Support Groups - Worldly Chicks - Dashing Past Those December Desserts!




happy2bme
12-01-2009, 10:16 AM
Hey there ladies,

If the calendar is correct - a new page has turned and we are in the homestretch for the year.

Can't believe how things are racing by - if only the scale moved that quickly! Let's summon up the strength to move a little faster and flip our nose up at all the temptations that await us this month. :snooty::tape::yes:

And... it's December so that means (throwing down the checkered flag...) that's ok to post all the Christmas avatars, stickers, counters and tags that your little hearts desire... :hohoho: :wreath: :tree: :ginger: :candy: :present:


Here's a link back to the old November Thread - Worldly Chicks in November (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/186641-worldly-chicks-navigating-november-nicely-2-a-3.html)


diyana
12-01-2009, 10:20 AM
Happy - Thanks so much for starting the new thread!! You're right, I wish the scale moved as quickly as the calendar....but unfortunately when it does it's in the WRONG direction! :yikes:

Okay....I just posted in November....but since it is December, I'll re-post. Sorry for the repeat.

Hi everyone -

Work was CRAZY busy yesterday. I work for a retail corporation, and as such, the weekend (and subsequent week) following Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for us. In fact, it may very well be insanely busy right through Christmas. (At least that's what I'm hoping. Busy is very good at this time of year, when retailers make the bulk of their money.).

So I didn't get to the gym on Sunday due to a migraine and didn't get there yesterday due to exhaustion. In fact, food was pretty lousy yesterday too.

But, it's December 1, and I'm on the 21-Day Challenge thread, so if I jump back on the wagon and stick to my challenges, I can get an entire round of challenges complete before Christmas, and a second round complete by mid-January...which should see me through the holidays with a loss. BTW, speaking of weight, I am not expecting a good weigh in on Thursday. I'll probably be up by at least a pound or two, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed :crossed: for less.

I've missed out on all the Worldly happenings for the end of November. Time to get caught up.

Happy - I hope your foot surgery went well and that you're not in too much pain. You're doing so well with meal planning and staying within points. Sorry you missed seeing the Space Station. Unfortunately, we missed it too. If you're express shipping chicken noodle soup and homemade bread, send some my way please! Yummy! As for Chicago, we are really looking forward to it. I really enjoyed the Museum of Science and Industry when we went there a couple years ago (not at Christmastime). Don't know if we'll get there this trip....but we'll see. Thanks for the great suggestions.

Mel - We'll be purchasing our tree this week and putting it up this coming weekend. And I'm getting into the Christmas spirit, at least more than I thought I would be. We're not big on tinsel...just because of the doggies get to it and eat it....well, let's just say it can knot them up pretty bad internally. As for snowfall, it's been so lovely here and relatively warm for this time of year (upper 40s), I wouldn't mind having a green Christmas. :lol: I haven't had one of those since we moved here from CA 8 years ago. Good that you're picking up extra hours in the office...but DON'T WORK TOO HARD young lady!! :rollpin: And steer clear of the dusty spaces, okay? You should definitely get goggles or something for when you're cleaning and decluttering. I often wear a mask over my mouth and nose when I clean, especially if my asthma starts flaring up.

Shad - Yikes, those hail and wind storms you had were fierce! You are so right that herding penguins is hard work. I can just imagine dogs trying to herd penguins! That's way too funny! DH and I just have to get to Australia and NZ to see the penguins there "in the wild". I hope you find a good woman to be your wife since you're so busy with all the renovation work! Congrats on getting the job!

Laura - So sorry to hear about your mom's fall. I hope she's doing better. Could you please PM me the recipe for the peanut butter dog biscuits? My doggies love peanut butter biscuits. Wow, with your high praise and recommendation of the Museum's Christmas display, we just might have to add that to our list of things to do. We're definitely going to the Christkindlmarket. Thanks for the link!!

Ceejay - I'll try and get a photo of our front yard lit up, since you like Christmas lights. Good for you for doing the Sansome DVD! Pizza might not have been the best way to "reward" your efforts, but I'm sure it was delish!! I LOVE me a good pizza, as opposed to the faux WW or Lean Cuisine pizzas.

Annie - Sorry to hear that the CVS shoppers were so mean and rude. Where's your holiday spirit, people? Sheesh! I hope your mom continues to get better. Sending love and :hug: and :angel: to you and to her.

Patty - I hope you and Blackie and your family had a great Thanksgiving!

Well, time to get back to the insanity! I'll try and check in later.

Love and big hugs,

MELODY525
12-01-2009, 11:08 AM
http://www.sxc.hu/pic/m/e/en/enimal/905450_merry_christmas.jpg

THANK YOU MISS HAPPY~ YOU HAVE NOW OPENED THE FLOODGATES FOR ALL THE HOLIDAY GIFS AND JPEGS!!! :hohoho: I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER. I CAME BACK TO BEGIN A NEW THREAD AND YOU ALREADY HAVE!! GREAT WORK. HOW IS THE FOOTSIE?? :hug:

:wreath: ANNIE~ DON'T BE SPANKING ME...I JUST MIGHT LIKE IT :rofl: :rofl: HOPE YOU HAVE LESS MEANIES DURING THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING NOW. ALL THE CRAZIES ARE OUT FOR SURE. HUGS FOR YOU AND MOM :hug: :hug:


:rudolph:MICHELLE~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE :cheer3: HOPE YOU MAKE IT RIGHT THRU THE MONTH!! BEING BUSY IN RETAIL IS A GOOD THING I AGREE!! LOL SO LET'S ALL GO OUT THERE AND SHOP TILL WE DROP!! :dance:


happy2bme
12-01-2009, 11:18 AM
Mel - I LOVE that picture you just posted. I'm going to steal... um make a copy and borrow it :lol:

Feeling festive...

Anesthetic wore off sometime during the restless night I had. Foot is uncomfortable but not horridly so. Biggest hassle is having to sit with it elevated. That makes me want to doze off which messes up the sleep habits at night.

Still at home - will go back to work tomorrow. Shuffle, shuffle... Trying to get a few things done on the work front - sit a bit, elevate a bit. Got to get on a conference call in a few minutes - will catch up with you and personals in a bit.

Ruthxxx
12-01-2009, 11:26 AM
May I sneak back? It's been a crazy summer and fall and I've been around but not in here.

All is well and I'm refusing to get my knickers knotted about Christmas. I'll be home this year instead of out in British Columbia - much better than listening to them all gripe about snow. We had a sprinkle overnight but now it's just a drizzle.

I hope to get in here more often and catch up on all the worldly doings. I've sure missed a lot!

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-frassing-la! ;)

diyana
12-01-2009, 11:58 AM
Welcome back, Ruth!! We missed you!!! Love your avatar...what a beautiful Mill.

Laura705
12-01-2009, 12:03 PM
Hello everyone and Happy December 1st! Hard to be back at work, but it's a short week, so I'll survive. Our really busy time has passed, so things are calmer, but there's still plenty to do. Haven't reached my mother "live" to ask how her doctor's appt yesterday re her hip went.

Happy - Thanks for starting our new thread. I have to say one of us (that would be me) might briefly stop to pick up a dessert, sort of like the marathoners grab water...

Annie - Glad to hear your mother is holding her own and that she's in a better rehab facility. Sorry you had to deal w/ such rude shoppers! I'm getting tired of the rude drivers and pedestrians - everyone's busy talking and texting on their cell phones that no one's paying attention, and I don't think they much care if they're cutting you off or not keeping to the right. I shouldn't have gotten started!

Ceejay - Great job doing those dvd workouts! I did a BE workout yesterday morning (from my homemade dvd), and took doggy for a nice walk by the creek. I can well understand the pizza indulgence. When I'm being mindful about it, we'll order half veggie. And always thin crust, unless we go to our favorite place (every couple months) and get deep dish. Okay, no more food porn! :nono:

Michelle - Good luck on your challenges! I'm trying to end the year at or below the weight I started it at, which was 182. The scale showed up a pound this morning, boo. But it's TOM week too, so that could also be a factor. More likely is just eating too many calories. Here's the link for the PB biscuit recipe, provided it displays and works:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/birthday-bones/detail.aspx

I usually halve it, but last Christmas I made the whole batch and gifted some to bf's sister's doggy. With multiple dogs, I'm sure you'd make the full recipe, especially if they love PB as much as my dog! The only unsalted PB I've found in our local stores is the Krema brand.

Shad - Back to work with you!! Ha, what you've been doing is a job, if not a paying one! Every time I read your posts I feel like such a sloth! Hope the new job is close to home.

Okay, I keep getting interrupted, so I'm going to get this posted! Have a great day everyone!

Laura705
12-01-2009, 12:10 PM
It took me so long to post I missed Mel and Ruthie's posts!

Mel - Keep those holiday graphics and icons coming - I love them!

Ruth - Howdy!!! Good to have you here!!

diyana
12-01-2009, 01:00 PM
Posting this for all our flower lovers....

This is the world's smallest species of orchid. It's 2.1 millimetres wide and its transparent petals are just one cell thick.

It was found hidden in the roots of a larger plant in the Cerro Candelaria nature reserve in the eastern Andes in Ecuador by botanist Lou Jost.

It belongs to the genus Platystele which contains 95 species of orchid, most of which are miniature.

Jost has a knack for finding orchids: in the past decade, he has discovered 60 that were unknown to science, reports British newspaper The Independent.

One orchid discovered by Jost in Ecuador was so small that, "it looked like a piece of dirt at first", he says. According to Dr Calaway H. Dodson, more than 3,700 orchid species reside in Ecuador.

(Image: Lou Jost)

diyana
12-01-2009, 01:07 PM
Hi Laura - I will definitely end the year below the weight I started it, which was around 240. But I'd really like to end it below the weight I was at the beginning of November, which was 220.6. Thanks for the PB biscuit recipe! That's wonderful! I'm sure my doggies will love them!! I may wait until Doppler can handle more crunchy food.

MELODY525
12-01-2009, 02:12 PM
:xcheer:HAPPY~ I FOUND THE PICS I USE BY TYPING SOMETHING LIKE MERRY CHRISTMAS GIFS OR WHATEVER I WANT BUT ALWAYS WITH GIFS ON THE END. LOL SO COPY AWAY MY SOUTHERN BELLE!! HOPE THE FOOT IS OK AT WORK TOMORROW. DON'T LET ANYONE TRIP OVER IT!!!

:tree:RUTH...YOUR AVATAR IA MY DESKTOP PICTURE!! I HAVE LOVED THIS PIC FOR A LONG TIME. GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE. STAY WARM AND TOASTY UP THERE IN THE FROZEN NORTH :brr: HNOW'S TRICKS??? :rofl:

:ginger:LAURA~ HOPE EVERYTHING WENT WELL WITH MOM. THEY CAN BE SOOO STUBBORN AT TIMES. KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED TILL YOU REACH HER. GLAD IT'S SLOWED DOWN SOME AT WORK. SHORT WEEKS ARE GOOD THING :beach: I WANT TO END THE YEAR LIGHTER TOO...I'M DOWN A HALF POUND THIS MORNING:goodscale

:shocksn:MICHELLE~ THAT ORCHID IS ADORABLE. WE HAD A FRIEND WHO USED TO GROW THEM. HE AND HIS MOM MADE A "HOTHOUSE" OUT OF A BAY WINDOW-ROOM WHERE THEY WERE LIVING AT THE TIME. VERY CUTE.
THANKS FOR SHARING...I FEEL WARMER ALREADY!!

:snowglo:WE GOT A DELIVER FROM DRUGSTORE,COM AND JEN HELPED ME SORT OUT A CABINET IN THE BATHROOM SO I CAN REACH THE "DAILY" STUFF MORE EASILY. PRETTY SOON EVERYTHING WILL JUST HAVE TO BE LYING ALL OVER THE FLOOR!!! :rofl: SHE LEFT AND I AM BORED WATCHING TV. EYEDROPS ARE WORKING SO I AM BROWSING THE PC FOR A FEW SHORT MOMENTS. :comp:

ceejay52
12-01-2009, 03:33 PM
Happy December!

Happy
Thanks for starting the new thread. I like the title also. Keep that foot elevated as much as possible. Was the cyst on the top or bottom of your foot? Do you have a walking boot?

Annie
People shouldn't be so rude. Tell them Santa will not be coming to their house. I had a rude customer last night also. I told her that she could pay the amount plus the reconnect fee to get her utilities back on. She was going into her long speech defending herself but I politely told her that she would have to dispute her problem after 8 in the morning. She slammed her phone down.
Arkansas has passed a law that no one can drive while texting.
Keeping you and your mom in my thoughts.

Michelle
I hadn't thought about ordering the veggie pizza. I do get the thin crust.

Mel
Sounds like you are in the holiday spirit. Keep those avatars/graphics coming.

Laura
I do get quiet a few steps in at work but I don't feel like this is enough. I'm hoping this extra 20 to 30 minutes will help. Hope your mom is doing better also.

Ruth
We have missed you. You are most welcome any time.

Shad
You are a working woman. You make me tired just reading your posts.

There is not much going on reight now. Rain is in the forcast tomorrow and the late Wednesday and Thursday a possible mxiture of snow and rain.

diyana
12-01-2009, 04:02 PM
Mel - Great Christmas tree!! So cool that your friend made a "hothouse" out of a Bay Window. I never had much luck with orchids. I prefer geraniums...they are easy to grow. Good for you for getting all your daily stuff where you can get to it easily! Don't stay too long on the computer. Rest those eyes, Mel!

Ceejay - Veggie pizzas are good, but I prefer EVERYTHING (hold the anchovies). I didn't know you got snow down there in Arkansas.

I am tired this afternoon. It's been a long day. But I NEED to go to the gym tonight, and keep going most nights, if I'm going to lose weight this month. So I guess I will be dragging myself to the gym, no matter how much my body says it wants to just veg out in front of the TV. Depending on how warm it feels outside (supposedly in the mid 40s), I might take a long walk instead and go my crunches and resistance exercises at home. It's supposed to drop to the low to mid 30s for the rest of the week, and probably get colder still after that.

Shad
12-01-2009, 05:34 PM
Morning all,
Thanks for starting up the new thread Happy. I came back to do it yesterday but got sidetracked. Life's like that round here.

I don't actually have the job officially yet. Just the dates for the Christmas Holidays. I was supposed to hear yesterday, but nothing. I shall have to point out a few things to them today if they wish me to start asap. It takes five days from the receival of contract to the time I can start. That doesn't usually include weekends. Nobady seems to understand that bit. The job will be in country Victoria - about 1 hour out of Melbourne and on the edge of the Yarra Valley (wine trail) and where those disasterous fires were earlier this year. I'm still looking at accommodation.

Michelle - when you come downunder, I will take you to see the Hohoi (yellow-eye) penguins at the bottom of the South Island. There is a big penguin colony of all different sorts down there as well as the nesting spot for the Giant Albatross - magnificent bird.
Loved the orchids

Mel - go away and rest those eyes instead of filling us with Christmas stuff. There is enough junk everywhere I go in the malls. Jingle tills, jingle tills, jingle to the bank. etc etc. Glad the eyes are better. The spelling has improved too!!

Happy - glad to hear the surgery went well and you are not too incapacitated. Lucky you can work from home if you want to.



Mel - aaaah the Mill. Yep I remember that place. It's as pretty as it looks in the picture. How I envy you the village life.

Laura - those PB biscuits sound almost good enough to eat. The TV vet here had a recipe and a bone shaped cutter to make his cookies. They looked good too. Had herbs in them.

Ceejay - rain is in the forecast for here too. Just can't seem to get it right as to when. It's a bit dark looking out there now but I can't smell the rain yet.

Time to go take another lot of boxes to the house shed. It's good to get them out of my place again. I'm only keeping the family history stuff, stamp collections and paintings here. Hopefully, that will keep them safe.

Right - well off to get the last boxes round to the house. Then a bit of sanding and washing and back here for the housework I didn't get done yesterday.

See you later.

annie175
12-01-2009, 08:10 PM
Gez have you chickies been busy posting. Forgive me if I am not in the Christmas spirit.

Chelle...I love, love, love your avitar. It is so pretty, even if it is Christmasy. Get your bunz to the gym, my sista, someone from this group has to make us look good, and it sure is not me.

Happy...my thread startin' sista, a great big thanks for that, my dear. Hope the foot is feelin much better and you got some good drugs for the occasion. Better living through chemicals.

Shad...you need to go back to work to rest. You are one hard workin' woman. If only the work joints you contract through would follow "Shad's Rules" things would run smoothly.

Ceejay...Needless to say I feel that lady's pain of reconnect fees. It is hard making ends meet then have to pay the extra fee. Altho deserved, it is so hard these days. It is also hard to be on the receiving end of rudeness. May the force be with you.

MELLIE MELLIE...Finally, it is your time of year. Have at it sista. Somehow I just knew you would like the spanking..lol. You little stinker you.

Ruthie...welcome back. We missed you and your cleverness, I have been keeping up with you on facebook tho.

Laura...thanks for the biscuit recipe. I am sure the Hella pup will love them if I can get my sh*t together and make them.

Update on my DS...he was 8 lbs over and has to wait 30 days to try again for the Army. I felt badly for him but silently felt happy inside. Oh holy crap, I think I already told you all this. I must be in early stages of alltimers disease.

Mom did do as well today in therapy, I think she was tired. She gets transferred to the "nicer" rehab tomorrow. I hope they take better care of her. If she suffers any more setbacks, I am unsure she will survive.

I will say I have no more tears for anything at this time. I am dried up. Just kind of numb to life right now. Actually look forward to working both jobs to keep my mind occupied.

Have any of you heard the song by country artist Luke something, "Do I". Yikes, gets me right in the heart.

Guess I have babbled enough. Gonna finish my margarita and hit the hay.

Thanks you sweet worldlies for being here for me. You are the best and it is great to know you have my back.

Much Love and Many hugs,

annie175
12-01-2009, 08:24 PM
The tall on in the back on the left is me. Can you say FAT.

Shad
12-01-2009, 09:00 PM
Woohoo Annie. Glamorous even back then.

Breaking news - you are the first to know. I have the job. Man rung me this morning and is sending the letter of offer through this morning. As we speak more or less. It hasn't quite got here yet.

So now it really is a race against time as I have agreed to start next Wednesday.
So now we need that letter, for the following reasons.
Book accommodation - that's going to be fun at Christmas month
Sort the contract with the management company
Organise the car to go to Victoria - it's a 2 day trip at least.
Get a cleaner and gardener to come in once a fortnight.

Get off here and get busy woman.

annie175
12-01-2009, 10:25 PM
You are so funny.....get your arse a rockin....the count down begins....

diyana
12-02-2009, 07:47 AM
Happy Hump Day -

I'm still having trouble getting myself to the gym....but I did go for a nice walk after work. It was sunny and in the mid 40s, which is really nice for December in Wisconsin. I've got weigh in tomorrow and while I haven't weighed myself at home since the weekend, I "feel" heavier which is not surprising, but still a bummer. We shall see.

Annie - I was really planning on going to the gym last night, but it was SO relatively nice out, and my knee and back were hurting a little...so I figured a walk would be better. I'm going tonight for sure. I can totally understand your happiness at DS's Army enlistment being delayed. I hope your mom does much better in the nicer rehab place. Sending :hug: and :angel: and prayers for you both. Being temporarily numb to life is not a bad thing...it's part of the healing process. Just get through the day...and if that seems like too much, just get through the next minute or two or five. You'll get through this...you are a strong woman. And we do have your back. :) I haven't heard the song "Do I". I don't listen to much country. I'm a rocker chick. Great photo of you! I so wish I were tall. I used to say I was "petite", but after I started tipping the scales at over 200, I'm no longer petite...I'm just short for my weight. :lol:

Shad - Congrats on the job!! How long do you expect it to run? At least you're staying on the same continent - that's good. Is the weather there much different than where you are? I know...too many questions. Sorry. You've got lots on your mind and lots to do. Congrats again!

Well, gotta go crunch some numbers to make sure my report is displaying the correct data. I'll check in later!

Love and hugs,

annie175
12-02-2009, 08:19 AM
Hump Day it is Chelle....Happy, um well, not really just middle of the road...not happy, not sad...just, just.

Speaking of humping, my brother brought his dogs when he came for Thanksgiving, the funniest thing I ever saw, his girl dog, a miniture Chihuahua on the back of his boy dog a doxin humping it. I LMAO, so hilarious.

Chelle...No worries about getting in your exercise, I KNOW you will get back in the flow of things. You have such a great attitude about it and I really believe you miss it when you don't, this time of year is so hard to remain in the groove. With the holidays and work always seems to be the busiest. My faith still remains with you!! Hugs my sister.

My neighbor brought over my dinner last night. Grilled boneless 1" pork chop, greenbeans and hash browns. I got all emotional about it as no one has ever done that for me. Kind of a neat feeling. I mean, I usually am the one cooking or baking, because I love it, and giving it to everyone else, it never occurred to me to be on the receiving end. Strange.

Not much else going on here. Rain coming in this afternoon, high today is 45, tomorrow starts the cold temps and snow showers, weatherman says no accumulation expected, therefore it will snow about 6 inches. lol

Gotta get busy, will check back later.

Love and hugs,

Laura705
12-02-2009, 10:53 AM
Good Morning everyone! I think this is the last day of the nice above average temps we've been having around here. I love that we've had this into December. Bf fixed the mower starter rope and did the final mowing for the year yesterday. The movie I saw last night, The Blind Side, was good - touching, heartwarming and cute.

Mom had her xray yesterday and her hip is fine, just a lot of bruising, and I guess they can see the start of arthritis, which I guess wouldn't be unusual for a woman in her mid-70's. She said she's feeling much better this week, so I'm relieved.

I ate some sweets yesterday, but otherwise food was okay. My exercise was my walking to/from the train stations. My weight's fluctuating - today's weight was down two pounds from yesterday's weight. That would mean it's down a pound for the week, but who knows what tomorrow will bring... Wonder if my scale is starting to flake out.

Shad - Congrats on the job, just hope you have time to get everything in order before you go. How long will this job expected to go?

Ceejay - Sorry you had to deal w/ the rude phone call. I didn't know you had to field those kinds of calls. Boo.

Annie - I totally understand your relief at ds's postponed departure!! Nice to be on the receiving end of a kind act every once in a while, huh? Very sweet of your neighbor. LOL re your brother's dogs! I don't know of any dog that doesn't like peanut butter, so I hope your Bella enjoys those biscuits when you get a chance to make them.

Michelle - I was thinking that it might be nice for bf and I to take a walk one night soon w/ the dog to enjoy the neighborhood Christmas decorations, otherwise, my dog walks will likely be limited to weekend daytime until the days get longer again and daylight savings time begins (looked it up: March 14, 2010). The outdoor walking for my work commutes is quite enough in the cold weather. Love the orchid pic! Fantastic to finish the year w/ a 20 lb loss - you can do it!!

Mel - Glad the peepers are doing better! I think I'll have to change my avatar to reflect the holiday spirit!

Cheers!

MELODY525
12-02-2009, 12:19 PM
WELCOME TO MEL'S 25 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK. DAY 3 :tree:
http://www.ginside.com/content/2008/12/merry-christmas.jpg

WORKING ON THE HOLIDAY TREE FOR THE SENIORS. MY EYES ARE HAVING FITS. CAME UP TO LIE DOWN. WILL BE BACK TOMORROW AFTER TRADER JOE'S IF I CAN SEE BY THEN! LOL LOVE THE NEW AVATARS CEEJAY AND MICHELLE. WILL TRY AND READ TONITE.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.

happy2bme
12-02-2009, 02:01 PM
Hi all,

I had a really bad night last night. I am trying not to get too many naps in during the day or drink too much caffeine during the day. When I was sick 2 weeks ago, I was taking Nyquil at night. It really seemed to knock me out and help me get to sleep fast. Since then, I have had trouble falling asleep. I got to bed and lay there and toss and turn for at least 2 hours. Last night was no exception. DH was chilly (I think he's fighting my cold off and on) so he kicked up the furnace and the house was quite warm. I opened the bedroom window for an hour to cool the room off. No matter what, I could not get comfortable. I had my foot on a pillow but it kept feeling like I was stretching it and pulling on it very uncomfortably. Twice I actually started to fall asleep, only to be woken by a violent sinus tickle and the accompanying hacking. I finally got up in frustration at 3am and took a pain pill. It's a narcotic so it knocked me out after about 30 minutes. Needless to say when the alarm went off at 6:30 I was not in any shape to go to the office. I really have to get my act together. Although I have to admit, DH was hollering at me for moving around so much yesterday - I was supposed to sit with the foot elevated for 48 hours. But I was so restless. Learned my lesson...

Laura - thanks for the review on The Blind Side. It looked like a very good movie - a true story out of Memphis here. Sandra Bullock just knocked a couple of movies out after laying quiet for a rather long time. The Proposal was a cute movie even tho it got panned. All About Steve looked really dumb but the trailers for The Blind Side looked really good. I like her. I hope your scale keeps the weight loss for tomorrow. There are so many things (including a rainy day) that I think make the scale fluctuate. Cute Christmas avatar. Glad your Mom is doing ok - if she's staved off arthritis until now, that's wonderful. The weather up that way really affects the joints.

Annie - how sweet of the neighbor to bring you dinner! Now you know how good you make others feel with a plate of home cooking. It's really nice that someone did for you for a change. I can understand your anxiety with DS. Especially with them ramping up the troops in Afghanistan. So DS has to be under a certain weight before they will accept him? I myself would dread boot camp! Hope it doesn't snow yet - still too early for that. Although it was always exciting for the FIRST snow - after that, meh. :rolleyes:

Michelle - the thing I admire about you is that you ALWAYS seem to fit in a workout - whether it's taking a walk (enjoy the weather while you can) or climbing stairs or just doing something to keep moving. You are my inspiration!
Love your holiday avatar - so pretty. I kinda agree with you - at 5 foot 1 when you tip the scales over 200 pounds you lose petite and invite in short and round :O Hope your reports net out - it's that time of month - doing the same here too. That orchid you posted was gorgeous.

Shad - I'm so happy that something came along your way at last. I know it's a mixed blessing - being off is nice though like the others have said you are the busiest person I know (just a smidge above Michelle here). Just seems like you have to drop everything in a flash and move into hurry, hurry mode. Hope you find reasonable accomodations. Are you saying it's a 2 day trip to drive out there? Good luck...

Welcome back Ruthie - you are always welcome - especially if you share the hooch :rofl: Seriously, you know we get off on the company alone :lol:

Ceejay - doesn't this weather stink? Are you sleeping better now that you have the alarm system? Did you get black out curtains for the creeper/peeper?

Mel - I'm surprised that you are bored watching TV. Have they not started enough Christmas shows for you yet? Is Jen going to decorate windows this year or is it just too cold to do it? Do you have countdown Santa on display?

Back to work for me - gotta get some stuff done. Later chicks...

Oh and at this point I'm 5 pounds down from the start of the year. I had planned on a pound a week in January - far cry from 50 pounds down but I am 14 pounds down from my all time, gonna glue my lips shut, highest weight ever in July of '07. Some chicken soup yesterday and open faced turkey sandwiches with gravy have me holding some water today but I am still striving to hit that new low I set by Monday.

diyana
12-02-2009, 03:18 PM
Annie - So nice of your neighbor to bring you dinner! You do so much for others, it's about time you were on the receiving end. We're supposed to get snow flurries tonight as well, maybe 1/2" total.

Laura - I've really enjoyed the "warm" weather also! I wish it would last through the whole winter. I really want to see The Blind Side. It's based on the true story of a Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman. Glad to hear mom's hip is fine. I did a preliminary weigh in today....and it's not good. Keeping my fingers crossed that your weigh in will show at least a pound lost!!

Mel - I hope you rest those peepers tonight. So nice of you to decorate the holiday tree for the seniors. Have fun at Trader Joe's. If you're bored watching TV, switch to the Lifetime Channel...they have Fa La La La Lifetime going on now...TONS of Christmas programming!

Happy - Sorry you're not sleeping well. Are you resting today with your foot elevated?? Can you use ice to help with the inflammation and pain? I hope you have a better night tonight. I like Sandra Bullock too...Miss Congeniality is one of my all time favorite movies. I can watch it over and over and over. Happy, I don't feel very inspiring...I have not been that great on the exercise front, and my weight is suffering...as is my asthma. I need to get back in shape. Come h*ll or high water, this chick is getting to the gym tonight. I want to go to the gym tomorrow night too, but DH says we might get the Christmas tree tomorrow night. I'll get there Friday for sure, as I'm off work that day. Saturday we'll be walking 'round Chicago.

annie175
12-02-2009, 03:20 PM
Ah **** Happy, sorry your sleeping is sucking. I hate it when I can't get comfortable, then when I finally do, awakened by the alarm, another person or HELLA BELLA. I hope the sleep fairy visits you tonight and provides you with comfort. Maybe you will pass out since you were up all night. Peace Sister.

HannahBoo23
12-02-2009, 03:30 PM
I'm so excited it's December! (My birthday is in 3 days..hehe) Also, it's kinda like a fresh start. A new month..new triumphs and new failures! lol I'm gonna start out this month in a good manner and try and keep to my calorie range more.

I've kinda been sucking with the calories.. I eat more than i intend to. It sucks..but my new years resolution is to stick to it and meet my goal this year! Lose 50 lbs! I know i can do it..its going to be really @!$%$ hard but it's going to be worth it! :) :) :)

~Hannah

diyana
12-02-2009, 04:25 PM
Welcome Hannah! Happy Early Birthday! You've got a good goal...albeit a difficult one during the holidays! Stick to it and you will succeed.

Shad
12-02-2009, 08:12 PM
Did another stupid thing this morning and lost my post.

I don't have time at the moment to repeat it, so I'll be back later in the day if time permits.

happy2bme
12-03-2009, 07:53 AM
Hi ladies,

Slept a little better last night but am having a case of those stitch type of pains on one side. Foot is healing I guess and pulling too - like you are trying to pull an adhesive bandage off slowly. But... I have to get into the office so quitcherewhininwoman and get on with it.

Showering is an adventure and takes a little longer but can be done keeping the foot dry.

So off I pop - will try and get back at lunch for personals.

Happy - what day is it??????? :rofl:

diyana
12-03-2009, 08:16 AM
Happy Thursday -

Today is my Friday. Yay!! I'm taking tomorrow off because I need to use up vacation days before the end of the year. I'm going to get my hair cut and colored (blond again), and have lunch with a friend. Saturday is the day for the Chicago trip, and starting Sunday, I'll be doing some pet sitting work for 10 days - checking in on two dogs at their house 4 times per day on the weekends, and an evening visit during the week.

And...drum roll please...I got to the gym last night!! Yippee!! I did 1/2 hour of cardio and crunches. I'll be going again tonight for strength training class followed by Zumba. I did a preliminary weigh in yesterday, and my weight is up by a few pounds. We'll see what happens on WW's scale.

I didn't sleep well last night. The doggies woke me up for their usual midnight pee. I fell right back to sleep after that, but woke up at around 2:30 and couldn't fall back asleep until 4 (and the alarm goes off at 4:30). Lots on my mind, I guess.

Happy - Glad you got a little more sleep last night. I hope the side stitch has gone away and the foot pain eases up. I'm glad to hear you're able to go to work today. Can you elevate your foot on a box or something to keep the swelling/pain down?

I've got a bunch of meetings today, but I'll try and check in later.

Love and hugs,

annie175
12-03-2009, 08:27 AM
Chelle...Congrats on the gym! I knew you wouldn't fail me. lol. Keep on Rockin Sista! Goodluck on WI.

Happy...glad you got a little better sleep last night, probably better tonight as going to work will probably wear your tushie out.

Shad...don't cha just hate it when you lose your post. And it is always a great post that gets lost too! If only we could lose weight that well. lol

Hannah...welcome.

Mom is now in a comatose state. In and out of it. I was there last night for a couple of hours, and she was "with" me for about 8 minutes. I think her body is just plum worn out. The cat scan and chest xray came back no change. The blood culture will not be back till this afternoon. Other than her sugar dropped down to 52, doctors cannot figure out why she is out of it.

DD spent the night last night. Her BF is out of town all week and I think she just wanted her momma. It was nice having her there altho the majority of the time was spent sleeping as I did not get home from the hospital 9pm.

My dad is beside himself over mom. It is so sad to see all this. I just wish I could make everything happy for everyone. I am usually a VERY positive person, but here lately I am having a hard time staying the course.

Chelle send me some of your good feeling endorphins.

Have a magical day all.

Love and Hugs

ceejay52
12-03-2009, 10:59 AM
Morning everyone

Hannah
Welcome to the worldly chicks. You have set some good goals.

Michelle
You inspire me to exercise. I've done 2 dvd work out's this week. I should have done more.

Happy
I know how you feel as I remember my foot surgery.

Annie
Maybe your mom just needs to sleep longer to help her body heal. Sending you good vibes and thoughts.

Shad
Congratulations on getting that job. Are you packed and ready to go.

I've been battleing sinus problems since August but it's finally gotten outta hand. I'm going to the doctor this afternoon to see if he will give me an injection. I've been taking otc meds but they are not strong enough. I also need to have blood drawn for the thyroid meds refill.

ADT called Wednesday to see how I was liking the system. I think I'm ready to put it on line. They've given me a week to play with it. I was told last week that the police had caught a prowler, so maybe they caught my peeping tom also.

Weigh in=195.8 which is the same as last week.

diyana
12-03-2009, 11:16 AM
Annie - Thanks for the congrats. I'm not feeling totally back in the groove yet, but I'm getting there. I'm sooo sorry to hear about your mom. If her Blood Sugar is that low, that could definitely be why she's out of it. Are they able to "feed" her through an IV? At least to keep her blood glucose and electrolytes up. I know when my diabetic cat's blood sugar went too low, he went unconscious and we had to give him Karo syrup to bring his blood sugar back up and then get him to the vet asap. I understand about your dad. It's sooo hard when a loved one's health starts failing. You feel so helpless. Believe me, sister, I've been there. And I am here for you, always. I'm sending you lots of love, hugs and :goodvibes:

diyana
12-03-2009, 12:54 PM
Ceejay - Congrats on doing the exercise DVDs! That's great! I hope your sinuses clear up soon. My DH went to the doctor and got some NasaCort steroid nasal spray and that cleared him up quickly. He's almost all better now! :hug:

Laura705
12-03-2009, 12:57 PM
Haven't caught up on reading your posts, but I wanted to pop in and report that yesterday's scale reading held this morning - 182. Down a pound from last week.

Be back later!

annie175
12-03-2009, 01:37 PM
Rock on Laura...you are the woman!

Chelle...how'd your WI go?

I am still 157 this morning.

happy2bme
12-03-2009, 02:10 PM
Yummmm... sitting here at lunch enjoying some of DH's most delicious homemade chicken noodle soup. Last night we made a roast beef that smelled heavenly but we started it too late and it wasn't done until after 8:30pm - way too late to eat supper. I tasted just a small slice - deeee-lish! - and we will have it for supper tonight. Y'all are welcome, just call ahead so I make enough mashed potatoes.

:yay: Laura on a good scale reading. Every little bit counts - especially hard to lose this time of year!

I am still down from last week but up a tad from the other day - salty foods.

Welcome Hannah - nice to meet you :D

Ceejay - you mean that there actually CAN be an end to sinus issues here? I figured it's a seasonal thing I'll just have to learn to deal with. Hope you get some relief as the coughing and sniffling is very frustrating. Good for you for doing 2 exercise DVDS - ***pats your back***

Annie, sister-friend - sorry to hear about Mom. I'm not sure we really realize how hard a battle to body faces sometimes, particularly in a weakened state. I hope she can be comfortable. :hug: to Dad too. We took care of my Dad as he slowly deteriorated from heart disease. It was awful - to watch him, the helplessness and the overwhelming sadness of losing him a bit each day. I think the hardest part is just knowing we can't help when we want to so much... my heart to him. Glad your DD could spend some time with you. Would have been better if you didn't have to work so late. It helps to have people around. I'm sorry you are having to deal with this now - especially at this time of the year when we think we are supposed to be so full of happy happy joy joy. :hug:

Michelle - won't you be the spiffy chick :D Perfect time to get all pretty too. Enjoy your trip to the city - have you decided what you're going to see? Ugh on getting woken up last night. The one good thing about it being cold out is that if I have to drag myself out of bed, I can usually fall asleep very quickly just because the covers are all snuggly! Hope you don't have a winkin' blinkin' noddin' afternoon! I'm sure work will keep you awake.

Shad - you packing and hauling? Find a place to stay? Luxury resort with fabulous man-waiters? :rofl: NOT, huh?

Hello Miss Mel - giving the peepers a rest today? Hope so.

Back to my reports... :comp:

diyana
12-03-2009, 02:17 PM
Laura - Congrats on the 1 lb weight loss! That is a tremendous accomplishment over Thanksgiving week! YGG!

