to hear about your accident Annie. Just what you needed - more money flying out the window :hug: Half the people on the road don't know the first thing about driving and then when they cause an accident, YOU get the blame. Oof-duh!!!! I hope you and the car will be ok. zip, zip, zip - magic dust - no more bad stuff headed your way!
Heads down Shad, the sooner you finish, the sooner you can get out.
Countdown to vacation Ceejay - getting excited? They do seem to put you in strange positions for the bone density to get the hips lined up right. Guess we don't really look like Halloween skeletons after all!
Mel I can only imagine the mess around your place after the fireworks. Gridlock and hot, dumb people. Good that you were tucked safe and sound.
Michelle - your description of sitting on the lounge in the breeze sounded soooo heavenly. Ahhh. Hope you got some inspiration for your website. Sometimes doing stuff for us is way harder than clients.
Patty - I raised a bowl of watermelon chunks in your honor tonight. Yay for Lycopene! And strawberries and blueberries are power foods so eat away. Yum yum.
My mom is loving her new cell phone. She's like a kid with a toy. They really did a good design on this one. She found it even has a magnifying glass of sorts - good for reading menus. :lol: There's some things going on in the background here at home too - keeping me focused on other stuff. DH and I have been talking alot - we have gotten away from our lean meats and fresh vegetables and fruits. Ugh the bloat. Going to turn that around starting tomorrow at breakfast. But first I sleep.
See you tomorrow.
07-07-2009, 09:35 AM
Good Morning All...It is so great to have you Worldlies to pick me up...and such great home friends too. Dropped my car off last night, only cosmetic damage of 1900.00 with 500.00 deductible. All is good under the hood. See Miss Annie there is a bright side to everything. Catching a ride to and from work with different friends, not so bad. Sorry I was such a poop yesterday and sorry if I brought anyone down to my pathetic self pity level.
Shad...thank God this is the last week of h*ll. On to newer better jobs. It will be nice to get home for a few days.
Happy...funny how the smallest things like a cell phone can make momma happy. That's great! Thanks for the magic dust, my friend Tami last night said she envisioned me with money flying all around me and sticking to me and fore me to envision it also. So here I am envisioning it. Just hope the money she was envisioning wasn't coins..lol.
Ceejay...thanks for the hugs...and don't work to hard. Altho staying busy makes my day fly fast.
Chelle...no arse kicking from you or my brother...I am back on the positive track and no pity parties for me. Thank you a bunch. You are such a great pal.
MEL...Is my memory failing me or are you on vacation this week?
It's funny when you don't have a car all you can think about are the things you want to go do. Oh well, it is just for a few days. Got the essentials I was out of in last night before dropping the car off. Should be good to go.
Everyone have a marvelous day.
Love and Hugs
07-07-2009, 10:11 AM
Happy, Happy, Happy Tuesday!!
I'm in a great mood, ladies! I had a major accomplishment yesterday! By the time I got back from running errands and getting the dog's medicine, I wasn't able to make it to the gym so I went for a walk. Yes, that's right....A WALK! I was able to walk about the block (a little over a mile) in about 20 minutes, with essentially no pain. :woohoo: This may not seem like much to most people, but it's been nearly a year since I've been able to walk more than 8 or 10 minutes before the back pain would require me to sit for a bit. I can now confidentially tell my regular doctor, neurosurgeon and pain doctor that the cortisone shot I received last Wednesday seems to be helping a lot! Yay!
Tonight is going to be a challenge as we are going to a baseball game, where beer is plentiful and healthy food choices are scarce. I'll make the best choices available and limit the beers to 1 (okay...maybe 2). And I may just have to use my remaining weekly points tonight and eat less tomorrow.
Shad - Yes, I did get the emails. Thank you so much!! Now to really sink my teeth into designing my website. So this Friday's your last day or is it Friday 7/17?
Mel - After fireworks traffic jams are crazy. In our little town, they set off the fireworks in a park that's in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Not much parking and narrow streets. Even in Milwaukee where they set the fireworks off down by the shores of Lake Michigan, you get several hundred thousand people trying to leave an area at the same time, and it results in a real traffic jam. Glad to hear you were safe and sound. Hope you don't have to spend too much time in the office today.
Happy - I LOVE your new avatar! SOOOO Cute! Glad your mom is enjoying her new phone! That's wonderful! Happy, you are SO right...doing my own website is WAY harder than creating websites for clients. Partly because I don't want to appear like the typical corporate America standard website firm with photos of executives standing around. That's not me. I deliver friendly, personal, customized service. So I want my website to be attractive, inviting, warm, artistic, and serene. That's not asking too much. There's a website I found when looking for designs I like that you might know about (or be interested in). It's about activities and events in Tennessee (http://spring.tnvacation.com/). I love the background artwork and the use of color. Anyway, it made me think of you...Tennessee, flowers, and it's so bright and cheery - just like you. :hug:
Patty - You reminded me I've got a canteloupe to cut up, and some blueberries, and grapes...a yummy fruit salad. Mmmmmmm.
Annie - No need to apologize for anything. You've had a h*lluva few weeks. Glad to hear you're in better spirits and looking on the bright side. How nice that your friends are helping get you to and from work! I think I'd like your friend Tami. I'm gonna try that envisioning stuff. And I think Happy should patent and sell that magic dust, but give it away to friends for free of course :lol:
Well, ladies, break time is over. I'd better get some work done.
Here's to a delightful day for all of us!
Lots of love and hugs,
07-07-2009, 03:09 PM
Random thoughts from a mad woman...
"In heaven there is no beer,
That's why we drink it here.
Cuz when we're gone from here,
Our friends will be drinking all the beer... que the accordian and dance your pants off... :rofl:
Enjoy the beer Michelle but not too much. Actually, your probably better off just drinking beer only instead of chowing on all that greasy fried concession stand stuff. Maybe you can sneek some rollups or something in your purse to minimize the damage. Have a good time at the game.
A friend once let me hold his mojo bag (and no, I didn't have to marry him afterwards). :crazy: It was right before we headed to a Las Vegas vacation and I won for the first time ever - $1400. He said there's only so much mojo and you can't be a spend thrift about it, so I save the magic dust for special things. Hope it doesn't attract flying quarters over to Annie's delicate parts. Maybe just Ben Frankin fig leaves if YKWIM ;)
Michelle- that website is cute. Figures it's for east TN. If it was something for here, would look more like my avatar. Speaking of which, I guess I am obsessed with pictures of cats in hats.
I woke up this morning thinking, it would be so nice to wake up lazy, stretch and feel refreshed. Instead I had to pee really badly, my elbow is hurting from sitting at the computer too long over last week, I was tired and my throat is scratchy in a way that feels like I have little slits like I swallowed glass. No matter how much or little sleep I get, I never seem to wake up refreshed. In a way I can understand how MJ got desperate.
Lunch is over, back later.
07-07-2009, 04:19 PM
Happy - I love the "In Heaven there is no beer" song!! You got to hold your friend's mojo bag, huh? Does your DH know? ;) I went for years without waking up refreshed, it really sucked. Then my DH mentioned that not only did I snore, but I'd suddently stop breathing at night, and he'd have to nudge me to wake me up to start breathing. Sure enough...I have sleep apnea and now that I have my mask I sleep much better. DH doesn't sleep well due to knee pain. Pain sure does suck, especially when it affects your sleep.
07-07-2009, 06:40 PM
Oooooooooooh yes, the lack of sleep syndrome. It's a pain. And generally speaking you get out of bed feeling worse than when you got into it. Generally I sleep very well, but on occasions - stress, lack of exercise, wrong foods, all go to making for a grotty Shaddie. Funnily enough the real Shad could nap, get interupted sleep, run all day and inhale food and it never seemed to affect his perpetual good mood. Maybe all men should come back as dogs?? No that's not fair. There are some good ones out there.
Okay - Michelle and her beer and greasy spoons reminded me of a good friend of mine in Townsville. J is a multi millionaire through property and he is about maybe 45 at most I guess. He and his little investment group now own around 80 properties around the world. Last New Year, he rung me from NY just to say Happy New Year. He was there to look at properties. I should have got him to look at Richies Dad's place!!! Anyway they bought 3 of those diners - we call them pie carts or if they are in a posh place "the Aluminium Room" and he was killing himself laughing about the menu. Apparently these places are very successful sticking to a formula of burgers, fries and chicken etc. J wanted to introduce some salads and good stuff and questioned some of the patrons about the menu - they were horrified. Reckoned they would have to find somewhere else to eat if he put that 'green stuff' on the menu. They liked it just as it was. Apparently J wanted to introduce some different types of cheeses as well but the cooks threatened to walk out if they couldn't have Monterey Jack!!! J backed off. The things make enough to pay for themselves in a few years anyway so if they want to eat like that, then let them. For any of you out there wondering about J - no he is not married, he is gay, he looks like a leprechaun and is nearly as round as he is tall, but he is loveable.
Michelle - I'm sure you will do well with this website. Nothing like some pretty flowers in the background and soft music soothing the savage beast. However you don't want to send 'em to sleep, presumably you want someone to buy something!!! Enjoy the game.
Annie - glad to hear that you are back to your old self again. Fairly steep price for a car but then that's the panelbeating trade for you. Pity you are not here, I could have sent you off to a tame panelbeater and you would have only had to pay for the parts, and make him meatloaf!
Happy - I thought the cat was for my benefit. One of those hats would keep the cold at bay around the ears for my daily drift to work. Actually it has been so cold this week and I have been working long hours so I have been catching the train instead of walking. Something has to give and the exercise and sneezing and watery eyes were it. Nothing holds a candle to the smell of a good ole Sydney bus choking it's way down a very narrow Pitt Street and gassing the population.
Mel - is probably still out there directing the traffic and picking up the old girls from the bathroom floors. Time for a break buddy.
Ceejay - not long to go for your holiday now. Hope you and Patty do get to meet up. Most of us have known each other for years but don't know the sound of each others voices or know how tall they are (apart from Annie) or what they are really like.
Okay - so it is Wednesday. I have 8 working days left in this place and around 18 days of work to do. If it gets done, it gets done. For once I really don't care. They are still fighting about stuff upstairs so I can't see that course being finished. I will finish the other this week I think. I may have to work over the weekend if the other gets a move on, but at the moment I'm planning for some sightseeing at the Botanical Gardens, looking at some old Sydney architecture and maybe a trip to the zoo by ferry. I'd also like to visit the craft markets at the Rocks (where Mary met Fred (I'm talking Danish Royalty here)). It's time I moved along and caught up with other doings. See ya
07-07-2009, 10:08 PM
Ceejay - have a safe trip and be sure and call me. Sunday is not good for me unless it's breakfast. I left my number so call me when you get in town.
Annie - I'm soo glad that you were not injured. I agree with Mitchellez and your brother, you have so many good things going for you. These are just blips in your life. They too will pass...
Happy - Wonder what all was in his mojo bag? And is mojo related to Karma?
Mitchellez - glad to hear that coritzone shot is helping. Have fun at the baseball game. I say get a dog, put lots of mustard, relish on it and don't eat the bread. Enjoy your beer...
Mel - send those temps to texas. This morning it was 78 degrees at 5:30am..Glad to hear no seniors were seriously injured..
Shad - I hope your get your sightseeing in this weekend.
07-08-2009, 08:50 AM
MICHELLE~ HOPE YOU FIND SOME INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEBSITE. GET SOME OF YOUR FAERIES TO HELP SPRINKLE THEIR DUST AROUND. NICE NAP OUTSIDE...I WAS GETTING READY TO SING THE SONG..."IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE...LA LA LA! A BIG CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WALK! :encore: WOW THAT IS GREAT NEWS. GOTTA LOVE THE CORTISONE!! BUT DON'T GO CRAZY NOW...OK??? I REALLY AM VERY HAPPY FOR YOU. :hug:
ANNIE~ I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE ACCIDENT. THANK GOD YOU WEREN'T SERIOUSLY HURT...EXPECIALLY BY THE SEMI!!! :yikes: THE CAR CAN ALWAYS BE FIXED. SORRY ABOUT THE $$ TOO. BEEN A TOUGH YEAR BUT KEEP THE FAITH!!:HUG: YOU HAD A RIGHT TO BE A POOP..YOU WERE UPSET!!! AND THAT IS NOT BEING A POOP ANYWAY...IT'S CALLED SHARING! :love: YOUR MEMORY IS NOT FAILING BUT IT IS MY BOSS ON VACATION AND I FORGOT TO POST YESTERDAY. BUSY DAY.
JEANETTE...YOU ARE THE BUSY BEE THIS WEEK. GETTING READY FOR VACATION TOO??
SHAD...THOUGHT YOU HAD 2 WEEKS. OR IS THIS THE 2ND WEEK ALREADY?? LORD..I LOST TRACK. BUT GLAD YOU WILL BE OUT OF THERE SOON! :hug: (oh...i see the 2nd post...8 days left) OK THOUGHT I WAS LOSING IT WITH MY MEMORY. :lol3: HOPE YOU GET TO SIGHT SEE INSTEAD OF WORKING. I AM TAKING THAT BREAK TOO...TODAY! THANKS FOR THE REMINDER!
HAPPY~ WAS YOUR AVATAR COLD AND NEEDED A CAP?? :rofl: :rofl: IT IS SOOO CUTE. GLAD THE PHONE WORKED OUT FOR MOM. IT WILL KEEP HER BUSY WHILE BEING SAFE! GOTTA GET BACK TO THE HEALTHY EATING THIS MONTH. I WAS STARTING TO STRAY AGAIN SINCE LAST MONTH. I'LL TRY TO THINK LEAN MEATS AND FRESH VEGGIES TOO! IT WOULD BE NICE TO WAKE UP FULLY REFRESHED.....I AGREE! :cloud9:
PATTY~ TODAY WAS 60 DEGREES! WE FEEL LIKE THE MIDDLE OF SPRING! SENDING SOME LOWER TEMPS YOUR WAY!! SO WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE? HOWS THE EXERCISE GOING AND THE DOG?
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING WORLDLIES. I THOUGHT I POSTED YESTERDAY BUT GUESS NOT. THE BATHTUB LINER INSTALLATION IS GOPING WELL. THERE WERE ONLY A FEW BECAUSE THE BUDGETS ARE SO SMALL THIS YEAR. I AM TAKING THE DAY TO MYSELF. HOPEFULLY MY FRIEND COMES BACK TOMORROW. JUST RESTING UP AND MAYBE READ FOR AWHILE. I'M STILL A SLEEPY HEAD SO MAYBE A NAP...I'M N OT BIG ON NAPS BUT ONE TODAY SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:
07-08-2009, 10:51 AM
Hump Day...here we go!!
Good Morning all....
Shad...every time eat eat the wrong foods, I feel like poo too. Even before I had bariatric surgery. Now it is twice as bad. Let's see...meatloaf for car repair..I could do that and I make a mean loaf too!
MEL...ah, the boss is on vacation, well I take that as an "in house" vacation from the boss. Are you one of the ones getting a new tub? A nap sounds blissful.
Chelle...congrats on the nice walk..wow, you have come a long way baby. I took a really long walk on Monday, but haven't much since then. I went home and drank a Optemator Spaten a German Dark sweet type beer. Laid down at 6:oo and woke up at 8:00.
Happy...feel better, I am fighting one hellava cold, cough, etc right now. Also very tired of it. I loved your little poem.
After I woke up at 8 last night I watched a bit of the Michael Jackson memorial. It is sad that such a great legend died but I think they are making entirely too much out of his death and all.
We are having a pitch in tomorrow. I have elected to make my famous baked beans. Easy enough with not much effort. President is bring a honey baked ham from the Honey Baked Store, the director is bring fried chicken from somewhere, the rest of us are pitching in the sides. Just what I need, more food.
Not much else going on today, thank God. Everyone have a super marvelous day.
Much love and many hugs,
07-08-2009, 03:49 PM
Happy Hump Day ladies -
Went to a baseball game last night....had a cheeseburger, fries and 3 beers. Probably not the smartest thing to do before weigh in, but they all tasted SOOOOOO good! Anyway, I guess I was born under a lucky star or something....even after my indulgences last night...I managed to lose 0.8 lb this week - down to an even 230. Still a long way to get to goal...but :woohoo: anyway!
Shad - That is so funny about your friend "J" trying to make diners healthier. Not sure if I'll add music to my website, but attractive images, design and layout are certainly important. I hope you are able to get stuff done so you don't have to work this weekend and get to enjoy Sydney sightseeing.
Mel - I hope you got a nice, relaxing, refreshing nap today!
Annie - I'm not a big fan of dark beer, but glad you enjoyed it. Your pitch in sounds like fun, hopefully they'll be some yummy healthy choices too.
Patty - I hope you get a chance to meet up with Ceejay!
Ceejay - I hope you're enjoying your vacation!!
Big :wave: to Happy, Ruth, Jolly and everyone!
I've got a meeting in a couple minutes....gotta go.
Lots of love and big hugs,
07-08-2009, 09:34 PM
A wet and cold day here, although not as cold as it has been over the past week or so.
I'm having problems with the system this morning. Can't get into the documentation developer program. It tells me it is loading the library. Well it has been doing that for some time now (around an hour) so I guess it will have to stop it and dis-install/ re-install the bloody thing.
Michelle good for you to have lost weight even though you went to a baseball game and eat the usual stuff. You are doing well.
Annie - like I said, between me and the DS2 we have friends in most businesses and DS2 did a sort of intro 101 to Panel beating a couple of years back. Mates rates are common for electricians, panelbeaters, builders (well we did have tame builder but he up and died some time back) computers, dingo (bob cat) drivers, turf growers, IT installations, furniture assemblers and IT administration, furniture movers and a few other bits and pieces too numerous to mention as well as those with trucks, utes, tractors, diggers, ride on mowers and fencing augurs. So we are fairly set for all that as long as we give them a bit of notice and they can put in a request for 'what's on the barbie' that day. Nothing like the bartering system is there?
Mel - sounds like you are the complete busy bee for the moment. Just ensure that you look after your own needs as well as all the 'old girls'. Yep 7 working days to go today. I have a couple of other things tucked away for the future and some time off would be nice. There's plenty to do at home now that the winter has arrived. Ie. the spiders and cockroaches and ants think it might be a good idea to live inside. Do I have news for them!
Ceejay - probably busy packing for her holiday in the Lone Star State. Hope it is a good one.
And now it is time for me to get out of here. I'd better take a look at reinstalling the product. Yuck.
07-09-2009, 08:51 AM
A Quick Post. The Men Are Ready To Install Jen's Tub Liner And The Boss Is Back. See Everyone Tomorrow. Have A Great Thursday!
07-09-2009, 09:44 AM
Congratulations Michelle on another great weightloss week - even with beer! Keep up the good work. Good luck on the website layout. Just relax - maybe go sit under the tree again and if you stop trying so hard, it might come to you because sometimes it's just like that :dunno:
Ceejay - have a good trip.
Shad - always good to know people who know people to help out. More for getting decent service than price even. Didn't realize it was cold enough for you to need a wool knit cap where you are. I have plenty I can send you.
Mel - hope the new tub comes out all pretty and shiny. Don't you get anything?
Annie - yum, homemade baked beans - doesn't get much better than that. Enjoy your picnic. Glad you liked the "poem" - actually it's a polka song generally sung in a sloppy manner after consuming about 4 kegs of beer :lol:
Patty - mojo is magic compared to karma which is the universe paying you back - be it good or bad. Some people throw mojo in the voodoo family and are actually quite scared of it. My friend actually took it a bit on the serious side. I was flattered that he shared, and apparently it worked!
Yesterday was a sort of a bummer day in general. I am still a bit blue over it. I am coming to grips with my mortality and the unmistakeable fact that I am no longer a spring chicken, no matter what my head thinks. :(
Better get on with the day before my job goes in the toilet too.
07-09-2009, 10:02 AM
I bought a powerball lottery ticket for last night's drawing, haven't checked it yet, but am SURE I am a winner and we all no longer have to work. I will let you know.
Happy...I think I would rather have mojo than karma. So far karma is killing me. lol
MEL...your "in-house" vacation is now over, the boss is back, is that like the song The B*tch is Back"?
Shad...I wish I did have a better bartering system in place, I could sure use that kind of help. Only thing I could barter is my cooking, cleaning, and minimal computer skills.
Chelle...rock on with the weight loss. See beer is GOOD for you. lol. hmmmmmm, a beer diet. or maybe a grapefruit and vodka diet...margarita diet....mexican martini diet...the list is endless....
I made Italian pasta with vodka cream sauce for dinner last night. It was quite yummy. Tony loved it. He took some home for the boys and for his lunch and I still had a couple of servings left. It is quite rich and caloric, but quite yummy.
I started my freakin period this morning. SO much for the ablation. Had night sweats the last three nights as usual before a period, altho I will say no cramping and we will see on how heavy it is. Um did I tell you all that the CA125 ovarian cancer results? Don't think I did, however, one should be in the range of 0-20 for normal. I was at 19. He said it was a high normal, yet normal. Maybe repeat the test in a couple of years. I feel fairly good about the results.
Not much going on, other than the girl giving me a ride to work today back in to a car coming out of her driveway before picking me up. Geez, does not good to befriend me, you might crash your car. THis is some bad karma, mojo or whatever I have going on, but really ready to get some upbeat postive stuff now.
Hi to all,
Much love and hugs,
07-09-2009, 11:22 AM
Sure Happy it's Thursday!!
I fully intended to stay within points yesterday. I had my dinner all planned out in my mind, but when I got home, my DMIL had spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove. It was so nice of her to cook for us! She is so very thoughtful and does stuff to help me out all the time. I looked in my WW book to check out the points value for spaghetti...well over what I had planned for dinner. But I ate it because (1) she spent several hours making the sauce and I did not want her to feel bad by choosing to eat something else, and (2) she's leaving in 3 weeks so I will enjoy having someone cook for us while it lasts and balance out my points on other days.
It worked out anyway because I used exercise points to make up the difference. Yesterday was my weigh in for my work-sponsored Weight Mgmt program, today is WW's weigh in...hopefully last night's spaghetti won't tip the scales too badly.
Shad - I love the concept of "mates rates". DH does computer repair/building for friends at "mates rates", which is usually a 6 pack or 12 pack of beer. Bartering is GREAT! I've done that too...offering "mates rates" or bartering for website design/programming. When I first started out, I built friends' websites for free on the condition that I could include their site in my portfolio and that they would give me a good recommendation. How funny that you call bob cat machines dingos, and auto body shop are panelbeaters. I hope the software reinstall went well and that you were able to get stuff accomplished. I'll bet you're looking forward to getting home and evicting your 6-legged and 8-legged tenants. Thanks so much for sending the photos, I'm using the wildflower orchids as a background image on the website. It's lovely.
Mel - Did the installation of Jen's tub liner go smoothly? You've been so busy. Are you going to take a Mel-iday for yourself sometime soon? Are the tub installers a bit of eye candy? ;)
Happy - I actually brainstormed a website design with a friend - she's a graphic artist, and I think it's really attractive. Right now, it's a Photoshop image, and I have to slice and dice it and create the code to make it work as a website. Once the design is done, the coding and writing are the easy parts for me. I should have it done by the end of the weekend. And we're supposed to have gorgeous weather, so I can hear my chaise lounge and the birds calling me for a nap under a tree. Ahhhhh, heavenly. As for mortality...I'm kinda cool with that as it helps me remember to live each day to the fullest and be grateful for all the love I have in my life. If I had to go back to my 20s, there's NO WAY that I would. My life just keeps getting better and better in so many ways...sure there are things that could be improved, but as I've aged my sense of being comfortable and content as I am has grown. I'm no spring chicken...but that's okay...because I appreciate everything about life so much more now. My health is not perfect, but I'm taking steps toward improving that. I'm loving every single day. :)
Annie - I hope you won the Powerball. I would be happy if I could barter with someone - Web Design/computer skills or DH's computer/car repair skills in exchange for cooking and cleaning services! Where do I sign up? So happy to hear that your CA125 test came back in the normal range! Sorry about Aunt Flo's visit...and hopefully there will be no cramping. Too bad about your friend's car accident. I'm going to send some magic dust your way to wash away any bad karma. Keep thinking positive, positive, positive my friend.
I'm in a great mood...glad the weekend is nearly here...glad we still have a few weeks left with DMIL. Life is so good, and I'm living the dream. :) (my apologies if my good mood is making any of you gag).
I'm so grateful for all of you wonderful Worldlies!
Lots of love and hugs,
07-09-2009, 11:34 AM
Oooops, I forgot to include the magic pixie dust for Annie (and anyone else who wants some):
07-09-2009, 11:45 AM
I Had To Have John Take Over In Jen's Apartment. I Am Feeling So Sleepy And My Eyes Are Really Bothering Me. Red And Puffy And Tearing Up. Going To Start The Cortisone Drops. Be Back In A Few Days When They Get Better. The Pc Is Killing Me! Hope You All Have A Great Weekend Stay Well!
07-09-2009, 12:38 PM
Oh, Mel. I'm so sorry to hear your eyes are doing poorly again. We'll miss you, but you rest and stay away from the computer as long as you need to. I hope the drops help. :hug:
07-09-2009, 02:12 PM
MEL....I think we can pool together and get you a braille keyboard, then you could visit with us without your eyes. Only thing, it would be hard to "feel" what we write....much love...
Well guys, hate to dissappoint you all, but I did not hit the lottery. We all have to go to work tomorrow. I will hit on Saturday tho.
Pitch in was fabulous, ate too much, wish I could upchuck.
07-09-2009, 07:12 PM
I wish I weren't so anal about getting things RIGHT, right? Yesterday after the reinstallation of OnDemand - which naturally took longer than expected, and a visit from the lovely consultant, I set out to get the 11 simulations done. Naturally enough I hung it on the very first one. It took me all afternoon and into the night to get it to how I wanted it. The consultant is pleased but thinks that maybe the users will only want about half of the information in it. However she wants it to remain intact as a monument as to what you can do with OnDemand when you set your mind to it. Don't tell me the camera doesn't lie!
It's wet and foggy this morning. Not all that cold, but that might happen later. There were some great cloud formations with a sunrise behind them at the harbour this morning. I took a couple of picks of the Opera House and Harbour bridge with the clouds and fog. How they will turn out I don't know but will find out when I get back to the apartment tonight.
I will be working for some of this weekend, but since I have got the remote access tag back, I can take the computer home and work from there as I feel like it - which will be early mornings and evenings that I don't go out. So most of the weekend will be for sightseeing and shopping - not that there is much I want to buy. I will probably go to the craft market at the Rocks on Sunday and see what's there.
Annie - Maybe you should just go back to bed and stick your head under the pillow. Times like these that you need to pull the woolly head in. However this too will pass. Just keep thinking positive ALL the time, it keeps the gremlins wondering. Cooking and cleaning are great skills to have for bartering. You have no idea how many people I can get round to dig, hammer, saw, polish, fetch and carry with the promise of a roast on the Weber and a glass of good plonk. I don't usually volunteer to clean - I've seen some of the places my sons friends live in.
