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cottagebythesea
12-07-2009, 06:24 AM
Come pour yourself a nice hot cup of brew, it's only 28* here right now. :brr:

We had fun in the city yesterday, but it was bitter, bone-chilling cold, which made it almost unbearable walking around the Christmas market. I couldn't believe the prices they wanted for the little hand-carved wooden ornaments, I have a big shoebox full of them from when we lived in Germany, and I sure didn't pay that much for them. I'm sitting on a small fortune here! ;) I actually had more fun shopping in LUSH, where I "gifted" myself with several foaming bath bombs and some lushious homemade soap. :)

I'm being a domestic diva this morning before I head over to the farm. Jake did a wonderful job putting up the outside lights and little trees, but I do want to go out and make sure everything is up to my standards while he's not here. The girls have piano lessons after school, so I probably won't get home until around 7 tonight.


Ruthxxx
12-07-2009, 06:25 AM
Here we go again with another week! :cheer: Maybe Delta will get some snow - we've only had a few flakes lately and I'm ready for White Christmas stuff.

This morning is supposed to be the elusive tub renovation day. I usually go to the gym at 7:30 but will have to go in the afternoon today. I hope I make it. The lads are to arrive around nine and I also have my Victoria's Quilts meeting, luncheon and gift exchange. I need to get to the bank in there somewhere too. I'd really rather stay home to decorate, wrap gifts and bake! (I paid for this new tub and surround plus installation way back in June. For various reasons, installation has been delayed. I'll be ecstatic to get it over and done with! :carrot:)

Just realized the water will probably get turned off sometime today :yikes: so need to throw in some laundry, start the dishwasher and take another farewell tubby. I'll be using the new downstairs shower for a few days and will certainly miss my luxurious soaks.

How does the start of your week look? Be sure to "take a moment". :cofdate:

ETA: I just knew Cottage would beat me to it! I bet your house looks lovely, Cottage, especially now that the frassing tree is outta there. Kudos to Jake!

CyndiM
12-07-2009, 06:39 AM
Good freezing cold morning :brr: I definitely need a few cups of coffee to convince me to go out there this morning. It's only 21 and looks like winter is really here this week. Gotta get those snows on ASAP.

Cottage - DD and I walked in Boston yesterday:coolsnow: An hour was all I could manage.
I'd love to see your tree with those ornaments. Any pics?
Have a good day and stay war!

Ruth - Enjoy that last soak. Will you get any snow out of that storm that's moving across the US? Looks like it's got a bit. I would love to send you ours but I can't figure out how to package it ;)
Have a lovey luncheon.

Heidi :hug: thinking of you. Drive safe

Just another Monday around these parts. I've still got some office work to finish and I'm going to try to schedule a couple of visits for the month. December isn't the best month for visits because kids are wired and schedules are flexible but I'll try for a couple.

Apparently the paper recycling box next to my desk is now a cat bed. Great. Good thing they tire of these things quickly.

I managed to get a good amount of exercise in while visiting DD and my eating wasn't awful. Even dinner Saturday wasn't off plan though I suspect far more oil than I would use. The scale moved a little this morning. Let's hope that holds!

Have a good Monday gals


TwynnB
12-07-2009, 07:24 AM
Good morning chickie friends!

A quick note to say....I hauled my arse out of bed this morning and went on the treadmill. It wasn't a pretty site, but it's done!! I'm hovering around the same weight, but it's all CHANGING, since I haven't been doing my 10-20 miles a week. So, the only time to guarantee it will get done, is in the morning. It's a love/hate relationship....the one I have with the treadmill.

Running off to get kids ready!! Had to check in here to remind myself that carbs=cr@p. At least the way I feel when I eat them!!

SillyFluff
12-07-2009, 07:43 AM
Well off to a bad start this morning. I overslept. Brad woke me this morning at 5:00 so I could make his lunch and after I finished I got back in the bed to get warm. Next thing I knew it was 7:30. So sadly, only had time for some toast with RF cream cheese and to run. I should be on later. Bye ladies.