My WW weigh in showed a gain, which I expected....but it wasn't nearly as much as I thought. I gained 1.2 lbs. And all I have to do is lose 3 lbs by New Years to have LOST weight over the holidays! :)

I'm might not be able to get to the gym tonight after all, as DH wants to get the Christmas tree since we're so busy this weekend. But I'll get a workout helping him carry it. Plus I did A LOT of walking at work today. I'm gonna have to start wearing my pedometer again. I'm curious how many steps I'm getting in with working and doing holiday errands. I am going to go to the gym tomorrow morning and do cardio and weights.

diyana
12-03-2009, 02:30 PM
Happy - How is your foot doing today? Congrats on your weight loss from last week!! MMMMM, homemade soup and roast beef and mashed taters for dinner! :drool: I don't know if I'll be getting all pretty...but at least my hair won't be three tone (roots, gray and blonde)! We're going to Daley Plaza to see the tree and the German/Bavarian village they have there at Christmastime. Then we're going to window shop along State Street and Michigan Avenue, taking in the lights and the store displays. It's supposed to be chilly - upper 20s/low 30s and since it's Chicago, it will be windy. So we'll have to dress warm and in layers.

MELODY525
12-03-2009, 04:14 PM
Sorry Again For This Short Post. Promise To Catch Up Tomorrow Or Saturday. Lots Of Outside Pressure Being Put On Me And It Should All Be Over Tonite....hopefully. All Political. Will Explain Soon. Just Send Nlove My Way.......sigh

Laura705
12-03-2009, 05:41 PM
Half hour more of work and then I'm off to the train.

Happy – Hope you got a better night's rest last night and that your foot feels better today. Re The Blind Side, I definitely feel safe saying it's worth seeing at the theater or as a rental. You may not have hit your target loss this year, but you made progress, and that's worthwhile! And yay for being down from last week!! Happy THURSDAY!! The soup and beef sound fab.

Michelle - Good job getting to the gym the other day!! Have fun putting up the tree tonight, and hope you can get to the gym again tomorrow morning. What you said about lack of exercise being bad for your asthma – none of my lung complaints started until this year, after I stopped doing Jazzercise classes (which was vigorous cardio for me). I hope getting back to some sort of vigorous cardio can help me. I need to make that a goal for and 2010! Okay, it should be for the rest of 2009 too, but…I'm too busy being anxious about what I'm not getting done for the holidays. Re my loss - not expected at all. The 180 -183 range is what I've been at the past few years, I think it'll be a challenge to break into the 170's. Wondering if scale is reflecting muscle loss because exercise has not been what it should have been all year!

Thanks for the reminder about Lifetime's Christmas programming. Our newspaper's weekly tv listings (printed well in advance, I'm sure) said that A Charlie Brown Christmas was supposed to be aired this past Tues night, but that didn't happen because of the President's speech. I looked it up and the dates are the next two Tuesday's - 12/8 and 12/15 at 8 pm ET, on ABC. Enjoy your Friday off work, and enjoy your Saturday in Chicago!

Hannah – Hello and welcome! Happy Birthday in advance!

Shad – I hate when I lose my post!!

Annie – I hope the docs get your mother's blood sugar back in line. I agree w/ Ceejay - maybe her state will help her recuperate? My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom!! Nice that your dd is with you right now!!

Ceejay – I hope the doc takes care of the sinus problems. No more playing – get that ADT system online and on watch for you!

Mel – Hello!! Whoever's putting on the pressure better let up on you or we'll have to go over there and pressure those folks right back!! :rollpin:\

Cheers!

ceejay52
12-03-2009, 06:19 PM
Back from the doctor's office. My sinuses had drained so much that it's gotten down to my lungs. He said they were crackling. I'm not coughing. Happy, I thought about you saying your lungs crackled. He asked me if I had chill's and fever, told him no. He did give me an injection plus two presciptions and ear drops. My ears are also infected. While I was sitting in the waiting room the doctor's wife came out for a visit. She's always been very friendly. Remember I used to work here. They have a position open. I'm attempted to apply but I know the salary will not be as much as I make now.

Laura
The ADT system is on line. I'm not sure what to so when the door bell rings. Good job on loosing a pound.

Happy
My sinus problem is year round, which means I react to both indoor and out door stuff. I shouldn't have done all that rakeing the past couple of weeks. The leaves were covered in mold on the underside.

Michelle
I use the Nasocort spray. Probably not as much as I should.

annie175
12-04-2009, 08:33 AM
Mornin' All.........

Mom update: Crap. SHe has developed an intestional bug of some sort, they do not know what it is or what caused it. She has had the poos for 4-5 days. We now have to wear a gown and mask when we go in to see her. Poor thing, her heiny is so d*mn sore, plus the bed sore she has on her right cheek bum is not very good either. God love her and bless her. She is so miserable. I hate to even visit today, seems like every day it is something new. I love her so.

Ceejay...hope the drugs from the doc help your sinuses. I always have some type of draining/sinus/nose thing going on. Everyone things I have a cold, but it is just my messed up head (more than one way) making sound like I talk through my nose. I call it the chronic "Indiana" nose. You must of gotten it too when passing through here at some point.

Laura....I would love to go on a train ride, but not to work! lol. Have a relaxing ride.

MEL....the mood I am in lately, bring on that pressure, I will whoop up on them for you. Between the two of us, I am sure we can kick b*tt. Leave my MELLIE alone, you nasty people. I told them...

Shad...getting ready for the big move/work date? What a time of year to go off to work. Merry "bah humbug" Christmas!

Chelle...enjoy your day off, hair beautification, and Chicago weekend. I should of met you up there as I actually have this weekend off. Go figure. It is only a 3 hour drive for me. That would be a blast!!

Hi's to all, gotta go the big boss is here today.

Have a marvy weekend.

Love and Hugs,

Laura705
12-04-2009, 12:52 PM
Cold and windy here, and we had a very light dusting of snow last night. I wore my short wool jacket to work, but I should have worn my long down coat. Brrrr. Yesterday food was so-so, but I did two Body Electric workouts last night - sore today. TGIF!! Have to really get busy this weekend with decorating and cleaning, but first thing Sat. morning is a dentist appointment - annual exam and cleaning. That's about it for me.

Ceejay - Hope the shot and rx's work for your sinuses. And your ears too! You poor thing! I'd be dizzy as heck if my ears were being affected by sinus congestion. Now that you're live on ADT, guess you don't need to answer the doorbell now, bonus! :carrot: Does ADT give you stickers to post on your door, or is it just the lawn sign?

Annie - So sorry your mother's having to go through all this misery! Why is it that one bad thing happens and it seems to open a floodgate for a bunch of other bad things? Life is definitely not fair. :( Hope you have a relaxing weekend off from cvs.

Hellos to all! Have a great weekend.
:wreath:

happy2bme
12-04-2009, 12:53 PM
sorry guys - just not in the mood to post. Maybe tomorrow.

Mel - I hope the politicos blew through and left you unscathed. Beat 'em off with a stick :rollpin: You are not there to save their world.

Michelle - enjoy your Chicago trip.

ceejay52
12-04-2009, 06:23 PM
Happy
We all have those day's. Have you decided to decorate for Christmas?

Michelle
Have fun this week end. Be safe.

Annie
Hugs. Sorry that your mom is having to go through all this.

Laura
Good job on doing those 2 BE work outs.

Hello's to Mel and Shad. :wave:

The pay check came this morning bright and early and I was sound to sleep when the door bell rang. I called my boss and told him to put it in the mailbox. He did. Ran some errands also this morning. It was cold outside today too. This morning the temperature was 27 and by lunch time the temperature had only climbed to 39 degree's I suppose winter is here.
I'm having veggie soup and cornbread for dinner. I've added pumpkin for the base. Hope it's good.

Shad
12-04-2009, 09:59 PM
Morning all,

I've been up since early this morning (5.00am) painting round at the DS2's house. It gets so hot so quickly these days that you have to do what you can in the coolest parts of the day which is early morning and early evening. The rest of the day it is far to hot to paint and the darn stuff dries on the roller and crackles onto the wall. Still I will break the back of it by tomorrow when three rooms and the hall will be more or less finished. The trims will still be left to do, but that will mean lots more sanding before I can paint since the brave soul who last painted them decided that an oil based gloss would cover a multitude of sins (like 5 coats of previous paint! including lolly pink)

Anyway - the rest of the day will be spent playing with water - as in cleaning the bathroom, loo and laundry. Then my house at least will be fairly clean and tidy. And I need to plan what to pack as well.

Happy - glad to hear that the foot is improving. It's darned inconvenient to have feet problem since they are the things that keep us going all day.
DH makes soup!!!! :faint: and roast beef??? :rofl: Better hang on to that one.
Good to hear that you are making some downward progress. Keep going. We all need to be lighter at the beginning of 2010 than we were in 2009.
Well done Happy :woohoo:

Michelle - have a good trip to Chicago. I went there once with a couple of friends. We went to Navy Pier and watched the boats, saw aeroplanes and some amusement rides and had a good time. We also went to a butterfly house and the botanical gardens
Goodonya for going back to the gym. It will become a habit again soon I am sure.

Annie - I am really sorry to hear about Mum. It's so hard to see them fail and not be able to do much about it. The new rehab might see an improvement. I'm sure she appreciates everything you are doing for her.

Mel - Politics sure is a messy business old girl. Hope you get the rest that you deserve and the praise that you undoubtably deserve as well.

Laura - snow already? :yikes: Dress warm. Goodonya for getting in the exercise. Makes one feel good doesn't it. :woohoo: on the downward weight as well.

Ceejay - :yikes: on the sinus. Gee they sure can play up at times can't they.
Hope that was the bloody idiot that the police have caught. Sometimes I wonder about this world.
Yours must be the only company that doesn't pay peoples wages into a bank account. Can't get cash or cheque here anymore.

With that, I think I ought to go put some more water in my system. Then go play in the bathroom to get that cleaned up. Once the 3 wetrooms are done then I can go down to Joy heaven to pick up some more supplies. With the heat, the rollers, brushes and pads are having a hard time getting cleaned. I need to be able to change them more often.

MELODY525
12-05-2009, 08:38 AM
http://i-love-cartoons.com/snags/clipart/christmas/peanuts/Christmas-Snoopy-Lights-Tree.jpg

:hohoho: SNOOPY AND I FIONISHED DECORATING THE COMMUNITY ROOM WITH THE SENIORS. VERY COLORFUL. JOHN PICKED UP NEW COLORED LIGHTS FOR US. SEEMDS LIKE THE TREE'S BUILT-INS DIED OVER THE SUMMER. EVERYONE IS HAPPY AND IN THE HOLIDAY MODE. :rudolph: MY FRIEND DID HER GOLDEN HOLIDAY TREE FOR THE LOBBY AND ONE OF THE GIRLS BOUGHT WHITE FEATHERY ANGELS....THE TREE LOOKS GORGEOUS.
:tree: THE WEEK HAS BEEN FILLED WITH DRAMA OF ALL TYPES. I HAVE TRIED MY BEST TO AVOID IT ALL AND INLISTED HELP FROM A POWERFUL FRIEND FROM OUT OF TOWN. DIPLOMACY MUST REIGN NO MATTER HOW MUCH OF AN AZZ "ANOTHER" IS MAKING OUT OF HIMSELF. I WAS ASSURED THAT BY THE END OF THIS MONTH OR NEXT, THE PRIOBLEMS SHOULD BE SOLVED. :rofl: MORE PROMISES. IN THE MEANTIME I WON'T HOLD MY BREATH.

SORRY I HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND. JUST TOO DRAINED AND YOU CAN IMAGINE THE EFFECTS ON MY EYES. BETWEEN THE DUSTY XMAS DISPLAY STUFF TO THE STRESS. :yikes: I WILL TRY TO DO A COPY AND PASTE PM TO YOU ALL. STAY WELL AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
PS...HOPE SNOOPY WASN'T TOO BIG TO LOAD...I JUST COULDN'T RESIST!! :hohoho:

ceejay52
12-05-2009, 11:22 AM
Morning ever one

Mel
Hope things settle down. Rest today.

I called my uncle and told them I'm not coming today. My congestion is still here and even though I don't have a temperature I don't feel like driving.

Have a good day.

Shad
12-05-2009, 05:49 PM
Morning all,
Quick fly by post for the time being. We are going out to breakfast as soon as I can get DS2 organised and ready. It's just as bad a 20 years ago really.

Everyone seems to be getting into the Christmas avatars - 'cept maybe me and Annie. Goodonya.

Weight is on it's way down again - hallelujah. I'm trying to work out why I have these sudden gains - and they are big gains - like around 1 kg or 2lbs overnight. It's got to be water retention, so something I am eating contains more salt or something that causes a problem.

Right DS2 is at last ready. I better go before he decides to rip into a wall or change the tyres on the Ute.

Back later

MELODY525
12-05-2009, 07:00 PM
ANNIE~ I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MOM AND SORRY I WASN'T HERE TO GIVE YOU AND THE FAMILY A BIG HUG (((HUG))) MAYBE MOM WANTS TO SLEEP. IT CAN BE A HEALING PROCESS. LET US HOPE FOR THE BEST. POOR DAD TOO. GOTTA BE TOUGH ON EVERYONE.

CEEJAY~ HOPE THE ALARM SYSTEM IS WORKINGOK. GLAD YOU'RE GOING ONLINE SOON. WE REALLY LOVE OURS IN THE BUILDING. HOPE THEY GOT YOUR PEEPER TOO!!! ALSO HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER WITH THE MEDS NOW. SINUS THIS YEAR IS THE PITS!! GOOD GOING WITH THE DVDS! SOUP & CORNBREAD...SAVE ME SOME!!

SHAD~ WHEN DOES THE JOB START? DID I MISS A POST? NOT SURE, GOD I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW FUNNY IT IS TO HEAR YOU TALK ABOPUT THE FRIGGING HEAT!! ROFLMAO IT'S POURING HERE AND CHILLY. YOU HAVE SOME PAINTING TO DO. IT WILL BE "HEAT-BAKED"!! A BRAND NEW PROCESS!! HOPE YOU'RE HAVBING A GREAT BREKKIE!! CONGRATS ON THE SCALE TOO!

MICHELLE~YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB AND HOPE YOU WILL BE IN THE "GROOVE" SOON!! GOD KNOWS YOU WORK AT IT!!! LOL DO YOU LOVE THE Wii??
SEEMS LIKE THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES IT. G;LAD THE DH IS FEELING BETTER TOO.

LAURA~ CONGRATS ON THE LOSS!! GOOD GOING. I WOULD LOVE TO FOLLOW YHOU INTO THE 170'S BUT I THINK I NEED A FOOKING ROAD MAP!!!! SNOW!! SEND IT HERE PLEASE!! I WOULD BE SO HAPPY WITH A DUSTING!!

HAPPY~ YUM!!! ROASTED BEAST!! MY ABSOLUTE FAVE!!! I AM A MEAT AND POTATOES GAL!! DELISH. YOU MADE ME DROOL! I HAD BEEF BURGERS TODAY! YUM TOO!

:write:WELL I SENT YOU ALL THE PM'S ABOUT THE MESSY WEEK I HAD. I USED EVERY TRICK AND EXCUSE I COULD THINK OF TO NO AVAIL. I WON'T CHAT ANYMORE ABOUT IT HERE IN PUBLIC BUT IF I GET OUT OF THIS FINE MESS I'LL LET YOU KNOW!! :rofl:

:dance: I HAD A GREAT DAY WITH THE GRANDSON AND WE KEPT EACH OTHER COMPANY DURING CHRISTMAS MOVIES. IT'S A HARRY POTTER WEEKEND ON THE ABC FAMILY CHANNEL. GOTTA LOVE HP FOR THE WEEKEND.
:rain: RAINING AND GETTING CHILLY. IF WE GOT OUR PREDICTED DUSTING OF SNOW THEN I MISSED IT!! LOL
NOTHING ELSE IS NEW. JUST GOING TO COOK A BIT AND TIDY UP TOMORROW.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. :moped:

MELODY525
12-05-2009, 07:03 PM
HAPPY~ THANKS FOR THE NOTE. MEANT A LOT. :hug:

Laura705
12-05-2009, 10:36 PM
Shad - Do not envy you painting in that heat. Especially not when the trim will have to be painted. Will you have to paint w/ oil-based paint, or can it be sanded off and then painted w/ water-based paint? What a job for you. Or will it fall to ds when you leave for your work assignment? Huh.

Ceejay - Mmm, the veggie soup w/ pumpkin in the base sounds wonderful! Hope the sinuses are improving now.

Mel - Yay for Snoopy!! Thanks for posting that graphic! We've had a pre-lit tree for about 3 or 4 years now and my big fear is that the lights will go kaput. I like putting on the ornaments, but not stringing the lights!!

Happy - Hope you're in a posting mood soon.

Annie - Continued healing thoughts for your mom!

Michelle - Hope you enjoyed your day in Chicago!

In spite of having the alarm set, I overslept by 30+ minutes this morning and had to rush around to get to the dentist. I forgot to bring my night guard (my dds likes to inspect it and polish any rough spots - and make sure I'm wearing it! I always tell him I'm very diligent about it, but he can tell that just by seeing the wear it shows!!) A tooth that has been watched for the past couple visits had to be filled (boo!), and when he talked about only needing superficial drilling, I said that I preferred to be numbed for any drilling. So that went fine and I dealt w/ the numbness for a couple hours.

Bf and I did some cleaning today, but no decorating yet. Tomorrow will be decorating, and a trip to Trader Joe's.

My calves are still sore from one of the BE routines I did the other day. Grumble.

Okay, I'll get this posted and get back to my Saturday evening. Already watched some tv. Just remembered a load of laundry still in the washer that needs to be dried, and I have a little sewing project I want to do. Maybe some reading or more tv after that. If I last that long. Sheesh, already after 9:30!!

Cheers!

MELODY525
12-06-2009, 07:52 AM
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c12/MVA769/snoopy_xmas2_big.gif

GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD. WHEN I GOT OFF HERE LAST NIGHT, I ROLLED OVER TO THE WINDOW...AND WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES DID APPEAR?...BUT A DRIVEWAY FULL OF SNOW BUT NO REINDEER :rudolph:
THE SNOW MISER WAS GOOD ON HIS WORD AND GAVE US THE DUSTING:ginger: HE MUST HAVE KNOWN HOW MUCH I NEEDED IT. :rofl:
THE KIDS FINISHED CLOSING DOWN THE TRAILER. BOTH WERE NERVOUS GOING BACK UP THERE. THEY COULDN'T WAIT TO GET HOME. WE CAN'T BE TOGETHER RIGHT NOW. RICHIE IS RUNNING A TEMP AND WE DON'T KNOW WHY. HOPE IT'S NOT THE FLU. OTHER THAN THAT...ALL IS WELL AND QUIET HERE IN THE BLDG. THE SENIORS ARE GOING OUT TODAY AND MAKE THEIR FREE HOLIDAY LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS...ALL PAID FOR BY MERRILL-LYNCH. GOD BLESS THEM. NOW THEY CAN TALK OVERSEAS FOR A FEW MINUTES TO LONG LOST FAMILY. IT'S SUCH A GOOD THING M-L IS DOING. :cheers:
I AM GING TO WATCH MORE HARRY AND XMAS STUFF. SO HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY.:moped:

LAURA~ THANKS FOR THE NOTE. CHEERED ME UP FOR SURE. :rofl: HOPE YOUR CALVES FEEL BETTER!! OUCH!! GOOD THINGYOU GOT THE NUMBING SHOTS. WHAT ARE DENTISTS THINKING OF ANYWAY?? :yikes: YOU BETTER GET TO DECORATING YOUR PLACE...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? JANUARY?? :lol3: :lol3: WHEN IS THAT BLOCK PARTY??? DO I SOUND LIKE THE NAGGING MOM-TYPE??? :rofl: LOVE TRADER JOES :love:

happy2bme
12-06-2009, 12:41 PM
Happy Sunday,

I'm kind of ticked actually. Ticked not tickled. Between the bad cold I had and the foot surgery, I have been out of the office quite a bit the last 3 weeks. Just about all the time I worked from home. Went back into the office this week. I am allergic to dust, mold and cat hair. Generally I can manage it quite well with an occasional allergy tablet. My cat does not bother me unless I pick her up, dig my nose deep inside her coat and sniff, sniff - which I admit I do on occasion when she comes in from playing outside all day and smells so nice of fresh air :lol: I found that long haired cats bother me the most. The mold part I have to be careful of - like Ceejay - the moldy leaves of autumn will send me into fits if I'm not careful. I can rake but only for about an hour. When I try and pick leaves out of the bushes, if I don't cover my hands and arms I get red welts and scratches within 10 minutes. That leaves dust. A little dust on the desk doesn't bother me - but very old or dirty places do. Which brings me to the office. Like many companies today, everyone is cutting back on costs. One of the things that went out the door was the cleaning service. We have a thin, utilitarian carpet on the floor and the usual upholstered desk chairs. Once upon a time they would vacumn, empty the trash baskets and do a surface wiping of the desk and counter areas, as well as clean the coffee area/kitchen nooks and the restrooms. Now they pretty much empty the trash bins, lift the loo seat and dump some sudsy stuff in the bowl. When you come in the next morning and flush, that's how it get's "cleaned". I doubt they wipe the toilet seat and if they do, probably use the same rag to run along the sink counters. The only way you get the carpet vacumned is to dump a bunch of stuff on it like popcorn or paper bits. The loo floor is tiled and I think they might sweep once a week on Fridays as I have had the occasion to stare at the floor for a bit and have noticed "stuff" that seems to sit in the same spot day after day. Sorry if I am grossing you out here. I do have a tin of antibacterial wipes at my desk and I routinely clean my work surface, telephone and keyboard.

Came back to work after being away for a while and within an hour my head started stuffing up again. Wasn't soon after that I got the chocking cough that comes from the allergy drip. Happened both Thursday and Friday all the while I was at work. And amazing after suffering all day long, when I got home I didn't have a problem at all!

Even though my cold is gone, I have been coughing regularly as it's back to the winter allergy driven post nasal drip and such. Have been having chest pains - like one of those side stitches you get where it's very hard to take in a deep breath. Friday night I had them really badly as I was going to sleep. I snuggled deep into the bed covers with a favorite blanket to warm up the spot and get some relief. It cleared up a bit yesterday and then last night after supper the pains got really bad again. So bad I could barely breathe. I wa toying with DH taking me to the emergency room. I was getting strong and frequent muscle spasms. I warmed up a hot pad in the microwave, leaned forward against it and debated about taking a pain pill. I could not sit back against the chair because as soon as my back touched something solid, the pains really kicked into swift and high gear. DH came down from playing the guitar to check on me. Told me to take a pain pill and go to bed. I said I could not lay down as it made it much worse. He said to go sit in a warm bath which I can't do because I can't get my foot wet. So I went and sat in the shower and drained an 80 gallon hot water tank :lol: When I got out, it had calmed a bit and I was starting to get the buzz from the Percoset so I figured I'd give it 30 more minutes and sure enough, it did dull the pain and the spasms. Still hurt but I could breathe ok and was able to get a good night's sleep. There is still a spot this morning that is quite painful and I am coughing up a bit of what I hope is not a bronchial infection. My regular doc had wanted me to follow up from the cold in 10 days - had to cancel that appt because I had surgery that day. Rescheduled it for Friday morning which I cancelled on Thursday because I THOUGHT I was feeling fine. I guess she knew best when she said to follow up so I'm hoping it stays quiet enough today to allow me to get to see her tomorrow. Will have to work around the appointment to get my stitches out.

Soooooo... forgive the long dissertation BUT the reason I am miffed if because I believe that a good part of this lung thing is from the filthy conditions at the office. If you slam your hand into the chairs, you can see a huge dust cloud. I have only seem them clean the rugs once in the 3 years I've been there so heaven knows what's in there. Imagine what your rugs at home would harbor if you never vacumned them :eek:

So, ok... got that off my chest. Thanks for listening.

happy2bme
12-06-2009, 01:02 PM
Now to personals....

Mel - I do love your seasonal pictures! So you got some snow? Enjoy it. We are cold enough for snow here - way too cold for me. Bundle up or better you sit in the warm house and press your face against the window and watch it. I'm sorry to hear you have to stay away from Jen and Ritchie but it's the time to pass around the sniffles so maybe you can sit at opposite ends and talk in the halls. That is so sweet of Merrill Lynch to help out the seniors. Heaven knows they have enough money - nice to hear they are sharing it with more than executive bonuses :lol: Maybe you could sneak in a call to Shad :D I checked the cable channel and they sure do have a ton of Christmas shows and movies on. Should keep you singing for the next few weeks :xcheer:

Laura - good for you for wearing your night guard. I need to get mine re-made because it doesn't fit anymore due to some dental work changes. I don't blame you for asking to be numbed even for a minor procedure. Sometimes they "think" it shouldn't hurt but who wants to sit there anticipating the pain?

Shad - hope you had a nice breakfast with the crew. Have you gotten everything settled for heading out later in the week? If it's hot enough inside the house to dry the paint on the roller, I can't imagine sitting in that. Even tho right now I am cold and trying to snuggle into the chair. Too hot, too cold - I'll have neither please. :lol: Hope you can get everything done on your list.

Ceejay - take a day for yourself and rest up instead of trotting over to the uncle's. Some extra rest will do you good and boost the immunity. Take the day to make a nice pot of soup.

Annie - hope Mom is feeling better. Dad too. Sounds like you had some actual fun planned for the day. You can do with a bit of smiles so eat up :D

So what does the newly spiffed Michelle look like? Did you have fun on your Chicago trip? Brrrrr winter at the lakefront. :no: thanks.

I certainly did not get anything near what I needed done yesterday and the day is half over already. Need to get off the computer.

:wave: to Patty and Ruth

Have a good one. :wave:

diyana
12-06-2009, 05:40 PM
Just a quick check in as I've got to get dinner ready....it's pot roast in the crock pot and it's almost done, but I want to get an extra veggie side dish or two to go with it.

Had a good day on Friday, lunch with a friend and hair appt. I went with a slightly darker blonde shade, with lighter blonde highlights. I'm happy with how it looks. We had a fun time in Chicago. We must've walked about 5 miles or more! We took the L train from our friend's house. Laura, she lives near the Jefferson Park station, and got off at Washington. We went to Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza which is a German/Bavarian themed arts/crafts show. It was really nice, but very crowded, so we didn't stay too long. Then we walked to State Street and checked out the decorations at Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's)! The Christmas tree in the Walnut Room restaurant was gorgeous, and the decorations throughout the store were really pretty (at least I thought so). It was much more decorated than the department stores in Milwaukee. We walked along State Street and went over to Millenium Plaza and walked along the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Avenue. We stayed downtown until the evening, so we could see all the lights. It was very pretty. There was a huge statue of the American Gothic couple next to the Tribune building. And the Tribune building was really unique in that along the walls of the building, it had artifacts from various famous places around the world (e.g., a brick from the Berlin Wall, a stone from the Great Wall of China, a piece of the Parthenon, a piece of the Taj Mahal - it was soooo cool)!

And the weather wasn't even too cold and it wasn't windy. It was probably in the low 30s and we dressed for it. But the sun was out, which made it pleasant. We were remarking with our friend that the weather was not bad for the first weekend in December, as in recent past, it's been bitterly cold in the teens and below zero even at this time of year.

After our excursion downtown, we took the L train back to my friend's neighborhood and went to a nice little Italian restaurant for dinner. I had chicken tettrazini which was fabulous!!

Shad - I hope your trip to Victoria and the new job go well!

Annie - I hope your Mom is doing better. Glad you had a chance to do some fun stuff on your day off.

Ceejay - I hope your resting.

Happy - I hope you're feeling better and that the pain has subsided. What's happened to me in the past when I have a bad case of bronchitis or pneumonia...I stretch the cartilage between my ribs by coughing and that is SOOOO painful. Laying down hurts, breathing hurts, and forget about laughing...that's the worst. I really hope you get to feeling much better and soon.

Mel - I got the PM. Sending you lots of hugs and support to help you make the best choices for you.

:wave: to Patty, Ruth and Laura.

Well, I'd really better sign off for now.

Lots of love and hugs,

Shad
12-06-2009, 07:33 PM
morning all,
Sitting in the airport lounge waiting for my flight to be called. In a couple of hours I will be in Melbourne on the way to my friend Ruth's house. I'll spend tonight there and tomorrow will go out to Lilydale where I start work on Wednesday. I've booked a motel for the pre Christmas period.

Michelle - glad to hear you had a good time in Chicago. The market sounds great although they are always crowded.

Happy - we had a good breakfast. I really didn't need to eat for the rest of the day - so there must have been enough of it! :pig: Saw the niecelet who is growing up fast. She is nearly 7 months old now. Sits up, has a few teeth and is a very determined young person.

Mel - Hope the snow doesn't last for too long. Don't need the misery of that as well. Tell Richie to stop being a wooz and get up and get cracking again.

Laura - I will be stripping all the old paint - about 4 layers - before attempting to sand and seal the doorframes. that will take a while, but DS2 has plenty on his plate already so I don't see him finishing any time soon, and he won't want to paint.

Annie - hope Mum is doing okay today.

Ooops - calling my flight back later.

diyana
12-07-2009, 07:34 AM
No time for personals. I'll be back to check in later. I was really hoping for no snow until after Christmas....We got 2" last night, and will get 2" more today...which isn't bad. But the big storm comes tomorrow night....8-14" (14" where we live naturally). I'm wishing we could just fast forward 'till May.

MELODY525
12-07-2009, 08:08 AM
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:cofdate: GOOD MONDAY MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD
DID WE ALL DASH PAST DESSERTS OVER THE WEEKEND?
0UR SNOW HAS MELTED AND JUST A TRACE OF IT'S PRESENCE IS STILL VISIBLE ON THE LAWN. NICE WHILE IT LASTED. ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS TOLD ME SHE PUT HER COAT ON AND WENT FOR A WALK. LIKE ME, SHE WANTED TO FEEL THE FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON. CUTE HUH?
I HAVE CALLS TO MAKE. HAVING PROBS WITH MY HEAT FUNDING AGAIN. HAS A YEAR GONE BY ALREADY? :faint: IT WOULDN'T BE A MONDAY IF THERE WASN'
T A PROBLEM!! :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

HAPPY~ THE SENIORS WONDER ABOUT OUR BUILDING AND THE LACK OF CLEANING ETC. LOTS OF DEAD SKIN AND DUST EVERYWHERE. :yikes: OFFICE BLDGS ARE NOTABLY FAMOUS FOR THAT ALSO. SENDING A HUG :hug:

MICHELLE~ I AM SO GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME. SOUNDED WONDERFUL. BIG CITIES STILL DO THE BEST DECORATIONS. I GOT GOOSE BUMPS JUST READING YOUR POST. WELCOME BACK! HEY!!!! DON'T BE HOGGING ALL THE DANG SHOW!! :tantrum: SEND SOME MY WAY!!

SHAD~ HOPE MELBOURNE PROVES TO BE A GREAT JOB. WILL THE CITY BE ALL DECORATED FOR THE HOLIDAYS? I DO HOPE THE MOTEL WILL BE A NICE STAY AND NO CLIMBING UP ON CHAIRS TO FIX AIR-CONS!!! :rofl: I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT. HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

:wave: TO ANNIE, CEEJAY, RUTH & PATTY. AND WHERE ARE ALL OUR OTHER WORLDLIES? HOPE THEY CHECK IN FOR THE HOLIDAYS :rudolph:

annie175
12-07-2009, 08:41 AM
Good Monday Morning,

What a morning...FIRST SNOW.........we had an inch of snow last night and still snowing a bit this morning, you would think all these Indiana idiots had never driven on snow before. Yeeegads. Over 150 accidents. DO NOT TAILGATE...that is all it really boils down to. I left early to get here on time, what normally takes me 22 minutes took me 55, not bad, and I was still 10 minutes early getting here. Part of the problem also, you know it is snowing, it will take you longer, leave earlier, instead of driving like an idiot and causing accidents...OK rant over.

My friend, Tami, came over yesterday at 11:00, we went to lunch at Gray Brother's Cafeteria, OMG everything in that place is sooooooo wonderful, then off to Metropolis shopping area. It is an outdoor shopping, kind of like a little village. I bought me a couple of things, shouldn't have but need new work pants, mine were getting old, worn out, and grubby. Was a little miffed as the size 4s were a bit snug and the 6s are a bit loose. I bought the 6s. Came home, then went tanning. Home early and into bed, woke up at 3:00 am and couldn't sleep. NOTHING on TV worth watching at that house either.

Mom had a pretty good weekend. No new developments over the weekend. My DS came up to visit her on Saturday, her little eyes just lit up when he came into the room. So cute!! She babysat him for about a year before he went to kindergarden. They have a special bond.

OK, I have been holding out. I met a new guy. He came through my line at CVS. His name is Matt. He called me last Thursday and left a message as I was at CVS and couldn't answer my phone. Then he called back on Friday. We talked briefly as he was leaving for the weekend to go hunting. We have a date this Friday the 11th. Out to eat at a very delish Italian restaurant. Not too bad, T and I have been broke up for a month now. As broken hearted as I was, I am excited about this new guy.

MEL....I just know the seniors love you and their play area is all pretty. No dessert for me over the weekend. I was a good goooey.

Shad...goodluck to you on the new position, be safe.

Happy....Nothing like working in dirt. They need Annie Cleaning 101.

Chelle...sounds like a good time was had by all in Chicago. Glad you had a fun.

Ceejay...feel better and take care of yourself, probably a good idea not to go to Uncles.

Laura...did you have a drilling good time at the dentist. lol.

Not much else going on. Have a marvelous day all.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
12-07-2009, 09:02 AM
Morning chicks,

Mel I LOVED the poem! Thanks for the morning smile :D

Also thanks for the info Michelle - just what do you do about the stretched cartilage? Been debating about going to the doctor. But sniffle season has just started, not sure what much we can do about stopping the coughing.

Hmmm. getting errors on the page here. Back in a minute. Let me reboot.

diyana
12-07-2009, 09:12 AM
Hi Happy - For sore, stretched cartilage between the ribs there's not much you can do....I typically just take something (Aleve or Advil) for the pain, move slowly, and take a cough suppressant to help with the coughing.

ceejay52
12-07-2009, 09:22 AM
Morning every one
I couldn't log in yesterday.

Michelle
Ouch on the stretched cartilage. Take it easy a couple of day's.

Annie
Snow,ugh but you are correct in drving safe distances from the other person.
A new guy. Where are you finding these men? It's always good to have some shopping therapy.

More later. I'm at work.

annie175
12-07-2009, 10:18 AM
Ceejay...he came through my line at CVS....lol. Would that be a job with benefits?? ba haha

happy2bme
12-07-2009, 10:43 AM
Annie -

Congrats on the new guy. If he came through your line and caught your eye - that's a whole new meaning to "checking out" ;) :rofl:

Will be back later for personals.

Thanks for the info Michelle - you saved me a doctor's visit.

diyana
12-07-2009, 11:02 AM
Ceejay - It's happy that has the stretched cartilage. Not me.

Happy - I'd say if the anti-inflammatories (Aleve or Advil) and taking it easy does help it clear up after a few days to a week...you might want to consider seeing a doc. You can also try ice, but I wouldn't use heat....as that might increase inflammation. Ice can help with pain and reduce any inflammation. Good luck.

Annie - Have fun with the new guy!

diyana
12-07-2009, 12:55 PM
Laura - Jazzercise is definitely vigorous cardio, at least IMHO. What I mean by lack of exercise making my asthma worse is that I get winded WAY easier if I haven't been doing vigorous cardio than when I have. So for me, I get winded doing vigorous cardio....and winded when I don't do cardio regularly...so I might as well do it. I make sure I keep my inhaler on hand when I workout...or I take a puff or two on the inhaler as a preventative measure before working out.

annie175
12-07-2009, 03:58 PM
Mom sat up in a chair for two hours today and walked to the toitie with a walker and assistance, then put herself on the toitie.....not a big deal but a positive one as she has not been out of bed only the one time she sat for 5 minutes leaning up against me. Whhhhhhhhhhewww WHOooooooooooo!!

diyana
12-07-2009, 04:03 PM
Annie - That's great news about your mom. Hopefully she'll continue to get stronger and her condition will improve. :hug:

Shad
12-07-2009, 05:13 PM
Morning all,
Another short one as I have to go buy myself yet another phone charger. This is the one thing I always forget. When I get back home, I will put one in every suitcase I own since I have so many of them.

Today it is cool and wet in Melbourne. Make that cold. Conditions I haven't seen in Brisbane for ages. I might even need the umbrella. This should be fun.

Happy - hope you are feeling better now and that the lungs are healing. You may have to take a dust mask to work for the bad times.