Michelle - Why did I have the idea that DMIL was staying on more or less permanently?? You will miss her when she goes.
Bob cats and dingoes are two different things. One is a small machine which gets into the spaces that the bob can't, bob cats get into places the big Cats (Caterpillar D9's) etc can't go. We have them all and another thing called a Ditch Witch as well. Dig's trenches at great speed, although DS2 claims he can out dig the DW any day. I really need to go hire one to find out! That should shut him up for a while.
Those orchids in the field should look good on a background. I look forward to seeing it.
Happy - I have to agree with Michelle. I've faced my mortality and think that my life is better now than it was when I was young. Perhaps I am lucky in that there is nothing that I could do then that I still can't do now - albeit slower (except for re-producing - and I've been there, done that, got the stretch marks). I really wouldn't go back for quids. My fathers family has a curse on it which suggests that no male in the lineup will live past 75. So far it has worked for at least 5 generations. My brother is next - I keep telling him to start enjoying what he has left because there is only 13 years to go. However I have a feeling that the curse is about to change. Neither of my brothers - the eldest especially, take after my fathers side of the family. My sister and I do, probably more me as I have the same sort of bone structure and characteristics of my dad even if I don't particularly look like him. So maybe I have 15 years left. I intend to enjoy every single one of them. Crikey - aren't we getting philosophical here.
Mel - go away and look after those peepers, otherwise I will need to bring Carla down from the frozen wastelands and get her to apply a fix. I can't get over there myself just now.
And now the rest of the crew are arriving. Time for this chick to get back to doing something to strike a blow for the cause. See ya
07-09-2009, 11:21 PM
Annie - You are blessed, you have two beautiful children who love you dearly and a great man at your side. You have all your worldy chicks who love you too...but go ahead and get that magic pixie dust, throw over your right shoulder and say... no more bad stuff... or is that salt:) Oh, i sometimes buy the lotto here and my dream is when i win, i take all of us chicks to a resort where exercise is optional and daily massages are mandatory. (depending on how much I win, it could be a yearly event).
Mel - I hope your eyes get some rest. It's hard to get back in the habit, i'm up to 2 days a week. Mr Blackie is doing good...
Happy - I get depressed when i start to think of what i use to be able to do. I played softball for 28 years & for many years was catcher... I can't even get in that position anymore...:( we'll i can but i can't get up as fast.
Mitchellez - WTG on your weight loss. I hope you have a loss at the official weigh-in. I'm going to a professional baseball game next weekend. A co-worker invited me and we're sitting in a suite.
Shad - i hope you don't have to work too many hours this weekend.
As for me, just trying to get the workouts in and eat right...There's alot going on at work, I"ll explain in another post.
07-10-2009, 08:56 AM
Hey ladies -
I'll be back for a full check in later...but I just got an email with a link to some chicken recipes that look fabulous! Mmmmmm. Here it is:
07-10-2009, 09:44 AM
Yippee! It's Friday!
I'm so happy it's Friday. The forecasters are saying great weather for the weekend (after a stormy day today). We're hoping to do LOTS of fishing. I'm hoping to do some walking, website work and take at least one nice nap under a tree. I had a fantastic workout last night...40 minutes of cardio on the recumbent stepper, followed by a 30 minute strength training class. My muscles (legs, arms, abs, but not my back) are sore today...but a good sore. I'm in a wonderful mood...Gosh I love endorphins!
As for my WW weigh in yesterday...Here's the thing. I've been using the weigh in from my work sponsored weight loss program as my CW. But since no one else takes their shoes off for that one...neither do it. Then I weigh in at WW the next day, and do take my shoes off, and my weight is less. So I think I'm gonna take my shoes off at both...so they more or less match (other than being a day apart). And I'm gonna change my CW in 3FC to my WW weight...which would put me in the 220s! :woohoo:
Shad - Just one more week, right? :woohoo: I'm so happy for you. Can't wait to see the photos of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge! I'm not familiar with OnDemand, but it sounds like the consultant was very impressed by your work. I do hope you get to enjoy some of your weekend. Sounds like you and I will have the same schedule this weekend...early mornings and evenings on the computer, leaving the rest of the day to do fun stuff. We have bob cats (and may have dingos, but I don't know). We do have Caterpillars and also Ditch Witches, which are way cool.
Annie - I agree with Shad about trying to think positive ALL the time. It does help keep the dark clouds away. You don't have to go all the way to pollyanna thinking...just try and think thoughts that feel a little better. Like when my back hurts...I don't focus on that. Instead I think about how it's feeling better than it did 6 months ago. Or how I'm enjoying getting it stronger and losing weight. Or how great it is that I have doctors who have ideas to help me and a WONDERFUL support system around me that cheers me on and reminds me not to do anything that would further injure it.
Patty - I used to be the catcher on a softball team (about 20 or so years ago)...just for a couple years though until I tore the cartillage in my knee. Never had surgery, and after a few months it stopped hurting. Have a great time at the baseball game! What team is that down there..Texas Rangers? You're too far away from the Houston Astros right? Not sure what other teams Texas has. How cool that you get to sit in a suite! NICE!
Happy - I hope your week is going well and that you have a nice relaxing weekend ahead. :hug:
Mel - I hope your eyes are doing better. Take it easy there, girlfriend.
I'm so grateful for the friendship of all you wonderful Worldlies!!
Much, much love and tons of hugs,
07-10-2009, 11:14 AM
Chelle...thanks for the receipt site. I printed 4 or 5 of the recipes I thought sounded interesting. May try one out this weekend. I love recipes, I collect them all the time. Great job on the exercising, sounds as tho you are slowing getting up to snuff. Take her easy tho.
Shad...one more week of h*ll. Whew who! It sure is a p*sser when the puter hangs uip on a program. It is like, now what do I do with myself without a puter. And being anal is not always bad, people that are anal seem to get things right when they work.
Patty...thanks for the encouragement, well everyone actually. I know I am blessed, I just sometimgs wonder what all this nonsense is all about and why we have to suffer through it. I know trials and tribulations that HE puts before us makes us stonger. Well let me tell you, I could lift an elephant right now I am so strong. lol
MEL...hope the eyes are healing nicely, we miss you, but want you healthy also. Hugs.
Happy...spring chicken is as a spring chicken does. Hope you are feeling better. Be as you wish to seem...Socrates I should listen to my own words. ;^)
Going on a Harley ride this evening with Tone if the weather holds out. I am looking forward to it. I feel so free and at ease when on the back of his bike. He is so safety aware. Not sure where we are riding to, however don't really care either.
The rest of the weekend is supposed to be stormy and wet. Thanks Chelle, the crap you are having today, we are getting tomorrow. Just the same to me you can keep it up north.
Drank one too many margaritas last night. Leanne (my ride home) stayed and we killed an entire jug of Jose Cuervo margaria between the too of us. Yikes..I have a migraine today, not surprising, the trots, and period going on. Oh what fun am I. hahaha Guess it serves me right. ;^)
Hello to evryone...have a wonderfully sunshiny weekend....
love and hugs
07-10-2009, 11:30 AM
I HAD GOOD LUCK AND RAN INTO MY OLD DR. HE TOLD ME TO WASH MY MAKE=UP OFF SO HE COULD SEE MY FACE BETTER. I MET HIM LATER AND HE ASKED IF I HAD CHANGED ANYTHING. I BOUGHT A OILY TANGERINE SUGAR BODY SCRUB WAS ALL. DOC SAID TO GET RID OF IT. THE BREAKOUT IS FROM SOMETHING TOPICAL HE THINKS. THE OIL STAYS ON MY HANDS, I CAN'T KEEP MY HANDS OFF MY FACE AND THUS BROKE OUT ALL OVER ON THE RIGHT SIDE. EVEN MY EYELID!! AND THERE IS ALSO A CYST IN THE ONE EYE BUT THE DROPS ARE HELPING HE SAID TO KEEP THE SKIN WASHED AND FREE OF ANYTHING FOR A FEW DAYS....AND NO SUN, NO DUSTING, NO CHEMICALS, REST AND TAKE THE ZYRTEC EVERY DAY. . GEE...I CAN DO THAT. JUST LOCK THE DOOR AND PUT THE PHONE ON OFF!!
IT'S REALLY HARD TO READ SO I'LL CATCH UP WITH YOU ANOTHER DAY.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVERYONE :moped:
07-10-2009, 02:46 PM
Mel - you have to be careful what you use and put on your face. I have allergies and i try to be very cautious of that. Have a good weekend.... rest those eyes...
Annie - I hear you. When things go wrong, i just keep telling myself, that i'm blessed and that God has been good to me and he won't fail me. It makes me think of things differently. Enjoy your ride tonight... have fun, be safe and next time share that bottle of Marigartas... i'll take mine w/salt... hum, good..
Mitchellez - Glad to hear you had a good workout. Sounds like that shot is working for you. Yes, we have Texas Rangers here and several minor league teams too. The dallas area pretty much has all pro teams... Rangers, Stars, Mavericks.. and soccer... can't think of those teams..
Hello to everyone... hope your having a great friday!
07-10-2009, 02:58 PM
Patty....you want that on the rocks or frozen? ;^)
07-10-2009, 03:23 PM
Annie - If you're serving up 'ritas...please make mine frozen with salt on the rim. Yummy!!
07-10-2009, 03:38 PM
Annie - Have a wonderful ride with Tony! I love the sound Harleys make. 99% of the motorcycles ridden around here are Harleys...of course this is where they were made. I so enjoy when all the bikes from all over the country come to town to celebrate the Harley anniversaries (100th, 105th, etc.). Great parties, great bands, great times! You should come next time. You could stay with us. Sorry to hear you're getting the rain tomorrow. Hope you have a great weekend anyway!
Mel - Glad you ran into the doc and he gave you some good advice. Now you behave yourself and listen to him, okay?
Patty - The shot has worked really well. I can't say I'm 100% pain free 100% of the time...but darn close. Except for the good soreness that says I used my muscles while working out. I'm going to try and walk again tonight. Hopefully I can do 20 minutes or even more! BTW, are you getting together with Ceejay this weekend?
I've got more stuff to finish up so I'd better sign off. I hope you all have really nice fun and relaxing days off!
07-10-2009, 03:43 PM
Chelle....Rita ready to slide down the shoot, be sure to catch it...if Tone and I ever make it up that way, you can bet we will be stopping by.
07-10-2009, 07:00 PM
Annie - caught the rita! Yum Yum! Slurp! Thanks!
Shad - I haven't finished the website done yet...but here's the design using your wildflower orchids photo as the background. Your lovely photo really makes it special! Thank you so much! In case you're wondering, web designers use the Latin text as a placeholder when designing, just don't ask me what it means! :lol:
07-10-2009, 07:25 PM
Just a note to let you know that I'm at my sister's. We been swimming twice this week and this morning we went to the Arboretum in Dalllas. It was beautiful but it was hot. We did a lot of walking also. I didn't have a dry thread ony body. They taken my siste's grand daughter to the mall to play. Therefore food and exercise have been good this week, thus far.
I'm enjoying my time with my sister and her family but I'm worn out even took a nap this afternoon.
Get well soon.
Hello to eveyone else. :wave:
07-10-2009, 11:20 PM
Only got time to read today. back tomorrow with more words of wisdom :rofl:
07-11-2009, 12:05 AM
Annie - I'll take my frozen with salt and go ahead and make it a large.
Mitchellez - I went to one of the rally's they have in Austin TX years ago and man was it fun! I have never seen so many bikes in one place and the people, that was a sight. We parked ourselves in a bar that the windows opened up to the street and it was just like Mardi Gra... a sight to see and lots of fun memories...
07-11-2009, 11:10 AM
Good morning to all,
Going to be a hot one here. I got up early - want to get to the farmer's market this morning for some vegetables and then either some gardening or clean up in the house. Definitely going in the pool today.
Sounds like you are enjoying your vacation Ceejay. You were due for some nice relaxing time.
Michelle - love the background for your new website. I think you've gotten past the writer's block and things will flow nicely now. Can't wait to see it.
Patty - thanks for the level set - you're right, sometimes we have to distance ourselves from the chaos and just focus one step at a time on what needs to be done. Great advice!
Poor Mel :hug: sorry to hear you are having such a bad time. :( I hope you are feeling better by today. Maybe you need one of those margaritas and have the alchohol kill all the bad stuff :hat: Take care of your self buddy!
Annie - hope the sun breaks through and you get in a nice ride with Tony this weekend. After all, the summer is racing away although fall rides in the brisk air with the autumn colors and smells can be wonderful too.
Shad - hope you don't spend all weekend working. Wish I could walk the craft fair with you.
Good news and bad for me this week. Bad news was that I went to the eye doctor for some follow up tests. I might have the beginnings of glaucoma in one eye. There is no cure, just treatment. One test indicates yes, the other no and the doc said they want both tests in sync before they make a positive diagnosis. So for now they will watch it and re-check in 6 months. My eyes are weak and it has always been my biggest fear to go blind so this freaked me a bit. That's what I'm talking about with mortality - not dying but I do see things happening now that are a natural course of aging - like your feet hurting all the time because your arches fell (and orthotics do not restore you to "what you used to be" despite what they tell you). Of course it's a good reminder to stay in optimum health - but despite that, things happen anyway.
For the good news, DH wanted some fried chicken yesterday. We went to the fast food place and after we ordered and paid, I decided I wanted a lemonade. I got one and was fumbling in my purse for cash. DH handed me a dollar and some change and I went to the dispenser to fill my cup. We were the only ones at the counter. I noticed out of the corner of my eye what appeared to be a crumpled dollar bill on the floor. I told DH to pick up up, thinking it had fallen out of my purse. He handed it to me, I put it in my pocket and thought nothing of it. As I was emptying my pockets last night at bedtime, I pulled out the dollar. It was rumpled up and rather thick for a single bill. Turns out there was not 1 but 5 dollar bills, a rather ratty $20 bill AND a one hundred dollar bill in the center. It was $125!!! :eek: DH had already gone to sleep and when I told him about it this morning, he said wow. We talked about what we should do, he said it didn't appear that anyone obviously dropped it. If we went back to the store this afternoon when they opened it, who knows if the rightful owner would show up since this happened yesterday afternoon. I honestly thought when I saw the money that it fell out of my purse as I was pulling and shuffling stuff. So it was a pleasant surprise.
I think that this was actually supposed to happen a bit further north up in Annie's neck of the woods, very close to her feet. All I can say Annie is never say never ;) sending some mojo your way. :wizard:
DH gave up coffee this week to see if it improved his blood pressure. He is substituting smoothies. He just presented me with a nice one made with fresh strawberries, a banana, cherry yoghurt. Yummy. I'm going to go enjoy it while I get ready to head to the store. Have a good weekend everyone.
07-11-2009, 07:05 PM
I came to visit Mom and see how the eyes are going. The cyst is growing like it should and the vision is very blurry now. I have no internet at the trailer so this is the only post I can make. I really don't think Mom will be on until maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. It depends on the healing. She said have a good weekend. Jennifer
07-12-2009, 01:28 AM
AAAahhhh poor Mel. Maybe we should amputate at the neck level - it would certainly stop recurrence of the problems. :rofl:
Michelle - the website certainly looked good. Well done. I'm patiently waiting to go have a look at it
Please can I have a lemon and mango margarita. Ditch the salt. I'll take it without and in a large glass please.
Patty - hope you get to meet up with Ceejay at some point. I know you two have been working on it. When I was in the States some years back, I went to the Grand Canyon (not the last trip). When I was there I met up with a bunch of blokes and a couple of women on Harleys. Along with the Bikes they had 3 winnebagos with them. Apparently when they travel Route 66 and head for the Harley anniversaries, they hire the winnebagos and 3 drivers at least one of whom is a cook. The drivers tag along behind doing the shopping and cleaning and laundry and the bikers have the time of their lives just getting off the Harleys to sleep and eat in the trailers. What a life.
Happy - your mojo is sitting pretty there. What a piece of luck. Sometimes fast food IS good for you. The world works in mysterious ways.
Okay - better get off here, go get some food in for dinner tonight and get on with the job. I've had a long morning of walking, taking photos, getting wet etc. Yep, it is raining again in ol' Sydney town.
07-12-2009, 12:13 PM
Looks like it's a quiet Sunday - everyone off doing their thing. Hope you enjoy...
07-12-2009, 09:11 PM
Morning all and it's count down time. We are on day 5, tomorrow will be day 4. I finish here on Friday and go home to Brisbane Saturday afternoon where I will be having some downtime.
Yesterday I must have walked for miles and miles. When I consider the places I went, the hills I climbed up and down, the bridges I crossed (and maybe burnt) behind me, I know why my feet hurt yesterday afternoon.
I have some new photos, but you will have to wait until tonight before I get them on the computer. then another wait until I get them on the website. Might be some interesting stuff there, then again I might have stuffed it up completely. That's life.
Seems everyone except me and Happy are still out enjoying their weekend - and long my it last. See ya - I have work to do and it needs doing by Friday.
07-13-2009, 12:42 AM
Going home in the morning
07-13-2009, 09:36 AM
Good morning ladies,
Guess I'm the first one in. Stormy day today. That's ok, we need the rain. Just hoping I can drive in between the rain drops...
Safe travels Ceejay.
Good on yah getting a nice walk in Shad.
Rest those peepers Mel, we're thinking of you.
Annie, Patty, Michelle - hope you had a nice weekend. Back to the grind now.
I made a delicious BLT pasta salad yesterday and we had some grilled bratwurst and fresh bell peppers. Yummy but a MEGA disaster on the weigh in today. :( I have to flush and eat clean today - thyroid doctor tomorrow and he's gonna give me the stern look.
Gotta roll now. Happy Monday folks.
07-13-2009, 09:48 AM
Good Morning Chickadees.........
SHuwee what a busy weekend. Tony and I went to see Public Enemies w/Johnny Depp. Very good movies, I recommend it by all means. Saturday I spend from about 2:00 pm till midnight cleaning the inside of my house. It sparkles now. DS and nephew came by about 10 pm Saturday and helped me move furniture around in the living room. Sunday was spent in the yard, hoeing, mowing, moving rock, weeding, sprayed for buggies, swept the walks and porches. Then I picked a zucchini, green pepper and 3 jalepenos out of the garden. My first crop, other than lettuce and spinach. My body aches, broke 4 fingernails, have to go to the shop at lunch today and get a new set.
Ceejay....So glad you had fun at your sister's house visiting the fam. I love to swim and be in the sun. Good for you.
Patty....Here comes the giant 48 oz, margarita with salt. Be ready cause it is a whopper...
Shad....the count down is on. This week will fly past as it seems life goes faster and faster. A 60 second minute seems more like 30 seconds. Here comes your lemon/mango margarita holding the salt.
MEL...bless your heart. Danged ole eyes anyway. Jennifer..thanks for posting for mom. You are a good daughter. Hugs and prayers to you Ms. MEL.
Happy...here comes your margarita also.....ready...sliding down the bar at you, catch.
Chelle.....here is your refill.....drink up and party down.
Hello to everyone.
Have a great day.
07-13-2009, 10:24 AM
Happy Monday ladies -
I am in such a great mood and have been all weekend!! The weather this weekend was absolutely PERFECT. Warm and sunny, but not hot or humid! It was fabulous! DH, DMIL and I went fishing both days. We didn't catch anything, but I just love being out on the boat, sitting back in the sunshine listening to and watching the birds and other critters. I also spent time working on my website. This new design, with Shad's lovely photo as the backdrop, along with some new techniques that I'm learning/practicing, has really made me enthusiastic about web design again. I'm looking forward to finishing the site (by this Sunday) and doing some advertising for new clients. And yesterday, after all the errands were run and the laundry was done, I took my lounge chair to the backyard and had a lovely relaxing nap with my dogs taking turns which one was going to lay on me. :)
Ceejay - I'm so glad you had a nice vaca in Dallas! Sounds like you had a great time with your sister and her family!! You definitely deserved the nice break.
Patty - Harley rallys are wonderful, and even though the HA's and Outlaws are sometimes in attendance, I've always felt safe...just don't mess with them or their bikes and they're cool.
Happy - Sorry to hear about your eyes. But glaucoma can be mitigated. My doc's have warned me about risk of glaucoma because of all the steroids, especially inhaled steroids, I've taken. But if given the choice between glaucoma and not breathing, I'll take glaucoma. I understand your fear of blindness...but since one test said no glaucoma, I'd focus on that one. Great news about finding the cash. The grilled brats and peppers, with a BLT salad sound marvelous! Yummm!
Annie - I really want to see Public Enemies, especially since so much of it was filmed in Wisconsin. Cleaning house until midnight? Wow you are dedicated! Thanks for the 'rita refill!
Mel - I hope you're feeling better. :hug: Jennifer - thanks for posting for your mom.
Shad - Just 4 more days, right? How wonderful! :woohoo: Good for you for getting all that walking in!
Okay...time to sign off and get to work!
Lotsa love and hugs,
07-13-2009, 02:07 PM
caught that margarita :hat: sucked it down and now the floor is kinda wavy :rofl: But it was yummo. Thanks Annie!
You certainly were a whirlwind of activity this weekend. Would make Shad proud.
You weekend sounds heavenly Michelle. Glad to hear the website is taking off and you're enthused again. I think we need extra projects just to keep learning new stuff.
DH and I want to go away for a long weekend somewhere. Was looking at some cabins on a lake not far from Branson, MO. Nothing much to do at the cabin except fish, fish, fish. I thought it would be perfect for Michelle and her family. Never considered just rocking in the boat enjoying the peacefulness. But I think that sitting in a boat in the middle of a lake would just make me want to take a whiz. Especially when the whizzer is across the lake and up the somewhat steep trail :rofl:
07-13-2009, 02:43 PM
Happy - One of my favorite vacations was when we went to New England. We visited Cape Cod, Boston and Salem, Mass before heading up to my cousin's cabin on a lake in extreme northern VT on the Canadian border. When we were at the cabin, it was during one of the rainiest weeks Vermont had ever seen. And there was literally nothing to do....couldn't even fish due to all the thunderstorms. So during the brief dry spells, we sat on the lakeshore and fed the ducks, and when it rained, we went inside, relaxed, played cards and read. It was so nice to have such a rejuvenating vacation where the weather forced us to relax and unwind. I sometimes make the mistake of cramming so much activity into my vacations that they become busier than work weeks.
My good friend had a lovely vacation at a cabin on a lake in Tennesee a couple months ago, but can't remember the name of the lake.
07-13-2009, 06:20 PM
WHATCHA MEAN AMPUTATE FROM THE NECK UP??? :yikes: BUT I MUST ADMIT THAT I THINK THAT MIGHT BE A GREAT IDEA.....I WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT I ATE AND DRANK WRONG ANYMORE :rofl:
SHAD'S POST WAS THE FIRST THING I SAW WHEN THE PAGE LOADED JUST NOW. :lol3: :lol3:
I AM BETTER BUT BLURRY. HAVE NOT READ ANY new posts. IF THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUS I MISSED AFTER ANNIE'S AUTO ACCIDENT AND HAPPY'S DR VISIT ( i sent you an e-mail happy) WITH HER EYES THEN FILL ME IN PLEASE. I WENT TO THE MALL TODAY AND GOT SOME ORGANIC VEGGIES AND FRUITS. IN FACT I BOUGHT EVERYTHING ORGANIC RIGHT NOW. NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES.
I HAD ORDERED SOME INCENSE AND THEY SENT ME A FACIAL SOAP SAMPLE. I TRIED IT EVEN THOUGH MY FAMILY THOUGHT I WAS NUTS...BUT IT WORKS AND IS DRYING UP THE ROSACEA!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THE CHANGE. UNLESS THERE IS A MIRACLE HAPPENING AND THE ROSACEA IS GOING INTO REMISSION BY COINCIDENCE. GONNA FINISH THE LITTLE BAR OF SOAP BEFORE I ORDER BIGGER ONES. AT $10 @ I DON'T WANT TO WASTE MONEY. I ALSO BOUGHT JEN SOME STUFF AND I WILL SEND ANOTHER CARE PACKAGE UP TO THE TRAILER WITH RICHIE WHEN HE LEAVES ON FRIDAY. THEY ARE LOVING EACH CARTON FULL OF SURPRISES. JEN AND RICHIE ARE BARELY MAKING IT THRU THE WEEKS WITH 2 MORE MOUTHS TO FEED....AND YOUNG HUNGRY MOUTHS TOO! BUT EVERYONE IS HAPPY TO BE TOGETHER AND THAT'S ALL THAT COUNTS.
NOTHING ELSE IS NEW. I HAVE BEEN VERY LAID BACK AND RESTING. WATCHED HARRY POTTER ON CABLE ALL WEEKEND AND TRAVEL SHOWS. HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND I HOPE TO BE BACK TOMORROW!!:moped:
07-13-2009, 06:56 PM
4 days and counting + 1 to get home. I need to dash upstairs shortly to see if my lovely business person has managed to read and proof another 47 pages of the manual (on the train) before he got to work. At this rate we will be finished on Thursday and have Friday to mop up the bits. Yes I have changed my tune - because of the problems I had been having with the consultants on the warehousing side, they gave me something else to do while I waited for the screaming to die down. It's been a pleasure. I've actually managed to do some financial stuff and understand it and get to see the consultants and business people to clarify points etc. And they answer emails. I've turned into a person again, well mostly.
Mel - good to see you back again. Let's hope the organic soap has worked some miracle and you can get back into the real life again.
Happy - sorry to hear about the glaucoma (I'll not dignify that with a capital letter) I'm pleased they caught it early and that you can live with it.
A weekend away sounds interesting. What about the Smokey's - it should be cooler up there and no humidity - or did you already go there??
Annie - cleaning house until midnight - shame on you. Don't tell me you had an argument with somebody - that's when I usually get into the scrubbing and polishing with a vengeance. Thanks for the margarita. Enjoyed that. But it will up the calories and sugar levels too much if I have another right away. Next week maybe when I am lounging in the garden with a book.
Michelle - looking forward to seeing this website when you have it up and running. Glad to hear you have had such a fun weekend. They are too short to have a bad one.
Ceejay - did you catch up with Patty??? Hope you enjoyed your time away.
And with that, I'd best be off and see if my favourite business person has made it in yet. I'm down to the exercises and the last of the simulations today. Getting there, getting there.
See you all later.
07-13-2009, 10:30 PM
I'm home but had a delay at the air port in Dallas today. The drive was a long, 3 hours from Little Rock, AR. and now I'm tired. I'm missing them already. We really had a good visit.
Patty and I didn't get together this time but there will be other times. My sister wanted me to stay with her. Her children also wanted me to be there while they were there. We had a very good visit.
We wernt swimming every night. I bought a life jacket at Walmart and learned to swim on my back. Didn't do so well on the front side.