Schmoodle
12-07-2009, 07:45 AM
Monday, ugh! Only two more of these before Christmas.
Thanks for the reminder Twynn, and kudos on the treadmill. I'm off to walk soon, and I really don't wanna - it's cold! I have a treadmill - buried in the back of the garage. I need to find a place for it inside somewhere.
cottage, my niece is a lush addict, but I haven't ever bought any. Glad you treated yourself! I do the same thing with DH - like reloading the dishwasher after he's gone to bed. I actually like the dishes to get clean. The lights are all up to him because I don't want to get up on the ladder. I don't like the way he does them, but I keep my mouth shut.
Ruth, I hope your tub reno gets off the ground today. We had some snow over the weekend - very festive!
Cyndi, hope you had a lovely time with DD. Was the nutcracker good? I had a glass baking pan of my mother's set on the kitchen table to return to her, and it quickly became the cat's favorite place to sit. They were devastated when I returned it (I did wash it with bleach first), so DH put one of MY pans out for them, and now I guess I have a permanent pan on my table with a cat in it.
Sorry you are off to a rocky start, Fluff! Hope your day gets better!

I've got a meeting for DS's IEP this morning (wish it was with you, Heather), then tons of work to get to. More test driving cars to look forward to (gak) this week, and I've set a hall-decking project for each day (banister, upstairs tree, finish the porch, etc), then we'll get the tree this weekend. I went through my gifts and list this weekend and have just a couple more things to pick up. No ideas for my grandma - any suggestions for a 94YO single lady who has never thrown away a single thing in her life and gets lots of food and nightie gifts from her children, grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren? When she moved, my mother found a stack of robes still in boxes in her closet! I think we'll try to get over there this weekend and see if she wants any decorating help.
Hope your weeks are off to a great start!

tomandkara
12-07-2009, 07:55 AM
Good Monday morning!

Linda, have fun with your decorating/fixing! Sorry it was so cold for your trip.

Ruth, good luck with the tub work! I hope it's quick and easy.

Cyndi, glad you had a nice weekend! Maybe if you put the paper ON the cats, they'll decide they don't like the recycling box so much after all?

Twynn, my body has been reminding me of the same thing. Saturday was Tom's work Christmas party and I didn't think I ate too awfully, but Sunday I woke up with the worst headache. I hardly ever get headaches. Good motivation to stay on plan!

Silly, hope the rest of the day calms down. Maybe Brad needs lessons in making his own lunch? ;)

Schmoodle, we were simulposting. Does your grandmother drink tea? You could get her some nice loose teas. Or what about a book of photos? I've done them through Snapfish and they always turn out so nicely.

We've got another busy day on the calendar. I went to MOPS this morning (I do volunteer childcare during the meetings) and then hit the commissary for a couple things and the BX (girls need white clothes for their sheep costumes for the Christmas program on Sunday) before coming home to get Connor from school. The girls have a special day at the Kindergarten this morning. They're going on a walk through the woods to find St. Nikolaus. They brought oranges for him. Kadyn did her violin and reading before school, so she will only have to do her math when she gets home this afternoon. Usually I pick them up at 2:00, but today they get to have lunch at school and come home at 4:00. Connor's done his homework and only had to do his violin and math for homeschool and then work on his T&T verses for AWANA. Tonight, he and Tom are making a cake for the Boy Scout pack meeting cake auction on Wednesday. They won't have time to do it tomorrow because of Connor's martial arts so they're going to have to do it tonight. Come to think of it, they're really not going to have time to bake AND decorate a cake, so I'd better bake it with Connor this afternoon so it's cooled and they can decorate it after dinner. They want to make a castle.

I'm back on track after my body freaked out about off-plan eating on Saturday. Nothing like a massive headache to remind you that eating crud makes you feel like crud!