Michelle - Enjoy the snow. Glad it is not me. But then again, I didn't mind the odd bit of snow back in NZ. It's pretty and hides a fair amount of ugliness.

Annie - Hope you enjoy the date and that you click together. Good news about Mum!

Ceejay - Do you get snow in Arkansas???

Right better go get my act into gear if I want to get on with today. I'll be back.

ceejay52
12-07-2009, 11:01 PM
Shad
The last time I went to Texas I forgot my phone charger. Hope things work well with the new job. Yes, we get snow in Arkansas, but not as much as the northern states. Last year we got ice storms. I want no more of that.

Happy
Maybe you should go have an xray. Feel better soon.

Michelle
My bad about the torn cartilege. That's what I get for not reading all the post.

Mel
Thanks for the cute poem. It made me laugh. A dusting of snow would perk me up also.

Laura and Patty :wave: Have a good day.

diyana
12-08-2009, 07:35 AM
Shad - I hope it's not too cold in Melbourne. Stay dry and relatively warm. I don't mind a little bit of snow...like a couple inches...because it doesn't really affect driving and doesn't need to be shoveled. But this storm is gonna bring a lot of snow...hopefully, it won't get bad until after DH and I get home from work. Hope the new job goes well!

Ceejay - I'm with you...Ice storms are MUCH worse than snow storms...with the fallen trees and power lines...and the glare ice covered roads. No thank you.

A big :wave: to everyone! I'll check in later.

Love and hugs,

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

Was disappointed I won't get my stitches out until next week. Shoe is annoying, foot is annoying. Not looking forward to going into the office where I will no doubt cough all day. Chest is sore again. Ok, 'nuff of my bichen.

All my northern sisters take care :hug: I saw the weather map was a sea of white (snow) and purple (ice). I can't say how much I do NOT envy you. In fact, I cringe for you. Please take care, drive safe and I hope you miss most of the mess which looks to continue all through the night.

Shad - phone and Ipod chargers are one of the first things to go on the packing list, right after the meds. In fact, now that you mention it - I remember your first trip to the states, we had to go to Woodfield mall in search of a PHONE CHARGER for you :lol: Thing was, we didn't have one of those fancy Australian phone chargers. I think you had swapped phones with the DS because his plan allowed for International rates or was not so awful on the roaming charges. Gosh, could it have been that long ago? :lol: Glad to hear you are settled in. But what hill did you have to drag all your stuff up????

Annie - glad Mom had a good night - gotta live for those moments. :hug:

We made Mr. Feral a box to sleep in. DH thought he might be happier more sheltered. He took to it immediately and now, like his princess "sister" is playing Little Red Riding Hood, switching between the 2 beds. He hung out here all day and night which meant we pretty much can't use the back door. :lol: Cats!

I guess I'd better get a move on here. Will talk more at lunch time. Take care everybody.

MELODY525
12-08-2009, 08:48 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS. LOTS OF SUN TODAY. LOOKING BRIGHT AND CHEERY OUTSIDE :sunny: AS FOR ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE OR ARE GOING TO GET SNOW...SEND IT IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION!! WE ARE GOING TO GET THE FRIGID AIR STARTING THURSDAY BUT LOOKS LIKE THE SNOW MIGHT GIVE US A MISS :cry:

STILL MAKING PHONE CALLS THAT ARE GOING UNANSWERED AT THE GOVT AGENCY FOR HEATING HELP. BEEN CALLING SINCE 11/20. HOW THIS OFFICE DOES BUSINESS I DON'T KNOW.....AND A PAIN IN MY BUTT.
I GUESS THEY FIGURE IF YOU WANT THE HELP BAD ENOUGH YOU'LL KEEP PLUGGING AWAY AT IT. :rofl: SO I AM OFF TO THE PHONES. HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

ANNIE~ GREAT NEWS ABOUT MOM AND THE BF. GLAD SHE IS DOING OK AND DS WAS THERE. NOW FOR THE BF....PLEASE DON'T JUMP IN AT THE DEEP END...I'M RUNNING OUT OF LIFE PRESERVERS FOR 2009.....BUT I EXPECT A NEW SHIPMENT IN 2010:lol3: :lol3: ENJOY THE DATE.

CEEJAY~ I WAS THINKING OF ALL THOSE ICE STORMS OUT YOUR WAY LAST YEAR. JEN AND I WERE WATCHING THE WEATHER CHANNEL THEN. :brr: A WHITE CHRISTMAS WOULD BE LOVELY:ginger:

HAPPY~ HOPE THE RIBS FEEL BETTER SOON. THAT'S A TOUGH ONE TO "FIX". TRY NOT REACHINGAND STRETCHIN THAT AREA. I LEAWQRNED HOW TO TYPE WITH MY ELBOWS GLUED TO MY WAIST ONE YEAR. SORRY TO HAR ABOUT THE DELAY WITH THE FOOT. :hug:

MICHELLE~ I WAS WONDERINGHOW YOU EXERCISE AND KEEP BREATHING! WHEN I WAS SENT TO PT THEY GAVE ME AN INHALER FROM THE SINUS CLINIC. THEY SAID IT WAS THE DUST ETC BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE EXERCISING. :faint: :rofl: THE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO!!!

SHAD~ HOPE YOU STAY WARM AND FIND THE CHARGER. NOW YOU'LL HAVE TO KEEP THAT SAME PHONE TILL ALL THE CHARGERS WEAR OUT!! YPU REMIND ME OF JEN AND RICHIE...THEY ALWAYS LEAVE IT HOME. TOLD THEM TO KEEP ONE IN THE CAR!! GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK WITH THE NEW JOB. :hug:

ceejay52
12-08-2009, 10:26 AM
Morning to all the worldly chicks.

Mel
Love the graphic.

Happy
We do our own cleaning at work.

Annie
I was happy to hear about your mom sitting up for two hours. That's great.
I know you have been worried. Sending more good vibes to you and your mom.

annie175
12-08-2009, 11:22 AM
Good Morning...

Foregoing the personals today. Feel like crap. Throat hurts, head hurts, neck is stiff. Taking extra doses of Vit. C in hopes to nip this dang thing in the bud. Fingers crossed.

Love and hugs,

Laura705
12-08-2009, 12:41 PM
Well, bf put up some outdoor decorations yesterday, so the outside looks nice and festive, and our penguin looks happy sitting in the snow. Guess he'll be really happy with the snow we get today/tonight. Sorry Mel, we haven't done any indoor decorating yet. We'll get to it, I assure you!!

I made a batch of cookie dough last night, and I'll make more tonight. Hopefully Wed. I'll be shaping and baking the cookies because I want to take some of them to work, and I'll be taking vacation days on Friday and Monday, and Monday's the potluck that our office is having in lieu of our usual holiday party. Probably a good think that I'll miss the potluck. I digress…anyway, I thought it would be nice to bring something before that.

Annie – So glad to hear your mom is doing better and getting up and around. I hope you can thwart whatever bug, virus, etc is trying to invade!!

Shad – How frustrating to keep buying the phone chargers. Very good idea to put them in your bags for next time! I used to travel a good bit for work and had worked up a checklist for myself. As times changed I had to add and drop items – the charger being one of them.

Ceejay – my mother in SW MO experienced those ice storms too the past couple years. What a mess, but she was lucky she didn't experience a long power outage like some folks did.

Happy – Sorry you're not getting the stitches out yet. And I'm sorry the office you work in has cut back so much on the cleaning. Ick. We moved to a new office about 1.5 yrs ago and it's nice and clean, but I sometimes think the ventilation isn't that great. You mentioning the dust coming out of the chairs makes me glad we have those mesh ones…

Mel – Hope you get your heating assistance taken care of. If this isn't your first year with it, why must it always be a problem at the beginning of every heating season?? Aaargh. At a certain point, you begin to understand why people go off to the middle of nowhere and try to be self-sustaining and live "off the grid".

Michelle – Glad you enjoyed your trip to Chicago. I used to live in the vicinity of Jefferson Park, and my eye doc is a few blocks from the bus/train terminal. And a friend of mine works right across from there at a photo studio.

Cheers!
:ginger::tree::wreath::snowglo:

happy2bme
12-08-2009, 01:54 PM
Hey yah chicks,

Sitting here eating warm garden vegetable soup (from the cafeteria). Tastes good. Yum but... I can also taste the salt. This is frustrating - eating clean but I know it's also going to nudge the scale.

Shad you had commented on DH making soup and roasts. Well, since he's at home now he is trying to help out. By the time I get home from work, fix dinner and get ready, it's 7 or later when we eat dinner. He would like to eat much earlier - like when I get home. So he's been trying his hand at cooking. He talks about his lack of skills but I said I wasn't born knowing and even today - you try things - some work, some are ick, some are just ok. We are having a Christmas get together at a co-workers on Friday - have to figure out what to make. I want something savory as it will probably substitute for dinner. My coworker did WW this year and just hit goal so she wants to know ahead of time what we are bringing so she can figure points. I want to bring something mid-way that is not too diet but also not over the top.

Laura - the one time I didn't mind the snow was when I had the Christmas decorations up - as long as they didn't get buried! I'll bet it looks really pretty. Yep, you are MUCH better off with those mesh chairs - not only don't you get the dust, but you also don't get the mold spores that develop in the upholstery stuffing.

In an effort to stem the coughing this morning, I took an Actifed. Usually this doesn't bother me but this morning I could have *BONK* nodded off on the keyboard.

Annie - that doesn't sound good at all. I hope you are not pulling a shift and can get to bed extra early tonight. Sleep will help give you some resistance - you've been mega stressed lately and that's not good. Like opening the door to your chest and waving the come in, come in flag. Feel better :hug:

Time out for a choking coughing fit here ...

Mel - your story reminds me of a comment that one girl made to my Mom when they were working a government job. Sherry told Mom that the reason she gets welfare and assistance (WITH a job mind you) is that her momma taught her to fight fight FIGHT for what she wants. Don't take no for an answer. In your face. She said the government depends on people getting tired and walking away. Keep at it as much as you can! I just hate that you are legit and have to constantly fight them. :rollpin:

Michelle - hope they let you out early to avoid the snow. You certainly might get wallopped there. I would spend the day in dread but what can you do about it? :snowball1 Stay warm and dry! I see one of your penquins escaped south to Laura's :lol:

Ceejay - at least if you have to clean the office, you KNOW it's clean. :^::^:

Ok, I need to take a short walk and wake up. Later chicks.

diyana
12-08-2009, 01:57 PM
Happy - Sorry that your stitch removal is delayed. I hope your chest pain eases up soon. So nice that Mr. Feral now has two beds to choose from.

Mel - Sheesh, Mel! You throw a pretty mean snowball! Just wait 'till tomorrow...I'll have a whole lawn full of snow to throw back at ya'. After we get 12" to 18" of snow, our temps will dip down to the teens and single digits with the wind chills well below 0. :brr: Good luck getting the heating help. :crossed:

Ceejay - I hope things are going well for you...and that you get pretty snow, rather than dangerous ice.

Annie - I hope you feel better very, very soon. Extra Vit. C, lots of liquids (margaritas probably don't count), and REST. Do you work at CVS tonight? I hope you don't get hit with the storm that's getting us. If you do, stay warm, safe and dry.

Laura - We haven't done our indoor decorating yet. Probably tonight and tomorrow (or this weekend for sure). I don't bake cookies anymore....just too tempting to have around. Nice that you're taking Friday and Monday off....do you have any plans? I was really impressed at how easy it is to take the L train so many places. Chicago has really good public transportation. I wish Milwaukee's (and the outlying suburbs) had better public transportation, but Milwaukee's County Executive - who is running for Governor - keeps eliminating more and more of the bus lines as his friends don't ride busses. God help us if he gets elected Governor.

I'm pretty sure that I'll be working from home tomorrow. My boss said if the storm is as bad as predicted, he will be and he's encouraging everyone else to as well. Not worth taking a chance driving in when the roads will probably be very hazardous.

Love y'all,

diyana
12-08-2009, 02:05 PM
Happy - You are a sneaker inner! So nice that your DH is trying his hand at cooking. I love doing roasts as they are so easy. That's wonderful that your co-worker reached goal with WW. I was dreading the storm yesterday...but I'm in acceptance now. I just wanna get home and hunker down. Luckily I leave work at 3:30, so I should be home before the heavy snow starts. Hopefully DH will get to leave work early as well. If it's not snowing too hard, DH wants me to take some photos of our front yard with all our penguins...as they might be buried by tomorrow.

happy2bme
12-09-2009, 12:19 AM
Michelle - looks like some of that storm blew past you and the predictions are not anywhere near the mess they planned originally. Those kinds of bullets you don't mind dodging. I'm glad that your boss plans ahead with working from home. People are just too dumb to drive. Came home tonight - it was raining quite heavily - and some dumbo doo dah was driving too fast for conditions, slid off the road and up the embankment sideways with the front passenger tire sitting right on the tracks of a very active freight rail line. We are starting to hear more accidents that are suspicious of "texters".

Would love to see pics of your penquins in the snow. I thought the goofus politicians were in Chicago. That guy sounds like a nightmare.

I have not done any inside decorations. Probably won't. Don't feel Christmassy anymore. Not depressed. Just don't feel holiday-ish. Maybe it's because I don't go anywhere to see decorations anymore. We are having a "holiday" party where we are forbidden to use any music that has the word Christmas in it - non-secular included. That just ruins it for me people. We have bent over so far to accomodate other people's seasonal celebrations and in turn have grossly spit in the face and offended thousands of Christians by erasing this season. I'm not even sure I want to send out cards but I have GOT to use those darn Christmas stamps from 2 years ago. Pretty soon I will have to add on so much additional postage that I won't have room to address them :rofl:

Annie - hope you got some extra sleep and did not come down with a cold.

I'm off to bed. Good night ladies.

happy2bme
12-09-2009, 12:20 AM
Oh and DH might have landed a short temp job. Two in fact. Maybe. Cross fingers for us. It would be nice even though they are only 4 weeks long.

happy2bme
12-09-2009, 08:00 AM
Good morning chicks,

Last in, first out today I guess. Looks like yesterday's downpours have abated, just chilly today. Hope you guys up north did not get dumped on with snow overnight.

No ice for you either Ceejay.

Are you all settled in on the job Shad?

Did your drama settle down Mel?

Not much time this morning - will be glad when I get the stitches out and can put my foot in the shower - makes for a quicker time of it.

Gotta get a move on. Talk to you later. :wave:

MELODY525
12-09-2009, 08:55 AM
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RAIN AND WIND BUT NO SNOW. WHAT A STORM WE HAD. WINDS GOING WILD. SOMEHOW I SLEPT UNTIL 8:00 THIS MORNING. OUT LIKE A LIGHT. I HAVE A LITTLE VERTIGO WITH THE EARS SO TODAY ISN'T GOING TO BE VERY EXCITING. :crazy: FINALLY GOT THRU TO THE AGENCY. THEY HAD ASKED FOR MY PAPERS IN SEPT. SO I SENT THE CURRENT BILLS WHICH WERE IN AUGUST. IN NOVEMBER THEY SORTED MY PAPERS AND OF COURSE THEY SAY THEY NEED A CURRENT BILL :faint: WTF!!! IT'S ALL BS. THIS IS HOW THESE AGENCIES ARE SET UP AND JUST SHOWS THE INEFFICIENCY OF THE GOVT. UNREAL. SO THE PAPERS WENT OUT AND NOW THEY WILL THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE. LAST YEAR'S DELAY COST ME ALMOST $800....PART OF WHICH THEY WOULD HAVE PAID. SIGH.
I JUST KEEP TELLING JEN THAT BEGGARS CAN'T BE CHOOSY :hohoho: I AM OFF TO THE KITCHEN. I'VE BEEN EATING BOB REDMILL'S BROWN RICE FARINA AND I THINK I LOVE IT! :hun:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

JEANETTE~ WE CLEAN OUR OWN SPACES TOO IN THE OFFICE. MAINTENANCE SAYS IT'S NOT THEIR JOB :rofl:

ANNIE~ HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. :hug:

LAURA :yikes: NO INDOOR DECORATIONS? WHATEVER WILL SANTA THINK???:hohoho: I LOVE PENGUINS. THE SNOW MISSED US LAST NIGHT. SEND SOME FED EX!
HOPE YOU ENJOY THE LONG WEEKEND.

HAPPY~ NOW HERE I NTHOUGHT THE DH WAS A GREAT COOK ALL THIS TIME. OR WAS IT A BBQ? JUST DON'T CRITIQUE THE MEALS EVEN IF THEY ARE BAD AND HE'LL KEEP COOKING :rofl: CONGRATS TO THE CO-WORKER FOR MAKING HER GOAL. A HUG FOR THE FOOT :hug:

MICHELLE~ I AM GLAD TO HEAR THE BOSS' IDEAS OF WORKING FROM HOME. HOW WAS THE STORM? THE SNOW PART MISSED US CAUSE IT WAS TOO WARM HERE. GUESS YOU GUYS GT IT ALL!!!! STAY WARM AND SAFE!!

MELODY525
12-09-2009, 09:05 AM
HAPPY~ I MISSED A POST OF YOURS. THERE IS A TOWN NEAR HERE THAT PUT ONE OF EVERY DECORATION ON IT'S TOWNHALL FRONT LAWN. THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD COVERED IT ALL BUT SOMEONE WENT TO COURT AND OF COURSE IT HAD TO ALL BE REMOVED. VERY SAD. THIS IS WHY EUROPE LAUGHS THEIR FOOL HEADS OFF AT US...WE GET SO ANAL ABOUT EVERYTHING AND WE LET THESE ANAL AZZHOLES GET AWAY WITH IT!! WHEN JEN FIRST PAINTED THE WINDOWS..SHE MADE A SNOW SCENE WITH A FRIEND'S HELP. THEY PAINTED A HUGE TOWN AND OF COURSE A SMALL CHURCH. WHEN SOMEONE FROM OUTSIDE CAME TO VISIT THEY COMPLAINED...JEN WAS TOLD NOT TO EVER PUT ANY KIND OF RELIGIOUS DECORATION ON THE WINDOWS AGAIN AND FROM NOW ON TO ONLY PAINT "HAPPY HOLIDAYS".....NO MORE MERRY CHRISTMAS. THEN THE SENIORS ASKED FOR A MANGER UNDER THE TREE BUT I CANNOT BUY ONE FOR THEM AND I CANNOT PLACE IT THERE. I TOLD THEM THEY COULD AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS! NO ONE HAS TRIED IT IN THE 22 YRS I LIVE HERE!! :rofl:

diyana
12-09-2009, 02:50 PM
Hi everyone

The storm hit us hard, just as predicted. Milwaukee lucked out...but not us - we live about 1/2 hour north of Milwaukee. We got about 15" or 16" of wet, heavy snow. I'm sore from my head to my toes, especially my hands, wrists, arms, back, chest, legs,you get the picture. I helped DH clear the snow - I did a bit of shoveling and raking the snow off the eaves of the roof. It took us about 4 hours to get it all clear off the driveway, roof and walkway. We're both exhausted, and sore.

And we may see lots of blowing and drifting snow with limited visibility because we're supposed to get winds around 40mph.

Happy - Congrats to the DH on the new jobs!

Mel - Political Correctness seems to go way too far at Christmastime! Sheesh!

I'll check back in tomorrow. I'm gonna go take some Aleve and relax.

Love and hugs,

Laura705
12-09-2009, 04:54 PM
I'm having a bad week for eating and the scale was up 2 pounds this morning! Hopefully some of that is water weight because I wasn't going to weigh myself (chicken) and then I changed my mind after I had already drank some water. It hasn't been the cookie dough-making I've been doing the past two evenings, it's just too many bad snacks. I began the week not having fruit and my other "usual" snacks on hand that I take to work. Lesson learned, because it was just too easy to fall back into the bad habit of picking up unhealthy stuff on the way to work.

Tonight is more cookie dough making, and I want to get some cookies baked as well so I can take some to work tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. It seems to be taking me a long time just to make the dough. I think I'm too anal w/ the sifting and measuring, etc. And I do try to clean up as I go, so that extends the process. Or I'm just slow. Nothing much else to report, so I'll move on.

Michelle - You and dh be careful with all the snow clearing! We had a couple inches of slush when I left the house this morning, and it was snowing earlier today, but not now. We'll see how it is when I leave the office this evening, since I didn't go outside at lunch. Yesterday the boss told us to take our laptops home in case we couldn't get to work today. I expect I'll take it home again tonight. Yeh, Chicago's pretty good w/ public transportation, but we've really let the infrastructure go to heck for quite a while now, so there's significant work that needs to be done on the CTA. And funding is a perpetual issue and so we're always dealing w/ threats of fare hikes and/or service cuts, or both. Metra (commuter rail from the suburbs) seems more stable, and I like taking it, but they have their funding problems too.

Happy - Re the cooking - everyone starts somewhere. Bf loves to grill, of course. Just recently he insisted on making some chili using a recipe from a site that had a bunch of cook-off winning recipes. It turned out really good (mine's decent but nothing special) and so from now on he'll have to make the chili! Have you figured out what you're making for your get-together this Fri? Fingers crossed for dh's temp assignments. :crossed:

Sorry you don't enjoy decorating for the holidays (CHRISTMAS) as much as before. I agree with you and Mel that the limits on public decoration are just plain silly. But think of it this way...you can decorate your property any way you like.

Mel - Hope you don't get stuck with another $800 of heating bills that should have been paid by the gov't. That's what's scary about stuff like the healthcare reform bill - a gov't run insurance company. Isn't Medicare scary enough? But I'll stop right there because the limit of my knowlege about the reform and Medicare goes about thisfar.

Hi Shad, Ceejay! :wave:

Cheers!
:hohoho: :present: :snow4:

ceejay52
12-09-2009, 05:04 PM
Michelle
It's time to stay inside with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Be careful getting the white stuff off the roof. Did the piguins survive?

Happy
Congrats to you DH on his part time jobs. Sometimes those turn out to be full time jobs.

Shad
Have you gotten settled yet?

Mel
Hugs, How is Richie doing? Didn't I read that he was sick?

Just a few more hours and I'll have 3 days off. I may run to Paragould to check on my uncle who is to have back surgery next week but if it's cold I'm not going. I may call instead. It's supposed to be 23 degree's tonight.

More later.

ceejay52
12-09-2009, 05:26 PM
Laura,
You snuck in on me. I gave up on baking a long time ago. Your cookies sound delicious.

MELODY525
12-09-2009, 05:37 PM
HAPPY~ FORGOT TO SAY CONGRATS TO THE DH AND HOPE ONE OR BOTH JOBS WORK OUT! :cheer3:

MICHELLE~ HOPE THE ASTORM DOESN'T BOX YOU GUYS IN!! I SAW SOME PICS ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL :yikes: YIKES IS ALL I CAN SAY. WOW I WISH WE COULD GET JUST ONE GOOD OLD FASHIONED STORM HER ON THE COAST! BRINGIT ON!!! SENDING WARM THOUGHTS YOUR WAY!

LAURA~ I HAVE TO LAUGH. YOU LOSE AND I GAIN. NOW YOU GAINED AND I LOST 2 LBS. WTF IS GOING ON?! :rofl: :rofl: I THINK I SMELL COOKIES BAKING AS I TYPE!! SAVE SOME FOR SANTA :hohoho: THEN YOU WON'T NEED TO DECORATE INDOORS...HE'LL BE TOO BUSY WOLFING THEM DOWN! :hun: HOPE THIS WEEK IS BETTER FOR YOU. WHEN I AM NOT PREPARED...I EAT ANYTHING AT HAND!!!

JEANETTE...HOPE THE UNCLE IS DOING OK AND READY FOR THE SURGERY. KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED. HAVE A SAFE TRIP AND ENJOY THE 3 DAYS OFF. SENDING A :hug: BACK TO YA MY SOUTHERN SISTER! STAY WARM...23??? :faint: WHAT KIND OF WEATHER IS THAT FOR BELOW THE MASON-DIXON LINE??????

O AM LOVING ALL THESE HOLIDAY AVATARS AND ACTIVITIES. I CAME BACK CAUSE WE WERE EXPERIENCING SOME MINORE ELECTRIC PROBLEMS. JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW...JIC!!!!
JEN DID SHOPPING. WE NHAD A GOOD CHAT. RICHIE IS MUCH BETTER. I THINK IT'S HIS "NERVOUS" STOMACH AND IF HE KEEPS THIS UP THE ULCERS WILL RETURN. WE HAD A GOOD CHAT TO VIA PHONE. I GAVE THEM A BAGFULL OF GOODIES I BOUGHT FROM TRADER JOE'S. BOTH MEALS AND HOLIDAY FARE. :ginger:
LANDS END IS HAVING A HUGE SALE AND I HAD $25 OFF SO I DECIDED TO GET THE KIDS TOPS, SCARVES & DOWN VESTS. IT ALL CAME TO $88 FOR THE 6 PCS INCLUDING THE SHIPPING. UNREAL. I JUST CAN'T GIVE THEM CASH AND NOTHING TO REALLY OPEN. I'M SUCH A DYED IN THE WOOL HOLIDAY TRADITION PERSON :hohoho:
GOTTA HAVE GIFTS UNDER THE :tree:
SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW PROVIDING THIS LIGHT FLICKERING COMESA TO AN END. IT'S SOMETHING TO DO WITH ALL THIS FRIGGING WIND I BET.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT :cloud9: AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE :sunny:

annie175
12-10-2009, 07:56 AM
Spend most all of hump day in bed. Dang cold/sinus/throat/head all of the former have hit me hard. Stayed home from work yesterday. Slept probably 20 of the last 24 hours. Should of stayed home today but kept thinking of all the stuff piling up on my desk.....Hope everyone is staying warm or cool for Shad. No snow, but lots of frozen stuff on the roads yesterday. Glad I was in bed. The wind bout took what roof I had left, Off. High today 19 with windchills -10. Flippin freezin.

Don't feel up to post personals..love ya's.

diyana
12-10-2009, 07:58 AM
Happy Snowy Thursday morning -

This morning it was COLD . 5 degrees (F) when I left for work with a -18 wind chill. Supposed to "warm up" to 9 today. But by Saturday they say we may "warm up" to the freezing mark. The amount of snowfall for Tuesday night's storm varied so much based on where you were located. Madison got nearly 18", we got 15" or 16", some places got about 6", and if you lived right along The Lake (Lake Michigan), you mostly got rain with just a few snow flurries.

Ceejay - Enjoy your 3 days off! :woohoo: I don't get up on the roof to take the snow off it. There's this thing called a Roof Rake. It's about 12' long, fairly lightweight. You fling the blade end up on the roof (about 3' or 4' from the edge) and pull the snow down. This is to help prevent ice dams, which can damage a roof. I don't mind doing it. It's a great upper body workout (as evidenced by all my sore muscles today). :lol: As for the penguins....they survived...sort of. They are all still standing, you just can't see any of them. And our inflatables (which were deflated overnight due to the wind) are buried under a foot of snow. I'll dig everything out this weekend. We were too tired yesterday to do it all. So for now, the lights and penguins in the front yard are off.

Laura - So glad you didn't get much snow. I can imagine how wonderful your home is going to smell with all those cookies baking. I haven't baked in years. Though I occasionally make chocolate covered pretzel rods, which are easy and yummy.

Mel - Congrats on the weight loss! :cp: :cp: Glad to hear Richie is feeling better. Wow, you really got some great deals at Land's End! YGG!! Hope you're staying warm and toasty inside.

I've got lots of work to do....so I'll check in later.

A big :wave: to everyone!!

Love and hugs to all,

diyana
12-10-2009, 08:00 AM
Annie - you are today's sneaker inner. Staying home and sleeping was the best thing for you. Too bad you couldn't stay home another day. I hope you don't have CVS tonight. Drive carefully on those slick roads. Take it easy and drink lots of hot liquids and stay warm. Luvya sista.

happy2bme
12-10-2009, 08:22 AM
Good morning ladies,

Flippin' freezin' here too this morning. 28 degrees which I know, is a heat wave in Wisconsin. But it's toooooo cold for down here.

At least we aren't buried in the snow. Geez louise. 16 inches of heavy wet stuff. What a job you and DH had Michelle. And all the pretty Christmas decorations buried. With a high of 9 degrees that snow will stay. I was looking at the weather forcast for my SIL which is in Franklin and I guess they are the ones who dodged the bullet so I was surprised when I saw your post with all the snow. But winter is like that. It's a shame you had to go out in it and just couldn't work from home. Take care, stretch, drink warm tea and give each other a rubdown when you get home.

Annie - I'm glad you stayed home and slept. That's exactly what you needed. And probably an extra day or two more also. If you are feeling bad, the work will just have to wait. This last round of flu bugs/colds/whatever just doesn't want to go away. I am still coughing. Take care of yourself - a mug of hot tea to you also :coffee:

Mel - what a great deal you got at Land's End. I so understand about having presents under the tree. I like transporting gift cards over packing the car but presents are better. And as we know, you are A number ONE Santa booster :rofl: Stay warm my friend.

Ceejay are you staying warm? For some reason I'm thinking it's cold in your office.

Laura I know what you mean about junk eating. Let's both pinky swear to stop that today, 'k? I'm not sure I could resist the cookies. I sure don't have the tolerance to make the kind that take several days anymore either :lol:

Shad - how's the new job coming along? Hope it will be challenging AND enjoyable. Please send us some of your blazing heat, will yah?

DH did not hear anything further about the 2 jobs. This hurry up and wait is annoying. He thinks he might be coming down with a bad cold. I sent him to bed early last night.

And now it's time for me to get my warm butt out into the freezing cold car and get off to work myself. See ya later chicks.

diyana
12-10-2009, 08:57 AM
I forgot to tell you all....Our Wii arrived. DH and I bought ourselves a Wii for Christmas as a Christmas gift to each other. We set it up on Tuesday night and played a little, and then I played a little yesterday afternoon. We have Wii Fit as well, but haven't set that up yet as I was NOT in the mood to work out last night.

Happy - We did work from home yesterday (after collapsing from all the snow clearing). We had to go to work today, but the roads were fine. And DH and I have blankets, boots and shovels in the car...just in case. I hope DH feels better very soon - lots of bed rest and liquids.

Shad - I hope the new job is going well, and that you're acclimating to the different weather.

Laura705
12-10-2009, 10:46 AM
Ceejay - enjoy your 3 days off. We have single digits today, with wind chills in the minus teens and 20's. Brrr.

My weigh in today said 183, a 1-lb gain. Need to persevere, especially during this time of holiday cooking and baking!

Speaking of baking...not such a great session last night. My pinwheel dough was very difficult to roll out, let alone stack atop one another and roll into a log shape. I've got a rolled hunk of dough in the fridge waiting to be sliced into cookies, but I don't think the cookies will be very pretty to look at. We'll see. My other mishap was that I was baking a 2nd sheet of my almond crescent cookies while we ate dinner in the living room (grilled cheese sandwich, yum). The tv was going, and so was the exhaust fan in the kitchen, so neither bf or I heard the oven time go off. I finally realized a LOT of time had passed and opened the oven door to a sheet of extremely brown cookies - brown all the way through, i.e., BURNT. The only saving grace was that this sheet had at most half as many as the 1st sheet. But still, about a dozen cookies were pitched. So much for my cookie baking efforts.

This is my Friday, and then a 4-day weekend. I'm ready to get busy preparing for the dessert thing - it'll relieve my hosting anxiety, LOL. After that, I'll finish shopping for the gifts I need to ship out and get my Christmas cards sent. I finally checked and saw that I'd bought 3 boxes of cards on clearance last year for ridiculously cheap, like 79 cents a box. Okay, a year later, I'm not so thrilled with 2 out of the 3 boxes, but nevertheless, they'll be sent.

Okay, need to get my nose to the grindstone. Cheers!

diyana
12-10-2009, 11:00 AM
Laura - Just keep working at it, and you'll be saying ta ta to that 1 lb gain in no time! I'm sure your pinwheel cookies will look just fine and taste even better! Sorry to hear about your burnt almond crescents. Enjoy your 4 day weekend!!! Hope you can get in some relaxing time as well.

This weekend, I'm hoping to get the remaining gifts that I need to ship and hopefully the ones I ordered via mail order will get here so I can ship everything together. And I've got to get our Christmas letter written and the cards sent.

Laura705
12-10-2009, 11:08 AM
I thought I refreshed before I did my first post, but I obviously missed all the posts on the next page.

Mel - Hope the light-flickering stops!! I agree, I like actual gifts under the tree. Gift cards are nice, and I like receiving them, but boring as far as gift giving goes. I always like to give a little something w/ a gift card - the past few years I started attaching a few lottery tickets (the holiday scratch-offs) to my siblings and nephews just for fun.

Shad - Hope you're settling into the new job just fine and enjoying nice weather, so we can all enjoy it vicariously through you!

Annie - Glad you stayed in bed and rested yesterday - get a chance to recover, and to avoid the bad weather and traffic!! Hope you feel better soon. :hugs:

Michelle - Sorry all your decorations are buried! Bf had to use our roof rake the other day to get snow off the shingles where he was attaching the clips for the lights - we can't use them on our gutters because of our gutter covers. He hung our icicle lights day before yesterday (between snow showers) and it looks nice. Enjoy the new Wii!

Happy - I will try to avoid the junk today. Didn't bring a lunch from home today, so I need to have my willpower with me when I venture out for lunch today!! I hope dh doesn't get sick!

Ta ta!

annie175
12-10-2009, 11:25 AM
Thanks ladies...went to the doc. Sinus infection and throat infection. Augmentin to the rescue. Slight fever. May only stay at work a couple more hours.

diyana
12-10-2009, 11:35 AM
Annie - I sure hope you can leave work early to go home and rest. That's what your body needs. Don't push yourself or you may end up like my DH who had that yucky sinus/throat infection for over a month (thank goodness, he's all better now - finally). Get home and rest, young lady! :hug:

annie175
12-10-2009, 12:54 PM
Yessem Momma Chelle....I plan on going about 2:30 just after the Matrix Meeting. My boss has the symptoms I had on Tuesday. I have talked her into staying home tomorrow and working from home if necessary. I had tomato basil soup for lunch cause I felt soup was necessary..lol.

happy2bme
12-10-2009, 01:02 PM
Hi guys,

DH told me Mom just called at home. He asked her to make a list of whatever repairs she wanted done so he could take care of them for her. She told him about the single digit temperatures and the un-freaking-furreal wind chills. Now that I'm a real weather weenie, that would just stop me dead in my tracks. :lol: I do feel badly for you folks and am more determined than ever that we CAN'T go up north again to live. My cousin lives in the northern reaches of Wisconsin, they get snowed in and the only transportation is snowmobiles. Cold and remote and he likes it that way :dizzy: Glad to hear you all made it through the storm safely.

Annie - go home and go to bed, especially if you are running a temp. Don't try to be a hero. This last round, I was astounded at how listless I was. There were times I seriously did not have the strength to get dressed. And... this bugger lingers on and on. Please go take care of yourself. I'm hoping boss will understand... if not, I will call her if you give me her number :D

Laura, my husband's favorite gift is the scratch off lottery tickets. That's a cute idea to add a few to your gift cards. Sorry your cookies burned. :( You are a woman after my own heart. Often (actually too often) we eat dinner on TV trays in the living room. I can completely relate to not hearing the oven, did that so many times myself, especially when I pop a dessert like cookies to bake while we are eating. I've learned to take a timer in with me. And almond crescents are one of my favorite cookies. I have also had issues with the pinwheel dough so I gave up on it. The refrigerated, has to be cold stuff is really hard to work with. Now I go for easy stuff like spritz wreaths with the cookie gun or 7 layer dump and bake stuff. My sister is the wild one when it comes to that - she doesn't really have the time but feels like it's just not Christmas unless she bakes about 7 kinds of cookies - all good.

Had to laugh - my Mom is 83, has lost all ability to "filter" things. Doesn't mean to hurt your feelings but whatever she's thinking just tumbles out of her mouth. She was telling me that my niece came to visit the weekend after Thanksgiving. Like Annie, she loves to cook and bake and then gives it all away without eating any of it herself. She made a bunch of cookies and took them to my sister who I guess, was sampling and enjoying to her heart's content. Mom said "your sister was just shovelling them cookies in her mouth. I had 2 or 3 but she just sat down at the box and kept eating and eating. I said to myself you need to watch it!!!!!" God love her. This is more funny because my mother is the world's BIGGEST sugar-holic. The way this woman downs sweets, she should have diabetes. Of course, she does not see it this way. And she probably had more than the 3 cookies she told me. I wonder what she says to my sister about me although I'm more akin to strapping a feedbag of veggies or side dishes to my face. Oh wait, I know what she says - "I don't know why your sister is so fat, she only eats good stuff - something is wrong there". :rofl: I do profess an irresistable attraction to dips lately. Losing my taste for sweets and picking it up on the savory side.

