The season finally caught up with the weather. As I was driving home from the market I thought, wow it will be getting lighter again. Dark @ 4:30 is not good for the soul. We got snow this week. Very rare in my neck of the woods. True, an hour away in the Sierra Mts, we have feet of new powder, but here in the valley...only once in awhile. We may get some more tonight. I hope so. It looks so beautiful from the front window. I do not enjoy the ice that I scrape from the windows ea day to drive my car. Two more weeks and I will have my own garage to park in!
I am not sure I will be able to close escrow bythe 30th, 31st. I had to change morgage companies as FHA will not allow a vegas company with no Reno offices to represent me. So, I switch, but I have not got the paperwork. It was suppose to be overnighted to me. I did not get it yesterday. The title co will be closed 2.5 days this week. That does not leave much time. I keep asking the universe for a small miracle! The loan is in the underwriters office, so that is a good sign.
I am looking forward to getting this next week over with. BF and I have not exchanged gifts in 3 years since we were always so short on money. Now we have some extra change as we had no bills this month, as the tree is full of gifts, but it is overwhelming and not normal. We didn't go overboard, but it is still wierd seeing gifts with my name on them and knowing all the stockings will be filled. It is wierd celebrating Xmas instead of opening gifts tonight. I hope I don't have that let down feeling I always have on holidays. I do not care for them all that much. Emotions are always so high.
If escrow doesn't close on time, I will be sitting in front of the tv watching HGTV all day. They have new shows premiering that day. I am excited for House Hunters coast to coast!!!! I love house hunters!!!!! So...anyway, Jan 1st will be a good day!
I finally gave in and let BF get a muscle car. 3 weeks later he gets a call asking if he still wants my RE agent's truck in Vegas. So my dad is flying to Vegas tomorrow to get it for him, and BF doesn't understand why he needs to sell the El Camino!!! He does not need two trucks! I don't like the el camino as it sounds like a semi truck warming up! But he wants a car to work on... I don't know if I can win this war. My parents bought the truck for him. He only has to pay 50 a month. So, I can't complain about the money. He sold his Bronco to buy the camino. But I want the garage for my car, not car parts!!!!! Men!!!!!
Well, I am off to pack a few things. I may go get a walk in today. Everyone is home, I can escape. Later I have to go w/ dad for his wifes Xmas present. Men!!!! ~flower
12-22-2002, 12:44 PM
Well, the overnight pkg I was waiting for all week finally got here yesterday in standard mail. I sat at home for 4 days waiting for UPS or Fed EX!!!! Ughh~~~ I found a ton of mistakes. I found out some of the fraud accounts finally made their way on to my credit report. Uhgggg!!!!! I was so stressed out that I skipped lunch and went to my local new age store and bought stuff just for me. I like the owner and although Reno has better prices, I would like her to stay here.
My dad is delivering the paperwork in person tomorrow. No waiting on the mailman 3 days before Xmas. My luck it would get lost. Or really really late. When we called the lady said there is no real reason why we couldn't close by New Years Eve. Thing good thoughts for me ok???
So, who here has to put on their best behavior for relatives that they don't care for this week??? I don't have to this year! Yeah!!!!!! But I kinda miss it, just a little bit.
Well, I have to go drive my parents to the airport. Will someone please post on the Winter chat page so I am not talking to myself??? Maybe tell me what plans you have this week??? ~flower
12-22-2002, 01:01 PM
I was just on my way over, Flower.
Ruth... I'm here. ;)
Relatives. Provided my SIL doesn't bring her dogs, everything should be just fine. Well, not counting my MIL. I mean I love her... don't get me wrong. I just don't really LIKE her! I'll have to do a sort of Vitus' dance to keep from being trapped in a corner with her and being talked at to death.
Hmmm, then there's my BIL. I LIKE him, but he irritates me. He always belches at the dinner table. And I don't think he washes his hands after he goes to the bathroom, so I don't like sitting beside him because we join hands to say a prayer before eating.