My sis fixed extremely healthy meals and made sure I exercised.
When did you find out that you had glaucoma?
Hope your eyes are feeling better soon.
Maybe we can make a connection the next time I visit DFW. SouthWest airlines have some pretty good deals. Did you stay cool last week. It certainly was hot.
I do some of my best cleaning during the wee hours of the morning.
Did I read that you have your web sight done?!!!!!! I've skimmed over the posts.
07-14-2009, 09:01 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS. LOVELY MORNING OVER HERE AND ONLY 63. I THINK I MIGHT GO OUT AND HAVE A MORNING SNACK WITH JOHN. SOMETIMES HE EATS BREAKFAST OUTSIDE. HAVE A GREAT DAY. :moped:
HAPPY~ STILL THINKING OF YOU AND SENDING ANOTHER :hug: HOPE YOU FIND A NICE PLACE TO GO AND LET THE WORLD JUST PASS YOU BY WHILE SIPPING A DRINK! :beach:
SHAD~ I AM GLAD YOU FEEL MORE LIKE YOURSELF AND A REAL PERSON. IT WOULD BE A NICE WAY FOR THIS JOB TO END. NICE THAT SOMEONE IS REALLY LISTENING AND RESPONDING TOO!!
JEANETTE~ :welcome: HOME! YOUR VISIT SOUNDED GREAT AND SO DO YOU. I AM GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME. HAVE YOU JUST LEARNED HOW TO SWIM? THAT'S WONDERFUL. I CAN SEE WHY YOU MISS THEM ALREADY AFTER HAVING SUCH FUN.
:wave: HELLO EVERYONE AND HAPPY TUESDAY:wave:
07-14-2009, 09:40 AM
Hi Ladies -
Happy Tuesday! I spent a couple hours last night working on my website. I have the homepage layout nearly done. I need to add the links and tweak the wording, but I'm making progress. Check it out if you wish (http://www.pixelsandprose.com) but remember, it is very much a work in progress.
Mel - I'm glad you're feeling better. I hope the blurriness goes away soon. Good on yah for the organic fruits and veg. I'm surprised you can use incense with your allergies. I enjoy incense but can't burn it in the house due to my DH's allergies. Glad to hear Jen and Richie are doing well. You're so kind to make up care packages for them.
Shad - It sounds like your final few days on the job will be better for you! Yay!
Ceejay - The website isn't done yet...but I'm making progress. Glad you had a nice visit with your sis and her family.
Patty - I watched the Home Run Derby last night and thought of you as Milwaukee's Prince Fielder was going up against Texas' Nelson Cruz. They both displayed their outstanding hitting talents!
A big :wave: to Happy, Annie, Ruth and everyone!
Lots of love and hugs,
07-14-2009, 10:45 AM
Tuesday, Tuesday....Long John Silver (which I am not a fan) has Baja Fish Tacos free till 2:30 today. Several of us are going to give it a go and check it out. I am not into fried food and by the commerical it looks as tho the fish on the taco is fried. We will see.
Happy...relief of glaucoma is smoke a little doobie. I haven't done that since teenage years but might give it a go with you. lol
Shad...No arguments or fights, just got in the cleaning mode and went wild. Too crazy. Just a few more days of nonsense for you sister then you can go home. Ya HOO!!
Chelle...Your website is cute. I like the floral background. Very nice.
MEL, MEL, MEL....Glad to hear the soap is working for you. Finally something decides to work. It is pretty cool here this morning also, low 60s for us too. It was only 49 further north in Indiana this morning. It is turning out to be a beautiful day.
Ceejay...glad to hear you made it home safely. Better than my return last weekend from St. Louis. Got my car back but have to take it back as the headlight sticks out on one side just a bit.
Took my Home Depot gift cards last night and got my storm door for the front. My brother is going to install it in the next few weeks. I am happy about that. I have yet another 18 bucks left on the gift card too. Also got new screen for the sliding glass door screen. He will do that also.
Not much going on here. Have a terrific Tuesday all. Hidee ho to everyone I missed.
Much love and many hugs.
07-14-2009, 11:01 AM
Annie - That kind of glaucoma relief sounds pretty good. Can I join in? I hope the fish taco is good. I checked out their website...it does look fried. Thanks for the nice compliment on my website. Shad graciously provided the floral background photo.
07-14-2009, 01:05 PM
Chelle...The fish taco was indeed fried. I ate half as I just don't like the taste of fried food much. Doesn't sit well. My mouth tastes yucky now, so I am going to brush my teeth. Bleck.
07-14-2009, 02:22 PM
Annie - that's a bummer that the fish taco was so yucky. I brought (and already ate) a sandwich today. Now I'm going to the cafeteria for the yummy salad bar. Mmmmmmm! :)
07-14-2009, 02:48 PM
Yes Chelle, I should of just ate my lunch I brought. I grilled bbq chicken and made edamame last night. Even if the food was free at Long John's, maybe not worth it. I will eat the lunch I brought tomorrow. All the other chaps are going to Kono Jacks for lunch tomorrow. I am not, it is too expensive for my blood.
07-14-2009, 06:35 PM
3 days +1 and counting down although yesterday was a good day and I got sign off on several of my project modules. Hoping for a lot more today.
I'm having dinner with a Chinese whirlwind tonight. She's a very little lady with the tenacity of a Jack Russell Terrier. She's about to turn 70 and for her birthday has decided to do a post grad course in psychology. Hmmmm.
Michelle - the website is looking good. The background looks pretty good but then....... I'm biased!!! I hope lots of business comes your way with it. At least the latin disappeared!!
Ceejay - glad to hear you had a good time. Nice to get away for a bit isn't it?
Mel - maybe Happy has found that happy place - haven't seen her in yet, or maybe she is taking up Annies solution for the eye problem. Enjoy your time in the sun. Remember 15 mins of Vit D from the sun is better than 1/2dozen vit d tablets.
Annie - sorry the lunch was crap. I'm a bit the same with fried food these days. I wonder why they don't grill more often or steam. You can pack far more flavour into a steam than a fry up. Frying just makes the food taste of fat. Having said that there is a case for deep frying on the odd occasional. (good spring rolls for example or dark chocolate and rum cigars) But they need clean oil and mostly don't get it.
I seem to have caught a cold over the weekend and spent yesterday sneezing. Today seems to be cough and nose blow day. But this too will pass. I may have to go down to the local chemist and get some headache tablets and nose drugs since I so carefully left mine behind. Anyway this too will pass.
07-14-2009, 09:20 PM
Shad a roonie...I am going to try to post my amature pix I took tonight of my glorious petunia. Sure are pretty, but I am no photographer. I had homemade pica (salsa) and chippies for dinner tonight. Then went down to the drug store and walked around for about an hour. With my CVS coupon card, a couple of coupons and buy 1 get 1 free stuff, my 49 dollars worth of stuff came to 18.17. what a steal. Hope you get to feeling better, I have been fighting it for a week or so.
07-14-2009, 09:33 PM
Pix of my house and petunias...:D
07-14-2009, 09:47 PM
Changed my avatar too!
07-14-2009, 10:32 PM
Pics look good Annie. Petunias like pansies always raise the spirits. Nice avatar. Has DD grown?? or are they sitting down and you looming over them?
07-15-2009, 12:15 AM
I'm envious of your cooler weather. It's been 89 degree's here today but that's better than the 102 degress that Tx was having.
Yes, I'm just learning how to swim and could probably do it if I had the daily practice. I've always been afraid of the water.
I' ll check out your websight.
I like the petunia's because like Shad says they are very easy to grow and it raises the spirits and adds color. Don't you like savinig money. You had some good bargains.
I'm glad things are finally coming together for you. I know you are anxious to get back home.
I stayed on line chating with a friend last night til midnight. Today I completed most of my to do list, and even took a long nap. I am exhausted. I'm so glad I've decided to take some extra day's off from work when I got back.
I've upgraded my cable so that I can have HBO. I'm hoping to have some fitness channels also. We shall see tomorrow when they install the new converter box.
07-15-2009, 08:42 AM
:sunny: GOOD MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD.
NOTHING TO DO ON THE AGENDA TODAY. YESTERDAY WAS LAUNDRY AND TOO MUCH WORK. TODAY WILL BE PHONE TURNED OFF AND TV! I FORGOT TO SAY WHEN I USE INCENSE, I BURN IT WHILE I AM OUT AND JUST A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME. THE INCENSE IS LABELED AS SMOKELESS...MORE OR LESS. :flame:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:
MICHELLE~ I WILL HAVE TO GO AND TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR ARTWORK!! WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST AND I HOPE YOUR BUSINESS TAKES FLIGHT!! GOOD LUCK!
ANNIE~THE PICS ARE ADORABLE. THE FLOWERS ARE SO COLORFUL...LOVE PETUNIAS. AND THE AVATAR IS EVEN CUTER!!! I HAVEN'T HAD ANY LONG JOHN SILVERS...NOW I SEE I'M NOT MISSING MUCH???
SHAD~ I CRACK UP WITH THE COUNT DOWN DAYS!! THIS JOB IS JUST WHIZZING ALONG NOW. LET IT STAY THAT WAY AS YOU SIGN OFF ON EVERYTHING! KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED STILL. HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. GOTTA HATE COLDS :cry: :hug:
JEANETTE~ YOU'LL BE SWIMMING ABOUT IN NO TIME WITH SOME PRACTICE :swim: GOOD IDEA TAKING THE EXTRA DAYS. GET YOUR WORK LEGS BACK SLOWLY AND NOT HAVE TO RUSH. ON OUR CABLE THERE IS A CHANNEL THAT HAS FREE STUFF THAT YOU CAN ORDER. ONE OF THEN HAS FITNESS AS A CATAGORY. HOPE YOURS DOES TOO. THEY EVEN HAVE YOGA. :yoga: ENJOY!
07-15-2009, 09:28 AM
Good morning chicks,
Sorry I didn't check in yesterday. Had an early morning endochronologist appointment. He changed my blood sugar meds which I have fingers crossed. That other stuff was soooo hard on my system. I tried to be a trooper about it but it was awful. He said the new stuff should be gentler. We'll see. Then I had some things to do after work so I didn't get on the computer.
Mel - thank you so much for your note :hug: I owe you one back! I can't believe you can tolerate incense. I've always found it to be very strong and smokey. I really hope that the soap works out well for you. Nice to find something that doesn't react so badly. My eyes have been a bit blurry too lately. Whut's up wit dat?
Annie - the pansies are soooo pretty! House looks nice - love the heart wreath on the door. Nice pic of the family on the avatar. I totally forgot about smokin' dubies for the glaucoma! It's been a lonnnnng time. :lol: I would be afraid to smoke anything now - would definitely want me sucking the ciggies again. But it's sure good for a giggle when I think about it. Thanks for helping me look on the bright side. :sunny:
Ceejay - I have cable - 2 premium channels and there's still nothing on TV :lol: check out Fit TV or On Demand - they have the exercise channels and you don't need HBO or Showtime for them.
Shad - how was lunch with the Chinese lady? Sounds like a very interesting dinner partner. Now that's a person who embodies "embrace life". Did you know to pick up the benefits of Vit D from the sun you have to have a lot of skin exposed? I was surprised to read that. I have always suspected the head doesn't absorb nearly as much as one thinks :rofl:
Michelle - I think Shad's pic makes an awesome background for your website. I love it, can't wait to see more. What is the Home Run Derby?
The weather has cooled off some - we sure aren't having the typical steamy summer. I am disappointed as the pool is chilly. DH said to get in there anyway. Easy for him to say, doesn't get shivers and goosebumps like me. I think I will have to join Redballoon's next challenge and set some goals.
Time to head out. Talk later.
07-15-2009, 10:33 AM
Hump day AGAIN...man life goes so fast.
Happy...I like your avatar. Reminds me of the song "A Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield. Take me away, a secret place, a sweet escape, take me away..to better days, take me away, a hideaway" Our weather is changing as we speak, rain just came in then a cool stream. Our highs the next few days are 77.
Ceejay...paying for an exercise channel...hmmmm what is wrong with this picture. Couldn't GIVE me an exercise channel. haha
Shad...yes the kiddies are sitting down and I am looming over them. DD has grown zero.
Chelle...what's up chickie?
Hey to everyone.
Love and hugs,
07-15-2009, 11:52 AM
Hi ladies -
I'm swamped this morning trying to work on several things at once (as usual), and I've got my work-sponsored weight mgmt meeting at noon, and then leaving at 2 for follow up appt with pain doc to discuss how the shot is working.
Probably going to the gym after work. Was going to go last night, but my legs were a bit sore after the workout I got at PT.
I'll try and check in before I leave (or tonight).
07-15-2009, 12:28 PM
Thanks again Annie - that song Take Me Away was drifting in the back of my head, couldn't remember who/what/where but as soon as you mentioned it... yeah - THAT'S the one! :lol:
07-15-2009, 12:42 PM
SHuuuWeeee, I am so sleepy, must be the rainy weather, I could just crawl up under my desk and take a siesta. Eyes are burning, I am slowly drifting awayyyyyyyyyyyy.......................
07-15-2009, 01:18 PM
Happy - I don't know if I have your correct email address....so I sent you a PM of an article on eye health that I got from a Diabetes Self Management email list I'm on. :hug:
07-15-2009, 03:12 PM
Today is just a crazy busy day! Luckily this is the exception rather than the norm. And DH and I are taking tomorrow off so we can go fishing and not have to contend with water skiers/jet skiers. Yay! We'll be back to work on Friday though as DH has training and couldn't take Friday off.
More great news....I lost 2 more lbs this week! :woohoo: I'm totally doing the happy dance!! :dance:
Happy - The Home Run Derby is where some of the baseball players selected for the All Star Game compete to see who can hit the most home runs. It's pretty exciting.
I'll try and check back in later!
Love and hugs,
07-15-2009, 03:16 PM
Wow Chelle...Congrats on the 2 lbs down. I am very excited for you. Keep on rockin'. I watched the HR Derby while talking with BF in St. Louis, that was fun.
07-15-2009, 03:22 PM
wake Up Annie!!!!!!!
Geez, I know the feeling - if you could just crawl off for a 20 minuter, all would be well with the world...
Congrats Michelle on the good weigh in! :cp: And thank you so much for the link - I read the article and it's great. I bookmarked the site because it looks like there is alot of great reading there. Thank you so much!!!! :hug:
07-16-2009, 08:58 AM
HAPPY~ CUTE AVATAR...:balloons: I WISH THEY WOULD TAKE US AWAY!! NONOTE IS NECESSARY. JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I WAS THINKING OF YOU AND YOUR EYES. I HOPE THE NEW SUGAR PILLS WORK. WEIRD SUMMER WEATHER WE'RE ALL HAVING. WILL YOUR POOL EVER HEAT UP AND STAY THAT WAY? HOPE WE GET TO HAVE SUMMER BEFORE SANTA COMES :hohoho:
ANNIE~ HEY BACK TO YOU:wave: NOT SURE IF YOU SAW MY LAST POST BUT I LOVED THE FLOWERS PICS AND THE AVATAR OF YOU AND THE KIDS. SWEET.
MICHELLE~ I STILL NEED TO GO CHECK OUT YOUR NEW SITE. GOTTA DO THAT TODAY. I KNOW I SAID YESTERDAY I WAS GOING AND THEN FORGOT :faint: HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME FISHING TODAY! :cheer3: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 2LBS DOWN!! WTG!!!
A BIT GLOOMY TODAY OUTSIDE SO I GUESS IT'S CLEANING AND LAUNDRY :cry: IT'S BEEN VERY QUIET HERE WITH NOTHING NEW GOING ON....SO THERE IS NOTHING TO REPORT :rofl:
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:
07-16-2009, 09:14 AM
MICHELLE...THE FRONT PAGE IS LOVELY. I LIKE THE NAME TOO...PIXELS AND PROSE...VERY CUTE. BUT I COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING ELSE. EACH TIME I CLICKED IT SAID PAGE NOT FOUND. ALL THE BEST OF LUCK WITH THIS ADVENTURE! :hug:
07-16-2009, 10:03 AM
Almost Friday AGAIN....life is going WAY too fast....
MEL...thanks, I just love my kids. My Aunt Rita, God rest her soul, used to say, I love my kids too much. She was funny. How can you love your kids too much? They are my heartstrings. Hope your eyes are doing better by now. How is the soap working out for you? BTW...I was named after my aunt Rita and mom (Rita also). I am Rita Anne, altho have always been Annie, cause too many Rita's in the family. My kids call me Rita when they want to get my attention. Samantha's boyf, calls me Rita. Too cute.
Sunny and 84 today, then Saturday they are saying the new forecast is isolated showers and only 70 degrees which sucks cause T and I were going to ride. I don't think I am supposed to ride cause every time we plan it on a SUPPOSED nice day, they re-forecast to a crappy day.
Poor T, he needs to get those darn polyups (sp) removed from his sinuses, he is sick with it again. This is the 5th time since we have been together that he has had it. He needs to get the surgery scheduled. I think, MAYBE, I have him convinced to do it this time as this is the 3rd day in a row he has missed work, which he hates and bothers him, evidently not enough or he would have the surgery. Truly, it is starting to p*ss me off that he doesn't get it done. Of course to him, it is all about the $$$, as he has a 3000.00 deductible on his insurance. I went over last night and took him some gatorade, smart water (it has electrolites in it), and his boys some Mickey Ds.
Not much else going on, hello to everyone..
Much love and many hugs,
07-16-2009, 01:29 PM
No time to post this morning. Big, big nasty storms overnight. Power was jumpy and off several times throughout the night. Flickered alot this morning with some brief outtages so I could not get on this a.m.
Busy day at work so posting will have to wait until late tonight after I get home from an outing. Hope your days are going well for you :grouphug:
07-16-2009, 06:21 PM
This is it. Last day at work and then home to Brisbane tomorrow. I'm looking forward to just kicking back and doing nothing cerebral for anyone else for a while. Of course more money would be nice but ...... it will happen when it happens I guess.
Of all the jobs I have been to, this one is the one that has made me most unhappy and where I have achieved nothing. Usually I can walk away from a place and feel some satisfaction that I have put the project into a better space, that I have worked hard to get to that point and that I have had fun and made some new friends along the way. Well for this job, nothing like that has happened. It's been agro, indifference, tears, sleepless nights, loneliness and depression. I can't wait to go away and lick my wounds.
So having said that, and having coming in early (again) to try to finalise a couple of things I'd better go and do just that. See ya
07-16-2009, 08:04 PM
We had those storms with some hail this morning and a deluge of rain. The power went off for about an hour. What some lightening! Our street still has flood waters on it but not like this morning. It looked like a small river. I took pictures.
Congrats on those two pounds lost. And good for you and hubby to take a day off to go fishing. Everyone needs that.
Wake up. I get that way at work too, but the camera is all seeing. Having polyps removed is not the easiest surgery to have so that may be why T is not so enthusiastic about it. My aunt has had that surgery and has told me to never have it. It's very painful.
How are those eye's?
I know you are excited to be at home. Close the door and never look back. The next job will be better.
My computer went down yesterday morning and I didn't get it back until this afternoon. When I called the CSR, he told me that Verizon was doing a conversion. so I put it aside until this afternoon but still no connection. After about an hour with another rep, she advises me to take it to the nearest store-Cordova, Ms. I told her No Way- I wasn't driving that far. So she made a ticket out to have some one come here. I have insurance on the thing. A couple of hours ago I found my old cd for my wirless device and reinstalled it. Guess what, it's working. In the mean time the rep calls back. I told her what I did and that it was working again and canceled the service ticket.
It hailed, winds blew and rained a deluge this morning from around 2 a.m. till 10 a.m. The thunder and lightning were fierce. I could not believe how much flood waters there were on this street. Cars were turning around in my drive way. It was bad.
L called me while I was in Walmart and told me she had three more working days. I was slightly stunned because I thought I was to work for her Saturday for their family reunion. Woohoo, 3 more days off!
I'm starting once again on a program of exercise and routine. I need a very light dinner. My weight this morning was 194.6.
Hi to Patty and all the rest. :wave:
07-17-2009, 09:50 AM
YIPPEE KIO KIA IT'S FRIDAY!!
SHAD...YOU POOR THING....WELCOME HOME. SOMEDAY YOU WILL LOOK BACK ON THIS LAST JOB AND THINK OF SOMETHING GOOD THAT CAME OF IT. WHO KNOWS, MAYBE IT IS A STEPPING STONE TO A BETTER JOB. GLAD YOU ARE GOING HOME TO ENJOY LIFE, SLEEP, AND BE HAPPY. :hug:
CEEJAY...THE WHOLE T THING WITH HIS POLYPS IS HE DOES NOT WANT TO PART WITH THE $$$ TO HAVE IT DONE. MEANWHILE HE MISSES ENTIRELY TOO MUCH WORK. 4 DAYS THIS WEEK. SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR COMPUTER WOES, SOMETIMES THOSE REPS THINK THEY KNOW MORE THAN THEY DO. GOOD FOR YOU FOR FIXING THE PROBLEM YOURSELF. ROCK ON SISTA.
CHELLE...YOU MUST BE OUTDOORS AND FISHING. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A FRESH FISH DINNER. ANYMORE I CRAVE SEAFOOD. WEIRD FOR ME.
MEL....HOW'S THE OLE EYES? DID JEN GET HER TUB INSTALLED OK?
HAPPY...GOOD MORNING MY LITTLE CHICKADEE.
WELL, YESTERDAY I DECIDED TO GET BACK ON THE HEALTHY EATING WAGON. NO MORE JUNK FOOD CROSSES THESE LIPS AND MAYBE EVEN NO MORE ALCOHOL. I THINK IT MAKES ME FEEL YUCKY. I STARTED LOGGING ALL MY FOOD ON FITDAY.COM. IT IS SURPRISING HOW MUCH YOU EAT AND FOGET YOU EAT, TILL YOU LOG IT ALL IN. I KEPT MY CALS AT 1536 FOR YESTERDAY, RIGHT AT WHAT THEY SAY I SHOULD HAVE. I WEIGHED 157.5 YESTERDAY MORNING. UP ABOUT 14.5 LBS FROM WHERE I LIKE TO BE AT 143. SO I AM TRYING TO GET BACK DOWN THERE. JEANS AND DRESS SLACKS ARE A BIT TIGHT AND BELLY HAS THE MUFFIN TOP GOING ON. NOT A PRETTY SIGHT.
NOT MUCH ON THE AGENDA THIS WEEKEND. GOING TO WATCH THE BAND TOMORROW NIGHT, WHICH IS ALWAYS FUN. I WISH WE COULD ALL MEET UP AT MY HOUSE AND GO TOGETHER TO WATCH MY BROTHER'S BAND. IT IS SO MUCH FUN. BTW....YOU ALL ARE WELCOME ANYTIME YOU WANT TO COME FOR A VACATION, FREE LODGING, AND WHO KNOWS, I MIGHT EVEN COOK. I AM SERIOUS, I LOVE COMPANY. NOW I AM VERY POOR SO ENTERTAINMENT WILL BE ME AND THE DOG. LOL. I EVEN HAVE TWO BEDROOMS AND A BATHROOM NOT BEING USED. SERIOUSLY, COME, WE WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME.
BETTER GET BUSY, THE BOSS COMES BACK ON MONDAY. YIKES, MONDAY WILL BE H*LL AS SHE HAS BEEN GONE ALL WEEK IN OFFSITE MEETINGS IN LOUISVILLE, KY.
HELLO TO ALL
MUCH LOVE AND MANY HUGS:hug::)
07-17-2009, 10:00 AM
A bit better day today. And Friday to boot. :carrot: The storms cooled down the air, going to be very pleasant for working in the yard this weekend. More like fall - too cool for the pool but great to work outside.
Ceejay - wasn't that something with the lightening! Never saw so many bright and continuous flashes. It sure does know how to rain hard down here.
Shad, I certainly hope this was just a very bad stint and it's not turned the corner that work in this field just isn't what it used to be and it's time to move on in general. At least you are home now and can regroup your thoughts. I know you would be just as frustrated at my place with the silliness that abounds.
Annie, there is some sort of wierd energy that comes with planning a bike ride. I think you just have to go with the impromptu flow as the same would happen with DH and I. We'd plan on Monday and by Saturday it would be monsoons outside. :dunno: You shouldn't have to mentally trick the weather :rofl: Hope it clears up nicely for you. There comes a time when you have to balance your cost of insurance premiums vs the cost of medical care. Lots of people have gotten burned with the very high deductible plans because they generally didn't see the doctors much and then something 'spensive comes along. Have to do what Shad was doing. Figure the cost of premiums on a regular plan, get the low cost plan and bank the difference. Then if something happens you have the cash, if you don't use it then you have a nice cushion of cash, right Shad?
Mel - glad you like the new avatar. If I hold it while doing weigh in I can shave off 2 ounces :lol: Are you missing all the craziness and excitement somehow? Or just needed some warmth and sunshine on the old bones? You sound a bit "meh". I will have to sneak up behind you and take you for a spin!
Michelle - how was the fishing yesterday? Do you catch and release or eat it up? :yay: Mucho congratulations on the 2 pounds down for the week!!!!
I gotta get rolling - should have left the house already. Happy Friday ladies!
07-17-2009, 10:03 AM
Happy...my prob with banking the difference is I really need it and more just to live. So I am screwed either way I go.
07-17-2009, 10:26 AM
Happy, happy Friday ladies -
I had such an awesome day off yesterday! DH and I took the day off and we were going to go fishing, but it was VERY windy, and we knew there would be big waves on the lakes and difficult to keep the boat in one place....so we went for a drive to look for rocks, specifically quartz crystals and amethyst. We ended up at lovely state park in north Central Wisconsin. It was so beautiful there!!! We went on a long hike to where we thought there would be a lot of rocks...we didn't find any amethyst, but we found a few quartz crystals and moonstone. But the best part was that it was the first REAL hiking I've done since I hurt my back 4 years ago. It was up and down steep hills on a narrow trail, and it took about an hour to get to the bottom and a little longer to get back to the top. Distance-wise, it probably wasn't more than 3 miles....so we didn't break any speed records, but I was just SO glad to be able to do it without pain. I've gone for walks through the woods on service roads in the past few years, but not true hiking!
3 weeks ago, I couldn't walk more than 8-10 minutes without excruciating pain...yesterday I hiked over 2 hours and got a little winded from time to time (asthma) and my quads didn't like the uphills much....but NO back pain! :woohoo: I guess the last cortisone shot has really, really helped!!! I definitely burned some calories yesterday and it was such beautiful scenery. I can't wait to do more hiking!! :dance:
Today we're both back at work. Tomorrow we may go fishing or to a fair if the weather isn't nice enough for fishing. And on Sunday, we're probably going fishing in the early morning and then to Milwaukee's Festa Italiana in the evening.