Like you girls, I have to get my Christmas letter written and cards out too. Have only gotten 2 cards so far. Not sure if this is the year everyone has cut them out or if I've gotten left off the list because I haven't sent them out in 2 years or if we're all just behind. I'm thinking number 3. I'm going to do mine tonight. Trouble is, I try to write an entertaining Christmas letter and sometimes that's why I procrastinate. This year, I think I'll just write one in the style of the crabby old woman (Maude????) who is on the Hallmark cards. :lol: Laura - I too have picked up cards on sale only to look at them the next year and go ughh... even if they were 79 cents a box. Then DH with his man logic says - NObody remembers what kind of card you send - we're all just looking for a few lines of how are you. Which is true - I detest stamped cards with typed up labels - no personalization. I also hate when people send me the holiday picture of their kids. Like I care. You just wasted 50 cents on me because the pictures go right in the trash. Sorry but these people never write anything on the card, just a picture. Some of these kids I've never even met!!!!! I figure that in some cases we only correspond once a year - you can at least add 2 sentences and sign in your own hand unless you had a hunting accident and lost most of your digits. (See, I really am like Maude...)

Michelle - yay a Wii! :dance: You will have lots of fun with it. Let us know how you like it.

Ok, lunch is over, back to work for me. Take care chicks...

ceejay52
12-10-2009, 01:04 PM
Annie
I'm glad you stayed at home to rest and went to the doctor. Feel better soon.

Michelle
I've been considering getting a wii for myself, but don't know if I would use it. My intentions are well but following through is a different thing.

Happy
The control room area is warm. It's just going outside to the chemical room that bother me in the winter time.

Laura
You are getting me in the mood to bake and I really don't need to. Guess I could take it over to the water/sewer department and let the guy's eat it.

Shad
What's going on, girlfriend?

Mel
I hate those blinking lights. Sometimes it the fault of the power company. Try to stay warm. Congratulations on those 2 pounds lost.

I've been trying something different. I have a habit of weighing myself every day to keep myself in line. This week I decided to weigh myself at night with clothes on. After all that's how you weigh at the doctor's office. he he. On 12-4-09 my starting weight was 202.4. Last night's weigh in was 199.4. It has helped me not to obsess with food during the day. I'm eating more healthy also. Portion control for me is acutally a trigger so I'm eating till I'm full.

Have a good day and stay warm.

happy2bme
12-10-2009, 01:05 PM
Aha Annie! Boss made YOU sick. Guilt her, guilt her! :lol: Soup is good. Lycopene and vitamin C. Good choice. Now go home and go to sleep!

happy2bme
12-10-2009, 01:08 PM
Ceejay - I think you have something there about night weighing with clothes on. After all, we KNOW we weigh less than that - never thought about the obsessing but you are absolutely right!

diyana
12-10-2009, 02:26 PM
This sucks! I'm obviously eating more points than I'm burning as I'm up 3.2 pounds. Granted, I ate some high sodium things yesterday...but I gotta be real. I was SO hungry after clearing snow yesterday that I ate and ate. Drat! This really sucks. Tonight I'm going to the gym before I go pet sitting. I'm going to really work on this. I'm really ticked off at myself now. :tantrum: I'm tired of seeing the numbers on the scale go up. :tantrum: Right before the WW meeting, I was thinking that if I really get committed to using the Wii Fit daily, perhaps I should cancel my gym membership and save the $600/year. But at the same time, I really like the instructors and the classes. And now, I've just got to keep moving, cut the sodium and eat better.

Annie - Glad to hear you're going home early and that you suggested your boss do the same. Happy's right, the bugger virus or whatever just drains your energy...and you gotta rest, rest, rest to get over it.

Happy - I could never live in northern Wisconsin. In fact, I was thinking yesterday that I would either like to win the lottery to have my summer home here and a winter home in San Diego...or become a famous published author (or some type of high paying, stay at home job) so I could stay indoors in the winter. I think we're all behind in Christmas cards. I've only gotten a couple as well, and we send ours out every year usually by the first week in December. So much to do so little time. BTW, you probably wouldn't like my card...as I do a Christmas letter...all typed out but signed by hand. And the card is signed by hand too. But the address labels are typed. Sometimes I include photos of us or the doggies...but probably not this year as I'm too fat and fairly ashamed by how I look (just like last year). The Hallmark lady is Maxine...I just love her, but I'm not sure I could write in her style.

Ceejay - I like the idea of night weighing as well. And I'm giving up only weighing once a week...I don't want anymore 3 pound surprises. Unless it's 3 pounds in the GOOD direction.

I'm in a grumbly mood....it's a good thing I'm going to the gym. I think I'll need a bunch of cardio to improve my mood.

Shad
12-10-2009, 03:53 PM
I'm here, just super busy and an internet connection that officially SUCKS.

Back tonight with all the gory details

MELODY525
12-10-2009, 05:12 PM
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ANNIE~ HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON. GOOD DAY TO TAKE OFF. :brr: PRAYERS FOR YOUR ROOF!!!! HOPE YOU GT THE REST YOU NEEDED!:hug: LOVE TO MOM TOO.


MICHELLE~ YIKES ONN THE SNOW!!! I NEED ME SOME OF THAT!!! :cry: SORRY ABOUT THE SCALE. IS IT THE EATINGOR THE CHANGE IN CLOTHES? ...LIKE WINTER STUFF. NEXT WEEK WILL BE BETTER. GLAD THE PENGUINS MADE IT THRU THE STORM!!! YAY!!! I WAS THINKINGOF DOING THE Wii THING FOR THE KIDS TOO. EVERYONE THEY KNOW HAS ONE!!!! KEEP US POSTED. SO....DI YOU WORK OFF THE GRUMPY MOOD??? HANG IN THERE. DON'T FORGET YOUR BODY HAS BEEN THRU A LOT THIS YEAR AND A LOT OF MEDS TOO...NOT MAKING EXCUSES FOR THE SCALE BUT JUST SAYIN'

LAURA~ YOUR ;OST REMINDED ME WHY I DON'T BAKE ANYMORE :rofl: BUT I WAS SORRY FOR THE BURNT ONES!!! LOL SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE SOME GOOD CHRISTMASSY THINGS TO DO OVER THE 4 DAY WEEKEND. HAVE FUN.

HAPPY~ DANG THAT'S COLD FOR TENN!!! :brr: HOPE YOU AND DH STAY WARM AND HE'S NOT GETTING SICK FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!! :tantrum: HOW GOES THE FOOT??? HOPE THAT WILL BE OVER SOON TOO. I HAD A LAUGH ABOUT MOM...LOTS OF THAT CHIT GOING ON OVER HERE :lol3: :lol3: THEY JUST OPEN THEIR MOUTHS AND IT ALL FALLS OUT!!! LOLOLOL

CEEJAY~ I AGREE ABOUT THE PORTION THING...IF I OBSESS ABOUT HOW MUCH I AM EATING...IT CAN SEND ME INTO "I'M STARVING" MODE. THE POWER OF SUGGESTION!!! I WEIGHED ONCE WITH ALL MY CLOTHES ON AT NIGHT AND WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN! :rofl:

SHAD...GOOD BUSY I HOPE. SORRY THE INTERNET CONN SUCKS. :rofl:

I WENT DOWN TO THE OFFICE TODAY. JUST FINISHED AFTER 3:30. I GOT A LOT DONE TODAY. A BUNCH OF NEEDY SENIORS THIS TIME OF YEAR,,,,AND GOT A LOT OF HUGS AND TEARY THANK YOUS. MAKES A BODY FEEL GOOD. :love:
IT'S FREEZING WITH THIS WIND KICKING UP. JEN AND RICHIE WENT BACK OUT SHOPPING JUST IN CASE WE DO GET A FREAKY STORM. THEY KEEP PREDICTING WACKY WEATHER. SO FAR IT'S PASSED BY US. WEEKEND LOOKING VERY COLD.
NOT MUCH ELSE IS NEW. IT WOULDN'T BE THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT MORE DRAMA FROM RICHIE'S DAD. NOW HE'S TRYING TO FORCE THEM TO GO DOWN TO FLORIDA FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND USING RICHIE'S KIDS LIKE PAWNS. VERY SAD.
THEY CANNOT POSSIBLY GO...NONE OF US HAVE THE FINANCES TO SUPPORT A LAST MINUTE TRIP. BESIDES...THE KIDS WERE JUST HERE ALL FRIGGING SUMMER. I DON'T EVEN WANT TO GUESS WHAT OUR TOTAL FOR ALL THAT WAS!!! :rofl:
NOW I EARNED SOME DOWN TIME AND I AM OFF TO PEDAL, SHOWER AND EAT DINNER. BEEN A VERY LONG DAY. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT :cloud9:

MELODY525
12-10-2009, 05:13 PM
HOLY CRAP...IS THIS GRAPHIC TOO BIG??? OR IS IT MY ENLARGED COMPUTER SETTING?? :lol3: :lol3:

happy2bme
12-10-2009, 09:30 PM
well Mel - your graphics ARE getting larger each day :rofl:

happy2bme
12-10-2009, 10:14 PM
Ok, cue the song "Can't Get Next to You" by the Temptations.

Lead in... people cheering and clapping in the background. Dude comes on and says "Hey everybody... hold it... hold it. Listen..." This is for you Michelle. I know you are bummed at the weight gain BUT. You worked extra hard yesterday shovelling all that heavy, wet snow. I'm kind of thinking that maybe today was not the best day to weigh. I am no expert but I thought after a extra hard workout that your muscles might be holding on to water and nutrients to feed them after you expended so much energy. So maybe wait an extra day and check again.

I do understand what you mean about falling off plan eating though. I did the same this week. Made some homemade macaroni and cheese trying to use up the food I have left in the refrigerator. Of course then I ate it for dinner 3 nights in a row. Small bowl but that was all I ate. No vegetables. Alot of salt and fat. And I was up 2 pounds this morning when up to last Saturday I was holding down a nice loss. Told myself today that I had to do better and that if the temptation was too much for certain things, then stay away from them. And I can remember coming in from a long bout in the cold - you're tired, some parts are cold, other parts are hot and sweaty and I think you're in a vunerable state. You'll grab the first thing you can see. So let it go and start again with a renewed committment. As for cancelling the gym, I know it's tempting to save the money but you really, I mean REALLY enjoy the classes. The Wii Fit is fun but maybe ease your way into it, and if you are fine with it as a substitute then decide. Do you have a month to month renewal on the gym membership that you could extend for just a little longer? Some people have said that paying for a membership they were more prone to actually go there and use it because they were paying for it. If nothing else, you zip my lip and I'll zip yours, ok? :ziplip:

I ordered some fudge from a small cheese shop in Wisconsin that we used to frequent - a friend had a cabin on the lake she would let us use. It was my mom's favorite fudge so I ordered some for her for a Christmas gift, a flavor for DH and a flavor for me of course. Had a piece tonight and the first 2 bites were good, the rest was icky sweet. I guess I'll give it all to my Mom. I used to wonder about people who preferred savory over sweet - took me the longest time just to figure out what savory meant. I think Shad finally taught me :lol:

Shad - sorry your Internet connection sucks. Looking forward to hearing about the new job.

Mel - what's this with Ritchie's dad? Is he getting the kids all excited about coming to Florida? Bad grandpa. Hey, you can't always get what you want. And evil temptation comes in all kinds of forms. That was very nice of you to help the seniors. I hope that someday there is a young buck in waiting who will be helping out Miss Mel to repay the kindness ;)

Ok, it's 9pm. My stamps came today so I am all ready to do the Christmas cards - provided I write the letter first. And Michelle, I think I was not clear enough. I was trying to say that I hate the impersonalness of a card that is sent off to a printer and stamped with a name and then they slap and address label on the front. Nothing personal about it, kind of like you get from the dry cleaner :lol: I love Christmas letters - always good to hear how people are doing through the year.

Anyway, let me get busy here before it's midnight - just checking in.

Shad
12-11-2009, 02:06 AM
Afternoon all,
Since the internet connection is free, I shouldn't complain about the speed. All I have to do is to sit near the window and the connection is there to hook onto. It's not as bad as I made out, sometimes it is even positively speedy, but I guess that everyone in the area is latching onto it so it gets a bit slow at times.

I'm in the State of Victoria, in a place called Lilydale which is more or less in the Dandenong Ranges and can be a little cool from time to time. The town is bigger than but not unlike that wee place we went to in Arkansas (?) when you and DH kindly took me to the caves. Lots of bush, hills to walk/ run up and plenty of places to eat. No Daisy Mae but I think I got Ramen Sirdar the other day - at least that is more or less the name I heard and understood.

The job is going along reasonably well. I have been familiarising myself with their system and find that they are Basic, Basic, Basic. So I have to dumb down the training because half the stuff I am used to, is not being used or they haven't bought yet. People seem nice and some of them are champing at the bit to get onto the new system - suckers!!! :lol3: However there are some very intelligent people who are embracing it wholeheartedly - and of course those who hate change and can't see how it will work.

Yesterday, I went across town in the train to the other site. It took 1.45 Hrs. My butt was square at the end. We did a full days testing there, and then I went to my friends place and we went out for dinner. One thing and another and time passed and I went to catch a train home, looked at the timetable and swore very long and loud since there wasn't a connecting train and it meant over 2 hours to get home. Raced in to the motel room just after midnight and fell asleep still in my clothes until the alarm made me get up this morning.

I don't think I can make it back for the personals - sorry.
I know Annie is sick and her roof is too. I should come over and help you put a new roof on the house. I need the exercise.
Happy is blaming me for her changing tastes. Not my fault lady. But once you lose that taste for sweet, you may find the weight comes off easier, just don't get stuck into the cheese.
Michelle is stiff and sore from snow raking. Not surprising. I bet that burnt up some calories. Here we rake the leaves off the roof and gutters!!!
Laura is baking cookies and eating the dough - hence the pound. Did you figure out what to have for dessert for the dinner?
Hi Ceejay. Patty. Haven't heard from her for a while. Better figure out what she is doing!
Mel - Stupid ffil. Note the 2 f's - not a mistake. Such a stupid man. It's all those drugs he is taking. Refuse to take his phone calls, don't reply to the mail. Stay at home and recoup and recuperate Richie and Jen.

And with that, I need to go stretch out on the bed for a while and then get ready for a swim or a run. Don't know which yet.
Have a good day/ night whatever you are up to.

MELODY525
12-11-2009, 08:05 AM
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HAPPY!!! FUDGE!!!! IS THAT WW FRIENDLY???:rofl: MOM IS GOING TO LOVE THE EXTRAS!! :lol3: SOMETIMES YOU CRACK ME UP.

SHAD~ GLAD THE JOB IS RINNING ON SCHEDULE EVEN IF YOU AREN'T IN SYNC WITH THE TRAINS!! :yikes: I HOPE THEY ALL GET TO LIKE THE NEW "TEACHER".

SORRY THIS IS SHORT. I AM ON MY WAY NDOWN. SHORTHANDED AT THE LAST MINUTE. YEAH RIGHT. BE BACK LATER OR MANANA. LOVE TO ALL FOR A VERY HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-11-2009, 08:34 AM
Hi chicks,

Another cool one this morning. Coffee cooled especially quick. Stupid cat kept banging at the door to be let out (she had already gone out once, took a sniff and ran back in) so out she went for good. Hope she likes frosty grass :lol:

Shad - sounds like you new place is rather nice - save the train trips - did you at least see some nice countryside? Made for a long night though. We were in Mountain View I think and yes, it was Arkansas. Daisy said hey when we were there earlier this year.

Mel - the fudge was real honest Wisconsin fudge - the GOOD stuff. :lol: about a bazillion WW points. The kind of stuff you can eat but the rest of the day all you can eat is celery and water :rofl: Don't work it too hard in the office young lady :nono:

We have a get together tonight at one of my co-workers houses - our team holiday celebration. For the second time this year, I will be drinking wine. (First time was at her house when we went another time :lol: ) I am looking forward to it. Am bringing grapes (1 point) and a cheese plate (3 points), some cold cooked shrimp (1 point) and some cocktail sauce (1 point). So the worst I can do is the cheese. Will be mindful of that.

Annie - hope you are feeling a bit better today. Hope you will continue to rest as you can't get better in one day :hug:

Michelle - hope you are not walking around like Igor today - Frankenstein's Igor not Carla and Mel's Igor :lol: Please have all snow melted by next Saturday. I really (I mean REALLY) don't want to see that or single digit temps.

Laura - I think you said your weekend starts today - enjoy it!

Gotta get hopping here - a big good morning to Ceejay, Patty and Ruth :wave:

diyana
12-11-2009, 08:57 AM
Hello my Worldly sistas -

Happy Friday! TGIF!! I've got a busy weekend ahead with pet sitting and website work. I have to do a pet sitting visit tonight around 8 or 8:30 pm, and then 4 visits tomorrow and 4 more on Sunday. But the doggies I sit for are cute and fun and love all the attention I give them. I'm also going to the store tonight to re-stock up on foods that help my weight loss.

I didn't get to the gym last night because my eyes have been red and itchy - my boss told me to go to the doctor since it looked like pink eye...sure enough...it's conjunctivitis in both eyes. He gave me some drops but told me to avoid the gym for at least a few days to a week so I'm not spreading it to everything I touch. But I did the Wii Fit last night. It was fun, and , for Christmas - we opened it early. Anyway, I did 45 minutes of Step and Boxing last night and got a decent workout. And I tried some of the balance exercises - slalom skiing, ski jump, etc....it says I'm unbalanced - not sure if that's physically or mentally/emotionally - either way it's no surprise! :rofl:

Mel - Tomorrow I think I will dig out the penguins so we can light them back up. Right now, you can only see the tips of their little heads. Thanks for the kind words about the scale, and yes, I did work off the grumpy mood. The Wii Fit games are fun, as are the other Wii games I've played since we hooked it up. That sucks that Richie's dad is trying to force them to go down to Florida when no one can afford it. Hopefully, the dad will ease up and quit pushing. BTW, I love the graphic!! And your graphics may be getting larger each day, but then so is my waistline apparently!! :rofl: Don't work too hard in the office!

Shad - Sorry to hear that the internet connection is so lousy. Glad the job is going well so far, and that the people are bright and eager to learn. That's too bad that the trains take so long to get from one place to another. Sheesh! Do you have to work this weekend? Or will you have time to go exploring? We rake leaves and clear gutters here too....twice a year....in spring and autumn. Hope you're enjoying your swims/runs!

Happy - Thanks for the song, and the cheering and clapping. "Can't Get Next to You" by the Temptations...that's cute!! And yes, you are right...when you work muscles extra hard, they do retain water. That's what my WW leader AND my personal trainer have both told me. Maybe that's the reason for the extra weight. But I haven't been exactly on the straight and narrow either. Not that I've been horribly "bad"...I just haven't been doing the program 100%. I need a reality check when it comes to portions, among other things. And you're right...when I came in from the cold after shoveling, I was hungry, completely exhausted, cold and just wanted comfort food. Lots and lots of comfort food. As for the gym....I do REALLY enjoy the classes. And my membership is month to month...so I can cancel at any time. I don't need to decide now. The fudge sounds good, so nice of you to give it to your mom. I can only have one or two bites of fudge before it gets icky sweet for me as well. But brownies are a different story altogether. :lol: They are a food I definitely need to avoid as I could eat at least 1/2 pan by myself. Did you get your letter written? That's on my to do list for this weekend. My pups are like your cat...they aren't staying out for very long when they do go out. They do their business and rush right back in. Enjoy your holiday celebration this evening! Good for you for pre-calculating your points! :cp: :cp: Are you coming up to WI next Saturday or just making it as far as IL? I think we'll still have snow. According to the long range forecast, which I've learned never to trust, we've got another round of bitter cold coming the middle of next week, but "warming" up to the 20s and 30s for Dec. 19-25. Hopefully you won't experience any single digit actual temps, but no guarantees about the wind chills.

Laura - Enjoy your long weekend and holiday preparations and celebrations!!

Annie - I hope you're feeling better and that you're able to stay home and rest again today. :hug:

Ceejay - Are you enjoying your days off?

A big :wave: to Patty and Ruth!!

Signing off for now, but I'll try and get back later!

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
12-11-2009, 10:32 AM
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I WAS DONE BEFORE I GOT STARTED. ALL HEADS ARE ACCOUNTED FOR. THEY GOT THE WRONG DATE. DUH!!!!!!!!!!! JEN AND I SPENT TIME WITH MY FRIEND. IT'S HER :hb: BIRTHDAY TOMORROW. SHE'S HAPPY TODAY. I WAS LOSING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT BUT SOMEHOW IT CAME BACK TO ME AFTER I HAD A DREAM ABOUT BEING AT SOME KIND OF CELEBRATION WITH A ROOM FULL OF HASIDIC JEWS(SP) :dreidel: IT MUST HAVE BEEN BECAUSE I WATCHED A SHOW ABOUT CHANUKAH BEFORE BED. :rofl: MY EX MIL STILL CELEBRATES THOSE HOLIDAYS SINCE HER BF DIED. LOTS OF GOD MEMORIES THERE TOO.

HAPPY~ HAVE A GOOD TIME AND YOUR WW POINTS SOUND GREAT. SAVE ME A PLATE(AND SOME FUDGE) :rofl: :rofl: I HEAR YA ON THE GAZILLION POINTS!! ROFLMAO YOU MADE ME LAUGH OUTLOUD WITH THE CELERY AND WATER !!!! SO GLAD I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE :lol3: :lol3:

MICHELLE~ YOU WILL DO FINE WITH THE WEIGHTLOSS. I HAVE FAITH IN YHOU. HOPE THE EYES FEEL MUCH BETTER SOON. THE GYM IS PROBABLY WHERE YOU GOT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!! :rofl: GIVE IT BACK TO THEM AND TELL THEM NO THANKS!! JUST ,KIDDING. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND WITH THE DOGGIES AND HOPE YOU HAVE SOME SHELLY TIME :hug:

diyana
12-11-2009, 11:04 AM
Mel - So glad you didn't have to work in the office today, but instead were able to spend time with your friend!! Thanks for the words of encouragement!

MELODY525
12-11-2009, 11:39 AM
LORD GIVE ME A FRIGGING BREAK...JUST GOT THE MAIL AND SOC SECURITY WANTS ME TO PAY BACK AN OVERPAYMENT AT $70.32 @ MONTH. LIKE WTF!!! SOMEHOW EITHER I DIDN'T READ THE LETTER OR THEY NEVER SENT ONE AND NOW I AM PAST THE TIME ALOTTED FOR REBUTTAL(SP) SO I CALLED AND GOT MY FRIEND(THANK GOD) AND HE LOWERED IT ONCE AGAIN TO $35 @ MONTH. I TOLD HIM IF HE EVER WANTED TO KNOW IF HE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN ANYONE'S LIFE THAT HE CERTAINLY DOES WITH JEN AND I. HE JUST STRAIGHTENED ALL OF JEN'S PROBLEMS OUT LAST MONTH. :tantrum: HE TOLD ME I JUST MADE HIS DAY. :D
OK....DONE VENTING. YOU CAN ALL COME BACK OUT NOW :hohoho:

diyana
12-11-2009, 12:40 PM
Mel - The gov't just never lets you alone!! Makes me so angry that deserving, honest people like you and Jen get hassled at every turn while so many fraud, cheat and scam the gov't. :tantrum: Sheesh!! I'm glad you were able to get in touch with your friend so he could lower it. Still unfair that you have to pay extra...but $35 is better than $70. Phew!

happy2bme
12-11-2009, 01:51 PM
ok, so here I sit eating lunch. They had fried catfish (which I can pass on) but the best looking macaroni and cheese - and she does make good m 'n c. BUT I said no, gotta be good. So got the salad bar and topped it with a grilled chicken breast. It's freezin cold in the office today so I got a cup of 1pt veggie soup to warm up. Just so you don't think I'd that good, I did get a fountain Coke. :o Been drinking tea all morning, the coffee here is retched and I just wasn't feeling like milk or hot chocolate. I'm trying but it's hard.

I hear you on the portion control Michelle. That is my biggest downfall - too much of the right stuff. I hate measuring and tracking and figuring and all the time that takes but if I have to be brutally honest, that's the only thing that really works - knowing what your points/calorie max is and working to that number.

DH asked me what I thought about some appetite suppresant he saw on the Internet (all natural :lol: ) My first reaction was ... we need to stop cooking such great tasting stuff. We like to experiment - most stuff is good, some are duds. I notice I have no problem whatsoever with portion control when the stuff is less than tasty. And as much as I hate it, need to spend the time to plan ahead of time, calculate points and just stick with it.

Last year my boss hosted the holiday get together at her house. Afterwards she provided pictures. My co-worker (where we are getting together tonight) was horrified at her pictures and vowed to get back to fighting weight by her 45th birthday in November. She lost 55 pounds on WW. And she looks fabulous. We pulled up those Christmas pictures the other day and the change is remarkable. She looks pudgy and dowdy in the old shots and fab and hip now. And much younger. And she has a new edgy short spiky hair style that really compliments the changes (before she wore her very long hair pulled back off her face. It really is quite inspiring and motivating. Of course she did it by being relentless in pursuing her goals - at one point she was bordering on annoying because as we were discussing Lean Cuisine and WW Frozen Entrees she would criticize the ones I was eating as "too pointy, too pointy" - and they were 5 or 6 point meals, not a 55 point Stouffer's Chicken Pot Pie :lol: And when she hit a plateua, she upped the exercise from an hour at 5am to that plus another hour or more in the evening. I am just not in a place to be THAT intense and I'm not sure I ever will be. Does this make me a lazy heiffer? It does seem that those who lost large amounts of weight did get maniacs about it. And while I am open to alot of food options, there's just some stuff I'm not going to eat.

Mel. :censored: I cannot tell you how annoyed I get about the freaking darn government diddling you around :tantrum: Why don't they go after the serious cheaters??? Somewhere there is a big basket of money waiting for you... :hug: I will save you some fudge - want the chocolate nut or the peanut butter and chocolate?

Michelle - sounds like you are super busy. Web work this time of year? I'm sure the extra money is nice, but not sure where I'd fit it in during this busy time.

Gotta get back to work now. Later chicks.

diyana
12-11-2009, 02:10 PM
Happy - That is TOO WEIRD of a coincidence! Our cafeteria also had fried catfish...which I also passed on. Instead I chose a beef and snap pea stir fry over brown rice that was VERY good. As for appetite suppresants...my opinion is...if I only ate when I'm hungry and/or only ate 'till I'm satisfied, I wouldn't be overweight. My problem is NOT my appetite as much as it's eating too much of yummy tasting foods and eating when I'm NOT hungry. Still working on both of those. That's so wonderful that your co-worker lost 55 pounds in less than a year! Bravo to her!! As for Web work this time of year...you're right, it's hard to fit in this time of year...but I gotta keep my clients happy EVERY month if I want to keep them, so I work it in.

ceejay52
12-11-2009, 06:34 PM
Yeah I finally got into the forums. Somehow I got locked out of them. The error said that someone tried to hack my account. uh oh, but from what I read it was more widespread than just my account.

Happy
I agree that I can do fairly well eating but it is the exercise that get's me, and my two sister's (siblings) are exercise nuts. Having to work 12 hour per day doesn't help matters. I've tried getting up at 5 a.m. Doesn't work for me. I need to plan my food also.

Michelle
I did buy some of Jillian's weight control pills but I'm not taking them. I have my thyroid under control and I really don't want to upset it. I agree with you I just need to step away from the food.

My day
I made it to Blytheville (22 miles north of my home town) this afternoon. I wanted to go to Lowe's to look for a new vacuum cleaner. Mine bit the dust last week end. I bought a new Electrolux canister. It's suppose to be easier on the allergies also. I may regret not getting the upright but the upright I have now is a bit to heavy to maneuver. Then to JCPenny's to look for a winter coat. They had some but not in my size. I may need to go to the bigger JCP in Jonesboro. They had some beautiful sweaters and alot of stuff in the Alfred Dunner brand, but I didn't buy anything there. I decided to go to the super Walmart to look around and lo and behold I found the pedals that I wanted. They are portable. Now I have no reason whatsoever not to exercise at work.

MELODY525
12-12-2009, 08:19 AM
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GOOD MORNING WINTER CHICKS OF THE WORLD. HOPE NONE OF YOU ARE SNOW DRIFTED INSIDE YOUR HOMES. SEEMS THE SNOW MISER HAS RUN AMUCK IN SOME OF YOUR STATES. STAY WARM AND DRY.

WE'RE GOING TO WARM UP TO 37 DEGREES. ANYTHING OUT OF THE 20'S IS FINE WITH ME. ESPECIALLY CAUSE ONE OF THE FIRE ALARMS IS BETWEEN THE 2 SETS OF DOORS WE HAVE :brr:
JEN AND I SPENT SOME DOWN TIME TOGETHER ON THE PHONE. BOTH TOO LAZY TO MOVE. :beach: ALL IS WELL IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS. NOW I MUST GO BACK AND READ WHAT YOU GALS WERE UP TO YESTERDAY. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. BE BACK IN A BIT.....:moped:

MELODY525
12-12-2009, 08:55 AM
FIRST... I AM LAUGHING AT THE CATFISH AT BOTH CAFETERIAS. TOO FUNNY.

THANKS GIRLS FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS WITH THE GOVT.

CEEJAY~ NICE SHOPPING TRIP. DON'T YOU LOVE WHEN YOU FIND WHAT YOU NEED. GLAD YOU FOUND THE PEDALS. HOPE THE EXERCISE AT WORK GOES WELL. MAYBE MAKE THE DAY GO FASTER TOO! :pedal: HOPE YOU FIND THE COAT OF YOUR DREAMS!

MICHELLE~ I AGREE...$35 IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE 70!! :cheer3: SOMETIMES IT IS TOUGH TO FIND THE POSITIVE HIDDEN IN THE NEGATIVES.:rofl: HOPE YOU AND DH HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND BOTH OF YOU FEEL GOOD. I WANTED TO SAY THIS...DON'T FRET SO ABOUT THE WEIGHT. HAVE YOU TRIED USING POSITIVE THINKING> I REALLY TRIED THAT WHEN I WAS IN THE LOSING MODE A FEW YEARS AGO. I JUST KEPT VISUALIZING ME AT A THINNER WEIGHT. DID IT AS MANY TIMES A DAY AS I COULD. AFTER AWHILE IT BECAME A HABIT AND NEXT THING I KNEW...30 LBS WERE GONE IN LESS THAN 10 MONTHS. IT REALLY HELPED ME FOCUS ON HEALTHY FOOD AND CUT DOWN ON THE SNACKING. IN FACT I STILL DO IT....IT KEEPS ME FROM EATING ALL THE CRAP IN THE OFFICE.....ESPECIALLY DURING THE HOLIDAYS. SENDING A BIG OL' HUG!! :hug:


HAPPY~ YOUR FRIEND REMINDS ME OF A FEW OTHER WOMEN I KNOW. THEY DID A FAB JOB OF "JUST DOING IT". SHE CERTAINLY DESERVES BIG KUDOS ! FUNNY BUT I HAD A CANNED COKE YESTERDAY! JUST COULDN'T RESIST. HERE'S CHEERS TO YOU :cheers:

:scale: GIRLS...I WAS THINKING :flame: I FOR ONE COULD EAT 2+ CUPS OF MAC'N'CHEESE AND THEN GO RIGHT BACK FOR SECONDS TILL I COULDN'T MOVE OR BREATHE. I STILL FOLLOW THE MICHAEL THURMOND PLAN OF 1/2 CUP MEASUREMENTS. IT'S HOW I GOT THE ORIGINAL 30 LBS OFF AND HOW I DON'T GO BACK TO BEING OVER 210 LBS. I KEEP A 1/2 CUP MEASURE ON THE COUNTER ALL THE TIME. EVEN IF I DON'T USE IT...I CAN SEE HOW MUCH 1/2 CUP IS. MAYBE THAT WOULD HELP YOU GALS? REMEMBERING HOW MUCH 1/2 CUP ACTUALLY IS WAS A BIG EYE OPENER FOR ME IN 2003. JUST A THOUGHT.

happy2bme
12-12-2009, 09:28 AM
Good morning chicks,

I'm off to go get the hairs cut and colored shortly. I'm 99% sure we're doing the red again. And for once, it's close enough to when we go home for Christmas that my family can see it too.

Had a good time at last night's party. The group I work with now is much more fun than my old group. Of course maybe I THOUGHT I was having more fun because I polished off and entire bottle of white zinfandel by myself. :hat: No... actually they are fun. Will be on calorie restriction for the next week and a half though...

Today will be shot what with killing the morning. I just hope my hairdresser does not have too many otheres squeezed in between my appointment. (she will often do a cut while I'm waiting for my color to process). Back home, I have cleaning and laundry and cards and am I really going to decorate? I did haul my stuff out and set up the dining room. Holiday placemats and decorations on the buffet and big cabinet/hutch. I probably should do the mantel at least in the living room. And maybe bring out my little fiber optic tree and the snowman for the hall cabinet.

It's dry in the house too. I come in, take off my jacket and proceed to get shocked as I walk through the house.

Mel, I hear the visualization thing so often that there must be something to it. I am going to give it a whirl myself this time. I hope you enjoyed that Coke yesterday and it did not set your tastebuds in motion again. I loved your snowy picture - so much better to look AT than stand IN :rofl: There is one thing about snow though, I don't think anything ANYTHING makes the sky a more incredible blue than a cold day with lots of snow on the ground. One of those fooler days that looks so pretty through the window that it's deceiving. Stay inside and keep warm. 37 feels good only after you've had a week of it being in the teens :lol:

Ceejay - I have always preferred the canister vacumn cleaners. To me they just seem to have more suction (sorry Mr. Dyson but that's what I've found). I guess if you have big open rooms with lots of carpet, the upright would be better but I don't. Hope you enjoy the new appliance. When you stick with the cloth hepa filter bags, they say you can trap most of the allergens. But you have to use the very expensive bags. Good for you for finding portable pedals. You just have to be determined to find a way to make things work instead of excuses for why it can't - my new mantra heading into the new year :D

Michelle - I'm surprised they had catfish up your way. Thought that was a southern thing down here :lol: I would expect perch or something for you. I completely agree with you about the appetite suppresents. It's not that my problem is being hungry all the time, it's lack of measuring and thus portion control and like you said, food is too yummy - even tho we try and lighten up the stuff we eat so we can have tasty stuff at fewer calories. So some pills are not going to help. Best appetite suppresant was booze and cigarettes :lol: Can't go back to those days though :lol:

Well I gotta get into the shower which is not a 10 minute hop (can't wait to get stitches out Monday and wash my foot). Have a good weekend chicks, will check in later.

happy2bme
12-12-2009, 09:30 AM
and I guess Mel, that's not a bad idea about keeping a half cup measuring cup on the counter. Are you saying that everything first gets measured as a half cup serving? Gosh, I'd be eating the crumbs and licking my plate for sure if that's all I got :rofl:

MELODY525
12-12-2009, 10:49 AM
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Groups of friends, so old and true
That they seem our kinsmen too;
These all merry all together
Charm away chill Winter weather.
– from "A Glee for Winter" by Alfred Domett (1811 – 1887)

HAPPY~ SAY AT DINNER TIME...I USE 1/2 CUP OF POTATOES OR RICE, 1/2 OF A CHICKEN BREAST(DEPENDING ON IT'S SIZE} AND THEN 1-2 CUPS OF VEGGIES OR SALAD. I DON'T EAT MORE THAN 1/2 CUP OF A STARCH UNLESS IT'S PASTA AND I HARDLY EVER HAVE THAT. MY BIG SPLURGES ARE WHEN SOMEONE IS HERE OR I EAT DOWNSTAIRS. MAINLY HOLIDAY TIMES. AFTER AWHILE YOU GET USED TO PORTIOPN CONTROL AND WONDER HOW YOU EVER ATE 6 CUPS OF ANYTHING AT ONE SITTING! :rofl: WHAT COLOR HAIR THIS TIME??
SANTA COUNTDOWN IS IN THE OFFICE WINDOW...DID I MENTION THAT LAST WEEK?? :tree: HOPE YOU GET IN AND OUT OF THE SALON!! HAPPY WEEKEND!

ceejay52
12-12-2009, 11:31 AM
Morning chicks.

Happy
You are going to be a beautiful red head at Chritmas time. Thanks for approving my buy of the cannister type vacuum. Will be using it later today.

Mel
The snow picture is good. Like Happy said as long as I don't have to be out in I'm fine. I really should measure my food, but like I said before it's a trigger to my binging.
I let myself have pizza last night and regretted it at weigh in time last night. It wasn't good either. I was back up to 202.8. It's back to clean eating today.
I took the Real Age test last night and I'm 64.3. instead of 59.3 that hurts the ego. I need to take my blood pressure and I'm set to start the journey once again.

