It's still pretty dark out, but I can see the faint glimmer of a sunrise in the eastern sky. I think we're going to have another pretty nice day, but the temps are dropping.
I have to get over to the farm early, as Cindy is away for a few days and I'm holding down the fort until Richard gets home at night. I made appointments for both girls to get their hair cut for this evening, so mommy may be surprised when she gets home. ;) Yesterday, I had to pick up a birthday present for a friend of Maggie's, and while I was at the toy store, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and got some Christmas shopping done. The store offers free gift wrapping, so I had them wrap them up in pretty paper and ribbons, too. It sure feels good to know I have most of my shopping done already.
11-18-2009, 07:38 AM
Morning Linda! I am sitting by my window looking out on a SUNNY DAY! :carrot: It has been raining for the past couple days, so this is nice. I got Connor off to school this morning, did reading and violin with Kadyn, cleaned the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, and then ran to the gym after getting the girls to Kindergarten. I need to get a shower before Connor gets home for the afternoon. He has a pack meeting for Boy Scouts tonight, which Tom will handle, so the girls and I have a fun evening of leftovers and "color bath" (bath with color tablets) planned.
I made some asparagus soup yesterday and put too much pepper in so I need to figure out how to tone it down. I have a lot of soup left and I don't want to throw it away. Any ideas? The only thing I could think of was to boil or bake some potatoes and then use the immersion blender to mix them into the soup, but I know white potatoes wouldn't be the best Beachy choice.
Off to get unstinkified before the boy gets back.
11-18-2009, 07:42 AM
:wave: Fell back to sleep after the alarm so am running late. It's good to share driving with Donna but you can't slack off on leaving time! Back later.
11-18-2009, 08:16 AM
Good morning :coffee2: It's chilly but sunny again. Looks like a few more days of this than we get closer to the "normal" temperatures. Yuck!
Cottage - you are lighting a fire under me. I haven't thought about shopping at all and am realizing how little time there is. :eek: Hope you have lots of opportunities tot enjoy the sunshine today :)
Kara - Would cauliflower work in place of the potatoes? I've done that with pepper before too. Always frustrating to ruin a perfectly good soup. Maybe some rf cheese too? Can you use the soup as a base for a stew? Good luck!
Ruth - Have a good workout :)
Today is my last office day of the week. Tomorrow is morning meeting near home, then WFH afternoon and Friday is a meeting on the other side of the state.
I'm doing pretty well sticking to plan but still seeing some weight creep. I'm a little concerned and went back over the last two years of calorie and exercise logs. I might ask my Dr. to run my thyroid panels again but don't want to get into fooling myself if I'm just not doing what I need to.
Meanwhile DD found out she has osteopenia, pretty unusual in someone her age. They are running a panel of other tests to make sure nothing else is going on. Probably just genetics and body type but it's frustrating for her because she already eats a very healthy diet and exercises. I'm kind of glad she broke those bones in her foot so they ran this test though. It's not the kind of thing they would have noticed until she was older and it was worse.
Okay, time to get this show on the road. Have a good hump day everyone!
11-18-2009, 08:18 AM
Sounds like our Wednesday is off to a busy start. I've already made my weekly salad mix and cooking some chix nuggets for my salads is next on the list. Nothing spectacular today but some work I need to finish up before tomorrows meetings-also need to make a pie for a fundraiser.
Kara, how about thickening your soup with beans?
Cottage, have a great day!
I'm off to find coffee. See you all in awhile!
11-18-2009, 08:19 AM
Good morning everyone...
It is finally Wednesday and I am SO happy. Not counting today, I have 3.5 working days and then I'm off to Thanksgiving break (Thursday, Friday, Monday and 1/2 Tuesday). YAY And my hunny gets off at 0800 on Wednesday and he's off until I go back to work. I love when we have the same vacation time.
Yesterday was a pretty crappy day for me. I ended up having to go to the county office to finish some paperwork that didn't get finished Monday and when I finally made it back to school the two *censored* in the front office were making remarks about how I FINALLY showed up. I ignored them and double checked with the person who I go through when I have meetings and whatnot and she said she got my email so I wasn't concerned. I guess they want me to apologize for something I have no control over. I sure hope they don't hold their breath, cuz I don't plan on it.