I am SOOOO loving life right now - little or no pain and enjoying everything I do! I'm loving every minute!! :woohoo: :dance:
Next week, DH will be in Missouri for the week and his mom will be at her sister's. So I'll have the house to myself and be able to get lots of website work done, which is good because one of my clients gave me A LOT of work that needs to be done by the end of the month, and I've got to get my site done too.
Mel - You are correct, right now, none of the links on my website go anywhere as I haven't finished building those pages yet. I should get them done in a week or so.
Shad - Sorry to hear that this job has left you with such bad feelings, but I'm so glad to hear you're done! :woohoo: I'll bet you just can't wait to get home! Enjoy your time off, my friend.
Ceejay - How nice that you have a couple extra days off!! :) I heard about all the big storms you and Happy were getting. Hopefully you'll both have nice weather for the weekend.
Annie - I love the new avatar and the flowers! What a lovely entryway to your house! So sorry to hear about Tony's polyps. Whether or not he has the surgery, I hope he feels better soon. Sinus problems totally suck. I've had nasal surgeries - to straighten a deviated septum - but never sinus surgery. The nasal surgery was painful enough. I understand how Tony feels about the $3,000 deductible for the surgery...but he should take into account how much it is costing him to miss work (even if he gets paid sick days...he may be using them all up). Good on ya' for getting back on the healthy eating wagon, and for logging your food. It has REALLY helped me. DH and I may take you up on the invite to visit one of these years...probably during the Indy 500 week...or during the weekend when the drag races are at Indy. My DH loves his Indy car racing and drag racing - he's not much into NASCAR though. And I'd love to meet you in person, and meet Hella Bella of course.
Happy - I love your new avatar too! Very uplifting (pardon the pun). Speaking of Vitamin D, I heard Dr. Oz on Oprah say that you do have to have skin exposed to get Vit. D, but keep the sunscreen on your face and hands. I burn so easily that I put a really high sunblock on all my exposed skin. Good thing I take Vit D supplement I guess. I hope you have nicer weather this weekend as you work in the yard. As for insurance, between my back problems, high BP, borderline Blood Sugar, high cholesterol, and asthma, and DH's knee problems, it's made more sense for us to pay more in premiums each month to get the HMO so we don't have deductibles. My company has really good insurance, and we have done well with the HMO. Most of my co-workers have the plans that cost less but have a deductible. But I know DH and I would have a hard time coming up with the $$ to pay the deductible bill, which is why the HMO works for us. I'm grateful to have the insurance options that my company offers...so that employees can select the plan that best meets their needs.
Okay, ladies, I'd better get to work as I have lots to get done!
07-17-2009, 12:02 PM
ANNIE~ POOR TONY. HOPE HE DECIDES SOON TO END HIS REIGN OF ILLNESSES!! I WOULD STALL TOO! :rofl: I'M A SISSY WHEN IT COMES TO ANY KIND OF SURGERY! WONDERING IF YOU WILL GET TO RIDE THIS WEEKEND. IF YOU DO...HAVE FUN!! :scooter: FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY SOMETHING ABOUT GETTING BACK TO BETTER EATING...I WAS JUST GONNA YELL AT YOUR FOR ALL THE ALCOHOL AND ASK YOU IF IT WAS A GOOD IDEA :rollpin: YOU SAVED ME A TRIP OUT YOUR WAY!!! :moped:
SHADDIE....DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. HYOU'LL VBE HOME AND SETTING THE WORLD TO RIGHTS AGAIN. SOME PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE HELPED AND THERE IS NOITHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. THEIR LOSS...NOT YOURS. :hug:
JEANETTE~ WOW!! THAT WAS SOME STORM YOU GUYS HAD DOWN YOUR WAY!! YIKES!! WEATHER IS NUTS AND GETTING NUTTIER! GLAD THE PC IS RUNNING AND SMART THINKING ON YOUR PART!! I WOULD HAVE CRIED FIRST!! :rofl: HOPE IT KEEPS RUNNING AND THE HAIL STORMS MISS YOU NEXT TIME!! GOOD FOR YOU GETTING BACK ON A PLAN OF ACTION BEFORE THE SCALE RISES!!:ebike:
HAPPY~ I THINK I JUST NEEDED THE DOWN TIME CAUSE IT GOT HOT TOO FAST AND ALSO MON & TUES HAD ME WACKY WITH WORK. IT WAS TOO MUCH AND THEY KNEW IT...TOOK ME AWHILE TO KNOW IT THOUGH!! :rofl: HOPE YOU ARE DONE WITH ALL THESE WEIRD STORMS AND TEMPS. YOU HEAT IS HERE ALONG WITH THE HUMIDITY!! :beach: I WAS OUTSIDE SUNNING AND SWEATING!! HOW ARE YOU FEELING???
OMG MICHELLE!!...I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!;dance: :cb: :carrot: :vbroc: THAT IS THE BEST NEWS I HAVE HEARD FOR A LONG TIME!! THANK GOD THINGS ARE GOING SO WELL FOR YOU AND YOUR BACK!! I AM EVEN HAPPIER YOU WALKED INSTEAD OF GETTING ON THE TITANIC AND GOING FISHING IN THE WAVES!! :yikes: I REALLY AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! :hug: YOU'VE BEEN THRU SO MUCH AND NOW HERE COMES THE REWARD!! YOU GO GIRL!! :encore:
:sunny: I WENT OUTSIDE AND CAME BACK RATHER QUIXCKLY. THIS MORNING IT WAS TOO HUMID EVEN BEFORE 8AM. THE BUS HAD NO A/C AT 9AM SO I CANCELLED THE SHOPPING. INSTEAD I TOOK A SMALL LIST DOWN THE STREET AND KNOCKED ON THEIR WINDOW. JUST GOT THE EXXENTIALS AND CAME HOME. TONS OF TRADER JOE'S FOOD IN THE FREEZER ALONG WITH FRUITS AND VEGGIES. AS FOR WEIGHT...I SEEM TO BE STUCK IN THE HIGH END OF THE 180'S. THAT'S 10 LBS HIGHER THAN 2 YEARS AGO. I CAN'T SEEM TO GET EVEN 0NE OUNCE OFF EITHER :cry: ALMOST EVERY DAY IT'S 187.5 :dunno: MAYBE I WILL TRY THE OLD PLAN AGAIN AND SEE IF THE SCALE CAN GO BACK TO WHERE IT USED TO BE!! IT HAS SOME NERVE CREEPING UP ON ME LIKE THAT !!! :tantrum: THE 10 LBS DIFFERENCE IS FROM ME NOT COOKING. ANYWAY....
GOT A LOAD OF WASH IN THE DRYER AND I BEST GET IT OUT AND FOLDED. NO MAID COMING TO MY RESCUE TODAY!
HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND :encore:
07-17-2009, 10:02 PM
I'm sitting in the Qantas Club lounge sipping on apple juice and watching the planes come and go. Mine doesn't go for a wee while yet, but since I had to check out of the apartment by 10am and there was a notice in the lift yesterday to say that there were a lot of people checking out on Saturday, I decided to check out early. Got the train to the airport and here I am.
Funny thing yesterday. I think I told you I had a cold. Well Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I drove the team wild with sneezing. I literally couldn't stop. Sneeze, blow nose, dispose of tissue, sneeze etc. Well I got out of the office at around 5.15pm and I have not sneezed since. Sure the eyes are still watery and I still have a bit of a headache but no sneeze. no tissues, no more. Must have been allergic to work huh???
So I get to the airport and my computer immediately goes into hotspot mode. Hallelujah things are really looking up. I have internet without having to swear and curse at the thing.
Happy - welcome to the tropics with thunder and lightning common for the summer. Gotta love it. Humidity, spiders and mossies as well. All adds to the fun.
I'd like to think that this job was a one of, just badly planned and organised. However it just seems that life out there is getting worse. I don't have to go back to work straight away. I have a few irons in the fire, but not much happening in a hurry, which may be good.
I hear what you are saying with the Health Insurances. Apparently they must be a necessary evil over there, but here we do have a reasonable public health system that I pay quite a lot of dollars through my taxes and each tax year I have to pay over an extra 1% of salary to the Medicare system. This is because I am fabulously rich and earn too much. :rofl: :lol3:
Years ago, when there was a huge hoo haa about private medical insurance, I opted in and got stung having to pay extra for tooth problems and eye options - I wouldn't have minded if the cost was minimal but the price I got slugged for was more than twice what the insurance company would pay. My brother also got slugged with stomach polyps and he had to pay extra for the anaethetist! Huh - like you have a choice whether to have it not???
So that was when I decided that I would put away the yearly premium and add to it as I had extra. My 'Medical Benefits' scheme has taken me round the world twice and back to the States and Canada again.
There is no better medical benefit than meeting up with friends. However I am the first to admit it is a gamble, particularly in the early years and you have to have a fair amount of faith in your health. Silly part about all of it is, if you don't have health insurance here, and they discover a lump, or you have a suspected heartattack, or you suffer from some of the low lifes out there beating your up for $100, you still get the best health care available and more often than not in a private hospital. Life's like that.
Ceejay - well done on the computer stuff. You don't need to be a genius to figure most of it out.
Glad to hear you have another couple of days off work as well. Sounds good to me.
Annie - Well good for you getting into the swing of the good food stuff again. It really is amazing how many empty calories we take in by snacking during the day. Cut that out and you are really getting into a better space.
Poor Tony. Hope he feels better soon. I have sinus problems and I know just how painful that can be. Some days I just feel like running into a wall just to put the pain in another place. f I ever get back to the States, plan on me visiting - hope you have some great places to see and things to do!
Michelle - great news from up your way as well. No back pain. Bet you just can't believe your luck.
Glad to hear you didn't go out on the Titanic! Oh yes and congrats on that 2lbs down. Well done.
Who have I missed? Oh yes Dr Mel. Where would I be without you, buddy. I think we both need to get back to sensible eating and drinking. Don't overdo the work. We need those eyes to be better and soon.
Okay - time to move along and get some more apple juice. My past is catching up on me in Facebook. I have an Indian lady who I worked with back in 2002 wanting to get in touch. And I better see what the family is up to before I get home. I may not wish to go if it is all bad news!
07-18-2009, 11:24 AM
Good morning all,
:yay: it's Saturday and a beautiful and nicely cooler weekend ahead. I am full of ambition today. DH went to a half day financial class and there's something about being home alone that lets me just fly through the tasks. Which is what I intend to do. We have a number of errands to do this afternoon and then will spend tomorrow outside in the yard pulling weeds and mulching and trying to finish the rock wall border we started over a year ago.
I really don't have much time to sit on the computer so please forgive the lack of personals right now. Will get back on later. Hope you all enjoy your weekend.
07-19-2009, 01:38 PM
Good morning chicks,
It's turning out to be a great weekend weather wise. Internet was out this morning - thought it would be out for days (they thought it was a wide spread outtage) but it appears it was only for about an hour. Good thing as hubby was getting steamed about it. He took a financials course yesterday and is very excited to be finally learning the things about investing that he was always questioning. There is an online course he was taking and he will go to another classroom course next weekend. He saved a seat for me too but the class is Friday and Saturday all day and I don't know if I want to blow a precious vacation day for something I'm only mildly interested in. If I did, it would be more to do something together as a couple.
Ran a bunch of errands yesterday and spent a boatload of money at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I wanted one of those hotel type mirrors that mounts on the wall and swings out - like a shaving mirror of sorts. I didn't realize how bloody expensive those things are. I was having a hard time justifying it but then DH pointed out how I currently have my existing mirror precariously balanced on top of a sideways Kleenex box on top of the paper cup dispenser holder just to bring it up to the right height to see for my hair and makeup. I do admit bumping the mirror several times and almost losing the whole thing. I can't use the big bathroom mirror anymore because I need to get close up to apply makeup. So anyway we bought the mirror. DH wanted a new stool for the shower stall, we bought a mattress topper for one of the guest beds - saggy mattress already and the darn thing is only 4 years old - never NEVER buy a super plush pillow top mattress people. I also got a new electric broom that I'm excited about - we just bought a Shark brand a couple of months ago but it is big and rickety and I hate it. Trapsing in and out of the back yard we have a tendency to drag in alot of yard leaves and schmutz and I am forever vacumning up the mess. One swish of the cordless electric broom at night keeps things in Fly-Lady condition. And of course being at the gadget store we bought some gadgets too.
Today I have to go grocery shopping and stop at Target and get some personal care items with my 10% off card. I also want to reorganize the refrigerators. DH wants a shelf to himself for his "cool and refreshing" foods. Ok then. :lol: That means moving much of the less used condiments (which take up at least a third of the refrigerator) to the garage refrigerator. I also want to make an inventory list to post on the door of what's in the fridge - that helps to remind me to use things up and not waste by buying more of what I already have and not tossing things out that have spoiled. Then it's home to housework and laundry. I did want to do some gardening but I don't think I'll be able to squeeze it in.
It's quiet in here so I hope that means you are all out having a good time.
Shad - hope you got home ok, sneezing stopped, family is not in chaos and you can kick your feet up for a minute, take a few deep breaths and bask in the goodness of being home in your happy place!
Mel - did the weather get a little cooler and better for you? Are you saying Trader Joe's foods upped the weight? Could be with more salt. Michael Thurmond's stuff was on the bland side. I'm not sure I can go back to white meat turkey and rice again. I think there comes a point when you just focus on eating healthy and in the right portions because darned if those pounds don't seem to be glued on. You have to pry them off and the minute you turn around, they dash back on again!
Michelle - it's so good to hear that you can hike again. I know how much you were missing it. How cool to look for rocks like that. Were you into geocaching at one point or am I mixing you up with someone else? Sounds like perfect timing to have the house to yourself. Don't spend too much time at the computer - come up for air once in a while :lol:
Annie - I was talking more about Tony putting aside money for the potential medical expenses. I can appreciate how difficult it is to try and run a household on one check. Leaves little for the unexpected and there's always some unexpected things floating around. Good for you for getting back on the healthy eating track. I think the only way you can maintain is to monitor and when you get 5 pounds over where you'd like to be - reassess and take charge. Wish I'd done that long ago but don't we all look back to a point where we thought we were so fat and gross which is now our new "gee I'd love to be at that goal weight" :lol:
Ok well hubby is banging in the kitchen - who knows what that means so I'd better go check.
Hello to Patty and Ceejay :wave:
07-19-2009, 06:56 PM
I was so sure I posted yesterday, blame it on old age, memory loss, hearing loss, or sleeping in the sun. Take your pick which one of those excuses you will accept.
It was a nice quiet day yesterday. I went shopping, filled up the fridge and got some good stuff to try to tempt the DS2 out of his sludge/fried food frenzy. He went out 4 wheel driving.
Then I came home, did a bit of cleaning and went out to sit in the sun with a book and went to sleep. Good stuff. Anyway it is great to be home.
Happy - nice to go out and buy yourself some toys. Great idea once in a while. Then it's back to saving again. Life gets hard sometimes and one needs to get stuff to make it easier. I'm not talking about clothes or shoes. Personally I feel too much emphasis is put on our appearance. But things to fix something that didn't work as expected, things to make life easier in the yard or house, that's important when we are getting to the stage where things are not as easy as they once were.
OKay - so today is busy again. I'm looking to cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, doing some weeding and some tiling. I also have to go get some more decorative tiles and some paint. So my day is fairly full. I'm also about to start some new challenges over on Red's thread. And I guess at some stage I should start looking at or rather for a new job. I've been looking at a new car, but it won't happen without a job. I'm not silly enough to take out a loan without something to back it up and I sure as heck are not breaking into the investments and savings to pay for it.
So I'd better go declare the challenges, see what else is going on in the world or should that be what is going down in the world? And then get on with the day. Have a good one.
07-20-2009, 08:53 AM
:welcome: HOME SHAD! GLAD YOU MADE IT BACK TO THE OLD PONDEROSA SAFE AND SOUND. THE SUN AND BOOK SOUNDED VERY NICE. DID THAT INVOLVE A HAMMOCK? :beach: ENJOY YOURSELF WHILE IT LASTS....AND I HOPE YOU FIND A JOB THAT PAYS WELL FOR THE NEW CAR :scooter: SENSIBLE EATING AND DRINKING IT IS MISSY. I AM BACK ON TRACK:hug:
HAPPY~ NICE SHOPPING. I LOVE THAT STORE. I TELL JEN IT'S BED, BATH & BEYOND OUR BUDGET :rofl: :rofl: GOOD IDEA ABOUT THE MIRROR. YOU HAD A BUSY WEEKEND. HOW DID THE ROCK WALL COME ALONG? I SHOULD STICK A NOTE ON MY FREEZER TOO...GOOD THINKING. THANKS. TIRED OF TOSSING OUT FREEZER BURNT STUFF.
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
SPENT TIME WITH JEN ON THE PHONE. SHE SOUNDS A BIT TIRED. KIDS WON'T LET HER TALK AND NOT INTERRUPT. THEY DON'T LIKE SHARING HER. RICHIE HAS BEEN TOSSING OUT OLD FURNITURE DOWN HERE AND MAKING ROOM FOR HIS STUFF FROM HIS FATHER'S HOUSE WHICH NEEDS TO BE EMPTIED SOON. I THINK BY THE END OF THIS WEEK OR MONTH. THE DATE CHANGED FOR THE FINALIZATION OF THE SALE. YOU CAN IMAGINE THE DRAMA THAT ENSUES.
MY WEEKEND HAD MEDICAL ALARMS AND SMOKE DETECTORS GOING OFF. :crazy: BUT NOT TOO BUSY.
I FORGOT TO SAY THE DR TOLD ME FRIDAY TO STOP USING THE NEW SOAP. I TOLD HIM I ALREADY HAD. SEEMS IT "might" BE THE CAUSE OF ANOTHER TYPE OF BREAKOUT.....BUT THE ROSACEA LOOKED BETTER. GO FIGURE. I NEED TO KEEP OUT OF THE SUN ALSO. POSSIBLY WEAR A HAT CAUSE I CANNOT WEAR SUNSCREEN. YIKES!! WILL TURN INTO THE A/C QUEEN! WE ARE ON AN ENERGY BUDGET CRISIS IN THE BLDG. SO THE A/C IS TURNED DOWN IN HALLS AND COMM ROOM. I TOLD THE OFFICE THAT IF THEY NEED ME FOR SOMETHING IT HAS TO BE IN THE MORNING AND THE OFFICE DOOR NEEDS TO BE CLOSED AND NO WINDOWS OPENED. ON THURSDAY I WAS PROSTRATE WITH THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY AND FELT PHYSICALLY ILL BEFORE I EVEN REALIZED WHAT HAPPENED. FUNNY BUT ONE MINUTE I WAS FINE AND THE NEXT I WAS STRUGGLING TO SIT UPRIGHT AND BREATHE. :faint: I KIND OF FORGOT WITH OUR COOLER WEATHER ABOUT WHEN IT HEATS UP I GET SICK. MAYBE I NEED TO MAKE AN OWNER'S MANUAL FOR MYSELF AS A REMINDER:lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY EVERYONE AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK :moped:
07-20-2009, 09:33 AM
It's Monday, Monday...good morning everyone! Places everyone..da plane, da plane....
What a busy weekend, had to come back to work to get some rest. Sheesh. Cleaning, yardwork, laundry, partying with my bro's band..NO DRINKING, thank you very much, I was a good girl. Still eating VERY healthy and amazingly I feel SOOOOOooooo much better physically. Geez, who knew. I have felt like crap for over a month, and a week of eating healthy...I feel amazing. See touch me, can you feel how amazing I feel. LOL
Chelle....did you finally get some fishing in or was it still too windy? How's the back feeling?
MEL...we have had some cold weather set in for a few days now. I even had to run the heat driving into work this morning. Of course, when I am quite comfortable, everyone else is roasting and sweating. What would your life be without the fire alarms going off? Keeps you awake anyway.
Shad....YeeeeeeeHaaaaaawwww...(that is a Hoosier Yehaw) you are home. I believe, I too, am allergic to work.. I truly need to hit the lottery so we can start our commune...You are more than welcome to come and stay with me, I am sure I can dream up some kind of trouble for us to get into. hehe
Happy...I love cleaning when no one is home. I can practically sprint through the house cleaning. I even put Hella Bella outside so she doesn't get in my way. Heck, I even clean naked with the music playing. I just go nuts. lol
This mornining breakfast. Iced coffee from Speedway gas station. Geez, I am hooked on them. THey are marvelous and only 99 cents. It's like a party in your mouth.
Got veggie soup in the crockpot today. I browned the beef tips and put it together last night. Stored in the fridge till this morning then started it when I got up. I did forget the potatos and onions, so had to chop those up this morning and throw in there. Made me about 5 minutes late to work. Gonna make corn bread when I get home. T will be over about 5:30 fo dinner. I am just craving veggie soup. Put fresh basil and jalepeno in it from the garden too.
Looks like I have 3 more zucchinis coming on. My tomato vines are just loaded with green tomatos. I can hardly wait on them to ripen. I did fry (with spray Pam, no breading) a green tomato, through in a jalepeno too! Yum. My cucumbers have a zillion blumes but no cucumbers. Anyone got any thoughts on why that is??? Banana peppers, green peppers, jalepenos, lettuce and spinach are rockin'. Even my little maple tree I planted is growing by leaps and bounds. It is about 2' tall now. I am excited about that as it started as a seed, grew in a crack, and I transplanted it to my backyard.
Not much else going on...gotta get busy..boss will be here in about 30 minutes.
Hey to CJ, Ruthie, Patty and anyone I have missed.
Everyone have a magnificent Monday.
Love and Hugs,
07-20-2009, 09:35 AM
Oh and I had a slice of cheese and some fresh cherries I got at Marsh grocery. They are the plumpest cherries I have ever had and so sweet. Gotta love that.
07-20-2009, 12:05 PM
Happy Monday ladies -
We had a great weekend. Didn't get to do any fishing. It was too cold Saturday all day and Sunday morning, so we just kind of relaxed, hang around the house and played with the dogs. I don't like the 90 degrees with 90% humidity days, but I'd like a little bit warmer summertime temps. Yesterday afternoon and evening we went to Festa Italiana in Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan, where we saw a remarkable Italian Flag Throwing troupe...just incredible the precision they have, and we saw a wonderful Italian folk dancing performance. The evening ended with one of the best fireworks displays I've ever seen. We got home around 11:30 pm, and by the time I fell asleep it was midnight. The alarm clock went off at 4:30 this morning, so I'm a bit bleary eyed but hopefully the two cups of coffee I've had will kick in soon. :lol:
DH is in Missouri all week for work - St. Louis area for 2 days and then Kansas City area for 2 days. He'll be coming home Friday night. DMIL is visiting her sister for the week, so me and the doggies have the house to ourselves. Should be a great opportunity to get some website work done...but maybe not tonight as I may want to hit the sack early.
Happy - Sounds like you had a great weekend and bought lots of cool stuff at BB&B. Thanks for the warning about the super plush pillow top mattresses...I've heard that before. Good for you for organizing the frig. I need to do that too. will probably wait until DMIL has left though. Yes, DH and I have tried geocaching a couple times. It's fun! So funny that you mention how way back when we thought we were fat, and that weight is now a wish and a dream (and lots of exercise and eating right) away. I remember when I weighed 135-140, and I thought I was hugely fat. Now, I'd be thrilled to be 150. Oh well, I know I will get there because I won't give up 'till I get there.
Shad - Good for you for getting a relaxing nap in the sun and then tackling all those projects! You sound SO much happier now that you're home!
Mel - I hope the drama for Jen and Richie ends soon. They deserve some peace and calm. And so do you...wouldn't it be nice to go a weekend without medical alarms, fire alarms or any other alarms? You take care of yourself, young lady, and when it's hot TAKE IT EASY. I need to remind myself of that too, as I get overheated quite easily. Thank goodness for Gatorade, G2, Powerade and Powerade Zero!
Annie - So proud of you for not drinking and for eating healthy! :cp: :cp: My back is feeling REALLY good. I had TOM cramps over the weekend, but other than that...no pain, even with lots of walking yesterday at Festa. I've never cleaned the house naked...don't want to scare the neighbors or doggies. But I do often clean in my pajamas with rock music cranked up to keep the adrenaline going. Your veggie soup sounds so yummy! I wish I could get there in time for dinner. I'm not having good luck with my cucumbers either. Tomatoes, squash, lettuce and everything else is growing great...but the cukes, not so much.
A big :wave: to Ceejay, Patty, Ruthie and Jolly!
Here's to a great day and to the start of a fabulous week!
Lots of love and hugs,
07-20-2009, 02:37 PM
Monday, Monday - can't trust that day...
Ugh - had a bad night last night. One of my family members really hurt me deeply. It bothered me all night and into today. Going to take a long time to get over it. So I am not only in a funk but really tired today too.
I am loving my electric broom. Used that last night and Swiffer'ed the kitchen floor and I was feeling all Fly Lady for a moment there. Decided to return the electric shaver I bought as well as the fancy mirror light. But Shad I am crushed - do I HAVE to return the clothes and shoes I bought too???? :cry: I guess I went on a bender this weekend. And this was before I got bummed out.
Michelle - sounds like you had a fabulous time at Fiesta Italiana. Ouch - running on about 4 hours of sleep - guess who will be in bed early tonight ;) I have never seen flag throwing (outside of a ref at a football game) but it sounds very interesting. Isn't this a wierd summer? Been rather cool for us too. Hope that doesn't mean a bad winter - especially for you guys who have gotten whacked at least 2 years now. I feel the same way you do with the weight - would be perfectly happy to be 150 again. :lol:
Annie - yep, cherries are a good crop this year. I have some chilling in the refrigerator as you can't eat too many at once without asking for trouble. I never would have thought of cheese and cherries but I like cheese and fruit so now there's a new combo to try. Good for you for getting back on the clean eating track. It's kind of like taking vitamins. You don't realize how good you feel while you're doing it but stop the good stuff and everything sludges up. I don't think I would ever clean naked - would be leaving smudge marks on everything :rofl: but it's an interesting thought! Your veggie soup sounds delicious. I think you can expect a few of us for dinner tonight :hungry: but I'll take my cornbread mild, sans jalapenos thanks. I will take a serving of fried green tomatoes if you have extra too! :D
I'm glad your gardens are doing well. I hear that some late season blight has hit the tomatoes down here and everyone's plants are dying. I just did some herbs and the dill and cilantro is going to seed. What are you supposed to do when that happens?
Mel, I'm so sorry to hear the new soap is not working for you. Fix one thing and wreck another - how frustrating! We did not get a chance to work on the rock wall this weekend but I'm saving a shady spot under the tree for you to park so we can talk while I work. I got a kick out of the "owners manual" comment. Actually that's not such a bad idea. I'm sure if anyone had to step in and help you out, it would be Jen who knows the things that bother you most but it's still a pretty good idea. Lets you track how things affect you too. That's a bummer with the a/c although more people need it now, not for cooling as much as filtering out the bad schmutz in the air. I hope you can get around ok. :hug:
Shad, thanks for the reminder about Red's challenge. I may hop over there myself. Was waiting for a new thread to post but I guess you guys are recycling what you have. You sound more relaxed already since you've been home. Reading a book in the sun sounds just lovely. Hope you can get DS2 off the junk food wagon. I'm sure with Mum to cook that will help.