Shad
12-13-2009, 04:29 AM
Evening all,
I've been out to the vineyards today. We went to two wine tastings, a cheese tasting and lunch at a fairly spiffy restaurant. I guess I won't be counting my calories too much today. Don't see how I am going to achieve any weight loss this month.

Ceejay - must have been some pizza. Hope you enjoyed it. It's most likely the salt content, rather than the fat content. Water, water, water

Mel - cute poem. I agree about portion control. It is everything. The CSIRO tends to measure in cups of salad, 1/2 cups on root veg and 1/3 cups rice per person. That's uncooked. I like Mac n cheese but after a cup or so, I would be digging out the cheese sauce and the topping - all that yummy grilled cheese and leaving the mac behind.

Happy - going home red huh? Well someone other than the DH should get to see the visuals.

Apart from potatoes, I seem to have gone off the starchy stuff and pasta doesn't turn me on like it used to. I just wish all this healthy stuff would make some difference in the fat content of my body.
This morning I found a walking/ cycling track called the Warburton Trail. It's a very pleasant, somewhat steep in places walk through the bush. Apparently it used to be a railway track and goes for about 10km. I do not do the entire track. I'm luck if I get 2k up the hill and another 2k back in my 40 minute trek. Everyone on the trail speaks as you pass. One this morning noted that I was running back down the track - it's much easier coming down isn't it he says as he puffs past going uphill. Anyway, I am getting my exercise in. That's got to be good.

So that's about it for now. I'll be back tomorrow after work.

MELODY525
12-13-2009, 08:27 AM
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:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS GOING WELL AND EVERYONE IS REASONABLY HAPPY :wreath:
IT'S QUIET AND THE SKY IS DARK. GOOD WINTER NAPPING WEATHER. NOTHING NEW, NOTHING GOING ON AND BEST OF ALL...NOTHING PLANNED!!
HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

JEANETTE~ YOU ARE MUCH BRAVER THAN I AM...I WAS AFRAID TO TAKE THE REAL AGE TEST :rofl: I HAD CHINESE FOOD AND REGRET IT TODAY. GUESS WE'RE BOTH BACK TO CLEAN EATING THIS WEEK!! we will keep each other company :hug:

SHAD~ HOPE YOU STAY WARM AS WELL. TOO BAD IT'S SO COLD THERE :brr: I LOVE THE TOPPING ON THE MAC'N'CHEESE TOO :hun: YUM!!! MY GRAM USED BUTTERED BREADCRUMBS AND CHEESE ON TOP. I AM DROOLING NOW! :lol3: SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A REALLY LOVELY WEEKEND. A BIG CHANGE FROM HAMMERING, PAINTING AND GROUTING NO??? :dance: HOPE YOU HAVE LOTS OF OUTINGS WHILE YOU'RE THERE. :hug:

ceejay52
12-13-2009, 09:25 AM
Shad
What a nice trail! I would love to be out in the woods. I at one time was off all starches. This week I'm back to eating as clean as possible without being to stressed about it. I'm sure it was the sodium in the pizza but it sure was a lot heavier meal than my body is used to.

Mel
We can do this together. Your ticker gets longer every day.

Of all things when I got to work this morning there was a note for a mandantory meeting on the 16th. I took that day off this week because I had 12 hours left of my vacation time. It doesn't say what kind of meeting it is. At least it is at city hall and not at the cramped fire department.

happy2bme
12-13-2009, 04:36 PM
Hi all,

Just sitting here cleaning and sorting and doing laundry and making my lists to get ready for our trip and making calls to finalize plans with friends. Busy day.

Tonight I think I will watch Julie and Julia - the movie with Meryl Streep where she plays Julia Child. From the trailers it looks like Meryl does her usual awesome job.

Got to go through the refrigerator and try to figure out adventurous meals to use up all the persishable food by week's end. Will make for some interesting meals ... Could make a vegetable soup but I have no soup stock or meat.

I do have red hair again. It's a really dark color. Was not sure I liked it. Could use some light highlights I think though it will surely fade out and lighten up quickly. I was looking in the makeup mirror this morning - DH bought me one of those ones on the extendor arm that mounts on the wall like in a hotel. It has a light around the rim. Was looking at my hair close up and while it is dark, there are single strands that are the most incredible red color - very shiny - like spun gold - they actually sparkle and shine. Pity that you have to get within 2 inches of my head to see them though - LOL No wonder the hairdresser and her sister were carrying on about the color. I know my Mom will complain that it's too DARK. She would prefer to see my sister and I as blondes.

Ok, break is over, back to work...

Ceejay - hope the mandatory meeting is not bad news. The word "mandatory" makes me nervous.

Mel - love your snowman. I had Chinese food yesterday and enjoyed it ;) I hear there is a big chill moving up your way. Button up that overcoat!

Shad - that walking trail sounds just lovely. So nice that people pass and nod too. I noticed that there must be something about the fresh woodsy air that makes people nicer. Most everyone is way nicer on the trail than if you are just out walking the neighborhood.

Shad
12-14-2009, 04:19 AM
Afternoon all,

Mel - it's all over the shop here as far as temps go. Yesterday was cool, today was hot - well it was until the Canadian I work with turned the office into a fridge - and tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher but rain late in the afternoon. Probably about going home time, I'd guess.

Ceejay - hope the mandatory meeting is nothing to worry about. Yes it is a nice place to exercise. Bikers, walkers and their dogs, they are all out on the trail. Its a good place to be if it is not raining. It could get somewhat slippery if wet.

Happy - Clearing all the goodies out of the fridge is always interesting. Try using water and a stock cube or spices to flavour the veges, or drop in a tin of tomatoes and a bit of yoghurt and some fresh herbs if you have them. The thicker you make it, the better it tastes. When do you leave for the frozen north??

Work is still going okay. We're mapping out a program for the new warehouse manager today. It has taken most of the day to get my logon working more or less properly. I have internet but no email. Weird?? well all these outsourced IT outfits are pretty weird.

So back to work again tomorrow - after the exercise of course. See you later

MELODY525
12-14-2009, 08:17 AM
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TODAY IS APARTMENT INSPECTIONS ON MY FLOOR. GOD I HATE THESE CAUSE THE TENANTS GO NUTS AND KEEP SAYING IT'S ILLEGAL :rofl: BUT WHEN YOU LIVE IN FEDERAL HOUSING THEY HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS. THIS ONE IS ONLY OUR MAINT. DEPT. WAIT TILL THE FEDS SEND SOMEONE LATE THIS MONTH OR NEXT...THE CRAZINESS STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN!
RICHIE'S KIDS ARE COMING HERE FOR CHRISTMAS. OH JOY AND HAPPINESS. GUESS THEIR MOTHER WANTS PEACE FOR HER CHRISTMAS AND HAS OFFERED TO SEND THEM UP. THEY WILL BE HERE NEXT MONDAY THE 21ST AND LEAVE ON THE 4TH OF JANUARY. TWO WEEKS OF PURE BLISS. :yikes: I AM GOING TO SEE IF I CAN MOVE TO ANOTHER TOWN TILL IT'S ALL OVER :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY:moped:


HAPPY~ ARE YOU MAKING YOUR LIST AND CHECKING IT TWICE?? GONNA FIND OUT IF MOM HAS BEEN NAUGHTY OF NICE??? HOPE YOU REMEMBER TO TAKE EVERYTHING!! THE HAIR SOUNDS VERY NICE. I BET SOMEONE LOOKING AT IT CAN SEE IT MUCH BETTER THAN YOU DO. HAIR LOOKS DIFFERENT TO THE EYE WITHOUT A MIRROR. HAVE FUN PACKING. TIME IS FLYING!

SHAD~ HOPE THINGS CONTINUE ON THE "GOOD" TRACK WITH THE JOB. TAKE THE A/C CONTROLS AWAY FROM THE CANADIAN!!! HE PROBALY THINKS HE'S IN AFRICA :flame: WHAT DO THEY KNOW ABOUT SEASONAL HEAT??? :rofl: :rofl:

SPEAKING OF WHICH...OUR WEATHER WAS 23 JUST THE OTHER DAY AND YESTERDAY IT WAS ALMOST 52. GOOD THING I'M INSIDE!!!!

happy2bme
12-14-2009, 08:41 AM
Morning chicks,

Site is displaying wierd this morning. Page is messed up and HTML code is displaying all over. Doesn't refresh.

I can't read the posts and don't have time to diddle around so I'll try again at lunch time.

See yah - hope THIS posts :lol:

happy2bme
12-14-2009, 08:42 AM
oh wait - won't be on at lunch - working at the office in the morning then over to the doc's at 1 to this time hopefully get my stitches out. Will try and get on tonight.

annie175
12-14-2009, 09:58 AM
Hello ladies, thanks for all the well wishes.

I didn't come to work on Friday, stayed home in bed all day and night. DIdn't go on date as he cancelled and rescheduled for last night then called me yesterday and cancelled last night. At least he called and didn't stand me up. We didn't reschedule as I am not so sure I even care at this point. MEN SUCK. May go down the other road. Not. and why do I always get the ones that treat me like poo? I know, I know, my prince has not come along as yet. My luck I will meet him one minute and die the next. Oh Whoa is me. Boo who who. and my flippin roof is leaking, no surprise there. Not only does love stink, but so does life right now. Ok done with that.

Mom won't eat or speak to any of us. She is being a sh*t*ss. I have tried crying, pouting, yelling, being nice, nothing works. She just glares at us like we are not there. Or she wants us to dissappear. Not sure which.

Good morning my chickies.

I have the week of h*ll ahead of me. I work both jobs, M, W, TH, then CVS Saturday. and let me tell you it has been no picnic at CVS. People are just plain angry in this life and economy. Yesterday at CVS, we decided it was b*tch SUnday! AT least the Colts won. Matter of fact they ROCK!!

CHELLE...don't dwell on the the past pounds problem. Instead look toward the future pounds lost. We all have downfalls, buck up bucko, get back on the wagon. STAY AWAY FROM TEMPTATIONS. Don't even bring them into the house and that includes the salty junk. No one needs salt whether they are eating healthy or not. I tried Morton's no salt over the weekend. Yes, it costs more, but really it is not bad. I kind of like it.....and.....it doesn't take much of it to get the "salt" taste.

Shad...how is the new J.O.B. going? Besides the internet connections? MMMMmmmmmmm wine and cheese tasting, my favorite, wine and cheese. I would love a basket of wine and cheese. Thank you.

MEL....wouldn't you just love to p*ss on the government? I know I would most of the time. Let me know and I will donate to the cause. Speaking of piddling...I just sent my director an email that said, Jim, thank you for submitting your PP to me before the solicit. Before I realized what I had said, he comes out laughing his arse off. PP is powerpoint presentation in reality, however I got the joke of the day.

Ceejay...tell them you cannot make the mandatory meeting as you have a mandatory vacation day. lol

Happy...how's the foot feeling?

Laura...how you doin' today?

Gotta get busy, two days out last week has thrown me behind.

Love and hugs

diyana
12-14-2009, 11:37 AM
A good Monday morning to all -

My busy weekend went by way too quickly. With doing 4 pet visits Saturday and 3 more on Sunday, with 1 hour round trip travel time, that didn't leave much time to get stuff done. But somehow I managed to do the grocery shopping, the laundry, dig out all our penguin yard decorations, start decorating the tree, and round up decorations and such to bring into work for several holiday events here. I'm going to WalMart tonight to get gift bags and stuff so that I can get the gifts I need to ship wrapped and get them sent tomorrow or Wednesday. We are SO far behind this year...it's just crazy. DH is getting stamps and address labels on his way home from work...so yes, I am delegating some stuff to him. Between digging in the snow and the Wii Fit, I've managed to get at least 1/2 hour of cardio done each day...but my eating/journaling is still not quite on track. I'm making better choices...just not staying 100% within my points.

Ceejay - So glad you found your pedals at WalMart! Have you taken them to work yet? Hope you like your new vacuum. My real age is a few years older than I am also. I'm working on that. And my WiiFit says I'm unbalanced....no surprise there! :rofl: What a bummer that you have a mandatory meeting on your day off. I hope it goes well and doesn't take too much of your day.

Mel - What a beautiful winter photo! And an adorable penguin image! Thanks for the great advice about positive thinking and visualizing myself thinner. Wow, you lost 30 lbs in less than 10 months! That's a great endorsement for thinking positive! 1/2 cup measurements...jeez, I really DO have to work on portion control. Thanks for the reminder...I guess. Though it's kind of a depressing wake up call for how large my portions really are. I do appreciate the suggestion though. I hope the apartment inspections go well. Sounds like you have a hectic holiday time ahead with Richie's kids coming. Try and get your R&R in now. :)

Happy - Does your hair look lovely all cut and colored? My hairdresser also does a cut while my color is processing. Glad you had fun at the work party! I need to finish decorating the living room...but that will be after all the gifts are wrapped and shipped. Our cafeteria often has southern food. I think the chef's are southern. They always have grits as an option for breakfast, and frequently serve Muffellettas (sp?), Po' Boys, sweet potato fries and jambalaya. Catfish is a new thing...usually they serve tilapia, haddock, cod or blue gill as fish options. Good luck with getting your stitches out so you can take a relaxing shower.

Shad - So nice to get out and do some wine and cheese tastings! I like the CSIRO idea of cups of salad, 1/2 cup on root veg (although if it's carrots - I do allow myself more) and 1/3 cup of rice. What does it say about protein? That's wonderful that you found a nice walking trail there, with friendly people.

Annie - I hope you're feeling better. As for men, yeah, unfortunately too many of them do suck. The good ones are few and far between. And I'm sure we've all kissed our fair share of toads. After my first hubby and I split up, I dated plenty of Mr. Wrongs for over 3 years before I found DH. No worries...your prince is out there and you'll find each other. For now, enjoy your holiday time with your friends and kids. Sorry that your mom is being a pain. I totally understand what you're going through. When we had to put my mom and grandma in assisted living because my mom was going through chemo and couldn't care for the both of them anymore...my grandma was pissed and she thought we were all evil as the devil. Congrats on the Colts win!! What I've seen of the highlights, it looks like they're playing great! Great enough to be undefeated so far! :woohoo: Thanks for the buck up words of encouragement. You're right. It's all about future pounds lost. It's about planning better and getting my sh*t together...and keeping bad stuff out of the house. Thanks for the laugh about the PP. Too funny, girlfriend!!

A big :wave: to Laura, Patty and Ruth!

Love and hugs,

annie175
12-14-2009, 01:34 PM
Chelle...and if you knew Jim, OMG he takes EVERYTHING to the limit as far as being ornery.

ceejay52
12-14-2009, 07:12 PM
Popping in to say hello. I'm getting ready to go home. This has been a busy day. I'm ready for 7 p.m.

Evaluation day was today also. Did extremely well and I'm pleased.

They changed the meeting day till Thursday. This means I have this meeting and a district meeting to attend. ugh.

Michelle
Yes, I've brought the pedals to work with me yesterday and today. I did both lower and upper yesterday and believe it or not my legs are sore today.

ceejay52
12-14-2009, 07:13 PM
Happy
I got that garbage this week end and then it told me I had been locked out of my account. Not sure what is going on. I had to email 3fc to let me back in.

diyana
12-15-2009, 07:48 AM
Morning girlfriends -

What a crazy busy week at work! Yesterday, we had to bring in things to decorate the end of our cubical row - each row of cubes was a team. Since I brought in the most stuff, our theme was, of course, penguins! We had penguin lights, little stuffed penguins all around, garland, a small artificial Christmas tree with lights and gold and red ornaments. It turned out very cute, if I do say so myself. It looks very homespun, very warm, inviting and homey. One team had a Santa theme, another a reindeer theme, and another a fireplace/hearth theme. The information services division has the big party on Friday afternoon, but today is the party for just my particular VP's team. We had to bring in supplies to build/decorate something, but we don't know what yet. Last year, was a tree. This year could be a tree again, or a snowman, santa, reindeer, who knows? So I brought in more supplies. Tomorrow, I'm taking the afternoon off to get my shopping finished and shipping done. I was going to take the vacation time on the 23rd, but I really NEED it now since I feel very far behind and have to get gifts shipped to California ASAP. We normally do a Christmas letter, but since nothing really eventful happened this past year, we decided just to do cards. By Thursday I hope to have it all done so I can relax and enjoy the rest of the month.

Ceejay - Goodonya' for bringing the pedals to work!!! Congrats on your evaluation day going well!

Annie - I hope you have a great day today, free from any annoying PP. :rofl:

Happy - Congrats on getting your stitches out!! You're free! :woohoo: I hope you are pain free as well as you transition back to "regular" shoes!! Now you can enjoy long relaxing showers.

Shad - Glad to hear the new job is going well. I hope you get your email up and running soon.

A big :wave: to Mel, Patty, and Ruth!

I'll be back later!

Love to all,

happy2bme
12-15-2009, 08:26 AM
Morning all,

I too am on Michelle's crazy busy train with no end in sight. Only got 4 and a half hours of sleep last night - this will be a tough day. Was in "just let me get this one more thing done" symdrome. I chalk it up to you always pay in spades when you get time off. So... nutso now to have some time off next week. I'm trying hard not to get too frazzled about it but make sure I get things done. It's worse because I have to empty out the downstairs bedroom because the floor people are coming tomorrow. Just about done with that.

And I get to take a real shower today. Stitches are out. Can't really wear a regular shoe tho - still have a gauze pad on and it's enough to make the shoe uncomfortably snug.

Don't have much time here today so my apologies for lack of personals - will try and get back later today.

Love to the chicks.

Oh and Michelle - I am jealous you are so festive at your place. We are having a cookie and punch party tomorrow but except for the dull tree at the entrance, you would never know it was Christmas at my place. Do you think it's because we can't say Christmas and offend anyone? ;)

diyana
12-15-2009, 09:07 AM
Happy - Glad to hear the stitches are out. How long do you have to wear the gauze pad? Do you have to go back to the doc to get the okay to wear regular shoes? I definitely give you kudos for clearing out the bedroom for the flooring people in the middle of all the holiday goings on, and getting ready for your trip! That's more than I would take on. But I don't take on much this time of year. I've gotten to the point where I don't schedule anything extra during this time, and I've gotten really good at setting realistic expectations of myself and my time. I think that comes with being horribly sick for a couple holiday seasons and/or never knowing if the weather is going to allow for anything beyond the bare minimum. I apologize if that sounds bah humbug. I do enjoy the holidays...but at a slower pace with less to do. It's how I ensure that I can have a relaxing, enjoyable holiday season...sort of my Christmas present to myself. :) As for my work being so festive...yes, we are. We have lots of lights in the trees outside, and several floor to ceiling Nutcrackers in the lobby, along with other big decorations and bows. Near the two cafeterias, we have huge Christmas trees, wreaths throughout the building, and we are encouraged to decorate our areas. It could be because since we are a retailer, Christmas is an insanely busy time for us, when we work longer and harder, so why not keep things festive to make the employees a little more cheerful. And, retailers typically are very happy around the holidays as this is when we do the most business - another reason to celebrate!

annie175
12-15-2009, 09:24 AM
Tuesday...couldn't get my butt outta bed this morning. Yikes, and this week is crazy busy here too, and at CVS. It is nutso.

PP Jim gave me a card with a hundreds bucks in it. Not sure why as I support him very little if at all. Must be the PP. lol

Chelle...you get more done than anyone I know with the exception of Shad who you run neck and neck with on getting the most stuff done.

Ceejay...see what happens when you don't pay attention to us at 3FC, they boot you off of here. LOL. Glad you are back in the rack with us.

Happy...are you going to take a long, long shower...just because you can?

Shad must be working her arse further off than before.

MEL...has the govt. bound and gagged you? Yeah, right, that will be the day.

Laura...where the heck are you woman?

My boss at CVS was calling me piglet last night, not sure what that was aobut.

Baby boy is going again for his swearing in of the Army on December 22. SO I shall be taking 22nd & 24th as vacation days, we get the 25th of course, however work at CVS on the 25th.

Oh got 5 scratch off lottery tickets from my secret Santa, didn't win a dime. Boo on that.

Gotta get some java now, before I fall asleep at this keyboard. Yikes.

Love and hugs,

diyana
12-15-2009, 10:20 AM
Annie - $100 for the PP, that's awesome! Definitely a nice bonus. As for getting stuff done...I'd say it's between Shad and Happy. So if your DS has swearing in on the 22, when does he deploy? That sucks that you have to work on the 25th at CVS. I hope you get paid well for working on Christmas. Bummer that you didn't hit it big (or even small) with the scratch offs.

MELODY525
12-15-2009, 11:56 AM
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ANNIE...SO GLAD THE BOSS SENT YOU HIS PP BEFORE THE SOLICIT! :lol3: :lol3: OH GOD HOW I NEEDED THAT JOKE OVER HERE TODAY!! :rofl: :rofl: I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MOM. A LITTLE ADVICE IN CASE YOU WANTED SOME(LOL) ONCE A PERSON GETS IT INTO THEIR HEAD WHICH ROAD THEY ARE TAKING AS THEY GET OLDER...IT IS SPOMETIMES IMPOSSIBLE TO CHANGE THEIR ROUTE. SO YOU MAY HAVE TO ADOPT AN ATTITUDE THAT SAYS C'EST LA VIE. AND WHATEVER YOU DO...DON'T GO ON A GUILT TRIIP! :hug: SENDING HOLIDAY LOVE YOUR WAY. OH BTW...CONGRATS ON THE $ FROM THE BOSS....HE MUST REALLY BE INTO PP!! :lol3: SENDING LOVE TO YHOUR SON :hug:

CEEJAY~ CONGRATS ON THE GOOD REPORT AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE MEETINGS. HOPE YOU HAVE SOME GOOD TIME OFF FOR YOURSELF AND A GREAT BIG HOLIDAY REST. GOING TO PARAGOULD? HOW IS THE UNCLE DOING???

HAPPY~ WEBSITES ARE GOING NUTS LATELY. MUST BE OVERLOAD! :rofl: GLAD TO HEAR THE FOOT GOT A BATH!! CONGRATULATIONS AND HOPE IT FEELS OK NOW. HAPPY NEW FLOORS TO YOU ALSO!!!

MICHELLE~ THE HOMESPUN LOOK IS MY FAVORITE. HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD SHOPPINGTRIP AND GET IT ALL DONE. HAVE FUN WITH THE BUILDING. KEEP US POSTED IF IT'S A TREE OR NOT. STAY HEALTHY WHILE YOU'RE SO BUSY AT WORK!!!


:hohoho: IT'S BUSY DOWNSTAIRS. THE BOSSLADY HURT HER BACK AND IS OUT 2 DAYS ALREADY. SENIORS GOING NUTS. MAINTENANCE SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE ON STRIKE. WTF :tantrum: HELPED A FEW SENIORS THIS MORNING AND TOLD A FEW I WILL BE UPSTAIRS IOF THEY OR SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS HELP. EASIER THAN DEALING WITH IT ALL THRU THE OFFICE. RICHIE & JEN ARE EXCITED THE KIDS ARE COMING :faint: WISH I COULD SAY THE SAME :rofl: JEN'SA GING TO DO THE FOOD SHOPPING WITH RICHIE. ONE LESS THING FOR ME. THEY HAVE LOTS OF INVITES FROM THE FAMILY. EVEN LESS FOR ME TO DO! :lol3: :lol3: I THINK I AM TURNING INTO A HUMBUG OR SORTS"wreath:
OK...I NEED TO GO MEET 2 SENIORS IN THE COMM ROOM. THEY'RE HAVING XMAS CARD PROBLEMS OF SOME KIND.
HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

happy2bme
12-15-2009, 01:50 PM
It's lunch time, chewing on steamed broccoli, back at yah chicks.

I did take a nice long shower today, thanks for asking. Leg (and foot) were quite happy to have a proper washing. Although I am cleared for regular shoes, I need to keep a gauze pad on the foot for probably the rest of the week and wrap a dressing on it. It's swollen and tender and there is only one red shoe I can get on and it looks like an elf shoe so I am back in the surgical shoe. Ready for this to be healed. DH was a sweetie and bandaged me up today as it is awkward for me, my arms aren't long enough :lol: I will probably be able to wear a real shoe next week, as long as I don't have to walk for long periods.

I also asked DH if he would please reshedule the floor guys until after the new year. There was just wayyyyyy to much to do tonight to get it all done and I knew that wasn't going to happen. He said ok, he would call them. Big relief - it's still going to be a busy time but more manageable now.

Mel - I don't think you are being a scrouge - just getting tired of the hassle. You are probably the most Christmasy person I know. Enjoy it in your own way.

Annie - how nice of Mr. PP man. What a great surprise! I'm sorry you have to work Christmas day. What a bummer. :( Spend as much time as you can with the DS. :hug: Sorry you didn't win anything on the scratch offs - you have luck like me :^:

Ceejay - congrats on getting a good evaluation - hope that means more cash in the wallet for you!

Michelle - no one can touch you when it comes to knocking out the work and staying busy. I'm still amazed that you can take on web work at this time of year on top of everything else. Is DH finally over his cold? I was thinking too as you mentioned, your company depends on Christmas for a surge in sales so it would behoove them to be as festive as possible :lol:

Ok, someone stopped by to talk and lunch is over so I need to post this and finish up my reports. Catch up later...

Laura705
12-15-2009, 02:17 PM
Hi Everyone, just checking in. Still catching up on your posts. My long weekend was fine, but very busy on Fri & Sat - shopping, cleaning & decorating. (Indoors too Mel!) Our street's holiday bash was very nice, both the dinner (neighbors across the street) and dessert (us). Cleanup was easy - hardest thing was stowing all the leftover desserts. Although offered and urged, no one took anything home, not even the stuff they brought themselves, and not even booze, LOL! Sunday bf & I both lay around like dead tunas, and yesterday was a bit of relaxation and a bit of shopping. Two sets of nearly all the desserts went home w/ bf's mum for her and her sister to enjoy. Thank goodness - that made a huge dent in the leftovers! The gifts that need to be shipped got bought, wrapped and packed, so yay!

I was scared to get on the scale this morning, but it said 182, so whew! Eating was erratic all weekend and I have to say I wasn't doing much snacking, but my meals consisted of snack-like foods - mixed nuts, crackers & goat cheese, etc. - not "real" food. This morning I took the remainder of the almond crescent cookies to work. Two batches of other cookies I attempted turned out less than satisfactory and I'm still debating bringing them to work. But they don't really tempt me much at the moment, but the very fact that they're there will certainly be a temptation in moments of weakness.

Tonight we're seeing the movie "Everybody's Fine", which I've heard is a nice heartwarming movie. Also heard Robert Deniro is really good in it.

Okay, back to work now.

Cheers!

annie175
12-15-2009, 02:24 PM
Happy...your DH sounds so sweet. I needed that inspiring man story as I am bah humbug on men these days. I know I don't need that hassle right now, but it would be nice to have someone around now and then. I think. H*ll I don't even know what I want anymore.

MEL...you just kill me laughter. Everyone goes on strike, gets sick, doesn't go to work, they hit the default button, that is MELLIE. You must be the MELLIE EASY BUTTON...That was easy. Easy like a Sunday morning. NOT! Farm the kids out to other places and you will get some quiet MEL time. Encourage them to go visit all the relatives! Take yourself a hot Bubbly, (insert favorite adult beverage here), and relax.

Chelle, Chelle, Chelle...you are one wonderful, upbeat woman. Even when you are down, you are more up than I am. DS won't deploy until June or maybe July as he goes to basic sometime after the first of the year then he will be in military police training/school for 6 mos. So the way I look at it, anything can happen in 6 mos with the U.S. Hopefully it will all be good. DS said his recruiter told him no matter what the news says about how many troops are coming home, we are getting ready to deploy around 70,000 troops between now and June.

Should I pay bills or spend the 100 bucks on myself? I feel so guilty about so many things right now. My life feels like it has gone to sh*t. Somebody smack me and remind me how blessed I am about anything. Would ya?

I suck,

annie175
12-15-2009, 02:34 PM
Laura....that movie looks good, do give us your review after seeing it. Take the cookies to work, don't eat them.

diyana
12-15-2009, 03:16 PM
Sheesh! I was only away for a couple hours and I'm behind on the posts! Story of my life this time of year, I guess! :lol:

Mel - You are definitely NOT a Scrooge! Just the opposite! Since you asked, our team building exercise was to build and decorate a reindeer...now keep in mind we mostly focused on supplies to build/decorate a Christmas tree - so we had garland, lights, etc. One of my team members was wearing brown pants, so we convinced him that rather than construct a reindeer, he should just be the reindeer. We used gold garland as a harness, gloves as antlers, beads as a bridal, a red pincushion as a nose, lights wound around his front legs (arms), raffia as hay, hershey's kisses as reindeer poo, you get the idea. Anyway, we won first prize! :woohoo: It was a lot of fun, and the team member who was the reindeer was SUCH a good sport about being decorated! And we had a great potluck lunch as well! Our penguin cube row theme took 3rd place out of 6 teams...the 1st and 2nd place team were very good too. Glad to hear you're having the seniors come to you rather than you having to hang out in the office. I hope the Xmas card problems weren't too serious.

Happy - I'm sure you know this, but the best things to alleviate swelling are R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Continue to take it easy, okay sista? I'm glad you're postponing the flooring guys. That is too much to deal with during the holidays and getting ready for your vacay. DH is over his cold. Yay! And since my company depends on the Christmas spirit for a surge in sales, we often get extra discounts throughout the month of December to encourage us to spend, spend, spend our paychecks! :lol: Between the sale prices and our discounts, we can get GREAT deals!

Laura - Glad you had a nice long weekend and that your street party was fun! Good for you for sending the desserts to bf's mom and her sister!. I hope you enjoy Everybody's Fine. I'd really like to see that movie. I enjoy DeNiro is just about all his roles, but especially the heartwarming/funny ones like Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers. And I also enjoy Drew Barrymore.

Annie - Thanks for the nice compliment. I try and be positive and upbeat...lately I've just been tired. :lol: Do you know where DS's basic or MP training school is? I hope he will have some time to spend at home before summer. Enjoy every bit of your time together. As for the $100 bucks...if I had an extra (or surprise) $100...I would purchase something that I've wanted for awhile...but something at least slightly practical too. You've had a rough several months, but you are still blessed. You're in good health, you've got loving children...a job where people really appreciate you...and a job where you can earn a bit extra. Many people nowadays don't even have one job, let alone two. I know you'd like someone to share some moments in your life with...that'll happen. For now, enjoy your kids, and spend time with your mom even if she is being totally crabby and a pain in the arse. Okay...that's your free advice for the day! Remember free advice is worth what you paid for it....nuthin'!! :rofl:

I've got to get some more work done in my last hour of the day. Tonight, I'm going to wrap and box up the gifts I have, and get the Christmas cards done. Tomorrow I'm starting work at 6 or 6:30 (like usual), but since I'm taking a 1/2 day off, I'm leaving at 10:30! :woohoo: Plenty of time to get gifts purchased, wrapped and shipped.

Love to all,

annie175
12-15-2009, 04:17 PM
Thanks Chelle

ceejay52
12-15-2009, 06:38 PM
Hi ho, hi ho, it's almost time to go... home that is and I'm off the next 5 days, :woohoo: I've already planned a vacation day for January and decided that it's high time I took care of me. I'll be taking metal health day once a month in 2010. The meeting for Wednesday has been moved up to Thursday so that means I have two meetings this day. One I will drive an hour to attend but that's okay. Going to do some shopping, and check on my uncle. Not sure if he'll have a brief stay in the hospital but I'm assuming yes. His back surgery is taking 5 or more hours. They are reparing 5 disc's.
Exercise has been completed. 20 minutes lower body and 10 minutes upper body. I was hoping that this thing would fit into my locker but it will not. :sigh:

Michelle
Your office must look very festive. I thought I was bringing a Christmas cd of Andy Williams but when I opened it the case the cd wasn't there. It's probably in the cd player at home. Think I'll dig out my small fiber optic tree.

Annie
I say spend that 100 dollars on youself. You deserve it plus you have been working two jobs.

Mel
You are diffinately not a scrooge. I've told every one in my family that I'm not participating in gift giving this year. You know, there comes a time that family means more tha gifts. My excuse was the new ADT system that I had installed. I sleep alot better at night knowing I have someone on guard so to speak.

Happy
I know the feeling of getting those stitches out of your foot. I couldn't wear a normal shoe for about a month after they came out cause my foot was still very tender and would swell. Try to keep it elevated as much as possible.

Laura
Good for you in giving your mom and her company some of the food. I'm with Michelle take the cookies to work with you. They will disappear. And good for you in getting the weight back down to 182.

Shad
Is this job easier than some of the previous jobs? Did I read/hear that an ice burg was heading towards Australia? Maybe I dreamed that!!

Shad
12-15-2009, 09:23 PM
Afternoon all,

Thought I might log in from work, since I can now do so. However somethings are long and involved, so it may not post. I will have to ensure I copy this before I post. My computer here is not what one would call speedy. It is out of memory more times than my mother was in her last year. I am dealing with another atrocious accent trying to get some improvement. So far it has been a series of what - wot - huh?

Ceejay - No you did not dream the iceberg. It is slowly drifting north from Antartica. NZ has had quite a few float right on by recently. It's all part of global warming. But every cloud has a silver lining. One enterpreneur in NZ sold tickets to 'A Dinner on Ice' - very expensive they were too, but you got helicoptered out to the iceberg floating off the South Island and treated to a 5 course dinner and wine and helicoptered back. He made heaps on the trip.
So far this job has been fairly easy, but for the next couple of weeks I have to mentor a man who has limited computer experience, limited warehousing experience and limited knowledge of physical inventory and how it works with a computer system. Poor guy has a learning curve that is straight up and a mile high. Still we do our best. Plod on till something clicks.

Michelle - all that decorating sounds like fun. Not a lot of that sort of thing here. People are just frantically busy trying to wind up year end and prepare for SAP and just get on with their daily lives.

Happy - glad to hear the foot is coming right and the stitches are out. Now to prepare for the big trip. I hope DH can get the floor put back because the guys probably are running late anyway.

Annie - they tell me life's a ***** and then you die! Well it might be a ***** but don't die. There are other things to hang about for. You are not having a good time right now, but that will change. What goes around comes around.
If I was you, I might be putting that $100 away for things that are bound to happen. If they don't within a certain amount of time, then spend it on yourself. I have this theory about these things - I don't have insurance, because that means someone else is hanging on to my money and I might not have the use for which it was intended and then they get to keep it! So I put things away for the rainy day. And when that day doesn't eventuate I spend up large on all the money I would have given the insurance. My medical benefits fund has taken me around the world once and to England and back once, plus trips to Japan, US & Canada, Singapore, Fiji and NZ - I think there are real benefits in that.

Mel - I remember the frenzy I went into when I was renting in Perth and Townsville and the rent inspection was due. Strangely enough, I was a model tenant until the final inspection came about and I was about to leave. Then I became the worst housekeeper of the year. Rental agencies have a lot to answer for.
The kids might be fun for Jen and Rich although it may be too cold to take them many places. Do not spend your refunds on them!!! They will have enough, although they may not have any warm clothes. Now we know why the old guy wanted them to come down - so he didn't have to have anything to do with them!

Laura - glad to here the dessert course went off okay and there was plenty to go round. Shame you had to keep it all. Chuck the cookies if you are not happy with them.
As for weight, I'm a bit worried myself. Yes I am exercising, but there is a canteen just down the hall and they have some really nice stuff - WHICH I DON'T NEED! but eat anyway. I am going to have to dig up the willpower to stop going in there.

Yesterday I went for a swim rather than a run. It was fine and I can feel different muscles spasming today. It's too hot to run today although that is an excuse I shouldn't be making because the mornings have been cool and foggy. Shad shoulda been out on the trail, but opted to stay in bed with a book.

So there we go - I'm on line and can check up on you during the day but won't have too much time really in the next couple of weeks, but I am here and checking the emails every so often.

Take care

diyana
12-16-2009, 07:29 AM
Happy Hump Day -

I'm so glad to be taking 1/2 day off today so I can get chit done. :dance: Got nearly everything wrapped and in the mailing box last night...just need to purchase and wrap a couple more gifts that I somehow forgot about. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not even a train! :woohoo:

Ceejay - Enjoy your 5 days off!! Great idea to take a mental health day once a month. I hope your uncle's surgery goes well...sending him prayers, :goodvibes: and :angel: The ADT and the peace of mind it brings was the best Christmas gift you could give to yourself.

Shad - Too funny comparing your 'puter's memory to your mom's! I had no idea there were icebergs floating past NZ. Can you see them from land? Sounds like you have a challenge on your hand the next couple weeks...good luck!

I should probably get to work....lots to do in just 4 hours!