It was pretty late when I got home, and go figure, someone who was home all day did not cook dinner. I assumed he wouldn't but it still ticked me off. My hunny went and picked up dinner, but sadly it was fast food. He was trying to help. He didn't get me a hamburger or anything like that. We went to arby's and got me one of their market sandwiches so it wasn't TOO bad. Atleast I controlled myself and didn't eat the fries and he got me a diet pepsi. He tried, gotta love him for that.
Today is gonna be ridiculous. I know the front office ladies are gonna make me "pay" for not being there for almost 2 days and make sure I have to deal with every issue that comes in there. I know how they are sadly, and even if I'm only supposed to be up there for like 2 hours, it'll be crazy while I am. I have a meeting after school about the National Technical Honor Society that my principal wants me to head up, like I really know what I'm doing. And then I have my nail appointment at 5:00. I am so glad I am getting my nails done again. Its the one thing that makes me feel pretty and I've been having to save money so I haven't been able to do it. But with the ball coming up I get to.
I hope all of you have a great day and I will be around later on. :)
11-18-2009, 08:27 AM
Good morning Debbie! White beans are an awesome idea :)
11-18-2009, 08:46 AM
Hello all! I saw that it was reunion week on 3fc, so here I am.
wow Linda, good jump on the shopping! I've got some done, but not sure how much is left, and nothing is wrapped yet. I'd like to get to that early, but never seems to happen that way.
Hi Kara, so good to see you back. :hug: Sounds like business as usual at your house!
Sorry for your DD worries Cyndi, but I agree, good thing they caught it early. Yes, I think the cold is headed back our way too.
Good morning Lexiss and Ruth. I've missed you ladies.
Hi SillyFluff, I hope those nasty ladies don't ruin your day!
Part of the reason I have not been around much lately is work, which continues crazy-busy for the foreseeable future, however I can't blame it all on that. My head is just not in the right place right now. But last night I made two dinners ahead, so I've got a chicken divan and a turkey chili waiting to be heated up for dinners, which also means no more cooking until the weekend. :carrot: I've got to head off to Quantico for a meeting this afternoon, so I probably won't get home until late, then directly to a Parks & Recreation Committee meeting, but at least we'll have dinner ready.
I also decided to blow off Thanksgiving, so staying on-plan should be easier. I haven't told my mother yet, but I don't think she'll mind too much. My one brother's family can't make it, and the other brother's family won't be there until dessert. Thanksgiving is my birthday, so I started pondering what I would really like to do, and since DH will be back at sea soon, I decided we needed a family getaway, so I've made reservations at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg Thursday - Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it!
Have a great day chicks yet to arrive!
11-18-2009, 09:27 AM
Hi Cyndi, we were posting at the same time. I hope you and DD get all your "stuff" figured out. Glad to hear it's your last day at the office. :cp:
Silly, hope you get through your day OP. It seems to be a challenge sometimes. Getting your nails done and recognizing how good it makes you feel is essential, too.
Schmoodle, great to hear from you and I'm glad you have decided to put YOUR family first for Thanksgiving. It sounds like a very wise decision.
Twynn, how was your church dinner. Great job kicking the Halloween habit before Thanksgiving arrives!
Janda, always good to hear from you!
Meelsie, hope you're warming up.
Kim, where are you in Texas that it gets so cold?
Sophie, my shawl is just a simple knit. I should try something a bit more complicated next time. This one is "cotton candy" pink.
Gothik, I really like your "purple hat" avatar. I'm glad you pop in even when you don't have alot to say. Your stubbornness in staying OP does have good results. I'm happy that you feel so well. I hope you found a tree. All the holidays I spent on my own were much better with my own tree.
Pearlrose, I watched BL Makeover last night but didn't work out:lol: You are very dedicated!
OK, off to finish my chores!
11-18-2009, 09:29 AM
Good Morning, Chickies!
I'm a big, fat slug. I've tried a couple things, but not Jazzercising.... sigh. My thinking is kind of messed up right now -- if I'm not exercising, I may as well eat like a fool. I need to find an exercise that makes me happy. I'm thinking of getting a hula hoop... Anyway, I don't want to bring you guys down with my funky attitude. That's why I've been MIA.
Debbie and Pearlrose, Thanks for your encouraging words. I'll get it all back together, hopefully before my screaming seams bust. :)
I miss you guys!