Well my lunch hour is about over so it's back to fun with Excel. Hello to Patty, Ceejay, Ruth and Jolly. Catch you later. :wave:
And if you are lurking Carla :wave: and :hug:
07-20-2009, 02:55 PM
Just a quick hello to tell you all hello and that i'm ok. I will post more tonight..
07-20-2009, 07:04 PM
Hello every one
Just popping in to say hello and that I'm back to work.
I had cherries last week end. Yummm!!!!
07-20-2009, 07:10 PM
Short today as I have loads to do and some bloke named 'Jose' is coming to try and sell me some more wine this afternoon. It won't work since I already have a heap of the stuff I haven't drunk and no where to put it anymore. It resides in the shed down the road.
Yesterday, I weeded, cleaned and poisoned some particularly noxious weeds that have established themselves in my driveway bed. I looked over the fence to see if they were coming from the neighbours place but it appears not. I have a fairly good idea that some of the stuff was in the lawn and the seeds have blown over or escaped from the green waste bin (which lives next to the bed) and would have taken over if not for my frenzied digging and swearing yesterday. Lot of work to do outside - what am I saying, there's a lot of work to do inside as well. I will get there. There will be a visible difference come the end of the week.
Mel - sorry to hear that the soap was digging up another allergy. Sheez as if you needed something to compete with the rosacea. Hold onto it friend. Winter will be here in less time that you think and then we can commiserate over something other than heat and humidity. Sorry to hear Jen is having a rough time with the kids, but I guess they are fairly insecure anyway. Poor Ritchie, left to clean up after the old man and not getting anything for his travails.
Happy - DO NOT take back the clothes. Clothes are necessary, just that I don't think we need to go on as many sprees as we do! Who am I to talk. I have clothes in the wardrobe I haven't worn yet!
Michelle - nice to have some space and time to yourself for a while. I think it is totally necessary once in a while.
Annie - love the sound of your garden. Can't give any advice about cucumbers since I don't eat them myself and have never grown them. Glad you enjoyed the band on Saturday - and you didn't drink!!! Way to go.
Morning to Ceejay and Patty. Good to hear from you.
I'll be back after I've checked out the list for the day and gotten a shower and done a few things.
07-20-2009, 07:33 PM
Happy - that's awful that your family member hurt you so bad. It's so true that we tend to hurt those we love....I think it's because we know what buttons to push and we knowingly or unknowingly push them. :hug: I can't eat many cherries without getting the trots, and since I have a hard time stopping before I get to the "too many" point...I just avoid them.
I just did something awful....maybe I need a kick in the butt, or Mel's rolling pin. I don't usually fall victim to emotional overeating....but today was definitely an exception. I wasn't sad, depressed, angry, or even bored....I was just dog tired from lack of sleep.
I just made a horrible dinner choice, but it tasted so good. I found a new frozen pizza with a super thin crust (so not as many calories), and it tastes phenomenal! Well, I was really hungry and ate the whole dang thing....3 servings (and 24 points worth). Luckily, I had my weekly extra points allowance, but I'm gonna have to stick to my points big time for the next 3 days. I can't believe I ate that much....and I feel like such a pig for doing so. I know it's no good to beat myself up after the fact. I gotta forgive myself for this slip up and move on.
Ironically, I was watching Valerie Bertinelli, Marie Osmond and Star Jones share their weight loss struggles and successes on Oprah.
Worse yet...I'm having a bad asthma day...worst one in over a year. Not bad enough to go to the ER, but bad enough that I had to leave work early and come home and rest. My inhalers are helping a little, but not enough, which sucks because I'm not even able to work off the massive quantities of pizza. I'm hoping I get lots of rest tonight and that my asthma is MUCH better tomorrow so I can get my butt to the gym AND walk at lunchtime.
Anyway, enough negativity and berating myself. Time to pick myself up, dust myself and start again. :) Try not to scold me too sternly ladies, I did a good job of that myself.
07-21-2009, 08:57 AM
Hi ladies -
After last night's indulgence, I realized that good pizza (even good frozen pizza) is something that at least right now is too dangerous for me to have in the house - like brownies, cakes, etc. So knowing I had another pizza in the freezer and that I could see myself eating the whole thing again...I took it out of the freezer and threw it in the trash. I know it's a waste of food and money, but I bought the pizzas to get free admission to Festa (with a UPC code from the box) and since we got the free admission...I don't need to eat the pizza. Does that make sense?
Anyway, I'm going to get back on the straight and narrow and stay within my daily points today. :)
07-21-2009, 09:12 AM
Happy - I forgot to mention...the place my DH had to go yesterday...he thought was "just outside" St. Louis, but it's actually closer to Memphis! When he told me that, I immediately though..."he's down near Happy!". He's in Kennett, Missouri, which isn't much to speak of, except that it's Sheryl Crow's hometown, which is kinda cool...since DH and I really like her and her music.
07-21-2009, 09:33 AM
Good Morning Worldlies...here's to a terrific Tuesday...Cheers! Toasting with my morning coffee, not alcohol...
Happy....sorry to hear about your family hurting you so. It always seems worse when it is family as we are just that, family. At least others we can ignore for a while or forever. HUGS to you, my friend. Hmmmm...seeds from the cilantro, eh, keep them for next year..I dunno. Oh and keep your new clothes, how ofted do you splurge on yourself....never.
Patty...glad you are doing ok. Hidee Ho to you!
Ceejay....hey back at you.
Shad....mmmmmmm wine, oh wait, I am trying to be good. My SIL is now a wine distributor/seller or something like that. She has asked me to host a wine tasting party. I have not committed as my weekends are so busy, maybe this fall when things slow down.
Chelle...do not fret over bad dinner choices, just as long as you pick yourself back up, jump back in the wagon, and be good. We all have those moments,the good thing is you are not starting a down hill slide. I fell off and was eating badly for about 2 months. Do not do as I did. Hope your asthma is much better today and you can enjoy the day. I have never had asthma, but was in a wreck one time and my chest hit the steering wheel and had trouble breathing. Bruised my everything and then water in my lungs and around my heart. Maybe that compares slightly to asthma, I dunno.
Had a great evening with T. He surprised me when he came over as he came over on his bike. We went for a Harley ride,then came back and ate the veggie soup, corn bread, cucumbers and had made chocolate/almond pound cake-which I sent home with him. I ate none of the pound cake. It smelled really good tho. The almond smell was very delightful.
Did a load of towels, played ball with stinky Bella, she needs a bath, majorily. Will have to get that done in the next few days. It is such an ordeal and I usually get bit. Even when I wear thick rubber gloves up to my elbows her bit comes through the glove a bit.
Garden is still rockin' I counted 5 new zucchinis coming on. Tomatos too many to count. Even see 3 or 4 itty bitty tiny baby cucumber starts. Whew who. I love cucumbers. Picked a few jalapenos too. Got several new buds of green peppers started, and ate one banana pepper so far. I just love gardening and garden food. My little tree grew by leaps and bounds the past two days and is almost 3 ft. tall. I am so proud of my little tree, starting it from a seed. I will have to take a pix and post the little darlin'.
That's about it for me today...need to get busy...boss is leaving at noon and won't be back in the office till Monday.
Hello to everyone.
Love and Hugs,
07-21-2009, 09:35 AM
Oh and Chelle..good for you for throwing out the pizza. Your rationalization makes perfect sense to me. Guess cause I think that way too. Kinda warped thinking, as my brother tells me. lol.
07-21-2009, 09:51 AM
ANNIE~ HOPE YOU SAVED SOME VEGGIE SOUP FOR ALL OF US. SOUNDED DELISH :hun: DANG I AM PRACTICALLY DROOLING OVER HERE. LOL GLAD YOU FEEL SO GOOD BUT I'LL LEAVE THE TOUCHING PART TO THE TONE MAN:rofl: :rofl: WOW! YOUR GARDEN REALLY TOOK OFF. I WONDER ABOUT THE CUKES. MAYBE THE SUMMER WAS TOO COOL FOR TOO LONG? IT WASN'T A REGULAR GROWING SEASON THIS YEAR. NONE OF OUR ROSEMARY OR CHIVES GREW BUT EVERYTHING ELSE DID AND ALL THE FLOWERING PLANTS BLOOMED TOO. :dunno:
MICHELLE~ THE FESTIVAL SOUNDED NICE. THERE IS AN ITALIAN FESTIVAL STARTING SATURDAY ON THE HUDSON...ST. ANNE'S FEAST. HAVEN'T BEEN TO ONE IN YEARS BUT I LOVED ALL THE EXCITEMENT YEARS AGO. GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME AND HOPE THE WEEK GIVES YOU SLEEP AND A GORGEOUS WEBSITE! I AM VERY HAPPY TO HEAR YOU'RE BACK WAS PAIN-FREE :hug:
HAPPY~ WHAT??? RETURNING STUFF ALREADY?? IS THIS CALLED BUYER'S REMORSE?? I WAS WONDERING OF CLOTHES AND SHOES WERE INVOLVED IN THE SHOPPING FRENZIE! ALL I REMEMBERED READING ABOUT WAS BATHROOM STUFF! :rofl: WHICH VACCUUM DID YOU GET? IT'S LIGHT AND ACTUALLY CLEANS?? SENDING A HUG YOUR WAY THIS MORNING :hug: JUST BECAUSE........
:cofdate: MUCHO RAIN IS HERE FOR THE NEST 4 DAYS SO I BEST FIND SOMETHING TO DO. RICHIE IS BUSY AT NIGHTS REARRANGING THEIR FURNITURE AND HOW THEY WILL EVER LIVE IN THEIR TINY APARTMENT IS BEYOND ME :rofl: :rofl: JEN NEEDS TO BELONG TO FLYLADY AND TAKE LESSONS! YESTERDAY I GOT 2 WASHLOADS DONE AND MADE AN AZZ OUT OF MYSELF WITH AN OFFICE WORKER IN ANOTHER BLDG. JUST A GREAT MONDAY. NOT! :faint: SO GLAD THE DAY IS OVER BUT THE TASTE LINGERS IN MY MOUTH. GOOD LESSON THOUGH. I KEEP FORGETTING THERE IS THE "OTHER SIDE" OF PEOPLE.
I AM OFF TO EAT AND ......? NOT SURE WHAT I WILL DO.
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:
07-21-2009, 09:51 AM
Annie - Thanks for the kind words. Oh and BTW, my asthma is MUCH better today! Yay!!! Breathing is SO nice! The dinner you made sounds positively scrumptious! Good for you for not eating the pound cake. I don't think I could've resisted. My doggies don't like baths either, and they really need one. But at least they don't bite...they just squirm and try and get away...and I end up getting as wet as they do! :lol:
07-21-2009, 10:01 AM
Mel - You bring up a good point about the cukes...too cool for too long. That's probably why I'm not getting hardly any cukes and yet my lettuce is still going like crazy. Not sure how much work I'll get done on my website this week. One of clients gave me a ton of work to get done for their site and a very quickly approaching deadline. Please send a little rain our way, but only at nighttime, okay. I hate it when it rains during the day (especially on our precious few summer weekends left).
07-21-2009, 10:33 AM
I SEE THERE IS A WHOLE OTHER PAGE OF POSTS NOW....YIKES!
PATTY :wave: HELLO BACK TO YOU!!
JEANETTE~ :waveL HELLO BACK TO YOU ALSO!!
SHAD~ YOU COULD COME HERE AND WEED, CLEAN AND POISON SOME PARTICULARLY NOXIOUS THING HERE TOO BUT MOST OF THEM AREN'T IN THE GARDEN:rofl: THE KIDS ARE HANING ON TO THE IDEA THAT SUMMER WILL SOON BE OVER!! :rofl: RICHIE'S HAIR IS TURNING GRAYER EVERY DAY!! AND HE LOOKS TIRED. BUT AT LEAST THERE IS WORK!! JUST TOO BAD IT CAME AT THE SAME TIME AS DAD'S MESS. SEND JOSE OVER HERE...WE COULD USE A CASE! :lol3: :lol3: SOUNDS LIKE A REGULAR JOB IS MUCH LESS WORK THAN THE HOUSE!!!
HAPPY~ I AM SO SORRY YOU ARE GOING THRU THIS WITH THE FAMILY. MICHELLE IS RIGHT...I WAS GOING TO SAY YOU ALWAYS HURT THE ONES YOU LOVE. I THINK IT'S BECAUSE THEY KNOW WE WILL FORGIVE THEM THE SOONEST. SENDING MORE HUGS :hug:
MICHELLE~ YOU MADE ME LAUGH ABOUT THE PIZZAN AND OPRAH!! OMG!1 HOW IRONIC INDEED! REMINDS ME OF ONE TIME I WAS IN THE KITCHEN GRABBING ANYTHING I COULD FIND. I WAS IN A HURRY TOO CAUSE THE BIGGEST LOSER WAS JUST ABOUT TO BEGIN! :rofl: MUST BE HUMAN NATURE. GLAD YOU HAD EXTRA POIUNTS AND GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK!! HOPE YOUR ASTHMA CALMS DOWN. JUST REST AND GIVE IT A CHANCE TO FADE AWAY...NO STRESS :hug: OUR ITALIAN PAINTER HERE TOLD ME ALL ABOUT HIS GARDEN AND WHAT'S NOT GROWING BECAUSE THE SPRING/SUMMER WAS TOO COLD AT NIGHT. LOOKS LIKE HE IS RIGHT. :cry:
ANNIE~ YOU MEAN I NOT ONLY MISSED THE SOUP AND CORN BREAD BUT A HARLEY RIDE??? I FIND IT FUNNY THAT I HATED MOTORCYCLES AND WAS DEATHLY AFRAID OF THEM BUT LOVE MY WHEELCHAIR. :scooter: SHOULD HAVE THROWN BELLA IN WITH THE TOWELS! :rofl: HAVE A GREAST TIME WHILE THE BOSS IS AWAY!!
OK....O AM ALL CAUGHT UP!!! HAPPY TUESDAY AGAIN!!!
07-21-2009, 10:40 AM
MEL...I love love love motorcycles, probably because my brother started toting me around on his when I was about 7. He was 17. Hard to believe my mother even let him, of course did she really know??? I guess when you are child number 4, the only girl, born on your daddy's birthday, you can do just about anything and get beat for the stuff you shouldn't. lol
07-21-2009, 08:17 PM
Really short one this morning as I am not feeling at all well. I think today will be very quiet with lots of water and not much else. I have the mother of all headaches.
I'm going to sit in the sun as soon as it gets warm enough, but it's taken an effort just to shower and dress. Maybe when I feel a bit better I can go plant some of the little plants I picked up the day before yesterday. A long chat with the plants may not go astray.
So no personals right now. I'll be back.
07-22-2009, 08:53 AM
Shad - I hope you get over your cold/sinus infection very soon. Do you have a Neti pot? I've never used one, but friends of mine who have sinus issues tell me they are a tremendous help. I think a nice warm sit in the sun sounds wonderful! Take it easy today and don't overdo.
Annie - I love motorcycles too. I'd love to get my own Harley, and hopefully I will someday...especially now that they've made Sportsters for those of us with shorter legs. When I lived in CA, I had a moped and rode it to work and lots of other places. It wasn't freeway legal (didn't go fast enough), but I could get anywhere on the side streets. It was a lot of fun. But there's nothing better than a ride on a motorcycle through the country or mountains or anywhere out in nature.
I'm happy to say my breathing is much better. I went to the gym yesterday and did 45 minutes of intense cardio. I did some interval training and really pushed myself. Don't know if I'll get to the gym this afternoon, I have a follow-up with the neurosurgeon, during which I will tell him how much the shot in my SI joint helped, but also that I occasionally have pain by my tailbone (probably my L5-S1 disk since there was an issue with that). It's not debilitating pain...just a bit annoying.
After the doc appt, I have a bunch of website work to do. Haven't done much website stuff at all the past couple days even with the house to myself, so I've gotta get caught up.
Well, this chick better get to work.
Love and hugs,
07-22-2009, 08:56 AM
Mornin Shad....Hope you get to feeling better..sending get well vibes your way.
Not much going on here, raining a beautiful slow steady shower. Garden is doing dances about it. Hi today is only 70 with steady rain most of the day. Actually I am happy about the rain, the garden needed it.
Fried green mators and zucchini for dinner. Made brownies for T to take home to the boys. Wonder if they got them...T was eyeing them quite a bit. We had a peaceful relaxing evening last night, just kind of chatted and enjoyed each other. It was nice.
Have a great hump day...known in my work week as Monday, Tuesday, TRASH DAY, Thursday, Friday. LOL
Much love and many hugs,
07-22-2009, 08:58 AM
Chelle...you slipped on in there with me seeing you....stinker. I am so glad the shot is working for you, beats the H out of surgery. Funny when we don't have others around us we tend to get lazy with work. Have a great day today. Love ya sista
07-22-2009, 09:13 AM
SHAD~ HOPE THE HEADACHE HAS GONE OFF TO BOTHER SOMEONE ELSE. I USUALLY DO LIGHTS OUT AND TV ON VERY LOW WITH THE CURTAINS CLOSED. NOTHING WORSE THAN SINUS PROBLEMS :hug: AFTER ALL...YOU HAVENT HAD A CHANCE TO REST UP SINCE THE JOB AND DOVE INTO HOUSE WORK. ALSO...CHANGE OF ENVIROMENTS...DIFFERENT AIR, WATER, GREENERY. YOU POOR IMMUNE SYSTEM MUST BE STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE "TRAVELS OF SHADDIE".
ANNIE~ JEN LOVED BIKES AND MY HUBBY WAS A BIKE RIDER. SHE WENT ON WHEN SHE WAS 3...I DIDN'T KNOW IT THOUGH!:yikes: IN THE "OLDEN DAYS" WE LIVED A MUCH MORE DANGEROUS LIFE :rofl: NICE DINNER!! SAVE ME THE BROWNIES! :hug:
MICHELLE~ nice workout and hope the visit with the neuro goes well. maybe another shot in that area would quiet it down?? I LOVE THOSES SHOTS!! :dance:
:sunny: MAYBE I SHOULD BE GETTING DRESSED TO GO OUT WHILE THE SUN IS HERE. THAT WAS SOME STORM FLEW UP THE COAST. I SPENT THE DAY WITH MYSELF AND GOT NOTHING DONE EXCEPT ONLINE BILL PAYING. THE GOOD THING ABOUT ONLINE IS THERE IS ALWAYS A RUNNING BALANCE IN YOUR ACCOUNT THAT YOU CAN SEE...THE BAD THING IS THE MONEY LEAVES SO FAST NOW WITHOUT USING CHECKS!! :lol3: :lol3:
HAVE A HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:
07-22-2009, 09:27 AM
Good morning all,
I have a dentist appt this morning - hate going to the dentist even tho he's really good. It's dark and rainy out - would rather be sleeping.
I'll have to try and get on at lunch time for personals.
Hope your headache eased up Shad.
Catch you later...
07-22-2009, 10:11 AM
Ewww dentists. I need to make an appointment with mine. Did you have to drive in any flood waters yesterday. I saw where Memphis had a few flooded roads.
You are up early this morning also.
I'm having my first garden tomato today. A co-worker brought it to me yesterday.
I had a nice phone call last night from my niece who had just return home to California after 2 weeks with her mom, my sister, in DFW. I need to call my nieces and nephews more often.
Not much news in y neck of the woods.
07-22-2009, 11:43 AM
I just received an email with a couple veggie side dish recipes that look yummy:
Roasted Broccoli With Lemon
4 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 dash freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss broccoli with oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a large baking sheet (not air-insulated) and roast until the broccoli is tender and blackened on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve immediately, with lemon wedges.
Makes 4 servings.
Here's the other recipe:
Orange-Infused Roasted Green Beans and Red Peppers
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4–1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss green beans, bell pepper, and oil in a large bowl. Add orange zest, salt, and crushed red pepper to taste; toss to combine. Spread on a large baking sheet. Roast the vegetables, turning once halfway through cooking, until tender and slightly wilted, about 15 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
07-22-2009, 11:58 AM
Annie - I'm envious of your grand garden. Mine is doing good, but a bit behind yours in terms of harvesting. We are also getting lots of slow and steady showers - started yesterday and supposed to continue on and off through Friday. My garden is definitely loving it. I've never had fried green tomatoes...but they sounds yummy. So does the zucchini. And the brownies of course. My co-worker brought in brownies...but I told him I couldn't have any until after tomorrow's WW weigh in. He said there might not be any left by tomorrow afternoon. Oh well. No biggie. I don't have any extra points left...so no brownies for me then. Sounds like you had a great evening with Tony - I enjoy the peaceful relaxing evenings best.
Mel - I wish I could try a shot in the area of the L5-S1 disc...but I've had more than enough (and possibly too much) cortisone/steroids since last fall. I'll talk to my neuro about it...but it's something I can live with for now. Don't want to give him any ideas about surgery. I too pay most of my bills online...and it's amazing how fast with just a few clicks the bank balance goes down and down. :lol:
Happy - I hope your dentist appt went well. I don't think anyone likes the dentist, sort of like mammograms or annuals...but they are a necessary evil.
Ceejay - I heard there were flood waters near Memphis, and also in Kennett, Missouri where my DH was yesterday. I didn't know Kennett was so close to Jonesboro...I remember you mention Jonesboro from time to time. How nice that you had a great conversation with your niece. I almost called mine yesterday to tell her I can't afford to go to California for her wedding in October....but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I've got two nieces getting married in California. DH's sister's daughter is getting married in August, and my sister's daughter is getting married in October. Wish I could go to both, but the finances just aren't there. Hopefully my new website will drum up lots of business (when I get it done).
Well, gotta get back to it...especially since I need to leave at 2 for a doctor appt.
Love and big hugs,
07-22-2009, 02:55 PM
Weigh in today wasn't great. I'm down 0.2 lb , but given my pizza overload the other night, I'm sincerely happy for any loss! Maybe my WW official weigh in tomorrow will be better.
07-22-2009, 04:12 PM
Chelle...much better than a gain, my dear...take it and run..
07-22-2009, 10:40 PM
Not much happening here. I think I will survive, but I'm not into hurry or think at the moment. I'll be back later.
07-23-2009, 01:19 AM
Promised myself I was going to do some things no matter what so I haven't been on the computer much at all. So I apologize for not being more chatty.
Dentist went ok. My back molars are sensitive. He explained how the sinus nerves sit very close to the back teeth and can cause problems. Sinuses have been bad last few weeks. He gave me antibiotics for a tooth that is flaring up but we both see another root canal in my future. I am replacing my teeth with crowns one by one. He also said to start wearing my partial plate (I hate the thing) to help me from grinding my teeth.
Shad - I do hope you are feeling better. Think that this is just a manifestation of all the stress coming out of you over the last few weeks? I think you need for once to not worry about weeding and tiling and just kind of relax a few days and be kind to yourself. I know it's hard but don't make me come down there and tie you down!!!!
Michelle - your DH is about 2 hours away. Not far at all. Hope he gets to see some of the sights. Probably not if he's working - we both know how that goes. Long days and nights. Hope you get your web work done before he gets home which will be very soon so get crackin' young lady! :drill: :lol: Thank you so much for the vegetable recipes. They look yummy. I do steamed green beans with red peppers, will love to try your roasted ones with yummy orange.
Ceejay - yum on the garden tomato. Enjoy it, I hear there is a blight here that is killing everyone's plants. No, I was lucky - by the time I got out of work the waters had receeded. DH said it was really coming down hard at home. I was sequestered in meetings and missed the storms.
Annie - you have great willpower if you can make the brownies and such and not even taste them. I would give them away - very reluctantly :lol: I can barely trust myself with FF cranberry orange muffins. Wednesday is our trash day too - I liked your rhyming ditty :lol:
Mel you are right about us leading a more dangerous life when we were younger. But we made it through ok. I think in some regards people over schedule their kids and maybe don't make them work for rewards as much as they should but as for being over protective, that I can understand. Sad world we live in. Hope Jen and Ritchie are doing ok. Do the kids go back when school starts?
Ok, one of the things I promised myself was a bit more sleep so I'd better be going - I should have really been in bed 30 minutes ago but waiting for the last of the sheets to finish drying.
Sweet dreams everyone.
07-23-2009, 09:01 AM
Good Morning All..........
Finally got the clippy thingy for my headlight installed, got hair cut then went and tanned last night. Got plenty of sleep last night but didn't want to get up this morning. Of course it is a work day and all I want to do is sleep. Come the weekend, my eyes will pop open.
Not really much going on in Indy for me today, everyone else is gearing up for the Brickyard 400 Nascar race. Frankly my dear, I am steering clear of Speedway, Indiana. Altho only 25 minutes from my house, I don't have to get caught up in it. Supposed to rain all weekend, of course cause it is a race weekend in Indy.
This morning is cloudy and gray with just a touch of rain. It is supposed to clear up and become sunny. I hope so as we have gotten two walks in at lunch this week and hope for more.
Happy...hope your dreams were sweet. I have been having sex dreams about old boyfriends. Too weird. Take care of those teethers and wear your partial like the DDS says too. You may be sorry later if you don't.
Shad...take her easy, my friend, you work way too hard. Sit back, relax in the lazyboy with a glass of iced tea, or hot tea if you are not feeling too well.
Hey to all you wonderful girls.
Love and hugs.
07-23-2009, 09:21 AM
JEANETTE~ KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH FAMILY CAN BE SUCH A NICE THING ACROSS THE MILES. HOW GOES THE STORMS IN YOUR AREA. TEXAS JUST GOT PUMMELED THEY SAID. :rain:
HAPPY~ GLAD THE DENTIST WENT WELL. I CAN ALWAYS TELL WHEN A BAD SINUS ATTACK IS COMING ON BY HOW MANY OF MY TEETH HURT AND IF MY JAW IS KILLING ME!! HOPE THE PILLS WORK AND THE TOOTH CALMS DOWN. AS TO THE KIDS...THEY LEAVE AROUND AUG 15TH I THINK JEN SAID. RICHIE LOOKED TERRIBLE LAST NIGHT. FLAT OUT EXHAUSTED. I CANNOT WAIT TILL HIS FATHER LEAVES!! :rofl:
MICHELLE~ MAYBE I COULD USE A SHOT IN MY HEAD!! THERE IS A LOT OF "PAIN" IN THERE FROM YEARS PAST :rofl: :rofl: I WAS JUST TELLING JEN YOUR AMAZING RECOVERY! JUST REMEMBER TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE WW WEIGH-IN!!