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
12-16-2009, 08:19 AM
HAPPY~ I AM GLAD TO HEAR YOU GOT INTO THE SHOWER AND ALSO THAT THE FLOOR IS POSTPONED. HOPE THE HOLIDAYS GO EASIER NOW FOR YOU. SENDING HEALING THOUGHTS SO YOU CAN GET A REAL SHOE ON SOON :hug:

LAURA~ GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE WEIGHT AND DESSERTS LEAVING WITH THE BF'S MOM. :rofl: IT'S NICE TO HAVE THE STREET PARTY LIKE THAT. SO FEW TOWNS DO THINGS LIKE THIS ANYMORE. NOW YOU TUNAS CAN SIT AROUND AND WATCH THE DECORATIONS!! :lol3: :lol3: YOU ARE TOO FUNNY!!

ANNIE~ IN THIS LIFETIME, I NEVER FOUND MR RIGHT...SO NEXT LIFETIME I AM COMING BACK AS A GAY WOMAN AND SEE IF THEY HAVE IT ANY BETTER....EITHER THAT OR A PROSTITUTE...CAUSE THEN I AM GONNA GET PAID WHEN I GET "SCREWED" :belly: WHATCHA THINK? GOOD IDEA??? :rofl: :rofl: DEFAULT MELLIE...I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE :lol3: :lol3: YOU ARE BLESSED...JUST LOOK AROUND YOU AT WORK AND YOU WILL SEE THE WAYS. :hug:

MICHELLE~ :cheer3: CONGRATS ON THE REINDEER!! WHAT FUN THAT MUST HAVE BEEN. NOW THAT'S WHAT HOLIDAYS ARE ALL ABOUT. AND HOW CREATIVE!! I AM CRACKING UP ABOUT THE KISSES POO!!! :kiss: I EAT THEM EVERY DAY...NOW THAT'S GONNA CRACK ME UP TOO! :lol3: WE LOVE PENGUINS HERE TOO. JEN'S ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. CONGRATS ON THAT TOO. ENJOY YOUR 1/2 DAY OFF TOO! :dance:

CEEJAY~ I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER FOR YOU WITH THE 5 DAYS OFF AND A MENTAL HEALTH DAY EVERY MONTH NEXT YEAR!! GOOD FOR YOU!! HAVE FUN SHOPPING AND HOPE THE MEETINGS ARE SHORT!! SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO THE UNCLE TOO. 5 HRS IS A LONG TIME. HOPE ALL WILL BE WELL FOR HIM. :hug: AS FOR ADT...I AM SO VERY GLAD YOU SLEEP BETTER. I FELT THE SAME WAY WHEN I CAM HERE. I LOVE ALARMS!! :love:

SHAD~ DINNER ON AN ICEBERG...NOW I HAVE HEARD IT ALL. VERY INNOVATIVE IDEA AND A GREAT WAY TO MAKE MONEY!! :rofl: HOPE THE BLOKE WITH THE SKY HIGH LEARNING CURVE IS A FAST LEARNER. HAD A LAUGH AT THE ACCENT...WOT? LATELY WHEN SAL TALKS IT'S LIKE HE'S SPEAKING ITALIAN THE ACCENT IS SO THICK :faint: THEN HE SAYS..."MALADY...YOU DON'T HEAR ME?" :lol3: :lol3: IS MELBOURNE WHERE THE TRAIL BY THE WATER WAS THAT YOU JOGGED ON? THE ONE WITH THE PURPLE FLOWERS HANGING...WERE THEY Bougainvillea? MAYBE I AM GETTING MIXED UP. ALSO...HAVE NO FEAR. JEN AND I ARE KEEPING $$ FOR OURSELVES AND EMERGENCIES. JEN IS NOT AS "EASY" AS I AM :rofl: :rofl:

:cofdate: THE COLD IS RETURNING WITH A VENGENCE. I KNEW THE DAYS OF 50'S WERE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. TAKING THE DAY OFF. I DID ENOUGH MON AND TUES. YESTERDAY HAD A FUNNY ENDING...ALLMEN WERE AT THE DOOR OR PASSING IT WHILE I WAS TALKING TO ONE. ONE WOMAN'S SON WANTED TO BORROW MONEY, ONE KNEELING DOWN KISSING MY HAND, MY NEW NEIGHBOR ACTING LIKE MY SECURITY GUARD, A MAINT MAN GETTING PISSED AT ALL THE "TRAFFIC" AND ANOTHER SAYING A SARCASTIC GOODBYE AS HE LEFT FOR THE HOSPITAL WITH SUITCASE IN HAND. WTF? I CLOSED THE DOOR AND SAID WTF AGAIN. "rofl: I WAS NEVER SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM ALL LEAVE. VERY STRANGE ENDING TO THE DAY.
I THINK THE HOLIDAY STREASS IS BRINGING OUT THE REALL NUTTINESS OF PEOPLE THIS YEAR.
YOUR POSTS MADE ME LAUGH...I HAVE ENCOURAGED THE KIDS TO MAKE SURE THEY VISIT ALL THE RELATIVES AND TO SLEEP OVERNIGHT IF ASKED :rofl: :rofl: I AM SO BAD :devil:
GOING TO RELAX WITH SOME BREAKFAST NOW AND PRAY THE NUTTERS READ MY SIGN ON THE DOOR AND WALK AWAY!! :moped:

diyana
12-16-2009, 09:41 AM
For anyone who is interested....this is a photo of the reindeer we "built"/decorated at a Christmas luncheon yesterday. The teams were chosen by random...and I actually didn't know any of these people before we worked together on this fun project.

annie175
12-16-2009, 09:57 AM
OK, Happy HUMP Day??? Got the trash out this morning in 12 degree weather, good golly miss molly it was so cold out there. Hella Bella didn't even want to go out, then yapped her arse off wanting back in. Demanding little dog.

Mellie....I know I am blessed, however the level of blessing could rise. The ending of your day actually sounds like a new sitcom or something. How funny. Yeah, not only are people nuttier they are even more short tempered, mean and rude. I thought about the gay thing myself here lately, but I like d*ck too much for that. lol

Shad...your philosophy on the grand ole dollar sounds actually right. I think I may just put it up in hopes of not having to use it. I never feel comfortable spending money on myself anyway, then when I do I feel guilty. Might as well avoid that stress. Sounds like your new job has you jumping hurdles just trying to understand the situation. Goodluck sista. The swim sounds grand, I am not much on running as my ga-floppins, flop too much.

Chelle....enjoy your 1/2 day off, even if you have to fight crowds, wrap and ship. Beats the h*ll out of working. Walking is the best kind of exercise too!

Ceejay...good for you on taking vacation days. We all deserve them but hardly ever take them. Hoope the uncles surgery goes well. Speedy recover too!

Other than working, not much going on here. Christmas pitch in, secret santa reveal, and taking gifts to our adopted family all happens on Friday. Should be a busy day as our monthly staff meeting is also that day.

Everyone have a good day.

Love and hugs

diyana
12-16-2009, 10:10 AM
Annie - Quit cha' whining, sista!! :lol: It was 3 above when I left for work...with a windchill of 15 BELOW!! :brr: And my dear friend, your level of blessing will rise with the new year. I just know it.

Mel - I can totally understand your love of alarms...except when they go off all night and all weekend, right? Thanks for sending me your address...wow, you do live right near the river! I've got relatives in Dumont (northwest of you) and Old Bridge (south of you). The cold is already here and heading your way so STAY WARM. Too funny about all the men at your door last night. Hopefully you get some peace today.

ceejay52
12-16-2009, 11:58 AM
It's cold today with the high if it makes up to 42 degree's. I may get out after lunch and run somoe errands.

Michelle
Didn't realize that your object's were human. That had to be fun. I don't think I could live that far North. Our coldest temperatures are in January and I'm never ready for them. Stay warm.

Morre later.




Annie

Laura705
12-16-2009, 03:42 PM
Ceejay – I agree that time with family means more than gifts. Our family mostly exchanges gift cards, and that's just ludicrous and meaningless when you think about it. I enjoyed giving real gifts, even when we all exchanged lists and we just bought something from the list. I sort of miss wrapping gifts, LOL. I did wrap a few the other night and doggy had to come in and step on my work (I was on the floor). Surgery on 5 discs sounds major – hope the surgery goes well for your uncle. Enjoy your 5 days off!!! 42 degrees sounds really good to me right now!

Shad – So will you be mentoring 1-on-1 with this guy lacking all the experience in several areas? Sounds like a major challenge, but I'm sure you're up to it! :p Not sure I'd like "Dinner on Ice" – what if the ice broke apart during dinner?! :?:

Re the health insurance - at our benefit open enrollment meetings this year, the tactic was to try and get employees to enroll in the high deductible plan with a health savings account. Presentations selling the lower premiums for both employer and employee, and pointing out that a lot of us are likely overinsured in the regular PPO plan, and that the out of pocket and cash flow aren't that different between the plans – the caveat being that this applies for generally healthy folks with not much expense to begin with. I chickened out and stuck with my PPO plan. This is the 2nd year of having bf on my plan (no plan from his work) and he's still catching up from years of no insurance or doctor visits, so I thought it might be better to stick w/ the co-pays, etc. But I do believe the high deductible plan might be good for us – maybe next year, LOL. That first year of funding the health savings account would be the most challenging, but I guess you just have to look at it as putting away the money you'd be paying in higher premiums w/ the other plan. So Shad, you have your informal HSA of sorts, but yours can be used for more than just medical expenses!

Happy – I was really surprised about you having the floor going down during this time of year, with you still dealing w/ your foot surgery and getting ready to leave town! Glad that'll be postponed – one less thing for you to worry about. I hope you're close to set for your trip up here – meaning, pack warm clothes, LOL. And I’m glad you can wear regular shoes next week – you need to have your feet in proper shoes up here in the cold!

Michelle – Oh, those work activities sound fun. :) Congrats on the 1st prize win! Enjoy your half day off. Running around shopping and shipping gifts is still more fun than work. Well, my work anyway, cuz I don't get to decorate and create reindeer, LOL!!

Annie – Maybe spend half of that $100 on something fun for yourself and the other half on something necessary. Or just avoid the guilt and put it away. I can totally understand you looking back on this year and seeing more than your fair share of bad. The early part of my own year was rather sucky (my brother died, and I was dealing w/ an employee from ****). But there's still blessings to count, and I hope 2010 brings you even more blessings!!

Mel – As usual, never a dull moment in your building. And you'd be bored silly if things got too quiet for more than a couple days. Admit it!! Hope you get just enough and not too much time with Richie's kids!! Bf and I are enjoying our decorations. I'm looking forward to a nice evening sometime soon to just sit with a book and enjoy the glow of the Christmas tree and maybe watch doggy warming himself by the fireplace. He gets warm on one side and turns to the other side, sort of like a rotisserie, LOL.

Well, I saw the movie "Everybody's Fine" last night w/ Robert DeNiro. He did a good job, and it was a good movie. I would NOT consider it "heartwarming" though, like Blind Side was. I actually thought it was rather sad. I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying that it's about families keeping secrets. Which struck a chord because my mother avoids telling people bad news… Anyway, good movie, worth a rental. Or going to the theater if you're a big fan of DeNiro.

Well, I spent a bit of yesterday and most of the morning today writing my performance review. Ugh. Yup, we have to do a self-evaluation, and then the boss adds her assessment. Not sure why I put much time into it - our company isn't paying bonuses or awarding merit increases this year because business is down. But I need to keep my job, so I do need to play up my accomplishments, such as they are.

I only have a 3-day week, but it's sort of dragging…but at least that self-evaluation is done and I can move on to more fun stuff now. Nothing planned tonight, but I should get some Christmas cards sent. Tomorrow after work we'll go gawk at the Christmas decorations in one of the suburbs that has really nice ones. :tree::ginger::clause::snowglo::shocksn::wreath:

Cheers!

ceejay52
12-16-2009, 06:01 PM
Laura
Don't think I'd like doing a self evaluation. Glad you enjoyed the movie.

diyana
12-17-2009, 08:11 AM
Happy Thursday ladies -

Today is another WW weigh in...and I'm not looking forward to it. I haven't done well in my portion control, and my exercise has mostly consisted of the Wii Fit and a little snow shoveling here and there. At least now that all the Christmas gifts are bought, and the ones that needed to be shipped to California are all wrapped and sent, and I got the Christmas cards out, now I can focus on other things...regular exercise, relaxing and enjoying the holidays, and maybe even a little portion control. I may go to the doctor today because my pink eye seems to be getting worse not better. Well, at least it's better to have pink eye during the holidays than pneumonia like last year! :lol:

Ceejay - For our reindeer build/decorate...you could build from scratch or use humans as the base. One other team decorated a person. Enjoy your time off! I hope your uncle's surgery goes well. 42 degrees would be positively balmy compared to the single digits and low teens we've been having lately. It's going to "warm up" to 30 degrees this weekend...might have to dig out the shorts (just kidding!).

Laura - I buy gift cards for some family members who are just absolutely impossible to buy for because they don't like anything. :lol: Other family members are easier to buy for so they get actual wrapped presents. So nice that you can put your bf on your insurance plan. A lot of companies require couples to be married before they are eligible to get insurance. So sorry to hear about your brother's passing early in the year. :hug: Got a great laugh about the doggie rotisserie! :lol: Thanks for the review of Everybody's Fine. My family tends to avoid sharing bad news too. I hate writing my own performance review. My company does that too. It's so difficult. And then the boss adds his assessment also. TSo are you going to Lincolnwood tomorrow night? We were going to go when we were in Chicago, but it got late. We have a few suburbs that really do up the lights/decorations...so we may go check those out tomorrow or Saturday night.

Well, I'm off to get more coffee. :coffee: Got to wake up!

Love to all,

happy2bme
12-17-2009, 08:22 AM
Good morning ladies,

My dad blasted monitor is acting up today. There's something funky with it and it switches itself off - goes black and I have to keep turning it off and on. Turn it on, 30 seconds later it goes black. So I will have to catch up later with you guys.

Sounds like I missed alot of interesting conversations....

annie175
12-17-2009, 09:19 AM
Thursday, Thursday....

I have decided to take Dec 22 thru til the 28th off from job 1 as vacation, just to give me a bit of a break. During that time I work at CVS, today, Sat, then Weds Friday (25th) and Saturday. Just sleeping in will be wonderful, that is if I can sleep.

Chelle.......Not to worry about WW, this time of year is just so dang hard, even tho we try to do a good job with choices. We are not perfect and all human so there is bound to be slip ups. Just focus on getting through the holiday without too much damage and go hard at it after the holiday. Sound like a deal??

Laura..I just learned yesterday we have to do the self-evaluation also. I hate it. In all my career I have never had to do a self-evaluation, I don't even know where to start or what to say.

All Y'all have a great day.

Love and Hugs.

diyana
12-17-2009, 09:24 AM
Happy - I hope your monitor issues get resolved. Sending cyber hugs to your and your monitor.

Annie - So glad that you are taking time off to relax, even if you do have to work at CVS part of the time. Thanks for the support regarding WW. I wanted to lose over the holidays...but if I can't do that...I'll do the best I can and will definitely hit it hard after Christmas! No worries, no stress. BTW, good luck with your self-eval.

annie175
12-17-2009, 10:41 AM
Thanks Chelle, I don't even no where to start on the self eval, we have guidelines, but heck who wants to do it. Not me. Can't we just say awesome and be done. lol

diyana
12-17-2009, 10:47 AM
I always give myself an outstanding self-eval, because I am perfect after all dontcha know?

annie175
12-17-2009, 11:08 AM
Exactly Chelle...

OMG my boss brought homemade Turkey & wild rice soup with pine nuts for lunch to share. It is sooooooooooo good. She also gave me her Amex card and 300 in cash to go finish up her shopping. Guess where I am going after the soup.....it is so fun spending someone else's money. LOL

Laura705
12-17-2009, 12:19 PM
Michelle – Sorry the pink eye is not getting better. But it's definitely better than pneumonia, for sure! Get better soon. Don't be so hard on yourself re your weigh-in. I know that by being in WW and paying $$ every week, there's pressure to show a loss (and that's some of what makes WW work for people). But this is a time of year with so many other pressures and activities, it makes sense to just try to maintain and not gain. Do other good things for your body – get enough sleep, exercise, de-stress w/ dh and the doggies. :hug:

I know my perspective is different – I've been resisting "dieting" for the past several years, and so when I finally decided I needed to make a real effort, I decided I wasn't going to be in a hurry or be extreme about it. I want to have a life, not feel deprived and/or spend all my time shopping, meal planning, cooking, and logging. Yeh, my progress will be slow, but I didn't gain all this weight overnight, so it need not come off overnight. Now that I've eased back into this, I feel like I'm ready to increase my efforts, but I'm still not going to make it my life's work, LOL.

Happy – I hope your monitor doesn't fail you! :crossed:

Annie – The soup sounds delish!! Enjoy shopping with your boss's money! Glad to hear you're taking some vacation time. It's so nice not to have to adhere to a schedule from the time you wake to the time you go to sleep. Hope you get to sleep in, and get a lot of relaxation and "me time". So I'm not the only one having to do the dreaded self-evaluation. My advice is to play up your strengths and accomplishments. The only thing you risk is having the boss disagree and take you down a notch, and at that point you can debate the issue. :D I already submitted my eval and now I wish I'd given myself higher marks in some areas… But I also have to provide input to other employee evaluations, so now I need to work on that. Aaargh.

Hellos to Mel, Shad & Ceejay!!

Well, the scale said 183 today, so no change from last Thursday, but still up a pound from two Thursdays ago, and also from this past Tuesday. But I confess the past three days of eating have been off track. I haven't gotten back to logging on The Daily Plate, and I need to because if I don't watch my step I'll continue to go in the wrong direction. Oh, brought the leftover almond cake to work today.

I didn't do any Christmas cards last night, but I compared my list to the cards we've received so far and made notations so I know to at least send those (bf thought that was sneaky of me), updated some addresses, and crossed some names off. I didn't print any labels because the file template w/ the addresses is for a different size label than the ones I have a full sheet of and I didn’t see my address database file so I could update that and then import the names to a new label template. And I only do this once a year (if that) so I never remember how to do any of it… And the label sheets that match the file somehow got crinkled and bent in our messy office supply box at home, and they aren't full sheets anyway – they've been half-used. So I took a couple boxes of cards on the train w/ me this morning to get a start and realized that one box has dark green envelopes. So I'm forced to use labels on those because dark ink would be very difficult to read on the dark green paper. But I did a whopping 4 cards from the other box, which has boring white envelopes. I'll do more at lunch.

Tonight we're supposed to go to Lincolnwood to look at the decorations. Okay, gotta run and get some work done before lunch.

Cheers! :hat:

:rudolph::mrsclaus::santa::candy:

diyana
12-17-2009, 12:34 PM
Annie - Did your boss give you a list too? That would be SO fun to spend someone else's money on gifts!! Have fun!!

Laura - it's not the $$ that bothers me about having a gain. I do WW at work...so I pay up front and then get reimbursed from Flex Spending. I just hoped to maintain or lose over the holidays. Drat. But oh well...I've been just plain exhausted lately and haven't done much food planning, points tracking or, if I'm being honest, even portion control lately. I am trying...but not being perfect...too hard to be perfect this time of year. I, too, need to get back to logging food. I totally agree about the self-eval...I play up the strengths and accomplishments...my boss brings me down a notch and it's higher than where I'd be if I were being my usual self-critical self. Good for you for sharing the rest of the almond cake.

Well, gotta go get my lunch and then it's off to WW for me, and after WW, it's off to the doctor.

Have a great rest of the day everyone!

MELODY525
12-17-2009, 06:58 PM
IT'S BEEN A LONG AND VERY EMOTIONAL DAY. ONE SENIOR PASSED AWAY AND 3 WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. HOLIDAY STRESS AMONGST THE AGING. TOUGH TIME.
LOTS OF TEARS BUT THIS IS LIFE.

DIDN'T FEEL GOOD AND BORROWED A GLUCOSE MACHINE...43!!!! SUGAR WAY TOO LOW AND SLURRING MY WORDS. THIS WILL TEACH ME NOT TO KEEP MYSELF IN THE FOREGROUND OF MY MIND. FEELING MUCH BETTER NOW.

IT WAS ALSO A VERY JOYOUS DAY. CAROL SINGING AND PRESENTS FROM TENANTS. I HAD A GREAT DAY IN THE END.

THE KIDS AND I DECIDED TO CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS TODAY ALSO. LONG STORY BUT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO DO IT WHILE WE WERE ALL ALONE STILL. THEY JUST LEFT TO SHOWER AND GET INTO JAMMIES AND THEN WE WILL WATCH CHRISTMAS MOVIES.
WON'T BORE YOU WITH THE REST OFTHE DAYS DETAILS BUT BUT LET ME JUST SAY THAT I WILL BE HAPPY WHEN MY HEAD HITS THE PILLOW LATER!! ROFLMAO STILL I HAVE TO SAY THAT AS THE DAY ENDS...LIFE IS GOOD.

I WILL CATCH UP WITH ALL OF YOU EITHER TOMORROW NIGHT OR SATURDAY MORNING. STAY WARM AND SAFE UNTIL THEN :hug:

Shad
12-18-2009, 04:16 AM
Sorry, been missing again. It's been busy and I'm just starting to take in the enormity of what I have taken on. Just call me Nanna. I'm about to start laying in supplies of tissues - not for me, for the guys. More than ever I am happy to start being semi retired. Actually for all that that sounded sad, I am not unhappy, just dismayed.

Went for a trot along the trail today. Apparently the job only goes for half a day on Fridays. I stuck around trying to think up some business processes, but it would help if someone would make a decision and stick to it.

Having said that, what with the amount of frustration, anxiety and sympathy for the plight these guys find themselves in for, I'm actually quite enjoying myself even if I am exhausted tonight. Thank heavens it is Friday. I can sleep in tomorrow, although I will have to try and do some shopping this weekend.

So I will return tomorrow and do some personals. Have a good night day whatever

happy2bme
12-18-2009, 08:38 AM
Good morning chicks,

Sorry I have not been around. Just too much going on right now and I'm in a pinch. We leave tomorrow morning and I have to work all day today. Ack. Everyone is sick at work - I kept telling my co-worker to get away but she said she just had "a little" cold. I don't what ANY cold and today my nose is stuffed up on one side. :mad: My other co-worker is fine but his entire family has a nasty butt and tummy bug. We're telling him he's an evil carrier. Stay home. If I caught that it would kill our trip. Run home tonight, get the packing done and I will break my habit of pulling an all nighter and not getting any sleep the night before a trip.

So forgive the short personals...

Shad - I think you have reached the point where "I'm too old for this stuff" when you talk about semi-retired. It just gets to be more energy than one wishes to expend. But I know you will come through and push everyone along as they need to be.

Mel, I'm sorry to hear about the seniors. For some reason the elderly seem to succumb this time of year. My grandmother died on New Year's eve. 43 is way too low on the blood sugar - we told you to take care of yourself now will you please listen to us? :rofl:

Michelle - it's all about the food logging, I'm sure of it. Way too easy to get off base without it, even if it's just a little off base to make a difference. We will pull each other along when we get back to routine again, ok? Me too. Loved your team decoration - what a good sport the reindeer was! I wish our place was more festive. Or festive period. I hope that pink eye clears up very soon. I'm surprised they are letting you in the office.

Laura, it's funny you say that about the dieting. I feel truly that's what my biggest stumbling block is - that I refuse to be a "gestapo" about the whole process and it seems like those who have lost large amounts of weight had to do just that to be successful. I am not the obsessing type. Or the completely resisting type either ;) I hope you enjoy the Christmas lights. DH will be up your way on Sunday to visit his buddy. I debated about going that way too - maybe stopping to see a friend or shopping at the mall but in the end I decided to just stay with Mom and let DH spend as much time as he wants to without worrying about me wanting to leave.

Annie - how was the self evaluation? They're not so bad, a chance to brag on yourself. As a former manager I will reveal the big secret that we make staff do self evals so that WE don't have to remember all they did all year long :lol: Anyone knows it's easier to edit a doc than create it completely from scratch. However with the lack of raises and promotions in today's world, evaluations don't mean much. Even if you paint the town red with how fabulous you are, when it comes to cuts, mostly it's subjective based on the person deciding the cuts. Sad to say. Don't mean to be a Debbie Downer on that subject. :^: I am overdue with getting mine done too and it won't happen until I get back in town. Did you spend all the bosses money and get nice gifts?

Ceejay - although I was dismayed at you saying a month for the swellling to go down on the foot (say it ain't so), thank you for setting the tone at least. I sure hope I am not in this dumb shoe for a month. DH got me some bandages yesterday - $55 and that's for a week and a half supply. I hope your uncle is ok - 5 discs is an awful lot. Sounds like a spinal fusion is in order. I like your idea of the mental health day in 2010.

Can you believe 2010?????? Geez where does it go?

Would like to stay longer but I have to get running. Am very far behind at work - mostly because people are not busy and keep coming over to talk and I almost have to be impolite and push them out of the area. Was thinking of booking a conference room just to hide but most of them will be out of the office today. I am picking off the most critical of things to finish in the allotted time - can' t put in any extra hours this week and I'm sure someone will not be happy about the things I can't finish. Anyway if I don't get back here - hope you all have a very merry Christmas and safe travels!

Love to you all :grouphug:

diyana
12-18-2009, 08:59 AM
Happy Friday ladies -

It finally got here! Yay! And not a moment too soon! By some weird fluke that I have no idea how to explain....I lost 4.2 lbs this week! I have no idea why. I did a little snow shoveling, but not much other exercise - certainly not intense exercise. And my eating has been far less than stellar and my food/points tracking has been intermittent at best. But I'm not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth! I'm thrilled about the weight loss!! At the same time, I know better than to think I can just rest on my laurels or my arse and this will happen every week...so I'm going to get more moving in this weekend and next week!

I went to the doc yesterday and he gave me some ointment for my pink eye that is a combination of an antibiotic and a steroid (to reduce the swelling, pain and irritation). The good news is that my eyes no longer hurt or even itch. The bad news is that my vision is blurred a bit - like looking through wax paper. Good times!

This afternoon is our big department off-site Christmas party, which should be fun. This weekend will be spent tidying up the garage, doing some website work and hopefully going for a drive in the evening to check out Christmas lights. :)

Mel - So sorry to hear about the senior's passing. It's so tough to lose someone, especially at this time of year. I hope the three that went to the hospital make speedy recoveries. I'm glad you're feeling better after the low blood sugar scare. Take care of yourself, girlfriend. So nice that there was carol singing and presents. I love to sing carols...but don't get much opportunity to sing with a group of people...so I just sing them to myself when I'm at home. I hope you, Jen and Richie enjoyed your Christmas celebration and movie watching! I've set up my favorite Christmas movies to record as most are on next week. My faves that I enjoy watching each year are "It's a Wonderful Life", "Miracle on 24th Street" - both the old version with Natalie Wood and the newer version, and "White Christmas".

Shad - You really have taken on a lot! I hope it goes well without too much stress for you. How nice that you get a half day off on Fridays! So glad you're enjoying this assignment so far! :dance:

Happy - My thoughts are with you and sending you :goodvibes: for a good day at work, a stress free packing and preparing for your trip, and safe travels and a wonderful visit with your family! Do try and break your habit of sleep deprivation the night before a trip, okay? There are colds going around here too, along with stomach bugs. I hope they all stay away from me, which they are thanks to my pink eye! :lol: My boss has suggested that I go home, but I would've missed a week already and there's not time for that. I almost stayed home today since my vision is so bad (I can drive fine, but reading/typing is loads of fun). Anyway, I didn't want to miss the Christmas party. I think you're right that the most successful "weight losers" are quite obsessive about it. There are two women in my WW group who have lost 35 lbs each in the time I have lost only 15. If we don't "see" you on here beforehand, Merry Christmas, girlfriend!

Laura - Did you get to Lincolnwood last night? How were the lights?

Annie - Did you have fun shopping with the boss' money? What did you get?

Gotta go for now, I have a task due in just a few hours. I'll try and check in later.

Lots of love and big hugs,

ceejay52
12-18-2009, 10:44 AM
Morning every one,
Yesterday flew by. My meeting at work consisted of watching an 18 minute video about the chemical right to know act and msd sheets. The district water meeting was not bad either. I hate large enclosed crowds. There were around a 100 people in this room. At least I got 2 hours for license renewal. After this meeting I went to the hospital to visit with my uncle. He's not ready to come home IMO. My aunt was talking about rehab. He most diffinately needs this before he comes home in time for Christmas. He did have the nuts and bolts with the fusion. After this visit I went to JCPenny's to look for a winter jacket. I found one and it was half price. yeah me.

Michelle
I didn't realize that you had pink eye. And congrats on those pounds lost. I've decided not to weigh in today because I've not been dashing past those desserts. In fact, I made brownies and they are so good. I used applesauce in place of the oil. They are sooooo moist.

Happy
I'm not sure how deep your doctor had to go on your foot surgery. My surgery was very deep. Enjoy your trip and it's a good idea of not staying up all night.

Mel
Hugs. It's always a sad time to lose someone to death and then send three to the hospital. Glad you could take you blood sugar. Sometimes I wonder if that may be the reason why I binge. Rest today. I've decided to put myself first in 2010 starting now.

Shad
It sounds like this job is going to be a lot less stressful for you.

Laura
I haven't been in the Christmas spirit this year. I received two cards in the mail yesterday so I'm going to return those today. I also need to mail some get well cards.

annie175
12-18-2009, 01:39 PM
Happy Friday...yes my worldlies you are hearing from the EMPLOYEE of the MONTH...your very own Annie. This came with certificate and a 50 dollar mastercard gift card. WaaaWhoooooooo!!! Rockin on the town tonight. In my mind only, actually going to spend it with my momma.

Momma is no change.

I only ended up spending 300 bucks of my boss' money. I would gladly go back out and shop for her. lol.

We are having our pitch in (I made a cheeseball and a braunsweiger ball last night when I got home from CVS at 10 pm), white elephant exchange, delivery of gifts to our adopted family today. Oh and my secret Santa gave me a 10 dollar gift card to Menards (like a Lowes or Home Depot). Also a $25 gas gift card. We were only supposed to spend 10-15 bucks. What a treat. I had a great secret santa.

I get off of work at 3:00 pm tomorrow at CVS then going to take DD to get a pair of Silver brand jeans for Christmas. THey run 75.00-100.00 dollars a pair. That is about all she is getting. Yikes. It is nuts.

My brother is taking me grocery shopping on Sunday to get all the stuff I need for Christmas eve dinner. He said he would buy it all, if I made it and had eve at my house for the family. Hellya!!

MELLIE...so sorry to hear about the passing of a senior. I am so sad lately that I got teary eyed when reading your post. I am so mentally and physically exhausted that I cry at a drop of a hat.

Happy...I haven't even started doing my eval yet. I just dread it. It is not due till the 15th of January. Have a great vacation and a very merry Christmas too!

Ceejay...Glad the uncle is recovering, rehab is good if you can find one that doesn't secretly try to kill the patient. Good job on the half price coat.

Laura....Did you get your Christmas cards done? I didn't send out very many. I did a picture of me and the kids.

Chelle......YOU ROCK. WOWSER Merry Christmas, a 4.2 loss. Don't you wish you could bottle up what you did to get that one? Glad the pink eye is getting better. Kids are not allowed to go back to school here in Indiana until the Pink eye is clear. Maybe you should stay home. LOL

Shaddie....busy Nanna girl..hope you got to sleep in a little. Shopping in a new place can bring great finds, good luck!!

Not much else going on...hidee ho to all those I missed.

Much Love and Many hugs,

annie175
12-18-2009, 03:50 PM
Today's take:

$50.00 Gas Card
$10.00 Menards Card
$50.00

annie175
12-18-2009, 03:52 PM
Shoot hit post too soon,

$50.00 Gas Card
$10.00 Menards Card
$50.00 Mastercard GC
$25.00 Best Buy GC
$50.00 Walmart GC
Coffee Mug that says "Whatever"
2 Cactus Margarita Glasses

Not too bad.

MELODY525
12-18-2009, 06:30 PM
TODAY WAS FILLED WITH LOTS OF HOLIDAY LOVE AND SPIRIT. THE CLOSER IT GETS TO CHRISTMAS THE HAPPIER THE BLDG. THAT'S FINE WITH ME. THE TOWN AND OUR OFFICE HAS CANCELED THE XMAS PARTY THIS YEAR. FUNDS ARE LOW AND SO IS EVERYONE'S POCKETBOOK. LOTS OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES OUT OF WORK SO THEY CALLED THE CELEBRATIONS OFF. I FIND IT SAD. THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD A POTLUCK OR COOKIE EXCHANGE. ANYWAY....
INSTEAD....LET ME THINK OF SOME OF THE GIFTS I RECEIVED THIS WEEK: A LOT OF CANDY & COOKIES OF WHICH I GAVE TO THE KIDS OR REGIFTED, LOTS OF SOCKS...PEOPLE THINK MY FEET ARE COLD (ROFLMAO), LOTS OF KNICK KNACKS, PJ SET, A SWEATER, SCARF SET, PANETONE (ITALIAN FRUITED BREAD), SCENTED CANDLES, BURT'S BEES PEPPERMINT SCENTED TOILETRIES. THE HOUSE AND I WILL SMELL GOOD THIS YEAR. WONDER IF THAT'S A HINT!! A FEW SCENTED GIFTS WILL END UP IN JEN'S HOUSE. THE SENIORS LOVE TO HANG PRESENTS ON MY DOOR HANDLE!! THEY DO IT WHEN I AM DOWN IN THE OFFICE...LIKE LITTLE SECRET SANTAS BUT WITH NAME TAGS ON THEM. THEN LATE AT NIGHT, I PUT HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTES ON THEIR DOORS. THEY CAN BE SO CUTE.
THERE IS A LOT OF JOY IN VOLUNTEERING WHEN YOU SEE HOW LITTLE STUFF LIKE THIS MAKES THEM HAPPY AND SO PROUD OF THEMSELVES. (SNIFF, SNIFF)
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BUT BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO "FALL" ON MY WATCH, HOPEFULLY THE WEEKEND WON'T BRING THE 6-18" OF SNOW THAT IS PREDICTED. EVEN THAT SMALL AMOUNT CAN CRIPPLE THE CITY FOR AWHILE. THERE IS NO PLACE TO SHOVEL IT TO THAT'S NOT CONCRETE!! LOL
WISHING YOU ALL A WARM AND COZY WEEKEND. ENJOY.
I PROMISE TO READ & ANSWER YOUR POSTS OVER THE WEEKEND :write:

Laura705
12-18-2009, 08:19 PM
Mel - Sorry to hear about the senior that passed and those that went to the hospital. Sounds like a stressful day. I hope the blood sugar is where it should be now and that the day ended more serenely with the kids and movies. Hope you don't get too much snow! We're getting some snow right now, and we'll get some tomorrow, but nothing major I don't think. Sounds like some nice swag you received! I've never tried panetone - our Italian produce market has a bunch in stock right now and every year I wonder what it's like. Enjoy!

Annie - Employee of the Month - congrats & make sure you put that in your self eval!! Nice gifts your secret santa gave you! Enjoy the shopping w/ dd. :)

Ceejay - good buy on the winter jacket! Mmmm, brownies. Glad the meetings weren't too bad.

Michelle - 4.2 pound loss - big congrats to you!!! More than makes up for your last WI. I dunno, I just would NOT like weighing in during the day or evening. I prefer dioing it first thing in the morning, in my b-day suit, and after I've gotten up 2+ times during the night to visit the bathroom, LOL. Enjoy the lights. We didn't get out last night to see ours - maybe this weekend. How was the party?

Happy - Hope you get some sleep tonight. I always get so crabby with late night pre-trip packing. Have a wonderful trip, a safe trip, and if we don't see you hear - a very Merry Christmas!! I have to get our dvr set for some of my Christmas movie faves. I like It's a Wonderful Life, and I also like Christmas in CT.

Shad - Nanna, LOL. I know you'll be loads of help to these folks in their journey into SAP or whatever new system they're venturing into. Half-day Fridays - awesome!!

Well, we're off to a party shortly, but bf started on replacing the humidifier filter (whole house apparatus) and he disconnected something without shutting off the water supply first...yup, a geyser in the basement that he had to clean up. Not sure what he's up to down there now...

I went to the doc early this AM - 7:20 am appt - real early for me! I took pulmonary function tests and I'm borderline asthmatic. Got a couple inhaler samples and have to go back in 2 months. I need to get back to my cardio to get the lungs working better and see if that helps. To the gym tomorrow!!

Rest of the day was rather lazy and nice, but I've been nibbling all day.

Better post before bf comes upstairs and says it's time to go. Have a good weekend all!