My parents should be fine. They're quite socially acceptable. (listen to me... what a friggin' snob I am...)
And my sister. And her partner, who is exactly like me and anti-social. When he's had enough of us, he just lies down and has a nap.
12-22-2002, 01:18 PM
Relatives - hmmmmmmm. I actually like mine! Well, neice Linda's husband is a jerk but we are inclined to ignore Patrick. He is one of those types who always has some game organized and "everyone must participate"! My dad always used to say "Why are there more horses' asses than horses?" when Patrick did this. He is one of the outlaws in the family. We pretty well ignore him. Luckily he and Linda will be at HIS parents' place this year for dinner. My Harry does not suffer fools gladly or otherwise!.
Tomorrow my pal Claire's tall son Matthew is coming over to finish the high-up decorating and then we will go to their place for a cold buffet.
Christmas Eve will be at my pal Bob's house - a very elegant after Church repast. Can you say potted lobster and champagne? I'll be home at midnight to listen to the animals.
Christmas morning I'll probably go to Church in another town - doesn't hurt to go twice in 24 hours. Of course we'll open our gifts before this.
We will do dinner at my sister's place and it will be very elegant and civilized - no dogs this year. Last year Hershey was with us and quietly removed a fairly valuable bone carving from under the tree - she was about to enhance its artistic value, I'm sure. Miss Lucy will spend Christmas afternoon and evening at my friend Claire's house where there are dogs and kids and babies and no expensive bone gifts!
Have not made any more plans than that at the moment. Son, DIL and Grand Daughter will be coming Boxing Day or whenever - they have the sickies right now. Anyhow, we are going to Ottawa to see them on the 29th, for sure.
Sheesh! Maybe I should check this out with my social secretary.
Ellis, wanna send the damned dogs to Claire's place? I'll meet you in Kemptville or Merrickville for the exchange.
12-22-2002, 01:19 PM
Christmas Eve with my parents, which should be okay (if my Dad behaves.)
Christmas morning with my in laws which should be okay. (if DH's Mom behaves.)
Christmas afternoon with DH's extended family and 8 non-family members (don't get me started) that his aunt is dragging along......KILL ME NOW!!!
I'm already easing into my annual funk in anticipation of this joyous event.
12-23-2002, 03:08 AM
Just invited my parents up for church on Christmas Eve and we are going to have dinner and a hot tub party at my house. Then Christmas Day will be a nightmare at the inlaws. I will meditate and consume large quantities of alcohol. Then Friday night my entire family will get together to open presents and eat and laugh and have fun. Then Saturday is the "family portrait from ****" at the inlaws again. So it will be good, bad, good, bad in that order.
12-23-2002, 12:00 PM
Flower - I *love* House Hunters! I hope all goes well with your escrow... it's not fun, but next year you'll be in your own home for the holidays!!! :cb:
Christmas eve I'll hang out at my Moms - she does an "open house" kinda' get together and we end up with people coming and going from 5pm on. We always do munchie finger foods - a dangerous day for me.
Christmas, my Mom and Stepfather load up presents and come to my house to open them all. Then we make breakfast - usually biscuits n' gravy - then I'm left blissfully alone for the day. At night I have them and my 'surrogate Grandma' Pat over for dinner - this year ham, scalloped potatoes, rolls n' veggie.
New Year's eve and day are really quiet. On the eve we all go out to dinner... Then my birthday a couple days later - then life goes back to normal!!! I'm really looking forward to normal...
Off to track UPS shipping... such fun...
12-23-2002, 12:03 PM
Christmas time it is just us four - six if you count the cats (& we do!). Family has been visited or is too far away to visit. It is kind of quiet but nice and relaxing too. And not too much cooking cuz DH likes to do it...fine with me!