I still have to dust, sweep, and vacuum the third floor, do my exercise, and practice my music for Christmas Eve so I'd better be off. How did it get to be 2:00 already???

rdw1
12-07-2009, 08:29 AM
Good Monday Morning! I can see what people are always complaining about on Mondays- well, I was doing the same on Wednesdays but this week I will be doing both! Not a whole lot going on other than work and the gym after. Just waiting on my clothes to dry and I will be off and running!

Hope you guys have a great day!

OH- I finally got to play dress up with dh...lol it was fun but it cost a lot more than I would have imagined. The dern designer stuff we bought him cost more than any clothes I ever had! BUT, I will be taking extra special care of them and he will be able to use them when he plays out- and that should be starting at the beginning of the year so I see more big spending in our future! I told him he better start making some extra money or we're going to go broke! And I am definitely treating myself when I get to goal! Right now everything in the store is too small for me ;0( but I am determined to get to goal this time!

Ruthxxx
12-07-2009, 09:13 AM
The tub guys are coming tomorrow now. "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow". I'd cancel the whole thing if I hadn't already paid and been waiting since June.

The good news is that it frees up a bit of time this morning and I can still use it as an excuse to go late to the quilting biddies festivities. I could get on the treadmill but I think I'll sip coffee and do some cards instead. It's snowing and looking Christmassy. We are supposed to get 8" on Wednesday! :)

tomandkara
12-07-2009, 09:15 AM
Oh, Ruth. What a mess! Hopefully they come before the big snow!!!

Xan
12-07-2009, 09:21 AM
Good morning! Nothing special to report -- it's sunny, no reminders of the quasi-snow storm over the weekend. This week I have to give five end-of-term finals (and grade them, which is, of course 5 times the work of making them up). I'll also see two or three ballet performances -- the New York City Ballet is in town, and I'm going Wednesday and over the weekend. So a good week, but a busy one.

Kudos to those who are getting up early to exercise (and doing so well). I know that's an important thing for me to add, but I'm still struggling with meal planning, remembering to bring snacks -- the basics!

Have a great day!

Gumby007
12-07-2009, 09:45 AM
Good Morning Monday yall! I am excited as well as nervous today I move into phase 2. I am gonna take it really slow and start out with bowl of oatmeal like every other day for a while. I don't know why im scared but let me tell you I am looking forward to that oatmeal! I am sick as a dog though I have been trying to shake off this chest cold or whatever it is for weeks. now. Thought it was going away and it came back full force Saturday! My chest hurts and I dont want to go to the Gym and over do it ugh I have been going three times per weeks for months now unless there is illness!. Even my toddler has a barking cough that will not go away! Oh well I have an apt tomorrow with the Dr anyway so tough it out I shall. I hope we all have a great beachy week

Lexxiss
12-07-2009, 10:03 AM
Good Morning Everyone:sunny:

Snowing here, and I feel like crap. Don't know what's going on, I have a smashing headache and feel all achy. I slept 15 hrs which is so not me. I'm trying to move a bit and I guess I'll stay home and try to get a bit done here.

Sorry no personals, the head just doesn't feel like that yet.

Have a great day everyone!

sophie
12-07-2009, 10:07 AM
good morning,
Ruth, too bad about the bath. You are very patient up to now but I guess you have to be to get the job well done finally.
Cottage - I too go around fixing things that DH has done when he catches me he calls me Hyacinth from keeping up appearances.
Cyndi - glad you enjoyed Boston and have a good day.
Xan and Gumby have a wonderful day.
SillyFluff - hope you made it on time.
Schmoodles - Tea sounds like a good suggestion. How about taking her out to dinner someplace.
Kara - all I can say is whew. You are amazing.Got to dig out all the long underwear here to go walking. House is decked out and some cookies in the freezer. So DH cooked yesterday and he always makes a mess and sticks to a recipe religiously. It called for peanut oil and we had canola and olive oil so had to go out and get peanut oil. I never tell him how I change my recipes around. I guess some gift wrapping is on the agenda today.
Debbie hope you feel better quickly.
take care
Sophie