Cheers!

happy2bme
12-18-2009, 11:12 PM
Hi Ladies,

Last check in for me for a week as DH wants to get up at 5am and out of the house here by 7:30 :yikes: I am still telling myself that I will NOT have to pull and all nighter :lol: I have the Christmas letter done and printed. Mom said we can do cards at her house and get them out by Monday. Shad - will have to e-card you before New Year's if you don't mind. I am fervently hoping the snow stays small up that way. Supposed to get some for Christmas eve and day too but maybe not too much. Where are my blasted boots? :lol:

The few presents I have are wrapped and ready to go. Have a few more at Mom's but most of the stuff that came was for me. I haven't gotten out to the store - good news for DH as I didn't spend that much but I feel like I don't have enough either.

Laura - do you get a pain in your chest when you exercise or walk fast? Michelle clued me in that maybe it's asthma. I always associated that with wheezing which I don't have. Just a tightness. And I take it that working up the cardio will help the lung function? Do share more if you don't mind. I'm interested... I hope you don't have a skating rink in your basement after the BF's oops! What a great idea to stock up on the favorite Christmas movies. I like the Bells of St. Mary's and Going My Way with Bing Crosby. Toorah loorah loorah... Have a good Christmas yourself girlfriend.

Mel - I'm glad to hear that the seniors appreciate you for all the grief you take during the year. :hug: Sounds like you got a sack full of stuff. Hope you can keep some of it with your sensitivities. And I certainly hope you don't get that blizzard they are predicting tho it looks more like it will hit bean town. Protect your canned goods!!!!! :rofl:

Annie- -wow girl, you did gooood!!!! And I'm sure you can put it to good use. Enjoy the bounty! My niece just broke up with her BF - I told her the lengths guys will go to not to buy presents :^: I am bummed for both of you. But as I told her, there is still alot of joy in your life to be found if you look. Enjoy your days with DS. Oh and :congrats: on making Employee of the Month - I'm sure you deserve it with being helpful to one and all. :hug:

Ceejay - I'm with you - this is the biggest "un-Christmas" I can ever remember. Hope the uncle mends well. Hope you don't get snow either - that is unless you want it :D

Michelle - hope the salve works for your eyes. That would make me crazy seeing through waxed paper. But you probably needed an extra boost to help you along. I'll bet the Christmas tree lights look VERY pretty :lol: Thanks for the good travels vibes, will need them. I see some pink (ice) through middle Illinois tomorrow. Sure hope not. Did you have a good time at your Christmas party?

Shad - hope you get a bit of a rest into Saturday morning and find something fun outside to amuse yourself. We expect a report as we travel vicariously through you.

Ok folks, the clock hands are spinning quickly and if I stay here any longer I WILL be pulling an all nighter. So, to my friends have a wonderful and Blessed Christmas with peace in your hearts and exactly the sort of weather you wish for. I'll be back on Sunday. Safe travels to us all :angel: Merry Christmas.

MELODY525
12-19-2009, 08:26 AM
:cofdate: GOOD SATURDAY MORNING CHICKS OF DECEMBER. HOPE YOUR WEEKEND WILL BE A HAPPY ONE.
SO FAR SO GOOD OVER HERE. UNUSUALLY QUIET. NO SNOW YET. GOOD THING WE GOT SOME GROCERIES IN THOUGH. JEN AND RICHIE HAVE OPTED FOR SHOPPING ON MONDAY RATHER THAN FIGHT THIS WEEKEND'S CROWD AND THE STORM. GOOD THINKING. :tree:
I HAVE ALL THE MAKINGS OF A GOOD WEEKEND. CHRISTMAS MOVIES, MUSIC, THE PANETTONE AND MINT HOT COCOA. :ginger:
HAVE A GREAT DAY.:hohoho:

:wreath: HAPPY~ I AM WAVING A BELATED GOODBYE:wave: SORRY I MISSED YOUR DEPARTURE. HOPE DH HAS FUN WITH HIS FRIENDS. SAFE TRAVELS AND HAVE A GREAT VISIT IN THE FROZEN NORTH.

:rudolph: CEEJAY~ GLAD THE MEETINGS WENT OK AND YOU GOT SUCH A GOOD PRICE ON THE COAT. HOPE IT KEEPS YOU WARM AND COZY. WISHING THE UNCLE A SPEEDY RECOVERY. SAFE TRAVELS. BROWNIES :hun: YUM!

:elf: ANNIE~ SPEND GOOD MOMENTS WITH YOUR SON :hug: AND CONGRATS ON THE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH AND ALL YOUR PRESENTS!!! YOU CAN GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE AND CHEER YOURSELF UP :belly: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS OUT TO YOU AND MOM TOO.

:tree: MICHELLE~ CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WEIGHTLOSS!! WAY TO GO !! :cheer3: HOPE YOU LOVED THE LIGHTS. THAT IS MY FAVORITE PART. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND WITH DH. :hug:

:ginger: LAURA~ I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LUNGS!! HOPE THE INHALER HELPS. SENDING A :hug: OUT TO YOU. NOT NICE NEWS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS. AS FOR PANETTONE: IT IS LIKE A GIANT MUFFIN-SHAPED BREAD. A YELLOW BREAD. SOMETHING LIKE THE JEWISH CHALLAH BUT NOT AS EGGY. THE FRUITED ONE HAS RAISINS & CITRON (LIKE THEY USE IN FRUITCAKE BUT NOT SUGARY) SPRINKLED IN BEFORE BAKING. THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER TYPES TOO. FOR SOME REASON I GOT ADDICTED TO IT LIKE I DID ALL MY ITALIAN BOYFRIENDS OF THE PAST :rofl: YOU CAN EVEN TOAST OR WARM IT....THE BREAD I MEAN NOT THE BOYS! :hun: HAPPY WEEKEND!

:hohoho: SHADDIE~ 1/2 DAYS ON FRIDAYS IS NICE!! :dance: WHAT IS PLANNED FOR THE WEEKEND? HOPE IT'S A GREAT ONE...TAKE NOTES AND KEEP US POSTED. ANY WINE TASTING SCHEDULED? :cheers:

MELODY525
12-19-2009, 10:05 AM
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m258/Tob_bucket/CherishSundays.jpg


AND THERE ARE ONLY 6 MORE SLEEPS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!

MELODY525
12-19-2009, 01:31 PM
http://images-partners-tbn.google.com/images?q=tbn:bX0lnTP-uEfCWM:home-decor-store.biz/pictures/Cooks/6-qt-oval-slow-cooker-red-meta.jpg

A YEAR OF SLOW COOKING:

http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

Shad
12-19-2009, 02:55 PM
Morning all,
I'll get this done before I go do anything else today, otherwise it will be like yesterday and the day is gone before I know it.

Yesterday, I went shopping for the few gifts I actually buy these days. Since I hadn't thought much about what I wanted to give anyone, I gave myself a whole parcel of grief. I went down in the train to a place called Ringwood - nearest big shopping centre. It was crowded beyond belief.
There's no give or take in these places anymore and everyone must fend for themselves. So anyway I wandered around and finally decided on some stuff, then bought myself a new pair of trainers and some socks and came home. I really ought to get more organised about this time of year AND DO IT IN OCTOBER! So now it is more or less done.

I have a Christmas dinner with some friends today, so shortly I will be going to get showered and changed and get on with the day. I need to pack a bit of stuff to take with me. I have Champers and a cheeseboard for this lot. I have another Christmas dinner on Wednesday night and then the real one with my friend Ruth on Friday. Then I fly home to do it over with the DS2 on Boxing Day with maybe the DB2 and/or one to help out.

Mel - got the e-card this morning. Haven't opened it yet but will do so soon. Stay warm and safe.

Laura - Maybe the b/f is frozen into the water on the floor of the basement. You need to go down with a blowtorch to set him free. Sory to hear about the lungs.

Annie - nice load of loot you got. Hope you find a really good place to spend it all.

Happy - even thought I know you won't be reading this for a while, have a great trip. Drive safely, enjoy the family time.

Ceejay - glad to hear the meeting wasn't all bad. Interesting that they should call a meeting to discussing the MSDS. Most people don't read them anyway. Ho Ha, I know what this chemical is, I know what it does, I don't need to read about it, Ho Ha, ooops - owwwwwww - help, I spilt it on me and I don't know what to do - it's burning me - help!!!!

Right, so I better go get the exercise out of the way. It's very quiet out there this morning so could be a good time to go. Then I need to pack all the stuff and get myself down to the station. The biggest difficulty is what to wear. I can never judge the weather down here. 4 seasons in one day. You go out dressed for all eventualities. Thank heavens for layering. See you later.

Laura705
12-20-2009, 09:30 AM
Happy - hope you had a safe trip up here. We got several inches of snow/slush, but nothing major. Just messy. No, I don't get chest pain. Mostly wheezing, some chest congestion/heaviness, and I'm not sure specifically of the cause, but I've experienced wheezing after a long bike ride on the forest preserve trail, after sitting around a fire pit, after having colds... It's mostly noticeable when I lay down to go to bed, but it's not a regular thing and nothing that keeps me from doing anything. Yes, the exercise was suggested to get lung function stronger - after I brought it up to the doc. I've been to several of the docs at this group in the past and haven't been all that picky because all I really did was get my allergy med rx reupped, but I'm not sure I "clicked" w/ this particular doc. Aside from giving me a questionnaire about "how controlled is my asthma" and doing the pulmon. funct. tests, he didn't really go into much about asthma except to give me the inhaler samples. Maybe because my tests came out borderline?? I'm not sure I want to see him again in two months, so I might switch to another doc in the group. Sorry I don't have more info.

I didn't see some of the old Christmas movies I like in the tv listings, but It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story will certainly be broadcast. :)

Mel - Hope you're having a nice quiet weekend with your movies. Did you get snow? The panettone sounds tasty - I was afraid it was like fruitcake, LOL. That 365 days of slow cooking looks like an interesting website. I'll have to check it out on a regular basis. I think bf and I are not the best candidates for slow cooking because it seems like there are too many leftovers and they just sit around. We need to learn to freeze them and then not forget they're in the freezer!

Shad - You've a lot of Christmas dinners coming up. Hope you enjoy them! Sorry you had to battle the masses to finish the last of your shopping. I did very little shopping so far, but thankfullly don't have too much more to finish it. Don't miss the shopping part, AT ALL. Is champers an abbreviation for Champagne? I saw some sort of almond sparkling wine at Trader Joe's that I want to try for New Year's Eve - something different. A lot of people at the party we went to on Saturday were drinking prosecco (Ital. sparkling wine), including me! I really liked it because it was dry.

Hellos to Ceejay, Annie & Michelle!

Bf got the water cleaned up - his doing, so he did the mopping! Our new humidifier and air cleaner filters are now in place. Friday's party was very nice - a lot of people, but thank goodness we were spread between two floors (apartments) and the basement too! Late night for us. Woke up late Sat. (9-is) and spent the day lounging around, finally finishing my book while the snow fell outside. Very pretty. Fell asleep early last night and got up sort of early today. No exercise yesterday (just a short dog walk), but today I'll get over to the gym for a cardio session. Bf intends to join me, but I'll believe it when I see it. :smirk: I think he's motivated now - yesterday, we heard that our friend with the 4-month old baby was in the hospital with chest pains! This is a guy w/ heart trouble in the family who has high bp and has been told by his doc to exercise, but he doesn't! He better start taking care of himself!

I think I better get out and finish my shopping today. Bf and I generally don't buy anything big for each other, which makes it fun to buy a few smaller fun things. For some reason he's wanted an Ove Glove the past several years, LOL, so I think I'll finally get him, not one, but two, so he'll have a pair. I also need to set a date to get together w/ my SIL and nephews while they're in town for the holidays, as well as my sister. It'll be hard - we're still getting through all the "firsts" since my brother passed in April.

Okay, off to fetch the paper off the driveway. I need to train doggy to do that for me!! Have a great day everyone!

Cheers!

MELODY525
12-20-2009, 11:35 AM
YESTERDAY TURNED OUT TO BE A NIGHTMARE. I HAD SOME KIND OF HYPOTHERMIA ATTACK AND COULDN'T TALK RIGHT OR STOP SHAKING. IT HAPPENED SO FAST LAST NIGHT THERE WAS NO TIME TO GET TO A WARMER PLACE. SCARED ME. I CALLED MY BOSSA AND TOLD HER I WAS HIRING RICHIE FOR THE REST OF LAST NIGHT AND TODAY. THEY CAN FIND A WAY TO PAY THE POOR SOD. I'M LUCKY I DIDN'T END UP IN THE HOSPITAL. IT WAS FAST AND FREAKY. RICHIE AND JEN DID A GREAT JOB. HE CLEANED THE ENTIRE PROPERTY'S SIDEWALKS AND PARTS OF THE DRIVE FOR THE AMBULANCES. I FEEL BETTER TODAY BUT SHAKEY A BIT STILL INSIDE. GOING TO CALL HIS HIGHNESS TOMORROW AND HAVE A LONG TALK. THERE IS GOING TO BE NO "NEXT TIME". OUR SNOW WAS ABOUT A FOOT WITH DRIFTS AND HORRIBLE BLIZZARD LIKE WINDS. COULDN'T SEE CRAPOLA!! TODAY IS BRIGHT AND SUNNY THANK GD.
HOPE YOU ALL BE CAREFUL DRIVING OUT THERE IF YOU'RE IN THE SNOW COUNTRY!!
HAVE A GREAT DAY...I AM GOING TO SIT AND BE STILL!!

LAUURA~ GLAD THE BF GT THE WATER UP AND DIDN'T FREEZE IN THE BASEMENT LIKE SHAD THOUGHT :rofl: HOPE YOU GET ALL THE SHOPPING AND VISITING DONE. IT'S TOUGH THE FIRST YEAR AFTER SOMEONE'S PASSING. RICHIE'S MOM PASSED LAST YEAR AND IT'S STILL TOUGH. SENDING A HUG YOUR WAY :hug:

SHAD~ GOT THE NOTE. DATES ARE GOOD. HOPE YOUR WEEK WILL BE A GOOD ONE. GLAD YOU GET TO GO HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT LEAST. CHAT SOON. SAFE TRAVELS!! ENJOY THE TIME WITH FRIENDS AND THE DS!!!

MELODY525
12-20-2009, 11:38 AM
Laura~ I Forgot To Say: I Am Sorry To Hear About The Young Friend And His Chest Pains. Hope It Is An Awakening For Your Bf....and Maybe For Me Too!!! Maybe He Will Get To The Gym With You After All!!

ceejay52
12-20-2009, 07:51 PM
I've been to paragould and back. Wasn't going to go but my aunt called yesterday morning and asked me to come. My uncle is doing a lot better. He starts physical therapy tomorrow. His first session will last 3 hours. He's already turning himself over in the bed. He complains about soreness in his back which is normal and the foot pain is from nuropathy. He has good health care.

Saw an awesome sight yesterday on my drive to Paragould. There were a huge flock of some birds -they were white- could have been geese that were landing in a harvested field. They circled around like a tornado while landing. I stopped the car to watch. I wasn't the only one who had stopped.
Then further down the road another flock of birds had already landed. They were so white it looked like snow had covered the ground.
Today I thought I saw rain clouds but it turned out to be around 5 formations of birds. They were heading South. This is usually a prediction of snow. We shall see.

Mel
Your hyothermia must have been an ordeal. Try to stay warm. Sounds like Richie did a good job.

Laura
Thanks for the e card. Very cute. That's sad about your friend with the chest pains. Remind him he has a family now. Let's hope it's not his heart. Sending him good vibes.

Annie
Congrats on the employee of the month and look at all those rewards. How was your mom this week end.

Happy
Hope you have had a safe trip.

Shad
Sounds like you will be a busy person this week.

Michelle
What did you do to keep busy this week end.?

My goal this week is not to go overboard with food.

MELODY525
12-21-2009, 08:17 AM
LAURA~ LOVED THE PM BUT COULDN'T OPEN THE LINK. THIS PC OF MINE HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE THE CRASH. :rofl:

CEEJAY~ WHAT A SIGHT THAT MUST HAVE BEEN. WHEN I LIVED DOWN IN CENTRAL JERSEY WE USED TO SEE THE BIG FLOCKS FLYING BY IN THEIR V-SHAPED FORMATION BUT NEVER LANDING. THEY WOULD ALWAYS BE HONKING LIKE MAD. BUT THE LANDING MUST HAVE BEEN SPECTACULAR. GLAD THE UNCLE IS PROGRESSING AND SENDING HEALING THOUGHTS HIS WAY. :hug:

I HVE TO DRY MY HAIR AND THEN MEET WITH MY FRIEND. I AM GING TO PUSH EVERY BUTTOIN I KNOW AND THEN MAKE A CALL MYSELF. SAD THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE ALL THIS DRAMA ON CHRISTMAS WEEK. BUT IT CANNOT WAIT LEST WE HAVE ANOTHER STORM BEFORE THE HOLIDAY ENDS AND I AM ALONE AGAIN NEW YEARS WEEKEND AS WELL. PUTTING MY SUIT OF ARMOR ON AND GETTING READY :rofl:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY. SAFE TRAVELS AND STAY WELL

diyana
12-21-2009, 09:17 AM
Happy Monday ladies -

The weekends always go so fast. I got a lot of stuff done, but not as much website work done as I wanted. That's okay, there's always this coming weekend. I'm looking forward to being able to go to the gym again at the end of this week. The pink eye infection is too contagious and my doc wants me to avoid the gym for a bit longer. So I've been using the Wii Fit, which is fun but not as intense a workout as I get at the gym. Of course, I'm still learning the Wii Fit...so hopefully I can find some more intense cardio workouts on it. I gotta say though that the balance exercises/games are TOUGH! But in the interest of full disclosure...some of the other games (non-workout) are really fun too...so I've been playing those as well. :) BTW, we drove through Candy Cane Lane which is a neighborhood just outside Milwaukee where every house decorates their yard! It's a marvelous display! And this year was WAY better than it's been the past two years! People drive or walk through the neighborhood enjoying the lights, there were carolers walking along and singing! It was wonderful. At one of the intersections, they hand out chocolates and ask for a small cash donation that goes to support a local children's cancer charity.

Ceejay - I also dislike large enclosed crowds. At our Division Christmas party on Friday, there were about 600 people in a room. Too crowded for me. But it was fun anyway. A comedy group performed, and they were really good! A great time was had by all!! Glad to hear your uncle's surgery went well. Yes, rehab is a MUST for surgeries like that. Congrats on the discounted winter jacket!! I wish you hadn't mentioned the brownies...you had me craving them all weekend. I think I'll have to dig out my recipe for 2 pt brownie cupcakes which are made with Low Fat Brownie Mix and All Bran cereal. They're really pretty good and just have 2 pts each. The flocks of birds must've been a lovely sight!

Annie - :woohoo: :bravo: on making the Employee of the Month!!! You rock, sista!! The cheeseball and braunschweiger ball sound yummy. I love Menards...such a nice variety of stuff. So nice of your bro to pay for the Christmas Eve groceries!! Sheesh, girlfriend, you got a heckuva nice Christmas take from work! YGG!! As for my weight loss, I wish I could bottle it up or repeat it somehow, but I have no idea what I did. I wish I could stay home with my pink eye, but that would've meant, I'd miss 2 weeks of work...and there's just too much to get done. So I just don't touch any common surfaces unless I wipe them with a Clorox wipe afterward. Enjoy your time with DS and DD.

Mel - So nice that the seniors leave you presents and that they appreciate all you do for them throughout the year! As for the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day snowstorm it sounds like it might hit us or it might hit you. Personally, I hope it misses us both....or that it's a lot milder than predicted. What an adorable cat nap photo! Thanks for the slow cooker recipe link...you know how I love to use my slow cooker!! Hypothermia, Mel???!!! That's so scary!! Were you outside too long or was it just too cold in the building? You should not be out in such a storm or even anywhere there's a draft with such winds blowing. So sorry you got so much snow and cold! Hopefully, the storm predicted this week will spare us both. Stay warm, sista! Have a Mel-iday and enjoy Christmas movies and music.

Laura - Hope you had a nice time at the party after DS cleaned up the geyser in the basement. Glad to hear you got some inhaler samples. Make sure you take your inhalers to the gym with you...nothing worse then having an asthma attack and NOT having your inhaler...believe me, I know. You got snowy/slush this weekend? We just got a bit of flurries...nothing more than a dusting. I hope it stays that way through Christmas. So sorry to hear about your friend. I hope he's doing better now. It's a good reminder for all of us to get and keep moving.

Shad - Sounds like you had a lovely weekend with the Christmas dinner, and three more this week! Sounds like a blast!! Good for you for getting your shopping done. I really dislike crowds, but I enjoy the decorations in the stores and malls this time of year.

Happy - I hope you had a safe and uneventful trip up north and that you're enjoying time with your family and friends in the Land of Lincoln. As for cardio improving the lung function...I can't speak for everyone...but I know for me, that when I'm working out regularly I get a lot less winded (and sometimes not winded at all) doing normal day to day tasks (like bringing laundry up from the basement). I've never seen the Bells of St. Mary's or Going My Way. I'll have to search for those. As for Christmas lights with gooped up eyes...yes, there's quite an aura around them! What's funny is that...just in case my eyes aren't blurry enough from the ointment, the ointment gets on my eyelashes and then on my glasses...so I don't know if it's smudgey glasses or smudgey eyes! :rofl:

I've got to get to work...lots to get done during this short week! I'll check back in later!

Lots of love and big hugs,

annie175
12-21-2009, 09:34 AM
Happy Monday all...

Shue weee what a weekend.

Mom Update....Spent Friday evening with her. It was funny cause it was just mom and me. I pulled my chair over to her bed and sat on my knees then leaned over and put my head on her chest. We both started crying and we cried like that for an hour. I told her all the things that had been bothering me the past 9 weeks that she and I have not really connected. I feel so much better even tho things are not really better. She actually squeezed me with her good arm and patted my arm. I did the same to her. It was so neat.

Saturday....picked DD up after I got off at CVS at 3:00 pm. We went to eat at Bucca DeBeppa (Italian), it was ever so delicious. Then shopping for the next 6 hours. Yikes. I was plum worn out after that. We had a great time and LOAO.

Sunday...picked DD up at 10:30 to go visit mom. The aids got her in a chair and the longer she sat there the more unresponsive and incoherent she bacame to the point we called an ambulance. She is back in the hospital. While she is laying down she is mostly "with" us. Nods head, 1-2 word answers, moves her arm and leg (the good ones), etc. The hospital/doctors agree there is something causing the disconnect when she is sitting upright. They have not figured it out yet. She also has a uninary track infection. Bless her heart. I love her so. Finally left the hospital to do grocery shopping for Christmas eve. My brother bought all the food as I am cooking it and having eve at my house. That was the deal. Stayed at my brothers till 8 last night watching the movie "State of Mind". It was very good. I liked it.

Laura...sorry about the borderline asthma. Get some exercise/strength going and get those pounds off that will help a lot. I know, like duh you didn't already know that.

MEL...more and more people are regifting. You can bet I am NOT regifting my gift cards. lol. Girl that hypothermia thing sounds scary. Sounds like when I have a anxiety attack.

Shad...yeah, the rude people when shopping. I don't know how many people I told, "Merry FN Christmas" under my breath when shopping with my DD Saturday. LOL

Chelle...hope your weekend was wonderful.

Ceejay....wow you must be in bird country.

Hidee Hoes to everyone!

Have a great Monday all.

Much love and many hugs,

annie175
12-21-2009, 09:36 AM
Chelle...you sneaker inner you. As long as you are using Wii Fit, you are moving. Movement means everything in this game. Good for you!!

diyana
12-21-2009, 09:42 AM
Annie - I'm glad you had a nice cry with your mom. Sometimes it's so nice to just hold your mom. So sorry to hear that mom took a turn for the worse yesterday. I hope the docs are able to figure out the trouble soon and provide some relief to improve the situation. Sending lots of prayers, :angel: and :goodvibes: to both you and your mom.

annie175
12-21-2009, 10:04 AM
Thanks Chelle..

Laura...the card was so darn cute. It is a Jack Russell like Hella Bella. They are really smart dogs. Too smart!

MELODY525
12-21-2009, 05:42 PM
ANNIE~ I AM SADDENED TO HAR ABOUT MOM AND BACK INTO THE HOSPITAL. WISH THEY COULD KEEP HER THERE TILL THE GET THE DIAGNOSIS RIGHT!!! SENDING HEALINGTHOUGHTS FOR HER ANDF HUGS FOR YOU :hug: I HOPE THE DINNER AND TIME WITH FAMILY WILL GET YOU ALL THRU THE HOLIDAYS. THE FAMILY THAT CRIES AND EATS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER!!! ANOTHER HUG FOR GOOD MEASURE :hnug:

MICHELLE~ GOOD YOU'RE STAYING AWAY FROM THE GYM...NOTHING WORSE OR TRANSFERABLE THAN PINK EYE!! I WAS HOPING THAT BY NOW THE WORST WOULD BE OVER. WAIT TILL THEY ARE DONE PASSING IT AROUND AT THE GYM!!! SENDING HUGS TO YOU AS WELL :hug: :hug:


I PUT A CALL INTO THE DR ABOUT THE "ATTACK OF THE COLD" AND HE SAID IT WAS BECAUSE I WAS AWAKENED LATE AT NIGHT WHEN MY BODY IS THE WARMEST FROM SLEEP. WENT DOWN WITHOUT PROPER CLOTHING ON. THE FRONT DOORS WERE BROKEN AND A BLIZZARD WAS COMING INSIDE THE LOBBY. HE SAID HE WAS SURPRISED OF TWO THINGS: ONE THAT IT TOOK ME 5 MINUTES TO GET INTO THAT CONDITION AND THE OTHER THAT I DIDN'T END UP IN THE HOSPITAL. BUT HE TOLD ME TO TAKE THIS AS A WARNING THAT I HAVE NO DEFENSES LEFT FOR HYPOTHERMIA NOW AND TO JUDGE WHERE I GO, HOW I GET THERE AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS...AND THAT GOES FOR THE SUMMER HEAT AS WELL. JESUS...OLD AGE IS NOT FOR SISSIES!!
I FEEL BETTER TODAY BUT A BIT "OFF". FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK I AM STAYING TO MYSELF AND STAY QUIET.

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT WORLDLY CHICKS :moped:

ceejay52
12-21-2009, 07:26 PM
Mel
I've found that I cannot do a lot of things I used to do. I've always been a whimp when it comes to the cold weather. You can come keep me company if they throw you out. No friend of mine is going to be homeless.

Annie
Ahhh, Hugs for you and your mother. I live in a rural setting. Fields all around us. I would have loved to see them take off. I'm wondering if the last bird to sit down was the leader.

Michelle
Hope the pink eye is getting better. Do you like the Wii?

Laura705
12-21-2009, 08:20 PM
Ceejay - They sure get people going quickly after surgery - you'd think that a surgery involving 5 discs would be pretty serious and here they have your uncle moving around already! Hope the PT goes well for him. Those birds must have been a sight to see! I haven't seen any takeoffs or landings of geese in our area - just honking as they fly over.

Michelle - The decorations you saw sound wonderful. We finally took a drive to see some yesterday and it was nice, but not quite as many as usual in this area. I did notice some signs of the companies that put up the lights/displays. Never saw that before... Your company party sounded like it was a big event - nice. I went to the gym for cardio yesterday (did elliptical and stationery bike for a total of 30 min.). I forgot my iPod, but it was okay. I was focused on getting my heart rate up. Next time. I didn't bring the inhaler. I didn't have any problems - I don't think exercise causes any asthmas issues for me (and I've never had anything I'd consider serious or severe, although the wheezing is annoying), but you know, I probably should be safe rather than sorry and just carry it with me.

Annie - Sounds like you had a nice outing w/ dd. Sorry to hear your mom is back in the hospital. I hope they find out what the deal is with sitting upright causing the problems. Sounds like you're ready to get cookin' for Christmas Eve!!

Mel - Oh, how scary w/ that hypothermia incident. Guess you'll be bundling up like the little brother in "A Christmas Story" now - he could hardly move, LOL. Sorry you're having to go through that other garbage right now. Nervy of them. Sorry you couldn't open the link!

Our friend with the chest pains spent the night in the hospital, had some tests, but got the all clear and came home yesterday. We stopped by to visit them at home after seeing the decorations. He likely had some sort of anxiety attack. We'll see if he and bf get to the gym this week and get into a regimen. Me, I intended to go back to the gym again this week, but here I sit with a sore throat. I cancelled dinner/drinks w/ a friend that we'd planned for after work today. I bought some Cold-Eze (yuck) and some cough drops after work and will force myself to go to bed early tonight. Crossing my fingers I don't get a cold!

Cheers!

Shad
12-22-2009, 12:29 AM
Hi all,

Will have to be a short note today as I am in the middle of trying to put together a paper which should give management an insight into how we want to deal with consumables in the system. It's supposed to be clear, concise and point the little b*s in the right direction - what I might like to do from time to time is push them over the cliff. Talk about wavering in the breeze.

Mel - It looks like life may have taken another turn for you. Good on you for recognising and trying to deal with the problem - hence Richie. Maybe we should write a cost effective paper on them employing Richie as a general handyman part time rather than trying to find someone outside to do the job. Glad to hear the sense of humour is still intact. Up the pollies!!! I say.

Laura - fingers and toes are crossed against the cold. Hope you can shame b/f into the gym with his friend. He's probably more likely to go if a friend shows up with him. Just make sure they don't by-pass the gym and make for the pub!!!

Ceejay - you aren't the only cold wimp around. Pick me. And I come from a cool climate although I haven't wintered over there for years. Snow is pretty to look at - period!

Annie - sounds like you have restored the mum/daughter relationship. Hope she finds something to help with the sitting up soon. That can't be fun for her. Dinner with the DD sounded nice.

Michelle - interesting to note that the Wii doesn't give you such an intense workout. I was led to understand that they really did. Disappointing.

Okay I am off to find some more bull**** - oops I mean information to put around this process. I've put the frighteners on the PM Manager today about the authorisation of invoices - and how I can rip the system off and destroy their budgets. Well - wouldn't you rather I told you about this than actually doing it. I need a new car too!!!

diyana
12-22-2009, 08:40 AM
Terrific Tinsel-covered Tuesday to all,

I had a major headache yesterday after work...so I did a little bit on the Wii Fit and then relaxed the rest of the evening. My niece from CA called...she'll be back out here on Jan 8-10 and was wondering if she could stay with us one night! DUH! Of course! We'd love to have her!

Mel - So sorry that the politicians gave you such grief. Glad you called your doc about the cold attack. It makes perfect sense. Your body is warmest from sleep, and your BP and Heart Rate are low (due to sleeping). Please heed his warnings. Relaxing the rest of the week is a great start. Stay warm and cozy.

Ceejay - The pink eye is getting better, but the ointment in the eye is still annoying...just today and tomorrow and then by Christmas Eve, I'll have clear eyes! :woohoo: I LOVE the Wii! I enjoy the Wii Fit, and I'm having fun with the other games as well. Sometimes DH joins me and we play the games as 2 players....but most of the time, I use it after work and do my workout and then am still playing the games when he gets home. I'm hoping for a relaxing long weekend (with very little snow - a girl can dream, right?), where DH and I just spend time with our doggies, watch TV and play Wii. Sending healing thoughts to your uncle and :hug: to you.

Laura - Companies that put up lights for businesses and residences are getting more popular here. Good for you for going to the gym. That's great that you didn't have any asthma problems. I do have exercise induced asthma...but I'm so scatterbrained, that I don't always have my inhaler with me when I work out. Glad to hear that your friend was released from the hospital. I'm trying to get DH to work out either at the gym or on the Wii Fit. I hope you get over your sore throat soon and that it doesn't turn into anything more. Cold-Eze do help me...I also load up on the Vitamin C and D. Healing hugs to you my friend. :hug:

Shad - I should clarify about the Wii Fit....It does have Advanced Step and Advanced running settings...but I'm not coordinated enough to get beyond the beginning ones yet! I will get better over time, and be able to progress. I've also heard that the Obstacle Course and the Rhythm Kung Fu (neither of which I've tried yet) are lots of fun. Hopefully, with a 4 day weekend, I'll be able to progress to the more advanced workouts! I can also put the Wii Fit step on top of an exercise step to increase the height...making the workouts more intense. Again, it's my lack of coordination holding me back...not the Wii Fit itself. :rofl:

Well, gotta get some work done today. I'll check back in later.

Love and hugs to all,

annie175
12-22-2009, 08:56 AM
Mornin' All...short post. Got a $150. gift card from the Pres of company (i.e. my boss) for Woodhouse SPA, yes yes yes.. Appt at 10:00 am for a full body massage and facial.

Loves to all

MELODY525
12-22-2009, 10:45 AM
I FINISHED A KLOAD OF WASH AND NOW I NEED TO SPRUCE UP A LITTLE BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO ALL HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER. TODAY IS MY BOSS' LAST DAY TILL AFTER JAN 1ST. I WILL BE BACK TO READ AND POST. JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I MADE IT THRU THE NIGHT AND ALTHOUGH I AM TIRED, I AM IN BETTER SPIRITS. THE KIDS ARRIVED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FROM FLORIDA. OF COURSE ALL FLIGHTS WERE DELAYED DUE TO THE SNOWSTORM SAT/SUN. BUT EVERYONE IS HERE AND SLEEPING!! LOL CHAT LATER :hug

diyana
12-22-2009, 10:54 AM
Annie - By now you are at the spa and I'm sure you're enjoying your massage and facial!! How nice that your boss treats you to such pampering!!

Mel - I'm glad to hear you're doing a little better and in better spirits. Good that the kids arrived safely from Florida. Rest and stay warm, girlfriend.

MELODY525
12-22-2009, 07:29 PM
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JUST PRETEND THIS IS WEDNESDAY MORNING. I WILL BE IN THE OFFICE FOR AWHILE TOMORROW SO I'M POSTIN G TONITE. HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

CEEJAY~ WE CAN BOTH RETIRE AND GET SOME ROCKING CHAIRS AND FIND A HOUSE WITH A PORCH. SIT THERE SIPPINGOUR SOUTHERN SWEET TEA AND WATCH THE WORLD GO BY!! :beach:

LAURA~ SENDING SOME EMERGENCY HUGS FOR YOU AND HOPE WHATEVER THIS IS IT LEAVES YOU VERY SOON!!! FIND SOMEONE YOU DON'T LIKE AND GIVE IT TO THEM!! :rof: I AM HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FRIEND. LET US HOPE HE TAKES IT AS A WAKE UP CALL. WE'LL ALL START EXERCISIN MORE THIS YEAR!! :ebike: GET WELL SOON:hug:


SAHD~ DON'T PUSH ANYONE OFF THE CLIFF UNTIL AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. TNHEY MIGHT NOT LET YOU LEAVE FOR CHRISTMAS VACATION!! A GOD KNOWS I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH $$$$ NOW THAT THE KIDS ARE HERE IN ORDER TO BAIL YOUR BUTT OUT OF THE COP SHOP!!!! :lol3: DID YOU PICK A DAY YET?? 26, 27?


MICHELLE~ LORD I HOPE YOUR EYES GET BETTER VERY SOON!!! CLEAR EYES FOR CHRISTMAS IS A GREAT GIFT. I KNOW THE FEELING :rofl: SENDING YOU A HUG :hug: HOPE YOU ARE HEADACHE FREE FOR THE HOLIDAYS AS WELL!! IT WILL BE NICE TO SEE YOUR NIECE AGAIN IN JANUARY. :cheers:

ANNIE~ NICE HAUL AGAIN!!!! WE CAN BOTH GO SHOPPING NOW. WHATCHA WANNA BUY???

:tree: THIS MORNING MY BOSS GAVE ME PANTS, 2 TOPS, $100 GIFT CARD AND CARDS FOR JEN AND RICHIE. ONE TO TAKE THE KIDS OUT TO DINNER AT OUTBACK AND ANOTHER TO TAKE THEM TO THE MOVIES. VERY SWEET OF HER. I ALSO GOT NEW SCARVES, GIFT CARDS, MORE CANDY, AND TIPS. IT SEEMS AS FAST AS I HAVE BEEN GIVING MONEY OUT, IT'S BEEN COMING BACK IN. GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. RICHIE HAS SOME NEW CHILD SUPPORT DRAMA BUT HE IS GING TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE BEFORE WE PANIC. THIS WAY WE CAN ALL JUST PUT IT ASIDE AND GET ON WITH THE KIDS VISIT FOR 14 DAYS. WHY LET SOMETHING SPOIL OUR HOLIDAY. WE CAN CRY IN JANUARY JUST AS WELL! :rofl: :rofl:

Laura705
12-22-2009, 08:36 PM
Shad - Hope you've convinced the PM people of the need for controls in their system!! :rollpin:

Michelle - Hope the headaches stay away now! Glad you're enjoying the Wii and getting a workout! I'm sure you'll become an expert at it and be at the advanced levels in no time. Bf hasn't gotten to the gym yet this week, but he did get out to do some more snowblowing today. You had the same suggestions as another friend did re the sore throat/fighting off the cold! I take a mult-vit and calcium w/ vit D, but no extra vit. c. My friend keeps trying to sell me on those packs of emergen-c. I'm not one for taking a lot of supplements (especially ones that taste like Tang!), so I've resisted.