11-18-2009, 09:35 AM
Chelby, you are missed here, too. :hug:
I'm really sorry that you are having such a hard time getting back into an exercise groove. I know it has been so hard on you giving up Jazzercise.
I wish you'd drop by more often, and really encourage you to find a way to ease back in soon. I have to take things a day at a time right now, but the memory of my disasterous last winter/holiday season still is very clear. It was so much easier to gain the 20# then it was to take it off. You know we're all here for you.
11-18-2009, 10:05 AM
Hi, I am not a South Beacher, but I am a Jazzerciser.
Chelby, - it must be very hard that you decided to stop Jazzercise. I am not an instructor but a devoted and hooked particpant and I know how cranky I get when I can't go to Jazzercise. The past week my whole family has been home sick and I have been unable to take Jazzercise and keep to my routine and it stinks. We recently purchased an elliptical trainer (for my husband) and I have been using it when I can't make it to class but it is not the same for me. Jazzercise motivates me and makes me feel better.
How about doing the Jazercise videos at home until you figure something else out? Just a thought. You will figure it out. Hang in there!
11-18-2009, 10:05 AM
Chelby, why did you have to give it up?
Debbie- Thanks! Still freezing over here though. This morning I got a text from my friend, who has also moved to the UK from Australia and said "36 degrees today in Melbourne, remind me again why the **** I am here, i'm freezing my *** off!"
HA! It's the beginning of the Australian summer. This was bound to be hard!
The big news for me is that I have locked in my work for the lead up to Christmas. I got a HEAP of shifts which is good news for the money, and dinners will be provided for me which will also help my current financial state (ie. no money to eat ANYTHING) ... unfortunately staff dinners are usually pasta and bread.
I'll be working my usual shift as a receptionist from 9.30- 4.30 then my waitressing shift from 5.15 till around 10.30 or 11 4 nights a week, so at least I won't be lazy! :S
11-18-2009, 10:25 AM
Chelby - its a relief to hear from you, I thought maybe Auston came down with that awful flu.
Debbie - your shawl sounds wonderful. I knitted one a couple of years ago, it was one of those triangular ones and its very fine wool and amazing how something so light can add so much warmth.
Got to run, DH is calling me to put eyedrops in his eyes. The pink eye is in both eyes now.
11-18-2009, 11:16 AM
Sorry to hear about your daughter, Cyndi. Is it something that can be controlled by dietary changes? I doubt cauliflower would work in the soup. I think it would just thin it out more - so much water in that darn cauliflower.
Debbie, I like the beans idea! Thanks! Are you a veggie Beacher, too???
Fluff, I'm sorry your day wasn't so hot yesterday. Here's hoping everybody had their happy juice this morning and they stay off your back. Enjoy getting your nails done!
Schmoo, sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving! Have a great time in Williamsburg!!!
Chelby, I'm hoping you find a fun workout that you enjoy. Have you tried Walk Away the Pounds? That's a popular one, and easy to do from home.
Sophie, hope your husband's eyes clear up quickly!
11-18-2009, 11:26 AM
Debbie, I like the beans idea! Thanks! Are you a veggie Beacher, too???!
Not yet:shrug: but I have made the shift to only organic and ethically raised-and local if possible. I find I eat far less meat on SB then I did before.
11-18-2009, 11:33 AM
Good morning everyone,
Cottage- I am jealous that you are almost done with Christmas shopping I have not started.
Kara- Good luck with fixing your soup.
Ruth- Hope you had a good workout today.
Cyndi- Hope everything works out for your DD. I know what my problem always is- too much grains is what stalls my progress.
Debbie- You always get in great workouts at the pool and gym though you are just as dedicated :)
Silly- Keep your chin up and just ignore those ladies at work. Have fun getting your nails done.
Schmoodle- that sounds like a fun getaway have fun
Chelby- glad to see you posted. You might want as timetostart mention try doing some fun jazzexercise videos at home since you enjoy doing them or better yet since you were an instructor just put on some good music and make up your own routine just for you.
Meelsie- that's alot of hours you will be working but glad you are getting some cash inflow
Sophie- pe in both eyes poor thing. Nice that you take care of him.