ANNIE~ INDY RACING MUST MAKE THE AREA NUTS! I LIVED FOR A TIME NEAR ENGLISHTOWN, NJ AND THE SUMMER RACES CLOGGED ALL THE HIGHWAYS. YOU COULDN'T EVEN GO FOOD SHOPPING WITHOUT A HASSLE! WE HAVE THE SAME WEATHER HERE. :rain: I THINK WE BOTH NEED TO WAKE UP!! :cloud9:
SHAD~ GET SOME GOOD SLEEP AND REST. EVERYTHING CAN WAIT ANOTHER DAY OR TWO OR THREE! TAKE CARE MY FRIEND :hug:
:rain: ANOTHER CLOUDY DAY IN FOGGY TOWN. I'VE BEEN READING A BIT AND WATCHING MOVIES. NOTHING EXCITING HERE. WE DID HAVE SUN YESTERDAY AND I WENT OUT BEFORE THE "CROWDS" WERE UP AND AT 'EM. I AM BECOMING A HERMIT AGAIN AND WHAT'S MORE...I LOVE IT!! :beach: RICHIE IS ALMOST DONE MOVING FURNITURE AND SHIFTING STUFF FOR DAD. HE FINALLY GOT A FRIEND TO HELP OUT. I KEEP TELLING HIM THAT THIS TOO SHALL PASS. WE LAUGH.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:
07-23-2009, 09:39 AM
Happy Thursday ladies -
Yesterday, I went for a follow-up with the neurosurgeon. He was very pleased that the shot has worked so well, and encouraged me to see the other doc again for another shot or the radio frequency deadening of the nerves if the pain flares up in a few months. I mentioned to him that I've got slight pain just to the left of my tailbone, and he said that could be from the L5-S1 disk or a muscle-related issue. I told him that the pain is moderately annoying at worst, and after taking an aleve it's barely noticeable. He said as long as it's tolerable and doesn't affect day to day life, it's better to live with it than have surgery and I whole-heartedly agree!!
Last night, I went to the gym and did 1/2 hour of cardio and 50 crunches. Tonight's gym visit will include 1/2 hour of cardio and 1/2 hour of strength training.
I also did a bit of website work last night and will do a bit more tomorrow. I'm on pace to get my client's website changes done in plenty of time (they are due by August 2), and my goal is to have my website done by August 9.
Today, there's a blood drive at my work, and I've been eating a lot of iron-rich foods so hopefully I'll have enough iron in my blood to be able to donate. I'm O negative, the universal donor, so the Blood Center loves my blood. After donating is WW weigh in...hopefully being down a pint of blood will result in being down a pound or two! Not sure if it works that way though. :lol:
Ceejay (and Happy) - Do you have armadillos where you live? My DH has said that he's seen them all over central Missouri, especially where the roads go through wooded areas. We had no idea that armadillos lived anywhere except for Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Shad - I sure hope you feel better very soon. Please take some time for you and enjoy a bit of R&R. Get lots of rest and drink plenty of liquids - iced tea, hot tea, scotch, wine, whatever! :lol:
Happy - I'm glad the dentist visit went okay. Listen to your DDS and wear your partial, okay? I can't believe you're doing laundry so late at night. But then I'm not the night owl that you are. I'm out like a light between 9:30 and 10 pm. My DH is not seeing much of the sights. I assume he drove by the St. Louis Arch, but I know he didn't have time to stop. He's seen armadillos, but that's about it. He really likes armadillos...he thinks they are so cool. He did manage to fall off a chair that he was using as a ladder and badly bruise his back and his tailbone (which does not make driving long distances any fun at all). He went to the hospital, since it was a work-related injury, and they said nothing was broken and no disks were damaged - Thank Heavens! But I told him that since he was in a very small town with a very small hospital, he should see an orthopedist when he gets home. As for our youth being more dangerous...you are so right. When I think of all the products that got recalled or dramatically changed for safety reasons...I mean, we survived playing with lawn darts, lighting fireworks, holding sparklers without poking an eye out, riding bikes and roller skating without helmets, etc. Of course, some changes have been for the better...I grew up with second-hand smoke, which I think may be why I have asthma, and now many parents are more conscious of how their behaviors affect their kids.
Annie - there is no way I could make brownies and not have 1 (or the whole pan). I have a hard enough time giving up 1/2 the pan to bring into work! I applaud your willpower! :cp: Brownies are one of my very fave desserts. Sounds like you had a great evening last night...hair cut, tanning, etc. Are you still going to Curves from time to time? I know how you enjoyed it. I didn't want to wake up this morning either. In fact, I overslept, but thankfully still made it to work on time. I forgot this was the weekend for the Brickyard, of course DH and I don't follow Nascar like we used to. Sex dreams about old boyfriends? A few months ago, I had one of those about my ex-husband. That was REALLY weird. But I've totally put that dude in the past. Good riddance. My life is WAY better than it has ever been.
Mel - Sorry to hear Jen and Richie are having such a rough time of it. Hopefully, Richie can have a good relaxing weekend. I'm glad you are enjoying your "hermit" status! Good for you!! No worries, my friend, I am taking very good care of myself, listening to my body and pushing myself a little, but not too hard. So nice to not have to take pain pills or muscle relaxers every night! We're having a couple cloudy/foggy days too. Probably gonna rain tonight and tomorrow...which is okay, as long as it doesn't rain on my parade...er...County Fair...this weekend!
Lots of work to get done today, so I'd better get to it!
Love and big hugs,
07-23-2009, 01:48 PM
Enjoying my day off and the sun is shining for once. I'm going to get out a little later and do some weed eating. My uncle put together my newest weed eater last week.
I left L a note last night to call me when she did the chemical residuals. I still had not mailed the fluoride sample to the Health Department this month. She called this morning with a good reading. So I've been to work and the sample has been sent to J. who will mail it pronto. She has not done this as of yet. Vacation has put me behind.
After the trip to work, I stopped by the grocery store and bought a few items. I've decided that "just for today" will be my newest motto. I can't handle long term diet goals.
I also bought myself a dozen long stem roses.
My cousin's son loves the Nascar races. He know every driver, their stats etc. Yum brownies, I love them with walnuts or pecans.
Glad you didn't have to drive in the water, and that the dentist apppointment was not to bad. Thanks for the reminder. I'll need to call for my appointment.
Good for you relaxing the day away. We all need those.
I've seen more armadillos this year. I'm really happy that the cortizone injection is working for you. Think I'll go to the gym this afternoon. I need to dosome weight bearing exercises.
Hope you are feeling better.
07-23-2009, 03:22 PM
Ceejay - I like your motto! Good for you for treating yourself to some lovely roses!!
Okay ladies....gotta share this....at my WW meeting today, which I consider to be my OFFICIAL weekly weigh in...I was down 2 lbs (223.6)! :woohoo:
The only downside is that when I donated blood, they said that I shouldn't exercise tonight....and tonight is my favorite strength training class, and I was going to do cardio too. I feel like throwing caution to the wind and exercising anyway, just not as intensely as usual...I mean, what's the worst that could happen? I could get light headed I suppose...to which my DH would say, "Michelle, you're blonde, how can you even tell if you're feeling light headed?" :lol3:
07-23-2009, 04:12 PM
Hi ladies -
I just came across this inspirational post on the 100 lb Club Forum that I thought you might be interested in.
Chelle...I never did what I was supposed to either, I would exercise anyway, but then again, I AM BLONDE.
07-23-2009, 05:15 PM
Ceejay...that is nice that you bought yourself flowers...you certainly deserve them....
07-23-2009, 05:16 PM
Oh and Chelle...CONGRATS ON THE LOSS,,,you did better than you thought you would....ROCK ON SISTA!!
07-24-2009, 12:10 AM
So much going on in my life, we'll work life. Ok... I use to work for Company X, that company outsourced the Business Service Group to Company Y, for a 10 year contract. We'll after 5 years Company X decided that the arrangement was not working as well as they wanted, so now they are ending the contract and telling all employees at Company Y, that we will have to reapply for our positions. So two weeks ago i had the phone interview and last friday i had the face to face interview. OH and by the way NOT all employees will be hired back and no bridging of time. So besides having to deal with all the others issues in life, I now have to worry about my job.
Hopefully we'll know something in the next 3 weeks... so keep me in your prayers...
07-24-2009, 08:34 AM
TGIF!! It has been a long week.
Patty - You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers, and I'll keep my fingers :crossed: Hang in there, girlfriend. And when it becomes too much to think about, just give Blackie a big hug. I've found that a puppy hug takes care of any stress. :) Remember we're your friends and we're here for you.
Shad - I hope you're feeling better...This cold really knocked you on your arse!
Mel - Is the sun shining there yet?
Annie - Thanks for the good words and congrats. I did work out last night...cardio and strength training. I was pretty tired afterward, but did okay. Tonight, I'm taking DMIL out for dinner. DH is on his way back from Missouri; he might get home in time to join us...otherwise, we'll just go ourselves.
This weekend is the County Fair, which should be fun. I love seeing all the animals!
A big :wave: to Happy, Ruth, Ceejay and everyone!
Love and big hugs,
07-24-2009, 09:37 AM
MICHELLE~ THANKS FOR THE LINK!! I WENT THERE AND READ HER STORY. A BIG CONGRATS ON THE WEIGHTLOSS! :cheer2:
CEEJAY~ ROSES!! GOOD FOR YOU!! I LOVE TO TREAT MYSELF AND GLAD TO THAT HEAR YOU DID!! :encore:
PATTY~ WILL KEEP YOU IN MY THOUGHTS. KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED TOO. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THIS AND PRAU FOR THE BEST. :hug:
SHAD~ HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER :beach: REST UP!!
:sunny: I AM IN A RUSH TO GET OUTSIDE. THERE IS A STORM HEADED HERE AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE I GET OUTSIDE TODAY!!! NOTHING NEW HERE. JUST CLEANING AND CATCHING UP ON MY LONG PUT OFF HOUSEWORK!
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. STAY WELL AND HAVE FUN! :moped:
07-24-2009, 09:39 AM
Quick check in for me today. Busy morning.
Patty :hug: hope everything turns out well for you. Same sort of thing is going on at work here too, I feel so badly for the people caught up in it. Why do they diddle around with our lives so much. :crossed: for you.
Congrats on another good weigh in Michelle! Have fun at the fair. I have seen a few dead armadillos on the side of the road but no live ones. So yes, they are down here.
Sniff those roses for me Ceejay - oooooooh! Bet they are pretty
Sounds like Ritchie's dad needs a ticket on the fast bus OUT OF TOWN Mel. Tell Ritchie just to keep counting the hours till he scoots or help him along. I starting to think that being a hermit is not the bad thing I once thought too :lol:
Annie - there's just something about cooler weather that makes sleeping more enjoyable. Can't explain the dreams about past conquests except that it sometimes happens. Guess they creep out of the dusty corners of the brains. My grandma would say that when you dream about someone it means they need your prayers but I'm not so sure in your case in this particular context :s: :rofl:
Shad - you resting up and feeling better?
Time for me to "git" so I'll talk to you later...
07-24-2009, 09:41 AM
HAPPY....WE POSTED TOGETHER...WE CAN BE HERMITS TOGETHER POOLSIDE AND WHATCH THE FROGS SWIMMING IN THE POOL! :hug:
ps...i did tell richie just that...hang in there till he leaves!
07-24-2009, 10:25 AM
Mel - Hope you enjoy the time outside before the rains get there.
Happy - I love cool nights. That's the one nice thing about it not being a warm summer here yet...perfect sleeping weather. Seeing dead animals on the roadside always makes me sad. It's the only downside of living in a sort of rural area....more animals around tends to mean more roadkill. :(
I'm so counting down the hours 'till the weekend...tick tock, tick tock. :lol:
07-24-2009, 10:36 AM
In a funk, will post later.
07-24-2009, 11:34 AM
Here's some hugs for you, Annie. :hug: :hug: :grouphug: :hug: :hug: I hope your mom feels better. Hang in there and know that we are here for you!
Lotsa love and hugs,
07-24-2009, 12:35 PM
I'm enjoying my day's off. I've decided that I need to rest this week end and clean house rather than go to Paragould. Except I'm relaxing more than cleaning house.
I got outside yesterday to use the weed eater. If the girls don't come and mow today I'll mow this afternoon. It's supose to rain again this week end.
Hope things goes okay during the transition.
(hug) Hang in there.
07-24-2009, 01:14 PM
I appreciate all your words of encouragement and prayers. We've known about this for a while, but it seems like they are just dragging there feet. We wonder if they even care what they are putting us through. But on the other hand, i have been terribly busy at work, and i'm actually working on a big project with one of the guys who interviewed me, so they know my work and like it. Ok, enough of work..
Mitchellez - Mr Blackie has gotten lots of hugs from me. It's funny how they know when you are down. The other day i was feeling blah.. and he came over from the other side of the couch, and just started licking my hand. Now he's not a licker so that was something extra... i just petted him...
Annie - get out of that funk... it's Friday. :carrot::carrot: I will keep your mom in my prayes.
Ceejay - enjoy your day... smell the fresh roses...
Mel - i hope you get all your errans run before the rain comes.
Happy - I guess all business are going through this crunch..I too love to sleep in when it get cooler...
Shad - hope your doing ok
07-24-2009, 02:53 PM
I think I missed something. Looks like you need an extra :hug: Annie. Here's another in case the first one didn't stick :hug:
And a big one for you Patty :grouphug:
Mel, loved your happy Friday lady but it reminded me of how bad my boobs look now. :rofl:
Ceejay - sometimes just hanging around the house is a very good thing. Hope you accomplish alot.
Michelle - I'll hold the chair and you climb up and make those clock hands move a bit closer to the weekend, will you please? :lol: Although we don't want to mess up your back any more so maybe I'd better do it even though you are "taller" than me :lol:
DH is going to a class today and tomorrow which means I have the house to myself for a bit this evening and all day tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it even though he took my gun with him. Guess I will just have to sic ferocious kitty on anyone who tries to break into the house. Did I ever tell you I always feel like someone is casing the house when I'm home by myself? ALWAYS felt that way.
Back to work now.
07-24-2009, 03:27 PM
Happy - You didn't miss anything. There was a post on Facebook. Annie is a bit down right now. I'm sure she'll appreciate the hugs. I ain't gonna climb up on any chairs....DH did that this week, fell and hurt his back bad. Since it was a work injury....he went to the hospital, and they did a CT scan. Luckily nothing broken...bruised back and bruised tailbone. So no chairs for this chick. Maybe Annie will move the clock for us. Enjoy the house to yourself. Your DH took a gun to class? Is the neighborhood bad? I didn't know you carried a gun. Is your neighborhood bad? I'm lucky in that I live in a VERY quiet subdivision in a relatively small town, and my neighbors all look out for each other. My next-door neighbor is a cop too. We sometimes leave the front door open all night to cool off the house. I don't do it while DH is gone though....I sleep so soundly I wouldn't hear anyone trying to get in. I had no idea you were so uneasy when alone in the house. I guess that explains why you have a gun.
07-24-2009, 07:35 PM
Guess yesterday came and went without input from me - and yet you all survived. We have miracles :rofl:
Annie - I hope Mum is feeling a bit better today. Happy - Mum had a fall is somewhat fragile. Annie is worried about her. It's hard to see our old folk failing like this, but we must remember that in real life we all age and sometimes not too gracefully either. We need to prepare ourselves for those days. Sometimes it comes as a shock, sometimes as relief, sometimes as permanent worry - as in Annies case. But we all get old and will continue to age as day passes night.
Annie - lotsa hugs coming your way. Know that we are thinking of you.
Happy - So DH has gone off to his class. I guess you must have wiggled out of it in some way. Just go home, secure yourself in the house and keep busy. Always works for me. And you know how I feel about guns. I wonder how many pistol packing mamas I have passed, encountered, jostled against during my journeys around the States. Sorry, couldn't live that way.
Patty - I'm sorry to hear of your trials and tribulations at work. It's not a happy time in the work force right now - anywhere in the world. I hope that the ones who like your work will be able to sway those who make the decision. I'm not a fan of the good old days, however there was some peace in knowing that if you went to work on time, put in a full days graft, and came home knowing that you had done as much as you could and your job was more or less secure. But those were the good old days and are no more. Best of luck and my thoughts are with you for your job.
Ceejay - you busy little bee. You'll have as many 'toys' as me soon. I might need to step up a notch. He who dies with the most toys wins as they say. Why I am not sure. If you are dead you can't get much pleasure out of them.
Mel - Hope you managed to get outside and grab some vitamin d. I'm off out there shortly to dig some more and put in my wee plants. I have some thyme which will spread and hopefully keep down the weeds like the oregano does, and some parsley. I also bought some gerberas to bring in some colour in a patch. They do well in the dry soil around here. I also picked up some more heliotrope - little purple flowers with a huge vanilla scent - because the original stuff is getting somewhat woody and leggy and may need to be pulled out or cut back - even that came through the drought so I don't want to pull it out if I can help it. The garden should smell pretty good soon.
Another beautiful day here in paradise. I'm about to shower and then hop out into it before it gets hot although it is only supposed to get to about 22 today 74F but there is little breeze and the garden is pretty secluded these days so we will get a little warmer than that.
I'll catch up later - have a good sleep. The weekend is here.
07-24-2009, 10:57 PM
For those of you who remember Madcat on this thread.
Sherry's sister passed away today. Understandably she is very upset.
07-25-2009, 12:03 PM
GM to all,
Sherry - my heart goes out to you on the loss of your sister :hug: There are no words of comfort other than you were the best to try and make her happy. She will always be a part of your heart. My deepest sympathies to you.
07-25-2009, 12:04 PM
DH is off at part 2 of his financials class. I have the house to myself all day and I am about to do some major tossing and cleaning. It would be all too easy to blow away half the day at the computer so I'm going to beg off for now and will be back later tonight.
Enjoy your weekend.
07-25-2009, 01:49 PM
SHERRY AND MARK & FAMILY,
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I HOPE ALL THE GOOD MEMORIES OF TIME SPENT WITH HER WILL SEE YOU THROUGH THE TOUGH TIMES. :hug:
WE SEND OUR SYMPATHIES TO YOU ALL.
LOVE MEL, JEN & RICHIE
07-25-2009, 06:52 PM
It's a bit overcast over here today, but that at least is helping my little plants dig in and establish. Yesterday I put in some lettuce, parsley, basil, thyme and sage. I also have to put in the gerberas today. I've decided to make a feature out of them in blocks of colour. They are such cheerful flowers even if they don't have a perfume.
So today will be some more weeding, and some more fertilising, watering and planting. I'd better get something done in the house as well.
Happy - DH will come home to nothing in the house!! :rofl: but then again maybe he might be happy with that :lol3:
Mel be in touch asap, but don't hold your breath. Couldn't get the old computer to turn on this morning. I'll have another go later.
07-25-2009, 06:54 PM
This site is playing up this morning!
Lets try to post once more
07-25-2009, 06:55 PM
And now it is all there. WTF
07-26-2009, 12:35 PM
SHAD...DID YOU GET MY LAST MESSAGE? I'M USING THE POSTAL SERVICE INSTEAD. THANKS ANYWAY. HOPE THE WEEKEND WENT WELL.
I WAS ON THE LIST FOR THE MALL TOMORROW BUT I AM INCREDIBLY TIRED. JUST WANTED TO POP IN HERE TO SAY HELLO IN CASE I DO END UP GOING.
HOPE THE WEEKEND WENT WELL FOR EVERYONE! MINE IS QUIET AND MEL-LOW!! :rofl:
:wave: WAVING A HAND TO EVERYONE. JUST TOO SLEEPY TO DO PERSONALS,
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY TOMORROW. :moped:
07-26-2009, 12:40 PM
I see your little light a shining :wave: now get off the computer and go get some rest!
07-26-2009, 12:41 PM
Not much going on. Ran errans most of the morning yesterday and then took a long nap. Today lots on my list, church, clean house etc.
07-26-2009, 01:18 PM
Hi Patty - sounds like you had the perfect Saturday to me. :D
DH was gone all day yesterday. I deep cleaned the kitchen including washing the cabinets. He walked in and said, ah it smells so nice and clean. I said yeah but at this rate, it will take me 6 weeks to get through the house and then I'd have to start all over again :lol: I then had to follow around and keep picking up as things kept appearing on the counters and the sinks - so easy to drop stuff off and get things cluttered again.
DH's class was downtown across from the Gibson guitar factory. They were having a huge sale of one of a kind and prototype guitars. There was one that caught his fancy on Friday and he was lusting after it at lunchtime yesterday. He did call to ask my opinion. I said ok, just know the guitar will cost your twice what the sticker price says. He was confused until I explained that if he got something, so would I - only fair, right? :dizzy: I could use some dress slacks for work and there is a big sale at Macy's right now though last week would have been the week to go as I'm sure the stuff is picked over now. We are going out later today to check out some comfort shoes. There is a brand MBT which reminds me of walking on springs. It has a rocking motion which is naturally a bit unstable (but just slightly) so that your muscles work a little harder. It's similar to the concept of working out with a stability ball doing ab work. I ordered a pair of these shoes from Zappos but they are Mary Janes and after wearing them for an hour at home, the top rubs uncomfortably on the top of my foot. I'm going to try the sneaker style at this store. They have shoes for men too so maybe DH can find some too as we are both in the quest for comfortable shoes. Sadly they cost an arm and a leg (not quite the price of a custom guitar) and I am long past the $10 Payless Shoe stores and flip flops that all the kids wear. I see more people in movies wearing the 3 inch or higher pumps and I marvel at how they can do it. I can't even stand a 1 inch heel on my arthritic toes anymore. Thank goodness I don't wear dresses anymore.
Let me clear up something about the gun - part of my post was tongue in cheek. Let's face it, crime is on the rise and one of the worst things about Memphis is the high crime. It's pretty bad when I learn to shoot. Although the town I live in has one of the lowest crime rates in the entire state, unfortunately outside of sleeping, I often have to leave my little home to venture out into the big, bad world. Unlike Chicago which was much much bigger, I could live my whole life and never go into the more unsavory parts of town. Not true here because it's much smaller so you HAVE to go through areas you'd be better avoiding to get from point A to point B. Like driving to work, I go through an area that I refuse to drive through past 6:30pm at night. There are 2 kinds of crime here - the most frequent is crimes of opportunity whereby criminals just want your stuff, they don't necessarily want to come face to face with you. These are the people who break into cars (can't believe people are so incredibly dumb to leave packages, cell phones, laptops, GPS units, purses and wallets in plain sight). Then there are the groups that troll the better neighborhoods (where they know people have computers, electronics, cash, basically anything of value that can be fenced) and they case the area looking for patterns. They will break into houses when they know the people have left for work or out to run errands. Unfortunately, I live close enough to the highway exit which provides a quick getaway for the criminals and that makes ours an attractive area for daytime thefts. You are better off in a gated community though it is horridly expensive for maintenance. In Memphis, just like downtown Chicago, you have to go through some bad areas between your destination and the highway. Because DH was going to be down there at night, he wanted to take his gun. It's more the case that if the car broke down, you'd likely be robbed or worse if you were sitting there defenseless waiting for help. The other thing is that the animals hunt in packs here. It's not one or two guys jumping you, it's more likely 4 or more which makes it extremely difficult to defend yourself. Graceland (Elvis' homested) is in a very, very bad part of town. I'm sure the police patrol the immediate area because of the tourism but I often wondered about the throngs of tourists that come here - many from out of the country who might be foolish enough to think that they can go for a walk on a summer's night and take a look around. :eek: If I paint an ugly picture it's because in part, things are not as safe as when we were growing up and some places are worse than others. That's why, 5 minutes after we know we have the means to get out of here and take care of ourselves on our own, we'll be packed up and the for sale sign nailed in the front yard. I would never recommend anyone coming here and I understand now why so many people told us when we moved here that it was ok to work here but was never a place they'd retire at - unless of course they were born and raised in the area in which case like my Mom - you tend to turn a blind eye to how much things have deteriorated.
Anyway, I have certainly prattled on this morning. I need to get a shower in and get some food in our bellies before we venture out. Have a good Sunday ladies.
07-26-2009, 01:22 PM
Oh and to start the month off on a nice note - here's a spot to come to to meditate when/ if the going gets rough. It's the Chinese Gardens in Sydney
I'm so jealous of your peace place! I miss Oz. My old peace place is the pic in my avatar (Noosa National Park, Qld)
07-26-2009, 06:02 PM
Hello Aclai - yes Noosa is nice. There are some absolutely beautiful beaches along our stretch of the coast - ie from Fraser Island down to Kingscliff. Beat the legs off Bondi and Cronulla. Strangely enough I am not attracted to beaches, rather I would stand/ sit on a clifftop and watch (and smell) the waves roll in. One of my best memories of Kingscliff on the NSW north coast is seeing the dolphins surfing in big waves along with the surfers. The Chinese Garden became a haven in Sydney when things were going wrong for me. I've learned that lesson now.
Happy - Thank you for the explanation, we have good and bad suburbs here as well and some you have to think twice about moving around. You and I (and the entire American population) are never going to agree on weapon carrying so we will leave it at that point. I remember the Gibson guitar place, we stopped and drooled on the windows when I was over there - when we went into town and dined at BB Kings place and had deep fried everything! And then went on a tour of the band spots.
Mel - I got all of your messages and have taken the appropriate action or no action which is what you wanted me to do. Now rest up woman, I wish you could see my garden at the moment, you and the hammock would have a wonderful time there. The pictures I took don't really do it justice (well the bits without the weeds anyway) I could bring you out some of Happy's umbrella drinks and you could listen to the birds squawking out their mating calls. Not much in the way of frogs right now. There is a couple of orchids out as well - so you could put one behind your left ear! Not that we have too many princes coming down our street. :lol3:
Patty - hope that the workplace puts you out of your misery soon. Can't be much fun (or inspiration for losing weight) hanging out there and waiting for an axe to fall.
Better go and get on with it. I have a job interview tomorrow and better do some research today. It's here in Brisbane. 2 months at home sounds about right to me.
07-27-2009, 08:49 AM
Sherry - I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Shad - Sounds like you had a lovely weekend gardening. I did some of that over the weekend as well. I love gerberas, but have never planted them. I wonder if they'd be annuals here or make it through the winter. My fingers are :crossed: for your interview. Two months at home sounds like just the ticket for you!
Happy - So cool that your DH got a new guitar! And you got to get some new shoes. I don't do heels anymore...not even low heels. But I see women of all ages trotting up and down the 5 flights of stairs here in the highest of stilletos. Not sure how they do it...or why. Sorry to hear about all the bad neighborhoods in Memphis. I can understand why you feel uneasy. That's one reason I never drive by myself in Chicago...because I don't know the bad neighborhoods. DH knows Chicago a little better than I do, and we have friends down there that tell us which areas to avoid. Luckily here in Milwaukee, I know which areas are fine, which are rough, and which are REALLY ROUGH. I accidentally found myself in a REALLY ROUGH area several years ago when I came out here from CA to interview for jobs. Sounds like you got some nice cleaning done. Good on ya'!