Mel - Very nice gifts from your boss! My boss's gift to us is that she leaves tomorrow for a 2.5 week vacation out of the country, LOL. :D Gosh, do you really want to meet w/ someone who wants to persuade you to stay on those committees?! Be strong, my dear!! :lifter:

Annie - Oh, I'm so jealous. I bet that massage was heavenly! :cloud9:

Hi Ceejay! :wave:

I took the zinc stuff last night and today. My sore throat is not as bad right, but not completely gone. No cold though! I will get to bed early again tonight. Tomorrow the boss and the admin are out. I will take a vacation day on Christmas Eve (Thurs). Looking forward to the quiet at the office next week!

I have to confess that food has been bad this week so far. Not sure if it's because it's PMS week - more likely because I've been out of the groove with all these long weekends. Grrr. I will be really ticked at myself if I regain what I've lost! Need to get back to being mindful of what I'm eating. At least the cookies are gone, as I took the last of them to work yesterday.

Cheers! :xcheer:

ceejay52
12-22-2009, 09:35 PM
Annie
You are a lucky person. A full body message. I'm envious.

Mel
You didn't do so bad either in the way of gifts.

Michelle
Got your card yesterday. Thank you. Your Wii sounds like a lot of fun.

Laura
I think we all have been eating to much. I may have to look into the zinc to see if it clear up the sinus drainage.


I hear the show diet tribe on the t.v It come on fit tv. channel.

More later.

diyana
12-23-2009, 07:37 AM
Happy Wednesday - Christmas Eve Eve!

My headache is mostly gone...I just hope it stays away. I'm counting down the hours to the long holiday weekend! I can't wait!! :dance: And today is the last day of my eye goop - Yay!! I had to meet with a website client last night. She was having a computer crisis that I couldn't troubleshoot over the phone. It only took about an hour or so, but it meant I couldn't do as much Wii Fit as I wanted. Today's workout will be doing some snow shoveling. We got about 2" last night, and tonight and tomorrow are supposed to be a "wintry mix"...which means freezing rain, ice, sleet, etc. So we want to get the snow up before it freezes. It's supposed to rain tomorrow night, and then snow 1"-3" on Christmas Day...which should make for a very Christmasey Christmas! :lol:

Mel - So very nice that your boss gave you clothes, a gift card and cards for Jen and Richie. And you got so many other lovely presents and tips! It's good that you are being shown how much you are loved and appreciated. You're a very special lady and deserve every bit of it! I hope Richie is able to get the child support drama worked out...and you're right...no sense letting it spoil your holiday. Enjoy your visit with Frank...and DON'T LET HIM TALK YOU INTO DOING TOO MUCH!! :rollpin:

Laura - I talked with my doctor and he said that Vitamin D in high doses has been found to be very beneficial in boosting the immunity of those of us who live in colder climates...where we don't get out and see much sun during the winter months. I take about 2000 IU of Vitamin D daily. Good for you for getting lots of rest and taking your zinc. Good for you for taking the last of the cookies to work. I've fallen out of the eating groove too.

Ceejay - Speaking for myself, you are definitely right...I have been eating too much. Zinc helps your body fight off viruses. Vitamin C and Vitamin D boost the immunity. How is the show Diet Tribe? I've seen commercials for it, but haven't watched it yet.

Annie - I hope you have a lovely, relaxing, blissful, pampering massage! Enjoy your time with DS and DD.

Shad - It should be pretty close to Christmas Eve there. Did you have Dinner with your friend last night as planned? Are there a lot of Christmasey decorations there in the malls, city streets, people's yards?

Signing off for now...I'll check in later.

Love to all,

Laura705
12-23-2009, 12:51 PM
Ceejay – My understanding of the zinc lozenges I've been taking is that it keeps a cold from coming, or help it be less severe or shorter in duration. I don't know if it specifically helps the sinuses. :?: I think dietribe is one of the shows I can watch on one of our on-demand cable channels, although I have no idea when it's on or where on the regular cable channels. I need to look at the on-demand channels more often when I find myself flipping channels because they do have some tv shows and movies I can watch any time for free. I like that show Psych. I like lighthearted shows like that, not the grim and gruesome crime shows bf likes to watch.

Michelle – I'm looking forward to time off this long weekend, but as usual, I wish I had more "me time". We have Christmas Eve w/ bf's mother & aunt, then I'm almost sure bf will want to go to the house of a family friend who are all almost like our own family. Nothing planned on Christmas, so far. :crossed: We have a party to go to on Saturday, and we'll see my family on Sunday – SIL & nephews, and my sister & BIL.

I'm glad you're almost done w/ the eye goop! I bet the headache is due to trying to see w/ that goop in your eyes! Yeh, we're supposed to get the rain/sleet mix too. Messy. Re the Vit. D – I'll have to see how much I get from my usual multivit and my calcium +D supplements. I didn't know about the immunity boost high doses might provide. Do you know if there are zinc tablets that serve the same purpose as the lozenges? I might phone the pharmacist.

I weighed in this morning at 183 and I hope that holds until tomorrow's weigh in. The last few days I've been taking a vile tasting allergy med that my doc had given me a while back to sample in lieu of my usual allergy med – I'm only taking it because I'm out of my usual med and am awaiting the new rx to be filled by my mail order rx company. [As a side rant, let me say that I just learned that the mail order co site is only updated WEEKLY. How lame is that?? I could see online that my rx order was received by them on 12/18, but I can't tell if they shipped the order, and I haven't gotten the usual e-mail saying they shipped it either. So it either hasn't been shipped, or the !@#$% site hasn't been updated yet. Aaargh! :tantrum: ] Anyway, this other med tastes bad, and so along w/ the yucky zinc lozenges, I've had a nasty taste in my mouth that I'm all to happy to get rid of by eating! :hun: I need to just chew some gum.

Hellos and Merry Christmas to everyone!!

Cheers! :xcheer:
:wreath::candy::tree::ginger:

diyana
12-23-2009, 02:23 PM
Laura - Sounds like you have a very nice weekend. I just put the eye goop in so please forgive any weird typos, k? The upside to living far away from most of our family is that we have more me time at the holidays...but the downside is that we miss them a lot, especially at this time of year. So we enjoy the time with DH's aunt, uncle and cousins on Christmas Day instead. You're probably right that the headache is from trying to see with the goop in my eyes. We learned about Vit. D for immune system from DH's cousin's wife who has been a nurse for years, and we confirmed it with our doc. As for zinc....the zinc lozenges are MUCH more effective than swallowing tablets, and you need to suck on the lozenges all the way...don't bite/chew them. Looks like you've lost some more weight. I weighed today and was up...so I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow and hope for the best. That is way stupid that your mail order rx company only updates their site records weekly, especially in this day and age. Get some gum and get chewing, girlfriend! No more eating to get rid of that nasty taste. :nono: :lol:

I plan to be back tomorrow morning to check in!

:elf: :xcheer: :wreath: :rudolph: :snow4: :tree: :ginger: :snowglo: :coolsnow: :santa: :hohoho:

Love and hugs,

Laura705
12-23-2009, 06:00 PM
Michelle - Oh, good to know about the lozenges being better than the tablets - I won't bother w/ the tabs. Yeh, does the mail order rx co use a chisel and stone tablet too? May as well!

I'm just trying to hold steady w/ the weight. Wonder if I can squeeze in a gym workout tomorrow mornig? I feel alright, no more sore throat, no cold... And I think I can stop taking those zinc lozenges now.

Well, the gathering w/ my sister and her hubby, and my SIL and nephews will be Sunday, but it will be at our house. Bf had originally told me we should have them come over to our house so we didn't have to drive out to my sister's (not ridiculously far, but not next door). But by the time I talked to my SIL yesterday afternoon (arrived in town prev. evening), she said my sister had already talked about doing it at her house. But this aft. when I asked my sis what I could bring, she said she'd let me know because she hadn't even thought of the menu yet. So figuring she was pretty busy, I took the opportunity to offer bf & myself as hosts and she accepted because she is hosting her dh's family - 16 people - on Christmas. She seemed glad.

So now I have to figure out a menu. Something easy, something not turkey (not a huge fan) and not ham (we're having ham tomorrow & sis is having it Fri.). Maybe a couple things - pasta (but not lasagna - I've served that to them before), pork roast? I have an easy baked salmon dish that might be nice... I'll let sis and SIL bring some sides. It'll be sort of a smorgasbord, non-traditional meal. This isn't causing me as much anxiety as the dessert party did, but still, we have to get cracking on this! Any ideas you ladies have would be appreciated! There will be a total of 7-8 of us.

Cheers! :xcheer:

MELODY525
12-23-2009, 06:46 PM
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TOMORROW IS DECEMBER 24TH AND I WANT TO WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVE AHEAD OF TIME. IF YOU GO OUT SAFE TRAVELS. :ginger:

IT APPEARS TOMORROW WILL BE A VERY FULL DAY. I HAVE SOME OFFICE STUFF TO DO. THEN WE WILL CELEBRATE MY FRIEND'S BIRTHDAY. THE 2ND BD CELEBRATION THIS MONTH :hb: LOTS OF DECEMBER BABIES!!

WE HAVE THE NIGHT PLANNED FOR THE YOUNGER KIDS. THEN THEY ARE ALL OFF TO THE COUSINS HOUSE TO CELEBRATE THERE. THE COUSIN'S HOUSE IS SATURDAY & SUNDAY. I SHOULD HAVE LOTS OF TIME FOR RELAXING IN MY NEW JAMMIES AND WATCHING THE NEW HARRY POTTER MOVIE I GOT AS A GIFT :dance:

TODAY I HAD A VISIT WITH FRANK AND WE HAD A NICE CHAT. THEN I HAD ANOTHER VISIT WITH MY INDIAN FRIEND AND ANOTHER NICE CHAT. I THINK I HAVE LARYNGITIS!! :rofl:
HAPPY TYHURSDAY IN ADVANCE. HAVE A GREAT DAY :rudolph:


LAURA....GLAD TO HEAR THE MEDS ARE WORKING AND LET US HOPE THEY CONTINUE TO DO SO:hug:

MICHELLE...GLAD THE EYE TGREATMENT IS ENDING. HOPE THE EYES STAY CLEAR!!! SEND THE SNOW HERE!! I WOULD LOVE A REALLY WHITE CHRISTMAS!! OUR SNOW IS DIRTY ALREADY!!

CEEJAY~ WE DON'T HAVE FIT TV I DON'T THINK. I COULDN'T FIND THE CHANNEL :cry: TELL US IF THE SHOW IS ANY GOOD!!! LOL

MELODY525
12-23-2009, 06:52 PM
LAURA~ ALL THE CELEBRATIUONS SOUND GREAT. I'LL BE RIGHT OVER :scooter: HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THE FAMILY AND THE THROAT STAYS OK!!! ENJOY. GOOD LUCK WITH THE SCALE.

MICHELLE~ SOMETIMES I MISS FAMILY BUT WHEN I HEAR THEM ALL ARGUING DOWNSTAIRS...WELL LET US SAY I AM GLAD IT'S NOT ME :rofl: HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY WITH DH'S FAMILY. HAVE FUN!!

Shad
12-23-2009, 08:32 PM
T'was the night before Christmas when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Well everybody except that darned little cat of R's who is determined to drain me of blood today.

Yep, we are on Christmas Eve alert here. I went out earlier to get some fruit and breakfast stuff and bought some flowers for our lunch table tomorrow as well as some nuts and fresh fruit. R is going to bring home some groceries and her friend is apparently bringing the fish and prawns. Whatever I am sure we will have enough to eat and drink. If not enough to eat, then we can just get a bit more fluid in!

So I just wanted to say before I shoot off to do something else:

Merry Christmas everyone.

I'll be back to do personals maybe tomorrow or Boxing Day. Mel I will be ringing you on 27th my time and 26th yours.

ceejay52
12-23-2009, 11:12 PM
Every one must be enjoying their day's off.
I may not be in this week end. My aunt called me tonight and told me that my uncle is improving but that he needed a pint of blood. How can he be improving if he needs a pint of blood? He is getting a pass for Chrsitmas day but has to be back at rehab by 4 p.m. He asked for a pass to go to church on sunday but his son's said no. I'm glad I will not be there on sunday. because of this. His doctor told him that this surgery would take a good three months to heal. He's not patient at all. I feel for them next week. He'll be wanting to go home by then.

Mel
The Diet Tribe is not nearly as intense as the Biggest Loser. They have a trainer for 6 weeks. They live at home and fit their exercise in when they can. To me it's more realistic than the Biggest Loser. The BL is still my favorite.

I'm shutting down the computer as I think I hear rumbles of thunder. I talked with my bff and she said it was thundering there with some impressive lightning strikes. She lives in Jonesboro, AR. Can you believe that we are supose to have snow showers on Friday!!

MELODY525
12-24-2009, 08:56 AM
:wreath: GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES.
WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY THURSDAY. I WENT DOWN TO DROP OFF A BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR A FRIEND IN THE OFFICE. IT'S SO COLD DOWN THERE I CAME UP RATHER THAN WAIT FOR HER ARRIVAL. 23 DEGREES OUTSIDE AND THE LOBBY IS NOT MUCH WARMER :brr: SO TODAY IS TURNING OUT TO BE A MELIDAY. GUESS I WILL HAVE A 4 DAY WEEKEND AFTER ALL!:dance:
NOW TO GET INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE...LIKE WARM FLANNEL JAMMIES!!:moped:



CEEJAY~ THUNDER BEFORE A SNOW STORM CAN SOMETIMES MEAN A WHOPPER! HOPE YOU STAY WARM AND DRY AND HAPPY :beach: A PINT OF BLOOD? :yikes: HOPE THE UNCLE WILL LISTEN TO REASON FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS!!!!SENDING GET WELL WISHES TO HIM AND A :hug: FOR YOU!! THE DIET TRIBE SOUNDS LIKE MY KIND OF SHOW. WISH WE HAD IT!!!

SHAD~ MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!! I FORGOT HOW AHEAD OF US YOU ARE. WILL CHAT ON THE 26TH...MY TIME :hug:
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ceejay52
12-24-2009, 10:06 AM
Mel
I love the picture. The weathermen are predicting a light dusting of snow. But now we are under a flash flood watch. I hate driving in the rain with a purple passion but they want me over there.

I saw on the news where the new health care bill passed last night. I've heard pro's and con's about it so I'm still undecided. It's a wait and see game.

I need to wash a couple of loads of clothes before I leave.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

MELODY525
12-24-2009, 11:56 AM
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CEEJAY...SAFE TRAVELS MY SOUTHERN FRIEND. HOPE THE HOLIDAY FILLS YOU WITH THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT! :hohoho:

Laura705
12-24-2009, 01:44 PM
Hi everyone. I woke up early today. Weigh in was 184. Boo on that! I relaxed with my book and tv for a bit. I headed out around 9:30 under the guise of going to the gym, and I did - after I bought gas and stopped at 3 stores for some gift-shopping for bf. I spent 15 min + cool down time on the elliptical at the gym and then headed home for a shower. Sorted laundry and threw in a load. Emptied the dishwasher. While bf shoveled some snow, I found a box for one of his gifts - a casual fedora that he liked at Kohl's. He needs to get back in here and make the green bean dish for lunch at his mom's! Besides, doggy's whining because he wants to be out there w/ bf.

Shad - Hope you had a nice Christmas luncheon and the cat didn't ruin it for you!

Ceejay - You be careful driving! We're getting rain here too, and there are flash flood warnings. No lightning though. Wishing your uncle a speedy recovery!

Mel - Sounds like a nice cozy holiday weekend for you! I'm looking forward to tomorrow - nothing going on. I picked up two Fred Astaire dvds from the library to watch.

Merry Christmas to all the Worldlies!

happy2bme
12-24-2009, 03:15 PM
Hello from cold, snowy, sleety, icy and now rainy Chicago. You can keep the traffic and the cold here. I feel so achy. Having a good time with the family and enjoying the food. We'll be turning around and headed home in 2 days. Cat was not adjusting to the pet hotel at first, thought we'd have to come home early but all is well.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas - will talk when we get home.

MELODY525
12-25-2009, 08:30 AM
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MERRY CHRISTMAS WORLDLY CHICKS
:rudolph:HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.
:ginger:WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST THAT THE SEASON HAS TO OFFER.
:elf:LOVE FROM MEL, JEN & RICHIE :wreath:

MELODY525
12-25-2009, 09:01 AM
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Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you'll go down in history!

http://www.carols.org.uk/images/snowmancoloured.jpg

diyana
12-25-2009, 10:32 AM
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Merry Christmas to my Wonderful Worldlies!!!

It looks like I have a bit of catching up to do to read about the Christmas Eve fun!

But despite having a lot of website work to get done...I just decided, I'm not spending all Christmas morning on the computer - I can do it tomorrow after I go to WalMart at 6 am to pick up a Christmas inflatable penguin that we found yesterday and are hoping it goes on sale tomorrow.

I'm in such a good mood. I, as always, miss my family in California and wish I were celebrating with them....but I've got my family here...DH and the pups...and we had such a nice Christmas Eve. And today we're going to DH's aunt and uncle's house where all the cousins will be gathering for Christmas!

And I've been watching my favorite Christmas movies (Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, and today will be It's a Wonderful Life, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation). And then there's football tonight and Sunday.

We're having a rainy Christmas right now, and it's melting some of the snow we had. But it may turn to snow by evening....hopefully not enough to shovel or to make driving dangerous.

Wishing you all a very fun, safe and Merry Christmas! I love you all and am so grateful you are in my life!!

Big Holiday Hugs,

diyana
12-25-2009, 10:35 AM
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MELODY525
12-25-2009, 12:29 PM
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MICHELLE...ANOTHER PENGUIN JUST FOR YOU!
HAVE A GREAT DAY OFF THE COMPUTER.
TOMORROW,,,TOMORROW,,,YOU CAN ALWAYS WORK TOMORROW....LA LA LA

Shad
12-25-2009, 02:31 PM
Moning all,
Cant talk now. We had a lovely warm sunshiney Christmas here and today I go home to Brisbane to see the family.

Have a safe and happy festive season, and let's not forget what it is representing.

Love Joy

MELODY525
12-25-2009, 05:38 PM
SHAD~ SAFE TRAVELS :hug: CHAT MANANA

MICHELLE...WAS JUST SHOWING JEN THE CARD AND REALIZED I NEVER SAID THANK YOU!!! VERY CUTE.

JEN AND I ARE GOING TO REST UP WHILE THE KIDS AND THEIR FATHERS, RICHIE & BROTHER, GO TO THE MOVIES. SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW. SWEET DREAMS.

annie175
12-25-2009, 09:20 PM
Merry Christmas to all....and to all a goodnite. Worked 8.5 hours today at CVS with ONE 5 minute break to piddle. Whew.

Christmas eve with the family was very enjoyable. Altho we got some sad, disturbing news about mom. Docs have given her a few day to a few months to live. We shall see. It all depends on her really. I am, at the moment, at peace and not crying about it.

Have a terrific weekend.

Much love and Many hugs as we jiggle our junk in to January.

Shad
12-26-2009, 02:09 AM
Annie - so sorry to hear the news about your Mum which is not good. I send lots of hugs and as much support as you need to get through this. Enjoy what time you have left together.

MELODY525
12-26-2009, 08:06 AM
ANNIE I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MOM. WISH I COULD SEND MORE THAN JUST CYBER HUGS AND LOVE. :hug: WE'LL BE HERE FOR YOU. STAY AS STRONG AS YOU CAN.

MELODY525
12-26-2009, 09:09 AM
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I GOT SIDETRACKED BEFORE WITH SOMEONE AT THE DOOR............
OUR "WEEKEND" HAS BEEN RAINY SINCE THURSDAY NIGHT:rain:
IT MADE FOR A VERY WET CHRISTMAS. AT LEAST IT IS WARMER. THE BLDG HAS BEEN QUIET EXCEPT FOR A FEW DOORBELLS AND SMOKE ALARMS. GUESS EVERYONE IS TIRED OUT FROM ALL THE HOLIDAY HUSTLE AND BUSTLE.
A GOOD TIME TO TAKE NAPS AND CATCH UP WITH READING.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND :moped:

diyana
12-26-2009, 01:44 PM
Just checking in for a minute as I have lots of work to do. DH and I had a great Christmas. It was wonderful to see his Aunt, Uncle and all the cousins (and their kids and grandkids). There was definitely a houseful of laughter and fun.

Annie - I'm so very sorry to hear the sad news about your mom. I know what a difficult time you're going through, and sending you lots of love and hugs, prayers and angels. Enjoy every moment...every day is a gift.

Love and hugs to all,
Michelle

ceejay52
12-26-2009, 06:29 PM
Mel
Love the mantra of Jiggling my Junk into January

Annie
:hug:

Michelle
Enjoy your day.

Had a fun time visiting with the relatives. My uncle got a few hours pass from rehab for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. He has really improved but not to the point of running a race. He did make it up and down the stairs which impressed me. He said his PT had been having him do this every day. He tired pretty easy though and took a long nap after every one left. He was wanting to go to church tomorrow but imho he's not physically able to do this yet. My aunt called the nurse and told him and she agreed that he wasn't. She told us that there would be no more passes. We are hoping for that on Wednesday of next week.

I've learned a lesson this week end about listening to the weather people and will be obeying their warnings. OMG, what a mess I had to drive in Thursday! Can you visualize 6 inches of rain in low lying area's? I felt like I was driving through a river. There was water every where.

2010 is going to be a bit different for me. I'm not goinig to focus as much on weight loss but will focus on getting healthy. My goal is to have my cholesterol back to 100 with my hdl 50 or above and ldl lower than 50.

Shad
12-26-2009, 07:40 PM
Morning all,
Mel and I have put the world to rights this morning, so you can all rest easy in your beds now. It took us 2hr, 21 mins and 16 secs. The world must have been in a very bad state. :gossip:

I'm about to go shopping for some paint for the DS2's house and try to sort out a hair appointment. For some reason they are not answering the phone this morning. Then I guess I should go do something to move the projects on hand forward.

My DS2 got me a Wii Fit for Christmas!!!! :yikes: but I have no idea as yet how it works. And apparently I can't take it with me because I need the modem thingy that connects the board with the tv. and I'm not allowed to take that away from him. Oh well. I should get to try it before I leave to go back anyway. Then I can understand (maybe) what Michelle is talking about.

Annie - how you holding up???

Ceejay - Interesting that they are making the uncle climb stairs for his rehabilition. They sure get them moving fast these days.

Michelle - don't work too hard over the holidays. Did you get the penguin in the sales? I've just been watching a program on the Adele penguins in Antarctica. It was quite interesting although it seems that the health of the population is declining thanks to Global warming.

Okay - I better get cracking since the kid will be into me for some input shortly. For those driving - take it easy and drive safely, for the stay at homes, keep warm and toasty and take it easy.

And 'jiggling the junk into January' ! Shouldn't we be ditching some of this junk we carry around with us?? Jettison the junk???

diyana
12-26-2009, 08:12 PM
Shad - I'm very glad that you and Mel spent a couple hours setting the world right this morning! I can now rest easy as we move toward the new year. Yes, the penguins in the Antarctic are being threatened by the melting of the polar ice caps and the thinning of the ozone. It's very sad. I was however, able to rescue a penguin (photo attached) from WalMart's shelves at the 1/2 price sale this morning. As for January...I totally agree let's Jettison the junk!!!!!

I've spent 8 hours on the computer today...unfortunately not all of it is billable time, but some of it is...so that's good. I'll probably do more website work tomorrow.

diyana
12-27-2009, 08:25 AM
Shad - I just read that your DS2 got you the Wii Fit!! That's great! Enjoy! I am using it every day, and I was wrong...you CAN get a good workout on it. I like the Rhythm Kung Fu, Boxing, Step Aerobics and Running. I haven't done much with the Strength Training or Yoga yet. But I've tried the Balance exercises and they are challenging. As for the Yoga, my niece who is a Yoga instructor said that she really learns A LOT from the Wii Fit yoga...as it really monitors how your weight is distributed in the moves. She's also used the Wii and Wii Fit during her internship at Senior Centers. The seniors enjoyed the exercises, but mostly just wanted to do the bowling game. :lol:

MELODY525
12-27-2009, 08:52 AM
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AND A LOVELY GOOD MORNING IT IS. SHAD GOT MY HEAD SCREWED ON JUST RIGHT. SOME OF THE NUTS & BOLTS WERE COMING LOOSE AGAIN. :crazy: I GOT TO TALK TO AN ADULT THAT'S NOT DROOLING. WEARING A DIAPER, HAVE BLUE HAIR OR USING A WALKER, CANE OR WHEELCHIAIR!!
I AM FEELING GREATLY IMPROVED MENTALLY.
AMAZING WHAT "DUMPING" IT ALL OUT CAN DO FOR THE SOUL!!! NOT MUCH NEW HERE ACTUALLY. JUST BEING MY HERMIT SELF AND LOVING IT. SOME CHANNELS ARE STILL PLAYING HOLIDAY MOVIES AND I AM LOVING THAT...TCM PLAYED SHERLOCK HOLMES ALL DAY YESTERDAY. LOVE THE OLD B&W BASIL RATHBONE'S!!
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY/MONDAY!!

:wreath:CEEJAY~ I GOT THE JIGGLING JUNK IN JANUARY FROM ANNIE. I THINK SHE'S GOT A GREAT IDEA FOR JANUARY'S THREAD :rofl: :rofl: I LOVE YOUR GOALS FOR 2010. GREAT IDEAS. HEALTHY IS WHAT WE REALLY NEED. SO SORRY ABOUT THE DRIVE TO THE RELATIVES. YIKES ON THE RAIN!!! MUST HAVE BEEN A NIGHTMARE :yikes: GLAD THE UNCLE WILL BE STAYING PUT FOR AWHILE WITHOUT ANY PASSES. SOME PEOPLE CANNOT BE TRUSTED WHEN THEY ARE NOUT AND ABOUT!! LOL BUT I AM GAD YOU ALL GOT TO BE TOGETHER FOR THE HOLIDAY. :hug:

:ginger:SHAD~ IT WAS GOOD TO TALK WITH YOU BUT EVEN BETTER WERE THE LAUGHS!! THINGS SEEM SO MUCH FUNNIER WHEN THEY GET SHARED WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS A SIMILAR SENSE OF HUMOR...SADISTIC IS GOOD RIGHT?? :lol3: :lol3: HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND HOPE YOU GET THE Wii THINGY GOING!!! :rofl:

:tree:MICHELLE~ GLAD THE WEEKEND WITH DH IS GOING WELL BUT YOU MUST BE EYE WEARY WITH ALL THAT PC TIME. HOPE YOU GET SOME BIG $$$$$!!!!!

MELODY525
12-27-2009, 08:56 AM
:hug: THINKING OF YOU ANNIE AND SENDING LOVING THOUGHTS YOUR WAY :hug:

diyana
12-27-2009, 09:39 AM
Happy Sunday -

I'm working on websites...but only for a couple more hours...then it's FOOTBALL time! Plus, I want to get in a workout on the Wii Fit before the game. My eating has not been good over the holiday. But I'm getting back on track tomorrow. I'm going to the store later to make sure I have healthy choices at home and to take to work with me.

Ceejay - So glad you had a nice Christmas with your aunt and uncle! That is impressive that he can do the stairs. It will take him awhile yet to get his energy back...his body is working hard to heal. I hope he continues to improve with the PT/rehab. Those are great goals! I do want to lose weight, like around 40lbs. But I also want to lower my bad cholesterol and improve my good cholesterol. And get off of my BP medication!

Mel - I'm so glad you and Shad set the world to rights, and that you're feeling much better for it. I love the classic Christmas movies as well. I think we should JIGGLE and JETTISON our junk in January to give us a fresh new start with the new year.

Annie - Sending you love, hugs and angels. You're in my thoughts and prayers, girlfriend. :hug: And we're all here for you. :grouphug: I've heard you're going to be getting some snow. Be safe and warm.

Laura - I see that Illinois is getting a lot of snow. I hope you and BF are doing okay. Be careful shoveling. Stay inside and warm if you can.

Happy - I'm not sure when you said you were going to be heading home, but I hope you can wait for better weather than the big blob of snow covering Illinois today. Drive safely.

Love and hugs to all,

Shad
12-27-2009, 03:57 PM
Morning all,

Another quick note since I am about to race round to the DS's place and do some painting before the humidity climbs to ridiculous hights - like about 75% again. I'll redo the two bedrooms which came out an acid green and bright yellow instead of the cream that displays on the living room walls. Amazing how the paint can reflect different colours due to the ambient light from the windows hey?? Then I need to come back and prepare some clothes for taking back with me and the other junk I will need. Hairdresser at 12.00 and I want to look for some talking books to 'read' on the drive down.
DS2 raced out of here around 3.00pm yesterday saying he was going to the movies. Must have been a long movie. He isn't back yet (7.00am)

Mel - I don't think we were sadistic yesterday. Beating up workers with a baseball bat or riding crop is necessary, sometimes you have to punch the information in more than once. :yikes: :stress: Anyway, the world is tilting at a better angle this morning thanks to our chat this morning and as always, laughter is definitely the best medicine. :rofl: Should be more of it.

Annie - how's it going with you, apart from work, work, work and hospital visiting.

Michelle - haven't tried the wii yet. I did unpack it last night but will need to read the instructions more before I start using it. And I can't take it with me because wee boy won't let the modem thingy go with me. He want's to play games. Thanks for the info received this morning. Don't work too hard.

And with that I am gone :genie:. Breakfast and painting. Back in a couple of hours to ensure you haven't caused mayhem and destruction along the way.

ceejay52
12-27-2009, 06:06 PM
Michelle
I might look into the Wii on my day off this week end. I played tennis when I was younger. Are they hard to hook up?

Laura705
12-27-2009, 11:42 PM
Quick post to say hello to everyone. I still need to catch up on all your posts.

I'm relaxing and trying to wind down after having my family over for our Christmas dinner. It was nice, but after having two entertaining events this month, I can say it's not my thing. As soon as I commit to hosting something, it's like a weight on my back. I can't wait for it to be over, I stress over what to serve, how much cleaning needs to be done, etc. Today went fine, but was tiring too. I think I need to entertain more so that I get better at it, LOL. So maybe in 2010 I'll invite friends over for small dinner parties, game nights, etc.

I have to work tomorrow, and I'm glad the boss will be out, but it'll be good to finally be back to a routine...until New Year's Eve and a 3-day weekend , LOL.

Okay, signing off for now.

happy2bme
12-28-2009, 07:31 AM
Hi there ladies,

Back safe and sound. We left around midnight Saturday night and got home about 10:30 yesterday morning after a VERY LONG and boring drive. It gets worse each year. We were both discombooberated. DH pulled over twice for a short nap as he was really tired. I kept nodding off in the car. It seemed like we would never get home. Yesterday was pretty shot just getting back in the groove.

Quick hello from me now. I am off to get a boob squeeze this morning. Will catch up with you all later today.

diyana
12-28-2009, 07:44 AM
Morning chicks -

I did NOT want to get up early and go to work this cold, dark morning, but I did. Luckily, I've got 4 days off for New Year's weekend as well! Yay!

Shad - That's a long drive you have...drive safely and watch out for idiots on the road. That's really weird how a single paint color can take on so many different shades, but I guess it makes sense. How was the hairdresser appt? Did you get a new do? Did DS2's movie ever finish? Bummer that you can't take the Wii with you, but I do understand DS2's point...the games are really fun.

Ceejay - DH hooked up the Wii, but it didn't look that difficult to hook up. I wish the games were cheaper. After you get the Wii ($199), the Wii Fit Plus is another ($99). And on my wish list to eventually get is Jenny McCarthy's Your Shape. It's about $65 and I don't think you need the Wii board for that. My only complaint about the Wii Fit board is that you aren't supposed to wear shoes while working out. So what I do, is when I do the running workouts (which don't use the board), I wear athletic shoes...and when I do the other games like Step or Kung Fu or Boxing, I take my shoes off.

Laura - Glad you had a nice time with your family. I'm the same way about entertaining. I stress out way too much - the house needs to be perfect; the food needs to be perfect, etc. Entertaining more is one way to improve I guess. I MUCH prefer to entertain in the summer and do cookouts. I did offer to have Christmas for DH's aunt, uncle and all the cousins (about 20-25 people) at our house next year since our house can more easily hold that many. We'll see if it actually happens. Since we live out in the country, I have my doubts about how many will want to drive the 30 minutes to our house.

Annie - I hope you're doing well. My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend.

Mel - Hope you have a nice relaxing day today. How long until the kids go back?

Happy - I hope you are having/had a nice time with your family and friends up north....and have safe travels home (whenever you head home).

Love and hugs to all,

diyana
12-28-2009, 07:47 AM
Happy - You are today's sneaker inner!! I'm SOOOO glad you made it home safe and sound. I was worried with all the snow IL was having yesterday. I don't know how you and DH drive through the night, but I'm glad it was a safe, if boring, drive. Good luck with today's boob squeeze.

MELODY525
12-28-2009, 08:26 AM
:welcome: HOME HAPPY! GLAD YOU ARE SAFE AND SOUND. THAT IS A LONG DRIVE. WOULD FLYING EASE THE TRIP NEXT YEAR? HAVE A QUIET WEEK.

CEEJAY~ TENNIS?? YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW ABOUT PEOPLE EVERY DAY. YOU MIGHT LIKE THE Wii THEN. LOTS OF GAMES INCLUDING THE TENNIS!

MICHELLE~ STAY COZY AT WORK. THE KIDS GO BACK ON THE 4TH. I AM ALSO GLAD WE HAVE A SHORT WEEK WITH THE HOLIDAY. :dance: GLAD YOU GOT SOME FOOTBALL TIME IN THIS WEEKEND. YOU KNOW THE SAYING.,..ALL WORK AND NO PLAY!!!

SHAD~ GUESS THE DS STAYED FOR A DOUBLE HEADER MOVIE :rofl: :rofl: MUST HAVE BEEN A DOOZIE!!
HOPE THE PAINTING WENT WELL AND YOU DIDN'T GET TOO HUMIDIFIED!!!!!

LAURA~ I THINK WE COULD ALL USE SOME "ROUTINE" IN OUR LIVES RIGHT ABOUT NOW...TRICK IS TO GET THRU THE NEW YEAR :cheers:I HEAR YA ON THE STRESS OF BEING A HOSTESS...NOW YOU MENTION IT...I DON'T MISS IT! :rofl:


:cofdate: I THINK I AM ALL HILIDAYED-OUT. I HAVEN'T SEEN TOO MUCH OF THE KIDS. IN ALL HONESTY I PLAYED SICK. IT WAS TAKING ME SO LONG TO GET BACK TO NORMAL THAT I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO BE WITH ANYONE. ALL MY HEAD AND BODY WANTED WAS REST AND SILENCE. THANK GOD THE BUILDING WAS VERY QUIET THIS WEEKEND. THIS MORNING I AM GOING DOWN TO DO A LOAD OF WASH. TAKING ENOUGH TIME OUT OF EACH DAY TO TIDY UP THE APARTMENT AND DO LAUNDRY...THAT'S MY ONLY GOAL FOR 2010!!!! :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:

diyana
12-28-2009, 08:49 AM
Mel - I'm very glad that you played "sick"...you've had too much stress lately...so a bit of rest and relaxation and silence is a good thing. Between watching football and playing Wii, I definitely had some play time amid all the work. Sounds like you have a great goal for 2010. :)

annie175
12-28-2009, 09:31 AM
Here is to a glorious 2010 to All....back to work at both jobs today. Got lots on my plate here at Humana from being out last week.

I am thinking I am at peace about mom, and bless you all for your support and comfort. I made it through visiting yesterday without crying and that was with my dad sitting on the side mom couldn't see him with tears in his eyes. (I just didn't look at him much). I asked mom if she was afraid to die, as she knows what is going on. She said no. I asked if she was sad, she said yes. That broke my heart, but stayed strong. I took her some ham and fried rice. She ate maybe 3 oz of it. Better than nothing but not enough.

CVS has been a mad house. All CHristmas junk on sale for 50% off. Like who NEEDS Christmas M&Ms? Even through our snow storm yesterday people risked their lives to come to CVS. What a bunch of idiots.

Streets were pretty clear this morning as if finally quit snowing so the plows did a great job. Amen.

No personals today cause I am so far behind in work, posting and life-really.

Love and Hugs to all and thank you for your terrific support. You all mean so much to me.