Karrebeaar
12-07-2009, 10:26 AM
Flying by to say HI! I had a tough weekend but back on plan today. I will try to catch up later this afternoon.!

weebleswobble
12-07-2009, 10:58 AM
Come pour yourself a nice hot cup of brew, it's only 28* here right now. :brr:

I'm being a domestic diva this morning before I head over to the farm. Jake did a wonderful job putting up the outside lights and little trees, but I do want to go out and make sure everything is up to my standards while he's not here. The girls have piano lessons after school, so I probably won't get home until around 7 tonight.
Cottage, it's about that cold here. I wish I could go sit in the hot tub but it's too cold...too far to run and I'm not brave enough to do it in the daylight. :)

It snowed last night for the first time but it doesn't seem to be sticking.

My husband just left for Chicago...a 5 or so hour drive. He's staying until Friday to try and finish his Dissertation, which, if he can turn in by January 1, means we won't have to keep paying for HIM to be in school too.

We have our trees up with lights but no decorations. All in time, I guess. I fully plan on leaving them up until Feb 1. I'm going to make up some story about my husband's Eastern European ancestor's traditions if anyone asks why we leave our decorations up so late. The front of the house is decorated and so is the banister of the stairs...sooo pretty. :)

Had to check in here to remind myself that carbs=cr@p. At least the way I feel when I eat them!!
:) That's awesome

I overslept. Brad woke me this morning at 5:00 so I could make his lunch and after I finished I got back in the bed to get warm. Next thing I knew it was 7:30.
Woah. If anyone woke me up at 5am to make their lunch, they would not live to do it again. :) You're a better wife than me.


Monday, ugh! Only two more of these before Christmas.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! That is about the most terrifying thing that anyone has said! How am I going to get everything done? I have a big test a week from tomorrow, and then I have to shift focus to planning the big Christmas Eve service and of course, wrapping everyone's Christmas presents and cleaning the house and decorating ('cause you know nobody else can wrap presents or clean house, so I have to do that for the entire extended family)... I need some Xanax! I wish that Christmas was either a religious holiday or a secular one....gaaah. sorry. :) I spent 3 hours driving to/from my church internship yesterday and was there from 9:30am until 9:30pm, and I only got yelled at once (in the middle of an important meeting with pastor and the pianist came to get me, "We gotta practice this song in the choir room RIGHT NOW!!!!"). VERY tired today. I'm tired of eating cold SBD food, etc. :)


OH- I finally got to play dress up with dh...lol it was fun but it cost a lot more than I would have imagined. The dern designer stuff we bought him cost more than any clothes I ever had!
I'm curious what kind of dress up clothes your husband is interested in.... say more!

The tub guys are coming tomorrow now. "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow".
Oh no. Ever seen "Money Pit" with Tom Hanks? :)

Snowing here, and I feel like crap.
I'm sorry you don't feel well. It's the time of year for stress and germs...and bad weather...

So DH cooked yesterday and he always makes a mess and sticks to a recipe religiously.
mine too! so funny. it's like the world will end if he doesn't use exactly what's in the recipe. But leaving the kitchen a disaster zone, that doesn't bug him a bit.

Flying by to say HI! I had a tough weekend but back on plan today. I will try to catch up later this afternoon.!
:) HI

Barb0522
12-07-2009, 11:55 AM
Only a couple of minutes before the next meeting but I wanted to pop in. The party on Friday night was a lot of fun. Don is a certified dive instructor and it was held at a dive shop with lots of other instructors and people who dive. I even met a lady whose older son and husband were camping with the scouts and will be at Winter camp with Brian and I. We did well in the White Elephant. Okay, the chocolate liquers are not OP but they are good! Brian had dinner with two brothers and played with them while I partied.

Saturday we got the outdoor yard art and lights up and put up the tree. So far the dog is doing pretty well at ignoring it so I think I'll throw some decorations on it soon. I did get Brian some sweatshirts and a couple of tshirts but he didn't want a warm jacket. Apparently all the 7th grade boys here are wearing tshirts and lightweight jackets. Boys!