12-24-2002, 02:14 PM
I almost feel sad that I don't have any horror stories in the making! :) I have to have dinner tonight with a few wierd people I am not related to tonight. But it will give me something to be thankful for as I go to bed. :)
I am going to be off line for a little bit. I will be repacking some things the next 2 days then staying at a hotel for 2 days and then moving the next week or so. I have to sign up for cable internet too. So when I am hooked up, I will come and post again. Take care everyone! I will miss you all!!!! Happy Holidays! ~flower
12-24-2002, 04:29 PM
I am thankful my eldest DD is feelng better - she got hit rather suddenly with one of those nasty viruses that are going round. And I'm thankful the four of us are together in our own house for Christmas.
I am thankful to have made such terrific friends on this board - I love the Alternachicks! I wish you all a very very happy holiday --
12-24-2002, 09:40 PM
Lidian... I'm so glad your eldest is feeling better. love and hugs...
Terri... could you save me a plateful of scalloped potatoes, please? :D
12-24-2002, 10:13 PM
Thnaks Ellis - you're a sweetie! That was really the one thing I wanted for Christmas, she has been downgraded again to a cold but is comfortable now...
I love scalloped potatoes, mmmmm....
Take care and have a great day tomorrow,
12-24-2002, 11:24 PM
Lidian and Ellis-Glad to hear that your DD and DH are feeling better in time for Christmas!!!
...and I'll add another YUM!!! to the scalloped potatoes!!
12-26-2002, 11:20 AM
Well... it's over... we survived the major part of the holidays! :cb:
The New Year's holidays aren't nearly as stressful - I sit in front of the TV, watch Dick Clark (what am I gonna do when that man finally looks his age and dies??), eat the last of the left over dips n' nummies from Christmas, cry singing Auld Lang Syne, then go to bed... 3 days later, I'll turn 33 :eek:
Had myself a ****'ofa giggle on Christmas eve - thought of you guys actually... We have some family friends, Sue n' Deb (a couple), that we hadn't seen in over a year. They came over Christmas eve and I took them over to see my new house and we were chattin' on the short drive home. Sue asked me about my divorce and if I was seeing anyone yet, or getting out there and I said "no, not really, but I did recently join a gym, but it's all women so *that's* not going to get me very far!" Deb, walking behind us said "Wellllll...." and Sue laughed and snapped "Deb, we're not going to go there!" I told them, "what the ****... go there" and they started busting up laughing. My Mom told me this is the closest they've gotten in the 10 years they've known them, to even *mentioning* their being a couple. My response to my Mom was, well you don't go around talking about how hetero you are do you?? Aaaah, the whole thing was wonderful - open, trusting and humorous. Very nice...
I still have enough scalloped potatoes left if anyone wants any!
I did recieve what could've been a nightmare gift from my neighbors. LOVE them, very sweet people - they gave me a beautiful china & wrought iron server - loaded with Lindt, Godiva, Rocher, etc... chocolates!!!! I thought "ok, I'm going to eat what I want - a couple pieces, and freeze the rest - put it in the back of the freezer! Well, I started opening and guess what???? IT WAS ALL OLD!!!!! :cb: I don't know where they bought it, but I finally found an experation date on something and it expired 2/16/01! Problem solved.... threw it all away. :dance:
I hope you all had an awsome holiday and that Santa was very good to you!!!
12-26-2002, 12:36 PM
The scalloped potatoes sound great but I think I had better not - weight loss pretty well stalling and the bag of amazing bagels DH brought home is not helping (I love all kinds of carbs, and I could eat bagels all day...)
We are just hanging around the house here though DH has dug the front walk up - got lots of snow yesterday. One child is nursing a cold, the other is on a CD-ROM. And I am playing around with online quizzes and thinking about going out for a walk later - snow notwithstanding. Have been in the house since Monday afternoon and going a little stir-crazy!
I laughed at your stale-chocolate story - a long time ago a sweet old lady gave us some bagels as a present and when we had a good look at them they were old and hard as rocks - out they went! Good thing too - I would've eaten them all in about 2 days!
We had a nice day yesterday - quiet and relaxed, just the way like it!Glad you had a good time too - sounds like you have great friends...