Mel - I hope you are having a very nice day, either relaxing or shopping.
We had a great weekend with DMIL. We went to Germanfest on the shores of Lake Michigan on Saturday, and the Air Show was also taking place. We listed to great polka music, saw wonderful dancing and they also had daschund races...so adorable! Yesterday, we went to the County Fair and "ooohed" and "ahhhhhed" over the lovely crafts, and "awwwed" over the wonderful animals...horses, cows, piglets, rabbits, and so many others.
Last night, we took DMIL out for Chinese food for her b'day dinner. Unfortunately, she leaves on Wednesday morning, but hopefully she'll be coming back for the holidays (or maybe sooner if the living situation in CA doesn't improve).
Well, I'd better get the work week started.
A big :wave: to everyone!
Lots of love and hugs,
07-27-2009, 10:07 AM
HAPPY~ 3FC WILL JUST HAVE TO GET A GUN TOTING ANNIE SMILEY NOW...THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT! I WOULD BE AFRAID TO HAVE A GUN....TOO MANY PEOPLE I WOULD GO AFTER!! :rofl: HOPE YOU FIND SHOES THAT FEEL GOOD. BE CAREFUL WITH "SPRINGY" SHOES. YOU KNOW THOSE 1-2' SLIPPERS? CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY PAIR ARE IN THE GARBAGE NOW. TOO MANY FALLS! HAPPY SHOPPING AT MACYS!!
PATTY~ HOPE YOUR WEEKEND WAS CALM...THINKING OF YOU. :flow2:
ACLAI~ :wave: BEAUTIFUL AVATAR.
GONNA POST THIS SO I CAN GET TO THE NEXT PAGE.....
SHAD~ THANKS FOR THE "NO ACTION". :rofl: I WILL POST MY CARD TOMORROW. I COULD USE A GOOD SNOOZE IN A HAMMOCK! :beach: I WILL PRAY THE INTERVIEW GOES WELL...WOW!! 2 MONTHS AT HOME!! SUNDAY WILL BE IN HER GLORY!! THAT'S WHAT I WILL DO ALL DAY...LOUNGE AROUND AND THINK GOOD THOUGHTS FOR A NEW JOB FOR YOU!!
MICHELLE~ THAT WAS SOME WEEKEND YOU ALL HAD. I AM JEALOUS!! GOTTA LOVE FAIRS AND FESTIVALS! :dance: I CAN JUST SEE YOU DOING ALL THIS GREAT WALKING AROUND!! FINALLY A GOOD MONTH FOR YOU. HOW'S THE WEBSITE COMING ALONG?
:cofdate: MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES...OR SO THEY SAY. WE HAD 3-4 BAD THUNDERSTORMS LAST NIGHT. IT'S A FREAKY SITUATION WHERE THE WEATHER IS TRAPPED IN THE HUDSON VALLEY AND THE STORM BOUNCES BACK AND FORTH. THUNDER LIKE ROARING CANNONS. WE LOST 1/2 OUR POWER AND PARTS FO THE BLDG WAS OUT ARO9UND 9:30. MANY PEEPS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR. :faint: THEN WE LOST ALL POWER AT ALMOST MIDNIGHT. BY THAT TIME THE PEOPLE KNEW WHAT TO DO. GO TO BED I TOLD THEM!!!!!!!!!! :tantrum: WE HAVE A GENERATOR AND IT RUNS BOTH ELKEVATORS AND ALL THE HALL LIGHTS. WHAT MORE DO THESE PEOPLE WANT?? I ABOUT LOST MY PATIENCE AND STUCK A NOTE ON MY DOOR ABOUT THE ELECTRIC COMPANY. I COULD STILL HEAR PEOPLE COMING TO THE DOOR AND DISCUSSING THE NOTE AT 12:30!! SO I CLOSED MY BEDROOM DOOR AND FELL ASLEEP. TODAY I WON'T OVER DO IT. STILL A BIT SLEEPY BUT I REALLY THINK IT IS SINUSES.
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:
07-27-2009, 10:08 AM
Good Morning all.....
Crazy week and weekend.........to say the least.
First, thank you for all the hugs everyone. You are all the best I could hope for friendship and support.
Mom is holding her own. We hope to have the results of her tests today. I am so impatient with the doctors here. Her bruises are turning various colors and look very odd. Blue, purple, black, green, brown, yellow, quite the ugly rainbow. Looks like someone beat her with an ugly stick.
Got a second job at CVS pharmacy. Once the background check comes back (3-7 days) I will know my hours. Manager did say that they only like their employees to work every other weekend. I am happy about that. Not bad pay for a part time job. 9 bucks an hour. 30% discount on store purchases. Let me know what you need. haha. Other than renting out a room, I could think of no other way to make money. I am certain my insurance will go up this next 6 mos, due to the accident. Crap, I don't even want to get ahead anymore, I want to break even.
Garden is growing great and even see some cucumbers coming on. Only about 1/4 inch long, tiny but growing.
Lawnmower took a major crap and now have that to deal with. Borrowed my neighbors mower the past two weekends, but I am sure that is getting old quick. It kills my back to load and unload it into to my truck also. I know, quit whining, be thankful there is a mower I can borrow. Amen.
Shad...thanks for chatting with me on facebook this weekend. You were truly an inspriation to keep my head up. How are the herbs coming along. Are they poking their heads up out of the ground yet? Of course, a watched pot never boils...Watched herbs don't poke up??
Chelle...thanks for the hugs and encouragement. Hope your DHs back is doing ok. Yikes, you two and your backs. Take it easy will you. German fests are a blast. I took German in jr. high and high school, can understand some of it, don't speak much at all.
Happy...glad you got a couple of days off to yourself while DH was gone. It is nice sometimes to get ME time. Thankyou for the hugs also.
Madcat...Sorry to hear of your loss. May peace find you.
Patty...how is the job situation coming along. Have you interviewed yet or is that coming? Hopefully things will work out as you want them to. Hugs.
My brother put my new screen door on yesterday. It looks very nice. I got it with my gift cards I earned from wearing my pedometer. I am hoping to earn another 100 bucks soon, I would like to get shutters for the front of the house.
Work is busy this week, President is in as are all the directors and managers. Thank God I only have to deal with the president. Especially since I am not in the mood to deal with anyone this week.
Sorry I have been MIA. Just so much going on and funny when things suck, I don't feel like posting, and by golly that is when we need each other the most. Silly...
Hello to everyone.
Love and Hugs back at you.
07-27-2009, 10:10 AM
MEL...how could I forget you...stinker. No guns for you. I am the same, I am sure their would be less people in the world if I carried a gun. At least until they caught me. LOL
07-27-2009, 10:27 AM
ANNIE~ YOU SNEAKY POSTER YOU!! I DON'T LIKE TO POST WHEN I AM FEELING LOW EITHER. :hug: I AM SO SR=OEEY I MISSED THE POST ABOUT YOUR MOM. WILL HAVE TO GO BACK AND FIND IT. I WAS OUT OF SORTS FOR A FEW DAYS. WHATEVER IS WRONG I AM SENDING HUGS TO YOU BOTH. :hug: I KNOW STUFF LIKE THAT CAN BE TOUGH. HOPE THE TEST RESULTS ARE GOOD :yoga: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS!
07-27-2009, 10:40 AM
Mel - I'm with you...No guns for this chick either. While I do like Annie's brother's idea of one kill a month, if I had a gun, I might go over that limit. But I totally respect others' rights to be responsible gun owners. I spent the weekend savoring every bit of pain-free walking! :woohoo: The websites (both mine and the client's) took a back seat this weekend since it was DMIL's last one before she heads back to CA. I'll do some work on the websites during the evenings this week, especially Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after she's gone. Mel, why does everyone turn to you when the power goes out...like you control the power grid or something! :dunno: Have a nice relaxing day, girlfriend.
Annie - The colors you describe for your mom's bruises are pretty typical of bad bruises. I hope the pain/soreness isn't too bad for her. Nice that you got a part time job...just make sure you have plenty of Annie (and Tony) time. I'm sure the extra cash will come in handy. I'm looking forward to getting this current project done (and billed) and getting more website clients. I'd like to get caught up on a few things. DH's back is getting better slowly, and at least there's no structural damage which is really good. So cool that you earn gift cards by wearing your pedometer! That's awesome!
07-27-2009, 10:47 AM
ANNIE~ I DON'T "DO" FACE BOOK AND I MISSED SHAD'S POST ABOUT YOUR MOM. HOPE SHE'LL BE OK AND YOU JUST NEED TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THE IDEA THAT WE ALL GET OLDER. SEND HER HERE AND I WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF HER! :rofl: KEEP THE SMILES ON YOUR FACE. JEN AND I TRY TO LAUGH THAT THE WORST IS YET TO COME. SO ENJOY THE GOOD TIME AND LIVE IN THE "NOW"!!! :hug: GOOD FOR YOU WITH THE 2ND JOB. HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT FOR YA.PS...WARM TEABAGS ARE GOOD FOR BRUISES. PLAIN TEA LIKE LIPTON.
MICHELLE~THEY THINK I AM GOE GODDESS OF LIGHT! "lol3: :lol3: ONE WOMAN WHO I CAN BAREKY UNDERSTAND CAME HERE. I TOLD HER THE ELECT CO WAS WORKING ON IT AND I CAN'T HELP HER. SHE SAID "WELL I KNOW BUT YOU ARE THE ONE THAT IS HERE AND I CAME TO YOU". WTF! WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO? I HAVE TO SAY I WAS GETTING P I S S E D OFF BUT I STARTED TO LAUGH...THE WHOLE SITUATION WAS UNREAL. HAVE A GREAT DAY TOO!
07-27-2009, 12:02 PM
MEL...I would have to just dip mom in a vat of wet tea leaves. I don't have enough bags for all her bruises. I talked with her a few minutes ago, she said she laid in bed awake all night and didn't sleep one wink. I thought about iti for a minute and said, did you sleep yesterday in your chair, she said yes but not all day long. My guess is she did, then couldn't sleep last night. I always have to think about what she says to determine if it is critical or not, cause lots of times there is logical reason for her troubles. Other times, not so much. I also asked her if she called the doc about her test results, she said no, he will call me when he can. I told her to start bugging them NOW. MEL...I really don't know how you deal with the seniors ALL THE TIME, cause just my two parents make me nuts.
07-27-2009, 02:47 PM
Annie - aren't Moms fun? Just think what you can have in store for your kids. :s: Seriously tho, glad your Mom is doing a bit better. I find with my Mom and her meds, bruising is just horrid. She banged her hand on the bedpost, just lightly and I could not believe how badly she bruised - blood is super thin. I worry about them getting clots when that are that banged up. You are right about parents making you nuts - hate to say it but they get WORSE. But we love them anyway, right?
I don't do Facebook either so if something happens again, can someone let me and Mel know? Thanks!
Michelle - it's good to hear that you are walking pain free now. Hope it continues. Enjoy DMIL for these last few days. The holidays are not too far off, cripes Saturday is AUGUST already for cryin' out loud!
Shad - equally good to hear that you have an interview lined up already. Hardly had time to unpack the suitcase. Hope it's something enjoyable.
Mel - I cannot imagine putting up with a building full of seniors. They are easier to rile up than a bunch of two year olds :no: I would resort to posting notes on the door and hiding too. Geez. :rolleyes:
Hi Ceejay, Patty, Ruth :wave:
I am so sleepy right now. Got very short changed on sleep last night. Can't stop yawning now, would just like to find a place to hide for an hour. I have laundry and re-organizing the refrigerators on the agenda tonight. Gotta figure out a way to get to bed by 10 tonight. I think it's going to be some simple leftovers for dinner tonight, crash through the to-dos and do everything possible to get to bed.
I think I'd better go take a short walk before I nod off here and embarass myself.
07-27-2009, 03:09 PM
Just passing through :wave:
There is something to be said about living a simple lifestyle. There is nothing to write about.
Your vision of Memphis is why I don't travel there at all not even to the airport. Little Rock, AR is almost as bad but the trip to the airport has been by passed and you don't have to go down town. Even my home town is not safe to go out after dark.
07-27-2009, 05:07 PM
Ceejay...I am simple, my mom used to call me that as a kid. Oh Annie, you simpleton. lol
Happy...You can crawl up under my desk and take a nap. This office is extremely quiet, except for the pitter patter of the keyboards. We all beez very busy.
One of the girls brought Texas Caviar to our pitch in a couple of weeks ago. Not too bad. I would add jalepeno tho. Here it is...
2 cans black eyed peas
1 can white hominy
2 tomatos, diced and seeded (I probably wouldn't seed)
1 green pepper, diced
1 bunch of cliantro (I don't use much, I no likie it) I even use dried from a bottle
1 to 2 cloves garlic
1 small bottle of Wishbone or other Italian Dressing (can use lite)
1 small jalepeno (optional)
Mix all ingredients together, refrigerate for 2 hours and serve with Frito's scoops or Tostitos scoops or any taco type chippie really.
07-27-2009, 05:09 PM
Chelle...I wish it were my brother's thought about the one kill a month, but actually it is my son's idea. He will be 21 in August. OMG I AM GETTING OLD.
07-27-2009, 06:39 PM
I know a few of you from the (now defunct) journals (Shad, Mel, ceejay), and I was getting a little lonely in the blogs, so I thought I'd just pop in and say hello. :)
I'm not sure if I'll be giving up my blog... I certainly enjoy a community atmosphere like this one, but forgive me if I can't keep up with you on a daily basis!
Won't get into my weekend, or even into my Monday (Mondays are difficult!!). Tonight I will think about getting to the gym, but we might be having tacos (big production), so I might just take doggy for a walk instead. And now you know my priorities! :lol:
Please ignore my outdated ticker. Unfortunately the amount to lose needs to be increased!!
07-27-2009, 06:45 PM
You're welcome to post in any way that you want here. We're not a bad bunch of buddies. Nice to talk to you again.
I'll be back later. Gotta go get ready for this job interview.
07-27-2009, 06:46 PM
Hey Laura - where are you from in Chicago? North side or south? Or suburbs?
07-27-2009, 06:47 PM
:crossed: Good luck Shad - you know what they say - if you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance than baffle 'em with b.s. :rofl:
07-27-2009, 06:48 PM
Annie - you are one hot tamale - sure do like the speecy spicey, eh?
Ceejay - the world is a different place sadly. I'm still looking for that small, safe town :(
07-27-2009, 09:21 PM
Hi Shad - good luck with the interview!
Happy - I'm originally from the NW side of Chicago, and now I live in the NW suburbs. I take the train (Metra) to dowtown Chicago for work.
07-27-2009, 11:00 PM
Laura, I'm from the south side of Chicago. Moved to Arlington Heights in 1979 and rode that Metra train for 20 years. Sure beats taking the bus! Those of us down here from Chicago and NY talk about how much we miss our "walking towns". I also miss the craft fairs they would have on State Street and Michigan Ave over by Grant Park. Also on the miss list is Oberweis milk, cheese, seafood restaurants, hot dogs, pizza and Italian beef - most of which I'm better off not eating anyway.
But welcome to the group!
07-28-2009, 01:45 AM
Made it back home again from town. The job interview was interesting since it seems that it was me doing the talking and the guys doing the listening. I don't know whether I have the job, but it is here in Brisbane for around 2 months or longer and they tell me it is really boring. It's not SAP but that doesn't worry me since after the last job, a change is better than a rest. Pay is reasonable too.
I didn't sleep well last night and I am very tired today. Getting into heels didn't help either but I'll get over it andwill be back tomorrow morning all bright and shiny.
07-28-2009, 08:34 AM
Shad - I'm glad to hear the interview went well. I hate heels too, and don't ever wear them. After all the stress of the last two jobs, boring might be a nice change of pace. :lol:
Laura - Welcome! You live in NW Chicago? I live about 1/2 hour north of Milwaukee.
Happy - I live in a safe small town, but if you were to move here, it would mean moving back to the cold and snow. Why did ya' have to go and mention Chicago pizza? You got me thinking about Lou Malnati's again.
Yesterday was tough...DH went to the doc about his back injury - bruised tailbone and bruised back. He'll be starting PT today for the tight muscles and pinched nerves. Then DMIL wanted to go to a place that has literally no healthy food for dinner. As we left the restaurant to go back home, there were tornado warnings to the north, so we were kind of on pins and needles waiting to see how close they were going to get and if we'd have to go down into the basement. Luckily they stayed about 10 miles away. I'm hoping for a better (and calmer) night tonight. :)
A big early morning :wave: to Annie, Mel, Ceejay, Ruth and Patty!
Love and hugs to all you wonderful chicks,
07-28-2009, 08:43 AM
This recipe showed up in one of the email newsletters I get:
Roasted Vegetable Soup
This delicious, vegetable-filled broth can be served by itself or used as a base for other soups. The vegetables used in this soup are often just added to soup liquids for cooking. This recipe oven-roasts them first, enhancing their flavor. Your kitchen will fill with the aromas of the roasting vegetables evoking old-fashioned, home-style meals. Comfort food at its finest.
3 large carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon quality extra-virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups water
1/4 cup dried mushroom pieces (Italian porcini, if possible)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and black or red pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place the carrots, celery, and onion in a small (8 x 8 inch) nonstick pan or dish with the olive oil. Toss to coat the vegetables. Bake for 10 minutes.
2. Remove pan from oven, add the garlic, and toss again. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are browned.
3. Remove pan from oven, add 1 cup of water and stir to loosen any vegetables that may be stuck. Pour this into a pot with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
4. Season to taste with salt and black or red pepper, and serve or use as the base for other soups, stews, or pasta dishes.
5 g total fat (1 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
12 g carbohydrate
2 g protein
3 g fiber
150 mg sodium
07-28-2009, 09:24 AM
GOOD TUESDAY MORNING TO EVERYONE...
TODAY IS MOMMA'S 80TH BIRTHDAY....SHE MADE IT TO THE 80s, BLESS HER FRAIL HEART!:hug: I AM GOING OVER TONIGHT AFTER WORK TO TAKE HER GIFT AND A CAKE, MAY EVEN GET SOME FLOWERS FOR HER TOO. SEVERAL OF US HERE AT WORK ARE GOING INTO THE CONFERENCE ROOM LATER AND GET ON THE SQUWACK BOX AND SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HER. THAT WILL BE FUNNY. SHE PROBABLY WON'T GET IT.
SHAD....HOPE YOU GET THE JOB. INTERVIEWS ARE FUNNY. IT IS EITHER THEM DOING ALL THE TALKING OR YOU DOING ALL THE TALKING. YOU NEED A CHANGE IN PACE AFTER THAT LAST STINT IN H*LL.
CHELLE...THE RECIPE SOUND DELISH. MIGHT TRY IT OVER THE WEEKEND. YUM. DMIL WILL BE GOING HOME SOON AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY EATING DETERENTS (EXCUSES) TO EAT POORLY. HAVE FUN WHILE YOU CAN WITH DMIL, THEN KNUCKLE DOWN AFTER SHE LEAVES. YOU ALWAYS ROCK ANYWAY, YOU WILL DO GREAT.:carrot:
LAURA...I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU, BUT WELCOME AND GLAD TO CHAT WITH YOU.:)
HAPPY...I DO LIKE SPEECY SPICEY, HOT TAMALE, I LIKE TO KID MYSELF AND THINK I AM. LOL. :o
MEL...GLAD YOU MADE IT THROUGH THE STORMS AND DIDN'T LOSE ANY OF THE SENIORS...:dizzy: BEEN TAKING IRON REGULARLY AND I HAVEN'T BEEN SO REGULAR. STOMACH IS MAKING NOISES LIKE IT IS GOING TO BLOW..HAHAHA DON'T KNOW WHY I TOLD YOU THAT, GUESS IT JUST CROSSED MY FEABLE BLONDE MIND.....HAHA
NOT MUCH ELSE GOING ON HERE. BOSS IS OUT TODAY AT A GOLF OUTING. MUST BE ROUGH TO HAVE TO PLAY GOLF WITH BROKERS FOR A LIVING. I CAN'T GOLF TO SAVE MY *SS.
SUNNY THIS MORNING, RAIN THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. GREAT FOR THE GARDEN, NOT SO GOOD FOR THE GOLF OUTING.
HELLO TO ALL.
LOVE AND HUGS,
07-28-2009, 09:47 AM
Annie - Wishing your momma a big :hb: :celebrate: ! 80 years young! That's wonderful! Neither of my parents made it to 80. I know they can drive you crazy...believe me...but everyday I wish mine were still around to drive me crazy and even p*ss me off. So nice that you and your co-workers are going to sing to her! And that you're going over with a cake and gift.
Today is my step-mother's birthday. She lives in CA, so I'll give her a call later.
My DMIL goes home tomorrow morning, and then it is truly knuckle down time for me! I'll miss her a lot but it will be nice to be more in control of my eating and exercise sessions, etc. I'm planning on walking at lunch today if it's not raining. Thanks for the kind words. I'm not feeling like a rockstar right now...but I know that feeling will return once I get back to eating right and enjoying the endorphin high from exercising regularly.
BTW, don't sell yourself short, you are one hot tamale. Hope the rain stays away so your boss can go golfing.
07-28-2009, 10:01 AM
Good morning chicks,
Spent my computer time this a.m. fighting with the mail order prescription place so this will be a quick post.
Happy Birthday Annie's Momma :yay: The 80's - boy are YOU in for some fun moments Annie :lol: But, like Michelle said, as much as it can be frustrating sometimes, I thank God she's still around :hug: I'm sure you feel the same. Pamper her today.
Hope you get the job Shad. That's funny that they tell you it's really boring. At least they are honest. What are heels? :lol: Don't tell me you had to wear a dress too? :eek:
Thanks for the recipe Michelle -that soup sounds delish. I'm definitely going to try that. Hope you didn't get any tornadoes your way.
I have to run now, will catch up with the rest of you later.
07-28-2009, 01:07 PM
Happy - I live in Mt. Prospect - neighbor to Arl. Hts. I know I don't take full advantage of all the great things Chicago has to offer, but they are there when you want to!
Shad - glad the interview went well. Sounds like this job would be a nice change for you.
diyana - Hope today is not as tough as yesterday. I'm a 15 min drive from a Lou Malnati's and we're there approx. every other month for our fix of deep dish pizza! The soup base recipe sounds tasty, but I'll probably wait until we move from grilling season to soup season.
Annie - Happy 80th to your mom!
Mel, Ceejay - hello!!
Woke up at 3 am and didn't get back to sleep til after 5. :dz: Overslept and took a later train to work. Breakfast was a bagel w/ light veggie cream cheese. One meeting down, one to go. Lunch is a rf salami sandwich. Tonight I'm going to the movie w/ a friend to see Night at the Museum II (never saw the 1st one, but heard the 2nd was even better). Dinner might be popcorn at the theater, since I'll barely have time to change clothes before I leave the house for the movie.
Have a good one ladies!:)
07-28-2009, 01:22 PM
Awww dang it. My baby girl called said she called my mom, her grandma, and wished her a happy birthday. Then DD started crying and said she didn't want anything to happen to grandma. I about lost it, but kept it together long enough to console her. Yikes that was hard.
07-28-2009, 02:59 PM
Happy - I hope everything got sorted out with the mail order prescription place. Thankfully, the closest tornado was about 10 miles away. Phew.
Laura - My DH used to live in Mt. Prospect when he was a kid. As for soup...for me, it's always soup season. I'm not a fan of preparing veggies...so a good veggie soup is always a welcome addition to my dinner. :) Today is much better for me than yesterday. I hope you enjoy the movie and get more sleep tonight.
Annie - It's hard on everyone as our parents/grandparents get older and more frail. When my folks were battling Stage 4 cancer, I had to resign myself to the fact that they didn't have much time left and tried to enjoy every moment with them and every phone call. It was a difficult and very sad time. When they finally passed, as devastated as I was, I was also relieved for them that they weren't suffering anymore. Hang in there. :hug: to you and your family.
I just went for a walk....about 25 minutes and then my legs and low back started aching a little. Don't know if I'll get to the gym or not tonight, which is why I've been taking the stairs all day and walked at lunch. I was hoping the walk would wake me up. No such luck. I'm tired and wish it were time to go home. Less than 3 hours to go. :)
07-28-2009, 06:26 PM
Annie - happy birthday to Mum and many more to come. Your DD sounds just like you. Unfortunately your family will have to accept the eventual outcome. My Dad came home from bowls one day, complained about not feeling well, sat in a chair and passed away. It was a nice way for him to go but a **** of a shock for the rest of us. We thought he was invincible - such a larger than life character - he had years left in him yet or so we thought.
On the other hand, my Mum took 5 long years walking down the alzheimer road and every day was a worry, pain, sad day for the rest of us. I don't know that there is a good way to go, but I can tell you how I want to go. But what I am really trying to say is - do not dwell on it. Apart from the fact that it will happen and hopefully later rather than sooner, you really need to enjoy them while you can. Just enjoy the fact that their passports are not at the use by date just yet and take every day as a gift.
Michelle - I hope the pain in your back doesn't mean that the injection is wearing off already. You've suffered enough from that. Sorry to hear of the departure of the DMIL but it will be nice to have the house to yourselves for a while. You'll be able to get back to the gym and do your thing again.
Laura - seems like you will fit in with Happy and Michelle on the thread. They often talk about foodstuff peculiar to Chicago. I notice Happy and DH didn't take me to have a Chicago dog or deep dish pizza while I was there! :p Maybe they had this idea that I might not go home after getting into them. Instead they introduced me to deep fried beans and pickles when I went to visit in Memphis. There was some other things deep fried too, but I'd have to go find the travel diary to remember what they were.
Happy - hope you get that prescription sorted and the day moves along a bit more smoothly. How did DH enjoy his class and did he gets lots of information from it.
Ceejay - hi. What are you up to this week? Back at work yet??
Mel - how you going? Might be time for a catch up again soon. We don't have to limit ourselves to Saturday/ Sunday at the moment.
Oh yes and while I think about it. I may have worn heels yesterday, (well approximately 2 inch stumps) but I certainly did not wear stilettos or a dress. Black dress trousers and a black and white sheer shirt with a black cami. The shoes were Homy Peds and all the other pairs I have are so comfortable that you don't actually feel like you are wearing shoes but this pair for some reason missed the comfort session.
Right so, Sunday has just gone outside to terrorise the neighbourhood and it looks like another beautiful day out there. Time for me to get into it and do something with it. I've told Miss Puss not to catch the birds :lol3: but she just gave me a weird look and stalked off to skulk under the hedge and watch the world go by. Maybe we should all do the same. Plenty of hedge here to skulk under if you are interested. Have a good day all.
07-28-2009, 06:54 PM
If you find that safe place to retire in te USA let me know. I used to think that my home town was pretty safe but lately with the economy being so bad, there's been a lot of bulglaries.