As for me another crazy day at work- tonite is DD2 dance class and then I need to go to a financial aid class they are holding at HS for DS.
Have a great day
11-18-2009, 11:41 AM
You guys are wonderful! I don't remember who asked what, but here's the Jazzer-Story: I was an instructor for almost 3 years. Had great muscles under a layer of fat. :) I was a student for many years before becoming an instructor. I gave it up because I went back to work full time. It was too hard being having a full time job, having a family and a young child, AND being an instructor. Since I can't sell my son, something else had to give. :lol: I'll probably go back to Jazzercise in January. I'm giving the new instructor a chance to gain her leadership legs without me. I don't need the students and managers saying, "YOU didn't do it this way!" It's not my class any more.
On a happy note, I'm off work today. Yay!!! Auston's school is having their Thanksgiving lunch. Eating lunch at 10:15! I'm going to starve by dinner! On another happy note, I have a very healthy dinner planned!
Thank you all for being so supportive! :)
11-18-2009, 11:50 AM
Oh my goodness! I guess I should have waken up earlier. There are so many posts! :D
Linda: I hope you have a great day and that the girls aren't hoping for haircuts that are too shocking! ;) I wish the stores we shopped at this weekend had free gift-wrapping. That's the only thing I have left to do.
Kara: So nice to see you back here! I noticed your thread the other day, but haven't been able to post in it due to the connection problems. It sounds like you're all busy and doing well!
Hi, Ruth! Hope you made it out the door on time!
Cyndi: I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I'm not sure what osteopenia is, but I'll be looking that up after I get done here. :) I hope you have a wonderful day! Stay warm! You really shouldn't worry too much about Christmas shopping; just send me some wine and be done with it! ;)
SillyFluff: Yikes! Sounds like a rough two days! At least you'll be capping it all off with a nail appointment. Enjoy that! That is one thing that I miss about living in the city; getting my nails done. Maybe one day we'll get a nail salon out here.
Schmoodle: I feel your pain! My head hasn't been in the right place, either. I'd tell you where it's been, but I don't think it's appropriate for this site. :devil: I think it's great you're going on a getaway for Thanksgiving. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time! And just because you're not at mom's table eating turkey, doesn't mean you can't be thankful!
Debbie: I'm in West Texas, directly north of Big Bend National Park and about halfway between El Paso and San Antonio. We're a dry, desert climate and tend to get snow two or three times a year. I hope you're having a great day!
Chelby: :hug: I know how you feel! It just seems to be that time of the year for a lot of us. I hope you know that you could never bring us down...we're here to lift you up!
Meelsie: Sounds like a rough schedule, but you're right, it'll be good for the money! I hope you have a good day!
Me: Nothing going here. I was supposed to be out in the field inspecting today, but our paperwork wasn't very well organized, so we're in the office getting it all sorted out. (I entrusted one of my appraisers with the task of organizing as a re-training exercise, and it didn't work too well. I guess it's a good teaching moment!)
I've been doing decently on my workouts, but my eating has been pretty horrendous. I've got to get that back on track. I'm going to leave work a little early today so that I can get a long outside workout done before sunset. If I get that taken care of, I should be able to get a decent meal plan into the computer for the rest of Nov. and beginning of Dec.
Well, it's so wonderful to see everyone back! We've got to encourage each other to stay active; it really helps me to stay on track!
11-18-2009, 01:29 PM
Whoa holy crap Kimstar, I remember you and you LOOK SO DIFFERENT. CONGRATS! You are truly inspiring.
Hi ladies, how's it going? Re: christmas shopping, I got my son one of those Tadoodlers or whatever they're called, the animals you can draw on and wipe off easily, with chunky handheld animal crayons that wash easily off walls. It is made specifically for toddlers. I found my stepdaughter a sparkly Jonas Brothers bookbag (she is obsessed), with a Miley Cyrus and Jonas Boys folders, and Hannah Montana candy to go inside.
I had some extra cash the other day and figured I'd go ahead and get started.
I love to buy gifts! Day 3 of Phase 1, hope I can kick those cravings.
11-18-2009, 03:06 PM
Hey Kim! Hope your paperwork goes quickly and you can get that fun outdoor workout in! Do you still have the obstacle course up???
Rose, hoping your day goes well and the financial aid class isn't super boring!