Hey and 33 is YOUNG! I just turned 40 this fall and can hardly remember being 33!
I am looking forward to all the 80s rock retrospectives that pop up around this time - being as that was the time I was out and able to stay up all night dancing! (Now I just try to stay up til eleven watching TV!)
12-26-2002, 07:32 PM
I just know that I will be the envy of all you girls with the fabu present hubby bought for me. Are you ready for this? Are you sure?
A Bug Wand.
See, I knew you'd all be jealous. :D What is a bug wand? It looks a lot like a Star Wars Light Saber....except it's a tube with a cap on the end, a battery-powered vaccum in the handle...are you getting the idea yet? You turn on the switch on the handle, producing suction....aim the wand at said bug and suck it into the tube...replace cap...dispose of bug at leisure.
Am I the luckiest girl alive or what? :lol: Actually, he put a lot of thought into it, knowing how I hate bugs and hate killing them even more....and he no longer will have to run to my rescue. I did tell him I will be presenting the Bug Wand for emptying to him, though.
Thankfully he bought some other lovely presents, as well.
ellis, hun...have you escaped the nasty stomach bug your DH had? I hope so!
Flower, I hope all is going well with your move!
12-27-2002, 11:46 AM
What a *cool* present Wildfire! I want one now for the mutant spiders I keep finding in my house!
Sorry to post n' run, but it's so windy here that I've been up since 2:45am and our lights have flickered a few times - probably best to not blow up the 'puter!
Toodles for now!
12-27-2002, 01:44 PM
Wildfire, that is the coolest gift!! I want one, too!! :D
Yep... missed out on the stomach flu, thank you. But I've just developed a cough. And I've been socializing FAR too much, and can feel "nervous breakdown mode" coming on. In January I'm going into seclusion. And in February. Don't anybody call me. Definitely don't knock on my door. I may be holding a weapon.
Love to all... hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Back later... going to play a computer game before doing more damned socializing.
12-27-2002, 02:19 PM
Ellis - glad to see you escaped the flu! I feel a hibernation mode coming on too.....January is usually good for that.
Maybe you or Ruth or Mauvais have heard of Camp Otterland on Otter lake halfway between Kingston and Ottawa? My mother's cousin is recommending it for DD for 2 weeks next summer.
Wild - a bug wand sounds cool - you wanna hear something amazing? we've been living in this house for 6 yrs and I've never seen one bug here. It's very strange. We get lots of squirrels though. They jump over the deck and peer through the sliding glass door - usually they're looking to torture the cat or beg for crackers!
Hope you all are having a nice holiday. Santa brought DD an electric organ. If I hear "Fur Elise" one more time........
I received a handmade bracelet that DD purchased from a Cambodian neighborhood in L.A. - It is unique and pretty - oh and a new Sonicare! he he
The best part was staying inside napping and eating goodies and not having to be anywhere or do anything.
Thinking of you all - Terri
12-27-2002, 05:35 PM
I'm with YOU Ellis. Had my annual after-Christmas shopping/luncheon spree with MIL and AIL (aunt in law). It was fun, but mostly involved watching AIL try on teeny tiny clothes and buy them. I AM SICK OF BEING BROKE AND FAT!!!!
12-27-2002, 07:55 PM
Wildfire, we are all going to be jealous of your Bug Wand in a few months! You will be regal AND supremely powerful, fearing no yucky insect (unlike me, cowering at the sight of anything flying around outside!)
We seem to be spending a lot of time sitting watching movies on TV surrounded by bowls of cookies and candy!:eek: So I am online keeping my hands busy.
What remains of the d*** trifle (full of chocolate, raspberries & cream!) is now in an opaque container so I can ignore it until it is gone - it has been in a glass bowl and by golly my finger has been in the bowl a few times!:lol:
I am trying to get out an walk a little each day and in January I had better do some toning exercise...there's a whole lotta sagging going on!
Take it easy dear friends...Ellis I hear you! I am going to need a vacation after this vacation - I keep trying to leave the house to be by myself!