Hope you have gotten the mail order resolved.
Glad you joined us.
Don't over do things especially with the back hurting again. The injections that I used to get in my foot (heel spurs) would last approximately 4 weeks. That is if they are the same kind of injection.
Give your mom an extra birthday wish from me also.
Tomorrow will be my 4th and last day for the week and then another 4 day week end. I'm wanting to get my bedroom carpet shampooed this week end. Then it's time to start discarding stuff out of the closet again.
Hi to mel, :wave:
Not much going on here, except work.
07-28-2009, 07:36 PM
MY DAY....VERY BUSY. WENT FOOD SHOPPING AND THEN WORKED IN THE OFFICE AREA.
TODAY THE COMM ROOM TV ETC NEEDED TO BE ALL RESET ALONG WITH THE CABLE BOX AND ASST RECORDING MACHINES. TENANTS HAD PROBS TOO. LOTS OF CALLS TO CABLE TO COME AND REPAIR AND THOSE MEN NEED AN ESCORT IN THE BLDG SO I WAS ELECTED. ONE WAS HERE LAST NJIGHT FROM 9:30-10:30 IN PREPARATION FOR THE OTHER MEN COMING TODAY. DEFINITELY I DID NOT DRINK ENOUGH WATER OR EAT ON TIME AND I HAD A "GREASY" SANDWICH FOR LUNCH WHILE ON THE RUN. MEALS ON WHEELS! :scooter:
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT LADIES AND SWEET DREAMS.
LAURA~ OMG!! I ABOUT FAINTED WHEN I JUST SEE YOUR POST HERE. I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT YOU! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AND HOPE YOU'LL VISIT EVEN IF YOU CAN'T DO DAILY!! WELCOME BACK LADY :hug:
ANNIE~ I AM SITTING HERE LAUGHING MY FRIGGING HEAD OFF ABOUT YOUR POST ABOUT MOM AND DAD. TIMES THAT BY 99 AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE HERE IN THE BUILDING. ALTHOUGH THEY DON'T ALL GO NUTS AT THE SAME TIME...THANK GOD THEY TAKE TURNS HERE OR I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THEM!! MY ONLY ADVICE IS YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO STAY CALM AND DEEP BREATHE!! :rofl: :rofl: SENDING YOU A HUG :hug: OH...SHOULD I BE BUYING STOCK IN THE LIPTON COMPANY???? :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY~ HOPE YOU ARE CATCHING UP WITH YOUR SLEEP. AND I HOPE YOU DON'T FALL ASLEEP WHILE YOU ARE OUT WALKING THESE BALMY SUMMER NIGHTS!! :yikes:
IT'S MY JOB TO "UNRILE" THE SENIORS. NO ONE ELSE CAN GET THRU TO THEM...I USE MY FAVORITE "F" WORD AND EVERYONE LISTENS! KINDA LIKE E F HUTTON! :rofl:
:wave: HELLO JEANETTE!!! LAUGHING AT THE SIMPLE LIFESTYLE. I LIKE THAT!!
07-28-2009, 10:13 PM
... IT'S MY JOB TO "UNRILE" THE SENIORS. NO ONE ELSE CAN GET THRU TO THEM...I USE MY FAVORITE "F" WORD AND EVERYONE LISTENS! KINDA LIKE E F HUTTON! :rofl:
Good heavens woman. Is THAT what the F in E F Hutton stands for???????? :lol3:
07-28-2009, 10:21 PM
That's deep fried green beans not bbq baked beans Shad. I was scratching my head trying to figure out deep fried beans?????
As for the hot dog. Remember when we went downtown and did the lakefront cruise? We didn't get back home until after 10pm and had full intentions to take you for a hot dog at Portillo's since we had a late lunch and no dinner. Much to our surprise, they closed earlier than we thought and it was one of the last days you were there so we didn't get a chance to get an authentic Chicago hot dog for you :( I felt even worse that you ate an English muffin with some grated cheese for your dinner. Not sure why we never took you out for pizza. I think you were with us a week that first time, surely we had enough time to do it.
Ok, so my first day perfectly on plan for WW and you have me craving hot dogs and pizza :p
07-29-2009, 09:07 AM
:tantrum: NO PIZZA OR HOTDOGS!!:rollpin:
HAPPY..... CONGRATS ON THE WW START :cheer3: GOOD FOR YOU MY SOUTHERN FRIEND. I HAD A GOOD CHUCKLE AT THE EF HUTTON! :rofl: :rofl: FIRST LAUGH OF THE DAY IS ALWAYS THE BEST ONE!! :rofl: :rofl:
:cofdate: A GLOOMY MORNING AND I NEED THE REST. TOO MUCH WORK YESTERDAY AND PAINT SMELLS IN THE OFFICE. AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF THEY HAVE TURNED THE A/C ALMOST OFF IN OUR HALLS SO IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME TO BE OUT A WHOLE DAY NOW. OUR TEMPS WERE NEAR 90 YESTERDAY. SO A LOVELY MELIDAY FOR ME TODAY. THE GRANDSON IS BEING VERY CLINGY TODAY. HE MISSED HIS OLD MUM YESTERDAY. NOT USED TO ME BEING AWAY ANYMORE. :rofl:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:
07-29-2009, 09:46 AM
Good morning chicks,
I think you have it right - enjoy the special people in your life each and every day. Never know when that passport expires (great analogy Shad).
Mel, how many times have I asked you (nicely) not to be coming after me with the big stick? :rofl: I fed the hot dogs to DH. He has some kind of concoction his Mom used to make that you can only like if you grew up eating it ;)
Rest up Mel and hide out. Those paint fumes are obnoxious. I can't stand them any more. And if it's warm and humid and no air in the hallways, that could put you in a mess in a few days. Hang the Gone Fishin' sign on the door and stuff a towel at the jamb. I guess the grandson misses you singing to him :)
I THINK I got the meds straighened out. We'll see. Been dealing with this company for 15 years under DH's plan, never had an issue. Since we switched to my insurance, every prescription has been a hassle. :rolleyes:
Ceejay - I envy your 4 day weekend but not your long workweek. You need a day just to get your energy back. Enjoy. I'll let you know when I find that mystery town!
Shad, the outfit sounds nice. Hope things work out for you. DH finished his class. Learned alot. Lots more to learn. He's going to sit down with me tonight and "teach" me.
Annie yep, there comes a time when we realize we are mortal - or those around us are. Hope DD uses the time to cherish and celebrate the grandparents. It's great that she cares so much.
Michelle - sorry you are feeling a bit oomph. Just take it easy for a day. Sometimes the weather makes us achy and a bit less than 100% too. I had some vegetable soup from the cafeteria yesterday. Wasn't much to look at but boy was it tasty. I have to remember early enough to try your recipe tonight when I get home.
Laura, I lived off of Arlington Heights Road and Central. My street was a dividing line for AH and Mt Prospect. It's funny to me how sometimes you run into people that were almost right next to you and you never know they existed. For all intents and purposes, we could have passed each other in the aisles at the Jewel food store :lol: Maybe you were there the day Shad was visiting and trying to explain bikkies to me :D We moved down here and I joined a WW at Work program. Turns out the leader lived just on the other side of Arlington Heights Road literally a quarter mile from me. What's the chances that we would meet years later in a different city 600 miles away?
Time to get on with the day. Enjoy yours everyone.
07-29-2009, 09:47 AM
How was the birthday party Annie?
07-29-2009, 10:00 AM
Good morning ladies -
I got up way too early today. DH had to get up at 3:30 to get DMIL to the airport by 5. So I got up as well to see her off. Yesterday after work, DMIL sat on the back patio, watched the dogs play, and chatted. It was really nice and perfect weather. After work today, I'm going to go for a walk since it's supposed to be a beautiful 77 degree day. Then I'll do a few hours of website work.
Annie - Shad's right...when it comes to your mom...don't think about the future, take every day as a gift and enjoy every moment.
Shad - I really like the passport analogy! When my parents were both battling cancer, I'm grateful to have had time to make sure nothing was left unsaid, but all the pain, sickness and suffering was so rough for them and for those of us who love them. I don't think the back injection is wearing off. My legs are a bit stiff and I think that caused some tightness in my low back. Plus, my friend that I was walking with didn't understand that I needed to go at a slower pace than her, so I was pushing myself trying to keep up. Tonight, I'm going to walk alone or maybe take one of my doggies...if they promise not to pull/drag me along. Rather than skulk under a hedge, I'll watch the world go by from a reclining position in a chaise lounge if that's okay. :)
Ceejay - I'm definitely listening to my body and not overdoing it. The cortisone injections I get are supposed to last 6 months or so. And if the pain comes back the doc can co an electronic, radio frequency treatment that'll deaden the nerves in that particular joint for a year or two. So that's good. I hope your workday goes well and that you have an enjoyable and productive long weekend! :)
Mel - Sorry that yesterday was so hectic! I hope all the cable issues get resolved today. I got a great laugh out of E "F" word Hutton! You and Happy should hit the comedy club circuit! I'm glad to hear you're going to have a nice Meliday with the grandson! 90 degree temps with humidity and they've turned off the A/C? Go figure! What next? Turn off the heat in January?? :dunno:
Happy - Good for you for staying on plan! Hope you are a good student for DH tonight when he teaches you all he learned in class. I had vegetable soup from the cafeteria yesterday too. Big chunks of veggies! Yumm! I chuckled at your small world stories...it happens to me and DH too from time to time. Way cool!
Laura - Between you, me and Annie, we've got a nice Midwestern contingent here.
Patty - Sending you a :hug:
Jolly - Where are you? Hope everything is going well.
Well, enough chatting for the morning...time to get to work.
Lots of love and hugs,
07-29-2009, 12:21 PM
Lo Behold...it's Wednesday, trash day, again.....see how fast that came around again. Yikes....
Chelle...I do cherish my time with parents, I just want more..kind of like money. lol. Stairs and walking are excellent for exercising. Sometimes I think better than the gym. You go girl.
Shad....how's the herbs growing you planted last week? Sprouting yet? I might just crawl in under your hedge with Ms. Pus.
MEL...no greasey food today woman and rest yourself and peepers. What's with turning of the AC? That can kill seniors.
Happy...the little BD party was grand. I took over double chocolate cake, she loves chocolate. At this point, who really cares if she is supposed to have it or not.
Boss is back today and it is crazy busy at work. Of course, I am not in the mood to do anything, hence blogging here. Didn't get in til 10:30 as I took DD to doctor for her yearly and me my vit B12 shot. I could tell is was over time to get a shot cause I have been dragging for about a week.
Went to turn on shower Monday morning and nothing came out. I freaked and thought, crap did I not pay my water bill? Oh no, that wasn't it, the d*mn knob was broken. My brother came over and took off the knob, I stopped this morning at the hardware store and got a new one. One stinkin' plastic knob almost 10 bucks. Sheesh what a rip off. Look at the bright side, don't need to get the entire stinkin' faucet. Bah humbug.
Cloudy and rain today, high 75, burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Humidity is high and it is making my head achy. Took some drugs but they are not working YET.
Hi's to Ceejay, Jolly, Patty, Ruthie, etc etc
Have a wonderful Wednesday,
Love and Hugs.
07-29-2009, 12:21 PM
and Laura, hidee ho
07-29-2009, 03:10 PM
Annie - Sorry to hear about your shower, but at least it's not a more expensive repair. I hope the B12 does the trick. I take a B12 pill every morning, and that helps with energy and iron absorption! Yay! Double Chocolate cake?! Yummm! I'm drooling over here just at the thought. Not quite as much as I drool when thinking about Johnny Depp, but close! They're both YUMMY!! :lol: I've been taking the stairs more at work. I do fine going downstairs, but if I go up more than 1 flight, I start sucking wind. Gotta love asthma, huh? I just climbed 3 flights...my gasping for air was pretty darn spectacular (and embarassing) but I made it. It's sunny and 77 here...no humidity. It's just gorgeous! I'm so looking forward to walking outside, and playing with the dogs in the yard when I get home.
07-29-2009, 03:59 PM
I knew it would be hard to keep up with all of you!
Mel - Busy as usual I see! Keep cool and keep those paint fumes at bay. I've got a lung issue going on right now and it's driving me nuts. It's not painful or stopping me from doing anything, but I want it GONE!
Happy - What a small world it is - you were practically next door (I live in the vicinity of NW Hwy and Rt. 83/Elmhurst). We've definitely got a Midwestern presence on this thread. I agree - very annoying when the Rx service company changes, but I admit that the mail order rx service is convenient. Enjoy your session w/ DH tonight - what's the topic?
Annie - mmm, double choc. cake! Sounds like your mom's b-day was great. Best wishes to her for a good year. :) I'm glad the plumbing repair was not expensive!!
diyana - I was outside at lunch today and it was beautiful. I want to get outside after work as well. Such an early start today - yawn!
Shad - I hope Sunday doesn't leave any birds on your doorstep! I'm on the hunt for some comfortable shoes. Looks like your Homy Peds are only in your neck of the woods. :( I've recently developed a foot problem and now I'm getting custom inserts for my shoes. Good luck to me trying to find shoes that they'll fit in!!
Hi ceejay - enjoy your 4 day weekend!! I'm jealous. :p
Yesterday's movie (Night at the Museum II) was very cute and funny. Work was okay - another major project almost complete. Started another one this morning. Generally feeling sort of "off". I've had this weird lung thing going on the past two weeks now and I am now ready for the x-ray that I decided to wait on when I saw the doc last Friday. But I'll ask him to suggest a specialist - if he does the xray and still doesn't see anything, won't I end up there anyway??
Okay, meeting time, so I'll get this posted.
07-29-2009, 04:42 PM
Laura...hmmm, organs like the lungs are nothing to put off, get yourself check out ASAP young lady....SMILES
07-29-2009, 05:08 PM
Laura - I agree with Annie on this one. As an asthmatic who spent nearly all of last fall with pneumonia, get those lungs checked out. Breathing is kind of important. Hope you feel better. :hug:
07-29-2009, 07:03 PM
Laura - I can't see Homypeds anywhere in the States, however there is another shoe company from NZ called Kumfs. Just about all of my shoes are either Homy Peds or Kumfs. I walked Toronto on a pair of Kumfs flats and could still be doing it. They are amazing. http://www.kumfs.co.nz. Now don't get me wrong they are not cheap. But I got very tired of having a wardrobe full of shoes that wouldn't fit my wide flat paddles (most people call them feet) and were uncomfortable and tight and gave me sore feet. So now I have 4 pairs of heels and 2 pairs of flats and 1 pair of sandals. They don't wear out fast either. Which is probably good as they aren't cheap. I looked them up on the web and lo and behold they have branched into the States and there is some shops in Illinois that stock them. Mind you with the difference in the $ these days, they may not be too bad in the US.
Ceejay - happy weekend. Shampoo the carpets? Good luck with that. Hope it dries off well and quickly.
Happy - I meant green beans. Baked beans don't get a look in in my head very often. I hated the canned variety as a kid and have a problem getting my head around the fact that they are now fashionable although probably not with that awful sauce they had back then.
I'm not complaining too much about the hot dog or pizza since it's not good for me anyway. And I have no doubt that when we meet up again, we will forget the fried, deep dish, on a roll, greasy stuff and just talk over the strawberries or go shopping for bikkies again.
Mel - at least it is only the halls minus the aircon. Could be worse and the grandson could have been subjected to the heat from his native land. Bet he wouldn't have liked that too much either.
Rest up friend or find a spot under the hedge with Sunday - no one will find you there.
Who or what is E F Hutton or shouldn't I ask. Must be an American thing (thang, thung??)
Michelle - can't lay claim to the invention of the passport analogy. It came from a friend and neighbour who had bowel cancer, got over that only to get liver cancer, got past that and it moved to the lungs and then unfortunately it then moved to his spinal cord and up to his brain. After the first bout, the medical profession gave him 6 months to a year but he insisted that they didn't know the expiry date on his passport they were only guessing. It's not worn out yet he would say. And he had 5 more years of life before that happened.
I'm glad to hear that the back is fine and is only sore because of extra exercise and not the injection wearing off.
Annie - the chocolate cake sounded good. And you are right. At 80 - is it really going to hurt her too much. You still have to live and you might well enjoy it.
Glad the shower was a minor repair. You are lucky you can get bits for it. Mostly here you have to chuck out the perfectly good tap for want of a knobby thing and buy a new one. Pests.
My little lettuces and herbs are sitting up and looking around. They have grown somewhat but maybe that's just my wishful thinking. No I am sure they have grown!!!! Yes they have grown! Interesting isn't it, that here it is the middle of winter in the sub tropics and I am growing herbs and lettuces. Good stuff.
Okay - hope I have covered everyone. Now for my news. I am doing a slow steam here. I didn't get the job I interviewed for. They are still looking for someone. Apparently I am too bright, too educated, too qualified and I would only get BORED doing the work. The agent I went through is as mad as heck as well. They had my CV-Resume whatever, they knew what I had done previously, why didn't they make that decision without dragging me along for an interview? Or did I frighten those two hulking strapping lads because I gave them a few tips on how to organise pictures in a document and how to make the files smaller without zipping it. I mean WTF. If I had thought that it was too boring for me, wouldn't I have said so? It was them that told me it was boring work. Or are they looking for a dolly bird to do the work. Okay - I'll calm down now and get off the :soap: Stupid buggers.
Right - Sunday is off to the wilds again. She came in last night covered in weed seeds, so guess what is on my list of to-do today? Yep find her weed patch and dispatch it to the weed bin gods. I swear she only does it to ensure she gets a brush every night while we watch tv and that means I get both a head and tail in my line of vision. There is plenty of other things to do around here as well. So hi ho, it is off to work I go.
07-29-2009, 07:14 PM
Ladies - thanks for your concern! I requested a referral to a specialist, but he doesn't have an opening until 9/23! So I'll return to my primary care physician for a chest x-ray, at the least. I made the Sept appt, and I can always cancel.
07-29-2009, 07:16 PM
Shad - Now Kumfs I have heard of. I'll check into those.
07-29-2009, 07:20 PM
Yikes - 23/9 appointment and here I was thinking we were bad over here with medical appointments
07-29-2009, 09:40 PM
Hi all. I just got around to coming and catching up with this thread and I have to thank you for your kind condolences on my sister's passing. The funeral was today and it was a very lovely tribute to my sister. Sad but also cathartic. They had to have two overflow rooms to hold all the people who came for the service. She had a good life, was loved by many people, and she's no longer in pain. Not many of us can ask for more than that.
07-29-2009, 10:04 PM
Great to see you Madcat. Sounds like a lot of people loved your Sister. And no we can't ask for more than that.
Keep well and drop in occasionally to let us know how you go.
07-30-2009, 09:15 AM
HAPPY~ HOT DOG CONCOCTION? OMG!! HOW IS THE POOL AREA? HOW ARE THE TEMPS? I THINK I MIGHT JUST HAVE TO MOVE DOWN THERE:beach: I'LL BE THE CABANA GIRL!! I CAN FOLD TOWELS ALL DAY AND SERVE DRINKS. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE MEDS...WE'LL USE MY INSURANCE :rofl: :rofl: I DO HOPE YOU GOT THEM ALL STRAIGHTENED OUT THOUGH. WHAT A PAIN THAT CAN BE.
MICHELLE~ NOW YOU AND HUBBY CAN HAVE SOME GOOD SNUGGLE TIME TOGETHER. HOPE THE DMIL HAD A GOOD TIME THERE AND A SAFE TRIP HOME. ENJOY THE TIME ALONE NOW.:belly:
ANNIE~ NOW THE SHOWER? DON'
T TOUCH ANYTHING FOR A FEW DAYS AND MEDITATE. GET THE KHARMA BACK TOGETHER! :yoga: SEND THE BOSS ON A VACATION AND BLOG EVERY DAY! :write:
LAURA~ DON'T MAKE ME GO ALL THE WAY OVER THERE AND BEAT YOU WITH THE WET NOODLE!! GET THE EXRAY:tantrum: LUNGS ARE NOTHING TO FOOL WITH AND WSPECIALLY IN THE WARM HUMID WEATHER WHEN BACTERIA CAN GROW THE QUICKEST. GET THEE TO THE DOCTOR YOU WENCH!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW PROJECT.
SHAD~ I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE NAY ON THE JOB. WTF IS RIGHT!!! HOPE SOMETHING EQUALLY CLOSE TO HOME NCOMES UP AND YOU GET THAT. EFHUTTON IS A STOCK BROKING FIRM AND THE COMMERCIAL ON TV SAID "WHEN E.F. HUTTON SPEAKS....EVERYONE LISTENS". IT WAS ONE OF THOSE COMMERCIALS HERE IN NTHE STATES THAT TOOK OFF AND HAD A LIFE OF IT'S OWN MANY YEARS AGO. :rofl: SO I GUES IT IS A YANKEE THANG! :rofl: I WILL HIDE UNDER THE BUSEHS WITH SUNDAY...CAUSE NOW WITH THE BIG BUDGET CUTS, THEY CAN'T AFFORD LONG DISTANCE CALLS OVER HERE :lol3: :lol3:
:cofdate: I WILL BE UPSTAIRS A LOT LONGER THAN I THOUGHT. MY EYES LOOK LIKE CHOP MEAT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND EVEN REDDER THIS MORNING. I CAN ONLY THINK IT MUSH HAVE BEEN THE PAINT & LACK OF A/C COMBO. :faint: WELL HERE I GO WITH THE DROPS AND TV AGAIN. CALLING THIS FORCED OCULAR RETIREMENT.:rofl: :rofl: JUST IN CASE I DISAPPEAR..YOU WILL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. THE REDDEST EYE IS THE ONE I READ WITH!:faint:
AND JEN IS NOT HERE TO READ OR POST.
NOTHING NEW HERE THANK GOD!! I AM GOING TO GET OUT SOME OLD MYSTERY MOVIES AND PUT THEM ON. I AM OFF TO BREAKFAST.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:
07-30-2009, 09:18 AM
MADCAT~ I AM GLAD TO HEAR YOUR SISTER HAD SUCH A GOOD LIFE FILLED WITH CARING PEOPLE. AND YOU ARE RIGHT...YOU CANNOT ASK FOR MORE THAN THAT. SENDING LOVE YOUR WAY :love:
07-30-2009, 09:24 AM
PS TO LAURA...OK I JUST SEE THE NEW POST AND YOU'RE GOING. YOU'RE LUCKY...I WAS JUST GETTING READY TO PACK A BAG :scooter:
07-30-2009, 09:24 AM
Happy Thursday ladies!
I didn't get to the gym after work yesterday. Had to do some website work and by the time I was done...I decided a walk with one of my doggies would be better. So we had an enjoyable brisk 25 minute walk, up and down hills. It was a beautiful evening.
Today, I'm going to have to take the stairs a lot at work otherwise I won't get any exercise. I've got a WW meeting at lunch. After work, I have an all employee meeting for the pet sitting work, followed by training the owner on how to use Google Calendar to schedule which will probably go until 8 or 8:30, then I have to go and check in on 3 loveable dogs whose owners are on vacation, so I probably won't get home until 9 or 9:30 and hopefully be asleep by 10.
Shad - Thanks for the tip on Kumfs. I was surprised to see that there are stores in Wisconsin that carry them. They have some really cute styles with little or no heel. So sorry to hear about your friend who came up with the passport analogy, but hopefully he was able to somewhat enjoy his last years of life. That's a bummer about the job. What idiots! I mean I can understand if you were applying for a permanent position, they could worry that you'd be bored. But a two month assignment? Seriously? Think of all the value you could bring to them in just two months! Maybe they were looking for some 20 year old who is short on experience and big on boobs! What morons! Put all their B.S. behind you and enjoy your day!
Laura - So glad to hear you are getting a chest x-ray. While it's nice to see a specialist, they are usually booked up well in advance. Anyway, a good primary care physician can diagnose a lot of lung issues and prescribe stuff that can help. Good luck! Fingers :crossed: and healing :hug: for you! It is crazy though...that if you try to get to a specialist and say you have a lung/breathing issue, they say "we can't see you for nearly 2 months". "But I'm having difficulty breathing." "Yeah, well the doctor is booked up. So good luck with that." I mean it's not like breathing is critical is it? It's all craziness!
Madcat - Sounds like not only was the service a lovely tribute to your sister, so were all the people who attended. To live a good and happy life, to love and be loved by many, that's the best any of us can ask for. :hug:
Mel - With my DH still getting over his back injury and bruised rib pain, there may not be any :bellydance: in the near future - despite the fact that we have the house to ourselves.
A big :wave: to Annie, Happy, Ceejay, Patty, Ruth, Jolly and everyone!
I'm so glad tomorrow is FRIDAY! :woohoo:
Love and hugs,
07-30-2009, 09:32 AM
Good morning worldly chicks,
Madcat - good to hear from you although it is with sad news. Sounds like your sister's service was very touching and that she was well loved in life. Keep her alive in your heart :hug:
Laura - don't worry about trying to keep up with us all the time. I think sometimes that scares people away, I know I have dropped out of challenge threads for the same reason. That's terrible about the long wait for the doctor - would think with all the doctors out that way it wouldn't be such a long wait. Perhaps if you are having issues they could give you another referal. As for shoes, take a look at Zappos.com or Endless.com - both carry several lines of comfort shoes many of which have removable foot beds to accomodate orthotics. I will have to go look and see which ones I have used.
Just got a pair of MBT shoes, they have an unstable surface - like a rocking motion. Supposed to be good for posture, building leg, tummy and butt muscles. They are also quite springy. Even DH got a pair. Will see how they work. They are a heavier shoe than I am used to weight wise but are comfortable to wear.
Shad I am sorry you didn't get the job. They were most likely looking for a bimbo to stare at all day! You would be bored here is the equivalent of "it's not you, it's me and you're too good for me" cheesy guy lines. Just remember things happen for a reason even if it's aggrivating. And isn't it funny that all cats expect a brushing/rub down even tho they don't accomodate back?
Annie - bummer on the shower but as you said at least you didn't have to replace everything - those parts are 'spensive as get out. Yum on the chocolate cake - sounds like you like to bake. I agree that at 80 - as long as it doesn't make you sick, enjoy life -start by eating desert first! :lol:
Michelle - does this mean your back problem is permanent as opposed to temporary inflamation? I certainly hope not. I hear you about trying to keep up with people who go way faster than you can. I do it too - for me, just embarassed that I can't keep up although when you get down to it, that's a silly way to feel, especially if it makes it hard for you to breathe. Yikes for getting up at 3:30 - that's what you do to go to the potty and then flop back into bed for a few more hours :lol: I'd be passed out cold at my desk by 11am.
Did you have a quiet day Mel? Looks kind of muggy up your way.
We are stuck in a dreary gray pattern of rain for the next 2 weeks. I hate it because after a couple of days, the mopiness sets in.