Oh, we also went looking for laptops for him. Apparently certain ones are just not small enough or don't look cool enough. I shouldn't complain though. The one he wants is only $499. I'll probably pick it up when he is camping next weekend and then wrap it for Christmas. I'd rather get him one nice present than a lot of junk and it sounds like I'll have my bonus by the 15th so I can manage it.

weezle
12-07-2009, 12:01 PM
Another run-by fruiting! Busy day at work! YAAAAGGGHHH!

Good news though. Created a Mii for my dad last night and he actually played with me! He liked bowling and baseball, and was not very happy with the Wii Fit Balance Board when it said "Oh. That's obese :(" while he was standing on it. He said "Thank YEWW." But, then he did the ski slalom game and laughed and had a good time. Hopefully I can con him into playing some more games sometime. He's 6'1" and 241, so he's gotta do something.

Anyhoozle I gotta get back to work. Hope you're all having a great day! :)

Lisa

TwynnB
12-07-2009, 12:29 PM
Debbie - that is definately NOT you! Hope you feel better soon!

Silly - I'm with Weeble, I'd scream if my DH woke me up at 5 am to make him lunch. Um...HELLO!!?!? LOL...You are definately a better wife than I as well!

I'm off to buy (gulp!) new kitchen cabinets! Have a good one!

little chick
12-07-2009, 01:21 PM
Hello Chickies... sorry I was MIA over the week end, but I ended up with my headache til sat. And I did a bunch of shopping friday night, benifit sat night and sunday was spent shopping again. Today I have spent most of the day making suckers to tuck in with my christmas presents. Got to love the christmas season, makes us busy little elves. Well I wish that I could hang around longer but nap time is over and I need to clean up the kitchen and take the wee ones out to play, I will try to pop back in later today. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Pearlrose
12-07-2009, 01:33 PM
Hello everyone,

Quick flyby for me, Ruth I can't believe they cancelled again on you, I would be getting upset about now, you are so calm.

Debbie- I hope you feel better soon, sounds like you got the crud that always seems to go around.

Busy at work and tonight is play practice again, got my walk in at lunch

Ruthxxx
12-07-2009, 03:09 PM
********* It's snowing - hard! I got the Susan Boyle CD at the gift exchange at lunch and am going to play it, sip cranberry tee and Christmas up!**********

weezle
12-07-2009, 10:29 PM
Came home from work, fed the doglettes, did some wii boxing, ate dinner, and received a phone call from an old friend of mine that after 12 years has finally gotten out of the military and has moved home!

I am quarantined to my room. I'll leave it at that. Those that know me can fill in the blanks.

47 Days til FL. I ordered the Paul McKenna 5 CD set after reading what some of the girls on here had to say about it. It's el-cheapo on Amazon, new even. Christmas present to myself. I am especially interested in the overcoming emotional eating, since I had a bad day at work today and wanted nothing more than a pizza and bottle of wine all to myself. But, I only splurged a little with a medium sized white potato, baked, with LF spicy bean dip, a sprinkle of cheddar, and a dollop of LF sour cream, plus about 2 cups of mixed vegetables and some hummus.

Hope everyone has had a nice night. Ruthie, yours sounds delightful.

rdw1
12-08-2009, 12:00 AM
Im just too exhausted to do the later personals.... but I do hope you get to feeling better Debbie!

Weeblesw... I suppose from the post if you hadn't seen a previous one that would sound funny... He has a photo shoot for the band he is in this weekend. Designer stuff, hence the cost. 2 pairs of jeans and a super nice button up...

I did well today and I am pooped. I definitely need to improve my water intake but other than that I have been right op! Went to the gym again tonight after work- I could definitely tell I was dehydrated when I started to run! I will not let that happen again!

weebleswobble
12-08-2009, 12:12 AM
ah. I used to do historical costuming, so I have a very open mind that way. :)