12-28-2002, 10:05 AM
I should have known my Alternachick pals would appreciate the Bug Wand! :lol: I expect it will come in quite handy this spring when all the creepy crawlies wake up again. I did tell hubby that I'm STILL not going near one of those alien bugs! Found another in the bathroom sink a month or so ago....man, they just give me the heebiejeebies.
I am SO done with Christmas and the food it brings. I grazed all day long yesterday...gave myself a headache...and I am starting fresh this morning with a food journal, lots of water, and exercise!
This is gonna be our year, girls....we're all gonna be well on our way to goals (if not there!) by summer. :yes: We all know WHAT we have to do, WHY we want to do it....the question is only WHEN are we going to!
I'm starting today. Wanna join me?
12-28-2002, 11:37 AM
Just checking in. We are still celebrating Christmas - too many drop-ins but I'm not yet ready to pull in the welcome mat.
Funny, this was the year I had to take it easy, we've had tons of company but it has seemed effortless. If people are hungry, I just haul out a hunk of cheese, some crackers, walnut and apples and we "fress". There is not one speck of Christmas baking in this house but the Laura Secord French Crisps are taking a bit of a beating. I'm going to stop offering them around and break out the Pot Of Gold ones which I hate.
Tomorrow morning we are going to Ottawa to see my son, DIL and GD Tayler. It'll be lunch which is great because I detest night driving. Don't worry, Ellis, we won't drop in! Let me know when your Janaury hibernation is over. My nephew bought a house on Lebreton which is near you and I may be in giving Auntly advice.
Off to do the dump run - what a thrill! Harry's too sore and creaky this morning so I get the pleasure.
Have a good Fourth Day of Christmas!
12-28-2002, 01:08 PM
Oh Ruth, I love Laura Secord French chocolate mints....the French crisps are the crispy mints aren't they? Yum....The cheese & crackers are are great way to entertain without baking up lots of stuff.
Wildfire, I'm with you! I joined a 4 week challenge on the Support board and I claimed I was gonna lose 6 lbs by January 25 (ho ho ho!)...so I had better start drinking water, exercising and laying off the mini Reeses of which I had 2 last night (they were very nice but after one taste I was ready to eat the lot!:) )...
I am ready to move on from the holidays...I think we are all driving each other crazy with all the endless togetherness!!:lol:
12-28-2002, 02:48 PM
Ldian, I like the mints too but the French Crisps are like tiny Score chocolate bars. You either crunch them or let the chocolate melt off and then suck the hard centre. Sigh! That reminds me, I have not had my ration today!
12-28-2002, 03:00 PM
They sound wonderful, Ruth - I love crunching on TasteTations so I would crunch my way through in no time!
I remember finding mini Laura Secord bars on sale back in the 80s at the drugstore and buying about 20...once or twice! I got through them quite quickly! In those days I used to buy me a big Tobler bar almost every day, and they are 800 calories apiece (the kind with the praline or other creamy fillings). And Swiss cheese crackers. And I lived on Ramen noodles in my dorm room - the ones that are loaded with palm oil! (I didn't know about that, then)...
12-29-2002, 10:25 PM
BLECHHH! :p no more chocolate!!!
Items I currently have in my house:
1/2 box Lindt chocolate truffles
1 box orange chocolate wafers
1/2 box Cadbury's chocolate fingers
1 box mint wafers
3 Terry's chocolate oranges
1/3 box of chocolate dipped shortbread
1 bar of Frye's peppermint cream chocolate
1 bar of Frye's orange cream chocolate
1 box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates
1/2 bag licorice allsorts
1/2 tin dutch butter cookies
1/2 package of ginger cookies
1 large bag jalepeno chips
1/2 tin spicy peanuts
1 tin peanut brittle
WAH! :cry: How am I supposed to stick to my eating plan with all this in my house???? :stress:
12-29-2002, 10:34 PM
Eat 'em and get it over with. :D
12-29-2002, 10:56 PM
So if you hear your doorbell ring and find an abandoned basket of chocolate on your doorstep you'll take it in and give it a loving home, won't you Ellis? ;)
12-30-2002, 07:57 AM
Yeah. My loving stomach. :rolleyes:
12-30-2002, 12:00 PM
It isn't true love Ellis, just a quickie with a stranger in a dark corner.....
12-30-2002, 01:10 PM
Last work day this year!!!
I almost have all the crap outta my house. I dumped the garbage this morning and felt something that felt like M&M's loose in the bottom of the bag - aaah, the bridge mix I threw away.... :cb: Buh-bye nasty food!!!!
Wildfire - I'll start with you!! This weekend I got out my WW stuff - journals, points slider, etc. Today I'm going shopping to get some "normal" food in the house and hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can get back to Curves!! I'm so done with all the Christmas eating!!!
Mauvais - Throw it out or put it in the freezer so that you have to make an effort to get to it. Or, send it to someone you want to have a really big butt...
Hi ho, hi ho...
12-30-2002, 02:04 PM
Today I consolidated all the damned chocolate into one box. I pitched the el cheapos, including the remains of the maraschino cherry chocolates. I can't believe I used to love those!
Gail was here, the tree is still looking good, the silver is finally polished (Thanks, Gail!) and we are still sort of Christmassing.
Today is our 19th anniversary but we are not going out to dinner. Too damned dark and cold and far to go for a classy dinner. Swiss Chalet in Brockville is NOT acceptable! We will go out later in January - I'm checking limo service - I AM SERIOUS! I want to have a couple of martinis, wine with dinner and then a brandy and NOT have to drive. Anyhow, tonight is stay at home with a roast chicken dinner.
Tomorrow we go to Bob's NY's Eve - oysters and champagne to start and this year I will not get stuck in the kitchen with the two male shuckers. SHUCKERS, I said. Never let anybody know you know how to do certain things - opening oysters and cleaning squid are two skills you should keep secret. It should be fun and is always very elegant. Bob usually ensures that I sit between two straight men so I get to flirt a lot.
Need to get cracking at some sewing now that my wrists are getting back to normal. I can now lift a 12 pack of beer. Whoopee!
12-30-2002, 03:36 PM
Well, we finally made it home from our week of holiday festivities and we are both still sane. We ended up staying with family for four nights with an end result of SEVEN days with family and friends. I can't believe we survived... I even managed to handle the in-laws with some level of dignitiy intact.
But its FINALLY OVER!!
Now I am sure I have packed on a few pounds this week, as I always eat horribly at my mother's house. However today is a new day and I am back on track starting this very instant.
Wow...19 years...you go, girl! That's something to be darn proud of these days! I like the limo thing. :yes: ...and even though you CAN lift a 12 pack of beer, it doesn't mean you have drink them all at once! :D
Punkin, you're on! I just dug out my WW stuff a few days ago. I'm not strictly counting yet, but I'm easing into it and I'll be ready to go on our Valentine's challenge!
Sojo...7 days with family and friends...I'd be certifiable! (ok, so most days I am anyway) You need some serious downtime!
Mauv...OMG....all the stuff! Take it to work! If they're anything like the vultures I work with, it'll be gone in 3 seconds flat! :D I didn't buy any chocolate because I knew it would just be the three of us this year and I'd be the one eating it! Same with baking...I made a pie for Christmas dinner and one batch of peanut butter cookies...and you know what? No one suffered from the lack of sweets!
12-30-2002, 08:31 PM
Happy 19th anniversary, Ruth!
Yeah, you know, I'm gonna put all the evil chocolates into one opaque container too! I see it, I eat it...I'm gonna go do that now.
I will be back later, my dears...
WIldfire you are so right - I didn't bake lots this year and I haven't heard any complaints...I only made them mince tarts and only DH eats them. And the d*** trifle which is long gone mostly into DH's tum, which is good - he never gains an ounce!